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Lota de Castro

Premier Agent

Realtor, Licensed Real Estate Agent (9 years experience)

17 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Short-Sale,
Consulting

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06/14/2012 - user115902
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $275K in Tracy, CA.

I met Lota at a First Time Homebuyers Workshop and she kept in touch with me until I was ready to buy my first home one year later. Not pushing, just be very patient with me until I was ready. She was very attentive to my needs and never fell short of representing my best interest. With her help, my first purchase went very smoothly and I am sure that I will call on her again on my future real estate needs.

I approached her again two years later to help my fiancé and I find a single family home. Lota moved to a different office then and was servicing another area but she did not hesitate to help service our needs. After months of looking, we found a new development that we really liked and put an offer on it. Our house took 5 months to build and we were surprised that the developer built an underground utility structure in front of our new home just prior to our moving in. Lota was more determined to fight for our rights and was willing to do what it took for us to get our fair share. But my fiancé and I decided to move on and fortunately, after a few weeks, Lota helped us found a home more suited to our needs. Happily settled in our new home for the last two years now, we called on Lota again for help with an investment property. The process of getting this property was very tricky in so many ways. I am glad she is on my side!! We finally closed and needless to say I will definitely call her again if we know of anyone that will benefit from her excellent representation.

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06/14/2012 - user026642
Bought a home in 2010.

We met Lota at an Open House when we were "just looking" and not really feeling very serious about buying. A few days later she showed us a property that we ended up buying.

As first-time buyers we were completely clueless and anxiety-prone but Lota was our fearless guide through the whole process. She kept us informed (she's NEVER away from her Blackberry), took the time to explain all the crazy legal stuff, met with us at all hours even on weekends, and handled many tough negotiations (competing offers, extending contracts, etc). She seems to be very well connected in the Real Estate world (including inspectors, mortgage brokers, etc) which helps make everything go smoothly and is completely INVALUABLE should some unexpected problem arise.

When we had a last second crisis with our mortgage broker, she completely rescued the situation. She connected us with other mortgage brokers and lenders who were able to rush through the process. She kept cool and organized through all the chaos. And she placated the seller so that we didn't lose the whole deal. Talk about earning your commission! We truly couldn't have done it without her.

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06/14/2012 - pmclellan
Sold a Condo home in 2011 for approximately $1.1M in South of Market, San Francisco, CA.

I met Lota when she was selling the unit next to mine in a condo building near AT&T park. I had already half decided to sell my place and downsize my life a bit. She did a great job on getting multiple offers on the property and eventually closing one of them.

Meanwhile, she'd found a place for me to live temporarily in a short-sale property that was tied up in bank decision making. A one bedroom apartment in San Francisco for $1000/month is a steal.

Next we found a place I wanted to buy, another short sale with multiple offers, and came up with the winning strategy. So I ended up buying the first place I put an offer in on.

I would recommend her unqualifiedly.

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