Andrea Ballesteros, agent with First Team Estates, and her dedicated support team, are the consummate real estate professionals, providing an effective mix of deep knowledge of the local real estate market, astute transactional knowledge and excellent, responsive, client service- all done with style and grace. Plus, she is a good negotiator and total pleasure to work with!”
Barry and Debra Kamel
I wanted to take a minute now that the dust has settled a little to thank you for all of your help getting my mother’s house sold. If it weren’t for all the extra work that had little to do with the sale, I doubt I would have been able to sell the house for what I did, or even get it sold in a timely manner. Setting up appointments, meeting contractors, being there when I never could was the most valuable service. Being a ten hour drive from Dana point made it very difficult to get a full house emptied many large boxes of items UPSed out of the state etc… Well, it was just more than I could handle and if I had not had you and Darcy it would not have been doable. Not only did you exceed my expectations, but you left me pretty much speechless. All I can really say is, “Thank you!” I wish you were in Northern CA to sell my house here…
Thank you very much for working with Kathy, Greg and I in finding the condo that Greg and us liked, and keeping the transaction going through the close yesterday. A short sale transaction certainly presents many unusual situations, but you were there to promptly deal with each of them. True to the tag line in your email “Exceeding your expectations” you did just that. I have worked with hundreds of agents from inside the real estate business, and know there are very few who work as hard and diligently for their clients as you did for us.
I would not hesitate to refer you to our friends and family. We are quite pleased that you as team member chose or were chosen to represent us.
Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you in the near future.
What a great house buying experience! They provided us amazing service and peace of mind. Andrea and her team truly live their motto of “exceeded your expectations.” They not only answered all our questions but pointed out many details that only a knowledgeable professional would notice. From the initial contact to the close of sale we were blown away by how easy it was to purchase our home. We wouldn’t use anyone else. Thank you Andrea!
Rick Zeiger, Area Pastor to Small Groups, Saddleback Church
Hello Laurie and Andrea:
First of all – I want to thank you so much for finding me the perfect home in such a short period of time…..when most agents would probably feel pressed against such a tight schedule, you two really worked hard to both find me a quality condo in my price range, with all the features I requested. It is perfect in every way – and my pug, Luci Pearl, is happy too!
I do hope that I have the opportunity to refer other clients to you – you are a wonderful team (and you do exceed your clients’ expectations)!
I wish to let you know I really appreciated the opportunity to work with Laurie. I initially was working with you, and thank you for referring Laurie to assist me with my home buying needs. Laurie has always been on top of things; always made herself available when I needed her day or night for any questions I had. Laurie really took care of me and everything else to do with the home buying process, including the loan and the escrow. Laurie is above all has a high level of patience when at times I was so frustrated with the strict loan process, Laurie has always made me feel better and really listened to me.
Laurie is now my real estate agent for life. I will refer any family members and/or friends to her.
This recommendation comes from experience with several realtors. Before we were referred to Andrea we had used two other realtors during our search. The first realtor tried to put us in a home located in an area more convenient for him than for us. The second realtor showed us all the homes we wanted to see, but took zero initiative and was not informative.
Thankfully and finally we were introduced to Andrea. Right from the start Andrea set herself apart from the previous two realtors. She interviewed us before we went to see a single house. Her attention to detail from our interview resulted in an efficient search that exceeded our expectations. Andrea made sure we understood and succeeded at every step of the process. Less than two months from meeting Andrea we were in escrow for our first home. We could not be happier
Trace & Maria Howard, Ladera Ranch
We listed our home for sale with Andrea during the worst possible time, the spring 2009. Having previously purchased and sold more than a few homes, I was skeptical of our success in the difficult real estate market. However, Andrea marketed the home perpetually using state of the art techniques and her years of industry experience. Both, Andrea and her hand picked team of other professionals were focused on ensuring that our objective of selling the home, and finding another home, were realized. During the process, we needed much one-on-one attention and Andrea was available all the time, in person, by email, and even via text messaging. In fact, she would often meet with us personally and left no stone unturned in an effort to provide us both 110% customer satisfaction.
Unquestionably, Andrea and her team achieved success when selling our home and later, by finding us an excellent home to transition into. In sum, we could not be happier with Andrea, an absolute professional with the requisite elegance, integrity and industry credibility to make even the most difficult deal come together she was outstanding!
In conclusion, my wife and I, (without any reservation whatsoever), highly recommend Andrea to be the realtor for anyone who demands and deserves the best professional service possible.
Please accept my letter as the highest recommendation I have for Andrea Ballesteros. She is the consummate Real Estate Professional in the Southern California Real Estate Market today.
I moved to Orange County 3 years ago at the very height of the local real estate market. I thought I was prepared for the reality of California Real Estate and knew the intricacies of real estate from being a home owner in the Boston and Dallas areas. I quickly learned that Southern California is a world unto itself and I needed a skilled professional.
Andrea worked diligently with me along every step of the way as I looked all over Orange County to find the right area for me. She worked hard to learn my taste in a home and helped steer me to the right neighborhood for me. I am now the proud owner of a 3 bedroom townhome in Irvine, CA.
She was priceless in the art of negotiation. I learned that it is during important time between the offer being presented and the offer being accepted that she brought her skill to the table to close a sale. Without her being on my team I would have never been able to get the right house for me.
Please accept this letter as my highest recommendation for Andrea as very capable real estate sales professional and a true negotiator that can close the deal.
Bob Basham, Director of Web & Systems Integration, St. Joseph Health System
Andrea Ballesteros is a professional Realtor that without question holds the utmost level of integrity and reliability towards her clients best interests. She is responsible and conscientious toward all aspects concerning the rental or sale of your home. She is always available for you and periodically updates her clients on the progress concerning the rental or sale of their property. Her expertise insures an aggressive marketing campaign for your property to assure the best possible results. Thank you Andrea for all you’ve done!
Tim Giuliani, Monarch Bay Terrace Home Owner
Thanks for your diligent efforts in assisting our family with our move to California.
Moving across county has a natural set of additional logistical challenges. Your knowledge of the market, your thoughtful recommendations, and your responsiveness (even with a three hour time difference!) made the process as seamless as we could have hoped. In addition to a trusted agent, we now consider you a friend, and we look forward to recommending you to others.
Thanks again and warm regards,
Brian & Christen McGowan, McGowan Developments
It suddenly dawned on me that we moved in 3 months ago and I never really said thank you. I am such a procrastinator. You were great. I have never had another realtor before, but from what friends, family, and even Doug said, you went above and beyond what is expected of a realtor. I just wanted to let you know that I greatly appreciate everything you did for the 3 of us, all of my 8 million questions and tear filled phone calls couldn’t of been easy. Whenever we decide it is time to move up, you will definitely be my first call. I will recommend you to anyone who is looking to purchase a place.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you so very much.
Lauren, Jon, and Alyssa
I have run into acquaintances whom are surprised my house in Foothill Ranch was sold so quickly, especially in this economy. My realtor, Andrea Ballesteros worked her tail off. She was always marketing my property in an elegant and very classy way. Andrea was always available and on top of the market and potential buyers. I cannot say how much I appreciated her very hard work and diligence. Not only did Andrea market my property beautifully, but she is such a wonderful and personable person. When Andrea and I went to look for a new house for my daughter and myself she was very perceptive and knowledgeable about the area we were interested in and helped us find the perfect house.
I wanted to take a moment to send you a quick note to Thank You for the tremendous job you did for Scott and I on the purchase of our new home. You made the process seamless. You always hear horror stories from people as to what happened to them on their purchase, well not for us. Your commitment and professionalism were unparallel. I am so grateful to you for making it all so easy. You will definitely be getting referrals from us. So, with all that being said, please feel free to use us as a reference, we believe that Andrea Ballesteros is the Best Realtor in all of Orange County. Good luck to you in the future.
Julie Day, JV Manager, Bankers Funding Company, A Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Affiliate
Words alone can not describe how thankful I am for you being my agent in purchasing a foreclosed home. Your negotiating skills with the bank brought the purchasing price down, but persuading the bank to take ownership to repair the major repair items before the closing of escrow was a tremendous savings that I had not expected to this level.
I appreciate the market updates, and thank you for the very thoughtful letter with the extra business cards. I will keep one for me and share the remaining two with friends for future business prospect. Your smiling face, friendly voice and professionalism will be truly missed until my next purchase utilizing your exceptional knowledge.
We have been working together for the last four months. Thank you for remaining positive and optimistic while trying to find my wife and I the perfect house. We are so pleased with the house we ended up with thanks to you “our wonderful agent” . I would highly recommend you to anyone if they are looking for a hard working, low pressure Agent with a friendly smiling face.
Lyle & Donna Archer
We closed yesterday on the sale of our home and before we got too caught up in the next steps of moving, June and I wanted to take the time to thank you for all you’ve done to support our home sale.
In a slowing market, it would’ve been easy to get frustrated, but your steady support, your frequent marketing efforts and your ready and solid advice always gave us the utmost confidence in your abilities. Your kind smile and words of encouragement made it a real joy working with you. We have come to think of you as a friend, in addition to a highly competent Realtor.
Naturally, based on our experience we would be delighted to recommend you to anyone seeking a Realtor. Thank you again for everything.
Chuck & June Cassell
Thank you for your great service while representing us in the sale of our home. We were impressed with your thorough approach to getting our home listed and seen. Your follow up activities continued to let us know you were doing all you could to get buyers to our property. Your preparation for open houses and showings seemed to deliver the kind of activity we were hoping for. We were confident the house would sell knowing you were so active even when the market conditions were not always helpful.
We also appreciated your attention to the offer negotiation process and your communication during the critical times of making the deal. You made it easier to turn documents around through email and faxes as well as the occasional hand delivery.
We would recommend your service to anyone either selling or buying. Your standards of service and ethics set you apart from the many other choices. Your knowledge and experience with communities simply adds to that service level. You may have any potential new client call me for a reference. When we are ready to buy or sell again, we will of course, call you.
Jeff & Linda Allport
My husband and I had an amazing experience working with Jodi Miller. She is one of the agents at Andrea Ballesteros. From the very beginning Jodi gave us her full attention. She listened to what we wanted and always showed up on time with knowledge about each house we were looking at. We had so much fun with her. It only took her a short month to find us our very first home. My husband and I are very happy with our new home and will recommend Jodi Miller to anyone who is not only ready to find their new home but have some fun doing it. And by the way, she has great ideas and an amazing eye to see what the future of your home can look like. Thank you Jodi for all of your help. We love our new home.
Joshua and Jennifer LeMaster
We want to tell you that our experience in dealing with Andrea Ballesteros was very professional and informative. Our situation was one that required Andrea to market, promote, and oversee a property that we have owned since 2008 and would either lease or sell. This presented Andrea with a tough task of soliciting two different types of potential clients. She gave us very detailed information on any and all viewings and after so many showings and hours spent , Andrea gave us some input that helped us realize our goal. To lease the property and re-visit selling the property when the market was stronger and we could get our asking price. She didn’t put her interests before ours and understood our intent from the moment we met Andrea (on an Open House in the area). Andrea sent us information for a year prior to her getting a listing and never pushed for or made us feel anything but confident. She is a performer and a realist, which is quite refreshing in todays Real Estate Industry. She is also very astute as to what is possible to achieve for her clients and goes out and works very hard to achieve such. We have no doubt that if and when we decide to re-lease and/or sell we would use Andrea Ballesteros without any question for her understanding, dedication and moral values towards achieving what is best for her clients. We felt very confident with Andrea throughout the whole process knowing that we were 3000 miles away from the property. Our investment was in her hands and she maximized the return for us better than any agent we have had in a long career of buying and selling Real Estate. Please feel free to contact my wife Debbie and I at anytime .
Debbie and Harley Zaretsky, Toronto Canada
Laurie was such a joy to work with during our home search. She is very professional, friendly and fun to be with. Laurie always responded to us very quickly and stayed on top of everything. She worked late into the night getting our offers and counter-offers submitted. We would absolutely come to Laurie again for future home selling/buying needs and refer her to our friends/family.
We have had a fantastic experience working with First Team Estates. Laurie Johnson demonstrated an impressive level of determination, expertise, and perseverance and was an invaluable asset during both the process of selecting and bidding on houses and our eventual purchase. We honestly could not have been happier.This was our 2nd home purchase (first was with another agent) and we had the intention of taking it slow and being very picky with this purchase. Laurie put in a tremendous amount of work, showing us multiple houses almost every single weekend over a 6 month period (from early May till now) and working with us to put in multiple bids in a very competitive market. Once we had our offer approved on this house Laurie’s remarkable level of effort and expertise were essential in making the transaction go smoothly, communicating status and requirements to us, and accelerating loan and escrow services when needed to achieve a 17 day closing. We had a quicker and more transparent close of escrow with this short sale then we had experienced on our first home purchase (standard sale,) all thanks to the work of Laurie the excellent loan officer and home inspection experts she guided us towards. Again we could not be happier.
Zoe Adams and Sabrina Chia-Chin Lin Adams