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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

Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Update for November 2012

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here are the latest statistical numbers for monthly inventory of Santa Barbara properties for sale, combined with new listings and closed sales.  The constant is simply that new listings are down and our inventory continues to lag behind the demand of buyers.  Even as we now approach the X-mas holidays, there are numerous buyers out there looking and waiting.  After roughly 5 years of the Santa Barbara real estate market being a predominantly buyers market, we have completely switched here in... Continue Reading >

Santa Barbara Ranked As One of Best Housing Markets For the Next 5 Years by Business Insider

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice This last week, Business Insider published and article (by Mamta Badker) ranking the 15 best housing markets for the coming 5 years.  Just as I have been pointing out with statistics over the last 5 months here in Santa Barbara, our market is strong.  Here below is a quick excerpt from the article that puts Santa Barbara 5th best on the list of 15 real estate markets. "National home prices are expected to climb 0.3 percent in the next year, according to... Continue Reading >

5 Year Average Selling Price For Santa Barbara Real Estate

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here is a great simple graph that looks at the overall average selling prices for homes here in the Santa Barbara area.  The graph breaks down the prices into the main neighborhoods of Santa Barbara...Montecito, Santa Barbara proper, Carpinteria / Summerland, Hope Ranch and Goleta. One of the first obvious looks shows that our high end properties are really starting to see a big increase in demand.  Both Hope Ranch and Montecito have seen prices increase a good amount in the last... 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,... Continue Reading >

Why are Short Sales Here in Santa Barbara and Goleta Selling with Ease?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Are Short Sales No Longer a Pain to Close? A lot has changed with the pulse of real estate market here in Santa Barbara and Goleta over the last 12 months.  After having a pretty steady / good market from Fall 2011 until about June 2012, the real estate market has really taken off over the last 3-5 months.  Seemingly everything that is priced "simply normal" is selling and often with multiple offers.  We have also seen a jump in prices across... Continue Reading >

Great News For Santa Barbara Condo Buyers – FHA Eases Tough Condo Financing Rules

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice In our overall extremely tight real estate market here in Santa Barbara, here is some needed and encouraging news for all of the condominium buyers out there. The biggest source of funding for buyers with 5-20% down payments, the Federal Housing Administration, has revamped controversial rules that caused thousands of condo complexes across the country to lose their eligibility for FHA financing....and a few here in the Santa Barbara area. The new and revised guidelines issued last week take effect immediately.  This will for... 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... Continue Reading >