Kevin W. Smith - Testimonials

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10/17/2014 Kevin helped me find my first condo back in the Spring of 2014.

 I worked with other agents prior to Kevin but I have to say that I was glad to have found him.  Kevin is undoubtedly busy but it always seemed as though I was his only client.  The level of attention and assistance in the home-buying process which I received from Kevin was exceptional.  I highly recommend him if you are in the market for a home in Orange County.

6/26/2014 Kevin made it so easy to sell our house.

He talked us through the different options, gave us excellent advice, and made sure we understood everything. He answered all of our questions and responded to our emails quickly. Plus, he makes sure that all of the details get handled.  Another great difference was the beautiful motion picture video with music and voice overs that really marketed our house to everyone. If you're looking to buy or sell a house, you won't go wrong with Kevin Smith.

Kevin was always there for my wife and I when we were looking to rent.

Super easy to work with. Was always available when we needed him. Very professional. Will definitely be reaching out to him when we decide to buy our first home.

Mr. & Mrs. Pichinte

10/26/2012 Kevin is the best agent that we ever have, we like his signing method of using Docusign which made the whole process easy, fast and user friendly.

 Kevin is very attended, he marketed our property in many media, ie. multiple listing, newspaper, Craig listing, & open houses, etc.  His materials are very professional, very organized, I can see that why he is so successful in selling/buying properties. We like his speedy responses to questions and kept us in the loop to aware what is going on between different parties. Thanks Kevin and we recommend Kevin to everyone that plans to sell or buy property.

Kevin helped me lease my condo which could have been extremely stressful.

Instead Kevin made the whole process easy and stress-less. I have already referred Kevin to my parents to help them lease their properties as well.

Mary Myers

10/17/2014 Kevin helped me find my first condo back in the Spring of 2014.

 I worked with other agents prior to Kevin but I have to say that I was glad to have found him.  Kevin is undoubtedly busy but it always seemed as though I was his only client.  The level of attention and assistance in the home-buying process which I received from Kevin was exceptional.  I highly recommend him if you are in the market for a home in Orange County.

Kevin was absolutely fabulous to work with!

We are currently in the process of moving across the country and had a very tight deadline to find an appropriate place. He helped us to land the apartment of our dreams, crafting a package that made us the most appealing candidate to the owners. We spoke with him once about our have-to haves and ideals and he quickly had a list of options for us with everything on our list. He has always been quick to reply and very responsive to any questions that we had! We can not thank him enough for his help to make this process seamless and fun!

Erin and Killian Bozzo

We closed on our new home in April of this year, so this review is long overdue.

In my opinion, it is essential to have the utmost trust not just in the expertise of your agent, but also in his or her character. Throughout the entire process, Kevin blew us away with his attentiveness, patience, professional appearance, and expert advice. As would be expected, we had a ton of questions about both the process and potential listings we were interested in. Kevin always gave answers and advice that clearly showed his singular focus was on helping us find the right home, and not just trying to get a deal done. He has the knowledge and experience to bring an objective and calm perspective to what is otherwise a tense and emotional process for buyers. We never felt he was pushing us when it came to making important decisions (whether or not to submit an offer, how much to offer, and even whether or not to counter, when that situation arose for us). Even without any pressure, we trusted his opinions and that made the decisions come a lot easier.On a final note, I always wondered how important the agent's reputation was when it came down to working together with the other agents. Every listing agent seemed happy to work with Kevin and had only great things to say about him. This includes the listing agent of the home for which our offer was accepted, and I have no doubt that Kevin's representation helped us against a VERY close competing offer. He even suggested we right a personal letter with a picture to the sellers.

Kevin was responsive and on the spot.

He had great ideas and staged part of the house making it feel like a home. He was beyond patient with our high expectations for renters. Thanks to Kevin, he found the "Perfect" family for our home.

Nanette Myers

It was a pleasure working with Kevin and he would certainly be the first person I reach out to next time I need to find a place to rent or buy.

He was always persistent in following up on our applications with the landlord or the other agent and always had some alternatives ready if one didn't work out. I would certainly recommend Kevin.

Mike Hernandez

Kevin is always fantastic to work with.

Kevin has completed several real estate transactions with me and I look forward to many more. He is professional, organized and responsive.

Emin Ferit Kayiran

To whom it may concern, 2015 We are often blessed with clients who are such a pleasure to work with, and we are so grateful for them.

It is not every day you come across an agent on the other end of a transaction that you feel that way about. Working with Kevin and Genine was nothing but a joy! These two make a great team! They are educated, creative, devoted and have a more than impressive work ethic. Together we were able to close a transaction smoothly making all of our clients happy in the end. Thank you Kevin and Genine for being a perfect example of what a Realtor should be. Chrissie Meads- Star Real Estate South County

Chrissie Meads

3/19/2014 We were very happy to work with Kevin.

Being foreigners we had lots of concerns about buying a house in Irvine. Kevin was very patient and answered all our questions and explained all the local, state, and federal aspects about the process. We looked at over 15 houses very quickly and everything went very smoothly. It really helped to have an agent who is so competent, friendly, well known and liked among others.

Kevin is a Professional, in his business dealings with clients and other realtors.

He extends courtesy and respect to all in his transactions making him a pleasure and ease to work with. I look forward to do more transactions with Kevin, I only wish more realtors had his professional approach in their business dealings. Mark Priegel Keller Williams Realty Mission Viejo

Mark Priegel

Kevin was outstanding as he always is.

This is my 3rd transaction with Kevin serving as my agent. Kevin is proactive, a top notch communicator and speaks the truth (not just what I want to hear). He had my house sold in a very short amount of time and made the sale process very easy for me. I would recommend Kevin to anyone with real estate needs and plan on using him for all future transactions. -Emin Kayiran

Emin Kayiran

Kevin Smith’s understanding and dedication to the buyer he represented was second to none.

Kevin Smith with First Team Real Estate represented the buyer in an Oceanfront real estate transaction where I represented the seller. In addition to his professional expertise, and his personal attention to the detail his pleasant upbeat personality makes him a pleasure to deal with. From my perspective Kevin represented his client with the upmost integrity, and was willing to go beyond expectation to insure the transaction went smoothly for all parties involved all the way to the close of escrow. I would highly recommend his real estate services and I look forward to our next real estate transaction together. Sincerely, Robert Christie 949.291.1793 HOM Sotheby’s International Realty DRE: 00600727

Robert Christie

Kevin is wonderful.

During a chaotic 18 month period I moved twice. Kevin represented me in both transactions. Kevin was always responsive, organized and proactive. I had a very restrictive search criteria list which complicated the searches but Kevin was always swift to find several workable options. His superior abilities stood out the most to me when dealing with other agents during some of our negotiations - his work ethic and professionalism really is far above the rest of the industry. In Kevin I truly have found a real estate partner for years to come.

Emin Kayiran

Kevin helped us find our condo at a time when bidding wars were the norm.

We were very nervous and concerned about finding a home that would check most of our boxes. Kevin helped us see that we needed to adjust our expectations, and presented a balanced and varied group of properties. He remained calm in the eye of the storm. Very few homes were on the market at the time! Kevin's detailed knowledge of neighborhoods was essential to our finding the right place in the right area.  His guidance through the process of bidding in a very competitive environment enabled us to present a winning bid. We highly recommend Kevin as a buyer or seller's real estate agent!!

Kevin was awesome and took really good care of my family and I.

We had been looking for about 3 weeks for a place with no luck, after making contact with Kevin we had our dream place within 2 weeks.

Mark Landsford

10/26/2013 Kevin is THE BEST.

My man and I were looking to buy a home in the San Diego area as a rental property.  We didn't know where we wanted to live. We didn't know what we were looking for. We were lost little newbies who needed some serious help. In swooped Kevin with a winning personality, comfy SUV, detailed knowledge of the entire Southern California area, and the patience of a saint. Does his picture show his halo? It's there trust me. After a few phone calls and emails he had set up a game plan for our house hunt - a plan that was so perfect we never had to deviate from it! Within the first week we saw 10 houses in areas he felt we might like. As we continued to narrow down what we wanted he took over being our eyes and ears.  He "got" us and our needs. He did walk throughs, inspections, and appraisal appointments when we couldn't. He took photos and emailed us descriptions. When we finally had narrowed the search down he was like a dog gnawing at a bone. No home that might fit our needs was left unlooked at. He drove the neighborhood to make sure it was suitable. He checked to see if the transportation was good. He told us about parking, shopping, history, and stuff only a local should know! He has lived in so many places he knew his turf. When the day came and we finally found the home we wanted he held our hand through the entire process. We didn't have an easy close I'm sad to say, but Kevin was tenacious and kept up on everything. When we did finally close he was there like a proud papa giving out hugs and congrats. If you are looking for someone who knows the Southern California area and will be your best bud by the time you are done he's the man to trust. I am so happy that we were referred to him. Thank you Kevin. We owe you.

Kevin is awesome to work with!

He is very professional, responsive, and seems to have all connections around town to different properties as well. He helped us find our condo, and he'll definitely be the person we choose to help us find our first home!  Roman

Roman Lomdin

I was so lucky to work with Kevin!

He went above and beyond as an agent. I highly recommend him, and hopefully, I will work with him again in the future.  Fae

Fae B

Kevin is the best agent we could have hoped to work with!

My husband and I are first time buyers, and Kevin patiently met with us and guided us through each step of the way. Kevin was a true pleasure to work with. He is incredibly responsive and emails late into the night, knowledgeable of the city, kind, and just a fun person to spend the afternoon with house-hunting. It says a lot that the sellers we met all said that Kevin was a great guy. We made several offers and spent nearly half a year before finding our home, and Kevin never pushed us to hurry along in our search. Kevin had a colleague check in on us when he was on vacation, and has provided life-saving recommendations for loan agents, contractors, etc. It was also a nice gesture that when we closed the sale. Kevin brought us a personalized gift basket and gift card for trusting him to get the deal done. Anyone looking for a house in San Diego should definitely give Kevin a call!

Kevin Smith is AMAZING.

We were looking for a rental home and had no clue where to start. We found Kevin and First Team and never looked back. If you’re looking for a home for rent or to purchase you HAVE to contact him.We learned that homes in South County go extremely fast, Kevin was equally as fast getting new listings to us. We found the perfect home for our family and Kevin handled all the details and small print. He has even been in contact multiple times since the move-in.I can’t thank him enough for his time, effort, and overall commitment to finding us the perfect family home. I will forever tell anyone looking to rent or buy a home in Orange County about Kevin and how his services were beyond 5 stars.  Dustin Ihle

Dustin Ihle

What a great and wonderful experience me and my wife had looking for homes last year with our Realtor Kevin Smith.

It was my first time ever buying a home and Kevin made me and my wife feel very comfortable and not worried @all about the process. We had no surprises and did everything that was asked of us by Cross Country Mortgage Co. I want to thank First Team and everyone involved for making our dream come true of buying a new home in Oceanside Ca. Pacific Ridge Brisas. A beautiful home community and a lovely area.  Paul Marsden

Paul Marsden

10/23/2014 Kevin really helped us in finding our perfect home.

He was very attentive, considerate, resourceful, and most importantly -- always there for us! We started the journey by spending hours getting to know each other's working style, did some tours together to know our preferences better, and before you know it he gave weekly recommended listings that were exactly what we liked! During the most critical time of putting the offers in (we did several), Kevin was very timely, on top of things, thorough in checking all the disclosures and pointed us to the highlights we needed to be aware about, and guided us in closing the deal!  Overall an expert in his field and wonderful partner to work with.

Kevin’s personality and promptness was unparalleled.

He was always willing to help and answer questions. He was very informative keeping us updated throughout the home buying process. Thanks Kevin for helping us make a dream come true!

Dorthyann Young (Army Veteran)

Kevin, was professional, determined to find what exactly we were looking for.

He was always willing to show us a house even on Sundays. Kevin was diligent on all paper work and made it easy for us to get into our current house. We felt completely comfortable with Kevin due to his great sense of humor. He was compassionate and understanding of our wants and needs in a house, and made every opportunity to help us to get the house we wanted. He made excellent suggestions and provided excellent customer service. We highly recommend Kevin to anyone who is looking or about to look for a house to rent or buy. He's extremely knowledgeable and knows the market here in Orange County for well.

Jayson & Corienne Cordrey

Kevin went above and beyond to help our family find a rental home.

He was very professional and helpful and really listened to what our family needed. I can't say enough good things about him. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an honest responsive realtor.   Monica Beltran

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