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If you are considering purchasing property in the area of Westcliffe, Colorado, we encourage you to work with John Johnston to assist you in this endeavor.
We have been contemplating property in Custer County for several years and decided to look in earnest in the fall of 2013.  We were in contact with several real estate listing agents during this time.  Not satisfied with the interest from these agents, we contacted John after seeing his office in Westcliffe during one of our visits to the area.
John was very responsive to our questions and inquiries immediately.  He listened to our goals and recommended a variety of properties we might have an interest in viewing.  He also researched properties we came across to determine if they would be worthwhile viewing.  Over the course of several months John was very accommodating and arranged walk throughs of numerous properties.
John also provided an honest assessment of the properties we viewed and identified trade-offs we should consider.  Since he was not the listing agent for any of these, he was free from any potential conflict of interest and provided objective input on the different properties.
When we found the property that was right for us, John was very efficient and thorough in the offer, contingency and closing process.  It went very smoothly in large part due to John's knowledge and experience.
We highly recommend John to anyone who is looking to purchase property in the Westcliffe area.  We would be happy to share more of our experience in this process with anyone interested.  Mark and Jayne Whiteside   June 1, 2014

During the past 6 months, I've made offers to purchase 3 homes. John Johnston was my buyer's agent for all 3 offers. We, John and I, decided, for sound reasons, to withdraw the first 2 offers. The final offer has resulted in the purchase of my new home in Silver Cliff, Colorado. It is perfect for me in size, quality and location. Throughout the entire 6 month saga, John kept his good humor, though I am not easy to work with, and provided sound guidance. I now live within a half mile walk of Annie, my partner of 23 years. John was her buyer's agent for her home, as well. A home seeker would be well advised to have a dedicated buyer's agent and you can't do better than John. Dave Wicks October 29th, 2013
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In April of 2013 we purchased a home in the Westcliffe Area through John Johnston. John advertises and promotes himself as being a "Buyer's Agent" and, speaking from our experience in working with him, on the purchase of our home, he truly is just exactly that. During the entire process of the purchase (from making the initial offer through the closing) John represented us well and, kept our best interests in mine. John thought of and suggested things we had not thought of. John was always prompt in his replies to questions and concerns that surfaced during the purchasing process. As we were purchasing the home from some distance away (Florida) so, it was a great relief to have John on hand there, and for him to be able to check out items that came up along the way. FYI - John made several trips to the property, to check on things without being asked to do so. This was invaluable to us. We also, found John to "well connected" in the community and thus we were able to not only have some of our concerns answered but also, we were able (with John's recommendations of who to call) address some projects to be completed after the purchase of the home. We are completely happy and entirely satisfied with our experience of purchasing a home through John, and would not hesitate to do so again in the future. Greg & Karen Shattuck Clearwater, FL June 16, 2013
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John Johnston just helped me buy my second home in 9 years, here in Westcliffe, Colorado. The first time, I chose him by chance, walking down Main Street and looking at his listings. Bought the cabin of my dreams, intended to be a second home. All experience with John's office beyond the call of duty in helpfulness. So, when I decided I needed a house in town, I immediately called John. He's been on point every minute, this time helping me buy the house-in-town of my more middle-aged dreams. Funny and smart and energetic. I recommend John to anyone who needs to find a place to fulfill long-held desires. Dr. Anne Dawid February 19, 2013 
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My wife and I just completed the purchase of some land near Westcliffe. Having John's services proved to be very worthwhile during this process. John is very knowledgeable about his job and helped to make this a relatively smooth and enjoyable experience for us. He is friendly and possesses excellent communication skills. We are quite pleased with the work that John did on our behalf. We would recommend John to anyone looking for a Buyer's Agent in this region of Colorado. Eric Johnson November 15,2012 
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John has helped us purchase multiple properties. He has always been very helpful and prompt. His local knowledge of the real estate market and the various agents in the region have been a huge asset. We won't hesitate to work with John again in the future. Terry Grulke October 25, 2012 
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John has been my agent for 4 transactions. He is very knowledgeable about property in Custer and Fremont counties in Colorado. He is very good at matching his clients with properties that fit their desires and needs. John works hard for his clients. DPetersen October 25, 2012 
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John knows the Westcliffe market and is an astute student of human nature. He has helped us purchase both an amazing lot and a lovely home - in a place we probably wouldn't have considered without his suggestion. And we couldn't be happier with our choice. He represented our best interests and gave us solid recommendations at every step of each transaction, helping us get the best prices and terms. We also find him fun. He's the obvious choice when buying real estate in the Wet Valley and surrounding hills. Greg Smith October 22, 2012 
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John Johnston was recommended to my wife and me by David and Nancy North (David and I have been friends for over 60 years). They said he was terrific, and he was. John was clear, up-front, personable, accessible, funny, fun to do business with, an excellent source in his recommendations of other professionals involved in the process, and genuinely interested in my wife and me not only as clients but as future neighbors. We are so appreciative that he represented us in buying our 2nd home in Westcliffe, Colorado. And we look forward to a long friendship. SpencerL October 16, 2012 
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If you're even thinking about buying property in the Westcliffe, area John's the person to see. He's helped us successfully buy two properties. John is very knowledgeable of the area and goes beyond the norm with his service. As a former Realtor, I can be critical, but I can't fault him in any way. linhanna October 14, 2012 
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John is hard working and honest. He knows the area very well which gave us the confidence to go back to buy our second piece of property from him. We wouldn't deal with anyone one else. We highly recommend John and the services he provides. Sheila Sinclair October 10, 2012 
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John G. Johnston, Buyer Broker, was a huge benefit in the search for a home in the Westcliffe, CO area by my wife and I. We had tried to build on a lot for 3 years and gave up. John's website initially gave us a chance to review the existing homes available and we chose a home in the first weekend. John's overall knowledge and competence is exceptional and he kept the transaction on schedule and we closed without any major mishaps. I would highly recommend his services. Bruce Wyatt, Westcliffe, CO October 09, 2012 
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We are from Missouri and in our state there are buyer and seller agents. We were very uncomfortable not having a buyer agent on our side. The water laws, the weather and the wildlife are really different than what we are used to in our hometown in the suburbs, not to mention we knew nothing about wells. The original agent just kept telling us that we had to check things out on our own. That was a big mistake!! You need someone on your side when buying property or a house in an unfamiliar area. Someone who knows the land and loves the land as much as you do! Someone who will tell you if the house is sound and the price is right!! I highly recommend John!!!! He's the best!!!! CMurphy October 09, 2012 
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We lived over a 1000 miles away and he took care of everything for us, recommend for sure. Wait4him October 08, 2012 
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I have bought land in the Wet Mountain Valley and a home here in Westcliffe. I count myself very fortunate to have had John Johnston steering me through both purchases. John has a strong ethic. He laid out for me all the pertinent pros & cons that needed to be considered and was always patient with my questions. John is one of the good guys with the white hat. Woodrose October 08, 2012 
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John is a an excellent real estate agent who worked tirelessly to help us achieve our dream of retiring and living full-time in Westcliffe. He took stock of our needs for a home and put together a diverse group of listings for us to view in a short period of time and hopefully find our dream home. He did not disappoint! He is a man of integrity and passion for what he does - the best of the best! DkDurling October 08, 2012 
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John assisted us in buying a home in Westcliffe. While we had just met John the day before we placed a contract on a home we felt totally comfortable with his abilities to help find that right house, which he did. John was very professional and his insight into the area and helped us make the right decision. We would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone wanting to buy a home in the Westcliffe area. branecle October 08, 2012