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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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.
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.
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.