As we came across homes that we liked, either from Tom, or from our own research, he diligently arranged showings for us. He always came prepared to the showings with abundant information on the property, the neighborhood, comparable recent home sales, etc. His vast experience and deep knowledge of the Escondido area proved invaluable and provided us with an informative edge before we even stepped in the homes to be shown to us. We had purchased homes before in other parts of the country but had not met someone as organized and diligent as Tom, in giving us as much information on each property he showed us. At the same time, he offered us much wisdom on the purchase process, the local Escondido real estate market, neighborhoods, pros and cons, and a wealth of information acquired from his many years of experience and real estate expertise. This helped us be prepared with the right questions to ask seller’s agents, how to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls, etc.
Tom helped us put offers on three different homes: the third one being the charm. He worked closely with us at every step, making sure the terms of our offers were reasonable and fair. He took great care in always looking after our interest, always offering us spot-on advice, but most importantly, superbly representing us as our realtor. We very much felt like we had a strong ally on our side looking after us. Tom made sure that every communication we had with the sellers through their agent was clear, effective, and professional during the negotiation process. Once a purchase price was agreed to with the sellers, he also helped us locate an outstanding lender that was also a pleasure to work with (Ms. Kate Williamson), who made the loan financing process simple and straight-forward. Tom kept us informed and continued offering valuable advice to us during the entire escrow process, including the inspection of the home, which he witnessed first-hand, overseeing repairs on issues found with the home, and other aspects of dealing with the seller’s agent. Needless to say, we were most decidedly satisfied with all the work Tom did for us.
We cannot overstate how grateful and happy we still are with the services Tom gave us as our realtor. He was always just an email, phone call, or a text message away. His common-sense approach and candidness in his advice to us was consistently first class and so very appreciated. One tends to forget the immense value a great real estate professional can offer a client, whether it’s selling a property or buying a property, as was our case. Let’s face it, the expertise that a real estate professional can offer is irreplaceable for potential clients with limited knowledge in real estate. Would one go to court without attorney representation? Unlikely. In real estate matters, it is very beneficial and desirable to be represented by a realtor, especially when buying, given that typically the seller pays for the buyer’s portion of the real estate commission. Very hard to beat that cost to benefit ratio.
I would encourage anyone looking for the services of a real estate professional in the north San Diego County area to approach Tom Rico. He has been the recipient of numerous awards over many years for excellence in real estate services. It is easy to see why he is regarded as a top realtor in his field: His clients come first and he represents them exceptionally well.
In 1999, when I started to look for a new home, I made contact with one of the realtors who advertised extensively in my neighborhood. This realtor was slow to call me back and didn’t leave a good impression.
In March of 2000, I found the house I was looking for and put money down on it. That put me in a time constraint with which to sell my townhome. Because of my experience with the previous realtor, I decided to call Tom and left a message. He called me back within minutes and set up an appointment to meet with me. Before we met, he dropped off a booklet of information for me to read, it was about how he would sell my home. This was complete with videos to help me prepare my home for potential buyers.
When I met with Tom, he made several suggestions. He was friendly and open about how he did business. He never pushed me to do anything and often made suggestions. What he said made sense, so I listened. His marketing plan to sell my house was thorough and complete. I listed my house with Tom and the day after he put it on the market, I had an offer. The offer was for $9,000 over what I had asked. This offer turned into a sale that closed escrow in two weeks.
If I were to sell another house, I’d go to Tom Rico in an instant. He made my whole home buying and selling experience easy and pleasurable.
Tom, we know the work ethics you exemplified are not something we should take for granted. It is not common for a person to come across someone like you. You are genuine, sincere, honest, and personable. We appreciate every bit of you! Not only did you give us Grade A quality service; you also worked according to our comfort zone and at our convenience. You always took time to answer all our questions with thoroughness. You went out of your way to research information for us. You were prompt in returning our calls and never made us feel like we were bothering you. You were precise and detailed in all you did. We knew we could always trust you and depend on you. You were outstanding and honest in every way.
Again, thank you for everything. In the past few months, we’ve dealt closely with each other. At times, we encountered a few situations where things couldn’t gotten a little stressful, but you always managed to ease the tension and melt the anxiety. I know this happened not because of any casual reason, but it occurred only because you were always there to intervene and make provisions. Thank you Tom, for making it possible for us to purchase a wonderful home for our family. Without you, we would still be renting instead of feeling so elated about our move.
During our business relation, you have always demonstrated yourself with utmost honesty and integrity. Upon closing escrow, instead of losing a terrific realtor, we hope to think that we are gaining a true friend. We would be honored to be regarded as your friend.
Tom, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING! We can’t praise the Lord enough for you. We’ve been so blessed so abundantly though you. Thank you, thank you and thank you.