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Kevin Schmidtchen

Realtor
Sotheby's International Realty

1436 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

kevinschmidtchen@yahoo.com

Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877

Author Archive

Foreclosures and Short Sales in The Santa Barbara Real Estate Market…2015

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here and there I am still asked by potential buyers, certain clients and/or in just basic conversation about the short sale and REO/Foreclosure market in the Santa Barbara area...Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland, Hope Ranch. The questions all seem to have the same theme of whether we see anymore distressed sales in our area or not. The reality is is that there really is no longer per say a "market" anymore for distressed real estate in our area.  As the overall real estate market has recovered during the last 3 years, what I have heard... Continue Reading >

Carpinteria Real Estate Market Update First Quarter 2015

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Now is a very good time to be a seller in the Carpinteria area.  From what we have seen so far this year, if you list your home near the market value in the Carpinteria area, you are going to get it sold...and often fairly quickly. Year to date here are the statistics: 49 closed sales ranging in price from the entry level condo up to a beachfront home for $19 million 21 properties currently pending sale ranging again from the entry level condo up to another beachfront property with a listing price of $14.9... Continue Reading >

New Casitas Village Condo Listing – 5951 Birch Street #4 Carpinteria CA 93013

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice I am happy to announce my new condo listing.  This condo is a clean, rarely available unit #4 condo at the Casitas Village complex in Carpinteria CA.  This specific unit has been well cared for and has a great rental history.  The owner recently painted and "fixed up all that was needed" to get it ready for sale. There is a garage with storage, laundry located downstairs, heated pool, playground and a basketball court.  The entire complex is located very close to the beach, the Carpinteria Bluffs (hiking, biking, bird watching, dog walking... Continue Reading >

Fantastic New Hope / La Cumbre Area Town Home Listing – Up Town Santa Barbara CA

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice I have co-listed a fantastic new uptown Santa Barbara town home that has just come on the market. The home has been very well cared for by the owner over the years including a fresh new paint job and landscape to get ready to sell.  The overall look at feel of both the home and neighborhood is truly beautiful.   There is a luxury master suite, a second bedroom with full bath and a loft / office / potential 3rd bedroom.  Soaring ceilings throughout the home, but especially in the living... Continue Reading >

New Santa Barbara Riviera Listing – The Red Hot Riviera Real Estate Market

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Set in one of the most desired areas in all of Santa Barbara, my new listing at 1830 Mission Ridge is what most would call a perfect remodel opportunity.  One of the bigger lots in this prime Riviera location, the property runs street to street from Mission Ridge up to Las Tunas.  The lot is just over a half acre (roughly 26,000 sqft.) and offers the savvy buyer numerous possibilities. The home is currently a rather dated, single level ranch / mid century style home built in 1952.  The current floor... Continue Reading >

Will The Strengthening Dollar Scare Foreign Nationals Away from Santa Barbara and Montecito Real Estate?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Now is a good time to take a trip to Europe if you have US dollars.   The US dollar is not just the strongest it has been against the Euro in years...but the strongest by far.  The Euro and other currencies have lost roughly 30% of their buying power just in the last 9 months.  With all the uncertainty with politics in such areas as Ukraine, Greece etc., as well as the strengthening of the US economy...this might be a change that stays for the near future... If so, what does... Continue Reading >

2014 Hope Ranch CA Real Estate Sales Update – Plus Top 5 Highest Hope Ranch Sales

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice When you enter the gates of Hope Ranch here in Santa Barbara, you find yourself immediately in one of the more beautiful hidden "spots" not just in Santa Barbara...but along the California coast. For the lucky people who live there, this exclusive private community is simply a blissful place to call home. Hope Ranch is known here locally for the palm tree-lined main street (Las Palmas), the private and quiet feeling "locals" beach, numerous miles of riding trails (roughly 22 miles of meandering bridle paths) and the very popular Hope Ranch Golf Course (La Cumbre Country... Continue Reading >