Shirley Scofield - Testimonials

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Selling a house in a recession requires strategic planning, diverse marketing options, diligence, patience and hard work.

  Obtaining  a fair value in a Buyer's Market further complicates matters.  I was fortunate to hve been provided the contact information for First Team through our company's  relocation company.  It was through an unsolicited telephone conversation that we decided to allow Ms. Scofield conduct her research and submit a proposal. I received proposals from three different realtors. In reviewing the proposals that included a comprehensive summary, marketing strategy and anticipated sale price on the higher end compared to the other two realtors, the selection process was an easy decision.  One of the realtors included, an individual living on the same street in my neighborhood. The marketing strategy did not include any makeover expenses and included means of highlighting the features of our house. This included minor cleaning and bringing natural light into the house for the viewing process. Within a week, we had an offer, however, the potential buyer had second thoughts. Ms. Scofield pursued "Open House" on three different occasions that included support staff and mortgage lenders at these events.  We were successful in locking in buyer with a forty five day escrow based on my request. There were several obstacles to be overcome prior to the closing and the new lending regulations. Once again, Ms. Scofield was relentless in insuring the timeliness of execution of critical items during this crucial period. In summary, I cannot help but provide high praise for Ms. Scofield's efforts; however, her efforts were substantiated with honesty, fair representation of her client as well as the potential buyer. Her genuine care and overall enjoyment of her work is reflected in not only the final outcome, but throughout the entire experience.  In summary, I would strongly recommend her to my family members, relatives and friends for their real estate needs. Archibald Pinto

We were beginning to believe that good, helpful and dedicated Customer Service was a thing of the past.

After unsuccessfully attempting to find a house in the price ranges and area that we felt safe in, and most we spoke didn't even failed to remember our name.  That was until we met Shirley Scofield with First Team Real Estate. The day after we talked to Shirley, we were on the road seeing homes that were in line with all of our requests. Within days our first bid had been placed on a home.  Being a "Short Sale", Shirley up front explained to us what to expect and how long it may take to get answers.  She kept in touch with the moment she had any information. Unfortunately what was thought to be the end of the long wait, the selling Bank suddenly change the sale to a foreclosure and requested that we increase our bid to stay in the running.  At Shirley's advice, we decided to continue to look for another opportunity.  Once again the very next day we were on the road looking at another home that was priced to sell.  It was perfect match and our bid went in that night and within a weeks we were able to move in.  Shirley's helpful concern, guidance, and understanding of our goals, made it a very professional and enjoyable adventure. Not only did we get the home we wanted, we found a friend. Her honesty, integrity, sincerity, and humor makes it easy for us to recommend her to anyone that is searching for real estate. Tom, Patty, and Kimi Madsen

We just want to thank you so much for selling house in Mira Loma.

  First you are the Best Realtor we ever had.  You always kept us updated on everything, like the Escrow and Inspections. If we had any questions about anything, you were more than helpful. Shirley you always made us feel so important. Now when friends ask us about the sell of our house we highly recommend you.  % rate you from 1 to 10  (10 the best), You are a 10 even more higher, because you always go out of your way to help.  Other Realtors we had in the past can't even hold a 1 to you. You are the Best.  Bob and Diane Malone

First Team Agent Shirley Scofield listed my home in Corona and managed the multiple offers as they came in to acceptance of one and back-up offers of others.

  She contacted and kept in constant communication with my Lender, counseled me on and submitted the various pieces of documentation needed by the Lender, submitted the offer and kept myself and the Buyers Agent informed regularly and often, and when a major complication arose---the passing away of my Buyer--she barely skipped a beat, and we put the house back on the market. Again we received multiple offers, again submitting the best one to the Lender, and maintaining a constant line of communication with all parties, through Escrow  with a demanding and difficult Buyer, on to the closing and transfer of keys. Shirley is MY Agent for Life and I have recommended her to many other potential property Sellers I know, as well as family members in the market  for a home purchase.  Linda Schofiled

We are an active duty Military Family, moved frequently.

2003 we received orders to relocate from Northern Virginia to Southern California, we requested an agent referral through a Real Estate network from Virginia, thus we wer introduced to Ms. Schofield.  Initially our communications were through e-mail and phone, as a result Shirley was able to determine preferred location, price range of homes and desires. When we arrived in March for a 5 day house hunting trip, we were able to select a home after looking with Shirley for 2 days. We are convinced the reason it took such a short time is due to the preparation work Shirley did prior to arriving. She ably identified our needs and desires and previewd over 30 homes before we met her. She had a terrific package for us to preview with comments on all the homes she visited and discounted, plus all the ones she wanted us to visit. We finished our search with time available to look at schools for our daughter, research utilities and lay the ground work for arrival in June. While we were back East, Shirley was on top of all the negotions for us and ably represented us in our absence.  Paul and Stephanie DeSimone

We obtained Shirley Scofield's services to assist us in buying a home.

  We stumbled upon her via one of her property listings. In this very difficult market we had used several agents that provided only marginal services.  To us, Shirley was a godsend.  We gave her a list of what we were looking for in our new home along with price range. In the real estate world of short sales and repossessions as luck would have it, the home we wanted was a short sale.  At one point the house almost went into repossession as the listing agent wasn't minding the property notifications.  Shirley did everything necessary to keep the home in short sale status and us as the buyers of the property. To Shirley's credit by late June 2010 we  were handed the keys to our new home and moving in. Shirley has a stellar work ethic. She is personable, punctual, professional, friendly, and determined to assist her clients until they are in their new home. We highly recommend Shirley Scofield. Henry and Patricia Choate

Shirley recently sold the house of friends of ours and came highly recommended.

  Shirley looked over our property and told us up front what our value would be, what we would need to do to sell our home, and what the market trend was.  She was right on the mark.  She held several open houses on Sunday's, and worked very hard for us. She also kept us up to date at all times, and was always there for good sound advice. I can think of no other person that I would want to handle the sale of my house. Andy Brown

In spring of 2006 we received orders back to the East Coast.

Initially we intended to sell our house and thus listed it with Shirley.  The market had just hit it's peak and began to slow.  Although we adjusted our sale price, we decided to lease the home in lieu of sale in hopes the market would soon turn around.  Without hesitation, Shirley found a renter for our property and became our property manager.  During the time it was rented we had two separate tenants, Shirley stayed on top of all the issues and saw them through to solution in a timely manner.  Although we were all the way across the country, we had the utmost confidence in her due to her tenacity and knowledge of the real estate business. We returned in the summer of 2009, once again used Shirley to work our real estate transactions.  Taking advantage of the down market, Shirley was able to sell the home we purchased in 2003, and work a short sale purchase for us on another home in the Temecula Wine Country.  This all took place in about a 3 month's period of time.  With a slow market and even slower processing of short sale transactions, accomplishing all this is remarkable and notable.  Only an agent with incredible skills and knowledge could have worked this for us.  Additionally, in 2009 my elderly mother and her husband moved to Temecula from Florida and Shirley previewed and represented them in purchasing their new home as well. Shirley has done an amazing job representing us on several occasions. Her knowledge, experience, technical and people skills set her apart from any other agent we used.  Her preparation and research makes it easier for folks transitioning into an area to gain insite into the market and feasible alternatives.  We have and will continue to recommend Shirley to folks we know are interested in real estate in our area.  We know Shirley will do just as great of a job for them as she did for us, it's simply her way of doing business. Paul and Stephanie DeSimone

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