Data provided by Fidelity National Title Company of Santa Barbara
Home price increases in California are beginning to moderate, a sign that our state’s housing market is heading toward a more balanced condition.
The median price for a single-family home in the state was $457,160 in June, a 2 percent decline from the preceding month, according to the California Association of Realtors latest home sales and price report. Although prices rose 6.6 percent from June 2013, the rate of annual appreciation was the lowest in quite some time.
“Home prices are finally increasing at a healthier pace, and the smallest year-over-year price gain in more than two years suggests that prices are stabilizing,” CAR Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young said in a statement. “Last year’s frenzied market of multiple offers, which drove sales prices above listing prices, has tapered off as the sales-to-list price ratio has dropped to a more normal level at nearly 99 percent, which signals a return to a more balanced market.”
“Old Spanish Days” July 31st, 2014 to August 3rd, 2014
Celebrating 90 Years! For More Information: 805.962.8101
We invite you to slip on your boots, strap on your spurs, jump on your horse, and join Old Spanish Days and the County and City of Santa Barbara in our most beloved community Celebration; Fiesta 2014, July 31st through August 3rd in beautiful Santa Barbara!
Viva los Vanqueros y Vaqueras!
For more information go to Fiesta Santa Barbara Celebrates Old Spanish Days 2014
City of Santa Barbara Quick Reference Numbers
“Help Keep Santa Barbara Clean and Beautiful!”
Abandoned Vehicles on Public Property: 805.897.2413
ABOP (Antifreeze, Batteries, Oil, and Paint) Information Hotline: 805.963.1852 or 805.564.5687
Airport Noise Complaint Hotline: 805.967.1900
Animal Control: (911) or 805.963.1513
Code Enforcement: 805.564.5669
Creeks – Dumping/ Water Quality : 805.897.2688
Fire Department (24 hr.): 805.965.5254
Hazardous Waste: 805.564.5596
Information – City Hall: 805.963.0611
Junk on Sidewalk: 805.564.5413
Leaf Blower Complaints (PD dispatch): 805.897.2410
Noise Abatement (PD dispatch): 805.897.2410
Park Ranger: 805.897.1941
Police Department: 24 Hr. Non Emergency: 805.897.2300 24 Hr. Dispatch: 805.896.2410
Pothole and Sidewalk Hotline: 805.897.2630
RADON Information: 800.745.7236
Recycling Hotline: 805.564.5587
Better than a bridge loan! The Departing Residence Program allows homeowners to qualify for and purchase a home before selling their current residence.
One of the main reasons for the shortage of listing properties is that homeowners interested in moving choose not to due to the uncertainty of selling, and then not finding a suitable replacement home quickly. The thought of having to move into a rental is enough to discourage sellers.
With the Departing Residence Program all that is needed is a rent survey prepared by a local appraiser stating what the current home could potentially be rented for. 75% of this amount is then used to offset the current housing payment.*
*For more information about this unique program contact Mark or Kirsten today.
TheRealEstateConcierge@gmail.com or 805.722.0322
Waiting for a film to start at this year’s Santa Barbara film fesitval I overheard a conversation where one person suggested that although there is this perception that we are all six degrees of separation from one another, that in Santa Barbara it is more like one degree! “Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps, according to Wikipedia.
The statement that Santa Barbara is a small town with a big name could not be more true. Because of Santa Barbara’s small town nature it’s probably not the place to flip someone off in traffic because there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be running into that person at the grocery store in the near future. It almost seems like everyone is on their best behavior? And, why not, we’re all lucky to be here. My take is that it is this small town vibe that makes living here so exceptional. People here really care about this community, and it shows.
Community character makes a difference. Obviously Santa Barbara is a great place to live because of it’s climate and semi-rural character. But if you dig deeper into what makes living here so exceptional you’ll find that commmunity character is the glue that pulls it all together.
A great example of this is the Unity Shoppe organization that reaches out to those that need help here. Their motto is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors!” If you’re looking for a great community with a small town feel, than Santa Barbara is the place to be!
The 4th of July, a 238-year-old reminder is a chance to show our gratitude to those who defend our freedom. Celebrate the 4th of July today here in Santa Barbara!
State Street Spirit of ’76 Parade, July 4, 1pm – 2pm
The 52nd Annual 4th of July Parade begins at Micheltorena Street and proceeds down to Cota Street. This year’s theme is Made in the USA – Bill of Rights… Guard It.
Fireworks & Festival at West Beach, July 4, 11am – 9:20pm
700 pounds of fireworks are set up at West Beach for the evening spectacular. There will be food vendors starting at 11am. West Beach is open for free public viewing, space available on a first-come basis. The show will start at 9pm and will last 20 minutes.