Testimonials

“Mark was awesome!  We were selling and buying a home which most know, is a taxing time constraint.  However Mark’s expertise of the market and personable touch made our experience a stress-free one.  He took the time to listen to our laundry list of must haves and wants to zone into what we were looking for making the transition process seamless. We really lucked out in working with him and highly recommended him to all of our family and friends.  We love our dream home, thank you Mark!”

Celste G.

“I will straight up say that Mark is the best real estate agent I have ever met. I recently sold my Brittan Heights condo through him, and he made the process extremely easy while getting me the highest profit. The thing with Mark is that you don’t feel like you’re being tricked, etc which is something I have found with other agents.  He is very straightforward, and you feel like you’re working with a friend. It is also a real plus that he is an attorney which means he knows how to counter any barriers that HOAs may place–as was the case with me!  Honestly, I can’t think of anything that needs improvement.”

Luis V.

“I recently used Mark Martinho of Vabrato Real Estate Services to market and sell my home in Palo Alto.  Before embarking upon this endeavor, I looked at it with some trepidation, feeling that it would be quite an ordeal as there were items in the home that I felt would need repair or attention prior to putting it up for sale.  Mark made the entire process so easy for me by handling all of the preparation including hiring the contractors to make repairs, preparing the property for sale and staging the home.  Mark also has excellent communication skills, is extremely personable and kept me fully informed throughout the entire process.  When it came time to evaluate the offers (which were multiple), Mark took the time to carefully review and discuss them with me in detail.  The home sold for more than I expected and over the asking price.  In summary, Mark is a true professional, did a wonderful job in marketing and selling the home and was an absolute joy to work with.  If selling or buying a home in the Bay Area, my very first step would be to call Mark.”

Lee M.

“Mark helped me sell two (2) homes and purchase (1) one other and with each experience Mark went above and beyond.  Mark is always available when needed and offers sound advice when called upon.  He is patient and wants to make sure you are comfortable with each decision you make along the way.  Mark is an extraordinary agent and anyone would do well to hire him as their representative when buying our selling real estate in the Bay Area.” 

G.B.

“We have worked with Mark for many, many years and will work with him in the future for all of our real estate needs.  He is personable and professional on all counts.  Mark is reliable, prompt and always available.  He has helped us with two very important real estate transactions, both very successful, and has provided us with extremely good sound advice throughout the years. We would refer any of our family or friends to him at any opportunity.  In the near future our sons will be needing advice on real estate investments and with complete confidence and conviction we will look to Mark for his guidance. We cannot say enough about Mark’s high standards and his work ethic.  We believe we are so fortunate to have the working relationship we have with Mark and again, we would recommend him to anybody who wants the best help available in this business arena.”

Lynn J.

“I just wanted to share a story regarding my experience with Varbrato Real Estate Services, actually Mark Martino. If you have ever sold a home, you know that it can be a very burdesum process. After experiencing other relators, and their wants and needs, both my wife and I were pleased to find one that focused on the task at hand, selling our home, and not their wants and needs. His ability to understand the objective and assist us with the process is far beyond what we had experienced wth other relators.

For that Mr. Martinho, thank you for meeting the expectations.  We wish you great fortune and success.”

James D.

“We had to sell two houses within the Family Trust and Mark did everything possible to make it easy. We had what I thought were barriers; however, Mark took them down and sold both houses for far more than asking price. He does all of the heavy lifting and does the little things as well. Mark also took the time to find a rental unit for a family member. He looked up and down the peninsula and found what was needed. MARK is the BEST at what he does!

I now consider him a friend, as he has done so much for me and family. THANKS MARK!”

John L.

“It would not be hyperbole to say that Mark made my life bearable. Because of all the events going on in my life, selling the family home of 50 plus years seemed daunting.  Without Mark to guide me through the process, I would still be working on the sale of the house. Mark communicated very well with all the parties involved in our Trust. His efforts were transparent. Nothing came as a surprise.  He listened to my concerns and we had real communication about my options.  In the end he cleaned up the home, made it very presentable and sold it for a fantastic price. Because of Mark, I did not loose sleep over the sale of the house.  I truly cannot imagine selling the home without Mark’s help. No hyperbole!”

Randy B.

“I cannot say enough good things about Mark. He came recommended from an estate attorney that was helping my wife settle her Mom’s estate. First, of the folks we considered, Mark provided BY FAR the most thorough and well researched proposal. His attention to detail and excellence continued through the entire process. We had a challenging situation where we needed to find a place for my wife’s brother who was living in the house, not only did Mark help facilitate that process, he completely understood the family dynamic of selling a childhood home and the impact it has on the siblings. His patience and people skills are intuitive and spot on. I was impressed with how he handled the sometimes challenging discussions between my wife an her brothers. His is genuinely a good guy.

Aside from being a good guy, I was continuously impressed with the effort and thoroughness of the work he put into preparing the home and getting it on the market. The house needed some work before it was to be sold. We all sat down and agreed to what should be done. It was a collaborative process with thoughtful and welcome advice from Mark. Once we decided what needed to be done, Mark provided an estimate for the work to be done, arranged for the labor to do the work and coordinated the entire process. When you are dealing with the difficult situation of a parent passing away, it is an understatement to say how helpful this was. And Mark really handled the whole thing. If you have ever done a remodel, this is no small feat. Not only was the work done on-time, it was done within the planned budget, and the quality of the work done was top-notch. There is no doubt that we recouped the cost of the work done twofold.

When it came time to sell the house, Mark coordinated the staging of the house. Between the repairs, upgrades, and the staging, it was a transformation that amazed us all. Mark’s research and knowledge set the perfect price. We got top-dollar for the home and could not be happier with the outcome and timing of the whole thing. If I were in the market to purchase on the Peninsula or South Bay, I would not hesitate for a moment to have Mark represent me, he is savvy and knowledgeable about the market; and at the risk of being a broken record, he is trustworthy, competent, thorough, knowledgeable, personable, and an all around good guy. If you are in the market to buy or sell, my 2¢ is… give Mark a call, and let your interaction with him be your guide. I’m confident you will be as impressed as I was.”

Jeff S.

“5 stars isn’t high enough!  Mark Martinho was the perfect real estate agent.  My brother and I were selling a family home in San Carlos that was held in a trust and had been the family for over 50 years.  We both live out of town.  Mark orchestrated the entire re-model and staging.  It was a huge job.  He coordinated all of the workers, painters, floor people, haulers, and stagers.  Mark has connections with people that do all of these things.  We never had to lift a finger! 

Mark also has the knack for knowing exactly what needs to be done and how the house needs to look.  We received well over the asking price.  I know that was in a large part because of his eye for color and decor.

Mark also holds a law degree.  Although he does not practice law (that I know of), he is well-informed when it comes to the legalities of trust paperwork, proper filings with government agencies, and those kinds of things.

Last but not least, Mark is personable and easy to work with.  He went above and beyond what we would have ever expected a real estate agent to do.  It is obvious he enjoys his work and takes pride in getting good results.  He even went so far as to meet the fire department out at the house in the middle of the night when the fire alarm was malfunctioning.  Now that is dedication!

I highly recommend Mark for anyone looking for a top-notch real estate agent.”

Sharon L.