CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

ELIZABETH THAMER

“I recently engaged the help of an agent to list and sell my childhood home in Newport Beach. From the start, I knew that I wanted to enlist the service of a local real estate professional who would not only perform the task of getting the property sold in a timely manner, but who could understand the emotional tie I had to this house and would treat myself and this transaction with sincere warmth and respect, not handle it just as “another sale”. I could not have been more fortunate to have found Elizabeth Thamer at Villa Real Estate. From the beginning, I knew Elizabeth was a different kind of agent. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the neighborhood in general, the local home inventory and current market conditions, but most of all, she had complete understanding of the sensitive nature of selling a home that possesses a lifetime a memories. Being a real estate professional myself and based in the fast paced real estate market of Los Angeles, I know how to spot a good agent...an agent like Elizabeth Thamer. Simply, Elizabeth exudes a charming manner and warm personality that immediately puts any buyer and seller at ease, but at the same time has the tenacity and acumen to get the deal done! I would highly recommend Elizabeth to anyone looking to work with an agent who possesses that rare and right balance of real heart and true knowledge in a real estate sale.”

Peter Ivanovich

“My family and I would like to express our gratitude to Elizabeth Thamer for a job very well done in finding the perfect home for our family on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. Having grown up on the Balboa Peninsula, Elizabeth is intimately aware of the character and nuances of each block of every street. She made us feel like we were her only clients, taking the time to make sure we saw everything there was to see. During the process of looking, she was very adept at listening and understanding what we were looking for and helping us to be patient until the right house presented itself. In addition, Elizabeth negotiated hard for us throughout the entire process. We ultimately ended up purchasing a home that was not currently on the market. The opportunity to purchase this house would not have happened if it were not for Elizabeth and her reputation for honesty and integrity in the community. A year has passed and we are even more grateful for the excellent job Elizabeth did in finding the right home for our family and for the positive impact it has had on all of us.”

Phelps Wood

"I am one of the top real estate agents in the nation within Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and my wife is a real estate attorney and broker. In May 2014, a very desirable home came on the market in North Laguna Beach, and we chose to have Elizabeth Thamer represent us in this transaction. Elizabeth exceeded our every expectation, as there were two other offers besides ours presented on the first day on the market. Her skillful negotiation and communication skills were instrumental in our successful purchase of the property. Further complicating this scenario was the fact that that the seller was in England at the time, and with multiple offers on the table, Elizabeth had to be “on the job” well beyond normal business hours. I cannot speak highly enough regarding her dedication and diligence."

Bruce Miller

"It is my great pleasure to be able to recommend Ms. Elizabeth Thamer an an exceptionally professional Realtor. I had the opportunity to work with her over the past year on two very special property sales, that were not only “high-end” in value, but involved high personal and emotional attachment. Elizabeth is honest, hard-working, resourceful and completely professional at all times. In the business of buying and selling houses, she understands that often a property is not just a building, but a home that has memories and attachements to a family, sometimes over several generations. This was the case of our home, which we put on the market after 55 years of living there. Impounded in our situation, as often happens in these cases, was the illness of my mother, and the usual challenges of care-taking a loved one who is dying or ill. At all times Elizabeth’s demeanor was understanding and patient, offering solid advice on timing and co-ordination the listings. We in fact ended up selling two properties, each of which were sold in record time, (offers coming in back to back within days of the listing going public.) Thanks to Elizabeth’s great insight and instinct, she was able to play one comp off the next, bringing the selling price on these unique waterfront homes to a record for Newport Beach. (small lots, with “tear-down” houses, each selling for $1.7 and more). Ms. Thamer was ready at the phone no matter the time of day or night, to guide me in all stages of the decision making process. She has an extremely calm head with a lawyer’s brain and a gracious demeanor, a great combination to make everyone involved in the process feel they are well taken care of. And they are. Please feel free to contact me personally if there are any questions I might be able to answer on her behalf."

Barbara Benish

"My husband and I have known Elizabeth Thamer for six years, first referred by a friend to give us interior design advice on a bathroom remodel and later as our buying agent on our current property and selling agent on our rental property. Ms. Thamer is very knowledgeable, thoughtful, caring, thorough, enthusiastic and determined. It’s not often that you find all of these desirable qualities in one person, and when that one person is your realtor it proves for a smooth, steady transaction with no surprises. Her extensive knowledge of Newport Beach and the surrounding areas made us feel very secure in our choice to work with her when we were ready to purchase another home and didn’t hesitate to hire her again when we were ready to sell our rental property. When purchasing our current home, she was there for us every step of the way. She even helped us with interior design ideas such as built-ins and gave us a better vision for furniture placement which was so helpful since our home was vacant at the time of purchase. Our rental was a wonderful home in a not-so-wonderful location and she did everything possible to get it sold: assisting with remodel ideas, hiring a talented stager, holding weekly open houses and multiple realtor previews. We were very impressed with her work ethic and her weekly status updates were informative and helpful throughout the process. We truly felt we had someone looking out for us and our best interest, providing comfort and assurance in today’s unpredictable market. We highly recommend using Ms. Thamer for your real estate needs. We consider ourselves lucky to have worked with her and will definitely work with her again in the future!"

Tim and Jenny Harrington

"My wife and I would like recognize the amazing job Elizabeth did for us. We were presented with an opportunity that would require selling our home in Orange County and moving to Dallas, TX. Elizabeth made the process an enjoyable and low stress experience, while other parts of life were just the opposite. The staging, landscaping, photos, open house, and private appointments were handled professionally and efficiently. She was beyond flexible with us, working around my travel schedule and our baby’s routine. We honestly cannot say enough great things about Elizabeth not only as a real estate agent, but as a member of her community."

Peter Stovall

"My wife and I would like to take a moment to thank Elizabeth Thamer for everything she has done for us. Elizabeth has handled 3 separate transactions for our family. A purchase, sale and another purchase. We moved to the Newport/Mesa area a little over 10 years ago. We moved from a small town in Canada and had never gone through the process of buying a home….we built the only home we’ve owned. When we felt we were ready to start looking at homes a number of close friends recommended we speak to Elizabeth. As you can imagine moving from a small town in Canada to Newport Beach California is a shock to say the least. But moving from the real estate market of Small Town Canada to the real estate market of Southern California is downright frightening. After speaking with her for the 1st time we couldn’t have felt more comfortable. She was the person we were looking for, and frankly, the person we needed. Elizabeth brings a calmness to, what can sometimes be, a very emotional process. As I said earlier we’ve been through 3 “transactions” with her and each one was different. There isn’t anyone I’ve met who knows the market better than her. She is always well prepared and extremely thoughtful when providing advice/guidance. But above all else, why we wanted Elizabeth to represent us, we knew she had our best interest at heart. I could not recommend her more!"

Marnie and Sean Pronger

It is my immense pleasure to recommend Elizabeth Thamer as a real estate professional for any individual or family considering a move. My husband and I were in love with our small two-bedroom cottage until the birth of our twins. Once they became toddlers, it was clear we needed a larger home! Our first call was Elizabeth, as she had previously represented my in-laws and many acquaintances. Elizabeth sold our home in record time during an economic recession. She took the time to understand our specific needs and budgetary limitations for our next purchase, but it was also very important for her to understand what made us “tick” so that she knew what a good match would look like. She is well networked, resourceful, a master negotiator and relentless in her mission to win for her clients. At the same time, she is kind, ethical and honest -- she was never afraid to tell us “NO” in order to protect us from a bad emotional decision. We have spent the last decade in a wonderful, unique home that has suited us beautifully. Now that we are considering a move to South Orange County, I am certain Elizabeth will pull another miracle out of her bag.

Tricia Jefferies

Elizabeth represented us in both the purchase and the sale of our home in Newport and she was absolutely exceptional in every regard. On the purchase side she was thoughtful, prepared and patient. She always began the process by showing houses at or below our price range. Her keen eye for design really helped us find the hidden gem. The whole process including the close was flawless. Some years later we were represented by Elizabeth in the sale of our house and again the process was exceptional. In preparing for the sale process she was very thorough in explaining all the details and always had reams of market data available to support her recommendations. She very astutely advised us to stage the house and brought in a very professional group that did a fantastic job. During the sale process she always went above and beyond to market the house and to keep us informed of all developments. In the end, she negotiated a very good deal and we closed without any issues at all. It has been completely our pleasure to work with Elizabeth. She is not only a great realtor but a very good person. We have and will continue to recommend Elizabeth as the best realtor in Newport Beach.

Kelly M. Allred