Ben Strock

    “If you need a realtor in the Santa Cruz area, Ben Strock should be your first and only choice. Ben is extremely knowledgeable on anything related to housing within the Santa Cruz area as he is just dialed in. He lives locally and his Strock Real Estate offices are in the heart of Aptos. He has insider knowledge on homes that aren’t even listed on the MLS and he has myriad of contacts that can help assist you on anything you need to do to a house in order to get it “sellable” or if you are a recent buyer and you need house improvements to make it “livable”. He’s extremely professional, an excellent negotiator, hard working, fun, easy to work with, and his follow-up on all issues was un-paralleled. My husband met Ben around 8 months ago when we first started looking at vacation houses in the Santa Cruz area. Ben showed him some houses but we realized that we really were not ready to purchase a house yet as we needed to sell our vacation home in Tahoe first. My husband was impressed with Ben’s knowledge of the area and he especially liked that Ben didn’t pressure him like other agents we had met in the past. Six months later we did sell our Tahoe house after the ski season ended and we were finally in a position to seriously look for a replacement vacation beach home in the Santa Cruz area. By chance, we worked with a few other local agents and put a couple of offers on homes but it never worked out. After being frustrated and disappointed, we reflected on why we had been so successful at buying/selling several vacation homes in Tahoe. Partly it was because we had the best agent in the Tahoe area and realized we needed to work with best in the Santa Cruz area if we wanted to ever get a chance at getting a home. So we contacted Ben. He remembered my husband and Ben had also done his homework and knew a little about us in general as we had previously been at an open house the weekend before that was hosted by one of his agents. To make a long story short, within a week we found a home we loved in Aptos that checked all the boxes of our must haves. This house had multiple offers but Ben worked his magic and we were able to close on this house 2 weeks after our offer was accepted. Ben just knows the house buying process so well and he anticipates everything that needs to happen to make it actually happen. Ben took care of all the logistics such as the inspections and anything else that needed to happen. We don’t live locally so it was a big plus to have him handle everything. We are now looking forward to coming over the hill whenever we can to enjoy everything that Aptos has to offer! We are extremely grateful that we worked with Ben on this whole house buying experience as he made it happen for us!”— Joy Dunn

     

    “Ben Strock is a superstar real estate broker in the Santa Cruz area. He is an astute negotiator combined with great follow through, attention to detail and a kind, human side that helps round out your selling or buying experience. Additionally, he is connected to a team of professional contractors & vendors that are priceless resources for a new home owner. I do not think you will have any regrets when choosing Ben and his team for your next real estate transaction.”
    — Karen Grellas

     

    “Ben was the agent/broker for our 16th real estate transaction, and he was the best, hands down. His knowledge, professionalism, hard work and follow up of all issues was unparalleled. Above all, he was like a close friend or a family member – truly working for our interest at all times, and such a pleasure to work with! It is easy for an agent to handle a smooth transaction. However, ours was anything but, and Ben expertly walked the minefield of numerous issues, guiding but never pressuring, leading to a successful sale of our house. One of the things that set Ben apart during the interview was that it was obvious he would market aggressively using Internet and social media, which proved to be a key. He brought an expert photographer and another one for 3D walk through that made house so beautiful, we could hardly recognize it! Before setting the sale price, Ben did not simply show us the comps. He took us into several comparable houses, both up for sale, and just sold. The price was simply obvious after that, and it was set right. It is very difficult to get any service done in our area, but Ben has a few good, reasonably priced service people at his disposal, who got our house ready for the market in no time. After that, Ben and his team worked relentlessly to provide maximum exposure, follow up every lead and stay on top of every issue. I recommend Ben with no reservations, and wish everyone had him on his side during the sale of their house.” — Igor and Jasmina Pavlin

     

    “Ben was ethical, creative, attentive and receptive to my needs. It was a difficult sale but he handled it with grace and serenity. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering a real estate transaction.” — Ann Buscho

     

    “My wife and I are so glad we picked Ben as our realtor. He is a real straight shooter and a pleasure to work with. He and his team are local and knowledgeable. He always responded quickly with thoughtful and honest answers. When you pick Ben you also get his amazing network of lenders, title companies, other realtors…Thanks Ben for our beautiful beach cottage! You are definitely, the man.” — Frans Cartwright

     

    “Ben Rocks! He helped us sell our property in less than a week. Ben gave us professional guidance all along the way. He gave us great recommendations for preparing the property for sale. He also provided sage advice when issues came up during closing. Ben was patient, understanding and willing to negotiate for us. The marketing materials Ben created were the best we’ve seen from any home listing. He created a drone video, 3D tour and a beautiful photo album with fantastic wide screen photos on a website created with the house address within two weeks of our first meeting. The marketing materials helped present the house in the best possible way and we received an offer from the Broker Tour before the first Open House. We couldn’t have asked for a better agent and highly recommend Ben to anyone wanting to list their home in the Santa Cruz area. We hired an agent and gained a friend.” — Andrea Vollersen

     

    “Ben was the greatest at showing us a house that my wife and I fell in love with and at Marketing our Santa Cruz Beach House.  He is very well versed in the marketing and advertising of properties and had us 3 offers within one week of our home being on the market.  We had listed with other realtors in the area and had not received any offers.  Ben brought in a buyer from outside the area and we closed escrow 1 day early and for a better price that we expected.  He is excellent in returning calls and texts or e/mails, and is very sensitive to the emotional upheaval that people experience when buying and selling homes.  I can’t recommend him enough.  I would trust him again in the future when it is time to sell and look for another piece of property.” — Herb Morgenstern

     

    “Ben helped us find a beach house with a perfect fit for our family. He freely shared his rich knowledge of the real estate in the area as well as the history of the area. You could tell Ben was just as interested in us and our satisfaction as he was in making a sale. Ben communicated with us promptly, fully and accurately; this was very important as we were purchasing a second home over a thousand miles from our current home.” — Richard Krakowski

     

    “Ben is very knowledgeable in the world of real estate. He helped my husband and I find our perfect home. We felt he truly wanted what was best for us. He returned all my texts/calls right away, and was very flexible with our difficult schedule. He has a great reputation among other realtors, and we could tell he has networked extensively in the Santa Cruz area. We are so glad we were given his name by a friend, and would recommend him to anybody! Thank you Ben. ” — Christina Jones Owens

     

    “Just purchased, and sold, a home with Ben. From start to finish Ben was there for our family. Dependable, reliable, and honest… his office staff is wonderful… hopefully I have the honor of using him again… one of the best in the country.” — Ray Barragan

     

    “Ben was wonderful to work with. He helped us schedule the work so we could get the house on the market earlier. He paid for the staging which was wonderful. I was willing to by my house after all his work. We sold the house very quickly and he let me know of potential problems with the buyer up front. He was just great. I would definitely use him again.” — Beverley Ryan

     

    “Ben is the best! He handled the complicated details of selling my mother’s house in such a professional and efficient manner. He not only is very thorough and organized, he is kind, caring and understanding. He knows what to do, when to do it and sold the house within a week! I could not have been in better hand and I look forward to working with him again. I highly recommend Ben whether you are buying or selling – he will be all your expectations and needs!” — Wendy Ramos

     

    “Ben has sold two houses for us and one house to us, and each experience has been pleasant, personal and efficient. We consider Ben to be a personal friend who happens to be a local realtor who really knows the market and how to make connections. I recommend Ben to anyone who will stop and listen.” — Richard English

     

    “Ben is not only a great real estate agent, he’s a really great person. I enjoyed the process of looking for a home and finding a wonderful place with Ben. And it took awhile; It had to ‘feel’ right, as well as be a good investment. Ben was patient, and assured me it didn’t matter if it took years, he was there to help. Ben is totally honest and there to represent you. He’ll find you what you want in a property, and stay on top of every aspect of the process. He is loved by his clients, as you can see from the reviews, but he is also highly respected by other agents, and that helps immensely when you are in a multiple offer situation, or when there are extra layers to a sale. He’ll get it worked out, take the pressure off, if there is any, and make it happen. And it doesn’t stop there; after I bought my house he introduced me to other people in my new neighborhood, and I instantly had lovely new friends. Ben is a community guy and he is in it for the long term relationship with you because he really does care about the place he calls home. AND he’s a great business man if you are looking for investment property too… Analytical, empathetic, and on it!” — Leslie Shackelford

     

    “When we decided to put our Seacliff home on the market we knew we had to meet with Ben. Not only is his office in Seacliff, but he also lives in and loves the neighborhood. Selling your first home isn’t always the easiest. We had a lot of questions and concerns. Ben was always available for advice, and informative. He is very professional and really knows Real Estate. We needed a little yard maintenance and Ben connected us with a great landscaper that was affordable and dependable. The landscaper’s wife was a cleaner. We hired her the day we moved out and she was amazing, as well.  After our selling experience, we are happy to call Ben a friend and we would love to use him as our agent again.” — Melissa Johnson

     

    “Ben was a great support when selling this house because we lived over the hill.  He went above and beyond to help us sell the house.  Ben is very honest & trustworthy.  He never gives up.  He became a friend as well.  Thanks.” — Ron & Carol Dunn

     

    “During our almost 40 years of marriage, my husband and I have purchased and sold more than 20 properties.  For the last several of those we were lucky enough to have Ben represent us.  We thought we were seasoned pros, but Ben’s knowledge of real estate made us look like amateurs.  From buying to selling to leasing Ben knows it all, and is always readily available to guide, explain and help.  We will always be grateful to Ben for helping us fulfill our housing dreams.” — Mary Volk

     

    “Ben Strock is one the best agents with whom I have ever worked.  Don’t let his laid back style fool you as that mind of his is always churning and burning, working hard for you.  Not once during my entire listing with him did he suggest that I lower the listing price on my home to make his job easier.  He was always offering encouragement, and keeping me positive and fully informed every step of the way.  I would not hesitate to use him again if the need ever arose.  It was just a really good overall experience.” — Jean Starcevich

     

    “Ben first helped my husband and I a couple years ago to find a rental property to buy. We did not find anything in the summer but later in the winter he helped us find a townhouse. I feel Ben will be our long time trusted real estate advisor. He knows the area, other realtors and contractors. He understands the market, buildings issues and building codes. Ben is easy to work with and has strong business skills. Ben is an excellent choice if you are looking for a real estate agent in the greater Santa Cruz area.” — Diane Abraham

     

    “Ben helped both myself and my husband as well as my parents find a home. He was extremely knowledgeable about specific neighborhoods all over the area, school districts, as well as home structure, potential issues and maintenance. He was highly recommended to us by family for his honesty and integrity. He is a straight shooter, a master negotiator, responsive and attentive to all questions and proactive at solving the unforeseen problems that are often associated with buying a home. He and his team go far beyond the extra mile to ensure you not only find the perfect home but the process of buying the home is as smooth as possible. He would be the only realtor we would recommend to anyone buying a home in Santa Cruz County. Thank you so very much Ben!” — Kendra Bell

     

    “My husband and I have had the opportunity to work with Ben again recently.  We were looking for another investment property in the area and Ben took us out to show us several places that met the criteria we gave him.  Although we haven’t purchased again quite yet, we were both extremely impressed with Ben’s knowledge and what really blew us away was that when we were walking around the neighborhood, we couldn’t go more than a block without someone stopping to ask him real estate advice, or a former client stopping to say hello to him like he was an old friend or family member.  We are DEFINITELY in the best of hands with Ben and would tell anyone to work with him.  Everyone in the area knows him and trusts him– I love it.” — Alison Swisher

     

    “My husband and I are both in the commercial real estate business in Northern California and Ben Strock is the best residential agent we have ever worked with and have had the pleasure of knowing.  I started looking for a property online and talked with several agents in the Santa Cruz area.  He was the most responsive while not being annoying and pushy.  His knowledge of the area is very obvious.  He went above and beyond in ‘constructing’ the real estate deal and was creative in putting the sale together.  We appreciated him every step of the way and consider him a friend now!”      — The Vanderbunts

     

    “We always had hoped  of having a second home at the beach, but never thought it could happen.  When we had given Ben, with his knowledge of the Santa Cruz area and market, was able to find us the perfect home for our family and our budget.  There was never any pressure or unsolicited emails.  His connections to financiers and inspectors helped to make the transaction go quickly and smoothly for both parties.  I can’t say more about our great experience with Ben, and his entire team.  If you want someone who is completely knowledgeable about the Santa Cruz area and has the connections, you need Ben.” — Chris Curry

     

    “Ben is an amazing realtor! His knowledge of the area is phenomenal and his breadth of knowledge is the same. He went above and beyond to help us find the correct property for us and attended to many details for us. He did an awesome job, and we highly recommend him for your real estate needs.” — Debbie and Dave Phippen

     

    “Wow, did I luck out when I met Ben Strock in my search for a home in the Santa Cruz area! Ben was instrumental in getting me into my home that I am totally in love with. Ben knows how to keep it real; savvy and smart in understanding the real estate industry along with the ability to focus on his client’s personal needs. Rating = ultimate/over the top for Ben.” — Terry Hall

     

    “Ben has provided us with superior service. He was extremely knowledgeable about his real estate market, he is very professional, but also very personable. He helped us find the right property, negotiate a good price, while it was fun going through the process.” — Paul Krug

     

    “We first became acquainted with Ben 8 years ago, soon after buying our first Seacliff beach house.  We were so impressed with his knowledge of and love of the Santa Cruz/Aptos area that we vowed to enlist his help if we were ever to buy again.  That opportunity came this year.  We really were not actively looking to buy, but spotted a home on Trulia, called Ben, and he immediately set up a viewing of the property.  He was already at the home when we arrived and by the time we greeted each other and walked to the front door, he had already imparted to us a wealth of additional information about the home, the neighborhood, and the surrounding area so we could feel completely confident in making an informed decision about the property.  With Ben’s expert help we were not only able to buy the house but to sell our existing home as well.  Through both the buying process and the selling process we bombarded Ben with a barrage of stupid questions, crazy worries, and ‘what ifs’ by way of phone calls, texts and e-mails.  But in true Ben fashion he was exceedingly patient, always accessible, and so competent and detail-oriented that we had nothing whatsoever to worry about.  If you are ever traveling through Seacliff you should stop in at Ben’s cozy seaside office and meet him and his adorable assistant, Sarah.  Two of the nicest people and most competent realtors you will ever meet!” — Mary Volk

     

    “Ben sold me my first house. I had casually spoken to a couple of other realtors at open houses, but none were as knowledgeable about the area of Aptos and Santa Cruz as Ben. What also makes Ben different from other realtors is he won’t sell you a house just to sell you a house. He wants to get the right house for you. He gets to know his clients and what they want.  The deal for my house was not easy. It was a short sale. Short sales are anything but short! He invested a lot of time into helping me get the house I wanted. The house was a diamond in the rough, but Ben helped me see it’s potential. I am very thankful I chose Ben to be my realtor for my first house. I love my house!”                          — Trisha Moore

     

    “I was referred to Ben by another very satisfied customer.   Ben knows the area, he knows houses and he knows how to get to what you want even when you are not exactly sure yourself.   Ben is prompt and thorough answering questions you did not know you had.  This purchase was my third but it had been over 10 years since my last so my memory of the process had faded somewhat.   With patience, Ben went over details as many times as it took.   Without reservation, I would recommend Ben Strock.” — Eileen O’Connor

     

    “Dear Ben: I can’t thank you enough for all the work that you did in completing the sale of our property. Your work in pricing the property initially, your advice on how to fix it up, your follow through on all of the fix-up work, and your handling of the actual sale just could not have been better. Kathy and I were very, very pleased with all that you did. We felt that the fix-up costs were modest and very much in the line with your advice. Again, many, many thanks for all the great work!” James Danforth

     

    “Ben is a classic example of a young entrepreneur – He is very tech savvy and customer focused. The results of these attributes are enjoyed by his clients who get his expert representation through a tireless spirit and expert negotiation skills. Whether you are selling or buying a home you should consult with Ben!!” — Tom Karn

     

    “What a find when we found Ben. We were considering selling our rental property and had talked to a couple of others but I happened to peek in his office and once I did, I knew I found the right guy. Ben really knows his stuff. Well connected in the community he has built personal relationships within the community and is on a first name basis with them all and that’s what it takes. Ben goes to the heart of getting to know his clients and goes the extra mile to get things done. What impressed us was [how] quickly he moves to get things done and always on top of the little details but all the time doing this with a laid that back Nicolas Cage personality. Persona, detailed, professional… we will certainly use Ben and Strock Realty again.” — Gary Addiego

     

    “Five stars aren’t enough to sing the praises of Ben Strock who recently sold my mother’s cottage in Aptos for me. I interviewed three realtors and was immediately struck by Ben. He is very familiar with the area and knows everyone, he is savvy about marketing and the new trends in terms of advertising, internet etc., he has an incredible, skilled and reasonably priced group of workers who upgrade the property prior to sale.  He is very familiar with the entire Santa Cruz coast area in terms of real estate, sales, prices, etc., and has boundless energy and enthusiasm. All this plus he keeps you informed every step of the way, does nothing without first asking you for approval, and does everything to make sure your property gets the best exposure possible. I do not live in the immediate area and yet Ben made me feel part of the process, he calmed me when I had concerns, he reassured me at every step of the process, was sensitive to the fact that this had been my mother’s cottage for years and that I had an emotional attachment to it. He never pushed me to sell when I told him that I might at the end decide to keep it. All I can say is that selecting Ben Strock to be the realtor who sold my mother’s cottage was one of the very best decisions I made in my life! I am not Jewish but the Yiddish word ‘Mensch’ fits him to perfection, he is ‘a person of integrity and honor.’  I might add that I was also very touched that, as he initially told me he would,  Ben donated 10% of his commission to a charity of my choice, this was something that none of the other realtors I interviewed offered to do! So 5+++++ stars for Ben Strock!!” — Paola Isolani-Sensi

     

    “My husband and I are in the very beginning stages of looking at buying a home here within budget, live out of the area and need to sell a home(s) which makes it a lengthy process.  We’re very undecided at this point on location, price range, whether to go w a permanent home or a vacation rental.  Despite our situation Ben has taken the time to take me on tours of the general area, pointing out much info, been most helpful, not pushy but is direct and to the point too which I like.  He’s energetic, interested, answers all my questions and takes your needs to heart.  Ben’s obviously very knowledgeable, experienced, has all kinds of professional resources we’d need.  We’ll definitely work with Ben and I’ve already recommended him to a friend in the area.” — Debbie Johnson

     

    “I first started working with Ben in 2004. Like many first time home buyers I was quite nervous. Ben made the process from start to finish quite enjoyable. I’m quite luck to have had Ben on my side for the last decade! [He] has a commanding understanding of California real estate.  Coming from a strong real estate background he has been a great resource for me.  After dealing with many real estate professionals its been refreshing to work with high caliber individual such Ben.” — Jon Petersmeyer

     

    “Ben advertised our home in more places than most realtors from websites to magazines to Silicon Valley newspapers.  He responded to questions immediately.  He did everything we asked and he and his staff were very helpful.  He took care of all major and minor details, being positive and confident throughout the process.  We especially appreciated that he followed up with every realtor who brought a client through and gave us feedback.  His communication with us and other realtors was exceptional.” — Carol Drocco

     

    “We found Ben somewhat randomly two years ago so didn’t realize how lucky we had gotten until much later.  As others have said, beneath Ben’s laid back exterior lies a mind and a team that can get things done.  He assesses property as if he were the buyer and speaks his mind so we never felt that we were getting a sugar-coated opinion.  Ben encouraged us during a 2 year on-again, off-again search and guided us through the purchase process.  During the search, Ben showed us many homes and we also attended open houses on our own.  More than once.  Hopeful competitor realtors asked whether we were working with a realtor already, and when we told them Ben Strock, they always responded with high praise for his knowledge and abilities.  High praise from his peers – doesn’t get much better than that!”                     — Carey Peabody

     

    “We were lucky to meet Ben where he was the seller’s agent of a home we recently bought. I would not hesitate one second using him again or recommending him to a friend. He is professional, responds quickly to phone and email, and is very pleasant to deal with. Both my husband and I were also impressed with his ability to think out of the box, besides being astute about legal/real estate law. He went above and beyond to help us close quickly so we could call our dream home our own. As a daughter of a long time real estate broker I  have seen all kinds of real estate professionals, and truly, he is one of kind.” — Suzanne Redfield

     

    “Mr. Strock helped us realize our goal at every key point, and we have a property that fit us like a glove, thanks to him!” — Carey Levash

     

    “We are so happy that we found Ben to show us around Aptos and help us find our FANTASTIC HOME!  We chose Ben from Yelp (that was easy: the only one with five stars). And we’ve been delighted ever since.  Ben saved us a ton of money in our negotiations for the house. He handled all the little issues that always come up very well, and was always a calm, reassuring voice on the phone when we called about the issues.  Ben was super about pointing out good neighborhoods and the good homes. We told him we didn’t want a fixer-upper so he showed us only homes that were in good condition. He steered us away from less-than-desirable neighborhoods. Ben really knows the Santa Cruz/Capitola/Aptos area.  Finally, Ben helped us find great contractors for trees, roof, and kitchen remodeling. All of them have been reasonable and reliable. Subsequent to buying the home we’ve met many people in the Aptos area who know Ben. We were informed by them that: 1) Everyone thinks he’s a great agent, and 2) Everyone loves Ben (I am actually jealous of this), and 3) Everyone thinks we are geniuses for picking him (we’re not).  So, bottom line? You pick Ben to be your agent and you will never be sorry.” — David Love

     

    “Ben is a very detailed, responsive, and honest real estate agent. We found that his knowledge of Aptos and the surrounding areas was very strong due to his hard work ethic and long time working in the area. Ben has formed very good partnerships with the local business community and fellow real estate agents. Ben was always very, very responsive to any emails or phone calls, and was proactive to uncover our needs and wants in a property, location, and amenities of the area.  I would strongly suggest working with Ben if you are in the market for real estate in the Aptos and surrounding areas.” —  Jack and Kathleen Stevenson

     

    “I would happily recommend Strock Real Estate to anyone looking for a new home.  As first-time buyers, we were delighted to find him always accessible, responsive, and very knowledgeable.  He patiently walked us through every step including a lot of messy ‘red tape’ as our home was a foreclosure.  With Ben’s help, we ended up with the home we have always dreamed of owning and couldn’t be happier.” — Gillian Stearns

     

    “I think it is very telling about a realtor’s character, when he says the only thing that marred his honeymoon was that I didn’t get my bid accepted on a house while he was away.  Ben not only has knowledge of the area, but can look at a house and see the building drawbacks and hidden issues that need addressing.  He is a delight to work with and has the patience and humor that makes looking for the ‘perfect’ place a fun experience.” — Wendy Cannon

     

    “We came across Ben accidentally while looking for a second home out-of-town.  Because of that, it could’ve been a difficult situation, but Ben stayed on the lookout for us, and found us a beautiful house.  It was not an easy process (because of incompetence of the OTHER realtor), but he totally stood up for us and got it done right!  We’re now 14 months post-sale, and I still defer to him for his expertise.  He grew up in the area and knows everyone.  Highly recommend!” — Margie Estberg

     

    “Ben stROCKS!!! If I were to sum him up, that is what I would say.  I have recently closed on the sale of a home but before listing it with Ben, had interviewed 4 of the top area agents.  Ben stood out immediately for his confidence, competence, compassion and just being cool!   I wanted someone with a can-do attitude selling my home so I chose Ben…and boy, did he deliver.  You should know that if you hire him, you also hire a whole team of amazing people who GET THINGS DONE, from his administrators to his painter!  For example, he thought I needed a new exterior light fixture and before I knew it, we were hopping in his car to go fixture shopping with his stylish assistant Sarah.  No sooner had we left the lighting store, when he phoned his handyman who was waiting for us as we pulled in front of the house and within 5 minutes the fixture was hung!   And this is just one example of many things he did expediently to get my house ready for market.  Ben had excellent ideas to make the house really shine and I know that these ideas brought me the best price for my home.  The house sold very quickly and for over my asking price, and he found me the BEST buyers!  Ben Strock not only exceeded my expectations as a realtor, but as a human being with heart and integrity.  I made the right choice when I chose Strock Realty.  No doubt about it.” — Robin Seagrave

     

    “I am always amazed at the local knowledge, patience and great customer service provided by Ben. His knowledge and understanding of personal finance, investments and real estate put him ahead of the game for sure. He will always give an honest opinion no matter the outcome and would never allow the possibility of a sale to influence his advice. The office is not only beautiful and clean but comfortable and in a great location. Ben is always happy to sit and chat or arrange a truly one of a kind housing tour with all the latest listings. A great start to your home buying adventure or resource for you investment interests.” — Elizabeth Chapman

     

    “We learned about Ben through a referral (good sign from the beginning) as we had a complicated situation in the midst of an eviction process. The property was in very poor condition and required significant repairs. In short, the place was a wreck in a very lucrative area. The challenge was that the property was in the Santa Cruz area while we lived in another city four hours away. As distance was a huge challenge, Ben was able to seamlessly organize the clean up and repairs of the property and took care of all the details for us, so that the house could be listed for sale in the shortest amount of time. Throughout the process Ben was always available to answer questions and kept us in the loop. He was quick to respond to emails and phone calls as well. After all was said and done, the house was on the market for less than a week and we had multiple offers. The property sold fore more than the listed price without a hitch! Ben was completely professional and worked very hard to provide the best service possible under very difficult circumstances. Moreover, almost a year after the sale of the property, Ben was happy to respond to real estate questions I had about [it]. I highly recommend Strock Real Estate!” — Adeliz King

     

    “Ben is a highly skilled and knowledgeable real estate agent. After working with him for six months and purchasing a house with Ben as my agent, I can without a doubt recommend Ben at the highest level and I would absolutely use him again for purchasing or selling my home.  Being very good at research and understanding of markets myself, I never really believed in the value of an agent. Ben completely changed my perspective on this as he masterfully understood what I was good at, and then complemented it perfectly in ways that I wasn’t strong– in particular with understanding of construction (cost of repairs/what repairs needed), things to look for– including the area (so things like code violations, ability to make landscaping changes, etc.), and more.

    Ben also ultimately made my deal happen. Through a listing of his, he found a buyer (of his other listing) that had a house that he thought we would love. Once he identified this potential opportunity and verified that we would be interested, he masterfully brought the deal to fruition. I think Ben is excellent in areas that matter such as area knowledge and negotiation skills. But there are some specific things that really impressed me with Ben.

    Perceptiveness — When I was looking for an agent, I never would have thought that I would value this trait. Specifically, Ben understood what my wife and I were looking for and I could always trust his judgement of a place. This was very helpful as I was not living in the area at the time. Additionally, Ben was always able to read my wife and I, and ultimately the seller as well, to understand how we were feeling about things–and then he did the right thing to address it. For example, I had some hesitancy after inspections as a number of things we didn’t anticipate popped up. Ben proactively addressed it and made good before I even had to really say anything to him. On the seller side, he knew the seller didn’t want to be heavily involved, so Ben himself paid for certain things to keep things moving, such as the roof getting cleaned so inspections could happen. He just knew the right thing to do at the right time and did it.

    Honesty — I genuinely think Ben is a good person and wants to do right by all. In my case he was both buyer and seller agent for the deal. Ben never once told me more than he should have as seller agent, which gave me high confidence that he was doing the same with the seller. He told it straight and was honest on both sides of the deal.

    Ben is very well connected as well in the area. Every inspector, mortgage broker, and attorney I spoke with knew Ben and always had great things to say about him. He really has a great reputation in the area.

    There is a reason Ben does some of the most deals in the area. He is knowledgeable in all the appropriate areas he should be, he is honest and a good person, and he is perceptive enough to know exactly what needs to be done or said at the right time — and he does it.                  — Rick Krakowski

     

    “Ben helped us find an ocean view condo.  I like him because he is not pushy and has a lot of local knowledge and easy to talk to.  Although we ended up buying the condo I had a feeling that he didn’t initially think that we were serious buyers.  Despite that impression, he treated us with patience and respect, and would point out aspects to look for in each property along with questions to ask.  I would highly recommend Ben to anyone looking for a real estate agent.” — Kanya Siriratanapol