When we decided to move back to San Diego in the summer of 2012, it wasn’t an easy time to find a home. With interest rates near their lowest in decades and few houses available in our desired price range and location, we were facing stiff competition. After a short trial run with another realtor, we decided from our research that an exclusive buyer’s agent might be a better match for our situation: we didn’t yet live in San Diego, so we needed an agent who could devote the time and effort into being our eyes and ears when we weren’t in town.
From our first conversation with Justin, he paid close attention to our wish list and was focused on finding the right house for us. We went into our search with a wide range of prices, condition, and locations, and we depended on Justin to view houses and send us videos to help us learn about each home and about the market in general. The amount of time and effort he put into the very last house he viewed for us was no less than what he put into the first one five months earlier, and whether it was a freshly-renovated remodel or a well-worn fixer-upper, Justin helped us learn about each house at the level of detail we needed to make an informed decision. His devotion to finding the right house for us never wavered, and he continually helped us learn more about the market and to use that information to refine our search for the perfect house.
To help us find a home in such a competitive market, Justin showed us ways to look outside just the current active listings to other homes that may be coming on the market. Every week he called and emailed agents for pending and contingent sales that we were interested in, making sure we knew as soon as possible if one might be going back on the market. As the market heated up further, he even went so far as to mail hand-addressed letters to houses in our favorite neighborhoods, generating leads on possible upcoming sales. Even though every one of these was a long shot, he tirelessly followed up on these possibilities at the same time that he was pursuing active listings for us – and we’re happy he did, because it was one of those pending sales that we eventually got the first chance to buy when it returned to the market, and at a price we couldn’t believe! We’ve bought two other homes in the past, neither in a market nearly as tough as San Diego, and we’ve never worked with a more diligent and helpful broker.
Now that we’ve found and bought our home, we can say sincerely that we wouldn’t have wanted to work with another agent. He was patient, well-informed and responsive throughout the entire process. We’re now preparing to move back to San Diego and move into a home and neighborhood we love, and we owe it all to him. Without reservation, we recommend him to anyone searching for a new home. Thanks, Justin!
Andrea and Philip
Justin Gramm is the founder and principal broker of Globella Buyers Realty, your San Diego Exclusive Buyer Brokerage. He also writes this blog, "For San Diego Home Buyers."
Exclusive Buyer Agents do not list homes for sale and never represent sellers. They have no "inventory" to try to sell you. They can represent you in purchasing any home. They are specialists at representing buyers only on the buyers' side of the transaction. Exclusive Buyer Agents work to get buyers the best price and terms when they buy a home.
If you are thinking of buying a home or condo in San Diego County this year, contact Justin Gramm to hire a San Diego Buyers Realtor on your side of the transaction. Call Justin at (858) 437-2662 or E-mail.