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08/21/2014 - joelmerkel
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.
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07/17/2014 - bicky26
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $475K in East Ballard, 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.
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01/02/2014 - leahcquinn
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!
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12/27/2013 - user35960285
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!
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12/24/2013 - ZClip
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.
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12/22/2013 - scotthconner
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!
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12/20/2013 - neilleaosterhout
Sold a Condo home in 2013 in View Ridge, Seattle, WA.
John O'Brien is fantastic at what he does. John is a professional and handled everything with ease even when a few issues came up during the sale of my condo. He did a great job staging the unit and had it ready for market within a day of my decision to sell. The property sold very quickly- and it went smooth because of John's hard work. I would recommend John O'Brien to anyone looking to sell or purchase real estate. He tells it like it is, and has vast knowledge of the entire Seattle area market. Most helpful and honest agent I have ever dealt with. I will be purchasing something else within the next year and John O'Brien will be my agent. Thank you John!
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12/19/2013 - user54395177
Bought a home in 2013.
Professional yet easygoing, John walked my wife and I through a lot of home choices and information in a short time as we explored the Seattle area. Once we found the home we wanted, he continued to stay on top of things for us and helped us negotiate with the seller, manage the building, inspection and closing process, and left us with a great feeling that we had been well cared for.
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11/20/2013 - cpecenka
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $475K in East Ballard, Seattle, WA.
My wife and I recently purchased a home and John was an invaluable resource throughout the entire process. He spent the time to get to know us and what we were looking for in our home. As first time home buyers, he also educated us about the home buying process and the pros and cons of different options. He was always quick to respond to questions and flexible when it was time to view properties. During a competitive market, he showed patience and helped us find the right home. Overall, we had an outstanding experience with John as our realtor. We have family starting the home search and we have recommended John to guide them through their home search. Thanks to John for a job well done!
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04/19/2013 - user4738397
Bought a home in 2012.
I've worked with John to buy and sell my homes. He is the best of the best! One of the most knowledgeable Realtors around! Being very thorough, professional and friendly is what makes him so outstanding! My husband and I wanted to purchase a new construction home, John went through the entire contract line by line with us. My husband commented that he has never had a realtor take the time to explain all of the documents and what to expect throughout the real estate process before. In the end we purchased a different home and Super happy with our choice and John for helping us get our home!

Thank you!!
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