Cameron & Ryan | Buyer & Seller

Derek is everything you could hope for when selling or buying a home. 

We called him to initially get advice on a neighbor's off-market home we were interested in purchasing. He came over the next day to walk the property with us, pull comps and give us the direction we needed to make an informed decision we were confident in. This turned into a huge (unplanned) leap to buy and sell in a very short timeframe (during Covid)! He and his team called in resources as needed from a beekeeper, to handymen, inspectors, etc. to tackle anything that came up and had it handled immediately.  He got our house photographed, listed, and sold within 2 weeks!! 

It could have been a disaster, but he kept us updated daily with what was happening, going to happen, and needed to happen next. The constant communication was everything we needed to weather the whirlwind we got ourselves into! Not only that, but he calmly helped us through negotiations with the sellers and buyers of our new and existing homes and got our purchase price down to where we needed it.

If that was not enough - the cherry on top was selling for $60K more than we expected! What more could we ask for? I would highly recommend Derek and his team to anyone in the market - or, maybe not in the market and just looking for guidance like we were! We couldn't be happier with our experience and our new home.

Andrew & Kristen | Buyer

My husband and I decided it was time to buy a home in San Diego at the end of October 2018. We met with Derek early November and moved into our home 4 months later! During our first meeting, Derek helped us organize our wish list and using his knowledge of San Diego neighborhoods, suggested various areas for us to check out. Within a couple of weeks, we narrowed down our search to a 1-mile radius in La Mesa, CA. Derek kept us in the loop as properties got on the market and quickly arranged showings. Nothing was quite what we were looking for, so Derekand his team took the matter into their own hands with innovative search techniques including mail initiatives and calling owners to assess their interest in possibly selling their homes. Derek took it a step further, driving through our desired neighborhood scoping out prospective properties when he stumbled upon an empty home under construction. Through his persistence, Derek was able to meet the contractor and get more information about the home to learn it was exactly what we were looking for! He quickly got in contact with the current owner, told her about our family and our wishes and arranged a showing that weekend! We knew this was the home for us and put in an offer the next day.

A couple of days later, our offer was accepted and we were on our way to closing on this beautiful house! Now, many things make this an even more unique circumstance thanks to Derek's perseverance. This was an off-market deal... we were able to take advantage of seeing this beautiful 3-bed, 2-bath home on a 10,000 sf lot just a half mile from the highly-desirable La Mesa Village before anyone else! Our new neighbors are constantly telling us how many people would drive by asking about the home expressing great interest in it going on the market. If we didn't get ahead of it as we did, we doubt we would have been able to compete. In addition to getting our foot in the door early, this home was under a complete renovation. Derek stayed on top of every little detail, working with the seller and her contractor to make sure our timeline would be met and we would be able to close on time. Derek and his team are the reason we are in this home, comfortably enjoying our backyard this evening and the reason why I got emotional on our short walk to the Farmer's Market Friday night while dreaming of all the memories our new family will make as we join the wonderful community of La Mesa! Thank you, Derek, Laurence and Compass Realty, you truly are the best!

Binh Luu | Seller

Conventional wisdom says, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But when I first met Derek, he presented me a beautiful book prepared just for me. It contained a detailed analysis of market sale for my property. When Derek started to turn each pages of the book along his narrative, I know he would be the one that helped me to get a highest return on investment for a sale of my house. From a start, Derek provided me a list of recommendation to get the house ready for market, a game plan and a promise. Once I trusted his inside knowledge about real estate, I realized that it’s my turn to execute his game plan. I completed the recommended repairs, prepped the house with his professional staging company. He was always there to provide guidance and inputs. Then it’s show time. On a day of open house, a very high turn out of potential buyers came. And next day was also a phenomenal day too. Then within a week, a recorded number of offers  were presented to me in his war room at his office. I was pleased and impressed with his work ethic and real estate knowledge. We worked together as a team and get my house sold with a right buyer as planned on schedule. It was a sweet deal and I really appreciate that.Thank you, Derek. I trusted him, enjoyed working with him, got my house sold the way I wanted. Best of all, he became my dear friend now. I believe any potential buyer or seller would have similar experience if they chose Derek as their agents.

Emilie | Buyer

When I first began considering purchasing a condo, Derek came highly recommended to me by a friend. As a first-time buyer, I didn’t even know where to begin, but Derek immediately put me at ease during our initial consultation, patiently explaining the process and answering my many questions. What struck me the most was how well he listened and took the time to understand my lifestyle, concerns and preferences to make sure he could match me with the perfect home. It was obvious that he placed my happiness and satisfaction above all. Over the course of just a few weeks, Derek showed me several options that I would have been pleased with, clearly demonstrating his extensive knowledge of the San Diego housing market. In a remarkably short time, he worked his magic and managed a showing for a gorgeous, brand new townhouse just a day before it was to go on the market. It was my dream condo, and Derek worked closely with the seller to ensure that it would be mine. From start to closing, he went above and beyond, coordinating every detail and calming my anxieties to guarantee a smooth closing. I moved in just yesterday and couldn't be happier. Thank you, Derek, for holding my hand through this exciting process and for finding my dream condo!



Brandon | Buyer

Let me start by saying that Derek renewed my hope in agents. I had started my search in San Diego with another agent and it hadn’t gone well. I was beaten down, had lost a place I wanted, and was almost scared to get back into the market. Derek was referred to me, and he knew my situation, and tailored his initial introduction into slow and steady check-in’s until I was mentally ready to get back into the market. Derek was with me every step of the way, listened to all my frustrations and demands during the stressful process, and made sure each and every detail was taken care of for me. He also helped on some very difficult negations with positive results. I would say Derek is a top agent in the San Diego area and if you’re in the market or looking to sell, he should be the person you go with. I could go on and on, but in the end his care, approach, communication, and great personality will prove the worth!

Joe | Seller

Mr. Harms exceeded my families expectations of a realtor. My family has gone through a few recent home sales and Mr. Harms easily stands out as the top realtor we've worked with. Mr. Harms is very detail oriented and delivers what you want, and more. For instance, not only did he have the place staged beautifully but his marketing was on point and really captured the full glamour of our unique property. almost made us not want to sell. We had a buyer within one week of listing and the escrow process went smoothly. He's a professional in his field and I imagine many more pleasant experiences for his future clients. Thanks a ton, Derek.

David & Nancy | Buyer

What an experience! Derek helped my wife and I purchase our first home. We were overwhelmed and nervous at the start of our journey, but the entire process was simplified by Derek, from start to finish. Derek made us experts in the neighborhoods we were looking in. His investment background was a huge asset to our search, giving us confidence that our largest purchase to date was a smart one. He even made the escrow process stress-free by setting proper expectations and guiding us through. I can't recommend Derek enough!

Carrie | Buyer

Wonderful agent I was so lucky to have him hold my hand through the entire process. Very professional, and acted as somewhat of a therapist while I had my meltdowns and second guessing, he was extremely responsive and he always made me feel like a priority.  Derek set up appointments with the city to see if adding on would be an issue before advising me to fully commit to my purchase, he even attended them with me more hand holding. I would have been lost without his direction, Derek is truly a rockstar!

Tom | Buyer & Seller

Derek came highly recommended from a colleague. This was my first home purchase, and he was a huge help throughout the entire process. Derek was patient with me during my search, and offered good advice as I narrowed down my options. We put together an offer that got accepted among multiple other offers, some with a higher price. Derek kept up communication between myself and the seller and listing agent to make sure everything went smoothly, and we closed on time with a 30-day escrow. Would definitely work with again.

Eric & Susan | Buyer & Seller

This is the second time Derek has been our agent the first being when we purchases a home a few years ago and the second recently when we sold our home and we were highly impressed on both occasions. He is extremely knowledgeable, hard working, a strong negotiator, and has high integrity. He did an amazing job on the marketing and handled every aspect of the process with ease. He is a true professional and we would highly recommend Derek to anyone who is looking to buy or sell.

John | Buyer

Derek did a great job at helping my family and I find our forever home. He took the time to not only understand our price point, but also what we were truly looking for. Derek was always quick to respond and respectful to our questions. He is professional, detail oriented, and very knowledgeable about the local market conditions. I personally felt like he truly cared about getting us in the right home for us, and have been recommending him to all of my clients. Great guy and even better real estate professional.

Peter | Buyer & Seller

Don't look anywhere else. Derek is a true professional in every aspect. My wife and I flew into San Diego 3 times and met with Derek. Derek asked all the right questions, selected a group of homes to look at, offered assistance in all comps and was a true superstar. Derek coached me on my offer and I got the home of my dreams and saved me $10K to $20K. I was going to offer more,
Derek provided "DocuSign" allowing me to sign all documents on line while out of state. Derek is the best.

Matthew | Buyer

Thank you for guiding me through the complex process of buying a home, From the very beginning you helped point out things that I would have never thought of and you were always available for me with all my questions and concerns. You even saved me a few bucks that I thought I was going to be spending. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge, expertise and making this Huge life decision and easier one, Happy Homeowner

Eric | Seller

I couldn't recommend Derek more, Derek is a true professional who makes you feel like you are the center of his world even though he may have other clients. He's very courteous and patient. He helped us get our home ready, arranged for beautiful photos, and help a very popular open house. All of  which resulted in us selling our home above market price in only 1 week.

Gregory | Buyer & Seller

Derek was very professional and prompt. In my case, Derek had the difficult task of representing both the seller and me as the buyer. It was a complicated process but Derek made everything much smoother. He was happy to answer all my questions. And he was very supportive. Great guy. Thank you Derek  for everything.

Eric | Buyer

I highly recommend Derek. He is great to work with, extremely knowledgeable and has high integrity. He took care of everything that came up during the process and worked very hard to make sure everything stayed on track. I like to work with the best and that includes Derek!

Edward & Jodell | Buyer

Derek was one of the most responsive, capable and agreeable agents we have ever worked with. He was always on top of everything we needed and kept everything moving, answering all our questions and watching to see that things were completed.