• I wholeheartedly recommend Chris as the top realtor in Santa Cruz County. His expertise in local resources and trends is unparalleled. I reached out to Chris nearly a year before I planned to list my house for sale. He was incredibly understanding of my busy schedule and limited budget for preparing my house for the market. Chris took on the role of project manager, ensuring my house was updated to be competitive in the market. He meticulously planned the order of updates, ensuring that my busy life as a single mom with a full-time job and three kids was never disrupted by the preparations to put the house on the market. Without Chris's guidance, I could not have marketed my house in such a competitive condition. I've received positive feedback about him from buyers' realtors as well. While he worked hard to secure the most profitable deal, he also ensured that my house was in excellent condition so that the buyer's family could move in and enjoy their new home immediately.

    yuriko y. Santa Cruz
  • Kathy Allen and the team at DeLaveaga provided great service of the sell and purchase of our homes. Kathy is a passionate, friendly and a honest agent. It was a pleasure working with her. Kathy always arrived with a great big smile and a positive attitude. Kathy was willing to travel from one end to the other end of the valley in the search of our perfect house. Kathy was well prepared at each of the viewings having all the necessary information readily available. When presented with a questions, Kathy was always diligent in researching and finding the answers. I would highly recommend Kathy and the team at DeLaveage Properties Real Estate.

    Cheryl R. Boulder Creek, CA
  • Chris Somple is an extremely experienced real estate agent. He not only worked as a selling agent for me, but also acted as a general contractor in the process of preparing my home for sale. Chris provided a great team of local workers including landscapers, haulers, plumbers, electricians, painters, cleaners, etc. that absolutely transformed my house. He has keen perspectives in the business and marketing and was smart in every way in selling my house. I only needed to follow his advice and every single improvement he suggested provided me a 200 - 300% return on my cost. We ended up selling my house for $300K higher than the asking price. Chris is an honest, passionate, friendly person, and I enjoyed every process we went through together. I have already recommended him to my friends who plan to sell their house. I am certain he will give them the best advice and service. I am so happy that Chris was my agent and would recommend him to anybody with 100% confidence.

    Mari A. San Jose, CA
  • My husband and I spent the last year and a half in a rental unit overseen by DeLaveaga Properties in Scotts Valley. Our experience with DeLaveaga was wonderful. Chris Somple was always responsive, professional, courteous and accommodating. The property itself was (and still is) beautiful. I wish we didn't have to leave, but my husband got a job out of state. As we prepare to tie up all of the loose ends that go along with moving, DeLaveaga Properties continues to set the standard for how all property management companies should be. True pros, right to the end.

    Lori R. Chicago, IL
  • Our experience with Mark Szychowski was excellent. Mark was professional, knowledgeable, patient, kind, and supportive, a pleasure to work with. Our home sale was on the difficult end of the spectrum and we very much appreciated Mark's ability to problem solve toward a very positive outcome for all concerned. Thank you Mark and team at DeLaveaga Properties!

    Peter K. Santa Cruz
  • Once again Chris and mark have provided me and my family with outstanding service. They helped us sell our house for a good price, quickly, hassle free and during a pandemic! I would HIGHLY recommend delavega properties for any real estate transaction in Santa Cruz! These guys are diligent and work tirelessly to make sure their clients get professional service. They been a big help to my family on all our transactions and I will continue to use them exclusively as my realtors for any future transactions! Thanks Chris!

    Brad R. Santa Cruz
  • We would not hesitate to recommend Mark. He and his team helped us buy our house a while back as well as recently sell it. He is honest, professional and goes beyond the average agent in his efforts to support the best interests of his clients. He is receptive, easy to communicate with and gets the job done. He is highly regarded in this community and has a word of mouth reputation that extends far beyond this review platform. We are extremely grateful to Mark and the team at DeLaveaga Real Estate. Beth and Nate O.

    Beth and Nate O.
  • We were referred to Mark by a co-worker and I'm happy to report that working with him ended up being the best thing that could have happened to us. Mark listened to our needs and provided us with outstanding service. He is dedicated, honest, extremely knowledgeable and hard-working. He got us everything we needed without being pushy or aggressive. He spent quite a lot of time helping us find the right home as well as get our house sold for way over asking. He acted as our advocate and represented us really well. We felt completely taken care of. Even after the deals were done he continued to spend time helping us. We highly recommend Mark and DeLavega properties.

    JC R. Soquel, CA
  • My wife and I used Mark Szychowski for three different real estate transactions, twice as a seller and once as a buyer. In our very first transaction in a very dynamic housing market, it quickly became clear that Mark was not only a consummate professional but he was more skilled, more informed, and more strategic than any of the agents who were on the other side of the transaction. In each transaction, the contrast between the agents in his professionalism was not only striking, it became immediately obvious to us that we would not want anyone else looking out for our interests and guiding us through the complications of buying or selling property.

    Chip R. Redmond, OR
  • We worked with Mark Szychowski on buying our dream property in an area we didn't know well. Mark helped us zero in on the right fit within our price range and gave us his honest opinions when he thought we were going down a path that would be too much of a compromise. He was diligent, patient, proactive and above all a true pleasure to work with. The transactions went smoothly on every front. If you want an honest broker with deep integrity, who's plugged into the neighborhoods he represents and not looking for a quick transaction, I suggest you look him up.

    Whitney G.
  • We have used DeLaveaga Properties twice, and are extremely happy with the service that Chris provided. He has great experience, is dedicated, hardworking, patient, and provides valuable advice and insights into the process of buying a home. He is patient and definitely looks out for his clients interests. Chris is an excellent negotiator on behalf of his clients. We highly recommend Chris and DeLaveaga Properties. Kit and Paul H.

    Kit and Paul H.
  • My husband and I HIGHLY recommend Mark Szychowski. Mark helped us buy our first home and now, nearly twenty years later, guided us through the sale of that home and a rental property. Thanks to Mark, both properties sold just a few days after going on the market, both well above our asking price! Mark is knowledgeable and experienced, while also being very efficient, hard-working, and fair. From scheduling contractors to paint the house, put in new carpets, and make minor repairs, to negotiating sale price and conditions, he streamlined the complex process of selling two properties simultaneously. He also answered all our questions, giving us invaluable advice each step of the way, and always looking out for our best interests. He even gave us very helpful tips for the purchase of our next home! Mark is a pleasure to work with and we feel very grateful to have had him guide us through this process. We sincerely cannot think of any step along the way that could have gone any smoother. T

    M.C. Santa Cruz, CA
  • It has been personally rewarding and a pleasure having Chris Somple as my realtor. He embodies the qualities of what a true professional realtor should be and demonstrates tremendous initiative in looking out for my best interests. This is the second time I've used Chris and I'm about to use his representation again in finding a new home. Most recently, he sold my property within 6 days of going public on MLS. We had multiple offers given and it was awarded to someone who offered $75,000 above asking price. Prior to the sale, Chris scheduled his team of contractors to make minor repairs, hauling of unwanted junk, cleaning of the home and landscaping. His coordination and management skills throughout this process was extremely valuable since we wanted the property on the market yesterday. If you're looking for a experienced realtor that shares the same vision as you and understands the market for both buyers and sellers, I highly recommend Chris as the person you should turn to. He'

    Julio A. Santa Cruz, CA
  • I have had a 20 plus year relationship with Chris Somple and DeLaveaga Properties. I have been on all side of different transaction with him and find his work outstanding. He is knowledgeable, hard working a a true advocate for his clients. I highly recommend him for your next real estate transaction!

    Dave D. Aptos, CA
  • Mark and Chris at DeLavega Properties have given me and my wife outstanding service. Chris helped us sell our home in Watsonville and ended up getting us multiple offers and 15K over our asking price! We have since used DeLaveaga Properties as our #1 Real Estate Source. They aren't like other Realtors out there trying to make a huge commission check as quickly as possible and really have no interest in YOUR best interest as the party making a HUGE purchase and potentially life changing deal. I know I can always count on Chris and Mark to be diligent, and find me a good deal without all the hassle. Thanks Guys!

    Brad R. Santa Cruz
  • We would not be home owners without the guidance and dedication Mark has lent us. His expertise is by far the best I have seen in meeting other realtors. We cannot recommend him enough. His personal connections in the community and his outstanding reputation were instrumental in making us home owners. Thank you Mark! If you are thinking about buying or selling a house, you'll be more successful with him on your team. He surpasses this five star rating scale by far.

    Faye P. Santa Cruz, CA