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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

Buyer’s Resources & Advice

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 >

Top 10 Real Estate Sales in Goleta CA for 2014

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice As with all areas in and around Santa Barbara, Goleta saw a very solid year with regards to real estate sales in 2014.  As far as prices go in general, Goleta is a decent amount "more affordable" than the Santa Barbara area.  Homes on average tend to be around 10-20% less for the same size home than what you get in Santa Barbara proper.  For the 2014 year, on average prices rose around 12-18%. The bulk of the single family real estate sales in the Goleta area tend to fall into... Continue Reading >

Contemporary and Modern Style Homes in The Santa Barbara and Montecito CA. Area

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice As a real estate agent in the Santa Barbara area, I have the privaledge of viewing a lot of wonderful homes across all price points.  We live in a town in which there is a good amount of disposable income and wealth which leads to the fact that there are a lot of people that build and / or remodel some very magical properties.  The end product is often a pleasure to see. One of the more popular style homes over the last 20 years has been the modern contemporary style home.... Continue Reading >

The Santa Barbara Highlands Condo Complex in Santa Barbara CA.

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The Santa Barbara Highlands Condo complex is one of the largest complexes we have here in the Santa Barbara area.  Because of its size, it also sees a good amount of real estate sales each year simply due to this fact.  For many, this ends up being a wonderful first option to purchase real estate in Santa Barbara as the prices in the SB Highlands are also some of the most affordable options. Here is an excerpt of the Amenities from the Home Owners Association: "Conveniently tucked away on its own private hilltop in... Continue Reading >

Where Do I Find Inexpensive / Cheap Condo and Housing Options in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria Etc.?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Most visitors come to Santa Barbara and pretty quickly fall in love. Within a few visits and sometimes even a few days, visitors to our town start to envision the possibility of themselves owning real estate in Santa Barbara.  Sometimes this leads to full time residency, while other times it evolves into a second home. Why this happens is very easy to see.  I could go on an on with the positives of life in Santa Barbara....weather, beach, outdoor life, cultural, restaurants, educated and well traveled people etc. Why this does not happen for... Continue Reading >

2014 Real Estate Year in Review – The Mesa and San Roque Neighborhoods

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Two of the most popular and quintessential family neighborhoods in the Santa Barbara area are San Roque and The Mesa.  For many buyers, they often find themselves deciding between the 2 as a tough decision on where to buy.  Both areas offer wonderful living, have schools with very good reputations and tend to have the majority of their real estate fall in the $850K to $1.5 million price point.  The Mesa though has a higher top end market as many homes sit on the water and / or have fantastic... Continue Reading >

2015 Where Is The Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Heading?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The true answer is that no one truly knows...but here are my thoughts. Based on where we have been the last few years and the types of sales (thus buyers) that are going on, I am going to make some general points and give an educated guess as to where we might be in the coming year. Although we have seen substantial price gains over the last 2 1/2 years, the real estate market here in Santa Barbara has a very different feel than in the run-up from 2001 to 2007.  A much... Continue Reading >