"Working with Kevin was an absolute blast."
This review is looooong overdue. Last fall (2008), I jumped head first into the tepid waters that is the Bay Area housing market. My attitude is always to not half step when you do things, and I was certainly not going to when do that when it came to buying my future home, yet I was also of the mind that, hey, if it doesn't feel right, I could hold off until it did.
Working w/ Kevin was an absolute blast. He and I began with the end as a means. The first question he asked me was, "So, it's Sunday morning, you're sitting in your new home....what do you see?".
In my line of work as a firefighter, my cohorts and I see things that most people don't, and subconsciously, it can weigh on your mind. It was important that my future home be almost the polar opposite to create balance. I needed a place that felt like I was on vacation every time I stepped into it.
Kevin tapped into my need for a sanctuary, and got to work. I also threw him a wicked curve: "Kev," I said, "my place HAS to have a backyard". WHAAAAAAT?!?! A backyard?!? In San Francisco?!?! Yeah, I threw the gauntlet at him. Though Kev typically deals w/ places in the SOMA, I challenged him to find me a single family home, w/ a backyard, in the City...and at my price range. My man, didn't even flinch.
Kevin always kept my peace of mind at a premium...and when we looked at places, he looked at them w/ me like he was buying his own place. Although I've bought a home before, Kev made no assumptions, and answered all my questions about the home-buying process, leveraging his network of resources, friends, and colleagues, to make sure this home-buying experience was thorough and comfortable.
I had accepted the fact that whatever home I was going to buy, I was going to do some work to get it the way I want it (i.e. great kitchen, hardwood floors, bathroom, landscaping). And I was prepared to spend money after buying the home to do it.
A few weeks later, Kevin came through like gangbusters. We closed on a house in the Sunset, with a view of the ocean, 3 blocks from the beach, fully renovated kitchen, bathroom, hardwood floors, fully landscaped....and with a huge backyard w/ a deck, where you can hear the surf crashing, and the foghorns in the distance. Everything I wanted in the house was already done. All I needed to do was move my things in. Kevin found me the spot I'd been looking for, and saved me at least $80K because I didn't have to do any remodeling.
I've been here a year now, and things couldn't been more perfect. Still haven't had that monster housewarming yet, (wanted to take the time to get to know the neighbors, so I can invite them), but it's coming...