Testimonals

Please take a moment to read the following testimonials. I hope they show my experience and integrity, as well as how much I enjoy assisting people with their real estate needs.

Dan Pallares – 217 Sycamore, San Gabriel

Working with Margaret was such an extraordinary experience. Highly professional, knowledgeable and caring. Her customer service is unsurpassed and she and her support team are very proactive. We are excited to recommend Margaret and look forward to working with her again.

Robert Berger – 1388 Coolidge, Pasadena

Margaret Garemore represented my wife and I as a Buyers Agent on a house we recently purchased in Altadena. She gets 5 stars for the following reasons: 1. Most important – She represented us (the buyer) and kept our interests first. She listened to what we wanted and sought out properties that fit what we were looking for. 2. Excellent communicator – Always available 24/7. Keeps in touch with updates frequently. Explained the purchase process well. 3. Margaret is actively involved in the real estate business in the San Gabriel Valley. She has an established rapport with other agents that facilitated communications in a professional manner. 4. Once we went into Escrow she stayed on top of the process. We were able to close Escrow in under 30 days. 5. We were exceedingly selective in the house that was right for us. She stuck with us and exhibited incredible patience as we worked our way through the process. In summary I would definitely have Margaret represent us again.

Danny Li – 8620 Rudnick Avenue, West Hills

My wife and I have now worked with Margaret on two homes. One as a purchase and one as a sale. Needless to say, we were so happy with Margaret the first time, we definitely wanted her to represent us for our most recent sale.

Margaret distinguishes herself from other agents we’ve worked with on many different levels. She always keeps us informed of any new developments. She offers her opinions and advice based on years in the industry. She is very knowledgable of the rules and proper etiquette of transactions. She is trained and versed in negotiations and conflict resolution. Above all, Margaret is very pleasant to deal with and has a way with putting people at ease.

I do definitely recommend Margaret Garemore as an agent and it would be an honor for her to represent us in any future real estate transactions that we may have.

Jenifer and Richard Izbicki – 216 North Primrose, Monrovia

We recently had the pleasure of working with Margaret Garemore on the sale of our house. Through all of our questions, concerns, “what if’s”, and worries, Margaret was responsive, calm, and reassuring.

Margaret is a highly professional and eminently qualified realtor. She is experienced in all facets of the business. Her expert guidance through the sometimes complicated process made our house sale smooth and easy, and certainly relieved a lot of stress for us.

Margaret’s personality is well suited to working with people, as evidenced by her credentials in mediation. She is an excellent listener, a skillful negotiator, and an honest and trustworthy advocate.

We were particularly pleased with Margaret’s outstanding communication skills. She makes herself readily available to answer questions in person, by phone, or email. We greatly appreciated how quickly Margaret responded to our needs.

We would certainly engage Margaret in any future real estate transactions, and without any hesitation we would recommend Margaret to anyone considering buying or selling property.

Daniel and Lisa Murphy – 228 West Bennett Avenue, Glendora

My wife and I happened upon Margaret Garemore at an open house in Monrovia when we were thinking about selling our place. The way she presented the property and her overall demeanor and knowledge of the property she represented impressed us so much, we chose her when we decided to sell our home in Monrovia and buy a new place.

Margaret took the time to listen to what made our home special to us and had a very good grasp on the market as far as what people were looking for and how to price our place for a sale we’d be satisfied with. We made a few upgrades and put our faith in her hands. One thing that Margaret brings to the table consistently is communication. Like a waiter that comes by your table to make sure your water glass is filled and that you’re happy with your meal, Margaret stays in touch with every change and follows up with every important detail to make sure her customers are informed and happy. This is a rare commodity these days!

Now I must point that it was 2009 and the market had just tanked so we needed to set our expectations for current conditions and understand who our buyers might be. Margaret educated us and made us feel as comfortable and in control as we could hope. She ended up finding us a buyer who was retiring and moving from Arcadia and looking for a house just like ours! We sold for a good price (for the market) and the entire sale went smoothly!

We also chose Margaret to help us buy another, smaller home in Glendora. We had found a 1906 Victorian style bungalow that fit our needs and delighted us in its charms and personalization options. The sellers were not easy to deal with but Margaret shined though with her highly professional and effective negotiation skills and got us in for a price that worked for us. We lived there happily for over 5 years. We always enjoyed getting postcards from Margaret about the other properties she’s been able to help with. Her marketing skills are wonderful!

Our jobs have taken us to the Newport Beach area and the commute was just too much so we needed to part ways with our wonderful little house and we knew Margaret would represent us well. She did NOT disappoint! Being somewhat savvy, we did interview other realtors from Glendora but still chose Margaret because the relationship and trust she built with us was a great comfort and we knew we were going to be represented well.

I’ll say! She had two buyers for us before we could even have an open house! Our eventual buyer was a veteran and this was going to be his family’s first home. We felt so good about leaving our beautiful home to someone who would cherish it as much as we did that we endured the extra hassles that come with selling to a GI Bill buyer. Margaret once again made the whole process as easy for us as possible and got the vendors she brought in for termite and other services to make concessions that made the deal just right for both buyer and seller.

If you are considering purchasing or selling your home anywhere in the San Gabriel Valley, I highly recommend talking to Margaret Garemore and seeing what she can do. She has earned our endorsement time after time.

Please feel free to write to me if you have any questions.

David and Jennifer D’Alvarez – 215 E. Chestnut, Monrovia

I’m writing this letter of recommendation due to the wonderful experience we had working with Margaret Garemore when we recently bought a home.

To provide some perspective about us, the buyers, I had purchased a home before, worked with an agent and we had met many other agents in the course of this search. But once we met Margaret we knew we wanted to work only with her. Instantly we felt comfortable that she would learn what we wanted and run with it. We trusted her to help us accomplish our goal.

Over the course of many months and through a troubled and difficult housing market we visited many homes. During this time she learned our likes, dislikes and really dug into the meat as to why certain items were a must and others were preferences. Working within the framework of this knowledge she presented choices and provided her reasoning. She never sugar-coated the bad, she never oversold the good. She was flexible to our schedule (we had just had a baby and this was a very hectic time for us) and we always felt she was available in person, by phone, at her office or at the house we wanted to see.

Her understanding of what we wanted coupled with her detailed knowledge and incredible wealth of experience guided our search. It was a true partnership. Throughout the search, the decision, the offer, and ensuing process she was clear, present, and resourceful which made the final transaction much easier.

Finding the home was one thing, Reviewing and determining what changes we wanted to make was another and again, Margaret again came through with recommendations and contractors we should consider and frankly as we learned with all of her recommendations, they were exactly right for our needs. Good contractors can be hard to find and her standard for quality is clear. This was a huge time saver and the outcome was perfect.

As I suspect all new homeowners do, I still keep track of the inventory and sales in our neighborhood. This is part curiosity and part validation of whether or not we made the right choice. Now, after six months in our home we are more certain than ever this was the right decision. We owe that to Margaret.

We cannot recommend her enough for those of you that are looking for that perfect home. When our family expands even further and we finally decide to make that move to something larger, we’ll definitely be calling on Margaret again to help again with the most important of purchases, our new home.

Vicki Bowen – 13 Hidden Valley, Monrovia

Margaret couldn’t have made our entire house selling project any better. She is absolutely the BEST Realtor we’ve ever dealt with. A true pro. We would recommend her highly to anyone and everyone!

Dr. Paddy Taber, M.D. – 823/825 Santa Anita, Arcadia

I acknowledge the services of Margaret Garemore of Podley Properties, Pasadena with our recent purchase of a fine duplex in Arcadia. Margaret’s quick grasp of the type of unit we discussed became readily apparent on our first meeting. The constant attention and sound resolution of issues in the inspection and ultimate purchase was most gratifying. Her close monitor and communication of details in transition of properties became most evident in those occasional repairs, switching utilities as needed and organizing the copious documents to signature.

Venu Malyala – 1933 Huntington Drive, Duarte

I really can’t thank Margaret enough for successfully handling our short sale. After we failed to sell it the first time through another agent, I lost hope. I really appreciate her confidence and professionalism in making sure the sale went through and also closing the escrow as promised, so that our family can plan to move without any issues. I hope I will work together again with Margaret in the future.

Kimberly Griffin – 465 North Encinitas Avenue, Monrovia

I was very happy to secure Margaret as my realtor for my recent home sale. After watching her local marketing and property listings in the area, I was confident that she was the right person to sell my property quickly and professionally, and she definitely did not disappoint.

Margaret made the process simple, kept me updated, worked within my needs and schedule and was always available for questions and help. I thoroughly enjoyed our relationship, as well as her calm demeanor, her ability to address issues quickly and confidently and of course hold my hand throughout the emotional process of selling a home after 20+ years! I would definitely recommend Margaret to anyone who is interested in selling or buying a home in the area, she is terrific to work with.

Todd Rizzardi – 23326 Victory Boulevard, Woodland Hills

I bought my first home with Margaret several years ago and have nothing but great things to say about the service she provided. She’s extremely knowledgeable about the real estate market in LA and gave me some great advice on how to evaluate what type of home I was interested in and how to execute a strategic offer. In addition, she’s super nice and a great communicator. I would highly recommend her.

Ian and Suzy Tervet – 1344 Salisbury Road, La Canada Flintridge

Last fall my husband and I decided it was time to sell our cozy home in Pasadena and purchase something with a little more space for our growing family. I immediately knew we would use Margaret Garemore as our agent as she has also been a good friend for 20 years. Margaret actually helped us get into the home we purchased in Pasadena back in 2003. As that experience had proven to be a perfect match for us and as it was so fun to have a friend work as our agent, we knew we would have great success in having Margaret both sell our home and help us purchase another one. She delivered!

On Thursday, July 21, we closed on the home in La Canada and on July 22 we closed on our home in Pasadena. What a whirlwind! What timing! Through all efforts we were able to close on the home we purchased in less than a month and Margaret was exclusively instrumental in making that happen for us. She, again, was nothing but professional, savvy, classy, and always available to communicate with whether by phone, email, text, or a physical visit. She gives Podley Properties great representation and is an asset to their office. Any future homebuyer would be so lucky to have her represent them also. Thank you Margaret for making our dream a reality!

Joanne Chris – 425 Kirkwood Lane, Monrovia

Margaret impressed me with her excellent credentials. I found her superb knowledge and competence to be of great value. I know she has a degree from Occidental College and she is a certified Mediator and Arbitrator. I believe these qualifications made her more skilled than other agents to handle and negotiate the sale of my home.

During the time of the sale, I was in a skilled nursing facility in Orange County, recovering from a serious illness. I needed to sell my home with someone I could trust. Further, I really appreciated that she was always available for my phone calls, day and night. She is a good listener and did not try to take-over the situation. She guided me, but let me make my own decisions and decide what was best for me.

Steve and Margaret Parker – 528 Sycamore Avenue, Glendora

This letter is written as a testament to the superior professional skills and extraordinary personal attributes of Margaret Garemore in the fields of Real Estate and Mediation. My wife and I had the pleasure of conducting business with Margaret this past summer as she served as our Realtor during the sale of our family home and subsequent purchase of a new home.

In short, my wife and I would not hesitate to recommend Margaret Garemore to anyone in need of a Realtor or mediator. If any further information is needed about our experience with Margaret, please contact me at the number or email address below. It would be my pleasure to discuss our case in greater depth.

Brandon Oaks – 611 West Lime Avenue, Monrovia

I want to take a moment to thank Margaret for the outstanding presentation she provided me when I was trying to decide whether or not to sell my property or keep it as a rental.

Her Real Estate Services Proposal packet was extremely professional, concise, and very informative and in all aspects represented a high level of profession expertise; Margaret is to be commended on her presentation. (Her resume is outstanding, as well!)

Also, she is extremely personable, warm, and presents a positive attitude in handling all questions regarding real estate, very knowledgeable in the area she is representing, and Podley Properties is very fortunate to have her as an agent representing their company.

Tony Amato – 2642 Rochelle Avenue, Arcadia

I want to take this opportunity to thank Margaret once again for her help in recovering a significant portion of my deposit from the developer. Margaret is one of the most professional and knowledgeable people I have ever had the pleasure to work with and I will recommend her services to all my friends and associates.

I also want to thank her for the advice she gave regarding the listing of my home in Arcadia. I changes the price to the one she recommended and within two weeks, my home was sold.

George and Sheila Dragan – 250 North Primrose Avenue, Monrovia

My husband and I would like to express our thanks for the wonderful service we received from Margaret Garemore and Jerry Baker when selling our home

They did a wonderful job of advertising, communicating with us and their overall performance was excellent.

We realize our home was not an easy one to sell, but both Margaret and Jerry went out of their way to amke it happen. We would recommend them and their company to anyone. In fact, we already have.

Greg and Dottie Catt – 304 North Canyon Boulevard, Monrovia

This letter is written to thank Margaret and Jerry for their superb efforts and results in marketing and selling our home.

We met them when they showed our home while it was listed with another agency. When that listing expired without success, they requested the opportunity to present their qualifications to sell our unique home. Their qualifications and enthusiasm were evident but we questioned whether or not they would give as much effort toward the marketing and sale of the home as they were giving to obtain toe listing. We demanded a marketing plan with a time line, both of which you produced for me. We interviewed competing agencies and even other agents within your firm.

We awarded the listing to them and we were not disappointed. They listened to our needs and worked through our particular situation. They correctly identified the proper pricing and marketing strategy. Best of all they faithfully followed the marketing strategy and time line they had proposed. The result was that through their efforts a buyer was identified and they guided us through the offer and acceptance. Their hard work did not stop there. They represented us well through the escrow instructions, getting buyer contingencies removed, inspection, walk through and close of escrow.

Obviously it is easy to be complimentary of success but we want everyone to know, that even if the house hadn’t sold we would be writing this letter anyways, because they did exactly what they promised that they would do and made the process easy for us.

Bonnie Hurley – 73 Hidden Valley Road, Monrovia

Margaret and Jerry both went above and beyond what they initially committed to do in their initial presentation to me. I appreciated the professionalism, attention to details and their always being ready to tackle a challenge.

Since I work in a related field in lending, I come across many Realtors and could have listed my property with many other agents. I felt that they both could represent my house and meet my needs best of all. I am so happy to say that I made the right choice.

Dean and Dran Reese – 918 Wildrose Avenue, Monrovia

We are writing to share what a wonderful experience we had with Margaret and Jerry. They were always available when we needed them and took all the necessary steps to promote the house. They always kept their promises and were enthusiastic. Thanks to their efforts, our house sold significantly sooner than we anticipated.

If we needed assistance in the future we would not hesitate to contact them again.

Patricia Alley – 804 North Sierra Bonita Avenue, Pasadena

I just wanted to send my thanks to Margaret, Jerry and Sally for all your help in handling the sale of our house in Pasadena. I very much appreciated their thoroughness and prompt replies whenever we had questions (and I know I did have a lot of questions). Needless to say, Sally’s effort to secure the waiver on time was a minor miracle in itself!

Again, thank you Margaret, for all your help in this process.

Hap and Patti Stuebner – 141 East Hillcrest, Monrovia

My husband and I want to thank Margaret Garemore and Jerry Baker who acted as our Realtors in selling our house at 141 E. Hillcrest Blvd. in Monrovia

Their efforts on our behalf were very impressive. Their knowledge in marketing real estate was evident by the many, many showings they lined up after we had signed with them. Not only did they generate a lot of interest in our home but they gave us advice on how to present our home and the range of what would be realistic as an asking price.

We knew we had their support and expertise at all times. There was always follow through after a showing to report back to us. during the sale and period of escrow, matters were explained thoroughly and in detail. At no time were we left with unanswered questions nor was there ever a lack of communication.

Once again, we wish to extend our thanks to an outstanding duo who looked after our interests from start to finish and got the job done competently and efficiently.

Gerold, Barbara and Micahl Keltner – 601 Willowbrook Circle, Monrovia

The Keltner family has bought and sold homes in Colorado, Oklahoma, La Verne, Walnut, and now Monrovia, California. We know on a professional, as well as personal basis, many Realtors. Several of them are close friends, relatives or friends, or have actively sold homes in our area. they naturally assumed whenever we would contemplate moving, we would select them as our listing agent. Yet, we chose to list our home at 601 Willowbrook Circle, Monrovia, CA with two Realtors we did not know, in an office with whom we had not previously had any dealings. Why?

Margaret Garemore and Jerry Baker are to be complimented to the highest degree. The first time they came to our home, their presentation was factual, informative and well organized. We could tell they were interested in giving us their interest, effort and enthusiasm. We were not disappointed. They not only helped us sell our home, but they went beyond the call of duty to help us find a wonderful place for relocation that met all of our requirements.

We will be proud to tell our friends, neighbors and business associates about the professional excellence and personal touches that we experienced. It is a privilege and a great relief to be able to say “Thank you” to two of the nicest, most thorough real estate agents we’ve ever encountered.

Dan and Lecia Paskow – 1008 South 8th Avenue, Arcadia

Lecia and I wanted to thank Margaret and Jerry again for doing such an outstanding job in selling our home. When we first met them both during an open house, they were hosting, and we were so impressed with the marketing materials they created and the professionalism displayed, and we decided to follow up with them to see if they could do the same for our home. Needless to say they never let us down and always and always went the extra mile. Not only were they both experienced and helpful, but it is clear they really enjoy their work, because it comes through in their positive energy and attention to detail.

We would unequivocally recommend them both. With their help, our home was priced right, marketed well, negotiated and sold – all on our somewhat tight schedule. I am convinced we would have not done nearly as well on timing or proceeds without your unrelentingly positive support.

If we are ever looking at coming back to the area, they are the first folks we will call to help us on the buy side.