Testimonials | Ricky Allen + Cathy Griffith


zuser20160805133719512 Avatar

Ricky and Cathy were absolutely professional, knowledgeable, and could not have been more helpful. We recommend them without reservation. They listened to us, showed us everything that fit, negotiated carefully on our behalf, and handled the escrow and closing flawlessly.

zuser20160805133719512 7/26/2020
kathyalexander12 Avatar

We are new to Santa Fe and loved the professional service we received from Ricky Allen and Cathy Griffin when we bought our condo. We have already referred our friends to them. We recommend them both without reservation.

kathyalexander12 7/26/2020
churmhome Avatar

We started with another realty group and agent team and then switched to Ricky and Cathy. In the midst of a pandemic, and the unique characteristics of our home, Ricky and Cathy showed the kind of steady hand that got the job done. Ricky listened very carefully to our needs and what we thought were the strengths of the home and then those things were highlighted in the online and printed materials, as well as during showings. Their manner was always respectful to us and potential buyers. They responded quickly to questions and concerns. I would highly recommend them for selling any property in the Santa Fe area. We are grateful for their efforts.

churmhome 7/25/2020
zuser20150413113736601 Avatar

Cathy is absolutely a joy to have as an agent. She was patient to my questions and showing as many houses as it took to find the "one", and was super responsive. When she didn't know an answer, she always followed up. She was interested in what my family's needs were, and even went the extra mile to make a connection for my teenage daughter! I highly recommend her to both locals and newbies to the Santa Fe area.

zuser20150413113736601 7/19/2020
krylova a. Avatar

Cathy has been a joy to work with!
She helped us buy a new house while simultaneously selling our old house. Cathy basically worked out all the snags, negotiated everything on both sides, fought for us (saving us quite a bit of money on the inspection and some other unnecessary costs) - and I don't know how else to say it but that she just "made it happen" with very little stress on our part.
Thank you so much, Cathy! We appreciate you (and Ricky) to no end!

krylova a. 7/19/2020
Cozy S. Avatar

Working with Ricky and his team is a joy. Ricky is friendly, knowledgeable, energetic, committed and great at his job. Nothing falls through the cracks. He is on top of the purchase process and in fact secured a signed contract in just over 12 hours for my purchase of a beautiful property that had multiple offers. Ricky is meticulous in client representation, a professional who listens well and provides a steady hand through to closing. Ricky's responsiveness and reliability are rare qualities that build trust and create a great working relationship. Highly, highly recommend Ricky Allen.

Cozy S. 7/13/2020
—Ian R Avatar

I want to thank you for the outstanding effort you made to move this property. After 24 months on the market with only two half-hearted offers that didn't make it to the counteroffer state, I was beginning to lose hope. You had the listing for a month, got the property featured in The New York Times, and brought me two signed offers. You can be assured that Ricky Allen & Associates (and Sotheby's) will have my unqualified recommendation to all of my friends (including those at The Santa Fe Opera).

—Ian R 6/30/2020
ikr3 Avatar

My house had been listed for two years with another realty firm without success. Within one month of signing on with Catherine and her team (Ricky Allen & Associates - Sotheby's), I had a signed offer and a signed backup offer. Catherine and her team excel at proactively marketing a property - not just sitting back and waiting for a sale to appear. Cathy and Ricky are personable, knowledgeable, and very good at their jobs. I would highly recommend this team.

ikr3 6/25/2020
user73905937 Avatar

Cathy was great! She was very professional and yet personal. She had to work around our crazy schedule and all our crazy requests. She helped get us the house of our dreams. I would call on her again and will definitely be recommending her to friends. Thank you Cathy!!

user73905937 5/18/2020
Frank J. Avatar

I was able to close on a house purchase in 15 days with Catherine. She is well known and well respected in the Santa Fe broker community; understood what I was looking for in a new home, and with the help of her team got inspections (physical, well, septic, roof, survey, etc) done promptly by local professionals. She was knowledgable and helpful in setting the offer price and instrumental in working through the negotiations to an equitable conclusion. Highly professional and ethical.

Frank J. 4/25/2020
vmcnally4 Avatar

Through both Christmas Holidays and Coronavirus Pandemic, Cathy worked diligently to sell this home. She was responsive to my suggestions; At the same time, knowledgeable about the processes.
Awesome experience!
Thank You, Cathy!

vmcnally4 4/13/2020
Sara B. Avatar

Cathy is an absolute delight to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a home in Santa Fe. We spent almost a full year together looking for the house we wanted to buy and we couldn't have done it without her help!

Sara B. 4/13/2020
zuser20150108063252220 Avatar

We were so lucky to come across Ricky's name before being in Santa Fe to look at properties. From the first time we spoke he was professional, friendly, and genuinely interested in our story and helping us find a dream home. We were really taken care of between him and his team as they scheduled us many visits to properties, had lots of helpful insights to Santa Fe and the real estate market, and then were very responsive as we put in an offer and went through a challenging transaction!

It was really easy to trust Ricky's guidance, which was crucial as we are 1) fairly new to buying real estate and 2) were not in Santa Fe throughout the transaction. We are so grateful for Ricky's help, knowledge, and negotiation skills!

zuser20150108063252220 11/08/2019
atc5 Avatar

Being on the east coast and trying to sell my late mother's house, I used Cathy as she came referred to me from someone who was relocating to Santa Fe. Cathy has a strong knowledge of the market and knew how to market/price the house accordingly so it would sell quickly. In just under 2 weeks, we had a very attractive offer and accepted . During that closing period, I again relied on Cathy to execute all that needed to be done. As usual, she was on top of everything and I never felt like I didn't know what was happening. She is also very genuine and has a wonderful sense of humor. I would most definitely use Cathy again. Thank you. ATC

atc5 10/29/2019
wardf8 Avatar

Ricky has been a wonderful help to us through the whole process of viewing properties in Santa Fe. Once we found a home we liked, he patiently guided us through all the paper work and made sure we understood each step and what our options were. We always look forward to our visits with Ricky - his smiling face and positive attitude make working with him a pleasure!

wardf8 10/18/2019
bamsandwich Avatar

We were new to Santa Fe and had a couple misses with real estate agents. Luckily we met Cathy, who helped us close the deal on our dream house. For that we are so thankful!

bamsandwich 10/15/2019
mpaff7 Avatar

Ricky took lots of time walking us through entire home purchasing process, which we really appreciated as first time home buyers. We promptly received responses to our questions, and were able to get many viewings at relatively short notice, and on weeknights to accommodate our work schedule.

mpaff7 8/26/2019
cwest 0. Avatar

After traveling for 6 months we came to Santa Fe with a sense of urgency to buy a house and settle. We met Cathie in a roundabout kind of way, but we’re glad we did. Although it only took 2-3 weeks to decide on a property, Cathie was on the ball everyday showing us properties in our intense search. She’s the realtor that never slows down until you’re completely satisfied. Glad we met her.

cwest 0. 8/14/2019
Mark T. Avatar

Ricky and associates have gone above and beyond in helping us purchase our house in Santa Fe. We have just closed on our house (May 2019) and we did so within 21 days. Somehow, Ricky brought all of the various parties together and finalized everything without a single problem. The minute after we closed, my wife and I just breathed a sigh of relief and commented on how easy it was buying a house more than 1800 miles away! Ricky's knowledge of the market and the Santa Fe area were both very helpful in making our final decision. Ricky and associates were involved in every step of the process and they followed up with numerous emails in order to finalize everything in a neat and timely manner.

Thank you Ricky for you consummate professionalism but most of all, thank you for caring.

Mark and Deborah

Mark T. 5/08/2019
mssnow8 Avatar

Ricky truly understood the magic of this property and was able to convey that to the potential buyers. He scheduled multiple open house events and kept interest building through the winter months. In the end, he found the one who fell in love with house and worked with us through the closing process, making it as smooth as could be expected with a 70+ year old house. It was not a "top-of-the-market" property, but we never felt that higher priced properties were getting more attention than we were. We would highly recommend Ricky and his team in any real estate transactions you may be considering.

mssnow8 4/19/2019
cporter752 Avatar

Ricky and his team did an excellent job in listing and selling my home. He is knowledgeable about the Santa Fe area and market and was always available when I had questions. Ricky and his team were very helpful in facilitating the selling process and assisted in many things that I could not do long distance. Ricky is the best realtor I have worked with in Santa Fe and I would highly recommend him!

cporter752 4/18/2019
zuser20180920092444879 Avatar

My husband and I loved working with Ricky Allen and his wonderful team of professionals! We were first time homebuyers and he couldn't have made our experience any easier or more enjoyable.

Every step of the way, he and his team guided our transaction, educated us about our options and negotiated a reduced price. He saved us as much money as possible and was always available with time, humor and knowledge.

I would especially recommend Ricky for new buyers and people looking to relocate to Santa Fe. Thank you:)

A & T Melnick

zuser20180920092444879 4/17/2019
melanienic Avatar

My experience with Cathy was exceptional. I have never worked with a realtor that was as kind and hard working as her. She was also very easy to communicate with, which was such a big help. Cathy was always on top of everything and worked very hard to help me sell my house and buy the home of my dreams. There are no words that can fully explain how great she is. I could have never done this without her.

melanienic 4/08/2019
reynadiane53 Avatar

Cathy is authentic and resilient. She was sensitive to our needs and helped us persevere through some complex and unexpected issues during the course of selling our home. We are fortunate to have had her as our guide and advocate and unequivocally recommend her.

reynadiane53 3/10/2019
zuser20140220163957657 Avatar

Cathy was so knowledgeable and professional. She made the process of buying a home for the first time very easy. Most importantly she made it fun! I would recommend her to anyone.

zuser20140220163957657 2/15/2019
totallyopen Avatar

Ricky's service is impeccable! He's very attentive to detail and ultra responsive, has extensive knowledge of the area, and is an adept negotiator. Right from our first meeting we knew we were in good hands. Now we have a new house - and a new friend!

totallyopen 2/12/2019
allenlsunderland Avatar

Working with Ricky was just a wonderful ecperience for my wife and me. He was impressively knowledgable about Santa Fe, home construction, and the purchasing process.. Since we were new to the Santa Fe Area we had many questions which he patiently and concisely answered.
Over the span of 30 years we have purchased and sold homes on both coast and in the Mid-West...Ricky was by far the best realtor we have worked with.

allenlsunderland 2/09/2019
sdbirmingham Avatar

Ricky's responsiveness and negotiating instinct were critical in putting together a large deal with many complications. Any real estate agent can get the front door of a house open, but once the choice has been made to purchase a property, the real work starts and there are many ways a deal can come apart--not the least of which is failures caused by the agents. Ricky has prior business experience and it matters immensely. Ricky represented me as a buyer's agent.

sdbirmingham 2/04/2019
blumka Avatar

Cathy is the most attentive, responsive and gracious realtor with whom I have had a home purchase or sales experience.
She masterfully negotiated with the sales agents to achieve our objectives and requirements as purchasers.
Without hesitation I recommend Cathy Griffith as a truly dedicated, knowledgeable and gifted realtor.

blumka 1/28/2019
Vjvarnado Avatar

Cathy was a joy to work with from start to finish. She knew her market, was well prepared and always followed through. On top of that, she was a lot of fun and made the whole process enjoyable. I would use Cathy again and I would highly recommend her!

Vjvarnado 12/06/2018
Dale F. Avatar

Our experience with Cathy was great, she was very informative of every home we visited and knowledgeable about the areas as well. She took us to homes we had on our list, not homes we weren't interested in.
We had gone through various realtors in other states and came away rather disappointed, they showed their "prime homes" and not what we were really looking for.
It felt more like house hunting with an informed friend, very relaxed, fun and enjoyable.

Dale F. 11/20/2018
mkriendlernelson Avatar

When I interviewed Ricky Allen as the potential exclusive agent to sell my home in Santa Fe, I knew immediately I had found the perfect broker. Ricky is responsive, strategic, personable, fiercely knowledgeable, dedicated and passionate about what he does. Ricky counseled me and gave me invaluable advice (which I do not believe I would have gotten from other brokers) about what I needed to do prior to listing my house to make my property as saleable as possible at the highest price possible so that the house would sell as quickly as possible. Everything Ricky advised was 100% accurate. Ricky was always available to answer my questions and offer suggestions. The process of selling a home was for me an overwhelming experience and I could not have gotten through the initial process without Ricky's hand holding, experience, guidance and humanity. Once the house went on the market, Ricky and his team were exception and I mean EXCEPTIONAL at marketing the property and showing the property. So exceptional that the property was SOLD within 2 MONTHS of listing. I truly cannot express my gratitude to Ricky. I truly cannot say enough in a review about Ricky which would accurately capture Ricky's stellar abilities. Ricky is the perfect broker is every way. I can say this with 100% certainty because immediately following the sale of my house, Ricky represented me in my purchase of a home. Ricky negotiated for me masterfully in that transaction as well and attended to each and every detail in such a way that I knew I never had to worry about one issue or question anything. Ricky Allen is a unique broker and a very special human being. He is a people person. A brilliant, kind, dedicated, experienced and ideal real estate broker who you should want on your side.

mkriendlernelson 11/10/2018
bhodits Avatar

Ricky and his team made me feel like I was important. They kept me informed during the home purchase process and always made sure things were done right. Since I was an out-of-town buyer this was critical. I would highly recommend using Ricky Allen and team for either buying or selling your home.

bhodits 11/07/2018
alsantafe3 Avatar

Ricky and his team were very good to work with,
I am very pleased with the job he did as my agent.

I was selling an occupied rental and they were very repectfulo the renter.

alsantafe3 10/12/2018
debrabself Avatar

We have had a terrific experience with Ricky on two occasions - one a transaction that had some difficult problems and the second that went like a breeze. He is honest and ethical, knowledgeable, responds immediately and gets the deal done. We have had quite a bit of experience with agents in many cities and he is one of the best.
I would recommend him without hesitation.

debrabself 9/26/2018
mbmurphy4 Avatar

Ricky was wonderful to work with. He was responsive and always had our back thru the negotiations. We highly recommend Ricky for all of your real estate needs!

mbmurphy4 9/10/2018
dbush85 Avatar

Cathy was our agent for our search for a new home in Santa Fe. Cathy's knowledge of the area helped us narrow down the search in a day. Then when we went into details on a few homes she was very quick and complete do get us the answers we sought. When making an offer she was helpful in defining value and past prices to allow us to make smart buying decisions. Once we were under contract she chased the process while we could focus on selling our old home. She not only closed but watched our home for two weeks until we could make the trek to Santa Fe. Great agent, down to earth approach, very common sense and would highly recommend her. Mike & Donna

dbush85 7/03/2018
zuser20151119195644317 Avatar

Brendan has lived in our neighborhood previously and we just clicked, he is dilegent, hard working, honest and works with his team at Soethebys when questions arise. He was able to sell our hose in a fast, efficient manner

zuser20151119195644317 7/03/2018
mark8383 Avatar

Sara Sacra is an incredible real estate agent! She is recognized as one of the top agents in Santa Fe. Sara is highly professional and she became an indispensable asset in my six-month-long search for a home in Santa Fe (I am moving from Austin Texas and I am picky about choosing my home). But she was very patient, kind, and was an unstoppable go-getter throughout my entire search. She really had my best interests at heart from the very beginning to the very end. She helped me seamlessly through the process of making an offer, negotiations, paperwork and closing. We did it twice, because I walked away from the first house I put under contract when we discovered that it was a serious lemon. I came to really trust her judgement. When we finally did find the right house, we discovered more than a usual amount of tough issues that had to be resolved with the property and with the deal. So much so that I didn’t think we would make it to a closing. But with her professionalism, her drive and her perseverance, we were able to overcome all of the serious obstacles and close on time. Throughout the entire process, she worked very hard and very smart. If you are interested in purchasing or selling real estate in Santa Fe, I very highly recommend Sara Sacra, she is the best! Dr. Mark E. Ander

mark8383 6/29/2018
Julie C. Avatar

From day one, Sara Sacra exceeded our expectations!
She is extremely professional and competent while being warm and gracious. We felt immediately comfortable with her guidance and her expertise.
Sara offered us immediate feedback and stayed in constant communication with us during the entire process from listing to sale. We were out of state sellers and Sara made us feel entirely comfortable during the process of showing our house while we were away.
We cannot recommend her more highly!
We know you will be very pleased if you select Sara to assist you in the listing or sale of your property.

Julie C. 5/01/2018
missdentalmaid Avatar

Brendan was recommended to me by a friend who purchased an investment property. I was apprehensive to contact him given my complicated housing situation. He was non-judgemental and considered it challenging learning curve ?? I found him to be very kind, attentive and faithful! He is very intelligent and intuitive. He will do his best to find and show you the best properties available in your price range and preferences. HE WAS THE BEST ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF MY First HOME PURCHASE!! Do yourself a favor and call him. ??

missdentalmaid 4/02/2018
Elana S. Avatar

Cathy was an indispensable asset in my search for a home in Santa Fe. She was patient, kind, and really had my best interests at heart. She was not pushy and really helped me figure out the best deals and locations for homes. As a first time home buyer, she helped me seamlessly through the process of making an offer, negotiations, paperwork, timelines, and closing. I really felt like I could trust her and feel so lucky to have chosen her as my agent. I bought a new house and made a new friend! Couldn’t recommend her enough!

Elana S. 3/28/2018
rxschwartz Avatar

It was a delight working with Cathy Griffith as my daughter bought her first house in Santa Fe. Cathy, who is an exemplary listener, developed a really good sense of what my daughter wanted (and needed), and she was able to help her refine her search and, eventually, find the right house. She was thoughtful and extremely patient, and she kindly and respectfully helped my daughter avoid the kinds of mistakes she has seen other first time buyers make. She knew how to gently ask us the right questions to get us to reconsider some things we thought we knew, and she stayed with us an indispensable ally at every stage from the first visit to the property through the move-in. We feel very lucky we found her.

rxschwartz 3/23/2018
KarenRago Avatar

Brendan is great communicator, patient, and was readily available to show us homes. He responded to our request to view homes in Santa Fe within two hours. He listened to our specifications for a house and scheduled a tour of 6 houses that met our needs the very next day. He was attentive to our questions and if he didn't know the answers he found out within a few hours. Brendan was with us from the beginning of our search through closing and made the entire process pleasurable! I would highly recommend Brendan to future house hunters.

KarenRago 3/20/2018
Lisa D. Avatar

Cathy did a great job finding us homes in the very hard market of Los Alamos. She also brought in people to purchase our existing home before it was officially on the market. Her knowledge was a huge help in us finding the perfect location.

Lisa D. 3/20/2018
anntroutmd Avatar

We recommend Sara enthusiastically and wholeheartedly. She made buying a home an easy and fun experience. Sara quickly homed in on what we wanted and showed us several homes and condos right in line with what we were seeking. She provided useful insights into local neighborhoods and properties that helped us make our final decision. From the time we contacted her on the Zillow app to the closing, she was always there for us.

anntroutmd 2/27/2018
Richard T. Avatar

The house sold but, if like me you need guidance and advice to get through the process look elsewhere. After Ricky and Sara came to my house to sign me up I didn't see either of them again, neither even turned up to the closing - something unheard of according to the escrow agent - which meant I had no way of questioning the costs I was paying or get the monies I was promised for additional work I did for which I was told I'd be compensated.
As an example the buyers demands included a $6,000 + gas fire for a spare bedroom. If I was obligated to do anything a wall heater would have sufficed for a few hundred dollars. Sara forwarded the amendment with instructions to sign immediately and get it back to her that day. When I called to question what I considered an unreasonable demand and one which should have been rejected immediately by Sara, it turned out she hadn't even read the amendment. At this point Ricky stepped in as I didn't feel I could trust Sara. He promised compensation for having to find storage and time to store the buyers stuff which arrived four days before we agreed - I was still making repairs and packing - the buyers simply ignored our agreement.
The buyer's agent used her own contractors to provide quotes for repair work which were very expensive, instead of telling me I had the right to get my own quotes from other contractors, as I later found out, Sara simply agreed to their quotes.
I don't like to speak bad of people and have not written a review before, but I came away from the experience feeling disrespected and ripped-off.

Richard T. 1/16/2018
zuser20171012190656085 Avatar

Brendan OBrien was my realitor in helping me buy my first home. Professional, confident and delightful to be around. Brendan I can't thank you enough! I will be sending people your way. ????

zuser20171012190656085 12/31/2017
tigerlilykelly Avatar

Sara and Ricky as a team were exactly what we hoped we would find! They were helpful at every turn, honest and up front about what to expect, and responsive to all our questions and concerns. The Sotheby's resources and tools of exposure were amazing. Sara brought so much to the table including her background in art and design that helped us stage our home and make it stand out. She also has the incredible ability to always talk in the positive, she really put us at ease through a process that can be very stressful. Thank you both for making our selling experience as wonderful as it could be!!

tigerlilykelly 12/22/2017
veenis Avatar

Ricky and his team did a great job of marketing and presenting our house on their website and local newspaper. Upon listing, our house was viewed by several clients and an offer was made within one week! The closing process was completed on schedule and without any hassles. We recommend Ricky and his team for your real estate sales!

veenis 12/21/2017
bill m. Avatar

If you are looking for the best, highly recommend Ricky Allen. He stayed by our side from the early days of our search to the end over 1 year(!) and provided patient, expert advise all along the way.

bill m. 12/21/2017
laingjohn Avatar

Ricky is a one of the best four realtors that I have worked with (in my 40 years in development of real estate in Europe & more recently in the USA). He is a breath of fresh air in this industry. He is honest, diligent, actually cares about what the client gets & he delivers. He also has a highly efficient office & his referrals for attorney, title agent & inspection are very sound. You will be in a safe pair of hands with Ricky.

laingjohn 12/20/2017
79e3dcd3 Avatar

We know that the process of buying a house is fraught with anxiety, so having Sara going to bat for you is a big relief. While the nail biting and second guessing is taking over, Sara remains calm and collected guiding one through the process and getting the job done and minimizing the strain for you.

She tirelessly showed properties until all the boxes were ticked offering sound comments and asking questions to help make the right decision. She is instrumental in helping me secure my wonderful house.

79e3dcd3 12/18/2017
jenlabar884 Avatar

We worked with Cathy to find a new home and sell ours. I first met Cathy thru a home I saw on Zillow in 2015. At the time I was looking for an investment property in Santa Fe. We communicated often as I would see properties of interest.

My direction changed when the family decided it was time to find a new home, still in Santa Fe, but meant putting our home on the market and finding a new one. After about a year of searching and numerous showings (arranged by Cathy) we finally found our new home. We decided to purchase the home right away but pressure was on to get our house on the market. We took a leap of faith in Cathy and the "team" to get our house sold, we certainly did not want two mortgages! The entire team came to met with us and gave us the game plan on how to do that. With a lot of work on everyone's part, the home went under contract in 28 days and closed escrow shortly after.

Cathy is personable, relatable and responsive. She negotiated both sales with our interest at heart and has made the process a lot less stressful.

jenlabar884 11/22/2017
kimoallan033 Avatar

Professional, personable and prompt in responding to any request. If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in Santa Fe you can't find anyone better than Cathy. She is a consummate professional. I highly recommend her and I can guarantee you you will not be disappointed whether you are listing or buying. Cathy is absolutely the best.

kimoallan033 11/08/2017
AbbyWise27 Avatar

Brendan was fabulous to work with. He was informative and nice and went above and beyond to make my home purchase happen. I would recommend him to all of my friends and would absolutely use him again in the future.

AbbyWise27 10/31/2017
zuser20161221090108708 Avatar

Brendan was great throughout our process - very organized & accessible. Most importantly he listened to our requests and was able to provide homes that fit our location, budget & style. When we decided to make our next purchase we will be definitely contacting Mr. O'Brien.

zuser20161221090108708 10/17/2017
fredmau47 Avatar

Very happy with our team agents Sara Sacra and Ricky Allen. Great communicators and got our ranch sold in a reasonable amount of time. The photo shoot and drone shoot were very important part of the selling process as it was extremely well produced. Agents recommended the property be marketed as a "Horse Property" and they were 100% right on target as property sold to horse folks. Would certainly use these agents again.
Fred & Peggy

fredmau47 10/07/2017
aliaspp Avatar

I don't want to say much but WONDERFUL experience and would like highly recommend Rae for any realty requirements. Thank you Rae for the suggestions and recommendations and made the sale quick.

aliaspp 10/02/2017
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