Alex Varga is TOP 1% of service providers in my 45 year professional real estate experience with over 10,000 residential and commercial transactions. He's a national treasure!
Mark S., Kansas City, MO
Cheryl Nickel and her team at Norm Haley Brokerage have been a fantastic real estate resource. She represented me exceptionally well in both the purchase and sales of an investment property in Pasadena. More importantly, Cheryl made it hassle-free to own the rental property. Post-purchase, Cheryl was there to provide rental property management services such as screening prospective tenants, overseeing repairs, addressing emergency issues, communicating with the tenants, etc. During both the purchase and sales process, Cheryl actively worked with the other agent and escrow to ensure a smooth and timely close. I look forward to working with Cheryl on future real estate investment opportunities.
Anna J., Hermosa Beach, CA (repeat client)
Alex was recommended to us by his wife. We were dealing with a death in the family. It has been overwhelming. At first we were hesitant, few reviews, not knowing him, etc., however Alex took over and did a fantastic job! House sold in a timely manner with great results, $76K over asking price. We are still having problems and delays with the Estate, but the part Alex took care of went smoothly.
J.T., Temecula, CA
I was in a real predicament, possibly facing capital gains on a home I inherited in 1997. Trying to find some form of valuation or basis on the home as I am moving, was a challenge. Cheryl saved the day! She couldn't easily find data from the MLS service as it was not complete at that time, so she researched more and came up with a fair assessment of the property at the time of my fathers passing. Now I have documentation to show the IRS should I need to. There are not many kind people in the world now, but Cheryl is a lifesaver and an angel!
Kathy V., Temple City, CA
Alex Varga is, truly, an excellent Real Estate Professional. The reason I can say that is because I have purchased 7 different residences, since my early twenties, and Alex is the top realtor of the 7 who helped me in the purchases of my residences. He is extremely knowledgeable of both the homeand condo market in the metro LA area. He is also very personable and extremely patient. He never asked me to compromise on my wishes during our time working together. He diligently worked with the seller's realtor, my mortgage banker, and me, negotiating and navigating various unforeseen problems and hurdles that arose during the long closing process on my condo. He always took the time to keep me informed, and always listened intently to my ideas, whether they focused on fulfilling my residence requirements, or talking about my daughter. He made me feel like I was his only client.
B. Rooney, Los Angeles, CA
I met Cheryl at an open house in Pasadena when I was just conducting research into the neighborhood, prices, condo buildings, etc. She was so responsive to my email and text requests for more information on the properties I was interested in. When I was exploring a fixer upper, she helped me get cost estimates for potential repairs. (This really helped me to set my max purchase price for the property.) And when I was considering a townhouse with suspiciously narrow steps, she had them inspected and found to be out of code compliance. (Since this would be a rental property, I was worried about potential liability if any tenants slipped and fell). Cheryl went well above and beyond the duties of any realtor I have worked with. Finally, when I purchased my Pasadena condo, Cheryl was there every step of the way -- from negotiating the purchase terms to finding vendors to fix the place up for rent after escrow. Fortunately, I still get to work with Cheryl -- she is now my property manager for the condo I purchased! Within two weeks of listing, she was able to find a well qualified tenant for my rental property. More importantly, she took the stress out of the rental process. I really feel fortunate that I found Cheryl at the open house and look forward to working with her on future real estate opportunities.
Anna J., Hermosa Beach, CA
Alex Varga is the listing and selling broker for a residential home that belonged to my sister who passed away in late 2016. I was appointed the Administrator of her estate and the property needed to be sold according to her will. Since I live on the east coast I needed a local broker to assistin the sale. Alex helped me through every step of the process. He is very knowledgeable and very professional and he provided me with excellent service. He was always available and he kept me informed and answered all of my many questions with detail and with patience. He definitely went above and beyond providing many extras that made it easier for me to complete this process. I was very impressed by his expertise regarding real estate in the Los Angeles area and also by how much time he devoted to sell the property in a timely manner, and even negotiating the sale above the listing price. Alex is very personable and a pleasure to work with. I would recommend him highly.
George Couse, Rutherfordton, N.C.
Cheryl Nickel is one of the most enthusiastic, knowledgeable realtors I have met. She was more than willing to drive me out of her standard territory - the San Gabriel Valley - to visit homes in both Long Beach and the San Fernando Valley. She regularly provided me with fresh leads, document production and their pickup/delivery, immediate contract creation and lead follow up, as well as numerous contractor referrals. As a first-time home buyer, Cheryl’s advice was invaluable. She mentioned I may have to go through several transactions before I found a suitable home. She was correct, but she was an eager, supportive, and consistent participant every step of the way. It took several months but Cheryl definitely did everything she could to make it happen. I’m very thankful to her!!
Lisa Fields, Van Nuys, CA
Thank you Alex for all that you have done to make the clean out and the sale go so smoothly. We have been so lucky to work with you on this project. We can't imagine how we would be able to do this without your assistance. Thank you so much for all that you and your crew have done to bring this project to the sale. You guys are great!!!
George and Barbara, Van Nuys, CA
I used Cheryl Nickel for a few transactions involving apartment units. My husband and I first bought a "pride of ownership" apartment building in Pasadena using Cheryl, and then turned around and sold another of our older apartment buildings with her. As we were getting ready to buy another apartment building, I had my eye on a particular one, and Cheryl said she would go and check it out for me. Well, when she came back, she said that she would not recommend that I purchase that building, as she knew the type of buildings that I liked, and there was too much deferred maintenance on it. I have to say, it was refreshing to hear Cheryl tell me not to buy something, when I think of other agents I had used, who I always felt were pressuring me just a bit to buy. I never got that feeling from Cheryl -- she always wanted me to do what made me and my husband feel comfortable. It was a pleasure working with her.
Inga B., Pasadena, CA
I called Alex after he was linked to a property I had found on Zillow. Alex responded to me immediately and was very engaged in discussing the properties of interest, right off the bat. He continued to be during the many weeks we worked together, he took the time to research potentials, while alsotaking in my very particular taste. He gave me advice on what to say and how to negotiate with prospective landlords. As a renter, it is a huge thing to feel cared for and taken seriously. I feel we had a very personal and professional relationship. He responded to my many texts during a stressful time of house hunting. I would recommend him to anyone I knew in the market, he will respond on a dime and show up in a timely manner. Both important qualities in a competitive market. Thank you Alex!
I walked into Cheryl Nickel's office feeling a bit frustrated, as I had just been to another brokerage down the street. I had wanted the owner of the firm to list my house, but she said she was too busy, and told me one of her other agents would help me. That left a bad taste in my mouth, and I thought, what, my house isn't fancy enough for you to represent me? I had an older home that needed a bit of work, and Cheryl was able to find me a really good handyman who fixed my place up with new flooring and paint, and it made a huge difference. In the meantime, my wife and I had purchased a new home in Coeur d'Alene, so we weren't around to keep the lawn up. Cheryl found a young person to mow, and she would go over to our house herself, to water the front and back yards. Now that's service for you! She really took good care of us, and we appreciated it.
John and Kay H., Coeur d'Alene, ID
Norm Haley Real Estate
135 W. Foothill Blvd., #4 Monrovia, CA 91016 DRE #00528924
Alex Varga DRE #01918433 Cheryl Nickel DRE #00898599