Testimonials

Sterling Realty Group Testimonials

Matt D.


Steven De Vore is not your typical Realtor or Agent. Steven truly went the extra mile when he recently sold my Mother's home and then helped her purchase a condo in her dream location. He is extremely knowledgeable, and made sure that at every step of the process my Mother's interests were protected and her goals were met. He was able to negotiate the best price for her home and he was always several steps ahead anticipating any potential issue that may have arisen.

Steven was always available to answer the plethora of questions we had and made it his priority to maximize the selling price of my Mother's home. As an independent broker, he was willing and able to make all the tough decisions right on the spot without having to get approval from a manager, something that eased much of our concerns through this process that otherwise could have been very stressful. Steven was an advocate for my Mother from the get go and really utilized his knowledge of law and contracts to our advantage. When an issue arose with the purchase of her new condo, Steven was quick to jump in and resolve it to our benefit.

Bottom line, if you are looking for a realtor / agent, I would recommend Steven De Vore over and over again.


Vanessa W.


Dude. You are buying your first home. In Los Angeles. And you have absolutely NO IDEA what you are doing. Let the freakouts commence.

I first got in touch with Steven while Husby and I were in the prequalification process...I should also add that we were clients-to-be with some pretty unique requests in terms of what we wanted in our first home. With that said, Steven was completely on point in guiding us the entire time to make it all happen.

We probably spent HOURS on the phone (he is hilarious to boot, btw)...and after the first conversation I knew that this was the guy who was going to treat me like family. I'll be honest with ya, sometimes he is going to tell you things you don't necessarily wanna hear, bet he KEEPS IT REAL. Another realtor might have just glazed over certain things and left us hanging out to dry with a hot mess once it was all said and done. I totally freaked out a few times during those last thirty days, but Steven was always there to talk me off the edge.

He was super accommodating to our crazy schedule ( I work nights and Husby travels a lot)...always ready to just show me even just one house at the last minute if I thought it could be "the one".

He's an expert in his field and was always careful to explain what every term meant and how it would effect us in the long run. Countless bundles of paperwork and deadlines were never an issue, because Steven was always two steps ahead of the game! Always in touch with our mortgage broker and the sellers, he continued to make sure we got the best deal and that the sellers stood up to their end of the bargain.

Do yourself a favor, buying a home is crazy enough and this guy fought tooth and nail to ensure we didn't get pushed around during escrow...and you seriously cannot even put a price on something like that.


Rachel B.


The process of buying a home terrifies me in a multitude of different ways.

First off, you need several thousand dollars to do it, at least ten thousand. Then, once you have several thousand dollars, you have to figure out how to figure out where you want to live for the next several years, at least five or so, right?

Then you have to figure out how to translate your dream of homeownership into the reality of homeownership, IE how to take the mental image of the palace you've always dreamt of and translate that into what you can actually afford as a real-life adult.

When I say that this process terrifies me, I'm only partially kidding! I've seen it go down, and that inside info has made it feel much more accessible. My big brother had several thousand dollars, and an idea of where he'd want to live, and Steven DeVore helped him through every step of the process!

My brother enlisted my help in his home search because he knew I'd be able to help him spot a gem- and because he knew he'd never be able to keep all the details of all the different places he'd have to look at straight. He was looking at homes in the West Valley, ranging between 350,000 and 425,000... like most home buyers, we looked at all the lower end stuff first, and then realized he'd be more comfortable with less cash each month but fewer shag carpets underfoot each day!

Steven probably showed us 15-20 properties, and was patient, helpful, thorough and always willing to go the extra mile. He dutifully turned up listings that were closer and closer to perfect until my brother was ready to start making offers. Steven was a great asset in our search- he knows the market, and he was able to help us shape an offer that gave us a leg up over other buyers.

It's been a year or so since my brother moved into his new place, and he's so happy there that I really shouldn't be afraid of buying my own home one day... especially since I know who my realtor will be!!! Maybe I should start saving those thousands of dollars??


Sam G.


The short version of my review: Steven is the best. You want him negotiating for you regardless of the circumstance. He will always tell you exactly what he thinks, and you will be impressed with the service he delivers.

Long version:

In 2007, I used Steven as my attorney in a landlord/tenant dispute. My landlord decided that I needed to replace her 1970's refrigerator for a brand new fancy refrigerator with my deposit money. Additionally, she wanted to charge me for what it would cost to hire a company to redo the flooring, when her husband was going to do it himself for 90% less. One phone call from Steven, and I had a sizable check in my hands and no more headache. We kept in touch and later, when I began the process of buying my first house, Sterling Realty was my first call.

Steven not only showed me as many listings as I could possibly want to see, all within the exact parameters of what I told him I was looking for, Steven also helped me avoid several problem homes that in retrospect were clear money pits. He didn't just want to make a sale, he wanted me in the best home possible.

Having a real estate broker that also has experience as an attorney made me feel confidant that my family's most important financial commitment was in safe hands. He handled the negotiation for my home exactly like he handled the landlord/tenant dispute years ago. Let's just say, I was very pleased. I would say use him, and you won't have to ever think twice about whether you picked the right real estate person to list your house or help you find your new home.


Marcia M.


Steven Devore was the reason for my family and I successfully finding the right home, as well as making it through escrow. He was there for us through the ENTIRE process, which gives a home-buyer a great sense of peace. He is incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of the real estate industry, and can explain the intricacies to you, without it sounding intimidating. He had our best interest at heart; he is trustworthy (which is priceless), honest, patient and just a really nice guy.

It has been 2 1/2 years since we purchased our home. He still touches base with us to see how we are doing. With Steven and Sterling Realty at your side, you are in good, capable hands.


Rena G.


This review is long overdue since we bought our house in 2012 but the fact that I wake up each morning in the house we plan to retire in reminds me of how thankful we were to have had Steven as our agent.

I'm a 1st time home buyer and husband is 2nd. I'm the type that doesn't get too involved in the details/process of the purchase BUT my husband is. He will suck you dry of all the knowledge and information on real estate before he does business with you. Basically, you better know your shit, is what I'm trying to say!

With that said, Steven was the perfect agent for us. He was patient in educating me throughout the house hunt process and had the expertise and experience to please the husband. He is also an attorney...BONUS!! You want this guy on your team because he will give you his honest opinion and not beat around the bush. Who has time for that?! He will be your advocate as long (10 months for us!) or short as the house hunt will take. Not only can he spot a fishy contract, he will fine tune yours to meet your needs.

Plus, I didn't know how much of a relationship you were going to establish with a real estate agent but you definitely want to click with them because it can be a long and arduous process. I also didn't realize how important his relationship with other agents was going to be.

The quick story with our house goes like this: First offer gets denied. We came in 3rd out of 5. Selling agent contacts Steven a month later to see if we were still interested because their first offer fails to have funds! Awesome for us & we get the house!!

What we didn't know was that Steven had contacted the selling agent after our offer was passed up to let him know that we really loved the home and if for some reason it falls out of escrow (like it did) to contact him. I truly believe that one extra step made the difference in getting our home. Especially since there was another offer better than ours but he only contacted Steven.

House hunting in my opinion is a pain in the butt and can be so stressful. I just know that with Steven's help, we were able to get through this with ease. Thanks for being so patient with us and going above and beyond to make it so simple. You made house buying enjoyable!!


Wendy G.


My family felt lost when we had to sell our parents home. Steve made is so much easier on us!! His knowledge and expertise is amazing. He also has a degree in law which came in very handy!! Our home sold the first weekend for more than we asked. Would never sell another home without him!! He makes selling easy!!


Richard S.


Steven De Vore Sterling Realty Group, provides superior service which exceeds anything we have experienced before. He has sold a very challenging high-end property in Brentwood and has helped us buy the perfect home in Valencia, CA. His combination of skills, personality combined with his legal training inspires trust and provides a stress free environment. Integrity with full delivery of promises inspires a return to the "Old West" values, where a hand shake was all that was needed to "seal the deal".


Bob B.


As we're sitting here in Oregon enjoying our new river front home, it occurred to me that none of this would have been possible without the help of Steven De Vore, and his Sterling Realty Group.

My wife and I had been planning on making this move for a very long time. We were in the process of getting our Encino property ready to put on the market when we initially consulted with Steven. He gave us a lot of straight forward, to the point advise about how we should proceed with those efforts. In the end, we saved a lot of additional time and expense by avoiding spending money on improvements that would not have increased our selling price.

Steven provided us with a well researched price to list our house at that would make it attractive, and lead to a quick sale. From the moment we gave him the go-ahead, the process went very quickly. One week!

I flew to Oregon to view properties here. Steven worked very closely with us and our agent here to make things go as smooth as possible, helping to coordinate efforts at both ends. Steven's legal background proved to be very valuable as well. Although he was not as familiar with Oregon real estate regulations, he made sure we were well represented here, and talked with our agent on several occasions. We were professionally guided every step of the way.

I made an offer on our new home that was contingent on the quick sale of our California property. It turned out that thanks to Steven, everything worked according to plan. We signed the listing agreement, and one month later, to the day, we left for Oregon.

Steven sold our home in one week, for the price we wanted, and with a 30 day escrow that enabled us to take possession of our new home.

If you need an agent that will lead you to your new dream home, don't waste your time, call Steven De Vore !


Rena G.



I'm a 1st time home buyer and husband is 2nd. I'm the type that doesn't get too involved in the details/process of the purchase BUT my husband is. He will suck you dry of all the knowledge and information on real estate before he does business with you. Basically, you better know your stuff, is what I'm trying to say!

With that said, Steven was the perfect agent for us. He was patient in educating me throughout the house hunt process and had the expertise and experience to please the husband. He is also an attorney...BONUS!! You want this guy on your team because he will give you his honest opinion and not beat around the bush. Who has time for that?! He will be your advocate as long (10 months for us!) or short as the house hunt will take. Not only can he spot a fishy contract, he will fine tune yours to meet your needs.

Plus, I didn't know how much of a relationship you were going to establish with a real estate agent but you definitely want to click with them because it can be a long and arduous process. I also didn't realize how important his relationship with other agents was going to be.

The quick story with our house goes like this: First offer gets denied. We came in 3rd out of 5. Selling agent contacts Steven a month later to see if we were still interested because their first offer fails to have funds! Awesome for us & we get the house!!

What we didn't know was that Steven had contacted the selling agent after our offer was passed up to let him know that we really loved the home and if for some reason it falls out of escrow (like it did) to contact him. I truly believe that one extra step made the difference in getting our home. Especially since there was another offer better than ours but he only contacted Steven.

House hunting in my opinion is a pain in the butt and can be so stressful. I just know that with Steven's help, we were able to get through this with ease. Thanks for being so patient with us and going above and beyond to make it so simple. You made house buying enjoyable!!


Mike R.


If you're buying or selling I have two pieces of advice. First, talk to Steven De Vore, and second, actually do what he says. Steven helped us to sell our house in Encino in March 2015, and we were thrilled to have decided to work with him. In December I got a job in San Francisco and we had to be there by March. So not exactly a favorable home selling situation. We had a tight timeline, and it was not an active time of year for real estate transactions.

Steven talked us through the entire process. He really listened to all our goals and made sure that together, we came up with a game plan to address everything. That was key to me, lots of real estate agents will talk to you and tell you all about what they do, but Steven was very good at listening first and then talking.

One of the main draws in selling a home are the pictures posted online, and Steven really came through here. We have 2 small children, so when he came over to visit, our house was a disaster. He took the time to walk through the entire house to tell us what needed to be done for photographs. He was even willing to talk on the phone or come over after our children were asleep, so we could focus. With a slight bit of prodding, we managed to get the home clean and the pictures looked amazing. Comparing the photos from the home listing when we bought to our listing when we sold was eye-opening. A professional photographer makes all the difference in the world.

Another draw for selling is the price listed at. We, of course, wanted to list as high as possible, and Steven was very patient with us. He also had great insights about the strategy of various price points and how pricing strategy can help a seller. He told us what he thought the home would sell for, but then let us list for just above that. After a month of constant showings but no offers, we lowered it to the price he recommended and the house sold within a week at asking.

The service that Steven provided us throughout the entire process was second to none. He was on top of it from the moment we called inquiring about working with him until we got on the 101 North to San Francisco. He was always willing to answer any questions we had and made sure we understood what was happening. My wife, who some might describe as high maintenance, is the type of person who will ask a question five different ways to see if she gets the same answer each time. Steven was always willing to answer all questions and was incredibly thorough and detail-oriented.


This section is designed to give you some ideas of the level of service that I can provide as a Encino Realtor. Receiving thanks from clients who have had successful real estate purchases is largely due to the fact that I always assess the needs of my real estate clients and provide them with a level of service that is second to none whether that be for a Valencia house or Santa Clarita property.

There is no doubt that providing the ideal level of real estate service will mean that you will be able to meet all of your real estate objectives. Thanks again for visiting and be sure to contact me regarding any real estate buying or selling need, whether large or small.

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