Orcas Island Realtor®
Certified Negotiation Expert
“Sandi Friel made our move to the Orcas area possible. We went from dreaming to unpacking in four short months, mostly due to her skill. We chose her as our buyer’s agent because she demonstrated a very thorough knowledge of the market and she quickly understood what we wanted — perhaps better than we did. She found a property we tried to dismiss because it was outside our expectations, but she was right: it fits us perfectly and now we can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Sandi combined a hard-working, professional approach to our search with a seemingly intuitive understanding of our potential concerns. She took the time to research properties so she had answers ready for us before we figured out the questions. At the same time, she has an uncanny ability to blend into a house so we felt free to explore and experience the property as if we were alone. In one house we found particularly challenging, Sandi’s third hidden talent came forward: her skill in design. One room we saw had an unusual layout. Within minutes of our asking, Sandi outlined several potential solutions.
Our particular sale had some unexpected curves. Without Sandi’s skilled negotiation, level-headed thinking, and sense of humor, those curves would have led to a dead-end. She worked many hours developing creative solutions to new challenges and used her talents to show us possibilities where we saw problems. The result is that we are in a home beyond our dreams, still pinching ourselves at our good fortune.
We’ve been involved in nine real estate transactions. Some of the agents were above average, but none came close to matching Sandi’s skill, intelligence, diligence and insightful ways. We hope to live in our house for many years to come, but should we decide to sell, Sandi is unquestionably the Realtor® we will call.”
Kate Kimball and Bob Davison
“We had an incredible experience working with Sandi Friel! She made a complicated, long distance purchase smooth from showing to closing, and beyond. We were so impressed. Sandi took initiative, and helped solve any problems which arose along the way. Her communication skills were so helpful in documenting the conditions on our site, negotiating the sale, and keeping the process on track while we were living in a different state. On the island, Sandi has proven to be an excellent resource, knowledgeable about local designers, trades and craftsmen. She is our first choice for any future real estate needs!”
Camille Fleming MD, MBA, Orcas Medical Center
“I am writing to thank you on behalf of Jannice and me for your outstanding service. It was exciting to receive your phone call that title was recorded in our names and that we are now officially Orcas Island property owners. We would recommend your services to anyone looking for real estate representation, Sandi. You are thorough, prompt and communicative. You answer phone calls and emails promptly with substantive and useful information. You also were a great “shepherd” by informing us well in advance of all of the steps needed to be taken and supervising the whole process with the bank, the title company, etc. It gave us great confidence when you responded promptly to our inquiries and then supported your statements with documentation and written information from third parties as needed. Aside from the professionalism described above, you are a delightful person with a great sense of humor, a quality that I am sure comes in handy in your business. Jannice and I feel as though we not only have a valuable business contact in Eastsound, but a new friend as well.”
“From the first time we met with Sandi to talk about our “dream home” on Orcas Island to the time we turned the key in its lock, Sandi was a remarkable ally. She was always professional, thorough, proactive, efficient, and (most importantly) a terrific listener. Sandi knows how to help with the myriad details of home-buying, and it is very clear that she loves what she does. We are very grateful to Sandi for a dream come true. She is everything a buyer could ask for in a Realtor, and more.”
Suzanne Heyd and Peter Carlson
“Time and again the superlative testimonials on this page echo “above and beyond.” T Williams Realty indeed is head and shoulders above the rest and goes well beyond the ordinary. We solicited a buyer’s agent from all the firms on Orcas, but got only one response: Sandi.
Our dream was simple, a modest forest parcel with a well and perhaps a bit of a view, where we could build a sustainable retirement home. Sandi found a wonderfully challenging opportunity that came to include a boundary line modification; multiple easements; continuation of existing timber land use; a newly created scenic area; inquiries, studies and tests to confirm feasibility and suitability of the parcel. She negotiated the sale, provided guidance and contacts, confirmed land use obligations, coordinated our site visit and arranged meetings. We live over 1000 miles distant and communication was almost exclusively by e-mail, there were snags and frustrations but through it all Sandi persevered with grace, humor, enthusiasm and professionalism. It could not, and would not, have happened without her; we are profoundly grateful!”
The Petersons – Philip, Janet and Chris
“I had a great experience working with Sandi to purchase my dream home on Orcas! From the start, Sandi was focused on fully understanding what I was looking for in a home on the Island. She was great in providing insights that only a local would know, and helping to pick the right homes for us to visit in person. For me, finding the right home took a little under a year, and Sandi provided the right level of support over that timeframe: emailing me when something new came available and being available for questions for any new property that caught my eye. Once I found a home and placed an offer, I was very happy with Sandi’s representation and guidance throughout the hectic closing process. I would certainly whole-heartedly recommend Sandi to anyone looking for someone to help them find that perfect home!”
“Sandi Friel is a superb Realtor. Being previous real estate investors, we’ve worked with many real estate agents and my husband even became one. Thus, we are picky when it comes to working with an agent as we are knowledgeable and understand how important a solid Realtor can be. A Realtor can “make or break” a deal. This is where Sandi is phenomenal. Her calm, confident demeanor guided our wishes and wants in a direction that lead to results. She is extremely organized, she’s an incredible listener, and she gives personal attention that had us feeling like we were her only client. Sandi is a high integrity person who gives her all and truly works hard to achieve success. I would highly recommend her to a family, to investors, or to a newlywed couple.”
“Sandi, thank you for our beautiful new home. The past year of working with you to help us locate a property that met our ambitious wish list has been fun, informative, and always productive—a result of your knowledge of island real estate, your excellent listening skills, and your sense of humor. We felt you brought a genuine sense of interest and commitment to the process of helping us find the right house; it’s clear that you love the concept of “home” and want to help people find the right match. We deeply appreciated your ability to listen and communicate effectively with each of us as individuals and as a couple. In addition, the breadth of your knowledge of the island, the market, local regulations, and real estate law brought us a great sense of security as we made our decisions. Your management of the transaction; the timeline; and communications with us, the sellers’ agent, the bank and escrow was flawless. In summary, you’ve raised our experience of buying a home to a new level—it was the most pleasant real estate transaction my husband and I have ever made, and we’ve made a few!”
“Always on the lookout for the right place for my husband and me to eventually retire, I contacted Sandi Friel in order to look at a listing of T Williams Realty. Thus began a very smooth and friendly relationship in which Sandi and I spoke by email throughout the fall about a few listings, always coming back to the “true love” house I’d seen in person at end of the summer. During this time Sandi was tremendously helpful: she helped us compare and narrow down choices, communicated what was happening with our top pick, investigated whether we’d have beach access, and gave us options for seeking funding, among other helpful tips. When we arrived back on Orcas in the winter to look at houses as a couple, again Sandi was a super help, making time to show us properties the day we arrived, and guiding us expertly through the offer and negotiation process. Sandi has become a real friend, as we had a connection from the start over our mutual love of the San Juans. The work she did to help us realize our dream was professional and efficient, and we always felt as if we were getting top-notch service. I’d absolutely recommend Sandi Friel!”
“What an effortless job of house hunting with Sandi of T Williams Realty! From start to finish, Sandi was skillfully efficient. She understood the needs of our family when showing us homes and kept us in the loop with every detail of the purchase. Her dynamic personality while working with all parties involved paved the way for clear communication and organization. We have never had such an enjoyable experience in buying a new home!”
Michael and Datura Böes-Person
“Steve and I are delighted with our new home in Doe Bay. It’s pretty much everything we ever wanted which is surprising since we two didn’t set out looking for exactly the same qualities. Sandi was very helpful both in terms of showing us a lot of varied properties and different communities plus giving us valuable tips on making our ideas a reality. As a former realtor in a busy Seattle office, I can still say that I have rarely seen such thorough help and focus with the purchase of property.”
“Thank you Sandi for all of the time and attention you give our family. We appreciate you being a guide to us in the beginning stage of the Great Jenson Orcas Adventure!”
Beth, Matt, Tim & Leah Jenson
“Sandi has been our buyer’s agent and “companion in the trenches” in our search for a home. When we’ve had questions, she either answers them immediately or, if she doesn’t know, she finds someone who does. When there have been discouraging bumps along the way, she’s been there to encourage and help us to focus on the end goal — finding our dream house. She knows the Puget Sound area and has been a great help to us in getting to know what the region and its inhabitants are like. She’s friendly, helpful and a hard-working professional who has our best interests in mind, and we have a lot of confidence in her ability to represent us competently and energetically. Thank you, Sandi, for being a “go-getter” and resource in this adventure. You’ve gone “above and beyond” in so many ways, and we appreciate it!”
Steve and Jennifer Smith
“Sandi, thank you for being an exemplary buyer’s agent for us while we searched for an Orcas home. Your knowledge, experience and professionalism were top notch. We are truly sorry we needed to expand our search off-island for financial and personal reasons. Our current agent pales in comparison!”
Renee Fritschie and Chris Skoggin
“Having bought and sold many homes, my husband and I can highly recommend Sandi Friel as the best Realtor we have ever worked with. Her attention to detail, expert knowledge of what buyers and sellers want, and happenings with the housing market is a great asset when trying to sell a home. She went above and beyond the call of duty many times whether it was to prepare our home for a showing while we were out of town, taking the time to speak with us about the right pricing and marketing strategy, dropping off papers within hours of receiving urgent requests from us, she was a true pleasure to work with.”
“Sandi – Just a little note to thank you for all that you have done for us on our recent property purchase. To say that we are pleased would be an understatement. It has been an extremely satisfying experience and we are glad that you were available to make it go so smoothly. There were some very tricky details that could have derailed the process but you cheerfully guided us and made it all seem so easy. Thanks so much for being there.”
Fred Vinson and Rosemary Hennessy
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