Meanwhile, she’d found a place for me to live temporarily in a short-sale property that was tied up in bank decision making. A one bedroom apartment in San Francisco for $1000/month is a steal.
Next we found a place I wanted to buy, another short sale with multiple offers, and came up with the winning strategy. So I ended up buying the first place I put an offer in on.
I would recommend her unqualifiedly.
- P. Mclellan
We met Lota at an Open House when we were “just looking” and not really feeling very serious about buying. A few days later she showed us a property that we ended up buying.
As first-time buyers we were completely clueless and anxiety-prone but Lota was our fearless guide through the whole process. She kept us informed (she’s NEVER away from her Blackberry), took the time to explain all the crazy legal stuff, met with us at all hours even on weekends, and handled many tough negotiations (competing offers, extending contracts, etc). She seems to be very well connected in the Real Estate world (including inspectors, mortgage brokers, etc) which helps make everything go smoothly and is completely INVALUABLE should some unexpected problem arise.
When we had a last second crisis with our mortgage broker, she completely rescued the situation. She connected us with other mortgage brokers and lenders who were able to rush through the process. She kept cool and organized through all the chaos. And she placated the seller so that we didn’t lose the whole deal. Talk about earning your commission! We truly couldn’t have done it without her.
- T. Macduff
I met Lota at a First Time Homebuyers Workshop and she kept in touch with me until I was ready to buy my first home one year later. Not pushing, just be very patient with me until I was ready. She was very attentive to my needs and never fell short of representing my best interest. With her help, my first purchase went very smoothly and I am sure that I will call on her again on my future real estate needs.
I approached her again two years later to help my fiancé and I find a single family home. Lota moved to a different office then and was servicing another area but she did not hesitate to help service our needs. After months of looking, we found a new development that we really liked and put an offer on it. Our house took 5 months to build and we were surprised that the developer built an underground utility structure in front of our new home just prior to our moving in. Lota was more determined to fight for our rights and was willing to do what it took for us to get our fair share. But my fiancé and I decided to move on and fortunately, after a few weeks, Lota helped us found a home more suited to our needs. Happily settled in our new home for the last two years now, we called on Lota again for help with an investment property. The process of getting this property was very tricky in so many ways. I am glad she is on my side!! We finally closed and needless to say I will definitely call her again if we know of anyone that will benefit from her excellent representation.
- W. Zhang
I have worked with Lota de Castro on multiple transactions. She helped us find and buy several investment properties and also managed the rental process for us. Working with Lota has been extremely productive and valuable. She is very responsive and available at pretty much any time of the day from what I experienced. She is also very knowledgeable of the specifics of the real estate market in the Bay Area and was able to provide us with very detailed advice neighborhood by neighborhood. She led all the negotiations with the sellers and with the financial institutions and her recommendations resulted in favorable terms for us. I strongly recommend Lota for any real estate needs, she is efficient, professional, knowledgeable and fun to work with!
- C. Begue
The agent who helped me buy this condo has moved to another city, so I needed a new agent to consult with. I emailed a few agents who has experience with the building, and Lota was the only person who responded immediately. We set up an appointment, and she spent a good amount of time answering my questions. She knows the market of the building and the neighborhood really well. After gathering all the information from Lota, I decided to rent the unit out, and she was tremendous. She did a great job of marketing and found tenants on the first weekend after putting it in the rental market. We got multiple applications from people with great credit.
I had to be out of town during all this time, including when the tenants were moving in, and she took good care of everything. When the market picks up and I decide to sell the unit, I will not think twice; I will have Lota be my agent.
- SJ Lee
Trying to buy a home in SF (or the Bay Area in general, for that matter) right now is like entering a war zone. You have to be equipped with the right tools. You have to have extensive knowledge about the battleground. You have to have a strategy that will give you the edge against the opponents. Lota will be your key wartime advisor, and will help you get the house you want.
Lota was recommended very highly from my friend who just bought a home through her. I was clueless about the home buying process, but Lota was able to explain to me all that I needed to know, and I was able to get an awesome place! She’s always responsive and answered my hundreds of questions immediately, and gave me great advice throughout the whole process. I could not be happier with the whole process, thanks to her!
- K. Omatsu
I met Lota at an open house at the Beacon near the Giants stadium in early 2008. Through her help, I bought an investment condo at the same building a few months later. Lota’s service did not end after she handed me the keys. Up to this date, she keeps a watchful eye at my investment and remains in contact with me about local market trends. When real estate values took a dive a few years back, Lota helped me with negotiating a reduction on my property taxes. She also helps in making sure that my investment continues to generate the most income and alerts me to potential issues that may affect my property. She is genuine in her ways and one can count on her sincerity and integrity. I definitely recommend her service to anyone that need a true partner that cares.
- E. Mok
In our home buying process, not only did we gain a great realtor but a very good friend! Lota was very fun, open-minded, and flexible to work with! She really took into consideration our preferences and requirements and found homes that met our needs. She was extremely dedicated and met with us anytime of the day and for as long as we had the energy to continue with our meetings/house hunt. Lota provided constructive feedback as well as being a great negotiator. She also spent a great deal of time explaining terminology and the massive amounts of paperwork to us. We felt very comfortable working with her and would recommend her to anyone looking for an honest, energetic, and trusting realtor! We’re glad we were able to work with her on our first home purchase!! (And, of course, we’re looking forward to working with her in the future).
- J. Perlas
Lota helped me sell my condo and worked tirelessly to find the perfect house in San Francisco especially in such a crazy market! Met Lota through a referral from a friend who is also a repeat client of Lota’s which is also a testament to her service.
She was able to suggest ways to tidy, stage and present my condo for sale as well as coordinate with the photographer and create very professional brochures for the open house. She hosted all the open houses personally as well as met potential buyers by request and even helped with small things during a chaotic time such as deliver boxes so we could move things into storage. After a quick sale with great results she worked all hours to find a great house and prepared and presented numerous offers since it is such a hard market for buyers right now. She was able to offer great advice and was very responsive through all forms of communication during this time. Great realtor and would definitely use again in the future!
- Z. Zheng
A colleague of mine referred me to Lota, and I’m so glad he did!! I was looking for an apartment in San Francisco with a very specific set of requirements. Lota was able to very quickly find a set of awesome properties that matched my needs, and I ended up signing for a gorgeous apartment (my first choice within the set) only about a month after meeting her. Talk about efficiency!! Especially with the current state of the market here. She’s extremely responsive, super friendly, and she knows all the strings in this very competitive environment. I will *absolutely* get in touch with her again for anything real estate related in the area.
- M. Cornet
We were looking for a condo in San Francisco and a friend introduced us to Lota. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better to work with. She took the time to figure out what we needed and came up with recommendations – actually, more than just recommendations, since she gave us details about the pros and cons of various options. As we were deciding how to proceed, she was constantly available to answer questions. She even went to the extent of checking out afternoon traffic around our two top choices. Once we made a selection, she negotiated with the seller well and suggested a number of changes or considerations to benefit us. We closed the transaction far faster than we expected. And even after the purchase was completed, she has continued to be a trusted informal advisor whenever we have questions. We have been delighted to work with Lota.
- R. Hartung