One way to get a sense of how well an agent is regarded is to read reviews from their clients. Although most established agents have reviews online, not all reviews exhibit the same enthusiasm you will find in the client testimonials for Marc below.
His leadership and expertise made for a quick, easy sale
“If you’re deciding on an agent, I’d give Marc more than 5 stars if I could. Marc’s knowledge and professionalism exceeded expectations. His communication, follow-through, availability, and expertise put me secure and in great hands. I’m so very glad to have had a referral to Marc. His leadership and expertise made for a quick, easy sale.”
– Jennifer – Seller in Point Loma
I was extremely impressed with his professionalism
“I had the pleasure of working with Marc on the sale of our house in Sunset Cliffs. I was extremely impressed with his professionalism. The bottom line is that Marc does what he says he is going to do and consistently goes above and beyond in every way. He is knowledgeable about the market and provides excellent historic and real time data that is organized and easy to understand. He gave great input on what we should do prior to our putting our house on the market, had timelines on when we would be on the market (which he delivered on to the day), and was very engaged with marketing and open houses. Our house closed within 21 days of being on the market and we were able to sell it over the asking price which was a record-breaking price per square foot for our area. I am confident that this excellent result was due to Marc’s hard work and would highly recommend him to anyone who is selling or buying a house.”
– Purvi & Vishaal – Sellers in Sunset Cliffs
Marc Lyman is the realtor you want
“Marc Lyman is the realtor you want. He’s attentive, communicative and an excellent negotiator. I could trust he had our best interest in mind while still giving excellent advice. He truly made my first home-buying experience as stress-free as possible. Thank you, Marc!”
– Patrick & Jake – Buyers in Mission Hills
Marc helped us buy our dream house in San Diego
“Marc helped us buy our dream house in San Diego–we would not have been able to get the house without his help. In the current housing market, the chance of your bid winning a house of your liking is highly improbable without having the intricate knowledge of the process, knowing what would appeal to the seller, and getting insights into your competition. Marc demonstrated outstanding skills to maneuver the entire buying process that led to us putting our best foot forward and resulting in winning the house! This was not the case just a year ago, but today’s market conditions are such that only having the ability to secure finance for your house purchase is not enough. The most important factor in establishing mutual interest and making the deal happen is opening the lines of communication between the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent. Marc has intricate knowledge of the housing market in San Diego as well as an innate skill of communicating with others in such a cordial manner that the other side is more than willing to share the crucial information that would empower you to make the best winning offer. Furthermore, Marc provides an objective evaluation of each property including its plusses and minuses and guides you through the decision process without putting any pressure on you. He is always willing to go above and beyond to address any needs or concerns that you may have. If you are in the market to buy or sell a house, I highly recommend Marc to you!”
– Shubham – Buyer in Rancho Penasquitos
Marc Lyman is a great person to work with
“Marc Lyman is a great person to work with. He has a clear understanding of his clients’ needs and preferences. He does not shy away from stating out the facts and helps with detailing both pros and cons about properties. We stepped into the buyers market of San Diego during the pandemic from being located in the southeast when travel has been difficult to say the least. Marc was our eyes and ears during the time we spent searching for our dream home. My husband and I are very happy with his services and would definitely recommend him.”
– Beena – Buyer in Rancho Penasquitos
He went above and beyond for the sale of our home, soliciting top dollar
“It has been a number of years since selling any real estate, and after considering other agents we chose Marc Lyman to sell our home. It began with benefits/considerations of price points, and Marc made a few recommendations to do to the house prior to getting the house ready for sale. He was highly knowledgeable, always available for questions, and extremely competent. The photography of our home was amazing utilizing both still and drone footage, and the video was simply superb. Marc used “coming soon” status with our home, notified numerous agents of our pending listing, and by the time our house was officially for sale, he had booked 16 showings in the first three days. During this time, not only did we receive a great offer above asking price, but Marc also worked just as hard on a solid back up offer, in case we needed it. Throughout the process he provided us regular updates, so we were always apprised of what was happening. Marc uses automated paperwork for signing the disclosures, and for the offers themselves which was very convenient and time efficient. Marc was an awesome real estate agent, who is also patient and has a calm and confident demeanor. He went above and beyond for the sale of our home, soliciting top dollar. Overall, we had a great home selling experience, and would definitely recommend Marc Lyman to anyone looking for a fully engaged and highly experienced agent.”
– Lisa & Warren – Sellers in Ocean Beach
He has done nothing but impress us every step of the way
“Marc has represented us twice now, as a buyer and as a seller. He has done nothing but impress us every step of the way! He is very responsive to emails, texts and calls and is SO knowledgeable about the San Diego area! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an agent in the area! Awesome guy!”
– Terry & Kevin – Sellers in Point Loma
Marc is experienced, skilled, and clearly the top of his industry
“What can I say about Marc Lyman. I am not one to write reviews and I can’t remember ever writing a review before, but this one had to be done. Marc Lyman guided me with a calm confidence during one of the most important events of my life, selling my house. I interviewed multiple real estate agents, listened to presentations, but knew after speaking with Marc for only a few minutes that I was in good hands. Marc is experienced, skilled, and clearly the top of his industry. Marc listened to my situation as I had already made an all cash offer on another property, helped come up with a game plan, and communicated daily regarding the roller coaster of having multiple offers come in, all while staying level headed to make the best decision. I am confident in saying that Marc got at least 12-15% more in my sales price than any other realtor would have. Even more important, in today’s day and age, it is rare to not just be a number or another transaction. Beyond getting more money on the house it was easy to see that Marc cared just as much about being a part of our lives for this important event. We now live in a dream house, in a dream location, and I can honestly say that Marc was irreplaceable in making our dreams come true. What can I say beyond the fact that we lucked out crossing paths. It is funny how things in life like that can happen. I am happy to always be any kind of reference for him, although I am sure he has a long list of others who feel the same. Thank you Marc for everything you helped us with. Wishing you only the best.”
– Kevin, William & Christina – Sellers in Ocean Beach
I highly recommend him
“Marc is amazing. He went out of his way to help me sell my condo, which was especially critical during the pandemic. From the initial walk through where he helped me determine how to stage it through the marketing details, he doesn’t leave one stone unturned. Once it was on market, I value how much he kept me updated while I was out of town and he was meeting potential buyers to show my place. And, as if all of that wasn’t enough, he did thorough research to recommend a new agent in the new town that I moved to, and she’s just as rad as he is. Marc is kind, caring and fun to be around. I never felt pressured to do anything, and he never made me feel dumb for asking questions. He was calm when I was stressed. He was always there to help me understand and feel comfortable with the process. I highly recommend him.”
– Jamie – Seller in Ocean Beach
He was great in working with difficult situations
“We met Marc Lyman at an open house a couple of years before we sold our home and were struck with his warmth, sincerity and integrity. So when we decided to unexpectedly sell our “forever” home, we chose Marc. It was a difficult decision for us and Marc totally understood the emotional impact of selling a home we treasured. We were most pleased with Marc’s personal and responsive professionalism. He marketed our home extensively. The video was exceptionally lovely. Selling a home during COVID was especially challenging and he was careful in showings, cleaning and safety. He always counseled us considering our best interests and at the same time, carefully listened to all our requests and adjusted quickly. He was great with negotiations and always was immediately available and accessible. He was great in working with difficult situations and helped guide us through some emotionally charged dilemmas with concern and sensitivity. He was conscientious with details and was relentless in following thru with buyers’ agents. Marc did a great job for us and we recommend him without reservation. Thanks Marc!”
– Peter & Raydene – Sellers in Mission Hills
We highly recommend Marc Lyman
“When we started our home search, we met a whole lot of real estate agents. But when we met Marc at one of his open houses, we hit it off immediately and knew he was the one we wanted to work with. We were immediately drawn to his friendly and welcoming demeanor, his deep knowledge of the neighborhoods we were considering, and his valuable insight into the market in general. Marc took the time to get to know us and to understand our lives and our personalities to make sure he was matching us up with the right homes, and made it clear he would help us find the perfect home no matter how long it took – it seemed like a personal mission for him. COVID-19 slowed down our progress but Marc was able to keep our search moving as seamlessly as possible. When we found our perfect home, his negotiation guidance got us under contract (and under asking price) very quickly.
Throughout the rest of the purchase process, Marc was on top of every single detail and made sure it was a smooth journey to closing. Even when we ran into some COVID-related delays in our financing which added a lot of stress to the process, Marc’s demeanor, communication style, and rapport with the sellers’ agent kept the deal on track and brought us a lot of peace of mind. Marc is everything we could have wanted in an agent: a consummate professional, highly effective communicator, and a true expert. Let’s be honest – real estate transactions are not fun. Marc not only made our experience as painless as possible, he was truly a pleasure to work with every step of the way and someone we now consider a friend. We highly recommend Marc Lyman.”
– Bina & Brandon – Buyers in Encinitas
He was the perfect guide for finding a home
“Marc was excellent. I highly recommend him if you’re looking for a realtor. He was the perfect guide for finding a home. He was responsive, straightforward, transparent and clearly explained and handled all the steps as we finalized the purchase of my home. Along the way, Marc shared his connections with inspectors, mortgage brokers, and contractors. He would handle any hiccups along the path in a way that the process was very smooth and effortless and that always seemed to work in my favor. You can’t do better than Marc for purchasing a home.”
– Brent – Buyer in Linda Vista
We felt very comfortable working with him
“My wife and I worked with Marc as buyers. Marc is very diligent but patient which made us feel very comfortable working with him. Whenever I contacted Marc, he was responsive and ready to do what was necessary to ensure that we did not lose out on any opportunities; even if we had not spoken for months in between. When we first started working with Marc, I honestly felt that purchasing a home in San Diego would be out of reach and would not happen for us for a long time. Even though I expressed this to Marc, he was still willing to help us in our search. He always remained optimistic that we would find the right place for us and never made us feel rushed or pressured.
He remained very conscientious in helping us navigate our search and always showed us that he was our advocate and had our best interests at heart. It is clear that Marc wants the best for his client’s future happiness and would not sacrifice this goal to make a hurried deal. Marc always made time to discuss the nuances of real estate with me, and thanks to him, I learned a lot through the process and always felt I had the information I needed to make the best decisions. When we finally found a property that we wanted to make an offer on, Marc’s professional skill was on display. He ensured that we ended up with an accepted offer in an extremely competitive situation and lead us through a smooth close of escrow. In the end, we were able to find a home that fit us perfectly just as Marc had maintained all along. Due to his genuine interest in our lives and wellbeing, I feel that my relationship with Marc will continue beyond this home purchase, and I feel fortunate to have made such a valuable connection.”
– Dustin & Harriet – Buyers in North Park
He is absolutely the definition of an Agent going above and beyond the expected
“My wife and I worked with Marc regarding the selling of our last home. I have to say, Marc is the most reliable, professional and hard-charging real estate agent I’ve ever met in my entire life. He is absolutely the definition of an Agent going above and beyond the expected. For me, it’s all about the little things; Marc is a stickler for attention to detail and it’s obvious that if there are levels in which real estate Agents operate, he’s in the very top tier. I highly recommend you reach out to him if you are looking at buying or selling a home in San Diego.”
–Ty & Alexa – Sellers In Point Loma
Without a doubt we highly recommend Marc Lyman as a realtor
“When my husband I and finally made the decision to look for homes seriously, we chose to interview some realtors to find a great fit. We took suggestions from friends, an incentive realtor from our bank, as well as a couple from yelp. Marc 100% stood out from the rest! As first time homebuyers we were pretty clueless to the whole process and Marc walked us through everything; he was incredibly patient as we repeatedly asked questions.
When it came to looking at homes he was always available! There was zero delay between us asking to see a home and him requesting a time from their realtor to go see it. In addition, he worked around our weird work hours to make it happen. When we found our perfect home and decided to make an offer, he led the way. He guided us through all the documents and explained everything in a very easy to understand way!
Even after all the positives mentioned above, this is what truly sold us on just how good of a realtor Marc is: Our escrow period was not ideal, it ended up beginning very unpleasant due to the other party, but Marc handled it like a true professional. His experience, calm demeanor and work savvy is guaranteed the only reason we are moving into this home today. It was a roller coaster with all of unknowns but he never kept us in the dark. We were always updated as soon as new information was available. Without a doubt we highly recommend Marc Lyman as a realtor!”
– Holly and Tim – Buyers in University Heights
Our home sold very quickly with Marc’s awesome efforts
“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.”
– Ruth and George – Sellers in Point Loma
Marc is on top of every detail
“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.”
– Karim – Seller in Ocean Beach
Marc was always exceedingly helpful, professional and patient throughout the ups and downs
“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!”
– Tony & Kim – Buyers in Rancho Santa Fe, Sellers in Carmel Valley
Marc Lyman was the best real estate agent I’ve ever worked with
“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.”
– Ted – Buyer in Ocean Beach
I’d highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home
“My husband and I worked closely with Marc for several months in search of our new home in San Diego. Our needs were very specific, so this was no easy task for anyone, especially Marc. The entire time, Marc was highly focused on finding us the right fit to meet our family’s needs, especially our son’s (who has special needs). His care, attention to detail, knowledge of the area, advice and guidance were beyond my expectations. With Marc’s help, we found our dream home in a dream location with dream ocean views in a competitive market, negotiating a great price. We are thrilled with the results and look forward to our move and many happy years ahead. Marc is the best realtor I’ve ever worked with on numerous levels. Both his expertise in his field, assertiveness, focus, as well as his kind, patient, personable nature all work together beautifully. He is truly a gem of a realtor and being, and I’d highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home!”
– Vania – Buyer in Ocean Beach
Marc was very polite, friendly and professional
“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!”
– Kevin & Terry – Buyers in Point Loma
We can strongly recommend Marc
“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).”
– Chris & Nancy – Sellers in Sunset Cliffs
Marc is the most wonderful real estate agent
“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!”
– Jason and Amy – Buyers in Mission Hills
Communication was excellent from start to finish
“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.”
– Dana and Kurt – Sellers in Ocean Beach
Professional, friendly, knowledgeable and always thinking a step-ahead and going above and beyond
“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.”
– Stacy and Mark – Buyers in Scripps Ranch
We strongly recommend his services
“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.”
– John and Anne B – Buyer in Mission Hills
I couldn’t have asked for a better home buying experience
“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.”
– Laura – Buyer in Mission Valley
I wish all agents work together like this
“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.”
– Kevin Elliot – Broker & Listing Agent in Mission Hills
We feel very lucky to have worked with Marc
“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.
Marc’s tireless work ethic, and his ability to anticipate our needs and address our concerns quickly, enabled us to get through the closing process with relative ease. The San Diego real estate market (and especially Point Loma) is very competitive and inventory extremely low, so we knew we needed an expert we could trust and who takes his job seriously. We feel very lucky to have worked with Marc, and we know that he will be there to assist us with any future real estate needs.”
– Miki & Bill – Buyers in Point Loma
“Thanks Marc. Of my 12+ home purchases you made this one the easiest!”
– John & Stacey – Buyers in Mission Valley
I’m so grateful to have been referred to him
“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.”
– Tracy & Paul – Buyers in Islenair/City Heights
Marc is a first class real estate agent
“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.”
– Erik & Jo V – Buyers in Rancho Santa Fe
I can’t say enough about this universally positive experience
“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.
I can’t say enough about this universally positive experience. I would not hesitate to recommend Marc to anyone that is buying or selling residential real estate in Point Loma (or anywhere else). Marc did not ask me to write this testimonial, I gladly offered to do it. I would be happy to share my experience with anyone who is looking to hire a real estate representative. As a real estate lawyer and broker of more than 30 years experience, I believe that I am uniquely qualified to comment on the work of this outstanding professional.”
– From Shaun B – Seller in Point Loma
He helped me find the perfect home
“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.
Throughout this entire process, Marc truly wanted to help find a home that fit me best. He wasn’t just in it to make a sale. On my last minute trips to San Diego, he would make himself available. He would spend his entire afternoon driving me around to various homes and areas. When I wasn’t in town, he was quick to respond to emails or phone calls and he would give video tours of new homes that just came on the market. In the end, Marc is a great realtor and friend. He helped me find the perfect home in the Point Loma area. I highly recommend him to anyone.”
– From Shawn W – Buyer in Point Loma
Marc was extremely available and pro-actively communicated with us on a regular basis
“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.
Marc so impressed us we decided to list our Mission Valley condo with him. He carefully listened to our needs and then crafted a plan to help both with logistics and the actual marketing of the property. Marc’s ambitious and enthusiastic approach to marketing helped to bring in a well-qualified buyer two weeks after the condo was listed. Marc’s follow-up with potential buyers, other agents, and with us was impressive! He kept us informed throughout the entire process, and diligently provided updates and reports on progress.
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.”
– From Helen & Mike C – Sellers in Mission Valley, Buyers in Point Loma
If you made it this far down the page for San Diego real estate agent reviews, please consider reaching out to Marc! Experience the level of expertise and service you have seen documented here.