BJ was exceptional at protecting us from the stresses of our deal while keeping us informed every step of the way. She fought hard to secure the house that we loved and we have already recommended her to our family! Thank you so much BJ!
-Jeff & Leaza A.
We found our Dream Property
"We have engaged in 7 real estate transactions between us over the last 35 years and have never been satisfied enough with our realtors to engage their services a second time, We will most definitely however have BJ be our realtor when the time comes to sell this property and buy something else. Her commitment to her clients, professionalism, knowledge of the market, ethics and grace are unrivaled in our experience. You just don't encounter many people like BJ"... "on Monday two other offers came in (at full price and waiving the inspection). We would have never gotten this house if BJ hadn't been so committed to helping us find our dream property".... "she came up with wonderful touches to help in our home's presentation inside and out. We had some extremely difficult neighbors who were blocking our beach access and other neighbors were not keeping up their property. BJ was extraordinarily diplomatic and skillfully worked with them to gain their cooperation".
Jeanne H. and Beth F.
You Went Above and Beyond
"We would like to sincerely thank you for the incredible job you did finding us our new home. If it wasn't for you taking the time to get to know our very unique needs we wouldn't have found such a perfect fit. Your knowledge of the local market and your key contacts in the community helped us in so many ways. You were a true advocate for us in negotiations. Working with sellers in another country provided a unique situation and you made it appear seamless. We learned so much from you about what to look for in a home and in the process we were able to a make better decisions by having you on our side. The ethical standards that you adhere to earned our trust immediately. To say you went above and beyond is a cliché but your customized level of attention is what sets you apart.
Julie and Hale M.
We are truly grateful
"From our first conversation during which you listened to my requirements and provided general suggestions, I was captivated by your enthusiasm and impressed with your candor! I knew right then that my house hunting adventure was in good hands especially since I was still residing out of Washington state at the time. I was extremely impressed by your follow-up phone calls and emails regularly to keep me updated on new listings that came up daily. My fiancé and I were very impressed once again, after he viewed the property and saw it to be exactly as you had communicated to us. In the days that followed as we went into escrow, your constant guidance, coordination and follow through in detail was just exceptional. We are truly grateful to you for your tremendous efforts and assistance with our home buying process".
BJ excels as a listing agent
"BJ excels as a listing agent. Her expertise is evident in all facets of the sale-from assisting you in the staging of your home for viewing, guiding you through the negotiation of your sale and ultimately taking you to a successful closing. BJ is one of the most reliable, professional and talented individuals that I have ever met. Prior to taking you on tour of homes she carefully selects those homes that she believes to most meet your criteria, providing you with the opportunity to preview her selection via photographs. Once you select your home, BJ takes you through each step of the purchase, thoroughly explaining the procedures involved in said purchase and professionally answering your questions as they arise. I cannot say enough positive about BJ. It is clear that her primary objective is to satisfy her client beyond their expectations and she successfully achieves that goal."
I continue to recommend her to people I know
"When I made the decision to sell my home, BJ came highly recommended as a realtor as well as a person of high standards and integrity, and it was in time that I fully came to understand why. I couldn't have asked for a greater person to handle the transition of letting my home go. I had an enormous amount of grief surrounding the circumstances that led to my need to sell my home. BJ had a very nurturing disposition and tremendous compassion. I had raised my children there, planted gardens and had done extensive renovations. Suffice it to say it was a home well loved. BJ was the perfect real estate agent for me. Each step of the way, BJ was professional and highly knowledgeable in what she was doing. Having a teaching background, she was the ideal person for breaking down the process into very understandable and basic terms and I found it refreshing and extremely helpful. She advised me on each step while still allowing me room to make my own decisions. She did her homework, represented and marketed the house very well, and was diligent in finding the right buyer. I have recommended her to many people selling their homes and will continue to do so!"
You helped make the process painless
"I want to thank you for all of your help and guidance these past few months. Buying my condominium in Kirkland and selling my home in Bellevue was a very stressful time for me. You helped make the process of buying and selling as painless as possible. I especially appreciate your advice to stick to my original offer on my condo. Being bumped by a higher offer was very unsettling for me at the time, but your assurance not to go any higher proved to be very wise. I ended up with a condo I enjoy and did not pay an inflated price. The Bellevue home was quite a challenge to get it "market ready". All of the trades people you recommended were well qualified and treated me fairly. Your final staging really helped to make my home shine. Moving, buying and selling can be a difficult process and it was gratifying to know I could call on you any time. I truly thank you for your help and support!
We trust BJ
"When my husband and I were looking for a home in Kirkland, we went to Windermere based on reputation. BJ Connolly happened to be in the office and took the time to really listen to us and understand our needs. When you're a buyer you rely on expertise that you can trust to know the area that's right for you. BJ found us the right property under a tight time line and got us our home for the price we wanted to pay (under ask). She made the entire process expeditious and enjoyable with her great attitude and coordination with our busy schedules. BJ has the ability to work all angles of a real estate transaction from strategic negotiations to tactical details that show up during the inspection. She is on top of it all so you can balance all the other details of your move. I trust BJ as our realtor, my family's realtor, and have recommended her to colleagues and friends. When you need someone on the ground that knows their stuff and is all integrity, call BJ!
Jeff and Emma S.
I appreciate everything you have done
"I want to take just a minute of your time to let you know exactly how much I appreciate everything you have done for the purchase and sale of my home. I have worked with a number of real estate agents over the years and you are definitely a cut above. You are professional, knowledgeable, very fair and absolutely a delight to work with. You always made sure my back was covered but at the same time, honest and truthful with the other parties as well. I have never doubted for a minute that the agreements would come together just as you told me they would. I completely trust you because of your honesty and knowledge of your profession.
I would hightly recommend BJ
"When a home became available in our current neighborhood that we loved, we called BJ to see what she could do to help us buy it. We hadn't planned on moving and had only ever purchased one home so we were really at a loss to how to proceed. She immediately set to work on the process of buying this house and preparing our current home for sale. She guided us through each step on the way with such professionalism and went out of her way to make sure things went smoothly; never once missing a deadline. She always put us first and made us feel as though we were her only client. She was patient and understanding with all of us, including our children; involving them in the whole process as well. BJ was able to negotiate very well on our behalf and got us the house we wanted at a good deal less than asking price. She quickly put together a marketing plan for our current house and worked very hard to sell it as soon as possible. I would highly recommend BJ as a real estate agent for either buying or selling your home. In our opinion, you couldn't find anyone that would work harder or get you better results.
Tom and Laurie U.
Thank you for representing us
"Thank you for representing us during our home buying venture! Without exception, you are truly the best real estate agent my wife and I have ever worked with, hands down. What sets you apart from the others is your unique ability to communicate. You capably listened to us for understanding and you portrayed a genuine sense of care for our needs and wants through your words. As well, actions do speak louder than words and you certainly showcased your mettle through your actions during the process starting with day one. Our move across the country and having to choose a new home were all major events and sources of tremendous amounts of stress and anxiety. What could have been worse, you made better. We were so impressed with your responsiveness and professionalism. You followed through on everything you promised. You were patient and we appreciated that wholeheartedly. You were honest and gave us excellent counsel along the way which led to likely the best possible result for us, given the limited amount of time we had to locate and purchase a home. I must say that I can probably identify a shortcoming in every real estate agent that I have either worked with directly or have known in acquaintance. I can't do that with you! If you ask my wife, that is quite a compliment as I am personally one that is hard to satisfy. BJ, "well done"! I will gladly refer your services to others in the future."
Lake Stevens, Washington
She truly has it all!
"My fiancé and I were introduced to BJ at the beginning of summer. My first order of business was to make sure she had a complete list of things we wanted and didn't want in a home and I was a bit nervous she would find our long list of requests a bit daunting. But, BJ embraced our desires and took on wholeheartedly the quest to find us the perfect home. I would receive daily emails and phone calls from her on homes that she thought met our criteria-always following up with us to gather what our thoughts and feelings were on any given property. Through this process BJ really gained a sense of what kind of house we were looking for and was able to narrow our focus down to similar properties that made previewing easy and enjoyable. She took the time to get to know us and our large menagerie of dogs and cats (we have 5 total) and honestly, I think she was previewing homes with our animals in mind too! She truly enjoyed getting to know what mattered to us and every home she showed us was carefully selected to meet our specific needs. Because she is so thoughtful and caring BJ kept our bet interests at heart-even letting me know if a property I ran across was worth considering reminding us of what is important in a re-sale. Finally, we found the house that would become our first home together. BJ was just as diligent in the closing process. She consulted with the inspection company as needed and she also worked tirelessly with our lender and was there for us in the last hour to offer a back-up plan when our financing hit a snag (keeping us calm and collected through it all). We couldn't have asked for a more dedicated, warm, professional realtor than what we found in BJ. She truly has it all! It is comforting to know that when the time comes again to start the process of finding another house BJ will be the first to know. I can't see us working with any other realtor".
You Were Always Available
There aren’t words to thank you for all you have done for me over the last few months. You offered professional advice as each new problem surfaced. You were always available even when you had important commitments of your own. Your positive attitude and wonderful smile were always such an encouragement. You are not only a great professional business woman but a true friend. I moved into my new home over Labor Day weekend. I think it is the perfect place for this time in my life. My family and you have helped me make this big change in my life, one to just praise the Lord for.
You succeeded brilliantly because you listen and care
I bought a house that was totally different from my lovingly restored Midwestern Craftsman, but this 1962 rancher has a lot of the same features; plus a pickle ball court! I gained confidence as a buyer and felt cared for and supported through all of the ups and down. It was a sometimes painful and disappointing experience but you were resolutely cheerful and supportive. You made me feel as though I was your only client! The hand holding and solid advice, in equal measure, got me through a very busy transition. You’re the best BJ and I am delighted to consider you my friend as well as the best broker I could possibly have wished for! You know your stuff, top to bottom, and your contacts with trades and the asset manager worked miracles. Finally, all of your expertise was focused on helping and strengthening me as a buyer. You succeeded brilliantly because you listen and care (in addition to knowing everything and everybody). Thank you!
You provided excellent guidance and communication
We want to thank you for your professionalism, knowledge and diligence through the sale of Whitman College property. We were concerned proceeding with a high-value and complex land transaction as absentee sellers, but you provided excellent guidance and communication through the process. We appreciated your assessment of numerous offers on the property and your constant and thorough contact with the many parties involved to ensure that the closing proceeded smoothly. You were instrumental in the successful conclusion of this complex transaction and we want to thank you for bringing this substantial gift to the Whitman College to fruition.
BJ's follow-up was impeccable
After several attempts to sell our house in Kirkland, we were referred to Windermere Kirkland. Due to complex zoning we were unsure who our target market was and thus we were lost as to the best method and eventual price to successfully market this property. BJ Connolly came to us with a very comprehensive proposal that included 10 relevant comps of like properties, great use of professional architectural renderings that showed innovative potential uses, interaction with City of Kirkland to decipher zoning parameters and a rock-solid marketing plan.
Unbeknownst to me, BJ and her brokerage have a wide range of experience in specialty zoned properties beyond that of residential and so we made a decision to move forward with Windermere Kirkland. BJ supplied a to-do list to us that required some time and efforts in preparation but we weren’t spinning our wheels on superfluous tasks and items that didn’t bring any value to the table.
BJ and her team also organized a very nice staging proposal that when completed turn a sow’s ear into a spot-on interior/exterior that hit all the possible hot buttons in the eyes of potential buyers. Throughout the process, this was completed while our tenants and a dog occupied the property.
It was with BJ’s vision and well thought out plan that resulted in several above-asking price offers and the expedient sale of our property within days of going on the market. Her follow-up to the very end was impeccable and we greatly appreciate her professionalism, knowledge and great personality.
When is comes time to market our next property or to have representation on a new acquisition, BJ and Windermere Kirkland will be our professional real estate contact first and foremost!
Colleen and Pat M.
BJ is an excellent communicator who took a lot of our anxiety away.
When we started this process we were concerned with the "unknowns". The process can be confusing and daunting. Especially with selling my mother's house, I was concerned there would be legal issues to deal with or some unforeseen issues to deal with. The emotions of selling her house was difficult, too. It was so helpful having BJ there as someone who'd known my mom and who loved the house already. I really enjoyed seeing how the staging turned out. BJ's recommended staging company did a fantastic job and really made the house shine. I also felt that her guidance in pricing and accepting offers was the perfect amount of support while letting us feel comfortable in making our own decisions. BJ is an excellent communicator, which took a lot of the anxiety out of wondering "what comes next?". I also had total confidence in her ability to price the house appropriately and the strategy on when to put it on the market. She did so much work on the comps and timing of the open house and when to accept offers that I was comfortable with our pricing and strategy. She did a great job of handling details that came up along the way and letting us know when we needed to take action and when we needed to let the process work out. I would absolutely recommend her program to other sellers! I'd like to express my sincere gratitude for BJ's expert guidance, wonderful communication, and just genuine caring at having the best home-selling process possible. It was difficult because we were selling my mother's house, but she approached it with sensitivity and professionalism. She's just a genuinely nice person to with, too!
Bryce and Amy R.