Okay a few things about Marcel Ford, when you first meet him you'll see he has a relaxed and easy-going demeanor- A dress casual sort of guy.
...and you might think ...for a moment, that he is toooo relaxed and not hyper focused on real estate -ANNNND you would be dead wrong.
Over the years I have interacted with perhaps 100-150 real estate agents in all markets- all through referrals from people that have gotten their "dream work or living situations" through them. Thats a good start.
I met one- Sheila Brennan in Boston- who was simply amazing- for 20 years. No good ones one in Santa Monica, NYC Manhattan, a decent one in Wellesley MA.
It takes a lot to be a great agent- and Marcel is in my top 2. The only reason he is not number one is because I did not work with him for long enough to give him a chance to find me something in a tight market (I stumbled on a unheard of deal completely by accident and lived in CdM for 2 years for about $175 a month utilities included...and no there isn't an agent in the world that can match that). But given my $3800 a month budget Marcel was hot on the trail in a market with tight inventory. I gotta tell you...I was really ...almost saddened... to tell Marcel I had found something..
Marcel- took me around to see a few places in a variety of neighborhoods- always making sure he was able to hit my key hot buttons (Size, location, beach access, price, sunlight, workable living area ..and a host of other unusual requirements.)
My thoughts were not entirely realistic...so he might let one of my check list items drop so the price or location would work better.. smart choices..not dumb ones.
HE MADE THE RIGHT CHOICES.
Fact is.. he is very good at making the right choices. His choice of phablet phone for work, his tablet combo laptop, his car choice (Escalade- reliable, roomy comfortable). Where he lives. He sets up his life for remarkable ease.
He makes stuff work. Effortlessly..seamlessly- he is aware when he is showing you something on his phone/tablet/laptop to maneuver you out of direct sunlight- to a place where you can sit and be comfortable- to get to know your needs...conversationally without making it feel like a job interview.
Like some piece of great software he anticipates your needs, quietly confirms them- and moves on the next great place...all the time more accurately homing in on what you want.
He won't show you garbage for 3 listings and show you something decent on the third to make you jump to sign- he won't bait and switch you, he won't play games showing you a "Deal you JUST missed an hour ago" to prime you to make a rash decision on the next place. He doesn't do all those obvious realtor scummy crap techniques... (You are probably nodding your head thinking of realtors who did this to you before). He is a straight up good guy.
He's also not a realtor that works against you..secretly...Like those realtors that ask you where you are renting now, find out your landlord is old ..and actually contact your landlord and sell your own rental out from under you!!! Believe me...lots of realtors do this..names you would recognize- and should avoid.
Some realtors will ask you what else you are considering and them pass off your gold nugget to another realtor to sell your "safety home" to someone else! Marcel doesn't ask these questions...He knows they are offensive...and the information could be used against you.... so he doesn't do it!
Marcel is one of those realtors you actually enjoy seeing- think about hanging out with (haven't yet- but he did give us a tour of Newport Harbor on his Duffy boat - What a guy right?????! ) Seriously a decent person and a really good realtor.
Ok so by now you might realize there are more than a few sharks out there, and that Marcel is a Dolphin that might at a glance be mistaken for a shark- but he is the furthest thing from a realtor shark. he is one of the rare good ones.
So here is how your experience with Marcel will run.
He will listen to you, intently...seem like he isn't writing stuff down (But its ALL getting taken down in his brain).
He will show you properties..and most remarkably EACH one will get you closer to what you want...EVERY SHOWING.....he hones in quickly. Some realtors need to show you 8-10 properties before they even get an inkling of what you want. MARCEL DOESNT WASTE YOUR TIME! He starts targeting and retargeting like some relentless heat seeking missile until he finds your target for you.
Isn't that what realtors are supposed to do?????
Well Marcel does it with a combo of Smart tech and his personal relationship network. Most realtors have one or the other skill but Marcel has it covered...he has lived here all his life. He knows Newport and Laguna very well... Marcel respects and values your time.