05/29/2017Deb Wyckoff Realtor With Era Lentz Assoc
"How did it go?" - Simply put, it could not have happened without her!Our contract on the house fell through once and it took 9 months to purchase this home, and she latched on like a bulldog and fought tooth and nail to make this transaction happen. She is tougher than hardened steel and has a soft warm heart that genuinely cares about getting people into the home of their dreams, and into better living situations.Her primary source of advertising is word of mouth. From repeat buyers and referrals from her buyers to friends and family, and her 20+ years of experience is absolutely critical to any serious buyer. I've been researching properties all around Cleveland for 2 years prior to buying, reviewed hundreds and hundreds of listings, and visited dozens. I could have let my house go when the contract fell through the first time, but I made my decision on it, and Deb made it happen.As a buyer, I have experience with buying single family and multifamily homes, I've rented 9 units in the past and have been involved in real estate since 2010. Deb didn't need to hold my hand through the process, but at any point I needed to let her take control, I was 100% confident in her ability and professionalism.She helped me look at properties from Bedford to Euclid, Chardon and Chagrin, and various other greater Cleveland areas. She pointed out structural flaws, code violations, and anything else that would make a property we were looking at difficult or expensive to purchase/fix. She also surprised me with her ability to figure out the properties I would like the most. Because I don't buy a house because it has nice kitchens and bathrooms, I buy houses because I like the land, the city/county regulations, expandability, basement, driveway, bedrooms, and useful oddities.One house she picked out which I never found, she knew I would like it more than any other, and I did, the numbers just didn't work on it, and the conditions to sell it would likely have been just as difficult or more difficult than the house I already picked.All in all, I expect to be able to purchase another home by summer 2018, and Deb Wyckoff will be the first and only realtor I call to help with the next transaction, and refer to anyone I care about who needs a realtor who will care about them. Between California, Ohio, and Indiana, I've dealt with a lot of agents. Some good, some bad, and a lot who I wouldn't trust with a pen. Deb blows all of them out of the water.
I recently moved out of Montlack Realty Shaker Lakes apartment building. I lived in a two bedroom apartment by myself which cost the same amount as living in a one bedroom (I was paying the same amount as my classmates who were living in a one bedroom apartment). Additionally, I only paid $35 for utilities to Montlack because of the building I lived in. The only reason I moved out was because I graduated law school in May and will be taking the Virginia Bar Exam this July. I am not from Cleveland, OH and had never been until I went to law school there. Living in Shaker Lakes apartment made me feel like I was at home. Like old apartments are there are always somethings that can be tweaked. When I called about issues I had in my apartment, the maintenance people were there within 3 to 5 days. I always received a notice if they came into my place without me being there (I gave them permission to do so) and it would either tell me that the issue was resolved or update me on the progress of it.I loved my apartment!! And although some of the ladies at the front desk can appear to be unfriendly and don't smile at you even when you smile back, they still helped me when I needed help. If I ever move back to Cleveland, OH I will be contacting Montlack to rent an apartment and no one else!!
I lived at Shaker Lakes apartments for 10 years. I enjoyed every moment while I was a tenant, through medical school and residency. It was perfect for me. It was a quiet apartment complex for all my studying. It was affordable, the front office was very responsive to all my needs and John was especially amazing - he is a down-to-earth, honest, patient and straight-shooter of a man. If you needed anything fixed in the apartment, it is done within a day. Plus it is 5-10 minutes of both University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and their medical schools. I think as residents or medical students we are so busy and barely have time for errands outside our work lives, the front office is often patient and would work with you to accommodate your needs. I am grateful to John for that. I had an amazing experience as a tenant!