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Bert is an outstanding realtor. He recently helped us with the purchase of our Anacortes home; we were very impressed by his expertise, professionalism and dedication all around. He gave us outstanding advice and as we were moving from another state, he kept in constant contact every step of the way. Highly recommend Bert!!
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $375K in Anacortes, WA.
Bert Clay assisted me in selling my home and also in buying my new one. His assessment of the value of my home was very grounded. He suggested three possible selling prices and explained in detail what each price was based on. My home sold immediately. And since he had a broad base of possible buyers, others were in line to buy.
He also helped me find a new home that fits me perfectly! He negotiated down from the seller's asking price by presenting solid reasoning.
My adult children plan to call Bert when they buy their new home. We all enthusiastically endorse Bert!
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $300K in Anacortes, WA.
Bert Clay helped my mother sell her house and helped us in every aspect of that process of that endeavor that came up. He was honest, caring, and knowledgeable in all the facts necessary to sell a home.
Showed home in 2013 in Alexander Beach, Anacortes, WA 98221.
We were passing through Anacortes on a retirement-town scouting trip, and Bert was very helpful in sharing what drew him to Anacortes for his "retirement". It felt like he had a good understanding of what we were looking for, and he was not pushy in his delivery.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 in Anacortes, WA.
Bert is a great agent. Bert helped us with our fourth real estate transaction. Prior to working with Bert, we had worked with a great agent, an average agent, and a bad agent so we have a good basis for comparison.
From the start of our house-hunting with Bert in Anacortes in November 2012, we were confident that he was focused on what we wanted. While nearly all agents will SAY they want you as the client to be happy, buying and selling real estate is still a job and the time they spend on making you happy is time they aren’t spending making money on another deal or on their private lives. Really, what they dream of most is to show each client one house and for the client to buy it at the list price. And we can’t blame them! But what makes an agent stand out is when his/her every action actually IS consistent with finding you a perfect house -- regardless of how long it takes or what the price is. And Bert stands out for precisely that reason.
In what was a thin market, Bert started out by showing us various houses that he knew weren’t right for us but which helped him understand what features we liked and didn’t like. This approach shortened the time it took for him to understand our house must-have, would-be-nice, and gee-we-thought-that-was-important-but-we-aren’t-going-to-pay-for-it features. A lesser agent would have “saved time” by waiting for the occasional house that matched our desired features and taken longer to move up the learning curve about what truly was the right match of house and price for us.
Also, with Bert, we never worried that we might miss out on a house – he was talking to other agents about our needs, driving around town, sending out mailings, and checking the MLS every morning before we even get up! Bert checked out nearly every house we visited before he took us there – efficient for him, no, efficient for us, yes. I can’t imagine a more responsive agent.
Given our particular needs and ability to wait for the perfect house, our agent needed to exhibit patience, persistence, and a focus on OUR satisfaction. Bert met this challenge perfectly. Since we bought our house in March 2013, we have reveled in what is the perfect house -- for us. No buyers remorse, no second thoughts. A lot of credit for that is shared with our agent.
While it was the “big things” that were most important to our satisfaction with Bert – finding the right house, getting the right price, having the paperwork handled with care -- we also appreciated his attention to small, discretionary matters such as giving the house one final sweeping before he handed us the keys and we walked into our home for the first time.
The only reason we give Bert four stars for “process expertise” is because he is a new agent. But there’s a “shadow fifth star” in our review because 1) he’s a fast, committed learner and 2) he’s well-supported by the John L. Scott agency. One of the benefits of having a newer agent who is smart, like Bert, is that he or she knows to ask for input on process from peers when encountering a tricky situation. We had a number of such situations before we succeeded in buying our home and Bert occasionally sought the counsel of his experienced agency colleagues before making a recommendation to us. That shows a commitment to the client and to learning rather than to ego. That he always got the process support from his peers reflects well on John L. Scott as an agency, too.
Given the size of our market in Skagit County and Bert’s commitment to learn every neighborhood and seemingly every other house, it won’t be long before he knows the market as well as the most seasoned real estate veteran. Combined with his integrity, great negotiating skills, and constant commitment to his clients, that knowledge will soon make Bert a top agent. Get him to be your agent while you can!
One last thing, Bert is genuine nice guy – you’re probably going to spend a lot of time with your agent so this is important, too.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $75K in Concrete, WA.
I've used several RE agents and Bert is the only agent I've bothered to review, and for good reason. HE IS EXCELLENT compared to the others.
He always answers his phone and is available whenever you need him, even for odd requests like driving an hour to let you measure room dimensions on a house already in the purchase process. He knows his landscape and he does his research so he has answers before you ask the questions. And if he doesn't know on the spot, you can be sure he'll get your answer will same day!
I've spent 20 years in the country, and another 20 years in the inner city. Moving back to the country was daunting, but Bert knows his area and makes such a drastic change feel comfortable and easy.
He has neat RE negotiation tricks my other agents didn't know - which proved successful in my obtainment in this last property. Thank You, Bert!
Bert is friendly and personable - someone you'd like to be friends with. I've even met his wife! And he works his butt off regardless of the sales price/commission. His goal is to make you happy. And with me, he succeeded 100%. He's helped me into my dream home and I couldn't be happier.