If you are looking for a real-estate agent who specializes in the West and South San Jose Neighborhoods, Darren is a great choice! He has the experience of a seasoned professional but he comes across as personable and down to earth with his clients. During our first meeting we told him that we did not like agents who came on too strong with “the hard sell”. He listened and said he understood completely; we were happy to find that his natural style was much the opposite. He let us lead the way in terms of choosing neighborhoods and properties, as we asked, but was right there to help us as soon as we found a property of interest. This speaks well to his communication skills and ability to do what is needed for each client. I am certain that with any client he would listen to his/her needs and act accordingly.
He also has his own website. I found it useful to be able to search homes through the site in addition to the regular suggestions that he would send through email. During the house hunting process he made sure to send us a few personal listings each week in addition to the general listings he sent to all clients.
Several times during the process, Darren provided us with market research to assist in the home buying process. When it came time to bid on a house, he helped us strategize based on that research fusing com parables in the area. We were fortunate enough to have our second offer accepted even though there were initially a number of other bidders. While I did not observe the negotiations I assume this speaks well for his professional skills as well as his negotiating skills. If you are familiar with the market in Willow Glen, then you know how common it can be to make five even seven offers before getting a house. So be accepted on the second house (which just happened to be our dream house) really says a lot!
During the closing process Darren was kind enough to attend all of the important meetings from the signing of the mortgage at the loan office to the the various walk throughs at the property. We were dealing with a particularly tough sellers agent who seemed to want to step over the line on any number of little details in the final days and Darren was able to step in, protect our interest, and make sure that what needed to be done was done before close. We really appreciated this!
Darren handled everything for us. We never once met with the seller’s or their agent. Everything was handled with little disruption in our busy professional lives. I felt Darren was available when we needed him by email, text or phone and the process was so smooth that it really didn’t feel like work.
My over all impression of Darren is that he is friendly, genuine, ethical, and he goes to bat for his clients. He wants to get the best deal possible and protect their interests. I definitely will recommend Darren to friends and family when they are ready to purchase their homes and I feel certain that you will be satisfied if you choose him as your agent.
We are so happy with our new home! Thanks Darren!
Sincerely, Elizabeth, David and Aurora Black