Apologies for the long review, but I felt it was the only way to get our point across properly on how Matt Skrabo literally made our dreams come true at a time that we felt discouraged and hopeless. So, this is our story (as short as possible): In this market, who you are working with really matters. My wife and I had our hearts set on raising our children in Burlingame, CA. Our search lasted about 1 year, during which we made offers on 8 different homes and were typically one of the top 2-3 bidders. Over time, we realized that it just wasn't working with our current realtor, so we parted ways. A colleague recommended Matt Skrabo, and said that Matt was appalled to hear how many offers we had made without a winning bid. I spoke to him that day, and because we were at the lower range of a fast-moving market, he recommended we open our search to other areas as well. We were adamant about the fact that Burlingame was where we wanted to be. About 3-4 hours later, I received a call back from Matt and said he had done some legwork and spoke to the selling realtor of a home that we expected to be out of our range. He arranged for a private showing that evening and our offer was accepted the NEXT MORNING!! We are so grateful to Matt-- he literally changed our lives.