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John Babai Real Estate Agent at Arc Realty

John Babai

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Arc Realty

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John uses the following tools, technology, and practices that help keep you safe during COVID-19:

  • First Time Home Buyers
  • Foreclosures
  • Investment Properties
  • Vacation Home
  • Relocations
  • Probate
  • Waterfront Specialist
  • New Construction
  • Luxury Specialist
  • Retirement Specialist

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Agent Highlights

John gets the job done - completing more sales than the average Corona agent by 15%.
John also has Townhome expertise - working with over 19 more townhomes than the average agent.
John is a SFH expert - working with over 83% more single family homes than the average Corona agent.

More about John Babai

Ask anyone who knew John Babai while he was growing up in Southern California, and they’ll tell you stories of how he’d sense a need in the market and rush in to fill that need. Long before he was in the top 1% of agents state-wide, John was honing his entrepreneurial skillset — first as a young boy serving customers in his parents’ Italian restaurant, and later in high school, while overseeing several successful businesses. Real estate soon followed. John joined the industry in 2001, even before earning a bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine in management and political science with a specialization in law. It didn’t take long for him to realize that real estate was the most stable path to wealth and that he wanted to help others create it. John’s advice is backed by his real-life experience in many facets of the industry: He’s sold over 1,000 homes and has rehabbed more than 95. He ...
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John Babai's Reviews & Ratings

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    • Amazing, Talented Real Estate Group! On the top of solid experience, the high level of management, Ethics behaviors, way of coordinating appointments, and giving you honest and caring advices are the qualities you cannot find easy in real estate industry.Real Estate is not something you go over perhaps once in 7 years, if you get a bad experience it impacts your life for a long time, but if you leave everything in a good hand, besides a good result, you will have a friend for the rest of your life!

      - Laleh C. - Mission Viejo
    • I am so thankful to have you as my realtor. You sold my condo and the following day purchased my new condo. Your method of attracting buyers and negotiating with seller was amazing.I would highly recommend you & your team to my families and friends. YOU are my real estate agent for life (:

      - Nina V. - Irvine
    • Amazing! I had so many questions! This was our first buy and I had so many doubts about the process. I had tried working with another Realtor and was so disappointed in their ability to communicate and so working with John and Bahia was refreshing. I am math teacher so understanding the numbers is a huge factor in my financial decisions. On our first meeting they explained the financial readiness concept and asked us to than consult a number of lenders (we had our own list from friends and family) and compare rates and closing cost fees. They walked me through the entire process step by step, went over everything a potential homeowner should consider and how the process worked. They worked late and were able to make time when ever a question popped up in our mind. After looking at 70 odd properties and putting offers on 25 of them we finally found the one! It was amazing, it was listed and first thing in the morning John had us go and see it. we had our offer together an hour later! It was like it was meant to be, we got a call the next day at 9 am from John telling us that the agent had called and his clients had accepted the offer. There were some concerns because the community was mostly owned by investors so there may have been loan issues during escrow. John and Bahia helped explain how these things worked and contacted our lender to figure out if that would be a problem. They helped us calculate the loan and my payments so that I could have a better idea of how to do decide on what the property was worth and if we would like to proceed. The place needed some work too (mainly new cabinets in the kitchen) and John put us in touch with his guy. They gave us a great deal and we couldn't be happier! Yay! we are home owners! If you have a chance to use their services DO IT! They are amazing!

      - Kiana B. - Dana Point
    • We recently used the Babai Group's services to sell our home and purchase another home. We highly recommend them for your real estate needs. They displayed a great depth of knowledge as to the ins and outs of the selling and purchasing process. We were very impressed with the fact that John and his team made themselves available at all hours of the day and night as necessary in order to get the deal done on time. We truly felt that they were looking out for our best interests each step of the way and were doing everything in their power to protect those interests.

      - Assal A. - Tustin
    • Top residential realtor in Orange County by far. I had worked with 3 other agents but nothing panned out. However, once I met John, I know it was a right match from the get go. He asked the right questions and before I knew it we were in escrow with my dream home. I wanted to offer more for the house, however, John worked his magic and saved me over$15,000. Trust with confidence.

      - Bobby B. - Los Angeles
    • Ready for the most exciting ride of your life in the world of real estate? Hire THE BABAI GROUP and begin this awesome journey with mastermind, John Babai (broker) and right hand gal, Jeannie (details specialist). We were referred to The Babai Group from a friend of ours over a 100 miles away. From the very 1st phone call to John (he picked up right away), all the way to the close of escrow (Jeannie made it seamless), we knew we had the best team out there to help us sell our current Orange County home, buy our future dream home and even help our kids with their treasure hunt-1st time buyers. This is a realtor/broker who is on your side all the way and now a lifetime partner. John is incredibly knowledgeable, resourceful, accessible, professional, passionate, and the list goes on. The Babai Group listed and sold our house in less than 2 weeks for top dollar, created a 30 day escrow and dare I say it wasn't stressful one bit? This is only possible with the Babai Team on your side. If you're not sure about the process, who to hire, should you list your home, how much is your home really worth, John Babai is the answer. Call and it will be the best 10 minutes of your life, the best "investment" you will ever make. Eternally grateful for such an amazing experience, John and Jeannie. Can't wait to hire The Babai Group again!

      - June W. - Tustin
    • Hands down one of best Realtors that I have ever worked with! I will not go anywhere else ever again! Thank you Babai Group!!

      - Faraz M. - Rancho Mission Viejo
    • This was our 3rd home we've sold and the Babai Group is by far the most professional, knowledgeable and courteous realtor we've worked with. All of our calls/questions were always answered promptly and we were always treated as people, not as a paycheck. I wish we would've known John and Jeannie when we sold/bought our 1st two homes.We were so impressed with the Babai Group, we introduced them to our daughter and son to help them buy their first home. John not only helped them buy their first home, he made sure it was the best investment for them. John sold our home for top dollar and helped my kids buy their first home for the best price. Even though we sold our home in a few weeks while other homes for sale in the track sat on the market for months/year, he never looked for the quick sell or buy. I would highly recommend the Babai Group for any real estate transaction.

      - Darrell W. - Tustin
    • Most professional, fast and fun real estate group around. John is a great and genuine guy who seriously knows his stuff about real estate and will not treat you like a paycheck like some other agents do. As a first time home buyer, the entire process was so simple, quick and easy and my wife and I were able to really put our trust in John because we knew he had our best interests in mind when purchasing our place here in Orange County. Don't waste time with other people, go with John & the Babai Group.

      - Jake E. - Orange
    • John (Realtor) and Jeannie (Transaction Coordinator) made my fianc and I's first time home buying experience a breeze in the park. Unlike my partner, I knew very little about the home buying process but John and Jeannie helped us throughout the whole process. They were easily accessible by email, phone, and text at all hours of the night. 30 days came and were gone and we were into our new home. The team is experienced, organized, pays attention to detail, and most importantly, they will make your life easier. In addition, they have a network of connections, information, and resources that allows a buyer to make calm and sound decisions.P.S John is a master negotiator. He will get you the best price and give you advice that will lead you to save money.

      - Martin L. - Brea
    • I wanted to share my experience with the Babai Group to help others who are looking to buy or sell. We bought our first home last year and worked with the Babai Group after many friends highly recommended them. John was patient, knowledgeable, gave us honest insights and ultimately found us our dream home and BELOW our expected budget! He knows Orange County like the back of his hand and was able to help us efficiently. He was so patient and we never felt any pressure to buy. He also suggested several loan officers to speak with and we ended up getting a rate much lower than another one of my coworkers who bought a home at the same time. He truly cares about my family and our future success. Now we are in the process of buying our first investment property with him. He understands the dynamics of real estate investments and worked for us as an advisor, NOT a salesman. I feel very content now that I have a real plan for my future retirement.

      - Omid I. - Cypress
    • Nothing but an amazing experience selling our first property with the Babai group. Very knowledgeable and professional. They work with you every step of the way to make sure you are satisfied and happy with every decision made. Highly reccomend them and will hire them again in a future.

      - Denyve J. - Mission Viejo
    • As a first time home buyer, we did a lot of research on hiring a qualified realtor to walk us through home buying process hand in hand BEFORE we even start shopping for a house. Because your realtor is the key to a worry-free transaction. We were looking for a realtor who 1) is aggressive in negotiating yet has a polite attitude, 2) who is attentive and patient, 3) who is responsive to our phone calls or emails, 4) who is honest, 5) who is organized with attention to details. So a very good friend of mine referred John Babai to me, and the entire process turned out to be the best experience ever.John and his team not only provided all of above (which is already impressive) but much more beyond that. John is very experienced in home renovations. He gave us a good idea of how much we would spend on renovations before we purchased the house. That definitely helped us to get a better idea of the overall cost. John not only saved us a lot of money, he also made sure we understood each step in the process even it means hours of talking on the phone with me late at night to explain.John's transaction coordinator Jeannie was very friendly and was always available for us. There wasn't once our phone call went to her voicemail. Impressive!Now we are only days from getting the keys to our new home, the whole process was so easy and stress-free thanks to John and his team. I would definitely recommend Babai Group to my friends.

      - Rochelle Z. - Brea
    • This is about 10 years later, but they didn't have yelp then. My husband and I were just talking about John. We said if we do sell our house we will use him, and we have 2 realtors in the family. About 8-10 years ago we thought we wanted to sell. We chose John, as our Son referred him. John came out several times, shot a video of the house and then the For Sale sign went up. After sleeping or should I say, not sleeping, all night. The very next morning we both realized we made a mistake, we no longer wanted to sell. I had to make the dreaded phone call to John. He was so gracious and understanding. We have now been in our home 34 years and again are discussing the possibility of selling. We would definitely ask John to be our Realtor again. He's very honest and knowledgeable and might I add forgiving. I would highly recommend him.

      - Sandy K. - Yorba Linda
    • John and Bahia are the best realtor team that we have ever worked with. We first met John while we were looking for future retirement home in SoCal back in 2010 during the financial crisis. He is very professional and extremely patient, and always goes out of his way to make sure we understand everything in detail. At the end, with John's help and hundreds of emails, texts & phone calls exchanged, we acquired three excellent properties for investment. In addition, John helped us in finding quality tenants and setting up leases; and provided various advises in how to manage rental properties remotely while we still live in east coast. He also helped us in selling those properties in the past three years with good profit. Furthermore we are so glad that we have become best friends with mutual trust and respect on top of everything. With all these great experiences, we truly believe John is at the top of his field and we will highly recommend John to our friends or anyone who needs real estate services without any hesitation.

      - Steve S. - Potomac, MD
    • John of the Babai Group is the best! I couldn't be happier with the two transactions we have done with him. He has been helpful in many ways beyond just the buying and selling as he knows the entire industry well and has been doing it full time for 15 years in So Cal. Make sure you are ready to hear the truth because he will tell you very honestly what he feels about a property you are interested in or what you should do to get the most return when selling. I highly recommend the Babai Group for anyone in Southern California.

      - Kimiya M. - Tustin
    • John was referred to me by a highschool friend. I had never really talked to a real estate agent before and as a new-home buyer, I had no idea what things such as "escrow" or "closing costs" were. John patiently explained me the home buying process and what types of places I could afford/look at.He was very responsive to my emails/calls and would follow up with every listing I showed interest in, and knows the Orange County are very well. He even set me up with a lender and I was able to get pre-approved in a timely manner.He helped me buy my condo and was able to negotiate down the seller's asking price. And then gave me references to some of the contractor's he's worked with. His guys were professional (and punctual) and reasonably priced and did a great job with the place.I've learned a lot from John about the home buying process, so much so, that I can advise my friends/coworkers on terminology and areas they should be looking at. I would highly recommend him if you're looking to buy/sell a place.

      - Saneeya K. - Laguna Hills
    • Arc Realty is the only way I will go when it comes to buying or selling my home. He is professional, caring and he goes above and beyond to help his clients. John helped my wife and I buy our first home back in 2011, and he was the first person we went to when we wanted to sell our home and buy another house in a different area this year. Simply, John and Arc Reality is the best, and through the process of us working together, he has become a great friend and a part of our family. We were able to secure our dream home at a dream price because of John's ability to advocate for us and his willingness to think about our best interest. He is simply the best! Thanks you John for not only being a great realtor but a great friend!

      - Aki O. - Tustin
    • The premier Real Estate Group in CA. John definitely looks out for his clients as you were one of his family members. John and his team of experts make home buying easy and equip you with the knowledge to know you have made the best decision. We highly recommend Team Arc Realty for your first or next home buying experience.

      - Russell D. - Murrieta
    • We were renting, and intimidated by the home-buying process, but were hoping to buy a house at some point. John helped us find exactly the right place for us, and answered our million questions about what things to look for and avoid. He helped us to negotiate an amazing deal. He is a relentless negotiator, and you are sure to be getting the best deal buying or selling with him on your side. We are certain that we would have ended up paying more for the same house if he wasn't on our side being our advocate.During the entire process he was extremely responsive, answering all of our questions quickly no matter the time of day. His knowledge and expertise about each detail was so apparent, in his patient listening to our concerns and clear explanations of all of the options. Even outlier situations like probate sales were no problem. He walked step by step with us, even helping with loan paperwork when our lender was not in the office and so many other things.Once the purchase process was complete, he was even a great resource for the process of remodeling, and had suggestions about what work is possible and not, where to get good deals on the materials, what work we could do and what was better to contract out, and saved us even more money during that time. We realized that not all Realtors are the same and finding one that is so well-versed in all aspects of housing is just rare.We would not think about buying or selling a home without him!

      - Adib T. - Oceanside
    • Where do we begin? John, with Arc Realty, was recommended to us by a close friend and we are so grateful that we decided to go with them for our first home! Not only was the home buying experience easy to understand, navigate, and manageable... it was all done so through challenging COVID-19 times. We put multiple offers out, and we were coached through everything without feeling pressured. We eventually found our perfect home to start a family and John has been there every step of the way even post-close to help us get the property tuned up to what we wanted. We could not be happier with our first time home buying real estate experience and we will be going with Arc Realty for years to come! Thanks guys!!

      - Jonathan W. - Cypress
    • My wife and I listed our property at the beginning of Covid. We were expecting the worst, but received the best! From our initial consultation with John to the final closing of escrow, John's experience and guidance provided us with a seamless experience. We received our best offer within one week after listing! And after a bit of negotiation, we were in escrow. The speed of the process actually caught us off guard since we were not really prepared to move! But everything went like clockwork, and we actually closed escrow sooner than we expected. Whenever I try to describe John, I think of words like Honor, Trust, Ethics and Experience. And now I can add Friend to this list.John is the BEST at what he does because he honestly cares about his clients. He will refuse a listing if he doesn't believe that it is in their best interest to proceed. Even if it means that he will personally lose out on the transaction. There is a reason there are no 1 star listings here. John is great at what he does.Thank You John!

      - Wayne K. - Anaheim Hills
    • John was a referral from a friend who's used him on a number of transactions and I can see why. John knows realestate and he navigated me through a tough Escrow during the start of the COVID stay at home orders. He even negotiated a price above asking, during a difficult time. When the buyer's agent started playing games, John knew exactly what to do. He also has lots of great contacts for contractors that do great work at fair rates. I will be using him for all future realestate transactions, as well as recommending him to friends and family.

      - Brent N. - Corona