I unreservedly recommend Kim Arenas as listing agent for someone selling a high-end home. I am not a real estate professional, but I have engaged in over a dozen real estate transactions over the years, and worked with many realtors. While I have known Kim personally for several years, I had not worked professionally with her until recently. Together we worked on a fairly complicated transaction involving a premium single family home. She was indefatigable in seeing the transaction through to closing.
On a personal level I know Kim as a woman of high energy, high integrity, and a buoyant personality. But until recently I did not really know Kim as a professional. Having worked through two recent transactions, I can attest that her market knowledge, enthusiasm, honesty and – perhaps most importantly – tenacity make her an excellent choice for a realtor.
I work in finance and am constantly working on transactions large and small. Of course my deals are of a very different nature. But in evaluating people I have a simple metric that I use, normally keeping it to myself. I divide the world of professionals I deal with into “closers” and everybody else. I think that after 25 years in finance I can identify such people. The proof is in the closing. There are always 10 reasons why a transaction will fail. Some people manage to tackle obstacle after obstacle until the deal is done and the checks are cleared. Kim is such a person. I recognize in her that tenaciousness that leads to success. Plus, she’s a lot of fun to work with and uncompromising in her professional integrity.
When I consider selling, I would not hesitate to enlist Kim as the listing agent. And I would be confident that she would get the home sold at the best price.
Susan and Jeffrey Frank
599 Harrison Ave.
Harrison, NY 10528
Having lived in our home for over 35 years, admittedly we had no idea what to expect regarding the process of selling a house, especially in today’s volatile market. We needed a special someone who could lead us by the hand; explaining the processes and procedures without overwhelming us with facts, charts and statistics. We got far and beyond that. Though we had previously met Kim, a mutual friend highly recommended her for the job.
Kim was well-informed of the market, and kept us informed as well. We weren’t disinterested, we just wanted to have faith and confidence in the abilities of our broker. She and her company evaluated the market and the comparable properties both fairly and realistically. This was highly evident by the initial pricing of our house. Within two weeks, we had an acceptable offer on our house in a market where many houses sat for months.
Kim’s pleasant, easy manner was refreshing. Her truthfulness was appreciated, and her advice was impeccable yet flexible. Despite her amicable nature, during negotiations with our buyers broker (and their lawyer at the closing) her tenaciousness surfaced and she stood her ground. Kim helped to stage the house, had two brokerage open houses and three public open houses within two weeks and did all this with a genuine smile on her face. She even helped us find a reliable moving company. Everyone talks about the ordeals they experience when selling a house. We don’t have any “horror” stories and attribute this to Kim Arenas. She went far and above what we ever expecting from our broker from our initial meeting to the closing and beyond.
I wanted to thank you for your role in helping us find and purchase our new home. It was quite a process selecting a home to raise our three girls and your guidance, support, market knowledge and very strong negotiating skills proved valuable to us getting to the closing table! The market in Rye was challenging for us to learn in terms of understanding pricing, school districts, neighborhoods and comparing inventory as it became available. Your local knowledge was very helpful and we are grateful for the time you put in.
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"I highly recommend working with Kim to purchase a home. She is the most diligent and resourceful real estate agent we have ever worked with. She is excellent at following up, and is tireless in running comps and finding the overlooked opportunities. We were buying a home during a volatile time in the housing market and she really earned our trust with
all of her hard work." -
J.R. Rye, New York "
"Congratulations on your outstanding sales achievements in 2009. Under very challenging market conditions, you were among the leaders throughout the entire company in helping clients complete successful home sales and purchases.
We are pleased to formally recognize you for achieving the following sales milestone in 2009:
Platinum Award- Top 10% of Houlihan Lawrence Sales Agents.
You should be justly proud of your achievement... an Agent in the top 30% at Houlihan Lawrence ranks among the top 10% in our [Westchester Putnam] MLS.
You represent the best of the best."
Steven Meyers, CEO Houlihan Lawrence
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