I WOULD EMPHATICALLY RECOMMEND STEVE TO ANY OF MY FRIENDS.
"I would emphatically recommend Steve to any of my friends. Not only is he very knowledgeable (he was previously an architect), but he was also incredibly patient in helping me navigate through a crazy seller's market to find our long term home. I appreciate him going the extra mile to be on good terms with all the sellers and gleaning extra information when he could. I also value his proactiveness about making sure all the details and coordination go smoothly."
TRANSPARENCY, RESPONSIVENESS, & KNOWLEDGE
"During our housing search process, we really appreciated Steve’s attention to our goals, transparency, responsiveness, clear knowledge of the market, eye for quality construction, and “good-to-work-with” reputation with other real estate agents that directly connected us to the house we ended up buying. He was also amazingly supportive in all of the logistics after closing, including managing two contracting jobs while we were on vacation immediately after closing (this was truly above and beyond).
Steve was referred to us by multiple coworkers. I was struck by his clear intent to aid our navigation of the housing search by learning what *we* cared about, regardless of what previous clients would choose. The knowledge he shared was immediately effective in guiding our search; I was surprised to learn from him the relative costs of different modifications (e.g. filling a pool is relatively inexpensive, so if you don’t want a pool, that doesn’t mean you should immediately rule out all houses with pools).
When we entered the next phase of weekly browsing and open houses, Steve was very responsive to questions and interest through the app we used, and was a huge asset in attending open houses. He would notice and point out a lot of things during house visits that would help us make an informed decision about the risks and benefits of a particular home (e.g. “if you end up selling this home for some reason in the next few years, the nearby highway will make the price a little more variable depending on the market” or “this roof will probably need replacing in the next few years” or “for this house you’d want to make sure you can get fire insurance *before* you make an offer”).
Steve’s reputation as someone other realtors like to work with was critical in our successful housing search. He really knows how this industry works, and guided us through in a transparent and genuine way. We feel lucky to have worked with Steve and are very happy in our new home!"
Mike & Darcy
AN EXCELLENT PARTNER IN OUR ENDEAVOR OF BUYING OUR FIRST HOME
"Steve was an excellent partner in our endeavor of buying our first home. He was highly recommended to us by another realtor and we decided to go with him after a short meeting where it became clear he was among the best. Steve demonstrated deep knowledge of the real estate market, as well as architecture and inspection reports. He was very responsive to our questions and very proactive in sending candidate properties our way. Most importantly, Steve was transparent, honest and straightforward about everything - even if that meant criticizing a property we really liked. He would ultimately do what we wanted but he always laid out the facts. Steve has a great attitude, cares deeply about your outcomes and works hard to make the experience great. Steve will have your back during the search, closing as well as post-purchase repairs / renovations / designs and beyond.
I highly recommend Steve for your home search!"
THOUGHTFULNESS, PROFESSIONALISM AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL
"We worked with Steve for over a year on both buying a new home and selling our existing one. Steve is highly knowledgeable in the Bay Area real estate space and invested time upfront in educating us about different areas, types of homes, intrinsic factors that influence value and trade offs. He also took the time to understand what we were looking for and patiently worked with us until we found the ideal home. Steve’s thoughtfulness, professionalism and attention to detail stood out to us through the entire process - from identifying homes to tour that aligned with our needs, spending time during the tour to point out all the pros and cons of the properties and opportunities available in terms of remodeling etc. We always felt heard and never felt pushed to make an offer under pressure as he gave us the right amount of information to make informed decisions. When we found the ideal property, he continued to provide support beyond the offer presentation, helping facilitate completion of work prior to move-in, making the experience smooth and stress free.
We want to thank Steve for making our overall experience extremely positive and smooth from start to finish. It has truly been a pleasure working with him."
IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE HOME BUYING PROCESS
"We met Steve Rushton at an open house. Although we did not like that property, Steve’s sincerity, candor and positive vibe certainly made an impressionable mark on us, and soon enough we decided to ask him to be our representative moving forward.
Being a first-time prospective homeowner, we were nervous and rather naive about basic real estate terminologies. And I ask a lottttt of questions! It was immensely reassuring to have his cheerful uplifting presence during our home search process which was certainly complimented with his patiently inviting stance to our endless strings of questions . Steve has in-depth knowledge about the home buying process and, all along, he helped us review through each piece of relevant document (including HOA history) before we made a conscious decision to place an offer.
Steve is armed with wealth of practical knowledge and market assessment to guide buyers to make best choices. In our opinion, Steve is a man of sincere integrity and professionalism. The fact that he let me engaged him for 40min phone call regarding non urgent discussion on the Friday afternoon on his birthday (I got to know later) speaks volume about his diligence and responsibility towards his clients. During the home buying weeks I have shamelessly called him late into evening (to assuage any transient concerns that may have strayed into my mind!) and he has been immensely prompt, responsive and extremely patient at each time!
Steve has good taste and candor. He doesn't refrain from gently expressing his opinion when asked With his valuable experience and architecture background, we still seek his opinion regarding the renovation projects we are undertaking at our new property.
On multiple occasions, we found Steve to go an extra mile than what was needed and, it will be an understatement to say that we would not have closed the deal for our house had it not been for Steve’s strategy and insightful approach while drafting the offer. We are extremely happy to having worked with Steve and would strongly recommend him for prospective home buyers."