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Meet Brent Parker and Jessie Obee

Dan Silvert

20th century baseball executive Branch Rickey once said “Luck is the residue of design.” When you choose to work with veteran Climb Real Estate Re...

20th century baseball executive Branch Rickey once said “Luck is the residue of design.” When you choose to work with veteran Climb Real Estate Re...

Jun 15 5 minutes read

Buyers, Brent Parker and Jessie Obee, moved from Livermore because Jessie grew up in Oakland, went to Milwaukee for high school and college, and wanted to rediscover her roots and introduce Brent to such a wonderful place.  

Brent is a principal at a big tech firm (Workday), and Jessie works in the non-profit management sector. They lived in Livermore for 2.5 years with their pets Ellie, Odin, and Luna. They enjoy hiking, the arts, and travel.

 

 

 

Initial Concerns

Brent and Jessie heard from several of coworkers that winning a bid in the Bay had taken them up to a year- naturally that became a concern. Not only how long it might take, but the type of home that they could afford on an otherwise luxury budget elsewhere in the states. They began fantasizing about purchasing a huge turn of the century mansion on 2 acres on Lake Michigan for the same price point. Thoughts of shoveling snow again kept them tied to the Bay. 

It can be very disheartening to read comments from realtors on why their clients lost bids even at 40% over asking. Thank heavens they didn't give up!

"Dan stuck because we enjoyed his down-to-earth vibe and Climb's reputation- Dan spent over two hours getting to know us and sharing his values".

They found their Realtor through apps like Zillow and Realtor.com.  The Buyers said, “We toured a few homes back in the fall with various realtors. Dan stuck because we enjoyed his down-to-earth vibe and Climb's reputation- Dan spent over two hours getting to know us and sharing his values.  We were happy to take a gamble on a relatively new Realtor because each new client has the ability to elevate their business to the next level- there's a great eagerness in those first years. I assumed his easy-going nature would prove useful when I would need to see every house that hit the market and caught my eye.

The Search for the Perfect Home

Jessie and Brent say, "Dan was willing to spend three solid months seeing countless homes. My hope, as with most Oakland house hunters, was to find a needle-in-a-haystack deal, and due to Dan's method, we found it. Dan would start building relationships with the selling agent as soon as the evening after I saw a home that we might pursue- due to these relationships Realtors were often able to keep us informed on the status of the home, our likelihood of winning a bid in our comfort zone, and, in the case of our new home, reached out to him when no other bids came in on a stunning property! We had given up on this home because we assumed it would bid way outside our price point, and somehow Dan made sure we were still on the listing agent's radar.”

"We couldn't recommend Climb more. They have been accountable, flexible, knowledgeable, and enjoyable to work with- there's a reason this small company has expanded so much in the last decade"!

Advice from Jessie and Brent, “I would always advise any seller or buyer to interview at least three agents before making their choice. We narrowly avoided disaster when selling because we took the time to select our agents- it comes down to research, area knowledge, and basic gut instinct. Don't choose an agent if you don't feel 100% comfortable, and don't be afraid to schedule more than one interview if you are on the fence! If an agent is uncomfortable being interviewed, that is a major red flag- even if they come to you through a personal referral- any agent worth their salt understands its one of the biggest decisions you'll make: a professional is happy to be interviewed, understanding of your decision to interview multiple Realtors, and gracious if you don't choose them.  We couldn't recommend Climb more. They have been accountable, flexible, knowledgeable, and enjoyable to work with- there's a reason this small company has expanded so much in the last decade! ”

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