Scott Kato Real Estate Agent at Circle Real Estate

Scott Kato

Real Estate Agent at
Circle Real Estate

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

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Agent Highlights

Scott sells properties fast - selling more than 61% quicker than the average Long Beach agent.
Scott has great Condo experience - having sold 121 more condos than the average agent.
Scott is a SFH expert - working with over 78% more single family homes than the average Long Beach agent.
Scott provided confidence and assurance through what I believed to be one of the most important transactions in my life. Buying and selling a home is no simple process and i needed an experienced prof...

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More about Scott Kato

At Kato Group we believe in providing a creative work environment that supports freedom and autonomy in turn, it helps each team member work in our client’s best interest. As a learning-based, innovative company, who refuses to become complacent with mediocrity, we continually invest in our teams’ education, technology and tools to stay ahead of trends and our competition. We believe as long as we take care of each other and support one another, together we achieve more. As a result, each member of our team is an expert in his or her field and delivers unparalleled customer service to our clients. Our office is open, modern, creative and fun. VISION - We have a fiduciary responsibility to our clients to provide the highest value possible when buying or selling their most valuable asset. MISSION - Our business is a negotiating and marketing firm. CULTURE - To be an industry ...
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Probate Certified


Top 1% of Realtors in the Nation, 65 5-Star Yelp Reviews, 80% of our business is by referral, Over 150+ 5-Star Zillow Reviews, Over 70+ 5 Star Google Reviews

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  • Scott helped me buy a home

      Scott provided confidence and assurance through what I believed to be one of the most important transactions in my life. Buying and selling a home is no simple process and i needed an experienced professional to guide me through it. Scott and his team made me feel at ease and they were always there to address any question, concern, or ideas I had along the way. I would not go through it again without him.

    • Scott listed and sold my home

        Scott and his staff are the best professionals in their business, they pay attention to details and always do what they say they will do. In addition they are friendly, honest and trustworthy. I would never hesitate to use their services when needed.

      • Scott listed and sold my home

          Interaction with Scott and his staff was superb!!! From first call, which was returned with 24 hours, to meetings which he/staff were always on time to closing (where he even offered to pick up check and deliver) he was professional and always prepared. His comps for area included all the comps in the area. Other broker's comps did not include all area comps, only ones they wanted to show. Made suggestions for improving presentation of home, but also tempered suggestions due to current market. It is a seller's market and buyers are hungry for purchase. Based on suggestions, at our request, he brought in vendors to provide bids for work. Again on time for meeting and his vendors also showed up on time. On any questions during closing, he had his staff or escrow officer take the time to answer our questions or explain what was happening and why in a very professional (and not condescending) manner. He and his staff touch basis with us every couple of days, from beginning to end, via phone or email, to ensure we were comfortable with the process. So pleased with how everything played out, wrote letters to our former neighbors about our sale. Highly recommended Scott and his firm to them if they are thinking of selling in the future or have friends/family that may be looking to sell or purchase a home.

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        • Scott listed and sold my home

            Scott has been our agent for the past 18 years and represented the sale and purchase of all 3 of our homes. As we grew as a family he helped us find the perfect house, location, and schools! Always kept us in the loop with the process, so we knew where we stood at all times.

          • Scott listed and sold my home

              Scott is an absolute pleasure to work with. He assisted me in the recent sale of my property. He is professional and trustworthy. I would highly recommend him.

            • Scott listed and sold my home

                Kato Group is competent and resourceful with industry knowledge and client care that helped make the seller’s experience run smoothly. They patiently helped us navigate through some difficult dealings with solar panel leasing red tape. In the end, Kato Group’s attention and diligence paid off with a quick sale at a better than expected price.

              • Ive been reaching out to one of their realtors, Alpha Pallarca and Im very happy with her. Ive been looking for unique investment opportunities in California to use as my home away from home (Im from Canada). Alpha is very service oriented and knowledgeable. Shes always responding in a timely manner whenever I fire off some questions. Im looking forward to closing a home with her when we find the right opportunity.

                - Melany Roa
              • We used Scott Kato's real estate services three times now. Once when we bought a condo in Huntington Beach, and again when we outgrew that condo (to sell it) and needed a house (to buy it). Scott and Jessica at the Kato Group are the best! Their patience and professionalism guided us through a potentially overwhelming process. Scott also had a lot of great recommendations for home services (plumbers, electricians, etc.), and we still go to many of the restaurants he referred us to.

                - Richard Trinh
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                - Branden Cruz
              • Great Work Environment every one is very Helpful and try there best to Accommodate our needs. Hugo is one of the best and always Follows up will do Buissness here again :)

                - John Arroyo
              • Scott Kato and his Team are the best in the business. Scott helped and guided us a few years ago on an investment property purchase and we were able to close the deal in less than thirty days. They were detail oriented and the whole process was smooth with no issues. I highly recommend Scott and his team as they are true professionals and they work tirelessly for their clients..... We cant wait to work with Scott's Group in the near future

                - Bingham Lee
              • We used The Kato Group to sell a home and purchase another, and we could not have been more happy with our experience from start to end. Scott Kato and Jessica Panzica are incredibly professional, savvy, and patient. We not only sold our house for over-asking price, but we secured a new one by beating out a lot of competition. And I know that was due to The Kato Group helping us be the best-positioned buyers of the bunch. Years later, we still enjoy seeing them at client appreciation events and catching up on the phone or over coffee. Theyre more than agents; they have become friends, and we are so grateful for their help!

                - Jennifer Cavrikas
              • I've now used the Kato Group to purchase two homes. Jessica and Scott have made the process so painless. They didn't rush me to make a decision, they gave me advice, and overall made my home buying experience great. I would recommend them to anybody. Whether you are a first time home buyer or someone looking for an investment, I have no doubt you'll love them.

                - Kyle Kelly
              • Scott Kato from the Kato Group works extremely hard and is always professional. He is knowledgeable about the market, super responsive and took the time to answer any questions that I had. I highly recommend Scott Kato and the members of the Kato Group.

                - Michele Francisco
              • Scott Kato from the Kato Group works extremely hard and is always professional. He is knowledgeable about the market, super responsive and took the time to answer any questions that I had. I highly recommend Scott Kato and the members of the Kato Group.

                - Michele Francisco
              • Have now bought or sold our 4th house with the Kato Group. Wouldnt go anywhere else.

                - Wes Toyofuku
              • I was looking to purchase a house without an agent, since I didn't know one in Los Angeles that I trusted. I am extremely particular about how I do things, so I preferred handling it myself. A friend insisted I get an agent though. I reached out to a realtor contact from another state, who referred me to Matthew at Kato Group. This was the best decision I made during my home buying process. Matthew was the most detailed and attentive person I've had the pleasure of doing business with. Anytime I had questions or doubts about anything, I would reach out to Matthew and he'd take care of it. There were higher offers on the property I purchased, but our offer was accepted because Matthew and his team were thorough and well prepared. We closed escrow in 23 days. Please understand that every purchase has different circumstances, but I'm positive Matthew and his team will get you the best results in buying or selling a home.

                - Nelson
              • I recently had the pleasure to work with Monica Lopez, Director of Operations, with Kato Group. I loved working with Monica, she was nothing but professional. Thank you for making my experience phenomenon.

                - Kimberly Guardado
              • I had the pleasure of meeting Monica Lopez, Director of Operations at Kato Group recently. She went above and beyond to provide any assistance needed to provide a memorable experience for all their clients.

                - Oliver Lopez
              • First time buyer and was really hesitant to work with a realtor not knowing if they would have my best interest in mind or just using me for a quick buck. Couldnt be happier with Scott Kato and the Kato group. They were very professional and attentive to my needs and wants and they kept me well informed on the whole process of buying my home. Put my nerves at ease from the get go. Highly recommend the Kato Group for your real estate needs. Will be back if/when I need a realtor again.

                - Ryan Kato
              • My cousin referred me to Scott Kato and the Kato Group when I was looking to sell my condo in Bixby Knolls. Scott helped my cousin find a Long Beach mid-century modern. Scott, Jessica Panzica, and their wonderful team sold my condo in less than a week with multiple offers above asking price. Jessica was just the type of real estate professional I was looking for: smart, experienced, trustworthy and friendly! She gave great advice when I wasn't quite sure what to do. Jessica and her reliable team made the entire selling process smooth.

                - Keiko Kumagai
              • We used Scott Kato when we bought our Huntington Beach condo six years ago. We were very pleased with him as a realtor. He was not pushy, very mellow, very responsive. He did his best to make us happy. Later, when we needed more space, he and Jessica Panzica helped us buy a new house and sell the condo as painlessly as possible. Scott and Jessica even made sure we were happy for months after the sales were complete.

                - Richard T. Westminster, CA
              • Scott and his team are top notch! They are friendly, thoughtful, thorough and honest. We definitely felt like we had a great team on our side. This is our second time working with them and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.

                - Elizabeth L. Huntington Beach, CA
              • I already had an agent that a friend recommended when I found the Kato Group. I went to the meeting just to check it out, thinking I'd remain loyal to the other agent. I was very impressed with how organized the company is, and they already had places to show me. They were extremely attentive, even with my small budget. My other agent never even asked to meet me or find out specifics of what I wanted and I was already in escrow through the Kato Group by the time she contacted me and said I was pre-approved for a loan. It really highlighted how efficient and professional the Kato Group is!

                - Sara M. Long Beach, CA
              • My experience with Kato Group were positive. They help find my house within 2 weeks, and i found this to be less stressful on my end. i highly recommend using Kato Group because they are professional, and will go the extra mile to help their customer.

                - Danny T. Alhambra, CA
              • 6/25/2015I was referred to The Kato Group by my lender and she was right! The ultimate in customer service, patience for picky buyers like myself ;) and good listeners to understand my 'must-haves' and only showed me homes that met minimum and above. Bravo Kato Group!

                - Michelle W. Long Beach, CA
              • It's always a pleasure working with the Kato Group. If you're looking for a knowledgable, professional and efficient team where attention to details really matters look no further. I've worked with them several times and it's aways a pleasure! GO KATO GROUP!

                - Carlo B. Anaheim, CA
              • I would highly recommend the Kato Group for all your real estate needs. This team of professionals is knowledgeable and responsive. The Kato Group will exceed your expectation as agent as they did mine. Ray and Sarah who I worked with the most I must say if you looking for agents, that is the team you want. Kato Group my family and I thank you

                - Lafayette M., Long Beach, CA
              • I've had the distinct pleasure to be represented by the Kato Group. They're led by Scott who's a true hard working professional that's dedicated to his client's satisfaction. This is a common theme that trickles down to everyone on his team. Everyone is a pleasure to work with especially they're preferred lender Luz. She knows her craft! I don't have the best credit but she helped me create a plan to get approved for the home I wanted. I'm so grateful to the Kato Group for all thier help and expert advice throughout this purchase. I wouldn't have wanted to be represented by anyone else. I'll definitely be referring them to my family and friends!

                - Dno B. Downey, CA
              • Jessica and Scott went above and beyond to help us buy our first home. They worked closely with the CLS Lending and helped navigate quickly any challenges that popped up during the process. I would highly recommend Jessica and Kato Group to all!

                - Austin C.
              • 2/18/2017My husband and I were first time home buyers and Kato Group helped us every step of the way. Our escrow turned into a bit of headache (due to the seller), but with KG's support and determination they were able to keep us calm and informed. The communication throughout this process was key, and they kept in contact with us over every little detail without bombarding us with too much information. Overall, Kato Group excelled in customer service in helping us purchase our first home.

                - Renee B. Santa Monica, CA
              • I've heard some great things about the Kato group - and now I know why. I contacted the Kato group to look at houses and they surpassed my expectations. I had a lot of questions and they were very patient. I was given some very helpful information and when I buy my first home, I'm definitely going with them.

                - Bethany M. Huntington Beach, CA
              • 12/22/2014We just closed two transactions thanks to the help of the Kato Group. The team is best in class and is everything we could ever want in an agent - extremely knowledgeable about market conditions, experts on both sides of the buy/sell process, tough negotiators, incredibly responsive, and genuinely nice people who treated us like family. Jessica Panzica and Sarah Bogy led the charge and were constantly on top of the buyer's agent and vendors, and much to our delight, got them to close escrow 4 days earlier than expected. What an incredible outcome! And we can't forget Scott Kato who convinced us that staging is worth the investment. We were 25 days on market with no offer but after staging received an offer within a week. We should have listened to you from the start! Excellent job team!

                - Keith W. Cypress, CA
              • 8/6/2014We listed a condo in San Pedro. We knew it would be a challenge since the location wasn't the best and the market conditions were not great either. To help us get ready, Scott and his team helped us arrange painters for the unit as well as some minor repairs. It took a while to sell, but he and his team kept us informed weekly with updates on the market. During escrow, they offered electronic documents, which made the process much more efficient and convenient. We recommend Scott Kato and his team for your Real Estate needs.

                - Christine M. Alhambra, CA
              • 8/21/20131 photoThe Kato Group are true professionals and go above and beyond to ensure a smooth experience. Scott Kato was always available to answer my questions and address my concerns. He's patient and never pressured me into a decision that I was comfortable with. He definitely showed true empathy for a first time home buyer. I will always work with the Kato Group for any real estate interests and needs.

                - Eric T. Redwood City, CA
              • 8/17/2016I am a Mortgage Consultant and I've had the pleasure of working with Scott Kato. He's a VERY professional, thorough and knowledgeable Realtor. He constantly invests in education and strives to continue to improve himself to become the best Realtor possible for his clients. I've referred him to a couple of my friends and would continue to do so if anyone is looking in the Los Angeles County area.

                - Rasy S. Signal Hill, CA
              • My partner and I moved to LA from Austin and were shocked at the state of the housing market and how much different it is than Austin. Thankfully we had super agents Krista Herzog and Jim Crotwell to help guide us through some of the insanity and purchase a great home here in LA. They took great care of us, really understood the market, and fought for us every step of the way. Our lending situation made us the underdog amongst other buyers, but were super thankful to have great agents that had the patience and determination to get us a winning offer on a house we love (which was only the beginning).After finally getting a winning offer on the house, it came with no shortage of contingencies that seemed to make the timeline very difficult if not impossible. There was literally no room for error as error would push the budget and possibly affect our ability to close. I cant thank Krista, Jim and Sarah Bogy enough for their attention to detail in ensuring we moved through the entire process at full speed. Plain and simple, there was a ton to do, but the deal was worked like it had been done a million times. If only our first home purchase wouldve gone as easy as this! Ultimately, it was crazy at times, but everything got done and on time with outstanding customer service to boot. I can say with complete confidence that I would highly recommend these Realtors and anyone at the Kato Group. They are now like family to us and whether you are buying or selling they are the best. We will definitely be working with them again when/if we decide to sell our dream home!Thanks so much again.Happy Home Owners,Tom & Kellen

                - Shear Kellen
              • Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, ValueI worked with Kato group and Jessica to sell my condo in Long Beach, and subsequently purchase a new home in Long Beach as well. They listed my property, and it was sold after a ~week. They have such a great knowledgeable team, that it was very easy and effortless. I highly recommend them.

                - Heiden Salguero
              • 02/29/2016 - Scott Kato and his crew are awesome. They contacted me when I was in abroad and they kept in touch till I came back and ask what I am really looking for and everything. When I was back Edgar did contact me and we started the look for properties. End of third month I bought the nice condo in Bixby Knolls. I would not able to find my place

                - dicoo80,Bought a Condo home in 2015 in Long Beach, CA.
              • 04/08/2016 - Mr. Kato helped me to acquire a piece of property in Leisure World, Seal Beach. Very pleasant experience, unlike most other property purchases that I have made it went extremely quickly and easy, even though I lived in Tennessee at the time of my purchase. I was kept informed of all processes and happenings at all times of the purchase.

                - zuser,Bought a Condo home in 2015 in Seal Beach, CA.
              • 02/18/2017 - My husband and I were first time home buyers and Kato Group helped us every step of the way. Our escrow turned into a bit of headache (due to the seller), but with KG's support and determination they were able to keep us calm and informed. The communication throughout this process was key, and they kept in contact with us

                - zuser, Bought a Townhouse home in 2017 in Long Beach, CA.
              • 3/19/2016I've known Scott Kato for over 7 years and can say first hand that he and his team always put the client first. Weather you're buying or selling a home, they will always be honest and helpful with the information they provide. I highly recommend you give them a call today for some free advice. You'll be glad you did!

                - Robert S. Signal Hill, CA
              • 7/30/2014After failing miserably with my previous agent, i was fortunate to work with Scott and his associate Ben Fisher by luck when i signed up to receive listings from one of his mls sites.Scott and his team worked day in and day out in finding my perfect home. They would tell me about new listings as they popped up and always the first one to see a listing, giving us the chance to make a good first impression on the sellers. When we finally got an acceptance on a home, scott made sure everything went smoothly and communicated with me in a timely and informative manner.I would highly recommend the Kato Group. The associate i worked with was Ben and he was the best. Scott needs to buy him dinner at Mastros for the work he put in to finding my home.

                - Johnny L. Westminster, CA
              • 3/27/2016Jessica Panzica and Scott Kato sold our starter home and found our 2nd home. We got the deal of a lifetime. Our new home needed a lot of work and they found all of the contractors to do the work for us at a steal! We were so happy! Shout out to Raymundo as well for doing the open houses and for keeping us laughing through the entire process that should have been stressful. Raymundo is on his way to the top under the guidance of Jessica and Scott. Honestly, I consider then all family now. We are so blessed to have them in our lives. They still check on us and are just genuine nice people.

                - Rachel C. San Pedro, CA
              • 5/9/2015I highly recommend using the Kato group if you're selling your home. I used them and was very pleased with the outcome. They helped me sell my house for the price I wanted to sell it for and in a short amount of time.The Kato group's aggressive online marketing strategy is one of the biggest benefits they offer. If you want to sell your house and get the maximum amount of exposure, they can do that.From the beginning to the end of my sales process, the agents at the Kato group exceeded all expectations.

                - Ryan R. Lomita, CA
              • 4/5/2016I have used Scott and/or Jessica of the Kato Group for the past 12 years for my personal real estate transactions. Their attention to detail, aggressive representation and knowledge of the market are all reasons why I will continue to use them for years to come.Also, I have recommended several friends and family to Scott and his team and have always gotten great feedback on their experiences.A Class A operation

                - Mike T.
              • 10/25/2018Buying a home is stressful. Buying a home while selling a home is brutal. The Kato Group makes this process a whole lot easier. They are listeners first, but VERY proactive in what they do. They are courteous, knowledgeable, professional, and flat out know how to make things happen.I appreciate every bit of what they have done for our family to get us to where we want to be, as well as get us out of our previous home with as much expediency as humanly possible.It was a great experience working with Jessica and the team. We never felt pressured to act/react, and no request was too big or too small on the buying or selling side. They were also SUPER patient with us as we narrowed down our initially large radius of areas we were targeting. Keep up the EXCELLENT work team!

                - Marcus K. Huntington Beach, CA 033