About Tom

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My 35 years of experience as a realtor is my most valuable asset and allows me to represent my clients with the highest degree of integrity, knowledge, and skill. My service is distinguished by a direct, honest, and informative approach with a priority on communication with and personal accessibility for my clients.

Buying a home, especially if you live out of the area, can be a little overwhelming. I simplify the process and keep my clients in the loop with frequent and direct communications.

My home selling program benefits those who appreciate a stress-free home selling experience and is ideal for out-of-town home sellers who need an agent that will handle all of the details involved in getting a home ready for sale and who will keep in touch with frequent updates.

I was raised with a very driven work ethic and am proud of the dedication and success that I provide for my clients. It made me the #1 agent for Pine Mountain Lake property sales in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

My record for luxury home sales also made me the #1 agent for total sales volume of Pine Mountain Lake Properties in 2022.

My marketing is notably upscale, with professional photography and attention to detail that is so important in making your property stand out over the competition. I also feel that having a professional website and superior internet advertising has been a driving force for my achievements.

I was raised in Fremont, California, and attended San Jose State University, earning BS degrees in Business Marketing and Aeronautics.

My real estate career began in 1988, selling homes in Fremont and acquiring my broker's license in 1990. I moved to Pine Mountain Lake and began selling real estate there in 2005.

I am a person with many hobbies, including golf and fishing, which motivated my move to Pine Mountain Lake. For 4 years, I operated a very successful fly-fishing guide service - Yosemite Sierra Flyfishing. But the demands of my growing real estate business in Pine Mountain Lake forced a decision to move on from that.

I am also an avid gardener and cook, and I cohosted the monthly PML Cooking Classes for several years with my sweetheart, Paula Martell. To this day, I still write the monthly recipes for PML News.


We sold our home of 20 years in October and contacted Tom Knoth after viewing his website. He called us to help us refine our search criteria for homes in PML. We called and scheduled an appointment to view homes here with Tom. We drove up - just positive about two houses that we were sure we would make an offer on. Tom showed us the amenities in PML and Groveland businesses. We saw 5 houses and drove home to talk about what we had seen. A day later we saw a home that had just been listed, called Tom and ask if he would show it to us if we came up the next day- no problem.We came up again and saw the newly listed home. It wasn't for us, but it cemented in our minds what house we did want- which was NOT what we were sure we had wanted. I write this to explain Tom's skills. He absolutely showed us what we came up to see, and from discussions prior to the visit picked other homes for us to see, that we hadn't considered. He was totally right in what he had selected for us to see and we did buy one of the selected homes for us. The process was seamless, Tom was on top of the transaction, communication was awesome, he was here for every inspection, it was an enjoyable, no stress situation. I do have one regret, I wish he could have sold our home in Monterey- it too then would have been enjoyable! ? Tom is number one in our book, if you need a realtor - and a partner in your home purchase or sale, don't call anyone else, call Tom.

Gail Mutoza

Of course, there are many good realtors in Pine Mountain Lake/Groveland. But I suggest you choose Tom Knoth. My working with him to sell my home was a clean, precise, data driven, successful experience. From the first day to Closing, I knew from his frequent communication exactly where we were at each stage of the process. Read that again. It means I spent no time wondering, I always knew. Such a stress reliever. Tom's business contacts in whatever area of your home that needs addressing, his responsible follow up, his accuracy in documentation, his specific advice on enhancements and necessary style points, his availability at any time, his aforementioned communication strengths all make him a superlative choice for you. From our initial meeting, I knew that his kindness would best his own interests. There are many, but choose Tom and sleep well throughout the challenging time of selling your home.

Martina Lawlor

Tom showed us many homes in Pine Mountain Lake over several months. He was very patient after showing us so many houses to very picky buyers. The house was a foreclosure sale and we heard it was a long process with many problems. We live two hours away and Tom took care of everything. The process went smoothly thanks to Tom and we now have our vacation home. An important note: He was always available to ask questions, give recommendations for a handyman and carpet cleaner, info on upcoming events in PML and great places to eat. He didn't disappear after the sale. Yes - We would use Tom Knoth again.

Crystal Tripp

We've completed 3 successful transactions with Tom and highly recommend him. Tom made us feel very comfortable and provided excellent and accurate advice every step of the way, not only during our transactions, but also after we closed. He knows all the best local service providers, and will even go out of his way to meet repair people at our properties when we can't be there. If you're buying or selling in Groveland, Tom's the best!

Robert Judin

Tom has the best website for easily viewing and sorting through all Pine Mountain Lake and surrounding area properties. He was happy to show us the area before we even knew if we wanted to buy. He not only walked us through the search and purchase process, but has helped us out multiple times in the two years since our purchase. Great customer care, even after the sale!

Scott and Mary Thomas

We are looking for a vacation home in PML, and needing a realtor, we received many qualified recommendations after asking property owners in the area. We choose Tom, in part due to his extensive website that offered a great deal of information. Because we are out of town we need someone who can communicate well, and timely. Tom did not disappoint. We had a list of properties to which Tom added, based on our criteria. Although we have been to PML many times, Tom gave us a great tour, showing us areas which we had not seen in the past. His background information on areas, lots, amenities, pricing was greatly appreciated; he knows this area 'like the back of his hand'. He is highly respectable, has a good sense of humor, and knows his stuff. He took us to no less than 25 homes in 2 days.


Tom is not only a great Agent, he is a true partner and very helpful in home buying. I completely relied on his judgement for not only home buying but home improvement as well. I am super impressed with Tom's professionalism and time response .

EH Staya

We found Tom on Zillow and called him based on his good reviews. Tom is very patient, showing us many houses in Pine Mountain Lake. He's very friendly and honest. With his knowledge and experience, we picked one of the best houses. He goes above and beyond his duties to make sure we get whatever we need. It has been a pleasure working with Tom, we highly recommend him.

Pari A

Tom is the most experienced and knowledgeable Agent here in PML. I referred to him several friends and family members and they all very happy with Tom's professional approach. Highly recommended.

Gregory Shneyer

Tom K. was great to work with and helped us pick the retirement cabin of our dreams. The sales process took almost 6 months and he helped all the way. He personally showed us 20 homes so when we saw the one; my wife and I knew it right off. The timing of the close was tricky and it all went well. He is Very knowledgeable about Pine Mountain Lake.Update: almost a year after the sale, Tom is still providing great support. He has excellent technical knowledge, local contractors and expertise in the Pine Mountain Lake Association culture. I would highly recommend his real estate services.

Tom Huggett

Overall, we thought Tom did a great job as our realtor. He provided useful guidance and contacts to prepare our house for sale. Advised and coordinated inspections. He did a great job with house photos and descriptions. He positioned our house wellfor multiple offers. He certainly knows the market well. I believe we had a optimal experience.

Kathleen Morse and Jeremy Zawodny

Back in April 2021, we reached out to Tom to assist us in selling our home. Being a first time home seller can be very stressful, but Tom was very knowledgeable, patient and helpful answering all our questions whether it be via text, telephone or mail. Throughout this entire process, we felt as if Tom was looking out for our best interest and not just trying to make a sale. Tom delivered what he promised. Hesaid he would sell our home and he did.

Frances Iturbierra