We had a fantastic experience working with Steve Shanks, and I highly recommend him as a realtor. When we met Steve, we had all but given up on finding a house. We were first time home buyers who had been looking for several years in a very competitive market. We had unsuccessfully worked with several agents and bid on manyhouses. I was so burnt out and fed up that I had sworn off realtors! With Steve, everything changed. I always felt like I was in good hands and getting honest, thoughtful advice. I never felt pressured; I simply felt like he was trying to help us and look out for us. Steve was also very conscientious and extremely (and quickly) responsive when I contacted him with questions or prospective properties. I always felt like I was working with a consummate professional. Moreover, once we were in escrow, the inspectors he recommended were top notch. (When I checked with friends, I learned that they were regarded as among the best in the Valley.) Within a short period of time of working with Steve, we had our offer accepted on a house that exceeded our wildest dreams. I credit Steve’s guidance and gentle persistence with the selling agents that our bid was selected from among other competitive offers. We love our new house, and we feel lucky that we met Steve. During our search, he would talk about “friends” who had been clients. Now I understand why. It is hard not to like him, and I imagine that we will be in touch for years to come.
I've had the pleasure of working with Steve extensively while looking to purchase my home. He was forthright, diligent and honest in all our dealings together. Simply put Steve Shanks is terrific and think he is the most talented realtor that's working out there today.
We moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and were new to the CA real estate market. Steve helped us to navigate the market and find a home that met the needs of our family. We had fairly narrow criteria. Steve was very patient and intuitive to the types of homes that we might want to consider. He walked us through every step, as buying a home in CA is a very different process from buying a home in PA. Steve also helped us to find contractors to do additional work on the new home and has continued to be a resource when we have questions about maintenance. I highly recommend him as a real estate agent that can be trusted.
Honestly there is simply no way to adequately express my gratitude for all your professionalism, expertise and kindness to my parents supporting them as they went through the process of selling their home of 40 years in Encino. As their daughter, I was painfully aware of how difficult this sale and transition in their lives would be for them and our family. As you know, despite being in excellent shape for their respective years, Dad 91 years old and Mom 86 years old, their anxiety about the change and their need to maximize their recovery from the sale caused a lot of stress and concern on all our parts. I interviewed three realtors who came highly recommended and distinctly recall my first impression on meeting with you and my parents was one of relief as I immediately noticed your low key style, clear and articulate organized approach and was grateful to not have a “hard sell” at such a vulnerable time in all our lives. In addition to informing all of us about the process, I was reassured by your ability to listen to them, to respond to their and my many questions and to the fact that you did it with an honest acknowledgement of how trying the process could be while reassuring them that you would be with them every step of the way supporting them in every way. One never knows when you meet someone if they will deliver on all that they promise, you exceeded your promises and my expectations which were high as I understandably felt very protective of them and wanted to minimize the discomfort they were feeling in every possible way. My father would call me to tell me how much you cared for them, helped them with every word of the disclosures, discussed all the issues with the inspections and when we handled the actual negotiation, I was grateful for your patience and understanding as we worked through the many issues of dealing with the seller and seeing the deal through the rocky period to finally close it at a number that I felt was an excellent result for everyone. Even after the sale you visited my parents, were invited by them to the celebration of their new life in their new condo because they considered you part of the family and a primary reason they ended up feeling great about the transition they had originally dreaded. Thank you for everything you gave, for your considerable expertise about the market and the way to approach the seller, for your integrity, kindness and heart. My parent and I will be forever grateful.
WE DID IT!!! Thank you for changing our lives - I say that because buying a home really is a huge milestone and accomplishment in one’s life.
When we first started this process, we were like two deer in the headlights and had a million questions. All we knew was what we read online and in books about all of the horror stories. It's intimidating! After meeting with you, your confidence and calm nature put us at ease and we knew we were in good hands.
Throughout the process your patience with us was remarkable, it didn't go unnoticed. What really impressed us was how many times you explained circumstances or answered our questions when you could have easily told us to ask another person or talk to someone else. Your knowledge and ability to explain what was happening and how things worked in ways that we could understand helped us learn, make better decisions, and actually be a part of the journey as well. You were always easy to get ahold of and most of the time you were ahead of the game and calling us.
One of the outstanding memories we have was when we were negotiating and putting in our offer. It was STRESSFUL! We wanted the house so bad, and it had multiple offers. You were able to come up with a smart, strong, and effective offer. Your many years of experience and expertise shined at this step of the process. This is when we knew we were very lucky to have you on our team. Well, leading our team!!
It was a very eventful 45 days and of all the people we dealt with on the roller coaster of buying a house, you stand out in a remarkable way. We cannot thank you enough Steve! There is no other name we will recommend when it comes to real estate other then Steve Shanks.
We wish you continued success!
In early 2012 my mother decided to move into a continuing care retirement community after living in the same home for 49 years. My mother was overwhelmed with organizing her family’s home, downsizing, deciding what to keep and what she no longer needed and the process to listing and selling the home. My sister and I assisted as we could, including researching and interviewing several brokers and recommending our choice.
Steve Shanks is a model real estate professional. He communicates extremely well, sets realistic expectations, understands the real estate market and has years and years experience in the industry. Steve did a fabulous job marketing my mother’s home. He advised us how to best prepare the home for showing and was gentle with his recommendations. Professional photos were taken; he built a website for the property; the property brochure highlighted the offering to generate maximum interest and encourage strong offers. I understand each property is unique but I feel Steve was able to get my mother an excellent price with terms that met her individual needs.
I live in Oregon and my mother is in Southern California. Steve kept us both informed on a timely basis. I would recommend Steve without qualification and would welcome specific questions or calls. Best regards,
I must tell you I have met a lot of agents in my life and used to have 20 plus in my own office when I had Denton Properties in La Canada Flintridge. You are one of the best.
I meant to send you a note yesterday thanking you for making this whole process so smooth for us.
Bill & I are so excited about our new home and know that we have you to thank for our offer being accepted.
So thanks Steve, it was a pleasure working with you.
When my family and I decided to sell and purchase a new home we wanted to ensure that we had the best representation possible. Selling and purchasing a home is one of the largest decisions and investments a family makes. I was recommended to Steve Shanks from a close friend many years ago and I started a relationship with Steve. It took almost 5 years for us to make the decision to sell and buy in 2011.
Steve through the years was patient and supportive in helping us make the right choices. In a down market we were able to get full asking price based on his recommendations, strategy and insight. He ensured that when we purchased our new home he had our best interests at heart. He fought for us when needed and gave us different perspectives when it came time buy. I could not have made a better choice in selecting Steve to represent us. I will highly recommend Steve Shanks for any of your real estate needs.
We want to sincerely thank you for all your hard work and your prudent advice from beginning to end. Thanks to the overwhelming recommendation from a friend, we decided to interview you and almost immediately after, list our home with you. Although we were recovering from a failed escrow with any another agent and battling an incredibly tough market, you never seemed worried and you always managed to remain patient and calm. Your experience really came through during the tough negotiations, complicated disclosures, and delays with the bank. From the time we decided to work with you, we truly felt that you had our best interest in mind and were on our side. We never felt pressured by you to make a decision we were not comfortable making. At the same time, you were always willing to offer you advice and perspective, so we could make the most informed decision possible.
We believe that with you we were able to give our house the best chance possible to look its best. Everything from the breathtaking color photos or our home, to all the marketing, to your warm and personable approach, made our house truly stand out. Thanks to you we were able to get a good price on our home at a less than ideal time.
The only sad part, aside from saying goodbye to our home, will be saying goodbye to an incredible realtor and friend. We hope we can stay in touch and will definitely be contacting you again if we move back to the Valley or have friends or family that need a real estate agent. Thank you so much for your honesty, your calm approach, your prudent perspective, your attention to detail and your warmth We hope that all our future experiences buying/selling can all be this positive.
I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Steve Shanks over the past few months and I can’t say enough about his extraordinary effectiveness and professionalism.
Our situation had some unique challenges because it was an estate sale of my Mother’s home in Sherman Oaks-and I live in New Jersey. Despite the complications created by coast-to-coast distance, Steve made everything flow smoothly:
Whether you are buying or selling, I enthusiastically recommend Steve!
Thank you very much for all your patience and understanding throughout the Bothwell escrow. Jill could not be happier in the house. She is already starting to settle in after being stressed out from all the hoops the lender had her jump through. I appreciate how much easier you made this deal when many other agents might have been running around with their hair on fire. Once again, thank you. I hope we’ll have the opportunity to work together again.
All the best.
I recently sold a single family home in Sherman Oaks. Steve Shanks of Prudential California Realty represented me as a sales agent.
Steve was, first and foremost, honest in all aspects of the selling process, from our first introduction and exploration of him representing me to the final close of escrow. He was knowledgeable, efficient and effective. His follow thru on all commitments, big or small, was commendable. No issue or task was left orphaned.
I don’t recall Steve ever referring to anything as a problem. There was drama a few times in the process, which I considered normal, but the drama was never allowed to become a problem; it was resolved quickly and correctly.
I would be please to work with Steve again and would recommend his services to others.
To whom it may concern,
I retained Steve Shank’s services as the listing agent for the sale of my home in the Hidden Woods area of Sherman Oaks. My choice was driven by Steve’s reputation; he was a well known individual in the real estate market, and had a very positive, established reputation as a knowledgeable and professional real estate agent. In addition, Steve had an impressive track record of completed, successful transactions in which both the sellers and buyers were pleased with his work. Thus, he was my first choice when entering the market.
The challenges were fairly daunting with the sale of my home. Home prices were in a free fall. To make matters worse, I needed to sell my home as quickly as possible, and Steve had to negotiate his way through very complex matters specific to my sale that made his job that much more difficult.
At our first meeting, Steve clearly explained his strategy for achieving my goals. Beyond his deep knowledge of the real estate market and an understanding of where to place my property in terms of pricing, I found that Steve had a very sophisticated approach to the marketing of properties, a skill that sets him apart from most real estate agents in my mind, and a factor that was essential to the success of my home sale.
Steve’s skill was apparent as we began the process, and within 90 days my property was sold. This was quite a feat considering the state of the market. During the escrow phase, the process remained smooth, and we closed on time, without any issues arising.
In closing, Steve’s tremendous ability as a real estate agent is matched by his professional integrity and commitment his clients. I have, and will continue to recommend Steve to any sellers or buyers I speak with in Steve’s trade area.
Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to selling our home in Sherman Oaks. We were really starting to think that the market was such that we would not be able to sell this home without taking a huge price decrease and banking on potentially "risky" deals. Somehow, some way, you managed to show us that good things can still happen in a bad market. This process went so unbelievably smooth I felt like it wasn't really happening.
Thank you for taking the ball and running with it the way you did. We HIGHLY recommend you for anyone's home purchase/selling needs.
Thank you for your assistance in selling my condo in Toluca Lake. I especially appreciated the extensive information you provided me prior to listing. I found this very helpful, along with your expert advice, in determining the value of my home and getting the most for it.
I know selling a property can be very stressful, but I felt very comfortable and calm throughout the process thanks to your guidance. I had previously thought that once the offer was accepted, the rest of the process would be smooth sailing. I did not realize that there would be more issues to resolve and areas to negotiate on. You helped to keep me calm through all the ups and downs. The fact that it was priced right and I received an offer on the second day of listing in a slow market didn’t hurt either.
I would recommend you to anyone and will let you know when we are ready to sell our next home.