Bought a Condo home in 2013 for approximately $350K in Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA.
Laura was one of two agents working on helping us buy in the very competitive Capitol Hill condo market. Her emphasis was on the negotiation stage, and she hit that perfect balance of agressivness and tact. There were lots of ways in which she helped us, but I want to focus on how she navigated us through our negotiations, as buyers in a seller's market.
She had a superb sense of how our offer would play with the seller, and what we could do to connect with the seller. We and Laura both simultaneously thought of writing a letter to the seller, which turned out to be hugely important in the process. She also reviewed it for us and gave us some feedback. Laura also advised us on ways we could modify our offer to make it more attractive. But what was really great about Laura is that she wasn't concilitory. Even when we weren't in the strongest position, she negotiated for more favorable terms. She wasn't afraid to ask for things, even when we were. In the end, she didn't get everyhing she asked for, but she got enough, and we got our condo.
Laura is an absolute bulldog, but a very disarming and resourceful one. Everyone on both sides of the trasaction was happy to work with her, but there was no doubt whose side she was on.
I can't speak to how she would do in the house-hunting arena (I'm sure other reviewers have remarks on that), but if you need a negotiation guru who knows the market, knows value, knows people, and chews through paperwork like its potato chips, have Laura help you out.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $500K in Renton, WA.
As first time homebuyers Laura provided us with dedicated support throughout the process. She was very accommodating with our schedules and went out of her way on several occassions to make sure things were in order for us. She always presented herself in a very professional manner, and was punctual for every appointment. We would recommend Laura to anybody looking for a new home.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $350K in Leschi, Seattle, WA.
Laura Ko is very helpful and knowledgeable. Throughout the home-buying process, she was never pushy or overbearing. She asked good questions and was quickly able to recognize what we wanted in a home (we were not very clear ourselves about what we wanted).
Buying a home for the first time can be a very frightening and emotional process. Laura put us at ease with her calm and professional demeanor. She was always honest with us about the pros and cons about buying a home, which we appreciated greatly. When the seller's agent tried to play hard-ball, Laura patiently, yet firmly, negotiated and got us a very reasonable deal.
Laura also has a small network of lenders and inspectors who she recommended to us. We chose Tim (lending agent) and Wayde (home inspector), who were very straight-forward, helpful and honest.
I would and will recommend Laura Ko to anyone who is looking to buy a home. I am so grateful to have had her as our agent.
Bought a Condo home in 2012 for approximately $150K in Shadow Hawk, Renton, WA.
Laura helped my husband and I purchase our first home. She was extremely helpful and went above and beyond to ensure we found the perfect home. We bought a short-sale property that is just perfect for our little family. We were able to close on our home in less than two months, which was fantastic. I highly recommend anyone looking to buy a home contact Laura. If I ever buy another home in Puget Sound, I will definitely call her.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $275K in Auburn, WA.
Laura provided a great service in a very challenging transaction. This was a short sale and a bankruptcy sale combined. There was the lienholder and the bankruptcy court involved, so you can say it was a double whammy. Laura kept me and my wife informed throughout the entire process, even when we didn't have an update from the bank or the listing agent. When times were stressful, Laura was there to reassure me that everything was going to work out in the end and that this was pretty much protocol with distressed sales.
I would highly recommend Laura for her follow--up skills and her negotiation skills, especially with terms on the contract and getting the property at a fair market price. She demonstrated a cool and collected way about herself during this process of going back and fourth between the two parties and was very patient when it came to me possibly giving up on the whole entire thing.
There was a huge payoff in the end, just like she mentioned at the beginning, it just took some extra effort on my part and some guidance from Laura. I'm thankful that me and my family have the house that we've wanted for such a long time and now time to sit back, relax and enjoy it! It was definitely worth the wait and the extra effort!
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $500K in Edmonds, WA.
Laura was more like a trusted friend than an agent as she guided us in the stressful process of buying our first home. She always kept us up to date and gave us her straight opinions that we really appreciated. She was always available to answer our questions and her response was always immediate. We can't think of anyone else helping us for our second home!
Sold a Condo home in 2012 for approximately $250K in Alki, Seattle, WA.
If you want a professional who is upbeat, energetic, and optimistic, then Laura is the realtor for you. In a less than favorable seller's market, Laura worked hard to sell my condo, (as opposed to waiting for the condo to sell itself), which was on the market less than 60 days. Throughout the process, Laura provided me with frequent, periodic updates, and was always a pleasure to work with.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $450K in Kenmore, WA.
I have worked with Laura over a period of one year. She has proved herself quite responsive to my many changing needs and circumstances, effectively reorienting our searches when I needed. She has a keen sense of the market and was able to find me good value. During negotiations and closure, Laura took the lead going beyond the norm expected, finding many nuances and recommending solutions that made the sale and closure proceed smoothly. She is an affable person, easy to work with, and always found answers to my questions. Laura enjoys my highest recommendation for both local and out of state clients who need a knowledgable, and resourceful Agent.
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $150K in Beacon Hill, Seattle, WA.
Laura is a hard working, proactive, goal-oriented, communicative and friendly agent. Laura is very resourceful and has a good network of expertise. Best of all she achieves results! I couldn't have purchased a better home and location. Thank you, Laura!