Carol Gilles's Bio
I moved to Southern California in 1973 from Brooklyn, NY. I lived by the beach in Brooklyn. I graduated from Abraham Lincoln HS and Brooklyn College with a degreein Education. Relocating to Torrance … well I am still only 10 minutes to the Beach. It’s the weather! Having enjoyed Broadway theater in NY, it was an easy transition to becoming involved with local theater groups. I am a volunteer at Little Fish Theater in San Pedro; and a Board Member for the Friends of the Torrance Theatre Co in downtown Torrance. I keep up with the dynamics of an Homeowners Association by being a Board Member. I enjoy traveling around the United States visiting family and seeing our wonderful country as well as watching movies and business building events. My spiritual family is very important to me.
I am a licensed Realtor since 1979. I specialize in representing my clients in the purchase and sale of single-family residences and income property within the South Bay area of Southern California including Long Beach and Orange County. I truly love this area and pride myself on my knowledge of current transactions, school districts, neighborhood information, and related services, including mortgage, insurance and inspection information.
I am a customer driven Realtor dedicated to achieving results and providing exceptional service. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, I will put my 30+ years of real estate expertise to work for you!
Certifications and Recognitions
- REALTOR® certification
- GRI® Graduate, REALTOR® Institute
- SRES – Senior RealEstate Specialist
- Certified HAFA Specialist
Carol Gilles' Current Listings
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Carol knows her business! -- Jan 2021
It was an absolute delight working with Carol in selling our home! She was always available for us and patient in answering all our questions. When our house was finally sold, Carol presenting us with a memory photo album with all the pictures of our house as a gift. What a thoughtful, kind and excellent idea! All realtors should take note of this and learn from Carol! Now we can always look back at the fond memories of our first house that we bought together! Thank you Carol!
Phil & Beth Villa
I would recommend Carol to all my friends and co-workers -- Aug 2020
“I would recommend Carol to all my friends and co-workers that are looking to purchase a house. Carol is funny, and is familiar with the California market. She is task driven and always follows up in a timely manner. I really appreciate her excellent customer service skills.”
I’m extremely impressed with Carol’s work! -- Aug 2020
“I’m extremely impressed with Carol’s work! She is efficient, fast and gets the job done! We would like to thank her for all her hard work! Wonderful person and a future of long term friendship ahead”
Sherri & Don Wright
Carol gets it done! -- Aug 2020
Carol gets it done! She’s professional and friendly, thorough and detailed, and keeps you moving forward on your path to a perfect home!
Carol is definitely one of a kind! -- Aug 2020
“Carol is definitely one of a kind! I’m happy she was on my side. She always answered any and all questions that I may have had. Also, Carol was very patient. I wouldn’t have tolerated someone as myself for one minute! Carol hung in there with me every step of the way making a stressful process so much easier.
Carol kept my best interest first from start to finish. ”
Great second time experience with Carol -- Jul 2020
Carol has been a fabulous agent both during a prior sale and for a recent buy. She is very detail oriented and highly knowledgeable and will give you honest and sound guidance during the buy/sell process. Like many people who excel in their chosen fields, Carol truly enjoys what she does. Additionally, it can be difficult to find a representative that sincerely puts your interests above all else — I can attest that Carol is one of those agents.
The Kim Family
“Always with a Smile!” -- Jan 2019
I would just like to invite Carol Gilles to help you with any needs you might have buying or selling your house. We were very happy when we found her . She helped first in selling our Condo in Long Beach and then very helpful in our purchase of a house in Lakewood. Always with a smile! Happy Holidays from the Hopkins
“Specialized in the South Bay area” -- Oct 2018
Hi Carol, I’m sorry for response too late. You did excellent job for me. You are very much specialized on south bay area. I would recommend any buyer or seller for her job. I am very happy about her professional manner. Carol did great job on multiple listing and great sales too !
“Sometimes selling a house is a fun and exciting time.” -- May 2016
“Sometimes selling a house is a fun and exciting time; the beginning of a new chapter for a family, a great new journey. And sometimes the need to sell a house is born from a negative situation that is filled with stress and strife among various family members. We had the distinction of the latter.
The need to sell this home was a difficult decision for the family, but Carol helped make it less painful in so many ways. She went above and beyond in selling this property; she worked quickly and efficiently, she helped us secure a great price that went a long way to ease the worries held by some of the family members, and she made sure that everything went smoothly.
There were so many other things to worry about during the sale of this house, and Carol knew that and did everything she could to make sure the sale was not one of them. She’s responsive to the needs of her clients; she got a few requests for things that I’m sure were tedious for her to do, and probably completely unnecessary, but she did them with a smile, and in a timely manner. She understood what everyone was going through, and she just wanted to make it better any way that she could. I can’t say enough about how kind and patient she was throughout this process.
I highly recommend Carol for anyone who is looking to buy or sell a property. She is a savvy real estate professional, who knows how to handle her business, and yours! If you team up with her, she will always have a smile, she will always listen to you, and she will always give you 110%.”
“She truly cares for her clients feelings” -- Jun 2015
Carol is an excellent powerful Realtor! From prepping for the sale, to staging and advice for buying a new home she is just Dinomite! I often wondered is there anything this woman can’t do! She is that close to perfect! I think the best thing is that she truly cares for her clients feelings while getting the job done perfectly!
Sherri & Don Wright
“We liked that you kept us informed on a weekly basis at minimum.” -- Oct 2014You Were A Godsend! The sale process with you as our agent was truly an easy experience. We liked that you kept us informed on a weekly basis at minimum, we liked that you always returned our phone calls promptly and your were always happy to answer even the silliest of our questions? You were a Godsend and we were glad we had your knowledge and expertise.Lorie & John Guba
“You were ALWAYS there to answer questions.” -- Oct 2014You stuck with US for as LONG as it took ….. We just wanted to send you a quick note to say THANK YOU. We really can’t thank you enough. You stuck with us for as long as it took, (and it took a while for us to get our stuff together). You were ALWAYS there to answer questions, even when you were on vacation. You were totally honest, helpful and just made our home buying experience wonderful. We will highly recommend you to anyone needing a Realtor. You went over and beyond to help us out and we appreciate it more than we can express. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!Hannah and Chris Froeschle
“You proved to be a tireless and determined guide!” -- Oct 2014“You proved to be a tireless and determined guide! We depended completely on your knowledge and expertise to guide us through the jungle of paperwork and swamplands of legalese and bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo. You proved to be a tireless and determined guide, putting in long hours and going beyond the call of duty.”Gary & Judy Brooke
“You are a tireless worker!” -- Oct 2014We have dubbed you Queen of Follow-up! Thanks for sticking with us through all the high, low and just-plain-weird times. We really appreciate the way you cheerfully showed us house after house after house? We have dubbed you Queen of Follow-up. You are a tireless worker!~ Alan, Laura & Kayla Braun
“We could not have bought this place without your efforts!” -- Oct 2014We Are Lucky We Chose You As Our Agent! Thank you soooo much for your help. Scott and I enjoyed this first time home buying experience with you as well. Thanks to your knowledge, advices, and quick responses. We could not have bought this place without your efforts! You are very reliable and responsible. We are lucky we chose you as our agent. I will definitely recommend you to all of my relative and friends if they selling or purchasing properties. Stop by anytime at our new place.Miki Ikesue & Scott Alexander
“Thanks so much for your help in the sale of our home in Torrance.” -- Oct 2014“Thanks so much! Thanks so much for your help in the sale of our home in Torrance. It went so fast it made our heads spin.”Bob & Juanita Roberts
“Thank You!” -- Oct 2014“Thank You! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your diligent efforts in selling my property. I realize everything takes time and patience.”Esther Kim
“Thank you for assisting us in selling our property.” -- Oct 2014“Thank you for assisting us in selling our property. Since this was our first experience in selling real estate, my husband and I appreciated your friendly advice and step-by-step helpfulness so we could move on.”~ Rita Houlihan
“We appreciated your keeping us informed through all of the problems.” -- Oct 2014
Thank you for all your hard work for the sale of our houses. We appreciated your keeping us informed through all of the problems.
Scott & Laurie Raddatz, Richard Raddatz
“We couldn’t be happier.” -- Oct 2014
“I wanted to say ‘thank you’ for a wonderful experience during our first home purchase. The process was very smooth and stress-free for Kumiko and I. You were very organized and attentive to detail. We couldn’t be happier. My brother Abel and his wife Kathy are looking into buying their first home also and I referred them to you. I hope they contact you soon. I’m sure they will agree that you are good. If I or anyone I know have any real-estate needs, you will definitely be the 1st I call. Again, thanks for a wonderful experience.”Jorge
“We felt that you were truly representing us.” -- Oct 2014“Settling Mom’s Estate – PAINLESS! Words cannot express how we appreciate all the time and effort you have put in to sell our mother’s rental property. You made the painful process of handling our mother’s estate so much easier. We felt that you were truly representing us and your knowledge, efficiency and speed with the sales process was greatly appreciated. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family.”~ Miyagawa Family
“Thanks again for all your help.” -- Oct 2014“Thanks so much for your expertise in helping us close our short sale of our property in Torrance last week. You were constantly in touch with our buyers agent and B of A during the time it took to obtain the banks approval and final closing of our sale. Without this constant attention on your part the process would have been much more difficult than it turned out to be. Your knowledge of the banks Equator online short sale system made the process much easier for all of us. Thanks again for all your help. We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone doing a real estate transaction.”~ David & Carole Shaver
“No One Could Have Done It Better!” -- Oct 2014“No One Could Have Done It Better! Your whole approach to marketing our home was obviously the right one. No one could have done it better. We knew from the beginning that we had selected the perfect agent.”~ Ed & Camille Becker
“I will be happy to recommend you to anyone interested in buying or selling a home.” -- Oct 2014My Sincere Appreciation! Dear Carol, I just wanted to express my sincere appreciation for all you have done in listing and selling my former home. Given all the real estate folks out there, I feel very fortunate to have found someone who is enthusiastic, energetic, knowledgeable, professional, diligent, dependable and genuinely concerned about helping me through the home selling process. I also want to thank you for putting me in contact with another great team of like-minded real estate professionals who have helped me to find a new home in a great location. Who could ask for more? I wish you much success, and I will be happy to recommend you to anyone interested in buying or selling a home.~ Larry
“I will be forever grateful.” -- Oct 2014“I Will Be Forever Grateful! I want to take a few minutes to ‘thank you’ so much for being so professional and efficient in walking me through the “selling” ordeal. I don’t think I would have survived such a strenuous situation. I will be forever grateful.”~ Lilia Wong
“Carol is very professional and was attentive to our desires for the perfect home.” -- Oct 2014First – time Buyers … we are Grateful! My husband and I were first time home buyers. Carol helped us understand the intricate process of purchasing a new home. She was always available to answer questions or alleviate any concerns we might have. Carol is very professional and was attentive to our desires for the perfect home. We are grateful for the hard work Carol put in to get us into our new home. Thanks again Carol. You are the best!Trudy & Roger Anderson
“If we ever outgrow this home, we’ll definitely be calling you!” -- Oct 2014“Thank you so much for taking the extra effort to make our first home purchase successful. You were there guiding us through all the crucial and important steps! You really listened to what we wanted in our home and you found exactly what we were looking for – at an amazing price! If we ever outgrow this home, we’ll definitely be calling you!Carol, thanks for everything. You are great! Everything is finally moved in. I am really enjoying my new home. It is a wonderful feeling to come home to “MY” place. I’ve already got a few little projects for the place and am really looking forward to getting them done through the year. I have no qualms at all referring you to any of my friends and family who may begin looking for their new property. I’ve got your number engraved in my memory, so you’ll not have to worry about that.”~ Homer Gentry
“Carol, Thank you!” -- Oct 2014“Carol, Thank you! We would like to thank you for helping us find our (beautiful) new home and selling our other property. We really love the old home. It was tough to leave our first home, wonderful neighborhood and friends. This is new beginning for our future. I have attached a copy of the note I will leave in the Huntington Lane home for the new owners. It gives some instruction on the Jacuzzi, heater, and alarm. I hope they enjoy the property as much as we have over the last 8 years.”~ Maria & Rich Contino
“She is aggressive and honest.” -- Oct 2014
“Carol makes an appointment and keeps it. She is aggressive and honest and that is the first reason we chose Carol to be our representative.”
Bessie & Charles Neihoff
“Thanks for taking such good care of us, we couldn’t have done it without you!” -- Oct 2014“In all our dealings with Realtors over the past ten years, we have never met anyone as helpful and energetic as you have been. Without hesitation, we would highly recommend your service to anyone who is looking for an experienced Realtor who cares about getting things done and doing them right! Thanks for taking such good care of us, we couldn’t have done it without you!27 Offers + Sold for 50k OVER Full Price! Carol was our real estate agent when we bought our house in Gardena in 1992. She did such an outstanding job that we decided to use her again when put our house on the market in March, 2013. We showed the house for three days and had 46 showings and 27 offers. Thanks, Carol for all the hard work and another great job. I recommend Carol to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate.”Gary & Judy Brooke
“We couldn’t have done it without you!” -- Oct 2014“These past eight or nine months have been so crazy, with the birth of our baby girl to Ed changing job, to the whole emotionally draining process of buying a home. We couldn’t have done it without you, Carol!” “Thank you so much for your hardwork, and even more than hardwork, your emotional support through it all.” “Thank you so much for staying up late to put in offers, for always responding to our messages quickly, for being patient with our often indecisiveness and of course, your must thank your husband for us for his wonderful babysitting that Sunday afternoon!” “We would refer you to anyone looking to buy a home in a heartbeat!”Dr Ed & Sue Lee
“Quick to Respond.” -- Oct 2014
“Carol was great! She helped guide us through the process of buying our home. Quick to respond to questions and available to assist with whatever we needed.”Mike & Susan Watson
“You made buying a home so easy for my wife and I.” -- Oct 2014
“You made buying a home so easy for my wife and I. We were grateful for how much patience you used in answering all of our questions and taking us to look at so many houses. You never pushed us into looking at something we were not interested in. We strongly recommend you to anyone looking at buying a new home.”
“I highly recommend you as anyone’s partner in a home sale.” -- Oct 2014“It definitely was a pleasure working with you on the property sale for 1913 &1915 Arlington Ave in Torrance, CA. Even though it was a family type property sale , and there were several avenues of business that we had to encounter, you always were totally professional . I cannot even express how much I appreciate your friendship and loyalty you have given me throughout this event. I highly recommend you as anyone’s partner in a home sale, regardless of the circumstances. I know you will be a great success in any sale endeavor. Also, so much thanks to The Real Estate Group in Torrance,CA., and Melinda Shih, for all their patience and hard work . You are with a top notch group! Good choice!”Robert D. James
“Extra helpful.” -- Oct 2014“Carol was very efficient in handling the details of my sale of a house in Redondo Beach. Since I was going through a divorce, she was extra helpful and sensitive in situations that she didn’t have to get involved in. Great personality and knows her stuff. I would recommend her.”S. Rivera
“Every call I made to her office was returned.” -- Oct 2014“In the process of selling my Mother’s home, after her passing in early March of this year, I was fortunate to be introduced to Carol Gilles a real estate sales lady, who was very knowledgeable in the area. We agreed on a price, and she went to work. During the sale of the house, she not only was my agent, but I considered her my friend. Every call I made to her office was returned, and all my questions answered professionally, and thoroughly. Getting rid of a lifetime of memories, pictures, furniture, etc., isn’t easy, Carol made it much easier for me. I’m sorry I don’t have another house to sell. Carol would be my choice. Thank you, Carol, for your patience, and understanding, it was a pleasure doing business with youBob Reardon.