The first sale that Tregg represented us on was for our very first home, three and a half years ago. Needless to say, the Los Angeles housing market is a tough place for beginners. Tregg proved to be an indispensable resource for us in every conceivable way, exceeding every measure of value I had expected an agent to bring to the process. His knowledge of the Los Angeles housing market, the approach for structuring an offer and in negotiating and managing the closing process was extremely impressive. And that knowledge was matched by his uncommon professionalism, attention to detail and ease to work with. When we had to list our house in May in the process of a relocation to Orange County there was no question who we would go with to represent us in the sale of our home. And once again Tregg and his team at Rodeo participated with us in the process as though it were their own home. He provided consistently spot on advice with out pressure. The quality of the home staging, photos, print and online marketing materials, and selling network he established for our home, was far beyond our expectations or what I was aware of any company doing for a home in our price range. The 18 offers over list price that we received were the fruit of those efforts. Tregg’s value was most evident still in the negotiations for the final sale and management throughout the closing process, the importance of which cannot be overstated. We left it 100% in his hands with not a single worry and he deftly handled every turn, making the process easier than anyone could ever expect. We have so much confidence in him that we had him represent us in the purchase of our new home in Orange County. While outside of his target market, he traveled several times to South Orange County and handled the entire purchase as though he lived next door. For two working people with a toddler, selling one house and purchasing another with in a couple months of each other in the process of a relocation is stressful to say the least. To not have one hiccup along the way and to know that we maximized our return in both transactions is a testament to Tregg’s knowledge of residential real estate, his incredible organizational abilities and his seemingly peerless execution of his job. We would recommend Tregg and his team with great enthusiasm to anyone considering buying or selling a home in the Los Angeles area.
Adam Rinderle, President and Founder of bluEvolution, LLC
Tregg is an incredible agent from start to finish. Not only does he give excellent tips on preparing your house for sale but his astute knowledge of the market helps him price your home perfectly. Once in escrow, regardless if you are seller or buyer, his expertise through the sale is fantastic. I have done many transactions with Tregg with great results! Look no further for your needs, Tregg is your guy!
Maria Faillace, Developer
After buying and selling a few properties, I can say without a doubt that Tregg is by far the best realtor I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside. I have been represented by Tregg for both the purchase and sale of my home, and I would recommend him absolutely and without reservation. He is thorough, detailed, knowledgeable, honest, professional, savvy, and very experienced. He has a thorough understanding of the processes of both selling and buying a home, and he personally manages all of the inspections, upgrades, paperwork and escrow details himself. During the recent sale of my house, he worked side-by-side with a stager to help prepare my house for the market. Even though I was living in the property, and I thought it was show ready, they swapped out furniture, redid landscaping, painted rooms, added doors – really a mini flip to position the house the best possible way. The result was amazing. My photos turned out better than expected and during the first two open houses he had over 250 visitors. 250!! Immediately after our first open house we began to receive offers, one of which was beyond what I ever thought I would get for my house. I was ready to accept it. However, Tregg, as a true advocate, suggested we wait. I was shocked. Most agents would have suggested I accept the incredible offer we had. I listened to Tregg and let him do his thing. This resulted in more offers, and a final sales price that was 13% over my list price and $50,000 more than the offer I was ready to accept only a few days before. Yet he wasn’t done. During escrow he managed the process so I never had to worry. He negotiated the buyer’s inspections with skill only a highly experienced agent could do, he continually updated me and always had MY best interest in mind. I’ve worked with a number of real estate agents in many different parts of the country and I can’t say enough about Tregg. He is truly the best I have worked with. I will undoubtedly be using him again when the need arises. The agent you hire can really make a difference. Hire Tregg.
Eric Wilson, VP Marketing, Time Magazine
In my experience, there are a lot of stay-at-home moms and dads, or individuals that do real estate as a side job. “How hard can it be to buy or sell a house?” — is the typical refrain. I too am guilty of once using a friend that did real estate on the side. I have bought or sold half a dozen homes, and I have to say I have learned the value of choosing a real estate agent that does this as a career professional. There are so many ways a deal can go sour that you don’t anticipate; such as a bad inspection, zoning issues, permit issues, hazard zone issues — these issues that go way beyond price. Tregg Rustad and his team is the type of professional real estate experts you need. They were able to expertly navigate me through my transaction every step of the way. Tregg knew our area well and was able to give us different pricing scenarios for the sale of our condo. We went to market at the right price. Moreover, his team did a great job of marketing. The photos, staging, and repair recommendations all benefited the sale of the home. We did one open house and attracted 150 people in 3 hours! A Los Angeles Times reporter even stopped by to report on the high volume of potential buyers. In the end, we had multiple offers and sold above asking in 31 days. My wife and I are currently in the market to buy, and when we see open houses of properties languishing on the market, we see the desperation in the eyes of the agents. You can tell right away that those houses were not properly priced or marketed. Don’t settle when picking an agent…pick the best!
Ronson Chu, VP of Finance at Screen Engine, LLC
Tregg and Peter and the team they have assembled have handled the selling of our Santa Monica home and the purchase negotiations for our new house with fantastic style and intelligence. They have so effectively embraced conventional and new marketing media with getting our message out to the correct group of potential buyers while we feel eliminating the idle tire-kickers. These guys were always available for our questions and clarification and kept us part of the two-way conversation. Getting involved with Tregg and Peter and Rodeo was our best real estate decision.
Robert Eber, Oscar Nominated Sound Engineer
Tregg is trustworthy and always acting in his client’s best interest. We have bought 2 houses with Tregg and sold 1, and we can’t believe how lucky we got with him as our agent. He worked hard at getting us the best price in all cases and even achieved better than we could have imagined. He also knows enough about the industry to ensure we were protected and aware of any risks in our purchases. One of my other favorite traits about Tregg is how organized he is. When 2 working people are trying to sell and buy a house together simultaneously, it was only thanks to Tregg and his team that nothing fell through the cracks and no small detail went unnoticed. He is positive, honest, sincere, a hard worker, and also just easy to be around. Anyone would be lucky to get him as their agent.
Hallie Morrissey, Senior Manager, Dealer Development, Kia Motors America
Trust and integrity are the first words that come to mind regarding our representation by Tregg and Peter in the selling of our house in Santa Monica. Their expertise is priceless; we knew we were in the best hands possible and that they had our back. Tregg and Peters’s ability to negotiate are beyond reproach and we always understood their reasoning. We were included in the decision making process but always saw the logic of their negotiations. If it were not for them, I’m sure we would not have had the success we had. Not to mention their professionalism and their beautiful presentation of the house, from printed materials to invaluable advice regarding staging. They are the whole package.
Maureen Muldaur, Documentarian and Producer
I cannot recommend Tregg Rustad highly enough. When we moved to LA a few years ago, Tregg helped us locate a home to rent. His knowledge of the local market and surrounding area was exactly what we needed to find the right home for us. When it came time to buy, a few years later, Tregg was able to help us successfully navigate through one of the most stressful real estate markets. He is calm, patient, extremely responsive and trustworthy. When it comes time to sell my house, I will be calling Tregg.
Amy Carney, President Advertiser Sales, Strategy & Research at Sony Pictures Television
My husband and I recently purchased a home in our dream location, Santa Monica. We could not have done it without Tregg Rustad and his team. Tregg was extremely knowledgeable of the area and had an excellent rapport with the listing agents, lenders, and other professionals involved. He gave us 100% plus of his attention and expertise which helped us navigate multiple offers and counter offers. Tregg was referred to us by our good friends and we give Tregg our highest recommendation.
Carrie and Michael Segal, Audiology Doctor and Professional Photographer
As the Dispositions Manager for one of the largest residential REITs in the United States, Colony American Homes, I personally oversee the sale of hundreds of properties across the country every year. I work side-by-side with real estate agents in dozens of key marketplaces nationwide and have had the pleasure of working with Tregg Rustad for the past three years. Tregg has handled a majority of our sales in the Los Angeles area, which includes single family homes as well as multi-family properties. To date, we have closed over 50 sales together, with more closing each month. I can honestly say that Tregg Rustad and his team have set the bar for what we compare other agents too. His attention to detail, and smart, strategic negotiations consistently generate returns well above what we expect and what we see from other agents. He always has our best interests in mind and unlike many other agents, prefers to only represent us, as the seller, so he can advocate only for one side of the transaction. Additionally, many of our listings are complicated, with title issues, tenant issues and needed repairs. Nothing has phased him. He is highly experienced and very skilled in all aspects of real estate. He is someone we will continue to rely on for many years.
Andrew Mellor, Dispositions Manager, Colony American Homes
I planned to sell my condo in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA. I had never sold a house before, so I met and interviewed 3 real estate agents/groups of agents who have experience selling in the Westwood area. Tregg Rustad and his group were the agents I selected after the interviews. This was because they were the most organized, got information to me early to review, had the best ideas for marketing my place, and also listened to my concerns about what I wanted done to show the place to the best advantage. While a lot of what real estate agents do is standard across the board, what stands out about this group is that they really tailor the process to best show your home. For example, they saw one of my pictures of a spectacular sunset from my roof deck, and not only used it along with their professional photographer’s photos, but also mentioned it in the listing. This type of attention to detail really stood out for me. In addition, they were there every step of the process, responding to e-mails, calls, or texts quickly, and explaining each step of the process or how to deal with any issues that arose during offers and then during escrow. I received a much higher price for my unit than I expected, which was a welcome surprise. These things, along with the fact that Tregg managed to make what is a very stressful experience much easier throughout the entire process, and made this actually a fun and interesting experience.
Debra A. Murphy, Ph.D., UCLA
We used Tregg to purchase our new home and to sell our old home. With the sale of our old house, Tregg was an incredible advocate for our position, particularly when issues arose with the close of escrow. He also had very good advice for us to help increase the value of our old home. With the purchase of our new home, Tregg used his impressive negotiation skills to speak to the other agent and gain information for us that helped us be the winning bid in a multiple bid situation. We would not hesitate to use Tregg again and highly recommend him.
Russ and Jeanne Riggins, Finance at Nu Image/Millennium Films and Attorney at Tressler LLP
Tregg Rustad is an exceptionally professional and talented realtor with a well-balanced knowledge of the Southern California real estate market. He will very quickly understand buyer and seller needs. His demeanor combined with experience and knowledge make him very trustworthy. He handled both the purchase of our home and the sale several years later, with us based overseas. We highly recommend him!
Vincent and Faye Drouillard, VP AerCap and Mother
Tregg and his associates were so great to work with and helpful – right from the first meeting. Very professional. I took all their suggestions about how to stage the condo and the photos that were taken looked great. They marketed my condo on all of the websites they promised. We had 2 open houses and 1 caravan open house, and then the condo was sold in one week! I chose them initially because of their CondosOnWilshire.com website, and I was not disappointed.
Susan Woodward, UCLA
Tregg Rustad and his Team were terrific! I highly recommend him as he knows the market, provides excellent customer service and is responsive to your needs. This is the second sale he facilitated for me and I am so happy to stick with him. Tregg keeps ahead of the market, providing expert advice on pricing and timing of sale. Customer service was perfect. He recommended an excellent staging company that provided real value. The staging moved the property. Second, he understood my unique circumstances and went extra miles to facilitate the sale. Finally, I could email or call him at almost any time and he answered right away. In summary, I have full trust and faith in his expert knowledge and his advice helped me get top price for my property with minimal stress.
Greg Ulma, US Forces Korea
Tregg is a true professional and is extremely knowledgeable. He has a wonderful demeanor and is well connected which aides in his ability to negotiate effectively. He keeps a cool head and is a great communicator which is invaluable as things heat up. He is pleasure to work with, has great taste and has a solid point of view which we relied on throughout the entire purchase process. I highly recommend Tregg to anyone looking for a real estate agent.
Zihla Salinas Arbit, Senior VP at MDC Partners
We can’t say enough good things about Tregg Rustad. My wife and I were pregnant with twins and we needed to sell our current residence and buy a new one quickly to fit all of the new arrivals. Tregg listened, provided guidance and expertise with both care and professionalism unmatched by any agent we have worked with before. He helped us expertly navigate the challenging Los Angeles marketplace, sold our existing house at top dollar in weeks, and helped lock down a great price on the new house, negotiating with the owners to the very end. Working with Tregg not only do you get quick responses, attention to detail and knowledgeable perspectives, you also really feel like he is in your corner. We trust Tregg!
Eric Kahn, Head of Digital at Ant Farm
Professional from my first phone call with him. Honest and experienced. Gave me excellent advice in order to get top dollar. In fact I got multiple offers shortly after the listing! Very detailed with all aspects of the sale. You should speak to him before choosing a broker to sell your home! You WILL choose him – really terrific.
Anonymous Reviewer, Zillow.com
It’s rare these days to be able to write a letter of praise rather than of complaint. I’m writing to let you know how impressed we were after working with Tregg Rustad. After we decided to buy a duplex, we felt that Tregg would be the perfect person to have as our agent. We knew he was smart, practical and, very important, unflappable. During the production he was always the one with the coolest head. We felt this quality would be important in our dealings. We were right. Over the years I’ve been involved in several dozen real estate transactions. I have never had an agent who was as responsive, as understanding and as calming as Tregg. I’m convinced that our deal might have gone south with another agent. He held things together and saw us through each and every problem. And now, a month after escrow has closed, he is still helping us clean up some odds and ends. Do what you must to hold onto him. He’s someone people will always come back to for their real estate deals. We will.
Hon. Stephen Lachs, Judge of the Superior Court, Retired
Your experience, energy and professionalism are truly unmatched. We always felt well-represented, protected, and taken care of during the sales, negotiation, inspection, and escrow process. Furthermore, you always anticipated and solved any potential problems, typically before they actually became problems, removing the stress from what can be a pretty stressful time. There is a reason we came back to you for this transaction after having worked with you before. We knew we’d get excellent advice and service, and we were not disappointed.
Emily Stevens and Bix Skahill, Owners of Happy Dagger Pictures
Tregg’s very personable and takes the time to get to know his clients and understand their needs and what they’re looking for. When what we want isn’t realistic, he is diplomatic and kind in getting us to understand why that is, and how we can set more realistic goals. Tregg takes his work seriously, but doesn’t take himself too seriously and has a good sense of humor. He also knows the importance of having a good relationship with your clients. It’s been 3 years since we purchased our home, but Tregg still remembers me and my husband, and always answers my random e-mails about real estate questions promptly. He’s become more than just our agent, but a friend that we trust with important issues like buying a home.
Anonymous Reviewer, Honestly.com
There are several aspects of our experience that made us want to write this letter. First of all, when we initially spoke with you we were looking for another realtor as our current realtor wasn’t providing the level of assistance that we expected and needed. We were frustrated and felt like we might not find a suitable new home once we sold our house, and with a newborn we did not want to be forced to rent. Then we were referred to you by a friend. You eliminated our concerns by finding us a home before selling our first house. When we made a very last minute decision to bid on it, we truly knew you were the ultimate professional as you provided advice and assistance while traveling for a family emergency. Buying before selling did make us nervous, but we felt as comfortable as one can in that situation because we knew that you would sell our house quickly – and you did!
Anne and Alex Caputo-Pearl, Nurse and High School Teacher
Tregg is a trusted adviser when it comes to real estate. He helped us purchase our first home and thanks to Tregg it was a great experience. Tregg understands the marketplace, listens carefully to his clients’ needs, and offers thoughtful insight when it comes to home buying /purchasing decisions. As a client, Tregg is always on YOUR side and for that we are continually appreciative.
Anonymous Reviewer, Honestly.com
Tregg is a brilliant Realtor who consistently delivers spectacular results. He has a powerful grasp of the market, understands real property and the myriad risks involved with transacting and owning property, and he is an expert negotiator. Tregg always exceeds my expectations. I trust that he has my best interests in mind because he knows that his clients’ satisfaction is the most valuable asset of his business. Tregg is a real estate hall of famer and an absolute joy to have on my team.
Colin Maduzia, Client Partner at Genex
We hired Tregg as our agent to help us find our first home in early 2007. Since I was new to the process, Tregg was extremely helpful and honest with the entire process. Everything worked out perfectly and we could not have been happier with the results. If you are looking for a great agent and someone you can trust, work with Tregg.
Ryan Neuman, Director of Retail Operations at NBC Universal
Tregg is bright, studied, insightful, considerate, thorough, detail-oriented, and an extremely great listener. He has deep insight into the real properties and transactions, as well as a keen appreciation for people and their goals. Tregg is a cut above his peers.
Anonymous Reviewer, Honestly.com
Tregg has represented me in several real estate transactions, both as a buyer and seller, as well as a real estate investment project we successfully completed together. I value and trust his knowledge in the field. Tregg’s strong business acumen brings more to a project than a typical agent can offer.
Bryan O’Patry, Partner & CFO Atlas Digital
It was a pleasure to work with Tregg when he helped me get my first home. As a first-time home buyer I had many questions which Tregg was there to answer every step of the way. The process went smoothly in large part to Tregg’s due diligence and attention to detail. I highly recommend Tregg and look forward to working with him in the future.
Scott Arenstein, Account Director at Hello Design
I have been represented by Tregg for both the purchase and sale of my home, and I would recommend him absolutely and without reservation. He is thorough, detailed, knowledgeable, honest, professional, savvy, and reasonable. He has a thorough understanding of the processes of both selling and buying a home, and he personally attends to all of the inspections, upgrades, paperwork, escrow details himself. He is always available and extremely nice. I can’t say enough about him and again I will undoubtedly be using him again when the need arises.
Tim and Kavita Lesser, M.D./Urologist and Deputy Attorney General at Department of Justice
Tregg Rustad is the epitome of a great real estate agent. After working with another agent for one year we looked long and hard for a new agent that was professional, smart, patient, honest, hard working, a good negotiator and most importantly–trustworthy. Tregg came highly recommended from a close friend of ours. After meeting with Tregg for the first time, we knew he was going to be the right agent for us. We were right, after a little over eight months we bought a home. We are having a housewarming party next week and Tregg was the first person on the guest list.
Real estate agents make money if you buy or sell your home. They don’t make money showing you homes, doing research, calling agents, calling mortgage brokers, scheduling inspectors, etc. Nevertheless, Tregg did all of this and more. He never pressured us to buy. In fact, it was not rare for Tregg to talk us out of a place, because he just didn’t think it was right for us. We were not easy clients! There were about six people involved in our decision to buy a home. Tregg spoke to all six people regularly, even when he was on vacation. Moreover, we were not the most decisive clients. We were in escrow on multiple homes which we backed out of before we finally settled on the right home. Once we finally found the right place, thanks to Tregg, our escrow period moved very smoothly. However, in the eleventh hour there was a huge issue (which had nothing to do with Tregg). At this point, Tregg went from great agent to amazing agent. This “issue” demanded endless phone calls, letters, inspections, meetings, etc. to get the sale of the home to close on time (or at all for that matter). Tregg made the sale happen and he made it happen on time! We live in the Southbay which is not even Tregg’s area of expertise (we originally planned on buying in West LA); nevertheless, we would never even think of using another agent when we sell our current home or buy our next home.
In looking for homes for just about two years we met a lot of real estate agents. Many of them are totally unprofessional shady characters! Tregg is a breath of fresh air and truly fantastic at his job. And, he CARES about YOU and YOUR INTERESTS! Oh, by the way, he is a total closet contractor and interior decorator. Thus, if you want ideas about remodeling, furnishing, painting, etc. Tregg is your guy!
Robyn and Jeremy Coltin, Attorney at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp and Product Manager at Kubota
We cannot recommend Tregg Rustad highly enough. He has all the qualities you would look for in a real estate agent. He is intelligent, responsive, patient, calm, knowledgeable, experienced and easy to work with. We initially called Tregg because he was recommended to us by two friends he represented in the purchase of their respective homes. Both friends had nothing but great things to say about him. One friend noted that he advised her to get specific inspections during escrow based on the year the house was built and the area it was located in, which ultimately saved her money in repairs. The other friend found herself in a bidding war and Tregg advised her to offer less than she was willing to offer and she got the house. This all sounded good to us so we called Tregg and were not disappointed.
When we met with Tregg we wanted to purchase a house in a particular neighborhood that was out of our price range. He showed us the current market data in that neighborhood and explained that we could try to find something that would work but that it would be difficult given the prices. He also showed us a number of other good neighborhoods to consider. Ultimately, we decided to make an offer on a house in one of the other neighborhoods. It was a great house and Tregg had visited many homes with us in that particular neighborhood. However, when the time came to put the deposit down, we decided we really did not want to live in that neighborhood after all. My husband and I both called Tregg and he patiently talked to us at length about our issues with the area and ultimately advised us not to move forward if our hearts were not in it. Although Tregg had accompanied us to several houses in that area and taken the time to write an offer on our behalf, he gave no indication that he was bothered in the least and continued to help us search.
Ultimately, we did find a house in the neighborhood we wanted and Tregg fought to get us the best price we could possibly get and to get credits for issues we discovered during the inspection period. He was very skilled at negotiating while maintaining a good relationship with the selling agent. In addition, he had a wealth of knowledge about what inspections to get and advised us to do inspections we might not otherwise have done. I asked him many questions during escrow about the house, permits, zoning, title and the escrow process generally and found him to be very knowledgeable in all respects. He returned phone calls promptly and was on top of everything every step of the way. He made sure all parties (the sellers, the sellers’ agent, the escrow officer, the title officer, the inspectors and the lender) were getting the job done in an efficient and timely manner.
In addition, my husband referred Tregg to another party to represent that party in the sale of their family home and he was equally great as a listing agent. He sold the home quickly, efficiently and at a great price.
In summary, if you are looking to buy or sell a home, call Tregg!
Lisa Mansouri, Attorney