After 43 years’ experience selling hundreds of homes that I helped remodel, I’ve put my best tips into a podcast—Sweet Home Santa Barbara. These trade secrets work for Montecito estates, Mesa tract houses, Condos, and everything in between. Some of these tips return more than 10 times the money you invest with only a few hours work! Each episode is 7-10 minutes long, making them easy to listen Continue Reading about Montecito Connection: Hit the Jackpot Selling Your Home–My Podcasts Tell You How
Prices continue to rise and there is stiff competition to acquire a home in all areas. To get perspective on the Montecito market, and its 180 sales, up 51 percent year to date for the median price home, we need to look at other neighborhoods on the South Coast. Median prices in Santa Barbara City with 367 sales, are up 38 percent, the Mesa, 56 sales up 63 percent, Hope Ranch, 38 Continue Reading about Montecito Connection: Montecito Conditions – High Water Everywhere
Prices continue to rise and there is stiff competition to acquire a home in all areas. To get perspective on the Mesa market, and its 56 sales, year to date, we need to look at other neighborhoods on the South Coast. Median prices in Montecito, 180 sales, are up 51 percent,Santa Barbara City, 367 sales, up 38 percent and Goleta, 175 sales, up 20 percent. This market has emphasized the purchasing Continue Reading about Market Mojo Report – Mesa Increase in Values Highest on Record
For Christmas, I ordered a set of DNA ancestry and health testing kits for everyone in my family. It used to be your relatives who helped maintain the family tree; that’s how you knew where your ancestors came from. For our family, it was the family stories that circulated at Thanksgiving that told us where we were from. If you could get information from 100 years ago, you were lucky. I guess Continue Reading about Market Mojo Report – Jan 2018 – Are You Curious?
I got my real estate license in 1977. In September 2017 I reached my 40th year in real estate. When I first started selling homes on the Mesa gas was 65 cents a gallon and my first real estate car was a Volkswagen bug. I was wearing 3-piece suits, complete with vest and paisley tie. Bell bottoms were still in fashion in those days. The average 3-bedroom, 1-bath, Marine Terrace Mesa home was going Continue Reading about Market Mojo Report – Nov-Dec 2017: A Year Filled with Major Milestones
Should you be the first one on your block to apply for an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)? You might consider waiting a few more months before you apply for a permit to create one of these “granny flats,” as a rental in your home or garage. State and local governments are still resolving the ADU approval process. This year, the very first homeowners to apply moved through the permitting process Continue Reading about Market Mojo Report | September 2017: ADUs – Rental Units in Single Family Zones Get Approvals
by Dr. Mark Schniepp, Director of the California Economic Forecast in Santa Barbara Bubble Concerns Google the words “housing bubble” and a long list of articles and blogs will come up that proclaim another bubble is back. That’s because the nationwide average of home prices is now in record territory again and that alone appears to be enough evidence to support the notion of a bubble. But Continue Reading about Market Mojo Report|July/August 2017: Are We in Another Housing Bubble?
Who is doing the business? It makes a difference. Being with the leading real estate office in town, with so much business going on, means I get many pearls of information. I use this information to benefit my clients. I know which homes are selling, which are in multiple offers and which are not, which are in escrow, and at what price. Being in Santa Barbara’s top real estate company makes a real Continue Reading about Market Mojo Report (June 2017): 2017 Market Share – Pearls of Information