Although we are not ready to move....our problem was a large golden doodle. Jack sent us listings that would accept large dogs and he seemed to be a dog lover, himself! He could appreciate our needs and large dog issues.
Jack is a great real estate agent. I was looking to buy in Tampa/St. Pete for the first time and didn't know the area really well. Jack made it his job to figure out exactly what my priorities were and then put me on to several great properties. Jack's best attribute - and one that is VERY rare among real estate agents - is his honesty. If he thinks a property has a problem, he tells you that and doesn't try to sell you something just to get a quick commission for himself. In fact, Jack warned me off properties that otherwise I might have bid on, as he caught potential problems that I wouldn't have noticed. And when I found a great place, Jack really handled the negotiation process well. Again, unlike other many other agents, he didn't urge me to pay more than I wanted to pay just to close the deal quicker, but rather negotiated in my interests. I'd VERY highly recommend Jack.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $100K in Largo, FL.
Working with Jack was a great experience. His knowledge was invaluable to me. I will use him for future purchases or sales and highly recommend.
He was very prompt in responding to me and answered all questions that I had.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $175K in Indian Rocks Beach, FL.
As a buyer from outside the region, Jack was very professional and personable. He educated us on the region, showed us multiple homes and once finding the one that worked for us - assisted us throughout the process from afar and also provided contractor names for future work. Due to his wonderful personality, it seemed as though we had known him for years rather than a realtor we had contacted online to meet while in the area. This type of customer service is priceless.
Bought a Condo home in 2013 for approximately $400K in Harbour Island, Tampa, FL.
Jack helped my wife Jacqueline and I buy our first home. And for first-time home buyers, it was a very enjoyable experience, to say the least. Jack was very attentive to our likes and our dislikes and was able to guide us in the right direction in finding our new home. Over the last few months, we have developed a very good working relationship and couldn't be happier with the outstanding service he has provided us, not only in finding a home, but throughout the bidding process, in all of the paperwork, inspections, as well as closing. He was able to explain everything in terms we could understand and would never leave us confused about any steps along the way. Also, he was not afraid to step in and give us his opinion in order to keep us out of any foreseeable bad situations, which is obviously very important in home-buying.
We are VERY thankful for Jack's service and guidance to us.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $150K in Shore Acres, St Petersburg, FL.
My husband and I bought our first home this past summer with Jack as our buyer's agent. We honestly could not have asked for a better realtor!
The Business Side: From the start, Jack was very patient and informative (like I said, we were completely new to this). He walked us through the entire process step by step and if need be was happy to go through it on more than one occasion to make sure we had no lingering questions or concerns. We ended up stuck in a short sale for quite a while, but he kept us constantly updated and was more than happy to respond immediately to any questions we had along the way. We never questioned that he was doing everything he could to expedite our closing AND get us the best deal (and we do feel we got the best house/deal on the market in our price range) . Even though we were looking for houses in areas he may not have had the most experience with, he was more than eager to research them and gain the knowledge for us. Additionally, he was able to figure out quickly exactly what we were looking for and thus was able to help guide us through the house hunting experience very well.
The Personal Side: There is no option on these reviews to rate realtors with regard to their personability, but I do feel it is important to consider when choosing a realtor. As first time homebuyers, we were extremely nervous and confused coming in. In addition to calming us with his demonstration of expertise in the business, Jack built up our trust in him very quickly. He was always dedicated to finding us the perfect house. Even if we were on the fence about one, if he had any suspicions that it was not "the" house for us, he would suggest we continue looking. It was always clear to us that he had our best interests in mind; he was not simply in it for the money or the easy sale. (P.S. We interviewed a handful of realtors at the beginning, and Jack was the only one from whom I got this impression. For most, when they found out we were in the lower range of what we could spend, i.e., less than $150K, their interest in helping us significantly diminished. Not with Jack, though). He never rushed us or tried to persuade us to make a decision. Another bonus of having Jack as our realtor was that he knows a great deal about home construction (I think he said he was a general contractor before a realtor, but I could be wrong about that). Either way, as we knew (and still know) very little about houses, it was extremely comforting to know that there was no way Jack would let us buy an inferior house (e.g., poor construction, lousy roof, possible foundation problems, etc.). Like I said, he was always on our side. Lastly, Jack is just a good, friendly, and interesting person which made the hours of house hunting much more enjoyable.
All in all, we could not have asked for a better person to guide us through buying our first home. If he is still in realty when we decide it is time to upgrade to a bigger place, we will definitely be contacting him to both sell our current home and find our next.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 in Niagara Falls, NY.
Jack Stroup found a home for me meeting 90% of my criteria in Dunedin Fl.
I do not live in the area so he helped me by having extensive knowledge and the patience to wait for the right home. I travel for a living and he lined everything up with the inspections and utilities to fit perfectly in my schedule. He would return all calls and emails in an extremely timely matter. We negotiated on a property to my satisfaction but he was disappointed with the inspection and advised me against the property.I closed on my property in May of 2012 and he has driven by to check on it for me during extreme weather conditions without me asking.I would recommend him highly.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $100K in Dunedin, FL.
Jack was great and went more than the extra mile he went hundreds of miles for us. Would use Jack again in a heart beat. He helped us over a one year period and four houses to get the right one and price we wanted to spend and the location we wanted. Great guy and honest person.
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $125K in Clearwater, FL.
We recently purchased our first home with Jack Stroup and could not be more pleased. He was always ahead of the game and was quick to respond to our every need. We truly appreciate all the help he gave through our very first home purchase. We cannot recommend Jack Stroup as a realtor enough!!
~ Rob & Elizabeth Millican
Searching for a home with specific items wanted in around home. He came up with a complete list for our approval. We looked at many homes and he continued to provide his time and talents freely and more important, willingly. We are very pleased with his expertise and professionalism. Thanks Jack.