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Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $425K in Crenshaw, Los Angeles, CA.
Primary point of contact: Heather Bogenhagen
I finally figured something out after getting burned by another agent. The commission is the same no matter who you use. Unlike so many things we buy, where if you spend more you get more, with agents, they all cost the same, so why not work with the best? I called Richard Shulman based on his on line reviews after trying to work with another agent who left a very bad taste in my mouth.
I hoped we would not get lost on Richard's roster but would really get some great service. Richard called us back personally within a few minutes and spent a half hour on the phone asking about what we needed. We asked for Heather Bogenhagen based on reviews, figuring Richard was too busy. From that point forward, we never waited more than an hour or two for Heather to get back to us on any issue. She was incredibly responsive, easy to work with, and never once made us feel like our small price transaction was anything less than the most important one she was dealing with. When I got nervous she calmed me down, and when I was going to give in too easily on a negotiation, she encouraged a little hard ball to see if we could get more. I have found the agent I will use for all of my LA transactions. As an aside, several members of the team worked with us while Heather was on vacation, even though I continued to receive messages all week from her in Mexico! Everyone was universally responsive and professional, and best of all, none of that smarmy overly friendly used car salesman feel. Just great service that made us feel very safe and secure. I recommend Richard's team unconditionally.
Found a tenant for a home in Beverly Glen, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
Richard was professional, responsive and knowledgable of the market right off the bat. He knew exactly what we needed to do to rent out our home. Though it was a time when most people weren't looking to move (around the holidays) Richard was hopeful and made sure we were reaching as many as we could with the best information that we could. It was a great experience using Richard as our agent and we would happily use him again.
Bought a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $550K in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA.
Primary point of contact: Kevin Hatanaka
First time home buyer...worked with Kevin Hatanaka from the Richard Schulman team.
Kevin and the entire team were great throughout the search process - they reached out, orchestrated a series of showings, and provided the right fiduciary advice in making the formal offer. They were diligent and ahead of schedule w all follow up items during escrow.
Specifically recommend Kevin for all first time home buyers in the Westside area - his knowledge and patience separate him from other agents.
Heather helped me find and purchase a condo, and I could not be happier with the level of service. The condo I ended up successfully purchasing was in a very competitive area in down town LA. Thanks to Heather's vigilance and expertise, we were able to identify the condo before it even came on the market officially (thanks to her network) and then make an offer that beat out what I think was about 4 competing offers that all came in within the first week and a half. Heather was very responsive through the process and graciously dealt with my skeptical tendencies, insistance on reading and understanding the hundreds of pages of documents associated with a home purchase (which I'm guessing is at least mildly annoying), and lack of knowledge about home/condo ownership (this being my first purchase). I highly recommend asking for her by name when doing business here!
Bought a Vacant Land home in 2014 for approximately $400K in Chatsworth, CA.
They were a great and knowledgeable team -will definitely recommend and work with them again. They made our first home purchase clear and were accessible always for questions. We worked with Kevin Hatanaka who was excellent.
Bought a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $400K in Culver City, CA.
Primary point of contact: Kevin Hatanaka
We are very lucky to have Richard Schulman recommend Kevin Hatanaka as our realtor!
As first-time home buyers, we were suspicious of all realtors. However, as Kevin showed us property after property, we realized what a gem he truly is. He asked sellers and agents the right questions--questions that we thought to ourselves, "Why didn't we think to ask that?" He noticed and inquired about every little detail, surprising even the sellers themselves. One seller admitted, "Wow, no other realtor noticed the change in texture of the ceiling." His keen eye and years of experience distinguish him from others.
The best characteristic of Kevin is his honesty. We had signed the seller's counter offer and sent the signed document to Kevin to send to the seller's agent. He could have easily sent the document and closed the deal. However, after another glance, he noticed a few unreasonable requests and suggested we counter the counter offer. We did, and we closed the deal with our terms. Even though Kevin could have submitted our signed counter offer, he still had our best interests at heart. From that point on, he earned our utmost respect and recommendation.
Kevin always kept his word and never let us down. We highly recommend Kevin and look forward to continuing working with him.
Bought a home in 2014 in Mar Vista, Los Angeles, CA 90066.
My wife and I switched over to Richard Schulman from a well respected "Mom and Pop" agency where it pretty much was a one man show. As buyers in a "seller's market" we needed to be more aggressive in our search and communication. After several close calls or rejections, my wife and I wanted a change. We found Richard. Richard and team are very impressive while in action. Richard runs a well-oiled machine and my wife and I were very satisfied with everyone's contribution. Richard and team are excellent with communication, follow-up, and making items flow in a timely manner. We will definitely refer Richard Schulman and team to anyone we know looking for a house.
Found a tenant for a Single Family home in View Park, CA.
Richard is outstanding. He gave me a very accurate evaluation of my home and assisted in locating several potential tenants. Ricard is knowledgeable about the market, honest, and very responsive to client needs. I highly recommend him to anyone who is in the market to sell, buy or rent.