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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

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... 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,... Continue Reading >

2014 Year in Review: Top 10 Real Estate Sales in The Santa Barbara Area

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Santa Barbara once again in 2014 has seen a fabulous year for anyone who owns real estate in our area.  After the down market from 2008 until about May 2012, Santa Barbara has simply been on a steady rise with regards to values.  The latter half of 2012 and the entire 2013 had very strong gains which then continued through most of 2014.  Around August of last year, we started to see a little leveling of prices, but overall a very strong year.... Continue Reading >

Santa Barbara CA Real Estate Market Update 3rd Quarter 2014

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here are the latest real estate market statistics for the 3rd quarter 2014 for Santa Barbara proper.  As seen below, the average sales price has been pretty strong over the last year once again and continued to rise...but now at a slower pace.  Overall the market feels that it has taken a break in the last few months and feels pretty stable with no price increases. After a very strong run up in the last 2 years starting in May 2012,... Continue Reading >

Real Estate & Homes for Sale in Washington School District – The Mesa Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Mesa, a Spanish word meaning "table", has been applied to the flat bench of elevated land fronting the ocean along Santa Barbara's southwestern border since the mission days.  Stretching from the Santa Barbara City College on the east and extending two and one-half miles to Arroyo Burro County Beach (or "Hendry's/The Pit" to locals), the Mesa is an extremely desirable neighborhood and has often been voted the "Best Neighborhood" in a local paper's poll. Residents of the Mesa cherish their accessibility... Continue Reading >

Top 10 Highest Real Estate Sales in Santa Barbara CA for 2014 – Year to Date

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The Santa Barbara real estate market in 2014 has continued to show its strong pace in the higher end market (for purposes here $2 million and above).  Sales have been very steady and demand for our higher end homes has been as strong as any segment of the market. Prices have continued to rise for most of the year, although just in the last 6-8 weeks we seem to have flattened out.  Certain homes that would of most likely sold within... Continue Reading >

Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Update 2nd Quarter 2014

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here are some of the latest statistics for the real estate market here in Santa Barbara proper. The below graph compares the 2nd quarter results on a year over year basis for the last few years.  The main comparisons are made for the: Average list price Average sold price Total amount of single family homes sold Here below are the same style of graphs but for the Goleta area and the Carpinteria / Summerland area. Further Reading: Santa Barbara Market Statistics Buyer's Resources and Advice Santa Barbara Luxury Real... Continue Reading >