My Buyer and Seller Client Reviews. I always enjoy receiving reviews of my home buying and selling services. Here is just a small sample of reviews that I have received. They are arranged in two sections:
"My wife and I had an absolutely excellent experience selling our house with Brent and would highly recommend him to anyone. We decided rather abruptly to sell our home on Alki Beach and move to San Francisco. With our first consultation, Brent understood our goals - a very quick sale and a expending a minimal amount of time/money as the sellers. Brent secured two offers on our house in the very first week and we closed just 6 weeks after meeting him! In that first week, Brent helped us to stage our house with fantastic skill - which of our furniture and decorations should be stored, which should remain, what additional decoration we should buy and what decoration he could provide for staging. He advised on a minimal set of repairs and touch ups for the house, helped with replacing some light fixtures and patching some drywall.
Brent is really full service. The professional photo shoot he arranged was absolutely astounding! I was very skeptical that the photo shoot would be of much value - however the photos looked AMAZING and I must have heard from 30+ friends and coworkers how incredible our home was. When dealing with the buyers and their agent, Brent did a tremendous job in representing our wishes and negotiating very favorably on our behalf. Due to his negotiations, we were able to sell with zero $ spent on repairs after the inspection. That was exactly what we wanted. Brent was also extremely easy to communicate with. My wife and I were in California as often as we were in Washington and Brent was easily reachable anytime via phone/email/text. Again, I would absolutely work with Brent again if I were selling a home in Seattle. I've sold homes before with realtors I enjoyed working with, but Brent is really top notch!"
Ivan and Jennie
Alki Beach - West Seattle - Sellers
"Brent is a consummate professional. He listened and understood the circumstances for us selling the property. He then laid out a game plan for marketing, pricing and selling the home. He executed the plan to perfection and the house basically sold in one day at the asking price. He did this with his extensive experience in the West Seattle market, and with a keen eye on staging and professional photography. The house showed spectacularly well. Brent is easily accessible and so easy to work with. He kept us in the loop every step of the way until closing. I cannot thank him or recommend him enough for selling our property in such a timely and professional manner."
Fauntleroy - West Seattle - Sellers
"We sold our house in West Seattle with Brent as our listing agent. I will use Brent on my next real estate transaction. He staged the house and had a professional photographer shoot the scene. The pictures really popped in the listing. Outstanding! Thanks Brent, for all your hard work and expertise in making a seamless sale."
John and Margaret
Alki - West Seattle - Sellers
"From my first meeting with him and then through the sale and closing process, Brent demonstrated consummate professionalism in the sale of my mother's West Seattle condominium. Brent showed up for our initial meeting thoroughly prepared. He presented thoughtful ideas and rationale to prepare the unit for listing and was refreshingly patient with us as we did our best to enhance the property.
On his own initiative, Brent staged the condo tastefully and then--as promised--produced stunning professional photos to ensure a great online marketing package. Bottom line: we received a superb offer during the first weekend open house, just a few days after listing the property. Reinforcing his job representing us, he successfully negotiated a couple of closing-related issues and kept us informed through the process. Brent knows real estate, and is an expert on West Seattle properties! We are so grateful for his help."
Junction - West Seattle - Sellers
"Thanks so much... You made the whole process a great experience and you gained our trust for future endeavors."
Jason and Bonnie
Columbia City/South Seattle - Sellers
"... I contacted Brent after I found his information on the web. What a great choice. My Dad is very ill and had to be placed in full time care and we needed the house to sell in order to afford all the expenses. So this was a very difficult situation as I had to make all discussions and work with crew to get the house ready. Brent was right there and he knows real estate and what sells a home like nobody I have ever talked to before. Brent took his time and met with me several times and told me exactly what I had to do to sell Dads home quickly and the things that attract a buyer and sells a home quickly. Each time Brent came over I followed his instructions and completed them as I knew Brent was advising me exactly the road to follow that was needed.
Brent was so nice and very caring the entire time. I wish I had more homes and Brent to work with me from the results. After Brent got the staging done which made the house look like a magazine home, it went on the market on Friday. Sunday Brent held an open house. Monday we had two offers one for full asking price and yesterday July 12th Escrow closed and all is done. I was amazed, the house was not listed until the second week of June, sold in two days and is finished. What better and more caring realtor you can find over Brent, I will tell you none...he's the best. Now I have the peace of mind knowing my Dad can be taken care of for years and my travels were from Spokane in getting the house done and been taking care of Dads needs since January, now I have peace and Brent I thank-you...."
Westwood Village - West Seattle - Sellers
"Professional, Positive and Intelligent. Huge help with staging and repairs. My kitchen handle broke the day before my house was going on sale and I was leaving that morning so I didn't have time to fix it. Brent fixed it out of his own pocket. I thought that was exceptional, among other things. Completely satisfied."
Genesee - West Seattle - Sellers
"Brent was instrumental in staging and getting our house sold. The day the house went on the market we left on vacation and by the end of the day, our house had several offers for more than we expected. We accepted one of the offers the next business day and the rest is history. Brent is friendly, professional and responsive. Highly recommend him."
Paul and Martha
Burien - Sellers
"Outstanding. I honestly didn't think selling a house would be this easy. He understood my situation and got me 3 offers within the first day of it being listed on the market. Very satisfied."
Westwood - West Seattle - Sellers
"We were referred to Brent through a friend who couldn't say enough good things about him. Having worked with him ourselves now, we couldn't agree more. Brent helped us find exactly the home we were looking for in West Seattle. As first time home-buyers, we are so incredibly grateful that we had Brent working with us through this process. Everything was smooth and drama-free, exactly as we wanted it to be! We were on a tight timeline to find a home to purchase, and Brent was available, thorough and helpful from our very first phone call. He was always available by phone, email or text, and promptly sent us new listings when they became available. He was incredibly flexible with our work schedules in terms of showing homes in the late afternoon or early evening, but also didn't hesitate to suggest to us if he thought we needed to see something sooner. He was always available to show us a new listing, or to return for a second look.
Communication with him was easy and prompt. There are so many things that we appreciated about working with Brent. He was incredibly knowledgeable – about homes in general and the West Seattle market specifically. He would non-judgmentally point out both positive and negative features of a home, but we always felt as if he was leaving the ultimate judgment to us. He is good natured and easy to be around, always professional but pleasant. He was very accommodating when we would need to bring our toddler with us to showings, even though I know that can be distracting. Once we found the right home, we again were so appreciative of Brent's expertise. He provided us the perfect balance of his suggestion for what would be a strong offer for this home in this market, while never pressuring us and always making us feel like the ultimate decision was ours. Once under contract, he remained extremely helpful and responsive to all our “first-time” questions and helped make sure that everything proceeded as expected. In the end, we found a great place in about a month and had closed less than 30 days after that. We can't recommend Brent highly enough, and will definitely work with him again in the future if the opportunity arises."
Erin and Dustin
Fairmount - West Seattle - Buyers
"Brent was great from before the transaction until well after. We met him at an open house, while just browsing. We told him what we were looking for, and he sent occasional updates with listings that fit our criteria. When we finally decided to pull the trigger, he was very thorough, and made sure things were moving along as fast as possible. After we closed, a few issues with the house popped up, and Brent was very persistent with the previous owners and contractors to get it resolved. We would not hesitate to go with Brent again for the purchase or sale of a house!"
Cory and Tracey
North Admiral - West Seattle - Buyers
"Brent is everything one looks for in an agent. He helped us buy our home after months of looking. He knew exactly what we wanted/needed probably before we even did, to be honest! We moved to Seattle a year ago and we have a young child so we needed someone like Brent who really knows the area, schools etc. He really was on top of things, sent listings as soon as they became available, always responded promptly to my emails and showed us homes at whatever time/day was convenient for us. We saw so many houses, I was starting to get discouraged and a few times I even thought maybe our “wish list” was unrealistic. But Brent was so cool and calm, he urged me to be patient and NOT to settle....we would find our home, he was sure of it. This kind of confidence can only come with the years of experience he has.
His knowledge and understanding of the real estate market is vast. There was a house or two that my husband and I kind of liked and after looking for so long we wondered if we should make an offer even though it was at the very top of our budget. When we asked Brent what he thought....it was obvious that he had our best interest at heart when he’d say something like, “well I think it’s a bit overpriced.” Perhaps another agent would have just seen a higher commission and told us to go for it. Oh and by the way, he was spot on when he thought a house was overpriced, sure enough we’d see it sold for considerably less than asking price. He also has a great knowledge of house structure/remodeling etc. Ultimately it was his insight that helped us see the potential in the home we made an offer on and purchased. Yes, it needed a little work but even with remodeling we have our home for $100,000 LESS than our initial budget. It suits us perfectly, and we have Brent to thank for it. Our experience with Brent was exceptional, he goes above and beyond what is necessary or expected."
Evelyn and Frank
Alaska Junction - West Seattle - Buyers
"Brent was fantastic to work with. As first-time buyers, we were all over the place as far style and location were concerned. Brent did not give up on us. He patiently answered many, many questions and always made time to meet us at our request. His knowledge of real estate in this area coupled with his warm, patient personality made the whole process enjoyable. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a home, especially first-time buyers."
Beth and Tony
Beacon Hill - Seattle - Buyers
"Brent was all we could have hoped for in an agent helping us find our first home. His expertise and depth of knowledge was obvious from the start, and throughout the process his insights and information proved to be indispensable. We worked with Brent for the better part of three months until we ended up with a house that is perfect for us in size, price, accommodations, and neighborhood. Along the way, Brent sent us listings updates any time something new came on the market. He was always ready to meet up with us to look at houses and help us with any questions we had about any of the properties. He has a background in home repair/remodeling, and it shows in the depth of knowledge he displays in all aspects of the physical structure of the home (materials, plumbing, heating, electrical, appliances, etc.). There were times that he answered questions for us that we hadn't even thought to ask originally.
On top of his knowledge of houses and the home-buying process, Brent is just a great guy to work with. He is friendly and personable; easy to talk to. Never once did we feel pressure one way or another from Brent on whether or not we should offer on a house. He answered any questions we had and offered his opinion when we asked. On top of this, he would remind us that we can always keep looking when he sensed that we might be trying to talk ourselves into liking something that maybe we didn't really like. As a couple that gets antsy about shopping for an extended period of time, these reminders were welcomed. In the end, we found a great home in a great location right in our price range. I would not hesitate for one second to recommend Brent to anyone looking to buy a home, especially in the West Seattle neighborhood. Thanks Brent!"
Brien and Jean
West Seattle - Buyers
"From the moment we made contact with Brent, we knew we chose the right broker! He was incredibly responsive, super knowledgeable about the West Seattle market (and homes in general), honest, and friendly!! After hearing horror stories from friends who have recently purchased a home, we were a little nervous when we started the process. However, Brent had all the answers and walked us through every step with amazing clarity and detail. He always gave us his honest opinion, and let us know when a house had some kind of issue. Brent also fought for us and negotiated a great sale price and repairs to be made by the seller. Given that this was our first time buying a home, we are shocked at how pleasant and easy the process was. We credit all of that to Brent!"
William and Lisa
West Seattle - Buyers
"We were looking for a real estate agent in West Seattle. Of course Brent is the go to guy for the area. Not only is Brent great to be around, his attention to detail is impeccable. Brent knew what we were looking for very quickly and he indeed found us the perfect home. He is always prepared, early to showings and if I ever e-mailed him, I knew there would be a quick reply. His follow up is outstanding, which is so critical in this market. I absolutely recommend Brent, he will not let you down!"
Lael and Dean
Genesee - West Seattle - Buyers
"We met Brent while at an open house in West Seattle. He was friendly, savvy and professional. We started working with him almost immediately. Brent was extremely flexible in working around our work and family schedules to show us houses at night and on weekends. He was also very responsive by phone and email when we had questions or wanted to see a house in a short period of time. Brent was knowledgeable about electronic signing practices too which took the headache out of having to be physically present every time documents needed to be signed. We often saw houses with our 5 month-old baby in tow. Brent scheduled showings with plenty of time to take care of her along the way when needed (with feedings and diaper changes).
As well he showed us a variety of family homes in several neighborhoods - Magnolia, Queen Anne, Greenwood, West Seattle to name a few. We weren't sure if we wanted a fixer-upper or a finished home and Brent showed us several of both, explaining pros and cons of each. He was very mindful of safety features and our daughter. Overall, we had an excellent experience working with Brent who ultimately found us our family dream house. We would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a house."
Sarah and Volker
Magnolia - Seattle - Buyers
"Brent found us the house of our dreams. Wait, scratch that: we didn't even know we could dream for a house as amazing as the house that Brent helped us find. But let's start at the beginning... We found Brent through a web search for Seattle real estate professionals when we were researching our move to Seattle. His website was great (always a good sign) so we gave him a call and told him what we were looking for. Brent emailed us listings that matched our criteria and we made an appointment to meet him in person and look at a couple of the homes. At the first home, we quickly realized just how competitive the Seattle real estate market was -- and how quickly we'd need to act to get the house we wanted -- when, as Brent was showing us the home, other couples were lining up for their viewings.
Thankfully, Brent is lightning fast at emailing new listings and (here's where the 20+ years of real estate experience probably comes in) has a great gut sense of when an offer needs to be made and what the details of the offer need to be to give buyers a fighting chance in a competitive market. That first house wasn't the one. The second, third, fourth house weren't the ones either. Brent was patient as he showed us home after home, and in that process, really "got" us and what we wanted. That's how -- when the house that is now our dream house, the one we're living in today, came on the market -- he knew it was "the one" and told us we needed to see it ASAP. He was right, we made our offer, it was accepted, and the rest is history. All that plus Brent's just a cool guy, a good human being. We'd recommend him to anyone."
Tom & Darcy
Seahurst Park - Burien - Buyers
"My husband and I are still fairly new to the Seattle area. After renting for a year to get the lay of the land, we were ready to take the plunge and purchase a home. We started going to open houses and met realtor after realtor who gave us their cards....us never really meaning to call them back....until we met Brent. From the moment we spoke to him, it was clear he knew his "stuff". Brent understood immediately what we were looking for in a home and we are so grateful for his expertise. He has a calming demeanor that puts you at ease and makes a stressful time in your life easier.
He helped us find the perfect neighborhood and the perfect home for us. Brent was very attentive and didn't disappear once the purchase was finished. When the water company lost the payment from the previous owner and our water was erroneously turned off, Brent took it upon himself to call the escrow and water companies to track down and resolve the problem right away. We are so pleased with his services and would recommend him to anyone in the market for a home."
Kimm and Barry
Seaview - West Seattle - Buyers
"He was patient and understood very quickly what we wanted in a home. We trusted Brent so much that at times, we just had him check the homes for us and he would then come back & tell us whether it is something we might want to look at. He was honest and had our best interests at heart.
The negotiation process went very smoothly and Brent made a lot of recommendations we wouldn't have even thought about. Aside from that, he also had a lot of home structure/building expertise and that allowed us to weed out a lot of homes that could have potentially become money pits. We are now in our new home and couldn't be happier. I'm glad we waited and I'm even more glad we had Brent help us through the process."
Ally and Chris
Admiral - West Seattle - Buyers
"Brent was extremely professional and thorough and he was impressive relative to knowing the market. We were so very impressed with Brent's skills and negotiating. Plus, Brent went out of his way to help us when ever it was necessary. He also did a fantastic job closing the deal for us! Brent also does a great job communicating too!" Warren H. "Brent was a total pleasure to work with - and I was not an easy customer!
I relocated from the East Coast, knew nothing of the area and had a wide range of options - house? condo? West Side? East Side? Budget was a moving target! Brent's integrity is unquestionable. He also has an amazing talent for defusing tense situation, common in negotiations. He was able to keep me informed, focused on the end game and did a very thorough and professional execution of my selection and close. He even spent an entire day helping me move in! That is just the kind of person he is. I highly recommend Brent for either buying or selling a home! I know when/if I ever sell and move in the area again, he is the only person I will call! I could not be happier with the home we found together."
Kirkland, WA - Buyers
"Having recently moved to Washington and being first time homeowners there was a lot we didn't know about the area and buying a home. We actually had contacted another agent a few months prior to moving here but that agent was not helpful and would never return emails or phone calls. So, we searched the internet looking for a new agent and found Brent. My wife and I are so glad that we found Brent. I warned him that we didn't know a lot and will probably have more questions than the average home buyer up front so he knew what he was getting into. Brent said it would be no problem and he has worked with a lot of first time buyers. He has been extremely patient and attentive with all of our questions and needs.
My wife who learned English as a second language felt very comfortable in dealing with Brent. His calm nature was perfect for us being typical emotional first time buyers. Although, he's a very relaxed and mellow guy he was very proactive in asking questions to the sellers and making sure that we weren't being taken advantage of or potentially getting into a money pit. He showed us various homes that we were interested which were slightly older and pointed out certain aspects to consider and look for that we have never thought of. It was such an educational experience with Brent. We ended up buying a new construction and Brent suggested that we meet with him during the building of the home so he can explain different stages and aspects of the construction techniques used in homes and why certain techniques and materials are used. The other agent we first spoke to had no clue about these kinds of things. Throughout this whole process Brent has never been pushy or rude in anyway and has been professional the whole time.
Thanks to his guidance, responsiveness, and knowledge we were able to get a property that we are very happy with and we felt extra satisfied that it had Brent's trusted "stamp of approval". He has not only been our agent but also a mentor and friend. He is definitely an asset to his industry and anyone reading this review should definitely contact him. We will definitely have no problem in referring our friends and family to Brent."
Takemi and Megumi
Bothell, WA - Buyers
"We found Brent while casually looking at local properties and toying with the idea of getting our own place. He was hosting an open house for a property that we stopped in to have a look at and we began chatting. Because we didn't really know what we were looking for or just how serious we were about getting our own place we were not really looking to get involved with real estate agents or brokers. But as it turned out meeting Brent and having a casual chat set up a very useful relationship several months later when we were ready to get serious. Brent’s friendly and pressure free introduction and genuine manner made him the obvious choice in a broker.
We found Brent to be a wealth of information and extremely accommodating and patient with our limited availability and our "helpful" two young boys in tow. He was able to help us really refine our wants and needs and finally secure the perfect house for us. Brent is a man who gets stuff done and if you need answers he will find them. A good portion of our transaction happened while we were overseas and we were able to rest assured knowing Brent had everything under control. Working with Brent turned an overwhelming and sometimes frustrating task into a smooth and pleasant experience. We are very happily settling into our new house and cannot recommend Brent’s services highly enough."
Debbie-Lee and Pete
Seaview - West Seattle - Buyers
"Brent was amazing! We were first time home buyers entering a red-hot Seattle market, and Brent helped us navigate a complicated landscape with lots of competition. We ended up getting a beautiful townhouse in a great neighborhood - under budget! I would definitely recommend Brent to anyone looking for a house in Seattle."
Mike and Jenny
Ballard - Seattle - Buyers
"Working with Brent was great. We had a challenging situation with being relocated from the Boston area to Seattle but not fully moving for several months. Also, my husband was not able to come out for all house searches - only the first round and we were not sure where we wanted to buy. After much searching and patience from Brent, we found a house in a great West Seattle location. We are renting it for a few months before we complete our relo and Brent helped with that as well. Just a great guy! We have bought and sold several properties over the years - Brent stands out as one of the best realtors we have worked with."
Lee and Steve
Alaska Junction - West Seattle - Buyers
(The above are just a few of the many great comments I have received from both sellers and buyers.)
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