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Welcome to the American Riviera

May 2nd, 2015 · American Riviera, Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Santa Barbara Realtors

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Santa Barbara Online Weekend Open Houses

May 1st, 2015 · American Riviera, Carpinteria Real Estate, Ennisbrook, Hope Ranch Real Estate, Montecito Real Estate, Open Houses, Property Search, Santa Barbara Real Estate, Santa Barbara Realtors, Summerland Real Estate

 Weekend Online Open Houses for Santa Barbara

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SBOAR vs. The Code of Ethics

May 1st, 2015 · Code of Ethics, Santa Barbara Real Estate, Santa Barbara Realtors

When the rules aren’t enforced, why bother following them?  The suggested Rules and Regulations that supposedly govern the Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service appear to be at odds with the Code of Ethics. Some listings that show as Active are under contract (Pending)?  Listings that have been on the market for weeks, months, and years show up as New Listings (Days on the Market)?  Where’s the integrity in the system?  Who’s responsible?

The Santa Barbara Association of Realtor’s Directors and MLS Committee members appear to be in conflict with the Code of Ethics that the California Association of Realtors touts strict adherence to by it’s members in it’s radio ads?  Why is this a concern?  The Santa Barbara MLS is the original feed to Zillow, Realtor.com, Trulia,  and other third parties that distribute the data online that the public relies on. If the data is misleading, what value is it? It certainly doesn’t help other real estate agents here in Santa Barbara that want to show a property that’s already under contract – but appears as an active listing on the MLS.

Most of the realtors here in Santa Barbara do adhere to the rules but…   According to the SBAOR’s web site “the Board of Directors and Officer’s duty and responsibility is to manage the affairs of the corporation for the benefit of the membership, and the public it serves.” Why is the Board of Directors and the Multiple Listing committee not protecting the integrity of it’s MLS?  It’s great to pad your resume with these designations as a Director and Committee member, but who’s watching the store?

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First Quarter Selling Prices for Last Five Years

April 29th, 2015 · Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Santa Barbara Real Estate, SB Real Estate Statistics

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5 Years of First Quarter Selling Prices For Santa Barbara.

Montecito – Santa Barbara – Carpinteria/Summerland – Hope Ranch – Goleta

 

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Santa Barbara “Live” Real Estate Statistics

April 25th, 2015 · Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Trends, SB Real Estate Statistics

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Something new for Santa Barbara Real Estate! Live Statistics! Sales asking prices for the last 7 days, and the last 90 days. If you’d like to take the “Pulse” of today’s market here’s where you’ll find it.

Iif you’re not familar with Santa Barbara’s Zip Codes, here they are:
Carpinteria: 93013, Summerland: 93067, Montecito: 93108, SB Westside: 93101, SB Westside: 93109 , SB Eastside: 93103 (Riviera), SB Eastside: 93105, Hope Ranch: 93110, Goleta:93111. Goleta/county: 93117, and Santa Ynez: 93460

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Santa Barbara’s NoTell Motels

April 21st, 2015 · Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Santa Barbara Rentals

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An excerpt from Online Santa Barbara News resource EdHat’s Ernie Salomon reported on April 17, 2015 that             “The people of Santa Barbara had better wake up! Our city is being overrun by illegal vacation rentals in our R Zoned residential neighborhoods.  It is against Santa Barbara zoning laws for any type of short term hotel/motel type rental in R zoning.

At present there are about 1400 homes for rent by the night in greater Santa Barbara on www.Tripping.com alone.

These short term vacation rentals have severe adverse impacts socially, educationally, and financially.  They take more of our rental housing stock off the market.  They reduce the number of families with children and cost the City’s school systems about $10,000 for each child that are forced to move out of town with their parents because they’re unable to find a home here.  These vacation rentals change the complexion of our residential neighborhoods from the stability of long term residents to the instability of transient neighborhoods.

There are issues of noise and crime from short term renters. While the City Council turns their back on this problem fireman, police officers, and others can no longer afford to live here.  Is this a bad public policy when the vacation renters don’t shop here, don’t have an interest in the community, don’t belong to any local organizations, and schools lose revenues from the state?”

Shockingly some local real estate agents use the Santa Barbara MLS message board/email system to advertise these short term rentals to their peers which is a violation of the MLS rules and regulations, and the Code of Ethics?

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Miramar Hotel Approved!

April 19th, 2015 · Miramar Hotel, Montecito Real Estate, Santa Barbara Real Estate

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On April 14, 2015 the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors approved Rick Caruso’s application to build the Montecito Miramar Hotel . Mr. Caruso was the third developer in 15 years to attempt to get approval, and on Tuesday he did ending years of fits and starts over the property.  The Los Angeles developer will be building a 170 room, 436 parking spots hotel on Miramar Beach as seen above in a painting by local Santa Barbara artist Chris Potter.  Upon final approval Tuesday Mr. Caruso invited the Board of Supervisors to the Grand Opening  on April 30, 2018. Rick Caruso also added, “We will build a great hotel that you will be proud of!”

Painting by local Santa Barbara artist Chris Potter 

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Santa Barbara’s Illegal No Tell Motels

April 18th, 2015 · KEYT Television, Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Santa Barbara Real Estate

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Click on video for KEYT’s C.J.Wards investigative report on illegal rentals in Santa Barbara. Shockingly some Santa Barbara Realtors are using the Santa Barbara MLS message boards (emails to membership) to rent out these illegal rentals which is a violation of the MLS Rules and Regulations, the Code of Ethics, and Zoning Regulations in Santa Barbara. The shortest legal rental period in the State of California is 30 days.

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Santa Barbara Golf Course

April 13th, 2015 · Santa Barbara Real Estate, Santa Barbara Realtors, Sotheby's Real Estate

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The Hidden Oaks 9 hole  Golf Course is for sale through Sotheby’s International Realty for $1,995,000. It’s a par 3 public golf course in the Hope Ranch Annex – nestled alongside Hope Ranch – and is a wonderful opportunity for any golf aficionados that would like to own their own golf course. For more information and photos email Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe at TheRealEstateConciege@gmail.com or call Mark at 805.845.2888 or Kirsten at 805.722.0322.

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Santa Barbara Real Estate News

April 7th, 2015 · Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Miramar Hotel, Montecito Real Estate, Santa Barbara Homes For Sale

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April 2015:  It’s been 7 years since Santa Barbara approved the project, but bulldozers are now making way for “The Knoll” a subdivision on North Patterson Avenue that will include 12 new homes and an existing historic mansion on about 5 acres.  The builder is the Oak Creek Company, a Carrillo Street development outfit.  The Oak Creek Company will also start two other Goleta Valley projects in the next six months which include “The Boulders” that include 16 homes on 15 acres along San Antonio Creek Road, and the “Tree Farm” project on the Calvaletto property nearly adjacent to “The Knoll”, where 134 homes of diverse types – including 24 affordable units – will be spread across 26 acres.  The latter project was the most controversial, taking 12 years of planning until being approved in 2012.

On April 14, 2015 the Board of Supervisors will hear two more challenges to the Miramar Hotel project.  It never ends – sorry Rick. Miramar neighbors are arguing the hotel will eat up the residents on street parking, and have hired a Pasadena based lawyer Robert Silverstein. Further delays may have a spiraling impact  on the constructions schedule, and could sink the project.  The final decision could mean an appeal to the California Coastal Commission.  No day on the beach….

Thinking green and how technology is shaping your dwelling? Virtually every new home has an energy agenda.  For new homes to stand out on the market that has to be factored in. If you’re going for a “Zero House” (which produces as much energy as it uses) you have to build the most energy efficient structure you can.  If this perks your interest check out Boyce Thompson’s book The New New Home.

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