Debbie Carpenter - Del Mar Realtor
Luxury Real Estate Specialist
Competent, Caring, and Confidential

Buyer Testimonials

Real people, really happy, and willing to share their experience working with Debbie. Buying a home is one of the biggest and most complex challenges that most people face.  Each sale listed below is a story of hope, fear, excitement, and, ultimately, success for my clients, great satisfaction for me, and insights I look forward to sharing with you as a client.  Click here to hear my philosophy in person.  Click Here to read many testimonials from sellers, too!

Neptune Drive, Encinitas, CA  92024 - Dream Home On The Bluff

I’ve never had an experience where I’m so wildly excited about service that I’ve received that I look forward to writing a testimonial, but this is that instance.  I initially contacted Debbie and Bill about a property that I was interested in, and immediately from the start, I sensed a professional warmth that put me at ease with the process.  They informed me that they were leaving on vacation the following week, but even when they were gone, they were intimately involved in the process – from Europe – no matter the hour, no matter the question, no matter the issue.  It looked like the deal might be falling through several times given the seller’s reluctance, and Debbie was always a calming presence while at the same time thinking strategically about potential solutions.  Eventually, it all came into place…. 

…And that’s when Debbie and Bill really began to shine.  As my wife and I live in New York City but were buying a place in San Diego County, the closing process was naturally a bit more complicated.  But, with Debbie and Bill as our eyes and ears, handling every inspection, scoping out neighbors to the north and south, going through instruction manuals to learn how certain locks could be re-programmed, etc., the process was quite literally a breeze.

It’s cliché to use the term “dream home,” but my wife and I feel as if we’ve found it and largely have Debbie and Bill to thank.  Moreover, we feel like we’ve gained friends as much as real estate agents, and that just adds the cherry on top to an otherwise pristine experience.

- Scott Kelce

7588 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA  92067 - Listed at $2,890,000

Debbie made our home purchase a great experience with a great outcome, especially given that we were foreign nationals relocating from China.  She orchestrated a very efficient and productive shopping phase, but that was just the beginning.  After facilitating successful purchase negotiations, she arranged thorough inspections, negotiated extensive repairs, and navigated us through a complex and successful escrow.  We are thrilled!

-          Gianluca & Michele

13565 Tiverton Dr, San Diego, CA  92130  - Listed for $595,000 - Great Investment

Debbie helped us buy a good investment property in a hot market by bringing opportunities before they hit the public market.  She negotiated well and took us through a clear path to a smooth closing.  Thanks, Debbie!

- Wenhsin Lee

1042 Woodgrove Drive, Cardiff, CA  92007 - Listed for $1,225,000 -

Thank you for helping to make our first home purchase such a pleasant experience. We really appreciate the guidance you provided, and enjoyed knowing you had our back every step of the way!

- Drew & Catriona Breider

1345 Via Alta, Del Mar, CA  92014 - Listed for $3,600,000 - Family "forever" home

Buying our dream home depended on first selling our house, but we didn’t want to sell unless we could buy the dream home.  Debbie represented us skillfully, and made it happen with no risk of not securing our dream home.

- Wendy & Scott Shelly

3121 Hamburg Square, La Jolla, CA  92037 - Listed for $1,050,000 - Helped the buyer find their perfect next home and achieve their financial goals.

When we began our home search, we weren't quite sure what we were looking for - but Debbie patiently showed us a variety of properties within our price range and helped us hone in on and purchase a home that is absolutely perfect for us.  You can't beat the market knowledge, insights, and professionalism of the Carpenter team.  They were a pleasure to work with!

 - Helen & Paul Kaufmann

4421 Ocean Valley Lane, San Diego, CA 92130  Listed for $1,299,000 - Represented the buyer of this beautiful home with a view in the heart of Carmel Valley.

Having come from a very different housing market in the UK, we wanted to take our time finding the right home in the US.  Debbie and Bill allowed us the time to explore the market and helped us to refine our search area.  Debbie's knowledge of the market and contacts in the industry meant we saw only close to ideal homes, and we saw them first.  They made themselves available at all hours for advice, which is how we closed on time under difficult circumstances.   We will definitely recommend Debbie and Bill to our friends.

- Yvonne & Paul Margetts

Muirlands Estate, La Jolla, CA  92037  Listed for $6,950,000 - Represented the buyer of this spacious La Jolla dream home're very glad we chose Debbie and Bill to represent us in the purchase of our La Jolla home.  During the extended time we took to get to know the area, they were a great source of information - always available, and we never felt pressured.  Once we settled on our dream house, Debbie helped us negotiate a good price and navigate a complex escrow.  As distant international buyers, we relied on her local presence and knowledge, and our purchase closed smoothly with a great outcome.  We couldn't be happier with the assistance we received!  

- J&J


13303 Tiverton Road, San Diego, CA 92130
  - Listed for $674,800 through relocation company - competed with multiple offers and won!
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Debbie from our initial lunch meeting through to her continued support after escrow had closed. Debbie’s deep knowledge of the whole city helped me narrow my search to an area that works well for me from multiple vantages. She consistently showed me properties in neighborhoods that met all of my requirements and was sensitive to my commute time to work. She brought a property to me even before it went on the market, and got my offer selected even after the seller had received multiple offers. She was always available for calls, and ensured that I completely understood each phase of the buying process. As a first time buyer, this was priceless for me! With her experienced guidance during negotiations and escrow, my purchase closed smoothly and successfully.
 - Kristi Elkins

13614 Boquita Drive, Del Mar, CA  92014
  Represented the buyers of this great family home in a private sale.

We met Debbie at a house she was holding open.  It wasn't the right house for us, but she listened to what we wanted, found us a great off-market opportunity, and brought it all together with skill, patience, tact, and professionalism.  Amazing!

- Sharon & Ethan Franke

1014 Tulip Way, Carlsbad, CA  92011  Listed for $1,649,900 - Represented the buyers of this spectacular custom home with panoramic ocean views in a quiet neighborhood.

Tireless, meticulous, knowledgeable, and ethical. This is what you should be looking for in a real estate agent. Debbie helped us sell our house and buy another one. In the process she showed us perhaps four dozen houses. And when the time came for a transaction, her work was meticulous and timely. Her knowledge of the market and of how buyers and sellers behave was key to getting both deals done. Tireless, meticulous, knowledgeable, and ethical. Don't bother shopping around. Just call her!

- Marsha Sutton & Rocky Smolin

14288 Minorca Cove, Del Mar, CA  92014  Listed for $1,450,000 - Represented the buyer of this beautiful single-story home in the Del Mar school district

The real estate market in Del Mar for turn-key homes was very competitive.  Debbie's hard work, perseverance, and established agent network were keys to allowing us to access homes before listing and to purchase our home off market.  She and Bill worked seamlessly together to provide outstanding customer service leading to offer, acceptance, and close in 30 days.

- Bruce & Natanya Shiah Plummer Court, San Diego, CA  92130  Listed for $1,300,000 - sought-after Carmel Valley family homeWe helped their offer stand out and get accepted.  Repeat client!

Buying a house can be scary.  Debbie gave me confidence as she helped me through the purchase of our beautiful new home! 

-- Sandra Cavender


286 Surfview Court, Del Mar, CA 92014  Listed for $1,250,000 – vacation home investment property

As international buyers, we appreciated Debbie's clear communications and careful representation.  We're glad we chose her to help us buy this property in Del Mar!  She understood clearly our needs, and struggled hard to find the best possible from the market.

--- Alain & Florence Lafforgue

4411 Exbury Court, San Diego, CA  92130 price $750,000 - repeat client finding his next family home

Debbie did a wonderful job with our house in Del Mar Heights, under strenuous conditions. She was very professional and interfaced nicely with the other agent, making the deal a win-win situation. The home closed on time and to my satisfaction. I highly recommend her to anyone looking.
-- Stephen Burd

3783 Torrey View Court, San Diego, CA 92130  Listed for $990,000 – highly sought-after Carmel Valley family home

This has been a very competitive market for buyers, but with Debbie’s assistance - and persistence - we were able to find and successfully buy our dream home!

-- Helene Martel & Patrick Cloutier

156 Ocean View Ave, Del Mar, CA  92014  Listing price $1.395m – Olde Del Mar treasure

“Above and beyond the call of duty” says it all about how Debbie handled the search for and eventual purchase of our first home in the United States. We are overseas buyers and were looking to settle in a good neighbourhood with good schools to raise our kids. Debbie quickly got a sense of the specific area and price point that we were interested in. She kept us abreast of new listings and price changes even though we were thousands of miles away.

After we made our deposit we flew out to California for two days to do the house inspection and double-check our decision. This is when Debbie really shined! We hired the inspector, but beyond that Debbie arranged everything else: a deck contractor, an architect, and the listing agent all came by one after another to give us quotes and discuss feasibility of some of the changes we wanted to do. 

Overall, we felt that Debbie was always on top of things. She answered all of our questions and, despite the time difference, was able to respond to us within 24hours. We did not feel pressured and, most importantly, felt that Debbie was honest with us – both pros and cons.  I don’t think we would have gotten the house without Debbie’s expertise and superb organization. If only all deals went this smoothly.  Thank you again Debbie for an excellent job and we would recommend Debbie in a heartbeat.

-- Terry Sze

 4079 Avenida Brisa, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091  Listed for $500,00 – serene townhome right on the golf course

Debbie represented me in my purchase of a beautiful new home with a spectacular golf course view.  We made offers and almost bought other properties, but I’m glad Debbie helped me hold out for just the right one.  She took the time to understand my priorities and helped prepare me to recognize a really good opportunity when it came along.  Inspection and closing were smooth and fast.
--- Aaron Jones


28475 Cerveza Ct, Escondido, CA 92026  Listed for $550,000 – elbow room on this 1-acre lot with a view

Intelligent, affable, refreshingly professional, our experience purchasing our home was about as smooth as can be, despite some bumps caused by us. She does not get ruffled, but handles problems in a calm and decisive manner. We recommend her highly, with absolutely no conditions or qualms.

--- Alan & Trish Leavens

12370 Carmel Country Road, San Diego, CA 92130  Listed for $410,000 – In the heart of Carmel Valley

Debbie is a pleasure to work with!   She is extremely thorough in all aspects of her work, insuring that all of your real estate needs and transactions are met with the highest level of professionalism and satisfaction --- and treating the transaction as if it were her own purchase or sale.   She brings excellent attention to detail in all of her processes, and I would highly recommend her real estate expertise.

-- Karen Klause

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