Larry is both an excellent buyer broker and seller broker. A true testament to what those in the realtor profession should aspire. Due to his very firm background in building construction and local markets a client can rest assured Larry knows what he’s talking about and has their interests at heart.
A little background: Larry came recommended to me by a colleague several years ago when I was first interested in purchasing a home in Durham. As I was someone not very well-versed in anything home-related at the time, Larry was kind enough to give me an outline of all the required steps, what his opinion of the local markets were, and an honest opinion of what might be appropriate for my needs. I did not end up purchasing anything then, but fast forward 7 years where I have a family with 2 kids and looking to expand and change locations, as well as sell my wife’s home.
Larry and I had intermittent contact during those years and I let him know we were ready to start getting serious again. He rapidly set up a meeting with us to get a clear understanding of what our desires were and notably, what we did not want to see in our home screens. Within a day, we were set up to get automatic alerts. The 2 biggest benefits you will get with Larry are his knowledge of the market and his very deep knowledge of home building. He’s not just some guy trying to sell you a house. Larry has a keen eye for structural components of homes. He will take the time to point out and consider things that not all buyers will. For instance, how old is the HVAC, condition of roof, too many trees close to the house, settling of the ground and any affects, environment surrounding the local neighborhood? He’s also willing to share his vision of what a home could be and not let buyers focus entirely on what they’re seeing. To be clear this doesn’t come with any pressure but only as things someone should think about. Secondly, his data driven knowledge of the market is invaluable when it comes to pricing and negotiations. He’s willing to be firm and unyielding if something isn’t really reasonable or he’s more lenient with something that’s small potatoes. Ultimately, he’s interested coming to an agreement that works for both buyers and sellers, while getting whichever one he represents the most value. Always practical in his opinions, his ego and compensation are never a factor. He’s going to get his commission regardless and the difference of some thousands of dollars on a buy or sell don’t really matter. Realtors make their money with volume. And to this end he does quite alright because he provides such excellent service to his clients Despite that I know he was serving many other clients simultaneously as a buyer and seller, I always felt that Larry was devoted to my cause; he was always available to answer questions and give opinions when asked. He was never a communication bottleneck; when it came down to buying and selling our homes we was always the first responder. At the end of the day, I can confidently say that Larry was everything I could have hoped for in a realtor, and then some.
Mark Vittuci and Kerry Dorr Buyers and Sellers Spring 2016