Francie Berezo has been a Realtor since 2005, specializing in the greater Santa Barbara area. Working with both buyers and sellers-from modest condos to multi-million dollar properties-she treats all of her clients with the same level of professionalism and respect. With great attention to detail, Francie strives to provide assurance to all that a smooth transaction is in motion. She has navigated through complex negotiations while maintaining her enthusiasm and good nature, creating a positive experience. She has friendships and professional relationships lasting years that have resulted from her years in real estate.
Francie’s life’s work has been centered around helping people, which is evident in her communication skills, honesty, integrity and patience. Her professional background includes teaching in different levels of Special Education in Santa Barbara. She also taught English in Spain and has a working knowledge of Spanish. In addition, she was a youth counselor in Oregon and worked 15 years in healthcare. Currently, she works as a volunteer with Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI), rehabilitating sea lion and elephant seal pups for release in the wild. In addition, she has also volunteered helping harbor seals on the Oregon coast, chimpanzees in Bend, Oregon, and at Steve Irwin’s Zoo in Beerwah, Australia.
An Honors graduate of UCSB, Francie has lived in Santa Barbara for over 20 years. Born and raised in Ohio, she has also resided in Oregon and Spain. Francie has traveled all over the world, but finds that Santa Barbara is truly her home. She appreciates all it offers her in art, music, hiking, beautiful beaches and interesting people. In her leisure time, she travels when she can and has a passion for creating jewelry.
It is remarkable to work with someone who is both so professional and warm. Francie has proven to be a patient and steadfast agent, as we wandered around for over two years looking for property to purchase. We eventually found what we wanted out of state, but she still found a way to help us by finding a referral agent. We eventually put our Montecito house on the market, and Francie was so dedicated to us and our house. With her signature sunshine smile and on-the-ball attitude, we had a successful experience. She went above the call of duty so many times, we just love her!
— Fran and Wayne
We needed a listing agent and Francie was our first choice. She stepped into the situation with a positive, confident attitude and a willingness to move forward during the holiday season. We can’t say enough about her capabilities as a Real Estate agent, given the nightmares of buying and selling a home simultaneously; she reduced our anxieties by keeping us updated, informed and providing great advice. Even while vacationing outside the country, she continued immersed in selling our condominium within the stipulated timeframe. We strongly recommend Francie as the Real Estate Agent of choice.
— Jan M. / Tim W.
It was a real pleasure to work with Francie. She was the perfect combination of warm and caring with a keen skill for all the details that are needed to complete the sale. I needed someone who was dependable, knowledgeable and connected to help me sell my Aunt's home since I was not in Santa Barbara, she did a fantastic job!
We have worked with Francie buying 2 properties in Santa Barbara during the past 10 years. On both occasions, the process of buying required extrordinary circumstances and thus extrordinary demands on Francie. This complexity was due to having to make informed decisions regarding geotech reports, dealing with city planners, an investigation of historical data, and referring to her host of talented peers. My husband and I were, and remain, amazed by Francie. She is not only talented and informed, but is ethical as well.
— K Moss
We hired Francie to help our son purchase his first home in Santa Barbara. She showed us several properties, accommodating our schedule since we are from out of town. When we found the "right" property, Francie went well beyond our expectations, walking our son through every step in the process. Thanks to her experience and attention to detail, there were no surprises - she was always a step or two ahead. Her assistance continued past the close of escrow, even helping our son with utilities and contractor contacts. We highly recommend Francie
— Claudino Family
Francie was our agent when we purchased our Ojai home in 2009. This after helping us look at literally many dozens of houses in Ventura, schlepping around with our 2 kids and 2 Pomeranians! She was incredibly dedicated to the process and 100% trustworthy. She helped negotiate matters with the bank (bank owned property) and get some things worked out that the bank normally wouldn't accommodate. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
— Karen S.