TESTIMONIALS

The VALIA team was absolutely incredible. They represented us on the purchase and the sale of our home. Their attention to detail, depth of relationships in the community, business approach and ability to drive interests and negotiate the deal truly sets them apart. Most importantly they are just really great people. I truly believe they are the best in the business.
– Adam and Meredith Edwards | Managing Director | Eastdil Secured
Fantastic support from VALIA in finding a rental property when we moved from the UK to the US, and subsequently in helping us to find and secure our new home in very tough market conditions. Deep knowledge of the local market, expert advice, and all round great support. Also great advice on related services and local contacts for just about anything. Complete game changers - we’ve truly appreciated everything VALIA have done for us.
– Alison Day
Too Faced Cosmetics | VP Global Finance and Strategy
I’ve worked with VALIA twice in the past five years – as both a buyer and a seller – and I couldn’t recommend them more highly. The process on either side of a residential transaction can be frustrating, tiresome and fraught with emotion, but the VALIA team – from top to bottom – is hands-down the most polished, competent and high-integrity group of RE professionals I know to help navigate that minefield.
– Andrea Sarkisian | Fulfilled Client | Corona del Mar, CA
It is our distinct pleasure to write a glowing review for VALIA Properties. It is difficult to imagine receiving a more comprehensive and professional service from any other firm in the real estate industry. The VALIA team is extremely knowledgeable, professional and continually goes above and beyond to make sure the entire process from start to finish runs smoothly. We would especially like to recognize Steve Sergi. Steve has represented us with the buying and selling of 2 properties in Newport Beach. A consummate professional, his market advice and property improvement recommendations were strong and well advised. While our house was for sale, we relocated out of state, and Steve, having already sourced and managed the contractors, effortlessly coordinated all of the work being done. Steve is an absolute pleasure to work with and made the whole selling experience positive. There is no one else we’d rather work with and give the entire VALIA team our most positive recommendation to anyone considering buying or selling a home.
– Andy and Krisie Mansell | Delighted Clients | Corona del Mar, CA
VALIA was a pleasure to work with! They are valuable partners to have with any residential real estate endeavors. Working with Valia we found them to be extremely professional, exceptionally analytical, and completely steadfast in their approach to both helping us buy and sell our homes. We are looking forward to working with them in the future.
– Charlie and Amy Haggard | Vice Chairman | Newmark Knight Frank
A 30-year career in commercial real estate has taught me the value of excellent broker advice. Good brokers ensure solid transactions and an enhanced certainty of close for both parties. Excellent brokers bring so much more. Over the past 18 years, I have used Tim and his team exclusively for all of my residential real estate transactions. Tim brings with him a level of market knowledge that is unsurpassed in the brokerage community. Tim’s ability to carefully curate a transaction while managing expectations of both seller and buyer is testament to his patience, honesty, integrity, and emotional IQ. The value of these attributes cannot be overstated in a transaction and he combines them seamlessly and effectively at every stage of the experience. Additionally, Tim has a passion for market-informed floor plan design and space planning which has been invaluable in informing our new development projects. He recently helped my team curate design and floor plans for a 10,000sf home in Cameo Shores. The home subsequently starred as the feature home in the Corona del Mar Home Tour and was universally well-received by prospective buyers before it quickly sold and set a new price watermark for the neighborhood. Tim characteristically managed both sides of this transaction seamlessly. I cannot think of a single deal where Tim did not surpass our expectations or bring added value.
– Chris Marsh | President, Apartment Development | Irvine Company
Having bought and sold 10 homes we have a lot of experience dealing with real estate agents. For our most recent transaction, we chose to use VALIA Properties for the first time and could not have been more pleased. From our initial meeting with Steve to discuss both the overall market and the expectations for our property the process could not have been more transparent or professional. After engagement, VALIA continued to excel at every stage from marketing to negotiation to assisting in a very smooth closing. We enthusiastically recommend both Steve and the entire team at VALIA and will undoubtedly utilize their services again for future real estate transactions in the Corona del Mar area.
– David and Kim Nagle | Enthusiastic Clients | Corona del Mar, CA
When we decided to sell our oceanfront home in Corona del Mar, we heard from friends that Tim Tamura at VALIA Properties was hard working and ethical and got great results. That was an understatement. Tim and his exceptional team were more than we could have wished for. Beyond what you expect of a capable agent, Tim has a high level of emotional intelligence that matters in an important real estate transaction. Tim balanced our needs with the buyer’s needs and the deal was done quickly to the satisfaction of all. The level of integrity ensured the best possible outcome. The VALIA team was such a pleasure to deal with. Let’s face it, having open houses is a burden for the seller, and the team was amazing! I can’t imagine any agents being more considerate and effective for a great outcome. They provided excellent communication throughout the process, were always responsive, available, and doing everything they could to make it easier for us. We made a great decision to list with VALIA and I appreciate knowing them, and our good fortune to work with them.
– Frank and Barbara Peters | Joyful Consumer | Corona del Mar, CA
I just want to share how much I appreciate the creative, helpful, and thoughtful assistance Team VALIA gives me and my office. They're unique and special.
– Geoff Sumich
Principle Designer, Geoff Sumich Design
Extremely knowledgeable of the market with an excellent reputation. Have closed several deals with Steve Sergi over the past 10 years. Valia associates go above and beyond to pull transactions together.
– Greg Anderson
We have worked with VALIA on 4 separate properties. They are very knowledgeable about the market and great at helping us formulate a strategy so we can reach our goals. Over time we have built a great relationship with them- they have treated us like we were part of their family. I would recommend them to anyone looking to buy a property in Newport or CDM.
– Hardeep and Meeta Singh | Doctor of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology | Corona del Mar, CA
After more than 20 years as a builder or developer, I know firsthand the importance of excellent broker advice. After moving my business from San Francisco to Corona del Mar, I was referred to VALIA Properties by a long-time friend and business associate. Tim and the VALIA team bring a level of market knowledge, that is in my opinion, unsurpassed in the brokerage community; ensuring solid deals and smooth transactions. Tim and his team provide more than just brokerage services, they have consulted in the design process; assisting with architectural advice and space planning, choosing finish products, and injecting new ideas in order to bring an optimal, market-driven home to the consumer. I feel confident that with Tim and his team’s analytics and synthesis knowledge, my business will thrive and continue to surpass my expectations. Please feel free to use me as your reference in the future as I am happy to sing your praise to any future clients. Sincerely yours.
– Jami Bahrami | President | JFB Properties
Tim and his team are such a joy to work with. We listed our home with VALIA and they made the entire process a breeze-from meeting with the handyman to securing a stager-they took care of it all! Tim is always quick to respond and offers excellent advice. Thank you VALIA team for a job well done! Sincerely,
– Jeremy Johnson & Jerrod Blandino | Founders | Too Faced Cosmetics
VALIA Properties takes time to understand their clients very well! They identify what you want, and what fits your needs! Most importantly, they are very connected to the community and have great relationships that present great opportunities. They are competent and responsible in their efforts to help everyone involved. It was clearly not about a transaction but investing in a long-term relationship. I trusted their counsel and I ended up with the home of my dreams.
– Lillian Yin | The host of Channel Young | Shanghai, China
We Love this Team!! They sold our house in the first week it was on the market, for $100,000 over our already high asking price, with multiple offers, that all required a lot of negotiations! They were very quick to respond to us, and to our offers, day or night. They treated us with respect and they are always super Classy! I have worked with them for years, and knew that they would perform, just the way that they did. They are all truly experts in their field and have great taste. We also admired and appreciated how well dressed they all are, and how beautifully decorated their office is. They are a 100% combination of class, professionalism, and kindness.
– Lisa Ahlke
Our experience with the VALIA Team was exceptional from start to finish. Tim and Steve assessed our property and positioned us for success. They then marketed our property to qualified clients and select realtors in the community. The result was a quick and efficient sale and a hassle-free closing to a qualified buyer. We recommend VALIA and will ask them to represent us in the future.
– Lou and Jean Grasso | Grateful Clients | Corona del Mar, CA
We had an amazing experience with VALIA. Jason Foreman and Steve Sergi did a fantastic job from the very beginning helping us find a rental property in Newport Coast when we relocated from NYC in July 2021 to finding a home to purchase this March in Corona Del Mar. They are very personable and attentive. They listened carefully to our buying criteria and were very patient with our need to be educated about the area and taking our time to find the right fit. They were very forthright in providing their views, both positive and negative attributes to a home/neighborhood. Because of their deep knowledge of CDM and their long standing relationships they were able to identify a buying opportunity prior to the house hitting the market which helped us avoid a bidding war. They did a great job negotiating terms for us and coordinated with our lender and the escrow company to ensure a smooth closing. Post closing they have been extremely helpful providing recommendations for various type of trade to have work done and have actually called on our behalf to make arrangements. Our experience, thanks to them was outstanding and they exceeded all expectations. We strongly recommend them.
– Michael Criscito
Ankura | Senior Managing Director
I just wanted to thank Tim and let him know what a great job he and his team did on the sale of my home. From the very beginning, he was open and forthcoming about the market conditions and salability of my property. From day one he and his team kept me well informed of the escrow progress and his integrity and ethics are second to none. Please feel free to use me as a reference in the future as I am happy to sing his praise to any future clients.
– Michael D. Reeves | President | Corbin Reeves Construction
Again, I just want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to you and your VALIA Team for the tremendous marketing effort and outstanding results that were achieved in selling our family home. Not only did you and your team of real estate professionals procure a full-price offer from a well-qualified and very motivated buyer, but you guys made the whole listing, sale, and closing process a positive experience. As a small businessman myself, I am keenly aware of the dedication that goes into creating a business culture that continuously strives to provide the highest level of customer service. To say that we were very pleased with our VALIA experience would be a huge understatement! You can be assured that we will enthusiastically recommend VALIA to our friends and neighbors for their real estate brokerage needs.
– Michael Hoppe | Delighted Client | Gig Harbor, WA
Scott and I appreciate so much the effort all of you made to help us sell our home in Harbor View. We believe we were able to attract the right buyers because of your extensive relationships, professionalism, and enthusiasm shown by your team. We are thrilled to have sold our home in a very difficult market for a price we are happy with. We were referred to you by a friend who had bought and sold several houses using your team. She was so impressed with the experience she did not hesitate to recommend you to us. From our initial meeting through the final closing we were very glad to have chosen you. Scott and I both have recommended VALIA already to several friends. We will be sure to give you a call when we decide to buy or sell any more property. Thank you again.
– Milei and Scott Yardley | President | Eco Cover America
The entire team over at VALIA is first class! They've helped me buy, sell, rent, and so much more over the years. In Corona Del Mar, there is nobody better, more helpful, or more experienced! I've recently left California, but if I ever move back to Corona Del Mar, having to choose someone to help me find a home will not be one of my challenges. They operate with tremendous integrity and go above and beyond. Most recently, they were willing to help me sell my house that hadn't been well maintained out of negligence. Not only did they get me a good price, but they also helped me get the place in shape to sell while I was out of the country. I can't recommend these guys enough.
– Natalie Gulbus & Josh Rodarmel | American Professional Golfer | LPGA
Over the past 4 decades, I have been involved both as a “builder or developer” and as a private investor, in the acquisition, entitlement, development, and sale of residential real estate. Over that time span, I have had the opportunity to work with and interact with many real estate professionals. Since 1999 I have worked exclusively with Timothy N. Tamura and his associates in the buying and selling of multiple properties in the Newport Beach area of Corona del Mar. Tim is the ultimate brokerage practitioner who demonstrates experience, honesty, expertise, intuition, and unsurpassed local knowledge for each transaction. I have appreciated working with Tim and the very competent associates of his firm as we worked through the multi-faceted process of real estate acquisition and sale. I recognize that experienced professional brokers ensure smooth transactions and provide enhanced certainty of escrow closing for both the seller and the buyer. I am grateful for the thoughtfully orchestrated and timely advice I receive from Tim, serving me equally well as a buyer and as a seller. The fine line of comprehensive understanding that Tim brings to each deliberation and negotiation is in my experience and opinion, a singular testament to his professionalism and expertise. Tim has always exceeded my expectations as a professional and I respect and admire his efforts as a genuine and passionate advocate for his clients. Tim has earned his position in the industry and continues to set a standard of excellence that is not often associated with the “brokerage” community.
– Nat Stowe Harty | President | Stowe Properties, Inc.
We worked with Steve Sergi at Valia to purchase our very first home and can’t say enough great things about our experience. Steve is incredibly knowledgeable about the real estate market in general and Corona Del Mar in particular. He is personable, professional, and enjoyable to work with. He always gave us his undivided attention and was extremely thorough. We’ve told our family and friends to use him for their real estate needs and recommend you do the same.
– Nick and Courtney Kring
Tim and everyone on the VALIA Team was truly terrific to work with. I know these types of comments are a dime a dozen but, in this case, this is no exaggeration. Couldn’t think of a more classy, professional, yet down-to-earth group to work with. They did all of the investigative, forensic and analytic work based on facts and data to pinpoint the perfect opportunity that met our specific needs and worked tirelessly and diligently to pull out all of the stops to make it happen (and at a great price which was no small feat). It’s evident to me that these guys are in it for the long haul, not interested in cutting corners or doing things just to make a quick deal; but rather, are into building long-term relationships and treating everyone they encounter the way you would want to be treated. All of this without mentioning the tremendous contacts and network they’ve built over the years which come as such as a benefit in this field. There is no question in my mind that VALIA is a great and trusted business partner and no wonder that they come so highly recommended and are so successful as a business and for their clients.
– Paul Bihm | Gratified Consumer | Corona del Mar, CA
We wish to send a note of appreciation for bringing this beautiful property into our lives and suspect you worked very hard to make it happen. From our side the transaction was easier than we could have imagined, the stars just seemed to align; this is possibly testimony to your professionalism. We look forward to eventually making it one of the beautiful homes on Ocean Boulevard. We love being part of the "VALIA Family", thank you all. The gift box you gave us was thoughtful, the box will be treasured as will the experiences.
– Randy and Virginia Stockwell
Steve Sergi has been our exclusive agent since 2012, and has helped us successfully navigate six real estate transactions in Corona Del Mar. The Valia Team is well-connected in the local community, has a strong pulse on local market conditions, and has gone above and beyond the call of duty for us on several occasions. Steve has always been honest and straightforward in his communications with us, he has terrific attention to detail, and has been incredibly responsive to our needs over the years. Beyond his smarts, skills, and talents, Steve has taken an active interest in our family and we are proud to call him a friend.
– Randy & Erica Allen
Clients for Life
Dear Tim, We are writing this letter to express our appreciation for the services rendered in our search and purchase of our new residence in Corona del Mar. You, Steven and Jason arranged showings on very short notice, showed us only relevant properties, knew when new properties were to be listed and provided us with early property viewings. We had excellent communication at all times and immediate responses to our questions and quest for information. Your experience and market knowledge showed through on every level. We are overjoyed with our new home and thank you for your expertise and professionalism. Thank you all for a job well done! Warmest Regards,
– Retha Evans and Douglas Diener | President & CEO of Professional Development Course | University of La Verne
We worked with Steve Sergi at Valia to purchase our very first home and can’t say enough great things about our experience. Steve is incredibly knowledgeable about the real estate market in general and Corona Del Mar in particular. He is personable, professional, and enjoyable to work with. He always gave us his undivided attention and was extremely thorough. We’ve told our family and friends to use him for their real estate needs and recommend you do the same.
– Stephanie Brinton
The many testimonials I had read about Tim Tamura and his team all talked about his honesty, integrity, ethical business dealings, and in-depth knowledge of the Corona del Mar market. Our retired neighbor, Karen Lynch who had worked as a realtor in Corona del Mar recommended Tim and said that he is the only person she will deal with for her personal transactions. She too recited all of the accolades implicit in his testimonials. And so, picking Tim and his team turned out to be the easiest part of selling the home, I had originally planned to spend the rest of my life in. I had lived here for 28 years, after spending all that I had, to buy my “dream” (fixer-upper) beach house. My grandchildren all grew up here, and they never wanted me to sell it. There were many mixed emotions that went into selling the house and moving on to a new adventure in the Pacific Northwest. I tell you this because I found Tim brought to the table the skills of a trained psychologist. The process became very emotional when it became apparent that the sale of my beautifully restored home would be torn down. Tim would always bring the conversation back to the Columbia River and my new dream. I will be forever grateful for the very personal touch Tim brought to the process. He and his team are truly the best!
– Sue Coty | Grateful Consumer | Portland, OR
VALIA Properties brought together an incredibly talented group of people to help us prepare, market, and sell our home. They were sensitive to our goals, to our comfort and to our success. Their understanding of our local market was highly focused and knowledgeable. They conscientiously held the tension between what was an emotional transaction for us and what needed to be a fair, unbiased appraisal and negotiation in the best interests of their client. We really appreciated how transparently they kept us informed of the status and progress of our property. They not only effectively sold our home, but they also created loyal customers way beyond this single transaction. Thank you, VALIA!
– Ted and Nancy Ballou | President | Mitchell Rubber
This is a letter to formally commend VALIA on the wonderful service I received on the sale of my home. I met Jason at Open House in Cameo Shores some five years prior to the time I was ready to sell, yet he stayed in touch with me in a professional and personal fashion, gaining my trust and confidence. As a widow, I was all alone and it was very difficult to decide to sell my beautiful home of thirty-three years in Corona Highlands; with a beautiful garden that I treasured looking out to with the Pelican Hill golf course beyond. Jason had maintained contact over the five years, often visiting me in my backyard, becoming a friend. Once I finally decided to list, VALIA found a buyer in two weeks and their team helped me down to the last minute. They showed great patience with me and even helped load the last of my clothes into the trunk of my car just prior to the Open House. They even recommend an excellent moving company, again, showing great patience and professionalism. I cannot commend Jason and VALIA highly enough for their skill and knowledge.
– Thais O'Neil
Survivor of Former Newport Beach Mayor, Dennis O'Neil | Corona del Mar, CA
When we planned to sell our Newport Beach Property we considered several real estate companies. A neighbour mentioned Valia Properties. We arranged an appointment and met Steve Sergi with the Valia team. They conducted an honest and thorough on-site review of our property. This was followed by an office presentation which included a detailed report of the local real estate market velocity. Clearly, much effort from the entire team went into this information, which was tailored to our property. The consistent and authentic approach by team members sealed the deal for us to choose Valia Properties. From property materials, staging, to listing it was only 4 days on the market until we accepted an offer. Our agent, Steve, was there every step of the way and we were so thankful for that. From showing, to negotiations, closing prep, check list of a few clean up repairs, closing went very smooth. If that was not enough we had a family emergency and Steve and his team, along with Tim Tamura, Lead Broker checked in with us and delivered a care package. They maybe the only concierge real estate agents in town. They are so professional yet down to earth and willing to go the extra mile no matter how big or small the property. If you would like a professional, fair and detailed team to represent you during your next real estate transaction, Valia Properties and Steve Sergi are the best choice.
– T. Sanchez

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