Jan 18, 2021
Midway through 2020 and COVID-19, we decided it was time to leave the Bay Area. We quickly zeroed in on Folsom/El Dorado Hills as the ideal area to relocate. Our Bay Area realtor recommended Pat Quan as an outstanding local agent, so we gave him a call.
We liked Pat immediately -- his easy-going, low-pressure manner suited us perfectly. Pat first took us on several tours around the region, sharing his insights about the many communities in both towns. With Pat's guidance, we ultimately targeted a few neighborhoods in El Dorado Hills.
As it turned out, we were not the only family fleeing the Bay Area for a more affordable lifestyle. Competition among buyers was heating up. Fortunately, Pat was very much on top of market conditions. He was able to get us into a number of homes before they even went on the market.
When it comes to house-hunting, we are admittedly very picky. Pat was understanding and remained patient with us as we rejected home after home. We settled into a routine of scouring for homes several times a day and texting Pat whenever a new listing caught our attention. He always responded instantly to our requests to tour yet another house. There were times when we despaired of ever finding the perfect place, but Pat's optimism and reassurance helped keep our spirits up.
After what seemed like ages but was really only a couple of months, we found a home that checked all of our boxes. We were excited! Pat calmly explained the many steps that lay ahead of us. During the entire process, he kept us informed with regular email status updates, which we greatly appreciated.
The first step was to make an offer. We were nervous, because we knew the house was likely to generate considerable interest. We soon discovered that behind Pat's mild exterior lurks a tough and shrewd negotiator. He learned about the sellers and helped us fashion an offer tailored to their needs. When our Bay Area experiences had us primed to compete with multiple overbids, Pat gently brought us down to earth, assuring us that we could attain our dream house for far less than we expected.
The next hurdle was the house inspection. We could see that the place needed work, but we weren't prepared for the sticker shock. Pat stepped in and negotiated a substantial credit from the sellers. It's not an exaggeration to say that Pat literally saved us tens of thousands of dollars on the transaction. We are truly grateful.
So now we’re safely ensconced in our dream house and ready to ride out the rest of the pandemic. Pat continued to help us through the closing and beyond, to the point where he has become our friend as well as our real estate agent. We feel very fortunate to have him on our side. We know he'll do the same for you, and we give him our highest recommendation.