We connected, but it did not work out. Looking in Lake Hills, Bellevue, WA 98008
I was desperate to find a place to rent within a specific school attendance zone and unable to find agents willing to help with rentals. Except Derrick. Although unable to locate a home for us, he tried. Knowing even if he did so, I would not be adding much to his annual salary, he genuinely cared and gave me hope. Not feeling alone during such a frightening time in my life was worth a fortune to me and I will always be grateful.
Bought a Single Family home in 2004 for approximately $675K in Somerset, Bellevue, WA.
I was referred to Derek through a friend. At the time, I was living in California but looking to buy a house in the Seattle-area. Derek was very attentive to my needs and found the perfect house for me!
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $600K in Woodinville, WA.
Derek helped me sell my previous home and purchase my new home. Our previous home needed a bit of TLC to prepare for the market. Derek gave excellent advice on preparing the house for listing, encouraging repairs/improvements that would increase the value (paint, carpet) and others that were best left for the purchaser (roof).
Derek is very professional. His photos were taken using a high quality camera, his description of the house was well written, grammatically correct and highlighted the features of the house. When we started looking for a new house, I appreciated the importance of those small items, especially the good photos. Since I'm often busy during the day, Derek signed us up so I could review and sign all the documents online. I was able to review and sign the documents while I was out of town.
When viewing homes, Derek provided a valuable third perspective. My perspective (kitchen, yard), my wife's (layout, craft room). Derek would provide the information about the quality of the neighborhood, overlooked features or issues of concern (such as LP siding) and future resale value. Viewing houses with Derek was fun. He was focused on us finding the right home, not making a quick sale.
Today I'm sitting in my den, looking out of the bay window at the sparrows, hummingbird and woodpeckers in my garden.
Bought a Condo home in 2002 for approximately $225K in Overlake, Bellevue, WA.
Derek helped me find my first and only home, and 11 years later I still can't thank him enough for all of his hard work, knowledge, and diligence.
For a first-time buyer like me, Derek made the process both comfortable and easy to understand. In the beginning, I didn't really know where I wanted to live or what I could afford. Derek helped me prioritize my wants and needs, answered all my questions in a clear and concise manner, and remained patient and understanding with me.
After looking at numerous homes in the Seattle and Eastside areas, Derek found the perfect place for me near downtown Bellevue. It's in a quiet neighborhood, and just minutes away from the I-90 and 520 highways, restaurants, grocery stores, and the Bellevue shopping centers.
While Derek exhibited the level of professionalism and excellence that I had expected throughout my home-buying experience, I was even more impressed by his continued efforts following my purchase. He's kept in contact with me over the years, making sure I'm still happy with my home, and aptly responds to any homeowner-related inquiries I have from time to time.
I would personally recommend Derek to any prospective home buyer.
Derek did everything for us that could be asked of a real estate agent. He showed us every home in our target area in our target price range, pointed out several flaws we had missed with some of the homes, watched the market daily for changes and previewed homes for us in order to save us time.
We were very picky about the perfect house, but he was always happy to drop everything on a weekend to squeeze in a showing for a new property that held promise.
After we zeroed in on a house, he negotiated for us a great price in an extremely competitive market. After our inspector delivered us a very poor inspection report (missing items he had verbally pointed out to us), Derek again went to bat for us to ensure we had a fair honest inspection report to present to the sellers in order to get the items fixed which were wrong before we purchased. Despite the inspector acting completely unprofessional, Derek never lost his professional composure and was able to get resolution on all of the items we had to have fixed, including rodent removal from the attics.
We closed on time, despite many anxious calls from us to ensure everything was on track and going as expected.
If that wasn't enough, the day we moved in, we heard rodents in the chimney. Even though we had already closed and the transaction was completed, Derek called the exterminators who had supposedly cleaned the attic to demand resolution on the new issue. He got our rodent problem resolved without us having to spend a dime, and even came to the house daily to check live traps while we were on vacation for two weeks.
Derek did a fantastic job for us, and we would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
Bought a Single Family home in 2007 for approximately $350K in West End, University Place, WA.
Derek is an excellent real estate agent, primarily because he listens to what you want AND provides strong guidance in service of your goals. He was also very proactive, responsive, and knowledgeable, always keeping us one step ahead in the transaction process. If we decide to upgrade our house, I'll definitely use Derek as our agent again.
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $325K in Bothell, WA.
As a first time home buyer I was very impressed by his attentiveness to me as the buyer through the whole process. He was thorough with explaining the whole buying process and was always willing to re-explain elements of the buying process in the event I had questions; patience and resilience is strong suit of his.
His opinion on potential properties for purchase were invaluable as he made consider all angles. Always made me aware that the final decision was mine and mine alone on what I want to go forward with regarding the offer.
He picked up very quickly on what I liked and disliked when looking at properties. This to me signaled he had my best interests at hand. Very flexible with fitting me into his his busy schedule to view properties.
Lastly, I cannot reiterate enough how Derek was transparent in his communication with me, resilence to find that matched my wants and budget and on time and punctual at every appointment.