San Diego Real Estate and Community News

Dec. 11, 2017

Courtney and Todd Becker - Scripps Ranch, CA

My husband and I have been friends with Dane and his wife, Ashley, for years.  When we decided to sell our "starter" home in University City and buy our "forever" home in Scripps Ranch, we knew we needed an experienced real estate agent to help with that endeavor, and that Dane was the right man for the job!  He is friendly and personable, but aggressive when needed.  Our house sold for full asking price after three days on the market, and set a neighborhood record for the price.  

Because we were looking for our forever home, we were very picky and set on our list of must-haves and non-negotiables.  We found a home we loved, and apparently so did a lot of other prospective buyers.  Dane used his negotiation skills to move us to the front of the line and got the sellers to only deal with us.  We ended up getting our dream home at a price that we felt was fair and reasonable!

Since closing on our home, issues and questions pop up from time to time.  Dane always goes out of his way to look into an issue or answer a question for us even though his job is done and his commission check cleared long ago. 

Dane truly goes above and beyond, and we would recommend him to anyone about to embark on the exciting, and sometimes scary, adventure of selling and buying a home. 

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June 20, 2017

Erik and Summer Elliott - Oceanside, CA

Words cannot say how thankful we are for Dane. We decided to hire Dane after our home had been on the market for 30 days with another realtor. We were in a situation where we had to sell our home and sell it fast due to an unexpected job relocation. We were frustrated, stressed, and most of all worried that our family of 6 was about to be separated until the house sold. After meeting Dane the first time, we knew he was the right person to get our home sold quickly. He definitely calmed all our fears and eased our anxiety, but most importantly assured us that our home would sell and that our family would be only be separated for a short period of time. 

As soon as we signed the contract with Dane and his amazing team, they got right to work. He was always a step ahead of everything and never made us wonder what was going on. Dane has a practice of sending daily updates and would always check in with us to make sure we were okay. After only four days of listing the house, we had an offer and it was over the asking price.

Throughout the escrow process, Dane was by far the best real estate agent we have ever worked with. There was nothing he would not do to make sure that we were okay with every step of the process. He was professional but he also became part of the family. Our daughters still call him “Uncle Dane” and he always went out of his way to ensure that we knew we were his priority. Beyond that, Dane worked closely with our realtor in Washington so that we could close escrow on our new home concurrently to selling our home in San Diego.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home, Dane is the agent to get the job done. He genuinely cares about his clients and he wants this process to be a fun and memorable one for you and your family.

The best call we ever made was to Dane LaFontaine. 

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April 1, 2017

Matt and Ane Wegrzyn - La Jolla, CA

When my husband and I were ready to buy our second home a friend recommended Dane LaFontaine. We had such a stressful first go around with another agent that we were hesitant at first to meet him, not wanting the same experience for this new home purchase. We are so glad that we went ahead with the meeting. Within the first hour of consulting with Dane we knew it was a great match.

Among other things, Dane is a devoted professional, charismatic, and above all genuine. He has a wonderful sense of humor, so what we thought would be another stressful situation, turned into a fun adventure with Dane as our guide. He is always available to take your call and to answer your questions. No matter how minor you think your issues or questions are, Dane always makes you feel comfortable and confident.

Dane’s bag of tricks doesn’t end with the close of escrow. He is also well connected in all areas of the industry! From our amazing lender, who was able to raise our budget so we could get the home of our dreams, to our contractor Richard at Spectrum Renovations who remodeled our new home in 6 short weeks, Dane’s recommendations were spot on! Dane even went above and beyond to make sure Richard was able to fit us into his busy home remodeling schedule.

All the reviews are true. Dane LaFontaine is the full package and we will continue to work with him and refer him our friends and family without hesitation. Thank you again Dane, we are beyond grateful for your service and friendship.

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March 18, 2017

Chris & Christina Kiesel - South Park, CA

My wife and I met Dane at a neighborhood gathering and were immediately impressed by his personality and energy. While we were not in the market at the time, Dane's knowledge of the South Park neighborhood and local real estate market in general impressed us both. A few months later, when we decided to begin looking for a home, Dane was the first person we thought of.

From day one Dane was a class act. His enthusiasm, professionalism and drive are astounding. This man does not have a pessimistic bone in his body. He seamlessly blends the roles of cheerleader, psychologist and guide. He pumped us up when we needed it after facing a setback and kept us focused when the process took longer than we had anticipated due to the hot South Park market. Dane is a patient guy and steered us clear of making rushed decisions when our own patience wore thin. We always felt as though Dane had our interests at heart and was guiding us towards a place that we would love.

Dane also does not give up, which is a good thing in this market. Finding our home was a process that took much longer than we expected but Dane never wavered.  He promised to find us a home in our desired neighborhood of South Park and he did just that. 

My wife and I are extremely grateful for our new home and know that Dane was a tremendous part of making that happen.

We cannot recommend Dane highly enough. There are many Realtors out there but there is only one Dane.

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Nov. 28, 2015

Ron Fagan & Rachel Benavidez - Normal Heights, CA

Words cannot express how grateful we are for Dane and his amazing team. When we first started to look for a condo to call home we didn't even know where to begin. Dane came recommended to us from a friend and he was nothing less than awesome from day one till we had the keys and beyond. Dane and his team had us covered. The process was explained to us in great detail and Dane was with us every single step of the way. 

When we started to look for condos Dane took us through several neighborhoods where we would be interested in buying. His knowledge of the areas we were looking in was very impressive. Every question we had he knew the answer to and took his time with us to find the perfect place. 

Once we finally found our condo the buying processes began. We assumed it would be a very stressful time however it was just the opposite. Dane was great at communicating every step we would be going through- from opening escrow till the day we closed. He was there for us morning, noon and night- through text, email and phone. 

The thought of owning our own place seemed like an impossible task with many obstacles and unknowns but Dane and his wonderful team made our dream come true. We have referred Dane every chance to anyone who has asked. We could not imagine a more seamless and fun process.

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Oct. 30, 2015

Jonathan & Miriam Campos - Paradise Hills, CA

My wife Miriam and I had been discussing the possibility of buying a house for our growing family. We loved the idea of buying a home of our own but the prospect of doing so seemed daunting given our knowledge of the process and resources.

 A few months later, I had the pleasure of meeting Dane at a property he had for sale. After a brief conversation, I felt an immediate connection and knew that he was the right professional to guide my family through the process. 

Dane and his team took us on a journey that lasted over eight months, resulting in our family moving into an amazing home that we had only imagined previously. His team took us from start to finish, including working with us to get approved with a great lender and ultimately handing us keys to our new home.

To say that we are satisfied with our experience would be an understatement. Dane has showed a genuine interest in my family’s well-being which has brought us much happiness. If anybody were to ask me about how to navigate the home buying process, without a moment’s hesitation, Dane would come to mind. Dane is a true full service real estate professional. Thanks for everything Dane!

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Oct. 19, 2015

Hilary Moore & Margot Kaner - Normal Heights, CA

I can't say enough good things about Dane LaFontaine. From start to finish in the home buying process, he was enthusiastic, patient, and went above and beyond to ensure my fiancé and I found the perfect urban bungalow we were after. We certainly didn’t make it easy on Dane; we searched for the right one for over 8 months! We were after a fixer upper, in the right neighborhood, with enough character to truly feel like a home – in San Diego, these houses don’t come up often, and when they do, you have to be ready! The good news is if you are working with Dane, you will always be ready.

As a first-time home buyer, it was important for me to understand every step of the process. Dane walked us through each term, offer and contract. By the end, my fiancé and I were even using the proper real estate lingo!

 One of the best parts about working with Dane is that he is still present after the contract is signed and the property is yours. We decided to remodel the house soon after purchasing and Dane was right there with crowbars, saws, and sledgehammers to help us get started! Dane was also able to connect us with our contractor, Richard Betzenderfer. Rich’s team at Spectrum Renovations did a brilliant job carrying out our vision for an open floor plan concept in our Spanish bungalow. Dane LaFontaine truly is a full-service agent.

Dane and his wife Ashley have transitioned from strangers to best friends in less than a year and I recommend his services to anyone interested in buying or selling property. There is no doubt in my mind that Dane will be my go to guy for all future real estate transactions. 

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Oct. 5, 2015

Dario & Daisy Gomez - La Mesa, CA

When we decided to make a move from Fresno to San Diego, we knew we needed an experienced and passionate real estate professional to guide us through our options in the San Diego marketplace. We found Dane by referral from a friend and he did not disappoint. 

Dane helped us through every step of the process, including connecting us with an amazing local lender. The entire experience from start to finish went above and beyond our expectations and we found our dream home thanks to Dane! If you are looking for a dedicated, passionate, energetic and knowledgeable real estate professional, Dane is your guy! 

Thanks for everything Dane! 

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Sept. 8, 2015

John Ronge - Mission Valley, CA

As a first-time homebuyer, picking the right agent is of the utmost importance. The learning curve is steep but I know I made the best choice because Dane kept me informed every step of the way. Before working with Dane, I had mediocre experiences with less qualified agents. Now, I can proudly say that Dane has a lifetime customer in me, as well as a friend. 

Dane’s expertise was not only in finding great homes in awesome areas but also his knowledge of the lending process and financial planning was a big bonus. He was patient and made sure I had a clear understanding of every decision I was making and that I was happy and comfortable with those decisions. He clearly is not just in it to make a quick buck but values creating long term relationships. He was extremely focused on me and my needs, almost like I was his only client. That meant the world to me. I guarantee that anyone who works with Dane will feel the same way. 

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Aug. 11, 2015

Matt & Megan Thomas - South Park, CA

Trust, professionalism and a knowledge of the area, second to none. When making the huge decision to put our home in South Park, San Diego on the market, these were the three essential factors that we used to decide which realtor would be our ideal partner. We loved our house and the neighborhood but unfortunately had outgrown it after our second daughter was born. We needed to find someone who would make the process as easy for our family as possible and help us get the ball rolling. After meeting Dane the first time and discussing our plans, he instantly put our minds at ease that we had found our guy. 

Dane not only showed a vast knowledge of the South Park area, he also had a keen eye for how to prepare our home to hit the market. Dane recommended several cosmetic upgrades that really made the house show well. The best part was how easy he made it for our very busy family of four to get the house prepared and get it actively listed. When offers came in, Dane showed his expertise with negotiation, ultimately securing a well-qualified buyer who really seemed to appreciate the home as much as we had for years. 

There is no reason that selling a home has to be stressful. Everyone has heard these horror stories but our experience was the opposite. Dane will have our business in the future and we would highly recommend him to anyone else interested in buying or selling. Most importantly, our two daughters give him two thumbs up, which is the highest honor in our book. 

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