1st Texas Realtors in La Porte Testimonials
We had a wonderful experience with the husband and wife team, David and Simone Karstedt. They were not only knowledgeable and helped steer us in the right direction, but they were also so pleasant to spend time with. They are an incredible team and we loved working with them every step of the way.
— Jennifer M.
We had the pleasure of working with 1st Texas Realtors when looking to buy our first home in La Porte. From day one, our Agent Simone Karstedt was extremely responsive and had great suggestions for homes to view based on what we were looking for. All throughout the negotiations and closing she will do anything to help, we highly recommend her! Anyone looking to purchase a home would be lucky to work with Simone.
— Lenny Tucker
This dynamic duo is the real deal, we have used them for several transactions and they have been fabulous. This particular time it took us some time to find the “the one” and they were incredible patient with us as we toured house after house. It wasn’t terrible. They always make the process easy and fun as they are just wonderful people. They’ve become two of our favorite people to do business with and life with.
— Jennifer Youngdale Morgan
Rhan and Abby helped my family purchase our dream home, they were patient and explained every aspect of the home buying process. Their expert guidance made our dream come true! We didn’t think we could sell our house and quickly as we did, but with their guidance it only took 2 weeks! We put them through the ringer when trying to find our new home. We had many, detailed questions and many site visits, in addition to changes in what we wanted from location, price, and floorplans. They supported us through it all and never became impatient. I highly recommend them to any home buyer who wants to avoid the brand name companies that treat you like another number. We never felt pressured! Personalized service that made selling our home and buying our new one a breeze!
— Jenny R.
My wife and I bought a home in La Porte, David and Simone were our realtors recommended by friends, and boy did they live up to the hype! David and Simone worked with my wife and I for months looking at a lot of houses, and they did not give up on us. Once our offer was accepted on the house we bought they were fast, very professional, and quick to respond to the many questions that we had. They are just kind, very responsive, sharp, humble, and all-around awesome people to work with. Anybody that asks us for advice about what realtor to use will get a recommendation to go with David and Simone from us!
— Nathaniel Fisher
David and Simone from 1st Texas Realtors are an amazing team! They have helped us purchase two homes and sell another home, they are quick to respond and so helpful along the way. They honestly make the home selling and purchasing process so smooth. We will continue to use their services in the future.
David and Simone of 1st Texas Realtors represented the seller in a condominium that I purchased in La Porte. I have nothing but fantastic things to say about both of them and their company, true professionals, I would recommend them to anyone looking to list properties in the La Porte area. If you are like me and happen upon them on the sell side, please know that they will do all they can to ensure the transaction progresses to close efficiently.
David’s expertise was appreciated as a first time homebuyer. He was able to advise me on resale value, but also let me have showings on the houses he advised against. His agent, Matt, showed us houses and was patient & thoughtful. He always gave us time to walk around and dream out loud while offering great suggestions. I love real estate and the both of them made my first homebuying really special. Thank you, David. One last time!
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First class service! What a blessing to have Rhan as our realtor. We we’re building a home in a community that already had their own realtor and builders. Things get very stressful for a buyer trying to get everyone on the same page. When we had issues Ryan would get them addressed and always got back to us within a day. I very much appreciate is hard work, integrity , and fast friendly services. Highly recommend!
— Jason & Heather Toth
Rhan Pruitt not only helped my husband and I sell our home, he also assisted us in purchasing another home that we absolutely loved! He is by far the BEST Realtor I have ever worked with. His professionalism, patience, knowledge, and efforts to keep us informed throughout the entire process definitely rank him far above all others.
I worked with Rhan on purchasing my first home in La Porte. He is very knowledgable, and accommodating. He shared plenty of information to me through out the process, and was very willing to work around my hectic schedule. The ability of being digital, via e-mail, text message, and talks over the phone made it very easy for me to further the process along whether home or on the road. But he doesn’t shy away from meeting up and talking face to face if the moment requires it. Would definitely recommend him, and his company to anyone else looking to purchase a home in the area.
David and Simone are an amazing team. We have used them to buy and sell. They are so helpful with any questions and are quick to respond. We are so grateful to have had them as our realtors in La Porte. We highly recommend using David and Simone for your real estate needs!
David & Simone found the perfect home for us. We cannot say enough great things about the experience buying our new home. David worked patiently & tirelessly during the search process for the location we really wanted. During the purchase they were always just a phone call or text away answering the questions we had. If you want a fantastic home buying experience with true professionals, then call 1st Texas Realtors. After the sale they made sure we had all the support we needed moving in. We cannot thank David & Simone enough!!! Thank you 1st Texas Realtors!!!
Wow! Talk about amazing! This team is incredible. They are so friendly and knowledgeable and take the time to make sure you understand every step of the buying and selling process. I had questions that were immediately answered. We put in an offer to the house we fell in love with and found out that there were multiple offers. Simone and David fought for our offer and made the deal happen. Exceptional service and would recommend them to anyone and everyone that is in need of services. Thank you again Simone and David for making this process so smooth and easy!!
David and Simone at 1st Texas Realtors have been taking great care of our real estate needs for almost 8 years. In the last year we have sold 3 properties and bought 1. All of our properties had offers within a week!!! David and Simone always go above and beyond with their 1st class service. We even sold a house while living in Australia which we thought was going to be a nightmare!!! But David and Simone stepped up and made it all to easy for us. They are also some of the nicest, kindest people on the planet!!!
–Nicola Baker Ignatovich
David and Simone are awesome!! They did an amazing job of walking us through the process as first time home buyers. They also gave tons of good advice with every step of the process. They were available and prepared to answer any questions we had. It was a great experience and I’d recommend them to anyone.
My wife and I were quite nervous about the selling of our home…for many reasons. David and Simone worked with us and helped us tremendously through the entire process! They made it as easy as possible for us and were very timely with their notices. We were very fortunate to have such outstanding realtors. We look forward to working with them in the future!
–James David Turnage
Excellent experience! Could not be more pleased! David and Simone helped make purchasing a home stress free and fun. They were always happy to take time to answer questions, give advice, and really guide my husband and I through this process. They helped us get into houses quickly and were extremely knowledgeable about homes, neighborhoods, and the area. We are incredibly thankful for everything they did for us and would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to purchase a home.
Very knowledgeable and professional throughout the entire home buying process. They are available day or night with any questions or concerns. Highly recommended!
“I’m incredibly indebted to David and Simone Karstedt for their help in the process of purchasing my home in La Porte. They make themselves available to you based on your schedule. In what I’ve noticed firsthand….David is attentive, highly intelligent, and in this business…his attention to detail is first-rate! I’m a total novice when it came to buying a home, but when I worked with David and Simone, they kept it simple and the transition was impeccably effortless and seamless! As a single father, I wanted something just for me and my son, and with their help, now I have it. They have been and will always be a blessing to my son and me.”
“David is respectful to listen to what we were looking for in a home. He was considerate and mindful of our wish list items & then delivered several options to us for us to choose – and he KNEW which house was going to be the humdinger for us!!! I am the type of person who prefers this approach across the board. He doesn’t try to show you things you didn’t ask for outside of your perimeters without discussing it with you prior to see if that is the route you would like to go in. He was looking out for the best interest of my family by letting us know when would be the optimum time for us to put our house up for sale without having to figure out living quarters for our family of 5 should it sell before we moved into the new house. He was already doing the research in La Porte area, to be ready for questions I may have or didn’t think to ask. Besides the nuts and bolts of real estate, which he has down, David is an all around honest to goodness God-fearing man that you’d want to have as your realtor.”
“Could not ask for a better Real Estate Agent. David and his wife Simone are a great team and are great to work with. They are very prepared and knowledgeable. Even when we hit a snag with closing on a foreclosed home, David stayed on top of the situation, keeping us updated as much as possible. He made sure that we got the house and that everything was done correctly by the seller. I will definitely be using him again when we buy our next home.”
“We received fantastic service from David and Simone Karstedt! They are, hands down, the best in the business. Without being pushy, they gave my husband and I the best practical advice for purchasing our first home. Thank you both for your perfect direction and getting us into the home of our dreams! If you are looking for a home, call these two.”
–Michelle McWhorter Ziglar
“Working with David and Simone Karstedt of 1st Texas Realtors on the purchase of our first home was a superb experience from beginning to end. They came very highly recommended, and did not disappoint. We would ask them to view a property the morning it was listed, and received a response within minutes. We were at the property as early as 8am that very morning. This attentiveness is what gave us the edge we needed to make great offers in the current highly competitive market. Through their experience both in the field and with other realtors, they were able to make things happen very smoothly and quickly, in addition to being very thorough, informative, and encouraging every step of the way. This team is amazing!”
“Simone and David were the best to work with. We had a realtor before them and she wasn’t doing what we thought she should and being first time home buyers were unsure about the home buying process and felt that we needed someone different. It was the best decision we made going with Simone and David! Their knowledge of the area and the entire process was priceless. Even when we had a hiccup at closing and had to extend our contract they took care of everything and made us feel at ease during the whole process. They were always available for questions and very quick to respond. I will definitely be using them again when we decide to move again.”
“We had a great experience working with David and Simone. They definitely put their customers first and have integrity! They’re the only realtors we’ll use!”
–John & Shirley Votaw
“I am in the insurance business and when a client tells me that they need assistance with a real estate purchase or sale, the first and only name that I suggest is 1st Texas Realtors. David and Simone Karstedt are careful and attentive. They do everything required, and more, to make sure each transaction goes smoothly for the buyer or seller. Keep up the great work!”
“I’ve been using 1st Texas Realtors for my Real Estate needs for years now. I could not imagine using anyone else! I refer everyone I know to David and Simone because I know they will be taken care of. This is a top notch run business with a personal touch. After working with them you will feel like family.”
“Thank you so much 1st Texas Realtors in La Porte for finding our “Dream Home” for us. You made the process go as smooth as silk. We anticipated so many problems as “picky” first time home buyers, but you made the entire process unbelievably easy and quick. You have so many outstanding resources and have an excellent knowledge of the real estate market. You helped us buy our new home and we trusted you 100%. We are now happily settled in and are so glad you were recommended from a family member. You were patient with our many special requirements and kept the communication going strong the whole way. We will be sure to recommend you to any future home buyers we know. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
–Corey & Courtney Campbell
“Extremely nice and easy to work with, Simone listened to what we were looking for and matched up perfect houses. She did not try and push anything upon us and was available to reach by phone and email any time we needed her.”
“Simone is amazing!!! She was available all hours and willing to do whatever she could to help me find the right house. Her knowledge on the market and the area where I was looking was incredible. I will definitely be using her in the future and will be recommending her to all of my friends and family.”
“We had a wonderful experience working with Simone and I look forward to referring her business in the future!”
“As the owner of one of Texas largest home inspection companies, I am in contact with literally hundreds of Realtors. David and Simone Karstedt truly set the bar on all levels of knowledge, professionalism and standards of excellence. The knowledge they bring to their clients during the purchase process is the best you will find anywhere. I rarely give reviews unless earned and well deserved. From an inspectors perspective, I have a front row seat in watching this team go to bat for their clients to ensure they are fully protected. Great company to work with.”
“As I was in my kitchen this afternoon, I was reminded of how thankful I am for my awesome kitchen and beautiful home in La Porte. God has provided amazingly for me. You discovered this house and knew that I would love it. Thank you for doing that! Thank you for finding me this home that I love so, so much! As I thought of all of these things, they led me to pray for you, your marriage, your son, your business, etc. I pray that God blesses you and grows you to be more and more like Him.”
“Thank you, David, Simone, and Joel Redmond for the gift. I hope you realize what you have done for my family. Because of your expertise, you fought the battles no one would fight, from handling of the sale of our home to the transaction of buying our new home. There is no one in the world I would seek for help. With countless hours negotiating two transactions, you pulled through every time. My family sleeps soundly in the perfect home tonight because of you. My business prospers on top of that. Thank you for being awesome and for being an integral part of the Guthrie family happiness.”
“1st Texas Realtors Rocks, David and Simone Karstedt are the best. We have had the best experience with them and they really worked hard for us. And believe me they had the utmost patient with us! They not only helped us, they helped my daughter and her husband buy their first home. 1st Texas Realtors did a fantastic job selling our house. Love them… What a blessing!”
–Dan & Phyllis Gross
“1st Texas Realtors used creative marketing specialized to our house, and the ideal buyer was found. All around, a great experience, and I would highly recommend 1st Texas Realtors to everyone we know.”
“Our interactions with David and Simone were never about the buying or selling of real estate, but about finding a home for my family! They truly care about their clients and follow through to the end. Their relationship with you throughout the experience is paramount!”
–Sean & Laura Haug
“1st Texas Realtors. Excellent experience in our search!”
–James & April Mulkey
“My experience with 1st Texas Realtors was very good. They were very clear with the process and the paperwork of the rental home. They kept us updated on everything as soon as it happened. They understood our needs and treated us as a valued customer. We would recommend them!!!”
“I have had bad experiences in the past with buying & selling houses. 1st Texas Realtors has been great. I felt that I was in good hands.”
–Mat & Noel Ann Wright
“I first began working with David in 2006 when he helped me find a wonderful home in La Porte. It was perfect for my family, giving us water access in just a few minutes. David made this process seamless, and his professionalism and knowledge of real estate allowed me to enjoy house hunting. When I began looking for a home on the water in 2011, I contacted David immediately. He had my La Porte house rented in less than a week. In these tough economic times, he was able to help me with a very unique financial plan, allowing me to purchase my waterfront home. I recommend David and his team to anyone looking for expert service and advice in the local real estate market.”
“This was our first time to buy a house and I couldn’t be happier! Simone was very easy to work with and was very helpful. I would highly recommend using her skills when it comes to buying a house. If/when we decide to sell and go elsewhere, I will be giving her a call! Thanks again for the help!!”
“We were referred to David & Simone with 1st Texas Realtors through a friend who couldn’t say enough good things about them. Having worked with them ourselves now, we couldn’t agree more. They helped us find exactly the home we were looking for in La Porte. As a new family to the area, we are so incredibly grateful that we had them working with us through this process. Everything was smooth and drama-free, exactly as we wanted it to be! We were on a tight timeline to find a home to purchase, and they where available, thorough and helpful from our very first phone call. They was always available by phone, email or text, and promptly sent us new listings when they became available. They were incredibly flexible with our work schedules in terms of showing homes in the late afternoon, early evening or weekends, but also didn’t hesitate to suggest to us if he thought we needed to see something sooner. They was always available to show us a new listing, or to return for a second look. Communication with them was easy and prompt. There are so many things that we appreciated about working with them. They was incredibly knowledgeable – about homes in general in the La Porte and surrounding markets specifically. They would non-judgmentally point out both positive and negative features of a home, but we always felt as if they was leaving the ultimate judgment to us. They are good natured and easy to be around, always professional but pleasant. They are very accommodating when we would need to bring our kids or extended family with us to showings, even though I know that can be distracting. Once we found the right home, we again were so blessed of their expertise. They provided us the perfect balance of there suggestions for what would be a strong offer for this home in this market, while never pressuring us and always making us feel like the ultimate decision was ours. Once under contract, they remained extremely helpful and responsive to all our “first-time” questions and helped make sure that everything proceeded as expected. In the end, we found a great place in about a month and had closed less than 30 days after that. We can’t recommend 1st Texas Realtors in La Porte highly enough, and will definitely work with them again in the future if the opportunity arises.”
–Jason and Tracy Taylor