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.
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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.
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.
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.