"Chris sold our home of 30 years in Menlo Park in 2016 - guided us through the many steps to get it ready to sell and out on the market as fast as possible. Chris was very professional, knowledgeable, just great to work with. Sympathetic and attentive and creative. Knows the area and the market. Have recommended him to others!"
Menlo Park, CA
"I don't recommend sales folks often but given the experience, and challenges we all face in this market, I feel compelled to recommend the agent we used to find and close on our new home. Summary: 80+ houses viewed in 6 months and we won on our first bid despite being 3rd amongst 10 offers (and no I wasn't an all cash kind of guy). I didn't need someone to help find me a place. Just needed someone to keep me from making a mistake and to make it happen when it was time. Chris exceeded my expectations in both areas. He is very technical, saved me from emotionally bidding on 3 properties that would've ended up as money pits, determined the best overall strategy/offer to secure the home, held my hand through the entire close process, and continues to offer up recommendations for various needs. Most of his listings/clients are high end but that didn't stop him from treating a common guy like me w/the same care he would someone bringing a multiple times higher commission check. Feel free to PM me if you want additional info on my experience w/Chris being my agent or in general. (note: he only works the peninsula as to not deviate from his area of expertise)"
San Mateo, CA
"Chris was absolutely a lifesaver during our hunt for a new home. We started our search looking in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Portola Valley, and Woodside and quickly learned that we had found ourselves an expert in the area. Chris immediately gauged what we were looking for and helped steer us in the right decision. He always seemed to be available just at the right time with the critical tidbit of information to help us with our decisions. Not only was Chris the perfect gentleman during the process, he was also a pleasure for us to get to know and made the whole process as stress free as possible. You cannot go wrong choosing him as an agent - we LOVE our home!!!"
Portola Valley, CA
"With the possible exception of the house itself, deciding to work with Chris was the best choice that my wife and I made during our search for a new home. He is plugged in and knowledgeable across all of the markets we were interested in, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Portola Valley and Woodside. Chris provided us with great information about demographics, market projections, school districts, and mortgage/tax implications. He has a great EQ, interacts well with sellers agents, and possesses excellent instincts. But even more importantly, he injected calm and experience into an otherwise stressful process, gently dissuading us from pulling the trigger on several homes which ultimately would not have been the best fit for our needs or would have required renovation beyond our budget and ambition. Ultimately, with Chris's deft negotiating, we were able to obtain our ideal home with the first offer that we placed. He is not only very responsive and professional, but also an extremely interesting and likable on a personal level. While I'm sure that we could have had a good ultimate outcome with another agent, with Chris the process was actually fun."
Portola Valley, CA
"We were interested in buying a home in the Woodside/Menlo Park/Palo Alto/Portola Valley area, and a friend and colleague recommended Chris to us. Chris turned out to be extremely knowledgeable about this region and knew the various neighborhoods really well; for example, which blocks were likely to be noisier because they were closer to Caltrain, which blocks had good parks or farmers markerts within walking distance. In our case, we got very interested in properties in Portola Valley, and here too, Chris could tell us in great detail about Ladera, Portola Valley ranch, and other communities. In our visits to open house events, it was clear that the listing agents knew and respected Chris. This turned out to be the case for the house we eventually bought as well, and it was clear to us that this reputation allowed him to negotiate fairly on our behalf and get us in contract in the face of a competing offer. Chris has a very cool head on his shoulders and this was apparent as we went through the entire process of negotiating, inspections, and the loan process. He also knows the best lending institutions so that the one he recommended was the most efficient and had the most competitive rates (compared to 4 other banks we were checking out at the same time). To top it all, Chris is unfailingly courteous, has a great sense of humor, is always available (even at off hours in the evenings on weekdays), and thoroughly professional. Look no further, really - you will enjoy working with him as you go about looking for a home."
Portola Valley, CA
"We were introduced to Chris through a glowing recommendation from a Stanford work colleague who bought a home in Redwood City. From the start Chris was incredibly perceptive and responsive to our needs and preferences finding a home. He also generously provided us with ample time to get introduced to the home purchase process, the various phases of it, and setting goals and expectations. His long experience as a realtor in this area has given him an outstanding knowledge of the local market in Woodside, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Mountainview. He also knows most realtors who were selling, which was very helpful in term of bidding strategies. When we bid for homes, his negotiation skills and experience were instrumental. And he continued to offer his skills and contacts after purchasing our home, which have proven incredibly helpful. Overall a powerful ally to have if you want to find your dream home and move into it gracefully."
"My client was the trustee of her friend's trust. When her friend passed away, my client had to sell the trust's primary asset, a house in Woodside. My client, who is in her 70s, never owned a home and had no experience in selling real estate, so it was important for her to have a realtor who was trustworthy, responsive to her questions, able to communicate with her in plain English, and who was trustworthy. Chris exemplified all of the foregoing qualities. He walked my client through the details of the process, and communicated directly with me about those matters that my client entrusted to me, her attorney. Chris arranged for the necessary inspections and for certain cosmetic work to make the house presentable for sale. He knew the sales picture in the area, kept abreast of local market trends, and provided updates on showings of the house. The market for realty in this area of Woodside and this house's price range had softened somewhat by the time the house was put on the market, Chris did not recommend that my client accept the first offer she received. Rather, because the first offer was less than ideal, Chris recommended that she counter-offer, assuring her that another offer would come in if the counter-offer was not accepted. Sure enough, the counter-offer was not accepted, but another couple made an offer that was substantially better than the first, and well within the price my client had hoped to get. If you are a client who wants a realtor who is responsive, knowledgeable, willing to explain matters to you in plain English, and trustworthy, you should give Chris Iverson a call."
"We had an excellent experience with Chris buying a home in Los Altos in the spring of 2016, and very much look forward to working with Chris in the future. We recommend him highly. We relocated to the Bay Area from Boston last year. We had some basic familiarity with the area but knew that we could use some help navigating neighborhoods, process, buying trends, and all the ins and outs of a local, hot housing market. Chris was invaluable in our process. He was also delightful to work with. He knows neighborhoods well, has good relationships with other realtors, is smart *and* clever, was effective in negotiations, was never high pressure but was firm with us when it was appropriate. Stanford provides a number of housing assistance programs for faculty. These are great, but they do add complexity to buying a property. Chris was also extremely knowledgeable about the Stanford process and had good relationships with all parties (Stanford housing, lenders, realtors, etc). I don't think we would have been able to purchase our home without his guidance."
Los Altos Hills, CA
"We bought our first house with Chris as our agent, and we could not have asked for a more knowledgeable, flexible, and patient person to work with. Chris enabled us to think critically about each house with lots of information, and he was constantly listening to figure out what we really wanted. We then sold that house with Chris as our selling agent this summer, and bought a new house in Palo Alto with Chris as well. Four enthusiastic thumbs up from us!"
Menlo Park, CA
"Chris Iverson prepared our home for marketing in a professional manner. Ours was a “problem property,” having potential which a motivated buyer might appreciate. Discovering and matching property and purchaser came because of contacts Chris maintains. As he understood the local market Chris could predict how the sale of the house would progress. The companies working with Chris moved us out of our home of 40 years within a two week time frame. Chris and his team prepared the house and grounds to show at its best. This resulted in a buyer who made a purchase acceptable to them and a sale satisfactory to us. The professional skills and personal grace which Chris Iverson showed to us as sellers and to the purchasers of the property made the transaction friction-free, timely, and gratifying."
"Chris Iverson was a great resource during the purchase of our home. His knowledge of Peninsula markets and neighborhoods was a tremendous benefit in our home buying experience. Working with Chris was a comfortable fit for us. His experience and insight guided development of our successful offer in a very competitive situation. Chris took time to understand our needs and expectations. He helped us identify opportunities which made our offer more compelling and stand out among many. Chris's professional attitude, attention to detail, and easy rapport with all parties, made home buying satisfying instead of stressful. Finally, we appreciate that Chris has maintained contact and followed our settlement in the new home. He remains a trusted source of valuable advice and professional references."
Emerald Hills, CA
"Chris helped us both buy and sell a home in a very short time frame. It was a stressful experience that he made infinitely easier through great advice and his amazing network of high quality, reliable partners (de-clutter person, stager, handyman, movers, etc.) I still can't believe it all worked out as smoothly as it did."
Palo Alto, CA
"Chris is a true professional in every sense. He found the perfect home for us, negotiating every detail with aplomb and precision. We never had any doubts that the deal would go through, even though we were thousands of miles away. He knows the market climate for both buyers and sellers, is courteous and honest, with a great sense of humor. We recommend him very highly for any transaction. Thank you, Chris!"
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