Specific examples of why you should hire Jessica Evans. I truly can’t say enough good things about Jessica! When choosing a buyers’ agent, we wanted a veteran who really knew Walnut Creek and surrounding areas and had built-in relationships with other agents. But we also wanted someone who was young, motivated and energetic. We found in Jessica a unicorn blend of a high-energy go-getter with the warmth of a friend, coupled with a lifetime in the area and the deep network that comes from real estate being a family business. In a telling sign, our relationship began as such: I called her up and said, “We’ll probably buy the house we are renting, and we’ve agreed to forgo using a buyers’ agent to cut costs. But on the off chance that we can’t make a deal, we’d love to see what’s out there.” I actually felt too badly to ask if she could still help us; luckily, she offered. From that day forward, she serviced us as if she was 100 percent selling us a multimillion-dollar home (vs. a moderately priced one, or quite possibly nothing at all). At one point, we considered buying a lot and building a prefab (translation: she would only get a much-smaller commission on the lot purchase). Not only did she not flinch, but she also did meticulous research on prefab companies, collated the research and presented it to me in an organized summary. In addition to these bold displays of integrity and goodwill, Jessica:
-Tapped her connections to get rough contractor estimates at moment’s notice at one point, she searched the internet (and miraculously found!) an example of a similar floor plan post-wall-removal to help us make a more informed decision.
-Made herself available even within our very tight schedule and her own.
-Responded nearly immediately to communications.
-Served not only as a realtor but as a therapist and consultant on the sale of our Los Angeles home, of which she would not make a dime.
-Summarized purchase documents for me in writing, simply because I hate reading them.
-Seemingly knew everything about anything even marginally related to the sale, purchase, rental or remodel of a house. (Can you remove an in-ground pool? Jessica knew and even had a resource, an average price and an explanation about the two avenues to choose from.)
If the above doesn’t convince you of Jessica’s responsiveness, work ethic, industry expertise, and passion for helping clients, I’ll conclude with this: Much of the above occurred when she was nine months pregnant! In fact, she continued to follow up on negotiating an early release from our rental agreement (not even her job) a few days after giving birth. Thanks to Jessica and her partner, Steve, our anxiety was minimized and our options maximized. Due to her adeptness in negotiating us as a backup offer, we ended up purchasing a house we couldn’t have dreamed possible!