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Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $300K in Morena, San Diego, CA.
Hi All, Just had to let everyone know our condo just closed escrow and they have the keys and WE HAVE THE MONEY!! Just about two months from start to finish.
I wasn't looking forward to go through all this - you hear such horror stories - but we were amazed at how easy Matt made the whole process.
We did the first walk through with Matt where he made suggestions as to what changes would make the place sell faster and for more money.
Matt even went with us to choose paint colors, fixtures, etc. He knew what the buyers were looking for., we didn't.
Next Matt introduced us to Julio. He has a conpany that does home repairs. He was a gem - the workmanship was great and he did things on time and on budget.
The next step was to bring in a stager (at Matt's cost) who made the condo "shine".. Then it was the photographer's turn to make sure the looked it's very best for the flyers and on line pictures.
The first open house was on a Sunday and we accepted an offer the following Friday.
The paperwork was what I was dreading most. But again Matt was there to hand hold us through the entire process. Every few days he would call or stop by to let us know how things were going.
We hve another condo and Ii'll bet you can guess who we'll call when we get ready to sell it.
If you have questions or need help with any real estate problems give Matt O'Brien a call. I'm sure you will have jusst as great a time working with him as we did.
Good luck and contact us if we can answer any questions , Margo and Chuck
Response from Matt on 09/12/2014
Thanks for the recommendation Margo and Chuck! It was a pleasure helping you guys from pre-market all the way through closing. I am glad I got to know you more along the way and look forward to staying in touch :-)
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $500K in El Cajon, CA.
Matt came highly recommended to us. He did a wonderful job with the sale of our house. The process was smooth, because he insured the little details were done right. His use of professional stagers and photographer insured maximum exposure for our house. It sold within 2 days of being listed for above our asking price. I would not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and family
Response from Matt on 08/25/2014
Thank you for your post! I am glad that Nancy introduced us and that I met and/or exceeded your expectations :-) Your home had so much charm! Be sure to stay in touch and enjoy the upcoming changes in seasons in ID!
Bought a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $400K in Morena, San Diego, CA.
Matt O'Brien did a tremendous job helping us acquire a condo at Friars Village. We were actually just out looking for rentals for our USD student daughter. We came across Matt's name on several sale listings. We soon realized that buying a condo in the USD area was the best investment. Matt showed us everything in our range and helped us negotiate the best deal. The process took patience due to the sellers issues. All throughout, Matt kept us informed and we purchased the condo with no stress. We would use Matt's expertise again in a heartbeat.
I was a first time home buyer not really knowing where to start. Matt was excellent at explain everything in the process, one step at a time. He was very patient, calm, had answer for all my questions, all with no pressure, just good advice.
When first getting started he brought in a wonderful loan agent to help my get an idea of price ranges and monthly payments. When setting up searches he pointed out things worth considering I wouldn't have thought about normally.
He was very flexible with showing homes in afternoons, evenings and weekends, whenever time fit. No pressure to buy, but he was great at pointing out things worth noticing from years of buying and selling homes. He waited for me to find the home I loved and then went to work to do whatever he could to make sure it worked.
Matt went above and beyond in helping explain all the overwhelming paperwork for making an offer and going through escrow one step at a time. He made the whole process very easy to understand and manage.
Every after closing he was very open to all the random questions a first time home buyer has.
I can't recommend Matt enough, he took a complicated and confusing process and made it straightforward and painless.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $500K in San Carlos, San Diego, CA.
Matt is the best realtor I have ever worked with by far. I started working with Matt in my quest for a home after I relocated to San Diego , he came highly recommended by a dear friend of mine who had worked with him a few years before and was extremely satisfied.
It was a difficult task finding the right home. We seemed to know what we wanted but our offers were sometimes rejected or there was a revelation made about the home that made it a liability. Matt always steered us away from the pitfalls and guided us, while protecting our interest intensely. He called the Lender to keep abreast with the progress of our loan and to make sure things stayed within our prescribed budget.
Once we went to a home and he walked across the floors and closed all the doors to check for foundation issues. He did his homework and would promptly notify us of any changes. He was always available for questions and even told us we should take time to think or be sure of our decision once we made it. He never rushed us or became frustrated.
Finally we got a home that met all the criteria we wanted and got it within our budget and Matt negotiated money for repairs!! He is a true professional !!!
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $500K in Serra Mesa, San Diego, CA.
My husband and I were trying to look for a house early this year when I came across Matt's profile at Zillow. I instantly have this gut feeling that Matt is someone you can trust based on his good reviews and current sales. And so, I didn't waste any time and contacted him immediately to set up our first meeting. He immediately respond in a few minutes after I sent him a message and I was impressed. When we first met, he patiently set up our account in MLS and welcomed all our questions.
I like the way he set up expectations from both parties and understood that we are both working so he can make some special arrangements for house tours and meetings. He shows up on time most of the time and calls us if ever he will be late due to traffic. He always give his expert views on the houses that we've seen. Never pushy at all...which we really like about Matt. He gives us ample time and never pressure us at all. When we finally found our dream house, he helped us save some money on the initial offer so we can have a bigger margin to negotiate with the seller. That for me is big because he is putting the client's interest first before anything else. From then on, he never fail to amaze us on his negotiating skills, being pro-active and thorough. He actually extended his help even after the house was sold to us.
All in all, Matt made our first buying home experience stress-free. With his expert guidance and passion for his work, I know he will be able to help more buyers (like me and my husband) who didn't have any clue of the housing market.
Bought a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $325K in Tierrasanta, San Diego, CA.
Well what can I say but THANK YOU so much for making mine and my family's dream come true. I can't express how much help Matt was, he really knows his stuff, and he will explain everything to you so it makes sense. He knows the whole home buying process from loan to close, and can answer any of your questions.
I meet Matt around 3 months ago when I started this journey to buying a home. I didn't know if I even could after some credit troubles and a deed in lieu on another property. But Matt stuck with me though all the ups and downs. He was careful to make sure I knew exactly what I was getting into and to never get my hopes up to high as we attempted and succeed might I add to buying a short sale condo with a VA loan!!!!
While my process took a little longer then most people because of my situation and the type of property we bought, I was so excited yesterday when Matt handed me my new condo keys!!!
My dream of being a single mother with two teen daughters and home owner has come true and in the exact area I wanted with a room for each of us and a nice open kitchen!! I couldn't have done it with out Matt's help. He is a wealth of knowledge and can point you in the right direction to help you too achieve your dream!!
Sold a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $425K in Tierrasanta, San Diego, CA.
I chose to work with Matt for the sale of my condo, and the purchase of my new home in San Diego. I am very glad I did. Matt helped me stage the condo I owned for twelve years, and in a short time it looked better than I had ever seen it. Thanks to the great showing and wonderful write up, I got an offer on the first day, which relieved much of the stress of changing homes. Matt was very helpful and knowledgeable in guiding me through the process of finding a new property and navigating all that comes with selling, buying, and financing a home. I would highly recommend Matt's services to any of my friends and family looking to buy or sell.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $400K in Emerald Hills, San Diego, CA.
I could not be any happier with my experience with Matt. I'm a first-time home buyer, so I needed a lot of hand-holding and help figuring out exactly what to do and how to do it - and Matt was there every step of the way! Even better, he never made me feel dumb or inexperienced - even though, when it comes to real estate, I definitely was!
He gave me excellent guidance initially on narrowing down my search, and, after I was feeling frustrated after not falling in love with any options we were finding in my budget, he came through again with some suggestions about how and where to broaden my search. Lo and behold, the next time out we found a home I absolutely love! Matt guided me on making a great offer and through the negotiation process - everything really went incredibly smooth! And, now, here I am in my first home - we are absolutely loving it :)
Matt is extremely objective and clearly always had my best interest at heart. He always made sure to point out both the positives and the negatives of any property, and I never once felt like he was being pushy in any way. I often asked to see homes on relatively short notice and he always fit me into his schedule. You can tell he takes his job very seriously and obviously knows all the ins and outs of the process - and I'm sure his "buttoned up" approach to all the documents, etc are the biggest reason why my escrow period and closing went so well. And, bonus - Matt is totally fun to be around and always made going to look at houses something I looked forward to :)
I have no doubt that when I need a Realtor again in San Diego, I will be calling Matt! I have no reservations whatsoever with highly recommend him to anyone in the area who is buying or selling a home!
Sold a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $325K in Morena, San Diego, CA.
Matt O'Brien followed through on the sale of our town house in spite of several complications regarding our property. We sold quickly for above the asking price after the home was listed for sale thanks to Matt's sales expertise. Matt always returned messages promptly by either phone or e-mail and attended meetings when we were exploring different options. His knowledge of real estate and his professional judgment were an invaluable guide to us in the sale of our property. I would highly recommend Matt as an agent in any real estate transaction.