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Gretchen and Alan Pagnotta
Providing Excellence in Service You Will Refer!
Gretchen is a graduate of Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. She majored in Nursing and went into the Army Nurse Corps after graduating. After completing a tour of duty at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC she relocated to San Francisco to join her husband, Alan, who was in the Navy. They stayed in California raising their two sons until 1989 with Gretchen winning awards year after year in Residential Real Sales. In 1989, they relocated to Boulder, Colorado,in 1992 were transferred back to the Bay area,and in 1996 off to Portland, Oregon and ultimately back to San Diego in 1999. Gretchen feels her own relocation experiences have helped her in counseling her clients who have to uproot and make career and home changes themselves.
Having been a licensed REALTOR for more than 25 years, Gretchen has a solid background in Real Estate. She and Alan own several properties too, because they believe in the value of home ownership as an investment.
Read a recent testimonial from a satisfied seller who was listed with 2 other Realtors for more than 3 years before Gretchen and Alan sold his home in a down market in 5 months!!!
“Hi Gretchen, Thanks for selling our home. We appreciate all your efforts and enjoyed working with you and Alan. We are sending a testimonial on our experience with working with you and Alan. I’d like to thank Gretchen and Alan for their real estate professionalism and expertise in marketing and selling our home, especially in this difficult market.We were anxious to move to our ranch and had our home listed previously for three years. When we listed our home with Gretchen and Alan, they sold it within six months. They truly know and understand our community and how to market it. We highly recommend Gretchen and Alan for anyone wanting to buy or sell their property. Thanks again for all your efforts. It was a pleasure working with you both.”
Don and Katie Bloom, Santaluz homeowners
Gretchen’s energy is so infectious that Alan Pagnotta has now joined the team as a sales associate! With his business background and personable approach, he is a welcome addition. Gretchen can be reached at (760) 715-0478 or [email protected]
has an extensive educational and work background that enables him to help clients define their goals and needs and develop the strategies to accomplish these. He is a graduate of St Lawrence University in Canton, New York (B.S. Mathematics), Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (M.S. Mathematics) and a PhD candidate (Economics) at UCSD. Alan continues to take course-work relating to real estate and has specialized in real estate investment analysis. He is able to council clients concerning whether a property has a reasonable return on investment and therefore an alternative to equities.
Alan was originally licensed as a real estate agent in 1977. At that time he was a Navy Lieutenant stationed at Miramar. He assisted his wife Gretchen and together they sold in Rancho Penasquitos and became known as the” Penasquitos Pros.” From there they branched into Poway, Rancho Bernardo and other North County communities. Alan stayed in the Navy Reserves and eventually retired as a Navy Captain. He enjoys working with military families relating to their special needs and concerns.
Alan has had a 27-year career in high-tech industry. Working for Sunward Technology (co-founder), Conner Peripherals, Seagate Technologies, Fujitsu Computer Products of America and Sony Electronics, Alan has held numerous executive level positions and managed world-wide organizations. Throughout his career he has managed Operations, Quality, Sales and Marketing. This background has provided him with a keen understanding of how to build a viable business, including our real-estate business.
He earned his Brokers License in November 2007 and is actively involved in the daily operations of marketing listings, negotiating contracts, coordinating contractors on repair issues and assisting buyers with the best values in the market. Alan is active in the community and has made a commitment to Casa de Amparo, a non profit organization that provides emergency shelter and counseling for abused children. He is an executive board member, and Vice Chair for Casa de Amparo.
If you are looking for a well educated, highly ethical and committed real estate agent that you can trust with your most valuable financial asset, Alan is available at 619-846-3114 or
The Pagnotta Team: Ethical, Respected,Honest,Educated and Skilled in all aspects of Residential Real Estate!
Gretchen focuses her team’s real estate business in North San Diego County, including the areas of Rancho Bernardo, Poway, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, Rancho Santa Fe, Fallbrook, San Marcos, Rancho Penasquitos, Route 56 Corridor, Scripps Ranch and Escondido. She works full time and is dedicated to providing her clients with the highest level of ethical and professional service.
The most consistent comment from clients on follow-up/post-closing questionnaires is that Gretchen and her team L I S T E N to what their needs are. In addition, clients believe THE PAGNOTTA TEAM is a tireless team in pursuit of finding them the property that best suits their needs.
With her expertise in representing sellers, Gretchen’s clients appreciate the extra time she spends in helping them prepare their homes for sale and her professional marketing and advertising promotions. This website alone brings more than 4,000 visitors a month and is a great marketing tool and resource to buyers!
To maintain her high energy level and optimistic outlook on life, Gretchen enjoys swimming, walking, gardening, playing with their black lab, Max, and decorating. She and her team have knowledge of area fitness facilities, tennis communities and clubs and recreation and golf facilities.
Testimonials from Clients Recommending Gretchen and Alan Pagnotta:
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!” This was written by a Peggy, a Rancho Bernardo seller summer of 2011
On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 9:23 AM, Ron Carlson <[email protected]> wrote:
“Our house in Santaluz had been on the market for 6 months with no activity. We then listed the property with Gretchen and Alan Pagnotta and within 30 days we had 3 offers. Alan provided comparative data to help us establish a sales price as well as financial data detailing the financial results of a sale at various prices. Gretchen helped my wife “stage” the house so that it would be attractive in all respects. Both were very proactive including handling all aspects of the sale while we were out of the country on a previously planned vacation. Gretchen and Alan also showed us a number of properties which accomplished our goal of reducing our housing expenses, while finding a home that fully satisfied our needs. We could not be more pleased with their professional and proactive efforts to assist us during a difficult real estate market. The results could not have been better! ” Ron and Dede Carlson
“Dear Gretchen and Alan:
Thank you. Of course I will continue to recommend you two to others. Your energy and persistence is what is required in today’s residential market. Your work is certainly more difficult in these extraordinary times. I wish you perspective and humor to sustain you. (I reckon perspective and humor are good for any business, after all.)
David A. Lazear
22905 N. Del Monte DriveSun City West, AZ 85375( We sold Dave’s Casita recently in Santaluz)
“Dear Gretchen and Alan:
“Lane and I were thrilled to have purchased our new home via the efforts of the Pagnotta Team, Gretchen and Alan! They are such professionals in every way and pay SOmuch attention to DETAIL! I would never have picked up on the many items that Alan found for a follow-on punch list of repairs! He really knows what to look for! And Gretchen must spend all her free time learning rules and regulations of California real estate law!!! She understand every document we were expected to sign and I trusted her to the extent that I did not have to study each myself!!! They were right there with us through the search process, finding every possible listing we MIGHT consider and knowing enough to eliminate those that did not suit our expectations! We cannot say enough about their teamwork and partnership with each client. We look forward to an on-going relationship with other real estate needs in the future.”
Anne and Lane Newbury (We brought the buyers to the Newbury’s home in Santaluz and then sold them a Sentinnel in Del Sur recently)
This from a seller in the Del Sur neighborhood going through a divorce:
I want to thank you for helping me sell my house in Del Sur. I know this house would not have been sold if it weren’t for your proactive and consistent efforts to ensure the house was in the best condition as possible for showings. You went WELL above and beyond all expectations, and dealt with issues unrelated to the sale, in order to ensure the sale closed. I haven’t seen an agent with as much drive and determination as you and I will gladly recommend you to all my friends. You are an outstanding agent and I truly appreciate everything you have done for me.
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