When we began the process of buying our first home, we went on Zillow to find a real estate agent. After reading several reviews and emailing a few agents, we came upon Sara and Daryl’s reviews. We were impressed with how many people enjoyed working with them and how efficient they were in helping buyers and sellers meet their goals. When we contacted Sara over the phone, we knew instantly that Daryl and her were going to be the team to get us into our first home.
Daryl started helping us with the search by breaking down we wanted, needed and disliked in a home. Throughout the whole search process, Daryl was patient, understanding and a phenomenal listener. His calm demeanor and expertise really helped us to relax and focus on what we really wanted. As first time home buyers, we asked Daryl A LOT of questions and he answered them all, sometimes explaining them two or three times due to our extreme learning curve. To put it in another way, Daryl was our Real Estate Professor and we were his eager students.
We went on numerous trips with Daryl to view several homes at a time. Daryl was always prepared and gave us a neatly organized binder with information on each property we were seeing on the trip. We were a big fan of the binders as it helped us stay organized and familiar with each property. After every home visit, Daryl would ask what we liked and disliked about the property; collecting information on what we wanted to have in a home. There were times where we would change our direction and without hesitation, Daryl was quick to respond and adapt. The combination of Daryl’s willingness to learn what we wanted and his knowledge of the Poway/Rancho Bernardo area was absolutely vital to our success in finding a place.
Once we found our place, it was time to make an offer with Sara, who was equally as awesome as Daryl. Sara sat down with us and explained the entire process of making an offer and all of the hundreds of documents we had to sign. When our offer was accepted, Sara worked diligently with us to make sure we were taking care of all of the necessary documents, inspections, etc. We contacted Sara constantly, sometimes 10 times a day, with questions and she was quick to respond with detailed answers. Sara was always patient with us and went above and beyond to explain the details of the process. Once we closed, we felt like we graduated Real Estate University. In the end, Daryl taught us how to find a place and Sara taught us how to buy a place.
Sara and Daryl are the “Dynamic Duo” of real estate. Not only do they know their stuff, but they are fully invested in helping their clients. We always felt they were part of our team and looking out for our best interest. Needless to say, we couldn’t have purchased our first home without them.
When we first spoke to Sara and Daryl, they told us that their goals were to help us buy a home, but more importantly, cultivate client loyalty for life. After working with them, we can honestly say that they stand behind their words. When we upgrade into a bigger home years from now, our first and only call will be to Sara and Daryl.
Justin & Alicia
We fell into the care of Sara and Daryl by accident but it was a blessing for us. We felt like we were their only clients as they were always available and communicating with use daily. We made an offer on a house and after negotiation, it was accepted. They listed our house for sale; sold it and closed escrow before the house we were buying closed escrow.
We would highly recommend Sara and Daryl to anyone that wants results and professionals working for them, they are truly fabulous to work with, I don’t think we would have gotten through the process without them.
Chip & Cindy
Sara and Daryl worked with us for many years until we finally got the house we wanted (and could afford). If you take the commission they made and divided by the work they put out over the years, they probably didn’t make minimum wage. Both she and Daryl had a great understanding of the local market, because they help both buyers and sellers. Sara caught a few things during the sale that saved us a lot of money and would tell us her opinion, but do whatever we decided to do. We wouldn’t consider using anyone else!
Joe & Teresa
Sara & Daryl were unknown to us when we first found them. From the very beginning, they were completely professional in their plan to market and sell our home. When we decided to hire them, they went into action, giving us concrete suggestions on what we should do to make our home attractive to buyers. Sara’s pictures of our house were professional in quality, making our place look perfect!
As timing would have it, interest in our home was immediate. Sara screened all offers to us. I think we were her whole job for 3 days straight! We got eight offers, many over our asking price. We accepted the best, cleanest one with her advice. She is also well known in the local Real Estate community, which was also a plus. the negotiating process went beautifully, made easier by DocuSign. She was perfect in keeping us apprised during the sale process, e-mailing us regularly with updates, which we preferred.
Beware, not all agents are on top of things like Sara & Daryl! I would honestly recommend them to anyone interested in buying and selling a home. It was an almost painless process and a real pleasure working with them. They are the best!
-Dennis and Julie
Through a handful of experiences in selling former homes, I approached each such transaction with steadily increasing skepticism regarding real estate agents. I’m probably not the easiest home-selling customer to work with, but who could blame me? Then I met Sara & Daryl, who sold my pricey home in San Diego during a down market. I had never imagined, let alone experienced, the level of strategic planning, attention to details, knowledge, and enthusiasm that Sara & Daryl deliver to their real estate sales customers.
Sara & Daryl know how to capture the strong points of a property and present them to potential buyers in a positive, tasteful way. One need only view the current properties listed for sale at Sara & Daryl’s website, including the photographic house tours, to appreciate what I am talking about. Sara & Daryl’s home advertisements, both at their own website and through the MLS system, are extraordinary for their creativity, presentation and accentuation of each property’s best features.
Sellers need hand-holding. Sara & Daryl are always there with encouragement, detailed information, patience, and responsive communication. Sara & Daryl’s unwavering but realistic optimism is infectious, and is the best reason among many why I would be thrilled to work with them again. Sara & Daryl’s clients are lucky to have the benefit of their personal touch and professional help.
Interestingly enough, we met Sara & Daryl over 15 years ago when they represented the seller we bought our first house from. We had such a hard time with our realtor towards the end of the sale, that it was Sara who actually helped us close!!
Since then, they have helped sell 3 more houses for us and buy one. With each purchase or sale they were extremely knowledgeable, very professional, incredible with their negotiation skills, and constantly in communication with us as though we were their only clients at the time.
Our last sale with them was my mom’s estate just this month. It was a difficult process as they had to deal with myself, 2 family members, plus a tenant. One family member wanted to use a friend of hers who was a realtor, and we did that the first time. It was obvious from the beginning that they weren’t Sara or Daryl in their presentation, suggestions, or knowledge of the market in the area. Eventually after getting nowhere with the sale, we ended up leasing it out until we decided to try to sell it again.
I refused to let anyone else handle the sale this time, except Sara & Daryl. Not only did we get a few offers the first couple of days, Sara and Daryl helped facilitate the tenant moving out, the work needed on the house was completed, and escrow closed within less than 2 months. As always, the transition was seamless, even with all parties concerned.
As Realtors they go above and beyond to make sure every sale or purchase has been given their personal best. We highly recommend them without hesitation!
-Kim & Gil W.
I am a licensed realtor in California, and when it was time to sell my home, I was tempted, as so many people are, to do it on my own and save the realtor commissions.
However, hiring Sara & Daryl was the best decision my wife and I could have made. In negotiating and making decisions, Sara & Daryl gave us an unemotional, yet caring, professional perspective that we needed.
I truly believe their marketing plan brought the highest number of serious qualified buyers through the front door, resulting in multiple offers. From there, Sara’s negotiating skills brought us the highest price for our home. I truly believe they did exactly what they said they would, and that is to get us the highest net equity for our home!
-Dan & Kristy R.
We have bought and sold four times with Sara & Daryl, and each transaction was handled with total professionalism and competence. There was never a moment where we didn’t feel we were in the best hands possible, and we were always treated with their characteristic warmth, patience and honesty. It was great to know that at every twist and turn they would be there for us and our never-ending questions and concerns. We were very fortunate to stumble into a great relationship with Sara & Daryl, and we continue to enthusiastically recommend them to our friends and family!
-Dana & Glenn
I would highly recommend Sara & Daryl for the sale of a home. My home was listed and sold within a week even in a bad market. Everything from listing to final paperwork was done with the greatest speed and care. I was notified promptly of the whole process as it was going on. They are the best.
We can highly recommend Sara to anyone looking for a realtor with excellent experience, professionalism, and accessibility. We moved locally recently and our greatest concern was trying to put a house on the market that needed an awful lot of work, along with the difficulty involved in marketing it, not to mention dealing with repairs with a house full of kids, plus finding a buyer quickly, since we already had an offer in on a new house.
Sara addressed all of our concerns, not just in a kind and personally reassuring way, but backed up with a carefully thought-out marketing plan and presentation that took into account each facet of our particular circumstances. Sara was accessible by phone or email at all times and adjusted her schedule to accommodate our needs.
We also had Daryl’s help in setting up repairs, he even accompanied repair men to our home so we did not have to be there for appointments. Our house sold so quickly that our neighbors were pleasantly surprised to think the market in our neighborhood must be on the upswing.
Sara also did an excellent and sensitive job working through negotiations step by step; she is particularly adept at bringing buyer and seller together on a deal which satisfies both parties. The timing in the end worked out better than we could have hoped for. We were in our new home in time for the holidays – thankful that what could have been a much more stressful process, without Sara’s help, was behind us! Thank you Sara and Daryl – you make a great team!
-Nancy & Jeff L
This is the second round in the realty ring with Sara in my corner and I would highly recommend her to anyone buying and/or selling a home. When I needed someone to depend on to follow through with all the details involved with buying a short sale home, Sara was a rock and performed above and beyond my expectations. Sara communicates clearly about issues, listens carefully to your concerns and needs, formulates winning strategies, and drives everyone involved with the sale past the finish line.
-Martin & Amy K.
Sara Driscoll is by far the most professional realtor I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Sara should you ever need a realtor for whatever reason (buying, selling, listing, short sale, etc.) I have never done business with any realtor who is more professional, knowledgeable or willing to take the extra steps to make sure that you receive the best service possible in all aspects. She constantly kept me informed and up to date on all progress and the flow of the sale.
Since the first day, her expertise and professional and friendly service were of the highest caliber. Sara worked diligently on the short sale of our home and made sure the process went as smoothly as possible. Sara listed our home as a short sale and the house sold immediately with 10 offers in the first week and a price that exceeded our expectations. Sara is very personable, and a highly experienced agent who thoroughly explained the short sale listing process, answered our many questions in an understandable way, and kept in constant contact, giving us timely updates and progress reports along the way.
The short sale process has very strict and short time deadlines which can be difficult to meet. Sara worked tirelessly and put in hours of extra work which were not her responsibility. We are very grateful for her service and highly recommend her for all your real estate needs.
-Russ & Carol
I have known Sara & Daryl for at least 15 years. When I first met them I realized that they were very successful in listing and selling houses. Then as I got to know them more I realized that they were successful because they were experienced, knowledgeable very professional and they offer a great service. In 2010 Daryl helped us to find a very nice condominium that was within what we had budgeted and it was in very good condition. Sara, who thinks and reads documents like a lawyer, helped us through all documents, inspection, escrow etc. I felt that she was protecting our interest all the time. I will highly recommend them to anybody that is thinking of selling or buying a house.
Sara & Daryl have helped us with 2 home sales and 2 home purchases over a span of 15 years. Their market knowledge and straightforward approach has consistently been superb. Daryl specializes in buying, and he tirelessly showed us many candidate properties and helped us land the one we selected at a great price. Sara specializes in selling, and she has just completed the successful sale of our home for the last 8 years, which was a challenge under the current economic conditions.
Both Sara & Daryl have advised us on all 4 occasions, with a successful result each time. I cannot imagine buying or selling a property without their help, and I can give them an unqualified recommendation to anyone looking to buy or sell a property.
We know beyond question this transaction would not have gone through with Sara’s coaching and suggestions. We have never been involved in a transaction with so many unknowns and changes. We appreciated Sara & Daryl’s diligence in getting us to the “finish line”. Top shelf professional service and expertise from beginning to end.
-Mike & Cheryl
Sara Driscoll and Daryl Petsch were the perfect team to sell my house in Poway. The house was a property that had lost value and I could not afford to keep the house due to changing circumstances in my life. Sara worked with the mortgage company to accept a short sale, handled multiple offers for the house, and worked out the final sale.Since I live several states away they both went out of their way to communicate, reassure me and make it an enjoyable experience in every aspect in the process. I cannot give a higher recommendation for their work and professionalism.
I cannot be more satisfied with the way Sara & Daryl helped me buy my first home. Sara and Daryl were both very understanding and patient with me. I had expected the process to be lengthy, complicated, and time consuming but that was not the case.
From the beginning to the end, Sara kept me updated with what exactly is going on and where things are so I never, not once, had to ask what is going on. She explained to me things that she felt was important for first time home buyers to be aware of and guided me through the legalese so that I can make informed decisions. Daryl was proactive in contacting me with properties that he thinks I may be interested in and encouraged me to look at as many properties as I had time to. Scheduling was never an issue.
I want to publicly thank Sara & Daryl for the amount of effort and professionalism they have exhibited for what I think is a really modest transaction. I am very impressed and recommend them without reservations. I would gladly look them up again for all my future real estate needs.
I was referred to Sara Driscoll by a trusted friend, who is also a realtor. What a great referral.
Sara and her husband, Daryl, were very professional from the start. They did a comprehensive walk of the property, prepared a very impressive report on the property, on themselves, and on what they could do for us.
Sara delivered on all of her promises, and all of her and our expectations were met. I must say, the follow thru on leads, the follow up on issues, the communication, the advise and the negotiating was all well done from start to finish.
I have dealt with several realtors in my life, and I can honestly say that Sara Driscoll has been the shining star of them all. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
We sold our home in Sabre Springs quickly and for top dollar because of the expertise of Sara Driscoll and Daryl Petsch. Sara was readily available to answer any of our questions and all communication was forthright, open and honest. Sara also uses Docusign, an online document signing service, which made all the paperwork much easier to deal with.
Sara and Daryl lined us up with great contractors to get our house ready for sale and to perform repairs quickly for an on-time closing. We sold our house for more than we expected in only 7 days! We highly recommend Sara and Daryl (Real Living Lifestyles) for your real estate needs.
-Scott & Dawn
Sara Driscoll and Daryl Petsch (Real Living Lifestyles) are a team. They work together to maximize customer satisfaction. To cut to the chase, they are the best realtors I have ever had the pleasure to work with, and I have had some really good ones through a dozen or so purchases and sales in several states.
Daryl really listened to our needs and quickly found us the ideal property. Sara masterfully negotiated on our behalf and worked every detail up through and even after the closing, including recommending reliable and cost effective workers to meet our needs after the sale.
With the changes in the last few years in the real estate market and the associated loan and closing processes, I would not do anything without a really good realtor, and these guys are it. they are absolute experts in their field, very attentive, and always put their customer (buyer or seller) first. In addition, they are both really nice people to work with.
-Rick & Susan
Make no mistake about it! The team of Sara Driscoll and Daryl Petsch (Real Living Lifestyles) sets the standard for all realtors. We have bought and sold many properties across the country, and Sara and Daryl exemplify what is the best in realtors: high levels of expertise and synergy; rapid communication and availability; compassion; and, high customer satisfaction.
In our experience, the team of Sara and Daryl have repeatedly gone out of their way to smooth and calm the buying and selling processes for us. They went beyond the call of duty in many instances in their dealings with us, vendors, lenders, buyers and sellers and other realtors.
When purchasing our home, we were one of a number of very competitive offers. Without the expertise of Sara & Daryl we are convinced the deal would have fallen through. In the sale of our home we were once again faced with multiple offers. Sara and Daryl guided us through the process and helped us get our desired sale price.
They continually anticipated our needs and acted effectively and efficiently on those anticipations. You simply cannot do better than choosing Sara and Daryl to serve and represent you–either as a buyer or seller in your real estate goals and activities. We unequivocally recommend Sara and Daryl to you concerning your real estate needs.
-Drs. (Ph.D) Jon E. and Renee M. Roeckelein
Sara and Daryl made the difference, we tried others with patience and go no results. We saw their “for sale” sign at a home near our neighborhood and in what seemed a few days we noticed a sold sign at the property. We called and were impressed with the professional manner in which they approach the business of selling property for a client. The process was not an extended one, we did get several offers and Sara is an absolute expert in advising towards a successful sale. We have sold other properties, this was a very gratifying experience.
-Joe & Margaret
Within a 12 month period we hired Sara Driscoll and Daryl Petsch to represent us as a buyer and seller. We bought first and our offer was accepted within 24 hours. They informed us about all of the protections a buyer has prior to final agreement and close of escrow. We closed in 45 days.
As a seller they recommended minor improvements to make to best market our home. Sara took great photographs for the MLS and produced a great virtual tour of our home on their website. Daryl calculated a market pricing analysis similar to the method used by an appraiser. We had 2 offers in the first 2 days, listed and closed in 30 days. If you want a no nonsense approach to selling real estate we recommend Sara and Daryl. They’ll get the results you want, will keep you informed and will relieve your anxieties during the process.
-Dave and Cory
Sara and Daryl sold me my home in Rancho Penasquitos way back in 1993 and I was very pleased with their efforts on my behalf. So I did not hesitate to recommend them to my 94 year old mother when she wanted to sell her house recently.
Sara took the reins, and in a very difficult market, was able to miraculously find a buyer for my mom, who is not easily satisfied, not by a long shot. But with determination, professionalism, and a cheerful manner Sara was somehow able to eventually find a buyer that offered what my mother would accept.
I’ll recommend Sara (and Daryl) again in the future, and hop they’re still in business when I want to sell my house, the same one they found for me almost 20 years ago.
Without a doubt, I recommend Sara Driscoll and Daryl Petsch. I was just thinking back about the first time we worked together on the sale of my home. I was so concerned about finding an agent who would look out for my interests, because of the many stories of bad experiences or self-serving agents.
As it turns out, I found TWO really great agents who did an amazing job of protecting my interests and delivering great outcomes. They made it so easy for me to not only stay on top of my tasks, but to help me make well informed decisions.
As life has taken its twists and turns since then, they assisted me in every move. Each time surpassing the amazing job they did the time before, regardless of the circumstances. I know. How could that be? Well, they clearly stay on top of evolving laws and trends in RE and employ the latest technology. Poetry in motion. What more can be said. Call them!!
Sara and Daryl were very professional and patient. They guided us through the sale process, making suggestions to help us sell our property in a down market. The home was sold in less than three months.
They did not just sell the property, they marketed it. They sat with us and made a professional presentation of the real estate market in general, and the market in our area specifically. A professional video presentation was placed on the web, professional brochures were prepared.
They took pains to have qualified prospects as potential buyers, and at the end of the process, guided us through the final steps of the sale. They are the most professional agents I have known, and I would recommend them to any and all potential sellers and buyers.
–Chet & Norma O’Brien
An absolute professional!! Sara was able to effortlessly help me through the process of a short sale in a fairly compressed timeline. Her knowledge of the local real estate market and all applicable guidelines allowed us to obtain multiple offers and many other inquiries during a slow market.
Sara was available 24/7 for any and all questions and her friendly & confident demeanor was quite reassuring to me and my family. The bottom line is that she was able to get the sale done on time and has my highest recommendation to anyone interested in buying or selling a home.
This is my first time selling a home and in a down market an experienced agent is what you really. I was so lucky to have Sara on my side to sell my house in Scripps Ranch and to answer the myriads of questions that come with this process. I am in the military and was deployed overseas while the house was on the market. Sara did most everything . . . okay everything!
My house had some issues that needed to be fixed before it was sold. I am so thankful that both Sara and her husband Daryl were able to flawlessly orchestrate the work with contractors, roofers, landscapers, plumbers, cleaners, and handymen.
She went WAY above what is expected of an agent and was able to sell my house without me even being in the same country! If you are selling your house in San Diego list with Sara. You will NOT be disappointed!
If you want someone in your corner who is going to go way beyond what is expected, you want Daryl and Sara! They are professional, extremely knowledgeable and tenacious. They are a great team and will get the job done.
My wife and I were very impressed with the way they honored us through the process by listening to our desires and yet challenging us not to settle for second best.
And even now, after being in our home for a few months, they are still helping us with venders and our home warranty company. They are tremendous.
After listing our home with another agent and not selling, we waited awhile and listed it the next time with Sara and Daryl. Wow, what a fantastic team. Sara was in charge of the selling end and Daryl helped us to find our next home. They crossed all the “t’s” and doted all the “i’s”, Johnny on the spot from beginning to end.
The amazing part was after the sale and the attention that was given to closing and making sure all inspections and documentation was done, not only on our part but on the buyers end as well. Sara was on top of all of it every day and never failed to keep us informed. We would highly recommend them to all our friends and we would use them again.
I couldn’t say enough positive things when it comes to my experience working with Sara & Daryl. This is the second time I have worked with them and will use them again in the future. I felt extremely comfortable with Sara’s responsiveness and knowledge of the industry.
During our experience with Sara & Daryl, I started calling Sara an “Information Shark.” I mean that in the best way possible. I am not afraid to ask a million questions and Sara seemed to have all the answers and if she didn’t, she would find out and promptly get back to me. Purchasing a home can be filled with peaks and valleys of emotion but having the experience and professionalism of the Sara & Daryl team made it a pleasurable experience.
Sara sold my home and provided personal attention, great organization, quick communication and a strategy that worked very well for me. Daryl provided an extra level of support which really helped. If you’re a busy person and need to “hand over” a real estate transaction to agents you can trust, Sara & Daryl are an excellent choice.
I cannot say enough good things about Sara & Daryl. They’re the most professional, caring, knowledgeable couple of real estate agents I’ve ever known.
Having had the pleasure of working with both Daryl and Sara over the last few years has always been a pleasure, from their top notch communication to their always professional attention to detail my wife and I felt well taken care of. We were well educated when listing, with realistic numbers, and in the end sold for more than we anticipated! Wonderful people and will definitely use them again in the future.
I have had the opportunity to work with Sara & Daryl several times and it was a pleasure. I have also referred several friends to them with the results…very knowledgeable professional representation.
Sara & her husband Daryl Petsch have helped us with three real estate transactions over 14 years, one sale and two purchases and all have been handled perfectly. They are both experts in all areas of real estate, they are dependable and very professional.
They follow up immediately and they keep you informed. They are honest and pleasant to work with. We would recommend them without reserve.
Sara & Daryl are amazing. 10 stars on a scale of 1-5. They helped us with numerous transactions and several of our friends, too. Their professionalism, industry and local knowledge, effectiveness, and interpersonal skills are like nothing we’ve seen before in Real Estate.
You cannot find a better team. In fact, I’ll go homeless if I couldn’t work with Sara & Daryl the next time I need to make a RE transaction. Well, maybe I wouldn’t go that far, but I trust you get what I’m saying.
Sara & Daryl helped us purchase our home 8 years ago, and have worked with us to put our current home on the market. They are thorough, friendly, helpful, and just really nice! You couldn’t do better than to work with this wonderful team to buy or sell a home!
We sold our very first house with Sara & Daryl 2 decades ago. We have now sold and bought with them 8 times – we started with a 1400 sq ft house and little by little worked our way to our 6,900 sq ft home. They were able to help us judge the market’s up and downs and take full advantage of those swings.
They are completely thorough and very professional, but at the same time warm and friendly and that is why I have recommended them numerous times and have only received praise for both the recommendation and their services.
Having purchased and sold several properties over the past 25 years, we have come to realize that NOT ALL REAL ESTATE AGENTS ARE CREATED EQUAL! We have always enjoyed outstanding service provided by Sara Driscoll and her husband, Daryl Petsch. (Daryl is a Buyer’s Agent). We highly recommend both of them for your real estate needs.