Buy a Home In Santa Barbara

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.

Top performing team in Santa Barbara

Exclusive access to off-market properties

Backed by a team of specialists

Home Buyer Roadmap

Hire Your Agent

Schedule time to discuss with a real estate professional what type of home you are looking for.  No matter what your timeline, it’s important to understand your preferences in style, location and price.

Secure financing

Meet with a financial professional who can get you pre-approved.  You will need pay stubs, W2s and bank statements. Setting your sights on realistic goals you can afford will help ensure you a successful home purchasing experience.

Find your home

We are excited to give you access to our tools, trade knowledge, experience and network to help you see every available property that meets your criteria.  

Negotiations

If at first you don’t succeed, you are just that much closer to the finish.  We will help guide you through the negotiation process with high level strategy and neutral advice to make sure you have every advantage available.

Due diligence

From first time offers to appraisal, inspection and terms with the lender, we will be sure to connect you with trusted local experts and lenders to ensure you the smoothest transaction possible.

Finalize the sale

Our team will help you review all closing documents, keep track of any upcoming deadlines, and discuss findings from inspections.  We will help facilitate all the needed steps for you to be confident in a successful closing, transfer of funds and ultimately a huge congrats on your new ownership.

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!

Barbara Bain

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.

Bill Chiplis

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.

Trevor Hess

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.

Loren Banner & Steve Shephard

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.

Sherry Montgomery

Schedule a Consultation

Schedule time to discuss with a real estate professional what type of home you are looking for.  No matter what your timeline, it’s important to understand your preferences in style, location and price.

  • We'll listen to your unique goals for your home
  • We'll answer your questions and provide resources
  • We'll provide a clear roadmap for success