After a miracle organ transplant at the Mayo Clinic, we needed to sell our 5-acres and colonial home in Stillwater as soon as possible because of my medical situation. We interviewed 4 Real Estate companies to get a feel as to how the processed worked. We were amazed at how poor 3 of the companies performed especially as they showed us 'comparables' in our area to determine the worth of our home with a lower asking price than we had hoped. The 'comparables' were not even close to our homes' description. The real estate companies said that our house wouldn't sell unless we removed a certain antique lamp or removed this or that. We spent 4-years making the home 'move-in ready', with new appliances, floors, paint etc..Then, we received the 'shock' of the news that we had to install an expensive new septic system even though ours worked fine. Radon tests, well tests, structure tests and on and on. In our naivete, we thought we could sell the home on our own! We were also told that our home, being a bit out in the country, would take 3-4 months to sell. We really needed to sell and move on. After many prayers, a 'super-hero' real estate agent showed up named Richard McDonough. He was a man of few words but had a great focused attitude as he assessed our home, personal situation and how to get the fairest price for our home. He brought in his 'A' team and they went to work helping us navigate the complicated world of selling 5-acres in the country and all the new compliances that the county imposed on us. With very little staging, Richard's team prepared the photos for our first listing. We were looking at a long process of 'showings' and inconveniences and were anticipating a long adventure. Richard called and asked if he could show our home to some clients of his before we formally listed our home with MLS. His instincts told him that they might be a perfect fit for our home. Trusting him totally, we agreed. He showed our home to that first couple that entered our home and they bought it on the spot! Now you might say, you should have listed the home and had a bidding war but, Richard brought the perfect buyer to our home! The couple didn't have to sell their home to buy ours, they gave us our asking price, made no special demands and wanted to move in soon. Looking at a dream opportunity with the perfect buyer, we sold our house in about an hour! What a gift! It allowed us to move on with our lives and waste no time with our future dreams. In retrospect, his competence and extensive experience selling homes in the Stillwater area paid off for us. After all comparisons with the 3 other real estate brokers were made, Richard and his team got us the highest price for our home on top of selling our home so quickly. We were blessed to move into our new Arizona home before Christmas. Thank you, Richard McDonough and Team.
What a smart choice we made following a friend's recommendation!
You are incredible! You listened to our needs and wants and didn't try to "sell" us something that was available!
Fair to say we've had a bit more experience in buying and selling homes, but that you Richard, thank you, thank you, thank you for making this one of the most memorable ones!
Laurie was great to work with as a first time home buyer. She's incredibly knowledgeable and pointed out many things that I would have never thought to look for when visiting homes. She's very responsive to questions and was a wealth of knowledge throughout the entire buying process. I would highly recommend working with her!
When searching for a realtor, we were looking for someone who was honest and reliable. Everything we found about Richard McDonough and his team indicated this is what they are. Richard guided us through the selling process in a clear and honest manor. He addressed negotiations with our buyer in the same fashion. The end result is that our home was marketed perfectly (through a great series of tactics) and sold right away for more than we had hoped.
Richard and the team Richard McDonough Realtors are the best in the business. If you are looking to buy or sell in the St. Croix Valley area then I would highly recommend contacting them today!
Thank you so much for everything these past few months. What a fun and exciting time it has been for us! It was even more fun thanks to you! From day 1 you made us feel at ease and excited about the entire process. You made us feel important and remained patient with us through all the emails (sometimes several a night). We appreciate you and all your hard work so, so much, Laurie!