What Clients Say
“Results matter. Bennison sold the house for us in eight days, above the asking price. We would recommend him without reservation. He is professional, experienced, caring. His gifts in interior and exterior design enabled him to present the property to greatest advantage. He is simply the best.”
Fred & Billie Fenton
“Integrity is important. In the past, I have worked with realtors that have orchestrated deals to maximize profit for themselves. There was never any question in our minds that this time we were dealing with a professional. Your constant reminder that “as your agent, I must point out” was always present. It garnered trust and confidence in the transaction.”
The Fester Family
“I was looking for someone with solid knowledge of the market and experience as a realtor. I met with two other realtors before deciding to trust John, and I must say that the main reasons were his obvious understanding of the market and that he was very respectful. While I had purchased 2 homes before, I was not familiar with the intricacies of the California real estate market. I was quite concerned with how quickly things moved here, and how we would be able to buy a home within the very tight relocation timeframe. John listened very carefully to what we were looking for, and helped us eliminate homes that did not fit our criteria. He explained every step in a very clear and concise manner without being condescending.I found John to be extremely professional, respectful and cordial every time we met, and we met a lot…. I believe he was honest and represented our best interests, pointing out potential issues and hidden costs in the properties we saw.John was always very prompt in responding to calls and emails. All my questions were answered eloquently and in detail in a clear manner. He helped me understand every step of the process, and I never was left wondering about anything.The thought of purchasing a home in California in two months was overwhelming, but thanks to John’s guidance and expertise, it happened. I would totally recommend John to a friend looking to purchase or sell a home.”
Juliet Sokolowski & Family
"My husband and I moved back to California in May, 2012 after four years on the East Coast. My communication with John had begun prior to even moving back, as we discussed priorities in housing. John listened carefully, weeding out properties that didn't meet our criteria. He had his work cut out for him because not only did he have to show me the properties on one day, but then a second time for Jeff-once I narrowed them down. John's experience and patience helped us narrow the properties down to two. I admit I had reservations about the property we finally chose. I do remember John's constant reassurance that this was the property that he could envision us being happy in, and that it was a good match for us. Well, a year has passed and we couldn't be happier. Lafayette has turned out to be the best match for us in this chapter in our lives. John was right. We have been able to make this house our home, and a pleasant place to have our family and friends visit, and especially our grandson. John knew the market in the East Bay was a difficult one, and the inventory was not in our favor. His advice was great, and we trusted his knowledge not only in the area, but his read on our personalities and priorities in life was spot-on. He helped us to get the best deal,and prompted us to make the right decisions without being "pushy." Shortly after purchasing the house John again was very helpful providing names of entrusted professionals for updating and improving our home. He even gave advise with respect to the improvements. Even a year later, he provides helpful hints to 'do-it-yourself" and save. We would gladly recommend John to friends and family. We appreciate his honest opinion, and his knowledge and experience have been valuable to making this our "forever home."Maria & Jeff Brenner, CFO Impact Community Capital
"I met John when he was hosting an open house early in 2010. At the time we were living in Chicago but looking to move back to the Walnut Creek area after an absence of several years. Over the ensuing 19 months John answered our every query, set up numerous itineraries for us to visit properties, and looked under every rock to find us just the right property from Walnut Creek all the way to Pleasanton. He helped us zero in on a neighborhood we adore, and write offers on 5 different properties, including a couple of tricky bank sale properties. When other realtors might have given up on us, John never wavered. Always helpful, patient, thoughtful, and responsive, John eventually found the right property for us. The proof is in the pudding. Recently our house appraised 50K higher than what we paid for it only 16 months before. It's hard for me to imagine that anyone could have given us better advice, better service, or a better outcome than John Bennison did. If you are looking for a great realtor in Walnut Creek, I recommend that you give John a call."Owen Smith & Family, Airline Pilot
"We have bought and sold homes several times in our 30 years of marriage; the best experience we had was with John Bennison. John is the penultimate professional: diplomatic, positive, kind and knowledgeable. He was consistently cordial and respectful. And, in the situation we had, he was certainly tested! We always felt we could rely on John to represent us fairly and honestly. It was extremely helpful to have someone so thorough, keeping all parties informed, and – much more difficult – keeping everyone feeling they were in a win-win situation. He was the most diligent and energetic agent we have ever met. He always went the extra mile. All the neighbors liked him too!"
Anne Beckes & Terence Curren, "Happily Retired!"
"John Bennison is the consummate professional. He listens, he records, he acts. He was a pleasure to deal with. He was gracious, personable and entertaining. He was very thorough in exposing us to alternative real estate investments, and his input was objective and comprehensive. I can't say enough about John's easily understandable communication about all the particulars and more. Going beyond the call of duty is part of John's modus operandi, and any customer fortunate enough to engage his services will no doubt experience the same diligence on the part of the client."Tom Anderson, CEO & President,
Pensco Trust Company
"We found John to be well informed, honest and accurate in his information, and we felt confident that our best interests were represented well. There were times, during the process, when we were feeling extremely stressed out; John remained a calm voice of reason, listening to our concerns, offering sound advice and guidance, and with excellent follow through. As much as this sale was not an easy one, we were glad to have had John walking us through it. We are very happy to recommend him and will definitely ask him to represent us on any future transactions."
André & Tiffany Gensburger
Owner & Publisher, The Concordian
"When John sold my home for me he could not have been more professional, without being intimidating. He was professional in manner, dress, and the way in which he conducted business. He was very cordial, and respectful of me, my needs, and all others involved in the transaction. He was honest and fair -- but definitely looked out for my best interests, without stepping on toes. He was the best in communication, always available for my questions, and very straight forward in business dealings. I was very impressed with the advertising my home received. We had multiple offers after just two open houses, and that said a lot in the down market. John knows what he’s doing. If he didn’t know the answer to a question, he got the answer quickly. He explained all the forms and documentation to me, took care of the reports, kept the whole process smoother and easier because he stayed on top of things, and was there for me from start to finish. I called him again to purchase my next property, which I did recently. Once again John was fantastic. We found the perfect home for me and John made the process go smoothly. I definitely recommend John Bennison!"Cheryl Whipp
"John is the picture of professionalism: prompt, courteous, thorough, and not the least bit pushy. He let us make our own decisions. Very respectful of us, and the sellers at all times. His communication skills were the best, responding to all our questions and concerns promptly and thoroughly. His attention to detail is stellar. He answered questions we didn;t even know we had. John exceeded all our expectations with regard to his flexibility, looking at the property "one more time," again and again. Oh, and a great sense of humor! We can certainly imagine recommending him to everyone we know who needs a real pro with their next real estate transaction."