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03/05/2014 - user1408014
Bought a home in 2014.
Christina was so helpful and always answered my questions in a timely matter. She helped me understand the ins and outs of real estate and always had my best interest in mind!
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02/27/2014 - mestock
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $350K in Homewood, AL.
Best decision I made after deciding to sell my home was selecting Christina James for my real estate agent. She is responsive, caring, knowledgeable and highly professional. Her kindness and assistance went far beyond what I had expected. Selling a house is always stressful (for me, at least). I can't thank her enough for her patience and effectiveness.
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02/09/2014 - homemessage
Bought a home in 2013.
Very professional and courteous. Also very patient in addressing particular requests. Has a nice friendly personality. Highly recommended in Birmingham area. Helped us buy a house in Inverness area.
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11/04/2013 - user4707888
Bought a home in 2013.
Patient would best describe Christina. She worked with me for the past year to find the one house that fit my needs. She assists in every step through the process, very knowledgeable, and a good negotiator with the seller.
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10/14/2013 - thebrockettes
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $250K in Birmingham, AL.
We both bought and sold our home with Christina, and can't say enough good things about her, both from the professional and personal perspectives. She is a truly decent and honest person on both fronts.

This review covers both the purchase and the sale.

The purchase: This was our first purchase ever. We (myself, wife, four children) were moving to Alabama from Minnesota and were working with an agent that we were not pleased with. We fired him and found Christina on Zillow and contacted her prior to moving to town from out of state. We worked with her out of state for a few weeks. Once arriving in town she made herself immediately available, and we started a pretty intense house hunt. She was very responsive. We were in a huge time crunch and a bit worried about being to make a purchase before my temporary lodging benefits expired. However, Christina was not phased by the hectic nature of our move. In fact, she had quite the calming effect.

We looked all over the Birmingham area. North, south, east, west. She was very knowledgeable of the market in all of the communities we looked in, and gave GREAT insights into each community. She was incredibly patient with us and our small army of children. The entire time (both during purchase and sale) we felt like she was very connected and personally invested in us and our purchase and sale.

We ended up finding a foreclosure that we wanted in the Indian Springs area, and were nervous about going through that process, but she guided us through with ease. We purchased it for $174.9. She even caught the bank trying to pull a fast one on us with some buried language concerning our inspection period, and called them on it. After the purchase, she was a regular visitor, and even helped us with some great remodeling advice.

The Sale: A few months after purchasing the house, above, we made an unexpected move back north with my job. The remodel was far from done and my employer had given me only 28 days to relocate. Again, we were in a time crunch. We had a neighbor/friend who is an agent and offered to handle everything for free, but we felt so secure and well taken care of with Christina during our previous purchase, that we didn't hesitate to call her. There is no one else that we trusted so completely to handle everything in our absence.

I should also mention that we were part of a home purchase program through my employer, which required us first to attempt to sell on the open market. This involved a lot of interaction on Christina's part with not only us, but a third party (my employer's relocation contractor), and involved a lot of unconventional paperwork and procedure. She handled it all with ease.

As mentioned, the remodel was far from done. Christina came over and gave input on what to focus on, what level it should be completed to (right down to helping pick out colors to finish out the painting), and even offered some elbow grease. She marketed the place aggressively and updated us the second there was any development.

We had several viewings and offers within the first few DAYS! Before we even rolled into our new duty station on our trip back north, Christina called to let us know that the house sold! In fact, with multiple offers in, and Christina's negotiating skills, it sold for roughly $5,500 MORE than we had it listed for.

We were worried about renting up north while having to pay mortgage down south, but, thanks to Christina's advice and her handling of the sale, we rolled into our new life up north knowing that there wouldn't be a mortgage hanging over us, and without taking a loss on the sale. Not only did we not end up upside down with such a short turnaround between purchase and sale, but we even made back every penny we put into it and then some.

With both our purchase and sale, Christina treated us with the concern and respect that one would expect from a long time friend or close family member. We were in a bind with both the purchase and sale, and completely new to both, but Christina provided us with complete peace of mind. Whoever we decide to work with back up north is going to have some mighty big shoes to fill.
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09/25/2013 - user62900655
Sold a home in 2013.
Christina listed our house and helped us in the search for a new home. Our house sold very quickly and she was great in putting together multiple showings under a time constraint. Christina was always quick to answer calls or respond in a timely manner to texts or emails. She has a great understanding of the current market and a strong background in investment properties. My husband and I tend to hold people to a high standard and she exceeded all our expectations. We will definitely use her again in the future.
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09/25/2013 - user1059698
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 in Chelsea, AL.
Christina is excellent and I highly recommend her. We chose to use her as our agent because of her responsiveness to my inquiries about one of her properties. At the time I emailed 4 or 5 agents about properties and she replied and corresponded faster than any of the others. After we started working with her she was amazing in helping us through the entire process. We would definitely work with her again.
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09/13/2013 - user6440749
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $175K in Alabaster, AL.
Christina is a wonderful real estate agent. She went out of her way in helping us in our search for a new home. She is highly organized and was very helpful letting us know what was going on every step of the way through the recent purchase of our new house. I would highly recommend Christina to anyone in the area interested in selling or buying a home in the future.
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07/29/2013 - user1269697
Sold a home in 2013.
Christina from the start, made selling my home a priority and was very aggressive in making sure there were, not just lots of views but rather, active viewing of buyers actually interested in purchasing a home. She instructed me on how to best stage the home and the different marketing strategies to make sure my home was viewed in the best possible light. Christina worked tirelessly and was always very responsive and encouraging during those inevitable periods when there were a lull in the viewing. But in less than 2 months she was able to secure not just one but two offers. We accepted the 2nd one that ultimately led to the sale of the house. I highly recommend Christina if you really want to sell your home in record time. A true professional who is highly knowledgeable about real estate and the Birmingham and surrounding areas in general.
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06/04/2013 - user8333604
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $400K in Hoover, AL.
Christina James was an excellent realtor. She was always available to answer questions and never got tired of us asking to see more homes. She was supportive at every step. I can't imagine having anyone else work with us and represent us.
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