We had a wonderful experience working with Andrea and Rosie on our Laguna Beach home. Andrea got us from offer to closing in 22 days and referred us to a great mortgage banker that enhanced her service. Andrea was very professional with each step of the process and negotiated several items in our favor for us. We were able to access the home at our schedule and convenience and all items were addressed in a timely manner. She anticipated our needs and kept everything calm and moving forward. We will definitely be referring her to our friends and colleagues!

Kim Spinney

My situation was unique and required extensive communication and follow through. Andrea was very responsive through the whole transaction and made sure that everything went smoothly and that the process was painless. I appreciate Andrea’s efforts and hard work!

Leticia McQuillen

We’ve been looking for a house for the past four years and started working with Andrea about two years ago. She knew we weren’t rushed to purchase and was extremely patient with us. We found her to be very knowledgable, honest, and connected within the industry. She’s generous with her time and is great at thoroughly explaining all the steps that go into buying a home. This is important to us as we are first time home buyers.

She’s the kind of agent who has your back when times are good and also challenging. She’ll join you for a glass of wine in the midst of all your doubt, answer all 1,000 questions you have, and then give you genuine non biased advice. It never felt like she was pushing a sale. It also helps that she has a great personality and enjoys a good laugh. She’s gone from agent to friend and we wouldn’t have wanted to share this experience with anyone else. We are so grateful we met her!

Selima Berisha

We couldn’t have asked for a better agent and team to help us find our dream home! Andrea’s professionalism and knowledge kept us informed every step of the way, as well as helped us navigate through some tricky inspection issues. As a commercial real estate broker, I understand the importance of having a market expert and fiduciary on your side, which paid in spades throughout the transaction. We will definitely use Andrea and the Ballesteros Group again and would highly recommend her and her team to our friends, family, and colleagues. They’re the best!

JP Roach

JJ Ballesteros did a fantastic job in negotiating and closing our house purchase. He is professional, responsive and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend him.

Todd Grubin

She was extremely helpful in our recent property sale. Being newbies she guided us in the right direction, provided us with the correct forms & paperwork and even managed to help us figure out how to get an EIN# to complete the sale. Without her we would’ve been SOL.

She’s extremely nice & answered all of our questions. If we had any other property, she’d be the first one I’d call.


Andrea helped me wrap up the affairs of an estate by listing and selling 4 residential properties in central and southern Orange County. She and her team made the process so easy for me — especially since I live out-of-state and was unable to assist on-site.

Start-to-finish, the process was efficient and professional — without a single hitch. Most importantly, we got multiple offers and the ultimate sale prices on all the properties were outstanding. I recommend Andrea and her team, without reservation.

Wendy Lack

Very helpful with everything what ever it was big or small, Andrea gave immediate response and handled all matters very professionally. Would highly recommend her for any of your real estate needs.


Andrea and The Ballesteros Group were simply outstanding! Andrea navigated us through the selling process with care, continuous communication, strong market knowledge, astute negotiation skills and above all integrity.

Our home sold in three days, over asking price. You can’t get better than that!!

Cheryl Valentine

Andrea Ballesteros came to our house to show us why we should list our house with her company. Her presentation we very detailed, professional, and showed what The Ballesteros Group does to market your house. First they put a sign in your yard the states your house is “coming soon” on the market. That sparks interest about your house to anyone driving by. Next they schedule an open house and invite all the neighbors before the open house was open to the public. We really liked that marketing piece. Daphne Alt, Andrea Ballesteros agent for our area, did an outstanding job in marketing and selling our house. Our house went on the market on a Friday, open house on Saturday, and sold over asking on Monday. We highly recommend The Ballesteros Group.


Andrea and her team are a pleasure to work with. They take care of all the details, large and small. Andrea actively looked for a buyer via advertising, open houses, networking and outreach. She is a true professional.

Carol Daley

We really enjoyed working with Andrea. Her knowledge of the area and her responsiveness was exceptional. We would totally recommend her to our friends and family members.


Andrea and her Coldwell Banker team compliment each other. I have bought and sold several homes in the past 10 years. Andrea has been there offering her experience and aiding in seemingly flawless transactions successfully. Thanks Andrea!


We’ve known Andrea since she started in the business and wouldn’t consider using anyone else. Her business is top notch and she takes care of every detail from arranging carpet and window cleaning, to staging, to a few minor repairs. I’d give more than 5 stars if I could!


Andrea and her team were exemplary agents when selling our home. Andrea was thorough, professional and strategic in her approach and methods to market and promote our listing. We received multiple offers and she was there every step of the way to navigate through our options. She even helped keep us on track during the escrow process. We will definitely use Andrea again and refer her to all our friends and family!


The Ballesteros Group did a great job of selling our family Home in Laguna Beach. I am a veteran real estate agent in Santa Barbara and know my way around a real estate transaction. They did quality work, were very knowledgeable and had no problems with some of the challenges that came up with this sale.

I highly recommend the Team Ballesteros!

Larry S. Martin

Our home hit the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) on a Saturday and we had our first Broker’s Open House the following Wednesday. 67 brokers came by, with 21 subsequent showings over the next 3 days. By Saturday we ended up with multiple offers much higher than our asking price, with backup offers to boot! A master with contract negotiations, Andrea came up with a deal that was great for us and made the buyer happy as well. She knows South Orange County like the back of her hand. There is nothing that escapes Andrea’s attention when it comes to property for sale in this area. Her strategy for pricing our home was very thoughtful and detail oriented. She is highly talented technologically and made excellent use of the relevant search engines and real estate databases to help settle on an attractive price that would not scare away buyers. She also helped us to understand that a well priced home properly marketed often helps maximize sales price. She also mentioned that beautiful photos were critical and brought in one of best photographers in the area.

Jason and Shilpa Colaco

Andrea Ballesteros, agent with First Team Estates, and her dedicated support team, are the consummate real estate professionals, providing an effective mix of deep knowledge of the local real estate market, astute transaction knowledge and excellent, responsive, client service- all done with style and grace. Plus, she is a good negotiator and total pleasure to work with!

Barry & Debra Kamel

Andrea sold my home to me in Corona del Mar many years ago. She subsequently assisted me in getting the perfect tenants for the property during the time my work had taken me away from CdM. And when I decided to sell, Andrea and her capable team were outstanding. Andrea’s communication and follow through were impeccable – she kept me updated (I was a long-distance seller) on every part of the transaction from beginning to end. She is knowledgeable, sincere, honest, direct and has genuine care and the best interest of her client in mind. She and her team went above and beyond my expectations. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

John Sullivan

We were very impressed by Andrea Ballesteros’ initial presentation, by her thoroughness and honesty. She is knowledgeable about the local market and pricing trends, and guided us to a sale price that both met our needs and was fair. She was very patient about our need to have construction done, which delayed the broker’s preview for 2 months. She never pressured us, but rather used this time to pre-market the house. When we were ready, she had the photography, preview and an open house scheduled immediately. We never got to the open house though, because we sold in 5 days! Andrea, J.J., Kaz and Rosie have guided us through the selling and relocation process with skill and compassion. They made what is a very stressful event in life run very smoothly. We would recommend the Ballesteros Group to anyone who is looking to buy, sell or rent in South County.

Paul & Jan L'Esperance

It has been a pleasure having Andrea and her team guide us through the sale of our home. Knowing, she or a team member was always available was important to us. Her strong professionalism paired with her friendly demeanor is the perfect combination. Our home sold quickly with her expertise. We look forward to a continued relationship with Andrea and would highly recommend her to anyone in need of real estate services.

Leo & Joan Glaab

When it came time to sell my home in Ladera ranch, good friends recommended Andrea Ballesteros to me. Given that Andrea was referred by friends, my expectations of her as a Real Estate professional were high to begin with. From our first meeting, through the sale of my home, Andrea exceeded those expectations with her knowledge, drive and personalized service. She handled the entire process with sensitivity and confidence which lead to a successful sale and satisfied seller and buyer. I would highly recommend Andrea and her professional team to those looking for a realtor who skillfully navigates through the highly complex real estate environment, while keeping her clients consistently updated and informed. I would definitely welcome Andrea’s representation in my future real estate transactions.

Karen Treydte

Andrea and the team were extremely responsive, great communicators, and very understanding throughout a complicated transaction. They showed great empathy and resolve in working through an estate sale. The team added value by working with and negotiating with required vendors , saving the estate thousands of dollars. The team was there for all critical meetings, appointments and oversaw the transformation that the house needed to be ready for sale. Great people providing great service for a great outcome.

Michael K Herbert Trust (Joseph Patrick Lashinsky)

As a retired homebuilder and a broker/realtor, I have set in on over 400 closings. The objective is for them to be seamless. Andrea’s closing was seamless. This is the best you can do. She helped us to set a listing price within 5% of the expected final sales price and the perfect buyer made a full price offer as soon as they had seen the well staged house. Andrea has assembled a very professional and competent support staff and everyone was great to work with. Andrea was the selling agent on our current home and will be the listing agent when we sell. You can’t do better!


I wanted to take a moment to send you a quick note to Thank You for the tremendous job you did for Scott and I on the purchase of our new home. You made the process seamless. You always hear horror stories from people as to what happened to them on their purchase, well not for us. Your commitment and professionalism were unparalleled. I am so grateful to you for making it all so easy. You will definitely be getting referrals from us. So, with all that being said, please feel free to use us as a reference, we believe that Andrea Ballesteros is the Best Realtor in all of Orange County. Good luck to you in the future.

Julie Day

Andrea Ballesteros is a professional Realtor that without question holds the utmost level of integrity and reliability towards her clients best interests. She is responsible and conscientious toward all aspects concerning the rental or sale of your home. She is always available for you and periodically updates her clients on the progress concerning the rental or sale of their property. Her expertise insures an aggressive marketing campaign for your property to assure the best possible results. Thank you Andrea for all you’ve done!

Tim Giuliani

The entire Ballesteros Group was Outstanding!!! Every call I made was always returned within minutes. The advice I received was on the mark and I am truly grateful I chose the Ballesteros Team. They gave me great suggestions for preparing my home and were helpful every step of the way, from the listing thru the sale, nothing was too much to ask…

Anne Weiland

I wanted to take a minute now that the dust has settled a little to thank you for all of your help getting my mother’s house sold. If it weren’t for all the extra work that had little to do with the sale, I doubt I would have been able to sell the house for what I did, or even get it sold in a timely manner. Setting up appointments, meeting contractors, being there when I never could was the most valuable service. Being a ten hour drive from Dana point made it very difficult to get a full house emptied many large boxes of items UPSed out of the state etc… Well, it was just more than I could handle and if I had not had you it would not have been doable. Not only did you exceed my expectations, but you left me pretty much speechless. All I can really say is, “Thank you!” I wish you were in Northern CA to sell my house here…

Gayle Tier

What a great house buying experience! They provided us amazing service and peace of mind. Andrea and her team truly live their motto of “exceeding your expectations.” They not only answered all our questions but pointed out many details that only a knowledgeable professional would notice. From the initial contact to the close of sale we were blown away by how easy it was to purchase our home. We wouldn’t use anyone else. Thank you Andrea!

Rick Zeiger

First of all – I want to thank you so much for finding me the perfect home in such a short period of time…..when most agents would probably feel pressed against such a tight schedule, you really worked hard to both find me a quality condo in my price range, with all the features I requested. It is perfect in every way.

I do hope that I have the opportunity to refer other clients to you – you are a wonderful team (and you do exceed your clients’ expectations)!

Wendy Tayian

This recommendation comes from experience with several realtors. Before we were referred to Andrea we had used two other realtors during our search. The first realtor tried to put us in a home located in an area more convenient for him than for us. The second realtor showed us all the homes we wanted to see, but took zero initiative and was not informative.

Thankfully and finally we were introduced to Andrea. Right from the start Andrea set herself apart from the previous two realtors. She interviewed us before we went to see a single house. Her attention to detail from our interview resulted in an efficient search that exceeded our expectations. Andrea made sure we understood and succeeded at every step of the process. Less than two months from meeting Andrea we were in escrow for our first home. We could not be happie

Trace and Maria Haggard

We listed our home for sale with Andrea during the worst possible time, the spring 2009. Having previously purchased and sold more than a few homes, I was skeptical of our success in the difficult real estate market. However, Andrea marketed the home perpetually using state of the art techniques and her years of industry experience. Both, Andrea and her hand picked team of other professionals were focused on ensuring that our objective of selling the home, and finding another home, were realized. During the process, we needed much one-on-one attention and Andrea was available all the time, in person, by email, and even via text messaging. In fact, she would often meet with us personally and left no stone unturned in an effort to provide us both 110% customer satisfaction.

Unquestionably, Andrea and her team achieved success when selling our home and later, by finding us an excellent home to transition into. In sum, we could not be happier with Andrea, an absolute professional with the requisite elegance, integrity and industry credibility to make even the most difficult deal come together she was outstanding!

In conclusion, my wife and I, (without any reservation whatsoever), highly recommend Andrea to be the realtor for anyone who demands and deserves the best professional service possible.

Kevin Jones

I moved to Orange County 3 years ago at the very height of the local real estate market. I thought I was prepared for the reality of California Real Estate and knew the intricacies of real estate from being a home owner in the Boston and Dallas areas. I quickly learned that Southern California is a world unto itself and I needed a skilled professional.

Andrea worked diligently with me along every step of the way as I looked all over Orange County to find the right area for me. She worked hard to learn my taste in a home and helped steer me to the right neighborhood for me. I am now the proud owner of a 3 bedroom townhome in Irvine, CA. She was priceless in the art of negotiation. I learned that it is during important time between the offer being presented and the offer being accepted that she brought her skill to the table to close a sale. Without her being on my team I would have never been able to get the right house for me.

Please accept this letter as my highest recommendation for Andrea as very capable real estate sales professional and a true negotiator that can close the deal.

Bob Basham

Thanks for your diligent efforts in assisting our family with our move to California. Moving across county has a natural set of additional logistical challenges. Your knowledge of the market, your thoughtful recommendations, and your responsiveness (even with a three hour time difference!) made the process as seamless as we could have hoped. In addition to a trusted agent, we now consider you a friend, and we look forward to recommending you to others.

Brian & Christen McGowan

It suddenly dawned on me that we moved in 3 months ago and I never really said thank you. I am such a procrastinator. You were great. I have never had another realtor before, but from what friends, family, and even Doug said, you went above and beyond what is expected of a realtor. I just wanted to let you know that I greatly appreciate everything you did for the 3 of us, all of my 8 million questions and tear filled phone calls couldn’t have been easy. Whenever we decide it is time to move up, you will definitely be my first call. I will recommend you to anyone who is looking to purchase a place. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you so very much.

Lauren, Jon, & Alyssa

I have run into acquaintances whom are surprised my house in Foothill Ranch was sold so quickly, especially in this economy. My realtor, Andrea Ballesteros worked her tail off. She was always marketing my property in an elegant and very classy way. Andrea was always available and on top of the market and potential buyers. I cannot say how much I appreciated her very hard work and diligence. Not only did Andrea market my property beautifully, but she is such a wonderful and personable person. When Andrea and I went to look for a new house for my daughter and myself she was very perceptive and knowledgeable about the area we were interested in and helped us find the perfect house.

Jean Page

Words alone cannot describe how thankful I am for you being my agent in purchasing a foreclosed home. Your negotiating skills with the bank brought the purchasing price down, but persuading the bank to take ownership to repair the major repair items before the closing of escrow was a tremendous savings that I had not expected to this level.

I appreciate the market updates, and thank you for the very thoughtful letter with the extra business cards. I will keep one for me and share the remaining two with friends for future business prospect. Your smiling face, friendly voice and professionalism will be truly missed until my next purchase utilizing your exceptional knowledge.

Daniel Choi

We have been working together for the last four months. Thank you for remaining positive and optimistic while trying to find my wife and I the perfect house. We are so pleased with the house we ended up with thanks to you “our wonderful agent”. I would highly recommend you to anyone if they are looking for a hardworking, low pressure Agent with a friendly smiling face.

Lyle & Donna Archer