Whether buying or selling real estate, one finds in Beth DeGroen a knowledgable and trusted friend and advocate. Her outstanding sales record speaks for itself, but beyond the numbers is a solid real estate expert who both understands the intricacies of the market and is highly sensitive to the needs and best interests of her clients. We would recommend her without qualification.
I have had the distinct pleasure to have worked with Beth DeGroen to purchase two pieces of property and to sell another over a 14 year period on Vashon Island. In our first random meeting, when a friend suggested Vashon after I had been transferred back to the Northwest, Beth really took time getting to know my wife, my family, and I. She truly listened to what we wanted, and showed us only properties that fit with what we were looking for. After our discussion, because of her complete knowledge of the Island properties, and because she really knew us, she contacted a couple that was thinking of selling. She knew it would be a perfect house for us, and she was right! Beth brought buyer and seller together and everyone won!
I can honestly say that my wife and I would never think of using any other Agent/Broker for any Real Estate transaction on Vashon Island. Beth is articulate, driven, and the most knowledgeable agent I have ever worked with. Her knowledge about each property she represents, and each property she shows, is unmatched. You feel safe with Beth representing you, because she always has her client's best interest in mind, and she absolutely knows what she is doing. This is why Beth wins award after award.
Beth's ability to tell her clients the truth, in a diplomatic way, is a real skill and gift. Even if the information she is sharing at the time isn't necessarily welcome, she takes the inevitable emotion that accompanies purchasing or selling a property out of the equation for her customers. Beth has the integrity to do what is right, which ultimately benefits her clients completely.
On a personal note, it is impossible to not leave any real estate experience with Beth DeGroen, and not have a lifelong friend. Beth certainly is that. She cares about the people she works with and it is felt and demonstrated in very tangible ways.
I couldn't recommend Beth more highly to anyone buying or selling a home.
John Jenkel and Mary Paradise
We have worked with Beth through three purchase and sale transactions on the island. She is a consummate professional with superb judgment and attention to detail. Her depth of knowledge of island properties is remarkable, and she has a keen sense for property valuation. We have relied on Beth in each of our transactions, and always found her to be candid, honest and on-point. She is respected among her peers, well -informed of vendors and professionals required to assist in completing a transaction , and goes the extra distance to close a transaction properly. We recommend her without hesitation.
I met Beth 15 years ago when I was pursuing a move to Vashon Island. She really listened to what my requirements were and quickly found the perfect house as well as introducing me to the many wonderful resourses here on Vashon. We ended up becoming great friends. My parents decided to move here as well one year later. Once again, Beth's efficient and effective assistance quickly found the perfect home and made the process easy and joyful. Recently, both my parents and I enlisted Beth's expertise to both sell our existing homes and purchase new ones. We couldn't be happier with the result! Beth has the ability to listen carefully to her clients' wants and needs and streamline what can be an exhausting process into a delightful adventure.
L. Hays, Vashon
Beth always went out of her way to work with us to solve all issues which came up during the whole process of selling our home. Beginning with the listing, Beth was very clear about the importance of staging our home, and explaining clearly the marketing program she wanted to use and showed us many examples she would use to promote our home while on the market. I actually wanted to buy our home all over again after seeing the materials she had put together to sell our home. The actual sale of our property was very quick, and in the final move out stage a few problems came up which were my responsibility (not Beth's) and she came to my rescue immediately and was a life saver! I will never forget her thoughtfulness and professionalism, and will always recommend Beth and her team when I have the opportunity.
Patient & Delightful to be with!
We worked with Beth for about four years before we finally closed on our new house on Vashon this year. We lived out of state and didn't know exactly when we wanted to move, but Beth was very patient with us and showed us a wide variety of properties at various intervals throughout the years. In fact, we came to look forward to our house-hunting visits because, in addition to being a great realtor, Beth is also a delightful to be with. She gave us the benefit of her extensive local and real estate knowledge, and always told us about possible downsides of any potentially interesting properties. This was something we really appreciated, especially when viewing a house might have meant a four hour flight, perhaps for nothing. The biggest challenge for Beth was trying to accommodate my husband's and my somewhat disparate views on what constituted the perfect house. Anyway, we now each have our dream home, thanks to great advice from Beth, and, amazingly, it is the same house!
Beth worked with our family over several years to market and ultimately sell our waterfront home on Quartermaster Harbor. She was always well informed, pleasant to work with, and highly professional.
Darek & Ana
There is hardly a better expert on island living than Beth. In our first meeting she provided us with thick folder of information about island, press clips, tidbits, curiosities, cultural life, etc. Moreover, she was very diligent outlining risk of island living. She wanted to make sure that we are looking for the right experience fitting out lifestyle, etc.
Other than being a superior Vashon ambassador, Beth is very customer centric. When she works for you, she fights for you, with finesse. But she would also tell you when you've reached the point of overpaying. She is very responsive in returning calls and emails. This was very helpful in competitive situations. There is a very good chance that the house you are considering has been sold or represented by Beth in the past. She knows the hidden secrets of properties that no "onshore" agent would know.
We got very lucky that we've made our first contact with Beth. If we decide to sell the house in the future, I know whom we can count on to help us.
Peg & Pete R.
Beth puts her clients first. She was very intuitive in both understanding and addressing my needs in a very complicated real estate transaction. She persevered over a three year period when the going got tough and faced down a formidable adversary. She knows her business and worked very hard to manage multiple commitments in a very professional manner. She know the market on Vashon Island thoroughly and is alert and informed about changes in the market and comparable properties. She was a pleasure to work with, even given the frustrations of this particular deal.
Nancy & Chuck S.
Not only does Beth love Vashon Island, she knows it inside out. She has an in depth knowledge of the housing market, and is a no-nonsense broker who does not waste your time.
She was attentive to my concerns and helpful in navigating through related matters that surfaced in the process of my property sale. I had total confidence in her integrity, and therefore in her counsel. She was committed to closing the sale throughout the months we worked together, and demonstrated that she was a hard worker.
i have worked with other brokers before, and can say without question that Beth is at the top of my list of preferred brokers!
Ron and Joyce Frombach.
Beth has shown superior capabilities as our agent. She made us feel like we were her only clients even though she is extremely busy. She returns your phone calls very promptly and handled all of our transaction with complete professionalism and we would recommend her as an agent to anyone.
Beth was instrumental in making our home buying experience on Vashon a success. Always available with accurate answers and great insight. I highly recommend Beth to anyone considering purchasing a home on Vashon.
From listing to closing, Beth was a joy to work with. On the cusp of a several month market lull, she got my home under contract and I couldn't be happier. Thank you, Beth, not only for your professionalism, expertise, and knowledge - but more importantly for your authenticity, kindness and wisdom.
Becky B. - Vashon
Beth has lived on Vashon for years and is very involved in the community. She's down-to-earth, smart, and no-nonsense. My professional experience with her was as simple yet thorough.
I have now worked with Beth several times over the years. In our last transaction she helped us negotiate to close a short sale in rapid order, and worked hard to sell our house within 1 month during a major market lull. Beth is responsive, intelligent, creative and genuinely pleasant to be around. She is extremely knowlegable and I have learned much from her about the Vashon property market and how to think about buying and selling property. I highly recommend Beth if you are looking for a Realtor on the island.
There are many good realtors on Vashon. What sets Beth De Groen apart was her ability to listen to what I wanted in a house, and to figure out, in the limited Vashon inventory, which houses would fit my needs and wants. Also, she was so professional and easy to work with. I am very glad that she was my realtor!
We used Beth for a tough deal and she exceeded our expectations. We were purchasing a highly desired property on the water, on the west side of Vashon off Burma road, where very few properties have sold the last 5 years. In addition to a tight market we had 3 buyers in 2 states, a renter in the home we were buying (who had to leave) and a delay for closing. Beth was great from initial negotiation through pre-close (including great advice on inspectors, contractors etc) and through to funding and close. She was always available and always had thoughful advice. We will use her everytime we need something on Vashon and will reccomend her to anyone else who does.
Expert & Effective
Beth has lived on Vashon most of her adult life and knows the land and the people intimately. She is extremely easy to work with..patient, smart, thorough....we worked with her for over a year looking and looking for the perfect place. One day she called in the middle of the week and said we should come and see the house before it went on the market. It was perfect. We made an offer the first day and got the house which has been our dream come true. Beth is the most expert and effective Real Estate agent we have ever worked with...We recommend her to all our friends who are interested in Vashon.