Testimonials

John and Maitri’s connections with other top real estate agents proved to be invaluable

Buying a new home in San Francisco can be an extremely daunting process, and I’m grateful I had the best team of agents at my side! I was introduced to John by a colleague who was a past client of his, and was immediately impressed. Throughout the entire process, I felt like I was in excellent hands with John and Maitri as buyer’s agents. They are extremely knowledgeable about the SF housing market and neighborhood affordability, and provided excellent advice and guidance as I conducted my search. On our initial outing, we conducted a tour of six properties that matched my budget and neighborhood requirements. I fell in love with the second property we toured — a 2 bedroom modern condo in Duboce Triangle — and knew that I needed to act fast. John and Maitri’s connections with other top real estate agents proved to be invaluable to my successful purchase in an extremely competitive multiple offer situation. They are extremely well connected in the industry, and were able to get the “inside scoop” from the listing agent: he was planning to set an offer deadline for the following week, but had just gotten word that a pre-emptive offer from another party was on its way. With this information, John and Maitri helped me craft a winning offer in this extremely competitive situation. We won in a multiple-offer offer process, beating out 3 other pre-emptive offer buyers! The condo was only on the market for 5 days in total. I’m thrilled with my experience working with John and Maitri (and team), and could not have asked for better real estate agents to represent me in this tough market with low inventory and too much demand. I will absolutely recommend their team to friends, colleagues and family.

Terry Anderson

We recommend John and Maitri to anyone who is thinking of buying or selling real estate!

We hired John and Maitri to list our 2 bedroom/2 bathroom luxury condo residence in South Beach after interviewing several other top agents in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Hussein has a realtor’s license and we were extremely impressed with John and Maitri’s skill and knowledge. They are a classy, personable and dynamic team and their experience comes across in every detail.

During our initial phone consultation prior to the meeting, we outlined specific (non-negotiable) criteria in terms of timeline and profit margin on the sale of our home. John and Maitri listened and delivered! they came prepared with a thorough market analysis and marketing plan that would enable us to price our unit correctly for maximum exposure. John and Maitri presented a plan that was backed with thorough research, analysis and well-reasoned logic for their approach.

John and Maitri helped us revamp the look and feel of our home by recommending specific upgrades and repairs, including refinishing the hardwood floors, fresh paint and gorgeous staging. Once the property was listed, we received positive feedback from both buyers and the realtor community. Throughout the marketing phase, John and Maitri provided us with constant updates and detailed notes about potential buyers, feedback from other agents, and made sure we were informed. They were extremely responsive by phone, text and email – even while we were on vacation out of the country. We felt confident, well-informed and taken care of in their capable hands.

We are thrilled that John and Maitri sold our home to an all cash buyer! We recommend John and Maitri to anyone who is thinking of buying or selling real estate!

Heidi and Hussein Tawfik

I would highly recommend them

John and his team were great and I would highly recommend them for selling your home. They were extremely helpful getting the house ready to go on the market. Jennifer was so organized and managed all the logistics for us. The open houses were managed extremely well with lots of potential buyers and the marketing was great. The house sold very quickly with multiple offers well over the asking price.

Amelia Ross

My experience with Maitri and John has been nothing less than excellence.

I work in the mortgage finance industry and am very skeptical about Real Estate agents. However, my experience with Maitri and John has been nothing less than excellence. Their commitment to professionalism and knowledge shows in every aspect of their work. I just bought my first condo in San Francisco and I will gladly say when I am thinking about buying my next property they will be my first call. I cannot express enough what a pleasure it is to work with them. They are great negotiators and are really in your corner at every step of the process. Being in the mortgage finance industry I have dealt with several Real Estate agents, but can easily say that few are in a top tier echelon as Maitri and John.

Chad & Nathaniel

We were impressed.

We recently sold our condo at 2032 Ellis St. with John as our realtor. We found John through two personal recommendations from friends who are also clients. When we first met with John, he came prepared with an analysis of the neighborhood, comparable homes pulled from recent sales, pending sales, and current listings. He also walked us through a marketing plan about how we would treat and show the house, what the online presence would be, and who we would market to. He gave us a realistic picture of the market and a clear outline of the work he was committed to do for us. We were impressed. As it happened, we experienced a medical emergency right in the middle of prepping the home for showing and selling. John stepped in and coordinated the work — repairs, painting, floor finishing, staging, etc. in addition to all the work of building marketing materials and getting the house seen. It was a tremendous relief to have a partner who made things easy and relieved some of the stress from the process. We would highly recommend John to friends and family. The house looked great, it was seen by many many people, we received multiple offers, and we had a fantastic closing. I can not say enough good things about the whole experience.

Nick Merz & Katey Crews

We could not have wished for better partners in navigating the search for our home.

When we started the process of buying a home, we had only a rough idea of where we wanted to be, with no idea how to get there. John and Maitri walked us through every step of the process with patience, clarity, calm, and a seemingly endless depth of knowledge. Even as first time homebuyers, they made us feel comfortable and confident in the process. They were responsive, responsible, and comprehensive. We could not have wished for better partners in navigating the search for our home. John and Maitri are experts of the SF market -the ins and outs of the homes themselves, and the real estate community. They were incredibly responsive -we had a lot of questions, ranging from basic to crazy, and they helped us with every single one, very quickly. We never got the impression that we weren’t their highest priority, even though we knew they had higher value properties on the go. We have already referred John to our family and friends, and owe them our heartfelt gratitude!

Lucy Browning & Mike Wittenberg

We look forward to working with him for our next home!

John did an absolutely phenomenal job helping us go through the process of finding and buying our first home. The most valuable strengths that differentiated him from other real estate agents we met with were:

1. Organization and due diligence: From our first meeting and throughout our interactions, John provided clear organized documentation and guidance on the process. He provided helpful resources for us and always followed up with detailed action steps and notes. He was extremely diligent in his communication with our mortgage lender to process our offer as well as the seller’s agent. He was on top of all communication with the agent from our initial offer, following up for insider updates, as well as ensuring our walk through findings were fully addressed prior to move-in.

2. Attention to our priorities/preferences: John is an amazing listener and somehow remembers everything you say. In our initial meeting he put a lot of effort in understanding our needs and diligently documenting notes of everything about us. Other real estate agents we met made a lot of assumptions about what we were looking for and pushed listings on us that were not anywhere close to what we wanted. John invested time in the beginning to ensure we were all on the same page before we moved forward.

3. End to end support: John exceeded our expectations in the level of services he provided. We expected him to just provide listings and to take us through the process of closing on a property. Instead, John took the extra effort to spend a whole day with us driving around to get to know all the neighborhoods in SF so that we could narrow down our interests. He also took the extra effort to always be present during the process from attending signings at our mortgage lender, detailed walk throughs of the property after close, and even attended our walk through with the developer after we moved in! It was fantastic to have a single resource that we could rely on to always be there. After working with John through this process, we are confident that we will be able to reach out to him in the future for ongoing support and additional services. We absolutely will recommend him to others as well. We look forward to working with him for our next home!

Jennifer and Said

John Solaegui is the real deal – a superb realtor

I am so glad I hired John to sell my mother’s house in the central Sunset after her death. He is deeply knowledgeable about the crazy San Francisco real estate market, passionate about his work, incredibly hardworking, the consummate professional and, at the same time, a most personable and gracious man. I needed someone to handle every aspect of the sale, and John did: he recommended a reliable estate liquidator, got multiple estimates for the work I needed to do on the house, oversaw all the work, handled open houses himself and sent me a detailed report after each one, gave me clear, unpressured advice when the offers were submitted, and then worked to make sure the offers went as high as possible. No task – including taking out the garbage cans and having the lawn mowed during escrow – was too small for John to do. The money I spent on preparing the house for sale was less than I budgeted, and the sale price was more than I estimated. In short, John Solaegui is the real deal – a superb realtor – as the other reviews on his website attest. You won’t find anyone better.

John will go the extra mile to help his clients

John knows San Francisco real estate unlike anyone else I have ever met. As a first-time home buyer, I did not know very much about the process until I began working with John, and John was really great about explaining everything to me with a personal touch, at my pace. Even on the first day of us working together, John met me at a property and stayed until late in the evening, giving a thorough inspection and teaching me all kinds of things that I needed to know and be aware of in order to make the big decision. John will go the extra mile to help his clients. It was an absolute pleasure working with John, and I know we will be sure to work with him on any other real estate transaction we do in the City.

It was the first time… I have had such a top notch experience with a realtor…

I was referred to John by a client friend of mine….and thank goodness. Working with John has been a fantastic experience. It was the first time (and I’ve moved quite a lot) I have had such a top notch experience with a realtor. His had a professional demeanor, upbeat attitude and unwavering advocacy to get us just what we wanted and nothing less. Our closing took over a year because it was a new home development but John stayed the course and checked in with us and stayed on top of all the details. Thank you, John! Hope we have an excuse to see you soon again!

Anna A

I really needed my hand held and John was right there!

What can I say about John Solaegui? Well I am glad that I had him in my corner for my home purchase in the Marina in January 2016! I was fortunate when my Son-in-law introduced me to John when I expressed interest in investing in a property in San Francisco. From the first contact John struck me as professional, knowledgeable and willing to help me get the home of my dreams! He asked lots of questions and really wanted to get to know me and what my needs were. After doing a walk through of the home he helped me decide all the next steps, what my offer should be, inspections that needed to be done etc. I have owned 5 prior properties but all had been purchased through the builder, as I have never purchased a “pre-owned” home I really needed my hand held and John was right there! He answered all my dumb questions and got me through the process successfully! It was a very quick escrow and not a day went by that John wasn’t in contact with me. He was so attentive and accessible. When the sale was done he was a great resource for flooring, painting, roofing and even window covering suppliers! Working with John was a great experience and if you are looking for a property in San Francisco – John Solaegui is a great choice to help you make it happen! Thanks John!

He helped us navigate next steps with grace and empathy…

John exceeded our expectations when it came time to selling our San Francisco home. With his guidance and direction, our home sold 65% over what we had purchased it for with John four years prior, and 30% over our asking price. After a careful analysis of the current market in our neighborhood, John explained what we could expect and where we should price ourselves to get the maximum marketing visibility. He staffed every open house himself and had a clear sense of who he thought our most likely top bidders would be. And he was right. Even before we got to that stage though, John guided us at every touch point, from helping us hire professionals to tighten up some things in the home, to meeting those people when we could not, and connecting us to the right stager who would respect that we needed to live in the home for at least 30 days after our open house. When it came time to review our 8 offers, two which were identical and two others that were incredibly close, he helped us navigate next steps with grace and empathy. We cannot recommend John more highly. He is responsible for the most important purchase and sale of our lives, and his professionalism ensured that we could stay competitive in our next house purchase across the Bay even in this insane Bay Area market.

Josie and Alex A.G. Shapiro

It was such a pleasure to work with him…

My husband and I worked with John on the sale of our home in the Outer Richmond district of San Francisco. We were delighted with our experience working with John and Michael. We spoke with several outstanding agents, but ultimately John’s persistence, attention to detail, reliable responsiveness, proactiveness made us very comfortable with our choice to list our home with him.

John was a real professional throughout the entire process, from initial interviews to discuss selling strategy to preparing the home for sale to determining the best time to go to market. He really took ownership of the process and provided sage advice along the way which was very valuable for us. For example, we knew we wanted to stage the home for sale, but instead of having to spend thousands of dollars for a full home staging, he prudently advised us to do a partial staging which saved a lot of time and money.

Whenever a new listing hit the market, he would proactively go to see it and report back which gave us a very good idea of how the market was developing.

At the end of the day, we could not be more pleased with our experience with John. Beyond being a true gentleman and professional, he is extremely personable and nice, traits which we’re sure made our listing stand out during the open houses that he hosted. It was such a pleasure to work with him! We recommend him without any reservations at all.

“John made it very effortless on our behalf…”

We asked John to help us sell our condo in San Francisco recently after having tried our self first. John made it very effortless on our behalf. It was like night and day. We were very impressed of his market knowledge, extended showing hours and work during the closing. He was always keeping us up to date on what the feedback was from each showing and what the next steps were to be. He is also a good listener and let us take the time needed to discuss before taking decisions. If you not already are on John’s email list for market status updates we strongly recommend that you sign up. It provides the best information on the San Francisco real estate market.

Jan Forslow and Kathleen Elumba

“It feels like these traits should be incompatible — being simultaneously calm and pleasant but also extremely tenacious — but they exist together in John.”

Purchasing a home in the current San Francisco market is a daunting task, and we are so grateful to have had John by our side. Throughout the process, John was extremely patient and calm, which made him very pleasant to work with, while at the same time he worked incredibly hard and quickly to help us succeed in finding our new home. It feels like these two traits should be incompatible — being simultaneously so calm and pleasant but also extremely tenacious — but somehow they exist together in John.

What you can expect if you work with John: He will really take the time to understand what your priorities are and what you’re looking for in a home, both in the initial meetings and while touring properties with you; he will maintain great communication with seller’s agents so that you have the best information about a property and are able to seize any opportunity that may arise (he is well liked and respected by other agents!); he will help you craft a winning bid while making sure you’re not overbidding; he will always maintain prompt and clear communication with you; he will always be honest, while never losing optimism in your search; he is very personable and enjoyable to spend time with.

Almost two months to the day from when we first contacted John we’re so excited to have closed on our new house. For a real estate transaction in San Francisco, you could not do better than working with John Solaegui.

Kyle & Laura

“In a nut shell, JOHN SOLAEGUI is the perfect person to be your realtor on the buyer’s side or the seller’s side.”

In a nut shell, JOHN SOLAEGUI is the perfect person to be your realtor on the buyer’s side or the seller’s side…..he is on top of all areas of the profession. on our behalf…..buyers….John was professional, professional, professional, that should tell it all. He is the MAN for San Francisco !!! We recommend him with 10 (TEN) stars. If any one can do the job for you, JOHN SOLAEGUI will do the job!!!

Frank Roe

“John’s approach is holistic and exhaustive, which wins over sellers and their brokers on every level.”

In the real estate industry, where relationships and interpersonal skills are of utmost importance, yet where financial conflicts of interest abound, it is no easy feat to find a genuine, attentive, professional who will always truly have your best interest at heart.   However, we were very fortunate to find just such an agent in John Soleagui.   What makes writing a recommendation for John so difficult is that no prolific words one may commit to paper could truly capture how wonderful it is to work with John and how masterful he is at his craft.  Having closed on our new home in San Francisco after a long and very particular search, we know that we could not have possibly found such a perfect home for us to start our family without John’s guidance every step of the way.

First impressions are often everything.  We first met John at an open house randomly browsing in 2009 when my wife and I just started dating.  John left such a positive impression on us that we knew then that John would represent us when we would be shopping for our next home.  Five years later, in the Spring of 2014, we decided to purchase our next home and reached out to John.  We were not going to be easy clients.  We each had our own properties we wanted to keep, which made structuring financing more esoteric than for first time buyers, and were very particular in our target property, from neighborhood and condition to year built and architectural style.  Over the course of the subsequent year, John made introductions to incredible colleagues in the industry who helped us navigate numerous complexities and prepared us to put together an offer package that won over a higher all cash bid – unheard of in this market.  Buying and selling a home is a very personal, intrinsically driven process that many people, much to their detriment, relegate to the exclusive realm of dollars and cents.  John’s approach is holistic and exhaustive, which wins over sellers and their brokers on every level.  His reputation for integrity, unwavering work-ethic and utmost pleasant disposition opened doors with listing agents, bankers, inspectors and everyone else we encountered in the process.  We were always welcomed with open arms by those who knew John (practically everyone we met throughout our search) in the same warm manner John welcomed us as his clients.

Representing buyers who are laser focused on exactly what they want is a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, you have decisive clients.  On the other, you have clients who aren’t going to settle for anything other than what they want, requiring patience and time to seek out that right home.  From the inception, John established an impressively clear understanding of what we wanted and never steered us to any property he did not feel we would agree was perfect for us.  In many cases, John steered us away from properties he knew we would not love in the long run and kept us grounded at points when we were losing faith that we would find what we had endeavored to acquire.  John’s responsiveness, wonderful attitude, and ultimately amazing friendship was the number one factor in us being able to acquire our newest home about which we are positively thrilled.  We are deeply grateful to John and are honored to wholeheartedly recommend John to anyone looking for the best, uncompromising representation in the San Francisco real estate market.

Greg Vaisberg & Marilyn Florero

“He was with us every step of the way and took care of a myriad of details, so that we were not the least bit inconvenienced.”

As a realtor, John Solaegui sets the standard in professionalism.  John is honest, hardworking and provides the utmost in service.

John carefully guided us through the initial stages of home prep, staging and listing, and was a patient and ready resource for any questions and concerns.    He engaged a team of talented professionals to ensure that our home was ready to be shown off at the first open house.  He was with us every step of the way and took care of a myriad of details, so that we were not the least bit inconvenienced.

John did an outstanding job marketing our home, so that the right buyers were attracted to our property.  He achieved success by having a pulse on the market and educating us in understanding how to secure the best possible outcome for our sale.

We highly recommend John Solaegui to anyone who needs a trusted real estate professional to assist in the sale of his or her home.

Gratefully,

Roz and Catherine

“John loves real estate and approaches the process as a personal interaction with his clients, not just a business transaction.”

John listed and sold my home in Glen Park in 18 days when I unexpectedly found another home that I wanted to buy in another part of the state. He clearly mapped out the process from the onset and quickly contacted all the needed people for staging, inspections, escrow, etc. He was always available when I had questions or suggestions and brought in other agents when necessary to help with open houses.

John loves real estate and approaches the process as a personal interaction with his clients, not just a business transaction. San Francisco is a fast-paced market, and John was able to get things done quickly to get the house sold to the right buyers.

I would highly recommend John as a realtor.

W. Lord

“I hope to buy another place in SF soon, and I can’t wait to work with John again.”

John is a spectacular real estate agent. He’s extremely genuine and transparent. He set’s modest expectations and outperforms. He gets back to clients ASAP and makes the selling of a home easy and convenient. I hope to buy another place in SF soon, and I can’t wait to work with John again. Highly recommended!

 

Joe N.

“As first time home buyers in an extremely competitive housing market, he was the best possible person we could imagine working with.”

John was amazing to work with during our recent purchase of our home in San Francisco. He is extremely hardworking, responsive, friendly, patient, dedicated and knew the housing market very well. My husband and I were looking for homes from out of town and John was great at facilitating our search during a variety of trips to the Bay Area. He was great at encouraging us to explain what we liked and did not like about the places we saw together, was extremely helpful at pointing out various aspects of different homes, and was great at suggesting places to see that fit what we were looking for. In addition, he was very patient as we often changed our mind about our criteria for a house as we saw different places. He also knows many real estate agents, lenders, and inspectors in SF which was incredibly helpful in the process. He was readily accessible via phone and email and very responsive whenever we had changes to our schedule or questions about homes. When we were ready to make an offer on a house, he was helpful in navigating the very fast SF timeline. He also helped us to have a competitive offer while not compromising on our budget. As first time home buyers in an extremely competitive housing market, he was the best possible person we could imagine working with. My husband and I were extremely happy to work with him and strongly recommend him.

Hemal & Alissa

“John has provided outstanding guidance navigating San Francisco’s complex housing market.”

John has helped us buy two houses and sell one.
John has provided outstanding guidance navigating San Francisco’s complex housing market. He really understood how to find what we were looking for and helped us find properties that were a good fit. He is extremely well connected with all aspects of the real estate industry (from contractors and pest control, to stagers and decorators).

David & Hope

“You…negotiated a great price for us”

Dear Simone and John,
Thank you both for helping us sell our condo. From our first meeting we connected with you. You both guided us through this process of selling our home, which we have lived in for over 10 years. We appreciate all your knowledge that you both brought with you to help us understand the process of selling a home and how to get the best price for our home. We liked that you both were very professional, knowledgeable and protected our privacy. Also you didn’t push us into decisions and let us make our own decisions with the help of your advice.

We also liked the stager that you referred. When we saw the pictures of our house and all of the marketing materials we were hugely impressed with the quality, and how amazing our house looked.

We appreciated how available you both were. We never had to leave a voicemail, because you guys always answered the phone or answered our many emails.

It was great receiving email updates after each open house which made us feel at ease.

You both really made this process as easy for us as possible and we appreciate that. You guys negotiated a great price for us.
We really can’t say enough great things about you and the process of selling our house. We would use you again in a heartbeat, and we will and have already, referred you to our friends and family.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,
Jan and Emily Weissenberger

“John helped us keep our resolve to find a place that was perfect for us”

As first-time home buyers navigating a difficult San Francisco real estate market, we interviewed a number of real estate agents recommended by friends and colleagues. Immediately, we were impressed by John’s patience, deep knowledge, and friendly demeanor – it was an easy decision for us to move forward with him. Both of us are lawyers, and consequently we like to ask a lot of technical questions about the process, the market, and the offer process. John methodically answered all of our questions and made sure we were satisfied. He took time to visit many places we were interested in, even when it meant meeting up at odd hours to see listings. And when we toured places on our own, other agents always knew John and had positive things to say about our choice of agent. He helped us navigate the offer process and made sure we put together competitive packages. And when we initially lost out in multiple-bid situations–as is inevitable, it seems, in this market–John helped us keep our resolve to find a place that was perfect for us. He ensured we had a smooth closing process, even when small hiccups came up, which kept our anxiety about the process to a minimum. We’re now happily settled in our new place, and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. John came to us via word of mouth, and we wouldn’t hesitate to keep that recommendation moving forward!

Sara and Will

“He guided us through an intimidating real estate climate to our new home”

My husband and I had the privilege of working with John Solaegui both as buyers and sellers.   As a newlywed couple who had never lived in the Bay area and as two individuals who relocated for very time consuming careers, we were incredibly grateful to have John on our team.  Ultimately, he guided us through an intimidating real estate climate to our new home.  Our experience exceeded our every expectation and we enthusiastically recommend John Solaegui as a real estate agent.

John’s commitment to us was evident from the day we met.  As a young couple, we were naïve about the local housing market, the financial process in purchasing a home in a seller’s market, and even what we wanted or needed in a home.  What’s more, we were initially out-of-state clients.  Our first meeting set the tone of our relationship.  Rather than overwhelm us with information, John gave us some reading material and encouraged us to learn more about the process.  He elicited our thoughts and listened.

What impressed us was not just that John spent the whole day driving us all over the city, but his personal approach.  As a previous homeowner, my husband felt that John operated differently than other agents he with whom he’d worked. John was not trying to make a sale, but rather get a feeling for what we liked, where we were from, how we talked to each other, why we wanted to be in San Francisco, essentially who we really were.  John’s attention to our lives helped us find the perfect home for us.

As the process continued, our working lives quickly took over most of our hours.  John worked tirelessly to accommodate our schedules. He met us after work and arranged showings of whichever property we wanted to see.  Our offers were often written in the midnight hours, and we never felt pressured by John to make any hasty decisions. If we had a question or reservation at midnight, then he would work to find us our answer before we moved on.

Our experience shows us that John has great integrity.  He worked hard to provide us with as much information as he could about every property, and he shared his knowledge with us, good and bad.  He even stopped us from counter-offering on a property when he sensed we were unsure.  John is honest and trustworthy.  By the end of our housing search, we saw John not as our agent, but as our friend.

When it came time to sell our condominium and buy a house for our growing family, we knew just who to call. Our story has a happy ending.  We are happily ensconced in our new home, which perfectly fits our lives.  We are grateful for John’s help and hope that others may have as much success as we have.

Alice Wang and Brian Chesebro

“It’s like having Warren Buffett as your personal financial advisor or Michael Jordan on your pick-up basketball team.”

It’s like having Warren Buffett as your personal financial advisor or Michael Jordan on your pick-up basketball team.

I don’t think there are enough superlatives that could be written when it comes to trying to explain how good John Solaegui is as both an incredibly skilled San Francisco realtor and as a person.

Thanks to John, my family and I have all gotten houses that we love and hope to be in for a long time.  I really don’t think it is possible that there is a better agent out there.

John made the whole process a breeze and he was always available basically 24/7, and incredibly quick to reply to any questions whenever we needed him.  After all he’s done for us, I seriously consider him “part of the family” by this point.

I would also just like to say that I feel so fortunate to have met John.  Having John as your agent in San Francisco feels a bit like “cheating”. It’s like having Warren Buffett as your personal financial advisor or Michael Jordan on your pick-up basketball team.  John knows everything and everyone in the San Francisco real estate market.  When you are working with John, you often find about houses going on the market before they even get listed on MLS.  And because he is so friendly with everyone and so highly respected by everyone in the market, other agents will often do him favors that helps you as a client.

For example, when John would let us know about houses coming on the market that were not yet on MLS, we would often ask when we could tour the house, and John would call up the other agent and arrange for a private tour quickly.  And the other agent would often say something along the lines of “I’m not supposed to show this house until after the first Open House, but since its John, I made an exception.  Just don’t tell anyone!”

In summary, not only would I never consider using any other agent besides John in any San Francisco real estate transaction, but I would very strongly recommend all friends and associates to do the same, and I would quite frankly tell them that if they were to use another agent besides John Solaegui, they would be making a huge mistake!

I just wanted to formally thank you for everything. As a typical guy unfortunately, it’s difficult for me to say these things in person, but at least I can write it anyway  … And not just on behalf of myself, but also my baby sister and future niece or nephew, and my mom and dad. All of us have gotten houses that we love and hope to be in for a long time, and you have been absolutely indispensable to all of this. I can’t really imagine there could be any agent better than you anywhere! I consider you “part of the family” by this point, so don’t hesitate to contact me anytime if I can be of help in any way. Seriously, if your car breaks down in the middle of the night or something (you can see I’ll probably be up anyway :), just call me and I’ll be right over (ok, maybe not if you’re in Fresno, but anywhere in the Bay Area anyway

Roger Kuttan

“The baby is due in just under 2 months, so we need to roll up our sleeves!”

We are sorry and embarrassed that it’s taken us so long to write, but we want you to know how grateful to you we are for helping us find and get settled into our new home. Thank you, thank you! From taking us around to view properties to navigating the complex home-buying process to helping us with plumbing issues, it was so reassuring to have you as our guide. And, as recent email exchanges have shown, we are still turning to your for advice! A million thanks for being so diligent and responsive. And a million more for smiling through it all…We’ve settled into our home and are in the process of turning the 2nd bedroom into a nursery. The baby is due in just under 2 months, so we need to roll up our sleeves! In the year that we’ve been here, we’ve already created many wonderful memories…we know there are many more in store for us. And again, THANK YOU for going WAY above and beyond!

Alice

“We were particularly impressed with his responsiveness and personal attention”

Working with John as we looked for our first home was an excellent experience. We were particularly impressed with his responsiveness and personal attention. We spent close to a year looking for a place, and John was available at a moment’s notice each time we found a place that we were interested in. He was able to help us evaluate each place and provide advice based on his experiences buying and selling real estate in SF both professionally and personally. His responsiveness was invaluable because we had several occasions where we had to have a quick turnaround time, and this wouldn’t have been possible without John’s dedication to providing great service. We recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell in SF!

Erik Brown

“What makes John exceptional…is his sense of loyalty and earnestness, his savvy, his enthusiasm for his work”

John is an exceptional realtor. Like many realtors, he’s very personable, engaging, and has a wealth of knowledge about all the many technical details and requirements that come with buying a house and closing. What makes John exceptional, though, is his sense of loyalty and earnestness, his savvy, his enthusiasm for his work, and his determination to meet your needs. John was engaged and on top of things without being obtrusive or pushy. I definitely would use him again.

Kevin Milne

“John conducts himself with a casual elegance and that made me feel comfortable”

I heartily recommend John as an agent to buy or sell your home. John represented me on the sale of my two-unit building. From the beginning to the end, John’s primary focus was on me and my needs. He really listened and understood my objectives. During the selling process, he kept me focused on my goals and on track which made this process incredibly smooth. He guided and advised me along the way and always deferred to and respected my final decision. John’s distinguishing features were his organization and attentiveness to my needs.

John’s marketing plan set him apart from the other agents. It was more complete and customized to my personal situation. My home needed some work before we could put it on the market so John developed a plan of what needed to be done and when. He recommended quality and cost-effective painters, gardeners and tradesmen to do the minor repairs. The end-results were outstanding for the minimal cost invested. It added such value to my home.

Also, I especially liked the way that John showed my home during open houses and appointments. He displayed a lot of care and professionalism. This made me feel very good, as I was still living in the home at the time of the showings.

I had a medical procedure shortly after we went into contract. The closing went so smoothly, I vaguely remember it. John did a lot of coordinating to make it easy for me.

I found it pleasing that John always showed up in a suit and tie. My first reaction to someone wearing a suit was that they might be stuffy, but John was never imposing. He removed his shoes before stepping on my carpet in a way that showed a touch of humility. John conducts himself with a casual elegance and that made me feel comfortable.

I have a great appreciation for John and the services he provided as my agent. I cannot recommend him enough.

Maria Leone

“He also knew the best people for making our home look magnificent!”

John is kind and considerate to everyone. He helps others with his knowledge and integrity. He always answered our questions and concerns. He put our minds at ease more than once. He was there for us. He also knew the best people for making our home look magnificent! He is the best!! We are so happy with all the results. He is close to perfect!!!!

Thelma Damele, Denise & Stan

“After a single afternoon’s exploration of a narrowed field, you led us to our ‘dream condominium’”

I am writing this letter to express Leslie’s and my gratitude for your detailed, meticulous and sensitive oversight of the real estate transaction for our new condominium. Previously we had difficulty with our realtor so we set out to find a new one by attending weekend ‘Open House’ showings and talking and interacting with realtors.

We found you at one of those ‘Open House’ listings. We discovered an excellent listener who comprehended our interests, needs and desires. After having unsuccessfully searched many properties over the course of four months we were frustrated. However, you collected our expressed interests and explored the parameters we set. After a single afternoon’s exploration of a narrowed field you led us to our ‘dream condominium.’

The transaction was somewhat complicated by legal issues, but you pursued through these and other obstacles until we were able to close the deal with highly favorable terms and the least amount of time consuming disruption to our busy lives.

Leslie and I look forward to many years living in our “dream home.” Please accept our gratitude for your high level of competence, and your diligent pursuit in assisting us to reach this dream.

Joseph Rudnicki

“John is a consummate professional with a deep understanding…”

I recently completed a real estate purchase with John Solaegui and had terrific results.  John not only is a consummate professional with a deep understanding of the San Francisco real estate market but he is also an especially congenial person to do business with.  Whenever I had a question, needed a quick response or follow up on any item, John could be depended upon.  He was also available to me to bounce ideas off of as we explored a variety of different real estate scenarios.  Once we identified the right property, John worked hard for me to negotiate the best deal possible. I highly recommend John for your real estate needs in San Francisco.

Steve L.

“John had taken the time to fully understand…”

John Solaegui came highly recommended to me by a work colleague and I’m so grateful for this recommendation!

I am a first-time buyer and, as such, had to go through many phases of contemplation, research, uncertainty, etc. before I was ready to put an offer on a place. The process took me roughly 18 months and John supported each stage that I went through. When I was ready to house-hunt, he provided me with listings and often whisked me off to view places together, so that he could fully understand the sort of place I was looking for. When I wanted to take a break from searching, he kept in touch from time to time to assure me that he was ready to help at any time. The search process unfolded very comfortably at my pace. Given the length of time it took, I might have anticipated sensing impatience, frustration or pressure from an agent, but it simply didn’t exist with John. Instead, he was always patient, enthusiastic, optimistic and ready to spring into action when I was ready.

Because John had taken the time to fully understand the type of home and neighborhood that were important to me, he was able to identify and arrange for me to have quick access to “high probability” homes. The home that I purchased is one that he saw on broker tour and that I visited for the first time just one day later. The extra lead time provided me with a big advantage in the offer process.

Once my offer was accepted, he gave his full attention to every step of the purchase process. John addressed all of my many questions, concerns, issues and requests related to the purchase. When I had an idea which was not advisable, he counseled me to reconsider. When I had an idea which created additional work but would lead to a beneficial outcome, he provided me with important information and resources to help me accomplish what I wanted. He was fully committed to me having all the information that I needed to complete the purchase and to be happy with my purchase and has even helped with matters that extended beyond the purchase date.

I highly recommend John as a professional, top-notch real estate agent who will give his full attention to each buyer and will do everything he can to lead the buyer to a positive outcome.

Two thumbs up for John!

Jane Z.

“I had the utmost confidence we were always on the same page”

As a first time homebuyer, I really appreciated your sincerity and patience. Not only did you walk me through every step of the process, but you did it in such a way that helped truly understand what I was getting myself into. Your explanations were never rushed and were always very thorough.

In addition, I would like to mention that your constant availability was great for me. Your long hours from early in the morning until late at night must be very tiring, but being able to reach you was very beneficial. Between phone calls, texts, and emails, I had the utmost confidence that we were always on the same page and that we were never a bottleneck to moving the process forward. I really liked that.

Meg & Eric

“Your thoughtful presentation of our offer in person really made us more attractive as home buyers”

Dear John,

You simply exceeded our expectations.  We expected the home buying process to be involved and require a lot of work, especially in this market, and it did! We were hoping to find a single-family home within the city in good shape, in a nice area, with room for a studio, within our price range, and we did. The views and the yard with a deck were bonuses!

It was very helpful for you to find the homes, create information packets, and then to be able to see all of the houses with you and discuss whether they met our needs. The most valuable part, however, was the personal approach you brought when submitting our offers. Your suggestions to include cover letters to detail our situation, and your thoughtful presentation of our offers in person really made us more attractive as home buyers, and most likely made the difference in getting us our new home.

We will tell our friends that you are kind, knowledgeable, very hard-working, and you don’t give up when things get tough. I felt that we were treated like your multi-million-dollar clients.

We absolutely love our house, we are setting things up and putting our own touches on it! I feel like we are settling in.  Thank you!

Fraser & Tiffany

“You are the BEST agent we’ve encountered!”

Rory and I both want to express our appreciation for your warmth, competence and professionalism.  We’ve done a number of real estate transactions over the years and both of us can unequivocally say that you are the BEST agent we’ve encountered!

Your attention to detail, your follow through and your patience through our ups and down is unprecedented in our experience.    We have absolutely no hesitation about recommending you to our friends and acquaintances.

Take care.

Debra and Rory

“John took on our property under very difficult circumstances”

We had an outstanding experience working with John and would fully recommend him to anyone trying to buy or sell a home in San Francisco. John took on our property under very difficult circumstances and got us all the way through to a sale in what we think was the best way possible. We had a very negative experience with a previous agent, and the contrast between that agent and John could not be more striking. John was extremely organized and professional from day one, and was always very honest and up front with us. He also really knows the SF market and gave us consistently good advice, and we both have a lot of respect for his intelligence and his knowledge of the field. I do not think we could have had a better agent.

Noah and Karina F.

“You…were the angel from heaven who stepped into my life when I was really at the lowest point”

Dear John,

It has been over a month since we signed our final documents and I just wanted to take a moment to write you a note regarding my recent 1031 Property Exchange transaction.  As you know, this was a highly stressful transaction because it involved a limited amount of time, it was necessitated because of a divorce, the San Francisco real estate market was ridiculously active and most stressful of all, I began the process not knowing what I wanted and the amount of money we had to work with kept changing!  I would describe myself as the client from hell!  You, John, however, were the angel from heaven who stepped into my life when I was really at my lowest point and worked tirelessly to find out what I wanted, how much I could afford and stood by week after week to make sure I found a property that would provide me with monthly income and that I closed on time so I did not get capital gains tax.

Thank you is not enough for all the work that you did on my behalf, John—and your real estate commission truly was not enough for all the hours you clocked putting together weekly tours for four months, writing up offers (and presenting on three other properties that we were overbid on), putting together spread sheets on every income property that I was interested in, and generally being my consultant on everything from neighborhoods to rental agreements and everything in between.  I tell everyone I know that I began this arduous process with John Solaegui as my realtor and I ended with John Solaegui as my valued and trusted friend who also happened to be my realtor!  The rarity of that is relationship is the reason I tell anyone who is looking for a realtor about you and recommend you with no reservations whatsoever!

By August I should be ready to begin coming on tour with you again, just for the fun of it!

Laurel M.

“What we pulled off was truly a major feat”

I want to thank you again for making it possible for me to get the property on Temescal.  Given the very fierce competition for this house, what we pulled off was truly a major feat.  Working with you has been great.  Your expertise, intuition, responsiveness, and general handholding throughout the process have made all the difference.

When I first embarked on my search for a suitable property last November, I knew this was likely to be an anxiety-laden exercise.  Given today’s super-hot real estate market, not only did I have to jump on any potential property with barely a moment to organize my thoughts, but even after I had decided to make an offer, I still had to deal with the uncertainly of whether my offer would stand out sufficiently from the crowd.  I was therefore very relieved that I could count on you to quickly round up all the relevant background information on a property so that I could make an informed (if rushed) decision.  In addition, I knew that you would always be able to come up with the best strategy for any offer I did make.  Indeed, watching you in action, I realize that the tailoring of one’s strategy to a property’s selling agent(s) and its seller(s) requires not only considerable experience with the market, but also a good mastery of human psychology.  You clearly have this knowledge in spades, and I was grateful to be able to benefit from it.

I have been very impressed by your integrity, forthrightness, and genuine care and concern.   I felt we were truly working as a team.  The result, of course, speaks for itself!

Dr. Drew Wang

“I was looking for a very specific property…on a specific street”

John Solaegui is an amazing Real Estate Agent. I was looking for a very specific property having already narrowed my search criteria to a single street. The trouble was that homes for sale on that street were few and far between.

After taking the time to understand exactly what I wanted in a home John went into action to find a seller. John personally wrote letters to the owners of homes with the specific features I required. John persisted even when I became discouraged until a willing seller surfaced. These sellers had some specific needs of their own around details and timing, so John negotiated a contract which pleased us all.  John meticulously attended to every detail from arranging prompt and trustworthy inspections to working with my lender while we were in escrow to insure a smooth closing.

I am moving into my new home later this month, and I could not be happier. John is responsible for making my dream come true. If you are looking for an ethical, hardworking and talented Agent for your own transaction, it would be difficult to do better than John Solaegui. I will certainly be using his services in the future.

Robert Dobrin

“We really appreciated your excellent advice in writing a back-up offer”

We appreciate your assistance with the purchase of our new home. Thanks to your professional approach, we succeeded in turning a long shot into a winner! What a great way to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary!

We also want to recognize Melanie J. for recommending you. Your friendly and professional approach, along with your knowledge of the San Francisco real estate market were extremely valuable to our successful close. It was also evident in our communications and from talking with your fellow agents that you have a notable reputation in the real estate community.

We really appreciated your excellent advice on writing a back-up offer, even when the situation seemed bleak. Your advice led to the successful negotiation and acceptance of our offer.

You were readily available to communicate with us, day or night. Thanks for being an exceptional realtor! We felt you displayed integrity in our home search and helped us through a quick, smooth close.

WE LOVE OUR NEW HOME! Please let us know when you can come by, as you are always welcome!

Hector E. and Irene M.

“John’s responsiveness set him apart from other agents”

I heartily recommend John Solaegui to represent you on the purchase or sale of your home. I chose John to sell my Duboce Triangle condominium after interviewing several agents.

John’s responsiveness set him apart from other agents. I knew that I could contact him with any question and get an immediate and well-thought response.

It is important to me that the agent that I hired to represent me would also be the one showing my home. This ensures that the agent who is thoroughly familiar with the property is the one presenting the unique benefits of my home and answering questions from prospective buyers. John was always available to show the house personally rather than having others from the office do the job.

During the marketing period, and after I went into contract, John listened to me and changed course based on my feedback and desires. I felt like he worked hard to understand my objectives.

I have a great appreciation for John and the services he provides.

Kimberly Rochat

“I am definitely going through John withdrawals now that I’m no longer looking at houses with him on a weekly basis”

John is the most ethical, customer-oriented, friendly, and knowledgeable agent that I have known or met – hands down.

We just closed on a house with him as our ambassador and wouldn’t have done so without his incredible dedication and best in class service.

He will give honest opinions, not oversell anything (in fact on the contrary, he will let you know if a property is likely to fall outside of your budget), work around the clock to serve his clients, and is generally one of the nicest most genuine people we know.

I am definitely going through John withdrawals now that I’m no longer looking at houses with him on a weekly basis.

We recommend John to anyone looking in the SF market.  We will absolutely use him again if we are buying or selling in the future.

Thank you, John!

Amy Paulson

“John helped me unravel the mysteries of selling my co-op apartment”

Paragon Real Estate Group is very fortunate to have Mr. John Solaegui as an agent representing the company and his clients.

My son and I met quite a few agents and John was the one fellow who stood out at the top. His warm personality and knowledge about the real estate business, especially about selling a co-op apartment, convinced us to go with John. I had no previous experience selling property and he helped me understand the ins and outs. John was most patient with me, taking the necessary amount of time to explain everything in detail by phone and in person. John helped me unravel the mysteries of selling my co-op apartment. He advised me on all the forms to complete; he also contacted the manager of the co-op apartment and understood all the co-op’s requirements and documentation.

John did a wonderful job of working with agents and buyers. He found a couple who met all the requirements and seemed to be the perfect match for my home and for the co-op association. I hope that the new owners are as happy as I was living there for thirty plus years.

If I purchase another dwelling, I would have John Solaegui represent me.

F. Nagata

“I love working with John because he is so smart and yet so gracious”

Having purchased and sold my own properties without the assistance of real estate professionals, I know firsthand the feeling of successfully completing transactions on my own terms.  Recently, I have found that the legal and regulatory requirements for real estate transactions have become increasingly complex and too difficult to navigate by myself.

For my latest property sale, I went straight to John for help.  I didn’t even consider the need to interview other agents because John was my one and only choice.  As a member of John’s extensive online community, I have followed John’s market commentary for years.

As one can imagine, every real estate transaction has its own unique issues.  For me, I can say without exception, John exceeded my expectations at every twist and turn during the marketing and contract process.  I was very pleased when my home quickly sold to a couple of very happy buyers.

Here is what I received when I engaged John to be my agent:

  • Prior to listing my property with John, I had asked John for a list of recommendations for contractors.  John graciously provided me with an extensive list of contractors that I used to get my home ready for sale.  I view John as my resource for all things “real estate focused”.
  • After our initial property walk-through, John brought in Stephanie Vigil (Mise en place Interiors and Staging) to edit my decor.  The result was fabulous!  Stephanie understood my needs and so transformed my property into a comfortable, inviting home that any potential buyer would also be proud to call home.
  • John has a well thought out methodology for marketing property and servicing his clients.  For example, in my case, John arranged to have a detailed floor plan of my property professionally drawn up to enhance the property description.  Also, John has this one other very effective marketing standard in his methodology — and that is gorgeous property photos presented on fantastic customized websites for his listings.
  • When complicated issues surfaced, John was able to come up with creative solutions that pleased me to no end.
  • John invests the time to understand his clients as individuals.  That is why I felt so comfortable with John’s counsel.  As the client, of course I had expectations.  However, John was very articulate in providing guidance on what was possible as well as what was realistic given what was happening in the San Francisco real estate market and economy on any given day.

John has done a great job of guiding my property sale through a challenging economic environment.  I love working with John because he is so smart and yet so gracious.

In summary, would I recommend John to my friends and family?  Would I use John again on my next real estate transaction?  Yes, in a heartbeat!

Lee H.

“He cares about his clients as people”

I had the pleasure of working with John Solaegui during the purchase of my first home. From the moment I walked into his office, John made me feel comfortable, confident, and sure that I would find the perfect place. He spent many hours explaining the buying process and made sure I was up to date and understood what was happening at all times.

While looking for a home, John provided me with recommendations and tools that I could use to comfortably search at my leisure. He took me to see a plethora of homes and taught me what was available in the market. When John found properties that fit my needs and were a cut above the rest, he made sure I saw them quickly to stay ahead of the curve.

Throughout a long escrow process, John stayed on top of every tiny detail. He helped me find the best possible loan, made sure everything was fixed and put in order by the seller, and even stuck around after the sale was complete to deal with any issues that arose.

John’s greatest qualities, however, do not have to do with being a real-estate agent. He cares about his clients as people, strives to understand and satisfy their needs, and works hard to excel in everything he does. These qualities make themselves apparent in the polished shine that glows from everything John touches.

David Steinwedel

“You marketed the property to its optimum level”

Although I am a bit late in sending this letter, the delay in no way diminishes my appreciation for the superb job you did in representing me as the seller of my home. I have been involved in eight real estate transactions in my adult life and I have never experienced the level of professionalism, knowledge, and willingness to help with the details as I did while working with you.

From the very start you provided me with information and options, but did not in any way push me or try to influence me about retention of the property vs. sale at this time. From the very start of the process you provided me with accurate and timely information, along with your professional opinion regarding the information. Your sale tactics, including printed materials and internet exposure, were tasteful and professional and you marketed the property to its optimum level.

I was impressed that you took care of all details, including the inspections, curative work and cleaning.

John, you exhibit the highest level of professionalism in your field and I would without hesitation recommend you as the quintessential realtor/broker in the area I am unable to find the words to adequately express my personal appreciation to you, but please know that you made an emotional journey very easy. I want to personally express my appreciation to you not only for your friendship, but for the exemplary job you did for me.

Carol Z.

“He is also extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of the San Francisco market”

We are writing this letter to express our appreciation of the exemplary service we received from John Solaegui.  During our initial search for a realtor, in which several were under consideration, John stood out because he took the time to get to know us and gain insight on the type of help we needed.  He really cares and strives to do the best for his clients – going so far as to bring snacks and beverages during some of the longer house viewing escapades.

Not only was John extremely personable, but he is also extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of the San Francisco market, the real estate transaction process and home ownership.  John was always available to answer questions or offer insight during each step of the process.  He gave his complete attention to any request for information, whether recommending a mortgage broker or offering advice on ordering blinds once the sale was final.  He was able to offer creative solutions and provide guidance in a very diplomatic fashion.  His calm demeanor and sense of humor were greatly appreciated during some of the white knuckle moments while waiting to close escrow.

The service that John Solaegui provided was invaluable, above and beyond typical customer service.  We found the perfect home, thanks to John, and would recommend him to anyone buying or selling a home.  We will certainly use him for our next real estate adventures!

Eileen Leary & Steve Sykes

“He has a proven track record with buyers in a seller’s market…”

Although John Solaegui was recommended to me, I interviewed many agents before making my decision. I initially chose John because (1) it was clear he knew far more about San Francisco real estate than anyone else I interviewed; (2) I did not get the sense that he would pressure me; (3) he had a proven track record with buyers in a sellers’ market; and (4) he was knowledgeable about remodeling, which is helpful when you love a place, but it isn’t perfect.

I am so glad I chose John. First, all of the above-mentioned qualities I detected during our phone interview proved true. Second, John is an incredibly skilled businessman and negotiator. When we fell in love with a condo, he was in constant communication with the listing agent to make sure we had the most up-to-date information so that we could make an informed offer. John then made and negotiated our offer in person–which made all the difference in us getting the condo we wanted at an amazing price. I really can’t express how impressed we were with John’s work.

Lastly, I should mention all of the other qualities that make John amazing: he is available nearly 24/7; he asks all the right questions of the listing agent; he listens to your comments and asks the listing agent all of your questions (even the questions you didn’t know you had); he is organized and keeps the bankers, appraisers, inspectors, listing agent and title company organized; he is a fun and interesting person and you’ll enjoy spending your weekends with him!

Cathleen & Carl

“Do not accuse me of hyperbole. I dare you to see it for yourself”

I’m new to this real estate stuff. I’ve done decades in the deepest depths of Wall Street maneuvering such arcane and ugly beasts as index puts and calls, but real estate is an entirely new pursuit. AJ; a result when it was time for me to buy a house I needed help- and lots of it. Fortunately I knew precisely where to go. John Solaegui.

The short laundry list of adjectives for John includes smart, capable, timely, personable, dedicated, and, perhaps most appropriate, tenacious. These qualities will pay dividends in any undertaking. Applying these qualities to his singular passion of real estate results in a full-on exhibition of greatness. Do not accuse me of hyperbole. I dare you to see it for yourself.

My own experience on Wall Street gives me a unique perspective on the importance of professional guidance and counseling. Without a pro by your side beginning lessons will be painful and expensive. Buying real estate with John was like trading options with me as your broker. Just as I know every wrinkle of the options market John knows the real estate market. He helped me understand every step of the process. He knew when to be aggressive, when to fade, and what was important. Read that sentence again – that’s his competitive edge. Bolt on the fact he took the time to get to know me, my goals, and my disposition so he could put together the
comprehensive Greg package and John goes into the “win” column every time.

I suspect you are getting the idea. Get with the program and get John on your side. He far exceeded my expectations. How many things in life can you say that about?

G. Miller