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Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate

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Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate

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Mark F.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

1 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Howard is the best.

This is my third or forth business transaction with Howard. He's honest, he gives you all the information you need up front, he reminds you of everything that needs to be done, and keeps on all the details. Howard is great, and I've dealt with a lot of realtors I have no use for.

Stephen C.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

2 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Extremely reliable, does what he says he's going to do, very knowledgeable and he was able to offer me excellent advice about the house I had for sale.

He answered all my questions, made sure I understood all my options, and he kept me appraised of every step and what was going to happen next so there was never any question about what's going on.

Emmitt M.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

3 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He seems to know the market really well and he gives you all the details. It's pretty painless to sell a house when he's your agent.

He's very good at what he does. It's a good experience.

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Howard Bloom has been selling homes since 1985.

Since entering the real estate profession in 1985, Howard Bloom of Intero Real Estate has sold more than 1,700 homes in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Howard is a Certified Residential Specialist, Certified Probate Specialist, and Seniors Real Estate Specialist who focuses on selling residential properties that range from starter homes to luxury estates and everything in between.

Howard handles every aspect of real estate sales for his clients, including advising and coordinating repairs and improvements to maximize sale potential, scheduling pre-sale inspections, determining market strategies, and skillfully negotiating on his clients’ behalf. His unique satisfaction guarantee allows any client to cancel their listing if they’re ever dissatisfied with the quality of services he provides.

Through more than three decades of selling Silicon Valley homes and condos, Howard can quickly identify what it will take to get superior results. Howard invites potential clients to visit his website, www.HowardBloom.com, to access a variety of real estate reports and resources, customize a free automated home search or request a market evaluation of their property.

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Santa Clara County
San Mateo County

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SERVICES PERFORMED

Residential Purchase and Sale
Luxury Homes
Condominiums
Townhomes
New Homes
Probate and Estate Sales
Investment Properties

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Company Profile

Since entering the real estate profession in 1985, Howard Bloom of Intero Real Estate has sold more than 1,700 homes in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Howard is a Certified Residential Specialist, Certified Probate Specialist, and Seniors Real Estate Specialist who focuses on selling residential properties that range from starter homes to luxury estates and everything in between.

Howard handles every aspect of real estate sales for his clients, including advising and coordinating repairs and improvements to maximize sale potential, scheduling pre-sale inspections, determining market strategies, and skillfully negotiating on his clients’ behalf. His unique satisfaction guarantee allows any client to cancel their listing if they’re ever dissatisfied with the quality of services he provides.

Through more than three decades of selling Silicon Valley homes and condos, Howard can quickly identify what it will take to get superior results. Howard invites potential clients to visit his website, www.HowardBloom.com, to access a variety of real estate reports and resources, customize a free automated home search or request a market evaluation of their property.

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Company Philosophy

“I use my broad real estate experience to ensure each of my clients has a positive, personalized experience when selling or buying a home. I consistently use my skills to guide and advise my clients through all the complexities of a real estate transaction. My goal is to provide extraordinary service that makes my clients happy to refer me to their friends and family. Howard Bloom, Your Realtor For Life.”

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Comparative Summary

With numerous qualified real estate agents in a given community, picking one based on industry experience seems like a good place to start…which sounds fine to Howard Bloom of Intero Real Estate Services. “I definitely have an edge in terms of longevity and experience,” he says. “The average realtor sells about two or three homes a year, and I’ve sold almost 1,700 over the course of my career. I like to think of myself as an outstanding negotiator.”

Since 1985, Howard Bloom has been helping Santa Clara County residents find, buy, sell and rent homes, from condominiums and townhomes to single family houses and small investment properties. He takes pride in having an excellent working and personal relationship with each of his clients, even to the point of preventing an otherwise done deal. “I’m very upfront in telling my clients what I think about a property,” he explains. “I really believe in serving their interests first, so if a deal isn’t great or the property isn’t right for them, I’ll let them know. There’s a certain amount of integrity gained when you assist a client with a correct decision.”

In addition to his regular duties as a real estate agent, Mr. Bloom is designated as both a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), further testament to his industry expertise and client dedication. “The Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation is from the National Association of Realtors,” he explains. “It indicates I’ve received specialized, intensive training to fill the needs of the senior community.” Some of that training allows Mr. Bloom to understand and be sensitive to senior issues–planning or otherwise–and the rest provides him with focused knowledge about senior housing, a segment of the community that often requires special attention and handling.

“The Luxury Home Marketing Specialist certification is provided by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing,” he continues. “Selling luxury homes is a whole different ballgame, particularly in regards to marketing them.” The CLHMS designation is recognized as a high mark of accomplishment in luxury markets around the world–another area for which Mr. Bloom has specialized education that only a small segment of real estate agents have received, he says.

Experience and expert training are obviously a crucial aspect to Mr. Bloom’s success, but he attributes the bulk of his real estate accomplishments to the relationships he shares with his clients. Even after the deals are closed, the partnerships often continue for years to come. “I try and stay in contact with my clients on a regular basis,” he says. “I’ll provide them with ongoing information and speak with them at least a few times a year. They’re such a huge part of my business, so it’s really rewarding to stay in touch with them.”

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Industry Info

Fully preparing your home for sale can make a considerable difference in the time it takes to sell it. You can help eliminate buyer objections before they arise by making necessary repairs and improvements, says Howard Bloom of Howard Bloom Realtor – Intero Real Estate Services. Mr. Bloom suggests making a checklist to make sure the general maintenance of your house is up to buyers’ standards.

Outdoors
• Spruce up your garden and lawn by trimming shrubbery and replacing dead plants.
• The yard and patio should be neat, and outdoor furniture should be clean and in good shape.
• Manicure your front yard. Make sure your driveway and entryway are free of clutter.

Exterior
• Check to make sure the house numbers, mailbox and exterior lighting are in good condition.
• Touch-up the outside with fresh paint as needed.
• Inspect the chimney for cracks or earthquake damage.
• Repair loose trim, drain pipes and fencing.
• Clean stains and window screens.

Garage
• Remove clutter and tidy up the shelves.
• Clean the floor.

Living Areas
• Apply fresh paint as needed. Think about brightening your interiors with neutral-toned paint.
• Clean draperies and carpets.
• Replace burned out light bulbs.

Kitchen
• Sinks, appliances and counter tops should sparkle. Remove any clutter.
• Wax the floor.
• Clean the oven, range and other appliances.
• Clean tile and grout; replace if necessary.

Bathrooms
• Clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces.
• Replace shower curtain if necessary.
• Fix any faucet drips or leaks.
• Clean grout and caulking; replace if necessary.

Closets
• Doors and drawers should open and close easily.
• Remove clutter; tidy up shelves and racks.
• Shoes and clothes should be neatly arranged.

Overall
• Check the basics around the house. It takes just a minute to check all doors, windows and cabinets to make sure they don’t stick, squeak or are too loose.
• Clean the fireplace and remove smoke stains from the wall and mantle.
• Clean your furnace and water heater, so buyers know they’re looking at a house that’s been well maintained.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I select the right real estate agent?

A: Start by asking family and friends if they can recommend an agent. Compile a list of several agents and talk to each before choosing one. Look for an agent who listens well and understands your needs, and whose judgment you trust. The ideal agent knows the local area well and has resources and contacts to help you in your search. Overall, you want to choose an agent who makes you feel comfortable and can provide all the knowledge and services you need.

Q: How do I know if I’m ready to buy a home?

A: You can start by asking yourself some basic questions. If your answer is yes, you’re probably ready: • Do I have a steady source of income? Have I been employed on a regular basis for the last 2-3years? Is my current income reliable • Do I have a good record of paying my bills? • Do I have few or no outstanding long-term debts, like car payments? • Do I have money saved for a down payment? • Do I have the ability to pay a mortgage plus additional costs every month?

Q: Once I decide to buy a home, how do I begin the process?

A: Start by thinking about your situation. Why do you want to own a home? How much can you afford in a monthly mortgage payment? How much space do you need? After you answer these questions, make a “To Do” list and start doing casual research. Talk to friends and family, drive through neighborhoods, search for new listings on search engines like Yahoo and Google, and look in the “Homes” or “Real Estate” section of the newspaper.

Q: What questions should I ask when I start looking at homes?

A: Many of your questions should focus on potential problems and maintenance issues. Does anything need to be replaced? What things require ongoing maintenance (paint, roof, HVAC, appliances, carpet)? Also, ask about the house and neighborhood, focusing on quality of life issues. Be sure the answers you get from the seller or real estate agent are clear and complete. Ask questions until you understand all the information they’ve given you. Making a list of questions ahead of time will help you organize your thoughts and arrange all of the information you receive.

Q: Are there special mortgages for first time homebuyers?

A: Yes. Lenders now offer several affordable mortgage options, which can help first time homebuyers overcome obstacles that made purchasing a home difficult in the past. Lenders may now be able to help borrowers who don’t have a lot of money saved for the down payment and closing costs, have no or poor credit history, have quite a bit of long-term debt, or have experienced income irregularities.

Q: What’s an escrow account? Do I need one?

A: Established by your lender, an escrow account is a place to set aside a portion of your monthly mortgage payment to cover annual charges for homeowner’s insurance, mortgage insurance (if applicable), and property taxes. Escrow accounts are a good idea because they assure money will always be available for these payments. If you use an escrow account to pay property tax or homeowner’s insurance, make sure you’re not penalized for late payments—that’s the lender’s responsibility.

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  • Harold Bloom has been selling homes in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties since 1985. He can be reached at (650) 605-3928 or by email.

Howard Bloom: Still Having Fun

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Reporter

LOS ALTOS — When asked what inspired him to get into real estate, Howard Bloom says it was more fun than his day job. “Before I was a real estate agent, I worked as a hospital administrator. In 1982, I started buying and reselling government-repossessed properties. Pretty soon, I was buying two or three properties a year. Eventually, I decided real estate was more fun than being in meetings all day. Plus, I was using a lot of the same skills I used at my job: dealing with people, solving problems and negotiating contracts. In 1985, I began doing real estate full-time and have been at it ever since.”

Today, after more than 30 years in real estate, Howard is still having fun. “I enjoy every aspect of my job, from taking a fixer-upper and making it presentable to negotiating great outcomes for my clients. Plus, at this point in my career, much of my business is repeat and referral-based, so I enjoy maintaining those long-term connections and seeing how people have grown over the years.”

A resident of Los Altos (where he lives with his wife, Diane), Howard spends his time outside of work on a variety of pastimes. “I work 60 to 70 hours a week, but I still make time for a few interests and hobbies. I enjoy eating at good restaurants, going whitewater rafting and going to San Jose Sharks games—I’m an original season ticket holder.”

When asked about a professional philosophy, Howard says it’s all about delivering results. “Talk is cheap—a realtor needs to deliver the results they promise to their clients. That’s why I offer a satisfaction guarantee that allows each client to terminate their contract at any time if they’re unhappy with my services. However, I don’t worry about it, because after all these years, I’ve never had anyone take me up on it!”

When asked what his future retirement might look like, Howard says he hasn’t given it much thought. “I enjoy my job—it’s a good life, so I’m in no hurry to retire. Plus, I’m much better at real estate than I am at golf! At this point, I’m 33 years in, and my goal is to make it to 50 years in the business.”

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A: “Seinfeld.”

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A: Thanksgiving. It’s a time to reflect on gratitude for what we have and consider those less fortunate than ourselves.

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  • Choosing a Quality Real Estate Agent

    LOS ALTOS — If you’re looking to buy a home, one of the first things you should do is choose an agent to represent you. However, just any agent won’t do—to ensure a successful outcome, you’ll need to choose a quality one. To guide you in your choice, consider these attributes of a quality agent:

    Reputability

    A quality agent’s reputation will speak for itself. Perform an online search for agents who work in your area and look at their reviews. Focus on agents with four- or five-star reviews, and read the reviews in detail. Look for consistent patterns in what their clients say about them. Additionally, see if the agent has affiliations with consumer resources and agencies like the Diamond Certified Resource.

    Knowledge

    Choose an agent who has a strong knowledge of both their industry and the area in which they work. An agent’s understanding of the local housing market and its prices and trends will help you get the best possible deal.

    Values

    Make sure the agent’s values align with yours. You don’t want an agent who will try to sell you the first house you see. A quality agent will take the time to ensure you get a house that meets your needs and expectations. That’s because quality agents aren’t in it for the short-term profits; rather, they want to establish long-term relationships with their clients.

    You might be surprised to learn there’s no cost difference between hiring a quality agent and hiring a bad one. Why? Because the seller’s agent pays the buyer’s agent’s commission. So, since it doesn’t cost you any more to have the best, do yourself a favor and don’t settle for anything less.

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  • Video: How to Find a Quality Real Estate Agent

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    LOS ALTOS — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to buying a home, a quality real estate agent can make all the difference in securing a successful outcome. Today we’re in Los Altos with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Howard Bloom of Intero Real Estate to learn what to look for.

    Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Howard Bloom: So, you want to buy a home. Well, hopefully I’m going to be able to give you some insight into some important things to consider when you’re looking to purchase. The number one most important decision is choosing the right agent to represent you. You want an agent who is highly experienced, who knows the ins and outs of your neighborhood that you’re looking. The difference between hiring the best and hiring the worst is zero, because the seller’s agent pays the commission. It doesn’t cost you any more to have the best and you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the best.

    So, where do you find these agents? I love Diamond Certified. They require their participants to submit a list every six months of all their clients. Diamond Certified then does a random sampling interviewing, and if they score high enough the participants are able to continue. I also love sites that provide the reviews. Look for the agents that are working in your area, that have four-star, five-star review, read the reviews in detail. You are going to see a lot of consistent patterns about what people say. So, you want to make sure the agent knows the area where you’re looking, that they sell a lot of houses there, they understand the pricing, they understand the trends. If they understand all those things, they’re going to be able to get you a better deal.

    Make sure the agent’s values align with yours. Do they put your interest as number one? You don’t want an agent who is like going to want to just sell you the first house and get it done, get paid, move on. Quality agents, they want to establish long-term relationships with their clients and they want you to be a raving fan and to tell all your friends what a great job that they did for you.

    Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

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Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate : Average 9.6 out of 10 based on 157 unique customer surveys of customer satisfaction.

Mark F.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

1 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Howard is the best.

This is my third or forth business transaction with Howard. He's honest, he gives you all the information you need up front, he reminds you of everything that needs to be done, and keeps on all the details. Howard is great, and I've dealt with a lot of realtors I have no use for.

Stephen C.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

2 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Extremely reliable, does what he says he's going to do, very knowledgeable and he was able to offer me excellent advice about the house I had for sale.

He answered all my questions, made sure I understood all my options, and he kept me appraised of every step and what was going to happen next so there was never any question about what's going on.

Emmitt M.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

3 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He seems to know the market really well and he gives you all the details. It's pretty painless to sell a house when he's your agent.

He's very good at what he does. It's a good experience.

Kristin B.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

4 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would recommend his services, he is very personable and sincere, which is not like a lot of Realtors.

He helped us if we had questions.

Eric J.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

5 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is fantastic.

Great communicator, he did what he said he was going to do, he did it on time, and he was easy to work with.

Susan K.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

6 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I have recommended him and I will continue to recommend him. He is probably the most conscientious Realtor I have ever worked with. He sold my townhouse for more than the asking price and he was able to secure the purchase of my new home for less than the asking price. As a matter of fact, the house that I bought appraised for more than I purchased it for.

He is conscientious, open and friendly. He and his assistant stay on top of all of the details. It could not have been a better experience.

Thomas K.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

7 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would tell a friend a friend to use him.

Expertise, organized, and very down-to-earth

Catherine P.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

8 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Howard is very efficient, very professional, and he goes out of his way to help his clients. I would always recommend him to anyone.

I have known Howard for a number of years and my daughter needed some help on something and he immediately jumped right in.

Brad S.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

9 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He got me a better price than I was expecting and he did a good job of getting above the expected value.

He is very experienced, and he had connections and contacts to other people.

Jim S.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

10 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He knows the market very well and he knows his business very well and he is well connected with vendors in the area.

He is thorough and he does what he says he is going to do.

Gary W.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

11 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Howard knows the market very well and he provides advice to me that results in a much higher price.

He was very professional and the work was exactly right.

Sonni Z.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

12 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

If you want to get the biggest bang for your buck, use Howard.

The last time I used Howard, which was almost a year ago now, my wife had died and I wanted to sell the house and I didn't know where to begin and Howard provided all of the contractors and he helped me get my stuff out of the house and made life very easy for me.

Diana C.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

13 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Howard is a good caring man, his team is top of the line, and he has all the correct connection for what we were looking to achieve in the bay area.

The fact he was always available for us.

Sinan S.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

14 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

We would like to tell others to trust in this team of professionals. They are always looking out for their clients best interest and always want to see them get the best option possible. They have amazing ideas, Howard has a team who thinks out side the box. We could not be more satisfied with them all.

Everything, to be honest.

Melissa G.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

15 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

We are 100% satisfied with the service. They are very honest and professional.

Nothing specific, I guess all of it. It was very easy to work with Howard.

Barbara W.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

16 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would highly recommend him. He is very knowledgeable about the business.

He answered all of my questions in a timely manner.

Robert B.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

17 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He's very professional and he helped manage the entire renovation to sales process of my property.

Very professional and follows through with everything.

Steve J.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

18 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Howard will really take care of you.

He is very flexible.

Sandy D.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

19 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He was very personable, and walked me through the process.

He seemed focused on getting my house sold.

Sonni Z.

VERIFIED Howard Bloom – Intero Real Estate CUSTOMER

20 of 157

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is honest, trustworthy, smart, and creative

I like his approach to customer service.

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