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Aaron Kirman of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate, a luxury residential sales brokerage, announced the addition of Josh Ramirez to the brokerage. In his new position, Ramirez will serve as the driving force behind AKG’s expansion into the prestigious neighborhoods of Santa Barbara and Montecito, California. A Santa Barbara native, Ramirez is poised to elevate the brand’s presence, leveraging his in-depth understanding of the area and cutting-edge strategies to forge new paths in these exclusive communities.


“I’m thrilled to welcome Josh Ramirez to the AKG family,” said Aaron Kirman, Founder and CEO of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. “With his intimate knowledge of the Santa Barbara and Montecito markets, we know he’s the perfect fit to help us expand our reach in these coveted communities.”


Ramirez transitioned to the real estate industry following a career in marketing and technology. He joins AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate following his departure from COMPASS.


“When AKG | Christie’s International created a unique role to be the first agent to spearhead their presence in Santa Barbara/Montecito, I was beyond thrilled!” said Ramirez. “I refer to Montecito as the ‘Monaco of America’, due to its Mediterranean climate, coastal living and privacy that attracts royals, celebrities, financiers (even the King of Spain spent time here) and people seeking a European lifestyle.”


After spending several years in Sydney, Australia, working in the technology industry, Ramirez returned to the states and continued to make waves in the technology and marketing sectors for nearly a decade. As a director at a publicly traded technology company, he collaborated with high-profile brands, including Sugarfina, Avon, and Road Runner Sports. In 2016, Ramirez’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found Princeton North. This creative marketing agency has since partnered with various local and international businesses, such as Belmond, Deckers, and Hoka.