A home. It isn't just a roof over your head; it is a sense of community, a representation of your life, your hopes and dreams. For most people it is also the largest financial decision that they will have. I do everything I can to make your real estate purchase a seamless transaction into owning your dream home. My goal is to do such a great job in helping you that you become a fan for life, cheerfully sending your friends, family and co-workers to me to get the same thoughtful service that I gave you.
I've been helping my clients buy and sell real estate as a full time Realtor since 1988 when I first began my real estate career in the Catskill Mountains of upstate NY. My wife and I had spent about 10 years looking to find the best place to live in America when we first visited Raleigh in 1991. We knew that we were onto something and returned in July 1992. We bought a house in 3 days. Returning to NY, we put our home on the market, packed and moved into our new Raleigh home in August, just in time to catch our breath before our kids started middle and elementary school. I am well aware of the needs of relocating families and have created an extensive package of useful information. I've helped innumerable families (and singles of course) feel comfortable in their move here by giving them "my Raleigh tour" where I'm able to show newcomers what our city has to offer and how easy and safe it is to enjoy.
What you'll get when you work with me: my honesty, my integrity and my full attention. I listen carefully to what you tell me you want in a home or community and then work my upmost to find it for you. I'll never rush or push you into an uncomfortable decision. Your needs remain uppermost in everything that I do. I work hard to provide you with clear, detailed and complete communication and tell you the negatives as well as the positives about whatever decision you may be considering.
I have some great tools for helping you find the best homes to choose from as well as a collection of other professionals (inspectors, lenders, attorneys) who will work alongside us to help keep your costs down.
I work with sellers as well. I'm an early adapter of maintaining a strong on-line presence because that's where today's buyers are coming from. My sellers love the unique websites I create for their homes along with the multitude of pictures, virtual tours, video tours and other consumer-friendly information I put online to give their home traction with buyers. They also appreciate the hands-on one-on-one attention and follow-up that they get from me.
Please review all of the testimonials that my buyer and seller clients have posted about me at www.zillow.com/profile/tmenges/
What designations do you have? Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) EcoBroker, e-PRO (Internet Savvy Broker), Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Transnational Referral Coordinator (TRC)
What areas do you serve? Raleigh, North Raleigh, ITB Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Morrisville, Apex, Garner, Knightdale, Clayton, Wendell, Zebulon, Chapel Hill, Durham, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina,
What was your career before real estate? I've owned a hotel and restaurant, I'e been an Executive Chef and a Pastry Chef, and I've been a college professor.
What is your real estate experience? I've been selling real estate since 1988. I've had over 1200 transactions and over $250,000,000 in sales.
Why did you choose HPW? I'd been with HP&W from 1992-1999. I spent 15 years with RE/MAX. I returned to HP&W as I recognized the company's overwhelming strengths with their commitment to their agents and their clients to top notch service, support and continuing to be the leading local company in all forms of technology.
What are your specialties? I am a very strong listing agent providing my sellers with concierge service. I am an equally strong Buyer's agent providing my clients with the knowledge and experience that 29+ years in the business provides.
What degrees do you have? BS in Genetics & Ethology from Cornell University, partial MS in Accounting and MBA from Binghamton University, AOS with top honors from the Culinary Institute of America
What year did you start in the industry/profession? 1988
Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Mountains
Tom is a very good Real Estate agent. We were looking at a specific development for a townhouse. As we were driving through the neighborhood on the weekend we noticed one up for sale. Tom was the listing agent. We called Tom to discuss. He called back almost immediately and told us about the townhouse. As we did not have an agent, Tom represented us as buyers agent even though he was also the sellers agent. During the negotiations Tom made several excellent suggestions concerning different recommended inspections, which were very helpful. Tom also gave us recommendations for how to make offers and how to show the seller that we were interested in buying the townhouse. I would recommend Tom as both a sellers agent and as a buyers agent.Robert Suchy
We went to Tom to sell our home in August, 2017, and we were extremely pleased with his professionalism and expertise. He hired a videographer to professionally film our home before it went on the market and had a stager suggest improvements that might help sell our home more quickly. We had an offer on our house in ten days, and after we negotiated a counter offer, Tom really proved his worth. The buyer made what we considered to be excessive demands and while we agreed to some, we did not agree to others. The sale was threatening to implode until Tom suggested that instead of making all of the excessively expensive improvements that we make a reasonable cash settlement to the buyer to be paid at closing. This was agreeable to both parties, and we closed successfully. Without Tom's negotiating ability and diplomacy, it would not have happened. We highly recommend him whether you are selling or buying a home!Carol Nicholas
I met Tom in summer 2017 when he sold the home next to mine. My neighbor gave high praises about Tom and his professionalism and I had an equally positive experience. Tom is highly knowledgeable about the housing market in the Raleigh area and gave be honest feedback on my home and how I could improve its showing to obtain the best offers. We received numerous offers before the open house was even scheduled and sold my home for well over the asking price.
Tom is a pleasure to work with and he made sure I was kept informed every step of the way.
I first met Tom when he hosted an open house for a property I was interested in purchasing. That deal fell through but a few months later, Tom again hosted an open house that I attended. I was so impressed with Tom's professionalism, his knowledge of the area, and his insightful perspective on the market that I asked him to be my buyer's agent. This time, my offer was accepted. Tom gave me great advice throughout the process and got me to closing with minimal headaches and more cash in my pocket. Highly recommended. Everything you are looking for in a realtor.Mir Garvey
Tom was great as we were selling our home long distance from Florida. He went above and beyond the call. When you are selling or buying experience counts and Tom has it.
We were impressed with his communication and attention to detail and accessibility.
It has been a joy to work with Tom while we looked for a home in the Raleigh area. He listened and found homes for us to look at that hit the right notes. Ultimately, we purchased one of the homes he showed us and we're very pleased. Tom's a great guy and an extremely knowledgeable Agent and a professional in every means. His expertise became extremely valuable during a contract negotiation with a Seller that used questionable means to try and sell his house. Tom coordinated the effort required to resolve the issue to our complete satisfaction. This would have been a most difficult effort without his expertise. My Wife and I highly recommend Tom to new clients. We're positive it will be a rewarding experience.Thomas Blanchflower
We went to Tom to sell our home in August, 2017, and we were extremely pleased with his professionalism and expertise. He hired a videographer to professionally film our home before it went on the market and had a stager suggest improvements that might help sell our home more quickly. We had an offer on our house in ten days, and after we negotiated a counter offer, Tom really proved his worth. The buyer made what we considered to be excessive demands and while we agreed to some, we did not agree to others. The sale was threatening to implode until Tom suggested that instead of making all of the excessively expensive improvements that we make a reasonable cash settlement to the buyer to be paid at closing. This was agreeable to both parties, and we closed successfully. Without Tom's negotiating ability and diplomacy, it would not have happened. We highly recommend him whether you are selling or buying a home!Carol
Tom was recommended to us by my mother and we were absolutely amazed at his professionalism throughout the entire process of selling our home. Having never sold a home before we were very nervous and had limited background knowledge, and Tom made us feel right at ease. He offered expert advice throughout the process and he provided lots of data to help us make the best decisions possible. Perhaps our favorite part of working with Tom was his absolute commitment to ongoing communication. Whether it was good news or challenging news, he kept us fully informed every step of the way. That was especially reassuring for us as we were out of state during most of the process. He is the BEST!Shannon King
Hi guys. You're lucky that Tom Menges is working with you. He is a very professional person. He helped me to quickly sell my old one and buy a new house. It was very easy and pleasant to work with him. I had experience with other agents. Tom is the best.Sergey
I had known Tom for years before I ever even thought of buying a house and knew from my experiences with him that he was the kind of person I wanted to be selling me a home. Throughout the process he fully answered every question I had in detail and was honest with his opinions on different properties we viewed. For me in particular, those two things were invaluable as I hate bad surprises (good ones are ok) and I also want to know everything up front and Tom was always there to make sure I did.
He also knew, however, that I was taking in a lot of information in a very short time frame and he made sure to double check that I understood everything as we went along. He also sent as much info to me as he could through email so that I could access it whenever I wanted/needed and that was also valuable as a reassurance measure throughout the process.
Overall, Tom was the perfect agent for me personally, and I would be proud to recommend him to anyone as I know he is capable of meeting many people's needs from seeing him interact with others in our time together outside of the real estate world.
My wife and young children relocated to the Raleigh area from New England site unseen, having the desire to re-locate closer to our extended family. We were linked with Tom through an extended family member's real estate network.
Both my wife and I met with Tom on separate trips to the Raleigh area and on both occasions Tom went out of his way to bring us on a ~45 minute tour of the area to show us where certain points of interest, etc. throughout the triangle are located. He was interested in showing us the area, what and why he truly loves the city and region, which went a long way towards putting our mind at ease in the midst of a large life changing event.
Tom has a great number of resources at his finger tips to ensure that your real estate specifications are captured and understood. He is adamant that the customer should not need to convince their realtor why they do not like a particular place - if we did not like something, he thanked us for being honest and on we went to the next.
Tom was extremely diligent in his communication, follow-through and his professionalism truly stood out. My prior experience with a realtor left me very disappointed, but I was extremely please with Tom's overall capability and knowledge of the industry and the marketplace. I would highly encourage anyone looking to buy or sell in the triangle to seek out the expertise of Tom Menges.
I highly recommend Tom Menges as a Realtor. He is great to work with open, honest, prompt, and very knowledgeable. He sold our house in 1 month. His recommendations really work! Tom is GREAT!!!Keisha Bishop
Relocating can be overwhelming but Tom made it a wonderful experience. The amount of time he spent with us showing us around "the Raleigh he loves," coupled with his knowing exactly where to find us a place to settle down made this move an awesome experience. He was a pleasure to be with on this journey and became our first New friend in the area. Highly recommend himCarrie Bloom
I bought & sold my home with Tom. He listened to me when I was buying. He worked hard to get me what I wanted & worked just as hard to sell my house. I got more than asking price. Recommend highly.Janet Jarmusik
Tom sold our home just like it was his own. Prior to the house going on the market, he worked with us on the renovations we were making, keeping us in line with the best sale price for the comps in the area, answered my numerous questions (most times before I could even ask them), even arranged affordable staging before the open house. He made us feel like we were his only client, excellent communication all the way through closing. We could not be more satisfied with our decision to go with himLucie Locker
Tom was a great match for our needs - data and information oriented, easy-going not pushy - a knowledgeable, calm guide through a stressful process. He provided us with good pre-sale advice and helped us secure a great price on our house.Vivian Eto
My husband and I used Tom as our realtor when we were relocating from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Raleigh, North Carolina. Tom was in touch with us immediately and interested to learn what our top priorities for our new home in Raleigh were. He sought out many communities for us to look at, was honest with location, neighborhood and builder information, and knew all the right questions to ask about homes we were interested in. He did not stop until he found us our perfect, forever home. We cannot recommend Tom enough. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and professional, as well as personableNikki Debner
We worked with Tom in connection with our relocation from out of state. Tom reached out proactively to find out about us and what we were interested in before we had even decided whether we were going to move to the Raleigh area. Upon arriving for our pre-decision trip, Tom spent several hours just showing us around Raleigh, even before we saw a single house. Pointing out museums, taking us to parks, introducing us to great restaurants, etc. He then spent the rest of the weekend driving us around to homes and spending hours with us exploring neighborhoods, all before we had even decided to move down. Once we decided and came back for a true house hunting trip, Tom again dedicated himself tirelessly to helping us find a home, in whatever price range we set, and with whatever criteria we established. In addition, in the weeks and months that followed, Tom always remained in constant contact -- easily reachable by phone, text and email. And when it came time to negotiate or when we had problems, he was there for us. We really felt he had our backs. And even after we closed, he continued to follow up to make sure we were happy. I can't recommend Tom highly enough.Evan Stolove
Tom has been a family realtor for over 15 years. During this time our family has trusted Tom with all aspects of our real estate experiences; mortgage lending, moving, concise contractual offers, and closings. He is always a kind, intelligent, and professional businessman. I will not hesitate to utilize Tom's expertise in future real estate dealings. He is the best.Nancy stein
Tom was all around fantastic and made the process of selling our home straightforward, easy, and best of all, successful. From the first day I met with him and throughout the process he was extremely knowledgeable, incredibly responsive and always ahead of the ball. His expertise regarding the local market was instrumental in us being able to sell our home quickly and with minimal interruption to our lives. And he was able to get us multiple offers resulting in a higher than expected selling price. Having worked with other agents in the past, Tom is the hands down the best. Highly recommend himWhitney Pierce
It was by sheer luck we got in contact with Tom at the start of our house hunting venture. Tom was extremely knowledgeable, patient, and available. We were first-time home buyers extremely nervous and ignorant of the process, but Tom walked us through step-by-step. We even backed out of a sale that we had second doubts about, and he was right there with us to help/support us through. We never felt like it was just "business."
He is a phenomenal agent and treats you like a member of the family...not to mention the great stories during the car rides between properties.
Tom is wonderful! He listened, he explained, he was responsive. I couldn't have asked for a better realtor and listing agent. Tom kept me informed every step of the way. He wasn't pushy. It was all about what I wanted and needed. Tom is excellent and I highly recommend him!!!Christal DeCastro
Tom is not only very knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate, but meticulous, reliable and enjoyable as well. He puts his clients, and their interests first. Originally I contracted for a condo, and put down a deposit. We spent a lot of time on that condo. When I changed my mind, not only did Tom get me out of that contract, but he was able to get my deposit back as well. And our search continued, with no complaints from Tom as to the time involved. We found the perfect house for me and Tom negotiated a good price and looked out for my interests.Tom is certainly the best real estate professional that I have ever dealt with--he goes that extra mile!Chippy Lackey
I was totally satisfied with Tom's professionalism in dealing with the sale of the property. I was definitely impressed with his patience and overall demeanor in dealing with our family. I have no complaints at all. Tom is truly the best and I would strongly recommend him .Joseph Holt
Tom Menges is a valuable asset if you are looking to buy or sell property. He is very resourceful in ensuring that your property is sold in a short time frame. Tom was able to successfully sell our house for the price we listed. He also ensured that our new home buying process went smoothly. I would recommend Tom for anyone looking to successfully buy and sell property without a headacheMcKinley Jeanis
Tom has been nothing but professional during this whole house selling process. We were nervous as cats on a marble floor due to the fact that the purchase of our new home was contingent on the sell of our current home. Tom calmed our fears and was there every step of the way to ensure the process went smoothly. Right from the start he had a great understanding of how we wanted the home presented and took our concerns into consideration. Even though there were several other houses on the market in our area he ensured we had a steady flow of buyers come through. I'd recommend Tom in a heart beat!Rhonda Holt
Tom Menges is a very professional realtor with whom i've worked with in locating and purchasing a home in North Carolina. I highly recommend Tom for any of your realtor needs. He is very knowledgeable about the area and very precise in finding real estate that fit our needs.Roger Wald
After 3 tries with different realtors attempting to sell our house, achieving barely any showings, Tom Menges approached us to be our realtor. Our house was a big, spacious, beautiful, well kept house so we couldn't understand why previous realtors weren't able to sell our house. In fact, one of the realtors even scared us off the market telling us that the only way we would be able to sell the house was to sell it under value and lose money. With these experiences we were very weary of dealing with realtors but after speaking with Tom, we decided to give him a try. It was Spring and we had the house ready to put in the market and ready to sign the paperwork with Tom when Tom, checking the outside the house noticed a problem with the exterior that we weren't aware of. We decided to hold off on putting the house in the market until the issue was fixed. The problem took a lot of effort and time to resolve but Tom was patient, supportive and encouraging. While we were working to resolve the exterior problem, Tom used his resources, evaluated the house and gave us suggestions on how to make our house more appealing (decorating, landscaping, etc). We finally got the exterior problem fixed in fall and put the house in the market. We had a good amount of showings and a couple of offers but we couldn't accept them due to the price. We took the house off the market in winter and put it back on the market in spring and immediately we had a lot of showings and received a good offer that we accepted. We were able to cover closing costs and still make a profit.
We are so glad that we gave Tom Menges a chance and i would gladly recommend him to anyone. He is very patient , understanding, professional but most of all, resourceful. A few months after the house sold, he contacted us to see if we could give him some insights on how we resolved the exterior problem we had with our house. He had been hired by other homeowners that faced a similar problem and was trying to help them out. This just shows how he uses all the resources he has available and goes an extra mile.
If you are looking for a great realtor, definitely get Tom Menges
Our experience with Tom was very positive. Tom was very accessible and always willing to answer our questions. He was very knowledgeable and willing to advocate for us as the seller. Tom always made sure that both the sellers and buyers were fair financially and gave advice on each step of the process.Charity
Tom guided us through the process of selling out home with patience and expertise. In the beginning he provided a person to recommend ways we could stage and make our home more attractive. He was able to handle the negotiations well even when there were some glitches with the home-buyer. We got our full price within days of putting our house on the market. We would certainly recommend Tom.Ernie White
I recently moved from Raleigh to Greenville, Rhode Island and contracted Tom Menges to sell my home in Raleigh. Tom co-ordinated the cleaning and repairs that were necessary after the home was vacated as well as market my home for sale. He did an admirable job. My home sold very quickly and for the amount I was looking for. His services were indispensable and I would recommend him to anyone.Bruce Rogers
Knowing Tom Menges and Debbie Krisulewicz for couple of years, during which we bought two houses and sold one with their help, we are very impress with responsiveness, professionalism, knowledge of market,
and always touch of human factor- gentleness, understanding, knowledge of process.
Tom was our realtor when bought a home a number of years ago. When it became time to sell our home ,we called Tom again because he is very professional and organized. When purchasing our home, Tom had new home showings scheduled ahead of time. He was very knowledgable about the area and property values.
In selling our home, Tom was very knowledgable about the issues the home inspector might point out, thereby giving us a chance to make the needed improvements. Tom employed a home stager and payment was made from his commission, thus giving us recommendations for visual improvements. Tom also made specific recommendations to us that he felt would improve our property, such as granite countertops.
Tom gives his clients honest feedback and advice based on factual information. We would highly recommend Tom.
Overall, a good agent. He followed up with us. He had good Knowledge of the market in our area. He has a good understanding of the overall process from listing to closing. Tom is personable and easy to talk to.willie McKoy
I found Tom through an advanced search on a real estate website where I was able to filter based on many criteria including designations & certifications. I set out to try to find the best agent I could since I had tried unsuccessfully to sell my home before. Once I found him, I Googled his name to check for reviews and was very impressed with what I read. Tom did not disappoint. From the moment I made the first contact, I found him to be very personable, well-informed and eager to work. We received 3 offers in the first 2 days on the market and closed in 28 days after accepting an offer only the second day on the market. I know I have to give some credit to just plain lucky timing, but I strongly feel that Tom's intimate knowledge of current trends and marketing strategies positioned us at the exact right price to draw the most interest quickly. Throughout the whole, short process, Tom was amazing and always quick to respond. Even though I was aware of how busy he was, he made me feel like he had all the time in the world to answer my questions and freely shared his vast knowledge even when I just curious to learn more. I will definitely be recommending Tom to everyone I can.Juan Vasquez
Tom is the perfect professional. Tom made our home buying and selling processes seamless. He was always available for questions and worked hard to fairly represent us. I hold Tom in the highest regard and would highly recommend using him to buy or sell a property.Tina Berard
Tom is courteous and professional in his work. He is prompt in response and provides good counseling in making decisions. He ensures who does what decision in the process and stays in his boundary. He does not pass judgement or blame on someone. He may not be a magician in selling home but he certainly knows what he is doing. My house was sold based on additional work that I had to get it done with the home owners association, which started with Tom's encouragement.Hal
It was a real pleasure working with Tom. He always had our best interest at heart and demonstrated great patience in working through the purchase . We were extremely pleased with his services and will definitely use him again in the future.Lynn
Tom is the most responsive agent I've every worked with, I would recommend him to all of my friends and family, from showings to closing he was available, professional with excellent insight and negotiation skills. I will use him again in the future when the need arises.Tina S.
Always responsive, profesional, knowleable, on my side. Excellently prepared, knows Triangle. Knows boundaries, easy on emotions - buying home could be draining process, but not with Tom.Jacek Obrapalska
Tom Menges is an excellent realtor. With my wife being pregnant we needed a house that met all of our needs as soon as possible. Tom treated us like a top priority, stayed in constant contact, and ultimately searched diligently as if he were finding a house for his own family. He never grew tired of showing me homes.
Tom's real estate knowledge is unparalleled. He kept me informed through every stage of the process, and the fact that he was experienced enough to answer my real estate questions really took a huge burden off of my shoulders. He always took the time to explain everything to ensure I had a solid understanding all the way to closing day, and he would point things out in advance that he knew would be important factors later.
If you are fortunate enough to have Tom working in your local area you would be doing yourself a HUGE favor by giving him a call! His knowledge of real estate is vast, he is friendly, and above all, he can be trusted to connect you with the house you are looking for.
Tom Menges was great. After 4 years with another realtor we signed with Tom who hired, at his expense, a stager who was able to arrange our home to show how roommy it really was. It sold in just a few weeks. Tom is very profession and efficient.John Dunlap
We enjoyed working with Tom, he is extremely responsive and operates with a high level of integrity. Tom has worked in the industry for some time and we felt very comfortable trusting his expertise. Tom is very honest and also has a book of trusted professionals he works with in his industry and therefore was able to refer solid individuals for inspections, repairs, etc. I would work with Tom again.Margaret
Tom has been our realtor for the past 19 years we lived in the Raleigh area. He helped us to purchase or sell three homes and we were always happy with his professionalism and balanced advise. He never pressured us to make a decision but gave us helpful guidance. His goal has always been to make sure we were happy and satisfied with our new home. We will always use Tom in the future if we decide to sell our home. We highly recommend Tom!Mark & Mary Erlenmeyer
Tom has been our realtor for almost 20 years and we have always been happy with his support and guidance. He helped us sell three homes and purchase four homes. Obviously, we trust Tom and are happy with his professional guidance but also view him as a friend who wants to ensure we are satisfied with our homes. Tom never put pressure on us but gave us helpful advice and helped us avoid some pitfalls. He helped us to maintain reasonable expectations. We are not likely to sell/buy in the foreseeable future, but will come back to Tom if we do. We highly recommend Tom to anyone buying or selling a home.Mary
If you are getting ready to sell your home, contact Tom Menges. Tom is very knowledgeable and knows what you need to do to get the most out of your property. Tom is professional and will do whatever it takes to help you sell your home.Janna Latta
Tom Menges was a great choice as agent. His knowledge facilitated the entire process from scheduling and viewing houses to scheduling and completing inspection and purchasing process. His fine personality helped ease the inherent tension in singling out a home. We would highly recommend Tom to everyone.Deb Welsh
I feel very fortunate to have had Tom as my real estate agent. He walked me through the whole procedure. He is patient, knowledgeable,... very much on top of things! I feel he went above and beyond the call of duty. He had my best interest at heart and he did his best to make sure that my new home was going to fit my needs and desires.Sarah Thiel
Tom has assisted with the sale of my property in Chapel Hill, NC, which was successfully completed. Tom is very thorough, responsive, knowledgeable and professional. I am glad that I have enlisted Tom's help and would highly recommend you seek his help if you need some assistance in real estate in the triangle area.Kevin Tong
With Tom's professional assistance, my wife and I have purchased two homes and sold one during the past eighteen years, most recently in 2005. While Tom is extremely proficient in the above listed skills, the two special qualities that my wife and I appreciate the most about him are his integrity and his attention to detail. Tom saved us much worry and money by making sure that the homes that we purchased were inspected thoroughly and efficiently before we closed on them. By encouraging the sellers to purchase a home warranty for us on our pre-owned home, we avoided the cost of major repairs to our HVAC system during the first year of our ownership. When it came time for our daughter and son-in-law to purchase their first home, we recommended Tom, and they were totally satisfied with his services. Tom is the only agent that we will consider for future real estate transactions.Gary Roberts