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Kevin Schmidtchen

Realtor
Sotheby's International Realty

1436 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

[email protected]

Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877

November 2010 Cort Reports Santa Barbara CA – Goleta, Carpinteria, Summerland

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here are the latest Cort reports for sales here in the Santa Barbara area for the month of November 2010 for Goleta, Carpinteria and Summerland. Further Reading: Sotheby's Int'l Realty - Santa Barbara and Montecito Is My Realtor a Santa Barbara Neighborhood Specialist? Articles on Luxury Real Estate Articles on The Oceanfront Areas Articles for Foreign Buyers/Sellers Sotheby's Int'l Realty Tops in Sales 2010 For information on Real Estate here in Santa Barbara, Montecito and/or our surrounding areas, as well as any other aspects of life in our... Continue Reading >

2010 Top 10 Oceanfront Real Estate Sales For Montecito, Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch and Carpinteria

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The dream of living on the ocean. For most, this is the ultimate...especially if it is here in our wonderful home of Santa Barbara.  Fresh air, pounding waves, sand at your toes... With 2009 being a pretty tough year for oceanfront real estate sales in the Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Montecito areas, 2010 has seen solid sales for most of the year.  Prices on average have come down anywhere from 35-40% from their peak in 2007, but now seem to hit... Continue Reading >

Luxury Real Estate Sales $10 Million and Up – Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch and Carpinteria CA

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice When talking about luxury real estate here in the Montecito and Santa Barbara areas, everyone will have their own opinion of what this means and at what price point luxury real estate starts at.  While many other luxury resort areas have very expensive exclusive homes from $3-10 million, Santa Barbara is one of the few areas that also has numerous inventory and sales in the ultra high-end price point...$10 Million and above. Here is a breakdown of the ultra luxury real... Continue Reading >

Cash-In Refinancing for your Carpinteria, Goleta or Santa Barbara Area Home

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here is a great article by Tom Royce regarding Cash-In Refinancing.  With interest rates as low as they currently are, this might be an option for a few people here in the Carpinteria, Goleta and Santa Barbara areas. "If you are underwater on your present mortgage you probably think refinancing is insane. But with the low interest rates available for homeowners with good credit it may make sense. What is Cash In Refinancing? Cash in Refinancing is the cousin of cash out refinancing... Continue Reading >

What Real Estate Does $350,000 or $500,000 or $1 Million Buy You in Carpinteria CA?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Looking for real estate in Carpinteria CA?  Not sure what your money will get you these days. With the real estate market finally stabilizing in most every area here in the Santa Barbara area over the last 6 months, most of Carpinteria prices have fallen around 30-35% from the peak in 2006/2007.  This means a drop in prices back to roughly 2002/2003 price points. So what does $350,000, $500,000 or $1 million buy you these days in Carpinteria? Recently Closed Real Estate in... Continue Reading >

Beachfront / Blufftop Real Estate Sales Santa Barbara CA – 1st Quarter 2010

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice With limited resources, there are naturally only a few beach / bluff top real estate sales here in the Montecito and Santa Barbara area every few months.  After quite a fall in prices this last year as much of our beachfront real estate remained sitting on the market, sales have started to pick up.  Here in the first quarter of 2010 we have had the following sales / pending sales of oceanfront property.  2010 - 1st quarter Beach Front Sales 1801... Continue Reading >

Pros and Cons of Buying Foreclosures in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Goleta CA.

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice As a home buyer in today's market here in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria, you may be able to get "deals" on foreclosures, but buying foreclosures can be risky as well.  If you are looking at foreclosures as an option for a home purchase, it is crucial to understand the many potential cons associated with the one obvious "pro" of buying a foreclosure. First, there are a few definitions of properties that are generally thrown around and become universally known as... Continue Reading >