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One of the most meaningful milestones any real estate professional can aspire to is reaching the day when the bulk of his or her business comes from past clients and their referrals.

Repeat business and referrals are a clear sign that those past clients were pleased with the guidance and assistance their agent provided.

Happily, it is a milestone that San Diego agent Tom Dunlap achieved several years ago. He is grateful for this honor, and he offers thanks to his past clients for extending him that brand of loyalty and support.

Tom will continue to provide San Diego homeowners and home buyers the service that leads to repeat business, referrals, and testimonials such as those listed below.

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Tom, Melissa and Gina,

As the files close and the dust settles, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation to all of you for the team effort to successfully “make it happen”.

Dealing with an amateur, inexperienced and older client, it presented some extra effort on all of your parts.  I recognize the effort and indeed know that it counted.

Please accept my heartfelt THANKS to all of you and best wishes to keep the “number one spot” on the charts; also, continued good personal health and prosperity.

Dr. Richard Kramb (seller)


Tom has always been my top choice in terms of real estate. He took care of my family and me with the purchase of two residences and two short sales over the past 9 years. Throughout each one, I’ve been amazed at the professionalism and vast knowledge that Tom and his team possess. I was completely satisfied with both purchases, and could not believe how determined and successful he was with the short sales.

I also had the pleasure of working with Matt Young and Kartikay Escrow, which happen to be in the same building as Tom’s office. Along with Tom, they have a fabulous system set up. This made the process from being approved for the loan to signing papers so seamless. When signing escrow papers at Kartikay, there was something incorrect on one of the documents. Matt’s team and Kartikay escrow sprung into action to call the lender, and Tom walked over from his office to ensure that the problem was fixed. All three entities work together and are a well-oiled machine. This makes the overall transaction so efficient.

Real estate transactions can be tedious, confusing, and frustrating. However, Tom was extremely helpful and courteous. Even when I had a million questions and concerns, there was always someone to answer my call or email. Both times I purchased a home the market was hot and available homes were going fast. Tom made sure I was able to view and place a bid on the home that I fell in love with. The purchase was a short sale with multiple bids, and Tom not only managed to have our bid accepted, but he also miraculously had us close in three short months.

If you’re tired of your realtor or are looking for someone who’s professional and can get you what you want, don’t hesitate to call Tom’s office.



Tom and his team worked with me to arrange the short sale of my home after I reloed for work. I wasn’t able to be in town for much of this time. They did a wonderful job of keeping me in the loop, providing all the necessary docs to my-then mortgage lender, and the sale was completed in a very timely manner. I strongly recommend Tom and his team. They were great!

Vickie Hearne reviewed Tom Dunlap


Tom and his team made it easy to sell my home. It was as if everything was on autopilot from my perspective. They were able to make a seamless transfer from short sale to traditional sale in the middle of the entire process. Not to mention that Tom made everything happen in San Diego while I was in Georgia. Who knows how much easier and faster everything would have happened if I was in San Diego for the sale. They were professional, direct, and understanding with my situation. I would recommend Tom to anyone who wants to buy or sell in the San Diego area.


We could not have sold this home with out Tom. First of all Tom helped me buy this home in 2006 at the height of the home prices. His advice was sincere and honest and he guided me to exactly the perfect house. I was preapproved for more money and if he and his team had not been so honest, I would have been underwater. But Tom and Matt Young were awesome and I bought the perfect house at the right time. In 2012 I had to retire and we sold the house with Tom and purchased another in Riverside County, again with Toms leadership. I truly will not enter into any real estate deal with out his counsel. He is honest, and his advice is right on point.



Tom and his team made our short sale experience painless…this could have been difficult but he knew the right prices and approach. They took care of everything for us as we had moved out of state which relieved us of the stress of a long distance real estate transaction. I would recommend them absolutely!

aestonecipher reviewed Tom Dunlap


Both of the sales were short sales and Tom and his team were superstars. For what could have been a difficult and painful process, Tom simplified things for me and step-by-step laid out how it would happen and stayed calm and reasonable throughout the process


Tom and team did an excellent job in selling this house. They were able to find an out of town buyer so that I could rent the house back until I could find a new home to purchase.



Hi Tom,

I wanted to send a quick personal note thanking you for the mountains you moved on this transaction. I had been pursuing this unit for quite some time watching the progression to foreclosure on the tax roles, and made several unsuccessful attempts at purchasing the unit directly from the sellers. I recognize what you were able to accomplish was truly exceptional which resulted in a great deal on a great place for us, and a successful transaction for everyone involved. Thank you for all your effort and expertise. Best of luck with all your future transactions.

Have a great weekend!
Jason Hopson (buyer)


When we decided to purchase, we wanted a top agent. First our landlord and then 2 colleagues recommended Tom Dunlap. Since our closing, I’ve recommended him to 3 more of my colleagues.
Brian Morse


“Selling an investment property on a short sale and coming out with no debt isn’t easy. Other agents said “We can try,” but Tom said “We’ll make it happen,” and he did.”

“I’ll be happy to refer friends and family to Tom, and I’ll be back to see him when we’re ready to downsize from our current home.”
Phillip Kasparek, San Diego


“Tom – Thank you again for helping us with the Mission Center Court Condo. I have already recommended you to a couple of friends and I hope that you will be able to help them out as much as you did for us.”

“Please keep us in mind if you ever run into a very good bargain on a 3 bed/2 bath house in Point Loma away from the airport noise.”

Mark Ayers


THANKS!!!! To all of you. Just phenomenal. You have our absolute appreciation and respect.
Lisa and the rest of Team Wood


Tom was incredibly accessible – ranging from multiple communications while on vacation,
to email responses at 11pm at night. I believe it’s safe to say that the majority of my 50+ emails to Tom were responded to within a couple hours, and ALWAYS the same day.
Brian Morse

AWESOME!!! Thank you all soooooo much for all of the work that you have done. I can only assume that this has been as frustrating for you as it has for Gina and I. Your team has been amazing and we truly appreciate all of the work that has put forth to wrap this thing up.

Tom you are Amazing!!! Chris, Kelly, Gina R, you have all worked your backside off for this and you all rock! You will be forever referred!

JT & Gina Meadows


“Tom, Like always…I am impressed… that is why I send people your way… you paint the truth and tell it how it is… ”


Tom’s contacts in the mortgage banking market proved most valuable. Although Ascent has an in-house mortgage banker, Tom recommended another broker with a mortgage process that was better suited to our unique issues.

Brian Morse


Tom, I just wanted to thank you all for everything you did for us. Appreciate how helpful you were… And patient too! We are happy to refer you and use you again in the future.


“Hi Tom, I want to say thank you for all the work you and your staff are putting into selling my condo. I feel I haven’t been very involved except for signing some papers, but I have total confidence that you and whoever else is on your team know what my needs and best interest are and move in that direction. It’s nice to feel I don’t have to worry about much and can rest in your knowledge and guidance.”

Thanks so much, Tammy

Ours was a challenging short-sale purchase, but Tom’s communication and support maintained both my wife’s and my confidence. When we’d hit major hurdles, Tom was always accessible to meet with us, and every time we’d leave his office my wife would comment on Tom’s realism, explanations of difficult processes and integrity.

Brian Morse

“Thanks Tom. You have been amazing and exceeded my expectations. I have been thinking my next year was looking like foreclosure followed by Bankruptcy. I can actually see light at the end of the tunnel.”
Doug R


“You are a consummate professional, Tom. Thanks for the heads up and the consideration you have shown me throughout.”

Amy L


After settlement I became aware of the extensive discussions/negotiations Tom facilitated between the sellers, the previous 1st and 2nd mortgage holders, our mortgage banker and ourselves. Looking back it is truly amazing at the complex process Tom facilitated with his patience, communication and knowledge.

Brian Morse


“Tom, I would like to thank you and your team for help with the short sale. Going into the process, I was expecting it to be very time consuming and stressful. Nothing could be further from the truth. The professional knowledge and expertise of Ascent Real Estate meant that I didn’t have to worry about the details, phone calls, etc. and was able to focus on my work and life. I am thankful for all your hard work and wish you the best in the future. I will be sure to recommend you to anyone that I know.”

Matt Merritt

It was clear to me that Tom’s legal background was a major asset to our process. Tom was always careful to make sure we understood he is not a practicing attorney, but we felt that he was always cognizant of recent changes in laws and regulations and easily able to anticipate the other party’s next step.

Brian Morse


“It’s finally over. My family can move on now and focus on other important matters. Thanks for not giving up on us no matter what.”

“Thanks so much, Tom. I appreciate your flexibility and all of the work you’ve done to make this happen and to help me avoid bankruptcy/foreclosure.”

“Tom, I just wanted to give a sincere thank you for the tremendous work you did to get my house sold. You truly went above and beyond to make sure that my house was ready to show – even to the point of developing a relationship with my neighbor to make sure the property was looked out for.

“I will recommend you as a short sale expert and someone who is great to work with to anyone looking for a Realtor in the future.”

“Tom – I would not have believed that I could be really starting over again. Thanks for your eternal optimism and great support.”

“I hope to see you and yours the next time you are in DC to have some champagne to celebrate.”

“No wonder you have all those trophies for your sales ability – you deserve every one of them. It was a pleasure working with you!”
Helen Massolo, Franklin Lakes, NJ

“Thanks again, Tom, for your clear and valuable information. I really appreciate it. It would be nice to have the same level of confidence in the agent here that I do in you.”

Myra McB


“Tom, This is great news! We can’t thank you enough for all of your time, effort and advice from you and your team…it was invaluable!

Dana and Tom


“6 months from when I moved out of San Diego. This is great news. Great job to you and Melissa for getting it done in time. Thank you very much for your efforts.”



“My financial picture had changed. I had to sell my Hillcrest home on a short sale. Tom fielded all of the documents required by my lender and was able to hold my hand through the process. The market I had to work with was 110% a buyer’s market, so this was a very tough project.

“I don’t know what I would have done without Tom’s professionalism throughout.”

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Whether you’re buying or selling San Diego real estate…

Get in touch. You’ll soon know why Tom’s clients come back again and again – and send him their friends.

Tom serves Carlsbad, Coronado, La Jolla, Rancho Bernardo, North County, Del Mar, Mission Hills, Kensington, Metro San Diego, and downtown San Diego.

Call today at 619-325-4170, or write us at td@tomdunlap.com