I was a first time, new home buyer and had some specific restrictions and requests when working with a real estate professional. I wanted someone who knew my preferred neighborhoods well, who could do a ton of legwork for me and narrow things down to those options that I would love and that I could afford in my preferred neighborhoods. I also wanted someone who was patient enough to answer ALL of my many many questions no matter how nit-picky, mundane, or complex. Kevin was my guy. I told him how I like to work, and about my preferences and neuroses. He was a true champ all the way through the end of my successful buying experience. He also helped me get all the information I needed and wanted in order to make a smart and successful offer! I had tried to purchase a home one year prior with someone else, and had a rough (and unsuccessful) go. I was even more adamant that I find someone really masterful and patient and I found him. Kevin spoke with me and asked the right questions to know what I was looking for and to find out what was most important to me given my budget constraints. Even in the rare instances he couldn't accompany me to an open house, he helped make all the necessary arrangements so that I could view the place at a time that worked best for me. And when we found a place that I just loved, Kevin helped us schedule a second walk through just so my partner could see it in person. In the end, Kevin was as enthusiastic about our success as we were and brought us a super kind gift to celebrate our new home. If we do this again, I'm calling Kevin again to help us again. I give Kevin my highest recommendation.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $875K in Bayview, San Francisco, CA.
What an amazing guy Kevin is, he worked hard to make sure things happened for us. He really knows his field and is incredibly professional and personable. We were so lucky to have met him and benefit from his negotiation skills, don't think we could have done it without him.
Bought a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $1.325M in Inner Richmond, San Francisco, CA.
There aren't enough good things I can say about Kevin. I am often skeptical when I read a 5 star review. They tend to be vague and feel disingenuous, but in this scenario Kevin deserves every bit and more.
My wife and I were casually browsing the SF market for our first home when we got lucky and found Kevin. We had met with 3-4 different brokers and didn't feel a connection with any of them. We explained to him that we were taking our time and he made us very comfortable with his approach to the process and was not pressuring at all. He had the perfect balance letting us know he was there to help without being pushy. He would occasionally send us listings to look at while still letting us remain in the drivers seat in finding a place.
Kevin was extremely responsive through the process and would text us or call us back to answer questions or talk about our thoughts on a certain property. I never felt like there was any time of day where he was unreachable and he made sure that we felt like we were his only clients. When we found the place we wanted to purchase, he went by to check it out on his own the day after we went and helped us think through the layout and pros/cons. He explained all the paperwork, the best approach to win the property, and helped us negotiate the best deal possible. He has a masterful understanding of the ins and outs of this business and I felt very comfortable and confident with him in control of our home buying process.
On a completely separate and more personal note. Both my wife and Kevin have Armenian roots and my wife is not from California. During our first time meeting, my wife complained how she missed her favorite Armenian food, Lahmajoon (Armenian pizza). Kevin laughed and told us that his mother makes it and that he would have her make us some. We didn't think much of it, but smiled and carried on our conversation. A month or two later we closed on our beautiful home and when we went to meet Kevin at the house to get the keys, he opened the fridge and inside was enough Lahmajoon to feed an army! Kevin goes the extra mile and his mothers Lahmajoon is delicious! I couldn't believe that he remembered and it really put a smile on my wife's face. It's a testament to his integrity and the strength of his word.
Kevin is an honest, caring, and skillful business man and I would recommend him to anyone looking to purchase property in the Bay Area.
My wife and I are first time home buyers and we went through our fair share of real estate agents along with declined offers. The agents we worked with just didn't feel right until we met Kevin. He made the extraordinarily difficult San Francisco housing market as comfortable as possible with great knowledge of how to actually purchase a house in this city. We ALWAYS received quick replies to our compulsive questions/requests, and received assistance you would get from a trusted friend.
When we found a house we loved, he was personally invested in our happiness and desire to start our family in this home. After our first early offer was declined, I think he was more disappointed for us than we were. The good news is that it was later accepted. I genuinely believe it was accepted because of the personal relationship he built with the selling agent.
During the closing process he supported us in every way. This included meeting me at our new home to move an oven into our kitchen so that we would pass appraisal. I doubt most agents would do that for their client. In addition, we were nervous wrecks during the closing process and we were not always happy with the responsiveness of our loan agent or title company. During these times he called them to get us answers ASAP. In addition, he was available to us at all times of the day or night, including a few midnight text sessions.
Overall I couldn't recommend an agent more than Kevin Markarian. He was very professional during the process and treated us like family during the offer and closing experience. We felt that he was most interested in our needs as home buyers than anything else. If you are looking for an agent, it would be a mistake not give Kevin a call.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.0M in Miraloma Park, San Francisco, CA.
After interviewing a few real estate agents in San Francisco, we found Kevin and were impressed by his incredible reviews, and later on, we realized the reason behind his exceptional reviews. Kevin’s service exceeded our expectations. He knew the market to the best, thoroughly assessed our situation and needs, had remarkable negotiation skills, returned our calls within a few minutes, and on top of all was truly patient and listened to our needs. He explained to us all we needed to know, but never ever tried to push us or make decisions for us. Kevin’s expertise let us find our dream house very quickly and we got into a contract within a month. Given the highly competitive market conditions in San Francisco and in Miraloma Park, My husband and I were almost certain that we would get out-bided on our house, but it was Kevin who encouraged us to put an offer, and used his negotiation expertise to help us move to our current house. Kevin made the process of home buying a lot easier for us and went through all the steps with us very professionally. We got the keys on Valentine’s day and he surprised my husband and I with a bottle of Champagne and a box of chocolates!
Long story short, Kevin is a great agent with superb skills and expertise. We STRONGLY recommend him and undoubtedly, we would work with him in our next transactions.
Working with Kevin was amazing- very knowledgable, thorough, ultra responsive (and I'm a type A personality that can be quite needy and ask LOTS of questions) and really worked hard to get me the best deal and ensure all my needs met. He goes above and beyond and would recommend him to all my friends.
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $900K in Sherwood Forest, San Francisco, CA.
I really enjoyed working with Kevin. Including our last transaction, this was the second time we have done business with Kevin. I feel that he is honest, upfront and strategic. He helped us bid on and win several offers in a very competitive market. He even suggested our current neighborhood which was not even on our radar because it was so tiny we didn't know about it. I was impressed with how well he was able to hone in on our needs and deliver. His knowledge of the market conditions are spot on and if he suggests an offer price, it is very likely that the house will sell for around his estimate.
Kevin is my man. He has what it needed to get the job done. I talked to many different realtors, but they did not meet my standards (I am picky). I got Kevin referred by a coworker, and when I met him, I knew that he was my guy.
We had 10 competitors for the condo, but managed to close my dream home in less than three weeks. Perfect!
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $775K in Potrero Hill, San Francisco, CA.
We worked with Kevin for about three months until we closed on a single-family home in Potrero Hill. We were pretty nervous about buying our first home in one of hottest markets in the country, but having Kevin at our side to give us advice and execute our negotiations helped relieve the stress.
Kevin contacted us after we requested more information on a listing through an online real estate app. We first met him in person on a Sunday afternoon to look at a few properties so he could get an idea of what we were looking for as far as location, property type, and price range. After that, Kevin started reguarly sending us MLS links, and we went to a few more open houses together.
Kevin is was very tuned in to the latest trends in the market, and how the market varies from one neighborhood to the next. Kevin explained that the trend he was seeing was for agents to list properties at a low asking price to generate multiple offers, and that cash offers with few or no contingencies were on the rise. We made our firstoffer on a house in Bernal Heights, and sure enough, there were multiple bids and the property ultimately sold for about 20% over asking.
After making a losing offer on a second location, we became a little discouraged and slowed down our search. Kevin stayed in touch and continued to send us listings, but was never pushy. When it came time to bid on the location that is now our home, Kevin responded promptly to our call on a Sunday, and he had our offer submitted the next day. From there, things moved very fast, and Kevin was always quick to respond and on top of things. When we had problems contacting our original financier (the loan officer was on vacation and on one else at the office would get back to us) Kevin set us up with a couple of different loan officers whom he knew would be able to help on short notice.
We will always remember Kevin because on the day we closed, he went above and beyond the call of duty to help us make it a very special day. It happened to be the 10th anniversary of the day my partner and I first met, and was the day I proposed marriage in a surprise that Kevin helped arrange!
The bottom line is that Kevin knows the SF market, and he knows how to make an offer competitive. He works hard, gives good advice, and his easy-going and calm manner will help you stay a bit more relaxed in what can be a very stressful time.
Kevin helped us not only navigate the very competitive San Francisco market, but also helped us stay competitive while using FHA financing (which scares some sellers). We didn't expect to find a place as quickly as we did, but Kevin's expertise helped us to get into contract just a few months into the process. While in contract, Kevin helped us to negotiate concessions based on issues that arose during the escrow process. He also knows great people in the inspection and lending arenas and helped us to build a good team that made the process as smooth as possible.