TESTIMONIALS

Hear what our clients are saying about their experience with us:

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“We had an excellent buying experience with Lonnie & John, and now we count them as our close friends. From our initial meeting thru the final settlement and beyond, Lonnie & John partnered well with us in discovering our needs, elaborating options and providing practical advice in making decisions. They demonstrated patience and didn't hesitate to back up our thought process even if it meant to restart the search again. They are wonderful people to begin with, and we are happy to recommend them to anybody looking for a strong partner in finding a beautiful home.”

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Carol and Peter Van Brunt

We moved to California in the fall of 2019 and began our home search in the Bay area. We met John and Lonnie at an open house and quickly realized they would be a great fit for helping us find our new home.

They are very knowledgeable about the various towns in the Bay area and helped us understand the nuances of each town. They showed us numerous properties in multiple towns over several months and were always patient, understanding that we had not seen the right home yet.

Peter greatly appreciated John’s knowledge of home maintenance issues and how problems could be addressed. John and Lonnie were always willing to talk us thru the pros and cons of a property and give us a clear assessment without any pressure. Even when we became discouraged with the process, they helped us to stay positive. They would help us find the right home.

We did find a home that suited us perfectly and John and Lonnie even arranged for their painter to come in to paint right after the closing. Perfect! We would highly recommend John and Lonnie to help anyone go through the process of buying or selling a home. They are experienced and professional and we feel that they are not only our realtors, but also friends."

 - Carol and Peter

Sue and Girish

“We had an excellent buying experience with Lonnie & John, and now we count them as our close friends. From our initial meeting thru the final settlement and beyond, Lonnie & John partnered well with us in discovering our needs, elaborating options and providing practical advice in making decisions. They demonstrated patience and didn't hesitate to back up our thought process even if it meant to restart the search again. They are wonderful people to begin with, and we are happy to recommend them to anybody looking for a strong partner in finding a beautiful home.”

- Sue & Girish

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Travis and Alyssa Haymore

We had just had our first child and were wrapping up the long list of projects for our home in Willow Glen.  Ready to embark on a new adventure in a new neighborhood we turned to Lonnie and John again to discuss next steps.  They brought in an all-star team of local market experts, contracting contacts, and home staging professionals enabling us to translate our hopes and priorities into plans and milestones.  We recognize how critical it is in the Bay Area to have a team with local insight and contacts in your corner, Lonnie and John are that team.  We are incredibly thankful for their presence and guidance on the sale of our Willow Glen home along with the subsequent purchase of our new home in Los Gatos.  Our entire family thinks very highly of them, not only as realtors, but as friends.

- Travis and Alyssa Haymore

Chintan & Dhara Tank

As a first time home buyers we couldn’t have asked for better agents representing us than The French Realty Team of John & Lonnie! We have known them since the time we were casually looking about a year ago.

There are so many parameters that go into a house hunt and one can get bogged down. But they helped us define & through conversations fine tune the requirements; all the while keeping us honest. This went a long way in making sure we were not looking at properties that were completely out of scope (both requirements & vibes wise).

Drawing on their tremendous experience they gave us insights on various stages of home buying - what to expect when, neighborhoods, cost-to-live ability, resale value, market (loan & house), home improvement, maintenance, little quips from different house hunts & the list goes on.

Before we met them we always had this vague idea about realtors being a demanding bunch, who push their clients to buy fast and high. But we were pleasantly surprised that was not the case with John & Lonnie. In fact they actively counseled against couple of places which we thought were good but they knew it will be a nightmare of a deal.

They did not rush us but at the same time always put the facts on the table, their insights & then trusted us to make the decision. They always reassured us, no matter what, that they are with us. From experience we can say, this matters quite a bit having been on the lookout for a decent time.

It’s an enormous advantage, if your agents are personable & make a great rapport with sellers & their agents. In the market this competitive (& this tilted in favor of sellers) it can make a difference between winning the deal & just missing out. It would be remiss of me if I did not mention their due diligence & full use of modern technologies.

If you are looking for diligent, persistent agents with wealth of knowledge who also have your best interests at heart, look no further than John & Lonnie. We are proof.

-- Dhara & Chintan Tank

Darrel & Jocelyn

To us, Lonnie French and John Davis are the dynamic duo: They get the job done. Within two weeks of meeting them, with their guidance, we made our first offer on a house – and it was accepted! Then during the stressful mortgage approval process, Lonnie cut through the red tape to ensure the lender completed the job without unnecessary delay.

Competing in the Silicon Valley housing market can be pretty daunting, but thanks to John and Lonnie's expertise, advice and hustle, we're now happily living in our first home. 

--Darrel and Jocelyn Ackerman

Ryan & Charie

 

John and Lonnie were invaluable in our home search for a fixer-upper with strong bones that we could live in comfortably while we fixed it up. Lonnie did the legwork to make sure the places we saw in person met our needs, and John was so knowledgeable about how to assess what was important in a house, what was fixable, and what was a deal-breaker. What we finally bought, a 100-year-old California bungalow, needed some attention and care, but John and Lonnie really helped us see the potential, and they were so right! My wife and I know we will be comfortable living here with our three young daughters for a long time because of the care and attention John and Lonnie gave us in making the choice. We have been so happy with John and Lonnie, and because of them, we're so happy with our new (100-year-old) house.

-- Ryan & Charie Skinnell

Priya & Vinod

Lonnie and John helped us buy our first home; they were the only realtors we worked with. There was never a moment that made us consider looking for a different agent. We first met Lonnie during an open house she had listed and it was game on from then, started getting regular notification, follow up calls and going on open houses.

We were very particular about our location, style and budget, thanks to Lonnie and John they made it happen. We bought our home during the peak of 2013-2014 market madness were houses were off the market in less than two week and wild bidding wars. It is always pleasing to work with someone who understands your financial limitations and not suggest a price that will make the offer acceptable to the seller, these are the kind of advice you will get from Lonnie and John.

We would not hesitate to recommend Lonnie and John to any buyer who is in the market.

--Priya & Vinod

John

John and Lonnie recently helped me close on the perfect house in a very competitive market. I've worked with a few other agents in the past and I'm certain I would not have won this bid if it were not for Lonnie's friendly, aggressive enthusiasm, coupled with John's thoughtful advice about the right offer price for the condition of the home. After the sale, they were both extremely helpful with recommendations for painters, termite work, and floor refinishing, all with great results and at a good price. Overall very happy and would not hesitate to recommend them to a friend.

... John

Rekha & Sam

Lonnie and John are the best!

They were extremely professional, and have helped us tremendously - way beyond the call of duty. We couldn't have done it without them! 

-- Rekha & Srinivas Sampath.

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Nina

“I know that when I need someone to help me with future selling/buying of properties, I will not need to look further.  I’ll be delighted to work with you again. I’ll be happy to refer you and your agency to anyone in my family and any of my friends, and be confident that they will receive the highest quality of service.”

--Nina Chen

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“We had an excellent buying experience with Lonnie & John, and now we count them as our close friends. From our initial meeting thru the final settlement and beyond, Lonnie & John partnered well with us in discovering our needs, elaborating options and providing practical advice in making decisions. They demonstrated patience and didn't hesitate to back up our thought process even if it meant to restart the search again. They are wonderful people to begin with, and we are happy to recommend them to anybody looking for a strong partner in finding a beautiful home.”

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“We had an excellent buying experience with Lonnie & John, and now we count them as our close friends. From our initial meeting thru the final settlement and beyond, Lonnie & John partnered well with us in discovering our needs, elaborating options and providing practical advice in making decisions. They demonstrated patience and didn't hesitate to back up our thought process even if it meant to restart the search again. They are wonderful people to begin with, and we are happy to recommend them to anybody looking for a strong partner in finding a beautiful home.”

Satoko Nakayama

“I was looking for an experienced, objective, and non-sales-y realtor to help me with buying a first condo in San Francisco and a friend of mine advised me to work with Lonnie and John. We went on an apartment tour one of the weekends and they provided me a lot of advice and tips that I didn’t think about initially. I also appreciated that they would be honest and raised concerns about a unit that I liked initially. They patiently address every question I had about disclosure documents and managed good relationships with the seller’s side when the mortgage process took a little longer than expected. I had a very positive experience working with them and would recommend anyone to utilize their expertise!”

-Satoko

Javad & Parissa

John and Lonnie are an amazing, well balanced team of realtors.  Each brings to the table their own strengths, lots of experience and a unique perspective to clients.  We worked with them when selling our first home in 2006 and couldn't have been happier.  They offered guidance on the market and pricing, impressed us with their attention to detail and were patient in bringing in the best buyer for us.  We felt like they always put our interests first when it came to analyzing the offers.  The end result was a strong buyer who bought our place for a great price.

They did such an awesome job selling our first home that it was easy to select our agents when selling our second home 12 years later.  We choose John and Lonnie again with confidence knowing they could navigate the fast moving market of early 2018 and help us get the best price for our home.  Their perspective on setting up the house for sale, pricing, marketing and all the rest of the details that go into getting the house on the market was right on again.  We ended up selling our beautiful home quickly and for well over the asking price.

John and Lonnie always put the best interests of their clients first and they deliver for their clients with absolute dedication.  We were so impressed with the outcome both times and would highly recommend them to anyone planning on selling their home.

- Javad & Parissa

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David & Liz

We actually met Lonnie at an open house that she was hosting. At the time, we were looking to move from San Jose to San Francisco, and Lonnie and John helped us both sell our old home and buy our new home. We were initially drawn to Lonnie's infectious enthusiasm and zest for work and life, but John's calm and methodical approach made this team well-balanced and effective. They took time to understand our unique needs, demands, and tastes, and helped us every step of the way. They first listed our SJ home, did all the work with open houses and comps, secured a number of offers, and in the end we were able to sell for a great price and contract that allowed us to stay in the home while we searched for our new place in SF. They then went with us to see dozens of properties in the city over many weekends until we found the one we loved, and they helped us secure a good price. We've remained in touch with Lonnie and John as they're genuinely nice, caring people, and would recommend them wholeheartedly for anyone looking to buy or sell!

- David & Liz

Alyssa & Travis

 

We met several realtors before finding Lonnie and John and it was such a relief when we did.  They truly listened to our priorities and didn't pressure us into a specific area, home, or price range.  A passionate, personable, and tenacious team Lonnie and John were in our corner every step of the way.  Armed with relevant trend information as well as local and historical knowledge, we're confident they could cater to the first time or most experienced buyer.  Their vast network of connections and familiarity with a competitive market made all the difference in our home buying experience.  We will absolutely be utilizing their expertise again in our next home purchase. 

- Alyssa and Travis Haymore

Kristina & Angela

 

As first time home buyers, Lonnie and John made the process as stress free as possible; they were excellent guides from beginning to end.  At the start, they took the time to understand our needs, scout houses and view them with us offering their opinions but never pushing.  Once we found a house, they explained all the ins-and-outs of putting together an offer and then how to navigate the escrow process.  We're happy where we are right now, but when it's time to move again, our first call will be to Lonnie and John.

--Kristina & Angela

Robert & Nancy

 

Rob and I want to thank both you and John so much for your professional services selling our home. You gave us good, solid advice and found creative ways to showcase our home so the prospective buyers would see it in its best light. The photographer you chose for the flyers made our home look like a million bucks...which it turned out to be!

However, the most important thing you and John did was to keep us on track during what was a very stressful time. You guided us through the daunting task presented by the paperwork and kept us on an even keel when faced with what turned out to be a couple of rather challenging open houses. Selling the house is the goal, but it's important to remember the house is also someone's home and opening it to the public is an emotional experience. You both were not only knowledgeable, but sensitive to this and we appreciate both.

Thanks again for your professionalism; behind the scenes hard work and kindness...you are a great team!

--Robert Clagett and Nancy Shepherd

Eric & Betsy

 

John and Lonnie were a pleasure to work with.  They made buying our new home and selling our condo at the same not only possible, but stress free too.  The two of them bent over backwards, making multiple trips out of the area to show us a house or two that would pop-up on the market.  If a document needed signing, and doing it electronically wasn’t possible, they were at our place with the documents right away.

Our condo was staged and made to look so good that I very briefly reconsidered leaving it.  Luckily we chose to sell because they got us top dollar for a condo that had been upside down for eight years, eclipsing the other units in our complex that were sold at that time.

Not only were my wife and I being very particular during our new house hunt, but we also had the extra headache of having a VA Loan on top of it.  If you’ve worked with a VA Loan, you know all of the extra steps it takes to get through the process.

They got us through our picky house hunting in a thin market, the VA Loan process, and selling our old condo for a nice little profit.

-- Betsy and Eric

Steve & Marta

“Lonnie and John exceeded our expectations in both the sale of our home and the purchase of our new home. We would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for seasoned professionals who are knowledgeable, experienced and provide the highest level of service to their clients.”

--Steve & Marta Sangervasi