Ben Strock Team Real Estate Agent at Strock Real Estate

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Agent Highlights

Ben is a top selling Rio del Mar agent - having sold over 67% more properties in Rio del Mar than the average agent.
Ben sells properties fast - selling more than 32% quicker than the average Rio del Mar agent.
Ben gets the job done - completing more sales than the average Rio del Mar agent by 19%.
First rate....

More about Ben Strock Team

BEN STROCK OWNER - FOUNDER - BROKER Born and raised among a family of Realtors, Ben Strock has Real Estate in his blood. Growing up in Los Altos, Ben worked for his father, a real estate broker and owner of Strock Realty and Financial in Palo Alto.  A graduate of the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Business-Economics and a concentration in banking and finance, Ben was a licensed agent at the time of his graduation in 2001.  Ben quickly earned his place among Santa Cruz County's most respected agents, earning the trust of both his contemporaries and clients.  With extensive knowledge of construction, finance, design, and the escrow process, Ben brings a distinct perspective that sets him apart from his peers.  His negotiating skills, creativity, and honesty make him a valuable asset for any transaction. After years spent gaining local knowledge and an excellent reputation, Ben ...
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Super Agents are experienced, highly rated agents with a track record of success with HomeLight clients. Ben Strock Team is committed to providing great service for their clients.

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Awards

Top 3 in Sales in Santa Cruz County 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Volume, Top Agent in Aptos 2017 and 2018, Top 1% Nationally

License Number

02032729

Ben Strock Team's Reviews & Ratings

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  • Ben listed and sold my home

      First rate.

    • Ben listed and sold my home

        Ben Strock did an amazing job selling my home. He has a flair for aesthetics and presented my home beautifully. For a small investment of $20,000 (which he helped me with), he had his crew in there putting touches on my home which gave me a return of, probably, $200,000. I cannot say enough on his behalf. He is amazing, hard working, very knowledgeable, and honest. I have met many realtors in the area, having lived here on and off for 40years, and he is, by far, the best!

      • Ben listed and sold my home

          Ben is the best , I really enjoy working with Ben , will use Ben in the future if I need ...

        • Ben listed and sold my home

            Ben has helped us sell two houses and sold us the last one. He has been extremely flexible throughout the process, offering to help with inspections, moving arrangements, etc. With the last sale, he presented an unsolicited offer that turned into a very quick and clean close. Ben knows the legalities, the techniques that work and the market extremely well!

          • Ben listed and sold my home

              Ben made the process of selling our home very easy. He & his staff took care of every detail flawlessly.

            • Ben listed and sold my home

                Ben was very pleasant to work with. He was fast at helping get repairs done on the house. He sold my house in 5 days. He stays on top of everything. I would recommend him to anyone.

              • "I first started working with Ben in 2004. Like many first time home buyers I was quite nervous. Ben made the process from start to finish quite Enjoyable. I'm quite lucky to have had Ben on my side for the last decade!"

                - jon petersmeyer
              • I was referred to Ben by another very satisfied customer. Ben knows the area, he knows houses and he knows how to get to what you want even when you are not exactly sure yourself. Ben is prompt and thorough answering questions you did not know you had. This purchase was my third but it had been over 10 years since my last so my memory of the process had faded somewhat. With patience, Ben went over details as many times as it took. Without reservation, I would recommend Ben Strock.

                - oconemb
              • Ben is a very detailed, responsive, and honest real estate agent. We found that his knowledge of the Aptos and surrounding areas was very strong due to his hard work ethic and long time working in the area. Ben has formed very good partnerships with the local business community and fellow real estate agents. Ben was always very, very responsive to any emails or phone calls, and was pro-active to un-cover our needs and wants in a property, location, and amenities of the area. I would strongly suggest working with Ben if you are in the market for real estate in the Aptos and surrounding areas.

                - Jack and Kathleen Stevenson
              • Ben first helped my husband and I a couple years ago to find a rental property to buy. We did not find anything in the summer but later in the winter he helped us find a townhouse. I feel Ben will be our long time trusted real estate advisor. He knows the area, other realtors and contractors. He understands the market, buildings issues and building codes. Ben is easy to work with has strong business skills. Ben is an excellent choice if you are looking for a real estate agent in the greater Santa Cruz area.

                - Diane Abraham
              • Ben helped both myself and my husband as well as my parents find a home. He was extremely knowledgeable about specific neighborhoods all over the area, school districts, as well as home structure, potential issues and maintenance. He was highly recommended to us by family for his honesty and integrity. He is a straight shooter, a master negotiator, responsive and attentive to all questions and proactive at solving the unforeseen problems that are often associated with buying a home. He and his team go far beyond the extra mile to ensure you not only find the perfect home but the process of buying the home is as smooth as possible. He would be the only realtor we would recommend to anyone buying a home in Santa Cruz County. Thank you so very much Ben!

                - Kendra Bell
              • My husband and I are both in the commercial real estate business in Northern California and Ben Strock is the best residential agent we have ever worked with and have had the pleasure of knowing. I started looking for a property online and talked with several agents in the Santa Cruz area. He was the most responsive while not being annoying and pushy. His knowledge of the area is very obvious. He went above and beyond in "constructing" the real estate deal and was creative in putting the sale together. We appreciated him every step of the way and consider him a friend now!

                - Vanderbundt52
              • Ben advertised our home in more places than most realtors from websites to mags to Silicon Valley newspapers. He responded to questions immediately. He did everything we asked and he and his staff were very helpful. He took care of all major and minor details, being positive and confident throughout the process. We especially appreciated that he followed up with every realtor who brought a client through and gave us feedback. His communication with us and with other realtors is exceptional.

                - Caroldrocco
              • Ben advertised our home in more places than most realtors from websites to mags to Silicon Valley newspapers. He responded to questions immediately. He did everything we asked and he and his staff were very helpful. He took care of all major and minor details, being positive and confident throughout the process. We especially appreciated that he followed up with every realtor who brought a client through and gave us feedback. His communication with us and with other realtors is exceptional.

                - Caroldrocco
              • We were lucky to meet Ben where he was the seller's agent of a home we recently bought. I would not hesitate one second using him again or recommending him to a friend. He is professional, responds quickly to phone/email, and is very pleasant to deal with. Both my husband and I were also impressed with his ability to think out of the box, besides being astute about legal/real estate law. He went above and beyond to help us close quickly so we could call our dream home our own. As a daughter of a long time real estate broker I have seen all kinds of real estate professionals, and truly, he is one of kind.

                - Suzanne Redfield
              • Ben stROCKS!!! If I were to sum him up, that is what I would say. I have recently closed on the sale of a home but before listing it with Ben, had interviewed 4 of the top area agents. Ben stood out immediately for his confidence, competence, compassion and just being cool! I wanted someone with a can-do attitude selling my home so I chose Ben...and boy, did he deliver. You should know that if you hire him, you also hire a whole team of amazing people who GET THINGS DONE, from his administrators to his painter! For example, he thought I needed a new exterior light fixture and before I knew it, we were hopping in his car to go fixture shopping with his stylish assistant Sarah. No sooner had we left the lighting store, when he phoned his handyman who was waiting for us as we pulled in front of the house and within 5 minutes the fixture was hung! And this is just one example of many things he did expediently to get my house ready for market. Ben had excellent ideas to make the house really shine and I know that these ideas brought me the best price for my home. The house sold very quickly and for over my asking price, and he found me the BEST buyers! Ben Strock not only exceeded my expectations as a realtor, but as a human being with heart and integrity. I made the right choice when I chose Strock Realty. No doubt about it.

                - zuser20140624093549325
              • We found Ben somewhat randomly two years ago so didn't realize how lucky we had gotten until much later. Beneath Ben's laid back exterior lies a mind and a team that can get things done. He assesses property as if he were the buyer and speaks his mind so we never felt that we were getting a sugar-coated opinion. Ben encouraged us during a 2 year on-again, off-again search and guided us through the purchase process. During the search, Ben showed us many homes and we also attended open houses on our own. More than once. hopeful competitor realtors asked whether we were working with a realtor already, and when we told them Ben Strock, they always responded with high praise for his knowledge and abilities. High praise from his peers - doesn't get much better than that!

                - user4677584
              • Ben is not only a great real estate agent, he's a really great person. I enjoyed the process of looking for a home and finding a wonderful place with Ben. And it took awhile; It had to 'feel' right, as well as be a good investment. Ben was patient, and assured me it didn't matter if it took years, he was there to help. Ben is totally honest and there to represent you. He'll find you what you want in a property, and stay on top of every aspect of the process. He is loved by his clients, as you can see from the reviews, but he is also highly respected by other agents, and that helps immensely when you are in a multiple offer situation, or when there are extra layers to a sale. He'll get it worked out, take the pressure off, if there is any, and make it happen. And it doesn't stop there; after I bought my house he introduced me to other people new to the neighborhood, and I instantly had lovely new friends. Ben is a community guy and he is in it for the long term relationship with you because he really does care about the place he calls home. AND he's a great business man if you are looking for an investment property too... Analytical, empathetic, and on it!

                - redthread leslie
              • Ben was better than I thought possible. He was a great help in fixing and selling my mother's house. He's put together a great team to make the sale as easy as possible. Everyone gets two thumbs way up!

                - user60693915
              • What a find when we found Ben. We were considering selling our rental property and had talked to a couple of others but I happened to peak in his office and once I did, I knew I found the right guy. Ben really knows his stuff. Well connected in the community he has built personal relationships within the community and is on a first name basis with them all and that's what it takes. Ben goes to the heart of getting to know his clients and goes the extra mile to get things done. What impressed us was quickly he moves to get things done and always on top of the little details but all the time doing this with a laid that back Nicolas Cage type personality. Personal Detailed, Professional.... we will certainly use Ben and Strock Realty again.

                - GaryAddiego
              • What a find when we found Ben. We were considering selling our rental property and had talked to a couple of others but I happened to peak in his office and once I did, I knew I found the right guy. Ben really knows his stuff. Well connected in the community he has built personal relationships within the community and is on a first name basis with them all and that's what it takes. Ben goes to the heart of getting to know his clients and goes the extra mile to get things done. What impressed us was quickly he moves to get things done and always on top of the little details but all the time doing this with a laid that back Nicolas Cage type personality. Personal Detailed, Professional.... we will certainly use Ben and Strock Realty again.

                - GaryAddiego
              • We learned about Ben through a referral (good sign from the beginning) as we had a complicated situation in the midst of an eviction process. The property was in very poor condition and required significant repairs. In short, the place was wreck in a very lucrative area. The challenge was that the property was in the Santa Cruz area while we lived in another city four hours away. As distance was a huge challenge, Ben was able to seemlessly organize the clean up and repairs of the property and took care of all of the details for us, so that the house could be listed for sale in the shortest amount of time. Throughout the process Ben was always available to answer questions during and kept us in the loop. He was quick to respond to emails and phone calls as well. After all was said and done, the house was on the market for less than a week and we had multiple offers. The property sold for more than the listed price without a hitch! Ben was completely professional and worked very hard to provide the best service possible under very difficult circumstances. Moreover, almost a year after the sale of the property, Ben was happy to respond to real estate questions I had about the property. I highly recommend Strock Real Estate!

                - aking64
              • I think it is very telling about a Realtor's character, when he says the only thing that marred his Honeymoon was that I didn't get my bid accepted on a house while he was away. Ben, not only has knowledge of the area, but can look at a house and see the building drawbacks and hidden issues that need addressing. He is a delight to work with and has the patience and humor that makes looking for the 'perfect' place a fun experience.

                - cannonwe
              • We came across Ben accidentally while looking for a second home out-of-town. Because of that, it could've been a difficult situation, but Ben stayed on the lookout for us, and found us a beautiful house. It was not an easy process (because of incompetence of the OTHER realtor), but he totally stood up for us and got it done right! We're now 14 months post-sale, and I still defer to him for his expertise. He grew up in the area and knows everyone. Highly recommend!

                - mestverg
              • You simply cannot ask for a better broker than Ben. He knows the area and the market inside and out and does tremendous work with both buyers and sellers. I know this because Ben helped us buy our home and sell our condo. He is honest, reliable, timely and professional, and he goes above and beyond in every respect to make sure his clients are happy (and will continue to be happy in their new home). He really listens to what your needs are and cares that you end up in the right place. When you go out with Ben around town (in Aptos), you will see that absolutely EVERYONE knows him and loves him, and it just another testament to who he is and how genuine a broker and friend he has been to so many people. If you're looking for a home in the area, you cannot go wrong with Ben. He is the best and I could not be more enthusiastic in recommending him to other potential homebuyers or sellers!

                - alison swisher
              • During our almost 40 years of marriage, my husband and I have purchased and sold more than 20 properties. For the last several of those we were lucky enough to have Ben represent us. We thought we were seasoned pros, but Ben's knowledge of real estate made us look like amateurs. From buying to selling to leasing Ben knows it all, and is always readily available to guide, explain and help. We will always be grateful to Ben for helping us fulfill our housing dreams.

                - mbvolk
              • During our almost 40 years of marriage, my husband and I have purchased and sold more than 20 properties. For the last several of those we were lucky enough to have Ben represent us. We thought we were seasoned pros, but Ben's knowledge of real estate made us look like amateurs. From buying to selling to leasing Ben knows it all, and is always readily available to guide, explain and help. We will always be grateful to Ben for helping us fulfill our housing dreams.

                - mbvolk
              • We always had hoped of having a second home at the beach, but never thought it could happen. When we had given upBen, with his knowledge of the Santa Cruz area and market, was able to find us the perfect home for our family and our budget. There was never any pressure or unsolicited emails. His connections to financiers and inspectors helped to make the transaction go quickly and smoothly for both parties. I can't say more about our great experience with Ben and his entire team. If you want someone who is completely knowledgable about the Santa Cruz area and has the connectionsyou need Ben. We just spent the best summer of our lives and are looking forward to many more! Thank you Ben Strock!

                - curryct
              • Ben Rocks! He helped us sell our property in less than a week. Ben gave us professional guidance all along the way. He gave us great recommendations for preparing the property for sale. He also provided sage advice when issues came up during closing. Ben was patient, understanding and willing to negotiate for us. The marketing materials Ben created were the best weve seen from any home listing. He created a drone video, 3D tour and a beautiful photo album with fantastic wide screen photos on a website created with the house address within two weeks of our first meeting. The marketing materials helped present the house in the best possible way and we received an offer from the Broker Tour before the first Open House. We couldnt have asked for a better Agent and highly recommend Ben to anyone wanting to list their home in the Santa Cruz area. We hired an Agent and gained a friend.

                - andreavollersen
              • Ben is the best! He handled the complicated details of selling my mother's house in such a professional and efficient manner. He not only is very thorough and organized, he is kind, caring and understanding. He knows what to do, when to do it and sold the house within a week! I could not have been in better hands and I look forward to working with him again. I highly recommend Ben whether you are buying or selling - he will meet all your expectations and needs!

                - mizwendysue
              • When we decided to put our Seacliff home on the market we knew we had to meet with Ben. Not only is his office in Seacliff, but he also lives in and loves the neighborhood. Selling your 1st home isn't always the easiest. We had a lot of questions and concerns. Ben was always available for advice and informative. He is very professional and really knows Real Estate. We needed a little yard maintenance and Ben connected us with a great landscaper that was affordable and dependable. The landscaper's wife was a cleaner. We hired her the day we moved out and she was amazing, as well. After our selling experience, we are happy to call Ben a friend and we would love to use him as our agent again.

                - melissamatiehairdesigns
              • Ben has sold two houses for us and one house to us, and each experience has been pleasant, personal, and efficient. We consider Ben to be a personal friend who happens to be a local realtor who really knows the market and how to make connections. I recommend Ben to anyone who will stop and listen.

                - rpenglish0
              • Ben was wonderful to work with. He helped us schedule the work so we could get the house on the market earlier. He paid for the staging which was wonderful. I was willing to by my own house after all his work. We sold the house very quickly and he let me know of potential problems with the buyer up front. He was just great. I would definitely use him again.

                - bcstonelaldy
              • Ben helped us find a beach house with a perfect fit for our family. He freely shared his rich knowledge of the real estate in the area as well as the history of the area. You could tell Ben was just as interested in us and our satisfaction as he was in making a sale. Ben communicated with us promptly, fully and accurately; this was very important as we were purchasing a second home over a thousand miles from our current home.

                - user1092526
              • Ben is an excellent real estate agent. He is very helpful and friendly. He did a great job introducing us to the Aptos/Santa Cruz area. We had very little prior knowledge of the area and he was able to educate us quickly on what neighborhoods would fit our lifestyle and budget well. He also went beyond just housing and showed us a lot of great city features, such as good restaurants, grocery stores, parks, hiking, etc. We felt very comfortable with him and the advice he gave. He was very helpful throughout our whole transaction from offer to closing, patiently answering all our questions and concerns quickly. We will work with him again when the time comes and would definitely recommend him.

                - kristin cooney7
              • Ben is a highly skilled and knowledgeable real estate agent. After working with him for 6 months and purchasing a house with Ben as my agent, I can without a doubt recommend Ben at the highest level and I would absolutely use him again for purchasing or selling my home.Being very good at research and understanding of markets myself, I never really believed in the value of an agent. Ben completely changed my perspective on this as he masterfully understood what I was good at, and then complemented it perfectly in ways that I wasn't strong -- in particular with understanding of construction (cost of repairs / what repairs needed), things to look for -- including the area (so things like code violations, ability to make landscaping changes, etc), and more. Ben also ultimately made my deal happen. Through a listing of his, he found a buyer (of his other listing) that had a house that he thought we would love. Once he identified this potential opportunity and verified that we would be interested, he masterfully brought the deal to fruition. I think Ben is excellent in areas that matter such as area knowledge and negotiation skills. But there are some specific things that really impressed me with Ben. Perceptiveness When I was looking for an agent, I never would have thought that I would value this trait. Specifically, Ben understood what my wife and I were looking for and I could always trust his judgement of a place. This was very helpful as I was not living in the area at the time. Additionally, Ben was always able to read my wife and I, and ultimately the seller as well, to understand how we were feeling about things -- and then he did the right thing to address it. For example, I had some hesitancy after inspections as a number of things we didn't anticipate popped up. Ben proactively addressed it and made it good before I even had to really say anything to him. On the seller side, he knew the seller didn't want to be heavily involved, so Ben himself paid for certain things to keep things moving - such as the roof getting cleaned so inspections could happen. He just knew the right thing to do at the time and did it. Honesty I genuinely think Ben is a good person and wants to do right by all. In my case he was both buyer and seller agent for the deal. Ben never once told me more than he should have as seller agent -- which gave me high confidence that he was doing the same with the seller. He told it straight and was honest on both sides of the deal. Ben is very well connected as well in the area. Every inspector, mortgage broker, and attorney I spoke with knew Ben and always had great things to say about him. He really has a great reputation in the area. There is a reason Ben does some of the most deals in the area. He is knowledgeable in all the appropriate areas he should be, he is honest and a good person, and he is perceptive enough to know exactly what needs to be done or said at the right time -- and he does it.

                - RickKrakowski
              • Ben is very knowledgeable in the world of real estate. He helped my husband and I find our perfect home. We felt he truly wanted what was best for us. He returned all my texts/calls right away, and was very flexible with our difficult schedule. He has a great reputation among other realtors , and we could tell he has networked extensively in the Santa Cruz area. We are so glad we were given his name by a friend, and would recommend him to anybody! Thank you Ben

                - twinkletoz6
              • Ben was the greatest at showing us a house that my wife and I fell in love with and at Marketing our Santa Cruz Beach House. He is very well versed in the marketing and advertising of properties and had us 3 offers within one week of our home being on the market. We had listed with other realtors in the area and had not received any offers. Ben brought in a buyer from outside the area and we closed escrow 1 day early and for a better price that we expected. He is excellent in returning calls and texts or e/mails, and is very sensitive to the emotional upheaval that people experience when buying and selling homes. I can't recommend him enough. I would trust him again in the future when it is time to sell and look for another piece of property.

                - herb136
              • My wife and I have worked with a number of real estate agents. Recently we were on the purchase side and connected with Ben Strock. Without question one of the most professional, focused and diligent realtors we've ever encountered. We had a want-list that was extensive and challenging. Where as other agents got frustrated and ended up presenting us with properties that were completely outside of our request list, Ben maintained focus on finding the right property for us and he eventually did. When we prepare to sell in the future, Ben will be the first call we make.

                - zuser20160225071058369
              • Ben is an amazing realtor! His knowledge of the area is phenomenal and his breadth of knowledge is the same. He went above and beyond to help us find the correct property for us and attended to many details for us. He did an awesome job, and we highly recommend him for your real estate needs.

                - user7727558
              • Ben is simply awesome! I contacted him through Zillow and he showed me a property that afternoon. I actually meant to contact the listing agent, but couldn't be happier that I "accidentally" contacted Ben. The process from beginning to end, and beyond, was just seamless and simple. Ben found a home for me that is absolutely perfect for me. Not only did he find me what I wanted, but I had a lot of fun. Ben is impressive regarding real estate, but he is a wealth of knowledge and connections in general. He looked at the houses inside-out with me. He knows construction, finance, neighborhoods and will give you his honest opinion about everything. Being new to the area, he also connected me with, or set up, inspectors and contractors. He communicated constantly and I always knew what was happening, pending and being negotiated. The process was great from beginning to end. After closing, Ben walked me around my new home and there was a gorgeous bouquet of flowers on the counter to welcome me in as well as all my documents on a flash drive and a housewarming item. His attention to detail and impeccable character are a testament to the amazing realtor he is. Everyone should use Ben to find a home. I will definitely use him to sell and buy my next house if I move again.

                - jessica163
              • I really didn't know what to do about most of the house, and just felt 'stuck'. Couldn't sell it like it was, but didn't know reputable, responsible contractors to hire. . . didn't know what to fix vs what to let slide. . . or funds to fix half of what should have been, anyway! Ben made it all so simple for ME. I doubt it was so simple for him, but three weeks after I moved out it was ready to put on the market. Sincerely, it was a pleasure to work with him and all of his office. Makes me want to buy another house, just to do it all over again!

                - g jagiello
              • I am new to the area. I met Ben at an open house that I didn't belong at. He impressed me with his friendliness and sincere interest in me. A year later I remembered him when I decided to sell my mountain Aptos home. Like most folks I did some research on-line. I learned that Ben's father had founded their company. Then it all clicked -- Ben looks and acts like a kid (has energy, is still happy, etc.) but he was learning real estate at the dinner table when we were all struggling with basic math. He made my house so beautiful I wondered why I selling. We met our buyer at the first open house. Then things got very, very complicated. Ben's assistant Megan Lenz was instrumental in getting documents, people, governmental agencies found. She would call everyday and ask -- when is this going to be completed, if you can't do this, who can or where can I find this or that. She was relentless, never worn down and always kept her humor. The following can be said about the attitude all the folks emulate at Strocks Real Estate, especially Ben: "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."

                - j4tonks7
              • Ben Strock is the ultimate real estate agent. We were out of town clients, and he was not only an agent, but tour guide and friend. He even remembered my birthday with a decadent chocolate cake! He recommend the hotel which was near his office. His patience was endless since I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted. He spent countless hours weeding out properties and suggesting others. He got to know us on a personal level. At the end of the day we ended up choosing a house he suggested. The experience of buying a house with Mr. Stock is literally a piece of cake! We give him 5 stars!!

                - carolinemk0824
              • Ben is an amazing realtor. He made the whole process of selling our home extremely easy, even with our 3 year old running around. We always felt extremely comfortable with him and all of his staff. In the end we got exactly what we wanted with far less time and work involved than we'd imagined. I give Ben my highest recommendation.

                - juliecrable
              • Ben was the agent/broker for our 16th real estate transaction, and he was the best, hands down. His knowledge, professionalism, hard work and follow up of all issues was unparalleled. Above all, he was like a close friend or a family member - truly working for our interest at all times, and such a pleasure to work with! It is easy for an agent to handle a smooth transaction. However, ours was anything but, and Ben expertly walked the minefield of numerous issues, guiding but never pressuring, leading to a successful sale of our house. One of the things that set Ben apart during the interview was that it was obvious he would market aggressively using Internet and social media, which proved to be a key. He brought an expert photographer and another one for 3D walk through that made house so beautiful, we could hardly recognize it ??! Before setting the sale price, Ben did not simply show us the comps. He took us into several comparable houses, both up for sale, and just sold. The price was simply obvious after that, and it was set right. It is very difficult to get any service done in our area, but Ben has a few good, reasonably priced service people at his disposal, who got our house ready for the market in no time. After that, Ben and his team worked relentlessly to provide maximum exposure, follow up every lead and stay on top of every issue. I recommend Ben with no reservations, and wish everyone had him on his side during the sale of the house.

                - zuser20160229144405741
              • We first ran into Ben at a couple of open houses and came away thinking this guy really knows Santa Cruz. When we decided to sell our beach house he was the first person we thought of. From our initial meeting through working with Ben and his magical team of elves and stagers to tweak cosmetics to pricing and listing the property everything was completely seamless. And once the property was on the market, wow! We had an all cash offer for well over asking within 24 hours and closed a couple of weeks later. Overall an excellent experience from start to finish.

                - GEWest
              • We first ran into Ben at a couple of open houses and came away thinking this guy really knows Santa Cruz. When we decided to sell our beach house he was the first person we thought of. From our initial meeting through working with Ben and his magical team of elves and stagers to tweak cosmetics to pricing and listing the property everything was completely seamless. And once the property was on the market, wow! We had an all cash offer for well over asking within 24 hours and closed a couple of weeks later. Overall an excellent experience from start to finish.

                - GEWest
              • If you need a realtor in the Santa Cruz area, Ben Strock should be your first and only choice. Ben is extremely knowledgeable on anything related to housing within the Santa Cruz area as he is just dialed in. He lives locally and his Strock Real Estate offices are in the heart of Aptos. He has insider knowledge on homes that arent even listed on the MLS and he has myriad of contacts that can help assist you on anything you need to do to a house in order to get it sellable or if you are a recent buyer and you need house improvements to make it livable". Hes extremely professional, an excellent negotiator, hard working, fun, easy to work with, and his follow-up on all issues was un-paralleled. My husband met Ben around 8 months ago when we first started looking at vacation houses in the Santa Cruz area. Ben showed him some houses but we realized that we really were not ready to purchase a house yet as we needed to sell our vacation home in Tahoe first. My husband was impressed with Bens knowledge of the area and he especially liked that Ben didnt pressure him like other agents we had met in the past. Six months later we did sell our Tahoe house after the ski season ended and we were finally in a position to seriously look for a replacement vacation beach home in the Santa Cruz area. By chance, we worked with a few other local agents and put a couple of offers on homes but it never worked out. After being frustrated and disappointed, we reflected on why we had been so successful at buying/selling several vacation homes in Tahoe. Partly it was because we had the best agent in the Tahoe area and realized we needed to work with best in the Santa Cruz area if we wanted to ever get a chance at getting a home. So we contacted Ben. He remembered my husband and Ben had also done his homework and knew a little about us in general as we had previously been at an open house the weekend before that was hosted by one of his agents. To make a long story short, within a week we found a home we loved in Aptos that checked all the boxes of our must haves. This house had multiple offers but Ben worked his magic and we were able to close on this house 2 weeks after our offer was accepted. Ben just knows the house buying process so well and he anticipates everything that needs to happen to make it actually happen. Ben took care of all the logistics such as the inspections and anything else that needed to happen. We dont live locally so it was a big plus to have him handle everything. We are now looking forward to coming over the hill whenever we can to enjoy everything that Aptos has to offer! We are extremely grateful that we worked with Ben on this whole house buying experience as he made it happen for us!

                - jjdm2
              • Ben worked tirelessly to close escrow. He was extremely pleasant to work with. He was also available to answer any questions I had. He is very knowledgeable of the area. Ben was able to make the home selling process relatively easy. I would recommend him to anyone in the area.

                - johnston pamelaa
              • Finding Ben was like striking gold! Mimi and I met Ben at an open house in 2014 in Aptos. On that day we arrived late and it was closing, he immediately reopened the house for us and actually sent us to another open house where his partner was hosting. She also stayed late and let us see the house across town. I kept his card and told my wife that when it came time, he would be our realtor. It wasnt until 2 years later that we were home shopping again and Ben was our man. He has excellent knowledge of the entire Santa Cruz County area and local neighborhoods. Ben unquestionably knows his real estate laws and etiquette, and is willing to share his knowledge with you. When showing a house Ben takes the time to show all good and evil with regards to foundation and Structure, location, traffic patterns, pests and mold, noise pollution, weather patterns, possible drainage problems and other limitations on the property. He was never forceful nor did he ever put pressure on us. Ben has mastered the intricacies of financing and the burdens of meeting deadlines. When it came time for bidding Ben offered his advice but never pushed us in any way. He has been in business long enough to be well connected in the local RE business. Many of his peers have mentioned to us how they respect him, which goes a long way to seal deals. He is always responsive to calls and texts, and will answer all your questions. If he does not have an immediate answer, he will have one for you in minutes! He will be on your side 110%. He wrote a letter on our behalf to the seller, which helped raise our chances in this competitive market. I am confident that Ben is the reason we were able to close on the house of our dreams. (There were 10 offers on our house). Ben is a fair and honest man with many admirable attributes and an accomplished RE broker here in Santa Cruz County. We feel so happy and lucky to have met him. We highly recommend Ben Strock as your real estate Agent/Broker, or just as a reference to call and get advice. You will be happy you did! And oh, BTW, he has a wonderful sense of humor too!

                - zuser20170110084429660
              • Im a sometimes demanding lawyer who cant be an easy client, and I rarely write reviews and almost never give a perfect score. But Ben and his team (Sarah, Tarra...) deserve it in this case. Following our research with them including hunting homes on Zillow and other websites, and after only 2 days of on-the-ground house hunting, they found us a sunlit 3 bedroom 3 bath house with beautiful interior space large kitchen with top of the line appliances, big great room with wood-burning fireplace, French doors to back deck and spa and more French doors from master sitting room to deck and varied, colorful grounds, walk-in closet, high end renovated bathrooms all on a very nice street in Aptos close to shopping and other amenities; and, most important from our perspective, close to the terrific beach (less than a 5 minute drive, and only slightly longer bike ride or walk). In the short-term this is our second house/beach home, but the idea is to move there permanently if my adult children who live in San Francisco and are as excited as we are dont confiscate it first. After finding the right property, Ben then smoothly and patiently shepherded us through not only the usual steps (inspections, sundry paperwork, recommending service providers and contractors, etc.) but a somewhat tricky Contract (and post-Contract) negotiation with a Seller who hadnt found another place and wanted more time before moving. He and his team were always proactive, responsive and timely; overall one of if not the best service Ive ever had (and Ive had quite a few) from a real estate agent.Im a sometimes demanding lawyer who cant be an easy client, and I rarely write reviews and almost never give a perfect score. But Ben and his team (Sarah, Tarra...) deserve it in this case. Following our research with them including hunting homes on Zillow and other websites, and after only 2 days of on-the-ground house hunting, they found us a sunlit 3 bedroom 3 bath house with beautiful interior space large kitchen with top of the line appliances, big great room with wood-burning fireplace, French doors to back deck and spa and more French doors from master sitting room to deck and varied, colorful grounds, walk-in closet, high end renovated bathrooms all on a very nice street in Aptos close to shopping and other amenities; and, most important from our perspective, close to the terrific beach (less than a 5 minute drive, and only slightly longer bike ride or walk). In the short-term this is our second house/beach home, but the idea is to move there permanently if my adult children who live in San Francisco and are as excited as we are dont confiscate it first. After finding the right property, Ben then smoothly and patiently shepherded us through not only the usual steps (inspections, sundry paperwork, recommending service providers and contractors, etc.) but a somewhat tricky Contract (and post-Contract) negotiation with a Seller who hadnt found another place and wanted more time before moving. He and his team were always proactive, responsive and timely; overall one of if not the best service Ive ever had (and Ive had quite a few) from a real estate agent.

                - mrsilver24
              • Ben is the best real estate agent we have ever worked with and we have bought and sold many homes over the years. We live on the east coast so only could see homes during our visits to our daughter. Each visit Ben was available and prepared with houses to visit and with advice. Once we found a home, he expertly helped us with the negotiations, inspectors, title corrections and the closing. Not only did he masterfully guide us on each step of the way he was there for us even after we bought. Also his team was responsive and on top of each step. And he was a great deal of fun to work with too.

                - Odin knudsen
              • I have bought many homes over the years, but this was my first time selling one. I was referred to Ben by a co-worker and I can't thank my co-worker enough. Ben was by far the most knowledgeable, responsive, organized agent I have ever worked with. He made what could have been a difficult situation smooth and seamless. I had to sell my home on rather short notice due to a work relocation. Ben and his team handled everything for me smoothly and with as little effort from me as possible. Ben sold my home in 4 days for much more than asking price, and handled every detail along the way. I can't thank Ben and his team enough. If anyone is looking for an agent in the Santa Cruz market. Ben should be your only choice!

                - bestseatsource
              • I live in the Sacramento area and I needed to sell my mothers house in Capitola. Ben took care of all of the inspections and preparations for the sale. He suggested some minor improvements to the landscaping and he contracted the staging of the home. These improvements made all the difference. The home showed beautifully. The house was on the market for less than two weeks. We received an all cash offer with a ten day close. There were absolutely no problems and the transaction was completed without the need for me to come to Capitola. Ben has a competent staff and they were always available by text, phone or email. I have done a dozen real estate transactions and this one with Ben was the fastest and smoothest transaction that I have experienced. Greg Mahoney Elk Grove CA

                - gregorycmahoney
              • We just completed, with great assistance from Ben Strock and his whole team, the sale of a home in Aptos weve been living in for 35 years. It was daunting to think of moving when weve lived so long in one place, but with all the great advice and assistance from Strock Realty, we went through the process much more smoothly than we ever expected. Ben was always available to us, and his team really works hard to back him up. We felt very happy with our choice of Strock Realty to help us with our sale, and we would highly recommend this firm to anyone looking to buy or sell in the Aptos area. Specifically, he met with both of us before we listed the house and made a very thorough presentation of his services. Once we listed with him, we were not disappointed. He and his great team literally took care of everything we needed to do to get our home ready for sale. He has amassed a team of very talented and hard-working people, and they were there for us every step of the way. Professional, knowledgeable, personal, and prompt! When he said something was going to happen, it did. I believe that our house sold so quickly because Ben and his team knew just what was needed to show it off at its best. We are very pleased that we used Strock Realty for our sale.

                - user710829