Rafael is a born and raised Santa Barbara native. His deep-rooted passion for real estate ignited at a young age, inspired by his parents’ journey as a first-generation immigrant family who achieved success through homeownership and residential investments.
Rafael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting from UCSB, where he also earned a spot on the nationally ranked Men’s Soccer Team as a walk-on freshman. Dedicated to giving back, Rafael volunteers as a career coach for high school students and serves on the board of Vida Center, an organization empowering youth through community involvement.
With a strong finance background, Rafael managed billions in retirement plan assets and holds Series 7 and 66 certifications. He tailors advice to each client’s unique goals, backed by certifications as a Pricing Strategy Advisor, Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource, and ePro technology professional. In his free time, Rafael enjoys happy hours with friends in the lively Funk Zone, quality time with family, and adventurous outdoor pursuits.