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2023 Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Projections
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2023 Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Projections

December 27, 2022

What will the real estate market in Santa Barbara look like in 2023?

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The Details Matter When Selling Your Montecito Home
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The Details Matter When Selling Your Montecito Home

November 27, 2022

Selling Your Home Takes Attention To Detail In Every Step

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Are Home Inspections Necessary in Santa Barbara?
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Are Home Inspections Necessary in Santa Barbara?

November 20, 2022

During inflationary times, many home buyers are looking to cut costs.

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Montecito Real Estate Still a Good Investment
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Montecito Real Estate Still a Good Investment

October 30, 2022

Ariana Grande Shows How Profit Can Be Earned

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Stage Your Santa Barbara Home To Sell For More
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Stage Your Santa Barbara Home To Sell For More

October 7, 2022

You Can Still Maximize Your Home's Sale Price

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How The Slavin House Hasn't Sold
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How The Slavin House Hasn't Sold

October 2, 2022

Famous Mid-Century Modern Home Won't Sell. Why?

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Real Estate News Looks Bleak-But Not In Montecito
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Real Estate News Looks Bleak-But Not In Montecito

September 9, 2022

The News Can Look Bad, Unless You're In a Luxury Home

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Santa Barbara Real Estate: The Week in Review
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Santa Barbara Real Estate: The Week in Review

Maureen Mcdermut | August 16, 2022

The Week in Review

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Recent News Highlights Need For Hiring a Montecito Realtor
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Recent News Highlights Need For Hiring a Montecito Realtor

August 14, 2022

Market fluctuations can create a real estate nightmare

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Should I Wait To Sell My Montecito Home?
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Should I Wait To Sell My Montecito Home?

July 8, 2022

Has the Seller's Market Officially Ended?

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Is It Too Late To Refinance My Home?
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Is It Too Late To Refinance My Home?

June 27, 2022

With Rising Interest Rates, Did You Miss The Refinancing Boat?

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Buying & Insuring a Home in Montecito
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Buying & Insuring a Home in Montecito

June 12, 2022

Wildfires & Mudslides Can Be A Factor, But Fear Not.

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What Is Going On With The Housing Market?
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What Is Going On With The Housing Market?

June 4, 2022

Changes Seem To Be Happening Quickly, So You Need To Be Prepared!

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Are We Heading For a Housing Market Downturn?
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Are We Heading For a Housing Market Downturn?

May 21, 2022

Experts Agree the Housing Market Is Changing, But What Does That Mean?

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How Will Rising Interest Rates Impact The Montecito Housing Market?
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How Will Rising Interest Rates Impact The Montecito Housing Market?

May 6, 2022

Will the Recent Rate Hike Impact Buying (or Selling) a Home in Montecito?

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Where Are Santa Barbara Home Prices Headed?
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Where Are Santa Barbara Home Prices Headed?

May 3, 2022

What Can You Expect When Buying or Selling a Home in Santa Barbara?

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How To Win A Bidding War In Montecito
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How To Win A Bidding War In Montecito

April 23, 2022

Creative Solutions May Help You Win

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20 Questions To Ask A Santa Barbara Realtor
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20 Questions To Ask A Santa Barbara Realtor

April 16, 2022

Ask These Questions Before Hiring Any Agent To Sell Your Home

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Should You Sell With an iBuyer in Montecito
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Should You Sell With an iBuyer in Montecito

April 9, 2022

Recent News Suggests Tech Might Not Be the Safest Way To Sell

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How to Avoid a Delayed Closing in Santa Barbara
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How to Avoid a Delayed Closing in Santa Barbara

April 2, 2022

There Are Many Things That Can Hold Up Your Closing

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Prep Your Home To Sell This Spring
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Prep Your Home To Sell This Spring

March 25, 2022

Santa Barbara Homes Are Hot Commodities, But You Want To Get The Most Money Possible

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Will The Montecito Housing Market Crash or Cool Off in 2022?
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Will The Montecito Housing Market Crash or Cool Off in 2022?

March 20, 2022

Buyer Demand is Still High, But Will That Change In 2022?

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The Differences in Contingent, Under Contract & Pending
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The Differences in Contingent, Under Contract & Pending

March 11, 2022

Learn More About Key Real Estate Terms

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Make Multifunctional Spaces Work For You
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Make Multifunctional Spaces Work For You

March 4, 2022

How We Live In Our Montecito Homes Has Changed

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Santa Barbara Housing Supply & Demand
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Santa Barbara Housing Supply & Demand

February 25, 2022

How They Affect Your Buying & Selling Goals

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Pros & Cons Of Selling Without a Montecito Realtor
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Pros & Cons Of Selling Without a Montecito Realtor

February 18, 2022

Exploring Whether You Need an Agent or Not

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Home Paint Trends For 2022
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Home Paint Trends For 2022

February 12, 2022

Paint Colors Buyers Want

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Scared To Sell Your Santa Barbara Home?
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Scared To Sell Your Santa Barbara Home?

February 4, 2022

Common Fears of Homeowners in 2022

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Home Improvements That Earn Money
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Home Improvements That Earn Money

January 28, 2022

Understanding What Improvements Make You More Money vs. Those That Don't

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What Is My Santa Barbara Home Worth?
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What Is My Santa Barbara Home Worth?

January 21, 2022

Whether Selling or Refinancing, This is Probably Your First Question

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The Things You Need To Know Before Selling Your Home
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The Things You Need To Know Before Selling Your Home

January 14, 2022

Be Prepared For A Brand New Montecito Real Estate Market in 2022

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Waiting to Sell Your Montecito Home Could Cost You a Fortune
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Waiting to Sell Your Montecito Home Could Cost You a Fortune

January 6, 2022

Market Factors are Indicating That the Time to Sell is Now.

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Hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home in 2022
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Hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home in 2022

December 30, 2021

Why Hiring a Professional is Essential

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Santa Barbara Homebuyers Need to Be Ready
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Santa Barbara Homebuyers Need to Be Ready

December 22, 2021

Making a Move This Winter Might Be The Best Idea

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Will The Housing Market Slow Down This Winter?
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Will The Housing Market Slow Down This Winter?

December 17, 2021

Not Likely, Especially For Sellers!

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Waiting To Buy A Home Will Cost You
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Waiting To Buy A Home Will Cost You

December 10, 2021

2 Reasons Why Waiting to Buy a Home in Montecito Will Cost You

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Win When You Sell Your Santa Barbara Home
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Win When You Sell Your Santa Barbara Home

December 8, 2021

And Win When You Buy Your Next Home

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Think Strategically When Buying a Home
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Think Strategically When Buying a Home

December 3, 2021

Think of Buying a Home In Santa Barbara Like Chess

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Real Estate Fake News
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Real Estate Fake News

November 26, 2021

Don't Believe Everything You Read

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Great News For Home Sellers
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Great News For Home Sellers

November 17, 2021

You'll Likely Receive A Lot of Strong Offers This Season

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How Montecito Home Sellers Are Winning
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How Montecito Home Sellers Are Winning

November 12, 2021

Low Inventory is a Boon For Sellers

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Montecito Sellers Have Incredible Leverage
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Montecito Sellers Have Incredible Leverage

November 3, 2021

Selling Your Montecito Home Now Gives You The Upper Hand

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Santa Barbara Housing Challenge or Opportunity?
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Santa Barbara Housing Challenge or Opportunity?

October 27, 2021

Depending On Your Needs, The Housing Market Could Be A Problem or A Blessing

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Want to Move? Build a New Home in Santa Barbara
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Want to Move? Build a New Home in Santa Barbara

October 21, 2021

Inventory of Newly Built Homes is Rising

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Renovate or Sell Your Montecito Home?
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Renovate or Sell Your Montecito Home?

October 13, 2021

That IS the Question!

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Tips To Prep Your Montecito Home For Sale
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Tips To Prep Your Montecito Home For Sale

October 6, 2021

4 Ways To Increase Your Sale Price This Fall

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Sell Your Montecito Home With An Agent
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Sell Your Montecito Home With An Agent

September 29, 2021

Unless You Like Working Harder For Less

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Is It Time For a New House?
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Is It Time For a New House?

September 23, 2021

Learn How to Assess Your Needs

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The Truth About Home Buyer Demand in Montecito
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The Truth About Home Buyer Demand in Montecito

September 16, 2021

Is Demand Declining? Learn The Truth!

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Should You Sell Your Santa Barbara Home This Fall?
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Should You Sell Your Santa Barbara Home This Fall?

September 8, 2021

The Answer is Yes, The Reasons May Surprise You

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SOTHEBY'S BLOG

House Keepers | Automated Maintenance is the Latest Luxury Must-Have House Keepers | Automated Maintenance is the Latest Luxury Must-Have

Bruno Abisror – Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Monica – Venice Brokerage Though robot butlers are exclusive to science fiction, that hasn’t stopped the world’s top...

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Video of the Week: A Spectacular Contemporary Estate in Heber City, Utah Video of the Week: A Spectacular Contemporary Estate in Heber City, Utah

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Heber City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s I...

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What Is Digital Curb Appeal and How Do You Get It? What Is Digital Curb Appeal and How Do You Get It?

Digital curb appeal is a new variable in the curb appeal equation for home sellers and home buyers. Not only does your home need to shine like a diamond when potential buye...

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Inside a Contemporary Tour de Force in Los Angeles Inside a Contemporary Tour de Force in Los Angeles

Recognized for their impact on the architectural landscape of Los Angeles, Mehdi and Mandi Rafaty of the lauded firm of Tag Front create homes with a unique modern aesthet...

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One with Nature | Exteriors That Blend Seamlessly with Their Surroundings One with Nature | Exteriors That Blend Seamlessly with Their Surroundings

Visionary works of architecture are among the most compelling showcases of human ingenuity, but is there anything more perfectly designed than nature? Across oceans and co...

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A Recipe for Style: 4 Fabulous Kitchens A Recipe for Style: 4 Fabulous Kitchens

At desirable addresses from Soho to Santa Fe, these impeccable kitchens with superior appointments and appliances unite comfort, style, and functionality. Hillside Haven i...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in January, 2023 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in January, 2023

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles, and home. Corfu, Greece | Greece Sotheby’s International Realty The seclu...

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Bring Hygge Home With These 6 Interior Design Tips Bring Hygge Home With These 6 Interior Design Tips

Barcelona & Costa Brava Sotheby’s International Realty It’s no coincidence that the word hygge sounds a lot like “hug” when pronounced correctly—“hoo-gah”. The concept is ...

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Video of the Week: A Dramatic Modern Retreat in Los Angeles, California Video of the Week: A Dramatic Modern Retreat in Los Angeles, California

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Los Angeles, California | Sotheby’s In...

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Sotheby’s International Realty Expands in California Sotheby’s International Realty Expands in California

Photo by Jeremy Bishop Sotheby’s International Realty has announced that Richardson Properties has joined the network and will now operate as Richardson Sotheby’s Internati...

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Sotheby’s international Realty Expands in California Sotheby’s international Realty Expands in California

Photo by Jeremy Bishop Sotheby’s International Realty has announced that Richardson Properties has joined the network and will now operate as Richardson Sotheby’s Internati...

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New Development Spotlight: Palazzo Raggi in Rome, Italy New Development Spotlight: Palazzo Raggi in Rome, Italy

Showcasing the height of new luxury construction in some of the world’s most sought-after locations, let’s explore an exclusive new development from our worldwide network....

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Keeping it Reel: Enviable Home Theaters Keeping it Reel: Enviable Home Theaters

With carefully chosen lighting, top-tier sound systems, and comfortable seating, these home theaters allow for the celebration of cinema in cozy seclusion. Southwestern St...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in January, 2023 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in January, 2023

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles, and home. Charlotte, Vermont | Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realt...

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5 Properties Near Wellness Hotspots 5 Properties Near Wellness Hotspots

List Sotheby’s International Realty, Japan A massage on a white sand beach beneath a luminous afternoon sun. A yoga class overlooking a jungle on a misty morning, as the s...

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Video of the Week: A Luxurious Residence on Central Park South in New York, New York Video of the Week: A Luxurious Residence on Central Park South in New York, New York

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  New York, New York | Sotheby’s Internation...

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Video of the Week: Luxurious Residence on Central Park South in New York, New York Video of the Week: Luxurious Residence on Central Park South in New York, New York

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  New York, New York | Sotheby’s Internation...

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The Paint Colors a Real Estate Agent Always Chooses for a Home Office The Paint Colors a Real Estate Agent Always Chooses for a Home Office

The right shade for your office really comes down to how you want to feel when you’re working, says Maureen McDermut, a Montecito, California-based real estate agent with S...

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5 Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades That Offer the Best Return on Investment 5 Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades That Offer the Best Return on Investment

Enhancing the energy efficiency of your home has two big advantages: It’ll make your place more eco-friendly and help you save money. A home with reduced energy usage will ...

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7 Expert Tips for Working With Clients During a Real Estate Shift 7 Expert Tips for Working With Clients During a Real Estate Shift

So how do you survive a shifting real estate market? Any experienced agent will tell you rock-solid customer service is the best way to navigate any market shift. But what ...

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Inside a Sophisticated Presidio Heights Residence Inside a Sophisticated Presidio Heights Residence

Established in the early years of the 20th century, the prestigious enclave of Presidio Heights is renowned for its wide tree-lined streets and elegant, classically styled...

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New and Notable Luxury Homes for Sale Over $10 Million | January 2023 New and Notable Luxury Homes for Sale Over $10 Million | January 2023

From a mountaintop home in Bachelor Gulch, Colorado, to an elegant apartment in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, these are this month’s four featured notable properties for sal...

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No Membership Required: 4 Homes for a Healthy Lifestyle No Membership Required: 4 Homes for a Healthy Lifestyle

Maintaining a regular wellness routine is easy when a top-tier fitness equipment, private pools, saunas, and sports courts are at home, just steps away.  Beverly Hills Vil...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in January, 2023 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in January, 2023

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles, and home. Luquillo, Puerto Rico | Puerto Rico Sotheby’s International Rea...

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2023 Luxury Outlook Report 2023 Luxury Outlook Report

We are pleased to launch the brand’s exclusive 2023 Luxury Outlook report, an in-depth exploration into high-end real estate markets across the globe. Following two years ...

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2023 Luxury Outlook Report Explores the Resurgence of Cash Buyers, Real Estate in the Metaverse, and How Real Estate is Still King for Passing Wealth Between Generations 2023 Luxury Outlook Report Explores the Resurgence of Cash Buyers, Real Estate in the Metave...

We are pleased to launch the brand’s exclusive 2023 Luxury Outlook report, an in-depth exploration into high-end real estate markets across the globe. Following two years ...

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Video of the Week: A Magnificent and Secluded Maui Estate Video of the Week: A Magnificent and Secluded Maui Estate

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Lahaina, Hawaii | I...

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These Little Tips Can Save You Money on Your Heating Bill, According to Real Estate Agents These Little Tips Can Save You Money on Your Heating Bill, According to Real Estate Agents

Maureen McDermut is a Realtor in Santa Barbara and Montecito, California, where she has helped many clients sell historic homes that are big on charm, but not so much on en...

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Inside a Sleek Palm Beach Aerie Inside a Sleek Palm Beach Aerie

Few things are more mesmerizing than the smooth azure ocean as it stretches toward the horizon on a gloriously warm and sunny day. This ±3,800-square-foot condominium—on t...

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Significant Sales: November 2022 Highlights Significant Sales: November 2022 Highlights

From a US$55M sale in The Bahamas to a US$40M sale in Colorado, here are five sales represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty® global network in November. Vail, Co...

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Sipping in Style: 4 Well-Equipped Home Cocktail Bars Sipping in Style: 4 Well-Equipped Home Cocktail Bars

In elegant estates from East Coast to West, these distinctive, expertly appointed bars prove that the best spot for a festive nightcap is often home sweet home. California...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Final Week in December, 2022 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Final Week in December, 2022

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles, and home. Beverly Hills, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Be...

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Global Getaways: Mauritius Global Getaways: Mauritius

Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty  Take a look at a destination with a thriving luxury rental market and hear directly from Timo Geldenhuys of Mauritius Sotheby’s I...

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Inside a Sophisticated Manhattan Loft Inside a Sophisticated Manhattan Loft

Remnants of classic street cobblestones and a striking redbrick façade hint at the provenance of the building that houses this sophisticated three-bedroom loft in SoHo. De...

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Stored, Poured, and Explored: How to Create a Sommelier’s Wine Cellar Stored, Poured, and Explored: How to Create a Sommelier’s Wine Cellar

Arthur Goodrich – Sotheby’s International Realty – St. Helena Brokerage In the heart of the Calistoga Hills, set amid verdant vineyards yielding some of Napa Valley’s most...

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Straight from the Hearth: 4 Homes with Cozy Fireplaces Straight from the Hearth: 4 Homes with Cozy Fireplaces

Each of these four eye-catching fireplaces—one an ornate mantel carved from stone, another a sleek contemporary piece clad in dazzling black tile—contribute warmth and sty...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in December, 2022 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in December, 2022

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles, and home. Bedford, New York | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty...

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5 US Real Estate Predictions for 2023 5 US Real Estate Predictions for 2023

2022 was a year of upheaval in real estate. What’s on tap for 2023? Sotheby's International Realty home realtor Maureen McDermut says “2023 will be a year of returning to n...

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Mood Board | Home Decor Trends for Festive Celebrations Mood Board | Home Decor Trends for Festive Celebrations

No matter how you celebrate the season, decorating makes the winter unlike any other time of year. Festive decor welcomes loved ones, as friends and families gather togeth...

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5 US Real Estate Predictions for 2023 5 US Real Estate Predictions for 2023

2022 was a year of upheaval in real estate. What’s on tap for 2023? According to Sotheby's Internation Realty home realtor Maureen McDermut, “2023 will be a year of returni...

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Video of the Week: A Luxurious Mountain Home in Ordino, Andorra Video of the Week: A Luxurious Mountain Home in Ordino, Andorra

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Chicago, Illinois | ...

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Inside a Cape Cod Coastal Retreat Inside a Cape Cod Coastal Retreat

Life on Cape Cod affords seemingly endless activities and allures—from clam bakes and coastal bonfires to chasing bass and blues from private boats and piers. The distinct...

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Real Estate Market Woes Hit Home to Buyers and Owners Real Estate Market Woes Hit Home to Buyers and Owners

A tough year for homebuyers: “2022 was a hard year for owners and buyers for a few different reasons,” said Sotheby's International realtor Maureen McDermut. “The main reas...

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Real Estate All-Stars of 2023 Real Estate All-Stars of 2023

Congratulations Maureen McDermut on being recognized as one of 2023 Los Angeles Magazine's Real Estate All-Stars.

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Life of Luxury | Home for the Holidays in Amsterdam Life of Luxury | Home for the Holidays in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Sotheby’s International Realty To be in Amsterdam during the holidays is a special gift. It embodies the nostalgia of picture-perfect towns sculpted inside of a ...

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Lighten Up: 5 Homes with Striking Light Fixtures Lighten Up: 5 Homes with Striking Light Fixtures

Whether they illuminate a traditional townhouse in Southampton or a chic contemporary residence in Southern California, distinctive light fixtures make each of these homes...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third week in December 2022 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third week in December 2022

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles, and home. Hudson, New York | Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty ...

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Video of the Week: A Magnificent Estate in McLean, Virginia Video of the Week: A Magnificent Estate in McLean, Virginia

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Chicago, Illinois | M...

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Sotheby’s International Realty Expands in Washington Sotheby’s International Realty Expands in Washington

Sotheby’s International Realty today announced the opening of Vashon Island Sotheby’s International Realty, signifying the brand’s continued expansion in the United States...

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Inside a Contemporary Tour de Force in Los Angeles Inside a Contemporary Tour de Force in Los Angeles

The list of accolades for Monika Haefelfinger and Scott Utterstrom’s firm XTEN Architecture runs into the dozens. The acclaimed international company based in Los Angeles ...

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