Bryans Blog

First Comes Love… Then Comes Mortgage?

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2016 at 58% of all buyers. It is no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more attainable. But, many couples Read More »

NEW LISTING ~ 1st Open House Sunday, Feb 12th 1 to 4

Classic Country Elegance in Bel Air Knolls  1331 Portesuello Ave, Santa Barbara CA 93105 ~ Offered at $1,595,000 Recently remodeled, this traditional New England home, accented with subtle nuances of French Country and Mediterranean styles, offers a gracious blend of comfort, elegance and exceptional privacy.  Embraced on both sides by tall, custom redwood fencing and Read More »

SOLD ~ Exquisite Mediterranean Jewel

Exquisite Mediterranean Jewel in Vista La Cumbre 940 Vista De Lejos Drive, Santa Barbara CA 93111 ~ Offered at $1,895,000   Rarely available & impeccably maintained & upgraded, this spacious 4-bedroom, 3-bath Mediterranean-style home in More Mesa is in the desirable Hollister elementary school district. Behind high hedges a private, rosebush-lined entry opens to a traditional Read More »

Why Are Mortgage Interest Rates Increasing

According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage interest rate jumped up to 3.94% last week. Interest rates had been hovering around 3.5% since June, and many are wondering why there has been such a significant increase so quickly. Why did rates go up? Whenever there is a presidential election, there is Read More »

Recently SOLD $1.9 ~ Romantic Courtyard Mediterranean in Bel Air Knolls

Custom re-built and brilliantly executed by award winning designers David Thomas and Jeff Doubet, this masterfully designed two-story home embodies the essence of Santa Barbara’s signature Mediterranean architecture.  With its Old World courtyard, private pool/spa and patio, open floor plan and warm artistic ambience, it literally radiates an invitation to Santa Barbara’s cherished “American Riviera” Read More »

RECENTLY SOLD with Multiple Offers

Serene Mesa Sanctuary by Hendry’s Beach This spacious hilltop home rests on an absolutely stunning .93 acre lot with the feel of a lush parkland. Wide verdant lawns and mature-growth trees, including fruit and avocado, offer a serene retreat space from which to enjoy panoramic views of the wooded canyon and bluff tops below.  The Read More »

The Truth About Housing Affordability

From a purely economic perspective, this is one of the best times in American history to buy a home. Black Night Financial Services discusses this in their most recent Monthly Mortgage Monitor.  Here are two of the report’s revelations: The average U.S. home value increased by $13,500 from last year, but low interest rates have kept the Read More »

The Top Reason to List Your House For Sale Now!

  If you are debating listing your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait!  Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes For Sale The National Association of REALTORS’ (NAR) Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun recently commented on the inventory shortage: “With demand holding firm and homes selling even faster Read More »

Here Comes the Housing Inventory!!

Almost every real estate conversation revolves around the continuous rise in house values over the last four years. Some have even mentioned a concern about another possible bubble forming. However, the recent increase in prices can be attributed to a very simple principle: supply and demand. DEMAND Demand for single-family housing has continued to increase Read More »

JUST LISTED ~ Romantic Courtyard Mediterranean in Bel Air Knolls

Custom re-built and brilliantly executed by award winning designers David Thomas and Jeff Doubet, this masterfully designed two-story home embodies the essence of Santa Barbara’s signature Mediterranean architecture.  With its Old World courtyard, private pool/spa and patio, open floor plan and warm artistic ambience, it literally radiates an invitation to Santa Barbara’s cherished “American Riviera” Read More »