Reviews - San Diego Realtor - Luxury Real Estate | Janicke Swanson


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"Buying a house in this market is quite the task to take on. Janicke approached that task with a calm professionalism and worked hard to provide us with properties that would fit our needs and wants. She was kind and patient when we needed time to think and honest about what she felt would work well and what we might want to think further about. Not only is it fun to work with Janicke but we really felt she had our best interests at heart. She was always on time, prepared, and addressed our needs and concerns in a timely manner. I trust her and have recommended her to anyone I know looking to buy or sell in San Diego."

"Janicke and her team were awesome to work with. She has an impressive balance of being professional and kind and organized and flexible. Janicke listens. She truly works for and with you. She understood the big picture and all going on in my life and cared about making the sale of my home as smooth as possible. And, she did this at the height of the pandemic (late 2020). She communicates so well and often. We talked almost every day with updates about showings, offers, etc. She works hard and helps in so many areas and truly goes above and beyond. A few examples are cleaning my floors and vacuuming before a showing, and laying mulch right before the pictures and drone (which turned out incredible)! I was beyond happy with the entire process and highly recommend Janicke!"

"I credit Janicke and her wonderful, professional team for selling my home in record time. I met Janicke years before when I decided to go with a different agency. There wasn't a single offer.

Tried again years later. This time the first and only person I contacted was Janicke. She was able to attract 3 offers (one before the listing start date, an all-cash offer, and then a 3rd before the first week's end).

The closing process went incredibly smoothly. If there were any hiccups along the way, I'm none the wiser, because all I experienced was a stress-free close.

It's the details that count, and her team really brought their A-game with the details... without breaking anyone's bank on things like staging props.

She's a no-hassle gal who has an eye for what works and very quick and successful at executing her plan.

When I need an agent in the area, I will be sure to contact Janicke again. "

- Evangeline G.

"We worked with Janicke and Peter for our relocation to San Diego from Minnesota, and they were fantastic. They took us around to every house that met our criteria on our threetrips, and quickly got a sense of what we were looking for. They were indefatigable in making sure we got into all the houses we wanted to, and finding us the right house for our family. They even went to see some houses for us when we were back in Minnesota, took pictures, videos and measurements. We couldn't have asked for better service and we really liked them too! They guided us through the process of buying our home remotely and it went very smoothly, despite some difficult seller situations. Janicke also provided a lot of information regarding schools for our children, contractors to do work on our house, and was even available to meet with them at the house while we are away. They are continuing to help us until we move to California in a few months. We highly recommend them. Wish all realtors were this good!"
Paul F.

"Janicke recently helped us to sell our house in La Jolla. We don't live in the area, so it was vital that we worked with someone who was a great communicator. Janicke is an amazing communicator. She was always available to us whenever we needed her. She always answered emails within a couple of hours. She is extremely professional in navigating negotiations with other realtors. But most importantly to us, as a young growing family, was that she really worked hard to help us achieve our goals, and genuinely cared about us and how best to support us through the process from afar.

I wouldn't even consider another realtor in the San Diego area. We would go directly back to Janicke - she's that good. "

- Justin G.

"Janicke helped us buy our house in 2010, and when it came time to sell there was no question about who we would use. Our house sold very quickly, extremely smoothly, with very little stress - all thanks to Janicke and her team. We would definitely recommend her!"
- Jennifer and Mike Atella

"Janicke was referred to us by our relocation firm. Having bought and sold two houses previously we had worked with few realtors before, and we did not have a very good experience. So our expectations from any realtor were very low to begin with. We interviewed at least 4-5 agents before we selected Janicke to help us sell our Carmel Valley house in San Diego. She was very honest and upfront. She did not paint an overly rosy picture or make any exaggerated claims about selling our house. She was very knowledgeable about the local area. She did an excellent job, from staging, to getting professional photographs, to hosting several open houses, creating online profiles, and having a very solid marketing plan in place. She got us the desired outcome. Very happy with all her work, and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell in Carmel Valley area. Thank you Janicke."
- Ravi Todi

"My wife and I went to San Diego for a house hunting adventure between Dec 25 and Dec 30, 2015. Before the trip, we found Janicke via her Zillow listing and contacted her for possible house showing. She responded immediately and demonstrated her enthusiasm about an opportunity to help us, even though we would come out of the east coast. During our visit, she patiently listened to what we were looking for and helped us to understand the dynamics of the SD housing market. She helped us with her objective opinions and analyzed the pros and cons of each candidate and neighborhood we were interested in. She worked tirelessly and methodically, and tried very hard to coordinate house visits during the holiday season. She is very open-minded and frank about what her thoughts are. She represented us professionally, forcefully, and respectfully when negotiating with sellers. Since we signed our purchase contract, she has continued helping us to get things in order because we are not in SD. We have enjoyed working with her wholeheartedly. I would recommend her to my friends and to anyone else who want to buy or sell a house in SD"
- Jian Zhou

"It was a privilege working with Janicke and her team – she is by far the best realtor we have had the pleasure of working with. From the very beginning Janicke was professional and honest and always had our best interests at heart. We had difficult time and location constraints and Janicke always worked with us to close in a timely and convenient manner. We would recommend Janicke and Berkshire Hathaway to all of our friends and family."
- Becky LaBarge

"We recently moved from Boston and Janicke was referred to us by our relocation company. As I had prior experience in working with realtors for buying/selling my home in New England, I had several expectations for my home buying experience in San Diego. The first real estate agent assigned by my relocation company was very poor in their communication. They never bothered to schedule an appointment to meet with me personally, and kept sending me the listings from areas that I was not interested at all. I requested my relocation company to suggest another real estate agent, and guess what, we were assigned the lovely Janicke! From Day 1, she was very proactive in her communication. She met with my family and was keen to listen on our expectations. In less than 2 weeks, we found our ideal home. She was very knowledgeable on the Carmel Valley real estate, and advised on the bidding strategies. She negotiated with the seller's on contingeny and got all the work taken care of before our closing. Understanding the client's expectations, good communication and negotiating skills are key for a realtor's success. Janicke definitely exceeded our expectations in all these criteria! I will definitely refer her to my friends. Thanks Janicke for the memorable home buying experience,"
- Chandra Durairaj

"It was a pleasure to work with Janicke! She was assigned to us through our relocation company. I can't thank her enough for all she did for us. Before we had decided to move to San Diego, we came all the way from Boston with 2 small kids, and she took care of us for an entire weekend, showing us neighborhoods, potential condos, houses and schools. Janicke knew, at that point, that we were not completely sure about our decision to move to San Diego, but nevertheless, she was so committed in helping us, we were really impressed by her professionalism, knowledge and passion for what she does. A few weeks later we decided to move and Janicke helped us finding our dream home! We looked at many houses over the last seven months and Janicke guided us through the whole home buying process. She is very patient, caring, she communicates very quickly and efficiently and it was always nice to have her with us during open houses! She was able to understand our family needs and always gave us her honest opinion about the different houses we visited. She is an expert in what she does and it was really great to have her as our agent. We are very thankful for her help, she smoothly guided us through the whole home search process, and really welcomed us to San Diego! We absolutely recommend her and will for sure work with her again in the future! Thank you so much Janicke!"
- Michelle & Manfred Kraus

"Janicke did an awesome job in selling our condo in San Diego. We found her because I was looking for someone to sell my unit at that time and she sold a condo in the our community within one weekend and an incredible price. We were totally impressed by the strategy they adopted to advertise the other condo. When it came to selling our unit, she did not disappoint me at all -- it was the same level of professionalism that we expect to receive. They did a great job in staging our unit and the photographs they took were so attractive that I even wanted to buy it back again."
- Amy Wu

"Just what we needed. We approached Janicke in the early stages and wanted a real estate agent that was willing to work with us over several months to help us find an area of San Diego, then the actual home. We were impressed with her patience as we contemplated different areas of San Diego,and were equally impressed with how responsive she was. Janicke was always there when we needed her, whether over the phone or in person. We looked at many houses over several months because of our indecisiveness, and Janicke was a true professional throughout the whole process."
Ben Gallagher

"Janicke helped us purchase our dream home in La Jolla! We deeply enjoyed working with her through the process. She is extremely knowledgeable, well-prepared, kind, respectful and very patient. She and her team did an amazing job following through on this purchase. She is also very fast to respond and goes out of her way to accommodate the needs of her clients. We very much enjoyed getting to know her and would recommend her services to any friend or family! Thank you!!"
Borsika A Rabin

"Janicke was assigned to me through my relocation company. I found her very knowledgeable, honest, and trustworthy. She not only helped us to find the right property but guided us through the whole home buying process. She communicated on a very efficient way and always gave prompt answers to all of our inquiries. She is not “pushy” in the good sense of the word; she showed us a plethora of properties until we found the right one. If you want somebody who is honest, efficient, and a knowledgeable expert, go with her."
Kate Binger

"It is our immense pleasure and honor to recommend Janicke Swanson and Kristi Olson, a superb real estate team, to any individual or family seeking to purchase or sell a home. They helped us through a rushed relocation situation TWICE, and exceeded all our expectations both times. They were there for us when first relocating to San Diego under a tight timeline due to temporary housing. And they helped sell that very same home when we were forced to relocate again a short two years later. We consider ourselves extremely lucky and fortunate to have met them. From the earliest stages of both the buying and selling process, it became quite apparent that they had significant experience with the art of buying, selling and staging a home and significant knowledge of the San Diego area real estate market. Together their combined experience makes them an impressive team."
- Victoria Bruce

"I met Janicke when she listed (and sold in one week at full asking price) a home down the street from mine in the Del Sur area of Carmel Valley. I called her and was immediately impressed by the amount of market knowledge she had. I'm a real estate investor and regularly attend industry seminars and forecast, hosted by economists, professors and industry experts. Janicke could go toe-to-toe with any of them. As an owner of investment properties, I try to keep on top of values and sale prices in the area. Janicke really knew her stuff and is probably among the best I've seen at being able to properly value a house and to understand the mentality of its potential buyers. If you're thinking about selling...even if you've already got a Realtor in mind, or think your sale may still be months down the road, I would highly suggest giving Janicke a call. Her insights have real value and will help you make more informed...and profitable decisions. She is generous with her time and is definitely 'no pressure'. Whatever decision you make will end up being a better one with Janicke's input!"
- William Lum

“Janicke came highly recommended by a dear friend and did not disappoint. My main concern going into the sales process was being out of state and a lack of knowledge of the process ahead of me. She communicated clearly and was willing to take the time to speak to me on more than one occasion to walk me through any confusing procedures. She moved quickly to put the pieces into place for an expedient sales process with a reasonable price point and timeline leading to the property being sold in a matter of days. I would highly recommend her for buying or selling a property because she is not only qualified, but a caring and trustworthy, friendly voice to lead you along your way.”
- Connie I

“I had the pleasure to work with Janicke on the sale of my home, which was my first home sale experience. Janicke provided vastly appreciated guidance, information, and support, and I particularly felt well-supported considering I was based remotely to much of the sale process. A testament to Janicke's diligent and comprehensive communications. Janicke's experience also came into play via the provision/access and info to vendors to help bring the sale of my home to a rapid and very satisfactory resolution. Not only would I recommend Janicke to others, I'm thrilled to continue to work with Janicke myself as a trusted voice as I re-enter the local real estate market.”
- Cara S

“I’ve bought two houses and sold one house with Janicke. Her local knowledge of Carmel Valley helped me buy my first house in San Diego. And her local knowledge helped me find my dream house by the coast. She handled a complicated contingent sale and purchase with ease. I can not stress enough how enthusiastically I endorse Janicke and her team.”
- Christina Fennell

“Janicke was a pleasure to work with! Her communication with me was on point. In this market with so many offers it can be challenging to get agents to even respond to your clients offers let alone have a full conversation and constant communication and Janicke did all of the above. In all honesty this was probably the smoothest transaction I have had in my 17 years of being a real estate agent. Thank you again for your professionalism on the sale of Kansas Street in North Park. It was a true pleasure bringing in the buyer for this purchase and having you as the agent on the other side. Would love to do more deals with you.”
- Tammy K, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE LIC. #01417954

“We decided to buy a house in San Diego in the roughest market for buyers probably ever. In order to be successful, we knew that we needed an amazing real estate agent. Janicke came highly recommended by friends and family for her top 1% performance nationwide. We started house hunting together, and after 2 weeks working with Janicke and only two offers, we were able to close on a beautiful home within 21 days. Janicke is extremely professional, knowledge of the San Diego market, and friendly. I was most impressed by Janicke’s helpfulness and responsiveness. In summary, if you are looking for a top real estate agent in San Diego, I would strongly recommend Janicke and her team.”
- ​​​​​​​William C

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