Santa Barbara is a beautiful piece of paradise on the central coast. It is well known for its Spanish and Mediterranean style architecture and temperate climate. Almost the entire city is kept clean and well-maintained by its residents. Because of the high-cost living, Santa Barbara attracts a certain demographic of people that have the means to preserve its rich heritage and its natural and architectural beauty.... more
Santa Barbara is known for its incredible boutique shopping. In addition, there are all the conveniences of the larger department stores, grocery stores, costco, etc. There are also farmers markets several times a week for those who want the more relaxed and natural experience.... more
There are 10,747 mail boxes in this zip code of Santa Barbara. The population is 24,815. The average income is $57-58,000./year and the average home value is $511,500. So, if all the neighbors have a perimeter gate, then it's a great idea to increase value. If no one else has a custom wood and iron fron gate, it is probably more of a personal preference than a resale value perk. Are you thinking in terms of a feeling of safety & security? That is where the home improvement will return on investment while you are living there!... more
These are very different places, but I will try to be brief so you can then decide which place you would like to focus on.
Santa Ynez, for lack of a better term, is sort of a Western town -- very horsey. Los Olivos is more of an artists' town -- wineries, galleries, some celebs. Ballard is a dot on the map adjacent to Los Olivos, and more of a family place, and Solvang is a pretty bustling tourist spot complete with suburban homes. Take a day and drive around and you will quickly determine which you like the best. Be aware that home prices vary widely. Here's a tip: Don't start looking at homes that are too pricey for you. Tell your Realtor what you realistically can do and stick with it.
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Santa Barbara has a low crime rate and a very safe feeling to it. Many residents do not lock their front doors or their cars. In the lower Westside and lower eastside there is a slightly higher crime rate. Most people feel safe and comfortable walking in almost every part of the city, including at night time.... more
Either the penthouse or the doghouse. Even if you are the best, you could be a threat to others and they could keep you from succeeding. It is very cut throat. You are better off lying low for the first year and building slowly, developing relationships and then becoming a top producer in your second year.... more
Wendi, That would depend upon your office. Each office will have an employee/independent contractor agreement with you that will define what fees are to be paid to the company, client, E&O insurance, risk management fees, desk rental fees, etc. These fees are typically taken out of a commission check after the company's percentage is deducted from the gross commission earned. Any advertising and marketing expenses are usually paid by the agent prior to any sale transaction occurs. We incur those expenses with no guarantee that the home will sell in order to recoup our out of pocket expense. If you are newer to real estate then your split with the real estate company could be a 50/50 split or in that ballpark. You just need to do the math. With any business, you need to spend money to make money and the first year in real estate can be the most difficult. But if you are meant to help buyers and sellers in their home relocations, you will endure. Good luck!... more
I would recommend hiring an experienced land use agent or architect who has processed a number of projects in Montecito specifically. If the agent/architect has an overly emotional or negative view of the planning department it means they lack the knowledge necessary to get your project through efficiently. You can also go to the zoning counter before even starting your project and get free information regarding your property and any constraints it may have. If they are busy on a particular day, go back when there is more time and you can get a lot of good information. Also, submit for architectural review early and beware of changing your project mid-process because it will require much more $ and time. If a zoning requirement seems unfair, ask to see the ordinance language stating the requirement. Also remember that being persistent, polite and responsive will never hurt you.... more
Santa Barbara is a great place to raise your children. The city is safe, friendly, and offers many attractions, both natural and man-made. The beaches are popular hang-outs as well as the variety of parks and hiking trails. The School systems are fantastic in Santa Barbara, which is to be expected with the affluence of the area.... more
Compared to most other parts of California, Santa Barbara has relatively little traffic. The 101 does get a bit congested from 8:00-9:00 Am and 4:00-6:00 as people are commuting to and from work.... more
When looking for a monthly rental in Santa barbara, your best bet is to use the following tools:
1. Santa Barbara News Press: SBNS is our main local newspaper with a long list of monthly rentals by property management companies and private parties.
2. Santa Barbara Craigslist: Santa Barbara Craigslist is a free service to the public where a user can post and view classified ads. Look under the housing section and you will find everything from real estate for sale to apartments for rent and more. We recommend you check this resource daily as often times the best rentals are gone the first day.
3. Contact local Property Management companies: Your best shot is to search online or contact the ones you see in the SB NewsPress.
4. Visit the Haves & Needs rental website for an agent sponsored and supported daily list of Rental Haves and Needs.
For all these links visit our Santa Barbara rental page on our website... more
What many people ask me before they visit Santa Barbara, is why would anyone move to Santa Barbara when housings costs, both renting and buying are so high. The answer is lifestyle. Santa Barbara has an incredible draw for people who want to live the vacation lifestyle. The weather is gorgeous almost all of the time. The beaches are clean, and warm, and not too crowded. There is great shopping, incredible dining, and a host of other attractions that make every day enjoyable. And a lot of other people don't mind buying or renting a smaller house, or a house with less amenities, because they don't spend much time inside when there is so much to do outside.... more
Santa Barbara is one of the most dog-friendly places in the U.S. There are leash-free parks and beaches and you will often see dogs in department stores and restaurants. My dog loves to go to Blockbuster with my wife and I. The parks are especialy beautiful with mature trees and large grassy areas to stroll and relax.... more
Santa Barbara is a cultural hub with a rich heritage in the Arts. There are a myriad of festivals, museums and events to enjoy throughout the year. There is an incredible number of restaurants with American and Ethnic food to satisfy all of Santa Barbara's residents.... more