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Buying a Home: Choosing the Right Realtor

Choosing the right Realtor to help you with buying a home can be critical

It can mean the difference between:

  • Your offer being accepted or someone else's being accepted
  • Paying more or negotiating a price thousands of dollars lower
  • Getting a home that's perfect for you or getting what's in your agent's best-interests for you to buy
  • Having a stressful experience or being guided by someone you can trust to patiently explain things and make things happen
  • A Realtor with extensive experience and local knowledge providing insight on potential homes and neighborhoods or being left hoping that a home or neighborhood is a good pick

Highest-rated Realtor Out of All Orange County Realtors on ZillowJimmy Reed is the top-rated Orange County Realtor on Zillow with 4.9 out of 5.0 stars from over 145 reviews. As satisfied clients attest to over and over, Jimmy and his team provide top notch service and will look out for your best interests.  You can expect rapid responses to your questions, and having a team of multiple people allows for faster showings of properties, which can make a huge difference in a fast moving market.

Zillow 5-Star Premier AgentJimmy is an expert negotiator with over 16 years of real estate experience and a history of getting his buyers lower prices and their offers accepted over others.  Jimmy will listen to you and consult with you on what you want and need, and with a high degree of knowledge of OC cities and neighborhoods, will work tirelessly to find your dream home.  Through skilled communication and relationships with other parties, Jimmy has been able to save many escrows as well as keep them moving on track.  Jimmy and his team simplify the buying process by guiding you through every step of the way, explaining complex paperwork, and providing digital document signing.

"My wife and I have worked with Jimmy Reed for a few years and he recently helped us not only find the house of our dreams, but successfully negotiated our offer over several others...I have no doubt we would not have been able to get our new home at such a good price, nor sell our current home as quickly at the price we wanted, was it not for his negotiation skills. He, and his team (Lisa and Kate) are an absolute pleasure to work with, and are just really good, down to earth people who love what they do.  -Dave Z.

"Jimmy and his team would respond immediately when we saw something we wanted to see and would meet us the very same day to view the property. When we found the home that we really wanted to have it had multiple offers on it, however Jimmy and his excellent negotiation skills stepped in and also got our lender involved to give us a recommendation and really went to bat for us. Praise God we got the house!!!  -Tina S.


Zillow Local ExpertIn the real estate industry, many agents will try to maximize their profits by getting you to buy as soon as possible and buy the most expensive property you qualify for.  Jimmy and his team stand apart with a high degree of integrity and ethics.  They'll advise you against buying properties you're interested in that wouldn't be in your best interests, even if it means more work or less money for them.  Being the #1 South Orange County Realtor means Jimmy does the volume to really know the communities and neighborhoods to help focus your search.  He won't just tell you what you want to hear but will be honest and forthright, sharing both plusses and minuses.  You won't be pressured to buy or pushed to pay more, and the Reed team will go above and beyond to make sure you're happy, even after escrow is complete.

"Jimmy is an honest guy and helped steer us away from houses that were in a bad neighborhood and houses that were in a poor resale location. He helped us find the house that we loved and was careful to show us pros and cons so that we could make a wise decision. He was patient to explain all the paperwork to us and make the process go smoothly and quickly. We would recommend him to anyone!  -Julie W.

"Jimmy and Lisa Reed helped us purchase our home in Ladera Ranch. I cannot say enough about how impressed we were with their knowledge of the area, advice about each property, expertise during negotiations and responsiveness to our questions. Even after closing and moving into our home, they went the extra mile to make sure we had every referral (pool, landscaping, locksmith, etc, etc) needed to make a stressful move easier. The most satisfying, and unexpected, part of the experience was the lack of "pushing". The Reeds never pushed higher priced homes or areas on us, they gave us factual, unbiased advice and left us alone to make our decisions without interference.  -Jason

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Excellent Customer ServiceThere's a reason why Jimmy and his team have such a strong reputation in the industry and so many repeat clients and people who refer them to their family and friends.  Contact them today to discuss your needs via phone or to set up a no-obligation meeting and see for yourself.

"I was referred to Jimmy by a mutual friend after having a really bad experience with another real estate agent. After Jimmy officially became my agent, my confidence level grew exponentially. I knew that Jimmy would do anything in his power to get me a house. His ability to "close the deal" is unparalleled. I am convinced that he is one of the best, if not the best, agent in the area. (Even the listing agent on my future house told me how lucky I was to have Jimmy representing me because he was the best.) Moreover, I was so happy with my experience with Jimmy and Lisa both that I recommended them to my friend, and she was also very impressed.  -Katie 

Graduage Realtor InstituteAs a graduate of the Realtor Institute, Jimmy has training to navigate not only common transactions but also more complex ones including corporate relocations and 1031 exchanges, and he has knowledge and experience in certain financial, investment, and legal areas that other Realtors may lack.

"Let me start by saying I am an experienced real estate investor who has been around the block. I found Jimmy Reed by clicking on his name and two others next to a property that interested me. All three called me back but Jimmy set himself apart by finding answers about the subject property and as any good salesman should do, he found similar options for me. He didn't make me prove myself to him before he spent time helping me. Jimmy and his wife Lisa are top notch. They helped me through multiple offers on multiple properties. They even answered my phone calls much later into the evening than I should have been bothering. In the end, Jimmy's negotiation skills and Lisa's follow through proved valuable and reassuring. Their skills secured me a good property at a very fair price. Not only are they sharp, but they are genuinely nice people too. I strongly recommend calling Jimmy for all of your real estate needs.  -user5408884

"Relocating from Seattle to Orange County was difficult. Jimmy took the time to allow us to explore the huge range of possible neighborhoods. Once Jimmy knew us and understood our needs and desires he used his detailed knowledge of the area to help us focus on the properties that were the best fit for our family. I would highly recommend Jimmy and Lisa to anyone looking to buy or sell a property.  -user40640270


"Jimmy is an expert at what he does. I needed to find a house rather quickly. Jimmy was very careful in finding out what kind of house I was looking for, and what things mattered most to me. Once he had done that, he only showed me houses that fit my expectations. This made the house-hunting process very efficient, which was great for my schedule. When I found the right house, he helped negotiate a very favorable deal on the pricing and timing: We closed escrow in three weeks. After buying the house, Jimmy referred me to inspectors, gardeners, electricians, plumbers, locksmiths and handymen; he knows everyone! 

I especially appreciated that Jimmy listened to me, and never let his own agenda get in the way. But he's also very candid and honest about the properties he shows, making sure the client is fully informed. And once I'd picked the house, I really felt he was working hard for me, keeping the ball rolling along and making sure all the other parties were staying on top of the process. He puts 100% of his energy into everything, right up until the end.

I would most definitely recommend him most highly to anyone needing to either sell or buy a new house. He is sincere, hard-working, and absolutely puts the client first.  -user6047290

  "Initially we knew nothing of the current housing market and were discouraged at how fast the properties kept getting pulled right in front of us in the southern Orange County area. The Reed team was extremely responsive with no pressure whatsoever regardless of the property. In particular, we could always count on Lisa Reed to be protective but frank with her recommendations, which always turned out to be correct. Our house came in appraised at $5,000 more than our offer! Jimmy Reed is extremely well versed with the market and even took two hours out his busy schedule during the week to educate us on the current market. No tricks or gimmicks, only the eagerness to work with us to accomplish our goal. Even after the sale was complete, they still helped us take care of things they didn't have to. Lastly, Kate Price was always on time and present to make sure that everything was ready for the walk through and showings we had. Throughout the entire experience we felt like the Reed team took us under their wing and were fiercely protective us, almost like we were part of their family.  -Roland D.H.

"I am so very happy that I chose Jimmy Reed to show me the house I recently purchased. I was following homes in my area on Zillow and when this home came on the market I was notified by email. I has read all the positive reviews about Jimmy Reed and called him to show me the house. He arranged an appointment to see the house that same day. The house had already been shown 5 times that day and was scheduled for many showings over the next few days. Based on Jimmy's expert advice I  made an offer the same night since he thought it would be sold by the end of the weekend. Jimmy knew the selling broker and vouched for my good credit (after referring me to a loan broker that same night) and encouraged him to take our offer. I know there were many backup offers and I truly feel that it was because of Jimmy's connections, expertise and experience that I was able to get the sellers to accept my offer so quickly. Jimmy handled the transaction like a real pro — he is very responsive (easy to reach at all hours of the day and night), tech savvy (I made the offer via iPhone), very familiar with the closing process and documents — and all of that made the transaction go quickly and smoothly. He advised me all along the way and even got bids and paid for some repairs not done by the seller just so I was not inconvenienced during the move. I cannot stress enough the importance of choosing the right broker — it means EVERYTHING in today's market. Just choose Jimmy and you will find (and more importantly close on) your dream home as I did.  -Dawn O.





Reviews may have been minimally edited for spelling or grammar (the review submission form doesn't have spelling or grammar check built in), and bolding has been added. The phrase "#1 South Orange County Realtor" is referring to the number of "Past Sales" (last 12 months) as reported on Zillow out of all agents specializing in South Orange County. This page is based on data as of April 2015/16.

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“To me, Jimmy Reed is the most knowledgable agent in South Orange County. I was selling my home and buying a new home at the same time and Jimmy handled both negotiations with the utmost skill. He has a thorough knowledge of all the geographical areas he covers, as well as personal relationships with other agents and lenders, which was a huge advantage in our two deals. His customer service is the best I have ever encountered and is always there to help and take responsibility for all the little details required in buying and selling property. Jimmy comes with my highest recommendation.”
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“Jimmy and his wife Lisa are a great team. Their knowledge and commitment to excellence has made the buying and selling experience much less stressful and more efficient for me and my wife. We've used them on several buying and selling transactions: their personal integrity makes all the difference. Starting with their assessment of our needs, thorough market research, communication and negotiation skills, deep legal understanding and extensive connections with trustworthy folks in related skills/service areas - I just won't use anyone else. Highly recommended.”
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