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I would recommend Jim Olive to anyone who is trying to buy, sell or rent a home. This agent is very knowledgeable, patient and professional it almost seems like the only thing you have to is like the house give him your budget and he will take care of the rest. He will tell you straight up facts and always there when you need him.
Jim Olive is an excellent and trustworthy real estate agent! He helped me find and buy my first and absolutely perfect home at the Key West Golf Course. It took us some time to find it, but with Jim's experience and great knowledge of the market we found exactly what I wanted. He guided me through entire process step by step. Explained each question I had in details. And made house buying process more pleasant than I could expect! If I ever need to sell, rent or buy again, I will choose Jim to be my agent! He is truly one of the best!
Jim was fantastic - we called him in September when we first thought about buying a house. We live in Maryland, so he had to do all the legwork for us. He didn't require a contrct to be signed, nor did he ask for anything in return for the work he did for us (until the deal finally closed in December of course and he got his well-earned commission). He ran around to houses we saw on the internet, while finding others for us. He took pictures, and videos. He literally never said no to anything we asked, and we had some pretty bizarre requests for him (even during closing). He was available almost 24/7 - he either answered his phone or called us back within the hour. Even after we settled, and he got his commission, he still helped us out during house upgrades. He offered to ruin his saturday waiting for our appliances to arrive. He offered to stop by our house to make sure the construction was on track. All this was done, and he had no expectation of getting paid a cent. On top of all this, he knows the market, he knows the sellers real estate agents and how they operate, and he knows real estate, which was invaluable in both identifying issues in the house, and during negotiating. He wasn't the kind of RE agent that was going to hide flaws to get the sale done. ON the contrary, he would bring up flaws that ultimately resulted in us not considering many of the houses we first viewed. At the end of the day, we ended up getting the house we wanted for about 85% of asking, and far below any other comps, which was a testament to his support in negotations. I've dealt with about 10 real estate agents in my lifetime, between house purchases, and rentals, and have always had the belief that they add no value to a transaction (they are a necessary evil - they just suck out money from the transaction). Jim is the exception - he is the best real estate agent we have ever worked with (I could not imagine going through this sale without him), on top of being extremely likeable (I've already offered to buy him a beer next time I'm down).
Jim has been sending us Key West property information regularly in our price range. If we can, we would like to do do business with Jim in the future. He has been great.
Jim is great to work with. I moved in from out of town as a first time home buyer, and he helped me research before I even got here. Looking at my needs, finances, and wants he tailored a search that was right for me. During the process we had a lot of obstacles from lending, seller personalities, and real estate/urban planning laws/policies that influenced my decisions to look or buy a property. No matter what happened during the process Jim made me feel as if he was in it with me. There were times when laws and policies had changed, or he didn't know something; he worked hard right away to make sure he found out the details and worked all hours of the day to meet my schedule. A man of the community he is well connected with not only the military, but the schools and politics of the community. He will be real and logical with you about your choices in the Keys Real Estate market, but he will also entertain your dream buy as well.