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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

Market Statistics / Updates

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Santa Barbara 2014 Real Estate Review – The Riviera Neighborhood Area

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The Riviera neighborhood is one of the nicer areas in Santa Barbara with some awe dropping commanding views of our city, coastline, ocean and islands.  The entire hillside is "ocean-facing" with many winding colorful streets that give the area a true resemblance to some of the coastal towns you find in France and Italy.  On the Riviera, in certain parts, you also find some intricate stone work, terracing and steps built by early 20th century Italian immigrants.  Because of the topography, many of the homes on the Riviera have relatively steep yards...thus allowing... Continue Reading >