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Buying a Home in Santa Barbara & Montecito: The Hunt Begins!

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Part of the fun of beginning the house hunting process in Santa Barbara is attending open houses. For many buyers, especially those who haven't yet sought out a buyer's agent, it's a leisurely, no-pressure way to shop for Santa Barbara Real Estate. That is, once you have mastered the art of finding out where the open houses are.

The first step is to know when to look. Most open houses are held on Sundays, in Santa Barbara as in most other areas of the country. The reason is no secret: universally, Sunday open houses are better attended than those held on Saturdays. And weekdays aren’t even in the running..

While newspapers have been the golden standard for locating open houses in Santa Barbara, these days the Internet has become a huge source as well. Brokerage websites, real estate sites such as FrontDoor's OpenHouse.com and Trulia, as well as Craigslist and other classified sites, are all excellent places to visit when browsing for Santa Barbara real estate open houses.

And low-tech methods can still be effective. Why not take a Sunday morning drive through the Santa Barbara neighborhoods you might be considering? By 11 a.m., you will find plenty of yard signs advertising the day’s open houses. They’re hard to miss -- often festooned with plenty of balloons and arrows to point the way.  Since many agents still do advertise their open houses in the Santa Barbara real estate section of the paper, take along a copy in case you don’t find as many open houses as you were expecting.

Any way you find them, open houses are a great way to start a February home hunt.   The next step is to find an experienced Santa Barbara agent to take you all the way through to your next home. Give us a call or email us anytime if you have questions about Santa Barbara Homes or Montecito Real Estate.

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