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I found the Stark Team was the most sincere hard working group. They went out of their way to get me the best home and stayed at a comfortable price. I had such a great experience with them! turtleridgeirvine8
Simone is everything you could hope for in a real estate professional: responsive, open, knowledgeable about her market, communicative, honest, and tremendously polite and respectful of our needs. I would recommend her services to anyone in heartbeat. She was a pleasure to work with in our relocation from NJ to CA and couldn't have made the process any smoother for us. 5 stars doesn't say enough! MichaelTimko8
Very knowledgeable in there local local areas where they specialize. Totally familiar with both sides of the housing market. Buying and Selling. We have been involved with the Stark Team several times and have been totally satisfied with there excellent response and service. I would recommend them highly. greattucsonhouse.com
We were privileged to have Elaine and Don (The Stark Team) on our side when we bought our place 16 years ago. They were very knowledgeable, professional and helped us every step of the way to find and secure our first home. Norma Arambula
We are fortunate to be associated with the Stark Team since 1991. Elaine & Don Stark have been managing our two properties located in Irvine and Fullerton, California for the past 25 years. The Team has over the years , when requested have arranged and shown us homes in Irvine, Turtle Rock etc. we find the Team extremely knowledgeable , responsive , caring , honest, dependable and expert in their field. The Team is friendly and always available when you need them. In general, the Team is very successful in locating and closing deals. The Stark Team operates under the highest ethical standards that we know. We wholeheartedly recommend Elaine & Don Stark Team for any Real Estate transaction without hesitation. mysboeing77
We loved working with Don & Elaine! We purchased our home from them almost 9 years ago. It was a pleasant experience. They were very knowledgeable about the area and provided a tremendous amount of support for us during the process. We have kept in touch since and they are really great people, both personally and professionally. Nicole
The Stark Team made our home buying experience stress-free. They were able to pinpoint our exact needs and were patient with our long wish list. When it came to negations they were strong and steadfast and were able to lock in our exact budget. sikobo
I am a retired attorney. Since 1974, I have made at least a dozen real estate transactions. Not long ago, I hired Don and Elaine to sell a property for me. The sale went smoothly, despite a down market. They are the nicest, most trustworthy and knowledgeable real estate salespersons I have encountered and I will not hesitate to use their services again. garyrempel
We bought our current house and sold our previous home through Don and Elaine. We have been impressed with the way they handled all the details in both transactions. Everything went like clockwork. They are experienced in the business, anticipate problems, and fix them before they become an issue. Elaine always answers her phone and gets answers to questions quickly. They have extensive contacts and work with top notch people for mortgage, termite, etc. Don even showed up with his tool kit to resolve of a couple of small issues that resulted from the inspection on the house we sold. As long time residents of Portola Hills, Don and Elaine have extensive knowledge of and a great reputation in our community. Scott Leland
I highly recommend the Stark Team. They were very easy to work with, they held Open House for us every weekend, they were very professional and answered all of our calls immediately. We were also kept up-to-date on current property values in our area. user40434882
Excellent service .. The Stark team sold my house and got me my new house.. Very honest .. Always available for questions or concerns...very helpful.. I was very pleased with them .. abbyy71
One of the key benefits to working with the Starks is that you truly have a TEAM right at your fingertips! They helped us acquire a distressed property at a fair price and through a seamless process and have been extremely resourceful with various trades to help us with the renovation. On top of that, they check back with us on a regular basis to see how things are going. user8093112
We have had such a great experience with The Stark Team! We found them to be both professional and committed. We would highly recommend The Stark Team to anyone considering buying or selling their home! Their attention to detail gave us peace of mind and we had complete confidence that they would take care of everything. Thank you to The Stark Team for all their hard work on our behalf. Our home buying experience was the best! Monique Carroll
Elaine and Don were very helpful and knowledgeable in getting the condo ready to sell. They have good contacts like painters and carpenters to do the job. Don even replaced the doorbell himself and regularly swept the property to keep it presentable as no one was living there. They are very professional when it comes to the paperwork and always are available by phone for any questions or concerns. They are very honest and I continue to consider Elaine to be a dear friend of mine to this day. pmermelstein1
Don and Elaine Stark have been personal and professional friends of ours for almost twenty years. We have several realtor friends, but when we recently made the decision to sell our Portola Hills home of more than twenty years we knew which realtors we wanted to list it with - The Stark Team. We have bought and sold several income properties, and we know that the Stark Team's professionalism is the best and produces results. The Stark Team (Don, Elaine, and Simone) handled our listing, it's immediate sale, and the escrow process with great care. They were always on top of the buyer's agent's communications and always kept us "in the loop". We absolutely appreciated all their input. We strongly recommend the Stark Team if you're planning to sell or purchase a property. mary3081
Simone Paterno is such a pleasure to work with - she LISTENS, she gives you honest feedback & sets expectations appropriately. I was thrilled with the price I got with multiple offers in the first week. She follows up on every detail. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND her. Ann Kronen
I have both bought and sold a home at separate times with The Stark Team. I would highly recommend their services to anyone considering both buying or selling. Their responsiveness to their clients is unsurpassed. They reply instantly to questions and concerns, they are knowledgeable in all areas of real estate, and are kind and most helpful throughout the process. I give them highest recommendations! klawrence328
Elaine & Don Stark helped my husband and I find our current home. We were moving to Southern California from the east coast so it was a pretty major move. We bought a bank owned property which needed help. The Stark's' service didn't end at closing. They helped us find contractors for home repairs and remodels and they helped get us acquainted with the area. We have referred them to several clients since our experience with them. We have never had anything but positive feedback from our friends who have used the Starks. I highly recommend The Stark Team if you're looking for top notch service with a personal touch. Katiemc10
Elaine and Don Stark helped us find and purchase our current residence. This home was exactly what we had been looking for...meeting our every want and need to a T. For some time Elaine had been showing us homes, that met our criteria. But if not for Elaine keeping her eyes and ears open, finding a house that was off the grid, we would not be living in this great home with an awesome view! The Stark Team offered sensible, experienced advice and made us aware of the pluses and minuses of every property we looked at. Elaine and Don also managed leasing out our previous residence which was a service that was extremely valuable to us. We really appreciate everything they did for my us. We could not be more satisfied and highly recommend The Stark Team. Mike Adams
I cannot express enough how thankful I am to have stumbled upon Stark's team. They are very experience and knowledgeable on the real estate. After speaking with Elaine and explaining my situation, she gives me great advices on which area I should look at, what I should pay attention when I visit a property. After visiting each property, she and Don always give me their knowledgeable comments and suggestions. These really helped me to find the right property that fit for my needs. Stark team has helped me purchased 2 properties and manage all my properties. My experience with Start team is fantastic. I would highly recommend Stark Team for any one who needs a professional experience real estate agent. user421684
Worked with Don and Elaine on a few properties. They have been nothing but helpful and provided wonderful buying experiences! They go out of their way to help the clients, even volunteering to repair small things from the sellers. They were also wonderful at finding and screening potential leases for the properties. If you are an investment buyer and are often out of town, definitely give the Stark Team a try for their 5-star services! W. Lin
Simone is everything you could hope for in a real estate professional; responsive, open, knowledgeable about her market, communicative, honest and tremendously polite and respectful of our needs. I would recommend her services to anyone in a heartbeat. She was a pleasure to work with in our relocation from NJ to CA and couldn't have made the process any smoother for us. 5 stars do not say enough! Michael Timko
The Stark Team (Elaine, Don and Simone) was our choice to list and market our Portola Hills home for sale, and we could not be happier with that decision. Although the result was outstanding, i.e., we received multiple offers and sold the house for more than list price in just one week, what pleased us most was their expertise and the service they provided. Starting with the very first time they met with us, they demonstrated a genuine enthusiasm for working with us and representing our property. Throughout the entire process of home preparation, listing, showing, consideration of offers, inspections, escrow, etc., they provided honest feedback, helpful suggestions, referrals for a variety of services, and timely communication. Don is an outstanding photographer, and we received several favorable comments about the quality of the pictures he took for the listing. As offers were received, Elaine and Simone gave us excellent guidance and negotiated skillfully on our behalf. Whether you are buyers or sellers, don't choose an agent to represent you without first meeting with the Stark Team. They won't disappoint you. Ken and Joan Woolf
There’s an old proverb that two heads are better than one. Well, with the Stark Team, you get three. Anne and I were delighted with the process and outcome of our recent home sale in Lake Forest. We had rented the home for six years and it needed a quick, cost-efficient, targeted makeover – and that’s what happened. Let’s start with Elaine’s incredible “Handy List” of contractors: You don’t get onto that list unless you are trusted to deliver the goods. Having had plenty of poor – or underwhelming -- experience with contractors over the years, I was impressed with just how reliable these guys were. The Stark Team stayed right on top of all the work I commissioned, leaving me free to add value where I could – and deal with my full-time job in downtown L.A. But let’s back up: What was the work? It was no more and no less than what needed to be done. Simone offered up targeted suggestions like quartz countertops, a “farmer’s sink”, upgraded light fixtures – contemporary items that required relatively small amounts of money that truly paid off. Yet, I was not pressured into anything I did not really want to do: Elaine, Don and Simone were particularly good at taking me out of my own head about what I like. Right down to the color scheme of the paint and carpet, they gently steered me into a results-oriented makeover that would appeal to the widest number of potential buyers. Where I didn’t need to spend money they told me not to waste money. Quite refreshing. The Stark Team sold our house in five days, bringing in six offers to choose among – two of them above listing price. Simone and Elaine carefully explained the pros and cons of each offer (contingencies, etc.) Again, they didn’t pressure us – they just presented everything logically, and we arrived at the same conclusion that they did. I have worked with multiple Realtors over my 35 years of home ownership (multiple homes and rental properties). I give the Stark Team my highest recommendation. These guys are the best. Mark Yemma, Senior News/Design Editor Los Angeles Times
Thank you again so much for all your hard work in the sale of 38 Lehigh Aisle. As a Realtor myself, I always have a very high expectation of the "other" agent when I am involved in a transaction where I'm involved personally in the sale, and you and Don without a doubt, completely exceeded our expectations. I appreciate you always keeping us informed, always problem solving, and most importantly always being available when we had a question or concern. We felt very confident in our decision to hire you from start to finish. I'm happy to give you a glowing recommendation anytime you need it, and feel free to give any perspective clients my phone number or email address anytime! Thanks again for everything, and if you find yourselves up in Lake Arrowhead anytime, please let us know. David Richey
Dear Don and Elaine, Denise and I wanted to extend our deepest appreciation to you both, for all of your efforts in the sale of our home. Deciding to move away from the place we've called home for 10 years was difficult, but deciding on who would represent us in the sale was not. Although we had a close friend and additionally a neighbor, in the Realtor business, we never considered any other option than Stark Team Real Estate. Your industry experience, in addition to your knowledge and expertise in the Portola Hills community, made our decision very easy. This was the third home we have sold in our lives, and we know from experience that there are always "hiccups" in the process. However, your attention to detail made this sale as smooth and easy as possible. Your calming influence on two hyper "New Yorkers", allowed us to concentrate on all of the other aspects of moving cross country.Throughout the process, anyone that we had to interact with (title companies, escrow officers, Realtors), all commented on how meticulous and thorough you both were. We are grateful for your experience in the process and knew that you always had things under control. We both wish you continued success in the future and don't just consider you our Realtors but our friends. Joe and Denise Migliore
Elaine and Don, I am writing to say that I was completely satisfied with your handling of the sale of my home. During our initial meeting, you listened carefully to my situation and ideas about how I wanted to position the home on the market. You provided direct feedback on how the home would be received by buyers according to market analysis, the experience of the neighborhood, comparables, and current real estate trends. We then agreed on a sales strategy, and the wheels started rolling. Everything you did to showcase the home was "right on", the photos were top notch as well as the helpful hints. The home sold quickly and at the right price, allowing me to move on to the next stage of my life. Your experience, diplomacy, knowledge of the market, patience in difficult negotiations brought a successful conclusion. You encouraged me along the way and kept me informed at all times, I could not have asked for more. I would also like to say "thank you" for helping me find and purchase another home after the sale of the previous one. Working with you both has been a most rewarding experience of selling and buying homes. I wholeheartedly recommend the Stark Team for their hard work and dedication, thank you. Sincerely, Jeff Ponce
When we first decided to sell our property, the first question that jumped to my mind was: with the current economic situation, how long would it take to sell our home? Then I found out that my neighbor’s real estate agent sold her house within 5 days. I immediately contacted the "Stark Team" - Don and Elaine Stark. Don and Elaine are very professional and have more than 30 years of real estate experience. They always provided us with the most up-to-date market information and helped us decide on a reasonable listing price. Because of Don’s strong construction background, he explained every detail of the home inspection report and even helped out with some of the required improvements. After the property was put on the market, Elaine kept me up-to-date every day and always promptly returned my numerous phone calls. Both Don and Elaine are very organized and experienced. They made the transaction and escrow process easy and straight forward. Within one month, we sold our property and were very satisfied with the price. I never knew that selling a house could be so fast and easy under the current economic situation. Before I met Don and Elaine, I was very worried and had numerous unanswered questions. However, Don and Elaine truly made this a worry-free transaction. Besides being great real estate agents, Don and Elaine are also great people at heart. They are very considerate and caring and will answer any of your questions, whether they are business-related or not. We became friends and kept in touch even after closing escrow. I feel so lucky to have them both as my agents as well as my lifetime friends. Gloria Chang
If you are looking for a terrific one-two punch for your next home selling adventure, then look no further than the Stark Team. Don and Elaine Stark have the experience and attitude necessary to make selling your home successful and painless! I recently sold my condominium in Irvine in what was said to be a "buyers market". After speaking with an agent at Redfin, I was disappointed in the level of expertise and commitment that I witnessed. I called Elaine Stark and hired the Stark Team, after realizing quickly that Don and Elaine were motivated and qualified to help me sell my place. They helped me through the listing process, suggesting pricing changes, but never insisting on them. They let me be in charge, but they were there to help the process along. Because it was a buyers' market, I had prepared myself for being on the market for a long time - months of showings and open houses - a brutal outlook! To my surprise, Elaine told me that we had received an offer after only a few days! The Stark Team had found the buyer - and would be representing both sides of the transaction. Initially, I was concerned - how could the Stark Team have both sides' best interests in mind? I found out quickly that my concerns were unfounded - as Don and Elaine were perfectly balanced in their role - allowing for both buyer and seller to benefit from the situation. After the price had been agreed upon - the first snag that came up was that the buyer insisted that the entire list of home inspection issues be fixed! My initial response was frustration - until Don called me and said that we could take care of the entire list and it would not cost me an arm and a leg. I asked how and he informed me that he is quite the handyman! Within a week, Don came over and together we repaired 90% of the problems - and he did it all for FREE! I had never seen this kind of dedication before in a realtor. After the inspection list was complete, there were no more problems and the sale went off without a hitch. The condominium sold within my ideal time frame - allowing me to purchase my new home for a seamless transition - no renting! I would highly recommend the Stark Team for any real estate transaction in Orange County. I was completely satisfied with my experience and wish that more realtors had the dedication and expertise that they do. Dr. Dan Berlau, Assistant Professor, UC Irvine School of Medicine
We just want to take a moment and share our great experience with Don and Elaine Stark of Stark Team Realty. They originally sold our house to us in Portola Hills in 1997. When it was time to sell, we knew we would call them to list our home. Over the years they have always been the most respected realtors and most professional. When we made the call to Elaine to list our home, she made time to see us immediately. We had a lot of questions and they had answers to all of them. They would return any call we made to them within minutes and never kept us waiting. Our sale was a short sale and Don and Elaine work with the most professional short sales company making sure everything is done perfectly. There were never any glitches and everything ran smoothly. They also helped us find our new home- even traipsing out in the rain on Sunday morning to show us houses. We can't stress enough how highly we would recommend them whether you are buying, selling or leasing a home. Not only are they honest and discreet, they are great people personally! If you have any questions, you can call us anytime. Sincerely, Pat and Sue Bockenstette
Dear Elaine, Thank you for the outstanding job you did representing both the buyer and the seller in our recent real estate transaction in Irvine. You were always on top of everything, from the abundance of paperwork to all the follow-up phone calls needed to facilitate a smooth transaction. You were always timely in all your communications with us and the seller. You referred us to a reputable and efficient home inspector, appraiser and escrow company. Your advice to us was always professional and accurate. Your expertise of Irvine and more specifically the track we desired helped us make a good decision. I would highly recommend you and your husband to any of my friends or family who are interested in purchasing a home. Please feel free to give my name and number to anyone who would like a reference. Again, it was a pleasure working with you. Sincerely, Philip and Shirley Jen Kin
I wish to sincerely thank Elaine and Don Stark of Stark Team Real Estate for the incredible effort and support they extended to me in the selling of my home in Portola Hills. I listed my home with them in mid-September of this year. Though the market has been extremely slow they gave 100% in marketing the property. They called each realtor that brought clients in to show the house to obtain feedback as to what the clients liked or did not like about the home. Elaine would then call me to discuss ways to possibly improve the house based on the feedback. I believe these discussions improved greatly the attractiveness of the property. They made every effort to market my home by holding several open houses to make it as convenient as possible to connect the property to potential buyers. After each open house, Don and Elaine would take the time to share with me comments made by those who came in to inspect the property. As they say, all it takes to sell a house is to connect the property with the right buyer, and that's exactly what Elaine and Don did. My home went into escrow the beginning of November of this year and closed 30 days later. The Starks monitored and managed the process every step of the way. The hardest job for me really was to take care of packing. Due to Don and Elaine's efforts, not once did I have any anxiety over how escrow was going. If you choose to sell your home and want to work with Realtors that possess an in-depth knowledge of the business and that know how to treat clients, I highly recommend Don & Elaine of Stark Team Real Estate handle the listing for you. Sincerely, Steve Mangels
My wife met Elaine when she was casually browsing open houses. We were expecting our 3rd "surprise" child and needed to move quickly. The market was already softening and we were terrified we would either be stuck in our 900 square foot townhome or paying two mortgages when the baby arrived. We did some of our own homework first and saw at least two of our units sitting on the market for 120+ days. Many friends and family gave us recommendations for real estate agents, but in the end, we chose Don and Elaine for a number of reasons. First, my wife loved Elaine´s relaxed yet professional mannerism during the Portola Hills open house where they first met. But we were truly sold when we left a message asking a question (before we had even signed on with them) and Elaine called us back from the Hawaii airport on their last day of vacation! She set up a meeting with us the day they returned, and the rest is history. They drove my pregnant wife and our entire family (including children, mothers, and sisters) around looking for just the right home, fed her when she was nauseous and essentially treated us like family. The best part is they found a solid, qualified buyer within 30 days for our townhome and sold it for a price we were pleased with. When we found our dream home, they negotiated a fantastic purchase price and helped us through some complicated foundation and structural issues. Throughout the entire ordeal, I could always reach Elaine and our calls were returned within hours, if not minutes. They consistently kept us apprised of every detail for both transactions. I cannot say enough about both Don and Elaine. We wouldn´t call anyone else and would recommend them highly to our closest family and friends. You are truly blessed if you choose Don & Elaine to either buy or sell a home. Thanks, Collin and Sharon Smith
To Whom it may concern We needed our home listed quickly and within a day it was on the MLS with pictures and a great description highlighting the features of our home. From the very beginning, Elaine and Don Stark listened to our needs and offered ideas on how we could profit by making small changes in our home. Don even offered his assistance one evening with a ceiling issue. It seemed like we were dealing with friends rather than our realtors. During the selling process, they went above and beyond to assist us with the sale of our home. The had come highly recommended to us and were better than we could have ever expected. Their communication with us was exceptional and they kept us informed as buyers inquired about our property. We never felt like we were in the dark about the progress on our home. Within three weeks, we had an offer and were in escrow. We had hoped for a quick escrow, but due to some unforeseen circumstances on the buyer's side, it was delayed. Elaine was on top of the escrow progress every step of the way and kept us informed. Without them, this stressful time could have been much worse without their support. In the end, if it wasn't for Elaine and Don, the sale probably wouldn't have even gone through. There really aren't enough words for how much we appreciate everything Elaine and Don Stark did for us during the sale of our home. We would recommend them to anyone selling or buying a home and look forward to using them again in the future. They are truly professionals who care about their clients. Sincerely, Jim and Lisa Jimenez
Thank you so much for being so instrumental in making our Tennessee dream come true. If it weren't for your persistence and constant communication with us the sale of our Jasper Hill Road house could have been in jeopardy due to the buyer's agent's lack of knowledge and experience. Neither of you ever made us feel that any of our questions were unimportant! Your reassurance kept us hopeful at all times. Should you ever want a sincere recommendation, please don't hesitate to ask us. We will be happy to give it without reservation! Gratefully, Cindy and John Stipula
Please accept our most sincere thanks for the outstanding job you did in helping us to sell our Portola Hills home. From our first meeting, we were very impressed with your friendly and professional approach. Your comprehensive brochure, clear presentation of services, and thorough answers to our questions convinced us that you were exactly the people we needed. Your prompt help with all necessary paperwork and your attention to detail made the process go more smoothly than we've ever experienced before. We're convinced that your in-depth marketing skills made all the difference, especially the fine photographs and attractive flyer. From start to finish, your teamwork and timely communications ensured that everything went according to plan. Thanks to your efforts, we received a full-priced offer on our home after only two days on the market! We're very pleased that we selected you and we would wholeheartedly recommend you to others. Best wishes on your continued success. Wayne and Parish Lee
We wanted to write a letter of appreciation for the time and energy you gave in selling our home. You worked tremendously hard to make everything run smoothly. Thanks to your help and effort, we were able to quickly sell our home at a great price and buy the perfect house for our family. We just love our new home. We have lots of room to grow! Thank you for making the transition an easy one. You truly exceeded all of our expectations. You are not only amazing realtors, you are amazing people. We will definitely recommend you to friends and family. Please keep in touch. Sincerely, Neil and Mary Anne Kessler
Dear Elaine and Don I've previously been of the opinion that the service real estate agents provide is of questionable value compared to the cost. I must say that you've helped turn that perception around for Rachelle and me. Three weeks after I first called Elaine, we were in escrow to both buy a new home and sell our previous home. The house we bought was through one of your clients and our previous house was sold in less than 3 days. Now, two months after we've moved, we can say that everything went like clockwork. Rachelle and I were well informed at every step, but we didn't have to do anything except sign papers. As a team, you've been exceptional in three important areas: Attentiveness: You were always available to answer questions and you never referred us to an assistant. You handled every aspect of our transaction personally, including the open house. Rachelle and I joked that it always seemed as if Elaine was sitting by the phone waiting for us to call when we had a question. Experience: You've done this for awhile and it shows. You were very proactive in anticipating where things might go wrong and working to deal with issues before they became problems. Contacts: You have an extensive network of trusted people who make sure all aspects of the transaction are covered. Jeff Benefiel provided excellent service in getting our mortgage arrangements made. The inspector, Eric Hill, was very thorough and knowledgeable (the best I've seen). Ron McLaughlin did a great job on the termite inspection. I was impressed when a question about mold & moisture in walls came up during our inspection, Elaine had a specialist on the phone within minutes to get answers on the spot. Even now that we've moved in, we're pursuing quotes from your kitchen cabinet references. I'm sure we'll be calling for more contacts in the future. In short, we have been quite happy with the service you have provided us, and we highly recommend you to others interested in buying or selling real estate in the Portola Hills area. Best Regards, Scott and Rachelle Leland
Don and Elaine, Debra and I wanted to take this opportunity to show our appreciation for your expertise and professionalism during the sale of our home. We felt we had some unusual requests and at times, an impossible situation. After originally listing we decided it was best to hold off for a few months. You were very supportive of that. Then, after going back on the market, it was important for us to sell the property as soon as possible but not vacate for four/five months. Well, that's exactly what happened. You folks were able to sell our property within 24 hrs. with a buyer that accepted our terms to avoid a double move. Each step of the way you always seemed to have the right answers at the right time. You both were attentive to details so that nothing was missed in the complete process. Your anticipation of possible difficulties and dealing with them BEFORE they happened, helped to make a typically stressful process as smooth as possible. Basically, you did the worrying so we didn't have to, from the listing, to Don's advice and help with the household "repairs". Thank you again for your outstanding follow through and prompt responses to our questions and needs and most of all for the completion of the sale of our home. It was truly a pleasure working with the Stark Team. Dennis and Debra Lang
Don and Elaine Stark Stark Team Real Estate Wow, everything is progressing very quickly regarding the sale of my home. I just want to drop a personal note to say thanks for everything. As a licensed California real estate salesperson specializing in business opportunities, I know how hard your job is. You two are the best! I will always remember Don for solving my cutting board problem. Because of the cutting board, I knew you two were a "cut" above your colleagues. Thanks again for helping me sell my home. Best to you both, Bob Hyman, California Real Estate Salesperson
Don and Elaine, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you! You have provided such excellent service that I can't imagine ever using another realtor for my future business. You helped me purchase my home 2 years ago and the transaction was a smooth as possible. Most recently, you just sold this same home and made me a huge profit!! I ended up making more than we even thought I would. I received an offer in 8 days and got my money in 30 days! I couldn't have asked for better service! You guys were always there for any questions I had. You kept me completely up to date at all times as well. Your professionalism is outstanding and your experience is undeniable. Thanks again for the awesome experience and I will always refer anyone to you that I know is interested in a realtor! Tracy La Flair Vice President, Underwriting, NationPoint
We have had Don and Elaine Stark as our Realtors this past year in our endeavor to sell a condominium in Irvine, which we owned. Thanks to their efforts, this property sold to our satisfaction. Our relationship throughout this process was very professionally conducted by Don and Elaine. We attribute this to their consistent follow-ups, knowledge of the area, as well as competition, and excellent management of the closing process. We do not hesitate to recommend them to other clients interested in the services of outstanding realtors. Very Truly Yours, Fred and Claire Feldman
We just want to thank you for finding a beautiful home for us to buy and in selling our home (in one day!) You have done so much for us and made everything as smooth as possible. We appreciate your professionalism, your constant communication, and wonderful enthusiasm! Thanks to Don also for making some repairs that were found in the inspection! What a blessing it has been to have found such a warm and helpful real estate team right in our own Portola Hills neighborhood. We truly appreciate all you have done for our family. Thank you! Sincerely, Chris and Monique Carrol
Dear Don and Elaine, I'm writing to THANK YOU for helping me sell my home in Irvine and purchase my new home in Portola Hills. The sale went smoothly (association litigation notwithstanding) and my new home is everything I was looking for. You really know your business and your customers. I appreciate your professionalism and customer-oriented approach. If you ever need a reference, please don't hesitate to call me. Sincerely, Josie Lorenzo
Don and Elaine This note is a few weeks belated but I wanted to be sure & let you know how much I appreciate both of you. You were everything & more of the comments shown on your website & in brochures. I could ditto everything they each said. Your level of service & responsiveness is the best I have ever experienced & I have bought & sold numerous times in 3 states over the past 30 years. I also have worked in the residential real estate industry in the past & have seen first hand how brokers operate & you are tops in comparison. You made me feel my sale was just as important as any of your others & both of you went the extra mile. Don you were a lifesaver in helping with some of the repairs & with both of you able to be there for all of the service appointments, it saved me a lot of travel time & not having to miss work. I wish you continued success in your business. Keep up the great work. I pray God´s blessings come your way. Sincerely, Dolores Lawson
Dear Don and Elaine, I wanted to express my sincerest appreciation for all the help and expertise you provided to me in the sale of my home. This was an unsettling time for me, as you know, because of my divorce. Because of you, I felt completely comfortable during this whole process. From the time of our initial meeting when you both took lots of time explaining the entire process to me, to the time we handed over the keys to the new homeowner, you made this as least stressful as possible. Our home was put up for sale on a Monday and it sold on a Saturday! I appreciate the colorful, detailed flyers that you made, the very nice website with the beautiful pictures of our home, all the phone calls to keep me updated, and your assistance in helping with anything and everything we needed. Not only are you both very knowledgeable and professional, but two very kind, sincere, honest and trustworthy human beings with whom I now enjoy a special friendship! I have already recommended you and speak highly of you to my friends and those looking for top-notch Real Estate professionals. Once again, thank you very much for all of your hard work; you are the best in the business! Sincerely, Robyn A. Giarrusso
The service that you have provided us has been absolutely superb from the day we interviewed you until the day we closed the sale. As you know, we interviewed six real estate teams. Your responsiveness during the selection process separated you from your competitors. We believed that this responsiveness was an indicator of future performance, and it certainly was. Our home sold in four days, and we received full asking price. This is good. In addition, Don's help in replacing a circuit breaker and welding a gate hinge for us, caused by my mechanical ineptness, saved us repair cost and was definitely customer service that exceeded our highest expectation. Your expertise in guiding the buyer through some difficult hurdles even though they were represented by a different agent again was customer service rarely seen e.g. inaccurate credit reports, obtaining homeowners insurance, etc. Of equal importance, the communications flow was both timely and informative. You anticipated our questions and called us before we had to initiate the contact, - just great! We believe we have gained friends from this experience. You may refer future customers to us for a guaranteed glowing endorsement. The "Stark Team" works as a team and certainly knows how to delight their customers. Looking forward to your visit to our new home in the near future. Your Friends, Pat and Ed Offer
Elaine, I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for the outstanding job you did selling my house. I feel very fortunate that I found such a warm, wonderful, professional real estate agent in my own neighborhood of Portola Hills. You truly care about your customers, and I know you were always watching out for my best interests. You made the process smooth, quick, painless and went above and beyond what was necessary. I will always be happy to recommend you to any of my friends and neighbors who may be interested in moving in the future. take care and thanks again for doing such an outstanding job. Sincerely, Carol Stebick, Global Account Manager, SBC Global Markets
Dear Don and Elaine Gary and I want to thank both of you for the time and incredible effort you put in for our benefit. This is a rather long story as it begins over three years ago when we drove past a house for sale in Jasper Hill. You were the realtor on the sign and met us immediately to show the house. It was beautiful the view was spectacular and we wanted it. Unfortunately, because we felt obligated to use the realtor we were using prior to this house, we had to go through her. She misled us and we lost that house. We were devastated and fired her as our realtor. You were so kind and kept your eye open for other homes in this area with a view as good as that one. Three years later, out of the blue, you called us with two houses that met the criteria we stated earlier. We looked at the second home and immediately fell in love with it. You helped us with the offer and explained the process. Within hours, the offer was accepted and the home was ours. You lined up the financier, Jeff Benefiel, who was fabulous, as well as the inspector who was fabulous. You helped us put our house on the market, giving us advice as to how to make it sellable. Within one month we sold! Although we didn't have a contingency, it was really nice to have the burden of two mortgages lifted. You led us to Escrow Forum and Jessie who is so competent and quick. I would refer her to anyone with enthusiasm. You two are a top-notch real estate team. I particularly like that you balance each other so well. If Elaine didn't have the answer to a question, Don did and vice versa. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for finding our dream and helping to make it happen. Sincerely, Gari and Cari Reck
This is a letter of recommendation for Don and Elaine Stark of ReMax Premier Realty. We listed our home (with another agent) in August of 2000. We bought another home in October, thinking our home in Foothill Ranch would sell any day. As the weeks stretched into four months, we got more and more upset. We decided to move into our new home and switch realtors. Now we had a large, expensive, empty, house to sell and double mortgages. Don and Elaine saved the day. They drove to our new home and assured us we'd be able to sell very quickly. The Foothill Ranch house was in escrow within a month. Elaine called me every few days for escrow updates; Don repaired the items found by the home inspector. They were never too busy or unavailable for questions for problems. After selling four homes in the past we realize how professional and helpful the right realtors can be. Elaine obviously has immense experience in real estate transactions, informing the buyers up front as to what to expect from the sellers, so there were no last minute surprises. We felt confident and informed at every step of the transaction. We wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend the Stark Team; as they are the most professional and helpful realtors we've ever worked with. Terri and Jeff Markle
The "Stark Team" were the listing agents for our home at 28601 Brookhill Rd. in Trabuco Canyon. We were very impressed with their service and would not hesitate to recommend them. No request was too small and we were always kept informed of any activity and were involved from contract acceptance to closing. Any contractors that were recommended to me by the Stark's for necessary work on my home were top quality. In short, selling a home can be very stressful. Don and Elaine made the process stress free and easy to accomplish. There were no last minute surprises. Our highest recommendation and thanks to the Stark Team! Mike and Eva Stinson
Dear Elaine and Don How can I begin to thank you both for your support and professionalism throughout this entire relocation? To begin, "reality" made me realize that I needed to increase my price to find what I wanted. You gave me solid figures according to what was going on in the market. Never once did you suggest going up in price. You continued to show me my price range until I made my own decision. Your follow-up was amazing. Considering that I was in Georgia during the entire real estate transaction and feeling total confidence that everything would be handled says so much about both of you. I sit here in amazement when I realize how much you had done. Not only your normal responsibility but handling the inspection of the property, as well as the closing among other things. You would call or email regarding incidentals... always to let me know and feel "safe" that all was proceeding according to schedule. And then I relocated to California. As with any move, there are glitches. You were here, lending support and more than a helping hand in my getting settled. Even months after, you both went so far out of your way to assist me when I, needed your help. Always going way beyond the call of duty. I think the world of both of you and I will happily, and with confidence, refer you to anyone I possibly can for real estate assistance. You are the best of the best! Thank you so much! Warm Regards, Judy A. Watson
Dear Elaine, Thanks for the housewarming basket! We are enjoying all the treats. Elaine, you were super to work with on this move. We feel it was one of our blessings to have found you to guide us in. Sincerely, Mimi and Bob Monson
Dear Elaine Thank you very much for your efforts in selling our house this past year. Although we were very fortunate to sell the house this time within four days, your skill as a Realtor was really in evidence last year when we were on the market for six months and did not sell. This was because we were not "motivated" sellers at that time and would not price the property competitively (as you frequently brought to our attention). Even though we insisted on a high price, you continuously marketed our property with flyers, direct mail, ads and open houses. There was constantly a flow of activity during the entire listing period. We also appreciate your follow-up during escrow. You have always been available to help out, even when we needed our plants watered when we went house hunting in Ohio! Your professionalism, enthusiasm and cooperative attitude have made our rather frantic transition much more pleasurable. Good luck in your future endeavors. It was truly a pleasure working with you. Warm Regards, Vicki and Ron Browne
Several weeks ago the escrow closed on the sale of my condo in Irvine. I would like you to know that Elaine Stark, who handled the sale of my condo, is an outstanding realtor. She is extremely cooperative and very knowledgeable. A little over a year ago, when we were unable to sell this condo, she located a renter for me which also worked out very well. I would certainly recommend her to anyone interested in selling or buying a home. Yours very truly, Armand L. Rupelli, Attorney At Law
This letter is in appreciation of Elaine Stark's ability to market and sell my home, in what can only be described as a very difficult market. Without her personality, dedication and business acumen, I would not have been able to enjoy a sale price of $5,000 to $10,000 above the market. While other realtors told me to reduce my price to sell, Elaine went to work getting me my asking price. I am now able to enjoy my new home thanks to Elaine. Sincerely, Mark Somers
The escrow on the sale of my home at 62 Lehigh Aisle in Irvine has just closed. Although I was disappointed with the general slump in real estate prices, I want to say how pleased I was with the services of Elaine Stark. Selling a home while living out of state is a bit nerve racking, but Elaine kept me informed at every step by phone and letter. She handled everything with an honesty and a professionalism that kept my anxieties to a minimum. On a personal level, she was a pleasure to deal with. It seemed as though I had barely decided to sell before she had a buyer, guided us through the details of the escrow and had my check in the mail. I honestly don't think the process could have been improved upon. Sincerely, Clark Haneline
Dear Elaine, I want to thank you for the tremendous job you did getting our house sold and the management of that process through closing. We have moved eight times during my career and therefore have strong opinions on this process and have a very good idea on how things should happen. Your effort exceeded all of our expectations. First of all, you set a new price record in the area for our style home. We received the highest price ever paid for our model house in our neighborhood. That was great but the reassuring part was the multiple full prices back up offers that you were able to produce giving us confidence that the house was indeed going to close on schedule. One of these backup offers you were able to carry until closing. The second thing that really impressed us was the way you helped us work around potential problems. When we had trouble with the Association that threatened our closing date, you helped us go door to door to get support for our position from neighbors. We were ultimately able to get the problem solved through your closing agent. Your dedication and your very professional team are tremendous strengths that every seller and buyer need and we certainly valued it. You attacked the problem from the very first day. It seemed like one day we listed the property and the next day people were streaming through looking at the house. Then it was closed and we were on our way to our new home. The house was sold within a week. From listing to closing took only 45 days. The clincher for us was that we really struggled to find a new home in Seattle. After we fired our second realtor there, we asked you for help. You interviewed realtors for us and selected one that was proper for us. With her, we found a house in two days and closed in time to keep our schedule. The previous seven times we moved our company paid for the bill. This time we paid the bill. Your schedule adherence and being able to handle any problem saved us money. There are times in life when you just need the very best professional you can find. This was that time for us and we very much appreciate you being there and for everything you did to get the job done We wish you continued success. Sincerely, Mike Peterson
Elaine was an absolute jewel! She helped us during a time of extreme physical, emotional and financial hardship. She was thoroughly professional, very attentive to our needs, and worked vigorously to sell our house as quickly as possible. The only way we can ever repay her for her caring committed service is to refer as many clients as possible to her in the future. Thank you Elaine! Tim & Kathy Epton
Dear Elaine: This letter has been prepared for the purpose of informing you of the complete satisfaction Brenda and I have with your exceptional performance concerning the sale of our residence in Portola Hills. Your professionalism prior to signing a contract for sale was the main reason we chose you instead of other Realtors we interviewed. Then, almost immediately following our listing with your company, we were pleased with the activity you generated with your existing clients, as well as those brought into our home by agents from other Realtors. It was obvious from their comments that you are considered a true professional and someone who is respected in your field. The sale of our home eight days after the listing was a record for us and a complete but happy surprise. Because of your success and professional demeanor, we recommended you to a fellow employee who was transferring to a new assignment. To nobody's surprise, you sold his home in two weeks. In closing, Brenda and I want to thank you for all of your help during the entire process. Thanks again! Good luck in the future. Sincerely, Bernard La Forest


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