Client Reviews

We couldn't be more pleased with Michael and Richard's service in helping us sell and buy a home. We were anxious about doing both transactions at the same time but they were very reassuring and their experience, professionalism, and expertise gave us comfort that it would all work out...and it did! Their advice and assistance in "staging" our home was inexpensive and easy to carry out, and the results were beautiful-- we couldn't believe it was our home in the gorgeous photos they arranged. They found a cash buyer for our home prior to the open house and negotiated a rent-back for us that was very favorable. With their vigilance and knowledge of the market, we soon found a "dream home" to buy, and their negotiation skills and advice on how to frame our offer paid off-- our offer was quickly accepted and all went smoothly. They were ever-present during escrow, attentive during the home inspection and assisted us in finding contractors and bids for improving the home.

It has been 4 months since our transaction, and every day I still feel happy as I'm driving home. I owe that wonderful feeling to Michael and Richard. - Arpi ★★★★★


My husband and I aren't ones for writing reviews, but we're gladly putting in the effort to sing the praises of the Barrow Gutierrez Realty Group. Our experience was nothing short of outstanding. We worked primarily with Michael Barrow, and may I say, what a truly wonderful human being! On a personal level, Mike is warm, charming, funny, and a pleasure to be around. On a professional level, he is incredibly smart and well-informed, polished, devoted to service, and determined to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.

When we decided to buy a home, we were chomping at the bit. We were excited, full of energy, and looking back, probably more than a little annoying. Mike never skipped a beat, and had incredible patience with us. He took our many phone calls with grace when we drove by houses we liked and couldn't wait to see them. He was a sensible advisor and balanced out our enthusiasm with logic and reason. With each property we fell in love with, he helped us weigh the pros and cons and delivered the necessary doses of reality when we were looking too much through our rose-colored glasses. The fact that we are now in our dream home is entirely due to the guidance and hard work of Mike. He preached patience, and helped us to hold out for the perfect home he knew was out there. During our search, he assisted us in getting our ducks in a row when it came to financing (he connected us with an equally amazing lender) so we could swoop in with a solid offer when the time came. And when the time came, Mike showed us why he's THE BEST at what he does.

We found our dream home only days before its open house weekend. The seller was waiting to consider offers until the weekend was over; smart on her part, terrifying for us. The house is very charming, so the offers came rolling in. My husband and I figured it was a long shot that we would get the place and we tried our best not to get our hopes up. But Mike had a strategy, and he went to work. When it came time to make our move, Mike helped us put together a strong offer based on extensive intel he had gathered. He also took the time to build a relationship with the seller during the process, which gave our bid a personal touch. In the end, she accepted our offer! Mike's strategy and dedication helped us beat out multiple other offers and avoid a bidding war that would have driven the price over our budget.

Through escrow and closing, Mike was our advocate. He worked ceaselessly to ensure we were taken care of, contacting us only with the outcomes of issues that had arisen, keeping us continually informed but keeping us out of the fray. Mike's work ethic and level of professionalism is truly unparalleled. When our escrow officer was negligent in her duties, Mike worked his magic and fought to get us a refund for fees that were improperly charged. He even took time out over the holidays while he was visiting family to touch base with us and make sure our closing timeline was on track.

We feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with Mike and the Barrow Gutierrez Realty Group. No one else would have provided us with the level of service we were given. Mike took what could have been an overwhelming experience and made it a fun, straightforward, and enjoyable journey that we will remember fondly.

You'd be crazy to pass up the opportunity to work with these guys! We could not offer a higher recommendation of their services. They deserve more than the 5 star rating we can give them, so we're going to do our best to drive business their way. Thank you, Mike! We are so grateful for all you have done for us. - Caitlin ★★★★★  


These days, everyone claims to be a real estate agent. Next to surfing, it's probably the most popular hobby in San Diego! But if you want to get the most $$$ for your house, you should call Michael Barrow and Richard Gutierrez. They know the market. They're a pleasure to deal with. But, most importantly, they are expert negotiators. Michael and Richard worked their magic and we ultimately received about 40k over our asking price. It's not a fluke. There are several San Diego zip codes where they hold the record for getting the highest price per square foot. Also, they are fast. The whole process from the open house to the closing took about four weeks! We'd definitely use them again. - Eric ★★★★★


Michael and Richard are true professionals and were a joy to work with on the sale of our home. Their knowledge of the market, communication skills, work ethic, and prowess at negotiation are only some of the outstanding qualities that set them above the rest. I could not recommend them any higher! Actually, maybe I can! – Kurt
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I truly cannot recommend Michael and Richard enough!!! They took an incredible amount of initiative, going way above and beyond what most agents would have done to research, market, and negotiate the sale of our Clairemont home. Our sale was record-breaking for the neighborhood, more than $80k over list price, and I am convinced that much of that is a direct result of Michael and Richard's hard work. Not to mention, they're excellent at communicating with other agents and super easy to work with. If you work with Michael and Richard, you can rest assured that you are in good hands! - Katherine ★★★★★

We hired Michael and his team to pull off the near impossible task of selling our home AND simultaneously helping us to find another property to purchase in a market with little to no inventory. Not only did they shatter an all-time record in our neighborhood selling our home, but then they masterfully negotiated the purchase of our next home so that we were able to beat out 5 other offers! We couldn't have had a better experience and we always recommend Michael and his team to our friends! They are definitely THE BEST in the biz! – Alicia ★★★★★

LOVE LOVE LOVE working with this team! Their attention to detail is perfect. Made everything I had to manage easy. Loved their communication- and ability to plan everything around my busy schedule. – Bobby ★★★★★


Richard has been my realtor for my last 3 buy/sells and has been great every time. He goes above and beyond what is needed and you can genuinely tell that he has your best interest at heart. We will continue to use him for our next real estate adventure!! – Ashley ★★★★★

Richard provided above and beyond excellent service for us! – Joshua ★★★★★

We have worked with Michael Barrow and Richard Gutierrez over the past 3 years, in the buying or selling of three properties. We are very happy with their work for and with us.
Michael first listed a condo we owned in North Park; we'd had it on the market before, without a sale. Once Michael got involved, he made suggestions; we followed them. The property was listed and sold for about 10% above list price.
In summer 2016, it was time for us to move from our beloved 92 year old Kensington 4 level canyon property to smaller, flatter space. We started neighborhood and condo hunting with Michael and Richard who are cheerful, humorous and tireless.
We hunted and researched and looked, looked, looked. With them, we found a quiet Bankers' Hill condo on a canyon (but not ours to maintain like Kensington!!). We fell in love with it and Michael and Richard helped us seal the deal. They then represented us in the sale of our Lymer home. Check out the photos of the property they sold on Lymer in 2017 to see the quality marketing they provide. – Sue ★★★★★ 

Richard and Michael have excelled at making the home-buying experience a fantastic one. – Spencer ★★★★★

Michael gave up his weekends for two months to help us find the perfect house. He listened to us when even we werent sure what we wanted. He knew everything about different neighborhoods and made a very overwhelming process seem effortless. He and Richard are the absolute best and I recommend them both to anyone relocating to the area. – Angelina★★★★★

We contacted Michael (at a friend's suggestion) to help us buy our first home.  Right from the start, we felt comfortable with him and felt that we could trust him.  He was always on top of things: finding us listings that fit our budget/criteria, making time to show us places right away, presenting extremely detailed analyses of each condo we looked at, completing paperwork quickly, making all kinds of follow-up calls for us, and fighting with banks to get us the best deal possible.  
For example, we ended up offering on a foreclosed condo, which was to be sold as-is.  But the place was trashed! Disgusting bathrooms, kitchen, and flooring, holes in the ceiling, and a front door that had a hole in it.  Michael would not stand for this, he fought and fought until the bank went back in to clean out the trash and make the necessary repairs.  I don't think I know anyone more persistent and dedicated than this awesome realtor! 
To put it bluntly, Michael knows his stuff.  He studied the market daily for us, he was constantly digging up any piece of research on any properties we were interested in, he gave us tons of information on different areas in San Diego, info on what was important in buying a home and buying into certain parts of town, so much priceless advice on how to plan for such a huge commitment and how to successfully see it through.  We really felt lucky having his extensive experience and knowledge.
Looking back, one of the best things he could do for us was be a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen when we were so afraid of buying a home, someone that was always there to patiently answer our hundreds of questions, no matter how big or small.  Michael really made a huge investment of time and energy into our goal of buying our first home.  And we feel that he always did have our best interests at heart.  We honestly could not have gotten through this crazy, tedious, and lengthy process without his guidance and experience.
We love our new condo and have been recommending Michael Barrow to everyone we know.  One day...we'll be bugging him again to find a house! – mgfeliciano ★★★★★

In 2010, our family of 5 was embarking on a cross-country move and we knew nothing of the new area. We needed a family-friendly community with good schools. Michael and his business partner Richard Neely were assigned to us through a relocation company. Thank goodness!!! Michael and Richard are professional, knowledgeable, responsive and fun! They didn't show us 100 houses. We didn't have time. They listened to us carefully and we ended up buying a great house in a community that suits our family very nicely. We would recommend Michael and Richard and work with them again. In fact, we like to keep in touch with them because they are fun! – califam5 ★★★★★

A while ago I contacted Michael about buying a house.  He came highly recommended by a good friend of mine.  We went over the numbers and realized that it just wasn't going to work out at the time.  Instead of just hanging up the phone, Michael proceeded to tell me how to get our credit on track  and what we needed to do in order to get into a house in the next couple of years. This was extremely valuable information for us.  Within the next year we were ready to go so Michael and Richard sprang into action and in no time we were well on our way to buying our first home. During the whole process Michael and Richard were very professional and knowledgeable.  They answered all of our questions no matter how trivial they seemed to us.  I have the utmost respect for them and their expertise and would recommend them to anyone I know.  They are a great team and they always attack their job with great energy and enthusiasm. Most of all Michael and Richard are very personable.  They will be our lifelong realtors and our friends. 
We've been in our house for almost 2 years now and we absolutely love it.  They picked a great neighborhood and the perfect house for us to raise our family in.  We cannot thank them enough! – jnmapes ★★★★★

We relocated to California for business and were completely new to the area.  We described what we were looking for in terms of neighborhood, lifestyle, layout, etc.  Michael and his business partner Richard took that information and expertly translated it into what that meant in this market.  They showed us a variety of properties and encouraged us to "think outside the box".  One property in particular that we kept taking off the list then putting back on, turned out to be the place we bought.  Michael and Richard really listened to our feedback and patiently guided us based upon what they heard.  We absolutely love our new home and have Michael and Richard to thank for it.
In addition to being great listeners, they are very fun to work with and made what was a stressful time infinitely more enjoyable.  They were professional and trustworthy; leading us through the mountain of paperwork required to buy a house.  We will definitely use their services again in the future. – irishm0 ★★★★★

Having worked Mike and Richard for both a Downtown condo sale and an East County single family home purchase, I am excited to give them my highest possible recommendation. 
Sale:
I was referred to Mike and Richard through friends that have been successful in commercial real estate in the San Diego area for two decades, whose opinions on such matters I hold in the highest regard.  I was told, and I quote, "Mike Barrow is the hardest working agent I know, so I refer to him to get s*** done."
At the time, I was recently married and a father and needed to sell my studio condo in downtown San Diego with a quickness.  I was working with the real estate agent that I used for the purchase in 2012, and I was continually having problems with her professionalism and that of her office.  I dismissed her and began working with Mike and Richard, and I am incredibly happy I made that choice.
My condo had been on the market for a couple months so far with two offers that fell through.  When I began working with Mike and Richard, Mike briefly ran me through the process of his listing my condo on MLS and pitching (in person!) my sale to a weekly meeting of real estate agents Downtown. My condo was on the market under Mike and Richard's management for one whole day before I received an offer at above list price that I accepted.  I was updated daily throughout the process and having worked with other agents on the same project, I could tell the night-and-day professionalism difference. I couldn't be more satisfied.
Purchase:
After my outstanding experience selling a home through Mike and Richard, I went into the purchase experience excited to work with them.  Mike and Richard both drove to the apartment my family was renting at the time for coffee to introduce themselves to my wife and daughter and to talk about the way forward.  They made themselves crystal clear on what my family was looking for, and began sending us listings that afternoon.  Mike and Richard switched from Downtown-condo-sale mode to East County SFH purchase without difficultly, proving their mastery of the entire local market, not just a "niche."
We began an aggressive process of visiting listed homes, usually once a week but sometimes twice. Mike met us on time and armed with information on the listing and the area and walked us through about 30 homes around East County.  We always had our daughter and newborn son with us, and though this doesn't have much to do with real estate, Mike was extremely patient and very friendly to our kids, which means a lot to a family going through such an important experience. Our daughter loves him.
We finally found a home we loved and Mike advised us on the best way to make an offer that would likely be accepted. We were able to make an offer on our dream home against two other offers and were accepted thanks to Mike and Richard's advice. We had no issues through escrow and moved in on time. In short, I will never recommend anyone other than Mike and Richard and you shouldn't think twice about working with them for either a sale or a purchase. – Mike M. ★★★★★


We had an amazing experience as first time home buyers. Richard was so patient and responsive whenever we called on a new listing. He always had time to show us the listing as soon as they were available. We definitely got the perfect house for us. – Wendy E. ★★★★★

I truly cannot recommend Michael and Richard enough!!!  They took an incredible amount of initiative, going way above and beyond what most agents would have done to research, market, and negotiate the sale of our Clairemont home.  Our sale was record-breaking for the neighborhood, more than $80k over list price, and I am convinced that much of that is a direct result of Michael and Richard's hard work.  Not to mention, they're excellent at communicating with other agents and super easy to work with.  If you work with Michael and Richard, you can rest assured that you are in good hands! – Katherine V. ★★★★★

Working with Michael was a fantastic experience! After one phone conversation and two email exchanges, he knew exactly what i was looking for in a home. Upon finding the house i desired Michael was most helpful in communicating with my lender and woth the escrow office. When it came time to get the keys, Richard was most helpful and accommodating as my work schedule is somewhat chaotic. I cannot say enough good things about these two! Working with BarrowGutierrez Realty is definitely an experience worth having!!! – Drew C. ★★★★★

Richard has been my realtor on 3 different occasions and every time he has been great to work with. He always had my interest in mind and helped throughout the entire process. He goes above and beyond what is needed from a realtor and we will continue to use him for all of our real estate adventures. – Ashley B. ★★★★★

Made my life easy... Understood my needs- listened, Planned accordingly.  Thank goodness Michael helped me find my perfect home- We all know this can be down right frightening, but I was accessible, easy to talk to, and he was able to deliver exactly what I was looking for in a home and in my price range....- with ought the hassle and the terrible baiting you hear about. – Rennat 1. ★★★★★

We hired Michael and Richard to represent us on the buy side of a transaction in addition to the sell side of a transaction.  We have dealt with many realtors over the years and Michael and Richard are as good as they come.  They listen to their client's needs, never push anything that does not align with the client's needs, are not in it for a quick sale, truly care about their clients and finding them a perfect home.  They work harder than any realtor we have come across and are very knowledgeable with the entire greater San Diego real estate market.  They also have a wonderful network of resources to leverage no matter what specialist you may need when buying or selling your home.  There is no doubt that we will hire Michael and Richard for all of our real estate needs in San Diego. – Craig R. ★★★★★

We hired Michael and his team to pull off the near impossible task of selling our home AND simultaneously helping us to find another property to purchase in a market with little to no inventory. Not only did they shatter an all-time record in our neighborhood selling our home, but then they masterfully negotiated the purchase of our next home so that we were able to beat out 5 other offers! We couldn't have had a better experience and we always recommend Michael and his team to our friends! They are definitely THE BEST in the biz! – Alicia Z. ★★★★★

Barrow Gutierrez Realty Group made this process as simple as possible. They are easy-going and fun to work with. Home-buying can be super-stressful and they made it easier. I recommend Michael and Richard to anyone interested in buying or selling a home. – Spencer M. ★★★★★

We recently bought a house with Richard Gutierrez as our agent.  It was our first time buying a house so we really didn't know very much about the process but Richard was so thorough and patient with us.  He took time to explain everything to us and would send us a personal text message every time he had sent something via email that needed signing to help keep things moving along.  He has years of experience and it was really apparent as every time we ran into any bumps along the way regarding the loan or house he immediately had sound advice with good explanations to help guide us in what turned out to be the right direction.  He wasn't pushy, he didn't give his opinion on houses we saw unless we really asked for it.  He didn't try to cloud our judgment with his opinions. He was very professional and always had a smile for us!  Once we found the house we really wanted, he moved quickly and helped us get the house for a price we were comfortable with, which is no small task in this market which can be really tough for buyers as there is such little inventory out there right now.  I would highly recommend him to anyone and will continue to tell my friends who are looking for agents about him! – Melinda S. ★★★★★

We contacted Michael and Richard (at a friend's suggestion) to help us buy our first home.  Right from the start, we felt comfortable with them and felt that we could trust them.  They were always on top of things: finding us listings that fit our budget/criteria, making time to show us places right away, presenting extremely detailed analyses of each condo we looked at, completing paperwork quickly, making all kinds of follow-up calls for us, and fighting with banks to get us the best deal possible.  
For example, we ended up offering on a foreclosed condo, which was to be sold as-is.  But the place was trashed! Disgusting bathrooms, kitchen, and flooring, holes in the ceiling, and a front door that had a hole in it.  Michael and Richard would not stand for this, they fought and fought until the bank went back in to clean out the trash and make the necessary repairs.  I don't think I know anyone more persistent and dedicated than these two awesome realtors! 
To put it bluntly, Michael and Richard know their stuff.  They studied the market daily for us, they were constantly digging up any piece of research on any properties we were interested in, they gave us tons of information on different areas in San Diego, info on what was important in buying a home and buying into certain parts of town, so much priceless advice on how to plan for such a huge commitment and how to successfully see it through.  We really felt lucky having their combined experience and knowledge.

Looking back, one of the best things they could do for us was be our shoulder to cry on, our ear to listen when we were so afraid of buying a home, someone that was always there to patiently answer our hundreds of questions, no matter how big or small.  Michael and Richard really made a huge investment of time and energy into our goal of buying our first home.  And we feel that they always did have our best interests at heart.  We honestly could not have gotten through this crazy, tedious, and lengthy process without their guidance and experience.

We love our new condo and have been recommending Michael and Richard to everyone we know.  One day...we'll be bugging them again to find a house! – Marissa F. ★★★★★


We relocated to California for business and were completely new to the area. We described what we were looking for in terms of neighborhood, lifestyle, layout, etc. Michael and his business partner Richard took that information and expertly translated it into what that meant in this market. They showed us a variety of properties and encouraged us to "think outside the box". One property in particular that we kept taking off the list then putting back on, turned out to be the place we bought. Michael and Richard really listened to our feedback and patiently guided us based upon what they heard. We absolutely love our new home and have Michael and Richard to thank for it. In addition to being great listeners, they are very fun to work with and made what was a stressful time infinitely more enjoyable. They were professional and trustworthy; leading us through the mountain of paperwork required to buy a house. We will definitely use their services again in the future. – Maureen L. ★★★★★

Over a year ago I contacted Michael about buying a house.  He came highly recommended by a good friend of mine. We went over the numbers and realized that it just wasn't going to work out at the time.  Instead of just hanging up the phone, Michael proceeded to tell me how to get our credit on track and what we needed to do in order to get into a house in the next couple of years. This was extremely valuable information for us.  Within the next year we were ready to go so Michael and Richard sprang into action and in no time we were well on our way to buying our first home.  During the whole process Michael and Richard were very professional and knowledgeable.  They answered all of our questions no matter how trivial they seemed to us.  I have the utmost respect for them and their expertise and would recommend them to anyone I know.  They are a great team and they always attack their job with great energy and enthusiasm. Most of all Michael and Richard are very personable.  They will be our lifelong realtors and our friends. – Natalie M. ★★★★★