I'd like to share the story of my amazing experience with Hikaru Tashiro at Bond Realty! I now live in an apartment I love, and I just know I wouldn't have found or gotten this place without Hikaru's help. If it weren't for her, I'd probably still be miserably stalking Craigslist hoping to score an apartment while competing with 15 other applicants for each one that I liked. Instead, I'm living in a sweet apartment!
It all started when I realized I had to move and get a place of my own. I had been the beneficiary of a cheap rent for a number of years, was scared to get back out in the rental market and unsure of who, if anyone, would consider me a valuable tenant. Hikaru was recommended to me by a friend and I called her not knowing what to expect. I thought that as soon as she heard my income level and FICO score she would laugh loudly into the phone and hang up, but that is absolutely not what happened. Hikaru calmly asked me about all the necessary particulars, and she listened patiently as I explained what I hoped to find and what type of street/apartment would suit my lifestyle. She then proposed a strategy that would help me find something better and cheaper. I had called her at the end of March looking to move May 1, but then she said, "Well, if you can move out any earlier, can we start looking for April 15? You will find better rents and there will be less competition if you start looking now." I said, ok. I had high hopes about what she could do for me, because I had to figure out my situation quickly and had no idea where to start.
We began searching a couple days later on a Saturday, and miraculously, the second apartment I saw was The One. We had some barriers to overcome, naturally, but Hikaru was the perfect person to guide me through the whole application process. My naive thinking was, "Well, it's a Saturday. What landlord is even gonna look at my application until Monday?" Wrong, I realized, and Hikaru got me on task. I was surprised that I was at the FedEx Kinko's on a Saturday faxing and scanning her documents, and amazed at the number of text messages, emails and phone calls that passed between us that weekend. But I followed her advice and got together all the documents I could to score that apartment. We worked so hard that weekend and hoped for the best. She never gave up and kept talking to the landlord and the broker about me and kept me informed of every new development. Throughout the whole process she was calm, professional and reassuring, which was just what I needed!
We officially applied for the apt as soon as Monday hit, and by that afternoon . . . I was shocked to learn that I had been approved for the apartment!!! I couldn't believe what a whirlwind it had been and how our hard work had paid off. Hikaru kept guiding me through the process and attended the lease signing with me the next day. She even followed up three weeks later to see how I was doing in the new apartment. I was so glad to have her expertise throughout the whole process!
I cannot say enough about Hikaru's talents as an agent and I now recommend her to everyone I meet who is looking for an apartment. If you are starting your search and really want to find a good apartment (not just one that's okay), call Hikaru! She is smart, determined and really cared about my situation. Thank you Hikaru and Bond Realty for getting me into the perfect apartment!