When Paul and I decided to look at properties in the SYV, we had spent very little time here - just a few weekend and holiday vacations. I went on line to look for an agent, saw Jenae's smiling face, and called her. From the first meeting, we knew she was the right person for us. She has a cheerful, unpretentious personality and a quick sense of humor. She asked us questions but was never intrusive, listened carefully, and astutely observed our reactions to homes. We were very particular about views, neighborhood, proximity to other homes, and a lot of nit-picky things buyers obsess about. Jenae was extremely patient and not at all judgmental. She never made us think we were being unrealistic, and instead honed in on all the details. Since we were flying down from the Bay Area to look at homes, sometimes on a moment's notice, there was a bit of pressure on her to make decisions about what to see, and she always accurately represented the homes she wanted to show us, telling us what we would like and possibly not like about them. After six months, Jenae found us the perfect property (before anyone else saw it!), and was masterful in making sure we got it. She has excellent knowledge of the local market, and always gave us current information about area comps. Her strict focus and thoroughness with paperwork and follow-up enabled a smooth process, and her judgment in terms of negotiating with the sellers was sound and effective. Due to our move-out date, our purchase culminated in a nail-biting, down-to-the-wire escrow closing, and she never lost her cool.
Everything else, from waiting for deliveries, talking us down from high anxiety, and emergency pet sitting, is all part of the Jenae Johnson package, and we never saw her without a smile and on her face. We could not recommend her more highly.
P & J Schaeffer
Due to a job relocation, we had to sell our beautiful home in Solvang. Jenae Johnson was referred to us by a close friend, who was also a realtor. Jenae was everything our friend promised. Honest, resourceful and hardworking, with an excellent grasp of the market in the Santa Ynez Valley. She helped us to set a realistic price and had the patience to wait for the right buyer. Because we had to move quickly, Jenae was very helpful and responsive with us. She kept contact and managed any repairs and inspections for us so that we did not have to make trips back. She knows the Santa Ynez market and is an excellent agent to work with. We highly recommend her to help you buy or sell your house.
Teri and Rick Beach
As first time homebuyers, we weren’t sure what to expect. We’ve heard horror stories of how stressful buying a home can be. We are still amazed at how smoothly this transition went, and I definitely attribute that to you. Thank you for everything. You are amazing and we couldn’t have done it without you!!
Mike and Kara Pizano
We couldn't have asked for a more top-notch real estate agent than Jenae Johnson. She was tremendously experienced and knowledgeable about every aspect of purchasing a new home. We are new to Santa Ynez, and her extensive knowledge about the area was very helpful. Her warmth and sweet personality made house hunting fun, and her rigorous professionalism helped allay our anxiety during negotiations with the seller. She was always available to answer any question no matter how small, and her input was smart and savvy. Beyond the real estate transaction, we always felt that Jenae cared about us on a human level, and still do. She understands that finding the right home is a life decision, not only a financial one. I can honestly say that it was a genuine pleasure to work with Jenae. Not only did we find our dream home, we also found a dear friend.
We were really fortunate to have Jenae Johnson as our agent on our recent property transactions at Hollister Ranch. Our escrow entailed a 1031 exchange and the 5 month escrow was really a challenge. There were a lot of obstacles and issues to work out between the buyers and the seller, and there was a tremendous amount of coordination necessary between attorneys, escrow agents, brokers, 1031 exchange officers and other real estate professionals. Jenae did an impressive job. Because of Jenae's meticulous attention to detail, her professional attitude and ability to stay calm in a somewhat stressful escrow, we were able to successfully complete our 1031 exchange and purchase a really fabulous property at Hollister Ranch. In addition, Jenae showed us that she has extensive knowledge and experience in handling Hollister Ranch transactions and we highly recommend her to anyone considering a purchase at the Ranch.
Joel and Lisa Feitler
Jenae Johnson was referred to us an out of town broker who is a friend of ours. He made the referral without knowing Jenae, based upon her excellent reputation in the Santa Barbara County real estate community.
Although we knew we wanted to live in the Santa Ynez Valley, we knew very little about the real estate market in the area. Through Jenae’s guidance and expertise, that quickly changed. By means of a carefully constructed and executed itinerary of showings, Jenae immediately introduced us to the Valley and the various types of properties available in our targeted price range. Those showings together with the constant informational updating by e-mail quickly gave us a keen sense of the market and the values of properties. Jenae was careful to point out the negatives about properties as well as the obvious positives because she wasn’t just interested in having us buy a house, she wanted us to buy the right house.
Even though we were working long distance because we live in New York, Jenae was able to find a house which we loved in short order. She then guided us through the negotiation process with excellent advice on how to structure the offer. Our offer was accepted and we soon owned our dream home.
The professional expertise and assets that Jenae possess are enhanced by her friendly, intelligent and receptive personal demeanor.
If you are considering beginning the search for property in the Santa Barbara County and want top notch guidance and advice, look no further than Jenae.
Steven M. Del Vecchio
Jenae Johnson represented us in the purchase of a home in the Santa Ynez Valley. Because we are from out of the area, we didn't know who to select as a real estate agent. One of her previous clients referred us to her and now we are very pleased to pass along that high recommendation to others. At every stage of our search and transaction, Jenae was knowledgeable, professional and a pleasure to work with. She knows the marketplace and has the respect of other area agents. Our purchase negotiations and escrow matters had a few bumps along the way, but Jenae handled them with calm efficiency and grace. We're glad we had her on our side! We couldn't be happier with our new place and with Jenae's work to help us find and buy it.
Roger and Frances Ridlehoover
Last year we made the decision to move from over-crowded Orange County to SYV. In this precarious housing market we needed help. We met with Jenae for just a look at what was available here in the Valley. During that meeting she was able to understand what we wanted, and most important listened to what we felt comfortable paying. In the next few months she showed us various properties. She always had time for us. She always either answered my phone calls, or called me back within a few minutes. We never had an unanswered email. We found the perfect house at the price we could afford. She helped us make an offer (which was accepted). Her patience and knowledge of the escrow process helped us get through that difficult time.
Her understanding of the market and her ability to listen to us made our retirement dreams of living in the Valley come to fruition.
Dave and Diane Crosse
We were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Jenae on the purchase of our new home at parcel #117 Hollister Ranch. Jenae represented both us and the seller and did a wonderful job communicating to all parties and was able to close our entire escrow within two weeks!! Wow!! Jenae's real estate knowledge along with her attention to detail, follow thru, patience, positive attitude and calming demeanor was a pleasure from the start to finish. We would highly recommend Jenae for all the reason mentioned and have enjoyed her as a new friend.
Jeff and Karen Farmer
I am very pleased with Jenae’s help in purchasing a home in the Santa Ynez Valley. She is diligent, detailed, works hard, and best of all, is honest. A consummate professional. Jenae is also a great resource, having introduced me to a number of contractors and coordinated a number of due diligence items. I am fortunate to have worked with her, as I believe that she always was looking out for my best interests.
Mark E. Abramson
To whom it may concern:
I recently bought a home in Santa Barbara and had the good fortune to choose Jenae Johnson as my realtor.
Jenae‘s professionalism, integrity, honesty and tenacity are beyond reproach. The Seller and in many respects, the Seller’s realtor, were difficult, disrespectful and dishonest at best. Jenae made a near intolerable situation tolerable.
Rarely, if ever, have I heard anyone say “I love my realtor”. Well, I love my realtor. Jenae was absolutely wonderful! Repeatedly, she went above and beyond the call of duty. She has truly and without hesitation protected my interests.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Jenae to anyone about to engage in a real estate transaction. She would be an asset to both Buyer and Seller.
Jenae has an outstanding depth of knowledge of Santa Barbara County markets. She brings the highest level of expertise, professionalism and integrity to each step of the home buying process. There are many variables in today's market and with Jenae's knowledge, experience and guidance we found a wonderful home for our family that we will enjoy for many years to come. We give her our highest recommendation.
Al and Linda Fimlaid
Jenae Johnson was recommended to me by a friend, who is also a Realtor, to help assist in the sale of my home in the Santa Ynez Valley. She showed great knowledge of the market and was very professional at the same time. Jenae demonstrated hard work, persistence and the ability to find the right buyer for my house! She is well respected and her enthusiasm is second to none. I would recommend Jenae to anyone for the sale or purchase of a home in Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez Valley! Thank you Jenae for keeping me calm and easing my anxiety through the entire process! You were wonderful to work with!
This was to be our first real estate transaction, the purchase of a home in the Santa Ynez Valley region. We were considering moving from New York City. Jenae Johnson came recommended by a friend in the area. She made the process most pleasant and less daunting. After a few days of viewing homes, she brought us to the one we definitely wanted. Then she worked through all the unanticipated complications that arose until our successful closing. All along Jenae was professional and helpful beyond our expectations.
She has our enthusiastic recommendation.
Seth & Connie Steiner
To Whom it may concern:
On behalf of my husband and I, I would like to say that we were both very pleased with Jenae Johnsons representation of us in the purchase of parcel #38 at Hollister Ranch. She was very thorough from beginning to end, and kept the process in a very timely fashion. We both feel that Jenae put our needs and concerns ahead of making the sale. We would most definitely use Jenae again for future real estate ventures.
We really appreciate all of your help - not just in finding the perfect place for us, but for guiding us through the quagmire of paperwork and deadlines with professionalism and grace. You have our highest recommendation!