Category Archives: Testimonial

Master Bedroom at rear of property

“You Understand the Modern Buyer, Who Can Do Their Own Research and Come Prepared”

A great testimonial from two very happy selling clients.

Hi Alex,

Thanks again for the great work on the sale of our Outer Sunset Condo.

We really never expected to get even close to the price you were able to achieve for us.

When we decided to move in Nov 2012, the Outer Sunset was trailing the rest of the city and we were told by an SF realtor friend to expect under $600K for our place.

So to come in at over $800K two years later feels phenomenal.

We don’t think it was luck at all. Having read your newsletter for many years — I got hooked when you used to do profiles of the micro-neighborhoods of San Francisco, which were great — I knew that you loved San Francisco and know San Francisco buyers. I felt that you understand the modern buyer who can do their own research and come prepared, yet has limited time and is used to working through texts, emails and on-line. So when we were coming up on 2 years after moving, we knew it was time to sell and I knew that I wanted to give you a try.

From our first contact the experience has not disappointed. You have been prompt and responsive and treated us and our condo as a top priority throughout. We started the process in May and from the beginning we established a timeline and expectations. May was the perfect time to start for a sale in mid-September with a close in mid-Oct.

You went to work on our place immediately, engaging Gigi Park and getting us estimates and a timeline for the required work prior to sale. You walked us through the entire process and based on your advice we negotiated an early move-out for our tenant. We knew that there was deferred maintenance going into the project, and spent the money to bring the place into top form. Over the summer you would check in periodically to make sure everything was on track, and as the work progressed our timeline unfolded exactly as expected.

Due to the early move out we were able to market the property in mid-September which was an optimal time. With the work completed, Katrina’s staging really showed off the beauty of the location and the rooms. The brochure was beautiful and it was thrilling to see our place featured in your newsletter. Tom kept track of the Zillow hits — over 2000 views and over 25 favorites!

Offer day we were happy with the offers and then ecstatic. Adding to our comfort level was knowing that the offer we chose was from a couple who worked with an agent and mortgage broker with whom you have close ties. It helped us believe that the deal would really go through and that we were dealing with high integrity buyers who would love our home as we had.

The close went smoothly and we knew if we had questions you were just a text or a call or an email away throughout.

Thanks again!

–KT and Tom

(See Tom’s comments below)

To add to what Katy says, I’d like to note that since we used Alex for his knowledge and skill regarding our sale, we followed all of his advice. We staged, painted, repaired and replaced fixtures as he advised and didn’t try to quibble with, or shortcut his guidance.

Congratulations again guys! Thanks for the great testimonial. So glad it worked out on such an extraordinary level. Keep in touch and let’s get you moved back to the City! Go Giants!

Designer Richmond Condo

“Alex Worked Tirelessly To Help Us Make Both Our Buying And Selling Goals A Reality”

“After having mostly settled into our new home, it’s finally time write a few words about our realtor – Alex Clark. Whether you are looking to buy or sell (and we used Alex for both), Alex knows the San Francisco market and how to get a deal closed, regardless of how stiff the competition might seem.

On the buy-side, Alex helped us get a true gem of single family home in the Inner Richmond by working patiently, but persuasively, with the Seller, who was hesitant to let go of the house after having it in the family for over forty years. But by making a personal connection with the Seller’s agent, and nudging us gently to get to where we needed to be to make a winning offer, we came out on top. And if you are familiar with how competitive the San Francisco real estate market can be and how quickly it’s moving, that’s no small achievement. On the sell-side, Alex’s knowledge of the neighborhood, comps, and how to market the property to generate packed open houses, helped us get the most for our condo. Bottom line – we crushed the closet comp listing by 20%, which we attribute directly to Alex’s understanding of the market.

Alex worked tirelessly to help us make both our buying and selling goals a reality, and above it all, he’s a genuinely good guy and easy to get along with.

Thanks Alex!”- Amanda & Sergio

You’re so very welcome! Thank you for putting your trust in me, and thank you for the great testimonial. Since I know you’re not moving for the next 50 years, I look forward to helping your friends and family when it comes time for them to buy/sell. Pray for snow!

-741 18th Ave, Top Floor 2+ bed, 1.5 bath, Top Floor Condo, Listed $949,000, Sold for $1,200,000 [theFrontSteps]

“Sensibility And Overall Likability Are A Winning Combination”

I just wrapped up a deal with some buyers in NOPA, and this is what they had to say about working with me:

Great agent. Not only did Alex stick by us through multiple offers but finally landed us our new home even though we weren’t the highest bidders and we were up against all cash offers. By really getting to know us and meeting with the sellers agent at offer time Alex was able to position us as the best fit for the home. His knowledge & navigational skills through this unpredictable market combined with a down to earth sensibility and overall likability are a winning combination. Thanks Alex – we look forward to hosting you at our moving in party!! Lauranne, Mike and Mary

Thanks guys! Looking forward to beers and barbecue. I’ll bring Tequila!

Luxury Condos Downtown , Yerba Buena at 16 Jessie

“Best Agent, Bar None, In San Francisco”

Recently, I had the pleasure of representing my client in the sale of his condominium in one of the most sought after locations and buildings in downtown San Francisco. Many people refer to this area as SOMA, some refer to it as FiDi (Financial District), some as the Barbary Coast, and others still as Yerba Buena. Regardless of what you call it, I call it a sale that far exceeded my client’s expectations and set a new price per square foot record in his building of $1233 per square foot. In the end, we received 16 offers, all over asking, and settled 31.31% above asking, and well above any recent comparable sale.

My client was so thrilled, he sent me this wonderful testimonial:

Best agent, bar none, in San Francisco

I had the good fortune of working with Alex Clark of Paragon Real Estate on the recent sale of my condo. Alex is extremely professional yet very personable and possesses a keen knowledge of the San Francisco real estate market. My unit was listed for only 11 days and received 16 excellent offers all well over the asking price.
If you are contemplating selling or buying in San Francisco, Alex Clark is a must in your strategy.

A VERY satisfied client.
-Peter

Many people will chalk this up as simply a sign of the times, but there is an art to garnering tremendous interest, multiple offers, and ultimately a successful, new high water mark sale. It also helps to have your property listed here on the most popular San Francisco Real Estate blog, so it can get press on the more most popular Curbed SF real estate blog. Buyers are online, that’s where I am, and that’s where your property will be.

Congratulations on your sale Peter, and all the success and good times in New York City. I’m definitely jealous of that one way ticket.

-Battle Royale: San Francisco or New York City, If You Had To Choose (Over 100 comments on the matter) [theFrontSteps]
-More Testimonials [theFrontSteps/Alexander Clark]
-Recent Transaction [theFrontSteps/Alexander Clark]
-1 Ecker (16 Jessie) Hits The Market, Monday Open House Was Packed [theFrontSteps]
-A Slice of 1 Ecker Can Be Yours For $495,000 [Curbed SF]

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“It’s Not Everyday You Trust A Realtor To Buy A Home Sight Unseen”

Happy Holidays to all of you, and congratulations to some more happy clients on their purchase of one awesome San Francisco property!
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Our search for a home in San Francisco started after reading Alex’s site TheFrontSteps.com. We were impressed with his insight into the market and his interest in finding a property that fit our needs. Due to a job transfer, we had limited time to search for property and even less time to actually see what was available. Through many phone calls, text messages, and emails, Alex gave us a solid understanding of neighborhoods, prices, and how to make a competitive bid. It’s not everyday you trust a realtor enough to buy a home sight unseen, but Alex found us the perfect property! Alex listened to our needs and interests and found a home for us that we love, in a neighborhood that fits our lifestyle. And, did I mention that we did all this in less than 30 days? Thanks, Alex!

You’re so very welcome Kris, and you can’t imagine the relief I felt when you told me you loved the place! I was sweatin’ for days!

-More Testimonials Of The Service I Can Provide [Alexander Clark, theFrontSteps & Paragon Real Estate]