Market Update: February 2024 Overview for South Santa Barbara County



Highest and Lowest Sales

Let's start with the highlights of last month's sales. The highest sale featured a magnificent property on Park Lane boasting 10 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and breathtaking ocean views. Originally listed for $43 million, this luxurious estate sold for $36.8 million in February, showcasing the enduring allure of premium real estate in our region.

On the other end of the spectrum, the lowest-priced sale was a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo in Goleta, offering approximately 700 square feet of living space. Despite its modest size, this condo was nicely updated and sold within two weeks. 

Market Activity

In terms of overall market activity, February 2024 saw a total of 89 sales, marking a notable 22% increase compared to February of last year. However, it's essential to note that despite this increase, our market is experiencing a sluggish pace due to limited inventory. With only about two months' worth of inventory available, buyers are facing stiff competition in securing their desired properties. Of the 89 sales, 57 were single-family homes, while 32 were condos.

Median Sales Prices

The median sales price for single-family homes stood at $2,265,000, representing an 8% increase from the previous year. Conversely, condos posted a median sale price of $962,500, reflecting a 3% decrease year-over-year. These figures highlight the nuances in pricing dynamics across different property types in our market.

Days on Market and Cash Transactions

Despite the sluggish pace, properties in South Santa Barbara County continue to sell relatively quickly. Single-family homes spent an average of 31 days on the market, while condos had an average of 21 days. Interestingly, condos tend to sell faster, likely due to their comparatively more affordable price points and competitive nature of that market. 

A significant aspect of our market worth noting is the prevalence of cash transactions, accounting for 47% of all sales last month. This underscores the competitive environment of the Santa Barbara housing market and emphasizes the importance of being well-prepared, particularly for buyers seeking to make an offer.

Looking Ahead

As we look to the future, the market appears to be maintaining a steady trajectory, with no significant shifts in pricing or inventory anticipated in the near term. While interest rates remain above 7% in the jumbo loan segment, discussions about potential rate cuts later in the year by the Federal Reserve may offer some relief to prospective buyers.

However, it's crucial for buyers and sellers alike to approach real estate decisions thoughtfully, considering factors beyond interest rates, such as lifestyle needs and long-term plans. Whether it's finding the right time to buy or sell, navigating the nuances of our market requires guidance from experienced professionals who understand its intricacies.


Thank you for joining us for this market update for February 2024. While the pace may be slow at the moment, there's much to be aware of, including ongoing developments in the commissions world, such as the NAR settlement. Stay tuned for more insights and updates from our team at Compass as we navigate the evolving landscape of South Santa Barbara County's real estate market. Until next time!

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