Jim Klinge

30 years of work experience
Klinge Realty
701 Palomar Airport Rd., Suite 300
Carlsbad, CA, 92011
(442) 222-5186

Ratings & reviews (24)

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Highly likely to recommend
03/23/2014
mentatchris
Helped me buy home
Most people now think ? Who even needs a Realtor? With all the internet sites now available, it?s easy to find listings and get market pricing. I?m good at finding things on the ?net, and the last thing I need is someone sending me listings and rushing me to make a purchase. I can do it all myself.? I used to agree with this view, before I met and started working with Jim Klinge. Jim has sold 2 houses for me, and helped me buy a third over a period of 10 years. I recommend him 100%, and have referred him to a number of friends and family. You?re going to be paying the same commission to any Realtor you work with, so the best thing you can do is get the very best Realtor in the market to help you. In north San Diego County, Jim Klinge is that guy. If you are buying, here?s what Jim and his team bring to the table ? honesty, expertise in the north San Diego market, expertise in negotiation. If you fall in love with a house, he?ll make sure you get it. And he won?t try to talk you into something you don?t like, or encourage you to overpay. He?ll make sure you have quality inspectors check things out, so you won?t buy a lemon. Once you've purchased, Jim knows the people who can help you make your new home the way you want it to be. I've personally used his referrals for contractors, painters, flooring, and plumbing, and have been 100% satisfied. His relationships with these companies and contractors have existed for decades, so you can be sure that the people doing the work are going to make sure you are satisfied. (Pricing was discounted as well, but the key thing is the reliability and quality of the work) If you are selling, here?s what you?ll get ? expert pricing, top quality staging, digital marketing and referrals, contract negotiation, and most importantly, someone in house (his wife Donna) who makes sure all the Is are dotted and Ts are crossed. Jim has sold two of my houses, and in both cases, went above and beyond to make sure nothing funky happened at the end of the deal. As a seller, it?s a hell of a long time from an accepted offer to the close of escrow, and the process can be trying. Donna makes sure everything is in order, and the deal closes on time. Not only do you get the outcome you want (sold house for a fair price), but the experience itself is as good as can be expected. Selling your home is stressful, and you want someone there you can trust to help you thru it. I've twice opted to work with Jim, and if I choose to sell again, I wouldn't think of working with anyone else. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/08/2014
yogaguy50
Listed and sold a home
Upon the death of our mother I invited Jim came out to her house In Oceanside and give us his thoughts on the selling her home. He gave us a accurate selling price right then and that day he was out with his camera and video camera taking pictures to put on his Internet blog and YouTube.(A great selling tool) He sent it to a prospective buyer that night and the next day it was sold in 24 hrs!! $20,000 above asking price too. The rest of team then went to work Donna Klinge did a masterful job of the contracts and guiding us through the escrow process and we closed escrow within 21 days, The phone and email communications between us was immediate and all questions were answered promptly and professionally. The repair contractors needed for a few small items were prompt and professional and all appointments were set up through Donna which I appreciated.. Throughout the process of selling our mothers home during such emotionally challenging personal times for our family I felt like I was working with a family member who really cared about us and not a large corporate company who I would never hear from again. Jim and Donna Klinge and the entire team of Klinge Realty were excellent I would give them 6 Stars if I could. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/04/2014
sellmyhouselsc
Listed and sold a home
We have worked with realtors on both the East and West Coast, and Jim is by far the most professional, effective and helpful agent that my husband and I have ever worked with. He and Donna made selling our home in Encinitas a stress free experience and clearly defined the escrow process for us. We have sold 2 homes in the past and purchased 3. Should we ever decide to move again, we will definitely contact Jim Klinge. We highly recommend Jim to anyone in North County who is looking to sell/buy a home. Less ... More
Response fromJim Klinge
Thank you - and we may not be done yet!
Highly likely to recommend
01/29/2014
a verma 01
Helped me buy and sell homes
Jim Klinge is the complete package. He skillfully guided us through all aspects of buying a home, showing us only appropriate properties, aiding in finding a loan, inspection, negotiating, and close of escrow. Even now, he is available several months after we've purchased the property to help with questions. His professionalism, and experience are invaluable. His team is very knowledgeable, and answered all questions very promptly. I recommend Jim to anyone who is purchasing or selling a home, and will work with him again myself when the opportunity presents. Less ... More
Response fromJim Klinge
Thanks AV - we got top dollar!
Highly likely to recommend
01/29/2014
david9490
Listed and sold a home
My family and I had a great experience with Jim and his team. The whole transaction went smoothly. Great communication from both Jim and Donna. Jim was very fair since he had both sides of the sale. He knows the area and how to price a house to sell.
Highly likely to recommend
01/29/2014
Skyireton
Helped me buy home
Hands Down the best home buying experience one can have! Jim is a savvy Real Estate veteran who knows every nook and cranny of San Diego, not to mention he knows how to get you the house you want. We searched high and low for ours and the only way we got the deal, was because Jim has over 30 years of experience and the seller had previously had worked with Jim and took our offer over all the others. His team was a pleasure to work with and I look forward to using him on our next purchase!
Highly likely to recommend
01/29/2014
nancy013
Helped me buy and sell homes
If you are looking for a highly experienced real estate agent who really understands the local marketplace and is results oriented, look no further than Jim Klinge. Jim's no-nonsense approach is refreshing and highly efficient. I was able to close on a home, with Jim's guidance, very quickly and at the right price. His negotiation skills are second to none. I have been very pleased with his services both in buying and selling homes and he comes with my highest recommendation.
Highly likely to recommend
01/10/2014
user6641811
Listed and sold a home
My wife and I actually sent out an email questionnaire to prospective agents. Because of several past home sales we decided we wanted more than the usual in terms of service and expertise. The questions ranged from who would we deal with after we signed up (the same agent or some other person), to how the agent felt about doing open house events. Jim responded within minutes after the email was sent. He was with a customer but at least was professional enough to call and let us know he received the information and would get back to us in thirty minutes. When he called again he addressed all the questions we had. The next realtor that contacted us called a day after the email went out and after introducing himself said: how can I help you. Our questionnaire had 15 questions. Hard to overlook. So we where delighted to give Jim the nod. And even more delighted with a quick sale ( in December even) and more than a fair price. We would recommend Jim and his team to anyone looking to buy or sell. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
12/26/2013
david6471
Listed and sold a home
Jim's knowledge of the local market enabled us to price and market the house effectively, and his negotiation skills brought us a contract above list. He also did an excellent job of maintaining good communication with the buyer's broker, and the sale closed on time. I highly recommend Jim for all aspects of buying or selling real estate in Southern California.
Response fromJim Klinge
Thank you David - together we implemented a sound strategy to maximize a top-dollar sale. I appreciate your trust and confidence!
Highly likely to recommend
12/08/2013
user7500613
Helped me buy home
There are three things that come to mind when asked to describe my experience with Jim Klinge as my agent: Customer service, Professional, Closer. Jim understands that great customer service means more than just living up to tired old clich├ęs like "going the extra mile" or "working hard". Jim understands that great customer service comes from getting to know each and every client on a personal level. By knowing your clients well, then you can more effectively anticipate their needs. Jim is a professional because he tells you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. Jim gives his clients the straight facts free of spin or bias. Spend some time on his blog and you will see what I mean. Jim is a closer. I never saw Jim get rattled during the negotiation of our sale and that cool demeanor comes from years of experience of knowing how to close a deal. What more can you ask for in an agent? Less ... More
Response fromJim Klinge
Thank you SB, our critical searching for months paid off!
Highly likely to recommend
10/16/2013
tmiletich3
Listed and sold a home
Jim did a great job in helping to negotiate and sell my home in a market that is still not as strong as in years past. He provides a service that many other real estate professionals do not and his video recording of properties is a huge plus. I highly recommend him in your buying or selling process.
Highly likely to recommend
07/15/2013
user30313428
Listed and sold a home
Jim was recommended to us by a friend. He came out to our house and gave us a selling price right then and the next day he was out with his camera and video camera taking pictures to put on the Internet and YouTube. He did an excellent job! Two days later he had an open house and sold it for $6,000 more than our asking price. All transactions went smoothly and escrow closed in 60 days. Thanks Jim and Domna!
Highly likely to recommend
07/03/2013
user8422976
Helped me buy home
Dealing with realtors is NOT my idea of fun and relaxation. But with Jim, the house-hunting was actually pleasant. True! I highly recommend reading his blog and watching videos posted there before you start house-hunting. He posted videos (with private links) of homes that we were interested in. This saved us a lot of time and energy. He not only didn?t put any pressure on us but gave us a critical evaluations of potential homes. He helped closed the escrow within 21 days, which is quite remarkable in itself. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/29/2013
user5544847
Helped me buy home
We had only a month to find a comfortable residence in North County. Jim and his team promptly alerted us to new listings that met our price point and space requirements and quickly arranged showings for us. After much searching, Jim found us a property we really liked and with his expert guidance we were able to purchase it. We firmly believe it was the Klinge team's diligence that made this possible. All in all, a very positive experience!
Highly likely to recommend
06/23/2013
user47744806
Listed and sold a home
Jim Klinge and his staff were excellent. They were a pleasure to work with. Both Jim and Donna Klinge were amazing. Masterful!!! Selling a house includes many tasks that are required before a transaction can be completed. Those tasks can be time consuming and confusing to deal with. Jim and his staff made it seem almost effortless. They handled everything. The network of professionals they work with were quick and efficient. Most important, Jim is a consumate professional. He knows his stuff. His professional charm is matched by his honesty and integrity. He sold our home fast and for the full asking price. I would recommend Jim Klinge without any hesitation. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/14/2013
shaklee3
Helped me buy home
Jim and Donna were great realtors, especially for our first home purchase. They notified us of anything going on throughout the process, and they provided great advice for how to bid on foreclosures.
Highly likely to recommend
05/20/2013
lillops
Helped me buy home
We were very picky buyers and if Jim could help us find our house, then he can help find yours as well. He was recommended by friends at work. We read Jim's blog and found it very informative, insightful and relevant and that made Jim even more attractive to us because his opinions were driven by numbers and not just pure "feelings.? Once we narrowed down an area of interest, Jim made it a priority to help us see houses in that area on the very first day they hit the market/MLS, even if that meant meeting with us twice (morning and evening) on a single day. Once Jim knows that you are serious, he will go to great lengths to make things happen for you. JtR is witty, insightful, resourceful, and a great negotiator. Trust yourself and trust Jim to get the home that is right for you. While Jim was great in helping us get the right house, the ever prompt and responsive Donna won the deal by holding our hand throughout the escrow process. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/17/2013
user56984972
Helped me buy and sell homes
Klinge Realty knew the area well, knew the process well, negotiated a winning deal for us, and helped us with services and re-modeling even after the sale was complete! Their start to finish service was excellent. We highly recommend Klinge.
Highly likely to recommend
05/13/2013
user5203679
Helped me buy home
?We are so glad we found Klinge Realty. My husband and I really enjoyed looking at houses with Jim. He is a highly experienced professional with a tremendous knowledge of the real estate in the areas we searched (from Carlsbad down to Del Mar, and inland to RSF and the Crosby.) Our experience was that Jim is totally honest and will tell you the good, bad and the ugly about each house and neighborhood, and the current market. Our home viewing has come to an end because Jim found a lovely house for us to buy in Solana Beach...and it wasn't even on the market yet. We lived abroad, so Jim would update us with videos of the home as it was being remodeled. He went above and beyond to keep us informed and put the deal together. It's really tough finding a good house for sale at the moment, so having a realtor like Jim is invaluable. After our offer had been accepted, Donna Klinge's expertise came into play in dealing with escrow, contracts, closing, insurance and all the things that need to be sorted out when buying a house. Our emails were always answered promptly, and they kept us aware of all developments and ensured we met our deadlines and responsibilities during the closing process. We can't recommend them highly enough. If we ever need to buy or sell another house in this area we will be calling Klinge Realty.? Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/13/2013
user6944216
Helped me buy home
We were extremely satisfied with the end-to-end service provided by Klinge Realty with the recent purchase of our home in Carlsbad. We have worked with many other realtors in past sales/purchases, but Jim stands miles apart from them. In our transaction, Jim worked tirelessly and his unsurpassed knowledge of the local market resulted in us maximizing the value of our purchase dollars. Very refreshing to find a realtor working for our interests instead of just a commission. After contract acceptance, the Klinge Realty transition team impeccably handled all details which made for a smooth closing. We highly recommend Jim and the team and believe that one could only go wrong using another realtor. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/12/2013
stlcards55
Listed and sold a home
We wrestled with switching realtors when we lost faith that our original listing agent could deliver at the price and time that we wanted. Having seen Jim move multiple homes in our neighborhood over the years, we switched to him without ever actually having met him. Jim was an excellent communicator over the phone and explained his proposed strategy and expected timeline. Both seamed bold in light of our previous experience. The house sold on the very first day he listed it at full list price! Undoubtedly, there was some luck involved in the timing but the way Jim's team handled the transaction after the offer was beyond our expectations. Donna was simply superb and the sale could not have gone any better. He and his team have our highest recommendation. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/10/2013
user3647582
Helped me buy home
I highly recommend Jim as a buyer?s agent. Working with Jim, we closed this week on a San Diego condo. Jim prepared a list of comparable sales to justify our below listing price offer, which resulted in a counter offer from the seller that we could accept. Jim?s wife steered us through the multitude of details needed to close on schedule and kept the entire transaction moving quickly. We?ve owned three houses over the last 30 years, and this was the smoothest and best real estate transaction we?ve had. With limited inventory and bidding wars starting again, you need good representation to buy the right house at the right time. My recommendation: call Jim the Realtor! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/14/2013
socalmelanie
Helped me buy home
Jim is thorough and will be brutally honest about the homes he shows you. He provides great service and follows through until the very end and even after the sale. I would definitely recommend Jim Klinge and his team and will use him again.
Highly likely to recommend
01/07/2013
user6611938
Helped me buy home
Jim educated us, helped us find the perfect house, and then negotiated us a great deal. I would hate to be sitting across the negotiating table from him. He has a ton of knowledge about housing, houses, and the housing market and he readily shares it all. Thanks Jim.