I did not know anything at all about how to buy a house when I first asked Allison for her help. I did not even think I wanted to ever own a house so I hadn’t paid any attention to anything related to house buying or home ownership. I guess I must have assumed I would rent forever?

So let me tell you that when I realized that Allison was answering every single teeny tiny question I had, I felt grateful and excited that she was being so patient with me. I should have picked up “buying a house for dummies” if that book exists. But no matter what questions I had, that didn’t matter. Allison explained everything and practically held my hand through the whole experience. l trust her and would absolutely look to her again if I was going to sell my house and get a new one!

Stacey A.

I met Allison at an open house and instantly knew that she had the character, knowledge, and creative thinking needed to find my first house. Throughout the buying process Allison always stayed positive and honest – she made me feel that finding the “right house” was much more important than buying the “house right now”. I was a first time home buyer that was unsure of the entire buying process but always felt secure and that Allison had my best interests at heart. When it comes time to sell, Allison will be my first call.

Scott L.

Client Update:

Since buying my first house Allison has brokered deals to sell my first house as well as build my new house. Allison has always been the perfect choice even when it came to building a home. Her thoroughness gave us insight to consider that we wouldn’t have thought about ourselves – even though we don’t have children she pointed out that this house could be the home with kids in it and wanted us to be comfortable with the school feeder system for the area.

When it came to building, Allison found us the right builder and the right neighborhood, arranged all of the initial meetings with the builder, took care of the quotes, and made sure all the fine details of everything that we wanted in our new home was on paper so that there would be zero surprises. She navigated all of the details with us so that we could confidently work with the builder during the construction phase. Six months later when closing time was upon us, Allison still came through the house to make sure everything was completed to our satisfaction and that the details she was so attentive on in the first place were honored.

Allison had my best interest at heart when I purchased my first house and that was still true when she brokered the deal for my wife and I to build our first home. Her honesty, assurance and dedication to her clients is remarkable.

Scott & Lisa L.

Allison is a very knowledgeable professional realtor. The service and personal attention we received from Allison was exceptional. She always worked in our best interest and was very patient with our search. Moving from the other side of the continent we needed a professional who

  • worked according to our limited time schedule
  • helped to us understanding the city and the pros and cons of different areas
  • provided a network/references for all related issues, like lawyer, home inspector, construction people

Rainer T.

My husband and I hired Allison as our realtor for both the sale of our previous home, and the purchase of our new home. She is incredibly patient and professional, and has enough experience to know how to handle any crisis that can arise with a cool head. She has a wealth of knowledge on topics relating to real estate that I wouldn’t have even thought about, and that made us feel like we could trust her to mention any detail we may have overlooked.

From start to finish, Allison worked with us, for us, and we will absolutely hire her again in the future.

Jennifer J.

As a first time buyer, the prospect of purchasing a new home seemed a daunting task. But, with Allison’s help, recommendations, and expertise, it went off without a hitch. A personalized, well-oiled machine. She helped me every step of the way; with all of the paper work, finding the right mortgage broker, the right lawyer, and the right home insurance.

The process of finding my new house needed to be timed right with my schedule, so that I could purchase while I was home from working at sea. Allison was very accommodating in this respect by emailing me all the information on properties meeting my criteria, so that I could view them while away. By the time that I got off ship, she had arranged for me to view all the houses that I wanted to see! Within a couple days of being home, we had found the right house, and we were able to close in time to move in before I went back to work.

I fired a lot of questions at Allison, me being new to the whole process. She would respond to my emails and texts within minutes, even late at night. I could not have asked for a more knowledgeable and accommodating realtor. I will recommend Allison to anyone I hear even considering buying a property. She is more than willing to help you explore your options, and help you make the right decisions for you.

Alex F.

Allison helped us through one of the most stressful times in our lives – selling our very first home and buying a new home build – with a toddler in tow ! It wasn’t easy, but Allison made herself available to us and was always there to answer our questions immediately. It felt great having someone that you knew would get back to you in a timely fashion, even quicker than you needed at times.

She is an approachable and knowledgeable agent, and I would not hesitate to recommend her services. We never felt pressured to make any hasty decisions. She gave us the information we needed and assisted us throughout the whole process, keeping us informed each step of the way. In a field that can be truly stressful, Allison made our move as painless as possible. It truly was a pleasure to work with her.

Renee and Jim M.

We sold our 2 homes and cabin through Hanlon Realty with Allison Hull. I cannot begin to tell you how happy we were with each of our experiences on these transactions. Allison was very professional in all aspects. She has more knowledge and understanding than we have experienced in our dealings with other seasoned agents.

Real estate is not new to us, having sold and purchased 6 homes and a cabin within 20 years. Through our busy lifestyles we wanted an agent that was going to focus on us and our home like we were the only clients she had. We got this and more. Allison was always there to answer our phone calls, our emails, and any questions we had at any time. And we had lots!

This was all completed in a professional and timely manner. Allison, to us, went above and beyond. From the open house where we first met her, to the closing of our third transaction, we were extremely impressed. Hanlon Realty should be proud to have Allison working on their team and her name on signage around the city. She is a pleasure to work with and a true professional!

We are presently meeting with Allison again now, in preparation for our next transaction. We look forward to working with Allison and Hanlon again in the near future. We will continue to give both high praise and recommendations to our colleagues and friends.

Pat and Michelle D.

Allison made the experience of selling my home and purchasing my new one both simple and enjoyable. She is very knowledgable about the market and was able to use her knowledge to both find a buyer for my existing home, and to help me find a new home that met my needs. Once she listed my home, it sold on the first day. This took away a lot of the stress associated with selling a home, and I was able to focus on moving into my new home. Allison was always available, and always responded to phone calls and emails very quickly. She was also more than accommodating to my schedule. I would highly recommend hiring Allison, whether you are buying or selling a home.

Jennifer M.

Good day Allison,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your prompt assistance in finding myself and my three children the home we were looking for. I told you what we wanted and you presented what was right for us. You were on time, efficient, friendly and I felt you were out to protect our interest. I also liked the fact that you were not pushy and you knew when to step back and allow us to inspect on our own. So many many thanks and if we are in the market again we will find you!!!!

Paula C.

One of the most important things to figure out when you are buying a home is your budget. Before you ever start looking at houses you need to determine three things.

  1.  What you are ALLOWED to spend. That means how much mortgage you can qualify for, plus any funds you have available for a down payment. I highly recommend seeing a professional mortgage broker. They will help you determine what you can qualify for based on your income, debts, credit score, and current mortgage qualification rules.  They will also help to find you the best interest rate and terms for your needs.
  2. What you COULD spend. That means calculating what payment can fit comfortably into your budget, keeping in mind costs like property tax, home maintenance, and closing costs. Not to mention things like furniture, window coverings, etc. While they aren’t technically considered part of your housing cost, anyone who’s ever bought a new home knows once you move in there will be things you want or need to buy in order to make your house feel like home. This is the step that helps you avoid becoming “house poor”.
  3. What you WANT to spend. This is a question of lifestyle. Maybe you love to travel, so you will decide to spend much less than you qualify for and could easily afford, to save money for travel. Or maybe having a certain type of home is very important to you, so you will decide to spend more, knowing it may mean less free cash for other things.

Once you’ve determined the answer to these three questions, you’ve determined your maximum budget. That doesn’t mean you must spend to the maximum, if we can find something that meets all or your wants and needs below budget, all the better! However, knowing your maximum budget before shopping is the best way to avoid disappointment.