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November 17, 2022

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Change is coming as active inventory in the Santa Barbara real estate market grows, reaching levels we haven’t seen in the same month since October, 2020. Still, with interest rate hikes, continuing concern about inflation, crypto market upheaval, and the recent elections, everyone’s wondering where the housing market is headed. I’ve got some answers to share.

Change is Good

We’ve all known that the frenetic pace the real estate industry experienced over the last two years could not, and should not, be sustained. What we’re experiencing now is a return to normal led, in part, by price stabilization, which experts predict may continue moving forward. While prime real estate, as we have here in Santa Barbara, continues to garner interest, our persistent limited inventory creates a pent-up demand for buyers. Still, today’s buyers can take a deep breath before making an offer while sellers can rejoice this holiday season knowing that the price of their real estate in our beautiful slice of paradise is holding steady.

Top Realtor Cristal Clarke sitting at a glass top desk studying a laptop

Santa Barbara News Press

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve recently joined the Santa Barbara News-Press roster of real estate columnists. Check out my latest article on why the current change in the marketplace is good for real estate.

More Insight
In my latest video, I share more insight into the current real estate market, as well as the future, in Santa Barbara and our surrounding communities.

Neighborhood Market Update

a pictures of The grounds of a Montecito estate, with a sparkling pool in the foreground and classic cabana in the background, with the word Montecito above, and Montecito housing statistics underneath
A firepit in the backyard of a luxury home with a view of Santa Barbara and the ocean, and the word Santa Barbara above and housing statistics underneath
Tall palm trees and lush greenery frame a sunset over the ocean, with the words Summerland - Carpinteria above and housing statistics underneath
A Hope Ranch eswtate with lawn in the foreground and blue sky with white puffy clouds in the background

New Listings

Iconic Miramar Beach Estate, gated and surrounded by mature tropical gardens, including Canary Island palms and a sprawling lawn
1 MIRAMAR AVENUE, MONTECITO CA Offered at $12,900,000
A contemporary home perched above Santa Barbara, with palm trees and a view of the city, ocean, and Channel Islands in the background
20 CAMINO VERDE, SANTA BARBARA CA Offered at $9,985,000
A romantic, coral tinted Montecito home with a sunset sky above, surrounded by lush trees and grass with an outside staircase on the site and a front year filled with grass and a stone trail
1855 SAN LEANDRO LANE, MONTECITO CA Offered at $6,800,000
A mid-century style classic ranch house above Carpinteria at sunset, with a pool in the foreground and a view of lush green in the background
1933 PAQUITA DRIVE, CARPINTERIA CA Offered at $3,495,000

My Full Portfolio of Fine Homes For Sale

Recently Sold

Condor Canyon Ranch, a unique and private sanctuary nestled on approximately 41 spectacular acres in the Santa Ynez Mountain foothills above Santa Barbara.
2260-2262 SAN MARCOS PASS ROAD, SANTA BARBARA CA Offered at $3,950,000

My Full Portfolio of Recent Sales

If you’re considering making a move, please call me at (805) 886-9378 or send me an email at

for a complimentary consultation. Meantime, stay apprised of local, regional and national real estate trends with my next market update.

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Client Reviews

“Cristal Clarke has conducted numerous real estate transactions for me beginning 13 years ago with the purchase of a Lemon Ranch. She has handled both large and small purchases and sales with equal dedication. As a negotiator, you can’t find anyone better. Her transactions are always conducted in the most appropriate and professional manner. Cristal has considerable knowledge of the Santa Barbara market.”

- S.N. Decker Ph.D.

“Living in Europe, we were to say the least, unaccustomed to the nuances of Real Estate acquisition in California and Cristal steered us through the process with absolute professionalism and personal attention to detail at every turn. Her in-depth knowledge of the market place combined with enthusiasm and drive was the only reason we secured the property of our dreams and will be forever grateful. If you are looking for personal discrete and private representation of the highest quality we suggest you look no further than Cristal Clarke.”

- Johan and Paula van den Berg

“Cristal is very straightforward, cheerful, helpful, professional and trustworthy….we felt very lucky to work with her.”

- John and Lacey Williams

“After considering our many choices, we are grateful it was Cristal Clarke of Sotheby’s International who represented the sale of our Montecito cottage. We are familiar with Cristal’s reputation of hard work and dedication to clients, but it was her attention to detail that made our experience so positive. She offered suggestions for staging the property, worked in harmony with potential buyers and was even able to secure back up offers. The sale of our cottage was completed much sooner than we expected, due in great part to Cristal’s professional skills and support. We highly recommend Cristal as a first choice for anyone needing representation with real estate.”

- Michael & Nancy Lee

“Our experience in working with Cristal Clarke resulted in the successful and discrete acquisition of a property which was not yet on the open market. Her knowledge of the Montecito/Santa Barbara area and vast expertise blended with her passion for real estate and architecture, provided us with the very highest level of professionalism and personalized services. Cristal exhibited a rare combination of excellent communications, attention to detail, creativity and patience.”

- Richard and Catherine Frinier

“Cristal really breaks the mold. She knows every nook and cranny of this real estate market, understands value, and follows up on everything, all the time. She was incredibly patient with our two year quest to find the perfect house. Every house hunting trip from across the country was well planned, and our time was never wasted. On top of her professionalism and expertise, she is delightful to spend time with. We are thrilled with the home we purchased, and grateful to Cristal for so wisely advising us through this process, right through to the close and beyond.”

- Laurie Siegel

“We met Cristal first in the course of renting a winter home (for three years), then buying a house using her as our agent. She was amazingly good at listening to our wants and showing us homes that fit our needs. Her mastery of the paperwork was perfect. Most importantly, there was never a situation where we doubted her straightforwardness or integrity. If we do another real estate transaction in Montecito (which I doubt, we’re happy with what we purchased), without question we’d use Cristal again.”

- Ken Saffir

“Susan and I just want to thank you for your efforts in the sale of our home. You are really quite amazing. Your competence, persistence, optimism and humor made the entire process effortless. Every problem that arose, you somehow fixed; any obstacle, you overcame. We have bought and sold many homes. It has never been such a painless and enjoyable process!”

- Michael & Susan Marquart

“A little something about “our” realtor, Cristal Clarke. My wife and I came to Santa Barbara about fifteen years ago looking for a seasonal home from which to enjoy the weather and amenities of the central coast. Being in the real estate business myself I was familiar with agents and brokers so entered the market with open eyes. We “flipped” a few houses in the early years, dealing with various agents and finally ended up in Montecito. That’s when good fortune put us together with Cristal. To say we were impressed is to put it mildly. Cristal really knows the market. She is familiar with the area, its history and trends. When we have questions about a particular property she either has the answers immediately or gets back to us by phone or email. There is no waiting or wondering with Cristal. She is an agent who is “on top of it.” Her recommendations as to price points, contractors, inspectors and title agents have proven to be exceptional, showing great insight and the highest professional standards. We consider ourselves exceedingly fortunate to say that Cristal Clarke is our realtor and would recommend her services to any serious buyer or seller.”

- Rob & Judi Kelch