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Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $675K in Dublin, CA.
We were 100% satisfied and impressed with the services that Julia provided us!! We would recommend her to anyone, and we already referred her to one of our family members for a home purchase. She has excellent communication skills with timely responses, she knows everything about the local area, and we ended up purchasing a home that was exactly what we were looking for. Also, our negotiation process was easy and hassle-free, and our first offer was accepted. There isn't anything that Julia could have done better... she is a true professional.
Response from Julia on 11/12/2014
Ryan and Corrin~
Thank you for the review. It was such a pleasure to help you find this fabulous home , and quickly to meet your desired time frame. The home you purchased is perfect for you and your family, and I can't wait to see your personal touches. I look forward to seeing you both soon.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $450K in Dublin, CA.
Recently we contracted Julia Murtagh to assist us with the purchase of a condominium in the Dublin Area. She was attentive to our requirements and timeliness. After looking at numerous properties we found the one that best suited our needs. We appreciated her professional anner and patience. We heartily and without reservation recommend Julia.
Glenda and Robert Diggle
Response from Julia on 11/03/2014
Robert and Glenda,
What a treat is was to help you find the right home for you in the Tri-Valley. I enjoyed our time spent looking at places , and learning about one another. I hope to see more of you, now that you will live in my neck of the woods!
Sold a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $675K in Pleasanton, CA.
Julia helped sell our rental property recently and she took the stress out of it by taking care of all the details while keeping us informed every step of the way. She advised us on the repairs to be carried out, put us in touch with a painter and handyman and coordinated with them to ensure that all the work was completed before the open house.
After we accepted an offer, everything went pretty much as per the calendar she had provided us. We actually signed the papers and went on a vacation while she coordinated with the buyer's agent and got the escrow closed! Overall it was a great experience.
Response from Julia on 10/24/2014
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to sell that great property in Pleasanton. The process was very smooth from start to finish.This is the 2nd time we have worked together, and both times were very enjoyable with all parties.
When we started looking this spring, we were new to the market and met Julia when she was hosting an open house that we visited. Immediately, I knew I wanted to work with her. She was honest, to the point, and told me what I needed to hear, not just what I wanted to hear. I prefer dealing with people like that, and respect that.
She won my trust very early in the process as I was a little leery of how fast the market was moving, and thru our first couple offers, she was right on target with her predicted outcome. She has a great feel for the area, both historically and the current environment. Aside from her knowledge, she was always available to us, and her work ethic is second to none. We were never made to feel like we weren't worth her time, or weren't her top client (which on our budget, we definitely weren't!), even after 5 offers. I am very happy with the process, and if/when I go to sell, Julia will be my first call.
We sold a home and purchased a home in Pleasanton with Julia's help. We've move around the country a lot and have worked with many agents in the past. Julia is amongst the top agents we've worked with, and we would actively prefer her in future home buying decisions in this area. What's important to mention beyond what the other reviews already say about her is she's great at figuring out the details of the late stages of a deal, and provides creative options in unconventional situations. We cannot recommend Julia enough.
Response from Julia on 08/18/2014
What fun we had this Spring! I was pleased we were able to sell your home in a week, to great Buyers. The purchase had some interesting twists and turns, but you got a great home in one of Pleasanton's most sought after neighborhoods. You will become a West Side Fan!
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.35M in Pleasanton, CA.
We recently bought a home in Pleasanton with Julia's help. She shined in several areas that were very important for us:
1. Very quickly understood the type, size and quality house we were looking for and showed us houses that were appropriate in a relatively concise band, learning quickly as we evaluated options. We appreciated her ability to show us the right kinds of houses, get better and better at it, and make best use of our time.
2. Her combination of being respected in this area, knowing what's coming on the market, and her negotiating skills helped us negotiate a very competitive bidding situation and get the house we wanted.
3. Her local area knowledge was above and beyond. We had all sorts of questions from schools to restaurants to service providers. She had really detailed contacts, opinions and advice that was really helpful and made our transition to the area much easier. We still bug her for advice and she's super generous with continuing to help out.
4. She was super on the whole process of purchasing under challenging timelines. We were selling our old place, trying to buy this one in Pleasanton and the timing came down to closing and making an offer within less than a day. She helped us negotiate this calmly, professionally and ensuring the details happened as needed.
5. Fun to work with! Julia was great to work with. Nice combination of professional, but fun to hang around with while looking at houses. I suspect we will continue to enjoy her company occasionally now that the sale is complete.
Overall, Julia is fantastic. We would highly recommend her. A great balance of professional, responsive, knowledgeable and great to work with.
Response from Julia on 08/14/2014
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to introduce and share my city with your lovely family. This business is all about timing, and once again it was crucial for this transaction. I am so glad I had the inside knowledge to procure this perfect home for you. You were very enjoyable to work with, and fun to get to know the whole family. Most of my clients become my friends, and there is not a doubt we will be seeing each other often. Enjoy that beautiful home!
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.05M in Pleasanton, CA.
We used Julia's expert services for both the purchase of a new home and the sale of our existing house. She was a top-notch negotiator in both transactions, . . . exceptionally personable, professional, and patient. Julia knows her stuff, and she knows the market very, very well, whether you are selling or buying. Her attention to detail is reassuring, and she takes care of EVERYTHING. We especially liked that she took great care to understand our needs and desires at the outset and that she always represented our best interests. She invested generously with time and effort and advertising to ensure the successful showing of our home during the open house. We would recommend Julia without reservation for any real estate need: She's a first class agent with incredible local experience.
Response from Julia on 07/28/2014
Jenny & Butch,
It was a pleasure to help you with the purchase of your home, and the selling this Spring. You were wonderful to work with, and I can't wait to see how the new home turns out, and you have moved in.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $825K in Danville, CA.
Julia was recommended to us by a South Bay agent, and we couldn't be more grateful. We had a limited budget and a long wish list for our first home, but Julia came through. She helped us navigate a complicated short sale and purchase a home that's perfect for us. Julia is knowledgable, responsive, and determined to exceed her client's expectations. We recommend her without reservation.
Response from Julia on 05/08/2014
It was a pleasure helping you find that gem for your family. I know this was exactly what you had wanted from the start, and we were able to jump a few hurdles to make it happen. Enjoy that great property.
Julia, can only be described as exceptional.
She has good follow through, return calls promptly and experienced.
Julia helped us sell our Bonde Ranch Home in Pleasanton and
we would not hesitate to use Julia again.
Professionalism, accountability and responsiveness are the most important criteria in a realtor to us
and Julia is all of it.
She helped us through our home sells process and made it very easy and comfortable for us.
I will recommend Julia to our friend if they need a professional realtor.
Sold a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $600K in Dublin, CA.
I chose Julia to list my condo because she is honest and straightforward and knows how to market and sell a home quickly. She guided me through preparing my house and staging it properly to put on the market. The first impression of your home is the most important and Julia understands that. My home sold in 7 days, over asking, and I couldn't be happier. Selling a home is stressful enough but with Julia's guidance, my sale went very smoothly and quickly. She kept me up to date every step of the way and alleviated a lot of the stress. I would highly recommend Julia.
Response from Julia on 04/16/2014
Thank you for selecting me to sell your Condo, as I know you know many Real Estate agents in the Tri-Valley. Thank you for following my guidance, as we both knew the potential this property had. It was a pleasure to work with and for you.