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06/19/2014 - zuser20140619225543527
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $575K in Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA.
We found Mark through a friend's referral after a frustrating THREE YEARS of looking for a house in LA. For some reason, five minutes after meeting him, I had a sense that our search would soon be over.

One of the lessons we learned in our search is about the importance of great communication with your agent. It sounds obvious, but we've had some bad experiences in the past. Mark knew what our dumb questions were going to be seemingly before we'd even asked them, and he always promptly returned our calls. Going to see houses was more like hanging out with a friend for an afternoon. Mark really knew the market and the neighborhoods well, and had great advice during the offer/counter offer phase. It took us just two offers this time, after I-don't-know-how-many before!

Another thing: he was unfailingly, brutally honest. He never tried to egg us onto a place out of our reach and always had honest opinions about a house's pros and many, many cons. Realistic but optimistic, that's what you want. And when it came time to close the deal and do some repairs, he had some great referrals when we couldn't quite find the right people. We found a really trustworthy and hard-working contractor through him.

We're really glad Mark had our back through all of this, and I'm sure we'll have him again as our agent in the future!
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03/23/2014 - JeniFromTheBloc
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.0M in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA.
When I started my search as a first time homebuyer I considered three different agents. Mark was the only one I found on Yelp, the other two were referred by friends. By the end of the meeting I knew Mark was my guy. As the other reviewers have pointed out, Mark is smart, strategic, plainspoken, patient, a great listener, funny, reachable, polite, professional—basically everything you could hope for in an agent. This is important, because given today's market it could take you…

A year and a half and several attempts before you find a place. That's how long it took me. (I was looking in Silver Lake. If you are, prepare yourself.) Before I found my home, Mark helped me make solid offers on four different places. Take it from me, losing a home correctly in a bidding war, is as important as obtaining a home. You don't want to bid too much—that's a given, but you also don't want to feel like you lost your dream home when you would have bid more. Four times other buyers blew my offers out of the water. Each time stung, but I was able to move on knowing that Mark and I had come up with great offers and that I was only beaten by buyers with way more enthusiasm or money.

Somewhere along the line, it began to dawn on me that I have a knack for picking homes people go bat s**t insane over. If I wanted a home, I'd either have to join the insanity or change my strategy. Mark helped me shift from looking at turnkey properties that would have earned him a nicer commission to fixers with little charm, but lots of promise. Again, Mark was extremely patient. We looked at many fixers and he was invaluable in detailing what it would take to renovate each home. I've never owned a home, let alone remodeled a place, so I wanted to make sure I didn't bite off more than I could chew. In the end, Mark helped me find a fixer with great bones where the remodel wouldn't be too extensive.

We still had to fight for the home—flippers saw what we saw and swarmed. Making the offer was intimidating and Mark was right there the whole time helping me craft offers and counter offers. Because of Mark's diligence, I was able to save a considerable amount of money.

I don't believe in fate, but if I did I'd feel like it was fate to have met Mark, and fate to have waited until the fifth round to land a home. The house is in a better location than any of the other properties I bid on, it's roomier than ones that were much more expensive, it's got great light, a great back yard, a logical layout (many don't in Silver Lake), I can walk to places, it's a stone's throw from the reservoir, etc. I can't believe how lucky I got finding my new home and it's all because of Mark.
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03/03/2014 - rachelmoriello
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Valley Glen, Valley Glen, CA.
We were referred to Mark through a colleague of mine, who at different times both sold and bought a house with Mark (a good sign!).

We cannot say enough good things about Mark. We were first timers and he walked us through everything, every step of the way, without ever losing patience or making us feel dumb! He's incredibly knowledgeable, super on the ball and on top of everything and he truly cared about helping us find the right home. He is incredibly responsive, reachable anytime by text/phone/email. He's also a savvy negotiator - getting us some credits that we totally didn't expect we'd get!

As an added bonus, he's super cool and fun to hang out with, which made the entire process more like working with a friend (a really professional friend who's a great realtor!).

We are beyond thrilled to be moving into our dream home this weekend. We will definitely be working with Mark again in the future. I highly recommend you do too!
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01/29/2014 - user4750236
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $1.35M in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA.
We are out-of-state buyers and Mark made our first LA purchase a smooth sailing. We interviewed a few agents as we knew we needed the right person to help us make a purchase from afar. We had good vibes from the moment we met him and knew he was our agent there and then.

Mark has been reliable, knowledgeable, quick to respond and made a daunting time feel fun and exciting. He took the time to understand our taste, we toured a few houses together and he was then quickly able to identify what would work for us.

Once we found our dream home, he confidently guided us through a fairly complex negotiation. The situation of the seller kept changing but he kept us in the game and closed a deal that worked for both sides. Working with Mark has truly been a pleasure, we felt looked after and would highly recommend him as a trustworthy and experienced agent.
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12/19/2013 - sanpancho
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $600K in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA.
Mark is a dedicated real estate professional. We interviewed several people to help us sell our house . The house was and old but had been renovated by our family. We chose Mark because he had such a charming way about him and knew how to help us through the stress of selling a house. He actually helped us with some small things that needed to be repaired, recommended some new landscaping ideas and even helped install the new heaters. He sold the house just as he said he would, multiple offers from the open house. He was a pleasure to get to know Mark, we are very grateful for his help- his great attitude and for keeping in touch with us during every part of the house sale and closing. He is a great guy!
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08/05/2013 - user7049043
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $450K in Burbank, CA.
Mark not only walked us through buying our first home, he guided us through a SEVEN MONTH short sale. I'm pretty sure we contacted him every single day for 7 months, and he was unfailingly helpful and reassuring.

Pleasantness aside, Mark knows his stuff, and skillfully navigated several tricky situations. We are very grateful, and highly recommend him.

p.s. he ALSO won Ultimate Moustache in Los Angeles 2012 at the Movember gala where he led a team to raise a hefty chunk of money towards men's health. Savvy AND fun!
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08/05/2013 - user3014872
Sold a Multi Family home in 2013 for approximately $825K in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA.
We were so happy to have been introduced to Mark in the selling of our house. What had been a negative experience previously was a pure pleasure this time around. Mark took care of everything. We also had tenants in the home when the house went on the market and they also give rave reviews regarding Mark's tact, and demeanor throughout the entire process. I highly recommend Mark to anyone either listing or buying a home.
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03/05/2013 - user4938442
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $675K in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA.
Finding a house we love in this market was a challenge and Mark made the process easier every step of the way.

Mark knows the neighborhoods, knows the market, knows how to negotiate and is a good person. That last part matters more than I'd realized starting out - this is a relationship that can take up large parts of your life as you search. With the wrong person, the ups and downs of the process could be tougher than necessary. He has always been a total pleasure.

Mark's expertise and willingness to go the extra mile didn't end when our offer was accepted. He has relationships with great inspectors and set up appointments with everyone needed in a single day - we just showed up.

After closing, he's continued to be an amazing and genuinely kind resource in a neighborhood that is new to us. Need a plumber or a gardener? He knows great people.

We were very lucky to find Mark and lucky to close on a house we love thanks to his wise advice and skill. Call him - you'll be glad you did!
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02/11/2013 - user710676
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 in Glassell Park, Los Angeles, CA.
Mark worked with my wife and I for over six months as we tried to find a first home on the east side in a very tight market. After a few offers (retracting at least one) we got a taker and Mark was able to avoid the bidding war that has been happening on homes in our area. Offer to close was 30 days with no surprises. He was extremely helpful, always professional, and stuck with us through a long search without ever pressuring us to move on something we weren't happy with. About to move into our home and couldn't be more excited
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12/16/2012 - thebreadcrumbtrail
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $700K in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA.
What more is there to say but that we would not have our dream house in our dream area if it weren't for Mark!

After 5 months of taking our time and seeing what was out there, when we finally decided it was time to buy - low inventory and all cash buyers seemed to put the damper on our house search.

We had two homes taken out from under us by all cash buyers but Mark get encouraging us to keep looking. Then he pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat and got us in on a property in Silverlake before it hit the market. Our offer was accepted and we had one of the most stress-free escrows ever. All of this was thanks to Mark.

Mark know his business AND he has the relationships with other realtors that go a LONG way in todays market. I am telling all my friends who are looking to go to Mark. He rocks!
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