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Jim sells properties fast - selling more than 56% quicker than the average Carlsbad agent.
Jim gets the job done - completing more sales than the average Carlsbad agent by 4%.
Jim is a SFH expert - working with over 72% more single family homes than the average Carlsbad agent.

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Jim Klinge has been serving the real estate needs of San Diego buyers and sellers for decades, and is known for his savvy negotiating strategies, creative internet marketing, and thoughtful insights on market conditions. He combines those with his dedicated hand-on approach to ensure outstanding results for his clients. Jim ranks in the top 1% of agents nationwide and has sold over 1,000 homes throughout San Diego County. He specializes in the SD North County coastal region since the mid-1990s. In his commitment to help educate consumers, Jim has authored his blog, Bubbleinfo since 2005, where he tracks the current market conditions, gives tips on buying and selling, plus demonstrates his expertise in a fully transparent way. Jim was an early adapter of real estate videography and takes pride in producing top-quality films to help market his listings. He has sold houses to people ...
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    • "We recently relocated to Carlsbad from North Carolina, and found a wonderful home thanks to Klinge Realty.We have three young children, and traveling to the west coast to look at properties wasn't practical for us. Luckily I found Jim to be our realtor, and he worked around the clock to get us into the right home. Jim joked that he was running a 24 hour reality, since we would often be exchanging emails and comparing notes in the wee hours.Jim has a great talent for sizing up a home, and gave me honest and no-nonsense advice on properties. Jim provided narrated videos of homes we were interested in, which gave us the feeling of being there ourselves. We could watch these videos multiple times to refresh our memory on a property and see details we may have missed.We purchased a 5 bedroom home without seeing it first hand, but I was totally confident in the choice thanks to Jim.Excellent service and attention to detail continued through the inspection, closing, and even afterwards! Donna was exceptional in guiding us through the close, and was always quick to respond to every question. Donna really went above and beyond by helping us arrange contractors to do work on the home, collecting our mail, and even arranging for a generous welcome package.We can't recommend Klinge Realty enough, and encourage anyone buying or selling to see how they can help you."Originally posted on Yelp.

      - Alan Lawrance
    • "Having purchased and sold many homes, I can say without a doubt Jim is as experienced as they come. He and his team, Donna, makes the selling or buy process so simple. He helped me sell all my homes when the time case and even rescued my out of a jam after an issue with another agent.His ethics and honesty is also on another level not seen in the real estate industry. He simply gets id done and is the best in the industry!"Originally posted on Yelp.

      - Donovan D.
    • "Jim Klinge is the complete package. He skillfully guided us through all aspects of buying a home, showing us only appropriate properties, aiding in finding a loan, inspection, negotiating, and close of escrow. Even now, he is available several months after we've purchased the property to help with questions. His professionalism, and experience are invaluable.His team is very knowledgeable, and answered all questions very promptly. I recommend Jim to anyone who is purchasing or selling a home, and will work with him again myself when the opportunity presents."Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Anita Verma
    • "We have worked with realtors on both the East and West Coast, and Jim is by far the most professional, effective and helpful agent that my husband and I have ever worked with. He and Donna made selling our home in Encinitas a stress free experience and clearly defined the escrow process for us. We have sold 2 homes in the past and purchased 3. Should we ever decide to move again, we will definitely contact Jim Klinge. We highly recommend Jim to anyone in North County who is looking to sell/buy a home."Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Lainie Carter
    • "Most people now think Who even needs a Realtor? With all the internet sites now available, its easy to find listings and get market pricing. Im good at finding things on the net, and the last thing I need is someone sending me listings and rushing me to make a purchase. I can do it all myself.I used to agree with this view, before I met and started working with Jim Klinge. Jim has sold 2 houses for me, and helped me buy a third over a period of 10 years. I recommend him 100%, and have referred him to a number of friends and family. Youre going to be paying the same commission to any Realtor you work with, so the best thing you can do is get the very best Realtor in the market to help you. In north San Diego County, Jim Klinge is that guy.If you are buying, heres what Jim and his team bring to the table honesty, expertise in the north San Diego market, expertise in negotiation. If you fall in love with a house, hell make sure you get it. And he wont try to talk you into something you dont like, or encourage you to overpay. Hell make sure you have quality inspectors check things out, so you wont buy a lemon.Once you've purchased, Jim knows the people who can help you make your new home the way you want it to be. I've personally used his referrals for contractors, painters, flooring, and plumbing, and have been 100% satisfied. His relationships with these companies and contractors have existed for decades, so you can be sure that the people doing the work are going to make sure you are satisfied. (Pricing was discounted as well, but the key thing is the reliability and quality of the work)If you are selling, heres what youll get expert pricing, top quality staging, digital marketing and referrals, contract negotiation, and most importantly, someone in house (his wife Donna) who makes sure all the Is are dotted and Ts are crossed. Jim has sold two of my houses, and in both cases, went above and beyond to make sure nothing funky happened at the end of the deal. As a seller, its a hell of a long time from an accepted offer to the close of escrow, and the process can be trying. Donna makes sure everything is in order, and the deal closes on time. Not only do you get the outcome you want (sold house for a fair price), but the experience itself is as good as can be expected. Selling your home is stressful, and you want someone there you can trust to help you thru it. I've twice opted to work with Jim, and if I choose to sell again, I wouldn't think of working with anyone else."Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Chris
    • "We recently moved from Washington D.C. to San Diego and used Jim to sell our condo in UTC and to purchase a new home in Carlsbad. Because I am in the military, I had no flexibility in timing so I had to sell and buy my properties without any room for errors or delays. Jim and his team did an outstanding job! My tenant moved out on a Sunday, Jim coordinated cleaning, painting and new carpet at a very reasonable price due to his various relationships with vendors so we would be on the MLS on Thursday. By Saturday night, we had three solid offers and went pending that night. Jim expertly navigated the multiple offers to end up with a price $35K over our asking price. I have no doubt the additional purchase price and quick sale was due to Jims professionalism and experience. Once we were in Escrow, Jims team led by his wife Donna, kept me updated daily and made sure any questions/concerns on the buyer side were answered promptly which allowed us to close in less than 20 days. As a buyers agent, Jim went above and beyond what I have ever experienced from a realtor. He visited our home site almost daily to give us updates, pictures and videos of our home being built. He also made regular contact with the builders reps to make sure any questions or concerns we had were answered immediately. He also gave us outstanding advice as we navigated the various options offered by the builder. Selling and buying from 3000 miles away could not have been easier.I was so happy with Jims performance; I recommended my Mom use Jim to purchase a home. She had a similar experience and again Jim went above and beyond to help her get settled in her new home. If you ever need to buy or sell, use the best and most experienced in San Diego 'Jim the realtor!'"

      - Michael McPhail
    • "I just closed escrow on a sale that Jim facilitated. I definitely would NOT want to try to do this without good help, and Klinge Realty is the best in town! (Any town, for that matter.)From determining the initial list price, to preparing the mountain of paperwork, to negotiating with the buyers on contingencies, all the way through to getting the deal closed on time - Jim and his family business (wife Donna runs the show behind the scenes and daughter Kayla is helping out up front) have been awesome. They were very attentive, responsive, and personable throughout the month-long process.Oh yeah, about that - I got relocated to Silicon Valley by my company and had to get a quick sale. Jim got a full-price offer signed a mere five days after listing, on the same day as the open house. He really nailed the list price, obviously! And because I was in a hurry to get out, Jim also arranged for a short 30-day escrow - and got it closed on time. Oh, and we didn't "give it away" - I still made a decent profit on the sale after six years of ownership. Thanks Jim!One final thing - on the final day of escrow, Jim got word that a package got delivered to our empty house. He drove down there (30 miles) to pick it up and got it in the mail the next day, overnight to our new home. Talk about full-service!If you want the best help you can get with either buying or selling, you can stop searching right now - you've found it!"Originally posted on Yelp.

      - Oliver Ready
    • "I was a reader of Jim's "Bubbleinfo" blog for a year before we listed our house with him. It is rare to find a realtor blog with useful local content, instead of cut-and-paste from national sites. Working with Jim, Kayla, and Donna was a breeze, because they are organized and prepared. Calls and emails were always returned quickly. The listing focused on the best features of our house, and Jim's photographer did a fabulous job. We accepted the best of 3 offers a couple of days after hitting the MLS. Jim kept in close touch throughout the escrow process, and there were no hitches. We highly recommend Jim Klinge!"Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Karen Sommers
    • "Thank you Klinge Realty! I am so glad that I chose Jim to sell my house in Rancho Penasquitos. Thanks to Jim, I accepted an offer that was 5% higher than our asking price. So Jim practically paid his own commission! Jim is professional, straightforward, and honest. He was able to bring in 6 written offers in less than a week. Then he handled those competing bids by being transparent with all parties involved. I first found Jim back in 2006 when I was searching for news about the real estate bubble. Prices were skyrocketing back then and I was worried about a crash. That's how I found Jim's blog Bubbleinfo, and I've been religiously following it ever since. Jim tells it like it is. He gives so much valuable information in his videos and posts. Jim posted a video tour of my house on his blog, and I think that helped to sell the house quickly. Jim's wife Donna and daughter Kayla were also directly involved. Once escrow started, Donna was on top of every detail. TRID laws have been causing lots of delays, but Donna was able to deal with all parties involved and was able to help get escrow closed in 30 days. All the banks are asking for 45 days now cause of TRID. Donna always responded to my calls and texts quickly. I highly recommend the Klinges if you want to buy or sell in the San Diego area. I am a very happy customer! When I move back to San Diego, my first call will be to the Klinges."Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Chuck Prevost
    • "I have followed Jim's real estate blog for years and by the time I got ready to sell my townhouse I felt I knew him both personally and professionally. At our first meeting he was prepared with recent comps and listings for the area. After examining the property and hearing my history in it he recommended an asking price that was higher than what I had anticipated. After reviewing and signing our agreement he arranged to have it professionally photographed and listed in the MLS, Zillow and given other exposure. There was an open house on the first available weekend and within a couple of days we had a couple of interested parties. We accepted a full price cash offer with a one week closing. Inspections showed the need to fix many things and Jim knew the right people who got the jobs done. The seemingly endless paperwork was handled quickly and professionally. Start to finish from meeting with Jim to money in my bank - 22 days - at a price higher that expected (which more than covered commissions). What else can I say?"Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Jim Newport
    • "Buying a house is one of the most emotional, exciting, and sometimes confusing milestones you'll reach for in your life! Being a buyer in this market can make it even more interesting! My husband and I have been looking to buy for a year, and when the time came we wanted a realtor team that would be on our team! Being that I'm a business woman and was 7 months pregnant, I wanted, NEEDED, communication, dependability, and consistency! The Klinges went so far above and beyond any expectations I could have ever dreamed! Our home buying experience was smooth, fast, and clear from start to finish. We were always kept in the loop, and never felt like we were alone! I recommend this team to everyone I know! When it comes time to move again, They will be who we call!" Orginally posted on Zillow.

      - Amberlee Piercy
    • "Jim and his team are top flight. He knows the market better than anyone, and his team ensures the deal goes through without a hitch. There's always something at the last minute, but you'd never know it with Jim and his crew. I've bought and sold houses with Jim as my agent over the years, and I wouldn't use anyone else. Save yourself the headaches and potential costly mistakes of using "your cousin who just got her license", and use a guaranteed pro - Jim Klinge." Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Mark Morel
    • "My overall experience with Jim and his staff was excellent during my purchase of a house in Carlsbad, CA. I found Jim through his website and emailed him to see if we could talk about using him as a buyer's agent. I was an out-of-town buyer with specific requirements and locations I was interested in. Jim gave me a lengthy intro call to see if our fit was right and the type of house I was looking for parameter-wise. I was never pressured to sign a buyer's agent agreement or provide a pre-qualification letter. Jim sent me possible listings that fit my parameters on a daily basis and was very responsive. When I traveled to Carlsbad for a 5-day trip with me family, he made himself available each day to look at active listings for several hours. He provided great feedback on neighborhoods, pros/cons of each house, repairs needed, and value/price. He took videos of each house visited with insightful commentary. A fresh listing popped up on the 2nd day of our trip that ended up being the house we bought. Since it was a holiday weekend and raining, he recommended to put in a strong offer below list to avoid competition and the strategy was successful. After multiple counters, a fair purchase price was settled. I wasn't present during the house inspection, but Jim took a 25-minute detailed video with the inspector, very helpful! Donna, who is part of Jim's staff, was excellent to work with during the purchase/loan phase of home buying. She was very detail oriented, always responsive to emails, and really kept the process going to close in the shortest amount of time possible. She helped gather quotes for home repairs and schedule the work during the seller rent-back. In conclusion, I was very fortunate to work with Jim and Donna, my wife and I are overjoyed with the house we bought and will not hesitate to use their services again in the future."Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Joseph Klein
    • Jim and Donna are the BEST of the BEST! Their knowledge, professionalism, work ethic, and devotion to their trade are unrivaled. It was refreshing to have worked with a pair of professionals who truly understand the meaning of customer service, a lost art in our opinion. Despite living over 3,000 miles away on the opposite coast, Jim and Donna were with us every step of the way throughout the sale of our La Jolla Colony condo. Not even the setbacks of a cracked slab and an eminent domain lawsuit against our condo association due to the San Diego Trolley project slowed them down; Jim and Donna still found a way to close the deal. Bottom line, without their tireless efforts and persistence, our condo WOULD NOT have sold! We personally want to thank Jim and Donna for their unparalleled service and emphatically recommend the Klinge Realty Team to all prospective sellers or buyers!Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Jeff McGrady
    • "Review on Jim Klinge:Jim Klinge is the quintessential real estate agent, the brokers, broker of real estate agents. My husband and I reached out to Jim for the purchase of our first home in North San Diego County. We emailed him on a Saturday night, received an email reply that same night and we were hitting open houses Sunday morning! We also had a list of potential houses we were thinking about purchasing and Jim was able to expertly go through that list and eliminate the turkeys so that we wouldnt be wasting our time and money. Due to the very competitive San Diego market, we were outbid on several of the houses we did like, before we finally hit pay dirt and found a home in excellent condition and more importantly, in an excellent location! We highly recommend Jim Klinge to help you buy or sell your home! Review on Donna Klinge:In a world where were seemingly surrounded by mediocrity, it was such a pleasure and refreshing change of pace to deal with a consummate professional like Donna Klinge! After purchasing our first home in North San Diego County, Donna took full ownership of helping my husband and I navigate the gauntlet of paperwork we had to fill out with escrow and then deal with all the myriad contractors and inspectors to help get our new house fixed up. She was also instrumental in putting together the repairs estimate based on the findings of the home inspector, which resulted in the sellers reducing the sales price to help us with repairs. We couldnt have asked for a better team to help us purchase our first home in North San Diego County."Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Louie and Tim Cook
    • "I have followed Jims BubbleInfo blog from the early days of the bubble when real estate could only go up in value and I knew him to be a straight shooter who would not sugar coat properties nor gloss over their faults. So when we decided to move back to California after 7 years in the wilderness we naturally turned to Klinge Realty to find our new home in North County. Finding a suitable home was not easy as the inventory had dwindled following the change of administration. Jim listened carefully to our list of requirements and we spent an enjoyable weekend with him and Kayla, touring various neighborhoods getting to know the area. Jims assessment is shrewd - the second house he showed us turned out to be the one for us. Realty is as much about people as property and Jim has great skill in reading his clients personalities and matching the property to their needs. I think he enjoys the hunt. Because we were over 400 miles away, Jim made videos of likely properties for us which helped narrow down our list of suitable houses. Jim is also extremely experienced working with other agents in the negotiating phase of the process and his honest advice was invaluable in securing our purchase. Once the offer was accepted, Donna took over and her knowledge of the inspection and escrow process is second to none. She is methodical and meticulous in interpreting the original inspection report with recommendations for further inspections and procuring estimates for repairs. We were working to a time limit and having frequent communication and feedback from Donna helped smooth out that nerve-wracking time. She works incredibly hard to make sure everything stays on track. Even after closing, we were new to the area and had no knowledge of the local contractors. Donna was there to help us with the transition and to make sure everything went smoothly. Trust is everything in realty and we have the utmost confidence in the professionalism of Klinge Realty. Jim, Donna and Kayla work as a team to do the right thing by their clients in an ethical, forthright yet friendly, enjoyable and even entertaining way."Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Anonymous Zillow User
    • "We first encountered Jim back in 2010 when we were looking to move from Pismo Beach, CA to to San Diego area. We had been having a difficult time finding (1) finding a realtor and (2) being able to see a home since we were so far away. Then we found Jim. He made the process really easy - he was able to take incredible video tours of the homes and it was as if we were there touring the homes ourselves. once we found homes we really liked, we took a trip to see it in person. One of the things we really liked about Jim was that he was honest with us about the homes and advised us whether a home was a good buy or not. He was not just out to quickly sell us a house just to make a commission. He really cared about ensuring we found the right one. Flash forward to 2017, we needed to sell our home to move to Northern CA. It was not even a question who we would use as our realtor. Jim once again really made the going through the process as painless as possible. He and Donna had a lot of great advice that helped us prepare the house for sale before we listed. They really managed the steps, process and timelines to ensure we were prepared and ready to be listed. They did an amazing job getting the house listed, managing the open houses, and managing the showings. They are really though and ensure everything is done right. Our house was only one the market a very short time and we were already getting offers as soon as we listed. They also managed the negotiation and closing process incredibly well. We felt really lucky to have them on our side helping to get us to closing and sale. We can't thank them enough for all their hard work. Jim and Donna are skilled, very experienced, kind, honest, generous, and overall really wonderful. We highly recommend them, you cannot find a better reality team than them!"Originally posted on Yelp.

      - Marika Osborne
    • "Could not be happier with my experience with Jim and his team. He helped me sell a very unique and challenging property. Throughout the entire process he was always available, honest, transparent, trustworthy, and always put my interests as a seller first. A (rare) true professional! During close of escrow Jim went above and beyond to complete the deal. It would not have been possible without his experience, fantastic team, and pure dedication. Highly recommended! Thanks Jim and Donna Klinge"Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Shaun Cornell
    • "Jim and Donna Klinge are by far the most professional, personable and responsive realtors I have ever worked with. They provide VIP concierge level service in every area of the process of selling your home. My home was marketed so successfully that we received an offer the day after our first and only open house. Thanks to Jim's pricing and negotiating, our house is now the highest sold in our community. Jim's vast experience means he has worked with several realtors and knows the market all over north county. Donna is AMAZING in processing everything in the transaction. She scheduled trades people to work on the house in preparation for the sale as well as the repairs needed before closing. She communicated clearly every step of the way about what would be happening. She took the weight off my shoulders for the whole process. I will always use Jim and Donna for my future real estate needs and I whole heartedly recommend them to anyone buying or selling a home."Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Ann Romanello
    • "I consider myself a rather savvy buyer/seller. I've bought/sold 7 times in about 15 years. On the buy side, Jim is the PERFECT combo of: completely digitally savvy (he will pull data all day long until you feel comfortable with your chosen house, area, school district, anticipated appreciation rate...anything!), he's super well respected and known in the area by other agents, an amazingly cool but strategic negotiator, is totally devoid of desperation for a sale/commission, and more. Then once you get into contract phase, Donna literally handles every last and final detail in a concierge-like manner -- totally shielding you from the daily back and forth, noodling and annoyances of the buyer's requests. She solves it ALL; it's miraculous what that woman accomplishes over and above what is even expected in a buy/sell transaction. On the sell side, Jim and Donna do the same, but even more so. Donna in particular truly takes everything off your plate: she'll manage getting the house painted, the carpets replaced, she'll go on site (as she Jim both did for me when selling our rental properties) to work with the renters and make sure the house is ready to show -- freeing me to have to take time off of work to do so. They work with A+ integrity, too, so you know you are serving all parties fairly and lawfully throughout. A home purchase/sale is the most considered you'll ever make. HIRE A SAVVY AGENT, not a friend!, and get what you need out of the transaction. Jim and Donna are our agents for life."Originally posted on Zillow.

      - Beth Munce