April 2024 Santa Barbara Real Estate Market

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April 2024 Market Update

Hello, Santa Barbara! I’m Daniel Zia, owner and founder of Zia Group, and welcome to your April 2024 Real Estate Market Update. Whether you’re considering buying or selling, or simply seeking the most recent information, this report is your guide to the latest trends shaping the real estate market of Santa Barbara and Montecito.

Market Trends

  • Despite a more rainy year than we’re used to, there’s been a notable surge in new listings and sold properties, defying typical expectations of dampened sales activity.
  • Single-family home inventory has seen a remarkable 27% increase compared to last year, signaling growing seller confidence and offering more options for buyers.
  • Both single-family homes and condos are selling at a faster rate, indicating strong overall sales activity in the market.

Inventory

  • Single-family homes witnessed a 37% increase, with 96 new listings hitting the market.
  • Similarly, the condo market experienced a significant uptick, with 27 new listings representing a 35% increase. This surge underscores the growing availability of housing options for prospective buyers.

Pricing

  • Median sales prices of single-family homes and condos saw slight decreases of 7% and 13%, respectively, compared to last year.
  • The luxury market of Montecito and Hope Ranch continue to command premium prices, with a 44% increase in median sales price to $5,800,000, reflecting sustained demand in these exclusive neighborhoods.
  • Year-to-date, single-family home sales surged by 15% to a total of $596,490,592 sold volume. The median sales price also increased by 7% to $2,200,000.

Sales Activity

  • Single-family home sales are up by 20% and condo sales experiencing a modest decrease of 36%. Despite fluctuations in the condo market, overall sales remain strong, driven by favorable market conditions and buyer interest.
  • Both single-family homes and condos are selling faster, with single-family homes averaging 26 days on the market (a 19% decrease from last year) and condos averaging 38 days on the market (a 12% decrease from last year).

Looking Ahead

  • Expect Santa Barbara’s real estate market to remain robust, fueled by persistent buyer interest and advantageous market conditions.
  • Embrace the potential for continued growth and opportunity amidst evolving interest rates and market dynamics.
  • Stay optimistic about the future, as the housing market shows resilience and promises rewarding prospects for buyers and sellers alike.

As you navigate the evolving landscape of Santa Barbara’s real estate market, it’s essential to remain vigilant and adaptable. While economic uncertainties and shifting industry dynamics may present challenges, they also create opportunities for those positioned to seize them. The April 2024 Real Estate Market Update offers a comprehensive overview of the prevailing trends and dynamics shaping Santa Barbara’s housing market. Whether you’re a prospective buyer, seller, or investor, staying informed is key to making well-informed decisions in today’s market. Should you have any questions or require personalized insights, our team at Zia Group is here to assist you every step of the way. Until next time, take care, and remember to embrace the beauty and resilience of our beloved Santa Barbara.

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South Santa Barbara County Single Family Homes for April 2024

Including annual change | See definition of terms

96 new listings

22% Increase

73 sold listings

20% Increase

247 homes for sale

37% Increase

$2,100,000 median sales price

7% Decrease

26 avg days on market

19% Decrease

2.19 months of inventory

80% Increase

South Santa Barbara County Condos for April 2024

Including annual change | See definition of terms

27 new listings

35% Increase

18 sold listings

36% Decrease

62 condos for sale

51% Increase

$1,064,500 median sales price

13% Decrease

38 avg days on market

12% Decrease

2.19 months of inventory

80% Increase

Montecito & Hope Ranch for April 2024

Including annual change | See definition of terms

26 new listings

37% Increase

13 sold listings

19% Decrease

81 homes for sale

31% Increase

$5,800,000 median sales price

44% Increase

32 avg days on market

46% Decrease

4.81 months of inventory

70% Increase

Single Family Home Sales Year-to-date

Including annual change | See definition of terms

$3,389,151 mean sales price

4% Increase

$2,200,000 median sales price

7% Increase

$596,490,592 sold volume

15% Increase

Condo Sales Year-to-date

Including annual change | See definition of terms

$1,061,877 mean sales price

11% Decrease

$907,500 median sales price

9% Decrease

$70,083,925 sold volume

2% Decrease

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