Rich was fantastic! As first-time homebuyers, we were overwhelmed and completely lost, but Rich walked us through the process every step of the way. . .  We truly could not have done this w/o him, and his consistently optimistic and calm, reassuring presence kept us sane from start to finish.  Clone Rich, everyone should have access to this quality of representation

Pat & Sandy Shove

Santa Barbara, CA - Dec. 20,  2011

"Rich made our transition to Santa Barbara a success.  He kept us informed consistently and we found our dream home.  He listened to what we wanted all along the way and we got a good deal."

Dave & Kim Cantin

Montecito, CA - Oct. 13,  2010

"Sam and I would like to thank you for all your help in bringing [our] sale to a successful close.  You were with us the entire way as we understood all those inspections and persevered.  We enjoyed working with you and look forward to staying in touch"

Sam & Sylvia Hale

Montecito, CA - Aug. 31,  2010

The quality of service was above and beyond.  What I liked best about working with Richard is that He is friendly, communicative, patient and responsive.

Mike & Lynne Pariseasu

Goleta, CA - Jan. 29,  2010

"Rich was knowledgable and made us feel comfortable with every step of the transaction. We would consider no one else in any of our future real estate transactions."

Mike & Lynne Pariseau - Seller

Goleta, CA - Apr. 25,  2012

"How do you improve on perfection? Everything about my experience with Rich was positive. . . My cousin was closely involved in my house search. . . At the end of the process, she said that she wanted to buy a house . . . just so she could deal with Rich!  The entire process was so easy and seamless thanks to Rich.  He brought a personal touch to the process, making it pleasant and enjoyable..."

Lynn O’Brien-Briggs

Goleta, CA - Oct. 28,  2010

“Rich was very knowledgeable and provided us with objective facts & details. . .  he kept us informed . . . [and] adapted to our way of processing information. . .  Rich wa a pleasure to work with, very patient and understanding, and highly skilled at what he dose.  We wholeheartedly recommend them to everyone we know who needs an agent.”

Helly Kwee  & Allan Knight

Goleta, CA - Arp. 29,  2011

Honesty, Action, Candor, willingness to fight for the price we wanted, respected by other agents, fun to work with.

Brent & Ann Levine

Santa Barbara, CA - Jun. 17,  2011

“. . .  It is always such a pleasure to work with you.  How refreshing it is to have a calm, clear thinking and committed person in the midst of an often stressful and sometimes complicated transaction.  You are truly an anomaly in our industry.

                                                                                                                                            Jennifer Ellison -Santa Barbara - Lender 

“Rich is an incredibly knowledgable, thorough, kind and professional agent. He patiently walked me through the home buying process. He has a great ability to explain things in a manner that is easy to understand for a new home buyer. I highly recommend him to anyone.”

Gloria Tsang - Los Angeles - Out of Area Buyer

“I enjoyed on multiple occasions working with the team of Rich has on a number of distressed properties where they listed / marketed / sold and I negotiated the short sales. Their expert knowledge and professionalism was THE difference in the transaction and I highly recommend them as the GO-TO Realtors in Santa Barbara County!”

Paul Stansen, Attorney-Broker

". . . You are one of the most organized agents I have ever worked with - It was a real pleasure to work with you, your attention to detail made it all go smoothly . . ."

Ricky Allan - Santa Barbara, CA - Realtor

". . . You are very professional and on top of it. Refreshing this day and age. Thank you for your help. . ."

Jon Currie - Pasadena, CA - Lender

“Thank you. There are no other words - no bigger or stronger words, than thank you.  I wish I could share with you the depth of my appreciation for all that you have done.”

Chuck Lande - Santa Barbara

Rich was great to work with.  Even with a prolonged search in SB he never gave up hope and we found a terrific home. We never felt pressured by him but he was always there when we needed him.

Todd & Laura Canfield

Santa Barbara, CA - Dec. 28,  2011

"We are home builders and have used numerous agents over the years. Our experience with Richard in both the purchasing and selling of a property, has been far superior over any other agent. Go with the best. You will have no regrets."

Markmiller Constructions, Inc. - Seller

Santa Barbara, CA - Apr. 27,  2012

"We liked Rich’s attitude, approach, and honesty . . . he create an atmosphere of comfort and safety in an otherwise anxiety producing situation.  Rich did an outstanding job . . . he treated us with respect even before we were ready to buy.  In addition his knowledge of the market was impressive & reassuring"

Jach Pursel & Enrique Dominguez - Buyer

Santa Barbara, CA - Jul. 17,  2012

"Easy to work with, professional, great follow-up, and so helpful in taking burdens off my shoulders. . . I Hope to someday work with him again as a buyer."

Diana Dunbar - Seller

Montecito, CA - Jul. 18,  2012

"We are so thankful to have met you.  Your help as a realtor was amazing to our family. Your knowledge & expertise was proven time & time again in regards to each home & location we looked at.  Your commitment & hard work for our family did not go unnoticed and was so appreciated . . . We couldn’t be happier with our new home . . ."

Geof & Donnell Coulehan - Buyer

Santa Barbara, CA - Sept. 18,  2012

". . . Very professional & very knowledgeable. Very patient with us going through this entire process..."

Jan & Julia Rehorik - Buyer

Santa Barbara, CA - Jan. 3,  2013

"It was a complicated transaction . . . and Rich did an excellent job negotiating. . .  I was very happy to have . . . Rich with his contractor & financial back ground working out the details, handling the negotiations, and structure. . . It was a wise decision."

Susan & Ken Tarlow - Seller

Solvang, CA - Feb. 14,  2013

"No pressure - Comfortable to be with and Rich is excellent with numbers!  I will highly recommend them to anyone looking in Santa Barbara."

Leigh Layman - Buyer

Santa Barbara, CA - Feb. 27,  2013

“Rich guided us through the search process with patience. . . His counsel was helpful, realistic and accurate. He lead us through a seemingly simple escrow which became more and more complicated, but was always straight forward and honest in his assessment of the process. He was our champion all along the way. We are very thankful for his partnership in purchasing our new home.”

Jeff & Carol Bridgeman - Buyer

Montecito, CA - May. 24,  2013

"Kirsten and I owe a BIG thank you to our Realtor ... Rich van Seenus.  He was outstanding for our short sale purchase, which is not an easy task. Zero hesitation recommending him for anyone looking at selling/buying in the SB area."

Chase McLaughlin - Buyer

Santa Barbara, CA - Nov. 19,  2013

“... [Rich] you are the perfect broker. You have a gentle, soothing personality and show that you are truly concerned about taking care of your clients... You treat every client like we we your only concern...  For integrity and performance I am happy to recommend you to anyone... you far exceeded my expectations...”

Amy Ward - Buyer

Santa Barbara, CA - Nov. 15,  2013

Rich was an incredibly professional and yet easy to work with... He was consistently on top of things, including things I hadn't even thought to consider. He also did a great job of orchestrating all sorts of different people to help us with the formal inspection and other types of inspection. I couldn't recommend him more!

Ivan Barry - Buyer

Santa Barbara, CA - Nov. 5,  2013

“... Rich van Seenus is by far the most strategic, thoughtful realtor I've met. Integrity is a cornerstone of his practice and it resulted in a relationship between us of honesty, trust and commitment. Our home buying experience required some strong advocacy and Rich stepped up to be our ally... he has incredible instincts about real estate strategy and he knows the market... His communication with us was beyond compare. We were lucky to have him in our corner."

Polly Chandler - Buyer

Santa Barbara, CA - Oct. 18,  2013

“Rich was incredible! He not only helped me find a new home but sold my other one. He was reliable, professional, and extremely diligent. I know from past experiences that buying and selling a home can be extremely stressful and unpleasant, but Rich made it a smooth and easy experience. I would highly recommend . . .”

Jenny & Marc Bienstock - Seller

Santa Barbara, CA - Oct. 25,  2013

“... I could not have had anyone better to handle the process. It was not easy to sell a big ranch in today's market. Houses are one thing, but acreage is another. He was really professional and made you also feel comfortable through process. It was hard to leave our ranch after building it through the last 38 yrs. A lot of good memories at the Hollister Ranch. . . Richard van Seenus will always be a good friend and will look to him for any future reality endeavors.”

Rick & Janet Schock

Hollister Ranch, CA - Nov. 29,  2010

“Rich was amazing to work with and went above and beyond in the areas of professionalism, knowledge, communication, and commitment. Doing it all with a sense of grace and truth! He became a part of our family and support system as we navigated through a very emotional and challenging time with the sale of our home. He was always available to offer advice and encourage us with positive expertise. He is extremely patient and takes the time to listen to your needs and ideas. We absolutely loved working with him and highly recommend him to anyone in need of an agent! You will not be disappointed!"

Alan & Lacey Kadlec - Seller

“We used Rich when we bought our home and were so happy with him that we retained him again for the sale of our home. On both the buy and sell side he was professional, easy to work with and made the whole process simple and stress free. He knows the local market well and served our needs extremely well. We highly recommend him.”

Ed Rosen - Seller

Santa Barbara, CA - Apr. 30,  2014

“Rich . . . provided white glove, concierge level service in helping us sell our house in Santa Barbara. A unique combination of local market knowledge, network of service providers (to help get the house in the best condition, quickly and cost effectively), hands on approach and amazing responsiveness set him apart. The ultimate measure? The house sold in 5 days, at our target price. We highly recommend.”

Jason Kelly - Seller

Santa Barbara, CA - Sept. 12,  2014

“...Rich provided outstanding service from the moment we met . . . he is a creative and strategic thinker! ... Experts in navigating the financing and buying process. Always patient and calm which helped us to remain so. He was always accessible and enjoyable to work with. . . Excellent service has continued even after making the sale. . . Highly recommend with zero reservations.”

Jeremy & Debbie Allen - Buyer

Santa Barbara, CA - Aug. 22,  2014

“Rich had a positive, supportive, knowledgeable attitude towards us...As far as we are concerned, Rich’s service was excellent. He could not have done more for us. He was always 100% committed to help us...and his knowledge and experience meant so much...”

Sophie Foot & David Tobin - Buyer

Santa Barbara, CA - July 2015

"I just want to thank you for a job not just well done, but extraordinarily done!  You looked after me and the house like it was your own.  Lots of agents talk about the "service" they provide but you are the real deal.  When I got nervous, you were there to hold my hand and when I had to leave town, you were there to care for the house in my absence.  I have bought and sold several properties, both here in California and elsewhere, and no one else has even come close to providing the levels of expertise and professionalism. . .”

Janet Stevenson - Seller

Dec 20, 2015

"I’m in escrow to buy a house in Scottsdale. Rich is superior to the agent (family member) I’m currently using. ”

Jim Stevenson - Seller

Nov. 30, 2015

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Rich understood my position and did not pressure me into doing a deal.

Daniel Battaglia - Buyer

Santa Barbara

"Rich van Seenus and his team were unfailingly patient in assisting me with the sale of my property. External complications made our sale more stressful than it had to be and Rich was supportive, well-informed, and attentive throughout. One buyer wanted the Rich van Seenus' Team to represent him in my sale, and I was utterly impressed when, of his own accord, Rich declined the commission in order to ensure his team’s priorities were unconditionally aligned with my own. At our first meeting, the team struck me as exceptionally professional,organized, and experienced. From start to finish I never questioned that first impression or was ever less than grateful they were my advocates in the sale. “


Sharon Tomlinson - Seller

June 20, 2016