Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $700K in Santa Teresa, San Jose, CA.
As a first time buyer, I definitely needed someone who could guide us for the property we were looking into. This is where Steve came in. Today after buying the house, I cannot believe my stroke of luck coming across him. He really has been helpful, from the stage one. He did guide us stating all the pros and cons, and took time for us to understand why one property can be better than other. But in no way he rushed us to make any decisions unless we were absolutely sure.
He sure knows what the seller or the seller agent would want when selling the property. One of the criteria for the seller was quick closing which Steve properly identified. with the combination of a correct offer price and the quick closing the seller agreed on our offer.
He does have a lot of ideas about home improvement too. I am sure I will be acting on quite a few suggestion as soon as I am settled. He still helps me with any questions about remodeling/home improvement.
Apart from buying and selling of houses, he sure does know a lot of people who can fix various stuff at house. I have utilized few contacts that he did provide me and I am happy with the work they have done.
I will highly recommend Steve If you are buying a house. And I am pretty much sure he would to great while selling a house. As a fact, he did know what the selling side thought.
After interviewing 3 agents, we decided to hire Steve Chin as our listing agent and was glad we made the decision.
Steve is a great RE agent, someone you want to be on your side in a real estate transaction. He helped us sold our house within 3 weeks by recommending exactly what need to be fixed or updated in the property to attract buyers.
He also recommended realistic listed price to bring in potential buyers. Once the offer was accepted, he followed up with the buyer's agent to negotiate fair and equitable deal for both parties. As the seller's agent, Steve also tracked all documents signing to make sure no surprises before closing. We were able to sell our house at a good price in the fastest amount of time.
I would recommend strongly Steve Chin as your real estate agent in the San Jose area.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $675K in Evergreen, San Jose, CA.
As first time home buyers and newbies to the country, there was much learning that we had to do and Steve was the perfect "educator". He was generous in sharing his time and knowledge with us. In every situation, he would never just present one side of the story. What I appreciated also is that while he never pressured us towards any purchase, he did gently guide us in making a decision (which can sometimes be very confusing).
In a seller biased market this past summer, we were able to purchase a very nice home with Steve's help. I believe a large of part of this is due to his vast experience working with listing agents and being able to build a rapport with them.
Even after the purchase, Steve is still helping to see us through the remodeling. Thank you, Steve!
Bought a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $275K in Berryessa, San Jose, CA.
I'm very happy that I found Steve. My impressions of him are that he is honest, sincere and very prompt in response. In less than two days from our initial contact, I was off to my first viewing. I am very happy that Steve put me as his top priority, he made changes to my last minute request to see houses. Steve is knowledgeable in the housing markets, gave me very good suggestions on home improvement/repairs.
Response from Steve on 11/09/2014
Maggie, I'm very glad you found me too! I was impressed by your determination to find a new home. Not very many first-time homebuyers possess the courage you displayed. Rather than me taking the lead I watched you forge ahead while I gave you my feedback and guidance so that you could make your own decisions.
When we began contemplating selling our downtown condo in San Jose my first step was to find a great real estate agent. Since Steve has sold several condos in my area and had mailed information to us, I put him on my interview list. My goal was to find an agent compatible to my personality and expectations. Through the interview and selling process I got to know Steve. Seemingly there are not enough superlatives to describe Steve's skill set but here is my attempt: great communicator, respectful in all matters, integrity which builds trustworthiness, timely ( important for real estate deadlines), prepared and offers alternatives and recommendations in difficult situations, open to refining or honing his skills and abilities and kindness ( how could we endure difficult real estate situations without Steve's kindness and understanding?). As a business professor I get many requests for recommendations, surveys, and letters for students, businesses, and individuals but, this review or recommendation is a real pleasure to write because Steve is everything I wrote about and more. Our condo sold in a timely manner, and we are thankful to Steve for his leadership and guidance through the entire process. Don't settle for just any agent, choose Steve and you'll have a great story to share similar to mine!
Response from Steve on 11/09/2014
Judy & Stan, your words leave me speechless. Perhaps that is why I have taken such a long time to reply. I thank you for your patience and understanding in all matters during the escrow and your respect for my opinion. I know that we will stay in touch for years to come as I count you as one of my friends.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $725K in North Valley, San Jose, CA.
My wife and I had a great experience with Steve, who is a very informative and knowledgeable person. He provided us valuable opinions about how he looks at houses in terms of location, condition, future value, etc. Steve is patient and precise when explaining terminologies to us. He is easy to reach as well as fast responding. When buying a house, people are likely to encounter some unexpected situations like we did, but Steve has plenty of experience to handle these problems. He is also extremely helpful not only when we are shopping, but also after that when we were doing remodeling. Even though that part was not his responsibility.
Response from Steve on 06/09/2014
Danny & Eva, it is always fun to put a newly married couple into their first home. The sellers told me that when they met you both and read your cover letter they knew they wanted to sell to you. That says a lot about you two.
We worked with Steve to sell our house. He helped us as a seller agent. Steve is very systematic and methodical. He is adequately knowledgeable about the whole process of selling and buying a house and takes time to explain his clients about it. We had a very tight schedule but he was able to make sure everything was handled smoothly and in time. He has also been very helpful in taking care of random issues we had and suggest ways to solve them. I really appreciate the way he helped us by being at home while we were away to attend some repair work. Though he needed some extra convincing to be a bit flexible sometimes, he was flexible enough to listen to us and understand our needs.I highly recommend Steve for any potential sellers.
Response from Steve on 06/09/2014
Vijay & Pranathi, it was a lot of work in a very short time but it was all worth it. You two were wonderful to work with as we dealt with each issue head on. I look forward to helping you find your new home in the near future.
Bought a Mobile / Manufactured home in 2014 for approximately $125K in North San Jose, San Jose, CA.
I live in VA and bought a home in CA. Without Steven Chin I would probably still be making trips back and forth to CA. Steve’s expertise and attention to detail with the requirements I set forth for him were above reproach! Steve called me on A Saturday about my home, we made an offer and within 48 hours I was on a plane to California purchasing my house that same week. I do not recommend services or people very well due to the fact that one’s experience may not live up to the standards of another’s, but in this case I absolutely recommend Steve Chin for the purchasing as well as buying of any home in the state of California. Thank you Steve, you made my families dreams come true!
Response from Steve on 05/06/2014
Trina, your enthusiasm is contagious! Perhaps it is your military training but from the moment we spoke long distance I knew together we would be successful despite the daunting challenges. What we were able to accomplish as a team in such a short time even amazed me. I can't wait to meet your boys, have dinner and reminisce about the "world" we conquered.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.625M in Almaden Valley, San Jose, CA.
As first time buyers we were quite nervous about finding the right realtor. We met Steve by chance at an open house that he was hosting, and after a while patiently answering our beginner's questions, we knew we'd found our guy. Steve has been an immense help throughout our buying process - taking time to listen to our likes and dislikes and counselling us on how much house we could expect to get with our budget. When looking at houses he would provide great notes - pointing out both good and bad features, and advising us on what it would take to fix the bad. Finally, his ability to build relationships with other agents helped get our offer approved. Overall we feel we were in good hands with Steve, and thoroughly recommend him.
Response from Steve on 04/04/2014
Jane & Dave, when you first came to me with a long list of wants and needs I was worried whether we could find your ideal home in a marketplace of such limited inventory. With a little bit of luck and your calm perseverance, I truly feel you found your dream home and in the same neighborhood where we first ran into each other. I know this beautiful home is for keeps so I am looking forward to your garden's first harvest.