It's been great having Alexey in our corner throughout the entire process.
He's been very patient about changes in our preferences and priorities when helping us search for a place. As we were getting a better hang of the market and what we personally wanted, he'd start adjusting, and giving us guidance on what tradeoffs we could take to afford what we needed and be competitive in the market.
Since he has strong background in construction, he's been giving a lot of advice on what amount of work each house would require, and what flaws are acceptable or not. We didn't have to do any inspections – our inspector was here with us, and he could tell us about everything: from foundation, roof and plumbing to appliances, windows and floor plan. We even had a good ballpark estimate on how much it'd cost to fix the house up.
The loan officer he recommended was hands down the most proactive and communicative person I've ever worked with, she's helped us close a week earlier, even though we had some setbacks in the process. Would 100% work with her again.
He also took an important part in winning our bid, convincing the seller that we'd be able to close fast and without issues, he had our loan officer vouch for us. Our bid wasn't the highest, but it won nevertheless, thanks to Alexey.
While we were in a contract, he's been helping answering the questions, negotiating smaller parts of the deal with the seller (insurance, minor pieces of furniture and appliances, etc). Thanks to this, we had a softer landing when we moved in.
Our relationship didn't end after we closed, he is still helping us with settling in, getting ideas of what to improve, when and how, sharing contacts of contractors he's worked with before.
Definitely looking forward to buying the next place with his help!