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SHARON AND JOHN RIZZI:
Maureen Megowan is hands down the most dedicated agent I have had the pleasure of working with. From our first 3 hour introductory drive getting to know the different areas and clarifying our needs as a family, to the professional business woman clinching the right house on its first day on the market. She held our hand through several inspections, even meeting with people when we were not available. If that was not enough, she drove out of PV to give advice on our then current house that would need to be sold fast. Even after closing, Maureen would call and check in on us, delivering food and milk while we were buried in boxes. In the words of my 4 year old, Maureen is so, so, sooo nice!
Maureen did a great job in selling our family home, The Vanderlip Cottage. Her knowledge of the Portuguese Bend area and its history made her the easy choice in choosing a real estate agent. Maureen went well above and beyond what one would expect of a Realtor, and her creative marketing of The Cottage received accolades from the brokerage community. I strongly recommend Maureen to anyone looking for a professional, dedicated and friendly Real Estate agent to sell your home.
I contacted Maureen Megowan to list my parents' home in Rolling Hills Estates. I personally live out of state and my parents are elderly, so the idea of selling a home in a declining real estate market was overwhelming to them. Maureen immediately took control of the situation. Her first step was to evaluate the home and come up with an aggressive marketing plan which involved a thorough decluttering of the house, repair, renovation and staging. Maureen works with a team of professionals who assisted her in totally transforming my parents' home in a relatively short time at reasonable costs. This was a huge help to us, as we were able to leave everything in her hands. In fact, my parents were able to leave their home and stay with me in Texas while Maureen arranged everything.
One example of her attention to detail is the numerous trips she made to Lowes to pick out a perfect dining room light fixture. Maureen went to Lowes at least three separate times just to get the right item. This is one of the many items that Maureen personally selected and installed for my parents to make their house look updated and fresh. Not only did she coordinate all the various tradespeople involved, she worked side by side with the stager (and even brought some of own personal furniture) to make the house look and feel absolutely perfect.
I cannot imagine any other real estate professional would offer this level of service. I know for a fact that the other agents I interviewed do not. Maureen's marketing includes professional photography, an online virtual tour and exposure in various forms of print and online media. In my opinion, her website presence is unparalleled among realtors in the South Bay. As an out of state client myself, I know how important the internet is in marketing properties. When you type Palos Verdes real estate in any online search engine, Maureen's name is top of the list. Because her website is so informative, I'm sure that many potential buyers don't venture elsewhere.
In the case of my parents house, Maureen's proactive approach to marketing paid off immediately, and we received four offers on our house in the first week! Maureen has been a great advocate every step of the way, and I cannot recommend a more hard-working and professional realtor to sell your home.
I never understood how complex the job of being a realtor could be until I worked with Maureen Megowan. She worked tirelessly to assist me before, during and after the sale of my home and the purchase of my new home. It took a month to prepare my home to be put on the market. She orchestrated the remodeling and staging of my home so that it showed like a jewel. Closing the sale required a delicate dance. She was the force which made it all happen. The purchase of my new home required creative financing. She helped to guide me along that path. I cannot thank Maureen enough for the endless hours she spent helping me and my family.
I highly refer Maureen Megowan and would absolutely use her again.
GORDON AND LIONI McDONALD:
We started our search for a home in Los Angeles, while we were living in Connecticut and by sheer chance, found Maureen through her website. We can still not believe our luck in finding such a wonderful and knowledgeable Real Estate Agent! Maureen knows Palos Verdes and the South Bay like the palm of her hand. She is very professional, yet very personable and also has the ability to size up her clients and show them what they are looking for. She helped us to find our lovely home in Rancho Palos Verdes in just one day! The seller of our home received multiple offers at the time, and Maureen's excellent negotiation skills gave us the competitive edge to ensure that the seller accepted our offer. We did some remodeling to our home and Maureen recommended some contractors, who all did an excellent job. Maureen is a gem of a Real Estate Agent and we can not recommend her highly enough!
DAVID AND INEZ GAGLIANO:
It was great to work with Maureen. Her wisdom, competence and professionalism made all the difference in selling our condo. We highly recommend Maureen for anyone selling a home or condo in Palos Verdes. She is very knowledgeable about the real estate market there and will help you get the right price for your property and get it done. Thank you Maureen for all your hard work and your friendship as well.
We located Maureen through the internet before we moved to California and found the website, her emails, phone calls, and listings so helpful. She helped our transition moving across country and eased my fears about finding the perfect house as quickly as possible. From the first day we met, Maureen was so hospitable and really went the extra mile to show us every property and community possible in our price range. What really stands out about Maureen is how she really took us under her wing, paid so much attention to us, really made us feel comfortable and like we had a great friend in a state so far away from our friends and family.
Throughout the whole process, Maureen was diligent, thorough, and really helped us through the process of finding the right home - through all of the ups and downs. Overall, she made the transition so easy and helped us settle into the perfect home.
Maureen was always there to answer our questions, push for more repairs and ensure that everything was done right and running smoothly. She has kept in contact with us since we have moved in and has been wonderful with checking in, referring stores and contractors to help us create the perfect home.
I highly recommend Maureen to anyone searching for real estate, especially if you are new to the area and really want someone who knows what is out there. She is an excellent Realtor and has become a great friend.
JON AND MARISSA TIERNEY:
Maureen was wonderful to work with and she helped us purchase our first home. She walked us through every step of the home buying process and explained everything very thoroughly. She is extremely knowledgable and she listened to us and offered great insight and advice during our search. Then when we were in escrow she fought hard to see that all of our needs were met and went above and beyond her call of duty.We highly recommend Maureen as a realtor, she made our home buying process as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
Maureen is a very dedicated realtor who I would recommend to anyone trying to buy or sell a home.She worked very, very hard for us and always kept a positive attitude throughout the difficult process of trying to sell a very old home with lots of problems. She went above and beyond what I would expect from a realtor in a tireless and tenacious fashion.I don't think I would ever get as much personal attention from another realtor and now consider Maureen a good friend.
We were fortunate to have contracted with Maureen Megowan as our real estate agent to purchase a townhome in Redondo Beach. We had many obstacles to overcome, and Maureen was on top of the transaction from start to finish. Then came the sale of our condo after we moved from Rolling Hills Estates, which also came with its own hurdles. With her experience and advice throughout the transaction, we had a successful close and a happy result. Thanks, Maureen!
DAVE AND CONNIE LUZAN:
Maureen is an excellent realtor. We discussed our situation with her and gave her the parameters of what we were trying to accomplish with the purchase of a new home and she truly "did the rest" in a very professional manner.
Her ability to understand and process our needs with respect to the current reality of the local real estate market in the area we had defined, lead us to relevent properties quickly.
She knows all aspects of the real estate business, whether it be a short sale, forclosure, rental, renter, etc. and gave invaluable information on how to deal with each situation.
Maureen's follow-up after you enter escrow is second to none. She guided us through the entire process and interfaced with the escrow company on our behalf, as well, when needed. She also guided us through the appraisal and inspection process, and put us in touch with local service companies as required.
Her after-sale documentation to her clients is also outstanding. She truly is a "full service" real estate agent.
NICKI HELLER JACOBS:
Getting a good price for a family home is not always easy, but we did. With Maureen's help and hard work, we were able to get our home of more than 35 years prepped for sale and looking its best within an amazingly short time. She's not kidding when she says sit back and enjoy letting her do the work... and that was really important to us because of our being out of the area. Her advertising reached all the right parties and we had well-attended open house events from the start.
The house was in escrow in 36 days and we had back-up offers in the wings. Maureen facilitated and communicated so that we knew exactly where we were throughout the whole process, step-by-step. But perhaps the single most valuable thing about dealing with Maureen is her personal integrity. Especially for us, being in town only occasionally, Maureen's honesty gave us peace of mind.
As a non-local buyer, I needed someone with deep local knowledge and connections, who could help get things done on my behalf, and whom I could count on 100%. Maureen raised her family on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and knows the area like the back of her hand; she has been incredibly generous with her time and expertise, guiding me throughout a long process of searching, negotiating, closing, and even after the closing; and she has been totally trustworthy, looking out for my interests even ahead of her own.
After my purchase, when I decided to rent my place out, Maureen took charge of cleaning, repairs, staging, and marketing, and very quickly she found an excellent tenant. All of this was taken care of with me out of town and without my having to do a thing.
Maureen was very detail oriented and helped us understand the short sale process. She was so knowledgeable that we felt we could depend on her and trust her during this long process. Maureen is an excellent realtor who puts your needs first.
Maureen was very helpful in explaining the sales process. I was a first time home buyer and I had a lot of questions. Maureen answered all my questions in a thorough manner and was very supportive and kind. I trusted that she was looking out for my best interest. I would definitely use her again if I decided to sell or buy another home. I highly recommend her. She represents ReMax well in her professionalism, knowledge, expertise and customer service. Many thanks to her!
Maureen did an excellent job in marketing our property near the Long Point Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. It was a single family detached house but the property had some complexities to it, including an existing lease tenant as well as a homeowners association.
Prior to placing the property on the market, Maureen went far above the normal responsibilities of a listing broker, by determining what repairs or enhancements needed to be made to make the property as marketable as possible, and then working with numerous contractors to complete the repairs, all while working with the existing tenant and keeping them happy during the process.
Maureen performed a comparative market analysis, and due to the strength of the market Maureen recommended that we establish an asking price slightly below what we believed to be the propertys market price in order to solicit multiple offers on the property. This strategy resulted in a sales price approx. $100,000 over the original asking price. Maureen prepared a comparative presentation of the competing offers that analyzed not only the creditworthiness of the proposed buyers, but also the probability of the buyers actually closing the escrow. .During the marketing process, Maureen prepared effective marketing materials, including flyers and advertisements, and held several open houses. Maureen seemed to be very effective in interacting with both potential buyers as well as their cooperating brokers.
During escrow, Maureen was extremely organized and made the escrow process flow smoothly. She was very effective in working with the buyers lender, as well as in obtaining termite reports (and completing subsequent remedial work required), etc.
I would be very happy to work with Maureen again, and would highly recommend her services!
York Long Point Associates
Discovering your website was a gold mine. Maureen, you are an incredibly fun business woman who has it all in one finely tuned package of professionalism wrapped with hard work and the ribbon of commitment. That ribbon keeps it all together. Your commitment to your clients and your vow of ethics are of the highest standard. Maureen. that is what counts and sets you apart.
If you need an agent to work hard to get your home ready for sale then there is no other agent on the Hill that will work as hard and as creative as Maureen. If you have an old home or a newer home, but need it to look right for the community Maureen is the best. She has a network of trades, labor, stagers, and suppliers to make everything happen fast and at the most reasonable cost.
GABRIEL DE LA TORRE:
I strongly recommend Maureen to anyone looking for a professional, dedicated and friendly Real Estate agent to either sell and or find your next home. Despite the very difficult sellers market, Maureen stood with me through the entire process of trying to sell my condo for the best price as quickly as possible. I had many questions and concerns to which Maureen was able to resolve or find answers for me right away and made the experience of selling my home as painless as possible. She truly went above and beyond what is expected of a Real Estate agent. For all of these reasons, I would want Maureen with me when I venture into buying my next home. Thanks again Maureen !'
SUE G, real estate agent
Just wanted to let you know that this was an incredible escrow AND you are so great, just the ultimate professional...love the way you pay attention to every detail. It was just a joy.
I don't usually recommend a person/service unless it is spectacular and this woman certainly is. Her name is Maureen Megowan, she's based out of Palos Verdes, but also covers the west side. As a newly single mom, it's been a daunting task shopping for our new home. She spent the day showing me around and was so very informative and thorough.
She can find you either a property to purchase or to rent if needed.
Its funny how great things can happen by accident. I really got to know Maureen when she was representing the buyer for the property next door to my home, and we started to chat when she was at the property.
Maureen is really an exceptional agent. I have never met anyone like her. She gives 110% to all her clients. She is dedicated, honest, patient, smart, and makes her clients feel like family. I'm telling you, even your own mother would not give you this much attention if she was your real estate agent, and although that sounds like a joke, it isn't! No one will ever give you the service Maureen will.
Maureen did a fabulous job by representing my husband and I in buying our first investment property in Rolling Hills Estates. I don't think we would have ended up with property if Maureen had not been so together and quick to act. During the transaction she helped us figure out financing, helped us to establish a fair rental value, and maintained her poise and cool when it got a little scary at the end. We got a great tenant within a couple of weeks after closing and we could not be happier or more satisfied with our purchase.
I have highly recommended Maureen to my friends, family, and even acquaintances, and I love the highly profuse thanks I get when they meet her and realize what a wonderful agent and person she is. Maureen definitely has all my business for life!
Working with Maureen brought much more value added than just working with a real estate professional. She also helped me with interior design, sample selection referral to construction professionals and subcontractors to get things done fast. She even found a buyer before the property was finished and listed. She' s a terrific lady and the go to person to get things done.
Maureen did an excellent job of selling my home. A neighbor of mine had recommended Maureen to me after my property had been on the market for several months with absolutely no offers at all. I had become extremely frustrated by the fact of attention that my prior real estate agent was giving my listing, and I contacted Maureen to see if she could help. Once I had given the listing to her, Maureen jumped in with both feet, preparing excellent marketing materials such as flyers and advertisements in the local newspapers. She also immediately scheduled both broker and public open houses, and within a short period of time had attracted significant interest from a number of agents until we received a satisfactory offer after a relatively short period of time, especially considering how long our other agent had been marketing our home. During this entire time, Maureen was extremely responsive to me and I was impressed by her dedication to get my home sold so that my husband and I could move to Florida.
During the escrow period, Maureen continued to keep me informed as to the progress of the closing, and worked diligently to get the deal closed. Maureen was a godsend! I highly recommend Maureen for anyone considering selling their home!!
When I began my initial search for a real estate agent I began that search on the internet.
The attention to detail in Maureen's website instilled a great deal of confidence in me and I knew immediately that I wanted to work with her. The design, navigation, overall information and historical retrospective on her website went far beyond anything else I had encountered in my search. Upon meeting Maureen I found her to be a true reflection of how she represented herself on-line. Highly professional and energetic, with thoughtful ideas and resources.
With a new baby on the way, my husband and I were looking to buy a new home very quickly. Maureen fully dedicated herself to us and made the entire process stress free. Her personal care and attention has extended far beyond the purchase of our new home in Palos Verdes Estates. She has since continued to support us in making sure we're comfortable and settled in our new neighborhood. We dearly love our new home are truly grateful for her hard work. I highly recommend Maureen Megowan for the sale or purchase of your new home.
Maureen got the job done -- and in record time!
Maureen Megowan handled the sale of our property and we could not be happier. We followed her advice and did some painting, staged the property, and agreed on an attractive sell price to move the property. Maureen created attractive brochures, put pictures and a description of the property on her website and advertised the open house in local papers. She held a brokers open house and a Saturday & Sunday public open house and received several offers.
Throughout the process, Maureen kept in contact with us and let us know what was happening at every step along the way. Once an offer was accepted, she was efficient at managing all the paperwork and was very diligent about making sure everything was done properly. The thirty day escrow went by swiftly and without problems thanks to the efficiency of everyone involved.
Even though selling property and, in this case settling an estate, is a stressful event, Maureen handled everything to minimize our stress and had everything resolved quicker than we ever imagined possible.
A huge thank you to Maureen Megowan.
JEANIE K. :
A friend of mine recommended Maureen when I told her that I was interested in buying a home. Being a first time buyer, searching for the perfect home can be a nerve-racking process. But she exudes confidence that will put your mind at ease.
We found a condo in Torrance. It was exactly what we were looking for. We never thought that we would be able to afford a home. Maureen's contacts made it possible for us to buy our home with no money down. She walked me through the whole process. Maureen goes above and beyond what a normal real estate agents duties are. She can scope out repairs that need to be done and request that they be done, works with contractors to complete repairs and will oversee until repairs have been done properly.
Maureen offered a comprehensive analysis, which helped me determine a price to place an offer on our condo. I can't tell you how helpful that was, especially in todays market.
What more could you ask for in a real estate agent? Out side of Maureens bubbly personality and extensive experience and knowledge of color and design, you could not ask for more. There are many real estate agents out in the market today, but only a few know what questions to ask. She knows how to get results.
There is no doubt in my mind. I would recommend Maureen to anyone looking to buy a home.
PETER AND VICKI KNEPPER:
We hired Maureen to sell a condo we had purchased as an investment in Rancho Palos Verdes, and she did an excellent job for us.
Maureen initially reviewed the market and we established an asking price which we expected would generate interest and activity while still being comparable to other recent sales. She then coordinated a modest refurbishment of the unit, including faux finish wallpaper in the bathrooms and kitchen, painting, and re-carpeting at a cost that was very reasonable.
Maureen then did a fantastic job marketing the property, including advertisements, flyers, and open houses, which generated a large amount of broker interest. Maureen has a great personality and dealt with the brokers and potential buyers extremely well. We ended up selling the property for $39,000 over the asking price within one week!
We highly recommend Maureen's services!
KATIE T. :
My husband and I were an unusual case for Maureen, since we flip-flopped for more than a year on what kind of house we wanted and what our price range was! She was extremely patient and always helpful, adjusting our searches as needed. I'm sure we would have exasperated most agents, but she was fantastic and always willing to work with us in whatever direction we were leaning.
As our needs and financial abilities became more clear, she was helpful in recommending neighborhoods that "fit" us. She knew us so well by that point that she knew where we would best fit; based on the character of the areas we were considering. When it came time to make an offer, she met with us early on the day after Thanksgiving; coffee and pastries in hand. She was always available for questions or discussions, and that was really appreciated because deals and offers don't always adhere to a typical schedule.
We found her presentations to the seller's agent to be very professional and appealing, so nice that even he, a very experienced agent, was impressed and commented on them. Maureen worked very hard for us, and she was never less than enthusiastic to do anything we asked of her. I would definitely recommend Maureen to anyone looking to buy or sell a home!
Maureen marketed our home in an effective and professional manner, and did an excellent job for us. My wife and I were 25 year owners and after my wife passed away I found it difficult to make decisions regarding our property. However, I felt it was at last the right time to sell.
Maureen surveyed the market and established an asking price that was aggressive but yet reflected the realities of a very strong overall real estate market. Even though the market was strong, however, several similar homes in our development had taken quite a while to sell.
Maureen evaluated our home and recommended that we "stage" our home for sale by rearranging some of the furniture, purchasing a small amount of additional furniture, pictures and accent pieces, and coordinating necessary painting and repairs. She handled all of the decorating and the work was completed in a weeks time. The property showed like a model home!
Maureen's strategy paid off spectacularly, as we sold our home in 5 days at a sales price significantly over our asking price. My wife would have been so proud to see the results. It made selling the home so much easier for our family.
I would certainly recommend Maureen to anyone looking to sell their home!
Without Maureen on my side, I never would have bought my first condo. The first day she took me out to look at places in my price range, I fell in love with a great condo that came with a lot of hassles. Since it was the very first property we looked at and this was my first home buying experience, Maureen went out of her way to make sure that I was fully aware of what was out on the market. So for the next week, Maureen drove out of her way to Orange County to show me other properties that I might be interested in.
Of course, I stuck with my gut and went for the first condo. Maureen was so helpful and has such a keen eye about what needs to be done in order for the deal to be fair. She went out of her way to make sure that I was getting a good deal for my first home and I couldn't be happier. I have every confidence in Maureen for all of my future real estate and design needs.
TIM GAVIN & CHARLOTTE MASTEN:
Our experience with Maureen was more than just exceptional from the beginning. She aggressively helped us pursue our dreams of finding our new home. As a first time buyer, we felt her caring and strong support throughout the whole process of buying a home. We really appreciate her support and friendship.
Comments from Judges for Advanced Access Most Impressive Website Contest
I love history. California history is so interesting, too. Maureen uses it well, and anyone who is remotely interested in the place they may move, will want to use an agent who also cares about history. Kudos. - Terry Light
Never before have I seen a client take content writing to such lengths. Maureen Megowan is a true authority on her area. The content on her website is both informative and interesting, which beckons a visitor to want to continue to read through the interior pages of her site to learn even more. - AA Marketing
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