Buying a home is probably the largest investment you will ever make. Real estate agents are not equal; each is unique. I know that the decision to buy a home not only affects you, but your family as well. I am actively on top of the current inventory of homes for sale in the Santa Barbara MLS, which includes Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch, Goleta, Gaviota, and the Santa Ynez Valley. I also seek out upcoming pocket listings though seasoned relationships in the real estate field, and have access to Realty Trac, which provides data on pre-foreclosures, auctions, and bank-owned sales.
Property ownership is an excellent investment. Whether you are looking for your dream home, a rental property, or to expand your investment portfolio, owning real estate is one of the least risky ways to build equity and obtain a return on your initial investment. (For investment properties I offer free leasing listing services for the first 6 months of ownership—see the Leasing Services section below.)
I also specialize in a range of buyer services including geographic market analysis, comparative evaluation of selected properties, creation of personalized tours, negotiations with seller’s agents, consultation and assistance with financing, and supervision of the escrow process.
Estate Leasing (Long& Short term)
I am pleased to offer a wide variety of leasing services on higher-end properties throughout the Central Coast. This enables clients to profit from their vacation homes, second homes, or primary residences.
If you are considering a second home or investment purchase, my team and I can help familiarize you with the Central Coast market, discuss the investment potential of local property, and provide a variety of leasing services.
I diligently promote your property for the highest possible returns, to establish and nurture a successful business relationship, and to maintain and improve your property value.
My inventory is exclusively selected to maintain the highest standards that you demand and deserve. Our friendliness and attention to detail create a leasing experience that keeps our clients coming back, year after year.
Many of our Estate owners already have longstanding relationships with maintenance providers who know their homes inside and out. Many do not, and have taken on most most maintenance and repair issues themselves. My partner and amazing husband, Bill Blackwell is very successful at bridging the gap between property owners and tenants during times of maintenance and repair or Estate Mangement for out of town owners. He is a licensed building analyst for Building Performance Institute (BPI), a licensed home inspector for InterNACHI and trained Electrian by the US Navy. Bill understands the function of every unique component of your home and its importance in the successful operation of your home as a complete system. He ensures necessary work (whether completed by himself, or an additional contractor) is completed to meet industry standards, and of course the standards of the homeowner.
Please inquire about how to schedule a meeting with Bill to answer any questions, and prepare a plan for the maintenance and repair issues that may arise during the term of your lease agreement.
Searching for a rental can be a challenge. There is very limited inventory
and it helps to have an advocate on your side that can bring you in-depth
experience and knowledge of the rental market , local neighborhoods, and
To your Right ------> there is a quick search to the rental inventory in the
SB MLS. This data is not always accurate and there are many homes that
are in MLS and only avaialable short term. If you find a home that you
would like more info on. Please do not hesistate to contact me.
The decision to sell your house is a monumental one. I understand that each property is unique, so I will work with you in developing a personalized strategy to successfully market your house. Over 90% of buyers will find their next for property online, so the first part of this strategy is a comprehensive internet marketing plan. To this I add a layer of traditional direct-mail programs, open houses, and on-site events customized to meet your needs.
I cannot stress enough that teamwork is the key to success. I work hand-in-hand with an extensive network of other agents, contractors, legal, entertainment and other professionals, and numerous connections I have cultivated in over a decade of experience.
Remember that 10% of agents do 90% of the business in Santa Barbara. I am in that 10%.
Crysta has always been dedicated to finding the right home for your family. However, sometimes life happens and you need to make a home in a little less house. As a Short Sale specialists I will help you valuate and analyze your current financial situation, creative pro-active plan to reduce negative impacts to your credit, and prepare all necessary documentation with the assistance of my short sale partner Sherry Stuckey, MBA.
Seeking competent, ethical, and professional help is important while you are going through a critical time. The seriousness of the situation usually does not offer much leeway for mistakes and miscommunication, so having ethical, experienced, and capable representation will ensure your success.