Mari is a true professional, a great negotiator, and a better friend that did a wonderful job from start to finish. As first-time homebuyers we anticipated this being the most intimidating and stressful experiences of our life, yet Mari made it so easy. She did a great job keeping us informed and helped us understand every detail of the process along the way. We purchased the third house we looked at and Mari worked hard to negotiate big money back, despite some seriously stubborn sellers. Thank you, Mari for helping us make the right decision and working meticulously to process everything so quickly.
It was a no brainer. We knew when we finally decided to buy, Mari would be the broker for us.
Mari Wines was very helpful and knowledgeable. She helped me to understand the whole process. I would definitely recommend her to my family or friends!
I started my home search with Mari about 3 years ago in search of my first home. I had no idea what I was doing or what to ask or how to look, but she and Stephanie guided me through everything and even guided me to ask specific questions for my own knowledge. We went through several neighborhoods together, a few budget changes and a good increase from my original idea and quickly learned what made sense for me while still getting what I wanted. Ultimately, after several offers not winning and even getting into a contract and backing out because I didn’t feel it was right, we ended up in 2019 and a house on Parker Ave. It appeared for me because Mari knew exactly what I was looking for, what my style was and especially what my deal breakers were. I can’t say enough how much that deep personal knowledge and attention made all the difference in searching for a home. We made the offer, got into contract and it was all smooth sailing from there. I had so many questions and each one got answered to the detail. Can’t say how nervous, anxious, and stressed out I would get but she definitely helped ease me through the whole process!
Can’t say enough to how excited I am for my first home, and how amazing it was working with Mari and her team to make my goal a reality!
Selling your first home is very bittersweet; it’s an emotional journey to let go and an exciting journey that empowers your future. When embarking on something like this it’s improtant that you find a company and an agent whom understand that journey and tailor their genuine approach and their strategies to it. Mari and the E3 team do just that. They have a well balanced approach to slowing down enough to identify what matters most to you while not detracting from the speed and velocity you desire when someone is taking action on your behalf of either the sale or purchase. Everyone’s situation is unique, in the case of my home sale I had moved across the country and informed Mari I would need a realtor who could function highly independent due to my new job; she not only was extremely considerate about my time, but she strategically created transactional and communication touch points that were most impactful for my remote home sale. Additionally she went above and beyond out of the kindness of her heart to step in at times when my family could not go to the property to take care of business that had arised. I can’t say enough about her, her approach and the way the team operates seamlessly together ! They have a client for life in me
Chris is a true professional that has integrity and did a great job keeping us informed. For me it was important that Chris kept us up to date with anything needed or any changes. I was really impressed that he never tried to pursuade us in any one direction but instead kept us in the loop of all different options and possibilities. He made the process easy and smooth but also made sure he had everything ahead of time so there were no hiccups. Thank you Chris for helping us make the right decision and working so diligently to process everything so quickly.
Chris Ristau was good at dealing with not only myself and my wife, but my parents since they were helping with the down money, they had input on choice of homes. I know in sales, too many decision makers makes things messy. On top of that, I ended up having to buy under a tight timeline. Due to the time pressure, I ended up looking all over the place and Chris rolled with it. We had a few failed bids and one failed escrow due to the home owner hiding 30-50 grand in foundation issues. I think we viewed thirty homes. These are things that can drive agents nuts. Chris kept his professionalism and always presented options in a logical matter. Never felt like he was pushing us to just buy anything so he could collect his commission. Instead, I felt like I had someone working to get the best option possible. It was a sellers market, which usually the buying agent works harder. There is no doubt Chris carried the work load getting us through escrow. As far as a real estate agent and loan agent, I think Chris Ristau is an excellent choice for anyone.
Before you get into my review, please know no one is paying me for this review and I am not afraid to call out flaws or issues, because no one is perfect. I have dealt with a range of agents over the years and Chris Ristau stands out from the other agents. I valued his knowledge with both real estate and financing, but also his willingness to research things. No one knows everything, but people who can do research will usually find the answers, but many agents do want to put in the effort. I was not a big spender, but I believe I got the same level of service a million dollar buyer would have gotten.
Chris is fast in answering questions, he is very knowledgeable in the real estate world. Chris is on top of things!!
Chris Ristau was awesome, he explained every step and touched basis with me very day no matter how small the detail.
Buying a house has to be one of the most intimidating transactions ever. Chris Ristau made this process very easy. He explained everything so well, he made us feel comfortable every step of the way! We are very happy with the work that Chris has done and he has become not only our broker for life, but also a great friend forever. I look forward buying my second home and using Chris as my broker.