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“During our recent house hunting experience in the Santa Barbara area, we were fortunate enough to find and work with John McGowan. We are not novices at real estate. This would be our fifth home purchase in about 18 years. John, who was later joined in our quest by his daughter Ashley, was in many ways the best real estate agent and advisor we have ever had the pleasure to work with. As a team, they are clearly exceptional. John’s extensive experience as a native of the area and as a real estate professional was incredibly valuable. Both have personalities that reinforce the feeling that you are their client. This team, and they really are a team, bring so much more to the process than working with a single agent. Their awareness of the marketplace, the plusses and minuses of each neighborhood and development, and critical variables like local home improvement considerations, schools and traffic impacts, or proximity to quality medical care made a complex process much easier to experience. Most importantly, our questions were answered with honesty and candor. We would not hesitate to recommend and will certainly seek out John and Ashley as our first choice for real estate professionals.”


In the past few months, my wife and I have the great pleasure of collaborating with John McGowan in the purchase of a house in Santa Barbara intended for the eventual occupancy by our daughter. Dealing with John has been a wonderful experience, absolutely everything we could hope for on every level. You are so very fortunate in having a man of this caliber as one of your collaborators. Given our special needs and the perseverance required to bring this “dream” to fruition, I doubt very much that we could have carried through on our own without John’s guidance and support. We have already recommended John with greatest enthusiasm to our friends.

-Saul Cooper

I feel safe in predicting that you’ll continue to provide exceptional service and value to your clients.

-Bruce Zipf
President & CEO

Often the only letters a business house receives from clients and customers are messages of complaint. Permit this to be the opposite: permit me to compliment your office for the expert quality of professionalism services rendered me in the purchase of our house. John McGowan shepherded us in an expert, thoughtful and cooperative manner through many listings until we found a place which he could seriously recommend and which met our complete satisfaction. What has impressed us further was his diligence and attention to us during the escrow period and his continuing to be of great service during the time following the closing. He did not forget us after his official work was completed. Having been a judge for over 27 years and having been in the law for over 40 years, I am more than casually familiar with the conduct of real estate agencies. This letter is totally unsolicited. It is simply an opportunity to thank you for making comfortable our transaction as strangers to Santa Barbara to what we hope will be permanent residents of this community.

-Ruggero J. Aldisert
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Selling luxury properties and servicing the clients who buy and sell such properties takes not only hard work and professionalism, but exceptional talent; all of which you clearly mastered…. I take pride in the knowledge that clients are in the capable hands of professionals such as you.

-Frank G. Symons
Executive VP/Chief Operating Officer

Now that escrow has closed on the above property, I wish to thank you for your very professional handling of the listing and sale of the property. I appreciate your advice on a number of the issues that arose during the course of the listing and the offers that were made on the property. It was a pleasure dealing with you. Thank you for your assistance.

-Charles Collier, Jr.
Attorney (Los Angeles)

We just completed the purchase of a home in the Hope Ranch area of Santa Barbara. The experience was such a gratifying one we felt compelled to write to you. John worked with us for 6 months. He was always completely professional, knowledgeable, friendly and extremely NON-PUSHY! He really cared that we got just what we wanted. We never felt rushed. Several times he said “lets keep looking.” When we found something we loved and wanted it was above our price range. John worked with us for almost a month until we struck a deal. Most astonishing of all, John’s follow through, since we closed, has been phenomenal. He continues to work on some outstanding issues from the escrow as if it were just the right thing to do. He has also done a lot to help us get settled in the area with helpful referrals.


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