Recent quotes from a few of our happy clients…



I have worked with Broker John Chute for the last 20 years both in the purchase and sale of property in the Bodega Bay area I found John Chute a professional highly skilled and ethical broker. When it came time in 2017 to sell my primary residence @ 5615 Sierra Grande I contacted John Chute to list my home. My experience with the Coastal Agent Team, John Chute and Steve Hecht were excellent, top class marketing and wonderful representation throughout the listing and sale process. My home sold in a very short time to a buyer brought in by John Chute. I highly recommend the Coastal Agent Team and would certainly avail my self of their excellent services in the future. NA, Bodega Bay

Very knowledgeable. Very smooth process. Made it easy on me. True professionals. Good result. Met my objectives: 1. Sell for as much over $900,000 as possible, with a buyer who 2. bought the house as is, thus allowing me to avoid having deal with a siding repair project, and 3. buyer bought furniture so I didn’t have to deal with it.  DM, Bodega Bay


Steve and John are the ultimate professionals who get the job done. I have worked with them twice and was 100% satisfied both times. I highly recommend them for your real estate needs. MM, San Rafael, CA

John Chute is very professional, patient and knowledgeable. He and his team kept us informed of the market and suggested a plan when conditions changed. In turn, the property sold. BN, Santa Rosa, CA

Steve and John were professional and helpful throughout the process of selling our home. Steve previously represented us when buying the home and we knew we would receive the same high level of service as sellers. Both Steve and John are knowledgeable, efficient and easy to communicate with. They were thorough in their marketing approach, as well as during the negotiation process and guiding us through the close of escrow. We would highly recommend the Coastal Agent Team to both buyers and sellers. MS+LS, Orinda, CA

In our case, John represented the Seller and Steve represented my wife and I as the buyers. Everyone knew of the dual representation and it worked very smoothly. We struck a fair price moved forward and closed rapidly. I highly recommend the Coastal Agent Team for transactions in the Coastal area of Sonoma County, CA. PR+BR, Bodega Bay

If you want a real estate agent who is wise, extremely knowledgeable, sophisticated, can speak the truth, care, follow through, negotiate beautifully and who thoroughly understands business and real estate, you just found the best. Steve Hecht is the master of coastal and Sonoma County property. We have purchased and sold Bodega Bay property with Steve, as have friends and neighbors. You couldn’t ask for more. He is a gem. MG+HG, Boulder, CO

John helped us acquire an unbuilt site in Bodega Bay and also later a house. He later helped us sell the unbuilt site. All along the way he watched the details – particularly in making sure all the commitments and details of the house transaction were done properly. SM, Ran Ramon, CA


For the Bodega Bay market this is the best team available. They did a great job for my wife and I in getting a great place, our forever home, and are now helping us sell our current place. They are both very professional and are experts in the local market. They do it all!  RB+EF, Bodega Bay, CA

Steve was an amazing partner in the sale of our parents house. He always went the extra mile, was very considerate of our feelings and concerns, and kept us in the loop as details and questions arose. He helped us, as a family, navigate the intricacies of selling a country home. In our opinion, he is top notch and we would highly recommend him. You will have a true partner in your real estate dealings.  JW+BW, Valley Ford, CA

John and Steve represented my organization in the sale of a home that had been gifted to us. They went above and beyond in helping us get the house ready to sell: arranging cleaners, haulers, window cleaners, etc. This was a tremendous help because it would have been huge inconvenience for me to arrange the service and drive an hour out to the house and then back again. They also did a great job of representing our interests and the house sold quickly, above asking! No complaints!  LW, Santa Rosa, CA

John helped me prepare to list my property, so when we did, we had everything in order. He was supportive and offered advice that helped get the property sold. I certainly respect his advice and the service he provided.  PG, Santa Rosa


From the beginning of the process of selling our home to the end, Steve and team were quick to respond to emails and phone calls. We live two hours away and using electronic communication went very smoothly. Not once did we have to drive to an office to sign documents. We sold our house in two days!!!! We didn’t expect that at all. Thank you!!!!  PB, Bodega Bay

I have worked with Steve Hecht on four transactions involving two houses. The fact that I continue to choose him to represent me attest to the fact that I am more than satisfied with his knowledge, skills, responsiveness and loyalty to his clients. If occasion arises, I would choose him to represent me again. EW, Berkeley

Excellent knowledge of local real estate matters. Professional and easy to deal with. The process was relatively painless. They arranged for inspections, work to be done, staging, etc. Papers could all be signed online which was very convenient. MF+MF, Sebastopol

We cannot say enough about the superb service that Steve Hecht provided us while acting as our agent in the sale of our home in Bodega Bay. He was supremely competent and professional. His inside knowledge of the market and the area are unparalleled. His responsiveness was remarkable. He kept us advised of every step, development throughout the process. He had solutions for every wrinkle, and offered them thoughtfully and considerately. Nor can we begin to fully express our appreciation and gratitude for Steve’s negotiation skills. Actually, we can. Steve has fantastic negotiation skills, but even better people skills. His skills and personality transformed what is typically a stressful situation into one that was painless. If the situation arises, we will unquestionably use Steve as our realtor. JM+LM, San Francisco

Steve Hecht and John Chute were terrific to work with. They were able to guide me through the process of getting the house ready for the market without being pushy, or aggressive. They were very considerate, patient, and able to deal with every aspect of the transaction from the listing to close. Pamela was who I was in touch with at their Sebastopol office. She was always willing to assist me, answer my questions, and was always very accommodating. The whole experience went extremely well. Steve and John know the coast very well and I would recommend anyone selling or buying in that area to definitely interview them in their decision making process of selecting a realtor to represent their interests. EC, Bodega Bay

Have worked with John for several years. He is both knowledgeable and professional and very good at staying in touch. He and Steve make an excellent team: the value of John’s years in the business and the local knowledge and attention provided by Steve. JH+JH, Bodega Bay


John and Steve acted as our agents in listing and selling a vacation home. Both demonstrated an excellent knowledge of the local market. They were readily available through the selling process. Their advice on a selling price was reasonable and resulted in a quick sale near their recommended selling price. Throughout the selling process, they provided reasonable and consistent advice. GT+AT, Lafayette, CA

John and Steve were very helpful and supportive through the process and really helped us get close to our asking price. They took time to get professional pictures that really made the house look it’s best. CC+KC, Placentia, CA

We wanted to list our property, but weren’t sure how long it would take to sell and if we could afford to keep it vacant while we listed. We had been in touch with Steve for about 6 months, and when our tenants moved out, he said he thought it would be a good time to list. Long story short, we listed on 2-7 and had a full price offer which we accepted by 2-12. Everything went smoothly and we closed within a month. MR + LK, Santa Paula, CA

Great Job all around. The house sold very quickly and was on the market less than a month. John and Steve know the area and they are very good at what they do. I would only work with them in the future. DC, Mill Valley


I can not express enough how much I appreciated working with Steve Hecht. It was important that I be able to trust the person who was going to sell my house. I, also wanted a “no drama” sale of my house. Steve delivered. He was the right person for the job. Thank you Steve. JB, Sacramento

Great Job all around. The house sold very quickly and was on the market less than a month. John and Steve know the area and they are very good at what they do. I would only work with them in the future. D.C. Mill Valley

John and Steve, a joy to work with them. We were constantly updated on every aspect of the process and always felt very comfortable. We are sure that we listed our property with the most experienced agents in the West County Area. Would recommend John and Steve to anyone considering selling their property or anyone looking for a coastal home. JL, Graton

John and Steve are wonderful agents. I have known them both for many years. They provided expert guidance through the process of selling my home of more than 32 years. I give them my highest recommendation! LL, Sebastopol

We’ve worked with John as both a buyer’s and seller’s agent. He is knowledgeable, responsive and patient. The towns that make up the Bodega Coast have a varied feel. It is helpful to have an agent that has experience with and specific knowledge of the unique areas that comprise the region. We highly recommend John as an agent for your coastal property needs. IC+CS, Jenner

John Chute and Steve Hecht handled the sale of my home in Jenner during what was personally a very difficult time for me. I found them always responsive, considerate, and willing to go the extra mile. Circumstances were such that I could not be present during the 6 months my home was listed with them. This meant they had to carry a much heavier load in terms of all things needing to be done to sell a house. They took on this extra work with amazing grace and good cheer and for this I am forever grateful to them. I can without hesitation give Coast Agent my highest recommendation. Should you have a home to sell on the coast, this is your team! I am confident you will be as pleased with the result as I have been. MF, Jenner


We were very pleased with The Coastal Agent Team’s work in selling our home. They produced beautiful sales materials and were always responsive as each step of the process was taken. We would call them again to sell other real estate for us. SC+NC, Bodega Bay

John and Steve were consistently helpful in the sale of our home including advice to technical issues such as easements, from our initial interview through closing of escrow. We found them always available and attentive to our needs. We chose them above other agents we had interviewed due to their high level of professionalism, their ability to listen to our needs and concerns, and their offering of options that enabled us to sell our home at the best price in a very timely manner. We recommend John and Steve highly to other persons desiring to sell their home in our area. RS+JS, Bodega Bay

I have worked with John Chute for over 15 years. He sold me my house in Bodega Bay and then helped me sell it during a very down market. His partner, Steve Hecht, was also instrumental in the transaction and was masterful in his ability to handle the deal. Because of the market we had three different deals–two of which didn’t “come through”. John and Steve were brilliant at helping me through this process. I can not recommend them highly enough. They are honest and helpful and experienced and rock-solid in their strategic thinking and negotiations. LB, Bodega Bay

I have bought and sold 14 houses as my residence since 1974 in several states working with many successful real estate agents with John being one of them. It is a pleasure for me to state that I would rank John as number one among these very good agents I worked with. I would recommend him without any reservations. MC, Bodega Bay

The Coastal Agent Team recently listed and sold my Bodega Harbour home. The experience was seamless. I was well informed every step of the way, and always felt that their goal was to make the process as smooth as possible for me. My home was widely and skillfully marketed. Follow-up on every showing was timely and thorough, with prompt feedback. Not once did I feel that my property was not front and center. The Coastal Agent Team exemplifies what every client wants: A high level of expertise, and genuine concern combined with professionalism and availability. I recommend them without reservation. VL, Bodega Bay

My husband and I had the pleasure of working with both John Chute and Steve Hecht when they were the listing agents for our property in Bodega Bay. Their hard work, knowledge and marketing skills lead to our house being sold in 3 days. They were true professionals through out the whole process and took all of the worry out of selling our home. Their follow up and communication was excellent. We would highly recommend them and would most definitely enlist their services again if the opportunity ever arose. CL+DL, Bodega Bay

We’ve known John and Steve for over 11 years and have worked with them on a number of real estate transactions in Bodega Harbour. They are very knowledgeable and collegial, and we consider them to be the consummate professionals. Their services and support do not stop after closing. We can point to several instances where they ably assisted us in managing issues with our properties, while we were still residing on the opposite side of the country. They were always there and willing to help. We cannot say enough good things about John and Steve and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a property on the North Coast. RS+FS, Connecticut

John Chute provided real estate services to us over a 7-year period beginning in 2004, buying and selling homes in Bodega Bay. John’s knowledge of the homes in the area and in the market is very impressive. His professionalism and level of service is no less than excellent. John’s attention to detail and thoroughness on all aspects of our transactions gave us great confidence in his abilities. We would not hesitate to use his services again. It gives us great pleasure to give John the highest recommendation. ML+LL, El Macero, CA



We love our new home. John and Steve made it easy, simple and painless! I’ve always wanted a house at the coast, I can hear the ocean and the lighthouse. We will have many parties and happy times here. I will use them again when I buy my next home here. Thank you. RH+RH, Napa

John Chute did an exceptional job in handling this complicated 1031 transaction. His research of both legs of the sale allowed a successful closing. He was required to research a property in Seattle, as part of this sale, which he completed in a very thorough manner. He also has a very excellent and accurate sense of the market within the Bodega Bay Area. I would rate John Chute as the best Residential Broker I have ever dealt with. JR, Danville CA

John was professional, patient and thorough. He helped us find the perfect location for our family and was able to negotiate a deal that allowed us to purchase a property we had thought was beyond our reach. His follow through on every detail and recommendations for all necessary inspections and local services made the process manageable for a busy, working family of 7. We would definitely recommend him and his team to anyone looking for a home along the coast as they really are experts in the Bodega Bay real estate market. MP+BP, Napa

Outstanding local knowledge! We worked with Steve and he was always easily accessible, trustworthy, and provided very valuable insight and judgment on all aspects of our Bodega Harbour purchase. A true professional with integrity and expertise. We don’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone selling or buying in Bodega Bay! JB+EN, Lafayette, CA

I had the pleasure of working with Steve Hecht who negotiated the purchase of my home in Bodega Bay. He and his agency worked to make the acquisition as painless as possible. I would definitely recommend Coastal to anyone considering purchasing a home. PB, El Macero


John and Steve were great! Their years of experience in the real estate profession and their expertise of the market in the area is the best. They are both professional and personable making the entire experience unforgettable. We will recommend them as well as enlist their services again. EA+MA, Walnut Creek, CA

We had been exploring the purchase of a home in some of the coastal communities in Sonoma County, and after considerable deliberation decided that for family reasons we needed to redirect our attentions toward Bodega Bay at the southern end. We reached out to John Chute after reading of his reputation at the on-line real estate websites for information, and met him one afternoon in our first visit to the community. Although we had a particular interest in one home, when he met us he prepared a list of similar homes that he felt would also be of interest, and took the time to show us around to better understand the community. We were impressed with his knowledge of the local real estate and housing trends…We appreciated his approach to buying and selling a home as one of engendering cooperation and goodwill, and not being inherently adversarial. The result speaks for itself: we purchased a home that we thought impossible to ever own.  CS + PK, Davis, CA

John and Steve were the most professional, responsive, customer-centric agents I have experienced in the last 20 years. We worked with them long distance most of the time and they responded to our myriad of questions and concerns quickly/frankly no matter what time…we would absolutely work with them again and will enthusiastically refer them when asked. SP+DP, Little Rock

John and Steve were fantastic to work with throughout the process – no muss, no fuss – they just got the job done. This was a second house, so we really had to rely on them to make things happen on-site as we couldn’t be there ourselves. We highly recommend them both. AM, San Francisco, CA

I was very pleased with my experience with the coastal team. John helped me every step of the way. he even helped me find reliable contractors for inspections and repairs. I would highly recommend this team to anyone looking to purchase a home on the coast. Thank you for your excellent work and guiding me through this process. VF, Sebastopol, CA


I worked with John Chute and his partner Steve Hecht on purchasing a property in Bodega Bay. I have purchased and sold properties in Africa, Europe and the USA. I can attest to the fact that they are the most responsive, informed and efficient real estate brokers I have had the pleasure of working with. I cannot recommend them highly enough. EL + ML, Granite Bay, CA

What an excellent experience to have dealt with John and Steve with the purchase of our new home at Bodega Bay! These gentlemen handled the details of our purchase at The Harbour while also orchestrating with our sale and move from Manhattan and seamlessly worked with our agent there to make our across country move a pleasant one. If only every transaction and experience in life could be this professionally and warmly handled. Thank you, John and Steve. DF + RG, Sacramento

Above and beyond professional. Helpful in all phases and helpful sometimes in unexpected ways. When the issue of a possible shower pan leak came up he found a creative way to do an actual live test. TP+JP, Bodega Bay, ex-Sacramento

John and Steve did a tremendous job for us. We were very unfamiliar with the area. I very much value the expertise this team reflected during the entire process. I would highly recommend people work with this team due to their expertise, professionalism and patience. PG+CG, Moraga, CA

Bought land with ocean view in 2014 for approximately $585K in Bodega Bay, CA. We have been looking for land with ocean view to build a home and found Bodega Bay through Zillow. In Zillow, we reviewed many agents and decided to contact John Chute and asked him to be our agent as John and Steve have excellent reviews from their clients. True to the review, John has outstanding knowledge and expertise in this area. He also gave us very good advice in finding the right piece of land and connected us to several architects so that we have good ideas about the type of home that can be built. John and Steve were tremendous help in guiding us through the purchasing negotiation and facilitated the closing process to be less than one month. Both John and Steve are such joy to work with and we are grateful to have such competent, trustworthy and responsive agents to help us throughout this purchase. Thank you John and Steve. TN, San Jose

My wife and I saw this house for sale listed by Artisan Sotheby’s and we called the office to inquire because the property was not showing on any sites. John Chute of the Coastal Agent team was connected with us because of his experience in the coastal markets. We consider ourselves very lucky because John and his partner Steve Hecht not only had deep knowledge of the market, but also expertly guided the negotiation process and the due diligence process. Their attention to detail and control of the process (financing, escrow, inspections) made this transaction go incredibly smoothly. And besides all that…they are great guys! LS, Petaluma, CA

My husband and I have worked with several real estate agents over the years and we know professionalism, responsiveness and expertise when we see it. The service we received from John Chute at Coastal Agent was superb! John was patient, knowledgeable, and diligent. He and his staff made our transaction complete and uncomplicated. We can highly recommend his team! PS, Petaluma, CA


John Chute was impeccably professional throughout the whole process of purchasing my new home. Additionally, he was able to recommend some wonderful, competent people to furnish professional services necessary for the property. I highly recommend John to anyone seeking a Bodega Bay property. NSV, Bodega Bay

Steve helped my wife and purchase the perfect home for us. His local knowledge is excellent and a huge asset. Steve is the only agent to use at the coast, I highly recommend him. SJ, Napa

John and Steve were wonderful. I would recommend them to family and friends. We could not have asked for a more responsive team effort and they were always willing to help with every concern and question during the process. Unbelievable knowledge of the area really helped too. I don’t think anyone could have done a better job. PD+MD Sacramento

John has been the “one-stop shop” for our recent investment property purchase and rental. We found his local expertise and service network invaluable and would highly recommend his service to anyone. AT, San Francisco

We contacted Steve Hecht to help us find a beach house at Dillon Beach or Bodega Bay. He quickly understood what it was we were looking for and he worked diligently to help us find the right house. He was friendly, easy to work with, accommodating, well informed, and always available to answer questions at any time throughout the process. He was always fair minded and reasonable. It was a pleasure to work with him. We highly recommend Steve Hecht without reservation. After the sale was finalized, Steve provided us a service guide listing utilities and services available in the area. It’s been very helpful. LC+NG, Oakland

We had never met John before but from the first contact, he was responsive and a tell it like it is guy – a trait I really like. He handled everything and his responsiveness was great. We saw the house on a Sunday and decided right there and then to put an offer on it. John had the e-docs to us before we got home. We signed and sent them back. He had a counter offer for us on Monday, we agreed and we got the final ok that day. One day from offer to acceptance and we just closed in 30 days. A tribute to John being on top of his game. DG+TG, San Leandro

Working with John Chute to buy a house in Bodega Bay was a pleasure. We engaged him to find a suitable house and then to guide us through the buying process. He was pleasant and relaxed to deal with, and we appreciated his attention to detail and were impressed with his professionalism and how responsive we found him to be. He helped us to find the right house for us, and then shepherded us through the process of negotiating a reasonable price, sorting out the various inspections, and of course doing all the myriad of paperwork required for the actual purchase. His company uses a very useful tool to sign documentation electronically, which made the process a lot easier for us (we don’t live nearby). I was surprised at how complex the paperwork was, and John was excellent in making sure that we had completed everything that was required. The whole process went very smoothly. KS+LH, San Francisco

John Chute was of great assistance when we were looking at property in Bodega Bay. We live in Texas and John was great to work with from such a long distance. We did purchase a home in Bodega Bay and it was a pleasure working with John through-out the purchase and the re-model of the house. We love Bodega Bay and will definitely call on John with Coastal Agent again when we purchase another home in the area in the future. DS, Texas


Steve and John are excellent agents. they are focused, attentive, and responsive. They have great experience in the coastal areas and also offer resources in many areas of integrating into the area. I highly recommend them. AS, Valley Ford

Steve Hecht made it easy to select the right house for us. He lets you do the deciding, but says the right thing at the right time. He provided clear instruction on what needed to be taken care of, and offered resources to call who were honest and very helpful. He followed up on all our requests and made good recommendations that were in our best interest. I could not be happier at how easily and smoothly this transaction transpired. DH+SH, Los Altos

The Coastal Agent Team have a long history in Bodega Bay and it really shows. We were shown many homes in the area each having their own flavor. Not only did we get a feel for the area but John was straightforward and really knew each home we were shown. After getting to know us he directed us to the exact home we were looking for. The escrow process was clean and easy. Good communication was kept the whole time which made the whole process a joy. We were happy and would use them again. DS+AS, Bodega Bay

We were searching for the right home, but there was nothing for sale that fit our needs. With their depth of knowledge in this community, John and Steve contacted the owner of an unlisted home who was willing to sell us the home of our dreams. Their hard work provided dividends for all! The entire process was professionally handled from front to back. We can give them our highest recommendation. It was a total pleasure doing business with them. MS+KS, Bodega Bay

The Coastal Agent Team was great. I had a narrow list that took time to find and fulfill. They were patient and we finally found the right property that fit my list. I am thrilled that we found something so perfect but it needed fixing to meet my dream. The team found the property and then found the right people to fix it to my picky taste. It all happened very quickly and they were always there to answer any questions or found the answers for whatever information I needed. I really appreciated all their help. SB, Santa Rosa

John Chute was a wonderful agent with whom to work. He was professional in all ways, with the added bonus of being very open to our wishes and sometimes challenging way of thinking! In other words, delightful to work with across the board. Another bonus – we bought the house as a rental, and before the remodel was even done, he came up with a fantastic renter!! John is definitely the type of agent who will go the extra mile for his clients, and we give him the highest recommendation possible! PS+MS, Santa Rosa

We have purchased and sold many homes in California, and we have found Steve Hecht to be uniquely exceptional! We would highly recommend him because he is extremely knowledgable, helpful, honest, and responsive! Steve is an amazing professional and will make a special difference in your purchase or sale’s experience! Whether purchasing or selling a home, it doesn’t get any better than Steve Hecht…..he is the Best of the Best! MH+LH, Bodega Bay

My husband and I have purchased a number of homes over the past 30 years and recently bought a second home in Bodega Bay. We’ve always wanted to have a vacation home at the ocean. After looking for approximately 6 months with the guidance of Steve Hecht, we found the home that met our needs. I can’t say enough about Steve. Through the process, he was cognizant of our budget, where we wanted to buy and our time restraints. Steve is an exceptional realtor. In the future, we will buy another home in Bodega Bay and am looking forward to working with Steve again. CR+ER, Pioneer, CA

We had a wonderful experience working with John Chute. He was always very responsive and knowledgeable. He listened to our “wishes” and found us the perfect house. The negotiation process went very smoothly for both parties. He also helped us navigate the inspection and mortgage processes and had our best interests at heart. JR+MM, San Rafael