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Kevin Schmidtchen

Realtor
Sotheby's International Realty

1436 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

[email protected]

Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877

Random Thoughts & Opinions

2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival – January 30th to February 9th

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The celebrities and movie addicts are once again upon us here in Santa Barbara.  The 29th edition of The Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival kicks off tonight and goes everyday through til February 9th. Famous stars will be presented with various awards almost on a daily basis.  Some of the major names this year include: Part-time Santa Barbara resident Oprah Winfrey Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Robert Redford Emma Thompson Cate Blanchett For most, this is the last major stop on the awards trail before the Oscars only 90 miles south of Santa Barbara.  For all details... Continue Reading >

Latest Top 10 Must Have Preferred Items For Your Luxury Kitchen

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The kitchen as we know it is really the heart and soul of most everyone's home.  It is where friends and family continuously gather, where great memories are created and where most conversations and laughs seem to come from.  The biggest change in the last 50 years with the kitchen has been the prevalent open kitchen and great room.  This single style change has most likely had the most impact across all price points.  From a buyer's point of view, this has often been put at #1 on must have... Continue Reading >

3 Very Nice Recent Real Estate Testimonials From Clients Here in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice To Whom it may Concern I have known Kevin Schmidtchen since our days at Santa Barbara High School (Class of 88).  He is an exemplary human being, world class athlete, of highest ethical and moral standard, and I am honored to call him a friend. It is no surprise to me that Kevin has become a premier Real Estate guru in the Santa Barbara County.  With his attention to detail, his honorable status among his peers and community, his great negotiating skills, and his knowledge of our ever changing market…Kevin is the... Continue Reading >

More Statistics Confirming That The Santa Barbara Real Estate Market is Very Very Strong!

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here are some recent statistics about how strong the real estate market has become here in Southern California and especially in the Santa Barbara area. The number of sales in Southern California is up 9% from July and 14.2% from the same month last year! The median sales price is up 10.8% from last year! This is the 6th consecutive month that the year-over-year median price has risen AND it’s up 27% from the low in 4/09! Foreclosures are now at their lowest percentage of the market since 1/09! Most importantly for us here locally in Santa Barbara...all... Continue Reading >

Santa Barbara Area Tops in Hot Real Estate Market

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here is a great article from Inman News about the very strong California real estate market overall... and especially here in Santa Barbara.  This is pretty much in line with what I have been writing about the last 6 months and what we are experiencing. Editor's note: Data from Realtor.com's June 2012 Real Estate Trend Data Report. The report analyzes data for 146 U.S. metros and includes single-family homes, condos, townhomes and co-ops. Three California metros -- Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, San Francisco and Oakland -- shot to the top five of metros with... Continue Reading >

Santa Barbara Real Estate Seriously Rebounding – Recent Forbes.com article

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here is a new article just published this last week online at forbes.com by Ken Harney. "It’s probably no surprise that roller-coaster real estate markets like Phoenix and Miami are in roaring rebound mode this year, but Santa Barbara? Who knew? Sometimes called the “American Riviera” for its red tile-roofed estates overlooking the Pacific, year-round great climate, active cultural life and its movie star residents, Santa Barbara took a significant though little publicized hit during the real estate bust, with median home list prices plunging from $1,667,500 in September 2007 to $649,000... Continue Reading >

A Few Popular Expensive Home Remodels That Will Not Pay You Back When You Sell Your Home

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Are looking to do a few nice upgrades on your home, but potentially plan to sell in the coming few years?  If so, pay attention to how much and where you invest your $$.  Don't get bitten by the magic phrase..."We'll for sure get it back when we sell." Many studies come out each year in various publications about good and bad remodels, what percentage you might get back from dollars invested etc.  These also vary depending on what part of the country you live in. Below are a list of several improvements ranked by Remodeling... Continue Reading >