I write about my passions & the SoCal lifestyle in the Carlsbad area (art, restaurants, beaches, shopping), relocation, & real estate. Call/text me at 760-840-1360 if I can help in any way, any time!
Get to know Jeff Dowler
To treat all prospects, customers and clients with respect, compassion and sincerity, using old fashioned service with today’s technology to provide client-focused real estate services, tools, education, responsiveness and guidance, and enable you to reach your unique real estate goals with a minimum of hassle and frustration, and have you feel you are my only client.
Family, above all, comes first, and it at the heart of how and why I do what I do in my business. The other core values are Trust, Empathy, Integrity, Humility, Honesty, Respect, and Lifelong Learning and Education
THE JOURNEY: After 15 years in corporate Human Resources positions, my wife and I opened a successful art gallery in Cambridge, MA. Shortly thereafter I obtained my real estate license and began working for RE/MAX Destiny in Cambridge (home of Harvard University and MIT).
3 years later my wife and I made a huge decision to relocate to Carlsbad California in the Spring of 2005 (photo at right is of Cambridge's Harvard Square in winter), and bought our 9th home in the La Costa area of Carlsbad so we could be near the beaches. We've moved twice, since, and now live in northeast Carlsbad just a few miles east of Carlsbad Village.
I began working for RE/MAX Associates in Encinitas in June 2005 which later changed to RE/MAX Moonlight Beach, created after RE/MAX Associates was sold in 2008.
I am now with SOLUTIONS REAL ESTATE in Carlsbad and have been since January 2011. I still work primarily out of my home office but meet with clients at our Carlsbad office at 2055 Corte Del Nogal.
In addition to my corporate business skills and experience, I have now been a primary home buyer and seller 10 times, and have bought and sold a rental property, a business condo, and 2 vacation properties (one waterfront), in 4 different states. So I understand consumer issues from the buying and selling viewpoint, and have had some harrowing experiences, all of which benefits YOU when you are buying and selling a home.
I KNOW RELOCATION :
I have relocated a significant distance 4 times and I understand it well (if you want to learn more about relocation and how to do a good job of moving, visit Carlsbad Relocation A to Z). And I love writing about living here in San Diego, my most recent move - there is lots of information in my blog Fans of Coastal San Diego but these days I concentrate on the blog you are visiting now. I have moved with very young children, pets, and cars. I also understand the business side of relocation, including Corporate Relocation Programs, from my years as a Human Resources professional.
Be sure to check out my RELOCATION TIPS VIDEO SERIES on my YouTube Channel for the important things you should know about the relocation process, whether you are moving a short distance or across the country. Call me at any time at (760) 840-1360 if I can answer any questions.
Training, education and technology are incredibly important in the real estate business, and are expected, if not demanded, by today's buyers and sellers. And in my opinion using technology is essential to working effectively in today's real estate market. BUT it's not ALL about technology - there's the human side of real estate that is paramount in every transaction.
I obtained my e-Pro designation soon after I received my license in order to expand my technology expertise.
I am 1 of about 3% of all REALTORS in the US with the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation, which required advanced coursework in technology, referrals, buyer and seller strategies, business planning and marketing, and had rigorous production requirements. The value for you as a buyer or seller are the many advanced strategies I know how to use for marketing your home or helping you find the right property, and the experience I have had in a wide range of buying and selling scenarios. The use of technology is key in this market when working with buyers and sellers (e.g., home searching, marketing, communication, digital photography, video, electronic signatures), and for daily business operations and communications. But lots of what I do is still face to face, and it all depends on what is best for YOU! How do YOU want to communicate - phone, text, email, in person??
I also completed my SFR Certification (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource) which focuses on helping homeowners who are in hardship situations and owe more on their homes than the value in today's market. Short sales are a major challenge, and knowing what to do to protect client's interests is key. If YOU have or may be getting to, a hardship situation with your home, please don't wait - get some guidance right away so you know what your options are. And be sure to talk with your lender before your situation gets worse!
I have the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) certification since I also focus on senior buyers and sellers(i.e., communities that are age restricted to 55+).
I am very excited about the skills, techniques and strategies I offer my clients to better serve their needs in our increasingly challenging and competitive market. I am active in the National Council of Residential Specialists organization to support their educational programs in Southern California and to continue my own education in the real estate business, and served on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Chapter of the CRS as Area Vice President for San Diego, as the Treasurer for 2008; I served as Secretary on the Board for 2009, President-Elect for 2010, President for 2011, and Immediate Past President for 2012, as well as continuing my involvement as Chair of the Technology Committee (including the Chapter website and blog) through to 2014. I served on the National Communications Advisory Panel for the Council of Residential Specialists for 2011, was a committee member of the Council's National Education Forum in 2012, and Chaired this National Committee in 2014. I was o a Regional Vice President covering the New England Chapters for 2014 and 2015, a great honor and privilege (and fun to visit my old stomping grounds in the Boston area!), and will serve in that role again in 2016. I will also Chair the national Membership Development Committee for CRS.
Referrals are an essential part of my business; being introduced by you to your valued friends, family and neighbors is the best compliment I can receive, and I treat each and every one with the utmost care. So don't keep me a secret if you have gotten to know me, even if we have not yet worked together!
I also have a large and ACTIVE REFERRAL NATIONAL DATABASE I use whenever I can for outbound referrals, so I can help you if you are moving from this area, but can also assist friends and family all over the country who need help finding a qualified real estate agent to assist them in buying and/or selling. I know a ton of top real estate agents around the country in all major cities and beyond, and I can help you or your friends find just the right person to get them through their buying or selling transaction successfully.
To learn more about the benefits I offer you with my advanced training and education as a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), click on this link to my Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Member Profile.
Lastly, I am a big beach lover, both EAST and WEST.
So you will learn a lot from me about the areas near the Southern California beaches of North San Diego County, especially in Carlsbad where I live, and neighboring Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla, Pacific Beach/Mission Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, San Elijo Hills, and Vista.
I don't get to enjoy the beach as much as I would like, but try to take some time to appreciate the beautiful coastline we have whenever possible. If you have questions about the beaches and the communities nearby, or want to know more about what it's like to live on or near the beach, please feel free to ask...I'll tell you what I know, OR find out what I don't.
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Jeff Dowler's Blog Posts
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) - only 3% of all REALTORS have this designation
e-Pro - certfication based on understanding and use of technology
Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR)
WHAT I DO:
As a Carlsbad REALTOR, I focus on residential home sales, including single family homes (resales, new construction), condos, multiunit properties and 55+ (age-restricted) communities. I have owned waterfront real estate so I am familiar with the issues homeowners have to deal with when living directly on the water - weather, erosion, increased maintenance, insurance, and more.
I work with both buyers and sellers, and have substantial experience with first time home buyers. I have significant personal relocation experience, and as a REALTOR have helped a number of buyers relocate (from a few hundred miles to across the country). I understand the difficulties of relocation (and have experienced it multiple times myself, most recently from Boston to Carlsbad in 2005), and offer a variety of unique real estate services tailored specifically for relocation clients no matter where you are moving to or from.
For sellers, I provide a variety of online and offline marketing services (some of which you might not expect), a Seller's Handbook, a written marketing plan, and a thorough Seller's Right Price Analysis to correctly position your home in the market to sell at the best price and as quickly as possible.
WHERE I WORK:
I focus primarily on the coastal beach communities in San Diego's North County as well as inland to Econdido and Valley Center. I concentrate on homes for sale in Carlsbad (just a few of the neighborhoods include La Costa, Aviara, Rancho Carrillo, Calavera Hills, The Bay Collection, Bressi Ranch, Brookfield, La Costa Greens, La Costa Ridge, La Costa Valley, Olde Carlsbad), where I live.
But I also help buyers and sellers in Oceanside, San Marcos (including Santa Fe Hills, Lake San Marcos and San Elijo Hills), Encinitas (including Leucadia, Olivenhain and Encinitas Ranch), Cardiff-by-the-Sea (the Composer and Walking Districts), Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido, Valley Center, Fallbrook, Bonsall, La Jolla and Pacific Beach, plus downtown San Diego and communities to the east.
And if you are in the military and relocating to or from Camp Pendleton (bordering Oceanside) I can help you as well.
2013 - 2017 Five Star Award - San Diego
2014 President's Award - Council of Residential Specialists (CRS)
2008 CRS Realtor of the Year
2011 CRS Chapter of the Year (served as President)
Customer Service and Follow-up
Online and Offline Marketing
Planning and Project Management
Statistics and Analysis
Pricing and Competitive Analysis
Testimonials for Jeff Dowler
D, S and Z (Relocation Buyers)02/02/2016
We would like to share with other people in the process of buying or looking to buy a home, a little bit about Jeff Dowler, our real estate agent. We had a great time with him in the process of finding our ‘Dream Home” we really had a chance to get to know Jeff as it was about 5 or 6 months for our process. This says a lot about Jeff as he is a very patient and understanding man. He never tried to rush us into anything. It was always our feelings and concerns and our desire to find just the right house that was important to Jeff. Once we had decided on the one and only home to fit our needs we found Jeff to be right there to help us with all the legal business, all the things to read and sign. He always took care of us in a professional and timely manner. We were always impressed with Jeff’s high attention to detail and also his knowledge of all the real estate business, the market, pricing, location and on and on. In Closing from one new home owner to someone out there, look forward to a good experience with Jeff Dowler at Solutions Real Estate.
Mark and Barbara (long distance buyers; sellers; relocation buyers - 3 total transactions)03/17/2015
Jeff Dowler has been our agent for three different real estate transactions in California. Our first dealings with Jeff were in 2010 when we were looking to purchase a condo for our son, his wife and soon to arrive granddaughter. We were living in Japan and our son was in San Diego. Jeff was a patient and persevering soul as he maneuvered through the expectations of parents with specific monetary limitations, the son and the very pregnant wife, both with their expectations. The condo was found and purchased with his expertise and guidance under these difficult and unusual circumstances.
In 2014, we were told we would be transferred to San Diego. At this point, we needed to sell the condo in order to make it possible for us to purchase a house of our own. Our time frame was constrained by our son and family needing to find a new place to rent on their own, as well as our returning and needing to purchase a new home (using the condo funds as part of the down payment) all within a six-month window. We followed Jeff's recommendations for preparing the condo to sell, and it sold almost immediately, even with the condo next door up for sale as competition. Again, he walked us through the sale, even while we were going back and forth between (now) Bahrain and San Diego.
He spent the next two months trotting us around the areas of San Diego where we were interested in living. When we finally found the house, he artfully helped negotiate a price that was exactly what the house was worth and what we could afford. He helped us with great recommendations for all the professionals we needed to be dealing with regard to purchasing and preparing the house for living, including, mortgage company, inspectors, plumbers, pest control, etc. Everyone we worked with were very professional and very accomplished in their areas of expertise. We've been very pleased with all the work done on our behalf. Jeff was always available either by phone or email and always available to answer questions. The one time he was not available and out of town, he made sure other members of his office were keeping in touch with us to keep us informed and also showing us houses so that no time was wasted. He has many tools which helped us to organize our expectations, thoughts, houses viewed, and all the financial information needed to fulfill all of these transactions.
Moving can be an extremely stress-filled time. Jeff's demeanor and attitude always promoted calm assurance and definitely added to de-stressing this period for us.
My experience with Jeff Dowler as my buying agent can only be expressed as the best! Although I was purchasing a budget-wise property, he treated me like I was buying a million dollar property. He was readily available to take my calls and requests from the initial search stage to the final close of escrow and possession of the property. As a somewhat novice buyer, Jeff answered all my questions with respect and thoroughness, made suggestions for items that did not occur to me, kept in contact with the selling agent, handled all the “paperwork” electronically, which I preferred, but also offered me hard copies. He attended the home inspection I had performed as well as a contractor’s visit for a repair quote, sent me reminders about each step to complete in the purchase process, and made the whole process a very positive and pleasant experience. If you’re looking for a great, reliable, and knowledgeable real estate agent Jeff Dowler is your “relocation dude”…He IS the man! Thanks Jeff!
Bree and Colin (first Time Home Buyers)11/29/2013
Jeff helped my husband and I find our perfect first home. He worked tirelessly and was always available when we needed him. Jeff sat down with us when we first started and listened to what we were looking for and then helped us figure out what was most important to us. We looked at a number of houses, and then one day he walked us into the house we are in now, and we just knew it had to be ours. He was so helpful through the negotiation and purchase process. Since this is our first home, we had so many questions, and Jeff answered every single one promptly and honestly. I would recommend Jeff to all my friends and family.
Dennis (international relocation first time buyer)08/26/2013
I initially contacted Jeff Dowler when I resided in Germany. I explained to Jeff my situation which included a relocation to Oceanside, CA with the daunting task of finding and closing on a home within 2 months. Not only did Jeff help me find the perfect property, I believe without a doubt my escrow would have never closed within the 30 day suspense without Jeff' expertise. He was always available on a short notice and extremely flexible in meeting my personal home buying needs. I would describe Jeff Dowler as the consummate professional always willing to go the extra mile and do whatever is necessary to help his client.
Linda (out of area seller)08/23/2013
The Silver Lining
My sons and I were recently faced with a sudden and tragic death in our family and I had to quickly sell a home in Carlsbad that was part of the estate. But the problem was that I no longer lived in Carlsbad; I lived in Colorado, so the logistics looked daunting.
I immediately put the word out to friends in Carlsbad for a good Realtor and Jeff’s name popped up. He came to our first meeting thoroughly prepared and his references were stellar. I hired him for the job and the house is now sold.
This was an emotional and stressful time, but Jeff made it so much easier. He helped me get the house ready for sale and then essentially functioned as the Project Manager once we were in Escrow, managing appointments, work assignments, and paperwork and keeping me in the loop throughout the process.
Jeff consistently went beyond the call of duty, from scheduling and supervising work, to picking up mail, moving cars, mailing keys and even paying for some things out of his own pocket. And he did it all with graciousness, a sense of humor and always a kind word.
He proved himself to be a tech-savvy and knowledgeable real estate professional who knew what he was doing and who patiently helped me to understand what was happening all along the way. He was dependable, conscientious and consistently responsive. He did what he said he would do, when he said he’d do it. He maintained exceptional levels of communication.
When tragedy strikes it is often hard to believe that there is any silver lining to it. But having had the honor to meet and to work with Jeff Dowler was just such a silver lining for me. Thank you for the honor, Jeff.
Patti and Ken (relocation buyers)08/01/2013
Jeff Dowler is The Relocation Dude. My husband & I have had a working relationship with Jeff for several years. It started when we were still “enjoying” quirky New England weather & just dreaming about relocating to SoCal to be closer to our daughter. We weren’t what you’d call “serious” buyers at the time. On one January visit to San Diego to see our daughter, we met Jeff in person in North County. He gave us the cadillac of tours viewing multiple properties in our desired locations & projected price range, as well as a Certified Residential Specialist packet (a “keeper”) that contained a wealth of information about every aspect of looking & buying and (2) sturdy colored maps of the areas by zip code.
We maintained “virtual” contact from that day forward. He always kept us on the radar, never lost interest and checked in with us on regular basis even though we were far from ready to purchase. We finally relocated. We did our homework (much with Jeff’s help) and recently closed on a home. Aside from his meticulous and professional business demeanor, he’s just a likable dude. He’s passionate about his “neighborhood” and all it has to offer. Even though we’re done looking for now, our relationship won’t end because we will continue to check out his blogs.
We’d encourage anyone considering SoCal to start exploring his site & links. And give him a call, you’ll be more than pleased.
Pam and Christian (relocation sellers)07/30/2013
Jeff did a superb job all around. He researched comps in our area that helped us price our home right. He also created a detailed marketing plan that brought lots of traffic to our house. As a result we received an offer within 6 days. Jeff answered calls and questions promptly and with great expertise. He represented our interests well while being diplomatic during negotiations with our buyers. He went above and beyond the call of duty assisting us with all the paperwork and logistical details that went along with the sale of our house. I highly recommend Jeff
Bo (First Time Home Buyer)04/29/2013
I want to thank you for your patience and guidance which resulted in my getting the right first home of my own. As I'm finishing up the work on the place, I am very pleased with my choice. Several months of being here brings me to the conclusion that it was the best choice. I have also found great housemates which is working out exceptionally. Thank you again for your expertise and good will, and hope you are doing very well
Lesley and Kacy (Relocating Buyers)12/31/2012
We were new to the area and needed a realtor to help us find a new home in North San Diego County. We were referred to Jeff and cannot give him high enough praise. Our needs were very specific and not so easy to meet as we were trying to find a home that would accommodate my elderly, disabled parent, who lives with us. Jeff began diligently searching for our new home as soon as we contacted him and outlined our needs. After viewing a number of homes, we finally found the perfect one. Jeff was right there for us every step of the way and helped make the purchase a smooth transaction. Jeff is extremely professional, knowledgeable, patient, and pleasant to work with. I've never had a better experience purchasing a home. Thank you, Jeff!