"We feel incredibly lucky to have been introduced to Chris during an early job recruitment visit and we would hire him again in a second to manage the purchase of a home. Chris spent an exceptional amount of time with us (showing us neighborhoods and homes, and educating us about the local real es..."
"We feel incredibly lucky to have been introduced to Chris during an early job recruitment visit and we would hire him again in a second to manage the purchase of a home. Chris spent an exceptional amount of time with us (showing us neighborhoods and homes, and educating us about the local real estate market) even before we committed to moving to the Bay Area. He was knowledgeable, responsive, patient, and engaged. Chris got to know us and our priorities, perhaps better than we knew ourselves. I think pretty quickly he knew which neighborhood would be the best fit for us, and allowed us to eventually come to the same conclusion by appropriately continuing to mention the neighborhood and bringing us back. We officially entered the housing market prepared to buy during a major sellers market. Homes were selling within days substantially over asking price. Most people I spoke with had put multiple offers down (10+ at times) on homes before landing one, or still hadn't landed a home. Chris struck the perfect balance in this difficult market for buyers. He remained very grounded and calm throughout the entire process. At the same time, he recognized when fast action was required. To our amazement, Chris helped us purchase the very first home we put an offer on! He took us to an open house that occurred simultaneous with the house being listed on MLS. He helped us see the strong attributes of the location and the home, and the other opportunities that existed to make it a fantastic home for our family. Chris has very collegial relationships with other real estate professionals in the area, and I think that helped us navigate the offer successfully. With Chris's guidance, we were able to pre-empt a bidding war and buy our home! The escrow period is equally challenging and Chris ensured it was smooth sailing. We were taking advantage of fairly complicated university loan programs, and Chris's familiarity with these programs was a huge help. He connected us to all the right people and had excellent relationships with university faculty housing staff and bank staff such that communication was seamless throughout the entire process. My favorite part about working with Chris is that he takes great pride in getting his clients into the best home for them. Although it is certainly important to him to get clients into homes, it's equally important to him that they are happy in that home for years to come. He helps his clients get out of their own way when making this big life decision. He is always calm, patient, and respectful with everyone he works with, but when the time comes he is agile and practical. If you are considering a move to or within the Bay Area, I recommend Chris without reservation. Moving is an incredibly stressful life event, and Chris just makes it that much easier. It is important that you are realistic about the housing market you are in, but Chris can help you understand that and arrive at the best neighborhood and home for your and your family."