Honesty, Integrity, Dedication and Attention to Details… These powerful attributes have proven invaluable to Marilyn Wankum in keeping her real estate transactions on target since 1978. Her clients frequently comment that they never feel rushed or pushed into making a decision. Marilyn understands the importance of educating her clients regarding current market conditions and all that is involved in a transaction so they can make intelligent decisions concerning the purchase or sale of their properties.

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Marilyn knows the market and will help you find the right property and the right value. Using the latest technology, Marilyn will keep you informed and be there for you every step of the way. If you are selling a property, she will put together a marketing plan that will get your property noticed in the market place. If you are buying a property, her tremendous resources can assist with the process.

Whether your move is in town, across the nation or around the world, Marilyn will be able to assist you. Backed by the tremendous resources of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties with offices nationwide, her services include marketing, sales, consulting and relocation.

Marilyn has been in the real estate industry since 1978 and more than 22 of those years were devoted exclusively to the management of the Corporate Relocation Division of Sunset Company-Prudential California Realty. As a Relocation Specialist, she was a charter member of the national Relocation Directors Council that was formed to gain insight into the complexities of the rapidly growing Relocation Industry and to encourage high levels of ethical and professional competency. She was also very involved nationally with the Employee Relocation Council and other relocation related networks where she was frequently asked to assist with educational training. She also provided ongoing relocation training and relocation industry updates for agents within Sunset Company-Prudential California Realty.

Marilyn has many years of experience working with major corporations and relocation management companies. She was responsible for the corporate inventory from Camarillo through Santa Maria and she managed a team of agents to assist her with the day to day marketing of the properties. She was responsible for and the single point of contact for all negotiations and contracts with the Corporations and Relocation Management Companies. Her expertise included marketing local corporate real estate inventory, group moves as well as consulting with and assisting corporate transferees find new homes to purchase in the Santa Barbara area. This background and experience has given her a tremendous foundation for working with Buyers and Sellers.


As a member of the Santa Barbara legal community for almost 40 years, I have had the opportunity to work with professionals in many areas. I can truly say the two of you are absolutely among the best of the best. Your remarkable commitment to me and my sisters in the sale of our mother's residence, the breadth and depth of your knowledge of the Santa Barbara market and the most appropriate strategy for sale, as well as the great reputation and prestige you enjoy in the Santa Barbara real estate community, combine to make your services both professional and effective.

Although my sisters and I have each bought and sold real estate individually, we never collaborated on a transaction until the recent sale of our mother's residence. Your ability to listen to each of us, integrate our goals and address our concerns, and then turn the the entire sale process into a great experience, was something to behold. You remained remarkably responsive to each of us and made the process not onlly successful beyond our expectations but also enjoyable at every level. Please feel free to share these thoughts with others; in fact, I would welcome the opportunity to give my thoughts to any and all who may be considering the Hardey-Wankum Team.

— Weldon U. Howell, Jr.

Thank you! You found us our dream home.

After months of searching for a Realtor and a home it was such a refreshing change to meet and experience such a dedicated team of Realtors. The time the two of you spent on our purchase from the late night showings to arranging and being present at each inspection, to the early morning escrow signing was above and beyond what anyone could imagine. Your dedication to us coupled with your wisdom and attention to detail is unsurpassed. The two of you are a joy to work with and there is no doubt you are the only team to work with when it comes to real estate.

We look forward to working with you on other projects in the future. Once again-thank you!

— Stephani & Celso Azevedo


— Peter Mackins

I am impressed with your energy and the professional level of service that you provided.

— James J. Keenan

Excellent!, Diligent, A pleasure to work with.

— Mr. and Mrs. Eric Gabrielsen

On a scale of 1-10, your service was an 11. You went over and above the call of duty many many times. Thanks for your hard work!

— Thomas Kenny and Susan McMillan

On a scale of 1-10, you all were a 15! A great help during the sale and continue to be helpful. Thank you!

— Kay McMillan

Your service was outstanding-much more than we believed was possible. There were several unforeseen problems and we were away at untimely times and you both were there to handle it all. Everything got done and on time. We would recommend you to anyone!! A truly professional service. Thank you

— Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hall

Great Service. You're the best. Thanks!

— Don

Who would have thought that one impulsive call about a loft would have resulted in such a great relationship and experience for us! We cant thank you enough for all your efforts in showing us available properties and negotiating our final deal. You were always responsive, available and persistent. If any of our friends go looking in Santa Barbara, we will surely send them to you.

Out of all of our real estate experiences , you have been by far the most pleasurable to work with. You are efficient, energetic, motivated and pleasant. All our requests for information were thorough and expeditious. You never gave up and your persistence paid off. Although we didnt have must contact with Gordon, any that we did have were of a similarly positive nature. Thanks again! You were both terrific!

— Larry and Lauren Kurzweil

Gordon and Marilyn were great to work with and diligent on finding the right place for my needs. They were always available to show me new listings, answer all of my questions and overall just nice people to work with. Both of them went above and beyond my expectations and I felt very comfortable in the entire process knowing I had Gordon and Marilyn representing me.

— Rebecca Larsen

You and Gordon couldnt have been more wonderful. We can't tell you how much we appreciate all the extra efforts you made on our behalf.

— John and Shirley

Just excellent. Both of you handled our sale professionally, knowledgeably and with great respect. We don't believe you could improve a thing. Thanks you!

— William and Eleanor Freudenstein

The service was more than excellent! Our association with you both was more like friends rather than business! There was never a time when we had questions that you were not available. (Day or night) Keep up the good work!!

— Sophie Geith

This card comes with all of our deepest gratitude to you both for finding us such a beautiful home. It was such a pleasure working with you-we greatly appreciate all your hard work, good advice and time and patience. You both made the whole process very enjoyable and simple.

— Jillian and Patrick

You were both such great help in realizing our goal of owning this home. We appreciate it! God Bless you.

— Cams and Maricris

The service was beyond any expectation. Excellent—in every way...Contact, Follow up, Returning calls, Paper work.

— Gail OReilly

From our first meeting in May, 2002, when we came to Santa Barbara and met you both, we knew that our experience of finding a home was going to be good, and it was more than that. We felt comfortable and confident that you would guide us in finding a home.

Your knowledge, expertise, good humor and patience are unending, and we are greatly appreciative for the endless hours you spend on this venture. We love the house, you knew what we were looking for and it is perfect! Again, many thanks for everything and above all, the most important aspect of this experience, is your friendship. For this we are truly grateful!

— Sheldon and Judy Goldman

We think your service was above and beyond anything we have experienced in our years of buying houses! Improve services? We can't imagine!

— Bruce and Carol

It was great!!! Everything was fine.

— Mr. and Mrs. James Iler

You were always a pleasure to work with! From the time we first met you and Gordon we were impressed with your knowledge of the Santa Barbara area and the real estate market. We are sure your expertise in completing the requisite forms and documents saved us many hours of work and possibly mistakes. We know that we were a challenge because of our high expectations. But with your help we got what we wanted. Best of luck to you! Thanks again

— Mike and Patti

My family and I were delighted with the quick sale and the ease of the whole process. We were well informed of all of the details and very well satisfied.

— Roger and Debby Aceves

Professional, competent and skilled. Excellent job. Don't change anything.

— Dr. and Mrs. Roger Dunham

It could not have been handled better. Everything was smooth from the first meeting to get an overview of available properties to the close of escrow. Marilyn and Gordon are very professional as well as really nice people.

— David Ullman and Linda Taylor

You were very helpful in so many ways during the long process. Your professionalism was very helpful.

— Dr. Robert Nagy

Both of you were professional, always available, ready to assist in any way and well organized. Thank you.

— Dr. Yvonne Ferguson

I love you! You are fabulous. The time and care you put into marketing my mom's house was above and beyond all EXPECTATIONS. Thank you for the care, comfort and commitment during this difficult time.

— Patty Hately