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Jerry and Sandy Tuinstra

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13 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation

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09/09/2014 - user60956504
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $150K in West Des Moines, IA.

Jerry and Sandy are an amazing real estate duo and couple! Together they provide the best knowledge, ideas, and have an eye EXACTLY what you are looking for in a home! While sandy takes you to see any home you want see at any given time or day; Jerry checks out the affordability and it's comparability to the homes' neighborhood and digs deep on all the details. These agents are the ones to go to! With 20+ years in the real estate field they definitely know a thing or two about buying a home and know the entire surrounding Des Moines area- they can and will find your perfect home!

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07/24/2014 - dtniday
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $100K in Highland Park, Des Moines, IA.

Jerry and Sandy are an impressive team. Extremely responsive in each step of the process and right on target in pricing our home appropriately to sell. I appreciated that they consistently offered above and beyond insight and helpful tips that gave us better understanding as well as helpful information as we readied our house to sell. One week on the market and we were done! Thank you, Jerry and Sandy!

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02/10/2014 - kimberlydgoodwin
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $175K in Southwestern Hills, Des Moines, IA.

Jerry and Sandy helped us locate a home to purchase on contract. They listened to our needs and our situation with out forming any judgement. They sent us listings whenever anything in our criteria came up, and even when the prices were reduced. Whenever one came up that we were interested in, they, without hesitation, answered the questions we had. When it came time to put an offer in on the home that we purchased, they had many successful ideas. They were very easy to work with, and did everything they could to work things into our schedule.

We would use them again, and have already recommended them to other people.

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07/11/2013 - user95347375
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $275K in Urbandale, IA.

Jerry & Sandy did an excellent job in selling our home in 60 days even when the market was not great. They are an efficient, friendly team that goes above and beyond expectations to get the job done. They gave us advice on how to prepare our home to show it more effectively, they were prompt in responding to our needs, they had several open houses that many people attended, and they were always taking action so that our house was prominent in listings. Even though they represented both the buyer and the seller in our case, we were very satisfied with their negotiations. I would highly recommend Jerry & Sandy Tuinstra as realtors.

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02/18/2013 - user2247646
Bought a home in 2012.

Jerry and Sandy are fantastic. Truly knowledgeable in their field and just a genuine pleasure to work with. Not to mention how patient they are. I bet they showed us 100 houses - or so it felt like. We have already recommended them and will continue to do so.

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02/12/2013 - user2701510
Bought a Condo home in 2012 in Urbandale, IA.

Jerry and Sandy Tuinstra, working as a team, helped us through difficult negotiations in the purchase of a repossessed home. We have purchased other homes, but were surprised by the frustrations of dealing with a bank rather than a traditional seller. The Tuinstras did a spot-on market analysis and helped us get the price we needed. As for negotiations, they provided the knowledge, patience, and emotional support that helped us through a series of bureaucratic delays. When it came to actually taking possession, they were there to help us resolve water issues, find a locksmith, and they even recommended a reasonable and thorough carpet cleaner. And before Christmas, they left a box of chocolates at our door!

The Tuinstras are not only professional - they are personal, and we'd gladly use them again!

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02/11/2013 - user7761172
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $225K in Urbandale, IA.

I worked with Jerry and Sandy to look for and purchase a home in Urbandale. They were helpful and patient while looking through various houses that met the selective features I desired. After deciding on a home they made the process of negotiating and completing the purchase simple. The most frustrating part was actually working with the bank to ensure they had all the paperwork required for closing on the home, which I hear is fairly typical. When the time comes I will sell and purchase my next home through them.

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12/22/2011 - srandall20
Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $250K in Urbandale, IA.

Jerry and Sandy are excellent realtors! I highly recommend them and refer them to friends on a regular basis.

My wife and I worked with them to purchase our first home and they really helped us think through so many issues that as new homeowners we failed to consider. They sit down with you and really listen to what you're looking for in a new home and truly strive to help you understand the home buying process before you even begin looking at properties. This was a major plus for us as home-buying rookies. They're personal touch doesn't stop there though, they were available to us whenever we had a question or wanted to view a home (even for the third or fourth time). They are also very well connected in the local community (we still use the list of service providers, i.e., plumbing, when we need to call someone for a repair or regular service), which we found to helpful.

In terms of negotiating, I really thought Jerry and Sandy were very helpful and effective. Not only were we able to negotiate a great deal on our home, be we were also able to get the previous owners to remove a dog door that they had placed in the garage. This is a definitely work that we would have wanted to have done at some point soon after moving in, but we wouldn't have thought of asking for the previous owners to do it for us. Jerry and Sandy helped us think through issues like that prior to the submitting an offer on our home. Everyone wants to get a great deal in terms of price, but they often forget about little things that really can add up after moving in. Jerry and Sandy will help you think through all aspects of the negotiating process and help get you the best overall deal on your new home.

One of the best aspects of our home buying experience for us was the home inspection process. Jerry and Sandy arrange for three separate high quality & professional contractors and/or service providers to come in at the same time and inspect the areas of your home in which they have expertise. The three combine their reports into one and together they create a very thorough inspection report of the home you're buying. Very, very helpful!! I won't do a home inspection any other way in the future.

If you're looking for a realtor, I highly recommend that you give Jerry and Sandy a chance to earn your business.

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12/22/2011 - seahsker
Showed home in 2008 in Mel-Ray Mobile Home Park, Ankeny, IA 50023.

Sandy and Jerry really helped us find a great home in the Des Moines area. They took the time to understand what we were looking for and showed us homes that met our criteria. They were also flexible when what we were looking for changed somewhat. If we need to sell and/or find a new home in the area we would use Sandy and Jerry again!

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12/20/2011 - doralb73
Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $75K in Des Moines, IA.

Sandy is an excellent agent. She is very professional and helpful. I have never bought a home before and she walked me step by step and she even told me that I should apply at Neighborhood Finance because they help with things that need to be done around the property. She went above and beyond her call of duty. I would highly recommend her to others.

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