Kim Villeneuve | Managing Partner | CenterStone Executive Search, Inc.
To Whom it may Concern,
When relocation is the sticking point in attracting a premiere candidate, it's not enough to depend upon the corporate relo services provided by our clients. A relationship with a truly skilled and multi-dimensional real estate expert is crucial to the process. Terry Sprague understands that it's not about selling a house. It?s about being an extension of the recruiting firm and of the client organization by selling the community, matching lifestyle requirements and navigating the process of getting the whole family on board. True recruiting partners, Terry has the ability to predict and address objections and provide creative solutions based on current market trends. He is an innovator, in his industry and combines creativity and intellect to close every deal. †In good markets or during turbulent times, there is no better way to round out the recruiting process than with respected and truly talented partners like Terry Sprague.
Kim Villeneuve†| Managing Partner†| CenterStone Executive Search, Inc.
O: (425) 836-8445†| C: (206) 618-7628 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday, May 13, 2011
Sotheby's International Realty
I wanted to let you and your supportive team knows how much your services have helped my entire family with this Major Transition. Moving from the U.K. back to the USA is a large move and from the first point of contact, I knew you and your team were the perfect fit for us. Having started the process in the U.K. with viewing properties virtually is completely different then actual viewing them in person. Your true dedication, drive, determination and Wiliness have surpassed my expectations. As a professional myself, I typically have very high-standards which is why you were such a fantastic fit for me and my family.
Corporations are typically provided ?outsourced relocation services and they seem to miss the mark on the details that must come together while families are in the process. It can make an impression for an executive to make the move based on the entire package. It?s imperative that while we have made these moves several times that we have a team in place that will cover all directions for you. So many things can go wrong while in this transition and having Sotheby's cover all the details and knowing you can count on their overall services is critical in this transitional time. I would not only recommend them professionally I would personally as well. They were instrumental in this move for my family. They also have made this experience for us perfect!!
David Nelsen CEO, Giftango Corp
To Whom it May Concern,
Terry Sprague has shown phenomenal results for me and my family. If you are looking for an executive minded real estate broker, the search should end with Terry. Such a find is difficult; It means someone that is business savvy, entrepreneurial and that has a high level of real estate acumen. The business savvy and entrepreneur has come out in Terry in several ways. He has sought out innovative methods to both search for new homes and market the homes he represents. When dealing with executive level clients he listens, and then when the home is found he will negotiate on behalf of his client in the manner an executive would expect. Often times I have found that brokers are less worried about what is best for their clients, and more worried about simply putting a deal together. Terry has told me when he felt an investment was unworthy, even though he knew I was likely place an offer.
Terry helped me personally find a home in Lake Oswego. He stood with me through a six-month ordeal to acquire the home in a short-sale situation. He has found homes for many of Portland's elite. He has no doubt separated himself from his peers as someone that can do things at an entirely different level.
I give Terry my highest recommendation.
David Nelsen email@example.com -CEO, Giftango Corp." back to top
Kermit and Diane Yensen
" May 16, 2011
Terry Sprague Broker Sotheby?s International Realty
I hope you are doing well. Please feel free to show this letter to clients and prospective clients at your discretion. If one or more these people would like to talk directly to me, that would be fine as well.
Diane and I were introduced to your agency as we started to take steps to move from Lake Oswego, OR to Bend, OR in the fall of 2009. We had a number of questions about the first step in that process, i.e. selling our house in Lake Oswego. As you know it is a house with some major assets and some liabilities. And, as you also remember, it was a very challenging housing environment. Our questions included the correct time to list the house, the best way to position the house, i.e., focus on the property or focus on the house, and how to price the house. Clearly we wanted to maximize the value we could get from the house, but we did not want an extended sale process. We initially worked with several realtors and asked them all for their perspectives on those questions. Your answers made the most sense to us, even though your price estimate was lower than that provided by others. You clearly stated a) your opinion that the market was continuing to soften, and b) your philosophy to set a market viable price and hold firm, expecting a reduction of no more than 5%.
As we engaged with your agency, you helped us come with a timing plan, a presentation plan, an advertising plan and price, balancing the factors above. When we did publically list the house in the spring of 2010 we had strong traffic which, after several weeks produced a strong offer. After a brief negotiation on the price resulted in a price within the 5% range discussed earlier. Some issues came up as a result of the inspection which you helped us work through to a satisfactory result from our point of view. We were able to close on the house, at the originally negotiated price, within several months of listing.
We used the proceeds from the sale to buy a house in central Oregon with which we are quite happy.
As you suggested during our sale process, housing prices, particularly for high end homes, have continued to decline.
We appreciate your contribution to the process, and will use you again if circumstances warrant.
To whom it may concern:
I have had the opportunity to work with Terry Sprague for a number of years both as a client and as a business partner.† In all my interactions with Terry, he proves himself to be the consummate professional.† Whether listing a home or finding the ideal property for his clients, Terry works tirelessly to give them the highest level of customer service at all times.† I have used many realtors over the years, and Terry is the standout realtor from all of my transactions.† He goes above and beyond to make me feel as though I am his most important client.† His communications skills are excellent, and I find it very easy to rely on his skills to help me through the entire home buying process, which can be very stressful.
I whole heartedly recommend Terry Sprague and his team to anyone in the market to buy or sell their home.† He truly is a gem.
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Jeff Chase President DP Northwest
"To Whom It May Concern:
Terry Sprague has handled two challenging real estate transactions for us. The processes required much skill and diplomacy and Terry excelled in our behalf.
Terry has the ability to really listen to the needs of his clients. He tirelessly does his homework and knows how to utilize his many resources in service to the client. He is very professional yet has the good humor and welcoming personality to make him a pleasure to work with.
Sotheby?s and Terry Sprague are highly respected in the industry and in the community, where Terry gives back through his dedicated involvement with charitable work.
Terry and his highly efficient support staff do everything they can to give you the best possible experience in your home buying or selling activity. He is a terrific individual and I am happy to give Terry and his Sotheby?s team my highest recommendation.
Greg Hogensen Senior VP Morgan Stanley
To Whom It May Concern:
My wife Dianna and I first met Terry Sprague about five years ago when we stumbled onto an open house he was holding in Lake Oswego. At the time we were considering making a lifestyle change in the form of selling are current home and downsizing. Having been in the corporate world for the last twenty-four years I have learned what the traits of a true professional are. Terry has been incredibly patient with us and gone to great lengths to expose us to many different options as far as locations, styles, price and most importantly emotional feeling. He knows the local markets as good as anybody but more importantly he is creative always looking for ways to make both parties involved in the transaction feeling like the deal is a good one and if they don?t he figures out alternative solutions. Our experience with Terry has been of the highest professionalism and integrity. He has always been available for us and follows through with his commitment. If you are looking for a true professional that cares and knows how to put a deal together Terry is a great fit.
My first encounter with Terry Sprague was over negotiations for property in Cannon Beach back in 2006. He impressed me so with his knowledge of the market, and positive approach to this very difficult transaction. No hurdle or objection could diminish his enthusiasm and drive to put this deal together. Terry's commitment to his client, attention to detail and customer service, are second to none. He has raised the bar for all agents striving to make it in this business. If excellence is what you?re looking for, if honesty and integrity are what you need, you have found that and more in Terry Sprague.
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David P. Byko
"May 15, 2011
I?ve had the pleasure of working with Mr. Sprague in my last relocation endeavor. He served as both my buying and selling broker.
I believe Terry to be without peer in his industry. In most real estate transactions, there are a variety of challenges ? and some can be deal breakers if not handled with immediacy & professionalism. Terry handled issues with diplomacy, personal care, and constant communication. I was thankful for his support in times of stress and his ability to simplify and make sure we continued progress towards our goal.
Presently, I consider Terry Sprague to be a close business associate in the community, and I know that I can always count on him to offer sound advice.
I would recommend Terry as a strategic partner and consultant to anyone buying or selling a home.
David P. Byko
Area Vice President
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Mal & Seitz Real Estate
1800 Blankenship Rd. Suite 125
West Linn, Oregon 97068
I am writing this letter of recommendation to you today, so that you can share it with associates and future clients to demonstrate how unique your services are. In the last five years that I have been doing business with you, I have never seen another Realtor with such outstanding relationships with his clients, colleagues, and other members of the community.
When Terry begins to assist a client, he focuses on the needs of the client and his or her family as a whole. He realizes that the needs from one family member to another may vary greatly, and goes above and beyond to meet the needs for each family member. As a broker myself, I know that this is a great challenge of being in the real estate industry. He listens to the client?s wants, as well as their needs, and uses these characteristics to find a client the perfect fit.
As a professional, Terry is a person who I would gladly partner with at anytime. He is a unique character with an outstanding approach to business. He always carries himself in a professional manner, but this does not inhibit his energetic passion from showing as well. He?s ready to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week if the opportunity calls for it. The personal relationship that he builds with clients enables them to trust him and refer his services to their closest loved ones as well. There isn?t anyone else that I know, with the exceptional services and outstanding relationships that Terry has. I would be more than happy to recommend him at any time.
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Thank You Daniel Baldwin
"To my friends at Sotheby's,
Hello, This is Daniel Baldwin. I am writing you today because i feel compelled to do so. As I'm sure you can imagine, being from a famous family of actors that Alec, Billy, Stephen and I have very specific and frequent realty needs. Of course when you mention realty Sotheby's is the international choice. Her in Portland I have had the honor and unique experience to have worked with Mr. Terry Sprague. His incredible eye for properties of interest and keen ability to listen to all of our needs was truly a God send. Terry explained every single option to us, right down to the tiniest detail. He left no stone unturned in his relentless 24/7 effort to satisfy our many needs. He told us from the very first day, "ask me, it's okay." What a totally relaxing feeling to have when going through what can be a very stressful life changing event but with Terry's expert guidance and meticulous eye for detail, it actually became a fun and exciting process. I have been in this situation before in life but have never enjoyed or received the type of service provided by Terry. I wanted to take the time to write this letter as small token and thank you to him for going way beyond the call of duty. We just thought you should know as do many of my professional athlete friends and celebrity actors, that if you are considering any kind of realty transaction in Portland Oregon you must call Terry Sprague.
Just wanted to take a moment to provide some feedback from a consumer's point of view.
I know that often in your line of business, the only typical forms of feedback are either getting referred or getting replaced.
As clients, my wife and I have had the opportunity to evaluate your services.
In short we're impressed and delighted with the professionalism and value offered.
Your team at Sotheby's seems focused, coordinated and seemless in our dealings.
It's apparent that there are several things you do behind the scenes to roll out the level of service that you do as a group.
We have the impression that you are hands on to each small measure of satisfying our needs.
I know a brief letter to you in your busy day may not mean much.
But, perhaps the term "highly recommended" in use while we speak with our friends about your business could.
Thanks for the excellent work, Terry.
Those tasks you do and then refer to as just minor details aren't.
They've meant alot to us.
Mahmood & Gaylyn Sher-Jan
Terry Please use this letter for client introductions.
We are one of many delighted clients of Terry Sprague and Sotheby?s International Realty and highly recommend Terry and his staff. We particularly appreciate Terry?s professionalism, customer focused approach and business aptitude. Terry has the exceptional ability to listen and come up with creative options that blend and fulfill the professional, personal and family lifestyle requirements of his clients. Terry works tirelessly with a great attitude and sense of commitment and honesty. As business executives with busy schedules and demanding requirements, Terry and his team were the right choice for us.
Please use this letter to introduce your services to future clients.
It has been a pleasure working with Terry Sprague, our Broker from Sotheby?s International Realty.
We were making major life plans to move to Mirabella in Portland, and this was one of the most important transactions of our lives in order to achieve or future retirement goals.
From the time we invited him to our home to the point that we received an offer on our house, he has delivered up and beyond, personal service, updates, reviewed offers, and persevered to market our property to achieve the best final results!
We would like to strongly recommend Terry as a wonderful choice, of character, passion and a broker that will get the job done for a successful transaction.
I have known Terry Sprague for over 25 years. He is one of the most professional individuals I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Terry is highly knowledgeable in his field but more importantly to me, is that he operates with the utmost integrity.
In addition, working with Terry is also just a pleasure. He makes what can be a highly stressful process as smooth as possible.
"To Whom It May Concern:
My office and I have had the pleasure of working with Terry Sprague and Sotheby's International Realty for some time. We have been continually impressed with his professionalism and attention to detail. Our area of expertise is in the affluent client arena and we are comfortable in referring our clients to his capable hands in that we share the same concierge and high touch approach. Due to the nature of our industry we work with many different real estate brokers and Terry and his firm stand out as being the very best of what they do.
My agency has been part ofthe Lake Oswego community for nearly 50 years and I can with confidence recommend Terry for any clients moving to the area. Particularly clients that require high touch and that extra attention, Terry will be the perfect fit!" back to top
May 28, 2011
Sotheby's International Realty
696 McVey Ave., Ste. 200
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
It has been six months since we closed escrow on our home on the central coast. Judith and I are so grateful to you for the manner in which you marketed and sold our property.
We know challenges abound in the real estate market yet you were able to promote our upper-end property to an impressive number of discriminating high-end buyers throughout the country and garner several respectable offers, culminating in a full price offer. We understand our home sold for the highest price on the central coast during the past six months.
Notwithstanding the complexities of the transaction which also involved two adjacent parcels and attorneys for both the sellers and buyers, you were able to keep everyone and everything on task and in focus. The closing intricacies were deftly handled and everything came off without a hitch.
We so admire your ethics and professionalism that we?re pleased to be working with you again in finding another dream home for us here in Portland. It is always a pleasure meeting with you as we take this next important step. We've worked with many Realtors over the years and without a doubt you are the best of the best. Your integrity, intelligence, compassion, artistry, and energy are truly inspiring. We feel fortunate to have you as our Broker.