Testimonials

"I highly recommend them!"

"The Harriman's recently handled the sale of my home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I really appreciated the effort they put in to make all the tasks as painless as possible; e.g., they managed to arrange all the inspections in a single day when I said that would work best for me.

They were quick to respond to any email, phone or text message and they always kept me informed of what was happening. Whenever I asked for advice or help, they offered it, but they also let me set the pace and didn’t pressure me or try to influence any of the important decisions. At every step I felt that they acted with integrity and courtesy not just towards me but also towards everyone else involved.

In summary, they were professional, organized, and a just a joy to work with. I highly recommend them!" - Terri Foster

"Thanks for taking the time needed to find the perfect home for us!"

"The Harriman's are the perfect team to find you the perfect home in the mountains. They take the time to truly understand your needs. Though we were new to the area, having moved from Toronto Canada, they were like old friends that knew our tastes and the mountains so well... Little time was spent looking at properties that didn't suit us. Thanks for taking the time needed to find the perfect home for us!" - Greg and Janice Philpott

"We could not have asked for more."

"The Harriman's make an incredible team; truly a dynamic that together exceeded all our expectations when we were searching for our dream home in the mountains. They are highly detail oriented and possess vast knowledge of real estate contracts, finance and negotiations; very responsive and always reachable. They accomplished the near-impossible, a contingent sale in the San Francisco Bay Area! They are also some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, and personally invest themselves in your real estate dreams. We could not have asked for more." - Derek and Zoila Wichmann

"I would not consider using any other realtors."

"We have bought and sold numerous properties in the Bay Area but never have had realtors as good as the Harrimans. They take the sale of your house seriously and personally. You never have to ask "where is the realtor?" Why isn't she holding the house open? They literally held the house open every weekend. They anticipated problems with the buyer and dealt with them. We told them how much we wanted and they brought the deal in on the dollar. They offered to pay for a stager to advise us, ----which totally surprised us how much it helped. Please call me if you have any additional questions (408-781-3913). I would not consider using any other realtors." - Linda Wright

"The Harriman team magnifique!"

"The Harriman team magnifique! In the spring and summer of 2015, they helped us to find our mountain top dream home (writing the offer while away on vacation), then quickly turned around and sold our suburban ranch faster than we thought possible. Throughout, they brought wisdom, patience and understanding to help calm our anxiety through two nearly simultaneous sales. As the needs arose, they summoned inspectors, plumbers, painters, stagers and a geologist, all of whom bent over backwards fit us in to their packed schedules. We are now happily settled in our new home, forever grateful them for helping us to reach our “peak”. - Brian and Sheri Smartt

"Kathy and I thank you all for the extremely high level of professionalism ..."

"Kathy and I thank you all for the extremely high level of professionalism you displayed throughout the entire process of selling and buying. I have no qualms whatsoever stating that your thoroughness and attention to every detail stood in contrast to other agents who were involved. From a professional point of view, it is an enviable standard to which I should hold myself in my practice. We look forward to getting together with you for dinner sometime after Thanksgiving." - Pete and Kathy Gallagher

"Thank you again for a pleasant and drama-free experience."

" Thanks to you, our first home sale process was very smooth and transparent. We knew it would go great when we first met you because you are good people on top of being very professional. The key items that impressed us were:

1-When you state that things can proceed at the client’s pace, you really mean it. Although we had the luxury of not having to sell immediately, your forecast of the timeline for the process was highly accurate and really helped us to schedule and prepare for each step.

2-Being our first sale, Denis and I were split on the necessity of staging our house, which we know you very much recommended. It became clear that going with this advice and your designer were the right decisions for us. Not only did the house look great, but we had more offers than we were expecting and the eventual buyer told us later that the staging had contributed to their love of the house.

3-Finally, your level of preparation made our handful of meetings efficient and pleasant. For instance, the offer details being summarized on a spreadsheet was terrific. We were delighted to be able to have everything so clearly laid out for making such a big financial and emotional decision!

Thank you again for a pleasant and drama-free experience. Good luck in the coming years with the business." - Jane Manning and Denis De Ceuster

"They are truly a gifted team."

"The Harriman team is AWESOME!!!! After a painful and recent divorce, they helped us (my ex-husband and I) sell our family home. With patience and thoughtfulness they helped me through a difficult process with support and kindness. One year later, they helped me find and purchase a home of my own. While this second transaction was much different, their support and thoroughness was, again, ever-present throughout my quest for the perfect home. Now, I have a home to call my own. I consider them friends who helped me heal and move on to a new phase in my life. I am thankful for their knowledge, ability, and compassion. They are truly a gifted team." - Lisa Orcutt

"I would use them again in a heartbeat and recommend them wholeheartedly."

"The Harriman's handled the sale of my brother's house after his unexpected passing. Throughout the process they were sensitive, patient, supportive and respectful of our wishes. In addition they are exceptionally enthusiastic and skilled and did whatever it took to answer our questions, help us get the house ready for sale and negotiate the best price. I couldn't have been more pleased. I would use them again in a heartbeat and recommend them wholeheartedly." - Cindy Pierce

"We have no reservations in recommending these wonderful individuals ..."

"We met John Harriman at an open house and soon realized that the Harriman team really understood the real estate industry in such a competitive market. They actually listened to our needs and pleasantly worked with us to find the right home. As circumstances changed for us and we needed to look for a home out of the area, the Harriman's contacted the Coldwell Banker office in our new location and worked to see that the new agent would be a good “fit” for us. They continued to follow-up to make sure our home search, sale and ultimately close of escrow went smoothly. Their level of kindness and professionalism exceeded our expectations. We have no reservations in recommending these wonderful individuals to help anyone sell or buy a home." - Darry Green and Pat Clyne

"The Harriman's are definitely the right people to help us buy our first home."

"When Melissa and I started looking at houses we knew absolutely nothing - the Harriman's kindly, patiently, and expertly guided us through the whole process. While our friends regaled us with house buying horror stories, they left us wondering what the big deal was. They were definitely the right people to help us buy our first home." - Kegan and Melissa Gartner

"Harriman team… thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts ..."

"We met John by chance at the beginning of our house-hunting journey at an open house he was hosting … what an extremely fortunate stroke of luck! The Harriman's worked on our behalf to purchase our first home during a particularly competitive real estate period in Silicon Valley. Whilst “known” for their expertise in the mountain real estate market, they were equally knowledgeable in our case in the valley and held our hand throughout.

Prior to meeting them we’d already employed the services of a lending broker. From the outset John and Barbara displayed extreme professionalism in working with OUR choice of broker. When the lender started letting us down and the mortgage application process began to go badly awry, it was they who saved the day. Their calm approach, diligence and attentiveness was apparent throughout our purchase, but never more so than when they had to deal with the most difficult of lending circumstances. It was grueling, but time and again they kept everyone on task, coordinated and informed, tirelessly pushing through literally to the wire.

There are so many great things we could say about Harriman's, but we’ll sum up by offering our highest possible recommendation of these two wonderful real estate professionals. In hindsight, it would have been far better to use their recommended lender and we would offer this as a lesson-learned! Harriman team … thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts … it is down to you that we are now the proud owners of our first and very beautiful dream home." - Sophia and Troy Caldwell

"Our sincerest thanks for everything!!!"

"They were absolutely delightful to work with. They tirelessly helped us find the perfect house for our family as well as completing the sale of our previous home. They made us feel like family from the first day we met them. They were always there day or night to answer our questions and always made us feel that our needs were of the highest importance. Their warmth and calm demeanor helped ease the stress of a usually stressful situation. Their unwavering determination and grace are a force to reckon with. We cannot recommend them more highly. Our sincerest thanks for everything!!!" - Tony and Wendy Wong

"Throughout the process they remained very personable ..."

"I moved to Indochine and left the sale of my home in the capable hands of the Harriman's. Home values change seasonally at a rapid pace in the Silicon Valley yet my realtors remained current and thorough with their research. They were not hesitant about executing or financing sundry details to keep the property attractive. They maintained a steady supply of potential buyers. Throughout the process they remained very personable and kept me current on developments by e-mail. I look forward to a continued social relationship with them, and commend their future clients on a discerning selection of professional representation." - Witek Pilacinski

"Thanks so much for all your help during my home sale ..."

"Thanks so much for all your help during my home sale and for paying attention to the multitude of details. You certainly were extremely dedicated in helping me with packing, cleanup, donating, recycling, hauling, etc. I hope your future sales will be a bit easier on you!" - Michele Browne

"Words cannot express our gratitude to them both."

"When looking to buy our first home, we were fortunate enough to be advised to call John and Barbara by one of their other satisfied clients. Being from this area and familiar with the mountains (where we wanted to buy) I thought I had enough information to make educated decisions...boy was I wrong. At the very first home we looked at, John came out with questions that would have never even crossed my mind, but were of course very important.

As we progressed through the process, they were always willing and able to meet OUR pace. There was a lot of hurry-up-and-wait but never once did they waiver in their timely support.

When we found the right home, John acted fast (despite being sick) and regularly went above and beyond the call of duty for a regular realtor in order to help me through the (sometimes stressful) process. I always had confidence that John would do everything in his power to take care of me. I know he had other clients at the time, but somehow he made me feel that I was the only one.

Words cannot express our gratitude to them both." - Chris Naegele and Morgan Weber

"We will recommend them highly to anyone who asks!"

"We decided to sell our home in Las Cumbres in the Santa Cruz Mountains after 35 years of living in and loving the mountains. It was a huge decision but the Harriman's helped to make it go smoothly and with less stress on us. They know the ins and outs of mountain living, they live in Las Cumbres and had many great resources to offer us when we needed an inspector, a roofer, a window repair man and a fabulous stager. They always returned our calls, even from Chicago! We will recommend them highly to anyone who asks! Just call 408-354-4244 and ask us about our "Harriman Experience"." - George and Cindy Drew

"We’re so happy we found you!"

"Thank you so much for helping us find our home! We’re so excited. You made the process so much easier. We’re so happy we found you!" - Megan France and Josh Shaffer

"My situation was a real test for any realtor."

"My situation was a real test for any realtor. I was just about to fire my former realtor who worked for a prestigious Los Gatos real estate company when I first met the Harriman's. Glad I did it. Wow…what a difference! What at first began as a quick and simple deal turned into a very complex web of contingencies (on a deal for which the Harriman's were not responsible but which impacted my purchase). While looking for a home to buy where there was very little inventory and also few buyers, the market suddenly changed and multiple offer situations began cropping up potentially putting me in a position of not being able to get a home that met my needs. The Harriman's were thorough, honest, knowledgeable, aggressive yet patient, wise and deftly guided me through a maze that ended up with my successfully getting a wonderful home in a wonderful place. They were sensitive to my situation and handled themselves with grace, class and dignity. I would certainly use the Harriman's again and recommend them without any hesitation for anyone looking to buy a home." - Rob Bohn

"Thank you Harriman's from the bottom of our hearts."

"The Harriman's are an amazing, patient, kind, retroactive, responsive…. and not to mention, such a fabulous team! It is not often that you meet folks, and instantly feel you will be trusted friends for the rest of your life. They helped facilitate our transactions gracefully on the front end, while behind the scenes working overtime, and coordinating the many finishing touches. Being a retired Real Estate broker myself, I understand and appreciate the details and diligent efforts that go into many a Real Estate transaction. We always felt important and heard. We now live in the Santa Cruz Mountains in our fabulous new home, with a new hobby vineyard, and our new lab puppy Lucy all nesting and resting here in PARADISE! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts." - Rochelle and Scott Carr

"You are FABULOUS and I am so appreciative to have had you involved with this transaction! "

"Thank you for being my favorite agents to date (in my 9 year career) on the other side of a transaction. Your communication skills, lack of drama and positive attitude were a blessing at an otherwise very stressful month in my life. Let's do more deals together! I will always inform you of my “coming soons” in hopes we can work together again. ;-D

You are FABULOUS and I am so appreciative to have had you involved with this transaction! Thank you! Hugs" - Melody Russell, Agent

"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts ..."

"The Harriman's made the often-stressful experience of selling our house unbelievably relaxing. They were communicative, responsive, thoughtful, courteous, smart, flexible and extremely easy to work with. Our mountain home sold within 3 weeks thanks to them! I couldn't have asked for a better team of agents. In addition to being good agents, they are a truly wonderful couple whom I'm honored to call my friends. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we look forward to seeing you soon!" - Nhat-Tien Lu and Binh Thanh Vo

"The Harriman's are good at what they do and they’re just good people."

"We came to Santa Cruz looking for a second home to be near our daughter. We were initially referred to a real estate agent who did not share our priorities. Seeking an alternative, we most fortunately were introduced to the team. From the beginning it became clear that they had our best interest at heart. Their knowledge of current trends within this demanding market proved invaluable in securing a fair deal on the property once it was identified. Purchasing real estate today is a challenging multi-step process. We were delighted with the consistent follow through that they provided as our process evolved – beyond the initial property identification, contract, financing and settling in.
The Harriman's are good at what they do and they’re just good people. No question that we would use them again and refer them, with our highest recommendation, often. These are people you just enjoy spending time with." - Tom and Sandy Brady

"Through this all, you remained patient, helpful and understanding as well as ..."

"Thanks for working with us and our son Aaron in purchasing a perfect rental house in Boulder Creek. You were so wonderful in helping Aaron understand the process and guiding us through it. It was difficult at times getting everything worked out to our requirements and helping us sell these requirements to the seller. Through this all, you remained patient, helpful and understanding as well as the consummate professionals you are. Without your guidance, we would probably not have been able to finalize this purchase. Thanks for being who you are and we are so lucky to have you as neighbors as well." - Paul and Heidi Cavagnolo

"Thanks so much for being the person who made it all happen."

"Hey Barbara! Woke up to lovely sunshine on the mountain and thought about how much we love our home. Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that, after 1.5 years in our house, we are still as happy as the first day we moved in. Thanks so much for being the person who made it all happen. You will always have our deepest gratitude! Have a lovely Sunday." - Laura LeBleu

"We couldn't have been more fortunate than to have The Harriman's help us find our ..."

"We couldn't have been more fortunate than to have the Harriman's help us find our perfect first home. They took the time to listen and understand the type of property we were looking for. Then after finding the right property, only to realize there were a LOT of hurdles to overcome before the purchase could be completed, they persisted for months to make the impossible purchase possible. I don't think anyone else would have been able to make such a difficult transaction as painless for us as they did." - Ruben Ducheyne and Marie Bruel

"I would definitely use them again."

"The Harriman's helped me find the perfect house for my family even though the market was stagnant. Barbara drove me all around the mountains to look at houses, and kept her eye out for houses in my price range. They were knowledgeable and friendly, and I often felt like I had a whole team supporting me. I was treated like a million dollar customer even though my purchase price was half of that. I would definitely use them again." - Mara Melinic