It was a pleasure to work with Joan Kulikowski of Apple Valley Realty to sell our home of 35 years on Mercury Drive outside of Rochester, New York. We hired Joan in August of 2017 to renovate, advertise, and sell our home. Unfortunately, after years of wear and tear and sheltering a family of six the house needed restoration. She toiled industriously to redo the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and to overall reimagine the layout of the residence. The objective was to increase the value of the home to allow us to comfortably retire in Florida. In the Summer of 2017, we left for Florida, giving her the key and a small budget. She got the renovation underway immediately, sending us updates via email on the progress, staging, and eventually the showing of house to potential buyers.
By December 2017 the complete reno was done and Joan had obtained an all cash buyer and negotiated renting out the house to the family who agreed to close in January 2018. The purchase price was $38,000 higher than we expected and will allow us to get a great home in the Sunshine State. As promised, the closing went without incident. Working with Joan was an outright positive experience. She is prepared for all the rigors of the real estate business from staging to pricing and targeting buyers. She is also pragmatic, analytical, and outright brilliant. Given her wit and intelligence, Joan is a first-rate real estate professional. We urge future sellers and buyers to carefully consider Joan Kulikowski of Apple Valley Realty.
Dennis & Albertha Broyld
When Joan contacted me about my vacant home which was in foreclosure, I had already given up on dealing with the bank and was very confused as to what to do with the house. I was skeptical that something which had become so difficult could be, as Joan put it, made simple. I now see that it's because she had such a wealth of knowledge about real estate law, short sales and foreclosures that she simply knew what to do. What's more, even though I had no finances to fix up my home so it would get the highest purchase price, Joan arranged for lighting fixtures and painting to be done in a frugal way and then brought in her staging inventory, FOR FREE, and made the purchase price go up so that the bank was happy with the purchase price!! I cannot get over the fact that all I had to do was sign papers from Texas and Joan did all the rest! This helped me greatly and I can't even begin to thank her enough for all the hard work and expertise she put into selling my home. She is a wonder!
Thank you again very, very much for everything!!! It was truly a privilege to have you as my realtor. All my friends agree that you are absolutely wonderful!! When we met, you wanted to impress me as a realtor, and you definitely did! I strongly believe that I would not have my house without you. It was so hard to find a good, affordable home but you made it happen. I won't forget all those hours you had for me. Trying to figure out what I needed and wanted. Going to the stores and helping me to pick out all the right lighting fixtures, getting up at 4 a.m. to write an offer for me, being available even when you were out of town. Making sure the seller did everything he was supposed to, helping me move!!! Letting me borrow your carpets so I could protect my new floors, being at my closing, and being there for me after the closing too!!! I don't think there is anything more you could have done!!! I really can't thank you enough and I appreciate very much everything you've done! I love my house!
Our son's home was in foreclosure and you helped us do a short sale so that our son could get a fresh start on his credit. We thank you so much for sticking with us until it was finished. You were very cooperative and encouraging even when we weren't.
Thank you for all your work and patience with the matter. I would recommend you to my friends and anyone looking to buy a home or sell one. We think the world of you. You are one of the best!
- Ernie Shute
"I am a real estate investor that has done several transactions in Buffalo,
Rochester, Tampa and St Petersburg FL. I have worked with several
agents on both the buying and selling sides for those transactions none
of which impressed me more with their knowledge of all facets of real
estate than Joan. The first deal we worked together she sold my property
for more than $26,000 over asking price in less than 1 week! Wow!
Add how much of a pleasure she is to work with and it's very safe to say
I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell their property! "
My wife and I had poured our hearts into making "a house" a home, but unemployment woes forced us to walk away from our home, surrendering it back to the bank after a different local realtor tried to put thru a "short sale" unsuccessfully.
We had the good fortune of having Joan contact us thru neighbors that we kept in touch with after moving in with relatives. Joan's knowledgeable experience with handling predicaments like ours and her caring attitude convinced us to work with her and she did not let us down! Joan was able to sell our former home (within a few months time) and we feel that her efforts will have the added benefit of helping to free us from the stigma of a bad credit rating (attached to our home mortgage).
I can wholeheartedly recommend Joan for any homeowners out there suffering from the same issues that we were or even anyone searching for a real estate professional with proven expertise!
Thank you Joan!
- Chris Brown
I would like to thank Apple Valley Reality , especially Joan Kulikowski, for helping me sell my house. My circumstances with the selling was quite unusual and Joan was beyond helpful and understanding. I would highly recommend Apple Valley Reality and Joan Kulikowski for buying or selling your home.
- Kathleen Makowiecki
Joan, thank you very much for putting up with all of the "drama" from changing jobs in the middle of trying to close on our house. We both believe you did a great job and knew just how to handle it. You had our best interests as a priority. Thanks again!
- Ken and Amy Woodring
Joan is a KEEPER… WE LOVE THIS WOMAN! My husband and I are BLESSED by this woman ESPECIALLY in the SUCCESSFUL rental of our rural home! I first met Joan when I was working at a local blessing shoppe in Honeoye. Our hearts were knit together immediately…when we needed a realtor for friends~ I immediately thought of Joan… and when we needed a realtor for our own rental property…the Lord opened up the door and we called Joan in. She did so much leg work for us personally-- one might have thought she was getting a HUGE commission… She is a selfless woman –with TREMENDOUS business sense…impeccable organization, fabulous inter and intrapersonal skills. In addition, she is a great encourager, liason, stager, decorator, photographer, driver, and DOER! She told my husband that she “would not disappoint him”….. and! She has made GOOD ON HER PROMISE… WE ARE BLESSED AND CAN’T BRAG on her ENOUGH… She is a KEEPER for sure!
- The Redmonds
Really appreciating our incredible real estate agent. The woman goes above and beyond, not to mention has a world of knowledge and experience to cover all territories. She fights for our best interests, speaks candidly, provides vision and perspective, and does "investigation work" to uncover the diamonds in the rough. Trust her completely. That is all!
- Erica Pearson Robinson
Thank you for all of the work you did in finding a buyer for my very old house. Thank you too, for not giving up when I was ready to say forget it. You and God get the credit! I would recommend you to anyone who needed a Realtor.
- Betty Hockey
Thank you for the assessment letter you mailed me last week showing my assessment was lowered from $207K to $175K. I appreciate your assistance. Again, thank you so much. You were thorough and did exceptionally good. Hats off to you!
- Mary Chevalez
We wanted to thank you for all your hard work and dedication. Loving the new property!
- The Sundlofs
Thank you also for your true professionalism! This is how Real Estate is supposed to work! Happy Buyers, Happy Sellers and a great working relationship among professionals! Thanks again! If I’m in your area again, I will be looking for your listings to sell!
- Mary Jo Fess, CRS,CSP,GRI (Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker)
In the six plus years my wife and I have known Joan Kulikowski, she has been more than just a realtor. She has been (and still is) a friend, an advocate, a paralegal, a confidant, a prayer warrior and a house stager. In the time it took for our home to sell, she never became weary in well-doing, but kept her eyes on the prize. She went the extra mile to ensure that we got as much for our home as possible. Joan, thank you for your invaluable help, patient persistence and meticulous attention to detail.
May God richly bless you as you continue your mission to bring realty to a new level.
- Dave Hockey
“YOU DID AN EXCELLENT JOB OF STAGING! You also have excellent taste! I could not have picked out better fixtures if I had to. You also did a good job of purchasing the stove. (This stove would have been the exact stove I would have purchased if I had to do it myself.) ... I am looking forward to living and learning and just plain enjoying this lovely home.
Thank you again, Joan... Please know that we really do appreciate all the work you did on the house and we are looking forward to continuing what you started.
- Donna Fae Dadson
“Joan sold me this house in 2005, and helped me sell it in 2011. Extremely knowledgable and her legal background was an amazing plus as she navigated thru the tricky market. You want to buy or sell a house, Joan makes it happen!
- Dan Ball
“I cannot thank you enough for your help, guidance and expertise that you provided us in the lowering of our homes assessment. With you attending a meeting at the Town of Wheatland along with my husband, it was the "professional details of our property, and comparables of market values" that you had provided that had this lowered.
The town had raised our assessment $25,000 and after the meeting that you attended they lowered the assessment by $17,400. Thank you, thank you and thank you!!
You are very good at the job you do and I can see that any customer should be appreciative of the services that you render for them.”
- Mary Schlaeffer
“You came to the rescue after a long wearisome winter of dealing with the vacant house of my elderly mother. You turned a situation that was looked upon with nightmarish dread into something positively pleasant. You are a credit to your Lord, Joan. You truly are. You are a model of pure Christianity to aspire to and emulate. I praise the Lord for His providence. It was no coincidence that you were at the Ralph Pontiac Honda dealership when I was. God knew that I would need an extraordinary realtor one day. Indeed, Joan, you are a realtor and, beyond that, a Christian extraordinaire! God bless you greatly, Joan!
Words truly cannot express the sheer delight that it has been to work with you! Without exaggeration, I sincerely doubt that your equal is to be found in realty. Who else would line up a contractor to remodel three rooms? Who else would meet me at various stores to pick out items for remodeling or, indeed, go to stores far and near on her own to find and pick up the best deals? Who, who else would be found in my dining room upholstering my chairs? who else would clean my house? Who else would help me hang curtains? who, indeed?! Absolutely no one else but Joan Kulikowski and her dear helpers would do these things!”
- Paul Sanders
“From our gang to your gang... We wanted to say thank you so much for all you did to help us before closing our new place. We truly appreciate you dropping everything and helping us paint three barns to satisfy the bank's last minute demands and all your energy and thoughtfulness in giving freely of your time. You were all a great blessing to us and we pray God will richly bless you all.
- The Dewey's and DiSchino's
“I wanted to thank you so much for the gift card to Olive Garden... we love that place!! It has been quite a few whirlwind months, of course, moving and all that entails is overwhelming but we are loving it here and we thank you for all you did for us. Hope business is going great and good luck to you and your family
- The Ranaletta's
“Thank you so much for your $50.00 gift. It was definitely put to good use. Thank you for all your wonderful service also. We never felt alone in this! When we get ready to put Rick's mom's place on the market you are definitely the one we will call. My mom said if they ever plan to move, they would like you to sell for them too! Thank you so much.”
- Audrey Bowden
“Joan is the complete package when it comes to real estate agents. Although we ran into unexpected obstacles during the sale of our house, Joan always remained professional and showed diligence in trying to make things work out positively for us. Not only did she take care of the business end of selling a house, but she also was emotionally supportive to my wife and I as we seemed to hit one roadblock after another. A huge thank you to Joan for her strong work ethic, thorough knowledge of real estate, and persistence. We could not have done it without her!”
- Derek May