About Zia Group

Extraordinary Results

Since 2005, we have steadily grown to become the top real estate team in Santa Barbara.  We have been voted the Reader’s Choice for Best Real Estate Team in both the Santa Barbara News-Press and the Santa Barbara Independent. While real estate is our bread and butter, we also use our business to help others. We believe our community extends beyond Santa Barbara and even beyond the United States. Every client we help empowers us to help people in need around the world. We put 25% of our company profit into our “Giving Fund.” Through this fund, we freely and joyfully help meet needs here in Santa Barbara abroad.

A Team of Experts

The Proven Model: Team Approach

The team approach to Zia Group’s service model guarantees that you are in excellent hands at all times.

While many agents will say they can “do it all,” no single agent has the natural gifting, expertise, and experience to handle every facet of a real estate transaction.

As a team, Zia Group overcomes this limitation by having experts in every role available to our clients with true concierge service. This diversity of specialized talent allows us to perform with excellence at all times on behalf of our clients.

We aim to minimize stress by making sure our clients are well informed at all times. You can expect clear, direct communication from our team. Each member of Zia Group was dutifully picked because of their commitment to excellence.

The Zia Group


Other Agents


Trustworthy Reputation

Not only do you get the top brokerage worldwide, but by working with Zia Group you get the best team in Santa Barbara. Year after year we’re honored by our community’s support. We work hard to add value to every person we encounter, regardless of whether they are, or have been, a client of ours. People sense our desire to serve, and to put their best interest above our own—and they’ve recognized our efforts by continuing to vote us Santa Barbara’s Best Real Estate Team.

The Keller Williams Advantage

#1 Sales Volume

$300 billion

#1 Units Closed


#1 Agent Count


#1 Training Organization

Across All Industries

Keller Williams is the largest real estate franschise by agent count in the world with more than 700 offices and over 165,000+ associates across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. As part of Keller Williams, Zia Group is able to leverage the largest network of agents in the world to market your home. Zia Group also utilizes KW’s industry-leading education, training and resources.

Meet Our Team

Daniel Zia

As founder and CEO of Zia Group, Daniel draws from his years of experience to train all agents on the team in negotiation strategy, creative marketing, and leveraging...

Bowen Lee

Bowen started his real estate career right out of college when he invested in a half-million dollar, 1.5 acre lot in the hills of Montecito while working with...

Jon Gilkeson

As a 4th-generation Santa Barbara resident, Jon Gilkeson knows Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas like only a true local would. His excellent communication skills combined with a...

Veronica Ocejo Johnson

As our listing expert, Veronica spearheads the marketing of every Zia Group listing. She prepares our listings for sale and ensures we use the latest, most effective marketing...

Joan Katz

Joan Katz brings more than 30 years of real estate experience and expertise to the Zia Group. Prior to joining the Zia Group team, Joan worked as a...

Amanda Girdler

Behind every great leader is a stellar assistant. Amanda joined the Zia Group with extensive experience in senior administrative support roles, event planning and bookkeeping. Prior to coming...

Megan Phillips

Megan helps keep the team and office organized, focusing particularly on keeping operations running smoothly. Her willingness to pitch in and assist with any task large or small...