Dan Big Dan Willard
1900 Eastwood Rd, Ste 38
Wilmington, NC, 28403
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Big Dan was the perfect realtor for us as first-time home buyers. He is tremendously organized: there is no way we could have kept track of all of the dozens of moving parts in the process without BD’s checklists, reminders, and process. He is great at keeping you fully informed: it helped me feel more in control of the process by always knowing what was going on. He also does everything possible to save money for his clients; for example, he made countless phone calls tracking down ancient manufacturer’s warranties that we were able to transfer to our name. But perhaps most importantly, BD brought an enthusiasm that made the whole process exciting instead of stressful. I thought that purchasing a house would be overwhelming, but with BD it wasn’t daunting at all.
Rob and Caroline Smithson
Big Dan – wanted to take the time this Sunday and let you know we are thankful for you. You are your above and beyond reproach, and the bonus of a five-star team of providers made buying our first home an easy and worry-free experience for us. We appreciate your diligent hard-work and genuinely appreciate you. We would recommend you to any home buyer, and we love our new home! Lisa and Jackie
"Big Dan is the BEST. He interacted seamlessly with all the members of our Team, managing work across multiple states. Dan maintained open lines of communications with all members of our Team and guided real estate newbies through the purchase process step-by-step. When we ran into challenges, Dan met them head-on in a BIG way – often in the wee hours of the mornings – to find the best solution to help us reach our home ownership goal while working within our established parameters. Throughout our time together, Dan offered information and advice to our Team, but allowed us space to determine the right direction for us. When the right property came on the market, Dan expanded our Team to include his very knowledgeable and professional contacts, who worked at Dan’s direction to ensure every part of our deal was complete, correct, and on time – Big Dan dotted his “I”s and crossed his “T”s, to OUR benefit. We highly recommend Big Dan Willard to EVERYONE searching for a home in the Wilmington area; we hope to work with Big Dan and his team of Professionals in the future." THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID FOR US - Linda (and the Team)
I’m writing this testimonial in support of “Big Dan” Willard. Dan is an absolute professional who made a potentially stressful and costly experience both successful and a pleasure. He couldn’t have made things easier for a buyer. He is tireless, intelligent, experienced, and relentlessly thorough. In particular, communication is important to me. Dan is a wonderful communicator and provided the right amount of timely and consistent communication— LOTS. He will give you status updates, even if there is no new news. There is no guessing— only information. What more could you want when buying a home? The first time I flew as an adult, I came late to the airport and they squeezed me into first class just to get me on the plane. I, the novice flyer, had no idea about the accommodation. When the food came, with the cloth napkins and actual glasses (I might be dating myself here), I stretched out in the spacious seat and thought to myself, “What on earth are people complaining about?— airline travel and food is pretty dang good!” Only later did I discover there was a more limited service in the back of the plane. That’s what it’s like with Dan— first class— while my friends complained about and second guessed their non-responsive realtors. With Dan, everything is taken care of, really well, the first time, before you even know something needs addressing. He adjusts on a dime. Dan has a process that works. He has a team that trusts his process and they all perform well together. Every strategic move by Dan was successful and I got everything I needed. The whole time Dan was smiling, laughing, talking about how the glass is 3/4 full, enjoying his work. I hope to only use Dan for my home purchases in the future and dread the day I can’t.
We closed on our house this week and are so happy with the results. I just have to say that we were thrilled with 'Big Dan' Willard. He was the most incredibly dedicated and thorough and supportive buyer broker we could ever imagine. I would encourage you to put him on the case with all UNCW referrals from here on out. We were amazed at his organization and instantaneous communication, which made all the processes go off without a hitch. I'd have been both respectful and afraid if he had represented the folks who bought my house in DC J Anyone who gets to have him on their side in a house purchase should consider themselves to just have won the lottery. If I ever have to buy a house again, I know exactly whom I'd choose. So, in short, I can't thank you enough for the referral to him!
Over the past several decades, we have purchased 12 homes in many different real estate markets. During that time, we have had some good agents, some very good agents, and some excellent agents. None, however, compares to “Big Dan” Willard, whom we would characterize as outstanding in every way. He listened to and understood our needs and desires as if he were clairvoyant. He explained the market conditions in Wilmington thoroughly and comprehensively. We very quickly realized that we could trust his judgment on how to negotiate every aspect of the search and purchase process sensibly and strategically. Because he was so attuned to our needs and desires, that entire process from start to finish was organized, transparent, and efficient. He worked tirelessly (and we mean tirelessly) for us day and night for weeks. He showed us a wide range of homes at, below, and a little above our desired price point so that we could really understand the market, and he helped us find a property that is both truly “home” and a good investment. He advocated for us aggressively yet tactfully with all parties involved in the transaction (seller, seller’s agent, home inspector, HVAC inspector, home warranty companies, various contractors, etc.). Honestly, we have never had to do so little work on our own in a real estate transaction–all because “Big Dan” did it all for us. Finally, “Big Dan” continued to work with and advocate for us. He wrote a lovely note to us at closing that captured the essence of our work together. He touched base with us several times during our first month in our new home to see how things were going. And he brokered networking relationships for George with colleagues at UNCW. These relationships will likely make the transition to a new place and a new job much smoother. To sum things up, “Big Dan” was an outstanding “buyer’s agent.” More importantly, he has become a trusted friend. We look back on our work with him with fondness, and we miss the fun and excitement of interacting with him on a daily basis.\r\n \r\nGeorge & Annika Kamberelis
George and Annika Kambereleis
We just closed on our home yesterday, which makes our second home with Big Dan in the past three years. We bought both homes sight unseen with Dan due to his superb videography skills and sixth sense in knowing what we wanted. With so many moving parts and coordination with contractors and inspectors etc., Dan is like a Fleet Admiral who commands the ships of information and people into a well constructed attack plan that seamlessly seals the deal. Dan's level of service with consistent and constant communication keeps your headquarters informed at all times leaving no room for anxieties. We will certainly recommend Dan to everyone and definitely have Dan help us again for our third home sometime in the future. Dan is truly the best-of-the-best buyers agent you will ever find, a polished gem indeed. Thanks again Dan for another job well done, we salute you! John & Dawn Bennett, Garner, NC
John & Dawn Bennett
Big Dan, so glad we are back together again on another purchase! You truly are one of a kind. We can't imagine doing anything in real estate without you at our side. Your efforts are outstanding. You remind us of a tireless warrior! Thanks again, Debbie and Peter Kotas
We feel very fortunate to have found Dan Willard through his website. From our first phone call we were impressed by Dan’s thoroughness and professionalism. He made himself available day or night and kept us notified every step along the way. Dan is very detail oriented and he and his “team” of trusted professionals made sure nothing fell through the cracks. Most important, we always felt Dan had our best interests at heart. He was a strong advocate on our behalf, but always remained diplomatic and friendly. Buying a house can be tiring and stressful. Knowing that Dan had our back, gave us peace of mind and Dan’s enthusiasm and sense of humor made the whole process much more enjoyable and, dare I say it, fun. You won’t find a better Buyers Agent than “Big Dan” Willard. I just wish we could clone him and take him back to Texas. Bobbie and Larry Oliver [Great State of Texas}
Mrs. Bobbie Oliver
Working with Big Dan was the best thing that could of happened for us! We did make it to Topsail island too. We liked it & saw amazing houses for sale using that app you told us about (love that app). In two quick and enjoyable days, he showed us homes that fit our desires and, more importantly, showed us why the greater Wilmington area is where we want to be.
Brand and Laurie Carter
1900 Eastwood Rd, Ste 38
Wilmington, NC, 28403
License Number: License # 196017
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