-Spears & Associates Real Estate Team Testimonials
I met Barbara in April, my house was just about ready to close and I needed a rental. I let Barbara know what I needed in a home and we scheduled an afternoon to look. The first home we looked at was the one. It is great when your realtor listens and gets it right on the first try. We then went through the process of application and signing leases. My home closing was delayed for a couple of days and we were able to negotiate with the owner to hold the home for me. Once I took possession of the home there were many things that we did not initially see when looking at the home. We made a list and very diplomatically Barbara presented this to the listing agent explaining that the owner most likely had no idea of these issues. The owner agreed to take care of all the items that needed attention. I would highly recommend Barbara VanderMeulen she will not only be there for you from the start; she will be there for you afterwards as well. She is a true professional with great negotiating skills, and someone that I put my full trust in.
Alan Boyle 5/2018
Barbara VanderMeulen was exceptional with helping us find our rental home! She went above and beyond our expectations and provided us with feedback, pictures, and videos of properties as we were moving from 900 miles away. She was caring and genuine and I would recommend her to anyone needing assistance with finding a home. We will definitely use her services again when we decide to buy a home in the next year or two.
Scott and Paula Walls 6/2018
Barbara, I just wanted to say thank you one more time. You stuck it out with us for months and we FINALLY made it. I know this was not easy for any of us and it was a huge learning experience. I just wanted to say thank you for your patience and devotion throughout. It was a rough ride and a long one but we ultimately make it to the destination. Thank you again for everything and maybe we'll run inot each other in town! Have a great summer.
Barbara was my agent and she was excellent, always very courteous, and knowledgeable and always had time for any questions or service I needed. Thank you I am grateful that you stuck with me. You have been the best real estate agent I have ever worked with and I really appreciate you.
This is a review for our relator Barbara VanderMeulen. Being that this was our first time buying a home, she was extremely patient with us and "held our hands" throughout the whole process. Initially, we provided her a checklist of our expectations we wanted in a home & property. Barbara was religious about waking up early and scouting the MLS on the daily. She would thread out the homes that we would have no interest in and forwarded ones that checked our boxes. She was always flexible in her availability for home showings since we lived out of town. When we found our first home, Barbara was by our side assisting with the inspection process, as well as being available for additional contractors we needed for estimates. So helpful! Towards the end of our inspection period, this was where Andy Spears stepped in. He went to the table for us and negotiated a price that we were comfortable with. With regards to a recommendation, I must say that Barbara is a true professional. She is honest and up front, which I greatly appreciate. She never tried to "sell us" on a home, like so many other agents tend to attempt. She always had our best interests at heart. Pointing out things in homes that we may have not noticed on our own. She took the time to explain the whole "home buying process" along the way, so we knew what to expect. We would not have been able to make it through this process without her. Barbara, Thank you for helping us to purchase our first home!!! We appreciate all that you did along the way. Shout out to Andy for his assistance as well! Lauren & Dave 05/2018
I initially contacted Andy, quite a while back, with questions I had about Florida real estate in general, when we found him as the listing agent of a property that looked interesting online. I was living in NJ and considering possibly moving to FL. He responding immediately with helpful info and very useful links. He did not try to sell us anything but rather offered any help we might want. As a result of this, I contacted him when we got to Fl and began looking for a home. He introduced me to his colleague, Barbara VanderMeulen, and recommended her highly. Barbara has been fantastic. She is smart, friendly, informed, hard-working, and goes out of her way to anticipate any and all things that we might need in the process of buying a home in this area. She is always available and makes it seem as if we are the most important client she has. She has always looked out for our best interests. For example, when we were considering two homes, both the same model and neighborhood, with a 40K difference in asking price, she pointed out an issue with the more expensive home, something that would not have been what we wanted, but had not noticed ourselves. This showed just how honest she is, and concerned about what was/is right for us - obviously had we chosen the more expensive home it would have been more financially rewarding for her, but she put our interests and happiness first. I would highly recommend Barbara, as well as Andy, without reservation. I don't think you could find a better realtor to work with.
Nancy & Russ 11/2017
"In deciding where to move in Florida could be challenging as there are so many great places one can choose to live. We chose Stuart Fl and found an excellent agent in Andy Spears. He was very knowledgeable of the area and surrounding area. He showed us many homes that fit our criteria, and his expertise of the market, trends, comps assisted us in buying for a fair price. Andy walked us through the process from contract to inspections to close. What we found very refreshing was Andy's care for us as clients did not end with our purchase! He remained responsive and available for any and all questions/recommendations during our move post-purchase to ensure a smooth transition to our new home. I highly appreciated and trust Andy Spears as our agent and HIGHLY recommend him for your real estate needs and services.
Paul and Janice" 8/31/2017 Stuart
Great team to work with. Andy and Barbara worked together to find us our perfect retirement home. They were patient with us and very responsive to our inquiries. I would highly recommend them both.
Doug & Leslie Whitwell 8/11/2017
Today a dream comes true for me and my husband. We have had the pleasure of working with Barbara VanderMeulen, and with her help purchased our first home. Barbara was pleasant and knowledgeable and always available to answer any and all of our questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is buying or selling a home. Thanks, Barbara you will never know how much we appreciate what you accomplished for us.
Janet & Robert Gaynor 8/4/2017 Jensen Beach, FL
Very Helpful and knowledgeable. made the process painless. I was impressed with how quickly any question I has was responded to.. demonstrated a willingness to help with every aspect of the selling process from finding a buyer to recommending the perfect title agent. I could not be happier. Highly recommend.
Al Cimerol 7/15/2017
I cannot speak highly enough of my experience with Andy Spears and his colleague Barbara VanderMeulen. Not only did we buy a home from them but we bought a home from them while we still lived in New York. My husband and I were concerned about how it would be dealing with an agent (s) long distance and were pleasantly surprised by the constant updates and communications by Andy and Barbara. This constant contact through their advanced use of online and web tools including Skype and Facetime allowed us to "meet" and do a final "walk-through" from our home in New York! We would highly recommend this dynamic duo!!
The Beckmann's 5/01/2017
Please allow me to tell the GREAT experience I had!! I wasted approx 9 months with a DIFFERENT realtor(I'm not kidding). As I drove around myself(as I had been doing for over 1 yr); I came across Miss Barbara Vandermeulen, after calling Mr. Andy Spears office. I was not able to purchase the home I called on, as I'm on a fixed income & 1st-time homebuyer. Miss VanderMeulen & I looked at a lot of properties. She found one that I liked in an area I liked, and I'm closing next month. Not only that, She emailed to me a listing of 25 properties (not provided by the previous realtor). She was "professional" at 1st meeting, providing my own "personal" packet w/all properties we were going to see! A first for me!!! She really took the time w/me as I even researched on my own. SHE is all the above; and not only have I passed her name on to friends; but even to my family. I will hire her again!!!!!!!!!!
Lisa McBride 2017
We met Barbara at one of the first homes we looked at when moving to the area. She was not our realtor at the time but as soon as we met her we felt very comfortable. We decided to use Barbara as our realtor and it was a great decision. She worked hard to help us find a home within our price range and area that we wanted. She was upfront on every detail and answered every question we could ask. If she did not have the answer right away she would find out and get back to us as soon as possible. She was very professional and more than accommodating. If only one of us could view the house she would arrange to meet with us separately to view the house. She helped us with every step and became such a great help. If we decide to ever move we will be calling her to sell our home and help us buy another one. She is great and we appreciated everything she did for us!!!!!!!!!!
Chris & Tara Goheen 12/20/2016
Barbara VanderMeulen and Andy spears were very professional, courteous, patient, and reliable. I had a great experience in purchasing my first home. I was in the dark when it came to the home buying process. Barbara explained everything step by step and also explained why each step was necessary.
Rick & Luz M 09-2016
When we first met we both knew immediately that Barbara VanderMeulen with Spears & Associates was the person who was our answer. You certainly have been there for us constantly helping us see the whole picture. You have protected us and we would not be where we are had it not been for your being there and caring about our decisions. We consider you Barb as our friend always there to answer questions. There has never been a time when we needed you or your opinion that you weren't available to us. Thank You for your un-ceasing loyalty to make sure every point of the house buying experience is clearly understood by us. Helping us to know that no matter what any results came about you would be there to guide us. The knowledge you have about the area of Port St. Lucie was what we needed to know. We will forever be grateful to you for helping us in our journey. Our "House" we bought through you is becoming a "Home" for us slowly but surely. We truly love the neighborhood and the surrounding communities. Everything seems so convenient and daily we are learning about more places that make this a great place to live. Today we discovered The Nelson Family Farms ... we sure enjoyed the beautiful produce we got there today. At least once a week, we try to just go out and have an adventure by finding new places or shopping new places. Lake Forest Pointe at Port St. Lucie is just the perfect place to have a home. We feel comfortable with the surroundings; the safety of being in a gated community, the entire community is kept so nice and clean. Everyone here waves hello to you even though we only have met a few neighbors. We have been so busy we haven't even gotten to the pool which is right next door! Soon as we seem to be a little more comfortable about what we have accomplished we are ready to take a break. Maybe we will take a tour down the St. Lucie River. Don and I plus "Louie" (our dog) are all very happy to be here. Looking forward to seeing you in the near future.
Don & Pat Ott 07/2016 Port St Lucie FL
Would highly recommend Barbara VanderMeulen with Spears & Associates. Very prompt, helpful and professional. helped us get our first home fast! We are very thankful and can finally relax in our new home.
Abbey & Jeremy Hymore Port St Lucie 07/2016
After a less than stellar experience with another realtor during selling another home and buying another home, I was looking for another realtor to sell a second home. I talked to Andy on several occasions prior to choosing him to list our home. His willingness to help with my unrelated questions sold me on hiring him to list the second home. In addition, his estimate on the value of the house was accurate to less than 1%. (I had it appraised prior to the listing). The house went active on Friday and he brought me a cash offer on Sunday. The entire sale and closing went without issue. He is still fielding questions from the new owner and doing it as all part of the way a house should be sold....with a smile and no complaints. He will sell the next house and remember not all realtors are created equal.
Zach Chase Palm City FL
Andy was very knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate. Having grown up in the area, he knew all areas and developments inside and out. Andy is a strong negotiator and was even able to negotiate a few extra things for us. If Andy wasn't available his associate Barbara VanderMeulen was always accommodating and helpful.
John & Kathy Wood Palm City, FL
I worked with Andy Spears on the purchase of my townhouse 3 years ago and in January 2016, the sale of the same. In both situations, Andy's knowledge, guidance, responsiveness, negotiating skills and attention to detail was outstanding. His research, in both transactions, on local comps with the additional process of identifying the nuances of differences in comparison helped in both cases to guide our approach to pricing and selling. He was also instrumental in guiding a reasonable and responsive approach to the negotiation process. As an example, he stayed on top of every step of the process while I was traveling internationally with infrequent connection capability. We have bought and sold quite a number of properties over the years and Andy is the best agent we have ever worked with. We would highly recommend Andy to family and friends and already have.
Dan Clark Tequesta, FL
We loved working with Andy, we sold our house in MA sooner than we expected and needed to find a home quickly. We met with Andy and after discussing our needs he showed us 20+ homes in 4 days and helped us zero in on the perfect home. He worked with us daily while we were still up north to manage lots of details in order to get us through the closing. Since we are new to the area he has been a great resource for everything from Insurance, pool service and even dining out. I would highly recommend Andy- he was awesome!
Lisa & Scott Reed
Andy did a great job. He was always available and made buying a home actually nice. His vast knowledge of the market ensured we got a great house at a great price. We would recommend him for anyone's real estate needs.
Dan Thornhill, Palm City, FL
After researching various areas on the eastern coast of Florida, I was told explore the Treasure Coast area, specifically, Stuart. I had friends who had recently purchased a condominium in the area so I was excited to see what this area was all about. I immediately contacted my friends realtor, Barbara VanderMeulen. I immediately received a phone call from Barbara and explained what I was looking for. Within a few days, she sent me several units to research. I made plans to come down within a few weeks and we met with Barbara. I felt very comfortable immediately and the properties we went to see were exactly what I was interested in looking into. Barbara was extremely professional and knew the area very well. Each time I contacted her she was very willing and able to answer any and all questions I asked. I put in a bid on a unit within two days and my bid was accepted! Barbara was in contact with me constantly up until today, which was closing day!! I would recommend her to anyone who needs a realtor in this area.
Michelle Hammer Stuart FL
I am a first time home buyer and was looking for a new home for 2 years without much success. A Co-worker suggested Andy Spears and his team. I am extremely satisfied with the service I received from Andy and his associate Barbara VanderMeulen. Andy was very responsive to my initial inquiry and provided me with listings that had the features that I wanted in a home. He listened to my needs and I really appreciated that. It saved me a lot of time. Barbara guided me through looking at properties and I found the perfect home in 1 week! I am also pleased that Andy and Barbara helped me with the negotiation on the property. Andy and Barbara negotiated on my behalf and got the seller to reduce the price of the property several thousand's. I was delighted when the property appraiser valued the home at a higher than the negotiated price. I already have equity in my new home and got a great deal! Andy and Barbara were quick to respond and patient with my many questions as a first time home buyer. They guided me through the entire process. I don't plan on moving anytime soon. However, if I do, I will reach out to them again. If you are looking to purchase a new home and are unsure of the process or desire an easy, stress-free experience, then contact Andy Spears and Barbara VanderMeulen. Thank you so much guys for all that you did for me. I know I will enjoy my new home.