Testimonials

  • Kristin & Steve

    "My husband and I were renting in Claremont and were getting ready to buy but we were casting a wide net on where we wanted to live. We bounced between Rancho Penasquitos to Carlsbad to Scripps Ranch. On top of that we couldn't decide if we wanted a "turn-key" home or a fixer-upper. So in short Bern had to narrow our results down from EVERY POSSIBLE HOUSE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY. And he stayed in stride with our ever changing minds. I had received several referrals for real estate agents due to my job and we had interviewed quite a few agents that range from leaders in the San Diego front to friends-of-friends. In the end we stayed with Bern not only because of his calm yet confident nature, but also because he was not showy. We did not want a car salesman, we wanted someone on our team that we could trust to fight for us and also help us with the leg work. Due to our work schedules, we couldn't always go see a property and my husband and I RARELY got to go to a property together so Bern had to accommodate for both circumstances. He had to deal with taking us individually to the same house, but at the same time, deal with both of our VERY DIFFERENT input (every house I liked, my husband didn't and vice versa... you can see how frustrating this was). Bern focused his efforts on both of our needs to narrowed down our choices from there. Once we decided on a house, we ran into normal, but frustrating hiccups with: the house, the seller, the loan broker, the renovations etc and Bern did not walk away after the final signing, he continued to work to help us with laying out our plans for renovating the house. We are so thankful we chose Bern and he did not give up on us. Fortunately for us we gained a good friend as well. I HIGHLY recommend using Bern for any of your property needs."

    "My husband and I were renting in Claremont and were getting ready to buy but we were casting a wide net on where we wanted to live. We bounced between Rancho Penasquitos to Carlsbad to Scripps Ranch. On top of that we couldn't decide if we wanted a "turn-key" home or a fixer-upper. So in short Bern had to narrow our results down from EVERY POSSIBLE HOUSE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY. And he stayed in stride with our ever changing minds. I had received several referrals for real estate agents due to my job and we had interviewed quite a few agents that range from leaders in the San Diego front to friends-of-friends. In the end we stayed with Bern not only because of his calm yet confident nature, but also because he was not showy. We did not want a car salesman, we wanted someone on our team that we could trust to fight for us and also help us with the leg work. Due to our work schedules, we couldn't always go see a property and my husband and I RARELY got to go to a property together so Bern had to accommodate for both circumstances. He had to deal with taking us individually to the same house, but at the same time, deal with both of our VERY DIFFERENT input (every house I liked, my husband didn't and vice versa... you can see how frustrating this was). Bern focused his efforts on both of our needs to narrowed down our choices from there. Once we decided on a house, we ran into normal, but frustrating hiccups with: the house, the seller, the loan broker, the renovations etc and Bern did not walk away after the final signing, he continued to work to help us with laying out our plans for renovating the house. We are so thankful we chose Bern and he did not give up on us. Fortunately for us we gained a good friend as well. I HIGHLY recommend using Bern for any of your property needs."

  • Lisa & Roger


    "We finally closed escrow on our first house and we couldn't have done it without Bern! My husband and I are so lucky to have met Bern while house hunting on the Westside. Our first impression of him was great-not cheesy or pushy like many of the other real estate agents we've met. And as our homebuying journey progressed, our first impression was validated twofold--he's just a downright honest, likable, trustworthy guy. Bern was very conscious of staying within our price range and paid close attention to the qualities we were looking for in our first home. He gave us honest feedback about the units we toured and their neighborhoods and showed us the utmost patience during the several months it took us to find the perfect place. He would send us listings of properties on a weekly, sometimes daily basis, to make sure we didn't miss any opportunities. And when we found properties we were interested in, Bern gave us private showings with enthusiasm and without pushiness. When we finally found our dream home, Bern helped us close the deal. There were 5 other offers on our property, two of them cash deals. We were nervous, but with Bern's guidance and thoughtful presentation to the seller, they accepted OUR offer! Overall he is professional, organized and willing to go above and beyond to satisfy his clients. He is a realtor with true integrity and it is no wonder why he has loyal clients and such good rapport with other people in the field. Not only have my husband and I found our go-to real estate agent, we've also made a friend! When we are ready to upgrade to our next property, we will surely be contacting Bern!"



    "We finally closed escrow on our first house and we couldn't have done it without Bern! My husband and I are so lucky to have met Bern while house hunting on the Westside. Our first impression of him was great-not cheesy or pushy like many of the other real estate agents we've met. And as our homebuying journey progressed, our first impression was validated twofold--he's just a downright honest, likable, trustworthy guy. Bern was very conscious of staying within our price range and paid close attention to the qualities we were looking for in our first home. He gave us honest feedback about the units we toured and their neighborhoods and showed us the utmost patience during the several months it took us to find the perfect place. He would send us listings of properties on a weekly, sometimes daily basis, to make sure we didn't miss any opportunities. And when we found properties we were interested in, Bern gave us private showings with enthusiasm and without pushiness. When we finally found our dream home, Bern helped us close the deal. There were 5 other offers on our property, two of them cash deals. We were nervous, but with Bern's guidance and thoughtful presentation to the seller, they accepted OUR offer! Overall he is professional, organized and willing to go above and beyond to satisfy his clients. He is a realtor with true integrity and it is no wonder why he has loyal clients and such good rapport with other people in the field. Not only have my husband and I found our go-to real estate agent, we've also made a friend! When we are ready to upgrade to our next property, we will surely be contacting Bern!"


  • Rogelio


    "Bern was our real estate agent during our first home purchase(or in this case, condo) 3 weeks ago in Brentwood. We chanced upon him while casually searching in Marina del Rey. He never fails to impress. Seriously. I can't say enough good things. We were completely clueless as to what the escrow process entailed, red flags to look for in HOA contacts, etc. Bern clued us in with all the information we needed and it always felt like he had our best interest in mind. Bern is honest, never pushy, and just all around genuine. If you ever need help or explanations, he's always patient and available. Honestly, I'm running out adjectives to describe his awesomeness. If being nice isn't enough, he's also incredibly organized and always punctual. He would bring a binder for us to keep with a spec sheet for every listing, with an area for notes. He made us feel like we were his only clients. He emailed us listings on a daily basis based on the location and personal preferences you provide so when that perfect listing comes along you can be the first to see it and even put in an offer. After a few open housing excursions, Bern will quickly learn what you love and hate so you don't waste time at places you know you won't like. My wife and I love Bern and will undoubtedly be using him when we're ready to upgrade!"



    "Bern was our real estate agent during our first home purchase(or in this case, condo) 3 weeks ago in Brentwood. We chanced upon him while casually searching in Marina del Rey. He never fails to impress. Seriously. I can't say enough good things. We were completely clueless as to what the escrow process entailed, red flags to look for in HOA contacts, etc. Bern clued us in with all the information we needed and it always felt like he had our best interest in mind. Bern is honest, never pushy, and just all around genuine. If you ever need help or explanations, he's always patient and available. Honestly, I'm running out adjectives to describe his awesomeness. If being nice isn't enough, he's also incredibly organized and always punctual. He would bring a binder for us to keep with a spec sheet for every listing, with an area for notes. He made us feel like we were his only clients. He emailed us listings on a daily basis based on the location and personal preferences you provide so when that perfect listing comes along you can be the first to see it and even put in an offer. After a few open housing excursions, Bern will quickly learn what you love and hate so you don't waste time at places you know you won't like. My wife and I love Bern and will undoubtedly be using him when we're ready to upgrade!"


  • Guillermo & Norma

    "My wife and I recently moved to the San Diego area in order to be closer to our kids, and grandkids, and after more than ten months of searching with four different agents , we went to Bern. We knew that Bern was especial when we went to interview him, and unlike other agents who had asked us to sign an exclusivity contract for 6 months or longer, Bern told us that if any time we were not happy with his services we were welcome to "fire" him! After working only a few days with Bern, I realized that he is very methodical and always learning about the pulse of the real estate in different geographical areas and times. He has the rare quality of being very patient and at the same time being extremely knowledgeable and detailed oriented. Bern is also very low-key and likable. These qualities made him very effective during the negotiations to purchase our "dream home". There were four other offers, but because his amiable relationship with both the seller and his realtor, they ended up choosing our offer! If you are looking to buy or sell your home, do yourself a favor and hire Bern, he the BEST!"

    "My wife and I recently moved to the San Diego area in order to be closer to our kids, and grandkids, and after more than ten months of searching with four different agents , we went to Bern. We knew that Bern was especial when we went to interview him, and unlike other agents who had asked us to sign an exclusivity contract for 6 months or longer, Bern told us that if any time we were not happy with his services we were welcome to "fire" him! After working only a few days with Bern, I realized that he is very methodical and always learning about the pulse of the real estate in different geographical areas and times. He has the rare quality of being very patient and at the same time being extremely knowledgeable and detailed oriented. Bern is also very low-key and likable. These qualities made him very effective during the negotiations to purchase our "dream home". There were four other offers, but because his amiable relationship with both the seller and his realtor, they ended up choosing our offer! If you are looking to buy or sell your home, do yourself a favor and hire Bern, he the BEST!"

  • Edward & Marelle

    "My house was in a older neighborhood and I interviewed several candidates for the listing. Some were old timers in the neighborhood, others had sold houses in the area and Bern. He was not from the area, with his office on the westside, but his non-flashy super professionalism and, from my point of view, his ethical zeal moved him to the top of the list. How many ways can I describe my total satisfaction with his consummate professionalism and service. From providing the most accurate estimate of the selling price of the house, to his utter willingness to be available in every way, I cannot recommend him highly enough. What was particularly outstanding was his efforts on matters that I did not suspect would arise. It is one thing to do the anticipated services, but to time and time again respond to the unexpected was remarkable. These comments are in no way meant to denigrate his services in relation to the sale. At his own expense he provided a stager to recommend articles to remove from the house and to add specific pieces as necessary. The photographer chosen specializes in homes going for 10 times our listing price. The video made included a drone, shots from the neighborhood as well as a wonderful walk through. These steps, together with the initial asking price (a number I insisted on as his valuation was more than any 2 bedroom house in the area had ever gone for by a good margin), resulted in over 200 visitors for the brokers open house, over 100 more for the weekend viewing and another 40 on the next Tuesday, and a staggering 18 offers, 17 over asking. He advised rejecting the highest offer which was more than 100k over asking but subject to a 24 hour limit. Friends and relatives were agog over the rejection, but best and final offers went up another 58k. Talk about knowing the market! During the inspection period, while I was overseas, he kept me fully apprised of all developments through texts, emails and FaceTime. His services were so outstanding I voluntarily increased his fee by 1/4 percent. If you are considering using the services of Bern McGovern, do yourself a favor and hire him!"

    "My house was in a older neighborhood and I interviewed several candidates for the listing. Some were old timers in the neighborhood, others had sold houses in the area and Bern. He was not from the area, with his office on the westside, but his non-flashy super professionalism and, from my point of view, his ethical zeal moved him to the top of the list. How many ways can I describe my total satisfaction with his consummate professionalism and service. From providing the most accurate estimate of the selling price of the house, to his utter willingness to be available in every way, I cannot recommend him highly enough. What was particularly outstanding was his efforts on matters that I did not suspect would arise. It is one thing to do the anticipated services, but to time and time again respond to the unexpected was remarkable. These comments are in no way meant to denigrate his services in relation to the sale. At his own expense he provided a stager to recommend articles to remove from the house and to add specific pieces as necessary. The photographer chosen specializes in homes going for 10 times our listing price. The video made included a drone, shots from the neighborhood as well as a wonderful walk through. These steps, together with the initial asking price (a number I insisted on as his valuation was more than any 2 bedroom house in the area had ever gone for by a good margin), resulted in over 200 visitors for the brokers open house, over 100 more for the weekend viewing and another 40 on the next Tuesday, and a staggering 18 offers, 17 over asking. He advised rejecting the highest offer which was more than 100k over asking but subject to a 24 hour limit. Friends and relatives were agog over the rejection, but best and final offers went up another 58k. Talk about knowing the market! During the inspection period, while I was overseas, he kept me fully apprised of all developments through texts, emails and FaceTime. His services were so outstanding I voluntarily increased his fee by 1/4 percent. If you are considering using the services of Bern McGovern, do yourself a favor and hire him!"

  • Ann & Daniel


    "We just closed escrow on our first home and are so grateful that Bern was our agent!He lead us through the whole home buying process with a genuine desire to find us a home that we would love. He always encouraged us to ask questions and was an excellent communicator with us and our seller's agent. He was prompt, professional, down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and is just an all-around great agent and person. Highly highly recommend him!"



    "We just closed escrow on our first home and are so grateful that Bern was our agent!He lead us through the whole home buying process with a genuine desire to find us a home that we would love. He always encouraged us to ask questions and was an excellent communicator with us and our seller's agent. He was prompt, professional, down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and is just an all-around great agent and person. Highly highly recommend him!"


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