Erin Beck

(805) 708-0446

Karen Spechler

(805) 563-4074

We have known Karen Spechler since 2004 when she helped us find our Santa Barbara home. When it became time to sell that home earlier this year, there was no one else we even considered helping us with that process. In both the buying and selling process, Karen was everything we could have hoped for. She was always available to answer all of our questions and was clear and helpful every step of the way. The Santa Barbara market can move very fast so the extra help and advice in preparing the house for sale can make all the difference. Karen guided us with the most important things we had to do (for instance repairs and staging, all of which allowed us to get a lot of interest very quickly). Karen made the sale process with all the paperwork, smooth and easy and continually updated us as needed. When we were buying our first home, she helped to show us everything available in our price range and even properties that hadn’t yet come on the market, which is one of the homes we eventually bought. If she hadn’t shown us that home before it went to market, we probably would not have been able to buy it. When we sold our home 14 years later, it was on the market for less than a week before we received 3 offers, one of which we accepted and our home closed shortly thereafter. We feel very fortunate that we’ve had Karen available for us as a resource and friend all these years and would recommend her without reservation (and have done so many times) to anyone looking for help buying or selling a home in Santa Barbara. If it sounds like we’re gushing, we certainly are.

M. L.

Erin did an outstanding job in representing me in the sale of my condo.  She had at least 4 open houses and advertisements.  Her negotiation skills were suburb.  The people bought at the asking price.  Erin knew what the market could do and selected a very good price.  She really put this condo out there.  I give her a 5 star rating.  She informed me of every detail and handled the inspection concerns with a firm hand.  We ended up with a perfect price.  I was very pleased and blessed to have Erin represent me.  She’s a hard worker and I admire her professional and caring nature immensely.

K.H.

Like another reviewer I had the challenge of assisting my sister transition from her condo in SB where she lived for 35 yrs. ,to where I live in St Paul over the Spring-Fall of 2017 . Selecting a good realtor was one of the first things on my list of things to do . I did a comprehensive realtor search and inquiry online and Karen rose to the top of the list based on all of the factors that were important to me. We visited with her & signed a listing agreement . Our goals were clearly communicated to Karen, a fair price that was competitive and would sell the property ; an allowance for reasonable cosmetic improvements that would be needed in a home that someone has lived in for 35 years , no surprises or crisis moments throughout the process , a smooth and efficient sale and closing , and good communication . She gets a 10 on all of these factors and then some. She helped us set , and the condo sold for, a price we were very satisfied with that was fair to both seller and buyer , she anticipated problems and dealt with them before they became distractions , cosmetic upgrading was done by competent contractors at reasonable cost, reliably and promptly , and the property sold about 10 days after going public. Closing was seamless and efficient . Most important to me ,being 2000 miles away , she always responded to my email ,text, or verbal inquiries & questions in a matter of minutes/ hours, I was never kept waiting . Less than 60 days after going public ,the new owner was in the condo and the sale proceeds were delivered to my sister. Can’t ask for or expect better service that we received from Ms. Spechler.

T.S.

We were very impressed and grateful for Erin’s integrity, expertise, work ethic, and her candid counsel. We have worked with Erin on several transactions over the past 5 years and she has provided courageous leadership and was willing to have the tough conversations that buyers and sellers need to have in order to arrive at the best decisions. Erin is a trusted advisor that provided a wonderful balance of encouragement and “tough love” when necessary. We would never consider another real estate transaction (buying or selling) without engaging her. We feel truly blessed to have Erin on our team.

M.M.

Buying or selling you need the most experienced, knowledgeable professional in the business. Karen is dedicated to providing her clients extraordinary service. Karen sold my property for more than the asking price and closed the deal in under 30 days. That is service. If you are looking for a person to give you the truth about price and market conditions then look no further. Karen is your trusted professional. You will thank her for the considerate and timely communication throughout the process. She could not have done more.

P.N.

We were relocating to Santa Barbara from Toronto, I had spoken with Erin over the phone to discuss our must haves, she immediately started providing me with MLS listings and used my comments to put together several showings during our 4 day visit. During these tours – Erin got a good idea what we  liked , so when the offer we put in on a new listing before leaving was not accepted – she continued to look at houses for us, including sending additional photos and walk-through videos of 2 places that fit our requirements – well I ended up making an offer on a place – based only on her comments and follow up videos . When our offer was accepted she made everything possible for me to achieve my move in date – including overseeing the tenting of the home, and arriving late at a family function when I came to town a month later to see the place and take some measurements. Erin is lovely, friendly, and effective – an absolute pleasure to work with – and after only a few days I trusted her with my major investment.

J.S.

I chose Karen as my realtor after she was recommended to me by several friends. I feel so lucky! I wanted to buy a condo and her knowledge of the market was exceptional. She helped me through all the steps of the purchase and I felt she really had my best interest at heart. She was willing to stick with me, explain forms, and help me adequately assess the property I ended up buying. She was always available to me and responded to my calls, texts and emails usually within hours. She is also an amazing resource for connecting with tradespeople. I can’t recommend her highly enough. I’m now going to use her help to sell my former condo.

M.K.

Erin Beck helped us buy and sell our Santa Barbara home. When we were new to the area she also used her connections to find us a rental house which allowed us time to make the best purchase decision. She took very good care of us. Erin is very professional and she’s a joy to be around. She knows  many other realtors in town and we could see that she has great working relationships with her peers and her broker. We felt that she was always prepared and informed about new listings coming on the market and she kept us up to date on pertinent news that helped us make wise decisions. Thank you, Erin, for taking good care of us!

L.S.

I have worked with Karen Spechler on several houses since I purchased my first house from her in 1985. That time I was buying and I greatly appreciated how she listened to what i wanted and each house she showed me got closer and closer to my dream house – proof of listening. She did not pressure me, rather supported and helped me in any way. She was always on my side. That was the luck of the draw, a recommendation, and a wonderful recommendation. But the fact that I then looked her up when I needed to sell a very challenging property in my area, demonstrates my esteem for her prowess, local knowledge, tireless get-it-done-ness, and competence. The sale was complex and she is also a very good educator and mentor regarding: the million processes and necessary steps. I always knew that if this could be done, that Karen could do it. And she did, down to the last detail. In record time. I recommend Karen Spechler for your real estate transactions. She is honest, efficient, expert, has lifelong local experience, can negotiate, everything needed. She also has a great sense of humor, which helps at times!

G.K.

Erin Beck is the heart and mind of real estate. She is brilliant in her knowledge of the field while at the same time she meets each unique client where they are; listening to their needs/wants. She is honest and has the most impeccable way with communicating even the hardest things that come up  with buying and selling your home. When we bought our house, she stayed up tirelessly putting in the hours that are required of real estate deadlines and checklists. When we second-guessed or had cold feet, she was there to let us into our potential home and patient as we sat in the walls making the extremely emotional and financial decision about buying a home for our family, not just a house. She is a person far beyond selling houses for a paycheck. She has a desire to see each and every person house and serves those within the homeless community, too.

T.D.

Karen has helped us with several real estate purchases and the selling of three properties for us. I can’t say enough about how well informed she is about current market conditions. She is so well respected in the real estate business that many other brokers come to her the market or get into MLS. She helped us buy two homes before the hit the market and that allow us to be in the sole position of negotiating with the sellers without any competition.

For numerous consecutive years, she has been top agent with the most closed escrows. She is extremely professional and quite frankly the best agent in the Santa Barbara market.

R.R.

Erin Beck did a terrific job for us. She was attentive to all the details. We were away when our house went on the market. She watched over it all in our absence and the house sold in one week. She’s terrific and has a winning personality.

R.W.

Can’t recommend Karen more enthusiastically. I had the challenge of living in NJ with the responsibility of selling my parents’ home is Santa Barbara and Karen took charge of the process from beginning to close. That included identifying and overseeing contractors who got the house ready for sale and a company to stage the house so it looked its very best. Karen also proactively managed and solved all of the inevitable “bumps in the road” that can occur during a house sale. My parents’ house sold quickly and at a fair price and that was due to Karen’s knowledge, professionalism and the care she gave throughout the process.

B.C.

Erin knows the area, can break down the complexity of the process for people (like me!) new to real estate, and gives helpful, realistic advice. At first we were looking at too many houses that were realistically out of our price range, and she kept encouraging us to look within our price range.  Finally we listened.

H.B

Karen was the sole reason I was able to get into the home I ended up purchasing. Her team spent many hours showing me around properties and after a couple of weeks hunting was able to setup a showing of a property a couple days before it hit the market. She worked with the seller to get an accepted offer before the flood of other offers came in when it hit the MLS. Karen is incredibly well networked in the community and an absolute straight shooter. Could not ask for anything more in an agent. If you have not yet committed to an agent give Karen a call!

J.Z.

When you meet Erin Beck, you will find her immediately likable, and you’ll think “What a lovely person!” As you begin working with her, you’ll realize your first impression was entirely correct. We engaged Erin to sell our home many years ago, and she had already put in significant time and  effort when my mother became ill, and circumstances led to our taking our home off the market. Erin was thoroughly supportive and professional about everything, though it must have been a disappointment to put in so much wasted work. So ten years later, this past year when we finally were ready to sell our home, we did not hesitate in contacting Erin once more. She is unfailingly positive, cheerful, professional, and relentless in her efforts to get the best deal for her clients. She fulfilled all of our expectations from the beginning; from preparing the home for sale and marketing it, to showing the home to prospective buyers, and then through the complicated escrow process where the buyers continually attempted to extract concession after concession. Through it all, Erin represented our interests faithfully and earnestly at all times. She made professional suggestions when appropriate, but whatever we decided on, she supported us 100%. We could not have asked for more. I recommend Erin Beck without hesitation.

D.C.

Karen was very organized and professional from the beginning. I asked her to sell our condo because she came prepared with information on the her sales history with other properties, and other units in our complex and knew what it took to get our condo well marketed and guided us through our listing preparation. Most importantly she stayed in contact and responded quickly to emails and calls. I asked Karen to help us find a house for our growing family a few weeks later when our current agent wasn’t able to get us anything for several months and she found us a home within a less than a month! And just like how she was with the sale of our condo, she was professional and extremely efficient. I believe Karen has a very thorough understanding of the real estate market and can easily navigate through the selection of properties to find the right home for anyone.

S.A.

We worked with Erin when purchasing our first house. She was great to work with. As first time buyers, we had lots of questions and misinformation before meeting Erin. Tapping into her knowledge of real estate and buying in our Santa Barbara bubble, she got us squared away and on the right track  quickly. One out of the many things I enjoyed most about Erin is her ability to listen and be open minded with what we wanted and could afford. She really worked with us to find a house we now call home.

A.A.

A friend in commercial real estate recommended Karen Spechler to us for residential property because of her experience and very high volume of closed transactions. Karen was a huge help with vetting properties, weighing options, and navigating the very complicated processes associated with real estate sales. She listened carefully to our needs, and immediately honed in on the right properties without wasting our time. Other agents, as well as the broker, lender and title reps involved with our purchase had high regard for Karen, which was helpful for moving things quickly and resolving problems. She compensated for a far less experienced selling agent, who made some poor choices and wasn’t entirely responsive. Her knowledge of the market and quick responses were instrumental in securing an excellent property for us. Karen Spechler is a highly personable and knowledgeable professional who would be a tremendous asset to anyone seeking an excellent deal and smooth transaction.

J.K.

Working with Erin Beck made the process of purchasing my first home an easy and enjoyable experience! She went out of her way to make sure I was aware of everything and was having fun amidst the open houses, paperwork, and inspections. Between putting my offer down and closing, I had out-of-state  business travel and Erin was evacuated due to the Thomas Fire; not one deadline was missed. My expectations were all met when it came to knowledge of the area and process. What really impressed me was how much she assisted with tasks that were entirely my responsibility. I highly recommend Erin Beck!

A.A.

Karen did an outstanding job on the sale of our upscale condo. We found her by internet search, in which Karen stood out as the most successful agent in Santa Barbara in our price range. She did not disappoint, bringing in our sale within two weeks, despite unexpected problems. The first buyers to sign backed out after three days, then the second couple to sign up asked for a large number of concessions. This is where Karen really stood as a complete professional. Rather than toss the problem of the concessions to us to resolve, she negotiated hard, quickly, and effectively on our behalf, including lining up another interested buyer as a backup. In the end we wound up with a lesser price reduction than we feared, and made the sale within 99% of the original list price! Did I mention she was also pleasant and easy to deal with?

G.G.S.

Erin has closed the deal for me and my wife on two perfect homes in Santa Barbara in the last 5 years, in perhaps one of the most challenging real estate markets in the US. On a limited budget, Erin showed us dozens properties fitting our criteria and was very responsive to our questions,  concerns, and priorities. Erin’s experience with Santa Barbara neighborhoods, school districts, and insight into new listings helped us find our perfect little spot after only a few months of searching. We got our ideal home for under list price, in a great school district, with all inspection findings repaired and paid by the seller. My kinda deal! We’ll definitely be calling Erin again when it’s time for our next home purchase.

Z.U.

We’ve known Karen since she sold us a condo 17 years ago, and would have no reservation in recommending her. She works with you as a friend and as a realtor and is genuinely interested in how you are dealing with the changes that any move involves. Her assistance meant that we got top price on our house, the deal being closed only 4 days after the Realtor’s tour.

J.V.M.

Karen was instrumental in expediting our sale and escrow processing for our move. She was professional in communicating with the new buyers and their delegates, and with us of course. The associates at Karen’s office were also capable and efficient in all their dealings. Berkshire Hathaway Realty is better because of Karen. The only disappointment was that Karen did not play her cello for us.

T.M. & D.M.

We contacted Karen Spechler to sell a house in Goleta, CA. She moved very fast to get the agreed upon improvements to the house completed and the house listed. Karen has extensive experience in the real estate business and knows a large network of professionals including contractors, loan officials, planners, escrow officers, and realtors. She was always professional and answered our questions and concerns promptly.

K.I

We wanted to formally thank you Karen for your outstanding assistance with the recent sale of our home here in Santa Barbara. We liked the fact that you returned calls promptly and explained anything that was unclear to us. Your Pleasant manner was a pleasure to deal with and you kept your cool even when we got a bit “tense.”

S. & K. B.

I’m sure you know this, but Karen Spechler is a Gem! We are thrilled with our new house and with Karen’s exceptional service and attention. We are so proud to call her our friend and our real estate agent!

M. M. & J. B.

Given the emotional and stressful nature of selling and buying at the same time, Karen lent a professional and calming hand during every step of this dizzying process. Beginning as clients, and ending as friends, we will always be grateful to Karen Spechler as we begin to enjoy our most pleasant new home.

C. A. C.

I can’t say enough good things about my realtor, Karen Spechler. From our first telephone conversation through closing, her knowledge of the market in my area, her thoroughness and her cheerfulness helped reduce any anxiety I was feeling. She responded immediately to my calls and e-mail, and her presentation of my home helped it sell very quickly. She knew the market and my area, and her recommendations regarding pricing, staging and closing were exactly what worked!

M.H.

 

Karen Spechler surpassed our expectations during the process of selling our home. We are extremely pleased with her knowledge, vast experience and expertise. We were aware that she is highly respected in Santa Barbara, which was one of the reasons we chose her to represent us. We trust Karen , her judgement and recommendations. Her integrity and work ethic is clearly evident, she worked hard on our behalf. She really is the best .

A.N.

We had the pleasure and good fortune of Karen’s representation in both selling a one bedroom condo and purchasing a two bedroom condo within just a couple of months of each other. Our goal was to effectuate a tax deferred exchange and when an issue came up that prevented us from acquiring a particular property, thanks to Karen’s access and wealth of information we were able to find another property to purchase and easily complete our exchange within the designated time requirements. Karen’s professionalism and diligence in addressing matters that come up ensures all goes smoothly and there are no surprises. We highly recommend Karen to anyone who is considering selling or buying a home or condo.

T.V.A.

Karen helped us to purchase our first condo in 2010. We reached out to her again to both sell that same condo AND purchase a home for our growing family. Karen is a true professional and helped make our home buying experiences as low stress as possible.

G.S.

Karen Spechler surpassed our expectations during the process of selling our home. We are extremely pleased with her knowledge, vast experience and expertise. We were aware that she is highly respected in Santa Barbara, which was one of the reasons we chose her to represent us. We trust Karen , her judgement and recommendations. Her integrity and work ethic is clearly evident, she worked hard on our behalf. She really is the best .

A.N.

Selling my home through Karen was simply an excellent experience. The entire process was straightforward and smooth. Honestly, the smoothest real estate transaction I’ve ever done…Karen got me a full price offer the very first day my home was listed. She was extremely efficient throughout the escrow process, and I felt very comfortable that she “had my back” and my best interests at the forefront throughout the sale. I highly recommend her. She’s a great agent and a great person. It was truly a pleasure doing business with her.

B.W.

I have worked with Karen several times and each time she has impressed me!! I am not super patient and slightly needy at times and Karen always texted or emailed me back within minutes. She has provided me with stellar service, takes care of every detail and stays on top of everything and everyone to ensure that each transaction stays on schedule and goes smoothly. I always recommend Karen’s knowledge and expertise to anyone I know looking to sell or buy!!!! She is great!

J.L

From the moment we first spoke with Karen, she was totally devoted to selling our condo in Goleta from engaging the right people to promptly paint, carpet and fix things to creative marketing to keeping us informed at every step of the way. Since we were not in the area, her communication was essential and it was always clear and direct. Every part of her work was professional and outstanding. We recommend her very very highly.

B.K.

I live out of town and Karen took care of all our problems with selling my condo. I would highly recommend Karen. She answered all my telephone calls and e-mails immediately. Helped me get a gardener to clean up my yard and a person to do the needed
repairs. She is a lovely lady.

C.C.

Karen was wonderful to work with. Her knowledge, expertise, professionalism, communication, follow-through and warm personality are exceptional. I highly recommend working with Karen.

L.S.

Karen was a consummate professional. She handled both us (buyer) and the seller’s transaction. Her reputation preceded her as others had provided information about the quality of her services. Karen was great to work with, honest, forthright and made our real estate transaction smooth with expediency.

C.C.

Karen was simply superb! She arranged subcontractors to improve our property. She found a buyer immediately. She got the price we wanted. She was available, pleasant and professional. Karen has my highest recommendation. Thank you!

D.M.C. MD

have worked with Karen with three real estate transactions over the past 14 years, she helped me find my first condo to buy, then sell it, buy another one then sell that one. She is fabulous – can’t recommend her highly enough.

M.P.

Karen, you really are a fantastic, dynamic agent, as well as a wonderful person. Personally, we think of you as a friend, and professionally we think you are exceptional.

M. & V. M.

Karen, I am glad that I got to know you better, and that’s a gift! I always felt that you had heard me and had my interest at heart and you always know what was going on and what was possible and always called back. I am delighted to have participated in your success.

T. R.