Testimonials

Steven and Andrea

Simply put, without Jon Taylor we would not have found our wonderful, San Francisco home.

When we decided to move back to San Francisco after 9 years in Colorado, we were so jaded on agents that we decided to skip getting a Broker and instead work directly with listing agents on properties. We simply did not trust anyone to represent us. All that changed when we met Jon (who was the listing agent on a property we wanted to see). Jon immediately understood both what we were looking for, and how we work. He spent countless hours showing us houses all over SF (at our request) and helping us re-affirm where we wanted to live.

In the end, we found a house exactly where we wanted to be at a price we were comfortable with. We never felt pressured to speed up our search. To the contrary, John was more patient than we were. He really did want us to find the perfect home and was happy to spend as much time with us as that required.

As out of state buyers, the process of inspections etc. could have been a nightmare. Instead, Jon and his staff helped us with each step of the process, even helping to find us a place to stay while we were here doing inspections! The help did not stop there. We have been in our house from two months and Jon is still an invaluable resource. Jon recently recommend a dry cleaners to us. More importantly, all of the work we have done on the house has been handled by (wonderful) contractors and trades people recommended by Jon.

Many times a week we remark about how happy we are, and how lucky we feel to have found someone who knows the market, the houses, and his clients so well.

Elaine

“Gloria has an incredible work ethic, was (and still is!) always responsive to our needs and concerns, and exceeded all our expectations in a realtor. She is extremely intelligent, has a positive attitude, and genuinely cares about her clients. Her integrity is unassailable. But what truly sets Gloria apart from the pack is her vast and intricate knowledge of the San Francisco real estate market and the high regard that her peer realtors have for her. The importance of this last statement cannot be understated! From the moment we started working with Gloria, we were able to see so many properties that our previous realtor wouldn’t even have known about until it was too late. Her peers clearly trust and respect her, and it seemed that every realtor we met went out of their way to tell us how lucky we were to be working with her. Even people not in the real estate business have told us that we were in the “best hands” with Gloria. We couldn’t agree more and we are now happily living in a wonderful co-op apartment she found for us and brought us to see before any other realtor saw it! This is why we now call her, “Glorious!”

Christopher

Gloria has over two decades of experience with San Francisco residential real estate and has cultivated relationships throughout the business, which she leverages on behalf of her clients with unparalleled professionalism and aplomb. Gloria is the personification of positive energy, and her enthusiasm is infectious. I believe there is a great deal of value in hiring an agent who has a reputation of being pleasant but who you also know to be tenacious and strong on your behalf. I unequivocally recommend Gloria Smith to be your real estate agent.”

Kathy and Will

We decided to move to San Francisco from the East Bay and were referred to Jon Taylor by Paul Hastings, the CEO of OncoMed, who told us we would be in the best of hands. After carefully listening to us, he actually helped us better understand what we wanted by showing us houses that reflected our aesthetics and needs – a change from traditional to modern. He found us a house – a modern showcase home with the most stunning views, even from the shower. We appreciated a smoothly run and efficient experience. The entire process was certainly that. We admired Jon’s competency, professionalism and integrity.

Kathy and Will

Edward

I have never had representation in any real estate transaction as I have had with Jon. He is very invested in the best outcome for me, always considering every possible way he can assist with any real estate need that arises. I have been truly moved by his caring and impressed with his guidance. I trust his design sense, his real estate knowledge, his marketing recommendations…I just trust everything about him.

Edward

Stephen and Lance

Jon’s knowledge of the market & high level of professionalism helped us in both the sale and purchase of our homes. His experience and professional representation resulted in financial advantages to us that were beyond our original expectations.

Jon was able to give us comparable sales for our home within days allowing us to proceed with confidence on our bid for our new home. Jon quickly held a series of private agent tours of the house which resulted in two agents bringing forth prospective buyers.

Stephen and Lance

Robert

I recently worked with Jon Taylor on the purchase of a stunning new home in Clarendon Heights, and am now working with him on selling my current home in Cole Valley. In both transactions Jon has not only been an exceptional agent, but he has also been a dedicated and tireless partner and advisor. Jon’s passion for real estate is evident. His love for and knowledge of fine homes is truly impressive. And his expertise in local markets and the intricacies of completing a deal make him a cut above the rest. Combine all this with undeniable integrity and his friendly, approachable demeanor, and you have a real estate specialist I would work with again and again.

Robert

Ed and Phil

Working with Jon was a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience. Jon is highly skilled, has many years of valuable, high-end, real estate experience, and has a flair for fostering and maintaining open, communicative, trusting relationships with his clients. At all times we felt we were in excellent hands. Jon handled the sale of a very special house of ours and throughout the process, Jon kept us apprised of developments, and we were confident that Jon was doing his utmost in order to optimally market and sell the house, in what was a very difficult real estate market and time of year. And at all times Jon maintained a calm, thoughtful demeanor.

Linda, your assistance was invaluable. We never had to worry about any aspect of the sale process because you were always on top of the situation, ready to answer any question, relay any form or communication to us or to Jon. And your able administration kept the process flowing smoothly. Thank you so very much. Should we decide to sell or buy another house, we will not hesitate to call Jon and you.

Ed Graziani

Rana

“Sotheby’s was able to receive a value for my most recent sale that was over asking price—a result that can of course not be expected, but realized because of the excellent marketing and negotiating skills of my agent, Gloria Smith. Her instincts and judgment are phenomenal…She is dedicated, hardworking, unflappable, diplomatic, gracious, conscientious and thorough. Gloria is an adroit and creative problem solver and an adept negotiator. I am so pleased with the ease and outcome of this transaction that I would highly recommend her services.”

Jennifer and Paul

In a word, what’s great about working with Jon, Linda, and James is everything.

First impression: We had been working (more by accident than by choice) with a couple agents to move from our beloved home in San Francisco to Marin County, but after several months found ourselves more confused and overwhelmed than when we started.

By the time we met Jon we were contemplating putting it on hold altogether. He changed our attitude almost immediately. When Jon walked into our house he brought not just charm but a force of positive energy and understanding for both us and our property. He saw in our home what we saw in it and considering the scope and grandeur of most of his properties, we were impressed in how enthusiastic and knowledgeable he was with our unique architecture and location. We knew immediately he was the best person to sell our house and the best person to help us navigate the unpredictable waters of the bay area real-estate market.

Process and promises: Once we decided to put our house on the market, Jon made 3 important promises: He promised we would be on the market for a limited time, and he promised we would have multiple offers, and would sell significantly over asking price. All of these promises were kept. In addition, and almost as important, our experience during the process was so much less stressful and bearable because of our relationship with Jon and Linda Koehler. He and Linda never failed to listen and make time for our questions and concerns, and collaborated with us on every decision. We felt completely confident that they knew what they were doing and how they were getting us to our goals. In short, we were never confused and always felt both our financial objectives and emotional needs were being addressed. Linda was a dream come true in keeping the communication flowing and perfectly clear every step of the way. Jon and Linda took special care to make sure we worked at a pace that we were comfortable with and made decisions at precisely the moment we were ready, never before.

Integrity: It must be said that Jon, Linda, and James are the best of people. They are lovely on the inside and out. The team of creative talent Jon introduced was always top notch: professional, courteous, and talented.

His marketing approach far exceeded the norm in savvy and sophistication. We were extremely impressed with all the materials produced for our website, brochures, etc.

Every member of Jon’s team managed to win over the inhabitants of our house, from my husband and I, to our dog to our 4 year old daughter. This was a huge relief and eased the built-in sense of intrusiveness that comes from complete strangers entering your home on a regular basis. For me this was another reflection on Jon and Linda and strengthened my sense of trust.

Summary: As I’ve told them on many occasions, the only bad thing about working with Jon and his team is you end up comparing everyone else to them and coming up short.

We have recommended Jon to friends and colleagues and will continue to do so without hesitation.