Testimonials

"Jim and Monte were excellent. For me, communication is KEY! I never felt ignored or that I didn't know what was going on. They were with me every step of the way. Selling my home also came with a divorce and they were sensitive to that as well, which I really appreciated. I didn't feel like just another commission. Thanks, Jim and Monte!"

Dana Utter

"From our first meeting, until the papers were signed, our experience was smooth and professional. Monte and Jim showed great care in their preparation, and their guidance led to a three-day listing before our condo sold at full price. We were kept up to date throughout the process, and they were quick to answer any questions we had. I do not believe we could have had a better experience."

Jennifer R

"For first-time homebuyers, Jim and Monte are incredibly patient and helpful in elements beyond finding the appropriate house. They excel at communicating and explaining (in simple terms) the various forms and processes that are required in completing a real estate transaction. For busy professionals who lack time to educate themselves in all that is required to complete real estate transactions, Jim and Monte are excellent educators."

Nathan Hill

"It was truly a blessing to have been referred to Jim and Monte in the sell of my first home. They kept in touch with me over a year and a half on the Seattle housing market and gave me updated stats on sales in my home area. I was living in CA when I finally decided to sell, which was a bit worrisome not being able to stop by or fix things as needed. They took care of all the major work details as well as the minor things to get my house into top-selling conditions. The whole process from start to finish was smooth and peaceful! I highly recommend them as your ultimate dream team in buying or selling your home. You won't be disappointed!"

Shannon Ostendorf

"I have purchased 2 homes with Jim and Monte and I had a great experience. Each time they referred me to a lender that they worked with; on each occasion, I had a different lender and both worked very hard to get me the best rate at the time. I loved that Monte would pick me up at work so that we could look at houses on my lunch break, he was so accommodating! The other thing that was so great is they stayed with me throughout the whole process, the great service continued all the way to the end. And when I moved in there was a lovely bottle of champagne, treats, and a card congratulating me on my new home. Jim and Monte made the whole process easy and painless! In addition, they stay in touch with emails on comps in my area and what is happening in the real estate market. Excellent, personal service!"

Beth Duffy

"I made my first home purchase from Jim and Monte about 11 years ago. I've had a great experience working with them as they made my purchase very smooth and painless. They have such great expertise and they go the extra mile to make things happen. Their customer service is exceptional. After I purchased my home, our relationship did not end there. They continued to check with me and they developed a very personal relationship with me as well. This showed that they cared about their customers and they know how to develop relationships with their customers. Whenever I know of anyone looking to purchase or sell a home, I always refer them to Jim and Monte because I know they will be in good hands. Jim and Monte are simply awesome at what they do. I will always and ONLY continue to work with them in the future."

Alfredo Ramirez

"I have known Jim and Monte for over a decade. They are full of insights, intuition, investigative know-how on the market, and home structures, and more. They bring a wide range of experience and true passion for their work to the job. I was nervous each time I made the leap into a home purchase, because of all the details, and numbers, and sheer outlay of money, but they were always excellent at moving me through my fears and answering my naive questions. Originally, I bought a house with my husband with them, and later a divorce cottage and investment rental. I have also looked at other potential rental properties and would choose no one else for the job. The inspectors and repair people and escrow and mortgage experts they refer to are all high caliber. As a brand new buyer or a seasoned one, these are your realtors."

Kendra Wagner

"Jim and Monte made it happen! We were relocating from Miami to Seattle, and not sure of neighborhoods and the local real estate market. These gentlemen were experts and provided options across a wide spectrum of locations. We'll forever be grateful for their honesty (sharing the pros and cons of neighborhoods and houses), and for their incredible responsiveness. They were attuned not only to our tangible needs (physical space and layout), but also to the less tangible needs for atmosphere and environment in the various houses we visited. We felt that they really "got us," and were genuinely driven to find the right house for us. Most importantly, their advice on structuring and timing an offer was completely on-point and enabled us to close on a house that we love. A phone call and wise advice from Jim during a critical period of house-hunting made the difference between a deal and a missed opportunity. We recommend their expertise without hesitation."

Doug Santoni

"I was looking to purchase a house in the Ballard area, and my mortgage company recommended Jim and Monte as real estate agents. In this competitive market, Jim and Monte were very helpful, helping me understand the current real estate market, and how get offers. Their insights on the home inspection offers, and house, in general, were very helpful. Jim and Monte were easily reachable as needed, and very responsive (even on weekends and their vacations!), which is very important in this current market and meant a lot to me! They helped me throughout the process, answering my questions about listings I found on my own and providing me with their own curated list. After a few failed offers, I finally purchased a property. And even after that, Jim and Monte were available to answer questions about the first few new homeowners hiccups. Overall, I highly recommend Jim and Monte as real estate agents, they made my home purchasing experience as enjoyable as it possibly can in this difficult market!"

Thiabault Sellier

"We have known Jim and Monte for over a decade and have worked with them on numerous occasions. Each time they have been very responsive to our needs and have given us nothing but outstanding service. One of our purchases was a lot that we decided to split with our neighbor. As you can imagine it was a challenging situation to coordinate two buyers and one seller. Jim and Monty represented all of us in an extremely professional manner. They went above and beyond to not only put it all together but to educate our neighbor and us on the next steps we needed to adjust our boundaries and establish two new properties. They were able to close the sale in 3 weeks! On every occasion that we have been their clients they have gone above and beyond our expectations. They have a way of making you feel as though you are their only client. Long after everything is done, they will check back to be sure that you are still completely satisfied and there is nothing else that you need. They continually amaze us with their level of client service."

Cindy Bohorfoush

"We have known Jim and Monte for over a decade and have worked with them on numerous occasions. Each time they have been very responsive to our needs and have given us nothing but outstanding service. One of our purchases was a lot that we decided to split with our neighbor. As you can imagine it was a challenging situation to coordinate two buyers and one seller. Jim and Monty represented all of us in an extremely professional manner. They went above and beyond to not only put it all together but to educate our neighbor and us on the next steps we needed to adjust our boundaries and establish two new properties. They were able to close the sale in 3 weeks! On every occasion that we have been their clients they have gone above and beyond our expectations. They have a way of making you feel as though you are their only client. Long after everything is done, they will check back to be sure that you are still completely satisfied and there is nothing else that you need. They continually amaze us with their level of client service."

Cindy and Tony Bohorfoush

"Jim and Monte seem to have a magic touch to make sure both the buyer and the seller are happy! We have worked with Jim and Monte for 3 sales - the purchase of our first home, then the simultaneous sale of that home and purchase of our current home a few years later. During both purchases, Jim and Monte worked tirelessly to ensure we found our perfect home – they met us on our schedule to view as many homes as required to find just the right fit and lobbied on our behalf to get us a great deal. For the sale of our home, they held multiple open houses, which worked better for our schedule (with a young child who napped) than having a constant stream of prospective buyers requiring us to vacate our home at inopportune times. They worked directly with our lender and the other agents to ensure each transaction was as smooth and painless as possible. After both purchases, they recommended contractors for home improvement projects, which was really helpful to get a few things fixed up right away. They even keep in contact with us and make us feel like friends instead of just another client. "

Christina Krill

"Prior to meeting Jim and Monte, I was working through a passive Real Estate agent who believed that simply publishing my Capitol Hill Condo to the MLS and related sites would cause it to sell. After a couple of months of limited activity and no offers, I decided to switch gears and found Select Seattle Homes. Jim and Monte are a full-service package and basically sold my home without any involvement from me. I had actually moved to CA already so they handled all of the details on my behalf. This included coordinating contractors, booking a staging crew, and even fixing some of the minor things themselves. Of course, everyone believes their home is worth more than it probably is ... and I was no exception. Jim and Monty patiently talked through their logic on the value they saw and helped me concede that we needed to be more competitive. In the end, we found a compromise that brought us a buyer pretty quickly. Being in customer service, communication is key for me. I always felt in the loop, in the know, and had access to Jim and Monte as needed. Thanks for making this home selling experience as painless as possible."

Brian Kincaid

"My wife and I were not first time home buyers, having purchased before when living in Alabama. But the market here in Washington is vastly different than Alabama. The idea of having to outbid other people for a house just doesn't exist in that market. We have a few friends who have purchased homes in the Seattle area, so we had heard some of the stories. We had been looking on and off for a couple of years by ourselves, mostly going to nearby open houses and visiting new construction communities. We decided we were ready to get moving, we had a friend wholeheartedly recommend Jim and Monte to us. She raved about the entire experience she had with them. Jim and Monte more than fulfilled our expectations. They were really great with every aspect of looking, visiting and making an offer on a house. They were always available for any questions and after the initial meeting, came up with a number of houses to look at quite quickly. We managed to find a place we loved and they were great in guiding us through the document signings and things that needed to be done. If you are wanting to find a place you will love, these wonderful guys will knock it out of the park."

Matt Arnett

"When my husband and I decided to purchase our first house, I called my dad to see if he knew a great realtor in Seattle; at the time he was managing a company that created websites for realtors (in OR), and also worked closely with a top realtor in Portland, Rob Levy. My dad asked Rob who we should call in Seattle, and he told us to call Jim and Monte. We are so glad we did! Jim and Monte are a top-notch team. We enjoyed working with them every step in the process of purchasing our first home two years ago. We have recommended them to friends and would call them the minute we ever decided to move again. Service and responsiveness are lightning-fast, sincerely warm, and extremely insightful. Our conversations were frequent and detailed, as we reasoned through whether we wanted to purchase the fixer that we did. Jim and Monte had so much knowledge and understanding we could use in making this huge decision. It was a massive blessing! On top of their expertise, they helped us find some good guys to do the repairs we needed as well--above and beyond the call of duty! They are truly connected to everyone and everything you need. Our mortgage guy who they recommended closed on our house in around 5 or 6 weeks. You also need a skilled and respectful negotiator when it comes time to get a fair price for your new home! We were very happy with the deal they made with the seller to get a few things fixed first and also get us a fair price. It all couldn't have gone smoother or faster! Two years later, we love our house and know we made an informed decision, got a great deal, and just simply got what we wanted."

Meghan Kaul

"Jim and Monte are the best to work with - professional, resourceful, communicative and fun! This is a very delayed review but my gratitude is still felt to this day. Jim and Monte worked with my sisters and me on the sale of my father's house after his death. This house and property were very unusual and we were pretty - no very - complicated in what the needs were to get this house sold. First, we were putting a protective covenant on the house and trees (WA State Champion on the acre property) to prevent a subdivision. That made things complicated for them, I am certain, but they didn't flinch. Next, the 1929 house (4,000 sq ft) hadn't been properly cleaned for decades, or updated since 1979. Next, there was a drainage problem that didn't show up because Dad never used much water and the side sewer could handle a tiny bit of use. With the house inspection, it turned out that the side sewer needed to be replaced - not a big surprise but still a major project! Not to mention, this needed to happen during the rainiest November (2016) on record - lots of delays and frayed nerves from my end of the thing, but not Jim and Monte - they were always looking for a solution when these issues came up. The guys were a steady rock during these stormy times. The best news came when everything passed inspection for the sale. In addition to all of these house issues, they were able to provide needed resources for handling the estate matters - finding an appraiser was tricky due to the busy real estate market. Jim and Monte are great to work with and I don't think that the sale would have gone through without their skilled professionalism. I appreciate all that they did for us during that time."

Susan Paine - Edmonds

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