Words can not even express how wonderful my experience with Sara has been. Firstly, Sara took so much time to talk to me and truly understand my goals, needs, "wish-lists," budget, lifestyle, etc. Both Sara and her devoted assistant, Sam, were dedicated to really learn who I was, ultimately becoming great friends. They were always on time, even when I wasn't, and I was always informed with new information when as it became available. Sara was available through the entire process, beginning to end, even providing advice regarding changing over my utilities. Deadlines were met when Sara said they would get done, regardless if they were legally binding or just a promise. If Sara said she would call me back at a certain time, it happened. If I had 1000 questions, which I of course did, all of them were answered. Not once in our months of working together has Sara ever not followed through with her word.
True expertise and experience can't be fabricated, which sets Sara Blandino apart from the crowd. Sara has been in the real estate industry, not only for countless years, but also from numerous perspectives as a tenant, landlord, realtor, and director/consultant/overseer of her own personal rehabs and property flips. Not only did Sara assist with my new purchase, but her insight regarding how I should best leave my lease was one of the many added bonuses as having her as my realtor. Then, on top of her amazing professional experience, her exclusive knowledge of St. Louis neighborhoods has evolved and grown with the city from living in the area her entire life. She knows where you're trying, and where you're not trying to invest in a home.
Overall, in my personal experience, Sara and Sam's in-depth knowledge of all pieces of a home was just innumerable. If you are a first time home-buyer, you want Sara Blandino! We could walk into a room, and I would know exactly what was up to code and what would fail inspection. Sara knew when carpet hid defects in floors. She knew which appliances, structures, plumbing, HVAC, roofs, foundations, etc. were nearing expiration, and she could tell me how much longer they would last. She knew what was original to homes and what was a cheap cover-up. She not only pointed out defects, but she knew exactly why and how they were caused. She recognized great potential, lost causes, what was overpriced, and what was lacking. She knew when to run not walk from deceiving homes, and when to run not walk to newly available properties. Because Sara understood the style of home I wanted, and since she personally called me soon as an exceptional property became available, I am able to currently write this review from inside that exact home.
Above all, I am most impressed that Sara and Sam personally came to my house, weeks after closing, to help reinstall my blinds, which I didn't even know were broken. I would recommend Sara to everyone I know, and I'm honestly so thankful to have the pleasure of working with her and having her as a friend.
From the moment we first spoke with Sara, she provided a high level of confidence and aptitude for our family to sell this home. Sara was exceptionally knowledgeable about what price she believed the property would be worth, and was able to get us more for the property than we were hoping for. She was able to truly fight hard to represent our interest as a seller allowing us to negotiate a price that was favorable to us, but also complete the transaction quickly. Our transaction required us to sell this property at top dollar quickly and that is exactly how she handled it. I would strongly recommend Sara to anyone looking for help with real estate as she is unbelievably knowledgeable about the subject and seems to genuinely love what she does.
I recently purchased a home with Sara Blandino, and I would be doing the world a great disservice if I didn't get my experience out here.
In my line of work, I speak with and have dealings with multiple realtors on a weekly basis, and hands-down Sara is not only the most knowledgeable, but most professional and customer-first realtor I have ever had the pleasure of doing business with. She recently represented me on a duplex purchase in South City St. Louis. I can honestly say, I could not have had a more pleasant and beneficial experience. She not only represented me to the fullest and got me the best possible deal (which was incredible watching her haggle and completely out perform the well known and experienced selling agent), but she provided me with so much education and never made me feel like I was dumb for asking any question, no matter how simple the answer. Which is more than I can say about a vast majority of realtors out there. She also is going above and beyond by helping me with her renting expertise in the city, as I will be renting a portion of the duplex. She did not have to do that, but it is important to her that the customer have the 100% best experience they can.
There were some unforeseen circumstances that occurred during the buying process that could'be very easily derailed the purchase of the home. Her knowledge and flat out ability to close saved the deal. I have no doubt that if Sara wasn't representing me, I would not be in this home today. Sara is an extremely talented individual who puts the customer's interests first and foremost above her own, or any one else's interests, and you would be making a mistake if you didn't chose her to represent you. Because if you don't, she may just be on the other side, and you will lose.