I am writing this letter to unconditionally recommend Dave Cornwell as one of the finest real estate agents I've had the privilege of working with. Allow me to elaborate on my experience with him.
My wife Amy and I decided on purchasing a weekend getaway/retirement home in a rural area about 120 miles (2 hour drive) of our downstate home. We drew a circle on a map and located towns and counties of interest north, northwest, west and southwest of our home and contacted realtors in those areas. We met with several agents other than Dave Cornwell and viewed some properties in those areas. Although all other real estate agents that we dealt with were professional and courteous our interaction with Dave Cornwell stands out and is a significant reason why we purchased where we did.
I believe we met Dave Cornwell sometime in early February of 2004 after contacting D.T. Ogden Real Estate by phone. We told Dave of our requirements for the purchase, a minimum of 5 acres of land and the house must have a fireplace or wood burning stove, no other criteria was described to him but we told him we would know the place when we saw it. Dave shortly had several properties for us to view and we scheduled a trip up to the Walton office to meet with Dave the following weekend.
That was the beginning of a fairly long 3 or 4 weekends a month trip for us up to Delaware County traversing some of the most beautiful country in all of New York State. We would have 3 or 4 properties to look at each weekend that Dave had provided and we agreed on that met our stated criteria but for one reason or another wasn't quite right for us. I think any other real estate agent would have given up on us after all the time we spent and felt we were just out for the exercise, entertainment and/or wasting their time.
We didn't give up searching and neither did Dave, all that surveying of Delaware County just made us realize that this was where we wanted to be. Dave kept reaffirming that we would fit in very nicely with the community and that he would help us find the right place no matter how long it took.
Finally in late June Dave Cornwell found us the home and property of our dreams. After almost 4 months of searching most every weekend and us putting Dave through (hell) tasks that I doubt any other real estate agent would undertake (such as walking through fields of brush and grass nearly chest high crawling into basements and crawlspaces to check out the innards of the houses and climbing up in barns and attics as well as confronting a herd of cows in a muddy field) we found what we were looking for. The house and property were perfect for us. Recently, we purchased (also utilizing Dave Cornwell as our agent) adjoining acreage with the transaction proceeding as smoothly as the original.
Looking back on those months of house hunting we realize that we found more than a place to retire and have made friends in the community including Dave Cornwell. I would recommend Dave to anyone (and have done so already several times) who is searching for a home or property in the areas he represents and wants a realtor who is honest, enthusiastic and knowledgeable; he will take your dreams to heart and will go many steps above and beyond what is expected or required of a real estate agent. Dave is "one of a kind".