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
Does your guest house have a kitchen? That can make your guest house rentable. More guest houses will be rented now that the State of California allows adding a full kitchen to guest houses and accessory buildings. The new law applies to all properties in the state. The State overturned all city and county ordinances against in-home apartments, or guest house rentals, as of January 1, Continue Reading about Montecito Connection: May -June 2017: Guest House Kitchens, Now They’re Legal
Making Your Home Look Outstanding Gavin Cater can come to your home for an hour or two, and then transform it from good to great. He is an excellent real estate photographer, and a member of my team. I work with Gavin because of the results he helps me to produce: increased values. Part of what sets Gavin apart from many others is the time he spends in post-production — that is after he Continue Reading about Montecito Connection: March – April 2017
Montecito 2016 Market Review The year 2016 will go down as a good market in Montecito. Still, prices have paused in their upwards move that had lasted from 2012 to 2015. We are at a moment when the market is hesitating. Is it going to pick-up again? We are not quite sure. We are watching the market very closely to see if there will be a resurgence with the new year. Montecito prices, over the Continue Reading about Montecito Connection: January – February 2017
by Mark Schniepp • January 2, 2017 With the election decided, what can you expect in 2017? In the November newsletter, I widely assumed, as did the rest of America, that Clinton would prevail on election day. And given that, economic policy and economic growth would not change much from where they were in 2016. Well as stunned as we are from the outcome of the election, if congress supports Continue Reading about Trumponomics: the 2017 Economy
by Mark Schniepp • October 20, 2016 Is the Campaign affecting the economy ? The debates have been raucous, the mud-slinging unprecedented, but no, the darker side of the presidential election season has not meaningfully impacted the economy. Consumer and business conﬁ dence remains sturdy, and though overall sentiment isn’t quite as strong as in previous expansions, the current levels aren’t Continue Reading about Will the Election Change the Path of the Economy?
My Montecito clients have a dilemma. I sold them their “dream” home on a two-acre hilltop in the beautiful neighborhood of Ennisbrook in 2014. Is this the home where they want to stay? That is the question. After their youngest of four children left home for college, they were looking for adventure as empty-nesters and decided to make the move to the Santa Barbara area from Indianapolis, Continue Reading about Montecito Connection: Time to Add On or Move?