As first-time homebuyers, working with Mike O’Keefe was one of the best decisions we made. Hands down. Here are the basic things that make Mike a realtor you want to work with:
1) He’s timely with responses to your inquiries, and will fit you into his busy schedule like it’s not a problem;
2) He’s on top of all the paperwork you need to fill out and is involved with you the entire way through the process (from home searching to closing on a house to grabbing a beer afterwards to celebrate); and
3) He’s been in the business for a long time, owns a home himself, but also has a background in construction and renovation. In our opinion, these are vital backgrounds for anyone seeking sound advice on the ability to maintain, repair, and/or upgrade any prospective homes. He knew more about what we were looking for in our first home than we did at times! And thank goodness we had him on our side.
Here are the things that make Mike exceptional to work with: 1) His background in building makes your life, as a potential buyer, so much easier – he will tell you what to expect and the flaws/benefits he’s sees from every home you view; 2) His focus is on helping you find a home, and not on just filling out paper work that requires you work with him (as many other realtors were so jumpy to do with us); 3) He actually enjoys working with first-time home buyers – and we can have a lot of questions!; and 4) He will be honest with you about the quality of the homes in which you are interested, regardless of the investment he may have in it. For example, some of the more expensive houses we looked at (i.e., the houses that he could have made the most commission on and could have also been the biggest mistakes of our lives to purchase!), he was very open with telling us about all the problems he foresaw while we were too busy being in “dream mode” to notice. He made sure we were realistically looking at all costs associated with a home. We can’t thank him enough for that.
And we found a wonderful house with his help! The process couldn’t have been better (or smoother, honestly). We can’t say enough good things about this man. We will use him again to sell any future house and help us find another one. Mike O’Keefe is a gem to the realtor world. We will recommend him to everyone we know and we hope you look him up during your search for a new home (www.mikeokeefe.com).