Joan Wapner – Encinitas, CA

April 4, 2011

Joan Wapner is, quite simply, an extraordinary real estate agent. Indeed, given our background as well as our agressive deadline, we were fortunate to have Joan as our partner in our real estate search. Near the end of January, 2011, we were offered the opportunity to join an exciting enterprise in San Diego, California. However, being long time residents of Montreal (Quebec, Canada) and complete foreigners to California, our enthusiasm was somewhat tempered by our lack of knowledge of San Diego neighborhoods and California real estate laws. Thankfully Joan, who came highly recommended, patiently addressed all our concerns and found us properties in the price range and commuting distance we were comfortable with. At that point, we became sufficiently convinced to make the move across the 49th parallel and to the west coast. While we busied ourselves with getting ready for this move, Joan acted capably three time zones away as our eyes and feet in San Diego. We were in constant contact by phone and email as she presented to us properties that she felt we would be interested in. She respected our preferences, but at the same time she also kept us focused on priorities that were most important. When we finally did arrive physically in San Diego, since we did not have access to a vehicle nor were we sufficiently comfortable with the lay of the land to drive, Joan drove us everywhere – not just to the homes she was showing us, but also to the parks and other amenities that helped to define the surrounding neighborhoods. Even after we were more or less to committed to the new Terraza development in San Marcos, Joan kept holding our hands and ensured our best interests are always taken care of. She negotiated for numerous incentives from the builder, made regular trips on our behalf to the construction site to ensure that all our concerns were being addressed, and made us aware of all the necessary deadlines so that the close of escrow can proceed on schedule. On March 30th, 2011, only two months after we first seriously entertained the idea of moving to California, we purchased our beautiful home in San Diego. This accelerated schedule also allowed us to directly move our possessions from Montreal to our new home, and we could not be happier. We would highly recommend Joan to anyone. She is friendly, knowledgeable, professional, and dedicated. If you need any other information, please do not hesitate to contact us at or

Austin Chen and Karen Taylor