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Our 86 year old house was inspected, appraised, cleaned, sanded, cosmetically painted, and assessed by a professional stager, before contacting Doug to list the house. This prep work was worth every penny.
We contacted Doug and his listing and the sale of our home was very straightforward. Doug is eager to please. He is an expert in what/how properties sell in a historic/landmark district. He has patience. He lives locally and is in tune to the demographic shifts and how to best sell a precious but aged property. Our decision to use Doug was based on his communication savvy. I needed someone who could text, email, fax in real time. I live 150 miles away. Our house sale took 7 months(winter) from listing to closing(summer). If you are reasonable and take a good look at how an aging Douglas Manor presents to a buyer, Home NY will guide you.
Buying a house is a stressful and lengthy process, especially for my husband and I who were anxiously to become the first time home owners. Douglas Montgomery really demonstrated his professionalism as a real estate agent and, as he said at the very beginning, guided us through the entire process. We really appreciate his tremendous help and support so It’s with great pleasure that I am able to review and recommend Douglas.
First of all, we were really lucky one day to see Douglas listing which pulled out our attention from other areas of the city to the lovely neighborhood where eventually we found our home. Douglas was extremely knowledgeable, and passionate about the unique history and characteristics about the neighborhood and houses. Unlike other realtors, he was very honest and confrontational about the drawbacks and things that we should be aware of. He serves/is actively involved in the Real Estate Ethical Board and the local garden club. His candidness and expertise really helped build trust and friendship among us. Therefore we asked him to be our buying agent (I personally really liked his listing but it doesn’t fit our need due to the walking distance).
We actually debated over whether we should get a buying agent as we heard many negative aspects of involving a buying agent as opposed to dealing with a selling agent directly in the tough real estate market. However, with hindsight, we are glad and never regret of getting Douglas as our buying agent. He is trustworthy and helped us make right decisions. As a first time home buyer, we had endless questions. He has always been patient with us and addressed our inquiries and concerns with quick turnarounds. He also helped us bridge with Seller/agent. He and his inspection guy helped us evaluate significant concerns we had on the houses we were seriously considering in a timely fashion, for which we were extremely appreciative. Douglas’ other team members, Laurie, his assistant/agent, Keith Angerame, the attorney, were also very good, providing timely support with reasonable fees. Douglas also continues to provide us tips and recommendations after we closed our home purchase. We highly recommend him and his team.
Douglas is an absolute pleasure to work with. Over the course of four months, my husband and I worked with Douglas on finding the right home for our family-he is thoughtful, responsive, knowledgeable, a hard worker and an excellent negotiator.
Douglaston is a market that requires experience and finesse, Douglas has both.
I would, without hesitation, recommend Douglas as an agent for either a seller or buyer. We are in the perfect home for our family and we credit Douglas for making it happen.
Douglas has been our “family” go-to real estate broker as he has now negotiated at least 3 properties on our behalf, and has displayed great knowledge, honesty and professionalism about the industry itself.
In my own recent search for a new home, the process actually took about 2 years of heartache with different deals that were not completed for various reasons, and Douglas helped us to work through it all, and was a straight shooter with us the entire time, and that is all you can ask for.
We are grateful when the right home finally did appear and we completed the deal without a hitch.
My family and I would highly recommend his firm and his services.