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Searchlight Properties

SearchLight Properties

Since 2010, SearchLight Properties has been helping people navigate the real estate market along California’s Central Coast, from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara County. We are a full-service real estate firm, which means that we offer commercial and residential brokerage, investment opportunities, and property management.

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Searchlight Properties
Searchlight Properties


The One Who Started It All

Michelle is the founder of SearchLight Properties and its principal broker. She started investing in real estate while working in the corporate world, and eventually converted her passion into a profession. “I get excited about real estate and investing. I love what I do,” she says. “I enjoy the thrill of working a deal and investing in the future. I’m a total people person and I care deeply. My definition of success is making my clients as excited about real estate as I am.”

Recently, Michelle earned her Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation and completed Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program at Babson College. Although work keeps her busy, Michelle is active in many community organizations, and currently serves as a board member for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce. Her past roles include past president of Santa Maria Noontime Rotary, past president of the Santa Maria Women’s Network, past president of the Deerfield Homeowner’s Association, and vice president of the Women’s Council of Realtors.

Our Philosophy

can a real estate company change the world?

Searchlight Properties


By offering access. You don’t have to be a billionaire or a high-powered executive to invest in real estate and build a stronger financial future. We work with people from all walks of life.

By cultivating lifetime relationships. We’re not out for a quick buck. Our clients become our close friends through decades. They can always count on us to be a resource and an advocate.

By inspiring our clients – and our employees too – to imagine, pursue, and achieve new goals.

Discover the possibilities with us.

We work hard, we play hard, and we care deeply. Our approach isn’t transactional; it’s transformational. What can we do for you?

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what our clients saying about us

Searchlight Properties

"Outstanding!!! A+++!!! My husband and I were first time home buyers. The whole process can be very stressful and would have been if it were not for Michelle at Searchlight Properties. She is simply the best! She helped us every step of the way. She quickly found us homes to look at. My husband and..."

- Lydia N.

"My husband and I bought our first house with Searchlight Properties! No one said that buying a house would be easy, let alone a short sale! Michelle was very patient and knowledgeable with our needs and wants when it came to purchasing a house. She was also great with providing us updates and being firm..."

- Sarah R.

"There has never been a better, more caring, and considerate property manager! We manage our rental through Michelle and her team and couldn't be happier with how they have handled all situations. After we moved, in less than a month we had someone in the home renting. Fees were reasonable and payment prompt. When the..."

- William F.

"We bought our second home in 2013 and we were on a time crunch, but Michelle went above and beyond to find homes that were affordable and lovable. As this was our second home, we knew what was needed, but she still made it as painless as possible. I will highly recommend Michelle to family..."

- Jill C.

"Michelle and her staff are awesome! Everyone was so friendly and efficient. In this competitive market one has to be on the ball and Michelle definitely is! She showed us what we were looking for and handled the offer/counteroffers so quickly that we found the perfect home in a week!"..."

- Courtney I.

"We are renting our home under the management of SearchLight Properties and find them extremely professional and efficient. Our maintenance concerns have always been handled quickly. We have been in our beautiful home almost 3 years and have not had any issues or concerns regarding SearchLight."..."

- Joy G.

"Michelle has done and continues to do outstanding work for us! I recommend her without reservation. She knows how to screen rental applicants so that we are presented with only quality tenants to choose from. We have had zero issues with tenants and have been very happy with them."..."

- Daniel K.

"You're such a professional team! We love working with an organization that is so professional and knowledgeable. Thank you for understanding our needs and making our dream come true."..."

- Donna R.

"I have been so delighted working with Michelle and Stephanie in managing my rental property. From the very beginning, I could tell that Michelle would provide professional, personal, and first-rate service. Now that we are seven months into the rental, I'm even more appreciative of the dedication and concern that Michelle and her team bring..."

- Brian W.

"We worked with Michelle to sell our home in Old Orcutt! She was an incredible professional and really worked to make our experience as smooth as possible. Her team kept us informed throughout the process and was able to exceed every expectation we had! From start to finish, one of the best real estate transactions..."

- Jenifer N.

"My daughter and I were tenants at one of their properties they managed in 2015-2016. I was very happy with the wonderful, courteous, and friendly service they provided me during my occupancy! I am always referring to them as a top-notch Property Management & Real Estate Company on the central coast!"..."

- Lyss M.

"We decided to use a property management company reluctantly due to a past bad experience. To great surprise, SearchLight not only found us a home quickly but a home that fit everything we were looking for. We ran into some issues, the past renter did not clean properly but I was so pleased when the..."

- Valerie C.

"After having our commercial property listed for several years with another broker and not having any offers and few showings, we moved the listing to Michelle Shipman at Searchlight Properties. Within 90 days with Michelle, we received an offer and opened escrow! The negotiations and escrow were handled professionally by Michelle and her great staff..."

- Jane K.

"I found the best Real Estate Company that is available today. "SearchLight Properties." Orcutt California, Santa Barbara County, Michelle Shipman, Owner. Michelle and her wonderful super staff work specifically hands-on helping people and families. It is said that "Success isn't how far you've gotten, it's the distance you've traveled from where you've started." SearchLight Properties..."

- Donald C.