Joanna Testimonials

Over the years, we have bought and sold a number of homes. By far the purchase of our Incline Village home has been the smoothest. We credit Joanna for making the process a joy.

Joanna was knowledgeable and honest about the benefits of Incline Village. She carefully listened to our needs, then, showed us homes with our desired amenities and keeping within our price range.

We did not know if it was possible for us to buy a home in Incline.  Joanna found a charming home in our budget and connected us with a mortgage specialist who worked miracles.

Because we live and work out of town, we were unable to be present for some of the purchase requirements. Joanna oversaw the inspections and addressed the issues that were our concerns. She thoughtfully covered every detail for us.

It’s been over two years since the purchase of our home. We’ve already made many wonderful and lasting memories and look forward to enjoying our home in the years to come. With Joanna’s help, we found the perfect home for us.

Stephanie and David Fuelling

 

Samantha Hall & Bob Keller

Joanna Rice is a dear friend ours. That being said, when we decided to list our house, there was no question in our minds that we wanted her to be our listing realtor. This had nothing to do with our relationship but purely because she represents everything we were looking for in a realtor: professionalism, expertise, knowledge, integrity and a great sense of humor!

Joanna was present from the very start with our initial interest in deciding to sell to close of escrow. She went above and beyond realtor responsibilities such as; listing comprabables, pricing, staging, open houses, and all aspects of negotiations with the buyers. This all took place in the middle of winter when the weather was not cooperating(no snow for skiers), so there was very little activity from potential buyers and yet we were able to sell and close escrow in 30 days after the initial offer.

We would highly recommend Joanna Rice and CENTURY 21 to anyone that expects and deserves quality service in buying or selling a Tahoe home…and you may very well become a life long friend!!

Aaron Vanderpool

Joanna has superb talent that has guided me safely through all charted and uncharted real estate waters while still giving me full control of the helm. Because of this, she has earned my repeat business and will always be my first choice realtor.

 

Sue Woskow

I’ve purchased 2 homes with Joanna’s help and I can’t say enough about her. She’s a true professional: Knowledgeable, reliable, conscientious and a real pleasure to work with.

 

 

 

John & Evelyn Lockton

I can sum up our real estate experiences with Joanna Rice in a few words – excellent in all respects!

We have used Joanna for four transactions: sale of a three bedroom condo in the McCloud development;purchase of a 3,200 sq. ft house in the Lakeview Subdivision,sale of that house and purchase of another house in the Lakeview Subdivision,  this one 4,500 sq. ft.

The sale of the three bedroom condo took almost two years as we hit the middle of the financial crisis. But Joanna stuck with it, hosting countless open houses and open houses for brokers. Finally it was sold at a good price due to Joanna’s hard work. During this whole period she constantly updated us and made helpful suggestions toward the sale. If you want a realtor to really work with you to get the best price on the sale of a house or condo, and to really give it tremendous time and attention, that’s Joanna Rice.

Then came the purchase of our first house in the Lakeview Subdivision. Joanna helped us bargain a price below what similar properties were selling for and handled the very smooth and rapid close with tremendous professionalism. One of Joanna’s greatest strengths is she really knows the market and can tell you what to pay and what is overpriced.

We then decided to sell the first house in the Lakeview Subdivision and buy a larger one.  With Joanna’s help we made an offer for the larger house on a Saturday. Then we put the smaller house on the market and had an all cash purchase offer at almost our asking price on the following Tuesday. Both the buy and sell transaction closed smoothly within weeks. Remarkable. Joanna had sold one house for us and bought another for us over the course of only two business days. This could not have occurred without Joanna’s professionalism and long experience in the real estate business in Incline. She knows everyone and can get things done fast.

Finally, if you are a client of Joanna’s you are always a client of Joanna’s. If you need a plumber, a cleaning service, anything, Joanna is happy to help with a recommendation or introduction.

Evelyn and John Lockton

 

 

John & Tracey Loftus

We were so fortunate to have Joanna Rice recommended to us when we were researching the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Gosh does Joanna know the area! Searching for the”perfect place” from the Bay Area was never an inconvenience or burden because Joanna is super organized & efficent. We gave her our requirements & budget (the super challenging part of our equation) and surprisingly Joanna found us the ideal house that has become our family’s cabin. We absolutely LOVE our home & have zero regrets! Beyond the sale, Joanna & her terrific husband have assisted us on numerous occasions & we have sought her advice on restaurants, property managment, nail salons, etc. since meeting her several years ago. One will not go wrong with hiring Joanna for any of their real estate needs.

Warmly

John & Tracey Loftus

“It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.” Coach John Wooden

 

Norbert & Dedria Dickman

Hi, Joanna, I hope you are doing well. We very much appreciate your hard work in arranging for the sale of our condo in Mt Shadows in Incline Village several years ago. The market had greatly declined, and you did a great job in finding a buyer under difficult circumstances and arranging for a sale at the best price we could achieve at the time. I always felt you acted with utmost professionalism.

All the best,

Norbert Dickman

 

Arthur & Bonnie Barzilay

We have rented in Lake Tahoe for 12 years and finally decided to buy. We actually met Joanna at an open house and we knew she would be the one we could trust to help find what we needed. Her knowledge of the industry is deep and impressive and she knew the Tahoe market inside and out. When we finally decided what we wanted to buy, she was even more impressive. Living in Florida still meant we would be at a handicap and having Joanna on our side make us feel comfortable because we trust her.

Joanna is easy to be with and made the search efficent and of course she responded quickly and was always available even on short notice. The seller had multiple issues that were complicated and she invested many hours above and beyond helping to bring the close to conclusion. She is an expert and we highly recommend her!

Best Regards,

Arthur

 

 

 

Susan Swensson
“When my husband and I were looking to buy property in Nevada, my first thought was to call Joanna Rice. It’s interesting that she is my ex-husband’s wife, but she’s a wonderful lady and an informed, attentive REALTOR(R)! We were very satisfied with her service, follow-up on all the details, and keeping us on track.

Susan Swensson
Department of Mathematics, De Anza College”

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Barbara Edwards
“Real Estate happiness is when you receive the very best and you will receive the very best from CENTURY 21 McGregor Inc. I did!!!…from introduction to completion!!! Owner, Georgia McGregor, is tops in the field. Joanna Rice is a most valuable and experienced agent who has represented me in several real estate transactions.

Barbara Edwards”

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Anne Blamire(R)
“Dear Joanna,
It has been a pleasure to work with you in the sale of 112 Rubicon Peak Lane.
I appreciated your professionalism and experience…they helped this transaction to go very smoothly. Looking forward to working with you again!

Fondly,

Anne Blamire(R)”

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Bruce Backa
“Service, knowledge, and visible competence are very important to me. I am a homeowner and a professional real estate investor, with more than 25 years of experience with each. When I first met Joanna, it was immediately clear to me that she was going to work harder, be more respectful of my time, and deliver more value than anyone I had worked with to date.

Over roughly the last 10 years, Joanna has managed three purchases and two sales for me. She never disappoints. If you want the best, choose Joanna. It’s that simple.

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Christopher James O’Brien
“Joanna Rice has handled real estate transactions for several members of my family. I have also recommended her to others as they transistion to the Lake Tahoe area.

Joanna provides a comprehensive “no pressure” style which allowed me to delay my purchase until we received the right property at the right price. Her service doesn’t end after the transaction is completed.

Her office is always open to assist in any issues you may have while settling into the area.”

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Lynn & Barry Mainz
“While looking for a second vacation home for our family in Tahoe, a friend in the bay area said, “you HAVE to call our agent – she is phenomenal.” We thought – great, but what makes her “phenomenal.” We only needed a short time with Joanna Rice to know what they were talking about. Taking the time to uncover our needs and really understand what kind of house we were looking for, combined with her knowledge of the Tahoe area, enabled Joanna to find the perfect home for us in our price range.

After our first day looking, feeling the right house hadn’t come along yet, we were driving back to the bay area when Joanna called and said we had to turn the car around to come back and see a house that was about to be listed. She felt strongly that this house would be “the one” and we needed to see it now. Her relationship with REALTORS(R) from other real estate agencies enabled us to view and get a head start on the purchasing process even before the for sale sign had gone up.

During the negotiation phase of our purchase, Joanna was very helpful and for us that was important because we were negotiating our purchase from the bay area.

While our house hunting and purchase experience with Joanna was wonderful, what makes Joanna exceptional is her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to help us after escrow closed. Joanna is the gift that keeps on giving and by that, we mean that she shows a genuine desire to help every time we call. From references for architects & contractors to restaurants and Tahoe information, Joanna always has the information we need and is so prompt in responding to our needs on a monthly basis. She even helps coordinate our cleaning service following our departure by keeping a spare key at her office and being our “billing liaison.”

It’s hard to believe that we’ve owned our vacation home in Tahoe for 2.5 years already due in large part to the efforts of Joanna. She not only found us the perfect home, but also continues to make our experience in Tahoe exceptional, every time we are here.

Fondly,
Lynn & Barry Mainz ”

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Marilyn Gilmore
“Working with Joanna over the years on both the buy and sell sides has always been a very positive experience.

She gives of herself over 100{2cec11034531b249f1ac3bb651481ef961dfd1b2b9117bc5dea91965fcbc1146} in her time and effort. She is dedicated, honest, always available for your needs and questions, trustworthy and above all knowledgeable.”

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Mark Norman
“To Whom This Letter May Concern,

Re: Recommendation for Joanna Rice, REALTOR(R)

I am recommending Joanna Rice, real estate agent, as an excellent professional in the industry. I was interested in buying a condominium at Incline Village, Nevada. At the CENTURY 21 McGregor Realty Inc. office, I met Joanna Rice. She helped me to find a home unit in my price range, negotiated a price acceptable to both parties – buyer and seller – and arranged a home inspection by a qualified person. I was very pleased with her professional attitude. She provided unbiased opinions. We methodically searched and inspected condominiums. I appreciated her knowledge of various condo complexes. The purchase proceeded without a hitch. I was a happy customer, which I attribute to Joanna Rice. She is an example of why a person uses a real estate agent.

Sincerely,

Mark Norman

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Norma and Don Flaskerud
“Dear Joanna,
As you know, we are successful REALTORS(R) from the San Franscisco Bay area. Without your help, guidance and experience, we, with 20 years experience selling real estate, would never have been able to purchase property in Incline Village. We SO love our Incline home and appreciate the guidance you gave us in negotiating a good price, and getting through the inspection process, plus your familiarity with the town and all its neighborhoods.

Regards,
Norma and Don Flaskerud ”

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Timothy Glaser
“As a personal testimonial I have nothing but good things to say about Joanna Rice. She is an outstanding real estate agent who takes the time to get to know her clients while working diligently in their behalf.

When I moved to Incline Village in 2001 I had to shop around for an agent who was willing to work within my budget and wasn’t just looking to dump me into the most convenient piece of property to turn a quick profit. Joanna was the only agent that I came across who seemed truly concerned about my predicament and who would put in the time and effort to ensure that I was properly represented as a buyer. Through Joanna’s perseverance I was able to purchase a condo that was a perfect fit for me and my family. I still consider Joanna a dear friend to this day.

Sincerely,
Tim Glaser ”

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Susan Schnetz
“We are privileged to call Joanna Rice our friend and our realtor. She is truly a gifted, talented “people person”.

We remember when Joanna was a brand new real estate agent motivated to do her best. Joanna is still motivated to do her best, but now that she has gained more knowledge and skills, she is an even better agent for her friends and clients.

A few years ago we purchased a home away from the lake and soon realized that it was a mistake. Joanna helped us to find a listing agent to sell it, then helped us find just the right new place – one actually better than our previous home. This is a good example of her abilities as a realtor and compassion as our friend.

Karl and Susan Schnetz

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Deborah Lenzi
“Joanna Rice represented us when we purchased our home in Incline Village.

With her knowledge, our lack of familiarity with the community and understanding of the local real estate market proved not to be problem. Joanna provided insights and willingly shared her knowledge and expertise.

Within a short period of time, she matched a home with our budget and expectations, and her commitment to us didn’t stop there. She made our escrow experience one of the best we’ve had. Her follow-up to every detail was exceptional. When the need ever arises again, Joanna will be our realtor. Not only is she the best, we gained a life-long friend.

Steve & Deborah Lenzi ”

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Jim Bishop
“It is with pleasure that I write this recommendation/testimonial for Joanna Rice.

I came to Incline Village with the purpose of buying a vacation home for my family. The CENTURY 21 McGregor Realty Inc sign was the first placard I come to and Joanna was the agent on duty at that time. I have previously purchased one property in my life; hence I was a little apprehensive about what I was letting myself in for. I felt a little naive as to the process and I wanted information and listings without really taking up a REALTOR’S(R) time. I guess I didn’t know my real commitment and didn’t want to string someone along or have them spend much of their time babysitting me. For some reason, I respect the time of others and attempt to do as much for myself as I can without involving them. I’m not sure where this comes from, but it’s been my modus operandi forever.

To make a short story even shorter, Joanna offered to give me listings to check out myself and said to come back if I needed further assistance. This was what I personally wanted to hear. I got the information I needed without taking up much of her time, which to me de-obligated myself from any heavy sales tactics that I feared might ensue.

I couldn’t have been more mistaken about the real estate person that Joanna is. I eventually picked out properties I wished to view and we did the walk throughs. I was left to evaluate the places myself, according to my own criteria, without any added commentary. If I had questions that she could answer, she did and if she couldn’t, she got the information to me in the quickest manner she could. We made an offer on a condo, which was countered, and the owners accepted our counter to theirs.

Amazing to me, we completed all the interim requisite paperwork by fax. The deal closed in a month and I wasn’t required to return until the day of closing.

Was it a good experience? Absolutely. Would I go to another agent in Incline should I choose to buy other property? Absolutely not. When people ask me who might be an agent to contact about property in Incline, I always reply with Joanna’s name and directions to the CENTURY 21 McGregor Realty Inc offices. If and when I choose to sell my condo, I will sell it through Joanna.

Aside from the business aspect mentioned above, I feel I have a friend in Joanna. We continue to cross paths and that’s perfect for me….

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Roy Graham
“Dear Joanna,

Thank you so much for the tremendous job you did in ensuring such a smooth closure to our purchase on Tyner Way. Sandra and I are delighted with the house and look forward to turning it into our ‘home by the lake.’

I was very impressed at how diligent you have been through the whole process – you have professionally attended to all the detail no matter how small. And you have made the process fun as well! I still remember when we first met, the morning after a foot of snow had dropped, and you insisted on showing us all the relevant listed houses – we enjoyed the day and found exactly the right house. Based on our experience, you have an innate skill for rapidly assessing your client’s needs and matching them with a property that ‘feels right.’

And then that night, with more snow on the way, you worked hard to present the offer to the seller’s agent. You shepherded the purchase very closely and we were rewarded with a trouble free closure and an excellent deal on the house. Also, you stayed with us after the purchase and ensured we remained happy buyers.

So, thank you again for doing such an outstanding job, and when it comes time to sell and trade-up, we will want you to represent us.

Sincerely,

Roy Graham

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Leslie and Hal Kruth
“A note about Joanna Rice:

Go no further! Work with this woman! You will not regret it one tiny bit!

Joanna is the best agent we have ever worked with(although I did this transaction without my husband because he was overseas). My husband is an attorney and, to put it kindly, often disparaging about the work that REALTORS(R) do. He feels that they too often practice law without the proper knowledge. So the first testament to Joanna is that my husband thought she was great. This is high praise!Believe me.

Joanna listens and is responsive. She is never judgmental, she is quiet and present without being intrusive when you are struggling to make a decision. She is not pushy. There is never an exasperated edge, a sigh when you have yet another question — and there were a lot. She is kind and helpful. If she does not know the answer she is straight forward about it and gets the answer right away.

She is reasonable. Amazingly, when she recommended a roof inspector and the inspection was useless, she worked the problem and then offered to pay for it. We did not accept that offer, but it is a testament to her good faith.

She is organized. She is patient and knowledgeable. I was considering working with someone else when I found out that Joanna was finishing her term as president of the Local Board of REALTORS(R). I thought that I could not go wrong with someone who is appreciated by her peers and willing to do (what I can only guess is) a thankless job.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Joanna is her continuing care AFTER the close of the sale. We were out of the country and Joanna did our walk through. She wasn’t tied up in legalistic worries. She was thoughtful and protected our interests. But best of all, when I moved in and was at a loss for contacts, Joanna was always there with a helping hand, offering to intercept deliveries, helpful with good people to get the job done. She still has my house key, at her request, in case something comes up while we are away….this is way beyond the call of duty.

Buying a house is hard! Joanna is the person you want by your side. She is truly terrific.

Thank you, Joanna, for all that you did and continue to do. We are very grateful.

Leslie and Hal Kruth

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