Moving across country can be daunting.  Like you, I read the profiles and reviews of hundreds of brokers in Santa Barbara/Montecito.  I wanted unpretentious, discreet who would be involved personally from start to finish.  After one phone call with Thomas, I knew he was the one.  He is intelligent, humble, trustworthy, patient with a vast understanding of every neighborhood in Santa Barbara County. Clearly, this life-long resident of the area has a deep love for his home town and all that it has to offer.  It also helps that he has a wonderful sense of humor.  Within 5 days of showings, he helped to find not one but three potential options.  Very lucky to have met him  ---very.

E.G & P.P

Wanted to say thank you for all you did for me as a real estate agent. You stuck by from the start when I am sure at times you wondered whether Id ever like something. I cannot imagine having anyone be better to work with and not only are you a great agent, but more so I am happy to have you as a good friend and look forward to hanging out some time soon! Cheers Tommy!

Andrew Buck

Thomas Schultheis was referred to me from a realtor who specialized in another area.  This was the first clue that I hit the jackpot and my assumption proved to be true.  Thomas took time to understand what I was looking for and at the time the Santa Barbara market was heating up and it had become a sellers market.  Multiple offers on listing, so this meant that I needed to see properties quickly and make a decision on if I wanted to move forward.  Thomas and I were meeting on a regular basis looking at properties as I tried to find my home.  Then it happened, I found the condo that was everything I was looking for and it was exactly what 5 other buyers were looking for too.  Now this is when Thomas's ability to negotiate and navigate the complex sales cycle became so important.  My offer was accepted and I am happily living in my dream home.

Karen Hammerberg

"thank you so much for all your great work, help, time and patience!  We are living the dream! Yeah!"

Jason Hoag & Ebby Iniguiz

“Thomas, thank you for your prompt and knowledgeable action in renting my house.  I feel fortunate in having you at the helm.”

Shirley Borde

“There is no doubt in my mind, that we made the right choice in selecting you to represent us in the marketing of our house. Your professionalism, expertise, and hard work resulted in both a timely and successful sale in a most difficult market.  Your excellent communication skills kept us fully informed during the transaction and guided us through a virtually problem free escrow process.  All the more remarkable when you consider that I do not even live in Santa Barbara and Eric was out of the country for a good portion of the time.  Rest assured that should the opportunity arise, you will receive my highest recommendation.  I would never consider using another realty team.  In addition, feel free to share this letter with any potential clients or to have them contact me directly via email or my cell phone at 805-368-6649. Best wishes to you both for a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2011.”

Mike Morgan & Eric Salter

Best real estate agent in the world! Thanks buddy. It's all slowly sinking in...

Mike Lemon

As a former realtor myself, I can honestly say that Thomas' level of service and effort is above the rest. He was very instrumental in our home purchase which was a challenging short sale transaction. He provides a meticulous approach and always puts his clients needs before all else. We would strongly recommend Thomas as your trusted realtor.

Clint & Corinne Unander
Leonard Unander Associates, Inc.

Tommy helped us buy our house.  We had very specific needs, and he was very patient with us during our 6 month search.  We found him to be dependable, and very diligent about deadlines and timelines.  He always returns calls and emails immediately, and is generally a stand up guy.

Dave & Stephanie Potter
Municipal Winemakers

Tom helped us search for our place for over a year, until we found the right match.  He was patient, knowledgeable, and did everything he could to make the process transparent.  Once we found the right place, he thoughtfully coached us through all the do's and dont's.  He routinely put his own incentives second to make sure we were taken care of.  At the end of the day, we felt extremely happy with our new home, and that we had someone in our corner along the way.  We can't recommend him highly enough.

Warren & Rachel Schultheis
Vox Media

We greatly appreciate Tommy walking us through the purchase of our home. It is a big step, and can be a complicated and stressful process. He was patient, kept us informed throughout the search and escrow process, and helped us settle in our home. As a local, born and raised here, he has a unique understanding of the Santa Barbara area. We highly recommend Tommy to anyone looking to buy or sell in Santa Barbara.

"You've earned my respect, Thomas.  Thank you for your very helpful and very professional guidance through the entire purchase process.  It is good to know you, and I will certainly recommend you to anyone who is thinking of buying or selling a property."

Phil Norvell
Med Labs Inc.

Thanks so much for helping us find a home in Santa Barbara. Working with you was very easy and professional. When I first met with both you and [agent name withheld] I immediately liked your style better. [Agent name withheld] came off as intimidating and very busy whereas you had a much more relaxed manner that portrayed you as being sincerely interested in helping us and had the time to give to us in this process.   The tour you took me on was also very very helpful, that gave me a much better since of the area and the neighborhoods than I had before. I'm sure any out of town buyer who is unfamiliar with the area would also love such an informed tour. Seeing other houses in various neighborhoods that had just sold and were on the market really brought what was available into perspective. Having the iPad was GREAT. I really recommend that you keep using it to help show people maps, houses, ect.... it was a really valuable tool.


Tim Stillinger

We really appreciated Thomas’ help and professionalism over the past year! We looked at and made offers on several properties and finally we struck gold! Thanks again for your patience and understanding!

Scott & Kris Barrella
Nestle USA

I would highly recommend Thomas to help you with any of your real estate needs.  We were “strongly encouraged” by our lending agency to put our property on the market due to the economic crisis.  I let Thomas know of our situation and ultimately he brought us a company who wished to lease the property with option to buy which solved all of our problems.  We hadn’t even considered that as an option.  I found him to be very knowledgeable, creative, and responsive.  He was extremely patient and explained everything in clear, rational, and practical terms.  I have since used him in other ways such as appraisals and advice on rental and sales matters.  He will keep your best interests in mind.

Michael & Kerry Harrington 
The Stoneyard Santa Barbara

As first time home buyers, it was extremely important to work with an agent that we could count on and trust. Thomas was always ready and eager to answer any questions and do anything he could to move things along. It was extremely helpful to have him available when we needed him. Thank you for your great attitude, patience, and hard work!

Moe & Vicki Jimenez
O'Reilly Auto Parts

we can not overstate how thankful we are that we had you and Thomas representing us, guiding us, and going well beyond getting things accomplished in what was a daunting task.  This transaction was, for all of us, far more complicated, anxiety producing, and far time consuming than we all expected, and we are very thankful.  You are a fantastic representative to all that is good in your profession/industry, and we are more than happy to be a reference and will recommend you highly.

The Gould Family

We strongly recommend Thomas Schultheis for your next property purchase! He is personable, reliable and the interest of the client always comes first. This was our first home purchase and he was there for us every step of the way. No question too mundane, no concern too silly, Mr. Schultheis was supportive, informative and patient.  We are so happy in our new home and could not have asked for more in a realtor!

Morgan William & Brian McDonald
The Santa Barbara Zoo

The transaction process of buying 208 Mesa Ln was a delight. I really appreciated your availability and follow up on every question we had and helping us navigate the buying process. You had great insight on what attributes and personalities the various neighborhoods offered. It is clear you know your way around the Santa Barbara area and it really helped us to concentrate on the appropriate neighborhood.  Your computer savvy was appreciated and was instrumental in getting all the documents approved. The PDF signing process really helped us as "long distance" buyers. I truly felt we were a team and as a result a purchase we are happy with was quickly closed. Thanks!

David & Denise Stillinger