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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 S.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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)

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.

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

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 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

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 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 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

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.

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

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

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.

"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.

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.
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"Max was a wonderful agent to work with - from the process of purchasing our first home through when we sold it, he was responsive, well informed, and went above and beyond to make sure our needs were met and concerns were addressed. Max was incredibly responsive and always available to answer questions and make recommendations, and he and his team went above and beyond to assist us with some of the trickier logistics of our long-distance move. He did a great job working with our concerns and priorities to sell our home at asking price with as little disruption to our lives as possible - a huge priority for us when moving with a toddler! The only downside of working with Max is he has set an impossible standard for any other real estate agent we work with to live up to!"
5 /5.0
by kaitlinwittkopf
"We were so lucky to find Max Carr and his excellent team when we decided to sell our house in Aliso Viejo. He’s knowledgeable, honest, thorough, always professional and polite, easy to communicate with, and a master of real estate marketing. After working with us to renovate/update our house in a few areas, he coordinated a beautiful staging along with top-notch photography/videography of the property. Then he and his team did a smart, strategic marketing campaign – which brought in 200 people the first (and only) weekend we held open houses! In less than a week we had multiple offers (all above listing price) and were in escrow. Very happy clients of Max Carr here - and we recommend him wholeheartedly!"
5 /5.0
by Annie Dennison
"My fiancée and I recently had the privilege of working with Max from First Team Real Estate, and words cannot adequately express the gratitude we feel for his dedication, knowledge, and outstanding service throughout our first homebuying experience in Southern California.After months of tireless efforts scouring the competitive housing market, we were fortunate enough to be referred to Max. Right from our initial meeting, it was evident that Max possessed a great understanding of the local markets. What truly set Max apart was his data-driven approach to determining comparable home prices. In a market notorious for its fluctuating prices, Max's analytical skills shone brightly. He provided us with comprehensive market analyses that gave us a clear picture of the current real estate market, enabling us to make informed decisions. Additionally, Max's insights into renovation costs were invaluable. His ability to accurately estimate the potential expenses associated with various renovation projects was a game-changer for us. This level of detail allowed us to envision the true potential of each property we considered, helping us differentiate between properties that merely looked promising and those with genuine potential for transformation.Beyond his remarkable professional competence, Max's attitude and demeanor were equally commendable. He approached every question we had with patience, enthusiasm, and a genuine desire to ensure that we had a clear understanding of the process. As first-time homebuyers, we had numerous questions and concerns, but Max's calming and reassuring presence made us feel at ease throughout the entire journey.Max's dedication extended beyond the usual nine-to-five hours; he was always available to address our concerns, provide updates, and discuss potential properties, demonstrating a level of commitment that truly exceeded our expectations.Overall, working with Max from First Team Real Estate has been an absolute pleasure. His wealth of knowledge, data-driven approach, insights into renovation costs, and remarkable attitude make him a standout professional in the real estate industry. To anyone embarking on their own homebuying journey, we wholeheartedly recommend Max as the ideal realtor."
5 /5.0
by Matthew Wagonhurst
"Max Carr did an exceptional job assisting us with our first time condo purchase. This was our first time navigating the home/property buying process and we would not have been able to do it without the expertise of Max. He walked us through every single step of the process and was always available to answer our questions. He has gone above and beyond what we expected of a real estate agent, even helping us to schedule inspections and get estimates from contractors. We would highly recommend Max to anyone looking to purchase."
5 /5.0
by Marisa Mendoza
"It is my pleasure to recommend Max, who has proven to be an exceptional realtor. Not only did he expedite matters efficiently on our behalf, he also curated a great experience, guiding us seamlessly through the entire process. Given our transition from another state, we required some additional support, and Max delivered with thoroughness, sharing his invaluable expertise. His assistance extended beyond just the purchase - he aided us in securing a rental when we initially relocated and maintained a continuous line of communication until we were ready to make our purchase. He will be a great value to any buyer or seller."
5 /5.0
by jenamar22
"Max was our realtor both when purchasing our house in 2021 as well as selling it in October of 2023. He was fantastic in both cases - On the sell side he was extremely helpful in setting up vendors to help replace carpet, paint, clean, haul away junk, etc and would meet vendors at the house if we could not be there. Highly recommend Max when either buying or selling."
5 /5.0
by Ben McCaleb
"Max has been an absolute pleasure to work with. He has been phenomenal in our entire home buying experience going above and beyond during each step of the process, be it initial education for first time home buyers like us, house hunting, market understanding, offer placement, negotiation, etc.He has a deep SoCal area expertise, amazing market insights and a wide web of network which always kept us one step ahead in the game. He is an absolute gentleman with an engaging personality and a thorough professional. He has been super responsive, patiently answering all our questions no matter how trivial they were, always made us feel comfortable and at ease. He was always willing to carve out time for us from his busy schedule. He is not only a brilliant realtor but also a great advisor for home re-modelling/renovation which has been a one of the deciding factors for us in buying our new home. Whenever we were overwhelmed and looked for direction/hand-holding, we always appreciated how he would put himself in our shoes and give a very honest and transparent advice.I would highly recommend Max and his team for a first time or even an experienced home buyer. Looking forward to work with him again in future.Max Carr you are a STAR!"
5 /5.0
by KARANDEEP SINGH GUJRAL
"Max was simply outstanding. He has intimate knowledge of the various communities in the Orange County area, he was able to show me these different areas to help me hone in on a search area. He then coached me on how to refine my search parameters and was always willing to adjust them on a moments notice. He would drop everything and arrange a viewing of any property I had even the faintest interest in and always patiently asked me what I thought about each property, never pushing me towards something I didn't like. His patience never waivered in my ~2year home buying experience. Once I got found properties that I liked, he walked me step by step through the offer process, detailing how I could present a more competitive offer and ultimately negotiating on my behalf to secure the house of my dreams!"
5 /5.0
by Daniel Mehr
"Max was an invaluable asset in helping us purchase our home. His expertise and experience helped make the process painless. He was patient and thorough with his explanations of all the complexities involved. He made himself available whenever we needed to ask any questions or guidance. He was very proactive in ensuring that we had a great relationship with the sellers, which made things go even smoother."
5 /5.0
by Austin Cornell
"I had the privilege of working alongside Max Carr during my family's recent house purchase. Having bought several homes before, I had high expectations, but Max surpassed them with his exceptional client care and attention to detail. Prior to collaborating with him, I read the glowing testimonials, wondering if they could truly be accurate. To my delight, every word proved true.Max's command over the real estate market and his ability to position our offer competitively in today's competitive landscape were impressive. He patiently guided us through all the contracts, including HOA documents, going above and beyond his usual responsibilities to ensure our satisfaction and well-being. Moreover, he even introduced us to an outstanding Homeowners insurance agent, making our experience even smoother.Max's availability round the clock and his prompt follow-ups were invaluable, making us feel supported throughout the process. His expertise in real estate contracts eased the burden of paperwork, simplifying what could have been a complex transaction.In addition to his professionalism, Max's adept problem-solving skills were put to the test when an unusual scenario arose during our sale. His ability to navigate challenges and keep a close eye on the situation led us to secure the home we truly wanted.Working with Max made our real estate journey surprisingly stress-free. His fairness, honesty, and attentive listening made us feel valued as clients. I wholeheartedly recommend Max's services to anyone seeking to buy a home or simply seeking expert advice. Working with him was a pleasure, and I wouldn't hesitate to collaborate with him again in the future.Thank you, Max, for everything you did to make our dream home a reality for our family."
5 /5.0
by sharon deluna
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