What Clients Say About John & Lorene Rice
"John and Lorene are the dream team!
We both bought and sold our home (multiple offers within days and escrow following) through this salt-of-the-earth, yet unassuming, powerhouse couple who’re perfectly harmonized in both aspects. With a decision that carries such gravity they make it as stress-free and effortless as possible all while keeping you well informed with as much communication as desired based on the individual needs of your family.
Lorene is your “magical unicorn” and will truly transform your home. In fact, the word “staging” hardly encompasses what she can do. Her her amazing eye along with the tools she’s perfected through her relationships and years in the business are priceless! I know how difficult it can be watching your home take on a mini-face lift (even on an amazingly small budget) but believe me, trusting her to do what she was born to do will bring you to offers quickly!
She’s equally talented in quickly understanding your needs and style of home you want. She also asks the crucial questions you hadn’t thought of when looking for your dream home. She will also share her resources with you to design a perfect living space!
John is yin to Lorene’s yang and the numbers statistician/ contract part to dream team. This wasn’t an area I was in the least bit interested in but it’s crucial! He decodes all the information and presents it in a way that is not only understandable but he finds all the little nuances in the “paperwork” side that could potential either cost or save you money. He then uses both experience and his gift with contracts and numbers to negotiate... He’s the person you want weeding though the several inches of paperwork in addition to inspection piece of buying/selling a home.
The best part? John and Lorene are truly great people. They’re passionate about what they do and they genuinely care about each of the families they are working with. It’s a relationship that, at least for us, will last a lifetime."
K.D. La Costa
"John and Lorene were excellent in assisting us in selling our large home. From the moment we met them it was clear that they were experts in their field and extremely kind and genuinely caring people. We met multiple realtors while trying to find the right selling agent, but John and Lorene were an amazing pair to meet and I could tell instantly that our best interest and forming a relationship with us was their highest priority.
They performed with precision and expertise helping us prepare, stage, and show our home within a few weeks of our first meeting. Our home ultimately closed escrow at the full value we aimed for, and above the local comp values other agents were stuck trying to price the home at, just for simplicity. I loved the fact that John could predict that the value I wanted for our house was at the high end for the area but still realistic with hard work, and he executed on that promise and we closed on that same value at the end of escrow!
They worked exceptionally well and were able to receive multiple offers within the first weekend of showing. Their expertise and incredible attention to detail never changed even during escrow, when we had to make a difficult decision to drop our highest, but contigent, offer and move forward with the second highest offer. John's sound advice worked perfectly to secure the offer which would truly move along to closing. This was an example of their earned expertise and community knowledge, since they knew the agent selling for our new buyers and had seen the home they were selling, and could confidently predict that this home would sell with ease and ensure our sale would close.
John knows the best tradesmen across the county and keeps an incredible list of specialists to solve any issue that may arise in inspection and the close of escrow. We had very little extra time to work through the escrow/inspection stage of our home sale, but John handled so much that we were exceptionally grateful for his hard work. In comparison to other showing agents we have purchased from, John and Lorene stand head to shoulders above the rest and demonstrated more dedication, honesty, and expertise than we have ever seen before.
Even after closing on our sale we still see them around town, receive updates and communication, and see them involved with the community and ourselves included.
I would work with them again."
"We have bought and sold 24 homes, and we have to say loudly and clearly that Lorene and John have been by far the most perfectly professional Realtors who have enthusiastically and eagerly met all our selling needs."
L.N. La Costa Oaks, Carlsbad
"John and Lorene were instrumental in our first home purchase. Their professionalism, comprehensive industry knowledge, and patience with us made the process less intimidating and more enjoyable as a first time homebuyer."
D.L. Carmel Valley – San Diego
"It is with great pleasure that we write to recommend the services of Lorene Rice. Lorene managed our transaction with complete professionalism and enthusiasm while demonstrating absolute honesty and integrity."
K.K. La Costa Oaks, Carlsbad
"Selling my house went very smoothly with the help of John and Loreen. John was punctual and helpful with all the necessary procedures for the sale and Loreen was fantastic with her artistic flare for staging the house. I was pleased to get a full asking price and sell the house in a few short days after listing. John and Loreen's knowledge and experience was definitely beneficial for the sale. I highly recommend the Rices for the sale of your home. "
C.T. Del Mar, CA
"John and Lorene sold our house in Feb of 2015. They have a great business partnership and offer a unique approach that we have not seen before -marketing your house as if it was a new model home in a new community. They are honest, trustworthy and most importantly make the selling of your home a easy and yes, fun experience. They love doing what they do and it shows."
G.H. Carlsbad, CA
"Easiest transaction I've ever had. (Bar none. - and this is my 16 th time in escrow with a purchase or sale!) I thought Lorene & John both worked as a great team and helped me to prepare my home to get the absolute best possible price, and we did. I must say, Lorene & John were amazingly efficient at getting all of the inspections scheduled and facilitating repairs. In fact, you could not have done a better job!"
K.S. Del Sur, CA
"John and Lorene were exceptional to work with during the process of selling our home. They gave us great advice during our initial meeting, worked closely with us during the staging process, and are the most knowledgeable agents on the market trends in this area. They understood our objectives, allowing us to be patient and most importantly maximize our selling price."
G.H. Encinitas, CA
"...Lorene and John's expertise in the marketplace, attention to detail, eye for staging, and calming presence made one of the most stressful periods in life smooth sailing. Their immediate response to even the most trivial requests reinforced their commitment to helping our family through the selling process. "
D.D. Carlsbad, Ca
"An excellent strategist, John is an attentive & thoughtful listener. He will carefully assess your needs & design an effective, action plan to meet your goals."
A.H. Santaluz, San Diego
John and Lorene have helped us to buy more than one property in North County. Together, they form a unique, knowledgeable and professional real estate team. Whether you are buying or selling a home, you won't go wrong with the Rices.
S.E. Carlsbad, CA
John and Lorene are the "Real Estate Whisperers." They were always available to answer any questions and deal with every issue with confident, upbeat efficiency. My home buying experience was an awesome team effort!"
L.J. Leucadia, CA
"What a pleasure to work with John on the sale of my condominium. I was not expecting to get full asking price and for the listing to sit on the market for awhile. The condominium sold in 4 days at full asking price. The work John & Lorene put in to make my condominium look show ready was outstanding and John kept me informed on what was happening through the entire process. I will hire John for my next purchase without a doubt!"
S.A. Vista CA
"I would recommend John & Lorene without question. Their experience and knowledge made the sale of our house go smoothly."
B.M.K Carlsbad CA
"I highly recommend John and Lorene for their outstanding and professional services. Not only did they help stage my home they sold it the first day it hit the market and then proceeded to work tirelessly to find me a new home as quickly as possible."
M.J. Oceanside, CA
"Working with John and Lorene and Sotheby’s was a fantastic experience. From the assistance with the staging of my home to the professional business acumen they delivered: I highly recommend utilizing this team to either buy or sell a home."
M.F. La Costa, CA
"John & Lorene are very professional and knowledgeable in North County real-estate. With their contacts and marketing they had my condo sold in less than 1 week."
M.S. Carmel Valley, San Diego
"John and Lorene are amazing! They truly care about their clients and have their best interests at heart. The best service we've experienced from realtors ever!"
T.D. & G.D. Carmel Valley, San Diego
"We have known John and Lorene for more than three years. Either to buy or to rent: they are highly professional, knowledgeable and very easy to work with. "
E.P. Carmel Valley, San Diego
"John and Lorene sold my home 3 years ago in la costa oaks. They make an excellent pairing. My house was bare of furniture and full of baby toys. She spent two weekends helping me shop and stage the house. I saved a bunch of money bc I didn't have to hire stagers. She has an amazing artistic eye. John steps in and does an awesome job with negotiations and business paper work. The two complement each other very well in their individual strengths."
S.Y. Carlsbad, CA
"Thank you so much for all your guidance and help with the sell of our home. We know we picked the BEST team to work with."
K.V. Carlsbad, CA
“My wife and I had an excellent experience working with John and Lorene. Under very intense and pressure-filled circumstances, not only did they help us secure and ultimately buy the house of our dreams, John and Lorene quickly and efficiently helped us prepare our house to be put on the market to be shown in the best possible way and in less than two weeks, after receiving multiple offers, we were in escrow at our full asking price. They both bring unique talents and skillsets along with many years of experience which is what I believe makes John and Lorene such an effective TEAM. They kept us organized throughout a very complex process of buying and selling a home at the same time, always made themselves available and acted as true professionals from start to finish. I would highly recommend John and Lorene Rice to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the area. Their experience, knowledge of the market and attention to detail will ensure you the results that you are looking for!”
K.W. La Costa, CA
Glenn Hewson, Carlsbad-
"Lorene spent days staging our house (including providing some of her own furniture and decorations) and working with the landscaper and photographer to maximize the house's visual appeal. John worked the comps, wrote the listing and made the pitch to the real estate community. They also made sure that one of them was always present for any showings. The net, net is that the house was in escrow in under 45 days and this during Nov/Dec. We also felt that due to their approach we got far more for our home than if we had used the standard, run of the mill realtor."
Stephanie B., Carlsbad-
"Lorene and John made sure my house looked ready to sell and beautifully staged. They gave me honest opinions about things I should change with my furniture, etc. to make the house more "sellable". Lorene actually spent several hours helping me move furniture from room to room and hang artwork. She even brought her own throw pillows from home to make my living room look more inviting!"
Helen B., Carlsbad-
"Then, we came across one of John and Lorene's La Costa Oaks listings & its impressive pictures. We decided to give them a call. John and Lorene came over on a weekend and they share their insights and approach how to "stage" and "sell" our home. Their genuine comments (+ Lorene's artistic staging ideas + John's detailed analysis) definitely won us over... Lorene also personally helped with staging for our home."
Kyung C., Carlsbad-
"Lorene is super professional on staging and she always brings positive energy to my house."
“John and Lorene are FANTASTIC to work with. We bought our home from them 10 years ago in a super smooth and easy process. They have made themselves available ever since to answer questions about the house and the neighborhood. We recently made an offer on another home and while we pulled out of the process before completion, John and Lorene were endlessly helpful in preparing our home for listing and in dealing with a difficult bank transaction. When we pulled out of the deal, they were gracious and understanding. We will definitely be using them when we finally do sell and move on.”
“John and Lorene are true professionals. Their expertise and knowledge of the local Carlsbad market is exceptional. They are the reason we now live in the home of our dreams. It's my pleasure to recommend their services.”
“What a pleasure to work with John on the sale of my condominium. I was not expecting to get full price and for the listing to sit on the market for awhile. The condominium sold in 4 days at full asking price due to the hard work John & Lorene did to make my condominium show ready. Also John kept me informed throughout the whole process. I will hire john for future purchase/sale without a doubt!”
“My husband and I met John through a friend's referral. We had been through a bad experience with another realtor that really had no idea or right to be in real estate. We had been searching for a home for quite a long time and were very frustrated since we had sold a 5 bedroom house and were now living in a small apartment. John and his wife Lorene were fantastic, patient and went above and beyond to help us get settled in the San Diego area. We had very unique needs; a large garage space for my husband's woodworking and my bike obsession. We also wanted to downsize the living area...naturally we also wanted to do this spending as little as possible. We had the big mortgage and now wanted more time to spend traveling and enjoying life. John took us on so many showings/at so many locations he probably had to buy a new car, but he continued and eventually we found an amazing house with a gorgeous ocean view, huge garage space--even a workshop and land. John was able to close the deal quickly and efficiently and finally we were in our home. We have stayed friends with John and Lorene and still enjoy their advice on our "orchard"....since they are better gardeners than we are:) I highly recommend John Rice on every level. Great service, trustworthy, educated and motivated. John takes the time to get to know the client and understand your needs; something I've not seen in other realtors. Most importantly John isn't there just to make a sale...he isn't afraid to say--no, you don't want this and/or this isn't a good choice. Call John, you won't regret it.”