Location and Weather Drive Real Estate Prices Higher

Prices ranges vary along the coast

POSTED: 10:20 PM PST Feb 03, 2014    UPDATED: 09:42 AM PST Feb 04, 2014 
Location weather drive prices
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

California Realtors say their phones start ringing during and after the Rose Parade on New Year's Day.

That's when people living in snow-covered states start thinking about living in warmer climates. But when potential buyers hear the prices of the homes for sale  lin Santa Barbara they often feel a bit of sticker shock.

In Santa Barbara homes prices range from $599,000 to $49 million.

Buyers can stretch their dollars in Northern Santa Barbara County.

The lowest priced home listed in Santa Maria is less than $200,000, the highest in nearby Orcutt is listed for less than $1 million.

Realtors said they could use more inventory. -When supply doesn't meet demand prices rise.