Zia Group Client Reviews

Reviews from Santa Barbara Home Buyers & Sellers

Below is a selection of Zia Group client reviews and testimonials. These are from both buyers and sellers, from all walks of life and ranges of real estate experience. Several are first-time home buyers, others are more experienced in real estate, and some are investors who routinely buy and sell multiple properties each month.

"When I need real estate advice in Santa Barbara and Montecito, I call the Zia Group. Their innovative strategies attract hundreds of buyers every month which creates more demand for your home, selling faster and for more money. Call the agents I trust, Zia Group, and avoid the drama!"

— Barbara Corcoran

Jim & Heather

John & Marielle

Ryan & Sarah

Ryan & Sarah

Dana & Dorothy

Jeff & Lois

Linda & Peter

Scott & Amanda

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Barbara Bain

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!

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Aaron B.

Daniel, Veronica, and team did a great job marketing our home and getting in buyers. We had a bit of a complicated sale, with the city of Santa Barbara creating all sorts of unnecessary complications, but the Zia Group stuck with us and we completed the sale.

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Laura Ray

We recently completed the purchase of our home in Santa Barbara after years of searching for just the right place. We had the pleasure of meeting and working with Daniel Zia during this long endeavor. We have purchased numerous properties during our lifetime and have never been so favorably impressed with the representation offered by…

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Brennan de Raad

Daniel and his team are truly the best team you could ask for when buying a home. The Zia Group helped us purchase our first home in a competitive market by knowing more about the neighborhood and history of the house that ultimately led to an accepted offer. They are responsive and wonderful people to…

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Nick Burwell

Daniel Zia helped us buy our first home. He was great to work with throughout the whole process and got us an amazing deal on the house! His connections in the community and expertise allowed us to overcome a long, complicated short sale and find the perfect lender. I would highly recommend Daniel and his…

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Adam Morgan

I can’t say enough good things about Daniel and the whole team at Zia Group. He was able to give unbiased information while making sure he really understood me and what I wanted to help present the information that he knew was important to me. The whole process felt customized to me as a buyer…

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Linda Beuret

Let’s start with the results: thanks to Zia Group’s hard work and outstanding marketing we sold our home to a cash buyer for the asking price in less than a week. Daniel is a fine leader and has built an excellent team. Everything was done at the highest professional level. Communication was easy and clear.…

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Matthew Kaddatz

I knew Daniel was a good Real Estate agent but I had no idea how great him and his team actually are. Everyone on the team was extremely helpful and willing to go out of their way to make us happy. We were buying a home for the first time and they dealt with my…

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Jenny Scouras

We met Dan and his team several years ago when we bought our first house, after many of our friends had recommended him. We had used another realtor prior to the Zia Group when helping my in laws buy a condo here. Truth be told no one had ever given me a recommendation at that…

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Marissa DiAngelis

Daniel (and his team) are amazing! We purchased our first home with Daniel and sold it with him. He made the whole thing seamless, both times. He gave us a great contact to our new city, and “held” our hand during that purchasing process too. I know they are doing an amazing job helping the…

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Josh & Rhonda Yager

We had a positive experience with the Zia team when we listed our home. They were thoughtful, thorough, and represented us well. Everything went smoothly!

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Jesse & Robyn Hunt

Daniel Zia is 3 for 3 with us! When we decided to purchase our first condo with Daniel there was already an offer on it, but he knew how to make our offer stand out and we got the condo. Five years later we decided to upgrade to a new place, same scenario, same result.…

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Denise Stephens

We were very impressed with the professionalism of the Zia team. They provided candid and very accurate advice about the local market and our very eclectic neighborhood. They were also very quick in responding to unexpected issues along the way. They created a marketing strategy that brought buys to our listing right away. Over all,…

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Ian & Katie Dwyer

I cannot speak highly enough of Daniel and the team at Zia Group. From our first meeting with Daniel, we were confident the Zia team would help us find the right property for us on our timeline, negotiate the best price for that property and walk us through the home buying process. As first time…

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Danielle Lambert

Great experience! Jon worked effectively on our behalf and had a seasoned team available for inspections, estimates and repairs. We’re very happy with our purchase and would use Jon’s services again.

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Sherry Montgomery

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…

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Jamie Afflerbach

Jon was a fantastic realtor that was incredibly easy and enjoyable to work with. He worked hard to find us the perfect home in Santa Barbara, going above and beyond what was expected of him. Jon is clearly very knowledgeable about the area and was able to get us to see our house before it…

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Kayla Picciuto

Jon recently helped our family find the perfect home. He was relentless in seeking options but was very easy going making the process as stress-free as possible. He knows the market well and is cognizant of what is best for his clients. I would happily recommend Jon to any friend or family member when looking…

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Carolyn Larkins

I met Jonathan and before deciding to use his service he all ready gathered information on his own time for me to begin making decisions regarding the home. Jonathan Gilkeson went beyond what he had to do as a realtor helping the process I needed to accomplish closing the estate. He communicated quickly and checked…

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Bill Chiplis

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…

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Tom Huth

Jon is a real go-getter. He walked around the neighborhood knocking on doors, and mine was one of them. He and his agency are the leading realtors in our part of East Side Santa Barbara. When it came time for me to sell, Jon was a no-brainer for my choice of an agent. He was…

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Brett & Carly Boyd

I highly recommend Zia Group! They helped us in finding our perfect home, and we could not be happier with the outcome. Through the process he was attentive, easy to communicate with & knowledgeable. He seemed to know what we wanted, better than we knew ourselves! He guided us to a home that we had…

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Jon Brauer

Zia Group came highly recommended to me by my coworkers and based on my experience I will certainly pass the recommendation on. As a first time homebuyer I had a lot of questions about all aspects of the process and Daniel Zia was my starting point for all of them. Daniel is a great listener…

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Bob Efram

I worked with the Zia Group with the sale of my late mother’s house. They are a friend of a friend of my mother’s and was highly recommended. They were able show my mother’s home and describe the highlights of the house and quickly help close the sale at a price the buyer and seller…

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Kathy Serrano

Zia Group went above and beyond the call of duty. They walked us through the entire process and explaining everything thoroughly, which was very helpful since we are first time homeowners. They had a friendly disposition as is supported by a highly knowledgeable team! I cannot give enough stars to Zia Group, highly recommend them!

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Joe Larson

Zia Group was fantastic to work with! They are kind, confident, had excellent recommendations and ideas. They were very accurate with their predictions, and were very available to us. I would highly recommend them!!

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Lori Givans

I am very thankful I chose Zia Group as my realtor. They helped me secure my desired property as a rental when I was not quite ready to put in an offer. They then helped me through the purchase process when it was time to put in an offer. Zia Group had great referrals, from…

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Cami Griswold

We were first time home buyers and were so pleased with Zia Group’s service and expertise. We had a unique list of requests, and they listened to our criteria and worked SO hard to find us our dream home. So impressed. He was always available to text and call, and was always understanding and optimistic…

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Teresa Schantin

I met Zia Group via Zillow and they were quick to arrange showings of the properties I requested. They also prepared to show us a property that was not on my list and that is actually the property we purchased. We were pleased with their service and guidance.

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David Barnes

Zia Group found us our new home and it is exactly what we were looking for. We couldn’t be happier with our experience. They were true professionals and a great advisor who always made sure we were at the top of the list.

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Trevor Hess

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…

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Ed Andrade

Zia Group, was professional, very knowledgeable and had the sense of urgency needed to find my home in a timely manner. Highly recommend them…Thank you!

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Jason Vedder

Professional, available, extremely efficient. They helped me close on a condo in only one week. Whenever I had a question or concern Zia Group found the answer in under an hour and always replied immediately.

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Nicholas Behrman

I highly recommend anyone looking to purchase a home in the Santa Barbara area to work with Zia Group! I thoroughly enjoyed working with them and appreciated they professional demeanor and quick response times, something that a lot of Santa Barbara professionals lack. They are incredibly knowledgeable about the Santa Barbara market and helped my…

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Dave & Mary Wolph

We loved the personal service, details, knowledge and overall amazing experience that Zia Group and the team provided us during our home buying experience.

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Mary

Zia Group was a complete gem with which to work. Both my honey and I only had a small window of time in town to look at listings, and he got us to ten properties in one day. They were thorough, and detailed, and well informed. Even though we did not find our home on…

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Don Gudenau

I really enjoyed working with Zia Group. They were always positive and professional. They did their homework beforehand to figure out how to make my offer stand out from the others… and it worked! They are well connected with a full team that has a great reputation and I could see that everyone else likes…

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Jason & Kirsten Bennett

Zia Group was invaluable to us when we were selling our house and trying to buy at the same time. Their sage advice and professionalism made our experience terrific. We negotiated (with his help) a great sales price and a great buy price. Zia Group are keepers!!!

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Megan Ciarlo

I am so grateful that my husband and I had Zia Group to help guide us through the process of purchasing our first home. Their ability to negotiate and write a competitive offer in a multiple offer situation made our dream of owning this home a reality. Their knowledge and expertise made the complicated process…

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Marc Ciarlo

Zia Group are absolute experts. Ultra accommodating, very knowledgeable, willing to explain the subtle nuances of home buying. As first time home buyers, we were thankful for the guidance and coaching, all based on a high level of trust. Zia Group is at the top of their game. They are total professionals. I couldn’t give…

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Michael Prince

Working in British television can often be a demanding and stressful occupation. Expectations of UK viewers, producers and commissioning editors are incredibly high and as a tv crew you have to be confident and able to make the right decisions quickly. The key to the success of any show is having the right people on…

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Stefania

As part of our TV show, ‘A Place in the Sun: At home or Away’ one of the biggest difficulties is finding the right house, in the right area, of a city that we’ve never been to before. We often view 20-25 houses over 2-3 days in a city before selecting the final 3 that…

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Mark Weber

Daniel Zia provided exceptional service to my family and I when we chose his service to represent the sale of our family home in Goleta. In addition to Daniel’s great service he also exercised impeccable integrity and conscience in his duties. He was extremely knowledgeable regarding the Santa Barbara real estate market and provided a…

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Jason Brown

Working with Daniel changed my whole opinion of real estate agents. He went above and beyond at every step, was always on the lookout for deals, and helped us find a great house when other Realtors had told us it would be impossible with our parameters. He never gave up and was always on our…

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Kevin Sturm

Daniel is the consummate “giver”. Whether it be his time or expertise, Daniel is passionate about helping others. Daniel quickly built a successful real-estate firm founded on results, a strong reputation, and honesty and integrity. In addition to being a successful professional, Daniel is passionate about helping the world. He donates his time and resources…

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Loren Banner & Steve Shephard

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…

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Kai Iselin

Working with Daniel was a very pleasant experience. He found us a great Santa Barbara home and was very knowledgeable throughout the entire process. He answered every question we had and made us feel at ease every step of the way. He was always available to us anytime. We would definitely recommend him enthusiastically to…

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Gary Jeffries

Thanks for your outstanding work in obtaining an early sale of the above property and at a price that far exceeded my client’s expectations. From the beginning of your representation, I was impressed with your knowledge of handling Trust Estate real property sales and your professionalism in turning around what had been a frustrating experience…

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Megan Phillips

My husband and I were first time buyers when we came to Dan, and knew little to nothing about the process of buying a home. Not only was Daniel an invaluable source of knowledge, advice, and information – he quickly became a kind of counselor to us, working with us through our questions and confusion,…

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Paul Murphy

In a town with approximately 10,000 realtors, it is a major achievement to be voted Best Realtor for multiple years by the Santa Barbara Independent’s annual poll. After having Daniel represent us for the purchase of our home, I see why he earned that award. Our transaction was not easy. We had challenges with a…

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Bill & Joyce Hunt

Daniel helped my wife and I purchase a Santa Barbara condominium by long distance since we don’t live in California. His website was very helpful in that we were able to “shop” by computer, and then he was always available to help us follow up on making offers. He gave us very good advice regarding…

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Aileen Zemel

My husband and I met Daniel a few years ago when I was looking for a summer rental in Santa Barbara. I thought he was so kind and generous with his time-for just a rental. We fell in love with Santa Barbara and always toyed with the idea of purchasing a summer home there. An…

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Susan & John Merrick

Daniel was a very professional Realtor with unending patience with our needs. We were moving from Colorado to Santa Barbara and I had started looking for houses through Daniel and the MLS as soon as we knew of our move. Daniel e-mailed me every time a suitable property came on the market, he went and…

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Meghan & Aaron Morelli

Thank you for helping us through this crazy process of buying our first home! We have felt nothing but peace working with you and your team. It was truly a blessing to work with you and we appreciate all your time spent with us and on our behalf. If all goes according to plan, we…

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Ben Murphy

Recommending Daniel is the easiest thing in the world as I can’t imagine how our home purchase could have gone any smoother. The service that my family and I received while purchasing our Santa Barbara home was exceptional. We told Daniel what we were looking for and he was there every inch of the way…

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Bob P.

I wanted to express our appreciation to you for all of the time you spent meeting with us, and for the very thorough CMA you put together. As always, the experience working with you and getting your perspective on things was very valuable and the picture of professionalism.

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Mike & Patsy Kravchuk

Recommending Daniel Zia to handle your real estate needs is the best referral we can make. We met Daniel as well as other real estate agents while vacationing in Santa Barbara. Daniel definitely stood out, so we followed up with him to pursue a home in the area. What makes Daniel outstanding is his extreme…

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Dana Alexander

Thank you for all your hard work, patience and diligence it helping us both buy and sell. This was obviously a big deal for us and you handled everything (including our quirky ways) with real grace. We so appreciate you and would not hesitate to recommend you to others.

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Larry Mills

I have bought and sold many homes over the years and I must say that this sale (Daniel represented me as the seller) was the best so far. Daniel was on top of things from the beginning to the end. It seemed like he was always one step ahead of what needed to be done.…

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Daniel & Sarah Johnson

Thank you so much for the purchase of our home. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without your help–thank you! We were also so grateful for your generosity. That was so unexpected! We hope to have you over to celebrate soon. Thank you again so much.

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Chris Sewell & Kenny Yosehan

Daniel emailed us home listings on a weekly basis for four years before we purchased our home. Daniel was extremely professional and moved us through our home purchase easing the headaches that come along with the escrow process these days. My wife and I, even though we were both first time home buyers, felt completely…

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Zach Schock

Daniel was very patient, knowledgeable, and a huge help when it came to making all the decisions that are involved with buying a home. He went above and beyond our expectations by continuing to be a valuable resource for us even after the contracts were signed.

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Andy Kim

The sale of our condo in Santa Barbara was a total success. It was on the market less than a week and there were two strong buyers. We sold it for more than the asking price. Every aspect of the sale went smoothly which is especially unusual because I live in the Bay Area and…

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Vi Miller

Thank you for making the selling of my home easier to bear by being kind, courteous, upbeat, and very professional.

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Laura & Robert Ray

We have recently completed the purchase of our home in Santa Barbara. We had the pleasure of meeting and working with Daniel Zia in this endeavor. We have purchased numerous properties during our lifetime and have never been so favorably impressed with the representation offered by Mr. Zia. We were especially grateful for the patience…

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Ryan & Sarah Mills

Thank you for all your hard work on BOTH of our transactions! You made selling and buying a home ‘A Breeze’!

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Lois Pigg

From our initial conversation right through the closing of escrow on our home in Santa Barbara, Daniel was amazing to work with. His professionalism, communication skills, and pleasant demeanor contributed to this real estate purchase being the smoothest experience we have ever undertaken. I would highly recommend Daniel and his staff without reservation.

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John Morais

As a real estate professional of over ten years, I was impressed with Daniel’s recollection of our specific needs, the names of the members of our family, and of course bringing to us the right property. His command of the principles of real estate investing, his professionalism, and his integrity are impressive, and a rare…

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David & Maddie Given

My husband and I had an incredible experience buying our first home together with the expertise and guidance of Zia Group. Once we found the home we wanted, they were able to help us beat out seven other offers. Escrow was quick and painless, and they were able to secure the best professionals in the…

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