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He was always so quick to respond and available at all times
We worked with Bob to purchase our house in San Carlos and overall the experience was really great. It's clear that Bob has a ton of knowledge about San Carlos and the surrounding area, and was able to give us a ton of great info about the neighborhoods, schools, and basically anything we wanted to know. On the actual offer, Bob was really fair and honest and even double checked that we knew what we wanted. While in contract, he was always available, helped us with any questions/concerns we had and made sure the bank was on track. And even after closing when Bob doesn't need to be helping us anymore, he's still helping out with questions we have and helping us get set up with our new home. He's gone above and beyond what we hoped for. He was always so quick to respond and available at all times and days which is a great quality to have in a realtor. I highly recommend working with him.
Jeff H., San Mateo, CA
Bob provided us daily updates
This is a long overdue review for Bob. If you are looking to buy or sell a property in the mid peninsula area, specially in San Carlos, Belmont and Redwood city. Bob is your guy! He is honest, reliable, dependable, and very knowledgeable with local market. In addition, he is patient and very easy to work with. I came to know Bob through his sancarlosblog.com. After following him on his blogs for 4 month in 2010, we felt he would be the one who could help us find our first house in San Carlos. We were absolutely right. As a buyers agent, Bob is not pushing at all, instead he will let you know at what price you should stop during the multiple offers situation. In the end, he found us a house on the hill with gorgeous view and top schools we wanted. Not only that, the house had many potentials and it was sold off the market to us with unbelievable below market price. Six years later, when we were ready to move on, we chose Bob to be our agent without any doubt. This time, we met Bob on 4/25. He gave us his professional view of the real state market at the time and what we could do to improve the resale value. In the following 2 weeks, he got us two landscaping bids. Although the quotes were a little more than we originally anticipated, we put our trust on him. We were so glad we did, because it completed transformed the house. On 06/11, we told Bob we were ready to finally put the house on the market. I thought we would have open house the weekend before July 4th, but Bob told us we could do it in 6 days. I have to say Bob has an amazing team. His designer came over on 06/13, and within hours, I received her staging proposal and she came over again two days later to make sure everything was ready for the open house. His photographer took such nice photos that we couldn't even believe that was our house. The house was on the redfin hot list and received over 500 viewers the first day on the market. From 06/18 until 06/23, Bob provided us daily updates on how many people showed up during the open house, number of interested parties and offers coming in... 6 days later, on 06/23, the house was off the market. Below is the timeline:
- MON June13: Meet with interior designer
- WEDS June 15: Termite and Property Inspections
- WEDS June 15: interior designer returns and check on instructions and accessorize misc items
- THUR June 16 : Photography, Window and house cleaning
- FRI June 17 : House was on the market
- SAT & SUN June 18/19 : Open House
- TUE June 21 9:00-4:00: Broker tour
- THUR June 23: House was off the market.
June W., San Carlos, CA
He is engaged with prospective buyers
If you ever wanted to find the 'unicorn' of real estate agents, you need to work with Bob Bredel. He knows more about the in's and out's of real estate and the Silicon Valley market, specifically San Carlos, better than anyone- hands down. He is a consummate professional and helped us expertly navigate the entire house buying process over an exhaustive search in an incredibly hot market. We were able to buy the house of our dreams and we owe it 100% to to him. The house we purchased had 24 disclosure packages out and 12 offers. Truthfully, we doubt we were even the highest offer but Bob's excellent reputation in the area and our rock-solid lender (Bob's recommendation) likely made the seller's agent choose us amongst all the offers. We still feel the need to pinch ourselves that we will be getting the keys to our new home on Monday! Honestly, we have worked with realtors in the past and they have been flakey, less-than-professional, and have seemed annoyed with our questions or too disinterested to bother. Bob is a lawyer by education and it shows is his meticulousness and utter professionalism. He is engaged with prospective buyers (and sellers, I am certain) through every step of the process and is truly the best realtor my husband and I have ever come across and we have bought and sold several homes. We feel honored to have worked with Bob and will ABSOLUTELY recommend him to all of our friends!
Michelle S., San Mateo, CA
Bob and his team balanced intelligence with kindness
Yes, my husband and I highly recommend Bob. He is the best realtor with whom we have ever worked. Recently, we sold our San Carlos home in an unfamiliar (to us) market. We put our confidence in Bob's sell strategy, and we were rewarded with the best, fastest return imaginable. In addition, his Dwell Realtors team of similarly RESPONSIVE, experienced, competent professionals never let us down. Perhaps most importantly, Bob and his team balanced intelligence with kindness. We liked working with them.
Mimi A., Santa Cruz, CA
Bob was a pleasure to work with
My husband and I just closed escrow on the sale of our condo in Redwood City, Ca. I wanted to write this review of Bob prior to the sale because of how outstanding he has been. I just didn't get around to it until today. His professionalism far exceeds that of any real estate agent I have ever worked with. I just want to note that It was not the best time to be selling a condo in the area. Regardless of this, Bob was able to stand by us and get the condo sold within a completely reasonable amount of time. He made the entire process from start to finish painless. Not to mention that our baby arrived early and Bob was able to accommodate us in so many ways. Bob was a pleasure to work with. He is extremely talented, insightful, and strait-forward. He is accessible and always follows up. I wouldn't hesitate to use Bob for your real estate needs. You will save a lot of time, energy and money working with Bob and his assistant (who is also lovely). Thank you for everything Bob! We think you are the best. -The Tiptons
Kayla T., Granite Bay, CA
He helps you through each step with ease
My husband and I can't say enough positive, wonderful things about Bob!!!! He has gone above and beyond for our family in selling our home and in purchasing our new one Not only is Bob exceptionally smart, witty, reliable and completely "on it", it is his honesty, integrity and incredible kindness that makes him stand apart from all other realtors out there. He is a first rate realtor and a wonderful person!!!! He is incredibly knowledgeable and so trustworthy in every step of this tedious and stressful process. He helps you through each step with ease. We can't recommend Bob high enough to our family and friends. We mean when we say he is truly the best!!!
Danielle C., San Carlos, CA
My husband and I couldn't be happier with his service
We worked with Bob to purchase a home in our ideal neighborhood in San Carlos, in a crazy real estate market. The process was much quicker and easier than we would have ever expected because of Bob. My husband and I couldn't be happier with his service and we highly recommend him!
Cee B., San Francisco, CA
Bob is the most patient, perceptive, genuine and skilled agent I have ever met
We hired Bob Bredel over a year ago to list our house in San Carlos. We had tried to sell this same house once previously with another agent, and knew that due to a less desirable location and some troubles with the neighbors, that the challenge of selling our home could be formidable. This time around we chose to list with Bob for several reasons. The recommendations we had heard already were all 100% positive, he had a very approachable and trustworthy demeanor to him (not the least bit pushy), he was incredibly knowledgable, and lastly we appreciated that he was an attorney which made us feel far more comfortable when dealing with legal issues with the neighbors. We could not have imagined a better choice! Bob is the most patient, perceptive, genuine and skilled agent I have ever met. He goes above and beyond to dedicate himself entirely to every one of his clients. He was always quick to respond via text, email or phone (there is a slight possibility that he may be super-human;) and he has an intelligent and resourceful team to back him up as well. He will not let you down. As soon as we listed with him, Bob and his team didn't waste any time getting their painters, stagers, and inspectors in. Each one notably friendly and professional. The entire process was seamless. And the end result was several offers well above asking price. Following the sale of our house, we used Bob to help us find and put an offer in on a new house in town. He offered valuable advice on how to proceed and never hesitated to get us in to see a home. When we found the one we wanted, Bob handled the offer in a manner both judicious and smart. In a position where we were competing against a dozen other offers, we were thrilled to find that we had the benefit of an incredibly savvy and dedicated agent on our side. I honestly don't think we could have gotten this house without him. You just can't go wrong with Bob Bredel and his team on your side. I wouldn't hesitate to hire them again!
Heidi F., San Carlos, CA
Bob exceeded our expectations
Like many frustrated potential buyers, we had been looking for a house in San Carlos for nearly a year. We had tried a couple of different agents and were emphatically referred to Bob by a friend. Less than a week after telling Bob we were interested in working with him, we were under contract on an "off market" house. To say Bob exceeded our expectations would be a serious understatement. We tend to be overly involved in the negotiation and transaction process (usually with cause), but we completely trusted his advice and recommendations throughout the closing process. His knowledge, experience and demeanor truly distinguish Bob from many other agents. We honestly would not consider using another agent when buying or selling a house on the Peninsula.
Justin H., San Carlos, CA
Bob just had all the answers
First off, just let me be very clear that Bob exceed our expectations in every single way, which is no small accomplishment, as I have been told I am pretty demanding. I tried to pick out one or two of Bob's most outstanding qualities, but the fact is, Bob is outstanding in all areas! From always being available and responding within minutes, to helping prioritize what decisions need to be made when, to providing relevant fact based data to help guide our decisions, Bob just had all the answers. Most importantly, Bob is not afraid of trying to make the impossible happen, because that is what he did for us. Specifically, Bob helped us sell our home off market for the price we wanted in under 48 hours, with a contingency on the purchase of a new home. Here is how our transaction went:
- Saturday Night - We called Bob after finding the home we wanted to purchase.
- Sunday Morning - The house is shown off market to 6 interested parties.
- Monday Afternoon - We accepted an offer on our home.
- Wednesday - Our purchase offer is accepted.
- 21 days later we closed escrow on the sale of our existing home.
- 23 days later we closed escrow on the purchase of our new home.
John C., San Mateo, CA
He genuinely looks out for his clients
What an ideal realtor should be! After going through a couple of purchases and sales in the last few years, our experience with Bob tops all other agents we've dealt with. We would highly recommend Bob for not just San Carlos but also other cities in the Peninsula. He is extremely knowledgeable, honest and diligent. He also provides excellent customer service and responds very quickly. Bob is honest and diligent. When we first looked to buy a home a San Carlos, Bob would do his due diligence on homes we showed the most interest in, and he would even call the home inspectors directly to ask questions. Most buying agents would not do this much work because it might be a waste of time if the buyers decided not to make an offer. Bob would even discourage us from making an offer if he thought the house had major issues or we would be spending too much money upgrading the house. We know Bob is a busy agent so we were pleasantly surprised by his effort on homes that did not qualify for us. In contrast, we find many agents follow the mantra: "ABC: always be closing". We eventually decided to move from San Carlos to another city and picked a "local" agent for our buying decision. A big mistake! Even after we made our home purchase with another agent, we relied on Bob for references on painting and flooring contractors for the new home. We found Bob to be very fast in responding to all our questions. We usually got email responses from Bob within an hour. When we decided to sell our home in San Carlos, we interviewed several agents. Bob immediately stood out to us after our first meeting because he was the least "salesy" of the agents we talked to. He was not only the most knowledgeable but also spoke in a straightforward manner. Bob came to our meeting prepared with an information packet he personalized for us. Some agents either showed up with nothing or brought some disorganized MLS sheet that just came off their printers. Bob told us he'd market our house with the same approach as he would for more expensive homes. While most homeowners like to hear prospective agents estimate home prices as high as possible, Bob did not shy away from giving us an honest opinion based on current market conditions. We found Bob's honesty refreshing. During our sales process, Bob kept us up-to-date so we didn't feel out of the loop. Due to his legal background, he was able to explain all the items in the contracts in layman terms and the whole process went extremely smoothly. We have been pleasantly surprised by all our dealings with Bob. Had we met him earlier, we would have gone with him for all our transactions and saved ourselves the frustration. He genuinely looks out for his clients.
E. L., San Mateo, CA
He's a great communicator
We love Bob! He helped us purchase a house and dealt with all my questions and emotions during the process (on top of buying a house, I was pregnant... ). He's a great communicator, uses technology well (text and email) and got us our house in a very competitive process. Would not hesitate to recommend him for the San Carlos neighborhoods and he's been very helpful since then with recommendations for plumbers, handymen, etc.
Tiffany C., San Carlos, CA
Bob is dedicated, responsive, and patient
Bob is the best. We approached him after hearing many wonderful recommendations in the San Carlos Mothers Club, and they are all true and more. Within 30 days of just talking to him on the phone, we moved into our new house, which answers all our desires. Bob is dedicated, responsive, and patient to our very detailed and thorough extensive questions. He goes way beyond a regular realtor and made this whole experience very pleasant. Thank you Bob !
Ruti G., San Carlos, CA
There's no better Realtor on the Peninsula.
My husband and I recently sold our old house in San Carlos and bought a new one in San Mateo. We worked with Bob Bredel from Sotheby's on both sides of the deal and would recommend him HIGHLY. While he's known as a San Carlos Real Estate Specialist (and he is! - check out his blog at SanCarlosBlog.com), he knows the entire Peninsula very well and was knowledgeable about the neighborhoods we were considering in San Mateo as well. Bob is professional, kind, patient, savvy, a shrewd negotiator (he practiced as an attorney prior to real estate), practical, clever, thoughtful and a family man who will be very understanding of your life (I was 8+ months pregnant with #2 when we did these transactions with him)! He's well respected by his fellow Realtors on the Peninsula, which helps a ton both in searching for off-market houses and during negotiations. I really can't say enough good things about him. There's no better Realtor on the Peninsula. Bob is awesome!
Katie I., San Mateo, CA
Bob is an exceptional realtor
He spent the extra time listening to me and knew exactly what I was looking for. Right before finalizing the deal, I had one issue I was concerned about. I discussed it with him, and almost changed my mind. Bob went the extra mile, found a solution, resolved my concerns, and got back to me the next day. Not many realtor's I have worked with in the past made such efforts. Bob is like an old friend of mine. I have to confess that I do check in with him from time to time to hear how he is, get his perspective on how the market is currently doing, and when the right time is to strike my next move. I would highly recommend Bob, and also intend be a return client of his.
Karen, Engineer, Cupertino
My wife and I were searching for a home in San Carlos
Bob showed us a home which he thought was perfect for us. We agreed. Unfortunately, so did other prospective buyers. Bob skillfully drafted an offer and made a well prepared, persuasive presentation to the sellers and their realtor. His professionalism and background as an attorney undoubtedly helped us get the house we wanted amid other competing bidders. I would recommend Bob Bredel to my friends and family without hesitation.
Jeff, Business Owner, San Carlos
Bob Bredel is the perfect combination of professionalism and understanding in the stressful undertaking of selling or buying a home in the Bay Area
His resourcefulness in staging my mother's home and his suggestions of necessary improvements to enhance the attractiveness of the home were invaluable. His background as an attorney, his friendly and calm presence make him unique amongst realtors!
Bonnie DeMartini, Belmont
I would like to recommend Bob Bredel to you for your Real Estate needs
Bob represented and assisted my family in the recent sale of our home in Foster City during February/March 2007, and we are totally and completely satisfied. Bob went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that all the right things were done, and the result was that the sale was fast and even above the asking price. He kept in touch very well during the process. In addition, Bob is a very personable and professional person that we enjoyed working with in every way. Our situation involved a Trust, and Bob knew exactly how to handle the specific requirements. We would certainly use Bob again, and I'm sure that if you engage Bob you will also be very happy with his services. Bob has my contact information, if you would like you may email me directly with any questions.
Richard Swan, Business Owner, Foster City
Bob is the most conscientious, thorough and knowledgeable real estate agent I have ever met
He did all of the work for us- he weeded through listings and only talked to us about houses that truly met our needs. And when it came to crunch time, Bob packaged our offer so well that we ended up getting chosen over two higher bids. I can't recommend Bob highly enough. A rare broker and a wonderful person.
Josh, Medical Doctor, Palo Alto, Stanford Hospital
We had an excellent experience with Bob Bredel as our real estate agent
We recommend him to everyone we know who is entering the local housing market and we would absolutely work with him again. We have bought and sold several homes in the past and our experience with Bob exceeded our high expectations. He guided us through the specific quirks of the Peninsula real estate market with candor and humor. His understanding of the real estate market from the legal, business, and personal perspectives is impressive (Bob is so knowledgeable that we found him to be an invaluable resource even after we moved into our new home). From our viewpoint as buyers, our transaction seemed almost effortless because Bob is so professional, organized, prompt and responsive. He gave us wise, clear and strategic advice which helped us get a great home at a fair price in a very competitive real estate market. We also felt confident in our transaction because of Bob's background as a real estate attorney. On top of his expertise, Bob treated us as his clients with great consideration and helped us keep our sense of humor throughout the process. We recommend Bob without reservation.
Jessalyn R., San Carlos
We were referred to Bob Bredel by a friend who had been impressed with Bob's real estate blog
We interviewed Bob and another prominent agent. We selected Bob based on his specific, local knowledge and the potential for access to pre-market properties. working with Bob was enjoyable. He was very accessible for seeing houses, and he quickly zeroed in on our preferences. There weren't many houses on the market, but Bob helped us get a quick understanding of the market. He even delivered on his promise and showed two houses that were not yet on the market. We decided to place an offer on the second house. Bob competently guided us through the negotiation and closing process. We are very happy with our home and extremely satisfied with Bob's service.
Glen D., San Carlos
As the previous reviews have stated, Bob is an amazing agent
He always made us feel as though we were his only clients and he put our interests first. We bought and sold houses with him in a short and competitive timeframe and we couldn't have been more impressed with his knowledge of the real estate market and his strong negotiating skills. Bottom line....Bob gets the job done.
Dave H., San Carlos
If you are considering buying or selling your home in San Carlos, look no further then Bob Bredel
Bob has his finger on the pulse of San Carlos like no other agent practicing real estate in the area. Bob is originally from the San Carlos area and has an intimate knowledge regarding the different San Carlos neighborhoods and can point you in the right direction depending on what type of home and neighborhood you are looking for. Bob even produces a blog that provides a wonderful overview of the community and real estate topics. Bob helped us purchase our 2nd home in San Carlos in the summer of 2008. Bob helped us navigate any pitfalls with the purchase of this home and thoroughly represented our needs. He is a knowledgeable agent and understands the concerns of his customers. He takes time to understand your needs in your next home and works diligently to find the "right house" for you. In a competitive market, you want Bob on your side to help your purchase your dream home in the "town of good living".
Kate S., San Carlos
My wife and I were looking for a home in San Carlos
Bob was referred to us by a good friend. He was known to us as one of the top producers in the area, and we interviewed several local agents before going with Bob. Bob's reputation, coupled with his knowledge of the local real estate market, led us to retain his services. Bob proved a competent, aggressive and responsive agent. We had targeted a home before hiring Bob. He felt the home was over-priced, and helped us negotiate a winning bid against 2 competing offers that was substantially below asking price. Bob even made a unilateral, and very generous, gesture with his sales commission in light of the circumstances surrounding this known property acquisition. I doubt you will find a real estate agent on the peninsula with Bob's skill, abilities and, most importantly, sense of fair dealing. The closing process went very smoothly, Bob was exceedingly patient and always available to assist with questions or concerns. His experience as a licensed attorney also added a degree of confidence when navigating the various legal documents involved in the purchase. I would recommend Bob to my friends and family. He is a smart, confident and honest real estate agent.
Bob M., San Carlos
Working with Bob was the best decision my wife and I made moving to San Carlos from out of state
He came highly recommended from a colleague and lived up to the billing! He is extremely knowledgeable about the area, individual communities, schools, nightlife, etc. He was very responsive, understood our specific needs, and consistently updated us with options to pursue. His knowledge of the buying process enabled us to effectively negotiate our purchase as well. I would highly recommend anyone looking to buy in the area to work with Bob!
Kurt P., San Carlos
I was very impressed with Bob's knowledge of San Carlos
With regards to new listings, valuations, school systems, development activities, etc. He was quick to assess what my needs were, and only notified me of properties he felt I'd be interested in. His response time on phone and email queries was never more than a few minutes, and was always available to show properties with little advanced notice. Unlike other agents I've dealt with, Bob was straightforward and unassuming. He's very knowledgeable, more than happy to educate, and communicates well (for example, he did a great job explaining what would be involved in an estate sale). During the negotiation phase, he presented the facts along with his candid assessment.
Bob M., San Carlos
My husband and I recently sold our old house in San Carlos and bought a new one in San Mateo
We worked with Bob Bredel from Sotheby's on both sides of the deal and would recommend him HIGHLY. While he's known as a San Carlos Real Estate Specialist (and he is! - check out his blog at http://SanCarlosBlog.com), he knows the entire Peninsula very well and was knowledgeable about the neighborhoods we were considering in San Mateo as well. Bob is professional, kind, patient, savvy, a shrewd negotiator (he practiced as an attorney prior to real estate), practical, clever, thoughtful and a family man who will be very understanding of your life (I was 8+ months pregnant with #2 when we did these transactions with him)! He's well respected by his fellow Realtors on the Peninsula, which helps a ton both in searching for off-market houses and during negotiations. I really can't say enough good things about him. There's no better Realtor on the Peninsula. Bob is awesome!
Katie I., San Carlos
Bob is the best
We approached him after hearing many wonderful recommendations in the San Carlos Mothers Club, and they are all true and more. Within 30 days of just talking to him on the phone, we moved into our new house, which answers all our desires. Bob is dedicated, responsive, and patient to our very detailed and thorough extensive questions. He goes way beyond a regular realtor and made this whole experience very pleasant. Thank you Bob !
Ruti G., San Carlos
We love Bob!
He helped us purchase a house and dealt with all my questions and emotions during the process (on top of buying a house, I was pregnant... ). He's a great communicator, uses technology well (text and email) and got us our house in a very competitive process. Would not hesitate to recommend him for the San Carlos neighborhoods and he's been very helpful since then with recommendations for plumbers, handymen, etc.
Tiffany B., San Carlos
Having owned 7 different homes, I have come to realize through direct experience that the realtor you use for the buy or sell side is critically important.
Part of the reason for this is that buying and selling a home is a daunting project and experience. Another part is that the reputation, respect and trust held by your realtor is extremely important. The realtor on the other side of the transaction (as well as the buyer or seller) needs to feel comfortable and trusting in your realtor. Quite simply, Bob Bredel is the best, most professional, and most skillful realtor I have ever worked with. My wife and I were quite impressed with him from the onset. It helped that Bob is an attorney, formerly with a large and prestigious law firm. He understands the transaction from multiple dimensions. However, the real proof is in the results. He created the strategy, approach and presentation which helped us win in a 7 bid situation for the home of our dreams. The home was in a very sought after area, and there was an outpouring of interest and multiple all cash offers. We didn't have all cash or even the highest offer. We had something better, Bob Bredel on our side.
Mark E., San Carlos