"My husband decided to sell our house in Redondo when I was in London. Having open houses and showings and a long process doesn't fit our lifestyle. We spent every day at the beach, and we just wanted to make that jump a little bit closer and a little bit easier for us.
We met Shawn because we were trying to sell our home, and while we were trying to sell our home, my business partner was also in the middle of selling his home [with Shawn]. He was able to not just sell his home but actually get multiple over-ask offers, and one that he even got to rent it back. It was an absolute dream offer.
The first time I talked to Shawn, he was very professional. We were in the position where we didn't need to sell the home, and we decided that if we could get it sold within a very short window while we were on a trip. We didn't want to have any extra open houses - really anything you normally need to do to sell a home. And at the time, we had such a short window because we were going out of town; we had a child's birthday; it was just a bad time of the year, where if we didn't get it done within that month, then it was going to be holiday season, more birthdays, and then you're talking about being in the next year. And anyone that knows the South Bay market also knows there's a lot of new builds constantly going up. We had to assess the area and realized that there were probably four or five new sites that were very similar to ours, and they would be done within the next few months. So the window of opportunity to get the price we wanted was pretty slim. You know, we had a personal attachment to the home and all the things that we had done to it, and Shawn did a great job at making that appealing for others, as well, which was nice. I think Shawn knocked it out of the park.
It was nice for us, because he laid out a very clear plan - "This is how we're going to sell this home." Above and beyond in terms of marketing, video, boots on the ground. Going forward we definitely will continue to use Shawn. We've loved our experience and have been happy with everything so far. When people ask use who we use, or who has sold our home, or who they should use to sell their home, we've always told them that they should use Shawn, because we tell them he's very trustworthy; he's very relaxed; he's very efficient and effective. So he gets the job done... without any pressure - the "Man On The Strand".
Geoffrey & Lauren Trenkle
"My name is Michael Greenberg, and I'm a resident here in Manhattan Beach. I've been here since 1987, and over the years, I've bought and sold many properties. I hold on to properties as rentals and do some development. And I'm here today to tell you that what makes my experience in buying and selling homes is working with Shawn Dugan.
I met Shawn about a dozen years ago, and actually it was a cold call - he just knocked on my front door. There was a house just around the corner for sale, and I said "Yeah, let's take a walk." We went and walked by the home, and I think that afternoon I decided that we would do our first deal together. That was my initial experience working with Shawn. Over the years, Shawn has helped me purchase many homes here in Manhattan Beach, in the South Bay, and he has also handled the rentals for me.
What I find Shawn to be excellent at is closing the deal, finding the best tenants, working through the issues and solving the problems. I admire Shawn's love for what he does, his work ethic, his tenacity, and most important - his honesty.
So for those people who might be looking for an agent, I highly recommend Shawn Dugan. He's not only someone who I enjoy working with, but I consider him a friend."
Michael Greenberg, www.Skechers.com
"My name is Kim Thomas. I own 1244 2nd Street in the Hermosa Hills, and prior to that, I was a thirty year homeowner at 412 The Strand in Hermosa Beach, right on the beach. I would really like to recommend Shawn Dugan as a real estate agent.
He sold my house on The Strand. We waited for the best price; we got the best price. There was no giving up on what our needs were, and the transition was wonderful. I spent a year after that looking for something that would really suit me, and Shawn was wonderful in helping me find this fabulous 1927 vintage cottage - something I had been looking for for a very long time - on a very large lot. And again, we were able to get the price that I needed from the sellers.
All I can say about Shawn is that he's easy to work with. He is so completely honest, and I think he really takes care of the seller, as I was, and the buyer, as I became - especially when there's so much emotion involved in real estate. It can be a really hard thing to get through. But Shawn did it so well for me, and I would recommend him to anybody, anywhere. He knows the market. He has lived here his whole life. He does every cost comparison you can possibly imagine. He supplies you with as much information as you need to know, and he follows through. I would not have used him not one, or two times but now I'm using him again for rental purposes with my properties. He is just an overall perfect package, in a field with people that are a little hard to take some times, and also hard to trust. I cannot say enough about Shawn Dugan and his company ManOnTheStrand.com. Thanks!"
"My name is Bill Roy. I've been working with Shawn for the better part of three years. About three months ago, I decided to sell my house in Palos Verdes, and I thought it was a really good idea to engage Shawn in that process. I can say that it was pretty seamless - everything from the marketing to working with Shawn on the financials... I found that his showing the property and temperament with the buyers were excellent. He's very hard working. He's very, very responsive and timely in responding to e-mails and just being on it. And I found that when we finally got a buyer on the line and interested, his professionalism and negotiation skills came quite handy in, ultimately, getting a really good price at the end of the deal.
So clearly, my experience with Shawn was really strong, and I highly recommend Shawn to any prospective sellers or buyers or renters, or anyone that wants to do anything with real estate."
Bill Roy, www.JamPartners.com
Palos Verdes Estates
"Hey, I'm Jordan Belfort, also known as the "Wolf of Wall Street", and I just want to say a couple words about Shawn Dugan, my real estate broker, who's also known as the "Man On The Strand". As you can guess, I've dealt with a lot of real estate brokers over the years, very high end ones, selling beach houses and mansions all over the world, and Shawn is definitely up there at the very, very top of all the brokers I've ever dealt with. He's got integrity, honesty, hard work. He's great at getting back to you and working through problems and special situations. When you get to these high end properties, it's never easy; there are always little wrinkles in deals. Shawn's the sort of guy that doesn't really allow the obstacles to stop the deal from going forward. So if you're looking for a property on The Strand or really anywhere else in this area, he's definitely the guy you want to be dealing with. I give you my 100% vote of confidence for Shawn Dugan."
Jordan Belfort, www.JordanBelfort.com
"To any prospective home buyers or sellers... I just got the keys to a house that Jennifer and myself just bought. We're really excited. Shawn Dugan was our agent. He actually was our agent on the last house we had, too. He's fantastic working on the seller's side of the business, and he's fantastic working on the buyer's side also. I highly recommend him."
Chris Fenton, www.DMG-Entertainment.com
"My name is Dan Burchett. I have been a resident of the South Bay for the last eighteen years or so, and Shawn Dugan has been my Realtor for about six months now. I ended up listing a residence in Manhattan Beach that he worked diligently on, and he was very attentive throughout the entire process. The house closed and sold. I feel like I got optimum dollar for it in the current economy.
Consequently I went back to him just a couple months later with another property in Rancho Palos Verdes that I decided to list and sell, and we had an accepted offer - or an offer that I ended up accepting - before the Brokers Open, and as a result of the Brokers Open had at least two backup offers on this very desirable property in Rancho Palos Verdes. I have no problem recommending Shawn. He is diligent; he is a young man of character. I've never even had one single situation in the months that I've been interacting with him when he did not follow through very professionally and did an outstanding job. So thank you, Shawn, for all your hard work. I'm glad you sold a couple of my houses, and, who knows, there may be more in the future."
"When the time came to sell my Strand home of 25 years, I interviewed four of the South Bay’s local top producers. I chose Shawn Dugan to list the property because I felt he understood my home and its ideal target buyer. He presented a top tier marketing plan, was forthright with his analysis of the property and he had the important quality of being trustworthy. I felt confident he was the one for the job.
Once listed, I was immediately impressed with his marketing materials and presentation of the house to prospective buyers. Throughout the process, Shawn was there for every phone call, question and concern that I had. He worked with integrity and always looked out for our best interest. He was with us every step of the way.
The end result speaks for itself: a great price on the sale and less than half the average time on the market. I highly recommend Shawn to anyone who is thinking of selling their home. He really goes the extra mile."
"My name is Tom Allen, and I have lived here on The Strand for over thirty years and have enjoyed it very much. This is a pretty special day because this is move-out day. Shawn Dugan was my Realtor and has represented me extraordinarily well over the past weeks. I thought that this would be an extremely difficult day for me, and instead it is a very, very pleasant day. ...
I practiced law for thirty years, and I'm convinced that Realtors and lawyers are very much alike. They both provide personal services. Your relationship with either is totally dependent on the integrity of the professional. A lawyer, a Realtor, will work very hard to insist that they are on your side. You hope that that's true; that may be true, that may not be true. But after having worked with Shawn for some months, I am absolutely convinced that he was fiercely committed to me and my best interest. ...
I would caution all against the Realtor that will try to engender that feeling but is instead just looking for any deal... any deal will do. I'm convinced that Shawn doesn't do that. He serves his clients well; with integrity, and with knowledge, and with a great depth of experience, notwithstanding what appears to be his youthfulness. He knows what he is doing, and he is trustworthy with your real estate needs."
Tom Allen III, www.Bridge2Rwanda.org
"I'm Julie Hickson, and Shawn helped me find a home. Before I met Shawn, I met three other Realtors who did not listen to what I had said to them, whereas Shawn listened to everything I said and helped me find the perfect home, very quickly. I was under the gun to find a home in three months - not just find it but also close on it in three months - which he made possible.
Shawn found me a house that wasn't on the market. He was very resourceful. He contacted the owners and made it all happen. He persuaded the owners to sell when they had wanted to rent and just kept everything going. He kept everything positive and just so easy. It worked out really really well. So YAY Shawn! Thank you so much."
"To whoever wants to work with Shawn-- he's the best. He helped us from A to Z to get this house, and we're very happy. Thank you, Shawn. Good luck!"
Tiffany and Thomas Vu
Rancho Palos Verdes
"We initially interviewed several agents to market and sell our home. Looking back, we feel fortunate we found Shawn, and were pleasantly stunned at how quickly he found a well qualified buyer for our house. This is not the first home I've sold. In retrospect, the transaction with Shawn was like a breath of fresh air - he far exceeded our expectations.
We would recommend Shawn to anyone thinking of selling their South Bay home, especially in today's market."
"Shawn was absolutely fantastic. He helped my husband and I purchase our dream home. We were first time home buyers entering into a very hot market in the beach cities. As you can imagine, we were very daunted by the process and the stories of low inventories, all cash offers, multiple bids... the list goes on! Shawn was patient with us and acted as a trusted ally throughout the home buying process, which is what every home buyer wants to find in an agent. You want someone representing your best interests and not just the deal.
During the initial stages of the process, Shawn helped us find listings that would suit our picky tastes and walked us through the available tradespace given multiple bid situations. Initially, we had no idea how many different aspects of an offer were up for negotiation and Shawn helped us craft the right offer given our risk preference and desire to be competitive.
Aside from being an expert on the process, Shawn was extremely committed to us as clients. In one instance he was on vacation in China when we needed to put in an offer. When we called him, he took a pause from his vacation to make sure our offer was submitted on time - despite the time difference and plans he made with his family. I think that speaks volumes for Shawn's work ethic and concern for his clients. Going the extra mile is an understatement!
After we found out home, he made the process simple. One aspect that I particularly loved was how Shawn used docusign. This service allowed us to sign the plethora of documents electronically and limited the drain on our time, which is something I valued immensely. He also made sure we had all our loose ends tied up so we were able to close on time and without issue. Further, since we were first time buyers, we needed the extra hand holding. As such, Shawn was extremely helpful in answering all of our questions and made sure our minds were at ease.
We just moved in and are loving our home! We could never have done it without Shawn and his expertise - many thanks!"
"I have bought and sold many properties in the past. My experience with Shawn was commendable. He drove all the way out to my house in Burbank to personally explain how he would help me sell my income property on the strand. One thing I learned about Shawn through working with him is that he follows through on his word, an increasingly rare quality these days. It was not long before we had an accepted offer. Shawn was organized and on top of the details throughout the escrow, and his negotiation skills alone, more than made up for his commission. I cannot recommend Shawn highly enough and am grateful for the thorough attention he gave to selling my property."
"Shawn thinks out-of-the-box at every level to create a deal opportunity and to get it closed. He's a rock star agent, and you get to deal directly with him rather than some hand-me-down associate. Top shelf."