Testimonials

Project Manager Extraordinaire

Wow!

I was not living in Santa Cruz  when I decided to sell my beach condo, so  trusting Terry to serve as the project manager on  the  sale was a little scary! Terry explained everything and why it was important to go to market as the brightest penny on the beach, so I did it! The project went smooth as ever!  And best of all, I did't have to worry or lift a finger.

Terry made sure my condo was showroom ready!  She did the project management start to finish, including supervising  the painters, the handyman, other local vendors, and she designed a new garden and had it installed.   In addition she staged the home  for me, which made a huge difference!

Thank you Terry for your hard work and dedication in selling my condo. You never gave up, you always put my goals first and you never  fatiqued  while coordinating all the changes. You went   the extra mile time after time, and it all came together for a sale in just 14 days after going to market.  You are go getter  ( It takes one to know one!) and I am so happy I trusted you.

Karen F |
Non Profit CEO |
Redwood City

His and Hers Opinions!

Her Opinion: Terry is the absolute best! With out her we couldn't have completed our transaction, period. She is brilliant, educated and went above and beyond several times throughout our entire transaction. We have had other real estate agents in the past, and she far exceed all expectations. We highly,  highly recommend using Terry!

His Opinion:   I highly recommend Terry! Just sit down with her for 10 minutes and you will see why she an amazing realtor. Her is why: I will start off by saying my wife and I have had to move a few times and are on our 3rd home. So we have dealt with a few agents. Terry Ballantyne is a Realtor! Lots of people  go out and get their real estate license, but Terry knows what it takes to get you not only the best deal, but the right deal. She understands the market, the neighborhoods, and what matters to us as her clients. She was easy to work with and explained things very well. She is extremely hard working and went above and beyond for us throughout the whole process. In a deal in which timing was everything, she delivered on time and with the utmost professionalism. She also coordinated all the other parties involved in the deal (Agent on the sale of our old home, Closing Agent, Sellers agent, Lender, etc..) to get a very complex deal done in less than 30 days with financing! Way to go Terry!! Without her leadership we would not have gotten our beautiful house in one of the craziest markets we have ever seen. She also negotiated a great price in a sellers market. Still can't believe what she was able to negotiate for us. It was way better than what we were expecting. If you need a high octane, top quality realtor give Terry a call. She will deliver for you and your family.

Justin and Destiny

Two Solid Successes

We can not say enough good things about Terry. She helped us buy and sell our first home and purchase our second. Terry is so knowledgeable about Real estate and about the area. For our first home she really walked us through the process that we knew nothing about. She answered all our questions  and sometimes answers them for a second or third time! We would highly recommend Terry for all things Real Estate!

Kim and Paul |
Aptos. California

Happy Investment Buyer

Terry did an excellent job of representing in both sell and buy transactions. She knows the local market very well. She encourages sellers to fix up their properties to increase sales prices and has great design ideas. She knows lots of people to work on the property to get the best price. She  works well with everybody even when agents on the other side of the transaction are weak. In a difficult buyers market, she used her connections to find a unit off the market I could buy and it fit the bill perfectly. I would recommend Terry to anyone wanting to buy or sell!

Andrea R |
Sacramento

Deep Knowledge

We sold our house in a little over a month (which is great for Bonny Doon!) and were able to move quickly. He also priced it perfectly to sell. Several others in our neighborhood are still on the market. He was calm and thoughtful throughout the entire process, giving us excellent guidance with regards to inspections fixes, and had great contacts for making the repairs. His team also staged our home beautifully with minimal cost to us. I would recommend him to anyone interested in a realtor with integrity and deep knowledge of the area and market

Bruce and Joan

True Expert in My Corner

I live out of town and as a result relied on Tom to do EVERYTHING in regards to listing and selling our house. He literally wore three hats. Contractor, realtor and stager. He was amazing! His workers were efficient and inexpensive. Our house needed a lot of work and Tom supervised the entire  project. Working with Tom was truly a pleasure. His knowledge and experience about Bay Area housing made me always feel like I had a true expert in my corner. And when it came time to put the house on the market his strategy played out EXACTLY as he said it would.

Carrie

Smooth as Silk

"If you want an agent who anticipates every step in the real estate process, you need Terry. If you want an agent who keeps you informed and calls you with the answers before you have even thought of the questions, you need Terry. If you want an agent to buy or sell your property in the most professional manner, and without drama, you need Terry.
Make it happen with Terry Ballantyne

Jan H |
Seascape

Obstacles and Challenges All Overcome

Terry is an absolute pleasure to work with. We just went through a challenging purchase that might have been impossible without Terry's help. Her experience, professionalism and people skills shone throughout the entire process. We went into bidding up against cash offers on an unusual tenant  occupied property. Terry helped us craft an offer that satisfied us as well as the seller. She navigated us through some tricky politics with grace that left all parties involved pleased with the outcome. We couldn't be happier!

Jeremy W |
Santa Cruz, California

Long Distance Relationship

Terry Ballantyne was a long-distance referral for my husband and myself after we had already decided on another realtor.  We made that one last phone call to Terry Ballantyne and are we happy that we did! We live in Alaska and our rental home was located in the Santa Cruz mountains. It was difficult arriving at the decision to sell this property in the first place. My husband was very attached to what was his “first” home in the redwoods. To complicate matters we were living far away in Alaska and juggling a stressful summer of surgery and other demands pulling us in every direction. Terry was a blessing in every way.

Mary D. & Greg B.

Stellar Job!

 

"Thank God my wife found Terry. My wife could tell immediately that Terry knew how to help us buy our dream property and that we must work with her. We have worked with many Real Estate people looking for the perfect property to build our dream home up and down the entire west coast. My wife after having been involved in buying and selling property for years could tell Terry was special from the start. We located a property that we became very invested in. It was a Short Sale and we were so glad we had a Real Estate professional who had been successful buying Short Sale property before and someone who obviously spend a good amount of her time updating herself with this very fluid area of the market. We knew from the outset that if Terry couldn't get us this property then no one else would have been successful. The process was horrible with bidding wars and the bank asking for a lot more money then I had right at the end of the process. We know that this process under Terry's guidance went very smooth due to her very careful pre-planning and expertise. Terry always checked to see if we were OK about everything and continually came up with very creative approaches . She was always very professional and is a true expert in her field. What we liked about Terry is that she pursued this property as it was going to be her own. I don't know if I ever want to go through a Short Sale process again, but Terry made it seem easy even though at many points in the process there were times when it seemed the property was slipping away. In addition to keeping contact with us throughout the process Terry always makes sure that everyone involved including the bank loan people, the other agents and even the escrow company are all on the same page. She also knows how to deal with all kinds of people which is a real asset in having her as our Real Estate professional. I would highly recommend Terry to anyone who is looking to buy a home in the Santa Cruz area. She is the BEST."

 

Bob and Adrianna |
Laguna Beach

Trusted 'Go To" Girl

Terry is a gem! She has the charm, confidence, knowledge, experience, connections and everything else that you might need while buying (or selling) a home. With Terry, we purchased two homes then sold one. When a friend, and later a family member, wanted to buy a home, we recommended Terry with the  utmost confidence and of course, she came through for them as well. I can happily say that Terry and I are still in touch with one another and she cares for me now as much as she did when I was her active client.

ML |
Aptos. California

First Time Fixer

I really don't know where to begin:) Terry is one of the kindest and hardest working people I have ever had the privilege to work with. Terry recently helped my husband and I buy our first home together. This journey was not all smooth sailing since it was fixer i distress,  but Terry was there helping and advising every step  of the way. I can't thank her enough! Not only was she kind and helpful to my husband and I, she also connected with the seller and was able to be there for her as well. I honestly don't think we would have gotten this house if it wasn't for Terry.

Natalie W |
Santa Cruz

Checked Every Box

I have used Terry Ballantyne on four separate occasions, both buying and selling homes in Santa Cruz, CA.

I sold previous homes in LA so I had a comparison.

1. Terry works at your pace but doesn't let fear and inertia ruin your progress.

2. She provided excellent pre-sale guidance, so the money I  spent preparing the home for sale was returned to me in a great sale price outcome.

3. I was proud of the way she staged and marketed my home. I felt it would bring top dollar and it did. She met with my gardener, painter, and handyman to ensure a great result.

4. She encouraged me to get all the reports ahead of going on the market which proved invaluable. We didn't make one concession to our great sales price!

5. Terry took care of details, she included the cost of the propane in the tank as part of the sale. (I had just filled it.)

6. Terry communicated every step of the way, so I wasn't worrying or wondering. And she let me make the important decisions without pushing me.

7. And just as important, Terry was professional yet friendly and approachable during the course of the sale and treated other real estate professionals and buyers with respect and care. I could not recommend her enough ... You will be very happy!

Nicki |
Santa Cruz, California

Triumphant!

We were so blessed to stumble upon Terry. We had just gone through a deal not working out with an  agent that did not fight for us.

Being a first time home buyer and trying to get into a market with so many potential buyers, we were struggling through the process. After going to an open house, the agent  there referred us to Terry.

She came out to meet us and worked through another potential offer, of which we didn't get but she was there fighting every step of the way. The next house we put an offer on, was accepted and we found ourselves in escrow with the worst possible listing agent. That listing agent made the whole experience so difficult, but without Terry's guidance and her TENANCITY we would have never gotten through the process at all, but  we closed in 28 days.

It was a miracle that we got through and we had our angel Terry with us every step of the way. Always fighting for us. She is our fairy godmother!! Now we are settled in our home and have since bought the parcel next to us. Without Terry, this would have just been a dream. She helped make this a reality and we couldn't be happier. She is the best!!

Nicole S |
Boulder Creek, California

Trustworthy, Knowledgeable Pro

Our experience with Tom was 100% satisfactory. Calm, professional, listens to our ideas, suggested ways to present our 50 year old house in the most attractive way with minimal but effective staging.  Total confidence in him representing our best interests.  Presented all offers and advised  appropriate counter offers.  He is just an all around trustworthy knowledgeable pro. If we ever sell a house again, he will be the Realtor.

Rich and Tory

Fabulous Preparation Skills

"6 out of 5 stars! Terry is a real professional. Her experience, knowledge, honesty and assistance made selling our property an easy stress free experience. She did exactly what was needed to present a home for a quick sale. She suggested some minor improvements, had it staged and did a great job marketing it. She worked very hard and communicated frequently throughout the process. We highly recommend Terry and would not hesitate to use her services in the future!"

Rick and Tina |
Spindrift Complex

Calm Demeanor

Tom  is unique in the way he wears so many hats while helping people. Besides his meticulous ability to focus on the things that we needed to do to prepare our home for sale, his logical reasoning for pricing our home to get us the best price in the shortest amount of time, and his uncanny negotiation skills, he was a family and grievance counselor (down-sizing from the home we had grown to love) with a calm demeanor to get the job done.




Tom and Annie |

Scotts Valley

Ready to Help

Tom,  simply put,  has been of outstanding help.  He not only helped in acquiring the existing property, but also guided us through the more complicated task of acquiring a strip of land, along with a lot line adjustment process that was necessary for us to be able to build.  Long after both of these transactions have been completed, Tom stands ready to help us in connection with the development and construction process, becoming a bridge between ourselves and our neighbors, facilitating us working together in mutual benefit.  Tom is responsive, knowledgeable, very well connected in the Santa Cruz community and of the highest integrity in all of my dealings with him.

Andy Grove |
Chairman of Intel |
Los Altos

It's About Trust, Right?

It’s all about trust right?  You've got to trust your realtor to represent you in the best way possible - to understand your needs, understand the market, and understand negotiation. Tom rates an A+ in all these areas.

Ann |
Aptos

Truly Cared About our Family

In 2012 my wife and I (as well as our soon to be born son) were ready to move from our condo and into a house. In early 2012 selling a condo and buying a house all in the same year was not an easy task to say the least. We consulted Tom after  getting a recommendation from a family member, and from the get go we were extremely impressed.  He walked us through what our best options were and laid out a solid game plan. He always presented the facts to us, communicated  with us clearly and often, made sure that we didn't get too far ahead of ourselves, and truly cared about our family.

Anthony and Barbara |

Larkin Valley & Corralitos

An Amazing Visionary

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Tom and felt and still feel very indebted to my friend who gave me the referral; and she too had great success with Tom in purchasing her home. Tom is an amazing visionary and KNOWS the real estate market. I was selling my tenant occupied home in Santa Cruz and live in San Francisco. Tom devised a 8 wk. closing  timeline and everything went according to plan, including multiple/counter offers. I am a very happy client.

Arlene |

Almaden Valley

Has Seen it All

Tom  has loads of experience and has "seen it all", so you know that no matter what the situation (and you know situations always come up when buying or selling a house), you can trust that Tom will know how to handle it.  Anytime someone asks me for a referral to a realtor, it's easy to send them to Tom.

Benjamin |

Capitola

Beyond our Expectations

Tom Brezsny was highly recommended to us when we were looking for a realtor to sell our home in Aptos and we could not have been happier with our association with him.  Highly regarded and respected by his peers, extremely competent with many years of experience as a realtor in Santa Cruz, he negotiated and secured a sale which was beyond our expectations.

Billy and Christiane |

Los Altos

Twists and Turns !

Dear Terry,

We can not adequately thank you for all the hard work you did to make our beach place a reality.  We believe that without you we would have never made it through all the twists. Additionally you have given us great resources in the area.

We truly love our little beach getaway.

Thank you,

Phil and Marjo

Marjo and Phillip

Great Guide Through Lots of Moving Parts!

Terry,

A heartfelt “Thank You” from all of us for all of the hard work, time and effort you put into this project

I honestly know there was no way we could have maneuvered our way through all of the landmines and booby traps we encountered throughout the process.

You gave us great guidance and always kept us moving in the right direction.

The four of us truly appreciate all you have done.

Thank you!

Gary

 

Gary |

Capitola

He Might Actually be That Good

This guy is unusual for a realtor; relaxed, thoughtful, highly skilled, and in the business because he actually likes people.  He found two amazing houses for us to bid on and then helped craft offers to compete in the intense bidding wars that followed.  Our favorite of the two had 12 offers.   And, a week later, we were in escrow.  Maybe we just got lucky, but I'm thinking that he might actually be that good.

Chris |

Santa Cruz & Live Oak

Ability to Foresee

Even though we’re surrounded by boxes that are waiting to be unpacked,  we must take a few moments to thank you for your professional yet personable handling of the sale of our Aptos home. Both Gary and I appreciated your ability to foresee the slightest of problems. You were always present to oversee the clearing of any obstacles that might have slowed down the sale. You were ready and willing to help us every step of the way.

Gary and Gail |

Aptos

Thank you

again for working your magic!

Jade, Paul and Ozzy |

Aptos

Best Life Decisions

The entire process was not about selling me a home but helping me understand all exterior factors needed to make the best decision for me and my family. Based upon this experience I can truly say that Tom Brezsny stands alone in his consultative approach to helping people make the best life decisions for everyone involved! It is not about selling homes but facilitating a process that enables each client to make the best life and living decisions!

 

Jason |

Scotts Valley

The Integrity You Carry

Tom, I just wanted to drop you a note and thank you for the efficient and professional manner in which you carried out the sale of my condo. It was a pleasure having someone take care of this matter for me whom I felt I could trust. It’s no surprise that you are #1 in sales. The integrity you carry as a person overflows into your business and creates fertile soil for the success you enjoy. Thank you so much. God Bless You.

Jay |

Santa Cruz & Live Oak

Cares About the People

Tom has a good sense of humor that’s refreshing and welcome during the process. He has many years of experience in the field and I found him very willing to share his knowledge and insights into the market. He has an easy-going style that I enjoyed. He truly enjoys the work he does and has his clients best interests in mind; he cares about the people he represents. He cuts through the fluff and gets to the point in discussions, something I greatly appreciated.

Jim |

Santa Cruz & Live Oak

Compassionate and Principled

You will not find a more experienced, compassionate and principled realtor than Tom. He worked with us to find a house that met the diversity of needs we were requesting. He understands the market, and was able to help educate us as buyers, guiding us through a competitive process allowing us to get the house we dreamed of at a price we could afford.  Tom brings humor and perspective to what can be an emotionally challenging process. We are forever grateful for his professional and savvy approach in representing us and our needs in finding the perfect house.

Kate |

Santa Cruz & Live Oak

Above and Beyond

When I was looking for an agent to help me sell my mother's home, Tom was referred to me as THE man to call for Santa Cruz real estate.   I was impressed with not just his sales portfolio, but also the extensive list of community involvement and philanthropic activities.   However, once I had the opportunity to meet and work with Tom, I now know that even the most impressive website does not do him justice.  His support through a very difficult time and circumstance went above and beyond that of just a business transaction.  He truly cared about my well being and emotions surrounding the release of my mother's pride and joy.  He was there for every intricate detail and intimate family dynamic.  He walked me through to a successful sale of a very unique property.

Kathleen

Say What you Think

I usually don’t write laudatory letters but after leaving the area and having to deal with other Realtors, I feel compelled to let you know how much we appreciated your efforts. There are, in my opinion, two major things that set you apart. First, you wouldn’t sell us just “any” house in order to make a sale.  And the second characteristic that makes you special is that you don’t just say what you think wants to be heard. You have definite opinions about the different properties. One of the reasons I chose to work with an agent is that I am no expert in real estate. However, I do expect the person I choose to be an expert. It is their experience, market “feel” and opinions that help me make a decision.

Larry |

Aptos

Knowledge of Market Conditions is Always Right On

Tom has helped us buy and sell numerous homes over the last 15 years. His knowledge of the market conditions is always right on. We ended up in a few multiple offer situations and his negotiation skills were always superior. I would highly recommend Tom and his team as they are clearly the best in the area.

Larry and Lorna |

Santa Cruz & Live Oak

Easy to Understand

Tom helped me purchase my first home. Not only did he sell me a home, he helped me understand the entire process from start to finish. He was also extremely supportive in the emotional and mind-boggling aspects of purchasing a home. He is able to teach in a way that is easy to understand, which made the process much easier and helped me make decisions more quickly. I appreciate the time he took to educate me and my family to help us make the right moves at the right time.

Lindsey

Can’t Imagine Getting Through it Without His Help

Tom Brezsny helped us purchase our first home in Santa Cruz County; he was patient with us as nervous first-timers and made the process go smoothly. Twenty years later, he helped us again to sell that house and buy another property in Santa Cruz County.  With Tom's invaluable assistance, our house  sale went extremely well. Throughout all our dealings, Tom has been friendly, calm, responsive and helpful. We can't imagine getting through it all without his help.

Michael and Katie

Trust in You Was a Very Natural Thing

Thanks for selling our condo in a very difficult market. Your calm assessment of the choices available to us as Sellers helped us make a wise and unpressured decision. You always had our best interests in mind so our trust in you was a very natural thing.

Mike and Maria |

Santa Cruz & Live Oak

The Major Purchase of Our Life

I think the best way I can convey how much we like Tom is how many times we've worked with him/how many people in our family have used him.  Tom helped us make the major purchase of our life when we bought our current house about 5 years ago; he helped my mom sell her house over the hill and buy her house over here; and he helped us get a house for my elderly father who was moving to town.  In all cases, it was a great experience.

Nico |

Aptos

Easy-going, Thorough, Fun

We have worked with several realtors in multiple cities, and Tom has been our favorite by far! Over the years we spent a lot of time with Tom on a couple of transactions. Not only did they all prove to be  financially solid and successful, we  truly enjoyed Tom's style of work: easy-going, thorough, personal, fun, dedicated and stress- reducing! He is very knowledgable in his field, and is always ready to share his knowledge. He never gives you the feeling that you are not a "big enough fish for him", and we find this very helpful while dealing with the high stress of real-estate transactions.

Peter and Ada

Calming Presence

He listened to what we hoped for in a home and went to work finding it. He was patient and supportive and encouraging when we felt we'd never find the right home for us. And when we did find it, he was even more amazing. He gave us a timeline, a to-do list for us and for himself, and constant updates about the progress of our deal. We always felt like we knew exactly what was happening and what to expect, which is rare in the chaos of escrow.  Buying and selling a home is a stressful experience. In both the sale and the purchase of our house, Tom was an organized, professional and calming presence in what was an emotional, nerve-wracking time.

Sarah |

Aptos

Working With Us

Tom is a great person to work with.  We really felt he was working with us.  Many times he did extra work for us beyond what was reasonable to expect.  He negotiated for us and gave good advice on decisions.  He has a forthright and thoughtful style and good judgement based on long experience and deep knowledge of the business.

Tony |

Soquel

I am grateful

when i look around my house i am grateful to you that you made this happen for me.  without your expertise i'd probably be living in no man's land, iowa.  truth be told, i probably could not afford to rent in this county as my house expenses/month are less than even what most studios rent for.  so with hindsight i appreciate even more that you were able to make it happen.  i would prefer to be in santa cruz of course, but i know i'm lucky to be in the county at all.