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Cephas Butler
Cephas Butler CalBRE #01139164
(46 reviews)
Overall star rating: 5.0
Past 3 months: 5.0
Closed clients: 5.0
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Condo seller in San Jose
We recently sold our nice condo in the heart of downtown San Jose and bought another nearby with Cephas' superior service and results. I highly recommend Cephas to anyone who is especially downsizing or upsizing. The process is complex, but Cephas is your man. He has your best interest at heart and truly cares about your bottom line. Cephas and his team will help you simplify the buying and selling processes by walking you through every step of the way and getting the results that you desire. Although he helped us bought and Sold over 2 years ago, it was more challenging this time around for the year end holidays, limited inventory and lack of desirable homes. With Cephas' great patience, strong listening skills and attention to details, he helped us seized the opportunity and sealed the deal. We got the price and the condo that we longed for; thanks to Cephas' strong market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills. Besides, he exceeded our expectations of all aspects of the sale and the purchase for we trusted him with his great advice and recommendations. I am very please with the end results for Cephas' exceptional service, responsiveness, and professionalism. I look forward to working with him again.
It was difficult and it took me over a year to decide and find a suitable replacement home before putting up my house for sale. The challenge was to get in contract for the sale asap and leverage it to get in contract for my replacement home soon after before it was sold. Thanks to Cephas’ experience, market knowledge, strategy, and negotiation skills, my house was sold in 7 days with 10 offers and $45,000 over list price; besides, we got in contract for my purchase within 3 days with $5,000 less than list price. Wow, that was an unbelievable right? But working with Cephas, anything was possible for his optimistic, persistent and confident. With Cephas’ dedication, professionalism and attention to details, he was exceptional in all aspects of the sale and the purchase. Cephas is the finest real estate agent in the business and I was lucky to work with him. Like Cephas, his business contacts are quick, knowledgeable, and professionals with exceptional service. I highly recommend Cephas to those I know and I look forward to working with him again.
Home buyer in San Jose
Cephas helped us finding the right home in the neighborhood that we like. He guided us through all the steps of the home buying process. He is very professional and knows very well the market. He does his "homework" before any house visit. At each house visit Cephas knew all the details and pros&cons about the home and the area. Cephas was always accessible over email or phone. Even in the weekends and evenings whenever we had questions or needed guidance with paperwork he was there for us. His expertise, patience(especially with first time buyers like us who have a ton of questions) and fast response made the whole home buying process very smooth. We would recommend Cephas to any one who is looking to buy a property.
Home seller in San Jose
Cephas helped us finding the right home in the neighborhood that we like. He guided us through all the steps of the home buying process. He is very professional and knows very well the market. He does his "homework" before any house visit. At each house visit Cephas knew all the details and pros&cons about the home and the area. Cephas was always accessible over email or phone. Even in the weekends and evenings whenever we had questions or needed guidance with paperwork he was there for us. His expertise, patience(especially with first time buyers like us who have a ton of questions) and fast response made the whole home buying process very smooth. We would recommend Cephas to any one who is looking to buy a property.
I recently worked with an excellent realtor in San Jose and his name is Cephas Butler ... He went above and Beyond his duties selling my mother's house; he had great marketing ideas and much patience while working with us ... Resulting in a record time sale and ultimately getting us a great price for the house. We need more agents like him in the Business.
Townhome buyer in San Jose
Cephas was persistent and calm during unexpected turbulence in the loan closing.
Cephas was persistent and calm during unexpected turbulence in the loan closing.
Home seller in San Jose
My Husband, Bill, met Cephas almost 20 years ago when he first knocked on our door. Since then, we got to know one another and became good friends. Even long after Bill died, Cephas never stops coming by to visit and babysat my dog, Fluffy, many times when I went out of town and even during escrow recently. Cephas is kind, caring and generous. He often cooks and delivers his 3-day-marinated BBQ chicken, Salmon, and veggies to me and the seniors in the neighborhood. During Christmas, he delivers a bag of goodies to all of us to enjoy and plays Santa at Christmas in the park. Cephas is a wonderful man and the best realtor in town who truly cares about your well-being and your bottom line. He always there with great suggestions or answers whenever I have questions about real estate or remodeling. Like Cephas, his partner, Lynn Truong, is a sweetheart, kind, and caring. Together, they are the dream team. Within 10 days, they helped me packed, moved, renovated, and sold my house for $50,000 more than I ever imagined. They sometimes worked after Midnight to get my home ready and staged it themselves to save me money and for top dollar. Wow, they went above and beyond; they sure exceeded my great expectations. We had 7 offers in 7 days and closed in 28 days. I've been blessed having them as friends and had a wonderful experience working with them. I highly recommend Cephas Butler & Lynn Truong to anyone who is thinking of buying or selling. Call them today, you'll be glad you did.
Home seller in San Jose
The single most important point from our recent home sale was how smoothly it went. From the first moment of starting the listing to the final closure there was nothing myself or my wife needed to worry about. Cephas' excellent advice on maximing the value of the house right at the beginning - replacing the old guttering - really improved the kerb appeal and I am sure helped sell the house. Further, whenever we had a question we got an immediate response and the necessary information. Overall we were very satisfied and have already mentioned to several friends to contact Cephas when they come to sell their homes.
Townhome buyer in San Jose
Cephas helped us sell our home and find a home at great location and at a great price. Throughout the process Cephas let us know what was going on and what to expect. His professionalism really showed and the entire process was quick and painless. Thanks to Cephas and his entire team we sold at our asking price and bought our new home below the appraisal. Not only was Cephas helpful in negotiating the sell and purchase of the homes but he also helped with the little stuff, such as helping us get rid of our old washer and drier and convincing the seller to leave their washer and drier. I will definitively use Cephas in the future and would recommend Cephas to anyone looking to buy or sell their home.
Cephas helped us sell our home and find a home at great location and at a great price. Throughout the process Cephas let us know what was going on and what to expect. His professionalism really showed and the entire process was quick and painless. Thanks to Cephas and his entire team we sold at our asking price and bought our new home below the appraisal. Not only was Cephas helpful in negotiating the sell and purchase of the homes but he also helped with the little stuff, such as helping us get rid of our old washer and drier and convincing the seller to leave their washer and drier. I will definitively use Cephas in the future and would recommend Cephas to anyone looking to buy or sell their home.
Condo buyer in Santa Cruz
We recently purchased a property with Cephas as our agent. He was an excellent choice because of his honesty, patience, and market knowledge. He was honest with us about the pros and cons of each property, and listened carefully to our concerns and desires as we shared our thoughts with him. This allowed him to find properties that suited our desires and specific situation. He patiently helped us look at several properties each time we got together which allowed us to make a good choice as to the property we chose to buy. His market knowledge was instrumental in helping to find the property that best suited our needs.
Home buyer in Hayward
Cephas is phenomenal for his local knowledge, attention to Detail, and responsiveness. He gained my trust for his dedication, experience, and professionalism. He is upfront with everything and tells it like it is. Thank God I found Cephas over 3 years ago and my life has changed for the better ever since. Cephas helped me buy and sell my house in Santa Cruz County to purchase the latest one in Alameda County. Soon after Cephas helped me sell my house for $30,000 over list price, he was working day and night to help me purchase my current home. Due to low inventory and competitive multiple offer’s market, Cephas was showing me for over 5 months; we looked at over 40 homes due to lack of desirable homes and within my price range below $380,000. Cephas never gave up and his hard work paid off when he found me the perfect home. Regardless of the challenging market and we had to compete with 15 other offers, Cephas amazingly got my offer accepted at a lower price than 2 other offers for his award winning offer presentation and persuasion. With his strong communication and negotiable skills, he got me a $10,000 price. This is my 3rd transaction with Cephas over a 3 year period and he gets better every time. Everything is possible when you work with Cephas. He’s my real estate guru and he is as good as it gets. I highly recommend Cephas to anyone who wants great results in buying or selling real estate.
Cephas was a delightful to work with, he is very knowledgeable. He was always available to answer any of my questions and got back to me very quickly. He first sold me my first house and when I was getting ready to sell my house I knew I would use Cephas again, no question in my mind. He has such a great work ethic he was always friendly, funny, knowledgeable just great guy all around! I highly recommend Cephas you will NOT be disappointed in him. SOLID GUY AND HONEST!
Home buyer in Campbell
Cephas Butler spent over 3 months this summer searching and personally checking out new listings in San Jose, Campbell, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale Areas, that we were interested in. We live in San Diego, but we wanted to invest in a 3 bedrooms, 2 baths home under $900,000 for our daughter and her 3 sons. It took great patience on his part for talking with us regularly and emailing us all the reports and disclosures for numerous properties promptly. If we like the looks of the listings, he would drive over to check out the neighborhood and the properties day or night before he reported back to us his findings with additional pictures. With the current seller’s market and limited inventory, we made 4 offers on 4 different properties and finally, we got accepted for the house that we wanted before our 1031 exchange time period expired. Luckily, we got a nice updated house and below list price due to Cephas’ strong negotiation skills. More importantly, we successfully closed escrow in less than 3 weeks. Mr. Butler made the whole buying process go smoothly and helped us find repairmen in the area and movers too. We just can’t thank him enough for his diligence in helping us find a nice home and his consistent good nature through the home buying process. He is very competent and really paid attention to our budget and what we wanted in a property. I highly recommend Cephas Butler for all your real estate needs.
Home seller in San Jose
Cephus was efficient, professional and straight forward in tackling his duties and in my eyes went far above and beyond the performance of other realtors I have seen in action over my life. I would not hesitate to recommend Cephus as he seems to thrive on finding solutions to the many difficult challenges that can arise during the selling and buying process. In addition, I have never known a realtor to dig right in with pulling weeds, trimming trees, fixing nail holes, helping with liquidation sales and getting out his tools when needed. I am completely satisfied with Cephus and his team.
Home buyer in San Jose
Cephas was the best guide and advocate that we could have had throughout the stressful process of purchasing a new home. His intimate knowledge of the Silicon Valley real estate market and the San Jose area in particular, lead us to a first-time-out successful bid, and a home in a neighborhood where we fit-in and were immediately made welcome. From bid to close, Cephas was patient, attentive to our needs, quickly available, informative and extremely diplomatic and tolerant regarding our many questions. His experience, dependable honesty, and the integrity with which he dealt with every aspect of the purchase was invaluable to my husband and I. We both feel fortunate that Cephas was our agent and highly recommend him.
Cephas was able to suggest a good offer and work with the seller's agent, resulting in the seller's immediate acceptance of our offer on her house, and saving us from bidding wars. He took care of all the details needed on our end to successfully close. We probably would not have been able to get the house without him.
Home buyer in Watsonville
Cephas was very knowledgeable and helpful every step through the home buying process. He was always available to answer questions and concerns along the way. I highly recommend him.
Townhome seller in Watsonville
Cephas was responsive and knowledgeable. He knew exactly what we needed to do and no matter the issue he was prepared and handled our sale with expertise.
Home buyer in Hollister
Cephas truly cares for his neighbors where he knew my parents; he has been dropping by periodically with the market update or just to say hi. Besides, he has been dropping off gifts around the holidays for the last 13 years. Thanks to my parents who highly recommended Cephas and who I gladly hired to achieve the exceptional results that I desired. Cephas was dedicated, responsive, trustworthy, and went out of his way at every turn to resolve any issue that came up. With Cephas’ diligent, experience, and perseverance, we successfully closed two escrows on the sale of my current home and the new purchase of my replacement home in 38 days. As a result, I only moved once with free rent back and completely moved in before Thanksgiving. That is hard to beat in this hot seller’s market and I can’t ask for more in an exceptional agent like Cephas. He is a miracle worker in every way and he has great ability to see things before they come up. I highly recommend Cephas to anyone who is thinking of buying or investing in real estate. He will help you realize and accomplish all your real estate goals.
I was selling my father’s home and it needed a little TLC to prepare for the sale. Since I live 100 miles away, I was at a loss for who to contact for cleaning, window washing, painting, carpet, bathroom remodel, staging, etc. But not to worry! Cephas referred me to all of the contractors and, to my surprise, even arranged for quotes the first day I met him at the house. That saved so much time! Cephas worked tirelessly and went beyond the call of duty on many occasions. He tackled each phase in the process with patience, diligence, and integrity. From guiding me through the sales process and related paperwork to taking items to Goodwill, trimming branches, watering plants, shopping for home improvement items, and meeting with inspectors and appraisers in my absence -- he went far beyond the scope of what a realtor would normally do. Since I wasn’t local, this was such a tremendous help and a blessing. He stayed in constant communication with me and responded to my inquires quickly. Thanks to Cephas’ experience, knowledge of the market, and strategy the house sold in 10 days and far over listing price. In my opinion, I would give him 10 stars if I could. Cephas is simply the best!
Home buyer in Corralitos
I can't even imagine a better RE agent than Cephas. He was phenomenal in all aspects of the purchase. He provides the buyer with the confidence of an "old timer" through frequent and personal updates and observations. He is persistent and aggressive at moving the real estate process forward. Cephas has the experience to identify then resolve issues before they can impact the sale. His business contacts are of the same caliber as Cephas, fast, knowledgeable and courteous service. Without question, I truly believe that Cephas, is the finest R.E. agent in the business. This is our fourth home purchase and I have never had a better business relationship with any agent. Cephas in my opinion is one of the best business assets that I've had the experience to witness.
Home seller in San Jose
Cephas and his partner, Lynn Truong are exceptional! They exceeded our expectations from the beginning to the end of the transaction for the sale of our home in Willow Glen. Cephas and Lynn are both professional, knowledgeable, dedicated, sincere and their follow through was impeccable! Their support & friendship through our personal situation was above and beyond a Realtor's responsibility. Cephas & Lynn are both genuine, caring people who really know how to service their Clients from cleaning, organizing, offering meals and thoughtful gestures through closing! They should be designated with the "Hearts of Gold" medal! I would highly recommend them to family and friends as a Realtor that you can trust and depend on for a life time.
Home seller in San Jose
I was selling my uncle's home for an estate. Chepas was the perfect choice. He and Lynn Truong did an amazing job! I honestly never felt nervous or stressed. Everything they said they were going to do happened with no follow up from me. I live three hours away, so I had to rely on both Chepas and Lynn for so many things. The painters, contractors and staging company that they chose were top notch and very fair. They kept me far away from any drama and even watered the flowers for me!! I would work with them again without ANY hesitation. Thank you both so much from the bottom of my heart! :) P.S. Every phone call I placed was returned promptly! Very nice work!
Home buyer in Watsonville
Working with Cephas made it easy for us to realize our dream retirement home came true so quickly at a small senior community that was difficult to find with other realtors for months. Even though our purchase was small, we were treated like royalty. He drove us every time we went out house hunting from Santa Clara to Boulder Creek and Watsonville; then he bought us dinner when possible. He even went out his way to preview a home way out in Seaside. I have never dreamed that a realtor would do this much work. Thank you Cephas for your dedication, perseverance, great patience and listening skills that helped us acquire this nice home in this competitive market; your strong communication and negotiating skills gained us an extra $1,800 besides closing escrow earlier than the contractual time and hassle free.
Home seller in San Jose
Thanks to Cephas' great patience, negotiation skills and perseverance, my nightmare short sale of 6 months is finally Closed recently. Thanks to his years of experience, diligent and huge help with evicting two hostile tenants with small children that made it very difficult and complicated.As a result, I highly recommend Buyers or sellers to work with Cephas to get the best outcome and receive the highest service possible.
Home buyer in Ben Lomond
All I have to say is if you are in the market to buy or sell a home; Cephas is the person you want! He was professional, patient, and always answered any question I had. He dealt with a awful Realtor on the sellers end to make sure that me, as the buyer, got the home of my dreams. Thank you Chepas! You are the BEST!!!
Cephas was very gracious. He drove a long way to show us this property after work one evening. He answered all our questions and offered useful information. He is patient and a good listener. We had one visit to this property and have not made an offer yet. So my review reflects the one site visit and the ensuing emails related to the visit.
Home buyer in Danville
I grew up in Maryland for over 30+ years and moved to Dublin for almost two years ago, I have a hard time deciding where to live and invest in my first home from Pacifica, Santa Cruz to Contra Costa County. After 6 long months of looking, making offers, and frustrating with the lack of inventory, good location, and good price, I finally bought my first home in one of the best neighborhoods in Danville. Thanks to Cephas’ great market knowledge, negotiation skills, patience, and perseverance, I was able to acquire my dream home that has everything I ever dreamed off. As a young attorney and a Cash buyer for up to $1.2 Million, I never thought buying a home in the bay area would be so competitive and difficult to get accepted. Again, thanks to Cephas’ 21+ years of experience and going the extra mile to get me into contract quickly, close the transaction smoothly and stress free in a timely manner. I highly recommend Cephas to anyone who is buying or selling property since I doubt that another Realtor could do a better job.
Townhome buyer in Dublin
Working with Cephas = dedication, patience, and perseverance. Over 6 months, we submitted 14 offers; even though I had proverbially thrown in the towel, Cephas was very patient and uplifting. This house we won had met all of my initially desired requests. Overall, very on point. Thank you.
Home buyer in Tracy
Cephas is woderful ro woek wih. He takes time to know the buyer's needs and budget and will work hard to match the two and he keeps you informed throughout the process.
Home seller in San Jose
Cephas handled all transactions very professionally. He made sure our home sold quickly and smoothly.
Prospective seller
He showed us more homes as we requested during a contract. He showed up always on time and had answers ready. He managed to fit our crazy schedule to meet us. Yap, we could rely on him to purchase our new home. He is very reliable, knowledgable realtor and has great communication skills.   He knows the area's history and can provide a great insight into the property values.
Home buyer in Scotts Valley
Cephas lead my husband and I through our first home purchase, and boy was it a doozy! He was so wonderful to work with though, meeting us when we were available (which is hard because my husband is a teacher and works long hours). He was understanding of the market, and knew that when we found the one we wanted we needed to move on it quick. He knew how to work with other agents, and all of the professional references he gave us, from mortgage handler to termite inspector were reliable, affordable and showed the same quick response time that Cephas did. Even when we were scared that the house purchase might be in jeopardy because one of the owners passed away, Cephas was right on top of the situation making sure that our dream home didn't get away, and now we're moving in! I would happily recommend Cephas to any of my friends or family, and if you're shopping for a house in either Santa Clara or Santa Cruz county he's the man with the knowledge and the know-how to get you the house you want.
Home buyer in Ben Lomond
Cephas was wonderful, so professional. He did not give up even when I was ready to. I was really asking for a very specific piece of property within a near impossible price range, and had a definite idea where it should be. This house was all in my head, and I was asking for the moon, but he never, ever said it was not possible and he found just what I wanted at a great price and he put in extra hours when I had to depart on a business trip to Australia while all the documentation was going through. Thank you Cephas, you are the best!
Cephas responded immediately to my message and was most helpful. I have full faith that he will find just the right piece of property for me.
When I decided to purchase a home here I took a chance and called Zip realty on a Saturday afternoon. Minutes later I received a call from Cephas and he proceeded to identify and show me many houses in the area that were within my price range., I ,in fact, decided to purchase one of those houses about a week later. Cephas's attention to detail and responsiveness allowed me to accomplish the closing in a timely manner. His understanding of the area and the process allowed us to be accepted on the first offer. I would recommend him for anyone serious about purchasing a house in the San Jose area. I guarantee that you will be satisfied with the performance and professionalism of Cephas. Boy am I really glad that he was the one who responded to my request from Zip Realty.
I am impressed with Cephas's quickness in response to my request. We never met before. I called him at 6 ish pm, he returned my call within an hour. By 10 pm in the evening, he had picked out 5 properties to see the next day and for me to get to know them. We saw all the properties in next afternoon, the offer was sent the following day. It would not have happened without his hard work and great communication skill. He has good knowledge of the properties and knows what he is selling and what is worth to see. Acting fast is important in today's real estate market. He could have ignored my call or taken time to get back to me like many other agents did. Those agents are real losers.
Home buyer in Oakland
Cephas is a down to earth straight forward guy which was a welcomed surprise being new to the Bay Area. He was diligent in answering questions and working with the lender and other parties to facilitate the purchase of our home. We were greatly pleased with his commitment (sometimes answering phone calls and responding to emails during late night hours.) Cephas went above and beyond to aid in the transition into the home. He even aided with finding contractors to do renovations after the purchase of the home (while we were out of town.)
Home buyer in Brookdale
In a few words- I couldn't be happier with my agent! he was thorough, knowledgeable, patient, and on the ball at all times. I was always amazed how quickly he'd return my calls or emails. He made me feel like my purchase was very important. I truly appreciate his diligence, like when he drove over to my property in pouring rain and storm to meet with a contractor and ended up taking photos of the water damage to the utility room which eventually saved me $2,500 on the final purchase price! I would highly recommend Cephas to friends and family:-)
Home buyer in Scotts Valley
Cephas worked until late night putting together an offer for me on what turned out to be a very attractive short sale. The following morning we were the first to place an offer on the house - beating out two other offers - and had the offer immediately accepted. He hung in there patiently during the whole process dealing with the banks, etc., and in the end I'm the happy owner of a new home!
Home seller in San Jose
HEy Ceph, you did a great job, Thanks for working all ends of the deal, I'm glad you were able to do it. Let me know when something else comes up. Appreciate the hard work.
Home buyer in Boulder Creek
Cephas was very professional and fun to work with. He worked very hard to find me the right house. I would highly recomment Cephas.
Home buyer in Watsonville
Great knowledge and was great to
Cephas was knowledgeable and very courteous. He listened to our needs and worked well with us.
Home seller in San Jose
Cephas sold our house fast just like we needed him to do, Thanks again. Cephas
Home seller in San Jose
You don't just get one agent, you get Cephas and Lynn! Both together are great, and sold my house within a week of the open house for above list. Cephas really knew the market and both the area I was selling and buying in.
Home buyer in Hollister
Cephas is a five star agent. He was great from start to finish. Thank alot for the expert assistance. Danny&Denise Fullen
Home buyer in San Jose
When come to home buying, Cephas' team is the right choice. He knows what he's doing, getting the home you want and the price you want for....and to me that's the most important. I strongly recommend him to anyone who want to buy or selling their homes. Cephas is the best agent that I have worked with.
Home buyer in Boulder Creek
Cephas was outstanding! He went beyond and above my expectations, he is a great guy. We could of not had a better realator. I will absolutely recommend him for other people to work with. An outstanding realator! Susan
Home buyer in Watsonville
Cephas was completely focused on the task at hand in finding me a relocation home in CA from Boston and always responded immediatley with concerns and questions. He is has enormous integrity.
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