five star reviews

Testimonials

Learn why clients love working with John-Michael Kyono.

Totally Engaged

John-Michael was totally engaged, and successful, at helping us sell our large-format luxury home in Alameda. Through the process he continuously went the extra mile, stayed in perfect contact and never delayed in responding to questions or concerns. Really amicable, professional and determined, I couldn't recommend John-Michael enough. And after the sale we're very happy to consider him our friend, really good guy both professionally and personally.

Sold a home in 2017 in West End, Alameda, CA 94501.

Made the Time For Us

When we decided we wanted to buy a home in Alameda, we immediately thought of John Michael. We knew he was a realtor in the area, and while he never approached us, he was honored when we approached him. That was the first thing I really liked about him. He made us feel important and immediately made time to meet with us.

Here's what I like about John Michael: he is transparent about the process, he is patient, he keeps your expectations in check, he knows the market, he has your best interest in mind, he answers your thousands of questions, he is always professional, and he is always working for you.

The process has ended very well for us as we got into the perfect house (for us), but it wasn't always easy and it is hard in this market to feel like you will ever get in. If you are thinking about working with John Michael here is what I would tell you: He is genuinely concerned with your happiness and what you are buying. He isn't looking to just get you in somewhere and get the deal done. He cares about where the property is, what the neighborhood is like, and whether or not it is the right fit for you. He drove past the house we bought during all hours to tell me what parking looked like, what the neighborhood was like at nine pm, eight am, etc.

He is really good at what he does. I am beyond happy that we chose to work with him. Thank you John Michael for making our dream of home buying a reality.

Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2017 in Central, Alameda, CA.

So Helpful

JMK was great! So helpful in finding a good home to fit our needs and helping me to get a good feel for the different neighborhoods and a community as a whole. I would highly recommend him.

Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in West End, Alameda, CA.

Fantastic

John-Michael was fantastic helping me find the ideal home. He took the time and gave me all the attention, support and guidance. As a first-home buyer I had lots of questions and uncertainties but John was kind and very patient and guided me to my ideal home. Thank you John for all your support. Even after I bought the house John-Michael still in contact and helped me we a couple of questions and support I had. Excellent attention and service. I highly recommend John-Michael. Thank you!

Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Fernside, Alameda, CA.

Excellent

John Michael is excellent! Buying a home in the Bay Area is daunting and difficult, having John Michael on your side makes all the difference. He found our dream house, negotiated the price, and helped us through the outrageous loan process which was a nightmare. I would call John Michael at all hours (well I let him sleep for about 8 hours a night), with questions, or just to have him calm me down and talk me off the ledge. He is professional, experienced, funny and kind. If I could give 10 stars I would!

Bought and sold a home in 2016 in West End, Alameda, CA 94501.

Felt Taken Care Of

One afternoon, I was “just browsing” an open house and the realtor that was showing it completely freaked me out. I was a first time home buyer, doing it on my own, and this other realtor made me feel like I would never be able to make a purchase in the Alameda housing market. I then decided to reach out to JMK. From the first time I met him, I knew I met my realtor – and friend – for life. He really listened to all of my wish list and found me the PERFECT little home. He wasn’t pushy and his calm, funny demeanor helped to soothe my nerves during such a huge step in my life. When I did have my freak out moments from friends saying “have you had this checked?” to coworkers saying “what about this?” I knew I could call, text, or email JMK at ANYTIME. He really advocated on my behalf when the seller tried to back out of the deal. He got me in touch with everyone from the loan officer to a handy man to a tax accountant – the whole shebang. Throughout the whole process, I felt taken care, supported, and looked out for. I can’t recommend JMK enough!!

Bought a Condo home in 2015 in Bronze Coast, Alameda, CA.

A Real Estate Therapist

I laughed when I read another review describe John-Michael as a "real estate therapist," because that is an apt description. He'll amuse you with wisecracks as he drives with you to a half-dozen different properties in an afternoon. But he's also patient enough to answer zillions of anxious newbie questions and then take a walk to show you around a neighborhood. I thought I'd never be able to navigate, or even buy within the Bay Area market, and truly appreciated him while wading through the daunting process of being a first-time buyer.

Due to decades in the business and a healthy obsession with local history, he is an excellent resource on properties, construction, neighborhoods, and those less obvious insights, both flaws and potential that buyers might overlook. As his business name would suggest, he is an expert in both Alameda and Victorians, but also quite knowledgeable in searching for what I ultimately wanted, a modern space in Oakland. He was prompt, responsive, and on top of all the details through multiple offers (and rejections), and when an offer was finally accepted, he was just as excited as I was. I'm fortunate to have found someone as forthright and frequently entertaining as John-Michael to assist me as a buyer, and I'm sitting in my first home in Oakland as proof of it.

Bought a Condo home in 2015 in Produce & Waterfront, Oakland, CA.

Magically Awesome

JMK bought a house with me. He came recommended by friends. I’d never done this before and it was terrifying in unconscious ways I did not expect. Who can you trust in this strange business with a lot of obfuscated information, shortly after a huge economic catastrophe based on bad dealings throughout the realty business?

Here is where I should say that it’s been over a year and everything is perfect. Nothing went wrong. No one died. There is a chance that JMK helped me in ways that he didn’t even reveal. I am pretty sure I texted him at midnight once or twice with “really important” questions. He should probably charge double as a real estate therapist. Now I have a perfect (for me) house in a GREAT neighborhood.

Once you say yes to working with JMK — it’s going to happen. You will drive around and tell each other bad jokes and talk ___ about the houses you hate and also the houses you love. In a few months you will be signing a million papers and wondering how the ___ you got yourself into this. And then it will be over. And then it will be magically awesome.

Bought a home in 2015.

Found Us the House of Our Dreams

John-Michael not only found us the house of our dreams, and negotiated the price down (and credits up) once we were in contract - he also walked us through the offer process, ensured that we didn't get dinged for any $ when we pulled out on a house we decided against, and really showed up for us at every turn when we had a question or needed him. From the first meeting to post ownership he was awesome and we've recommended him to everyone we know looking for a home.

Bought a Single Family home in 2012 in Maxwell Park, Oakland, CA.

Highly Recommend

When we started the search for a home, the market in Alameda was full of lots of buyers and not a lot of properties. So we realized we needed a realtor who would really hit the ground running in the search for a home for us. We needed someone tenacious, professional, and reachable. We found all of that and more in John-Michael. Within two months of working with him, he helped us get our dream home on at a price we felt was a deal in the Alameda market. Overall, he went above and beyond with all of the details. We highly recommend him!

Bought a Single Family home in 2013 in Harbor Bay Isle, Alameda, CA.

Very Happy

John-Michael successfully guided us as first-time home-buyers through the uncertain and sometimes complicated process of buying a foreclosure. We are very happy with our home and feel fortunate to have had John-Michael's help to make buying it possible.

Bought a Single Family home in 2010 in East End, Alameda, CA.

Extremely Helpful

John-Michael was extremely helpful in getting our offer accepted in a very tight market and helping us find a property that was a good fit at the right price (something that seemed nearly impossible to accomplish). He kept us informed of the procedures of home-buying as it was our first house purchase. He did all of this outside of his normal service area, going out of his way on numerous occasions to make sure we got the service we needed.

Bought a Single Family home in 2013 in Salinas, CA.

Cannot Recommend Him Enough

If you need a home, John Michael of Alameda Victorians is the person to talk to. We were looking for our first home, and after going through another online resource, and being less than thrilled with their idea of customer service (very generic, impersonal, and more interested in our financial status and preapprovals than in helping us find a real home for our family), we decided to get a real realtor.

Some friends recommended John Michael as being the best they'd ever seen, and what do you know, they were right. John Michael has been everything we could have wished for. Responsive, interested, determined, and best of all, perfectly willing to say when something is a Bad Deal. He will help you find the home that is right for you, not just the one that's is the quickest sale.

Additionally, if, like us, you're a first time homebuyer, then you couldn't ask for a better guy than JMK. Probably one of the nicest things about him was his ability to translate the minutia and technicalities of the process into something that we, inexperienced new homeowners-to-be that we were, could understand and make use of. That skill alone makes him invaluable, but when you add it to his determination to get a good deal, his negotiation skills, his vast wealth of knowledge about homes, construction, and market trends, and his affable nature, well, it's pure win.

My husband and I really cannot recommend him enough, and, if we ever find ourselves in the real estate market again, for any reason, we know exactly who we're calling. John Michael really is the greatest.

Bought a home in 2011 in Chinatown, Oakland, CA 94617.

He Was On Our Side

Before I can talk about John-Michael, I need to talk about me, so you can get some context for what I'm about to write.

As a kid, I watched home ownership become the millstone around the neck of my family - financially, it totally sunk us. In retrospect, it was because we couldn't afford it and should have bailed out earlier, but even knowing rationally that Mistakes Were Made, it instilled a lifelong pants-wetting terror of home ownership. For years, my wife patiently dealt with my home-owning-phobia, until we relocated to Alameda, and we knew we wanted to put down permanent roots here.

Because I didn't think I'd ever own a house, I hadn't even soaked in much of the basics. But several of our friends had worked with John-Michael, and we decided to give it a shot. And I am so happy we did.

He understood immediately my concerns (both rational and non-rational), discussed them with us frequently, calmly addressed all of our questions, and explained each step of the process to us. He was keenly aware of what we were looking for, and helped us refine our process to get the home that fit us. He was always friendly, always available, always positive, and absolutely straightforward and forthright with us on everything.

Quite simply, if it wasn't for John-Michael, we wouldn't own a home. But he was on our side, and moved mountains for us. I can't recommend him enough - his attitude, skills, and expertise are top-notch.

Bought a home in 2012 in West End, Alameda, CA 94501.

Made the Seemingly Impossible Happen

John-Michael helped a couple of budget-minded newbies (us) get a super deal on their first home. He also answered endless questions and gave invaluable advice, leading to a really great deal and a perfect match for us. He was consistently patient and made the seemingly impossible happen. I'd recommend his services to anyone.

Bought a Single Family home in 2009 in West End, Alameda, CA.

Recommended Him to Multiple Friends

John-Michael helped us to purchase our first home in Alameda. Even though we had a smallish budget and very specific criteria, he persisted in looking for us until we were able to move in. We have since recommended him to multiple friends who he has also helped successfully purchase homes in the bay area..

We will be calling John-Michael when it's time to sell this house and look for a new one for sure!

Bought a Single Family home in 2009 in West End, Alameda, CA.

My Kind of Nerd

Don't let the suit fool you: John-Michael is a wise-cracking smartass who will sometimes show up in (very fashionable) pink shorts and then drive with you to a half-dozen different properties in an afternoon. But he's also patient enough to answer zillions of newbie questions and then take a walk to show you around a neighborhood. I thought I'd never be able to navigate, or hell, buy within the Bay Area market, and truly appreciated someone who could make me laugh while slogging through the daunting process of being a first-time buyer.

More importantly, he's my kind of nerd -- due to decades in the business and a healthy obsession with local history, he is an excellent resource on properties, construction, neighborhoods, and those less obvious insights, both flaws and potential that buyers might overlook. Assisted by his combination of encouragement tempered by practical realism, I persevered through multiple offers (and rejections), and when an offer was finally accepted, he was just as excited as I was. I'm fortunate to have found someone as forthright and frequently entertaining as John-Michael to assist me as a buyer, and I'm sitting in my first home in Oakland as proof of it.

Jo W.

Transparent & Patient

When we decided we wanted to buy a home in Alameda, we immediately thought of John Michael. We knew he was a realtor in the area, and while he never approached us, he was honored when we approached him. That was the first thing I really liked about him. He made us feel important and immediately made time to meet with us.

Here's what I like about John Michael: he is transparent about the process, he is patient, he keeps your expectations in check, he knows the market, he has your best interest in mind, he answers your thousands of questions, he is always professional, and he is always working for you.

The process has ended very well for us as we got into the perfect house (for us), but it wasn't always easy and it is hard in this market to feel like you will ever get in. If you are thinking about working with John Michael here is what I would tell you: He is genuinely concerned with your happiness and what you are buying, where it is, what the neighborhood is like, and whether or not it is the right fit for you. He drove past the house we bought during all hours to tell me what parking looked like, what the neighborhood was like at nine pm, eight am, etc. He is really good at what he does. I am beyond happy that we chose to work with him. Thank you John Michael for making our dream of home buying a reality.

Jennifer F.

Seriously Amazing

John-Michael helped us find our first home, fought like hell to get us the best price (and the most credits) and really just made the process fun and awesome. He also taught us how to find the secret problems in properties that sellers are trying to hide, and what to look for to make sure we're not being ripped off. He was amazing. Seriously. Absolutely the highest recommendation.

Cindy E.

Everything We Could Have Wished For

If you need a home, John Michael of Alameda Victorians is the person to talk to. We were looking for our first home, and after going through another online resource, and being less than thrilled with their idea of customer service (very generic, impersonal, and more interested in our financial status and preapprovals than in helping us find a real home for our family), we decided to get a real realtor.

Some friends recommended John Michael as being the best they'd ever seen, and what do you know, they were right. John Michael has been everything we could have wished for. Responsive, interested, determined, and best of all, perfectly willing to say when something is a Bad Deal. He will help you find the home that is right for you, not just the one that's is the quickest sale.

Additionally, if, like us, you're a first time homebuyer, then you couldn't ask for a better guy than JMK. Probably one of the nicest things about him was his ability to translate the minutia and technicalities of the process into something that we, inexperienced new homeowners-to-be that we were, could understand and make use of. That skill alone makes him invaluable, but when you add it to his determination to get a good deal, his negotiation skills, his vast wealth of knowledge about homes, construction, and market trends, and his affable nature, well, it's pure win.

My husband and I really cannot recommend him enough, and, if we ever find ourselves in the real estate market again, for any reason, we know exactly who we're calling. John Michael really is the greatest.

Tina D.

Highly Recommend

My husband & I recently went through the home-buying process and we highly recommend John-Michael Kyono. We interviewed several realtors before choosing John-Michael because we felt he really LISTENED to our needs and understood what we wanted. We truly felt he cared about our needs/desires. He was enthusiastic, honest, has outstanding customer service, & just generally a good person.

We were also working with a very low budget but were also picky about what we wanted - had to be in a great area (which usually means homes WAY above our budget range), and a certain size/# of bedrooms/bathrooms. For 1st time home-buyers, we were pretty picky and probably not the easiest clients to work with. John-Michael was extremely patient did not treat us differently b/c we had a really small budget.

Additionally, he really knows what he's doing. He takes the time to explain the process to us - as first-time home buyers, this was really important and helpful. He's also a really great negotiator. With his skills and expertise (and magic), we were able to buy our first IDEAL home - in the area we wanted, with all the aspects of a home we were looking for and more. We still don't know how he made it all happen, but he did and we couldn't be happier w/ the outcome! Highly recommend!

Monica B.

Tenacious

When we started the search for a home, the market in Alameda was full of lots of buyers and not a lot of properties. So we realized we needed a realtor who would really hit the ground running in the search for a home for us. We needed someone tenacious, professional, and reachable. We found all of that and more in John-Michael. Within two months of working with him, he helped us get our dream home on at a price we felt was a deal in the Alameda market. Overall, he went above and beyond with all of the details. We highly recommend him!

Cbeach D.

Highly Recommended

As first time homebuyers timidly dipping our toes into "just looking" at houses, my husband and I were searching for a home, in no particular hurry, with astoundingly unreasonable requirements (large enough, "cheap" enough, in Alameda, good bones, etc., basically our dream home as first time home buyers with a very small budget. Which does not mean 500k, people). We weren't looking for a buyers agent (silly us), we just wanted to look at a house we saw listed on craigslist. Plus, we didn't want any of the pressure we assumed an agent would bring- and besides, do we really need to be told how lovely the light is in the living room? Please. We can see the good stuff. Tell us how we might be screwed, that's what we really want to know!

Enter John Michael. In an effort to make this a short post, I will emphasize the following: John Michael is a rock star. We are beyond happy and astounded at the end result of our work with him. He comes highly (*highly*) recommended for anyone searching for a home: including bank owned, short sale, and other mind boggling and potentially horrifying forays into the housing market. Please ask us about our house and experience, so that we can continue to brag about the house we have ended up with (entirely thanks to JM)- we've already alienated many of our friends and family for being so "lucky". In short, we found JM to be knowledeble, professional, and extremely trustworthy. Also almost equally important, he is creative -- finding solutions that are "outside the box", resulting in the best possible outcome for the buyer. Being used to doing our own legwork and being informed, we expected a certain level of help from our buyers agent, but we were consistently blown away with the lengths that he went to help us, answer questions, inform us, and overall go above and beyond.

Caitlin K.