As first-time home buyers, we knew that the process was going to be daunting. Despite doing our “homework” in preparation to start house hunting, once we started, the process at times felt more like an ordeal to somehow survive with most of our sanity intact.
We can honestly say that we would not have arrived at success without the steady support of our realtor Russell Halley. His experience and knowledge of the housing market and homeownership process ensured that we would not give up on our dream of owning a home, too overwhelmed and disappointed by the complex ups and downs of finding a house that we could call home.
His endless confidence that “There is a house out there that’s right for you,” after another “We’re just not feeling it” walk-though of the latest listing was so reassuring and exactly what we needed to hear. His depth of patience with our endless stream of questions about why this and what does that mean was truly appreciated since, as home-buying newbies, we had a ton of questions to ask. Most of all, his terrific sense of humor helped make the search actually FUN for us – no small feat given that our teenager was actively involved in the search as well. Any realtor who can get a teenager excited and engaged about house hunting is a keeper!
Thank you, Russell, for being our guide and mentor in our journey to homeownership. You are the best!
- Scott and Sonya H.
We've bought 7 houses through the years, and working with Russ was the most fun I've ever had -- and an efficient, successful process, too. We were buying in a red-hot seller's market. Russ's expertise lies in the Piedmont, and he showed us a variety of properties there, including ones in places we hadn't considered. When we asked to widen our search to the Shenandoah Valley, a market with which he wasn't familiar, Russ stepped up and advised us on how to construct a winning bid. I can't praise Russ or recommend him highly enough!