Cephas Butler

    Cephas Butler

    CalDRE #01139164
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    Prior to joining ZipRealty in 2010 for its user friendly and #1 web present, I was one of the consistent top producers at Norcal Coldwell Banker's office in Los Gatos (one of the most productive offices nationwide) from 2001-2010 and from 1992-2001 at C. Watson Century-21 in Fresno (one of the top local offices). As a result, I have received many Awards and Designations. I have been involved in...
    Prior to joining ZipRealty in 2010 for its user friendly and #1 web present, I was one of the consistent top producers at Norcal Coldwell Banker's office in Los Gatos (one of the most productive offices nationwide) from 2001-2010 and from 1992-2001 at C. Watson Century-21 in Fresno (one of the top local offices). As a result, I have received many Awards and Designations. I have been involved in over 450+ transactions in my 22+ year career. I look forward to working with you and helping you accom

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    2021
    05/27/21
    Chris gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas helped us buy our first home. With his knowledge of the Bay Area we were able to get an offer accepted despite the hot market. Cephas was constantly on the look out for houses that fit our profile and contacting other agents for information. We had a difficult closing due to lender troubles and his years of experience quickly guided us to pivot and find a lender that worked. Cephas was always calm and reassuring throughout the whole process. We would definitely recommend and work with Cephas again.
    2020
    09/07/20
    Cindy gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephus was a dream to work with. He goes above and beyond to get your house sold. He helped me de-clutter my house, fill holes where pictures were hung, did paint touch up, staged my home, and even took items to Goodwill for donation. His patience, market knowledge, negotiation skills, and followup with not only myself, but the interested parties is second to none.
    06/23/20
    Zachary gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was a great help in guiding us through the home buying process, from start to finish. Not only did he answer any question we had, he also worked with everyone involved in order to ensure that things went as smoothly as possible for us. His expertise as a realtor helped point out things about the house/property that we would have never noticed ourselves. Definitely a great asset and help to any new home buyer, will plan on using again in the future!
    04/15/20
    Charlie gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Wow, Cephas and Lynn are not your typical BS realtors. They do what they say and get results. They staged our house, had several very successful (crowded) open houses and it was sold way before I expected at at higher price than listed. You have to hire this dude, you won't be sorry!
    02/19/20
    Jiongwei gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    After Cephas got to know our needs (type of home, budget, etc), he kept that in mind and recommended suitable ones for us. He is reasonable, no nonsense and dedicated to what he does. He helped us as much as he could within his capacity. He did well both in recommending/providing good practices when making the purchase and also in many handy helps. Importantly, he shared information upfront honestly.
    02/14/20
    Brian gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas and Lynn were amazing with my first home buying experience. They made it simple and smooth for us. I had a lot of qualms going in, and I had no knowledge of the process, but they stuck with us and walked us every step of the way. Even after the home buying process, they helped us with things that were wrong with the house. They went extra miles to make us happy which is why I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. They treat you like family and that should be what everyone wants.
    02/12/20
    Bob gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cepheus truly a full service realtor and was fantastic to work with in selling my moms house
    01/27/20
    Charles or Chuck gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    I am extremely satisfied with the services I have received from Cephas Butler, who provided me services as a selling agent and as a buyer's agent. I contacted Cephas to list my Gilroy residence for sale in mid December of 2018. I had lived in my home since 1998, and Cephas provided to me a detailed list of things that needed to be done in preparation for listing my home for sale. I needed to declutter my backyard and power wash the exterior of my home, in addition to the interior staging needed before listing my home for sale via MLS listing. In addition, Cephas and his working partner, spent several weekends and evenings actually performing the labor needed to do the exterior decluttering and power washing and interior staging. In addition they did the lions share of exterior and interior painting needed before listing the home for sale. All of the interior and exterior work was done by end of January, 2019, and my home was listed for sale in MLS the first week in February at an offering price that Cephas felt the home was worth. After one open house, there were two offers - one for the asking price and one $20K more than the asking price. The home closed escrow on Feb. 22, 2019, at $20K more than asking price and with no repair contingencies. Cephas was instrumental in getting the home through all of its inspections without requiring any repairs being done. The initial termite inspection had identified that the home had to be tarped and treated for termites, however, Cephas's experience in knowing when termite treatment was needed and when not led to the termite inspector agreeing that no treatment was needed. This saved me the cost of termite treatment. I was also very pleased with Cephas's services as a buying agent. His experience and expertise were instrumental in us finding a new home at an affordable price in a very desirable neighborhood. Cephas has over 30 years experience in the Bay Area's housing market (East West from Palo Alto to Livermore, and North South from Hollister to Oakland). Therefore, based on my being very satisfied with Cephas's services as a seller and a buyer, I highly recommend Cephas Butler as your realtor.
    02/28/19
    Charles or Chuck gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    As my listing agent, Cephas Butler did a very effective job of identifying work that needed to be done to prepare my home for selling and then following up to ensure that the work was done efficiently, cost effectively, and in a timely manner. He with his working partner Lynn Tuong presonally did much of the labor in the form of painting, clean up and staging of my home. The home was listed on Jan. 15, 2019, and after one open house, my home sold on Jan. 22, 2019, for $10K more than the asking price. Cephas and Lynn have been most helpful in helping me move my furniture and belongings in to storage cost effectively and without damage while we look for my new home. I am extremely confident that Cephas and Lynn will help me as my buying agent to find a new home at an affordable price that best meets my needs. I highly recommend Cephas to any buyer or seller of real estate in the South Bay.
    2019
    11/23/19
    Amy gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was awesome - I am very happy with how he quickly and easily he made the sale of my condo happen. He located and supervised painters, cleaners, yardwork, and inspections, staged the property, and sold it within a week. He was timely on updates and got it all done painlessly and quickly. I am very happy with his work.
    11/23/19
    Amy gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was awesome - I am very happy with how he quickly and easily he made the sale of my condo happen. He located and supervised painters, cleaners, yardwork, and inspections, staged the property, and sold it within a week. He was timely on updates and got it all done painlessly and quickly. I am very happy with his work.
    12/15/16
    Amy gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was persistent and calm during unexpected turbulence in the loan closing.
    12/12/16
    Amy gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was persistent and calm during unexpected turbulence in the loan closing.
    09/09/19
    Susan gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    It was a pleasure working with Cephas. He was very professional and extremely helpful. He sold my condo in record time and went beyond helping to get my paperwork in order and completed. I'm so appreciative of all he did for me. He made selling a pleasurable experience.
    06/29/19
    Salvador gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was amazing he made selling our late uncle's home so easy. He is the best.
    02/13/19
    Lawrence J. gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Total 5 star rating, so sorry for error on previous review. We feel that Cephas has exceeded our expectations with his: Professionalism, Communication skills, Trustworthiness, Knowledge, Attention to detail, Responsiveness, Dedication and Negotiating Skills. You will never have to guess what is going on with your transaction, Cephas will keep you well informed each step of the way. My wife is a retired Broker and very pleased with the Professional, friendly manner that Cephas exhibited throughout the process. Thank you Cephas
    01/23/19
    Jeffrey D. gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas recently helped me bought my first home and brand new since he helped sold our family home for top dollar. Thanks to Cephas good advice and guidance, I bought the best home on the block at the best price possible. I cannot thank him enough for his hard work, persistent, and great attitude that helped me own this great home that I had dreamed of for decades. If you want a great agent who truly cares and protect your best interest at heart, call Cephas Butler.
    07/17/18
    Jeffrey D. gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas recently helped my brother and I sell our family home. The home had been in the family for over 40 years. It was really hard to even begin the process, we were very stressed out just with the thought of having to sell the house then on top of that had to start packing up 40 years of memories. Our family had known Cephas for many years but this was the first time that we used his services as a real estate Agent. I believe this was the best choice we had ever made. We met with Cephas to discuss the process and he explained everything to us until we understood it. He was staying in touch with us I want to say everyday!! He even came over in the evenings to bring food and water wanted to make sure everyone stayed healthy. We had hired a contractor to do some work and it was not our best choice He did a terrible Job. Cephas saw how bad things were and jumped right in and started to help paint, patch the walls, etc. We would have never been able to get though this process without Cephas, he was our Rock. He sold our house one week after having Open House. We cannot thank him enough for everything he did for us. If you want a agent who truly cares and has your best interest at heart, call Cephas Butler
    07/10/18
    Jeffrey D. gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    It's hard to find enough good things to say about Cephas. He held my hand from beginning to end. His savvy of the real estate market proved to be spot-on. I got nothing but good advice. He even went as far as helping me fix a bad paint job. But, even with all of his and Lynn's guidance and assistance, it still took a whole week to sell the house. Can you believe that? A whole week.
    2018
    11/21/18
    J gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was very helpful in selling my house. Cephas is hardworking, caring and extremely knowledgeable. He provided moral support and gently nudged me along to make sure I was on track in getting my house ready to sell. He kept me up to date on the status of the selling of my house, even while he was on vacation. He is very professional and I highly recommend him. Thank you Cephas.
    11/06/18
    Shelly gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    One again Cephas has gone above and beyond for me. I would highly recommend Cephas, He's honest, very knowledgeable, and gets the job done! Solid realtor.
    10/31/18
    Shelly gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    I have been more than satisfied with Cephas Butler. He has always gone over and above for me. His work ethic has been impeccable! I was very lucky to find him. I would highly recommend Cephas! His knowledge of the Real Estate is exceptional!!!
    09/14/12
    Shelly gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was very professional and fun to work with. He worked very hard to find me the right house. I would highly recomment Cephas.
    Home buyer in San Jose
    02/11/18
    Rohan gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    No complaints from me. My home buying experience with Cephas was nothing short of SOLID.
    07/08/17
    Rohan gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    I was a potential first-time homebuyer in one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country. I knew of the challenges, but at the same time did not want to compromise on quality by just "diving" in like so many other buyers seem to do. I wanted to find a place in good condition that I would like living in, no matter how long it took. Cephas was both patient and determined in helping me find a house that I would like. He stuck with me through thick and thin helping me over the course of several months providing me with valuable advice to navigate this market. It's thanks to him that I can now truly call the Bay Area home.
    Home buyer in Watsonville
    02/08/18
    Jorge gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Very responsive and detailed. Handled our purchase with great customer service and follow through.
    09/03/12
    Jorge gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Great knowledge and was great to
    09/03/12
    Jorge gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was knowledgeable and very courteous. He listened to our needs and worked well with us.
    Home buyer in San Jose
    01/24/18
    Martin gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Buying a house in a tight market is a very frustrating experience. I have worked with Cephas for almost a year to get me a house. He helped me greatly in this difficult process. He was always ready to show me a house and prepare an offer on a moments notice, which is critical in a situation with historically low inventory and houses receiving multiple offers within ours after listing. I would recommend Cephas to anyone seeking a dedicated agent who won't relent until he finds a house that suites your needs.
    2017
    Home buyer in Gilroy
    11/16/17
    Gloria gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas is great to work with!
    Home buyer in Fresno
    09/17/17
    Erik gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    About 20 years ago Cephas Butler helped my parents buy their first home and recently, I became a new home owner. Cephas made my first time home buying experience as easy as possible his expertise in this field are extraordinary. He was able to work after hours to accommodate my work schedule. Cephas was extremely helpful, he is an awesome person to work with. He also counts with an extraordinary team that made all this possible. I highly recommend Cephas to anyone. Thanks to Cephas and the great TEAM for making all this possible.
    Land seller in Royal Oaks
    07/13/17
    Rhonda gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas, was very helpful, personal and professional. I would definitely refer him to any of my family and friends. What a great man and team that backs him up. Thank you again
    Home seller in Campbell
    07/12/17
    Gary gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Although I interviewed a few agents, Cephas stood out for his style and I was convinced that he'll do the best job. He went above and beyond by rolling up his sleeves to get the house and the yards cleaned up before I signed the contract. Cephas marketed the property to the hilt and walked the neighborhood with flyers to get it sold fast. He personally held 2 open houses with his partner, Lynn Truong, which were super busy. Within 8 days, we had 10 offers and sold it for $335,000 over the asking price at $999,000. With his strong communication and negotiation skills, Cephas got the highest and best price and closed escrow in just 6 days. He's dynamite and no one could have done a better job than Cephas. He was great to work with from start to finish. He under promised and over delivered all the time. Although Cephas was very busy with other clients, he always picked up my calls or returned my call right away. He followed up regularly on every step of the process and I really enjoyed working with him. I highly recommend Cephas to anyone who is looking to buy or sell in this hot market. It's hard to find a hard working agent like Cephas in this seller's market. Call him first to sell it for top dollar.
    Home seller in Campbell
    06/27/17
    Richard gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    I was a potential first time homebuyer in one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country. I knew of the challenges, but at the same time did not want to compromise on quality by just "diving" in like so many other buyers seem to do. I wanted to find a place in good condition that I would like living in, no matter how long it took. Cephas was both patient and determined in helping me find a house that I would like. He stuck with me through thick and thin helping me over the course of several months providing me with valuable advice to navigate this market. It's thanks to him that I can now truly call the Bay Area home.
    06/05/17
    Richard gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Both Cephas and Lynn went fare and beyond any of our expectation in selling my mothers home for us. if you are looking for a great realtor ask cephus to just give you number and im happy to tell you how easy and wonderful working with this team was. I would do it again and never even interview another realtor
    06/05/17
    Richard gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas and Lynn were outstanding from start to finish. They advised, assisted, and guided us through the process. They explained the terminology, the strategy, the process, and told us what to expect, what to be concerned about, and what not to worry about. It has been many years since I went through a real estate transaction and things have changed. Cephas and Lynn were very patient with me and were there throughout the entire process to make sure we were happy and up-to-date.
    Home buyer in Campbell
    06/26/17
    Mehrdad gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    I have had the please of buying 2 home from Cephas Butler recently. Cephas is responsive & straight shooter and tells you exactly as it is. I find him trustworthy and pleasant to work with. I look forward to doing business with him again. Mehrdad Rahbar, MBA
    Home buyer in Santa Cruz
    05/31/17
    Julia gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was a consummate professional. He was relaxed and friendly but never pushy. At various times during the number of months he worked with us, we got 'cold feet' and took a break from the house hunt. At these times Cephas gave us plenty of room. At the same time, once we settled on a place Cephas was very detail oriented and professional. We really enjoyed working with him and would recommend him to anyone trying to negotiate what can be a very stressful process. Thank you Cephas!
    Home buyer in Santa Clara
    04/26/17
    JyhYung gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas is instrumental through my house buying process and post-escrow house renovation. He provides very detail recommendations through out the entire process, without him it would be difficult for me to go through the process.
    Condo seller in San Jose
    01/26/17
    Alfonso gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    We recently sold our nice condo in the heart of downtown San Jose and bought another nearby with Cephas' superior service and results. I highly recommend Cephas to anyone who is especially downsizing or upsizing. The process is complex, but Cephas is your man. He has your best interest at heart and truly cares about your bottom line. Cephas and his team will help you simplify the buying and selling processes by walking you through every step of the way and getting the results that you desire. Although he helped us bought and Sold over 2 years ago, it was more challenging this time around for the year end holidays, limited inventory and lack of desirable homes. With Cephas' great patience, strong listening skills and attention to details, he helped us seized the opportunity and sealed the deal. We got the price and the condo that we longed for; thanks to Cephas' strong market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills. Besides, he exceeded our expectations of all aspects of the sale and the purchase for we trusted him with his great advice and recommendations. I am very please with the end results for Cephas' exceptional service, responsiveness, and professionalism. I look forward to working with him again.
    12/18/14
    Alfonso gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    It was difficult and it took me over a year to decide and find a suitable replacement home before putting up my house for sale. The challenge was to get in contract for the sale asap and leverage it to get in contract for my replacement home soon after before it was sold. Thanks to Cephas’ experience, market knowledge, strategy, and negotiation skills, my house was sold in 7 days with 10 offers and $45,000 over list price; besides, we got in contract for my purchase within 3 days with $5,000 less than list price. Wow, that was an unbelievable right? But working with Cephas, anything was possible for his optimistic, persistent and confident. With Cephas’ dedication, professionalism and attention to details, he was exceptional in all aspects of the sale and the purchase. Cephas is the finest real estate agent in the business and I was lucky to work with him. Like Cephas, his business contacts are quick, knowledgeable, and professionals with exceptional service. I highly recommend Cephas to those I know and I look forward to working with him again.
    2016
    Home buyer in San Jose
    12/29/16
    Daniel gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas helped us finding the right home in the neighborhood that we like. He guided us through all the steps of the home buying process. He is very professional and knows very well the market. He does his "homework" before any house visit. At each house visit Cephas knew all the details and pros&cons about the home and the area. Cephas was always accessible over email or phone. Even in the weekends and evenings whenever we had questions or needed guidance with paperwork he was there for us. His expertise, patience(especially with first time buyers like us who have a ton of questions) and fast response made the whole home buying process very smooth. We would recommend Cephas to any one who is looking to buy a property.
    Home seller in San Jose
    12/27/16
    Paz gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas helped us finding the right home in the neighborhood that we like. He guided us through all the steps of the home buying process. He is very professional and knows very well the market. He does his "homework" before any house visit. At each house visit Cephas knew all the details and pros&cons about the home and the area. Cephas was always accessible over email or phone. Even in the weekends and evenings whenever we had questions or needed guidance with paperwork he was there for us. His expertise, patience(especially with first time buyers like us who have a ton of questions) and fast response made the whole home buying process very smooth. We would recommend Cephas to any one who is looking to buy a property.
    12/23/16
    Paz gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    I recently worked with an excellent realtor in San Jose and his name is Cephas Butler ... He went above and Beyond his duties selling my mother's house; he had great marketing ideas and much patience while working with us ... Resulting in a record time sale and ultimately getting us a great price for the house. We need more agents like him in the Business.
    Home seller in San Jose
    10/21/16
    Beverly gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    My Husband, Bill, met Cephas almost 20 years ago when he first knocked on our door. Since then, we got to know one another and became good friends. Even long after Bill died, Cephas never stops coming by to visit and babysat my dog, Fluffy, many times when I went out of town and even during escrow recently. Cephas is kind, caring and generous. He often cooks and delivers his 3-day-marinated BBQ chicken, Salmon, and veggies to me and the seniors in the neighborhood. During Christmas, he delivers a bag of goodies to all of us to enjoy and plays Santa at Christmas in the park. Cephas is a wonderful man and the best realtor in town who truly cares about your well-being and your bottom line. He always there with great suggestions or answers whenever I have questions about real estate or remodeling. Like Cephas, his partner, Lynn Truong, is a sweetheart, kind, and caring. Together, they are the dream team. Within 10 days, they helped me packed, moved, renovated, and sold my house for $50,000 more than I ever imagined. They sometimes worked after Midnight to get my home ready and staged it themselves to save me money and for top dollar. Wow, they went above and beyond; they sure exceeded my great expectations. We had 7 offers in 7 days and closed in 28 days. I've been blessed having them as friends and had a wonderful experience working with them. I highly recommend Cephas Butler & Lynn Truong to anyone who is thinking of buying or selling. Call them today, you'll be glad you did.
    Home seller in San Jose
    03/13/16
    Robert gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    The single most important point from our recent home sale was how smoothly it went. From the first moment of starting the listing to the final closure there was nothing myself or my wife needed to worry about. Cephas' excellent advice on maximing the value of the house right at the beginning - replacing the old guttering - really improved the kerb appeal and I am sure helped sell the house. Further, whenever we had a question we got an immediate response and the necessary information. Overall we were very satisfied and have already mentioned to several friends to contact Cephas when they come to sell their homes.
    Townhome buyer in San Jose
    02/22/16
    Arturo gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas helped us sell our home and find a home at great location and at a great price. Throughout the process Cephas let us know what was going on and what to expect. His professionalism really showed and the entire process was quick and painless. Thanks to Cephas and his entire team we sold at our asking price and bought our new home below the appraisal. Not only was Cephas helpful in negotiating the sell and purchase of the homes but he also helped with the little stuff, such as helping us get rid of our old washer and drier and convincing the seller to leave their washer and drier. I will definitively use Cephas in the future and would recommend Cephas to anyone looking to buy or sell their home.
    02/19/16
    Arturo gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas helped us sell our home and find a home at great location and at a great price. Throughout the process Cephas let us know what was going on and what to expect. His professionalism really showed and the entire process was quick and painless. Thanks to Cephas and his entire team we sold at our asking price and bought our new home below the appraisal. Not only was Cephas helpful in negotiating the sell and purchase of the homes but he also helped with the little stuff, such as helping us get rid of our old washer and drier and convincing the seller to leave their washer and drier. I will definitively use Cephas in the future and would recommend Cephas to anyone looking to buy or sell their home.
    Condo buyer in Santa Cruz
    01/14/16
    Peter gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    We recently purchased a property with Cephas as our agent. He was an excellent choice because of his honesty, patience, and market knowledge. He was honest with us about the pros and cons of each property, and listened carefully to our concerns and desires as we shared our thoughts with him. This allowed him to find properties that suited our desires and specific situation. He patiently helped us look at several properties each time we got together which allowed us to make a good choice as to the property we chose to buy. His market knowledge was instrumental in helping to find the property that best suited our needs.
    2015
    Home buyer in Hayward
    12/19/15
    Shelly gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas is phenomenal for his local knowledge, attention to Detail, and responsiveness. He gained my trust for his dedication, experience, and professionalism. He is upfront with everything and tells it like it is. Thank God I found Cephas over 3 years ago and my life has changed for the better ever since. Cephas helped me buy and sell my house in Santa Cruz County to purchase the latest one in Alameda County. Soon after Cephas helped me sell my house for $30,000 over list price, he was working day and night to help me purchase my current home. Due to low inventory and competitive multiple offer’s market, Cephas was showing me for over 5 months; we looked at over 40 homes due to lack of desirable homes and within my price range below $380,000. Cephas never gave up and his hard work paid off when he found me the perfect home. Regardless of the challenging market and we had to compete with 15 other offers, Cephas amazingly got my offer accepted at a lower price than 2 other offers for his award winning offer presentation and persuasion. With his strong communication and negotiable skills, he got me a $10,000 price. This is my 3rd transaction with Cephas over a 3 year period and he gets better every time. Everything is possible when you work with Cephas. He’s my real estate guru and he is as good as it gets. I highly recommend Cephas to anyone who wants great results in buying or selling real estate.
    07/05/15
    Shelly gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was a delightful to work with, he is very knowledgeable. He was always available to answer any of my questions and got back to me very quickly. He first sold me my first house and when I was getting ready to sell my house I knew I would use Cephas again, no question in my mind. He has such a great work ethic he was always friendly, funny, knowledgeable just great guy all around! I highly recommend Cephas you will NOT be disappointed in him. SOLID GUY AND HONEST!
    Home buyer in Campbell
    11/19/15
    Jane & Bill gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas Butler spent over 3 months this summer searching and personally checking out new listings in San Jose, Campbell, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale Areas, that we were interested in. We live in San Diego, but we wanted to invest in a 3 bedrooms, 2 baths home under $900,000 for our daughter and her 3 sons. It took great patience on his part for talking with us regularly and emailing us all the reports and disclosures for numerous properties promptly. If we like the looks of the listings, he would drive over to check out the neighborhood and the properties day or night before he reported back to us his findings with additional pictures. With the current seller’s market and limited inventory, we made 4 offers on 4 different properties and finally, we got accepted for the house that we wanted before our 1031 exchange time period expired. Luckily, we got a nice updated house and below list price due to Cephas’ strong negotiation skills. More importantly, we successfully closed escrow in less than 3 weeks. Mr. Butler made the whole buying process go smoothly and helped us find repairmen in the area and movers too. We just can’t thank him enough for his diligence in helping us find a nice home and his consistent good nature through the home buying process. He is very competent and really paid attention to our budget and what we wanted in a property. I highly recommend Cephas Butler for all your real estate needs.
    Home seller in San Jose
    08/17/15
    WilliamBlu gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephus was efficient, professional and straight forward in tackling his duties and in my eyes went far above and beyond the performance of other realtors I have seen in action over my life. I would not hesitate to recommend Cephus as he seems to thrive on finding solutions to the many difficult challenges that can arise during the selling and buying process. In addition, I have never known a realtor to dig right in with pulling weeds, trimming trees, fixing nail holes, helping with liquidation sales and getting out his tools when needed. I am completely satisfied with Cephus and his team.
    Home buyer in San Jose
    07/17/15
    Linda gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was the best guide and advocate that we could have had throughout the stressful process of purchasing a new home. His intimate knowledge of the Silicon Valley real estate market and the San Jose area in particular, lead us to a first-time-out successful bid, and a home in a neighborhood where we fit-in and were immediately made welcome. From bid to close, Cephas was patient, attentive to our needs, quickly available, informative and extremely diplomatic and tolerant regarding our many questions. His experience, dependable honesty, and the integrity with which he dealt with every aspect of the purchase was invaluable to my husband and I. We both feel fortunate that Cephas was our agent and highly recommend him.
    06/04/15
    Jason gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was able to suggest a good offer and work with the seller's agent, resulting in the seller's immediate acceptance of our offer on her house, and saving us from bidding wars. He took care of all the details needed on our end to successfully close. We probably would not have been able to get the house without him.
    Home buyer in Watsonville
    05/28/15
    Barbara gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was very knowledgeable and helpful every step through the home buying process. He was always available to answer questions and concerns along the way. I highly recommend him.
    Townhome seller in Watsonville
    05/15/15
    Aglaed gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was responsive and knowledgeable. He knew exactly what we needed to do and no matter the issue he was prepared and handled our sale with expertise.
    2014
    Home buyer in Hollister
    12/17/14
    Al gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas truly cares for his neighbors where he knew my parents; he has been dropping by periodically with the market update or just to say hi. Besides, he has been dropping off gifts around the holidays for the last 13 years. Thanks to my parents who highly recommended Cephas and who I gladly hired to achieve the exceptional results that I desired. Cephas was dedicated, responsive, trustworthy, and went out of his way at every turn to resolve any issue that came up. With Cephas’ diligent, experience, and perseverance, we successfully closed two escrows on the sale of my current home and the new purchase of my replacement home in 38 days. As a result, I only moved once with free rent back and completely moved in before Thanksgiving. That is hard to beat in this hot seller’s market and I can’t ask for more in an exceptional agent like Cephas. He is a miracle worker in every way and he has great ability to see things before they come up. I highly recommend Cephas to anyone who is thinking of buying or investing in real estate. He will help you realize and accomplish all your real estate goals.
    11/05/14
    Laurie gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    I was selling my father’s home and it needed a little TLC to prepare for the sale. Since I live 100 miles away, I was at a loss for who to contact for cleaning, window washing, painting, carpet, bathroom remodel, staging, etc. But not to worry! Cephas referred me to all of the contractors and, to my surprise, even arranged for quotes the first day I met him at the house. That saved so much time! Cephas worked tirelessly and went beyond the call of duty on many occasions. He tackled each phase in the process with patience, diligence, and integrity. From guiding me through the sales process and related paperwork to taking items to Goodwill, trimming branches, watering plants, shopping for home improvement items, and meeting with inspectors and appraisers in my absence -- he went far beyond the scope of what a realtor would normally do. Since I wasn’t local, this was such a tremendous help and a blessing. He stayed in constant communication with me and responded to my inquires quickly. Thanks to Cephas’ experience, knowledge of the market, and strategy the house sold in 10 days and far over listing price. In my opinion, I would give him 10 stars if I could. Cephas is simply the best!
    Home buyer in Corralitos
    08/26/14
    Richard gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    I can't even imagine a better RE agent than Cephas. He was phenomenal in all aspects of the purchase. He provides the buyer with the confidence of an "old timer" through frequent and personal updates and observations. He is persistent and aggressive at moving the real estate process forward. Cephas has the experience to identify then resolve issues before they can impact the sale. His business contacts are of the same caliber as Cephas, fast, knowledgeable and courteous service. Without question, I truly believe that Cephas, is the finest R.E. agent in the business. This is our fourth home purchase and I have never had a better business relationship with any agent. Cephas in my opinion is one of the best business assets that I've had the experience to witness.
    Home seller in San Jose
    05/28/14
    Peter gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas and his partner, Lynn Truong are exceptional! They exceeded our expectations from the beginning to the end of the transaction for the sale of our home in Willow Glen. Cephas and Lynn are both professional, knowledgeable, dedicated, sincere and their follow through was impeccable! Their support & friendship through our personal situation was above and beyond a Realtor's responsibility. Cephas & Lynn are both genuine, caring people who really know how to service their Clients from cleaning, organizing, offering meals and thoughtful gestures through closing! They should be designated with the "Hearts of Gold" medal! I would highly recommend them to family and friends as a Realtor that you can trust and depend on for a life time.
    Home seller in San Jose
    03/30/14
    Sandy gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    I was selling my uncle's home for an estate. Chepas was the perfect choice. He and Lynn Truong did an amazing job! I honestly never felt nervous or stressed. Everything they said they were going to do happened with no follow up from me. I live three hours away, so I had to rely on both Chepas and Lynn for so many things. The painters, contractors and staging company that they chose were top notch and very fair. They kept me far away from any drama and even watered the flowers for me!! I would work with them again without ANY hesitation. Thank you both so much from the bottom of my heart! :) P.S. Every phone call I placed was returned promptly! Very nice work!
    Home buyer in Watsonville
    03/05/14
    Jeffery gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Working with Cephas made it easy for us to realize our dream retirement home came true so quickly at a small senior community that was difficult to find with other realtors for months. Even though our purchase was small, we were treated like royalty. He drove us every time we went out house hunting from Santa Clara to Boulder Creek and Watsonville; then he bought us dinner when possible. He even went out his way to preview a home way out in Seaside. I have never dreamed that a realtor would do this much work. Thank you Cephas for your dedication, perseverance, great patience and listening skills that helped us acquire this nice home in this competitive market; your strong communication and negotiating skills gained us an extra $1,800 besides closing escrow earlier than the contractual time and hassle free.
    Home seller in San Jose
    01/07/14
    Anh gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Thanks to Cephas' great patience, negotiation skills and perseverance, my nightmare short sale of 6 months is finally Closed recently. Thanks to his years of experience, diligent and huge help with evicting two hostile tenants with small children that made it very difficult and complicated.As a result, I highly recommend Buyers or sellers to work with Cephas to get the best outcome and receive the highest service possible.
    2013
    Home buyer in Ben Lomond
    09/03/13
    Julie gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    All I have to say is if you are in the market to buy or sell a home; Cephas is the person you want! He was professional, patient, and always answered any question I had. He dealt with a awful Realtor on the sellers end to make sure that me, as the buyer, got the home of my dreams. Thank you Chepas! You are the BEST!!!
    08/20/13
    D gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was very gracious. He drove a long way to show us this property after work one evening. He answered all our questions and offered useful information. He is patient and a good listener. We had one visit to this property and have not made an offer yet. So my review reflects the one site visit and the ensuing emails related to the visit.
    Home buyer in Danville
    08/14/13
    Josh gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    I grew up in Maryland for over 30+ years and moved to Dublin for almost two years ago, I have a hard time deciding where to live and invest in my first home from Pacifica, Santa Cruz to Contra Costa County. After 6 long months of looking, making offers, and frustrating with the lack of inventory, good location, and good price, I finally bought my first home in one of the best neighborhoods in Danville. Thanks to Cephas’ great market knowledge, negotiation skills, patience, and perseverance, I was able to acquire my dream home that has everything I ever dreamed off. As a young attorney and a Cash buyer for up to $1.2 Million, I never thought buying a home in the bay area would be so competitive and difficult to get accepted. Again, thanks to Cephas’ 21+ years of experience and going the extra mile to get me into contract quickly, close the transaction smoothly and stress free in a timely manner. I highly recommend Cephas to anyone who is buying or selling property since I doubt that another Realtor could do a better job.
    Townhome buyer in Dublin
    07/14/13
    manu gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Working with Cephas = dedication, patience, and perseverance. Over 6 months, we submitted 14 offers; even though I had proverbially thrown in the towel, Cephas was very patient and uplifting. This house we won had met all of my initially desired requests. Overall, very on point. Thank you.
    Home buyer in Tracy
    07/01/13
    Tiffany gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas is woderful ro woek wih. He takes time to know the buyer's needs and budget and will work hard to match the two and he keeps you informed throughout the process.
    Home seller in San Jose
    06/03/13
    Mary gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas handled all transactions very professionally. He made sure our home sold quickly and smoothly.
    Prospective seller
    05/28/13
    Aya gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    He showed us more homes as we requested during a contract. He showed up always on time and had answers ready. He managed to fit our crazy schedule to meet us. Yap, we could rely on him to purchase our new home. He is very reliable, knowledgable realtor and has great communication skills.   He knows the area's history and can provide a great insight into the property values.
    Home buyer in Scotts Valley
    03/31/13
    Lori gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas lead my husband and I through our first home purchase, and boy was it a doozy! He was so wonderful to work with though, meeting us when we were available (which is hard because my husband is a teacher and works long hours). He was understanding of the market, and knew that when we found the one we wanted we needed to move on it quick. He knew how to work with other agents, and all of the professional references he gave us, from mortgage handler to termite inspector were reliable, affordable and showed the same quick response time that Cephas did. Even when we were scared that the house purchase might be in jeopardy because one of the owners passed away, Cephas was right on top of the situation making sure that our dream home didn't get away, and now we're moving in! I would happily recommend Cephas to any of my friends or family, and if you're shopping for a house in either Santa Clara or Santa Cruz county he's the man with the knowledge and the know-how to get you the house you want.
    Home buyer in Ben Lomond
    03/24/13
    Christina gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was wonderful, so professional. He did not give up even when I was ready to. I was really asking for a very specific piece of property within a near impossible price range, and had a definite idea where it should be. This house was all in my head, and I was asking for the moon, but he never, ever said it was not possible and he found just what I wanted at a great price and he put in extra hours when I had to depart on a business trip to Australia while all the documentation was going through. Thank you Cephas, you are the best!
    11/01/12
    Christina gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas responded immediately to my message and was most helpful. I have full faith that he will find just the right piece of property for me.
    01/17/13
    Brian gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    When I decided to purchase a home here I took a chance and called Zip realty on a Saturday afternoon. Minutes later I received a call from Cephas and he proceeded to identify and show me many houses in the area that were within my price range., I ,in fact, decided to purchase one of those houses about a week later. Cephas's attention to detail and responsiveness allowed me to accomplish the closing in a timely manner. His understanding of the area and the process allowed us to be accepted on the first offer. I would recommend him for anyone serious about purchasing a house in the San Jose area. I guarantee that you will be satisfied with the performance and professionalism of Cephas. Boy am I really glad that he was the one who responded to my request from Zip Realty.
    01/05/13
    Niki gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    I am impressed with Cephas's quickness in response to my request. We never met before. I called him at 6 ish pm, he returned my call within an hour. By 10 pm in the evening, he had picked out 5 properties to see the next day and for me to get to know them. We saw all the properties in next afternoon, the offer was sent the following day. It would not have happened without his hard work and great communication skill. He has good knowledge of the properties and knows what he is selling and what is worth to see. Acting fast is important in today's real estate market. He could have ignored my call or taken time to get back to me like many other agents did. Those agents are real losers.
    2012
    Home buyer in Oakland
    12/29/12
    Travis gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas is a down to earth straight forward guy which was a welcomed surprise being new to the Bay Area. He was diligent in answering questions and working with the lender and other parties to facilitate the purchase of our home. We were greatly pleased with his commitment (sometimes answering phone calls and responding to emails during late night hours.) Cephas went above and beyond to aid in the transition into the home. He even aided with finding contractors to do renovations after the purchase of the home (while we were out of town.)
    Home buyer in Brookdale
    12/15/12
    Parine gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    In a few words- I couldn't be happier with my agent! he was thorough, knowledgeable, patient, and on the ball at all times. I was always amazed how quickly he'd return my calls or emails. He made me feel like my purchase was very important. I truly appreciate his diligence, like when he drove over to my property in pouring rain and storm to meet with a contractor and ended up taking photos of the water damage to the utility room which eventually saved me $2,500 on the final purchase price! I would highly recommend Cephas to friends and family:-)
    Home buyer in Scotts Valley
    11/21/12
    Greg gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas worked until late night putting together an offer for me on what turned out to be a very attractive short sale. The following morning we were the first to place an offer on the house - beating out two other offers - and had the offer immediately accepted. He hung in there patiently during the whole process dealing with the banks, etc., and in the end I'm the happy owner of a new home!
    Home seller in San Jose
    09/20/12
    Sam gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    HEy Ceph, you did a great job, Thanks for working all ends of the deal, I'm glad you were able to do it. Let me know when something else comes up. Appreciate the hard work.
    Home seller in San Jose
    09/02/12
    Steven gave Cephas 4 stars out of 5
    Cephas sold our house fast just like we needed him to do, Thanks again. Cephas
    Home seller in San Jose
    07/25/12
    Erika gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    You don't just get one agent, you get Cephas and Lynn! Both together are great, and sold my house within a week of the open house for above list. Cephas really knew the market and both the area I was selling and buying in.
    Home buyer in Hollister
    04/18/12
    daniel gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas is a five star agent. He was great from start to finish. Thank alot for the expert assistance. Danny&Denise Fullen
    Home buyer in San Jose
    04/17/12
    Tri gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    When come to home buying, Cephas' team is the right choice. He knows what he's doing, getting the home you want and the price you want for....and to me that's the most important. I strongly recommend him to anyone who want to buy or selling their homes. Cephas is the best agent that I have worked with.
    Home buyer in Boulder Creek
    01/03/12
    Susan gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was outstanding! He went beyond and above my expectations, he is a great guy. We could of not had a better realator. I will absolutely recommend him for other people to work with. An outstanding realator! Susan
    2011
    Home buyer in Watsonville
    09/13/11
    Constance gave Cephas 5 stars out of 5
    Cephas was completely focused on the task at hand in finding me a relocation home in CA from Boston and always responded immediatley with concerns and questions. He is has enormous integrity.

    My Experience

    • Listed and Sold Residential, Commercial, Multi-Family, Ranches, Lands, and Vineyards since 1992
    • Listed and Sold Distress, Foreclosure, and Trust Properties since 1994
    • Listed and Sold Properties regarding Corporate Relocation since 1998
    • 26+ years of Real Estate experience and involved in over 500 transactions

    My Credentials and Memberships

    • California Real Estate Licensee and Associate of California & National Association of Realtors
    • Silicon Valley Association of Realtors
    • Certified Marketing Assistance and Relocation Inventory Specialist
    • Affiliated with North Bay, East Bay, and Santa Cruz Association of Realtors

    My Community Involvement

    • I coached High School Wrestling for 10 years in Palo Alto, Cupertino and Los Gatos.
    • I adopted and cared for many abused dogs from the Animal Shelters over the years.
    • I care for the elderly in Cambrian neighborhood and are especially in their 70's, 80's, and 90's.
    • I have been pet sitting for neighbors 2001.
    • I'm a Californian native and grew up in downtown San Jose.

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