I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Tom. I was in a competitive bidding situation (12 offers!) and Tom counseled me every step of the way. I truly believe that I wouldn't own my dream home without the guidance and wisdom of Rare Properties. Their service was comprehensive and first rate -- they set all the appointments for all the inspections and made everything easy and straightforward. Once my offer was accepted, Tom also introduced me to an amazing contractor. It was an A+ experience.
- Tom Davila (Buyer)
When I encountered real estate broker Colby Brown, I was very skeptical about his age. After talking with him, my doubts disappeared. I found him to be a mature, knowledgeable, well-informed agent who was attuned to the circumstances about selling my house and purchasing a new home. After working with premier brokers in Los Angeles on previous sales of my homes, some of whom were twice his age, Colby demonstrated an exceptional ability to market and sell my home. He expertly helped to stage it so that it had maximum appeal to buyers. He orchestrated a record-breaking open house, and four days later, I received multiple offers, and my house was sold above the asking price. Regarding the purchase of my new home, Colby actually found the real estate property for me, astutely counseled me on when to make an offer, and negotiated at the highest level with a difficult, experienced seller. Colby will hustle for you. He will respond to your various needs and your taste. Above all, you will find him to be personable, charming, and a pleasure to work with.
- Colby Brown (Buyer)
Stephen has helped through the whole process. While viewing the property, Stephen asked additional questions about the property that I never would have thought to ask at the time. The answers of those questions truly helped solidify the bid on the property. He gave his professional opinion when asked and pursued negotiations in the best interests of his client. Stephen also helped with the process with the inspection reports and making sure everything was corrected before the closing, in terms of the seller fixing/replacing anything or applying a credit on the purchase price. I'm sure I'm missing a lot of other items that Stephen did during this process, but these were the most important takeaways from this experience. Nevertheless, I fully recommend using Stephen, especially for his complete dedication to his clients and his speedy response time to any questions or concerns. I will be using him in the future.
- Stephen Hansen Brown (Buyer)
Lisa is an incredible agent and I feel very lucky to have her as my agent for my first home purchase. She is professional and knowledgeable - knows the market and provides a thoughtful list of potential homes. Lisa is also patient; as a first-time home buyer, I had a lot of questions and she was able to answer all of them clearly.
-Lisa Young (Buyer)
Lisa was an amazing resource and really made us first-time-homebuyers feel comfortable throughout the process. In fact, her strategy and advice led us to get the first home we put an offer on -- without having to pay over asking. She was also extremely helpful in getting us set up with a great lender and inspectors, and she hand-held us through each of the steps from offer through closing. Throughout all of this, she was incredibly responsive, often responding to calls/emails within minutes, even on weekends, which is very important in this fast-moving market. We can't recommend Lisa enough!
-Lisa Young (Buyer)
Robert was my real estate agent for my first home purchase. It was a learning experience, and Robert was there to help me along. We used the Compass app to create a catalog of homes of interest. The app helped narrow down which homes we viewed in the desired area. Once we found the perfect home and made an offer, Robert guided me through the escrow process. There was one issue with the home found during the inspection. Robert negotiated the deal so that the owner fixed it. Otherwise, this would have been a considerable expense for me soon after closing. Everything went smoothly, and we were able to close in 30 days. I was surprised and happy with the ease and effort it took to complete each step of purchasing a property. I would recommend Robert to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
-Robert Vitela (Buyer)
This was my first home buying experience, and I could never have imagined that it would have been as flawless as it's been, especially in such a difficult market. Robert Vitela delivered an absolutely stellar level of service, care and expertise that made the entire process feel completely under control despite its many dimensions. There's never been a point where Robert didn't attend to my request for information or help no matter what day or time of the day. He quickly grasps what mattered to me as we looked for the ideal house, never putting any pressure to move on anything that wasn't ideal for me. His level of proactiveness on all matters is also impressive. A great command of the timelines, and fantastic network of relationships to get the right person involved at the right time, relying on other experts when needed to speed things up and increase the level of professionalism. I was particularly impressed during the inspection phase where so many things needed to be aligned in such a short amount of time. On top of that, the negotiation skills were critical in structuring a final winning offer. Very creative and what you need to win in this market w/o ever putting the buyer into an undesirable situation. I will absolutely work again with Robert at the next opportunity and he comes highly recommended to my entire network.
-Robert Vitela (Buyer)
Stephen is a wonderful real estate agent. He’s friendly, professional, and courteous. He understood my real estate needs and made every effort to show me properties that fit my budget and interest. I highly recommend Stephen to anyone looking for property.
-Stephen Hansen Brown (Buyer)
Stephen was truly a dream to work with. His professionalism, incredible knowledge of the area and honesty all helped me in finding and purchasing my dream home. Since this was my first time buying a home, I really needed someone who was going to be patient with me and be there for me every step of the way. Stephen not only did that, he went above and beyond. I truly could not recommend Stephen and his team enough. He truly is the best in the business!
-Stephen Hansen Brown (Buyer)
Vince is a true professional, with lots of patience, and a very caring disposition!!! When it came time to purchase our first home, a close friend recommended Vince. Buying a first time home can be an overwhelming process that can have lots of twists and turns. With his expertise in the field and marketplace, Vince navigated a clear path for us with no problem; answering all our questions thoroughly, quickly, and with empathy and understanding. Vince is also a masterful mortgage officer that helped us take that first big step in a methodical manner. When we are ready for an upgrade or need to move, we will for sure be calling Vince!
-Vince Lombardi (Buyer)
Less than a year ago, my husband and I had to move to San Francisco for a new job. I had to sell my home in Van Nuys, and find a new home in the San Francisco Bay Area- one of the most challenging and competitive housing markets in the country. We chose Mr. Lombardi to be our real estate agent, because he had helped us find our home in Van Nuys, and we were so happy with his knowledge, his unparalleled experience and professionalism. With my new job starting in just 2 months, we were under some time constraints to get our Van Nuys home sold (we needed the proceeds from the sale to cover the downpayment for the new home in San Francisco). Mr. Lombardi was up for the challenge, and he worked very closely with us to get our property on the market and set up some initial open houses. He was also very careful about setting the right sale price for our home - relying both on his own extensive experience along with current comps from our neighborhood. We had an open house within a couple weeks of starting to work with Mr. Lombardi, and we received several strong offers (over asking price) on our home. Mr. Lombardi walked us through the different offers and helped us make an informed choice. Within one month of listing our home, we had an accepted offer and we closed escrow in time to purchase a new home in San Francisco. Mr. Lombardi was also instrumental in helping us find our home in San Francisco, and we couldn't be happier. He really takes the time to get to know his clients and make sure he understands what his clients are looking for. He is also very mindful about setting realistic expectations and helping the client understand what housing options are available in the current market at the client's price point. With over 20 years of experience in the real estate business, Mr. Lombardi clearly understands all of the nuances and steps in what can seem like an overwhelming and bureaucratic process, and he takes the time to walk you through these steps (adjusting his approach to the needs of the client). And he is incredibly responsive - he consistently got back to us by the end of the day (or by the next morning). I don't know how he did it, but he helped us get a home in San Francisco. When we experienced some initial setbacks with our first few offers (we kept getting outbid by cash only offers that were at least $100,000 over the asking price), Mr. Lombardi took the time listen to our frustrations and keep us motivated to continue looking (and opened us up to new options that we had not previously considered). He found us a beautiful fixer-upper in a quiet and transitioning neighborhood in San Francisco - he helped us see past the current condition of the house's interior and see the possibilities with some targeted renovations. We ended up getting the house for nearly $40,000 UNDER the asking prices (yes, under the asking price!!). If you are looking for someone with exceptional knowledge and experience in the real estate business, who makes you feel like you are his most important client, then I highly recommend Mr. Lombardi. You will not be disappointed!
-Vince Lombardi (Buyer)
Sophie is a great agent. She took the time to learn what I wanted and needed in my new home. She knew exactly what I was looking for and did a fabulous job of screening out the houses so that I only visited the houses that met my criteria. Sophie provided me with such personal attention that I truly felt as if I were her only client during my 9-month search for my home. I highly recommend Sophie.
Sophie McLean (Buyer)
Sophie McLean was invaluable to us when we were looking for the right property to meet our intricate set of requirements. She very quickly got a handle on our likes and dislikes and came up with a range of suitable properties for us to choose from. Once we'd shortlisted the available options, she mapped out a logical route and liaised with all of the various realtors / owners to make sure that we had an efficient and successful day of back to back viewings. She found our "perfect fit" and everything went very smoothly from there on, we moved in very soon after with no hiccups whatsoever. We have no hesitations in recommending Sophie as an excellent realtor who has first-class people skills and a knack of rapidly understanding people's needs.
Sophie McLean (Buyer)