After I accepted an academic position at Cornell, I sought the assistance of a real estate professional to help me with my relocation from Athens to Ithaca. Specifically, I was in need of a buyer's agent who could lucidly present me with my housing options from a distance, as my demanding work schedule did not allow me to leave Athens and come to Ithaca to conduct a casual house search. My needs and circumstances required finding an agent who I could trust, possessed good listening skills, was motivated, technologically savvy, and willing to put in the time necessary to present me with a complete picture of my housing options. Unfortunately, I found that finding an agent that met my expectations was not easy. James was the third real agent that I contacted and lucky for me, the third time truly was a charm. James made a positive impression on me from our first contact and maintained that impression up to and after my closing. I was very pleased with James' level of professional service...it is worthy of "Five Stars". If you are looking for real estate professional that will deliver on their promises, I would highly recommend James.
Dear Mr. Orcutt:
We wanted to let you know how helpful you were in selling our home of forty years. It had been a very special home to us, and not an easy decision to make. When we did decide, we contacted you, because we had known you for many years, since your childhood. We already knew that you were honest and dependable. You didn't prove us wrong. You took care of every detail no matter how small. You walked us through all steps and stages of the sale.
-Ken and Margaret Hotelling
James sold our home for us, and we couldn't have been more pleased with the way things were handled. He returned every phone call and email (which, unfortunately, we've found to be something of a rarity lately) and kept us informed during the entire process. It was the smoothest real estate transaction we've ever been involved in.
Should we decide to move again, we would list with James again in a heartbeat. It's so refreshing to find a "professional" who understands customer service and is as capable as he is detail oriented.
-R. Lee and Stephen Estes
I contacted James based on an excellent recommendation from my neighbor. Having been unsuccessful in attempting to sell my home on my own, I needed to find a real estate professional who could market my home, procure a qualified buyer, and facilitate the process so that it would be as effortless for me as possible. James was just that person. He provided me with an accurate market analysis of my home’s value, effectively marketed my home, quickly procured a qualified buyer, followed-through with the contract, and kept me up to date all along the way. I was highly impressed with James' professionalism, service orientation and follow-through. My experience with James was worthy of Five-Stars.
After accepting a professorship in Florida, I needed to sell three of my income properties in Ithaca. As such, I first engaged a large, generic broker to list and market my properties. However I soon realized that it was difficult for this broker to market my properties without a thorough understanding of what investors want to know (i.e., cash flow projections, sensitivity to change in interest rates and equity hurdle rates). A marketing approach that focused solely on visual appeals and subjective impressions was high in fluff and low in value.
After losing three precious months of marketing time, I met James Orcutt, who impressed me with his thorough knowledge and understanding of financial modeling. James promised me that he could market my properties from a perspective entirely different from that of the competition by creating a marketing plan that focused on sound financial analysis. James followed through on his promise. He marketed my properties from a numbers perspective and created wonderful supplemental marketing materials that showed: 1) how the properties were valued, and 2) why the valuations were logical. Thanks to James’ approach I was successful in selling all three of my properties.
If you have income property to sell or are looking for one to purchase, I highly recommend speaking with James.
-Tad Hara Associate Professor, Finance Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida
When I recently got my new job, I had to leave Ithaca in a hurry. My friend recommended James to me. I told James that I needed to sell the house as soon as possible and that I would be happy to just break even. He suggested an asking price that turned out to be just right to move the house quickly and was more than I expected. I was several states away when the offers came in, and James did an excellent job at keeping in contact with me as well as explaining the offers. I especially liked the fact that he wanted to be fair with the potential buyers by suggesting I not accept escalation clauses. After an offer was signed, the inspection required a few minor repairs. James arranged for the repairs for me and I only had to give my consent by phone or e-mail. In the end, I am very happy with the service James provided. My house was small and not worth much, but I felt that James did a much better job than the Realtor my neighbor was using to sell his much bigger and more expensive house.
Our family had a wonderful experience working will James Orcutt Jr. We found Mr. Orcutt to be conscientious and professional and more than willing to go the “extra mile” for us. Moreover, considering that we were eight months pregnant and trying to keep a 3 year old occupied at the time that we were house hunting Mr. Orcutt was more than patient with our family and our special needs. Mr. Orcutt helped us to do a lot of the work without leaving the comfort of our own home and was available for us regardless of the number of our questions. If we decide to move again we will not hesitate to contact James Orcutt Real Estate as our buyer’s agent.
-Taryn Bauerle & Marc Goebel