Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $175K in Manchester, NH.
My husband and I began our search for our first home in February of 2011. Our first agent was unreliable, unresponsive and wasn't helpful in guiding us as first-time home buyers. We eventually stopped looking because we felt we didn't have enough guidance. We picked the search back up in the summer of 2012. After inquiring about property on Zillow, Moe (the listing agent) responded with a call to me the same day. He talked me through the intial in's and out's of buying your first home and what our options were - and he wasn't even our agent at this point! This type of personalized and honest service was what we were looking for and, from that day forward, we only worked with Moe.
We looked at several houses over the course of the next few months with Moe. He was attentive, honest and extremely flexible to our work schedules (usually needing to show a house in the evening or even meeting us at a restaurant to talk about the house). He helped us narrow down our "must-haves" without his own judgement or personal opinion. When we finally found the house for us, he was with us as we talked about "all the changes" we would make and offered his honest opinion through experience. He made us feel as though we were making the right decision and not getting in over our heads.
Our negotiations only took a few hours with Moe and the listing agent. Moe was able to get honest answers for what the sellers were looking for (their bottom line) and it cut out a lot of back and forth. Our contract, inspection and closing went flawlessly (and quickly!) and I have to think that with Moe's attentiveness and experience this was no accident.
We will absolutely only use Moe Archembault for any future real estate needs. We were pleased throughout the entire process and would highly recommend him for any buying/selling needs!
Bought a Condo home in 2009 for approximately $400K in Manchester, NH.
In 2009, while visiting a friend near Manchester, NH, my wife and I decided to look at real estate. We were residents of California at the time, recently retired and looking to flee California.
We looked at several condos (we travel a lot now and did not want to worry about yard care, nor did we have any interest in learning to shovel or plow snow).
While surfing real estate sites on the internet, we stumbled across a condo that was near our hotel.
Subsequently, we made arrangements through Moe's office to have a viewing of the condo.
We were extremely impressed with the condo! It was built by LaMontagne Builders, completed in late 2007, and had been leased for about ten months. We did not want to rush into such a major life change, so we decided to give ourselves time to consider all aspects of the move.
The more we talked about the home, the more inclined we were to move forward with the purchase.
We had great appreciation for NH as a state that is retiree friendly, has a low total tax burden and is very interesting historically and geographically.
The condo itself was very impressive, It was extremely well built, had many desirable energy efficiency features and was, simply, beautiful.
Two months after our first viewing of the home, we phoned Moe from California and made arrangements to travel to NH for a more intense viewing of the home and a commitment to ourselves make a decision.
After our detailed viewing of the home on our re-visit, we decided that we wanted the home. We were so impressed by the quality construction of the home, the thoughtfulness that was apparent in so many details of construction, it was simply a must have. We loved the "open" floor plan, the oversize master suite, the large garage, and - to make sure this three story condo could be a life home - the builder included a private elevator with each unit.
Even though Moe represented the builder, we decided that we were very comfortable with him. We did discuss with Moe the potential for conflicts and we were pleased with his responses, so we wanted to stick with Moe as our agent as well. [A wise move as it turns out!]
Before we left NH on this visit, through Moe, we concluded our negotiations which resulted in what (we still) consider a very fair price.
I called Bank of America, where I have done business for years, started the loan process and started making plans to move to NH. Because of our ability to pay 25% down and excellent credit, BofA assured us that it would only take 30 days or less to complete the mortgage process.
Almost three months later, BofA informed us that they would not issue a loan on the home due to internal policies that had existed long before we even applied for a loan. In other words, BofA wasted our time and the resources of numerous BofA employees, only to issue a rejection based solely on bureaucratic internal policies. [The issue: BofA would not issue a loan if the builder owned more than 10% of a condo development. Our unit was one of nine, so if the builder owns one, he owns more than 10% of the units. Gee, I wonder why my BofA stock is so depressed.]
Moe referred us to Wells Fargo's Jason Sculos, the local branch manager. I explained the issues to Jason, and he was confident that Wells Fargo would be able to complete our mortgage transaction.
The process (beginning to end) was not trouble free, but Moe was able to respond to issues quickly and resolve them quickly. These included the fact that FEMA initially reported the home was in a flood zone. Through Moe's efforts, the builder, working with his engineers and the city was able to get FEMA to acknowledge that they were wrong, it is NOT in a flood zone. The appraisal was a challenge, since, even by the admission of the appraiser, there were simply no valid comps.
Moe made all these problems go away. I was in CA, so I didn't get to monitor his activity directly, but I did see the quick results from his intervention.
We have been in our new (condo) home for more than two years now. We only love it more! LaMontagne Builder's build a very high quality home. We have even greater appreciation for the construction quality after living here for more than two years.
Moe was a true professional. He made the process as pleasant as it could be and was a great problem solver.
Moe worked with me for two years before we found this property. He pointed out details about the construction that I did not know. Moe returned my calls every time on the day I called him. I owned a farm in Strafford NH. A Commissioner of sale was appointed by the Court. Moe recommended referrals and advised me and my attorney with no obligation to do so. In closing, Moe was always looking out for me.
Listed, but didn't sell my Single Family home in 2011 in Manchester, NH.
Moe Archambault conducted himself in a professional manner at all times. He presented my house in the most attractive way. I was kept abreast of all traffic and received feedback from potential buyers in a timely manner.
I would not hesitate to recommend Moe to anyone wanting to buy or sell a house.
Moe was extremely helpful in deciding where to purchase a home.He is very well informed and conveys the information without a slant to sway you.I must admit I am a pest for details and Moe provided the information with a smile. He is a very patient man.He also makes himself available at moment's notice.
We have purchased and sold three homes with Moe over the last 10+ years. Moe is extremely responsive to phone calls. He is knowledgeable of the marketplace and knew just what would make us happy. One of the homes that we purchased involved a builder with building plans, etc. He provided awesome advice and made the process enjoyable and fun. We have recommended his expertise to many people over the years.
I don't often enough get the opportunity to work with such a dedicated and professional Realtor. Each transaction I've had with Moe leaves me with the same thoughts...I wish more Realtors handled their business and clients with such care and professionalism. A buyer or seller could benefit greatly by utilizing Moe's services.
Sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $300K in Bedford, NH.
Trying to ready my home to sell in the current market was extremely stressful. Moe walked me through every step, made excellent suggestions as to what I needed to do next. He was patient and calm with me throughout the whole process. Moe was always available for whatever questions I needed answered, and never made me feel as though I was being a bother. Even though I had to sell my home for less than I hoped, it sold quickly. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Moe to anyone who is looking to buy or sell.