Our experience with Claire Bastien was excellent. She was professional,knowledgeable,and fun to work with. I would recommend her to anyone looking for help in purchasing a home.
We had just moved to the Twin Cities and were looking to purchase our first home. Claire was knowledgable, patient and responsive. Through the whole search and closing process we never felt pressured, or out of the loop. She really made what could have been a frustrating and scary experience in to something that could be tackled step by step. It was invaluable having her in our corner. I really don’t know what we would have done without her.
We purchased our very first home in Maplewood with Claire’s help. From the very first phone conversation to our closing she was extremely kind, helpful, knowledgeable, dependable, and dedicated. We were in a time crunch when we contacted Claire, being that we had two months until our rental lease was up and we were also expecting. We explained all of that to her on our initial phone conversation, and she made sure that we hit the ground running on our first day of showings, and she was determined to meet our needs within the time we had. She was very knowledgable, and gave great advice. She didn’t rush us to make a decision. She respected our decisions and was extremely patient. She understood our needs and really wanted to help us find the right house for our growing family. She worked closely with our loan officer, which was great. When it came time to making an offer she was thorough and informative. While waiting for a response from sellers she was great at keeping us updated. In the end we are extremely happy with our purchase and we thank Claire for it. We definitely recommend Claire, she is not only a great agent, she is a great person altogether and genuinely cares and wants what is best for her clients. We are so glad we chose Claire. She made our first time buying experience go as smoothly as it could possibly go.
Claire is a wonderful agent. She clearly enjoys her job and is quite good at it. She worked with me to find an affordable house with all the characteristics I wanted. She is very detail-oriented and I felt like I always knew what to expect throughout the purchasing process. She also works with good, dependable people and I would not hesitate to hire someone based off of Claire’s recommendation. Finally, she shoveled the sidewalk for me on closing day, which was a thoughtful thing to do.
My husband and I worked with Claire throughout the process of buying a lot and building our very first home this past Fall. Not only is she a very conscientious, detail-oriented professional, but her warm and caring personality made working together an absolute joy! She never missed a beat when it came to digesting and explaining important paperwork to us, and having her by our side throughout the process made us feel at ease. On countless occasions, Claire went out of her way to meet with us and to answer any questions we had via phone and email, no matter the time of day or day of the week. We would highly recommend Claire to anyone who is in the market to purchase or build a home. You won’t be disappointed!
She is a buyer’s agent only so she has you as her bottom line. She understands the market, valuation, and is detail oriented. You will be sitting in your new home saying oh yeah, not oh no I didn’t know.
Claire is the best! We were blessed to have her as our agent. We had moved back to MN and were ready to set down roots. Claire found us a perfect location in no time despite our specifics of what we desired in a home. She was available to show houses to us at a drop of a hat and work around our crazy schedules. Her integrity, honesty and knowledge of the buying process was/is excellent. We recommend her to anyone that wants a top notch broker! If ever we would need to, we’d call on her again for our home search or other related home needs.
Claire was outstanding to work with. She did not try to force any properties on us, was very honest with what she saw, and made very clear the types of costs/expenses we would be facing with each property we were shown. Additionally, she was incredibly responsive and made herself available any time we wanted to view a property. We ended up having to back out of a purchase agreement (which had nothing to do with her services), but she thankfully handled what would have been a difficult situation and protected us from any losses. Unfortunately, we decided to not pursue purchasing a home but have nothing but positive things to say of Claire and her ability to make the home buying process as easy as possible.
Working with Claire has been a fantastic first home-buying experience! She is a great realtor as well as a great person. She goes above and beyond for her clients and is always prepared. 10/10 would recommend!
As a first time home buyer, I thought I knew what I was looking for and what I liked. When I met Claire Bastien for the first time, she was extremely open, knowledgeable, and informative. Client was extremely patient and available when we had many questions about houses and the process. She explained for us to understand. Claire was very available to look at houses. When looking at houses, Claire would point out potential future house problems. She would make us aware of issues that may arise from house maintenance that was not kept up. After looking at almost 50 house, we found our first home with Claire. She was amazing! She continues to answer many questions after the process. I know if she does not know the answer, she will lead me to the person who will. She continues to check in on us as first time home buyers and is available for any questions or concerns we may have. I refer my friends and co workers to Claire.
Claire was extremely helpful and knowledgeable when helping my fiancé and I search for our first home. She was patient and helped us work within out budget and parameters to find the perfect house and we are so happy with our purchase! She was very prompt in responding to us and arranging showings, and we always felt that she had our best interest at heart. I would highly recommend Claire.
We really enjoyed working with Claire to buy our first house. She was very responsive by phone and email, which we appreciated as we were not living in the area. When she took us to look at houses, she was able to tell us a lot about the neighborhoods we were visiting and point out interesting places. She helped us throughout the entire process and remains so helpful and supportive even after we have closed on our house and moved in. We truly appreciate everything she did for us and we do recommend her whenever someone is looking for a new house. Buying ours without her would have been so difficult.
Claire has acted as my buyer’s agent for the purchase of two homes in St. Paul (2013 and 2016). My experience with her both times has been wonderful. Claire is extremely knowledgable about St. Paul neighborhoods and adept at spotting potential problems with properties. She found the perfect home for me and my two young daughters while working with time and budget constraints. The house I purchased was listed outside of my price-range, but Claire recognized that it was over-priced and we were able to put in a lower bid (within my budget) and have an offer quickly accepted. I love working with Claire. She is extremely conscientious, organized, and detail-oriented. She was always available to answer my questions and has a wealth of local knowledge, resources, and connections that she never hesitates to share. I bought a previous house (in another state) with an agent who was not a dedicated buyer’s agent, and the experience was night and day. As a single woman making a major purchase on my own, it was great to have Claire in my corner—she steered my away from potential mistakes and made sure that I had a great team of professionals to help me through every step of the process. Claire truly made what can be a very stressful process painless and fun. Thanks to her, I have a great house in a very family-friendly neighborhood with solid property values. When any of my friends are ready to purchase a home in the twin cities metro, I won’t hesitate to recommend (or insist!) that they use Claire.
Claire was amazing to work with when we were buying a house. She totally had our backs and made sure we knew about things that we should know about in the house buying process. She was very responsive and took care of everything so we didn’t have to stress and of course helped us get the house we fell in love with! We would definitely work with her again!
Claire Bastien was our realtor during our recent search for a home in the Twin Cities. She was extremely responsive to our needs and requests and has extensive knowledge of the real estate market. We had many house showings with her before finding the right one, and she remained very patient and supportive through the whole process. I would strongly recommend her to any potential buyer looking to purchase a home in her market area.
Claire was critical to our house buying process. I am confident that the only reason we landed a house that we are happy with and had a smooth purchasing process is because we chose Claire as our buyers agent.
Claire went above and beyond our expectations when helping us find and buy our first house. She was very receptive of our requirements and her enthusiasm throughout the long process never wavered. Her advice and careful scrutiny of the houses we looked at were invaluable. We would highly recommend her to anyone house-hunting. In fact, some friends did go with her as their realtor based on our very positive experience. I believe that proves our sincere appreciation for Claire’s talents!
I had the amazing fortune to be referred to Claire during my first home buying experience and she is the only reason I made it through it. You will never meet another agent more interested in your well being than her. I initially told her my price range and she could have kept me in the top of it and had plenty of opportunities to just go for the high priced sell and walk away with a paycheck but more often than not she stopped me and pointed out potential problems I would be facing if I went with the house. She also attended meetings to find out information on big projects happening in Saint Paul and other areas to better inform her clients. She constantly took stock of what I wanted and kept adjusting my criteria with infinite patience and would drive hours out of her way to make sure we would get a showing as soon as possible. Claire was also still fighting to make sure I got the warranties I was promised after I lived in the house for a month. You will not find a more respectful, genuine person in the business. She kept me from giving up and got me what I wanted. I would highly recommend Claire to anyone!
Claire definitely knows her stuff! She helped me find exactly the type of home I was looking for in a very tight market, and definitely went above and beyond what any agent I have worked with in the past has done to make it happen. I truly feel that she gave me all of her time and attention while house-hunting, and spent an inordinate amount of time taking me to showing after showing until we found the right place. When an unusual situation came up AFTER the sale, Claire advocated on my behalf, and to this day (6 weeks later) is still checking in to see how things are going with the house. She’s super responsive, super friendly, and super knowledgeable. This was my 5th home purchase, and by far my best experience. If you have not used a Buyer’s Agent before, I highly recommend one – and if you’re looking in the Twin Cities, I HIGHLY recommend Claire Bastien!
Claire did a wonderful job in helping me find the perfect home! I experienced many challenges during my home buying process due to my financial situation, but Claire stood by me until we found the right home. Claire is very knowledgeable about every aspect of home buying–home structure, location, mortgages, negotiating etc. She has a good sense of what a potential home owner is looking for. Claire communicates well and responds very quickly to all parties involved. With Claire looking out for me, I always felt that I was in very capable hands. I am now happily settled in at a home that is just right for me. Thank you, Claire!
I would highly recommend Claire Bastien. She took the time to listen first; understand our needs, understand our challenges, and then did the necessary research to present us with options that met our criteria. We had very specific parameters as well as a tight timeline – Claire met every requirement and did it in a professional and pleasant fashion. We could always count on her for a smile and reassurance.
We don’t intend on moving any time soon, but when we do I’ll be calling Claire.
Claire was very helpful in helping us locate and purchase a duplex for my daughter a few years ago. She came highly recommended to us and we were very pleased with her professionalism and knowledge. We lived out of town so she always made good use of our time by showing us quality houses and providing good information to help us make a purchase decision. Once we decided to purchase a duplex she helped with all the closing arrangements to our satisfaction. Several times since our original transaction we have asked her for advice or information regarding the real estate market or for help with a problem we were having and she freely assisted us with sound advice. We are totally please to have worked with her and will continue to work with her in the future when a need occurs.
My husband met Claire first since I was still out of state wrapping up the sale of our other house. Right away he said that she was the one. Not only is she proficient in her field but she is the warmest and kindest agent you’ll ever meet. Buying a house is not easy, especially when you don’t know the city well. Claire spent time figuring us out as a couple and making recommendations for neighborhoods along the way. It was such a joint process and the entire time we felt as if we were her only client. She answered every question and was extremely knowledgeable about repairs and work that might need to be done in the homes we looked at. How many agents can you say watched your 4 year old son for you in the hallways while you signed all your paperwork with the title company. We love our house and neighborhood! Trust us, she’s the best!!
I worked with Claire a few years ago in finding a home along the St. Croix river. Her attention to detail is what I remember most. Her promptness and ability to find me only houses that fit my criteria was very important. She also worked within my budget and was able to vision renovations and cost. She truly exceeded my expectations from the beginning to the end. I especially appreciated that Claire acts solely as a buyers agent so her skills and attention are exclusive. I have, in the past, worked with agents that do both buying and selling for their customers and I feel that your importance gets lost in their hectic schedules! As stated above, I would highly recommend Claire to anyone.
From beginning to end, Claire was VERY thorough with assisting my fiancé and I purchase our first home. We knew that we wanted to use a buyers agent from hearing wonderful things about them, and our expectations were definitely met! The process went extremely smooth. She kept us updated every step of the way and explained everything to us, which was really important since we knew nothing going into the home buying process. We will be recommending Claire to all of our friends!
My wife and I had an extremely positive and pleasant experience working with Claire. Claire is very detail oriented and truly cares about her clients. She not only knows the Twin Cities neighborhoods, but has specialized knowledge on things a buyer may need potential help during the search process, such as distressed properties, mortgages, and repairs and work on a property that may or may not make it a good value.
She’s extremely patient, listens to her client needs, and covers many details during the buying process that a buyer may potentially miss, such as specific recommended home inspection tasks. She helps to negotiate during the buying process to ensure that the best interests of her clients are considered.
Claire has our endorsement and we’d definitely recommend her to anyone who’s considering buying a home.
I recently worked with Claire to find a home. As a first-time home buyer, I was unsure of how the process worked and what needed to be done. Claire was able to sit down with me and explain everything that I should expect throughout the home buying process. She worked very hard and late hours to accommodate my busy schedule and assisted me in identifying issues with the houses that could potentially cost thousands of dollars in repairs.
It is rare to find someone these days that is as trustworthy, friendly and hard working as Claire. I will be recommending her to all of my friends. Thanks Claire.
We relocated to St. Paul form out of state and Claire helped us to find and purchase a house. Claire is extremely knowledgable about both St. Paul and its suburbs and the house buying process in general. She is very hardworking and extremely efficient and detail oriented. She helped us to have a great experience and I fully intend to recommend her to my friends.
I worked with Claire as the buyers agent on a Purchase that I was the loan officer for. I have never worked with anyone that truly cares for her borrowers as if they were her own family. I would never hesitate to work with Claire in the future and am more than happy to send referrals her way. If you work with Claire, I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed!
We have so many wonderful things to say about Claire. Here are some words that describe Claire: experienced, responsive, trustworthy, easy going, connected, tech savvy, dedicated, and cheerful. Negotiating is Claire’s greatest strength. We were first time homebuyers in need of someone we could trust to look out for our interests, guide us through the process, and gently encourage us towards homes that would meet our needs. We first contacted Claire about our home search mid-March 2014. We moved into our dream home on May 23rd, 2014. Our offer was accepted out of SEVEN even though we were not the highest bidder. I firmly believe that Claire’s negotiating skills got us our home at the right price (and a lawn mower, a snow blower, a chest freezer, a washer and a dryer!). Her list of recommended vendors has proven useful now that we are updating our new home. She also helped us find a great lender at a low price and steered us away from premium-priced companies that would have slowed the approval process. We would highly recommend Claire to other homebuyers.
This was the first time I buying a home and I needed someone who was going to look out for my best interest and see things when looking at houses that I would easily miss. Claire did an awesome job from the time we started to look all the way through the closing and even following up afterwards. She did an excellent job of putting us in touch with the right people for the inspection as well as the lending. I would definitely recommend Claire to anyone looking to buy a home.
We have made 11 moves in our 4 decades of marriage and our experience with working with Claire buying a home ( and even long distance), is by far the experience to judge all our other moves by!!!—-you cannot improve on perfection! Claire kept us up to date on each aspect of the buying process and despite past experiences purchasing homes, each state is a bit different. Claire got back at us very quickly whenever we had any questions and was so patient with us . In the past, we had been leary of using any “recommendations” that a realtor would suggest but we found out that whomever was on Claire’s list of screened contractors was in fact very very good! Using a “buyer’s agent” when you are purchasing a home makes such smart sense and to hire Claire Bastien is brilliant sense!
Claire helped to make the buying process easy and understandable. As our buyer’s agent, she clearly understood the entire buying process and helped to keep us on track. She was quite flexible, especially when we changed our buying target from existing homes to building a new home.