Here are my thoughts on your performance representing me in this transaction:
You represented me very well. You did a fine job.
When I expressed my interest in making an offer on 724 Pine, you "took the ball" and quickly handled the negotiation. I think one key point was that you understood my flexibility and were able to make a few concessions to the sellers immediately that made my offer stand out from the rest. For example:
You allowed the sellers to retain possession until April 1st, enabling their orderly move.
You were able to dispose of all the small disclosures quickly, so that they didn't entangle the negotiations.
When we "discovered" the damaged hearth, that was undisclosed , you immediately contacted the selling agent and obtained his agreement to repair it.
You introduced me to Noah Sanpaolo, a trusted repairman.
After the sale, you remained in contact and helped me resolve other small snags that arose.
You represented me professionally and made my purchase smooth and agreeable. Thank you for your help.
We appreciated Jim’s skill set in marketing our property and giving us valued input throughout the negotiation process. He is a very good listener and understood where our values were while negotiating the best deal for us. Being a professor of engineering I know how important it is to understand the details. Jim has a thorough understanding of the details in selling real estate, he did a fantastic job with the marketing and contractual negotiations; my wife and I both recommend Jim to anyone selling or buying real estate in Pebble Beach.
Jim has been my trusted Realtor for over 5 years. We have purchased and sold multiple properties with Jim in Pebble Beach and Carmel”. When coming to Pebble Beach for the first time I thought what a beautiful place to be. Jim was very patient in working with us on our first purchase, it took several months to conclude and Jim was there every step of the way. As we became for familiar with the area the transactions became much easier and with Jim “on the ground” on the Monterey Peninsula he was able to give us his valuable opinion so we could make important decisions.
I interviewed several well known brokers or realtors for selling my property in Pebble Beach. After my due diligence, I selected Jim to list my property for sale. At our first meeting, that he came to the house, he was pleasant, friendly and easy to talk to. He came well prepared with a market analysis and recent sales data and presented his approach in marketing and selling my property. I explained to him my motivation and interest and he was pleasantly agreeable to my terms. After we signed the listing agreement, he prepared the house with some painting and had his handyman to take care of some details. He even staged the house with his own furniture. He held open houses practically every weekend until the house was sold. His strategy and offer negotiation skills were effective and we successfully sold the house 100% as is. Prior to closing he helped with the final cleaning and discarding of leftover material in the garage. With his experience and positive attitude, he proved to be the right choice. He was flexible to discuss alternatives and agreed to perform to my decisions. He proved to be fair, responsive and easy to work with. I would highly recommend Jim to my friends and I would be happy to use him again in the future. If you want a hassle free, pleasant, honest and experienced broker, Jim is your guy!
Jim welcomes new Sellers to be part of a team. Always listening and patient to hear about new ideas for the best way to market, show and invite Buyers to see the potential of the property. Jim is great with people, always making them feel that their voices are an integral part of getting the results desired. In the two years that we worked with him, we (our Estate) valued the outstanding communication that we received. For a property like ours with enormous potential and some challenges, Jim seemed to enjoy the process even on days when a showing could have had a different outcome. I am 100% certain that Buyers and Sellers alike appreciate his good humor, attention to detail, willingness to listen and work as a team.
Jim sets an incredibly high bar for what it means to be a real estate agent. The level of service, personal attention and dedicated commitment to our needs that we saw from Jim stands far above any other agent we have worked with. Jim has a wealth of experience and an established local network. From finding the right property, to negotiating the purchase and conducting diligence, Jim was there for us. When we left for vacation, he was there to help with the closing process, find and interview contractors and do the final inspections. Even after the Closing, he is still helping us sort through our remodeling project. Cannot endorse him highly enough!
In specific, Jim helped me get the maximum value, where other realtors were recommending a much more conservative approach. Jim also gave me solid guidance on how to prepare the property for sale; what was worth doing and what was not worth doing. I appreciated that Jim never resorted to the hard sell or pressure on timing, price, preparation and how to respond to offers. And Jim combines a solid sales approach with high integrity. I would look forward to working with him in the future and recommend his services without reservation.
Jim met all of our expectations and was very involved during the process. He answered all our questions and concerns and made sure we were 100% comfortable moving forward during every step of the process. He had a family emergency and was out of town for two weeks, and he maintained daily contact with us and the sellers to ensure that everything went smoothly and we were not left in the dark with unanswered questions. I would definitely recommend Jim and his services and will be using him if we decide to sell.
In my 27 moves, I’ve bought and sold many many properties. And I have worked with my share of realtors. Experiences have been hit or miss. But, from the moment I started getting Jim’s help, I knew this was going to be good. Jim knew the area inside and out, had leads on properties that were not available to the general public, and had the best attitude I’ve ever seen. He helped me negotiate a great price for the home I bought, and then helped me sell the same home a few years later. Jim, doesn’t just list and sit back. He puts 110% into helping you, even down to details like sprucing the house up. I not only worked with a exceptional realtor in Jim, I gained a life long friend. Simply the best.
Jim was my realtor buying a house in Seaside in 2014 and then selling that same house in 2018. Jim has fantastic negotiation skills perfectly balanced with respectfulness. Jim was always on time and always responded to any needs or questions right away. When I sold my house I interviewed another realtor who wanted to sell it for 540k. Jim agreed with my assessment of my house and we ended up selling it for 590! Thanks for all your hard work Jim!
Jim has been my broker for my last three real estate transactions here in Carmel. I highly endorse him. In fact, I wouldn't use anyone else. Most recently, Jim was able to sell our home in Carmel Valley for the highest possible price and negotiate our purchase of our dream home in Carmel. And he went the extra mile to find a Carmel beach rental property for me and my family while our Carmel home was in escrow. I really appreciate his hard work.
Jim was a delight to have as our real estate agent. We would totally recommend him. We are moving here from out of state and his knowledge of the area and the real estate market is unparalleled. He was always quick with a response and if he did not know the answer to a question, he let us know this and found out the answer and got right back to us. It was very easy to communicate with Jim and he always had our best interest at heart.
Jim Somerville and his team did a great job locating a home for me. We visited and made offers on several properties over a period of 4-6 months before we we able to complete the transaction on the best home of all that we visited. They did a great job through purchase and escrow and everything went very smoothly. I guess patience pays off when buying real estate.
Jim helped with a very difficult transaction that included a tenant, a violation, a delayed appraisal and an unreasonable seller that was in Southern California. Jim went above and beyond. He even moved a washer and dryer by himself to help me out. I highly recommend working with Jim.
Jim was most helpful and has huge local knowledge. He knew all the listings and was great at focusing us on properties in our price range, size and location.
Jim was a tremendous asset to me when looking for a suitable property on the Carmel coastline. After identifying the property he gave proper guidance through a successful negotiation process. During our due diligence Jim introduced me to a developer that worked perfectly with our architect out of San Francisco. I can’t thank Jim enough for his professionalism and going the extra mile. I highly recommend Jim.
Jim helped us in the sale of our Quail Lodge property. He was incredibly knowledgeable of the surrounding markets and counseled us to price our property accordingly. Through his diligent marketing efforts including open houses and broker tours, our property sold quickly at a price we were happy with. I’d definitely recommend Jim and his team.