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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

Random Thoughts & Opinions

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... 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 >

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 >