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)
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
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.
& Alex. Princeton, NJ
Sell and Buy Success
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.
Urbansky Ritter, Pennington, NJ
Aging Parents Need Help Selling Home
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!"
Kurtain, Doylestown, PA
Patience of a Saint
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.
& Renuka Mehndiratta, Montgomery, NJ
Single Woman finds dream home!
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!"
Easy to refer Rick Burke
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.
Sold & Bought in Cranbury
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!"
& George Smith
Short Sale Success Story
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.
Yershov, Princeton NJ
Information is POWER
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.
Gulnac, Middletown, DE
Persistence and Determination
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.
Stines, Cranbury, NJ
Clients for Life
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