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.