Engel & Völkers - Santa Ynez

We are a global company and lifestyle brand providing high quality services for those seeking to buy and sell real estate properties. We distinguish ourselves by providing our clients with exceptional service and support.

Since 1977, we have been the select provider of high-end premium real estate service throughout Europe, Asia and North America. We use the latest technologies, manage an extensive network of exclusive listings and potential buyers, partner with influential media outlets, and employ the highest-caliber agents who strive to represent our distinguished brand.

Our style of doing business originates from our early success as a luxury property agency. We maintain the same standards of quality and service in everything we do.


Recommendations (43)

Dec 20, 2019

Carol Dowhower recommends Sandy Collier

Real Estate Client

Sandy has been helping me search for a home in the Santa Ynez Valley for the past year. She has kept me updated on listings in my desired location and price range. I could always reach her by either phone or e-mail and always got a timely response. She made sure that my real estate transactions were taken care of even when she was unavailable due to surgery. Her manner is friendly and professional.
Dec 12, 2019

Thomas Huffman recommends Sandy Collier

Tech Consultant

When you get into the mix of the transaction Sandy shines. She is your partner through the negotiations and sticky points along the way. I’ve done many deals and never before have I felt that my agent had my back the way Sandy does. She genuinely wants what is best for her client. She is not just an order taker looking for a check. I highly recommend Sandy for your next transaction.
Nov 9, 2019

Jenny Stewart recommends Kris Johnston

Kris isn't just a realtor - she's the angel that holds your hand and guides you through the entire process. My husband and I had an unexpectedly tricky sale that involved many other sales to happen concurrently. The average realtor would have given up in horror - but not Kris. She stuck with it to victory and now many people are happily moving into their new homes, none of which would have happened without this incredible lady's help. I only wish we could give her six stars!
Sep 20, 2019

Paul Wolff recommends Kris Johnston

If you want to sell your house in 13 minutes, call Kris. It's just that simple.
(thats what she did with us)
Jul 14, 2019

Joshua Isaac recommends Brenda Cloud

Senior Software Engineer

Brenda helped us find a house that checked all the boxes for us, and walked us through each step of the process. She’s very knowledgeable about the local market and the whole real estate game as a whole. Brenda was relentless about responding to communications and pushing the process forward. We would absolutely work with Brenda again. She was extremely responsive and a pleasure to work with!
Jul 1, 2019

Jane Defnet recommends Chelsey Williams

Manager--Defnet Propertied LLC

Chelsey is professional, hardworking and detailed oriented. Her pleasant and calm personality make her a joy to work with and help her negotiate sensitive and complex issues between buyers and sellers.
I highly recommend Chelsey Williams.
Jun 24, 2019

Brad Defnet recommends Chelsey Williams


Chlesey is a great knowledgeable agent. She knows the ins and outs of the market and she worked hard to get the best price for my listing. As a seller there are many questions and concerns and her communication through the process was second to none. Do not hesitate to hire Chelsey, she will fight for you tooth and nail!
May 17, 2019

Tammy Engel recommends Sandy Collier

Mortgage Advisor

Sandy went out of her way to work in close coordination with me, the Buyer's lender - Which is super unusual in my experience, especially when we are several counties apart. We made a great team, and managed to work around a client who was out of country for a good part of our escrow period. Choose Sandy if you want someone on your team who will go out of her way to negotiate well, and stay on track with your transaction - all while being Nice! Thanks, Sandy, for a great experience. Tammy Engel, Mortgage Advisor, Tehachapi CA
Apr 28, 2019

Pam Rasmussen recommends Sandy Collier

Sandy Collier is professional, detail-oriented, and attentive and responsive to her client's needs. Sandy's calm demeanor, sense of humor and integrity make her a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend Sandy and would use her again in the future. She's without exception the best agent we've ever worked with.
Apr 1, 2019

Clorinda Rossi-Shewan recommends Brenda Cloud

Home Buyer

My husband and I are in the still in the process of buying a house, and we are so lucky to have Brenda as our agent. She is absolutely wonderful!! She understood exactly what we are looking for right away, and she is not only extremely professional and knowledgeable, but she is also a very genuine, warm and kind person. We are so grateful to have found her!
Mar 4, 2019

James D. Thomas anf OrLynn D. Shelden recommends Kris Johnston


We were so fortunate to have Kris Johnston and Rodney Smeester as our agents. We owned a home on leased land and were involved in a three-way negotiation. Everything had to coordinate for simultaneous closings. It was no easy task. Kris and Rodney helped us through the process with our constant requests for updates and worries and the “deal would fall through”. Well, it didn’t. We are very appreciative of Kris and Rodney’s 24-hour assistance and assurances that the “home of our dreams” would be ours. They explained everything in terms we understood and gave us ample time to prepare for showings. We could not be happier with their efforts and we highly recommend them to anyone selling and/or buying a home.
Feb 28, 2019

Karen Veeh recommends Brenda Cloud

Brenda is a dream to work with and she never disappoints! Her tremendous knowledge of the local area and market, and fabulous skills at using all of the resources available to her have made our property search easier than we ever imagined. She takes great pride in her work and conducts herself with the utmost integrity, which makes her a wonderful real estate advisor. Whether you are buying or selling, you can’t go wrong with Brenda Cloud!
Feb 26, 2019

Hilary Halme recommends Brenda Cloud

Home Buyer

Brenda has been helping me look for properties in the valley for my parents who hope to relocate in the future. She is the absolute perfect combination of knowledge, honesty, persistence, patience, compassion and professionalism. Her work ethic is unmatched and she puts best interest of her clients above all else. Brenda is a badass businesswoman with a gentle spirit making her the IDEAL choice when looking for a Real Estate Advisor.
Feb 25, 2019

Kris Johnston recommends Brenda Cloud

Regional Manager, Private Office Advisor

Brenda is a dream agent to have in the office. She is extremely creative, works diligently at her craft, is loved by her clients, and is excited to be at work doing what she loves. She shares her passion in Real Estate with everyone who crosses her path, and you will love her First Rate service she provides.
Feb 25, 2019

Ted Dorsey recommends Brenda Cloud

Home buyer

Brenda's been great! We're still in the process of buying, but at least we've found our agent. We worked with a couple of others and... there's no comparison, really. Not for what we need, which is confident, professional insight and pure hustle. I'm a fan of Brenda's and so long as you don't steal her from us you can work with her too!
Feb 25, 2019

Sandy Collier recommends Brenda Cloud

Brenda is a great agent and wonderful person! She's easy to get long with, very competent, and a pleasure to work with. She's detail oriented, and thorough, two very important characteristics when you choose an agent to work with. I highly recommend her for you real estate needs!
Jan 22, 2019

ridinghood4u recommends Kristina Novak

We had a truly wonderful experience purchasing our home through Kristina’s representation. In the fall of 2017, we moved to California from out of state and found ourselves with horrible sticker shock. Everything seemed out of our price range and it was challenging finding a property that suited our family in Santa Ynez Valley. Kristina was wonderful about counseling us regarding the local real estate market and the areas which were up and coming. Kristina was great about only showing us properties within our budget. A couple of our transactions fell through during escrow for various reasons and we were becoming despondent that we would never find a suitable home. Kristina, however, remained cheerful and encouraging. She never complained about having to show us more homes, but did so with such positivity that we felt that she cared as much about finding the perfect home as we did. We always felt that she was on our side and representing and protecting our interests. She never tried to make a sale over ensuring that all of our needs were met. Her patience with us was incredible. We shopped for homes over the course of about two and a half months and FINALLY found the home of our dreams. Kristina is so knowledgeable about all aspects of real estate sales and she has the highest sense of ethics and integrity. If we ever need to engage in another real estate transaction, we definitely will seek her out again!
Jan 22, 2019

Kira Plymire recommends Kristina Novak

Kristina is one of the most knowledgable and talented realtors in California. Her connections, trustworthiness, and strong communication skills are unmatched. She has recently helped me with my search for a very specific type of property and the process has been nothing but efficient and pleasant. I cannot possibly recommend her enough!
Jan 22, 2019

Dr. George and Sandi Patterson recommend Kristina Novak

I recently told Kristina Novak that I wanted the contact information for her "boss." I then said, "This is a good thing!"

My father and brother were both brokers and real estate agents back in the Midwest. I grew up with open houses, hearing offers and counter offers, rarely seeing my dad on weekends, yet enjoyed seeing a home with the family name on a sign in the front of his office.

This experience gave me a taste of the life of a realtor, the impact on their family and more importantly, a sense of the best qualities to look for in an agent when we were looking for a new home.

You should know that Kristina has been simply amazing. Her attention to detail, prompt return of my emails and/or phone calls and the follow through on every single question or concern I had, has been simply fabulous. The house we just purchased in Solvang began with an offer on the day after Thanksgiving, 2012 and closed on January 18, 2013. The speed with which the offer progressed and was accepted, the advice we got from her while nudging it along and the support during the process was not only professional, it was "right on" the money with expertise.

I have some recent health issues which is one reason for the move out of LA to the cleaner air of Solvang. However, tackling the mess, dirt and debris left by the previous owners (outside the house in the side yard) was something I was dreading. Much to our surprise, Kristina got her crew in to clean up the inside and outside so that the house looked great when we arrived as new homeowners for the first time.

She also discovered that one of the near-by properties for sale had been vandalized, so she has been leaving her truck and stopping by frequently to insure that our home was intact and safe for us. I know that these touches are not common and we have been impressed by her thoughtfulness and attention to detail. When I needed to switch the utilities, she got all of the contact telephone numbers together for us to simplify the entire process and switchover.

Simply put, the genuine and professional interest of Kristina, her availability and her knowledge of the properties in the area have left us big fans, not only of her as a realtor, but also as a person. We have already referred a good prospect to her and they have already been up to look at property with her and were pleased.

You have a winner in Kristina, and we wanted you to know what an excellent job she has done for us and more importantly, is obviously doing for your firm!

With gratitude
Jan 22, 2019

Kyle MacKenzie Kemp CRS,G.R.I.,SFR recommends Kristina Novak

Prudential California Realty, District Manager

Kristina, I can tell you that I do not get many letters like this. This speaks volumes to the service you are providing our clients. I am so impressed and proud you are part of my team. Keep up the great work! Sincerely,

Jan 22, 2019

Sandi Patterson recommends Kristina Novak

I have now used Kristina Novak on the purchase/sale of three houses and I can't say enough good things about her! She has always been very professional, is extremely knowledgeable and willing to go above and beyond any realtor I have ever used in the past. She will work tirelessly to find just the right property you are looking for or representing you in the sale of your current home or property. You will NOT regret choosing this wonderful lady!
Jan 22, 2019

Luana and Dan Romanelli recommend Kristina Novak

Hi Kristina, Well...it has been just over a year since we have been living in our new home...and about 2 years since we bought our dream home, did some updating and renovation and moved in!!! Time flies!!!

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for everything you did to help us on this grand adventure!!! I am so grateful I met you and I remember the day I called you out of the blue for retired horse boarding...and you actually answered the phone immediately!!! A quality I admire greatly and one you have been consistent with throughout our relationship. We can't thank you enough for guiding us through the process of finding the right neighborhood, looking at homes, envisioning our future, and ultimately selecting the perfect property. You helped us negotiate a great purchase and the process of buying our home, with all the many details, was made simple. You provided contacts for everything we needed to renovate...and have continued to be incredibly helpful to this day. We could not have asked for a more professional and problem free experience!!!

We love our home!!! We love living in Santa Ynez!!! Thank you again for everything!!! All Our Best,

Jan 22, 2019

Dana Harrison recommends Kristina Novak

August 15, 2017

Looking for a Top Agent:

I recently bought a home in the Santa Ynez Valley. Kristina Novak was my agent. Kristina is professional, meticulous, smart, experienced and intuitive. Her mortgage banking background is a tremendous asset, as is her intimate knowledge of the community.

Kristina is a clear communicator who keeps her client's interest in focus at all times.

I would highly recommend Kristina Novak to anyone who is looking for an agent that is knowledgeable and thorough, but perhaps most importantly, an agent you can trust to get the job done, simply and cost effectively.

Thank you so much Kristina!!

Jan 22, 2019

Arthur Yuter recommends Kristina Novak

My wife Roni and I have known and worked with Kristina Novak in her capacity as real estate broker from about September 2014 to date. During this period, and with Ms. Novak acting as our agent, we purchased two houses, sold one house — each of which required some degree of major renovation prior to and/or after the purchase/sale — and rented several others, all in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Each of these transactions proceeded smoothly; there were neither delays nor bumps from our side of the table. Ms. Novak tactfully and adroitly handled every issue — valid or not — raised by the opposite party. She quickly and fully communicated to us every issue asserted by any person involved in the transaction, and carefully showed us the most efficacious means of resolving the question in our favor; the inspectors she recommended prior to the purchases were excellent.

Further, since each purchase/sold property required some renovation, we found Ms. Novak's contractor suggestions — all made to her at our request — to be fully satisfactory. This facet of her expertise and willingness to help (even after closing of the sale) was especially important in these particular Santa Ynez Valley transactions since we live several hours away, and do not have a knowledge bank for local costs, procedures, and merchants.

In sum, we can state — without qualification but with full confidence — that Ms. Novak has singularly been the most attentive, reliable, successful and prompt broker in our history of buying/selling properties dating back to 1983.

Arthur Yuter
Nov 20, 2018

Abe Faraj recommends Sandy Collier

Quicken Loans Mortgage Banker

As a Mortgage Professional, its always a great experience for everyone when you have a high level agent like Sandy working on the transaction. It was great from start to finish working with Sandy, and she is a very knowledgeable in what she does! Able to help our client close in less then 18 days! Thanks again for the opportunity to have worked with you!

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