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Crawford Speier Group Blog

Local real estate market appears to reflect positive conditions. Sales are up strongly and inventory is down. Months of inventory for Santa Barbra’s South Coast, from Carpinteria to Goleta is at 2.6 months; 2.8 months for houses and Planned United Development (PUDs) and 2.3 Months for condos. Currently, buyers are signing offers, writing deposit checks negotiating great prices, and entering escrow at increasing rates. Essentially, these positive indicators along with current house and condo prices, has contributed to...

Capital Economics expects the housing crisis to end this year, according to a report released Tuesday. One of the reasons: loosening credit. The analytics firm notes the average credit score required to attain a mortgage loan is 700. While this is higher than scores required prior to the crisis, it is...

2011 Mid Year Report for South Coast Real Estate

How is Santa Barbara Real Estate?

“Steady resilience” seems to be what the first half of 2011 experienced in the real estate market. The median sales price was $839,950. This compares to $857,500 for 2010 and $850 for 2009 for the same period. This three- year trend in the median price, (down approximately 32% from the high of $1,250,800 in 2007), suggest a steady “foundation” has been established in our local real estate market. “Flat” is good for now, as we have to...