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Kevin Schmidtchen

Realtor
Village Properties

1250 Coast Village
Montecito, CA 93108

kevinschmidtchen@yahoo.com
Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877

Random Thoughts & Opinions

3 Terrific Ways to Boost Your Home Value Here in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice If you are looking for some "renovation rules" for Santa Barbara buyers, here are some key millennial buyer shifts in what we are hearing when it comes to purchasing a home. 1: The Kitchen Is Still #1 It does not matter what decade we are in, buyers of all kinds continue to be focused on the kitchen.  A “modern/updated kitchen” seems to top everyone's list of ideal home features for their new home. If you are a seller planning to sell, a small investment in a dated kitchen can have a serious impact. At a minimum buyers... Continue Reading >

Santa Barbara Home Improvements That Pay Off

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Often I am asked here in Santa Barbara about remodels on homes, updates and what ifs with regards to putting money into a home.  Often a major concern for people is whether they will get their money back on projects they are thinking about undertaking.  I just came across this from the CA Association of Realtors that is fun to look at.  Obviously it also depends on the quality of workmanship that is done as well as if you are getting a fair price from a contractor etc.  At minimum this... 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 >

Will The Strengthening Dollar Scare Foreign Nationals Away from Santa Barbara and Montecito Real Estate?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Now is a good time to take a trip to Europe if you have US dollars. The US dollar is not just the strongest it has been against the Euro in years...but the strongest by far.  The Euro and other currencies have lost roughly 30% of their buying power just in the last 9 months.  With all the uncertainty with politics in such areas as Ukraine, Greece etc., as well as the strengthening of the US economy...this might be a change that stays for the near future... If so, what does this... Continue Reading >

What Is An Overpriced Listing and Should I Take One As A Real Estate Agent in Santa Barbara?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Good Question. We as real estate agents often talk about "overpriced" listings that are on the market here in Santa Barbara, Montecito etc.  We also tend to talk often about certain agents that tend to be the ones that take a lot of "overpriced" listings in our area. So what is an overpriced listing? The problem with this question is that there really is no concrete answer.  This is especially true here in the Santa Barbara area in general and then more so as the real estate market is seeing prices rise.  Also,... 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 >