Greenville Home Buyer Testimonials

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My wife and I are huge fans of Jonathan and his company. We recently moved from the Philly area to downtown Greenville and Jonathan has been our partner EVERY step of the way. And we are not the easiest of customers. We want to see everything and we always have a thousand questions. Jonathan is always so patient and we always feel he has our best interests in mind. He literally worked with us for years and we finally bought in Greenville. Since that time, he has been so helpful in recommending contractors and offering his counsel. Jonathan is a wonderful human being. He cares. He goes the extra mile. Bottom line, if you look in a dictionary under "outstanding," you will see Jonathan's picture. He's the best. Jane and Jerry

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This is the sixth time in the last 9 years Jonathan has helped either myself or a family member buy or sell a house. He always does an excellent job. He does everything possible to get you the best deal possible. I would recommend him very highly if you are considering purchasing or selling a home. Joyce, a very satisfied client.

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"Thanks for all your help throughout the process. The house is in better condition than we thought and has cleaned up beautifully. We are thrilled to have gotten it and couldn’t have done it without you. We were impressed with how you handled everything and will certainly refer others to you in the future."

Alan and Kim, Overbrook Greenville SC.  01-02-2013

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"We would like to thank Jonathan for helping us find the perfect house to make the perfect home. Jonathan was very patient and understanding. We probably worried him silly, but he stuck with us and showed us everything we wanted to see. He is a very decent and caring young man. Jonathan has excellent moral values, something almost lost in today’s world. We admire him and highly recommend Jonathan for all your real estate needs. We will always think of him as a friend."

Loretta and Julian Young Taylors, SC, 2011

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What a stroke of luck to find Jonathan Kostyra!  As we prepared to relocate to Greenville SC from out of state, we began looking online for possible houses or condos.  We found an interesting listing which happened to be listed by Jonathan, and contacted him by email.  He called us promptly, and, subsequently, we began a several week search for just the right house - no easy task because we had so many limiting prerequisites.  Throughout the process Jonathan remained patient and very pleasant to work with as he showed us house after house.  When we did find just the right place, he went out of his way to facilitate the negotiations and closing.  His attention to detail really made a difference.  We will definitely recommend him in the future as a top notch resource.We would love to see you again.

Dianne and Chad Bledsoe, Augusta Road Greenville SC 10/12/10

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Jonathan Kostyra was a HUGE help to Amy and I with our condo search at the Lofts at Mills Mill , which was a long distance deal. He even helped me move in the night after the closing...:) Amy and I were very pleased with his efforts and advice on this purchase. Jonathan is the best dad-gum Realtor we have ever worked with!!

We have been very very very pleased with our condo: the privacy, the security, the pool and grills, the clubhouse, the landscaping. Since we bought, the hallway walls have been re-painted, and the parking lot has been repainted and striped. Regime fees are $168.00 per month. Average power bill is $30- $60, depending on the heat and A/C used. Double locks on condo doors, fob needed for condo exterior door and gate to parking lot. I am up there about every 3 weeks; Amy is up there with me one weekend a month and she really relaxes when up yonder. Good storage below in the building basement. My car has been very secure in the parking lot.

Steve and Amy Murray, May 17, 2010.

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Shom was the best agent we could have asked for and then some. He was prompt in answering our calls, quick to schedule visits, and on the ball with negotiating prices. After our first sale didn't go through because the seller backed out Shom calmly presented us with our options and helped us keep a level head. In the face of homelessness Shom schedule visits and worked on Sundays in order to help us close the house in two weeks. We were able to close the day before we had to be out with only two weeks to complete everything. Without Shom we would have been lost and probably have settled into another apartment. Now my wife are happy in our new home! I couldn't recommend Shom enough. We will gladly use him in any future endeavors as well as tell friends about him!! John

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As first time homebuyers, we needed guidance. We found that source of guidance in Shom Kostyra. Shom took the time to show us the homes that fit our preferences and criteria, always being helpful and patient with our many, many questions. After we found the home we wanted, Shom really helped us in the negotiating process and then in getting the final contract prepared.


Shom worked very hard for us all the way to the closing table to make sure that we had an answer to every question. We will definitely be looking up Shom from Carolina Realty when we get ready to make a move again in the future. We will definitely refer him to friends interested in buying a home, as we know they would be very well taken care of. Thanks Shom!

-Ben and Amanda, Greer SC, 02-14-2010

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My wife, Kara, contacted Jonathan on the internet and explained to him that we would be flying into South Carolina from New Brunswick, Canada to look at homes. Having only a week to shop for homes, it would take a concentrated effort and a dedicated buyer's agent to accomplish this task.

Thankfully, Jonathan lived up to both requirements. In his good natured and quiet way, he and his trusty GPS traveled with us in our rented minivan around the Greenville area. His favorite word is "Absolutely", and he was absolutely a gentleman to work with. We thoroughly enjoyed his Southern charm and low key approach to the shopping process.

Because of our not being familiar with the area or U.S. real estate laws, his assistance extended to finding suitable financing, a qualified home inspector, and good legal advice as well! On the fifth day we put in an offer on a charming new home in Greer. Again Jonathan stepped up to the plate, negotiating and renegotiating until 9 p.m. to get us the best price possible!

We could not have been happier with the quality of service! Would we recommend Jonathan? "Absolutely"!

Drew and Kara Gordon

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As first time home buyers, we were clueless! Shom and his team took the time to fully explain each step in the process . They answered any questions that we had as well as kept us well-informed on the status of the sale. We have appreciated the care and concern that Shom and the Carolina Realty team has shown us. We have recommended them to friends and others.

Thank you very much!! Herschel and Kristan Futrell

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Jonathan Kostyra worked diligently with us to find the perfect home. Jonathan’s unique characteristics include fully understanding and listening to the customer’s needs. Couple this with perseverance, detailed and consistent research, and continued interaction and focus on the client and you have an exceptional approach to real estate from an agent that really does care. Without question, we highly recommend Jonathan.

Buzz and Sherry, Simpsonville SC

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I just wanted to personally take the time to tell each of you (Jonathan and Shari at Suntrust) thank you for all assistance you provided us with the purchase of our new home. It is very rare in these times where you find people who go above and beyond a customer's expectations.

I can honestly say we received customer service above and beyond the norm from each of you. My heart is filled with so much gratitude. I can only say that each of you had to be God sent. How else can it be explained? Again, I say thank you on behalf of the Smith family for all your hard work and dedication!

Tonya, Hayward, Tre', Jay, & Miya Smith   11/3/08

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You are truly an outstanding agent--we would recommend your services to all!

Your thoughtfulness with the beautiful gift basket was very special to us! We can't thank you enough for everything--We would love to have you over for dinner sometime (once the boxes are all empty). Thanks!

Steve and Michelle Hill, Greenville South Carolina 08/2/08

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In the process of investigating Greenville South Carolina as a possible place to relocate to, I happened upon Jonathan Kostyra 's website. I was immediately impressed. I was further impressed when he called me in California about an hour after I submitted my name. From that moment, Jonathan has gone out of his way on more than one occassion to ensure our buying process went smoothly and painlessly. He sent listings, took pictures and emailed them to us, gave us advice on the different areas, highlighted the attractions, and even recommended an inspector and mortgage company. He kept in constant contact with us from October of last year to the present. We are extremely pleased with our home, with the area, and have already recommended Jonathan to some friends that have decided they want to relocate as well! Thanks Jonathan and Carolina Realty for the outstanding customer service!!

Brian and Jane Collier, Duncan South Carolina

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Jonathan, A sincere big thank you for your guidance and help with our condo purchase at the Lofts at Mills Mill!! Your service level was great, you never applied any sales pressure with us, and you helped us secure our favorite condo at an excellent price!! We really appreciated your attention to details and your follow through with everything. The purchase process was a very good experience for us. Thanks again for guiding us through the process! We would recommend you to anyone!

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After working with many different realtors between Florida and South Carolina buying and selling five different homes, working with Jonathan from Carolina Realty has been hands down the best experience yet! Jonathan always answered the phone when I called, he always kept me up to date on every step of the process and most importantly he got my home sold in THREE WEEKS in a market that generally takes three months at the price I was asking. The whole process from finding my dream home in Downtown Greenville to selling the previous one in Greer SC was a simple and actually fun process. After working with Jonathan I would refer him to everyone I know and will use him for all of my future buying and selling, he's more than just a realtor to me he's a friend.

Sincerely Paul Hershey 10-30-07, now a resident of Downtown Greenville South Carolina

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Thank you for all your help with the purchase of our new home. You went above and beyond our expectations. We greatly appreciate all the time and effort you put in to to get the home closed in two weeks. We are greatful that were able to preview homes for us, meet with the inspector, ensure the water pressure issue was resolved, and most of all that you kept on top of everything.

The Reedy Family, Easley South Carolina 06-19-06

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Jonathan was extremely helpful and is very knowledgeable of the Real Estate Market. He helped us to get the very best deal possible on our new home! Thanks Thanks for everthing, Jonathan!

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We have worked with many, many real estate agents over the years and we must say you are at the very top of our list of agents who really know the ins & outs of real estate. After we get through this next (and FINAL) move, we might want to try our hands at buying & flipping a handyman special. We're hoping that if we do get involved with such a project that you could help us there as well.

Sincerely Johan & Katie, Spartanburg South Carolina _____________________________________________________________________

Greenville Home Seller Testimonials

I cannot begin to describe my gratitude for Mr. Kostyra. I had planned to move from south carolina to California to be closer to my family, all that was keeping me was my condo at the Lofts at Mills Mill. I had verbally agreed to sign with somebody from a 'reputable' broker, with no research prior. This turned out to be a huge mistake, as I spent the next month being put off by the most incompetent person I have ever dealt with. With less than three days left to move, I had to fire my realtor and, learning from my mistake, interviewed six realtors from my friends. Jonathan emerged victorious. A close friend who had utilized Jonathan's services gave me his number over dinner. Immediately Jonathan was formal and professional over initial text messages. Upon meeting him, i discovered he was actually more knowledgeable about my unit and location than I was, even though I have resided at my loft for a decade. His temperament spoke volumes, as he was never pushy, condescending, or like many others desperate for my business. His comparative market analysis was far more thorough than everybody else's, and with a simple glance pointed out what I needed to fix in my unit that everybody else neglected to mention. Multiple neighbors in my building gave him glowing referrals. His experience over everybody else I interviewed was blatantly obvious; this man had sold many loft units over years. I had a difficult decision to make, as I had to leave soon. Unfortunately, I had not prepared enough to move. My home was nowhere near show ready. Mr. Kostyra addressed these concerns, from repairs to declutter to cleaning to staging. He even knew the people in charge of the HOA by name because he worked with them so much. He had somehow made me confident that I could leave my home in his hands, and over a single weekend transformed my messy 'used' home into a beautiful masterpiece, complete with high quality professional photographs and drone shots and hundreds of websites worth of listings.The next part is the best part, I had an offer well above what I expected within two weeks. As the second weekend occurred multiple offers and serious interest came in, and he helped me proceed according. He had somehow managed to secure a record for my unit model, the highest it has ever been sold.Everything was smooth all the way until closing, when multiple invoices came flooding in for minor repairs. Jonathan didn't stop after the offer was set, he continued fighting as hard as he could to get me the cheapest and best services for things like hvac to door replacement. He even fixed multiple things himself, like a sink and a burner and a bathroom! I cannot express what a wonderful experience it was to work with Jonathan. He took me on knowing this listing requires over triple the normal amount of work. I know he has much higher profile listings, but he made me feel like I was his only client. He was the most knowledgeable and experienced agent I could find, and his confident demeanor is as pleasant as can be. His commission rate is ridiculously low! He sold my loft in record time for a record price. He dealt with my HOA and and got my unit showroom ready so i didn't have to. He slashed my licensed HVAC repair invoice by half/six hundred dollars. He even bumped closing up by two weeks! He somehow always made sure to answer every question I had without me even asking. Oh, and he continued to provide all this stellar service WHILE HE HAD SURGERY. Didn't inconvenience me for a day. I'm sure I'm forgetting something, this man deserves so much praise.There is no reason to go with anybody else besides Jonathan Kostyra of Carolina Realty Associates for your Upstate home needs. Steven Lee November 22, 2016

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Jonathan came highly recommended from good friends who had worked with him on the sale of their loft at Mills Mill, and when it was time for me to put my loft on the market, he was the first person I called.

I was somewhat gun-shy going into the experience because I had tested the market a year ago and my loft sat empty for 3 months. It was also a bit nerve-racking because this was the first time I had sold a property. Jonathan was patient and explained the entire process with me. His experience of successfully selling over 30 lofts at Mills Mill was evident and we sat down together on a Wednesday and I signed our agreement to work together. By the following Monday, I had 3 offers on my loft…and it hadn't even been listed in MLS yet (because I still owed Jonathan info in order for him to post it)! Jonathan helped me with the negotiation, and with his strong expertise and precise knowledge of the local market, he helped me sell my loft to a cash offer, $5,000 more than my listing price. I closed on the property a 4 weeks after accepting the offer.

I could not recommend Jonathan enough! He is straight-forward, very knowledgable, professional and reliable. If and when I purchase another property in the Upstate, I will absolutely 110% contact Jonathan first.  Andrea Talent, Lofts at Mills Mill

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Besides having an excellent understanding of the Real Estate Market, Jonathan is professional, trustworthy, and dependable! We liked his attention to details, and his ability to communicate effectively. Jonathan used a professional approach to market our home, and within 45 days of listing our home, we received an offer that we accepted. We highly recommend Jonathan to everyone. Debbie and Russ Clark, from Mauldin SC. ______________________________________________________________________

Jonathan from Carolina Realty helped me sell my first house. He is very knowledgeable, gave excellent selling advice and communicated with me on a regular basis. He has been a great realtor for me that has made the selling process a breeze, couldn't ask for anyone else! Nicole P. Greenville SC.

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We listed our loft at mills mill residence with the expectation it would take 6-8 months to sell. After listing it with Jonathan we had 15 showings in the first three weeks! We had an offer at 7 weeks and closed soon after. Thanks Jonathan for helping us get a good price in such a short period of time during a soft real estate market.

Burton and Paulina Johnson

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Dear Jonathan, I want to thank you for all the hard work you did in the listing and sale of our home. It was incredible how many families came out to look at our home even after just the first week of your sign being in the yard. No other realtor came close! My wife and I enjoyed working with you during what we thought would be a very stressful time. You made it seem easy. I have told friends to list or buy with you because your level of service and attention to detail are unmatched!

Sincere thanks for all your continued assistance in helping our family find the perfect home! We love the neighborhood and area. Your continued help with answering all our questions, scheduling the home inspection, finalizing the open items, etc., etc...the list goes on.

Thanks so much, Shom & Michelle, Greenville South Carolina. _____________________________________________________________________

We recently sold our house in Lyman, South Carolina. We interviewed several real estate agencies and I chose Jonathan Kostyra. I chose to go with his local company due to his courteous prompt replies to my many various questions. I am very pleased that we did as he was very helpful and direct, without ever trying to persuade us to do anything that we didn't fully understand. Our house had numerous showings very quickly due to Jonathan, and sold very quickly-within 40 days! That is quite a feat in Lyman where the average time to sell a house is 4-6 months! Also he got a price very close to what we originally listed the house for as well, which other companies had said was too high! That was impressive in and of itself we felt. I would certainly recommend  Jonathan Kostyra for any future real estate needs.

Sincerely Jim and Siobhan Ward, Lyman South Carolina