There aren't enough wonderful things I can say about Denise. We had a very long journey to find the right home and Denise was incredible! Not only was she extremely responsive and timely, she was also proactive about getting us in to see houses immediately. We never had to worry about missing out. Most importantly she's an excellent source of knowledge with a keen eye.
Denise didn't let us settle for the wrong home and never pushed us into anything. The home we ultimately chose came on the market on a Tuesday evening and Denise got us in the next afternoon. If it weren't for her investment in her clients well being and wants we would have missed out on our dream house!
If you want a realtor who's going to work for you and be sure you find the right fit, it doesn't get better than Denise Hamlin.
Iowa City, May 2015 Via Facebook
Denise helped us buy our first home this summer. Since we'd never been through the process before and were terribly busy with work and our 4-year-old, we needed the help of someone knowledgeable, thorough, and very responsive. Denise wasted no time in getting to understand what we wanted and needed in a home and began providing us with listings and insight into the local housing market right away. She was incredibly on top of everything every step of the way, which was very reassuring. Ultimately, we ended up with a wonderful home that we're very happy with. I would gladly recommend Denise to anyone looking to buy a home in the Iowa City area.
Iowa City, October 2014 ~ Via Trulia
Denise is multi-talented. She intuits situations--the needs and wishes of her clients are where she starts and then is able to hone in on bringing about the best outcome. She knows the territory well--Coralville, Iowa City, and North Liberty--and doesn't waste your time trying to get you to look where you don't want to go.
As a retired couple wanting to downsize and relocate near our daughter, we depended on Denise to be our eyes when we were 250 miles away. She sent us reports about appropriate houses in our price range the instant they went on MLS and let us know when we needed to hurry over to examine the good fits before they got snapped up by local buyers. She is very adept providing online help, photographs, and words. Both buyers and sellers will find her trustworthy and a pleasant guide and confidante. Her website and blog posts provide insights about real estate and a veritable short course on house buying and selling (so useful for those of us who haven't done much of either).
Iowa City, April 2014 ~ Via Facebook
When my husband and I bought our first home, we went with Denise Hamlin, and five years later she made the process of selling this same home smooth and easy. She is incredibly personable, professional, and dedicated. What really stood out to me was her online presence and online marketing. She is forward-thinking and tech-savvy, and buyers are looking online! I would highly recommend Denise’s services to anyone thinking about selling or buying a home. My husband and I have done both with her and give Denise and Cardinal Realty our highest recommendation.
North Liberty IA, August 2013 ~ Via Google Reviews
Denise is a true professional who knows this business. She offers sound advice and has the knowledge and experience to back it up. She went above and beyond to help us find the right house and had our best interests in mind throughout the entire process of finding the right home to closing.
North Liberty IA, April 2013 ~ Via Yelp
People who work for themselves will always tell their clients what they want to hear, while people who work for their clients will only tell them the truth. What impressed me most about Denise was that I knew from the moment I first met her that I was dealing with an honest person, because she never simply told me what I wanted to hear but always prepared me for the real work and pitfalls that accompany the purchase of real estate. I am extremely happy with my purchase, and a lot of that has to do with working with Denise through the process.
Coralville, August 2012
Denise went above and beyond the call of duty for us. We only had a couple of days in Iowa City and she spent a lot of time with us beforehand – helping us with the logistics of setting up the financing and showing us what was currently available for us. When we got there she had a great selection of places for us to look at with a variety of locales and features. She gave us great information about the pros and cons of the neighborhoods, resale values, etc. as well as general information about Iowa City. She spent a lot of time with us during the day and into the evenings when we were there. She made us feel that she was willing to spend whatever time it took – that our outcome was very important to her – and putting us at ease when we felt a little anxious about things. After we found a place to buy she helped us set it up so she could close on our behalf and save us another trip.
After the sale she has continued to help us with information about utilities, property taxes, etc. Our daughter is living in the condo we bought while she goes to school and just recently the AC went out. We asked Denise for advice about who to call for repairs and she recommended a company that came out within 2 hours after we called and had it fixed an hour later. Working with Denise has been like having a friend in Iowa City and we would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a Realtor in that area.
Minneapolis MN, August 2012 ~ Via Yelp
We would highly recommend Denise to anyone looking for a Realtor. She is warm and friendly, and extremely good at getting every detail in order, so the buyer doesn’t have to run around solving problems. Denise was consistently prompt, organized and, as I mentioned above, attendant to every detail. She is quite tenacious and is never satisfied until she has investigated every possible aspect of a problem and has a solution. We are new to the area, so we came to rely on Denise’s knowledge and expertise about many things, and she never steered us wrong.
She was frank about the pros and cons of the houses we looked at. She recommended a local mortgage broker, and a local home inspector, both of whom turned out to be excellent. When we got into some negotiations with the seller (regarding repairs dictated by the home inspection), she was amazing. She made sure we had a back-up plan, and she entered the negotiations confidently. In the end, we got the house we wanted, with a fair deal on the repairs. At the closing, the seller commented that his agent could take lessons from Denise! We strongly recommend Denise and are happy we found her.
Iowa City, September 2011