Fred Van Allen - Testimonials

Fred & Dawn!

! You guys are heroes in Pomona.  You practice what you preach on vintage home conservation!

CD

Thanks for all you & your family do for Lincoln Park & it’s history!

JR

Fred and Dawn van Allen were excellent, they helped me step by step and explained the process in detail which was great for a first time buyer like myself.

Paul Casares

I had to share this, I have been calling on real estate agents for years selling them Public School Fundraising Promotions, not only did  Fred step up big time for Pomona schools fundraiser, he was the first Realtor to ever ask me if I needed help buying or selling a home at this time.

  WOW!

KW

I am so appreciative of the support of both of you and Dawn since the very beginning of living in Pomona.

I admire your strength and resilience and commitment to Pomona. Thank you so much.

MG

Fred Van Allen your Mega Open Houses rock!

!  I go to other open houses and no other agent comes close.  You should do a YouTube tutorial for other agents on how to properly market a home for sale LOL.

Sandy

Luis my loan officer from School's First Credit Union emailed me yesterday wanting to know who our agent was.

  I told him that we are working with both Fred and Dawn Van Allen.  He wrote saying that they are great, and that he had the pleasure of working with Fred and Dawn last year and this year.  He also wrote that he was even more excited now, that he knew we’re working with you guys. Thanks for all you hard work!!

Catalina

The VanAllens had a strong plan for the sale of our home, and they delivered exactly as they had promised!

Kurt and Asya Beardsley

Highly recommend Fred Van Allen as an elite source of information on Pomona real estate.

M.W.

We are entirely satisfied with the service Fred van Allen provided.

We initially chose him as our agent because he is more than a realtor who sells homes in our neighborhood: He lives there, is active in the community and has a deep familiarity with Craftsman-style historic homes such as our house.  At the time we listed our home, Fred explained in detail his strategy to bring our unique house to the attention of interested, qualified buyers in a time-efficient manner and to highlight its features and amenities. To those efforts he added a thorough and broad based market analysis. Fred and his associate Dawn van Allen carried out the plan masterfully, helped create outstanding photographic coverage, and ran a very productive open house. Together they helped us take the sales process in stride and reach a good outcome.

Gerry

Fred was quick to respond with a very informative answer.

Went out of his way to make sure I had the information that I needed.

EG

I have been around a long time and I am a Pastor of a Mega Chruch.

  I have never seen any Realtor work as hard as Fred Van Allen. He is amazing, No wonder he is #1!

GG

Fred, I’ve been raving about you by the way.

Wish we would’ve known you previously. We did our own research and found our own home. I have some potential historic home buyers to come in the not so far future and am referring them all to you. I say you’re the pro when it comes to real estate for historic homes. M.M.

There is NO ONE who knows and loves this neighborhood like Fred!

He made the transaction of buying our home very easy.

Nancy C.

Fred and Dawn Van Allen did a superb job in listing one of our houses.

Excellent marketing strategy, received multiple offers way over the asking price, sold and closed quickly. I would use them again.

G. L.

We felt our overall experience was Very Good and would most likely use Fred and Dawn again.

Escrows are not fun LOL.

In all five areas of the survey, I give Fred and Dawn a 5 STAR!

 They went so far above and beyond the call of duty.  I feel as though I did not pay them enough.

D.G.

Batman and Robin have nothing on this dynamic duo Fred and Dawn are very thorough, patience (for a first time buyer) and looked at things that I would have never noticed.

Because of their diligent hard work, I am now a happy (and tired) homeowner.  Highly recommend.

"Fred is a great guy and knows the real estate market.

I would recommend him for sure."

Debbie-Summit Heights

Fred is thoughtful and hard working-- he puts so much energy into seeing our historic neighborhoods improve.

He is a real activist for the home seller.  His open houses are famous.

DJM

Fred and Dawn Van Allen worked hard behind the scenes to resolve some issues with the Escrow company, which had been causing some problems.

I am very grateful for this. In addition, Dawn helped me quickly locate a condo that was just right for my needs and budget.

Victor Williams

Very professional, on top of everything, communicated regularly and helped push the paperwork process through.

Would follow up with lender, escrow, seller's agent, property inspection and help us through the process. Recommend highly.

Chuck

Fred and Dawn are amazing!

!! Not only do they go above and beyond, but they made sure to always communicate. Plus it never hurts to be thorough. We were selling a home in CA and we currently live in AZ. Fred made sure that all the documents could be signed electronically and tracking the process was effortless. when we hit a few snags with the buyers, he was there every step of the way to ensure there everyone was on the same page. I really did appreciate all that they did for us. Thank you so much!!!

Lucille

Our experience with Fred & Dawn couldn't have been better.

They laid out their plan for the sale of our house, & gave us a list of a few things for us to do to prepare it for the open house. At the end of the open house we had 10 offers. The highest offer that we chose was from a pre-qualified  buyer with a 30 day escrow. We got more money for our house then we expected. We are very happy & would highly recommend their services.

Windsor

When it came time to sell our home, we interviewed Fred Van Allen and decided that his marketing plan made sense.

Together with his partner Dawn, Fred mounted a campaign of signage, electronic media, open house and local advertising. Dawn gave us important advice on the preparation of the house, supervised the photography for the online presentation and ran the (excellent) open house. The result was many offers, and the house sold very quickly. There were unforeseen problems along the way, but the Van Allen team used their skill and expertise to maneuver through the problems, advising us step by step, and got us a very satisfactory price for our home. We heartily recommend the Van Allen team and would not hesitate to work with them again.

Tony B.

I've been working with Fred over the last few months and I have found him to be nothing but professional.

He is courteous and timely in all interactions and he goes out of his way to get the job done properly. I highly recommend Fred Van Allen. 

Eric H.

Very professional, on top of everything, communicated regularly and helped push the paperwork process through.

Would follow up with lender, escrow, seller's agent, property inspection and help us through the process. Recommend highly.

Chuck

Fred and Dawn Van Allen worked hard behind the scenes to resolve some issues with the Escrow company, which had been causing some problems.

I am very grateful for this. In addition, Dawn helped me quickly locate a condo that was just right for my needs and budget.

Victor Williams

Fred Van Allen and I have known each other for about 6 years.

He is an amazing person and great at his profession as a realtor. His passion stands out when he comes and does a home tour with you and his communication and follow up are incredible. You have a very safe feeling when dealing with Fred Van Allen and when you are buying a home that is the most important thing that I look for. I want to know that I am not being taken advantage of and that the loan I am getting into is the correct one, and the realtor that I have is communicating every little detail to me that he can. Fred gives you this feeling.

Mark Drury

Fred Van Allen, thank you so much for starting up the Pomona Nextdoor Social Network!

Just wanted to let you know that I received several responses one of which was from my neighbor across the street. He's doing the job for me. What a great guy. Also, a couple of weeks ago I put out a post for a handyman and a neighbor on McKinley responded and offered to do the job (installing a new screen door) at no charge! There are so many good folks nearby and unless I was on Nextdoor I would never know. It's a great thing and really makes me feel a part of a community.

Peggy

Fred Van Allen is the go to Pomona Realtor.

No one knows, and loves the Pomona market, both Vintage and newer better than Fred.  He and his wife are so easy to work with.

VB

I can't speak highly enough about the work that Fred and his partner, Dawn, did in handing the sell of my old home and the purchase of my new home.

Fred clearly understands the real estate market and has detailed plans in how to best present a property to receive top dollar. I was able to get 105% above my asking price. I believe this was a result of the professional photos, great staging, excellent marketing, and a good open house that lead to 6 offers the Monday following the open house. With the purchase of my new home, Fred had his partner Dawn take the lead. She was able to show me a variety of homes in my price range. She always considered my needs. We were able to negotiate a price just below ask, and I am thrilled to be settling into my home. When I think back on the entire process of buying and selling my homes, I often remember the responsiveness Fred had to questions. I never felt uncomfortable asking about an issue or situation, and Fred always had solid information in response. He was able to provide information and guidance without micromanaging. The entire experience was First Rate, and I couldn't be more pleased. Thank you, Fred and Dawn. ~James Ellis Upland, CA

James Ellis

Thank you, Fred and his partner Dawn, for their work in helping me sell my current home and purchase my new home.

 Fred is very knowledgeable and was able to answer all my questions and provide great advice as we planned to sell my home.  Because of his work, I was able to get 105% of my asking price!  Dawn, his partner, took the lead in helping me find my new home.  She showed me a variety of homes -- keeping my needs and wishes in mind the entire way.  When it came time to buy, she walked me through the process and made sure i was always informed.  This team is first rate, and I give them my highest recommendation.

High School Principle

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the work you did on my behalf to help me sell my home and then purchase a new one.

 You both were awesome throughout the entire process.  I especially appreciated being able to lean on you for guidance and advice the entire way.This evening, I completed a Zillow and Yelp review.  i also sent a letter to Terry LeClair regarding my experience.Thank you, again, for your work.  It was a blessing getting to work with you both.

JE

Fred Van Allen, along with his very competent office staff, made our recent real estate transaction smooth and efficient from start to finish.

Whether you are searching for a home to purchase or are in need of a real estate professional to list and sell your home, you should consider putting Fred  and his staff to work for you. Thank you for providing us with a wonderful experience!

Amy's mom

Thank you Fred for putting out the calendar of events in the neighborhood.

Great job. Lots of info. and important phone numbers. I appreciate your community involvement!!  Keep it up.

R.R.

Fred is a great person, very knowledgeable and positive about Lincoln Park.

He lives in the neighborhood and promotes Pomona!  He is the best at selling vintage homes and historical propeties too!  I recomment him for anyon who loves classic arechitecture.

Pam

Great option.

 Make sure you talk to him.

Linda D.

Shop Pomona!

! But seriously who else is better suited to buy or sell a house in Pomona especially Lincoln park. He is a rock star in selling homes.

Joahana Hernandez

Fred is thoughtful and hard working-- he puts so much energy into seeing our historic neighborhoods improve.

He is a real activist for the home seller.  His open houses are famous.

DJM

I recommend Fred if you plan to buy or sell in SGV/Pomona Valley area.

He's one of the best in the business and he's a great guy!  He listens and he does not pressure. He knows the real estate market.

K. Smith

Fred is certainly the premiere real estate agent in the Lincoln Park area.

CM

Nobody knows Lincoln Park better than Fred.

Ann T.

Fred is one of those rare few people that have a genuine love for the types of homes he sells.

He is not just a realtor, he is a friend that is assisting families to find their new home... match the soul of an old home with the soul of a family. He knows his product and does not read from a script. He knows the details and nuances of the older homes that make his open house day and adventure back in time. I have gone to other realtors' open house.. and they had no clue what a pocket door was or the windows on pulleys!! I was so disappointed in their lack of interest in their own listing. Fred is sincere and works hard!

Sandy Castro

After about 30 years living in the same large home, the Fred Van Allen Team did an excellent job of partnering with me during my "downsizing" transitioning search for a smaller detached home which met 95% of my "must haves".

The Fred Van Allen team had a masterful knowledge of the various  local neighborhood properties within my financial dynamic. Time management of the process was most impressive, on-going communication was responsive. The Fred Van Allen team exemplified very impressive and on point negotiation skills that close the deal. I would consult with the Fred Van Allen team in the future should life's circumstances require his services.

Pat C.

Fred handled the sell of my moms home splendidly and was always available to answer questions and handle any concerns that we as a family had during that transition.

I would highly recommend Fred to anyone selling their home!!

K.C.

I got the home of my dreams…what more can I say?

?  5 stars overall. I would recommend Fred to anyone.  He was professional, knows the market and was great with his responsiveness.  It was never fun that’s for sure…all the paperwork…geesh. 

MG

If you are considering buying or selling in the greater Pomona area, you should give Fred a call.

He is an expert on the Historic districts, especially Lincoln Park. When buying our home, it was nice to work with an agent that not only knew the neighborhood, but knew all the neighbors as well.

Jeff

Fred has always been very helpful to me and I'm sure he will do the same for you.

Tamara

Fred Van Allen is a reputable realtor who knows Lincoln Park, as well as Pomona in general, as well as anyone possibly could.

He loves this area, is highly professional, very well thought of in the community. I would highly recommend him for all of your real estate needs.

Kate

Everyone knows Fred, and if you don't know him, you should.

This is the kind of feedback I have received from neighbors and friends that have hired Fred for their real estate needs: "excellent work, professional, great job, great negotiator, really knows his business, I am so happy I chose Fred, he knew just how to price my home", etc. etc. For many of us, our real estate is the biggest investment we'll ever make, why would you leave that kind of transaction up to someone who is less than a perfectionist. I would hire Fred.  

Shelly S.

While looking to sell my Mother's home, and looking for a home for our daughter and family, we attended several open houses that were hosted by Fred Van Allen.

We noticed that he always had a nice spread of food, and he contacted us after each visit. He really was on top of communication and  advertising, and we decided that he would be a great representative in selling our Claremont home. Especially since he specializes in older and historic homes. Though he could sell any home well. When signed on, Mr. Van Allen immediately set a date with us for an open house, and started getting the word out. When we saw we needed more time to complete the home's renovation, Fred was very good about it and extended the time. Twice! When the open house day was approaching he and his helpful wife came by on several occasions to make sure we were ok. Also he hand delivered flyers to all of our neighbors, advertised on line to his clients, and all over the world! We had a wonderful turn-out at our two day open house, and had many offers that week. We got higher than our asking price, and felt very blessed by the whole experience. He takes his business seriously, and it is his full-time job. Thank you!

Michelle Drew

Fred was excellent to work with.

His attention to detail and his extensive knowledge of the local historic neighborhood resulted in our house  being quickly sold. If I ever need to buy or sell a home I would contact Fred.

O. O.

We fell in love with the Lincoln Park area of Pomona several years ago.

We often drove through the neighborhood, and eventually stopped at one of Fred's open houses. He was charming and informative then ... and even more so when we went to a different open house on Easter Sunday! Always debonair, and an expert on Lincoln Park, he was instrumental in our buying our dream home in Lincoln Park.

Nancy and David

Fred was a true professional from start to finish.

He knows his market intimately well and his use of the media was impressive. I would recommend him to all those who are interested in vintage homes.

Arlan Dwyer

We had a great experience selling our home with Fred.

He loves this community and truly is a great agent to utilize.

Andrew Robinson

Our experience w/ Fred Van Allen representing the sale of the Palomares home was in a word, excellent.

Outstanding representation was especially important as we were remote owners of the property. This situation required significant initiative on Fred's part followed up by timely and effective communication .We simply could not be more pleased w/ Fred's ability and the sales process overall.

Richard K. Roy

Fred was the perfect person to be assigned to us by First Team as he has a very patient and understanding persona which is what we needed when we decided to by a house.

If in the future I want to buy or sell a house I will definitely ask for Fred to represent us.

Saul Guerrero

Recently my wife and I made the big move to purchase our "forever home".

We found a great little neighborhood called Lincoln Park, which is a National Historic District in Pomona, CA. While driving through the neighborhood, we saw a sign in front of a beautiful craftsman home and quickly called the number. Little did we know that we had just connected with THE EXPERT on Lincoln Park real estate. Fred eats, sleeps, and breathes Lincoln Park and the other surrounding historic districts in Pomona. After scheduling a viewing of the home and meeting with Fred, my family was sure that not only was it the house for us, but that we had to live in Lincoln Park. If you are looking to buy or sell and would like to work with a real estate professional who knows and loves historic homes, Fred Van Allen is the guy you should call.

Jeff & Joy Sladick

Fred Van Allen has done a remarkable job for us from start to finish.

His marketing strategy was excellent, and we were able to sell our home quickly and for a great price.

Anne Gross

Fred is meticulous and very thorough.

Very knowledgeable, respectful and patient. Although he could no personally sell my home in Peoria, AZ, he was instrumental in connecting me with a colleague in the area that sold my home the day it was listed.

R. Arzola

I initially connected with Fred when looking into homes in the historical districts in Pomona.

This is truly a passion for he and his wife and I was extremely impressed with not only his knowledge of the area in general, but also of the intricacies of benefits, regulations, etc. of the historical districts. We eventually found the perfect home, that ended up not being in a historical district. Fred was extremely respinsive, and addressed ever concern we had along the way. There were a few hicups on the sellers end, but finally getting the keys to our fist home was an amazing feeling! Both Fred and his wife have been by several times to check in on things and even provided me with a helpful list of local stores and restaurants to help us get aquainted with our new neighborhood!

Ruby

Fred has been working tirelessly for my family.

He is quick to respond to emails and phone calls. The electronic signature software that he uses is extremely convenient, particularly since we have young children, which makes it difficult to meet and sign paperwork in person. So far, we've put in a number of offers quite a bit above asking price. Even so, we keep getting outbid by all cash offers way over asking price. It's disappointing and difficult to compete with this, but Fred has been ever helpful as we continue to search for a home that is a good fit for our family. We are doing our best, so the right house will come along at the right time if we keep looking.

Jimbo

My husband and I purchased a brand new home with the help of Mr Fred.

Van Allen. Fred's customer service was great and the way he helped us navigate our way through the new home buying process was wonderful. He helped to keep us calm as we went through a sometimes nervewracking process. Thank you Fred. We love our new home!!

L,E.

I busy investor, Fred made work easy for me.

2 story house is fixer with white wrought iron gate. No grass-all concrete. Paid cash. He not afraid show short sales or properties bad parts of LA. Very good I think.

JA

I am an out of state Orthopedic Surgeon.

I am hard to reach and Fred's diligence was outstanding in getting the transaction completed over the hectic December holiday period. When I buy my permanent home in CA I will use him.

Dr. Bouz

I purchased my home from Fred a few months ago and could not of been happier with the entire transaction, he proactively canvased the neighborhood and approached my brother, who now is my neighbor, to inquire if he knew anyone that was looking for a house, my brother told him I had just started looking and could use some help, from that point forward Fred took the ball and ran with it !

(1) one month +- later he had me in my home! Prices have gone up and I'm glad he helped me to make the move when he did. I highly recommend Fred to the fortunate individual(s) who elects to secure his servic

Brian

Fred is an excellent agent that will look out for your best interest.

He even recommended me not to bid on some houses due to high repair cost and potential future problems with mold. If you cant talk on the phone, he is easily accessible through email and text =).

Ivan

We found Fred to be very helpful and professional.

He was on the ball and got our aunt's house sold quickly to a wonderful family. Our aunt and my husband and I really liked him and appreciated that he returned our calls and answered our questions quickly. He didn't make us feel inadequate when there were so many papers to sign and fax back which we were unfamiliar with.

AJC

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Fred for making my home purchase as easy as possible.

My wife and I were unfamiliar with the Lincoln Park Historic District and Fred’s extensive knowledge and love for the community convinced us to buy here, and we couldn’t be happier! Our home is exactly how he presented it and the information he provided has helped us in the remodel. Even after the close of escrow, Fred has reached out to welcome us to our neighborhood and to answer any questions we may have. I highly recommend Fred if you’re looking for and agent that values building relationships more than simply ‘closing a deal’. Thanks for everything Fred!

Jose

Fred helped us buy our home in the historical districts of Pomona.

We were extremely impressed with not only his knowledge of the area, but history and regulations of Pomona historical district. Fred has been by several times to check in on things and even provided us with a helpful list of local stores and restaurants to help us get acquainted with our new neighborhood he even provided us with a gift from the previous owner of our new home.

The Salazar's

My wife and I fell in love with the Lincoln Park area of Pomona and were very lucky to find an agent that is so knowledgeable about the area.

Fred always made himself available to show us houses even after work. Driving around one day my wife and I found a house we wanted to see, I called Fred and he said I will be right over. We bought that house and we are very happy with the whole experience.

Terry and Alexis

Fred Van Allen’s real estate expertise positioned the sale of my resident’s just right for the market in Orange County.

Fred’s experience and extensive knowledge helped too price it for a quick sale that was just right for the market conditions. Fred simplified the sale with quick response times and communication that reassured me during each step of the sale process. Working with Fred over the few months it took to sale, I found that trust in your agent is a strong plus and that trust is why I highly recommend Fred.

John Edberg

Fred was the agent that was responsible for selling our home in Anaheim.

He was knowledgeable with the process, and the process went rather quickly. If I ever need to buy or sell a home I would contact Fred to handle this!

GVG

Fred helped us sell our house fairly quickly.

He was very responsive to any questions or concerns that we had. He knows our historic neighborhood and marketed our house accordingly both within and outside our neighborhood. He helped us move along in the whole process without being "pushy". We received more for our house than we expected and we owe it all to Fred. He is a genuinely "nice" guy who from our perspective really knows his business. 

Garfield

Fred is a congenial and extremely knowledgeable real estate agent.

He is completely dedicated to his clients and does the absolute best job possible with each one. His knowledge of the vintage home market is bar none and we would consider him an expert in that area. You will enjoy working with Fred and he will make sure that your home is just the one you want or will insure that your home is sold quickly and expertly. 

Diana Butcher

Fred did an amazing job with the listing.

Great marketing, multiple offers and got us into escrow pretty quick.. much faster than we expected. He was always around to help out during the process and even helped us with some packing/organizing for the movers.

Scott Timmons

I am a RE Broker and I googled a few realtors name.

......but you the only who pick up the phone and gave me a great impression. Thank you for being so nice and helpful!!! Nice picture of you btw on your website. 

K.D.

Fred you are a true pillar of our community.

  Thank you for all you do.

CP

Very good at walking you through the process and setting expectations.

Fred and Dawn know their stuff.

Michelle H.

Fred and Dawn Van Allen did a superb job in listing one of our houses.

Excellent marketing strategy, received multiple offers way over the asking price, sold and closed quickly. I would use them again.

Gordon

Fred and Dawn are amazing!

!! Not only do they go above and beyond, but they made sure to always communicate. Plus it never hurts to be thorough. We were selling a home in CA and we currently live in AZ. Fred made sure that all the documents could be signed electronically and tracking the process was effortless. when we hit a few snags with the buyers, he was there every step of the way to ensure there everyone was on the same page. I really did appreciate all that they did for us. Thank you so much!!!

Monique

We are so happy we chose Dawn and Fred Van Allen as our realtors on our Pomona home purchase.

 Dawn's expertise and experience in the area was a huge help in deciding which house to put our offer on and understanding a fair but competitive offering price.  It turned out to be a "difficult" sale with a complicated seller, a tenant, and an inexperienced seller's realtor. Dawn helped us through negotiations and handled all the difficulties with complete calm and professional competence, ensuring the deal went through. Through the whole thing, we always felt that Dawn was truly in our corner, representing our best interests in everything that she did. We highly recommend working with Dawn and Fred!

Scott K.

NEXTDOOR neighborhood Favorite Award.

  Only 1% of businesses receive this Award and Fred and Dawn Van Allen of First Team Real Estate CHRISTIE'S was one of them! 

Nirav Tolia, Nextdoor, CEO

The Guru of Real Estate Fred Van Allen is the local go to guy.

You might want to give him a call? He is really cool & very friendly. He is #1 in the city too.

Tina

The Guru of Real Estate Fred Van Allen is the local go to guy.

You might want to give him a call? He is really cool & very friendly. He is #1 in the city too.

Tina

Thanks, Fred and Dawn,Thank you again for your hard work in selling my condo.

You and your wife did an outstanding, professional job.

J.T.

The Van Allen's were professional and did a great job of working through the issues that arose during closing.

Most importantly, we sold our house for the price we wanted.  Highly Recommend them.

Ggonz

So sorry we didn't go with you in the first place.

Husband feels awful he insisted on the other realtor. Won't happen again. We have canceled our listing and taken our house off the market. My husband admits he was wrong. When we relist it will be with you, you were always my first choice. Buyers canceled in escrow. Huge mess. Still trying to fix it. 

Marilee

A quick thank you to Fred Van Allen for taking the time to meet with me.

Excellent advice today changing my course a complete 360 all for the better a weight off my shoulders. His real estate knowledge excels from Pomona and beyond.He also turned me on to a great little coffee shop in my hometown in true gentleman spirit bought me a cup of coffee at Mi Cafecito Coffee.

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