Platinum Living Realty - DC Ranch


Recommendations (400)

May 14, 2023

Kirk Ryden recommends Jamie Jachowski

Operations Manager

Very professional and organized; always available for questions; works fast and listens to clients needs and wants; personable and friendly -- really cares about her client
May 11, 2023

Steven Lovejoy recommends Laura Holl

Office manager

Laura is a GEM!! She went above and beyond for us. If you aren’t using Laura for your real estate needs, YOU ARE WRONG. HIGHLY recommend, 20/10, Laura is amazing!
May 9, 2023

Kirstin Pellizzaro recommends Jamie Jachowski

Jamie is amazing! She was always available to answer questions and walk us through our first home buying experience, step by step. She cares about her clients and works hard, start to finish!
Apr 22, 2023

Gale and Lisa Gamboa recommend Lisa Blair

The stress of buying a house is difficult enough, and when you are spending tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars, you cannot afford to make bad decisions and want to make sure you have the right agent guiding you through the process. If you are looking for a realtor with integrity and market expertise, then Lisa Blair is the real estate professional you definitely want to work with. Having Lisa on our side to help navigate through the transaction was definitely a blessing, as we could not have asked for a more knowledgeable, highly skilled, extremely personable and trustworthy realtor to represent our interests. We found Lisa to be a hard working, results oriented negotiator who looked out for us at every turn. Her grace and polished professionalism dealing with the occasional challenge presented on the sellers’ side was admirable, and her patience and guidance dealing with our own neediness and endless questions were equally commendable and very much appreciated. She always made herself available to answer any and all of our concerns expeditiously. I tend to be very detail oriented with very high expectations - Lisa not only met, but exceeded, those expectations as she certainly has proven to provide a very high standard of service delivery to her clients. We were very happy to have started the real estate process with such a qualified agent, but even more so ended the process with a very trusted friend.
Apr 3, 2023

JOHN ROBEY recommends Kaye Hert


Kaye helped us find our dream home in Scottsdale and was very thorough and professional throughout the entire process. Kay also helped us find a handyman and all of the services we needed to get settled in. Highly recommend Kaye for anyone looking to purchase a house in Arizona! Thanks again!! John & Renee Robey
Mar 31, 2023

Joan Kasle recommends Kaye Hert

Kaye did an excellent job selling our house. She guided us from the listing to the closing. She is very professional. She also meet all of our requests regarding showing our home and holding open houses.
We highly recommend Kaye Hert as a realtor.
Mar 30, 2023

Ashley Mulcahy recommends Candice Boller

We moved from out of state, and Candice made the process very seamless for us. The seller was also pretty difficult and Candice made the communications between their side and ours, as headache free as possible. We love our new home. Thank you!
Mar 24, 2023

Michael & Julie Donick recommend Bret Ceren

I am lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Bret Ceren. Each and every
time it is an absolute pleasure. Bret is a hard working professional who is going to
educate you on the current market, get to know you as a person, find your needs,
and ultimately find you the home of your dreams. Bret is truly a great real estate
professional, and anyone looking to purchase is going to have a great experience
working with him. Whether it is a first home purchase, investment home, or vacation home, Bret Ceren is the guy to talk to!
Mar 24, 2023

Will & Keely Ernst recommend Bret Ceren

Bret has incredible attention to detail in both the needs of his clients and the properties he works with. He was awesome in anticipating my needs and navigating the home buying experience! He is professional, intelligent, and a great negotiator. He was wonderful to work with as I was shopping from out of state. He worked through skype, and other outlets to provide me visual information on homes in the area I wanted. He helped arrange viewings of the home as soon as I was in the area. Great job, and thank you so much Bret!
Mar 24, 2023

Michael & Christy Rose recommend Bret Ceren

Bret helped us sell and buy a house when we moved, and did a great job at both. Just so you have an idea of the markets we were in, we sold for 225k and bought for 315k. As first time sellers and second time buyers, we didn't know exactly what to expect in two very different markets. The house we sold was in south Phoenix, in a predominantly FHA market, and the house we bought was in Cave Creek, in a market that made determining prices and negotiating more difficult because there weren’t many comparable properties.

Bret walked us through both scenarios with ease, explained everything in advance so we knew what to expect, and made the entire process enjoyable. He was quick to respond to questions, polite, professional, humorous, and came across as knowledgeable and experienced. Bret and I share a similar background in business finance, so I particularly appreciated his financial market analysis for each property we were interested in. You don't get this with many realtors, at least not at this level, and Bret could back up everything he proposed with examples and numbers. On the selling end, he offers guarantees to sell at or above market value within 45 days before you agree to work with him, so we knew exactly what we were getting into. I told him that I didn't want to sell our house in two days, because then I would think it was priced too low, but I also didn't want to wait 6 months because then I would think it was priced too high. I wanted to sell in about a month, and we closed in 31 days for about 10k more than we expected (always a nice bonus!).

Our selling experience involved several hurdles. When we initially accepted an offer, Bret had the foresight to leave our listing up. The next week, earnest money never showed up and the buyer backed out. I didn’t know they could do this once under contract! Because Bret had left our listing up, we didn't miss a beat and we actually received another offer that weekend and later closed on that offer! Another hurdle we had was a break in at the house while we were out of town. Bret immediately contacted all the realtors who had showings planned to make sure it wasn't them while we worked with our alarm company to dispatch the police. While this situation wasn’t ideal, Bret helped us strategize how to sell our house by making it warm and inviting during showings while keeping it secure the rest of time while we were away.

Our buying experience was much more difficult. We gave Bret our budget and a very loose set of requirements. We wanted a perfect house, but we also wanted land, and were willing to give up the perfect house and get a complete fixer-upper if we could get enough land. I also have very specific tastes and preferences so cheap flips were out of the question, and there are a lot of them in Phoenix.

Bret and his business partner do some real estate investing and remodeling, so he knows what types of houses have potential. He found us a 1970's house with good "bones" on a two acre lot that we fell in love with. The only problem was that it was about 50k overpriced. We had a stubborn seller who didn't need to sell because it wasn’t their primary residence, and the house had been on the market for 9 months. Bret crafted an offer for 70k under the asking price to get their realtor’s attention and let them know that we meant business but weren’t willing to overpay. 5 counter offers later we were under contract for a price that we didn’t think would make value, but also required the seller to pay for the appraisal costs so we could back out without losing a dime. This came in handy when the house didn’t make value as expected, and Bret used this as leverage to bring them down to right price. While we paid top dollar for the property as a fixer-upper, we didn’t pay anything over the appraised value, and looking at it after the remodel it was a great investment. It’s also hard to beat the view we get of the sunset from our dining room window. We don’t plan on moving anytime soon, but if we do we will definitely hire Bret again and we recommend him to anyone in the Phoenix area.
Mar 24, 2023

Gretchen & Doug Coats recommend Bret Ceren

Bret was great and super helpful in the buying process. He provided his expertise in the offer process and was there throughout the rest of the process through closing. He knew the market as well as the areas of Phoenix so we could make the best home decision for our family.
Mar 24, 2023

Richard & Paula Johansen recommend Bret Ceren

He was very organized and we felt our time was well used. We felt free to contact him with any questions we had and he is always quick to respond. Even after our house closed Bret has helped us with questions.
Mar 24, 2023

Lisa Kershner recommends Bret Ceren

Bret is an excellent agent. He made the first-time homebuyer experience seem easy. Bret remained in constant contact with me, the mortgage company I used, and the seller's agents. He worked constantly to ensure I received forms to sign in a timely manner, usually the same day or the next. He is extremely knowledgeable and provided good input and made recommendations. Bret is personable, hardworking, and trustworthy. If you want a job well done, Bret is the man for the job!
Mar 24, 2023

Jeremy & Dana Mack recommend Bret Ceren

We are so glad we chose Bret as our realtor! We found a property that we wanted to purchase and needed to sell our home to make it happen. Our home sold after only being on the market for a week. The photography of our home and listing were beautiful and almost made us want to keep it! He kept us aware of any changes and was very proactive and helpful, even while we purchased a home in much need of repair, he was aggressive in helping us get the best price on all accounts.
Mar 24, 2023

Michael & Maureen Paz recommend Bret Ceren

Bret was amazing throughout our whole process of looking at homes through the buying and closing of our chosen home. His response time was always immediate. He watched out for our concern's and kept us abreast of changing market trends as well as advising us on things to look out for - often we would become excited about a house only to discover some potential problems. The house we did find and close on is amazing and much of it is due to Brett's diligent effort in getting answers to our many questions. Patience of a saint, he has...I would recommend Brett to all of my family and friends. We already miss interacting with him...
Mar 24, 2023

Andy & Becky O'Dell recommend Bret Ceren

Bret and Greg are the Dynamic Duo!!! They get you the house you can want and at the best and fairest price. They keep in touch with you and make you feel like you are their rockstar client even though I am sure the are assisting others as well. No matter what the time of day they are there for you! Best home buying team ever!!! A++++++
Mar 24, 2023

WILLIAM & CASSANDRA COMBS recommend Bret Ceren

Bret is very responsive and great to work with. Our home sold fast and for a price that we were very happy with. He kept us informed throughout the entire process. We had a great experience working with Bret and definitely recommend working with him!
Mar 24, 2023

KEVIN & CHRISTINE E SHELTON recommend Bret Ceren

Bret was involved from day one with a commitment to sell our home and to achieve the maximum value the market would provide. He is thorough from start to finish and easily accessible at all times through the sales negotiation and closing process. He makes a commitment and utilizes his skills and association with his partner Greg Krome to maximize results and reduce your stress! We highly recommend Bret if you are needing to sell your home. Kevin & Christine Shelton
Mar 24, 2023

DAVID A & FELICE GREENHUT recommend Bret Ceren

Bret was able to understand our requirements and research homes that met our criteria. He not only used the MLS but visited the homes to be sure it would be worthwhile for us to visit. This was especially helpful since we were purchasing from out of town and our time in Anthem was limited. During the mortgage and contract phase he coordinated between the different parties to be sure things remained on track and explained to us how the process works in Arizona. A total professional.
Mar 24, 2023

Tyler & Marissa Ross recommend Bret Ceren

Bret was great and helped us greatly with it being our first home. He answered all our questions, gave us his personal advice. He worked with our schedule and took us out to see many lots and homes. We would recommend Bret to anyone, looking to buy a home.
Mar 15, 2023

Greg Krause recommends Tamara Rizzi

Home Owner

Tammy was such a pleasure to work with. I would not buy another home in AZ without her. She is a true professional and very easy to work with.
Mar 7, 2023

Jessica Sabillon recommends Bret Ceren

My family and I moved to Arizona in February 2017. Bret was recommended to us by a family member. With not knowing the area, Bret was a huge help to us. Our home purchase was such a great process! He always responded to our questions in a very quick manner. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. If it was an option, it would be more than 5 stars for sure!
Mar 7, 2023

Mandy Macduff recommends Bret Ceren

Our experience with Bret as our agent started in November of 2016 when my family and I decided we would like to build a home with Richmond American just north of Anthem. We had no idea at the time what all it would involve and having Bret by our side was invaluable. He was patiently there with us every step of the way for six months and never hesitated to answer all my many, many questions. He also got answers for us that the builder refused to discuss with us and saved us on numerous occasions when the builder's representative tried to glaze over things that we had rights to. Their rep works for the builder, not the buyer, so I highly recommend hiring Bret to look out for your best interests. Our time together didn't end there though; we also had to perfectly time the sale of our current home in order for everything to close properly. Bret helped us figure out exactly when to list, what price to list at, and did a great job with presenting our home perfectly on the listing. He also talked tirelessly with the buyers agent to make sure we were getting the amount we needed to put down on our new build. We were actually under contract in 36 hours when 2 of our neighbors were on the market for 6 months before being under contract! I can't say enough great things about Bret. He is a great agent because along with his vast knowledge and experience he is a great man of integrity. He truly is an advocate for his clients and wants the best for them.
Mar 7, 2023

Mindy Miller recommends Bret Ceren

Bret did a wonderful job of making the sale of our home both fast and easy! Before our initial meeting, Bret had already prepared an analysis of the comparable homes in our area and was able to set a realistic and competitive sales price. Bret provided us a status update each week through the entire process and it was a great tool for our very busy schedules! Bret handled each interaction with the utmost professionalism and was enjoyable to work with. There were several occasions when Bret went way above and beyond by even dog sitting for us!!! I would absolutely recommend Bret to get your home sold quickly and efficiently!
Mar 7, 2023

Scott Fehrenbacher recommends Bret Ceren

Bret worked tirelessly for me for a long time trying to find the home I had described, and with a set of impossible circumstances. Bret only had once answer for my wife and I, "I'll make it happen." Bret has the highest integrity, and has invested in this career as a true professional. When you retain Bret as your realtor, you are basically getting a real estate consultant as an added bonus. I highly recommend Bret Ceren to be your personal real estate professional


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