"We have just closed our third transaction with Travis Bertelsen and could not be more pleased."
"We have just closed our third transaction with Travis Bertelsen and could not be more pleased. This sale was all the more difficult because it was a probate sale and many parties had to be satisfied.
Travis surmounted these challenges and more. He kept us informed throughout this lengthy process.
Travis has conducted himself with integrity as both seller and buyer rate his performance as the very best!"
Tim Duclos | CEO Grapevine Marketing Group | Los Gatos
"After having experienced Travis' services, I couldn't imagine ever using a "regular" real estate agent."
"I first noticed Travis when I lived in South San Jose. I used to walk my dogs in the neighborhood and would see all of the For Sale signs - the same signs week after week after week - the cheap white ones with the photo of the real estate agent on it. Then this different sign showed up - it was classier and more prominent. No photo, and Travis' name was small at the bottom. He wasn't the focus - the house was. A month later, the sign said "SOLD" on it. I'd never seen anything sell in a month (or anywhere near that) in that neighborhood. When I received a follow-up letter describing that the place not only sold in a month but at above-asking price, I kept Travis' card - the only real estate agent card I'd ever kept.
About a year later, it came time for us to sell our house, so I contacted Travis. He came over to talk. I was expecting him to be there for maybe 20-30 minutes, but he was there for 2 hours. He'd already done all of the market research and brought it with him. He showed us what was going on in that area, he described his pricing strategy, and he did a complete walkthrough of the house and gave advice on how we should prepare each room for showing. We had planned on interviewing 2-3 agents before selecting one, but that clearly didn't need to happen - we picked Travis immediately.
We followed Travis' advice on staging and pricing. We had an offer in less than two weeks, at asking price - we lived in tract home neighborhood. Ours was the biggest model and our asking price was the highest for any home in that neighborhood ever. In that quarter, ours was one of only 5 homes that sold in that area (there were more than 400 houses on the market at the time). A month later we closed on the sale.
About six months later, we started looking for a new home in the San Ramon/Danville area. Even though this is well outside of his area, we asked Travis to be our agent and he agreed. We identified a number of homes we wanted to see that didn't have an open house scheduled, and Travis drove up for a day to take us through them. One of the homes was appealing to us, but we weren't sure. So we asked Travis what he thought. His answer blew us away - he told us what he knew of our tastes and needs, and compared those with the features of the house. He concluded that there were several key things about that house that we would end up being unhappy with, and advised that it wasn't the right house for us. He was right.
Soon after that, we found another house that we liked, and he helped us put in an offer, followed by more than a month of run-around from the seller. Travis worked closely with the seller's agent (who was equally frustrated with her client) to help us make progress. Ultimately, we had to give up on that house because the seller was impossible, but Travis did everything in his power and more to make it happen. That led to the house we ended up buying. Travis was able to negotiate a great deal for us on that, and the rest is history!
After having experienced Travis' services, I couldn't imagine ever using a "regular" real estate agent. Not to mention that he led us to our Financial Planner and Insurance Broker. If you're looking to buy or sell your home, hire Travis. Period."
Ioana Bazavan | Security Solutions Architect | San Jose
"Not only did he get top dollar for comparable properties in the neighborhood - that record stood for six months."
"I first met Travis nearly ten years ago when my wife and I decided he was the right person to assist us in selling our house. Not only did he get top dollar for comparable properties in the neighborhood - that record stood for six months. Travis then assisted us in finding and buying our next house - after we sat out the housing crash - even though it was quite a ways out of his normal neighborhoods. I found Travis to be an exemplary agent who listens to his clients and is perfectly capable of advising them through the baffling world of real-estate. I would absolutely seek his help in future real-estate deals regardless of which company he works for - Travis personifies the fact that the individual matters."
Cayce Justus | Medical Professional | San Jose
"He is the most competent real estate professional I've dealt with and did everything he could to make sure we got the house we wanted."
"Travis helped me and my husband purchase our first home in December 2014. I got his name from a colleague and he came highly recommended. We were not disappointed. He is the most competent real estate professional I've dealt with and did everything he could to make sure we got the house we wanted. His relationship with the other agent and ability to negotiate our terms were what helped us get the house. I don't think we would have gotten it otherwise given the current competitive market. In addition, he was thorough, very client oriented and always followed up to make the process as painless as possible. In fact, it's been well over 6 months since we purchased our home, and we still hear from him regularly to check in and see if there is anything we need. He also made sure once we closed that we got the house set up to our liking and resolved some remaining issues (like getting the junk left over from the seller removed from the backyard, getting sod laid, helping refer and organize painters and carpet layers, and a number of other odds and ends). We referred him to our friends to sell their home and they chose him from a number of options and were very happy. I highly recommend Travis to anyone buying or selling a home. He's fantastic - he knows the industry, builds great and long-lasting relationships within the industry and with clients and will do everything he can to make his clients happy!"
Mariah Cherniss | Technical Consultant | Cambrian
"Travis' experience along with a thoughtful and caring attitude brought my son and daughter-in-law into their first home one month before giving birth to our first grandson."
"I recommended Travis to my son and very pregnant daughter-in-law who were looking to move from an apartment to a house. He found a number of options and provided pros and cons that we would never think of. Travis took their input into account (fixer-upper was fine, good neighborhood crucial, yard for kids to play, cul de sac preferred) and found a number of options to select from.
The over-the-top service came after they found the house they wanted. Travis has a great team of financial people for lending options, inspectors so they knew what they were getting and contractors if work needed to be done. We used Travis' recommendations for all except one area, and it turns out we should have trusted his input there as well.
Travis' experience along with a thoughtful and caring attitude brought my son and daughter-in-law into their first home one month before giving birth to our first grandson. They are very happy with their house at the end of a cul de sac, and as grandparents we are relieved to see them in a good area with nice neighbors.
If you are looking to sell or buy a home, I highly recommend Travis and his team."
Scott McDonald | Software Sales | Cupertino
"He is honest, on the ball and a fun guy to work with too! Overall I highly recommend Travis!"
"Have both bought and sold a house with Travis. I have nothing but great things to say about both experiences. He drives the process to keep things moving and get things done. He was always in communication with us keeping us up to date and making sure that we understood all options before we made any decisions. He is honest, on the ball and a fun guy to work with too! Overall I highly recommend Travis!"
Jason McDonald | Specialized Bicycles | San Jose
"He knew the area very well and even showed me a few more homes which made me feel very confident that I had picked the best one."
"Travis Bertelsen is very professional, he negotiated an amazing price on my new home. I couldn't be happier.
The best part was that I didn't have to do much of anything. Travis even shopped lenders for me and beat the rate I found on my own. He pre-toured all properties before me to eliminate bad ones. I went out twice with him and found my perfect home. He knew the area very well and even showed me a few more homes which made me feel very confident that I had picked the best one.
Then, before I even moved in, his vendors painted, carpeted, and installed hardwood flooring, in 5 days!!! The place was perfect for my move in. I can't believe how effortless the transaction went, I recommend him to everyone."
Kathleen Pearl | Regional Sales Manager Atmel Corporation | Los Gatos
"Travis' relaxed and charismatic demeanor conveyed respect and care for the customer."
"Travis was hardworking, diligent and well informed throughout the buying process. He was able to pinpoint the perfect home for me in a timely and precise manner ~ I have always heard that house hunting is a nightmare, but with Travis, it was a simple and straightforward process.
Travis identified my needs quickly, performed a screening of homes, and found the perfect one for me. Within days, we had locked in a solid offer that would not have been possible without his guidance.
Throughout the entire process, Travis' relaxed and charismatic demeanor conveyed respect and care for the customer. His attention to detail and his diligence throughout the process showed that he really cared about the success of each of his clients, and that he would do what he needed to in order to see that success flourish.
An A+ Real Estate Agent. I would highly recommend his services."
Sean Goodison | Engineer Arista Networks | San Jose
"He recently sold our house in San Jose for 230k more than a house with identical comps just down the road ..."
"If you want to get the best price possible with the best terms & conditions then work with Travis Bertelsen! He recently sold our house in San Jose for 230k more than a house with identical comps just down the road, so how did he do that you ask. Firstly take onboard all of his advice and if you can, definitely stage your home. I thought our home was neat and tidy, but staged the house looked incredible. Then when it came to managing the offers he demonstrated his extremely high negotiating skills and had buyers adding in well over 100k above their original offers.
Travis definitely went beyond the call of duty, we actually moved to France and left him with the keys to our house and he arranged everything to get the house ready for the sale, inspections, gardeners, pool maintenance, cleaners, the staging and the open house. Not even being in the country we had piece of mind that Travis was handling our sale.
If we move back to the US we will 100% be using Travis to buy a property. Oh and if you are worried about the extra half percent he charges compared to some realtors, don't, you'll get more than that in return for his services.
Working with Travis was made simple, fun and stress free by the fact he really is one of the most genuine guys you'll meet, he even donated a large sum of money to a charity I was fund raising for!
So don't look at any more yelp reviews just get Travis working with you on your sale or purchase now!"
Stephen Fullard | Ultra Endurance Athlete | Cambrian
"If you are looking for someone that will become a friend and a trusted adviser, look no further."
"Travis did a fantastic job helping my wife and I buy our first home. Once you have decided to make him a part of your team he is your number one advocate. He is knowledgeable of the area and listens when you tell him what you like and dislike, he won't push you into a sale and he'll give you plenty of time to make a decision.
When we found the house we liked he was relentless making sure we would get into the house at the best possible cost. After the sale, he still worked with us and has gone out of his way to make us satisfied and ensure the home is still where we want to be.
If you are looking for someone that will become a friend and a trusted adviser, look no further. If you are looking for a cheap realtor, you may want to keep looking. As a first time home buyer, Travis was exactly what my wife and I needed."
Jack Flynn | COO Backflow Prevention Specialists Inc. | San Jose
"Travis has deep knowledge of Los Gatos and the surrounding Mountain areas, since it's been his hometown for over 40 years ..."
"Travis has deep knowledge of Los Gatos and the surrounding Mountain areas, since it's been his hometown for over 40 years. He has a keen investment and lifestyle perspective on property ownership and has provided invaluable guidance both to myself and my colleagues over the years. ...And he is an amazing motorcycle rider who is more than happy to tour properties with you on two wheels as well as four."
Matt Talbot | Software Sales | Los Gatos