What Our Clients Have to Say
Billy Wells and Long and Foster made the sale process so smooth. Billy had a lot of energy and enthusiasm in selling my mother’s older home in need of a few repairs. I live 3 hours away from the house I was selling. But Billy took care of everything major and minor quickly and efficiently. Their marketing strategy was well thought out and very effective.
Jennifer Harned is incredible! She was extremely patient with us and ultimately found us our perfect home. She listened to what we were looking for and delivered! She is very knowledgeable about the area and negotiations and is the sweetest person. She went out of her way during the process for us and continues to be helpful even after we have closed and moved in. She was especially great because we were overwhelmed with the competitive market. She made the whole process fun and not stressful at all. I would recommend her to everyone!
I highly recommend Realtor Brittanie Stanley, she made selling and buying a house in this CRAZY market easy and most of all FUN! She kept me up to speed on everything I needed to do and when, even when it pertained to my lender on both sides of selling and purchasing. She made sure I always knew what was going on and explained EVERYTHING so I would understand the processes that were happening and that would/could come up. I highly recommend Britanie Stanley and the Long and Foster Team! They are AWESOME!
Lynn M. (Buyer & Seller)
Brenda Gehl was amazing to work with. I had an older home in Churchill that had been a rental for 7 years and she directed me in the repairs I needed to make to get the most bang for my buck. She was extremely knowledgeable about the market and strategy needed to see my home. The seller that purchased my home had a lot of requests and with the help of Brenda’s negotiating skills, we were able to come to a quick resolution and I got the better end of the deal! If you are looking for a meticulous realtor that knows the market, reach out to Brenda!!
Shelby C. (Seller)
Our house search experience couldn’t have been better. Todd was such an excellent realtor to work with, always on the lookout for houses that fit our needs and wants, keeping us updated on the market, and constantly ready to drop everything to see a house with us. He always kept things light and enjoyable, making sure we didn’t get too overwhelmed with the houses and amount of information we were taking in. We found our perfect house with him and couldn’t thank him enough for his help.
Stuart S. & Addy J. (Buyer)
Where do I start with this marvelous and professional team? First and foremost, they are true professionals at what they do, taking control of the of the real estate process from start to finish. Blake‘s team is knowledgeable, friendly, smart, and most of all relentless at doing what is best for clients.
They are an all star team of collective talent! I have sold many houses, and this is the best collection of real estate professionals I have ever been associated with. The greater Richmond area and surrounding entities are truly bless to have access to such a top notched real estate team.
John & Angela K. (Seller)
Moving is never easy. Relocating with a young child and pets while also being pregnant is definitely not easy! I must thank all of you for recognizing that our move was about more than just you selling our house. Throughout the entire selling process, I felt that all of you understood and empathized with the difficult transition we were making, and that you were willing to help ease that transition in any way that you could.
From the start, we were impressed that Blake and his team showed genuine enthusiasm for our house. This gave us confidence that they would promote our home well because they recognized its uniqueness. They also weren’t afraid to aim for the upper limit when it came to setting the listing price for our home, while being realistic with us about the parameters of our home’s market value. Very importantly, you were all so courteous with giving plenty of notice for showings, allowing me time to clean and make arrangements. April was always prompt and pleasant about responding to all of our inquiries throughout the process. When we encountered a hitch with the appraisal, Blake’s team really went to bat for us and did their best to actively resolve the situation. You all remained involved and supportive from start to finish, a finish that resulted in getting a very good price for our home.
I will not hesitate to recommend Blake and his team to others in the Richmond area. Thank you all so much for all you did for us. If we had hired another team, I truly don’t know if I would have survived this busy and stressful time in our lives. I really appreciate your support, laid back nature, humor, and good work!!
Emily & Eric (Seller)
Todd was awesome! After searching for a home with another realtor and lender for 15 months, Todd was a breath of fresh air. Everything was so thorough and the negotiation process was excellent. Very efficient and listened to my needs. I would give him 10 stars if I could! Again, thanks so much Todd!
Blake and the team are fabulous! Fabulous. We are extremely grateful. They are experienced and know what they are doing. A couple of things set Blake and the team apart:
1) Neighborhood knowledge. We were moving back to Richmond after over a decade away and had a lot of different areas from closer in downtown to a number of suburb communities. He knew them all, knew price points for each, could talk tradeoffs for each, and was still happy to visit them all.
2) Blake could walk into a house and give a solid ball park estimate on upgrade work and costs, and who could do the work. This was extremely useful for pricing out options considering a new home.
3) They know so many contractors and folks to be part of the process. If you need something done they know folks to help – inspections, lawyers, foundation estimates (we had some), roofing (needed), plumbers, flooring, screened porches or additions, patio work, kitchens, etc.
4) Over the top service. Even after we bought our house we peppered him with texts (plumbers?, who was that dentist?, what about the A/C?, etc. etc.). He didn’t have to return any of them – he still answers them all.
You will not be let down.
Brenda was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable through the entire process. Made the first time home buying experience as stress free as possible.
Philip S. (Buyer)
With Blake’s knowledge and expertise of the RVA real estate market, we had a full price offer on our home THE SAME NIGHT as our open house – he’s that good!
Blake helped us buy our house five years ago (and we had a great experience with him then), so we knew just who to call when the time came for us to list it this spring. This guy really knows his stuff in every aspect of selling a house. He came to our meetings prepared with spreadsheets of area comps and prices. He even walked the house & yard with us giving advice on improvements (big & small) we could make that would help sell the house – and they did help since we got such a strong offer almost immediately!
He’s easy to talk to, gets back to you quickly, and is straight forward & honest. He tells you outright that if you’re not happy with his services that you can fire him at any time – not every agent does that. He and his team are truly talented and our only regret is that we moved out of state and won’t get to work with him again!
Shadi & Betsy J. (Buyer & Seller)
Working with Blake was very much a pleasure. My house was put on the market on a Wednesday night and was sold the very next day. He priced it right for the market. Finding a new house for me was more of a chore, yet Blake showed great patience with me and continued taking me to house after house, listening, really listening to what I wanted. Eventually, we found my perfect house, within my budget, and in a location I love. I would definitely recommend working with Blake Poore when buying or selling your house
Callen H. (Buyer & Seller)
Blake’s team took over our house after a poor experience with another realtor. They were amazing from taking pictures to final closing! They made the process easy for us and was 100% responsive throughout. We are so grateful for the honesty, thoughtfulness and hard work! Anyone would be lucky to have her as their realtor. Thank you for all that you’ve done for our family!
Blake and Ali are not only knowledgeable about local Real Estate, they stayed on top of the process as if it were their own home. They contacted us on all issues about the sale, large and small, made useful recommendations and stayed focused through the closing. We couldn’t have done it without them. We told all of our neighbors about them and will continue to recommend them to all who ask.
Pat & Bill (Seller)
Wonderful to work with Ali! I am a first time home buyer and Ali was amazing! She listened and was very attentive to detail. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to aid me in the purchase of my very first home!
Chaney & Jodi R. (Buyer)
We previously had our home on the market for sale by owner. Had lots of showings but no offers. We listed with Blake Poore and his team and they immediately presented a plan to help us achieve our goals. They actively followed up on every showing and kept us informed. We found their ideas and suggestions to be helpful. They work together as a team to best serve their clients, and we were pleased with the results.
Margie & Buck H. (Seller)
I had the pleasure of using Blake Poore and his team to assist in the sale of a unique Midlothian based condominium with substantially above market HOA fees.
They set expectations during and following our initial consultation regarding the effort and patience needed to sell the property. The team did a good job of putting the property out on the internet and other listing sites. I received automated reports weekly regarding views, contacts, etc.
I received very timely feedback from visitors to the property concerning their likes and dislikes about the property. As an out of town seller with a vacant property I was dependent upon the firm and staff to be my “eyes, arms and legs” when an issue requiring attention was required.
I considered myself to be a “low maintenance” seller. I did not often call or request interaction. When I did call or reach out for interaction, however, the response was always prompt, friendly, courteous, and conducted in a professional manner.
They were always timely and courteous with e-mails, phone calls and other interactions. A good and valued member of the team. My interaction with the team was positive and I would use them again if the need arose.
Lee V. (Seller)
Blake sold my condo within a week. He provided open and honest comp data that helped set our asking price and offered great advice with evaluating offers. His team made the selling and settlement process go smoothly.
Blake, thank you so much for all of your time, effort, and hard work in selling our home and helping us buy our new one. We appreciate all you did – especially tasks outside of business hours. We are truly happy in our new house!
Chad & Katie (Buyer & Seller)
Blake, thank you both for all the work/support you did to sell our house. It was a pleasure to work with both of you.
Darlene P. (Seller)
Blake Poore recently helped me to find a great home. We looked at many homes and I was never rushed or pushed. It was all about helping me to find the perfect home that I would be satisfied with. Blake came highly recommended by many people I know. I would definitely use Blake again because he is knowledgeable and professional and also knows every area extremely well.
Blake was incredibly detailed and thorough, with an excellent marketing strategy and team to back it up. He came highly recommended and did not disappoint. My wife and I highly recommend Blake and his team for all of your real estate transactions.
allenwatts80 (Buyer & Seller)
Knowledgeable, easy to get along with, not pushy, easy to get in touch with. This is my second purchase with Blake and wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
jsessoms0 (Buyer & Seller)
We appreciate Blake and his team’s attentiveness, knowledge and dedication during the recent sale of my mom’s home. The home brought a full price offer, which was a great relief to my mom. They kept us informed of where we were in the process at all times. Though the buyer was unrepresented, they went above and beyond in communicating with the buyer. Though the process wasn’t necessarily seamless behind the scenes, they worked tirelessly on my mom’s behalf, making sure every “i” was dotted and every “t” was crossed, so that the transaction caused the least amount of stress and worry to my mom. They were very clear in her explanations and in answering questions along the way. We would absolutely recommend the team and retain their services again. They also successfully represented us in the sale of our own home about 9 years ago. We also received a full price offer. Their knowledge of the business has grown exponentially and are very professional and courteous at all times and to all involved parties.
Blake’s team was very helpful and knowledgeable during the entire process from finding a home all the way through closing and always found answers to my multiple questions. I would recommend them to anyone.
Blake’s team was a huge help for my family and I finding a home in Richmond Virginia area and have vast knowledge of the area. They listened to our needs in a home and took us to properties that fit our needs and were patient with us and took us to see many properties until we found the home of our dreams. We were moving from another state so they made themselves available for inspection, walk through and were able to assist us along the way and attended our closing with us, Without their team, this process would have been very difficult thanks for all your help if I were looking for a home I would definitely look them up again.
Jay S. (Buyer)
Blake’s team is friendly and knowledgeable. They understood what we were looking for and were willing to show us multiple properties. They offered good advice when it came to preparing our home to sell and was active in selling the home too! The team connections have made our searching, buying, and selling experience so easy and so much fun!
zuser20170216131022153 (Buyer & Seller)
Blake’s team proved to be an excellent, knowledgeable and experienced resource. They handled both our sale and purchase, and both closed early and without a hitch. They handled all concerns, answered all of our questions, and guided us through what can be a very stressful process with ease. I highly recommend them for your real estate needs!
zuser20170319105020539 (Buyer & Seller)
5 stars! Blake’s team was there for us every step of the way through ups and downs with buying our new home. There were complications from losing the home at first to another buyer, to it getting put back on the market and renegotiating. There were issues with the home, so they provided us guidance and referrals for other contractors, even meeting them at the home, as we were out of town, to help move things forward. I would highly recommend the team to anyone looking to buy or sell their home!
Wow, if ya’ll want a Realtor who is on the ball with everything pertaining to your property — willing to help you with great advice or hands on – small or big things- honest and very trustworthy —Blake is your man! Blake is also always available– to chat about your property or anything else. That in itself is so important. Plus, he has a great assistant, ,April, who you can call anytime ; she was so very helpful with facilitating a lot of things for my closing. I was out of town and Blake took a torn window screen and got it repaired for me- and put in! what other realtor does that for you! I would definitely give him a 5 Star rating & use Blake again !!!!
Blake’s team was very knowledgeable and readily available to meet to see homes or discuss options and processes I did not understand by phone. They took the time to explain things in detail that were new for a first-time homebuyer like myself. I never felt rushed when making a decision or when looking at a property. I highly recommend their services.
Kirby P. (Buyer)
Very likely. All transactions were handled in a timely manner and each concern was dealt with professionally. Blake and his company are continuing to work to find us another house with daily contact. His partners and associates are very knowledgeable and helpful in all areas of a sale/buy and all information you might need.
Blake’s team makes your selling/buying experience as stress-free as it gets. They handle all the logistics very professionally and are very hands on during the entire process. I highly recommend them for all your future buying/selling needs!
As a first-time home buyer Ali (and her team) put me at ease. She remained patient throughout the process but also offered excellent advice and pointers about properties as we looked. Every recommendation she provided was also perfect. I don’t have enough positive sentiment to offer and I can’t stop talking about how well my experience went.
Blake was a fabulous agent with whom to work. I was moving from Chicago IL and started with Blake a year before I moved. With patience, professionalism and a keen knowledge of the Richmond real estate market, he guided me to the perfect house, in the right neighborhood for the right price. I would not hesitate to work with Blake again and highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy in the Richmond area.
Blake is a fantastic partner during a home search and we would recommend him to anyone looking for a dedicated, smart agent. Blake helped us evaluate several homes and gave us sound and honest advice. He is particularly detail oriented and analytical when researching properties. Blake’s thorough market evaluation and understanding of our home’s history was the main reason we were able to purchase our dream home well below the asking price. He was tough and smart in negotiation as our buying agent and we’re sure he’d be just as effective as a listing agent. If ever in need of an agent again, we’ll be calling Blake and encourage you to do the same.
Stephen Grodek (Seller)
Ali, was wonderful to work with. She listened to what you were looking for and also watched your reaction to the details you liked. She also looked at details to see what needed to be done or repaired. Ali was with us every way of the process; the looking for a home the signing of the contract, the walk through and closing. I highly recommend Ali. She helped buying a home a less stressful experience. Thank you Ali.
Blake is amazing. We use Blake every opportunity that we have. Blake consistently exceeds expectations and goes above and beyond the job description. Blake has helped us purchase two different properties and helped us sell another. We would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. As busy as he is, he always is in communication and it’s done in a timely fashion.
jbhawkins14 (Buyer & Seller)
Blake Poore, has an outstanding personality and made me feel very comfortable throughout the listing and sale of my mom’s home. He went above and beyond to make sure my 95-year young mother understood all the details as well. Her house sold in two (2) days thanks to Blake and his outstanding office staff. He also helped me arrange for a yard sale. I would and have recommended Blake to friends and on social media to list and sell anyone’s home. He is truly a professional!!!
Blake is very knowledgeable about his area and outlying areas always had the latest information on housing trends and putting the seller at ease. His staff was the greatest keeping us informed about what needed to be done and helped keep us on schedule, especially after offers were made and helped us make good decisions. Really helped with what was needed to get the house ready for open house and putting the house on the market. After the home inspection, we were given the contacts to the right people to get certain items fixed or repaired prior to closing. His expertise and knowledge helped get our house sold quickly. I would highly recommend him and his staff if you are selling your home.
I would highly recommend Blake Poore and his team. Blake is the most hardworking, experienced and knowledgeable agent in the Richmond area. He was the only agent we considered to represent us in the recent sale of our home and we were so pleased with our experience. His expertise pairs perfectly with his exceptional commitment to his clients. He went above and beyond to close our deal. A great guy that you can trust and really depend upon. We could not recommend him more.
Blake is very knowledgeable about the process, always professional and does what it takes to make things happen for his clients. His assistant April goes above and beyond and words cannot express how thankful I was every day for her. She worked to find information for the closing process, communicated everything efficiently and professionally, and added just the right touch of empathy. Blake and April make a great team, and at the end of the process I feel like I have not only sold my home, but found true friendships in the process.
I have worked with Blake previously when purchasing my first home and did not hesitate to contact him again when I was ready to sell and move. He is extremely knowledgeable and very easy to work with, making the normally anxiety inducing process much more relaxed. I would recommend him without any hesitation to family and friends looking for assistance from a realtor.
Kristin D. (Buyer & Seller)
From start to finish, Blake was there to guide us along the way. We were extremely lucky to have found such a knowledgeable realtor who sold our home in less than 3 weeks! And then negotiated everything for us when we purchased our new home. Blake and April are the absolute best at what they do!!
MB, D. (Buyer & Seller)
When we had our initial consultation, Blake was very informative and assured us that he will help us throughout the whole process and will be there until we find our first home and he did. We had a lot of questions throughout the process and Blake and his associate, April were always there and made sure we got our questions answered. We purchased our first home that we love and we owe it to Blake and April
Couldn’t ask for a better job from an agent. Blake and his team were our eyes and ears on the ground in finding us the house, and a few years later when we were relocated acted as proxy ‘owners’ for us in getting the house in shape and closing the sale. Highly recommend for their attentiveness, local knowledge, practical approach. And they’re straight with you – a slime free zone, which is rare in real estate.
As the months have passed since the closing, we are now able to reflect upon the quality and assurance that Blake and his team provided. He more than adequately assessed with expertise the house, the neighborhood and the market to put us on a winning path. But the most important trait was his continual contact to keep us informed of the status. We would recommend Blake to anyone as a guide through the maze of selling a house. In fact, we already have recommended him.
Blake and his team have been helping my family for years. He is a professional and works for his buyers and sellers to assure a smooth process.
TM Baker (Buyer & Seller)
Blake Poore‘s team is top notch group of professionals in my opinion. Their combined experiences, established relationships with other essential professionals, enabled a smooth and quick sale of our families home. Each member was available for us during the sales process, and never hesitated to answer any question or concern we may have had. You, and your property interest are in very capable hands with this team. It was a pleasure to meet and work with all of you.
I can’t thank your team enough for all the hard and speedy work you both did in helping me and my ex-husband sell our former house in Kingsley. As you may know, we both spoke with several realtors over the past six months, and even last year.
When I met Blake in 2013, I was impressed with his acute knowledge of the actual selling prices, days on market, asking vs. selling ratios, etc. for homes in my neighborhood, and my zip code. Of course, I came to find out that Blake is a Godwin graduate, so he really knows the Kingsley neighborhood. But his knowledge of “numbers” and “the market”, especially as it was changing pretty quickly from Fall 2013 to Winter 2014, was what really convinced me to hire him.
We knew we would sell the house “as is”. The several other realtors suggested selling prices of easily $20k – $30k below what Blake did. And, it is definitely worth mentioning that another house, 3 doors away on my cul-de-sac, had come to market in 2/13 in the $390s, and had sold finally, in 11/13 in the $330s (I believe). That served as a scary warning sign to me, NOT to set too high a price or the house would sit. And my ex-husband and I simply could not afford to have that happen. Blake was confident, direct and positive – and had the data to back up his proposal.
As you know, the house listed on a dreary, wet Friday in February 2014 and was under contract on the following Monday. For slightly over asking price. Wow! I was and still am amazed at Blake’s keen understanding and perception of the market. He felt very strongly we could set the price to sell fast – and we did. From the first meeting to the last, Blake was supportive, helpful and positive. And then there’s April Lane. Blake calls her “The Power Behind the Throne”. I can see why.
If Blake moves fast, April is lightening. Every single email from April was fast, correct, and took ownership of the task at hand. She very deftly worked with four attorneys, the buyers’ agent, and the banks to make sure every detail was covered. She didn’t miss a beat. Not one. I am amazed and impressed. But most of all, I am incredibly thankful for all the hard work that April and Blake provided to me and Mr. Albiston. He has an incredible, unbeatable team with these two people, and they are worth their weight in gold.
I will recommend Blake Poore and his team every chance I get. True professionalism and big hearts made what could have been a much more difficult process, streamlined and orderly. And that’s what you want when you sell your house. Get it done fast, well, and neatly. Blake and April are truly two in a million. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Sarah L. (Seller)
Blake Poore‘s team were with me every step of the way & made the process simple. Their knowledge of the market is great & were a pleasure to work with. I would have spent much more without their ideas & input!
Terry W. (Buyer)
SERVICE AT IT’S BEST! As we all know, moving can be very stressful… and personally it was for me, however; the TEAM with Blake Poore made my stress bearable. From the initial home visit meeting with Blake’s team to end with “the get it done” they made my life MUCH easier. Working in another state and having to do business in the old location was a bit much, however; the team did not miss a beat. They told me that they had me, and I can say without a doubt that they meant what they said… They ensured every “I” was dotted and every “T” was crossed throughout the entire process. Looking back, I don’t know what I would have done without this GREAT team. When and if I have to sell again (hoping no time soon…LOL), without hesitation, my realtor company of choice will be Blake’s team!
John S. (Seller)
I cannot thank Blake and his team enough for their help selling my home. Thanks to their hard work, extensive knowledge, and great support system the entire process was quick and painless. Not only was my house sold in a week, but for over the asking price. I could not have asked for a better experience! I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone and look forward to working with them again in the future.
Courtney A. (Seller)
Working with Blake Poore and his team was really a great experience for my husband and I when looking to relocate to Richmond from Ohio. We were a little unsure about being able to find the right fit in an agent to work with as we were long distance, but after meeting with Blake Poore for the first time, our minds were at ease. He took us on a marathon house hunt the first day (per our request) since we had limited time in town, and we were able to learn a lot about the market. We were pretty impressed with Blake’s knowledge about, well, everything house, property, and area related. His experience and knowledge was more than we could have expected. His willingness to help us find the right fit for us, provide us with any information we needed in our search and after we made our decision, and just his overall experience and professionalism, would make it a no-brainer that we would absolutely work with him again and recommend him to any family member or friend. His team really made the home buying process, relocating, and closing a smooth one for us! Thanks again!
Judy & Jon P. (Buyer)
Blake Poore and his team has had a paragon of patience through our search for finding land to build new houses on. Considering, we did not always know exactly what we wanted. If there was a better rating than “A”, this group would get it. They are instrumental in helping find what it is that we are looking for. They are always so quick to respond and always present fantastic options to us. It is a pleasure having Blake’s team represent us and can always say our experience has been positive. Thank you!
Mark & Doris C. (Buyer)
Blake Poore and his team worked hard to assure my former condo appraised at a realistic market value in a neighborhood plagued with low comparable sales. They also negotiated a good price for another condo directly from the owners prior to it going on the market. I am very happy with my new home…much thanks to Blake and his team.
We are fortunate to know and partner with Blake Poore and his team. They give 100% in professional courtesy and trust. They are extremely talented, skilled, and knowledgeable in all aspects of buying and selling a home. Our first experience was entrusting Blake to find us a home after numerous failures with other agencies.
From the start Blake was helpful, smart and available to communicate information we needed to know about the Richmond real estate market. This along with his expertise in construction was extremely valuable while viewing many homes before the right one came along. Throughout the entire process he remained calm, patient and relaxed; smiling as he gently guided us through some of the most difficult decisions in our lives. There was never any sense of pressure or sales tactics. He reiterated with confidence that the right house would come along and when it did we would know it. He was impeccably responsive, and answered all our questions with facts. His communication and people skills are amazing. Blake truly is a professional expert to admire and re-hire!
Our current experience with Blake in selling a house is another favorable memory. Although impressed with Blake on his own merit, we have learned much and appreciate the culture and heritage his team represents in the Richmond area. We are confident we are partnered with the very best company and team to oversee our interests during the sale of our home.
Cheri & Rick (Buyer & Seller)
Blake Poore and his team were reliable, accessible, and communicated frequently to support and guide me through the selling process by interpreting and advising me on situations that are unclear or unfamiliar. In the end I believe it was their the marketing plan, the networking, knowing how to respond to questions, the human element/ touch, understanding the psychology of the potential buyers and their negotiating power that sold the home. While we were busy relocating, my agent was busy selling in a strong buyer’s market… the result: 71 days on the market, 1 open houses, 32 showings, a sold price that I wanted and my very happy family!
Selling my home through Blake Poore and his team was the best and most lucrative decision. From my initial meeting with them through the close date, they kept me apprised every step of the way. Their market analysis of my property and the subsequent purchase price of my home, was spot on. I could not have been more satisfied.
Buying A House:
I met Blake Poore at an open house. We had met other realtors in the process of working towards buying a new home, but after talking to Blake for a while, I could tell he was the right choice for us. We were a new family and first time home buyers. Needless to say, we had no idea what we were doing. Blake was able to help us through the process. He talked to us and found out exactly what we were looking for. Never once did he try to push us towards or show us a house that would be out of our budget. We could tell he was genuinely looking out for our best interest and took his time. He showed us multiple homes, sometimes more than once on our request, until we found just what we were looking for.
I can’t say how many times we emailed and called him, but it was a lot, and he always answered us quickly. Buying a house can be extremely stressful, but I found it to be a very enjoyable and exciting process. He took a lot of stress out of it. Our family grew VERY fast, and our perfect three bedroom house quickly became too small for us. Unfortunately, we had bought our house right before the unseen crash of the market, and bought it when the prices were high. We now had a house that no longer fit our needs that was worth much less than we paid for it. We wanted desperately to be able to move to a larger home in another state to be closer to family. We talked to Blake multiple times over a period of two years, and again, he answered us quickly. He even would come over to talk to us and discuss our options. He went out of his way to help us towards our goal of moving again. He went through the home and offered valuable tips for what to do and what to fix or change to help sell the home quickly.
After thinking it over and discussing it multiple times with my husband, the opportunity finally arouse for us to move. We went the path of attempting to rent the house first, but unfortunately, that didn’t pan out. We were desperate now with four children and very little room. With no other options and now owning two homes in two different states, we began the path of a short sale.
Short Sale Process:
I can easily say this may have been the most stressful process I have been through. I had never pictured myself having to short sale a house, but I can say I have no regrets from doing so. Actually, I didn’t know what “short sale” actually meant until Blake described one to us. My husband and I discussed it and thought it through and decided that that was the only choice we had. Blake worked hard to market our house and was able to quickly find a buyer! Blake put us in contact with April Lane, who we became very close with. I was very impressed with the work that April did.
My husband and I, again, had no clue what we were doing. April was able to guide us through the entire process. The bank we were dealing with made this process anything but easy, but April never wavered in the process. It was easy to see that she was working very hard to make this happen for us! She quickly responded to all of our questions, and there were A LOT!! April updated us regularly on the status and what information she needed or the bank was asking for. She forwarded us the emails she received so we never felt out of the loop. We had to file quite a few extensions, send and resend paperwork to keep our information up to date since the bank wasn’t responding quickly. Although I became frustrated at some points, April kept us encouraged.
I never once felt like we were put on the back burner, or that our needs were not important. The kind of service we received from this team is beyond words. It is easy to see that Blake has a talent for buying and selling homes, and April is amazing and very knowledgeable in the short sale process!! I am extremely thankful for their hard work and impressed with how they handled all aspects of this process! I would recommend them to anyone without a second thought!”
Nikki & Robbie (Buyer & Seller)
Working with Blake and his team during our real estate transaction was extremely smooth. They were able to establish an accurate price and implement a successful sales strategy that garnered that price at the end of the day. I would love to work with them again on a future deal. The icing on the cake was that the professional appraisal came back within $1000.00 of their initial price analysis. I am relatively new to Richmond, and one of my biggest pet peeves is that people down here don’t answer their phones when you call them. Blake and and his team were always available and were diligent in finding answers to any questions or concerns that I had at the time. I highly recommend working with them.
As a first time home buyer, I was initially pretty intimidated and nervous about the whole process. Thankfully Blake and his team were incredibly accommodating and helpful from start to finish. I never felt as though I was being rushed to make a decision and was grateful that my vision for what I wanted of my first home was respected and taken into account. They were always available to answer any question I had, even after closing when I didn’t know who else to ask. I cannot say enough awesome things about this team!
Well – we’ve done it again! I cannot thank Blake enough for the assistance with my daughter’s first home. I apologize for the sheer number of properties she wanted to see but thank you very much for being patient with her as she accomplished something so huge! She was very stressed and you all made her feel safe making such a life changing decision. Also wanted to thank you for exhibiting the same patience and helpfulness with my parents. They are very happy with their new place and it would not have happened had you not been so great about exploring our options every day. They too felt quite well cared for by your team. So I believe that makes a total of 5 or 6 transactions between my family and I. The only one left is my son….and I’m working on him. You guys are awesome! I wouldn’t think of using anyone else. Thank you for taking such good care of all of us!
Blake, your team did a great job selling our condominium. They put together a professional website, interfaced with prospective buyers and their agents, and negotiated effectively on my behalf
Tom & Mary (Seller)
Blake and his team were very professional and executed the sale of our home with expertise and grace under pressure. I would recommend them to anyone who wants to expedite a quick sale. They kept us informed at all steps of the process, I don’t think they could have made it any better.
Terry P. (Seller)
Absolutely the best realtor ever and not only is Ali Poore the best realtor she is also a friend and family now she was the most helpful and professional person we’ve ever dealt with and she was knowledgeable about everything and had the answers we needed we greatly appreciate everything she’s done for us … the best realtor ever!!!!!!
Shawn B. (Buyer)