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Neal helped my wife and I, along with our one-year-old son, purchase our first home in La Mesa. We had been looking for the perfect house for close to two years, and over that extended period of time Neal was extremely patient with us and never hesitated to meet us to show a house we were interested in.

I am a very picky shopper in general, and when it comes to such an important purchase, I was very particular. Neal was superlative in understanding what we wanted in terms of neighborhoods, features of the house, etc, and we could not be more pleased with the end result. Neal is an expert in the short sale process and made what could have been a very complicated process seem simple.

I highly recommend Neal for anyone looking to purchase a home, and he is the only individual I will ever let represent me in a real estate transaction.

Mike and Brooke Fox
Buyers / La Mesa

This is just too easy to write a review on Neal. If you are looking for the consummate professional than look no further. Being born and raised in North County Neal has the knowledge, expertise, and mindset to find anybody they home they want. The harsh reality is that most realtors out there are hacks and are just looking to sell you any house so they can make their money on you then move onto the next customer. That is not Neal! His goal is to find you the home you are looking for at the price you want it at.

My fiancé and I went through that market craze last year where every house became sold for astronomical prices the day they came on the market. We became frustrated and wanted to give up. Over the course 0f 6 months Neal worked diligently to find us the home we wanted in Encinitas and assured us to be patient. Well, I can say that this man is true to his word. One mile from the beach with a tight budget and he made it happen! He is very honest and with no doubt I would use him again as well as refer him to friends and family. If you are looking for unparalleled service, expertise and honesty then give this guy a call. He is the real deal.

Chris Vinci
Buyer / Encinitas

Neal helped my husband and I buy our first home. What can I say?! Working with Neal was so effortless, from beginning to end.The experience was so pleasant. He was always helpful and one step ahead of the game and worked so hard for us, even when our house didn't close on time, he put us at ease and took care of any additional issues before, we even had time to worry about the outcome. I would recommend Neal in a heartbeat!

Beth & Mason Bond
Buyers / Eastlake

I had the opportunity to work with Neal this past year. As a first time homebuyer looking for an investment property, I could not have asked for a better experience than working with Neal. During the end of my escrow the mortgage company decided to not give me the loan because the property was in litigation, this caused me to go through the loan process again - even though Neal was not at fault, he paid out of his own pocket for my appraisal and bought down the points for my original interest rate...he did not have to do that, but he saved me an extra $2,000. He showed me dozens of properties and was never pushy, late, or unprepared for our showings and closing negotiations.. One of my co-workers referred me to Neal after they had a positive experience finding their first house, I could not be happier. I would refer Neal to a first time buyer, investor, or experienced homeowner looking for a skilled real estate agent who is passionate and professional about his job. He really does care about his clients and looks out for their best interests. Thank you Neal, job well done!

David Mathews
Buyer / Serra Mesa

We really enjoyed working with Neal and he not only found our dream home, but helped us every step of the way to get the deal done right and in a timely manner.  Neal is extremely organized, very responsive, and was always willing to help out with every issue that came up throughout the entire process.  He is very knowledgeable about every aspect of a real estate transaction - starting from finding "the" house, through the financing, inspection, and contingencies etc. etc. and through the close of escrow.  We are a professional couple with demanding careers and Neal was able to work around our busy schedule to get the transaction done right.  He is extremely trustworthy and always has his clients' best interest in mind.  If you are looking for a resourceful, caring, trustworthy, and all-around great real estate agent with a wealth of knowledge about almost every single SD neighborhood, Neal is your man.  We would recommend him to anyone and everyone.  Happy house hunting!!

Lilya & Adam Ariely
Buyers / Encinitas

Just know that if you are looking for a Realtor look no further.

Neal helped me over a period of 2 years.  He is truly there to help you find what you need when you need it.

My story is long and complicated and covers a lot of time and two different cities.

As a first time home buyer I had so many questions and concerns. Neal answered them all fully and in a manner I could understand. Which is so important in my mind.

Not only did he look at houses endlessly with me he negotiated beautifully, wrote up multiple offers with happiness and expertise.

I feel the need to mention the my home purchase was done in a time of extreme stress and grief on a personal level.  What I needed at the time was someone who was on my side and Neal provided that.

I cried more than once and he talked me thru everything and made sure I was where I needed to be.  Taking me thru things and going the extra mile.   Always looking over things I may not see like the roof and furnace.

In a time when Realtors seem to be robots I can assure  you that Neal is as human and caring as they come.  If you need a Realtor who will care and take the time to find you what you are looking for you have found your man.

He also has a great ear.   That ear will hear the kid horribly playing the trumpet 3 doors away and warn you while your touring the house.  (true story )

If you are looking for someone to make this process easy and fun CALL HIM.  I promise you won't regret it.

Heather Fankhauser
Buyer / Clairemont

Neal Akin is sharp, diligent, and a pleasure to work with.  He is very responsive to all of your concerns, quick to answer or find answers to any and all of your questions, and will work tirelessly until the task at hand is completed to your satisfaction.  Neal found us the perfect new home, fantastic financing, and negotiated with the seller's agent on numerous issues until our perfect new home came with the perfect terms for us.  If you're in need of an agent who is firmly on your side, professional, and easy to get along with, look no further than Neal.

Brian & Zina Katusian
Buyers / Downtown

We decided to sell our home after the market had collapsed.  We were watching prices fall toward the cellar.  We asked Neal Akin to help us get it sold.  Neal recommended a staging company he had worked with on several occasions.  In two days, and for a very reasonable cost, they had our house looking like something from Architectural Digest. Neal worked with his extensive group of contacts and we had agents showing the house so often we nearly had to move out.  In only 21 days, in a very down market, we sold our home for exactly the asking price.  Neal really made it happen for us.

Robert and Rosemary Brower
Seller/Sorrento Valley

Neal helped my daughter and son-in-law find their home a couple of years ago, so after I relocated to San Diego and began looking, my daughter referred me to Neal.  I’m glad she did because he did an excellent job helping me find the perfect home for me.  I absolutely love it! I needed someone who would listen to what I wanted, and not waste my time looking at properties that didn’t fit the bill.  I also needed someone who could be persistent without pressuring me and who would explain things along the way. Neal was that person!  He’s great to work with – a true professional!

Jan K.
Buyer / Tierrasanta

Neal is more than an Agent! He did thorough research and gave me a complete assessment of the market. Neal offered suggestions on staging the property, which were very helpful (he even helped me move the furniture).  He was great at marketing and follow-up.  Once we accepted an offer, he stayed on top of the transaction details every step of the way until it was closed.  He goes the extra mile from beginning to end! I was very confident in Neal.  He has my highest recommendation!

Theron Frazier
Seller / Oceanside

Neal was recommended to us by a trusted friend.  Having had a bad experience with another realtor previously we were cautious.  However, we immediately felt comfortable with Neal.  His unique ability to project a relaxed attitude while maintaining great degree of professionalism put us immediately at ease.   He understood exactly what we needed and worked hard to make sure we had options that were right for us.  Once we decided on a property, he followed through with every detail so that everything went smoothly.  We have already recommended Neal without reservation to several friends and family members and would never consider using anyone else for our real estate needs.

Jeanne Maglione & Kris Kalisuch
Buyers / Allied Gardens

As a first time buyer you could imagine the amount of questions that I had, Neal was an ideal agent to work with. Neal was always available to answer all of my many questions and made the home-buying process an easy one. Neal reviewed my wants and needs for a property and showed me a perfect fit! I would recommend Neal to anyone that is in the market to purchase a home. Neal puts effort, dedication and time into finding the perfect homes for his clients to call their own.

Tracy Marks
Buyer / Santee

I can't say enough about the professionalism of Neal Akin. After spinning my wheels with a previous realtor for 8 months and coming up dry, I turned to Neal. After speaking with him over the phone, I knew in just a few minutes that I made the right decision. When I explaining to Neal what I was looking for, and what I could afford, he put me on the right path and didn't waste my time with property I had no interest in. In just under 2 weeks, I found the perfect place! I knew from the moment we walked in we had struck gold!

I've lived there for just over 3 years and still get the same thrill walking through the front door as I did back then.

Thank you Neal!

Bryan Main
Buyer / Scripps Ranch

Neal was fantastic at every stage of the home buying process. First of all, his knowledge and passion for San Diego real estate made house shopping with him a lot of fun. And most importantly, when it came to closing the deal, he was a warrior. There were so many things that had to go right for the deal to go through, and Neal was on top of all of them. I doubt a lesser agent would have been successful.

David Lipson and Kim Reasor
Buyers / Normal Heights

Neal is a true real estate professional.  Time and time again he exceeded our expectations.  He is extremely knowledgeable on the SD market.  His attention to every detail through the entire process was amazing.  We have been in our beautiful new home for 5 months and he is still helping us.  He seems to truly love his job and wants to help his clients have the best home buying experience possible.

Chris & Amanda Cohn
Buyers /Cardiff by the Sea

I am a CPA and have utilized my peer realtors for the past 40 years to represent my wife, Denise, and I in real estate transactions.  Neal Akin had represented several of our clients with great success.  We elected to give him an opportunity to sell our family home which we felt was unique for our area.  He educated all of the prospective buyers as to "why" our property would be better than others and obtained a selling price 12% higher than all comps.  He educated the VA appraiser as well.  We felt that he went above all expectations in representing us.  We will be using his services in the near future.

John & Denise Lane
Sellers / Lakeside

Neal is a distinguished professional in his field.  His knowledge of every house we looked at was pretty impressive.  Everything was explained in detail as we went though the home buying journey and no question went unanswered.   It was obvious that he did his homework to make the home buying experience both enjoyable and stress-free.   His pleasant personality made him very easy to talk to which made this experience that much better.  Overall, we were extremely pleased with the services provided by Neal and have referred him to several of our friends.  Thanks Neal!

Daniel and Kimberly Shuksta
Buyers / Chula Vista

Working with Neil was really satisfying and easy. He was always ready and waiting to accommodate. He has a definite knack for figuring out and finding you exactly what you want.  He is an excellent realtor and his constant interest and attention to detail in finding what you want and making certain you are satisfied is outstanding.  He completed the process in a timely manner and never once created any concern or worry that purchase of our townhouse was not being handled in the best way possible. I would recommend him to anybody.

Sharon S.
Buyer / Santee

Neal is a consummate sales professional.  Recently, my wife and I decided to look for a vacation property in Southern California, specifically North San Diego County.  We had done a lot of online searches and had found a number of properties that met our needs.  Neal took what we had started and quickly focused it down to a few properties.  After settling on a HomePath property, Neal worked his magic and we were able to close on a foreclosed property in 45 days, which was a feat in and of itself.  During that time, there were bumps along the road.  Neal took the lead and get the process going in the right direction.  After being in the property for about 9 months, we are just as happy now as the day we closed.  Thanks Neal.

John & Deb Miller
Buyers / Oceanside

Working with Neal is always a pleasure!  I trust Neal to provide excellent service to my valued clients. His honesty, integrity and consistent follow-up make a very positive impression. I recommend Neal and his services to my clients without reservation!

Marika Iler
Sales Manager, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.

Every American’s dream is to one day purchase a home. A really close friend of mine recommended Neal Akin to me and I thought to myself he is worth a shot and if I don’t like him I will just move on to another. Upon meeting Neal for the first time my first impressions were that he was nice, personable, knowledgeable and above all I could easily tell he truly cared and wanted to cater to my desires and wants in a home. Just fresh off my 2nd deployment in the Middle East I warned Neal I would be doing a 3rd in just a few short months and need to make things happen. Two and a half months later I was closing Escrow on my 1st home at the age of 21 thanks to Neal Akin’s help and effort. I frequently call Neal on questions regarding financing, home repair and even the occasional good bottle of wine to purchase! Little did I know when I went into business with Neal Akin that I would be gaining not only a realtor but a friend.  Thanks again Neal!

Jeremy Pino
Buyer / Otay ranch

My husband and I were referred to Neal from a mutual friend and Real Estate agent out of area. Neal handles himself in the utmost professional manner and really helps to make things go smoothly. He is available and communicative which is very helpful when considering buying your first home and need a little more guidance in the entire process. Neal helped assist us every step of the way and got things done in a timely fashion. He really made us feel like we were important regardless of the fact we weren't buying a million dollar home. If you are looking for someone who knows the industry well, is communicative, professional, attentive, and who has a very client focused demeanor, Neal is a great agent to put your trust in when making the largest purchase of your life.

Alissa & John Kroeger
Buyers / Oceanside

We have now worked with Neal three times, first to purchase our home, then to purchase my mom's condominium and finally to sell a rental condominium.  Thus I feel I am in a good position to review him.

I was completely satisfied with the job he did in all three cases. He is extremely knowledgeable about San Diego real estate and neighborhoods. He does a great job listening and therefore is able to help you get what you truly want out of your purchase or sale. He works tirelessly and really went the extra mile on multiple occasions for us.  Beyond that he is a nice person who is a pleasure to interact with.  We will be using Neal for all our future real estate needs and I have no hesitations about recommending the to family and friends.

Jeanne M.
Seller / San Diego

Neal helped my wife and I find and purchase our home. As first time home buyers, we did not know anything about the process. Neal not only showed us houses that fit our criteria, but he also educated us along the way about every aspect of the process. Neal made himself available and flexible around our busy schedules. He is very accommodating and was always professional and prepared for us. One thing I really appreciate about Neal is that he is not just trying to make a sale. He actually was able to help talk us out of a house that would have been a bad decision for us. I am so glad that he was there with his insight because we absolutely love where we ended up. We ended up with a house in a competitive market that received 9 other offers the same day that we put in our offer. With Neal's advice and help, we were able to put in an offer that was accepted without entering into a bidding war. I would recommend Neal to anyone that I know and will definitely use him again in the future.

Brian & Erin Bernard
Sunbow (Chula Vista)

Neal has helped me purchase two homes and sell one, and I have to say that each experience has been awesome. My last experience was really amazing, so I will share a little story.

Neal called me one day and suggested that it might be a good time to sell my home (which he had helped me purchase about three years earlier). I hadn't really been seriously considering it, but he told me that he thought we could sell quickly at a nice markup by leveraging some information he had regarding people looking to buy in my area. I told him I was up for it, and he took over from there. Neal organized everything from rearranging the furniture, having the house cleaned, professional photos, and much more, and all in about 48 hours!

I took my family on a quick vacation the next day so that Neal could host an open house, and I'm not kidding when I say he had multiple written offers, higher than our asking price, in just a couple days! I was amazed at how fast he made it happen, and found out later that it was completely due to how he skillfully arranged the whole process. Thats the real difference between just an average realtor and someone with Neal's expertise. There is an art to the whole process that is completely lost on most average real estate professionals. I know this, because during the same week a coworker of mine was also trying to sell his home, and his agent hardly even got a single person to come to their open house, let alone an offer to buy it!

When the offers came in, Neal knew by looking at the details which one would be the best option. Contrary to what I thought, that was NOT that highest offer. If I had not taken his advice, I probably wouldn't have sold the house so quickly and painlessly, and for such a huge markup over what I paid just three years prior.

Then came the next challenge. My home was sold and I had nowhere to go! Neal proceeded to help my wife and me scour San Diego for a new place. To my surprise, he located a few really good options in just a matter of days. We toured around town and in no time had found one that we wanted to put an offer on. Neal arranged for the inspections, negotiated the price, and due to his relationships was able to get us an amazing deal that I would not have thought possible.

In the end, we had sold our home for nearly 50% markup, and had moved into a new, absolutely amazing home in just about 45 days start to finish! And 100% due to Neal's skill and attention to detail with the whole process.

My family is forever grateful for the time and care that Neal has given us every time we need it. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. He is the only realtor I will ever use again. Thanks for everything Neal!

Kevin H
Seller / Carmel Valley

I've had several bad experiences working with real estate brokers in the past, and thats part of the reason it was so refreshing to have Neal handle the purchase of our new home. From the beginning, Neal took the time to learn what we really wanted in a house, and came back with thoughtful lists of options for my wife and me to consider. When we went to see the homes in person, Neal was not only extremely patient (taking us to dozens of properties) but also had very insightful comments regarding what we might like and dislike about the various options. When it came time to discuss financing, Neal had several options for us to consider, and helped explain the confusing intricacies of the lending world. He was always available to talk about any minute detail, and that really made us feel comfortable with our decision. I would have been lost without his help, and he actually made the process feel easy and fun. I highly recommend Neal to anyone looking to buy or sell a home, and will definitely work with him on my next purchase

Rikkie H
Buyer / Carmel Valley

 

Neal I. Akin - Realtor
Coastal Premier Properties
12625 High Bluff Dr 102
San Diego CA 92130
619-900-AKIN (2456)
CA BRE# 01812949