For the past three decades Karen Strickland has built trusted relationships and represented homes in the Santa Barbara area making her one of the most respected and reputable real estate agents around. She now works alongside her daughters Amie and Kara. The team has developed a unique program that has proven to be a tremendous aid to their clients housing considerations.
With extensive knowledge of the greater Santa Barbara area and an interactive team approach, The Strickland’s have created a strong business foundation and are committed to diligent hard work. Together they provide their clients with expert problem solving, world class marketing, international networking with an unsurpassed level of service. This trusted and educated team welcomes the opportunity to assist in the investment and lifestyle goals of their clients.
“If you are considering buying or selling a home in the Santa Barbara area, connecting with us will ensure you have a fun and professional experience. We treat each of our clients as family and want to make certain you are provided the level of service and the experience that exceeds your expectations.”
The Santa Barbara community voted Karen Strickland the best Realtor in Santa Barbara two years in a row for one simple reason” her proven track record. For over 30 years, Karen has shared her passion for all that Santa Barbara offers. She was a top producing agent with Pitts & Bachmann Realtors, the Santa Barbara firm that was acquired by Sotheby’s International Realty in 2006.
Acknowledged by peers and clients alike for her integrity and commitment, Karen is dedicated to matching the individualized needs of each client to the appropriate home. Karen’s clients directly benefit from her extensive personal and professional knowledge of the area. They recognize and appreciate her negotiating prowess, thoroughness and ability to create a comfortable working relationship, as evidenced by her 70 percent repeat customer and client referral rate.
Prior to real estate sales, Karen supervised the title and escrow department of an extensive resort development in three areas of California. Her analytical skills and extensive knowledge of the loan process have proven extremely useful to her clients. She has leveraged this financial expertise to the benefit of both buyers and sellers.
Karen, whose three children have matriculated through the Santa Barbara school system, is personally knowledgeable about the programs offered by area public and private schools. She has served a myriad of parent associations.
Almost 35 years later, Karen still makes the most of all that Santa Barbara offers and enjoys all its cultural resources. Naturally, the climate allows her to walk at sunrise and indulge her self-proclaimed passions, gardening on a year-round basis and spending time in her art shed painting scenes inspired by the beauty of Santa Barbara and beyond.
Kara began her career in Real Estate in 2000 with the boutique real estate firm of Pitts & Bachmann Realtors, where she learned the foundations of real estate business administration. She later transitioned to an Executive Assistant position for some of Santa Barbara’s Top-Producing Real Estate Agents before branching out as an agent herself. Working closely with these top industry leaders enabled her to refine the fundamental skills and garner the expertise necessary to develop her own rewarding real estate career.
Kara has been instrumental in successfully guiding her clients towards the best possible home for them, consistently exceeding their lifestyle and investment goals, and making the transition as seamless as possible. She is passionate about the needs and goals of her clients, and she specializes in bringing peace of mind to home buyers and sellers.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Kara’s extensive knowledge of our area’s many distinct neighborhoods is unparalleled. She is delighted to share the allure that each neighborhood offers, and her clients have consistently sought her advice on which neighborhood would best fit their lifestyle. Travelling the world will always be a passion for Kara, but there is nothing like coming home to Santa Barbara, with its rich history, architecture and natural beauty.
Amie is a seasoned business woman and true entrepreneur at heart. She set off at age 20 to study DaVinci, Michelangelo and the Medici’s in Florence, Italy. Inspired and curious she continued her travels through Europe by train to see as much as she could. A believer in the value of education she came back home and earned a degree from UC Santa Barbara. After a year of service as an AmeriCorp volunteer, she was again ready to explore and spent the next 8 years living and working in Seattle, WA and Berkeley, CA. While away she experienced roles within small start-ups, management, customer service and administration. She absorbed various employment ‘cultures’, redefined roles and participated in the successful growth of each company she worked for.
Amie believes she has cultivated a deep understanding for people and the importance they place on their connection with their communities. What is most attractive about real estate for Amie is the fundamental aspect that this is a service oriented profession. As a partner of The Strickland’s she brings passion and service to the team with a unique set of business skills and a natural knack for negotiation. As a dedicated wife, loyal friend and mentor to many, Amie approaches people with openness and a big heart and keeps them close with honesty and integrity.
When asked what life in Santa Barbara is like, Amie says with a smile, “ We are given sunshine, mountains and the ocean every day. On top of that we are surrounded by a community that loves it’s people as much as all the moving parts. There is a real soul here. You have to travel many places in the world to get all of this, in Santa Barbara we have it all in one place.”