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Testimonials

Selling property long-distance (we are in NY) is fraught with anxiety and concerns. So to say Lisa Ashkins was a gift is an understatement. Throughout a lifetime of buying and selling houses, we have never had a better experience – few came even close.
We recently decided to sell our San Diego condo and looked to Integrity Plus, our highly trusted property management company, to recommend a real estate agent.

Selling property long-distance (we are in NY) is fraught with anxiety and concerns. So to say Lisa Ashkins was a gift is an understatement. Throughout a lifetime of buying and selling houses, we have never had a better experience – few came even close.

The key is Lisa herself – in constant contact, keeping us informed in real time; unfailingly upbeat, cheerful and positive, even in the most stressful moments; highly professional and appropriately aggressive finding a buyer. She was always “on the job”.

There were complicated aspects of selling this particular property and it truly took a village of professionals to get the job done. Her entire team reflects her high standards and warmly personal approach. They all felt to us like friends willing and able to help us at every step of the process.

And our happy result? The condo sold quickly at full price.

-Diane G.

Lisa was not only extraordinarily professional, she was also kind, caring and went above and beyond our expectations.
Lisa was not only extraordinarily professional, she was also kind, caring and went above and beyond our expectations. Her patience when dealing with five siblings (who sometimes disagreed) was much appreciated. She was easy to reach and kept us updated all the time. She practically held our hands through the entire sale and her follow-through was awesome.

-Linda V.

Lisa Ashkins is a real go-getter and someone you definitely want in your corner. She is extremely knowledgeable, energetic, hilarious, and wants nothing more than to make you happy.

Look no further, you have found the BEST!

I reached out to Lisa in September of 2016 mentioning my initial interest in buying a home. She got back to me right away and set up a time to meet to discuss topics such as price range, locations, and must-have’s/can’t stand’s for my future home. Once we met, Lisa captured my criteria and set up two condo searches based on my preferences: a 1BD/1BA downtown San Diego with lower HOAs, and one for 2BD/2BA in San Diego proper.

Lisa made great suggestions on neighborhoods that I would not have even thought to consider when beginning my search. She suggested La Mesa and Clairemont as possibilities. I almost nixed those areas–so glad I didn’t!

Lisa was incredible about responding right away on everything. Open houses, making offers, vendor inquiries, escrow schedules, you name it. Lisa even sent me documents/disclosures while she was on vacation–talk about dedicated! I truly appreciated how much Lisa made herself available for everything going on, from making an offer through closing. If you have never purchased your own home, it is extremely fast-paced. Time is of the essence in this market and could be very stressful if you didn’t have Lisa as your agent!

A 2 BD/2BA townhome-style condo popped up in Clairemont in a complex I quickly became very interested in (again, very glad I didn’t nix Lisa’s suggestion on Clairemont!). The condo was on the market for a total of 5 days and had 7 offers made on it. Lisa moved heaven and earth to make my offer be the one the buyers accepted, and it worked! When I met the listing agent during the inspection/appraisal, even he mentioned how hard she pulled for me. I was very impressed and humbled!

Need an incredible loan agent to make sure you’re pre-approved before looking at homes? Ask Lisa.
Need an inspector to fulfill your contingency? Ask Lisa.
Need your locks changed after Escrow closes? Ask Lisa.
How about a new paint job? Ask Lisa!
Not only does Lisa know the best vendors for literally any thing you might need, but she also has excellent rapport with all of them. They ALL spoke so highly of her. This made closing a walk in the park.

Lisa was there for my final walkthrough and I am so glad she was. Although nothing needed to be changed or repaired before move-in, she paid such close attention to detail on things that I would have definitely missed (simply because I was so giddy about buying my first home).

After Escrow closed, Lisa was still there to make sure everything went smoothly. She even followed up with the listing agency to make sure the lockbox was removed from my front door. Additionally, there are a ton of random pieces of mail that start to arrive right after you buy–Lisa has been truly great with all of my questions on what’s important versus what mail I can just toss into the recycle.

I began my search in September 2016 and was moved into my first home by December 2016. I truly could not be happier!

Lisa Ashkins is a real go-getter and someone you definitely want in your corner. She is extremely knowledgeable, energetic, hilarious, and wants nothing more than to make you happy. I couldn’t suggest anyone better for buying/selling your next home. Yelp only goes to 5, but I’m giving her 10 stars! Thank you so much Lisa, for everything!

- Meggie P.

From the level of communications throughout the staging, listing, showing and negotiations with the buyer Lisa dealt with everything in such a way that gave us complete peace of mind. Another successful outcome!

My wife and I felt an immediate connection with Lisa when we were first shopping for a new home in 2011. Lisa helped guide us through all the ins and outs of the purchase, and it was a very successful outcome. There was never a doubt that we would only want to work with her again the next time we had a need, which came in 2016 when we were selling the same house to relocate for work. Simply put, we could not have done it without her. For various reasons (travel and work commitments) we were in a time constraint for getting the house ready for sale and moved out. Lisa stepped up and was there the whole way, sorting out all manner of details along the way for us. Things that I would never have thought an agent would sign up for, Lisa was there to make sure things were handled. No aspect was too small for her to deal with. From the level of communications throughout the staging, listing, showing and negotiations with the buyer Lisa dealt with everything in such a way that gave us complete peace of mind. Another successful outcome! Thank you Lisa!

-Jamie M.

I think if you’re looking for a real estate agent, you should meet with her: just like us, after one meeting, you’ll know she’s the best agent around.

We had a family friend who we were going to use as our real estate agent (more out of obligation than anything), but there were lots of red flags. My partner spoke with a co-worker about the problems we were encountering, and the co-worker recommended we speak with Lisa. We are so glad we did. From the very first meeting, we could tell that Lisa is professional, organized, experienced, upbeat and very talented in the field. We fired our family friend (painful but necessary), and immediately hired Lisa to manage the sale of our tiny University Heights cottage and the purchase of a home in Normal Heights.

Working with Lisa was the very best part of selling/buying. Our cottage was a tricky stand-alone condo situation with wildly varying comps, and she made all of the right moves to get us exactly what we were hoping to earn from the property. We thought it might take a long time to sell, but she successfully had it in contract with ease.

When it came to buying, we were all over the place with what we thought we might want: a larger home in one of several close-in suburbs? A smaller home in a walking neighborhood? A fixer we could customize? An updated flip? We were open to anything, and our “like to have list” was a mile long. Lisa was super patient with us: we dragged her all over the city, and she was always available and friendly about it.

But most valuable is her experience: when we fell in love with a bi-level close to Balboa Park, she knew enough NOT to take the listing agent’s word about the empty lot next door. She went out of her way to dig up records and discovered that plans had recently been approved to build a huge condo development smack up against the house we wanted to buy. She saved our butts on that one.

When we found the perfect home, of course there were multiple offers at play. Lisa stayed on top of everything and ensured that we put in a very strong offer. She made the process easy: she’s detailed, timely, and on-target with her communication. I will note that the hugeness of the whole endeavor made my partner difficult to work with at times, and Lisa was totally unfazed: she accommodated my partner with ease. Oh, and another bonus is that Lisa has the most amazing network of professionals for everything related to houses. All of her referrals were excellent.

I think if you’re looking for a real estate agent, you should meet with her: just like us, after one meeting, you’ll know she’s the best agent around.

- Tania

The three things that I most appreciated about her during our condo hunt were her timely responses, her guidance backed by years of experience, and her sense of humor.

Lisa is such a fantastic agent. The three things that I most appreciated about her during our condo hunt were her timely responses, her guidance backed by years of experience, and her sense of humor.

Lisa kept in very close contact with us throughout the entire process, and was especially quick to respond anytime we specifically needed her input. She is one of the hardest working, and most professional people I’ve met – and that’s across all industries – not just real estate.

Lisa brings a lot of great experience working in San Diego to the table. She knows and understands the subtleties of various neighborhoods. And, she is an especially good guide when it comes to putting offers together, which can be quite nerve-wracking in this competitive market.

My husband and I also had a lot of fun working with Lisa. You can tell she truly loves what she’s doing because she has so much fun, and has such a great sense of humor and perspective about the buying and selling experience. Overall, Lisa is a pleasure to work with, and I can’t recommend her highly enough!

- Brenda

She will consult with you every step of the way and always makes sure the process is done right and with every detail taken care of.

There is a reason Lisa Ashkins has a 5 star rating – Because she is Awesome! We recently had Lisa help us with a sale of our property and the purchase of a new property. Normally this would be a stressful time; but Lisa took care of everything for us and made the process so smooth. Lisa has us as clients for life.

It is beyond impressive the amount of hard work, research, networking, and knowledge she puts into working with every client. I cannot recommend Lisa enough. She will consult with you every step of the way and always makes sure the process is done right and with every detail taken care of.

- Brandon

We bought our condo as first time home buyers 7 years ago and then this year in a whirlwind of less than 30 days bought a home and sold our condo for above list price.

Lisa in an excellent real estate agent.Extremely thorough and supportive throughout the entire buying and selling process.We bought our condo as first time home buyers 7 years ago and then this year in a whirlwind of less than 30 days bought a home and sold our condo for above list price. I’ve recommended her to multiple friends and will continue to do so!

- Alissa

I have worked with several other realtors, since I have owned several homes, and Lisa stands out.

Lisa recently helped me purchase a condo in Little Italy and her service was exceptional!I have worked with several other realtors, since I have owned several homes, and Lisa stands out.

She communicated extremely clearly, was always upbeat, and kept me thoroughly and promptly informed throughout the entire process. I believe it was more important to her that I be happy with my purchase than that she simply “closed the deal”. A couple of times when I was considering making an offer, she was quick to gently remind me that the property contained features I had told her I absolutely didn’t want (such as an electric range). I really appreciated these check-ins – they helped me get clear about what compromises I was willing to make and to avoid getting carried away by an emotional response to a house that I might later regret buying.

I love my new home and don’t plan on moving again for the foreseeable future. But, if that were to change, I would hire Lisa again in a heartbeat!

- Lisa

Lisa was so generous with her time, and so knowledgeable about the entire process of loans and real estate, it really made the huge endeavor a positive experience. We couldn’t have asked for a better agent.

We met Lisa at an open house in Kensington and our first impression was professionalism, friendliness and an honest, down to earth quality I found immediately appealing. She gave us her card when I told her we were looking for an agent to sell our condo in University Heights and help us find a detached home in a quieter neighborhood. We had already interviewed one agent, but I called her the next day to set up an interview.

We knew right away that she was the person with whom we wanted to work. Right from the start, she put her cards on the table about her methods, asked us to fill out a questionnaire about what we were looking for, then discussed the steps we needed to take and the timeline to get things done in order to put our condo on the market.

There is always stress involved in selling a house while trying to find your next home; we had bad luck with things suddenly breaking in our condo and a lousy appraiser, but Lisa was unflappable. She never lost her sense of humor, and managed to be both honest and reassuring whenever the light at the end of the tunnel seemed dim. In particular, she went to the mat for us on the appraisal and pointed out the mistakes that were made so that we got a correction. I could have kissed her! Huge relief! I’ve been telling everyone that she’s worth her weight in gold.

Now we are happily settled in a house with a yard in a lovely, quiet neighborhood. Exactly what we were hoping to find.Lisa was so generous with her time, and so knowledgeable about the entire process of loans and real estate, it really made the huge endeavor a positive experience. We couldn’t have asked for a better agent. Thank you Lisa!

- Kathleen

I was a first time home buyer and Lisa was so easy to work with and was very knowledgeable about the market.

I was a first time home buyer and Lisa was so easy to work with and was very knowledgeable about the market. She was very accommodating to my busy work schedule for showings and helped me understand every step. Lisa was responsive to any questions or concerns I had. She is a great person to know, and I am glad to have found a friend in her as well. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family. I will be keeping my business with her in the future. I am very happy with my first starter home.

- Christine

My husband and I have always been so impressed by her knowledge, attention to detail, personal interaction, and overall ability to meet our needs—no matter how large or small.

We are so grateful to have Lisa on our team. My husband and I have always been so impressed by her knowledge, attention to detail, personal interaction, and overall ability to meet our needs—no matter how large or small. She is a true gem!!! We have always felt taken care of. We recently bought our second home with her help. With a baby on the way, she understood the challenges we faced with both selling and purchasing a new home before our baby’s arrival. Her efforts always put our minds at ease since we know we are in such highly capable hands. We feel like we not only found a great real estate agent, but a friend as well. Thanks, Lisa!!!

- Michelle

Lisa was very good with my Mom in giving her the space she needed but also knew when to nudge her toward the goal of putting the home on the market.

Over the years, I’ve seen Lisa in action with her clients (both buyers and sellers). She takes the time to understand her clients needs and emotions. She is also very conscientious and thorough when it comes to the procedural and legal aspects of real estate.

When it came time for my Mom to sell our family home in La Jolla, I referred her to Lisa Ashkins for all the qualities listed above. I knew my Mom would be in good hands with Lisa.

After living in that home for more than 40 years, there was a lot of clearing to do, improvements to be made, and more emotions than we had anticipated. Lisa was very good with my Mom in giving her the space she needed but also knew when to nudge her toward the goal of putting the home on the market.

The home sold after the first weekend of open houses. My Mom was so happy that all her hard work in getting the home ready for sale paid off so quickly.

If your parents (or you) are looking to buy or sell in San Diego, I highly recommend Lisa Ashkins!

- Alex

! Lisa is hands down a unique one of a kind real estate agent and we are so lucky to have found her!

My husband and I met Lisa by chance when we walked through an open house in our neighborhood of University Heights 4 years ago. We were in the beginning stages of our hunt for a condo and were complete novices in the home buying department and weren’t even sure we were ready to purchase. Lisa was easygoing and informative and never once pushed us to move forward on our search. She said she’s be ready to help when we were ready and a few weeks later when we were ready to set up a search she walked us through it with ease. 6 months later she helped us purchase a 2 bedroom condo in University Heights that we absolutely loved for 3 years.

Last year after we found out we were expecting we knew it was time to look for something bigger and without a moment of hesitation we called Lisa. She helped us purchase a home in Allied Gardens to raise our family and we couldn’t be happier. She was honest with us all along the way which we greatly appreciated especially when we were determining whether or not to sell our condo (we kept it and rented it our). Lisa is genuine and caring and has her clients best interest at heart.

There wasn’t a doubt in our mind to call her back after our initial run in with her at a local open house and we’ll most certainly use her again if we ever move or sell! Lisa is hands down a unique one of a kind real estate agent and we are so lucky to have found her!

- Sarah

I really appreciate Lisa’s commitment to her clients and her willingness to go the extra mile to support her customers. If you work with Lisa you won’t be disappointed!

Lisa is an awesome realtor! Several years ago she helped me and my ex with our short sale while we were in the middle of a divorce. She was very professional and her and her team managed the whole process. It gave me great piece of mind considering everything else I was going through at the time. I have recommended Lisa to several of my friends who have also had really positive experiences. I recently worked with her again to purchase another home and was equally impressed with Lisa’s guidance and support throughout the home buying process. We found an awesome house within our budget and her and her team helped us close in record time – 23 days! I really appreciate Lisa’s commitment to her clients and her willingness to go the extra mile to support her customers. If you work with Lisa you won’t be disappointed!

- Ashley

She was SMART, PRECISE, EXACTING and METICULOUS.

I have been working with realtors since 1998 when I was a Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker and eventually in Marketing for Alliance Title. Overall, the expectations I have had for the industry of “real estate” and agents in general was very low. Having worked with hundreds of agents over the years, the lack of integrity, follow through and general ineptitude left me thinking I would never work with an agent that I’d worked with or for as my own agent. However, I was fortunate enough to meet Lisa when she was forming a business networking group. I knew from that experience she was the opposite of what I had come to know of most realtors in general. She was SMART, PRECISE, EXACTING and METICULOUS.Fast forward to 2014. I have been wanting to sell my condo for over five years now. I asked Lisa’s advice. Not only was she very aware of the market conditions (keep in mind I’d been consulting her for a few years regarding selling) and when the time was right, Lisa gave the green light. Not only was she considerate and empathetic to me wanting to sell but she was completely patient and smart about when to do so. Like all real estate transactions there’s the inevitable bump in the road. However, when I got to my “bump” Lisa handled it with finesse and such skill that I didn’t have to worry or contemplate the “what next” because she was three steps ahead of me. Lisa was exactly what I thought she’d be as an agent; completely on top of her game, knowledgable and by far “above and beyond” what I’d learned of an industry that left me far from feeling secure. I highly recommend Lisa. She genuinely cares about her buyers/sellers, what’s best for you and LISTENS and knows how to see a transaction through to the triumphant end.

- Steve

Lisa Ashkins is by far THE best Broker-realtor I have ever had the pleasure to work with on our condo sale in San Diego. When she uses the phrase “above and beyond” it is more than a catchy phrase but for Lisa it is a full- fledged 110%

I am not sure where to start honestly in offering this recommendation for Ms. Lisa Ashkins. Mere words cannot fairly represent how wonderful she is but I will try. I own many properties and have bought and sold my fair share of homes, condos and commercial sites. Lisa Ashkins is by far THE best Broker-realtor I have ever had the pleasure to work with on our condo sale in San Diego. When she uses the phrase “above and beyond” it is more than a catchy phrase but for Lisa it is a full- fledged 110% commitment to serve her clients with exceptional customer service, responsiveness, care, advocacy and collaboration. Her technical real estate acumen in this business is first rate and she ensures full compliance, disclosure and standard of care in all she does. She is the very definition of what it means to be a real estate professional and honestly has earned “my broker-realtor for life designation along with her team.” Lisa went beyond the listing. She helped me find contractors and because I was in Northern California went way beyond in her preparation of the property for a successful sale within 7 days. I attribute the success of this transaction to Lisa’s exceptional ability to bring out the best in her listings and client needs. Bottom line, she cares! Her sense of urgency and responsiveness is second to none. Seriously, for anyone reading this recommendation I can say after 40 years of property ownership she is among the very best I have ever worked as a cool person and exemplary real estate professional. Thank you Lisa and Team for a wonderful job and you are on my radar for life!

- Larry

It was actually Lisa who found my new first home. She suggested an area that I was not too sure of, but when she took me to see the unit, I was thrilled! Without her, I would have never found the perfect place to call home.

I am a first time home buyer and I was as nervous as they get! In fact, I was apprehensive and untrusting. I had a really bad experience with a real estate agent and was really nervous to start this process, but I knew it was time. Lisa took the time to explain everything to me and helped ease my mind every step of the way.

She checked in with me, and continues to do so, to make sure I was happy and understanding the process. At first we looked at listings in my preferred areas, but it became evident that I needed to be more flexible. Lisa expanded my search and we started to find some great options. It was actually Lisa who found my new first home. She suggested an area that I was not too sure of, but when she took me to see the unit, I was thrilled! Without her, I would have never found the perfect place to call home.

I could have looked endlessly, but without her expertise and knowledge, I would have never found this one. Lisa was diligent, friendly, knowledgeable, caring, thorough, and through it all I’ve gained a new friend! I couldn’t be happier and have recommended her already to a few people who are on the search for their perfect home.

- Pascale

We HIGHLY recommend her as an agent if you’re looking to purchase a home in San Diego!

Lisa is the best!! As first-time homebuyers, we appreciated her patience, experience, and knowledge. We HIGHLY recommend her as an agent if you’re looking to purchase a home in San Diego!

- Roxanne R.

Lisa Ashkins
REALTOR®, MA, CNE
Broker Associate
DRE#01764182
619.325.4192 office
619.888.2117 mobile
lisa@gourbansandiego.com