When my brother and I, as co-trustees of our family trust, made the decision to sell a rental town-home in San Simeon, we were referred to Bruce Koontz by a friend who owns a home in Cambria. Unbeknownst to us, Bruce had known our parents when they lived in Cambria about 20 years ago, and his daughter had taken music lessons from our mother. We took this was a good sign - it was clear that Bruce was a long term member of the community with roots in the area. Since neither my brother nor I lived in the area, we relied heavily on Bruce to represent us during the appraisal, home inspections, etc. which Bruce willingly accommodated. Bruce knew the market well enough to offer good advice about rejecting some low-ball offers which came in early, and we eventually connected with an offer right at the appraised value. A short escrow was requested, which meant we had to quickly give notice to our renter, who was quite settled after many years of residency. Bruce really outdid himself here, working hard to help the renter find a new home, and also providing a crew to help the move out complete in time for the final walk-through. On the day of the walk-through, there was still a large piece of old carpet in the garage that needed to be thrown out, but which was too large to fit in the association's dumpsters. Not a problem - a friend of Bruce's happened to be scoping a job at the complex that day. The carpet was cut up and hauled off with a smile and a handshake. Bruce's connection to the community and willingness to go the extra mile were evident throughout our relationship, and definitely made our lives easier.
Bruce assisted us with finding a very special Cambria home, situated on Lodge Hill with views of the ocean and Monterey Pines above Lampton Cliffs. Bruce quickly understood our desires and found a terrific property, in our price range, in only a couple of days. We recommend him highly.
Bob & Alexis Woods
Bruce Koontz represented me in the purchase of a second home in Cambria last year. Bruce was knowledgeable of the local market, he was efficient, professional and helpful. I don't live in Cambria so the entire transaction had to be handled through email and texting. When I needed my offer to be submitted quickly, Bruce made it happen. He's also a good person to know, if like me, you need local contacts for escrow, home inspection, remodeling, landscaping, spa maintenance or even for Monterrey Pine seedlings. Bruce seems to know everybody in Cambria and all of his contacts have turned out to be honest and hard-working. I recommend Bruce Knootz for your real estate needs without any hesitation what so ever.
Dang, this guy is good!! I mean dang, what an Agent. You know he looks like that famous Richard Gere and all, what more could you ask for, Dang!! He's a surfer dude too, dang! If you want a dang good Real Estate Agent, look no further, Bruce is the best dang agent you will ever find."
OK, all kidding aside:
Bruce's services were exemplary. He went beyond the expectations of an agent...very courteous, personable, and hard working. He is caring and easy to work with. The exceptional service he provided is commendable and he can always count on our recommendation
Looking at houses and making the major financial decision to buy can be hugely stressful, so having a guide with real local knowledge and insight is tremendously reassuring. Bruce Koontz proved to be such a guide last summer when I suddenly decided to retire on the Central Coast. Bruce made my house-hunt an experience that I am happy to remember. Bruce brought authentic friendly enthusiasm to my search, showing me different neighborhoods, and the types of houses that could be bought in each neighborhood within my price range. He provided me with information on local issues too and when I started looking in Los Osos even went so far as to introduce me to someone who could provide me with detailed information on the sewer. He is relaxed and casual, always ready to check out a new place, and he positively exudes the good vibes that come from living in a place as perfect as the Central Coast. He also made me feel completely welcome in this part of the world, which he obviously loves, and has kept in touch, even after all our business transactions were complete. Never did I have the feeling that Bruce was just trying to sell me any house, and once he knew what I wanted, he prescreened properties for me so that I wouldn't have to make a long drive each time something new came on the market. But when possible properties were listed, he would take photos and send them to me fast. Bruce also provided negotiation advice based on his knowledge of the local market. I should mention how easily all the paperwork associated with house buying was managed, even though I was living in L.A., and Bruce and I were conversing mainly by e-mail. I love both my house and my neighborhood, and I know that my happiness here is largely based on Bruce's hard work and dedication to finding me the house that I really wanted. Bruce was tremendous to work with and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to buy a house on the central coast. He is just one of those guys who won't be content until you have found what you are looking for.
Bruce ("BK" as we call him now) is truly the best! As we do not live in the area, we usually go up to Cambria on holidays and weekends. He is always there for us. Bruce is our lifeline to Cambria. His passion and love for the community, its past, present, and future, shows through whenever we talk about the area. We truly trust and depend on his knowledge and friendship.
Bruce is honest, sincere, caring and informed about all things Cambria. He has been so patient with us through our many home searches and in answering all of our questions. We consider ourselves lucky to have met and be working with Bruce.
Don and Ruth (and Candy, too!)