Todd is amazing, and helped us land our first home. I'd recommend him to anyone; I especially liked him bc I am (still) extremely suspicious of the entire real estate industry, the financial industry, and brokers in general. Todd has been around the block in his professional life (even having driven around a FedEx truck!). I settled upon him when I realized his 1) unlove of money (he could care less about $$, he just loves working and his independence as a broker), and 2) his past life as a contractor. Having himself worked on houses, Todd is able to scan various surfaces and infrastructural elements, and "read" a property it like a book, for example, what choices have been made here re. the insulation in the crawl space, or there with the improper venting of the sink drain. After our purchase we had to remove the chimney, and were quoted 14K. We just could not afford it. So Todd broke the chimney down into related chunks. With a friend-vendor knocked the chimney down himself. Then he separated the replacement of the outer foundation/wall and inner wall/floor, using separate vendors. Tracking the entire effort was more complicated, but Todd handled it, making the cost approx. 9K. More, Todd is great when it comes explaining and guiding clients through big or small environmentally-conscious ideas and decisions (perhaps enhanced by his love of Ted Talks). Finally, before we landed this wonderful house, we were in escrow with another. Todd and I went to the city hall and pulled the property's records, and saw that one bedroom and one bath were unpermitted. We talked all night about workarounds and best-worst case scenarios (keep in mind there's a lot of unpermitted stuff out there!). The next morning Todd called me to tell me ... not to buy the house. We canceled escrow. What kind of broker puts in hours of work on a client's escrow property, and then tells the client not to buy? An honest one.