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I Hired Jim Bim and his Son Grant to sell my 3 one-acre lots. Before meeting Jim I was with a big name Howard County Broker that had the listing for 2 years and was unable to produce a Buyer. I then went with another agent who had the property for one year again without a buyer. After 3 years of trying to sell my property I was pretty discouraged and took the Lots off the market. Jim’s son Grant called me and I was skeptical of all agents at that point. Grant asked for a meeting and after speaking with him for a few minutes I agreed.

After meeting with both Jim and Grant I felt they understood my position and the struggle I had gone through trying to develop and sell my Land. They knew the history of my property and I got the feeling that these guys were different. They had some amazing ideas on how to market the property and create the vision for a Buyer. Almost immediately after I signed a contract with them and they were able to sell all three lots to a Builder for $1,250,000!

With that portion of my property off the market we turned our attention to the sale of the Manor house at 3925 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City, MD and the remaining 57 acres. We listed the Estate with Jim and Grant and their Real Estate Agency, Winning Edge for $5,500,000. After watching what the team did on the Lots (meeting with the county, building and erecting custom signage and meeting people to walk the property rain or shine) I knew they would do a great job on the Manor house.

The selling of our house was a family decision and the fact that Jim and Grant Bim are a Family owned and operated real estate company they have the compassion and understanding that these are life-changing experiences and can be very emotional. They were in constant contact with us and no request was too small for them to help with.

Within 1 month of listing the property Jim and Grant found us a Buyer but there was a twist. The Buyer wanted all three Lots as well that we had previously sold to a Builder! Jim and Grant got right to work with the Builder who bought them and based on his relationship with that Builder was able to negotiate the deal where we would reclaim the lots and sell the entire property to the new Buyer. Not an easy thing to do but Jim and Grant got it done and we sold the Estate for full asking price of $5.5 million as well as the lots for $1,250,000 and went to settlement at the beginning of this year (2020).

The overall experience with Jim and Grant Bim was top notch and I would recommend them to anyone looking for an agent that has the experience, knowledge and tenacity to get the deal done.

Sincerely, David and Susan Cash


Highly likely to recommend

Jim and Grant were fantastic and a pleasure to work with to sell our home. Whether selling or buying a home, the process and hoops can be daunting, frustrating, and stressful but Jim, Grant, and their Family team are truly fantastic. They are communicative, knowledgeable, considerate, compassionate and go just 'above' the rest in all aspects of the process. From our initial meeting, to providing comps and marketable pricing, to negotiating a fair deal, and through handling a very complicated closing.

We had previously had the property under another company, Redfin, for 169 Days without any traction and after back on the market in Jim and Grant’s hands, we had a good offer in 3 weeks and closing within weeks. We were also in the unique situation of having to handle closing items (inspections, repairs, etc.) all remote just due to personal timing challenges on my end, but Jim and Grant personally handled all of those details and multiple trips in our absence to make it happen. I was never more confident in this process than I was with them and I would absolutely use them again to sell our next home and recommend them to anyone!


AMAZING

If Jim and Grant Bim had not persevered and continued to make me a believer, I would still be living in my old house. They contacted me when I was at my lowest point after 7 long months of trying to sell my house. Not only did he and his son, Grant sell my house within 17 days for the same price the previous realtor could not sell my house for. They also helped me settle into my new house in 30 days time. Jim and Grant are AMAZING. They know real estate. They know the business. I have nothing bad to say about Jim, Grant, and their office staff. From Jim and Grant, to Christina and Valerie, they are all WONDERFUL!!! It's truly a family affair!!! So, many thanks to them all for making a me a believer in Jim Grant Bim!!!


My ex-husband and I had listed our house in spring of 2018 with another realtor. It was on the market for 9 months – 60 showings later (ugh!) we had only one offer and a bad one at that. To say we were discouraged with the process is an understatement. Jim proactively contacted us in 2019, we listed with him in early Fall 2019 and had a good offer within 3 weeks. Our house is finally sold and it was actually a pleasant experience! Jim is not only an experienced realtor but he is very personable, so an overall pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Jim Bim.


LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

To say we were COMPLETELY satisfied with Grant Bimstefer and his father Jim of “Team Jim Bim” of Long and Foster Real Estate regarding the sale of our home, is a major understatement! After listing our home for about 90 days with Redfin last fall, we decided to take if off the market during the holidays and re-list in the spring. As spring approached, we received several requests from many realtors making big promises to get our house sold quickly. After reconsidering our original realtor and interviewing a couple more, I decided to schedule an appointment with Grant Bimstefer since, after meeting him a few days earlier, he peeked my curiosity as he touched a bit on the team’s unique sales approach; I felt it was worth hearing more about. I will start off by saying that Grant Bimstefer, though young in age and in his real estate career, was extremely thorough, outstandingly professional, and remarkably well versed in the subject of real estate. Championed by his father Jim Bimstefer, who possesses well over 20 years of active experience in the real estate field, Grant’s work ethic, dedication, and know-how far exceeded any other realtor we’ve worked with in the past on both our primary homes and investment properties….and we’ve worked with quite a few. From the moment Grant and Jim first sat down with us to introduce their team, the experience they brought to the table, and the strategies they used to sell homes, we knew they were an anomaly. Their sincere candidness, honesty, and patience, along with their vast knowledge of the real estate industry, made the decision to partner with Team Jim Bim of Long and Foster Real Estate to sell our home, an easy one. Our property was someone different than other neighborhood homes offering the same features, so Grant and Jim spent considerable time researching the market to determine the best approach and pricing for our property. When we sat down the second time, they provided us with extensive documentation that supported a thoroughly researched assessment of our property. As a result, it was quite evident that staying with the original assessment and pricing that our former Redfin realtor set for us in the fall, would again, prove unsuccessful, lending itself to our property losing value as it sat on the market for weeks at a time with no offers. After proper consideration, we felt quite certain that Team Jim Bim’s marketing approach along with their proper pricing assessment would prove to be the key to our success. Once we officially signed the listing agreement, Grant and Jim worked hard, focusing on the strategic marketing plan they devised to quickly sell our property at the best price. This proved to be a much greater benefit than we realized, as prospective buyers began inquiring about the property well before it actually hit the market for open showings. After we spent about two weeks making minor cosmetic improvements inside and sprucing up the landscape as suggested, our home opened on the market. Later that very morning, in less than a few hours, a written contract was submitted for full price with no contingencies! We were beyond ecstatic to say the very least! Moreover, the level of care and dedication did not stop there. Grant along with Erica, the team’s experienced admin assistant, kept us completely informed throughout the entire process…answering questions, making recommendations, sending trade professionals to assess after-inspection repairs, scheduling repairs, preparing and sending closing documents, and coordinating the closing times and location. They stayed on top of every detail of the entire process. Several times, Grant personally stopped by with Jim to check on the repairs and they even rolled up their sleeves and made a few improvements themselves. Just the very evening before closing they personally shopped for and installed a replacement chandelier that was accidently broken during our move-out process a few days earlier. Talk about excellent care and outstanding service! We couldn’t have felt more appreciated! Our experience with Grant and Jim Bimstefer and Team Jim Bim of Long and Foster Real Estate was truly magnificent! We highly recommend them based on the exceptional level of devotion, service, and care that they, and their team of professionals, provide their clients as well as the high level of expertise they possess in the real estate arena. Selling a home in general can be an extremely daunting process, but our decision to hire Grant and Jim Bimstefer of Team Jim Bim was the best decision we made for the most seamless home sale we’ve ever experienced! If I can provide further information about the level of service we received, please feel free to send me an email or give me a call. I’d be more than happy to share more of my experience.


SURPRISE ... an agent who does what they say!

Thank Goodness you called ... You had our home on the market, worked your system as you said you would and we had multiple times the internet traffic and more foot traffic in two weeks that the entire four months with the other agent. And best of all within 10 days and two weekends, you had a strong offer that we gratefully accepted.


Future Real Estate Seeker/Seller

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of support on behalf of Jim personally and Team Jim Bim. During a very difficult time after my parent passed, I needed a turnkey solution to release my family (filled with the normal chaos of parenting young children) from a home we didn’t need, in a market we didn’t understand. From the moment we had our first interaction, Jim made the process stress-free and efficient. In addition to being in the position of needed to juggle family schedules, I was undergoing cancer treatments and in a particularly hard portion where my body was not accommodating. Jim was gracious enough to take things like identifying and securing vendors to refresh the home, do website pictures and material preparation, etc. All of these tasks you would expect to be done by a normal real estate agent, but Jim went further than required, and frequently brought the meetings to me and my spouse wherever was necessary and well outside the normal hours or meeting places due to my own health. Jim’s constant accessibility and professional wisdom guided us effortlessly as we juggled doctors, school and activity calendars, and other pressing matters related to a parent’s passing. From the point of listing to our final sale, we were consistently amazed at the insight he brought about the real estate market nationally, his detailed knowledge of how to apply that information to the local market of DC, Maryland and Virginia, and the well-crafted strategies he suggested - all of which saved us money and resulted in a quick sale. The end result was a home sale in what we thought was hyper-speed and at an offer price we didn’t expect to see so high. We were beyond delighted to have this one massive stressor managed during this difficult time. In a world where big money matters like house sales are becoming more transactional, Jim made us feel confident that his and our real estate relationship was a true partnership. We never felt like a number or that we were getting processed through a big machine. His kind of service is unprecedented in today’s society and I am honored he asked me for a reference. If you are wise enough to choose him and his team, you should rest easy and expect amazing results!


We spoke with Jim on the phone and then met with him at our home. He spent hours answering our questions, providing objective data regarding how many homes they sell, how long their listings typically stay on the market, and providing tons of info on comps in the area. We were concerned that our house, which not in the best shape would be tough to sell. Jim made the process incredibly easy and took extra steps many other Realtors don't (but should), like having a pro come and give us staging tips, having professional photographs taken, and a lot more. When we saw our listing we were blown away. His hard work and knowledge of what it takes to sell a home really paid off - our listing looked amazing and knocked out the competition. The first buyer that saw the property put in an offer. Our house went under contract 7 days after we put it on the market. We accepted and Jim walked us through every step of the closing process, including finding us a finance person to process the loan. It couldn't have been a more pleasant experience. When we were ready to purchase Jim found us several homes to look at and we saw them as soon as they went on the market.I would recommend Jim Bim to everyone I know. He's a true professional and a genuinely nice guy. I realize it won't always be this easy to sell your home, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better Realtor.


To Future Clients of Jim Bim

We cannot recommend James Bimstefer (Jim Bim) enough. We have used him for the sale of two houses. From the beginning he made the process so much easier. He is extremely knowledgeable about the buying and selling in his area. He continually researched other sales in the area and advised us throughout the process to help us sell the houses quickly for a fair price. He has many resources for repairs, donations etc. which makes the process easier. But what we like the most about him was that he was so easy to work with. From the start it was like working with a good friend. He was always available by phone and stopped by to check with us frequently. He was very honest with us and told us what we needed to do. He even did daily checks on our house when we were not there. We are so glad we trusted him and followed his lead throughout the process. We hope to stay in touch with him in the future. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Grant and Jim have been a tremendous help along the whole process.

I would highly recommend them to the people considering listing their house on the market. I have listed the house with a discount agency for almost 9 months. Even with several price drop and lots of traffic on the floor, the result was disappointing. Grant and Jim called couple times after the house was off the market temporarily and offered a strategy, the discussion was insightful and honest. They showed their experiences and the great efforts willing to help the clients for their best interests. After the house went back on Market, Jim and Grant actively sought after each feedback from the viewings and open house, and provided the prompt updates in order to make best decision at the moment. With prior agent, I never saw so many feedbacks. Jim and Grant provided real analytic thoughts based on the feedback and their experience. Even though we had some difficulty after the first buyer backed out the contract, Jim and Grant quickly laid out the plan and seized a contract for the house in the end. Their experience and effort going behind the scenes have made the whole process as stress-free as possible for the client. They even went the extra step to help me to clear the garage in the end since I was out of town. I am very thankful for all the help they provided. Again you will be in safe hand with this great Team!


Failed to Sell in 221 days * Re-Listed with Jim Bim & Sold in 7 days!

Jim Did more than a superior job. He analyzed the property at great length. He went over and above the usual in planning an open house and during that time had 13 potential buyers. He negotiated with the last four buyers to increase the sale price by almost 7%"


This letter is to inform you of your Associate Broker, James W. Bimstefer who goes by the name Jim Bim of an outstanding job in the selling my property located at 23 Red Jonathan Court, Pikesville, MD 21208.I have known Jim for many years. I cannot remember how I met him, but I do remember him selling a property I owned in Reisterstown, Maryland, in a very short time after that home too had been on the market for an extended period of time with another real estate agent and failed to sell. I was surprise by the great results and so happy with the outcome of that home sale that I contacted Jim again to purchase a home for my brother to rent from me until he was able to purchase it. This transaction was smooth and easy, too. I lost track of Jim Bim over the years, and by this time I had three properties that I wanted to sell. To locate a real estate agent to help me, I checked the internet, saw a lot of for sale signs with Northrop Realty, and I remembered Craig Northrop being the best from years ago; therefore, I contact his company. In a little over a year, I had two different real estate agents, few showings and interest buyers with low ball offers on my property that failed to get my home sold. The second real estate agent and I had many confrontations mainly of her just wanting to sell the property with any offer. I was upset and extremely stressed knowing this property was going to be hard to sell and now buyers were thinking there maybe something wrong with the property because it was on the market for 14 months.I received a packet from Jim Bim in the mail and a voice mail message on my phone. I was surprised and happy to hear from him. I called him right away. I told him what had gone on and that I wanted him to help me because I knew he would sell my properties; especially this one that was on the market for well over a year. I contract with my second agent had just ended and I went Jim Bim. In less than two weeks, Jim had lots of showings and the home under contract. However, the contract felled through due to an issue out of everyone’s control. Less than two weeks later and more showings, Jim got another contract on the property and it settled yesterday! I have to commend Jim for his hard work, professionalism, great customer service, politeness, patience, being funny, communication skills, attention to detail of the closing document that resulted in a change that saved me money, and the ability to get the job done fast and efficiently. Jim Bim’s interest was to find a buyer who would pay top dollar, get me to the table and settle on the property as quickly as possible to make me happy, and he did what he set out to do. Jim has two more properties to sell for me and I am so very glad he contacted me. Jim is a great person, real estate agent, family man and an Associate Broker.


Working with you was a VERY pleasant experience

All along the way I felt I was not only informed of the progress, but also educated on how your process worked.


SOLD – The best word a homeowner can ever hear!

After having my home in Pasadena, MD, listed with another realtor/agency for a year, I was resigned to the fact that it would never sell so I reluctantly decided to take it off the market. A few days later I received your phone call asking if I would be interested in meeting with you to discuss the possibility of relisting the property. When you called I was exhausted and defeated and couldn’t imagine anything you could do or say that would convince me to relist the property. My previous realtor had done all she could do right? What could you do that would be any different? Little did I know I was about to find out. When we sat down for our first meeting I was impressed by your success rate and professionalism. It didn’t take me very long to realize that I was dealing with a career realtor who knew what it would take to sell my very unique rehabed 8 bedroom home. Your honesty and straight forwardness was very refreshing and reassuring and I knew without a doubt that you had what it would take to find us a buyer for the property. As soon as the property was remarketed and listed the requests for showings began flooding in. For the first time I started to see strong showings with qualified prospects who were genuinely interested in visiting the property. I was in shock at how you were able to immediately turn the whole situation around and put me back in control instead of being at the mercy of every potential buyer. It took less than 3 months for you to find the perfect buyer! A cash buyer who decided to forego a home inspection. Was this possible? Was it a joke? No it most certainly was not. 3 weeks later I was turning the keys over to an extremely excited and satisfied buyer and began my journey to find a new smaller more economic home for me and my children.We have been in our new home now for a little over a month and I feel like I have been given a new lease on life. You licensed to everything I said and understood exactly what I was looking for in a home and here we are…just a few weeks later…all moved in, unpacked and back to enjoying life. Both settlements went off without a glitch. There were none of those last minute hiccups that can make the settlement process a nightmare and I want you to know how much I truly appreciate you and what you did for me. I learned the hard way how extremely important it is to choose a career professional realtor when listing and/or purchasing a property. Hopefully it isn’t a lesson that I’ll have to implement anytime soon as I feel like I am honestly in my forever home. A place I would definitely NOT be if not for YOU. Thank you Jim. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.


THE BEST

I've worked with and personally known a number of realtors over the years and Jim is, without a doubt, the BEST! After spending considerable time and money getting our parent's estate house ready to sell, we originally contacted REDFIN because of the lower commission rate. They valued the house too high and over the next 3 months had us slowly reduce the price. We were on a slow slide to well below what similar homes in the area were selling for. We received zero offers. We had a 3 month contract with REDFIN and our realtor was on vacation when it expired so it was not renewed. I found this out when other realtors started calling me on a Sunday morning for the listing. I interview several replacements and decided to give Jim a try. In a matter of a few weeks we had several legitimate offers. He was in constant contact with me during the process and worked diligently to get us the best deal which was significantly higher than what we could have expected with REDFIN If we had listed with Jim originally, we could have saved ourselves months of waiting and probably gotten even a better price. Selling a house that's been on the market for a while is difficult and Jim did everything possible to get us the best deal. I can't say enough good things about him and will definitely use him again.


Jim is a true professional and we love his no non-sense approach

I can't say enough about Jim Bim. He is absolutely awesome and delivers on his promises. He is completely on top of what is going on in the current market and advises accordingly. You can’t do better.


Working with you was a VERY pleasant experience

All along the way I felt I was not only informed of the progress, but also educated on how your process worked.


As satisfied customers of Yours

I want you to know how much We truly appreciate the attention and advice you've provided us, during the sale of our home. We had previously experienced a very difficult time with 2 different realtors who could not get our home sold; leaving us disappointed, frustrated and out of hard-earned cash as the home was vacant and burning money. That was until we prayed about our new realtor and you came along. From the very 1st day we sign our contract with you, we felt secure that you were very knowledgeable of your business and was confident in your walk. Due to your efforts, we literally had 2 contracts within 3 days of you taking on our property which tells me that you are not only connected in your field but respected. Selling for more than we were asking was also a bonus! We settled on our home 5 weeks later! During that time, we had 3 different concerns brought to our attention while waiting to close and your professionalism, and confidence eased our worries allowing us to handle each situation without distress as you negotiated to protect our best interests, thank you! Looking forward to Partnering with you and your company again in the future.


Sold in less than 30 days!

I had a property that was on the market for over a year with two different real estate agents. We had very few showings and no offers. Then my wife and I hired Jim Bim. What a difference! The home was vacant and we had not lived there in over a year. Needless to say, the home needed help. Jim took action and got the home cleaned out for us and he also got landscapers and so forth to address some issues that were hurting the sale and to make life even simpler, he covered the cost! When he started working on the home, immediately we started getting showings and offers!!! And then Jim sold the home at a price and terms that we were happy with and all in less than 30 days .A typical 'inexperienced agent' could never have survived the obstacles that we faced. I highly recommend Jim Bim as he is just the type of agent who will make you feel confident that your sale is in good hands. Experience matters!! Selling a house is sort of like driving down the road on a sunny day. If the weather is fine anyone can get you to your destination without any problems....but if the weather suddenly becomes stormy and the roads become dangerous the driver's experience can make the difference if you get home safely or not. A good agent is much like the experienced driver. When unexpected and difficult issues arise you want someone there that can make the difference and solve the problems. Jim is just that type of agent.


Jim Bim was clearly the best choice

When preparing to choose a realtor to sell your home, it may be beneficial to search the Internet for a list of ideal attributes that all successful realtors should possess. My husband and I did that after we had a bad experience with another realtor who, unsuccessfully, tried to sell our house. We were then inexperienced sellers and had to learn the hard way that all realtors are not the same! The list of traits we were looking for in our next realtor included: local housing market knowledge, organized individual, with attention to detail, an aggressive, yet polite manner, expertise with current marketing technology, and a tireless worker on the seller's behalf. Most importantly to us was that the person be frank with us and honestly, outline what we needed to do to sell our home. After selecting the wrong agent the first time, we did not want to make a mistake again so we interviewed six top real estate agents in the area. Out of the six Jim Bim was clearly the best choice, as we felt Jim Bim possessed all of the qualities. After telling Jim our story and hearing his evaluation of why we hadn't sold our house the first time around, we felt relieved to put the house sale in his capable hands. He recommended several vendors to do work on our house and we found them to be very fair and honest. The stager/decorator, that Jim Bim paid for, was especially helpful in making the house more appealing to buyers. Jim took care of everything for us. Getting the house ready for selling was not an easy task for us. My husband was still working and there were a number of items to dispose of. Jim made multiple trips to our home to check in with us and go over what needed to be done in order to help us net top dollar on the sale of our home. Jim was very patient with us, even though we missed the ideal window for listing our house with the least amount of competition from other sellers. We had a slight difference of opinion as to what our list price should be and again he was very patient and walked us through the market evaluation. After voicing his concern that our price was too high, Jim worked with us and never made us feel wrong only that we were on the same team and it was clear he had or best interest at heart. Once the house was on the market, Jim contacted every potential buyers' agents so that we could have immediate feedback after visits to the house. He kept us informed every step of the way. Sadly, by the time our home was listed, there were two other homes for sale on our street at low prices. Even so, the house sold within 18 days at a great price that Jim predicted. There were a few hiccups before we actually closed on the house. Our homeowner's association was remiss in getting important documents to us and as the deadline approached, Jim contacted us more frequently. There was no pressure or impatience, just the appropriate amount of concern and his communication with us was superior! We were amazed at Jim's ability to neutralize a situation that might cause us undue stress, as if he could tell that the move itself was providing enough of that! The last few days before closing, we were in a state of panic because it was taking us so long to empty the house. Jim had no problem pushing back the time for the walk-through or telling the other agent that the garage would not be cleaned until the morning of closing. The more stressed we were, the calmer he seemed. There was a potential problem involving the pay-off figure for the house that could have potentially sabotaged the closing, but Jim quietly and efficiently handled the issue like it was nothing! On the morning of closing, there were some additional issues with the walk through and Jim Bim did not make a fuse and took care of it for us. We arrived at closing worried about a fight with the buyers and Jim had handled it all so closing went off without a hitch and everyone was all smiles! We are totally convinced that we would not have closed that day, if Jim had not been our agent. He goes the extra mile for his sellers and has the unique ability to put himself in their shoes. He realizes that many of us are new to the selling process and don't deal with the same issues he does on a daily basis. His greatest strength in dealing with us was being able to calm the situation which would normally cause upset or stress while still acknowledging our concern and walking us through to a successful outcome. This was invaluable on numerous occasions and I feel that it is something that puts him in a league all his own since it is not something that can be learned. It speaks to who Jim is as a person.We are very grateful to have had Jim Bim sell our house for us and we will highly recommend him to anyone who wants an agent who is the 'creme de la creme' and will look after their interests with patience, kindness and understanding.


FIVE STARTS, NO DOUBT!

My house was on market for almost nine months with two different realtors and didn’t get sold. I was almost desperate and decided to turn it to a rental. At the hardest time, Grant called me several times and assured me that he could help out. I was not very convinced at the time because they tend to say that but nothing happened. We renovated the house, lower the price but didn’t get even one offer. So when Grant consistently called me and told me their strategies that I never heard from any other realtor before, I figured this time might be different. So I decided to give them a chance and gave my pretty house a chance. I chose them to be my realtor and put my house on the market again. This time it is really different. Their unique strategies really worked and we got four offers in two weeks! And they helped us pick the best offer! I highly recommend their services. Five stars, no doubt!


CRITICAL EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Dear Jim, Good day to you. Karen and I want to express our gratitude to you for the excellent job you did to get our home sold. We realize how an extraordinarily difficult effort it was. We’re positive that had we not hired you that our home would still be unsold and on its way into a foreclosure situation! But that didn’t happen and we owe it to you our friend. You did it! Staying with us every step of the way through this process, making positive suggestions and guiding us to the potential sale, was great. Jim your experience and expertise was all so critical. We are passing on to some of our friends and relatives your contact information, so you may also help them sell or purchase a home at a future date. Again, Jim THANK YOU!! For all you did, we greatly appreciated it.


CLIENTS FOREVER OF JIM BIM

We are very happy to write this letter of reference for our forever real estate agent, Jim Bim. We initially listed our home with another agent. After months on the market we had received About 6 showings. We had received about 3 offers all of which were extremely low and (we feel) not serious. At the 10-month point (February) we decided to take the house off the market and wait until Spring. However, we were then deluged with numerous calls and offers from other agents who were interested in listing our home. By now we were reluctant and frustrated. Since we were given renewed hope by the “sales-pitch” of the new offers-to-list and sell our home we decided to interview 5 prospective callers. One of them was an agent that our neighbor had used. Our neighbor spoke extremely highly of him and she insisted that if our house had not sold we should call her agent. Well, this turned out to be Jim Bim. We had reached out to him since we wanted to give regard to our neighbor’s high regard of the agent who had sold her house during a critical time for her and had received a very fair price. The competing realtors that we interviewed each sounded extremely professional and encouraging. However, one stood out in his experience and knowledge of the business, real estate, local communities and the various factors that would result in the sale of our home. This was Jim Bim. We met with Jim and from the start he was a pleasure to work with. We approached the interview with cautious optimism. However, Jim was an active listener and quickly reduced our anxiety. He took the time to understand our selling needs and acted accordingly. As an individual he presented himself as polite, inquisitive and proactive. We were impressed that during our interview with him and while showing him the house, he simultaneously took measurements of each room which is something that no one else had done. It reflected to his being prepared to “hit the ground running” as he already would have this information if/when we called him back as the chosen realtor. Consequently, we relisted our home with Jim in March. And as indicated, he had the measurements and other pertinent information, so we did not have to lose any time for him to get started.It’s important to note that we were selling our fourth home. The first three had essentially sold themselves. Apparently, the price range at which they were listed was one that did not require the work and experience from the agent that our current home was requiring. Having enlisted the help of Jim we were simply not prepared for what followed the re-listing. We were deluged with requests to see the home that started before the official marketing date. In fact, we received more showings in the first week than we had received during the entire prior 10 months that we were with the previous realtor. Jim was a huge support during negotiations. On his debriefing of each offer to us, he was able to articulate to us having told the buyer (with great accuracy) exactly what he had learned about us regarding what we would or would not accept. Jim accomplished each step with a high degree of integrity and competence which was missing in our previous realtor.We VERY HIGHLY recommend Jim Bim. He has the years of experience, professionalism and savvy to get our home sold in a fraction of the time than we had previously experienced. HIS KNOWLEDGE of the market and the business WILL GET YOUR HOME SOLD!!!


I'M STILL BEAMING

After being on the market with another agent for 4 months with few showings and no offers I know that my home was not an easy sale. It was your honesty and steadfast approach to selling my home that FINALLY got it sold!! You helped me come up with a realistic sale price and a practical time frame in which to sell it.


HAVING A TRUE PROFESIONAL WAS A HUGE HELP

You sold our home in essentially the first weekend it was listed!"


JIM BIM HAS BEEN IN THIS MARKET OVER 25 YEARS

He sold our house in Columbia last April, in under a month. Another agent from out of town had it listed from the previous July-Dec. Two contracts fell through...I think Jim would have either made the first contract happen without all their contingencies or not had us tied up with them for all of August into September before we got out of it. Jim has some negative reviews on Yelp. He was not their agent. He was the agent of the seller a buyer was buying from. They should have reviewed their own agent. Jim is aggressive, follows up all the time, does not talk down to you, is friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He doesn't conduct open houses, but encourages doubling up on showing times, so several agents and buyers are there at the same time, creating excitement. He has a follow up questionaire that goes out to each agent who shows the house. Yes, he asks what they thought but it's really about who may be the serious buyer who is worth pursuing. He is well versed in Howard Co./MD title law and even after closing is available to remind you of what you still may need to do, especially if the title company is slow in sending you money that you are due. He will go after them. Interview him. You won’t be sorry. He told us exactly what he would do to sell our house when we met with him and he did that, all right on time meeting all deadlines. Our house was not perfect, but we got our second asking price. And When the buyer came in $5000 below with their offer he asked me if that was a deal breaker. I said yes I wanted the asking price. He said OK I’ll get that. He did. In fact he got it plus another thousand. He is with the Bob Lucido team, but you hire Jim, you get Jim. Being with that team allows you resources like professional stagers that give you written guidelines based solely on your home and even a moving truck. We needed a new roof in the next couple years, our appliances were not brand spanking new but they were certainly modern, up-to-date and in working condition. Other realtors had said we should just sell the house with a warranty included. Jim said everything is negotiable down to the curtains. He said that often times if you give them something small they like, the bigger ticket items may not be so important. I believe that he is right. Our house was really pretty, updated cosmetically and that’s what sold it. We had already had a radon mitigation system installed and had the chimney relined before he listed our house. All in all, we ended up paying about $600 for repairs for the new buyer. The repairs were all done by people that Jim recommended and they gave us excellent prices and did excellent work. 410-465-6900 and ask for his book 'How To Sell Your Home After Your Listing Expires'...very helpful.


WE WERE SO LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH HIM

After wandering around for a year and half in the extremely popular Howard County real estate market, we finally bought a house we truly loved. Without our agent, Jim Bim, this purchase would not be that smoothly. We want to thank Jim for the professional and efficient way he handled both the market evaluation and price negotiation, which helped us finalize our home purchase in a mere 36 hours, and for the passion and dedication he puts into his work. He generously shared 30+ years of real estate experience and societal resources with us, which made the entire process more convenient for us and helped us secure the loan early on. His trustworthiness, honesty, responsibility, and kindness helped us complete every aspect of the process neatly and efficiently. He works very hard to act on the behalf of his clients, pushing for the absolute best and ensuring our every need was met, and our every worry was resolved. Even after we had settled into our house, he still managed to reclaim the one thousand dollar repair fund for us.We highly recommend our agent Jim Bim. We were so lucky to be able to work with him.


I CAN'T SAY HOW MANY REALL ESTATE AGENTS I WENT THROUGH BEFORE I FOUND JIM BIM

Factual in Presentation, Careful Consideration of our Thoughts and Ideas, Always responsive even when the same question was asked more than once.


LISTED & SOLD IN UNDER 30 DAYS

We appreciated all the work to get the house sold as quickly as it did. We also appreciated how honest and right to the point you were. I know that this is generally one of the more stressful times and you made it easy.


Listed & Sold in Under 30 days!

We appreciated all the work to get the house sold as quickly as it did. We also appreciated how honest and right to the point you were. I know that this is generally one of the more stressful times and you made it easy.


Failed to Sell in 221 days * Re-Listed with Jim Bim & Sold in 7 days!

Jim Did more than a superior job. He analyzed the property at great length. He went over and above the usual in planning an open house and during that time had 13 potential buyers. He negotiated with the last four buyers to increase the sale price by almost 7%


I'm Still Beaming!

After being on the market with another agent for 4 months with few showings and no offers I know that my home was not an easy sale. It was your honesty and steadfast approach to selling my home that FINALLY got it sold!! You helped me come up with a realistic sale price and a practical time frame in which to sell it.


Failed to Sell in 91 Days * Jim Bim Re-Listed & Sold in 24 Days!

He is without a doubt, the best of the best. My house was on the market for over three months with another "top" Realtor and I had not gotten any interest or offers. Jim took over in early January 2016 and I had a firm offer by the end of January, less than 30 days! And then I closed on the sale 58 days later! That's record time, especially being that other homes in my neighborhood are not sell! During the process Jim kept informed of all comments of potential buyers coming through my home, provided recommendations on what to do to cause interest and an offer and kept me informed every step of the way. If you want to sell your house and need a seasoned realtor that will advise and guide you through the process, Jim Bimstefer is the man! If he had not taken over the sale of my house I'd still be there vs living in my retirement home! Dorothy Moore, LT, USN, Retired


Failed to Sell in 181 days * Jim Bim Re-Listed & Sold in 17 Days!

Hey Jim ... i wanted to thank you for selling my house, it was right on time. I would recommend you to anyone! Good job especially under the challenging cirecumstances. The fact that you got the job done in less tahn 30 days after i had been on the market with another agent for over 6 months was truly remarkable. I sincerely apriciated you taking the time to talk me through the process and the support/advice as decisions had to be made. I think that really made the difference for me.


Failed to Sell in 192 days * Jim Bim Re-Listed & SOLD in 5 Days!

None of the other realtors we interviewed made the recommendations for these types of services. We believe that these services are what made the difference in getting our home sold because we were able to reach a larger audience.


Having a TRUE PROFESSIONAL was a huge help

You sold our home in essentially the first weekend it was listed!


Working with you was a VERY pleasant experience.

All along the way I felt I was not only informed of the progress, but also educated on how your process worked.


Jim found a buyer much more quickly than expected

The service that you and your assistant, Amy, provided made us feel very secure and comfortable.


It is Our Pleasure to Highly Recommend Jim Bim

Factual in Presentation, Careful Consideration of our Thoughts and Ideas, Always responsive even when the same question was asked more than once.


I can't say how many real estate agents I went through before I found Jim Bim.

Loyalty, Competence & Service rarely work hand in hand - The exception is Jim Bim


Jim is a true professional and we love his no non-sense aproach

I can't say enough about Jim Bim. He is absolutely awesome and delivers on his promises. He is completely on top of what is going on in the current market and advises accordingly. You can’t do better.


Listed for 1 year with 2 other agents ... Then Jim Bim relisted and sold in 47 days!

Jim Bim did a commendable job. He was personal, professional and great at keeping us informed every step of the way.


TWO HOMES SOLD!!! A SHORT SALE PLUS AN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE SALE - THANKS JIM BIM !!!

In hindsight, i am convinced that without Jim Bim's expertise in all aspects of the process and his exceptional negotiation skills, neither sale would have ever been realized. His high professionalism and his never ending tenacity in following up with all parties involved at every step of the way were truly instrumental to a successful completion of the deal.


FAST RESULTS - JIM BIM RELISTED & SOLD THIS HOME IN JUST 13 DAYS (CREATING 3 OFFERS) ... TWO PREVIOUS AGENTS HAD TRIED FOR OVER 1 YEAR AND FAILED TO GET IT SOLD

Needless to say, the entire experience was fabulous. My home sold within weeks. His personal attention to me and my home was beyond reproach.


WE WERE LISTED BY THE BIGGEST AGENT IN THE AREA FOR 2 YEARS AND UNSOLD - - - WE RELISTED WITH JIM BIM AND IN 10 DAYS WE HAD SEVERAL OFFERS AND SOLD!!!

Your activity on a daily basis to get the property seen and sold, the communication with me on a very regular basis, the guidance through the negotiations with the buyer, the help with issues related to the home inspection, and all the work done to ensure the close would come off on schedule seem way beyond what other agents could hope to offer. My house listed on January 19th 2010 and closed today, March 22nd 2010. I am not really sure how best to thank you for putting your words into action and moving this property so quickly in such a down market.


WE COULD NOT SELL IT - JIM BIM TOOK OVER & SAVED US!!!

Jim Came to the rescue, and took our awful situation on! He spent the time explaining the current housing market and what we would need to do to sell quickly - which was our goal. Our only wish is that we would have found Jim sooner!


INTEGRITY & PROFESSIONALISM

It is refreshing to see superior service in action!


JIM BIM IS ALWAYS UPGRADING TO SERVE YOU BETTER

Now this is exciting - Less than 4% of all licensed real estate agents have earned this exclusive designation and now Jim Bim has earned his CRS. The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest Designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. The CRS Designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education. Since 1977 the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS Designation on agents who meet its stringent requirements


SOLD IN LESS THAN 30 DAYS

Thank you so much for getting our house sold quickly and efficiently in such an unfavorable market(to say the least). After being on the market for over 1 year with another "top agent", my home expiredy, you contacted me and I am so very glad that you did!


WE WERE ABOUT TO LOOSE IT ALL, MY DREAM HOME + $25,000

Jim had our house on the market by the following Friday and priced within one hundred dollars of our previous list price. That weekend we had 7 showings(they all showed up) and by Tuesday afternoon we had an offer on the house. Amazing, Jim was able to do for us in 5 days what one of those" large" companies were not able to do in 6 months!


JIM BIM YOU ARE A STAND OUT!!! A YEAR WITH ANOTHER AGENT AND YOU GOT US SOLD IN WEEKS - HOW DO YOU DO IT?

I appreciated how easy it was to stay in contact with you through telephone and email especially since we had already moved out of state.


WHY DID OUR PREVIOUS TWO AGENTS FAIL?

I suppose it is a realtor's job to sell the homes that they have been entrusted to sell. That being said, why did our previous two "top producer" agents fail to get our home sold over a period of 189 days? When we spoke over the phone, I immediately recognized that you were truly different. You were professional, honest, straight forward and had a clearly defined plan for our success.


6 YEARS AND 4 REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

Regardingy ou personally,t here is a special blend of complete competency in doing what you do combined with a low-keyed,respectful approach that yield a remarkable level of integrity and support that is virtually unseen in today's business environment


AS A BUSY DOCTOR JIM BIM TOOK GREAT CARE OF MY FAMILY

A busy physician at the emergency room/Shock trauma center with two kids and wife we were really busy. We tried some agents and quit on all because we were doing a better job ourselves. Every day search and giving them a call saying there is a new one in the market and by the time they made a move it was sold. We lost again and again. Until we found Jim. From the very first few times we realized this cooke has a different taste ! Professional, no messing around and least BS that you always hear from most of agents


JIM BIM WAS LIKE MY PROTECTIVE SHEILD - PLUS HE SOLD IT IS WEEKS WHILE OTHERS FAILED!

I am glad that I decided to go with you after interviewing four other top agents. Choosing Jim Bim was the best decision I made in this transaction. You are a wonderful person. Very professional, polite, courteous, understanding, patient, thorough in your performance of duty, helpful, easy to communicate with, and a down right good family man, and I like that in a person who I choose to do business with.


BANKERS AND LENDER LOVE TO WORK WITH JIM BIM

I believe that for both Realtors and lenders it is extremely beneficial to work with people that you know and trust to get the job done, all while leaving customers satisfied well beyond their expectations.


JIM BIM SOLD OUR HOUSE IN JUST A FEW DAYS!

He has a very pleasant manner, and is extremely knowledgeable about the real estate market. Jim has been thorough, efficient, and dependable. It has been a pleasure working with Jim.


I WAS HAVING PROBLEMS SELLING - HIRED JIM BIM AND IT SOLD

Jim listed my home. He did such a fantastic job, with the help of his staff, in marketing my home, that he was able to bring in 37 appointments the first weekend of the listing. I was amazed. Then from there, plenty of offers starting rolling in, and then he had to manage up to 8 offers on my house - and this was all happening just 5 days into my house being on the market.


MY HOME FAILED TO SELL UNTIL I HIRED JIM BIM

I found Jim Bim's approach refreshing, his manor sincere and confident and his help and involvement throughout the sale of my home invaluable.


JIM BIM YOU MADE OUR HOME HUNTING A PLEASURE

You have made this house hunting and acquiring a pleasure. You are on your game and your professionalism shows every time you make contact.


ALL WE CAN SAN IS THANK GOD FOR JIM BIM & FLORIE

Through every single step of the process, Jim Bim & Florie were professional, ethical, honest, responsive, kind and caring.


JIM BIM YOUR STRATIGY WORKED!

Jim, I have learned more about selling and buying a home working with you than combining the previous 4 home sales my wife and I have managed. Thanks again for all your help.


WE WERE ON THE MARKET FOR 6 MONTHS & JIM BIM SOLD US IN 2 WEEKS

Your positive can-do way eased thing all around.


JIM BIM IS SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL POLICE

JIM BIM is always willing to help!


I INTERVIEWED 5 AGENTS AND I PICKED JIM BIM

Over the past 30 years, I have bought at least a dozen homes, worked with several property management companies, and sold a few of those homes. If I ranked all of the real estate people with whom I have worked, none has worked as hard and as earnestly as Jim Bim!


JIM BIM WE WANT YOU ON OUR TEAM

The personal qualities it took you to achieve this distinction are among the characteristics I seek in Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Sales Associate.


WE CONTACT JIM BIM BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN HIS SOLD SIGNS FOR YEARS

I can attest that Jim is an expert in the real estate market and has several successful approaches to selling a house. Although my husband and l were initially hesitant to follow some of Jim Bim's advice, we are so thankful we did.


YOU MADE THE SALE OF OUR HOME SMOOTH

You are an incredible person and very talented in your field. It is hard to express in words how much your help and guidance meant to us.


FSBO - THAT WAS A BAD IDEA - JIM BIM TOOK IT OVER AND MADE IT LOOK EASY!

What a difference! We heard from Jim and his staff on a regular basis and we now had someone who really listened to us and was on our side. At the end of 2 weeks and several visits form Jim Bim we had a different home. At the same time, Jim and his staff were doing what he called a presale alerts and when we hit the market, the buyers came flooding in. By the end of the second weekend, we had several offers and sold our home while netted more money in our pocket than we had ever hoped for. Jim Bim and his staff handled all of the details and made the transaction actually enjoyable. Thanks Jim, you did exactly what you said you'd do and now we are happily able to move to our retirement home


JIM BIM WE DID NOT PAY YOU ENOUGH!

We can't tell you how much we appreciate all you've done throughout this entire situation. The real estate gods should bless you and shine down upon you for your patience and hard work. Thanks again.


EVEN RELO RECOGNIZES JIM BIM

The buyer was totally unreasonable about everything and was going to walk out of closing. Jim Bim agreed to meet him at the new home at 8:00am the next morning to make the necessary changes. Jim did meet him and did the minor fixes that needed to be done. I really believe that if Jim had not gone "over and above" in his responsibilities, we would have lost this sale'


I AM DIFFICULT TO PLEASE AND JIM BIM WAS SUPERIOR!

I was impressed from the very beginning. JIM BIM picked up the ball and did everything I had demanded of an agent. No longer was I calling an agent to inquire about my property, but he was calling me with the latest Developments and sending copies of advertisements with frequency. He was realistic with numerous incoming offers and gave me his professional perspective on what he thought was in my best interest, having the figures prepared well in advance. In fact, the house would finally sell in less than 90 days at a price higher than I had asked or ever expected given the market in the area.


JIM BIM IS A RE/MAX HALL OF FAME MEMBER

JIM BIM is one of the top agents int he entire world ... top 1% and just a hand full of realtor who are in the exclusive Re/Max Hall of Fame!


TOP REAL ESTATE TRAINER RECONIZES JIM BIM AS THE BEST

Jim I'd like to acknowledge your determination, integrity, persistence and commitment to excellence both in your real estate dealings and your personal life. Many agents set goals, make promises and plan success but few actually hit their goals, keep their promises and achieve success. You have done all three.