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About Scott Kato – A Timeline:

1992 – 2002:  Scott spends over 10 years in the dot com industry.

2001:  While living in Manhattan and running operations in the tri-state area for one of the largest retail music chains in the U.S., Scott reads Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.

2002: Shortly after, Scott decides to apply his skills to launch his own real estate business.  After only six months in the business, Scott purchases his first home and is recognized as "Rookie of the Year" based on sales volume, Coldwell Banker (ranked #1 and the largest brokerage in the greater Long Beach area).

2003:  Within 18 months, Scott leverages his first home to purchase an oceanfront condominium, which he intends to flip.  After renovations are completed, Scott decides to call it home and rents out his first purchase. By the age of 30, Scott purchases and sells more than six properties of his own while still holding on to a few for rental income.  Kiyosaki's plan is in full swing.

2004-2006:  Over the next few years Scott's business begins to flourish, as he quickly becomes a dominant player on Ocean Boulevard, specializing in oceanfront condominiums.

2006-2007: At the peak of the market, Scott forms Kato Group and starts to align himself with asset managers who represent several banks (REO properties).  Jessica Panzica, long time friend and licensed appraiser of 10 years, joins Kato Group to manage BPO's and oversee REO operations.

2008-2009:  Scott teams up with Neal Thompson to form an investment partnership.  They hit the courthouse steps, acquiring Trustee sales.  The process includes eviction with legal due process (also known as "cash for keys"), renovation (asset management), marketing, and sales.

Kristina Narz and Kate Shioji join Kato Group as Executive Assistant and Buyers Agent, respectively.



2010-Present:  In a depressed market, when most real estate groups struggled, Kato Group accelerated and found opportunities for their clients.  In 2010, Kato Group averaged over one closed escrow per week.  (Though, if Trustee acquisitions are included, over 100 properties were purchased and sold.)

In 2010, Scott Kato ranked #1 in gross sales for Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance, ranked Top 25 in the state of California, and ranked Top 100 in the Nation.  (In fact, since joining Coldwell Banker in 2003, Scott has consistently ranked as one of their top-producing agents.)

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Listings & Sales  

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Past Sales  

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Sell-side
01/01/2015
$771,000

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01/01/2015 - Sell-side - $771,000

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Sell-side
12/26/2014
$640,000

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Sell-side
12/18/2014
$825,500

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Sell-side
12/11/2014
$275,500

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Sell-side
12/10/2014
$805,000

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Ratings & Reviews

  
 

01/15/2015 - gcanalusc
Bought a home in 2014.
Primary point of contact: Edgar Rangel

I worked with Edgar Rangel from the Kato Group on my most recent home purchase, he has an unassuming way of carrying himself which makes you feel comfortable immediately however is quick and well versed in real estate. I never felt pushed or hurried and from one conversation he zeroed in on the most important features in our home search. Working with Edgar was seamless and in no time we were in our new home. The team advocates on your behalf and always treats you with professionalism. I look forward to working with Edgar in the future.  More Less 

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01/07/2015 - zuser20140528083112954
Bought a home in 2014.
Primary point of contact: Ray Miramontes

Last summer, I suggested to my daughter that she purchase a condo near her work in Long Beach. After some research, I found the Scott Kato Group on Yelp in Oct 2014. When making our first appointment, Nikoo Safdari (receptionist) answered all our questions about the company and was very efficient in returning my calls. She asked if we wanted a male or female agent. I replied that I wanted someone who would tell it to me like it is. Thus, our first appointment with Ray Miramontes was made.

Ray is a young man however he is wise beyond his years. He takes his profession very seriously. It’s no wonder why he is so good at it. He’s very confident and has a mild-mannered yet very congenial personality. (My daughter is 25 and I am 52 and we both liked and felt very comfortable with Ray from day one.) He has a vast knowledge about anything having to do with the realty industry and also about the city of Long Beach itself. He kept in contact with us almost every day. Whether it be to tell us about a new listing, to give us an update or to just to ask how the day was going. He was never bothersome. We actually enjoyed and looked forward to Ray’s communication via texts and calls. During the entire time we were associated with Ray, he honestly made us feel like we were his only clients and I liked that. (In fact, during the final inspection, he inadvertently mentioned that he had just recently sold 3 other properties. To this day, I still find it hard to believe that he had other clients because he paid such close attention to us and gave us his everything.)

The very first property that I asked Ray to show us was not in the best of neighborhoods. As we walked up to the front gate Ray said to my daughter, “Kinda sketch. I'll find you a nicer area." I knew we were in responsible and honest hands.

He accommodated my daughter’s unusual work schedule. When there was a property that fit the bill, he’d text my daughter to wake up (usually late afternoon), that he’d pick her up in 3o minutes and bring her back home in 15 minutes. It worked out perfectly!

Four days before the 17 day contingency was to end, a new property was listed that my daughter fell in love with. She was so embarrassed to call Ray about this so she sent him the longest text you’ve ever seen. Ray’s simple reply to her was, “Get a good night’s rest and let’s talk in the morning.” His reply truly calmed her down and let her know that he was not mad or upset at her. The next day, he told my daughter that she should not be embarrassed. He firmly stated that he had no problem backing out of the first sale as that is his job as our agent and not to worry about the seller or her agent. He also said the 4 days is not a lot of time to work with but it could be done if need be. (Ray informs you about the facts then supports his client’s decisions but is never demanding or forceful. He likes to give you the worst case scenarios but concludes with “but it will never happen.”) He then insisted that my daughter visit the new listing in the next few hours just so she has no regrets and that he’d do all he could from that point on. (Another buyer offered a price which was our maximum thus it was not meant to be.) But it made us realize even more how fortunate we were to have Ray as our agent.

During the escrow process Ray kept us informed daily. When the lender needed something from us, I just sent it to Ray and he quickly and efficiently took care of it.

We were hesitant to go through the whole buying process but our 7 week relationship with Ray turned out to be a very pleasant experience. In fact, we made a new friend. You can do no wrong with Ray Miramontes as your realtor.
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12/31/2014 - earvin viernes
Bought a home in 2014.
Primary point of contact: Ray Miramontes

I am the type of person that performs extensive research prior to making any type of decision. So when it came to searching for a realtor, I was even more critical than usual given the importance of purchasing a home. Throughout all of my research, Ray from the Kato Group was constantly being mentioned, and for good reason: he is exceptional. I can comfortably say that exceptional, or any other superlative for that matter, would fall short of how amazing of an experience it was working with Ray when searching for our first home.

Ray is everything you want in a realtor. He is very knowledgeable of the market, great at communicating and making himself available, thorough, a tireless worker, personable, honest, and caring. My fiancé and I don’t have the most flexible work schedules, but Ray was able to accommodate both of us. Whether it was 8:30 in the morning or 8:30 at night, Ray would make it work with us. There were many times where he had to show the same house twice because one of us was not available the first time around.

During our house search, which lasted about 5 months with Ray (our search criteria evolved many times during that timeframe), Ray would call or text every day to give an update on new listings, ask if we had any questions, or just check in even if there were no new listings. His communication is superb and he makes you feel as if you are his only client, even though his services are highly sought after and utilized (and rightfully so). Even after closing on our home nearly two months ago, he still calls and asks us if we need any help, have any questions, or checks on how we are doing in general.

The qualities we appreciated most about Ray are how he is supportive, caring, and honest. Even though our search criteria evolved many times during our search, Ray was always upbeat, respected our decisions, and never wavered in his effort to provide us outstanding service throughout the entire process. When it came to making a decision on whether or not to put an offer on a property, he never forced us into making a decision. What he did do was provide us with all the information necessary in order for us to make our own well-informed decision. If we asked for his honest input on a property, he would provide an honest answer. When we wanted to have additional inspections performed during escrow, he coordinated everything and made sure we had piece of mind prior to finalizing the deal. It is evident that he prioritizes his clients’ happiness and well-being over making a quick deal. That is why it is no surprise that Ray and the Kato Group are so highly-rated.

Ray, Scott (the founder of the Kato Group – he was an absolute pleasure to work with as well) and the Kato Group are a first-class service and I can’t recommend them enough. Whenever it comes time to buy another home or sell our current home, Ray and the Kato Group have already earned our repeat business. If you give them the opportunity, I am confident they will earn yours as well.
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