Bob is a one of the best negotiator you can find. Due to his expertise we were able to sell my place and close escrow in 3 weeks, and received an over the asking price. He guided me through the selling process and worked with escrow, loan officer, title and the buying agent together so that we could close this deal. Bob will always guide you through the process in an ethical and trustworthy manner. Thank you for a fabulous job.
Plain and simple, we wouldn't have our home if it weren't for Bob… He worked with us for over four months, sending us listings every week, going out with us to see several each Saturday or Sunday, always with a smile on his face and the most helpful advice…he protected us from a couple of potentially bad decisions. He actually steered us away from a couple of places with higher listing prices (and therefore higher commissions) than what we eventually bought, because, in his words, they were "money pits" that would cost us too much in remodeling, etc…. Ira C
Bob both bought and sold a house for me. You could not ask for a better deal maker.
In this day and age of the internet and Redfin, we don't necessarily need a broker to find us properties. Bob, however, did find me my dream home. His advice on the buying strategy was out of this world. He convinced the seller and his agent to accept my offer before the open house. The seller had three other offers before the open house, but Bob sold them on me by putting together a full package including my resume to convince them that I was a serious buyer who would be able to close with no issues. The open house came and the seller received 10 backup offers. If he hadn't advised me on the strategy we used, I would have been in the middle of a bidding war on the house. And to cap it off, the accepted offer was below their listing price.
Bob knows the West LA market very well, but much more importantly, is one of the best salesman I've ever met. When you are negotiating, you would not want him on the other side.
I should have sat down and wrote this sooner. I hope your holidays were beautiful and the New Year has started nicely for you.
I wish to thank both of you for helping Carl and I find a beautiful home for our family. We needed to work on a budget yet we wanted something nice. We found it with your patience and support throughout the process.
I loved the way you took time to show us each category and price range. You showed us houses, townhomes, and condos. We were able to see what we could get for our money and what city or area we could get for the price we offered. You have a wonderful "eye" to see the flaws and good points of a place, and we really appreciate that knowledge.
Thank you too for our homecoming gifts, that was a personal touch.
May God bless you and your family always.
Christina & Carl Holkirk
Robert Schmalz found a great home for my husband and I. We were first time buyers in 2009, and he was so helpful in helping us find what we were looking for! He always was there to help us, and what really amazes me is that he is here for us even today.
I have collaborated with Mr. Schmalz on different concerns for clients; from finding loans to escrow and everything in between. Bob's center of influence sphere has given me the ability to help many of my clients. Bob's relentless tenacity to always make the customer happy allowed him to become the number one confidant at our company.
My wife and I would like to thank you for the work you did to help us find and buy our first home. We are not the easiest clients to satisfy, being we are both very particular as to the type of home we wanted to purchase.
We really appreciated your kindness, knowledge, and understanding of our wishes in helping us to find the best possible residence. We had dealt with several real estate agents before meeting you, and it was obvious to us that you were one of the few who really knew his stuff. Real estate law can be complicated, and it was reassuring to find someone who not only knows the law, but also knows the ins and outs of the industry.
You were great at understanding our needs and desires, even when it was difficult for us to state verbally the type of residence we were looking to purchase. After viewing several residences, it became apparent to you what we liked in a home and you steered us in the right direction. You helped us every step of the way from showing us the best homes, explaining the industry and the laws, advising us on making an acceptable bid, getting us through the paperwork, and taking care of all the little details.
We will highly recommend you to any of our friends or acquaintances who wish to purchase a home in the future. Thank you once again for your help, and we hope to see you sometime in the future.
-Lawrence Serbin & Yulia Nizovtseva
Had a good transaction deal done in the LA Valley in 2012 with BOB! This man even became a friend! He was very much available to me and so quick to answer to all our questions. We were out of the country buyers and it didn't matter to him if the hassle for that was going to be more complicate. To the lady before me talking about the money, Bob never once talked about it as an issue. She probably didn't like his new-yorker humor... ah we loved it! Anyway, most important is the professional aspect and for that issue, NO PROBLEMS AT ALL. You can trust him to represent you for all you buying needs.
Robert Schmalz was highly recommended by a family friend as a great real estate agent. And that is exactly what he is: he made my dream of being a homeowner come thru. He guided me from the very first meeting in a process of finding a perfect home, until closing. He explained every step in a process, understood perfectly all my worries and fears as the first time buyer, communicated with me constantly and promptly returned all my calls and correspondence. Robert has a great sense of humor, that I love, which relaxes clients during very tense and nerve-wracking process of buying a home and obtaining a mortgage. One of the most important calls I ever made was to call Robert to find me a home and to represent me in my real estate transaction. As a result, I live in a great home! Robert can be trusted completely to represent you (with a smile!) in any real estate deal
Mr. Robert Schmalz
West Los Angeles Real Estate Group
Keller Williams of Santa Monica
Santa Monica, Ca. 90405
Thank you so much for your assistance in buying a home. I was not sure if the purchase of a Home would be in my best interest this late in my life, but now after having moved in…it is a great feeling.
Being a first time buyer, I would like to share some of my experiences. It is always fun to watch HGTV and see how simple it is to buy a home. And I thought, well that is not that difficult….Man was I wrong. Many of my homeowner friends told me all the weird things they encountered, but I believe my home purchase topped it all. -And in the midst of it - Bob ….by my side every step of the way…calming me down when angry, motivating when frustrated, happy hour when celebrating. He cared as I have never experienced before, ask and you shall receive.
Here is the thought process that led to the biggest purchase of my life.
There is probably no better time to buy then now. Will the market drop further? Maybe. However, by the time you decide the market could be on the way up again.
Why buy and not rent again? Rent would be close to the same amount of the mortgage without the benefits.
How did I pick Bob to be my realtor?
I interviewed a handful of real estate agents, and Bob was interested in me as a person, not just a client. Over the entire “buying process", handling my requests to see property on short notice...and I mean short notice (sometimes within a few hours), working closely with the seller's broker, mortgage broker, bank, escrow, Bob was there to assist and handle it.
Bob was reachable for me at any time and his communication was immaculate. We exchanged emails and text messages until late into the night.
Especially as a first time buyer, you need someone that you can trust, someone with integrity. It is a scary and stressful undertaking when you buy. Bob was able to make that process smooth and handled any emotional difficulties well. I doubt anyone else could have handled it any better.
With great appreciation,
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About Robert Schmalz dba West Los Angeles Real Estate Group
BRE #01813025 - DBA "West Los Angeles Real Estate Group"
I am Bob Schmalz a California Licensed Real Estate Broker, I am the founder and owner of West Los Angeles Real Estate Group, handling all Real Estate needs from residential to investments To name a few of the cities we cover in West Los Angeles; Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood , Pacific Palisades and Malibu are some of the most popular. Our beliefs are that our clients should have the knowledge they need to make decisions in there Real Estate Goals. In this way our clients helps us make the right decisions for themselves.
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"Robert Schmalz was highly recommended by a family friend as a great real estate agent. And that is exactly what he is: he made my dream of being a homeowner come thru. He guided me from the very first meeting in a process of finding a perfect home, until closing. He explained every step in a process, understood perfectly all my worries and fears as the first time buyer, communicated with me constantly and promptly returned all my calls and correspondence. Robert has a great sense of humor, that I love, which relaxes clients during very tense and nerve-wracking process of buying a home and obtaining a mortgage. One of the most important calls I ever made was to call Robert to find me a home and to represent me in my real estate transaction. As a result, I live in a great home! Robert can be trusted completely to represent you (with a smile!) in any real estate deal"