Amy Katz, REALTOR®

Amy is Southern California's premier Holistic Realtor and welcomes a diverse clientele. She helped a local family purchase the lowest-priced home in Santa Barbara (a foreclosure), then assisted a green builder in earning over $50,000,000 for a commercial re-development project. Whether you are a first-time buyer seeking your dream home, a seller craving change, or a business entrepreneur needing an office complex or commercial rental, she will guide you through every stage of the real estate transaction with integrity, grace, tech savvy and ease.

Amy holds a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication and is a marketing and social media expert with two decades of international communication consulting and college-level teaching experience: she has worked in Hong Kong, South Korea, the Balkans, Israel, Germany, and Alaska, in addition to fifteen years in the Santa Barbara area. She creates websites for each property she lists and uses her professional photography and creative skills to feature homes in their best light. She excels at getting offers accepted in competitive, "Multiple Offer" situations. She is also a life coach/personal growth guide and a professional intuitive, who has earned the title, "Psychic to the Stars". Her team provides the highest level of education, professionalism and contract negotiation skills in the industry and utilizes a unique blend of intellect with intuitive know-how to help you live out your dreams.

Come meet Amy by visiting her website /, then calling her at: (805) 428-9252.

Dani Burckhardt, REALTOR®, CRS SRES

Experience, knowledge and communication are critical in helping my clients with their real estate needs. I have 30 years of local real estate experience and knowledge about the history of our community.

Buying or selling a property can be a stressful process. My goal is to make your experience as painless as possible and hopefully, have some fun along the way. I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and Internet marketing is my specialty.

My community involvements have included mentoring students and donating to Children’s Miracle Network. I believe giving back is important. I look forward to giving you the service you deserve. Visit Dani at

Diana Bull, REALTOR® EMERITUS, Hall of Fame, Broker-Associate, CRB, GRI

At the age of 22, Diana began her real estate career. That was 44 years ago! Diana is described by her colleagues as a “role model REALTOR” - extremely knowledgeable, highly energetic, a good listener, excellent communicator, and super dedicated to our real estate profession and her clients!

Diana is a REALTOR EMERITUS and a member of NAR’s Hall of Fame. Diana has held numerous leadership positions with the National Association of REALTORS. She has been elected an NAR director from California for 27 years. Diana served as NAR’s Regional Vice President and on the Finance Committee under seven NAR Treasurers. She is on the 2016 Leadership Team, serving as NAR’s Liaison for Law & Policy.

Diana served as President of the Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS in 1982 and was Santa Barbara’s REALTOR of the YEAR in 1986. She also was the first female Treasurer in 1996 & l997 for the California Association of REALTORS and served as CAR’s President in 1999. She was named 1999 California REALTOR of the YEAR.

Dedicated to our Santa Barbara community, Diana was honored as the “Business Leader/Mentor of the Year” for the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She was named among the “Top 50 Women in Business” by the Pacific Coast Business Times. Also, Diana served as President of the National Association of Women Business Owners for Santa Barbara.

Diana is well-known for giving years of 110% world-class service to her profession and clients.

Melissa Mitchell, REALTOR®

Melissa has called Santa Barbara home for the past 25 years and says it’s her favorite place on earth. She enjoys all of the wonderful benefits that this seaside town offers with a generous local community, diverse culture, beautiful Spanish architecture and unique indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Melissa offers her clients her extensive knowledge about Santa Barbara’s diverse neighborhoods and lifestyle, in order to find them the perfect place to call "home."

Providing a positive real-estate experience is her top priority. Listening to her client’s needs, finding the perfect home or buyer, and managing an effective closing, is her ultimate goal. Melissa prides herself on being honest and forthcoming and keeps her clients informed at all times during the transaction.

She is a results-focused sales & marketing professional with over 15 years of experience. Her specialties include direct marketing, communication and negotiating contracts, which are essential to every real estate transaction. Additionally, she is backed by the team of experts and extensive resources at Pacific Crest Realty, resulting in increased exposure, reach, marketing and an exceptional level of service.

If you are seeking a local, trusted advisor, please call, text or email her!

Miguel Avila, REALTOR®, ABR, IRES, SFR

Born and raised in Los Altos de Jalisco, Mexico, Miguel came to Santa Barbara at age 16. While supporting his mother and five sisters, he learned English and Hotel Restaurant Management at Santa Barbara City College. Today he is a top REALTOR, a Santa Barbara homeowner, the proud father of two daughters, Aimee (UCSB graduate) and Mireya (attending Cornell University), and an active community member.

Miguel's business career started at the El Paseo Restaurant in 1973 and was followed by nearly twenty years working in the restaurant business. He later worked in the import/export of farming technology, then began selling real estate in Santa Barbara in 2005, when he earned the coveted Rookie of the Year award. He has closed over 325 deals since 2005, and he looks forward to continuing to help all of his clients and their referrals achieve the dream of homeownership. Diana Bull, his previous Broker, notes, "Miguel receives numerous real estate referrals and testimonial letters of gratitude from his many clients! Miguel is high-energy and always gives 110%." Actively involved in our community for over 35 years, Miguel was president of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce's Hispanic Business Council. In 1994 he founded the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with a vision of helping the Hispanic business community succeed with community support.

While serving as president of this organization, he was instrumental in founding the annual Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival. Miguel was also a founding member of the Board for Leadership of Santa Barbara County and was later named as Santa Barbara County Distinguished Leader. He has served as Director of Old Spanish Days for fifteen years, as a board member of the Westside Boys and Girls Club, and has been a member of Santa Barbara Puerto Vallarta Sisters for over 35 years, as well a past Board member and Executive Committee member. Currently he serves as president of Friends of Woni Kenya International and as a board member of the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival Board. He has supported at least ten additional non-profit organizations in our community, and was named a 1996 "Local Hero" by the Santa Barbara Independent.

Nasrin Shahir, REALTOR®

Nasrin Shahir was born in Iran. She is fluent in English, Farsi, and Turkish. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1986 and has been calling it home ever since. She is proud to have raised two great children while pursuing her career.

She has over 15 years of experience in banking, working at various institutions such as Bank of America, Citi Bank, and Union Bank. She became a licensed real estate agent in 1999 and has years of experience in dealing with many local markets in Southern California.

Her experience has helped countless clients find their home and her banking background helps her ensure that clients get the loan that’s right for them. She always offers her clients honest service and sticks with them through escrow until they receive the keys to their dream home. She is proud to say that many of her clients become long term friends.

She can help you to find the perfect home in Southern California with her access to homes in Santa Maria County, across Santa Barbara and Ventura County, and to the south in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Staci Caplan, REALTOR®, Broker, GREEN, MA

Staci is a California Real Estate Broker and the owner of Pacific Crest Realty. She was born and raised in Santa Barbara and her passion for this special region translates into successful real estate transactions and thrilled clients.

Staci’s clients enjoy her direct style of communication and quick response time, and appreciate her contractual knowledge and negotiating skills. She makes sure her clients understand the process of buying or selling in today’s market, whether they are first-time buyers or savvy investors.

Staci has earned NAR’s GREEN designation and is a member of the Green Resource Council. Most of her transactions are paperless and her clients love it!

As a real estate professional, Staci has her finger on the pulse of the market, and is passionate about participation in our real estate industry. At our local Santa Barbara Associations of REALTORS, Staci has served on the Board of Directors, on the Government Relations Committee, on Budget and Finance, and currently serves on the Multiple Listing Committee and the REALTOR Action Fund Committee, working to get other REALTORS to invest in protecting private property rights and raising awareness about issues affecting the industry.

At the state level, Staci has served at the California Association of REALTORS (CAR) on the Standard Forms Advisory, Executive Committee, and as a member of the Green Task Force. In the past she has served as an Issues Chair for both Private Property Rights and Environmental Issues on the Land Use Committee. In 2014 she served as the Land Use Chair, and currently she is Chair of the Legislative Committee.

Staci has great enthusiasm for the real estate profession and is generous about contributing her time and energy for the betterment of the industry. She is a Political Survival contributor and often speaks to our legislators as a CAR Director during REALTOR Legislative Day in Sacramento.

When you hire Staci to go to work for you, you are hiring a true professional with a local’s knowledge, the experience to get you the results you deserve, and a passionate and genuine individual to make your buying or selling experience the best you have ever had!