Richard Elias

23 years of work experience
Century 21 Award
7676 Hazard Center Drive #200
San Diego, CA, 92108
(619) 567-6713

Ratings & reviews (71)

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Highly likely to recommend
07/03/2014
jakeward89
Helped me buy home
Working with Richard and his team, including Anita and Helen, was the best decision my wife and I made when looking to purchase a home. They were ultra-responsive, knowledgable, patient, honest, friendly and just really good at what they do. If we ever buy or sell again, I will definitely be calling the Elias team to broker the transaction. We love our home and are so grateful we found them.
Highly likely to recommend
06/11/2014
zuser20140611155805170
Helped me buy and sell homes
I have worked with Richard for many years and he always comes through for me whether I am buying or selling. He is knowledgeable and extremely savvy about the process always giving practical guidance and advice. Anita is incredibly diligent and attentive to her clients always taking your call and following up on every detail. I never worry about a thing when I work with them as I know I am in good hands and getting the best deal possible.
Highly likely to recommend
06/10/2014
zuser20140610112558298
Listed and sold a home
I have just listed a property with Richard Elias and even before the property went on the market, he and his team went above and beyond. He communicated with vacating tenants and coordinated the move-out inspection while I was on the East Coast! I can only imagine how he will do now the property is in his hands and officially on the market!
Highly likely to recommend
05/29/2014
user3067947
Listed and sold a home
Richard Elias and his Team did a very good job handling the sale of our home in Oceanside, CA. He took care of necessary subcontractors for touch up and repairs, as well as moving furniture when needed. I was on the other side of the country and Richard handled everything for me. Nice!
Highly likely to recommend
05/09/2014
brandon whitt
Helped me buy and sell homes
As a first time home buyer we had no idea what we were getting into. From our first meeting with Richard and Anita we immediately felt at ease knowing that we were going to be in good hands. They took the time to find out our wants and location and would constantly help broaden our search. Any time we wanted to see a home they were always readily available. Once we found a home they pushed hard for us and we got the first home we made an offer on. After our offer was accepted they guided us through all the processes that we would encounter and took care of all of our questions. We never felt left in the dark and always felt reassured of everything that was happening. I would highly recommend Richard and Anita to anyone that wants to get into their dream home. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/06/2014
adcuc
Listed home, but didn't sell
Richard Elias provided everything we would expect from a realtor, and then some. He was positive and energetic about listing our home and was encouraging throughout the entire process. When we listed our home with him, I was confident that he would do everything he could to market and ultimately get our home sold. From beginning to end, he communicated with us on a regular basis, giving us updates as they occurred, and kept us informed during each step of the process. I would highly recommend Richard to anyone looking to sell their home. I cannot imagine being anything less than satisfied with his expertise, work ethic, personable attitude, and genuine concern for his client. Thank you Richard, for all you did to get our home sold. We are grateful for your commitment to us. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
04/30/2014
user8134861
Helped me buy home
Anita is knowledgeable about the buying process. She was patient when showing us homes and did not pressure us into making any decision. She worked through Sunday evening to process our offer. She responded quickly to any questions we had and she can be reached using text messages which is very convenient these days. While closing on the house, there was a storm which uncovered termites in the main beam of the house. It was very stressful seeing that the first day we moved in but Anita was still easily reached and assured me she'll have the termite company fix it under warranty. The same week the termite company came out and fixed it. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
04/21/2014
afborch
Listed and sold a home
Richard sold our home in six days in an unpredictable market. He made great recommendations about pricing that ended up getting us exactly what we were asking for (full price). He was very responsive, professional and efficient throughout the experience. Most of the paperwork was signed via smartphone which made the process much easier than past experiences. He also took the extra steps preparing the advertising and getting the house ready for the market. I highly recommend Richard if you are looking to sell or buy a house in East County. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/25/2014
rbrislin
Listed and sold a home
How can we express the strongest recommendation we are able to give in a few words? The sale of the house in which my wife and I have lived for 41 years was the biggest financial transaction of our lives! It was also a deeply personal one, full of the memories of our children, grandchildren, and our various activities. Our choice of a realtor to handle this transaction was of utmost importance to us! In choosing Richard Elias to handle this transaction for us, we quickly discovered that we had engaged the best in the realty business! Richard gave us everything we needed in a realtor ? a strategic plan of action based on long experience, thoroughness and exactness in handling and explaining the many details involved, regular updates, intelligent pricing, knowledge, assertiveness and an unfailingly positive attitude. In addition, Richard gave us the benefit of his truly outstanding support team which handled the details of the listing, sales and escrow processes. These processes are now complete with the help of Richard and his exemplary team! We are proud to give Richard Elias --- and each of his team members --- our highest recommendation! With Best Regards, Robert J. and Barbara E. Brislin San Diego, California Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/11/2014
juliettekoh
Helped me buy home
Anita and her team are unbelievable. Previous realtors have been unresponsive and lacked urgency, but Anita was always available. She would send me comps within hours of seeing properties I was interested in, and worked around my schedule. Her team was equally as amazing, providing me with all the information I needed and helping me in every way possible. Other realtors just want the sale and try to convince you to buy the property, even if it's not the right one. With Anita, Suha, and Helen, I really felt like they were looking out for my best interests. Even after the purchase, they continue to be in touch and help me whenever I need them. In sum, they are PHENOMENAL! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/18/2013
jrcaubang74
Listed and sold a home
Richard made the experience of selling my house a pleasant one. The sale was quicker than I had expected and the transaction was very smooth. As someone who had very little knowledge about the sale of a home, Richard explained and guided me through the process and made it less overwhelming than it could have been. He and his staff were there to answer any questions that came up. He was very prompt to keep me updated with progression of the sale. I would without a doubt contact him again with any real estate needs and would highly recommend him. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/18/2013
user66379449
Helped me buy and sell homes
Richard helped us buy and sell our home in Santee, CA in November 2013. Choosing Richard and his team to help us with these transactions was one of the best decisions we had made! If you chose to have Richard as your listing and/or buying agent here is what you will get: * He will always have YOUR best interest in mind. It was so clear he and his team cared about my family. * 20+ years of real estate experience. Richard is a professional in this field and is very polished in the entire transaction from listing your home, negotiating with other agents, and knowing the market very well to helps you make sound decisions. * Richard has a very talented team that will assist you with all aspects of the transaction: listing and marketing your home, buying a new home, escrow, etc. this will ensure you will always have someone to contact through the whole process. I could not be more impressed with Richard Elias and would highly recommend considering him if your are in the market for buying or selling your house. I know I will be reaching out to Richard the next time we want to move up!! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/14/2013
jetsd3
Listed and sold a home
I reached out to Richard this past summer to get his thoughts on the current market and to get a valuation on my condo. The market was improving and with a growing family, I knew this was a great opportunity to sell. He went to work right away and found me a full price offer just days after signing the contract. I have partnered with Richard in previous transactions and the results are always the same...SOLD. Richard is a very professional, knowledgeable and motivated realtor and is the only realtor I have partnered with. I would highly recommend anyone looking to buy or sell a home to partner with Richard and his dedicated team. They will take great care of you. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/03/2013
jessicadebry
Listed and sold a home
Richard recently assisted my husband and I in selling our condo in the San Diego area. Richard and his entire team are absolutely top-notch in the industry - so friendly and personable, yet still professional and efficient. We listed our condo while we were out of town on a vacation, and Richard was respectful with not bothering us, yet still keeping us in the loop with all of the activity of our listing. He is experienced, straightforward, and honest, and was able to assist us in selecting the most appropriate buyer after we received multiple offers on our property. We were completely thrilled with the final offer we accepted! What I think sets Richard apart from others in the industry is the fact that him and his team go the extra mile. Even months after selling our property, Richard will occasionally check-in just to say hello and see how things are going. He is an authentic, hard-working, and seasoned agent, and I would recommend him to anyone! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/23/2013
user2028742
Helped me buy home
Working with Anita Karmo was a great experience. I appreciated her flexibility to work with me while I was on assignment outside the US. I was shown a number of neighborhoods, particularly ones I hadn't considered, and I ultimately purchased a condo in a neighborhood recommended by Anita. With her help, the offer and negotiation process was handled expertly and smoothly for me. When I returned to the US, I only needed to show up to sign the paperwork. I would absolutly recommend Anita to others looking to buy or sell a home. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/17/2013
ryan388
Listed and sold a home
I can't say enough great things about Richard and his team! He both helped me purchase and sell a house and both transactions were so painless! He is patient, understanding, honest and prompt. He makes you feel like you are his only client (when we know he's a busy man) and that to me is so important. My review could go on and on, but the long and short is I will use Richard for all of my future home transactions and would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone I know who's looking to buy or a sell a property! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/01/2013
BobVan Pelt
Listed and sold a home
I met Richard when I had contacted by many real estate agents from San Diego who were interested in selling my family property. I choose him because of professional attitude and knowledge. He was able to properly assess the value of the properties, and actually sold the above those assessments in an extremely short time short period of time. I live in New Jersey and could not have been better represented. I felt his main concern was to protect me and get the best value for properties. I would highly recommend Richard and his staff Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/29/2013
user9018153
Listed and sold a home
If you want your house to sell fast and for top dollar, Richard Elias is your man! He sold ours after less than a week on the market for much more than our asking price and well above what we were expecting. His negotiation skills are second to none. We will absolutely call Richard if we ever need to sell a house again!
Highly likely to recommend
07/29/2013
user7373101
Helped me buy home
It was a pleasure working with Richard and Anita. We were very fortunate to have them as our agents as there expetise in the real estate market was key in finding us the right home. I would refer them to anyone I know and they will the first people we will call if and when we ever decide to move again. Thanks Richard and Anita!
Highly likely to recommend
04/24/2013
modern lakeside
Listed and sold a home
I chose Richard to sell my house based on a recommendation of a trusted family friend. I couldn't have made a better choice. He came to our first meeting with his homework done. He knew the value of my house and the comps in the neighborhood. He told me how much I would get from the sale and he knew the right price point for the house to sell quickly. The house had multiple offers over the asking price and sold within six days in a slowly recovering real estate market. More importantly he became an assertive advocate for me when the loan process took a few unexpected twists and turns. Richard is straightforward and matter of fact. He is the reassuring voice of reason when you may think there is a problem. And when there is a problem or complication he will handle it head on. He is not shy when it comes to representing your best interests. This is the guy you want on your side. He gets the job done, and is a consummate professional. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/20/2013
user08537716
Helped me buy home
I have heard nothing but nightmare stories when comes to home buying especially when it comes to the "short sale process." My fiancé Cristina and I were interested in buying a home and I sought out for a Real Estate agent who has proven track record. I needed someone who was going to be there for us when it counted the most. Richard Elias and his team was the best fit. His team of professionals was nothing less than amazing during the whole process. Between Richard, Anita, and Helen the experience was amazing. From sending me properties to look at, to the digital/analog seamless multiple document signings it was process that was made less stressful because of this team. Richard even set me up with a loan officer that was there to help us and not hit us with crazy fees. We were afraid of the whole process but this team was able to calm our nerves and make this process easy.We don't know know why anyone else would go with any other agent. Richard Elias and his team are the best. With great pleasure we recommend this team to assist you with your Real Estate needs. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/13/2013
user0427933
Listed and sold a home
Richard was very good about keeping us updated. Several bank reps quit and/or resigned during the sale which turned it into a long drawn out process. Richard kept on top of bank reps and brought the deal to a close.
Highly likely to recommend
02/11/2013
user6150855
Listed and sold a home
I interviewed 4 realtors, Richard Elias being one of them. I found that they all came with basicly the same information but Richard came with a bit more. When presenting comps and sold stats they all come from pretty much the same sources. What Richard brought to the table that helped me a great deal is PICTURES! I was able to see what a $300k or $350k house looked like in my area. That, along with the market valuations helped me a great deal in determining the value of my house. Richard was a class A negotiator! He sold my home in a week, and this was when the market was almost dead, AND negotiated the amount I needed to get for my home. I highly recommend Richard Elias as your realtor. The coordination between the client and his staff are impeccable. I always knew what was happening next..ahead of time! If paperwork was to be signed, his staff explained it in terms that were simple and easy to understand. If I had a question, I could always reach Richard and/or his staff. I got answers immediately. At the end of close of escrow, I had a mountain of paperwork. There was no need...Richard Elias Century 21 presented me with a CD with all the paperwork on it! If you hire Richard, you won't be disappointed. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/06/2013
user7441078
Helped me buy home
Both Richard and his partner Anita were excellent.They each went out of their way to search for a house that met our specific needs. We felt their professional opinions to be accurate and supportive and kept us from making an incorrect decision. We would happily recommend them both.
Highly likely to recommend
02/01/2013
user4957388
Helped me buy home
I have purchased three homes using Richard Elias. Buying a home is a very exciting time. However it sometimes can be very stressful. Not only did Richard find our home he called us daily and made sure we understood the process and keep us informed about every detail. I would never consider using any other agent for any type of property purchase. Richard has gained my trust and loyalty due to his exceptional service to myself and my family over the years.
Highly likely to recommend
01/29/2013
karen whitt
Helped me buy and sell homes
I first met Richard Elias in 1994. He has sold 5 of my homes, and helped me purchase 3. Richard and his team have the highest standards and integrity when completing transactions. From helping me to find the right home, to selling my home, they were always available for my questions. I would highly recommend Richard and his team to everyone. Karen Carmel Valley, Ca.
Highly likely to recommend
10/11/2012
GaryBurghart
Helped me buy and sell homes
Richard and his team did a fantastic job selling our home and finding us our dream home. The process was smooth and the coordination between selling one home and buying another went perfectly. Even though the home we bought was a short-sale, Richard got us accepted by the seller, approved by the bank, and got us moved all in less than two months! Really a great experience.
Highly likely to recommend
08/28/2012
user60625249
Listed and sold a home
Richard was very professional and made the process of selling my home easier to understand. I listed my home on Thursday afternoon and had my first offer by Saturday, and that was the offer I accepted. Richard had a professional photographer take pictures and put them in the MLS in the form of a video which enhanced my home exponentially. I had three offers on my home within the first week and accepted the first offer. I also was in the process of purchasing another home out of state and so it was critical to me to meet all deadlines and Richard made sure everything was done to meet those deadlines. I would highly recommend Richard Elias to anyone buying or selling a home in the service areas he represents. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/25/2012
user74060883
Helped me buy and sell homes
Richard and his team were very knowledgable and helpful to me in both the selling of my home and the purchase of my new home. They responded quickly to my questions and negotiated very well in my behalf. I would definately recommend Richard Elias at Century 21 Award. Janet at Pacific Beach
Highly likely to recommend
08/01/2012
user2230399
Helped me buy home
I have worked with Richard on 2 purchases and 1 sale. He is extremely knowledgable and has an outstanding work ethic. Professional guidance is more important than ever and Richard is amongst the best.
Highly likely to recommend
07/25/2012
user9063188
Listed and sold a home
It was time to sell our home of 34 years. We wanted a realtor who knew our area, had strong marketing skills, and would be client-centered with follow up. Three interviews later, we found Richard Elias on a relative's recommendation. In working with Richard, we not only got what we were looking for but so much more we didn't even know we needed! Professional, technology-based, communicator, attentive to detail -- words so easily thrown about, but when applied by a skilled team produced results with speed and accuracy. Thank you, Richard Elias and team. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/17/2012
user2992005
Helped me buy and sell homes
I have known and worked with Richard for the past ten years (bought five properties and sold 2) and can honestly and without hesitation say, Richard has your best interests at the forefront of all transactions. From buying to selling a home, he knows all aspects of the market and ensures your protection throughout the process. He also has a super team (Anita, Helen, Dreama and others) behind him, of people that he trusts and that integrity shines through to the customer. Richard is amazing at pricing, analysis and ensuring that what you are buying is priced appropriately. He also ensures that you are not taken advantage of, whether buying or selling. His communication and explanation of the transactions will never leave you guessing (this is very important to me). Richard and his team will always operate with the highest level of integrity. Would I recommend Richard and his team? I would not use anyone else and you should not either. Thank you Richard and team, Dustin Bauman Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/14/2012
user169854
Listed and sold a home
Richard was very professional, efficient, and reassuring throughout the whole transaction , which was a short sale. I will add it was completed in a extremely fast amount of time as well.
Highly likely to recommend
07/13/2012
user022358
Helped me buy home
This was our first real estate transaction with Richard in a tough buyers market. He did an excellent job, quickly responding to homes that newly hit the market and reaching out to seller's agents to scope information and push through our offers. He also activley monitored the loan process to make sure we met the demands of quick shortsale. As a result, we ended closing on a perfect home in our most highly desired neighborhood.
Highly likely to recommend
07/12/2012
user433218
Helped me buy home
I just purchased my second home using Richard Elias as my agent. Both times the experience Was smooth and as close to stress free as buying a home can be. My wife (who went through the process for the first time) was impressed with how fast everything was completed once Richard found our dream home. I highly recommend Richard Elias.
Highly likely to recommend
07/12/2012
user8036128
Helped me buy home
As a first time home buyer, the process of buying a new home could have been a frustrating and intimidating experience, but Richard and his team were extremely helpful and supportive to guide me through the process. He was extremely responsive to any questions or concerns I had, and found me a terrific home thanks to his knowledge and experience. I always felt he was speaking to me honestly and straightforward, even when I sometimes didnt want to hear the truth. I would recommend him to my friends and family. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
01/31/2012
1Bless
Listed and sold a home
Richard is one of a kind. He provides a wealth of information on the real estate market as well as how to position your home to sell in real time, blended with his marketing expertise. He takes no short cuts in marketing your property - professional photo shoot supported by copy that focuses on key selling points. Our home was listed with another agent for three months with no real results or marketing strategy. We moved our listing to Richard - who refined our pricing and marketing strategy. Within three weeks we had two offers. Richard is a pro at negotiations and all the related details and he did not checkout after the sale. He followed through until all monies were transferred and was sure our move and transition to our new home was complete. A great friend and business partner indeed! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
01/12/2012
HappyMrandMrs
Listed and sold a home
We reviewed over 40 agents in our area, then chose 10 agents/teams to interview in-person based on success rate, numerous reviews at different sites, content of the ideas and marketing plan, real estate/financing knowledge and overall current market knowledge. Richard Elias, Anita, Suha and the entire Elias team won hands-down. If you want to sell you home and KNOW that you have a truly superior agent with a knock-out team backing him up, then you won't be sorry you selected Richard Elias. From the first meeting where he proved he was the best agent to sell our home, all the way through to showing the property, the offer & negotiation and final closing, Richard and his Team were in constant contact. Always available for questions or suggestions. Mutliple marketing plans, top of the line brochures, exceptional photos and video/virtual tours and follow up, follow up, FOLLOW UP. This team knows the meaning of SERVICING their clients and work HARD to ensure you receive the best representation and your satisfied every step of the way. As we write this review, we do not want to sound like a commerical or that we're sending along false praise, so we assure you that every word and comment written is true. Richard knows our phone #... we would be happy to tell you about our experience. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
01/12/2012
viper12770
Helped me buy home
Richard Elias and his Staff are extremely knowledgeable, supportive and understanding in what feels like one of the most important decisions in your life. I would recommend Richard to anyone who wants to have a positive experience buying a house. I would not have made it through this process with out the understanding and knowledge that Richard was able to provide us. I am finally living in my dream home. Thanks Richard and all the girls for making it happen!
Highly likely to recommend
01/11/2012
theonas1
Helped me buy and sell homes
My wife and I are experienced homebuyers. Richard helped us sell a condominium in Kearny Mesa, and purchase a single story, new construction home in Santee. Richard and his team earned our highest five star rating. He knew the market, was straightforward and honest, and kept us well-informed throughout the process. He was quick to research and answer all our questions. My wife and I felt Richard really looked after us, and always negotiated in our best interest. He was an easy agent with whom to work: smart, a good listener, and very personable. Since we are both busy, we also appreciated his punctuality, preparedness, and professionalism. After our experience with Richard, we feel he is one of the top real estate professionals in the San Diego area. We would use his services exclusively, and would strongly recommend him to our friends and family. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
12/11/2011
mike scacco
Listed and sold a home
Sale of my house in San Carlos for a relocation.....Difficult times to sell a house where the value dropped 30% from 2005. In spite of irresponsible offers, Richard and his Team displayed tenacity,commitment to the seller,resourcefulness in saving us thousands of dollars and negotiated the best price possible during difficult times. His knowledge of the market and ability to assess and take a direction is a value to anyone considering listing their property for sale.
Highly likely to recommend
12/05/2011
bdmlawyer
Listed and sold a home
This agent was very helpful and responsive throughout the process. He found a buyer quickly and helped close the deal just as quick. I would recommend this agent to my friends and family.
Highly likely to recommend
11/12/2011
rsalo007
Listed and sold a home
Prior to having Richard as our listing agent, we had our home listed with another agent for 6 months with no success. When the listing expired, we had decided we were going to try listing it one last time for a shorter duration. We met with several potential agents and decided to go with Richard. We discussed the situation we were in and our urgency to get it moving quickly. Needless to say, Richard understood our needs. He laid out a game plan utilizing an aggressive marketing strategy and feedback system. We knew up front what to expect so there where no surprises. We noticed a tremendous increase in activity. Within 2 months of listing our home with Richard, we got an offer and was able to close escrow in about 30 days. We would use him again. Less ... More
Likely to recommend
10/26/2011
TKeeton
Listed and sold a home
Richard stuck with me for over 2 years on a tough short sale with very little to gain but a "Thank you". His team was excellent and very knowledgeable about the ins and outs of short sale negotiations. They kept me up to date throughout the process and encouraged me not to give up.
Highly likely to recommend
10/13/2011
bentapesnot
Helped me buy home
The Richard Elias Experience: Team Richard and Anita recently helped my wife and me find our first home. We were dealing with a short timeline and wanted to secure living arrangements immediately. I arrived in California and had 10 days to house-hunt. I called several different agents eager to look at houses that day. Nobody could get me inside any properties and just as I was going to give up hope, I called Century 21 Award and spoke with Anita. She acted quickly with determination and enthusiasm, and introduced us to Richard. That afternoon they showed us 4 listings. From that day on, I knew that I found the team that was going to fight for me. They did not waste my time showing me properties that did not fit my search criteria. After looking at a home, I would describe what I did not like and they would eliminate any further homes in the search that shared the same deficiencies. Team Richard and Anita utilize the latest technology coupled with years of knowledge and experience in the local area to facilitate the ideal home buying experience. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
09/30/2011
mschanl
Listed and sold a home
Local knowledge--Richard knows the market in San Diego. He knows what kind of buyer will want your house. He will tell you the most realistic price your house will go for based on houses that previously sold. Process expertise--Richard can answer all the questions brewing on your head. Is it worth it to have him sell your house? Of course it is although I can honestly tell you I was hesitant to sell my house through an agent at first. Having him working for you, he knows all the forms needed to fill out, he'll give you peace of mind---making the process a lot faster. Responsiveness--Richard is very very responsive. He updates you with the property and when you call him, you can usually reach him. If you leave a message on his answering machine, he's sure to return your call very quickly. Negotiation skills--Richard is again very very good at this. It's hard to explain but if you want to get the most from your property, you just need to get Richard. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
09/21/2011
williams758
Helped me buy and sell homes
Richard is always upfront and open about the options and challenges you face as a buyer or seller. This is very helpful especially in this difficult time we face in the real estate market. He never stops until the job is done which is appreciated.
Highly likely to recommend
08/31/2011
Carol Yaji
Helped me buy home
Richard was referred to me by a very close friend who has benefited from his professional services a number of times. This friend told me how she loved him and Anita his assistant, and that they still hear from him. From our first meeting, I was very impressed and needed to look no further to find an agent/team to represent me. He had a nice, informed packet for me that included resources, what to expect, useful websites to help educate me in the process of buying my first home. Every single phone call and email was responded to almost immediately to acknowledge my questions or concerns. If they didn't have an answer, they'd assure having one soon. Every single time that was the case. My property was a short sale. There are nightmare stories of short sales out there. Mine, I'm told by friends, my loan officer and Richard and Anita was the fastest they've seen or had. Not everything in a short sale is ideal, quite the contrary, less negotiating power is not in your agent's control. Everything on my agents end was organized, fast, and professional. Richard being in the business for many years, has established other quality and reputable professionals such as the inpsection person, heating and a/c, termiite, locks, etc. They knew the type of home/neighborhood I was looking for, and once even drove out to see it for me while I was out of town. I'm confident if you choose to work with Richard Elias and Anita, you will feel happy about your overall experience. I will definitely work with them again if the opportunity arises. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/30/2011
nmhanna
Helped me buy home
Richard's knowledge and expertise has helped me immensely in the purchase of my new home. He is an expert negotiator and got me into my house for a lot less than what the seller was asking for. He was always on time to our appointments and very flexible with his schedule. The document signing process was a breeze with their docusign technology. I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate.
Highly likely to recommend
08/30/2011
DTrzos
Helped me buy home
Very helpful and informative every step of the way. I would highly recommend him to all my friends and family.
Highly likely to recommend
08/13/2011
jcollet1
Helped me buy home
Richard is the one of the most professional realtor I've ever had the pleasure to work with. He promptly answered all my phone calls, e-mails and questions. I was dealing with Richard out of state in the purchase of a home in San Diego and he put my mind at ease since he was there every step of the way, taking the stress out of being stressful. I was in San Diego for escrow but when I told him I was having a problem with my out of state bank wiring the funds, he promptly put me in touch with a local bank who resolved this problem. After closing, my homeowners insurance company would not insure my home. I called Richard and again he came to my rescue, putting me in touch with an insurance agent who promptly wrote up a policy. I have nothing but high praise for Richard and his team, and whoever is fortunate enough to have dealings with Richard should consider it an honor.Richard makes you feel like family, and he is always there for you, even after closing. I would highly recommend him to family, friends, and anyone who is looking for the best of the best. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/02/2011
twodah
Listed and sold a home
We chose Richard Elias because he was both knowledgable and proactive. I live in another state and could not be there daily. He not only handled all of the negotiations, but also some of the repair work that needed to be done. He was knowledgable and honest with us about pricing so that the property would sell quickly. We had two offers fairly quickly and he successfully negotiated with the best, and we were able to close within a month. His staff is professional and efficient, while being understanding when either of us had a question. I would definitely recommend Richard to anyone selling property in the San Diego area. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/17/2011
Phillip and Kelly
Helped me buy home
Our experience with Richard Elias was perfect! His knowledge of real estate was evident during the entire process. He did an excellent job directing us toward the most desirable areas and took all of our preferences into consideration. We had a very high-maintenance transaction with our lender, and Richard helped us through the frustrations by smoothing the process as much as he could. Since our purchase was a short-sale property, he even went above and beyond to meet our needs when the selling agent could not. We are completely satisfied with our new home, and cannot believe that despite some of the obstacles, our purchase was successful. My husband and I would reccomend Richard to anyone, and plan to continue business with him in the future. Thank you, Richard! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/10/2011
shermilene
Listed and sold a home
Richard has helped us with the sale of two homes. Lakeside in 2000 and Santee in 2005. We were very happy with him and his team. Would recommend him, in fact have, and will continue in the future. Thanks for a great job.
Highly likely to recommend
06/07/2011
scutitta
Helped me buy home
My husband and I made our first home purchase with Richard Elias. He was extremely positive and patient through our short sale. I truely recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. His experience, knowledge, professionalism and negotiating skills helped us make the right purchase.
Highly likely to recommend
06/02/2011
seanreddy
Listed and sold a home
Richard helped my wife and I to sell our home in a tough real estate market. His efforts generated multiple offers and his negotiations allowed us to settle on a sales price that we could live with. Thank you Richard! Sean & Erin
Highly likely to recommend
05/30/2011
Carol Trotter
Helped me buy and sell homes
Richard is the only agent we will ever use. He helped my husband and I buy our first house and later helped us to upgrade to a larger home. He is a true professional, with exceptional knowledge and integrity. He was very patient as both the buying and selling agent, always looking out for our best interest. We have recommended him to our parents and sister, who have also had excellent experiences with Richard as their agent.
Highly likely to recommend
05/19/2011
ssogge
Listed and sold a home
I had a great experience working with Richard and found he was a true professional. I would use him again in a heartbeat and would recommend him to my friends and family if they were looking to purchase in the area.
Highly likely to recommend
05/16/2011
shanhan
Helped me buy and sell homes
Richard has helped me with both a home purchase and home sale. In each case he was very professional, knowledgeable, responsive and a great negotiator to have on your side. I would recommend Richard to anyone looking for an agent, and would certainly use him again in the future.
Highly likely to recommend
05/15/2011
mrpesca
Helped me buy home
Haven't used Richard in a while but only because we still live in the home that he helped us to purchase. Richard also listed the one we sold to move here. He treats us more like friends than clients but is still very professional when it comes to business. Whether negotiating the price up on a sale home or down on a buyers agent transaction he goes out of his way to make sure you are happy. Even when my own financing fell through Richard recommended a mortgage lender that got us closed in two weeks! We will definitely be calling Richard Elias when and if we decide to sell or buy again. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/13/2011
plumie
Helped me buy home
Richard worked very hard to find us our Dream Home. He was Honest, Direct and told us exactly what to expect throughout the purchase. There were no surprises. Richard spend many hours searching to find our home and was always first to get us to the new listings before anyone else. He was a great at making the deal and made sure that all that we asked for was included in the deal. I would highly recommend Richard to others, we have since used Richard to handle other real Estate transactions and have been very satisfied Danny & Sue Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/10/2011
Tink72
Helped me buy and sell homes
I have worked with Richard Elias on multiple transactions to buy and sell houses. He is knowledgeable, courteous, and responds to my questions and concerns in a very timely manner any time of day or night. He makes me feel as though I am his #1 customer at all times. He makes sure everything is going smoothly and that all inspections and other needs are taken care of so that I don't have to worry about them. Even after the transaction is over, he is still available for my questions, concerns, or comments. He is polite, courteous, honest, and always does his best to get me the best deal possible. I highly recommend Richard to be your realtor and rest assured I will continue to use him as mine in the future. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/09/2011
hayden486
Helped me buy home
Richard and his staff are awesome. I would highly recommend him. He made the whole experience of buying a house very smooth. Very trusting!
Highly likely to recommend
05/09/2011
amillerscott
Helped me buy and sell homes
Richard has been truly tremendous throughout the process, he exhibits qualities in a Real Estate agent that other Real Estate agents should look at and follow his lead. Best of all he were always available to answer our questions, offer advice or address our concerns. Richard demonstrated a concern for our needs at all times. We will unhesitantly recommend him to anyone planning to buy a home or Sale their home... Thank you Ronnie and Andrea Scott
Highly likely to recommend
05/08/2011
acoooper44
Helped me buy and sell homes
We met Richard just over 8 years ago and were immediately impressed with his knowledge. Over the course of the 8 years we have purchased four different properties using Richard for all, I was extremely impressed with our last purchase because Richard knew exactly what to do to get us the best deal and make sure we were the ones walking away with the deal (even though there were 8 other offers and some higher than ours). I will ALWAYS refer Richard to friends and family members interested in purchasing as I have complete confidence that he will find them exactly what they are looking for. Richard is the best!!!! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/07/2011
brt68
Helped me buy and sell homes
Excellent. Richard is very responsive and informative at all times.
Highly likely to recommend
05/07/2011
eiad
Helped me buy and sell homes
I have used Mr. Elias in the past and I was very satisfied with his service. recently I needed to buy a house and sell the one he represented me to buy in the past. I feel very confident in his skill. Mr. Elias has been in the business for a long time and I see his passion to his job. I feel he is extremely knowledgeable in the field and I felt that he had my best interest at heart. His advice has always been helpful and his negotiation skills are excellent. I also liked the way he guided me through all the steps and paper work. I would definitely go through him again and would recommend him to all my friends and family. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/07/2011
richardkeen1
Helped me buy and sell homes
After having used Richard Elias twice (first in 2000 to buy my home, and recently in 2010 to sell my home prior to an out of state move) I can say that Richard Elias is the BEST realtor in San Diego! In a market that was definitely NOT favoring sellers, he helped us price the house right and provided extraordinary marketing that resulted in our home selling in 9 days for 99% of the listing price! His expert team provided valuable assistance from listing until after the closing. I can't recommend him highly enough! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/07/2011
BenHK
Helped me find a home to rent
Richard helped finding a property for us. He is a straight forward person, honest, knowledgeable about San Diego area and at the same time flexible to accommodate our needs. His team was very professional and helpful in going through the closing process. I would certainly recommend him to others.
Highly likely to recommend
05/06/2011
ryry72786
Helped me buy home
Richard and his team are THE BEST. Found the PERFECT home. He was patient yet aggressive and always felt confident that the right decision would be made with his guidance. I always recommend him and his team for anybody looking to purchase a home!
Highly likely to recommend
01/27/2011
ELAKM777
Helped me buy home
Richard has helped me with numerous real estate transactions. In every case his level of professionalism as well as his staffs has surpassed the previous transaction. They pay incredible attention to detail which has prevented mistakes as well as making sure nothing is overlooked. I recommend Richard and his people with full confidence that they are some of the best realtors in San Diego.