Fall in Santa Barbara is certainly a beautiful season and one of my favorite times of the year.
Real Estate sales typically slow during the fall, however sellers who are realistic, understand the market and how to price and prepare their homes for sale, will have no trouble selling their homes.
The numbers don’t lie, which is a good thing according to the most recent stats.
Some will say the market is slowing, others would agree its better than it appears as it continues to exceed last year’s numbers.
Sales of Single-family home are up 8% over last year with a total of 987
More Condo’s sold with a total of 495 which is 9% over last year at the same time.
Overall, 1,482 residences have sold through the 3rd quarter of 2019 showing an increase of approximately 8% over 2018.
Inventory levels are the challenge as it continues to show increased demand for housing with more home buyers than properties available to purchase.
From Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria where would your dream home be?
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October is a month full of different events here in Santa Barbara but one that is sure not to disappoint is the annual Harbor & Seafood Festival.
This local event is held every second Saturday of October and celebrates Santa Barbara’s fishermen with all the hard work that happens in our harbor year-round. There is a wide array of booths all lined up for you to explore; from specialty foods, demonstrations, art and jewelry, and my personal favorite – paella!
This mouth-watering dish is prepared right in front of you and the best part is, you get to enjoy a sample. Also, If you’re a foodie who enjoys pairing delicious seafood dishes with wine, you can check out the
Santa Barbara Maritimes Wine & Seafood Pairing event held that same day.
Whether you’re a Santa Barbara local or just visiting from out of the area this is something you surely do not want to miss!
For more details on this event and what it is about, you can take a peek here.
The real estate market in the Santa Barbara area is alive and well.
We continue to see brisk activity in all price ranges from Carpinteria to Goleta and everything in between, including Montecito and Santa Barbara.
In the month of August, there were a total of 176 single-family homes and condos sold with a year to date (YTD) total of 1326 combined properties.
Also, the median sales price is up approximately 7% over last year from $1,205,000 to $1,292,500.
With that, the number of single-family home sales compared to last year was 827 in 2018 and 883 through August of this year, that’s also a 7% increase.
Now that interest rates are favorable there is always an opportunity to own property.
What does your next home look like?
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A healthy lifestyle is important, a big part of that is a healthy home.
Houzz released a Healthy Home Study outlining what is important to homeowners and how they rated there homes safety.
- Over 60% of homeowners rate their homes as healthy, yet more than a quarter are uncertain of major health hazards indoors or outside
- Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are more critical of their homes’ health than Millennials
- Homes are perceived to be healthier if built more recently, have no allergens or mold, limited instances of insects and rodents, and more light
- Moisture, air quality, and cleanliness top the list of indoor concerns while air quality, grounds safety and soil quality worry homeowners outside
- Prevalence of health-promoting and safety systems like carbon monoxide detectors are limited in all homes
- Preventing health problems remains a motivation for renovations for over 40% of homeowners
More than 70% of those surveyed expressed minimizing exposure to chemicals and germs is very important for supporting overall home health. Comfort rated the highest with security and wholesome food/diet round out the top five health factors.
Here is a list of potential risk factors to keep in mind
- Dust mites Mold/mildew/rot
- Contaminants in drinking water
- Exhaust from gas-burning appliances
- Excessive dust or pet dander
There are numerous hidden dangers and items to be concerned with. Here are additional resources to learn more about what to take into consideration.
To your health and safety!
The summer solstice is today, June 21, 2019, for anyone who is north of the equator.
It is the longest day of the year and marks the first day of summer.
To celebrate this special event, the Santa Barbara Solstice Parade and Celebration is being held June 21st, 22nd, & 23rd.
The parade itself is held on Saturday, June 22nd and starts promptly at 12:00 noon beginning at Cota and State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.
It will work its way up State Street to Alameda Park where the celebration continues throughout the weekend.
This parade began back in 1974 as a birthday celebration and is the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, which draws over 100,000 spectators from all over.
There is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, unless you’ve been, of course, then, you know what it’s all about.
You can expect to see a creative display of floats, giant puppets, unique costumes and masks, Brazilian dancers and various performing groups with up to a 1,000 parade participants from children to adults.
As for the festival, it is a celebration where everyone will enjoy live music, dancing, DJ playing, a large drum circle, food, arts and crafts, with a free festival for children.
The parade and festival have something for everyone and is sure to please your senses. It is a fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy!
This year is the 45th Summer Solstice Celebration and the theme is “Wonder”.
For more information and details about the event, please visit The Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration website at www.solsticeparade.com
Hope to see you out there!