Kevin Schmidtchen

Sotheby's International Realty

1436 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877

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 >

The Top 10 Most Expensive Beachfront Real Estate Sales in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria CA.

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Year to date, here is a list of the top 5 most expensive beachfront real estate sales for 2009 here in the Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria CA areas.  Most of the beachfront sales in the last 15 months have been at prices about 30-40% from the peaks in early 2008.  Of all the markets here in the Santa Barbara area, our luxury beach front real estate has most likely taken the hardest hit in values.  4385 Marina Drive, Santa... Continue Reading >

The Top 10 Most Expensive Homes Sold in Carpinteria CA. in 2009

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Year to date, here is a list of the top 10 most expensive real estate properties sold in Carpinteria CA. 3447 / 3445 Padaro Lane, Carpinteria CA., 93013.  Sold for $6,350,000.  A true beach house located directly on the sand in a wonderful part of Padaro Cove.  Large expansive wooden deck, wonderful view windows that bring the outdoors inside.  There is a detached private 2 bedroom guest home.  Newer landscape, outdoor shower, newer carpet and paint.  A true Beach Home ready... Continue Reading >

How to Find All the Goleta and Carpinteria CA. Foreclosures and Short Sales Statistics

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Just read below... Here are the latest statistics on short sales and foreclosures in both Goleta and Carpinteria CA. Carpinteria Foreclosures - 2009 year to date In Carpinteria CA., year to date there have been 28 bank owned / foreclosures that have come to market. Roughly 10% of all listings in Carpinteria year to date have been foreclosures. The lowest sale was a 2 beds 1 bath mobile home that sold for $60,000. The highest sale was a 5 beds 3 baths home located at 5427... Continue Reading >

Carpinteria CA. Luxury Real Estate Sales – Statistics Through Sept 15th, 2009

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here and there I am proposed various questions from clients about the luxury market here in Carpinteria CA., such as where are the most famous homes located and/or what is the most expensive home to sell this year or any year for that matter.  Many times though it is as "simple" as what is the true definition of luxury real estate here in the Carpinteria area.  The answer is that there is no exact definition of luxury real estate and... Continue Reading >

Carpinteria Real Estate Sales Update, Santa Barbara CA. – First 6 Months 2009

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice For the first 6 months of 2009, there were 43 total closed sales of single family homes and condos in Carpinteria CA.  Currently as of July 1st, 2009, there are 35 properties in Carpinteria that are pending sale (under contract). The lowest sale in Carpinteria was a 2 bed 1 bath condo in need of a good amount of care located at 5936 Birch Street, Carpinteria CA, 93013.  The sales price was $210,000. The highest sale in Carpinteria was a prime oceanfront... Continue Reading >

Low Cost Simple Ways to Get Your Carpinteria CA. Real Estate Ready for Sale

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Many things in life that we initially love tend to go out of style at some time. Our homes are not immune to this reality, even though we ourselves have grown accustomed to our space.  We are sometimes blind to the lack of updating of our home, but if you are looking to sell your home, this lack of attention is very apparent to potential buyers. Here is a list of some great, easy to do fixes to get your... Continue Reading >