Houston Business Journal: Top 25 Residential Realtors (among thousands of realtors) selected 8 times
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Thank you for guiding us through this process Barbara- we appreciate your dedication and care and I'm very pleased with the final results. - Clare
Barbara Josephson is an ace realtor and simply a joy to know. I have likened her to a force of nature in casual conversation and consider her among the finest professionals I have had the pleasure to work with. Barbara's command of her craft inspired a welcome confidence in me, facing what at first seemed the daunting task of selling my parent's home in Houston's hostile market. Through every step of the process I felt connected and received the clearest advice on what I could expect. Barbara was generous with her time and always ready to patiently walk me through any concern, often long after the office had closed. My family and I are ever grateful for Barbara's tenacious effort and compassion for her clients. Our property closed on time for a price that could not be beat and I believe could not have gone more smoothly or been more successful. Barbara Josephson is a one of a kind straight shooter, and a dyed-in-the-wool pro to boot.
She's the ace in the hole you need. - Austin Rea
Barbara Josephson is everything you want in a realtor. She is experienced, knowledgeable, intuitive, and genuinely caring. She's also a tenacious, masterful negotiator. I've known Barbara for decades. She sold my parent's house in 1996 and helped them buy their next home where they lived for 26 years. It was an honor and a privilege working with Barbara to sell my parent's home after they passed away. Selling an estate can be intimidating, to say the least, but with Barbara in our corner, I had a sense of calm and confidence. She's a true partner in every sense of the word. She's always there guiding, advising, cautioning, and looking out for her clients. That's what sets Barbara apart - she truly cares about her clients and wants nothing but the best for them. She will fight for you and represent you with the utmost fairness, honesty, integrity, and professionalism. If you want the best of the best, look no further than Barbara Josephson. - Travis Rea
Barbara is an absolute pro from start to finish. After we spent months looking for our new home - and lost out on a few - we were introduced to Barbara. We went under contract on the perfect house in two weeks! Barbara has guided us through every step of the process, going above and beyond to help us think about issues far beyond just getting to closing. I cannot recommend Barbara or her expertise enough. - K. Mallory Brennan
What do Justin Verlander and Tom Brady have in common with Barbara Josephson? All are veterans at the top of their games! Barbara used her experience and common sense to guide me in selling my home quickly, effortlessly and without mental angst. Barbara knows how say things in a way that allowed me to make rational decisions with tempered emotions. I certainly believe Barbara is one of the “best of the best” real estate agents in the country. I wholeheartedly recommend Barbara as a premier real estate agent. - Roger B. Greenberg
Barbara is simply the best at what she does. My husband and I and our two young daughters were making a big move to Houston from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Barbara was the first person I met here in Houston. She instantly understood my wants and needs in a home and community. We had an extremely crunched timeline for finding a home and Barbara took the time and energy to vet the homes beforehand to relieve stress on our end. Barbara is a savvy businesswoman who negotiated on our behalf and kept us feeling calm and confident during the process. I consider Barbara a friend and am eternally grateful for all of the introductions and information she provided while simultaneously working hard on our real estate transaction. We got the best deal on a wonderful house for our family in a hot market that was completely foreign to us before Barbara’s expertise! I highly recommend Barbara to anyone buying or selling a home in Houston.
Barbara helped guide me with her expertise in the real estate market and got me into my dream home. She was there every step of the way through finding the perfect house, negotiating, contracting and closing.
I could not have done it without her.
- Rebecca Loeb
Barbara Josephson sold my parent's home a few years ago, so my husband and I already knew she was a savvy real estate broker who knows all the in's and out's of the business. She is forthright when discussing what needs to be done to your home to prepare it to list, and by following her advice you can be sure that you and your home will be as prepared as possible. Once your home is listed, Barbara will not only do her best to sell your home fast to the right buyer at the best price possible, but once you have a contract she is your best friend every day until closing. Barbara stays in contact with you regarding every detail, whether you have a question or even before you think of an issue. She is on the ball! We feel we could not have sold my parents' home or our own without Barbara's guidance and expert knowledge, and we recommend her and her expert team to anyone looking for the best there is.
- Sarah Cheavens Sarnelli and Rob Sarnelli
Hard to believe it’s been over 25 years since we met Barbara Josephson by chance at an open house in Memorial. Our casual conversation that day turned into both a long term business and personal relationship. It was apparent right away, she was an extremely knowledgeable agent that could guide us at every turn. Barbara make the process easy. We could count on her to handle every detail from start to finish, just one of the many reasons we have continued to buy and sell with her multiple times. - Amy and Neil Leibman
We first met Barbara nearly two decades ago when she was representing the seller of a high-valued property we intended to buy. The transaction closed and both my wife and I were blown away by Barbara’s attention to every aspect of the deal and her faithfulness in protecting the sellers’ interests without offending us as the buyers....As a result of that experience with her we have always used her to represent us with several subsequent high-dollar property purchases we have made....Put simply, there can be no better realtor to have on your side than Barbara Josephson! Whether she is your champion as the buyer or as seller you will be well-served! -Ben and Saundra Hall
Barbara Josephson has been our realtor for more than 20 years when she first represented us selling our Tanglewood area home. That time was the start of a wonderful working relationship and now a much valued friendship. Since that first sale, we have had the benefit of working with her on three more transactions. All were such varied situations but Barbara has such a clear, concise way of informing us with the most up to date tips about market conditions and the strategies to make our meetings and decision making go from complex layers to then simple steps for us to manage our expectations. She has a great understanding of people and how they come at these sales and purchases from such different perspectives that the final results give you the best possible outcome. She also is ready to assist with a list of other professionals you may need for appraisal, inspection, staging or whatever is needed to move toward that completed transaction. We know that working with Barbara makes all the difference and highly recommend her and her team for your next real estate endeavor. -John and Diana Esslinger
We are Barbara’s biggest fans. Years ago she guided is through the sale of our first home and the purchase of our second. We were overwhelmed, but Barbara deftly handled both transactions. More recently, we were lucky to have the opportunity to purchase the lot next door. We called Barbara on a Sunday afternoon, and by Thursday we had a deal. Her deft touch, which included writing a personal note to the sellers, was again critical. In addition to being a fierce and savvy negotiator, she is kind, supportive and fun. Everyone should have Barbara in their corner!" - Cristina and Mark Rodriguez
"My wife and I were fortunate enough to meet Barbara and Tania before purchasing our first home. Together, they led us across Houston, from townhomes in Rice Military to ranch-style houses in Briar Grove Park. We relied on their expertise and knowledge of the Houston subdivisions to select the perfect home to start our family. As our family grew, Barbara and Tania took us from our first home to our forever home in Bunkerhill Village. Barbara raised her family in the Memorial area and was able to point us to the most desirable villages based on our preferences. When it came time to sell our home, Barbara and Tania did an excellent job setting a timeline, proving all the information we needed, and selling the house within a couple weeks of listing. They were able to guide us through the entire listing, buying, and moving process effortlessly and exceeded every expectation. As a partner in home ownership, Barbara and Tania are always available to provide advice on issues that arise while owning a home. Having completed multiple transactions with Barbara and Tania, I trust their team with all aspects of buying, selling, and owning a home." - Andrew and Nicole Dunlap
"To say that Barbara Josephson has knowledge of her industry is a gross understatement. Whether representing us on either end of the transaction, Barbara has helped our two daughters, my husband and me successfully buy or sell more than half a dozen homes. She is familiar with the various neighborhoods throughout the city and stays abreast of market trends. If on the buying end of the transaction, Barbara visits with her client to fully understand the family’s needs and desires then searches for listings that meet those needs. She patiently takes buyers to see properties, offering her opinion when requested. If on the selling end of the transaction, Barbara researches comparables and offers expert advice regarding the asking price; she then sits back and allows her client to make the final decision. She also offers suggestions on ways to ready one’s home to put on the market, advising the seller that if a potential buyer is choosing between one home that is move-in ready vs. another home that needs cosmetics… the buyer will select the former. If Barbara suggests new carpet or fresh paint, then the seller should definitely heed that advice! Ms. Josephson advertises her listings to other realtors and to the community at large, providing professional brochures, open houses and media advertisements. Based upon interest shown her properties, she might suggest lowering the price to entice additional prospective buyers. Again, she offers advice but leaves the decision up to her client. All in all, Barbara is extremely successful in her career because she is hard working, thorough, refreshingly honest and incredibly knowledgeable! " - Rozanne and Howard Rubin
"Our real estate experience with Barbara has been wonderful as a realtor and close friend. She helps us and our children to find our dream home. Barbara is someone in which we fully trust and that we will recommend to any friends. We have purchased and sold several homes in the last 14 years (7 transactions) and Barbara was great to work with, very patient, professional, knowledgeable, and dedicated throughout the entire process. We had very specific needs coming from two different countries, France and Mexico and a large family. Barbara was always here to find very specific homes that we will remodel to fit our needs and become our dream home. Barbara has an extensive knowledge of Houston neighborhoods, market awareness and excellent in research bringing all types of opportunities to the table. She has a natural ability to connect with people and believe in long lasting relationship with its clients. If you encounter a problem, she will resolve it and defend you and your interest as if you were part of her family. We wouldn’t hesitate to use Barbara again, or recommend her to friends or family." - JeanMarie and Araceli Diederichs
"We first met Barbara in 1997 when we moved to Houston. She was not our agent at the time, but represented the seller of the house we purchased. However, we were far more impressed with Barbara than our own agent, so much so that when we sold that house a couple of years later, we asked Barbara to represent us, both in the sale of that house, and to help us find our next one. In subsequent years she has continued to represent us in another sale and another purchase. She even assisted us with finding a second home in the Florida Panhandle. And there is no question that if we sold our current home, Barbara is who we would turn to for assistance. There are several reasons we have repeatedly had Barbara represent us. First and foremost, we trust her. She is focused on building long-term relationships, not simply on making a sale and a commission. That means we always get unbiased advice, and we have always felt that Barbara had our best interests as her main objective. That was apparent the first time we encountered her as the agent on the other side of us. Following her advice has always resulted in the best outcome for us. We appreciate and respect her advice because her market knowledge is so deep and extensive. She is data driven certainly, but more importantly she has an underlying understanding of what’s behind the numbers and an intuitive understanding of the market dynamics that allows her to present not just what the numbers say, but what works in the real world. She presents the facts as she sees them in a polite but straightforward manner (even when I may not want to hear it!), and she has always been proven correct. She persuades with reason and facts, backed up by an unmatched knowledge of the market. Facts and data aside, she knows how to sell a house! She has an incredible knack for what little things can be done to maximize value, and how to tactically approach the market. She has represented us in both strong and weak markets, with very good outcomes in both. But it is not just on the selling side that she has added value, she has also been invaluable in assisting us in the purchase of homes, and in providing advice in the negotiations. Barbara is quite insightful in understanding the seller’s issues and motivations (in some cases better than the seller’s agent) and translating that into the best outcome for us. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Barbara in our many transactions and would unhesitatingly recommend her to anyone looking to purchase or sell a home." - Carl and Tamara Tricoli
"I have had the pleasure of being a loyal client of Barbara Josephson for the last 20 years. She has successfully advised me on eight separate real estate transactions including primary home purchases, sales and leases, spanning the finest Houston neighborhoods of Briar Grove, Hunters Creek in Memorial, Tanglewood and River Oaks. Over those two decades, Barbara has been remarkably consistent as my advocate and in delivering value to me as a buyer, a seller and a lessee. Barbara has been my ONLY Houston real estate representative, and will continue to be for as long as I’m active and she is in business! As a former investment banker for 25 years, I suspect I am no easy client. Barbara’s consistency, transparency and tough-mindedness, coupled with her unique market knowledge, has made me one of her biggest fans. When we are working together, I have no doubt she is my full advocate and is focused not just on the current transaction, but on our relationship for future deals. Importantly, and the best part, is that Barbara has become a great friend over the years – and yet we are still able to work transactions together! I should also mention Barbara’s tenacity and loyalty – which I have tested more than once with less than ideal selling conditions in a couple of those situations. Yet each time, she has persevered and delivered transactions at the best prices possible over a wide range of market conditions. Being a repeat client over two decades surely demonstrates high regard, but I have also referred my close personal friends and business colleagues to Barbara as well – perhaps an even higher complement as I trust she will be as much an advocate for the important people in my life as she has been for me." - Oscar K. Brown
"Barbara Josephson is the agent you want in your corner whether you are buying or selling a home. Having known Barbara for over a decade and completed four different real estate transactions with her as my agent, I trust Barbara as the consummate real estate professional. She is both warm and personable, yet very firm and all-business when it comes to finalizing a real estate transaction. She wears multiple hats besides that of a real estate agent because on an informal basis, she is also a transactional expert, advisor on home inspections and design, and an effective counselor. In particular, Barbara has an exceptional eye for preparing a house to market, does not hesitate to advise her clients on how best to position for a sale, and she is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in many different Houston markets. With just the right balance of “gentle reminding” and tenacious direction, Barbara gets the objective accomplished. She is as effective as a buyer’s agent as she is as seller’s agent. With every step of the process, from start to finish and whether buying or selling, Barbara Josephson will have your best interests in mind, and she will do everything in her power to help you effect the smartest real estate transaction possible. " - Scarlett Collings
" I have had the pleasure of working with Barbara Josephson on five separate real estate transactions. Each time, Barbara has provided stellar advice and negotiated excellent contracts. Almost three years after purchasing our current home, my husband and I continue to talk about how grateful we are that Barbara helped us to find the perfect home. Barbara has an amazing awareness of the market coupled with fantastic instincts. When I bought my first home, in the midst of an aggressive market, she advised me to make an offer on the spot for the asking price. Sure enough, later that same day, several other people made offers at well over the asking price. But, we already had a signed contract! Her attention to detail and professionalism is unparalleled. She stays on top of every deadline and every inspector, appraiser, etc. to make sure the deal closes on time. I am so grateful for Barbara and highly recommend her services. " - Elizabeth Lewis
"Barbara has provided exemplary service as a realtor to me for over 15 years. From the sale of our first starter home in Avalon Place to the purchase of our current empty-nester home in West University Place, she has represented me as a seller and a buyer a total of 6 times! Throughout our professional relationship, she has gone above and beyond the norm to obtain the best deal for me. She is also very intuitive about her clients’ preferences. When she has said she’s found a property that I’m going to like, she’s right! I wouldn’t think of making another move in Houston without her help." - Olivia
"We want to thank you sincerely for another wonderful home search and purchase and sale—our third together as a team. For our home to sell this quickly and for a premium is amazing! When you were recommended to us 10 years ago by good friends, you came highly recommended, and that has proven true many times and in spades. This was our third home search and sale, and we had a better focus, but I recall that during our first search you patiently showed us dozens of homes as we figured out what we wanted. Lucy and I can both say that both of your knowledge, experience, instincts, relationships, patience, advice, and work ethic is unparalleled. We have relied heavily on your advice as to market, location, price, timing, inspections, negotiations—all aspects of the process. Our calls are taken (at all hours), our questions researched and answered, and follow up at all stages is given. In short, Barbara and Tania are the finest and most loyal brokers in Houston. Bottom line, if you want to sell a high end house quick for a premium, call Barbara and Tania. Should we need to get the band back together, we look forward to doing so with you. Thank you Barbara and Tania!" - John and Lucy Sheppard
"My wife and I have worked with Barbara Josephson through 10 real estate transactions in the past 30 years. Through my experiences I can confirm that it truly pays to have a realtor like Barbara Josephson on your side when purchasing or selling your home. Our first experience with Barbara was the sale of a mid century modern home on a bayou lot in Memorial. Since it was Over 40 years old it ran into some issues. Barbara helped us through each issue until we reached a successful conclusion. Real estate is easy when everything goes smoothly . Unfortunately it rarely does go smoothly to closing. I compare realtors to attorneys. Many attorneys can draw up a will for you. Only specialist attorneys can handle complete estate planning which goes far beyond a will. Fortunately the cost for a highly qualified realtor like Barbara Josephson costs no more than the part time realtor neighbor which many people use. It definitely pays to choose a realtor with top notch qualifications. Through the years Barbara has become a very good friend who works with us as our needs change . We first worked with with Barbara when our children were still at home. We have lived in single family homes, patio town homes and high rise . Barbara knows the Houston housing market very well and has kept us from making poor choices. The purchase of a home is an investment that should grow in value over the years. Barbara has pointed us in the right direction and our homes have proven to be a good investment. The choice of a realtor is an important decision. When you find a good one our suggestion is to maintain the relationship as circumstances in life change and it is valuable to have a realtor you trust to provide the assistance you will need. " - Randy and Kaye Schuler
"Over the years, Barbara Josephson has helped us buy three houses and sell three houses, so we have had lots of experience working with her – and we feel uniquely qualified in saying that there is nobody in Houston who outshines her as a realtor. She is smart, experienced, has unerring judgment about negotiating, and she knows more than anyone about how to achieve your goals, whether the goal is to sell your house or find one that is just right. But as excellent as she is by herself, she is that much better with Tania Amin Shirazi working on her team. We just finished selling a house while also buying a house and I don’t think it could ever have happened as it did without the Barbara + Tania combination. Together, Barbara and Tania cover every last detail before you even think about what you need, and they are both the consummate pros. They work like the most perfectly orchestrated right hand / left hand imaginable, and they do such an excellent job communicating with one another that we never had any doubt about what our next steps would be at any stage. And they were there when we needed them, no matter what day or time. Thanks to the fact that Barbara and Tania work so well as a team, we were able to make decisions and then had contract revisions in our inbox within minutes. They bring different perspectives, which is highly valuable, and this allowed us to look at things from more than one angle and make good decisions. They kept us balanced, and offered ideas and information just when we needed it the most. This helped us not only keep our sanity, but also saved us a great deal of money! We also benefited from the fact that Barbara and Tania know so many excellent people – from title company professionals to carpenters, inspectors to electricians. They know how to read an inspection report and know what matters and what doesn’t – or where to get a second opinion if one needs to be obtained. They know what matters and what doesn’t, and that is what experience is all about. More than anything, Barbara and Tania stand by your side, from the first conversation about buying our selling until after you close. We don’t plan to be in the market again for a long, long time – but if we are, we can’t imagine working with anyone else! " - Kim and David Sterling
"We have worked with Barbara Josephson for more than 10 years and have found her to be outstanding in all respects. Barbara has tremendous experience, and her knowledge of the Memorial Villages is unrivaled. Barbara is also a tireless advocate who always puts her clients’ interests first and foremost. She is very responsive and gives straightforward and honest feedback throughout the process. She is also extremely thorough, and we can always trust that no detail in a transaction will be overlooked or neglected. In short, Barbara Josephson is a fantastic realtor, and we highly recommend her." - Angela and Jon Lobb