John B. Baldwin comes to JohnHart after almost ten years with a small family firm where he developed a great following of loyal clients who value his integrity, follow through, and extensive knowledge. A fifth generation graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, John received his Bachelor’s degree in English in the Spring of 2002, then headed east to Washington DC where he entered the world of development raising funds for an education non-profit through direct mail as well as foundation and government grants. In 2004, when the opportunity came to travel west to learn Real Estate from a top agent in Claremont, CA, John jumped at the chance. After four short years as an agent, John was recognized for his hard work and tenacity as the top sales agent in his office for 2008.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, John brings to the table the Midwestern work ethic and sincerity that helps him excel and his clients can rely in addition to the independence that comes from growing up in the Great Lakes State. Never one to pull punches, John voices his concerns (the good, the bad, & the ugly) to help his clients work through the difficult decisions that sometimes come around during a real estate transaction. His breadth of knowledge and analytical thinking about all aspects of the real estate transaction help his clients feel comfortable in moving forward at each step knowing that they have a true professional going to bat for them.
Realizing that he wanted to improve and expand his skill-set, John continued his real estate education in 2010 by earning the designation of Certified Negotiation Expert as well as taking courses in Short Sales and Distressed Properties. Over his almost ten years as an agent John has learned how to efficiently build a network of top professionals in Mortgage Lending, Escrow and Title services in addition to Roofers, Plumbers and Carpenters who can help his clients make informed decisions before and after the real estate transaction.
In late 2012, John with a couple of close friends whose shared interest in great food, brewing craft beer and love of music led them to embark on a new venture together by opening their own restaurant in Studio City. Tuning Fork Gastropub opened its doors to the public in March of 2013 and has received a great response from the community. Featuring a fresh ingredient focused seasonal menu paired with local Craft Beers and small vineyard California Wines, Tuning Fork is getting rave reviews.
Whether you’re looking for your first home, your dream home or an investment property, John is committed to providing you with the highest quality buyer service. When making the type of investment that buying a home requires, you deserve to have all the latest market information and the very best advice, both of which John can provide you. The decision to sell a home is often dependent on many factors. Whatever your reasons are for selling, proven effective marketing strategies will ensure that you get the highest possible price for your home. John is guaranteed to provide you with professional, ethical and confidential service and keep you fully informed every step of the way.
+ Realtor for 9 years
+ Expert Negotiator
+ Experienced in Distressed properties.
+ Top Producing Sales Agent for Curtis Real Estate in 2008.
+ Expert contract negotiator for Buyers, Sellers, Tenants, and Landlords.
+ Bachelor’s Degree in English Language & Literature from The University of Michigan.
+ Certified Negotiation Expert Designation.
+ Short Sale and Distressed Property Course.
+ Fluent in English and Spanish.
+ Member of GAOR, NAR, and CAR.
Over the course of almost a year we worked with John to find a home in the very competitive LA area. From the very beginning and more importantly through to the end he was very quick to respond to any of our questions and always helpfully sending us new postings and offering advice on the best tactic to take that fit our family. He was never pushy and always had a smile. A house, with a yard and a garage in our price range is not an easy find. He did it even in the crazy market.
I especially appreciate his attitude even when we decided to stop looking due to the high prices and the months and months of searching. Our price range was really the hardest thing to work with as we had a hard upper limit that really was not realistic, but patience paid off and we are so thankful to have had John working on our side.
John was great. We are in the house we fell in love with! He was always available when we called and helped us navigate all of the paperwork that goes with buying a home. He turned down the wrong street, saw a realtor removing an Open House sign, and pulled over. It was not on our list of houses to see. And now we've been here for over and year and it's been life changing
John helped us find a great deal on a home in 2009 and that started out relationship with him. Throughout the years we've kept in touch and when we moved, we used him again to help us rent the house in a long-term contract. After we relocated to northern California, John again helped us find a new house, drove up from LA, walked through the property with us and helped us negotiate the deal. I would highly recommend John. He always goes above and beyond what is expected of him and we'll always have him as our first call for all our real estate needs
John went all out to help me and my family find the perfect home - my first, too. He knew the neighborhoods, he knew what the prices should be, and he was always on top of sending us new options even when it took us a while to find the right place. Then he helped connect us to inspectors and even finance options we hadn't thought of. You are in good hands with John.
John was instrumental in helping us find the right house for us when we moved to California. His knowledge of the area was remarkable, and he was able to advise us in all aspects of the purchase. He advised us not just in the basics of what we should look for but also in some of the intangibles we should consider. Even more important to me, he was a pleasure to spend time with as we viewed houses and took the time to get to know me and my husband, so he was more able to find homes that suited our needs. I highly recommend him
John is an amazing realtor! I worked with a few people before I met John and I was sooo happy when I met him. He helped me buy my first condo and was very helpful! He's extremely knowledgeable, resourceful and helpful and you will not regret using him as a realtor! :) He's super responsive and reliable and has even helped me after the condo was finalized. You can't go wrong :)