Ranked in the Top

Agents in 92101*

In the Top

Percent in San Diego County

Compass Is The

Independent Brokerage by Volume (Real Trends 2018)

*Based on numbers from the San Diego Downtown News – February 2020 Edition. Rankings are based on numbers pulled by an independent 3rd party from January 1st, 2019 – December 31st, 2019. 

Ryan Ponce – REALTOR®

DRE #01902950

Starting at the age of 17, I began working in the Marina District in Downtown San Diego. By the age of 18, I was running my parents’ small family business, It’s a Grind Coffee House, on the corner of First Ave. and G St. For four years I managed my parents’ busy coffee house while attending San Diego State University for mechanical engineering. During the four and a half years I worked at my family’s business, it really gave me a great opportunity to meet the people that make up downtown and really understand what downtown living is all about. Living downtown isn’t just about buying some condo in a good looking high rise, it is about a certain lifestyle that I hope I can help you enjoy.

I currently live in Downtown San Diego’s Marina District and I work for Compass, which was the number 1 independent brokerage by volume in the nation in 2018. As a team, we believe in personal service, professional marketing strategies and community networking to deliver exceptional results!

I am a young business professional who is full of energy, drive, and passion for real estate. I can honestly say, since the day I started in 2011, I wake up every morning excited about what I do and I try my best to have my attitude carry over to everyone I help. With a strong understanding of the downtown community, a tight knit company for support and knowledge, and my perseverance to always stay one step ahead of the curve, I look forward to helping you with any real estate needs you may have.

Karl Bublitz – REALTOR®

DRE #01999695

My passion for Real Estate started through acquiring my first investment property over two years ago. I recently teamed up with Ryan Ponce at Compass. Together we form an unstoppable team. Ryan and I understand that selling and buying homes can be difficult, but we support our clients through understanding their desires, educating them on the market and securing the best property fit.

I am a Towson University Business Management and Baltimore International College Culinary School Professional Cooking graduate, with extensive experience in the restaurant industry. Prior to achieving my California real estate license, I worked as a chef in an upscale Maryland restaurant, as well as catered for musical celebrities’ concert tours traveling across the US. I have also managed a popular downtown San Diego restaurant located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Through both business and culinary school, I have grown to really understand how to listen to the needs of clients. This skill not only saves my clients time, but stress throughout the process.

When I’m not selling real estate, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and I sparingly partake in snowboarding, mountain biking, sporting events, golfing and exploring San Diego restaurants.

Melissa Ayer – Chief Operating Officer

DRE #02000921

I am a San Diego native and have been here my entire life. While I love to travel, San Diego truly is America’s Finest City. I grew up in a real estate family so I was submerged in the community at a very young age. After some time in the Hospitality Industry, I followed the family path and started in the mortgage industry in 2012. I transitioned into the real estate side in 2015, working for one of the top real estate teams in Downtown San Diego. I took a year off to work for a non-profit and serve the community. Now I am back!  Having previously worked in the same office as everyone on the Ryan Ponce & Associates team, I could not have been more excited to come back to such an amazing team in 2020!

When I am not helping the team, I spend my time with my husband, Josh, and our two paw children (Mila and Duke). We enjoy taking in everything San Diego has to offer especially the restaurants, landmarks, beaches and shopping.

As the team’s head of operations, I am responsible for ensuring our service is unmatched.  We are actively developing and enhancing our marketing tactics to guarantee that we are providing the most useful and up-to-date services. Throughout every step of the way, we strive to provide the best experience possible!