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Matt Difanis

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  • Champaign
  • 61822
  • 61821

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Premier Agent

Co-Owner, REALTOR®, J.D. (16 years experience)

42 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation,
Short-Sale

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11/06/2014 - soluschristus33
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Rantoul, IL.
Primary point of contact: Ben Myers

During my house buying experience I only had contact with Ben Myers. And that experience was excellent. he went above and beyond what was expected to make sure that we found the right home. We must have looked at 20 different houses and at each on he was patient and listened to what we were saying. By the time we closed on a house I felt like he was more my friend than my Realtor. I have already recommended him to several people that i know that are looking for a house.

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10/29/2014 - raina dyer
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $175K in Champaign, IL.
Primary point of contact: Jeffrey Gibbens

We worked with Jeffrey Gibbens on first the purchase of a home and then the sale of our first home. This all happened in a very short time thanks to Jeffrey's skills and attention. When it came to finding the new home Jeffrey took us to see the properties we were interested in and gave helpful insights. He always accommodated our schedules and was always punctual. When we found the right house he helped us through the offer process and we had a contract immediately, even texting with the sellers' realtor from a Cardinals game to get the deal done late on a Monday night. Because we were dealing with "difficult" sellers it was fortunate that we had Jeffrey on our side because otherwise the closing would have been delayed without his aggressive efforts on our behalf. After closing on our new home we went to work on selling our zero lot home. With Jeffrey's advice we were able to stage the property so that the photo expert from his office got great pictures for the online listing. In under a month the home sold, despite a similar home a few doors down coming on the market just before ours. We were again aided greatly by Jeffrey's abilities in negotiating the sale price, and we successfully completed the closing with Jeffrey present. Hopefully we will not need a realtor any time soon, but if we do we will call Jeffrey Gibbens. In addition to his professional skills, Jeffrey has a great personality and sense of humor and was a pleasure to work with.

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10/18/2014 - user83861903
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $175K in Mahomet, IL.
Primary point of contact: Ben Myers

We worked with Ben Myers out of Matt's office. He was wonderful. He was willing to go out of his way to make sure we could see what we wanted to. He even made a last minute call for us to re-see a house we were interested in at the last minute. He was very patient with us as first time him buyers. He was very informative and offered his opinion when asked. We recommend him to everyone we know!

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09/17/2014 - AndreaPellegrizzle
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $150K in Champaign, IL.
Primary point of contact: Jeff Gibbens

Yesterday, Jeff Gibbens sold me my first home. It has been an adventurous journy that I am truly grateful that Jeff guided me through

I happened upon Jeff through submitting inquiries on Trulia late on a Friday evening. He responded to 4 inquiries within minutes, and we scheduled my first set of showings for the next day.

During the first tour, I took my roommate who said to me in the car after the first house, "He did more in showing us that one house than either of my two other realtors did the entire time we were looking for houses." That was in July and his openness and educational descriptions of each of the homes continued throughout my experience.

Over the course of the following two months, Jeff accommodated my strange and demanding schedule (as well as my significant other's) by showing us over 35 homes. He showed me any home I wanted to see even knowing that I likely would not be interested after seeing it.

I appreciated that Jeff was always willing to explain things (contracts, home types, structures, historical information, etc.) and elaborated or found additional information when I had other questions.

Jeff is my number one choice for realtors in the Champaign-Urbana area, and I will use him in the future if I ever purchase another home.

Not to mention, he is also a lot of fun!

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09/15/2014 - i am solhot
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $250K in Champaign, IL.
Primary point of contact: Jeffrey Gibbens

As a first time homebuyer, the process daunted me. However, Jeffrey’s expertise and deep knowledge of the local market made the experience so much easier. He is extremely professional as well as personable. He answered all of my questions and did a tremendous job listening to what both my husband and I wanted in our home. A friend recommended Jeffrey to me and I highly recommend Jeffrey Gibbens to anyone looking to buy/sell a house! I definitely intend to remain with Jeffrey for all of my future real estate needs. Thank you so much RE/MAX with your assistance on the purchase of our very first home!

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08/28/2014 - zuser20140331114020743
Bought a home in 2014.
Primary point of contact: Jeffery Gibbons

Jeffery Gibbons was excellent from the start. He has a keen ability to relate to people, assess their true home needs and deliver real options the market offers so a buyer's time isn't wasted. After I found the perfect house for my three kids, nanny and I, Jeff was my advocate during the buying process. He made sure my interests were protected at all times; he even ran to the home after a thunderstorm to check the basement and send me a photo to prove it was dry. In the end I purchased a wonderful home and have the utmost respect for Jeff's professionalism, work ethic and candor.

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08/27/2014 - tathompson81
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $125K in Champaign, IL.
Primary point of contact: Jeffrey Gibbens

I worked with Jeffrey Gibbens on my house purchase this year after over 18 months of looking at homes. We chose Jeffrey as our exclusive agent over a year ago because, unlike other agents we'd worked with, he did not attempt to hide defects in properties shown and - most important - did not put any pressure us to place an offer on a home we weren't comfortable with.

Jeffrey was more than willing to work with our budget and price range and work at the pace we were most comfortable with. He showed the utmost professionalism and endless patience and promptness when dealing with what must have been a seemingly (and possibly annoyingly) endless string of questions throughout the purchasing process. He was able to advise me and inform me about every step that was needed in a way that made it easy to understand.

His ability and skill at dealing with the agents and attorneys on the selling side during our buying process was nothing short of masterful. His skill in this area saved our offer from failing at least twice that I'm aware of during a difficult process in which the seller appeared to not want to negotiate or really do anything to help the sale process.

If there was an issue, Jeffrey dealt with it promptly and - when needed - even pitched in and helped to resolve an issue with a little bit of elbow grease.

We could not have possibly asked for or received a better agent to work with than Jeffrey Gibbens. If we eventually decide to move to a different home in the area (and if he's still in this area), he'll be our first call. He exceeded all reasonable expectations of his job in every way possible.

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08/27/2014 - thesmokehouse
Bought a home in 2013.
Primary point of contact: Jeffrey Gibbens

My wife and I had a wonderful experience working with Jeffrey Gibbens during our home search. We certainly weren't the easiest buyers to please, but Jeffrey stuck with us for more than a year (and multiple offers) until we found the perfect home. During that time, Jeffrey was prompt with correspondence and consistently brought potential homes to our attention. Just when we thought we had found the perfect place, we were saddened to learn that an offer had already been made and accepted. However, due to Jeffrey's diligence and commitment, we were notified promptly when the existing deal fell through and were able to make an offer ourselves. It's been approximately one week since we moved into our new house and we're very happy to recommend Jeffrey Gibbens to anyone looking for a relator in Champaign/Urbana and the surrounding areas.

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08/26/2014 - Jesse Hines
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $225K in Savoy, IL.
Primary point of contact: Jeffrey Gibbens

Jeffrey Gibbens helped my wife and I buy our first home, and he couldn't have made it any easier for us! We actually found him through this site when we inquired about a house and he was the first realtor to respond to us. That is no coincidence either because he was very quick to respond to any questions we had. He was attentive to us, honest, knowledgable and informative, and he was very flexible with his time (even when we wanted to see the same houses multiple times). Not only did he make our home buying experience more comfortable for us but he actually made, what can otherwise be a stressful experience, really enjoyable. We originally put in an offer on a short sale and Jeffrey found out this particular bank is notorious for taking anywhere from 6 months to a year to accept an offer. He encouraged us to keep looking while our short sale offer was being reviewed, and shortly thereafter, we found the absolute perfect house for us! We loved it right from the minute we stepped inside and Jeffrey helped us decide on the right price to offer and it was accepted. Fast forward 4 months later and we are in an amazing house and the short sale is STILL on the market, just as Jeffrey said. We were thankful for his expertise and I would definitely recommend him to everyone who is looking to buy or sell a home.

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08/26/2014 - katiexeitak
Bought a home in 2014.
Primary point of contact: Jeffrey Gibbens

I worked with Jeffrey Gibbens, specifically. Although I didn't have experience with realtors/home buying, my partner Andrew did. We were both very impressed with Jeffrey, his knowledge of Urbana (specifically old homes), and his personality. Very cool guy who honestly looks out for your best interest. I am extremely happy with my home and his help.

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