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One of the Seattle-area’s most productive and highly rated Realtors since 1998!
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!
My professional style:
-Though I am a top-producing agent, I give every client the one-on-one attention warranted for such a major life decision.
-Much of my business comes from happy clients who recommend me to their friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
-I view every client as a person, not a commission. My clients honor me with their trust, and I Work hard every day to prove myself worthy of their esteem. My business ethic is defined by complete dedication to my clients and their needs.
-Ensuring clients have a real estate experience that is pleasant and productive. My job is to remove as much stress as I can.
-Collaborating with buyers to find the right home at the best price -- one that fits their needs and stays within budget. I don't sell my buyers a home; I strategize with them and negotiate for them to buy one. There's a big difference!
-Helping sellers market their home successfully to garner a sale at the best terms. We seek the buyer who most appreciates the unique features of the home and is therefore willing to pay a higher price than someone who has less appreciation for the home.
I promise to:
-Communicate early, often, and honestly with my clients.
-Educate clients so they are empowered to make decisions with which they are comfortable. I'll do my best to explain the risks and benefits, positives and negatives of each situation or choice we encounter.
-Provide personalized service, driven by my clients' needs and preferences, not my own.
-Anticipate likely and possible problems before they occur in any transaction, and to work cheerfully, energetically, and diligently to solve them.
-Never speak beyond the boundaries of my knowledge or dismiss a concern or potential problem. If a question or situation arises that I am unfamiliar with, I don't hesitate to ask for assistance from my community of trusted colleagues and professionals.
-Continue serving my clients, even after their sale is final. For buyers, that may entail helping with homeownership needs and maintenance. For sellers, help procuring new real estate or assisting with their next stage in life.
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.
To anyone considering working with John Blacksmith as a Realtor, I would definitely encourage you to do so. I worked with John recently on the sale of my home and a simultaneous purchase of another home, and was very pleased with his work for me.
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 zer...see more
For my wife and I, a bright spot in an otherwise complicated and difficult housing search was the chance to work with John. Throughout the process, we found John to be knowledgeable, helpful, and persistent in seeing that our needs were met. When we first began looking, John had already personally visited all the houses in which we had expressed interest. After showing us a few of them, he quickly understood what we needed and wanted in a house, and to guide our search from there. He has a numbe...see more
My first experience (and my first property) with John was outstanding and that is why I went straight back to John when it came time for my second home. There are a lot of real estate agents out there but I don't know of anyone more knowledgeable, more dedicated, and more honest than John. He did not disappoint on my second home and he not only helped me find a great property but we also managed to sell my previous property for the full asking price and, better yet, we were able to close on both...see more
We recently had the pleasure of working with John on both the sale of our townhouse and the purchase of a larger home. It was immediately obvious that John is a professional of the highest caliber - his actions show great integrity and his communication with us has always been complete, conscientious and pleasant.
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 behin...see more
Working with John on my first home purchase was a real pleasure. He instructed me on the entire process of home-buying, worked very hard to find all the opportunities that fit my profile, all the while keeping the stress low and making sure I made educated decisions. I had lots of questions every step of the way and John either had the answer or knew exactly where to find it. I'm looking forward to my next purchase and to working with John again.
My wife and I interviewed several real estate agents and John gave us the best feeling by far. His great attitude, deep well of patience, attentiveness, respect for our position as first timer buyers, and many helpful tips continued from the first day we met him until we closed on our new home and beyond.
One of the best parts about our experience with John was that he properly represented our interests. He took his time, never pushed us in any particular direction, and was very casual and e...see more
Jon and I would like to thank you for the professional, thorough, and knowledgeable work you did for us in selling our home. Your energy, enthusiasm, straightforward honesty, and attention to detail made our first home sale a pleasant experience. Because we had never sold before, it was wonderful to know that you were looking out for our best interests at all times, and working hard for us. Your ability and integrity are obvious. We will recommend you highly to anyone we know!
I want to express my appreciation for all that you've done for the sale of my condo. Despite the down economy, you understood my reason to sell, and went out of your way to make it happen! You were always optimistic yet realistic, you offered great advice on pricing my home correctly, and you were professional when working with potential buyers. You also recommended me an excellent stager and had the foresight to research on the possibilities of FHA financing for my condo. I'm so lucky and grate...see more
Thank you so much for all of your hard work in closing this deal. Not only did you make the extra effort, but you produced results when it mattered most. It was refreshing to work with someone who brings the high degree of professionalism you do. We would certainly refer our friends to you and hope to work with you in the future.
Until recently, I am not sure I realized how much work selling a house in a down market would be. It is not really the selling, but getting a house ready to sell that can be a lot of work. I think that the general public has an incorrect presumption that real estate agents don’t earn their fees, but my experience with John is exactly the opposite. John came in to our house, evaluated it and told us exactly what we needed to do to get the house ready to sell in the worst market any of us hav...see more