Client Testimonials

What My Clients Are Saying

"Tim and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for a job well done in listing and selling our house. We had it listed with another respected realtor without success and had it on the market for over a year. You were able to get us an acceptable offer within a week! We also appreciate the fact that you kept us informed throughout the entire process."
Best wishes,

- Joan

"Steve was great to work with, always answered my calls, reassured me when I felt things were going wrong. He always kept me informed with updates, especially during the close process. I had my home listed previously with another agent and it didn't go so well. I knew right away when I switched to Steve I had made the right decision. He worked hard for me and I will definitely use him again as well as recommend him to anyone who needs to sell their home, especially in this current market."

- Elizabeth

"I would like to let potential clients know that Steve French did a great job for me with a challenging purchase and helped with an inexperienced agent who was selling my house in the Bay area. He helped me stay focused and in the moment since I got anxious at times. He is an experienced, no nonsense agent and he works step by step to get the job done! He was very nice and professional while selling me my new home!"

- Susan

"Well, you pulled it off, Steve. I'm sure this sale was one of your more difficult ones in your career! Between dealing with the well company dropping the pump down the well, the cell tower being negotiated with a reluctant company, the ridiculous repairs requested by the buyer and an out of town agent who really knew nothing about wells etc. it was not an easy process. But, with much patience and professionalism you got it done. We had the property listed with another agent before you, without success. After considering several realtors this time my wife and I knew we could work well with you during our first meeting, and we were correct! Thank God we chose you because I'm not sure a less experienced agent could have gotten it done. We wish you good luck in the future and feel free to stop by for a visit if you are ever in the area."

- Ken

"Steve is a highly recommended and a knowledgeable RE agent. He is very familiar with the Gold Rush area homes Auburn, Meadow Vista, Grass Valley and many surrounding areas and that was a total asset for me. He was a pleasure to work with, nice calm demeanor. My time with him was excellent, as I am full of questions. You talk to him and he gets the job done. You have a question he follows through and has an answer, or he lets you know it handles. I would highly recommend a professional and knowledgeable agent like Steve to assist in helping with your RE needs, as he has been a knowledgeable trustworthy, RE professional to go to for my whole family with their buying and selling needs. We look forward to a long relationship. Thank you, Steve, I love my new home in Alta Sierra. "

- Vikki

"Steve - just a quick note of thanks for the outstanding job you did in helping Judy and I find and acquire the house we wanted here in Sun City Lincoln Hills.
The conditions could not have been worse. Houses that listed in the morning were pending by noon and in escrow by the end of the day. Houses were routinely being sold for well above listing price. You made it clear that fast, decisive action was essential to enter and then prevail in the bidding war that inevitably would arise among multiple buyers.
Throughout the madness you were consistently calm and a source of reliable information and advice.
Well, we got the house we wanted. I doubt we'd have succeeded without your help.
Thanks again for all you did for us."

- Dave

"Dear Steve,
Thank you for all your help in finding us our home in Lake of the Pines.
In dealing with past realtors, we have never found one that pays attention to details as you do. You listened to what we were looking for in a new home and found a house that fit those needs. As with many homes, there were problems and you addressed those to make it right.
In buying this one and selling our previous home, you made the process easy and were able to answer any questions that we had. After escrow, you have kept in contact with us to see how we have been doing and have helped us with a few other things.
You have gone out of your way to make our experience a pleasant one. I would highly recommend you to anyone buying or selling their homes.
Our professional experience has turned into one of friendship."

- Jim and Cheryle

"Steve French is a true real estate professional who understands the local market and knows the business inside and out. After my mother passed away, we hired Steve to help us sell our parents' house of 30+ years. Because Steve knew my parents and their legacy in the community, he aspired to do right by them by finding the right buyer for their home - and to make the process easier for my siblings and me. He succeeded brilliantly in meeting those goals.
As we prepared to put the house on the market, Steve listened carefully and understood our priorities. He advised us well and was flexible, but he also kept us on track.
While we went through the difficult process of clearing out my parents' house, Steve connected us with local resources and pitched in to help, even moving an old freezer for us. His ability to solve problems and keep a sense of humor was a Godsend!
He truly saw the Big Picture - all the moving parts and personalities involved - and helped bring everything to a successful conclusion. We are very pleased with the couple who bought my parents' house and wish them many happy years in their new home.
Any prospective client, especially those for whom selling a home is more than just a financial transaction, can rest assured that Steve French will be there for you before, during, and after your house is sold. And, if you're as lucky as we are, he will also become a loyal friend."

- The Schaffs

"Hello Steve,
Well, now that I am all settled in, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the wonderful job you did selling my home for me. I wasn't sure how it was going to work with COVID happening, but you assured me we could work together to get my home sold safely in the time frame I needed to allow me to make my move.....AND YOU DID!! I especially appreciate your physical and emotional help in the end when I got snookered by the movers! As a single, older woman I was feeling very vulnerable and you stepped in to handle the situation in a manner that calmed me down and got the move done. I can't even remember all the things you did throughout the process but be assured I appreciate you very much.
Take care and stay in touch."

- Nicole

"After thirty-six years of ownership, I decided to sell my property which is a unique piece of land with two houses and several amenities. I wanted an experienced, knowledgeable, committed agent who would work on my behalf. Fortunately, I met with Steve French who listened to my concerns and wants, and he surveyed the property and then shared his ideas Steve outlined a strategy and suggested some relative steps I could take to bolster the appearance of the property, and we entered into a partnership agreement. Steve went to work and presented an exceptional promotional display on the MLS systems. The results of client visitations was very successful, and offers were received on the initial day of showing. From there Steve guided the entire process through to the close of escrow, and where a blip would arise, on every step Steve was in control of the situation, and he would act to keep the process on track to a successful sale.
Having been involved with several real estate processes and agents, I feel I have been blessed to be associated with Steve French I am pleased to give Steve my highest recommendation for anyone needing reliable assistance with a real estate process."

- Gary

"Thank you so much for having all the patience in the world for us, making the move to Grass Valley and buying a house in such a short time that was allowed, your professionalism made everything happen and so much easier! You are definitely devoted to your clients 100% and we all really appreciated that! Buying our home was exciting and fun with you! We love our home and would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making it happen! We were blessed having you as our realtor. We highly recommend Steve French. Again Thank you so much for everything."

- Tom

"Over the past thirty years my wife, Sandy, and I have bought and sold a number of properties; and during that time we've never enjoyed working with a realtor more than our recent experience in selling our Darkhorse property with the help of Steve French. Besides being a wealth of information, Steve maintained excellent communication throughout the process. When we needed a surveyor, Steve had one lined up in no time. This was a great help, in that we currently reside some 500 miles away in Central Oregon. I could itemize all the other ways Steve facilitated the sales process, but instead I'll cut in short and just say he couldn't be more highly recommended."

- Bill

"Steve French was successful in selling my home and helped me find the perfect new home during the Covid crisis! From beginning to end he navigated uncharted waters to not only deal with mounting regulations he kept the process of buying and selling moving smoothly. Thank you, Steve, I'm very happy with the outcome!"

- Kathy

"Dear Steve,
We just wanted to send you a note to thank you for all your help selling our property in Darkhorse. It was some very trying times for us, that had nothing to do with the sale of the property, and you were always understanding and patient throughout the whole process. We said many times how thankful we were to have you representing us. You remained calm and professional the entire time and that and immense help to us. We can't thank you enough! Now we are on to the next phase of our lives. We hope you remain very busy and successful in your career and stay in good health."

- Rich & Marlene

"To whom it may concern,
We would like to take this opportunity to commend and recommend Mr. Steve French for his tireless work that enabled us to purchase the 21.3 acre property adjacent to our home.
Steve had to persevere under very trying and unusual circumstances. The listing (sellers) agent was inexperienced and unable to make timely decisions. Steve demonstrated an uncanny understanding of the sellers' real needs and kept rationality and common sense on the table, even in the face of some very difficult to surmount emotional baggage (demonstrated by the sellers).
Steve did even more; the sellers picked an out of area Title Company that usually deals with urban and suburban real-estate in Placer and Sacramento counties. He continued to remain steadfast even when title officials were incorrect in their rationales concerning several items related to our new property.
Bottom line:

  • Steve French will always be our “go-to” real estate professional whether we are buying or selling.
  • Steve French is always honest and above board.
  • Steve French is persistent and never waivers, even in the face of misinformation and down-right misrepresentations from others.
  • Steve French can be counted on....period."

- Dave & Kate

"We just wanted to thank Steve for the wonderful job he did to sell our house in one week on the market. He got not one offer, but two! He kept us informed about everything that was going on. When we called him, he always returned our calls right away. We did have it up for sale for 6 months before with another agent and there was not one offer. When we interviewed Steve, we knew right way we could trust him. He suggested he thought it would be fine to list our home in January because there wasn't very much inventory and HE WAS RIGHT! We closed escrow in less than one month!
I would recommend him to anybody that was interested in selling their house he was Great!!! We made such great friends and hope to see him in the future.
Thanks again, Steve."

- Joe & Kathy

"Hi Steve,
I almost don't know where to begin; to even try to say thank you, for all you have done with regard to the successful sale of the house in Grass Valley. I was referred to you by a dear friend who said you would do your best for me and you truly have. I don't know what I would have done without your help and guidance through the whole process (yard work, cleaning out the house, pumping the septic tank, new well, etc.). You are a truly dedicated professional and have the best interest of your clients always.
Thanks to you, not only did we have the sale of the property, but I have gained a new friend and business partner. I wish you continued success in your business as well as your personal life. I will certainly refer friends and family to you when the need arises.
Please feel free to share any or all of this with your clients and colleagues as my recommendation and gratitude."

- Cathy

"Mr. French recently sold our home in Grass Valley. It was my families first home and a very special place for us; needless to say, it was a huge decision to sell it. Steve made this stressful move and sale easy. His easy-going attitude and constant contact with us through the process put us at ease. I really enjoyed working with him and would highly recommend him as a realtor.
Thank you, Steve!"

- Michael & Tanya

"I wholeheartedly recommend hiring Steve French with Foothill Real Estate as an excellent realtor for any purpose. I hired Steve to sell my house in July 2019. From the very first meeting with Steve, he impressed me with his calm, professional demeanor. Steve is an excellent listener and took time to carefully listen to my concerns and preferences. Steve was very respectful and careful to ensure that he identified all of my requirements and expectations before actively beginning the sale process. Steve was very flexible with his fees and tried to help me in any way he could to help me realize the maximum profit from my home.
The first step that Steve took was to hire a professional photographer to take excellent photos of the interior and exterior of my home. The photos were beautiful and some of them even included a photo of a 1940 Ford fuel truck that I was trying to sell separately and was having a very difficult time selling. When I saw the photos of the house, I told Steve that we should delete the photo of the fuel truck because it was an eyesore, in my opinion. Steve said that I was the boss, but he had received a lot of positive comments about the truck and recommended leaving the truck photo in with the others. I trusted Steve’s opinion and agreed.
Steve did a few walk throughs of the house as we were completing improvements and repairs. Steve recommended painting some dark beams in the living room white to brighten the room. I followed his advice and painted the beams. They looked beautiful and completely changed the room.
Steve put up a “For Sale” sign and began marketing the house on MLS and Zillow. He received calls almost immediately. Steve showed the house informally to one of our neighbors, and they made an offer immediately, but the offer was too law and contained unacceptable contingencies. The first day that Steve showed the house to prospective buyers with realtors, he showed it to two prospective buyers. The first buyer said that he was interested and made a full-price offer the same day. Incredibly, the buyer also offered to buy the fuel truck!! The buyer later told me that when he saw the photo of the truck along the photos of the house, it really caught his eye. I accepted the offer.
Following further inspections, the buyer asked me to lower the price in order to allow for some additional repairs and I agreed. Steve was helpful with explaining the sale process, the buyer’s expectations and that this was a normal part of the process at times. There were unexpected delays by the buyer, which were stressful. Additionally, during this time, PG&E was turning the power in Auburn and parts of Northern California, off for several days at a time to avert wild fires. My house had an electric water pump so, in addition to trying to pack without lights or air conditioning, I did not have water. Needless to say, I found these circumstances to be frustrating and ridiculous. Steve was a calming influence during this stressful time and reassured me that the process would end soon and that everything would go according to my expectations. He was right. The sale concluded, and I vacated the house within thirty days of accepting the buyer’s first offer.
Signing the final sale documents was seamless and fast. Steve had a long-term, well-established relationship with the title company that we used and everyone there obviously liked and respected him. Steve was there the entire time to answer any questions that I had. The sale was finalized, and I could not have been happier with the results.
I would give Steve French five + stars out of five stars as a realtor. He is professional, has over thirty years’ experience with real estate in the Auburn area. His tips and insights were spot-on and ultimately helped the sales process in ways that I could not have imagined. I would gladly recommend using Steve French as a realtor to my closest friends and family."

- Jimmy & Mary

"My husband and I recently worked with Steve French and had an amazing experience. I knew from the beginning we had scored with Steve when he would send me potential properties that were highly personalized unlike other agents who would spam me with irrelevant emails. He is highly knowledgeable and connected and always took the time to meet us to look at properties and to break down the process, a definite plus as a first time buyer who didn’t really know how it all worked. You could tell the whole time he wasn’t just a great business man but a great family man, always having our best interest in mind. He knew just when to be patient, when to act and even worked late on a Sunday night to get our offer in for our dream property. Do yourself a favor and go with Steve, between his experience in the community and his integrity you won’t regret it."

- Caitie & Dave

"We do want to thank you for everything that you did for us and all of your help every step of the way through our buying process. You listened to our concerns and acted quickly when needed. We felt comfortable asking you the simplest questions as well as the complicated ones-from who do we call for garbage pick up to, why are there discrepancies in the appraisal? And we had a lot of questions! You made the home buying process easy! Thank you again for everything thing you did to help us through the purchase.
Look forward to your visit!
Stay amazing!"

- Eric & Ann

I wanted to write you a letter expressing my gratitude for your help in finding my “Dream Home”.
When we drove up, I knew it when I saw it and I’m sure it showed. I still remember when we went out on the back patio and you said “You’ll be able to drink your coffee and see THIS every day “. Obviously I agreed – and I love it.
Steve, I was very pleased with your initiative to begin the process, but it was your knowledge of not only the area but the resources needed to complete the process was what impressed me. I knew you had my back and it showed. You made this a much easier process than any other purchase I have made.
I am truly excited to be part of this community, especially with friends like you."
My most sincere thanks,

- Jon

I know we have already told you several times, but I have to tell you again……you are an angel sent from heaven! Getting burned out of our home in Paradise was an absolute horrible shock that took me a week or so to process. But once I began thinking clearly again, I decided to give you a call to see if you could help us find a place. We have been friends for years and you sold my house here when I moved, so who else would I call? Well, lo and behold, you found us a place and it was fully furnished, and we could keep our dogs! We closed escrow in a week thanks to your many late evenings and early mornings! Now we are settled in and we can't thank you enough. It was a true miracle! God Bless You and Merry Christmas." ,
Your Friend,

- Bill

"Hello Steve,
Well, it’s been a few weeks since I moved into my new place and it’s still a mess! But I wanted to remember to send you a note thanking you for all your hard work helping me with my downsizing and lifestyle change. As you know, it was very stressful for me moving from my long time home into something much smaller. But you kept me calm the whole way with everything from the inspections on the home you sold for me to what personal property I should get rid of to helping with my dog! You were the greatest and I now consider you a good friend! I can’t wait to have you over to my new place once I get it all set up."

- Roberta

"Dear Steve,
I just wanted to send you a note to let you know what a pleasure it was to work with you on the sale of our house. As you know, we had an experience last year with a realtor that left a very bad taste in our mouth about using a realtor. You were recommended to us and our experience with you could not have been more different……… were very pleasant to deal with and the whole experience was fantastic!! We feel like we gained a new friend in the process. Not only did you give us professional guidance in a very calm manner but the appraiser, inspectors, title company and other agent all expressed great respect for you! Again, what a difference from last year!
We cannot thank you enough and you can be sure we will be contacting you in the near future to sell my Dad’s house."

- Dave

"Thank you so much for helping me on the sale of my house. I am so happy that I listed my property with you after another agent couldn’t sell it. You got me a solid "All Cash" deal with less than a two-week escrow which we closed on Friday the 15th. Cha-Ching$$$$ Really appreciate all that you did." Sincerely - A Very Satisfied Customer,

- Marcia

"Dear Steve,
So many unknowns! So many moving parts! And lots of memories as well!!Thank you for your help in closing a long chapter of our family at LOP!
We appreciate that you remained calm and positive in spite of numerous last-minute challenges!"
We are forever grateful,

- D, W & J

This is a very late thank you for all you have done for us. Both Leo and I appreciate meeting and working with you. Our sale was not the most pleasant, but you handled it with great patience. The move was very stressful for both of us and we could not have gotten through, if not for you."
Thanks again,

- Leo & Ellie

"When it came time to consider selling our home, we decided to interview realtors who were familiar with the Lake of the Pines community. We had a list of ones we felt were the most qualified and began by contacting Steve French.
We started with Steve, and we ended with Steve. What we found after spending a few hours chatting with him is that his knowledge of the local market and his ability to navigate this crazy real estate climate was exceptional.
We had lived in Lake of the Pines for 37 years and hadn't sold a home since 1984. His patience with us as he guided us through each aspect of the selling process was unmatched. He answered a multitude of questions, time and time again, as we considered the right timeline to list and whether to consider offers prior to that. Steve really listened, he is passionate about his job and his calming manner worked wonders for us (especially me).
Steve genuinely desires to take care of his clients before, during and after the sale. Steve made what could have been a stressful and difficult process as seamless as could be. Steve has been a great help to us, and his commitment is reflected in his attention to details. Steve is very knowledgeable, accessible and communicates clearly, making the process easy. He is the best in the areas, and I highly recommend him for anyone wo is selling or a buying a home."

- Carol

"I’ve sold home before and had some pretty good realtors, but Steve is far and away the best. From the very beginning, he was more than available. He came over with a couple of guys and they cleaned up the overgrowth in the yard, he recommended a pool service that rescued our pool when we had an emergency that our regular service could not get to immediately, he sprayed weeds, he climbed on the roof and mended a solar strap that had come loose, and more. I’ve never heard of a realtor doing so much to ensure the successful sale of a home. I highly recommend Steve!"

- Ajay

"After working for you for over the last decade, I have learned many things. You taught me how to combine good work ethic with power tools, in order to raise money for college. You taught me what great customer service looks like though your work giving back to the community, and preparing homes and lots for sale. You showed me that your reputation of selling homes in the region was unmatched, and that you were the agent ho I would trust to help me buy my first home. We started this journey together last spring, and I am so happy to say that Marissa and I could not be more satisfied with choosing you and an agent. We looked at numerous homes together, put in offers on homes that we knew we had a very low chance of getting, and right when we were ready to give up, God provided an opportunity for us and you helped us secure the perfect home. We are so grateful for your patience, kindness and generosity with us throughout this entire process. Thank you for being so dependable. We can’t thank you enough!"

- Chad & Marissa

Now that we have settled into our new place I just wanted to thank you for all you did for us selling our home. We have been friends and neighbors for quite awhile but when we asked you to list and sell out home of 32 years, we found out what an awesome realtor you are! You are not only professional but thoughtful in matters of selling one’s home. You even let me not stage my home…. I said it was my home and they will either like it or not. Thank you for that. You know the area well and the RE market and knew exactly how to market it! You were there as a friend, not just an agent. You even loaned us your truck so we could haul some stuff away. Thank you for all you did for us."

- John & Sue

"Steve French facilitated our home purchase with skills and persistence. We presented him with a long list of wants and needs and he showed us many properties over the last few months. We are a multi-generational family with plans for a variety of income-producing activities, and we had to sell 2 houses during escrow. He found us a beautiful five acres, which is just what we wanted. He maintained friendly contact with the sellers during the time it took to sell our houses, and convinced them that we would be the best fit for the property.
I highly recommend Steve for your buying and selling needs."

- Jill

"Hi Steve,
Just wanted to reach out and say THANK YOU for all your efforts regarding the sale of our Auburn house. As you were aware we tried to sell in 2021 and were a little leery of trying again this year. After speaking with you the first time and you eased our doubts and we listed with you. We appreciated your patience with our many questions and your constant communication in keeping us informed in the process as we know at times we were difficult clients. I know it was a greater challenge and more work for you in dealing with an inexperienced agent, I hope they “Thanked You” and expressed their appreciation because we sure do. I know your future clients will receive the same attention and great job as you did for us.
Thanks again and you take care and please keep in touch."

- Henry & Dolores

Thank you so much for all your help in buying our investment house for our family! We weren’t sure whether to use you as out agent since you also represented the seller, but boy are we glad we did. We know it was very difficult at times and we truly believe nobody could have done a better job dealing with the seller’s “unique personality”. We very much appreciated your calm demeanor when things started to go sideways with the appraisal and inspections. It helped keep us calm as well. Thanks again and I will make sure and contact you when we get ready to sell our home."

- Michael

I am so happy you were able to sell my hoe and find me a new one so quickly! There were a lot of moving parts, and it was impressive to watch you juggle them all to get both escrows closed! I hope the new owners of my old home love it as much as I did. But it was time to move on and you were very sensitive to how emotional it was for me. Now that this is done, I know I will be very happy in my new home. Thanks so much for al your help. No one could have done it better!"

- Your Friend, Joe

"Hello Steve,
I am thinking of you as I sit in my new home and just wanted to send you a noted to thank you for helping me sell my Auburn home. I knew from working with you on several mortgages, when you owned your mortgage company, that I would be working with you on the sale of the home. I t was very interesting and educational watching you work with a Bay Area agent who knew nothing about selling property with such thinks as a propane tank and septic system. You certainly had more patience with her that I would have. Your calm demeanor helped keep things moving forward as we jumped over numerous hurdles! In any case, I hope the buyers enjoy the homes as much as my family did. I will make sure to look you up when I come back to town (I think I still owe you a beer?). Take care and thanks again."

- Steve

"We had the privilege of working with Steve French for one of his listings. He showed us the property and provided as much info as possible. With his immense experience in the industry, he understood our expectations and reason so well that we decided to go with him as our agents as well. He kept it professional, honest, and friendly during the entire process.
Thanks to Steve’s clear communication, patience, and guidance throughout, we successfully closed our dream house very quickly and gained a friend for life. "

- Emily

"Steve French is a professional through and through. He listened to what I had to say, offered advice from his thirty plus years of experience, and made things happen. He explained the process of selling and buying a home in easy to understand terms. He constantly kept me up to date on events, returned phone calls promptly, and met with me frequently. Never during the process did he apply any pressure to force me into a situation I was not comfortable with. If I had to sell a home again, he would be the first person I would go to without hesitation. "

- Mike

"Hello Steve,
Well, now that I am settled into my new home, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your help selling my California home. I knew when I hired you that I had picked the right person and you proved me right! I know I was a bit stubborn at times, but your patient advice helped me through the emotional process of selling my long time home. Your experience in all aspects of the sale- contract negotiation, working with inspectors and naïve buyers moving from the big city- was worth every penny I paid you!! It was, without a doubt, the best experience I have had selling a home. Good luck to you in the future and keep up the good work."

- Nancy

There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude for all the help in getting my house sold! You’re a rock start and I am glad you were my agent and that I can now call you friend. I wish you well. Stay golden!"

- Jordan

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