If you know anyone in the area who has bought in the community, you may want to start by asking who their agent was and what they thought of them. Definitely consider getting your own representation to work in your best interest.
Dawn E. Stanley
AFR Johnston Stanley Realty
Good Luck with your search. I have over 20 years experience, which does make a big difference. I live right here in Laguna Woods Village and as the Broker/Owner - I have low overhead and flexibility to negotiate more easily.
You do need to have your own broker representing you, as many of the other realtors have advised in this forum.
Laguna Woods is a special real estate practice because of the income and asset requirements and numerous other rules set by the homeowner's associations here.
To feel secure that your interests are the only consideration, and to help you understand the unique issues here, select a broker-realtor who lives here and has lots of experience working in Laguna Woods.
We have a number of Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese and Taiwanese-speaking agents because of our large and growing Asian-American communities, in case you're more comfortable doing business in a native tongue. My late partner Nicole was conversant in all these languages and I know many of our clients felt more relaxed in communicating with her.
In any case, I've lived in Laguna Woods for more than 10 years and for all that time served as a realtor for homebuyers from all over the world.
Please contact me if you'd like more advice, information and help with your search.
(949) 636 3770
3121 Via Serena North, Unit B
Laguna Woods, CA 92637
BRE Broker #01414118
Interview some agents to determine who is the right fit for you. My broker is very familiar with Laguna Woods and is also a resident there. If you'd like him to contact you let me know.
In the meantime, don't let your initial experience sour you. There are good agents out there who will represent you well. Pick one and go shopping.
Great that you are moving down here! This is a great place to live. Quite different from SF, but great nonetheless! Anyway, are you working with your own agent? That can really help if you have had bad experiences with a specific brokerage or listing agent. I generally recommend that people use their own buyers agent anyway, because a buyers agent will look out for your interests and negotiate on your behalf. If you work with the listing agent, you should know that the listing agents loyalty is always first and foremost to the seller. This can put the buyer in an awkward position.
Anyway, if you need a local buyers agent I would be happy to represent you. I am based out of Laguna Beach and very familiar with this area. Otherwise I can also give you some recommendations for agents based in Laguna Woods.
Please feel free to contact me anytime!
Have a great day,
Laguna Beach Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway