Meet The Jennifer Berger Group

Jennifer Berger

Real Estate Investment Advisor
Team Leader
REALTOR® | DRE#: 01309181
jennifer.berger@compass.com
M: 805.451.5484

Jennifer Berger is a native Southern Californian and a third-generation REALTOR®. Following the footsteps of her Grandfather, and Mother, Jennifer began real estate in 1998, while attending UC Santa Barbara. She graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and soon after attained her real estate license. Jennifer began her 24-year real estate career in a boutique real estate firm in Santa Barbara and after 5 years joined an established real estate firm to accommodate her expanding clientele and connect with clients on a local and international level. In 2016, Jennifer began the search to find a company that saw the next vision of real estate, one that empowered both agents and their clients with innovative technology and excellent customer service. It was with confidence and extreme enthusiasm that Jennifer joined the prestigious and elite agents at Compass at the end of 2016.

Since Jennifer has built her business solely by referrals, her real estate territory is expansive. From the Pacific Ocean of Santa Barbara, to the cozy and cultural valley of Ojai, all the way through Goleta, Summerland, and Carpinteria. Jennifer has sold homes all along the California coastline. Client requests have also led her to represent the purchase of homes in Buellton, Venice, Mill Valley, Westlake Village, and Studio City. Notable sales include the 915 Del Norte, Ojai (the former home of both Reese Witherspoon and designer Kathryn M. Ireland), 2280 Santiago (a rare 3-acre mountain top estate on the Santa Barbara Riviera), and an entirely new construction complex in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara during the recession.

In Jennifer's continued commitment to excellent real estate service, at the beginning of 2021, she moved forward with the creation of The Jennifer Berger Group. A real estate group designed to excel in assisting Sellers and Buyers of Santa Barbara County and surrounding areas with all their Residential Real Estate needs. Our group's promise is to steadfastly represent our Clients' interests and do everything we can to provide a smooth transaction. Our unwavering focus and sophisticated marketing will help our Sellers receive maximum value for their home in a reasonable time frame, and our invaluable market expertise will help our potential Buyers find their dream property.

As a Mom of two young boys, Jennifer spends time volunteering at their school and helping with school functions and events. In addition to her full-time commitment to her family and real estate, Jennifer loves to tap into her athletic side and enjoys CrossFit at a novice competitive level. Her newfound strength created a resurgence for her love of yoga, running, surfing, mountain climbing, and trail running. The central coast of California is paradise and Jennifer is filled with gratitude that she is able to call this her home.

Let’s connect and collaborate on your real estate needs for Southern California.

Michelle Heckman

Real Estate Agent
Team Member
REALTOR® | DRE#: 01428394
michelle.heckman@compass.com
M: 805.440.5057

After 17-years of marketing luxury real estate in Montecito and Santa Barbara for two of Montecito’s top producing agents in the nation, Michelle is excited to join the ranks as a full-time real estate agent. Being chosen to work with The Jennifer Berger Group and represent Compass is truly an honor for Michelle. Jennifer has enjoyed a successful 24-year real estate career, and she and Michelle have been collaborating in the same offices at Sotheby’s International Realty and Compass for over 14-years. Michelle has already had the distinct pleasure of hanging her license at Compass for the last three years while in service to one of the top agents in the nation. Compass is one of the leading real estate companies in this area known for its innovative technology and ultramodern branding - a perfect fit for The Jennifer Berger Group!

In her new position as Team Member, Michelle will draw from her previous experience as a Licensed Associate (since 2004), a Marketing Director (17-yrs), and an award-winning Graphic Artist and Copywriter (28-yrs). She has a BA in Communications and an AA in Journalism. She creates highly effective visual communications and comprehensive marketing strategies. She had the opportunity to market two of the most expensive listings in America at the time, Rancho San Carlos, and the Sycamore Valley Ranch, formerly known as Neverland.

Michelle will use her veteran expertise to help The Jennifer Berger Group's clients succeed through excellent service, unfettered communication, and an attentive ear. She is dedicated to her core values of professionalism, integrity, creativity, tenacity, and diligence.

As the wife of a Santa Barbara County Firefighter (who hails from England), and the Mom of an active tween daughter (with dual citizenship), as well as a super-mutt rescue named Winston, home life is rich! Michelle and her family love to travel, and they enjoy experiencing all of their favorite adventures the Central Coast has to offer – Master’s Swimming at Los Banos, hiking, e-biking, camping, stand-up paddleboarding, beach volleyball, basketball, sunset beach walks, al-fresco dining experiences, and live music. It's no wonder that Santa Barbara is ranked #7 Best Places to Live for Quality of Life, according to U.S. News and World Report!

Nothing Beats Experience

With over 24 years of experience in the field of real estate, Jennifer has worked on hundreds of real estate transactions along the California coastline. Her experience is well diversified and varies across all priced points and types of real estate. She has sold multiple large estates in Montecito, sold an entire 5 unit new construction project in downtown Santa Barbara, and has sold single family homes from Montecito to Goleta with additional cities including Venice, Westlake & Ojai. In December 2013, Jennifer represented the buyers in the purchase of the historic Libbey Ranch Property in Ojai which was formerly owned by actress Reese Witherspoon, decorated and remodeled by designer Kathryn M. Ireland, and featured in multiple fashion and architecture magazines.

The Client Comes First

Jennifer has built her entire clientele portfolio solely by referral. She prides herself on providing the best customer service to her clients and goes above and beyond their expectations to provide the smoothest real estate transactions possible. Buying or selling a home is an emotional process and Jennifer serves as constant and reliable guide and consultant through the entire process to make sure the transaction is conducted ethically and securely. Jennifer is sensitive to the needs of her clients who require privacy and discretion during their transactions and knows that this more than just a transaction, but instead values it as a lifetime relationship.

Personal Life

Jennifer was married to John Berger in September of 2009. In October of 2010 they welcomed their first born son and in July 2013 their second son was born. Jennifer’s full time career is real estate and family. When she is not hosting an open house or showing property, Jennifer volunteers at their son’s Pre-School and helps where ever she is needed. Time permitting - she sneaks in a “Crossfit Work Out” or a long run along stretches of where they conduct the Santa Barbara marathon. Additionally, Jennifer speaks fluent Spanish and has traveled extensively though out Colombia, South America. extensively though out Colombia, 

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