Jake Valenti…, Home Buyer in Los Angeles, CA

Does anyone know of any websites that would help me locate a REA appropriate for me? I have a 90-95% chance of

Asked by Jake Valentine, Los Angeles, CA Sat May 3, 2008

being relocated to San Diego in the next couple months and it feels like a crap-shoot just picking any random person. I wasn't happy with the service I received when I sold my last home in Vegas a few years ago. I did 95% of the work including finding a buyer, interfacing with financial/title companies, and they (a husband/wife dynamic duo) took a lot of money. I felt victimized as if they stole from me. This time around I want to know exactly what services wil be provided ahead of time. I do know there are very good, ethical REAs out there....I just need help finding one. Any input is greatly appreciated.

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Yes, You can start by signing up for a free Listing Book account on my web site. This will help you with your home search. The best tools there are for home buyers. Also you will want an experienced agent with many sales under their belt and customer service as their number one goal. Thats us.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 12, 2009
The beauty of sights like this is that you can compile all of the information yourself, and find an agent that meets your needs perfectly.
The most important thing to think about is comfort, and trust in any relationship. the Q&A section here is very good, because it gives you the option to view agent's personalities and opinions without the feeling of being sold on something.

I am more then happy to talk anytime.
Justin DeCesare
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 11, 2009
Ouch! I am sorry your experience was less than great. I sympathize, however if I myself had not have gone through the ringer on my first home purchase I would never have decided to become an agent. That one bad experience has molded who I am as an agent. On a positive note..with your experience you now know what you don't want and what you expect.
Moving on, my suggestion; if you have friends that live here call your buddies up to see if they have a friend they can refer you to.Or if you have a job nailed down-ask co workers. If not, there are many competent hard working agents in San Diego. This message board and the candid reponses prove that. Of course, I recommend myself! As a buyer from me you get the following;
1-phone calls and emails returned
2-active searching. This includes previewing properties for you once you are approved and ready to roll. This means less of your time is wasted. I mean why drag you around to 20 houses all that have nothing you are wanting? I keep your paper desires as well as personal style and floorplan preferences in mind.
3-But most of all, I pull no punches. I am honest and blunt.For example; If you want a beachfront palace for 450k-I will tell you no. If you want to buy a house near the freeway..I will tell you the noise will be a resale concern and I will not say , oh well just never open your windows. If you love a house and it looks great during the day but at night that neighborhood is known to be active and not in a good way-I will tell you that. However...I do not substitute my judgement for yours..but I do advise truthfully and let you make up your own mind.
As I said, there are soooo many great Realtors in San Diego.
Check out my site and if you think I may be the one to help you, call me or email me!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 13, 2008

I'm sorry you had such a disappointing experience in selling your Las Vegas home. Hopefully, you will be able to make up those losses and loss of confidence with your San DIego home buying experience.

One suggestion would be to look for real estate agent blogs to get a feel for that agent's personality and commitment to clients. You'll probably have a pretty good feel for that agent before your ever meet.

It appears you were also hurt financially with your Las Vegas sale. Hopefully, you will be able to make up some of those losses with your San Diego home purchase. And with the summer months upon us, you will certainly appreciate our balmy summers--if you relocate near the coast.

Best wishes in your search!

Roberta Murphy
877-818-8197 or 760-402-9101
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 11, 2008
Roberta Murp…, Real Estate Pro in Carlsbad, CA
There are certainly plenty of competent and ethical real estate practitioners out there. If you are going to be purchasing a property, not selling, you may want to check out the web site of the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council. This site (listed below) shows brokers and agents who have special training in helping buyers, and have earned the Accredited Buyer's Representative certification.

You should also pick someone who is familiar with the areas you are thinking of moving to. San Diego County is HUGE and there are lots of different places to live depending on where you'll be working, your interests, and tolerance for a commute. Our County can generally be divided into North County (Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, Carmel Valley, Del Mar, etc.), Central (Point Loma, the beaches, La Jolla, Clairemont, North Park, South Park, Hillcrest, Normal Heights, ), South Bay, (Chula Vista, Eastlake, National City), East County (La Mesa, El Cajon, Rancho San Diego), and the 15 Corridor (Poway, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo). So I would select a good Realtor who knows the part of the county you want to live in. If you need recommendations on what part of the county would be the best fit for you, feel free to contact me at (619) 300-0389. Good luck!

Beth Roach
Willis Allen Real Estate
(619) 300-0389
Web Reference: http://www.rebac.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 10, 2008
Dear Jake,

First, ask for referrals from people you know and trust. If you know any agents or brokers local to you, see if they can get in touch with their network of connections to look for a referral in San Diego. Ask Fred (the title rep) or Susan (the Orange County agent) who both responded earlier for their recommendations.

Second, there is plenty of continuing education available for agents and brokers. And for taking certain sets of classes, the agents earn designations (you might think of them like merit badges). One is ABR - Accredited Buyer's Representative. Another is GRI - graduate research institute. An agent with one of both of these designations is likely to be more useful to you. So, after you receive recommendations, check additional qualifications.

The challenge is that "San Diego" is a big place. Usually housing choices vary based on how much you plan to spend and where you work. So, you may have to take a two step approach. When you interview agents that are recommended at the "San Diego" level, let them know your basic criteria and ask for the areas they would most likely suggest (Fred might also be able to provide an unbiased recommendation). Then you can narrow your recommendation requests.

Robert T. Boyer, Ph.D.
Real Estate Investor Advisor
America's Finest Real Estate
San Diego's Finest Real Estate
Phone: (858) 755-2111
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 4, 2008
You want an agent that takes the time to learn your most important needs. Finding the right agent is about building a great realtionship. You want to work with someone that you know and can trust to put your best interests first. I take the time to build that relationsip. I consult with my clients to ensure that that they are comfortable and that I am the right agent to provide them service. See my website testimonials for evidence of how I go beyond the providing a list of services. http://www.coronadodreams.com/bin/web/real_estate/AR218925/T… Please call me for a consultation (619) 850-5432. Finally, it is important to note that the buyer generally doesn't pay a buyer's agent . The seller usually pays the commision. However, not having a buyer's agent or having the wrong one can cost a buyer considerably.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 3, 2008
As a title representative for the last 16 years, I have worked with a large number of fine agents in all areas of the county. I can refer some very professional agents for you to interview, to help you find a home. Since you will be living in the home you will buy, versus finding a good investment, it is a great time to buy, with low interest rates, lots of listings and motivated sellers (including banks). I suggest you get pre approved for a loan, use a home inspector and also get a buyer appraisal for the home you intend to purchase. I can refer you to these professionals too. You should also visit http://www.sandicor.com/statistics.html to see the average and median list & sale prices for all zip codes in the county. You will also find days on market and months of inventory there. Let me know if you need more information or referral information.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 3, 2008
Dear Jake,
After everything you've been through perhaps the best way to find the right agent for you would be to have one referred to you. I work in Orange County but know of couple of very good agents in San Diego area that I would highly recommend. Feel free to call me for more info on them. that way you can interview a couple of agents and decide which one is best for you.
Good luck.
Suzan Nasr
Pacific Banker & Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 3, 2008
Hi Jake,

Like any profession you are going to find some that do a lot less work than others. When I get work done on my house I usually interview several gardeners, plumbers, etc.., to find the one I feel I can relate too.

I am a licensed real estate agent in San Diego. I see over 50 to 75 properties a month in San Diego, from downtown to Carlsbad. I continue to educate myself in the real estate market, with classes from our real estate board. I specialize in being a buyers agent,

To answer your question I would interview a few agents and if you hire and in the middle they are not living up to what they stated they would do, Fire Them! If you would like to interview me for the job, please go visit my website at http://www.encinitasproperites.net. My website is a guide to real estate in San Diego. I built this site to help people with questions they have about real estate and the community of San Diego.

Please fee free to email me or give me a call and I would be happy to explain what I do to help my buyers find the right home.

catherine barden
Your Real Estate Consultant
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 3, 2008
Hi John,

As an agent of 20 years I understand where you are coming from. Unfortunately there are several bad apples out there that spoil it for the rest of us. I would be happy to interview for the job as your buyer's agent. You can call me toll free at 800-735-5619 and view my website to read a few of my past clients testimonials. I would also be happy to send you a package that I give my buyers when I am working with them. It explains my duties as your agent along with the whole process of buying. If you are interested you can email back through my website or this site. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Thanks, Denise Gleavey
Web Reference: http://www.IHandleRE4U.com
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