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Bought a Single Family home in 2012 in Cedar Rapids, IA.
John went the extra mile to help get things going, was very tactful, and made everything streamline effortlessly. He also returned my phone call within minutes and made recommendations that made sense. If I am ever to search for a home in the future, John will be the first person that I call. Very pleased!!!
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $275K in Cedar Rapids, IA.
When we were ready to start looking for a home in Cedar Rapids, the question came to how to find the best realtor - reviews! John's reviews were great, and he lived up to every word of them. We were coming to Cedar Rapids from Virginia, and contacted him only four days before we wanted to start looking. John made time in his busy schedule to work with us, and made us feel as though we were his only client. We looked at more than 30 homes, and John was there to help us realize the pros and cons of each house. His vast knowledge of real estate in the area along with his great personality and terrific sense of humor made the process fun. We laughed a lot! The great thing about John is that he continues to help you after the offer has been accepted, and he walks you through the process until you sign those closing documents. He will arrange the inspections that you need and has a list of painters, handymen, etc. to recommend should you need them. The bottom line is if you need to buy a house - John is the man to work with. He is absolutely someone we consider a friend, and we appreciate everything he did for us.
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $125K in Cedar Rapids, IA.
We used John to sell our house and to purchase a new home. He walked through our home and pointed out what we needed to do in order to sell our home quickly. We did everything on his list. 10 days after being on the market, we had a sold sign in our front yard. Our neighbors could not believe how quickly it sold. John is very personable and knows what he is doing. He has an awesome team working with him and the entire process went smoothly. He answered all our questions quickly and always made us feel like we were the only clients he had. He has a great sense of humor and this is important when you are in the middle of selling and buying at the same time.
He listened to all our needs and what we were looking for so we could purchase a new home. He took our needs and wants and found a place quickly. We only looked at a couple of homes before we found the one that was right for us. He helped us through every step of the process and was so professional. He always made me laugh even when we had a few "bumps" in the road.
Our family feels. So blessed to have met John. We consider him more than just our realtor. We consider him to be our friend. Thank you John for helping us through every step in the selling and buying process. We hope to never move again. However, if we have to move, you will be the first phone call!
Sold a Single Family home in 2011 in Cedar Rapids, IA.
I have used John twice, a few years ago on both ends of a house change and then again last year selling a home pending my retirement. Both sets of transactions went well with good value and timely sales help. If I were staying in Cedar Rapids, I would use John again in a heartbeat.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $150K in Cedar Rapids, IA.
If you're looking for a realtor in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area, John Beltramea is the man to work with. As a first time home buyer, I was anxious about the whole process and was unsure what to expect. John made me feel comfortable from the first minute. He carefully explained all that I needed to know and patiently answered all of questions. Over the course of a few days, John walked me through over 40 homes offering expert advice and helping me narrow my choices, all the while making me feel like my decision was as important to him as it was to me. When the time came to make an offer, John worked quickly to secure the best deal he could for me and continued to work with me on finishing up all the aspects of closing on my home. John is a consummate professional and a genuinely good man. I can't recommend him enough.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 in Cedar Rapids, IA.
John deserves more than 5 stars!!! He is beyond "Highly Likely to Recommend".
We highly recommend John as your realtor for buying or selling your home. We recently moved to Cedar Rapids and were recommended to John through our friends and we have been so eager to find a home that we would like within Cedar Rapids without feeling like you are living "in" the big city. We also had a few wishes that we wanted but weren't sure if our wishes would get met until we decided to just open up our options and not focus on certain school locations... then John said I think I have one that you want to look at. At this point we looked at about 5 houses and we knew John already had our best interest at heart because he was walking through the houses with us and had a good idea of what (if any) concerns each of the houses had. I really liked that he was so knowledgeable... but of course a "great" realtor is knowledge and would be completely honest with you - so you are happy. John has been available to help us with any issues or concerns since we first reached out to him through his website. We will be moving in within about 2 weeks to the perfect house for our family - we can't thank John enough! And we have been recommending him as well! Thank you John for being a great realtor.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $150K in Coralville, IA.
If you are purchasing a home in the Iowa City area, John Beltramea is only realtor you should choose. We are from moved from Tucson and only had two days to see homes. John got us showings at every house we were interested in, plus some that he recommended based on the information we gave him. John explained the process of buying a home each step of the way. He was always honest with us about the pros and cons of the home we were looking at. There was never any pressure to buy or make a decision about a house. John was willing to set up second and third showings at houses we were particularly interested in without hesitation.
We didn't find a home we loved on that visit and continued to look online once we returned home. We found one we really liked and John went over to the house, took additional pictures, and wrote us a detailed report, giving us his honest thoughts on the home. Once we decided to buy that house John was very quick to put our offer together. He explained each piece very carefully and was quick to respond to our questions. John set up all the inspections, made very good recommendations for a mortgage broker and a handy man to do some repairs. We had a VERY difficult seller, but John made things so easy for us, we didn't even notice them. Like I said, John is a fantastic realtor and I would highly recommend him to anyone who was looking to buy or sell a home in the Iowa City area.
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $150K in Cedar Rapids, IA.
John did a great job with our listing. He negotiated an acceptable offer within 8 days of listing our house. He did a good job keeping us in the loop with all of the necessary information, but was able to handle most everything over the phone or by e-mail which is helpful because we were no longer living in Cedar Rapids. We will be recommending John to other friends looking to sell. Thanks John! and GO HAWKS!
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $175K in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Fair warning: Anyone reading this may think I'm a plant, but you'll just have to trust that I'm not. :o) When I was looking at buying a new house and selling my current one, I went online to start reading reviews. The consensus among various realtor review sources clearly pointed to John. In fact, I found so many glowing reviews that I thought at least some of them must be his friends and family. Nope! John's the real deal, and genuinely deserves all the accolades. Here's the laundry list of why I recommend him:
1) Promptly returns emails and phone calls;
2) Not condescending *but* doesn't assume you know all the real estate lingo (hard to find people in sales areas that have that right mix);
3) Admits if he doesn't know something, and either finds out or directs you to the right place;
4) Recommendations for home inspectors, handymen, etc. have been top-notch;
5) You ask him what he thinks, he'll tell you;
6) And the cherry on top: He's friendly and funny, which makes him an easy person with which to work.
Good luck with your house hunting and/or selling -- it can be so stressful. If you pick John, it'll go better!!
I would recommend John Beltramea to anyone looking to buy or sell in the Cedar Rapids area. We found him on Dave Ramsey's website and were immediately impressed with his willingness to do whatever it took to find our home in the area. We had a pretty specific set of criteria our next home would have to meet. John took us on a whirlwind tour of eastern Iowa, covering about a 50 mile radius of Cedar Rapids. In fact, he drove us approximately 800 miles in the 3 days we set aside to find a place to live. I don't even want to think about how much he spent on gas to fill his Escalade multiple times. I think John took the task at hand as a challenge and was determined to find us a place we would be happy with. He never once complained to us about crisscrossing the countryside multiple times. Due in large part to John's expertise, we were able to purchase a beautiful home for much less than the asking price and the appraised value. Prior to closing on the home, John worked very behind the scenes and did much more than I expected of a realtor. If we ever decide to sell our home, we will not hesitate to list it with John Beltramea.