• Jeff and his wife Cheri recently helped me sell a small home near Guerneville. It was a small starter home, and I was worried I wouldn't find a local agent who would be willing to take the project on, but from the moment I met Jeff it was clear he was going to put as much effort into selling my house as he would any major real estate deal. He helped me understand and manage every obstacle that came up. Jeff's advice was clear, his relaxed manner supportive and refreshing, both he and Cheri were completely involved and reliable. Jeff photographed the home and managed the listing, ran every open house, handled a mountain of paperwork that I never even saw (and didn't need to), made phone calls I didn't want to make, and generally kept me sane while managing the requests of buyers and their realtors.  When I finally moved out of the house, midway through the selling process, Jeff was right there dealing with inspections and the nitpicky details of our buyer's loan, and the sale would not have happened without his dedication and presence. Friends of mine often ask me what it is you get from a realtor. Jeff gave me competent advice, answers to complicated questions, the ability to make good decisions for my future, a first line of defense against bad buyer behavior, and saved the day on more than one occasion when I had to be at work or otherwise committed. If you have a home in the area you would like to buy or sell, I highly recommend Jeff and Cheri.  – Eve O'Neill (Guerneville, CA)

  • My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Jeff and Cheri Lester when we recently purchased a home in Forestville. We felt not only supported but educated as we moved through the multi step process. Jeff has such a wealth of information when it comes to real estate.  He guided us the whole way with his patience & expertise. His support & accessibility to answer any questions and concerns demonstrated his commitment to making this work for us and ensured a positive outcome. From identifying the right property, presenting an offer, arranging inspections, renegotiating the price & moving through all the aspects of escrow, Jeff was with us 100% backed up by Cheri’s administrative expertise. Together they provided a very good team which allowed us as buyers to feel that every detail was covered and that they had our backs. Charlie and I feel confident in highly recommending them and would be happy to directly share our positive experience with any potential clients. – Margo & Charlie Klipp (Forestville, CA)

  • Cheers to Jeff and Cheri!  Throughout a years long attempt to find the perfect little cabin we could afford, Jeff has been there in every way.  He is patient, informative, super knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly.  All this and his good sense of humor carried us through.  He never shirked a task.  If he didn't know the answer to any question we might ask (which was rare), his partner/wife, Cheri did.  For us there could not have been a better team to work with.  We hope to keep in touch now that we have finally found our little dream place.   Many many thanks to Jeff and Cheri.  – Judith, Steve and Hugo (Jenner, CA)

  • I recommend Jeff and Cheri to any buyers/sellers.  They sold my home with minimal effort from me, which is exactly what I wanted.  They are very knowledgable of the Sonoma real estate market so people can be confident in Jeff and Cheri's current market advice.  They are straight forward with no pressure.  I would definitely use them as my Sonoma agents. – Julie Conrad (Guerneville, CA)

  • It was around 2003 when my husband and I walked into a real estate office in Occidental and said, “we want to move here”. That was when we met Jeff Lester. It took a few years as properties were limited at that time and we had horses which made the search a little more difficult. Jeff worked diligently, thoroughly and honestly until we finally secured our new home in Jenner and made the move from Idaho. 14 years later, when time came to sell the Jenner property, the ONLY person I would call to represent the sale of this complicated property is Jeff and of course his wife, Cheri. They both are simply the best in the field with an incredible in depth understanding of every aspect of the process: from the taking of all the photos, understanding all the legalities, doing an incredible job at a far reaching marketing plan and always with smiles and reassurance and patience and encouragement. No one in the field does it better. NO ONE. – Linda Johnson (Jenner, CA)

  • The most important characteristic to me in a real estate agent (or anyone, for that matter) is integrity, and I found Jeff Lester to be completely worthy of my trust. He knows his market, and is a good judge of value. He represented me as a buyer in a difficult, complicated 1031 exchange, in a down market complicated by foreclosures and changing regulations. Jeff did not waste my time by showing me properties that were outside of my interest or range, and pointed out potential problems, as well as assets, with each property. It was clear to me that his primary interest was to use his knowledge and experience to find and execute a purchase that would meet my immediate needs and be a financially sound investment. I highly recommend the services of Jeff Lester, and would be happy to discuss his qualifications.  – Annita Clark-Pappas & Donn Weaver (Sebastopol, CA / Santa Rosa, CA)

  • I am writing this letter to serve as a personal recommendation for Mr. Jeffrey Lester. Mr. Lester was introduced to me by the manager of Sotheby’s International Realty, an agency for which he worked. His manager stated that he was particularly effective, talented, and very personable. She very much understated his qualifications. I had been attempting to sell a family owned property in Sebastopol, California for about one year without success. Mr. Lester handled my needs by patiently and expertly explaining the reasons why I needed to adjust my price to the dismal economic conditions. In addition, beyond any of my expectations, he personally organized and participated in getting my unoccupied property ready for sale. During my visits from the East Coast to California to meet with Mr. Lester, I became equally impressed with his personality, integrity and vast knowledge of the real estate arena. I am a professor at Yale School of Medicine and am used to dealing with smart, hardworking, ambitious individuals. Mr. Lester, were he a medical student, would be in the top of the class! – Dr. Robert A. Levine, MD (Clinical Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Yale School of Medicine)

  • Jeff Lester is the most competent, diligent and truly caring real estate agent we have ever had the pleasure of working with. His knowledge of Western Sonoma County is encyclopedic and was invaluable as we assessed properties in the area. We ultimately decided on a gorgeous piece of land largely based on Jeff's endorsement given his familiarity with other properties in the area... And we could not be more pleased with our decision. If Western Sonoma County is where you want to be, Jeff is the real estate agent to get you there! – Perry & Melanie Karsen (Occidental, CA)

  • We had an excellent experience purchasing our home in Camp Meeker with Jeff and Cheri Lester. Jeff worked closely with us as buyers to find a home for our family. Jeff was informative and professional as we patiently considered various properties for approximately 2 years. Jeff explained the pros and cons of properties in a timely and responsive manner. Jeff’s insightful explanations helped us move quickly and with certainty when the right property became available. The contract process was transparent and smooth. Jeff’s no nonsense approach to the real estate transaction ultimately landed us an outstanding home for our family. We highly recommend purchasing a home with Jeff and Cheri Lester. – Nate & Caroline Hobbs (Camp Meeker, CA) ​​​

  • I very much enjoyed working with Jeff and Cheri Lester. They took almost endless amounts of time to help me understand the market at large, the housing scene in Sonoma County, and my own wants and needs. They were patient when I needed time and focus and very quick and decisive when the situation warranted it. I'm happy to recommend them to anyone looking for a home in the area -- they are an excellent resource. – Web Marquez (Sebastopol, CA)

  • I had the pleasure of working with Jeff Lester on a home purchase that was a complicated shortsale. His approach I found relaxed, which fit my style perfectly, and in all his dealings with the other parties involved he was very professional and had a knowledge base that proved invaluable in the process. His advice was always spot-on and at points when I felt like giving up, he would come through with positive words that kept me going, and I’m so happy he did as I just love my new place! With Jeff’s experience in these types of sales and the local real estate market I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his services. – Wesley Thornton (Monte Rio, CA)

  • Jeff Lester is the most honest, sincere and knowledgeable real estate professional in the business!!!!! Here is a person who really cares about his client and the well being of his client above and beyond all else. Nothing is rushed and hurried. All the details are carefully and compassionately observed and evaluated by a person who is very highly educated in the entire spectrum of real estate. His advice is filled with wisdom; hindsight and foresight. Jeff brings all of his personal integrity to the professional table and quite frankly, I don't think one could be in better hands than with Jeff and his wife, Cheri. – Linda & Greg Cole (Jenner, CA)​

  • Jeff Lester helped us find the weekend retreat in the wine country we had dreamed about. He made the effort to learn what kind of place we wanted, and what we did not want. We're city people and he helped educated us about what owning a country property, what to look for, and what to avoid. Best of all, he carefully screened the properties and excluded those with serious problems or which did not match our criteria. Jeff's hard work meant we did not waste our time coming from San Francisco to look at places that were clearly not right for us. – Matt & Karla Davis (Napa, CA)

  • What impressed me most about Jeff Lester was his honesty. It was not uncommon for Jeff to point out negative aspects of a house we were looking at. At first I was surprised, but by the time we found a house we loved, I realized Jeff wanted us to make a decision based on full information, and be happy with our choice. – Dave Koressel (Santa Rosa, CA)

  • I am grateful to Jeff Lester for helping me find an excellent new home. Jeff is not only knowledgeable about the laws and regulations, but is up-to-date on the housing market. I found him to be most helpful. His recommendations were sound. He's honest, dependable and keeps his word. I have no hesitation about recommending Jeff Lester.  – Patricia Williams (Santa Rosa, CA)

  • Dear prospective home buyers and sellers,
    Jeff and Cheri Lester have helped my family and I through many real estate transactions over the years. They’ve proved trustworthy and resourceful. We’ve always found their advice insightful and helpful. They helped me buy a home in San Francisco. I had been looking for a home for years and made many offers on houses, only to be outbid or outmaneuvered by other real estate agents. Jeff and Cheri gave us sound advice and made sure that I knew where I stood and that the sellers knew where I stood. They represented me through a tricky negotiation and secured a home for my family and I. Even though they were located in Sonoma County, I don’t know if we would have been able to secure the property without their help. I would not hesitate to use their services again.  – Daniel J. O’Connell (San Francisco, CA)

  • Dear future home buyer,
    Congratulations on making contact with Jeff Lester! He facilitated my home purchase and I couldn't have been more pleased with the process and results. Jeff has an incredible knowledge of the real estate market, both locally and nationally. He can discern the value of a property with great accuracy and helped me get the best value for my money. Jeff really listened to my needs and presented me with relevant homes to view. I had very specific things I was looking for in a home, and though my search took a relatively long time, Jeff worked tirelessly and patiently with me to find the perfect match. I highly recommend Jeff Lester for all of your real estate needs. – Debbie Ramirez (Sebastopol, CA)

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