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Michael Humphrey - Broker, CRB
Licensing: CA#01278797

Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Foreclosure, Short-Sale


Michael is a California Real Estate Broker, CRB and the owner of Sterling Properties & Estates in Santa Barbara, California.  Michael's passion for real estate and insider knowledge of the "American Riviera," translates into successful real estate transactions and thrilled clients. Michael's clients enjoy his direct style of communication and quick response time, and appreciate his contractual knowledge and negotiating skills. He makes sure his clients understand the process of buying or selling in today's market, whether they are first-time buyers or they have had previous experience with real estate transactions. As a real estate professional, Michael has his finger on the pulse of the market, and is passionate about participation in our real estate industry, serving on various committees at the state level for CAR.  He actively represents clients in Montecito, Santa Barbara and Hope Ranch in the purchase and sale of luxury estates, oceanfront dream homes and equestrian ranches. Michael has a strong background in real estate law, contract law and strategic marketing. Michael started his real estate sales career in 1996 and was Rookie of the Year, selling an unprecedented 23 properties his first year. His second year he went from ranking 2500 in the company to number 13 and from 101 to number 3 in his marketplace, selling 34 properties that year. Michael continues to demonstrate his sales and leadership skills by leading by example. Michael's philosophy is simple and one that has become part of the Sterling Properties Core Value Statement. "Provide superior service, exceed customer expectations and have high ethical standards. Be fair, honest and respectful in dealings with clients and other agents. Be innovative in marketing, technology and sales strategy." You can trust that when you work with Michael, you will be given exceptional service and expertise.

John Chufar - REALTOR, Broker Associate

John is a third generation REALTOR® who started answering phones in his grandmother's office when he was just 10 years old.  A native Californian, he grew up in Carpinteria, and then moved north to earn a degree in Social Work at California State University, Chico.  He also went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Special Education.


He has served on various positions with the Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS®, both as Membership Chairman and Vice President of the Association's Board of Directors.  Most recently, John was honored to be the Association's President and also served as a state Director for the California Association of REALTORS®.


John attributes his impressive 80% repeat and referral client rate to the quality service that he offers.  "My customers know that I take care of them during the transaction and beyond," he says, "and that keeps them working with me."


He also appreciates the balance that he has created in his life.  He and his partner Robert Johns enjoy wine tasting, adding to their antique clock and lacquered bronze frog collections, and exploring the world.  At home, his downtime is spent with two ASAP-adopted cats, Ricky and Rudy.


For all your real estate needs, call John!

Lizette Perez - REALTOR

Lizette Perez moved to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles in 2006. She studied business economics and accounting at the University of California Santa Barbara, graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 2010. She proceeded by working in the field of land and minerals acquisition, which eventually led her to obtaining her real estate license. Through hard work, dedication, and genuine care for her clients, Lizette is able to provide the best possible home buying or selling experience. On her downtime Lizette enjoys exploring everything Santa Barbara County has to offer with her daughter, as well as reading a great book.

Marian is a native to Santa Barbara and employs her extensive knowledge of the people, area and market to help her devoted real estate clientele. She draws upon almost thirty years of local business experience in the home improvement arena, as a faux finisher, decorator, gardener and co-owner of Blake Fuentes Painting, one of Santa Barbara's most successful contractors.


Since becoming a licensed REALTOR in 2005, she has impressed and delighted clients with her warmth, professionalism and dedication. Her negotiation skills and passion for real estate is evident in her large referral business and repeat customers.


Marian not only finds homes for humans, but also homes for animals as a Foster Care Dog Rescuer. Call Marian today for all your real estate needs!

Nick Vail - REALTOR, SFR

Nick and his bride Marcia have lived and worked in the Santa Barbara area for the past 25 years.  Along with their 10 year old daughter, Adina, they have a great appreciation for the Santa Barbara lifestyle, our unique climate and most of all, our people.  As a small business owner and salesman for many years, Nick has a simple approach to serving his clients: listen to their needs and provide them with the best possible information so they can make the most informed decisions.


Buying or selling in the Santa Barbara area?  Nick will be happy to get you accurate information and help make your transaction pleasant and worry free.

Vicki Busby - REALTOR

Vicki Busby is an action-oriented person, who challenges herself in whatever she undertakes. Prompted to exceed client's expectations, "can't" and "couldn't" invigorate her passion for real estate. With an enthusiastic spirit, she expertly guides her clients and friends to successful closings and assists in achieving their goals and dreams.


Vicki specializes in architecturally significant and historical properties, estates, residential, condos, commercial, income, beach, ranch and equestrian properties. Vicki is also experienced with international transactions, corporate relocations, and tax deferred exchanges. In 1993, Vicki was awarded the Jack Kelly Exchange Award for the most difficult international exchange transaction of the year.


Prior to her real estate career, Vicki was an accomplished school teacher, horse trainer, boat captain for the offshore industry, helicopter pilot, and the first American woman to climb the Matterhorn without guides. She is alumni of "Leadership Santa Barbara County", charter member of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors' Toastmasters Club and has served on other Association's Committees.

“Treating customers like family” is both a guiding principle and a way of life for Blake Fuentes.  Moving from the Philadelphia area to Santa Barbara in 1984, he started a successful painting business creating deep relationships with his clientele based on his honesty, integrity and fairness.  As a 30 year veteran of painting, both residential and commercial projects, Blake will take his unwavering “can do” approach to help his clients realize their dreams and goals of buying and selling property in the Santa Barbara area.


Blake holds a Business Administration Degree from Rowan University in Gloucester County.  Utilizing his strong construction background and contract negotiation skills, he will work hard to make all your real estate goals a reality.   With extensive knowledge of the different neighborhoods and their unique characteristics within our wonderful City, Blake will be a great resource as you search for your dream property. 


In 2003, he married his maiden, “Marian,” on the island of Kauai.  While fostering abused and shy dogs for DAWG, they adopted two mischievous dogs, Austin and Izzy, and they all live happily in Goleta.


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Growing up in Carpinteria, California, Caroline Chufar knows Santa Barbara and its adjacent communities like the back of her hand. Being a horse aficionado and avid rider, she made herself familiar with Santa Barbara’s unique landscape and neighborhoods since her early childhood.


Caroline is a third generation REALTOR and looks back on 21 years of experience selling and buying homes. She earned her real estate license in 1997 and previously worked with large corporate companies before she joined Sterling Properties.


Before Caroline followed in her family’s footsteps as a real estate agent, she pursued her passion as a classically trained singer and to this day continues to perform as a Jazz artist on various occasions. Moreover, she has spent many years working with adolescents with special needs as well as elderly people. Having gained professional experience as a salesperson for Nordstrom and at the same time being their Customer Service Board President, furthered her qualities of caring for her clientele in every possible way.  Her negotiating skills are excellent. This versatile background and invaluable expertise has resonated with her clients throughout her career.

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