Kevin got us our dream home! We loved using Kevin as our realtor. We love that Kevin is a family man and works closely with his wife and daughter as a team. The market is extremely tough for a buyer right now and very competitive but Kevin knew how to be just aggressive enough for us to get in, see the house and have our offer accepted before they even had an open house. We were so happy with how prompt and timely Kevin was with handling our offer. Kevin worked with our best interest in mind and we enjoyed working with him and his lovely family. So many people say how stressful buying your first home is but even with a baby on the way Kevin took care of everything and we felt confident and at ease. Thank you, Collins Family for our new home and wonderful experience! :-) We highly recommend Kevin, he was great!
My husband picked Kevin off of Yelp, solely based on his reviews. HE WAS AMAZING! I was a little weary at first, this is a crazy real estate market and we had been pre-approved for an FHA loan, and we had no experience buying property. We were really going to need someone to hold our hands through the process.
Kevin answered all of my questions, no matter how dumb I felt they might be, right away and really helped me get an understanding for what was going on. Kevin really was on our team, not just out to make money. He helped us place values on properties (everything we looked at went for well over asking), he took us to see all sorts of houses in different stages of upkeep so that we would know what to look for, he took us to different areas of town so that we could get acquainted with where we were going to buy and really helped us craft the perfect plan off attack when it came to biding on properties.
I know that we are not among the average buyer right now with an FHA loan, but we got the 3rd house we bid on and we really do owe it all to Kevin and his team.
If you want someone who really knows what they are doing, is honest and patient and will take the time to really walk you through the process, Kevin is definitely your guy.
Calling my experience with Kevin "good" is an understatement. Calling him a "Realtor" is doing him a disservice. Kevin is a PARTNER and proved to be invaluable to my wife and I as we attempted to upgrade from our 1st home.
I admittedly am not the most knowledgeable at the real estate game; however, I am someone that needs to know what exactly is going on at every step. I needed someone that was patient, responsive and willing to educate. Kevin Collins was that and MORE.
From our first meeting, my wife and I instantly felt comfortable with Kevin. He has a very easy going manner about him that puts you at ease for a process that you know will be unnerving. We intended to do this in a traditional way in selling our house and then looking for a new property. Kevin gave us a very honest assessment on our home and its estimated worth on the market. He laid out things we should do before putting on the market and things we could do to both increase chances of a quicker sale and asking price.
This all changed rapidly when a house came on the market that we fell in love with. Despite being a relatively risk adverse person, we decided to pursue this property still being at least a week away from being ready. The house received 4 offers the first day on the market. We were the 5th and thought we had no chance... however Kevin wrote the perfect offer that was accepted by the sellers. We were surprised but thrilled. But now the fear of the reality of the situation hit!
Kevin almost had to serve as a therapist for me during this time. He was confident and reassuring. He is NEVER pushy. You are always in control with Kevin... he is there to support you and keep things moving along. His advice was invaluable.
Kevin also went above and beyond in several situations. We received a good offer on our home while he was out of town for a couple of days celebrating an anniversary... but he took the time to work on the offer and present it to us and do all the necessary work when we decided to accept the offer. We felt bad to encroach on his personal time but Kevin was happy for us and never once acted burdened. Again, he was our partner. Another time he handled all the logistics for the repair work that needed to be done on the home we were selling from the inspection knowing that my wife and I were stretched really thin trying to move into our new house, packing up the old house while both working 50+ hour work weeks. He made the arrangements and met contractors at our house to let them in. I can't even tell you how much pressure that took off of us. And it was always presented as "it is my pleasure" from Kevin.
At the end of the day, within a 60 day period of first meeting Kevin, we bought a new house and closed on our old house. It was as smooth of a process as I think is even possible and could not have been achieved without Kevin's support and guidance. I could not imagine doing this without him. He clearly is focused on his client's "experience" and is there for you every step of the way.
I would not hesitate to recommend Kevin Collins to anyone and everyone. If you are looking to sell a home, buy a home, or both, do yourself a favor and call Kevin ASAP!
"We can't thank you enough for trekking with us around the east bay until we found the right home at an unbelievable price. Whenever we started to get discouraged, you always confidently reassured us that we would find the right home for us, and together we did! As first-time home buyers, you gave us so much guidance and knowledge, our experience buying a home with you was priceless. We will be recommending your services to all of our family and friends!"
We've known Kevin for years - he's always been one of the more positive, kind, and honest guys we know. So when the time came for us to look at purchasing, it was honestly a no-brainer to see what Kevin could do for us.
We did not regret it - Kevin bent over backwards to show us houses and make offers. He was aggressive in his efforts to show us as many options as he could, and as we began to get a better idea of what kind of house we were looking for, he intuitively was able to narrow down our search.
Kevin was always honest and patient with us in our search - he worked within our limited financial means, and never gave up on us. Thanks to him, we're living in a house that we love, and all because Kevin was willing to work with us and take the time to get us what we wanted.
I can't recommend Kevin enough for younger couples and/or first-time buyers.
Derek and Amy Walker
We have fond memories of our home hunting experience with Kevin Collins. With our limited funds, we had him looking at every bank owned, short sale, fixer-upper he could find. Kevin understood that this was our first house and that we were looking for the best and most profitable home we could afford. We completely appreciated his gracious, professional and light-hearted personality – traits that are important in an agent because we spend a lot of time together! He never once questioned our decisions, kept us moving forward, and got us the house we wanted. In the end, we purchased a "diamond in the rough" but in a great area and at a great price. When we're ready, we're looking forward to Kevin finding us our dream home!
Really when you find the right Realtor it’s not about the company that they work for it’s about the Realtor themselves and you will then follow them wherever they go. I will always continue to recommend you to anyone I know who is looking to buy or sell and you can count on the fact that if Phil and I ever decide to sell/buy we will come to you.
Kevin is very knowledgeable and informative. I have and will recommend Kevin to anyone needing an agent for real estate needs. Kevin has shown me that there are trustworthy and reliable agents. Thanks for all your hard work Kevin.
Mark T Jardine
My CA experience with Realtors had not been good until we worked with Kevin Collins. We felt that he always put our needs first, even when that might not have been good for him. His advice was well informed, he was careful to set realistic expectations instead of promising something that the market wouldn't deliver, and did everything he could to get our house sold. We also appreciated his intuition and how he helped up clarify our needs and decide on a direction. We heartily endorse Kevin and would use him again.
Kevin's professional strengths are: communication, punctuality, patience and knowledge. He often replies e-mails within a few minutes so we did not even need to talk to him on the phone much. Also he remembers all the questions that I asked either via email or in person and always follows through answering them all. Personally I like the fact that he answers most of them via email because I like having the written trace with no risk of me forgetting the answer.
Kevin is very professional, always on time, gives an accurate information and never over-promises.
If you do not like the "pushing" style (that of many others real estate agents), Kevin is for you. Very patient, he is always waiting for my own decision, while providing all details necessary for me to make my decision. Since I want to be in control making my own decisions, not my agent, I like Kevin.
And of course the most important of all is the final result, which was very positive for us: after a few months search (yes you've got to be patient in the current market) we bought a house that we liked in the location we liked. Very positive experience!
Kevin is an awesome realtor. I found my home, closed escrow and moved in all in 1 1/2 months. Kevin is very confident which enabled him to do all the necessary things to get me the best deal. Having confidence makes you knowledgeable. Kevin is very knowledgeable about real estate. As a first time homeowner and being 28 years old I did not know a lot about purchasing a home or maneuvering through the process. Kevin stuck by me the entire time and never steered me in the wrong direction. He is very professional, prompt and flexible. Kevin is very smart and quick. He has great organizational skills and follows through. He is very tenacious and tries to make the best deal to help his clients. I will definitely be referring him to family and friends that need realtor services.
Kevin Collins was my Realtor when I purchased my house in Livermore.
Besides his deep knowledge about the market and real estate as a whole, he was an active listener. He paid close attention my stated needs and asked questions about those influences I hadn't considered - all so he could find exactly the house I wanted. And when he found the perfect house for me, but it had an accepted offer, he was persistent in following up and moved quickly to submit my offer when the other offer fell through. He was honest about the market and the challenges in buying an REO house, but regardless - made the whole process as painless as possible.
He was always available to answer questions; he and his staff were on top of all of the extensive paperwork and kept me in the loop at all times. His professionalism, integrity, and commitment are unparalleled. A fabulous Realtor!
I would recommend Kevin Collins to anyone who's looking to list or sell their home. He's always on top of his game and keeps educating himself on the current market conditions. There's never a chance that Kevin won't follow through. He's also someone you can trust in this crazy Real Estate industry!