Barb puts great store in her relationships with others. She is very clear in her intention to use her career of real estate as a way of valuing and serving others. Her warm personality, attention to detail, and in-depth knowledge of the area has served her well in becoming a successful real estate agent.
Barb has joy and fulfillment in a life of balance: family, real estate, and the beautiful outdoors.
Specialties: Barb's biz is 100% referral based. Barb will bring her attention to detail, ethics & professionalism to deliver 1-on-1 customer service from start to finish. Barb's playful, yet serious, attitude allows her to partner w/ realtors/agencies to smoothly move your transaction along. Her ability to focus on your goals & maintain a calm demeanor allows others to do the same resulting in a pleasant experience. Barb is a straight shooter who has your success in mind.
The Southern California lifestyle is often characterized as a life full of harmonious enjoyment of outdoors. If that is the case, then Barb is the quintessential So Cal gal. She is focused, detailed, and yet full of joy.
Barb can be found enjoying the North County San Diego golf courses and beaches with her clients and friends. She moved from Los Angeles into the Cardiff / Encinitas area in the 90s and has since called it home. On her way to becoming a realtor, Barb gained experience in marketing and sales in the computer and corporate worlds. While raising a family, she flexed her muscles as an entrepreneur by starting and expanding a successful mobile pet grooming business, “At Your Bark and Call”. By the time she sold her business she had over 200 active clients.
Barb has also distinguished herself as a world class tandem surfer, and a formidable beach volleyball competitor, golfer and skiing enthusiast.
"We had an excellent experience working with Barb Westlake! She went above and beyond in working with the sellers and other related professionals to make our experience as seamless as possible. She anticipated things ahead of schedule and kept our transaction on track. If you are looking to buy or sell a home, you will not be disappointed in the level of care and service Barb provides."
~Marcy & Chris
"One can not go wrong with Barb Westlake as your realtor. We are new to California and Barb Westlake was a tremendous help with the buying of our new home. She negotiated the price to our liking and made sure that everything was done by the seller as promised. She was and still is always there when we need her. The closing of the house was very easy and professionally done. Barb arranged for all the work that needed to be done to the house. We consider her as a good friend now and highly recommend her."
~Chuck & Anneliese
"Barb went above and beyond at every decision. She was honest, full of great knowledge, and it was clear that she truly had our best interest at heart. Working with her was a pleasure and a privilege!"
~Josh & Celina
"Barb is one of the best. She helped me find a home for my elderly mom & dad in a process that took about a year. She is kind and patient, and was committed to finding the right home for them. She was willing to show me a listing at the drop of a hat, and show it again when my parents were available to see a property. We went through a rough patch when their house didn't sell and couldn't follow through with a purchase, but finally landed in a great place that's quickly becoming their home. I am so grateful for Barb's patience and hard work. She's my go-to agent, and I highly recommend her."
"Barb helped us find our first home 6 years ago. She was a key part of negotiating the best price and terms for us and we landed in our dream starter home. She attended many showings with us prior to that and her professional input was very helpful. Barb has now helped us purchase our next home for our family and was once again a big part in our search which was quite extensive. We are selling our home and she has advised us on every step of the way, which we really needed! I highly recommend Barb as a real estate professional."
~Mike & Beth
"Dear Barbara, We would like to thank you for our introduction to Ocean Hills Country Club. You were such an efficient real estate agent, who enabled us to see various homes in the area. You gave us a great tour and were always ready to be of service with your expertise. We always felt comfortable with you. You were always available to accommodate our needs. We would highly recommend you for any real-estate transaction in North County area."
~Patricia Honey and Ken Krueger
"Barb is exactly the type of realtor we were looking for. She pays attention to detail, cares about you individually, takes the time to understand your wants & needs and so much more. What I liked most about our experience with Barb was her sweet wit. It's unexpected sometimes, like when things may not be going so well, she has her own way to help keep a smile on your face and lighten the stress that often comes with the home buying process. In additon to all of this above, her experience is completely prevalent. Her communication is top notch, always providing updates as often as needed. She really knows what she is doing and is transparent throughout. I would absolutely and most definitely reccomend Barb to everyone."
~Sacita & Jeff Livingston
"Barb handled the process from our initial contact to discuss the property value to the close of escrow in a very professional manner. She had to deal with a 95 year old seller and his family of real estate professionals! We all could not have been happier. Her marketing strategy was spot on and we were very pleased with all aspects of the transaction. I suspect our property was located a bit out of her normal "farm", however, I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to list or purchase a home anywhere in San Diego County."
~Curt Stalder, Senior Vice President / Principal, Lee & Associates | Newport Beach
"Barbara was the perfect realtor. She was helpful, kind, considerate, on time and full of great ideas and suggestions. I could not have been happier and I thank my son for his choice and suggestion. Such a sweet lady, to boot!"
"To Whom it may concern, If you are looking for a realtor, I highly recommend Barb Westlake. Barb’s incredible personality, professionalism & pro-active style sets her apart in the market, she is an absolute pleasure to work with. Barb led me through a difficult housing market, a quick and complicated purchasing process with patience and ease. She negotiated the sellers to not do an open house, or accept additional offers and cemented acceptance of my offer within 48 hours if submission. She consistently went above and beyond during escrow and helped me gather documents when she knew I was to busy. I can’t imagine my experience purchasing a new home could have been better. Feel free to contact me as a reference, you can’t go wrong if you choose her with the precious task of finding a home.'
~Sincerely, Sara Hezberg, Herzberg15@hotmail.com, 760-468-5892
"Barb is a true professional. Her knowledge of the market is spot on. Barb helped my family relocate to the area and was incredibly helpful. She found us great properties to see, helped negotiate our deal and knew the ins and outs of all the local public schools. Barb's follow through is amazing and I recommend her whenever I can."
"Barb assisted us in both buying a new home and selling our old one. She was always a pleasure to work with, she was realistic with a positive attitude and a great sense of humor. She was always available to answer questions or for spur of the moment showings and she made completing the mountains of paperwork as easy as possible. We felt very confident that we were using an honest and knowledgeable realtor who had our very best interests in mind. We highly recommend using Barb Westlake as your realtor!"
~Chris & Wade
"Fun..friendly..always smiling and happy... She is always available to you, whether it's showing you property, texting or talking on phone... She even drops a lil goodie off to your house unexpectedly....... She is a wealth of info regarding the in's and outs of Real Estate..Her documented presentation is priceless, just like her..."
"5 Stars all around! Barb is very eager and energetic to help! She is very knowledgable regarding properties and neighborhoods. She is very trustwothy and has a lot of experience working in the real estate market. I love how she sends monthly emails to keep homeowners and renters. She even goes above and beyond and does the little extras to maintain good relationships with her clients. And she is so funny :)"
~Holly & Dave
"We are very interested in a condo for sale in Oceanside. Due to odd circumstances, the seller hasn't begun reviewing offers even though the condo has been listed for quite some time & our offer was made. Barb is aware of our continued interest and emails me frequently to let me know that she is staying in touch with the listing agent. Despite these strange set of circumstances, I am confident Barb will continue to be our advocate."
"As we entered the home buying arena, in busy and complex North County San Diego, we looked for a Realtor, Broker Associate with local and area market knowledge, with ability to analyze home structural integrity, significant mortgage/escrow experience, and most importantly, a personal understanding of our buyer needs. We could not had a better home purchasing experience than facilitated by Barb Westlake. She expedited our home tours by including only homes that fit our parameters. At the opening of escrow she monitored every detail and advised us through every step of the process. At the close of escrow she coordinated the necessary inspections and repairs and the transfer of ownership in a timely manner to complete a very short escrow. Based on our experience we can recommend Barb Westlake without reservation. Barbara Westlake is for me.com!"
~Kathy & Kyle
"Typically a real estate transaction is stressful, difficult and downright unpleasant. I was faced with the most stressful time in my life, unexpectedly losing my husband at a young age. Along with the grief of loss with my two young children, we were faced with the need to sell our home. During this transaction, with Barb as my guide, we left the house that we all loved for the past 7 years, knowing that the move was meant to be. We were able to sell our home very efficiently and had all of the pieces fall into place. I really felt like Barb was my partner. She always talked through my options and next steps, and made solid and wise decisions. She handled multiple offers, showings, and communication with all parties so timely and professionally, allowing my family to walk away from a financially stressful situation feeling it was the best possible outcome we could have imagined. I would recommend Barb to anyone needing a heartfelt and knowledgeable agent. Not to mention, I think she got the home into escrow within a couple of weeks, with plenty of offers and counters. As an agent myself, I was so thrilled that I selected Barb among the sea of agents out there. Her diligence, strong organization and follow through, thorough communication with me, the buyer and his agent, in addition to the multiple offers, showings and open houses were impeccable. She did not miss a beat! Some words that come to mind when reflecting about this transaction and Barb include: friendly, caring, diligent, knowledgeable, proactive, organized, easy to work with, intelligent, strategic, moral. These are all positive attributes that make Barb such a great business person and agent. Get her if you can before she goes big time! Thanks Barb! "
"We used Barb to sell our home last year and have just purchased an investment property with her. Barb received 4 offers on our home within the first few days of the list date and we ended up selling the home for over asking price in a declining market! We really appreciated the personalized attention we received and Barb was unbelievably patient, low-pressure, no BS and went above and beyond the call of duty on innumerable occasions. Furthermore, she was a lot of fun to work with. We truly appreciate the job she did for us and would not hesitate to use her again in our future real estate transactions."
~ Dan and Linda
"My wife and I were recently interested in purchasing a house near the beach in Encinitas. And while we were generally familiar with the area, we were living near San Francisco making it difficult to understand and react to all opportunities. I am so glad we found Barbara. Barbara was extremely helpful in every aspect of the process, and we now have a dream home walking distance from the beach! Barbara is extremely knowledgeable on the housing market in the area and was able to provide really good guidance on where the opportunities are and how to approach the market. As we got further into the process, she was super attentive and helped us coordinate everything we needed to close the deal. Most importantly, she helped us navigate the negotiation and inspections and made sure we got the best deal possible. We highly recommend Barbara!"
~Paige and Paul
"We just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you again for all you did to help us purchase our new home, and sell our condo. It’s been a little over a year now in the new house and we still couldn’t be happier!We still can’t believe you were able to help us sell the condo in such a short period given how bad the market was at the time. It was a tricky transaction given the short timing of the condo sale and getting everything to fall into place in time to get into the new house… not to mention preparing for the birth of our first child at the same time!! We couldn’t have gotten through all of that without you. You were there for us when we had questions or needed reassurance, always followed through when you said you would and were tenacious in following up with all the other parties involved to make sure things happened when they were supposed to (even when some of them were less than responsive or helpful). You even returned our calls and chased things down when you were on vacation! And through it all you were always pleasant and smiling. Needless to say we can’t thank you enough. We love our house and our new neighborhood. We’re looking forward to many more years of happiness here, raising our daughter in what she’ll someday refer to as her childhood home. Take care & hope to see you soon."
~Mark and Tracy
"Mary and I wanted to thank you for the excellent job you did on the recent sale of our townhouse and purchase of our new home. We really have you to thank for finding us the perfect property. Your unique ability to listen and understand our needs combined with your outstanding knowledge of the local area put us in a prime location at a great price. We were also very impressed with the professionalism you displayed during the entire process. Your almost daily emails keep us completely apprised of the status of both transactions, and your patience during the negotiating process was very commendable. In the multiple offer situation we faced, that patience undoubtedly played a significant role in our offer being accepted. You were also very wise to suggest we use your seasoned mortgage broker. This move ended up saving us a full percentage point in the interest rate. All these factors contributed to our finding the perfect home at an excellent price, selling our townhouse for a good price in a short timeframe despite a tough real estate market, and having financial terms we can live with for years to come. This alone would be great but perhaps what we enjoyed most about this transaction was our dealings with you. Your personal touch and your keen sense of humor made what is normally a stressful situation pleasant. Barb, although we can’t imagine moving anytime soon (that’s certainly Mary’s view!), if we did you would be our first choice for handling both ends of the transaction. Thanks again!"
~Sincerely, Michael and Mary
"I want to tell you how grateful I am for all the great work you did to sell my house. Considering today’s difficult market conditions, your immense knowledge of the local real estate market is very impressive and certainly played a significant role in the sale. Your prompt return of my calls and your willingness to answer my questions and to keep me informed was a great comfort, and your suggestions such as staging of the furniture were very helpful. Your patience and perseverance in dealing with a difficult buyer and her broker is another one of your outstanding assets. Let me know if you ever need a reference. I would definitely use you for my next sale (if any!) and recommend you to my friends. Again, thanks so much! “TLC” ought to be your middle name."
"Dear Barbara, This is to let you know how pleased I am with the services as a realtor you provided to my family and me. You have been unbelievably patient, were always upbeat, and it was fun driving around with you looking at houses. You knew details about the various properties, compared them to our wish list, and quickly obtained additional information if necessary. It must have not been easy to juggle the various points of view of my wife, my kids, and myself. In the end, you found us a great new home. We are very thankful to you."
"Buying a bank-owned, fixer-upper home was a new experience for us. Fortunately, Barb was our realtor. She was able to explain the atypical real estate process of buying form a bank and battling against developers who pay cash. In the end, it was Barb's advice to look at homes that had been on the market for more than 30 days that won us our cute little house! Barb's calm, professional demeanor made her a pleasure to work with."
~Dave & Bonnie
"Dear Barb, Jeanette and I enjoyed working with you throughout the search and purchase of our new home. We've purchased a few homes in our 25 years of marriage and this was the easiest transaction by far. Everything seemed to simply fall into place in a very short period or time. Thank you for the time spent showing us several houses, your expertise regarding the values of each, your property research and especially for keeping in constant contact with us. All of this expert service helped us in making the right decision when we finally found the perfect home for us. In addition, your negotiation skills enabled us to save thousands of dollars over the original asking price! We are busy getting settled but once we've finished a couple of projects, we want to have you and Mike over for dinner. We will gladly recommend your service to family and friends when we have the opportunity. Thank you again for all of your help."
~Best Regards, Dave & Jeanette
"We worked with Barb as our realtor this year and successfully found the home of our dreams, owing a great deal of it to Barb's effort and professionalism. Barb arranged countless home showings for us. Having her input allowed us to make more informed decisions throughout the house-hunting process. Barb was an excellent negotiator as well, enabling us to land on our desired home significantly below the asking price. Once we found our home, Barb kept us informed throughout each step of the process and was very thorough in explaining all the paperwork that followed. Not only were we pleased with her, but the other parties we worked with in finalizing the sale also commented on how refreshing Barb's attitude was. Overall, Barb goes above and beyond throughout the entire home-buying process, is a consumate professional but is also a lot of fun to work with, which we found to be a great bonus."
~Mike and Beth
"There is no better choice than Barb Westlake as a real estate agent! My family and I recently purchased a home and Barb's service was exceptional from start to finish. Considering that I was under a time crunch (wife was 8 months pregnant) and the lending environment was particularly difficult, you would think that the process would have been incredibly stressful. Barb, however, went above and beyond to alleviate a great deal of my stress. She was in constant contact with me, the selling agent, the escrow company, and even my own lender to ensure that that the endless requirements were being met. Also refreshing, is that Barb's ethical and moral standards are very high and she has my best interest in mind. There is no doubt that Barb will be my agent again on my next real estate transaction."
Dear Barb, Just a quick note to say thank you for your great job in selling my home. This was not an easy transaction as the house was premium priced for a very select buyer. You were very patient and extremely professional in handling all prospective buyers as well as keeping me posted on their comments and observations. Once the right offer did come in, you handled it perfectly and stepped both myself and the buyer through the negotiation and paperwork process without a hiccup. We ended up selling my place over the asking price in a difficult market. That is pretty amazing. So again, thank you and I would say to any prospective buyer or seller “work with Barb and you will achieve the results you’re looking for……..and then some!."
"Dear Barb, Thank you so much for the gift card! We really appreciate all your patience and support. It was a great experience working with you on our first purchase and we won't hesitate to recommend you to our friends. Let us know if you ever need anything and we definitely want to have you and Mike over for dinner once we get situated."
~Ryan and Marina
"I had my beach home on the market with a different Realtor and it sat there for four months. Not one inquiry. Then I tried selling it by owner for a month, nothing. I then gave Barb a call to see what she could do. The house was sold within two weeks. She was always there to answer my questions and make the the transaction go smoothly. My only problem was that I should of called Barb from the get go."
"Barb rocks! Extremely personable, professional, and knowledgeable yet approachable and accessible . There is no question or task too small or trivial. We had pretty strict criteria for buying, and Barb found us the perfect home. Barb has an open communication policy that works extremely well both on the buying and selling end. When we were considering an agent, we wanted someone non overbearing but able to get the job done. Barb fit all those qualities and then some. As a bonus, she is also someone I would love to have as a neighbor- Thanks Barb, we love our home and appreciate your help."
~Pete and Steph
"Being first-time homebuyers and 6 months away from our wedding, my husband and I were very stressed & overwhelmed with the home-buying process. Once we met Barb our feelings changed immediately. Not knowing where to start, Barb helped us narrow down our ideal cities, home type and size, as well as our price range. Never did we have to worry about being pushed into a certain home - Barb always had our best interests at heart! Many times she spoke up first, letting us know that she didn’t feel the listing was the right home for us. This really meant a lot to us, and we knew we had an amazing REALTOR looking out for us. Barb is incredibly smart & talented, knows the area and available any time of day if it means making her clients’ dreams come true. 2 months ago we moved into our first home, & it was all thanks to Barb. In a tough market with so little inventory, she always fought for us and we can’t thank her enough. We often joke that she is the aunt you can’t help but love, and we are so happy to call her both our REALTOR and our friend. In 5 - 7 years from now and hopefully a couple of kids later, she will definitely be the one helping us find our next home!"
~ Maddy and Nick
"Barb was absolutely amazing! My husband and I were first time home buyers and Barb was so helpful in guiding us to find our dream home. She knows her stuff and fights for you! As soon as we met her, she instantly felt like family. We love you Barb and we love our new home!!!"
~Krista & Pat
"Our experience with Barb was truly wonderful. This is our third home purchase and we have never had such a positive experience. Barb is diligent, thorough and keenly aware of what would work for our family. The best part was her wonderful sense of humor and ability to keep the process as stress-free as possible."
~Brian & Karen
"Barb Westlake is a remarkably caring and detailed real estate agent. When it comes time to sell or buy a home, my husband and I turn to Barb. She has always been so knowledgeable and the process has always smooth."
~Maleah & Ben
"Barb guided us through the most seamless transaction. Our family was thrilled with every aspect of the selling of our dads home and all the additional guidance she provided. Truly unparalleled service and I will recommend Barb to anyone looking to buy or sell their home."
"Barb was with us every step of the way from looking at multiple homes to entering escrow and the buying process of our first home. Even after we completed the buying process for the home she still helped us with whatever questions we had regarding moving in, contractors, or any other questions. She helped us set up our utilities, and treated us like family. She is very knowledgeable about the San Diego area and has been in the real estate game for quite some time."
~Joe & Heather
"Barb recently served as both our selling and buying agent. She is very knowledgeable, has a friendly demeanor and is a pleasure to work with. She kept the process very transparent and made sure we were in the loop at every step. She was able to thoroughly explain all the steps and was happy to answer any questions we had. Communication was consistent, timely and comprehensive. On the selling side she had a good handle on the market and was able to give sound advice when it came to developing a selling strategy. She guided us through house preparations, pre-listing, to ensure we received the best possible price (it worked!). She even assisted with staging, providing items she thought would help appeal to potential buyers. On the buying side, she was very attentive to our requirements and needs for the new house. We received electronic updates every time a new listing hit the market which helped us to act fast in this competitive environment. When we decided to pull the trigger, she wasted no time delivering an offer within hours and then skillfully navigating us through negotiations. She stayed focused on the deal until the end, assisting with inspections, escrow and the seller. I look forward to working with Barb in the future, and would/do encourage anyone who is looking for assistance with either selling or buying a home to give her a call! "
"Barb was a true blessing to us. She advised us on how to make our home presentable in the best way to showcase it's best assets. She negotiated our purchase of our new home as well. She is so quick to respond to us and always 2 steps ahead in the process. She looked out for us every step of the way. The best testimony was from the sellers agent on our new property. She said that if she ever needed to buy a home she would want Barb to represent her!! We will recommend her to all our friends and she will always be our agent."
~John & Lisa
"Barb was a major asset to us when we were searching for a home during a highly competitive market. From the moment we met Barb, she made us feel at ease, as well as excited that we'd find the right home for our family. Not being familiar with the Carlsbad area, Barb was extremely knowledgeable (and honest) about schools, neighborhoods, and areas that might interest us. In order to secure the home we wanted, Barb paid special attention to every detail, and made sure to establish a great working relationship with the sellers' realtor. Barb's patience and guidance gave us great comfort during the escrow process. She was always accessible, ready to help, and went above and beyond what anyone would expect from their realtor. She truly is the best, and we are so happy we found her."
~Jake & Lauren
"Barb was very prompt, professional, courteous, knowledgeable and very easy to work with. My wife and I were very pleased with Barb's services. She posted great photos of our home and presented it very well. Barb sold our home in a weekend!!"
~Jeremy & Elizabeth
"Barb is truly an amazing and professional realtor. My husband and I were looking to purchase our first home and didn't know where to start. We turned to Barb as a friend and she was there with us every step of the way. Barb made it incredibly easy for us to work with the loan officers and was able to help us with any quart ions that we had. When we started looking for homes, Barb was constantly on the lookout offering sound advice about the neighborhoods, and pointing out any red flags about the property. We found our dream home and we were able to get it at a great price due to Barbs negotiation skills. The escrow process was seamless and we even were able to close early! Barb was such a great resource for us and I would recommend her to anyone looking to purchase a home in San Diego!"
~Alex & Jojo
Barb Westlake is an amazing Real Estate Agent. From the professionalism to the responsiveness on conversations I was so impressed. She knows the entire process of the transaction on buying house which is very good for first new buyers, such as in my case. Not only for unexperienced customer but also for people with very difficult and volatile schedules that are constantly traveling Barb is definitely the way to go. I travel probably 80% of my time and while the process of purchasing was undergoing Barb helped me gather all necessary information that made it easiest and simplest for me. She is very patient and understanding. Barb is NOT one of those real estate agent that all they want to help you for is simply for the money. It took me around 2 years to finally find something on my liking and Barb was always there for me. Not only once the initial offer was approved was she there, but also every single step of the way until I finally moved in. I would definitely recommend Barb to anyone that is only looking for the very best when it comes to buying house. She always gives you options and recommendations with her personal experience which helps immensely if you are not sure about what to do. I am very happy that I found Barb to make this happen for me and I hope this will help you determine on choosing her for your future purchase/sell.