Buying and selling a home has to rate as being among the most stressful life events. We’ve just experienced both and want to share our experiences with you because we had the most wonderful real estate agent in San Diego. We meet Matt O’Brien, Realty One, while casually looking at a house next door to a friend. He seemed highly professional, knowledgable, and had a pleasant and easygoing personality. We kept changing our minds about what part of San Diego we were interested in but Matt persevered. We asked to see almost 30 houses we viewed on the internet. Matt was always patient, pointing out the pro’s and con’s of each house, while continuing to listen as we honed our actual needs for the future. Matt was never pushy, he allowed us to decide what we did and did not want to view. He worked with us through several escrows, always insuring that we had inspections prior to any final offers. This insistence on inspections saved us from making several very serious mistakes. When we finally found “the perfect house” Matt was amazing in his negotiations with the seller, obtaining almost a $20,000 decrease in the price for needed repairs. Throughout the process, his excellent legal knowledge of the escrow documents uncovered many errors on the part of the other brokers. In addition, he was able to refer us to a number of firms that did our repairs at very frugal prices. On the selling side, Matt was every bit as effective with our old house. He made many suggestions for small repairs that helped to enhance the house and yard. He also had the house staged which greatly increased the presentation of that “first view.” He spent time talking with the appraiser and proving him with a lot of comps that mirrored more precisely our own house and it’s neighborhood. He proved his experience again with the pricing of the house and we had three good offers in five days. This lead to a bidding between buyers and helped increase the price we received for the house. Matt O’Brien helped make this incredibly stressful experience a great deal easier than it might have been. We were approached by several other brokers wishing to sell our house but found them either too pushy with their own agenda or not willing to spend much time with us or really listen to our needs. Matt stuck with us when I think other brokers might have given up. I highly recommend him for any of your real estate needs, be they small or large, and anywhere in the San Diego County area. Matt is the Best.