Real People, Real Reviews

Frank and Adrienne:

Relocating back to North County from the SF Bay area after 35 years was an undertaking. With the growth and changes in various areas, we had no idea what we were up against. We had a timeline and there was not much of a selection during December/ January, but Ernie was extremely helpful and patient assisting us through our search. We were very fortunate and pleased with the end result and would highly recommend him for your needs.

Sean and Claudia:

During our home buying experience Ernie made us feel like he was his only client. He was extremely responsive to answer all our questions and if there was an answer he did not know he would contact the seller and have an answer within hours. He even called me back when I accidentally called him at 6 in the morning on a Sunday. We had a very long closing because of flood damage post inspection. He ensured we were taken care of both financially and with a place to live while we waited for the repairs. I would highly recommend him to any of my family or friends. A true Professional in many ways. (2/1 ask him).

Steve and Cindy:

Ernie has been a tremendous help to our entire family. Both our daughters, our Aunt and Uncle and a Niece and her husband used Ernie to purchase their homes. He has been great to work with. He definitely takes his time to listen to our needs and then tries to match them with existing properties. We’ve never felt rushed on an appointment and he has made himself available whenever we need to look at a potential home or had a questions. His knowledge of the industry and local area is top notch. I would highly recommend him to any buyer or seller.

Richard and Debbra:

We have bought and sold 11 homes in the last 18 years and Ernie has made this latest process the easiest ever. Professional, friendly, responsive, proactive and an all around genuine guys. Lucky to have found him and will be happy to work with him again and again.

 Zack and Sheri:

Ernie is the best realtor that we’ve ever worked with (and we’ve seen quite a few). We were referred to him by family members that were also very happy with their home-buying experience. Ernie was available 24/7 throughout the whole process. He was there every time we contacted him with questions or concerns, and he was always a few steps ahead of us. His 14+ years of experience really showed. He knew detailed information about every neighborhood we looked at and pointed out things in every house that we would have missed. The result of all Ernie’s hard work was putting my wife and I in our dream home and keeping us well within budget. What sets Ernie apart from most the realtors we’ve worked with is how trustworthy he is. I never doubted that Ernie was looking out for us, and I trust him like a close friend now. He is the only realtor that we will use in the San Diego area, and we are referring all of our friends to him.

 Travis & Stephanie:

I am proud to recommend Ernie MacManus. He is a terrific realtor and an even better person. He is friendly, attentive and extremely knowledgeable of the San Diego real estate market. Ernie played a huge role in helping us buy our dream home.

Let me preface this review by saying this is the 35th house I have lived in. I have worked with a dozen realtors and business brokers in the past and I have experienced every type of personality, from aggressive an pushy to absent and lazy. I am happy to say that I FINALLY found a realtor that lived up to his 5 Star reputation. Ernie worked with us to find the PERFECT home. We had very specific criteria on the type of house we wanted to buy. Other realtors would have flooded our email inboxes with random listings and tried to sell us on other nice homes that didn’t fit our “dream house” checklist. Instead, Ernie remained patient and persistent and focused on finding a house that WE wanted.

During the search process, we lost several houses because we were outbid by other buyers. Ernie helped us remain positive and make sound financial decisions. We never felt pressured or rushed. When the housing inventory was low in our neighborhood, Ernie tried to generate some interest by knocking on the doors of houses that weren’t for sale. His relaxed demeanor and likable personality got us a few showings that almost resulted in a sale.

On Jan 1st our dream house came on the market. Even though it was a holiday, we were the first people to see the house. Ernie and his team jumped on it and within an hour we had a pre-qualification letter and a purchase offer submitted. Ernie’s experience in the local market was invaluable. He knew this home would be in hot demand, so he structured our offer in a way that we would close the deal ASAP. It worked. The seller accepted the offer within 24 hrs and we got the house! There were 2 full price- all cash offers submitted the following day. I am certain that if we had another realtor, we would have lost our dream house.

Ernie MacManus is a breath of fresh air in an industry full of flakey part-time realtors. He truly is a Real Estate Professional.

 Bob & Liz:

If you are lucky enough to have Ernie as your agent, you can relax and enjoy the ride. He is familiar with the North San Diego County area and showed us homes in all the different cities in which we showed an interest and some that we had not considered. He pointed out the good and problems in all the homes we visited and made himself available whenever we had questions or concerns. After we entered escrow, he took care of many details that would normally have required our presence but, because we were from out of town, he took care of things, met repairmen, saved us endless trips back and forth. I can honestly say, Ernie “had our backs” and looked out for our interests. His advice was never pushy, always well thought out and he explained all the legal ins and outs of the purchase process so that we could understand. Any exchange with Ernie was a positive experience. We look forward to recommending him to anyone and everyone we know who is in the market for a new home in the beautiful North San Diego County area. Selecting Ernie MacManus as your agent will be one of the best decisions you can make if you are thinking of relocating.


Ernie is highly knowledgeable, trustworthy and Patient. He took the time to explain every step in detail since I was a first time home buyer. He was always responsive and clear in his communication. He went above and beyond his duties and I will definitely refer him to friends and family !

 Gene & Lili:

“We sold our home and purchased another with the help of Ernie MacManus.  This man is an expert at his job; not only did he make us feel at home during the whole process, he went out of his way to be extremely responsive to our every need, whether it was a phone call, research, negotiations, didn’t matter.  Ernie will make your purchase/sale easy and fun, and at no time will you wonder what is next, what you should do, or if you’re forgetting anything because he’s got your back.  We’re so excited to have met this man and done the biggest transaction of our life with him in the drivers seat.”

 Shaun & Jessica:

“Ernie did an amazing job selling our house. He was very efficient in making sure we had everything in line before the listing date. We had four offers in only a few days on the market and Ernie was great at negotiating to get us a great selling price. We sold for much higher than I could ever have anticipated.”


“Ernie has been the real estate agent for my family for the past couple years and I have never met someone so honest, reliable, and knowledgable. He not only knows exactly what he’s talking about, but he also provides good insight and honest opinion. He’s not looking for a quick sale and to close a property, he really takes time to be sure the house bought by the buyer will be the home they will love. I would and have recommended Ernie to many of my friends and I will continue to do so as I feel he is the best man for the job.”

 Gary & Melissa:

“Ernie was the absolute greatest!! We were first time home buyers and didn’t quite know what to expect for the entire process. We loved that Ernie wasn’t afraid to point out the positive AND the negative aspects of each house we saw. He knew a lot about what to look for in regards to poor construction and possible maintenance issues. We really felt like he had a genuine interest in finding the perfect home for us. Once Ernie did find us our dream home, he was able to build a rapport with the selling agent, which we believe really helped us get the house at the right price! Buying a home can be a very stressful time, but with Ernie on our team it made the process so much easier from start to finish. Thanks Ernie”


“Very professional. Answered all my questions promptly. Was very responsive to all my needs. House was sold professionally and right on time. I felt comfortable with his efforts and attending to all my needs.”


“I tend to get overwhelmed by tasks that need a detail oriented mind, like home-buying for example. I needed someone who could guide me at every step of the way and also check on me constantly. Ernie did an excellent job in these two areas. Ernie was very prompt at guiding me through the procedure. Ernie followed up with me promptly and gave me all the help I needed in each stage of home buying. I highly recommend Ernie to anyone, whether a first time home-buyer or an experienced one.”

 Spence and Brittany:

“My husband and I have bought 5 homes in the last 9 years and using Ernie this last time made all the rest look amateur. He was on point in every way, responsive, and consultative. We enthusiastically recommend him to anyone who really wants the service necessary in the highly competitive SoCal market. We plan to use The MacManus Group again in the near future and feel fortunate that we will have Ernie’s support from day 1 of the process.”

 Mick and Lisa:

“Ernie MacManus was an incredible asset to my husband and I as we embarked upon our first home purchase adventure! Buying a home can be overwhelming, but Ernie was the perfect combination of patience and persistent- not an easy blend by any stretch. Ernie took our home purchase seriously and in many cases went above and beyond the call of duty, serving as a business partner, friend and trusted adviser.

Ernie is patient, knowledgeable and above all, fun! We found a Realtor for life in Ernie MacManus and will look forward to working with him in the future. My husband and I would highly recommend Ernie to anyone looking for a dedicated and trust worthy Realtor who not only gets the job done, but gets it done right! Thanks, Ernie, we are thrilled!”

 Jason and Ashley:

“From our first meeting to the sale of our home through the purchase of our new home, Ernie exceeded our expectations in every way. When we first met with Ernie, we were not even sure we were going to put our house on the market. Ernie came to us prepared with tons of research and insight that helped make our decision easy without making us feel pressured to rush into anything. He was extremely patient as we looked at house after house and numerous neighborhoods trying to figure our what was right for us. Throughout the sale of our home and search for our new one, Ernie was incredibly responsive and so helpful! He was so easy to work with and even more important we felt that he really cared about our best interests. We were able to sell our home, find a new home that met all our needs in a great neighborhood, and achieve all our goals that we initially set. We would highly recommend Ernie and have no doubt that we will be working with him again someday. We could not have asked for a better experience overall!”

 Jim and Jay:

“We’d had our house on the market for over three months with lots of showings but no sale. We switched agents to Ernie and in under three weeks we’d accepted an offer and it closed in 20 days. Ernie was professional, methodical, thorough, and looked out for our best interest. He was a great negotiator and got us a full price offer. Escrow went without a hitch with no hassle for us. Highly recommended!”

 Vindi and Sai:

“We have met Ernie through Zillow. We were cautious and guarded in our initial interactions, but we ended up as friends by the time we bought the home. He has an incredible attitude in general which makes working with him a treat.

We searched for units for around 6 weeks, wrote offers on a couple and got outbid. Through all this, we were never pressured or hurried into a decision. On the contrary, his calm and grounded take on real estate transactions has eased our stress and made the otherwise very stressful situation manageable. We appreciate his inputs and perspectives along the process.

We eventually found the unit that we liked and signed the contract. Extremely glad we have met him and would highly recommend him, even more so for new home buyers who are feeling their way in the current real estate environment.”


“Ernie recently assisted me in the sale of my condo and I would definitely recommend him! We used Ernie a few months back to help us purchase a home and because of our positive experience the first time around, he was an easy choice for selling my condo. Ernie is extremely hands on and responsive. He made himself available to me throughout the entire process and was always quick to respond to any questions that came up. He made sure to keep me informed of the numerous showing as well as the feedback he received from the buyer’s agents.”


“Ernie was great to work with. I was so impressed with his knowledge of the area and he made great recommendations to me based on what he truly felt on each property. It was like shopping for a home together, not just for me. He was also very cooperative as I’m very picky and felt he really went above and beyond his call of duty. Ernie was so quick to respond on all my messages and calls. He is very honest and sincere, and would highly recommend him and work with him again! I truly appreciate all that he has done for me.”

 Ron & Erica:

“Ernie MacManus is an all star agent who will always be there for you. Ernie was always very responsive to returning phone calls and to helping us through the process of not only selling our existing home in Carlsbad but purchasing another. I would definitely use Ernie as my agent again whether buying or selling a home.”


“Ernie MacManus is energetic, enthusiastic, and a whiz at real estate contracts. He can spot like lightning the areas in an offer that might be potential pitfalls for a seller. He appeared to understand the local housing market very well and was realistic in telling us what we could expect to get for our house. We appreciated the fact that he didn’t try to inflate our expectations just to get the listing. We ended up with a fair deal, and our house was sold in only six days following a single Open House! I would recommend Ernie MacManus to anyone. He is truly an honest broker.”

 Aaron and Laura:

“We were incredibly impressed with Ernie during our homebuying experience. Being first time homebuyers, we did not know exactly what to expect during the actual purchasing process. Ernie was very accessible and walked us through the entire process. He is very knowledgable and friendly. He was great to work with and we would recommend him to everyone purchasing a home. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience from a realtor.”

 Abdi Ahmed:

“I worked with Ernie about two years ago when I was looking to my first house. A coworker of mine introduced me to Ernie, and i’m definitely glad I used him to buy my first house. I consider Ernie patient, friendly, respectful and most importantly honest person. I difinitely would recommend Ernie to anyone looking purchase a property.”

 John Acquarelli:

“Ernie was very courteous, pleasant and knowlegable. He was always available and was constantly updating me on the status of my home. He was able to bring many qualified buyers to view my home and finally it was sold. It should be noted that the house was on the market for 1 year and 8 months and I went through THREE real estate agents befroe Ernie, and he got the job done. He was so personable he seemed like a friend and neighbor not a self serving real estste agent. He not only got my house sold but help me find my dogs when they ran away AFTER I MOVED and the HOUSE WAS SOLD!!!!! If you want a kind, understanding and patient, (not pushy), agent call Ernie McManus.”

 Duane and Melissa:

“We worked with him for over a year and a half. He was able to find a number of homes we liked and kept working with us till we found the house we are in now. I have dealt with a number of agents over a number of years but Ernie is on the top of the list in all aspects.”

 Barbara Schwartz:

“Ernie MacManus guided me through the process of finding and purchasing a lovely Encinitas home. His professionalism, experience and understanding of the of the housing market in North County led me to the perfect property. Ernie knows real estate and he knows people. It’s a winning combination! Thanks again, Ernie!”

 Seth and Stacey:

“We cannot speak highly enough of Ernie as a realtor. He was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable throughout our home search and home buying process. He was always available to talk and answer questions and we never felt pressured to do anything we weren’t comfortable with. As first time home buyers it was a very overwhelming process and Ernie put us at ease. We would highly recommend Ernie as a realtor.”


“Ernie is, by far, the best agent I have worked with. He is knowledgeable, professional, personable, and highly motivated. He worked patiently with me while I looked at houses in numerous communities throughout San Diego County until we found the perfect fit for me. If you’re looking for an agent, you won’t do better than Ernie.”

 Kevin and Meghan:

“Ernie came highly recommended through a friend and after about four or five months with a realtor that got us nowhere we decided to try Ernie. Best decision we could have made. The first place we saw with Ernie we live in now. Because of his fantastic negotiation skills and knowledge of the market we bought our first home in no time with Ernie. He was extremely professional, kind, courteous, patient, informative and all around a pleasure to work with. Ernie has now become our go to guy for any realty questions, as he’s one of the best and most qualified we’ve come across in the market today. Its hard to find even decent service these days, but Ernie even goes above and beyond! We definitely recommend Ernie and will be doing business with him again soon. Thank you, Ernie!!”


“Ernie is not my realtor, he is friend of my family, and he has always gone the extra mile to help us to achieve our goal. Prior to purchasing our last house, about three years, we consulted and met a lot of realtors but we couldn’t reach the promise land, with Ernie it probably took around two months. Ernie is an expert in finding what his customers needs, his real state knowledge and skill is advanced, and his timing, aptitude, practice and facilities for house purchasing process makes him the ideal realtor. Sometime, Ernie is there for his claimant help and not for the finance benefit. He is my friend and he made it easy for my family to get the dream house, thank you Ernie.”

 Rey and Silvia:

“We interviewed a few realtors before deciding on Ernie and it was the best decision we made to purchase our home. He was very professional, yet approachable and clear to explain all options. He was honest and provided a comfortable no pressure experience. He is extremely knowledgable and I have already referred my friends that have successfully used his services. We highly recommend Ernie!”

 Joe and Basia:

“Ernie’s assistance for our recently bought was house was excellent. Ernie is a professional who listens to his clients. We were very impressed that he did not impose anything we did not really want and worked with us to find the home we were looking for. During this climate the best houses were going fast on the market. Ernie made sure we were in a position to get to them right away and be competitive.

Once we made an offer it was not countered as it was contingent. However, Ernie fought for us and managed to get us consideration of the seller. Once our offer was accepted Ernie facilitated the whole process seamlessly. When we asked for help he gave us the right information immediately. When we needed him he was always there (always on time, always positive).

Its obvious to us that Ernie is extremely competent in understanding Real Estate. He is also a very good person. This made the entire process (which had a very tight time frame) fairly simple (as simple as it could get while buying and selling houses.

We highly recommend Ernie MacManus.”

 Matt and Page:

“We were introduced to Ernie by a family member when we began looking for our first home. My wife and I are not from the area, so Ernie’s intimate knowledge of San Diego, and especially North County, was so helpful. He was very patient with us as we drug him all around San Diego looking for a house with some VERY specific options. My wife and I are both very particular, but Ernie still managed to find us the perfect place in just a couple weeks. He was honest about everything, and he was extremely knowledgeable during the actual buying process. He knew the value of the home and negotiated us a fantastic deal. He continues to follow up with us and we’ve already recommended several friends to him. We’ll continue to recommend him to anyone we know looking for a place. He took the intimidation out of the experience and made it a really great memory for us. And he’s really funny too!”

 Susan and Kim:

“Ernie was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgable during our search for a home in Poway. There were many features that we wanted in a home and Ernie took the extra time to get to know us so that he could narrow the search and show us numerous properties to accommodate our requests. Ernie made the process of buying a home much easier for us during a time we were expecting a child as well. He maintained a positive outlook, returned phone calls and emails promptly, and went the extra mile in all communications and tasks. Ernie continues to be responsive and helpful as I explore refinancing and a search for tenants in a rental property. I would highly recommend Ernie as a trusted source for your property needs.”

 Jon Hoover:

“Ernie recently helped me buy my new house (which I love). He provided everything from online MLS services at the start of my search to a great home inspector when I found the place I wanted. He also provided a lot of guidance and education on how to buy a house. In a difficult market of short-sales, bank owned properties, etc., that was crucial. Throughout the entire experience Ernie was there, often going above and beyond. I couldn’t have asked for a better agent. Thank you Ernie!”

 Franz and Yoana Snideman:

“In 2006 Ernie MacManus helped us get our first home and our first loan. In what we envisioned would be a scary and stressful first time life event actually turned out to be a fun and exciting process. We owe all of that to Ernie. Not only did he walk us through the process step by step, his detailed knowledge about the entire buying, negotiating and closing process truly makes him an expert among experts. We had so many questions and concerns and Ernie was able to not only answer them but was able to guide us in a direction that was appropriate for our specific situation. It is with great honor and enthusiasm that we whole heartedly recommend Ernie MacManus to represent you and help you in your real estate endeavors!”

 Howard and Angela Matt:

“Having Ernie MacManus as our real estate agent during the purchase of our first home was a great experience. He is the ideal agent, as he is extremely knowledgeable about the real estate market, and thoroughly committed to meeting the needs of his clients. His professional, yet personable attitude made him very easy to work with. Being first time homebuyers, we were initially unaware of all the intricacies associated with purchasing a new home. However, Ernie was able to address all of our concerns and questions along the way. His commitment to us was well demonstrated through his willingness to show us a large number of properties over a long period of time and quickly respond with offers to properties of interest. Every offer submitted was done in a timely and professional manner with a very well written personal cover letter which helped distinguish us over other potential buyers. In addition, during the entire process Ernie was very he responsiveness not only to our requests but also in communicating the status of each property of interest. Never did we feel pressured into any particular property, which was quite refreshing. Beyond his real estate market expertise, I found his knowledge with home improvement options/cost, mortgage funding options and tactful negotiation skills were invaluable. Thanks to him, we found a great place at a great price. If you’re looking for the same, I highly recommend using Ernie MacManus as your real estate agent in the purchase of your next property.”

 Ben Martin:

“I have known Ernie as a friend for 7 years but only recently had the pleasure of working with this savvy business-minded professional for the last 4. He is honest, hardworking and an expert in the Real Estate and Mortgage Lending industries. I recommend at least consulting with him if you are looking to buy, sell or borrow.”