Had Michael not been as persistent as he was, we probably would not have gotten this house.
"Susan made the process of buying a home fun and I would use her again in heartbeat. After talking with me about my wants and needs (and wishes), Susan was able to take all of that information and show me homes that were all great choices. She kept me calm and focused throughout the process, reminding me of my long-term goals. She knew all of the neighborhoods extremely well, telling me what markets were good, what restaurants I would like, and even about a gym opening that I might take advantage of. She really gave me a feel for the area I might buy in. I highly recommend her to anyone buying a home."
I appreciate the time Charlene invested in developing my understanding of the local market...In a multiple bid situation facing an emotional seller and her experienced agents, Charlene successfully presented our offer and negotiated a contract on very favorable terms.
Meeting Mary Jo at an open-house 3 and half years ago, she seemed to be unusually good at what she does. She was well studied, market familiar and well connected with the key people in the business despite a relatively recent career change. Having spent many years as a high-tech executive, I was mostly impressed by Mary Jo's apparent work ethic–as being similar to what we demand in our industry. Adding to her energy, Mary Jo is extraordinarily honest, direct, detailed, meticulous, well-trained, well-supported, and she is liked by everyone she deals with. We recommend her highly.
"We looked at every nook and cranny of the home. Siobhan educated us on things really well and it definitely paid off in the end. We grew together in our relationship with each other. We were taught a valuable lesson: Patience is golden, especially in a life-changing decision. She said: 'I will do everything possible to close, and if I can’t then we have to believe that this wasn’t the right place for you.' And it was absolutely true, because she tried everything possible to close two properties and in the end it didn’t happen -- but in the end those were not the right places for us. This is the right place for us, and we are so happy. The respect and honesty that she has is something that I think a lot of people have never encountered with some of the real estate agents they’ve talked to."
Annette is so genuinely interested in the community that she has developed a tremendous network in all sectors that few agents could match. That, combined with her persistence, proactive determination, and immediate responses are the reasons we enjoyed working with Annette. It’s also why we were able to find and purchase our off-market house. Annette patiently worked with us to understand our needs and to find a good place for us. She is very knowledgeable about the real estate market in our geographic search area and is a true advocate for her clients. She remains an integral part of our lives in helping us settle into our new home and we look forward to a long term relationship with her.
Michelle was amazing. I was scared and worried, but she guided me through every step, taking time to talk and finding me help when I needed it. Michelle made what could have been a complicated and difficult process easy, smooth and seamless. When I realized in November that I had to sell my house by June, Michelle was my first call. She planned the entire process and alerted me when to start each step and how to complete it. When I had a question or got stuck on a problem, Michelle was easy to contact and quick to act. The house sold quickly just as Michelle had predicted and at the exact price she set. When all said and done, neighbors and friends kept asking me how I did it, because I always seemed so calm and informed; I gave them Michelle's card.
In early 2005, we asked Caroline Tonetti to assist us in finding a house in the mid-Peninsula area. We had already been working for some time with another agent in the South Bay, but had decided to expand the area of our search to the north, beyond that agent’s area of expertise.
From our first meeting, Caroline was gracious, interested, and professional. She listened to our specific needs and quickly focused our search on only those homes that met out criteria. As our search progressed and our criteria changed, she took note of those changes and made the appropriate adjustments.
Caroline was always available for a tour or to set up specific house visits. Because we were being extremely selective, we looked at many houses that were close, but not exactly right for us. Though our search took months, Caroline never lost patience nor pressured us to decide on a property that we were unsure about.
Caroline was very knowledgeable about the character of neighborhoods and school districts and took the time to educate us about everything from zoning ordinances to traffic patterns. We felt total confidence in her understanding, not just of property values, but also of the lifestyle that each property would engender.
At one point, we came close to purchasing a home with our first agent in Saratoga and Caroline cheerfully and enthusiastically supported us through that process, though it was not in her financial interests to do so. When that purchase did not come to fruition, Caroline picked up our search and showed us several properties she had been watching on our behalf in the interim. One of those properties greatly appealed to us.
Once we had agreed that we were interested in the house, Caroline coached us on bidding strategy and gave us extremely helpful advice that enabled us to win the house over another bidder who came in only slightly below us. We felt that we had bid exactly the right amount to ensure the house would be ours.
We would give Caroline our highest recommendation for her knowledge, her professionalism and her warmth. It was a pleasure working with her.
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