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Testimonials

We were very lucky to have worked with Michael & Nancy during the process of buying and selling our home. They were extremely patient as we searched for months to find our perfect house, but were then very efficient and professional when we negotiated the new purchase. When we were faced with the issue of selling our old home, Michael & Nancy and their team worked hard to get our place listed and sold very quickly, and at a very fair price. The difference in finding a good realtor and a great realtor is in the details. Michael, Nancy and their team focus on those details.

-Andrew Firestone

Senior Vice President - West Coast Asset Management

 

Having purchased numerous homes during our lifetimes, we knew the value that a good agent can add to the process. You certainly added that value. We were impressed with your ability to very quickly understand what we were looking for in a house. We never felt like we were wasting our time seeing homes that wouldn’t work. We also never felt pressured to make a decision. It was also very helpful to us that you supplied us with copies of all the forms we would be seeing during the process so that we had time to read and understand them in advance.

Both of us were very comfortable with your knowledge and professionalism. Not to mention that we think you are a darn nice person, too. We . . . would not hesitate for a minute to recommend you to our friends.

-Tim & Sue Peoples

 

I have had several occasions to work with Calcagno & Hamilton as a listing agent on our home in Montecito, and on several other properties we hold for investment. They have impressed me, my wife and business partners in a variety of ways . . . We selected Calcagno & Hamilton in the first place because we wanted someone who would make the required effort to effect a sale. They fulfilled all of our expectations.

I would very highly recommend Calcagno & Hamilton as a real estate agent.

-John Clark

 

As a first time seller, it was my good fortune to have had the pleasure and benefit of working with the amazing team of Calcagno & Hamilton.  Dan, Michael and Nancy are truly consummate professionals who are creative, innovative, talented and always solution oriented.  Their collaborative efforts never failed and their local contacts and community resources were invaluable in producing a positive outcome.  My expectations were exceeded by their level of commitment and their gold standard in the industry.

-Adrienne Esposito 

 

My husband and I decided to sell our home in Montecito in December of 2015.  Living in Santa Barbara, we knew a lot of realtors and was shopping around to find the best agents to help us sell our home.  After speaking with sever local top agents, we decided to list with Calcagno & Hamilton because they were well respected by their peers and were viewed as diligent, informed, successful and down to earth agents that were much more than just realtors but more like friends who really knew the real estate market.  They always answered their phones and guided us through our emotional ups and downs that came with selling our beloved home.

My husband, Walter referred to Michael and Nancy as the "Magic Team."  He so appreciated their professionalism, but he mostly appreciated what warm and caring people they were.  My husband passed away this year in April and while he was battling cancer, Michael and Nancy both came to visit him at the hospital and hospice.  I will never forget how wonderful these two people were to us.  They will be my realtors for life.

-Naomi Kim

 

The agents at Calcagno & Hamilton are simply amazing.  They are professional, experienced, knowledgable and were always willing to go the extra mile to make our home buying experience stress-free.  Kelly Mahan was meticulous and would not give up until she found us an absolutely perfect new home.  We will never work with anyone else!

-Laura McDermott

 

When we moved from Oklahoma to California we enlisted the Calcagno & Hamilton team to help us navigate the process of buying a home here.  They answered all of our questions promptly and professionally, and held our hands during the complicated process of buying a home sight unseen.  My husband and I highly recommend their services!  They are the very best!

-Tanaya Lukaszewski

 

Besides being a successful real estate team, this group is also highly dedicated to philanthropic efforts.  They have held (and worked!) many fundraisers, raised local awareness, and even matched large donations.  My family has personally benefitted from their above and beyond generosity, and I know others in need who have had the same experience.  I am proud to know a team with such great character!

-Lisa Veit

 

Michael and Amanda have been so patient in explaining the area and helping us find a house as we make the move from Santa Monica!  Excited to be neighbors.  Thanks, team!

-Mary Firestone

 

We have both bought & sold homes with them.  They are the "perfect" professionals with a "gentile" supportive approach!

We are happy campers~

-Jill & Barry Kitnick

 

I've done dozens of transactions with Michael and Nancy.  They are very thorough and trustworthy, which is rare in this community in my experience.

-Celeste Turbeville

 

Dan Crawford is the best agent in Santa Barbara.  He and the amazing Calcagno & Hamilton team made the purchase of our first home an absolute dream from finding the perfect house for us within our budget to closing the deal quickly and painlessly.  Being new parents to a four month old baby at the time, we couldn't have done it without Dan and his team.  We will definitely be calling him to find us our next house as our family grows!

-Ashley Hollister

 

 

My husband and I received unparalleled service from the entire team at Calcagno & Hamilton.  It being our first time selling a home, they guided us through the entire process.  We always received prompt and thorough responses to our questions.  Michael Calcagno personally came to view our home to ensure that out unique property was priced accurately and competitively.  Dan Crawford and Kelly Mahan, the two associates we worked with, were extremely professional, knowledgeable and personal.  They took great care of our home during the open houses, including our pet cats.  They were very accommodating of our infant daughter as well.  Each service we received was orchestrated impeccably.  We had an over asking price offer within hours of our first open house, and other full priced offers within days.  They supported us through the escrow process as well. We could not have been happier with our decision to use the Calcagno & Hamilton team as our representation.  

- Ashley Johnson

 

Amanda Lee and this entire office are excellent!!!!!  I have never purchased a home by myself before and needed guidance in many ways.  Amanda was so professional, kind and intelligent and the entire staff was there to back her up.  She knew exactly what home I would be happy with and never gave up.  She gently kept me updated and informed until I got what I had hoped for and at a price I could afford!  It was a dream scenario in every way.  I highly recommend this wonderful team!  Smart, fun, available, great taste and savvy. 

-Sue Peterson

 

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of working with Amanda Lee during the purchase of our first home.  While the process was a little overwhelming at first (as first-time homebuyers, we were simply not prepared for what was in store for us) and at times even pretty defeating, Amanda was able to not only educate us on the process but also be there to support us when we found the home buying process to be unwieldy.  Amanda worked day and night and searched all over two separate counties to find us our dream home.  Our demands were not easy (we had a lot of "wants" without the budget to support it) and also had the cards stacked against us because we chose to use an FHA loan, but Amanda persevered and was able to find us a home and a seller that worked with our needs.  Amanda not only helped us find our home but also put us in touch with a wonderful mortgage lender (Kelly Marsh of Broadview Mortgage) who got the job done.  With Amanda's help, the escrow process went smoothly and we were able to get the keys to our new home on time and as planned.  Amanda is not only a smart and experienced agent, but is also incredibly supportive and kind, yet a strong advocate. (just the kind of person we needed in our corner)  We cannot thank her enough. I would recommend Amanda Lee as an agent to anyone entering the home buying process, whether they are first time buyers or someone looking to find their second or third home, someone with a small budget or even someone looking to purchase a multi-million dollar home in Montecito.  She can do it all!! 

-Lauren & Byron Wood