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Jaan Uhelszki:Talk about being able to do the impossible! Glenn Allen and his associate Toni were able to work miracles for me, navigating all the paperwork, never taking no for an answer, and working tirelessly and relentlessly over the 17 months (!) it took my house sale to go through. He is the consummate professional, knows the housing market and all the intricacies cold. He is equal parts professionalism, charm, and compassion and so much more than a real estate profession: he was a coach, a mentor and a cheerleader—I wouldn’t consider ever engaging anyone else.
Derrick & Diane Gonzales:I was working with a real estate agent before I had the pleasure of working with Glenn and Toni. The agent did not seem to know detailed information on the home and or area that I was inquiring about. I was finding that I had to make the calls to inquire more info on the property or found that the agent was out of town on weekends without any word. Purchasing a new home was becoming frustrating and time consuming. My wife then gave me the number of the real estate agent that had found her friend from work a nice home. I decided to call to see if he could help me find a home. From the start I found Glenn to be very professional and knowledgeable on all the questions that I had asked. I gave him an idea of what I was looking for and a budget. Without missing a beat Glenn and Toni had new homes for me to look at on a dally bases and when we did find a home the paperwork was a breeze . I would recommend Glenn and Toni to any one that is looking for a new home.
Bob & Susan Shenk:We feel very fortunate to have selected Glenn to help us sell our Walnut Creek home. Glenn took the necessary time to get to know us and what we wanted to accomplish. His support staff made excellent recommendations to prepare our home for sale and the contractors he recommended for required work were very prompt & reasonable. Glenn created his own beautiful marketing materials that captured the uniqueness of our home. Thanks to his strategy to hold bids for 10 days, our home received multiple offers and sold well above the listing price in 11 days! Glenn is a true pleasure to work with and we highly recommend his real estate services.
Chris & Tomoko Hoffman:Glenn has now worked with us to purchase two homes. Our first was several years ago when my wife and I were new to California, and most recently in December 2013 when we decided to purchase a larger home for our growing family. Our first transaction was on the buy side only, and Glenn was wonderful to work with. He has knowledge of the entire bay area, which was very helpful as we were new to CA at the time.
This time around, Glenn helped us find a new home in Clayton, CA and helped us sell our Dublin, CA condo. Once again Glenn and his staff did an excellent job. We needed a quick turnaround and Glenn had our previous home on the market within a few days of contacting him. We had a buyer, over asking price, and about 7-8 days later! On the buy side Glenn’s staff sent us several homes that met our criteria and Glenn took us to see several before we settled on the home we wanted. The day we found it Glenn put together a complete and competitive offer package which the sellers accepted right away.
My wife and I couldn’t be happier with the service, both on the buy and sell side. Glenn and his staff were professional, knowledgeable, and very clearly explained the process so we weren’t taken by surprise. We closed both ends of the transaction in under 30 days. Glenn helped us coordinate all of the inspections (Home, sewer lateral, and pest), and made sure the process went smoothly. Glenn is the only Bay Area realtor we would ever use, and we recommend him to all of our friends and family!
Dustin Joseph & Colleen O’Donnell: Glenn was great to work with through every step of the process. Within the first initial meetings he came prepared with a marketing strategy of how best to list our home and a lot of helpful ideas of repairs and updates to make prior to putting it on the market. He was easy to get in touch with and followed up on all of our requests. When we started looking for homes, his knowledge of renovations and creativity helped us look at the potential of all the properties we saw. I would highly recommend Glenn whether buying or purchasing (or both) a home!
Erin O’Leary & Cary Gaynor: Glenn made the whole process of selling our house a breeze during a stressful time. We got offered work out of state and needed to move quickly, he got the job done fast but never made us feel pressured or rushed. I can only hope we can find someone as good to help us in our new location, he really is a pleasure to work with.
Nick Michael & Andrea Hennessey: We had met with and worked with several other Realtors before finding Glenn. Glenn was far more helpful, knowledgeable, and responsive when searching for a home than all of the other Realtors. His knowledge of the industry and market allowed us to place offers on properties that other Realtors don’t take the time and have the experience to deal with. Glenn found us a home that was not even on the market and did a great job throughout the entire purchasing process. We will definitely be using Glenn again and I have already been recommending him to my friends that are looking to purchase a home.
Laura Daly: Glenn, Toni and team were amazing throughout my short sale process. The expertise and support the team provided was invaluable – the entire process ran so smoothly and they made it really easy on me to deliver all the documentation that was required. And, on top of all that, they brought an ideal blend of compassion and humor to an otherwise distressing process. I would highly recommend them and will absolutely use Glenn and his team again when I’m buying or selling in California.
Tenya Spillman: I just recently went through a short sale on my house. While it was one of the most trying times in my life, Glenn and Toni were supportive, understanding, persistent, and most importantly, got the result that we wanted. The short sale process was not an easy one but, with Glenn’s knowledge we were able to get the best possible outcome. I highly recommend Glenn and his team to anybody who is faced with a short sale or a regular sale on their home.
Scott & Josephine Greer: I spoke to Glenn one year before I actually started the short sale process. I did not know what a short sale was before that. It turned out to be the absolute best option for our family. Although it was a stressful process, Glenn was very patient and walked me through each document I had to fill-out and sign for the short sale package. It took many months to get approvals on both the 1st and 2nd liens and he kept us informed with weekly calls or emails on the progress. During the transaction Glenn was very involved and made sure that the buyers were moving forward with their inspections and removing contingencies.
He was: – Knowledgeable and educated me on the process. – Diligent and thorough. – Followed up with all parties involved regularly (bank, agent, loan officer) – Always available to talk to.
I would definitely use Glenn again and would highly recommend him to friends and family! He seemed to really care.
Angela & Steve: Glenn is fabulous! We worked with him on two sales and a purchase. For the first home, he did a great job finding contractors for pre-sale repairs, and the house looked amazing and sold quickly for almost exactly the asking price. The second home was a short sale which sold as fast as a short sale could, but we did have a good turnout! The home we purchased was also a short sale and Glenn always kept us updated through the entire process. He was always quick to respond to our phone calls and emails and he would even call to check in. Glenn’s knowledge of the real estate market and experience was invaluable and helped make our process as smooth as possible. Glenn is very professional and fun to work with and I would highly recommend him to anyone. I would not hesitate to call him if we needed a realtor again.
Al & Nancy Hagedorn: Glenn has listed and sold multiple properties for us. In every case he has performed expertly and professionally. I recommend him whenever possible.
Jayne Adams: Glenn was very helpful through the whole process. It had been a while since I had owned a home, and I had lots of questions. Glenn answered all of my questions and kept me informed each step of the way. Glenn is very knowledgeable about the area and the market and made me feel like I was making a good decision in my purchase. I would highly recommend Glenn to my family and friends!
Frida & Max Afrakhteh: Glenn is a knowledgeable real estate agent. He is honest, hardworking and reliable. My husband and I have enjoyed working with him. I highly recommend him.
Dary & Tracy: If anyone is able to review a real estate agent, it would be my husband & I. Over the course of 18 mths. we went through 2 other agents and 2 finance offices. We struggled with responsiveness and the willingness to meet our needs and our timeline. When I finally agreed to take my sisters’ agents number they had just purchased their house through, we were finally on the freeway to purchasing our home. After meeting Glenn on the phone, he met us at the house we had been wanting to put an offer on the next morning at 8:30 in Vallejo!…and although we were outbid on that particular house, him and his team (Toni!) got our loan moving and from the day we met him, we were moving in to our new home less than 2 mths later (It would have been sooner but we had to take care of some things first)! Going through the purchase of our house with Glenn was finally the experience we were looking for…knowledgeable, on our side, and extremely competent in the process. We were truly taken care of!
Patricia: Glenn Allen is an exceptional Real Estate Agent, his knowledge of Contra Costa County is very broad and helpful. Glenn was able to council me on the different consequences associated with foreclosure -vs- short sale on my own home, then prepared me extremely well for the sale. He had a lot of good ideas and resources to help get my home in the best shape to put on the market. Glenn’s team was very nice to work with, prompt, friendly and professional. I would highly recommend Glenn if you are looking to sell your home, all of his years and experience show!
Stephany & John Fortner: This was my first time working with Glenn and it went as smoothly as a short sale process can go…no nightmare stories like I hear about from friends that have gone through the process. When I first contacted Glenn, I wasn’t yet sure if I wanted to pursue a short sale, but I figured he could help me prepare for the pros and cons so that I could make my decision. As it turns out, I decided to go through with it and Glenn and his assistant, Toni, were very responsive and organized in handling each step of the process, from listing my home, finding a buyer within a week and coordinating the short sale approvals through both my first and second mortgage lenders, which I know was no easy task. I would highly recommend Glenn to anyone looking for a knowledgable, courteous real estate professional. If you’re considering a short sale, whether or not you’re sure you want to go through with it, he should be your first phone call.
Jeffrey & Carlee Smith (Buyers):We had a fabulous experience from start to finish. He assisted us through the entire process, from introducing us to the site to locate homes, to guiding us through the negotiation process (even when he was on vacation), to helping us find people to help us paint, install flooring and other various projects. Thanks to his guidance and persistence during the negotiation process, we were able to get a house that has met our needs as a family and improved the quality of our high school child’s education by getting us into the district we wanted to be in. He worked closely with the listing agent to make the sale go smoothly and close earlier than we expected. It was a very positive experience that turned out way better than we had expected due to Glenn’s guidance, knowledge, hard work, and assistance in so many ways. We would enthusiastically recommend Glenn to anyone looking to buy or sell a house.
Jennifer & Brian Duus: We were so lucky to find Glenn!! Otherwise, we would likely not have been able to purchase a property as it is a sellers market. It was a short sale with two lenders involved on the seller’s side. Through the lengthy and tumultuous process, we felt that we could trust Glenn and it worked out for the best. Not only did Glenn guide us through the process, but had great recommendations on design and reasonably priced contractors after the sale was complete. He had integrity and helped us through the renovations, which were quite intimidating for the newbie.We are very happy with the outcome. We now are the proud owners of a beautiful home and have made a true friend (who is also our neighbor) in the process.
Thank you, Glenn!
Will & Ruvi Guzman: Glenn, you made our experience painless. Your knowledge, expertise, integrity and honesty were apparent to us. Thank you for closing the deal quickly. We highly recommend your service.
Marco Lopes: Glenn represented us in a short sale. We highly recommend his services because the results were the best possible. The process was a difficult one, a complex series of steps but he was always taking the initiative and staying one or two steps ahead and making sure all documentation and interactions with all involved parties went flawlessly.
Kacie Slover: We worked with Glenn and he is a very informative, polite, kind, and respectful person. Glenn is very detailed and communication was excellent. Follow up with everything was in a timely fashion. Sale process went very smooth. Glenn also showed a great deal of professionalism. I would and will refer him to anyone I know that is looking for a house. Our process of buying a home was a wonderful and easy process. There was no stress what so ever and I really appreciate him and the time he took with us. If we should buy or sell our home, we will definitely call Glenn.
Thank you very much Glenn for the pleasurable experience!
Jeffrey & Carlee Smith (Sellers): “We had an incredibly positive experience with Glenn and would absolutely recommend his services to any serious home buyer or seller. He was very skilled at knowing the precise home improvements required to make our home sell quickly and for a higher price. We were at first skeptical, but soon bought into his long-term vision. He assisted us in finding professional and affordable contractors to complete these projects. Glenn Allen is very honest and he even gave us many suggestions we could do on our own, including refinishing our wood floors, adding trim, and how to properly stage of our existing furniture. His team was always available for us, guiding us through every step of the process. When we came across any bumps and hurdles, his experience and knowledge made them very manageable. After completing the improvements he suggested, we were able to list our home for a much higher price than anyone had expected; we ended up listing our home for 10 days and had over 10 very good offers. Glenn even befriended the final buyers during the open house. Shortly thereafter, they made an offer significantly over the asking price. We couldn’t have been more pleased! It was a very positive and profitable experience.”
Corinne O’Connor: I met Glenn during an open house in Pleasant Hill. My friend was trying to decide whether to sell or expand her current Pleasant Hill home. Glenn was very knowledgable about the area and very helpful. He met with her and spent quite a bit of time and energy analyzing the pros and cons of selling vs rennovating her current home. He had contractor contacts and cost estimates for her in a very short time. Unfortunately, before she could make a final decision on how to proceed she was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in January 2012. I inherited her home and immediately remembered how knowledgable and helpful Glenn was so I contacted him to assist me in the sale of the home. It was very important to me that he be an expert on the probate process and have the ability to assist in in fully disclosing information about a home I had never occupied. As it turned out I was very wise to ask Glenn to be my real estate agent. Disclosure issues came to light that I had no knowledge of and Glenn did all the research and documentation necessary to assure full disclosure to the buyer and that I met all legal disclosure reponsiblities. He also helped me stage the house and fully prepare it for a very quick sale for a very good price. He is an excellent real estate agent whom I highly recommend to all potential sellers and buyers. He is a consummate real estate professional.
Bruce & Harriet Stanley: As a former agent, I can be critical of how another agents handle a sale. In this case, however, Glenn proved to be the ultimate professional in every sense of the word. Glenn was very observant, and was very helpful in making sure everthing was fixed in the home to maximize the selling price, thus maximizing equity. He was able to arrange for contractors to do any required work, and they all were professional, on time and not too expensive as some can be. The manner in which he presented the home I know created the top dollar sales price. Holding off bids until the second week-end open house created multiple offers resulting in a quick sale. He dealt well with escrow, and followed up on any issues that remained after closing.
All in all, a great job. I recommend him highly.
Will Smit: Glenn helped me to sell my home in Pleasant Hill. I found his service to be exceptional as well as professional. He worked with me through listing, finding a buyer and dealing with many issues around the negotiation. I would strongly recommend Glenn to anyone in the real estate market, either buying or selling. I plan on using Glenn’s services again in the future.
Karl Taugher & Deanna Bassell: Agent was very helpful. Showed us homes day or night, rain or shine. Extremely knowledgeable of the local area! Explained everything to us (we needed it as we were first time buyers. Very patient with some mortgage broker problems we had and helped kick them into high gear.
Kenny & Lea Chan: I would definitely use Glenn again, however I don’t think I will need to since he helped us find the house we wanted. I do agree with the other reviewers in terms of Glenn’s quick response. There wasn’t a time when he couldn’t meet us to show us a property. In some cases, we gave him a few hours notice that we wanted to see a property and he was there to meet us on time. Glenn also has an eye for tearing down walls to tweak a property to fit your needs. Home renovation isn’t for everybody, but if you are open to the option, Glenn definitely can give you ideas. I highly recommend Glenn for your real estate needs.
Fred Lorey: Glenn is efficient, honest, and goes the extra mile. Hard to find in a real estate agent. He helped point me in the right direction for a rental property, gave me access to some software where I could look up what I wanted to look at myself, and took me to all of them (at least 25)! He even negotiated the price down on a foreclosure for a new roof and window repair. He also helped me find renters for a reasonable one time fee and did all the leg work, advertising and credit checks. Then turned it over to me so I didn’t have to pay a property management company every month. Oh, and he makes a mean almond roca at Christmas time.