Josh, since January it's pretty much been a seller's market due to low inventory (multiple offers, properties selling over list), but it's also still a great time for buyers who are ready to move quickly, since money is still pretty cheap and prices are still pretty affordable. As a buyer you have to be 100% prepared (prequal, intro letter, etc.) and be ready to sign docs on your phone yesterday!
You'll definitely need an agent who has the connections with other agents and can find you what you need before it even hits the MLS. Call me and I'll work with you to get you your new home back in Santa Barbara.
KW | KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
1435 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101