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James Holland
President / Broker (5 years experience)


Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Foreclosure, Short-Sale

- Highly likely to recommend
12/04/2013 - Unknown
Bought a Condo home in 2013 for approximately $450K in University City, La Jolla, CA.
I have known Jim for about 5 years now. He is definitely, bar none, the most hardworking professional and ethical realtor I know, which is exactly why I asked him to represent my husband and I in our last home purchase. His attention for the details and ability to not miss a beat is unparalleled. He truly offers exemplary customer service while diligently and proactively seeking out what we wanted and what was most important to us. He is honest and forthright to a fault which, in a world where sometimes these qualities are lacking, is quite refreshing to know we had in him. We always knew we were in such great hands. It was refreshing for us to know our questions were getting answered, our interests were being served and he was taking care of the ‘fine print’ minutia. Our escrow had a few hiccups (no fault of Jim’s) and Jim navigated us through taking a lot of the anxiety out of buying our first home. Thanks Jim! We will definitely be recommending you to family and friends!
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- Highly likely to recommend
07/19/2013 - user6364859
Bought a Condo home in 2013 in La Jolla, La Jolla, CA.
We initially met Jim at a local open house in La Jolla and immediately signed on with him to act as our agent. Jim was extremely patient with us, as we had looked at multiple properties over the next several months, looking for just the right one. Eventually, with his help, we found it, and Jim was right there to navigate the extremely tight market which we encountered due to the timing of our purchase. There were also several difficult issues which popped up during the escrow process, and Jim was again there to help guide us through those, and follow up with the information which was needed. He is extremely diligent, and very quick with his email and telephone responses. I highly recommend his services, not only for his excellent skills, but for his easy going personality, and strong ethics. Thank you Jim!
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Response from James on 07/23/2013
It was a pleasure working with you both, and I'm glad I was able to assist with this difficult search (mainly due to pet restrictions) and purchase of your new home. If I can ever be of assistance to you (or someone you know who may need my help) in any way, please let me know. I'm sure after adding your personal touches, you (and your puppies) will be enjoying your new home for years to come!


- Highly likely to recommend
05/19/2013 - user24058119
Listed, but didn't sell my home in 2013.
Jim did an impeccable job helping me find and close on my dream house. This transaction was the second transaction that I have completed with Jim and I continue to be very happy with his services. I will definitely go back to Jim in the future if I decide to sell my house or look at moving into a new one. Jim guided me throughout the whole process and he deserves much of the credit in helping find me the house and subsequently closing on it. I wouldn't have found and closed on my property without his guidance, expertise and help.

I started out by providing Jim with broad criteria that I was looking for in a house. He then provided me with a list of houses that matched my criteria, along with descriptions of each of the properties. From there, we ended up looking at over ten properties together before I found the house I ultimately closed on. I thought that Jim was trustworthy and provided me with all the information I needed to make the best choice without being pushy. Moreover, he was very responsive over email or the phone. He has a wealth of experience in real estate and I would highly recommend Jim to anyone looking to buy / sell a home, whether it be a first-time home buyer or experienced home owner.
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Response from James on 05/23/2013
It was a pleasure assisting you throughout this transaction, and I'm pleased I could help you and your fiance' find your first home together in the Muirlands area of La Jolla. Once you put your own touches on this house and bring it up to today's (and your own) standards, it will truly be a dream home. I wish you many years of happiness and look forward to working with you and your entire family in the future.


- Highly likely to recommend
04/22/2013 - user4283238
Sold a Condo home in 2013 in La Jolla Village, La Jolla, CA.

Thank you for the update on the closing and thank you for your professional services throughout the transaction. Your close attention to our property and availability to answer our questions was a great plus that many people in real estate cannot match. We look forward to working with you on the future sales and/or purchases as needed as well as our strong referral to others that may need your services. It was a pleasure to work with you and we thank you for the kind and professional business courtesies that you have shown our family.

Kind regards
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Response from James on 04/23/2013
Rick: It was a pleasure serving you and your entire family. I'm happy we were able to rebound from a canceled escrow (through no fault of the property) and help a military veteran purchase her first home in San Diego and establish roots close to her family. I look forward to helping you and anyone you know with future real estate needs in the La Jolla and surrounding San Diego County area. Thank you!


- Highly likely to recommend
05/10/2012 - user452689
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $375K in Poway, CA.
My wife and I had the great pleasure of working with Jim to find and move into our new home in January of 2012. Jim was the most professional and knowledgeable agent we had worked with, including buying and selling our previous home. He was very knowledgeable of the area, what we should expect from the seller and all the negotiations in between. He was able to put us in contact with the most competent seller for our home on the east coast and he was even able to navigate us through the mortgage process better than the mortgage company's agent!!! I give Jim the highest possible recommendation. If we ever buy or sell a home again, I can't think of ever doing it without working with Jim. He is absolutely the best!
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Response from James on 05/11/2012
It was a pleasure working with you and your entire family. Originally living on the East Coast myself, I remember the difficulty of getting acclimated to a new area, and finding the right neighborhood and home based on my needs. I'm pleased you were happy with my services, and I'll continue to be there for you or anyone else you know that is looking to buy or sell real estate in the area.


- Highly likely to recommend
05/07/2012 - user6662959
Helped me rent a home.
I found Jim online when I was here for a quick weekend trip after interviewing for a new job. I did not have much time but I wanted to get a feel for some properties in the area and he quickly put together a search for me and scheduled a number of appointments for us to view within a few hours, which was great because I was flying out the next day. I was very pleased with the excellent, attentive, super friendly, and immediate service that I received from Jim. He continued to put on searches for me as I prepared for my move across the country and as soon as I contacted him to let him know I was coming out he scheduled more showings for me on my arrival and had me moved into a amazing location within less than one week of being San Diego. Jim was an outstanding realtor, gave me a great welcoming to the city, and him and his wife have now become wonderful friends of mine. I look forward to using his services again in the future!
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Response from James on 05/08/2012
I'm so happy you've made the transition to San Diego, and have been taking in all the city has to offer. Helping you find a beautiful furnished condo in Little Italy (with a killer view) was a pleasure. I look forward to assisting you during your next transition, and would be pleased to help others you know in the surrounding San Diego County area. Thank you for your business and friendship!


- Highly likely to recommend
05/06/2012 - user389702
Bought a home in 2009.
If you want to buy or sell a home and be happy with the outcome, I recommend that you contact realtor Jim Holland. Before I met him, I spent years looking for a home to buy that would meet my needs at a price I could afford. Thanks to Jim, I am now living in my dream home. Jim put his sharp skills and years of experience to work for me, as he does with all his clients. He listened intently to my requirements and matched them carefully to prospective properties. Jim combined the most powerful methods of online research with good old-fashioned leg work to find me a home. As a result, I was the first prospective buyer to view the property I bought. Jim ensured that I maintained my lead until the transaction closed. My trust in him has been well placed as Jim's honesty and integrity are sterling. I recommend Jim Holland to my family and friends whenever they are in the market to buy or sell properties because I know they will be well served.
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Response from James on 05/07/2012
Jennifer, it was a pleasure helping you find your home. I love when a homeowner does their homework ahead of time, and provides such a comprehensive list of criteria they are looking for in a home. Still, you were flexible and adapted to what the market had to offer, and adjusted your geographic search criteria when needed. I look forward to helping you again and assisting your friends, co-workers, family members and neighbors who may need my assistance.


- Highly likely to recommend
05/05/2012 - user377020
Listed, but didn't sell my Condo home in 2011 in San Marcos, CA.
James was instrumental in handling a short sale process for me. I was impressed with the professionalism he displayed during the information gathering procedure. Jim was thorough in his details and very punctual on delivery of all necessary forms that needed to be filled in. He made it very effortless on my behalf. This was appreciated saving me time. Whenever there were questions, Jim always got back to me immediately by phone. He was very instrumental in showing the property and assisting me in setting up needed props to enhance the environment. Jim also brought in a short sale specialist with excellent negotiation skills to keep the program on track. I found Jim to be friendly, and dedicated with a strong business ethic. I would use Jim again for similar transactions and recommend him as an excellent real estate representative.
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Response from James on 05/07/2012
Rich, I enjoyed assisting you throughout your listing and bringing an offer for your acceptance. As you know, the short sale was taken off the market before the lender could respond, as you accepted a loan modification. I look forward to helping you as needed with future transactions.


- Highly likely to recommend
05/03/2012 - user5379873
Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $1.375M in La Jolla, La Jolla, CA.
Jim Holland performed an excellent job for my family of three in our search for a home. We had less than 4 months to re-locate to a: 3-6 bedroom home; within La Jolla, walking distance to the Village and a swim-able, surf-able beach and in a quiet area. No fixer-uppers and nothing run down and within our modest price range.

Jim produced multiple acceptable potentials in our price range, wasted none of our time on homes that did not meet our criteria and took care of 100% of the details and arrangements for the several offers we made and finally found us the home of our dreams. He was even willing to lend a hand with the negotiation of the price and financing which made the deal work for everyone at closing.

The La Jolla real-estate community, with which my wife and I have interacted considerably during the last five years, has been has been overall dismissive and arrogant. In complete contrast, Jim, an engineer by training, was straightforward in his approach and communications with us. Once he fully understood our criteria and what we could afford, he went directly to work to find us a home and did so.

We give our highest possible recommendation.
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Response from James on 05/04/2012
John, it was a pleasure working with you and your wife in identifying, negotiating and closing on your wonderful home in the Beach-Barber Tract of La Jolla. Glad we could find a homeowner with equity willing to provide Seller Financing. Looking forward to supporting you with your future real estate needs, and finding your parents a home based on their retirement needs.


- Highly likely to recommend
05/03/2012 - user948128
Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $850K in La Jolla, La Jolla, CA.
Jim Holland is the most honest realtor that my husband and I have worked with. He is very patient and showed us potential homes in La jolla , even when it rained heavily. He uses technology very efficiently to better serve his customers. He does a thorough market analysis and presents them very professionally and realistically without any hype. He keeps his clients well informed using web tools. He is responsive and replies to email and text messages promptly. He is not one bit pushy. He gave us very good advice throughout the process and provided us all the information we asked of him. He helped us find our dream home at a great value. It was a pleasure working with Jim. We will definitely do business with Jim again and refer him to all our friends and family. BTW his wife is a great interior designer.
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Response from James on 05/03/2012
It was certainly a pleasure working with both of you during the entire process. I look forward to supporting you with any future real estate needs, and any assistance you may need with referrals for your home repairs and additions.


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