Looking for a Good Realtor Referral

Updated on June 23, 2009
C.D. asks from Gilbert, AZ
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I'm looking to buy our first home here in the Gilbert area. Last year, we worked with a Realtor, but felt pressured and did not have a pleasant experience at all. I'm just hoping that someone can refer to me a Realtor that they have worked with and had a good experience with. We are looking into potentially buying a short sale or foreclosed home, so would love to work with a Realtor with experience with these types of situations. Thank you!!

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Thank you everyone for your referrals I will get started on contacting them and seeing who will be a best fit for us.

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F.H.

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Hi C., Jeff Tompkins is one of the best realtors out there. He is honest and is very, very knowledgeable. Even in this economy, he has remained busy and is doing real estate full time. His contact number is ###-###-####. Also, if you need a loan, please call Lanie Martin with OnQ Financial. She is a Senior Mortgage Consultant and has been in the industry a long time and is also very honest, trustworthy and knows her stuff! Her contact number is ###-###-####. When you contact them, tell them F. sent you! Congrats and good luck with the house search! =) F.

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C.W.

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We've used Justin Cook. He seems to be a little busy recently but if you can get him, he's the best. http://justincookhomes.com/

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K.H.

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We used Christine Luna 4 years ago and she is in the top10% of Realators. She was very patient, has great knowledge and knows the East Valley well. Sh is with REMAX and # is ###-###-#### or [email protected]____.com, www.AZRelocation.com
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J.B.

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You really should try Bob and Mary Caldwell. They have a website at www.thecaldwellteam.com. They were our neighbors in our neighborhood and then they helped us sell our house and buy our new one. His has so many years of experience it is amazing. Plus they are really familiar with short sales and foreclosures, just check out their website, it is all over it.

I'm in my 30's and they felt like "Mom and Dad" in a way. Very protective and very smart. When we were looking for a house he knew almost everything about the house before he showed it to us and then he would recommend which one was better and for what reasons, but I never once felt pressured. They always said "this is your decision and we will respect your decision".

You can't lose with Bob & Mary. Tell them J. "The Candle Lady" sent you. I hope you give them a try, you won't be sorry!!!

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J.C.

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We install real estate posts for a living and by far, the most professional and easy-going agent is Troy Reeves. He is located in Gilbert and he is familiar with foreclosures-he even has many of his own that he has listed. His number is: ###-###-####

Good luck! You can tell him Janelle with Sign This sent you!

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C.W.

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Hi C.,
I know you have gotten a ton of responses but I wanted to tell you about Zip Realty. They have the BEST website for looking for houses and an awesome system for keeping track of the houses you like.
And another awesome part about them is that they actually give YOU money back on the house you buy. They give you a rebate from their commissions. Most of the houses we were looking at the rebate was anywhere from $2,500-4,000.
Our realtors name is Larry Harman. He is honest, hard working and a pleasure to work with. We will absolutely buy our next house from him. Here is his contact info:
Larry Harman
[email protected]____.com
Toll Free: 1.800 CALL ZIP x5928
Cell: ###-###-####
Fax: 866.837.4616
My Profile: http://www.ziprealty.com/agent/lharman
Hope this helps - good luck!

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A.H.

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C.,
We worked with Elena Thurston with Keller Williams Realty. She is amazing and great and understanding with people who have a family. She worked with us diligently until we found what we wanted. That's saying something as my husband is very picky and it took us a really long time to find what we wanted. She was patient, helped us and we felt like she gave it her all. Her contact information is ###-###-####.

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D.K.

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Hi, We used Sandra Griffith (Saquaro Mountain realty) this lady is awesome. I met her over 9yrs ago & she became a really good friend. She helped us get our first home & then she just recently helped us find the home we are in now.. very flexible with your schedule if you have kids she's ok with them coming along (we couldnt get a babysitter so was gonna cancel & she was like no I love kids they can come)most realtors don't like kids along.. her # is ###-###-#### tell her D. sent you..

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J.F.

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Hi C.,
We just purchased a foreclosure in March after a long process of home hunting. The realtor we used was Deanna Kiester with West USA Revelation. I cannot say enough good about her. In fact, my husband submitted a report/ review of her on Angie's List, highly recommending her and I have included comments from his report below, along w/ her contact info. I wish you the best of luck in your house hunting!
"After a year-long process, looking at hundreds and hundreds of MLS listings, personally visiting a hundred homes and making four offers, we finally bought the home of our dreams, which was a foreclosure which needs only minor cosmetic work, for a great price. In fact, the price was so good, the home appraised for a bit more than the price we bought the home for. The length of the buying process is not a reflection on Deanna, but a reflection on the fact that my wife and I wanted to find the perfect home in this buyer's market and that we did. Deanna was so patient with us along the way in terms of finding many viable candidates that fit our search criteria and even being patient with us as we changed our search criteria numerous times. She also suggested various homes to look at based on what she knew about our needs and wants. Also, she helped us to narrow down the list of possible homes by using her expert knowledge and providing insight as to the characteristics of that neighborhood, the quality of the builder, whether that home backed to a main street, etc. There were so many weekends and late evenings, holidays and even weekdays where Deanna took us out to look at homes. At no time, did she ever try to pressure us to make a decision. We made four offers altogether, three unsuccessful ones on short sales and the one successful one on the bank owned property. In retrospect, we are so glad that we did not get the other homes. In each case, Deanna diligently prepared the offer paperwork and submitted our offer, but in each case the seller wanted more money than we (or the market) were willing to offer. Deanna patiently walked us through the short sale and foreclosure process for each home as it is a little different than buying a home from a retail seller. She explained to us the risks of buying such homes, but she also worked to reduce those risks by getting us as much information as she could about each home, so that we could make an informed decision. Between Deanna, myself and my wife, we exchanged hundreds of e-mails and many, many phone calls and not once was Deanna ever less than responsive. In many cases, she would get answers to our questions that same day. We would not hesitate to use Deanna if we had to buy or sell a home again."
Deanna's email: [email protected]____.com
Deanna's phone: ###-###-####

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K.B.

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I know a great realtor. We have been working with her for the last three months and she has been fabulous. We had another realtor, but he did not work out. We switched to her and she really knows her stuff. She will be completely up front and honest with you about the entire foreclosure/short sale process so that you know what to expect. She is realistic and honest and knows the market and what kind of offer will get the job done. Her name is Michelle Gardner and her number is ###-###-####. She lists homes too, but her specialty is in working with buyers.

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A.H.

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Hi! I wanted to let you know of a GREAT realitor. His name is Dan Kilde. My Grandmother met him 20+ years ago and used him twice. My father and sister have also used him 2x each. His phone number is ###-###-####. His e-mail addres is: [email protected]____.com will create your own site w/ houses you might be interested in. Good luck with whomever you choose! A.

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C.H.

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check out AZHomeSearcher.com and request C. in the comments/notes section

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K.F.

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Marsha Carroll, Associate Broker
West USA Realty
###-###-####

Marsha is amazing. She was referred to us by a friend a few years ago. She was so patient with us and we found a house that had everything we wanted. She has helped several friends and family. Probably the most honest person I know and so kind. She totally knows her stuff when it comes to buying/selling houses. I would highly recommend her.
Good Luck!
K.

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S.A.

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Good morning C., my name is S. Atkinson and I have been in the mortgage business for 12 years. I am sure you will get a TON of emails with realtor suggestions, but I have a great very honest(not pushy) agent for you. His name is Taylor Lapidus and he is with Keller Williams realty. I can even give you references if you should choose to inquire about him. His number is ###-###-#### and his email is [email protected]____.com me if you want with any questions I can always help too :) ###-###-#### or [email protected]____.com Best of luck to you!

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K.H.

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I have a close friend by the name of Lou Jarvis who is an AZ native and has lived here in the valley for 20 years doing real estate, he just went full time again doing real estate, he did it part time as a hobby. He specializes in short sales and foreclosures. Give him a call and let him know that I sent you. If you need help with the loan process let me know as well. I am a mortgage banker, so much information on mortgages nowadays, its a lot to digest. Best of luck!

K. Herring
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Lou Jarvis
###-###-####

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S.P.

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Mitzie Cordes-Heydt
###-###-####
[email protected]____.com
http://mitziecordes-heydt.com/

She is a fifth generation AZ native, knows every inch of the valley and surrounding communities, is incredibly hard-working, kind, generous, and loyal. She will do everything in her power to make a win-win sale for you and your family. She worked with us to find our current house. We bid on it once, were outbid, lost it. It came back on the market and she jumped on it with us, we were outbid again and she fought for us - we ended up getting the house! Incredible woman.

Good luck!
Sarah

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A.G.

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The best Realtor I know of is Russ Gould with Stone Crest Properties ###-###-#### [email protected]____.com researched Realtors and he was very knowledgeable, Honest, and got us a great deal on our house with no pressure! Our friend used them to also sell their house and he did so in just a few months. This is a tough market right now so it was so important for us to find a good realtor who knows what they are doing. He knows all about Short Sales and Foreclosures too (our home was out of Foreclosure). There are alot of Realtors out there but not as many Good ones. Good luck with everything:)

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T.N.

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We just bought a foreclosed home with our Realtor Andy Jennings and had a very positive experience with him. Andy was so pleasant and funny and really stayed on top of the bank for us to make sure they followed through. He also gave us an excellent referral on a mortgage/insurance broker who found us extremely cheap rates on both our mortgage and our homeowner insurance. We shopped around, and Andy's guy gave us the best rates we found. So Andy's a nice, honest guy and has great connections. His phone number is ###-###-#### (cell) and ###-###-#### (office) and he works with Farnsworth Realty. I really recommend him. He also does property management if you are buying a house to rent out like we did. Tell him T. sent you.

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S.R.

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C.,

My name is S. Rundio and I am a native to AZ and Realtor in the E. Valley with 8 years experience. A friend/customer emailed me and directed me to your request here on the site as she thought I might be a good fit for your needs. I believe that I would fit your request to a tee and would be honored to represent you in the purchase of a home. I have several recommendation notes from current/past clients that I would be happy to share with you. You can also find out more about me on my blog: http://www.speakingofphoenixrealestate.com/?page_id=192. I am experienced in short sales and foreclosures and will never pressure you!

I would love to meet with you for a buyer consultation and to interview for the job as your Realtor.

With Your Success in Mind,

S. Rundio
Keller Williams Integrity First Realty
###-###-####
[email protected]____.com
www.speakingofphoenixrealestate.com

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K.E.

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Hi C.:
I sent this email to Sharlene Rundio. I see that she has already emailed you her information - see how efficient she is - she beat me to it. I have known Shar for many years we attended church together, check out her blog and see if she can help you out.

Best of blessings in finding a home of your dreams. Once you find it check out (if you haven't already- HGTV) for many home ideas. Careful though the shows can get addicting. I enjoy watching different ways to change or stage your home on a budget.

Take care,
K.

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K.E.

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We had used a man named Josh Randall. He is with Russ Lyon Realty. He didn't show us anything that didn't match our criteria. Any questions that we had, he followed up with the owners and got back to us very quickly. We used him about 2 years ago, and he has become a friend of ours. Very kind and extremely nice!! ###-###-####
[email protected]____.com

I know he could help you!!

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E.H.

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Hi C.!

I would definitely recommend MaryAnn Chapman from Homes West Realty!! She is very professional and has expertise in the short sale and foreclosure market. She really works for her clients. Her # is ###-###-####.

Best of Luck!!

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S.V.

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We had a really good realtor his name is Josh Garcia. He helped us twice, the first time he drove us all over, but we just couldn't find anything. Then he helped us find our home in Maricopa. He also helped both of my brother-in-laws find their homes. He is really nice and won't try to sell you a house that won't work for you. His phone number is ###-###-####. If you do go with him tell him that the Vineyard's say "Hi!"

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T.C.

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I totally recommend Ginny Leadford. My family alone has used her 6 times. We bought 2 homes and sold 1 through her and my brother in law bought 2 homes and sold 1 through her as well!!! She is an amazing realtor and an awesome person. We all actually became friends with her after using her so many times! So I can tell you from experience that there was NO pressure. She helped us find the perfect home that we have lived in for over 2 years that my husband and I are now starting and raising our family in! (we have a 15 month old and one on the way!!) Her number is ###-###-####. Please give her a call and just talk to her. You won't be disappointed! And please tell her that T. Crowl said hi!! :)

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D.D.

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Hi C.,

My name is D. Dolezal, I am a Realtor for Prudential Arizona Properties. I maintain a Brokers license. I would love to have the opportunity to meet you home needs.

I have lived in Arizona for approximately 38 years. I do have experience in all home sales, rentals and commercial property sales throughout the state of Arizona.

I do have references available that I would be happy to share with you if you would like to talk to them before any type of relationship is developed.

I look forward to your response.
My motto is "The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the little extra".

Thanks
D.
[email protected]____.com
www.race4home.com
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K.J.

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I know you received many recommendations. The best realtor I know is Bruce Jackson with West USA Realty. He has been a realtor for over 20 years, has listed many foreclosures, and has pretty much focused on foreclosures for the past 5 years. If you want a good deal, he would be an excellent choice. His email is [email protected]____.com

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M.C.

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Hello C.,

If you want to work with an experienced realtor, call Joseph Curbelo with Independence Realty, Chandler ###-###-####. He has helped many people with transactions that start off easy and end up complicated and best of all, he is a no-pressure realtor.

M.

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C.A.

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I bought my home 4 years ago at the height of the market. My realtor, Sue West did a wonderful job showing us a variety of homes within our target price range. She was very agressive when it came to negotiating a contract. I highly recommend her. Her e-mail is [email protected]____.com and her number is ###-###-####.

Best of luck.

C.

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