I want to recommend John Stewart. What we like about John is his deep knowledge of the Seattle neighborhoods and that he takes the time to get to know his customers so he can present various options that directly map to the customers needs. He has a solid understanding of what it would take to fix up properties and has a lot of connections with various contractors, builders, etc. in the area to provide quick assessments that can greatly help make a decision when contemplating a new home. In our case a fixer upper. In closing I highly recommend doing business with John. He has helped several of our friends purchase homes and what we all like about him is his calm demeanor and low pressure attitude that immediately puts you at ease. John also takes the time to explain all the paperwork and end to end purchase process in great detail which helped us a lot as first time home buyers.
I'm in CA and Jon's in WA, but he literally called me 1 minute after I had contacted him through zillow to follow up to a post of mine. He was knowledgable and, above all, willing to help. He helped answer some questions about a rare situation I was in where I was looking to contract for the purchase of a unfinished home at such time that it becomes completed. Essentially, I was looking for ways to protect myself as the buyer between the time a purchase agreement was struck and completion. He was helpful and gave me some tips on what to do.
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $900K in Redmond, WA.
John was our buyers agent when we were shopping for our first home. He was excellent, 5 out of 5 stars (I'd give him ten if they would let me!). Throughout the whole process John with instrumental, professional, available, accommodating, knowledgable and enjoyable to be around. His construction background was extremely helpful in evaluating the condition of the homes we saw and in understanding what the time and cost of fixing or upgrading things might be. Not only was John extremely professional (we always felt he had our best interests at heart), but he always went the extra mile. He made himself available at all times and answered all my numerous emails and calls quickly and thoroughly. He set-up appointments for us to meet the neighbors, ask questions to the title officer, all inspections, etc, etc and came along to all these meetings to help out in any way. This was extremely helpful for us as this was our first time through this whole process. He was also extremely patient. We were very picky shoppers that definitely weren't willing to pay "sticker price" for our home; we wanted to get a great deal, especially given the economic climate. In addition to regular bids, we also bid on short sale homes, foreclosures and bank owned properties and he was instrumental in helping guide us through this difficult and time consuming process. His extensive knowledge in real estate contracts and negotiation strategy allowed us to make competitive and attractive offers even if our bid price was much lower than asking. In the end, we got our dream home and we couldn't be happier. We couldn't have done it without John!
John Stewart was the only real estate agent we contacted who was willing to help us find a rental property when we moved to Seattle from Virginia. He was consistently helpful, friendly, and honest. We look forward to working with John in the future if/when we decide to buy a home in the Seattle area, and we would highly recommend him to others seeking to rent or buy in the pacific northwest.
This was the first time we sold a house (where we had lived for 24 years). We cleaned and staged our house to sell. John walked us through all the steps. He did what he said he would do and was easy to contact by phone or email. He helped us price our house appropriately. Our house went on the market and closed within 90 days, without reducing the price.
Bought a Condo home in 2010 in Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA.
John is the best real estate agent. He is very knowledgeable and the most important, he is always listening to our concern and need. He helped us analyze the pros and cons of each home, tried to find the best fit for our need. He helped us negotiate with the seller and at the end, we got a very good deal. We have lived in our new home for about a year. Till now, he still calls us sometimes to make sure everything goes well. If you needs a trustable agent, I would recommend John without reservation.
Sold a Single Family home in 2005 for approximately $300K in North College Park, Seattle, WA.
I feel like John was the reason our last house sold so quickly. He took some great photos of the old house and yard and wrote a winning description of it. I was afraid we would have to live in that house forever but it sold in a matter of days. I think he saw something in that old house that we didn't even see. Anyway it sold and that was a relief. John was also a great asset to us when we were shopping for a house. He's very knowledgeable about houses and was a valuable extra set of eyes when we would go into homes. He is a good listener too. I recommend him highly.
Bought a Single Family home in 2009 in Camano Island, WA.
John was always helpful and quickly responsive to us. He is a true professional! With his background in construction, he was especially qualified to help us evaluate the quality of the homes we visited. We felt confident in his grasp of the real estate market. We have already recommended him to friends!