Joe Bennett - Iowa Realty

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Will never recommend

Joe was our real estate agent on a new build from Element 119- he did not fairly represent us, only had the buyers interest in mind. If you ever pointed out that his information didn't line up with facts he'd assure you that you've just miss-remembered the information. He doesn't know the houses he's selling, will make promises of features that aren't there and when that's later realized he will say "well it'll be a beautiful house" and completely dismiss your concerns, making you feel "silly" for caring about the fact that you've been given incorrect information about the 30 year commitment your making. After a huge mistake made by the builder he works with happens, and all the events that followed makes you question the integrity of craftsmanship of the home you're buying, he will try to manipulate you into "closing the deal" and forgetting about it. In the final days of our contract I left him an important, time sensitive, voicemail that he never returned; a day and a half later when I called again, he admitted that he got that voicemail and simply chose not to respond, because he didn't agree with the contents. He also made sexist remarks to my fiancee about me when he was unaware he was on speaker phone, so that's just a fun bonus.
But Iowa Realty will stand behind him assure that all of this was "ethical" behavior.

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written on 3/14/2018 by vhouliston28 We connected, but it did not work out. Looking in Altoona, IA
Highly likely to recommend

Joe was great! He is very knowledgeable and friendly. He made buying our first home completely painless. We told him what we were looking for and he found some great homes in our desired location and budget. We had quite a few on our list, he had us narrow it down to a few. He took us to look at them showed and us some cool features. He drafted up an offer on our house, helped us negotiate and buy a home the same day we looked! I will use him again the next time we buy a home.

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written on 8/22/2016 by ty7586 Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $225K in Ankeny, IA.
Highly likely to recommend

Joe was amazing to work with. We first met with him a couple of years ago to learn about the home buying process as we were first time home buyers. He helped us figure out what we would need in place financially and what to be prepared for long before we ever looked at houses. When the time came for us to start looking he was our first call because of how low pressure he was during our dirst meeting. He helped us find a wide range of homes to look at all within our price range. We didn't look at a single house outside our range and that was much appreciated by my penny pinching self. Joe was very knowledgeable not only about the areas and market rate for the areas but also about builders. Since we bought a 90s home it was nice to know that we bought a home that was built by a reputable builder and that our house would continue to stay in good shape for years to come. His negotiation skills were top notch, he gave us great recommendations on what to ask for and what to settle on. He made the whole process incredibly easy and found us the home we wanted the first time we went out looking. From first meeting to the closing table he was our advocate and helped us achieve our dream of owning a home. I would recommend Joe to anyone and everyone looking to buy or sell.

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written on 8/22/2016 by andrea ck irwin Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $225K in Ankeny, IA.
Highly likely to recommend

Joe was excellent to work with. It was clear from the start that Joe was listening to what I wanted, and since I found a property I was interested in right away, the whole process was extremely fast. Joe was very responsive whenever I had a question, and I never felt like he was trying to do anything except make sure I was 100% satisfied, which I was. I will use Joe again, and would recommend him highly to anybody.

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written on 2/6/2015 by mpohlmeier Bought a Condo home in 2015 for approximately $100K in Ankeny, IA.
Highly likely to recommend

Joe was instrumental in guiding us through the paperwork associated with selling our previous house and buying our current house, and was a great advocate for us in negotiating with the sellers of our current house.

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written on 1/17/2015 by mattgummisu Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $300K in Waveland Park, Des Moines, I
Highly likely to recommend

Joe helped identify the ideal property for my In-Laws, establish reasonable expectations, helped them stage and ultimately sell their home. I trust Joe and would work with him in the future.

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written on 1/13/2015 by Janonson Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2014 in Ankeny, IA.
Highly likely to recommend

Joe listed two homes for us that sold within 3 months which allowed us to buy our current home that we love. He did a great job working with our location and budget needs.

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written on 1/13/2015 by Amisha Kenworthy Sold a home in 2013 in Mel-Ray Mobile Home Park, Ankeny, IA 50023.
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