**Angies List 2013 SUPER SERVICE AWARD**
Elise is a New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson/Realtor who lives in downtown Albany and specializes in the purchase and sale of historic homes – yet, she represents buyers and sellers of all types of homes throughout New York State.
The purchase or sale of a home is one of the most important financial decisions one makes in life – and deserves representation from a professional who:
~Provides a high level of attention to details;
~Is responsive to buyers’ and sellers’ interests and concerns;
~Embraces and utilizes the latest technology in order to stay ahead of the curve;
~Stays on top of client needs;
~Pays close attention to transactions to ensure that things move smoothly.
Elise provides this level of professionalism – while ensuring that you feel as though you are her only client!
“Elise is intelligent, gracious, cautious, punctual, diplomatic, knowledgeable, patient, technologically advanced, tenacious and our hero! Without getting into the exact details of our situation… I can tell you that we contacted Elise based on Angie’s List reviews. She responded within the day. She advised us about mortgage pre-approval. By the weekend we were pre-approved and looked at our first home with Elise. As we looked at the home, she pointed out many issues. This speaks to her knowledge of home condition. We had our rose-colored glasses on and she helped us to see clearly. Elise was always available to talk (and email and text) and drove all over to show us homes. She is very gracious and never accepted our apologies for dragging her around the area! Instead, she made us feel welcome. Jumping ahead to the time of making an offer… Elise knows how to negotiate! If you are like us… you throw those rose-colored glasses back on and want to give the sellers whatever they want so that you don’t lose out on your rose-colored dream house! Elise helped us to see the power of negotiation. But she also knew when to let us up the offer. Once you have a contract, Elise gives very comprehensive advice for the next steps! She knows her stuff! You will not be disappointed. At property inspection time… guess what? We brought our rose-colored glasses again! We were excited and flitting from one thing to the next. When the serious problem came up… Elise found a chair..sat down… slowed down… and started asking questions of the expert. I noticed this and I slowed down as well. Time to listen and be prepared to make some hard decisions. Elise never told us what to do. She advised us. She supported us. She “talked me off the ledge” several times. When something important had to be done, she made it very clear. Elise gave us a valuable home-buying education! If you need a real estate agent, you cannot go wrong with Elise as your choice. I cannot imagine why anyone would pick another agent! Choose our hero…Elise Van Allen!”- Anne L.
“LOOK NO FURTHER! Elise Van Allen was — in a word — wonderful. We first met her last year when we had initially started looking for a home and had chosen her based on other Angie’s List reviews. She totally lives up to every good review. We first met her last year when we first began our home buying search. She spent quite a bit of time with us explaining the process and answering all our questions. We learned after sitting with our lender for a pre-qualification that we weren’t ready. So, we spoke quickly with Elise and told her we’d contact her next year. She was supportive and understanding When we did our second pre-qualification this year and found that we were indeed set to buy a house, we didn’t even look around. We had had such a good experience with Elise that we immediately called her. She was always prompt, polite, honest, and professional and immediately returned our call and even remembered who we were – despite it being only one meeting almost a year ago! She even remembered details about us that showed she had truly taken a genuine interest in us as clients. I will never forget that! As far as the entire home-buying process goes, we were first time homebuyers who had a pretty big roller coaster ride leading up to our closing. I can promise, without Elise, I don’t think we would have gotten this house, which is truly our dream home. She was there every step of the way, kind and supportive, and always made us feel (despite being busy) that we were the only clients she had. Even quirky, crazy, late night questions – she answered! Not only that, she was a wonderful advocate and confidant. There were several times that we had to negotiate items in our contract or take extra steps to correct certain things and not only did Elise have advice and help, she made sure we were comfortable before making each decision. To echo other reviews, she is thorough, detail-oriented, conscientious, and wise in her decisions. She spends time with you initially to learn a little about you and explain the process, and guides you through each showing and points out anything she notices that gives you additional information. She is a tenacious and wonderful negotiator when making an offer on a house — I never worried with her there! It is absolutely one of her strengths as an agent. And after an offer is accepted, she is prompt to send a timeline outlining what is expected and when, and checks in to make sure things are going OK. As I began in this review, look no further! She is the total package when it comes to agents. While I’m super excited to be in my house, I will miss hearing from her! Elise – I wish you all the best. You were a dynamite real estate agent. :)” -Audrey P.
“You will not find an agent that represents your interests as honestly, professionally and tenaciously as Elise Van Allen. Home search: Throughout our home search she was happy to setup showings we were interested in from Averill Park to Saratoga Springs. She helped us keep in mind potential areas of concern in each home we looked at and was always honest with her thoughts on how the list price compared with the comps in the area, even when the advice was to walk away! This meant we really trusted her when we did find a house that we liked AND she felt was at a good value. She never pressured us into putting an offer in and it was clear that her genuine #1 priority was that we would be very happy with the house over the long term. Negotiation: She will tell you this is the part of the job she loves the most and it showed! We went through the offer process with Elise on 2 homes. The first being a short sale (which she had experience with) and the 2nd being the house we were able to purchase. Other agents may be uncomfortable during this phase, but Elise went to bat for us. We feel that Elise was a crucial part of buying our home at a fair price and I wouldn’t use anyone but her in the future. Elise gets my highest recommendation.” -Morgan L.
“I can’t say enough about how wonderful it was to work with Elise. For over 2 years she worked with my husband and I as we looked at houses trying to determine what area and neighborhood we wanted to call home. She was always available to take my calls and offer any help or information we needed. Her responsiveness and communication is truly remarkable. As our listing agent she worked tirelessly on the sale of our home and was there for us daily right through to our closing. I would highly recommend Elise to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.” -Lynn F.