"I cannot say enough good things about Catrina. She's been so much more than a Realtor to me, but also a friend, mentor and life coach! I've worked with Catrina to buy 2 properties and sell one. She first helped me buy a condo back in 2012. Thanks to her foresight, it ended up being a very smart investment and more than doubled in value in 5 years. This year she helped me sell that condo and get top dollar (higher than anyone in my complex) in just one week. She helped me out as much as she possibly could to accomplish this. At the same time, she drove with me out to Jamul tirelessly week after week to search for the perfect piece of land to buy and build on. I knew nothing about buying land and was pretty nervous about pursuing this dream, but with her help I learned the ins and outs of land development, found the right contractors to work with and closed on a beautiful property with confidence. Catrina is down to earth and fun to work with. She's not pushy or salesy but she's professional and gets the job done. Her experience speaks for itself and you can feel confident working with her. She has your best interests in mind. She also throws the BEST client appreciation parties and will continue to invite you year after year whether you've worked with her recently or not. My son looks forward to those parties because the food is so delicious! As a business owner myself, I admire excellent customer service and Catrina's is impeccable! In short, I can't imagine ever working with someone else for my real estate needs. Thank you, Catrina!"
Thanks for all your help in making our "dream home" a reality. We really appreciated that you went the extra mile to get us the best price for our home. You are truly a professional.
In all our dealings with Realtors over the past ten years, we have never met anyone as helpful and energetic as you have been. Without hesitation, we would highly recommend your service to anyone who is looking for an experienced Realtor who cares about getting things done and doing them right! Thanks for taking such good care of us, we couldn't have done it without you!
Thank you so much for taking the extra effort to make our first home purchase successful. You were there guiding us through all the crucial and important steps! You really listened to what we wanted in our home and you found exactly what we were looking for - at an amazing price! If we ever outgrow this home, we'll definitely be calling you!
You made buying a home so easy for my wife and I. We were grateful for how much patience you used in answering all of our questions and taking us to look at so many houses. You never pushed us into looking at something we were not interested in. We strongly recommend you to anyone looking at buying a new home.
Bought a Condo home in 2008 for approximately $625k in Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA.
My husband and I were visiting our daughter in Ocean Beach and went to an open house in the area. The property we saw was not at all what we were looking for. So the agent (Catrina) suggested that we look at a condo down the street that was up for sale. It was way outside of our price range but we agreed to look just for fun. Well, of course, it was just what we wanted but still way too pricey for us. We still had 5 years to purchase our retirement home so we moved on, not thinking any more about it. Out of the blue, about a year later on a Saturday, Catrina called and said the condo that we liked was now owned by the bank and that they were going to start taking offers on Monday (and they had listed it in our price range). We were very interested but had to get pre-approved for a loan before submitting an offer. We had 1 1/2 days on a weekend to get pre-approved. We didn't even live in the area, so we thought it was going to be impossible! Catrina got on the phone and the next thing we knew we were getting calls from some loan officers and were approved by Sunday night. We made an offer on Monday morning and they accepted our offer on Thursday. We now have the place of our dreams! Catrina worked diligently to help get us pre-approved and submit counter offers. We weren’t even the highest bidder but they liked the offer that Catrina helped put together for us and the bank closed the bidding on the 4th day. I can guarantee that without Catrina’s help, we wouldn’t have gotten the house. She knows the area completely and has a wealth of knowledge. You can count on Catrina to be there for you. Give her a call. We highly recommend her!
Bought a Single Family home in 2009 in College West, San Diego, CA.
Catrina was a wonderful ally in the home searching and buying process. She's very knowledgeable of the San Diego market coupled with an easy going, friendly, non-aggressive personality. She was patient with us and had our family's best interest at heart- always. We enjoyed working with her through the entire process and would/have recommended her to friends.
I found Catrina through an acquaintance. She had just purchased a home in an area we loved, and I asked "did you like your realtor?" "Yes, her name is Catrina Russell." BAM.
Catrina appears low-key and California casual, but don't let that fool you. She is an EXPERT at her craft. She knew what we needed and wanted even when we didn't. She gave us real and honest advice. She worked expertly with the seller's agent to get them to fix a major part of the home before we moved in. And the other professionals we met as a result of her: people in finance, the home inspector, foundation experts, etc, were all just as stand-up wonderful.
And almost even bigger than her help and expertise in buying our home was what happened months AFTER. We found major electrical issues, and we were fighting a losing battle with the home warranty company. We contacted Catrina for advice, and she took them on for us. She helped us get the warranty company to pay a contractor we chose (that Catrina recommended, no surprise) thousands of dollars to redo the entire electrical box. I don't know how many hours she and her staff spent on that issue, but for a realtor to spend that time on a former client was a big deal to us. It's just not about the commission for her--it's about relationships.
One more observation I made: she works damn hard, but has no problem telling clients "I'm going to my kid's baseball game." I loved it. Catrina has a life with a family, and she is upfront about it.
If you are looking for a home, or need to sell one, call Catrina. That's all you need to know.
Catrina Russell is the only realtor we have ever used - she helped us buy our first little condo in Ocean Beach 15 years ago, which we absolutely loved. At the time, other realtors told us we'd never be able to find what we wanted -- cute, ocean view, walking distance to downtown OB, in our price range -- but she stuck with us, and we finally found the perfect little (and it was little - 742 squre feet!) place.
5 years later, she helped us find our first house -- a beautiful historic Spanish house over the hill in Point Loma. Catrina was very knowledgable, hard-working, smart, easy to work with, and always made an effort to be ahead of the game. When we bought our home back in that crazy time in 2002 when houses were selling instantly, often above asking price, she got us in to see the house the night before it went on open house and got our bid in before anyone else.
I would absolutely recommend Catrina to anyone looking to buy or sell a house or condo, especially in Ocean Beach/Point Loma - an area which she knows and loves well. On top of that, she's pretty cool, and for a certain period of time, you spend a lot of time w/ your realtor - you might as well pick someone you like!