Testimonials

I have recently worked with Tim McTavish, of Sotheby’s International Realty on purchasing a home in the Palm Desert area. When I contacted Tim, I was unfamiliar with the area. Tim took the time to get to know me, my preferences, likes and dislikes. He made suggestions on areas I may find most comfortable and then sent me listings from those areas. He patiently took me out to look at homes on five separate occasions. His patience and guidance were paramount to me finding the home of my dreams. I am extremely grateful to Tim for his tireless work and advice. He went far beyond just being a guy showing homes, he become a partner on my quest to find the perfect home for me. Tim was also there for me throughout the closing process. I would recommend Tim to anyone looking for a home in the Palm Desert area.  – Sandra Van Ert

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Tim McTavish contacted me on behalf of someone who had viewed my house from the street and who asked Tim to act on his behalf by asking me whether I would consider an offer on the house. Although the house was not listed for sale, I was open to an offer.  The offer was made, and I accepted it.  Tim represented both me and the buyer in a very professional way, and I do not feel that he showed any partiality toward either of us.  He was readily available whenever I consulted with him and was extraordinarily helpful throughout the process of negotiating the final selling price and facilitating our move.  I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.

Richard K. MIller

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“My Palm Springs home purchase with Tim was smooth and trouble free.  He was a true professional, responsive and efficient throughout the process!”

—William McClelland

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When I met Tim, at an open house I was not working with a realtor and just relying on various internet sites.  I consider myself very tech savvy and thought I could find the perfect house on my own by searching and filtering my way through. What these websites lack is Tim’s expertise and keen sense of timing. In real estate, timing is everything.
Once Tim found the perfect house, he quickly helped me put in an offer and 45 days later I found myself moving in.  I will always be so grateful to Tim for his care, his knowledge and his demeanor.  Thank you Tim – I found my dream home because of you.
Jeff A.

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We were prepared to make an offer on another property but wanted to check out one more home whose pictures and description were amazing.  Timothy immediately impressed us with his considerable knowledge of the property, neighborhood and local resources.  As we considered the issues and our options over the next few days he was continuously available to answer our questions and get needed information.  The escrow was quite short and there were a myriad of details to take care and tasks to accomplish of (on both sides), and Timothy kept everything moving along for an on-time closing.  We initially had some concerns about a single agent representing both the seller and buyer, but as issues came up we always felt that we were being well and faithfully represented.

Mark & Lynnette Kampe

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We had an excellent experience using Tim McTavish as our agent in purchasing a vacation home in Palm Springs.    Tim was professional, personable, knowledgeable, and responsive, at every stage of our home buying process.     Tim anticipated our needs, was on top of every deadline, and made the logistics of our long distance purchase incredibly smooth.    We very much appreciated his customer service and highly recommend Tim as your realtor!!

Steve & Julie

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I had made contact with Tim to view a property in Idyllwild that I found online, my husband & I met with Tim at the location only to discover that it did not quite fit the bill, Tim had a couple of other properties to show us and so off we went to check them out, the last property that we viewed happened to be the perfect fit for us and before we knew it we had submitted an offer, Tim represented both buyer and seller on this deal and worked extremely hard to make it work, our experience was pain free, everything was dealt with in a timely manner, all questions answered, it was the smoothest real estate transaction ever, you will be in the best hands when dealing with Tim, he is the best.
Pauline & Richard

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We have worked with Tim in 2 transactions to date, and have been more than pleased with his efforts to embark on a third.  He is competent, professional and full of  ideas.  He managed to  broaden our outlook to see possibilities that we would have missed.   We have had no hesitation in recommending him to friends who were also pleased with their working relationship.  We recommend him highly.
Regards, Alan Kemble

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We were very fortunate to have Tim to help us find our dream vacation home.  He listened to what we were saying and took that information and guided us to the perfect neighbourhood.  We found our dream home quickly and he made it a reality.

A good realtor is very hard to find so we hope you take our recommendation and hire Tim to help you make your dreams come true.

Sincerely

Sharon & Gary Laxon

Vancouver, BC, Canada

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After an extensive search in finding a realtor out of state, I found Tim McTavish. Tim stepped up to the plate without hesitation. He got the ball rolling immediately without any excuse. Within a minute of speaking with Tim on the phone I knew I found the right guy for the job. Professional and patient doesn’t even cover it. Tim goes above and beyond and then some. Need an agent? Tim will get it done!

Robert Biancuzzo, Westminster, MD

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We had a very good experience with Tim as our agent. He was most helpful with our concerns and questions. His prompt replies to our inquiries and availability made the transaction go smoothly. He was very knowledgable and we would definitely use Tim again in the future.

Gary & Barbara Hutchens

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If you are undecided about choosing a Palm Springs area realtor, but you want one who will work 24/7 for you with knowledge, patience, and perseverance the answer is Tim McTavish.

Knowledge—–completely  familiar with area and available properties; knows the perfect financial professionals to use in both buying and selling transactions; no one more aware of state and local real  estate rules and regs.

Patience—was willing to work with us for 14  months until the right property was found (and we can  be more than a tad difficult!).

Perseverance—willing to “keep on keeping on” with showing after showing, counter offer after counter offer, and clients (us) who changed their minds way too many times.

Yes, and if you want to make a new friend in the desert as well, Tim’s the one!

David and Susan Birney

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Working with Tim is working with a true professional. There were times during our short-sale process where we were about to throw in the towel. Tim was able to calm us down and bring us back to reality. Not only did he keep us informed each step of the way, he brought in other professional colleagues who were experts in their particular piece of the transaction. The conclusion being one of the quickest short-sale procedures in recent memory, according to other Real Estate Agents with whom we have spoken.

Tim’s attention to detail, and his ability to present all the facts in a logical order, made the whole process less stressful for us. We are truly thankful for his professionalism, and for him being our Realtor during this sale.

 

Dick and Arlene B.

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Seven years ago when we made the change from the beach to the desert, we chose Tim McTavish to guide us to the right home that fit our needs.  Although we were not first time buyers, we did have questions and Tim was always there with an immediate response and explanation.  We absolutely felt like he was working to make our dream home come true.  He is friendly, professional and respectful and was not at all pushy or intrusive in our decision making process. When we decided on another change of scenery to the North East Coast seven years later, there was no question we would choose Tim McTavish to sell our house.  The day after it went on the market, our house was in escrow with an full price offer.  The escrow was 17 days.  He sold it so fast it made our head spin and our wallet jump.  We highly recommend Tim to anyone looking for a solid expert with a passion for his job and a desire to please his clients.  
 
With regards,  
Joe Thompson and C.J. Derby 
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Tim McTavish is the consummate professional – knowledgeable/experienced, friendly, organized, communicative, and results-driven. He goes above-and-beyond to meet, even exceed, expectations to make the real estate buying/selling processes go as smoothly as possible. I wouldn’t hesitate to have him help me buy or sell a home again in the future (I’ve utilized him to do both).Todd Penske

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My partner and I met Tim by accident and it turned out to be our good fortune.  Not only did he find us a new home in the desert, but he also sold the small condo that we had been visiting for several years.
 
Throughout the purchase and sale, Tim was unbelievably patient, even when we couldn’t agree on what direction we wanted to go with a purchase. And when the sale of our condo became contentious, he kept us calm with an unwavering eye on the ultimate goal…to sell the property at a good price!
 
Tim is a true professional who puts just as much effort into selling a small property as he does into his pricier listings…and he’s also a lot of fun to work with!
Paula & Liz

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Hello Tim.

Just sending you this email to let you know that we really felt comfortable working with you.  You did everything in a timely manner and handled a lot of our questions with professionalism and knowledge.   All this includes the transactions, communications you did with the seller’s agent, explanations about the forms, your emails to the escrow company, our Credit Union, info about our condo complex, association,  and all those signatures that were required, etc, etc…..   And to boot, we ended up closing earlier than we thought.   In any case…we will be enjoying out new retreat in the desert and we will recommend you every chance we get to anyone interested in the desert area.   For real…not just saying it.

See you around sir!!

Sincerely,

Warren and Thu Garcia!!

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Hi Tim,

I wanted to let you know how wonderful it was working with you. You helped us transition from Michigan to Indian Wells effortlessly.
You took all the time needed in finding us a home that would fit our families needs.
By the time we visited our first 3 homes you understood our preferences. You were patient, personable, and always reachable.
Tim was outstanding through every stage of the process and we would recommend him wholeheartedly without hesitation.

Sincerely,
Mike & Kim V.

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We first met Timothy McTavish at an open house.  We were both impressed by his professionalism and knowledge of the Palm Springs housing market.  He was very patient in guiding us through the complex and rapidly changing market.  We can’t emphasize “patient” enough as our parameters kept changing as to location, budget, and style of property.  With Tim’s help we do feel that we landed up with the best property for us.  We were especially delighted when he said that negotiation was his favorite part of the process.  Thanks to Tim’s negotiation, we were able to find the perfect home within our budget.    We look forward to spending time in our new home in Palm Springs and hope to work with Tim again in the future.

Dave & Rebecca

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Tim,

You are one terrific agent.  Your staging was beautiful, your photos created an irresistable listing, your guidance helped us navigate the maze of inspections with little stress, your negotiations with the buyers’ agent led to a good compromise on price, and most amazing of all, you took us from listing to close in three weeks!!!  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

Sharon @ John

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We have worked with numerous real estate brokers in New York, California and overseas and without a doubt, Tim McTavish was by far the most professional broker with whom we’ve worked. Our interests were always at the forefront and Tim operated with the utmost integrity; he is the quintessential real estate professional.

Tom & Bertil

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We have worked with Tim over the past two years to find that perfect home in the desert! During that time he has been VERY professional,patient and supportive. He has a wealth of knowledge about the desert communities and helped us every step of the way.We always felt like he had our best interests as his priority. He was truly vested in finding a home that was the right fit for us. We have referred Tim to a number of our friends and will continue to do so!

Stan and Nancy Alm

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“Tim McTavish of Home Soethby’s in the Palm Springs area recently worked with us as we purchased our home in Rancho Mirage. He was professional, prepared AND patient as we went through the process from start to finish. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is thinking about a purchase at any price point.”

Bonnie Baggett

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To All,

Having recently completed a short sale, Tim guided us effortlessly through the process.   Within forty-eight hours, we signed the contract to sell, listed the property and had two offers.   Tim had the expertise and patience to negotiate with two banks, the buyer as well as providing timely updates and answering questions.  He also was able get us relocation assistance.

If we need help buying or selling of another property, Tim McTavish will be the agent of choice.

Sincerely,

Timothy P.

Duarte, CA

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Dear Tim

We would like to thank you very much for your VIP treatment. Your personal manner, professionalism and reliability made you an absolute pleasure to deal with, and we have only praise for your work ethic in every respect.

While we were still in Germany we particularly appreciated your  regular updates on your sourcing, screening and careful selection of properties that were fitting our budget and met our specification.

The personal tour of shortlisted properties during Christmas, which you gave us despite the holidays, was highly efficient and enabled us to make an educated decision on the spot.

Back in Germany we finally got all the paperwork done and closed escrow for our dream home within a very short period of time thanks, to your guidance and coordination with all stakeholders.

We will certainly recommend you as a trusted agent. Once again, many thanks for a job well done!

Irene & Hanns Marienfeld

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Hi Tim,

I know we have told you many times just how wonderful you are and how you saved us with how quickly you sold both of our “Short Sales”. The first one must have been sold in record time within 60-90 days from listing the property, getting a buyer and working thru the short sales process with the financial institution. You made the entire process so easy for us and stress-free. We had heard nightmare stories of how difficult this process can be but you were simply the ultimate professional. Your follow-through and your kindness were exceptional and you handled the hundreds of pages of paperwork so efficiently for the entire process from listing the condo, to selling, to the negotiations with our lenders. The second condo took a little longer but still you hung in there and got it sold and negotiated 2 loans on this one. Amazing is the only word that comes to mind!  Our lives are free of the stress of the financial burden of 2 rental condos we couldn’t afford and we really have you to thank for allowing us to move forward with a huge weight lifted from our shoulders.

Tim, we will recommend you to friends or others who are seeking help with real estate needs and especially in our case the Short Sale listing and sales process.

 

Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts for your assistance!

 

Take care,

Deb & Susan

Palm Springs, CA

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