This month we were thrilled to learn that Santa Barbara is the second hottest metropolitan real estate market in the United States! According to an article published by Forbes, our May median home prices were 30% higher than that of May 2011, while total home sales doubled. New listings are selling 20% faster than one year ago, while pending contracts are up a whopping 80%. Helping the Santa Barbara real estate market is the fact that it's simply one of the best places to live, and buyers see a value in that. In fact, there's a scarcity of inventory as local residents can still afford the median house price (the area enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in California.)

Bottom line? Santa Barbara has a hot, luxury housing market!

Click here to read the entire Forbes article. For more information about Santa Barbara area real estate listings, click here.