Dick & Carole Martin
"“Don can handle challenges! And as an elderly couple finally realizing that the time had come to move to an “independent living” facility, we presented plenty. Our 15-year-old condo was in a great location, but it was in need of considerable maintenance and upgrading, some we had recognized, some we had not. A similar condo a few doors away had failed to sell for several months. Don patiently spent hours educating and encouraging us (occasionally kicking and screaming a tad) to do the things his experience told him it would take to bring our place up to its potential, procedures with which we had zero expertise, which in total took about two months to complete.
The independent contractors (carpentry, carpeting, roofing, and more) he recommended were all professional, prompt, and very helpful. Don also found the perfect person to handle the sale of our household goods that would not fit in our new apartment, and the removal of a huge amount of (memory-filled but otherwise valueless) stuff that we had accumulated over 60 years of married life. And he even recommended a small family-operated moving company, the members of which actually made the process of packing and moving across town enjoyable.
The bottom line: every bit of Don’s advice was spot on, as witnessed by the fact that our condo was sold within three days after it was listed, and the net proceeds of the sale, after all those repairs, renovations and other expenses associated with the sale, exceeded (by about $20,000) the expectations we had when we first decided to sell.
Throughout the whole, 6-month-long, process (from when we first contacted Don and put our name on a waiting list for a new apartment until the closing) Don was always there to help with every step. Much more than an agent, he served as our advisor, wise counselor, and even at times psychotherapist (trust us: moving for the last time is stressful). He is a true professional–by the standard that applies to the medical profession–who puts his clients’ interest first, and will go that extra mile.
As witnessed by one final illustration: Closing Day. It was the first cold snap of the winter. We were due at the title company office at 10:30. Our car would not start (we had sold our other car a few days earlier). Don picked us up at our apartment and chauffeured us to the closing.”"
- Dick & Carole Martin, Columbia, MO
Cheryl & Lee Baumann
"“We had such a wonderful experience working with Don Ginsburg on the sale of our home in The Highlands that we knew without a doubt we wanted him to sell our home in Old Hawthorne a few years later. We respected his opinions on pricing and improvements and he was very calm and compassionate through situations that were emotional for us. Don was always easily available and quick to respond. We have recommended Don and his team to family and friends and will continue to do so.”"
- Cheryl & Lee Baumann, Columbia, MO
Alex George & Alexandra Socarides
"“My wife and I have worked with Don Ginsburg on several occasions over the past several years. I dealt with him first when I was a buyer and he was acting for the seller – I was so impressed with his professionalism and expertise that when the time came to sell the house, I asked him to act for me. As I expected, he did an excellent job for me and secured a quick sale. There were subsequent bumps in the road with the buyers and he dealt with those issues quickly and effectively. He was always totally honest with me about what I should expect and gave me forthright and excellent advice as to how to proceed, which I appreciated very much. He was always willing to go the extra mile to get the deal completed. Nothing was too much trouble. Don also acted for us when we purchased the house that we live now – again, it was not the simplest of transactions given the age and state of the house, but he did an excellent job of maintaining good lines of communication with the seller and ensured that we were able to perform all the due diligence that we needed to do. He was also extremely helpful in recommending third party contractors for us to talk to and was generally a great source of sound advice that we trusted 100%. Don Ginsburg’s experience, professionalism, and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the deal done is enough to warrant the most glowing of reviews – but I especially valued his honest and sound counsel. Buying and selling houses can be a anxious business. It always felt good to know that Don was on our side!”"
- Alex George & Alexandra Socarides, Columbia, MO
Rob & Annette
"“Don helped us greatly in the sale of our home. Although the home is beautifully finished and constructed, it was a challenge to sell due to some of its unique features. Don was quite creative and helpful in finding a solution that would work for candidate buyers. He was available 24X7 to meet and answer our concerns/questions. Ultimately, he found a buyer and everything worked out well for all parties involved. Don is high integrity and has a great personality! We would use him again without reservation.”"
- Rob & Annette S., Columbia, MO
Jeff & Barb
""We have worked with Don Ginsburg on several occasions and have nothing but wonderful things to say. First, Don will go out of his way to help a seller understand what it takes to sell a house. He is always available for questions and concerns and very in tune with the market. Second, when purchasing our home, Don listened to what we wanted and helped us find a perfect fit. If the time comes to purchase a new home the first person we will call is Don.”"
- Jeff & Barb G., Columbia, MO
""Don helped me buy my home this past summer and was extremely helpful. I felt like his goal was to find the right house for me and my family. He was not pushy or impatient like I’ve experienced from realtors in the past. He communicated his opinion honestly and helped us consider a variety of options. We are now in our new home and love it. I would highly recommend Don and his team because of his professionalism, responsiveness, and flexibility.”"
- Andrea K., Columbia, MO
"“Don Ginsburg is my hero!
My husband had lovingly had our home built in the 1960′s, and as his health declined he resisted all efforts to move. So I had the house adapted with ramp installed, accessible bathroom added, etc. This worked for several years, until October 2013 when he was moved into a care facility. By spring 2014 I knew I needed to relocate, but was overwhelmed by the prospect. What to do? How to proceed?
Lucky for me, Don was one of the realtors I interviewed. He was awesome.
The recommendations Don had for ‘staging’ our home reflected his expertise and experience. A good listener, he understood my reluctance to do anything major, yet facilitated the necessary painting and repair work. I appreciated his attention to detail and his availability as he helped me through the process. He went “above and beyond”; for example the buyer benefitted from his knowledge of VA loans, and I benefitted from his work with the buyer’s bank to move things along as quickly as possible. He is such a nice guy that he can effectively “prod” without seeming to be “pushy”. He gets things done!
From our first meeting on April 24th until closing on August 1st, his services as my seller realtor were helpful in every way.
He was also extremely effective as my buyers agent. I’d already looked at several places and was overwhelmed. What to do? Where to move to?
Don arranged for me to see several places, again combining his knowledge of the Columbia market with his great listening skills. Focusing on my needs and interests, he suggested a condo that he thought I should see.
He was “Right On”! I’d never owned a condo before, so really valued his assistance as we went through the process. I’ve now been here several months and still wake up each morning feeling so fortunate to be living where I am.
Thank You, Don!!”"
- Anita Metzen, Columbia, MO
Lynn & Carley
""We first enlisted Don, based on his sales record and other recommendations, to help us sell an older condominium. He was instrumental in recommending staging, needed repairs, a suggested listing price, and how we should market a property in what is a surprisingly competitive Midwest market. He stuck with us and we were able to sell the property to the satisfaction of us and a younger couple, this with a roof repair inspection and estimate thrown in for good measure at the last minute. He then helped us quickly negotiate the purchase of a different condo ideally suited to our needs. Don is professional, cheerful, personable, dependable; and he almost instantaneously returns emails or phone messages. And his office staff ain’t bad either. Don is a peach!”"
- Lynn & Carley I., Columbia, MO
William & Joni
"“Don sold our home recently and we found him to be very honest, professional and easy to work with. Our home sold fairly quickly and Don was very helpful helping us relocate. We could not have done it without him. I would highly recommend Don to be your agent.”"
- William & Joni S., Columbia, MO
Zsolt & Gyorgi
""Mr. Ginsburg is very experienced realtor. He helped selling my home in Columbia Missouri. The selling was expedited and smooth despite the fact that adjustment to the selling price and some repair work was needed. Mr. Ginsburg’s expertise provided a clear guidance which I could trust and rely upon. I am happy to provide recommendation for him any time.”"
- Zsolt & Gyorgi O., Columbia, MO
Shawn & Sarah Ni
"“The Ginsburg group sold our house in the spring of 2014. Don and his associates were professional and dedicated to the work. They organized numerous open house events. After each open house they presented us the feedback from the potential buyers. They kept us up to date on the market and made helpful suggestions on improving the chance to sell the house. We are most impressed by Don’s attention to details and his dedication. Although Don had many clients, he always made us feel we were his only client. He replied our inquiries promptly and kept us informed during the whole process of the sale.”"
- Shawn & Sarah Ni, Columbia, MO
"“The Ginsburg Group was wonderful to work with! Buying a home can be scary. As first time home buyers, my wife and I were quick to express concerns and ask questions. Don and his team did a fantastic job of answering every question and quelling all of our concerns. After some very tough negotiations, they got us into the perfect home, and we were under our budget! I can’t thank the Ginsburg Group enough for all of their help!”"
- Ryan Krueger, Columbia, MO
"“I worked with Don Ginsburg of The Ginsburg group to sell my mom’s home in Columbia. Because I live in Nashville, TN and do not have any family left in Columbia, I had the challenge of getting the house ready to sell from a distance. There’s no way I could have gotten the house ready for market without Don’s help. He referred me to reliable contractors to get the necessary work done on the house. He checked on the work for me since I was not there. He provided wonderful advice every step of the way. Once the house on the market, we received 2 bids within several weeks of listing, and the sale closed in about 3 months. I really had a great experience working with Don, and highly recommend him to anyone looking for a realtor in Columbia.”"
- Maria Tenkhoff, Columbia, MO
Henry & Ann
"“It is a great experience to work with Mr. Don Ginsburg. Don did an excellent job in the selling of our house by providing an extensive market analysis, offering his masterful expertise on service to the house, being extremely responsive to our needs, and demonstrating excellent negotiation skills on our behalf.”"
- Henry Wang, Columbia, MO
Bruce & Susan
"“My family and I had a wonderful experience working with Don and his team at The Ginsburg Group to sell our home. The house needed some updating before we could list it, and before we had even agreed to use him as our listing agent Don helped us prioritize what needed to be done. He put together a very impressive portfolio and gave us very clear expectations regarding the listing process, the likely selling price, and the kinds of issues that might come up for potential buyers. Selling our house quickly was a priority for us, and Don used that knowledge to market our house effectively. The pictures his photographer took really made our house sparkle! It also was important to us to have an agent who was available by phone or email to answer questions and provide information, and Don was always available and responsive. In the end, our house sold quickly, for a fair price, and with no complications. I credit Don with ensuring such a smooth and relatively hassle-free experience. I would strongly recommend Don and The Ginsburg Group to anyone.”"
- Bruce & Susan, Columb ia, MO
"“My family really felt that Don’s customer service was outstanding. As first time home sellers, he was very careful to explain the whole process thoroughly, and we never felt like he was impatient with what may have been for him, a routine question. His advice proved to be sound, and he always made time for us, responding to phone calls, emails, and texts in a timely manner. In short, when I need a realtor again, I will call Don first.”"
- Glenn Pickett, Columbia, MO
Scott & Sue
"“Sue and I have know Don for over 10 years. He just sold our home in May and sold our previous home in 2003. Transactions with Don are always painless and he has the ability to be very frank yet warm in his communications. He is incredibly prompt for all meetings and never leaves us waiting for information. Marketing is top notch and we have alwasy been proud to have a “Ginsburg Group” sign out front! He has a terrific team.”"
- Scott Adams, Columbia, MO
Derek B. Fox
"“Having previously worked with other realtors, and having utilized Mr. Ginsburg’s services to both sell and purchase homes in the past five years, I am entirely comfortable assessing his performance. Briefly, I can say without hesitation, that he is one of the most trustworthy, conscientious and ethical business individuals with whom I’ve ever been associated. Obviously, the buying and selling of a home can be a stressful activity, often intertwined with other life events. Mr. Ginsburg took the time to demonstrate a true compassion to my personal situation which greatly assisted in the decision making process. In this regard, he became a friend and advocate, providing me with sound advice without ever making me feel pressured. I came to rely on him and his experience heavily and was soundly pleased by the services he provided and work ethic he dedicated to my account. In one instance, he actually delayed a personal family vacation to broker the negotiation of a time-sensitive deal for me. As a result, I’ve referred many friends and work colleagues to Don and his associates over the years, because I know they will be treated fairly and professionally. In short, I feel entirely lucky that I had the good fortune of working with Don in the sale and purchase of my homes, and hope I can do so again in the future should the need arise.”"
- Derek B. Fox, DVM, PhD, Columbia, MO
James & Shay
"“We highly recommend Don Ginsburg and The Ginsburg Group. After a frustrating six months on the market, we were in search of a new Realtor that would get our house SOLD! After interviewing several top Realtors in Columbia, we knew Don was the person we needed. He first provided us with a market analysis complete with marketing and pricing strategies. We worked with Don to make our home as attractive as possible to a potential buyer. Our new listing, virtual tour and home ads looked GREAT! Don or Angela would be in touch with us within a day after every showing. Don gave up personal time over a holiday weekend helping us negotiate the best offer possible with our buyer. He even went above and beyond, helping us locate a reasonable handyman to fix minor issues requested by the buyer. We feel fortunate to have found Don Ginsburg and the Don Ginsburg Group!”"
- James & Shay Wahl, Columbia, MO
Dave & Rose
"“There’s nothing very easy about selling or even buying a home these days! But if you need to do so… then you need to choose a real estate agent who can look after every detail of the process from start to finish – Don Ginsburg and the Ginsburg Group can do that. He recently helped us to sell an unique property outside the city limits – one that only appealed to a limited number of buyers ( in this already very tough market) and also to find a home in Columbia that met our needs to be in town, but still have some privacy around our home. We couldn’t have been happier with our experience of working with Don and the rest of the Ginsburg Group. Don has been selling real estate for a long time in the Columbia area. He knows the best lenders to work with, who to call to take care of inspection issues, how to price and market your property using all the latest tools and resources.
The whole operation is extremely responsive – you can always reach someone and they keep you informed of how your sale or purchase is going. This was especially important to us as we were doing our selling and buying while we were living elsewhere during the summer. So if you need a Realtor – for whatever kind of property you are selling or whatever kind of home you are looking for – you can’t go wrong with Don and his group. He’s trustworthy, easy to work with, and he’ll get the job done!”"
- Dave & Rose M., Columbia, MO
Adam & Jen
"“We liked Don Ginsburg even before we hired him as our Realtor and this whole experience has made us like him even more. He is so great, so wise. At the beginning of this house buying experience I asked a Realtor from one of his competitors who was the better Realtor, their all-star or Don and she said Don. What a compliment! The LeMasters used him twice and I see why. We highly, highly, highly recommend him. You will like him too!”"
- Adam & Jen Wheeler, Columbia, MO