Testimonials

We were living on Okinawa, and with a short few months notice, we informed TJ and Maria we needed to sell our home because we had orders to Pennsylvania. We would be briefly passing through CA in order to pack up our household belongings, and then we would be moving to PA. They both immediately took action initiating a fast home sale. They handled all aspects of the sale from marketing, to cleaning, and to securing contractors as needed. Everything we could and did ask for was handled with seamless precision. Not an easy task, however, with decades of experience, TJ and Maria, with consummate professionalism made our home sale come true in record time, in 42 days from start to finish. We are extremely satisfied and we enthusiastically recommend anyone buying or selling a home to please contact California Residential Consulting first. They will have your best interests at heart.
by Heather Cotoia
TJ Stroben, Agent
TJ and her partner Maria were very professional. It was a pleasure working with 2 agents who understood the flow of a transaction and didn't over react when we hit a slight snag.
by Fellow Agent
Maria Roller and Kellie Granito were a pleasure to work with on the purchase and sale of our homes in Carlsbad. Cal Res is a professional, hard working firm with a personal touch from beginning to end. Would recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell in the Carlsbad area.
by The Arboit Family
Maria Roller, Agent and Kellie Granito, Agent
TJ was amazing! We purchased our dream second home in Carlsbad from 2000 miles away in Wisconsin. The only way this could have happened is with the amazing help of such a professional, enthusiastic, resourceful, energetic, positive, patient and understanding agent. TJ really did make our deal possible; I can honestly say we would not have pulled the trigger and made our purchase without her.
by Client
TJ Stroben, Agent
Maria navigated multiple real estate transactions for us in Carlsbad over the last few years. She helped us acquire an investment property, found suitable tenants for us, and then managed the property for us while we were living out of the area. Recently, she represented us in the purchase of our home, which received multiple offers within days of going on the MLS. She got our offer accepted and kept the deal on track to close in well under 30 days. Communication with Maria is always open and transparent. She has expertise in sales, rentals, and property management - you really can't go wrong!
by Esteban & Bri
Maria Roller, Agent
We have worked with Maria's team since 2014; beginning with her team managing our property as a rental for almost 5 years and then selling it! During the time the property was a rental, we almost forgot that we had a rental until the monthly payments were sent to our account electronically. Any time a renter called her with an issue, she would send us a message with options and costs for us to decide how we wanted to handle it and then she took care of it all! It was so easy compared to when we managed it ourselves for 10 years...worth every penny to have her team manage it. And, her fee was very affordable. She also made the move out of one renter and finding a new renter seamless and communicated often with us the status of interviewing new renters and helping to guide us with decisions with her knowledge. In the end, she helped us sell the property! She worked with the renters to coordinate move out the same day escrow closed! I seriously forgot that we were selling a home as they took care of everything. With her contacts, she was able to get an offer 3 weeks before our house was officially going on the market with a 3 week escrow...and we felt no stress at all even with the short escrow. I really wish we had another property for her team to manage...it was so easy!
by Carman Family
TJ helped us sell our house in Carlsbad, CA. Selling a home can be stressful but not if you have an amazing agent like TJ. She has a wealth of experience she puts to use and she is tireless. We knew she was connected in the community and had the best up to date marketing methods. Each step of the way she communicated with us so we knew what to expect. T J has a great sense of humor and to know her is to love her. We were so pleased with how the process went even when there were challenges. Some people just deserve 6 stars and TJ is one of them!
by rowe2000
TJ Stroben, Agent
I would highly recommend Maria Roller and the entire California Residential Consulting team to anyone looking to lease, sell, and/or purchase a home. Maria is an amazing real estate professional who truly understands the business and is always a pleasure to work with. She helped us purchase our first home 5 years ago, and we were so happy with her service we wanted to work with her again to sell and buy our next home. She is patient, hard working, and always puts her clients needs first. She provides great insight into the real estate market and did a fantastic job marketing and attracting buyers to our home. We are thrilled with the new home she helped us buy and she was there for us throughout the entire process. I cannot thank her enough for making this a seamless process and for the amazing level of communication from her and the Cal Res Team. Thank you!
by Mitts Family
Maria Roller, Agent
Maria is an absolute dream to work with. As a first time home buyer, the whole process is extremely overwhelming and scary. She made us feel extremely comfortable, cared for, and guided us seamlessly through the process from start to finish. She makes you feel as if you are her only client, giving you undivided attention and working hard to find your dream home. She's very flexible and willing to go whatever distance needed to find that perfect home, she follows up with realtors, and keeps a great working relationship with your best interest at heart. I honestly can't say enough wonderful things about Maria. She started as an acquaintance and ended as a friend. We have been done with the escrow process for 2 weeks now and she still makes a point to call and text to see how everything is going, and willing to help when issues or questions arise. If you are looking for a 5 star experience in buying your next home, or first home, take the time to talk to Maria! You won't regret it.
by Robert, Rachel, and Remy
Maria Roller, Agent
TJ worked very hard for many months to represent my wife and I as buyers. We are very picky, and we drastically changed our search parameters over time, nonetheless TJ always carried the same energy and focus through the whole search. We saw in person 100+ houses, and made (unsuccessful) offers on 8 of them. 2 of them came near closing, until we found last minute issues with the properties. Finally, our 9th offer worked out (phew!) TJ was beyond helpful during inspections, finding professional plumbers/inspectors/etc and scheduling them on our behalf. She drove the entire process from start to end, and ultimately made us very happy.
by Very Happy Buyers
TJ Stroben, Agent
You two are a gift, always remember that! Thank you so much to both of you for all the effort, kindness and attention you have provided to Randy and I in our process of someday being able to live at the beach. You are the BEST management company we have ever had!
by Sunny & Randy, Property Owners
Maria Roller, Agent and Rita Kelley, Agent
My husband and I found Kim somewhat by accident, but we are SO happy that we did. She walked us through purchasing our first home and made the process incredibly seamless. After first meeting her, she immediately put our needs first and made us feel as though we were her most important clients. She took us to see several properties, helped us to weigh our options with honest feedback, and supported our decisions each step of the way. Once we had found a place that we wanted to make our home, she helped us to solidify an offer while simultaneously calming our nerves! We cannot say enough about her sincere demeanor, prompt follow-ups, and her go-getter attitude. Her knowledge of the Carlsbad area is great as well, and she has since provided us with recommendations and kept in touch. We consider her a great professional resource and also a friend and will absolutely recommend her to any friends or family who are looking to purchase or sell their home.
by Jenni and Nick, First-time home buyers
Kim Lombardi, Agent
My wife and I worked with Kim Lombardi on both the sale and purchase of our new home. Kim was a pleasure to work with. She was very responsive and provided thorough explanations to all of our questions throughout the process. Kim provided great advice in the negotiation period on both the sale and purchase of our new home. We highly recommend Kim as a realtor.
by Tony & Elsa, buyers & sellers
Kim Lombardi, Agent
We can't say enough good things about Maria Roller and California Residential Consulting! We had a strategy to roll the equity from our home of 18 years into something more suitable to the needs of our growing kids as they entered high school. Maria and her trusted team helped us navigate a challenging acquisition of a fantastic home in Olde Carlsbad, then turned around and quickly sold our existing home for a great price. We closed on both escrows within 30 days of each other. Maria was born and raised in North County and we would highly recommend her services and local knowledge to anyone looking to buy or sell (or both) a home in the area!
by Brian and Tracy Rodgers
Maria Roller, Agent
Maria handled the sale of the house we had occupied for 26 years as well as the purchase of our newly found home. Though both in Vista, they are very, very different properties. Maria was thorough and knowledgeable about all of Vista. We never felt that we "wasted our time" looking at listings that did not match what we were looking for. We would recommend Cal Res to anyone shopping for a realtor to purchase or sell.
by Troy and Michelle
Maria Roller, Agent
FIVE STARS, "Maria is great! I was a nervous first time home buyer and she walked me through the process in a calm and logical way so that I felt comfortable with my purchase. Her level of communication was excellent. I would highly highly recommend Maria Roller."
by First Time Home Buyer
Maria Roller, Agent
Kim was an outstanding partner and true joy to get to know and work with last year when she sold our home in Encinitas. Over the last 15+ years we have been involved in 4 home purchases and three home sales and dealt with a fair number of realtors on both the buy and sell sides and I can unequivocally say that the experience working with Kim has been simply the best. Here are the things that impressed me about Kim: 1. Kim understands the San Diego real estate market and local trends very well and on top of it she loves numbers and data which means she is spot on with her assessment and valuations. 2. Kim is well organized, detail oriented and an excellent communicator and was fantastic in engaging with other realtors and prospective buyers. Kim did a terrific job marketing our home and made sure she understood our priorities and ensured that these were addressed throughout the process. 3. Kim is a proactive problem solver as she seemed a step ahead of anticipating issues and addressing them. Kim was great during the negotiation phase and had excellent tips and sound advice throughout the process. She also has a great team working with her and she will have a reliable resources on hand including contractors, inspectors, escrow agents etc. to ensure a smooth transaction. 4. Most importantly, we were thoroughly impressed by Kim’s honesty and integrity. Kim worked hard for us, helped us secure top price and easily went above and beyond what we would have expected from a realtor and it was evident that our satisfaction was her top priority throughout the process. Kim has been hands down the best realtor we have worked with and would recommend her most enthusiastically to anyone looking for one in the San Diego area.
by Abhijit Bhat
Kim Lombardi, Agent
We cannot speak too highly of Kim Lombardi. It took us several months to find our dream home, and Kim was there for us every step of the way. She was never too busy to walk through many homes with us, answer our numerous questions and follow up with realtors. She gave us thoughtful and wise advice when asked. Her enthusiasm never flagged, and she became a wonderful friend to explore home options with. When we finally found our new home, and were ready to sell our previous one, she set up open houses, advertised using all available means and talked up our home to other realtors at weekly meetings. As a result, we had four offers within a week, one of which was very satisfactory. Both the home buying and home selling process was taken care of very professionally and smoothly by Kim. Her responsiveness, can-do attitude and professionalism make her the best realtor we have ever worked with. We are happy to recommend her to any of our friends and family -- and we have! They have been similarly impressed!
by Aarti Totlani, Buyer & Seller
Kim Lombardi, Agent
"My husband and I worked really hard to save for our first home. Everyone warned us that buying a home would be a challenging and frustrating process. We really didn't know where to start or how the process would work, but then we found Maria Roller! Maria was the most professional and kind individual I have ever worked with. From the moment she met us, she listened and really tried to get to know us and our style, and what we were looking for in a home. She always had a positive and energetic attitude, which made the home buying process very fun! Maria was up to showing us anything and everything so we could find the perfect fit. You can imagine our amazement when we located our perfect home within three weeks of starting! She also took the time to explain things and help us through escrow, since this was all new to us. Without a doubt, I highly recommend her, and I know she will be our realtor for any further property consultations. Thank you so much Maria for all that you've done! We are so happy and love our new home!"
by Brett & Mandy, Buyers
Maria Roller, Agent
"Thank you Maria! As a first time homebuyer, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. CalRes made it simple and stress free! You truly are the best."
by Liz, Buyer
Maria Roller, Agent
"We have purchased two condominiums and one home in Carlsbad, CA in the past 2 ½ years. TJ Stroben has been our realtor for all three transactions. I have to say, that working with TJ has been a pleasure and the transactions have been seamless without any unforeseen issues or surprises. I can absolutely say, without hesitation, that I would refer TJ's services to any and all contacts that would be interested in purchasing real estate in the North County San Diego region. My wife and I thank TJ for all of her help and assistance in providing expert and professional realtor services in acquiring the properties in an acceptable timeframe and within budget. We would be more than happy for you to utilize us as references for your future clientele. Thanks again TJ!"
by Steve & Shelly, Buyers, Multiple Transactions
TJ Stroben, Agent
"TJ worked well with both the personal representative of the estate and his attorney in this Probate sale involving an estate being administered in another county. She communicated well, making sure that we were up to date on developments, and took the time to be sure that the proper forms were used and time limits observed. She was also effective in marketing the property. Our result was a successful Probate sale, completed in good order. Thanks TJ!"
by Attorney at Law, Probate Sale
TJ Stroben, Agent
"A few months ago, I approached Maria of California Residential, and told her I was interested in very casually looking for a townhome to purchase. Even though I was in no position to buy, Maria agreed to work with me, and we immediately began establishing parameters for my search. At this stage, I was just “window shopping.” I had a lot to do to get all my ducks in a row before purchasing a property could ever become a reality. The first step was to list my condo. We listed it and had several showings and open houses, all of which Maria organized and hosted. None of the other condos in my complex were moving and neither was mine! In the meantime, we put four offers in for townhomes to purchase! Because they were all contingent upon the sale of my condo, the sellers were either not interested in working with us, or we lost the purchase to other bidders. Maria never gave up on me or on my dream. We eventually decided that a home would be more up my alley. Oh man, did I find the perfect place!!! Some how, some way, Maria and her staff were able to manage the sale of my condo and the purchase of my forever home all in the same week. If you are ever considering selling or purchasing property in San Diego County, there is only one choice in realtors. Maria and company are the real deal. They are so professional, prompt, efficient, honest, hard working, and fair. Thank you a million times for being such an integral part of securing our dream home!"
by Erin, Seller & Buyer
Maria Roller, Agent
"My wife and I had just a few days to spend in Oceanside to find and close on a house, and having never been to the area before, we desperately needed a realtor up for the challenge. We knew we had the right person as soon as we met TJ. She listened first, then formulated a plan based on her experience, familiarity of the area and knowledge of current events in the market. Before the first day was done, TJ had a full grasp on what would work for us, and she made the difference by showing us a house that wasn’t yet listed but somehow she knew was available and the one for us. And she was right. At ease in the competitive market, TJ stood with us throughout the offer and closing process, and today we could not be happier owning our dream home. Thank you TJ, we could not have done it without you!"
by Eric J.
TJ Stroben, Agent
"Kim was a fantastic realtor for our family when we relocated to Carlsbad from the east coast. She had great insight on schools and communities in Carlsbad and throughout North County San Diego. Kim had a great understanding of what we were looking for in a house and worked tirelessly to help us find the perfect home for our family."
by Chris and Suzy
Kim Lombardi, Agent
"5 Stars... Experienced Agent"
by Bruce Bishop
TJ Stroben, Agent