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Kevin Schmidtchen

Realtor
Sotheby's International Realty

1436 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

kevinschmidtchen@yahoo.com

Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877

Buyer’s Resources & Advice

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 >

Foreclosures and Short Sales in The Santa Barbara Real Estate Market…2015

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here and there I am still asked by potential buyers, certain clients and/or in just basic conversation about the short sale and REO/Foreclosure market in the Santa Barbara area...Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland, Hope Ranch. The questions all seem to have the same theme of whether we see anymore distressed sales in our area or not. The reality is is that there really is no longer per say a "market" anymore for distressed real estate in our area.  As the overall real estate market has recovered during the last 3 years, what I have heard... Continue Reading >

Carpinteria Real Estate Market Update First Quarter 2015

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Now is a very good time to be a seller in the Carpinteria area.  From what we have seen so far this year, if you list your home near the market value in the Carpinteria area, you are going to get it sold...and often fairly quickly. Year to date here are the statistics: 49 closed sales ranging in price from the entry level condo up to a beachfront home for $19 million 21 properties currently pending sale ranging again from the entry level condo up to another beachfront property with a listing price of $14.9... Continue Reading >

New Casitas Village Condo Listing – 5951 Birch Street #4 Carpinteria CA 93013

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice I am happy to announce my new condo listing.  This condo is a clean, rarely available unit #4 condo at the Casitas Village complex in Carpinteria CA.  This specific unit has been well cared for and has a great rental history.  The owner recently painted and "fixed up all that was needed" to get it ready for sale. There is a garage with storage, laundry located downstairs, heated pool, playground and a basketball court.  The entire complex is located very close to the beach, the Carpinteria Bluffs (hiking, biking, bird watching, dog walking... Continue Reading >