Jess & Dave
We were referred to Phil and Ariana when we set out to buy our first home in October 2021, not the best moment to buy your first house in Los Angeles. When I met Phil, he was so calm and confident that it would work out, I wasn’t so sure. He told us success stories about his clients that waited to find the right house and now they celebrated together. I was skeptical we would ever make his roster of happy clients.
The housing market was competitive, houses were selling in 24 hours, and we had everything to learn. I was worried we would have to compromise on neighborhood or settle for a home that wasn’t right for us. I was worried Phil and Ariana would feel they were wasting their time with us and pressure us to settle. But they never made us feel like that.
Many months and many offers later, on a Tuesday, Phil called and said something along the lines of “come look at this house right now.” He’d never done that before and I was confused because this house was the dream house in my dream neighborhood and it felt way out of reach. I actually said I didn’t want to go (in an attempt to save myself the inevitable heartbreak). Well, he worked around my reluctance and made it happen anyway…and like magic, they accepted our offer. In what world does your realtor tell you to dream bigger while you’re telling them to be more realistic?
In hindsight, I can’t believe they never pressured us to settle, to get it done faster. I can’t believe they never gave up on us or told us to lower our standards. Quite the opposite. When I look back, it’s impossible not to admit how much easier the process would have been if I just trusted them, they know what they’re doing.
The sweetest part of who Phil and Ariana are - is how genuinely happy for us they were. I couldn’t be more grateful they worked with us. It would not have happened without them. Thank you both so much.