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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

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... Continue Reading >

The Santa Barbara Highlands Condo Complex in Santa Barbara CA.

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The Santa Barbara Highlands Condo complex is one of the largest complexes we have here in the Santa Barbara area.  Because of its size, it also sees a good amount of real estate sales each year simply due to this fact.  For many, this ends up being a wonderful first option to purchase real estate in Santa Barbara as the prices in the SB Highlands are also some of the most affordable options. Here is an excerpt of the Amenities from the Home... Continue Reading >

Where Do I Find Inexpensive / Cheap Condo and Housing Options in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria Etc.?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Most visitors come to Santa Barbara and pretty quickly fall in love. Within a few visits and sometimes even a few days, visitors to our town start to envision the possibility of themselves owning real estate in Santa Barbara.  Sometimes this leads to full time residency, while other times it evolves into a second home. Why this happens is very easy to see.  I could go on an on with the positives of life in Santa Barbara....weather, beach, outdoor life, cultural, restaurants, educated... Continue Reading >

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 >