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.
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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!
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.