Past Client Reviews
House sales are often the biggest financial transaction that an individual or family will make in their lifetime. It's very important to me that I provide my clients with "above and beyond" service and "better than expected" results. I hope you will have the same great experience with your next real estate transaction!
"Jake is throughly knowledgeable about PVB and area and a true professional. He correctly profiled everything we were looking for and was perfect in reading us and our reactions. We found exactly what we wanted in one day. You shouldn't be working with anyone else." - BJ Johnson
"My wife and I live primarily in New Jersey and after visiting the area in February decided to buy a home for winter in Ponte Vedra. I registered with some local realtors so that I could search on-line but Jake was the first (and only) person to call me in person. I engaged Jake as my realtor, we discussed what my wife and I were looking for and put together an initial shortlist. Jake arranged two full days for me to visit and see houses - we then put together a final list for my wife to come and look at. We flew down from New Jersey - she did not like what she saw. So we waited a few weeks for more properties to come on the market and Jake and I repeated the process but no luck. Finally our dream house came on the market and I flew down from NJ that day, saw the house with Jake in the evening, negotiated a verbal offer and acceptance that night (10pm !) and then Jake sent the paperwork to the seller around midnight, electronically signed by my wife and I, so that we could finalize the written offer in the morning as soon as the seller signed. The process to closing was much smoother, except when the seller wanted to delay closing by a day (with three days notice), which Jake handled very well - we closed on the original date, albeit a little later in the day than planned. A nice guy, who will work hard for you and happy to give his opinion if asked." - P. Jinks
"Jake was great to work with… I had inquired on a home online and he contacted me very quickly. Sometimes it’s a crapshoot when you end up working with a realtor that you don’t know, or haven’t met before. I was purchasing a multi-million dollar home, so having a realtor that actually knows what they are doing was very important. Jake did a fantastic job throughout the whole process, and together we were able to negotiate an outstanding deal! There were a couple hiccups before closing, but Jake was able to get everything smoothed out. I would certainly recommend hiring Jake if you’re looking to purchase real estate in the Ponte Vedra area." - T. Johnson
"My husband and I are relocating to St Johns's County, FL from southern California. We initially registered on Jake's website, Search Ponte Vedra.com, to get information on the area and to see what properties were available and the prices. Jake responded with a series of informative articles about the area, the real estate market, everything one would need to know to move into the area. We met Jake in person at the Nocatee Town Center when we arrived to begin our search. A bond and friendship began that very day! His knowledge and expertise is second to none, and his patience is priceless! He told us all about each area, what they had to offer, all information we needed. He took the time to find out about us and what we liked, our priorities in a home, so he could better fit a home and area to us. We spent several days looking at different homes in different areas, and he never seemed bugged by our endless questions or requests to go back and revisit. As an example of Jake going the extra mile, when he found out we had interest in joining a local beach club, he took us to two different beach clubs so we could see them and get a feel for them. After our short visit, he proactively sent us new listings via daily emails, including homes that went under contract, price changes, etc. He would call us or text us with homes he felt we would be interested in. With his many contacts in the local real estate market, he was able to show us homes that had not even been listed yet. When we found homes we were interested in, Jake would make an appointment and tour the home taking videos of the homes and FaceTiming with us. His honesty about the homes, location, condition, etc, was indispensible! We are happy to say that with Jake's help, we found our perfect home! It checked all of the boxes that we had down for our priorities. His referrals to a local mortgage broker, insurance agents, and other professionals needed for a succesful close, were very helpful! He's a GREAT quarterback for the process of keeping things moving forward! We HIGHLY recommend Jake Bestic for your real estate needs!" - Kathy & Ed Pike
"My husband and I were looking for a new construction home in Nocatee. Jake was very responsive to all my questions and would e-mail or text me back in a timely manner whenever I reached out to him. He was knowledgeable of the area, the lifestyle, the builders and their representatives. I highly recommend anyone looking for a home in the area to reach out to Jake. He is very responsive, without being pushy. We are just in the initial stages of our build and Jake has offered to go to the site when needed as we live over 300 miles away. I am looking forward to working with Jake throughout the process." - A. Pockey
"My wife and I were looking to move to Florida from NY. We had been looking at listings in the Ponte Vedra/Ponte Vedra Beach area and we came across Jake in that process. We were interested in existing and new homes. Jakes approach was very low pressure. He would send out meaningful emails about the purchasing process in Florida as it is different than New York. We had a short window (4 days) when we would be in Florida and he worked his busy schedule to accommodate us. He was extremely focused on our requirements and the home’s he showed us were all in line with our interests. He showed us many homes. He never pushed us in one direction or another but always provided us with meaningful feedback when we had questions. He took us to see a builder in Nocatee on our second day and we fell in love with the home and lot. But we weren’t ready to consider it further as we wanted to look at the other options out there and do our due diligence. On our last full day in Florida we were not planning to have Jake with us. However, we decided last minute we wanted to look at other builders. When we contacted Jake to see if he can help us, he went out of his way to meet with us and lined up a few builders in Nocatee. He had other clients so he reworked the schedule to accommodate us. The builders we met with were trying to sell us on some lots that weren’t really a fit and Jake basically told them don’t waste our time. He is very upfront, transparent and direct. That is exactly what we needed in an agent. That day Jake said to us if we can be patient he knows at some point he will find us exactly what we are looking for and he did not pressure us to buy anything while we were there. He said he will keep looking while we are back in NY and if he finds something he will go to the property and even FaceTime us a walk thru. My wife and I went back to NY and a day later we decided to go to contract with the home we fell in love with on the second day. When we told him about it, he said he will go to the lot and take pictures for us all throughout the building process. He already sent us a first round of pictures as promised. We look forward to working with him as our home is being constructed. We know we can always count on Jake and highly recommend him." - E. Hanson
"Jake has been a pleasure to work with. His many years of experience coupled with his solid knowledge of the Ponte Vedra market are extremely helpful. He's responsive and has been constantly in contact with us through the whole process. He tackles complex issues with ease. We highly recommend him." - D. Altmansberger
"Last year while on vacation visiting friends in Ponte Vedra Beach, we liked the area and decided to look at new homes. Jake Bestic was referred to us by our friends. We were very comfortable working with Jake. He listened and showed us ideal homes for our wants and needs. Jake is very knowledgeable and has a “no high pressure” approach. We decided to buy a new home in Nocatee. Being from out of town, Jake kept us in tune with excellent communication. He sent us photos of the progress during the home build and met with the builder for inspections when we were not able to. The whole process was a pleasure. We highly recommend Jake Bestic for anyone selling or buying a new home." - T. Claery
"My husband and I were looking for a very specific type of property within a certain price range and Jake Bestic went above and beyond to find us the perfect place! Jake worked patiently with us for well over a year and we couldn't be more pleased with our purchase. Jake Bestic is the most professional and experienced real estate agent in the area. I tell all of my friends and family to call Jake for all of their real estate transactions. My husband and I will hopefully be giving Jake a call soon to purchase another larger property in the area!!!" - L. Odom
"Jake did a fantastic job! We selected him as our buyer's agent for several reasons. 1. He supports our children's elementary school through advertising and donations. 2. He specializes in the area. 3. He showed extensive market knowledge both in person when we first met, and online through his market update videos. He explained all of the details of the buying process in a patient and easy to understand manner. He was on our side throughout the negotiations and was able to secure a price lower than we even expected. Outstanding! Since we are new to the area, he also helped us navigate through all of the different service providers, and find the best inspector, insurer, etc. He even analyzed the financial quotes of several mortgage brokers/banks so we could find the lowest rate. He said he used to work for a mortgage broker, so this was a fantastic added bonus for us. Communication was excellent as Jake would get back to us super fast - almost like he slept with his phone, or didn't sleep :). I would definitely recommend Jake as a buyer's agent. When we first started looking for houses we thought about not even using a Realtor. Bad idea. Jake proved us wrong by helping us find the perfect house for our family, get a great deal on it, and actually enjoy the whole process." - W. Turnage
"My wife and I wanted to buy in Nocatee and Jake's name was recommended, we reached out to him and he was super responsive and very knowledgeable of the neighbourhoods and the market. We discussed our wants and needs and he was quick to put together a list of suitable properties, he set up appointments and shared his knowledge. Once we found the one that fit us he was great in helping to determine value and real comparisons and pricing. He was excellent and negotiating the price and worked with our best interests from start to finish. Both my wife and I would highly recommend Jake, he will help you find your dream home and the price you can afford. Thanks Jake and well done...
"Jake is extremely knowledgeable about the market in Ponte Vedra Beach. Without his responsiveness and relationship with the listing agent, I probably would not have been the winning bidder on my condo. I look forward to working with Jake when I sell my house." - J. Stephens
"My wife and I were interested in seeing properties in the Ponte Vedra/PVB area and Jake immediately reached out to us to get a better understanding of our needs. After our initial discussion, Jake set us up on the Coldwell Banker website with a search tailored to our specific search parameters. This was quite helpful since we are not from FL and helped us narrow the list of properties that we were interested in seeing. Upon arrival in FL, Jake met up with us and took us around the area showing properties that we flagged for followup even though he had a thought as to which we might like and those that probably weren't good candidates. We found Jake to be very knowledgeable about the area, flexible to our timing needs and very pleasant to work with. At bottom, we had a great experience with Jake and would recommend his services to anyone interested in his local real estate expertise!" - J. Thomas
"You can start and end your realtor search with Jake. Always honest and never shy to share his opinion when asked, Jake took our wish list and random questions, and turned them into our ideal home. Clear, thorough communicator who was available nights, weekends -- whenever you need him. Jake has our highest recommendation." - A. Loberstein
"My husband and I have worked with Jake on both sides of the table, as both a seller and a buyer. We had a wonderful, smooth, pleasant closing in both cases. In the decline of the market we were able to hold our own, selling our first home in just 20 days. Then we purchased our dream home at a dream price. Jake is a very effective agent in this real estate climate." - Katie S.
"We asked Jake to help us find a reasonably priced condo in Jacksonville Beach. My price cap was small but Jake treated my wife and me like we were purchasing a multi-million dollar property. His attention to detail was outstanding. And he was professional enough to know when we needed time at the properties to talk without him. In other words he was attentive but not pushy. I would recommend him without reservation." - Steve Desorbo
"Jake worked closely with my husband and me as we searched for and found our "perfect" home. He is both knowledgeable and personable. He has patience and isn't pushy which is very important to me. This was a big purchase and he respected the fact that we had to be sure...hence we looked at a lot of properties. He listened to what we were looking for and did an excellent job of selecting properties to show us. I was so impressed with him, that we will utilize him when my Mom makes the move to Florida. Thanks for excellent service!" - Sydney S.
Jake represented the seller on a condo I was buying in Jacksonville Florida, he impressed me so much with his knowledge and common sense approach that I have used him as my agent on pursuing other real estate ventures. I would not hesitate in recommending Jake to any friends or family for real estate representation....buying or selling." - Frank Hillin
"Jake was highly recommended to me by a friend when I was in need of a Real Estate agent. After working with him on my home purchase, I understand why he was so highly referred. He is professional, knowledgeable, and dependable.
Never pushy, Jake had the patience to work with us through many viewings until we finally found “the one”. Jake is an agent who will listen to your requests, follow up, and guide you through the whole process. Any buyer or seller would be well served by making the decision to hire Jake. He is the agent I will have handle all of my future real estate transactions." - John Byrd
"Jake was my buying realtor in 2007 and selling realtor in 2010 after we moved. He was personable and had great knowledge of different areas around beach and intercostal area. Wasn't pushy and always available." - Adam Cartwright
"My husband and I have and would recommend Jake to anyone! He helped us find the home of our dreams. His immediate availability and guidance were crucial. He was a true partner in the home selection process. Jake is professional yet enjoyable to spend so much time with."
"Jake helped us find our perfect home! We were in contract on 2 different houses, which both fell through due to various issues. Jake was able to help us exit those contracts very smoothly, and he stuck with us until we finally found the one. Not many people would go through what Jake went through with us and stay on course. His service was dedicated and his persistence was remarkable. I would certainly recommend him to anyone buying or selling a home anywhere in the Jacksonville area." – Margie Eckhardt
"Jake is very professional and easy to work with. He responds promptly with any issues and questions. Jake was extremely helpful in facilitating repairs for our home while we were still living out of state. He made the transition for us very smooth and went above and beyond to take care of last minute issues that occurred during closing. I would definitely recommend using Jake for selling or buying your home!" – James Freidenstein
"I was an absentee owner, and Jake treated every problem as though it were his own. He found repairmen, helped remove trash and other things that I just couldn't do easily from hundreds of miles away. He elevated my opinion of Realtors." – Dennis Corrick
"Jake helped us during all phases of the sales process with our property. He was extremely knowledgeable of the area and of the current real estate market. Jake was very hands on and helpful, he even took his own weed eater and cutback vegetation around the entry area of our property for us. He kept us informed of all offers that were made, but allowed my wife and I to make all of the decisions necessary to reach a closure on our property. Jake is a true real estate professional and I would recommend him to anyone either buying or selling a home or unimproved lot in Ponte Vedra Beach." – Don Rhoads
"I can’t say enough good things about my experience with Jake. His help in the beginning stages of the process was priceless. I’m very busy with my job, and didn’t have time to take care of the work that is required to get my home prepared for the market. Jake took it upon himself to contact a cleaning service to deep clean my house prior to listing. He took excellent photos and made a brilliant property video, which I thought really helped build interest and activity. His education and communication throughout the transaction was wonderful. I was anxious about the whole sales process, but Jake’s market knowledge and his easy-going personality made me comfortable. I thought it was going to be much more of an ordeal, but Jake made sure everything was seamless. He executed his marketing plan to a T, and I received multiple offers on my house within 1 week! I ended up selling it for $4,000 over asking price. I recommend Jake to ANYONE looking to sell or buy a home in the area." – Kristen LaBarbera
"Jake went above and beyond for my family. My wife and I changed our mind on houses a few times, Jake was always understanding and spent a lot of time showing us houses all over Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville. He was the perfect realtor and professional. He even handled aspects of the negotiation and got us way more off the house than I thought we could get. Would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a house." – John Beach