My partner and I were looking for our first home in SF and were lucky enough to work with Michael and Aaron. They are just the best – I can’t recommend them enough. You have to understand my partner (Marti) and I first to understand how amazing Michael and Aaron are. Marti once spent over an hour reading reviews for the best pair of goggles for the one time that he *might* go swimming. I was pretty worried that the decision fatigue alone of buying a house was going to kill him.
We met with the Bellings brothers early on during our housing search but also with other real estate agents. It’s probably a mix of personal preference but as first time homebuyers, we were impressed with their clear knowledge, energy and striking ability to hand-hold while allowing us to take the lead.
Things that really stood out:
– Promptness. Text, calls, emails were all return at record speed. We were peripherally aware of other clients but we always felt like a priority.
– Flexibility. There’s a schedule to SF real estate but my erratic work schedule meant that I was going to be doing a lot of things at random hours. They helped coordinate showings of homes at times that were convenient for us. When we became interested in a property and wanted to look at it at night, they met us there at the location with 30 minutes notice.
– Patience. There were questions. And then more questions. And then questions from my mother. All of which were answered throughly and patiently.
In the end, we found our dream home. We have nothing to compare Michael and Aaron to but I feel pretty confident that it doesn’t get any better since they made our first home-buying experience in SF so smooth. We felt like we had advocates on our side who weren’t going to let us fall through the cracks or let us make poor decisions. That level of security allowed us to just focus on finding a home we love. There were still excessive pro/con lists and debates and we both definitely hit a point of decision fatigue but it was about the house and not about the process which I think is a sign of a great agent.