Something for Everyone
By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   September 5, 2023

It was nice to wake up to sun this morning. We have had our share of ‘Faugust’ mornings and I’m still not sure summer fully happened. The long days of light are dimming yet it’s still lovely and soon will be less crowded on Coast Village Road on the weekends. Locals, get ready for September […]

Insurance Matters: What to Expect in 2023
By Grace Neumann   |   July 18, 2023

The risk management challenges facing affluent families grow steadily more complex each year. Losses from extreme weather events and higher reinsurance costs continue to reduce the availability of coverage in higher-risk areas. Widespread natural catastrophes and economic turmoil will challenge affluent families in 2023. With rates rising in nearly all insurance lines and capacity reserved […]


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The Flip Side Of Prop 19: Moving Your Property Tax Basis, Repeatedly
By John J. Thyne III   |   July 18, 2023

When California voters passed Proposition 19 in November of 2020, many questioned why the Real Estate industry supported a law that eviscerated the “parent to child exclusion” (from property tax reassessments) in most cases. Well, like the Stones’ “Satisfaction” and the Beatles’ “Revolution,” the B side of this new law outshined side A. While Prop […]

South Coast Commercial Real Estate Market Update
By Gene Deering   |   July 18, 2023

Montecito… Hot as a Pistol Montecito’s commercial market has remained one of the bright spots on the South Coast. It seems as though Montecito is immune to rising interest rates or troubles that have bogged down other areas like downtown State Street. We are currently seeing all-time high lease rates and sale prices in Montecito. […]

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By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   July 18, 2023

Many Santa Barbarians, Montecitans, and Los Angelenos have caught on to what Santa Ynez Valley locals have known for decades: livin’ is good in the SYV. With several unique areas from which to choose, each with their own culture, lifestyle, and merits, it’s no wonder that residency in the Valley has exploded over the past […]

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By Matt Genovese   |   July 18, 2023

More and more we see clients that are asset rich yet “qualified income” poor, which just means that they have done a good job saving and accumulating wealth, and now live off their accumulated wealth and investments. The definition of “qualified income” specifically pertains to a calculation based off their tax returns as reported usable […]

Investing in 93108 Montecito Real Estate within a Strategic Wealth Plan
By Dr. Dylan Minor   |   July 18, 2023

“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” – Mark Twain Over the long run, Montecito real estate has been an excellent investment. Indeed, price growth has averaged about 8% per annum over the past five years versus 7% for the greater Santa Barbara area and 6% nationally. These price premiums of Santa Barbara and Montecito […]

  • The Evolution of Reverse Mortgages
    By Tim Buckley   |   July 18, 2023

    A great deal has happened since the late 1960s when the first reverse mortgage was issued to a high school teacher by one of her former students. Back then, what began as privately issued reverse mortgage loans ultimately became insured by the Federal Housing Authority in the 1980s and gradually saw the birth of proprietary “JUMBO” […]

    First Quarter Real Estate Update for Montecito’s 93108
    By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   April 11, 2023

    The rain has stopped and the sun has been shining for several days in a row now – which is a relief. Creeks are relaxing, as are residents. Montecito and her flood and debris flow prevention steps clearly worked during the larger storms that presented themselves this first quarter of 2023. What a wet and […]


    A Scarcity of Abundance
    By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   February 7, 2023

    If you are looking for a significant estate in Montecito and are willing and comfortable paying over $10,000,000 to get it, I would in normal years have 25 or 30 homes to show you, most of them in the $10 to $20 range… million that is. However, in the aftermath of the estate rush that […]

    New Year’s Rains and Last Year’s Market
    By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   January 17, 2023

    It’s 2023 and it already feels like a different world. So much steady rain filling reservoirs, cleaning streets (into the ocean sadly), giving us something to really celebrate in the new year. They say that when it is raining is actually a great time to see a home you are considering buying. Watching how the […]

    Falling Into 2023
    By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   December 27, 2022

    The Montecito real estate market is still defined by high prices and low inventory. By the time this article hits the newsstands or your screen, it may indeed be Winter already, technically by the calendar anyway. However, it’s been cold like winter for a while now. Glad to have rain and weather. Local residents (and […]

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    By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   October 25, 2022

    We are experiencing a home remodel and new building renaissance in Montecito that I have not seen in my 20 years living here, nor in the 20 years prior when I would visit family in the area. Very few blocks are without construction of some sort. One thousand (give or take) new homeowners have bought […]

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    By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   September 27, 2022

    The calendar may say that we are heading into fall, but the Montecito Real Estate market is not falling at all, not here in the 93108. It seems like full steam ahead for buyers looking to become part of this community. Taking a quick look back at August, there were only 12 sales reported in […]