My 94 year-old mother recently chose George to represent her during the sale of her home of 57 years. Our family was fortunate to have been referred to George as he did an outstanding job in all aspects of the sale. His knowledge of the market and the potential buyer pool enabled us to establish a realistic listing price that quickly led to a full price offer from a well qualified buyer. The sale closed less than thirty days from listing, thus avoiding what we had anticipated would be a long drawn out sales cycle through the winter months. Also very important to us, George recognized that this was a traumatic change for my mom, and he was very gentle and respectful to her at all times. He always took time to be certain she understood the sales process and the meaning of any documents she was asked to sign. For example, when he presented the buyer's offer and my mom balked at signing, George immediately backed off and assured her that she could "sleep on it" without jeopardizing the offer. I imagine some agents would have pressured her to sign right away so they could lock down the deal, but George gave her the time she needed to understand and be comfortable with the terms of the offer. Because my mom's house was over 70 years old, we knew there were things that needed repair or renewal to make the house attractive to buyers. George gave us excellent advise on what repairs to complete before we listed the house, as well as what things would not be a factor to prospective buyers. This advise saved my mom a considerable amount of money, as she had assumed she would have to repaint the entire house, purchase new draperies for the living room, and replace the kitchen linoleum. George felt that none of those changes were necessary given the actual condition of the house. The repairs George felt were necessary prior to listing the house included foundation concrete repair and painting, painting basement window casings, painting one bathroom, and replacing a small area of flooring near the back door. George provided us with referrals to several handyman services. All of his referrals were very accommodating to our schedule, and within a week we had the necessary work completed and were ready to list the house. Later, when the buyers' formal home inspection identified several issues, we again relied on George's handyman referrals. Within a week's time we had the garage re-shingled, smoke and CO detectors installed in all bedrooms, some plumbing issues corrected, some electrical issues resolved, and some basement windows that were stuck closed had been addressed. In all instances, the vendors George referred to us were able to complete the work in a very timely manner, and the quality of the work was excellent. Through George's contacts, we also obtained the services of an estate sale planner who prepared and conducted an on-site estate sale. That sale allowed my mom to dispose of the possessions she no longer needed since she was downsizing her living space, including her automobile. Should I or any of my family ever need realtor representation in the Treasure Valley, we would not consider anyone other than George to be our agent.
Not all realtors are the same, and some will work harder for you than others. We had George help us list and sell our home in Boise, and then bought a new house out in Marsing. He was great, did all the things that a good realtor should, but one thing that really set him apart and made me glad that we went with him is the fact that he showed up to both of the closing appointments. He’s a busy guy and is constantly working with people and helping others, no matter what time or day it is, but he made sure to be there for both closings just in case. My dad always said that if you find a realtor that shows up to the closing, then you found a great realtor. In my experience that couldn’t be truer, and George is a great realtor.
I started working with George Tallabas in 1991 to purchase and resell “flip” residential homes. It didn’t take long for me to discover that whatever George told me I could take to the bank. As of the writing of this testimonial I have now purchased and sold 94 homes using George exclusively and I have told everyone that George is the best Idaho real estate agent there is. I have gone out of the country before and I signed over blank power of attorneys to George. I did this in case anything ever happened to me and also in case George found a property he knows I would be interested in he could buy it for me. I simply trust George this much and I have no doubt he has always had my best interest at heart. Aside from using George on 94 transactions to date I have referred numerous friends and family members to him and he has treated them all with respect and helped each and every one of them purchase or sell a home. George is a tremendously successful agent but you would never know it by being around him and talking to him. He is as down to earth and real as they come and this is saying a lot for a real estate agent I have had many agents come to me wanting my business but I have told them all that the only reason I will stop using George is if he dies or retires. I have also told George that I love him. No, he and I are not gay, that is simply how much I respect him and how valuable of an agent and friend he is. He is the best Idaho real estate agent there is hands down. James L. Taylor 208-602-8994