"I am writing to express my positive experience with realtor Ken Krasner, who represented me in my sale and recent purchase of my home. Ken guided me through the entire process, from the loan application, to searching for houses, to making and accepting offers. I credit Ken with a smooth, stress-free home buying experience. Ken is exceptionally knowledgable of the entire Essex/Union area; any questions I had from simple things like local utilities to recycling pickup, Ken was always fast with the right answers, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Ken's calm and comfortable personality will make your real estate experience a pleasant one."
-John Knauer, Client
"We used Ken as our buyer's and seller's agent in the spring and summer of 2015. He was great and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to make a move in the area of Maplewood and South Orange. He was patient when we needed him to be, agressive and knowledgeable when we wanted him to be. He went above and beyond in a very competitive market. You need someone with local insight to help you figure out when and what to bid and Ken was very helpful."
-Michael Smith, Client
"If you are reading this and searching for an agent, look no further. My wife and I were completely new to house buying and had no idea where to start. Ken made the entire process as easy and painless as it could be. He is very friendly and absolutely made no attempts to pressure us into anything. He answered all of our questions honestly, which made us feel we can trust him. I feel like he is now a family friend, and I would (and have) recommend him to anyone. When we are uncertain about anything house-related, he has been happy to help us. Like when a steam pipe burst in our basement on just the 2nd day we moved in, he recommended a plumber who was reliable and honest. Because of him, my wife and I were able to find a new home where we can start our family, and we are happy to say we will be welcoming a new baby next spring! Thank you, Ken!"
-Joe Gonzalez, Client
Ken sold our 100-year old Maplewood, NJ house in Spring 2012. Within six weeks of listing it, he had two solid offers. Clearly, we recommend him extremely highly.
Ken provided us with a strategic and realistic overview of the local market and its fluctuations. He ensured that we immediately learned of competitive listings that arose and what implications their listing could have on ours. He was always quick to respond to changes in the housing market, as well as quick to answer all of our questions.
All of Ken's Internet and paper marketing materials were crafted with great care. His photographer took outstanding photos of our house that Ken turned into elegant marketing pieces. Ken made extensive use of the Internet to market our house.
In addition, Ken was a valuable resource to us as we spruced our home up for sale on a limited budget. He pitched in to help us refine color choices for our front door, shutters and the seven rooms that we painted prior to listing. He found us resources to stage the house on our budget.
Finally, Ken has a genuinely friendly personality. He is open to working with people, to listening to them and to hosting successful open houses. It was a pleasure to work with him. We had a lot of fun and he got the job done. Very highly recommend him! More
-Nancy Blair, Client
We met Ken at one of the many open houses we attended while searching for a home. It was late in the day and we were able to talk to Ken at length about what we were interested in, in a home, area and lifestyle. We never felt like we were talking to a realtor, but to someone that was already in our circle of friends that we had known for a long time.
Open houses are as much about finding a realtor as it is about finding a home. You get to interview the person that is going to help you spend a lifetime's worth of money on something you hope to enjoy for lifetime. A huge responsibility.
We had already met many realtors, but nothing 'clicked'. Many pounced on us and tried to push us into a contract from the outset. Some just didn't seem interested or professional. There were a few that might have done a good job, but we just weren't feeling the vibe.
As we walked to the car after meeting Ken at the open house, we both looked at each other and said we were going to talk to Ken when we were ready to make a move. Not long after that we called Ken. We were still cautious at this point about moving forward and asked Ken if he would show us homes one weekend before we committed to a contract. He was happy to oblige.
Ken showed us many homes and neighborhoods that would have fit our requirements, Ken is from the area and knows everything about the neighborhood. But we had already met our dream home during one of our many trips to open houses. We asked Ken if he would show it to us. Again, he was happy to oblige, he immediately contacted the realtor and we were quickly touring the home that would soon be ours.
As luck would have it, the price on the home had dropped! It was now potentially in our price range. This was our first home, and Ken guided us through the whole offer and buying process, answering all our questions. The homeowners accepted our offer and we quickly started to become home buyers. Ken stayed on top of things; he was always there when we needed him. He ensured inspections and appraisals came off without a hitch, and always had a list of service providers to contact when we needed them.
We have been in our home for over a year and a half and are still happy homeowners. We attribute the smooth sailing of our purchase to Ken’s professional knowledge and experience. We highly recommend him. More Less
-Kurt Kiley, Client
"Ken sold my childhood home in the Summer 2013 having started the journey earlier in February. There was work to be done and Ken was there throughout to cheer me on! Painting, decorating, offering advise when needed. We went through the realtor open house and listed in the same week having generated much interest. Listed on Thursday, open house on Sunday, (it rained) and still had three solid offers! Went to contract on Tuesday in less than a week! I highly recommend Ken for his knowledge of the market, his professionalism and promptness in answering phone, emails and texts. His photographer really caught the essence of the house. The listing sheets where wonderful too. All his referrals for trade workers where a pleasure to work with. You will not be disappointed with the job Ken does."
-Kathryn Caruso, Client
"The day we met Ken, we knew that he was the Agent to sell our home of fifty years. Open House was Labor Day weekend of 2014. Two days later we had two sound offers. With all of Kens professionalism we were in contract of sale shortly after. We closed in two months. We highly recommend Ken 100%. Thank you Ken, Florence & Bill Handley"
-Florence Handley, Client
"Ken helped us buy a new home and sell our old one. It was a great pleasure to work with him throughout both processes. Ken knows South Orange/Maplewood well. We met with him months before we were ready to dive in. He advised us on how to prepare our home to sell, kept us very informed on the best timing to list it and then worked tirelessly to help us buy and sell once we were ready. He's a tenacious, trustworthy, great guy. I highly recommend working with him"
-Kim Ranney, Client