My Client Reviews
Merri Ann is very knowledgeable and communicative. She helped us sell our home during the Covid crisis and so it took longer than normal, but she was there at every turn, updating us and letting us know what to expect next. I would highly recommend her services to anyone buying or selling on San Juan Island.
Richard and Lynne H.
6 Stars! Merri Ann always knows the latest market data and pays great attention to the details. We highly recommend her to be your selling or buying agent.
Merri Ann is a dependable, focused, and knowledgeable agent. I highly recommend working with her! My husband and I enjoyed our time with Merri Ann and she made our process of buying on San Juan proceed smoothly. We always felt that she was an advocate for us while maintaining a professional working style. We feel very fortunate to have found her! Merri Ann is extremely patient. We looked at both homes and land in the process of trying to determine what would fit our budget and lifestyle. Merri Ann offered her thoughts and insights throughout this process without any sense that there was a right or wrong choice. Her knowledge of the island is truly impressive. You can't go wrong working with Merri Ann!
My husband and I recently worked with Merri Ann in purchasing our home on San Juan Island. She is a truly professional agent. She is knowledgeable, honest, supportive, a great advisor and fun to spend time with! She is very familiar with the local market and has great relationships with the other agents in our transaction. We considered different types of properties from lots to build on, waterfront properties and acreage. She helped us understand costs, regulations and options to help us make a great decision that was right for us. We highly recommend Merri Ann and would absolutely work with again!
Martha and Jeanne H.
Merri Ann Simonson is by far the best realtor we've ever worked with. She is knowledgeable, responsive, detail-oriented, and experienced -- with a high level of excellence in all these areas. She communicates accurately and listens well. In addition, her sense of integrity dictates that she put her clients best-interests first and foremost, in matters large and small. Working with MAS was a pleasure -- she made a long-distance transaction seem easy, and we felt in good hands throughout the process. We wholeheartedly recommend her to you. (You don't have to take our word for it -- give her a call and see for yourself!)
Doug and Stephanie K.
Merri Ann did a fantastic job representing us as purchasers. She listened to what we were looking for and showing us properties that fit our needs then representing us in a very timely manner. She is extremely organized and knowledgeable about the market.
Mark and Chris N.
Extremely responsive and helpful with details unique to SJI. Great to work with - never over-promised or under-promised.
As first-time buyers, we really appreciated Merri Ann's step-by-step guidance throughout the purchasing process. She very patiently showed us lots of properties and always responded very quickly to our questions and concerns. She was also great about bringing up issues that we should pay attention to. We truly love our new property, and we are grateful for Merri Ann's help in finding a wonderful place to build our home.
The good people at Spring Street International School recommended Merri Ann to me, and for that I am truly grateful. Every aspect of working with her was ideal. She was professional, knowledgeable, efficient, and timely. She was also funny, charming, understanding, and caring. She was available any time I needed her, and even tolerated me canceling appointments once or twice. Twice I brought friends of mine with me on house-seeing tours, and they both loved Merri Ann, as did my daughter. The first home I put an offer on Merri Ann and I believed was way overpriced, which a low appraisal confirmed. MAS was rational, calm, and dogged in her attempts to get the price down. The seller's agent was none of these things, and the sellers wouldn't budge, so I withdrew my offer. Even before withdrawing, however, MAS made a huge effort to have a backup plan lined up for me, and was insistent that I see a house whose online listing didn't interest me. She had apparently truly gotten what I was looking for, because this house was perfect in every way. By the time we withdrew our first offer, I was well on my way to owning this second, perfect home. I am so in love with this home it's embarrassing. I've just moved in, and even in this process Merri Ann has been amazing ' giving me help all the way down to recommending a dentist. I could not have received a better welcome to SJI. The entire experience, from Day One onward, has been very low stress, productive, and fun. All around, I recommend her without reservation.
Merri Ann represented the sale of my late mother's home, there are a great number of pitfalls (and potential drama) possible under those type of circumstances which she handled with grace and professionalism. Also the home did sell for significantly more than another area realtor initially informed us on what they would expect. I could not recommend Merri Ann more highly.
We were more than happy with the representation provided by Merri Ann. She is a professional in every way ! She worked diligently, responded to every question or issue we had, and had our interests at the center of all her efforts. I can't recommend her enough. She sold our house in six weeks !
Steve and Lynn R.
I've bought and sold a lot of properties over the last twenty years, and this was the easiest transaction ever! She coordinated all of the details like the septic design and driveway easement, and the pieces fell into place seamlessly.
I worked wit Merri Ann for 25 years off and on regarding the property that we owned in the San Juan Is. She was extremely effective, persistent and helpful in all aspects of our inquiries and helped continually to keep the property kept up and improvements made as needed, so it was positioned for sale when that decision was made. She was always highly professional and offered very good and insightful advice and guidance over those many years up to and including the closing of the sale. Would highly recommend her.
My husband and I might consider ourselves to be somewhat challenging real estate clients: Not only had we endured several unsatisfying experiences with agents in the past, but we entered the San Juan market with very high expectations. A recommendation from a friend to use Merri Ann turned out to be just the direction that we needed. Merri Ann kept us regularly informed and apprised of the market during our 5-year search for the perfect island home. She was readily available at all times to help us navigate which appeared to be a fairly complex market. Her methodology and attention to detail throughout our search, offer, contract negotiations, feasibility studies, financing and closing made the process nearly seamless from our perspective. Her professionalism, mentorship, knowledge, honesty, and candor were extremely appreciated, and served to change our impression of the entire real estate industry for the better. Her diligence remained long after our eventual purchase, as she continued to inform us of all developments pertaining to the property that we purchased. In short, Merri Ann far exceeded our expectations in every way possible. We HIGHLY recommend her for any real estate needs, large or small.
Bill and Rhonda D.
Very professional. Good communicator, knowledgeable of all aspects of the island. Knows real estate matters as well as anyone. No concerns whatsoever. We'd use her again anytime.
Kevin and Joanne R.
Merri Ann was absolutely wonderful to work with. Her extensive knowledge of the market and process was invaluable in assisting us with the purchase of our property. Buying raw land can be overwhelming when trying to verify all of the development requirements, and Merri Ann was there with us every step to ensure we investigated each critical element together. She was thoughtful, courteous, knowledgable, and professional. Thank you, Merri Ann! This was far and away the best experience we've ever had working with a Realtor!
Tom and Donna K.
Merri Ann is an exceptionally professional realtor. Her communication skills are outstanding. We ran into some challenges on the buyer side and her negotiating skills were spot on. Successful closing!
Merri Ann S.
My wife and I enlisted the help of Merri Ann to purchase a cottage at Roche Harbor after reading some of her excellent articles online. She is very knowledgeable of the process and potential pitfalls of buying a Resort Property. We ran into some lender issues and she rolled with the punches and helped us worth through them and complete the sale. She has also been very helpful in connecting us with other services/professionals on the island (Handyman, Attorney, Lender, etc). Kevin Nord
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We retained Merri Ann to sell our horse property on San Juan Island, a specialized property with a more narrow range of prospective buyers. We all expected that it would take some time to sell, and in the end it was nearly two years. Merri Ann aggressively marketed the property throughout that long period, never reducing her expenditures to keep it noticed, and always contacting realtors after showings. It paid off. We received very nearly our original asking price and the process through the closing period was handled flawlessly despite some issues. It was the best job done by any realtor I have ever worked with. Steve Duzan
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Merri Ann did an excellent job for us and was everything we had hoped for. She was fast acting, knew real estate regulations, marketed our home expertly, got us a buyer in 12 days, led us through negotiations and helped the closing with determined follow-up and tenacity. We highly recommend Merri Ann and would employ her again. Mike and Eddie Sanders
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Merri Ann Simonson is unlike the vast majority of real estate agents I have worked with in the last 40+ years of buying and selling land in California and Washington. First thing one notices his her sense of humor and general overall positive personality. The second thing is her depth of knowledge of real estate and banking law (she has published numerous well read articles related to real estate subjects and issues), and -most important- her awareness and respect for business ethics. Add to that her business professionalism; attention to detail; timely response to questions and concerns of the client; providing information and data that most normal, or first time buyers, may not even know to ask for, and you know youre working with a person who you can trust to represent you and your interests in a business transaction. Very impressive. Will use her again Jack Cory
As Designated Broker of Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands Inc. I am able to recommend Merri Ann Simonson. She specializes in single family, land and income property transactions. She has ranked in the top three producers in my office for the last 5 years. She is a very detailed person with a strong commitment to customer service. Tim Gambrell Designated Broker
- International President's Elite award from Coldwell Banker for production in 2015 and 2016
- International President's Circle award from Coldwell Banker for production in 2013 and 2014
- Awarded REALTOR of the year by the San Juan County Association in 2000, 2003 and 2011.
- San Juan Island Life Style
- 1031 Tax Exchanges
- Seller Risk Reduction & Buyer Risk Reduction
- Broker Management
- Preparing home for sale
- Seller/Buyer/Dual Agency & Disclosure
- Buyer and Seller Financing
- Proactvie Ethics & Code of Ethics
- Buyer's Agency
- Multi-Million-Dollar producer since 1996
My Credentials and Memberships
- Managing Broker since 2005
- Sales Associate for Coldwell Banker since 1995
- Awarded coveted REALTOR of the Year in 2000, 2003 and 2011
- Coldwell Banker International President's Elite award for production achieved in 2013-2016
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- Animal Protection Society
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