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Matt O'Brien

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Premier Agent

34 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

REALTOR® (15 years experience)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation,
Consulting

Ratings & Reviews

I was referred to Matt by a close friend who had recently bought a home in Escondido. From the very beggining Matt was always able to work with all my needs. He was extremely supportive and helpful at every turn. He is very knowledgeable and helped me every step of the way. He made the entire buying process as easy and smooth as buying a home can be and I plan on referring him to everyone who is looking for a realtor.

  

06/13/2015 - h.olmeda
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $325K in Escondido, CA.

I was referred to Matt by a close friend who had recently bought a home in Escondido. From the very beggining Matt was always able to work with all my needs. He was extremely supportive and helpful at every turn. He is very knowledgeable and helped me every step of the way. He made the entire buying process as easy and smooth as buying a home can be and I plan on referring him to everyone who is looking for a realtor.

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05/30/2015 - user7459302
Bought a home in 2015 in Otay Ranch, Chula Vista, CA 91913.

As newlyweds, my wife and I were in the market for a house when we found out we were expecting a baby on the way. We reached out to Matt based on his highly rated profile, years of experience, and history of sold properties Zillow and every online outlet he is featured in. As first time home buyers we had no clue what to expect when setting foot in his office. Matt held our hands every step of the way in buying a home. He showed us 2 homes we saw on Zillow that met our criteria. We made an offer on the first home we visited (which was rare for him). When the seller accepted it was the smoothest process any first time home buyer could ever ask for. Matt kept us in the loop through daily phone calls, emails, and text messages. If we had any questions he was always there at our beck and call. He lived up to the terms he taught us, "fiduciary duty" for our entire home buying process. My wife and I would highly recommend Matt to anyone looking for a realtor that shows high quality professionalism and great knowledge in the real estate business.

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Response from Matt on 06/02/2015

Thanks you two! You guys scored with this house and I am so happy we were able to make it happen for you! I wish you nothing but the best + peace and joy to make this house your home filled with many happy memories for years to come! :-)

 

  

05/14/2015 - mikehalsey67
Sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $400K in Morena, San Diego, CA.

Matt was fantastic from our first conversation until closing, earning every one of those honest five-star ratings above. My selling a condo in San Diego while residing in New York could have presented innumerable headaches, but Matt exceeded my every expectation and made the entire process – from effectively acting as a consultant general contractor for needed renovations, to staging, and shrewd price/terms negotiation – a breeze on my end. He was incredibly communicative and took the initiative on errands I wouldn't have felt comfortable asking of a close friend or family member. Matt was recommended to me as the go-to expert for the Friars Village condo complex, and proved that solidly. I can't recommend him strongly enough.

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Response from Matt on 05/14/2015

Mike, Thank you for entrusting me to guide you through the process; it was a pleasure to work with you. I am glad we were able to get the highest sales price for your floor plan in a long time! Best Regards, --Matt

 

  

04/30/2015 - blueraja77
Sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $325K in Morena, San Diego, CA.

I currently live in Northern California & wanted to sell my San Diego condo I remembered a conversation with Matt from earlier and called him up. I was a bit hesitant of going through the whole procedure remotely. I thought I would need to make a couple of trip or two But Matt was SO professional, helpful and transparent, not once did I feel the need to make a trip to San Diego. He had an excellent system of getting document signatures online. He was very responsive to calls and emails. He is aware of the market situation. He had a great selling strategy which paid of very well : We got offers the very next day of listing ! I wouldn’t hesistate to use his services again and recommmend him in a heartbeat ! Look no further.

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04/25/2015 - rknichols0
Bought a Condo home in 2015 for approximately $200K in San Carlos, San Diego, CA.

I rarely give 5-star reviews but Matt O'Brien is a fine human being and a superb real estate professional. He is an All Ways kind of professional: always available, always on time, always answers questions clearly, always has client's best interest in mind, always on top of documentation, and always in integrity. Matt has a way of keeping a stressful process calm, forward moving, and in perspective. He always delivered what he promised; he referred good vendors and services; and when he didn't know the answer to something he'd inquire and get back to me. He more than once went to bat for me yet always in a way that was respectful towards others. I recommend Matt O'Brien wholeheartedly.

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Response from Matt on 04/28/2015

It was a pleasure helping you and getting to know you! What an awesome home and view you have now! I am glad your sister introduced us so I could help and I look forward to keeping in touch!

 

  

04/07/2015 - bdemare3
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $700K in University City, San Diego, CA.

Buying and selling a home has to rate as being among the most stressful life events. We’ve just experienced both and want to share our experiences with you because we had the most wonderful real estate agent in San Diego. We meet Matt O’Brien, Realty One, while casually looking at a house next door to a friend. He seemed highly professional, knowledgable, and had a pleasant and easygoing personality. We kept changing our minds about what part of San Diego we were interested in but Matt persevered. We asked to see almost 30 houses we viewed on the internet. Matt was always patient, pointing out the pro’s and con’s of each house, while continuing to listen as we honed our actual needs for the future. Matt was never pushy, he allowed us to decide what we did and did not want to view. He worked with us through several escrows, always insuring that we had inspections prior to any final offers. This insistence on inspections saved us from making several very serious mistakes. When we finally found “the perfect house” Matt was amazing in his negotiations with the seller, obtaining almost a $20,000 decrease in the price for needed repairs. Throughout the process, his excellent legal knowledge of the escrow documents uncovered many errors on the part of the other brokers. In addition, he was able to refer us to a number of firms that did our repairs at very frugal prices. On the selling side, Matt was every bit as effective with our old house. He made many suggestions for small repairs that helped to enhance the house and yard. He also had the house staged which greatly increased the presentation of that “first view.” He spent time talking with the appraiser and proving him with a lot of comps that mirrored more precisely our own house and it’s neighborhood. He proved his experience again with the pricing of the house and we had three good offers in five days. This lead to a bidding between buyers and helped increase the price we received for the house. Matt O’Brien helped make this incredibly stressful experience a great deal easier than it might have been. We were approached by several other brokers wishing to sell our house but found them either too pushy with their own agenda or not willing to spend much time with us or really listen to our needs. Matt stuck with us when I think other brokers might have given up. I highly recommend him for any of your real estate needs, be they small or large, and anywhere in the San Diego County area. Matt is the Best.

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Response from Matt on 04/10/2015

I feel special and blessed to have met you guys! Thank you for the review and kind words. I love your new place, awesome yard, and I am looking forward to a back yard BBQ! -- Best Always! --Matt

 

  

02/23/2015 - smiley050487
Bought a Condo home in 2015 for approximately $175K in La Mesa, CA.

Matt is the BEST!! He worked with my parents when they were looking to purchase a home a few years ago and he was so wonderful then that I knew I would be working with him when I was ready to buy my own place. This was my first home purchase and Matt was great at explaining every step of the process to me. He was so flexible with setting up times to see properties and was always responsive to my phone calls, emails, or texts. He was always patient, answered all of my questions and never pressured me into making decisions. He is also terribly funny which made every outing an adventure. When I finally found a property it ended up being a difficult purchase due to the sellers' situation. Matt's meticulousness was amazing. He worked very hard to make sure all of my bases were covered and the purchase went as smoothly as possible. I don't know what I would have done without him. The next time I need to purchase or sell property I will definitely be calling Matt.

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01/19/2015 - hahn chris
Bought a home in 2015 in Mira Mesa, San Diego, CA 92126.

I had a great experience with Matt. I grew up in San Diego and was looking to buy my first place in this wonderful city. A friend of mine who is actually a mortage broker (Orlando Brittian) recommended Matt and I'm sure glad that he did. Even though I found the place I wanted relatively fast, I NEVER felt pressured into buying a place. After a bad experience with a previous realtor it was a nice feeling to have someone who was looking out for my best interest. The process was very smooth and informative which was great because this was my first time buying a home, so smooth that I actually closed escrow about a week early. I would definitely recommend Matt to anyone looking to buy in San Diego.

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Response from Matt on 01/21/2015

Chris, it was a pleasure helping you and I'm so glad you you are happy! Be sure to keep in touch and keep me updated! All the best, -- Matt

 

  

11/07/2014 - Kathleen Osborn
Sold a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $250K in San Carlos, San Diego, CA.

With many changes in my life taking place at one time, I needed to sell my condo in San Carlos fairly quickly. Matt was very understanding and helpful in guiding me through the process of selling my property.

Matt made a few suggestions about what I could do to update and improve the property and worked with me to stage my condo. He also booked a professional photographer to make my place look its best online and on fliers.

His knowledge of the real estate market and his professional expertise were invaluable determining a price and strategy to sell my property quickly.

Matt kept in touch and updated me through every step. At times we spoke several times a day. He was always available to me and returned my emails, texts and phone calls promptly.

Matt was always honest, helpful, and trustworthy throughout the whole selling process and his attention to detail is extraordinary. He made the experience as stress free as possible and at times it was actually pretty fun. Matt’s a great guy. I would highly recommend him to any of my family or friends.

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Response from Matt on 11/11/2014

Thanks Kathleen! It was a pleasure helping you and I wish you the best on your new journeys. Looking forward to catching up soon :-)

 

  

11/03/2014 - tito robles
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $425K in Escondido, CA.

Matt was amazing! My wife and I were worried about being able to obtain a mortgage loan and when we first approached Matt we explained our financial situation to him and our worries. He got us together with a awesome mortgage broker named Renzo Marzano who runs MAR Financial who was able to get us a very good loan rate.

Matt was always honest, helpful, and trustworthy throughout the whole home buying process. It was very obvious from the beginning that he was not trying to rush us into making a quick purchase to get his payday, and patiently helped us find the house that was perfect for us. Matt did a wonderful job explaining everything to us through out the whole process, and was very helpful and straight forward in the negotiation process.

He also laughed at all my jokes! I will be inviting Matt to our first pool party BBQ at our new home because I honestly feel I made a friend!

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