Sheela has been in the Real Estate business since first earning her Real Estate license while still in college. Sheela first worked in the Los Angeles area before moving to Montecito with her husband, Mark, to join his many generations of family in the area. Since moving to the area in 2002 and committing full time to her Real Estate sales career, Sheela has helped dozens of clients with their transactions, representing both buyers and sellers and closing over $175,000,000 in sales.
In addition, and giving Sheela a broader knowledge base of all areas of Real Estate sales, Sheela has previous experience working as a Property Appraiser, Mortgage Consultant and as a Personal Banker for high wealth clients and their businesses.
During that early time in her career, Sheela received numerous recognition awards for achieving pride in customer excellence and consistently exceeding her sales goals.
When she's not working, you can find her enjoying time with her family and friends, spending time at the beach and involving herself in fundraising for various nonprofit organizations such as Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Dream Foundation, Village Properties Teacher's Fund, and Town & Gown for USC.
Born in Hong Kong to parents from Bombay, India, Sheela's family was familiar with life in many countries. "We moved and traveled a lot! During this time I had the opportunity to see the world before I was 12. Those experiences likely sparked my interest in people and where they lived", says Sheela in an interview by CASA magazine.
When Sheela married Mark, she married into a family embedded in the Santa Barbara real estate market. Bill and Elsie Hunt, Mark's grandparents, were a real estate team in Santa Barbara from the mid 1960s to the late 1980s.
“Sheela Hunt is absolutely a terrific professional. She helped me every step of the way with my recent purchase in Montecito -- from showing the home several times, negotiation of the purchase price, home inspections, closing, and through moving in. Sheela was dedicated to the project, taking calls/emails around the clock, and communicated all developments to me promptly. Sheela is also genuinely engaging and fun on a personal level. I highly recommend her. "
- Bob Siegel
“I have used Sheela Hunt as my real estate broker for six transactions in the Santa Barbara area over the past several years. I am extremely pleased with her knowledge of the market, her professionalism and attention to detail in the transaction phase. Sheela was always a pleasure to work with and I would use her again for any future Real estate transactions in the area."
- Edward Bonn
"Sheela Hunt assisted us with two real estate purchases over the last two years. She is incredibly efficient, kind, thoughtful and professional. Thank you Sheela!"
- Andrew and Kellen Meyer
"Shelley, Meg and I can't thank you enough for all you did to help us find just the right house for our family in Santa Barbara.
Your professionalism went above and beyond simply knowing the market and being capable and responsive. It also included putting us in touch with a network of other first--rate professionals and service providers from the community, which made the buying process stress-free and efficient. Please feel free to have any prospective client contact me for a recommendation. I will provide a glowing one without hesitation or reservation."
- Douglas A. Campbell
"We have used Sheela Hunt for multiple real estate transactions, and she is consistently fabulous! Sheela is attentive, responsive, and thorough, and has a total knowledge of the market. We have found her advice invaluable and will definitely ask for her help again in the future."
- Dr. Steve & Beth Green
"You are a testament to your thoughtfulness, caring and willingness to offer all your talents in helping one obtain the property one wishes for. Your clarity and step-by-step detailed information is concise and leave no doubts whatsoever. I, for one, never felt so comfortable and at ease in stating my needs to you. You are truly to be commended for being such an outstanding professional in your field and I am truly appreciative and honored to have been part of the process."