Tim was an exceptional agent throughout the entire process. He is patient, honest, and genuine. Throughout the process I felt he was far more concerned with finding the right house for my needs within my budget and preferred areas of Raleigh than with simply getting the sale. He understood what I was looking for and what my priorities were, so he could evaluate the properties objectively with and for me. Similarly, he was willing to take me to view as many houses as I wanted but was up front about eliminating houses that I didn't realize were in (or next to) undesirable areas or that would be hard to break even on for a resale down the line.
When I found a home I wanted to make an offer on, he provided valuable and practical guidance as to what he thought the most effective offers and counter offers should be - which is exactly what a first-time buyer like myself needed. He could guesstimate what the next counter offer would be (fairly accurately) and make strategic suggestions accordingly. I knew what to expect all along, so there weren't really any surprises throughout the process. Impressively, he was a creative thinker when it came to negotiations as well; he had alternative suggestions of allowances and things to add to the "package" that could make the overall house cost less without actually reducing the asking price as much (which appeased my particular seller). As we progressed through the process he was also a great resource for suggestions on financing options, closing attorneys, etc.
Beyond that, he has a very calming personality; the process can be stressful and unnerving, but whenever I was having a bit of anxiety or fear he could calm me down with his expert knowledge and understanding of the process and all of the elements of the sale. He could walk me through the logistics which satisfied my Type-A need for control in a process you have limited control over.
Ultimately, I got a great townhome in a popular area of Raleigh that met my budget restrictions while including all of my "needs" and the majority of my "wants." I wouldn't hesitate to work with Tim again or to refer him to anyone else.