KATHLEEN (Kathy) ELLIS
KATHLEEN (Kathy) ELLIS
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
31582 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 926516985
- GRI, CDPE, SFR, CPRES
A licensed Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage since 1998, I have listed and sold homes from Newport Beach to San Clemente and from the coastal communities to my home in beautiful Ladera Ranch. Every neighborhood has a unique quality which resonates with buyers and I take great pleasure in tapping into those needs. Raised in a large family by a widowed mother before technology filled up our weekends, it was a common call to action on Sunday afternoons, " C'mon, I've packed a picnic. We're going for a ride." It was always an adventure and very often turned into a history lesson. So it's no surprise when people ask me how I know so much about different areas. I'm a product of my upbringing!
As an agent with knowledge of many local areas, I bring a unique expertise about buying and selling real estate here. I welcome your business. Here are some of the things I can do for you:
Finding Your Next Home
Purchasing a home is a multi-level process which begins with defining your neighborhood of choice, making sure your specific needs are being met, and navigating contracts, disclosures, inspections, and escrow processes. Working with an experienced professional like myself is essential.
Selling Your Home
When you sell your home, you should expect that your Realtor is up to date on current market activity, showcasing your property to potential buyers, and advising you about Disclosures, statutory and otherwise. Selling a home can be a very stressful time but streamlining the process by setting realistic expectations can make a world of difference.
As a member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society, I have acquired a number of valuable certifications, including GRI ( Graduate Realtor Institute), CPRES ( Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist), CDPE ( Certified Distressed Property Expert), and SFR ( Short Sale Foreclosure Resource). The changing markets consistently challenge me to better my skills.
"I purchased several homes in my time, and have never found real estate agents that are truly on my side. It tainted the industry in my eyes until Kathy came along. Kathy was on our side of the deal, and we had a short close per request of the seller. Kathy jumped at the task, worked with the lender, selling agent, and us to get the best "package" we could with such a short deadline. We were all on the phone a lot, texts, and emails, but She got the deal done and we met the deadline. This was right at Christmas as well, which is makes things harder as everyone was on Holiday....My perception of at least this agent has changed my opinion of the industry. There are a few great agents out there and I was lucky enough to get one, Kathy. I really feel that if she was not at the helm, we would have lost the home as it had to close on time because of the seller's Tax implications. If you are looking for a home, look no further...Kathy is the RIGHT Choice....I was blessed to have her"
-Rich and Margaret S., Client
"In July of 2004, my husband and I bought our home in the Ladera Ranch. We met Kathleen as our HOA Representative who was, and always is, attentive to the details and needs of our neighborhood. We were transferred out of state in 2008 and leased our home until we listed it with Kathy on June 16, 2017. We closed on June 30th with a full cash offer after Kathy effectively negotiated with the buyers' agent. But the reason it sold so quickly was all Kathy. In the first 12 days of June, she got competitive bids for much needed work on our home. The scheduled and successfully completed work included: refinished hardwood floors, Master bath rehab, painting, professional house cleaning, a new garage door, and home staging; all under budget and on schedule. Mind you, we live in Atlanta, Ga. Kathy Ellis provides super service, her words are honest, and she can absolutely be counted on to get the job done. We recommend Kathy for any and all of your real estate needs."
-Joy and Wally Grant, Client
"Kathy Ellis worked with us in 2015 to help us find a new home in the OC. Recommended by our agent in Carlsbad, Kathy was quick to ascertain our tastes and needs. She patiently showed us many options in our preferred areas, going above and beyond to accommodate our schedules; even picking us up at the train station to avoid traffic issues. Once we found the right house, Kathy was fantastic. With an international trip planned the day after our house inspection, Kathy assured us that she would handle any details. With spotty communications and complicated negotiations, we were signing papers and packing boxes on our return! Kathy coordinated the repairs in our absence, found contractors, and made it happen. Moving into our house in October, Kathy continued to help with recommendations and getting settled. We highly recommend her. She has a calming demeanor, taking a practical approach to any challenges. We really enjoyed working with her and consider her a trusted resource and friend. "
-Julie and Tim G., Client
"I recently used Kathy to sell my home in Ladera Ranch and buy a home in Whittier. Kathy was my listing agent on my townhouse, and worked with me closely through the entire process. She helped me stage my home, and hired a professional photographer. The results were outstanding.Kathy worked with me to develop a sales price and, in the end, my townhouse sold for a fair price. The paperwork went smoothly and painlessly.I enjoyed working with Kathy so much I continued with her in the search for a home in Whittier. 50 miles away from Kathy’s office and residence, she personally set appointments to view properties. With multiple offers on a property newly listed, Kathy delivered my offer to the sellers and their agent in person, securing me a home in a charming neighborhood at a comfortable price. If I ever buy or sell again, my first choice will be Kathy."
-Ray Acosta, Client