- Highly likely to recommend
08/20/2014 - flower4alljp
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $325K in Northeast Tacoma, Tacoma, WA.
I had a great experience purchasing my home with Derek thanks to his dedicated attention to detail, keeping me informed through many stages of buying a home, and his continuing service even after we closed. He helped me get in contact with the warranty department to inspect and repair the water damage while I was away. During negotiation, he helped me to get the appliances without charge and have the builder put in blinds, screens, and garage door opener. Derek kept in good communication with my lender to smooth out missing docs and meet timely deadlines towards closing and answered my questions at the escrow signing. I recommend having Derek as your agent as he is much more involved in the process than other agents I have come acrossed in the past.
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08/17/2014 - RoseYu91727
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $300K in Federal Way, WA.
Derek has been showing me homes going back to June of 2012 and after a year and a half, we were able to find a wonderful spacious home. Our financing fell through the first time around, but he helped us get our earnest money back smoothly and kept in touch with the listing agent so we were able to buy again couple months later.

Derek was there for every step of the way through loan application, inspection, walkthrough, signing at escrow, explaining the process and answering our questions and concerns. I recommend Derek to anyone looking to buy a home as he prioritize our needs and is excellent communicator by phone, text, and email. He is friendly, reserved, knowledgeable, and passionate about answering our questions in great detail.
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08/13/2014 - MimiKim3669
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $300K in Federal Way, WA.
Derek thoroughly and patiently explained the home buying process and showed us many nice homes meeting our needs. When we finally found the right one, he negotiated a good deal and assisted us with the inspection and the loan process. I highly recommend working with Derek as he is honest, knowledgeable, pleasant to work with, and always calmly found s a way to solve any obstacles that we encountered.
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10/16/2013 - Matthew Sallee
Bought a home in 2013.
Even though I wasn't looking to purchase immediately, Derek took the time to sit down with me and explain the process of purchasing a new home. I never felt rushed or pressured. His knowledge of the local market was amazing!

Derek set up an appointment for me to see a mortgage broker and informed her that I wasn't in a hurry to buy. This went a long way in making my conversation with the mortgage broker much more meaningful.

I would highly recommend Derek if you are interested in purchasing a new home.
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Response from Derek on 10/16/2013
Thank you Matthew for consulting with Debbie and me about the home buying process. It takes a lot of determination to follow through on what it takes to buy that home, and we are proud of you for pursuing it. Best wishes to you and your son.


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06/25/2013 - user0629738
Bought a home in 2011.
During the last 3years I bought through Derek four houses. One was a regular sale and other three were short sale. I bought them at really good price. The short sale closed within 4 months. All of these houses are rented out. He helped us to find tenant so I could quickly rent out. When I bought houses through Derek, He helped a lot in the closing of the house purchase. He also introduced us to a good handyman with low price. I rely on Derek's expertise in real estate investments. I am very impressed with his services.
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Response from Derek on 06/27/2013
Thank you for your kind words and allowing me to explain and advise you on the process. Hopefully those houses appreciate in coming years so you will see even greater return on your investments on top of collecting rents.


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06/25/2013 - user35634425
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $300K in Federal Way, WA.
We bought our house through Derek in 2012. We were very impressed by his knowledge of real estate and his willingness to understand our needs and show us right type of houses. He did an excellent job in negotiating with the seller's agent and got us really a good price for the house. He even went beyond his duties in helping us find handyman to fix problems we found with the house. He also helped us in getting a mortgage broker who we think gave us a best deal in the town. Over all we were very happy with his services and will be glad to refer him to my friends.
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Response from Derek on 06/27/2013
Thank you for the review. I really appreciate it. This took lot of patience on everyone's part, but I am glad that we made it through. Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with.


- Highly likely to recommend
09/08/2014 - DropZoneTJ22
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 in Auburn, WA.
Derek showed us many homes in Federal Way, Auburn, and NE Tacoma, so that we were able to find out for ourselves the pros and cons of new homes versus resale homes. When we finally concluded that new home was better option, Derek helped us with negotiating in a fence, landscaping, as well as blinds and screens at no additional cost. He was with us every step of the way throughout the 2 month process from the day we submitted the offer to the day of signing. Derek is an even keeled guy that helped us reduce our anxiety. He told us beforehand, the possible turbulence we might overcome and when it does happen, things will get resolved with time and effort. Highly recommended.
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Derek Kim
Better Properties NW
32020 1st Ave S, Suite #101
Federal way, WA  98003
(206) 316-9879
(206) 395-2573
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