John Bolos

12 years of work experience
Century 21 ? J. Bolos
1430 Richland Street
Columbia, SC, 29201
(803) 250-6864

Ratings & reviews (112)

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Highly likely to recommend
08/23/2015
estebanlownes
Listed and sold a home
John Bolos did an excellent job at marketing my house, suggesting an appropriate price, and negotiating for the best possible deal. As that I was trying to sell the house from out of town, I was amazed at how he made every step as smooth as possible. A house on the same block with a similar floor plan was on the market before mine was listed and is still on the market. I honestly don't think I could have sold the house any faster. I highly recommend John and his team.
Highly likely to recommend
08/22/2015
trudy52
Listed and sold a home
John Bolos's skill as a negotiator, knowledge of real estate law and professionalism was outstanding under a very unique real estate sale. Thank you John, for bringing this sale to fruition.
Highly likely to recommend
08/04/2015
Jdcoates63
Listed and sold a home
Bottom-Line: After only six days on the market the house not only had heavy foot-traffic with prospective buyers, but we had a viable offer and accepted; within 30 days of accepting the offer we closed on the house; the accepted price was NOT a fire-sale price, but dead-center of the price ranges for the house comps in the area. Back-Ground: I had the pleasure to work with John on selling my father's house in July 2015. My father passed in early spring 2015 and as his executor, I was responsible for settling the estate. Adding to the difficulty, I live in Atlanta GA. In searching for a real estate agent on the various sites I found John, seeing he was not only very active in listings homes but also very active in selling homes. Not only was John invaluable as my local Columbia ?Eyes & Ears? regarding pre-sale home repairs, etc., he was integral in advising and helping me to get the house ready for market. Net-net: If you?re serious about selling your house you should hire John. Otherwise, I suggest you google, look on the various real estate sites, etc. so you can waste months of time with someone less qualified, only to circle back and hire John whenever you become serious about selling your home. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/31/2015
Srphome
Helped me buy and sell homes
I first listed my home with John last March. We got a contract quickly and John found a wonderful house for us, and helped us negotiate a great deal on it. Unfortunately shortly before closing, the buyer's lender found a problem with the buyers credit and the deal was off. We were all shocked. We were already in our new home It was nearing the end of last summer. I was afraid to leave the house on the market through winter. John also handles property management and he suggested we rent and list again the following year. I was very nervous about this. We had taken really good care off the house and was afraid of ending up with a problem tenant. John did a great job finding us a tenant. They made every payment on time and left the house in perfect condition! When we discussed a selling price, John recommended we increase the selling price from the previous year. He noted improvement in the market so we took his advice. As a matter of fact, the day the tenants moved out we had another contract. And it was $13,000 more than the previous contract! Thankfully, this one closed! I can't say enough about John. He was wonderful to work with, and I consider him my friend. I heartily recommend his realty and property management services. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/30/2015
mmarshmalo
Listed and sold a home
John went above and beyond to help us not to only get our transaction completed, but also to make our transition easier. When he heard I would need to travel over 750 miles to meet with a mover he volunteered to go to the property and meet the mover with his iPad so I could do a walk through remotely via FaceTime which saved me a lot of time and expense. When work needed to be done at the property before closing he got estimates and negotiated on our behalf to get the best price while also negotiating to get the work done in a timely manner. I would use J. Bolos Century 21 again and feel comfortable recommending John. Less ... More
Response fromJohn Bolos
Marsha / Rob, what can I say ? This was a long journey before I even got involved, and I am glad that I was able to bring it to completion for the both of you . I truly enjoyed working with you both, and I am glad everything from the repairs to the closing went smoothly after initial negotiations . Thank you both for the kind words, and say hello to the snow for me this winter :)
Highly likely to recommend
07/22/2015
brittmarsh13
Helped me buy home
John was great from start to finish. Being new to the area it was nice to work with someone that knew the area very well. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing to purchase or sell a home!
Highly likely to recommend
02/18/2014
user58890982
Helped me buy home
John went over and beyond on my purchase experience, even though we had a rough start with one of his agents he took over my case and finished it with me until I was completely satisfied with what I was buying and made a HUGE difference in our experience. Needless to say JOHN is an agent whom I will still working with on any of my real state needs. If you are assigned one of his agents and you don?t feel they are doing their 100% don?t ever hesitate to bring to JOHN's attention and he will get it straight for you he did it to me. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/25/2013
user9670572
Helped me buy home
John helped me buy my first home with a new builder that was building his first home under the guise of a new company. There were several ups and downs throughout the process, but John made sure that I was taken care of as the buyer and made the process as painless as it could be given the circumstances. If you are a first time homebuyer, I would highly recommend that you use John and Covenant Properties.
Highly likely to recommend
06/16/2015
zuser20140804192305088
Helped me find a home to rent
I contacted John after finding a property on Zillow that looked ideal for my boyfriend and I to rent. His office contacted me quickly and then after viewing the property we went in to meet with John and sign the lease. After filling out the paperwork for the background check, there was a black mark that came up on my boyfriend's history. While I had known about this, I was impressed that John called me personally, explained what had come up and was concerned that I may be getting into a questionable situation if I hadn't known about the incident. I explained that I was aware of what had occurred (it was actually due to false allegations) but was impressed that he was looking out for my best interest and that also when I explained how the allegations were false he then quickly helped us move forward with the whole process. After the year that we spent renting the house, he then was able to smoothly help us transition to homeowners as well. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/16/2015
miller0512
Listed and sold a home
John did a great job in selling our house. He was very responsive and always on our side. He didn't try and tell us what we wanted to hear, he made sure that we were realistic in our expectations and stood by our side to make the deal happen. Definitely would recommend him to anyone in the area!
Highly likely to recommend
06/15/2015
dsimpkins0
Listed and sold a home
John Bolos is way above other agents in every respect. He is thorough, fair, and constantly keeps you updated on the progress in selling your property. I am very impressed with his professionalism and personal care that he has given me and I would highly reccommend him to handle the selling of your home.
Highly likely to recommend
06/14/2015
user89104940
Listed and sold a home
We had a very hard time selling our home and it was on the market over 6 months with another realtor. We finally hired John to list our home and he had it sold in a few months. He pulled out all the stops to get it sold. He truly is one of the best of the best realtors we've ever met. We would recommend him highly. Thank you John! From John & Erin
Response fromJohn Bolos
John and Erin, although I never met you both in person, I truly enjoyed working with you...too bad I didn't live out west, otherwise I would have been more than happy to assist you with your home purchase out there ! Best of luck with everything, and I am glad I was able to get this home moved for you both, so that you could move on !
Highly likely to recommend
06/13/2015
scccarol
Listed and sold a home
John sold our home in Lake Carolina quickly and without a lot of negotiations and difficulties. He can post the actual days on market, we were amazed! Of course, our home was vacant and in move in condition with all appliances, and new carpeting. We have lived collectively all over the US and in Hong Kong. His office staff in the new Irmo office is fantastic.
Response fromJohn Bolos
Carol, it was a pleasure helping you and Jim move your home in Lake Carolina . I am glad we were able to do it in a timely fashion . All in all, I thought it was a smooth transaction, I wish all of them went like this :) Stay in touch, and thank you for choosing Century 21 _ J. Bolos
Highly likely to recommend
06/12/2015
user6919708
Listed and sold a home
We couldn't be any happier with the services John and his team provided. He delivered on all of his promises and made the entire process of selling our home super easy. He was very professional and knowledgable. He constantly kept us up to date on how things were going and quickly responded to all of our questions. After 6 months of headaches with another agent, we contacted John and he got the job done in a matter of weeks. If you are looking to sell your home, we highly recommend him.
Response fromJohn Bolos
Will, I am glad I got to know you and Stephanie, and even happier that we sold your home quicker than all of us ever imagined ! Congratulations on the little one, and let me know when you are ready for your next "project" :) - John Bolos @ Century 21 _ J. Bolos
Do not recommend
04/03/2015
robbinjohn1
Never responded to my inquiry
I contacted him... He never returned communication. I will not attempt to reach out to him again. ......................................................................................
Response fromJohn Bolos
Sir, I call and email everyone back . According to my notes, you were contacted in October, but the wrong phone number was provided. Therefore, I had no way to contact you . This review is unjustified, and I hope you have the courtesy and decency to remove it .
Highly likely to recommend
03/30/2015
difei zhou1203
Helped me buy home
John Bolos was professional, understanding and patient with us and helped us to buy our dream home. He is very helpful to help me communicating with builder and provide lots of advice about issues we have. He is always available to answer our questions. We were very pleased with his service. Highly recommonded.
Highly likely to recommend
03/24/2015
srichardson1367
Listed home, but didn't sell
John Bolos was the best realtor we have ever worked with. Sharp, knowledgeable and highly proficient with technology. John was helpful in making changes to our home to increase market appeal and was always willing to go the extra mile in helping us. John was very personable and we really enjoyed the overall experience. We are 100% certain, that should we were to move, we will be using him in the future.
Response fromJohn Bolos
Shelly, it was a pleasure to get to know you and Greg through the listing process. For those of you reading this review, Shelly and Greg had their home listed as a FSBO . I ended up showing their home to a client and after I spoke with Shelly again, her and her husband agreed to meet with me for a listing presentation . A few months later and a recommended kitchen remodel moved this house at the price my clients needed. Thank you again for the opportunity, and I look forward to assisting you again in the future ! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/23/2015
ElizabethMccune
Listed and sold a home
I listed my property in the past and their was no activity for months. I finally took it off the market and rented it . I was convinced the house wouldn't sell. After the tenant moved out, I decided to try again. When I found John Bolos through amazing reviews and success stories, I was still reluctant when he said the house would sell close to asking price and fast. He was spot on. I got almost a full price offer in a month. The house closed Friday and I'm expecting proceeds today. John Bolos is the best there is. Less ... More
Response fromJohn Bolos
Liz, even though we have not met in person, it has been a pleasure to work with you . I am happy we were able to assist you with your home sale so fast and REMOTELY ! Please keep me in mind for anything in the future .
Highly likely to recommend
02/22/2015
bjones51
Listed and sold a home
John and his staff are awesome. After listing my home with another Realtor for several months with no success, I called John and he was able to have multiple showings in a short span of time. Within one month, he had my home sold. He was very professional and responsive to my many calls. In addition, when I told him of my experience with an extremely slow lender, he referred me to Lisa at All south Federal Credit Union. Not only was she quick but she also showed a lot of patience in answering my many questions. While waiting on my previous, potential lender to return my calls Lisa had already processed my application and had me pre-approved. Within a couple of weeks, I was closing on my new home. I feel very fortunate to have the best of two professionals, John and Lisa. Century 21 and Allsouth- Genius! Thanks John and All south Rickey B. Less ... More
Response fromJohn Bolos
Rickey and Brandon, it was a pleasure getting to know the both of you during your listing process. I am happy we were able to bring a CASH buyer to the table for almost the full asking price. I am also happy to know that we were able to close your other home and make the moving process as seamless as possible. Thank you again, and I Look forward to working with you in the future.
Highly likely to recommend
02/03/2015
zuser20140615204607503
Helped me buy and sell homes
John did a great job of selling our house extremely quickly and had us in our new house just as fast. We looked at alot of houses and John was patient with us until we found the right home for our needs. John also kept us informed throughout the entire process and was accommodating to our busy schedule. I would recommend John to anybody and already have.
Response fromJohn Bolos
Nick, I am happy and honored to have assisted you in a such a busy time in your life ! Congratulations to you and Stacy, and your new baby on the way ! Please keep me updated, as I would love to stop by once the little one has arrived. - John Bolos Century 21
Highly likely to recommend
01/30/2015
erick0525 c
Helped me buy and sell homes
John has been very helpful in both buying and selling. He helped us sell our old house in a relatively short period of time, and he is also helping us buy our new home. Johns is very efficient. He stays on the top of things, and has always been very honest about everything. He is always there to assist us when we need him. Our experience with him and the staff at Century 21 has been outstanding!
Response fromJohn Bolos
Hi Erick, thank you so much for the review . I am glad I was able to move your home in a timely fashion for the price that you and Paola wanted :) . I cannot wait to see your new Mungo Home finished !
Highly likely to recommend
01/29/2015
pallat84
Listed and sold a home
Initial presentation was professional. All aspects of the process were explained. When I had questions, answers were clear and succinct. Options were presented thoroughly and professionally.
Response fromJohn Bolos
Cheryl, it was a pleasure to work with you, thank you for the review . To everyone reading this, Cheryl contacted me and met me in person one time as she was down from Connecticut handling her family affairs. We had a market strategy, and upon our first price reduction, the house moved within a few weeks to a cash buyer !
Highly likely to recommend
01/28/2015
KimBrody
Listed and sold a home
John uses a detailed market strategy to help customers sell thier homes, he is very quick to respond, and goes the extra mile to help his clients. His office contributed to my fundraiser to help pay for cancer treatments for my dog. You don't find good people like that every day.
Response fromJohn Bolos
Hi Kim, thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for me . I am glad we were able to move your home fairly quickly, and I hope that Spirit recovers 100% :) Keep in touch. - John Bolos C21
Highly likely to recommend
12/15/2014
user08058289
Listed and sold a home
John stepped in after a failed attempt with another local realtor and took control of the situation. He understood the needs of our family and kept us informed throughout the process. John delivered on every level and did so almost immediately. There were no repeat phone calls or wasted time, everything was done correctly the first time. Buying and selling a home can quickly become a very stressful situation on the entire family. John and his staff explained every aspect of the process and kept us on track and on time. I have already recommended John and his team to friends and family, and I will continue to do so with confidence. When the time comes for our family to sell our current home we will be using Century 21 & John Bolos and I recommend you do the same! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/01/2014
vetarossa
Listed and sold a home
Mr Bolos is a very professional person. I made him an offer and he responded within 5 minutes and we closed on a deal on the same day. His staff was very professional as well. I highly recommend him.
Highly likely to recommend
10/13/2014
gricksingh
Listed and sold a home
John Bolos exemplified the highest standards of representation in the sale of my home. He exercised exceptional judgement with ascribing a price that would allow for the sale of my unit as well as understanding my needs and senstivities in my asking price. Always professional and knowledgable, he confirmed this consistently with the sale of both my homes. I would strongly recommend John to my friends and family.
Highly likely to recommend
10/13/2014
Big Jeff
Helped me buy home
John was THE BEST Real Estate agent I have ever dealt with. His standards are what other agents should strive for. He is fair and honest in his opinions and is not just there to get you into a home as quick as possible to make a commission. His negotiation skills are sharp, and made the process easy. He is there if you have any questions and has a vast understanding of the business to relieve your concerns. His rating is spectacular on Zillow for a reason.
Unlikely to recommend
10/04/2014
ny58esopus
Showed me homes
I was disappointed with his inability to narrow down appropriate properties after we answered questions of what we were interested in. It seems like he was wanting us to narrow the houses down on our own. I am not sure what he does to earn such a large fee? Maybe my expectations are off. He did not have any follow up. I wish I could have continued with his assistant that met with us originally, he seemed interested. I did not close on a transaction with him, so I cannot speak about his Negotiation skills. Less ... More
Response fromJohn Bolos
I am sorry to hear that you were unhappy with our services. I do remember working with you via email, although we never met in person. I normally do not deal in the rental market, but I knew you were out of town and so I offered to send over some listings that may have been appealing, right to your email. This was every rental in the locations and price range you requested. Also, I did send you 17 homes in the Irmo area for purchase, and the reason why I sent 17 is bc that was the entire list based off your criteria. Having never met you, I didn't know what you truly needed. I never heard back. I am at fault for not following up, yes, but our office had just moved so in the end I did rely on your reply to involve on to the next step. I truly hope you have found the home of your dreams. I hope next time you will not judge a person by a couple of emails. Call me anytime, 803.447.5522 Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/03/2014
soccer1477
Listed and sold a home
John helped me at the time I really needed to sell my property on the North East, he was always helpful and ready to answer any questions, will return calls and reply to emails in a short time frame. I had my property listed with another agent and it didn't move or show as many times as soon as I listed with John, in less than 45 days we had a contract. Thanks John for all your help.
Highly likely to recommend
09/08/2014
pebw
Helped me buy home
John Bolos was professional, understanding and patient with us and helped us find our dream home. He was always available to answer our questions and gave good advice. We were very pleased with his commitment during our search for a new home and highly recommend him and his company!
Highly likely to recommend
09/05/2014
user50262112
Helped me buy home
My husband and I were new to the area and Mr. Bolas was found by my husband on the internet. We were greatly impressed by both his ability and his compassion with what we were dealing with. Both Mr. Bolos and his assistant were amazing in every aspect from finding our forever home to the final day of settlement. We would both recommend Mr. Bolos along with his staff for anyone looking to buy and or sell their property. We are very happy that this is our last purchase but if for some reason it was not we would certainly use him again. Thank you John for everything you did for us. Less ... More
Response fromJohn Bolos
Angela it was a pleasure working with you and Scott. Thank you for the review, best wishes !
Highly likely to recommend
09/05/2014
atajusj
Listed and sold a home
We've worked with many agents over the past several years to sell our lakefront home but none even came close to the level of care, service, expertise or responsiveness that John has shown us. Not only did he sell our home he was our friend through the process and always made sure our needs we're addressed. I can't say enough great things about John. He is the Master of his trade. There are a lot of Real Estate Agents out there who care more about their commission than the clients they service. John is just the opposite. He cares more about his clients and is not only great at what he does but has a passion for helping people. John is one of a kind and we will never work with another Agent except John. John we love you!!! Less ... More
Response fromJohn Bolos
Joanne, What a pleasure it was to meet you . I will always be here if you need anything !
Highly likely to recommend
07/22/2014
zuser20140515183547000
Helped me buy home
John contracted me after I left my information on the website about a home. After talking to me and gaining needed information about what my family and I were looking for and what we needed, he made a couple of recommendations that turned out to be better and cheaper than what we were initially looking for. He also went above and beyond while helping us through the process as we were first time home buyers and we are still currently in Hawaii. Needless to say everything worked out beyond expectations and my family and I will be moving to our new home shortly thanks to his hard work! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/24/2014
zuser20140624142847857
Listed and sold a home
John and his team were wonderful. I could not be more pleased and would highly recommend him and his team. They kept me up-to-date on all inquiries and showings. If the need arises, I would definitely use John again.
Highly likely to recommend
06/03/2014
psquarelaw
Helped me buy home
My husband and I worked with John on the purchase of an older home. There were a number of issues that needed to be resolved, and the process was stressful. Thankfully, John"a expertise got us to closing. He did a great job negotiating on our behalf. He knew we really wanted the house, and were prepared to take on more of the repairs if necessary. However, he made sure our interests were protected and kept out costs down. We love living in our "new' home, and absolutely could not imagine working with any other realtor! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
04/26/2014
cristinaauffant
Helped me buy home
John Bolos showed a lot of expertise and knowledge when it came to finding the right home for us. He guided us through the whole process with great professionalism. We highly recommend him for all your real estate needs
Highly likely to recommend
04/12/2014
Jsprice2013
Listed home, but didn't sell
John is a very dedicated, and knowledgeable realtor. He stays in contact with you, and keeps you up to date. He was the third realtor to list my home, and he is the best by far! I wish I would have listed it sooner with him! He is honest, trustworthy and reliable. He is very focused on the goals of his client and strives to please. He will be my first call for all of my real estate needs in the future, and it should be yours too!
Response fromJohn Bolos
Sue, thank you so much for allowing me to list AND sell your home. I believe the caption up top is incorrect. This property was on the market with another agent for quite some time, and I sold it within a few months, at the asking price. Thank you for allowing me to service your home, I look forward to working with you in the future . - John Bolos
Highly likely to recommend
04/06/2014
user23170
Helped me buy home
John was easy to work with and very responsive to any questions we had. He was able to resolve any situations that arose quickly and we were able to move into the perfect home for us.
Highly likely to recommend
03/25/2014
Turtleclub2011
Helped me buy home
John Bolas is a great realtor! He knows his job very well and knows the Columbia area very well. He is very knowledgable, understanding, and impressive. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to purchase a home or condo. Keep up the excellent work John.
Highly likely to recommend
03/24/2014
RichBerger3
Helped me buy home
After having discovered John via Zillow's agent ratings (where he is so highly regarded by fellow sellers/buyers) I am delighted to report that the reviews and five-star praise are well deserved all around! John just helped us close on a great house in the Irmo area and we couldn?t be happier! We originally promised ourselves we?d never leave downtown ? but like many home buyers, we discovered a bit more about our interests/needs/finances that eventually opened our eyes to expanding our reach ? and at no point did John ever get flustered by our seemingly-ever-changing scope. He was energetic, resourceful, proactive, and patient with us each step of the way! In terms of John?s ability to analyze a home, determine it?s value and relative comps; he is a terrific wealth of information. In fact, he was very open with us on several homes that were not of good value and would have been a poorer investment than the home we ultimately chose ? something I consider crucial when making a purchase of this magnitude. I also found it incredibly useful that John was so attentive in pointing out the subtle differences between homes that would have otherwise escaped us. Frankly, John easily could have nudged us into a more expensive home but he did not; he worked with us until we knew we had found the right home for us ? then he got us a great deal that left us feeling excited, warm and fuzzy. In all, our experience with John was what home buying should be: Fun and rewarding. Thanks John! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/24/2014
afnursemiche
Long-term management of a property
John has been extremely helpful when it came to the process of renting out our home. He offered sound advice on the pricing and any repairs that were needed, and found a long-term tenant for us that we are thrilled to have in our house.
Highly likely to recommend
03/23/2014
jcnolting
Helped me find tenant for rental
I used John to rent out my property in Columbia, SC. John was honest and accurate about what I could expect out of my home. John prides himself on customer service and satisfaction. Additionally, John has an in-depth knowledge of the Columbia area and will do everything within his power to rent out your property. I recommend John Bolos to anyone who is looking for a property manager.
Highly likely to recommend
03/16/2014
cbbouknight
Helped me buy home
John was very helpful when my husband and I were tossing around the idea of renting our home and purchasing a new home. He did his research and provided us lots of good information so we could make an informed decision. We did decide to purchase a new home and rent ours out. John represented us when buying the new home and did a great job. He helped us negotiate a really good deal and we are extremely pleased with our new home. John also listed our old home as a rental and had it rented within the timeframe he promised. We are very pleased with John and his team. They're great to work with and we highly recommend him! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/18/2014
akintunde
Long-term management of a property
Since I've contacted Mr. Bolos, all I can say is I've had a wonderful experience. His team rented my property within 1 week! I can rest assured that I don't have to worry about the management of the property. Very seamless and I would recommend their service to anyone.
Highly likely to recommend
02/15/2014
drpoirier
Helped me buy home
I recently purchased a home for my two daughters to live in while attending USC. As I do not live in the Columbia I depended deeply on John's advice. John was fantastic through the whole process. He was right on with every decision and continued to impress throughout the process. I cannot begin to tell you how stressful it can be to go through a purchase from afar but John made it feel easy. I cannot recommend John enough. Don't hesitate!
Highly likely to recommend
02/10/2014
stevekozlowski38
Helped me buy home
John provided EXCEPTIONAL service when I was purchasing my first home. Any question I had and I had a lot, he answered thoroughly. His communication skills were great and he was able to work around my busy schedule. I also liked how he broke down the process and made it easy for me to understand. I would HIGHLY recommend John Bolos. John keep up the good work!
Highly likely to recommend
01/29/2014
user90698803
Helped me buy home
My husband and I had to relocate from Florida. Being a meticulous person, I did a lot of research and we pretty much knew what and where we wanted to buy before we contacted John. John, however, was very knowledgeable and thorough and still presented us with a lot of options to look at. He showed us houses in areas that we did not even consider during our search and to our surprise, we really loved and decided to build on one of the properties John showed us. I am so thankful that we contacted John because I can't imagine being in anywhere else but the one he showed us now. John is also very responsive to all our needs during the buying process. He presents us with his opinions and recommendations but we never at all feel pressured to buy. We had some problems while writing up the contract. John was not only very patient, he also helped us explain to the builders what we wanted and got us a contract that we feel comfortable with. We are so happy to have had John as our agent and will definitely contact him again should we need to sell or buy. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
01/29/2014
user4234488
Helped me buy home
John is a very professional realtor who answered his phone EVERY time I called, which was many times, aand always got back to me with accurate information and updates. He showed me dozens of homes, without any pressure whatsoever, and he helped me find a dream home in less than two weeks. Can't say enough good things about John. Would recommend him to my family and friends, but not my enemies! ;-)
Highly likely to recommend
01/29/2014
clint grimes
Listed and sold a home
John assisted me in selling my property in Columbia. His expertise of the market and creativity in negotiating the deal allowed the process to run smoothly. He was instrumental in meeting our expectations, and having the deal completed before year-end. I would highly recommend him to assist you with your real estate needs
Highly likely to recommend
12/22/2013
loricullum99
Listed and sold a home
I would recommend John Bolos to anyone looking for an aggressive hardworking innovative realtor and wants to sell their home in a timely manner for a fair and marketable value. John was honest straight forward with us thru the whole process and made sure we thoroughly understood every step along the way. John is a go getter and knows exactly what it takes to market a home and sell your house quickly. John and his staff are all very accommodating, friendly and eager to help. The whole process from beginning to end to less than 3 months due to the knowledge and expertise John brings to the table. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/22/2013
mobley4
Listed home, but didn't sell
We enjoyed working with John Bolos. He was patience and very honest with us about the process. It was a difficult property and we decided to remove it from sale. The work Mr. Bolos did on our behalf was outstanding!!!
Highly likely to recommend
11/10/2013
danatvizer
Helped me buy and sell homes
John Bolos has proven time and again that he is a leader in the South Carolina real estate market. From a mortgage lender viewpoint, John has the professional knowledge, experience and integrity that truly makes "THE" difference in a home buying experience. It's easy to find a real estate agent...what's not easy is finding a real estate agent like John Bolos who knows not only the market, but the entire process of helping you choose the right home, the right loan, getting you the right deal and providing the service that you deserve and expect Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/07/2013
pepelb
Listed and sold a home
John Bolos is not your run of the mill listing agent. From day 1, he was attentive to our needs . Since we lived out of state, John not only successfully listed AND sold our home, but he also maintained the property for several months, organized repairs and lawn care, and kept an accurate record of expenses. John also updated us on a regular basis and stayed with us until the transaction closed and funded. I would recommend John Bolos to anyone looking to list their home .
Highly likely to recommend
11/07/2013
user3238803
Helped me buy home
I contacted John prior to moving to the area and he responded to my email within an hour. He told me all about the new contruction offers in the SC area and gave me information to review prior to arriving to Columbia. Once we arrived, we had an appointment within the first week and found the house we bought in one day! John definitely made the buying process very easy, easier than trying to get a cell phone contract. He knows all of the Columbia area and pointed out so many things that we never thought about. He even helped us go through both home inspections and the signing process. So glad we found him! I hope there is someone like him in every city we move to. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/19/2013
kavell1234
Helped me buy home
John Bolos came highly recommended to us from a member of the military community. We had a short period to find and purchase a home. John made the house hunting experience very painless and practical than we could have imagined. He did most of the leg work for us and found us a new home within our budget. He is one of the most knowledgeable realtors we have come across. He knew the right people to expedite the process. He is very professional and dedication to his job. He always found the answers to our questions and concerns and ready to go the extra mile in order to attain the best possible result for us. He was quick to resolve problems that cropped up during our negotiations, walk -through and at closing. Even after the purchase, he followed up to ensure we settled in quite well. Much thanks to John for is excellent service!!!! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/07/2013
wendystephenson
Helped me buy home
John were very helpfu during our September 2013 purchase of a rental property. His knowledge of the area was exceptional and he were always available when we had questions. I would definitely work with him in the future.
Highly likely to recommend
09/13/2013
user0165923
Helped me buy home
We were really impressed with John's expertise about the Columbia and Lake Murray areas. We feel very fortunate to have found him and I would highly recommend him to others looking in the greater Columbia area.
Highly likely to recommend
08/13/2013
user1024069
Helped me buy home
I met John Bolos through Zillow, and I decided to stick with him quickly. I was a first-time buyer with little knowledge of the housing market and the home-buying process. John clearly explained all steps to the process along the way, defined terms and concepts for me, and informed me about important strategies to implement during the process. While I was looking for properties to buy, John took the time to get to know me and recommended first and foremost the locations that suited my specific life situation. I ended up with a home that was far nicer than I had originally envisioned for over seven thousand dollars less than I was willing to borrow originally. John?s greatest quality is his persistence. He makes sure all people involved (sellers, lenders, inspectors, insurance agents, etc.) are kept updated on the status of the home purchase and that they also keep his clients updated on where they stand. When I was overly eager to just finish the deal so I could close on the house, John insisted that we wait and push the seller on making proper renovations to the underside of the house. Doing so saved me several thousand dollars in future repairs and preserved the value of the home. John has the experience necessary to ask the right questions and make the right calls. He already had a rapport with the listing agent for my home, which speaks to his solid connections around Columbia and the outlying communities. He?s a dependable and hardworking agent who will represent a buyer?s interests faithfully. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/04/2013
user65709566
Helped me buy home
I have completed my first home purchase last week. I couldn't have been happier with the home and it's in large part due to John Bolos, my realtor. He was patience through out the whole process, made recommendations when he feels I was out of my depth and let me make my own decisions about what kind of home I wanted. His knowledge of the local area was extremely helpful in my decision making process as to where I want to live. I am an Active Army soldier, new to town so I didn't where is a good area to put roots down with regarding to schools and shopping area. I told John what I was looking for in a home and what type of commute I was willing to take to work and he did the rest. He is always ready to call back ASAP sometimes within minutes of me leaving him an email or message. I would recommend his service to anyone looking to take the stress away from buying a home. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/03/2013
user1785008
Listed and sold a home
John Bolos is truly the best! He has nothing but the client?s interests in mind. John is knowledgeable, experienced, and communicative and works within the parameters you give to him. He went out of his way more then he needed to accommodate me thought the whole process. I was in a Military school that was very time consuming while looking for a home, but John was there to answer/return my phone calls and emails day and night no matter the time. I always heard from family and friends that buying a house was a painful experience, but John made it a great and pleasurable one for me. I told him what we were looking for and he found the perfect house for my family and I on the first day of meeting with him. He did all the leg work and set me up with all the right people to get the loan process and contract started. Once I completed my school I had to leave the area but John made sure that everything was getting done and did all that was necessary so my family and I had a house to move into when the military moved me back. I cannot think John enough for his services and dedication throughout this process. So if you want a great home buying experience John Bolos is the Real Estate Professional for you, as he was for me. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/14/2013
user7620478
Helped me buy home
Met John years ago. He is very friendly and knows what he is doing. We looked at dozen of homes, but found the right one eventually. He was kind and very time friendly so to speak. He took time to show each and every home we looked at. If we were to buy another house, which we will call none other than Mr.Bolos. My entire family thinks he is great at the jobs he does.
Highly likely to recommend
07/05/2013
user6267213
Helped me buy home
John is a great realtor. When we decided to look for a house on Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina, my wife Googled realtors. John's name came up as highly recommended and we see why. When we initially contacted John, he immediately returned all of our e-mails and phone calls.. Before our trip to Lake Murray, John was very helpful in refining our house search list. Once we arrived in South Carolina, John was very punctual, always meetings us on time. He was very knowledgeable of the area and always pointed out areas of concerns or strong points of a certain location. Once we found our house, John helped us to negotiate what we felt was a very reasonable price. John is very personable. He is also very honest which is an absolute must for us. Throughout the home buying experience, John immediately responded to all of our calls and e-mails. This is a huge plus as far as we are concerned and was not always the case with our selling agent. We would strongly recommend John. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/03/2013
user06390563
Listed and sold a home
John helped me sell my house where other agents failed. He kept me informed through all the negotiations and followed through to the final closing. I would highly recommend him.
Highly likely to recommend
06/26/2013
user6746863
Helped me buy and sell homes
John helped me a great deal with purchasing my first home. He is very knowledgeable about the entire process, not just the selling part. He was willing to answer any questions I had. He helped me negotiate better terms instead of just settling for certain things about the house.
Highly likely to recommend
06/26/2013
user3253480
Helped me buy and sell homes
Our house was listed with 4 other realtors over a 3 year period of time with no success. We gave John the opportunity and he sold within 60 days of listing. Above this , he negotiated a good deal on our buying side as well. John is not your run of the mill realtor. He is flexible and thinks outside the box ! In addition, he has a sense of urgency that I much appreciated. I would highly recommend John ! Rhett Corley
Highly likely to recommend
06/19/2013
user3714349
Helped me buy home
John Bolos and Covenant Properties were excellent at helping me get my first home. No matter what time of day, they were always there to help out with questions, concerns, and everything else in between. Without their extensive knowledge, I would have probably gone insane. They truly made this as easy as possible for me. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend them to friends, family, or someone I just met.
Highly likely to recommend
05/15/2013
user0224152
Listed and sold a home
It was a complete pleasure to have John and Covenant Properties representing our family in selling our property. If one has never gone through this process; it can be confusing and stressful. John is very knowledgeable in this process and does business with many contractors that do great work without overcharging. Words can not describe how grateful we are for John and his services. -The Corley's
Highly likely to recommend
05/07/2013
vdm53
Helped me buy home
We were looking to purchase home in the Columbia, SC area, we lived in FL at the time. I contacted John about a year ago, 2012. He has worked with us showing us too many homes to count, do to our being so picky, always on time, so patient, and always knowledgeable about the area, schools, shopping, etc. He has gone above & beyond helping us. I would find homes on line, call John, he would go check the area out, check out the home, call me. Always responded to our calls. We made several trips to SC, he would arrange his schedule so that he could show us as many homes as we could see in a given period of time. He negotiated a great sale for us, was wonderful in the closing process and has offered to still help us even after we closed. He is a great person & very knowledgeable in the real estate world. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
04/24/2013
user7055112
Helped me buy home
John is honest, trustworthy, knowledgeable, and dependable. He was very helpful in finding the right homes for us that were in our price range. What more could a person want when searching for a new home? We had a list of 30 or so houses and he was able to narrow it down to about 6 to actually go and visit. He knows the area, what prices should be, and really helped us evaluate the pros and cons of each house. We couldn't be happier in our new home. Thanks, John!
Highly likely to recommend
02/12/2013
user2487594
Helped me buy home
John did an excellent job for us with a particularly difficult purchase of a reposessed property. If you ever buy a repo that is handled by a company called Altisource, he is the only way to go because of his professionalism, contacts, and knowledge of the company. He is very responsive to any questions you have.
Highly likely to recommend
02/08/2013
user859361
Helped me buy home
I would highly recommend John Bolos to anyone who is looking for a real estate agent to help with buying or selling a home. John and his assistants were so helpful and very quick to respond to all of my emails/phone messages. He knows and does his job well. I have never encountered a Real Estate agent that I even liked much nor have I ever put in only one offer to have it accepted within hours of submission, never that is until I meet John Bolos & his staff with Covenant Properties, this is very impressive. I not only got the home of my dreams but the whole experience changed my mind about how I viewed real estate agents in general. John if and when I ever need to purchase/sell again your my agent... for life. I love my new home, if I had anyone else besides John Bolos for an agent I seriously doubt that I would be calling it my new home right now. I was referred to John Bolos by a co-worker, who had just bought the home of his dreams. My co-worker boasted so much about how great John and his staff were in his experience. I now know why....John and staff if your reading this AWESOME JOB love you guys! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/07/2013
user0823190
Helped me buy home
I decided to go with John due to his reviews! So it is only fitting that I write a great review for him as well. He was absolutely wonderful and guided us confidently and extremely well through the process of buying a house. We are thrilled with our new home and owe a great deal to him. I recommend him highly!!
Highly likely to recommend
01/10/2013
user7367440
Helped me buy home
We had worked with a different agent previously, but she didn't seem to understand our budget or our needs. John was recommended to us and we are glad we contacted him. He showed us plenty of houses that were within our budget. Shortly before our scheduled closing date, our lender closed down their operations in South Carolina which delayed our closing date. John did everything he could to help us move into our first home and made the process as enjoyable as it could be.
Highly likely to recommend
01/07/2013
MrManican
Helped me buy home
We had a fairly low budget and not a whole lot of experience buying a home. The first realtor we went with just shrugged us off and couldn't seem to help us at all. That is when we called John who was always courteous, friendly and very encouraging. I would seriously recommend John to anyone.
Highly likely to recommend
12/26/2012
user4661890
Helped me buy home
I would like to thank Mr John Bolos for the excellent work he performed helping me, and my family obtain a new home. my sale required special attention because of situations with financing. " the first lender dropped the ball, my papers were held up " Mr Bolos assured my family that he would get to the bottom of what we were going through with the first lender, and he did. i will recommend Mr Bolos to everybody that i know looking for a Real Estate Professional to handle the purchase of their new home. my family considers Mr John Bolos a friend. he was very professional, and respectful at all times. he was able to plan every step of the purchase without wasting any time. my family feels very lucky to have met such a great guy to help purchase our home. Mr Bolos is definitely an asset to the team, and for sure a team player. thanks to Mr John Bolos we own a beautiful home in Columbia SC. we love the home. thanks. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
12/24/2012
user88606527
Helped me buy home
John is an amazing agent that helped us through every obstacle. We had such trouble with the seller, but John made sure everything was taken care of. I would highly recommend him to friends, family and neighbors.
Highly likely to recommend
12/22/2012
user6994507
Helped me buy home
Talk about professionalism. I wish every business was run the way John runs his. Relocating from across the country, we searched for and purchased a house in Columbia with John's help. John bent over backwards to help us. He went above and beyond to accommodate us since we went through the whole process while being out of town. He was proactive and never left us guessing on anything. I would highly recommend John for any real estate transaction. THANKS JOHN!
Highly likely to recommend
12/18/2012
user2479852
Helped me buy home
John did a fantastic job helping us find a home!!! I would recommend him to anyone.John was very prompt with phone calls, he made every effort to help us find the right home as well as help resolve any problems that surfaced before closing. We were very happy we chose him and would do so again if we were buying or selling a home.
Highly likely to recommend
11/26/2012
user0856466
Helped me buy home
There aren't enough stars on a rating scale to adequately describe my experience with John Bolos. I'm a first time buyer and John has made this purchase an extremely smooth process. He is always easily reached by email or telephone and has a great support team at Covenant Properties that is also always available. I can always count on John to give me his honest opinion and he definitely goes to bat for his clients (I'm talking home run derby style). I give John my highest recommendation. I have enjoyed getting to know him and work with him during this process. I look forward to working together again in the future. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/13/2012
WNEG
Helped me buy home
John was able to expeditiously show me a foreclosure property and then process my bid over the next several days. Since I was from nearly 500 miles away, his help was invaluable. Given many tales of difficulties buying properties such as this, it seemed this deal went quite smoothly. As he and I joked, he is able to make money because he returns calls to prospects (such as myself.)
Highly likely to recommend
11/02/2012
user3161867
Showed me homes
John is great to work with as he is prompt and efficient with your time. He is helpful and informative about the local real estate market and if he doesn't have the answer to your question, he will find out and get back to you in a timely manner.
Highly likely to recommend
10/19/2012
NaomiReuven
Helped me buy home
John Bolos was professional, very quick to respond, and knowledgeable. I will use John's services for any future real estate processes and would recommend him to anyone. He knows his way around the buying process and allowed me to feel comfortable throughout my first time home buying process due to his ability to handle any situation that arose.
Highly likely to recommend
09/18/2012
user1703588
Showed me homes
John worked with us extensively and even when plans and situations changed he continued to help.
Highly likely to recommend
08/25/2012
user6333786
Helped me buy home
John Bolos was a masterful and knowledgeable agent. My wife and I were very impressed with John's professionalism and concise manner. We would highly reccommend him to anyone purchasing a new or existing home. Carl and Dionne Williams
Highly likely to recommend
07/31/2012
user6352249
Helped me buy home
John helped me for over a year in the home buying process. He is easy going, fast paced, answered every phone call and text, and found me a great home at a great price. I would recommend him with all my heart, and would definitely use him again in the future. He took a complicated process and simplified it for me.
Highly likely to recommend
07/02/2012
user3110843
Helped me buy home
John was very intentional to respond to every call and arranged for every meeting. If he was not able, he made sure that he gave me his best associate to assist in any of the process. His associate Alejandro, went out of his way to make sure that I was fully informed so that every decision I made became meaningful and effective. As an organization they were very balanced to sustain the integrity of both sides. They were very objective and enabled me to make good decisions.
Highly likely to recommend
05/25/2012
user128858
Helped me buy home
John was nothing short of fantastic! He was very quick with the house and being a first time home buyer he was with me and helped me every step of the way and even helped me after my closing. After the closing took place I went to the house only to find it had flooded! I called John and he was quick to help me with the home warranty and he even sent people out that night to clean up the water and inspect the damage. He has been a life saver to me through the whole process!
Highly likely to recommend
05/14/2012
user5065114
Helped me buy home
Put an offer on a REO home and got it in 2 days , can you believe it !!! we highly recommend John if you don't want wasting time looking for homes , we spent 5 months doing that and finally got the home that we really like in 2 days , , every thing was easy with him , we asked him to get the inspector , termite , contractor ....etc and he provided them with real savings , he will do anything to make the process easier for you , thank you John
Highly likely to recommend
03/31/2012
user556697
Helped me buy home
John was my first contact with Covenant Properties and recommended a highly able member of his staff to assist me. Very happy with my experience with Covenant Properties. Ended up with a great buy in the Columbia area!
Highly likely to recommend
10/05/2011
wikki
Helped me buy and sell homes
I've worked with the John and the team from Covenant Properties for a number of years. Their knowledge and professionalism are second to none. We recently put our house on the market, and with the pricing guidance from John we were able to get a contract on the house in only 3 weeks! After our house sold John helped us find a great deal on our dream house in one of the best areas in town. The whole process from listing to closing on both houses took less than 3 months!