Ruth and George – Sellers in Point Loma, Jan 2019
We decided to sell our Roseville Heights / Point Loma home and move to a Condo or Apartment after realizing that with our advancing age it was time to downsize from a home that had been in our family for more than 50 years. We first met with a Realtor recommended by a family advisor. She and her associate came to our property. After extolling the virtues of our property’s spectacular Downtown / Bay View, while they both were standing outside on the front porch, they took a quick tour then proposed a selling price based solely on their comps for a few other local properties (in a more congested area). None of the comparable properties had the spectacular view, the same number of bedrooms, baths or ancillary buildings. We were shocked and dismayed. After living in the Roseville Heights neighborhood for more than 30 years we had followed selling prices and improvements to our neighbor’s properties with their associated increase in value.
A day or two after meeting with the first realtor, and after getting over the shock, we called Marc Lyman with Pacific Sotheby’s. We had been receiving his excellent marketing materials for years. Mutual friends had also extolled him as a truly ethical and knowledgeable Realtor. It took us no time to locate his most recent marketing mailer (highlighting his recent County-Wide & Point Loma / Ocean Beach sales), and to call his number to ask him to meet with us as soon as possible.
He met with us the following morning, (two days before Thanksgiving) and came prepared with an understanding of the property and an obvious excitement for its value and sales potential in the Point Loma market. It speaks to Marc’s preparedness as a seasoned and successful Realtor that he had the correct “on paper” information but he had also looked at characteristics of the actual property when considering its valuation for sale. Things might appear as faults or even ignored by the county’s parcel information but could also be viewed as features and some awesome development opportunities for a new owner.
Within two and a half weeks of that initial meeting with Marc, the house was cleaned and cleared enough to take advertising photos and an aerial video for the MLS and to hold a back-to-back weekend open house. Within a week of it being listed, we received four offers, selected one with Marc’s council and opened a 20 day escrow.
Marc was instrumental at hiring a service to help clear the property of most personal effects, as well as ensuring there would be no glitches during escrow by running a preliminary title search after the first offer was received, and keeping on top of the process every step of the way by checking and rechecking details throughout.
Our home sold very quickly with Marc’s awesome efforts, at a fair price (above the listing price) to both the buyers and us.
In addition to his fabulous professionalism and ethical practices, one important service Marc provided to us as our listing agent, was his incredibly calming emotional support and timely communications. It’s difficult to describe or numerate how often he took time to share his pragmatic and objective knowledge and to keep us on a positive heading. It’s difficult to put into words our deep appreciation of him as a person who acknowledged what we were going through and kept everything moving along with a minimum of trauma to us.
There’s absolutely no Realtor we’d recommend other than Marc Lyman. We’ve worked with a lot of them over the years, but Marc is exemplary in every way.
Karim – Seller in Ocean Beach, Dec 2018
There’s absolutely no realtor I’d recommend other than Marc. I’ve worked with a lot of them over the years, but none like him. Marc is a top-notch communicator, and that’s just the start. The thoughtfulness before, during and after the sale. Keeping us focused during it all. His willingness to listen to our (sometimes irrational) wants and exercising sound expert judgment in those moments when we needed it most. The negotiating on our behalf with our best interest in mind. The unwavering sense of ethics about the entire process. Marc is on top of every detail, available seemingly all the time, but what sets him apart above all else is his absolute kindness and understanding. He’s my go-to for any future purchase or sale.
Tony & Kim – Buyers in Rancho Santa Fe, Sellers in Carmel Valley, Oct 2018
Marc represented us for both the purchase of a new home as well as the sale of our old home. For both he was exceptional – it took us over two years to find a house that we really wanted (at a price we wanted to pay) and throughout the process Marc was always exceedingly helpful, professional and patient throughout the ups and downs. When we finally found our house, his negotiation and people skills helped us close the transaction smoothly. When we then went to sell our old home in Carmel Valley, Marc marketed the property aggressively, helped us to recognize a slightly cooling market, and then got our house sold more rapidly than several other properties that were listed in our neighborhood. That transaction was also handled perfectly. If we ever buy or sell again, there is zero question that we would have Marc represent us!
Ted – Buyer in Ocean Beach, Sept 2018
From beginning to end, Marc Lyman was the best real estate agent I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve worked with many. He took the time to really understand what my family needed in a home, asking evocative and thoughtful questions, and even fluidly pivoted when we completely changed our minds (an ocean view will do that to you). He was also highly thoughtful with the homes he suggested, and knew so much about the area that he could tell us about traffic patterns and other factors we wouldn’t have thought of. He also scoped out the houses on our list ahead of time to make viewings as productive as possible. But he was also patient when we wanted to take more time. When we did find the perfect home, he suggested an offer that was both below list and accepted right away, so we got both a good and stress-free deal. That swiftness continued through the escrow process where everything went smoothly, easily and on time. And with each step–from mortgage brokers to inspectors to contractors (we’re going to be doing a remodel)–Marc suggested people who were better than the ones we found on our own. So again, of the 10 agents I’ve worked with, including some really good ones, Marc was the best. He’s also a really good person so I feel proud to recommend him. If you want to know more, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Kevin & Terry – Buyers in Point Loma, April 2018
My husband and I wanted to write up a review for Marc Lyman with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty because he made our whole experience virtually effortless! We live in Orange County and wanted to buy a second property in the Point Loma area of San Diego. From the very first contact, Marc was very polite, friendly and professional. We told him our parameters and the dates that we would be in town and he had an entire day full of properties planned for us to see. One property turned out to be exactly what we were looking for! After that first meeting, we did everything with Marc from Orange County. He handled everything in San Diego for us and stayed on top of all communications with the seller’s Realtor and the escrow company. Marc’s level of detail and diligence was amazing and his level of professionalism was simply excellent. I don’t think we could have asked for anything more from a Realtor! We would highly recommend Marc to anyone looking to sell or buy in the San Diego area!
Chris & Nancy – Sellers in Sunset Cliffs, Mar 2018
We selected Marc for our house sale in Point Loma based on his careful and honest approach to pricing and marketing. Marc is very detail oriented and listened to our concerns while stating clearly his view on what was necessary for a successful transaction. Communication was frequent and clear, he was very responsive for all the little things that crop up during escrow and his positive attitude contributed to a great experience. We can strongly recommend Marc as a listing agent; he is the best we have used (of many, spanning decades).
Jason and Amy – Buyers in Mission Hills, Feb 2018
Marc is the most wonderful real estate agent. He helped my husband and I purchase our historic home in North Mission Hills. He worked with my husband’s very busy schedule and answered every single email and text promptly. I recommend him highly!
Dana and Kurt – Sellers in Ocean Beach, Oct 2017
We hired Marc to sell our Point Loma home and he did an amazing job. He had a fresh and creative marketing plan that brought a lot of attention to the listing. Once the offer was on the table Marc really went into action. He went above and beyond to guide a challenging negotiation all the way to success. Like most agents, Marc made many promises to us to win the listing, and he exceeded our expectations and delivered on all his promises. Communication was excellent from start to finish. We highly recommend Marc.
Stacy and Mark – Buyers in Scripps Ranch, June 2017
My husband and I first met Marc Lyman in September of 2015 when we were casually stopping in at an open house where he was the listing agent. He was welcoming, professional and very knowledgeable about the real estate market. So, in March of 2017 when we were ready to buy and had found a house we were interested in, he was the first agent we thought of! Marc jumped right in and contacted the listing agent on our behalf. It turned out that the sellers had just accepted an offer on the house. We were disappointed, but Marc encouraged us, kept our spirits up and sent us listings for similar properties that aligned with our needs. Days later, the offer for the house we wanted fell out of escrow! The seller’s agent contacted Marc first because he had made a strong case for us and came across as a great agent to work with. Marc walked us through the process of making an offer and even wrote a letter on our behalf to the sellers. We truly believe that Marc was a big factor in why we got the house over multiple other offers. . . .
Throughout the buying process, Marc did research on our behalf, always kept us informed and spent a lot of time explaining technical jargon and processes to us. He made us feel extremely comfortable and he was always very responsive when we had questions. Also, a huge bonus: Marc is extremely knowledgeable about home maintenance and was willing to help us with project related questions and advice after our home inspection!
Through the entire home buying process, Marc was extremely supportive and he was always looking out for our best interests. We would recommend working with Marc to anyone. He is everything that one could want in an agent: Professional, friendly, knowledgeable and always thinking a step-ahead and going above and beyond.
On top of being an incredible agent, Marc is truly a kind person with a big heart. He’s the kind of person you want to be around and that makes such a big difference in stressful situations such as buying or selling a home. We are so grateful for all of Marc’s talent, knowledge, generosity and guidance. We look forward to working with him again in the future and hope you will consider him for your real estate needs! You will not be disappointed.
John and Anne B – Buyer in Mission Hills, Nov 2016
Marc was instrumental to the success of our new home search. He streamlined and focused our search until we found the right house. Once the home purchase was underway, Marc handled all the details and communicated with us regularly and was always available to respond to our questions and concerns. His attention to detail was exceptional. Our purchase was a difficult, complex one with an uncooperative seller but Marc took the time and made the huge effort and got it done. He kept us focused and on track through the entire search and purchase process. My wife and I strongly recommend his services.
Laura – Buyer in Mission Valley, Nov 2016
I was a woman with a mission and I needed a realtor who’d help me achieve it. A close friend referred me to Marc Lyman and he provided just the skills I required to make my home purchase a success. Marc was patient and kind and took the time to educate me about the pros and cons that could result from each potential decision. He protected my interests and never left me confused about what was happening along every step of the way. He referred me to an excellent mortgage broker, home inspector, and termite company. He even provided much needed laughs along the way. This was my first home purchase as a single woman and Marc’s attention to detail and strong communication skills empowered me to feel confident throughout the process. I couldn’t have asked for a better home buying experience and I can’t thank Marc enough for helping me to fulfill my dreams.
Kevin Elliot – Broker & Listing Agent in Mission Hills, Nov 2016
Thank you Marc for being one of the most professional and patient agents I’ve ever worked with. I sincerely appreciate your knowledge you shared in a kind and courteous way. I wish all agents work together like this to improve the quality of knowledge and professionalism for the benefit of all buyers and sellers in San Diego. You are a great example of what a Realtor should be. I hope to work with you again someday.
Miki & Bill – Buyers in Point Loma, Oct 2016
My husband and I have lived in a Sunset Cliffs rental home since moving to San Diego nearly three years ago. In Dec 2015 we learned that we would remain in the area long-term so we began house hunting in earnest. Along the way we met a great number of realtors, but when it came time to select an agent to represent us in our home purchase only one person came to mind: Marc Lyman. Marc is smart, a great communicator, and very knowledgeable about the San Diego real estate market. What I appreciate most about Marc is that he is meticulous with details and always maintains his cool, regardless of how tense the negotiation or how many deadlines loom. . . .
John & Stacey – Buyers in Mission Valley, Sept 2016
Thanks Marc. Of my 12+ home purchases you made this one the easiest!
Tracy & Paul – Buyers in Islenair/City Heights, Sept 2016
My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Marc Lyman to purchase our first home in San Diego. Our journey started January and after some time and a few offers we found our dream home and closed in September. Buying a home for the first time was overwhelming but Marc made it easy and helped us manage the process step by step. Our first offer was accepted over 2 identical offers based on the fact that we were working with such a qualified agent! The house didn’t work out when we had a change of heart after an inspection. Marc was supportive every step of the way. . .
The second house we liked we lost to a competing offer with cash. I was upset but Marc encouraged us not to give up even though I was getting frustrated.
I’m glad he did because the next house we saw hit every point on our wish list, a true dream house. We made our third offer but learned there was an all-cash offer for higher on the table. Conceding to the reality that we probably lost to cash again I got a call from Marc later that day- the seller picked us! Marc had written a letter that was so compelling we were favored over the cash. What are the odds?! We had an eventful escrow with ups and downs but Marc was always available for calls and texts and it made all the difference. He stayed in contact with the listing agent and kept everything moving smoothly and in our favor. He made recommendations for excellent people to work with on the various inspections and connected us with dependable contractors for others bids needed to make a solid investment.
His sound advice and experience was paramount in closing the deal for us. Anytime I had questions or needed tips Marc was quick to respond and always super informative. He thinks of what you don’t think to ask and was always looking out for our best interest. Not to mention he has a great sense of humor and gave us some relief in all the chaos of home buying.
I’m so grateful to have been referred to him. I couldn’t imagine going through this experience with anyone else. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking to sell or purchase in San Diego.
Erik & Jo V – Buyers in Rancho Santa Fe, Feb 2016
Marc is a first class real estate agent. He is diligent and outgoing. We actually could have used any realtor to secure our property, but decided on Marc due to his professional nature. While you are throwing a dart most times in finding real estate representatives, we were very happy with falling into Marc’s representation. There are many steps to buying and selling and Marc walked us through all of them. He was always available to answer questions and actually cares about his clients. Giving 5 stars is something to be earned, and Marc did earn them! He is a trustworthy realtor and will take pride in representing you as a buyer or seller.
From Shaun B – Seller in Point Loma, Oct 2015
I recently had the good fortune of hiring Marc Lyman to list and sell my family’s home in the wooded area of Point Loma. I could not have made a better choice. Marc is well informed, professional, thorough, responsive, and thoughtfully aggressive in his marketing efforts. I was kept informed of every development in what became a difficult transaction through no fault of Marc. I believe that Marc’s persistence and ingenuity in working with the buyer was the main reason the transaction was successfully completed. . .
From Shawn W – Buyer in Point Loma, June 2015
As a real estate investor by trade, I’ve bought and sold quite a few houses, but as an out of state buyer looking for a personal home, things got a little overwhelming in the competitive San Diego market. When I first met Marc, I was just learning about the area. I wasn’t in the buying stage yet and I made him aware of this in the beginning. Knowing this, he still offered his assistance and advice, as well as his time. He showed me a few homes to help me get a better idea what it was I was looking for. After Marc learned more about my likes and dislikes, he was able to narrow down a few homes that fit my criteria. As the excited buyer looking at new homes, I saw a few I thought could be perfect. Marc helped me stay on track and was honest about potential issues he knew I wouldn’t be happy with in the long run. Keeping my criteria in mind he pointed out possible view obstructions, traffic noises, and home locations. . .
From Helen & Mike C – Sellers in Mission Valley, Buyers in Point Loma, Jan & Mar 2015
Shortly after meeting Marc, his informed perspectives and determined dedication to looking out for our best interests quickly impressed us. Marc helped us evaluate our options and then ultimately negotiate a sales price that was below the listing range on a great home designed by a renowned architect. He also conscientiously managed the home inspection and subsequent repairs, which saved us thousands of dollars and countless hours had we handled them after the sale. Despite obstacles including a skunk extraction, questions regarding a retaining wall, and challenges related to unusual appraisal conditions, Marc’s calm, steady and personable approach helped keep our purchase on-track. We are thrilled to have had his help in buying our fantastic home. . .
With both transactions, Marc was extremely available and pro-actively communicated with us on a regular basis. It was clear that he was genuinely looking out for us every step of the way. Despite many moving parts, Marc always seemed to be a few steps ahead and was constantly on top of all the transaction details. With Marc’s help, we got a great deal on the home we purchased and then a very strong price on the condo we sold.
Whether you are buying or selling a home, we would highly encourage you to seek out Marc Lyman. As professionals in the appraisal and banking fields, we have interacted with many real estate agents over the years. Marc’s professionalism, expertise, communication, marketing skills, use of technology, and instincts make him a true standout and a valued asset to anyone lucky enough to work with him.