John with Centurion Realty Group is without a doubt the most genuine, hard-working and professional real estate agent I can imagine. For those who do not care about our personal story, here's what we love about John in no particular order: 1. Prompt 2. Respectful 3. NOT a sleazy salesman 4. Amazingly hard-working 5. A really nice guy 6. Knows his stuff 7. A family man 8. Great communication skills 9. Knows how to listen 10. Has your best interest always in mind. I'm sure there's more, just go contact him already. Here's our story: My soon to be fiancée and I were first time home buyers looking for a fixer upper, when I stumbled on the Centurion Realty Group website and found John. He and the firm has great ratings, so I figured this is the one. I was right. He immediately corresponded via e-mail and phone to ask for what we wanted. He sent us a list of many homes instantly for us to peruse through. We found a few that we liked in the pictures so we asked John to arrange a showing on a holiday at 10AM. No problem for John, he is there for you, arriving early exhibiting a high degree of professionalism. Here are the fixer uppers you asked for was what John should have said but he humbly kept his mouth shut as we observed in terror what a fixer upper really looks like. He didn't try to talk us out of it, he showed us everything we asked for, pointing out flaws for us and offering solutions to fix them. Just like bringing your Dad with you, John offers warm guidance without feeling like he is working for money while you are with him. After 3 houses of horror, my fiancée and I made the decision to move our price range higher and do less work. John didn't have to mention it. He let us find what we really wanted without telling us what we wanted. Once we made our own choice, John delivered by calling several properties to arrange showings on the spot. We only expected to see 3 houses this day, but John managed to arrange at least 4-5 additional showings. The difference was night and day. He perceived what we wanted, showed it to us, and our enthusiasm was brimming. It was not long before we saw the house that was "the one". We knew it was under contract from another buyer, but looked at it anyway to see what our upper end would look like. It looked perfect, but it was already spoken for, so we moved on to see the others. All the while John checked on other properties for us, suddenly John declares, "Guys, the property that you love has just come back on the market. The other deal failed". We were freaking out. Everything in the universe was aligning on this day: An angelic real estate agent delivers the perfect house within 4 hours when it wasn't going to happen in the first place. We went back to John's office (which he has in any city you are located) and John went right to work telling us to go get some lunch. While we feasted in celebration, John slaved away researching comparables, getting paperwork together, and being ready for us. We arrived after lunch and John made sure we were absolutely informed. We never expected to be buying a home on the first day, but John found us what we wanted. He is attuned to your desires, whether you tell him or not. He didn't push us into it, we called all the shots. He played devil's advocate the whole time, explaining the pro's and con's of all our decisions and imparting his real estate wisdom on us. Here we are the day after and we have negotiated the seller down to the price we wanted, and are bagging ourselves a beautiful home!!! Trust us, John will deliver.
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I know this is just another glowing review for Centurion, but they so deserves it ! We worked with Rick. We went from thinking that we cant afford a house in August to moving into our own place in December and we owe a very large part of it to Rick and his Team. This is going to be a long review, but for first-time home buyers like us, each of these points made a big difference. When we started, we met with five other realtors but Rick was the clear first choice. From our first meeting, Rick was very approachable, informative and supportive. He gave us the low-down on neighborhoods we were considering, other neighborhoods we could consider, and what sort of housing these neighborhoods had to offer. Then we discussed budget - what type of places fell within our budget and what a "slam-dunk" budget was. He was direct in telling us our budget was fairly low for what we were looking for, but he put it so gently and positively, we weren't discouraged from looking anyway. We spent many Saturdays with Rick going to houses in different neighborhoods and price-ranges. He explained key features of the houses, what sort of work they needed in the short term and in the long term. Being first-time buyers, we barely understood our own requirements, but he took time to understand (and help us understand) what we needed, what was non-negotiable and what was optional. With each place we visited with Rick, we learnt so much about house values and the Orlando market. Rick was also really good with email, which was critical for us. He always responded to urgent questions immediately and other emails within a day and his responses were both thoughtful and thorough. With each posting I was interested in, he made the time to check it out during the week and give us his opinion before we went to the open house on the weekend. His knowledge of the Orlando market is fantastic. Right in the first week, he helped us bid for a very under-priced place giving us almost the exact number it eventually went for. He was always clear on what a place was worth and why. Eventually, when we were vacillating on a few short sales, he gave us very sound advice on what the merits of each place were and which had better resale value. Finally, when we went into escrow, he was with us every step of the way - recommending the person we used for our inspection, keeping himself updated on the bank's inspection, working with our mortgage broker to apply for extensions and when we finally closed (one day earlier than expected), he met us at the house that evening with the keys and brought his darling puppies too. For anybody looking to buy a place in Orlando from studios to mansions, Rick is the best man for the job and a delight to work with. We HIGHLY recommend him!!!
We used Centurions services, specifically Rick, to buy our $1 million+ home in SouthWest Orlando(Dr.Phillips). We were very impressed with RIck throughout our entire experience with him, from our initial meeting to receiving our rebate check after closing. We bought a home after a nine-month search and Hugh was very patient with us. Having purchase two other homes in the past 12 years and worked with two other buyer's agents, we can say that Rick was the best broker/agent we've ever worked with. There are several things that made Rick an ideal broker. He is very experienced and provided thoughtful, incisive, and astute advice, without being overbearing or placing his self-interest above ours. Over those many months, there were a couple of houses we had considered making offers on that required Rick to get information from the seller's agent and do associated work. When we decided against making an offer, he didn't pressure us or behave in the least bit annoyed. Similarly, Rick recommended a great home inspector, who was extremely thorough, having exceptionally high standards, taking over four hours to complete a very detailed inspection. Some brokers/agents may want hurry a client to make an offer or recommend a home inspector who would find the fewest possible deficiencies in the home, reducing the chance of the sale falling through, but not Rick. Through these and many similar experiences, Rick made us feel as though he was looking out for our interests above all else. All of our interactions with Rick -- phone calls, emails, discussions -- were very professional. He has the mindset of a business person handling a business deal, while at the same time being very friendly and down to earth. Rick went out of his way to be accessible to us, even when he was out of town. Our calls/emails were returned/responded to right away. We also appreciated Rick being detailed-oriented. Coming from two Type A Ph.Ds., that's saying a lot. He followed up and followed through when he said he would, and never showed annoyance with us when we butted in when he already had the situation in hand. We will highly recommend Rick to our friends and family and know that he will do a great job for them. When we buy or sell our next home, we won't hesitate to use Rick's services again.