- Highly likely to recommend
08/20/2014 - zuser20140318090225739
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $150K in Ruskin, FL.
We found James looking for houses at zillow.com, out of many phone calls we made to several realtors, he was the only person who called us back the same day and made us feel he was ready to help us find our dream home, from the very first meeting until today ( a month after our closing date). James has been more than a realtor, he has been an advisor and a friend always available to answer any question and give us a hand with the mortgage process, finding a title company, the homeowners insurance, anything you can think of, he was always and is still willing to help. He is amazing at responding any email, text or phone call you make to him. We definitely feel that we couldn’t have done it without him and we recommend his services to anyone looking for a home. He is patient; serious, hard working, super knowledgeable in other words he is wonderful to work with. We definitely were so blessed to find someone like him. Thank you soooo much James for all you did for us!
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07/09/2014 - user5796884
Bought a home in 2014.
We are first time home buyers and I feel highly blessed to have come across on the first shot with James. In the beginning, he wasted no time in shooting me numerous homes that could be of possible interest, he is very quick at taking care of your home interest and will advise you to his best of knowledge. If something looks bad or could possibly be of high cost to repair, he will let you know, even if it means him losing the sale of home and beginning from scratch. My only regret was we didn't go with the inspection company he recommended, which by sound sounded like they would have completed a more detailed inspection than what went for (our lost)!! James will contact you at any time at your best schedule! VERY HELPFUL and HIGHLY RECOMMEND to work with!! Thanks James!!!!
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06/29/2014 - mikestaceychrist
Showed home in 2014 in Balm, Wimauma, FL 33598.
It was a pleasure working with James. The one thing that stands out with us is his ability to get back with us in such a timely manor. We know he has other things to do or may even have a life outside of real estate, but he is excellent at getting back with us on questions we had. Thanks James and thanks also to your dad for his knowledge.

Mike and Stacey
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10/22/2013 - user8598844
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $175K in Old Seminole Heights, Tampa, FL.
James walked me though the whole process of buying a house from step one to closing and explained everything along the way. I would definitely recommend someone working with James if they are looking to buy a house or other real estate needs.
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06/12/2013 - user1457920
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $125K in Plant City, FL.
James was wonderful to work with. He responded in a timely manner, was always eager to show us homes no matter the lcation or price! Best of all he never pushed past or budget point unless asked of us or we made the decision to go above our price point.
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06/02/2013 - user1855716
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $175K in Brandon, FL.
When I contacted James through my Zillow app, he replied instantly. I was a first time home buyer, and James was knowledgeable and informative. He talked to me about buying power, interest rates, current market conditions, and the loan application process. James knew the Greater Tampa area very well and stressed the importance of a good location to help increase value and also for meeting my specific needs and lifestyle. I needed a house that would be wheelchair accessible, able to accommodate my 70 lb dog, and close to work and family. He responded to all calls, texts, and emails right away. I worked during the daytime, and he was very flexible and was able to show me all properties that I requested to see. I initially put in an offer for a short-sale home. James followed up with me constantly through those next several months during the pending sale process and reached out to the seller's bank many times to get updates. I ended up deciding not to buy the short-sale home, but James found me another house that was a perfect fit. The home was only on the market for a couple of days, and there were already multiple offers. With James's negotiation skills, we were able to influence the buyer to accept our offer for $159,000, and we closed in less than 30 days. I'm thrilled with my first charming home and would highly recommend James to anyone who is looking for a smooth home buying process!
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05/21/2013 - user9479894
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $675K in Brandon, FL.
James was always responsive, a real professional, and absolutely great to work with. He was masterful in his ability to work through all obstacles(purchasing a bank-owned property), always representing our interests well. We feel incredibly fortunate to have hired him!
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04/24/2013 - user9338423
Bought a home in 2013.
James Ruffolo is very knowledgeable and experienced at what he does. Prior to meeting him, hubby and I were working with another agent who was not able to meet our expectations and deliver what we asked for. After reading great reviews on James, we decided to give him a call and thank god that we did. James was able find us properties that interested us and he was able to show us on very short notice. He is very quick to respond and he goes above and beyond to work in his clients favor. We ran into several roadblocks and James was there every step of the way to help us through any way that he could. We were able to close on a new construction home and are so happy with his services. My husband wanted a garage door opener which this home did not include. James was kind enough to offer to have one installed for us on him. I have nothing but good things to say about James as a professional but also as a person. He is very patient, personable and knowledgeable at what he does. Go with James Ruffolo and you won't be disappointed!
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01/08/2013 - user5663143
Showed home in 2012 in Tampa, FL.
James is very efficient, hard-working, honest, and friendly when we tried to find an investment property in Tampa area from Canada. He took over 50 pictures for us to view the property and won't miss any detail. Whenever we need help or information, he is always there for us. We highly recommend James Ruffolo.
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01/06/2013 - user3447492
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $275K in Brandon, FL.
James was our third (and final) agent and I am so glad I came across him on Zillow. Immediately I loved that he was very quick to respond no matter the time that I e mailed, he was also very thorough in answering every question I had. We worked great together in that I was very picky with my searches, but whenever I sent a house to James he got all of the information on the home then scheduled our appointments the next day. We had a tough time finding a home and an even rougher time closing, but James remained positive throughout and in the end (28 houses later) he was the one that found our new home!
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Charles Rutenberg Realty
1545 Belcher Rd
Clearwater, FL  33764
(813) 402-3440
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