Testimonials

Liudmila and Peter Porshnev

Having Rick as our agent was a great experience for us. Rick did an excellent job helping us to sell our house in Poway this summer.
Rick became our agent at a difficult time, as our house was lingering on the market listed with a different agent with no real progress for a long time before we hired Rick.
Rick’s professional approach, knowledge and hard working attitude was outstanding and deserves to be recognized.
We have been impressed with Rick’s negotiation skills and ability to solve any issues professionally and efficiently. Rick was responsive and available on a short notice.
We really appreciate Rick’s full commitment and dedication to the job, and would highly recommend Rick as one of the best agents in San Diego area, who is also specialized in relocation. Thank you very much!

Bruce Glassman, Rancho Bernardo/Sabre Springs

We needed an agent with a detailed and extensive knowledge and expertise in our specific neighborhood and school district. Rick was one of only a few agents who exhibited that knowledge, plus he is a resident of the neighborhood. Unlike many real estate people, Rick is not pushy, he's very respectful, he doesn't rush you make decisions, and there's never any pressure tactics. He's a straight-shooter; an honest, hardworking guy who works hard for you. He helped us to not waste energy worrying about the unimportant things, and he did everything he could to avoid the (inevitable) roadblocks and obstacles that you encounter during any real estate negotiation and funding process. We only closed 4 months ago, but we already recommended Rick about three times already. That speaks for itself.

Tim & Tamara OConnell / Scripps Ranch

"I've been meaning to get a note off to you to compliment you on the outstanding job you did for Tamara and I as we went through the always underestimated project of selling and buying a home. Taking pause a couple of months after closing has allowed me to look back on the job you did with much appreciation to your thoroughness, professionalism, salesmanship and experience.

Every detail was done, all calls were returned promptly. Your market knowledge was very helpful. The one thing that impacted me the most was your ability to listen. Anytime Tamara and I spoke you listened and it was reflected in your actions. Everything you did was in response to the things we said were important such as Square footage, pools, views, and pricing. Execution was flawless and now we are living in our beautiful new house and turning it into a home.

It is a rare experience to deal with someone who makes the buying/selling process pleasurable enough that you feel compelled to refer business to them. Rick, we truly enjoyed having you represent us in one of the more important, stressful and expensive decisions of our lives. I will seek out the opportunity to tell others about the positive experience Tamara and I had with you. Please feel free to use us as a reference."

Anhla, Rancho Bernardo/Sabre Springs

During the several months that we worked together, it was clearly evident that Rick was entirely interested in finding the right home for our family and not really in just making a sale. He took the time to get to know our needs as a family (home size, location, schools, child safety regarding pools/driveways, etc.) and was incredibly flexible in working with our schedules and budget. He advocated for us for countless bids on many homes, and never did we feel the pressure to unreasonably increase our bid. Through these experiences, he gained our 100% trust as winning bids that exceeded our bids truly became the purchase price of that home. We felt that Rick was extremely knowledgeable in real estate transactions, comparative market pricing, and his integrity allowed him to gain insights from other agents to enable us to make the most informed decisions when it came to deciding on an offer amount. In the offer submitted for us, he also took the liberty of writing a formal letter, describing our family, our financial situation, and our desire to live in that home. We sincerely appreciate his initiative to do this and the additional work that it created for him. As a result of that effort, our offer was accepted! His high standards for work ethic did not end there. When we had issues arise out of the home inspection regarding repair matters, he endeavored to arrange for multiple repair estimates on our behalf. This was one extreme example of Rick being so accommodating of our schedules, because he saw what needed to be done and took it upon himself to complete it for us within a matter of hours. Essentially, by the time our work/childcare schedules were free for us to consider and handle the situation, he had already completed the task. Being new to the San Diego area, we had countless questions and he always responded courteously, professionally, and in a timely fashion. We feel incredibly lucky to have met such an honest and experienced professional in real estate matters!

Alicia Zaniboni, Rancho Bernardo/Sabre Springs

Mr. Rick Sauer is a real estate professional that knows "the" business and definitely knows the market and provides you with critical buying/selling technique and analysis. He dots the i's and crosses the t's. He understands the process and a very good listener because he cares about you and your needs. You absolutely can trust him on all areas. I will highly recommend Rick to all of my family and friends. Thanks Rick for what you have accomplished in selling my home. You're the best! I can see the passion and it shows on your work. Mahalo!

W. H. Cording, Rancho Bernardo/Sabre Springs

Rick Sauer recently helped me buy a home in Sabre Springs. This is the third home I have purchased in San Diego, fifth home overall and Rick was far and away the best agent I have ever worked with.

When we started the home buying process I was all over the map literally and figuratively. Although I had a few must haves, and more must not haves, I was interested in a diverse range of square footage, features and prices. The housing market was in the midst of a major price adjustment. Homes for sale, at the time, were a mix of foreclosures, short sales, and traditional sales with a few new homes sprinkled in. This market provided opportunities and pitfalls I had not experienced in my previous home purchases. Rick worked with me to refine my search. He took the time to get to know me and helped me not only find a new home, but find the right home for me!

Rick Sauer has my strongest personal recommendation. He listens, works hard, is well connected in the neighborhood, provides excellent service and delivers on all his commitments. He is easy to work with and businesslike where and when it counts. He will find the right house for you too!

Michael and Pamela Peck, Valley Center

My husband and I were new to the area and needed to find a real estate agent quickly. We called Rick and he was responsive and showed us many houses. He was patient with us and always cleared his schedule to show us the "next" house! When I finally found THE house, I called Rick and he had us in the house for a showing that same day. He wrote up the offer and it was accepted over all other offers. I am sure if it were not for his skill and experience, we would not be in this house today. I would recommend Rick to anyone to get you in the house you want. Even though we have been in our house now for 4 years, I can still pick up the phone or send an email to Rick and his drops what he is doing and helps me! A true professional and now a friend!

Sushianne, Carmel Mountain

When we met Rick Sauer, we were very impressed with his professionalism and expertise in the housing market. He is not pushy like other agents and he really gives you his honest opinion. There was a specific community in San Diego that we were interested in and through his extensive network, he was able to show us a home that was about to be placed on the market. We fell in love with the house and with his hard work, we were able to make it our home. Rick is very helpful in answering any questions or concerns and makes the whole process very smooth and easy. We give him two thumbs up and would highly recommend him to everyone! There is no doubt that we would choose to work with him again in the future!

Jacob Schneider, Rancho Penasquitos

We recently moved to San Diego with little knowledge of the local market and Rick helped us very quickly find the right area and right house. We bought in a very hot sellers' market and Rick gave excellent advice on how to get our offer accepted when dealing with multiple offer scenarios. We ended up purchasing a foreclosure and he was very adept at helping us understand how that is different than a normal purchase and how different it is to work with a bank rather than a private seller.

Ed and Bethany Obrien, Carmel Mountain Ranch

My wife and I are Military and were only in town for a very short time specifically to buy a home. We wanted to get a home while we were in town for 4 days. This turns out was a very tall order due to the market conditions. Nevertheless, Rick cleared his schedule and showed us several houses that we strongly considered. On our last day we found a house and made an offer. Interest in that house was keen. Rick walked us through the process from here in San Diego while we were in Virginia. We of course were successful and purchased the house. Not only was Rick extremely knowledgeable his advice was outstanding. I am convinced we were successful at least in part at winning this highly sought after house due to Rick's reputation among agents in the area. The selling agent knew he could trust Rick implicitly. I have purchased homes in 4 states so I have some experience with agents. I would unreservedly recommend Rick to anyone.

Candace Olvaney

I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you about our recent experience with your agent, Rick Sauer.

First, for some background information. My parents purchased their "dream home" back in 1968. My dad was a Navy fighter pilot at Miramar Naval air station. My mom was a wonderful mother and housekeeper. I can remember people saying they were crazy, RB is way out in the country! (There were cows on a hill then.)We all were so proud of that house. I as the eldest, was allowed to "pick my room first." A moment I'll never forget.

As to how we met Rick. My brother, John, recommended him after only meeting with him once after repairing Rick's garage door.

My mother had just recently passed away (April 2011) and we were planning too sell her home as soon as we made some improvements and upgrades. My brother was so impressed with Rick, that he called me that night. Even though we not ready to place the house on the market, my brother said: "I have the perfect guy, you're really going to like him!"

Soon after, Rick called and we arranged a meeting. I have to tell you, from the very moment I met him, there was a positive connection. First and foremost, Rick came across as very sensitive to our situation, which was very important to me, given the circumstances. He also made recommendations in a very respectful way, in regards to preparing the house for the market. He was always professional and honest, and never came across as "too eager." He replied to emails and phone calls in a timely manner, even on weekends and late in the evenings,aware that I arrived home after 8 pm from my job. He held several open houses, and by the way, did a excellent job in "staging" my mom's home, just the way she would have liked it!

Overall, even though this transaction was "bittersweet," I feel so good about the experience with Rick. He was the man for the job. I had planned on interviewing other agents, but had to go no further after meeting with Rick. He even was in contact with me during his well deserved vacation, ensuring all was well and going according to schedule. (The house closed the week of his, and my vacation!)

On behalf of myself and entire family, we want to thank Rick for the excellent service he provided. I, and my entire family, will recommend him to others, as I already have. Rick is not only a credit to the realty profession, but also to the human race. You should be very proud to have an employee like Rick.

Thanks, Rick, for making a difference.

Henry Rau, Scripps Ranch

Rick was an excellent realtor to work with on the purchase of our new home. His easy-going personality helped take the stress away from the process of buying our house and his knowledge and expertise in the real estate market were incredibly beneficial to our consideration of various properties. Rick worked with us to understand our criteria and needs in a new home, watched the MLS on a daily basis to make sure we had the opportunity to view homes the moment they were listed, and, at a moments notice, was prepared to show us homes for sale. Rick demonstrated unequalled patience with us as we, seemingly, toured the entirety of the San Diego region for the right neighborhood and home. Rick's years of experience and contacts in the industry make him a great choice when selecting a realtor. His negotiation skills paid off in our favor of getting our new home and working out some kinks on the way to closing. I strongly recommend Rick to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in San Diego

Steve Davis

"I selected Rick Sauer to represent my interest for the sale of a rental property I owned in the San Diego area.

From the beginning to the end of the sales process Rick provided factual and professional consultation that yielded multiple offers on the property at a time when the real estate market was experiencing a slowdown in activity. I was impressed with how Rick marketed the property within the real estate community, as well as his networking and canvassing efforts to find the suitable buyer. Once an acceptable offer was in hand, Rick helped extensively in managing both parties through the escrow process resulting in a seamless and painless closing.

After this experience with Rick, I don't view him as a real estate agent but more as my real estate consultant. I plan to use him on all my future real estate transactions and would highly recommend him to any other individual looking for a trustworthy, dependable and knowledgeable representative that puts his client's interest first.

Mary & Dean DePriest

As you know, we ran into you at an open house you were hosting and ultimately discussed utilizing your services with regard to finding a home larger than our current one at 12464 White Oak Way in Poway. You responded immediately and began sending prospective home listings. You also showed us homes from Alpine to Rancho Bernardo over the course of six months. This was a very hot sellers market and despite your best efforts, two home offers were rejected by sellers within days of the house listing being available. Although we were all disappointed, you persevered and suggested we consider new construction options as well as the unpredictable resale market. This suggestion ultimately paid off and with your help, we purchased a new home in Stonebridge Estates in Scripps Ranch.

After our new home settlement, we again chose you for our real estate needs, listing our home in Poway. Prior to the activation of the Poway house listing, you arranged for an interior decorator to review our house and offer selling preparation suggestions. We acted on many of these "staging" suggestions, as well as subtle color changes and general de-cluttering advice. Your support exceeded our expectations, as we received and accepted an offer on the first day our home was listed! This result is even more amazing as by June 2006 when we sold our home, the sellers market had dissipated and many homes were taking much longer to sell. We know that your advice and experience in pricing our home "correctly" made the crucial difference in selling quickly as we did not want our home remaining on the market for months.

The support and expertise provided by you is much appreciated. Your jobs were further complicated by the quick sale of our Poway home and the accelerated escrow date we requested. You coordinated the myriad of activities (inspections, appraisals, termite....) required to complete the sale. Many times you supported these activities in lieu of us because we were not available.

Your dedication to detail and endless ability to cut through red tape was amazing. You were always professional, efficient and knowledgeable. It was a pleasure to work with you.

Today, we are convinced this was our last move, but if we ever need real estate services again, we can only hope you will still be serving the real estate needs of San Diego. Please use us as satisfied references. We wish for you, and have confidence that you will continue your success through the outstanding services you provide.

Valerie Gwin, Ed.D., B.S.N., M.S.N., R.N.

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Rick Sauer. I believe Rick is a unique individual who deserves much recognition for his overwhelming desire to help others along with his unique organizational abilities. I had the opportunity to become acquainted with Rick while he was our realtor during the purchase of a condominium. I admired greatly not only his knowledge and expertise but his overwhelming desire to give his utmost while making the transaction a financial and an enjoyable experience.

He was a diligent worker who strives for perfection at all times. He was also extremely helpful is assisting us with supplying us with the names of many individuals needed to assist us in the remodeling process. They all expressed admiration and respect for him. .

His strong points include an ability to take on multiple tasks simultaneously and produce high quality results despite deadline pressure. He is deeply conscientious, professional, and hard working. The nicest compliment I can give him is that if I were going to be involved in another real estate transaction, I would definitely want him to be my realtor.

I strongly recommend him and I am certain you will be more than satisfied with his performance. If you have any questions or need any additional information, I will be more than happy to speak with you.

Anh and Hung Duong

We wanted to thank you for serving as our agent for the purchase of our home. During the several months that we worked together, it was clearly evident that you were entirely interested in finding the right home for our family and not really in just making a sale. You took the time to get to know our needs as a family (home size, location, schools, child safety regarding pools/driveways, etc.) and were incredibly flexible in working with our schedules and budget. You advocated for us for countless bids on many homes, and never did we feel the pressure to unreasonably increase our bid. Through these experiences, you gained our 100% trust as winning bids that exceeded our bids truly became the purchase price of that home. We felt that you were extremely knowledgeable in real estate transactions, comparative market pricing, and your integrity allowed you to gain insights from other agents to enable us to make the most informed decisions when it came to deciding on an offer amount.

In the offer you submitted for us, you also took the liberty of writing a formal letter, describing our family, our financial situation, and our desire to live in that home. We sincerely appreciate your initiative to do this and the additional work that it created for you. As a result of that effort, our offer was accepted!

Your high standards for work ethic did not end there. When we had issues arise out of the home inspection regarding repair matters, you endeavored to arrange for multiple repair estimates on our behalf. This was one extreme example of you being so accommodating of our schedules, because you saw what needed to be done and took it upon yourself to complete it for us within a matter of hours. Essentially, by the time our work/childcare schedules were free for us to consider and handle the situation, you had already completed the task.

Being new to the San Diego area, we had countless questions for you, and you always responded courteously, professionally, and in a timely fashion. We feel incredibly lucky to have met such an honest and experienced professional in real estate matters. Please do not hesitate to provide my contact information to anyone who would like to discuss my experience with you as our representative agent.

Thank you, as we increasingly love our home as the time goes by that we reside here

Jiangli Yan and Yinong Zhang

First, we would like to express our deep appreciation for a job well done. We are very pleased that our house was sold so quickly. When told, some of our friends were also impressed by the short turn-around time, especially in the tight real estate market condition before the Christmas holiday season. You should take a lot of credit for the success.
We knew we wanted you as our realtor right after we met you the first time. You did great research on the housing market nearby and helped us set up a very clear strategy with a reasonable price range. We were also very thankful that you were always there by us in the entire process. You talked to the inspection companies and visited our neighbors to get their signatures needed for repairing. We also liked your quick feedback and communications, which made us happy to be in a team with you.
We will be happy to recommend you to our friends because we believe you will also help them greatly with your professional work ethic.

Thanks again for your help,

Marc & Mari Jarvis

We hope this letter will convey our sincere appreciation for the outstanding job you have done representing us in our recent real estate purchases. You have been a pleasure to work with and we are aware that it is only due to your extensive expertise and connections that the complicated details of these transactions went smoothly. As you know we are delighted with the result and feel we made unbelievably good investments.

We are grateful for your prompt communication and steady accessibility. The hours of research and negotiations you made on our behalf made the difference between a good deal and a great deal. Thanks for saving us a ton of money! Our confusion of the never-ending paperwork would have been a nightmare without you attending to the details and providing clear explanations and guidance. We have always felt secure that we were being represented by an honest and knowledgeable professional who was looking out for our best interests.

Finally, we wanted to thank you for referring the mortgage broker and general contractor. You have great connections; they were both terrific.

Thanks again for everything Rick. We look forward to working with you again.

Richard & Ida Watson, Rancho Penasquitos

It was a real pleasure having Rick Sauer as our real estate agent. He is patient, hard working and most of all conscientious. Rick was the only agent willing to invest time on a prospective buyer. We started looking for a home in December but did not intend to buy until after six months. We left several agents messages over the Christmas holiday explaining this and Rick was the only one to call us back. Rick was very knowledgeable on the area and able to match the neighborhood to our needs. Rick was able to balance our needs for school district, price, square footage and present a wide variety of properties that met these needs. Time was not wasted on properties out of the ball park. Further, he kept us up to date on market conditions, new listings and sold properties. He was able to show us around the area and even select dining places to our taste.
Rick's patience and competence enables us to close on a property we are very happy with. After burning much of Rick's fuel and expending much of his weekend time we had three properties at the top of the list. We began negotiations on these properties in knowledge that no matter which one we closed on, we would be happy with and not suffer buyers remorse. Rick's ability made for a closing process and move in that was smooth and without hiccup.
We highly recommend Rick Sauer and have already recommended him to friends

Trung and Anne Lam, Carmel Mountain Ranch

We met Rick Sauer earlier this year and were very impressed with his professionalism and expertise in the housing market. He is not pushy like other agents and he really gives you his honest opinion. There was a specific community in San Diego that we were interested in and through his extensive network, he was able to show us a home that was about to be placed on the market. We fell in love with the house and with his hard work, we were able to make it our home. Rick is very helpful in answering any questions or concerns and makes the whole process very smooth and easy. We give him two thumbs up and would highly recommend him to everyone! There is no doubt that we would choose to work with him again in the future!

Monica Payne-Vaught, San Marcos

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Rick Sauer. I had the opportunity to work with him during my recent job relocation. During this hectic time, Rick always displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, professionalism.
As well as being personable and kind, Rick is extremely knowledgeable; he has good judgment and a sensible outlook on the trends of today's market. He is reliable; I depended heavily on Rick to keep me focus and updated on the things I needed to accomplish in order to sale my home.
Rick Sauer is definitely a leader in the real estate industry and I am happy to give him my unconditional endorsement.

Flavio and Elsie Amargo, Mira Mesa

This letter has been long over due. Me and my wife Elsie are whole heartedly grateful for helping us sell our house. Especially during these times of real estate gloom. You were always positive about everything and it gave us peace of mind, knowing that there was going to be a good outcome. And sure enough as you assured us it happened. I haven't met anybody who is more persistent nor as tenacious as you. Your personal attention, work ethic and professionalism is commendable. We would recommend you anytime. The last two years were very trying for us and we were right on the edge. You have literally saved us from an uglier alternative. You are an asset to your institution.

Could you please provide the name(s) and forwarding addresses of your administrators? This is our personal request. It would mean a lot to us if you could.

God Bless You Rick.

Prasad & Dimple

We are writing to express our pleasure with real estate agent Rick Sauer who represented us in our recent purchase of a single-family home.
Rick guided us through the entire process, from searching for houses to making the offer and closing the deal. We credit Rick with a smooth, stress-free home-buying experience.
This is our second purchase of property, and never had we had such a pleasurable experience. Rick Sauer is savvy, personable and knows the market inside and out. We never could have gotten our dream home without him.
To reiterate, we are nothing but pleased with Rick and his expertise and we recommend him to everyone.

Robert DePriest, Poway

I was a newly graduated college student looking to step out from my parents house and find a house of my own. I knew rick through my parents who had used him a few years earlier to purchase their newest house. We started to look for a house in the summer of 2010 and I ended up dragging him all over San Diego. We must have looked at over 100 homes before we finally found the perfect home for me in the summer of 2011. Yes that is right he spent an entire year traveling all over San Diego with me before I finally found the home of my dreams. I cannot thank Rick enough for having the patience to let me slowly figure out exactly what I was looking for. He was diligent, friendly, and always patient and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy a new home.

Chris & Eileen Mullen

We were extremely pleased with the results of our recent real estate transaction with Rick Sauer as our listing agent. Rick was fully prepared from the start with a comprehensive overview of our home, marketing advice and comparative analysis. Rick was hands on though out the process and fully engaged in the marketing of the property. He provided prudent business advice in evaluating offers and supported thoroughly seeing the transaction through to closing. We have worked with many real estate agents over the years and without a doubt our experience with Rick was by far the best. Rick is a true professional that puts the needs of his clients first and willing to go that extra mile to ensure the transaction is closed successfully!

Belinda, Scripps Ranch

I had an outstanding customer service experience with Rick Sauer of Coldwell Banker as my realtor! Rick worked closely with me to accommodate a year-long preview process of homes within three local San Diego target markets where I was considering a purchase. Once I narrowed down my purchase area to Scripps Ranch, Rick worked intensively with me to visit many homes within my budget. Rick provided very helpful insights, guidance and support throughout the home finding, bidding and buying process. The Scripps housing market was quite competitive but Rick made the process easier to navigate due to his flexibility with accommodating my busy schedule and his in-depth knowledge of the area. Home buying is a huge life decision and requires the consideration of many factors. Rick made the entire process from preview to closing, enjoyable and time, and money, well-spent. Due to the nature of my job, I have moved seven times in 16 years and have purchased six homes. Rick Sauer,
by far, is the best realtor with whom I have worked. I give him my highest recommendation!

Lin & David Hom, Scripps Ranch

We are very happy with Rick Sauer as our realtor. He recently helped us sell 2 properties and buy our new home. Both of our properties sold over-asking and in a short amount of time. It was a very stressful time for us and Rick took care of all of the details and made sure that our best interest was looked after. Rick's service was impeccable and was always willing to quickly answer any questions. If you choose Rick as your realtor, you will be in good hands!