Kevin Schmidtchen

Village Properties

1250 Coast Village
Montecito, CA 93108
Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877

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 >

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 >