Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $1.3M in Los Gatos, CA.
My wife and I decided to start searching for a new home when we learned that we were going to have a baby! Neither one of us had owned a home before and so we were inexperienced. After getting a grasp of our budget, next we needed a good realtor who could guide us through the entire process from start to finish. A colleague of mine recommended Jalayne Forrester and so we contacted her.
Jalayne far exceeded our expectations as a realtor and eventually became a great friend. I can recall Jalayne offering to meet us near our home to chat about our requirements. Jalayne quickly understood what we were looking for and translated this information into some automated search results. She sacrificed her time to match our schedule on weekday nights and weekends to look for homes together. Sometimes she even offered to pick us up from our office when we did not have a vehicle available.
After three months and three separate offers, we finally entered into contract on a new home. However, our newborn baby had plans to come at this same time. Jalayne took on so much more work when my wife went into labor. She stayed at the home on our behalf during the five hour inspection, and handled the negotiations with the seller’s agent perfectly. During the closing process, her wealth of knowledge shined and her guidance eliminated much of the typical closing headaches. She even gave recommendations for other key partners including a general contractor, lenders, insurance agents, etc.
Jalayne is a wonderful realtor but more importantly a wonderful person. I’m happy to recommend her services to anyone in the Bay Area looking for a new home. We would not be in our new home without her help.
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $650K in West San Jose, San Jose, CA.
Jalayne originally helped my husband find our rental house. Three years later, when we were ready to buy, we contacted Jalayne again. We thought it would be a short meeting to see if she could work with us, but Jalayne came to the appointment with a bunch of listings printed out. She went off some very basic information my husband provided when scheduling the appointment but was totally prepared with listings at different price points. That afternoon she even took us to see some of those houses. We were super impressed. We looked at about 25 houses over the next 5 days and made an offer on one within the week. It was a pleasure working with Jalayne. She definitely had our best interests at heart and worked hard for us.
Showed home in 2012 in West San Jose, San Jose, CA 95129.
Jalayne is fantastic! She is well prepared with many homes to view. She is very informative about the area around the homes, schools, shopping and safety. She has great insights on what is of value in a home and what areas would need repair or remodelling. She is well versed in negotiations of a sale. She can handle any problems that come up with ease. She is very pleasant and personable. It is an overall wonderful experience working with her! I would highy recommend her!
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $525K in Lakewood, Sunnyvale, CA.
I've worked with Jalayne twice, once finding a house to rent as part of a relocation and then again when buying a house. In both cases, she was excellent to work with, knew the areas we were dealing with and what the market looked like, and helped us find the house we needed at the price we could pay.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $625K in Cambrian Park, San Jose, CA.
Jalayne is wonderful. I met her through family and had my doubts in case she didn't work out. I needn't have worried. Jalayne is very experienced and honest, but makes a strong effort to not color her client's opinions. When we met, she listened very intently to what my husband and I wanted in our first house and explained to us how the whole process works, even pointing out to us how to adjust how much we thought we could afford based on tax laws and witholdings. We were surprised to learn that we could afford more house than we thought, and the search began.
We viewed several houses and made only two offers before one was accepted. The house we chose had some surprises, and many would have walked away from it. Jalayne never told us what to do, only how to do what we wanted once we were decided. She handled all of the negotiations for us with the seller's agent, but never made a move without speaking with us first, and got us a wonderful deal on our house. She was with us every step of the way, was always available for questions, and never concealed or colored any information. She knew we were looking for a home and not just a house and helped us find and purchase just that.
My husband and I were very fortunate not to have to look for an agent, so I am hoping to pass on our good fortune to others by advising them to use Jalane in their search for a home.