My goal is to make every real estate transaction a positive experience for my clients. But don't just take my word for it. Here are a sampling of letters written by some of the buyers and sellers I've represented. I'm happy to provide referrals -- just ask!
January 11, 2018
To Whom It May Concern:
It is my absolute joy to write this letter on behalf of our real estate agent, Igor Nastaskin. From the day we met him, Igor made us feel as if we were his only clients – going out of his way to help u get to know the area with incredible patience, paying attention to our likes and dislikes and reaching out to us proactively when a house that met our needs was available.
Once we found our home, Igor made the paperwork process as easy as it could have been, taking care of us from start to finish.
Since we were unable to find a home to purchase in the timeframe we needed, we rented when we first moved to the area. Igor kept us in mind always and actively pursued a home for us to purchase, which would meet our challenging needs. Again, without ever having to go to him, Igor came to us with the perfect arrangement that never would have been in the realm of reality without his active engagement. And again, throughout the purchase and escrow process, Igor held our metaphoric hand and made sure that everything was taken care of.
Without hesitation, both my husband and I would recommend Igor Nastaskin as a real estate agent for anyone looking to buy, sell, or rent a home in the South Bay area. He is a treasure!
Warmly (and with a whole lot of gratitude),
Leah Lewis, client
Hollywood Riviera Home Buyer
November 22, 2017
Just wanted to say that I really appreciate your help and support through this process, your professionalism, positive attitude and excellent insights. Despite my inexperience, I never felt condescended to or out of touch with the process.
I will very willingly recommend your services to anyone I know in the area and feel free to use me as a reference if that is ever something that comes up.
Again, thank you!
Have a happy Thanksgiving,
Hollywood Riviera Home Seller
November 12, 2017
It is our great pleasure to recommend Igor Nastaskin as a real estate agent.
After meeting with several realtors, we decided to go with a local, knowledgeable, realistic, trustworthy, enthusiastic, and well respected realtor to sell our home. (Igor, by the way, was the listing agent when we purchased the same property years earlier. Obviously, he impressed us back then with his skill set.)
Igor's methods of attracting buyers worked! We were blown away to have 4 offers, all way above asking price, made on the house in the first few days!
A master with contract negotiations, Igor expertly guided us through the home selling process all the way through to the final sale which closed in 30 days. And, the buyer and his agent couldn't have been nicer.
Igor far exceeded our expectations and is, hands down, the best in the business. What more can we say other than he is a "rock star" agent, and we look forward to working with him again in the future.
Paul and Alice Goldberg
Hollywood Riviera Home Sellers
November 1, 2017
This October I sold my home in the Hollywood Rivera after living there with my husband and children for almost 50 years. Needless to say it was difficult to leave such a beautiful home and area, but it was time.
I had seen articles written about the wonderful care folks had experienced with a realtor named Igor Nastaskin, so I called him and he came to see my home. I still wasn't sure I wanted to list my home but he was happy to meet with me anyway.
Well, a few months later I decided to have it listed and I contacted Igor again and the rest is history. He was wonderful to work with. He stayed on top of every issue that came along. He gave 100 % caring service to me and my entire family. It is very traumatic to sell a home you loved so much, but not having to stress with all the issues that came up is because he really helped.
I thank you Igor, and so does my family.
Best to you, Genny Burchfield
Hollywood Riviera Home Seller
June 23, 2017
To whom it may concern,
Igor Nastaskin is an outstanding real estate agent.
We worked together for about six months to find a unique property. I was looking for a home in the Hollywood Riviera with very specific requirements during a period of low inventory. This was not an easy commission.
Igor was incredibly knowledgeable, attentive and hard working. He shared information with me about the local market, general trends, potential listings and even introduced me to former clients.
When it became evident that my future home wasn't going to pop up any time soon, he tapped deeper into his network and identified a property that wasn’t even for sale. He introduced me to the owner and facilitated conversations until we were able to come to an agreement. The seller and I are now both very happy with the outcome.
Before this episode, I didn’t understand the value that a good real estate agent can add.
The competence and professionalism Igor exhibited during this engagement was among the best I’ve seen in any service industry. I can highly recommend him.
Hollywood Riviera Home Buyer
May 8, 2017
We want to thank you for your excellent service during the recent sale of our home in Redondo Beach.Your expert knowledge of the Riviera area really made the sale.
Your great ideas to get our property looking its best helped the buyer visualize what the property could look like. Most impressive was your tenacity to make sure all the details were checked so that the sale and closing would not derail.
We especially appreciated how fast you were to address potential problems to keep the sale on track. Again, thanks for the excellent service.
We would recommend you to any of our friends that need real estate assistance in the Riviera area.
Jeff and Laney Quirk
Hollywood Riviera Home Sellers
We wanted to take a few moments to reflect upon the sale of our home in Torrance during the past year.
Although the sales process was somewhat daunting with us living so far away, the fact that we had worked with you previously quelled any anxiety we may have experienced. Your experience in the local market is invaluable coupled with your command of the sales process which once again exceeded our expectations.
In all aspects, we followed your lead without apprehension from setting the asking price to staging and showings everything was done professionally, and efficiently, which achieved the desired results; less than three weeks on the market above asking price. All of this
accomplished without any surprises! Who could ask for anything more? Once again, great job for which
we are forever grateful. Thank you so much.
Steve & Stephanie Hamlet
Hollywood Riviera Home Sellers
To Sandra Sanders, Broker/Owner ReMax Palos Verdes Realty
I hope you enjoyed the holidays and I wish you a happy, healthy 2017.
I am writing to tell you how incredibly happy and satisfied Tim and I are with the service that Igor provided us during both the sale of our home in Hollywood Riviera, and the purchase of our condo in Redondo Beach.
We have nothing but great things to say about Igor and his professionalism, work ethic, and vast knowledge. Throughout the process he remained calm, steady, respectful, and incredibly thoughtful. He stayed in constant communication. We never felt as if we were "bothering" him with calls or email questions. In fact, he responded to every issue quickly and encouraged us to keep communicating every concern.
Igor handled the dual agency with the utmost care and respect for all parties. We had some reservations about this, but we felt well represented on both sides of the deal. He was very thorough and detail oriented, which one appreciates very much as a buyer! On our sale, he represented the buyers as well, but we felt he was fair and honest in every instance.
Although our deals are "done", we have had a few challenges come up in our new place and Igor is still there for us, helping us navigate these new waters. I can call him anytime with a question or concern and he has no problem helping wherever and however he can.
Tim and I feel he is the hardest working real estate professional we have ever met. That work ethic, as well as his personal ethics, make him the all star that he is. We will recommend Igor without reservation to anyone we know interested in buying or selling.
Tim and Jill Gilligan
Hollywood Riviera Home Sellers
September 26, 2016
On behalf of all our family, I want to take this opportunity to thank Igor for the amazing job he did of selling our family home in the Hollywood Riviera. Our parents were the original owners of this house, which had been in the family for sixty-three years, and the work involved in putting it on the market was extensive. Igor excelled at every step in this process.
With no family members still residing in the South Bay and with only two still in Southern California, Igor took charge of the process for us, arranging for the painting, minor repairs, and staging that were necessary to show off the house to its best. The skilled workers and subcontractors he arranged for were all outstanding in the work they delivered, and we were constantly impressed by Igor’s sound judgement, breadth of knowledge, and good taste. He also walked us through every step of the escrow process, insuring we understood where we were in the process and what would happen next.
Selling a home that had belonged to the family for more than six decades was an emotional process for us, but Igor handled every part of the transaction with thoughtfulness and sensitivity - we were as pleased with Igor’s understanding of our needs as a family as we were with the fact that the house ended up selling for well over its original asking price.
Working with Igor was a pleasure throughout, and we would enthusiastically recommend him to anyone looking to purchase or sell a home in the South Bay.
Hollywood Riviera Home Seller
July 10, 2016
To: Sandra Sanders, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Palos Verdes/Execs
We were fortunate to have worked with Igor Nastaskin during the recent sale of our home in the Hollywood Riviera. In fact, we decided Igor would be the perfect next door neighbor.
Igor's experience, professionalism, and courtesy are the elements of his success. His spot-on suggestions, infinite patience and confident guidance, along with his sense of humor, were invaluable throughout the entire sale process.
Igor was available to address our questions and concerns as they arose, always responding promptly. He acted not merely as our realtor, but assisted us with referrals for moving companies and other contractors, and directed us to temporary lodging as well.
Additionally, we learned Igor introduced the "Character Counts" program to Riviera Elementary School, reflecting his investment in the youth of our community. He is a man of character.
It is no wonder Igor has sold more houses than any other realtor in the Hollywood Riviera.
Erin O'Brien & Chris Withers
Hollywood Riviera Home Sellers
June 1, 2016
You have been our real estate agent for a better part of 10 years and have represented us on a purchase, several rental leases and a sale.
Your knowledge and experience helped us feel comfortable with scenarios that we were not familiar with and have lived up to the expectation as a true consultant for life.
From our point of view, you have raised the bar for all professionals in the industry.
For someone that values the dollar like we do, you are worth more than we are obligated to pay you.
We look forward to working with you again,
Salvatore and Laura Ingrao
South Bay Home Buyers/Sellers
April 13, 2016
To Whom It May Concern
We have lived in three different cities over a lifetime, and each time we were lucky to find very professional agents to sell our home. But only Igor made us feel as though we were his only clients, and that our home was his top priority.
Was he readily available by phone from morning to early evening whenever we needed to speak to him? Absolutely. Not only was he quick to respond, but during the mad flurry of escrow questions and answers he made sure to send emails to both me and my wife, so that no detail would be missed.
Igor was amazingly generous with the time he dedicated to us. We called on him in two separate stages, first when we were not yet ready to sell but wanted detailed information about price and salability. He spent over an hour with us and returned a few days later with an architect to give us further advice.
The second time was a few years later. We were finally ready to sell, and he came supplied with complete brochures of comparable homes, prices, and photos that showed us exactly where we stood in the current market. He clearly knew the Hollywood Riviera as intimately as his own home. All of this without the slightest hint of salesmanship, but with a friendly manner and winning smile that put us completely at ease.
In less than two weeks, Igor found a committed buyer. His personal commitment really shone during the detailed process of signing escrow documents. He didn’t just show patience with our fussy demands for explanations, but he went through them with clarity and relaxed informality.
We remain grateful for his flexible ability to adjust to our personality and needs.
Hollywood Riviera Home Seller
March 23, 2016
Alex Froloff & Laura Heyn
301 Via Monte D’Oro
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Igor, Laura and I just wanted to say thank you again in finding our new home, as well as selling our existing property. To say that you were wonderful and that you are an asset to RE/MAX is an understatement!
Your professionalism, experience, and hard work throughout our transaction on both properties was completely amazing. You not only guided us through uncovering some unknowns, but you also helped us with the positives and negatives to the decisions that we needed to make when these unknown items were brought to surface.
In selling our property, your recommendation on staging and appraisals/timing not only helped us receive a record sale price on the condo unit in a very quick escrow, but we were extremely happy to receive above asking and multiple offers. This would absolutely not have happened without your guidance and input!
Because of your hard work and efforts, we strongly feel that Wesley and Matthew will not only have a place to live, but a home that they very possibly will grow up in and enjoy for the duration of their childhood. We are not only happy with your service and being our real estate agent, but we consider you a friend.
Thank you again Igor. Anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the southbay area would need to think twice before not using you as their agent. Please feel free to have any potential clients call or email Laura and I if they would like a reference, and we would be happy to share our wonderful experience with others.
Alex Froloff & Laura Heyn, Hollywood Riviera Home Buyers
November 3, 2015
Dinnette and I want to personally thank you for representing us in the sale of our Hollywood Riviera house on Paseo De Arena.
All your suggestions were right on the mark as was your dedicated effort, from making a perfect brochure to getting all the right contractors.
We very much appreciate how you got the inspections done on a timely manner and how you were proactive in all that was needed for the sale. You were very professional and easy to get along with and we enjoyed working with you through the whole process.
Thank you again for the smooth transfer from us to the buyers. Anytime we or our friends need real state help in the future you will be our only choice.
Hollywood Riviera Home Seller
October 26, 2015
I'm looking forward to seeing you this final trip, looking you in the eye and shaking your hand while thanking you for your superior guidance and professionalism throughout the various progressions of first leasing and then selling our Hollywood Riviera home.
This entire "sale process" has been quite enjoyable actually, even with the compounded elements of required signatures from out of the country.
Thank you again for your understanding and patient nature my friend, you are a gem.
Hollywood Riviera Home Seller
October 13, 2015
Now that a little time has passed since the sale of our house, I wanted to drop a line to say thank you for your hard work and professionalism.
It has been exactly 10 years since we initially moved to the Hollywood Riviera and it is with mixed feelings that we are leaving due to our growing family needs. I am comforted though, by the fact that I will not be too far.
Over these years I have witnessed your successful sale of multiple properties in the area and your prominence in the neighborhood. Therefore when we decided to put our home on the market I already believed that you are the most experienced and the most qualified real estate professional in the area. Seeing you in action indeed, did prove that to me.
Your gentle, polite, and friendly approach to us as clients and methodical approach to pricing of our property was unparalleled. While we had some reservations on the marketing plan, you proved that it was the correct approach. Yet at the same time you minimized any intrusion in our daily lives. Lastly you successfully guided us through our offer, and helped us negotiate terms that were fair and catered to our situation.
Selling and buying of a house are one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. We are super grateful to you for making it easy and pain-free, and without a doubt I would highly recommend you to anyone who wants to move into this area.
Ali Ashrafzadeh, MD
Hollywood Riviera Home Seller
Where do we begin?
It has been an absolute pleasure to have you as our real estate agent.
Although it has been almost two months since we moved into our new house, we are just as grateful to you for your service and guidance now as we were while we were in the middle of our transaction.
Thanks to your attention to detail and professionalism we felt calm during the whole process and knew that we were in good hands.
With sincere thanks,
The Nelson Family
Hollywood Riviera Sellers/Rancho Palos Verdes Buyers
3855 Paseo de Las Tortugas
Torrance, CA 90505
February 1, 2015
RE: Igor Nastaskin
Selling a home in and of itself can be stressful. I found myself selling my home, relocating to another state, starting a new job, and entering a divorce all at once. If it were not for Igor Nastaskin, I truly believe the sale of my home would not have been possible, and it certainly would have been more stressful!
I consider myself fortunate to work with the best realtor I have ever encountered. Igor's unparalleled knowledge of the area, particularly the Riviera section of Torrance, and the market were key in a successful sale. His marketing approach made my home shine and desirable for potential buyers.
Igor is reliable, dedicated, and eternally upbeat. A true professional in every respect. He made me feel as if I were his only client and was always available when needed. He kept me informed every step of the way and provided insightful advice in every step of the process.
Igor had to manage the sale, the open houses, two bickering spouses, and any requests from potential, and final, buyers with me already out of state and in a different time zone. If there was a decorative touch needed, he took care of it. Requests for repair - he contracted it. His network of providers are fair and honest, and I never had to worry about vetting their services. He went above and beyond any expectations I would ever have from a realtor.
I just can't say enough good things about Igor. My only regret is that I won't be able to work with him in the future...but if I do move back to the state, he would be the first one I called!
Hollywood Riviera Home Seller
December 22, 2014
RE: Our Home Buy/Sell Experience
My wife and I want to thank you for your hard work and professionalism in managing our real estate transactions.
The entire experience went smoother than one could imagine. We’re particularly thankful for your commitment to finding us the “right home for our family”. Right from the start we knew we could trust you. It was your idea to have a home and termite inspection done prior to putting our home on the market so we were prepared for our future buyer.
This proved to be extremely important. You spent a lot of time with us, showing us houses that were going to be up for sale in the upcoming 12 months. We looked at a few properties that were going to be knocked down and developed. You even took us to the architect’s office to view plans for construction in case we would want to make changes. It was evident that if it was in the Riviera you knew about it.
I was also impressed that you explained each document we were signing to us. I think often real estate professionals skip to the signing and tell their clients the documents are standard things that everyone has to sign. It was obvious that you believed that it was important for us to understand what we were signing.
From beginning to end, you were the epitome of “professionalism”. We are very happy with our new home. Thank you!
Mark & Heidi Duncan
Hollywood Riviera Home Sellers & Buyers
November 18, 2014
We are really enjoying our new home on Calle De Arboles. Thank you so much for assisting to make the sale of our previous home smooth and seamless in south Torrance. Your professionalism and attention to detail far exceeded our expectations.
As you know having children of your own selling a home while raising 2 toddlers can be tedious and stressful. We were very impressed with your marketing skill and the ability to get our previous home into escrow for asking price after 4 days on the market was amazing. Your expert knowledge of the Hollywood Riviera gave us confidence as you represented us in the purchase of our new home on Calle De Arboles.
Your guidance and thorough council through this process will never be forgotten. We highly recommend you to any family and friends that are buying or selling a home. Thank you again for this memorable experience. We love calling the Hollywood Rivera home. We look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood.
Matthew & Emily Stimpson
Hollywood Riviera Home Sellers & Buyers
October 21, 2014
Lisa and I are sending you this long overdue note to say thanks for all your help and efforts in selling our home this past summer.
They say that buying or selling a home is one of the more stressful things a person goes through. It turned out that was not the case.
We had lived in our home in the Riviera for over 26 years and thanks to your help and guidance we were able to go from offer to close in about 60 days.
You found us a qualified buyer and the various inspections, appraisals, etc. all went very smoothly. The most stressful part was figuring out what to do with the 26 years of "stuff" we had accumulated.
You can add us to your long list of satisfied clients.
Thanks for everything,
Mike Betlinski and Lisa Allen
Hollywood Riviera Home Sellers
August 27, 2014
To home buyers and sellers,
My brother, sister and I had the pleasure of working with Igor to sell our parents home after they passed. From the start, Igor was sensitive and compassionate as we dealt with our loss as well as the eventual parting with the home that had been our parent's since 1962. He was always easily accessible, organized and on top of every step, big or small that needed to be managed before the home went on the market. No question went unanswered, and Igor was transparent and patient in dealing with us three sellers. With accurate pricing and utilizing his contacts, the home sold almost immediately.
The whole process from start to finish was seamless and effortless, and we knew we had chosen our agent well. While not all transactions are guaranteed to go quite so quickly and easily, we can wholeheartedly recommend Igor Nastaskin to represent you as either buyer or seller. You can be assured of the pleasure of working with a true professional, with a reputation as an agent with integrity. Igor will give you the personalized attention, energy and time you need to sell your home.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
Sincerely, Lorraine Gullett
Hollywood Riviera Home Seller
July 7, 2014
I wish to thank you for the high level of professionalism you exhibited in assisting my family's living trust in the sale of our Hollywood Riviera home. I was highly impressed with the content and volume of materials you provided us at our initial meeting. I do not believe I have ever experienced such thoroughness when dealing in real estate matters in the past.
When I became frustrated with difficulties which were encounters with emailing pdf documents, you, as well as your staff, inducing Janet, were patient and encouraging. You and your staff were persistent to ensure that all matters were completed properly.
The home was sold at minimal cost to the trust and the selling price seemed fair given the circumstances.
If anyone would wish to contact me regarding a recommendation, I am most willing to provide such.
Very truly yours,
Kenneth R Livesey
Hollywood Riviera Home Seller
Executor/Trustee of the Livesey Family Living Trust
August 21, 2013
As you well know selling a house can be a daunting experience. Ruth and I feel so incredibly fortunate to have had you there to guide and protect us through this sometimes difficult and oft times complex process. Your incredible skill in the marketing and in the sale of our house along with your guidance through the entire escrow process made our experience go smoothly and without incident. You are A True Real Estate Professional and will be "our realtor for life" and there is no higher accolade a real estate agent can be paid. Thanks again for being there my friend.
Ruth and Don Brandt
May 20, 2013
We want to thank you tremendously for the help that you provided during the sale of our Hollywood Riviera home in September 2012. From the first meeting, you were there to provide us with honest, fair and detailed information about the market value of our property and what we needed to do to list the property. You went above and beyond, taking every necessary precaution and step to ensure that the sale would be smooth and efficient, including ordering presale inspections and reports.
The best part of the entire process was that our home sold without even hitting the market! Using your established reputation and trusted network of contacts you managed to locate a buyer and secure a very, very attractive offer. This was such a relief for us because we needed to move the property fast due to an international work assignment.
You never let any detail slip by you during the sale/listing process. We appreciated your attentiveness and professionalism. Aside from being a competent realtor, you are a very kind and caring person. Your honesty and integrity is very apparent and it makes it very easy to trust and feel comfortable with you.
Thanks again for your help. Should we arrive back in the South Bay after our expat assignment, you’ll be the first person we call!
And, to anyone reading this and considering using Igor as your realtor- don’t think twice. You will NOT be disappointed by Igor. He is a rare find.
Chad and Nina Reese
To whom it may concern:
I am writing this letter to recommend Igor Nastaskin if you need a realtor. I needed to sell my home in Torrance as a result of a divorce. Years earlier I had spoken to Igor about selling my home. I contacted Igor who ended up listing the home and it sold in early 2011. After selling the home I was eager to get back into the market. I asked Igor if he would help me find a home. Igor recommended that I should wait to purchase a home in order to come to my senses after the divorce. As knee jerk reaction I was going to purchase a home in an area that in the long term would not have been in my best interest. At the moment I knew that Igor was truly looking out for my best interest. Igor gave me the best advice that I could have gotten at that time.
In late 2012, I contacted Igor to get back into the market to purchase a home. After a four month search I purchased a home in Torrance this past December. I moved in the home two days before the end of the year. I am extremely happy with the home and got a really good deal because of Igor's contacts within the real estate realtors community. Because of Igor's advice I ended up in a much better home and area.
If you are looking to purchase or selling a home I would highly recommend Igor for your real estate needs. Igor is a true professional and I highly recommend him for your real estate needs.
April 16, 2013
To Whom It May Concern,
We used Igor Nastaskin to sell our home and were very pleased with how he handled every aspect of the process.
Originally, we had our house on the market as a FSBO and when Igor came to the home to view it, he was the only agent that did not pressure us to use him to sell the house. This, his standing in the community and overall professionalism impressed me. So when it came time to get serious about selling the house, Igor was the obvious choice.
He and his team were very responsive and professional throughout the entire selling process and we even sold the house for over asking!
I would recommend Igor to anyone who is considering buying or selling a home.
March 15, 2013
To Whom It May Concern,
Recently, we decided to sell a house in the Hollywood Riviera area. We live out of
state, and we knew Igor Nastaskin both as a former family neighbor and for his
reputation and knowledge of area real estate. When we made the decision to sell the
house, we didn’t hesitate - we contacted Igor. Not surprisingly, Igor was quick to
respond to our inquiry. He explained the system he uses to establish the market value
of a home and the process of bringing it to market. We were impressed by the timely
manner and thoroughness of his approach. After his presentation and some other
consultation, we decided to list the house with Igor. We are very pleased with that
Before agreeing to list the property, we had separately engaged the services of an
independent property appraiser, and when Igor proposed a listing price it was within
$5,000 of the appraised value (on an approximately $900K property). Again, we were
favorably impressed. As soon as we agreed to work with him, Igor began pre-marketing
efforts and offered many constructive suggestions, which was especially helpful since
we weren’t in the area. He took care of arranging home and pest inspections, before
the house even went on the market - and at his expense - so that both we and potential
buyers would have realistic expectations during the marketing, negotiating, and
completion of the sale process.
We were pleased when very soon Igor presented us with an offer that we attribute
directly to his personal marketing efforts. The offer was very reasonable, and we
accepted it and the escrow process began. Throughout the remainder of the
sales/escrow process, Igor continued his strong efforts on our behalf, making for a
smooth and successful completion of the sale. During the entire process Igor worked
cooperatively with the buyers and their agent and with us, always making special efforts
to see that everyone’s needs and desires were fulfilled to the greatest extent feasible.
That we were in another state didn’t slow or impede the process - Igor communicated
as if we had been right down the street!
Looking back, we know that our decision to be represented by Igor was the right one.
We’ve bought and sold several properties over the years, in multiple states, and in no
case did we receive better service than that provided by Igor Nastaskin. We
recommend him without reservation.
Bob Holbrook & Patty Dunn
February 2, 2013
RE: Igor Nastaskin
To Whom it May Concern,
We had the pleasure of having Igor Nastaskin represent us as home buyers in the summer of 2012. We were moving back to the Los Angeles area from several years out of state. We both grew up in Southern California but had moved away and started a family. So with two young children none of our previous knowledge about areas in Los Angeles really applied.
Igor showed us around several areas, all the while talking to us about what we liked and didn’t about the areas and houses we were seeing. With Igor’s help we narrowed it down to the one area for us.
Unfortunately there wasn’t much available. When we started to look in adjacent areas trying to find an
option Igor was against it. We remember thinking, “its only a 2 mile difference” but Igor was concerned we would regret it if we didn’t wait to get the neighborhood we wanted.
Of course, as soon as we headed back to Colorado with nothing to show for our trips, Igor found the
perfect place. As with any home purchase there were bumps along the way to close but Igor navigated them smoothly, keeping us calm along the way.
Now that we have been in the house for 6 months we can see that Igor was completely right. This is the perfect house and neighborhood for us. We could not recommend Igor more highly, and would happily use him again for any real estate transaction.
Rick & Leslie Capstraw
January 18, 2013
Remax Palos Verdes Realty
We are writing you to express our appreciation, for everything that you did in the sale of our home on Calle De Arboles.
It was due to unfortunate circumstances, the economy and changes at my work that we had to short sale our home. We contacted Igor, and after our first meeting, without hesitation, he went to work for us. Igor found us a buyer and helped us short sale our home. He called us almost daily to keep us informed and walk us through the process. We truly appreciate all the meetings with Igor and no matter what time at night.
There were certainly hurdles and a definite dead line that came up, but it was due to Igor and his team (especially escrow officer Victoria Kraft) that made things go smooth! We were surely grateful to have Igor and his team on our side. Igor’s team went above and beyond to help my family.
Plus, Igor found us a place to lease in the same area. If it wasn’t for Igor’s tenacity, we would not be living where we are today! Igor found us a bigger home and our two boys could stay in their same schools! We were so grateful for this is in the best interest of our sons.
When we are ready to purchase a home, we will definitely call Igor!
Craig and Renee Yamashiro
December 4, 2012
To Whom It May Concern:
Wow…I cannot believe I’ve been in my place, one year in January!!!
I have known Igor for as long as I’ve been up in the Hollywood Riviera, so it was a ‘no-brainer’ to ask for his help and guidance to find my place. And I wasn’t disappointed! I gave Igor my specifications and he followed it to a ‘T’!! He even went above and beyond my specs to help me find a place that he felt was a perfect fit for me….and he was right!
Buyers’ remorse was never an issue. I have loved every waking moment in my new condominium.
Not only did Igor give me good advice on buying my property, he also helped me find contacts for moving and also for fixing up the house we sold…..both invaluable resources! He also advised me on homeowners insurance…which I was clueless about!
All in all, Igor is a gem in the South Bay, especially in the Hollywood Riviera. I would recommend him for any and all real estate transactions, or even just for advise. You won’t be disappointed!
November 29, 2012
We would like to thank you for all you’ve done in helping us find and finally purchase our new home. We especially want to thank you for your patience in times that any other agent would have definitely given up on such unsure, picky buyers such as ourselves. We believe that it was your magic touch that made this deal to finally go through. We also truly appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to make house calls just to help us finish the paperwork on time. We hope to work with you to use your expertise and your great service once again very soon as we get ready to purchase our second property. You’re now more than just a realtor to us, you are a friend. We would recommend you to anyone in a heartbeat. Once again, thank you for doing a Great Job for us.
Proud Riviera Homeowners, Mohsen and Mona Beheshti
September 28, 2012
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with great pleasure that we give our recommendation for Mr. Igor Nastaskin as the agent for all of your real estate needs. Igor represented us in the successful selling of our house in Torrance on Bluff Street and we cannot wait to hire him again.
We hired Igor after interviewing several Realtors in the South Bay area (some are also well known) because of his significant knowledge of and experience in the market. He also has an analytical mind that produced a fair and accurate valuation opinion during his presentation. As we got to know him better and developed a friendship, he has consistently demonstrated to us his strong problem solving and tough negotiating skills. Igor is truly a professional and always represented us in the best light.
We will be recommending Mr. Nastaskin to all of our friends and family for all of their real estate needs in the South Bay area. We strongly urge you to hire him if you want the absolute best.
Jenny & Joseph Fang
June 21, 2012
To Whom It May Concern,
My family moved from Chicago to California in the summer of 2010 and we worked with four real estate agents to look at properties all over the Los Angeles area.
It was not until we worked exclusively with Igor Nastaskin in the South Bay, where we finally decided to purchase a home, that we felt we were working with someone who really cared about what home was right for our family’s needs and circumstances. He asked us probing questions and acted almost like an “uncle,” which we really appreciated.
He knows the properties in the entire South Bay, including PV, Torrance, Redondo and Manhattan Beach, and was able to answer many of our endless questions. We asked him to take us to countless properties and he always did so with a smile and never made us feel as if we were asking too much.
I would heartily recommend him to anyone and we will definitely work with Igor on our next transaction. As he says on his voicemail, he is our “real estate agent for life!”
June 14, 2012
You are the hardest working real estate agent ever!
Your ability to network with other agents found us the EXACT home we were hoping for, "off market", resulting in a private sale. And simultaneously, your expansive client base quickly revealed a buyer for our existing home, also resulting in a private sale! The fact that we were able to close escrow on both houses within just days of each other, without a "For Sale" sign ever needing to go up, is just remarkable.
Your consummate professionalism allowed both transactions to proceed smoothly, and your work ethic was unparalleled (thank you for helping move our furniture, meeting us "after hours" to accommodate our schedules, and basically walking us through every step of the process).
We also appreciate the considerable time you spent helping us learn about the various neighborhoods in the South Bay. We consider you a friend and are grateful to you. We have already whole-heartedly recommended you to several of our friends and family members!
Thank you, Igor!
With best wishes always,
Grace & Wayne Song
June 5, 2012
To whom it may concern,
We began our house hunting in late 2011 but the internet searches on real estate websites don’t really compare to what Igor was able to do for us. Igor came highly recommended to us from a coworker and we couldn’t have been more fortunate. To put things in perspective, our first experience with a realtor many years ago was what I now consider the bare minimum. The bare minimum includes helping coordinate seeing homes you like and help with the paperwork involved. Igor is your personal assistant in the home finding and purchasing process. He is very prompt, responsive, and is on top of all the players involved to make sure things get done. He doesn’t play any games, has high integrity, and is very motivated to make sure you are comfortable with the process. So if you’re looking to play games…or have ulterior motives…I beg you to not waste his time.
He began by assessing our current living situation to get a feel for our style and what we were looking for. He not only arranged a variety of homes to look at but also took us around the neighboring areas we did not know about so that we would have a better understanding of the area. He even took us out to lunch. We emailed Igor quite often asking about various homes and he was able to tell us various pieces of information, like if the traffic was bad in that area. The home we ended up buying was actually a client of his and he let us see it before it went on the market. It was in a neighborhood we felt was a good match for us and we told him…”Keep an eye out for a home in the neighborhood.” Oddly enough the owners of the home had very similar tastes to us. I do not think this was a coincidence. Igor has a way of finding the right match.
In order to get our loan approved we needed to rent our home. Our thought was that we could probably do it ourselves, but Igor could do it faster and quite frankly, more competently. We were right. He helped stage our home, took beautiful photos, and gave us daily updates on what each possible tenant was like. We had multiple families interested in our home and found great tenants in less than a week.
Igor is also highly connected. The home inspector he used created the most detailed inspection report we had ever seen. He recommended a great gardener who we use now. Our washing machine broke the day before our move and he knew a repairman who was able to come out the next day (he also gave us a discount because Igor referred us).
Buying a home in 2012 is not easy. There are a lot of hurdles. The amount of activities that have to occur is incredible and Igor makes it all happen. I’m talking about scheduling the appraisal, making sure our broker had everything they needed, the home inspection, getting electrical and plumbing repair estimates, etc. We weren’t his only clients but we sure felt like we were his top priority. Even after we closed escrow, Igor still calls to make sure that everything is ok with the move and the new home. If you are looking for a home in the South Bay, call Igor.
Ben and Cat Kwok
May 30, 2012
I very much appreciate all the time and effort you put forth into selling my house at 23705 Susana Ave in Torrance. My experience with selling the house was as stress free as possible and I am very satisfied with the outcome. The organization of the real estate company was very professional, and I believe has one of the best real estate agents around -- a truly talented group of individuals.
In addition the flexibility you brought helped me out a great deal and the quick sale of the house would not have been possible without all the cooperation, and for that I am very thankful. Now I am happily relocated at my new house in Los Angeles and things are going great. The move has gone well and finalizing the deals went smoothly.
Thank you for everything you did to help sell my house, it is greatly appreciated. If in the future I decide to sell my property again, I know who to contact. Once again thank you very much for the wonderful job.
Sincerely, Sunok Kim
April 10, 2012
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing to express my pleasure with real state agent Igor Nastaskin, who represented me in my recent home purchase and condominium sale.
Igor guided me through the entire process, from searching for houses to making the offer and closing the deal. Igor found me a buyer for the condo I was selling in Redondo
Beach so quickly I was shocked. I credit Igor with a smooth, stress-free home-buying experience.
This is not my first purchase of a property, and I never had such a pleasurable experience.
Igor Nastaskin is very personable and knows the market inside and out. I never could have gotten my dream home without him.
To reiterate, I am nothing, but pleased with Igor and his expertise and I recommend him to everyone.
April 8, 2012
Some Realtors qualify for many titles: mentor, PhD (professor of household development) and the answer man. Igor has earned all these titles and more!
Starting a year and a half ago, Igor began educating us on the realities of selling a home in this market. He provided ideas about remodeling and gave us leads to qualified workers for projects. He also suggested a home inspector to evaluate our property for needed corrections and introduced us to a house stager who would prepare the house to be viewed by potential buyers.
If we questioned the need to do something, Igor would soothingly say, “Look at this through the eyes of the buyers, not through the eyes of the long-time owners.”
Communication with Igor was superb; you were never left wondering about the next step or the resolution of a problem. His knowledge of the Hollywood Riviera is so complete that it gave us great confidence in his ability to sell our house -- which we did in three and one half weeks.
Thank you, Igor!
Carolyn and Ken Wolf
March 1, 2012
I apologize for the great delay in telling you how incredibly thankful I am to you for making the condo purchase happen. I love the place and know it would not be ours if not for you. It struck me today, as I thought of where we began, the twists and turns of the deal, and that I am now an owner of an incredible property...all because of you.
Professional, personal, persistent...that is my dream realtor and that is exactly who you are. Asking you to represent me and my family in purchasing a property, a tedious short sale, was the best decision I've made in a long time.
We were so pleased with your constant and clear communication via e-mails and phone calls. Despite dealing with three of us, you juggled all of our questions, fears, and concerns with integrity and a smile. I know with all certainty that no other agent would have walked us through the rigorous five month process, dealing with the banks, but you did, with confidence, and with a calmness that comes from knowing your business so completely.
I've heard that opportunity is when hard work and preparation meet and your hard work and your extensive preparation are undoubtedly the reasons why I now own a great value in the Hollywood Riviera. Thanks for leading us every step of the way. This dream would never be realized without you. I look forward to working with you again.
Truly and gratefully,
The Wood Family
July 12, 2011
ReMax Palos Verdes Realty
Stephanie and I have certainly had our share of challenges to deal with over the past couple of years. During this particular timeframe, we had the opportunity to come to know you and list Stephanie’s house on 5613 Calle de Arboles, Torrance.
We had also worked with you with the property located on 4125 Mesa St in Torrance, CA. While we weren’t successful in selling this property, your involvement led Stephanie to find an ideal renter. This could not have been realized without your personal involvement in this process. Your sincere interest and professionalism throughout this entire process was exemplary. Beyond this experience, you have been there for us in other ways as well, leading us to build a meaningful relationship with you. When Stephanie decided that it was time to sell Calle de Arboles, it was you she wanted to work with.
Suffice it to say, your advice and consult on how to initiate, execute, accept offers, and complete the process in this sale was uneventful. You walked her though every step of the way and offered her a level of comfort and assurance that is rare in today’s environment. Both Stephanie and I respect your ethics, foresight, compassion, and the benefit of your experience which brought this transaction to a successful and timely conclusion. We consider you a friend and you will always be the first person we would call to assist us in future endeavors we might encounter.
Steve & Stephanie Hamlet
July 8, 2011
We wanted to take a moment to thank you for selling our home in the Hollywood Riviera. As you know, when we decided to sell our house we did not know where to start. Calling you was definitely the best move we made. You were great about explaining each detail and helping us set a time frame for the entire process. You clearly detailed all of our alternatives, and gave thoughtful advice when asked. Your knowledge of the Hollywood Riviera real estate market is truly amazing.
It is obvious through your high level of integrity, responsibility, and enthusiasm that you take great pride in your work. Your follow-through and accessibility were greatly appreciated throughout the process. In addition, we were impressed with your positive attitude and attention to detail. We are sure that your ability to communicate effectively with us, as well as the buying agents, significantly contributed to our real estate success. Your efforts and good advice resulted in our receiving multiple offers the first week our house was on the market.
Thank you once again Igor, for all your time and effort. We wish you continued success and will definitely contact you for assistance if we move back to the South Bay. Finally, we highly recommend you to anyone wanting to sell or buy a home in the Hollywood Riviera.
Stuart and Nancy Lee
July 7, 2011
To Whom it May Concern:
After tediously interviewing brokers we hadn’t found the right fit for representation of our property, until we met Igor Nastaskin. His marketing and advertising strategies and social media outreach not only impressed us, but showed us he is evolving with the industry to meet the needs not only of the sellers (which we were in this case), but the buyers as well.
His ‘team’ was impressive, competent and reliable. Igor, himself was: gracious, professional, realistic, accommodating and quickly proved his expertise in the real estate industry. We appreciated his honesty and in turn trusted his instinct, which proved to be flawless.
The sale of our house from start to finish was stress-free and smooth as one could ever expect. Igor Nastaskin was our best move.
July 3, 2011
I want to thank you for all the effort you put into selling our home. You did a great job!
Even though you represented both buyer and seller in this transaction, I think we got a fair price for our house and you were able to focus on our needs throughout.
I would have no problem recommending you to clients in the future.
Best of luck and best regards,
Patrick Murphy, Torrance
April 28, 2011
We are pleased to write this letter of appreciation and recommendation for Igor Nastaskin who recently represented us in the sale of our home at 5418 Calle De Arboles in the Hollywood Riviera.
In the past 30 years, we have been involved in over a dozen real estate transactions and we can state without hesitation that Igor is the best realtor with whom we have ever worked. He is organized and detail oriented, highly knowledgeable, and a consummate professional. Igor always places his clients’ best interest first and foremost.
We initially contacted Igor because in the 12 years we lived in the Hollywood Riviera we noticed that homes that he listed seemed to sell pretty quickly. We were impressed at our first meeting that he brought a portfolio created specifically for us that included comparable sales and a wealth of information on his marketing strategies and experience as a realtor. After viewing our home, Igor also spent considerable time discussing with us how we could showcase our home to its best advantage.
In addition to being an outstanding real estate agent, Igor is patient, friendly, and a pleasure to work with. He made us feel as though we were his only clients. He promptly responded to phone calls and emails and far exceeded our expectations for customer service.
We trusted Igor’s recommendations on minor upgrades, pricing, and staging our home and as a result, our home was in escrow within 10 days of its listing on the MLS! We believe that Igor’s outstanding skill in marketing and negotiating helped us to get the maximum value in the sale of our home.
We highly recommend Igor Nastaskin to anyone seeking to buy or sell a home. He is simply the best!
Jack and Megan Cassette
January 15, 2011
Thank you for representing us when buying and selling our homes. Given our limited real estate knowledge and our busy lives, we were concerned that the process would be burdensome and terrifying, particularly in this market. However, you proved us wrong.
The process was not only bearable, but also enjoyable. You far exceeded our expectations of a real estate professional – you are fair, honest knowledgeable and hard working. You are a consummate professional that we knew we could trust. We never expected when we called you for the first time that we would fine an amazing business partner and ultimately, a friend.
We would recommend you and your team to anyone.
Nathan and Brynn Otoski
Monday, December 27, 2010
Thank you very much for the professionalism, as well as personal service you recently rendered in regard to the sale of my parents’ home in the Hollywood Riviera. It was a refreshing experience as I felt that you really were concerned about my family and not just the sale of the home – as important as that was to the both of us.
I was particularly impressed with two services you provided.
1) In the early stages of our relationship you did a calculation of the value of my parents’ home relative to the market, the condition of the home, and similar homes in the area. Your recommendations were very persuasive, but more than that they were right on the mark. As you know we sold the house in a timely manner for just a little bit more than our target price. Your professional, and accurate assessment gave me a great deal of confidence in the nervous process of selling this house.
2) I was concerned because I live in Utah and could not be there at every step of the sales process. I appreciated your frequent and timely updates on what was happening in the sales process. It seemed that you were further willing to do the extra amount of work that might have been done by me had I been available in Southern California.
There were, of course, other professional services you provided with which I found complete satisfaction. I was initially recommended to you by another realtor who told me that you were the best agent available for the Hollywood Riviera area. She was right and I would be happy to tell the same to anyone that asked.
Thanks again and best wishes,
I am writing to thank you for the purchase of our new home. Although this letter is long overdue, your hard work and dedication has never been forgotten. You always took the time to work around our busy schedules and met with us at all hours of the night. We were very impressed with your candor, intellect, and persuasive abilities to close the purchase of our home. You were always there to answer our MANY questions and even met with me to have the home checked for EMF. (I know that was a first.)
Your reputation was certainly supported by your extensive knowledge of the Hollywood Rivera. Also your team, especially Victoria, is miles above the rest.
It was our pleasure getting to know you and we can't say enough to thank you again.
To whom it may concern,
Igor Nastaskin of Remax Palos Verdes Realty represented us in two transactions - the sale of our townhouse in N. Redondo Beach and the purchase of our new home in the Hollywood Riviera.
Igor spent countless hours with us during our house hunting, but we never got a hint of him losing his patience – his always sharp and optimistic advice provided us with much needed expertise and support.
In a very difficult market (summer 2010) Igor was able to get us an offer on the very first day. Though it may be luck, we could see the amount of effort Igor put into the analysis and preparation prior to the listing going public.
No matter the time of day, Igor was always available for our questions. His knowledge and professionalism are second to none, and his dedication and ability to avoid potential pitfalls in a transaction are hard to find in your everyday agent.
We would definitely recommend Igor's services to anyone.
Ed & Anya F., Redondo Beach
It has been my extreme pleasure to have engaged you in my search for a home. It is my further privilege to write you a recommendation letter.
I can honestly say without an ounce of exaggeration that you get the highest possible marks for your depth of knowledge, ability to listen, patience, hard work, negotiating skills, and bottom-line results.
Your depth of your knowledge unearthed itself as situations rose. Your valuable insights, relevant history, and comments backed up with fact and experience were very helpful. Your ability to listen not only to what I said, but what I did not say, was a real time-saver. You took the time to learn what my wife and I wanted and focused your attention on that. Your patience was commendable. Despite looking for a home with you for over six months, you never once groaned, moaned, or claimed irritation at the hours spent. You are one of those hard-working people who, when asked to jump, come back and ask "how high?"
Last, but not in any way least, you clearly shine at the bottom-line. I worked with you on
three different transactions. The first fell through due to circumstances neither of us could control. Your handling of that failure was excellent. The second transaction involved the successful purchase of our home. Here your true negotiating skills shined and your handling of the issues that came up during the inspection showed your professionalism and skills at handling delicate situations.
We got the home we wanted at the price we wanted. Bottom-line. The third transaction involved the rental of our former home -- which you succeeded in renting out at full asking price on the first day the unit was listed. Again, great bottom-line results.
There is not much more to say. I recommend you to everyone I meet. I am a true fan. Also, as to that comment on your answering machine about wanting to be your customer's realtor-for-life -- count me in.
David M. Silverberg
Aestiva Software, Inc.
To Whom It May Concern:
We have just recently closed escrow on a property we owned in the Hollywood Riviera. Our real estate agent was Igor Nastaskin, whom we had never met. We had read many of his newsletters and finally decided to contact him about selling our property. We live a thousand miles away so all of our contact with Igor was going to be by phone, e-mail or fax. He promptly made arrangements to inspect the property and to give us an approximate selling price. He also included an estimate of the repairs needed to satisfy a lending agency. We were surprised to see the estimated cost of the repairs, but figured that it was needed if we wanted to sell the place. Igor contacted a contractor he works with to begin the work on some changes that would be an improvement. The contractor purchased some materials and had them on the site. He was ready to begin work when Igor called us and said he had an interested buyer. The buyer was willing to buy the place as is, and quoted us a price. When we figured in the cost of the repairs and all the headaches that go with them, we decided to accept the offer.
Our tenants had moved out, so the place was going to be empty until escrow closed in January of 2010. Igor called us and said he had some clients who would be interested in renting the place for four months. We were amazed to get renters who would be willing to stay for such a short time. It was exactly what they needed and it helped us with expenses we had not anticipated.
It was an incredible experience to find out how much paper work it takes to sell a property in California, but again, Igor made it easy. He called and suggested that he would go over the papers with me to make sure we signed and intitialed them properly. That sounded good to me, and I was happy to have the help and guidance to sign a few papers. It turned out the few papers were a little over 100 pages and it took Igor and me two and one half hours, on his phone, to complete the task.
Igor contacted craftsmen to do different jobs on the place as needed. There was a plumber, a yard maintenance man and a handyman. They would call to do the work and Igor would meet them at the house to let him in and then make sure the place was locked after they left. He had done so much to take care of our place that I felt he deserved some compensation. He said, “Oh no Ed, that is all taken care of with the commission I’ll receive when the place closes escrow.” I know that is unusual, but that is the way Igor conducts his business.
When Igor says he will return your call, he means it and does it. He was at a seminar and was on a 15 minute break. During the break, he checked his phone for messages and saw that I had called. He called me back, answered my question and then apologized because he only had two more minutes of his break left and he needed to get back inside.
If those who read this are considering buying or selling a property, you can definitely look forward to working with Igor.
To Whom I t May Concern:
Our experience with Igor Nastaskin of Remax was awesome! From beginning to end, Igor walked us through, not only the buying process, but helped us lease our new property as well. He made sure that all the "t's" were crossed and all the "i's" were dotted... basically, he did above and beyond what was asked of him... even when he was in a leg cast. He made our experience a relaxing one and made sure that we were informed of everything. Thank you, Igor.... You are a class act!
All The Best!
D & A
(Rolling Hills Estates)
October 14, 2009
We would like to thank you on behalf of the Lyon Family for your very professional sale of our childhood home.
We appreciate your compassion in dealing with what was probably a delicate situation for you, interacting with a family in the process of liquidating assets and selling a longtime (62 years) family home shortly after the death of its beloved owner.
Due to our personal attachment, we were initially skeptical of your market analysis and placed a sale price we felt we owed to our father. Within a short time, however, it became apparent that your analysis was very accurate for today’s timeline and sales market. The house sold shortly after conforming to your market analysis.
We also appreciate your ability to deal with all the various matters that we as out of town executors would have had much difficulty in achieving. Your “team of people” saved us much time and travel, and your keeping us abreast of what was needed and what was going on, made the flow of the sale much better than we expected.
Thank you again for all your help. We would definitely recommend you to anyone we know for any real estate needs in your area.
Gary and Janet Lyon
To: Igor Nastaskin….the hardest working agent in the Riviera…maybe in California.
I am the trustee of a Family Trust and have spent the last two years working with accountants, attorneys, appraisers and agents. It has been a long and very stressful road. I live in San Diego and had to do a lot of work long distance. The only part that has been smooth and stress free has been listing the family home with Igor.
From the first interview with him to the final closing of escrow, things were unbelievably easy. He returned every phone call and email promptly. I never had to wait around and wonder when he would return messages. Never once!
He was very patient with me and answered all of my questions in a kind and friendly manner. He went above and beyond in having repairs done at the last minute and did a wonderful job of staging the home for showing.
I felt totally taken care of during the entire process of selling the house. I wish he were in the San Diego area….I would recommend him to everyone I know!
I can’t Thank You enough for everything you did for me with this sale.
Jeanne Rory Hopper
December 21, 2008
To Whom It May Concern:
I had to sell my mother’s house as part of her estate this last August, and practically all the neighbors my husband and I spoke with advised us to speak with Igor, no matter who else we might be considering as a listing agent. It proved to be some of the very best advice we ever received on any subject. Not only is Igor extremely knowledgeable about real estate in general, his specialty is the Hollywood Riviera (as his business cards and flyers advertise), and we doubt if there is a single person working in the Riviera real estate arena whom he doesn’t know or at least know of.
In addition to his extensive knowledge, Igor is patient and courteous beyond measure. We never asked a question he made us feel stupid or embarrassed for asking, he never spoke negatively of anyone else, and always returned our calls in a timely fashion. He suggested everything from the listing price to how we should showcase the house to the target buyers, well, practically everything. After the house had been on the MLS for three weeks we received our first offer in late October, and a couple of days later a second offer. We followed Igor’s advice concerning negotiations with the potential buyers, and it seemed as if he was reading their minds. The individual who made the second offer accepted our counter offer (very close to the asking price), and less than 30 days later we closed escrow (at the buyer’s urging; escrow was originally set for 45 days). For anybody reading this letter in the future, be sure to recall that in the last portion of 2008 the real estate market was in the midst of an extreme economic downturn. It was not at all uncommon for houses to sit unsold for months on end, if they ever sold at all, and perhaps the first time ever more repossessed homes were selling than “normal” homes. For my mom’s house to sell at near asking price only three weeks after being on the MLS, well, if it wasn’t a miracle it was certainly working with the very best realtor in the area who was able to handle all the pressure and seemingly potential crisis with grace and aplomb so as to appear to be a miracle worker. If you want to work with a true professional and the very best in the business, work with Igor. Trust his experience and advice as we did, and with the slightest bit of luck you will be as satisfied as we are.
Peggy and Augustin Stucker
November 14, 2008
To whom it may concern:
I had interviewed four real estate agents before selecting Igor Nastaskin to sell my parents home. Igor had a great plan to sell their home and used opportunities that presented to sell the home quickly. Igor kept me updated weekly via phone as I live in Ohio.
He was able to deflect problems that arose to hamper the sale in a professional and personal manner. I believe he takes a personal interest in his chosen profession and it shows in his concern for this transaction. He got the most money feasible for me and I appreciate his efforts.
September 4, 2008
Chris and I would really like to thank you for all the work you did in helping us sell our home. We have never found a realtor who was willing to work as hard and as long as you did. Your efforts made the difference and our house sold - even in a very difficult market.
Thanks for the extra effort.
Eric A. Lillo
ODE TO IGOR
All the folks here in Torrance like Igor a lot -
If you ask in Redondo, they say he is "hot" -
Way up on the hill and down on the sand,
Igor sells houses like nobody can!
Your house is decrepit; the walls all need paint -
If they saw the bathroom, a buyer might faint!
There is mold in the kitchen, the carpet is wet -
"We want $2.4 million and our price is set!"
Igor does not blink, does not gasp or chortle -
(He has patience beyond the average mere mortal).
"Some flowers, new windows, crown moldings up here",
"Let's take down that big neon sign that says "BEER".
All the carpenters, plumbers and painters begin -
Soon the place is all tidy and neat as a pin.
The home is ready for sale, and now up goes the sign -
FOR SALE by IGOR - and it looks mighty fine.
Interest is plummeting, prices might fall -
The prices are up, but the margins are small.
The market swings wildly, first up and then down -
Igor handles it calmly with nary a frown.
Then, words that make homeowner's hearts start to soar -
"We've got an offer" - who could ask for more?
Your eyes seek out Igor for his sage advice -
If he says it's a "go", then that is the price.
And now come inspections and numbers galore -
"Contingencies", "payoffs" and forms by the score -
Initials go there and now signatures here -
Follow Igor, your leader - and you have no fear.
From the very first day to the very last crate,
Igor stands by you and, man - he is great.
When you're done and exhausted, laying out in the sun -
"I told you", says Igor, "Now wasn't that fun?"
To Whom it May Concern:
I would like to thank Igor Nastaskin for providing us with exceptional service on the sale of our Redondo Beach property. He was professional, personable and his attentiveness to the needs of the estate was unparalleled. He provided both excellent contacts and accurate analysis in a challenging market. Though conducting business form out of state, I had ample evidence of the outstanding manner in which matters were handled in my absence. In addition, I feel that both buyer and seller were honorably served as he worked within the stringent guidelines required by an estate transaction. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone.
I want to Thank You so very much for helping me sell my home in Torrance. You helped me out tremendously from the very beginning by staging my home and even bringing some of your own things. I couldn’t believe it sold in less than a week! Then you helped me find my new home which we just love. You helped me to the very end and I can’t Thank You enough! I felt like you were my guardian angel. I would and will recommend you to my family, friends and clients. You are a wonderful person.
October 15, 2007
I just want to let you know how much Lori and I appreciate the wonderful job you did handling the sale of our house. From our first meeting we were convinced you were the realtor to handle the sale. You met and exceeded our expectations; from your ideas of staging the house and the help of your team of professionals. I felt like Lonnie the painter was part of the family. It's refreshing how proactive and caring you are about getting the house on the market. You do all the homework and helped prepare our house for the market. I'm sure your all your work enabled us to sell our house for full price even before it hit the market.
We would also like to thank Britt for being so helpful with handling things for us while we were out of town looking for our retirement home. Any time I had a question she was prompt and helpful with her answers. You guys are the bomb!!!
Thanks again for everything and I will highly recommend your services to anyone I know selling in the future.
Mark and Lori Heskett
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all the help you provided in the recent sale of my old home and the purchase of my new home. There is little doubt in my mind that none of these transactions would have taken place without your tireless assistance, advice and hand holding.
I will not soon forget the efforts you put forth in finding my new home. Instead of just monitoring lists of homes for sale, you took the proactive approach and canvassed my desired neighborhood looking for the type of home I wanted to purchase. Through your efforts, you found a Seller who had just put an offer on a new home that very day. Without your aggressive approach and old fashioned work ethic, my new dream home would have remained just that, a dream. Now, my family and I wake up in exactly the type of home we had hoped to live in when we thought about moving last year.
Although your efforts at finding my new home went beyond my expectations, the work and assistance you provided in the sale of my old home was even more impressive. You were able to assist me in repairing and preparing my home for sale with such completeness, that I never had to worry whether necessary work was scheduled or completed. You communicated with me often to keep me abreast of work that was underway and as importantly, your wealth of contacts with reputable contractors and repairmen, allowed me to prepare my home for sale without much mental effort. You not only acted as my realtor, but also as my general contractor (at no extra charge).
The results of your effort were displayed when my home sold without even being listed. Moreover, despite the difficult credit market, you were able to assuage all of my concerns and the sale of my home occurred as scheduled.
In sum, our time together working these two transactions has forever changed my view of realtors. Your professional demeanor, depth of knowledge, and wealth of contacts not only ensured that both transactions would be completed, but gave me a sense that I was dealing with a true real estate professional who excellently handled my real estate needs. This allowed me to focus on my family and my real job during what is always a trying time.
Once again I want to thank you for all that you have done. I can honestly say that your efforts not only resulted in two successful real estate sales, but permanently changed the quality of life for me and my family. For this I will always be grateful.
July 23, 2007
You’re the man! I appreciate all of your assistance with the sale of my house. This was the first time that I have sold a piece of property and you and your team did a great job in making this a very effortless and profitable experience.
At our first meeting, you did an outstanding job in evaluating and explaining the process of selling a house. You told me what I needed to do to prepare the house so that it would be attractive for potential buyers. I took your recommendations and within two weeks I had an offer very close to the asking price. A week later, I received a solid backup offer over the asking price! I was impressed because I have seen similar size houses in my neighborhood on the market for much longer.
I used many of your referrals for getting the house ready: landscaper, electrician, cleaning service and home inspection service. They were all professional and I liked the work of the landscaper so much that I used him for another property.
Your office manager, Britt Quandt, did an exceptional job with organizing the finishing touches on the house. Her positive spirit took the stress out of the final days of escrow.
Thank you again and I will definitely use your services in the future. I will recommend you to anyone who wants my advice.
June 1, 2007
I am very happy that my transaction was completed smoothly, in a timely manner, with your professional help.
As a first time buyer, I had no knowledge of what a competitive market analysis is, and had no idea of how to make an offer.
You guided me step-by-step. You were very prompt in answering my calls or e-mail even if it was a trivial question.
After dealing with you, my anxiety quickly turned into trust. It became much less of a burden to deal with the confusing bulky documents.
Your skillful negotiation with the seller as my agent was very much appreciated. Your help in referral to an inspector or even to a handyman were very valuable.
Your sincere assistance made my life transition very smooth. I, also, would like to thank your office manager, Britt Quandt, for her efficient cooperation as a team.
I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who needs your expert knowledge and kindness.
Thank you, and I am enjoying every moment here at my new Torrance home.
April 17, 2007
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did in handling my Mom’s condo sale. Even though we have never met personally, I could not be more pleased with your professionalism, in particular keeping me completely informed at ALL times, from the initial listing until the final closing on April 3rd.
The previous agent we had did very little for over a year and I always had to call her to get any info. I never called you once to obtain status, as you always kept us totally informed as to what was going on. As you are well aware, this past year had been extremely trying in the real estate market, which makes your performance even more remarkable.
So I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all your efforts and I would highly recommend your services.
January 4, 2007
This letter is a heart felt thank you have done for our family. Not only were you the most professional, competent and ethical business man we have ever dealt with, you went way beyond that. Your dedication to your client and your true desire to help everyone make the best decisions for their life makes you an usual and admired man.
Several families in the Hollywood Riviera area recommended you to us when we decided to sell our home in Redondo Beach and move in to the Riviera area. After our initial meeting with you we knew we had made the right decision. You came fully prepared with a dossier on yourself, the community and the market. We were impressed that you had expertise in many areas, including finances, interior decorating and staging furniture.
As the real estate market had changed dramatically in the past six months, all of your knowledge helped immensely in selling our home. We had a unique property and you were able to target interested buyers with your understanding of the market and the South Bay area. Your determination to do the best work in every area and your extensive research to maximize results really paid off. With many properties sitting on the MLS for months we were so happy that we received offers as soon as we did and were able to sell quickly. We truly believe that if we had listed with another agent it would have taken at least twice as long.
Not only were you great at selling our house, you were instrumental in helping us find the perfect new home. You spent a lot of time and effort in getting to know our family and lifestyle. What was important to us became important to you. I know you showed me at least two dozen homes that I had expressed interest in and finally you said “let me show you a house that I think would be good for you.” Well, you were right; it was the perfect house for us. But you did not stop there. You had us talk to the neighbors, check out the parks and surrounding community, and really made sure that we were making the right decision.
One of the things we came to love about you is that we never felt rushed. You always made us feel that our issues were important and you truly listened to what we had to say. You always were available to discuss concerns or problems and in every instance you came up with solutions for us. We know you worked tirelessly many evenings to review our paperwork and contracts. You represented us as though you were doing it for your own family.
Igor, again, we can never really express how grateful we are for this and all the other many things that you did for us that went way above the scope of a realtor. I could go on and on about your character, your ethics and your kind nature. You will always be our “realtor for life”, and our friend.
Jason & Carla Morgan
(Redondo Beach/Hollywood Riviera)
To Whom It May Concern:
Igor Nastaskin was the listing agent on our house at 5308 Calle Mayor in the Riviera. Our house sold within four days due, we are sure to his great marketing. His photos of our property were spectacular. Not only did we think so, but we had other agents raving about his flyers.
We gave Igor a certain area in San Pedro where we would like to live, and he canvassed that area until he found what we wanted. He became the listing and selling agent of that property. We couldn’t have been happier. Because of Igor’s professionalism, both escrows ran smoothly and closed on time.
We recommended him to friends who were thinking of selling their house. They listed with Igor and were just as pleased with his services s we were.
We highly recommend Igor and would use him again if we should ever need a realtor’s services. He would be our only choice.
Steve & Cathie Mearing
(Hollywood Riviera/San Pedro)
Just a note of thanks for everything you did to help get us into the Hollywood Riviera (and out of our house on Scott St). You mad e the entire process so much less stressful and things all worked out perfectly.
Everyday I drive by our Riviera Home and smile with excitement for our move-in. And everyday I am so grateful for our “SOLD” sign on Scott (and so many others are not!) Many, many Thanks Igor!
~The Wooldridge Family
We want to express our gratitude for the remarkable job you
did in selling our home in the Hollywood Riviera. It sold very
quickly and everything, including the formidable paper work
documentation was handled in an efficient, professional manner,
making the process much easier for us than expected.
We found your advice on preparing our home for prospective
buyers by use of "staging" , to be valuable and effective in
producing good results. In fact, it resulted in our receiving
offers substantially higher than our asking price ! And your timing for putting our
house on the market turned out to be just right. This took care of
our worries about waiting a long time for a sale.
You and your associates volunteered to do all manner of services
for us, whether it was moving boxes into our garage for temporary
storage, disposing of unwanted items, some important packing,
facilitating required home inspections, or dealing with other
important aspects of the escrow.
We could not have been more pleased with your handling of the
sale of our beautiful home in the Riviera and have recommended you to
our many friends and neighbors.
Monty and Lillian Koslover
May 2, 2006
To Whom It May Concern:
Over the years I had received many issues of Igor’s Real Estate news and always found the articles, advertisements, etc… of interest, especially “The Hollywood Riviera Trivia”.
When it was time to sell my mother’s home in Torrance, my brother, Tim Shanta, and I decided upon Igor after interviewing several other realtors.
We were both extremely please with Igor’s professionalism, marketing and advertising skills and with him being available throughout the whole process and sale, always with our best interest at heart. He gave us insight in to what potential buyers would be looking for and followed though with helping us achieve a final produce that would be marketable at the best price.
Igor and Britt Quandt, his assistant, we always available to help us through the process and made it much easier. Our mother’s home was sole within a week!
Thanks again, Igor, for your professionalism and making this sale easier than Time and I ever anticipated.
Yvonne and Tim Shanta
April 17, 2006
I was so pleased at the way you handled the sale of my home of forty-two years at 5512 Calle De Ricardo, Torrance, CA. Thank you for the professionalism you showed. I loved the way you had the house “spruced up’ for the sale.
As a recent widow, I was so please you contacted my son, Andrew, and relieved me of a great deal of worry. Andrew is a capable businessman and speaks of you highly too.
If we can do anything for you any way, let us know.
Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you!
I am still amazed at your dedication and rare talent to unselfishly give your time and effort to help anyone find a home. You truly are a great individual.
I have known you for a little over 5 years and you have always provided me with very sound advice. The last couple of years have been extremely frustrating with other agents. Honestly, I always felt trapped under their grip. All the other agents I worked with sold me on empty promises and it became increasingly frustrating when homes were shown to me in locations that did not interest me or conditions of homes that were hideous.
Not until recently, did I call upon your services to help me find a home. Looking back when we started, I remember feeling motivated again. The majority of homes you showed me either met my requirements or exceeded them. Unfortunately for me, others were interested in them as well. You did a great job getting to know my needs and financial constraints and kept me motivated to be in the hunt. I knew with you that I would find a home. When we did, we confidently went through the motions….until we got to the inspection process and I got cold feet. After discussing my concerns, you went (way) above and beyond to address them. I still don’t know how you did it, but you took the lead to make all parties involved satisfied. To this day, I enjoy my home and more importantly I am excited of the location.
When I refer you to friends and family, it is great pleasure to confidently describe your excellent work ethic. Below are examples of my thoughts (to name a few):
- Personable, catered to my needs
- Had my best interests in heart, not just trying to “close a deal”
- Discouraged the purchase of a home that would not fit my needs long term
- Went above and beyond the call of realtor buyer relationships
- Sacrificed your time by showing me the surrounding area
- A very pleasant and positive, grateful experience
Igor, I look forward to working with you again.
Truly a pleasure and keep up the good work,
Milt and I want to wish you Happy Holidays and thank you so much for being a terrific realtor for us. We couldn’t be happier with the house and the neighborhood. This has been a perfect fit! We will always be grateful for your patience and good humor especially with the long escrow. I truly believe that “good things come to those who wait.” We are fortunate to have you as a trusted friend and realtor.
We look forward to when we can all sit down and enjoy a wonderful dinner, enjoying each other’s company in less hectic circumstances.
Warm Regards this holiday season,
Milt and Chris
I just wanted to express our gratitude for the job you did in selling our home. We could not be more pleased with the outcome and are extremely happy as to who will be moving into our home. We have lived here for almost 30 years so we really wanted to find the perfect buyer as this home has played such an important role in our lives.
If you remember, we were not sure if we were going to move at all. We were contemplating on moving out of the area so we vacillated back and forth as to what we were going to do. We finally decided to build a home which presented problems as the timing of selling our present home and being able to move into our new home. You were always very calm and patient with our circumstances and never tried to push us in any one direction.
After interviewing several agents, we decided to go with you based on several factors with the primary ones being you closely listened to our particular situation and know the Riviera area very well. Listening to clients sounds easy but you would be surprised in the number of agents who attempt to persuade their terms to the client.
Both of us met you when you first started in real estate years ago and were impressed when you were canvassing the area introducing yourself to the neighborhood. We liked the fact that you never once pressured us to make a decision on the spot but allowed us to make the decision based on a schedule we were comfortable with.
No job was too big or too small and you always voluntarily offered your services whether it was helping move furniture into our garage, offering your garage as a temporary storage, meeting the termite fumigation company when we were out of town, suggestion contractors or whatever was needed to get the job done in a professional and timely manner.
As you were aware, the timing of this transaction certainly presented a challenge to you. We required a very long escrow. The buyers also asked for a long escrow on their end so it was a perfect match. Again, we could not be more pleased with the new homeowners and they will be a great fit into the Riviera neighborhood.
In closing, you and your team are to be congratulated for a job that exceeded our expectations. It was a very painless process and we will always recommend you for anyone looking to sell or buy a home in our Hollywood Riviera neighborhood.
Kelly and Mary Stark
To Whom it May Concern:
After living in North Redondo for the last 18 years, my wife and I decided to move to a quiet neighborhood. We started our search throughout the South Bay and we discovered the Hollywood Riviera. We immediately fell in love with the Riviera and knew this is where we wanted to live. We soon realized how difficult it would be to purchase a home in this area because when property is listed there are multiple offers and they fly off the shelf. We knew in order to get our dream house we needed a realtor that knew this area well.
We then started to interview realtors in the area. After a few weeks we narrowed the search and thought we found our realtor. Then, by chance, I ran into Igor at an open house. After I spoke to him for an hour I knew he would be our realtor. We found the house that we wanted and it too had multiple offers, with Igor’s expertise he was able to out bid all others. Now that the offer had been accepted we had to rush and sell our house because we had a 45 day escrow. Igor sat down with us and crunched numbers to maximize the sale price of our house. We were a little nervous because we thought the price was a little high and we did not want it to sit on the market fro a long time. Igor assured us that it would sell. It went on the MLS on Friday late afternoon and we had a full price offer on Saturday morning.
From start to finish we were elated that we choose Igor to purchase and sell our homes. He is honest, professional, and has so much knowledge of the area. He has many contacts for repairs, handy-work, loan agents, etc… Igor is always available; whenever we had questions or concerns he was always there. When any issues came up Igor always had a solution.
Not only is Igor a great Realtor, he has become a great friend.
Enrique & Denice Castro
(Hollywood Riviera/Redondo Beach)
To Whom It May Concern:
We love our Realtor, Igor Nastaskin, who represented us in our quest to purchase a dream home in Hollywood Riviera.
After we moved into the home which we purchased, we stuck a post-it note on a mirror, and, over several months, we have been using it to write the reasons we appreciate Igor:
Igor Nastaskin is professional, responsible, systematic, reliable, persistent, trustworthy, and polite. He is a really nice guy, he does not bug us, he has ESP, and he is the best person in the real estate business.
We can honestly make this statement even though we are certainly the most difficult buyers that have ever been involved in a real estate transaction. In spite of our shortcomings, Igor kept his cool and he navigated our path through the maze to reach our goal without a single cross word.
Our only regret is that we did not find Igor earlier in our search for our dream home.
Clinton Eull and family
To Whom It May Concern:
After interviewing different realtors, we decided to ask Igor Nastaskin to sell our home on Paseo de Pablo. Igor has lived in the Hollywood Riviera for many years and since it is his “farm” area, he is knowledgeable of the different homes and the local property market. When we interviewed Igor, he presented a very detailed analysis of the value of our home by comparing it with recent home sales, adding and subtracting value for different features to arrive at a realistic asking price range.
He also offered to perform, at his expense, up-front termite report and home inspection reports to minimize surprises later on in the process.
Igor possesses Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) credentials allowing him to stage clients’ homes so that they sell faster and for the maximum price. He spent time advising us on some adjustments that we could make so that the home would show at its best. We fixed a future date for the house to go on the market and spent some time following the recommendations that Igor had made to show our house at its best.
Throughout the process of selling our home, Igor and Britt, his assistant, worked with a team of professionals to get the job done. We discussed the pricing and timing of any work to be done and they took care of the details. They oversaw all of the home visits so that our time away from our workplaces was kept to a bare minimum.
When the time came to put our home on the market, Igor held a broker’s open house that was extremely well attended to expose the property to as many people as possible. Although we opted not to have a regular open house, we made the house available to any broker who wished to preview or show the home to their clients.
After one short weekend, we received multiple offers on the property including some above our asking price. Igor gave us sound advice on which offer to accept based on price and the motivation of the buyers. His skill was also invaluable in countering and clarifying the contingencies so that we could increase our chances of a successful close of escrow. Although Igor always left the final decisions to us, he was ready to advise and guide us throughout the process.
Igor is involved in the entire process, not just the sale of the home. Even after we had sold our home, he was willing to help us. We are not planning to purchase another home right away and were looking for a suitable rental in the area. Igor made helpful suggestions regarding the timing of finding somewhere, places to look for houses to rent and he also took time to show us some rental properties. We were not intending to take the option to rent back our home until Igor negotiated with the buyers’ agent to rent back at a price that was agreeable to all parties.
This has been the smoothest home sale that we have experienced. Igor is a true professional, knows his job and has a good sense of humor that makes working with him a joy.
If you are thinking of selling your home in the Hollywood Riviera or further afield, we recommend Igor Nastaskin as your “full service” realtor. He has in-depth knowledge of the area and will work hard to get the best deal for you.
Heartfelt Thanks Igor,
Richard and Jenny Gough
December 18, 2005
This is just a letter of thanks and appreciation for all you did for me during the most difficult time of my life. At the time of my husband’s illness you took over for me and were ever so helpful during the sale of my house at 1725 W. 247th Place, Lomita, CA. You really stepped up to the plate and took care of getting the house ready to be put on the market, you found a buyer in a very short time frame, keeping in touch every step of the way through escrow, etc… You and your staff were all so nice, the extra phone calls from you and Britt were ever so very thoughtful and the flowers you sent after Bill passed away were so very beautiful. Thank you again and remember if you ever come to Arizona, please look me up. I’d like to meet you in person.
To Whom It May Concern:
When my Uncle, who had a home in Torrance, passed away I was elected to administer the Estate. As I live in Arizona, this presented a few hurdles. I had to do everything long distance and had to rely on my team (Attorney, Realtor, etc.) to be my extended eyes, ears, etc. in California.
I called a friend of the family in CA who was our realtor when we lived there, but is now retired. She referred me to Igor. The biggest part of settling my Uncle’s estate was getting his home sold. This meant that my realtor had to be very reliable, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. Igor was all this and more.
As my Uncle left no will, this presented even further complications. Now, we all know how busy attorneys can get. Igor truly was a second source of information for me regarding probate home sales. Not only was he completely knowledgeable and able to educate me, he was able to guide my attorney through the process as well.
So, even before I was able to legally list the home, Igor was able to fill me in on the process and what we had to do.
Once we got past the court appointment, and were able to get the house listed, Igor got me a full price, “As Is” offer right away! He reviewed the offer and advised me on its upsides and downsides so I could make an informed decision.
The sale of the home was absolutely smooth and I know a lot of this was Igor’s doing. He was firm but friendly with the buyers to make sure they held to deadline and stuck to their agreements throughout the entire process.
He and his staff were readily available anytime for questions.
I’ve run into several stumbling blocks and had people really drop the ball on me throughout this estate administration. Through it all, though, I had one steady, stable reliable constant – Igor. I felts assured that even if everything else took three times more effort on my part than it should, the home sale was competently handled.
I would, without hesitation, refer Igor Nastaskin to anyone for any home sale situation. This was no ordinary, simple, home sale and Igor handled it with the utmost professionalism, speed, and accuracy.
May 25, 2005
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of referral. Sandra and I believe that you are the greatest real estate agent on this planet!
I decided to invite you to interview for the job of selling our home for three reasons: 1) I had seen several strong referral letters in your monthly newsletter, 2) You had your name on the most signs in the neighborhood, and 3) I had remembered that you knocked on my door to introduce yourself about a year earlier. You presented yourself well and showed initiative.
Then there was the interview. You were well prepared with an impressive history of all your transactions going back several years, including referral letters and phone numbers. You had samples of your flyers and newspaper ads. You were clear on how you would market our home. Also, several of your recent sales resulted in multiple offers in a short period of time. And you were able to dispel several concerns that we had about the timing of selling our home while looking for a new home.
The contract was written with a contingency to protect us regarding the finding of a suitable replacement property. After signing the contract, an amazing amount of work was completed in the next 7 days. This included the removal of clutter, repair of broken tiles, painting where necessary inside and out, and some cosmetic landscaping.
Then the signs went up. Six days later there were multiple offers, and in another two days we were in escrow with a well qualified buyer. We were very impressed with your negotiating skill and your assessment of the offers after reviewing all available qualifying information.
You were always available and always did what you said you were going to do. And you were able to resolve any concerns that we had throughout the process.
Igor, thank you for a job well done. We highly recommend you as the most qualified real estate professional in the South Bay.
Richard and Sandra Adam
Thank you for assisting us in the sale of our old home and the purchase of our new home. Both transactions went very well. Your knowledge of Hollywood Riviera real-estate proved invaluable in pursuing the house we now call home. Your attention to detail made a very challenging time feel very manageable.
We would also like to thank your assistant, Britt. We appreciated her professionalism and positive attitude.
Brian, Linda, Brett, Ian & Sean
To Whom It May Concern:
This is to offer some insight into top quality support provided to our family by Igor Nastaskin.
We were thinking about a major renovation to our home in Palos Verdes Estates when we met Igor. He helped us in many ways. First, Igor helped us establish clear objectives, which included selling our home and buying another in the area. Our plan was to move to a smaller home, taking advantage of historically low mortgage rates while locking in a reasonable gain on our property.
Igor convinced us that we could get the price we wanted for our house without spending the money we had budgeted for the planned renovations, and he was right. He sold the house in six days at our asking price! We were then faced with the need to move to another home in the immediate area, and Igor found the perfect house for us within a few weeks, and it is only about 2 miles from our old home.
Throughout the process, Igor was there for us. He was extremely helpful at certain critical points in the negotiations for bout our sale and our purchase. Sometimes, emotions can run high, but Igor was able to keep both transactions running smoothly, making some innovative suggestions along the way that both sides were able to work with.
Finally, Igor was always available to share his knowledge of the area and the real estate market with us. He spent many hours of his weekend time working with us on the specifics of out transactions, and his help was invaluable. After the close on our new home, Igor was able to provide us with names of various professionals who helped us get our home improvement projects underway.
The best tribute to Igor is that he became a friend during this process, and I know that we will be able to count on him when the time comes to sell and move on. Thanks Igor!
~John M. Oakes
(Palos Verdes Estates)
November 30, 2004
To Whom It May Concern:
There are not enough words in our vocabulary that can describe how we feel about Igor!
He handled three real estate transactions simultaneously this year for us; and how he juggled everything, still amazes us!
It started out with him listing our dad’s (who had passed away during the holidays of 2003) house in Country Hills. Then low and behold, we find a dream home in Rancho Mirage at the same time, and of course, we needed representation on purchasing that home and selling our home in Hollywood Riviera. Never did we dream that we could pull this off, three homes in escrow at the same time!
We knew we had the right realtor when 14 offers came in for our dad’s house, and all over, the asking price!
Igor had a buyer for our home in Hollywood Riviera even before signing the listing; he is just so amazing!
What really was remarkable was how all the closings went smooth and quickly! He had coordinated this so well. Not even a glitch!!
“Real estate agent” just doesn’t seem to be the right title for Igor! He is truly a professional in the real estate field! Igor has so much more to offer his clients than just selling real estate. Maybe ‘Realtor of All Trades” best describes Igor! He has such an outstanding background both personally and professionally that is just beyond belief!
In the middle of these transactions, we had a 7-day cruise to the Caribbean planned; however, we had to cancel. We had the special insurance if something should happen to us medically, etc., but buying and selling real estate did not fall into any of the categories to get a refund. We decided to give our trip away. After discussing this, we decided on donating it to a Cystic Fibrosis recipient. Igor was like “Woody Woodpecker”! Getting the cruise ship to accept this offer was another story; but Igor made it happen! Through one of his realtors, he found a young man of 18 who was just getting ready to graduate from high school; he and his mother went on this cruise and with the help of Igor and his associate arranging for and paying for the air fare and hotel; this young man had the time of his life. As a matter of fact, it was a wonderful experience for all of us involved.
Igor by far is our “life realtor”! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions; without a doubt, Igor Nastaskin should be your realtor!
Jerry and Liz Brannon
(Hollywood Riviera/Torrance/Rancho Mirage)
To Whom It May Concern,
As a real estate agent, Igor Nastaskin has set a new standard for us.
As most first-time homebuyers, we started our hunt for a home by searching for listings in the area we were interested in. Once we found a listing that appealed to us, we called the listing agent. Another approach was to drive around the neighborhoods that we liked until we found a home with a sign out front with a listing agent’s telephone number.
The short and sweet of it is that the process by which most people come upon a real estate agent is random. Most of them are friendly enough, but that’s what you’d expect from any agent; they’re making money from you. After a while, you observe that most of them are really ingratiating, because they’re only interested in making the sale, regardless whether the home suits you or not. They’re all sweet and smarmy, the facts flying fast and loose depending on what they think you want to hear.
Well, if you’re reading this then consider yourself lucky. You’ve finally met a decent real estate agent. An agent that really cares about you. An agent who will listen to your needs and consider them first before making an appointment for you to see a house. An agent who will not keep a plastered smile on his face all the while aggressively ramming a house, you absolutely hate, down your throat. An agent who is nothing like the realtor wife in “American Beauty.”
Igor is down to earth. He’s sweet without being ingratiating, thoughtful without being condescending, resourceful without being pushy, and most important of all helpful without being fake. If you’re already working with Igor, then this letter will put your mind at ease. If you haven’t decided yet then we’d highly recommend him to you.
Joseph Chiang and Glenda Marlow
To Whom it May Concern:
I met Igor Nastaskin through a mutual friend who bought a house through him before and gave me his phone number as well as excellent recommendations to go along with it. From the very first day when we started to look for the house of my dreams, Igor tired to make the process as convenient for me as possible. I am a Physician-Radiologist practicing in Los Angeles and needless to say, my hours are very unpredictable to say the least. Igor worked his schedule around mine and we frequently looked for the houses on Saturdays, Sundays, and during evenings. Now I know that my search took him away from his wonderful family and I feel very ashamed of it but nevertheless extremely grateful.
After we found a Hollywood Riviera house (and boy, what a house it is) and went through what many consider the most stressful time – contingency and escrow – Igor simply amazed me by his ability to get things done, issues to be resolved and things to be taken care of in such a way that all sides were happy (which I did not think humanly possible). He was always available by phone call or e-mail no matter what time of the day it was (though I tried not call after 2 a.m.) And most of all when he gave me his word that things will be done – they were done and that element of trust that was built throughout the whole process is absolutely priceless.
In conclusion, I have a new house and a great new friend (talk about Hollywood endings). I offer my highest recommendation for Igor Nastaskin without any hesitations.
KEEP IT UP IGOR
Vadim Tsesim, MD
November 14, 2004
Now that we have settled into our new home, my wife and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the wonderful job you did in handling our real estate transactions of selling our house in Manhattan Beach and finding our new house in San Pedro.
We wanted to thank you for taking the time to show us 40 homes. The one day when you showed us 15 homes was above and beyond the call the call of duty, and a record which I’m sure will stand for quite a while!
You really worked very hard to find us the perfect house. You asked us for a list of our wants and needs, and managed to find a house that fit them all 9including the spectacular view, as well as my “command center”). You are truly amazing! We were so impressed with your dedication and attention to every detail. You were our “Russian Hovercraft,” and we are still convinced that you never sleep. You managed to get us through all the hurdles, and keep us sane through the whole ordeal. You kept telling us that things would work out, and you, of course, were absolutely correct.
We’re very happy with you new home. We had the front yard and courtyard landscaped, and we’ve just had new windows and doors installed. We can’t wait to have you and your wife over.
We are so impressed wit your work ethic that we would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who is buying or selling a home.
Robert & Cathy Billingsley
(Manhattan Beach/San Pedro)
October 25, 2004
To Whom It May Concern:
Igor Nastaskin helped my husband and me to buy the house of our dreams. I contacted Igor on a Monday because we had just looked at an open house the day before and we really wanted that house. We thought our house would be difficult to sell because we had listed it once before, in similar market conditions, but it had not sold. We were also concerned about whether we could interest the sellers of the house we wanted in our offer, when we had a house to sell. Igor warned us that, in all honesty, it might not be possible to buy the house we wanted. But we decided to try, after listening to Igor's strategy, and Igor immediately got to work.
We chose Igor for our realtor because we had noticed that he had sold several expensive homes in our area rather quickly. We were impressed by how nice these homes looked and how beautifully they were advertised. When Igor gave us a market analysis on our home, it was very thorough, with lots of comparisons of similar properties and specific reasons why our house should be listed at a particular price.
I asked Igor for advice on preparing our home for sale, and this is where Igor really shines. Igor provided detailed, specific recommendations, which we knew we needed, for decorating our home to show it off to best advantage.
Beyond that, Igor helped us with every aspect of the sale of our home and the purchase of our new house. Having not bought or sold real estate in over ten years, we were surprised at how much more complicated the whole process has become, but Igor was always available to answer our questions and help in any way he could.
We discovered some problems through the home inspection process and we nearly gave up on our purchase, but Igor always advised us to consider alternatives and negotiate. In the end we are very happy that we took Igor's advice.
If you are looking for a realtor to help you with a purchase or sale, we can recommend Igor Nastaskin without reservation. Nobody will work harder for you, be more available or more knowledgeable, or have a more positive outlook.
In this changing marketplace, our home sold in less than two weeks, for more than the asking price, with several competing offers. We have been in our new home for about three weeks now and we just love it. Driving back to our old neighborhood, we notice that the other houses that were for sale there when we listed our home are still for sale. We think that says it all.
Glenn and Kathy Gundlach
September 29, 2004
Dear Ms. Sanders (broker/owner of ReMax Palos Verdes Realty),
We thought you would like to know how delighted we were with the services of Igor Nastaskin, who sold our home on Calle Miramar in the Hollywood Riviera last April.
When Igor turned up on our doorstep a year and a half before we put our house on the market, the last person we wanted to see was another real estate agent. Since we were the last of the long-time residents, we had been contacted by agents every week for several years. However my husband assured me, “This one is different.”
Gradually, we placed our trust in Igor, and it was well-placed. He was positive, responsive to our needs, encouraging, knowledgeable, respected by others, persistent and so many other virtues.
As I said, if we had five houses for sale, we would have Igor handle all of them. He sold our home for an unprecedented amount, and we were very happy.
Hi assistant Britt, was also a delight. Very competent, quick to respond and pleasant to deal with.
Continued success to you and your excellent agency.
Kit and Peter McGregor
July 2, 2004
Thank you again for your assistance in the purchase of our house on Dalemead St. in Torrance.
Jessamine and I have now had the pleasure of working with you from both angles, as sellers first, and now also as buyers. Both are difficult and stressful, but in both cases you considerably eased our stress with your attention to detail and your consummate professionalism, not to mention your good humor.
I am gratified that our relationship went from a door knock back in early 2002 to a successful selling of our luxury home on Via El Chico, to now with the purchase of the new place.
The best reference is repeat business, and I can assure you that should we ever be in the market for a real estate professional again, I would call on you without even hesitating or interviewing other candidates. Someone who can do the job as skillfully and ethically as you is rare in any business.
I would be happy to talk to anyone who is considering you to represent them, and tell them how impressed I've been working with you.
April 2, 2004
At the risk of embarrassing him, there are realtors and there is Igor Nastaskin.
In terms of hard work, persistence, marketing skills, contacts, honesty, and win-win philosophy, he’s without peers.
He was unfailingly responsive to our needs, diplomatic, accessible, and positive minded.
If we had 5 houses to sell, we would have asked Igor to represent us in all of them.
His advice on how to best increase the salability of our house at 936 Calle Miramar, was invaluable.
We can recommend him without reservation.
Beside as my husband says:
“With a name like that, he’s got to be good!”
Kit & Peter McGregor
February 17, 2004
To Whom It May Concern,
I would like to commend Igor Nastaskin. Igor came to us on a recommendation from neighbors when we were preparing my mother-in-law’s home for sale. We has not even put it on the market when he brought us a buyer. Igor served as agent for both buyer and seller in our case. He worked diligently and with great energy to be completely fair and honest to both parties. Igor traveled to the home where my mother-in-law was living so she could sign the papers in comfort as she is ninety years old. He also took on the burden of seeing to necessary repairs for us. This was a big help as we live some distance away.
Igor’s professionalism and attention to detail was greatly appreciated. Plus we came to like him as the gentlemen he is. We would recommend Igor to anyone planning to buy or sell a home. Thank you Igor.
To Whom It May Concern:
My siblings and I hired Igor as our broker to handle the sale of my mother’s house after she passed away. My mother’s death was very difficult on my brother, sister and I. The family tension made me dread the selling of my mother’s house and I expected it to be a long arduous ordeal. To my relief, Igor Nastaskin turned out to be uniquely suited for handling such a difficult situation. Igor was the ultimate professional: easy to work with, experienced and efficient in all matters. He was personable yet forthright and respectful.
Igor was willing to do whatever it took to get the job done right, the process went surprisingly smoothly for my siblings and I. The sale for the house was quick and the price for which the house was sold for was considerably higher than the initial asking price. As it turned out, Igor is extremely knowledgeable in the real-estate business and well connected to sources which eventually met all our needs. He handled all the repair work on the house, made suggestions on what repairs to make, hired all the workers and supervised all the work. My siblings and I never even went to the house until all the work was complete and the result was that the house looked brand new. Consequently, the sale of the house was efficient, quick and painless with Igor doing most of the leg work. In the end, I felt that Igor had helped my brother, sister and I honor my mother’s wishes in the details of the house sale and that his efficiency had aided us in a time when all our energy had already been spent. What I especially appreciated was that he somehow managed to honor all three of us – my brother, sister and I, and dealt with the situation tactfully, professionally and efficiently. Igor worked beyond the call of duty to help my siblings and I deal with this situation effectively.
December 10, 2003
To Whom It May Concern:
Igor Nastaskin of RE/MAX Palos Verdes recently represented us as the buyers of a new residence in South Redondo Beach. Being “seasoned” in real estate transactions, we must say that this experience was the most professional of all!
Igor worked with us over 6 months in finding the right home. He is a great listener, and never showed us a property outside the parameters given to him. He is extremely knowledgeable about the market in the South Bay, and was able to share with us his perspective on the true value of homes in our price range. Igor’s education (MBA) also helped in terms of his negotiating skills. He is an extremely patient and kind man, and never lets down his genuine positive attitude when there are obstacles, or even on the occasions where our bids were countered or rejected.
He remained “on top of” the transaction at all times, informing us of critical deadlines along the way, coordinating correspondences between other (sellers’) agents, loan officers, escrow personnel, etc.
We are pleased with our new beautiful home; it meets all of our expectations. We are equally satisfied with our choice of Igor Nastaskin as our real estate agent. He is a great asset to anyone selling or buying property in the South bay area.
Alan & Angelina
May 1, 2003
We wanted to thank you personally for the exceptional job you did in both selling our Rolling Hills home as well as negotiating the purchase of our new home in the Hollywood Riviera. We presented you with complex real estate issues that required a high level of sensitivity, intelligence, and negotiating skills. Throughout the process, we found you to be hard working, detail oriented, methodical in your follow-up, and impressively knowledgeable about the nuances of home real estate sales, purchases, and escrow.
Igor, you never once dropped the ball despite juggling two complicated escrows with countless details and demanding buyers and sellers. On top of that, you were always easily accessible by phone and warm and engaging to work with. We have already given your name to several friends who are looking to buy property and we intend to call you again when we are ready for our next move. Thank you so much.
Rodolfo Garcia & Nancy Harjani
(Rolling Hills/Hollywood Riviera)
April 13, 2003
To Whom It May Concern:
Igor Nastaskin was the real estate agent who represented us in the sale of our home located in the Riviera section of Torrance / Redondo Beach. We found Igor to be not only hard working, but honest, dependable, and conscientious. He never pushed us into doing anything we were not ready for, but with kindness and affability worked with us for our benefit. His advice was right-on and helpful. Both of us were please with every aspect of Igor’s representation, and we recommend him very highly. No one could do better.
John & Margaret Randall
Feb. 14, 2003
We are writing this letter to commend Igor Nastaskin. We had an opportunity to work with him on the sale of our home and we were so surprised by his level of professionalism and his utmost degree of customer service.
Igor is not only “working” as a real estate agent, he is what every REAL ESTATE AGENT strives to be. He was never pushy, but he still managed to get his points across. He was always available whenever we needed him, whether for his professional opinion or for some friendly advice. He never let anything get in the way of his customer service, and for that we know why he is very successful in his field. We feel that everyone who has had a chance to deal with him in real estate would never, ever go with anybody else. His dealings with people demand a faithful following.
Andre and Malou Obalek
We appreciate very much the great job you did for us when you sold our home in Torrance. We will definitely highly recommend you to anyone we hear of who could use your assistance in the area.
Mike and Yoca Blankinship
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with great pleasure that we write this letter of recommendation for Igor Nastaskin.
We began our search for a new home about six month before we met Igor. During that time we viewed well over 100 homes and met countless agents. We even worked with one for a while until we realized that her commission and not our interests were her primary concern.
Then we met Igor and found exactly what it means to have someone who puts your needs as paramount in the purchase of something as special and personal as a home. He first made sure he understood what type of house would suit our many requirements. He perused the listings daily; bringing our attention to those houses he believed would interest us. He gave us his honest and valid opinions when we asked about various features, surrounding areas, streets, neighborhoods, etc. We also believe he shared our heartbreak when we had to cancel an escrow we were in because that house was found to be structurally unsound.
Igor called us one Saturday morning and said he had a listing he thought we should see. As soon as we entered the home we knew it was exactly what we were looking for.
Not only was he there for us through escrow, the inspections and closing, but even afterward. We always knew we could count on Igor to follow through on every detail from the largest to the smallest. He had a “guy” to recommend for whatever we needed; a roofer, plumber, handyman, etc. He was incredible.
Most of all, we admire and respect Igor for his integrity and honesty. He works hard for his clients and they benefit greatly. Igor wants his clients to be happy and if the others have the same experience with him as we did, they will be.
Raymond & Michelle
August 15, 2002
We wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did (and continue to do) as our real estate agent. We were impressed with every aspect of the sale. Everything from the listing presentation, marketing of our home, negotiating the sale, to the closing of escrow was handled in a very professional and courteous manner. Your honesty and high level of commitment are also greatly appreciated. We feel that you have gone above and beyond what is normally expected of an agent in both the sale of our home and our pursuit for a new home.
We wish you continued success and will highly recommend you to anyone we know who is looking to buy or sell a home! Please feel free to provide our name and number to prospective clients as a reference.
Thank you again!
Gregory & Tracey Yoshida
(Hollywood Riviera/Rolling Hills)
November 23, 2002
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a letter of recommendation for Igor Nastaskin who was my agent when I sold my condominium in Redondo Beach. Before putting my place on the market, I interviewed several agents and was very impressed by Igor’s professionalism; he provided well-documented and realistic comps and a detailed assessment of the costs as well as of the profits I could obtain from the sale. Even before I selected him, he came up with a flier that showed the place in a very attractive way.
Once my place was on the market, Igor’s assistance was impeccable. Before the opening of escrow, communication with Igor was regular and he presented the several offers I received in a very objective manner, leaving the final decision to my own criteria. After we opened escrow, at the inspection, my place showed some technical problems that gave the buyers cold feet, and they decided to cancel escrow. At that moment was when Igor’s advice and help proved invaluable: he put me in touch with professionals who inspected the place and who where able to perform the further inspections and repairs that were necessary.
While the repairs were performed, Igor showed his professionalism by preparing a detailed disclosure folder that he showed to all the buyers making an offer. For the second time, we opened escrow and that time it was a very smooth process that was closed the first week of November. During the last week before the closing of escrow, Igor’s assistance in dealing with the final paperwork was excellent; he worked as a perfect connection within the team formed by the buyer’s agent, the escrow officer, and me. In my final visit to the escrow office, the officer praised Igor’s performance as first rate.
I would like to show my appreciation towards Igor’s work by highly recommending him as a real estate agent to whomever may be considering selling or buying some property in the South Bay area.
March 28, 2002
Thank you for being our agent. When we listed our home with you in December, we were nervous about the market. We knew December could be a tough time to sell a house. However, you made all the difference. You really put us at ease. By pricing the house well and marketing it to hundreds of agents (and homeowners), we sold it quickly. We could not believe we received two full price offers in two days! And you represented us well in the negotiations. You kept us informed every step of the way and you always did it with a smile on your face.
Thank you Igor! We would certainly use your services again and would recommend you to anyone who asks.
All our gratitude,
Sandy and Jon Spallino