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Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate (9 years experience)


Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Engineering

- Highly likely to recommend
02/25/2013 - user22329665
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 in Charlottesville, VA.
We interviewed several buyer's agents and were quite impressed with Charles' knowledge and passion for the area as well as his integrity, practicality, flexibility and listening skills. We had numerous challenges with buying a home in C-ville - we sold our home in Northern VA much too quickly and I had little time to come to C-ville because was needed in PA to take care of my Alzheimer's Mother. In other words, everything needed to ge done quickly and largely from a distance. Charles responded quickly to all our needs, negotiated a good deal for us for a home that was being built, monitored the completion of the home and when things weren't to spec he very easily and amicably negotiated a successful outcome. His engineering background did help us because he could assess the new house structurally. We found our new home on our first trip back to C-ville and he worked Easter weekend to submit the proposed bid which was accepted on Easter Monday. We were able to move into our new home about a week after closing on our old home which suited our schedule very well since we were needed back in PA in the interim. So we had no need to rent a place for a time. We love our new home and are very pleased with its quality and location. Charles and his lovely wife continue to help us enjoy our new city and environs.
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- Highly likely to recommend
12/06/2012 - sablebigsheltie
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $825K in Charlottesville, VA.
Charles is a delight to deal with! To start with, his web site allowed us out-of-staters to search homes, get an idea about areas and become familiar with the town - all without a requirement to provide contact information and getting a call from a realtor before we were ready.

Upon meeting with Charles in Charlottesville - it just got better. We had identified potential prospects and with his help we narrowed it down to a manageable list to go and see. Any information I needed was either instantly available or he would follow up very quickly with more data. He knew, for example, that the house we now own was in a neighborhood where no more subdivision was permitted - thereby assuring us that the protected view and privacy were permanent. Charles pointed out details which I had missed as we went along (like an irregular roof line which is a higher cost to replace) and it really felt like he was our "agent" in that we knew he was looking out for us.

He has the most amazing talent for listening and helping a home buyer crystallize their requirements for their ideal home. As he did that, he further narrowed down the list to exclude items like "on a busy road", or "small, outdated kitchen" so we ended up visiting only homes which were candidates. What a great use of time!

During the purchase and move-in process, Charles and his office were ready to help with all kinds of details while we were across the country. Identifying qualified inspectors and repair staff, even down to a contacts for home (and car) insurance and appearing for us during inspections made our purchase experience a lot more convenient and eliminated frustration.

On move-in day, we were surprised to find our refrigerator stocked with essentials as a move-in gift

Nearly a year later, we still walk around the house and yard and comment on their beauty and how perfect the house is for us. We love it.

Because of all of these reasons, we are wholeheartedly able to recommend Charles and his staff to anyone purchasing (or selling) a home.

Since that time, Charles and his family have enriched our lives by becoming treasured friends.

I can't imagine a better recommendation than that.
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- Highly likely to recommend
11/14/2012 - user812416
Showed home in 2012 in Campbell, Keswick, VA 22947.
Hi Charles, Charlie and I really enjoyed our time with you! Your love of Charlottesville is infectious. We didn’t feel like we were with a real estate agent, but rather with a friend, passionate about his community. We felt heard and understood, the result of your masterful listening skills: you continually checked understanding of our requirements, refining as needed, which assisted us in gaining clarity about what we wanted, as well. Your broad knowledge base and brilliant engineering mind left us feeling confident that we were in good hands. Thank you kindly for your generosity of spirit; we are blessed to be working with you. All the best, Irene and Charlie
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Response from Charles on 05/20/2013
We have had a great working relationship and have now found a wonderful home in Albemarle. We close in June :)


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