Santa Barbara's Leading Buyer Specialists
Zia Group is a team of local experts who are committed to fast, professional and excellent service to help you understand and feel informed and at ease throughout the home buying process. For our buyers, we leverage our extensive list of off-market “pocket” listings to find the best home, at the best price, with minimal competition.
A Seasoned Team of Buyer Specialists
As a team of specialists, the Zia Group can expertly navigate you through all aspects of the complicated home buy process. With our trained and licensed agents who specialize in Santa Barbara and Montecito real estate, we are ready to put our entire team to work for you, to help you find the right home at the best price.
Reviews From Local Homebuyers
I want to again thank you for the time and energy you directed my way during my home search. You are obviously an amazing and hardworking agent and I wish you and your family the best of fortune!
Jon Gilkenson and the entire Zia Group team take buying and selling a home to a new level. Their knowledge, expertise and professionalism are above and beyond what we have experienced in our past real estate experiences (and we’ve had quite a few). We selected Daniel and Jon to be our agents after interviewing many top agents in Santa Barbara. We chose them because we knew we needed agents that were really on top of their game to do what we wanted to do: sell our house for top dollar as a pocket listing with all sorts of contingencies (such as allowing us time to find a replacement property and secure a mortgage). They and the entire Zia Group team were able to do that and also help us purchase our replacement property (again with contingencies). They handled both transactions simultaneously–a lot of moving parts to deal with. It was mind-boggling to say the least. Lesser men would have cracked under all the demands and counter demands, changing time frames, and human whims. But Daniel and Jon are champions at this business–truly, they were unfailingly professional, calm, and patient (even when we weren’t). My husband and I recommend them without hesitation. They are simply the best in Santa Barbara.
Zia Group was instrumental in helping us purchase our first home in the area. Ours was a unique situation in many ways, and there were multiple points where we thought it was the end of the line and time to walk away. Zia Group, however, was determined to make it happen– when issues arise he is creative and bold, and we certainly benefited from the many relationships he has cultivated with peers in real estate-related industries. We couldn’t have done it without his help and the assistance of many others who hold Zia Group in high regard, and we absolutely will choose to work with them again if the need arises.
This was the first home purchase for both of us. We actually thought of trying to go it alone, but I’m so glad we didn’t! Daniel was always responsive, available for questions throughout the day and flexible with his time. He took the time to describe all the paperwork and to walk us through anything we were concerned about. He explained inspections, what our expectations should be, and looked out for our needs every step of the way. I particularly appreciated his suggestion to take the time to write a thoughtful letter of introduction to include with our offer. It allowed us to connect with the out-of-town sellers in a way that I don’t think would have been possible otherwise. I also particularly appreciated his willingness to communicate electronically, which is a standard in my daily business practice and probably the only way I could have fit house-hunting/offering/financing into my busy life. Our overall experience with Daniel was terrific! I especially appreciated his sincere attention to retaining a relationship after the sale. I feel like I have a realtor I can count on for life.
Jon was extremely professional and helpful in purchasing our first home in Santa Barbara. He communicated with us throughout the process and helped us to find the perfect home and then hired and scheduled contractors for us as we were on a tight schedule to move in. We would highly recommend him and would definitely use him again for future real estate transactions! He is wonderful to work with and went out of his way to make everything run smoothly.