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Residential Real Estate Specialist (12 years experience)
I "met" John on the internet as I don't live in Seattle....and seriously that was a huge stroke of luck...He is truly the "best" real estate agent you could come up with, if you were trying to design the worlds best real estate agent ...he knows every inch of Seattle like the back of his hand and his knowledge of what each area is about - the kind of stuff only someone extremely familiar with an area could be. He knows "who" lives there, where to eat, drink and be merry, where to play, shop, party, where to walk the dog, where to hike, swim, skate, etc etc - he is an amazing resource. He is super organized, smart, personable....all A+ stuff for a real estate agent. He's the best and he didn't pay me to say this! :-)
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $600K in Wedgwood, Seattle, WA.
My wife and I retained John and worked with him for eight months in an absolutely brutal market for buyers. He navigated us through countless showings and wrote at least ten offers, never once pushing us to concede terms that were out of our comfort zone. In an atmosphere of multiple offers and contingency waivers, his patient counsel is priceless.
When he found our dream home, a gorgeous 4/2.5 designed by its only owner, he pulled out all the stops to win in a situation where our offer wasn't even the highest on the table!
John executed perfectly and exercised tremendous poise, all while juggling the roles of teacher, advocate, and friend. We have rarely had the pleasure to work with such an honest, complete service professional.
We have been working with John for several months as we search for a new home. We have a somewhat unique situation to which we feel John brings honesty, accurate and astute information, and honed expertise. Through this ongoing process, John has been consistently respectful and reassuring. We feel he genuinely listens to our concerns, following our "wish list" without impatience or showing us homes having no relevance to our search. Trust is of utmost importance in such major decisions. We trust John!
Bought a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $275K in Eastlake, Seattle, WA.
As a first time home buyer, I could not have asked for a better agent than John. He was knowledgeable, patient, responsive, and honest. It felt like he was our advocate throughout the whole process, as he was always looking out for our best interest. He took the time to teach us, learn about us and what we were looking for, and provide information clearly. He was kind and gentle, yet aggressive and direct with other agents and stakeholders in the process when needed. We love the place we are in now, and when we sell/buy in the future, we definitely plan to work with John again.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $375K in Loyal Heights, Seattle, WA.
My wife and I most enthusiastically recommend John as your listing or purchasing agent.
My wife and I had been following the real estate market in Seattle for several years and, like many young professional couples, found it very difficult to find the right first home on our budget. While we weren't active buyers at first, John worked with us for at least 3 years to help us track the market and provide advice until the time we were able to be active buyers. Despite our tight budget and specific search criteria, John prestend us with many options in a market of historically low inventory in Ballard. Most importantly, John was honest and hard working. John clearly communicated all the pros and cons and critical information of each potential house and helped us make our own decision as to whether to make an offer and what to offer. Ultimately, John helped us find the perfect home that fit every single one of our search criteria, something we weren't expecting. John also used his industry expertise to provide us a competive advantage in the offer process. We felt lucky to get an early and competitive offer in before other offers created a bidding war. Perhaps most impressive is that not only did John made sure that our offer was accepted, but that we didn't over pay. Somehow we got the house we wanted at below the asking price! Furthermore, John was not tripped up at all with our unique loan product - a construction loan that allowed us to fix up the house before we moved in. John made sure all of our purchase documents accomodated our loan product and financial and timing needs. John also helped us renegotiate the purchase contract after inspections.
Perhaps most reassuring was John's professionalism during the entire process. This was our first home buying experience and John was there to keep us calm, reassure us when necessary, give us critical information that we felt gave us an advantage, offer and provide support even when he didn't need to be there, and celebrate our purchase when he gave us the keys. John truly made the home buying experience stress free, enjoyable, and 100% successful, which was not expected going into it. We couldn't be happier with John and would enthusiastically recommend him to any potential home buyers in Seattle.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $475K in West Woodland, Seattle, WA.
John is a very knowledgeable, professional and meticulous realtor! After purchasing a townhome with him last year, he helped us with the purchase of another home this year for my parents. I strongly believe that his rapport and professionalism with the listing agent was pivotal in the purchase of my parents’ home in the midst of multiple competing, and potentially stronger, offers. He is also extremely handy and has been able to educate us on the basics of what we should know about electrical, plumbing, etc. I strongly recommend John to anyone who wishes to purchase or sell a home. He is also just a great guy! You will not be disappointed.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $400K in Shoreline, WA.
Given the fact that we were buying a house in the Seattle area while living outside of Washington, DC, John was very helpful and supportive from afar. When we did come out to do some house-hunting, John had a full slate of houses for us to see. We looked at about 40 properties in 2 days, which was just what we were hoping for--we wanted to maximize our time and see as many neighborhoods and properties as possible. He was totally easy-going if we pulled up to a property and knew from the curb appeal (or lack thereof) that it wasn't for us. He was very thorough in answering all of our questions, and walked us through the entire process. Including our counter offers after a home inspection revealed some foundation issues that we wanted corrected. He's great at what he does!
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 in Northgate, Seattle, WA.
John was a pleasure to work with! We 've just moved into our new home one month ago and have had time to reflect on our experiences of purchasing a home. We appreciated the time John took to keep on top of all the crazy details and negotiations that come with buying a property from a bank. He really made the whole process smooth for us. He was also very frank and never tried to sugar coat anything. Thank you John!
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $525K in Wedgwood, Seattle, WA.
John O'Brien recently helped us sell our home in Wedgwood, and he was an absolute pleasure to work with. He has a deep knowledge of the market, he is great at organizing and distilling data, and he was able to help us price our home exactly where it needed to be given the conditions. John also has a great eye, and he was able to help us identify and prioritize the work we needed to complete prior to putting our home up for sale. His estimates were spot on, and he did not recommend anything that didn’t get us a clear return on investment. On top of all that, John was very personable, always available, and he made showing and selling our home quick and painless. I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking to sell their home… especially in the northeast Seattle area.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $400K in Crown Hill, Seattle, WA.
John helped my wife and I purchase our new home when moving to Seattle. John delighted us with his local knowledge, and helped us navigate the waters of an unfamiliar market. We saw many homes, and John helped us feel out what it was we really wanted.
This was our second home purchase but John's familiarity and expertise made it feel like our 20th. We consider ourselves lucky to have had John as our agent. We love our home and we couldn't have done it without John's guidance and expertise!