"definitely call Val!"
My husband and I recently bought a home in Belmont, and there is no way we could have done it without Val's hard work (including while she was on vacation!). Our ideal house seemed like an impossible dream given our budget and the areas where we were looking, but I am now typing this review from our perfect home! Not only is Val hardworking and diligent, but she has amazing instincts for the real estate market in our area and is an easy/fun person to interact with during the stressful process of buying a house. We had complete confidence in how Val conducted our search, bids, and closing. She kept us involved throughout out the entire process and clearly articulated what to expect and how to proceed at each step. Everything went incredibly smoothly, and we cannot thank Val enough. We also cannot recommend her enough. If you're buying a house in the area, you should definitely call Val!
"Honest, Reliable, Trustworthy, and a Joy"
We worked with Liz at Veritas Homes to find our first house in San Mateo county.Liz patiently walked us through every step of the process (sometimes a few times) from securing a loan, how to go through disclosures and inspection reports, what to watch for on walk throughs, basically learning how to look when you're looking. Suggestions on what to look out for in each neighborhood, common issues and hangups particular to each area, etc. Things that only come with a great agent tied into the local market.It's a tough market for sure but Liz stuck with us week in and week out, scouting new places, chasing down off market listings, developing bids, and frequently checking in with us and visiting homes. She locked in on exactly what we were looking for and we eventually found our dream home.Liz is honest, reliable, trustworthy, and a joy to go through what is otherwise an incredibly frustrating and at times disheartening process. We were so fortunate to work with Liz and would recommend her (and already have to some friends) if you're looking for a home in the mid peninsula.
"would absolutely work with them again!"
Liz and Val are truly amazing to work with. We worked with them to purchase our home in San Carlos. They are great listeners and truly kept our best interests at heart when helping us look for a home. They helped us find a home we love, made the process seamless for us, and helped us find services for some repair work even after the transaction was complete. If you are looking for a great agent to help with your home purchase, Liz and Val wonderful. They are incredibly knowledgeable about the San Carlos market. I would absolutely work with them again!
"everything you want in a realtor!"
Val helped us navigate an extreme seller's market and into a beautiful home that met all of our needs while staying within our budget. She was a good negotiator that always had our best interests in mind. She is friendly, caring, a go-getter, responsive and efficient; everything you want in a realtor! We will definitely recommend and use Val again for all our real estate needs.
"highly recommend Val and her team"
I highly recommend Val and her team, Karen Eller Ha and Liz Min. A couple of friends recommended Val since I had been looking for a house for two years with no luck. A few months later, I closed on my new home! I was very impressed with Val's knowledge of the local market and it's current trend. She is very personable, warm and extremely competent. In a tight market, Val's expertise was invaluable. She guided me through a couple of offers without pressure , simply her vast experience. Most of the process for my purchase took place when I was overseas. With a 9 hrs time difference and quite a bit of jet lag, Val's team was present and receptive from start to finish. Every phone call was returned and every email was addressed. Should I ever need an agent again, Val will be my top choice.
"maximize sale price"
Val just helped us sell our house in Emerald Hills. She is personable and really easy to work with, and helped us understand the best approach to maximize sale price. Very knowledgeable about the local real estate market, she helped us find the right target date for listing our house. She helped us invest in the most effective update projects, to raise the value of the house without wasting money that wouldn't provide a return. We had already moved out of the area, and Val's assistant, Sharon, was invaluable in helping us get work done on the house. When a bizarre emergency plumbing problem occurred, Sharon responded immediately and got someone out to fix it that afternoon before the house was damaged. One of the keys to getting a good price is getting people in the door at open houses and Val was great at that. Her marketing materials were gorgeous and included everything from the usual website and brochure to aerial drone photos. After we received a couple of offers Val helped us evaluate the offers and decide which one to accept. Her knowledge of the market, financing, contingencies, etc. was very helpful. All in all, the sale went smoothly and we're quite satisfied--I would highly recommend Val.
- Peter Alley
"ability to resolve any issue"
I can not imagine a better agent to work with than Val Vandervort whether you are buying or selling. A couple years ago she helped me sell a house with some challenging features and was extremely helpful in guiding me through what work needed to be done and what did not before the house went on the market. It helped me focus my energy on what was most important. She also has wonderful contacts from contractors to handymen to stagers to help in the process. This year she helped me buy a condo, a process I was new to. She assisted me every step of the way and I could not have done it without her invaluable advice on many issues. She is always very professional but one of the things I valued most was her ability to resolve any issue that came our way while remaining cool and collected. Val is a pleasure to work with and she is definitely someone you want to have in your corner during the buying or selling process.
"Val and her team were great"
Val and her team were great to work with! She helped us sell our grandparents' house and made everything so easy on us. She is the best and we would definitely recommend her to everyone we know.
"Val helped us getting our dream home"
Val helped us getting our dream home. She knows the market very well and provided great advice throughout the purchasing process. We discuss our negotiation strategies with her, and she's always on top of things. She took a lots of notes on our criteria, houses we've viewed, our budget.We knew she could be counted on to provide clear recommendations that were in our best interest. On a couple occasions she stopped us from bidding on properties that had problems.She always made herself available on short notice to show us homes. She found us our dream home in a competitive market in a short period of time.We highly recommend working with Val and her team.
- Sherrie M.
"Lorenzo made this whole experience easy"
There aren't enough words to express my gratitude to Lorenzo. He is a hard working professional who truly advocates for his clients. My husband and I heard about Lorenzo from one of his past clients. This person said, "check out my realtor, he is 1 for 1 for us, and he is amazing!" We had a realtor at the time but were very upset about how she handled our bids. Essentially she would put in a bid and see if anyone bites. We were at the point that we lost 8 bids. She never followed up or made any attempt to speak to the realtors to find out more information to give us an upper hand. Currently, Lorenzo's score is 1 for 1 for us too! Only 1 bid and 1 bid accepted. He is an excellent communicator and updated us everyday. Buying a home is a nerve wrecking experience. Lorenzo made this whole experience easy and almost enjoyable. He was their at our signing. He is always easily accessible. He makes time for his clients and is just an all around amazing human being! We've closed on the property early which means that we can FINALLY move into our new home. He also won't leave you high and dry after the sale. He will give you contractors to call. Email you who to contact for your move. Just amazing! Thank you Lorenzo!
- Sofia B.
"so happy to have Val"
If yelp allows 10 stars, we will rate Val 10 stars! We are so happy to have Val as our buyer agent. She is amazingly professional and friendly as well! When we started working with Val, we were quite impressed by seeing all 5-star reviews on her yelp reviews. Now we truly believe that all the reviewers must greatly appreciate Val's help with their buys or sells as we do. If you are looking for a buyer agent in this area, no hesitation, go work with Val! Val is so professional, responsible, well organized and patient! She has great professional knowledge on the housing market, which will guide you to the right location, the right house and the right price! She has great connections with other real estate agents, loan agents, lenders, property inspectors, property manager, all kinds of contractors and so on. Whatever questions we asked (we are immigrants, having tons of questions, of course), she tried her best to provide precise and helpful information for answering them and solving our problems. She never pushed us to make any decisions on the houses. She wanted us to consider thoroughly and go for the house because we really like it. She never complained or showed any impatience when we changed our mind at the last minute. Val is very gentle, honest, nice and friendly. We trust her and relied on her a lot during the whole house purchase process. We had no worries about mistakes we might make at all, since we know she is well taking care of everything. Although purchasing a new home has never been an easy task, her professional guidance, high work efficiency and terrific patience made the whole journey enjoyable. We just realize that it is so hard to express all our great experience with her and all our appreciation of her strong work and wonderful personalities. We have been looking for a new home for half a year, finally got the lovely one. We were used to get Val's emails about updates and receive phone calls starting with her sweet voice "How are you?". And we started to miss all these ?
- JI L.
"couldn’t have asked for a better agent"
As a first-time home buyer, I couldn't have asked for a better agent to help me through the entire process. I fortunately met him at an open house he was showing in West Oakland. Lorenzo truly cares about helping his clients successfully close on their ideal home. He is dedicated, hard working, and has a knack for making the home-buying process fun and exciting -- not to mention, I learned so much! I appreciate that Lorenzo takes the time to understand what the client is looking for, always makes himself available (even took the time to discuss making offers and to review closing documents while I was on international business travel), and clearly explains the details, nuances and strategy at each step. He was also able to work under my very short timeline - an offer was accepted in 2 months (third offer) and we closed in less than a month before my apartment lease was up. He worked closely with the broker and seller's agent to make this happen smoothly in a very aggressive timeline. He truly values his clients and goes the extra mile -- he has become a friend and trusted advisor for my home buying and future selling needs. I highly recommend him if you are looking for your starter home and beyond.
- Mary L.
"extremely professional and efficient"
Val and Liz helped us through a complicated set of real estate transactions involving the simultaneous buying and selling of properties. They are extremely professional and efficient. Nothing slipped through the cracks and they were very diligent in following up. What we really appreciate was the human touch that went hand-in-hand with their professionalism. They fully realize that they are helping a customer through a transaction that will have a profound long term impact on the customer's life and finances. When we unexpectedly stumbled upon our dream home, they did what it took to get us into that home.
- STEPHAN V.
"this team is miles in front of the rest"
I cant say enough about the wonderful experience we had with Val and team Karen. In short, the road to securing real estate for my family was a rough ride in this climate and with this level of competition we were definitely the underdogs. Val and team cut through the battlefield like butter. Karen and Val worked tight and navigated every hurdle making the experience easy to manage and cope with. They were open to our suggestions and as we were open to theirs as a team we were successful. Karen managed our fluctuating emotional states no problem, was capable at playing the hard game or using tact for a more subtle approach when required. Both knew their areas very well and could read the layout of the land and adjust to the rapidly changing climate. Post closing it was quite clear that the due diligence, team ethic, tact and attention to detail exhibited by Val and Karen was the reason we were able to avoid a serious bidding war, close on the house and even see demands of our own to fruition in what is still clearly a sellers market. As i have worked with other agents in the past and brought to Val Vandervort Estates through a friends referral it's quite clear this team is miles in front of the rest. They are all easy to work with, detail oriented and even donated some of their income to charity and our closing to insure all our best interests were accounted for and not only as a personal gesture to us but also at a level in the community that generally speaking, others don't seem to care about. I would highly recommend this company and team and have done so multiple times already. I'm not a yelper but felt Val and team deserved my attention in this forum. They are my first Yelp. If you want a team to represent your best interests successfully id get in line quick b/c in this market quality this outstanding is what brings the edge you'll need to realize your dreams. I'd use them again without batting an eye. Don't waste time with other choices out there, sign with them before others occupy their time first. Every second counts in this market. Be willing to contribute and work as a team.
- ANTHONY F.
"Loved my experience"
Loved my experience buying my house with Val and Karen. I felt the whole process was as stress free as possible. They were very nice and helpful. We spent a couple of months looking at properties trying to find the one we wanted and throughout that search we did not feel pressured at any point. They were both very patient, looking to provide as much info as possible, and very friendly and courteous.
- ANDRES V.
"with us every step of the way"
My fiance and I couldn't have asked for a better first time homebuyer experience with Lorenzo! We closed escrow within 3 weeks and purchased our home below market price. He was with us every step of the way from answering all our emails and questions, he was really knowledgeable and professional whenever we went in for office visits, coming to our area to look at homes together, and he helped us come up with the best possible plan to pay off our home. Lorenzo helped us get into our first home right before our wedding. We can't express how much of a relief he provided us by finding a perfect home so quickly for us.
- May L.
"Lorenzo was an excellent agent"
Lorenzo was an excellent agent that helped my fiance and I purchase our first home. We saw three places and in the same day we decided to make an offer. Luckily the seller was as eager to sell as we were to buy. We were able to close within 30 days which is amazing in how fast things worked. Lorenzo had everything we needed to make this process easy. From e signing documents to reminders of home insurance to even checking in on us about our home. He is very professional and prompt. I look forward to doing future transactions with him
"helping us find our dream home"
I highly recommend Lorenzo Gueco for all your real estate needs. Lorenzo is very knowledgeable and responsive to his clients' every needs. When helping us find our dream home and ultimately the purchase process, Lorenzo always made my family feel at ease during a time of high anxiety for most home buyers. Lorenzo is very easy to talk to, approachable, and honest which is a breath of fresh air compared to other Realtors and agents that we have worked with in the past. Wherever you are located in the Bay Area, if you are looking to sell your house or buy a new one, Lorenzo Gueco and his team would be hard to beat.
- Mike Willis
"you are in good hands"
My husband are I are so impressed with Val Vandervort. She personifies professionalism and gets the job done right. Here are a few reasons why: 1. She takes the time to get to know the client and what the client wants. She knows how to listen and hear what you are saying. 2. She is a problem-solver and a client advocate: she thinks outside the box to find solutions that work, and then executes on the solutions. All in the best interest of the client. 3. She is well-connected: she knows the people that matter in all aspects of the real estate business, and this is what you want. You don't want a newbie that doesn't know anyone or how the business works. 4. She is patient and willing to spend the time necessary with you to meet your needs. She always responds to emails and voicemails. 5. She is meticulous, smart and reads documents carefully. You need this attention to detail when it comes to buying a house! 6. She is glad to help in related matters, such as finding the right contractor for a certain job. It is so helpful hat she has these contacts and will take the time to connect you to the right people. 7. She is a pleasure to work with. When you spend so much time with a real estate agent, you want to really like them and enjoy their company! You will miss her after the deal is done! 8. She is honest and trustworthy. You know you are in good hands.
- CAMELOT L.
"Val wants to see you happy"
Val has been nothing short of amazing through the entire process. We are new to the Bay Area and had no idea about the abnormal home-buying market on the Peninsula. She has tons of energy, is always willing to help and very flexible with her schedule. When our last home purchase did not work out (through no fault of our own), Val was still able to place us in a rental. We will definitely call upon Val when we are ready to buy again. In the end, Val wants to see you happy in a home – regardless of what that means for her commission.
- TAMMI S.
"Lorenzo is the best!"
Lorenzo is the best!!! He will always be there whenever you need him. He always gives fair and honest advice for every critical decision you will undergo in the home buying process. Lorenzo never left our side during the most stressful part of buying our first home. I STRONGLY recommend Lorenzo Gueco for anyone looking to buy their next property as he is very professional and dependable. My fiancé and I are very proud to call Lorenzo our realtor.
- Michael L.
"Excellent follow-through and great advice"
We put our hopes and fears around buying a house all out for Val – she answered all our questions, provided perspective and resources to help us get comfortable around location and priorities. Then, we found a house that met our needs and negotiated a price that we were satisfied with. We would ask Val to help us buy our next house. Excellent follow-through and great advice that you can trust.
- PHU T.