Montecito, California - The leading Santa Barbara area real estate team, Riskin Associates of Village Properties Realtors, experienced an incredible upswing in residential real estate sales last year, breaking records and earning numerous accolades. Recognized by the Wall Street Journal in October 2012 as the #3 agent in the country for metro-agent portfolio size and earning the #1 position again for top dollar volume sales in the Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service, the high-end real estate team shattered their own records in a fast and furious year of increased sales activity.
“Last year was exceptional,” said Montecito realtor and Senior Associate Rebecca Riskin about their banner year in 2012. “We found ourselves with over thirty listings at one time and working full speed to keep up with our transactions. We were lucky enough to add to our team, hiring a full time Marketing Director and an assistant. Growing our business during a year of recovery was very rewarding.”
In 2012, Riskin Associates represented 38 residential real estate transaction sides, with closed escrows totaling over $223,000,000. This sales volume was 60% greater than any other agent in the Santa Barbara MLS for 2012. Among the team’s 2012 sales was ‘La Pumada,’ Reginald Johnson’s expansive 1929 classic Montecito manor. Riskin Associates represented both the buyer and seller on each side of the transaction, which closed for nearly $20 million.
“Santa Barbara and Montecito have seen a substantial increase in real estate activity across the board over the past 12 months,” said Riskin. In fact, the Santa Barbara South Coast real estate market registered more sales in 2012 than in any other year since 2000, even exceeding annual sales during the height of the market in 2004-2005.
What is the team’s strategy for 2013?
“We’re so grateful to our incredible clients,” Riskin said. “We plan to continue to impress them.”
ABOUT RISKIN ASSOCIATES
Riskin Associates, of Village Properties Realtors, is the #1-selling luxury real estate team in the exclusive areas of Montecito and Santa Barbara, representing the finest homes, estates, and land parcels on the South Coast. Rebecca Riskin, Sarah Kelly and Dina Landi currently represent some of the most exquisite properties that offer inspiring ocean and mountain views, privacy, prime locations and more. Proudly affiliated with Christie’s International Real Estate, honored by Santa Barbara's Multiple Listing Service as 2012's top-selling realtor with over $220 million in sales, and recognized by the Wall Street Journal as the #3 agent in the country for metro-agent portfolio size, no one else understands high-end real estate and the needs of luxury home buyers and sellers like Riskin Associates. For more information about Riskin Associates or their listings go to:http://www.riskinproperties.com.
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