From: Jeffrey Johnson Terry Loveton, Sebastopol Date: April 25, 2008 Local Sellers and Buyers Sebastopol and Cotati
Pam does an amazing job and we would highly recommend her to anyone needing a thoroughly knowledgeable realtor with excellent marketing skills. She is willing to go the extra mile as we found out after 3 successful transactions buying one and selling two properties in less than a year.
From: CK and WH Date: April 25, 2008 Bought Sebastopol Horse property, referral to Peninsula Listing Agent for Successful Sale of Their Bay Area Home
For anyone hitting this blog because they are considering buying a house with horse property, you are onto the best kept secret of location and person power. Well, I guess its not really a secret given Google these days, but having to write most of time for work I usually avoid spending any additional time at the computer crafting responses/testimonials/ etc..I’d rather be out riding a cross country course! However, Pam was such an extraordinary real estate agent that I can’t resist singing her praises so more stellar horse people end up in Sonoma County. Perhaps you are like us, two horses, two SF based jobs, thinking that you had to wait until retirement to get into a nice horse property. In the meantime you are writing those hefty boarding checks each month for small stalls, limited turnout, extra charges for trailer parking, blanketing, less and less places to ride outside of an arena, etc. Not true! We thought we couldn’t afford anything within commuting distance to SF but Pam changed that perception and made it a reality. With tight work schedules, competing demands on free time and a budget, we were probably not a real estate agent’s dream couple, and we were very, very picky about what kind of place we envisioned as ideal for the horses and ourselves. Pam was exceptional. She sent frequent email postings of properties, worked completely around our work/horse showing schedule, lined us up with talented bankers, insightful consultants, crunched numbers for us, fed us at fabulous restaurants to keep the energy levels up and never complained that she wasn’t out riding when we made her drive us around every square inch of two counties on the weekend. She is extremely bright (that helps with complicated country property purchases where the contracts read like IRS manuals), perceptive (figured out what we liked and didn’t like faster than we did), knowledgeable (had or found the answers to every horse/property question that we came up with) and was lotsa fun in the process (and I think house buying is a pain to be honest). Did I mention she is also persistent? We would never have ended up in our fantastic 5 acre place with such happy horses if we hadn’t finally followed her advice that we see this one property “that I think has everything you want”. Well we saw it, bought it, and as they say in the fairy tales of old, lived happily every after.
From Eileen O’Connor and Mike Tramontin July, 2010 Second home buyers of Healdsburg horse property
Pam stuck with us through thick and thin, anticipated our questions and needs, encouraged when necessary, cautioned when appropriate. Overall the highest level of service, competence and professionalism. Every aspect of our real estate purchase was handled professionaly and thoughtfully. We will refer our friends to Pam Buda without qualification and with enthusiasm.
From Kenneth Rogers, Sonoma Second home/Investment Buyer, February 2009
Pam was first-rate all the way through this transaction. She took the time to actually listen to and understand our needs, anticipated hurdles, kept us exceptionally well informed and was a pleasure to work with. She’s a gem!
From: Gail Harris Date: July 7, 2008 Out of Town Buyer of Investment Property in Oakmont
Pam was recommended to me by a Marin friend and realtor whom I had informed of my wish to find property in the Sonoma/Santa Rosa area. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of my search. In three days of intense looking at a variety of listings, Pam nudged, pointed and otherwise encouraged me toward an area that she thought might meet all my requirements. It took a while to convince me to give it a try but sure enough, Pam’s intuitive abilities were correct. She knows the market and she knows her stuff. I found exactly what I REALLY wanted (even though I didn’t know, myself, what that was–nor was I able to articulate it– when we first started out). From escrow to closing, Pam made the whole thing a breeze–the simplest, easiest process I’ve ever encountered in several decades of home-buying. Pam was right on top of everything, which meant I didn’t have to worry. What a relief! I would enthusiastically recommend her to anyone who wants to find the perfect place in wine & horse country.
Laura McDowall July 2009 First Time Buyer, REO Property in Sonoma
As a first time home buyer I was extremely intimidated by the whole process- how do you choose a good real estate agent? How do you get a loan? Should you go with a bank or a broker? How do you put in an offer? How do you find a trustworthy inspector? How do you navigate the closing process? These questions and more swirled around and around in my head nonstop. I didn’t have any answers so it was easier to just put off the possibility of owning a home ‘for later’.
However, once I started to see more and more homes that I liked and could finally afford I decided that I would try to put out some feelers to get a sense of the process. I contacted Pam Buda out of the blue to see if she could help me answer my questions and boy, did she ever!
Pam was always happy to help me look at properties and worked around my schedule, often meeting me in the evenings and on weekends. She was knowledgeable, prepared and trustworthy. She offered her expertise and experience and was always there to help with objective advice. She was a great source of support for me. She walked me through each and every step of the process to make sure I was informed and comfortable with everything that was happening.
Pam referred me to an amazing loan broker, Otillia Sullivan, who was very patient with me. Otillia answered every question I had and was there for me during the entire loan process. Otillia took the time to talk to me about my priorities and was able to offer me a loan that was exactly what I wanted- with a rate that was better than I ever imagined!
During my search we had to put in offers for multiple properties and both Otillia and Pam were constantly on the ball. It gave me such a sense of relief to know that I could trust them both to be on top of each and every step and to know that they had my best interests at heart. When it came time for closing I was a nervous wreck- I had heard so many horror stories and I didn’t think there was any way we were going to close on time. Pam kept me informed throughout, updating me multiple times a day to let me know when each and every item on the checklist was completed. We closed with time to spare and the entire process was seamless. I was amazed and so happy!
My price range was on the lower end of the scale and I was concerned that I wouldn’t be a priority for a real estate agent, that I would be put on the back burner and forgotten. That certainly was not the case with Pam! She treated me like a valued partner from beginning to end and I couldn’t be happier with the entire experience. Buying my first home was so much easier than I had ever imagined and I know that it was because I had Pam Buda as my agent!
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