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Santa Barbara Home Sales Statistics Jan-Oct 2010

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Santa Barbara home sales during October 2010 for all Santa Barbara communities, including all neighborhoods of the city of Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, Carpinteria, Summerland and Goleta declined from the activity seen during September. While the number of sales have declined 6 out of the last 7 months, there is good news. Two out of the last three months have seen more than 90 newly opened escrows. With this surge in pending home escrows, sales should remain strong through the remaining months of 2010. The median sales price decreased slightly from $879,000 in September to $864,000 in October; and the average sales price increased from $1.57 million in September to $1.63 million in October.

Time Period: 10/01/10-10/31/10

Property Type: Homes (excluding condos)
Areas Included: The greater Santa Barbara area, including Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, Carpinteria/Summerland and Goleta.


  • Number of Closed Sales: 65, sales down from 74 in Sept ’10.
  • Median Sales Price: $864,000, down from $879,000 Sept in  ’10.
  • Average Sales Price: $1.63 million, up from $1.58 million in Sept ’10.
  • Sales Price to Original List Price Ratio: 80%, down from 92% in Sept ’10.
  • Number of Pended Escrows: 96, up from 78 in Sept ’10.
  • Total Inventory: 584 homes, down from 629 in Sept ’10.
  • Number of New Listings: 115, down from 138 in Sept ’10.
  • Median List Price of New Listings: $995,000, up from $975,000 in Sept ’10.
  • Median List Price of Overall Inventory: $1.5 million, same as $1.5 million in Sept ’10.
Santa Barbara Home Sales October 2010

Santa Barbara Home Sales Year To Date as of October 31, 2010

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Santa Barbara Median Sales Price Year to Date as of October 31, 2010

Santa Barbara Median Sales Price Year to Date as of October 31, 2010

Thanks for reading this blog and I welcome your comments.

-Sylvia E. Miller
Cell: 805-448-8882

Remember my virtual compatriots, until we blog again, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” (from Monty Python)!

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Sylvia Elizabeth Miller
, ‘The Right Realtor® For You’
Coastal Properties, Inc
1086 Coast Village Rd,
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Email: ~ Cell:
805-448-8882 ~ Toll Free: 877-San-Barb

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Santa Barbara Listings Offering Owner Financing To Buyers. – Part I

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

‘Seller Financing’, ‘Seller Carry Back’, ‘Owner Will Carry’, ‘Taking Back the Note’ are all descriptions of the ever growing home financing opportunities across the country, in California, and now in Santa Barbara. Homeowners rarely contemplate personally financing the sale of their home, however in tight credit markets, owner financing can be a very powerful sales tool. A seller-financed real estate transaction is simply a sale where the owner operates as the ‘bank’ and where the buyer makes their payment directly to the seller.

Seller Financing - Loan Approved!

Seller financing offers many advantages to both buyer and seller:


  • Easy Qualification. Credit requirements may be a little more flexible.
  • Less Paperwork. More flexibility on the loan documents.
  • No Loan Costs. Substantial savings in closing costs.
  • Seller Flexibility. Owners can be more flexible if buyers get in trouble.


  • Pool of Buyers. Properties become more appealing to the growing pool of ‘credit-challenged’ buyers in today’s market.
  • Fast Closing. Owners can move a property more quickly.
  • Highest Price. Typically, when offering flexible owner-finance terms, sellers receiver higher prices. Buyers frequently are willing to pay a premium for non-qualifying financing.
  • Tax Benefit. An installment sale of real estate allows for the deferral of capital gain recognition. Always consult your tax professional regarding the impact of real estate on your tax liability.

In down markets, those sellers who are able to offer flexible terms to get their real property sold and closed often are at a significant advantage to sell their home quickly. This can potentially result in a larger pool of buyers; more profit; hopefully help the seller avoid chasing a falling market, and ideally lead to a quicker sale.

Are you looking to buy a home in or near Santa Barbara but have been unable to qualify for conventional bank financing? If you have a reasonable down payment, the ability to make monthly payments, buying a home in Santa Barbara may still be a reality. As more Santa Barbara sellers offer owner financing to attract buyers, the opportunities for you to buy a great property in Santa Barbara may no longer be just a dream.

If your Santa Barbara home ownership dream has been on hold, consider contacting Sylvia Miller. She can help you buy an owner-financed Santa Barbara home.

1402 Grand Ave, Santa Barbara, CA - Owner Financing Available!

The following are two examples of Santa Barbara homes currently offered for sale with owner financing available. See photo at left.

Property One:
1402 Grand Ave, Santa Barbara, CA – $2475,000

Stunning 180 degree views & an exquisite house! Every room is done with Italian stone, custom wooden beams & cabinetry and hand cast faux plaster walls. This classic estate was rebuilt from the ground up in 2002, and is one of the largest properties in the City with over 5 acres, walking trails, & 600 ft tree-lined driveway. Separate guest house 1bed/1bath.

897 Park Lane West - Owner Financing Available!

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Property Two:
897 Park Lane West, Santa Barbara, CA – $3,950,000

Panoramic ocean, island, Santa Barbara Harbor, & Santa Ynez Mountain views. Quiet, private road access in Montecito’s exclusive Golden Quadrangle. Outstanding custom features, including cathedral ceiling, stone fireplace, wood floors, wine rack wall. Master Suite with sitting area & fireplace. Fiber glass lined solar heated pool, rem control Jacuzzi spa.

If you would like to see either of these beautiful properties, or others, please contact Sylvia Miller, cell: 805-448-8882, or email her at

If you would like more information on other owner-financed properties within Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria and Summerland, Goleta, Hope Ranch, and the Santa Ynez Valley, please contact me,, cell: 805-448-8882.

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Snowbird Destination Extraordinaire – Santa Barbara!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The 'Maple Leaf' - Canada's National Flag

Snowbirds will soon be arriving from many parts of Canada and Northern United States such as British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Washington, New York, Illinois, Michigan, etc. Snowbirds are by and large retirees and business owners who can afford to escape the cold & snowy weather for most of the winter. Attracted by the warmer fall and winter climates in the southwestern United States, they are leaving their snow-bound homes and heading for many popular and wonderful destinations.

Santa Barbara is one of the most popular Southern California snowbird destinations. Well known, as America’s Riviera, Santa Barbara has everything snowbirds desire: warm climate, beautiful beaches, many fun activities and scenic points of interest, great shopping and restaurants, fabulous cultural events, and all nestled between the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific ocean. Santa Barbara is considered by many to be the ideal first-class and friendliest destination for the most in-the-know of snowbirds.

Snowbirds often settle in for several months and fortunately there are various real estate options are available for them. Many rent vacation apartments or condos and after making a couple of trips, some tend to even purchase and own homes in both the North and in the South. The concept of owning is continuing to grow in popularity, especially in a highly attractive vacation and resort destination such as Santa Barbara and its immediate neighboring communities, including Montecito, Carpinteria, Goleta and the Santa Ynez Valley.

Welcome to Santa Barbara Happy Snowbirds

Many snowbirds and in particular, Canadian snowbirds are able to afford more home purchases in America since their own country’s home prices have been on a rather steady double-digit rise while U.S. prices have dropped drastically in recent years.  In fact, in many markets, American real estate is more affordable than most Canadians can ever remember, and in Santa Barbara, prices are as much as half what they were only a few years back.

If you’re looking for advice on investing in a second or retirement home in the Santa Barbara area, you will be well served by fellow Canadian and Santa Barbara Realtor®, Sylvia Miller. Sylvia was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has lived in Santa Barbara for 25 years. She would love to help you explore the various real estate options available to you in Santa Barbara, including interim housing arrangements, financing and legal resources, property management and many additional connections to assist you in while in Santa Barbara.

Sylvia Elizabeth Miller, Santa Barbara Realtor®

Sylvia Miller is your complete Canada to Santa Barbara Connection.

If you would like more information on the Santa Barbara Real Estate Market, or more specific information about properties for sale within other Santa Barbara communites, including, Montecito, Summerland, Goleta, Hope Ranch, and the Santa Ynez Valley, please contact Sylvia,, cell: 805-448-8882 – she stands ready to meet your every Real Estate need!

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Carpinteria Avocado Festival- A Fun Time For All!

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Official Poster for 2010 Carpinteria Avocado Festival

Oct 02, 2010: Now that the beautiful summer weather has hit the central coast, there are lots of great activities to participate in on the weekends. For the first weekend of October, the fine people of Carpinteria (of which I am one) will host the 24th annual Avocado Festival, the largest free festival in Santa Barbara’s South Coast.

Carpinteria, a charming little beach town, is just 10 miles south of Santa Barbara and the Avocado Festival is a local tradition of fun and entertainment. The main street, Linden Avenue, is closed down with food booths, avocado education booths, kiddie entertainment areas and unique arts and crafts booths set up for the entertainment of the many families that come. Additionally, there will be over 60 bands performing on 3 different stages and contests for the largest avocado and the best guacamole!

Having attended many Avocado Festivals personally, I have several recommendations to offer for this upcoming weekend. First, the music starts at 4:00 on Friday, October 1. One of the favorites will be local band, The Brewery Boys, who will start playing Friday night from 9-10 o’clock on the Seal Stage. They play lots of the golden oldies! For those of you who like the King of Pop, The New Vibe, a Michael Jackson tribute band will be playing Friday night at 9:00 on the Arts and Cantina Stage. I also had the chance to hear the Anthony Prieto Band at the Relay for Life this summer. They have a full band (with horns) and play hot, lively music that makes you want to dance! They will be playing Saturday at 1:15 on the Main Stage.

There will be many food booths run by local school groups and service organizations to raise money.  The Carpinteria Lions Club will be serving their famous barbeque tri-tip sandwiches – they are a great deal, and very, very delicioso! I have tried the Avocado ice cream and it is rather tasty, very smooth and creamy. Give it a try! I also have to mention the specially brewed beer, Avocado Honey Ale, by Island Brewery. It’s a unique beer brewed just for this time of year and served at Island Brewery down by the train station.

Lastly, for those of you who are young or young at heart, there is an entertainment area for kids. Pam’s “Little Pits” Stage, will have a different performer every hour. Entertainment will start at 11:00 on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, Craig Newton and Shawn McMaster will mystify you with amazing magic tricks!

The Carpinteria Avocado Festival has something for everyone. It is a great time for families and friends in the Santa Barbara County area. For that matter, Carpinteria is only 20 miles north of Ventura, so come on up and join in the fun!

If you would like more information about the Avocado Festival, or about the city/community of Carpinteria, or specific info concerning the Carpinteria & Santa Barbara Real Estate Market, please contact me,, cell: 805-448-8882. I would be very happy to provide you with additional information.

Hope to see you at the Festival!

-Sylvia E. Miller

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Want to brighten up your day? Adopt a Chihuahua!

Sunday, April 4th, 2010
ChaCha, Official Mascot of SBC

ChaCha, Official Mascot of SBC

Chihuahuas have gotten a bad rap as far as dog breeds go. As an owner of two of these adorable creatures, and someone who knows a lot of other people who own them as well, it blows my mind that anyone could think of them as “yappy” or mean dogs. I am going to tell you all the reasons why Chihuahuas make the perfect addition to almost any family.

Most people consider dogs to be extremely loyal animals; after all, they are “man’s best friend”. Chihuahuas however are known for their devotion to their owners. They will also adapt to your lifestyle. If you want to play, they will run around surely put a smile on your face. On the other hand, if you feel like just hanging out, they will lie next to you or in your lap and be perfectly happy as well. They also interact well with other dogs, both inside and outside their breed.

They are small. Some people just don’t like small dogs, and that’s fine, but there are a lot of advantages to dogs that don’t take up much space. One of these is that they don’t take up much space. They can live comfortably with you in practically any living situation. Also they can’t do very much damage to your home. Other than accidents on the carpet there is not much they can do to damage your things.

Please Adopt a Chihuahua!

Just look at that face. Chihuahuas are so cute; they can just brighten up your day. Their large eyes, which give new meaning to the concept of “puppy dog eyes”, give their faces so much expression and personality. There are different types of Chihuahuas as well. There is the toy or teacup, which are the tiniest of all, the short-haired, probably most commonly attributed to the “Taco Bell dog”, and the long-haired version. They also come in several different colors.

They make great guard dogs. While their bark is much, much worse than their bite, Chihuahuas are extremely protective and territorial. Their impeccable hearing allows them to hear things that you or I normally wouldn’t. They will know someone is coming up to the door long before their owners will, and the dogs will let the “intruder” know that they have been spotted as well. Once they are used to a person coming into “their” house though, they will be just as sweet as can be.

They are portable. A lot of dogs love to go for rides in the car, and Chihuahuas are no different. Because of their size, it is very easy to scoop them up and have them keep you company on short, or even long trips.

I have come to believe that people who think Chihuahuas are mean dogs, probably don’t know too much about them and certainly can’t have owned one before. If you are considering adding a dog to your family, I urge you not to overlook this beautiful, loving, and playful breed.

Santa Barbara is home to many wonderful, caring individuals and groups who strive to better the lives of animals in need. Following is a list of many of our local Rescue Groups and Humane Societies which benefit animals in the Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Ventura County areas.

Local Santa Barbara Area Animal Rescue Groups

  1. K-9 Pals at the Santa Barbara Animal Shelter.
  2. The Ventura County Animal Shelter in Camarillo
    Note that they currently have 49 darling Chihuahuas available for adoption, please rescue one and your life will be so much happier!
  3. Dog Adoption and Welfare Group (DAWG)
    Volunteer organization that cares for dogs and puppies. DAWG is located next door to the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter at 5480 Overpass Rd.
    PO Box 92210, Santa Barbara, CA 93190, (805) 681-0561,
  4. Santa Barbara Humane Society
    Provides animal assistance in SLO and SB counties., (805) 544-0984
  5. HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team)
    An all volunteer, non-profit group on the Central Coast dedicated to the rescue, neuter, fostering and adoption of abandoned and forgotten pets. Where cold noses meet warm hearts!
    PO Box 1394, Cambria, CA 93428 (805) 772-HART or (805) 927-RESQ,
    Visit HART’S new Pet Rescue, Adoption and Supply Center located at 1500 Main St. in Cambria, California.
  6. Humane Society of Ventura County
    Assisting animals in the Ventura and Ojai areas.
    402 Bryant Street, Ojai, CA, (805) 656-5031
  7. Santa Ynez Humane Society
    Assisting animals in need in the Santa Ynez Valley.
    111 Commerce Dr., Buellton, CA, (805) 688-8224
  8. Santa Barbara’s Craigslist
    A great resource to find pets of all kinds to adopt and help.
  9. “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us and trusting as a child they are, and we must be kind and take care of their needs…[They] are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty.”
    -James Harriot, Author, “All Creatures Great and Small”

Pets…growing segment of real estate industry!

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Santa Barbara is a very pet friendly community! Pets and their families are a growing segment of the real estate industry and we at Santa Barbara Connection can help you find the best pet friendly real estate available in all of our beautiful locations, including Montecito, Hope Ranch, Goleta, Carpinteria, and …Santa Ynez (home to many world famous horse farms).

Meet our friendly little Chihuahua mascot, ChaCha.

ChaCha, Official Mascot of SBC

ChaCha, Official Mascot of SBC

ChaCha, the best and only official Chihuahua Realtor Assistant in Santa Barbara. Ask her ANYTHING about Pets and Pet Friendly Real Estate and she will retrieve the answers!
ChaCha was born into a Santa Barbara family of Real Estate Professionals. ChaCha’s mother, Sylvia Miller is one of Santa Barbara’s most experienced real estate agents. ChaCha’s grandmother, the late Gail Miller Ross, was considered amongst her peers to have been one of the best Realtors® in Santa Barbara.

If your family members include the four-legged, furry kind, Sylvia and ChaCha can help you find the perfect pet-friendly home. For more information on the Santa Barbara Real Estate Market, or more specific information about its neighborhoods and/or any other areas within Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Goleta, Hope Ranch, Summerland, and/or The Santa Ynez Valley, please contact our Agent on Duty:

Sylvia Elizabeth Miller,
Senior Realtor® Associate
Broker: Coastal Properties, Inc
Cell: 805-448-8882 ~ Toll Free: 877-San-Barb
DRE #: 00558548