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Sam and his crew represent the best of the best in the real estate business. I had a trust property to sell and they stepped in to help me navigate all the details. I was not local so managing the sale remotely was a challenge. Sam and his team set up contractors for painting, cleaning, floor installation, plumbing and other activities that were needed to prepare the property for the sale. They were in constant contact with me regarding improvement status and market conditions for the timing of the posting. They made trips to the property to check on the work performed and continually provided updates. Going above and beyond, Sam stepped in to mediate with a particularly difficult family member who was throwing up roadblocks to progress. Throughout the entire process Sam was a beacon of calm providing encouragement and support when challenges seemed overwhelming. Sam and the team were professional, efficient, compassionate and positive the entire time. I would recommend them to anyone looking to transact real estate in the greater Santa Cruz area.
Ned B.
Seller, Santa Cruz

Sam and his team are great, with excellent communication and follow through. I never felt pressured and always felt listened to through the entire home purchase, making it as stress-free as possible. They even helped with setting up utilities and the movers! Sam goes the extra mile with a laid back, easy to work with attitude. I highly recommend Sam and his team at Compass, especially in this housing market; they are honest and work tirelessly to get the best deal possible.

Janna D.
Buyer, Scotts Valley

This is the second time I’ve worked with Sam and his team. They are always super helpful, honest, professional, and super responsive. Sam is an expert at brokering the best deal possible, buying or selling. Sam also has a team of assistants that made the process and paperwork extremely easy. Sam and his team really make the hyped up process of buying or selling a house, very turn-key and easy. I’d recommend Sam to anyone in the area!

Austin R.
Seller, Scotts Valley

Sam and his team helped me to sell my family’s rental townhouse in Santa Cruz. I live far away, and they took great care to keep me informed and kept the listing preparation on schedule and on budget. They helped me to make great design choices, and the property came out better than I could have imagined. It was also beautifully marketed and garnered a lot of attention and multiple offers in a tough market. Sam ushered us through a smooth escrow to a successful closing. I am so grateful for his professionalism, kind approach, and candor. I recommend Sam and his listing team without hesitation.

Scott Y.
Seller, Santa Cruz

We engaged Sam and his team to sell our remotely located, unique log home amidst a historically challenging real estate market. He provided advice on staging, pricing, and local contractors who could help us put on the finishing touches, to get the house prepared for market. Despite many properties being listed for months (in addition to our home being somewhat unconventional and niche in style), we were in contract within a few weeks! Sam and his group were able to help us navigate through some strong emotions of letting go of a family home, in addition to first-time seller anxieties. Throughout the often-confusing paperwork processes involved in escrow and municipality transactions, they were able to help us stay the course with negotiations and closing. We are grateful for the efficient process and positive outcome.

Gwen C.
Seller, Santa Cruz

Sam was super helpful and on top of things throughout the process. Very prompt responses and clear communication!

Nate P.
Buyer, Soquel

Simply put, Sam was AWESOME. He has friendly personality and style to his brokerage that is backed up with sound market knowledge…. He was never pushy, or over aggressive, but knew exactly the right time to push my wife and I into the right direction….Buying a home is incredibly nerve-racking and we could not have done without Sam and his wonderful team….If you are looking to buy or sell a home on the Westside of Santa Cruz, Sam is the best agent you can have!

Nick G.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

If you really want to buy or sell a house, Sam will get the job done. He’s the best in town to make a deal happen, and he’ll put a smile on your face throughout the process.

Seller, Santa Cruz

I would highly recommend Sam. He and the team were amazing to work with. My house was a bit of a nightmare rental and they helped me transform it from a diamond in the rough into a highly sellable gem. If they could work with a customer in a difficult spot like me they can crush it for you!

Chris G.
Seller, Santa Cruz

Sam and his team are experts in reading the market and determining just the right preparation of the home for sale given the funds available and also they know how to respond to bidders to obtain the best price for our home. The bottom line is that our place sold for $133,000 more than the listing price in less than a month. Prior to and during the listing we were mostly available remotely while Sam’s team supervised preparation of our home for sale, including inspections, required home improvements, coordinating payments and helping us to approve mountains of paper work. During the listing we were in the process of moving to Washington state and were very busy preparing our new home while Sam’s team continued their efforts with minimal involvement by us. Thank you Sam and team.

Robert V.
Seller, Scotts Valley

Sam and his team are incredible! Communication was always on point, there were never any confusions or questions. They go out of their way to take the stress out of a stressful time period and it works. Our family is deeply thankful for all the work they have done for us and we could not recommend Sam and his team more. If you end up with Sam as your agent, consider yourself lucky, he just gets it. Plain and simple. No hidden agendas, no rush, he truly wants to help you get what you need.

Daniel L.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

We recently closed on a property in Santa Cruz with an incredible amount of professional assistance from Sam Bird-Robinson. Our parameters made for few choices but Sam played coach, counselor and negotiator to get us to the finish line. Also impressive is Sam’s team of people who play a huge role in the many details along the way. I highly recommend for your real estate needs!

Joann W.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

We sold our house with Sam and his team and they were truly a critical resource. Our situation had its hurdles in order to get on the market in the timeframe and at the quality we wanted—moving across country, finishing a guest house project, making updates to the primary residence, and the arrival of a baby! Sam and his team helped us get through it all and get to market quicker than I anticipated. They offered different resources, advice, lending a hand for odd things, and the occasional therapy session along the way 🙂 They marketed our house really well and helped us close at a great sale price. Thanks ya’ll!

Ben C.
Seller, Santa Cruz

We had a great experience buying our first home with Sam and Savannah. They helped us navigate a “triple black diamond” (in Sam’s own words) housing market and land the perfect house for us on our first offer.

Eric O.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam helped us to realize the dream. His knowledge is only matched by his caring. We couldn’t be more pleased. Highest recommendation.

Jonathan S.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

I am incredibly pleased to have worked with Sam on my first home purchase. Any obstacle was quickly communicated and cleared, and within three weeks from the start of our search, I was closing on my first home.

Suzanne G.

It was so great to work with Sam; he is a very professional & knowledgeable Realtor® with a great attitude toward getting the job done. I look forward to working with him again and I would recommend him for sure. He is 5 stars, Realtors®.

Michael T.

Sam and Savannah helped me through an arduous and obstacle-filled sale. Sam found creative solutions to the hurdles we faced along the way. If you are looking for a committed, smart, and creative agent then I highly recommend working with Sam.

Robert S.
Seller, Brookdale

Sam is fast, well prepared and organized. We made an offer within 24 hours of initial contact, and Sam was managing the entire process smoothly and efficiently, answering all questions in a few minutes and coordinating all the things that need to be done.

Reto S.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam spent a lot of time learning about what we wanted and walking us through every step of the sale process. Sam knows the real estate market in Santa Cruz very well, and not only did he find us the perfect home off market. but he negotiated an excellent price for us.

Danielle B.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is crazy these days. Prices are through the roof and very hard to read. If you want someone to call the right shots on a competitive listing and get you the house you want – call Sam. He will tell you what the winning bid needs to be, and no higher. He won’t waste your time, and he won’t sugarcoat things either. In this market, that’s what you need.

Rafa S.

My wife and I used Sam as our Realtor® when we purchased our home in Santa Cruz. We spent a few months looking for property but could not find the right ‘one’. Luckily he was able to find an off-market home in our ideal neighborhood that we were able to buy without competing with any other offers. I can confidently say we would not have gotten our dream home without him!!

Scott K.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

I can’t recommend Sam and his wonderful team enough! Their thoughtful approach, from initial consultation through closing, made the sale of our home easy even during this unprecedented time. Sam created a stunning and immersive website for our property which ultimately led to a sale over asking price. Sam is always positive and easy to work with – Don’t hesitate to work with Sam!

Shanda S.

Sam referred a client to me that he knows in Santa Cruz that needed to buy a home out of the area. It was clear he cared deeply that his clients were going to be taken care of, even though he was not going to be involved in the transaction. He communicated his client’s needs and it was clear that he had their best interests in mind. I will be quick to refer him clients that need a local Santa Cruz Realtor®.

Brooke B.

We have been fortunate to work with Sam on three different real estate transactions. He is thorough, responsive, honest and kind. We appreciated his comprehensive marketing strategy and willingness to move at our pace with all the transactions. He ends every phone call with an invitation to call again. We have trusted him with our greatest financial decisions and are grateful for his friendship and encouragement.

Brett & Elan E.
Buyer & Seller's, Santa Cruz

Sam was the listing agent for our recent home purchase; he was not our Realtor®. When the sellers left our new house with an excessive amount of items and trash, Sam went out of their way to help sort out the mess, having the house emptied and deep cleaned. They transformed the move into our new house from a burden into a fun, delightful experience. We are so grateful for Sam’s help, especially when they were not even our Realtor®! Thank you!

Eileen F.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

I’m so glad I had Sam’s help during the purchase of my home in Santa Cruz! Being a first-time buyer in a competitive market was intimidating, but Sam made sure I had all the information I needed to make good decisions, explained everything throughout each step of the process, and always checked in to see if I needed anything. He made me feel confident and comfortable throughout what could have been a stressful experience, and I can’t thank him enough!

Sarah W.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

I was a Realtor® at one point in my life, so I know a good one when I get one. Sam Bird-Robinson is the best. I can’t believe it is possible to prepare a 3800 square foot house for sale, sell it, find an interim place to live, buy a new place, and update it during a pandemic! None of it would have been possible without this smart, professional, hard-working, empathetic individual providing support every step of the way. Thank you, Sam. You made it all possible.

Anita L.
Buyer and Seller, Scotts Valley

Sam was my Realtor® in Santa Cruz when I bought my first home last year and he was great! I was looking for something very specific and he was able to locate me the exact unit I wanted off-market. That meant I had no competition from other buyers and my offer was quickly accepted. Sam flawlessly guided me through the offer, escrow, and closing processes and we successfully closed on time. Sam was an excellent real estate agent to work with from start to finish. I can’t recommend him enough!

Neil C.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

I worked with Sam as my Realtor® when I sold my investment property and he helped me get the property ready for sale by arranging the painters, cleaning crew, landscapers and handyman. I was very impressed with the marketing and when we received multiple offers, he made sure we negotiated the best price and terms and closed the transaction smoothly and on time. I consider him an expert in the Santa Cruz Real Estate market and will be quick to call him when I need a real estate agent in the future!

Manooch P.
Seller, Aptos

I found Sam through Yelp. From the first day, Sam was an absolute professional, a great communicator, and I always felt he was 100% committed to doing the best job possible. His attention to detail and budget management was amazing, he brought in to do flooring, repairs, cleaning, painting, yard work, and inspections were all solid. In the end, he sold the property in a week for over the asking price, and I can’t thank him enough for it. I definitely, recommend Sam if you need to sell a house in Santa Cruz.

Victor B.
Seller, Santa Cruz

We highly recommend Sam for buying or selling a home. He is very detailed and informed. He helped us from the beginning steps to price the place right and to offer the correct amount for the specific house and case. He works very well with the other dealers through the process. And any issues that come up will also be managed in a very professional manner from him. He helped us through the complicated process of selling and buying at the same time (making offers with the contingency of selling the current place).

Fernando & Chudy D.
Buyers and Sellers, Soquel

I had the pleasure of working with Sam on four transactions since January of this year and I am thoroughly impressed. He is passionate about helping people and truly cares about his clients. In all three transactions, not only was he able to get their offers accepted in multiple offer situations, he was able to negotiate incredible terms for his clients. Doing the right thing is always the right thing, and Sam has done that time and time again. He manages the transaction from start to finish to ensure everything goes perfectly.

Sean H.

I found Sam on Zillow when I was interested in learning about, and purchasing a Home. Sam helped guide me (a new home buyer) through the entire process, helped me get pre-approved, and discussed what the needs myself and my family needed for our future. He is very responsive and is very motivated which is very nice to see. He always is looking out for the buyer’s interest and what would best fit “our needs” and My fiancé and I appreciate it. I would highly recommend Sam for anyone looking for a condo or home in Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County.

Alex & Elena T.
Buyers and Sellers, Scotts Valley

I am a local home inspector. I have been working with Sam for about 3 years. From the very first interaction with Sam it was clear that he was a true professional. Sam is always prompt with getting me all the necessary information I need to effectively and efficiently do my job as an inspector. He always takes the time after I have completed an inspection to ask lots of questions about the findings in the report so he has a clear understanding of the condition of property. I highly recommend Sam for anyone looking for a professional and diligent real estate agent.

David A.
Home Inspector, 4Seasons Inspections

Sam helped us navigate the process of buying our first home. He is very knowledgeable and was a pleasure to work with. He took the time to get to know us, which really helped us find the home that was right for us. And when we found it, Sam was ready to spring into action. His instinct helped us put in the offer that was chosen over multiple other offers in the competitive Santa Cruz housing market. We simply couldn’t have purchased our dream home without Sam’s help and he continued to check in with us and let us know that he was there for us even after we signed.

Emma K.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

My wife and I met Sam at an open house in Santa Cruz and we became acquaintances. When it came time to sell our home, we worked together and created a specific marketing and negotiating strategy that really made sense to us. After some time we received an offer that he helped negotiate numerous times on both price and terms. Despite the buyer almost falling out of escrow numerous times, Sam kept the transaction on track and the deal ended up closing successfully. We feel like he helped advise us to sell at the top of the market and negotiated a great price for the house we sold!

Jan S.
Seller, Santa Cruz & Capitola

Sam’s expertise in the local Santa Cruz real estate market was exactly what we needed when my dad, who lives out of the area, started searching for a property in Santa Cruz. With Sam’s skills and local connections, he located the perfect property off-market! Sam flawlessly navigated us through the offer, negotiation, and escrow processes and we were even able to close early. From his knowledge of the local market, negotiation skills, and calm presence working with him was a breeze and we always felt like we were in good hands. In our experience, Sam is the best Realtor® in Santa Cruz.

Don S.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam Bird-Robinson is the best Realtor® we have ever worked with (we have bought and sold multiple houses over the past 30 years). He worked as both a property manager and real estate agent for us. We found him to be one of the most responsible and ethical businessmen we have ever worked with. His communication skills are excellent and he always followed through on his promises, and then exceeded our expectations. When it was time to sell the property, he not only prepared it for sale for us, since we lived out of town but had it sold in one week at the above-asking price. Who could ask for more?

Jill R.
Seller, Santa Cruz

I had to sell my first house under a very stressful circumstance and I cannot highlight enough how fortunate I was to work with Sam and his team throughout the whole process. Sam is a very empathetic and genuine person. He cares about the client’s goals and plans but also is very knowledgeable about the market. It was really helpful when going over his data analysis and discussing the strategies with him. His team’s marketing tools/skills are top-notch. It’s Amazing how they put it together for the market. Sam is really communicative and I was able to trust and rely on him 100%. You won’t regret working with him!

Heeyoun Y.
Seller, Capitola

Sam and I worked together with a mutual client and it was an excellent experience. He managed the closing on a timely basis and clearly worked in our client’s best interest making sure the buyer was able to find the perfect home. He was well prepared prior to present the offer as he did his research ahead of time. Things went smoothly when he reached out to me to make sure the property was going to meet the guidelines of the current investor that the buyer was approved with. I would recommend him to my future clients. He demonstrates his goal is to make the client as happy as possible and see the purchase through to a successful close.

Paul W.

We could not be more satisfied with Sam Bird Robinson as our real estate agent!! He was kind and calm throughout our out-of-state search for a house in Santa Cruz. He is knowledgeable as well as patient. He never once dropped the reins and he was always there to take our calls. Sam asked all the right questions in order to help us find that perfect fit house for us. His commitment and support were unyielding. His support staff was also terrific -available and clear in communications. We made it through a cross-country search with a 1031 exchange with Sam as our guide and we absolutely and without any reservations recommend him as the best Realtor® in Santa Cruz. We love OUR house! Thank you, Sam.

Leslye L.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam was great to work with. My boyfriend and I knew where we wanted to buy our home but were having difficulty getting the sales office for the new development to contact us back. We were on a tight timeline to move with a baby on the way and as soon as we hired Sam we had a meeting and viewings within the week. He then helped guide us through the buying process and got us into our dream home with time to spare. Trying to move while pregnant can be stressful but Sam took away that anxiety and thanks to him we have time to settle in before the baby arrives. He was available day and night for questions and advice. This was my first home buying experience and he made it much easier than I expected it to be. Thanks, Sam!

Kaitlyn M.
Buyer, East Garrison

Working with Sam was awesome from day 1 for both my fiancé and I. We knew absolutely nothing about real estate or the buying process and the thought of purchasing a home along with moving and planning a wedding was super stressful. Sam made it easy and stress free for us. My fiancé and I had a blast looking at houses with Sam and we eventually found one we could see ourselves sharing our lives in. In a competitive market with multiple bidders he helped us write the winning offer on the house and location we wanted. Sam was super helpful through the whole closing process and continues to check in on us even after the deal closed and we moved in. Highly recommend Sam and his team to anyone looking for real estate in Santa Cruz County.

Brent P.
Buyer, Capitola

Sam was perfect from beginning to end, and my wife and I could not have asked for more. His marketing with the video and professional brochure was excellent and the open houses were well planned and brought in lots of traffic even though the weather was rainy. We were very impressed with his skill in handling multiple offers and negotiating the best price for us! Closing moved flawlessly, and everything wrapped up from the day we visited him in Santa Cruz until the money arrived in our account in less than a month! Sam is the best Realtor® we’ve used in the last 40+ years over multiple transactions. He was earnest, always listened to our requests, and delivered a lot more than we expected. I will definitely recommend Sam in the future.

Gene H.
Seller, Cupertino

I have bought and sold 8 different homes in the past 33 years, and this was by far the best experience. Sam was incredibly patient with me as I waited for the right time to “pull the trigger”, and he kept me informed and updated on market conditions for several months, never once pressuring me to do anything that wasn’t right for me. When the time came to sell, Sam gave me great advice for staging and had a comprehensive marketing plan in place that was way beyond anything I expected. His advice was spot on and we sold the house for well over asking within a week with 7 offers. Sam did everything he promised and then some. He was always available and a complete professional. Sam had my best interests in mind from day one and the results were amazing. I’d give him 6 stars if I could.

Jeff M.
Seller, Santa Cruz

I would like to offer my enthusiastic support and recommendation for Sam. He is a fantastic Realtor® who really has his finger on the pulse of his customer’s needs and an eagle eye on the current market conditions to provide an easy and low-stress sales experience. As with most real estate transactions, there are always unavoidable situations that arise, as they did with our home sale. Sam was able to provide sound advice and worked with us to ensure that we made the best possible decision with regards to our situation paired with the actual market conditions. The big takeaway from this review is trust. We immediately had a sense that Sam’s professionalism and attention to detail would guide us through our sale. He is patient, encouraging, professional, and will sail you through to buy/sell process.

Anthony K.
Seller, Hollister

Sam has been such a pleasure to work with. My husband and I were casually looking for a home to buy for our family in Santa Cruz but were losing hope as we had been outbid in all our previous attempts. On a random Sunday, we walked into an open house that Sam was showing. The house needed work but for the right price, we could turn it into our dream home. Within an hour, Sam was writing up our offer on the kitchen table of the open house and within 24 hours we found out our offer was accepted! We’ve been in our wonderful Westside home for 2 years now and Sam still reaches out to say hi and check in. I’ve been happy to call him not only our agent but our friend. I’ve already referred him on to several of our own friends and he’s helped them make the dream of homeownership in Santa Cruz a reality. Can’t say enough good things!

Jackie O.
Buyer & Seller, Santa Cruz

I can’t say enough good things about Sam after our experience with him as our Realtor® for our first home purchase. We’re fortunate to call him a friend as well, and I would say that he strives to make friends with all of his clients so that he can really understand them and what they are looking for. As a young parent himself, he is passionate about helping young families stay in Santa Cruz, and he succeeds. He searched persistently for us for a long time, and he used his connections to find us an off-market home in the exact area we wanted. He also worked very hard to negotiate a fair price for everyone involved. He is very responsive and present as a Realtor®, and he supports you through the emotional roller coaster that is buying a home with patient guidance and humor. I’ve already recommended him to others, and I will continue to do so.

Hannah H.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam was an excellent representative for us as we sold our home in Aptos. Sam gave us information and guidance on listing date and price, but never pressured us and let us decide what we were comfortable with. We initially were unsure about selling during the holidays but then listed late in October and by early December we had closed a deal and moved. Sam recommended we get our inspections and repairs done early, which turned out to be worth the effort as we ended up selling quickly and at full price. He always offered to help with any of the tasks before us, and I suspect he did a lot more behind the scenes than we realized as we were busy packing and planning our next step. He is easy to work with and conducts himself professionally and with integrity. I also respect him for promising not to represent the buyer and the seller on the same transaction.

Nancy B.
Seller, Santa Cruz

My husband and I worked with Sam as the agent for our third home purchase. This purchase is an investment property. Our offer was second in line and my husband and I were initially so disappointed when we did not get the home. Sam continued to communicate with the listing agent, building and maintaining rapport. When the first offer fell through, our offer was considered and accepted. Successfully we closed on the home purchase and it’s proven to be a solid investment. This isn’t the first time we worked with Sam. He presented an offer on another home for us. And through the process he asks probing questions, keeping our best interest in mind. His positivity shines through and his skills in listening ensured the home purchase at the right time for our family. Sam’s high integrity is so apparent. He put in the time and effort to meet our objectives. My husband and I are grateful to consider him our Realtor®.

Hannah H.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam was the absolute best Realtor® we could have hoped for. We came to him during the holiday season when there was very little inventory, and yet he managed to find us the perfect home before it was officially on the market. This is what he does on a daily basis: listening to his clients, verifying regularly that everyone is on the same page, and then searching painstakingly for the right property. But that is just where the process begins. He connected us with an excellent loan officer as well as local tradesmen who will help us make the house our own. We are “older” clients, and things have grown far more complex than when we last bought a home, but Sam was always right there with sound advice and guidance. He navigated the complexities of the process with an instructive intelligence that helped us be calm, rational, and patient in what at first seemed an impossibly daunting undertaking. We will be forever grateful.

Jerry & Helen P.
Buyers, Santa Cruz

Trustworthy and Honest. How many people use those two words when describing their Real Estate Agent? I stumbled upon Sam while perusing Trulia, looking for a home in Santa Cruz. When I reached out to see if I could view one of his listings, instead of rushing to make an appointment, he took the time to get to know our family’s needs. He really listened. He actually steered me away from his listing and recommended looking at a house off-market. In this environment of such low inventory, it was amazing to find someone who knew the market so well! He is such a wealth of knowledge – he knew what neighborhood would be family-friendly and have the best schools for us. He skillfully guided us through a very long escrow, and we now own this wonderful home. He helped us through each step of the way with a helping hand and a friendly face. He was always honest, patient, gentle, and amazingly informative. We would not have landed our home without his help. I can’t recommend Sam enough.

Laina R.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

I referred Sam to my Mom when she was ready to sell her home in the Santa Cruz area. She interviewed 4 real estate agents and ended up selecting Sam. She had lived in the home for over 30 years, so getting the house ready for the sale ended up taking longer than expected, but Sam was patient with our family as we got the house ready. He marketed the home with a drone, walk-through video, virtual tour and custom website that really made the house stand out from the competition! We received an offer within the first week of having it on the market and he negotiated the numerous counteroffers until my Mom was comfortable with the final sales price. He also negotiated for my Mom to stay in the house for a few months after the close of escrow at no cost, which was a big help. Sam demonstrated a good understanding of the Santa Cruz real estate market, sophisticated marketing tools, and effective negotiation strategies that made us know we made the right choice in choosing him as our Realtor® for the sale!

Mike B.
Seller, Boulder Creek

Purchasing a home on the Lower Westside of Santa Cruz seemed like an impossible project. As quickly as properties were listed, they were sold, usually at well above the asking price. We first met Sam at an open house, and while that listing didn’t work out for us, he offered to spend a rainy winter day driving us to look at every house on the market so he could get a better idea of just what we were looking for. A short time later, he called to say he had located an off-market house he thought we should see. Sam represented us through the complex process of inspections, negotiations, offers, counter-offers and a seemingly endless number of documents. Throughout the entire transaction, he was a calm presence, patient, professional and always available to answer questions. Thanks to Sam we purchased a great house at below the asking price! Since then he has kept in touch and as a Santa Cruz resident, he has been a great source of information and referrals. Sam was thorough and dependable and I recommend him highly.

Joann S.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam is an amazing agent who can help you successfully navigate this crazy Santa Cruz market! He is highly strategic and makes sure that you’re prepared to make the winning offer for the home you want. After receiving intensive guidance from Sam, we made our first offer and landed the home we wanted at a reasonable price (which seemed like a miracle in Santa Cruz). As we moved through the process, Sam was a great advocate and clearly communicated our options as we negotiated contingencies, etc. with the seller. Sam goes above and beyond what you would expect from an agent and we couldn’t be happier. I would also like to add that we’d been looking at houses on and off for over 2 years and had little luck finding a house we could afford. Sam stuck with us, unlike other agents who lost interest in working with us because we couldn’t afford a $1M+ home. Not only is Sam a positive and upbeat person who is focused on ensuring you find the home that makes you happy, but he also exhibits integrity in all he does and is truly a community builder. Thank you, Sam!

Stephanie M.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

We found Sam 5 years ago when we were looking to purchase a condo in Santa Cruz for our children to live in during college. At that time it was a challenging buyers market yet he made it happen quickly for us! 5 years later it was time to sell. Not only did he coordinate painting and carpet for us (we live in So Cal) he made sure everything was done right from first to last! Literally days before we were to go on the market the world stopped with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. He made what was a traumatizing and frightening situation into one we felt comfortable navigating through. He kept in constant touch and reassured us with his vast knowledge of the area and market trends that we would make the sale happen. We listed in May and had a buyer within 10 days! Closed in 30 and we are so grateful as we are now in escrow for our dream cabin home. I can not recommend Sam highly enough as a Realtor®. He is sharp, empathetic, and very thoughtful in how he transacts his business. I would refer him to anyone and if we ever are back in NorCal would use it again!

Debbie D.
Seller, Santa Cruz

I had the pleasure of working with Sam on the sale of my condo and purchase of my new home. Sam listens. Then, he makes recommendations based on the situation. He gave me a list of suggestions for staging my condo, helped me decide on when to put it on the market, and then had multiple buyers lined up before we listed. We had multiple offers after the broker tour, one I accepted without having to do an open house! He has his finger on the pulse of the market in Santa Cruz and uses his network to your benefit. When it was time for me to buy a new home, he looked at many with me and was a great sounding board in that process. He would point out things I might like or dislike about a property without pushing an agenda. When I was ready to make an offer, he jumped into action. I wrote multiple offers with him in this competitive market and was so impressed with how his insights about the property, seller, and situation put me in the best position possible. Sam’s experience and knowledge of the market are spot-on and I highly recommend him. I trust him completely and will go to him with all of the real estate-related questions or transactions I have in the future!

Susan V.
Seller, Santa Cruz

Open, Flexible, and has the client in mind at all times! This was our second time around with Sam Bird-Robinson. He helped us buy our first condo and now, two kids later, our townhome. Sam is a great listener and really hears what you are hoping for in a property. He works tirelessly, whether you are spending a few hundred thousand or millions! He’s connected in the local community so when it came to fixing up our old place to sell he had painters, contractors, cleaners, all lined up and working within two weeks to get our home on the market. He made buying our new place a breeze, easing our anxieties by always responding to texts and emails when we reached out. On top of that, he made sure to keep in touch with us and let us know where we were at every step of the process. Sam is a great, likable guy and easy to get along with. We personally have seen and truly value his professional development over the years, and if you are looking to get plugged into your dream home in the Santa Cruz area, Sam is your guy. Enjoy all the love and tenderness he will provide every step of the way. Buying property is stressful and Sam makes it fun, exciting and is there with you until the end. He even has kept in touch with us all these years and just so appreciates that!

Elana T.
Buyer and Seller, Scotts Valley

My fiancé and I worked with Sam to buy our first home and we couldn’t be happier! As a Bay Area Realtor® since 2010, I had wanted to represent the two of us on the purchase of our first home but came to realize I truly didn’t have the time, bandwidth, or the local knowledge I needed for us to have success. We heard glowing reviews of Sam from a colleague who had worked with him, so when we finally felt we wanted to turn up the search, we gave Sam a call. He got back to us immediately and even met us at a home to preview within 20 minutes of that call. He helped us discern what was really important to us, was never pushy, and was always fun to be around. His responsiveness and communication were excellent and he always made us feel like he had time just for us. When he encouraged us to look at a home we had previously dismissed, we saw it and fell in love. The next steps in getting our home included his expert negotiation skills, handling all paperwork and transaction coordination, and making a very stressful time feel relatively stress-free. Sam continued their support after COE as well and absolutely gave us the confidence that they had our backs. It’s rare in Real Estate that you find a professional like Sam. I will be absolutely recommending him to all our friends and family.

Kacy B.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam Bird Robinson was a huge help with my move up north. I called Sam before I even sold my house in San Diego and let him know my situation. I trusted him about giving out my financials, income, etc. He immediately started working for me. I would see homes online while in San Diego and send them to him. He would give me his honest feedback, which was super helpful and appreciated. Once I moved up to Santa Cruz County, I was very eager and Sam was there to help. He gave me honest feedback and time expectations which I really appreciate. He was on time and extremely responsive. We ended up seeing a few homes, some I was initially interested in and Sam would tell me why he honestly thought it wouldn’t be the best house for me or what type of expenses would eventually come up. After sleeping on Sam’s feedback, the next morning I was in total agreement. We eventually found a perfect fit and Sam helped big time on closing the sale, especially in such a competitive market. I was pumped! I recommended Sam to a colleague and Sam ended up finding a home for her as well. My parents will most likely retire in Santa Cruz County so I’ve already let Sam know to be on the hunt. Sam has continued to help after I’ve lived in my house for over a year. With recommendations, plumbers, gardeners, what have you. I’d recommend Sam to anyone. Thanks, Bird!

Austin R.
Buyer, Scotts Valley

Sam was a tremendous help in finding a home in a city we knew nothing about, in a tight real estate market, and that met all of our requirements. We went from visiting Santa Cruz for the first time to making an offer on a condo in less than a week. We couldn’t be happier with the help that we received from Sam Bird- Robinson and our home in Santa Cruz. Sam provided excellent guidance and help in finding a new home on a short-time fuse. He pointed us to the right neighborhood for a student at UCSC to live, within just a few blocks to the entrance to the University and on the city bus route. We had done our homework, looking at properties available on the internet real estate websites but we weren’t seeing a lot of properties and we were leaning toward properties that, unknown to us, would have been an onerous commute. His local knowledge helped steer us in the right direction. Probably most importantly, he found properties that had not been listed yet and/or were about to come on the market for us to look at. In the end, we purchased a condo, that arguably was among the nicest ones in a condominium complex that was financially healthy. Although we have bought and sold houses in three different states, we found that the process in California was different. Sam guided us painlessly through the negotiations with the seller and closing. After the closing, Sam continued to help us with finding essential services and tradespeople in the area to install a new furnace and French doors!

Marilyn C.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam was awesome! My wife and I contacted Sam when we were looking to buy our first house. Before meeting Sam, we really didn’t know anything about the process of buying a home, and were to say it mildly, found the whole idea daunting. “Right off the bat, he set up a time to meet with him in his office where he really took his time to get to know us, who we are, what our expectations were and what we wanted. He also broke down each step of the process and equipped us with the right knowledge of what to look for, how to write an offer, how to meet the seller’s agent, what budget we should expect, what order to get things done, etc. We left that meeting feeling like a) he was an absolute expert and b) that he had our best interest at heart. From that point on we felt we could fully trust him. “He then showed us properties based on what we communicated. He took his time explaining the good and the not so good of each property. He was never pushy, we never felt uncomfortable. He found properties in our range we wouldn’t have even known to look at if it wasn’t for his recommendations. He was always available to answer any questions we had and periodically checked in just to say “Hi” and give us status updates on properties. “Once we found a place we loved, he helped us write an offer that was accepted under ask. He set up our escrow account and a to-do list. He worked with us and our mortgage broker to make sure financing was moving along smoothly. He set up ALL the inspections. He renegotiated an even better deal after inspections (which we totally weren’t expecting). He helped us finalize the deal with escrow, mortgage broker, and seller. “Long story short: We aren’t millionaires, so our budget was limited, but he went above and beyond and worked at getting us a house as if we were. “Thank You, Sam!

Andrew & Diane R.
Buyers, Santa Cruz

Sam and his incredible team made our families housing dreams come true!! We were looking to move our family to the Westside and sell our home in Scotts Valley when COVID-19 hit. Suddenly our teenagers were remote learning and my husband and I were working from home due to Shelter-In-Place. Our home became everything. Sam was so responsive and supportive during a very challenging time. There were so many unknowns in a very competitive and uncertain housing market. We appreciated Sam’s local knowledge and attention to detail. We appreciated Sam’s frequent communication and support of our family during many challenges. He listened to our needs and recommended a wonderful lender, Joe Hutson. While it took some time to find the perfect house, Sam was on top of it the whole time. We made a failed counteroffer on our dream home, but Sam followed up with the sellers to find that the original buyer backed out and the house was ours! Sam called us with the great news, and we could not be more thrilled!! Following the purchase of our new home, Sam and Savannah were extraordinary in helping us orchestrate improvements to our Scotts Valley property to prepare it for sale. Through family health emergencies, fire evacuations, SIP and COVID-19, Sam and Savannah were there through the entire journey, providing excellent communication and resources, marketing and personal care. After the smoke and ash cleared, our property sold within one day of being on the market, with multiple offers and over asking price. All the hard work and Sam’s advice had paid off! We were relieved and thrilled a new family would be able to enjoy the improved property. Our family cannot say enough about Sam and Savannah—they have been there for our family every step of the way. They made all our housing dreams come true during an extremely uncertain and challenging time. Thank you, Sam and Savannah for everything. Our family is forever grateful to you both.

Erin & Blair W.
Sellers & Buyers, Santa Cruz

We recently closed escrow on an unusual home sale in the Santa Cruz mountains and our Realtor®, Sam Bird-Robinson, deserves special acknowledgment for helping us complete what was a pretty complex deal. The home had been unoccupied for over 2 years when we made the decision to sell and as a result, it needed a lot of work and upgrading. This was a pretty big job to start with, but complicating this was the fact that we live in San Diego and all of the work had to be done with a minimum of our physical involvement. Sam did a superb job of helping us find consultants and contractors then helped coordinate the work, which included clearing the home and lot, removing the old carpet and installing new flooring throughout, replacing dated light and plumbing fixtures, and a complete interior and exterior paint job. When we couldn’t decide on colors or materials for the interior and exterior before we met Sam, he effortlessly brought the consultants together at the house, and they came up with a perfect palette for everything. Sam kept us well informed of progress as we worked towards listing the property and helped navigate us through inspections and resulting repairs/upgrades. Sam put together a very effective marketing strategy and helped guide us through the pricing process and in the end, his advice was absolutely spot on. Despite the physical distance from each other, we never felt as though we had been forgotten. In fact, Sam made a point to check in frequently just to see how we were doing and advise us of what was happening. He anticipated our concerns and questions before we had a chance to even raise them. He was extremely easy to work with, very professional and focused, and highly knowledgeable of the overall process as well as the local contractor and professional resources. Trying to fix up a property and then sell it while living 500 miles away could have been an exhausting, stressful and miserable experience, but Sam made it seem almost routine. We would work again with Sam without hesitation and highly recommend him to anyone looking for working with a real estate professional.

Ellen E.
Seller, Bonny Doon

It was great working with Sam. He helped me find and buy my first home. He was always available to answer my questions and took me step by step through the entire process. Invaluable for a guy like me who needed some guidance. Very professional. Top Notch Service!

Shannon C.
Buyer, Freedom

We had to sell our home due to unfortunate circumstances. Sam was very sympathetic to both of our needs and accommodating throughout the process. He was extremely receptive to ideas on how to make improvements (prior to the sale), stage the house, and list it on the market with impeccable timing. We sold our home quicker than I had imagined and under the best possible scenario. Sam was available for and returned phone calls answering any questions or concerns that we had big or small. Savannah, Head of Operations and Listing Coordination, was also a pleasure to deal with. With her input, the small remodel on the house and the staging was invaluable to the sale. Both Sam and Savannah were an absolute pleasure to deal with and I would not hesitate to use them again in the future.

Josh S.
Seller, Santa Cruz

How do we sell an out-of-town investment property during a pandemic?!! We called Sam Bird-Robinson and his “Dream Team” (Savannah & Jenessa) and they Made. It. Happen! Passionate. Positive. Communicative. Honest. Transparent. Knowledgeable of the local market. Consistent & regular follow-up and follow-through. Access to great resources. Spot on advice. Strong negotiation skills. In short, all that we were looking for in an agent and so much more. Without ANY hesitation, we can say that Sam is one of the best real estate professionals that we have ever worked with. He made the process smooth, easy & fun. We would highly recommend Sam to anyone looking for a realtor in the Santa Cruz area.

Denise and John R.
Sellers, Santa Cruz

Sam and Savannah were amazing throughout the entire sales process. I was new to selling a home, but they helped ease the stress by guiding me through each step and effectively communicating along the way. They were consummate professionals while still being flexible enough to customize their approach to my unique needs. Their teamwork and expertise were, without a doubt, the reason this sale was such a success. I can’t thank them enough!

Christiane S.
Seller, Santa Cruz

I hired Sam Bird Robinson to sell a duplex I owned in Santa Cruz. It was a very stressful time for me and since I live several states away I was apprehensive about how the process would work. Needlessly so as it turned out. Sam, and the awesome Savannah, kept me informed at every turn, handled all inspections and repairs, and held my hand whenever necessary. Sam did an outstanding job negotiating with prospective buyers and I ended up selling for more than asking price. Supportive, responsive, caring, and above all knowledgeable, truly an expert in his field. It was obvious Sam was always acting in my best interests and I highly recommend him without reservation.

Sandy K.
Seller, Santa Cruz

Sam has now helped us buy two homes off-market in Santa Cruz over the past 7 years. He went above and beyond to help us find our home in our dream location on the Westside. Sam and his team are knowledgeable, professional, and a pleasure to work with, and they’ve continued to help us after we closed. We couldn’t be happier!

Grace S.
Buyer & Seller, Santa Cruz

We are so grateful to have Sam as our realtor! He was so helpful throughout the entire process and helped us with all our new homeowner questions. Thanks again, Sam!

Kendall K.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam is the ultimate real estate agent in my opinion. He has the connections and finesse to get the deals done. I just purchased a condo in Santa Cruz, CA with his help and it was no easy feat as I had been looking for a year and I had to beat out all cash offers to get this condo. He had the insight to offer the right price and enough of clout with Seller’s agent to convince the seller to go with our offer instead of all cash offers. I of course had to have proper loan also set up and ready to close fast and he even helped me coordinate that with my lender. His team also ensured I got all the documentation on time. Thanks to Sam and his team, everything went very smoothly without any glitches and now I am a happy owner of a condo in great location near UCSC campus. Thanks Sam for working with me throughout the year. You the Man when it comes to real estate purchases or sales. Next time I am in market to buy or sell a real estate property, I hope to leverage your services again to close the deal.

Hitesh K.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

Sam’s extensive knowledge of the Santa Cruz real estate market helped us navigate buying our dream home. He and his team continued to help us past the close with referrals and tips on settling in. He was thoughtful, professional, fun to work with, and we felt he always had our best interest in mind. Sam is one of the best Santa Cruz Realtors and we highly recommend him!

Dan M.
Buyer, Santa Cruz

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