Ben & Becky, San Rafael
"My wife and I recently worked with Darrel to purchase our first home. Since it was our first home, we had many things to learn about the process and needed someone with the knowledge and, most importantly, patience to guide us along the way. When we first met Darrel, we were instantly connected to his calming demeanor and authentic sensibilities. We had met with other great realtors but there is a certain intangible he has when it comes to connecting with his clients and it sets him apart from the others. When we would meet to look at listings Darrel would often spend the better part of two hours at a single property to make sure we had all our questions answered before moving on. Additionally, we had some peculiar situations arise as part of our escrow process and Darrel worked tirelessly to keep us updated on progress and provided alternatives to make sure both sides were moving forward. Because my wife and I both get back from work late, many times he arranged to meet in the evenings and was always available via a short text, call or email. Then to top it all off, Darrel even gave us a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a home depot gift card (cause I had mentioned once that I needed some new toys) to welcome us into our first home. Thoughtful, patient, authentic, and responsive. Thanks so much Darrel!" back to top
Mark C. San Anselmo
"I met Darrel by chance at a Marin open house he was hosting during the early stages of my home search. In contrast to some pushy or condescending agents I had encountered, he had a relaxed and friendly manner and listened to my ideas. I found Darrel's own approach to discerning value in the current market compelling, and the fact that he had personally rehabilitated and sold properties gave him credibility. That knowledge and experience were great resources in the months that followed, as we looked at dozens of properties in southern Marin. Darrel was always patient with my evolving preferences and willing to talk at length about the merits of a given property. He leveraged his contacts to identify interesting prospects before they came on the market, one of which I eventually bought. During the actual purchase phase, Darrel was very thorough in evaluating the property, covering some of the inspection costs himself, reaching out to his contractor friends for advice and even crawling under the house to inspect the foundation with me. (How many agents do that?!) He was also an adept negotiator, helping me make dispassionate decisions during some frustrating back-and-forth with the seller. Now that the purchase is complete, Darrel has been as helpful as ever, always generous with advice on how to tackle issues with my new house. Only time will ultimately tell whether I have made a good choice for my new home, particularly from an investment perspective, but I can't imagine having a better adviser for my search than Darrel. I fully recommend him.?
Karen and Robert Flagg
"In our experience with Darrel, we have found him to be extremely sincere and genuinely looking out for our best interest throughout the entire process of purchasing property by way of short sale. These transactions typically take months to close, and require a great deal more skill to negotiate than the average property sale. The specifics of this particular transaction required a realtor with an above normal working knowledge of real estate law, a great deal of patience, and someone with a willingness to do whatever it takes. We found all of those qualities in Darrel, who proved to be not only a realtor dedicated to serving our best interests, but also a trust worthy friend. We highly recommend him and will definitely utilize his guidance and services in the future. Robert & Karen Flagg" back to top
"As a mortgage broker, I work with numerous Realtors and it's rare that I find one with the honesty and integrity that I found in Darrel. We recently worked together on a home purchase for a first time home buyer and I found Darrel to be extremely responsive and very knowledgeable. It showed throughout the process that he was looking out for his client's best interests. I would wholeheartedly recommend Darrel to anyone looking for an outstanding Realtor.
"Darrel is very knowledgeable about real estate and he is a good guy to boot. He knows the ins and outs of the market and uses his extensive personal experience buying and selling homes to help his clients get the best value for the money. Also, he is not hesitant to take on really picky clients like myself, who have a lot of fears about buying anything in this market but really want to settle into a home anyway.
"If I could give more than 5 stars, I really would.
Darell is in the real estate business not for the heck of it but because he genuinely loves everything about the housing market. His background as a successful developer equips him with killer instinct for the "good" and the "bad" house. We found that he is very knowledgeable with every detail of real estate transaction and he can provide most informed advice on any given situation.
With all being said, the quality I find most important about Darrel is that he is a very decent person. He would never put his clients in a compromised situation for his own benefit.
Darrel is truly a rare find in this business that's filled with mediocrity.