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James Maxwell & Renee Gonsalves
Broker Associate (11 years experience)
25 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:

Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent

 
- Highly likely to recommend
07/04/2014 - zuser20140505121837324
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 in Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA.
I was very impressed with James and Renee from our first meeting. They came over incredibly well-prepared, with extensive information on the value of our Bernal Heights home, which turned out to be very accurate and predictive. They are very seasoned and professional so my confidence level was very high. James is methodical, pragmatic and thorough. He is proactive and very organized. I felt that he had a very strong command over the sales process from the very start, through to post-closing. Renee was very warm and calming and inspired a lot of confidence. She was great at giving us status updates through the open house and private showings.

You could not ask for better marketing and property exposure than James and Renee provided. They also had reliable and immediately available resources for inspections, repairs and consultants of every type. They were several steps ahead of everyone's expectations, so nothing ever took us by surprise. Our home, although relatively small in square footage, received six offers, and the two highest were 16% over asking. We had a small "bidding war" at the end, and overall, we felt very satisfied that we had obtained top dollar for our home. The closing was very fast, which was an added bonus.

James also represented us in the purchase of our South Beach condo. His certainty about the market empowered us to purchase the condo before selling our home. The seller created a glitch at the time of our offer, and James saw us through it without allowing it to cost us any increase in the price. He told us when to "walk away" and we did. The deal came chasing after us a few days later, ending in a smooth closing. I would readily recommend James and Renee to any prospective buyer or seller. You will be treated like a highly valued customer and you will be given a lot of respect for your own views and intelligence. James and Renee are the ideal partners in San Francisco's unique real estate market.
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- Highly likely to recommend
05/20/2014 - lana choi
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.925M in Diamond Heights, San Francisco, CA.
We have bought and sold two homes in San Francisco with James (James has been our primary agent, but his partner Renee is also outstanding and has been a huge help with our last two sales). We cannot recommend him enough. James knows the San Francisco market inside out, knows how homes should be priced, how to write a winning offer, how to market a home, how to negotiate a deal -- EVERYTHING that matters in buying and selling in this crazy SF market. He is also a great guy to work with during what can be a very stressful time -- he will not pressure you into doing anything that makes you uncomfortable but will always provide sound guidance and give you honest feedback and advice. He is also highly respected in the real estate community, which is a huge leg up when competing with multiple bidders in buying a home. James also has a ton of great contacts, whether it be mortgage brokers or contractors. We had an extremely stressful situation in the sale of our first home (which was no fault of James), and he helped us through every step of the way in resolving it. Both of our homes sold way above asking (one even in a relatively down market), and the two times we made serious offers on houses that we had our hearts set on, our offers were accepted at what were extremely fair (and actually reasonable to low) prices. We sold our last home after having left town -- James and Renee took care of everything. (We didn't lift a finger; all we had to do was review the multiple offers!) James and Renee are true professionals with great reputations -- I would recommend them to anyone!
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05/07/2014 - MichaelfromSF
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.075M in Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA.
James and Renee are truly unique when it comes to the San Francisco real estate market. They are true professionals. They have a deep local knowledge, top-tier negotiation skills, and most important of all - integrity and they are driven to get you the best deal possible. You can rely on them to be a huge advantage when they're working on your deal

James is the sole reason we are in the house we have today. He made the deal happen and we couldn't be happier. He provided vision, guidance and a calm approach and worked all the angles as a true professional. I think that sums it up nicely for those of us who choose to find a home in the most competitive marketing in the United States.

We would absolutely work with James and Renee again.
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- Highly likely to recommend
04/30/2014 - user2681157
Sold a home in 2012.
I think the best endorsement is that I have turned to Renee for three sales and four purchases in the 12 years that I have been in San Francisco. Renee stays on top of everything up through closing. She knows the market and has very good insight into likely outcome of the bidding process on both the buying and selling end of transactions.
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- Highly likely to recommend
04/22/2014 - Bear T
Bought a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $800K in Noe Valley, San Francisco, CA.
Buying real estate in San Francisco has always seemed a bit daunting to me. The prices are high and the regulations are both abundant and strict. James has helped me through the process twice now, and the best thing I can say about working with him were that there were no unpleasant surprises with either purchase.

Both properties had issues — difficult tenants, failing retaining walls, insurance claims — and both required some complex financing to make the purchases possible. Places in San Francisco aren’t cheap, after all. But with both, James took the time to dig through the mountains of disclosure and inspection reports to make sure I knew all the important facts. As I said, when I finally did make a purchase, I felt like I knew all the potential issues that would need to be addressed, and over what period of time. Let’s face it, no place is perfect.

I’ve now spent over two years living in the first home I purchased with James’ help. I’m still happy with the purchase, and the home has held up nicely. Some small maintenance projects I knew were going to need doing, but I can definitely say I’m happy owning. And, if I need to make another purchase, I’ll be a repeat customer.
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04/02/2014 - chuck lynch
Bought a Condo home in 2013 in North Panhandle, San Francisco, CA.
Working with Renee was the best! She is knowledgeable about the entire city and was always available to discuss issues with us. We've only been in the city since Oct '13 and at times probably drove Renee crazy with our shifting ideas of what we wanted but she didn't mind and assured every step of the way. Can't imagine ever working with another realtor in this city.
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03/24/2014 - mmvolz
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $475K in Portola, San Francisco, CA.
I bought a house a year ago through Renee and I have to say that she was absolutely awesome. Initially I was a bit nervous about buying a house in San Francisco but Renee was so great at putting me at ease. She guided me through the process and answered all of my questions (and I had many) with such professionalism. I was so happy to have her represent me. My whole experience of buying my house turned out to be such a positive experience thanks to Renee. She gave me the attention I needed and I felt that she really cared about me. Many "thumbs up" to Renee!
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03/23/2014 - susieall
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $775K in Portola, San Francisco, CA.
I found James to be an exceptional real estate agent and person. Together with his equally-impressive partner, Renee, he did an outstanding job fixing up and selling a house I inherited in San Francisco. The house was very old and not in great shape when it came to me. Because I don't live in SF, I needed a realtor I could trust completely to connect to the right contractors and workpeople, oversee all necessary repairs, and make the right judgment calls to get the house ready for sale. James and Renee went above and beyond to completely transform the house (my jaw dropped when I first saw it!), show it beautifully, get it seen by the right people at the right time, and find the right buyer. They are smart, savvy, thorough, knowledgeable, and ethical. They are strong communicators and advocated tirelessly for me as their client. I would recommend them without reservation for all real estate needs in San Francisco.
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03/21/2014 - shermanwarren
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $550K in Outer Mission, San Francisco, CA.
We weren't even looking to by a house, but when we happened to see a listing for a cottage for sale, we knew we had to have it.

Renee was on it right away. Not only did she represent our interests well, but she helped guide us through our first home buying experience. Buying real estate can be a roller coaster of an experience, and the cottage almost slipped out of our hands. We somehow felt the cottage was fated to be ours, so Renee didn't give up, and in the end she helped us negotiate the purchase.

We love our home, and we can't thank Renee enough for helping us get it!
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03/18/2014 - msilvio
Sold a home in 2008.
This is the first review I've ever taken time to write. I felt that I had to communicate what a difference James made with his unique approach and vast knowledge of San Francisco real estate. I've worked with several realtors in other parts of the country over the years and no one has come close to the level of effectiveness and professionalism as this wonderful team. I cannot recommend them highly enough. I met with many realtors when I was about to list my home for sale in Bernal Heights. From our first meeting he was prepared with an exceptionally researched and detailed presentation of the current neighborhood market. While the other realtors I interviewed should up empty handed with a contract they expected me to sign on the spot. Selling a house in an accelerating market has the potential to be stressful and frenzied. However, working with James brought order and insight to an otherwise chaotic experience. I was impressed by the practical decisions he made in preparing the house for market along with his insight about pricing strategies. It sold above asking with multiple offers after the first open house! When it was time to purchase another home the housing market began to explode again. Due to James professional guidance and research I had a good idea of what a strong offer looked like for that exact property. I was struck by how down-to-earth and pragmatic James was - fully answering my questions and concerns about disclosures and the current market trend of the neighborhood. I came to learn that it was not always about price as it was about all the terms in an offer - financing, contingencies, etc. When I went into contract on a TIC James expertise kicked in with exceptional knowledge of TIC's. There were no surprises because he kept me so well-informed.

Throughout my home buying and selling experiences with James it felt more like working with a friend and trusted advisor not just an agent handling a transaction. From a buyers and sellers point of view I cannot recommend them highly enough!
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