To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is to commend and to recommend, in the strongest possible terms, the professional services of Mr. Bryan Cerny, ABR, GRI…
As a retired senior Naval officer, my wife and I had accumulated a number of rental properties across the country in our 26 year career with the Navy. One of these properties was located in the Stratford Chase subdivision in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Although my family had lived in the home for eleven years, it had been rented to tenants for approximately the last fifteen years. As a result of some difficulties with the last tenants, and in support of our growing desire to consolidate our assets to our present state (Tennessee), we decided that the time had come to sell the Virginia Beach property.
In our opinion, the ongoing assistance of Mr. Bryan Cerny was the single most significant factor in the successful sale of this property.
Our close personal contact with Mr. Cerny stretched over the course of approximately thirteen months, and included his assistance and counsel in dealing with a very difficult tenant/landlord situation that required two separate court actions for us to regain control of the property from the “tenants from hell”.
In all of his communications and other dealings with us, Mr. Cerny was consistently forthright, honest, and fair, always acting as the true professional that he is. For example, his early estimates of the price (which was beyond our wildest expectations) that the property should bring, if it were in excellent condition, turned out to be right on the mark. The house sold for exactly the amount of his initial guesstimate.
Because of the difficulties involved in getting the tenants to vacate the property (they had been in the property for eight years, but had been month-to-month for the last seven years, and were enjoying rent far below fair market), we had to take them to court. Before we could have our case heard, the tenants counter-sued and we ended up having to defend ourselves first before we could complete our action against them. Fortunately, in all court proceedings the judges found entirely in our favor on every issue; however, these court proceedings did stretch over a six-month period (from August 2003 through January 2004). Why am I telling you this? Because you should know that Bryan Cerny stood at our side during this long legal ordeal and was never wavering in his support, advice, and counsel (including devoting full days to standing by with us at the Virginia Beach Court House). Throughout, he was our man in Virginia Beach, and we never once felt any concerns that he was acting in any manner other than as our loyal and dedicated agent.
Bryan was also indispensable when it came time to renovate the property to make it more marketable. He understood and appreciated our desires to have the property fully restored-whether we were ever able to sell it or not-and helped us to get the work done to the highest possible standards. His knowledge of the market for this type and price of house in its particular area ($300,000 range/Kempsville), helped us to tailor the renovations to meet likely customer needs and desires. As a direct consequence of his conscientious attention to every detail, the house sold within 10 days of its initial listing. We closed the sale of this property on June 25, 2004.
Without the help of Bryan Cerny, I am convinced that we would still be struggling with a very costly and stressful situation. Granted, Bryan is in the real estate business, but it must be said that he is very good at doing his business!
My wife Priscilla and I have come to appreciate Bryan both as a dedicated professional and as a personal friend. We recommend him, without reservation. With Bryan Cerny working for you, you will not be disappointed.
Should you wish to discuss the contents of this letter with me directly, I can be contacted at 901-837-3927 (Saturdays and Sundays), 615-532-8887 (Monday thru Friday “8-5”), or 615-228-0754 (Monday thru Friday after 6:00 p.m.).
Sincerely, and with the hope that you will have the same success that we have had,
David W. Hall, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Dave and Priscilla