Five Star Client Reviews
This is the fourth real estate transaction where Ann Marie and Jim have represented us. This dynamic-duo are market savvy, great communicators, have very creative and strategic marketing. They guided us through our latest sale during the pandemic, getting our house on the market in record time. We received multiple offers and ended up with a sales price and terms way beyond our expectations. We would recommend Ann Marie and Jim to anyone looking to sell or purchase a house - they are the ultimate professionals.
Karlyn is THE BEST Realtor that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I have bought and sold 6 homes in CA and PA and I have NEVER run across a Realtor who has done so much and cared so deeply. Her professionalism is beyond reproach. She had to navigate a minefield with family issues. It was a mess initially and Karlyn was so caring and understanding! Karlyn has gone above and beyond to handle issues and make things work. While I was hospitalized with COVID Lung, Karlyn handled things that I was unable to do. She texted and called me to keep me informed all along the way. Issues kept coming up and Karlyn handled them quickly and professionally. She is truly amazing! I brag about her to my neighbors and friends. I am so glad we chose her to handle our house sale! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to sell their home!
Selling our home was a somewhat emotional but really BIG thing to do, so having an experienced and professional agent like Ann Marie was extremely important in guiding us as novice Sellers throughout the process, determining when best to list our home, setting realistic expectations throughout, and most of all celebrating when our home sold … it was so smooth! Ann Marie is quite amazing at what she does, whether scheduling all required inspections well in advance of listing, knowing someone in each skilled trade to repair and enhance our home, getting our home expertly staged to show its full potential, as well as establishing our home’s realistic value … each step along the way she was there to help in any way possible. One really cool benefit with the Compass agency is their Concierge program; as a Seller, we received a no-interest line of credit to pay for all services and home repairs until it sold; no out-of-pocket costs for us, how sweet is that! We were so pleased with our experience we cannot thank Ann Marie and Compass enough, and we would highly recommend them for selling or buying your home as well!
My interaction with Ann Marie definitely deserves an awesome review because it will help other buyers out there who are just like me. I realized I needed an agent who is an excellent negotiator, someone who knows the market in and out in the area, has great customer reviews and is listed with an Agency which has most homes listed around in my area. Ann Marie checked all the boxes for me and I'm so glad I chose her as my agent. Having the same agency representing both buyer and seller can guarantee that the transaction will go smoothly. So, it works wonders in negotiation when 10 offers are competing on the same pricing for a home. I had been looking around homes casually for the last 6 months and Ann Marie was able to help me get a beautiful home with all my requirements met within 1 month. It was like magic. She was always responsive whenever I requested to visit a home and always punctual. Sometimes she knew I won't pick the home I requested for a showing, but she was always supportive. She wanted me to see those homes as well so I knew what I didn't want and why I don't or shouldn't go for it. She is an awesome person and I've made a very good relation with her that will last for life. I'll always recommend her to anyone looking for a home in this area.
My husband and I were first-time homebuyers in possibly the craziest market the Bay Area has ever seen. That combo meant our real estate agent had to hold our hands, be our therapist, and explain EVERYTHING about how home buying actually works. Karlyn did all of that and more. She walked us through every little tiny detail imaginable, stopped one or two panic attacks, and fought for us when we were too beaten up to fight for ourselves. And in a market where every other buyer was foregoing all contingencies (which as first time home buyers we definitely did NOT want to do),as well as paying $200-$300k over asking, Karlyn found us our dream home, got us ALL our contingencies, negotiated an extra-long close, and gave us the confidence to negotiate DOWN rather than pay over asking. We cannot recommend her enough for this process, and if you're a first-time buyer like us, don't even think about going with anyone else!
My wife and I had such a great experience buying our first home with the help of Ann Marie and Jim. This was the third real estate agent we had worked with on the buy-side, and Ann Marie + Jim distinguished themselves as head and shoulders above the others in two very important ways that resulted in a great outcome for us. First, they were extremely proactive. The agents I had worked with in the past took a "set it and forget it" approach where they would sign us up for their automated listing emails out of Compass and leave it entirely up to us to identify the ones we like. Ann Marie offered a great deal of handholding and made the time investment to understand exactly what we were looking for, proactively reaching out when those homes came on the market so we could jump on them. Second, they are fierce advocates for our financial interests. They offered balanced advice around the negotiation and contracting process to ensure that we got a fair deal. Despite the challenges of a seller's market, they kept us disciplined around ensuring our offer reflected the comps and resulted in a good financial outcome for us. We look forward to referring Ann Marie + Jim to others looking to buy and sell their home!