eXp Realty - Southern Arizona Testimonials

We’d like to give a shout out to our friend and Best Realtor Marco Rincon for honesty and genuinely investing in us and our home.

Tom Heath from Nova Home Loans, Thank you Thank you Thank you for making the home buying situation smooth from start to finish. ???? to our future and the start of new memories in our new home with our beautiful family and incredible friends ❤️ The Reiber’s

David & Mel Reiber

Cathleen worked her tail off for me.

I had an aggressive timeline, and she catered to it. She worked every day of the week, she responded immediately to my questions. I never felt out of the loop or uneducated. Cathleen is a gem. Her easy going personality accented her wonderful work ethic even more. She's a great choice

Cy Brady

Tara was outstanding at guiding us through our first home-buying experience!

I have absolutely nothing bad to say. She was responsive, professional, knowledgeable, and provided us a personable and simple purchase. Her dedication to education and familiarity with local procedures was second to none. I highly recommend her for anyone looking to purchase or sell a home in the future!


Thanks Caryl for helping me find my new home!

Mary Lou Parise

Tara is great to work with.

She is prompt, pays attention to detail, and stays on top of everything until the deal is done. She does what is best for her client. LookWe highly recommend her.

The Haines

I had many emotions during my journey of buying my first home and Jay Shoptaugh was not only extremely patient with me, but he taught me so much throughout the entire process!

He went above and beyond to get me the absolute perfect house and was always available whenever I called him. He was extremely friendly, thorough, and he was always on his toes when it came to the documentation, I never had to wait for anything! He jumped in with both feet from the beginning and stuck with me throughout the entire process! I absolutely recommend Jay Shoptaugh as a top-rated realtor!!

Lisa Mancini

In an uncertain market, John came through for us!

With John on our side, we sold our home in just over 50 days and within $4K of our asking price. John was very knowledgeable and always made himself available to us throughout the selling process. Additionally, he used the latest technology to advertise our home to the masses. Whether you are buying, selling, or renting, I highly recommend you retain John Backer as your agent.

Selling Client

I was a first time homebuyer, and Cathleen was both knowledgable and patient with me, answering all my questions quickly and thoroughly.

When I was ready to make an offer, she guided me and even recommended I make a lower priced offer, which worked out well. She was so invested in the final outcome, and very excited for me when I was approved, when my offer was accepted, and finally when we completed the sale process, at closing. She was there when I signed the papers, for support and to answer any last minute questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone in the Tucson area, ready to buy a home. You will not be disappointed with her expertise and service.

Ronnae Melton

Cathleen was a great help with finding my first home.

Her advice was to be patient and she was right! She is very flexible with meeting/showing times and she ALWAYS texts back night or day! You really cannot ask for more in a realtor. If I could do it all over again I would still choose Cathleen.


I felt Mr.

Backer was very patient and tried to explain things so I could understand and follow the progress of the sale of our property. He was always warm, friendly and very approachable. He referred several contractors to me, and offered me assistance with other resources. He was also very consistent about his availability to answer questions and keep me apprised at all times.

Carmen Wentz

Cathleen was very professional in her representation as my realtor.

When planning my listing I was delayed in listing due to a family emergency. She answered questions and offered references to local companies needed to prepare my house for sale before signing with her. When I did become active she was available to answer and explain the process in layman's terms frequently. She was always available or returned calls timely. She went above and beyond to represent me with a company who was not ethical in the final outcomes for installation of a major mechanical added to the house. She represented me while I was out of town with state and county inspectors reviewed the case. She was available to stand by me when inspections were scheduled. She used her own resources to help me present my home for realtors and potential buyers. Cathleen was open to new trends in media advertisement and marketing, even arranged time for quick training in that marketing training. I witnessed her teamwork and professionalism in working with other realtors and businesses. She used additional skills in the presentation of my home and added new vendors to display their products and enhance the presentation of my home. I did not want physical detractors to my home while living in my home during listing. She overcame that restrictions with open houses that allowed major exposure to sell my home in less then three weeks on the market. During my listing multiple events occurred that needed immediate attention to rectify. She arrived to assist me and trouble shoot the same day so scheduled viewings did not need to be cancelled. All in all Cathleen is the Realtor to have that will actively represent a seller and buyer with the Excellence, Professionalism, Tenacity, and a skillful Personal Touch. She did good by me. She was also fair and just in dealing with the Buyer and Buyers agent.


Darci and Jake worked very hard to find us a home.

They were very accommodating while I was in Tucson to look at houses. When I returned to Minnesota, they continued to look, and even did FaceTime so I could see the house in real time. Darci was able to very quickly get a feel for what I wanted, so we didn’t waste time looking at houses that were not a match. She and Jake found us a fantastic home!!

Jan Taplin

Cathleen Jernigan personifies an absolute professional in her career.

She is very knowledgeable in the home buying process and made sure I understood every step as we progressed through the process. She also kept in contact and was always available when needed. Thank you so much for your help Cathleen. It was a pleasure doing business with you.


Client Feedback on Rita Taylor How fast did your agent respond to your questions: 5 out of 5 How well did your agent use technology: 5 out of 5 How helpful was the support staff: 5 out of 5 How good was the auxiliary services we recommended: 5 out of 5 How did the closing go: 5 out of 5 How close did we meet your expectations: 5 out of 5 How likely are you to recommend us: 5 out of 5 Services used: Buy How did you find us: Website Your most memorable moment Very nice !

Helped me alot! The moment you'd rather forget? Testimonial She is a very good Realty Agent! Helped me out alot!!

Gabriel Huerta

Professional, Intelligent, Exceptional, Educated.

These four adjectives combine perfectly when describing Melissa Triano. I have experienced this description immediately with Melissa. She has guided me in the initial recruitment process perfectly and has me in the right place mentally and physically, positioning myself to make a positive impact in a competitive new endeavor. I have tremendous confidence in her and I am thankful that she has been and will be guiding me through the rest of the process. Melissa's experience and vision speak for themselves!

Rich Star

Honest and hardworking with our best interest in mind.

We looked at many houses, then bought the first one he showed us. He was also helpful recommending a good carpet cleaning company, termite inspection, roofing, and HVAC company (inspection and minor maintenance - no problems with the house).

Bert Rollins

Cathleen was excellent!

She was on top of everything for us and returned texts and calls any time we had questions. I really felt like she was on our side the entire time which is how you should feel when buying a home. She was amazing to work with and I highly recommend her! I can’t express how pleased I am with her. She has expertise and would even point out issues she saw with the house so she was definitely looking out for us!

M Manriquez & Esteban Osuna

We were very pleased to have Cathleen on our house purchasing team.

She went the extra mile to meet all our needs. She was very professional and has outstanding character. I highly recommend her for anyone needing to close in 30 days. She will get the job done!

Christine Bierhaus

My husband and I worked with Darci for about a year.

She was the listing agent for my husband's rental home and we ended up with a full price offer within minutes of listing it! Darci was so patient with us and spent many weekends looking at houses with us until we found the right one. We had issues with our lender and Darci was able to get us into contact with a loan officer that was able to get our loan processed in about two weeks, it was taking our previous loan officer a year and he still was coming back asking for the same thing over and over again. Darci helped us so much with the whole process and really helped us keep our wits about us during the homebuying and selling process.

Brianne Karner

07/20/2017 - Karen Smith Helped me rent a Single Family home in Casas Adobes, Tucson, AZ.

Local knowledge: 5 Stars Process expertise: 5 Stars Responsiveness: 5 Stars Negotiation skills: 5 Stars Ulysses was very helpful and went above and beyond in helping me find my home. He was patient, kind and I always felt like I was in good hands. I will definitely use his services and contact him again and have told anyone I know in the market about him. Thank you!!

Karen Smith

Cathleen provided me with an unparalleled experience!

She spent a great deal of time with me searching for the perfect home that fit my price range. After finding the perfect home, Cathleen was able to negotiate with the seller and bring the price down by $10k! I would highly recommend Cathleen to anyone who want an honest, timely, and hassle free experience when buying a home!


Apryl was very attentive and detail oriented.

She responded to all requests and calls in a timely manner. I will definitely use Apryl in the future and would highly recommend her to anyone.

Mr. Garcia

I moved down to Sahuarita for a job from Olympia, Washington in July.

We found John in an advertisement and he helped me find an apartment that worked out great. He also was helping me find a home because I knew that I did not want to be in the apartment for a year. John always kept me up to date on houses and would give me ones to look at online just about every other week. He has a wonderful website where you can look at all the houses with pictures and it is very detailed and organized. John did a wonderful job with helping me find the perfect home for me, he went above and beyond and I feel that he truly cares about his customers and it shows. I would recommend John Backer to my friends and anyone who is looking to buy/sell a house because he is a wonderful agent and will do everything he can to meet his customers needs. Thanks to John I have a beautiful home that I love and he is the one that made it happen :)


Cathleen is aggressive in the most professional manner.

She listed my house and had an offer on the table within 2 weeks, offered encouragement during the bumps and researched any issues I didn't know where to begin. I will gladly use her services again if I am in the market to sell. Yolanda Lazos


I couldn't have asked for a better realtor!

As a first time home buyer i was nervous and really had no idea how to purchase a house, but John made my home buying experience a good one. He guided me every step of the way, always available to answer my questions and ease my concerns. John is patient, knowledgeable, reliable, thorough and an excellent negotiator. I would highly recommend him to others looking to buy or sell their home.

Buying Client

John Backer is spot on.

He helped us tremendously right out the gate. I is very knowledgeable and informative with any questions or concerns we had. He is aggressive when needed and very open minded with your wants or needs. Any time we needed to do a viewing or had questions he was always at our service without any delays.


While we did not spend months and months looking at endless houses, (We looked at two and purchased the 2nd one) Tara was exactly what we needed her to be.

She was easy to get a hold of, responsive to our sometimes endless questions, and was great in helping us secure a fast closing. I would easily recommend her for future home purchases.


If you are looking for a realtor I highly recommend Jay Shoptaugh!

He goes above and beyond for you. He listens to you and works hard to bring you to the house you will want to call home. Know that when he brings you to a house he didn't just pull up the paperwork and then just take a chance you will like it. He does his homework finding and checking as many of your desire boxes he can then goes the extra mile and goes and looks at all the houses BEFORE he even takes you to them. He LISTENS to you, he works hard to make sure he finds what you want. Give him a try, you will be happy you did. Please feel free to ask me any questions about my experience.

Onae Shinn

We bought our home through Tara about a year ago.

My spouse was not able to join me in house hunting, but Tara made the process so easy. She worked with my hectic schedule to meet at almost any time for house tours and was always available via text or phone call when I had a question. We will definitely go through her again when we decide to move.

Megan A. Bosworth

Darci is amazing!

She took the time necessary to find us the house that was exactly right for us!

Suzanne Droubie

Cat took over the sale of our home after a previous agent left us very disappointed.

She made sure our house was top priority and sold it within 2 months! If I weren’t already living in TX, I’d definitely hire her again.


My husband and I had an amazing experience with Tara!

We are a military family, at the time, I was in England my husband was in Africa and Tara did every single thing we asked of her here in Arizona to make our home buying experience as smooth as possible. She went above and beyond in sending us additional pictures and videos when asked. Coordinated all inspections and kept us well informed despite the time difference and miles apart. We highly recommend Tara!

Alisa and Gene Carter

She's amazing to work with!

She's dependable and knowledgable! Her communication skills with our clients makes the world of difference to keep a transaction smooth and she is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend!

Sasha Flores

I was very pleased with my Home Buying experience/process, This was due to an excellent Real estate agent.

I was impressed by the fantastic service i recieved, and i loved the fact that John was available at all times. He was very enthusiastic about his job and i would say that he enjoys it; he truly went above and beyond to help us settle into our home. All in All John truly has the technology advantage - he even created a website for our business How many Realtors could or would build you a website? :]

Buying Client

04/12/2018 - frankjessicarivera44 Bought a Single Family home in 2018 in Broadway-Northeast, Tucson, AZ.

Local knowledge: 5 Stars Process expertise: 5 Stars Responsiveness: 5 Stars Negotiation skills: 5 Stars Ulysses was a joy to work with. He took the time to hear us to know exactly what kind of home we were interested in. He always Responed promptly to any email, text or phone call I made. My family and I are forever grateful to him. I know if anyone is in the market of buying a home, without hesitation ,I would recommend Ulysses an his team at Tucson Desert Homes

Frank & Jessica Rivera

During the sale of my house John consistently met all expectations whether it was holding open house, providing feedback from prospective buyers, advertising and promotion and soliciting viewing from other agents.

He consistently kept me informed thru each step of the process.


Cathleen is by far the most outstanding agent I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

Not only is she extremely knowledgeable about the Arizona area of Tucson she is very familiar with the ever changing patterns of real estate in a college town. She was always available for every question that I posed to her regarding the purchase of our forever home. She navigated the entire purchase for us and made a very tricky move from the east coast to the beautiful desert a very peaceful transition for myself and my family. Cathleen treated me like a family member from the moment we said hello to each other and she extended her hand to shake my hand. She truely is the agent that every home buyer or seller should use


Cathleen is by far one of the best realtors I have ever dealt with.

Cathleen was always available to show me whatever home I was looking for within just a call or email. When I finally found the home I really wanted, she made sure I knew every detail and understood all the paperwork. From start to close, I feel Cathleen went out of her way to be sure I was taken care of and I am finally in my amazing new home!


John was my agent for a recent home purchase.

Buying a home is stressful, but he made it easy. I never felt like I was being 'sold to' or condescended, as I've noticed is a problem with other agents. His down-to-earth realism and kind honesty really helped me feel comfortable during the process. If you're looking for someone who will be your biggest advocate and who isn't afraid to tell it like it is (nicely), then John's your guy. He has earned my trust, and I intend to go to him for my next real estate transaction.

Buying Client

I have bought and sold several houses during my lifetime and have learned to dread it.

My experience with Apryl was a refreshing change. I gave her my wish list and my price range for a home and she hit it on the very first try. She was very helpful thru the negotiations, inspections and financing. I would give her a five star rating.

New Owner

Extremely happy with her knowledge and the process went very smoothly.

Everything she said was as promised. She provided top of the line service and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new place to live.


04/23/2018 - zuser20140507182619867 Bought a Single Family home in 2018 in Rancho Buena, Tucson, AZ.

Local knowledge: 5 Stars Process expertise: 5 Stars Responsiveness: 5 Stars Negotiation skills: 5 Stars Im a single mom of 2 boys so naturally the home buying process was scary to me, i thank GOD we came across our Realtor Ulysses's P. He was truly a blessing for my Boys and my self, he is such an amazing soul, down to earth, and very humble, he would respond immediately to all my questions, and made the home buying process amazing!!! He really looks out for his client's!! My boys and my self couldn't be any more happier!! We love our New Home!!! Its exactly what we wanted!!!!!! I truly recoment "ULYSSES'S PASTONES!!!!! #TheRealMVP #TheMan!!!! Sonia L Campos

Sonia Campos

Trabajar con Veronica fue muy simple.

Ella hizo todo entendible, y su equipo fue increíble. ¡Si vas a comprar o vender una casa, solo la recomendaría!

Pablo Noriega

10/30/2017 - berthaherrera77 Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in Valencia West, Tucson, AZ.

Local knowledge: 5 Stars Process expertise: 5 Stars Responsiveness: 5 Stars Negotiation skills: 5 Stars We are grateful to have found a great realtor and friend. Ulysses helped us from sun up to sun down in search of a new place for our family. I would highly recommend him to assist anyone interested in selling or buying a home. Ulysses picked us up directly at our home and would prepare at least 10 homes a day to see. Amazing service!! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. ~ The Herrera Family

Daniel & Bertha Herrera

John helped me and my fiancé find our first home during the chaotic Holiday Season.

He was knowledgeable and willing to show us homes in a, more than reasonable, timely manner. He was patient with us and his opinions and suggestions were very useful for us first time home buyers.


09/05/2017 - sokolovich43 Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in Sahuarita, AZ.

Local knowledge: 5 Stars Process expertise: 5 Stars Responsiveness: 5 Stars Negotiation skills: 5 Stars Ulysses went above and beyond our expections. We are out of state buyers, and Ulysses kept in touch with us, did video walk throughs of homes. He was very adept at negotiating our terms, and was clearn and concise with his communication. Our over all experience with Ulysses, and the Tucson Desert Homes Team was exceptional.

Richard & Ann Sokolovich

John was very knowledgeable and very flexible and accommodating.

He pointed out details during the process of home-shopping and home-buying so that I was confident that I was making the best decisions and going into the process fully prepared.

Justin Ludwig

Cathleen went above and beyond in helping me sell my house!

I live out of state and some repairs needed to be made. She was my eyes and ears and really stayed on top of everyone to make sure everything was done right, which was awesome since I couldn't be there my self. She was also incredibly helpful in navigating through what offers i should consider and what offers I should flat out reject. Without Cathleen's help I'm certain it would have cost me. She stayed in contact and was constantly giving me updates on what people liked and what they didn't like. She also had great ideas (without being pushy in any way) about things to consider that might help to make the house more appealing. I want to thank her again for all her hard work! It really paid off for me and my wife!


My wife and I met Tara when we first moved to Tucson and were looking to buy a house.

She did a great job for us and found a house for us in a couple of weeks. We ended up having to move from the Tucson area for medical reasons, so we contacted Tara again to help us sell our house. Once again she did an outstanding job for us and we were able to sell our house almost immediately. She was always responsive to our needs and always went over and above to get our questions answered. I highly recommend Tara, she is an outstanding realtor.

Bill Lawler and Ginny Moore

Our home buying experience with Apryl was fantastic.

She is extremely knowledgeable and worked hard to close our deal ahead of schedule. We highly recommend Apryl for anyone trying buy or sell a home.

Kristopher Laeuter

We were out of state and liked the home we found on Zillow Tucson.

It was easy calling Cathleen . The home just went on the market. We arrived there in a few days. The home is just what we wanted. Cathleen was there for all our question and needs and guided us through by phone, email etc., as we had to return to now what we call our previous state. This process went real smooth, Thanks to Cathleen skill, care and Professional Real Estate Knowledge. Cathleen helped with information for inspections utilities and etc. THANKS CATHLEEN

Gilbert Spaulding

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