Top 1% Luxury Real Estate Agents Nationwide

Emily is ranked in the top 1% of real estate agents nationwide, and is honored to be consistently recognized as one of the “Top 10”  agents at Village Properties. Village Properties is a luxury boutique firm, an exclusive affiliate of  Luxury Portfolio International, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Mayfair International Real Estate, and Forbes Global Properties, and has been #1 company in the area for annual sales volume for many years running. Emily was recognized as the “Finalist” for Best Real Estate Agent in the 2015 Santa Barbara Independent Reader’s Poll. Emily has twenty  years of real estate experience, including finance, development, consulting, residential and commercial sales, and vacant land.

Portfolio of Exclusive Listings

Some of Emily’s projects include the sale of 200 Lambert Road, a 52-acre property with polo fields and facilities, Alma Del Pueblo, a new development in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, with 37 residences and 29,000 square feet of commercial space. Alma Del Pueblo is 100% sold. Recently, Emily sold El Fureidis, the historic Bertram Goodhue estate in the heart of Montecito, also popularly known as the location of the film ‘Scarface’. Emily helps her clients with listing their properties for sale, and assisting clients in purchasing their primary residences, second homes, or investment properties. Emily works on a variety of high-end luxury estates, distressed sales, and beach properties, making her a truly versatile agent.


East & West Coast Experience

In 2008, Emily spent some time across Santa Barbara and New York City, working on a large project (a brand new 58-story building with 223 residences) with a partner right next to Ground Zero. As Emily put it,

“It was an amazing experience to be living in New York City, right in SoHo in the heart of things, and to expand my real estate portfolio of experience to be involved with the largest new development in Downtown New York. Even still, Santa Barbara is where my heart is. You see those mountains, and you know you’re home.”


Emily Kellenberger
EK&A Founder | Cal DRE #01397913
805.252.2773 | emily@villagesite.com
Village Properties

Networking & Negotiation Success

Emily’s success has been built through her strong relationships with her clients, local real estate agents as collaborators, local vendors, and her community network. Successful relationships don’t just happen. They are the product of hard work, positive thinking, commitment, persistence and integrity. Emily brings these attributes to work with her each day, and the number of successful relationships she’s established and maintained exemplifies this. Her youthful spirit, high energy, and charming personality make her one of the easiest and most sought after agents to work with. In addition to being an agent, Emily has consulting experience in her background, she has mentored other new agents, and she is also a member of the Santa Barbara, California and National Associations of Realtors. This means she holds herself to the highest ethical and moral standards in the industry.

Financial Expertise & Business Background 

Beginning her real estate career in her junior year of college, while earning a degree in Business Economics & Accounting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Emily gained firsthand experience in real estate through Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, then working under Coldwell Banker before joining Village Properties in 2004. Emily has emerged as an extremely well rounded agent with a knowledge of finance and a work ethic exceeded only by her passion to serve her clients.

Emily’s dedication to people extends well beyond the borders of Village Properties as she has dedicated her free time serving as the Chair of the Member Services Committee for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and also on the Housing Opportunity Committee for Santa Barbara. The Housing Opportunity Committee keeps Emily intimately involved with many of the housing land use issues facing the area. At work and at play (usually painting, traveling, or at the beach), Emily’s ability to problem solve serves her clients and the community well.

Creative Vision

The combination of her creative vision with her devotion to others makes Emily McBride Kellenberger the ideal agent to work with. Emily will offer you her complete and undivided attention on a moment’s notice. One read of her testimonials and you’ll know you are working with someone special who loves what she does. If you are looking for a terrific agent who will treat you like family, Emily is the agent of choice. Emily has spent almost all of her life right here in beautiful Southern California and she’ll do everything she can to ensure you can too.

In Emily’s free time (which isn’t a whole lot of time!), she enjoys hiking, surfing, traveling, and painting. You can view some of her oil paintings here: emkellenbergerdesigns.com

"Emily acts as a true fiduciary, working solely in the best interest of her clients, and sets the highest standard of care within her practice. By leveraging her extraordinary negotiating skills and wealth of local knowledge to consistently deliver results, Emily has become regarded as one of the best in the business and is known as an honest and trustworthy professional. Her team has built a successful referral based business that taps into an expansive network of professionals to ensure a quality customer experience. Emily has nearly 20 years of experience working with high dollar estate properties, condominium properties, ranch estates, starter homes, and investment properties. Owning a home is considered an essential part of achieving the American dream and Emily is able to help people do this all while being ethical and endearing through the entire transaction."


Licensed Realtor & Attorney

Katie Mohun is a licensed Realtor and Attorney who loves living in Santa Barbara and calling this beautiful community her home. Prior to joining EK&A, Katie was involved with over $70,000,000 in residential sales in Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta, and the Santa Ynez Valley, and this wide range of experience has given Katie a depth of knowledge only found with years in the business. Since joining EK&A, Katie has only continued her high level of success.

Graduate of the University of Oregon

Katie is a proud graduate of the University of Oregon where she double majored in Journalism and Spanish. After college, she began her career by working at Guild Mortgage in her hometown of Truckee, California. During her time with the company, she learned a wealth of information about residential financing and the mortgage industry as a whole, while working on the front-end of transactions to get clients pre-approved for loans. After years of living in the mountains, she decided to move to the beach and pursue her true passion of becoming a licensed Real Estate Agent with Village Properties in Santa Barbara.


Legal Education & Background

While working as an agent, Katie earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Barbara College of Law, passed the California Bar Exam on her first attempt, and is currently a licensed Attorney and member of the California State Bar. Her legal education has expanded her depth of knowledge about the legal and contractual complexities of buying and selling Real Estate and has made her a highly sought after agent and advisor. 

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Katie Mohun
Cal DRE # 02047418
805.705.5144 | katie@villagesite.com
Village Properties


Stress-Free Process
“I was introduced to Katie Mohun through a friend, and I am so grateful to have chosen her as my agent. Katie is an excellent agent who helped me find my first home during a high-demand time. Katie was very responsive, organized and knowledgeable. She carefully guided me through the entire process and was understanding of all my questions. As a first-time buyer, I was nervous and anxious about the process. However, Katie walked me through every step with reassurance and guidance, which was invaluable to me.  I am glad I had Katie on my side during such a huge life decision. I would highly recommend Katie to others looking for a new home!”
- Elida Martinez

Passionate about Long-Term Relationships

Katie is passionate about building long-term relationships with her clients and making the buying and selling process as seamless as possible. She recognizes the gravity of making an investment in real property and how it is one of the biggest decisions a person can make in their lifetime. Her goal is to ensure that her clients are well informed and happy with their experience and the end result.  

Highest Standards

She is well known for her warmth and professionalism, love of people and learning, and exceptional communication skills. She holds herself to the highest standards, possesses a strong moral and ethical compass, and is extremely dedicated to whatever she puts her mind to, which has been a huge factor in making her so successful. 

On a Personal Note...

When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, staying active by playing volleyball at the beach, taking hot yoga classes, running, and going on ski trips, along with listening to live music and trying out new restaurants!

Five Star Reviews (Prior to joining EK&A)

“Katie Mohun was so great to work with. She treated me like a REAL PERSON and not just a number. She was by my side throughout the whole journey and celebrated with me as I purchased my first home!” - Deidre Silva 


Quick Action + Professionalism

“Katie was a dream to work with. I live out of state and had to move fast. Katie was my eyes, ears and legs on the ground. She toured the property twice on my behalf and then again over face time so I could see it before I flew down. When I flew in to see the property she had the offer written up and ready to submit as soon as I gave her the green light. Her quick action and professionalism are the only reasons I was able to buy my dream vacation home. She gave me confidence throughout the process despite the challenges of buying out of state. I highly recommend letting Katie help you too!” - Traci Bumpus 




Property Management Background

Having held her real estate license since 2011, Deirdre Martin is an integral part of the Emily Kellenberger & Associates team. With numerous years of experience in both real estate sales in Los Angeles and property management as a certified property manager in both Portland and the Bay Area, Deirdre takes pride in satisfying the real estate goals of the clients she works with. Deirdre’s high-end leasing experience and time spent as a real estate assistant were the foundation of her industry knowledge before joining EK&A. Deirdre’s background and study of Business Finance has helped her to maximize the real estate investments of her clients. 


Santa Barbara Pace of Life

Deirdre loves being a part of the EK&A Team and Village Properties in Montecito. “The things I love most about the Santa Barbara area are the pace of life, the culture, and the beauty of the coast.” 

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Dedicated + Tenacious

Deirdre’s dedication to relationships and tenacious work ethic make her an asset to Emily Kellenberger & Associates. Deirdre arranges and attends showings for multiple properties, books luxurious vacation rentals, coordinates the escrow process for purchases and sales, and handles a portfolio of over 75 tenants in the Santa Barbara area. Her marketing skills, communication style, contract knowledge, strong attention to detail, and sincere relationship with Emily have made Deirdre a key member of the EK&A team. 


Get to Know Dierdre

Deirdre spends her time going on long runs, sailing in the Santa Barbara Channel, or enjoying a good book. 

Deirdre Martin
Cal DRE# 01902946
805.452.7597 | dmartin@villagesite.com



UCSB + Westmont Graduate 

Jamie earned her BA in Environmental Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and continued her education with obtaining a teaching credential from Westmont College. She has taught kindergarten through second grade at multiple local elementary schools in Santa Barbara and has become involved in multiple educational programs for children. She is an amazingly energetic, organized and motivated team player, and a proud mother of her two children, Isla and Merrik. Jamie has always had an immense love for architecture, design and the unique properties of Santa Barbara.

Jamie Doheny
Cal DRE #02053516
805.451.9135 | jamie@villagesite.com
Village Properties

Four Generations of Local Expertise

With four generations of family living in the region and a lifetime of local experience, Jamie has an acute understanding of the area, neighborhoods, schools and history. Her experience buying, selling and renovating properties throughout the county only adds to her in-depth knowledge. Ever since she purchased her first home here in Santa Barbara she realized how much she wanted to be involved in the process of helping others reach their dream. Her personal connections, attention to detail and positive attitude make her a viable asset to Emily’s Team.


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