Proposition 60

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For homes bought and sold in the same county sellers over 55 can transfer their current low tax base to a newly purchased home. Proposition 60 was approved by California voters in 1986. As in any and all situations regarding your taxes you should always consult with your tax person (tax expert). To qualify for Proposition 60 the home must be the principal residence and one of the property owners needs to be at least 55 years old on the day the house is sold. And, all Proposition 60 transactions must be completed within 2 years of the sales date. (Photo of sailboats and Santa Barbara Harbor in the background from Instagram)

1709 Overlook Lane in Santa Barbara

Sotheby’s International Realty presents a George Washington Smith estate that offers incredible ocean and island views. For more information about this incredible property contact us today!

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Santa Barbara AIA Architec Tour

The Santa Barbara AIA’s annual ArchitecTours is a celebration of local architecture. This event draws attention to the extraordinary architectural legacy in Santa Barbara and the value of well-designed architecture to its surrounding community. Equally, ArchitecTours highlights the expertise that AIA architects possess including a thorough understanding and expertise in urban design, sustainability, accessibility, structural improvements, building materials, and historic renovation.

The theme of this year’s ArchitecTours is ‘Architecture with a story’. Each of the nine projects features an intriguing personal or construction story that profile many of the design obstacles encountered during the building process.

The tour will be held on Saturday October 3rd, 2015 from 10am-4pm and will culminate with a festive party.

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The Nine Properties Featured in this Year’s Architec Tour

Videos of the Homes that will be on Tour

Win Santa Barbara Dream Home!

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The Museum of Contemporary Art, MCA, of Santa Barbara is offering a “Dream Home Raffle” with a 1 in 20 odds of winning over 2,500 prizes. You could win this “Dream Home” or choose $3,000,000 in cash.

Over the last ten years the raffle has raised million of dollars for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara. MCASB advances creativity and inspires critical thinking through meaningful engagement with the art of our time. Due to the funds raised via the raffle, MCASB has been able to extend its mission to young people and adults throughout the Central Coast as well as provide a venue for artists from around the country.

For more information visit the MCASB’s website for this raffle: MCA Santa Barbara Dream Home Raffle

Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Trends

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Chart provided by Fidelity Title Company * Click on image to enlarge. The green line represents the trend in sales in Southern Santa Barbara from Carpinteria to Goleta north.  In May the market here in Santa Barbara peaked, and although there was a slight bump in July, in August it continued to drop.

Nixel For Santa Barbara

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10 Best Remodeling Web Sites

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Houzz Best for: Getting inspired to make changes big (overhauled kitchen) to small (paint color ideas) — and seeing how hundreds of other people have done those very things.

RetroRenovation Best for: Anyone who doesn’t think of a 1960s living room as a bad thing. Whether you’re looking for resources for restoring your old home, adding retro flair to a newer place or just looking for the best midcentury inspired sofa, this is your heaven. I visit it daily.

Porch Best for: Actually committing to the whole renovation thing. Here, you can easily find professionals in your area and look over their best work.

Remodelista Best for: Plotting your new, high-end dream home. Though the site has broadened its mission away from simply providing remodeling ideas (who would of thought?), you can still find great images waiting to be added to your “Dream Life” pinboard.

This Old House Best for: Fantasizing about a simpler, self-reliant life in a meticulously restored Victorian that was once nearly uninhabitable. It’s specific, but you know what we mean. We imagine the editors finding their bliss at salvage yards, or trading recommendations about screwdrivers all while turning an old found door into a stately table. And we look up to them for that.

DIY Network Best for: Finding practical advice and finding projects by budget. The network that brought you multiple Vanilla Ice-pegged reality shows has an exhaustive website that borders on overwhelming at times — but they know their stuff.

Dwell Best for: Imagining an impeccably tasteful life filled with ridiculously functional (but incredibly designed) surroundings, alongside men with architectural glasses and women with indie-chic short haircuts.

Remodelaholic Best for: Seeing how a real family renovated (and continues to renovate) on a tight budget. While the blog can be a little wonky at times, the content is good.

HGTV Remodel Best for: Figuring out what’s actually doable versus what projects will have a bigger commitment

Young House Love Best for: Those with more traditional design tastes, especially those in need of family-friendly advice. The couple behind this blog has made a mini-empire based around their love of remodeling homes.