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.
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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.
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.
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.