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Kevin Schmidtchen

Realtor
Village Properties

1250 Coast Village
Montecito, CA 93108

kevinschmidtchen@yahoo.com
Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877

Buyer’s Resources & Advice

Santa Barbara The Mesa Area – Real Estate Market Update First 6 Months 2015

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The first 6 months of real estate activity on The Mesa here in Santa Barbara continued to simply replicate what we have been seeing over the last 3-4 years.  The Mesa is a very desired area to live in here in Santa Barbara and during the springtime, The Mesa really showcases itself with all the wonderful weather, beach walks, strolls along Shoreline Park etc. As far as demand and value, both of these continued on their upward trends here in the first half of 2015.  We have now started to see... Continue Reading >

New / Newer Santa Barbara Downtown Condos And Town Homes For Sale – Sevilla, El Andaluz, Alma Del Pueblo, The Villas, Paseo Chapala, One Twenty One, La Aldea

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Over the last 15 years, the options for condo and town home buyers in the "center" of Santa Barbara have greatly increased.  We have seen a large number of newer developments and still expect several more on the horizon that are in various stages of development. Because of the simple popularity of Santa Barbara, most of these newer condo options have also tended to be more in the luxury or high end spectrum.  Most developments (because of Santa Barbara's strict building guidelines) as well tend to have the Spanish style on the exterior,... Continue Reading >

Oceanfront And Beachfront Condos For Sale In Montecito CA.

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice When it comes to looking at condo options in Montecito CA, there are only a handful of complexes that do exist.  If you are looking for a condo or town home style home directly on the beach, there are only 2 options.  Both of these options are located on some of the most pristine coastal areas we have in CA. The names of the two complexes are Bonnymede and Montecito Shores. Bonnymede The Bonnymede condominium complex is located just next to the spectacular Four Seasons Biltmore and Coral Casino here in Montecito CA.... Continue Reading >

What Can You Currently Buy For $1 Million In Santa Barbara CA?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice When it comes to buying a home in the Santa Barbara area, we can all find ourselves with a little bit of sticker shock.  We all have a varied idea on what is needed, what is ideal, what will make us feel that the house can also be a Home.  Everyone will have their tastes and must have's. Ultimately for most of us, money will be the deciding factor of what we can/do eventually buy. Here below are 5 current homes on the market for around $1 million. 401 Chapala Street Unit #107,... Continue Reading >

“Scarface” Mansion In Montecito CA Now Listed At A 49% Drop From Original $35 Million Asking Price

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The estate that became truly iconic through Al Pacino’s “Scarface” has just been re-listed at a much deeper discounted price from the original $35 million asking price several years back.  The home is currently listed at $17.9 million and is situated on a rather private feeling 10-plus acre property located in Montecito CA...not in Tony Montana’s decadent (yes fictional) corner of Miami. The home has seen a very extensive and elaborate remodel (including ornate moldings and gold leaf ceiling details), boasting over 9,000 square feet of living space and is configured with a 4 bedrooms, 5 full baths,... Continue Reading >

A Few Very Important Qualities You Should Consider When Picking A Great Real Estate Agent Here In Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Whether you are a first time home buyer or not, first time home seller or not, you most likely would prefer to work with not just a good agent...but a great real estate agent. Here is some advice to buyers and sellers when looking for a GREAT real estate agent here in the Santa Barbara area: Make sure you get referrals from your friends, colleagues and relatives to the agents they have worked with in the past.  "Everyone" knows a realtor so this is a great place to start. If you don't know anyone in town,... Continue Reading >

7 Great Ways To Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market here in Santa Barbara anytime soon, then here are some of the best and least expensive ways to increase the curb appeal of your home, attract prospective buyers and definitely increase your home's value that much more. Give Your Front Door A Facelift.  Make the entrance to your home as inviting as possible with a new fresh coat of paint.  Potentially add new molding around the edges and set a few nice plants around as well.  Additionally dress up the steps as needed with some plants and... Continue Reading >