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Your Key To The Santa Barbara Real Estate Market

Ruth-Ann-BoweToday’s guest post is from Ruth Ann Bowe, of Keller Williams Realty Santa Barbara posted on April 29th, 2015.

South Santa Barbara County Real Estate Statistics
Through March 2015

This is an analysis of the Santa Barbara Real Estate market including Carpinteria/Summerland, Montecito, Hope Ranch, downtown Santa Barbara and Goleta through the month of March 2015. For the Home Estate/PUD market sales went way up for the month with about 117 closings from the 58 we saw in February. The Median Sales Price also rose to about $1.2 million up from $1,035,000 at the end of February while the days on the market for sold properties went down to around 54 from the 71 we saw in the previous month. The opened escrows stayed at about the same level from 121 in February to about 118 in March.

The median list price on those escrows went up however to about $1.249 million from $1,050,000 in February. There were approximately 160 new listings that came on the market in March with a median list price of roughly $1.45 million and an average list price of about $2.5 million with the overall inventory rising from about 260 units for sale at the end of February to around 280 at the end of March.

Year over year sales are up about 22% with the median sales price up to roughly $1.15 million for a 12% rise. The average sales price is also up going from just over $1.585 million in 2014 to approximately $2 million in 2015 while the numbers of escrows are up about 29% with the median list price on those escrows up over 11% to $1,175,000.

Looking at the Districts, Carpinteria/Summerland sales are up from 11 to 24 and the median sales price is up from $845,000 to $895,500. The numbers of escrows are also up from 23 to 29 with the median list price on those escrows falling from $865,000 last year to $829,000 this year

For Montecito, sales are up going from 38 to 46 with the median sales price rising from $2,112,500 to $2.86 million. Escrows are also up going from 41 to 53 and the median list price on those escrows is up from $2.795 million to $2.95 million.

East of State St sales are up going from 59 in ’14 to 68 in ’15 and the median sales price is up from $1,225,000 to $1.25 million. The escrows are also up going from 61 to 75 with the median list price on those escrows rising from $1,295,000 last year to $1,349,000 this year.

West of State St sales are up from 48 to 50 but the median sales price is down from $950,000 to $845,000. The numbers of escrows are also up with 49 in ’14 compared to 69 in ’15 and the median list price on those escrows is up from $895,000 last year to $1,055,000 this year.

Hope Ranch sales are up from 7 to 12 but the median sales price is down from $5.105 million to $2.86 million. The numbers of escrows are also up with 8 last year compared to 12 this year. But, the median list price on those escrows is down from $3.85 million in ’14 to $2.89 million in ’15.

Goleta South sales are up with 13 last year and 19 this year but the median sales price is down from $780,000 to $760,000. The numbers of escrows are also up from 15 to 20 with the median list price on those escrows rising from $739,000 to $778,000.

Goleta North sales are up with 31 in ’14 to 36 in ’15 with the median sales price rising from $770,000 to $862,500. The numbers of escrows are also up from 48 to 50 with the median list price on those escrows going from $789,000 to $949,000.

For the Condo segment of the market sales went way up to 56 in March from 27 in February. The median sales price also went up from $542,500 to $587,000 and the numbers of escrows went up from 38 to 68 with the median list price on those escrows rising from $542,000 to about $559,500.

There were about 45 new condo listings that came on the market for the month with a median list price of about $599,000 and an average list price of approximately $686,697. But, unlike the Home Estate/PUD market the overall inventory fell from just about 86 to roughly 65.

Looking at the Districts, Carpinteria/Summerland sales are up from 7 to 24 with the median sales price falling from $527,500 to $475,000. The numbers of escrows are also up from 10 last year to 30 this year but the median list price on those escrows is down from $478,500 to $474,000.

Montecito condo sales are up with 3 in ’14 and 7 in ’15 with the median sales price up from $850,000 to $950,000. The numbers of escrows rose with 5 in ’14 and 10 in ’15 while the median list price on those escrows is up from $950,000 in ’14 to $967,000 in ’15.

East of State St sales are up from 21 to 35 with the median sales price rising from $593,250 to $634,350. The numbers of escrows are also up going from 23 to 48 with the median list price on those escrows falling from $675,000 last year to $575,000 this year.

West of State St sales are up from 16 to 29 with the median sales price up from $607,500 to $618,500. The escrows went from 24 to 32 with the median list price on those escrows going from $644,900 to $699,000.

Goleta South sales are down from 16 to 15 with the median sales price even from $475,000 to $475,000. But the numbers of escrows are up with 15 in ’14 and 21 in ’15 while the median list price on those escrows is down from $537,000 last year to $475,000 this year.

Goleta North sales are down from 14 to 11 with the median sales price up from $429,000 to $497,000. The escrows are also down from 18 to 15 with the median list price on those escrows going up from $429,000 to $489,000.

Through the end of the 1st quarter both sales for the Home Estate/PUD and Condo markets are up compared to 2014 and prices are also up. Approximately 12.8% of the home sales went for over the asking price in March with about 13.4% of the condos. For Homes the percentage of the sales price over the asking price was about 3.1% while for condos it was about 1.7%. On the other side of the coin 23% of the Homes had a price reduction and 36% of the condos went down in price.

Escrows are up for both single-family homes and condos but the second quarter based on escrows looks like it’s stabilizing for homes and based on the inventory perhaps even falling for condos. The median sales price for homes has risen to roughly $1.1 million while the median sales price for condos is up to around $570,000. Listings are still the key for a successful 2015.

In March the inventory for single-family homes rose about 9% to roughly 285 properties for sale while it went down about 20% for condos to approximately 65 units. 2015 has started out strong for sales of homes and condos with the median sales price rising for both segments. The question is whether that momentum will be maintained.

kw-santa-barbaraThank you Ruth Ann for your guest post! You can learn more about Ruth Ann Bowe and Keller Williams Santa Barbara by visiting www.kwsantabarbara.com/.

Keller Williams is an Exhibitor at our Home Buying Fair on May 9th.

Santa Barbara and Ventura County Mortgage Update

kelly_marsh_santa_barbaraToday’s guest post is from Kelly Marsh, Branch Manager of Broadview Mortgage posted on March 24th, 2015.

Mortgage Rate Update

The big story this week was last Wednesday’s Fed meeting, and the Fed statement was well received by mortgage investors. Also positive for mortgage rates, the economic data released last week fell short of expectations. As a result, rates ended the week lower.

LAST WEEK’S RATE TREND IS DOWN

Loan Amounts under $417K, Shown as Note Rate/APR
Conforming 30 year fixed: 3.990/4.060
FHA 30 Year Fixed: 3.625/5.146
Conforming 5/1 ARM: 3.000/3.056
Conforming 7/1 ARM: 3.125/3.114

Loan Amounts over $417K up to County Limits, Shown as Note Rate/APR
High Balance Conf. 30 Year Fixed: 4.125/4.172
FHA High Balance 30 Year Fixed: 3.750/5.264
High Balance 5/1 ARM: 3.375/3.182

Loan Amounts Exceeding County Limits, Shown as Note Rate/APR
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed: 3.750 /3.789
Jumbo 5/1 ARM: 3.125/3.065
Jumbo 7/1 ARM: 3.375/3.211
Jumbo 10/1 ARM: 3.750/3.428

Loan Limit Snapshot

Conforming
All Counties: $417,000

High Balance Conforming
Santa Barbara: $625,500

Ventura: $603,750
San Diego: $546,350
LA/Orange: $625,500

FHA
Santa Barbara: $625,500
Ventura: $598,000
San Diego: $546,250
LA/Orange: $625,500

Kelly Marsh

Thank you Kelly for your guest post!  You can learn more about Kelly Marsh and Broadview Mortgage by visiting www.broadviewsb.com/ and reading her bio on our Award Winners page. Coastal Housing Partnership recognizes the real estate agents and lenders who have completed the most transactions for Coastal Housing Partnership employee members in the past 18 months. The house symbol is awarded with one to four houses in recognition of partner’s extra efforts in helping employees with their housing transactions. Kelly has a four-house rating (the highest rating possible).

Broadview Mortgage is an Open Door Sponsor for our Home Buying Fair on May 9th.

$5,000 Credit on New Homes at Ventura Orchard Collection

The newest phase of the Ventura Orchard Collection has just been released!

The Grove at the Ventura Orchard Collection offers beautiful brand new townhomes for less than $400,000. The Grove, consisting of 60 new townhomes, features either 3 bedrooms & a loft or 4 bedrooms. The Grove is located a short distance from the County of Ventura Government Center. These homes were designed with energy-efficient Green Key features to help save you money. Employees of Coastal Housing Partnership companies receive a $5000 credit toward upgrades or closing costs on the purchase of these homes. Buyers who choose to use the development’s preferred lender also receive 2% of the purchase price as a credit toward closing costs or designer upgrades.

Grove Ventura Orchard Collection

New Apartments Added to Rental Program in Santa Maria!

Siena Apartments in Santa Maria is excited to release its exclusive discount to The Coastal Housing Partnership. Presented and Managed by The Towbes Group, Siena features an ample list of amenities ranging from a resort style pool and spa, community fire pit lounge, luxurious clubhouse, tot lot play areas, and multiple outdoor Santa Maria style barbeques. Members of The Coastal Housing Partnership will receive $50 discount on their one bedroom apartments or $75 discount on their two bedroom apartments. Being managed by The Towbes Group, Siena Apartments will offer the quality customer service and positive community impact the brand is renowned for throughout the Central Coast. These 211 apartments are the newest homes in the Santa Maria area and are now leasing.

Siena Apartments in Santa Maria

Siena Apartments in Santa Maria