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4th Generation Broker, CNE, Real Estate Managing Broker - Washington, Principal Real Estate Broker - Oregon (11 years experience)
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $175K in Powellhurst Gilbert, Portland, OR.
When we started the house buying process we were given some names of agents from our bank. When we looked up their creditenials, we weren't confident that they were the right fit to help us find our perfect home. My husband searched zillow instead and found Marjie. She was very laid back and put up with my insistent questions. She was super knowledgeable in all areas, and was able to provide further readings or pamphlets for questions. She was able to look around the house and tell us if something needed work and an estimate of how much that thing might cost. She was available by email or text, and always responded same day to either make appointments for showings or answer the questions I had. When there was a concern about where we got our loan, she jumped right in with another person/company that could get us what we needed. She made this process less stressful for me and we can't wait to recommend her to anyone we know who wants to buy or sell a house.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $400K in Old Evergreen Highway, Vancouver, WA.
Marjie is a great resource and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy/sell a home. She has very solid referrals and is a great negotiator who always has her clients best interest in mind. When going through potential homes, she would point out any potential issues and give her honest opinions. I'm happy to have her in my corner during the process and would not hesitate to do business again if the opportunity arises. Thanks Marjie!!
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $475K in Portland, OR.
We called Marjie directly when we saw the list in zillow.com suddenly, she arranged the visit and we arrived within around 30 minutes. She also showed me other houses for comparison and gave us her opinion. She pointed out some we didn't notice.
When we had concern about the price, Marjie prepared the price comparison document for us. It's very useful to us!
Every time we sent her the questions by email, she replied us at once, even at mid-night. Do you sleep?
She sent us a clear timeline sheet and reminded us before each session. As we followed her timeline sheet, our case is very smooth and closed on time.
I'm moving into my house next week thanks to Marjie. She was instrumental in helping us choose a good home with good schools in the right place. My husband relocated ahead of me and we had to be innovative and use Skype to tour homes together. Margie listened to what we wanted and found us the perfect house. She invested the time to listen to our criteria and this has been the best buying experience in our buying history and hopefully our last. Marjie went beyond any other agent in terms of bringing us to multiple houses, working with us long distance, helping provide crucial information so we could make decisions in a time crunch. She was helpful with assistance in directing us to local contractors since we are relocating from out of state. Margie was prompt with responses and provided multiple listings that met our criteria. She did not waste our time and that is because she listens to what you want and finds it for you. Incredibly organized and assists with bargaining. We thought we knew alot since this is our 4th house purchase. Marjie knows more than i thought possible. Her attention to detail made the long distance house hunt easy. I highly recommend Marjie as an agent.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $350K in Vancouver, WA.
Marjie is an outstanding agent. We finally landed the house we ultimately wanted after searching for some time in a very heated seller’s market. It was a multi-bid situation and our bid was accepted because of her; not because we had the highest bid. She helped us craft the most amazing offer letter. She pulled on all the details that we loved about the house and really sold the seller on how much we loved the place. Her negotiation skills and the letter is what got our bid accepted.
We were so happy to find a realtor that didn’t try to pressure us with high pressure sales tactics. I really enjoyed spending time with her as we looked at homes. It was like taking a good friend along that gave constructive feedback and she has a great sense of humor which is sometimes needed when doing the whole house hunt with all the emotional highs and lows. She was extremely patient as we looked at houses in both the Portland and the WA state area and showed us a lot of options and got us familiar with various areas. She was always available to show us homes and quickly returned emails and phone calls.
I would recommend her in a heartbeat! And if the need ever arises to sell or buy another place, I hope to work with her again.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $350K in Multnomah, Portland, OR.
I can't say enough about Marjie! She is fantastic. So knowledgeable and patient. I bought my first house and Marjie made it so much less stressful. She walked me through each step as if I was her most important client. She went above and beyond what I would expect from a realtor. From viewing houses to signing paperwork, Marjie was an amazing realtor every step of the way. She got me a killer price reduction AND the seller to take care of some concerning issues. She found me the perfect house and I would recommend her to anyone!
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $200K in Vancouver, WA.
Marjie Van Der Laan is extraordinarily adept at managing the entire Real Estate process. I found her to be keenly knowledgeable, insightful, and responsive. Whether she is representing you as a seller or a buyer your interests will be paramount. Confidence and trust are essential in this business and Marjie has earned this through integrity and hard work. Her organizational skills, ability to negotiate, and attention to detail are second to none. For this she has earned my respect and high regard.
Showed home in 2013 in Rose Village, Vancouver, WA 98661.
We were planning to move to the Vancouver, WA area. Started our search by locating Marjie in a list of "highly recommended" local realtors. She responded immediately to our call, asked great questions to understand our goals, and quickly provided a list of potential homes to view. Her knowledge of the market and builders is excellent! Marjie was friendly, honest, and flexible, working with us to view homes over several weekends on a limited time frame. Since we don't live in the area, Marjie showed us a variety of homes in different neighborhoods in Clark County to help us narrow our search. After searching for several weeks, we decided for other reasons not to relocate to Vancouver. Though we didn't relocate to date, we thought Marjie provided outstanding service, and we strongly recommend her to anyone considering buying or selling real estate in the Portland/Clark County market.
Response from Marjie
02/27/2014 - Unknown
Bought a Miscellaneous home in 2014 in Lake Oswego, OR.
Trying to find an agent to represent us in buying a house was really hard. I didn't want to settle for just anyone. I wanted someone who was going to be on our side, feel comfortable with, answers all of our questions (even when they are a little tedious), and will get us the price that we want. All of these qualities Marjie has PLUS so much more. She is the best at negotiations, returns phone calls and emails within a couple hours, and has a hard working team that works behind her. It takes a lot to impress me, but I was impressed the first day I met her. There's a reason why she is the the top agent in her field. I feel like people that don't use her to represent them, I really feel sorry for them.
I have very high expectations for people and I was pleasantly surprised by how efficient and professional Marjie was. She answered all of my questions, spent a considerable amount of time showing me the various homes I was looking at, and was extremely patient and thoughtful in the process. I highly recommend Marjie to anyone looking for a real estate agent in the Portland area.