Team Reviews

The MR Team

Quality over Quantity

Here is my argument why you won't find a better realtor than Joe Racek in the NRV area. He has a unique and perfect combination of skills that make him the best choice I could find. 1)  He is an incredible personality and mediator, which is often necessary with real estate because buyers and sellers often never speak with each other.  So Joe acts as the mediator between all parties and he is wonderful at doing so because he is empathic and manages his emotions and works to consider all perspectives. 2) He happens to be an insanely gifted handyman and built an addition onto his own home by himself.  So when looking through a house, he can talk about why things are the way they are and give helpful suggestions.  3)  He has lived here most of his life and has in-depth knowledge about the market, people, community, and more.  4) Integrity. He is a man of his word and always comes through on his promises.  I worked with Joe and found and bought a house in a mere number of days.  I couldn't have done it without him. I am incredibly pleased with every aspect of how he worked with me through the process. He is professional and personable. I couldn't ask for a better realtor. - Steve S. -

Jay worked with me for over a year to find the right house.  He took the time to learn about my “must-haves” and he did not try to talk me into properties that did not meet my criteria.  Jay was also very willing to drive out to all kinds of properties—he put some miles on his car!  He helped me learn how to make a good offer and he was patient and respectful throughout this process.  I would recommend Jay Mandell to anyone who is looking for a home—not just a property.  He is very knowledgeable and will work hard for his clients. - Billie M -

Jonathan worked very hard to find me a home that met my needs. Jonathan got to know me and what my interests were and found me a home that is contemporary, gets me closer to work, and helps me spend some quality time close to my fishing hobby. Jonathan quickly became the kind of person that you would consider part of your extended family. I really appreciate all that he did to make this happen in a difficult market.  - Brian R. -

Joe recently helped my husband and I sell our home. I'd had a bad experience with a past sale, and was a little leery, preferring to try and sell it on our own. Joe had helped my daughter and her husband buy their first home last fall and had nothing but good things to say about him. Trying on our own wasn't working, so I agreed to meet him at my house and see what he had to say. He was very supportive of our situation in having to sell and helped me get the place ready to put on the market. He made me feel like my opinions and needs mattered, and he gave his best. Anytime something came up, he was on the phone, explaining every detail of the process, which made me feel a lot more confident. He helped us sell our house in 6 weeks!! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell. He makes the whole ordeal less complicated, and never just assumes you know what's going on. He even checked in during the waiting period when we would close, just to reassure us everything was coming along. If you're looking to buy or sell, call Joe!! You will not be disappointed!!! - Donna C. -

Austin helped me buy my first home!  He was helpful throughout the whole process and made me feel safe moving forward with the biggest investment of my life so far.  Thanks Austin! - Conner M. -

It was a great pleasure to work with Joe Racek in buying my new home. Before purchasing this house, I visited at least nine other houses with Joe. During any of those visits, Joe never forced me or misguided me to purchase any of the houses. At every visit, Joe provided me with a very balanced description about the property. He clearly detailed every plus side as well as every minus side of every house. Joe and his staff (Kim, in particular) were very organized and friendly. They made the whole purchase process smooth.

I  feel very happy that I picked a house for a very reasonable price. I am also happy that this purchase cemented a cordial friendship between Joe and me. Joe is truly an honest person. I have determined to continue working with him in my future investments. I wish Joe great success in all his endeavors! - Abby B. -

This was our fifth, and hopefully last, home-buying experience and Mandell & Associates made it the absolute best! We selected Jay because of his full spectrum of expertise. He not only knows every facet of the local real estate market, but also is equally versed in construction, design, market trends, investment potential, and negotiation. Jay and Danielle are a phenomenal team that made this experience an absolute pleasure. Connected, responsive, and caring; they continue to assist us after the closing. We hired a realtor, yet gained genuine friends. - Keith P -

My wife and I had decided that we were not going to sell. The reason is, we had talked to a different Realtor and he suggested listing our home at a price nowhere close to what we wanted. After getting a second opinion from Jonathan he suggested we sell at a price we were very happy with. We ended up right at where he thought we should be. Jonathan made the entire process as smooth, short and sweet as possible. We highly recommend him. - Chandlar P -

Joe Davidson made the process of selling our house easy, and enjoyable. He was extremely communicative during the entire process and was always available if we had questions. Joe gave candid, practical advice that led to an outcome that we were very pleased with. I would highly recommend anyone in the area to seek out Joe as their next realtor; you will not regret it! - Howard S. -

Austin has such a welcoming personality and works great with people! He really listened to what we wanted in a home and worked very hard to make sure we got it. He’s all around great at what he does, I highly recommend him! - Karmen M. -

Joe Racek is very knowledgeable about the local market and able to provides valuable perspectives on the benefits and risks of various properties/areas. He listened to our desires, helped quickly focus our search, and was promptly available to show properties in a very fast-paced market—even if that involved real-time video walk throughs. His advice on preparing an offer helped us navigate the market and acquire a property meeting our needs. His tenacity from offer to closing helped ensure the process went smoothly. We highly recommend him to anyone navigating the Blacksburg market. - Jeff S. -

Working with Jay was a joy from beginning to end. He is well connected and quite knowledgeable. He always made time for us and talked us through our many questions as first time home-buyers. On top off all that professionalism, he’s just a great guy! - Hannah K. -

Jonathan, thank you for helping us sell our home. Working with you was fantastic. We greatly appreciate your time and commitment. We recommend you to anyone looking to sell or buy a home, for sure a great realtor and friend. - Maria G. -

I just purchased a house as rental property for my daughter to live in. In this insane market, Joe did an exceptional job of showing me a wide variety of available houses, but also was honest in describing the nature of the market in our area, a rather bleak market for someone like me looking for a low cost property. In the end, he helped me find a perfect piece of land with a small house in very good condition at an exceptional price. He is personable, honest, and really works for the client. I highly recommend him! - Edward S. -

Looking to buy or sell?  Well look NO further this team is the team you want to help you! Ask for Austin or Jay we have sold two homes and bought one home and land with the help of these two guys! With quick call back and text response times we always have our questions answered in a timely manner! These two are the best of the best! - Sara N. -

Joe worked very hard over 6 months assisting us in finding a property in a most difficult market situation from a buyer's perspective.  He showed us dozens of properties over 6 months’ time. As we were relocating from Georgia, many of the showings were with my daughter as we joined them via Zoom. Joe was always professional, patient, and good-humored. We were particularly impressed by his attention to detail regarding construction and systems in all of the properties, especially when were not present for a live showing. He advised us well in a difficult market. I would definitely do business with Joe again and would recommend him to friends and family. - Kathy S. -

Jay Mandell is excellent. He was very helpful and knowledgeable to help us find and buy a house. He isn't just about making a sell to make the quick close, he will be honest, tell you what he honestly thinks the house is worth and what your options are. When it comes time to close, he will be there and makes sure things run smoothly. I cannot recommend a better realtor. - Jaletta -

Jonathan was amazing to work with and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for their new home in the Roanoke area. He helped my wife and I tour many different homes both in person and virtually. We always felt like he had our best interest in mind and was great at pointing out any flaws in the homes that we visited. Though our situation was a tricky one, Jonathan stuck with us and stayed in contact just to see how we were doing. His local knowledge of the area as well as his negotiation skills were a huge factor in reassuring us along the way. Can’t say enough good things about him, if you have him on your side, you are sure to have a great experience! - Karl H. -

My entire experience with Joe Davidson was great.  His sense of calm was more than helpful.  Purchasing a new home is stressful enough but relocating across the country in the process was over the moon difficult for me.  Joe remained confident that I could and would achieve my goals.  His guidance and support never wavered.  I was not an easy person to deal with at times, yet Joe remained kind to me through it all.  I would not hesitate to recommend him as an agent.  Thank you, Joe. - Terry H. -

Joe Racek has been a great partner to work with and have provided all the help required to explore the properties in Blacksburg. He responded to requests in a timely manner and helped us through the entire process all the way to closing. Without Joe’s help and offer for support anything local Blacksburg related, we wouldn’t have been able to buy the property. - Priya B -

I have worked with Jay upon many occasions over the last 10 years - land purchases, having his guidance with building a home, as a property seller, and most recently in my husband and I buying our home to raise our family. Each transaction has presented its own unique challenges, but each challenge was thoroughly and thoughtfully met by Jay - who was genuine in helping us succeed in our goals. His diverse knowledge is extremely beneficial in handling the various aspects and scenarios that come with property transactions. - Amanda D. -

Jonathan was a real pleasure to work with. He went above and beyond to show us properties and did thorough research on each property we visited.  Very knowledgeable, patient, professional and personable.  We got on so well our families met for dinner. I would highly recommend Jonathan.  - Richard B. -

Joe was the best realtor we could've hoped for! He was quick to respond to our questions and professionally work out all the details of the purchase of our home. Communication was easy with Joe with his positive attitude and honesty. It set the stage for an amazing house buying experience. We HIGHLY recommend Joe Davidson. Thanks again Joe! - Linda S. -