I've always thought when I passed this house it would be a neat place to live . . . and now I do! I appreciate all of your hard work, help, guidance, excellent communication, availability, and patience with me as a first time buyer. Your knowledge and expertise were invaluable, navigating the process, being ready to act and move things along. I know your adaptability was critical in regards to making the offer when I was going out of town and was the difference between getting the house and not.
Margaret helped me buy my beautiful home in the spring of 2016. She knows a lot about the architectural styles and how they developed in the area. She also knows what to look for when initially assessing the condition of the home. It took me two seasons to find the right home and she was very patient during the process.
I can't say enough about our excellent experience with Margaret. As a former Director of the DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County (for 11 years), she KNOWS Ithaca. You'd be hard pressed to find someone with as much knowledge about our beautiful city. We started window shopping with Margaret about four years before we actually decided to move. Even when she knew we weren't 100% committed to moving right away she took us very seriously.
When we finally decided we were ready to move and we really needed to move "yesterday" she made every effort to be as available as possible. Even on days and at times I know were less than ideal for her, she fit us in for showings or meetings. She definitely had our best interest in mind. In more than one case, when we thought we might have found "the one", she steered us away from issues that could have been just awful for us. In retrospect, she saved us a lot of inconvenience and money.
This agent knows her stuff and provided unparalleled customer service. I love our new home and I highly recommend Margaret.
-- Tori and David Brown
It was excellent working with Margaret to buy my first home. She has a wealth of information about homes and neighborhoods in Ithaca, and offers good advice during the home viewing and negotiating process. I highly recommend working with Margaret to anyone looking to purchase a home!
-- Shahyaan Desai
Margaret Hobbie helped me in the purchase of my first home. I didn't have any experience in the real estate market, so it was important for me to have someone knowledgeable and patient. Margaret always listened carefully and attended to so many little details during the buying process. I am so happy that she was "on my side" and made everything less stressful. All in all I am really pleased with my new home and would recommend Margaret to any first-time buyer.
Ricardo A. Daziano
I have worked with Margaret on three occasions. She helped us buy our first home then, six years later, she helped us sell that home AND buy our current one. In all three experiences she was very knowledgeable and helpful. She goes above and beyond to make sure you see the properties in your desired price range as well as some both below and above. She is very honest with regard to what you can expect in your price range. All in all I would rate her as excellent to work with and will definitely work with her again if the situation arises.
-- Will Olson
We were really thankful to have a knowledgeable and calm Realtor in this hectic time in our life. As first time home buyers who were moving many states away, we were grateful for her dedication while we were in town and her flexibility in setting up home showings. We love our first home and have appreciated Margaret's continued support with recommendations for vendors from electricians to roofers.
-- Morgan Carter and Alex Mauney
Margaret patientily showed us around 30 houses over the course of several months and then helped us through the process of buying our first home. She has a background in local history and can share a lot about the area and historical details in the houses. She was never pushy and she only shared properties with us in our price range. We had a very positive experience.
-- Jessica and Guillaume Philippe
Very good listener with a good knowledge of the market. Very thorough. I would recommend without reservation. We were demanding, looking at a long list of properties. Margaret helped prepare several offers on several and was helpful in finding good help in preparing estimates on property upgrades.
-- Dave Zimet and Melanie Kalman
Margaret Hobbie helped us buy our first house in Tompkins County over five years ago. When our family grew and we needed a larger space, we called on her unhesitatingly to help us sell our old home and find a new home. Margaret worked tirelessly for us in our search to find "just the right" house, always keeping track of our ever changing list of house requirements. Margaret's seemingly inexhaustible knowledge of Ithaca's history and architectural past is always interesting and helped us search in the neighborhoods where we were likely to find our perfect house. We have also found Margaret to be extremely knowledgeable about current trends in the local housing market, which helped us to negotiate offers in all our transactions. Margaret's work with us helped us find not just a house in Tompkins County, but a home.
-- Breton Bienvenue & Marie DiFrancesco
We couldn't have been happier with the service we received from Margaret. She listened carefully to our wishes and each time came back with a group of homes to look at that were closer and closer to our ideal. Other agents would have just kept showing more houses. She took the time to understand specifically what we were looking for.
-- Andrew Berryhill and Mindy Appold
I contacted Margaret at the recommendation of a family friend. With endless patience, she helped me wade through the real estate market over nearly a year. Her knowledge of Ithaca's homes, neighborhoods, and local history was both fascinating and valuable, and she was also happy to spend time answering my many questions and searching out more detailed information for me. I couldn't have found anyone better able to guide me through the process of buying a home. By the end of the year, Margaret had, in turn, become a family friend herself.
-- Shoshana Sommer
Margaret has helped us buy two houses and sell one house and we were so happy to have her help with each one. Our second purchase was a speedy one--we had to be in a house in less than two months of calling Margaret--and it happened! She got to work right away taking us around to see houses and actually suggested the one that we ended up buying (and now love). When we sold our house with Margaret, it was just as easy and was under contract within a week. We've had only great experiences with Margaret and have recommended her to many of our friends.
-- Jenny and Dan Breen
Bob and I had the best night's sleep we've had in two months on Wednesday night! We are thrilled with the house and thrilled that the process is over :) Thank you so much for all your help and patience with my impatience--I really appreciate you and am so glad you were our Realtor.
-- Amber Driscoll and Bob Abele