Member Spotlight - Dusty Baker

Giveback Homes Member, Dusty Baker specializes in Santa Barbara's & Montecito's most distinguished properties. Recently named a top "40 under 40" receipient by the Pacific Coast Business and "Agent of the Year" at Keller Williams Realty Santa Barbara/Montecito. Let's get to know Dusty a little better:


What's the proudest moment in your career so far? 

Joining GiveBackHomes of course! ;) Or… winning “agent of the year” for Keller Williams Realty Santa Barbara & Montecito because there are somewhere around 150 agents and I’m the youngest.
What made you want to get into real estate? 
I grew up with a terrible perception of real estate, but through an internship when I was 19 I was able to see how an incredible high-volume real estate practice could be built. Being entrepreneurial I jumped at the opportunity. I have way too much fun every day, it doesn’t feel like a job at all. I feel like I’m cheating the system.
What would you say the biggest challenge is with owning your first home?
The unexpected costly maintenance. Hopefully first time buyers get a home warranty, because various issues WILL occur and it isn’t fun to pay hundreds of dollars for a water heater or irrigation repair. There is nothing sexy about those purchases!
How do you hope to impact communities through joining Giveback Homes?
A safe place to call home is really the pillar of civilization. There are direct correlations between home ownership and safety and education in developing countries. One house at a time we can better entire communities. The effect of GiveBackHomes in 25-50 years will be mind-blowing. I’m glad I have an avenue to help!
Describe your perfect home: style, amenities, location, must have's, etc 
This is most common question I get as a realtor and I hate it because I love so many styles. If I had to choose just one it would be a Mediterranean villa on 5 acres with big city/ocean views in Montecito, CA. Must haves: 6 car garage, guest house, pool, and enormous office with built-in bar. The best news? That exact type of home is available in Montecito. Give me a few years and I’ll have it – and then I’ll have a big party for GiveBackHomes. Sound good?
What song do you currently have on repeat?
“Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.   This dude has style!
Want to see what a day in the life of Dusty Baker is like? Follow him as he takesover our instagram @givebackhomes with the hashtags #postsbydusty