March 2024 Santa Barbara Real Estate Market

March 2024 Market Update

Welcome to your March 2024 Real Estate Market Update, offering valuable insights into the Santa Barbara and Montecito housing market. Within this report, you’ll discover evolving trends in real estate, to guide you in your buying or selling journey.

Market Trends

  • There was a notable rise in new listings for both single-family homes and condos, indicating increased seller activity and a growing inventory.
  • Despite fluctuations, sales activity remained robust, with a significant uptick in the number of properties sold, particularly in the condo market.
  • The luxury segment, represented by Montecito & Hope Ranch, demonstrated unique dynamics, with continued interest in high-end properties and increased pending sales.

Inventory

  • There are now 217 single-family homes for sale, a 25% year-over-year increase. Despite this, the market remains balanced, with properties moving at a steady pace.
  • There are 61 condos available for sale, up by 27% compared to last year. This abundance provides buyers with many options.
  • In Montecito & Hope Ranch, the luxury market’s inventory surged by 30%, offering a wide range of high-end homes.

Pricing

  • The median average sales price for single-family homes declined by 3% to $2,232,500, while condos saw a 6% decrease to $937,500.
  • In Montecito & Hope Ranch, the median average sales price for single-family homes jumped by 9% to $7,100,000, emphasizing the strong appeal of these exclusive areas.

Sales Activity

  • Single-family homes saw 82 new listings, a 12% rise, with 54 properties sold, a 10% increase. Additionally, pending sales went up, showing sustained buyer interest.
  • Condos had 22 new listings, an 8% drop, but a significant 50% rise in sold listings. This spike in sales highlights strong demand for condos in the area.
  • The luxury segment in Montecito & Hope Ranch also saw more pending sales, indicating continued interest in high-end homes.

Looking Ahead

As we look to the future, the real estate market in Santa Barbara is set to remain resilient. With strategic planning and informed decision-making, buyers and sellers can navigate the evolving market with confidence. Anticipated trends include further price adjustments, continued buyer demand, and potential shifts in inventory levels.

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South Santa Barbara County Single Family Homes for March 2024

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82 new listings

12% Increase

54 sold listings

10% Increase

217 homes for sale

25% Increase

$2,232,500 median sales price

3% Decrease

36 avg days on market

20% Increase

2.05 months of inventory

83% Increase

South Santa Barbara County Condos for March 2024

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22 new listings

8% Decrease

24 sold listings

50% Increase

61 condos for sale

27% Increase

$937,500 median sales price

6% Decrease

32 avg days on market

47% Decrease

2.05 months of inventory

83% Increase

Montecito & Hope Ranch for March 2024

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22 new listings

16% Increase

13 sold listings

44% Increase

70 homes for sale

30% Increase

$7,100,000 median sales price

9% Increase

64 avg days on market

52% Increase

4.19 months of inventory

32% Increase

Single Family Home Sales Year-to-date

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$3,591,274 mean sales price

11% Increase

$2,295,000 median sales price

15% Increase

$369,901,233 sold volume

16% Increase

Condo Sales Year-to-date

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$992,672 mean sales price

9% Decrease

$905,000 median sales price

1% Decrease

$46,655,625 sold volume

34% Increase

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