Recently, on a spectacularly sunny day, my wife Gail and I went for an inspiring hike around Campus Point at UC Santa Barbara. We feel blessed to live close to this stunning college which, in a way, brought us together.
I came to UCSB in 1970, from the Bay Area (although I was mostly raised in Missouri until age 16) and graduated in 1975 in Anthropology. The university brought Gail here from Penn State to be a UCSB science news writer starting in 1997. We met in 2009 when a mutual friend, who worked with Gail at the university, connected us.
This month I am starting my 38th year specializing in Mesa properties. During that time I have seen many changes in the market and in the way we do business. For example, I am now getting many of my leads from the Internet as more people turn to the computer as a first order of business in looking for a home. And I’ve found that web-based testimonials from former customers are golden. So, don’t be surprised if I ask you to write one!
In 2013 there were 94 Mesa sales through August 12; this year we’ve closed 76 sales. There were 12 closings in the past 30 days, up from only eight last month. This is the best month since January when we had 15 closings. There are 21 homes on the market and a very strong 14 homes pending. We’re back to a normal level of homes for sale.
The Mesa has pushed through to new heights of price even while the overall market has clearly entered a plateau. Maybe the market is simply re-evaluating the Mesa as a more desirable location than it has in the past!
When you want to find out what your home is worth call 805 451-9300.
“I have relied upon the services of Scott Williams for all my eight real estate transactions since 1990. Mr. Williams always has his finger on the pulse of the market, provides expert advice, and is a skillful negotiator to have on your side of the transaction .”
– Mark Rumer
“We have known Scott for 25 years now. Scott helped us sell our condo and purchase our home. His knowledge and expertise made for a truly trouble free dual transaction.”
– Laura Baker
In 38 years of marketing I’ve helped more than 685 Santa Barbara homeowners with the sale of their properties. More than 380 of these were on the Mesa.