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My Wife and I had the distinct privilege of working with Kelli Haakenson as our agent on our home and ranch purchase in Temecula Valley, CA. We have never had a better experience and I encourage anyone looking to work with the ‘Best Agent, it is our honor to recommend Kelli. If one word comes to mind to describe Kelli, it would be 'Trust'. Which doesn't come easy these days, but Kelli earned it, maintained it, and now writing this letter it is out of extreme respect and gratitude that we recommend Kelli to anyone looking for an Agent they can trust 100% with one of the biggest and most impactful,  commitments of their life. 

The home we had been renting in Huntington Beach was contaminated with mold and formaldehyde, and unbeknownst to us until late 2017, was the reason for us becoming so ill. It was so bad for my Wife that she literally had to live in the backyard from October – January of 2018. So, the move out of that location was not only an imperative, but it couldn't happen fast enough. We found this amazing home on a mountain ranch in Temecula Valley and wanted to go look at it – realizing that it is likely one of many homes that we would do so. Well, we contacted Kelli, on a high recommendation from another person I know well, she met us there on short notice and the rest is history -- we looked at exactly one home – this one we bought with Kelli's help. 

Kelli understood the urgency of our situation and was the catalyst for getting it moving and getting it done. 
The Sellers were on  vacation in another state and the Listing agent was non-existent - at one point we weren't even sure if he was a real person. But Kelli was able to get it moving right away. She was so compassionate and understanding of our situation and you could tell she wouldn't let this fail. She was extremely proactive about everything - getting us  with the lender, inspections, etc., and was able to place an offer on the home we had found, almost immediately. She understood the 'rush' and was on top of it every single day. Always providing us updates, ensuring the DocuSign process was in check and everything was meticulously reviewed, hoping for an early close. Honestly, I had remembered my first home buying process being stressful and ugly – that was certainly not the case working with Kelli, She actually made the process enjoyable and exciting. 

We could not have asked for a better experience. Kelli is 'all-in' every time, 100% on making things happen on-time, in-check and keeping you fully informed on everything in the process. It had been 23 years since I bought my last home, so I had forgotten much - Kelli was always there to educate or advise and always had good answers, to our sometimes-difficult questions. Always optimistic and kind, Kelli really showed that quality of character, high integrity, compassion  knowledge is a powerful combination. We are so thankful for her. We feel honored to have even had her over to visit months after moving in just to get a chance to sit and talk with her. What an amazing person and we are sure you will feel the same. 

- Mike and Stacy Storm 


Friends and Neighboors,

We are pleased to recommend Kelli Haakenson as a truly exceptional realtor. She is a consummate professional that understands the nuanced needs, desires, and expectations of a diverse clientele. The personal attention that she paid to our story and family needs made an interstate move possible. Here is the story of our journey. 

In early 2018, God called our family to relocate from Denver, Colorado to Southern California. We weren't quite sure why or what the experience would hold. After living in Colorado for six years, we made the decision to return to Orange County to be closer to our family. God had been good to us in Colorado, and we were starting to develop real community, but we were isolated from loved ones. In the months that followed, we had to sell a house in one state, buy one in another, find a good school district, and a new community that aligned with our desires and vision for where we were called. Initially, we were connected with a different realtor and would soon regret the experience. We purchased a home that had been "prepared" for the market. Underneath the veneer of fresh paint were home problems that were not disclosed to us in good faith. We came to find out that there were much deeper problems; both with the home and the relationship with our first real estate agent. After exiting the transactions and releasing the first broker, we connected with Kelli through a hospital colleague of Dustin's. She took the time to understand our story, arrange meaningful showings and deliver an experience centered around our needs. We ultimately purchased a beautiful home in a historic part of Huntington Beach.

Kelli didn't stop there. A few months later, Christine was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It was a very trying time for us, especially with Christine finishing a job in Denver. Kelli walked beside us, became a friend, and took care of us throughout the journey. We are glad to call her a friend and would not have been able to start this new chapter in our story without her help. She is the best at what she does, and her wealth of experience will not disappoint anyone who gets to work with her. 

Grace and Peace, 

- Dustin D. McLemore, Ed.D.  and Christine M. McLemore, D.O

It is with great pleasure and gratitude that we share comments on our experience with Kelli Haakensen in the purchase of our new home. 
When we decided to move from Northern California to south Orange County, we were a bit overwhelmed and Kelli put us right at ease. Kelli was referred to us by someone who had worked with her in the past and we are very grateful we made the connection. 

We knew the minute we met Kelli that working with her was going to be a very pleasant experience. She listened to our needs, was never pushy and was very knowledgeable of each area within Orange County. Kelli was always flexible and punctual. She provided great ideas on any changes, if needed, that could be made to different properties and was a great resource for individuals or contractors who could make the changes. Kelli is honest, easy going and very detail oriented. I appreciate so much how she listened, understood our needs and never once pushed us to go outside of our comfort zone. 

We threw Kelli for a loop in the last days of escrow and she never skipped a beat, made the necessary changes and closed on time. 
The final thing I want to mention is that Kelli is not only our real estate agent for any future deals but a friend going forward as well. We are very grateful our paths crossed. 

Kelli earned our trust and when we buy or sell again, she'd be the only one we'd call. A thousand thank yous to Kelli for helping us find the perfect home for our family. We couldn't be happier. 


- Cory and Amy Monette 

Derek and I recently worked with Kelli Haakenson of Surterre Properties with the sale of our San Clemente Home and the purchase of our new home in Ladera Ranch. 

During both transactions, Kelli showed a commitment to excellence during every step. From the initial meeting to the closing of both properties and every step in between, Kelli showed dedication and professionalism that was second to none. Kelli also has a keen sense of awareness of the real estate market, the ability to translate that in to terms anyone can understand. Kelli also clearly spells out each offer as it's presented. By taking these extra steps, we were able to make the best decision based on the terms associated with the transaction. We could not be happier with the full price sale of our existing home and finding us the 'perfect match' in our new home. 

Kelli's hard work, trust worthiness and professionalism make it easy for us to recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell in this market. Not only will you find someone who sets the bar among real estate agents, but also  a long term business partner. 


James Nardini and Derek Johnson

It is with pleasure and gratitude that I share comments on our experience with Kelli as the listing agent of our new home. While we have bought and sold a number of houses, we have never before encountered such a level of excellence. 

The experience at each phase of the transaction was superior, effective showings and proactive facilitation during the sales negotiations and due diligence. All of these tasks, whether business related or interpersonal, were accomplished with an excellent degree of competence, professionalism, integrity  grace. 

Thus, I highly recommend Kelli 

 Stephan Muller

I am writing to express my absolute pleasure in working with Kelli Haakenson who represented my wife and I in our recent purchase of a residential property in San Clemente.

As a Principal Partner of a global commercial real estate firm, my expectations of a real estate agent are really high. Her attention to detail, knowledge of the contracts and constant communication resulted in a seamless home-buying experience. We never could have gotten our dream home without her. 

To reiterate, we are nothing but pleased with Kelli and recommend her to everyone who wishes to purchase or sell .
Very truly yours, 

- Keith J. Kropfl

Following our recent experience buying a home through Surterre Properties my wife and I felt compelled to express our satisfaction with them, but more specifically in our personal agent Kelli Haakenson. 

Kelli is the most professional and astute sales professional we've ever encountered in the real estate field. As a sales professional myself I found her level of attention to our needs, professional advice, and knowledge throughout the process exceptional. Her approach always focused on what would be best for our family, and that commitment was unwavering. She is a consummate professional who more than earned our trust and respect. 

We wholeheartedly endorse Kelli to prospective buyers and or sellers. Her friendship and professional leadership throughout our transaction proved invaluable. If we ever find the need to enter this market again our first and only call will be to Kelli. 

- Petter Glenn Mihelich


It is with great pleasure that I offer my recommendation of Kelli Haakenson as our Real Estate Agent. 

We recently moved to the United States from Italy and a friend of ours recommended Kelli for our house hunting needs. As soon as we met and talked to her we realized that she was the right person for us. She quickly assessed our needs and recommended a few homes that were exactly what we were looking for. When we found the one we loved she followed us during the whole process and was fundamental in connecting us with the Broker Agent and Escrow. 

It was a real pleasure and a joy working with her, she is a true professional and did not put any pressure on us. She was always available and helpful especially with us foreigners who don't really know the process. 

We can't thank Kelli enough for all her efforts and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy a home. 


Marcello and Roberta Masarati 

My wife and I highly recommend Kelli Haakenson to anyone looking for a top-notch realtor. 

Kelli represented us in 2013 when we listed our home and easily exceeded our best expectations. Kelli always kept us informed of any potential buyers and any items that needed attention to showcase our home in the best possible light. We felt that Kelli always gave us very direct and honest feedback which ended up helping us to sell our home for a very attractive price. In fact, our home sold for the highest price per square foot in our community since the housing market crashed in 2008. 

If you hire Kelli, I can assure you that you will be represented by one of the best! 


Michael Armbruster

Sarah and I are writing this letter to thank Kelli Haakenson for helping us to purchase our home in Laguna Niguel. Buying a home for our young family in California after relocating from Philadelphia seemed daunting. Without the benefit local knowledge, we were concerned about our ability to make the right choices and decisions on a transaction of such financial and personal magnitude. Our main source of anxiety was that we didn't know anyone locally that we could trust to help us. And then we met Kelli. At our first meeting, we were impressed by the time she spent trying to understand who we were, what our goals were, and what we wanted in a home. 

Kelli's knowledge, resourcefulness, and professionalism were incredible. She took the time to explain the details of the local attractions, the neighborhoods, all of the documents and many other pieces of information as they became relevant. Although she never lost her professionalism, she made our experience personal. Kelli was generous with her time and respectful of ours. She was flexible and made herself available to our schedule, and responded heroically to our sense of urgency. She went beyond the call of duty. 

Most importantly, Kelli earned our trust. She operated with honesty and integrity. She is a true and trustworthy person. Honorable is the adjective that comes to mind when we think of her. If we sell or buy again in South California we plan to use her. We will recommend Kelli to anyone seeking a real estate agent in So Cal. 

Thank you, Kelli. 

- Ron and Sarah Fougeray

Helped Ammermans sell in Talega - relocate in Rancho Mission Viejo 


This awesome couple now lives in a gorgeous home I found for them that was off market.  The Sansol tract of Talega


Derek and James had to relocate - asked me to sell their amazing home in Covenant Hills, Ladera Ranch

-Derek & James

Dr. & Mrs. Regan - wonderful clients who asked me to sell their home in Talega (Mirador) and purchase an incredible panoramic ocean view home in San Clemente.


This amazing human is Troy.  I have had the honor of working with him on 3 different purchases and sales. 


Nancy wanted to move from Northen CA to Mission Viejo to be close to her daughter and husband - and just in time for the new baby!!


The Rennies - best family/neighbors ever!  Helped them sell in Escala tract of Talega and will help them buy again!


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