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05/09/2013 - user8143779
Bought a home in 2012.
We actually rented a home from David and Kira for a year and they were excellent landlords. They were understanding, responsive and generous and the house was well maintained and charming. When it came time for us to start looking for a place to buy we already knew and trusted them so it seemed natural to ask them to help us buy a place. It was a great choice! Kira and David have lived in the area a long time, so they know the pros and cons of every neighborhood. We had lots of VERY specific desires: walking distance to town, good light, narrow price point, room for a dog etc. We knew they wanted to sell the house we were renting, but we didn't feel any pressure to move until we were ready. They were encouraging and honest and forthright and we never had the feeling that we would have to "settle" on a house. They told us from the beginning, "We will find you the right house". In our price range we saw lots of fixers and David is a great resource for this type of house. He's very knowledgeable and gave us a good sense of the kind of work that would be easy to do and the kind that would be out of reach and expensive for do it yourself types like us.

After several months we decided we wanted to buy the house we were renting. We had a moment of anxiety because we had seen them skillfully negotiate for us on a few places and we wondered how it would work to buy their house. But, again I was impressed by their ethics and openness. They addressed every one of our concerns and made us a very fair deal on a house that had sentimental value to them as well as real estate value.

We love our home. In the end it was the perfect house for us (and we didn't even have to move). We will always be grateful to Kira and David for their skill and patience as real estate agents.
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04/22/2013 - user7326396
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 in San Anselmo, CA.
Kira and David are not only great at what they do, but they are great people too. They helped us find the perfect home at a price point that is hard to find in the San Anselmo/Fairfax area. They went above and beyond in helping us, including taking the time to know us, finding out what we want in a neighborhood and home, helping us understand the rapidly changing market, helping us present an offer that was competitive, negotiating a price, helping us close the deal, and even helping us with home maintenance work after closing. They have great insight to help you see the advantages/disadvantages in homes that may need more work. They are down-to-earth, reasonable, and easy to work with. It felt more like we were working with really good friends.
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03/12/2013 - user8624276
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $850K in San Anselmo, CA.
My husband and I were lucky to find Kira and David of Tam Realty, first through yelp and then confirmed through a recommendation from our mortgage broker. Not only are they warm and lovely people who were a pleasure to work with, but they are also very organized and skilled. Kira and David have a wonderful partnership, coordinating their efforts seamlessly.

Most importantly, Kira and David gave us terrific bidding strategy advice, which we believe allowed us to get our new home for the best possible price.

Kira is terrifically organized, which facilitated our expedited close (only 3 weeks!). They also gave us a number of recommendations for a variety of vendors/contractors - painter, handyman, roofer, arborist - all who did good work at competitive prices. Because we were moving from San Francisco to San Anselmo, they coordinated most of the work we did on the house before our move, including meeting vendors at the house to give them access.

We recommend Kira and David wholeheartedly!
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02/25/2013 - user5379338
Bought a home in 2013.
I began my search for a home in San Anselmo / Fairfax area around April or May 2012. I searched websites for listings, mapped the locations, made occassional trips from San Francisco to view listings, and in general, just drove and hung out in the area. I reached a point where I knew it was time for professional assistance with someone who was established and knew the area. I had realtor recommendations, but also decided to review Yelp and other sites for realtor recommendations. This is when my search introduced me to Tam Realty and husband / wife team of David and Kira Swaim. The reviews were so positive that I felt obligated to at least make a phone call. This phone call led to a meeting with the couple at which time there was absolutely no pressure to sign on with them.

I signed! This was November 2012. My situation was somewhat different than other reviews. We discussed my "list" of important items for a home, and I indicated that I did not need to drive around just to look at listings and the area. During this time, there were very few listings within my price range that met qualities of my "list". Kira would notify me of new listings as they came up (and at times let me know that listings might be coming soon!), but she did not send me listings that were not warranted - no junk, so to speak! As is common, the holiday season was slow.

January 2013 arrived and so did new opportunities. They forwarded me listings as they felt appropriate and they were aware that I was also looking. When what appeared to be a strong home candidate came up in February 2013, things moved quickly and completely. My home was listed on a Thursday, public open house was Sunday (many people walked through!) and bids were due by Tuesday evening. David arranged to get me into the house on Monday before offers were due (the seller is still living in the home). I brought a friend and the three of us discussed what kind of offer would be necessary in this climate of less housing inventory and the uniqueness of this property. The listing realtor had nothing but good to say about David and Kira and stated that David has a very good sense regarding homes that need work. Things had to move quickly.

Three hours after the Tuesday offers were due, David and Kira were informed that I had not gotten the home, but that I was next in line should something fall through with the buyer. At 7:15am the next morning, David notified me that the original deal was off and that the home was mine! We were aware that the original buyer had an offer beyond what I could afford - we did not know specifics. We were also aware that other offers were submitted. My offer included items that sweetened the package. I have to compliment David and Kira (and my friend) for encouraging me to include some of the additional items in the offer - this made the difference!

As far as I can tell, Kira tends be the team member who is behind the paperwork, computer, office and organization (including the binder that others have referenced!) and other things I'm sure I did not see. David has a good sense of structure, construction and local buidling requirements. Both Kira and David were aware of all email communications that either sent out and any responses to my inquiries were very timely. I did get to spend time with them hearing about their family, their two daughters and their enjoyment of the community where they live, and work. They do make you feel like you are their only client. I would be pleased to have them as neighbors and friends in my new home. Thank you Kira and David Swaim!
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02/25/2013 - TamLiving
Found a tenant for a home.
As a manager of non-profit housing I have been very impressed with the personable and professional approach of both David and Kira. They are exemplary, trustworthy people with strong connections to the community.
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02/23/2013 - user4311588
Bought a Condo home in 2012 in San Rafael, CA.
David and Kira are exceptional Real Estate Professionals. They helped us to buy our first house in California. We did not know Marin very well, and they took the time to introduce us to the different areas to make sure that we make the best possible decision for our family.

The buying of a new house can be very stressful, and they were very patient and professional. They have worked tirelessly to solve any issues that came up to everyone’s satisfaction. They took the time to get to know us and our needs. They knew that frequent updates are important to me, and I never had to ask twice for anything. They were on top of everything and highly responsive.

With David and Kira you are truly getting a team working for you. David knows houses in and out. He can spot problems even before the inspection (which you should always do) and will alert you to any potential challenges. Kira is superb at negotiations and will get the best deal for you.

I’m already starting to think if we could buy a second house, jut to have the pleasure to work with David and Kira.
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02/22/2013 - user5023583
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $650K in San Rafael, CA.
We found David & Kira yelp and are so glad that we did. It was quick and easy to schedule an initial meeting and talk about what we were looking for, etc. They were amazing at working around my difficult work schedule.

We then spent a day driving around Marin to look at several neighborhoods and homes since we had only been living in the area a few months and had not identified our ideal neighborhoods yet. We were provided a binder on our trip with information on each of the houses we visited.

Within a few days of that trip, we were in contract. They really sold us to the sellers and helped us get a great deal. They have gone above in beyond in helping us through our inspections and the close process. I recommend them whole heartedly.
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11/08/2012 - user745002
Bought a home in 2010.
Kira and David go above and beyond expectations of a realtor. They helped me buy my first house and were patient, informed, thorough, and meticulous on this property that required a lot of negotiation. More than the technical aspects of their expertise, they are real down to earth and caring people. I was more than satisfied, they earned my trust and I would not hesitate to call on them for future services. I highly recommend Tam Realty to anyone in Marin County.
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10/26/2012 - user6549732
Bought a Condo home in 2012 for approximately $375K in Novato, CA.
FROM THE MOMENT WE MET KIRA AND DAVID SWAIM WE APPRECIATED THEIR ATTENTION TO DETAIL, THEIR CANDID ADVICE AND UPBEAT PERSONALITIES. THEY FOUND A PERFECT HOME FOR US THAT WAS A SHORT SALE AND THEY KEPT US ON COURSE FOR THE SIX MONTHS THAT IT TOOK TO CLOSE. ALWAYS POSITIVE AND WILLING TO ANSWER ANY QUESTION, WE NEEDED THEIR STEADY GUIDANCE THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO BUY OR SELL A HOME IN MARIN COUNTY YOU COULDN'T DO BETTER THAN TAM REALTY AND KIRA AND DAVID SWAIM.
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10/07/2012 - superraw
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $875K in San Anselmo, CA.
Kira and David Swaim of Tam Realty were the best agents we could have asked for, and they worked harder for us than we could have hoped. We recommend them without reservation.

We were given 120 days to move from our rental home in San Francisco at a time when both the rental and purchase markets were extremely competitive. We decided that purchasing in Marin was the best option for us, and Kira and David were referred to us by good friends who had done the same. They immediately set up a tour of several homes, designed to view several different styles and locations so that they could see our reactions and get a feel for what we really wanted. We knew we were in good hands when Kira handed us personalized binders containing information about the homes on the tour. They took our feedback from that day and went back to work setting up the next tour.

During the process, Kira and David were prompt, always available for us by text/email/phone, and extremely proactive. The amount of attention they gave us made us feel like we were their only clients. There was never any pressure or pretense. On that next tour we did find a house we loved. Kira and David put together a strategy to win it as there were certain to be other bidders. They advocated for us personally, won over the sellers, and got us our new home! We will forever be grateful for the work they put in - and that was just the beginning.

They continued to advocate for us throughout the closing process, taking care of innumerable details and keeping all of our ducks in a row for a successful close. We could not have done it without them!

If you are looking to move from San Francisco (or anywhere else for that matter) to Marin, Kira and David are extremely knowledgeable about the wide range of communities and the area, and the real estate subtleties in each. They have children and know all of the great things Marin has to offer for families. Their knowledge of the market and dedication to their clients are remarkable, so if you are considering a move to Marin, definitely call Tam Realty.
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