• Knowledge and Promptness

    It is my absolute pleasure to have an opportunity to recommend Jim Bottrell a truly exceptional real estate agent. I live in Boston and my experience with Jim began over a year ago when I was interested in buying a rental property in the Oceanside area. Jim is very well versed in the real estate industry as a whole and brings remarkable knowledge of the Oceanside market. He possesses a sincere desire to strive and deliver exactly what his clients are searching for. I took a week-long house hunting trip to California. My goal was to know the area better and I didnt expect finding anything in such a short time. Jim put together 15 houses that fit my requirements perfectly and mapped a one-day viewing trip. I was extremely impressed with the information Jim diligently prepared for me with comparisons of investment value and rental potentials. I ended up making an offer on a house that Jim strongly recommended after visiting only six or seven houses. Within three days Jim was able to have the house inspected and also recommended an excellent loan officer. I credit Jim with a smooth stress-free home-buying experience. Jim is always reachable and always promptly responsive regardless of the hour or day of the week and what else he had going on. I would receive e-mails from him early in the morning and I’m three hours ahead. He is always responsive to my every question or concern. Without hesitation I asked him to manage the rental property. He impressed me again by finding tenants right after closing. I had such a pleasurable experience. Jim is savvy personable and knows the market inside and out. I would recommend Jim to anyone who’s looking to have a smooth stress-free home-buying experience.

    Stephanie Liu

    The Team Effort

    I have had the good fortune to have worked with Jim Jessica Bottrell on several real estate transactions both as a seller and a buyer and I wouldnt work with anyone else. They are both true professionals and a pleasure to work with. Jim has made transactions work despite incredibly challenging circumstances through his broad range of knowledge in real estate and his ability to navigate through a sale despite obstacles. His work ethic is outstanding as is his ability to negotiate in the marketplace. He has a wide range of knowledge in the field that ranges from sales to purchases mortgage issues and property management. There were many times through many transactions that I didnt think things would work out but Jim Jessica and the Bottrell team made it work Jim Jessica their team are great at communicating and they are always available for questions or to find a way to make something work. It is rare to find someone who has such high ethical and professional standards who also has the knowledge of the market and the wide degree of experience Jim his team have.

    Judy B.
    North County San Diego

    Lenders Approval

    I have been a loan officer for 25 years and have had transactions with over 3000 agents and can honestly say that I have never been associated with anyone who offers as much to their clients as Jim and Jessica. Their level of professionalism integrity and knowledge puts them head and shoulders above the rest of their peers. They truly get this business and what it takes to exceed client expectations. They continue to amaze me with the level of customer service they provide their clients and how involved they are from start to finish in every transaction. I would highly recommend Jim and Jessica Bottrell to anyone who is looking for true professionals to help them buy or sell their home.

    Dave Walling

    Property Management

    Jim was my property manager while I was stationed overseas and later my real estate agent when I decided to sell my house. I trust Jim completely and never had any doubts as to the safety of my investment while I wasnt there. His attention to detail and constant contact with my tenants ensured that both of us were satisfied with the arrangement. I believe that its because of Jims expertise as a property manager that I kept the same tenants for four years. As anyone who has bought or sold a home can tell you its a stressful and trying time. Jims expert knowledge of the local market and potential buyers guided me through the sale process with no delays headaches or extra stress on me.

    Tom T.
    Carlsbad CA

    Property Management

    Jim was my property manager while I was stationed overseas and later my real estate agent when I decided to sell my house. I trust Jim completely and never had any doubts as to the safety of my investment while I wasnt there. His attention to detail and constant contact with my tenants ensured that both of us were satisfied with the arrangement. I believe that its because of Jims expertise as a property manager that I kept the same tenants for four years. As anyone who has bought or sold a home can tell you its a stressful and trying time. Jims expert knowledge of the local market and potential buyers guided me through the sale process with no delays headaches or extra stress on me.

    Tom T.

    Negotiation Skills

    In short - Jim did an excellent job locating and negotiating the purchase of a house for me. He was also successful at negotiating and selling a house in a very timely manner. Very impressed with his commitment skill and experience in getting the job done to our satisfaction Well Done

    Jim M.

    Superior Service

    Jim and Jessica did an outstanding job during the entire purchasing process. I had very specific needs and they worked very hard finding the best property for my needs. They were extremely helpful and quick to respond to my various questions. I have worked with other agents in the past and Jim and Jessica by far were superior in every aspect of the process. They were a great team to work with and I look forward to working with them again.

    Alonzo D.
    Carlsbad CA

    This crew is probably the best. Even my mother-in-law who is also a Realtor agrees. They are very kind an understanding people being a military family made it that much better. I highly recommend this crew no complaints on my stay they always made sure Everything was perfect for my home.

    Rose B.
    Oceanside CA

    Knowledgeable and Versatility

    Jim has been our Realtor since 2008. He was a referral to my wife and I. We have had lousy experiences with referrals in the past but Jim is definitely the exception to the rule. He helped us purchase our first house and gave us firsthand knowledge of all things reality. Since moving to Virginia he has been our landlord for our rental property and I wouldnt trust the job with anyone else. His professionalism has set the Bar so high we have felt extremely disappointed with the service we have received from others here in Virginia. Even though he is not our Realtor here in Virginia he still gives us prompt advice and answers to all of our questions. He has earned our trust and loyalty and we refer him whenever possible.

    Jason R.

    Jim made the whole shopping for a home experience a pleasant one. I learned a lot about real estate thanks to Jim. He will show you explain in details and walk you through out the whole process without hesitation. His professionalism dedication and excellent work ethics are top notch. He will always look for the best offer to keep you in your budget or spending limit while locating the best property as well. I do thank Jim and his team for all the time and effort they put on my purchase and also to help Me become a proud home owner.

    R. Ortiz
    Vista CA

    Jim has helped me purchase several investment properties these past few years. I cant say enough about his professionalism. He is extremely knowledgeable with the homes in the area and only showed me homes that were worth viewing. He saved me a lot of time Jim also helped me screen for tenants and from his years of experience he knew immediately whether an applicant would be a good tenant. He is quick to respond to any of my questions and issues. I have had nothing but positive experiences with Jim. I still use his advised for my future investments.

    Alice Gu

    Knowledgeable and Personable

    My husband, David, and I are first-time homeowners. Jessica was so patient with us and really supported our needs and wants in a house. Working with such a knowledgeable and personable team made it an easy and wonderful experience. She really cares about her clients and has their best interests foremost in the process. We look forward to working with Jessica on our next home purchase.

    Katrina W.

    Highly Recommend

    Jim's experience in the industry and knowledge of the market financing and negotiating was extremely valuable in helping us find and obtain the right house. Jim had us look at properties within our criteria. We believe he helped us find a home at a great deal. We highly recommend Jim to help you find your property. You can rely on Jim's strong work ethic and integrity.

    Maria B.
    North County San Diego

    Very Honest and Trustworthy

    Jim was very knowledgeable about every aspect of the purchasing process for us. He assessed our likes and needs and then made sure he never wasted our time on homes that he knew would not be good for us. It was amazing how quickly he found us our dream home. His knowledge of construction was so helpful when showing us homes. He never steered us wrong and was very honest and trustworthy about everything. We couldn't have been happier when he found us a home that wasn't even a short sale. Buying a home is one of the most stressful things anyone can do but Jim really made it so easy for us. He understands the market and really taught us so much about investment properties. He went above and beyond our expectations and made sure all of our needs were met even after the sale. To experience such excellent service these days can be such a rare thing. It was nice to work with someone who still has integrity and good work ethic. We have recommended Jim and his team to several of our friends and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a home. Jim really made us feel like a valued client throughout the entire process and we appreciate everything he has done and continues to do for us.

    Chris and Melissa C.

    Letter from Seller

    Dear Bottrell Team (aka Jessica and Jim) — How do I even begin to thank you for seeing the sale and previous rental of my home through from beginning to end I think one word sums it up and that is “communication” moreover the ability to communicate at optimal effectiveness with buyers AND with the seller with clarity and graciousness at the same time—a difficult feat. You know how to be straight forward in your communication and at the same time take into account what an emotional ordeal it can be for both buyer and seller and in cases like mine, a tenant as well. That being said I thank you for going the extra mile in the following ways just to name a few:

    - Communicating effectively yet compassionately with the tenant to optimize showing times which can be sensitive to the tenant but essential to the sale of the property.
    - Showing up for contractors to do repairs when I was not able to be present.
    - Keeping yard flowers and house looking great for showings in my absence.
    - Always responding to inquires from either buyer or seller in a lightning fast time and highly competent manner.
    - Your representation has been timely insightful effective incredibly professional and most appreciated.

    I highly recommend The Bottrell Team to any and all buyers and the sellers. I for one remain grateful and most impressed. I can’t thank you both enough.

    Damian A Santonastaso

    Damian S.
    San Elijo Hills San Marcos

    I Still Call Him 3 Yrs Later for Advice

    We had a great experience working with Jim. He took the time to explain things thoroughly in words we could understand. He always maintained a high level of professionalism and to this day I still call him for knowledge and advice. We never questioned his integrity or know how. We would definitely work with him again. We appreciate all he did and all he still does for us even though we closed on our house 3 years ago. I have recommended him to several friends. We really appreciate everything he did to help us get this house we were in a bad situation with our rental and needed everything to flow smoothly and it all did. We thank him for his professionalism integrity and most of all for treating us like humans and not like a business.

    Juan and Cristina

    Proud Home Owner

    Jim made the whole shopping for a home experience a pleasant one. I learned a lot about real estate thanks to Jim. He will show you explain in details and walk you through out the whole process without hesitation. His professionalism dedication and excellent work ethics are top notch. He will always look for the best offer to keep you in your budget or spending limit while locating the best property as well. I do thank Jim and his team for all the time and effort they put on my purchase and also to help me become a proud home owner.

    R. Ortiz

    Trustworthy and Reliable

    Working with Jim Bottrell and his team was an enjoyable experience. He helped locate an excellent property that met my needs. He assisted in all aspects of the purchase negotiation inspection of the home repair follow-up and closing the purchase on time. He is not only trustworthy but extremely reliable. You can count on what he says and you can take that to the bank… Literally

    Paul L.
    San Elijo Hills San Marcos

    Understands Needs of Investors

    As an investor my needs are somewhat different from those of a first-time home buyer. Jim understands these needs and was dedicated to providing me information and advice tailored to my situation. Once we had an accepted offer Jim was always on top of what was happening and always kept me informed regarding where we stood. Throughout the entire process he was straight-forward and reliable. Jim is easily the best agent I have worked with I would use him again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to others.

    Justin L.
    North County San Diego

    Can't Imagine What We'd Do Without Him

    Like almost everyone else looking to purchase their first home we were very unfamiliar with the realities of the home buying process. Despite doing some online investigation and watching a lot of HGTV there was just no way to grasp the full experience until we had gone through it ourselves. Luckily for us we found Jim who immediately put us at ease with his obvious depth of knowledge frank property assessments and understanding of our personal and financial situation. Jim is the objective voice of experience you need in your corner when making such a financially and emotionally significant investment. He educated us on the process taught us how to systematically evaluate a property and never pressured us in any way. His dedication to us as clients was undeniably confirmed when he spent a full day at our new home following closing and helped us complete multiple small improvements gave us a lesson on installing upgraded baseboards even lent us his personal tools to allow us to finish the job ourselves. Two years later we knew who to contact when we were ready to take advantage of the down market and purchase a rental property. Again Jim took care of us in the same honest and professional manner as before and steered us into a great area for investment where we purchased a modest single family home to rent. He has managed the property for us since the day of closing and it has been making money and building equity ever since. With Jim in charge of the operation the only sleep we lose over our rental property is thinking about what we’re going to do when he retires some day.

    Matt B.

    Experienced and Committed

    Jim and his team were very focused on helping us and they knew the area we were interested in very well. For an investor Jim offers a straightforward and logical approach in finding and securing a property that will be a sound investment. He is experienced enough to know if a property is a good buy from both a financial outcome and maintenance point of view. He was also quick to follow up on any questions and remained committed to us beyond the closure of the sale.

    Barbara S.

    He's The Best

    Jim Bottrell was instrumental in helping my wife and I purchase a new home. His work ethic and understanding of our needs were 2nd to none. Not only did he make it extremely simple to keep our finger on the pulse of the Real Estate market during a time when we had to compete with multiple offers but he was able to locate a home for us in a very short period of time and because of his leadership expertise regarding the market saved us over 25000 when we had our offer submitted and then accepted. I trusted him the first time we met and would refer him to any of my friends family who were interested in buying a home as a primary resident or investment purchase.

    John and Jaque M.

    First Time Home Buyer and now using Property Mgmt Services

    Working with Jim both as a realtor and as a property manager has been an absolute pleasure. His work ethic is impeccable his knowledge of the marketplace and property management are second to none. Jim's honesty and integrity are central to the reason I felt I could trust him and his judgement so quickly after meeting and beginning to work with him to buy my first home. These same traits along with his strong sense of discipline made him the easy choice to be my property manager. I have eagerly recommend him to my friends and anyone who is even thinking about entering the real estate market.

    Cameron N.
    San DiegoTierra Santa

    Other Agents Cannot Measure Up

    My husband and I were looking for a home to purchase for over a year with no luck. We spoke to several realtors but were unable to find the help we needed. As soon as I contacted Jim I felt like I was finally moving forward in my search for a home. He is the best and only helpful agent we found. His knowledge about properties lenders and all things real estate is amazing. Within a month or two we had found a great home. Jim did not waste our time showing us homes he knew we could not buy. We purchased our wonderful home and he made the process smooth. He helped me out through the whole process and helped me understand the procedure of purchasing a home. We trust his advice and know we can go to him for any questions we have. Now we use him as our property manager. I would not go to anyone else for my real estate or property management needs.

    Kim O.

    Repeat Client Purchasing Investment Properties

    Jim helped me buy my first investment property a few years ago. He has since helped me buy two others as well as those that my close friends have purchased a total of 12 properties all together His knowledge and analysis of the marketplace is truly impressive. His loyalty to his clients has won my trust. I have recommended many friends to Jim and they all satisfied with the great work that he does.

    Lynn C.
    San Diego

    Happy Clients

    We couldn't have asked for a better experience when working with Top San Diego Homes. Their knowledge and understanding of the Realty business is spot-on. Their confidence and determination level aided us in the purchase of our first home. I would highly recommend their services to anyone who is looking to buy sell or rent out their property.

    Ralph Tamra

    North County San Diego Investor

    When I was looking for an investment property in the North County San Diego area I was hoping to find someone with experience in this type of property who would know the desirable rental areas. I was also looking for someone who was ethical had a good work ethic and took pride in what he was doing versus just trying to sign another deal. In particular I was looking to buy a property at a good price in a family neighborhood that would attract desirable tenants. I found what I was looking for in Jim Bottrell. He had extensive experience in listing and selling investment properties in North County San Diego. Having been a member of the armed forces and based in the area himself he was also very knowledgeable about which areas were better than others in terms of hot rental markets for military families in the North County area. I trusted in his knowledge to put me in the right area and I was not disappointed. He found the perfect Single Family residence in a great area where I was easily able to find a good tenant right away. I would definitely use Jim again when I’m in the market for additional investment properties.

    Matthew C.

    First Time Home Buyer VA

    I didn't know very much about buying a home. I just knew that I needed to invest my money while I was still young. No one is there in the real world to tell you if you are making the right choice or the wrong one. It took a long time to get into a deal with a seller because of my low price range and the current housing market. There was always a cash buyer there to come and trump my VA loan offer making it hard to stay motivated. That is why I am glad I had Jim there to keep me focused. He wanted to see me succeed at my goals just as bad as I did. I ask a lot of question too. Sometimes to the point of being annoying. Jim however always had an answer and he took the time to teach me a massive amount about the home buying process. I also learned about ways to inspect a house for problems that would cost me thousands to repair on my own from Jim. Things I would not have noticed or looked for. I am very happy with the condo I bought and enjoy living there knowing that it is my house and that I am making a good investment. I also feel that I am more than capable of making more property investments in the future.

    Sgt Campbell J. S.

    Real Estate Investor

    We wanted to diversify our investments by starting to add rental properties but never knew how to get started. Jim made it easy because we could tell from the start that we could trust him completely. He was not just interested in making a sale in fact passed up opportunities to sell us homes that he was convinced were not the best deal for our needs. His experience in the military and in construction and property management are huge assets when he is evaluating properties for clients. He has concentrated his efforts in a specific geographic area and has a well-reasoned approach that has yielded excellent results for past clients and worked wonders for us. Jim found us a super clean house in a great neighborhood with positive cash flow and now we have great tenants in there You can trust Jim implicitly. We will definitely be calling him for future rental purchases.

    Glen V. P.

    First Time Home Buyer

    We loved every step that Jim and John helped us through the process of buying our first home. As a first time home buyer we really didn’t know what to do or what to expect. As a realtor Jim really helped us to search for that perfect home that we have always wanted. He listened to our preferences and followed with our budget. He also educated us about the market and investment opportunities which allows us to have a better understanding of what we are really investing our money into. John as our broker also helped us with every single details of the mortgage and explains the loan in depth. Together they helped us so much with purchasing our first time and we couldn’t be happier with the experience.

    Ying and Kyle

    Satisfied Buyer

    Jim Bottrell owner of Top San Diego Homes assisted me in acquiring my new home. Jim was very knowledgeable of the listings in the area I was interested in and worked diligently to find just the right one. I would recommend Jim to anyone looking to sell a home or buying any property in the area. He is very familiar with the mortgage process and will guide you with excellent knowledge and trustworthiness.

    Sam P.

    Short sale made easy

    To whom it may concern I was holding off on selling my investment property because I heard how tough it was to deal with the banks from friends and the media. After discussing the details of the short sale process with Jim and Jessica I felt very comfortable with their experience and knowledge and their ability to help me through the short sale approval process. I was ecstatic that they received a full price offer which my mortgage company approved within the first week. Jim and Jessica took care of every detail from showings to making sure my tenants were taken care of which was a huge concern for me. The entire process was so fast and painless for my sale that I think it must have set a record and that is all due to the exceptional knowledge and diligence of Jim and Jessica. Not only would I recommend Jim and Jessica to anyone who is looking to sell their home whether it be a short sale or not, I would also recommend that anyone looking to buy a home should contact them today!

    Dave C
    CWO USMC Ret.

    True Professional

    Jim is a true professional above and beyond what I expected from a real estate agent. He listened asked questions and he didn't waste my time on properties that didn't meet my criteria. With him I got much more than a real estate agent - I got a trusted advisor on the mortgage side too. However the most valuable service he offered me was his professional opinion as a former general contractor. It was like getting a home inspection on every walk through. I had full confidence that I was getting the truth about properties I viewed as a result of working with Jim and I would not hesitate to recommend him to others

    Holly K.

    We were impressed with Jim's knowledge of the real estate market specifically his ability to find quality homes that were priced below market value. Once we found a home that we loved we were thoroughly impressed with Jim's negotiating skills throughout the offer counter-offer process. My wife and I are convince that we would not have been able to buy our home at the price we paid without Jim.

    Charles S.
    Del Mar

    Jim assessed our needs and desires and showed us many wonderful homes. He demonstrated knowledge of investment suitability quality of construction as well as the tax benefits and costs associated with each. Throughout the whole process Jim demonstrated the highest levels of integrity honor and values - exactly what I would expect from the former Major USMC that he is. We recommend Jim to anybody with the highest enthusiasm.

    Claude and Andrea Stemp
    Colonel, United States Air Force, Ret.


    Morning Jim. Thanks for the call yesterday letting me know that we had closed. I want you to know that I have been impressed throughout this process with your thoroughness and professionalism and how much I appreciate it. That kind of service is increasingly rare any more. Having been self employed in business for most of 40 years I learned early on that there are three basic things you need to do to be successful in small business. Do good work be good at what you do surround yourself with good people and do what you say you are going to do. Not that complicated but so many fail on one or more. Clearly you have not and it shows. Again thank you for a great job.

    Tom S.

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