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Jonathan stuck with us through thick and thin in what must be the most difficult real estate market in the country. I cannot imagine going through this process without him (and I’m sure we would have given up without him at our side!). He is an advisor, an advocate, and a protector, which was exactly what we needed for our first home purchase. We started this process by making a list of what we wanted in our new home and here we are with our new home that checks every box that we listed! We never thought that would have been possible, especially in SF! Jonathan is a joy to be around and his infectious excitement and happiness bring pleasure to the process and his upbeat nature and optimistic attitude kept us going through the challenges of this process and the inevitable ups and downs of buying a home in the Bay Area. He has bumped his head on every low ceiling in San Francisco for us and was always available to chat, discuss, ‘kick the tires’ of a house and go to bat for us when needed. I would wholeheartedly recommend Jonathan and his team for anyone looking to take their first plunge into the Bay Area market or for those who have done this before and are looking for an experienced sage. I feel so incredibly lucky we found him and had him for this crazy ride toward homeownership!
- Max R.
If you're buying a house, without hesitation I recommend Jonathan and his team. As complete newbies to the home buying process, Jonathan walked us through every step with patience and not an ounce of condescension. He's a genuine guy who obviously really enjoys what he does. He always made time for us and hustled. Our first bid (not accepted) was put together in about 12 hours when someone else put in a preemptive bid. Jonathan handled it all with grace and competence. He has great relationships with other realtors in the area which makes everything easier. In fact the seller's agent actually told us that he was the difference in us getting the house, the bids were so close the difference was working with someone she trusted. His team is also great. In RE transactions, "there's always a piano" (Google it!), and ours was no exception. When we discovered a gas leak during final walk through, Jonathan and especially his team (thanks Miesha!) stepped in to get it fixed and it only delayed our closing by 3 days. And his support hasn't stopped, even after closing. Jonathan continues to help us out with recommendations on everything from where to shop for furniture to which movers to hire. Work with Jonathan, you won't regret it.
- Matthew S.
We worked with Marks Realty Group to buy our first home, and we couldn't have asked for a better team or home-buying experience. We met Jonathan and Deanna at a beautiful property that they were showing, and we were struck by how warm, honest, and helpful they were as we toured the property and followed-up with questions. We knew right away that we wanted to work with them in the future, and thus we began our home search and buying adventure together. Jonathan and Deanna met with us in-person to better understand our needs, helped us identify homes that fit our profile, traveled with us to walk through homes together, and listened carefully as we sorted out the reasons why we did or did not want to move forward with a property. They also hand-held us throughout the journey, as we had many questions and uncertainties being new to the process. They were always willing to jump on the phone with us to talk things through. And when we identified our dream home, Marks Realty Group helped us put together the strongest offer to make it ours. It was a privilege to work with this team, and we would highly recommend them to others!
- Ellie K.
Getting into the Northern California market to buy our first home was both exciting and a bit intimidating. Jonathan put us at ease from the beginning. He listened carefully, and was genuinely interested, in what we desired in a home. Throughout the process, Jonathan was incredibly responsive, even-keeled, and a true professional. One of my favorite things about working with Jonathan was his candor. There was one property that we saw online that looked promising. Jonathan replied with something like, "that's on the wrong side of the highway, and not close to anything." I really appreciated this guidance and transparency, especially since Jonathan was fully in sync with what was important to us. In the end, Jonathan helped us get into a true dream home in a wonderful neighborhood. And, while I knew he was working tirelessly behind the scenes, he made it easy for us every step of the way through his guidance, support, and coordination. Jonathan started as our agent. I now consider him a friend, and will readily work with him again should we be in the real estate market in the future.
- James W.
Under the guidance of the great Jonathan Marks and Jess Patterson of Marks Realty, I closed on my first home two weeks ago! I could not be more pleased. I had a vision of exactly what I wanted - and what I wanted was rare. (I needed a large shop space for my hobby - something that is uncommon in downtown Mill Valley.) Where other Realtors® were asked whether a "1 car garage" or "large shed" would work, Jonathan and Jess truly listened to my requirements and helped me find it. When the lender that I selected failed to come through, they connected me with a local lender (First Republic) who moved extremely fast and funded my loan in a record 2 weeks. They held my hand through the entirety of the strange, foreign, and generally stressful process - patiently explaining my multiple daily questions. They were exactly what I needed as a first-time homebuyer. And should the day come that I need to sell my home - I will return to Marks Realty!
- Ronen S.
My husband and I first met Jonathan two years ago when he helped us purchase our current home. He made that process, smooth and easy, as a result when it came time to sell my mother's house, I reached out to him to see if he could help. He met with me and gave him his honest opinion on what was needed and what the good points (and bad points) were. We came up with a plan that worked for my family and had the potential to get us the most money for our buck. The people he hired to do the work were professional and reasonably priced. They were easy to work with and flexible enough to meet my needs. Before the house went on the market, Jonathan was working to create interest in the home. The house was on the market for less than a week when it sold for over asking price. I am sure that when my husband and I need to sell our home we will turn to Jonathan. Jonathan cares about his clients.
I cannot believe how lucky I am to have met Jonathan almost 12+ years ago. Let’s just say it takes a special someone to stick with a potential buyer for that long. Well, that day came where I finally decided it was time to be an adult and pulled the trigger on purchasing. Jonathan and his team’s expertise and expansive network helped me close on a home during a time when the market is competitive and the inventory low. The Mark’s Realty team is truly wonderful; I worked with Jess on the day-to-day. I never felt pressured and always felt she had my best interest at heart. Jess was always in close contact and kept me updated on what I needed to do to stay on track. The Marks Realty team is really amazing if you are looking for someone to assist you in purchasing or selling in the Marin area. Mucho Mahalo Jonathan, Jess, and Tobias!
- Annie L.
I should say that doing Business with Jonathan was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. He really loves what he does, and does it at the top professional level. His motto is: “I will always do my best”. And his best is something outstanding. Besides being a strong professional, Jonathan also has a great personality. He is very demanding of himself, accurate, Nice, polite, and witty. Jonathan has a great network, different teams who are also very good. He gave me suggestions that helped us to price and sell the house $25,000 higher than we originally intended. Not mentioning that house got sold within a week after we finished all necessary updates in a record short time. All in all I sold a house, Got a friend, and really enjoy the whole time while dealing with Jonathan.
How refreshing to find a confident realtor who possesses the ability to listen, think critically and truly be more interested in his clients than a sale. It was clear from our first contact with Jonathan that he is a master at his trade. His knowledge of the residential real estate market in Marin and San Francisco is encyclopedic. Furthermore, Jonathan’s attention to detail made us feel like we were his only client, an amazing feat as clearly his business is booming. Needless to say, Jonathan is not only a dynamic real estate agent but is also a dynamic individual who would be the first person we call for our real estate needs. I would strongly urge everyone to do the same.
- Jim W. & Joe D.
Jonathan is a well-established and incredibly knowledgeable Realtor®. As first-time buyers in the city, we knew nothing much other than a few zip codes where we wanted to buy our home. Jonathan opened our eyes to so much of the housing market dynamics and subtleties of buying a home in SF. One of the qualities that I admire in Jonathan is that he is very honest about his feelings about any property. He gets to know his clients at a personal level and has a good understanding of their lifestyle which helps him and his clients narrow down the right set of properties to pursue. Needless to say, we will most certainly reach out to Jonathan and his team for all our real estate needs in the bay.
- Jovi G.
Jonathan is incredible. Seriously look no further! We are so happy we found him to help us with our new home. He is not only extremely knowledgeable and professional, but he is also smart, caring, patient, kind, and knows everything you need to know about the market. We worked with him to find our ideal beach home in outer sunset through arguably one of the hardest times for buyers and still it was a dream. To say it was a pleasure working with him is an understatement. The only sad part about finding our new home is that we won’t get to see him on a regular basis. Thank you Jonathan and team for your superb client services and all-around outstanding work.
- Aviana D.
Let me just start by saying a review will not do any justice for the level of quality and professionalism these two have. We moved cross country for my job. Just to set the stage we had zero clue of the area. Jonathan and Tobias went to great lengths to tour with us, shows us the nuances of each neighborhood and guide us through the real estate market. We ended up getting a fantastic home in which there were 10 plus bids on the house. Jonathan was away in Europe on vacation and Tobias helped coordinate and negotiate with Jonathan on the phone while he was in Europe. Talk about client dedication! They truly are just wonderful people. Highly recommend them!
Jonathan Marks was our Realtor® in helping us purchase our dream home, as well as working with other members of my family. I recommend him on every level without reservation. He knows the real estate market and his advice is priceless. Because he also possesses the perfect combination of skills such as compassion, kindness, professionalism, honesty, thoughtfulness, and high intelligence, his counsel always carried us through every part of the home buying process with ease and certainty. I also believe that the tools he uses to market his business are top-notch, and I will definitely use his services for any future home-buying.
- Sarah M.
Jonathan Marks is a fantastic real estate agent! He was immeasurably helpful in finding us a house and helping us move from the East Bay to Marin. Not only is he fun to be with, kind, always friendly, he is thoughtful, intelligent, extremely hard working and always professional. It is clear he knows all the ins and outs of the complicated real estate jargon and rules and has real teaching skills that help make it simple and understandable for the buyer or seller. He is a great sounding board and listener, taking in all the buyers wants and needs and really helping them find the right house rather than just any house that works.
- Jana & Zak G.
I can't say enough about our wonderful experience with Jonathan to buy our first home. Jonathan's guidance and knowledge of the market was invaluable, and his suggestions on how to approach our offer truly made the difference in standing out to the sellers. I also appreciated his warmth and empathy for the overwhelming nature of being first time home buyers, and his ability to cut through the confusion and chaos with clear insights and recommendations. As a bonus, Jonathan's network has proved invaluable finding high-quality vendors to help make our home ours.
- Darcy N.
I love working with Jonathan. He represented us when we bought our home in 2008, and we were thrilled to use him again in 2019 to sell the property. He recommended a great stager, and has many resources available to make a house shine. We had a very fast escrow, and even though there were a few challenges, Jonathan held our hands and we sped through to the close. He is ever-gracious, unruffled under stress, and has a can-do attitude. I felt totally protected and calm throughout the sale process. He is a great agent! Thank you!
- Jan P.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jonathan from the moment we met to the end of my transaction! Jonathan is a warm, communicative and intuitive person. He uses these skills to assess his client’s needs and bring appropriate homes to their attention. Jonathan listened to me and showed me homes matching my criteria and more importantly he did not bring homes to my attention he knew I would not like or did not fit my requirements. When one home did come up that seemed perfect we charged in and wasted no time in making the offer.
- Steve C.
More than anything, we appreciate how Jonathan did not push us into anything but left the choices up to us. We couldn’t have picked someone better to accompany us on the adventure of purchasing our very first home. We are now very happily settled into a spacious and lovely townhouse in Terra Linda. As we meet our neighbors and enjoy the beautiful open spaces in the area, it is actually much more than we could have hoped for. We are so excited to be settled into such a wonderful place to raise our family. Thank you, Jonathan!
- Felix & Sommer S.
Jonathan was an amazing guide for us in the purchase of our first home. We met Jonathan based on a referral, always a good sign! His energy and enthusiasm for helping us find our perfect homemade what could have been an intimidating process fun and exciting. In particular, we appreciated his quick responses, his patience with our endless questions before and during escrow, and his commitment to getting us into the home of our dreams once we had found it. I can't recommend Jonathan highly enough!
- Kristy S.
Tobias was nothing short of wonderful. We came to him with a tough task: help us find home in Marin that was in a good neighborhood and in good condition, with a tight budget and only 5% down. He did just that! He helped us navigate a 6 month journey that included dozens of home tours. But he never slowed down and always made us feel valued and respected. This was especially important as first time home buyers. If you're looking for help from a dedicated, kind, hardworking realtor, you've found him in Tobias Green.
- Peter G.
I used Tobias to begin exploring and ultimately buy a unit in the Mission, and I could not have been happier with the whole experience. He was 'on it' during the search, and once we found a place that was a fit, he was a huge help closing the deal. In fact, I would have saved myself some money had I taken his early advice to jump on the 'buy now' price for the unit. Live and learn, I guess. He's quick to respond, great with chasing down details, and is unfailingly positive in his approach. Highly recommended.
Jonathan Marks is an authentic, professional, and knowledgeable Realtor®. He helped and guided us through a complex market and he connected us with our mortgage lender too! He made an impossible dream a reality for our family and we remain dear friends with him and his family. We can't say enough about his genuine approach, learning who we were and what we wanted, and how diligent he is when time counts!
- Jason J.
Tobias Green is a wonderful relator. He never pressured us to buy something we didn't want. He is positive, kind, knowledgeable and fun to work with. He made the process incredibly easy and enjoyable. He helped us find a house we absolutely love and managed to get it for us at a price we could actually afford. I would highly recommend Tobias to anyone looking for a relator. Also he works with Jonathan Marks who was also incredibly helpful on this journey.
- Hannah B.
The whole thing was so quick, and so flawlessly executed, it seemed too easy! Jonathan was incredibly supportive of our decisions, and his positive spirit and boundless energy made it all seem fun. We both really felt like we could trust him to steer us in the right direction. But he also really took the time to listen to what we said, and also to hear what we weren’t saying, figuring out what it was that we really needed. He has a gift!
- Meeghan B. & Colin K.
Jonathan is incredibly kind, professional, and knowledgeable. When we were making our way across the country to the Bay Area five years ago, bewildered by the housing market here, he was so welcoming and calming— experienced and amazingly unflappable. We knew all along the way that we were in good hands. I am very grateful for all his help!
- Cameron P.
Jonathan is truly top of his class. His attention to detail and responsiveness are amazing. His expertise in the real estate market and the home buying process really helped us personally as first-time home buyers. We continue to refer friends and colleagues to him and his team and look forward to working again with him in the future.
- Chris G.
Jonathan is wonderful, we have purchased two homes and just recently sold one. He represented us when we put an offer on our dream home which we did get, the Listing Agent did mention how professional and easy Jonathan was to deal with. We can't recommend Jonathan enough.
- Michael & Sarah O.
Jonathan Marks is the best Realtor® I have ever worked with. Not only did he sell our home at a record-breaking price, but he also paved the road to that sale with thoughtful, diligent work mixed with kindness and good humor. He still sends us a gift every year, too. I recommend him unreservedly. He is a champion.
Jonathan, who sold our property in San Francisco, was creative, inventive, and knowledgeable. He transformed it in such a way that we received well over our asking price. He was wonderful to work with, very personable, and attentive to our needs.
- Jack W.
Jonathan helped us buy our beautiful house and, later, sell it. In both instances, he was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. The circumstances of the latter were especially challenging; he went above and beyond to get the job done right.
- Catherine L.
Jonathan was a pleasure to work with when we bought our home in San Anselmo. What I especially appreciated was that he wasn’t pushy in the least, was responsive, and gave us the feeling that he was looking out for our interests. I have zero hesitation in recommending him for your real estate needs.
- Nilanka M.
Jonathan found our perfect home several years ago. He was wonderful to work with, making everything as easy along the way as possible, and has continued to be a valued resource as he provides local contacts, reminders about home care, etc. I wouldn’t work with anyone else!
Jonathan Marks is a top-notch Realtor® who will help you land your dream home! We found the perfect spot to make a bid and Jonathan guided us in the bidding process to win our dream home, where we live today.
- Nathaniel M.
Tobias was very responsive during the whole process. He was upfront and honest with our clients. We were able to fund their loan in 10 days! He is a pleasure to work with and I plan to refer him many clients.
- Darren P.
Tobias made my entire home buying process as painless as possible and easy to understand. He was very knowledgeable and easily and quickly answered all my questions.
Jonathan was absolutely fantastic to work with! His insight and guidance along the way was unsurpassed, and we enjoyed every moment of working with him!
- Gartner B.
Jonathan works tirelessly for his clients to find their ideal property. He is a fountain of positivity, thoroughness, and responsiveness. We would highly recommend him to anyone.
- Laura M.
Jonathan was fantastic to work with and continues to be a huge help, months after our transaction. Highly recommend.
- Evan M.
We love Jonathan and we love our home!
- Nicholas B.
You can count on us to help you sell and help you buy, and be there for you every step of the way before and well after your deal is done. So, why us? Because working with us, you are more than a client in a transaction; you become a friend for life.