Market Update for July 2020

We continue to support our clients during these difficult times. Our hearts go out to everyone directly impacted by the ongoing pandemic in and around our community.

Covid-19 has had an impact on the local real estate sales activity for the Santa Barbara area, most notably in the first two quarters of 2020 while recently showing some dramatic shifts.

There seems to be a surge in out-of-area homebuyers seeking to escape the heavily populated cities of California and our home prices are reasonable compared to some other places.

Here is a quick overview of the stats for July 2020 compared to 2019
Total properties sold 190 – 127 Homes & 63 Condos
Home sales are up +9% over July 2019 while Condos were down -19%

Median Sales Price for a Home – $1,675,000 +43%
Median Sales Price for a Condo – $764,000 +21%
Months of Inventory – 4.03
30% were All Cash Sales

Click this link here for the full report

We continue taking every precaution needed while showing properties because everyone’s safety is important to us.
The numbers included in this report are courtesy of Fidelity National Title.
All information provided is deemed reliable but has not been verified and we do not guarantee it.
We recommend that viewers make their own inquiries.

Posted on August 20, 2020 at 10:37 am
Robert Watt | Posted in Uncategorized |

Market Update for June 2020

As always, we hope this Market Report finds you and your loved ones healthy and happy.

We are pleased to bring you our June real estate update. The numbers reflected in this report show year to date numbers which include when sales dropped off in the early months of COVID, showing a decline in year over year sales. However, we are happy to report compared to May and the months prior to COVID, June closed sales have bounced back strongly. We saw more sales in every price range. The sale pending numbers (in escrow) are 40% higher than June of 2019. We are expecting to see July closings very high as well.

Here is a quick overview of the stats for June 2020 compared to 2019
Total properties sold 161 – 118 homes & 43 Condos -13%
Median Sales Price for a Home – $1,425,000 +19%
Median Sales Price for a Condo – $650,000 -9%
Months of Inventory – 4.31
25% were Cash Sales

Click here is a link to the full report

As a reminder, we are taking every precaution needed while showing properties, because everyone’s safety is important to us.

Posted on July 22, 2020 at 5:17 pm
Robert Watt | Posted in Uncategorized |

Market Update for May 2020

As we begin the Summer of 2020, like so many other businesses in our community, the Real Estate mar­ket continues to evolve daily.

We are excited to announce that on Monday, June 1st, Village Properties officially re-opened our offices, with all the California government, OSHA, and County safety requirements in place.
It is nice to be open, even if it is only to perform essential activities that cannot be performed digitally or virtually.

In the past few weeks, our market has become very active. Some of this is due to listings and sales that were either withdrawn from the market or fell out of escrow due to COVID 19, and have now been re-listed. The activity is a good sign, especially for our buyers and sellers who need to buy and sell. It is reported that many of the buyers are from out of town, coming to our communities from more densely populated areas.

We are most appreciative of your support throughout these challenging past months, and wish you good health and a fun Summer ahead!

The Santa Barbara real estate market continues to see low inventory levels while the demand is high once again now that life is returning to somewhat normal since businesses are opening back up.
Then again who wouldn’t want to call this place home?

Here are some of the highlights from May 2020;

Total properties sold 85 – 65 homes & 20 Condos -56%
Median Sales Price for a Home – $1,169,000 -9%
Median Sales Price for a Condo – $810,000 +17%
Months of Inventory – 4.29
27% were Cash Sales

For a complete look at the real estate market report for May 2020 click the link below

May 2020 Real Estate Report

Information provided is deemed reliable but has not been verified and we do not guarantee it. We recommend that buyers make their own inquiries.
Data provided by CORT and or Fidelity Title.

Posted on June 18, 2020 at 5:09 pm
Robert Watt | Posted in Uncategorized |

Market Update for April 2020

The effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic are obvious and has changed everyone’s lives in many ways, the real estate market was no different.

Like many businesses, we have pivoted in providing our services virtually and digitally. For the first two weeks we waited for the Governor to confirm that Real Estate was indeed an essential service and that, following strict safety guidelines, we could continue to show properties to buyers. April’s market statistics clearly reflect a drop in sales for the first couple of weeks when everything came to a sudden halt. April also saw a decline in the number of homes listed for sale.

Here are some of the highlights from April 2020;
Total properties sold 94 – 69 homes & 25 Condos -44%
Median Sales Price for a Home – $1,200,000 -10%
Median Sales Price for a Condo – $791,000 +12%
Months of Inventory – 3.81
16% were Cash Sales

Despite all we are going through, we have some good real estate news. The median house price in our area has not dropped, and in fact, has stayed steady over the past 3 years.
There are many buyers still seeking to buy a home.

In some cases, we continue seeing multiple offers come in on many listings due to the fact that there is still a shortage of inventory. Right now we definitely have well-qualified buyers who want to buy homes.

We have quickly adapted to the changes in our industry and continue to go above and beyond to safely serve clients with excellence, not only in real estate but also by helping them in a myriad of practical ways as we face these new times together.

For a complete look at the real estate market report for April 2020 click the link below

April 2020 Market Report

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 9:00 am
Robert Watt | Posted in Uncategorized |

Market Update for March 2020 and 1st Quarter YTD

We hope this information finds you safe, healthy and taking care of yourself and loved ones during this unprecedented time.

Our normal business activities have drastically changed with the banning of open houses, property caravans, price sets, and in-person meetings. We have all the technology in place needed in order to move toward virtual tours, marketing,  and using social media to stay connected. Our affiliations with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio and Mayfair International have given us even more tools and a broad reach to accomplish what we need to serve our clients.

We are pleased that Real Estate has been identified as an essential service by Homeland Security. This gives us an opportunity to serve buyers and sellers who have the need to buy and sell during this time. We are sensitive to our client’s needs, emotions, and are listening to what feels comfortable to them. We continue to conduct our business virtually, but on those occasions where this is impossible, we are using all safety precautions including social distancing and careful sanitizing.

Our Community is very much on our minds and we continue to do what we can to support it.

Now for this month’s Market Report, the numbers tell the true story.

  • 128 total properties sold in March, 91 homes & 37 Condos
  • The median sales price for a home was $1,330,000
  • The median sales price for condo’s $652,000
  • 3.22 Months of Inventory

Interestingly enough, the same number of properties were sold in February also. I feel the stats for April will be more reflective of how the market may be affected by this pandemic.

Until next time…

March/1st Qtr. YTD Report

Posted on April 17, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Robert Watt | Posted in Blog, Market Report |

Robert Watt’s Weekend Off

In light of all that has been going on and being sheltered in place all week, I am continuing to do what I can to assist clients as I work from home.
Today, I thought I would do something a little different.
I wanted to share what I’ve been up to this past weekend, I needed to take some time for myself and take a break from all that has been going on, I hope you plan to do the same, we deserve it.
What I did was…
  • Catch up on some reading
  • Watch some movies
  • Practiced a musical instrument
  • One thing for sure I limiting the NEWS and Social Media
When I’m not working and have some extra time, the one thing  I enjoy most is photography. This gave me the opportunity to spend some time in my darkroom developing film and wanted to share what images I have captured using an old Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera enjoy!
I think it’s important to say “Thank You” to all the doctors, nurses, paramedics, law enforcement, firefighters and those in the food industries who are on the front lines of this crisis going above and beyond right now. We support you, together we can get through this.
Most importantly, STAY POSITIVE!
Be safe and stay healthy!
County of Santa Barbara Public Health
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Instagram: @robertwattsbre

Posted on March 23, 2020 at 9:27 pm
Robert Watt | Posted in Uncategorized |

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Newsletter!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Be sure to take a look at this month’s newsletter and have a wonderful day!


Posted on March 17, 2020 at 1:37 pm
Robert Watt | Posted in Uncategorized |

Market Update for February 2020

This month’s Market Update Report shows the market conditions are business as usual despite the latest news around Coronavirus.

  • 128 total properties sold in February, 92 homes & 36 Condos
  • Median sales price for a home was $1,189,500
  • Median sales price for condo’s $682,500
  • 3.58 Months of Inventory

Remember these are February results. Now that we are halfway through March, it will be interesting to see how this month turns out with the latest concerns around the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

We at Village Properties are as concerned, as many are, about staying healthy during these challenging and uncertain times.

Along with the Market Report Link, here are links to the CDC’s recommendations for your reference, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, and the California Department of Public Health regarding the virus and what to be aware of.

We are taking the advice of the CDC and being extra cautious when conducting Real Estate business in our beautiful community.

We’ll be here for your real estate needs and grateful for your support.

Stay healthy!

February Market Report


Posted on March 16, 2020 at 3:57 pm
Robert Watt | Posted in Market Report, Uncategorized |

Market Update for January 2020

At the time of posting this Market Report, we are well into February of 2020.

As the market report indicates, the Real Estate news is still very positive and the new year is off to a good start.

The early trends we are seeing for home sales in 2020 are indicative of a very healthy market from Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria.

Traditionally, early summer has been the strongest selling season and sellers have typically waited to list their homes in spring.
This year, however, the statistics are telling sellers something else.
During the months of December, 2019 and January, 2020 the number of sales were high, but the median price was slightly down from January of the previous year.
With a strong economy, low-interest rates, and tight inventory, this makes for an interesting market.

The total number of properties sold in January was 129, 96 of those being homes and 33 condo sales.

Inventory levels are the challenge and continues to show increased demand for housing with more home buyers than properties available to purchase in most price ranges.

For a look at the full report click the link below.

January 2020 Market Report

Posted on February 19, 2020 at 2:37 pm
Robert Watt | Posted in Uncategorized |

Buying a Home part 1

When it comes time to buy a home, where should someone begin?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time homebuyer or have already been through the process of buying a home, I wanted to provide some information and insight on what to think about and how to get started.

I always recommend the first thing someone does is to meet with a mortgage lender. This can be at your bank or a business that specializes in home loans.

I had an opportunity to meet up with a mortgage lender, Austin Lampson at Homeowners Financial Group, to discuss what to expect in the beginning stages, the difference between “Pre-Approval” and “Pre-Qualification”

Here is a link to a guide with more information that outlines everything and I hope you’ll find helpful.

Home Buying Guide

In my next vlog, part two of this, we’ll go into more depth and get into the details of what to expect along the way when it comes to looking for a new home.

I would love the opportunity to answer any questions or provide additional information, so please let me know what I can do for you.

Posted on February 10, 2020 at 1:37 pm
Robert Watt | Posted in Uncategorized |