About Steve Epstein

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Meet Steve

CA DRE# 00994429

Your Santa Barbara REALTOR®

Steve Epstein, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES
Director, REO Services


California Department of Real Estate 1988-Present, Real Estate License/Continuing Education.
California Department of Real Estate License number: 994429
Graduate, REALTORS® Institute of California (GRI) 1989, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) 1996
Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) 1998, Bachelor’s Degree, Theatrical Design 1985 U.C.S.B
Santa Barbara City College 1979-1982, High School Diploma 1979, Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara


  • Consistently top 1% of about 2,000 Santa Barbara agents
  • #3 in Sales Volume in Santa Barbara
  • #1 Agent in Santa Barbara MLS, units sold 2012 & 2020
  • #1 Keller Williams Agent, #1 in Sales Volume, Listings Closed, Sales Agent of the Year, Top Luxury Sale
  • Consistent winner or finalist for "Best of Santa Barbara"
  • Society of Excellence (top level of 119,000 Coldwell Banker agents)
  • California 100 (One of the top 100 agents in the State, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002-05, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019). Ranked #464 of the top 1,000 NRT agents (NRT has 46,000 sales associates from
  • Coldwell Banker®, ERA® and Sotheby’s International Realty®).
  • Keller Williams Realty 2012 to present
  • Coldwell Banker (Merrill Lynch, Prudential) 1989 to 2012 Santa Barbara
  • Jon Douglas Company REALTORS® - 1988 to 1989 Santa Barbara, CA
  • Technical Production Support Owned & operated a theatrical production company - from 1984 to 1988


Santa Barbara Resident since 1963, Consistently ranking in the top 1% of all Santa Barbara REALTORS® (units sold). Member National Association of REALTORS®, Member, California Association of REALTORS®, Member Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS®.


Past President, current board member of The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Founding Member of The California Concern, Foundation for Santa Barbara City College, past board member, Board member & past president of Transition House, Past Member; Santa Barbara Bowl Facilities Committee, Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce Leadership Council, past member, Board of Directors, Semana Nautica. Fundraising for non-profits including American Cancer Society, Surgical Eye Expeditions, Goleta Valley Youth Sports Facility, Visiting Nurses, Klein Bottle, Boys Club of America, Cottage Hospital Neo-Natal Intensive Care, CASA, Dream Foundation, Teddy Bear Foundation, Make a Wish, Hospice, Santa Barbara City College, The Maritime Museum, Transition House and The Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce.

SANTA BARBARA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Emcee: yearly fund-raiser. Past: Professional Standards Committee, Member Services Committee, Computer Committee, Grievance committeeSteve moved from the Midwest to Santa Barbara with his family in 1963, his father having accepted a position with The University of California at Santa Barbara. Having spent most of his life in Santa Barbara, Steve's hobbies are active ones that lend themselves to the Southern California lifestyle such as; sailing, windsurfing, flying, Frisbee dog competitions, beach volleyball, and squash. Steve is active with The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (board member, past President), The Foundation for Santa Barbara City College (former board member), Transition House (board member, past President), and The Santa Barbara Bowl (facility committee). Steve has been active with the American Cancer Society, Surgical Eye Expeditions, and has been the Vice-Chairman of the Programs Committee and has served on the Professional Standards Committee at The Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS®, and has been a Director on the Semana Nautica board. Steve is also a current Business Leader at the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce. Steve started working at a young age and discovered early on that he was able to excel at service-oriented jobs. Years of successful retail selling showed.

Steve that genuine interest in the special needs of his clients gave him a dedicated return clientele; you will find this same personal dedication in his work today. Soon after entering the real estate field, Steve was recognized by his company as the "Rookie of the Year". Wanting to progress within the industry, Steve also completed his courses and graduated from the REALTORS® Institute of California. Completion of “GRI” is a nationally recognized achievement and an indication of Steve's dedication to his career in the real estate industry. Only 6.7% of California Real Estate Agents have made the effort and achieved this professional designation.
Steve has earned his Certified Residential Specialist designation. The CRS designation is the highest residential designation achievable. Less than 4% of all Real Estate Agents nationwide hold a CRS designation. Steve is also a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. The SRES designation is issued by the Senior Advantage Real Estate Council. Steve consistently qualified for the International President’s Elite, which is the top 1% of 90,000 Coldwell Banker agents internationally. Steve was recently recognized as being the #3 agent out of approximately 1,400 agents (units sold) in the Santa Barbara MLS. Steve has, once again, been named among the California 100, Steve is one of the top 100 agents out of thousands of agents in California. Steve has completed the training and gained the experience to become a Certified Architectural Specialist and an Estates Properties Specialist.
It is said in real estate that getting the first few transactions isn't the problem. You know if you've done your job well when people come back to you or recommend you to others. Steve believes that he has been successful because of his superior service and commitment to being available to work for his clients. He is known within the industry for his professionalism and reliability. It is his experience, integrity, reputation, and marketing skills that make Steve Epstein so successful in the Santa Barbara real estate market and these are the same things that will allow Steve to assist you in any of your real estate needs.


  • Epstein Partners, 7 full time licensed agents, 1 Marketing Manager
  • Over 90 Years of combined real estate experience
  • +/- 2,000 closed transactions & +/- 1.5 Billion in Volume


  • Highly effective master negotiator with 32 years of local experience
  • Team Leader, Epstein Partners
  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
  • Luxury Properties Specialist
  • Santa Barbara Resident since 1963
  • Voted “Best Real Estate Agent” Santa Barbara Independent 2013 “Runner Up” for 2014 & The Santa Barbara News Press Runner up 2014
What We Do to Differentiate Ourselves From Our Competition:

  • We provide a team of agents & staff for the price of one agent
  • We offer unsurpassed coverage and 24-hour/day availability
  • We advertise every listing, every day, until it is SOLD
  • We spend over $260,000 per year on marketing and advertising
  • We are in the top 1% of local agents for marketing efforts & budget
  • We personally market your home to L.A.’s affluent markets
  • We have a Marketing Manager on staff
  • We advertise your home on over 350 websites
  • We print hard stock full color brochures for all of our listings
  • We have professional photography done for all of our listings
  • We have virtual options for every step of the way such as virtual staging, virtual tours, virtual open houses and more
  • We create a customized website for all listings
  • We provide professional feedback and comprehensive marketing reports
  • We will not tell you what you want to hear to get your business
  • We employ a relentless pursuit of client centric excellence
  • We are at the #1 company in the U.S., # of agents and units sold

Awards & Designations

  • Director, REO Services

Steve Epstein

Senior Partner
1511 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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