Successes

I trust him implicitly for his ability to readily grasp broad and creative concepts

Eric and I have done a number of real estate deals together. I trust him implicitly for his ability to readily grasp broad and creative concepts and then bring those concepts to fruition through a laser-sharp focus on getting the job done. I recommend him unreservedly.

Michael McKechnie

Eric Castongia is a highly competent, personable realtor

Eric Castongia is a highly competent, personable realtor. He cares deeply about the situations which come up for his clients, whether buyers or sellers, and with his long experience in his industry can guide them through all the difficulties which come up in these complex transactions

Michael Wolfe – Blue Sky Services

He never wasted time nor misled me throughout my search

Eric’s approach was to get to know me, what my needs and wants were then focused on clarifying what was realistic and what wasn’t within my means. I liked and appreciate his direct and honest approach. He never wasted time nor misled me throughout my search.

Mimi Lee

Eric is a savvy real estate agent with the patience of a saint

Eric is a savvy real estate agent with the patience of a saint. He has stuck with clients through good and terrible markets and they are all happy with his services. We have worked with some of the same clients for many years and they keep coming back, which is the greatest compliment that can… Read more “Eric is a savvy real estate agent with the patience of a saint”

Natasha Lovas – Guarantee Mortgage

Eric made the whole process of finding a home easy

Eric made the whole process of finding a home easy. He understood our needs, gave good advice on the market and helped us find a home in our dream neighborhood.  The true value of Eric is the help after closing, he has the best network of resources in the city! I wouldn’t hesitate to work… Read more “Eric made the whole process of finding a home easy”

Vanessa Mikk

Eric is a fantastic real estate professional

Eric is a fantastic real estate professional and I highly recommend him to both buyers and sellers. Eric does not use the ‘hard sell’ approach like some other agents. He is extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and gets results. I consider Eric a very valuable member of my team of advisors.

John Osborn

I am eternally grateful to Eric for his positive outlook and knowledge

Eric was closing up an open house when we met and the property was outside my price range. He wasn’t pushy, but told me not to give up hope. I am eternally grateful to Eric for his positive outlook and knowledge of SF real estate to make this dream a reality.

Ruth Saunders

Eric’s greatest strength is listening

Eric’s greatest strength is listening – he spent time talking to us to understand what we liked and didn’t like and used that to inform the next round of properties he would show to us. He helped us find good compromises and we ended up with an amazing building that we’re very happy with.

Ron Monteiro

Eric was always very professional, courteous, honest and responsive

Eric was always very professional, courteous, honest and responsive. He would review various options and was direct without being pushy. I found Eric to be very knowledgeable about the real estate market and real estate loans options. He works very hard to ensure his clients are well represented.

Chris Damon

Always the consummate professional

Always the consummate professional, Eric advised and assisted me throughout a very difficult transaction. He spent many hours counseling me, but not pushing me in any one direction. In Eric, I had someone who helped me through every step of the buying process; I could not have negotiated my new home without him.

Peter Vallas

Eric listened to us and added his years of experience to the process of buying our first home

Eric listened to us and added his years of experience to the process of buying our first home. We looked at lots of houses in-person and online and always felt his screening of the entire market made the process efficient and pleasant. All our friends told us about their real estate experiences and ours was… Read more “Eric listened to us and added his years of experience to the process of buying our first home”

Candy Tripp

Eric went out of his way

Eric went out of his way to make sure we were well informed of the market as a whole; working with Eric is like getting a mini real estate education.

Nina Mulderrrig

Even after going through close to 100 properties, he found a better place for me

Eric was very patient with me. Even after going through close to 100 properties, he found a better place for me which was cheaper and in better condition than I thought possible.

Christopher Lee

Eric was always our first choice

Eric was always our first choice of Realtor because he did not pressure us and really allowed us to take the time we needed to arrive at our best choice.

Susie Reichert Wong

Eric is the most thorough real estate agent I have ever had the pleasure of working with

Eric is the most thorough real estate agent I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He is also attentive to returning calls and completing promised tasks.

Debra Haber

He’s knowledgeable, practical, ethical, reliable, and has great instincts

Eric has helped me buy and sell three properties in San Francisco over the years. He’s always gone above and beyond to help me. He’s knowledgeable, practical, ethical, reliable, and has great instincts. I really trust him, and he’s helped me become a more educated real estate buyer. I would recommend Eric to anyone.

David Diaz

He professionally handled the whole process

Eric is knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of the city’s neighborhoods. He professionally handled the whole process…and we got an advisor along with the house.

Adele and Scott McCall

Eric did more than just help me find a house

Eric did more than just help me find a house, he helped every step of the way whether working on financing, finding contractors or giving decorating advice.

Elizabeth Banker

Four purchase offers over-asking

My client had given up, thinking his Mission Dolores condo had completed the foreclosure process. I contacted his lender to confirm and luckily the process had not gone through. I felt strongly that the property could be sold for more than was owed on it-saving the seller’s credit and giving him a few bucks, which… Read more “Four purchase offers over-asking”

Found a wonderful home in Westwood Park to raise family

I met my clients at an open house. They had been frustrated, working with an agent that was not listening to what they were looking for. In a very short time and educating them to different neighborhoods, my new clients found a wonderful home in Westwood Park to raise their family.

We were successful in the buyers closing on their new home

My clients poking around trying to find homes on their own, were getting beat out time after time. A crazy seller’s market and a very limited budget made it even worse. A property in Moss Beach fit their needs with one problem, it wasn’t finished. With the help of a great mortgage broker, and some… Read more “We were successful in the buyers closing on their new home”

Love at first sight

When my friends wanted to buy their first home together, they had a long list of wants. We found a home in the Lower Haight that might work, but the listing agent was not making showings easy. Driving by the home while on tour, we seized on the opportunity to crash a showing in progress!… Read more “Love at first sight”

Not only did they increase the value of the building, they also qualified the building for the condo lottery

My clients were all the tenants of a six unit building in the Upper Haight and they wanted to buy their building. Each tenant had their own strengths, some with income, some with available down payment. Not only did they increase the value of the building, they also qualified the building for the condo lottery,… Read more “Not only did they increase the value of the building, they also qualified the building for the condo lottery”

Can’t imagine being anywhere else

My client and I set out to search for the perfect location for her bookstore. Finding that opportunity on Clement Street, a one story, single unit building fit the bill exactly. Only problem, was I had to drag her kicking and screaming back into the building to visualize the opportunity! Now, remodeled and open, she… Read more “Can’t imagine being anywhere else”

Loved the location and closed eight days later

My client would not leave her rent-controlled apartment unless she could buy in Noe Valley. I happened to know of a place that was on the market and not selling. Challenge was, for tax reasons, it had to close within eight days or it would not be sold. She loved the location, saw the value… Read more “Loved the location and closed eight days later”

Luck and persistence got their first home in Mission Dolores

My clients and their two children had been living in a small rent controlled apartment; it was way past time to move. The challenge was that they loved their neighborhood and wanted to stay. Luck and persistence got them their first home in Mission Dolores, on a limited budget, multiple offers and about a year… Read more “Luck and persistence got their first home in Mission Dolores”

We were able to get the blank canvas wanted

My client wanted a property he could remodel to make his own. Even with the market crazily overbidding at the time, we were able to find a home in Bernal Heights that had been overpriced and languishing on the market. We were able to negotiate on the price and get him the blank canvas he… Read more “We were able to get the blank canvas wanted”

A fantastic, welcoming home

My client had all but given up buying in his preferred neighborhood of the Castro, given his limited budget. With some persistence and a little luck, a bank owned property came up on a great block. He successfully bought the property and with sweat equity, has made a fantastic, welcoming home.

Sold it for over its asking price

After raising her family in her Visitacion Valley home over 40 years, my client decided it was time to move out of the city. Although she had the nicest home in the area, numerous short sales and foreclosures were lowering prices in the area. With market exposure and correct pricing, we were able to get… Read more “Sold it for over its asking price”

We were successful in getting the unit sold

As part of his retirement plan, my client had condo converted his four unit Buena Vista Hill building that he had owned for 30 years. Being tenant occupied, we could not stage or prepare the condominium as we would have liked. With persistence, communication and finding the right buyer, we were successful in getting the… Read more “We were successful in getting the unit sold”

We successfully planned move after receiving 14 purchase offers

After living in her West Portal Area home for over 25 years, my client decided it was time to move out of the city. Helping her get the property ready for sale, coming up with a list of minor improvements and using all her own furniture to stage the home, we successfully planned her move… Read more “We successfully planned move after receiving 14 purchase offers”

Property sold quickly with multiple offers

My clients five unit Hayes Valley Victorian building had been in their family for over 50 years. A very convenient location, tons of potential and the opportunity for a lot split made this property sell quickly with multiple offers.

An investor interested in trophy properties stepped up and bid a little over the reduced price.

Pricing a 10 unit investment building on Nob Hill for sale was a challenge, given that the it was substantial, well-located and more than five units, which affecting financing. When the building didn’t sell after the first 40 days, a well-thought out price reduction got the job done. An investor interested in trophy properties stepped… Read more “An investor interested in trophy properties stepped up and bid a little over the reduced price.”

I got to sell all four units!

When my clients Duboce Park four unit building failed to sell in the late 1990s, he made lemonade out of lemons by condo converting and remodeling the building. Six years later, he began the process of selling the units. Now increased significantly in value, I got to sell all four units!

We were able to sort out the seller’s tenant issues and get the price of the property in line

My clients and I found a mixed-use investment building in their preferred neighborhood, the Mission, that had not sold. The building had several issues, including the seller’s giving illegal rental increases to his tenants. After a lot of negotiation, we were able to sort out the seller’s tenant issues and get the price of the… Read more “We were able to sort out the seller’s tenant issues and get the price of the property in line”