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VALIA Testimonials

A 30-year career in commercial real estate has taught me the importance of excellent broker advice. Good brokers ensure solid transactions and an enhanced certainty of close for both parties. Excellent brokers bring so much more.

Over the past 13 years, my wife and I have used Tim Norman for all 10 of our residential real estate transactions in Newport Beach. Tim brings with him a level of market knowledge that is in my opinion unsurpassed in the brokerage community. His office provides informed data analytics and synthesis which when combined with Tim’s highly attuned and nuanced understanding of local real estate geography, brings incredible value to the client.

Tim’s ability to carefully curate a transaction while managing expectations of both seller and buyer simultaneously, seemingly regardless of the obstacles, is testament to his patience, honesty, integrity and emotional IQ. The value of these attributes cannot be overstated in a negotiation and he combines them seamlessly and effectively at every stage of the transaction.

Additionally, Tim has a passion for optimal market-driven home design, programming and space planning which has been invaluable in informing our new development projects. I cannot think of a single deal where Tim did not surpass our expectations or bring value beyond the measure of a “typical” realtor function. Tim has honed his craft over many years and continues to set the standard for excellence in all that he does, driven by a passion and tireless dedication that is both genuine and unsurpassed.

Chris Marsh
President, Apartment Development
Irvine Company
4639 Gorham Road, Corona del Mar

Dear Tim,

I just wanted to thank you and let you know what a great job you and your team did on the sale of my home.
From the very beginning you were open and forthcoming about the market conditions and salability of my property. From day one you and your team kept me well informed of the escrow progress and your integrity and ethics are second to none.

Please feel free to use me as a reference in the future as I am happy to sing your praise to any future clients.


Michael D. Reeves
President, Corbin Reeves Construction
4533 Tremont Lane, Corona del Mar

Tim and his team are such a joy to work with. We listed our home with VALIA and they made the entire process a breeze-from meeting with the handyman to securing a stager-they took care of it all! Tim is always quick to respond and offers excellent advice. Thank you VALIA team for a job well done!


Jeremy Johnson & Jerrod Blandino 
Founders, Too Faced Cosmetics
302 Driftwood Road, Corona del Mar, CA

Over the past 4 decades, I have been involved both as a “builder/developer” and as a private investor, in the acquisition, entitlement, development and sale of residential real estate. Over that time span I have had the opportunity to work with and interact with many real-estate professionals. Since 1999 I have worked exclusively with Timothy N. Tamura and his associates in the buying and selling of multiple properties in the Newport Beach area of Corona del Mar. Tim is the ultimate brokerage practitioner who demonstrates experience, honesty, expertise, intuition and unsurpassed local knowledge for each transaction.

I have appreciated working with Tim and the very competent associates of his firm as we worked through the multi-faceted process of real estate acquisition and sale. I recognize that experienced professional brokers ensure smooth transactions and provide an enhanced certainty of escrow closing for both the seller and the buyer. I am grateful for the thoughtfully orchestrated and timely advice I receive from Tim, serving me equally well as a buyer and as a seller. The fine line of comprehensive understanding that Tim brings to each deliberation and negotiation is in my experience and opinion, a singular testament to his professionalism and expertise.

Tim has always exceeded my expectations as a professional and I respect and admire his efforts as a genuine and passionate advocate for his clients. Tim has earned his position in the industry and continues to set a standard of excellence that is not often associated with the “brokerage” community.

Nat Stowe Harty
President, Stowe Properties, Inc.
710 Goldenrod Avenue, Corona del Mar

Again, I just want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to you and your VALIA team for the tremendous marketing effort and outstanding results that were achieved in selling our family home at 222 Narcissus Avenue in the CdM village. Not only did you and your team of real estate professionals procure a full price offer from a well qualified and very motivated buyer, but you guys made the whole listing, sale and closing process a positive experience.

As a small businessman myself, I am keenly aware of the dedication that goes into creating a business culture that continuously strives to provide the highest level of customer service. To say that we were very pleased with our VALIA experience would be a huge understatement!

You can be assured that we will enthusiastically recommend VALIA to our friends and neighbors for their real estate brokerage needs.


Michael Hoppe 
222 Narcissus Avenue, Corona del Mar

VALIA Properties takes time to understand their clients very well! They identify what you want, and what fits your needs! Most importantly, they are very connected to the community and have great relationships that present great opportunities. They are competent and responsible in their efforts to help everyone involved. It was clearly not about a transaction, but investing in a long- term relationship. I trusted their counsel and I ended up with the home of my dreams.

Lillian Yin
The host of Channel Young, Shanghai, China
11 Shoreline, Newport Coast, CA

Dear Tim and VALIA Team,

Scott and I appreciate so much the effort all of you made to help us sell our home in Harbor View. We believe we were able to attract the right buyers because of your extensive relationships, professionalism, and enthusiasm shown by your team. We are thrilled to have sold our home in a very difficult market for a price we are happy with.

We were referred to you by a friend who had bought and sold several houses using your team. She was so impressed with the experience she did not hesitate to recommend you to us. From our initial meeting through the final closing we were very glad to have chosen you.

Scott and I both have recommended you already to several friends. We will be sure to give you a call when we decide to buy or sell any more property.

Thank you again,

Milei & Scott Yardley
President Eco Cover America
1994 Port Edwards Circle, Newport Beach, CA

Dear Tim, 

We are writing this letter to express our appreciation for the services rendered in our search and purchase of our new residence in Corona del Mar. You, Steven and Jason arranged showings on very short notice, showed us only relevant properties, knew when new properties were to be listed and provided us with early property viewings. We had excellent communication at all times and immediate responses to our questions and quest for information. Your experience and market knowledge showed through on every level. We are overjoyed with our new home and thank you for your expertise and professionalism.

Thank you all for a job well done!

Warmest Regards,

Retha Evans and Douglas Diener
225 Poinsettia Avenue, Corona del Mar, CA

Dear Tim & Steve, 

I wanted to write and thank you for the excellent job you did with everything in selling my home in Corona del Mar. You two (and frankly everyone in your office) are the consummate professionals. Everything you do is done with the utmost integrity and it’s so obvious that you truly care and that you are not into anything for the short term or a one-off transaction. Rather, it’s all about building relationships for the long haul and in doing so, treating everyone in your dealings with respect, honesty, and fairness. One of the huge benefits one gets to reap in working with your firm is getting to make use of these terrific long-standing relationships that you have built over the years. Additionally, the wealth of knowledge and information you bring to the table is unmated in my opinion.

I have confidence that collectively, we were able to achieve the top of what the market would bare which brings with it a sense that no money was left on the table (which is so integral with feeling great about something as personal as a real estate transaction.) Case in point, we teamed up to discuss and agree upon the right place to price my home using your market experience and analytics and as you know, we had two offers within 5 days of my property going on the market and we closed at full asking price 30 days later. If that wasn’t enough, your follow-up, gratitude, and graciousness after the transaction was no different than it was prior to signing the listing agreement with your company.

My hats off to what you’ve been able to build at VALIA and I look forward to working with you and your team again in the future.


Paul Bihm
703.5 Marguerite Avenue, Corona del Mar, CA

VALIA Properties brought together an incredibly talented group of people to help us prepare, market and sell our home. They were sensitive to our goals, to our comfort and to our success. Their understanding of our local market was highly focused and knowledgeable. They conscientiously held the tension between what was an emotional transaction for us and what needed to be a fair, unbiased appraisal and negotiation in the best interests of their client. We really appreciated how transparently they kept us informed of the status and progress of our property. They not only effectively sold our home, but they also created loyal customers way beyond this single transaction.

Thank you, VALIA!

Ted & Nancy Ballou
Mitchell Rubber
224 Heliotrope Avenue, Corona del Mar, CA

When we decided to sell our oceanfront home in Corona del Mar, we heard from friends that Tim Tamura at VALIA Properties was hard working and ethical and got great results.

That was an understatement. Tim and his exceptional team were more than we could have wished for. Beyond what you expect of a capable agent, Tim has a high level of emotional intelligence that matters in an important real estate transaction.

Tim balanced our needs with the buyer’s needs and the deal was done quickly to the satisfaction of all. The level of integrity ensured the best possible outcome.

The VALIA team was such a pleasure to deal with. Let’s face it... having open houses is a burden for the seller, and the team was amazing! I can’t imagine any agents being more considerate and effective for a great outcome.

VALIA provided excellent communication throughout the process, always responsive, available, and doing everything he could to make it easier for us. Steve was terrific, also.

We made a great decision to list with VALIA and I appreciate knowing them, and our good fortune to work with them.

Frank and Barbara Peters
3018 Breakers Drive, Corona del Mar, CA

Tim and everyone on the VALIA Team were truly terrific to work with. I know these types of comments are a dime a dozen but in this case, this is no exaggeration. Couldn’t think of a more classy, professional, yet down to earth group to work with. They did all of the investigative, forensic and analytic work based on facts and data to pinpoint the perfect opportunity that met our specific needs and worked tirelessly and diligently to pull out all of the stops to make it happen (and at a great price which was no small feat). It’s evident to me that these guys are in it for the long-haul, not interested in cutting corners or doing things just to make a quick deal; but rather, are into building long-term relationships and treating everyone they encounter the way you would want to be treated. All of this without mentioning the tremendous contacts and network they’ve built over the years which come as such as a benefit in this field. There is no question in my mind that VALIA is a great and trusted business partner and no wonder that they come so highly recommended and are so successful as a business and for their clients.

Paul Bihm
424 Larkspur Avenue, Corona del Mar, CA