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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

Seller’s Resources & Advice

Top 5 Highest Priced Real Estate Sales in Santa Barbara CA – 2014

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Real Estate in the Santa Barbara area continues to be the same strong market it has been over the last 2 years.  With that said, it does feel as if we are starting to see signs that prices are stabilizing in the last several months as opposed to the continuous tick upwards we have been experiencing.  As far as where the buyers are...demand really continues to be strong across the board in every price point. On the high end level, we have seen some wonderful estate sales already in the first... Continue Reading >

The Exclusive Community of Ennisbrook in Montecito California

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice One of the oldest buildings in Montecito, The Dominquez Adobe, sits at the center of the neighborhood we know today as Ennisbrook. In the mid 1800's, the Dominquez family was granted 365 acres of pueblo lands in Montecito.  Within the following years, not much was done to develop the land outside of a small portion of farmland and a horse racing track.  The property then changed hands a few more times over the next several decades.  One of the owners at the time, George Gould, was responsible for putting in 2... 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 >

The Mesa Real Estate in Santa Barbara in Serious High Demand

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice For months I have been talking about how lack of inventory has been the predominant theme with regards to real estate here in Santa Barbara.  Right now, buyer demand is outpacing supply to a significant level.  One of the areas in Santa Barbara that has continued to see a lack of inventory is The Mesa, with demand here being extremely strong.  Every day in the MLS there are 1-2 emails about buyer needs in this area. Once a home comes on the market in this area, there is the feeling that... Continue Reading >

Top 5 Sales in 2013 for The Mission Canyon Neighborhood for Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Mission Canyon has always been a popular spot for a quick easy entry-point for weekend foothill hiking.  It is one of the most rustically beautiful canyons we have in the Santa Barbara area, yet as we have seen can be extremely fire-prone due to heavy mature natural vegetation.  Since the fires a few years back, we are seeing a lot of new construction in the area.  Some of this new construction is then coming on the market for sale, while others are simply re-builds.  Driving around, you can see that... 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 >

Santa Barbara The Riviera Neighborhood – 2013 Year in Review

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Always one of the more desired areas and higher end areas in Santa Barbara, The Riviera had a solid year in 2013 with regard to real estate sales.  One thing different this year is that we saw many newer homes on The Riviera that have recently finished or are close to being finished that were burnt down from the recent fires a few years back...some of which are being sold. As a lifestyle, The Riviera area encompasses mostly ocean-facing homes extending for approximately two miles.  Since the past century, The Riviera... Continue Reading >