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REALTOR / INVESTOR, DRE, Contractors State License Board (22 years experience)
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.275M in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA.
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.
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $800K in Cambrian Park, San Jose, CA.
I usually do not write reviews. However, If I do not write about Darren, I'm doing an injustice to myself and others.
Darren helped me in buying my first house. He is very knowledgeable of the markets, construction, negotiation and most of all understood our needs as the buyer. Buying home in this seller's market is extremely difficult due to low inventory causing multiple offers. Darren never pushed me to go beyond my limit or what the house was really worth. I was willing to offer more than Darren recommended on two other homes and he shared with me the reasons it was not a good purchase. He was right!
I was looking for a house that needed some work to be done and found out investors were looking for the same thing. Darren never pushed me to offer a higher price than I was willing to go. I offered on several homes lower than Darren recommended and lost every time. All he used to say was "I will find you the right property". and we found one that was perfect and Darren was able to negotiate against multiple offers and win without going over what we were willing to pay. I can certainly say that I got the best deal for my house because of Darren's negotiating skills, I have the emails to prove it. Darren was meticulous on pointing out every detail of the property that would need repairs. I really admire the patience that he has as we asked lots of questions being first time buyers. During the closing process we were kept informed on timelines and commitments. One month after closing the property, Darren is still helping me with questions and referrals. commitment,
dedication to his work, honesty and integrity are best qualities you will find in him.
Without any doubt, I'll go to Darren for all of my real estate needs.
Sold a Townhouse home in 2014 in Scotts Valley, CA.
I've used Darren twice, and referred multiple people to him. He's always done a great job.
Darren is an excellent realtor, and makes the selling and buying process seem like a breeze. He takes the stress out of the process.
Darren is also one of very few realtors that really understand how to do a short sale. It's far from a simple process, and Darren has the patience and professional know-how to successfully close a short sale.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $700K in Cambrian Park, San Jose, CA.
We (My wife and I) were able to find a home in 3 weeks at a good price with the help of Darren.
Darren was able to substantially reduce the purchase price during the inspection period with his strong negotiation skills.
Darren helped us to close on time by working closely with the lender and the listing agent by providing all the necessary documents in advance.
We were looking for either a completely updated house or which needs a good amount of TLC.So we wanted a realtor who has some construction knowledge as well and we could not have asked for more, a relator with general contractor license. So whenever we were seeing a house it felt like we have a good contractor with us to point out even the minor issues.
Our first two offers were not accepted, If we would have accepted Darren’s recommendation we would have got the first house but we were low balling since we were just starting the house hunt. Although Darren knew this he did not even hesitate to put in an offer with a low offer price.
After giving us the listing info, he will proceed only if we were comfortable with the house and price and never pushed us into giving an offer. He maintained a true professional attitude throughout the home purchasing process and he is still following up with tenants and the seller to ensure a smooth transition, after closing service shows his commitment towards the service that he provides.
Darren has definitely earned my trust gratitude and my recommendation to others for his knowledge of the real estate market, negotiation skills and his general contractor perspective.
We will hire only Darren for all our future real estate needs
We highly recommend Darren as a real estate professional. He helped us purchase our first home as a young family. He made the experience easy and pleasant. Darren is responsive, diligent, receptive, and informative. He strives to meet our expectations and we feel he always operates in our best interest. His experience and skill sets have helped us purchase an awesome home.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $450K in Livermore, CA.
I bought 3 invest properties with Darren. I found him on internet, I contacted him, he responded immediately. The first time I met him, I was impressed by his knowledge of real estate market and house. He never let me offer high price, always trying to get the best price for me. He works really hard for me, even called me around 10 PM several times when he was negotiating with listing agent. Overall, he is great. I would definitely recommend him to anyone, and I will definitely call him when I buy my own home in future.
Bought a Townhouse home in 2013 for approximately $400K in North Valley, San Jose, CA.
We are very happy to have Darren to be our agent. He is very knowledgeable on the property and has much expertise on construction related information.
The most important thing is he is that kind of agent that does provide service instead of pushing you to make a purchase for his own good. Even after we have closed the deal, he still helped us to figure out the details we care about. We really appreciate his patience and service quality.
I would recommend him to be your agent either you want to buy or sell a house.
Bought a Condo home in 2013 for approximately $350K in Downtown, San Jose, CA.
I just closed my very first home purchase, and it was an absolute pleasure working with Darren! As this was my first purchase, I naturally came into the whole thing with a pretty minimal amount of knowledge of the whole process, and was expecting to feel very overwhelmed and intimidated. Darren made the process very smooth and explained things very clearly, making it all go as simple and easy as it could be. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the market and how best to go about everything to avoid any hiccups along the way. Darren was always keeping me up to speed with everything going on, was very responsive throughout the process, and would always make me aware of possible issues that could arise. He's obviously a wiz at negotiating, I got exactly what I wanted from the get go. I highly recommend him to anybody, and definitely plan on working with him again in the future!
I did not engage Darren Wilford only to be my agent when selling my home, but to orchestrate and mange its renovation, staging, marketing and sale. Those tasks was carried out with an urgency, transparency, and integrity that lead to a very low stress process for me and one that had an outcome far better than I had hoped. Darren knows his business well, is very tech savvy and has established a network of service providers that share his professionalism. I was kept informed of the various twists in the road as the project progressed, always had all the information I needed to make decisions, yet without having to deal with any of it. I moved out, turned the place over, chatted every few days, and closed with a fat check 90 days later. Maximize speed and quality of result. Amazing.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $675K in Blossom Valley, San Jose, CA.
It is our pleasure to recommend Darren to anyone who is looking for or selling a home! Darren is a very professional, sincere and sharp realtor. He brings a wealth of knowledge in the real estate business, and excellent knowledge of the market. With our unique situation, we felt very well looked after by him and his team.
Darren understood our needs and wants very well, created online search tools that catered to criterias and took us around to many viewings. He has helped us tremendously in preparing contracts, and successful negotiations to secure our dream home. He has kept us informed all the way through the escrow process.
We are very fortunate to have him as our realtor. His enthusiasms have helped us purchase our home in a timely manner and I strongly recommend him.