As a long-time leader in the environmental and public health sector, Tom Fendley is passionate about building healthy, prosperous, and sustainable communities. As a realtor, Tom prides himself on helping his buyers make their dream home a reality in beautiful Sonoma County and helping sellers get the highest possible price for their properties. He understands that both require having a firm understanding of the market and his clients needs and desires, as well as being consistently available and responsive.
Tom is a native Chicagoan who also spent several years in Boston. Like many transplants, he was drawn to Sonoma County's beautiful weather, organic farms, and natural areas. He is passionate about healthy ecosystems and understands the crucial role played by property owners in wildlife habitat preservation and conservation.
In his free time, Tom enjoys working in his garden, frequenting local restaurants and bars, and exploring our gorgeous county with his two dogs, Gracie and Huckleberry. He also serves on the board of Solar Rights Alliance, which organizes homeowners who've gone solar. .
"We met Tom about a year before we used him to buy our house. Tom just happened to be checking on that same property for a friend. He showed us the house and gave us his card. Tom is a no pressure kind of guy. Before we moved here, we seemed to run into him every time we came up to visit Sonoma County. He met with us a few times to make sure to keep an eye out for a home that fit our needs. We highly recommend Tom and will be using his services again." - Josh and Lauren E.
"We met Tom at an open house. We were impressed with his approach to our conversation. He didn't pressure us about anything. He just inquired about key details of our home search and our current status in life. At the time we had been curious about buying a home and the current market situation and had been round and round with different un-impressive agents. Financially we weren't quite ready, but my wife and I agreed, that day in the car, that we instantly liked him. After meeting Tom that day and exchanging information, he didn't pressure us with over communication. He respected our timing and checked in every once and a while which helped to cement our relationship.
About a year later, we were finally ready to proceed so I contacted Tom to see if he was interested in helping us and he agreed. Tom got right on the job and we proceeded to look at every property in our price range and desired locations. He was knowledgable and prompt. He showed up on time and the home search, instead of taking months, took days.
Well needless to say we found a house that exceeded our expectations and with Tom's guidance we submitted an offer. At first, we heard that we were going to lose a bidding war. But Tom had noticed that an identical property in a slightly better location was owned by the same investor and it was vacant. With his negotiation skills, he convinced the owner that he already had a qualified and solid buyer for this property and he could sell both of the properties at the same price quickly instead of just selling one and he accepted. We ended up with our beautiful home that has the potential of a higher resale value than the original property that we made an offer for. How could we ask for anything more.
Tom delivered more than we ever expected with this experience but I've come to realize that this level of expertise just comes natural to him. I am extremely happy that we ran into him that day at the open house and I can't imagine anyone else to be by our side when we purchase our next home." - Todd and Adelina M..
"We first met Tom over a year ago, and instantly felt comfortable with him. Although we weren't in a place to buy at that time, he and I would exchange emails now and again to keep in touch. Mostly, it was related to fixers he thought I'd enjoy looking at, which I did.
About two months ago, my wife and I started looking to buy houses. I let Tom know and he promptly responded with all the listings applicable to our parameters. We looked, found a place, and after two counter-offers, we now own the house.
Tom was always diligent and responsive. I never became frustrated at all with any of the process. From the lender (whom he recommended) to the title company, the whole process was smooth and informative. In regards to buying, Tom is a good agent because he listened and understood what we were saying, but kept us on the path he thought was best based on his experience. The decisions we made were definitely ultimately ours, but his input was priceless.
We felt like we got a great deal, and the whole process was flawless. I will only use Tom as an agent in the future." - Chris and Lalena D.