Dear Jason and Sharon,
This is long overdue, but I wanted to thank you for all you both did to help sell my mother’s rental property at 601 33rd St NE.
As you know Jason, I was involved in numerous real estate transactions during my time in banking. I met, or spoke with, many different realtors in Cedar Rapids during that time. Many were very good, conscientious and helpful to their clients, but none of reached the level of service VBS provided to us.
The communication was almost daily. I knew how many had seen the house, what their feed back was, and most important when an offer was coming in. To my amazement, that was only 10 days after it went on the market!! And then it was TWO offers. VBS’s help in analyzing the details of those offers in order to accept the one that was best for Mom’s estate was priceless!
I have already spread the word to anyone I know looking for, or needing to sell a house. Some have said, “but I have several friends who sell real estate, and feel they would get mad if I didn’t use them”. My comment to them, if you choose one friend over another, somebody will be hurt or mad anyway! Go with a real pro who is impartial, and only wants to work for you. Besides, you’ll probably end up with a new friend in the real estate business. I did!!!
Thanks again for all you both did to accomplish our goal of selling the house. My siblings were thrilled with the fast, over asking price sale of the property. And the Cutco knife is terrific! Couldn’t ask for a better kitchen knife, especially now that butternut squash season is here!!! Like a hot knife through butter!!
– Sally Stendel, October 2015
"The VB&S team is extremely quick to tune in to the particulars of a house. We found from the first visit that not only did they observe and ask questions, but they sought out and listened to those things we thought were strengths of our house as well as our concerns and needs. They made sure they got to know our neighborhood and community in order to most effectively market the house. They were on top of things every step of the way, including the hard part -- after the sale is basically agreed to but a period full of surprises and potential landmines. Jason and Sharon are true professional and we would recommend them to anyone who was serious about selling their house."
I would add to Tim's wonderful (and accurate!) comments that we were extremely impressed with the ways in which you marketed our house, including using a photographer that made our house look like a show place.
And let me add my thanks - you were wonderful to work with!
– Tim and Heidi Wilson, June 2015
Sharon and Jason:
Working with Sharon and Jason was the best experience that I have ever had in a business transaction. Both are extremely knowledgeable, resourceful, proactive, and responsive. I have been recommending them to friends and family if they are selling or buying a home. I have never been more pleased with an experience. They worked hard to ensure everything went smooth and I am happy to report that due to their efforts, everything went better than smooth:). One very happy customer. Thank you Sharon and Jason!
Jackie Sebetka, homebuyer in Mount Vernon IA
– Jackie Sebetka, June 2015
Jason and Sharon,
Susan and I cannot thank you enough for an EXTREMELY SMOOTH and nearly trouble-free sale of our home, and purchase of a wonderful new residence at the same time... You were there when my wife made an off-hand request to see if she could find a home outside the City that still was in our daughter's future High School District (Kennedy). Less than 24 hours later, you sent us a listing that we fell in-love with. You kept us grounded, and showed us other possible listings, but once our heart was set, you helped negotiate an offer that everyone was eventually happy with.
THEN, you got with us right away to help us prepare to put our home on the market. With our short-timeline, your recommendation of a general-contractor (D&B Properties) was a life-saver, in helping us fix all the 'little things' that we needed to do for a smooth sale of our property. We then have continued to utilize D&Bs services to help us with updating our new home, which is making us very happy!
The entire process was nearly painless (meaning, you can only do so-much sugar-coating the bitter-pill when the seller is not very pleasant!)... ha! But, overall, everything went much better than I had hoped for, and certainly much faster! From first thought about a new home, to closing both our new home *and* our old one was just under two months ,start-to-finish. We could not have done it nearly as easily without your services and advice. We consider you both friends, and are grateful to have been able to work with you.
Your Happy Clients,
Wayne and Susan Harrah
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
– Wayne and Susan Harrah, July 2014
A new job was set to bring us from Minneapolis to the Cedar Rapids area. Not knowing a thing about Cedar Rapids or the surrounding areas, we had no idea where to start or whom to talk to. To top it off, our daughter was 17 years old and the very thought of a move to her was seemingly the end of the world. At a time when we should have been excited about a new job opportunity in Cedar Rapids, the whole situation was clouded with uncertainly about everything else. Where should we live? What school should we enroll our daughter in? How bad is the traffic? Where should we do our banking? You get the idea.
One evening when we were at our wits end, we literally jumped on the internet and did a search for realtors in the Cedar Rapids area. Jason’s name came up and his Skogman Realty website was well done and easy to use. It was close to 8pm at night but we thought we would take a chance and call his office number. Much to our amazement, Jason answered and subsequently ended up spending close to 90 minutes on the phone with us talking about everything and we do mean everything related to a move to Cedar Rapids.
Immediately, Jason won us over. Tony was scheduled to drive down to Cedar Rapids for meetings with his new employer and Jason insisted on picking up Tony at his hotel to show him around Cedar Rapids for an afternoon. His knowledge of the area was incredible. He knew all the right questions to ask when it came to what we liked and what we didn’t like in a community. He is a great listener and is REMARKABLY gifted in communicating with people in face to face interactions. Never once did we feel rushed or feel like we were bothering him with all of our questions. His patience is something that honestly we had never encountered before.
The funny thing was that going into this, we honestly did not have plans to buy a home right away. Instead, we thought we would rent for awhile until we got settled and found an area we liked. Jason was more than willing to help us locate rentals and he proceeded to spend hours upon hours calling around on our behalf to locate a rental home for us.
As it turned out, there was a new construction home that Jason encouraged us to ‘just take a look at’. He felt everything about it, and the area it was in was perfect for us. Naturally we were skeptical, and initially rejected the idea. As time went buy, Jason continued to encourage us to at least consider the home. We did, and the rest as they say is history.
We bought the home (located in Hiawatha) and every aspect of it, the community, our daughter’s school, EVERYTHING is perfect. It is almost as if Jason knew exactly what we wanted and what we needed and he found it. The purchase process was literally effortless, stress free, and he was able to negotiate a very fair deal for everyone involved. Incredible.
But it didn’t stop there. Jason and his assistant Sharon continued to go above and beyond by helping to arrange visits at our daughter’s school, recommend activities for her to get involved in, introduced her to kids that were her age and introduced us to her future teachers, coaches, and even some of our new neighbors! It was unbelievable. Never and I do mean never have we ever felt more welcomed into a community.
We were thinking twice about going through with this move, and honestly, had it not been for Jason and Sharon, there is a good chance we would not have done it. Not only do we now have a favorite Realtor, but we also now have a new friend in Jason.
All we can say is if you are thinking of buying or selling a home, or if you are considering a move to the Cedar Rapids area, you can stop looking for an agent now and work with Jason. We have worked with many real estate teams over the years in different states and no one even comes close to Jason Vestweber, his assistant Sharon and Skogman Realty as a whole. Absolute perfection in every aspect of the experience from end to end.
To say that we are grateful that we found Jason is an understatement. We feel very lucky to have landed where we have landed, we love our new home, love the community and love Iowa! Thank you Jason and Sharon!
Kim and Tony
– Tony and Kim, April 2014
As first time home buyers, my husband and I were treading uncharted territory. Jason treated us with respect despite our lack of experience in real estate and guided us to houses that fit our criteria and price range. When the first house we made an offer on came across some obstacles, Jason was a strong advocate for us and his knowledge in real estate proved to be invaluable. He was an essential component in finding our dream home that we now own today. Overall, we were extremely impressed with Jason and his team's professionalism and willingness to go above and beyond for their clients. We could not be happier with our first experience buying a home with Jason as our advocate.
– Greg & Courtney Butler, October 2013
Sometimes the sale of a house requires a sprint to the finish, and sometimes a marathon. Jason Vestweber recently sold our house and it was a marathon run during a difficult market and a deal with many moving parts. While we did not always agree on the route of the marathon Jason exercised patience and persistence or it would never have had the winning finish end that it had for all three couples involved in the transaction. Jason has that “never give up” attitude and as a result of that our house was sold and we are very appreciative to Jason for being the marathon real estate agent and not just looking at the sprint to the finish.
– Barbara Holden, August 2013
Jason Vestweber is our REALTOR. We have had several different REALTORS prior to him, but Jason went beyond what we expected. We were in an unfamiliar area and told him our requirements for the home we wanted. Within 3 to 4 weeks we had an excellent search and when our requirements changed he was willing to adapt the search to meet our needs. He has a website where he presented properties that met our requirements within our price range. This was great because we were able to look at, and comment on houses. Then Jason could schedule showings to look at them instead of a REALTOR picking out houses they think we would like and taking us to see them. When it came time to sign papers he was up to date with technology and we were able to sign a lot of the paperwork electronically.
I highly recommend Jason to anyone who is looking to buy our sell their home. He made the process not as stressful as it has been in the past when buying a home. He was willing to take us out to look at homes when it was best for our schedules. I hope we never have to move again but if we do we will defiantly use Jason Vestweber to sell our home.
Thanks Jason for everything,
Jonathon and Lisa Pope
– Jonathon and Lisa Pope, April 2013
I LOVE my new home! I am constantly reminded of how much I love my home be it entertaining family and friends, to sitting on my porch and relaxing after a hard day's work, to watching my dog and cat play and do those crazy things that make us laugh!
I first met Jason after my folks listed their home for sale with Jason. I assisted my folks in trying to sell their home by themselves for a year before they brought Jason aboard. Despite their home being in good condition and being in a great location, there were things about their home that presented challenges to potential buyers! I watched Jason work hard and use his magic to sell my parent's home, and during that time I got to know Jason!
I informed Jason I eventually wanted to buy my own home, but I figured I was a couple of years away from achieving that goal, but Jason helped educate me with options. Options that allowed me to purchase a home sooner than later! In a matter of months, not only did Jason have my parent's home sold for above the asking price, I was moving into my own home as well. Jason not only helped me search out the perfect house, but also helped me to find the financing that fit my needs.
I will be forever grateful for Jason's hard work, knowledge, and professionalism!
Proud & Happy New Homeowner!
– Phil Nickerson, October 2012
Jason Vestweber was not only a very knowledgeable realtor to work with, he was a delight. My 88-year-old father wanted to sell the house he'd lived in for 56 years, so he could move to Pennsylvania to live with my husband and me. Dad is totally deaf, so I needed to make all the arrangements. Jason provided Dad and me with the research data and advice we needed to price Dad's home well and sell it promptly. Jason facilitated the entire process--which included getting the property groomed and the house emptied of the contents left after our tag sale--so that I did not need to stay in Cedar Rapids. Thanks to Jason, I was able to focus on getting Dad moved and settled in his new home with us, knowing that the house back in Cedar Rapids was in good hands. Jason also arranged for us to close from Pennsylvania, which saved us the expense and difficulty of returning to Cedar Rapids. His concern for my dad's feelings about selling his house of five decades was endearing. I will enthusiastically recommend Jason Vestweber to friends and family in the Cedar Rapids area whenever the opportunity arises.
– Marilyn Nelson, September 2012
Working with Jason was a pleasure. He always went above and beyond what our situation required. He did a fantastic job marketing our house and was very proactive in identifiying properties we would be interested in purchasing. He was extremely flexible to meet our schedule. We will definitely refer him to others and use his services again in the future.
Thanks again for all your hard work!
John and Steph
– Stephanie Forck, April 2012
A BIG, BIG thank you for everything you’ve helped me with on the sale of my condo and the purchase of my new home. I couldn’t have asked for a better REALTOR. It’s nice to know that you can rely on somebody to answer very hard questions, keep you informed on a daily basis of what’s going on, and just knowing that if anything is needed, I can pick up the phone anytime and call. I have worked with other REALTOR’s in my past and none of them have come close to the support you provided to me and my son. It’s been a pleasure working with you and I will make sure to refer you to everyone I know. Thank you again and I wish you very successful 2012!
– Bridgett Schluter, December 2011
Thank you so much! Thank you for all of your time and hardwork! Sean and I appreciate you and Jason soooo much!
Sommer & Sean
– Sommer Wedding, May 2011
You hav no idea how much I appreciate having the best Realtors in the world! The way you kept me up on everything, explained it all so that I understood and your concern with my little dog "Q". For all of this a big THANK YOU! Thinking of you with more gratitude than words can express. Best Wishes Polly
– Polly Alnutt, October 2011
I wanted to take an opportunity to thank Jason Vestweber and acknowledge an excellent service he provided during the buying process for my mother. He is extremely personable, knowledgable, and thinks outside the box. With a very short time window I had for my mother to find a condo and a few obstacles, he did his best to help get us through the process as quickly and effortless as possible. My mom and I both were very pleased with him and would reccommend him to everyone. As my mom said, "How can you say no to Jason."
– Carrie Mann, September 2011
We really appreciate all the hard work that you and Sue put into this transaction. Both Christa and I are really happy with how everything turned out and would definitely steer people we know your way in the future.
– Aaron Douglas, July 2011
Thank you for helping me find everything I was hoping for and more. I couldn't be more excited about my new house! You have been awesome, so glad to have chosen you!
– Kassie Bowska, May 2011
Someone asked me how I could possibly consider putting the most important asset I had in the hands of a ‘rookie’? Well, as I look back, it was the best decision I could have made. I had several realtors discuss with me what they could do for me, and how they believed they could quickly sell my home. I selected Jason to take that role. He brought an immense amount of enthusiasm and energy to this project. He stepped up, and went to work for me. Not only did he help to guide me in the pre-sale preparation, but throughout the entire process. His ‘can do’ attitude, hard work and diligence paid off. We put my home up for sale in June, and sold it in August. This truly speaks to Jason’s ability to work hard and do what is right for the customer. He was able to bring the sale to a close though a very tough housing market. I would highly recommend Jason as someone who will get the job done, the right way. Thanks Jason!
– Twyla McElree, April 2011
Hi Jason and Sue,
I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You to both of you. My clients and I truly appreciate your kindness, compassion and understanding during the sale of their home. It was a very difficult time for them. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with both of you and especially on this deal. You made the situation much easier for all of us. Your professionalism speaks volumes. I look forward to having the pleasure of working with you again.
I would love to do lunch sometime.
Have a great day! And Thank You again!
Deb Witter, REALTOR®
Licensed to sell in Iowa
– Deb Witter, January 2011
Sue & Jason:
I just wanted to thank both of you for your help in finding a new home for me in Cedar Rapids. You both are very professional and great help to me in house hunting to closing. Sue, Jason performed a great job with the walk throughs, the closing and having all my questions relating to the "last chapter of my house hunting escapade" answered. I will certainly recommend your team to anyone who is in need of realtors. Thank you again and hopefully I can call upon either of you for any recommendations of vendors who can help with my new home. I look forward to living in Cedar Rapids again and especially in my old neighborhood.
Thank you again.
– Louise Pickford, January 2011
Sue Byers, and Jason Vestweber are the best in the business. My family has been blessed with their help and guidance in selling a property for our family. They are both outstanding people and truly know their business. I have worked with Sue in the past with one of my own properties, and would be honored to use either of them again. I appreciate all they have done for me and my family. They made a difficult time, more easily dealt with. Thank you again Sue and Jason.
– Julie Evans, January 2011