"My wife and I had contemplated eventually selling our log home residence and downsizing to a smaller condominium. Since there was no urgency to move we spent many Sunday afternoons looking at open houses for sale. During this time we had an opportunity to meet and interactwith numerous real estate agents. Of all the agents that we observed we were most impressed with one in particular, Dianne Minogue with the Houlihan Lawrence agency. Dianne was by far the most professional in demeanor and knowledge. In addition we were impressed with Dianne's community involvement and networking when we subsequently met her at a
shopping mall distributing pamphlets for a Chamber of Commerce event. When the time finally came to sell our home it was a no brainer to select Dianne as our agent.
Dianne outlined a comprehensive marketing plan backed by the full resources of Houlihan Lawrence. Despite the dismal housing market Dianne was able to arrange over fifty showings of our home In addition to a number of broker showings Dianne arranged a business networking meeting at our home. She was instrumental in the selection of our home as House Of The Day by the Wall Street Journal. Dianne made extensive use of the internet using outstanding photo shots including one from a helicopter. The printed brochure was equally impressive. During all the time that Dianne was marketing our home she consistently kept us informed and frequently buoyed our spirits with sage advice, optimism and good humor.
One final example of Dianne's determination to sell our home occurred while we were away on vacation. At an unexpected showing to a couple from out of state who were leaving the next day, Dianne and her colleague Rob Piper went far beyond what would normally be expected of real estate agents. They successfully surmounted unanticipated locked entry doors and an activated security system to show the home. Their efforts resulted in the eventual sale of the home to the same out of state couple.
In short Dianne is a dedicated and resourceful professional that I would unreservedly recommend.
Joan and I would like to thank you not only for your efforts in selling our New Hamburg riverfront home but to find us our new idyllic Red Hook lakefront home. Over the past fifty years we have made a number of moves, but have never found the comfort of a realtors personal participation and understanding of our needs and desires as we have with you. In an extremely difficult economic market, you were able to locate the perfect buyer for our historic waterfront home and at the same time find the perfect lakefront home for our current needs. You were highly recommended to us for your expertise in waterfront real estate and they were right. Your diligence in seeking what we wanted brought us a home that fit our needs, budget, and dreams to the proverbial "T".
Arnold and Joan
Michael and I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your sound advice and counsel during the recent price negotiation phase of our home selling process. Since it is both an emotional and financial decision for us, it was extremely helpful to have you on the other end to advise us based on the facts and keeping the broader picture in mind - that of the current market conditions and home values. By being able to draw upon your sound advice in this area we accepted an offer that I know we otherwise would have passed by. You enabled us to make the right decision based on real estate facts rather than emotion. Most importantly, we came to that decision comfortably knowing you were basing your advise on facts, expertise in the field and our best interest at heart. It was never about making a sale, for sales sake, it was about making an informed decision based on today's ever complex market. It was because of your expert advise that we accepted the offer and most importantly understood why it was a good offer and as a result we walked away feeing good about it!
So thanks again for enabling us to make a good solid decision. You have been invaluable in every phase of this process including our future purchase. You again enabled us to make an offer based on solid market analysis rather than just picking a number that sounded good. The facilitated a good purchase negotiation as well.
Now onto the closing(s)!
David & Michael
"To Whom it may Concern:
My name is Michael Minogue, and two years ago, I decided to sell my house of 20 years. My house was located on Manor Drive in the town of Poughkeepsie. It was located in the sub-division known as Scenic Hills/High Acres.
Selling a home is not always an easy decision, and with the general economic down turn, not a very timely decision, however, having made the decision to go forward, I decided to engage Dianne as my Real Estate Agent. The house was listed in early October, 2009.
The house was actively shown, and with some proactive suggestions from Dianne regarding a slight adjustment in the selling price, a young couple made an offer in late February, 2010. The house was sold and closed on during the early part of April, 2010.
My house was a neat, clean, up to date home, but it sold due to the efforts of Dianne. She was able to connect my house, with the buyers, thinking it would be a good match.
From start to finish, the house sale was as pleasurable as a house sale can be. It went smoothly with the exception of one neighborhood concern, which I was not aware of. Dianne addressed this concern in a professional, and matter of fact manner, and resolved the concern.
If I ever decide to enter into another sale of Real Estate, I would not hesitate, to once again, engage Dianne as my Real Estate Agent.
Michael F. Minogue
"We worked with Dianne on both the purchase of our DREAM home and the sale of our current home. Dianne was an absolute pleasure to work with. With regards to the purchase of our new home, she listened to every single one of our wants and wishes. She was there with us throughout the enitre buying process, and even after we had moved in. She was there every step of the way to answer any of our questions. With the sale of our current home, her advertising listing was complete and accurate with top-notch, professional pictures and a very detailed description of our home. Her attitude was always professional, positive and realistic. We always knew we were getting the truth from Dianne. She was always just a phone call or email away. We had never worked with someone who was so prompt with returning calls; we were always treated like we were her most important clients! We highly recommend Dianne Minogue to walk you through your home buying or selling needs.
Tony and Michelle M"
"Choosing Dianne as our broker was the easiest part of deciding to list our home in the fall of 2009. Her first visit to assess our place was honest and accurate, as much as I hated to hear it. We were in the process of painting, the house was a mess and she advised us to list at a price about $25k less than we really thought the place would sell for. But her list price was very realistic in the market place at that time. It motivated me to finish painting, decluttering and staging for her next visit when we were ready to list. Her expectations--and listing price--increased by the same $25k we wanted and our house sold two days later at its first showing! It was priced right and looking its very best thanks to Dianne's honesty and a lot of hard work. Staging absolutely works, so if you're serious about selling quickly, ask Dianne for tips.
Selling was the easy part for us. After our whirlwind sale, and pushing up against the expiration of the first time home-buyers tax credit (our buyer needed it), we needed a place to live. Dianne showed us 25+ houses in a month and was always available to meet our schedule. When we decided there just wasn't anything on the market that suited us, she found a builder in our price range and attended the first several meetings with us while we worked out the details. When it seemed possible that our deal might fall through, she immediately began looking for new listings that might work for us and showed us 5 more before we finally started to build our dream home.
Describing Dianne as a real estate agent couldn't be easier.....honest, tenacious, invaluable and a friend for life!
Thank you Dianne!
Mike & Tilly Nestler"
"I have known Dianne for a number of years and I have consulted with her on the buying and selling of real estate in Dutchess County a number of times. As a real estate investor, I rely on Dianne for her expert opinion of location and price whenever I am buying property in her territory. The same holds true when selling. When Dianne prices a property to sell, she hits the nail on the head! On our last deal together (Spring 2009...a horrible selling market for most), Dianne listed the property and we accepted an offer at 99% of the list price within one week! Unheard of in our area during that time...except for Dianne...check her track record...feats like this are "normal" for her! I whole heartedly recommend Dianne for ALL of your real estate needs, buying or selling. She IS the BEST you can work with!
Paul Bilotti, President
"While moving some of Dianne's clients over the past few years, they all could not stop saying how wonderful she was to work with. They mentioned that Dianne was knowledgeable, courteous and most of all worked very hard on their behalf. A true professional!
Arnoff Moving & Storage"
"Dianne is a compassion, competent and dedicated professional. She is thorough and innovative. I always have great confidence when I refer someone to her because I know she will provide the highest service possible.
Dr. Richard Gennaro
Gennaro Family & Sports Chiropractic"
"Dianne made the process of buying a house a breeze for my wife and I. As first time homebuyers, we had lots of questions. Dianne was there for us every step of the way, and always provided excellent service. She has the experience you need and the personality you want in a real estate agent. We recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy a home.
"I have done business with Dianne both selling her vehicles as well as referring clients to her. She is direct, ambitious, and effective. Clients I have referred to her have been very happy with the success she has brought them. Truly a pleasure to do business with!
General Sales Manager
"Whether you're looking to buy, sell or just need information on the real estate market, Dianne is THE person to consult. She is a true professional and has all the knowledge and tools to make your real estate transaction happen - in any market. When you need results, call Dianne!
"Dianne, thank you for all you've done for me. You never gave up and made this whole process so much easier. Your experience, professionalism, dedication, and especially your kindness and honesty make all the difference. You are a blessing and I am truly grateful.
"Dianne Minogue Specializes in Hudson River View Properties"
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