"This was the first time I was purchasing a home on my own and John was godsend. Even though I am a 40+ year resident of Novato, John knows the residential history of the city far better than I, especially the neighborhoods and their 'feel'...for a family, single person, etc. He was very thorough going over paperwork in explaining everything, and was on site for all inspections and knew trusted folks to do those tasks. He worked well with the selling agent and kept her moving along so the sale would proceed in a smooth and timely manner. I would recommend John to anyone with no reservations that they would be anything other than extremely well served!"
-- Pat Cash
"WOW!!! It is hard to put into words how good John Hammer handled our home sale. We interviewed 4 realtors and we were impressed with how much preparation John put into his presentation and outlined our options before us. His marketing expertise and market knowledge was extremely important to maximize our sales price. John was very impressive in his knowledge of the market to help us through the negotiations and closing. He was always available and very hands on. He assisted us in every phase of selling our home. The money is in the bank and John can do the same for you. I highly recommend him. Thank You John Hammer!"
-- Marlene Miller
"John Hammer was recommended by a contractor whose judgment I trusted, he informed me that John was very knowledgeable and would work very hard to get results and also assist with resources to ready the house for sale. I was not disappointed with this assessment and John was very knowledgeable in the location of the house and the sales activity in the area. He assisted with recommendations for contractors in the area to ready the house for sale and was able to negotiate a good price for the property in within a fairly short period of time. I would definitely list any property again that comes up for sale in my capacity as trustee."
-- Vera Sprinkel
"If I had to go through this process all over again, I would only want John as my realtor. He asked all the right questions in the beginning to help us both understand what exactly I was looking for. During the ups and downs, he zeroed in on the perfect area, and helped me get my a place that fit me much better than I thought possible. John is funny and down to earth. He looks out for his customers, and is a great resource for advice thanks to his experience. He never pressured me, and he supported me when I felt overwhelmed, indecisive, or worried that I would never find a place without making big sacrifices. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a home in the area."
-- Wendy Zita
"John recently helped us buy a home in Novato. Our search was protracted and John was infinitely patient, never pressuring us or making us feel guilty for taking our sweet time. We loved that he offered his opinion without trying to influence us and always told us the pros and cons of each property in which we expressed interest. With other agents with whom we've worked in the past, we felt that they wanted us to buy any house, so they could be done and move on to other clients. With John, we felt like he genuinely wanted us to find a real home in which we'd be happy for many years to come. Even after the close of escrow, he's been available for questions and assistance. We recommend him highly and are grateful for all his help."
-- Kareena Rieselbach & Joe Tinervin
"John recently sold our home in Novato. We were absentee owners and he made the process so easy for us. He is business savvy, diligent and never lost sight of our interests. John pays attention to every detail and is an amazing communicator...honestly the best realtor we've worked with (and we've had many). He is honest, fair and realistic which meant so much to us. We so highly recommend him to anyone looking to sell or purchase a property. You cannot do better!"
-- Joni & Tony Wingenbach
"As a couple searching for our first home, we were pretty clueless to the house hunting process and what follows once you have found a house worth bidding on. John was extremely helpful in guiding us throughout the entire process - he was informative, honest, attentive, and genuine. He maintained excellent communication, not only with myself and my husband, but with key family members (with our permission), and was always responsive to our never ending list of questions. We have, and will continue to recommend John Hammer as a leading realtor!"
-- Chris & Kara Harris
"The condominium I listed was an income property. I had never seen or been in the property prior to signing our listing. John Hammer handled every aspect of the sale. There were repairs and upgrades the property needed and John co ordinated all that needed to be done to prepare the property for market. The property was listed, and within two weeks we received two offers and the property sold over asking price. John's communication skills were fantastic and he kept me posted every step of the way. There were no unexpected issues while the property was in escrow and the closing took place as scheduled. It was a very positive experience. It would be difficult to imagine a more skilled professional."
-- Larry Brackett, Owner of Frank Howard Allen Realtors
"John Hammer sold our home for us last year. We had moved out of state so our transaction was all done by phone and email. Selling our home was already stressful enough but being out of town and it being tenant occupied added a whole other element. John Hammer was a calming force throughout the transaction. He knows the area, he knows the laws, he knows how to negotiate, he knows houses and he knows people. We could not have asked for more. He is incredibly professional and well respected in the industry and by his clients. We were very happy with the sales price and how smoothly the transaction went. We would highly recommend John Hammer!"
-- Andy Shine-Boltz
"Dear John, We can't thank you enough for helping us find & buy the house of our dreams. You have been absolutely incredible, consistently supportive, knowledgeable & patient. We often wondered if you had any time left for your other clients!"
-- Matt Warr & Dale Langford
"Dear John, We'd like to express our sincerest thanks for handling the sale of our home. This was our fourth relocation, and by far it was the most difficult. Throughout, you handled everything with accomplished expertise. What our neighbors had told us about you proved true at every turn. "John will always be honest with you and will always look out for your best interest." Above that, whatever arose, you always dealt with them promptly and appropriately, relieving us of the burden of them. In the past, when we have relocated and have had to sell a house, we have put a great deal of effort in finding the very best agent in our area. Each time, the crucial importance of having the right person for this stressful event has proven to us. John, you are in that very small group of the very best. To anyone considering you as their agent, we would give you the highest recommendation."
-- Naomi Langbecker & Tony Barnes
"It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation/referral for John Hammer. John worked for St. James properties to sell out two of our new home projects, Somerston Heights in Novato and Celsius 44 in Petaluma. In both of these projects, John had to deal with a very difficult and deteriorating real estate market. I found John to be well informed of the local markets, well connected, and honest and forthright in his recommendations for pricing. His marketing efforts were well on target and John successfully sold out both of these projects in a very difficult market. I appreciate John's efforts and look forward to working with him again on future projects. I would wholeheartedly recommend John to anyone looking for a qualified real estate agent in Marin County."
-- Steve Johnson/President St. James Properties
"John Hammer has served us extraordinarily well during this trying time of selling and moving out of our home after eighteen years. He has been always helpful in innumerable ways - among them his know-how in dealing with the stacks of papers and more complicated requirements than we have ever experienced in our 47 years in Marin - and with his always enthusiastic and up-beat young energy. He has truly sustained us during this time, and we feel most fortunate in having his representation. Finally, in past years, he kept in easy-going, non-pressured contact with us during the time before we were truly ready to make this move."
-- Jim and Josephine Heassler
"John was courteous, professional and dedicated to making our home purchase a smooth transaction. We would highly recommend John to anyone we know that is in the market for a top notch real estate agent."
-- Roy and Brenda Pfeifer
"My husband and I had been thinking of selling our home. And when we received a flier from John Hammer, we decided to contact him to get his perspective. We can't tell you how much we have appreciated John. Along with being very professional, he is very pleasant, knowledgeable and extremely well informed. And most important, he always kept us informed."
-- Bob and Lorraine Frazer