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Top Santa Barbara real estate agents

In Santa Barbara, CA, the top 3% real estate agents buy and sell homes 83.0% faster than their competitors. HomeLight compares real estate agents in Santa Barbara using their objective sales data to identify the top performing agents.

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See how 20 of the top REALTORS® and real estate agents in Santa Barbara stack up

Daniel Zia & Zia Group
Keller Williams Realty
About Daniel Zia

Daniel has been a licensed real estate agent for 15 years. He is the founder and Broker-Associate of Zia Group powered by Keller Williams Realty, the largest real estate company in the world. Daniel has developed and trained an all-star, specialized team of experts in Santa Barbara real estate. With his longstanding construction background - having grown up in a "real estate family" going back generations - Daniel carries on his family’s legacy doing creative real estate investing, development, and real estate sales in South Santa Barbara County. ​Zia Group is the #1 Real Estate Team in Santa Barbara, selling more homes and representing more buyers than any other team. We deliver real results to every client, and we use 25% of our profit to make a real impact in our community and around the world.

Condo Transactions
12
Single Family Home Transactions
98
Townhome Transactions
1
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • HomeLight Home Loans Specialist 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
  • Cash Close Specialist 2020
NAR Certifications
REALTOR®
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Karl Parize
Momentum Realty Group
About Karl

Karl Parize, Real Estate Broker and Owner of Momentum Realty. Karl is a true expert in the consumer services industry, having spent several committed years in financial planning, mortgage and real estate. Being a real estate broker during our current tough economic climate, he is described as the guy who finds a way to offer an ideal solution that makes sense for the client. He operates every transaction with the utmost of integrity. Because of his large circle of influence, it enables him to create positive results for most situations.

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"Karl and his agent Tia Digel were amazing to work with - they got the job done and then some! They a..."

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Condo Transactions
9
Townhome Transactions
2
Single Family Home Transactions
27
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Kathryn Christiansen
Keller Williams Vip Properties
About Kathryn

A top agent in Southern California real estate and consistently the #1 team at Keller Williams Santa Clarita, Kate has allowed life's experiences to refine her for the role she was meant to play. Her independence and sense of adventure was fueled at an early age. During high school, Kate circumnavigated to the South Pacific with her family in a sailboat. Kate's propensity to go "outside the box" into uncharted waters to get things done was born. Kate thrives on challenges and is a life long learner. Kate "graduated" from the pinnacle of customer service standards, Nordstrom department stores. Here Kate managed several departments carrying a strong commitment to the best customer service and top sales.

Condo Transactions
4
Single Family Home Transactions
14
Townhome Transactions
1
Achievements
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Jose Morales
eXp Realty
About Jose

Jose Luiz Morales is a top producing real estate agent in Southern California. He sold 63 properties in 2016 and is on pace to sell over 100 homes in 2017. He attributes a lot of his success to his pro active and aggressive marketing plan. If you are looking for a professional pro active agent then Jose Luiz Morales is your guy.

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"Jose and his team did a fantastic job selling our house. He and his team guided us through the entir..."

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Single Family Home Transactions
120
Townhome Transactions
6
Condo Transactions
16
Achievements
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Top Negotiator 2020
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Kendrick Guehr
Keller Williams
About Kendrick

KENDRICK GUEHR Kendrick Guehr is a Montecito and Santa Barbara real estate expert known for his integrity, relentless work ethic, sophisticated taste, and steadfast allegiance to his clients. As a native of Santa Barbara, Kendrick is well connected to local business and real estate communities. His knowledge of the area and market is an indispensable advantage for his clients. He was born into the hotel and restaurant industry, assisting his parents, Brigitte Guehr and Norbert Schulz, with the management of their portfolio of high-end establishments. Before launching his real estate career, Kendrick had learned from a young age the significance of hospitality, white glove concierge-level service, and effective communication with clients and fellow industry professionals. When Kendrick entered the real estate field, his innate understanding of the complexities of the business was immediately apparent, and he was named ‘Rookie of the Year’ by Keller-Williams Realty for the efficiency and prowess he demonstrated in representing his first several clients. In 2017, he was awarded ‘Agent of the Year’ and acknowledged for successfully closing the highest-value luxury sale in Santa Barbara and Montecito. Backed by the support of a superior in-house staff, Kendrick and his team ensure that all administrative bases are covered and that his marketing and transactional resources are technologically ahead of the curve. His team of skilled agents, the Epstein Partners, is the highest-producing team in Santa Barbara, having sold over 1,800 homes totaling over $1.5 billion of real estate. Kendrick is committed to empowering buyers and sellers with unparalleled market knowledge and guidance to help them confidently complete the most significant transactions of their lives. His clients’ interests are at the forefront of his mission, and he prides himself on going the extra mile to help clients pursue their real estate goals efficiently.

Single Family Home Transactions
22
Condo Transactions
7
TIC Transactions
0
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Maureen McDermut
Sotheby's International Realty
About Maureen

Having sold the residential real estate in Santa Barbara for over 20 years, initiating her career in Los Angeles selling the commercial real estate, and daughter to real estate investors, Maureen has been around the industry for a lifetime. Her business is based on the core values and ethics taught to her at a very young age -- integrity, honesty, being a great communicator. These qualities coupled with a tenured background in private banking, having in-depth community and market knowledge, providing cutting-edge marketing and the latest technologies and being an effective negotiator is a critical skill set in being an excellent real estate professional. “I want my clients to feel special because they are. Each client has an individual need, and I want them to always feel that need is being met.” Maureen McDermut, Sales Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty, Santa Barbara. Ranked consistently among the Top 1% of Agents in Santa Barbara, Maureen has 20+ years of experience specializing in residential and commercial real estate. Maureen resides in Montecito, Ca with her husband Martin. Proud parents of three, daughter Maggie, presently attending CU Boulder, son Christopher, currently working for a tech company in Los Angeles, and their third (fur)child, Mila, a rescue mix who will probably never leave the nest. Passionate about community and giving back, Maureen stays always active in philanthropy. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity and the Eucalyptus Hill Improvement Association, and in an advisory role for La Casa De Maria. She formerly held positions on the Cal Berkeley Parents Campaign and volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Catholic Charities food pantry

Single Family Home Transactions
36
Condo Transactions
11
TIC Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • HomeLight Home Loans Specialist 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Jessie Sessions
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
About Jessie

At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Santa Barbara Jessie is committed to helping both buyers and sellers navigate through their next real estate transaction with expertise, enthusiasm and ease! Jessie is known for being tirelessly dedicated and accessible to her clients and works hard to provide timely market and property knowledge in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria and Montecito areas. She always works to ensure that her clients receive the highest level of communication and customer service with a positive attitude throughout the buying or selling process.

Condo Transactions
6
Single Family Home Transactions
12
TIC Transactions
0
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Jose Munoz
Santa Barbara Realty
About Jose

I've been here in Santa Barbara for 30 years I met my lovely wife Soledad and we raised a wonderful family Three wonderful kids . I have been very blessed to live in this beautiful town surrounded by the Santa Ynez mountains to the gorgeous blue Santa Barbara ocean! Santa Barbara has just wonderful places to live, excellent schools, Just an all around nice place to raise a family! My banking background is definitely an advantage for me & my clients because I have a better understanding of all the financial documents that are required in each transaction.This works as a great combination with my twelve years experience as Broker / Realtor brings me the opportunity to help my clients with knowledge,Experience and integrity. Please feel free to contact me, I handle conventional sales as well as Short sales, REO's etc etc. Also I'm bilingual Spanish/English

Single Family Home Transactions
1
Townhome Transactions
0
Condo Transactions
0
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Taryn Martin
Sotheby's International Realty
About Taryn

In the industry since 2000, Taryn Martin’s diverse experience expands into all facets of buying and selling real estate. After investing over six years in mortgage lending, Taryn shifted into residential sales. Apprenticing with a top Santa Barbara area agent, she worked intensely on hundreds of transactions, thereby mastering the nuances of contractual details, client concierge, and marketing. In 2016, Taryn segued into creating her own brand as a California licensee with Sotheby’s International Realty. Today she skillfully and joyfully helps buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals around the Santa Barbara area. Always cutting edge, Taryn stays on top of the latest winning strategies. She attends regular educational seminars, networks with the top local real estate professionals, and consults with the most brilliant professional minds across the country. She strives to stay informed to ensure she always delivers an experience of excellence. Taryn refined her education locally as an honors graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and multiple Associates of Science degrees in the areas of Liberal Science, Math, and Economics. She is devoted to the community and proudly volunteers at local women’s rehabilitation facilities. Taryn is a member of the Advisory Committee for Casa Serena, a local non-profit women’s residential treatment facility. She feels tremendous gratitude for the privilege to reside in Santa Barbara and spends her extra time weightlifting and exploring the local hiking trails and beaches.

Condo Transactions
9
Single Family Home Transactions
7
TIC Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Todd Shea
Keller Williams Realty
About Todd

Todd works as a Realtor Partner with Zia Group at Keller Williams Santa Barbara. Todd specializes in Luxury Buyer and Seller Representation. Here’s a little about Todd’s real estate experience: - Todd recently was ranked 33 out of 2200 agents in Santa Barbara in 2020. - Todd’s fastest-selling home sold in 3 days. - Todd is an agent who sells homes for top dollar and strategy leverages multiple offers or can compete with multiple offers on the buyer side. HomeLight has data on 6 transactions Todd has done in Goleta.

Condo Transactions
7
Single Family Home Transactions
9
TIC Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Top Producer 2020
NAR Certifications
REALTOR®
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Find your perfect real estate agent in Santa Barbara

Why you need a top real estate agent in Santa Barbara, CA

Looking for a top real estate agent in Santa Barbara, CA? We found that the top 3% of San Francisco real estate agents work on 483 properties compared to the average agent's 90 deals, and move home 46.25 days faster than the local average.

Top Seller's Agents

What kind of results can you get with a top seller’s agent in Santa Barbara? They sell 1.8x more properties, save their sellers $123,219 more, and move homes 1.5x faster than average agents.

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Top Buyer's Agents

Top buyer's agents in Santa Barbara save their clients $267,157 on transactions and purchase 1.8x more homes than the average agent.

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Ratings and reviews of top real estate agents in Santa Barbara, CA

Top Agents
5 stars
Avg. Agents
4.7 stars

Top real estate agents in Santa Barbara score an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars, compared to the typical Santa Barbara agent who scores only 4.7 stars. We collect the latest ratings and reviews of top real estate agents in Santa Barbara and update them here to show you what their past clients have to say.

Recent reviews for Santa Barbara real estate agents and REALTORS

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Compass
Jun 30, 2021

“We toured a home with Stine back when we were not very sure if we wanted to buy or what we were looking for. Stine was patient, listened to your needs, answered our questions. More importantly, she never rushed us. She kept in touch with us for over 8 months, checking in and sending us new listings....“

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Home Light User-San Jose
Compass
Jun 29, 2021

“It was such a pleasure to work with Caitlin. She is professional, knowledgeable, courteous, patient, and kind. Upon meeting her, Caitlin asked great questions to help us narrow down our home search. We have children and finding a good school district was very important to us. Caitlin introduced ...“

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Ellie Babakan-Belmont
Compass
Jun 30, 2021

“We can’t say enough about what an amazing agent Jerry is! In the roughest economic time during a pandemic he managed to sell our condo in record time (7 days to be exact) with an over asking offer. He made the entire process seamless and actually enjoyable. Professional, knowledgeable, and always re...“

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Home Light User
Compass
Jun 29, 2021

“When it came time to purchase my first home, I knew that Jena would be the right agent for me to work with. With years of experience in real-estate, I was confident she would help me find my dream home. I could not have done it without her expert knowledge and professional process during the whole t...“

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Sonal Shukla
Compass
Jun 29, 2021

“I found Lynn and Julie through an add and I am so glad I contacted them! We clicked right away! They have in depth knowledge about the market and a great network. They did a thorough research on every property I showed any interest in. They pulled all disclosures and read them thoroughly. There were...“

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Find the perfect agent or REALTOR® for your favorite Santa Barbara neighborhood

Based on the available transaction data for homes bought and sold in Santa Barbara, top agents are frequently doing deals in Hope Ranch Bridle Trails, Alta Mesa, and Oak Park.

Hope Ranch Bridle Trails

Active Agents24
Time on Market162
Avg. Sale Price$3,974,435

Alta Mesa

Active Agents42
Time on Market86
Avg. Sale Price$1,195,114

Oak Park

Active Agents23
Time on Market78
Avg. Sale Price$843,793

Find top real estate agents in cities near Santa Barbara, CA

Ventura

Active Agents381
Time on Market66
Avg. Sale Price$593,000

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a top real estate agent do?
Top real estate agents have more local expertise, prepare in-depth market analyses, and have industry connections that you can’t find by yourself. They know your neighborhood like the back of their hand and use their market knowledge to sell your home faster than the average agent and for money.
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What should you look for when interviewing a real estate agent in Santa Barbara?
When you sell a house, your real estate agent becomes your business partner, financial advisor, and emotional support system. It’s crucial to partner with someone you trust, so make sure you’re looking for an agent who can answer all of your questions with confidence during the interview. During this process, you want to get to know the agent’s business and find out how well they know the area. You’re listening for things that signal experience, expertise in your community, and workload. Selling a home takes an enormous amount of work, so you need an agent who’s got a plan for prep, pricing, and marketing and who is ready to roll up their sleeves to get the job done.
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How important is it to hire a top real estate agent in Santa Barbara?
Our data shows that the top 5% of listing agents sell homes for as much as (+9%) more than the average real estate agent. A great agent makes a difference when you buy a house, too: We’ve found that the top 5% of buyer's agents on average save their clients 2.5% more on their home purchase. So, whether you’re in the market to find your dream home or sell your house at a great price, the right agent matters. We encourage you to connect with a top real estate agent if you’re buying or selling a home in Santa Barbara, CA.
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When is the right time to hire a real estate agent in Santa Barbara?
The best window to contact an agent to sell your home is anywhere from three to six months in advance of your list date. When you start the search for an agent several months before hitting the market, there’s plenty of time to find the best agent, make key renovations, and market your home effectively, all of which are essential steps in selling your home for a great price. You can also hire an agent based on the best time to sell in Santa Barbara to take advantage of seasonal and cyclical trends in the market. The right time to hire a real estate agent depends on the temperature of the housing market. For example, the best time to sell in Santa Barbara is in May. And since it takes around 3 months to close on a home, you should list in February. We recommend that you hire a real estate agent as soon as you're thinking of selling your home. Generally speaking, that's anywhere from 3 to 6 months prior to your desired move date.
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What is the average real estate agent commission for agents in Santa Barbara?
While individual real estate agent commissions do vary, most real estate agents in Santa Barbara work for 6% of the home price.
Why should I use HomeLight to find a Santa Barbara real estate agent?
HomeLight analyzes all real estate agent in Santa Barbara to bring you custom, unbiased, data-driven recommendations. We use actual home sales transaction data to compare Santa Barbara real estate agent and will only introduce you to the top performing agents. They do not pay to advertise on our site and we do not pay to list them. To give you the best object recommendations, we consider things like: how fast a real estate agent sells, how many properties they work on, how much money they save or earn their clients, and what cities and neighborhoods they specialize in. You can trust that we’ll match you with the right agents for your needs.
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