We cannot recommend Kevin Schmidtchen highly enough. Our experience with Kevin went back about five years and he patiently showed us properties on each of our visits to Santa Barbara. Having grown up in town, Kevin has a very unique and specialized knowledge of the area, and he shares his knowledge with a very confident and common sense approach. He always let us know his honest unbiased opinion about every property he showed us without any pressure. We felt totally comfortable with Kevin’s professional knowledge and when he identified the perfect home for us on the Riviera, we sat back and watched him make the transaction happen for us in a very competitive market. He held our hand every step of the way, and went way beyond the call of duty during the inspection and escrow period. There are many fine realtors in Santa Barbara, but Kevin is in a league of his own.
Kevin helped me purchase my first condominium and I could not ask for a better agent to represent me! During the discovery process, he was readily available to show me any listings that interested me. He was very knowledgeable about the SB / Goleta area since he grew up in town. I really appreciated that he answered all my questions, no matter how “stupid” they were since it was my first time through the process. He is a professional, down-to-earth, nice guy who is a real partner in the process and I never felt like he was putting pressure on me to make his commission. Kevin fought hard for me and put pressure on the seller who was unfortunately very difficult to work with and kept delaying the process to a point when I almost gave up on the property. Kevin was very honest about the entire process and I felt zero pressure to continue through with the purchase. Ultimately, it all worked out! I will definitely seek Kevin out to represent me on any future real estate needs in the SB area.
Kevin has helped us through three closings (two purchases and one sale). His patience and no-pressure approach to searching for a property are complemented by his serious and aggressive approach to escrow and closing, resulting in a less-stressful experience for his client. I highly recommend him to anyone looking in the Santa Barbara area.
–Paul and Betsy Knight
Kevin was great to work with as we searched for a home from half way across the country. He listened to what needs we had and were looking for in a house and came up with many options for my wife and I to view. In addition, he provided us with the tools to look for homes on our own and was always willing to set up showings of them as well. We very much enjoyed his approach, very laid back and no pressure, as this is an important decision that we did not want to rush. In the end, we looked at many homes and ended up finding the perfect home and location at the price we had requested. Having such a knowledgeable, life-long resident was very helpful as he had great knowledge of the market and factors that drive price in Santa Barbara. Kevin was the perfect agent for us and we would give him our highest recommendation.
– Bill and Heather Ekeler
We found Kevin Schmidtchen via the Internet when we decided to buy a second home in SB. We were living in LA at the time and had no idea about neighborhoods here or what type of house we could find, given our budget. Boy, did we get lucky! Though we were ready for a disappointment, we were pleasantly surprised by Kevin’s expertise. Turns out that Kevin was a major asset: He took us through the steps of home purchasing, showed us different areas, communicated succinctly through the process and as a result made this daunting process a real pleasure. Kevin’s assets are: knowledge of the area, honest communication, realistic and unbiased advice, reliability, timely communication, meticulous follow-ups, availability and a calming, pleasant & professional attitude. We consider ourselves lucky to have landed Kevin as our agent, as we too have had our share of hard-to-work-with agents. Best of all, he has been a great resource to us, new in Santa Barbara, by recommending various people including handymen, painters, and electricians etc. We will definitely call on Kevin next time to either sell our house or buy another. We recommend him without any reservation.
– Stephanie & Joe Dixon
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 man you want on your side during any Real Estate transaction. When my wife, Lynn, and I found our 1st Home to buy last October, we knew Kevin would guide us through and complete the transaction. It was a complicated deal, buying a REO from Wells Fargo, given only 45 days to close, and no room for extensions or delays. Kevin hit every deadline, provided just enough pressure to our lender to get things done, and had great communication with us during this anxious time for our family. Thank You Kevin!!
– Sincerely, Justin and Lynn Cochrane Summerland, CA
“Kevin is a great realtor and person. I would recommend him to anyone interested in buying or selling a home in the Santa Barbara area. In 2010, he helped us find and buy our dream house here in Santa Barbara — before it went on the market. Without his creative thinking, knowledge of the Santa Barbara community, and connections, we would never have been able to find and buy this house. He knows the Santa Barbara area and its real estate market through and through. He has realistic views of value that helped us assess whether potential properties were good values. He is interested in matching people with the deals that work for them, which I really appreciate. He also is very responsive and service minded, but he is relaxed and easy to work with. I recommend him very highly.”
To Whom it May Concern,
“I made a “cold” email call to Kevin Schmidtchen about buying a property in Santa Barbara. I received a response within minutes. My questions were being answered immediately.
My wife and I did not know much about neighborhoods in Santa Barbara. We knew we liked being close to downtown so Kevin selected quite a number of condos for us to look at. His patience with us as we whittled down the choices is appreciated yet today. We felt no pressure and always did feel that he had our best interests at heart.
Within a couple of visits we had made our choice and Kevin kept a close eye on all the details for us as we live over 1,500 miles away. He was there for the home inspection and checked the condo on his own as well. Kevin also put us in contact with caretakers, locksmiths, designers, etc.
Even though the sale is complete I know I can continue to call on Kevin if the need were to arise. As you can see, I highly recommend Kevin if you are looking for a property in the Santa Barbara area. We have dealt with realtors in various parts of the country and Kevin ranks as the best.”
To whom it may concern :
“I, Robert Hay, wish to acknowledge the excellent service I received from Kevin Schmidtchen at Sotheby’s Realty. I have lived in either Montecito or Santa Barbara since 1954 and my family has or has had deep ties in businesses and in charities throughout the town. I wanted to sell my beautiful house at 104 Vista Del Mar Drive and after giving it a good try in the summer, and fall of 2010 I took it off the market. I remember years past how Kevin would send me updates on The Mesa real estate and he seemed on the ball so this spring of 2011 I decided to list my property with him. I wanted someone who was motivated, a hardworker, and smart. Kevin was all this and more.
I believe he listed my house a the right price and his photos and marketing strategy in my opinion were very good. We sold my home yesterday and I have to say working with Kevin has been a real pleasure. I isn’t so easy to sell a house these days and Kevin spent a lot time in explaining things to me and was very professional.
My friends and family are impressed and one close friend told me if he is going to list his house he would like to use Kevin. I wish Kevin lots of luck.”
“Kevin is a fantastic realtor! He is knowledgeable and well versed on the current market conditions in Santa Barbara. He offers a lot of sound advice without pressure. He was readily available anytime we needed to work together during our home purchase. We highly recommend him to anyone looking for an informed, honest and professional realtor in the Santa Barbara area.”
“Kevin was extremely knowledgeable about the market, was easily accessible, and very helpful to us throughout the entire process.”
“We moved to Santa Barbara without knowing anything about the real estate market. We depended on Kevin to educate us. Kevin was very patient with us as we searched for several months for precisely the right home and investment. Kevin is detail oriented, flexible and insightful. Had he not been updated daily on the real estate market, we would not have secured our home. We saw the property immediately when it came on the market and had a bid on the property within 24 hours. With Kevin’s guidance, we prevailed over 6 bids and a counter-bid process. We are now happy homeowners in Montecito!”
–Annabelle and Peter Brownell
“We recently had the pleasure of working with Kevin Schmidtchen to purchase our home in Santa Barbara. Kevin is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, professional and fun to work with through every step of the home buying process. His service standards, personalized communication style, attention to detail and follow up, are outstanding and exceeded our expectations on every level. His in depth knowledge of the area, market, history, and trends, are outstanding. Without hesitation or reservation, we would wholeheartedly recommend Kevin as a first rate professional. One of the best in the business anywhere, world class.”
–Alan and Jennifer
“I have worked with Kevin twice in buying properties in Santa Barbara and referred him to several friends who were more than pleased with his service. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the real estate market in both the buying and selling arms. Most important to me in a realtor is someone who is diligent about knowing the business, has a genuine interest an understanding of a client’s needs, and is responsive without being pushy. Kevin has these attributes in spades and stands alone among other Realtors in the excellence of service to his clients.”
– Tina Schmidt
“I can’t recommend Kevin highly enough. I’ve worked with him over the past three years in both the buying and selling of my home. He is honest, trustworthy, hard-working, and calm. He knows how to work hard for his clients, but not stress them out with the issues that can arise in the real estate market these days. He was always accessible and easy to communicate with and I never had any doubt that he had my best interests in mind. This last sale was a short sale and he worked harder than any realtor could have to ensure that it would go through. I’m grateful to him for all of his hard work!”
“Kevin was very accessible and proactive as we searched for a home in Santa Barbara. We currently live in Portland, and Kevin did a great job of getting us up to speed quickly on the market, and matching our needs with the marketplace.
As a native of Santa Barbara, Kevin understands the market well and was a valuable coach when it came time to make an offer – even though we had “sticker shock” on California real estate, Kevin eventually got us into a comfort zone on buying our home.
Kevin was very diligent during the closing process in terms of making sure that the process and documents were well managed, leading to a smooth closing process, even though we were completing the closing from a remote location.
We would highly recommend Kevin and Sotheby’s International Realty for your real estate needs in Santa Barbara.”
–Sam & Lillian Reinkensmeyer
“I recently had the privilege of helping a wonderful couple relocate from Seattle to Santa Barbara. I enjoy helping my clients find a Realtor to help them in their destination moves. I interviewed several Realtors in the Santa Barbara area and passed two names along to my clients. My clients had also had an agent recommended by a family friend. Kevin was the agent who was chosen in the end. My client’s words were “hands down.” My experience with Kevin has been that he is extremely responsive, and helpful. Not just to my clients but to me as well. Kevin even returned my email questions personally from vacation while he had another agent watching over his business. He has been very thorough and has made sure my clients were well taken care of. I would recommend Kevin without a doubt. Kevin also specializes in relocation, which is helpful for clients moving in from other areas.”
“My wife and I used Kevin to purchase our second home in the San Roque area. We were a bit nervous because we new the prices were going to be at the upper end of our comfort level, but more importantly this was going to be the home that we were going to raise our family in.
Kevin immediately made us comfortable and never once pushed us to make a decision. Kevin has successfully separated himself from the stereotypical realtor by approaching customers, as he would expect to be handled himself. His professionalism, patience, work ethic and integrity made our home purchase experience successful on all counts and we will continue to recommend his services to friends and family.”
–Jay & Nicole Klanfer
“We were very pleased with the professional service Kevin displayed in the selling of our home. As a native of Santa Barbara, Kevin understands the reality of high prices here in our town and is very capable and proactive in selling not just our home but also the overall Santa Barbara lifestyle.
Through the first stages of showing the home to prospective buyers all the way through the closing process, Kevin worked hard to update us on every step and to keep it all as simple as possible. His clear communication allowed us to relax as much as one can when selling your home. We highly recommend Kevin for any real estate needs you may have.”
“As a first time home buyer, Kevin was very patient and thorough in answering all of my questions and keeping me well informed. Throughout the entire process, and still to this day, Kevin was always available and willing to assist me with whatever was needed. In addition, his knowledge of the city and the real estate of the city were very valuable as I was new to the area and did not know the market well. I do not hesitate to recommend Kevin for your real estate needs.”
“We just wanted you to know that we think you did a fantastic job of helping us buy our SB condo. We could not be more pleased. What impressed us the most are your professionalism, responsiveness, class, and impressive ability to keep things on an even keel. If anyone ever asks us for a recommendation on a realtor in SB, we will recommend you without hesitation.”
Kevin Schmidtchen (and I’m sure I’ve done a wretched job on his name) sold my condo for me in ’03. Because of a thoroughly unpleasant board, who did everything they could to block the sale, I had to jump through a lot of hoops. In the end, w/Kevin’s help, the unit sold for $10K more than he’d originally got for it. He then helped me purchase a house in Carpinteria…giving me v. good advice, which went against my less practical nature. I know own a remarkable property that has almost doubled in value. He knows his stuff. Here are a few more points about him: He’s very responsive; was always willing and available to answer my questions/anxieties; willing to find out if he didn’t know something, and back up his statements w/facts & figures. Long history in the area, too–was born/raised in SB. That adds credibility to his understanding of the market. Very proactive. A huge thumbs up to Kevin (and I have better things to do w/my time-energy than write reviews like this…I’m writing it because I really mean it. And one more thing, I’m a tough customer…if he wasn’t all of this, I’d be perfectly happy to write a review that reflected my disappointment….but there wasn’t any). Good luck!
–Karin De la Pena
“Kevin made the selling of our home less stressful by staying in constant communication throughout the process. He made himself available to us and didn’t pressure us in any way.”
“Dear future homeowner: If you are looking to purchase a home, I highly recommend the services of Kevin Schmidtchen. Through his experience, clear communication and being a true native to Santa Barbara, he quickly found a home that fit all my needs.”
“I want to let you know that working with Kevin to purchase my new home was a wonderful experience.”
“We can’t begin to thank you for everything you did for us, I am glad you were there for me when I called you to come over. Couldn’t have done it without you. You are a wonderful person.”
–Dennis & Jennifer Bornand
“My fiancé and I relocated from New York to Santa Barbara in November 2002. The transition from East Coast to West is often looked upon as a theatrical drama filled with angst and woe. Couple this with the prospect of purchasing a new home in an unfamiliar city and chaos looms on the horizon. Kevin played a critical role in easing our transition. Prior to our move, he worked with us remotely, sending regular updates of listings via email while striving to understand our needs and address our concerns. Once we arrived in SB, Kevin was our guide; having grown up in SB, his knowledge of the area is definitive and indispensable. As it turns out for us, moving to SB has resembled more of a romantic comedy than that of the imagined theatrical drama.”
“As first time home-buyers, we feel so fortunate to have met and worked with Kevin Schmidtchen. Entering the Santa Barbara real estate marketplace is a challenging endeavor, but Kevin lead us through every step and made the process much easier than we had anticipated.
During the beginning of our search, Kevin worked hard to both educate us regarding the market and understand what our needs and desires were for our first home. As Kevin tightened the focus on our search and diligently pursued opportunities for us, our respect and trust in Kevin increased.
It became obvious that his colleagues in the real estate industry esteem him highly as well. Besides being an extremely skilled real estate agent, Kevin is a genuinely good person. When it came time to strategize our offer, and the subsequent counter offer, Kevin’s experience and wise counsel were crucial. With Kevin’s guidance, our offer was accepted and our escrow was surprisingly simple.
Kevin’s experience, integrity, and kindness made all the difference. Our new home is exactly what we wanted and more! We will certainly work with Kevin again when we decide to buy a larger home in the future. We feel privileged to know and work with Kevin, and recommend him with our highest confidence!’
–Rebekah Peake & Eric Bardakos
“Kevin is fantastic. He is highly knowledgeable about the Santa Barbara area which was extremely helpful in finding a home. As we searched for our home, he kept us constantly updated on what was going on in the market and was always very careful to explain our options. He is very patient and never pressured us to make an uncomfortable decision. He was always available and friendly.
During escrow Kevin a voice of reason. He was very protective of us, as clients. We felt completely comfortable in his care.
We will be recommending Kevin to everybody we know. We would definitely use him again. (If we ever move. We love our new house.)”
–Bob and Lisa Smith
Kevin helped me find a home in Santa Barbara and was a pleasure to work with on all fronts. A personal friend of mine, he was there for me every step of the way and knows SB cold. I’ve seen him in action not only with my deal but others as well and he is super consistent and delivers great service and advice that ends up saving his clients $$. Anyone interested in real estate in Santa Barbara should give Kev a shout.