Matt O'Brien

14 years of work experience
Coldwell Banker Residential
5950 Santo Road, Ste. I
San Diego, CA, 92124
(619) 272-6845

Ratings & reviews (41)

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Highly likely to recommend
07/09/2014
marie magsombol
Helped me buy home
My husband and I were trying to look for a house early this year when I came across Matt's profile at Zillow. I instantly have this gut feeling that Matt is someone you can trust based on his good reviews and current sales. And so, I didn't waste any time and contacted him immediately to set up our first meeting. He immediately respond in a few minutes after I sent him a message and I was impressed. When we first met, he patiently set up our account in MLS and welcomed all our questions. I like the way he set up expectations from both parties and understood that we are both working so he can make some special arrangements for house tours and meetings. He shows up on time most of the time and calls us if ever he will be late due to traffic. He always give his expert views on the houses that we've seen. Never pushy at all...which we really like about Matt. He gives us ample time and never pressure us at all. When we finally found our dream house, he helped us save some money on the initial offer so we can have a bigger margin to negotiate with the seller. That for me is big because he is putting the client's interest first before anything else. From then on, he never fail to amaze us on his negotiating skills, being pro-active and thorough. He actually extended his help even after the house was sold to us. All in all, Matt made our first buying home experience stress-free. With his expert guidance and passion for his work, I know he will be able to help more buyers (like me and my husband) who didn't have any clue of the housing market. Thank you Matt! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/27/2014
ltjg aradanas
Helped me buy home
Well what can I say but THANK YOU so much for making mine and my family's dream come true. I can't express how much help Matt was, he really knows his stuff, and he will explain everything to you so it makes sense. He knows the whole home buying process from loan to close, and can answer any of your questions. I meet Matt around 3 months ago when I started this journey to buying a home. I didn't know if I even could after some credit troubles and a deed in lieu on another property. But Matt stuck with me though all the ups and downs. He was careful to make sure I knew exactly what I was getting into and to never get my hopes up to high as we attempted and succeed might I add to buying a short sale condo with a VA loan!!!! While my process took a little longer then most people because of my situation and the type of property we bought, I was so excited yesterday when Matt handed me my new condo keys!!! My dream of being a single mother with two teen daughters and home owner has come true and in the exact area I wanted with a room for each of us and a nice open kitchen!! I couldn't have done it with out Matt's help. He is a wealth of knowledge and can point you in the right direction to help you too achieve your dream!! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/18/2014
dbartel234
Helped me buy and sell homes
I chose to work with Matt for the sale of my condo, and the purchase of my new home in San Diego. I am very glad I did. Matt helped me stage the condo I owned for twelve years, and in a short time it looked better than I had ever seen it. Thanks to the great showing and wonderful write up, I got an offer on the first day, which relieved much of the stress of changing homes. Matt was very helpful and knowledgeable in guiding me through the process of finding a new property and navigating all that comes with selling, buying, and financing a home. I would highly recommend Matt's services to any of my friends and family looking to buy or sell. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/17/2014
zuser20140517134734780
Helped me buy home
I could not be any happier with my experience with Matt. I'm a first-time home buyer, so I needed a lot of hand-holding and help figuring out exactly what to do and how to do it - and Matt was there every step of the way! Even better, he never made me feel dumb or inexperienced - even though, when it comes to real estate, I definitely was! He gave me excellent guidance initially on narrowing down my search, and, after I was feeling frustrated after not falling in love with any options we were finding in my budget, he came through again with some suggestions about how and where to broaden my search. Lo and behold, the next time out we found a home I absolutely love! Matt guided me on making a great offer and through the negotiation process - everything really went incredibly smooth! And, now, here I am in my first home - we are absolutely loving it :) Matt is extremely objective and clearly always had my best interest at heart. He always made sure to point out both the positives and the negatives of any property, and I never once felt like he was being pushy in any way. I often asked to see homes on relatively short notice and he always fit me into his schedule. You can tell he takes his job very seriously and obviously knows all the ins and outs of the process - and I'm sure his "buttoned up" approach to all the documents, etc are the biggest reason why my escrow period and closing went so well. And, bonus - Matt is totally fun to be around and always made going to look at houses something I looked forward to :) I have no doubt that when I need a Realtor again in San Diego, I will be calling Matt! I have no reservations whatsoever with highly recommend him to anyone in the area who is buying or selling a home! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
04/11/2014
silarpac
Listed and sold a home
Matt O'Brien followed through on the sale of our town house in spite of several complications regarding our property. We sold quickly for above the asking price after the home was listed for sale thanks to Matt's sales expertise. Matt always returned messages promptly by either phone or e-mail and attended meetings when we were exploring different options. His knowledge of real estate and his professional judgment were an invaluable guide to us in the sale of our property. I would highly recommend Matt as an agent in any real estate transaction. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
04/08/2014
Marc Capralis
Listed and sold a home
We had a townhouse with many problems. We were not sure if we should renovate or sell as is. Renovation proved to be too expensive, so we went the AS IS route. Matt got us 40K more than we were thinking we would get for our townhouse! Matt went above and beyond to help us sell! We had a structural engineer come over; he was there. We wanted to see how best to sell the place; he was there!!! Highly recommended!!!
Response fromMatt O'Brien
Thank Marc! I enjoyed working with you guys and helping you from point A all the way through point Z. Be sure to keep in touch!
Highly likely to recommend
03/19/2014
poce762
Helped me buy home
Matt is awesome. I am a difficult client to work with as it took me a long time to figure out what i really wanted. He was very patient with my house search ADD and always had helpful suggestions. He is not pushy at all. We must have looked at 100 places he put in a lot of time and effort. Finally when i had made up my mind and we got something nailed down the offer and counter-offer process was rather stressful but Matt was always objective and had great advice. He absolutely looks out for you. Go with Matt as your agent there is no better one around! Less ... More
Response fromMatt O'Brien
I am so happy you hanged in there! You were the champ and now you have your own place to call HOME! That is what counts! I'm happy for you!
Highly likely to recommend
03/07/2014
shipperdawg
Helped me buy home
I highly recommend Matt O?Brien. I learned very quickly, as a first time home buyer, that no matter how much ?self-education? I tried to do, it was clear that I needed an agent exactly like Matt. From the moment of first contact to my closing and beyond, Matt was steadfast and quick to meet all my needs. In a dynamic and challenging market, Matt was prepared for every detail of finding me the home I was looking for. Outstanding knowledge of the area, integrity, friendly personality, and dedication are only a few of the many qualities Matt possesses. Working full time, with almost no opportunities during the workday to look at properties and review documents, I was able to look for my new home during the evenings and on weekends only because Matt was willing to work tirelessly for me at virtually any time on virtually any day. Ultimately, my home buying experience with Matt was both worry free and enjoyable. ?Thanks again Matt? Less ... More
Response fromMatt O'Brien
I am so happy that we found you such a great home! Congratulations and be sure to keep in touch!
Highly likely to recommend
01/20/2014
plannb03
Listed and sold a home
First of all, there is no one else I even considered when contracting with Matt to sell my San Diego home. He knows the area so well and has been so successful with selling similar units, that I felt he was the right choice to list my property. I originally thought my home would not even sell for what I paid for it and didn't feel as though I had any options. But Matt came to my home, looked around and said I should list it for about $50,000 more than I thought I could get. After my original shock and with some doubt about his claim, I took his advice and listed the home for his suggested asking price. After a few weeks we did have to adjust the price, but as soon as we did I started to get multiple offers and the home sold for much more than I thought I could get. I think the home was on the MLS for about six weeks which is pretty impressive given the amount of upgrades the home needed. I followed Matt's advice through the entire process (including advice on staging that I would never have thought of) and was so happy with the outcome. He even gave me advice on the purchase of my new home....and he wasn't even the agent. I think I got more good advice on my new home selection from Matt than I did from the local agent I was working with in my new town. Matt is so knowledgeable, friendly, and easy to talk to. I will always consider him a wonderful friend and if I ever move back to San Diego, Matt would be the first person I would call. Less ... More
Response fromMatt O'Brien
Thank you for the kind words Pam! Be sure to keep in touch, especially when you are back in SD; it will be good to catch up and see pictures of your new place! Miss ya!
Highly likely to recommend
12/25/2013
mffinn24
Listed and sold a home
I met Matt about three years before I decided to sell my condo. He impressed me as a knowledgable and highly qualified realtor. When it came time to sell I contacted Matt and he gave me a lot of help in preparing the condo before putting it on the market. He told me what I needed to do to to make the condo attractive. He suggested replacing appliances and carpeting and other details I would never have thought of. In fact he even went with me to purchase many of the items I needed. By the time we were finished the condo looked much more attractive than when I first contacted Matt. Selling a home is an emotional process and Matt made it a lot easier. I strongly recommend him on both a professional and personal level. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/03/2013
julia johannsen
Helped me buy home
Matt O'Brien is really a top-notch realtor. I am disabled, and he always went the extra mile to help me in every way. Matt was willing, able & ready. He is professional, competent, very personable & he goes the extra mile that other realtors don't. He was very patient with the limits of my disability throughout the entire process. He even recommended a fantastic lender after financing with two other companies fell through due to odd technicalities. I literally could not have bought this house without him & the lender he recommended. He always brought laughter to stressful situations. He dealt very patiently with the difficult Trust account reps who were selling the house I bought, and I believe he got me the best deal possible. The house is exactly what I need, in a great area for me. I could not have done it w/o his help & positive energy. I recommend Matt highly to anyone & everyone looking for a home. Thanks Matt! Less ... More
Response fromMatt O'Brien
Thanks Julia! How is the house coming along? Keep me posted; I can't wait to see it and visit with you again :-)
Highly likely to recommend
10/02/2013
user1655264
Helped me buy home
Matt is one of the best realtors we have worked with. We were very selective in our search, and Matt was extremely patient and accommodating to our needs. He was prompt returning e-mails and voice messages, and often went "over and above" to help us out. We would HIGHLY recommend Matt O'Brien as your realtor.
Highly likely to recommend
09/26/2013
user5941094
Listed and sold a home
The best. There is really no other way to describe Matt. This man has been a life saver to my husband and I over the last year. We bought a home in Santee with Matt about 9 months ago. It was such a smooth and easy process and he held our hands every step of the way. About 4 months after moving in we found out we would be required to move for my husbands job (super awesome timing..). So we called Matt back up because there was no way I was going to trust anyone else to sell out home, especially in such a short time. We had decided to list the home in a range-brilliant idea of his and In the end he helped us close a transaction for much more than we purchased the home for only a short time before. While selling was not the smoothest of processes, I would have to say we couldn't have done it without Matt! He saved us so much hassle and headache!! From the first offer coming in before the open house to those that followed, from deciding what offer was stronger and sending back multiple counter offers, from moving forward with the eventual buyers and the what seemed endless issues that arose through the process he never wavered and was constantly there to support and guide us. He even came over the the house to keep our dogs out if the way for one of the inspections!! Talk about dedication! Overall, if you go with anyone else than its one of the biggest mistakes you will ever make. I trust Matt for all of my California transactions and frankly am considering dragging him with us to our new location to buy our next home! (He is still on my speed dial just in case.. Seriously Matt, think about it.) :)" Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/21/2013
user75445947
Helped me buy home
In the past, we've had some agents in search for us the properties to buy, but no good result because of the experience, patience,...We don't hesitate to give Matt O'Brian a 5 stars agent for his experience, kindness, patience, He was taking care every details from the offer to the escrow closing. We strongly suggest to anybody who need to buy a property. Thank you Matt. Kham&Dao
Highly likely to recommend
06/26/2013
user90935446
Helped me buy home
Matt O'Brien is a true real estate professional who exceeded my expectations. He is thorough, patient, understanding, courteous, and extremely knowledgeable in his craft. Matt was able to persevere through 8 months of numerous negotiations, dealing with an out- of- state buyer who had a lot of questions & concerns. Matt is ALWAYS there when you need him.
Highly likely to recommend
05/27/2013
user9364476
Listed and sold a home
Only good experiences come from having Matt as your real estate agent. He is always professional, thoroughly prepared, proactive, has a marketing strategy but seeks his clients inputs, works to minimize the impact. He instinctively tailors the amount of information his client needs about the, in my case, selling process. He patiently answers questions no matter how times you have previously asked. He is on time for appointments or lets you know if he will be delayed. Definitely would recommend him. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/28/2013
user495078
Listed and sold a home
I highly recommend Matt O?Brien as your next real estate professional. I truly appreciated the assistance with the sale of my awesome condo in Rancho San Diego. He is very friendly and personable and I wouldn?t hesitate to work with him again in future. I appreciated all of his hard work, dedication, and most of all patience throughout the escrow process. Although my 1 bdrm 1 ba condo was awesome and in a great neighborhood with awesome amenities he made it look like a top-notch resort with his marketing/ photography and video tour. He made me not want to leave; although, my family has grown and we need more space. I appreciated him representing me and looking out for my best interest although he had to work with some not so gracious real estate ?professionals.? My family was able to relocate in a timely manner with his guidance and timely updates. He always told me the hard facts and leaving the fluff out and not painting a pretty picture when things weren?t always so pretty. He was always accessible and worked Monday thru Sunday with the end goal in mind. I appreciate that! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/23/2013
user7846428
Listed and sold a home
Effortless. We could not have asked for anyone better to help us sell our condo. We live out of state and Matt was there everytime that was needed. I know he will keep in contact with us even after the sale because that is how much he cares for his clients. Every real estate agent should strive for his excellence in service to his customers. Mahalo Matt
Highly likely to recommend
02/18/2013
user6885214
Listed and sold a home
A year prior to putting our condominium on the market we met with Matt to interview him to explain our requirements for us to consider using him as our agent. We made it clear that we would be working on a very tight schedule. Matt assured us that he was able and willing to work with us. Once we decided that it was time to sell we called Matt to list our property. Our experience from the beginning to the end in selling our condo in 2012 with Matt as our agent was the right one as he is very personable, professional, pays attention to detail, and is the best when it come to following through and keeping you informed during the entire process. This became evident when our property went into escrow and a few glitches got in the way. He kept on top of the process contacting the escrow company, loan officer, buyer?s agent or whoever needed to keep the process going and to avoid ?things? falling between the cracks. He called everyday to update us on what was going on even if there was nothing to report. We fondly called it the daily ?Matt Attack? and with a lot of hard work on his part escrow closed. If we were to consider buying or selling another property we would definitely call Matt and recommend him to any one that is looking for a real estate agent. Ron & Lynda Smith Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/14/2013
user9657788
Helped me buy home
My husband and I could not have been happier with Matt as our agent. We began our home search with a different agent, whose name I shall not mention, and while she was nice she just didn't connect with us. When we ran across Matt, we knew from the start he was the right fit for us. He was patient, practical, and always very honest. He put up with my constant phone calls and emails-I don't think there was a day that went by that we didn't communicate in one way or another. As a first time home buyer with a thousand questions, I can not thank Matt enough for always being available, knowledgeable, and helpful when I would be blowing up his phone. His commitment to his job is obvious in everything that he does, and I always felt like he was putting our needs at the top of his priority list-He even wrote our the offer for what is now our home over Christmas, talk about dedication!! (We now refer to the house as our Christmas present) I have and will continue to recommend Matt when anyone is looking for a real estate agent. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
09/05/2012
user5877670
Listed and sold a home
Our experience selling our home in 2012 with Matt as agent, was excellent. Having dealt with other realtors in the past, Matt is very professional, knowledgable of the market, pays attention to detail, is thorough and detail oriented,patient, and experienced. We would recommend Matt to anyone looking for an outstanding real estate agent. Steve & Kazumi Peterson
Highly likely to recommend
08/09/2012
user705305
Helped me buy home
My husband and I have moved quite a few times in the last 21 years. This last move was our biggest one, moving across country from Virginia to California. Of all the realtors we?ve worked with, Matt definitely out-shown them all. We had one week in San Diego to find a house. Every day that week, Matt picked me up at the hotel and spent at least 4-6 hours a day driving me around to look at homes, while my husband started his new job. Never once did I feel hurried and Matt never dropped me off at the hotel without first making sure I knew what the plan would be for the next day. He listened to all my comments and did his best to meet the criteria we had set. Being sensitive to the fact we were new to the area not only did he point out the pros and cons of the homes we looked at, but also the area or community it was located in. Truly a professional, Matt works through every detail with you and we came to trust him and his expertise. He is very personable, patient and thoughtful. I am a plant lover and I was always making a fuss over the beautiful ?bird-of-paradise? plants in the area. One day he dropped off a ?bird-of-paradise? at our house so I would have one in our new garden. If you want an agent who really cares about finding the home you will be happy with, who is always available (and I mean always) Matt is your man! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/04/2012
itlnprncs4
Helped me buy home
Matt worked with my husband and I for over 8 months to try and find the perfect house that wasn't too much work to move into but of course met our budget (which was pretty tight). We immediately learned that Matt is a very hard worker and very passionate about his work. We were first time home buyers and had lots of questions which he answered thoroughly and patiently (as we may have asked some of them more than once). He is a very honest, up front, knowledgable, and throrough agent and I wish there were more of him in the business. I would reccomend Matt to anyone who was looking for an agent as I have only good things to express about our experience as Matt being our agent. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/03/2012
tara312
Helped me buy home
Matt is awesome! As first time home buyers we had no idea where to even start. Matt walked us through the process from start to finish. I appreciated that he took the extra time to explain all the details in terms we actually understood. He was always easy to contact and very prompt with his responses. He also was extremely professional; We had his undivided attention when out viewing properites. Long story short, you won't be disappointed if you choose to work with Matt!!
Highly likely to recommend
04/17/2012
user212575
Helped me buy home
Thank you for working so hard to find me the right home at the right price. Relocating from Los Angeles to San Diego made my search time minimal, not to mention that I contacted you on Christmas Eve and all through the Holidays you found a way to meet my varied scheduled and you kept the search focused on my needs. I was impressed by your knowledge of the San Diego Real Estate Market. The home I finally acquired never had a ?For Sale? sign posted. But your involvement didn?t stop at the words ?I?ll take it?. You made certain that no detail was overlooked and assisted in negotiating the best deal. I have purchased several homes in the past and this was the most professional experience to date. Your attention to detail, insight into the market, as well as being a good listener is a great combination for any buyer. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
04/10/2012
Ric RCHSD
Helped me buy home
Excellent!!!! My family is a first time home buyer. We just got our property two weeks ago. It will not be closed without Matt's patience and expertise. Matt walked us through the entire process and made things very easy to comprehend. It took us 6 months and around 50 houses to find what we want. Matt is very impressive and professional. He knows the ins and outs of the entire process. He is very honest and hardworking. If you are looking for a property in San Diego we would highly recommend Matt. My wife and I can guarantee everyone will get the best realtor in Matt O'Brien!!! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/30/2011
linderw
Helped me buy home
Relocating from Northern California to San Diego, I was looking for a good real estate agent -- I saw Matt's reviews and contacted him. He listened to what I was looking for and was extremely patient to find the "right" properties for my situation. Through the process I found him to be very professional, personable, and knowledgeable. From writing up the contract, to negotiating the purchase price, to closing the deal, Matt did a great job...he also ensured that I was kept informed along the way and that all contracts/docs were properly completed by the close date with nothing overlooked. I'll definitely be contacting Matt for future real estate needs! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/26/2011
betts97
Helped me buy home
We spent nearly 10 months searching for that right home for us and Matt was there with patience and diligence.Matt O'Brien has proven that he will continue to help through all the ups and downs of a changing market, customers changing needs, and contract negotiations. THANK YOU MATT O'BRIEN, for helping us find the perfect home.
Highly likely to recommend
10/13/2011
koala0508
Helped me buy home
AWESOME!!! As a first time home buyer Matt walked me through the entire process and made things very easy to understand. My first lender would not release funds until an inspection item was fixed. I couldnt fix the issue because it is the HOA's responsibility. The lender would not accept a letter from HOA that they were aware of the situation and it was in their maintenance plan. Matt really came through and walked me through the process with another lender and we are closed in about two weeks!! If you are looking for properties in San Diego i would highly recommend Matt for your Real Estate needs, He is knowledgeable, down to earth and helps you solve problems throughout the entire process!!! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/01/2011
historylady
Showed me homes
I contacted him regarding saleability of my condo in Tierrasanta. He replied promptly with extensive Comparison properties and explained the variables in my situation. I will contact him in the future if and when I decide to market the property.
Highly likely to recommend
05/04/2011
Purcey
Listed and sold a home
Matt was very much a professional who paid alot of attention to details. My husband and I had never sold a condo before and Matt made it a very easy process.
Highly likely to recommend
04/16/2011
pattibunn
Helped me buy and sell homes
Matt is "da best." He went above and beyond. He listed and sold our townhome. He also helped us buy another place in North County. We have sold five houses in the past and Matt has been the best realtor ever. He kept us informed of every step. Along the way, we have encountered a "new friend."
Highly likely to recommend
01/17/2011
bevlinkhart
Listed home, but didn't sell
Matt was incredibly helpful throughout a very difficult process. He was knowledgeable about various programs and provided lots of assistance and support. Anyone looking for someone to represent them in the sale of their home or purchase of a home absolutely CANNOT go wrong with hiring Matt.
Highly likely to recommend
12/27/2010
ababababa
Helped me buy home
Matt is entirely professional, honest and personable. He's prepared, on time, returns calls right away, and follows up. Also he's comfortable to be with in that he's friendly and considerate. I trust Matt, and I will call him again if I ever need a real estate agent.
Highly likely to recommend
12/12/2010
gloribel2
Showed me homes
He does his job in professional maner, but always making you feel like if you are part of his family. always making sure that you are confortable with the decision you are trying to make. Matt is by far the best and he was the fourth realtor I had to go to as you can tell I'm not easy and he was able to help me.
Highly likely to recommend
12/07/2010
Sam Is
Listed home, but didn't sell
A people person who knows his product and his clients. He has done his homework and research. He is easy to talk to, seems willing to take the time to answer questons and provide research to prove his point. Someone who pwople can relate to.
Highly likely to recommend
12/06/2010
wsiliezar
Helped me buy home
Matt is the best agent for the job and we were lucky to have been represented by him on our first home purchase. He was great every step of the way of the process. He was always on time and kept us informed of everything that was happening in the process. He had our best interests in mind and never let us down.
Highly likely to recommend
12/06/2010
elan333
Listed and sold a home
Matt was supportive and responsive throughout the process of selling our home. That he managed to get us a price several thousands higher than the market and the condition of the property really warrented is a testament to his negotiating and marketing capabilities.
Highly likely to recommend
12/06/2010
Kevyn Jones
Helped me buy home
We found Matt O'Brien to be very professional, knowledgeable and patient. Buying a home, especially when moving from out of state, is very difficult when your not familiar with the area. Matt did his homework and educated us on the pros and cons of each area we were interested. He understood exactly what we were looking for and took the time to show us all homes fitting our criteria. We highly recommend Matt.
Highly likely to recommend
12/05/2010
P_B
Listed home, but didn't sell
I have bought and sold 5 other homes with other agents. Matt is very professional,responsive and a very hard worker. In a down economy he was persistent in holding open houses and advertising our property, He used a professional photographer to show our property. I would use Matt to sell any of my properties. I have taken my property off the market but will use Matt again when it goes back on the market.
Likely to recommend
12/05/2010
cobermeier
Listed and sold a home
I'd been working with another great agent who had to take a leave. Matt stepped right in and made me feel well take care of, less stressed, positive yet measured. I no longer feel alone in this crazy project; I know Matt is covering all the bases.