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 "Paul was amazing helping us sell our home -- every time there was a glitch with our own ability or a problem with a contractor he stepped up immediately with every kind of help you can imagine. In an overpriced market like Santa Cruz it's amazing to think of an agent earning all their fee, but he did that and more."

-dsmithorew
Listing Agent
 
 
"Paul. My sister and I are both so fortunate that you came into our lives as our real estate agent. The selling of our Dad's estate was a daunting and lengthy process. 6 escrows and you stuck beside us with determination and loving support through this emotional process. You were there without hesitation anytime we needed support, encouragement or just a shoulder to lean on.  You were so educated about the complications of the rules that buyers had to meet in order to qualify for the purchase.  Paul, you are a spectacular, warm, funny, caring and intelligent human being! I am so blessed to have gotten to know you personally through your excellent talents as a real estate agent. I highly recommend you to anyone selling or buying a piece of real estate (In fact I have)."
-Avis Rose
Listing Agent


"I Chose Paul Fortino to sell my mobile home after it sat for three months after another realtor had listed it and showed no enthusiasm. I called Paul and asked him if I could re-list it with him. From day one he took the bull by the horns and opened the doors for showing as much as possible. He's professional and personable and he gives you the confidence that he will sell your home in do time. Paul sold my home in two months and three others in the park in six months time."
 
- jnwarner8
   Listing Agent

 
Dear Paul,
 
Thank you for your generosity on our family’s behalf. 
We all would whole heartedly recommend you as a realtor. Your honesty, integrity and expertise as well as your tremendous kindness and thoughtfulness made the emotional and intense process of selling mom’s house manageable and very successful.
 
Anyone buying or selling their home would be very wise and fortunate to have you as their realtor!  
Thank you for everything,

- Wendy T
  Listing Agent

 
"I have had several opportunities to hear Paul speak in public, and to exchange referrals in the community (santa cruz county area). As a local attorney who frequently works with couples selling or buying houses, and has interfaced with realtors for over 20 years, I come here today to say Paul Fortino is an amazing individual, highly (and truly) dedicated to his work. In today's world it is difficult to find "old style" dedication and even pride in one's work. Paul lives up to that standard, truly dedicated to you (his client), constantly working to build his connections, always watching out for ways to both save you money AND to accomplish what you need. You may already know, Paul has a slogan, "bringing the real back to real estate." I can tell you, he lives up to that standard. Paul is a joy to work with, you will feel taken care of, you will have that sense of "knowing" you made the right choice, and that things are going well."

If for any reason you wish to write me about this review, feel free to do so,
Sincerely,

- Aaron J. Lodge, Attorney at Law (hellojustice.com)
  Colleague

 
"Paul Fortino helped my husband and I navigate the purchase of some investment property in the crazy Santa Cruz real estate market. He is a true pro with personal and professional experience deep in the real estate weeds. He made several brilliant suggestions that resulted in considerable tax savings for us and made the entire process from start to finish free of bumps, jolts and surprises. Paul's keen eye for construction issues was an added bonus.

After the purchase closed, he went the extra mile and helped us navigate the rental process, finding us all of the forms we needed to contract with our new tenants. Not only is he an experienced and highly skilled Realtor, he's a warm and charming guy who really cares about his clients. Paul is a true community builder: he makes an ongoing and genuine effort to connect with his friends and neighbors, clients and otherwise, to help improve the quality of everyone's lives. He has a wide-ranging network of contacts in the Santa Cruz area and was always ready with a suggestion when we needed one. Thanks to Paul, we had an effortless transaction and are now the happy owners of a beautiful property."

- Tai M
  Buyer Agent

 
"Select Paul Fortino as your realtor, and you will not be disappointed! Of the various realtors I've worked with in the past (all very good), Paul's efforts were a level or two above. He's professional, knowledgeable, responsive, and his work ethic is remarkable. He generated great interest in showing our home, and sold it quickly at well above asking price. It is hard to imagine better service."
 
- M.Asire
  Listing Agent

If you are looking for a realtor who is intelligent, respectful, knowledgeable, and insightful, Paul Fortino is your man. Despite the long list of requirements we had for the "perfect" house, Paul was consistently hopeful during this roller coaster of a house-hunting ride. He has an unusually strong work ethic and he is extremely resourceful regarding both DIY and professional house work. Most importantly, he is one of the most honest people I know...you can be sure that he will look out for both the buyer and seller. Indeed, I don't think you can find a better person than Paul for your house buying/selling needs!
 
- zuser2014 
  Buyer Agent

 
"Paul Fortino was endlessly patient in helping us find and purchase our first home, a search that began roughly 11 months earlier. It was a tougher-than-usual search in an already tough market, because we had specific needs that we wanted in a house that were hard to meet within our price range. We were deeply grateful for Paul's reassuring guidance and strategic thinking throughout this long process, from accompanying us to many open houses through the bidding and negotiating stages. He's sharp, diligent and a font of experience on home maintenance and repair issues, but what I appreciate most about him is his steadfast honesty. I felt Paul truly looked out for our best interests in our interactions with sellers and their agents. He also has a zany sense of humor that helped get us through many anxious moments! Anyone buying or selling a home would be lucky to have him as their realtor."
 
- Happy Client 12
  Buyer Agent 

 
Paul Fortino did an excellent job in supporting our buying of our new home. He worked tirelessly on our behalf, often going above and beyond to do research that helped us find the best house possible. The house we bought was an atypical real estate venture, and Paul went way out of his way to find learn everything he could about it and help us find the best value. This was the second house we had bid on with Paul - the first took endless hours. Even though we didn't get the first house, he continued on with the second bid with equal optimism, patience and dedication to our family. I highly recommend him!"

- Sarah Young
  Listing & Buyer Agent

" Paul, 
Thank you!! You are a legend and it was great working with you. All your hard work and attention to detail facilitated our successful transaction. Look forward to doing more business with you in the future.

- Will
  Colleague

“Yes there are many real estate agents in Santa Cruz. However, for many of them, it is about the hustle. Not so with Paul Fortino. He is sincere in his efforts to help you sell or buy a home. He is also very knowledgable about the area, so please give him a call."

- Lia Barrad, Haiku Web Services
  Colleague

“I worked with Paul at UCSC for about 5 years. Not only was he a great co-worker, he was very detail oriented, completed projects, and provided follow-up to be sure all objectives were accomplished. I always knew I could count on Paul for every request.”

- Marie Henley, International Travel Consultant
  Colleague

"Dear Paul,
Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us. Amazingly, we did not seek out your services, but rather you found us through that ad we placed seeking a house to rent. Wow! We had no idea that we could actually afford to buy a home until you called us. Because of you, we went from being renters to very happy homeowners. We are so happy with our new home and your forethought and eagerness to help us find it! When we’re ready to buy our next home, you’re definitely going to be our Realtor!”

 - Dane and Kim Westfield
   Buyer Agent

“Paul sold me my first house, and later a rental property. He was professional, patient, creative, knowledgeable, and somehow made a complicated process seem fun. I could not be more pleased with his services.”
 
 - Mark Miller, UPS Driver
   Buyer Agent