I’ve come a long way from where I grew up. My family owned a small farm in upstate New York. We had a few animals, but mostly we baled hay and grew corn to sell on a street stand, either to locals or to tourists who were passing through.

My father worked a full-time job in collision repair as well as maintaining the farm. A hardworking, stoic individual, he remained dedicated to his family without a single complaint. From his example, I gained both a strong work ethic and a healthy respect for people who work for a living.

After high school, I got the opportunity to start working for my own living by joining the hotel industry in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I began my tenure in housekeeping, later advancing to room service, banquets, and hospitality management. A few years into my career there, one of my managers informed me that he had just gotten a job in San Diego. I jokingly replied, “If you need employees, give me a call.” Within two weeks, he had taken me up on that offer.

So in a bold move, I left Atlantic City for California in 1984. I was young, had few obligations, and was eager for a fresh start in a new location. I would spend the next couple of years at hotels around the San Diego area. Working in the service industry provided me with a wealth of experience and client interactions that not only encouraged me to help others, but also fostered a lot of personal growth.

That growth centered upon responsibility—both to myself and to those around me—and allowed me to build a life to be proud of. When I had saved enough money, I bought my first home; and when I eventually sold that property, I bought another one. At that point, I figured I should start doing it professionally, because I thought it was easy. I was wrong.

Working in real estate was anything but easy. I earned my sales license in 1988, and spent countless hours prospecting, networking, studying contracts, and finding creative finance solutions for my clients. But even though every day brought a new challenge, I was always glad I had taken that step.

Hotels were a service industry, and in truth, so is real estate. They’re both about doing the best you can do to help clients get what they need and achieve their goals. I found that I got a lot of satisfaction from being able to solve problems for clients. I started to devote my time to learning more, attending seminars and classes, learning about the banking industry, and discovering how to help clients succeed with their investments and live better lives.

To further that goal, I earned my broker’s license in 1992. In the years since, I’ve committed to building relationships with clients based on honesty and responsibility.

I would love nothing more than to lend my knowledge and experience toward helping you with your real estate endeavors, but I don’t expect your business simply because of our relationship—I only ask that you take the time to interview me and see if I might be the best agent for you.

Buying or selling real estate is often an enormously important transaction, and the representation you receive from your agent can have significant impact on your results.

It is important for you to choose the person who will do the best job for you, and who is the right fit for your particular needs. I’ve worked hard as a professional to be able to provide the highest level of service, so I might be a good choice for you. I want you to know that if you do not choose me, I will never be upset. But if you do, I promise to work diligently to exceed your expectations.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview for the job.



John Costigan

Contact Info
John Costigan
DRE#: 01004388
Direct: (619) 990-3044

San Diego Real Estate Connection Inc.
1977 North Marshall Ave #103, El Cajon, CA 92020
CalBRE License Number: 01782860