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Anonymous

When I decided to sell my condo my instinct was to go to James Haywood for assistance.  I had been receiving his market updates and observations on trends especially for my South of Market neighborhood for a few years.  My instincts paid off.  When he came in for the walk-through before listing it he was kind but direct about what I needed to do to prepare the place so it would show in its best light (it was a pretty great place so I just needed to get out of its way so to speak).  I followed his advice and he and his partner Kristina Hansen came in and went to work.  And what they did was incredible. The place looked great and James was with me every step of the way (even down to helping me change light bulbs and meeting a repairman while I was at work).  His advice on the market and pricing was spot on and his service and support were excellent. I accepted a great offer and closed on time thanks to his diligence. I have no hesitation about recommending James Haywood  A true professional.  Thanks again!

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Seirra V

James is a low-key top-performance realtor.   Evidence?  He's a top-notch San Francisco realtor yet he didn't even have a Yelp account!   I am honoured to be the first to write a review for him on Yelp.  Before we hired him we already knew his excellent track record but working with him was indeed a breeze --- a very pleasant one!   He really listened to and cared about what we needed.  He would gently advise along the way using his expertise knowledge/ insight but he always respected our decision.  He developed the whole marketing plan and sales strategy based on our agreed goal executed in precision and perfection ---he definitely delivered more than what we had expected!  I also like him being very organised and that his communications with us were always very clear and timely.  He's very polite considerate and sensitive about clients' privacy.   In that sense he is totally trust-worthy.  In fact we didn't have to do anything except leaving him the key and signing the documents.   During the whole sales process we were not even in San Francisco.  He sold our condo in record short time for record high price.  Thank you James!  I hope more people will benefit from your professionalism like we did.

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Matt S.

James has been our guide through both the buying and selling process of our San Francisco home. More like an all knowing all seeing extra patient sherpa guide. A sherpa who makes it look so easy and low key you'll hardly know you were scaling a mountain no less the formidable market that is SF. Honestly I think we took just how good James is for granted. He helped us purchase and sell our first ever home while in San Francisco and we knew he was good. But what a difference when we moved to Maryland and worked with a supposedly top-notch "top 1%" firm we were shocked at how badly they communicated with each other and us how long it took to respond if they ever did. And then it dawned on me that James is truly a one man wrecking crew. He accomplished what it takes multiple people to do except better faster more efficiently with less stress and more grace. Whenever we'd have a question email him or text him on a whim we would get a thoughtful / well-researched reply because he completely understood our situation and walks us through the process 100% of the time. There's no delegation there's no deferring your issues to another team member or department no assumptions that someone else will handle the small stuff. Oh and he's so low key that he never once even mentioned that he was one of the first members of Paragon there from the beginning. We didn't even realize this until 4 years later when we happened to read it in some updated literature. Seriously he is the best in the business and he was so nonchalant and low pressure that we never even knew the depth of his experience. We just really liked the guy! Super highly recommended with distinction and honors and our sincere thanks.

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Agustina Sacerdote

I worked with James in late 2015-early 2016 to sell my condo and buy a new place (at the same time!). James played multiple roles - industry expert advisor advocate... and therapist. He was always incredibly responsive flexible and ready to deal with any hurdles (as a non-permanent resident buyer I faced many of them!). At every step of the way I felt incredibly supported and well advised. He understood what I was looking for and helped me think through and manage trade-offs. And also helped me manage my parents who also were involved... This is a small but meaningful example: I had to downsize my car because the new place has a really small garage (everything else about it I LOVE). When I told him I was considering a MINI but doubtful it would fit he drove over with his MINI to let me try his to test out the new garage.

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Kelsey & Brian Piro

My husband and I found James as a referral through close friends. We found a lifetime realtor and friend in James. James is persistent and gets the job done in overwhelming markets always remaining calm. In addition to his years of successful experience he is above board in all business practices and is genuinely a stand up-guy. James you're the BEST!!!

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Greg H

It was a pleasure to work with James on the purchase of my condo. His insight and expert knowledge of the market led to a successful transaction. He provided great advice and handled every step of the process from start to finish. Thank you James!

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Christine and Eugene

James has been our trusty guide/realtor through 2 home purchases over the past 5 years. He has a knack for putting you at ease for what would normally be an exciting and utterly nerve-wracking undertaking. We are so grateful for his honesty patience professionalism and overall human kindness. Thank you James!

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Amy Freidinger

I worked with James Haywood both when I bought my 1st and condo in 2008 and when I sold it in 2016. I highly recommend him to help you on either side of the buy/sell transaction. He is knowledgeable helpful organized and efficient. As a first time buyer James educated me on the home buying process. He even went the extra mile and offered to come to the appointment where I was selecting flooring for the new construction condo.As a seller he took care of all of the details for me and made the sale painless. He did all of the coordination for the furniture staging & re-carpeting of the bedroom. This included finding the vendors meeting them to let them in and out of the condo and even selecting the carpet for me. Not needing to take time off of work to run back and forth to take care of these tasks was invaluable to me.For my next home purchase James is the only realtor that I would consider using. Over the last 8 years and two transactions he has gained my trust and loyalty. James is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend him.

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Robert & Tuyen

We loved working with James! He provided great advice and expert knowledge of the San Francisco area and market. In fact we weren't even going to put an offer in on the house we ended up buying because we assumed it would go for too much but thankfully per James advice we put in an offer and ended up purchasing the house for much less than the average bid up percentage for the neighborhood. James also pointed out some potential gotchas in some other houses that we had looked at that probably would have bit us in the rear had we not know about them.It's also worth pointing out that James was (and still is) super helpful and responsive. We had two realtors before James during the same house-hunting period and they were either unfamiliar with the market or wouldn't respond to emails nor phone calls. James really stands out as a great agent to have on your side.

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