Recent Client Testimonials

We really appreciated Janie’s help as we found our dream home in Turtle Rock Irvine. We know that it is a very competitive housing market these days but she was able to work on our behalf to the best of her ability and negotiate with the sellers in our interest. She was friendly, social, knowledgeable, and accessible.

We were able to close and secure our dream house within 2 weeks. We appreciate everything she has done for us and our family and consider her now a friend too. We recommend Janie to those looking to buy or sell in the Irvine area in particular.


Ming & Vivian

Moving residences can be stressful in many ways.  Even happy moves come with their own set of challenges.  Following the death of my husband I made the difficult choice to move from my home of 52 years to a smaller place I could afford.  I knew it was time; but the issue of getting started held many factors I was unable to meet.  I had known Janie for some time, deeply respected her and liked her, but also know she handled more elaborate homes than the one I would be selling.  I finally telephoned Janie and she happily agreed to handle the sale.  She assisted me along in a firm but gentle way, providing me with the means and support in every way.  Janie went over the current market conditions and what needed to be done prior to putting my home on the market to get top dollar. Janie recommended the painters, termite repair and even staged my home, Janie was even kind enough to recommend movers and provided lunch for my moving crew.

I knew I had to downsize, but it still hurt to leave my home of 52 years.  Janie knew that time was of the essence to get my home on the market during a very good seller’s market.  She more than held my hand; she was always available to answer any questions I had. From the first meeting, to the smooth closing, Janie kept me informed every step of the way.

Few people have the ability to maintain that balance between professionalism, friendship, and productivity.  Janie has that talent and she uses it wisely.  My home sold in a matter of days at the highest price recorded for my area.  She vetted the buyers and smoothed all the road bumps.  I will be eternally grateful to Janie for her expertise, her ethical mindset, and her ability to meet each client and each challenge head on.  It’s a rare combination, and I knew Janie always had my best interest in mind.

I wholeheartedly recommend Janie to be your advocate and I know she will exceed your real estate expectations!  You’ll be honored to have that experience, as I was.


Patty Glenn

Working with Janie Nichols on the sale of my mom’s house was a great experience!

Janie walked me through the entire process from our first meeting on what needed to be done before we put the home on the market, to staging the home and with great results of a smooth closing.

Janie’s experience in the real estate market and her creative marketing was top notch! We received multiple offers over asking price and the home sold in 2 days on market, for $200,000 over asking price!

All expectations were exceeded!! I will definitely work with Janie on my next real estate deal, and happy to refer others to Janie.

Thanks for everything, Janie!


Karen Counts

We met Janie through a mutual friend and very happy that we did.Janie was successful in reaching our goal on selling our home for the highest price in a very short time. She provided expert advice and followed through on every detail that was needed in order to get our smooth escrow closed.

Janie’s The Best!!, she even offered to help us get packed up. We would highly recommend Janie for all your real estate needs.


Andy & Debbie Palomino

Thank you, Janie, for all of your help. From buying our first home back in 2003 to buying and selling last year. The knowledge, the ins, and outs of realty, the professionalism, you are LEGIT Janie. There are very few people that we allow into our little world, so again, thank you for the hard work and always giving us your best. When we deal with you, it’s top of the line service.


Mike & Moni Gramillo

It is with great honor to write a testimonial letter about our “Super Agent”, Janie Merkle. Janie has put in a tremendous amount of effort in order to get us the house we wanted. We are extremely grateful to be referred to Janie. We felt very comfortable with Janie from the start, as she guided us during our home search. Janie made sure all our expectations were met while looking for in a home. We were running short on time to look for a home quickly in Irvine, nevertheless, Janie was tenacious and proactive, with always been patient to make sure that we found the perfect home, within a short time period.

If you are looking for an agent to be your advocate and have your best interest in mind, Janie is your gal, who will go the extra mile for you! I am definitely calling Janie again for her assistance when I decide to buy my next home in the future!
Thank you, Janie, for your dedication and hard work in finding us the perfect home!


Zheng Chuen Wong (Andrew)

Dear Janie,
We want to thank you again for the guidance, dedication and support you showed us in this home buying process. This is the second home you have assisted us in purchasing and we could not be happier! We especially admire the fact that you genuinely cared about what was important to us as home buyers. You did such a superb job of helping to identify and find the perfect home on the golf course, we could not have asked for more.

As a professional in today’s real estate market, you were up to date on the conditions of an ever-changing California market. Finding the perfect home is not an easy task but you utilized your creativity and perseverance and came through.

Your professionalism and dedication to your clients are more then we could have asked for or expected. We want to thank you for making our dream of a perfect home come true and making the relocation back to Newport Beach, CA from Texas go so smooth! You are our “Real Estate Consultant for Life” We are happy to refer others to you so that they can benefit from having you as their advocate.

Thanks again for making our dream come true!


Mr. Luis Diaz and Dr. Deirdre McTeggart-Diaz

It is with great pleasure to give the highest recommendation of our realtor extraordinaire Janie Merkle in finding our dream home on the harbor in Newport Beach!

Our dream, as passionate boaters, was to find the perfect waterfront home. Janie listened to what was important to us and did not waste our time. It was not easy, as there were not very many waterfront homes on the market, but her knowledge of the area, tenacity, and diligence found us our dream home.

Janie was professional, honest and meticulously responsive. She kept the entire purchase process moving along seamlessly and was involved in every step of the way. Janie negotiated our purchase and represented us to perfection! “Going the extra mile,” was her standard practice all the way through the transaction.

Janie Merkle is a true topnotch professional, caring for her clients very personally in every way and treating them like VIPs. We never knew house hunting could be so much fun but Janie added her positive and delightful attitude every step of the way!

If you are looking for a seasoned expert realtor who will work diligently to make your dream home come true, look no further! We cannot say enough great comments about Janie Merkle!


Sue & Gary Grant

I am very pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Janie Merkle. Janie represented us in the sale of our lot in the exclusive section of Crystal Cove where lots are valued at $5 million and up. She demonstrated creativity and professionalism and sold the lot at a premium price. Janie’s resourcefulness was instrumental in putting the deal together. Her approach was to seek developers in this section of Crystal Cove where multimillion-dollar, high-end homes, are built. The builder introduced us to an investor and the lot was sold in a matter of days.
Janie is a competent real estate professional. In addition to her professional skills, Janie is very pleasant to work with. She shepherd oversaw this transaction relentlessly to ensure it will close without delays. I fully recommend Janie to others.


Dr. M.N. Mansour

It is my pleasure to recommend Janie Merkle for all of your real estate needs. I recently worked with Janie on the sale of my home of 26 years. The home represented a major portion of my resources, so it was important that I maximized the value from its sale.

I selected Janie to handle the transaction after talking to a number of realtors. She was there through every step of the process, with her experienced insights and professional dedication to make it happen. From preparing and marketing the home before it was listed…to staging, to listing, to closing, she was on top of each item.

This dedication was validated by the results achieved. The final selling price was significantly above the listing price and the closing occurred just four weeks after the listing date. With Janie’s thorough marketing strategy and screening of multiple potential buyers, all of which resulted in a smooth closing.

Janie’s professionalism, knowledge and constant involvement with communication in all aspects of this transaction produced a better result than I ever expected….and she did it all with a smile.


Marilyn Jorgensen

Dear Janie:
Both my wife and I would like to thank you for your timely assistance in finding us a wonderful rental home in Irvine California as we were returning to the United States after our 3-year stay in Singapore. Moves are generally complex in nature, and international moves come with the additional strain; especially when the new location is unfamiliar. You were recommended by a friend and from the very first phone call from Singapore, it became clear to us that we had found the right person to get the best results when the time was of the essence.

You were easy to work with and flexible with your timing, which helped us greatly while dealing with two opposite time zones. Even after our arrival in California, you were easily approachable as you kept the line of communication open throughout our search and we felt informed every step of the way. You displayed a lot of experience and grasp of Orange County and Southern California real estate and rental market, which came handy as we were narrowing down our choice and finalizing the place in Irvine that met all our criteria.

You were extremely helpful during the initial walk-through and we appreciated your attention to minor details, which we might have missed otherwise. You were also resourceful and stern in finalizing the terms of our lease until the final signing of it, and we valued your advice on various issues and how to proceed.

Overall, we have been very satisfied with your performance and professionalism, and we look forward to working with you again when we are ready to buy our own home. Also, we would be glad to recommend you to anyone who is looking to rent, sell or lease their property.


Dhaval & Surabhi Barbhaya

Dear Janie:
We are so happy and grateful that we decided to list our home with Janie Merkle. She was the consummate professional and guided us in virtually every aspect of the selling process, ensuring that nothing was left to chance. Janie’s extensive expertise regarding the steps to take in order to stage our home properly, as well as where to spend our limited funds properly prior to our home’s listing, resulted in our home receiving 8 written offers within a few days of our first open house. Her knowledge of the market’s condition sped up our decision on when to sell by about 6 months which allowed us to take advantage of a very hot market before it cooled resulting in our home selling for nearly 10% over our asking price. Janie stayed on top of all stages involved during the sales transaction to ensure that our interests were protected and kept moving forward at all times. Janie, we cannot thank you enough for your help throughout this process!


Brad & Susan Stephens

I want to thank you for all that you have done with the purchase of our beautiful, new home. After a year of looking, you made our dreams come true with finding us the home of our dreams. You continue to amaze us even after the closing. When you met with us to list our home and go over the current marketing conditions and marketing plan, you listened carefully to our goals. You were knowledgeable, innovative and guided us every step of the way to obtain the highest possible price, and with a smooth closing. Part of your marketing plan was to deliver top-quality flyers to our immediate Crystal Cove neighborhood, which produced a buyer within a couple of hours of you delivering the flyers.

In addition, you found us a home to lease on Balboa Island until our home was ready for us to move into. Thank you for going that “extra mile” and always looking out for our best interest.

Your excellent customer service, professionalism, and dedication to your clients are more than we could have asked for.
We are very grateful to you and will be happy to refer to others that are looking to purchase or sell real estate.


Pam & Steve Fossler

There is one word that best describes Janie and it is persistence. She understood our priorities and was diligent in finding the perfect property to match our requests. Janie worked with us throughout the process, even seeing that interior repainting and upgrades were completed at our request.

If ever the need arises in the future, we have no hesitation in calling on Janie. It was a pleasure working with her.


Cindy Galardi Culpepper


In August of 2014, my wife and I had the pleasure of working with Janie Merkle on the purchase of our home. Janie was the listing agent and right from the start was a pleasure to work with. She was pleasant, professional and responsive. She kept the entire purchase process moving along seamlessly and was involved in every step of the way. Janie followed up with us regularly and provided the information we needed for our financing in a timely manner.

As a result of our terrific experience with Janie, we hired her to lease out the condo we moved from. Again she handled everything with the utmost professionalism. Janie secured an excellent tenant for us and managed the entire process.

My wife and I highly recommend Janie Merkle to anyone looking to buy, sell or lease real estate. We will certainly be using Janie again in the future.


Jeffrey and Michelle Fuller

Early in my search for a new home, I had the great fortune of meeting Janie Merkle during an open house at one of her properties. After several very educational discussions with her, she became my agent and represented me with great professionalism, diligence, and loyalty.

During an especially challenging closing, Janie and her associated mortgage broker stayed with me through every arduous twist and turn. With Janie’s calm but inspired leadership we completed the task and closed on the house of my choice.

I am now the proud resident of my dream home. Thank you, Janie, for always being there and being a huge part of making my dream a reality!

Best Regards,

John Daniels

In my experience working with realtors, I’ve never seen a realtor more personable and engaging with people than Janie Merkle. She just makes everyone feel good, bringing no pressure to the atmosphere. She is extremely knowledgeable of the real estate and loan markets and brings a high level of expertise with the years of experience in both areas. She found me the perfect house for my needs by doing a diligent search and only bringing to me what was within my parameters. She took charge by leading rather than just showing me properties that were a waste of time to see.

Janie has an eye for details and inspected every nook and cranny of the property. In fact, her keen eye spotted a warp in the wall in an area of the house which revealed water damage and potential mold issues. She masterfully went into action and convinced the current homeowner what they needed to do to make sure the home was safe from mold caused by the water damage before proceeding with the transaction. She truly goes the extra mile, asking the right questions because the interest and welfare of her client is her top priority.

She negotiates with enough assertiveness and finesse that I got a terrific deal and all parties left the table with a smile. I had so much confidence in her that I didn’t have to worry about knowing every detail on the paperwork I had to sign. She knew exactly what needed to go where and I could relax that she had my best interest at heart. I cannot recommend her more highly.


Tim Molnar

Dear Janie,
We were lucky enough to have been introduced to Janie through a referral. Two years ago, she helped us start our (very long) journey to purchasing a home. Due to some unforeseen complications (due to the fact that we aren’t residents) things had to be put on hold for us. After searching and searching, Janie found us the perfect home. She negotiated an amazing deal for us and our dream home became a reality. She was diligent about following up with the agent as to the status and she kept us in the loop every step of the way. After spending so much time getting to know Janie as both an agent and as a person, I am proud to recommend her to everyone I know – and those I don’t – to help them make their dreams reality. We feel like Janie has become a part of our family – her patience and kindness are two of her many wonderful traits that making working with her easy and a pleasure. Thank you, Janie, for going well above and beyond for us.


Ogi Grba


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