Mission Viejo Testimonials

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As I begin my career in real estate, it has been my distinct privilege to be under the wing and direction of Jacob Lawlor and in turn, First Team Real Estate.

Leveraging your assets is sometimes all you have to set yourself apart from the fray. Enthusiasm can be quickly dashed when coupled with inexperience. Jacob has proven a key asset: An invaluable, inexhaustible, resource, motivator, and coach. His ability to crystallize the essential points of real estate sales and provide hands on immediate solutions and advice is truly outstanding. You could say I’m appreciative and happy with my boss.

John Webster

Robert Blank did an excellent job of finding us houses that fit all the criteria we had for our family's new home.

He helped us navigate the real estate market in Carlsbad with expertise, and helped us through the entire process of buying our home. We were amazed at how quickly and smoothly the process went.

Hillary E.

Valerie is a top notch agent.

She is very responsive and always is available through text, phone and email. I look forward to working with her on the next transaction.

Daniel Poon

Valerie is a very lovable person who is trying her best to make things go as smoothly as possible.

She constantly contact/stays in touch with you to inform you of what is going on at the moment. She is the best at what she does.

Justin Chong

Janet was instrumental in guiding my wife and I in buying our first house in a new area.

From our first meeting it was immediately clear that she had a wealth of experience and knowledge in the areas that we were searching. She was available for every question and every call, navigating us through the buying process from the lender to the buyer to the escrow to close. I fully believe that without her we'd still be in the market looking for a home instead of moving in. She was a real pleasure to work with and we are already recommending her to family and friends in the area. Looking forward to our next move so we can work with her again!

Dakota Buehre

Katie’s experience and professionalism make her a phenomenal representative for buyers or sellers.

Jeff Rush Elisabeth Dibble

Sofia our agent went above and beyond for us.

She was very detailed, answered all our question, made our our first home buying experience easy. My family and i would like to thank sofia and claudia for helping us find our perfect nest. -Navarro Family

Jose Navarro & Silvia Pulido

Kathe is absolutely the best.

 There is no doubt about it! My husband and I were in a hurry to sell our condo and had some challenges along the way but Kathe was so amazing and went above and beyond.  She helped us stage our home and hired a professional photographer to take the pictures.  Our place looked amazing! Our house went on the market Friday night, we had an open house the next day on Saturday and on Sunday we already had our first offer.  By the time we sat down Wednesday night, we had 6 offers on the table.  Kathe knows her stuff!  She always kept us in the loop on what was going on.  Selling a house is so stressful but Kathe made us feel at ease. I honestly can't thank her enough and when we are ready to buy again, we will be hiring her for sure!


Wonderful team (Lisa & Vedette) - 15 Jun 2018These ladies made this process virtually stress free.

Both responded quickly to any questions we had and kept things lighthearted and fun. I would highly recommend them to anyone that wants a real estate advocate that isn't a pushy salesperson 

Donlyn Young

Lisa is an amazing realtor!

She has the experience to easily navigate the complicated process of home buying and selling all while maintaining a personal touch. It's more than just a business transaction with her, it's a relationship. She goes the extra mile for her clients, is very detail oriented and answers all questions patiently and completely. She is a joy to work with and we look forward to working with her again!

John and Candice Archer

Loved working with Janet - trustworthy, professional, and detail-oriented.

She really helped us when it came time to sell our house, keeping us informed at every step, and offering solutions and strategy. Wouldn't use anyone else! Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Jacob Lawlor has been an incredible asset to my business as an agent & on a personal level.

He is knowledgable , very versed & mostly always available to answer inquiries with a smile . Feel extremely lucky to work with him

Cynthia Dornsife

Truly feel fortunate to have had Lucia as our Real Estate Agent.

Lucia never left any questions unanswered and was always available when we needed her. Lucia always has a smile and puts her clients before herself. Lucia genuinely wants the best for her clients and I cannot emphasize enough how much  we enjoyed working with her. Lucia knows what she is doing and is easy to work with. Thanks for helping us buy our first home!

Margie & Alan Gutierrez

I don't often write reviews, and when I do it's because the level of service has far surpassed my expectations.

I was a first time home buyer and had absolutely no clue what to expect from the home buying/home searching process. Lindsay helped me every single step of the way. She made sure to  explain things to me in detail and answer all questions I had. I never felt pressured to rush through the process. Lindsay would explain the options I had and when she couldn't answer a question herself, she would immediately put me in touch with someone who could. Her professionalism, knowledge and incredibly kind and caring personality has ensured she will be my agent for life. I will definitely be recommending Lindsay to friends and family who are in the home buying market. To Lindsay, and the Kim Rappa Group, I thank you so much. You made it such a smooth process from start to finish.

Candice Currie

Working with Chrissie on the sale of our home was one of the most exciting experiences.

As first time sellers, we were very nervous to list our home during a pandemic. Chrissie was there to guide us through every step of the way and ease all of our concerns. We are still in shock, not only because we got over our asking price, but because it sold so quick! She goes above and beyond for her clients and is graceful every step of the way!

Mahnaz Pacheco

Mayumi was wonderful professional caring and patient I couldn’t have been more pleased!

Bennye H. Cardin Living Trust

Diane made the process of purchasing and searching for a home so much easier than I could’ve imagined as a first time buyer!

She explained documents to me that I was signing and I never once felt like I needed to question what she was having me sign. Very professional and quick to respond. Focused on helping me find what I wanted and remembered the details which goes a long way!

Nicole Thu & Thu Thanh Vo Nguyen

Janet was welcoming and always quick to respond to questions or issues.

She went out of her way to be helpful and make things as easy as possible. I truly appreciated Janet's kindness, positive attitude, and expertise. I would be delighted to recommend her to family and friends.

Deborah Gitlin

Valerie made my first home buying experience a smooth process from negotiating price to signing papers setting up the appraisal to getting home inspection thank you Valerie for everything I recommend her services to anyone.

Sal Ramirez

Janet was outstanding as my real estate agent.

She was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, insightful and strategic in helping me negotiate and secure my new home, which was tricky because there were other offers at the same time on it. My loan guy about loved working with her as well and repeatedly mentioned how fantastic she was throughout the entire process. She always made sure that I was comfortable with how we were proceeding on everything and she took the time to guide me through decisions I had to make. I never felt rushed, pressured or confused on anything... she made sure I was comfortable and clear on the whole process. She did an amazing job of explaining things to me clearly. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had Janet as my agent and guide through my purchase.

Karen Kaye

Sofia Delgado is outstanding!

She is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and effective and we are thankful we had the opportunity to work with her on the purchase of our first home.

Rafael Hernandez and Leticia Oliveros

From start to finish, Valerie provided outstanding service and expertise when selling my condo.

She is very responsive, professional, and maintains a positive, friendly demeanor with every communication. She's knowledgeable and helpful in every aspect. I would HIGHLY recommend Valerie for your real  estate needs.

Stephanie McGraw

Janet goes above and beyond to serve her clients.

  She put together the "perfectly packaged offer" for my new home.  She is always calm and professional.  I couldn't be happier!

Laura McMillen

Kevin, was professional, determined to find what exactly we were looking for.

He was always willing to show us a house even on Sundays. Kevin was diligent on all paper work and made it easy for us to get into our current house. We felt completely comfortable with Kevin due to his great sense of humor. He was compassionate and understanding of our wants and needs in a house, and made every opportunity to help us to get the house we wanted. He made excellent suggestions and provided excellent customer service. We highly recommend Kevin to anyone who is looking or about to look for a house to rent or buy. He's extremely knowledgeable and knows the market here in Orange County for well.

Jayson & Corienne Cordrey

I have known Jacob for a few years.

He has helped me grow my business. Jacob has an amazing personality, easy to talk to and responsive. He helps me to take initiatives in my business endeavors. He can put challenges in perspective and make it simple. Jacob is very knowledgeable about contracts. He is definitely tech-savvy and creative about social marketing. I'm grateful that Jacob is here!


Jacob is a fantastic Manager at First Team!

He's always there for us when we have questions or need support, whether it's over the phone, text or email. He's up late prepping presentations for us, he's in early to support us...everything Jacob does is for us and our success as First Team Agents!

Robert Torrico

Lisa is a market expert and she is dedicated to finding the right home and/or buyer for you.

She is also highly organized and a great communicator so you always know exactly to handle the next step in the process. Lisa is, more importantly, a warm and caring person with a great sense of humor. She makes the whole process easier, less stressful and more fun.

Cherie Dejarnette

canet goes above and beyond to serve her clients.

  She put together the "perfectly packaged offer" for my new home.  She is always calm and professional.  I couldn't be happier!

Laura McMillen

Jacob Lawlor makes you excited to come to the office!

His genuine approach to making the agents in the office the best they can be is second to none. Whether it's the constant training classes he holds to ensure everyone is up to date with all the tools we have or just him cruising the office to make sure everything is good, he's there to make a difference. I'm excited to go to his training classes because I know I'll walk away with something fresh and that outside the box type thinking that gives us an edge. I look forward to learning more from Jacob and growing my Real Estate business everyday!

Steve Miller

Kevin is the best agent we could have hoped to work with!

My husband and I are first time buyers, and Kevin patiently met with us and guided us through each step of the way. Kevin was a true pleasure to work with. He is incredibly responsive and emails late into the night, knowledgeable of the city, kind, and just a fun person to spend the afternoon with house-hunting. It says a lot that the sellers we met all said that Kevin was a great guy. We made several offers and spent nearly half a year before finding our home, and Kevin never pushed us to hurry along in our search. Kevin had a colleague check in on us when he was on vacation, and has provided life-saving recommendations for loan agents, contractors, etc. It was also a nice gesture that when we closed the sale. Kevin brought us a personalized gift basket and gift card for trusting him to get the deal done. Anyone looking for a house in San Diego should definitely give Kevin a call!

I am going into my third year working with Jacob and I couldn't have asked for a more positive experience.

Jacob's support and Fred's leadership is the number one reason I'm with First Team and plan to stay with this company. I feel Jacob has shown a genuine interest in my professional development as a Realtor. When I have questions, even questions about things I should already know, his responds is always immediate, concise and most of all helpful. Jacob's attitude and demeanor is always upbeat and positive, which is refreshing especially when you are starting out in a business like real estate where we hit so many highs and lows in our first years. As a coach and trainer Jacob is an effective communicator, his command of language along with his in-depth knowledge of subject matter have his made training sessions an indispensable element in my professional development. It is my opinion that Jacob has the industry knowledge, professional and moral ethics coupled with a Trojan like work ethic to become highly successful in whatever he chooses to do moving forward.

Mark Moss

It was a pleasure working with Lindsay and the Kim Rappa group.

Lindsay was very resourceful in finding us our new home. As a first time homebuyer with lots of questions, stress and needing step by step guidance throughout the process, Lindsay was thorough, and communicated very well with us and  what to expect. . We are thrilled with our new home, from the location to the special features (wish list items), our family is excited for this new chapter. We would recommend Lindsay Ansel as an agent for buying and selling property.

Roxy Gonzales

I'm super happy with the work Valerie put into helping me find a home for my aging russian parents.

She has great people skills and made them feel understood and taken care of and I know they're very grateful for Valerie's help and attention to their needs. She's relentless and didnt give up when  issues popped up in escrow and I would happily recommend her to any of my other Russian friends.

Sergei Nesterov

Katie was very professional and quick to respond back to us when we called.

She was very helpful and patient. We felt comfortable and didn't worry about anything. We knew Katie was on the ball. Her personal presence puts anyone at ease. Thank you Katie for the great job you did, selling our house.

Beatrice Connell revocable trust 2012

Working with Chrissie was a great experience!

Not only did she work hard to negotiate the price of the home to a price we could afford, but she also fought for us when unexpected issues came up during escrow. She was on top of EVERYTHING! She communicated every step of the way and we never felt like we were alone in this process. I highly recommend Chrissie!

Jennifer Nelson

Kevin helped us find our condo at a time when bidding wars were the norm.

We were very nervous and concerned about finding a home that would check most of our boxes. Kevin helped us see that we needed to adjust our expectations, and presented a balanced and varied group of properties. He remained calm in the eye of the storm. Very few homes were on the market at the time! Kevin's detailed knowledge of neighborhoods was essential to our finding the right place in the right area.  His guidance through the process of bidding in a very competitive environment enabled us to present a winning bid. We highly recommend Kevin as a buyer or seller's real estate agent!!

We are very satisfied with the expertise of Lora.

We'll definitely recommend her to our friends.

ilona thomas

Janet was absolutely tremendous as our realtor.

She was very responsive and was truly on our side. She was very knowledgeable in the area and was very helpful when it came to making key decisions. I would recommend her to anyone looking to sell or buy a property.

Matt and Nicole Price

Great job!


Hi, I would like to thank Jacob for the awesome training he had for his team .

Since I am a new agent any training and information will definitely help me to be on the right track and Jacobs knowledge and coaching is giving me that tool to help my business, and him sharing of his success and tools has given me more confidence of what I am doing. Thank you, Jacob Lawlor, for all you are doing for me Sudi Chinichian

sudi chinichian

Jacob brings such an exciting vibe to the office and sales meetings!

He’s wicked sharp and he’s super encouraging to agents whether seasoned, or new. He is definitely someone that is SO pumped to see people succeed!

Chrissie Meads

I throughly enjoyed working with Chrissie when purchasing my new home.

She knew exactly what I was looking for and my price point and found the most perfect place for me and my son. Chrissie has a great team and had wonderful referrals for financing, home inspection and even a great house painter after we closed. Chrissie is very attentive and her attention to detail helped tremendously. Chrissie was a referral to me and I would recommend her to anyone looking for their dream home, she makes it happen!

Carrie Russell

Jacob Lawlor is an outstanding leader with a vast knowledge of Real Estate and has a great desire for everyone who he comes in contact with to be successful and live their best life!

Jacob's positive attitude and energy that he displays on a daily basis is infectious! As my office manager, Jacob has been both inspiring and supportive of my real estate business growth. I love brain storming marketing/branding ideas with Jacob to continue to grow my real estate business as he takes my rough/basic ideas and transforms them to awesome! I truly value Jacob's input and his style of communication. Jacob is a 5 star real estate leader on the daily!

Valerie Bourg

Jocob Lawlor has helped us a lot with his professional real estate skills and leadership , I am so lucky to be part of Mission Viejo office .

Thanks ! Jocob, You are the Best !

Nina Li Korman

It's great working with Jacob.

He brings so much energy to the team. He is an awesome trainer, because he speaks from experience. He has been in our shoes and knows how to use the incredible tools that First Team makes available to all of its agents. He has been there, done that!

Sofia Delgado

"I was in the Real Estate Business for over 17 years.

I have worked with the best and the worst in the business. I know the difference between a good Realtor and a not so good Realtor. We would rank you right up at the top with the best Sheneau. You can't imagine how difficult it is to be on the selling side of a transaction after helping others sell their homes for 17 years. You proved to be very honest, conscientious, knowledgeable and fun to work with. Buying our current home could not have gone smoother". Bob & Marietta Philpott ___________________________________________________________ "Stanley is the Realtor you dream about! He is an honest person with high principles and he will protect your interests with is experience and knowledge. We highly recommend him. Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have at 949-713-2628". Angel & Mirta Lopez ___________________________________________________________ "Sheneau Stanley came to us highly recommended - not only for his knowledge and experience in Real Estate Sales, but also for his background in appraising. After working with him I can't praise him enough. He was patient and understanding... Also important to us: he ALWAYS kept us informed - we never had to call him - he always called us first - sometimes just to let us know everything was going OK". Ron & Judith Parks ___________________________________________________________ "We interviewed quite a number of realtors before hiring you to assist us on the project. We were impressed with the appraisal report you prepared on our old property. Your report took the guesswork out of pricing and gave us confidence as we entered negotiations with our buyer four weeks later. You have a very pleasant, up-beat personality which also made the house hunting experience actually enjoyable". Robert & Kristie Knudsen ___________________________________________________________ Dear Sheneau, Jennifer and I wanted to write you this letter to thank you for helping our dream come true. Who would of thought that we would own a beautiful home just 3 and 1/2 years after being married. We are so grateful that you believed and thought that God had the best possible house for us. As an agent you are knowledgeable and professional. As a friend you are encouraging, caring and full of faith. We really couldn't see taking this whole journey with anyone else. When it came to the smallest details and things that we had overlooked, you were always right there helping and going above and beyond the task. All the extra time you spent praying with us, and sharing other stories of couples getting their homes was priceless. When it came to the final hours of uncertainty and wondering about all the what if's, it was your experience and friendship that carried it through. We thank God that He gave us an agent so talented, but we thank God more for meaningful relationships that last a lifetime. Sincerely Yours, Jason and Jennifer Lohrke. __________________________________________________________ "It is my pleasure to recommend Sheneau Stanley to you as a real estate agent. His thoroughness both before and after the sale made for an exceptionally easy transaction. His willingness to go the extra mile... We have had a total of four real estate transactions using Sheneau. Each one had unique aspects that allowed us to see the full range of Sheneau's talents. His experience as an appraiser has enabled him to give us exceptional guidance on how to price our property. He represented us on three different sales - two pieces of income property and our residence - and each time, even if a tight market, was able to bring us qualified buyers in a short time. I have recommended Sheneau to several of my friends when they were looking to buy or sell a home. Those who have chosen to contact him have been impressed with his knowledge of real estate, friendly manner, and complete integrity". Cathy Thomann _________________________________________

I live out of the state and Rob helped me from the beginning through to the end.

He went above and beyond. This purchase involved a lease on Indian land and a condo association. He was responsive & kept me appraised of any and all issues. I would and have recommended him.

Marlene A. Eager

Lora has always been great to work with and is truly an agent who represents my interests.

I appreciate her assistance in all of my real estate needs.

Atul Apte

Not only as an Office Manager, but as a Real Estate coach, Jacob has incredible knowledge of the Real Estate industry and what it takes to be successful.

Being someone without a background in Real Estate and without a large number of contacts in the area, Jacob has helped me gain an understanding of where to find potential clients and how to build relationships in the industry through his trainings, one on one meetings and phone calls (seriously, he’s ALWAYS there if you need help with your business). He has maintained a welcoming environment in our New Agent Mastermind Meetings where we can share ideas, learn from each other and hear specific examples from his personal experiences in this business. I cannot speak highly enough of my experience working with and learning from Jacob. I would highly recommend our team to anyone interested in joining!

Matt Dolan

"We recently bought our 2nd house with Janet Thompson's help.

Actually, our 1st condo purchase was through Janet as well. You see how much we love her and her service!                       Janet really knows what she's doing and stayed very professional and informative throughout both of our purchasing process. She has tons of experience under her belt and was always able to explain the home purchasing process crystal clear while being very honest pointing out things that are either pros or cons about a house. Janet is also super responsive through phone calls, text messages and emails. We felt connected and comfortable with her the whole time.                       We were initially interested in 3 houses on market. With her help, we turned in the offers and were able to quickly get ourselves the one we love the most because of Janet's excellent work! She sure knows how to make your offer competitive and that's something that is key in the home buying process with the competitive market environment.                       Janet is an excellent excellent real estate agent in short words. She definitely went above and beyond her job. 5 stars really isn’t enough to give to her! I recommend her to EVERYONE!

Caitlin and Andrew Zhang

Lisa is AWESOME - Lisa was by my side every step of the way in my first ever home purchase.

I found out that buying a house is a huge undertaking and pretty overwhelming the first time you go through it. I'm so thankful I found Lisa!

Morgan Stuart

Nona is so knowledgeable, always professional, and a great negotiator.

I am so grateful for her patience with me - one day I wanted to look at multiple properties, and another day I was completely indecisive. She patiently guided me on the journey of finding the best property for me, and at the best price! I will recommend her to everyone.

David Meacham

Jerry is exceptionally professional and responsive.

He is very knowledgeable, passionate, and has the expertise to get the job done. Jerry takes the time to understand his client's' needs and a strong advocate for them. I strongly recommend Jerry for anyone looking to buy or sell in the Orange County market.


To whom it may concern, Eve has been a well organized, quick acting, and accommodating realtor that has made the process of finding and purchasing a home easy and straight-forward.

The experience was amazing due to her expertise and knowledge in every question and concern we had. I look forward to doing business with her in the future and will recommend her to anyone including my friends and family.  Thank you, Dragos Alexandru Agafitei

10/17/2014 Kevin helped me find my first condo back in the Spring of 2014.

 I worked with other agents prior to Kevin but I have to say that I was glad to have found him.  Kevin is undoubtedly busy but it always seemed as though I was his only client.  The level of attention and assistance in the home-buying process which I received from Kevin was exceptional.  I highly recommend him if you are in the market for a home in Orange County.

Janet was professional from start to finish.

She helped us sell our house for a record price in record time. I can't say enough positive things about Janet and will recommend her to everyone in need of a real estate professional.

Matthew P

Working with Chrissie Meads was a true gift.

She made my wants , needs and schedule her top priority. Always prompt and eager to please she made finding my dream home a 5⭐️ + experience. Thank you Chrissie, it wouldn’t have been possible without your efforts and consideration.

Vianne Meyerhoff

I highly recommend Janet!

She helped me sell my home in Aliso Viejo and I was very satisfied with her professionalism and knowledge. She was very helpful through the whole process and I am glad I was able to find someone as  trustworthy as she is. Thanks again, Janet!

Mark Hamrock

Nona far superseded any expectation I or my husband had with her expertise in her trade and being detailed, thorough, timely and sensitive to what we wanted and needed.

She is absolutely brilliant at explaining options, being direct and clear, along with warm and sincere. I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell their home and give her a 5+ rating. She is integrity and brilliance all in one!

Rebecca Boyle

Jacob Lawlor is a great office manager, an effective motivator, and a selfless teacher.

He is a definite asset to our office. Jacob listens to our requests and responds quickly with answers and solutions. He provides lots of informative educational classes on a variety of subjects that are great for all of us. He is a KEEPER!

Janet Thompson

Robert is an excellent real estate agent!

He is a pro at finding the right house for you in the right area. He is extremely knowledgeable with the entire process from start to finish and I would highly recommend him!


Can't say enough about Kathe.

She helped us buy one of our properties in 2009 and just helped us sell it to the toughest buyers we've ever dealt with.  She went above and beyond working diligently behind the scenes to keep the buyers happy and ensure the deal doesn't fall through.  Her advise and guidance through the entire process was invaluable.  We love working with her so much that we just retained her again to help us buy our next property. Highly recommend her to anyone looking for a competent, reliable and hard working realtor in Orange County.

Ahmand N.

Robert made the selling experience very smooth for us.

He truly represented us as the sellers and did an amazing job in preparing the listing of our house. He was also on top of all the communications keeping us on schedule and guiding us throughout the process as this was our first time selling a house. His negotiation skills and the market knowledge were also crucial in the success of this sale. Thank you Robert.

Almir Mustafic

Nancy truly was amazing.

She helped us come to a fair agreement that all parties were happy with, though my loan processor deemed it "World War III" with a total of 4 or 5 counter-offers (who can keep track at that point?) since neither me nor the sellers really wanted to budge. I cannot imagine a  better agent to have walked us through the home buying experience better than Nancy and her team did. I will recommend Nancy wholeheartedly and I won't consider using anyone else if I needed a Real Estate Agent in the future.

Lauren H.

Nona goes above and beyond.

She cares a lot about finding you the perfect home and made the process as easy as it could be. She’s very knowledgeable about the area and the market. We were really glad to have her as our realtor!


Jacob is my "go-to" guy :> In our work together he shares his knowledge and skill and his focus is always for getting the best results.

He has an inspirational spirit to he gives to others as a gift, just as a part of his nature, and I have always appreciated this in him. He is the "real deal".

Rob Dorton

Janice did a fantastic job.

Without her perseverance my purchase of my new home would not have closed on time. Janice is an excellent realtor she managed to get me 6 offers on my old home which sold 26,000 over asking price. I highly recommend Janice for your real estate needs.

Robert m. Tolliver

We have had the pleasure of working with Chrissie on multiple occasions both selling and buying.

Every experience great than the previous. Always available for updates and advice as well as weird questions at all hours to ease our minds. Our last transaction was selling our house and it was time sensitive and needed to go for top dollar. It was over the holidays and I had my doubts. But in true Meads Team fashion it sold immediately for what we were asking and with no hitches. Chrissie was always there in person with Justin by her aide and do to unforeseen circumstances went above and beyond to assist getting the house ready for sale. I have and will continue to recommend this team to anyone looking to buy or sell.

Sam Green

Great to work with Diane again.

True professional - thorough, responsive, detailed, service-oriented.

Mark & Evelyn Gallant

Valerie was excellent handling the sale of our house and helping us find the perfect home to buy.

She is exceptional in staying on top of all the details required to get through all processes smoothly and timely. I highly recommend Valerie to anyone looking to sell or buy a home.

Frances Blanchard

Janet is amazing.

She had so much patience with my husband and I. She quickly caught on to the style of home we were looking for and away we went house hunting. We love the home she helped us find! This is such a stressful process, however Janet made it feel so stress free.We highly recommend her and will definitely use her in the future!

Thania Montiel

Kevin was always there for my wife and I when we were looking to rent.

Super easy to work with. Was always available when we needed him. Very professional. Will definitely be reaching out to him when we decide to buy our first home.

Mr. & Mrs. Pichinte

It was a pleasure to work with Janet.

She is truly a "buyer's agent" looking out for us and guiding us every step of the way. Patient, thoughtful and giving us the time and consideration we needed, she helped us find a home we will treasure.

Alaine and Nam Lee

Kevin is awesome to work with!

He is very professional, responsive, and seems to have all connections around town to different properties as well. He helped us find our condo, and he'll definitely be the person we choose to help us find our first home!  Roman

Roman Lomdin

Ana was great to work with.

Very helpful and got the house we wanted!

Kristen Piper

Trustworthy very hard-working real estate agent.

Ann took on the task of helping us Find a home in south county. She is hard-working helps you get your your paperwork together and is eager to show you any harm you would like to see. Was nice to have an agent that remembered my needs in a home, with every home we walked in. Thank you Ana for all the hard work you put in for finding us the home in an area in South Orange County we truly love.

Leah Griffith

Kevin Smith’s understanding and dedication to the buyer he represented was second to none.

Kevin Smith with First Team Real Estate represented the buyer in an Oceanfront real estate transaction where I represented the seller. In addition to his professional expertise, and his personal attention to the detail his pleasant upbeat personality makes him a pleasure to deal with. From my perspective Kevin represented his client with the upmost integrity, and was willing to go beyond expectation to insure the transaction went smoothly for all parties involved all the way to the close of escrow. I would highly recommend his real estate services and I look forward to our next real estate transaction together. Sincerely, Robert Christie 949.291.1793 HOM Sotheby’s International Realty DRE: 00600727

Robert Christie

Mayumi was a fantastic resource and helped us navigate the purchase of our first home.

Mayumi's many years of real estate experience, professionalism, attention to detail, and knowledge helped us find and purchase a home that was the best fit for our family. We were very happy to work with Mayumi and appreciate all of her dedication during the home buying process. We highly recommend Mayumi and look forward to working with her in the future.

Ann Marie Mantey

If looking for Professional agent contact Janet.

Here is why: 1-Janet handles A to Z so It is very convenient working with Her. No need to worry about anything. 2- Every single question will be answered in a timely manner 3- Client concerns are important for her and she does her best to find answer/ solution for them. 4- very organized on documenting all the paperwork. If you missed anything she is on top of it. If you can’t find anything she will provide it again SOON. Thanks Janet. You are awesome.


I have never encountered an agent who has all the aspects of excellent service.

Not only she’s knowledgeable and professional, she truly has a passion for what she does. She makes sure the benefit of her Clients and not just making sales. We are truly grateful for having the best agent. Not all real estate agents are the same.

Elise Hahn

Kevin’s personality and promptness was unparalleled.

He was always willing to help and answer questions. He was very informative keeping us updated throughout the home buying process. Thanks Kevin for helping us make a dream come true!

Dorthyann Young (Army Veteran)

To whom it may concern, 2015 We are often blessed with clients who are such a pleasure to work with, and we are so grateful for them.

It is not every day you come across an agent on the other end of a transaction that you feel that way about. Working with Kevin and Genine was nothing but a joy! These two make a great team! They are educated, creative, devoted and have a more than impressive work ethic. Together we were able to close a transaction smoothly making all of our clients happy in the end. Thank you Kevin and Genine for being a perfect example of what a Realtor should be. Chrissie Meads- Star Real Estate South County

Chrissie Meads

Janice navigated us through a contingent home sale and a new home purchase concurrently that resulted in a smooth transition for our family.

 She helped us prepare home so that it stood out, her knowledge and savvy of local market enabled us to secure top dollar.  Her experience and careful attention to our needs allowed us to purchase a new home that checked all the boxes and was well within the budget we had set.  The purchase or sale of a home alone is complicated enough and for an agent to be able to navigate our family through both in such a smooth way is absolutely remarkable.  We were pleased with Janice's services and highly recommend her.    Ali and Melanie Breton 2014 

My wife and I decided to downsize and relocate to Southern CA.

I found Janet Thompson through Yelp and was impressed with the posted reviews. We were actually more impressed by the professionalism, attention to detail and customer service that she provided when we started working with her. What impressed us the most was that fact that she meticulously listened to our preferences and diligently provided us with many home options. She found the dream home that we plan on retiring to that was within our budget. Janet astutely navigated us through the negotiations and purchase of our new home, which was challenging since we were not living in the area. Even our mortgage broker was impressed with Janet’s due diligence. After our purchase Janet has still generously helped us with our relocation to Newport Beach, going above and beyond any service that we would have expected. Thanks again Janet, you are a Rock Star E. Sanchez

Enrique Sanchez

Giovanni helped my husband and I find our first home.

The process was very long and confusing, but Giovanni helped us navigate every step of the way. We wanted to find an affordable home within walking distance to family, so this was obviously a very tall order. The process was daunting. Giovanni  helped us learn what it's like trying to buy a home in California - which is really difficult. We'd put in an offer, and there would be at least 10 others. After months of searching, and learning just how difficult it is to buy a home in Southern California, we finally found our first home around the block from our family in a nice neighborhood right near a park. Now our nieces can walk and visit every day. It was also important for us to find a home that we could make our own. And we found that. During the escrow process, the sellers threw a lot of curveballs. But Giovanni fought for us, and we are finally living in our home. I would recommend Giovanni to anyone looking for a home.

Heather L Navarro

Our home buying experience with Eve was wonderfully smooth.

She started by getting to know my husband and myself and getting a feel for what we'd like in our next home. Once we had given her our "wish list", she set out to find the right home for us. Her extensive knowledge of the area and the homes that matched our criteria was the key to her finding us the perfect home! We knew she was a great realtor at that point, but once the paperwork commenced, we saw a whole new level of her expertise. She was so thorough and professional throughout the entire transaction, and she had our best interest in mind every step of the way. It made us feel very confident that every aspect of our transaction had been covered. We never had a worry with Eve as our realtor. We had lots of laughs along the way and in addition to finding a great home, we found a great friend in Eve. Frank and Sandy, Aliso Viejo, CA

Chrissie was extremely professional as well as very helpful.

We had difficult circumstances being out of state Chrissie stepped up and didn't have a problem showing us houses via text and remained in constant contact with us. I would and have recommended her to anyone who is looking to rent/own their future home.

Jedediah and Theresa Styron

Valerie was absolutely wonderful to work with.

Very honest and straightforward and really worked to present and market our home. I was distrustful of realtors but my experience with Valerie was outstanding, and I felt that working with her was definitely worth it.  

Lydia Matisheck

I really appreciate for your kindly help.

Naoki Morihara

Valerie is diligent, kind, thorough, helpful and more than willing to toe the line while representing the seller during contingency counter offers.

I have no hesitation at all in recommending Valerie. Her support team were all very responsive and on top of it-- important because we had only a 24 day escrow.

Shelley Whitehouse

Sofia has been very attentive to our needs.

She keeps us informed and allows us to make decisions with no pressure. She is very responsible and precise with all the documentation.

Daniel and Guadalupe Ramirez


!! Simply said she is a true professional from start to finish and this is the reason our home sold quickly and at the right price! Not to mention she has superb people skills and is a very likable person.

Scott and Nicole Burbank

Moving from out of state Chrissie was spectacular!

Extremely professional as well as accommodating, seeing as traveling back and forth wasn’t an option Chrissie went above and beyond taking videos and walking us through every step needed to get us the perfect home for our family. We have raved about the excellent care we have gotten and would recommend her to anyone in need!

Theresa Styron

I was under immense pressure to sell our home and relocate to another State due to my husband's health.

We have never sold a house and bought another house at the same time. The pressure was on! Lisa helped with all aspects of our journey with knowledge, patience, and concern every step of the way!! I highly recommend Lisa Russo to anyone who needs an experienced, kind, and caring realtor. What also impressed me about Lisa was her expertise in mathematical problems! Kevin and I have walked away from this adventure knowing we could not have done this task without Lisa's help! Gratefully, Kevin and Queenie (Donna-Margaret) Dempsey

Kevin M Dempsey & Donna-Margaret Dempsey

Robert Blank is the best real estate agent.

He is very professional and focused on the customer. Due to his connections in Palm Springs, he helped me to find a perfect condo before it went on the market. He is calm, friendly, and very knowledge. He has high integrity and is very supportive. I highly recommend Robert to help you with your real estate needs.

Sue Woods

Great job helping me and my Family THANK YOU TO ALL

Wayne J. Vandal Mercedita C. Vandal Daniel J. Van

10/17/2014 Kevin helped me find my first condo back in the Spring of 2014.

 I worked with other agents prior to Kevin but I have to say that I was glad to have found him.  Kevin is undoubtedly busy but it always seemed as though I was his only client.  The level of attention and assistance in the home-buying process which I received from Kevin was exceptional.  I highly recommend him if you are in the market for a home in Orange County.

SOFIA DELGADO is the best real estate agent ever!

We were so nervous that we were not going to get a home in this crazy market. Fortunately, Sofia reassured us that everything would be okay and calmed our nerves. Sofia was so professional, caring, and very hard working. She would take our calls and answered our texts in a reasonable time frame. We had originally been connected with another real estate agent that never even called us back. Being matched with Sofia was a complete blessing! She went out of her way to meet all our needs. Sofia got us our dream home and we are forever grateful. We are a 100% recommending Sofia to all our family and friends!

Lucelli Gonzalez Porron

"We were simply thrilled & delighted with the professional service we received by Kathe van Hoften.

  Without a doubt, Kathe's willingness to go above and beyond certainly exceeded our expectations by leaps and bounds.  Her warm & caring nature made selling our home a pleasure for all those involved-we'd recommend Kathe to anyone!" -John & Donna S

Lucia was AWESOME!

She is so knowledgeable, personable, accommodating and sweet. We also had challenges with our credit and she helped convey our story to potential landlords. I will definitely recommend her to all of my friends and will be using her again on our next move.

Sonja Adams/ Greg Weiss

Hi Jacob, Every time I get your email greetings and educational information, I can feel you are working so hard with sincerity and integrity.

I believe you are an excellent teacher and certainly raised our office 'morale" in spite of Pandemic environment. Respectfully, MOL

Mayumi O Lee

Janet was professional from start to finish.

She helped us sell our house for a record price in record time. I can't say enough positive things about Janet and will recommend her to everyone in need of a real estate professional.

Matt and Nicole

10/23/2014 Kevin really helped us in finding our perfect home.

He was very attentive, considerate, resourceful, and most importantly -- always there for us! We started the journey by spending hours getting to know each other's working style, did some tours together to know our preferences better, and before you know it he gave weekly recommended listings that were exactly what we liked! During the most critical time of putting the offers in (we did several), Kevin was very timely, on top of things, thorough in checking all the disclosures and pointed us to the highlights we needed to be aware about, and guided us in closing the deal!  Overall an expert in his field and wonderful partner to work with.

With Jacob's coaching with only 6 months in the business (finished training on November 20, 2015), I have closed two transactions, have 4 escrows open right now, have an active listing and two other listings hitting the market in the next couple of months.

My early success is a direct result of the mentor ship and coaching I've been receiving from Jacob since day 1. His extensive knowledge of the business, combined with his unique closing techniques, marketing strategies and practical application arm his agents to achieve success in today's extremely competitive market. He genuinely cares about every agent he coaches and shares in the excitement of their success. Agents who apply what he teaches will achieve success. I'm extremely grateful for his guidance and would not be the agent I am today without it. This year I'm able to buy a new car, have a wedding, and purchase a house with my fiancé and it's possible due to my success with Jacob's coaching. I'm forever grateful.

Lindsey Drumheller

I absolutely loved having Chrissie as my realtor, I’ve gotten everything I asked for in a house and more.

She’s extremely easy to work with.

Theresa Styron

Janet was so great to work with!

! She always had our back and did everything she could to help us get into our new home!! She is such a positive person and we enjoyed working with her so much!! I would recommend her to everyone!

Molly Leavitt

"Kathe's service was fantastic.

  In addition to her warming personality and hard work, Kathe possesses a keen understanding of today's market conditions.  These qualities, among many others, make her head and shoulders above the competition" -Kan and Denise T.

Rob was the most responsive, dedicated, persistent, patient and knowledgeable realtor I have ever met!

Rob became part of our family as he hauled us around to dozens of homes and then found our dream home! I can not express how grateful we are to Rob for his dedication and patience. What a great person to have as a realtor and now we have a new friend as well!  Pete Bird and Azita Smith

Peter Bird and Azita Smith

6/26/2014 Kevin made it so easy to sell our house.

He talked us through the different options, gave us excellent advice, and made sure we understood everything. He answered all of our questions and responded to our emails quickly. Plus, he makes sure that all of the details get handled.  Another great difference was the beautiful motion picture video with music and voice overs that really marketed our house to everyone. If you're looking to buy or sell a house, you won't go wrong with Kevin Smith.

Jerry was fantastic!

He went above and beyond with so many areas of the sale of our home.From the very minute we started working with Jerry he was so professional. He has a cost analysis prepared and recommended the best price to sell our home. Throughout the process he was excellent with his communication and marketing of our home. We ended up selling our home in 3 days for top dollar. He was the reason with his excellent negotiation skills. He goes above and beyond, bringing us paperwork to sign when our printer was packed and hand delivered it back to escrow. I can’t recommend him enough. If you go with Jerry, you will be extremely happy!Verified by RateMyAgent


Janet Thompson is who you want to sell your home.

She is very professional, patient and explained in detail the answers to all of my questions, and trust me, I had a lot of them. She was present at all of my house showings and was able to answer the questions of the potential buyers. Janet made this process turn-key for me and was able to get me $60K OVER my asking price. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND JANET!! YOU WILL BE SO GLAD THAT YOU DID.

Barbara Regan

Valerie was great throughout the entire listing and selling process.

She made what is normally a stressful situation relatively easy. Highly recommend!

Gail Sumrall

Valerie saved us time and money!

We were fortunate to have Valerie Bourg represent the sale of our property.  Not only is she extremely knowledgeable about the local real estate market, she is a property owner in the Lake Forest Sun and Sail Club II Association.  The additional insight she has as a resident was evident as she marketed our home and the lifestyle of our community to potential buyers. Valerie made an initial walk-through as we prepared our home to go on the market.  She helped determine those items in need of attention/repair and identify those items that would be most meaningful to potential buyers. Thus, saving us time and money.  Valerie mapped out a strategy to present our home in the best possible light to the largest number of qualified buyers.  During our first week on the market she executed a very successful, two-day open house with approximately 50+ couples and agents in attendance.  We received multiple offers, at and above our asking price the same weekend. We accepted an above ask offer with favorable terms and closed in less than 30 days.  Many dominos must fall in place from the time a buyer accepts an offer and the time escrow closes.  Again, Valerie exceeded all our expectations with her professional knowledge, and her diligence in making sure that every detail was carefully reviewed and performed.  In addition, Valerie went above and beyond with her personal service, she never redirected us to an associate, and always took our calls.We wholeheartedly endorse Valerie Bourg as an excellent choice to represent the sale of any home Lake Forest and the surrounding areas.  

Steve and Traci Eggert

Lora has been amazing throughout the lease renewal process!

She was extremely responsive and knowledgable as well as supportive when questions/issues would arise.

Katherine Roher

I have been excellent experience since I start working with Jacob Lawlor ,he is professional, patient when he works with new agent .

He is learned manager and he always has solution for his agents, is no matter you are new or experienced agent always you can count on him as best friend and advisor. He is commitment to his agent success and care about that. Thanks Jacob


Let me tell you how Joseph helped our family sell and buy a beautiful home.

I purchased a home in San Bernardino in a rough neighborhood, when Joseph came to look at the property I seen in his eyes that he could sell the home, at that moment I knew that he was the man for the job. The professionalism that Joseph showed is above the rest, he's knowledge and the way he explains everything made the transition smoothly. But be advised have all you ducks in a roll, the partnership between you and your realtor have to be on point. Joseph's dedication for his job is out standing he did two showings and mine you, one day was on Valentine's, the drive Joseph had to sell my home payed off on the 3rd day I was in escrow after a 90 day escrow from my previous realtor. On the purchase of my house Joseph guided us with the knowledge & advice to make the right offer. F1rsteamreality is the realtors you want for you next purchase or sale. I want to thank the team for the professionalism you showed & quick response to any questions you should have. SINCERELY..... Garcia Family

Dominic c garcia

Lucia was a dream to work with!

She was patient and kind while dealing us finding a perfect home. She answered all our questions and eased any fears. Lucia worked well with the other agent and fought for us when needed. She made the whole process from our initial phone call to handing us our keys,  less stressful. I’ll miss our afternoons house hunting! I have recommended her recently to my good friend, and she is not disappointing! 5 STARS!!!


Lucia is the best Realtor!

! Lucia helped us in selling our condo in Santa Ana/Costa mesa area. I couldn't ask for more...she has done everything professionally from describing the property, posting fantastic photos of the property that made first open house very successful. we have received  multiple offers above asking price. she is honest, responsive and professional. If you looking for a realtor who holds hands, explain everything, answer all questions...Lucia is the one. Also, few months later...She helped us in finding the right home for me and my family in Aliso viejo. She made the transaction very smooth and stress free. I definitely recommend her to anyone and would love to work with her again.

Mina Rofaeel

Most importantly, thanks for helping me find my new home, walking me through the process, and keeping me sane through to the end.

  You've been there every step of the way!  Margaret Cole, Rancho Santa Margarita

Lucia is a great realtor.

She is very professional and very responsive and she was like a good friend. She helped us sell our home quickly and a good price. She made the whole process, easy to understand and smooth. I can't thank her enough.

Lawrence Umemoto

    The Wilsons reviewed Janet Howland 07/03/2015 Helped me buy a home We used Janet to sell our existing home and buy our new home.

In a very competitive market, Janet was able to get us into houses to view before other buyers, which is the reason we were able to buy the house we wanted even though there were 7 offers made. Janet also brought buyers to our home a day after it hit the MLS and we had two offers that night. Janet was responsive, educated us throughout the process, and offered face to face time for all the signings and paperwork. I really appreciated her vendor recommendations, her helpful tips and patience as we moved through a face paced and competitive process.

Steve and Ann Wilson

I was a first time home buyer and just recently closed on my first mortgage loan with Ryan.

 Being that it was my first time, I had a lot of questions. Ryan was super helpful, professional, and quick to respond. He was able to answer all of my questions and put me at ease during the whole process. Escrow went very smoothly and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I was highly impressed with his service and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for the best!

John F.

Lora is a True Professional, referred to me by a friend.

Lora was attentive without being over bearing. She stayed in touch and followed up as needed, providing me with insight and support. Highly Recommended....Lora's wisdom and deligence makes her the Super Ally one needs during a real estate transaction.

Stella Charbakshi

We had Janet Thompson as our realtor for three houses in the past 12+ years and after having a couple horrible realtors before her we never used any other realtor other than her for buying and selling our houses.

  I'm very grateful and happy that we found her! Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable with a lot of experience of our area, she's also very kind, helpful, and a woman with great integrity!! She has bent over backwards to help us resolve any issues that would come up and was always able to find a solution. Janet is truly a rare find when it comes to realtors in Orange County. She has your best interest at heart when looking to buy or sell a house and is great when it comes to negotiating. All of our houses sold at either asking or above asking price and was able to negotiate a lower price on the houses we bought. I honestly can't say enough good things about her skills as a realtor as well as her kindness and respectability as a person. I referred her to a friend of mine who also felt she was in good hands and was very happy with the outcome of buying and selling her houses.I definitely highly recommend hiring Janet, you will not be disappointed!  :)

Katherine Jordan

" I had the extreame pleasure of haveing Ana Bhula as a realator.

She was Extreamly helpfull and there for me whenever i neded it. She worked around my very uniqe schedual and was willing to go above and beyond!! Before Ana i had a horrible experiance with realators and went through 3 before finding Ana. She was not pushy and showed me the homes I wanted to see. Not the homes that would give the most commision. She is utterly AMAZING and i have already recomended her to everyone i work with and come in contact with. "

Best Realtor I ever met.

Ethical, hard working and focused Client’s/Customer’s interest comes first Top deliverer of results, fast and efficient Worth every dollar spent A good friend to have. She’s on YOUR team!

zwi steindler

Cynthia as patient and always kind.

I had several emotional melt downs and she handled calmly and with great tact and kept me on track. She was alwys responsive and there for me..she could see value and the. Possibilities. I highly recommend Cynthia!

Michele A. Lopez

Lucia is the most amazing realtor on earth!

She found us the home of our dreams in the best neighborhood. The housing market is very competitive out there, and she really spent time making sure we were able to see homes that we love. She was in tune with the housing market & moved swiftly on good  opportunities. She wasn't pushy at all & made sure that we got a house that fit our criteria. Lucia was very responsive & answered us right away when we called or texted her. I couldn't give her higher recommendations because we really feel like she is the reason why we are in our dream house today. Lucia is the best & I am so happy she was there to help us through getting our home.

Curt & Rita Merlo

I found Sophia to be easy to work with and very professional.

We live a distance away from our rental property, so a lot of our communication was done by phone, email, text, and electronic signature. Everything went smoothly from beginning to end and I would highly recommend her to anyone who needed the services of a real estate broker.

Ralph L Fellick and Deborah A Fellick

Lisa is outstanding.

She is a trusted advisor, combining market intelligence with superb customer service, great advice, and positions her clients to win.

Keith Dunnell

Jacob is a great asset to our First Team office!

He is always available as a sounding board & offers excellent advice. Jacob & Fred work together as an outstanding team providing first class trainings. He is our "go to" person for anything regarding technology. We appreciate his consistent willingness to offer assistance. He is always upbeat & has a great attitude. Jacob demonstrates an amazing work ethic & is a pleasure to work with.

Sheri Whitney

Kathryn (Katie) Martin is an excellent real estate professional.

She knows the market and has the experience needed to manage the sales and marketing process smoothly. As in any transaction, obstacles often arise without notice. Katie very effectively either managed the resolution and/or developed viable alternatives to make the transaction successful for all parties. Katie was also very helpful in getting the property ready for sale, in a timely and cost-effective way. She is also a very good communicator- both with the seller and buyer.

Douglas and Ada Smith Trust buy Perry Smith Trus

"Working with Kathe to purchase my first home was a fantastic experience.

She took great lengths to understand what I was looking for and her expertise in the real estate industry is unparalleled. I strongly recommend Kathe for anyone looking to buy or sell property."   -David  F.

Valerie did a great job, from helping us find the right place, to negotiating the price and finally with closing.

The best thing about her was how straight forward and honest she was with us. I never felt like she was holding back or telling me what I wanted to hear, and I always knew she had our backs. I’d gladly recommend her to anyone else. She’s awesome!

Michael A. Hughes & Ryan Brandimore

Valerie went above and beyond for each and every one of my needs.

She is passionate about her clients and wants to make sure they are taken care of while also getting the best deal possible. I have been searching for the perfect place in Lake Forest and she exceeded past my expectations and helped  me find exactly what I have been dreaming for. If I could give her ten stars, I definitely would! 

Rachel Zepeda

He is the best educator, developer and supporter.

very energetic & knowledgeable. Thank you, Jacob!

Yong Kim

Jacob is a breath of fresh air.

As a fairly new agent with a dozen sales under my belt I’ve needed a lot of support, guidance and patience. First Team hit a home run when they decided to put this high energy man in the management roll. Thank you to First Team, most of all thank you Jacob and thank you to your wife for accepting the long hours and dedication this job requires. Forever grateful, Jennine Daniels

Jennine Daniels

Let me tell you how Joseph helped our family sell and buy a beautiful home.

I purchased a home in San Bernardino in a rough neighborhood, when Joseph came to look at the property I seen in his eyes that he could sell the home, at that moment I knew that he was the man for the job. The professionalism that Joseph showed is above the rest, he's knowledge and the way he explains everything made the transition smoothly. But be advised have all you ducks in a roll, the partnership between you and your realtor have to be on point. Joseph's dedication for his job is out standing he did two showings and mine you, one day was on Valentine's, the drive Joseph had to sell my home payed off on the 3rd day I was in escrow after a 90 day escrow from my previous realtor. On the purchase of my house Joseph guided us with the knowledge & advice to make the right offer. F1rsteamreality is the realtors you want for you next purchase or sale. I want to thank the team for the professionalism you showed & quick response to any questions you should have. SINCERELY..... Garcia Family

Dominic c garcia

Jacob, you are an amazing coach, leader, teacher and a great adviser in all different aspects of the Real Estate world.

I am really appreciative of all your help and the knowledge you have shared with me. Thank you very much. Afsy Levy

Afsy Levy

I was referred by a friend that had sold his house using Gio Mejia.

He was so happy with the transaction and he could not stop raving about what a great job Gio had done in selling his home. I had not had an opportunity to buy a home in a while and was not very familiar with the market or what to  do first. Upon meeting Gio I was struck by how knowledgeable he was about Mission Viejo market and walked me through everything I needed to know in buying a home. He asked that I be pre-approved so we would know what we could qualify for which we did. The lender he referred us to was great. My wife wanted to see every home in the area and he was so patient, whether it was after work, Saturday or Sunday. We were able to see all of the homes we wanted and he never rushed us through, he always helped us by giving us the pros and cons of each home. We finally settled on a home that we wanted to buy but were short on cash to close, he suggested we make a below ask offer and have the seller pay our closing costs. The sellers countered but with his help we were able to get the sellers to pay our closing costs and still got home below asking price. Throughout the process he was extremely pro-active, getting the sellers to repair items, showing up for inspections, contacting our lender and escrow to make sure everything went smooth. At every point he went well above expectations. By the time move in day came (5 days before scheduled) thanks to his extra effort , my wife and I felt that not only had we found a wonderful Real Estate agent but a friend. He and his wife even showed up on the day we moved in to wish us well in our new home. I would recommend Gio to all my friends and anyone I know that if you need anything regarding real estate to contact Gio Mejia Don and Martha Reinartz Mission Viejo, Ca

Don and Martha Reinartz

Robert was very easy to work with - he was able to tell us which cities were better than others and within those cities, which neighborhoods would make the most sense.

He also knew what properties were worth and helped us negotiate when necessary. The seller’s realtor was not the easiest to work with and made the situation more stressful, but Robert assured us that we didn’t need to worry about her and he would make sure we got the house at the price we wanted and he was right!


Kathe Van Hoften is a delightful realtor to work with.

She truly takes time to understand your goals in buying a property and then works tirelessly to find exactly the right fit for you. I met three times with Kathe prior to moving to So Cal. Each time she showed me several properties which helped me understand what was available. More importantly, each visit enabled her to better understand my needs and goals. She was soon able to show me exactly the perfect property that fully met my needs. I immediately fell in love with the property and Kathe proceeded to negotiate with the sellers and, within 36 hours, the property was mine. I have worked with other realtors over the years and Kathe, by far, was the best to work with. My time was not wasted, she listened well and helped me get into the home of my dreams....who could ask for more?! Lastly, Kathe is a very kind person and pleasant to work with. I say this after working with some rather abrasive realtors in the past. Kathe's pleasant nature and professionalism is truly a breath of fresh air. :)

Frank T.

Awesome Team!

!! - 31 May 2018Can’t say enough about Lisa and Vedette. They are friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and comforting. They have helped me through 2 home purchases and sales over the past 15+ years. These big decisions in life can be very stressful, but Lisa and Vedette are excellent at easing the stress and taking the load off with their efficiency and knowledge. Love these ladies!!

Jenny Currie

Jacob Thank you for your different positive perspective In life.

Your energy always helps me along. Your guidance I respect and you make our office a fun, positive place to work.

Noreen Ambrose Lee

Kevin was awesome and took really good care of my family and I.

We had been looking for about 3 weeks for a place with no luck, after making contact with Kevin we had our dream place within 2 weeks.

Mark Landsford

If you are looking for professional agent, contact Janet and you won't have to worry about anything.

She will handle everything A to Z!!!

Shawn and Julie Moshrefi

Lucia is amazing!

I had a very limited amount of time to find a place and was working with another agent for a month with no results. A friend recommended Lucia to me and on our first night out looking, she found my family and I the perfect home! She is confident, competent and caring. I would not  hesitate recommending her to anyone.

Carol Augustinus

Janet and I worked hard together to sell my house in Aliso Viejo.

Janet had acheived the status as the "go to realtor" in the area. However, I considered the selling of my home as a business transaction, not a negotiation made solely on neighborly support. Consequently, I was tough and direct with Janet about my expectations and biases, PRIOR to contracting with her and her group. She won the business fair and square, and I'm very pleased with my decision to work with her.            Janet has the ability to work autonomously to sell a residence, but she prefers to work together with the seller  to obtain the best results. I represent the later type of seller, and consequently, we made a very good team.            Janet is brutally honest, and this is a trait that is lacking in the realty business. Much appreciated. Whoever you select to sell your home, FIRST check references and focus on the term 'honest and truthful'.  FInally, during the sale, I was in process of relocating to Boston, MA, and  I could trust Janet to always have my home in good order and max curb appeal.            It was a very hard thing to sell the home that I raised my kids in. Janet showed empathy for the transition, but kept our joint business objectives at the forefront of the process.            Thank you Janet. Hope to see you next time I visit my old homestead

Daniel Draper

Chris sold our Lk.

Forest home in 18 days. He helped me buy a new home in Rancho Santa Margarita. We were in a bidding war-4 of us. Chris was so knowledgable in all the negotiations. I feel extremely lucky that with Chris’ help I got the house


06/03/2015 Bought a home in 2015 in Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.

Lucia is the best! We had a limited amount of time to find a new home and she found us exactly what we wanted. We would highly recommend her. You won't find an agent who is more professional and responsive to all your needs.

Gordon & Carla Schumacher

" Ana is highly knowledgeable in all matters real estate related.

If she doesn't know the answer she finds it out and actually gets back to you immediately. We will not hesitate to call upon Ana again for a real estate transaction. Her professionalism and personality are just too perfect to even try to explain. "

Deciding to change your career is an intimidating prospect after spending 18 years in the same industry.

The fear, the nerves, the self doubt all contribute to sleepless nights, days of wondering what to do next and sometimes wishing you never would have made the change. This is what I was facing when I decided to join First Team Real Estate to become a full time realtor. Jacob Lawlor has been an integral part of softening that very large blow of career change for me. Jacob's personality is electrifying. This can be intimidating for some people as well, but he doesn't intimidate. He makes you feel like you can be electrifying too. But the personality is not the most impressive....it's the fact that at just 28 years old, he speaks to people and teaches them with the ease, comfort and knowledge of a seasoned veteran of coaching, sales, self motivation and self worth. There has never been a questions or a topic that Jacob could not tackle for me or the groups I have been in that have been led by him. He always has a great answer, solution, suggestion for whatever the issue is. This man has limitless possibilities in his future career and could certainly "phone it in" when helping me and dozens of other agents, but he doesn't. He treats us like we are his first priority in life, available at all hours of the day any time of the year. I cannot imagine what it could have been like starting this new career without Jacob as my manager, coach, mentor and friend.

Ed Herro

Jacob Lawlor, has been an outstanding educator and a charismatic trainer for the First Team Real Estate!

He always impresses, brings energy and wisdom to his training classes! He is well informed, well articulated and has a natural talent to mentor and lead new agents to success! I wish him a distinguished career in Real Estate, enjoy his family and to see him soon a manager in his new office!!

Nik Dourbeta

Kevin helped me lease my condo which could have been extremely stressful.

Instead Kevin made the whole process easy and stress-less. I have already referred Kevin to my parents to help them lease their properties as well.

Mary Myers

" I truely enjoyed working with Ana!

She was always so pleasent and positive! If I ever sell the house she sold me, I want Ana to handle the sale for me. She was wonderful!!  "

Jacob is one of the best I’ve ever worked with.

His knowledge of the business, genuine care for others, and undying enthusiasm for what he does, makes him the total package Real Estate professional!

Patti Horn

Lora did an excellent job helping us find a nice home rental.

She continues to help us, as needed.

Alan Gehami

"Dear Valerie, We are SO appraciative of all important, efficient, fast-acting, sincere, logical work you did for us in the purchase of our home in Lake Forest.

We love out new home!" 

Barbara and Art Moncrief

Kevin is a Professional, in his business dealings with clients and other realtors.

He extends courtesy and respect to all in his transactions making him a pleasure and ease to work with. I look forward to do more transactions with Kevin, I only wish more realtors had his professional approach in their business dealings. Mark Priegel Keller Williams Realty Mission Viejo

Mark Priegel

Try and keep up!

! Jacob is a pace setter dialed in for success sooner than later. Always motivated, lots of energy and generous with his Real Estate knowledge & experience. I can depend on Jacob as a great mentor, coach and business developer as he guides me through the Science and Art of Real Estate.

Raymond McTague

Kevin was responsive and on the spot.

He had great ideas and staged part of the house making it feel like a home. He was beyond patient with our high expectations for renters. Thanks to Kevin, he found the "Perfect" family for our home.

Nanette Myers

Valerie Bourg did a wonderful job for us on our recent house hunting trip to Orange County.

She was gracious, professional and worked tirelessly to find and show us properties that met our requirements. She was also very patient as we had many questions and specific interests. You will be very pleased if you chose to work with Valerie. We will if another opportunity arises. She is awesome.

Don and Ellen Beaumont

I was referred to Kathe by my property manager.

I lived out of state and wanted to find a realtor I trusted and felt respect towards. From the beginning, Kathe had a plan. We worked on meaningful upgrades and I let her price the property. I loved the final results and we had an overasking price within 24 hours. Kathe communicates only pertinent information as needed which I loved. And, her escrow team was excellent.  The process, for me, was easy and there were no surprises. I would absolutely recommend Kathe to my friends and family.

Stephanie W

Having worked with Kathe for years as her escrow officer, I can honestly say that she is not only an amazing, professional agent with attention to detail, but even more important, she truly cares about her clients.

Kathe goes above and beyond to make certain that every aspect of her transactions are followed through. Her goal is to make one of the most stressful times in a persons life almost seamless and stress free and she does so with flying colors! I would have no hesitation recommending her as an agent as I know she will go above and beyond to take care of her clients.

Laura M.

Amazing agent - 14 Jun 2018Lisa has been soo helpful with my purchase.

.. she is smart and persistent which is what you need in this tough markert .. I would definitely refer her to anyone!!Reply

Rebecca Serrano

Jerry is exceptionally professional and responsive.

He is very knowledgeable, passionate, and has the expertise to get the job done. Jerry takes the time to understand his client's' needs and a strong advocate for them. I strongly recommend Jerry for anyone looking to buy or sell in the Orange County market.

Review on Yelp from JLR

"I was looking for a investment property in OC,a good friend of mine introduced  me to Janet.

She is very professional and very helpful. She is not only help me find the right property but also help me to find the right tenant to move in within 20 days after close escrow. Every thing goes very smoothly. I strongly recommend her. "

Lucy Muzi

Jacob is an outstanding asset to our First Team office!

He is an excellent sounding board & always provides sound advise. He is a great resource for anything regarding technology and is consistently willing to go out of his way to assist.

Sheri Whitney

"Valerie made our home-buying experience easy.

She was always available to answer our questions, and made us feel at ease. The whole experience went quickly and we are so happy!

Alex Lamb

Janet is a true professional that exceeds all expectations.

She excels in her communication skills and follow thru on details. Her warm and genuine personality results in a pleasant and stress free experience. Highly recommend her. Janet is a Winner!

Barbara Kuenne

Made an extremely stressful process extremely easy and smooth.

Very efficient and kind. She was patient and informative, very knowledgable and took the time to explain everything for understanding. Will definitely use her again and recommend her to everyone. Thank you Ana!

Hiral Patel

Kathe more than met my expectations with staging, selling, and relocating to another property.

She helped us sale our existing property for a price that matched its value and helped find a perfect home that met our needs. It was a pleasure to work with Kathe and I would recommend her to anyone.

Ginger S.

Chrissie Meads is an absolute Rockstar!

We engaged Chrissie at the end of 2020 to sell our condo and find us a new home. While working with her, she displayed professionalism, honesty, integrity, and one of the best work ethics I've ever witnessed. She took extreme ownership the entire time. She guided and helped us throughout the entire process and we felt like we were her only client the entire time. She was completely dedicated to us. She found a buyer for our condo very quickly at above asking price, and found us our dream home. Chrissie's morals, character, and personality make her not only an amazing real estate agent, but one of the most amazing people we have ever worked with. Our family is forever grateful for her.


Lora has always been a pleasure to work with.

She is extremely knowledgable and responsive and is always willing to provide guidance and details when requested. I would definitely recommend her to others!

kristin roher

Marissa and I are very pleased and over beyond satisfied for the amount of work she put in for helping us find our first home!

We were both worried since it was our first time looking and she was extremely patient with us and that was something that we both valued during our search for the right place. Not only that, she took the time to pick at our minds to advance her search for us accurately and made sure everything was a smooth process in the end. She even helped closed escrow in less than 30 days! Thanks Lisa and we definitely look forward to working with you again! - the Euperio Family

Derric Euperio

I joined First Team not because they are the #1 in Southern CA, but also for the chance to work with a rising star like Jacob.

I am extremely grateful to Jacob for helping me to see my true potential and for how cool he is when I have questions as a new agent. Thank you Jacob Lawlor for your dedication to helping me to achieve my dream.

Joseph Paul Zapata

Valerie was super helpful, kind, and caring.

She succeeded in helping us find the perfect home for our family!! We couldn’t have asked for a better realtor (and now friend!) to help us on this journey of selling and buying a house! Thank you so much Valerie! 

Sarah Thompson

Lucia Honda was instrumental to our family during our relocation from South Florida to Southern California.

Not only did she diligently help find a new and the right home for us, she stayed involved during each step in the process and provided detailed relocation information such as school  registration, utility set-up, and contact information for child activities. She even helped us with getting rid of our old boxes. Her professionalism, honesty and knowledge about the community are impeccable. I highly recommend Lucia Honda as a relator and will work with her again!

Lori Raygoza

Wonderful team (Lisa & Vedette) - 15 Jun 2018These ladies made this process virtually stress free.

Both responded quickly to any questions we had and kept things lighthearted and fun. I would highly recommend them to anyone that wants a real estate advocate that isn't a pushy salesperson 

Donlyn Young

Lisa is great!

She’s very knowledgeable and professional. She knows the business and took us step by step through the whole process. We would definitely work with Lisa again.

Jackson Family Trust

Katie is not only organized, articulate, and knowledgeable, but also a truly nice person.

She was extremely helpful in acquainting me with the ins and outs of Laguna Woods, helping me negotiate the mounds of paperwork involved in not only the purchase of my home, but also in negotiating the best price. I consider her the best of the best!

Susan Rose

Jacob is a wealth of knowledge and sincerely cares about helping others.

I'm back in the business after 25 years in another career and his coaching, training and enthusiasm are helping me lay a foundation to be a success in this business. I truly appreciate his guidance and would highly recommend being a part of his team.

Jerry Mladenik

Joseph is a very professional real estate agent.

He was very knowledgeable of the market and guided me through the process of locating the type of real estate I needed and the many options available. He was an excellent listener and provided listings that met my needs, even when the criteria I gave him changed numerous times.

Lillian Katzenmeyer

Kevin went above and beyond to help our family find a rental home.

He was very professional and helpful and really listened to what our family needed. I can't say enough good things about him. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an honest responsive realtor.   Monica Beltran

Monica Beltran

Jacob is a rock star.

His energy and enthusiasm is infectious. He is supportive and always quick to respond to an email request or to pick up the phone. I know I can count on Jacob and I appreciate the time and wisdom that he generously gives to all of his agents.

Nona Grayson

Giovanni is very professional and helped my family from the beginning all the way to the end.

When searching for a home in the Riverside County area, he was very patient and helped us view all types of homes even when it was on the spot. When we finally found our home (which had several offers  coming in), he immediately helped us fight for the house until the very end without giving up. Many agents we had in the past would ALWAYS tell us to give up on homes like these and find something else. We really appreciate his hard work and determination! We definitely recommend him to anyone!

Henry Tran

Lucia was hands down the best part of our home buying experience.

She is personable and caring, and won't let her clients settle on a home they won't love. My husband and I were first time home buyers and we really had no idea what relators did other than negotiate the purchase of the home; Lucia  did so much for us, she was there to work with the seller, our lender, the inspect, the housing association, the termite guy, you name it. Lucia was proactive about taking care of all of the little details that can become so stressful during the home buying process. She listens well to what you want, is available and easy communicate with. I felt like she was always in our corner and was determined to make sure that we had a good experience and were happy in our home. When it comes time to sell our home and buy again, hopefully a long time from now, we will for sure work with Lucia. We could not recommend her any more!

Heather Battenburg-Carter

Andrea knows the real estate market.

She works very hard, very quickly, and very efficiently, but stays calm and patient at the same time. Andrea has so many connections and is always there for you, when and where you need her. She goes well above and beyond of her duties as just a real estate agent. I have known her for more than 6 years, and have done several businesses with her. She is honest and direct. She understands that marketing is more than just a low price. I would recommend her to anyone needs professional assistance in real estate.

North Star Estates LLC

Highly Recommend Lisa!

! - 01 Jun 2018I hired Lisa to sell my property. She is very professional, knowledgeable, friendly and her 25+ years of experience sure came in handy with my transaction. She always communicated and put forth the best options that were best "for me." She provided great insight and I would definitely use her for my next property. You cant go wrong with what she brings to the table..

Ryan Hart

He makes himself easy to reach.

Always reply back with an answer or information in short time. He is genuinely interested in helping team members. It is always pleasure working with him.

Lydia Lee

Giovanni is a trustworthy, honest, reliable and knowledgeable real estate Professional.

I first met Giovanni in April of 2017 when I was looking for a retirement home, having just moved down to So. Cal. from Northern Ca. Giovanni met me at the first home we were to look at. I had a good feeling  about him right from the start. Giovanni is completely professional and knowledgeable about the properties he shows. He is also very respectful and conscientious. He does not pressure his sales. I really enjoyed how Giovanni took all the time I needed to answer my questions, drive me about each day we looked at properties, and to be completely honest about his thoughts and opinions. Giovanni researched properties that would meet my needs. He sold my husband I our home after about 2 months of looking. We are very happy about our choice and really are grateful to have worked with Giovanni. He then sold our condominium for us, for top dollar, mindful of the market status. He held several open houses, and was aggressive about putting our condo on all of the internet real estate sites. We sold within 2 weeks. I enjoy Giovanni's kindness and thoughtful attitude. He was always respectful of our timing and our needs. I highly recommend Giovanni as your real estate professional.

Sue Lawson

My partner and I decided to go to an open house for a home in Aliso Viejo and that is where we met Janet (she was the seller's agent).

We weren't looking very hard for a home but fell in love immediately with the one she was selling. We appreciated Janet's calm and composed demeanor, which allowed us to feel comfortable to visit the house many times in one weekend. :) When we decided to put an offer in, we knew wanted Janet to represent us in the process and never regretted the decision. When we started escrow, she was professional and was able to separate the needs of the seller and buyer with grace. Janet answered all of our questions and assured us at every step as first-time home buyers. Escrow went smoothly, in large part in Janet's ability to keep all parties involved in check and even ensured we closed early (!!), despite dealing with escrow over the holidays. Janet is one of those agents who has the experience, professionalism, and demeanor that is needed in this type of market and anyone who has her to represent them as a buyer or a seller is incredibly lucky. If we didn't have Janet, there is no way we would be in our home right now.

Erica Hennon

Valerie is the best real estate agent and does a lot of research on the community and surrounding neighborhood.

She is very knowledgeable and has wonderful values and customer service. She was patient with me when I was looking at homes and I never felt pushed or rushed to buy a home. Valerie will  go above and beyond to find you the perfect home and I will use her to sell the house when the time comes! In a nut shell, she is professional, knowledgeable, genuine, friendly and a hard worker! She is amazing!

Renee Mai

Valerie proved time and time again with us that her primary focus was ensuring we not only found the right home, but that our best interests were always protected in every way throughout the entire offer, inspection and escrow process.

She really let us take our time to look at properties, schedule appointments, change our minds, and ensure we felt 100% about our decision. I would highly recommend Valerie to anyone looking to buy or sell their home.


Heartfelt thanks to Valerie for seeing through the sale of our condo in these difficult times.

Not only was she able to secure the best possible deal for us, but she led the process confidently from beginning till end, provided thoughtful advice and did a lot of hand holding and pacifying frayed  nerves. Needless to say, coronovirus situation made the process really challenging and it added much anxiety, yet Valerie navigated it expertly and she delivered on all of her promises and we are very grateful to her for seeing this through. Kudos on a great job.

Ilia Moldavski

Hello Kathe,  I wanted to send you an email letting you know what a great job you did for us on our recent purchase.

If it was not for you going the extra mile and passing out flyers in our neighborhood, I am certain we would not have bought that house. It is truly our dream house and we are so excited to start our lives and raise a family there. I have purchased 3 homes now, and this by far was the best buying experience I have had. You truly are a realtor with a heart. I will be sure to recommend you to my friends and family. Thank you again so much, you are the best!!!

Steve C.

I felt an immediate connection with Christie, she was warm and communicative from the first moment we met.

The entire process of working with Christie was an absolute pleasure.

Linda Black

Outstanding service.

Jesse J Church IV

Kevin Smith is AMAZING.

We were looking for a rental home and had no clue where to start. We found Kevin and First Team and never looked back. If you’re looking for a home for rent or to purchase you HAVE to contact him.We learned that homes in South County go extremely fast, Kevin was equally as fast getting new listings to us. We found the perfect home for our family and Kevin handled all the details and small print. He has even been in contact multiple times since the move-in.I can’t thank him enough for his time, effort, and overall commitment to finding us the perfect family home. I will forever tell anyone looking to rent or buy a home in Orange County about Kevin and how his services were beyond 5 stars.  Dustin Ihle

Dustin Ihle

I found Kathe through Yelp after reading some of her amazing reviews.

She far exceeded our expectations. We met with several other realtors before hiring Kathe. They all estimated our house at a low value hoping for a quick sale (and commission of course). Upon our initial visit she came well prepared and told us what she thought our home was worth.  It was right on target with our own research.  She gave us some "to-do" items and offered light staging.  All her ideas were amazing and DEFINITELY helped our home sell.  She mentioned at our first visit that she may even have a potential buyer for our home!  The day our house was ready for MLS photos she had those potential buyers come over and take a look.  They made an offer that day at almost full ask! We never even had to hold an open house. AMAZING. Our home closed approx 30 days later and she even helped us find a rental while we looked for our next home to purchase. We are happy as clams in our rental and even made MORE than we expected from our house sale. Kathe's slogan is "a realtor with a heart", she  certainly is - plus so much more!

Jill C.

Janet is the best!

She’s professional, accessible and understands the current market. Being first time home sellers, she guided us through the process, answered our many questions and made us feel at ease. It was impressive to us that she was able to sell our home during the pandemic. We felt safe knowing she followed the current realtor protocols. We strongly recommend Janet to be your real estate agent.

Audrey and Steve Davidson

It was a pleasure working with Kevin and he would certainly be the first person I reach out to next time I need to find a place to rent or buy.

He was always persistent in following up on our applications with the landlord or the other agent and always had some alternatives ready if one didn't work out. I would certainly recommend Kevin.

Mike Hernandez

Simply put, Nona is an All-Star!

Sam Sheldon

Janet is very professional and keeps communication moving along, always keeping us in the loop.

Always taking time for our many questions and explaining the process . She’s the best in our book

Edgar and Nancie Sanchez

Highly likely to reccomend.

Lucia helped me rent a home in Irvine, CA. She is a very dependable, efficient and knowledgeable agent. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her and would gladly do it again. If you are looking for a new home, Lucia, is the agent to contact.

Jeremarie Force

Lora Rosenfeld is absolutely a knowledgeable sincere real estate professional.

samir alashqar

Valerie did a phenomenal job with our home buying experience.

She was prompt in her responses, creative in solutions and trouble-shooting, and endlessly patient with our decision-making process. As first-time homebuyers, she laid out the process very clearly and we felt supported the whole way  through. THANK YOU SO MUCH VALERIE !!!

MaryAnn Ornelas

Lisa provided me with a competitive edge by personally presenting my offer - I got the house I really wanted and saved money.

  Sharon Steffes - Mission Viejo

I interviewed Kathe and another agent.

Kathe just completely stole the show. She presented herself with a level of enthusiasm and commitment that just blew the competition away. She loves what she does and it shows. She priced our house perfectly and we received a full-price offer in the first 6 days it was on the market! She checked in with us each week to provide updates and let us know what the next steps would be. Never did we have to wonder what was going on or what to do, she was always on top of things  She hires a professional photographer to do the marketing pictures. She is very good at finding the right things to move around and feature to really help our home stand out as a model home and draw in buyers. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is in need of an agent She is the whole package!

Angie S.

 I loved working with Valerie and will keep her number on speed dial for any future real estate transaction.

She made my first deal very simple, and she didn't treat as just business, as I have experienced with other agents she adds a very human approach. I know that if I ask a question I will get a no-nonsense answer that will be in my best interest. This type of personal and real relationship is why I will continue to work with Valerie in the future.

Ugo Mbelu

Jacob's mentoring and guidance helped me to open escrow as a buyer's agent just 6 weeks after obtaining my license!

He was there every single step and obstacle along the way and answered every question I had. His genuine care and attention toward the agents in our office is the reason why new agents in particular are so successful. I may be new, but I know I'm already ahead of the competition and I have yet to be asked "how long have you been doing this". What he teaches WORKS and I am thrilled with the results I have already gotten just weeks in to the business. He doesn't claim that this business is easy by any means and tells us that it takes hard work and consistency; but if you apply what he teaches, you get transactions! Anyone who is lucky enough to have him as a mentor or coach has a huge advantage. First Team agents are extremely fortunate to have him and the company is so successful due to managers like him. Thank you Jacob!!!


5 stars plus She’s amazing- she is honest, dependable, compassionate and goes above and beyond- she is a very dedicated and hard worker- she presents your home in the best way possible.

If you want to buy or sell your home she is the one! Believe me I’ve interviewed many Agents and she is just simply “the best”!.

Irma Kopstein

I cannot say enough good things about Janet.

She worked tremendously hard to find my son and I our new home and she made the process so easy. She was extremely patient and diligent finding something in my price range and desired area and was in constant communication throughout the entire process. She is truly and expert in her field and knew how to sweeten the deal in the crazy market and was able to get our offer accepted on a home that was very desirable. I cannot thank Janet enough for helping my son and I find the perfect home!

Matt Yparrea

Valerie was amazing!

She helped us through the process of finding our perfect home and was extremely effective, efficient and knowledgeable! Best realtor ever!!!

DeeAnn Crouch

Lindsay is a fantastic realtor!

She is very knowledgeable, friendly and thorough in all she does. In what many would consider a stressful time, my husband and I had a very pleasant experience purchasing our first home thanks to Lindsay and her excellent communication. We couldn’t be happier in our  new home and have found our lifelong realtor! Thank you Lindsay!

Paige Schmidt

10/26/2012 Kevin is the best agent that we ever have, we like his signing method of using Docusign which made the whole process easy, fast and user friendly.

 Kevin is very attended, he marketed our property in many media, ie. multiple listing, newspaper, Craig listing, & open houses, etc.  His materials are very professional, very organized, I can see that why he is so successful in selling/buying properties. We like his speedy responses to questions and kept us in the loop to aware what is going on between different parties. Thanks Kevin and we recommend Kevin to everyone that plans to sell or buy property.

What a great and wonderful experience me and my wife had looking for homes last year with our Realtor Kevin Smith.

It was my first time ever buying a home and Kevin made me and my wife feel very comfortable and not worried @all about the process. We had no surprises and did everything that was asked of us by Cross Country Mortgage Co. I want to thank First Team and everyone involved for making our dream come true of buying a new home in Oceanside Ca. Pacific Ridge Brisas. A beautiful home community and a lovely area.  Paul Marsden

Paul Marsden

Janet was a wonderful agent and helped us get our first home!

She was never pushy with us, provided us candid feedback and helped us throughout the home purchasing/loan/deed recording process. She made sure she was available for us and helped draft and send our offers in a very timely manner. Due to her hard work, we were able to get our home and close in a timely manner. We would definitely recommend Janet and reach out to her for our next home!

Monica Kholi

"Janet helped me find my perfect home in Southern California!

  I recommend Janet to anyone looking for a new home in Southern California and Orange County.  She knows the area very well, is a terrific communicator when finding her clients the property their looking for, and is always just a phone call or text away with all the answers.  Janet helped a new Californian resident like me through the all aspects of the home buying process and ALWAYS made me feel like her number one priority.  Definitely call Janet for your next property purchase!"

Steve Perry

Our experience working with Lucia was the best we have ever had in all our years of real estate transactions.

For the first time ever we knew that Lucia had OUR best interest in mind and was willing to do what it took to meet our needs, not hers. Lucia is extremely knowledgeable about the area,  was willing and able to negotiate for her client and was there every step of the way. Thank you again Lucia for helping make our dreams a reality!

M Weber

"Janet was wonderful in helping me find my first home in Aliso Viejo.

  She was very diligent finding properties within my price range and preferred parameters.  During escrow she was excellent in answering questions and walking me through the highly-detailed process. "

Jonathan Reagan

Always a pleasure working with Lisa - She is professional, personable, and extremely knowledgeable.

Lisa will close your transactions smoothly and seamlessly!

Eric Brattebo

Valerie is an awesome agent!

  When I had questions, she answered them very quickly and is a great agent to work with. I highly recommend her to others to list their home with her or buy their new home wit her assistance. 

Helen and Tim Nguyen

What an uplifting experience during very crazy times!

No face to face....very little telephone! Amazing use of technology to expedite the seemingly endless paper process! Her support staff are available and excellent (helping me through the use of the technology); her choice of escrow company was perfect. Mayumi was patient, efficient and offered excellent advice (based on lots of experience) as situations arose. She worked extremely well with my handyman and even acted on her own volition and expense to supply necessary parts for garage opener to facilitate the deadlines for repairs. I strongly recommend Mayumi Lee and First Team Real Estate .

Carmen Bostic

Kevin is wonderful.

During a chaotic 18 month period I moved twice. Kevin represented me in both transactions. Kevin was always responsive, organized and proactive. I had a very restrictive search criteria list which complicated the searches but Kevin was always swift to find several workable options. His superior abilities stood out the most to me when dealing with other agents during some of our negotiations - his work ethic and professionalism really is far above the rest of the industry. In Kevin I truly have found a real estate partner for years to come.

Emin Kayiran

Valerie represented me when selling my house.

I was pretty busy and didn't have time to stay on top of getting some items fixed, sorting through all the documents, etc. Valerie did most of the work for me. She found a contractor to help fix the problems, stayed on top of the work, and dealt with the buyer's agent and other 3rd parties to help the transition go smoothly. She saved me a lot of time. She also wasn't driven to sell the house as fast as possible, which I've experienced before. She made sure I was aware of various offers that came in and followed up with each before we made a decision. She helped resolve issues as they came up. I get that this is what you'd expect for an agent, but not all of them do this and do it professionally. Valerie does.

Robert Weber

Jacob Lawlor is superior in his class and management style.

He is attentive and communicative to everyone which makes for serious results in working with agents at a one on one basis or class and group environment. He is extremely knowledgeable with technology, contracts and the overall sales flow system. I believe too, that Jacob has a passion to help Real Estate Agents succeed!

Philip DeMatteo

From start to finish, Valerie provided outstanding service and expertise when selling my condo.

She is very responsive, professional, and maintains a positive, friendly demeanor with every communication. She's knowledgeable and helpful in every aspect. I would HIGHLY recommend Valerie for your real  estate needs.

Stephanie McGraw

My husband and I met Nona a few years ago.

We were waiting for the right property to come on the market and really wanted to stay close so our daughter didn't have to change schools. Nona was so patient with us during this time. We finally found the perfect home that was in the community we were renting and we just fell in love with it right away. She spent so much time making sure this property was going to be ours. She made sure we got the best interest rate, even though we switched in escrow for that low rate, we still made every deadline during the escrow process. She fought for us and supported us every step of the way. We were stunned when we learned she gives 20% of her commission to military/veteran families, and we were so grateful she did because we ended up having no closing costs because of it. She will hands down be our real estate agent again in the future if we decide to sell and buy another house. We absolutely recommend her! Thank you Nona for EVERYTHING...to include your prayers, your beautiful roses from your garden, and always having our best interests at heart. =)

Beth Torrianni

My husband and I have seen many of Kathe's sign around town in the past several years and had a chance to talk with her during one of the Open Houses in our neighborhood.

We loved her warm, friendly attitude. When we were ready to purchase a home this past month, we knew we wanted to ask Kathe to help us. It was the most pleasant experience we could ever ask for. Kathe was very knowledgeable. She was helpful every step of the way and even helped us coordinate our rental lease with the purchase of our home. Within 1.5 weeks, we were in escrow for the purchase of our home. We are so happy we called Kathe. If you want a realtor you can trust and rely on, Kathe is your person.


Kathe surpassed all our expectations in a realtor.

She went above and beyond in every way and made our home buying experience as smooth as possible. We were not in a hurry to buy a home and could take our time waiting for the right house to come along and she was very patient with us. She listened to what we wanted, she was there for us whenever we needed her or wanted to look at a property, and she has a great team of people around her to help the process move along efficiently.She went out of her way to make sure we were happy and she fought for us when we found the perfect home, following up with the seller's realtor and staying in communication with them. During the disclosure phase when one of our offers was accepted on a home, the seller's realtor was rude and outright lied about her seller's home regarding structural issues, yet Kathe remained poised and firm, handling the situation with dignity and respect.We were searching for a home in one of the most competitive home buying markets, and even when our offers were way above the asking price, we were often outbid, and sometimes our offer was not even considered. On many occasions there were up to 12 other offers on the same home within a day or two of being listed. At times, it was incredibly discouraging but Kathe was our cheerleader and stayed positive, encouraging us, and reminding us there are many perfect homes for every buyer. She was right! Each time we found a home we loved and our offer was not accepted, an even better one would come along, until we ultimately ended up with a home that was exactly what we wanted in the exact area we were hoping for. We couldn't be happier!We are completely satisfied and thoroughly impressed with Kathe and will recommend her to everyone we know. It's hard to imagine that in such a competitive market, Kathe and her team could make one of the most difficult, stressful, arduous, time consuming, sometimes painful life experiences not just workable, but pleasurable.If you want a realtor who truly cares about you and someone you can trust and respect, Kathe Van Hoften is the one. She is absolutely amazing and we're SO grateful we found her!

Alicia and John

The entire process was smooth and stress free!

From the first steps with Lorena, to our agent Sofia, and even thru escrow with Samy! Great team!

Saul and Suzanne Fuentes

Jacob, Just a quick note to let you know how much you have helped me grow my business.

You are always there to answer questions and give me encouragement and motivation. Your tech know how is second to none. It really helps to know I can count on you anytime of any day...or night. Thanks again, just thought I would take a moment to express my gratitude. Terrie Whittaker

Terrie Whittaker

Janet was my agent when I purchased my Condo.

I was not going to use anyone else but her to sell it. She is a professional in every since of the word. Purchasing or selling a home can be a very stressful process. Janet was always there to guide me through each area of the pr8. I am moving out of state and I will truly miss her in purchasing the new home. She has become a dear friend. I highly recommend her as your realtor.

Gerry Cade

I am so thankful for Justin and Chrissie Meads helping my family sell our home in such a quick time!

We sold our home in 1 month all thanks to the amazing Meads Team! Justin and Chrissie are knowledgeable, professional, sharp, great attention to detail, and are friendly and easy to talk to. They go above and beyond and answer my messages promptly and are on top of it, always checking in with us. They are patient, they understand the complexity of the decisions that have to be made and they help guide you through holding your hand all the way. We have worked with other realtors before and have never felt the level of comfort and trust with others as we do with the Meads Team. I highly recommend the Meads Team and their services! I am so grateful for all they have done in helping us sell our home!

Sam and Jennifer Green

Robert was always available, patient, and helpful in my quest to find a new home.

It took months to sell my house in the mountains by Yosemite. Robert never gave up on me and continued to keep me up to date on the housing market in Aliso Viejo. His knowledge of the area and his consideration of my needs were instrumental in finding the perfect match. When we found the condo I wanted to buy, he went over and above (working with me while on a family vacation) to insure the purchase went smoothly. I would highly recommend Robert to anyone that wants to find the right home for their wants and needs.

Carol Madding

Lisa demonstrated the type extraordinary customer focus and commitment that is rare in any industry.

..This would not have been possible without Lisa Russo...I thank her for all she has done for us!!  Mike & Jan Elsperman - Mission Viejo

As a first time home buyer in Orange, I have been blessed to have Lindsay as my realtor.

Lindsay was phenomenal and has gone up and beyond in making this a non stressful, exciting, and successful journey. She really listens to her clients, easy to connect with, always present before appointment  times, and always looks out for the best for her cilents. Lindsay is very passionate in her work and takes the time to make sure you understand the whole process. She is very professional, dependable, and very knowledgeable. Always with a huge smile and an ambitious spirit, I highly recommend Lindsay Ansel. She is the absolute best.

Lidia Mercado

Katie is not only professional, competent, and responsive, but a real bulldog when it comes to negotiating price.

I would recommend her in a heartbeat

Susan B Rose

Lindsay is a great realtor, she was always available to answer any questions we had making sure our purchase was a smooth transition.

.Overall great 😊

Lupe Gomez & Cesar Mares

Diane is fantastic!

Diane is personable and knowledgeable !! Thanks Diane

Laura Kristine Snider

Nona provided my friends and I such an exceptional service.

She was more than helpful with the entire process of application. She always responded quickly and always made certain that our questions were answered clearly. After my friends and I were selected to be the tenants for a property, she made certain that we were aware of the required documents upon move-in. She was helpful and informative in regards to the renter's insurance. She provided me with the correct information in the first place; therefore, the process of requesting the insurance from the carrier of my choosing went very smoothly.

Freddy Jenny Rodriguez & David Mayo Kathleen Sapi

I loved that Lucia uses different ways of communication with clients (phone, emails, texts, and more).

She answered all my questions during the process. I felt very comfortable knowing that I could count and trust on her.

Melina Alfaro

Awesome Team!

!! - 31 May 2018Can’t say enough about Lisa and Vedette. They are friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and comforting. They have helped me through 2 home purchases and sales over the past 15+ years. These big decisions in life can be very stressful, but Lisa and Vedette are excellent at easing the stress and taking the load off with their efficiency and knowledge. Love these ladies!!

Jenny Currie

Janet Thompson goes above and beyond in everything she does.

I have learned that buying and selling a home at the same time is not an easy task. Janet got us through every obstacle, with ease, and a positive spirit. I fully recommend Janet Thompson for all your real estate needs! I just want to say again Thank you Janet!!!

Penny Brock

The Realtor, Loan Processor, Loan Consultant are extremly helpful all the way and ready to answer and explain any question I had.

Mark and Dionardo Fauni

Janet is amazing and listens to your needs.

I have sold and bought a few homes in other areas but Janet was the best. So, If you want the best and are looking to buy or sell a house then choose Janet.

Sean and Sally Walsh

I met with Valerie a few times to discuss real estate options in the mid Orange County area.

We had interest in possible rental properties, and a somewhat general interest in properties.She learned of our interest in the canyon areas, and notified us of a new listing that was a bit out of our  price range. With the shutdown and craziness that was happening, and the repairs needed on this house, the price eventually came down into something we could handle. She worked with my loan agent and the selling agent, helping handle problems caused by a short-term furlough, and eventually, we closed on the house.Real estate is full of various personalities, not all of them professional or on top of their game, but Valerie was always on top of things and handled crisis calmly. I recommend her.

Robert Weber

Valerie sold our home in Foothill Ranch recently and I wanted to share our experience.

This was tough for my wife and I because we’ve lived in this home for nearly twenty years. Valerie understood this, and made the experience pain free. Her years of experience guided us through what should have been an emotional roller coaster, and steered us through several offers and negotiations masterfully. Her daily contacts with my wife helped her deal with the process like a pro so she and I will forever be indebted to her for that. I would highly recommend her to anyone considering an agent in Orange County.

Curtis Canales

Could not recommend Giovanni higher!

! He is a true professional and does an excellent job for his clients. Thank you Giovani!!

Robert/Ashley Gonzales

Jacob's knowledge is only surpassed by his passion for Real Estate and helping others.

Lucky to work with him!

Gabriel Vargas


Lisa is AWESOME - 07 Jun 2018 Lisa was by my side every step of the way in my first ever home purchase. I found out that buying a house is a huge undertaking and pretty overwhelming the first time you go through it. I'm so thankful I found Lisa!

Morgan Stuart

We had a great experience with Lucia.

She helped us with the process in buying a house. We had been looking for several months, and after meeting with her the first time, she listened and truly cared to find us our home. She searched continuously for houses, and was always available to meet with us  to show us homes. She answered all our questions/concerns in a timely manner. She is reliable, professional, and knowledgeable. My husband and I highly recommend Lucia as your realtor.

Angela De Santiago Kunth

We used Janet 5 years ago to buy our condo and now, we are moving again.

Of course we would use Janet!!! As a buying agent she had patience and understanding and also the insight to know what we wanted. It was a fabulous and trouble free buying  experience for us.As a selling agent, Janet did so much for us. Open houses, negotiations, great online ads. More importantly, she kept us calm  in a time when we were straddling two escrows. She even gave us advice and insight on our property that we were buying!Her motto: "A house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul"She lives by it. She has sheltered and comforted us in all our transactions.

Anthony Concors

Valerie had the unique situation of dual agency in the home I purchased in July 2020.

She represented the seller and buyer (me) and facilitated the transaction without any major issues. Her positive attitude was an asset in all dealings.

Alan Pyenson

Great Agent!

 - 30 May 2018What I appreciate most about Lisa is that she understood my personality, how I operate and what stresses me out and she was able to "handle" me the right way - NEVER in a disrespectful way and always understanding, even when I did not make it easy for her. I would definitely use Lisa (and her partner Vedette) again in the future.Tatjana TroutSeller

Tatjana Trout

The Wilsons reviewed Janet Howland 07/03/2015 Helped me buy a home We used Janet to sell our existing home and buy our new home.

In a very competitive market, Janet was able to get us into houses to view before other buyers, which is the reason we were able to buy the house we wanted even though there were 7 offers made. Janet also brought buyers to our home a day after it hit the MLS and we had two offers that night. Janet was responsive, educated us throughout the process, and offered face to face time for all the signings and paperwork. I really appreciated her vendor recommendations, her helpful tips and patience as we moved through a face paced and competitive process.

Steve and Ann Wilson

I highly recommend Valerie Bourg if you are looking to buy or sell your home.

She was so very knowledgeable, extremely personable, and made selling our home a pleasurable experience. Valerie worked hard to get us the best price possible for both the sale of our home and the purchase of our new one. Excellent realtor!

Paul Crouch

Kevin is always fantastic to work with.

Kevin has completed several real estate transactions with me and I look forward to many more. He is professional, organized and responsive.

Emin Ferit Kayiran

Jacob always steps up to help with any questions that I may have.

His experience is greatly appreciated!!

Laurie Shinozaki

Giovanni is an exceptional real estate agent, who not only excels in his expertise at market knowledge and negotiations, but in his ability to work with clients to achieve an overall excellent experience.

I have worked with Giovanni in a few real estate transactions, and he has always been there, putting all of his time and effort into the transaction with a client first attitude, and had put us at ease with the whole process. I highly recommend Giovanni!!

Jimmy/Victoria Burke

We have been working with a realtor in our area for several years, but when my mother-in-law wanted to sell her home in Mission Viejo, she really wanted to go with a local realtor that knew the area and Kathe did a wonderful job!

She was pleasant, knowledgeable, professional and reliable from beginning to end. She even gave us some tips on how to best stage the house and added a few of her own items to ensure that the house looked it's best! We had five offers within the first week and ended up selling well over asking price, so Kathe certainly delivered! Thanks again for all your efforts, Kathe!

Britta W

Professional, knowledgeable, and natural-leader are just a few words that describe Jacob.

He understands what it takes to be successful and is able to inspire others to see their potential. What makes him stand out is his ability to coach and provide proven tactics to realize their vision. As a manager, he handles tough situations will calm resolve and finds intelligent solutions. I have been fortunate to have worked with leaders from the most respected companies in the world and Jacob embodies the same characteristics that made those individuals successful. He is asset to First Team and the real estate community.

Chuck White

Chrissie Meads is an absolute Rockstar!

We engaged Chrissie at the end of 2020 to sell our condo and find us a new home. While working with her, she displayed professionalism, honesty, integrity, and one of the best work ethics I've ever witnessed. She took extreme ownership the entire time. She guided and helped us throughout the entire process and we felt like we were her only client the entire time. She was completely dedicated to us. She found a buyer for our condo very quickly at above asking price, and found us our dream home. Chrissie's morals, character, and personality make her not only an amazing real estate agent, but one of the most amazing people we have ever worked with. Our family is forever grateful for her.


Lora Rosenfeld-Steindler is an excellent real estate agent!

She is very professional, experienced and knowledgeable, and always responsive and delivers results. We are very happy we've chosen to buy and sell our OC house with her. -Keren & Sharon Shalom

Keren Shushan

My experience with Nona could not have been better!

She was there every step of the way of our sale, and her communication and follow up were excellent. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy or sell, she is very professional and will have your best interests at heart. She was fantastic and I would use her again in a heartbeat!

Dave Boyle

I was so lucky to work with Kevin!

He went above and beyond as an agent. I highly recommend him, and hopefully, I will work with him again in the future.  Fae

Fae B

"Kathe was very knowledgeable about the current real estate market.

  We were so pleased with how quickly Kathe sold our home- and we received multiple offers!   I would recommend Kathe to anyone looking for a professional, hard-working, honest Realtor who really does what she says!" -Amy & Greg

Lena3belle reviewed Janet Howland 09/27/2015 Helped me sell a home Janet was so very helpful to my husband and I in selling our home.

We were first-time home sellers after living in our home for 25 years. She guided us through every step of the process. Janet also was quick to respond to questions and issues such as inspection reports. She sold our home in FIVE DAYS, and was a great guide though the 30 day escrow. We cannot say enough good things about her. Many, many thanks to you Janet.

Lena Campbell

Robert was extremely professional and patient with our "must haves".

He respected the maximum price that we provided him. He took the time to show us multiple possibilities as they became available. When the listing came up which we ultimately closed on, he was able to swiftly book a showing and start working with the sellers agent. We could not have been happier either with all the effort he took to get us into our house or the result. We highly recommend.

Shawn and Aurora Silvestri

Lucia was our realtor when we sold our home in Aliso Viejo.

She was AMAZING. Our home sold at full asking price in just over 30 days. She is incredibly knowledgable regarding market values, staging, and successful showings. I would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone. There is no one better!

Dawn & Kyle Kane

Janet Thompson is who you want to sell your home.

She is very professional, patient and explained in detail the answers to all of my questions, and trust me, I had a lot of them. She was present at all of my house showings and was able to answer the questions of the potential buyers. Janet made this process turn-key for me and was able to get me $60K OVER my asking price. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND JANET!! YOU WILL BE SO GLAD THAT YOU DID.

Barbara Regan

Patty was fantastic !

She knew the area and quickly found properties I was interested in. She was available for questions and responded quickly. Pattys overall knowledge of the market and various areas was impressive. She was extremely helpful throughout the purchase process, making it all go very smoothly. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell in Orange County. I couldn’t ask for a friendlier, more helpful agent who truly cared about me and my home purchase!

Brenda Fuog

Robert is a true professional.

He was on top of everything to do with my transaction. He dealt with everyone else involved so I could deal with other business I'm dealing with. I was always kept informed with each action. I would recommend Robert for any real estate transaction that you have. A true 5 star. Thanks!

Martin Kouma

"Kathe was amazing.

She really went above and beyond helping us get our place ready to sell, had amazing insight as to what needed to be done, and even went as far as to bring her OWN personal furniture into our house to help stage the place. Amazing.  Thanks for everything Kathe!  We will be calling you soon to help us find our next place!" -Frank & Cathy

Nona Grayson, Realtor: I have worked with several realtors in my lifetime, but never one as professional, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and cheerful as Nona Grayson.

I'm not exaggerating. She got us through the rending looking, finding, negotiating, and closing process with minimal effort, maximum efficiency, and never-wavering good attitude and helpfulness. We are picky clients, even demanding at times (we are a lawyer and a professional sales person couple), and Nona never let that stop her from producing a stream of good-fit properties for us to view and bid on, till we finally got the one we wanted. Her ability to negotiate our needs and desires with the other parties was outstanding. Nona owns several of her own properties, and has the insight and experience to craft agreements from both sides of the table. She is NEVER simply interested in closing a deal. She wants her clients 100% happy and satisfied, and won't quit until they are. Whenever we need realtor help again, we will call Nona, period. She stands head and shoulders above anyone else I have ever encountered in real estate.

Thom Lopes

Lisa is a very good agent.

lots of enthusiasm.

John Townswick

We closed on our new home in April of this year, so this review is long overdue.

In my opinion, it is essential to have the utmost trust not just in the expertise of your agent, but also in his or her character. Throughout the entire process, Kevin blew us away with his attentiveness, patience, professional appearance, and expert advice. As would be expected, we had a ton of questions about both the process and potential listings we were interested in. Kevin always gave answers and advice that clearly showed his singular focus was on helping us find the right home, and not just trying to get a deal done. He has the knowledge and experience to bring an objective and calm perspective to what is otherwise a tense and emotional process for buyers. We never felt he was pushing us when it came to making important decisions (whether or not to submit an offer, how much to offer, and even whether or not to counter, when that situation arose for us). Even without any pressure, we trusted his opinions and that made the decisions come a lot easier.On a final note, I always wondered how important the agent's reputation was when it came down to working together with the other agents. Every listing agent seemed happy to work with Kevin and had only great things to say about him. This includes the listing agent of the home for which our offer was accepted, and I have no doubt that Kevin's representation helped us against a VERY close competing offer. He even suggested we right a personal letter with a picture to the sellers.

Valerie excels at communication and made selling our condo incredibly easy and stress-free.

She went above and beyond to make sure everything moved along smoothly.

Daniel Pyenson

My first time homebuying experience was a pleasure, thanks to Janet.

She knows the market, was on top of each and every step of the process, responded to my questions and concerns in a timely and professional manner, and has a great personality to boot. I felt like I was in the hands of a long-time, trusted friend. I would highly recommend Janet, without reservation, to anyone looking to buy or sell in the area!

Alexis Karol

I wanted to share the fabulous experience I had working with Kathe Van Hoften at First Team.

I purchased a bank owned condo in Laguna Hills which came with all the difficulties of working with a lender owned property. Kathe guided me through the entire process and negotiated a terrific deal with the bank. She worked very hard at getting our offer approved. A short time later I was responsible for selling a relatives home in Anaheim, another smooth transaction with superb results. Kathe is amazing and I can't recommend her highly enough!

Desiree P.

Kevin was outstanding as he always is.

This is my 3rd transaction with Kevin serving as my agent. Kevin is proactive, a top notch communicator and speaks the truth (not just what I want to hear). He had my house sold in a very short amount of time and made the sale process very easy for me. I would recommend Kevin to anyone with real estate needs and plan on using him for all future transactions. -Emin Kayiran

Emin Kayiran

Working with the Meads Team was the best decision!

Chrissie is professional, honest, and worked tirelessly to make sure we knew exactly what was happening during each stage of the process. We were moving out of state and were under a time restriction since we already found our next home, and she was able to quickly find a buyer. Since this was our first time selling a home, Chrissie thoroughly explained the process and kept us in the know. She was able to work with us for staging the home, photos, open houses, and private showings and worked around our schedule. Since moving is already stressful, Chrissie was able to make this a very smooth process and we couldn't have asked for a better realtor. We would strongly recommend her for anyone looking for a GREAT realtor.

Todd Hitzeman

Always available to help, often with no appointment set on my part, Jacob displays a "CAN DO" attitude and endless optimism.

A problem solver, he takes every chance to transform an obstacle into an opportunity. Tech savvy, forward thinking, system oriented, dynamic - Jacob helps me to systematize my business ensuring a consistent experience for my clients. With team players like this First Team Real Estate will continue to deliver superior results.

Tom White

Janet truly went above and beyond in helping me get my new home!

I was very fortunate in getting to work with Janet. She kept me fully updated on the progress of the purchase, she was extremely knowledgeable in every aspect of the process and gave me solid guidance throughout the journey. My loan agent said he loved working with her and hopes he can work with her again in the future since she was so great to work with. That said a lot to me given that he works with so many different agents. Janet made the entire process feel easy for me, which says a lot since I tend to get easily overwhelmed. She explained things clearly for me and ensured I was comfortable with whatever steps we were taking. Everyone seemed to love working with Janet, including the seller's agent, which I think speaks volumes. Purchases like this aren't always easy, but Janet made it a truly fluid, easy and joyful process for me. I'm more than delighted to highly recommend Janet! I am extremely happy with how things turned out!

Karen Kaye

From the first time we met Valerie , we knew she was going to be an amazing fit for us.

She’s honest, caring and truly makes you feel like your part of her family . Her entire team, from pictures to escrow and title are so hardworking and get the job done !!! Our home sold in less than a month and it was such an easy process. She started out as our realtor but we have gained a friend for life ! Thank you Valerie .

Lisa Canales

We recently moved to Orange County from Seattle and Lucia was so easy to work with and very accommodating with incredible market expertise.

A good realtor who understands the needs of a growing family and listens to client requests and needs during a time sensitive move for relocation is worth her weight in gold. We are thankful she worked so hard for us and look forward to working with her again.

Joe & Stacey Davey

3/19/2014 We were very happy to work with Kevin.

Being foreigners we had lots of concerns about buying a house in Irvine. Kevin was very patient and answered all our questions and explained all the local, state, and federal aspects about the process. We looked at over 15 houses very quickly and everything went very smoothly. It really helped to have an agent who is so competent, friendly, well known and liked among others.

"I have only positive things to say about Lisa.

Going through a home sale can be more painful than giving birth but with Lisa's real estate knowledge (the local market, trends, loans, the tons of paperwork), thoroughness and friendly demeanor it was stress-free! At the time, even though it was a tough market, it sold quickly which was another added relief. I completely trusted Lisa and knew she only had my best interest in mind. I would never hesitate to recommend Lisa as an awesome real estate agent !"

Jill Facon

Lucia Honda’s professionalism shined throughout my interaction with her.

Lucia’s experienced approach & her proficient manner relevant to effectively overcoming unforeseen challenges in concert with her ability to meet deadlines further instilled confidence while alleviating the stresses that  commonly mount during such a transaction.

Erin Faso

Chrissie is incredible!

!! The time she took and the dedication she gave to our family was amazing. Her communication throughout the sale of our home and the purchase of our new home was so reassuring each step of the way. She kept us laughing and smiling through the usual stressors of home buying and selling. She treated us like family and went above and beyond from start to finish! Chrissie we LOVE you! Thank you thank you thank you!

Christina Lippolt

Simply put, Nona is an All-Star!

Sam Sheldon

Jacob Lawlor is not only a great branch manager, he is also a great guy and friend and a great coach!

He shares his life experience openly and willingly with everyone and he really enjoys doing so! He is a huge asset at Firstteam and he sure is appreciated by everyone here! Keep it up Jacob! You’re awesome!

Hamid Honardoust

We were very lucky to have Janet as our agent.

Her experience and working style really help a lot. She is very professional, patient, make huge effort to make our purchasing process move smoothly. After our first offer was rejected, she immediately moved on to next one. When I found our liked target, which was just on market for 2 hours, she immediately contacted the seller agent, we could be first one to see and gave the offer and was accepted! And we got this lovely condo in Laguna Niguel. While our mortgage loaner took longer time to review our mortgage application, Janet made several pushing emails until we got approved. She works very hard, replied our emails very quickly. We were very grateful having her as our agent. We will strong recommend her to all of our friends for sure. Great Job! Janet, Thank you so much from our bottom of heart.

Kevin and Xi Zhang

10/26/2013 Kevin is THE BEST.

My man and I were looking to buy a home in the San Diego area as a rental property.  We didn't know where we wanted to live. We didn't know what we were looking for. We were lost little newbies who needed some serious help. In swooped Kevin with a winning personality, comfy SUV, detailed knowledge of the entire Southern California area, and the patience of a saint. Does his picture show his halo? It's there trust me. After a few phone calls and emails he had set up a game plan for our house hunt - a plan that was so perfect we never had to deviate from it! Within the first week we saw 10 houses in areas he felt we might like. As we continued to narrow down what we wanted he took over being our eyes and ears.  He "got" us and our needs. He did walk throughs, inspections, and appraisal appointments when we couldn't. He took photos and emailed us descriptions. When we finally had narrowed the search down he was like a dog gnawing at a bone. No home that might fit our needs was left unlooked at. He drove the neighborhood to make sure it was suitable. He checked to see if the transportation was good. He told us about parking, shopping, history, and stuff only a local should know! He has lived in so many places he knew his turf. When the day came and we finally found the home we wanted he held our hand through the entire process. We didn't have an easy close I'm sad to say, but Kevin was tenacious and kept up on everything. When we did finally close he was there like a proud papa giving out hugs and congrats. If you are looking for someone who knows the Southern California area and will be your best bud by the time you are done he's the man to trust. I am so happy that we were referred to him. Thank you Kevin. We owe you.

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