San Diego Home Info by Gretchen Pagnotta
Rancho Bernardo Homeowner Provides Insight Into Choosing a Realtor
We listed a condo last summer in Rancho Bernardo. It was really one of the cutest places I have ever had the opportunity to market. Everything about it was done nicely. Sometimes you just feel good in a property and this was a prime example. The owner had been involved in real estate for many years. This was her little nest and it was a honor for me to have been given the opportunity to know her and to market the property. This is her account of selecting an agent:
“Go With Gretchen!”
As a retired real estate appraiser, I know a great Realtor when I see one. But having only lived in San Diego since retiring, I realized when I decided to sell my home that I didn’t personally know any great San Diego Realtors. What to do? Naturally, I did my research and scheduled interviews with a handful of Realtors whom I had determined were San Diego’s ‘cream of the crop’. It was an interesting process which called to mind the old story of Goldilocks: this Realtor wanted to list my home too high (a mistake that could ultimately end up losing me thousands of dollars!), this Realtor wanted to list it too low (just as bad!) – but guess which one felt ‘just right’? GRETCHEN PAGNOTTA. She got my listing and, over the course of the next few weeks, my instincts about her were proven correct – in fact, I have to honestly say that Gretchen absolutely exceeded my own very high expectations!
Let’s start with her marketing skills. To be fair, my listing was not a million dollar estate but rather a modest, albeit lovely 2 bedroom condo in Rancho Bernardo. Gretchen showed the same brilliant attention to detail in marketing my home as that which is more typically seen in marketing high end properties. If you are still able to find it, I urge you to check out the listing description and photos she prepared to market my home – simply superb!
Communication? Follow-through? Honesty and Integrity? Check, check and double-check! I knew every detail of what was happening throughout the process of selling my home – because Gretchen was ALWAYS available and ALWAYS in touch (in person, by phone, text or email).
While Gretchen is a charming and courteous professional, she is no pushover. She will fight like a tiger to obtain the best deal for her clients! And I think it’s important to mention one more factor as well: Gretchen has a terrific sense of humor. I personally think that’s an important quality in a Realtor. Buying or selling a home is incredibly stressful – maybe never more so than today, and Gretchen’s wit and humor always comes just at the right time.
So whether you are looking to buy or sell, I highly recommend that you “GO WITH GRETCHEN!”
We are always happy to meet with people who have a need to purchase or to sell real estate. There are so many facets to the business today and experience and past performance are two objective measures of whether the agent you will select will help you accomplish your goals. I always compare it to se;ecting a surgeon. You want assurance the surgeon you select has done the procedure you need on a regular basis and had positive outcomes!