Client Words of Appreciation

It is an honor and a privilege to recommend Joy Bean. She is truly an exceptional woman and real estate professional who is completely committed to her clients.

We had, by chance, the opportunity to meet Joy seven years ago while visiting Montecito. Her wealth of knowledge and very genial nature made her unforgettable. When we thought about purchasing a home in the area, I gave her a call. Despite the fact that so much time had passed, she remembered us immediately. Within twenty-four hours we were driving up to take a peek at some houses she had organized. By that evening, we had given Joy an offer on a house that she aggressively pursued "getting us into" (it was not yet available to be shown), as she recognized that it was exactly what we were interested in.

To say Joy is a rarity puts it mildly. She went way beyond our expectations, guided us through every aspect of our purchase and made the entire experience wonderful.

We look forward to enjoying a friendship with Joy and George.

- Marcia Ziffren & Barry Goldberg

We recently had the good fortune to work with Joy on the sale of our property in Santa Barbara. We are proud to say we made a great choice. Joy's unfailing professionalism, positive attitude, and diligence allowed our property to be shown at its best. Due to the uniqueness of our high- end property there were no direct comps making the valuation challenging. Joy's experience and insight were invaluable in our decision making regarding the valuation and sale. She provided factual marketing materials and reported to us regularly on our property and the overall market conditions. She answered all our calls, was always responsive and in regular contact with us.

Joy was open and honest with us and provided great support during the marketing of the property. Best of all, when offers were made she was an excellent negotiator on our behalf and when the final offer was accepted she was there for us during the escrow, through the close and after. If you are looking for a super smart, professional, experienced, well qualified Real Estate Agent Joy Bean is an excellent choice. We won't hesitate to use her services for any future Real Estate needs.

- Rex & Chrissy Melton

I want to express our great appreciation for the highest degree of professionalism, consideration, and wealth of knowledge that you provided us in buying our home. Your patience, sensitivity, and unfailing positivity in dealing with the year long search to meet our indecisive yet somewhat rigid and perfectionistic standards was exceptional, allowing us to look at over 60 homes without feeling pressured and to feel comfortable with our final choice. Since we are newcomers to the area, your insights into the various neighborhoods was extremely helpful, and your choice of professional home inspectors was outstanding, saving us from problems others may have overlooked. And finally your call to come see a home that wasn't even on the market yet, knowing it was the home we'd want to buy, was a blessing - we'd still be looking and very frustrated, rather than settling into our beautiful home, had you not been on top of the local real estate market.

And on a personal level, the resources in the community that you've shared with us have been invaluable to the quality of our new life in Santa Barbara. You've gone above and beyond, for which we are most grateful.

- Elizabeth Simonds

Selling or buying property along the beaches of Ventura and Santa Barbara is a very expensive and complex project. Having expert advice is critical. I hired Joy Bean of Sotheby's International Realty to help sell our beach house that had been in the family for 60 years. We followed her advice, from preparing the house for sale, pricing, staging, marketing, all the way through to a successful close. She worked tirelessly showing the property, and expertly handled all of the negotiations, contracts, inspections and problem-solving involved in our multimillion dollar sale. Most importantly, I realized a sale price that was nearly 30% higher than previously estimated by other realtors interviewed. Not only did she exceed all expectations, she made a complex process fun, stress free and profitable. Joy is one of the best professionals I have worked with in 30 years. Whether buying or selling, I cannot recommend Joy highly enough.

- David Bennett | Read David's Full Testimonial >>

Joy is a pleasure to work with. She spent a surprising amount of time with us exploring the different neighborhoods and offering insight into the nuances and qualities that make a difference to a homeowner who wants both a lovely home and a good investment . We were able to take all the time we needed to make decisions about what we wanted; and then she magically came up with a number of great candidates so we were able to find the perfect home at the best value in a fairly competitive market.

Joy made us feel like we her only client because of her care, thoughtfulness and because of her willingness to be available at our convenience. We are looking forward to working with her again and would recommend Ms. Bean to anyone who is looking for a professional business partner.

- Kristine Schick

We really appreciate your help with our 1031 exchange. We have bought and sold several investment properties in the past in other cities and found your help very professional. You really helped alleviate the stress of finding a replacement property within a tight time frame in a tight market. The fact that you only showed us properties that fit our requirements saved much time as many of the properties could have been a good replacement. We appreciated your being available and helping to arrange the inspections and navigate through the maze of paperwork. We are very happy with the property we purchased and look forward to working with you for many years. We highly recommend you to anyone looking to buy in our area.

- Carol Olson

Joy Bean is the consummate real estate professional plus she is a delightful person as well. We were so fortunate to have had Joy as our realtor in our quest to purchase a home in Santa Barbara and we truly benefitted from her expertise. Our experience with Joy was uniformly positive. She truly partnered with us and invested considerable time and energies in helping us achieve our successful outcome. Joy is extremely knowledgeable about the Santa Barbara home market and is well connected in the industry and with related service providers. Joy is also very responsive and she patiently and efficiently responded to our many questions and requests. I do not typically provide endorsements but in this case wanted to make an exception and express an unequivocal recommendation of Joy to anyone who is looking for a realtor in Santa Barbara.

- Greg Schick

Joy has an education and knowledge about art and architecture that serves her well as a real estate agent. She was exceptionally sensitive to our tastes and interests, was patient and diligent in monitoring the market over a number of years, without bothering us needlessly, until she identified exactly the right house. She was able to alert us before it went on the market and guide us masterfully through the process-- including some unexpected challenges-- to procure the property. We cannot recommend Joy highly enough.

- Starr Siegele & Larry J. Feinberg

If you are considering purchasing real-estate in the Greater Santa Barbara area we wholeheartedly recommend Joy Bean of Sotheby's International Realty.! ! Joy recently assisted us in the purchase of a beautiful condo in the Bonnymede development. Joy was simply wonderful to work with during the entire process. Not only does she possess unlimited knowledge of the area, she is also a true professional who will work tirelessly for the benefit of her clients.! She attended to all the details and made it very easy for us.! ! ! If you are looking for a realtor in the area you won't go wrong with Joy.! She is absolutely fantastic to work with.!!

- Rusty & Beth Erickson

Joy helped us both sell and buy a home and was unbelievably helpful throughout the entire process. I probably met over 30 different agents going from open house to open house and Joy was the one who stood out. Joy gave us so many helpful tips, was always available to take our calls and answer questions she REALLY knows the process inside and out. Joy listened to what our needs were and was vigilant on keeping us informed as homes came on the market (in many cases, showed us homes BEFORE they came on the market!) Because of her persistence and hard work, we were able to buy our dream home (which wasn't even on the market at the time and we had thought we lost out on it) AND she helped us sell our home quickly and for over asking price! I can't recommend her more, Joy is the best!

- Megan & Andy Hilton

You have been exceptional. I really have to say that you have been the BEST I have ever worked with, honestly. To be fair, I have only had 3 agents but you are head and shoulders above the rest- resources, follow through, knowledge about the area, etc. If that's Sotheby's than I will always work with them.

- Erica Abrams

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Joy Bean as a real estate professional of the highest caliber. Joy assisted my wife and me in purchasing the home of our dreams in the highly complex Santa Barbara market. Her thorough understanding of the area and its unique characteristics were invaluable. She tirelessly and with great charm guided us through the challenges of finding and closing on our home. Considering the fact that we were out of state buyers, her extensive knowledge of all phases of the transaction produced a seamless and frustration free experience. I can say without reservation that she would be a dedicated, determined and special ally for your real estate needs.

- Dr. William & Betsy Costello

We were buying a condo from out of town and Joy made the process easy and seemless despite long distance communication. She was alway available, on top of all the details and was willing to go above and beyond the normal support of a realtor to help us get into a great property. It was also evident that she deeply cares about her clients and ensuring they accomplish their goals through a pleasant, efficient process. Highly, highly, highly recommend Joy!

- David Wise

We have both purchased and sold with Joy Bean. In each instance, her expertise, professionalism and follow-through were "A+." She worked tirelessly for us on the financing, new construction inspections, closings and post-sale warranty repair processes - making sure each resulted in a successful outcome. Joy also did a wonderful job of listing, marketing, selling and closing a property for us. Again, she made sure the transaction proceeded smoothly and was completed in a timely fashion. Joy is smart, tough and a finisher. If you want the job done right, there is no better person.

- Paul Frisch

Simply put, Joy is one of the most creative and accomplished real estate professionals I've ever encountered. What sets her apart is the breadth of her business acumen and strong sense of integrity. I particularly appreciate the way she generously shares a vast storehouse of expertise, which includes a great eye for design, deep knowledge of architecture and wonderful instincts about landscaping. Well versed in the complexities of construction, I really appreciate how adept she is at negotiation. In addition, she is extremely perceptive and the depth of her emotional intelligence, plus an obvious enthusiasm for her work, make Joy a delight to work with and a valued consultant.

- Susan Ditz

Fran and I are extremely grateful to you for all the guidance, professional representation and expertise you provided us over the many months we looked for the right property to buy in Santa Barbara. Your help was far and above the best we have received in several transactions over the years. You found us a property that met our needs within our price range, and with the style and amenities for which we were looking. You did so with patience, tact and respect for our preferences. We heartily recommend you to anyone, buyer or seller, interested in the Santa Barbara real estate market.

- Allan Hendrix and Fran Govean