Working with James on buying our first home in Texas while living in Michigan was excellent! I could not have asked for a better realtor on such a smooth transition! 2 years later we are now building a new home and went straight back to James to sell our home and help us with the new build. House had a over ask price on day two!!! James also takes time to check on our new build as well. James we cannot thank you enough for everything you have done! Less
James was instrumental in our first-time home buying (and building) process. He helped from every stage, from the signing and negotiating with the builder, all during the construction phase, inspections, and closing. It was nice to have an expert on our side to help us learn and understand the process and what we were buying. In particular, James was local to the Pearland area which was another useful aspect. He was able to stop by the construction quite easily. Less
Gary and I would like to thank you for all your assistance in finding the right home in the right community for our family. Without a doubt you were the right agent to help us get everything we wanted in our home and community. Your familiarity of the area as well as your valuable knowledge of what to look for in a well built home was very important in our home selection. Your daily email updates provided us with a large selection of homes to choose from based on the criteria that we selected. On our trip to Houston to go through our selected possible homes with you, you were able to spot things that either were no longer up to "code", or that may be a future problems that further guided us. Once we found the "one" you were there to negotiate on our behalf to ensure we got a fair and marketable price. We also appreciated your professionalism and prompt response to all of our emails or phone calls throughout the process. Stress can run high during a relocation and home buying but having you on our side gave us the confidence right through closing.
We will highly recommend others to you with their home buying needs. Thank you again!
Gary and Susan Messmer
League City, Texas
Our family was facing a significant life change as a result of a new job and eventual relocation from Michigan to Texas. For the past three months one of us was working and living in Texas commuting home to Michigan on alternate weekends. Soon after starting the new job in Texas we found James Potenza on the internet. Within 5 minutes of submitting our information, James contacted us. We had a great initial conversation with him and it was immediately obvious that he was friendly, helpful, very knowledgeable about the area and receptive to our interests and concerns, taking our priorities into account. After shopping around for other agents for a few days, it was clear that James was head and shoulders above the rest and we chose him to represent us during this important, exciting and at times, stressful period in our lives. What a great decision that was!
James sent us a great deal of info on the area, and on current listings that fit our description of our needs and what we were looking for in our next home and community (including good schools which was very important to us). Based on this internet/e-mail/phone dialog we selected a 3-4 cities and communities to consider in our search. James was very accommodating and bent over backwards to work with our schedule and constraints. He spent a Saturday with me on the weekend following my first week on the job to drive around the areas we were considering, viewing homes and getting a feel of the communities and potential commute times and conditions I could expect to get to work. This was a very productive and effective exercise, as we were able to narrow our search down to one area...Sienna Plantation in Missouri City. We would get daily updates of any new listings and properties that would come up. Even when we could not be around, James was working to check out/visit properties and would send us his appraisal and opinion of what he saw relative to our interests and needs.
We did our multiple-day house hunting trip in late March, 2011. We needed to bring our family on this trip and James was great with the kids. He was patient with our three little boys and even gave them a little treat at the end of a long first day touring houses. That made quite an impression on all of us. James is very knowledgeable, informed and was clearly looking out for our best interests during the whole process. For example, James would spend time looking at things in the house we would not have thought to look at or look for (e.g. air conditioning unit quality, vents, ducts, climbing into the attic, hot water heater, insulation, water barriers etc.) and the general quality of how things were put together and kept. This informed eye was extremely beneficial to our making a good choice on our new home. When time came to make an offer on a home, James negotiation skills helped us get a great deal on a beautiful new home. He also lined up an inspector, and was present during the inspector on our behalf since we could not be there. He also followed up with the inspector and the builder, to ensure that issues were addressed to our satisfaction.
And now, we are about to move into our new home! We loved working with James and would highly recommend him to anyone. He is always accessible and very responsive, and being a buyer’s agent, has the best interest of the buyer in mind as he works. James is helpful and proactive; he did everything he could to reduce work and stress for us during the whole process. And recently he sent us an 8x10 picture of our new house with card and a Texas flag to congratulate and welcome us to our new home.
Thank you James! Ari and Heidi Kar
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