I am a Washington native who grew up in the Kent area and moved to Seattle in 1983. I have been fortunate to live here ever since. My mom was a Realtor during much of my childhood, so I'm carrying on the family business!
I work primarily in the Greater Seattle and Eastside areas and am quite familiar with a range of neighborhoods. An agent since 1998, my annual transaction volume places me in the top 5 percent of all brokers in the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS). My years of experience provide me the knowledge and judgment my clients value, and I pride myself on delivering personal and responsive service that every client deserves.
When the real estate business calms down around the holidays, I adventure to Thailand — where my wife Muk is from — to spend time with family, soak up the sun, and eat some of the best food on the planet!
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Whether you are a buyer or seller, or both -- whether this is your first real estate transaction or one among many -- I'm ready to help. Please don't hesitate to call or email me with any questions, or to arrange a time to meet. I'm happy to be of assistance to you -- with no hard-sell or obligation whatsoever.
John and I talked a couple times about the type of house and location I wanted, and then he e-mailed me several listings. I did a few drive-by's and rejected all of them. But John learned enough from the reasons for the rejections that he quickly zeroed in on a house that fit most of my criteria. I felt that he was really listening to what I wanted, not just trying to sell me something. I then submitted an offer on that house, contingent on selling my home--not the strongest of positions to be in when competing against two other bidders. I won the bidding because John did an exceptionally good job with the presentation of my offer.
The seller later told me that our offer was by far the most professionally written and presented. Also, John made a few phone calls to the seller's agent explaining (and personally assuring) that my home in Seattle would sell quickly. John was good to his word-- we sold my home in Seattle about 48 hours after we listed it. We received three offers and sold it for fifteen thousand dollars more than the asking price, just as we planned to do.
John did a great job of timing the listing and of having the house cleaned, staged and showing at its best. Additionally, he used his connections to have some cosmetic plaster repairs, painting, and landscaping done on short notice. I simply asked John to do any work that would have the greatest impact toward a quick sale at the highest price, and his judgment regarding the improvements to do was excellent. I had no time to get involved in accomplishing this work, and John was personally involved in seeing that it was done well.
I'm sure that there are many more things that John did to assure the purchase and sale of the two houses, but I just don't know about them. I was amazed at how little stress and hassle were involved in selling one home and buying another at the same time. I have no doubt that my easy experience was a result of John's hard work, sound decisions, and clear communication with me.
Barry Reiss (Seller/Buyer)
We found one house that interested us, and John was able to advise and help us through a complicated process of offer and counter-offer. In that instance, we were unable to reach a compromise with the seller, and the deal fell through. Even so, John did not in the least treat us as though we had wasted his time or efforts, but continued to offer excellent service as we kept looking.
We soon found another house we liked. Because we were in an unconventional financial situation, we ran into numerous unforeseen obstacles getting our mortgage approved, which delayed the closing. John kept us informed throughout the process, maintained good relations with the selling agent, and gave helpful advice on some mortgage issues. He made a point of being present at crucial moments, such as the inspection and closing at the escrow office, and was able to answer our questions at those times.
Overall, we are very glad to have had John as our real estate agent. He provided excellent service, was knowledgeable and well-informed, and working with him was a pleasure. We look forward to working with him again when we need to sell our home. We strongly recommend John to anyone who needs a good real estate agent.
Mike and Bekie Jackson (Buyers)
We can't speak highly enough of John's work. The best thing about working with him was that he made everything seem so effortless. I can't imagine the countless hours he spent behind the scenes - collecting information, doing paperwork, talking to people, etc. on our behalf. He always made us feel like he had all the time in the world for us.
In addition, he always seems to know the right person or place to suggest to us for services we would need (or if he didn't know, he would find out) - for us being new to the area, his knowledge was invaluable.
John will definitely be the first and only realtor we'd recommend to anyone in the Seattle area. We are already looking forward to our next home purchase so we can work with him again!
Richard and Elise Holliday (Sellers/Buyers)