Joe Cole
Paul Wellman

Dear Readers,

Our lives revolve around our homes. We play, sleep, laugh, and entertain in our homes. We garden, hang pictures, share stories with our neighbors, and watch our kids grow.

Buying a home in Santa Barbara County is a huge financial and lifestyle decision: whether as newlyweds, relocating here for a job, or downsizing after retirement.

That’s why we are pleased this week to introduce to you The Santa Barbara Independent’s new real estate section. It provides you with fresh content about Santa Barbara home prices, available properties, mortgage rates, neighborhoods, schools, climate, history, lifestyle, architecture, and natural beauty.

Helping guide you are The Independent’s award-winning journalists and leading Santa Barbara real estate professionals. We reach more than 100,000 readers each Thursday in print and more than 800,000 visitors a month at, which is now also the home for our incredible new real estate site:

For this new section, Senior Editor Matt Kettmann is curating editorial content and invites your feedback at Advertising Director Sarah Sinclair coordinates the advertising and welcomes your inquiries at

Please let Matt, Sarah, or me know your thoughts.

Thank you for reading, and thank you for supporting The Indy.


Joe Cole

Publisher, The Santa Barbara Independent


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