As first time home buyers we were novice to a lot of things like deciding on a community, a lender, or even understanding our own likes and dislikes in a house. A lot of these seemed very overwhelming until we met Tim Thornton. In our first meeting itself we walked out with a great deal of information, do and don'ts, and felt a lot confident in taking the first step in home buying process. Tim is very knowledgeable, personable, and invests a great deal of time and energy in helping his clients in choosing their right house. The best thing about Tim is that he is available round the clock to assist his clients answering their questions or concerns. At times we have called Tim at 7:30 in the morning or even at 11:00 in the night with a laundry list of questions and got answers for all of them. He has demonstrated a great deal of patience in listening to us, and we never felt rushed during a conversation either on phone or in person. His calm and pleasant demeanor put us in our comfort zone and we always felt like talking to a friend and not to a realtor. Tim has a great depth of knowledge about every community in Greater Austin area like schools, community growth, and most important of all - Bang for the Buck!
Tim has a strong understanding of every component in a loan application. We were well equipped while negotiating rates / closing costs with multiple lenders. We feel extremely satisfied about the whole process of loan approval because of all the knowledge Tim had given to us. I suggest his future clients to carry a notebook and pen whenever they meet him, as there can be tons of invaluable information :)
Tim displayed excellent negotiating skills before we entered the contract. His expertise in negotiating not only on the sale price, but also in drafting the contract in a way that the seller was bound to get certain things done before closing date is truly impressive. We are extremely happy and satisfied with how things were handled during this process. He was able to give a lot of inputs on the house inspection reports on things which were important and things which could be overlooked. This helped us to add an amendment to the contract, and Tim was able to convince the listing agent and seller as to why they need to fix something. We couldn't have asked for more smoother / stress free process of negotiating than this. I must say his years of experience dealing with multiple situations, people, and tracking changes in the way contracts are written has given him an edge as compared with many other realtors.
Another great quality of Tim is in his ability to understand people's cultural backgrounds, their beliefs, and their ways of life. In our case, he was able to get our perspective of an "ideal home" and from the second day itself he was showing us houses which we liked. This helped us to find our current home within 8 days after meeting Tim for the first time.
Tim is honest, caring, and down-to-earth person. He kept our interests in the forefront, and never hesitated to bring something of concern in a property even when we expressed our inclination towards one. This helped us avoid a tunnel vision or getting carried away and in making decisions logically before investing our emotions into a house. We are not sure how many realtors would do such a thing when they know that; earlier a client closes on a house, sooner they can get their commission. Tim has shown a lot of care and concern in our home buying process and we respect him for that.
We recommend Tim to anybody who is looking for buying or selling a property. His years of experience, coupled with in-depth knowledge, helped us to find our first home without much stress. We are glad to have met Tim and would love to do business once again when the time comes :)
Keep rocking Tim!! :)