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Keller Williams Big Bear
42149 Big Bear Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Having joined the Big Bear Board of Realtors in 2010, Ken is not new to Real Estate. In the past 39 years, Ken has invested in numerous properties of varying types all over Southern California. For the past 20 years Ken has been buying and selling properties in Big Bear, which have included vacation homes, investment properties, and his primary residence
Ken has been certified by the Big Bear Association of Realtors as a Big Bear Resort Property Specialist. Ken is trained in Short Sale and REO transactions, and has completed short sale transactions as an agent for both buyers and sellers. He has worked with numerous lenders on both standard and FHA short sales, involving notes secured with both first and second trust deeds. He has negotiated successfully on his clients’ behalf in various circumstances; always looking out for the best interests of his clients, and maintaining communication with negotiators and closers to ensure successful closure of the transaction.
Additionally, Ken personally meets with home inspectors and appraisers, where his experience with contracting, construction, and electrical engineering helps home to keep an eye out for issues. Ken also maintains direct contact with escrow officers and lenders to ensure timely and efficient closings. His 32 years of business ownership, negotiating thousands of contracts, makes him well equipped to be a strong negotiator on behalf of his clients, always handling each transaction as if it was his own.
Before moving to Big Bear, Ken was president of both KCS Electric, Inc., and RK Combined Electrical Resources. KCS Electric was based in Anaheim and performed projects in both California and Arizona. Ken was president from 1988 to 2009, when he turned the company over to his son Chris. RK Combined Electrical Resources was an electrical engineering company based in Newport Beach in which Ken acted as president and cultivated until he decided to sell the company and spend more time with his son. The two companies provided Ken with over 36 years of construction industry experience, as well as producing over $90M in projects provided to satisfied repeat clients with KCS Electric, Inc., and projects in over 27 states designed by RK Combined Electrical Resources.
In addition to his construction experience, Ken has completed college level courses in both commercial and residential real estate development, as well as accounting, advanced business, and energy efficient lighting. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors, Big Bear Valley Association of Realtors, BBVAOR Ethics & Financial Committees, and International Association of Electrical Inspectors. He served for 7 years with Associated Building and Contractors of Southern California in various committees, including the board of directors for 2 years. His keen involvement and knowledge of business and his real estate experience will provide a good foundation to represent you in your real estate transaction. His knowledge, sales skill, and positive attitude will make him invaluable to you.
Personal Interests: Ken is family oriented. He has been married 33 years, and has one son. Ken competed as a drag boat racer, and was 2008-2010 President of the National Jet Boat Association. He is NHRA licensed, and enjoys snow and water skiing, deep sea fishing, and golfing. CA BRE lic# 01877829
"Working with Ken and his team at Keller Williams in finding our home in Big Bear was a great experience. We were looking for quite some time with other realtors but when we started working with Ken and Dan it was a pleasant experience as they were both very friendly and knowledgeable. In fact, we found a place so quickly when working with their team because they really took the time to get to know us and exactly what we were looking for. Ken is such a nice guy that he continues to be a great support to us while we get established in the community and is a wealth of information in so many areas. He continues to assist us even after the purchase of our home and just goes above and beyond."
-Danielle A., Client
"Ken Simonds is an excellent Realtor! I just closed escrow on the sale of my second home in Big Bear and I chose Ken as my listing agent. He is very personable and caring! He was extremely attentive to my home! When I first met with Ken, he spent all the time I needed to talk not only about my home, but he cared about what was happening with me personally. The locks on my garage door and front door were difficult to use due to weather. Ken said, "No problem! I can fix them!" Ken came by my home every day to check on the house - to see if lights were left on from other Realtors showing the home, to make sure doors were locked, etc. I received 6 offers on my home in one week. Ken was patient with allowing me the time I needed to review all offers and offered very sound advice. Once we were in escrow, he stayed on top of all paperwork and has an excellent assistant, Cathy, who was also professional, courteous, and timely in her responses."
-Brenda P., Client
"Ken's entire team, including his Transaction Coordinator Gina and the escrow officer he chose, Judy Jackson, were all perfection of "hand holding," which is exactly what I needed as I went through the emotional sale of what had been our family's second home for 10 years. I would highly recommend Ken Simonds and his team 100%! I am a Realtor myself, but did not want to list my own home. Ken was the perfect choice for me. I can honestly say that this was THE smoothest transaction in all my personal buying and selling of homes, as well as all transactions related to my own clients! Thank you Ken for your help, honesty, and integrity! Brenda P"
-Brenda P., Client
"I was referred to Ken Simonds as I had a home in Arrowhead that I was looking to sell. The challenge was that I didn't live in the area and actually had not seen the property before. It wasn't an easy house to sell. I had Ken meet with my partner at the home and Ken went through the house and suggested work that needed to be done to help us get the best price. In addition when things needed to be fixed he was able to bring in people to help take care of things as well as him personally going to the vacant home to make sure things were good. We ended up getting very close to the full asking price but more importantly his service and communication were second to none. He handled everything from beginning to end, I still never had to go to see the house. I could not recommend a real estate agent any higher than I could Ken and his team. Thanks so much."
-Mike L., Client
"Ken was willing to go the extra mile to ensure we realized our dream of having a place in Big Bear. He took the time to help and kept us constantly updated throughout the entire process. I appreciate all of his hard work and if you're looking for someone that will go above and beyond this is your guy. Thanks Ken."
-Sean V., Client
"We strongly urge anyone buying or selling real estate in Big Bear California to use Ken and his staff. After a wonderful run in Big Bear Lake, we decided to sell our home there. We chose Ken Simonds for numerous reasons. First, he successfully operated and sold other companies in Orange County California for years. Second, his latest career in real estate in Big Bear is pursued by him for the joy of it alone. We thus found his enthusiasm to be unparalleled, and his approach fresh for that marketplace. Third, despite his location in the mountains, he employed all of the techniques we see in mainstream southern California locations. He used a drone to film our home, he advertised locally and nationally, he drove in fellow agents with broker showings. Once he had the listing, he actually kept the property in top shape all on his own. His staff dusted for us, opened all blinds and drapes, and set up outdoor furniture. He also took great care to know the home and its details, cold."
-Paul R., Client
"Recently, I was in the market for a home in Big Bear. I did not know anything about the area or the cost structure of the homes in Big Bear. When I met Ken Simonds for the first time he had already pulled up several potential homes that were in the price range I had given him. After we talked for a while, he quickly understood what I was looking for, eliminated some homes and added others. To make a long story short, Ken did a FABULOUS job in finding me a home and helped me through the process. I was very impressed with his easy manner, his knowledge and his ability to quickly understand what I wanted. Ken's team is the most efficient team I have ever experienced, and I have bought many, many homes in my lifetime. I met Ken's wife, Diane, a very lovely lady, and I hope to become lifelong friends as well as a long term client. ps. Already purchased a second home using Ken's knowledge and experience."
-Pei Pei G., Client
"I worked with Ken to purchase a cabin in Big Bear Lake. It was a great experience - Ken knows the area well, and is very responsive and proactive. I enjoyed working with him and will most certainly do so again in the future for any other real estate transaction in that area."
-Alessandro I., Client
"I have purchased two vacation homes from Ken! Only met him 8 month's ago. Had such a wonderful experience & he knows what type of homes I am searching for that he's made the process so easy, convenient, & great to work with. His assistant Cathy, is sooooooo wonderful. There are no flaws! If you don't know Ken or Cathy, these two ARE NOT a pushy real estate office that I always feared. I own many investments in other states. This surpasses any other real estate office or transactions we have ever closed. I wish more were like his office. You can always reach Ken. Of course if he is showing or with a client, his assistant Cathy calls you right a way. There is NO waiting for someone to call you. My offer was accepted and within 30 to 45 minutes, Cathy had all the paperwork, contracts etc. for me to sign! i have never seen anything like this ANYWHERE! If you don't get this same experience, tag me, I will buy your dinner! Top Notch!!!!!!! Thank you Ken, Cathy for your dedication, and help."
-Leigh C., Client
"Ken and team did an outstanding job getting my property sold, and doing it quickly at a great price! I appreciated their professionalism and delivery. I will definitely work with Ken again, next time I go to sell a property in Big Bear!"
-Jeremy K., Client
"It was such a pleasure working with Ken and Cathy! We live in Las Vegas, so they were so instrumental and helpful in the purchase of our vacation home. I would highly recommend them!"
-Lori W., Client
"We began just looking on line. We called Ken to ask why a house kept dropping in price. He then asked us of our needs, time line, price range ect... Next he put us in contact with a local creditor here in San Diego. Everytime we called we would speak with him or Cathy and found this refreshing due to the personal service. This is our first time buying a home and did not know what to expect. The whole process was smooth and we now own a house in Big Bear. He also put us in touch with all of the people needed to make this happen. His honesty and knowledge made this very easy. THANKS!!"
-Rodney S., Client
"Ken Simonds is the best real estate agent I've ever had the pleasure of working with! He kept me informed throughout the whole process of selling my home. He was quick to respond to all my questions; whether it was by call, text or email. I knew I could depend on him. I would highly recommend Ken Simonds!"
-Lani B., Client
"Ken works day & night to ensure the home buying process goes as smoothly as possible. He shares his knowledge so that the home buyer has all the answers he/she needs. He is truly a Professional, quickly responds to phone calls, and takes care of the buyer wholeheartedly. I would recommend Ken Simonds for ALL home buying needs."
-Donna A., Client
"My wife and I had 3 lots in Green Valley Lake that we tried to sell for 5 years. Ken was able to sell these in 3 months. He sold a 4th lot for us in 1 day!"
-Bob & Sarah L., Client
"We were fortunate enough to have met Ken when we were looking for a home in Big Bear Lake. There really isn't enough that we could say about Ken and his team. The level of professionalism, knowledge and response to every aspect surpassed our expectations. We were not very familiar with Big Bear and the day we met him he spent the entire day with us showing us properties and educating us about the area. From the start Ken understood what our needs were and worked to make sure that we got exactly what we wanted. He made the process so easy for us, that after spending the day with him, we felt that we had a better picture of our needs and what we wanted to buy. That day we found a house, put an offer and 30 days later we closed. If it wasn't for the level of experience, knowledge and patience of Ken and his team, this would not have been as easy and we would not have found our dream house. We know that we want to buy a second property and we will definitely be working with Ken again."
-Mariangelica & Troy C., Client
"Great Experience! Ken helped my wife and I buy a vacation home in Big Bear. His deep knowledge of the various big bear neighborhoods, and home construction materials gave us confidence throughout the buying process. Additionally, his local resource information and contractor references provided for a seamless move-in and the ability to begin upgrading our home immediately."
-Jeff & Kim J., Client
"Wow! What a team Ken & his assistant Cathy make! Both are sharp as a tack. The responsiveness, the detailed info if you ask for a professional opinion, the helpfulness, the readiness, the promptness, the followup. I could go on and on. I am an investor and have purchased a lot of property around the world from various agencies offices etc. This by far, is the best experience I have encountered. I have given a 5 star on all levels as this was my experience & more in purchasing my bungalow. I am forever grateful & highly recommend!"
-Leigh C., Client
"Ken did a great job. He kept on top of things and made sure there were no issues with the closing. He's also very organized, which was greatly appreciated."
-Tim H., Client
"We recently purchased a home, and Ken was our agent. Ken and Kathy (in the office) went beyond all expectations. Ken was always available; all calls and texts were answered immediately. On our first meeting, Ken drove us around the various neighborhoods and showed us four homes. He was honest and forthright and pointed out deficiencies in two of the homes that we would not have noticed. None of these homes were his listings. When we decided on the cabin we wanted, he negotiated a great deal for us. He was present at all inspections and gave us great advice. Five stars is not enough."
-Donna B., Client
"I just purchased a beautiful home in Big Bear and had the great pleasure of working with Ken Simonds. I could not imagine an easier process. Ken was kind, focused on our expectations and really helpful throughout the entire process. He was always available and found us the perfect home and even the best lender. I would highly recommend him and if I ever need a realtor again I will be calling Ken at Keller Williams."
-Thomas M., Client
"Five stars to Ken and the Keller Williams team. With targeted listings, we were able to find a house we love and enter escrow within a week. Ken is very knowledgeable with a great eye for detail, keeping us informed with each inspection and throughout escrow. He made himself available for any questions at all times. If you are looking for a home in Big Bear, I would highly recommend Ken Simonds."
-Brynn K., Client
"excellent service! Ken and his team sold our cabin and helped us navigate through all steps of this process. HUGE thank you!"
-Dmitriy P., Client
"Ken Simonds and team were awesome in helping us find our home he was always very prompt and helpful when we needed him with any questions. We want to thank you all for a quick closing per our request. We cant thank you enough..."
-Tammy A., Client
"My wife and I were referred to Ken Simonds at Keller Williams Big Bear Realty by a friend who bought a cabin with Ken's Help. My friend was referred to Ken the same way. Ken was great to work with. He is a wealth of information about the greater area and the nuances and benefits of certain areas and neighborhoods. Ken only showed us a couple cabins because we knew what we wanted. We know a realtor can't always make a deal happen but a realtor can show you he is doing his best and KEN DID BOTH. Ken answered every phone call and when we were driving up the mountain Ken would say "just text me at the bottom of the hill and I'll be ready". Ken was knowledgeable, available, dependable and effective, I would use him again and I will refer him to my friends and family if they are looking to buy in Big Bear. As an added bonus, Ken has a construction background that helps with improvement ideas that we bounced off him."
-Steve G., Client
"We are first time home buyers, which can be daunting, but Ken made the experience exciting and fun. He is is extremely knowledgeable of the Big Bear area and is truly, great guy to work with. We not only found a wonderful agent with amazing employees, we also made a friend."
-Kara S., Client
"Ken is very quick to return phone calls, and dealt professionally with our home buying transaction. Very good real estate agent, would highly recommend. Thanks Ken"
-Fred & Letty, Client
"Ken provided us a fast, smooth and easy land purchase. He did everything he said he would in a timely manor. Made this the easiest purchase ever. Highly recommended! Thanks, Phil & Veronica"
-Phil & Veronica, Client
"Ken was amazing from the start! He is so knowledgable of the area real estate particularities, It really was a breeze to navigate the whole process. He always had our best interest at heart and I can truly say that we were very lucky to have him represent us!"
-Anca B, Client
"Ken was very knowledgeable with the area as well as the whole process. He was always reachable as was his assistant Cathy. He really went the extra mile for our purchase. In fact if he wouldn't have done so, we might not have been able to get our house. We feel very comfortable in saying that we would highly recommend him to family and friends."
-Sheri D., Client
"Ken is awesome. He helped us find a perfect for us cabin in Big Bear City. He listened to our needs and our budget. Since this was our first time buying property, we were full of questions. Ken answered them all and has been a valuable asset. He is knowledgeable about every phase of home buying. Even after we have taken possession of our cabin, he still takes the time to answer our"new to mountain living" questions. We will certainly use Ken for all our future real estate transactions and we highly recommend Ken to anyone looking to buy or sell in the Big Bear area. The Pattersons"
"Ken was a great help and asset in helping us find our cabin in Big Bear. He showed us many different cabins over 8 months and was a big help in the escrow process. We referred Ken to some friends, and within a few months they also had found a cabin. Thank You Ken!"
"Ken was with us every step of the way, prodding the slow wheels of underwriting and escrow, to get the deal done! I would highly recommend (and do so, whenever I can) the services of KenSimonds... He is the Man!"
"Ken and Cathy were a joy to work with. Both were very professional. I just wish I could buy another home with them!"
"You guys were awesome and amazing! This was the MOST pleasant real estate experience we have had! Thank you Cathy & Ken!"
"I highly recommend Ken and Cathy, and would not hesitate to use them again."
"Great job. Thank you very much!"
"Overall it was a very pleasant experience."
"I was very pleased. My sale was very easy and smooth. Everything was done by phone, online, fax, and mail. We only met a day before the sale closed, but I felt like I had known them for a long time."
"This is the fourth home purchase we have made and even though it was a "short sale"it was the easiest, smoothest transaction we have experienced. We are so happy we found Ken and Cathy, they made it a piece of cake for us! What a team! Many thanks!"
-Joe and Lorraine, Client
"My transaction went quickly. Ken dealt properly with the other agent. Great going. I have referred many to him."
-Tim and Annette, Client
"Ken & the team were great!"
-Joel and Patricia, Client
"Thank you so much for making this sale happen. We are very happy!"
-Tommy and Danijela, Client
"Cathy and Ken are consummate professionals. We enjoy doing business with Ken and your organization. I would recommend anyone purchasing or selling real estate to contact you for help. We appreciate doing business with you!"
-Mike & Julie, Client
"Ken made us very comfortable on our purchase. Wish there are more of him around where we live so that we can purchase more properties. Thanks, Ken, for all the help!"
-Helen, Cam & Nancy, Client
"One of the best real estate agents I have worked with purchasing properties. Highly recommend to others looking for properties in the Big Bear area."
"Ken Simonds helped my wife and I buy our first home. Ken and his team made the process smooth and easy while going above and beyond to get it done. He was very helpful and knowledgeable with the with the house and with the transaction. I always recommend him to my friends and other people I come in contact with that are looking to buy a home. Ken is very professional and reliable. I would use him again in the future."
"It is my pleasure in writing this letter of reference in regards to Ken Simonds. He represented me in the transaction in buying my home in Big Bear City. I have never had an agent go out of his way in making sure he found the right house and I could make the right decision upon closing. He has shown me that there are interested, and caring people who want the satisfaction and comfort knowing that I found and chose the right house for me. He also took care of a few loose ends to be sure I was happy at the end of escrow. I will surely refer him to anyone who might be in the market for buying or selling. A person who goes out of his way in not just one but many aspects deserves a great recommendation, and he has mine."
"Your knowledge of the Big Bear real estate market is tremendous. You were able to hone in on exactly what we were looking for, in a great location, very quickly. You're ability to preview the homes that appeared promising made the process very efficient. Even after we closed you have been there for us: recommending local vendors and contractors, pointing out local restaurants and shops, you even let in the delivery man when we couldn't be there. You really went above and beyond the call of duty and we really appreciate it."
-RC and Theresa, Client
"I listed my property with Ken Simonds... as a short sale, and he was amazing. He is the most professional realtor I have ever worked with. I refer everyone that I can to Ken because he is honest, knowledgeable, and caring. Thank you so very much, Ken!"