We found working with Martin Weiss and Betty DeLaurenti to be a terrific experience. Being first-time home-buyers on a budget, we initially wanted to pursue buying a home without formally working with an agent, eg through Redfin. But it was recommended to us that we at least meet with a few local agents to understand the market better. We met with 3 and really liked Martin and Betty and decided to work with them. That was a great decision! The best part about Martin and Betty is their responsiveness. Whether its 7am or 9pm, they made themselves really available to us in person, by phone, text and email. You might think, “Well, who’s gonna need a property agent at 9pm on a weekend?” But in the midst of negotiating an offer back-and-forth with sellers, its incredibly helpful to have agents who will prioritize your transaction regardless of the time or day. Also, working with Martin and Betty, we felt it was working with 2 great agents for the price of 1! That means they were twice as available to show houses, answer questions and also brought different skill sets. Betty has deep knowledge and experience, especially on Mercer Island, where she had actually previously helped buy or sell some of the houses we were seeing! She is an extremely effective negotiator. Martin is great with setting up the MLS listing emails, advising on ideas to improve a property and with writing the actual offers. Finally, the main reason we would readily recommend Martin and Betty is their integrity. When we had initially secured a house, but had not yet closed, they smelled something fishy about some issues which surfaced after inspection. They didn’t hesitate to advise us to walk away immediately. We did walk away, saving us a lot of headaches and money, even though it meant we had to start over. We felt bad that they spent so much time helping us find the first house and that we had to start looking all over again. They remained enthusiastic and energetic. In the end, we did end up in a house we really liked at a price we were comfortable with. For that, we are grateful for Martin’s and Betty’s experience, expertise and integrity. Highly highly recommended!

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