What my clients say...
Francois Laine , Walnut creek
I was initially working with a different agent on a specific lot that I had found in Walnut Creek, lots well priced go out quickly and so I was getting nervous that no progress has been made after a week. I called Simon on a Sunday and was able to talk to him, he called back less than an hour later, after having himself talked to the selling agent. That first hour told me everything I needed to know about Simon, and I was not disappointed after that. He provided great advice, knowledge, and dedication. He was regularly in touch during the buying process to make sure that everything was all right and progressing properly. He was phenomenal and I highly recommend working with him.
Camille and Lance, Oakland
My husband and I were looking to purchase a home in the San Francisco Bay Area using a VA loan-- no small feat! We came across Realtor, Simon Watson, online and contacted him after reading his great reviews. We couldn't be more thankful for Simon's diligence, professionalism, and expertise, not only pertaining to Veteran's loans (and the VA Condo approval list), but also to the entire home buying process. As first time home purchasers, we didn't know what to expect, but from the first telephone conversation that we had with Simon, he took an ample amount of time to explain and prepare us for what would be an exciting, albeit stressful, process.
After visiting a few condos in Oakland, Simon helped us submit our first offer-- which was accepted! A few days later, however, the Bay Area "Shelter in Place" order was implemented and my husband and I became increasingly nervous about closing. Simon was there for us, every step of the way-- he was ALWAYS available by phone, text and email-- and not only kept the process moving, but he also kept us calm.
He effectively communicated with our lender, the listing agent, home inspectors, electricians, and even city officials, on our behalf. And, although the lockdown made appraisal and even home inspection timelines unpredictable, with Simon's help and guidance, we were still able to close on our condo in less than 40 days.
It is difficult to articulate how much Simon did for us during such a short period of time, in the midst of a pandemic. But we can confidently say that, throughout the process, Simon had our best interests in mind and constantly puts his client's needs first.
For these reasons, we highly recommend working with Simon, whether you are looking to buy a new home or condo in the area.
Inji and Shams, Benicia
Simon just helped us buy our first home, during the COVID pandemic with all the difficulties & obstacles that came with it! There are not enough words to express our gratitude to Simon and his unmatched patience to find the perfect house for our picky needs! During the whole process he continuously educated us as first time buyers. He does not leave anything for chance, always proactive and professional. He always put all the possibilities on the table for us, with an explanation for each option. Super thorough with details! We would highly recommend Simon as a professional, knowledgeable and meticulous agent. Thank you Simon for matching us with our dream house, we love it!!!! (Shams & Inji)
Rush , Dublin
In today's real estate market, it is such an advantage to have an experienced real estate agent going to bat for you.
Simon made searching for a house such a fun experience and all the phone calls and texts were returned very quickly, he did not require that we sign an agreement to work with him which made me feel more comfortable.
I am convinced that if we chose anyone else but Simon we would never have purchased our new home in such a competitive market as we see today. From the very beginning to the very end Simon had our backs and helped us with negotiations every step of the way.
I would definitely work with him again in the future and recommend him to anyone who values trust, transparency and honesty.In today's real estate market.
Rick , Walnut Creek
Simon Watson was outstanding on both the purchase of a property and the sale of a property.
In 2015 Simon helped us find the perfect home meeting all of our specifications. Near Bart, good walk score and nearly new requiring almost no matenience.
In 2018 due to a relocation we sold the property and Simon was instrumental in achieving several offers over our asking price. This was accomplished through proper pricing as he really knows the market. During the sale we discovered a few minor issues and Simon managed the repairs and kept the sale going on schedule.
If there were more stars I would always give Simone the max
I found myself needing to upgrade to a bigger house so I contacted Simon right away, I had worked with him 3 years before. Once again, he made the process (this time I was buying a new house and selling my old condo at the same time) as smooth as it could be. Simon walks you through every step and is always there to answer questions. He never makes you feel rushed or pressures you into anything. He is honest and has a strong sense of integrity which is what is needed when you are investing all your hard earned money into a house.
Simon was my real estate agent for a purchase transaction and the service he provided were above my expectations.
Simon insisted I had to really love the property before making an offer. Thanks to his persistence, I found a place I absolutely loved and purchased.Simon is knowledgeable, patient and an extremely good negotiator.
He knows the Bay Area market well and was able to guide me through the search, negotiation and financing process.I will do business with Simon and I highly recommend his services.
I first wrote a review for David and Simon back in 2015 when my wife and I purchased our home in Concord. It was our first buying experience and we couldn't have asked for better guides through the process. So, when it came time to sell this summer, there wasn't any question that we would recruit them for another important "first".
To paint the picture, our 2nd daughter had just been born and we had decided to relocate on a very short timeline, so needless to say we were embarking on what would be probably one of the most stressful stretches of our lives. Just as they had done previously with the buying process, they made the process as smooth as it could be. David was responsive to our questions and made sure that we understood the ins and outs of the selling process. Simon was always there for inspections and we never had to worry whether something would get done or not. They always made time in their busy schedules to work around whatever we had going on, whether that was a sleeping toddler or.....a toddler who wouldn't sleep.
As if it weren't enough that they met our needs, they did so despite some challenging "obstacles", namely the buyer's agent who pulled some things that were questionable at best David in particular had to deal with some pretty appalling behavior, to be honest, and he did so with composure and patience, which was much appreciated during this chaotic time for us. Just as an example, he had to navigate a situation where our buyers (I can only imagine at the suggestion of their agent) were holding a $5k deposit hostage over a garage door opener, a lack of understanding as to how a Nest thermostat works (which we left for them), and a fabricated "kitchen leak" that was "discovered" 5 days after they had moved in. Anyway, all that is to say that David went the extra mile to deal with that, and much, much more, to make this experience as easy as possible for us.
If you are looking to buy or sell in the East Bay, I would recommend David and Simon to anyone and everyone. You know you're getting quality and you can rest easy knowing you have a team that has the knowledge and drive to get things done. Thank you David and Simon!
I specifically found Simon because I scoured google for realtors who were familiar with VA loans. Simon's name came up more than anyone else. When we began working together, it was easy to see why - Simon knew all the inner workings of the VA system and all the benefits and drawbacks to it. Sellers often usually weren't familiar with VA loans and Simon took a lot of time to work through it.
Simon also gave me a dynamite recommendation on a lender who offered a rate that was .25% better than competitors. He's very knowledgeable of the entire process and at no point did I feel lost even though the home buying process is a jungle at times.
I'm now living in a wonderful home and he's still checks in from time to time to make sure everything's going good. He's a valuable resource and I couldn't be happier with his professionalism and work ethic
Simon, I want to thank you so much for all your help and kindness in getting me through a very emotional and stressful time in getting my house sold. I am so grateful I was able to work you and David, you are both terrific. You could always make me laugh with your witty sense of humour , you say the funniest things. Thank you Simon for everything
If there is anything I have learned about the real estate process, it’s that the relationship with your realtor is everything. A realtor will soon come to know intricate details of your life including your values, your finances, and the cleanliness of your home. This is information that even some of my closest friends will never know. With that being said, Simon Watson has become a person I can genuinely trust. Simon has helped my sister and I with six different transactions and has become an extended part of our family. Given how overprotective and involved our parents are, it is a true feat to say they approve of Simon and value his input.
I am comfortable asking him any question, and really appreciate all he does from the thoughtfulness when assisting in the search for the right fit, to the sound advice he gives on inspections to look into. I started this process as a young person with no knowledge whatsoever on purchasing property and can now say I have purchased my second property at the ripe age of 28. On an educator’s salary, I don’t think I would have ever thought this possible and I don’t think I could have done it without Simon. I recommend him as someone who can help you pursue your options in the real estate market and make a decision that will fit your needs
JOse F Concord
We just wanted to give you a personal thank you for all you did for us even though it’s what you do we feel that you went above and beyond with us don’t ever take lightly what you do as It was a blessing for us and can be for so many more.
As we have already , we will continue to have you and your family in our prayers and continue to pray so that your business prospers And like to read on another review and you are a super cool dude thank you finding is the perfect house