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Derek Miller Reviews

Derek Miller
30 + Years Experience, California real estate BROKER
1 Recent Sales (last 12 months)


Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Foreclosure, Short-Sale

- Highly likely to recommend
07/23/2014 - user2873068
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $650K in Blossom Valley, San Jose, CA.
Derek helped us purchase our home in this crazy housing market of 2014. The home we purchased had multiple offers and Derek helped us navigate the process and help us get the home we really wanted. Derek is great to walk through homes with and has an attention to detail that in unsurpassed. I would use Derek again.
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- Likely to recommend
07/21/2014 - paf carter
Bought a home in 2013.
Derek helped us find and buy our first home in the US and came recommended from a colleague of mine. I interviewed by phone several other possible agents, but Derek was a initially and throughout the process the most genuine and patient buyers agent I could hope for given our very specific/uncommon requirements and my many (many) questions as a first time buyer here. We had many long phone conversations and revisited some properties multiple times, and Derek was quite patient with our indecision and lack of local knowledge especially regarding the offer/closing process. We had a tight schedule and quickly narrowed down a specific area and type of property we would want to buy (after several months previously looking around multiple areas and open houses). Perhaps we were a little lucky with the property owner of the house we were interested in as he was keen to shift it as it had been on the market a while, however the fact is we only worked with Derek about 2&1/2 months from initial contact to closing, and met our goal of moving in before the new year - quite an achievement I think considering we'd only been in the US since May. Derek was able to answer questions that were probably not even his job to answer, and was able to suggest multiple contractor options for renovations/updates (including his son which we did use for the water heater replacement job, which turned out fine after some initial miss-communications). Overall very happy we worked with Derek and would recommend him.
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- Highly likely to recommend
07/13/2014 - Abjalote
Bought a home in 2014.
Being first time buyers we were looking for a realtor who is committed, trust worthy, easy to reach out to, quick to respond and experienced. Derek was all this and much more. Since we were in a sellers market with multiple offers, we were very cautious about choosing the terms and contingencies while placing an offer. Derek's extensive knowledge about the property condition and the time he spent with us going over the disclosures helped us a lot while making those decisions. He has a very pleasing personality and helped us in anyway he could. We have a small baby and often reached late to our meetings but he totally accomodated with us and respected our time. We had worked with few Realtors before him but none devoted the kind of time he did . He works meticulously and was never pushy in any situation and gave us ample time to make decisions. We finally got our dream home after 7 months of search. Home buying is an exciting, scary and stressful time for anyone. We would happily recommend Derek to anyone looking to buy.
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- Highly likely to recommend
07/06/2014 - jacobhlarsen
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $725K in Milpitas, CA.
We have used Derek a couple of times in both selling and buying houses, and in each instance, Derek was able to sell our houses for more than we were expecting (and in less than a week each time!) and buy for less than expected. Amazing how that happened! It has got to be from his superior negotiation skills, not to mention his great experience and knowledge of the South Bay. I would absolutely would use Derek again, and have recommended him to friends, who have also used him. Derek is a very personable man and I truly believe you will get a very fair price if trying to sell your house with him, or pay a fair price if trying to buy a house, despite the market being crazy here!
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- Highly likely to recommend
05/11/2014 - user4638190
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.025M in Ponderosa, Sunnyvale, CA.
Derek navigated the sales process very well. He got us a price that was well above what we hoped for, and successfully negotiated away all contingencies from the buyer. The sale went very smoothly.
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- Highly likely to recommend
12/08/2013 - svhuystee
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $575K in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA.
Derek helped me to sell my condo several years ago and I respected and trusted him so much with that transaction that I didn't hesitate to call him again when my wife and I decided to buy a house last year. Derek really knows his stuff, and we really enjoyed working with him. Our offer was accepted over several others because of his expertise. He handled some difficult interactions with the seller's agent with grace and professionalism. I would recommend him to anyone.
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- Highly likely to recommend
09/08/2013 - user3611964
Listed, but didn't sell my Single Family home in 2013 in Santa Clara, CA.
If you are thinking of moving or need to purchase a home in this area, we would highly recommend Derek Miller of Realty World. He was recommended to us by our former neighbor, who by the way, had asked me at the time they were moving if I could recommend a realtor. At the time, I had no connection to any realtor as we had lived in our home since 1985 so I could not give them any name. We knew they sold their home at a price much higher than what they had hoped, so when my husband and I found out we needed to move, I contacted my neighbor to see if she would recommend her realtor. She told me about Derek and said if she needed a realtor again, she would surely call him! That was a good sign, so I contacted Derek and during our first conversation, I explained our situation and he was more than happy to answer any questions I had and was willing to meet with us at our convenience.

He was very thorough, very knowledgeable, and had a plethora of information for us when it came to preparing our home for sale. He had GREAT suggestions for us while doing a first walk through in our home, both inside and outside. Some ideas I would have never thought of. I had joked with him that if I went through with all his ideas, I would never want to sell our home! We signed papers and had told him that there was a very small chance that we would not have to sell and he was fine with that.

To make a long story short, we may not have to sell after all. We called Derek right away when we found out, and as he had promised, it was not a problem and he was very kind and STILL was willing to make recommendations to us about what to do to fix up our home to make it look better, both inside and out! A true professional; if there is anyone who either needs to sell their home or if you or someone you know needs to buy a home, Derek Miller is the person to call. I will guarantee he will work hard for you and I can tell you for certain he will give you excellent ideas to prepare your home, working within your budget, to get you the most for your home. In the future, if we do have to move, we will surely call Derek to sell our home for us! We know we would be in great hands!

(By the way, we are still working on some of the suggestions Derek gave us – for instance, we painted our dark wood-paneled room to a cheery off-white color and every morning when I walk into the room I smile! I wish we had painted it years ago!) THANK YOU DEREK! I'm sorry we couldn't use you this time, but we will for sure if we have to move!

Also, the choices provided of what I could choose for "Service provided" was not sufficient for what we needed. We never actually listed our home (we signed papers but haven't officially listed it yet;) and yet Derek did provide service - we connected and because of our situation, we did not need his service at this time - but if we do need his service, we will be contacting him!
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- Highly likely to recommend
08/29/2013 - user2971738
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 in Blossom Valley, San Jose, CA.
This review is long overdue! Derek Miller helped me and my husband get the place we are living in now, in 2012. It's a small house with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths at a great location and in a nice and friendly neighborhood. This is the perfect house for just the two of us.

Derek has worked in the real estate business for so many years. He's very experienced and knowledgeable about buying and selling your home. He's also very responsive, dedicated and reliable. He's not the type of person who would tell you what you want to hear but rather, will tell you as he sees it. So much so that, at one point I thought he was kind of confrontational and critical of my decisions. But then I thought it over and realized that my expectations were unrealistic and changed my way of thinking about and looking at other houses. Not very long afterward, we found this property with a lot of potential and decided to put in an offer.

On the day to fill out the paperwork for the offer, we had a late start and Derek was at our place until about 9:00 pm. After everything was completed, he then had to go back to his office that night to fax all the documents to the listing agent since that was the last day for any offers to be in. Against all odds and multiple offers, ours was accepted ... the very next day! We could not be happier. Once our offer was accepted, Derek worked very hard to make sure everything was done as scheduled prior to closing, following up closely with the listing agent and at the same time keeping us informed throughout the whole process. The property was closed as planned and everything went smoothly in the end.

Derek just bought our son his own house last month, as well -- a nice and quiet place in a beautiful and secluded area. We are very happy and pleased with the service Derek has provided and highly recommend him to anyone who wants to buy or sell their home.
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- Highly likely to recommend
06/14/2013 - user04211272
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $725K in Santa Clara, CA.
Derek assisted my sisters and I sell our parent's house. He was very informative and responsive to all of our questions. Derek was able to negotiate a quick sale and went above and beyond what I felt a realtor would do.
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- Highly likely to recommend
01/01/2013 - thkril
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $825K in Santa Clara, CA.
A few months ago, Derek helped us buy one house and at the same time sell another. It was a rather complicated transaction, and Derek has simply been outstanding in pulling it off. His several decades of experience came in very handy at several points. He is also very pleasant to deal with, hard-working, humble and a model of integrity.

Here is some background of just how difficult our transaction was. The house we had our eyes on was in a desirable neighborhood, in a good school district, and despite the heating up real estate market, it was priced below market (even the appraisal came in substantially above the asking price). The seller was moving out of state and was looking for a quick sale. On the other hand, to even get a chance at this house, we had to sell the house we owned first, and quickly. The problem was compounded by the fact that our house was quite unusual and somewhat overbuilt for the area: We were looking to get about $800,000 in an area where most homes sell for $600,000. In fact, our neighbor's house sold the same month for $595,000.

So it looked like a very long shot to me. But here is where Derek's experience and expertise paid off. First, he structured our offer to the seller so attractively (without going over the asking price!), even offering a presentation in-person, that we had a contract within two days. Then came the even harder part: Selling our unusual home, while the clock was ticking. The marketing campaign Derek now started was remarkable: From top notch photographs, flyers, to simultaneous postings on many different websites, to holding open house on consecutive days, Derek pulled off everything one could think of and more. He even had a professional video done which was posted on youtube. Even my friends remarked that they had not seen anything like it.

And it paid off: Not only did we sell our house right after a single open house weekend, we got multiple offers, were in position to negotiate terms to our liking and got substantially over our asking price.

In addition to Derek's top notch performance, he is also very personable, helpful and responsive. He came by our house on short notice anytime there was something important to discuss. Derek has also assembled a great support team, from photographers and videographers, to contractors and title officers. The loan officer he referred me to even responded to my questions on a Sunday!

Finally, I wanted to share one of many episodes that shows how Derek goes far beyond the call of duty. After our transactions had already closed and his work was done, he continued to help: I had to move from my old to my new house quickly, and I decided to donate some of my furniture to charity. Derek organized the pickup by the charity. However, when at the last moment before my move the charity bailed out, Derek himself with his family came with their pickup truck and transported my furniture to goodwill. I was speechless - where do you find a realtor like that today?

Before this review gets even longer, let me close by saying that I am so glad I hired Derek for my transactions, and I highly and whole-heartedly recommend him to anybody who is looking to buy or sell a home (or both).
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Santa Clara, CA  95050
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