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Sold a home in San Jose, CA in 2020

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We used Jon DeForest to sell our home in San Jose, CA and buy a new home in Auburn, CA and he was outstanding. Before choosing a real estate agent, I conducted a lot of research to see who would be the best choice based on the investment they make into selling the property (time and effort) and how they promote their listings. In addition, I was looking for someone with expertise in the Bay Area and the Sacramento area. Jon stood out as the best with excellent rankings, a strong social media presence, and I could tell he put a lot of work into his listings. I spoke with Jon and he spent an hour answering questions, providing objective data regarding selling and buying, how long his listings typically stay on the market, and providing tons of info on comps in the area. Jon made the process incredibly easy and took extra steps many other Realtors don't (but should), like providing us staging tips, having professional photographs taken, and a lot more. When we saw our listing we were blown away. His hard work and knowledge of what it takes to sell a home really paid off - our listing looked amazing and knocked out the competition. The second buyer that saw the property put in an offer and we had multiple offers from there. Jon was even great dealing with our anxiety and keeping us calm so we did not jump on the first offer in hand....very hard not to do when you have a first offer that was well above asking and ultimately we accepted an offer of $85,000 above asking. It couldn't have been a more pleasant experience. I've recommended Jon DeForest to everyone I know. He's a true professional and a genuinely nice guy. I realize it won't always be this easy to sell your home, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better Realtor.


    We found Jon researching relators in the internet. Jon’s qualifications stood out from so many other relators in the business. Jon brings a great education, born and raised in the area and above all, top notch customer service skills. Jon has your interest at heart. John represented us as a seller. Jon does an analysis of the comparable in the area, understands the pros and cons of the property and provided us with the necessary information so we could set a fair asking price. Through the sales process of 4 weeks, Jon gave us regular updates, and a few conference calls to discuss strategy and alternatives. Job helped us navigate all of the documents from both parties. He would always explain what the documents mean and why it’s important to have them in place. We felt comfortable and confident having Jon as our agent. We highly recommend him in representing you to either sell your property or buying a property. Kevin Kone
    Hi, my name is Richard, am interested in a penthouse for my family please contact me on my private email address , so i could send you more details of whats needed. Best regards Richard Warren richardwarren6373
    We met Jon after we had already had a few bad experiences with other agents, so needless to say we were probably more difficult because of it. We were also buying a home in an area that was unfamiliar to us so it was very important to us that the agent be intimately familiar with the area. Jon was everything we were looking for and helped us by not only our first home but he found our dream home. Thank you Gabe Wong
    My husband and I are incredibly happy with the relationship and partnership we were able to build with Jon from day one. He listened to our needs, helped guide us in terms of ways to approach our initial home search and scheduled time to meet at us locations that we were serious about bidding on. Jon is the full package. He was able to identify potential issues with houses - from wood rot to roof repairs. When it came to building competitive offers, we never felt pressured. If anything, Jon was the voice of reason, reminding us that we had to feel confident and in control of our choices. But he also knows the market inside and out and when we were to make it happen, we won the bid on a house that had 47 offers! Kelly Voet
    This is the 4th home that I have purchased. This was by far the smoothest , greatest experience I have had in purchasing a home. Jon's knowledge of the property, the area and his negotiating skills are exceptional. I gaurentee that I will be calling Jon DeForest the next time I'm looking to purchase a home. Matt McGrath
    Jon recently helped us purchase our first home. From the moment we met him one thing that stood out immediately was his responsiveness to emails, calls or texts. As first time home buyers, having someone that could guide us through the process and provide us the information we needed was crucial. Understanding how to make an offer in this crazy real estate market is vital and Jon helped us every step of the way. He was always willing to go look at houses, came prepared, was on time, and provided his personal knowledge of the area. Jon is both professional and down to earth, which really matched our own style and personality. Thanks again for helping us buy our first home! Rebeca Aceret
    Jon was and is awesome! He helped the home buying process make sense for my wife and I. I felt fully informed throughout. He made himself available around my schedule and made us feel comfortable with the big decision of buying property. I would like to highly recommend Jon. He is not just a great real estate agent but he is a great person and it was a pleasure working with him and his team. Devin Aceret
    Jon recently help sell my home. Very responsive and professional. Helped us get more for our home than we expected. He listens to your concerns and ideas and works with you. He also provide a great stager and photographer. Our home and the printed material to show it off looked great! Jon is also the kind of guy you would enjoy having a beer with at the end of the day when all the business has been taken care of. Nathan Jacobson
    Jon is the best Realtor that I have ever worked with! He has a thorough understanding of all facets of a real estate transaction. Jon has represented me for 3 separate transactions, one purchase and two sales over the last 10 years. We just sold our house a few months ago and Jon was our listing agent. Due to his awesome marketing methods, we sold our house on the very first weekend, we had several offers and we ended up selling it well above the asking price. Jon was able to create an amazing buzz about our house, with creative staging solutions and by personally coaching the photographer, he was able to really showcase our home! We only got the chance to have two open houses (due to the quick sale) but, we had well over 150 people at each open house! There are a lot of mediocre Realtors and Agents out there, Jon is definitely NOT one of them! Rob Simonini
    Jon, was more than amazing and Jon is an UNFORGETTABLE Real Estate Broker!!! From the start of this process, Jon showed up before the scheduled time to ALL appointments/meetings/showings and open houses'!! Jon is beyond honest, down to earth, kind, and willing to listen to ALL needs and wants! I am one that only works with Brokers (Yes there is a difference from a Broker and an Agent... A broker is a leader in my eyes and more crafted in the work!!) Jon is more than professional, hard working, direct, humble and he really is a GREAT and DYNAMIC broker! Working with Jon, you feel as if you are working with a family member and not just a broker, I am telling you! Jon made this process for my better-half and I a MUCH better process and experience that we DID NOT GAIN from the previous real estate agent that we worked with. The "Agent" before RUSHED and threw us into a home, she was curt, only wanted money and lacked professionalism.... ONLY work with Broker, Jon DeForest because he is a man of his word, he is prompt, Jon has the art of listening to his clients!!!! Jon is going to get the job done and Jon gave us a COMFORT that we have NEVER had with ANY other Real Estate Professional that we have worked with in the past!! Jon more than understands the importance of customer services because he returns emails, phone calls, he is one that makes sure you understand the real estate process and his fashion of work from start to finish. Also, Jon is NOT one to throw you away after the work is completed and after he has gained his commission, like other " hungry Real Estate Professionals" that are out there! People, if you are someone that reads reviews as the bible, as I am, PLEASE READ THIS, TRUST my REVIEW and ONLY work with Jon!!!!!!!!!!!!! The day that Jon DeForest retires as a Real Estate Broker is the day that Real Estate will NOT be the same!!!!!!!! Emmanuel Carrie
    Jon provided an excellent overall customer experience in helping me buy my second home. What stood out to me was his attention to detail and his knowledge of real estate overall. This wasn't my first rodeo but it was the first time my agent had anticipated my questions and needs during the process. Real estate transactions can be a stressful en devour and having someone to calm the storm and guide the ship is invaluable. Jon has my highest recommendation for all of your real estate needs. Michael Barnecut
    Jon went above and beyond in all endeavors of the home buying process. He even gave us tips on what to watch out for to make sure we wouldn't be blindsided during the process. He is extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy. He has done nothing but exceed my expectations and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a Realtor. Heidi Cook
    I just completed a home purchase in the East Bay with Jon DeForest as my realtor. The entire process was about three months from first contact with Jon to success and I doubt that I would have been successful were it not for Jon and his application of his significant skill and attention to detail. I am sure that I was not the easiest client but Jon repeatedly remained professional even while I was freaking out. He went out of his way to explain the nuances of the entire bidding and buying process so that there were no surprises. I would not hesitate to recommend Jon to anyone who asked and will actively do so with my acquaintances who want expertise in the home buying or selling process. Tim Hale Tim Hale
    I am especially proud to have worked with Jon DeForest as my Realtor. I was very impressed with his extreme knowledge of the real estate business. He is always very professional as well as exceptionally hard working. I appreciated that he continually kept me updated and informed as we went along. He went out of his way many times to install items or buy material needed for inspections among other things. I'm proud to say Mr. DeForest sold my home in just a matter of a few months. It was an enlightening experience and I would recommend Jon DeForest to anyone looking for a great Realtor. I am certainly going to use his services again. I think you would be as pleased and as thrilled as I am. Deborah Trevethan Deborah Trevethan
    Jon is a very knowledgeable professional and up to date with current procedures. He was always there to answer all the questions I had. Thank you Jon for being so reliable! Sergio Viramontes
    I am an out of State Real Estate Broker. I had the opportunity to work with Jon. My buyers needed to sell their property in California. Jon was the local Expert. Jon was able to keep everything completely organized and on track. His attention to the details is what actually closed this transaction. I would not have any problems referring any clients to him. Ken Colarick
    Jon is currently and will always be my "go to" Real estate professional. He is the kind of person that you want advising you when making a purchase or sale of this size. He is honest, intelligent and he has always been very focused on getting me the most bang for my buck. I have been working with Jon for over ten years. He has been my agent during the purchase and the sale of 11 properties over those years. Each of those transactions went incredibly smooth, due in large part to, Jon and his ethical and diligent representation. I have always been impressed by how detail oriented he is. Jon really knows his stuff!!! Years ago, Jon also did a few mortgage refinance/loans for me during his early days as mortgage broker. This experience makes Jon incredibly well versed in ALL aspects of a real estate transaction. He is always watching to make sure that if there are any mistakes or oversights, by the other parties involved, they are caught and corrected immediately. This guy is trustworthy and has always done right by me. I will continue to use him for all of my future deals. Thanks Jon!!! Rob Simonini
    I am so impressed by Jon's knowledge of both the area and real estate in general. I will be recommending Jon DeForest to all my friends and family. If you are interested in either buying or selling a home I HIGHLY suggest Jon DeForest! Your the Best!! :) Alicia May
    Jon's knowledge of real estate is vast. He always has helpful answers to all of my questions and I definitely trust his expertise. I am definitely glad to have been put in contact with him for my real estate needs. Adam Newman
    I would recommend Jon to anyone selling property in the SF East Bay. He's professional, experienced and very up to date with all the innovations regarding real estate. Kathy Andrews
    I've worked with Jon several times. He refinanced my home in 2006, and I found him to be very professional, knowledgeable and helpful during the process. I recently used him to sell my condo, and was very pleased as there were a few hiccups with the buyer's realtor, and Jon stepped in, renegotiated the contract in terms favorable to me, and successfully sold my home. It was in contract 2 weeks after I listed it, and I had several offers, and Jon helped me with the process so I could accept the best offer! I highly recommend Jon! Kathy Lamphier
    I have worked with Jon on multiple transactions. He is very knowledgeable & always has the best interests of his clients in mind. Jon is an excellent Realtor to have in your corner. Nicole King