“My experience as a buyer with the Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group can be best characterized by this statement, “put a team of experts in place, take their advice and trust and follow their direction!!”. This market is ultra competitive with multiple offers coming in far over asking. I would not have gotten this home if it were not for their honest, straightforward knowledge. This is an example of putting a team of professionals in place, following their direction and ultimately purchasing a dream home in this insanely competitive market. As far as reports, deadlines, escrow and all that goes along with a home purchase, their team was there every step of the way. The fact that the sellers are so very happy I purchased a home they care so much about matters to me. We all live in a small community here and building relationships is important. Marsha and her team have relationships far beyond my own here. Because of their expertise I now am a part of a community that I care so deeply about. I am a homeowner in Santa Barbara because of Marsha and her team!! That alone tells the story!!”
- Thomas L.
“Marsha and the MK Group Dream Team (Allie, Brittany and Nell) are the absolute best. We are forever grateful to them for helping us find a beautiful home during a uniquely challenging time. We had very particular requirements in the midst of historically low inventory and a very competitive seller's market. Marsha & team were open, honest, and tremendously helpful during the search phase. They are incredibly plugged in to the community and always seemed to be a step ahead of the market. When the right opportunity presented itself, we needed to move quickly and Marsha's team not only matched our pace, but were trusted advisors as we navigated the process. They worked tirelessly during the offer and closing phases, and were meticulous in their attention to detail throughout. Post-closing, Marsha has continued to be an amazing friend and advocate by connecting us to wonderful people and resources in the area. We're now proud members of the community and are hugely appreciative of everything the team has done for us. Thank you, MK Group!”
- Drew & Bec T.
“We had the pleasure of working with Marsha, Allie and team while searching for a home for our family of 5, in a crazy hot Santa Barbara market. We looked for 6 months and never found anything we even wanted to write an offer on. Then, when the right house finally came along, they were ready to help us pounce, make a strong offer and get our dream home, at what we felt was a very well-negotiated price. Marsha and team were of course great during the search process, showing us off market options and getting us in early so we could be competitive, but when it was time to make an offer, we were really impressed. We’ve worked with several realtors in various buying and selling situations, and this team absolutely sets the bar for market insights, strategic, thoughtful representation and getting results. They have also been wonderful during our contingency period and tireless in dealing with all of the minutiae of closing. We are very grateful that we met them and certain we would not have ended up with our amazing home without them. ”
- Ben & Mille L.
“We recently worked with MK Group on the purchase of our new home in Montecito and could not be happier with the entire process. The group is truly a cohesive team with everyone adding a special value and talent throughout. Some circumstances during the process could have been considered complex and difficult, but MK Group reacted and responded in such a professional way that it was seamless, smooth and simple. MK Group helped make our entry into this coveted market and for that we cannot thank them enough. We would recommend them to anyone and everyone. ”
- Pat & Christy H.
“When we decided to purchase a home in Santa Barbara while still living in New Jersey, my wife and I wondered how to navigate what seemed to be a logistically insurmountable task. We had no idea when we contacted Marsha Kotlyar and her team that they would make the process not only possible but enjoyable and effortless. Through every phase, from finding a property to formalizing the purchase, they couldn’t have been more professional, helpful and supportive. Upon seeing our new home and getting to meet Marsha, Allie, Brittany and Nell for the first time, we were even more certain we were in very capable hands. We are still a few years away from relocating and The Kotlyar Group continues to assist us in renting the home in the interim and is more than thorough in the stewardship of the property. We feel so fortunate to have contacted Marsha and her colleagues for the purchase of our new home and look forward to continuing to work with such a pleasant and extremely competent group.”
- David & Julie V.
“Marsha and her team’s combination of warmth, tenacity and expertise made us feel beyond lucky to have found them. On multiple occasions we felt like the Kotlyar team truly went to bat for us in a uniquely difficult market and especially challenging time. Could not recommend more highly.”
- Greg & Chelsea S.
“Words can't express how thankful we are to the MK group for helping us find our home in Santa Barbara. During an incredibly hot real estate market, Marsha and team were the calm we needed in the storm. As an out-of-area buyer, it was imperative to work with a group we could trust implicitly to see houses for us, understand our needs and ultimately deliver. We know the only reason we were able to secure our home with over 8 offers was because of Marsha's incredible relationships and rapport with fellow agents and her expert knowledge of every nook and cranny of the Santa Barbara market. We recommend everyone we know to contact the MK group should they be purchasing a home in the Santa Barbara or Montecito area. We look forward to working with them for all of our real estate needs in the future. Thank you Marsha, Allie and team! ”
- Ric & Andrea S.
“We bought a home in Montecito during a crazy time in the real estate market. Because of the professionalism, kindness, and experience of Marsha and her team, what could have been nerve-wracking was instead more of an adventure. The Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group is highly sought after for good reason. ”
- Andrew and Katrina F.
“Big thanks to you and your team. This was my first (and hopefully only) experience selling a house in the role of trustee. But at least I didn’t need to concern myself with not being local. I appreciate all the on-the-ground support up there from you and your team. I don’t know many people in your hood, but if anyone asks I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your group. ”
- Gary M.
“These words don’t do justice for all that you guys did for us. We are grateful: We set out to interview a few real estate agents, and luckily, Marsha and Allie were the first ones we spoke with. A stellar team, we decided to look no further and hired them on the spot. They were patient, professional, and followed through at every step of the way in a timely manner. We were impressed with their unique combination of tenacious work ethic, experience, and approachable demeanor. We would work with them again in a heartbeat. ”
- Jaime & Lourdes B.
“Marsha Kotlyar and her team are a bright group that exudes confidence in their ability to handle any problem in a potential sale or purchase. It's a confidence based on a track record of success. Marsha’s personality is stamped on the team. They work for you as if they were selling their own home, and that was a new and more than pleasant experience. Smart AND Nice people.”
- William & Lilli T.
“Thank you and the rest of your team for a job very well done. Your advice, wisdom, and your attention to detail plus some solid teamwork and a little luck all combined to produce a great outcome for me, for Dan and for my growing family. I know we will be very happy in our new digs as we transition into a new life in Santa Barbara- mostly thanks to all of you. ”
- Tom B.
“Marsha Kotlyer of the Berkshire Hathaway office of Montecito and her team are professional and perfectly handled all of the complexities of selling our home, especially during COVID time. Marsha has a toolbox of knowledge of the market, stagers, photographers, advertising and relationships within the industry, local, international, and online. These tools helped so much to result in two full price offers to purchase our home in Montecito. This was most important as we are living 3,000 miles away and cannot travel across the country at this time. We highly recommend the Berkshire Hathaway team and Marsha Kotlyer Estate Group to a seller or buyer who wants the very best representation. We are very happy with our choice of a realtor and the transaction. ”
- Van & Mary R.
“Working with Marsha, Allie, and Brittany made our family of five’s move from Los Angeles to Montecito as seamless as possible. Not only did they find us a gem of a property in a very competitive market, but guided us through the process in a supportive and assuring way. They also fostered a buyer/seller dynamic that provided a very warm welcome to our new home and community. Their local knowledge and willingness to connect us to others (schools, service providers, neighbors, etc) continues to help us thrive in Montecito today. Not to mention, we loved supporting a woman-owned and operated business!”
- Laurel and Brian F.
“We had listed our home previously with another agent and were disappointed with the number of prospects that came to see the house. We had noticed Marsha’s ad’s in various publications and moved our listing to her firm. We were surprised at the significant increase in showings, which led to a successful sale. We were very happy with our experience with Marsha and her team.”
- David and Judy J.
“We arrived in Santa Barbara not really knowing much about the town or the local real estate market but knew that we wanted to move to this beautiful area and that a home here was a wise investment. We were very fortunate to meet Marsha and her team who efficiently lined up several worthwhile properties for us to consider. Within a week after starting our search, we had found a perfect home, negotiated an agreement, and entered into escrow. We felt our interests were well-represented and protected, and Marsha’s associate Allie did an excellent job with follow-up guidance—walking us through the legal documents, the inspections, and finally the closing. ”
- Tom & Jay L.
“Within two years, Marsha sold two of my houses and helped me find my dream home. Her knowledge, professionalism, responsiveness, and excellent instincts resulted in selling both homes within a couple weeks on the market. Marsha made, what most consider a stressful process, fun, educational and a pleasure. I felt she kept my best interest in sharp focus and is extremely detail oriented which brought me great peace of mind. ”
- Virginia B.
“I became very fond of the team while looking to buy a home. They were gracious, thorough, competent, and always positive. They worked hard to find us what we were looking for and for a reduced price. I had given up but they didn’t. Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group is very on top of what’s happening and delightful to work with!”
“Marsha and her team helped us secure our dream home in a transaction we were delighted with. Her professionalism was reassuring, Marsha’s accurate read on the market was fiscally pinpoint, her guidance through the negotiations was masterful.”
- Martin and Sarah J.
“We have worked with Marsha Kotlyar in the capacity of both buyer and seller and found her to be knowledgeable, conscientious, diligent, and most importantly successful. She is a pleasure to work with and we will continue to employ her on all of our future real estate transactions.”
- Peter and Maddy J.
“Marsha Kotlyar and the team are exceptional Real Estate professionals! I was very happy to have their assistance when buying my new home. Their attention to detail and excellent negotiation skills made a huge difference in the outcome of my transaction. ”
- Merryl B.
“The experience we had with Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group was very professional and effective. Excellent Service! Great Advertising!”
- Jann & Stephen W.
“We want to let everyone whom may be looking for a Realtor or Realtor team to assist in finding their new forever home ,or selling their property LOOK NO FURTHER, The entire team at Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group were well informed, extremely professional, thoughtful and empathetic to our needs. We wanted for nothing. They worked seamlessly with and for us every step of the way. Their knowledge of the Real Estate business and their unique market was nothing less than thorough. Their recommendations, when requested or needed, were spot on. Please , whether you may be Selling or Buying do yourself the service of at least making a ‘ discovery’ appointment. You will not be disappointed. We believe you will have just found your Realtor.”
- John & Janeanne R.
“I felt every aspect of your service was truly outstanding. I have no suggestions for improvement, which is rare for me.”
- Susan B.
“This team is the best and we would not think about using anyone else! ”
- Carolyn & Andrew F.
“Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group made the purchase of our home an enjoyable experience. Not only are Marsha and her team knowledgable and honest realtors, but they are incredibly personable as well. I would recommend Marsha and her team to anyone I know!”
- Rick R.
“Following several interviews with competing brokers in the Santa Barbara's high end residential sub-market; Marsha Kotlyar and her outstanding team including Kathleen Winter were chosen to list a beach front property in Carpinteria. I was not disappointed with my selection. Marsha and her team quickly took charge of the marketing process, assisted with property clean-up and staging and greatly enhanced the market appeal of the property. Marsha was able to quickly take the property to market. Results were the quick receipt of several offers with one being at full list price and a quick closing. The entire process was extremely smooth with a closing in less than two months from marketing commencement. If given the opportunity again, I would not refrain from retaining the skilled and experienced services of Marsha Kotlyar.”
- Eric F.
“Working with Marsha and her team far exceeded our expectations; Marsha knows the Montecito market exceedingly well, and has an incredible team of responsive, professional and great to work with folks!”
- Lindsay & Laurie P.
“We appreciate that our home sale was given just as much attention as your bigger projects. We also leaned heavily on your expertise when dealing with a difficult buyer 's agent. We are grateful for your guidance and patience throughout the entire process. Your team is truly a class act and we look forward to our new home sale or purchase! ”
- Chad O. & Whitney K.
“We have bought and sold properties across the country since 1974 and Marsha Kotlyar and her team are the most outstanding realtors we have ever worked with. Marsha makes you feel like you are her only client, attending to every detail on both the personal and professional level, even though she is dealing with multiple multi-million dollar properties simultaneously, I think this level of care along with her list of active prospects truly sets her apart among a number of top realtors in the Santa Barbara/Montecito area. It was a pleasure for us to work with Marsha and her team and she deserves the highest possible recommendation. ”
- Wes & Mary Jo G.
“After our house had not sold for around five months, we retained Marsha and her team to sell the house. Marsha made a few recommendations, including some relatively minor repairs and cosmetic changes, which we did. Then they did some excellent photography and marketing. Within a few weeks, we received two offers, one of which was almost full price and the other exceeded the asking price. We then sold the house to the buyer who made the first offer. We were completely pleased by the work Marsha and her team did. They did an excellent job.”
- Mel & Connie L.
“Marsha and her team did an outstanding job selling our home. Strict attention to details with above and beyond help made this transaction go smoothly and quickly. Marsha understands the market and what it takes to match buyers and sellers. A joy to work with...always! Thanks Marsha!!”
- Rita S.
“Calm, classy and very knowledgeable. As an out of area real estate broker buying in an unfamiliar city, I'm very thankful to Marsha and her team for their help in navigating local real estate waters. Marsha also provided quality local resources ( inspectors, contractors) to advise me in my purchase. I'm a happy buyer and probably a better broker for my experience.”
- Winston C.
“Marsha recently helped my husband and I with our first home purchase and it was a smooth, exciting and very satisfying experience! We were interested in finding our home for quite some time before we were actually ready to purchase, and Marsha patiently, thoughtfully and respectfully showed us many houses over the course of 1-2 years. She talked to us at great lengths about what we wanted and why, where we wanted to be, what was important to us, and she also prompted us to think about things that were not on our mind such as yard space and school districts (I was pregnant at the time) and she helped us weigh the pros and cons of doing a renovation vs. turnkey. Marsha must have taken diligent internal notes because when she showed us the house we ultimately decided on, we knew it was perfect. The sale process was quick and seamless. We felt very confident with Marsha negotiating on our behalf and her instincts proved right when she said to keep pushing or to give in. We got the house for under the asking price and finalizing the paperwork was surprisingly painless. Now months after the purchase I still reach out to Marsha now and then to ask a question such as “Do you remember how old our roof is?” or “Can you forward that list of numbers for the utility companies again?” and she is always quick to respond and never makes me feel like I am burdening her time with my post-sale requests for information. From start to finish and beyond, Marsha was not only professional and extremely knowledgeable about the market, but she also was patient, enthusiastic and thoughtful. She really cares about her clients and she does a damn good job! We will work with Marsha for any future real estate needs and would recommend her to anyone.”
- Melika & Tom A.
“Marsha and her team are the best. We had used another realtor previously to try to sell our house but once we changed to Marsha our house sold quickly with multiple bids and over asking. All the little things she did made a big difference in a successful sale of our home. She also helped us find our new home and understood exactly what we were looking for so she could help direct us to the right homes and not waste our time looking at homes that had no appeal for us.”
- Lorri & Doug L.
“We recently had the pleasure of using Marsha Kotlyar to sell our home. We couldn’t have made a better choice. She gave us an honest appraisal of our home, recommended a superb stager (the expense was worth every penny) and created a thorough marketing plan. She gave us weekly updates on showings and the market status and was a maestro in negotiations.”
- Jill & Chris D.
“I recently worked with Marsha on the sale of my condo in Carpinteria. From start to finish, she was great. Super friendly and totally professional. We listed, adjusted slightly, and sold within 4 weeks. I can't say enough how easy and non-stressful the process was. Excellent all the way around. Thank you, Marsha.”
- Michael H.
“Marsha is very professional, shows great enthusiasm and great positive attitude. She is efficient, focus on your need. She makes the process very easy! Highly recommended.”
- Jacques F.
“Marsha Kotlyar is the most impressive real estate agent I have met in a long, long, time. She is not only very quick to assess your taste but also to find homes to match. Marsha is incredibly easy to work with and very responsible. I have worked with her on both purchases and sales and cannot fault her. It will be my pleasure to continue to work with her on any other transactions in the future.”
- Jann W.
“The purchase of our home was a more complicated process than I anticipated because there were not a lot of options in Santa Barbara within our price range. Marsha' experience and extensive knowledge of the Santa Barbara real estate market, and connections proved to be incredibly helpful. She was able to show us houses before they hit the market. Marsha has strong interpersonal and communication skills that were critical when negotiating with banks and other realtors on our behalf. We ended up writing 5 offers until we purchased our home and every time she wrote an offer she impressed us with her ability to negotiate/communicate with the appropriate parties. Other qualities she posses that were instrumental in this process are her attention to details and instantaneous responsiveness. We were also impressed by Marsha's impeccable integrity and honesty. Initially, my husband and I had a hard time agreeing on which neighborhoods to live. One more time Marsha proved to be efficient. She listened and validated our concerns while trying to help us build consensus. I recommend Marsha's services without any hesitations.”
- Jethro A.
“Great service! Wonderfully efficient! Thanks Marsha!”
- Jon & Kitty L.
“I appreciate and value all of you very much! As someone coming into this with no background in residential real estate I literally learned a TON, met some amazing people and couldn’t have imagined a better team to work with. You are the shining stars of Montecito Real Estate!!”
- Amy F.
“Super happy I picked Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group to help with this transaction. I have now both purchased and sold a house with Marsha and her team, and they delivered as promised. My house could not have been sold quicker, and I was super happy with the price realized. The team is professional, wonderful and easily contactable communicators, work well as a team, and are on top of details. Most importantly, they know how to get the job done using their knowledge and negotiating experience to maximize the potential upside yet with respect for the process. A+ for experience, industry knowledge, marketing, intuition, accessibility, and ultimately for delivery!”
- Monica B.
“Thank you for helping us sell our home! As out of town sellers, we thought that navigating the sale of our home in Santa Barbara was going to be a challenge, but it wasn't, and we thank you for making the process a smooth one. Your team excelled at communication and was always there when we needed you. Without a doubt we look forward to working with you in the future and will recommend you to everyone we know. Thanks again! ”
- Ryan & Genevieve M.
“I think the world of you ladies. I meant it when I said I have never worked with better realtors. I am so very picky, and I had not one complaint. I enjoyed working with you and you made the selling of our home so easy for us, when it really was one of the hardest things I have had to go through (heart-wise). ”
- Marianne W.
“When my husband and I decided to sell our home we had the difficult decision of which local agent we would sign with, but once we met with Marsha we felt she was the perfect fit. We listed the house and sold within days. It was a pleasure working with Marsha and her team, Allie, Brittany and Nell. Whom are all professional and make the process so pleasant. I would recommend them to anyone selling or buying. ”
- Paulette B