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Can't Stop Smiling  

Dear Rick, We are loving our new home thanks to you. We appreciate so much all your persistence, hard work, and thoughtfulness. We now know an awesome agent whom we can heartily recommend to our friends who will look for homes. Thank you, Rick!

Caroline & Sung, Princeton, NJ (Summer 2018)
 
 
Three Times a Charm
 
Over the past two years, I have worked with Rick on 3 (three) home purchases in the Princeton, New Jersey area and can recommend his services without reservation. My situation, being an American posted internationally for work, is somewhat unique. This entailed more detailed communication and flawless execution of the tasks required for a purchase. Rick excelled at both of these. Further, it required my trust in Rick's ability to judge what would be an appropriate property to fit my needs. On this he delivered. All three properties were purchased without my visiting prior to closing, but after my first in-person visit to the property, I gained complete trust in Rick's judgement and understanding of my needs. This convinced me to work with him on the next two purchases. Beyond the property selection and negotiation of terms, Rick provided invaluable help in securing vendors to provide quotes and complete work deemed necessary. He was also invaluable in helping me deal remotely with inspectors from the city as well as those hired by us prior to purchase. Going forward, I would not hesitate to use Rick again and believe his service is second to none. On a related note, Rick was also able to find excellent tenants for all three properties, negotiating terms and contracts with which I am quite pleased.
 
Christopher Hartz, Princeton, NJ (Spring 2018)
 
Hard Work and Luck Yield a Winner

We had the pleasure of having Richard Burke as our realtor this Spring. The market in Princeton is challenging; there aren’t many houses for sale in the area, and when they do go on the market they move very quickly. We were prepared for a long, tiresome house hunt. Rick went above and beyond to find the perfect house for us. He reached out to his contacts and was able to find us a fabulous house, not on the market yet. He knew our criteria and he knew the area! It was a seamless transaction, and Rick was there every step of the way. We knew we could count on him. He was present every time we went to the house, investigated permits, followed up with our lawyer, researched vendors, attended our closing, and checked in with both of us frequently. We could not have asked for a better experience. We highly recommend Rick and plan on referring anyone we know who is looking to buy or sell a house.

Megan & Alex. Princeton, NJ

 

Sell and Buy Success

We met Rick at an open house while casually house hunting. We immediately appreciated his honesty and straightforwardness. When we began seriously looking for a house, it was this that drew us to him. He spent countless hours with us, explaining the market in our area and showing us the pros and cons of the homes we were contemplating. We never felt pressured and we always felt comfortable and well-informed as we searched. He was very responsive and was patient with us as we decided on our new home. Once we did so, we were quickly under contract and it was time to list our own home for sale. Rick was there every step of the way, helping us to negotiate our way to a sale that closed on the same day as our purchase! We had a great experience with Rick and would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell property in the Princeton area.

Laura Urbansky Ritter, Pennington, NJ

 

Aging Parents Need Help Selling Home

When my wife Susan’s parents, who are in their mid 80s, finally realized they needed an assisted-living facility and could no longer stay in the home they built 35 years ago, we knew we needed to step up and help them move.

We had no idea how much work it would be. And since we live two hours away in Pennsylvania, we knew we needed someone local we could trust.

We invited Rick Burke in early in the process. When Rick met with Susan’s parents, he showed sensitivity and compassion for this significant life changing event, and helped them understand the Plainsboro market and what the property would likely sell for. By emphasizing pricing it right from the beginning, he set up realistic expectations for all of us.

Susan’s family chipped in and began packing 35 years of possessions soon thereafter, but we realized this was just the tip of the iceberg. Rick helped us come up with a plan of action that included bringing in professional teams that included house cleaners, handymen, painters, personal property appraisers, a stager and junk removal companies. Within a week or so the property was ready to market.

In less than one week after the property was listed, an offer was accepted. Little did we know how much work there was still left to do. Rick was there every step of the way.

For example, the home inspection revealed a chimney flue that required replacement, a radon reading in the basement that required an exhaust system installation, and a septic tank that needed to be repaired. Rick provided trusted, reliable contractors who got the work done soon after at reasonable prices. He met the vendors at the property on our behalf, and was often their to check their progress, keeping us posted as necessary almost every day.

We consider our family very fortunate to have partnered with an outstanding Realtor like Rick to get the property to closing in less than 90 days from start to finish. I will refer him with confidence to our friends and associates, especially those with aging parents!"

Bill Kurtain, Doylestown, PA

 

Patience of a Saint

Thank you, Rick, for helping us find our new home. Thank you for your constant helpful support and for being persistent with us by not letting us let go of our dream. It took us almost a year to find our home and it would not have been possible without your dedicated and committed guidance and willingness to be with us as long as needed. Your insight into the local area and your experience truly made our dream come true. We have to admit that you never put pressure on us of any kind while we were going through the tedious process of finding the right house for our family. You genuinely love the work you do and it is apparent that you find happiness by helping families like ours fulfill their dream.

Rajan & Renuka Mehndiratta, Montgomery, NJ

 

Single Woman finds dream home!

Rick gave me so much personal attention....as if he were buying the house himself. I placed my trust in him and he was phenomenal to work with. He made my buying experience most pleasurable from start to finish!"

Rose Palma, Robbinsville

 

Easy to refer Rick Burke

I have used the services, knowledge and insights of Rick Burke for making purchase decisions and rental of my home in New Jersey. Rick is knowledgeable about all aspects of "Jersey" living, especially central NJ. He is honest and forthright about property values, property conditions, property maintenance, NJ real estate rule and regulations and all things related to a satisfactory real estate transaction. My experience in using his services has been very good and have recommended his services to my friends and family.

 
Anil Padhye, Singapore

 

Sold & Bought in Cranbury

Rick Burke did a good job for us when we sold our home and purchased a new one. The high quality information sheet with excellent photos of our home that he designed and the staging services he set up for us helped to sell our home quickly and at a great price!"

 
Audrey & George Smith

 

Short Sale Success Story

Rick showed a lot of patience and attention to our needs helping to find a property for us. He was very prompt in answering our questions and very effective when acting on our behalf. Rick demonstrated great effort, integrity and professional skill in making our non-trivial short sale purchase smooth and the overall experience enjoyable.

 
Anton Yershov, Princeton NJ

 

Information is POWER

Richard helped us procure a contract on our house at in a mere 12 days. As soon as our contract with his agency was signed, he organized an open house, with munchies and everything. He also arranged for a "stager" and the house was ready and beautiful on open-house day. The house was sold at that open house. Richard was devoted to the success of the deal. If we called him, he called right back. In addition, he put us in contact with an attorney and our closing went without a hitch. Richard also gave us a lovely parting present. I highly recommend Richard Burke. He is professional, dresses the part, he's smart, tactful, funny, has good presence -- in a nutshell: We like Richard!!! I hope his career will skyrocket and more sellers will benefit from his know-how.

Carmen Gulnac, Middletown, DE

 

Persistence and Determination

Last year Rick Burke came to us when we had our house FOR SALE BY OWNER. He gave us several suggestions on how we should sell our house without really pressuring us to sign a contract with him even though he knew that the spring selling time was all most over when the real buyers are mostly out looking for homes. So as time went on, we decided that we really needed a Realtor that knew our area well and who had sold other properties in Cranbury and who lived and participated in our community. He used many different strategies/techniques to no avail. The housing market was the worst in              history, but Rick kept having Open Houses and kept track of all the people coming through and did follow-up emails and phone calls. We finally took our house off the market in December. In March we decided to put our house back on the market and we wanted Rick back as our Realtor again because he knew the housing market well and already had the history of selling our house the year before. Within one month our house sold to great buyers. We wish to thank Rick for all his efforts and expertise throughout this very difficult year and would highly recommend him as a top real estate agent to deal with in this area.

 
Sarah Stines, Cranbury, NJ

 

Clients for Life

Dear Rick,

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Wow, I cannot believe it has been over six months since my family moved to Shanghai. Allen and I missed you very much. We still think of you - you are a wonderful agent, more importantly, you are a very nice person. We are so fortunate to have a friend like you.

Thank you for letting me know that our place is great shape. I cannot thank you enough for making the deal work out for us, and yes, we hope we can be back to NJ to enjoy the place eventually. Glad to know our tenants love it too.

My family is doing well. Kyle is now four years old, and he has been attending a local kindergarten since August. He loves the new school and has picked up on his Chinese quickly. Kayla is turning 16 months old, and she is a fiesty little lady. She fights with her brother a lot and usually wins, lol.

My parents are well. They visited us in Oct, and stayed with us for six weeks. They are now back in NJ. They often speak of you and think highly of you.

How are you doing? Working hard as usual, I suppose.

I wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. Please stay in touch.

Sang Lu, Shanghai