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Max assisted my wife and me in our search for a home in Orange County, CA.

Throughout the process he brought us fresh ideas to consider, helped us explore options we might not have discovered on our own, and demonstrated expertise and understanding of real estate practices and the geographies in which we were searching. He was proactive without being pushy and always responsive to our inquiries and requests. Our search for a new home was lengthy and frustrating, including complex issues that led to a protracted escrow and a series of ongoing negotiations. Max was patient and resourceful in keeping the process moving forward and maneuvering around daunting obstacles. After we completed the purchase of our new home Max represented my wife in the sale of her previous home. He marketed the home effectively with other real estate agents using a variety of formal channels and personal networking. He identified well qualified prospective buyers and was able to sell her home quickly, above asking price. We recommend him without reservation.

Doug & Susan S.

He was very professional, responsive, easy to contact and handled my sell on a very smooth way.

I did not have to invest too much of my time and they kept me updated when necessary. He represented both the seller and the buyer and that was new for me. Nevertheless I did not feel at any time that I was on disadvantage and the sell happened as expected and agreed.

Juan G.

Max assisted my wife and me in our search for a home in Orange County, CA.

Throughout the process he brought us fresh ideas to consider, helped us explore options we might not have discovered on our own, and demonstrated expertise and understanding of real estate practices and the geographies in which we were searching. He was proactive without being pushy and always responsive to our inquiries and requests. Our search for a new home was lengthy and frustrating, including complex issues that led to a protracted escrow and a series of ongoing negotiations. Max was patient and resourceful in keeping the process moving forward and maneuvering around daunting obstacles. After we completed the purchase of our new home Max represented my wife in the sale of her previous home. He marketed the home effectively with other real estate agents using a variety of formal channels and personal networking. He identified well qualified prospective buyers and was able to sell her home quickly, above asking price. We recommend him without reservation.

Doug S.

I was referred to Max and Cathy through a real estate agent who was out-of-state and wasn't able to support me personally.

She has the utmost trust in First Team and had positive things to say about Cathy and Max. Cathy and Max work very well together as a team. They are very thorough, familiar with Orange County area, and got our home sold very quickly. Prep Work: - Max and Cathy took the time to have me interview various stagers and contractors. They provided me plenty of options, so I was able to choose the options that were the best fit for me and my wife. - On one trip, Cathy even drove me to Lowe's to assist me with purchasing upgrades for the home and offered to transport items. Stager: - Hands down, go with Kayvon or ITStaged. They're not the cheapest, but they do an amazing job. Super fast, effective, and they have great taste and style. Great referral from Max and Cathy. Selling Process: - We did a sneak peak early in the week, office caravan on Thursday, Open House on Saturday/Sunday, and got 4 offers by Monday. Open House: - Prior to our listing, we had virtually no competition in our price range or availability in the area. When our listing became live on Monday morning, we had 2 other competitors in the same price range and Open House dates. - The weekend of the Open House, my wife and I brought our friends to "shop" the competition. Max and Cathy's presentation, professionalism, and execution were top-notch. We felt very confident after that weekend and they even brought out their taco guy on Saturday and another special event on Sunday. Negotiations and Closing: - Max really shined in this area by really catering to what my wife and I wanted. We were in a position with multiple offers (all at asking or above) and we were acting in a position of strength. - There were a handful of adjustments that needed to be made along the way (nothing in relation to Max or Cathy) and our agents accommodated to every detail. All in all, know that the communication of Max and Cathy are extremely professional and top-notch. They work very well together as a team and will give you their honest opinion (even if you disagree), but they will fully support you and do what's in the best interest of the client. Thank you again for all your help!

Justin L.

It was wonderful working with Max.

He made the process stress free and made sure we were fully informed every step of the way so that we could make confident and smart choices. He was readily available and responded promptly. He was polite and respectful not only to us but to anyone we interacted  with. I always felt like I was in good hands and that I could fully trust his expertise. He was also very forthright when it came to a place we really loved. I really appreciated his passion, to fight as hard as he could to put us in a favorable light with the seller. Overall I'd work with him again and would recommend him as a realtor.Jason - 26591 Dolorosa, MV

Jason Sayther

A few months ago we bought our first house from Max Carr and Cathy Lewis, a truly wonderful team.

The experience was a pleasure from start to finish. Shortly after we met Max, he spent a couple of hours doing an in-depth interview of us to find out what we wanted in a house. That interview gave him detailed information about what we were looking for, and helped him to expand our search beyond a relatively small number of places to a much larger pool. Unfailingly friendly and courteous, he took us to see places even when he wasn't feeling well, and made a note each time of what we liked and disliked. He also took the time to walk us through the process of buying a house from start to finish, so that we would know what to expect ahead of time. He and Cathy introduced us to professionals they trusted, like a home inspector and escrow company, so that we would have the best possible experience. When Max and Cathy found the place we eventually bought -- a place that hadn't even come on the market yet -- they worked together to make sure that the sale was a win-win for both ourselves and the seller. They also helped us to find a moving company, which proved to be an outstanding choice. By the time we moved in, the whole experience had been such a pleasure that we felt happy as soon as we walked in the door. Max is an exceptional Realtor, and I give him my highest recommendation.

Beth Riley

Max showed remarkable skill when negotiating the price, repairs, and credits toward the house, saving us over $35,000!

My husband and I decided it was time to sell our first home, and find our forever home (one that could fit our dogs and growing family!) and we were so fortunate to have Max with us throughout the process. Their strategy for selling our home was unique and incredibly effective. Upon our first meeting, we were provided with all active listings and recently sold properties in our area, helping us narrow down a competitive and reasonable list price. At our first open house, they hired a taco cart to provide all visitors with as many tacos as they could eat, which resulted in a ton of foot traffic. Within 2 weeks we had received multiple offers and were in escrow after accepting an offer higher than we were expecting! When thinking about our forever home, my husband and I had very specific, but very different, needs and wants. When searching for our new home, Max showed incredible patience and flexibility. We received daily email updates showing new listings that met our criteria and the duo always made time to show us the houses we were interested in. It was clear that Max had our best interest at heart, not pressuring us into a home we didn't love, and not letting us settle for less than exactly what we wanted. With their help, we were in escrow on our dream home in no time. He walked us through the entire escrow process, every step went off without a hitch, and we were able to close escrow early. We would recommend Max and Cathy a thousand times over, to anyone who is looking to buy and/or sell. You won't find a better team out there.

Madeleine M.

Cathy and Max were true professionals and a real pleasure to work with.

They were with us every step of the way, providing guidance and excellent customer service. Five Stars

Steve & Joan Carpenter

Max Carr is great to work with.

He took the time to understand what we were looking for, sometimes learning things about our preferences that even we didn’t know. He then translates that understanding into a portfolio of homes that fit our lifestyle. He helped us find our dream home in the first week of searching. He also put together a strategy to leverage our strongest bargaining position for getting the best deal possible. Max is always available and responds quickly to our calls, voicemails or emails. And he continued helping after the sale to make sure our lender had everything ready to go. Throughout the buying process he served as advisor and confidant. We will definitely use him again next time we buy a home in Orange County.

Bill & Brenda S

Max Carr is great to work with.

He took the time to understand what we were looking for, sometimes learning things about our preferences that even we didn’t know. He then translates that understanding into a portfolio of homes that fit our lifestyle. He helped us find our dream home in the first week of searching. He also put together a strategy to leverage our strongest bargaining position for getting the best deal possible. Max is always available and responds quickly to our calls, voicemails or emails. And he continued helping after the sale to make sure our lender had everything ready to go. Throughout the buying process he served as advisor and confidant. We will definitely use him again next time we buy a home in Orange County.

Bill & Brenda S.

A friend of mine bought her first home through Max, and when I asked her if she would recommend him for my own first time buying a place, she responded with an emphatic and unequivocal, "YES.

" I was worried that Max would try to sell me on a single-family home (since that's what my friend got), but after my first five minutes with them, we were all on the same page that my lifestyle, preferences, and budget matched perfectly with a bachelor pad. The challenge was then in finding one in the Irvine Business District that was close to work and came with low monthly HOA fees. Whenever I tried to convince myself that I liked an imperfect listing more than I actually did, Max made sure that I listened to my gut until the right place came around. He had been so attentive to everything I said I was looking for, so I reluctantly trusted his judgment, but now I'm SO incredibly grateful that I did. A few days later, the perfect place came on the market. Luckily, Max had already made sure that I had my ducks lined up a month earlier so that I could put in the strongest possible offer when the time came. After we beat all the other offers, we managed to close escrow after just NINE DAYS, and I even got quite a bit of credit back to pay for the repairs and upgrades I'm currently doing (using an amazing contractor that Max and Cathy recommended, no less)! If you're looking for attentive, knowledgeable, and competitive agents to help you buy or sell your home, I can't recommend Max enough

Mikael S.

Max Carr has a strategic mind that is constantly at work.

We engaged him and his business partner, Cathy Lewis, to help us buy our first house in the fall of 2015. Even though his manner was relaxed and casual, even disarming, he used every interaction to help us by learning more about us, and about what we wanted and needed in a house. We saw many properties that fell short, but Max stored away the good we saw in them in order to get us something that was exactly what we wanted and could afford. Max really came to the fore when we were making offers; he knew the California forms like the back of his hand, and was able to suggest many ways in which we could make the strongest and most appealing offer. I suspect that he was very convincing to the other party. As it happened, the final house we saw – our dream house - was not on the market or in the MLS, but Max and Cathy, who had laid the groundwork by walking the development regularly, convinced the other party to sell. Max constructed a win-win offer that worked on the first go, and we now have a wonderful house.

Jonathan Cohen

Max and Cathy are an amazing team.

They were instrumental in the success of purchasing my new home. They made it smooth when all other factors were at odds. I can’t thank them enough and highly recommend them.

Cassandra M.

We had the privilege of working with Max for our recent home purchase in Costa Mesa.

From start to finish, he was a pleasure to work with and very attentive to our needs. Before we got started on our search, Max recommended a lender and worked on negotiation strategies with us, which was helpful to set expectations. Ultimately, we were able to purchase our home for several thousand dollars under the asking price! Max then helped us negotiating some repairs, and pointed out some items in the inspection that they thought needed the seller's attention. This was so helpful because we ended up negotiating the home price even further and got those repairs taken care of. Max handled everything from paperwork to recommending contractors for our remodel, and even helped as a go-between for the remediation work that was done before we closed. Always prompt when meeting up and quick to reply back when we had a question, Max was truly there for us whenever we needed, day or night. We would do it all over again with him next time we're in the market for a new home!

Viviana G.

"My husband Doug and I worked with Max in selling my home and finding our new home.

We're newlyweds, and wanted to start our marriage together in our dream home. Max is a true professional and a pleasure to work with. Doug met Max conducting an open house in my old neighborhood, and although that property was not going to meet our needs, Doug was very impressed with the questions Max asked and his follow-up to assist us in finding our house. This set Max apart from other realtors we had come in contact with; Max really targeted properties for us to view and did not waste our time with properties that were far afield from anything we would consider. Max listens. Max follows-up diligently. With Max’s assistance we found our perfect house, and through amazing persistence it is now ours, with Max guiding us through a lengthy and complicated 102 day escrow. I was so impressed with Max that I used him to sell my house after we closed on our new home. Max previewed my home with extensive beautiful advertising and professional photographs to the large realtor network to which he has access. We priced my home well above comps. It sold over asking price for full cash with a short escrow, allowing Doug and me to immediately both move into our lovely new home. We highly recommend Max as an intelligent, professional, and knowledgeable realtor, and also as a person of strong character and ethics."

Susan (& Doug) S.

It was wonderful working with Max.

He made the process stress free and made sure we were fully informed every step of the way so that we could make confident and smart choices. He was readily available and responded promptly. He was polite and respectful not only to us but to anyone we interacted with. I always felt like I was in good hands and that I could fully trust his expertise. He was also very forthright when it came to a place we really loved. I really appreciated his passion, to fight as hard as he could to put us in a favorable light with the seller. Overall I'd work with him again and would recommend him as a realtor

Jason S.

Max Carr recently handled the sale of my Irvine home.

It was a pleasure to work experienced realtors who demonstrated expertise, exemplary service, and strong negotiation skills. When I first met with Max, he presented a strong marketing plan, which resulted in a rapid sale at a price significantly higher than my asking price. At the beginning of the process, they asked me if my goal was selling the home as soon as possible or maximizing the home’s value. I wanted a good return on the sale, and they worked closely with me to achieve that. She helped me select a tradesman to paint the home, install new flooring, and upgrade the master bathroom and kitchen. they managed the entire process for me and ensured that all the work was performed to high expectations. The end result was a beautiful home that had over 3,000 hits on Zillow and that sold at a price that paid for the upgrades I had done many times over. As a result of their marketing, I had about a dozen offers on the property, and Max negotiated with the buyers to maximize my return. They’re great people, too! I give them my highest recommendation.

user1384125 (Irvine)

Maxwell Carr exceeded my expectations when entrusting him to sell my home.

I did not live at the home fulltime so Max was always available to go the extra mile to ensure things were being maintained in my absence. We were asked if we could manage a 14 day escrow and with the assistance and help from Max the 14 day escrow went so smoothly! Max is dedicated and knows what the seller needs and wants while going through these transitions, but at the same time catering to the buyers concerns and needs. It is a rare find these days to find such a dedicated realtor! Thank you Maxwell!

Kim & Nick S.

We have found Max Carr by luck and were very happy with his service.

He is very patient and responsible. We could not have got our Sweet home without his help!! Thank you Max. He is very knowledgeable and works with a personal touch. All our family members became close to him during the process. He never hesitated to go back and forth until the deal was closed. We really appreciate all his hard work and wish him all the best in the future. We will be happy to recommend him to our friends. He worked with us all through the process and offered some services. More than a realtor we found a good friend who gave us confidence and comfort to move forward with the deal. Thank you Max, Mahesh

Mahesh Velagapudi

Highly likely to recommend05/16/2018 - user1384125Sold a Condo home in 2018 in Rancho San Joaquin, Irvine, CA.

·         Local knowledge:·         Process expertise:·         Responsiveness:·         Negotiation skills:Cathy Lewis and Max Carr recently handled the sale of my Irvine home. It was a pleasure to work with two experienced realtors who demonstrated expertise, exemplary service, and strong negotiation skills. When I first met with Cathy and Max, they presented a strong marketing plan, which resulted  in a rapid sale at a price significantly higher than my asking price. At the beginning of the process, they asked me if my goal was selling the home as soon as possible or maximizing the home’s value. I wanted a good return on the sale, and Cathy worked closely with me to achieve that. She helped me select a tradesman to paint the home, install new flooring, and upgrade the master bathroom and kitchen. Cathy managed the entire process for me and ensured that all the work was performed to high expectations. The end result was a beautiful home that had over 3,000 hits on Zillow and that sold at a price that paid for the upgrades I had done many times over. As a result of their marketing, I had about a dozen offers on the property, and Cathy and Max negotiated with the buyers to maximize my return. They’re great people, too! I give them my highest recommendation. Doug – 100 Navarre 

Doug Prochaska

"Cathy Lewis sold our home in The Irvine Villas this Summer.

Cathy was always considerate and professional throughout the entire showing and escrow process. Her professionalism minimized our stress through the entire process. I would highly recommend choosing Cathy Lewis for your real estate needs. She is a "5 Star" Professional and a pleasure to do business with. Sincerely, Steve & Joan Carpenter"

Steve & Joan Carpenter
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"10/10, no complaints. Max was professional as well as knowledgeable. He worked with us, aided our search and was willing to help at any time. Max gave us a lot of his time by helping us view places and ... more "
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"Max is an excellent real estate agent. He is incredibly responsive and attentive. He routinely went out of his way to help meet our needs as we were selling our house. We especially appreciated his knowledge ... more "
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"We are first-time home buyers and had been quite reluctant on buying pre-owned homes as we had read horror stories of flaky real estate agents or concealed issues with the homes. A very close friend of ... more "
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