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Wonderful experience Carrie was extremely professional and through from start to finish. She was very communicative, helpful and quick to respond to anything we needed along the way. We highly recommend Carrie for your real estate needs.
Chris and Denise Martinez, Buyer
Carrie should be your go to gal for all your realtor needs. She made moving from out of state to Colorado a breeze. All of our deadlines were met 100% thanks to her communication with us, our out of state realtor, our mortgage broker, and the sellers realtor. She’s a hard a** in the best way possible. I feel confident we got the best deal and the upper hand of all negotiations thanks to her. Additionally, we’re in our dream home in an area she doesn’t normal service (which says so much about how much she will go out of her way for you). To make it better, she even did some walk throughs and video chatted with us when we weren’t able to make it to several houses we were interested in. I can’t recommend her enough, especially coming from someone who has very little buying experience. She’s knows her stuff and will educate you along the way. 100/5 stars.
Carmen Saunders, Buyer
Helpful, Positive, and Knowledgeable. Carrie was very helpful and positive while buying my first home in a crazy housing market. We looked at a lot of different types of homes, and she was always very helpful when comparing all of the options. The buying process was super smooth all the way through and I hope I can work with her again on my next home purchase. Thank you Carrie!
Brendan Gonzales, Buyer
Carrie is hard working and has a very positive attitude throughout the process. Carrie was immediately attentive to our unique needs from the start of us building a new home. We have a disabled son with issues concerning his chemical sensitivities and his overall safety. We've moved a lot. Building homes for our son's needs has always been challenging, but never more challenging than during the Covid pandemic. Carrie never waivered in her quest to help us work successfully with some very difficult home builder employees. She communicated regularly with us and was very professional. Carrie maintained a very positive attitude throughout the process while still making it clear to the builder that certain aspects had to be resolved in a timely fashion. She also was the agent for selling our previous home. She gave us many updates about our home's market value as the market changed rapidly. Her suggestions about how to show our house were very helpful and relatively inexpensive. Our son who mainly communicates by typing recently typed, "I will be forever grateful for Carrie helping us get our new house!" All three of us highly recommend Carrie!
Dorothy Sutter, Buyer/Seller
The BEST experience I have ever had with a home sale. I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with Carrie Sexton. Carrie came highly recommended by my mortgage broker. She is highly respected in the community, and I felt incredibly fortunate to have her represent me in the sale of my home. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, communicative, supportive, flexible, organized, conscientious, efficient, reliable... in my opinion, she went above and beyond! Carrie had my best interest in mind, and also conducted herself with such fairness and integrity for all parties involved. For every decision I had to make along the way, I felt well-informed and well-advised (but never pushed). Even following the sale, she has been a great sounding board. Should I buy in the area in the future, she would be my first call as I have the utmost confidence in her experience and opinion. A few facts: My home had an offer after the first showing, was under contract within a few days, closed in 19 days, and I received above asking price. Carrie handled any surprises with ease and kept me up-to-speed on any changes as I was traveling much of the time. She was juggling several other open houses and contracts at the same time, and I always felt that my home and sale was a priority. I cannot thank Carrie enough for her hard work and dedication. I have bought and sold many homes in several different states. Working with Carrie was one of the most smooth, stress-free experiences. I truly hope to work with her again in the future.
Jennifer Hood, Seller
Carrie helped my husband and I purchase our first home in December, 2020.. We couldn’t believe how attentive she was to us and all our needs and questions. She is so knowledgeable and organized. I recommend her to all my friends and family looking to purchase a home because of her attention to detail and timeliness! Thank you Carrie for all your help finding our dream home! Timnath, CO
Colton and Natalie Bettger, Buyer
Our desire as sellers was to list and sell the property in a 30 day period. This required close coordination between renters, cleaning people, repairs and finally Carrie's expertise as a realtor. Mid January Carrie met with me at the property to discuss and advised on what was required to list and sell the property in a 30 day period. With her input, the property was prepared for listing by the first of February, at which time Carrie listed, negotiated, sold and closed on the property by March 3, 2021, above asking price. Couldn't be happier, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED Thank You very much Carrie. Windsor, CO
Mike and Debbie Miller, Seller
We recently sold and purchased a home with Carrie’s assistance and guidance. The sale of our home was extremely smooth and stress-free due to Carrie’s direction and knowledge. From the perfect price point based on her research, exceptionally professional pictures, and marketing we had 7 showings the first day listed and several offers within days. Carrie reviewed each offer with us to help us as sellers select the best offer and we were under contact within 4 days of listing. She worked with us through inspection issues and made an overwhelming process effortless. The purchase of our new home was accomplished because of Carrie’s positivity and tenacity. We looked at many homes and could not find just the right one – we thought we would have to settle but Carrie found the perfect home for us as a family. Carrie negotiated a great price in a very tough market and had all of the inspection issues taken care of by the seller. After having several issues with our lender Carrie was able to diligently work with the seller so that we did not lose our perfect home. We have worked with several real estate agents and Carrie is by far the most professional, thorough and caring agent we have had the pleasure of working with.
Amy Mosser, Sell & Buy
In February of 2015, my husband & I started our journey to home ownership after putting it on hold the fall prior. We seriously considered & discussed who we would want our realtor to be. After witnessing the sale of my Mothers house so quickly & efficiently, we knew Carrie would not only help us find our perfect home, but we shared a personal connection that we knew we could trust her completely. From our 1st conversation, I remember Carrie being very articulate, professional & well informed. She always made us her top priority, and we often felt like her only clients because of the time & attention we were given, despite many others also working with her. Carrie was always consistent with her interactions & communication, answering questions quickly. We knew we could count on her through all the ups and downs. What we appreciated most about her was her HONESTY. If she didn't know something, she would say and knew just who to consult for further clarification. She was also open in sharing her insight and opinions when asked, but left the decision in our court and supported us either way. She seemed as she had been in the real estate business forever, & had a great balance of toughness, sense of humor and endurance for the long haul. Although Bryan & I thought it would be the perfect time to buy, the market strongly disagreed. We put in offer after offer, always losing the bid. After our 3rd offer fell through, we were frustrated & angry. Carrie acknowledged these feelings, and counseled us through, giving us hope & trust to carry on. Thanks to her experience, we rallied on, changing strategy, and submitted our 4th offer. Immediately after, things felt different as the tides were changing. We held onto Carries advice and encouragement, and our strong faith of God carried us through. Against all odds it seemed, our offer was the one chosen & we moved forward going under contract. Despite delays in closing, due to construction of our home, we finally closed the 1st week of June to the home of our ABSOLUTE dreams. Carrie was such a key factor in our success, and I would HIGHLY recommend her to any potential client looking to buy or sell a home.
Meghan Lundstrom, Buyer
We recently found ourselves in the unenviable position of selling a deceased family members home. It required much cleanup and repairs including carpet replacement. Carrie guided us every step of the way. She went "above and beyond" making all the arrangements to get the home ready for sale. She met with vendors at the house to ensure that repairs were done correctly and in a timely manner. Under her guidance, the home showed beautifully and we accepted an offer in 3 days of listing! She is an expert negotiator as well! It was a pleasure working with Carrie and we would highly recommend her to anyone in need of assistance in buying or selling a home.
Pat & Joy Miller, Seller
Our experience buying a home in Fort Collins with Carrie was outstanding in every respect. She redefined our expectations for what a buyer's agent can do. We were operating under very difficult constraints, on a timeline, both my spouse and I in separate states, with highly specific expectations for the property we wanted to buy. Carrie worked hard on our behalf and was always responsive, knowledgeable, encouraging, enthusiastic, professional, and personable. She helped us negotiate an excellent property in a great location for a discounted price. She comes with our highest recommendations.
Joseph Prows, Buyer
Carrie was simply outstanding. She knows her stuff! She was honest and hardworking throughout our process of finding the right home. I highly recommend her!
Jon Willison, Buyer
Carrie was amazing ! As first time home buyers we really didn’t know anything about buying a home. Carrie really helped us step by step guiding us through everything! She was always available for showings!
Prisila Trevizo, Buyer
Carrie was a saving grace! We went into buying a home not knowing anything. As first time home buyers we were very anxious and clueless! But we had no need to worry we had Carrie. She guided us through the whole process and helped with every ,constant, question we had. She went above and beyond digging for all the extra information needed to buy our new home. It was a smooth process with no headache. We are so thankful for the hard work she put in for us from the beginning. She is your gal when it comes to finding your next home. Thanks Carrie Sexton
Cody Collins, Buyer
Carrie did a great job of understanding what we were looking for, and then finding it for us in short order. She handled negotiations for us very well and made sure that buying our new home in Loveland went smoothly. Since the purchase she has done a great job of helping us to look after the house from afar. Thank you, Carrie!
Giles Morris, Buyer
We had an outstanding experience with Carrie in both the purchase and sale of a home. Carrie was so easy to work with--knowledgeable and professional throughout the entire process. She was great about getting our questions or concerns resolved in a timely fashion and followed through on every detail. We will be recommending Carrie to all our friends!
Cari Roller, Buyer
Buying a house out of state is a very stressful situation. My husband and I are from California and we made frequent trips out to Colorado before we found home we were looking for. When my husband and I met Carrie Sexton, our Northern Colorado realtor for the first time, we knew we were dealing with a true professional and a genuine good and honest person. We felt very comfortable and at ease with her. She became a kind friend and advisor. Being unfamiliar with certain areas of Colorado, we asked a lot of questions. A lot of questions! We were very skeptical about why certain homes were on the market. We did not want to saddle ourselves with a retirement home that was too expensive to maintain due to utilities and taxes, one needing major renovations, or one in the path of major flooding or tornados. We were looking for our last dream home. Carrie became attuned to our personalities and lifestyle, our priorities, and the criteria that would make the sale. She patiently listened to all our needs and answered all important questions regarding the contract between buyer and seller, the inspection of the home, and what to expect at closing. Some of our questions needed researching and she always did her homework. She was quick to reply. We were in constant contact with her through emails and Colorado visits viewing possible homes. We never felt pressured by her to make the deal. If a home was not a good fit, we moved on to the next. She waited until we made the decision on our own. We were both quite impressed with her professionalism, her “can do” attitude, and her representation of our interests to potential sellers. Carrie always was willing to go “way above and beyond” what we expected from a realtor. We are now a couple living our Colorado dream and being close to our grandkids. We would highly recommend Carrie Sexton to represent your financial interest and real estate needs.
Michael & Linda Inouye - Buyer
Carrie was a godsend. She help me both sell and buy a new home, and it was the smoothest process ever even with the crazy dates, crazy market and million things to keep track of. As a seller’s agent, she was so on point and well prepared that my house sold in less than a week with minimal showings and above our original estimate of sale price. Her expertise in staging and photography/marketing made it an extremely attractive listing that I am kinda sad that more people didn’t get to see it. She was truly an advocate for me. On the buying side, her feedback was invaluable when looking at properties. In a very tough competitive market she always steered me right. 3 years ago when I originally bought my first property I went into offer wars and was quickly discouraged. With Carrie, she brought in a personal insight of the market that got me into a house that I love and was my first offer. She again advocated for me during negotiations on house inspection, price, etc. I would not hesitate to recommend Carrie to anyone. Like I mentioned before, super smooth transactions, she was an advocate for me, she responded promptly and her knowledge and experience were incredible assets. Seriously, don’t even think about it, she is your girl!!
Eva Rojas, Seller & Buyer