Dave Kim is the type of realtor that goes above and beyond and then some!
My husband and I were first-time home buyers, and after casually going to open houses for a few months on our own, we finally got serious and decided we needed a realtor. A colleague of mine had been working with Dave and put the two of us in touch. We met Dave over lunch where he made us feel comfortable and tried to get to know us as people so he could really help us find a house that fit our lifestyles and priorities.
The first time we visited homes with Dave, we were really impressed by his eye for detail, knowledge, and candor. He would point out his concerns about the home and help us understand trade-offs. He was incredibly patient with us through the process. One time, he met my husband at a house well before work hours so he could see how bad the Caltrain traffice / noise was during the morning. Another time, he met both of us at a house at 10 pm to look over disclosures and decide if we wanted to put an offer in (we ultimately decided not to on that one).
Over the 3 months we worked with Dave, he really educated us about the home buying process. The market was crazy pre-Facebook IPO, so it wasn't normal times, and there was a lot more things we needed to know and be comfortable with. Even in a competitive market, we got a house after our 2nd offer. We even got it for less than we originally were willing to pay for it because Dave was so attentive the day offers were being accepted.
Even after we bought a house, Dave helped me look into contractors, met them at the house (cause I was away on vacation) and got estimates for me. I can't imagine any other real estate agent doing this (after all, he had already gotten the sale!) We are so happy we had Dave though to help us through this process. He was incredibly responsive, helpful, and honest with us. I swear I talked to Dave more than my husband and mother combined during the house hunting process. He was just always so on the ball. We could not recommend him more highly for anyone looking to buy a home between San Carlos and San Jose.