The cornerstone of our business is advice and consultation. Our objective is to provide you with the most accurate, up to date, informed and often “inside” knowledge about properties, values, neighborhood trends and nuances so you can make the best decision about whether to buy or sell, at what price, and when.

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Nancy Kogevinas

Luxury Collection Director

After graduating from UCLA with a degree in economics, Nancy worked in Los Angeles, New York and London as a marketing and advertising executive with Time Magazine and The New Yorker Magazine. Intrigued by the real estate business, Nancy changed careers in the early 1990′s and has been successfully representing Buyers and Sellers for over two decades. Averaging 20 to 25 transactions annually totaling $50 to $80 million in yearly revenue, Nancy has consistently ranked in the top echelon of her peers and most notably has been the #4 and #5 top producing realtor for all Santa Barbara residential realtors in 2016 and 2015. Every year Berkshire Hathaway has awarded her the highest awards for sales performance (Chairman’s Circle Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards). In 2007 Nancy was selected to be a Founding Director of Berkshire Hathaway’s Luxury Collection Division.

“There is no greater satisfaction than when friends, clients, acquaintances and strangers seek our advice and we are able to provide them with the information to make one of the most important and emotional decisions of their lifetime.”



Linos Kogevinas

Broker Associate


As the International Publisher of Time Magazine, Linos lived and traveled throughout the US, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa for much of his career. Upon retiring from publishing in 2005, Linos decided to put his experience and energy to use working with his wife, Nancy, to help manage her successful and growing business. With an international network of personal and business contacts, plus years of managing complex businesses around the world, Linos brings a wise and steady perspective to each transaction.


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Sarah Ballard

Marketing Director and Transaction Coordinator

A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Sarah holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication with an emphasis on Technology Management — a perfect degree for a career in real estate.  Her education and skill set are put to use everyday in her multi-faceted role of Marketing Director and Transaction Coordinator.  Sarah’s previous experience includes a stint at Yelp handling advertising and she has a long time love of marketing which is evident in her execution of Montecito Properties dynamic social media platform and advertising.  As a licensed agent, Sarah supports our clients through the entire listing and sales process from marketing, to escrow and transaction paperwork and closing.  Customer service is number one with Sarah and no detail is too small or overlooked on her watch.



Alex Kogevinas

Operations Director

After receiving a degree in finance from Bond University in Australia, Alex moved to San Diego and began his career in the mortgage business where he assisted in all aspects of residential mortgages.  Within a short time he realized that his true passion was in residential brokerage and investment, so in early 2018 he joined Montecito Properties as the team’s Operations Director.  Alex manages all the day to day details of preparing for showings, inspections, open houses and the myriad requests and details involved in getting properties ready for the market.  He is also the team’s dedicated Buyer’s Agent, responsible for researching and selecting properties for buyers and keeping them informed about the market.  One of his strengths is a keen sense of how to match people with the perfect property and having grown up in Santa Barbara, he knows the Central Coast as only an insider could. Alex brings that knowledge and enthusiasm to work for every client.


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The market for upper-tier properties is small, exclusive and global. 


We devote intense attention to researching market activity and trends in upscale areas across California to benefit our clients. As members of the distinguished Luxury Collection network of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices we are linked to offices in the nation’s leading upscale markets.  We use these impeccable connections to cross-promote distinctive properties and share information on affluent buyers. Well-established connections are essential in successfully marketing a luxury property. We maintain updated contact lists of active luxury agents in Southern California, across the country and around the world, and work with them to locate qualified buyers, wherever they may be.

“When people are making the decision of the magnitude of buying a house, it’s the biggest decision a great many families will ever make. They want to know who they’re working with and we think that Berkshire Hathaway name will be reassuring to many of those people.”


– Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., chairman & CEO.