Real Estate November 12, 2013

Santa Barbara holiday activities

Along with being an incredible time of the year to look at real estate, with perfect 70 degree temperatures and sunshine, the holiday season in Santa Barbara also offers some great events and activities for all to enjoy. Following are some favorites to attend.

Nov. 15 – An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper, The Granada, 8pm
Nov. 23-24 – 20th Annual Holiday Artisan Market at the Garden, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 10am 4pm
Nov. 27 – Sinead O’Connor – The American Kindness Tour, The Granada, 8pm
Nov. 28 – Santa Barbara Thanksgiving 4-Mile Run, Magnolia Center, 9am
Nov. 28 – ZeeBlu Thanksgiving 5K and Family Fun Run, Leadbetter Beach, 9am
Nov. 28-Dec. 1 – Santa Barbara National Pro/Am Horse Show, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 7am to end of classes
Nov. 29-Dec. 1 – 27th Annual Tribal and Folk Arts Marketplace, SB Museum of Natural History, Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
Dec. 6 – 61st Annual Downtown Holiday Parade, On State Street from Sola Street to Cota Street, 6:30pm
Dec. 7 – Holiday Spirit Parade, Carpinteria, 3pm
Dec. 8 – Sledding at the Zoo and Snow Leopard Festival, SB Zoo, (members 9am entry), 10am-3pm
Dec. 8 – Harbor Parade of Lights, 5:30-7:15pm; 3-5pm Santa’s Village (below Brophy’s); Around 7pm Fireworks, West Beach
Dec. 14-15 – Holiday at the Ranch, Stow House, Rancho La Patera, Goleta, 11-4pm
Dec. 15 – Free Family Sunday, SB Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol
Dec. 21-22 – State Street Ballet: The Nutcracker, Saturday at 2 and 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm, The Granada
Dec. 31 – Santa Barbara Symphony: New Year’s Eve Pops Concert, The Granada, 8:30pm

Last week alone 20 homes and 11 condominiums went under contract in the Santa Barbara area. That’s a 48% increase over the week before. I expect that we’ll see a lot more sales activity before 2013 comes to a close. With all forecasts pointing towards higher real estate prices next year, now may be a better time to purchase than in the near future.

Thanks to all of you who’ve given me the opportunity to assist with your real estate questions and needs this year. I also appreciate and look forward to your inquiries throughout this exceptional holiday season.