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Quinn Stone
Realtor (12 years experience)
19 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:

Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Short-Sale

 
- Highly likely to recommend
02/17/2014 - user758577
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $650K in San Leandro, CA.
My husband and I worked with Quinn to buy our first home. After casually going to open houses by ourselves, we decided we wanted to get more serious about buying and needed to find a local agent. When we asked listing agents how they evaluated competing buyers, one of the things we kept hearing was that the reputation of the buyer's agent mattered. We did some research online and found Quinn. From the first time we met, he put us at ease about the home buying process. My husband was overly excited about every home we saw and I was overly cautious - if we had been left to our own devices, we may have never come to a decision. Quinn was a great agent and talked us through each of the homes we looked at. He was laid back, low pressure, and very knowledgable about the local market. He provided excellent guidance on how to get the home we wanted while taking care provide balanced feedback by pointing out things that we should keep in mind. We found a home we both loved and Quinn helped us submit an offer with a 21-day close (that happened to span both Christmas and New Year's). Quinn was able to get various inspectors (general inspector, roof inspector, electrician, pest inspector) scheduled in record time. We had all of the reports we needed to make an educated decision on whether or not to remove contingencies. Even though our close was short, we never once felt like the transaction was stressful or out of control. Quinn had it handled. As a result, we now have a wonderful home in a neighborhood we love. We highly recommend working with Quinn.
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- Highly likely to recommend
01/28/2014 - kateshmeyers
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $925K in Alameda, CA.
With the help of Quinn Stone, my husband and I recently bought our first house in this nutty Bay Area housing market. As renters here for 15 years, we had been real estate "lurkers" for a long time, getting increasingly depressed about the prospects of successfully buying a house that we would actually want (i.e., not a total dump). When we finally decided to take the plunge and get serious about buying, we called Quinn after hearing about him from a friend and then meeting him at an open house in our old neighborhood. From the start, Quinn just seemed like a nice, down-to-earth guy with a lot more knowledge than us about how to buy a house -- instead of that common "I-will-make-a-fat-commission-when-you-buy-a-­house-so-hurry-up-and-buy-a-house-any-house" feel that one gets from some realtors. Quinn was a calm, thoughtful presence in all our discussions about the kind of home we wanted, the kind of home we didn't want, and what we could realistically get for our money. He was honest and matter-of-fact (but gentle!) when advising us that a house we were interested was going to go way over asking price and therefore out of our stated range (and damn it, he was always right). While he is a popular agent with lots of clients, he returned e-mails promptly and managed to get us in to see every house we wanted to see in a timely way. He advised us on the steps we could take to be competitive in a multiple offer situation (or if someone else was offering cash) -- basically to do as much upfront, and quickly, as we could for a house we were really interested in (do our own inspection in advance of making an offer, get underwritten in advance from the bank, etc.). He helped us get a variety of tradespeople in before the offer date on a house we really loved and were seriously interested in, to give us estimates on improvements we knew it needed, to help us make a financially realistic offer. With all this support, we actually managed to buy that house we loved -- the first house we made an offer on -- even though it was a multiple offer / counteroffer situation. We feel really thankful that we had Quinn on our team -- he is knowledgeable, frank, responsive, and really seems to understand what a stressful and mind-boggling process home-buying is in the Bay Area, especially for first-timers, and dissipates your own crazy with his calm attitude.
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01/14/2014 - user7395515
Sold a home in 2013.
We were lucky enough to have Quinn Stone help us sell our home, and I cannot overemphasize how incredible he was. We had moved out of the area prior to selling our house, and Quinn made what could have been a stressful experience incredibly easy. Quinn handled everything for us without complaint or difficulty. We did some repairs, improvements, and staged the house, and Quinn got us several bids, negotiated with the vendors for better deals, managed the work, and kept on top of everything. He prepared a detailed calendar of what to expect and when to expect it, and he stuck to it. We also think he did a fine job of marketing the property, provided us expert advice, took our opinions into account, and then executed masterfully. Our house sold for over asking price, and went off without a hitch. He is respectful, knowledgeable, professional, and really darn nice. If you are thinking of buying or selling a house, Quinn is your man!
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12/28/2013 - jshullgonzalez
Bought a home in 2013.
If we ever purchase or sell a home again, we will definitely work with Quinn. We met Quinn on our first weekend looking at homes in Alameda. We enjoyed chatting with him so much that when we finally decided to move forward with purchasing a home we contacted him. We could not have been more happy with our decision.

Quinn is one of the most down-to-earth people you will ever meet. He is what everyone wants in an agent: accessible, intelligent, reasonable, never pushing you into a home (in fact, often dissuading you from homes that are problematic for a variety of reasons).

This was not our first time buying a home and the contrast between Quinn and our former agent could not be more stark. Quinn was always incredibly objective and thorough - whether it was reviewing dozens of inspections reports or meticulously culling bids to make sure we knew what we were getting ourselves into.

Whether you are buying your first home or consider yourself a sophisticated buyer, Quinn will not disappoint. He listens to what you want and works hard to find it for you. And who knows, you may even make yourself a new friend. We sure feel we have.
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12/18/2013 - ibjimgood6
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $725K in Alameda, CA.
I highly recommend Quinn Stone. He was the island of calm in the huge process of moving, selling and buying. Quinn marketed our house in the correct publications, in the right way and with the correct timing that got our house sold. And it sold way over listing. In large part due to his recommendations to do certain work, hire a decorator and many other things that I would never have considered.

I trust him and at no point did I ever feel that he was not working at all times on my best interests. He negotiated the sale of our house and the purchase of our new house. We sold very high and bought low. We just had our first party at the new house and he was first on our list to have over.

If you need sell or buy call Quinn.
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11/18/2013 - user0611076
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $625K in San Leandro, CA.
My husband and I worked with Quinn to buy our first single family home in October 2013. The experience was extremely positive. Early on in the process, we quickly began to value his direct style of communicating and balanced demeanor. The latter brought a much needed sense of calm to the emotionally challenging process of buying a home. Quinn was very responsive to all our requests, which often included early morning and/or late night texts, emails and phone calls. He helped us prioritize what we were looking for in a home, evaluate whether specific homes met those criteria and then to ultimately make an offer. He thoroughly explained every document we signed and was available to answer more in depth questions when needed. He coordinated logistics accurately and was extremely organized with meeting all of the deadlines. We had several out of town trips that created some challenges, but he managed to work around our schedules so the project timeline stayed on track. He has also been able to assist with recommending reputable service providers for everything we need from property insurance to plumbing. He provided realistic expectations for every step of the process and navigated the inevitable surprises with professionalism and deliberation. Quinn is a wonderful realtor and I would highly recommend his services.
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07/22/2013 - maryrussell
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $700K in Alameda, CA.
I feel like, since listing and selling our house with Quinn, that I have been telling everyone I see who is thinking about buying or selling a home to drop what they're doing right that second and call him. He is this calm, soothing force, that will take it all in stride. All your confusion, panic, stress, neurosis, and blank stares will not phase him. And in return he will provide you with sane and valuable advice. Within a few days of signing with Quinn I learned two lessons that proved to be critical in our successful home sale: 1. Ask Quinn his advice if you are in any doubt about what to do with regards to any aspect of selling your house and 2. Do what he says. Even if he seems laid back and easy-going about his answer. Just do what he says. Really. The man knows what he's talking about. We did just that, and he made a very emotional and stressful time in our lives a huge success. For that I will always be grateful. I'm just sad we moved out of state - I'd hire him in a heart beat to help us buy or sell again!
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07/16/2013 - user1294086
Bought a Condo home in 2013 in San Leandro, CA.
Quinn is an exceptional agent. Because: * His calm demeanor relives a lot of stress in the world of cut-throat competition in the home buying experience of the crazy Bay Area market. * His knowledge of the area and market -along with his honesty of course- greatly alleviates concerns of buyer's remorse. I admit, we are the worst in this subject, "eliminates" would be the correct verb for a normal client. * His high sense of integrity will make you rest assured that he really IS working for you. * His after sale service is better than his service during, which speaks volumes about his personality. All in all, Quinn took out most if not all of the stress-anger-disappointment-repeat cycle out of this insane market that is called the Bay Area Real Estate. He got us where we wanted to be, we are all in smiles.
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Response from Quinn on 07/17/2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful review!! I am happy that you are happy. It was a pleasure working with you. All the best!

 

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07/01/2013 - user8805842
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $550K in Alameda, CA.
As I write this review, I do so in the comfort of my first home. I would not be sitting here in this property had it not been for Quinn Stone. When my wife and I were looking at agents to help us buy a house we were worried about meeting that "traditional" real-estate agent who would smooth-talk and pressure-pack just to get his/her clients into the first available sale. When we met Quinn, all of our concerns were put to rest.

Quinn has a thorough and deep knowledge of Alameda (and the East Bay), which is what directed us to him at first, but his steady, calm, and patient attitude is what kept us working with him. There was never any pressure placed upon us and he took our desires and wish-lists fully to heart. Throughout the home-searching and buying process, Quinn was always there via email and phone to go over properties that would come available and he always found time to meet with us to show the potential purchase. He directed us away form some that he knew weren't the best options even though it meant losing a potential sale, and patiently listened to us to make sure that we were truly happy before we put in an offer.

Once we had chosen a house to put an offer on, Quinn was there for us 110%. He helped us to put together an attractive offer and connected us with a mortgage broker that got us approved and ready with a 21-day close. Additionally, he spent many a long nights going over the offer and contract with us and when we had questions about the negotiation process, he would step us through each of the possible outcomes.

Quinn was always there for us as clients and he made us feel like we were the only people he was working with. When our offer was accepted, he met with every single one of the inspectors and helped to calmly take us from accepted offer to close. He is exactly the type of person that you want working with you (and I say with because he made it feel like a partnership) if you are looking to buying a home. He is knowledgeable about the area, has a calm and thoughtful presence throughout the whole process, and is always available for his clients. I am glad that we chose Quinn Stone as our agent and would highly recommend him to anyone out there looking.
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06/22/2013 - user5812359
Bought a Condo home in 2013 in Alameda, CA.
I chose Quinn to be my realtor after reading dozens of glowing reviews on multiple websites. The consistent 5-star reviews may seem too good to be true, but they are not. Quinn deserves the highest recommendation.

Buying in the Bay Area can be very intimidating--especially for a first-time home buyer like myself--but Quinn made the process as painless as possible. Everyday we received an email with the new home listings meeting our search criteria, and if we liked what we saw, Quinn would take us to view the place ASAP. He is extremely responsive by email and phone, he will not pressure you into buying anything you are not thrilled with, and he is helpful throughout the buying process.

Despite not having the highest offer on our condo, the seller chose our offer anyway because Quinn knew how to tailor our offer to make it the most attractive. We now live in a beautiful condo in Alameda, and we could not be happier!

There are many realtors in the bay area, but Quinn stands out because he is both a terrific realtor and a terrific person. I have encountered too many unpleasant and unscrupulous individuals in the real estate business. I recommend Quinn enthusiastically because having an honest, dependable, and trustworthy person in your corner is a godsend.
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Response from Quinn on 07/02/2013
Thank you for your wonderful review! It took a while, but we did it! All my best to you and especially at this exciting time in your life!

 

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Bayside Real Estate
1812 Santa Clara Avenue
Alameda, CA  94501
Phone:
(510) 899-9063
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(510) 899-9004
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