April 30th, 2014
A new job was set to bring us from Minneapolis to the Cedar Rapids area. Not knowing a thing about Cedar Rapids or the surrounding areas, we had no idea where to start or whom to talk to. To top it off, our daughter was 17 years old and the very thought of a move to her was seemingly the end of the world. At a time when we should have been excited about a new job opportunity in Cedar Rapids, the whole situation was clouded with uncertainly about everything else. Where should we live? What school should we enroll our daughter in? How bad is the traffic? Where should we do our banking? You get the idea.
One evening when we were at our wits end, we literally jumped on the internet and did a search for realtors in the Cedar Rapids area. Jason’s name came up and his Skogman Realty website was well done and easy to use. It was close to 8pm at night but we thought we would take a chance and call his office number. Much to our amazement, Jason answered and subsequently ended up spending close to 90 minutes on the phone with us talking about everything and we do mean everything related to a move to Cedar Rapids.
Immediately, Jason won us over. Tony was scheduled to drive down to Cedar Rapids for meetings with his new employer and Jason insisted on picking up Tony at his hotel to show him around Cedar Rapids for an afternoon. His knowledge of the area was incredible. He knew all the right questions to ask when it came to what we liked and what we didn’t like in a community. He is a great listener and is REMARKABLY gifted in communicating with people in face to face interactions. Never once did we feel rushed or feel like we were bothering him with all of our questions. His patience is something that honestly we had never encountered before.
The funny thing was that going into this, we honestly did not have plans to buy a home right away. Instead, we thought we would rent for awhile until we got settled and found an area we liked. Jason was more than willing to help us locate rentals and he proceeded to spend hours upon hours calling around on our behalf to locate a rental home for us.
As it turned out, there was a new construction home that Jason encouraged us to ‘just take a look at’. He felt everything about it, and the area it was in was perfect for us. Naturally we were skeptical, and initially rejected the idea. As time went buy, Jason continued to encourage us to at least consider the home. We did, and the rest as they say is history.
We bought the home (located in Hiawatha) and every aspect of it, the community, our daughter’s school, EVERYTHING is perfect. It is almost as if Jason knew exactly what we wanted and what we needed and he found it. The purchase process was literally effortless, stress free, and he was able to negotiate a very fair deal for everyone involved. Incredible.
But it didn’t stop there. Jason and his assistant Sharon continued to go above and beyond by helping to arrange visits at our daughter’s school, recommend activities for her to get involved in, introduced her to kids that were her age and introduced us to her future teachers, coaches, and even some of our new neighbors! It was unbelievable. Never and I do mean never have we ever felt more welcomed into a community.
We were thinking twice about going through with this move, and honestly, had it not been for Jason and Sharon, there is a good chance we would not have done it. Not only do we now have a favorite Realtor, but we also now have a new friend in Jason.
All we can say is if you are thinking of buying or selling a home, or if you are considering a move to the Cedar Rapids area, you can stop looking for an agent now and work with Jason. We have worked with many real estate teams over the years in different states and no one even comes close to Jason Vestweber, his assistant Sharon and Skogman Realty as a whole. Absolute perfection in every aspect of the experience from end to end.
To say that we are grateful that we found Jason is an understatement. We feel very lucky to have landed where we have landed, we love our new home, love the community and love Iowa! Thank you Jason and Sharon!
Kim and Tony
August 1, 2013
Sometimes the sale of a house requires a sprint to the finish, and sometimes a marathon. Jason Vestweber recently sold our house and it was a marathon run during a difficult market and a deal with many moving parts. While we did not always agree on the route of the marathon Jason exercised patience and persistence or it would never have had the winning finish end that it had for all three couples involved in the transaction. Jason has that “never give up” attitude and as a result of that our house was sold and we are very appreciative to Jason for being the marathon real estate agent and not just looking at the sprint to the finish. Thanks Jason.
August 1, 2013
Jason Vestweber is our REALTOR. We have had several different REALTORS prior to him, but Jason went beyond what we expected. We were in an unfamiliar area and told him our requirements for the home we wanted. Within 3 to 4 weeks we had an excellent search and when our requirements changed he was willing to adapt the search to meet our needs. He has a website where he presented properties that met our requirements within our price range. This was great because we were able to look at, and comment on houses. Then Jason could schedule showings to look at them instead of a REALTOR picking out houses they think we would like and taking us to see them. When it came time to sign papers he was up to date with technology and we were able to sign a lot of the paperwork electronically. I highly recommend Jason to anyone who is looking to buy our sell their home. He made the process not as stressful as it has been in the past when buying a home. He was willing to take us out to look at homes when it was best for our schedules. I hope we never have to move again but if we do we will defiantly use Jason Vestweber to sell our home. Thanks Jason for everything, Jonathon and Lisa Pope
Jonathon and Lisa Pope
April 20, 2013
I LOVE my new home! I am constantly reminded of how much I love my home be it entertaining family and friends, to sitting on my porch and relaxing after a hard day's work, to watching my dog and cat play and do those crazy things that make us laugh! I first met Jason after my folks listed their home for sale with Jason. I assisted my folks in trying to sell their home by themselves for a year before they brought Jason aboard. Despite their home being in good condition and being in a great location, there were things about their home that presented challenges to potential buyers! I watched Jason work hard and use his magic to sell my parent's home, and during that time I got to know Jason! I informed Jason I eventually wanted to buy my own home, but I figured I was a couple of years away from achieving that goal, but Jason helped educate me with options. Options that allowed me to purchase a home sooner than later! In a matter of months, not only did Jason have my parent's home sold for above the asking price, I was moving into my own home as well. Jason not only helped me search out the perfect house, but also helped me to find the financing that fit my needs. I will be forever grateful for Jason's hard work, knowledge, and professionalism! Phil Nickerson, Proud & Happy New Homeowner!
October 1, 2012
Jason Vestweber was not only a very knowledgeable realtor to work with, he was a delight. My 88-year-old father wanted to sell the house he'd lived in for 56 years, so he could move to Pennsylvania to live with my husband and me. Dad is totally deaf, so I needed to make all the arrangements. Jason provided Dad and me with the research data and advice we needed to price Dad's home well and sell it promptly. Jason facilitated the entire process--which included getting the property groomed and the house emptied of the contents left after our tag sale--so that I did not need to stay in Cedar Rapids. Thanks to Jason, I was able to focus on getting Dad moved and settled in his new home with us, knowing that the house back in Cedar Rapids was in good hands. Jason also arranged for us to close from Pennsylvania, which saved us the expense and difficulty of returning to Cedar Rapids. His concern for my dad's feelings about selling his house of five decades was endearing. I will enthusiastically recommend Jason Vestweber to friends and family in the Cedar Rapids area whenever the opportunity arises.
September 10, 2012
Working with Jason was a pleasure. He always went above and beyond what our situation required. He did a fantastic job marketing our house and was very proactive in identifiying properties we would be interested in purchasing. He was extremely flexible to meet our schedule. We will definitely refer him to others and use his services again in the future. Thanks again for all your hard work! John and Steph
April 30, 2012
Jason, A BIG, BIG thank you for everything you’ve helped me with on the sale of my condo and the purchase of my new home. I couldn’t have asked for a better REALTOR. It’s nice to know that you can rely on somebody to answer very hard questions, keep you informed on a daily basis of what’s going on, and just knowing that if anything is needed, I can pick up the phone anytime and call. I have worked with other REALTOR’s in my past and none of them have come close to the support you provided to me and my son. It’s been a pleasure working with you and I will make sure to refer you to everyone I know. Thank you again and I wish you very successful 2012! Bridgett Schluter
December 30, 2011
Thank you so much! Thank you for all of your time and hardwork! Sean and I appreciate you and Jason soooo much! Love, Sommer & Sean
May 9, 2011
Dear Jason You hav no idea how much I appreciate having the best Realtors in the world! The way you kept me up on everything, explained it all so that I understood and your concern with my little dog "Q". For all of this a big THANK YOU! Thinking of you with more gratitude than words can express. Best Wishes Polly
October 13, 2011
I wanted to take an opportunity to thank Jason Vestweber and acknowledge an excellent service he provided during the buying process for my mother. He is extremely personable, knowledgable, and thinks outside the box. With a very short time window I had for my mother to find a condo and a few obstacles, he did his best to help get us through the process as quickly and effortless as possible. My mom and I both were very pleased with him and would reccommend him to everyone. As my mom said, "How can you say no to Jason."
September 28, 2011
We really appreciate all the hard work that you and Sue put into this transaction. Both Christa and I are really happy with how everything turned out and would definitely steer people we know your way in the future. Thanks again! - Aaron
July 6, 2011
Jason, Thank you for helping me find everything I was hoping for and more. I couldn't be more excited about my new house! You have been awesome, so glad to have chosen you! Thanks much! Kassie
May 27, 2011
Someone asked me how I could possibly consider putting the most important asset I had in the hands of a ‘rookie’? Well, as I look back, it was the best decision I could have made. I had several realtors discuss with me what they could do for me, and how they believed they could quickly sell my home. I selected Jason to take that role. He brought an immense amount of enthusiasm and energy to this project. He stepped up, and went to work for me. Not only did he help to guide me in the pre-sale preparation, but throughout the entire process. His ‘can do’ attitude, hard work and diligence paid off. We put my home up for sale in June, and sold it in August. This truly speaks to Jason’s ability to work hard and do what is right for the customer. He was able to bring the sale to a close though a very tough housing market. I would highly recommend Jason as someone who will get the job done, the right way. Thanks Jason! Sincerely Twyla McElree
April 8, 2011
Hi Jason and Sue, I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You to both of you. My clients and I truly appreciate your kindness, compassion and understanding during the sale of their home. It was a very difficult time for them. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with both of you and especially on this deal. You made the situation much easier for all of us. Your professionalism speaks volumes. I look forward to having the pleasure of working with you again. I would love to do lunch sometime. Have a great day! And Thank You again! Deb Witter, REALTOR® Licensed to sell in Iowa
January 28, 2011
Sue & Jason: I just wanted to thank both of you for your help in finding a new home for me in Cedar Rapids. You both are very professional and great help to me in house hunting to closing. Sue, Jason performed a great job with the walk throughs, the closing and having all my questions relating to the "last chapter of my house hunting escapade" answered. I will certainly recommend your team to anyone who is in need of realtors. Thank you again and hopefully I can call upon either of you for any recommendations of vendors who can help with my new home. I look forward to living in Cedar Rapids again and especially in my old neighborhood. Thank you again. Louise Pickford
January 20, 2011
Sue Byers, and Jason Vestweber are the best in the business. My family has been blessed with their help and guidance in selling a property for our family. They are both outstanding people and truly know their business. I have worked with Sue in the past with one of my own properties, and would be honored to use either of them again. I appreciate all they have done for me and my family. They made a difficult time, more easily dealt with. Thank you again Sue and Jason.