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Giving Back: Montecito Realtor Cristal Clarke in the News

November 21, 2021

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Realtor Cristal Clarke with giant check in theamount of $100,000 which she is donating to local charities

Montecito Realtor Cristal Clarke has made the news again. It’s not surprising that over the years Cristal has been featured in many articles on the topic of real estate -- locally, regionally, and nationally. After all, she is ranked No. 1 overall in the Santa Barbara MLS (Multiple Listing Service) by sales volume, No. 2 overall in the Santa Barbara MLS by units, and No. 1 BHHS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) agent in California by sales volume. To say she has her finger on the pulse of the real estate market is an understatement.  

Earning Media Attention One Accolade at a Time

The Santa Barbara News-Press, Southern California's longest-running news publication, put the award-winning Realtor in the lead of their story Real Estate Companies Give Back. And for good reason. Cristal’s donation of $100,000 to the Santa Barbara chapter of Berkshire Hathaway Charities will help the community in numerous ways. 

“As a result of the restrictions imposed on businesses due to COVID-19, what became apparent at a very early stage was the need to support local businesses, which are the mainstay and fabric of our community, more than ever,” Cristal told the News-Press in an email. “It was important that once we emerged from the restrictions, our local businesses were still in place to serve our community.”

Reporter Katie Zehnder shared more quotes from Cristal in the article: “I made the decision very early on to pay forward to all the people I do business with — restaurants, dentists, chiropractors, photographers, hairdressers, etc. — so they had some sort of income to support themselves during those uncertain times.”

“Thankfully, with the support of this great community, I believe we are stronger now than before, and it is gratifying to be able to continue the support through this donation to the Santa Barbara chapter of The Charitable Foundation.” 

Front page of the Santa Barbara News Press with a picture of realtor Cristal Clarke for a story on the local real estate market

The Santa Barbara News-Press also put Cristal on the front page in the 2020 story pictured above regarding the state of our local real estate market. In the article, Cristal shared about the lure of living on the American Rivera.

“I think people want to be here,” Cristal told reporter Christian Whittle for the article. “They see the beauty that Montecito and Santa Barbara has to offer and they’re not thinking about ‘I’d love to live there in the future’. They’re really putting it into place now, be it primary homes or secondary homes.”

Cristal’s expert opinions regarding the state of the California real estate industry were also used in an RLS Media article titled Fewer States Under Lockdown: The Breakdown and Industry Response. For readers not in the real estate profession, RLS Media calls itself “the residential real estate industry’s definitive source for news and information for real estate’s most profitable and productive professionals.”  

Accolades From Cristal’s Clients

Cristal’s discerning clients also have a lot to say about her stellar career. They cite her in-depth knowledge of the local, regional, and national real estate market combined with her priceless domestic and international contacts. Perhaps most important to home buyers and sellers are her negotiating skills and outstanding individualized marketing plans.

One repeat client puts it this way: “Cristal Clarke has … handled both large and small purchases and sales with equal dedication. As a negotiator, you can’t find anyone better.” Many of Cristal’s clients are celebrities or other high-net-worth individuals who value their privacy. According to one such couple, “If you’re looking for personal, discrete and private representation of the highest quality, we suggest you look no further than Cristal.”

Cristal Clarke has several new listings on her comprehensive website and more coming aboard all the time. So, I suggest you give her a call at (805) 886-9378 or drop her an email at Cristal@Montecito-Estate.

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Client Reviews

“Cristal Clarke has conducted numerous real estate transactions for me beginning 13 years ago with the purchase of a Lemon Ranch. She has handled both large and small purchases and sales with equal dedication. As a negotiator, you can’t find anyone better. Her transactions are always conducted in the most appropriate and professional manner. Cristal has considerable knowledge of the Santa Barbara market.”

- S.N. Decker Ph.D.

“Living in Europe, we were to say the least, unaccustomed to the nuances of Real Estate acquisition in California and Cristal steered us through the process with absolute professionalism and personal attention to detail at every turn. Her in-depth knowledge of the market place combined with enthusiasm and drive was the only reason we secured the property of our dreams and will be forever grateful. If you are looking for personal discrete and private representation of the highest quality we suggest you look no further than Cristal Clarke.”

- Johan and Paula van den Berg

“Cristal is very straightforward, cheerful, helpful, professional and trustworthy….we felt very lucky to work with her.”

- John and Lacey Williams

“After considering our many choices, we are grateful it was Cristal Clarke of Sotheby’s International who represented the sale of our Montecito cottage. We are familiar with Cristal’s reputation of hard work and dedication to clients, but it was her attention to detail that made our experience so positive. She offered suggestions for staging the property, worked in harmony with potential buyers and was even able to secure back up offers. The sale of our cottage was completed much sooner than we expected, due in great part to Cristal’s professional skills and support. We highly recommend Cristal as a first choice for anyone needing representation with real estate.”

- Michael & Nancy Lee

“Our experience in working with Cristal Clarke resulted in the successful and discrete acquisition of a property which was not yet on the open market. Her knowledge of the Montecito/Santa Barbara area and vast expertise blended with her passion for real estate and architecture, provided us with the very highest level of professionalism and personalized services. Cristal exhibited a rare combination of excellent communications, attention to detail, creativity and patience.”

- Richard and Catherine Frinier

“Cristal really breaks the mold. She knows every nook and cranny of this real estate market, understands value, and follows up on everything, all the time. She was incredibly patient with our two year quest to find the perfect house. Every house hunting trip from across the country was well planned, and our time was never wasted. On top of her professionalism and expertise, she is delightful to spend time with. We are thrilled with the home we purchased, and grateful to Cristal for so wisely advising us through this process, right through to the close and beyond.”

- Laurie Siegel

“We met Cristal first in the course of renting a winter home (for three years), then buying a house using her as our agent. She was amazingly good at listening to our wants and showing us homes that fit our needs. Her mastery of the paperwork was perfect. Most importantly, there was never a situation where we doubted her straightforwardness or integrity. If we do another real estate transaction in Montecito (which I doubt, we’re happy with what we purchased), without question we’d use Cristal again.”

- Ken Saffir

“Susan and I just want to thank you for your efforts in the sale of our home. You are really quite amazing. Your competence, persistence, optimism and humor made the entire process effortless. Every problem that arose, you somehow fixed; any obstacle, you overcame. We have bought and sold many homes. It has never been such a painless and enjoyable process!”

- Michael & Susan Marquart

“A little something about “our” realtor, Cristal Clarke. My wife and I came to Santa Barbara about fifteen years ago looking for a seasonal home from which to enjoy the weather and amenities of the central coast. Being in the real estate business myself I was familiar with agents and brokers so entered the market with open eyes. We “flipped” a few houses in the early years, dealing with various agents and finally ended up in Montecito. That’s when good fortune put us together with Cristal. To say we were impressed is to put it mildly. Cristal really knows the market. She is familiar with the area, its history and trends. When we have questions about a particular property she either has the answers immediately or gets back to us by phone or email. There is no waiting or wondering with Cristal. She is an agent who is “on top of it.” Her recommendations as to price points, contractors, inspectors and title agents have proven to be exceptional, showing great insight and the highest professional standards. We consider ourselves exceedingly fortunate to say that Cristal Clarke is our realtor and would recommend her services to any serious buyer or seller.”

- Rob & Judi Kelch