I grew up in the Windy City (a.k.a Chicago, Illinois) and went to college at DePaul University where I studied business management. After college I managed an advertising agency and started selling real estate on the side. I have just celebrated my 24th year in the real estate business.
For the past 18 years I have resided in California and have been selling real estate. Every listing I have had has resulted in a successful sale, which I attribute to intelligent price positioning and marketing strategies. I have been a top producer of my office every year and I have placed in the top 2% Nationwide.
My work in real estate involves more than simply finding or selling someone’s home. It lends me an opportunity to establish rare and long-standing friendships. I give my emotional involvement as well as personal advice and creative skills. I listen to my clients’ wants and needs and take it from there.
This is to offer an unqualified enthusiastic recommendation for Susan Kastner, our realtor for four real estate transactions in Santa Monica over a period of three years from 2013-2016.
Susan is a consummate knowledgeable professional with excellent depth of experience and intimate knowledge of the real estate market in her area. She was our realtor for the purchase and sale of two different homes in Santa Monica's exclusive neighborhood North of Montana. She gave us excellent advice in purchasing both homes and effectively managed to negotiate and close the sale on each home. When we moved further north to Santa Barbara County and decided to sell both homes, she gave us excellent advice on pricing the homes for sale, so much so that they both closed in the same week!
We bought one of the homes for our residence and lived in it for a year. We bought the other home as an investment and spent a considerable amount of time renovating and developing it. When it came time to sell the spec house, Susan advised us on the price, but we didn't listen to her, which was a mistake on our part. The house sat for many months until we accepted her advice and then it sold quickly.
We followed her advice on upgrading our residence prior to putting it on the market, and again followed her advice on pricing the home. It sold very quickly above our asking price.
Susan doesn't waste words. She operates at a fast clock speed. She is efficient and focused. Beyond all this, though, I most appreciate her sense of market pricing and timing. I encourage all to carefully consider her advice. Her keen market sense of the market is a significant benefit to her clientele.
— Iry Beiman, Ph.D.
Susan is a consummate professional, great to work with on either side of real estate transaction.
— Eugene Fama
AS out- of- towners looking for the perfect pied a terre in Brentwood or Santa Monica, we needed to rely on someone who knew the area cold; who knew what was available and what was likely to become available; and who could quickly figure out what made us tick and what turned us on and off. Susan came into our life like a dynamo and cut to the chase. We only had limited days to choose an apartment, and she made us work diligently-- dissecting each apartment we viewed—what was good; what was bad. This enabled her to sharpen her search and within two weeks we had found the perfect apartment. Then the hard part—negotiating the deal. She was a great ally and advocate, and we are very well pleased with our choice, our price and our real estate broker.
— Arthur Selkowitz
Working with Susan Kastner at Partners Trust exceeded any of my expectations. As a first time home seller, Susan listened to our needs, guided us throughout the entire process, and delivered on her promises. Susan has an uncanny ability to communicate Real Estate and after my experience in working closely with her, I now understand why she is at the top of her game in the highly competitive real estate industry. Truly a joy to work with...I would highly recommend Susan!
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its global network, media savvy and command of the market to provide high net–worth
individuals across Los Angeles a discreet and peerless level of real estate service.