May 2024 Santa Barbara Real Estate Market


May 2024 Market Update

Hello, Santa Barbara! I’m Daniel Zia, owner and founder of Zia Group, and welcome to your May 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

  • Throughout April, interest rates remained steady, providing a reliable backdrop for buyers and sellers alike. This stability has been a key factor in maintaining consistent buying power, contributing to the overall resilience of the market.
  • The stock market saw a slight uptick during the period, boosting people’s portfolios and overall economic confidence. This uptick may have influenced consumer sentiment, leading to increased interest in real estate investment opportunities.
  • Notably, cash offers accounted for approximately 40% of market closings. This prevalence of cash transactions underscores the resilience of the local real estate market, reducing the influence of interest rates on buying decisions, and highlighting the presence of strong cash buyers in the market.


  • South Santa Barbara County experienced a notable surge in single-family home listings, with 136 new properties, marking a 68% increase from the previous year.
  • The luxury neighborhoods of Montecito and Hope Ranch saw 28 new listings, with a 4% increase from the previous year.
  • The months of inventory for both single-family homes and condos in South Santa Barbara County rose to 2.39, witnessing a considerable uptick of 66%, while for Montecito and Hope Ranch, it stands at 5.20, showing an increase of 29%, indicating a shift in market dynamics favoring buyers.


  • The median sales price for single-family homes in South Santa Barbara County is $2,225,000, reflecting a 9% increase. This upward trend underscores the growing demand and appreciation of residential properties in the region, indicating a robust and thriving real estate market.
  • Year-to-date, the mean sales price for single-family homes in South Santa Barbara County has risen to $3,498,051, marking a 6% increase. Concurrently, condos in the area have seen their mean sales price increase to $1,087,338, showcasing a significant 18% surge.
  • The total sold volume for single-family homes year-to-date has surged to $898,999,362, representing a remarkable 20% increase, indicating robust activity and growth in the South Santa Barbara County real estate market.

Sales Activity

  • South Santa Barbara County witnessed 81 single-family home sales, demonstrating a 19% increase compared to the previous period.
  • Meanwhile, the luxury market of Montecito and Hope Ranch witnessed a robust 38% increase, with 18 homes sold, highlighting its enduring allure and strong demand, making it an attractive prospect for investment opportunities.
  • The number of homes entering escrow has surged by 21%, indicating a significant uptick in buyer interest and suggesting a vibrant and active real estate market.

Looking Ahead

  • Anticipate a robust summer in Santa Barbara’s real estate market, despite uncertainties surrounding interest rates and the upcoming elections
  • Buyers and sellers can expect decent sales activity, with continued demand for luxury and affordable housing investments.

As we wrap up this May 2024 Real Estate Market Update for Santa Barbara and Montecito, it’s clear that our local housing market is experiencing notable shifts in inventory, pricing, and sales activity. With an increase in new listings across South Santa Barbara County and Montecito, coupled with a rise in median sales prices for both single-family homes and condos, buyers and sellers alike are presented with unique opportunities and considerations. It’s essential to remain vigilant and adaptable in navigating these evolving market dynamics.

Our comprehensive analysis of the latest data underscores the importance of staying informed to make well-informed decisions in today’s real estate landscape. Whether you’re considering buying, selling, or investing, our team at Zia Group is here to provide you with personalized insights and guidance tailored to your specific needs. Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Until next time, take care, and let’s continue to navigate the ever-changing terrain of Santa Barbara’s real estate market together.

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South Santa Barbara County Single Family Homes for May 2024

Including annual change | See definition of terms

136 new listings


81 sold listings


279 homes for sale


$2,225,000 median sales price


26 avg days on market


2.39 months of inventory


South Santa Barbara County Condos for May 2024

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28 new listings


21 sold listings


63 condos for sale


$1,112,000 median sales price


29 avg days on market


2.39 months of inventory


Montecito & Hope Ranch for May 2024

Including annual change | See definition of terms

28 new listings


18 sold listings


86 homes for sale


$5,018,750 median sales price


44 avg days on market


5.20 months of inventory


Single Family Home Sales Year-to-date

Including annual change | See definition of terms

$3,498,051 mean sales price


$2,200,000 median sales price


$898,999,362 sold volume


Condo Sales Year-to-date

Including annual change | See definition of terms

$1,087,338 mean sales price


$925,000 median sales price


$94,598,425 sold volume


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