My wife and I have purchased two properties with John’s help. We hired him only after trying to work with someone recommended by a close friend. We were looking for a property that needed updating and maybe light remodeling and the timeframe of our first purchase was 2006 – the absolute height of the market. When that realtor told us that there was no such thing as a fixer in San Francisco (because “everyone” fixes everything before they list), we began looking at other realtors. We had met John at an open house previously, liked him immediately, and went back to him. John was the best. He let us do our thing (we are very hands-on), suggested alternatives that would not have occurred to us otherwise, and kept writing offers until we got what we wanted. In all, we wrote 8 offers before one was accepted. John was responsive and patient, and gave us great advice. After we got our “fixer”, he really saved us money and time in recommending contractors. This was key as we were on a deadline – we moved in 2 days after the birth of our first child. Now we have 3 children and have made a second purchase through John. Again, we benefited from his counsel, appreciated his patience and were delighted that it worked out. We could not be happier with John.