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.
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"When I need real estate advice in Santa Barbara and Montecito, I call Daniel Zia of 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 agent I trust, Daniel Zia, and avoid the drama!" - Barbara Corcoran
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John & Marielle
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Jeff & Lois
Linda & Peter
Scott & Amanda
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 were happy with. Their negotiating skills and local knowledge of housing enabled us to quickly reach a fair price for the home. Their expertise with the escrow process allowed us to quickly close escrow without any delay. I highly recommend Zia Group.
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 comfortable with Daniel and trusted that he was looking out for our best interest. He was dedicated to ensuring we were making a wise investment and educated us on all aspects of the home buying experience At the end of our transaction he even offered us a hand in moving our belongings.
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.
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 looked past and would have not considered if it would not have been for him. Coming from a situation where we previously purchased a home that was not right for us and our family, we knew how important it would be for us to find a home that we loved. Thanks to Zia Group we are as happy as can be in our new home! In addition, Daniel and his team helped us with a quick & smooth escrow, making the process as simple & stress free.
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!!
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 a higher recommendation.
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.
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 to multiple non-profits and organizations. Daniel has the quality of being “honest to a fault”, which is a rare but valuable quality in today’s world.
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. He did a good job working with the other Realtor and kept on top of the escrow proceedings. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a good Santa Barbara Realtor.
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 that was afforded us. In retrospect we see that we were not at all clear what we were actually looking for. We never felt like we were being urged to buy a particular property. Instead we were intently questioned and listened to as our need and desire evolved into something quite different over the many months of looking. When we finally decided on the home we wanted, Daniel’s professionalism and knowledge became even more evident. He was always a step ahead of each of the many obstacles current buyers are met with. He had a ready list of competent tradesman for the numerous reports and inspections that are required, and scheduled all of them as if directing a well-practiced orchestra! We will recommend Daniel’s services to friends and family, feeling confident in his patience, professionalism, and fully deserving of our trust.
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 letting us know about new houses on the market, the positives and potential negatives for each, resale value, remodel ideas, etc. Daniel has such an impressive grasp on the real estate profession that every question my family and I had was immediately answered and elaborated on. This kind of service really set us at ease and gave us confidence in our search for a home. Once we decided on a purchase, a complicated process filled with what seemed like a million signatures and initials and faxes ensued. Daniel made this process completely manageable, explaining everything along the way and making sure we had all our bases covered. In all honesty, I cannot imagine better service than that which we received from Daniel. If you live in the Santa Barbara area and are looking for a property, I highly recommend Daniel Zia as a real estate agent.
Thank you for making the selling of my home easier to bear by being kind, courteous, upbeat, and very professional.
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 working with him too.
Thank you for all your hard work on BOTH of our transactions! You made selling and buying a home ‘A Breeze’!
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 business to speed us along without any obstacles or hiccups. We are extremely thankful for the care and time we received from the Zia Group team.
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 the market and what offers to make and also in assisting us in finding a very good and efficient lender to work with on a loan. We found Daniel to be very responsive by both e mail and phone and we wouldn’t hesitate to use his services again if the need arose. We highly recommend Daniel to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate in the Santa Barbara area.
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 stress free selling experience.
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.
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 work with. I highly recommend Daniel and his team!
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!
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.
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.
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 Santa Barbara community members frind their best homes.
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.
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, these folks were great to work with and they made a complex process much easier for us. We are very pleased with the rapid sale of our home.
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 fiance and I quickly find a home that matched our needs perfectly! I was even more impressed with their patience dealing with my fiance and myself as we deliberated the purchase and grateful for his advice as well.
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!
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 while at the same time felt smooth to show they had done this many times before. I will be recommending Zia Group to anyone I know buying or selling a home in the Santa Barbara area.
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 when the house just wasn’t right for us. I could not have asked for a better experience. We met so many other realtors along the way, and in my head I knew that we were lucky to find the right team the first time. No one else matched their knowledge, integrity, and creative thinking. Thank you Zia Group!
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 previewed several houses for us, so that when we came to visit we had several planned to see. He was very courteous and polite during all our interaction and went far above and beyond what we would have expected, without even knowing if he would be successful in finding us an affordable property. I have only positive remarks to make about Daniel, his great ethics and moral character, and his boundless energy to seek the property that may just be the right one for us, and this was a challenge with such a distance between us and few visits to view properties. I would highly recommend Daniel to anyone looking for a Santa Barbara Realtor – they could not have a better person on their side.
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 for their next home!
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 we show our house hunters. Working with Daniel on such a project was a God-send, as not only did he have a great portfolio to show us, but he had detailed knowledge of all the areas in and around Santa Barbara. He was quick to grasp what our needs were and was able to find us some very unique houses to show our clients. He was by far the best-prepared and most efficient agent we’ve ever had the pleasure to work with, and was always armed with a great can-do attitude and sincere smile. We had a very tricky schedule and he was a key player in helping us pull off what was a complicated shoot. Daniel was not only a pleasure to work with but he went out of his way and beyond the call of duty to help find us what we need. I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending Daniel Zia for anyone who is house hunting in Santa Barbara, and would instead rather urge anyone to get in touch with him as he offers a complete 5-star service with a warm and friendly manner to boot.
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 point in my life and so I just started calling through the yellow pages. The difference between our first realtor and the Zia Group was night and day. Everything felt tailored to exactly what we wanted within what we could afford. His team always responded quickly and helpfully and surprisingly, to me, even on weekends. We had the opportunity to sell our condo and buy a different house in the last year. It could not have been easier. And since our first purchase years ago Dan is always the first person I recommend to friends.
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 was selling the condo “long distance.” But that was never a problem for Daniel who kept me informed every step of the way and gave clear instructions for what I needed to do. The notary who came to my home exclaimed that the quick sale of the condo was nothing short of a miracle since most stay on the market for at least nine months or more. In a nutshell: Daniel is easy to recommend because he is an honest, creative, hardworking and knowledgeable realtor. He was a pleasure to work with and I wouldn’t hesitate a minute to have Daniel sell any other property I owned.
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 Mr. Zia. We were especially grateful for the patience that was afforded us. In retrospect we see that we were not at all clear what we were actually looking for. We never felt like we were being urged to buy a particular property. Instead we were intently questioned and listened to as our need and desire evolved into something quite different over the many months and months of looking. When we finally decided on the home we wanted, Daniel’s professionalism and knowledge became even more evident. He was always a step ahead of each of the many obstacles current buyers are met with. He had a ready list of competent tradesman for the numerous reports and inspections that are required, and scheduled all of them as if directing a well-practiced orchestra! We will recommend Daniel’s services to friends and family, feeling confident in his patience, professionalism, and fully deserving of our trust.
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.
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 will have the pleasure of working with you again in a few years.
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 and very personable and from our first meeting was very responsive, clear and thorough despite my very stupid questions. My emails and texts were always immediately answered, no matter the time of day. He is very aware of details, and noted many minor things that I would not have noticed during home tours and drafting offers, and yet he does not lose the big picture. I ended up having major troubles with my bank not meeting deadlines and nearly lost the house due to it. Zia Group did not hesitate to talk to the bank and use his and his groups influence to hurry the bank along, without which I would have lost my home and several thousand dollars. Buying a home is a tough process here for anyone. Zia Group did a fantastic job and took a huge load off my shoulders and my mind. I look forward to working with them again and I know they will be a huge asset to anyone in real estate market.
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.
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 always there with answers, and we sold the house, and closed on it, about six weeks after it went on the market. Jon’s also a personal guy. I’d choose him again, or recommend him, anytime.
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!
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 in often to make sure I understood everything I was signing and needed to do. Even after the sale of the home, he was and is there to help with any follow up on the house. His honesty and integrity is worthy of excellent reviews. I recommend anyone needing a realtor to meet Jonathan Gilkeson as he made my selling experience the easiest and most pleasant possible.
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 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 even hit the market! He continues to stay in touch to make sure everything is going as planned and we would absolutely recommend him to anyone searching for a home in the Santa Barbara area.
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.
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 homebuyers this made the process worry free and smoother than I could have imagined.
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.
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 in my client’s dealing with a prior broker. When I have the opportunity of referring clients for future marketing and sale of real property in the Ventura/Santa Barbara area, I will do so with confidence that you are the best of the best.
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 their choice in movers to home inspector. They communicated with agents and others involved in the process and was a strong advocate. They helped educate me about the current market and my chosen neighborhood. From first tours to saying thank you it was awesome to have Zia Group on my side.
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!!!
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 unexpected opportunity fell into my lap in September 2009. I am now officially the owner of a Santa Barbara property purchased through Daniel, with the transaction taking place while I was in the comforts of New York, in less than 30 days. As luck would have it, Daniel sent an e-mail to us and we pretty much took his word on the condition of the property. He emailed us photos immediately and followed through exceptionally well. Whatever we didn’t know, Daniel did. His no pressure attitude, in conjunction with his confidence in himself and the property he had found for us, was undeniable. He was forthcoming with even the smallest details about the property. His honesty and his attention to detail were apparent from the beginning. We put great faith in him, as this was a long distance purchase on a property that we had not seen. I really could go and on about his professionalism. There was not one question that stumped him during this very untraditional purchase. He did his research and kept us abreast to all progress. His professionalism and knowledge were paramount. Let me say that finding Daniel Zia was an absolute gift to us! He facilitated me purchasing my dream summer home in a matter of 30 days and he has continued to offer his services post transaction. He has checked in on the house since we are not there. Knowing he is still available to me really puts my mind at ease. He puts his heart and soul into his work and you would be very fortunate to have him on any side of your real estate transaction!
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.
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 combination in this industry today. Additionally, Daniel’s patience is unwavering. It took us 16 months and countless offers (Over 10) to secure a property here in Santa Barbara. At no point in time did Daniel waver in his generosity with his time and sage advice. In fact, he kept encouraging us even when we felt discouraged with our prospects. Once finally in escrow, Daniel kicked into overdrive to meet the aggressive closing schedule and challenging financing environment. We even threw in a curve ball and went on vacation during escrow! I wholeheartedly recommend Daniel and his dedicated support team to represent his clients as a bona fide fiduciary. You will truly be in ‘good’ hands.
We loved the personal service, details, knowledge and overall amazing experience that Zia Group and the team provided us during our home buying experience.
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 much easier to navigate. They were extremely responsive and easy to reach on the phone which made our very fast escrow feel more manageable. I will be recommending Zia Group to all of our friends and family in Santa Barbara area and will definitely use them for our future real estate transactions.
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. Daniel understood our goals and achieved them. And, last but not least, we liked everyone on the team and enjoyed working with them. Highly recommended.
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.
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 that day, with every new listing we were emailed, that we wanted to see, they made time to make sure we got a showing within our limited time constraints. I never thought that with us moving to the area from both Arizona, and Pennsylvania, respectively, that everything would go so smoothly! Zia Group handled all of our challenges, and answered all questions, big and small… They still are, even two months post closing. They are a valuable resource of local info and knowledge, and is always happy to help us! They’re amazing, and I can’t offer enough superlatives on their service and continuing friendship!
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, and was always listening and adjusting to us throughout our decision making process. He was flexible to our needs, knew when to encourage us when we felt intimidated, and knew when to caution us when emotions started running high. We knew and felt throughout the process that he was our advocate; doing his absolute best to bring us the best possible results. I would (and have) recommended Dan to anyone and everyone who is looking into purchasing a home in Santa Barbara.
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 never ending questions with such patience. It was always about us having a good experience and what is best for us. Along with that, Daniel was able to negotiate a killer deal. The company is a leader in the area for good reason. Very highly recommended.
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.
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 short sale from the seller and the bank. And, in today’s much stricter lending environment, our preferred method of financing was very difficult too. Throughout the entire transaction, from getting the offer in immediately upon the property going onto the market, to bumps in the road along the way, Daniel always offered knowledgeable advice and a positive yet realistic attitude. Never once did I feel like he was a sales person, but always a consultant with our best interest as first priority. As owner of five properties and having used five separate realtors, I can say with complete certainty that Daniel Zia is the real deal.
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 competency in all areas of a real estate transaction. He pays close attention to his clients’ desires and has innovative ideas to help you find the right property. Every time we talked with Daniel we continued to be impressed with his knowledge and straightforward remarks about the properties we were interested in. We looked forward to receiving his candid comments and answers to our questions, which provided us comfort as out of town buyers. Daniel guided us, rather than pushing us, through the purchase process. Daniel is a master at overcoming obstacles that seem to plague many real estate transactions. His service after the closing has been as expedient as before. We have leaned on him to recommend contractors, etc. and have enjoyed great success. Most of all, he is trustworthy and a delight to work with. We highly recommend using Daniel as an agent for those looking to purchase or sell a home.
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 side. He never tried to ‘sell’ us on anything, never pushed something that wasn’t right. He gave us honest feedback and advice all the time and stuck with us on a search that lasted over six months. Without Daniel, I think we would have given up and called it quits; with him, we found a great house at a fantastic price. Thanks for everything Daniel!
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 team for anyone looking to buy a home in Santa Barbara.
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 anyone looking for a Santa Barbara Realtor.
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 board to make it happen. Daniel was one such person that we fully relied upon to help us produce our tv show during our recent filming and short stay in Santa Barbara. Daniel immediately understood the criteria for our property search and worked hard to offer us lots of choice, showing us some wonderful properties and suggesting locations to film in. Daniel was on hand and willing to help us with many of our demands – often at short notice. Thankfully Daniel delivered on every single request and was always prepared to go the extra mile. Drawing on his business expertise he provided us much needed information and additional facts that have made it into the final script. Daniel was reliable, punctual, polite, a great communicator and easy to get a long with but above all he made working in Santa Barbara an enjoyable and memorable experience. In fact Daniel’s contribution was so impressive that he even made it into the filming! He makes a special personal appearance in the show with ‘A Place In The Sun’ presenter Jasmine Harman! To sum up, Daniel delivered.
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.
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. But this time we got it for under the list price. When we sold that first condo, Daniel told us what was worth upgrading and what wasn’t. And gave us referrals to replace the floors, counters and paint. It turned out to be a great return on investment and without the referrals it wouldn’t have happened. He priced it right and we had competing offers and sold for over asking price. I don’t know how he does it, but he just knows what to do. When we closed escrow he was on vacation, but his educated team negotiated some final details and took care of us.