CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty

Your 1st Choice In Real Estate!

San Diego's Finest Real Estate Office For Over 25 Years

We're Always on Your Side

CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty agents are highly trained professionals who realize the necessity of keeping themselves informed of all the latest changes in the highly complex real estate field. They are continuously updating their knowledge with classes, seminars, and meetings, keeping them abreast of the latest in real estate law and procedure. CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty agents aim to be a cut above the rest. They take great pride in their professionalism, commitment to excellence, listening to our clients, and doing what's best for them. They’ll work hard to save you money!

Our History

Located in beautiful Clairemont near Interstate 5, CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty opened in December of 1987. We have attained the coveted CENTURION® Award from CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC every year since. Through upbeat economic times, as well as tough economic circumstances, we have remained consistently one of the top CENTURY 21 companies in the United States with over 14,000 sales. Our success reflects the hard work and dedication of CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty agents who are committed to doing what's best for our clients.


Our Affiliated Offices – United Brokers

Our Rancho Bernardo office is located in the "heart" of the Interstate 15 Diamond Gateway. CENTURY 21 United Brokers has provided award-winning service to thousands of satisfied clients since 1991. With more than 70 associates, we combine resources in a team effort to offer the highest level of service to the communities of Rancho Bernardo, Carmel Mountain Ranch, 4S Ranch, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Escondido, Mira Mesa, and Scripps Ranch.

Our Ocean Beach office is located near the Ocean Beach Pier.  This office serves the communities of Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, La Jolla, University City, Clairemont, and Mission Valley.


Highest level of service, confirmed through customer surveys.

  • Quality Service Award recipient every year 2006 - 2015 given by Century 21 Corporation for outstanding service to clients.

  • Only San Diego Century 21 office to receive the President's Award.

  • Awarded for a combination of high production coupled with high customer satisfaction rating.

    We are only one of 13 companies in the U.S. that received the Ambassador Award.

    We belong to a network of over 140,000 professionals who take pride in what they do and specialize in providing a variety of superior real estate services to local communities around the world. Understanding your personal goals and needs is at the heart of our dedication to you. We are ready to assist you with all of your real estate needs and look forward to working together with you.


Are you looking to buy or sell your home in San Diego, CA? Our sales associates are knowledgeable of the real estate process. We help buyers and sellers to connect to their dreams. Understanding your needs is one of our biggest priorities. Feel free to search for your home or contact us directly to have a one on one consultation.

We strive to deliver performance, value and wisdom in all areas of Real Estate.

San Diego, CA
Real Estate Market Information
Homes Owned: 254,132
Homes Rented: 265,675
Median Home Price: $470,000
Area Schools: 403
Best Score: 5/10
Average Score: 2.1

Our Agents

Meet the CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty Team

Customer Testimonial

Renata Lakshina

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Renata's dedication to the entire buying process was unparalleled. You will have her undivided attention and support from the moment you begin looking at the listings and viewing the actual properties, helping understand loan details until the time you are ready to receive the keys to your own home. I highly recommend her to any prospective home buyers ! - Andrey, San Diego April 2017

Scott Degnan

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Scott was professional and always available with constant communication. He made sure that we were informed and that our needs were met throughout the purchase process. We were very happy with Scott's service. - Mike Davis, Valley Cente April 2017

Cathy Burciaga

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Cathy is just outstanding going up and above what I could have imagined any realtor doing. Outstanding is the only word to use. - Mary Ann Bakowicz, New B March 2017

Steve Hirsch

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Steve's knowledge of San Diego real estate is second to none. His relationships with other agents and brokers was the pivotal factor in securing my new home. I could not have done this without Steve and his vast experience. Am forever grateful. - Stephen Smith, Tierrasan February 2017

Eric Polansky

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Eric is very knowledgable in the market and his experience allowed us to purchase this house. I would highly recommend anyone looking to buy or sell in San Diego to contact Eric. Thanks Eric! - Andre Herrera, San Diego December 2016

Ernie Burciaga Jr.

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You could not ask for a more helpful, patient, friendly, go-above-and-beyond professional! Ernie is VERY communicative and he thoroughly explains each step along the way. His response time is impeccable.

An example... The house needed to be fumigated for termites. SDGE would not give a window of time for turn on of gas after the fumigation. I had already moved to Northern California, so obviously was not available. Ernie took his work with him and happily hung out at an empty house, with no chair to sit in, and waited. Prepared that it could have been after dark before they showed up. Wow!

I only wish he could have represented me with the purchase of my new home, but it is located over 700 miles away...

I HIGHLY recommend Ernie Burciaga Should you need to sell, or purchase a home! - Julie Keil, San Diego, C December 2016

Aggie O'Malley

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Aggie took over the sale of my condo like a champ when our dear friend and her fellow agent had a disabling accident. They are both real pro's. - John San Diego December 2016

Kathy Higgins

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Kathy Higgins helped me with my first home purchase in 2010 and with the subsequent sale of that home in 2016. The purchase involved several months of searching before selecting the right place, and Kathy patiently and wisely guided me through that process. She then oversaw all of the details of the home sale, as I relocated across the country almost immediately after the house was put on the market. Kathy's expertise, patience, and diligence are truly impressive, and I am grateful for everything she did to make both the purchase and sale experiences smooth and successful. - Jamie Schorling, Baton R September 2016

Patricia Krebs

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The experience was great we definitely worked together as a team to get this one done. We both had the same goal in mind and worked together step by step to get there. I hope to do more transactions with Pat in the future. - Vince Caviglia Pacific B March 2016

Leigh Ord

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Leigh Ord is a great broker who always makes sure that her clients get the best deal possible and that their interests are protected during the contracting period.

Leigh is very personable and the best interest of her clients is top of her priority list.

The whole staff at Century 21 1st Choice Reality is very supportive and on top of things. - Silke Thode, Castaic December 2015

Gary & Kathy Pendergraph

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We have known and used Century 21 1st Choice for 20 years and respect their expertise. Our sale was handled in a very professional manner and we are pleased with the results. - Mike And Judy Formico, E November 2015

Charlene Byrd

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Helpful and kind and easy to work with.

Helpful and showed concern for seller and buyer. - F J Rohr Murrieta, Ca May 2015

Shelly Schreiber

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Shelly walked me through each step of the process of purchasing my second home in Del Mar with great patience, professionalism and ethics. She paid extraordinary attention to detail, making sure nothing fell through the cracks and no stone was left unturned. Other professionals involved in my real estate transaction commented that Shelly went far above and beyond what was expected or required of her.

Shelly is a consummate professional in every regard. She provided continues information and updates regarding the progress of my real estate purchase. She kept in close contact with all other professionals involved in the transaction. She was easy to reach and always returned calls or emails in a timely fashion. She addressed any concerns or questions I had with patience and a high level of knowledge and understanding. Purchasing my second home was a highly positive experience because I had such a talented, conscientious and tenacious ally in my corner. I highly recommend Shelly Schreiber to anyone considering purchasing or selling a home. - Dr. Kara Kornher, Del Ma April 2015

Cynthia Michael

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Having only lived in San Diego for a year, finding a realtor who was not only knowledgeable about the area but helped me to feel comfortable with purchasing my first home was crucial. Cynthia made me feel comfortable after meeting her for the very first time. She took her time on Thanksgiving weekend to meet with my family and I and listened to us and answered all my questions. Cynthia always communicated in a timely response and was very reliable at all times. Cynthia has been professional and realistic while being a wonderful advocate for me. I felt very comfortable calling her at any time and asking questions, to which she always answered thoroughly and advocated on my behalf. I have already referred Cynthia to many family and friends, especially co-workers. If you are looking for someone with great energy, knowledgeable, professional, a great advocate, understanding, etc., Cynthia is your person!!! - Candace, La Mesa March 2015

Renata Lakshina

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Renata was great to work with. She was friendly, helpful, and went above and beyond what was expected. She worked very hard to make sure I got what I was paying for in the condo! - Fiona, San Diego September 2016

Scott Degnan

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Scott Degnan is an exceptional agent, who can foresee the client's needs and proactively address them well before the request. His range of knowledge and contacts in the area is impressive, ranging from from preferred lender, to insurance agent (2016's Best in the San Diego area) to corporate/probate attorney. I had to purchase a home from distance, and he could exactly narrow down my preferred style of homes, location, and neighborhood. I really appreciated his timely communication and help. Highly recommended to anyone! - S.m. Han, Albuquerque February 2017

Cathy Burciaga

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Cathy was the greatest! She was extremely helpful every step of the way. She was available 24/7 to answer any questions that I had. She made my home selling experience very easy and stress free. I would absolutely recommend her to any friend or family member looking to buy or sell in the San Diego area. Cathy did an outstanding job in every aspect of the sale. She was extremely helpful and always available when needed. She exuded professionalism and was extremely affable every step of the way. Highly recommend Cathy! - Kacie Olson, Imperial Be January 2017

Steve Hirsch

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We used Steve Hirsch to purchase a property several years ago. At the time, there was a low inventory of condos in our desired area to consider. Steve helped convince us to broaden our search area, and we have been very happy with the condo and area that we purchased ever since. Steve was very good at listening to our "wants" in a home and did not waste a lot of our time taking us to places that did not meet our requirements. - L Lantz, San Diego, Ca. April 2016

Eric Polansky

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Eric Polansky is an excellent agent that has been around the business for quite a while. His general real estate knowledge and attention detail took the stress off me while searching for my new house. He is an honest person and wants the best for his clients. Eric is very accessible and was there to answer questions along every step of the way. It was a pleasure working with Eric during the process and would recommend his services to others looking for that dream home. - Brian Mcgloughlin, Carls September 2016

Ernie Burciaga Jr.

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Ernie sold our previous condo. Even though we had to take it off the market for a short while due to contractor mistakes Ernie was professional and patient and resumed his great customer service as soon as we were ready to sell again. Presentation of both condos was impeccable. Ernie is trustworthy, he does what he says, patient and kind.

Property got several offers in just a few days. It was a fast transaction with a good buyer. We got more than we were expecting and that was a key factor.

Ernie is awesome. Due to the quick sale many people have asked about him. - J&m Taylor - Hemet Ca May 2015

* After the client and agent affiliated with CENTURY 21® Real Estate LLC complete a transaction, the client may be asked to provide feedback to help the CENTURY 21® System and sales professionals continuously improve. The affiliated agent's Overall Rating is an average of all ratings the agent has received. The specific survey responses shown were selected by the agent and were authorized by the client for display purposes. Some customers who provided a testimonial may have received a Starbucks gift card from their CENTURY 21 Sales Professional as a thank you for completing the customer satisfaction survey.

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Real Estate Services of Greater San Diego

Welcome to CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty, one of the most active Real Estate firms in San Diego. Centrally located in Clairemont our Agents help buyers and sellers with real estate transactions in and around the prestigious, beautiful areas of greater San Diego including La Jolla, Clairemont, Bay Park, and Pacific Beach.

When it comes to buying or selling a home in San Diego, CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty can't be beat. We have over 60 San Diego real estate agents ready to provide you the information you need to make the best decisions, and have one of the most extensive networks from which to market your San Diego real estate for sale.

We have been a CENTURY 21® San Diego real estate affiliate for over 25 years. CENTURY 21 is the most recognized brand in real estate today. For over 40 years, the CENTURY 21 family of independently owned and operated companies world wide have been committed to outstanding service. CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty is proud to honor that commitment here in San Diego.

Interested in pursuing a career in real estate? Be sure to visit Career Opportunities. CENTURY 21 1st Choice Realty is committed to helping you achieve your San Diego Real Estate goals.

San Diego Regional Office

3091 Clairemont Drive, San Diego CA 92117

San Diego, CA

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Demographic Data | San Diego, CA

Median Age: 35.16
Married: 35%
Households: 519,807


Population by Sex
704,808 Male
690,156 Female

Occupancy Types
31,828 Vacant
254,132 Owned
265,675 Rented


White/Blue Collar Jobs
35% White Collar
65% Blue Collar

Transportation to Work
86% Drive
4% Public Transportation
6% Walk/Bike/Other
4% Work from Home