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When looking for Santa Barbara homes for sale, the best place to find great Santa Barbara Real Estate is by beginning your search for the perfect home with Jon Mahoney. Jon is a 3rd generation Santa Barbara Realtor who represents both buyers and sellers in the search for Santa Barbara homes in Montecito, Hope Ranch, Goleta, Carpinteria & Santa Ynez. Santa Barbara is sometimes referred to as the American Riviera. Beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and colorful culture make Santa Barbara a premier resort destination.

World-class accommodations and dining await it's many visitors. Santa Barbara is just a 1 1/2 hour drive north from Los Angeles or a short hop from any corner of the world via the Santa Barbara airport. Santa Barbara's harbor is home to the world famous Stearns Wharf where you can find many restaurants and shops as well as the Ty Warner Sea Center. From the City, you are just minutes away from the Santa Barbara wine country. The gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley, is home to such notable attractions as Solvang and the Chumash Reservation & Casino. Whether you enjoy hiking, fine-dining, lounging on the beach, culture, or a great night-life, Santa Barbara has something for you.

JonMahoney.com is your complete Santa Barbara Real Estate Guide for buying or selling homes in the Santa Barbara area. Use this site as your number one resource to search for Santa Barbara Real Estate, Montecito Real Estate, Hope Ranch Real Estate, Goleta Real Estate, Carpinteria Real Estate & Real Estate in the Santa Ynez Valley. JonMahoney.com is also a great resource to discover all that Santa Barbara has to offer. We will be continually updating the site to provide more information on Santa Barbara Real Estate, the history of Santa Barbara, and all Santa Barbara has to offer.

Jon Mahoney has traveled extensively all over the world and can honestly say that Santa Barbara truly is Paradise. Jon Mahoney is the ultimate professional who treats every transaction as though he is dealing with his own money! Jon is committed to providing his clients with the highest standards of professionalism. Simply view his client testimonials page to see what his client's think.

          

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April 16, 2014

Montecito Real Estate Market Update – March & 1st Quarter of 2014

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Jon Mahoney

Director, Luxury Homes Division

Keller Williams, Santa Barbara

(805) 689-0532

BRE# 01269717

info@JonMahoney.com

April 14, 2014

Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Update – March & 1st Quarter of 2014

Santa Barbara Market Update - March 2014

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Jon Mahoney

Director, Luxury Homes Division

Keller Williams, Santa Barbara

(805) 689-0532

BRE# 01269717

info@JonMahoney.com

April 12, 2014

Early California retreat in the heart of Montecito is open tomorrow! Open House – Sunday 4/13, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 1444 School House Rd, Montecito, CA 93108

BackYardViewPoolAreaDiningAreaBigRoomOPEN HOUSE – SUNDAY, 4/13, 1PM-4PM
1444 School House Rd
Early California retreat in the heart of Montecito! Versatile 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom estate ideal for extended family or entertaining guests. This property has been artfully updated and expanded, while preserving and emphasizing its vintage charm. Envision a perpetual spa weekend while floating in the custom, solar-heated pool amidst verdant grounds. The enchanting guesthouse boasts a large wrap-around deck, full kitchen, private yard and oversized fireplace. Property also features a detached art studio/office with beamed ceilings, large picture windows and custom fireplace. You are a stone’s throw to the Upper Village and MUS without compromising an ounce of privacy! There is an abundance of mature landscaping and Manning Park is your neighbor to the North.

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Jon Mahoney

Director, Luxury Homes Division

Keller Williams, Santa Barbara

(805) 689-0532

BRE# 01269717

info@JonMahoney.com

April 10, 2014

Median Real Estate Price for Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta, and Carpinteria (4/10/2014)

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April 8, 2014

72 La Vuelta Rd | not in MLS | located within the highly desirable Montecito Union School District | situated on a private road | $2,399,000

.20 72 La Vuelta Rd | not in MLS | located within the highly desirable Montecito Union School District | situated on a private road | $2,399,000

http://MontecitoGetaway.com/

(805) 689-0532 Jon

April 7, 2014

Market Stats for Single Family and Condo Properties in Santa Barbara, CA as of 04 April 2014

Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Update  - April 2014

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Jon Mahoney’s Real Estate Team

Keller Williams Luxury – Santa Barbara

1435 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 689-0532

Info@JonMahoney.com

http://JonMahoney.com

April 4, 2014

Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, Goleta, Summerland, and Carpinteria Market Update 4/4/2014



Current Real Estate Market Conditions for Single Family Residences, Condos, and Townhomes for Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, Goleta, Summerland, and Carpinteria
· Trends in Pricing
· Current Levels of Supply and Demand
· Value Metrics
· Report for the week of April 4, 2014

·  Detailed PDF Report presented by Jon Mahoney [30+ pages]

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Jon Mahoney’s Real Estate Team

Keller Williams Luxury – Santa Barbara

1435 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 689-0532

Info@JonMahoney.com

http://JonMahoney.com

April 3, 2014

Exclusive Pocket Listing! This Will Not Last long! Call me to get in before it disappears! 805-689-0532

Exclusive Pocket Listing Jon Mahoney

April 1, 2014

Santa Barbara South County Monthly Sales Graph (January 2004 – February 2014)

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This graph shows all closed real estate sales in Southern Santa Barbara County on a monthly basis. It shows past trends and predicts future direction.
Sales are at record high numbers and 2013 was almost equal to 2012, which was the new high mark. Inventory is the lowest level in eight years. Median price for homes is up about 20%, and rising.

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For a detailed 11 page report on specific information on How’s The Market in your specific area or for a
FREE market analysis for your property, please contact Jon Mahoney at (805) 689-0532 or Info@JonMahoney.com.

Looking to buy or sell a luxury estate, home, condominium or investment property?
Let us help you find everything you need to know about buying or selling a home. Call or email us today!

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Jon Mahoney’s Real Estate Team

Keller Williams Luxury – Santa Barbara

1435 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 689-0532

Info@JonMahoney.com

http://JonMahoney.com

March 31, 2014

20 Clues You’re Buying a Home in the Right Neighborhood

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A great neighborhood sells a home, real estate agents say. It also helps your home hold value and makes it easy to sell when you decide to move on.

With all the pressure and excitement of home shopping, how can you know if a neighborhood is truly great?

1. It meets your specs

Make a list of what you want and don’t want in a neighborhood and shop for those qualities.

Look for the invincible spirit of neighborliness that’s apparent even to a casual visitor.

But what’s ideal varies. Your ideal could be a close-knit community with trees, playgrounds and great schools. Or it could be a downtown block of clubs, shops and condos.

2. You like what you hear

Become an expert on the neighborhood that interests you. Get a feel for it by attending open houses, walking its blocks, spending time in restaurants and coffee shops, and looking for community gardens.

Have a home in mind? Knock on doors and chat with neighbors on that street. Ask everyone who’ll talk with you about the crime, noise, traffic, neighborhood issues, pros and cons.

3. You can get a latte

Upscale chain and independent retailers are signs a neighborhood is well-established or on the way up. These businesses signal a degree of affluence. Also, they’ve typically done market research to assure themselves the neighborhood is stable and worth the investment.

4. You see home improvements

Especially in the warm months, look for activity that shows owners are keeping up or investing in their properties. Improvements like new gutters, painting, re-roofing, gardening and landscaping, replacement windows, new fences and decks tell you they have pride in their homes.

5. Neighbors are organized

Block watches and neighborhood meetings are signs of a tight community. If you find a neighborhood group, attend a meeting or two to meet people and ask questions. Subscribe to any neighborhood newsletters.

6. People are out on the streets

People on sidewalks and children walking to school and playing in parks tells you they feel safe. This article at Veterans United asks:

Are there people sitting on their porches? Walking dogs? Taking their kids on a walk? If residents are willing to get out and walk around the neighborhood, that’s a good sign of its vitality and safety.

7. It passes muster after dark

Don’t think you know a place if you’ve only seen it in the middle of a weekday. Return repeatedly, at night and on weekends, to get a realistic picture.

8. Crime numbers are low

Don’t buy into a neighborhood without checking its crime statistics. City police department websites often publish them. In Chicago, for example, weekly crime statistics are reported by police district.

9. School scores are strong

Where school test scores are strong, home prices are high. Search GreatSchools.org for the schools’ scores in the neighborhood you’re considering. Ratings are based on performance on state standardized tests.

10. It’s walkable

Do cars dominate? Or do sidewalks and streets encourage pedestrians and bicyclists? Sidewalks wide enough for outdoor cafes, benches and strolling give a place a neighborly feel.

Put an address or ZIP code into Walkscore.com to obtain a “walkability rating” for neighborhoods or cities. Scores, ranging from 0 (“car dependent”) to 100 (“walker’s paradise”), reflect the ease of life without a car.

11. Bus stops abound

Homes with easy access to public transit fetch higher prices than similar homes without it, says a 2013 study commissioned by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of Realtors. Homes within a half mile of “high-frequency” public transit were worth 41 percent more, on average.

But don’t get too close. Locations adjacent to rail lines and bus stops lose value.

12. It’ll work for you for five to seven years

So, a hip, edgy, gentrifying downtown district is your dream location right now? But will it work later, if you want children? Or if you change jobs? Don’t count on being able to sell and move quickly.

 Make sure the neighborhood suits your needs for at least five years.

13. Ownership is high

Neighborhoods with high homeownership rates are more stable. Exceptions: You can expect renters to outnumber buyers in expensive cities.

Typically, renters are more mobile than homeowners. Longtime residents watch out for each other, making for a safer community.

Statistics on homeownership in neighborhoods can be hard to find, although some Realtors may have them. You can get a sense, though, by asking Realtors and locals about the renter-owner balance. Also, watch for apartment complexes that dominate a neighborhood or large numbers of “for rent” signs.

14. Homes sell quickly

Fast turnaround of homes for sale indicates a neighborhood in hot demand. A real estate agent can run “comps” (comparative home analyses) to tell you how quickly homes are selling.

Other clues to a neighborhood in demand: Employers are moving in with new jobs, the population is growing, and the supply of homes for sale is limited.

15. Homes hold value

In the housing crash, home values held up better in some neighborhoods than others. You can find historical sale prices in your county’s property tax records. Many counties put these online. Or ask your Realtor for neighborhood sales trends.

If you’re considering a bargain home in a neighborhood of foreclosures, consider whether home buyers will want this neighborhood when you are ready to sell. Even if you don’t care about school quality or how many playgrounds are nearby, the next buyers of your home probably will.

16. The commute is not bad

Homes located close to major employers and in city centers are in high demand.

“The Driving Boom— a six-decade-long period of steady increases in per-capita driving in the United States — is over,” says a 2013 transportation report by the nonprofit advocacy group U.S. PIRG.

“Younger people are less likely to drive — or even to have driver’s licenses — than past generations for whom driving was a birthright and the open road a symbol of freedom,” adds this New York Times article.

17. City services are good

The trash is picked up. Streets are paved and well-maintained. Beware of broken streetlights, cracked sidewalks, and lots of vacant homes with cracked windows and an overgrowth of weeds.

18. You see plenty of churches

You don’t have to be religious to appreciate that churches, mosques and synagogues are signs of community strength and evidence that residents are connected and invested.

19. It’s got police and fire stations

Find the nearest fire and police stations and fire hydrants. Nearby public safety services add to a sense of neighborhood security. Also, a firehouse nearby might mean lower homeowners insurance premiums.

20. (Good) change is coming

Major economic development can change neighborhoods dramatically.

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Jon Mahoney

Director, Luxury Homes Division

Keller Williams, Santa Barbara

(805) 689-0532

BRE# 01269717

info@JonMahoney.com

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