Kevin Schmidtchen

Village Properties

1250 Coast Village
Montecito, CA 93108
Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877


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 >

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 >

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 >

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, beach, outdoor life, cultural, restaurants, educated and well traveled people etc. Why this does not happen for... Continue Reading >

Goleta CA Real Estate Market Update 3rd Quarter 2014

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Goleta CA Real Estate Market Update Here are the latest Goleta real estate market statistics for the 3rd quarter 2014.  As seen below, the average sales price has been pretty stable over the last year when comparing 3rd quarter to 3rd quarter respectively.  In addition to this, the average number of homes sold has also stayed level. After a very strong run up in the last 2 years starting in May 2012, our real estate market has definitely stabilized here in the last several months.  You are no longer guaranteed to sell... Continue Reading >

Goleta Real Estate – A True Seller’s Market

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice As the overall real estate market here in the Santa Barbara area continues to be very strong and a true seller's market, Goleta has stood out in the last many months as an area as strong as any. Right now the real estate market in Goleta is so strong that Realtors constantly make comments on a new listing of how many offers it will get.  It is not a question of if a home will sell, or how long (generally less than 14 days), but how much competition there will be... Continue Reading >

Goleta and Carpinteria Real Estate Update – 3rd Quarter 2013

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here are the latest 2013, 3rd quarter real estate sales statistics for both the Goleta and Carpinteria / Summerland areas of Santa Barbara. For the Goleta area, the overall bulk of our real estate market here falls into the following segments: Entry level condos from around $300,000 to $500,000 Single family homes from around $550,000 to $1,000,000 Both of these markets in Goleta have been extremely strong over the last 18 months, with prices continually rising from June 2012 til around August 2013.  In the last few months, we have finally seen a leveling... Continue Reading >