Testimonials

If you are trying to sell your home or looking for a new home the first step you should take is to call Leading Edge Properties. From the initial visit Paul and JoAnn understood our needs and wants and worked tirelessley to help us reach our goals. They were absolutely amazing showing our property in Santa Rosa and were always available to answer questions or show us properties. Since they are a family-owned business they are hands-on and able to match clients with the perfect property. Our experience both selling our property and finding a new home was made easier because of their personal and dedicated service. From the time we signed the sales contract until we closed on our new “perfect” home they were there every step of the way. We would highly reccommend Leading Edge Properties to family, friends or anyone buying or selling a home.

–Bought a home in Petaluma $545K and Sold in Santa Rosa CA $430K in 2012


Paul and JoAnn, we want to thank you for selling our house so quickly for a great price. When we interviewed you, we knew immediately that you were the right agents to sell our house. With your years of experience and professionalism, along with your sincerity, it made the whole process move smoothly. Thanks for a great job!

–Sold a West Petaluma Classic home for $579,000 in 2013


I recently had the pleasure of dealing with JoAnn and Paul Claeyssens of Leading Edge Properties of Petaluma in the sale of my home. Their standard of care to detail and professional conduct to all parties in the transaction was beyond all reasonable expectations. Their vast knowledge and skills in Real Estate made a potentially impossible transaction happen, despite repeated roadblocks and twists. When it comes to any Real Estate Transaction, JoAnn and Paul Claeyssens are without a doubt one of the Leading Brokers in the North Bay.

–Sold a Condominium in San Rafael CA for Approximately $475K in 2013


After asking three friends who to use to help me find a home in Petaluma and all three responding the same, I figured I better listen to them. So I called whom they all recommended. I called JoAnn and Paul Claeyssens of Leading Edge Properties. I truly believe that without their help, my family and I would not have ended up with our dream home. Their confidence, diligence, and perseverance made it all happen. I had put off buying a home for so long, thinking the whole process would be complicated and scary. It was just the opposite, and I attribute that to JoAnn and Paul’s experience and knowledge.

–Bought a single family home in Petaluma for Approximately $625K in 2013


When I first started looking for a home I did not know what to expect. I did know that the process would be difficult, so I decided to work with a real estate agent to help me with the process of becoming a first time home buyer. I contacted a local real estate company and they paired me up with an agent. I looked for 6 months making nearly 20 offers on houses but nothing ever came back . I wondered if it was this hard for everyone else. Eventually my real estate agent left her company, and sent me looking for another agent. I was frustrated at this point but also determined. I ended up searching through customer reviews of agents on a few internet listing sites and found Paul and Joann Claeyssens, and their company Leading Edge Properties. They had good reviews so I thought why not, what I have I got to lose? It turned out I had nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Within 3 weeks, Joann got me an accepted offer for a great home. I liked this house so much better than the previous 20 I had made offers on! Joann is a professional who has been in this line of work a long time and really has great knowledge of real estate and how to get you the house of your dreams. I was very impressed at the amount of work the Claeyssens put in for me. As a first time home buyer my price range was at the lower end of the market, but they worked just as hard for me as if it was a million dollar property deal. In fact, they even managed to save me over $25,000 off the purchase price! I would recommend Paul and Joann to anyone and everyone. Don’t waste your time looking for property with the wrong agent! If you are looking for hard working, knowledgeable, and great all around people for your property needs, look no further than Paul and Joann Claeyssens, and Leading Edge Properties. They get it done fast, right, and in your best interest! Thank you Paul and Joann!

–Bought a Single Family Home for approximately $208K in Petaluma, CA in 2012


Paul is a committed, determined, and honest agent who managed to sell our home at a time when nothing was selling. I unconditionally recommend Paul, and know that a seller, or buyer, will not be disappointed by his service.

–Sold a Single Family Home in Petaluma, CA for aproximately $350,000 in 2012


We purchased our Dream Home/Farm through Paul and JoAnn. The property hadn’t changed hands for around 50 years, but because Paul and JoAnn are unusually conscientious, respectful and locale-savvy people, we were able to understand the history of the various buildings on, and characteristics of, the property. This was important to us from an historical perspective – we are now forever connected to the wonderful family who worked the farm before us! It was also important from an environmental perspective, because we want to site a children’s teaching farm on the site, however 50 years ago the EPA didn’t exist! Paul and JoAnn supported us unwaveringly despite an extended contingency phase where they had to meet us repeatedly at the site as we tested the soil, the water, and had a slew of contractors tromping through the site estimating various projects. Paul and JoAnn have transformed the way I think about real estate agents – they are not only ethical, but they are also rigorous. Furthermore, they will go to bat for you, even if that means more work or less money for them. They also paid for a year’s warranty on our new home. We are quite literally ecstatic, and when we have our housewarming, we will definitely make them blush with our effusive toasts of praise.

–Bought a Family Ranch in 2012 for approximately $480K in Cotati, CA


Last September, with great effort, Paul and JoAnn Claeyssens, and Leading Edge Properties helped my wife and I purchase our first home … a brand new home in Petaluma with views of the mountains! This was made possible because of all the hard work, patience, and experience that Paul had… to make the impossible… possible. I not only recommend Paul and Leading Edge Properties to my friends and family, I will only buy and sell with them.

— Bought a new Single Family Home in 2012 for $410K in Petaluma, CA


We met JoAnn Claeyssens at an open house in Santa Rosa and were so impressed by her knowledge and professionalism that we decided to work with her in buying our first home, and we are so happy that we did. As first time home buyers the knowledge and experience that JoAnn brought to the table was invaluable. In so many aspects of the home buying process she went above and beyond what we expected and quickly earned our trust. JoAnn was extremely flexible and patient while we looked at several homes before finding “the one” and once we found it she did everything in her power to help us to get it. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with JoAnn and Paul Claeyssens and give them our highest rating. We will wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone we know looking to buy or sell a home.

–Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for Approximately $350K in Santa Rosa, CA.


Joann and Paul helped us to sell a home in a tough market. We were very impressed with the level of professionalism, customer service, honesty and knowledge of all aspects of the real estate business in Sonoma County. After leaving Sonoma County for one year we decided to return to the area. Due to our previous experience we had with Joann and Paul Claeyssens, we called Leading Edge to help us find a new home. As we experienced during the sale of our past home, Joann was our best advocate. She found us a great home in a good area and at a SUPER price! The closing process was seamless and easy during both transactions. Joann also connected us with an excellent school for our son. If you are looking for a real estate professional that is caring, honest, hard working, well connected and looking out for your best interests I highly recommend Joann and Paul Claeyssens.

–Sold a $900K Home in Petaluma 2010 Bought a $700K home in Penngrove 2011


During 2011 we looked at many of properties with Paul & JoAnn and made a few offers that did not work out. Then last fall a short sale property that was in a great location, but was a real fixer-upper came on the market. With Paul’s help we were able to see the properties potential and decide that the work ahead was doable. Our offer was accepted and after five months the selling realtors were able to finally get the two banks involved to sign off. Although we still have a lot of work ahead of us we love the property. We would not now own this without Paul and JoAnn’s help and encouragement. They are great!

–Bought a Multi Family home on acreage in for about $500K in Petaluma, CA 2011


Paul worked closely with me to find and purchase a wonderful house in West Petaluma. The purchase was a short sale with mitigating circumstances that required several months to complete. Paul doggedly pursued the seller, and gave me the necessary encouragement to stay the course. We finally completed the deal in January of this year with the help of Paul’s wife and Partner JoAnn. I would definitely recommend Paul. He is very trustworthy, cheerful, and professional.

–Bought a Single Family home for about $400K in 2011 in Petaluma, CA.


Our experience with Leading Edge Properties met our expectations to the highest degree possible. The property we listed with them was unique and required intimate knowledge of the area and a broker with extensive experience. The result could not have been more positive. The showings were perfectly hosted and the buyer is an ideal match.

–Sold a Single Family home for approximately $350K in 2011 in Petaluma, CA.


Leading Edge Property is a spectacularly good company. Paul and JoAnn provide extraordinary service. They are unbelievably focused on serving their clients needs. No task is too small for them to do. JoAnn took detailed, professional quality pictures of the inside of 5 houses that I considered. Paul and JoAnn know the tools and rules of the real estate business. They gave me access to their invaluable list of independent contractors who have the expertise to do inspections from everything from a very complex structural and soils evaluation to a simple termite inspection. They stand right by your side. I asked them to be buyer’s agents. I am so glad that I did. You feel that you have made a friend for life, a true advocate who is looking out for your interests. They represented me as a buyer in one of the most difficult short sale transactions that you can imagine. They were devoted to achieving the best outcome for me. They were focused and smart. I would have given up many times, but for their support and brilliant mastery of strategy. JoAnn and Paul are experienced negotiators. When they are on your side, they give it their fullest effort and attention. They earned my respect and my highest rating.

–Bought a Single Family Beachfront Home in 2011 for $700K at Dillon Beach, CA


We recently purchased a home in Petaluma that we absolutely love. JoAnn and Paul not only did a great job of finding us our new home but they did a superb job of handling the closing process. We had a lot of issues with the lenders in getting the loan approved because of the large acreage of the property. This was a very frustrating process for all of us but JoAnn and Paul managed to keep both side calm and cool so we can work the issues with the lenders. In parallel, they assembled a great team to help us with this process (e.g. lenders, escrow, well inspection, septic inspection, insurance, etc.). We had backup plan to a backup and at the end it all paid off. Over-all, this deal wouldn’t happen without their hard work and we are very happy that we picked them as our agents.
–Bought a Single Family home on acreage for about $1.3M in 2011 in Petaluma,CA


Paul (and JoAnn) Claeyssens worked tirelessly to sell our home. They demonstrated superior knowledge of the local real estate market. Throughout the entire process I always felt well informed. This was the first property we sold, and Paul taught great deal about the process of selling a home. I never felt neglected, and always felt as though I was their most important client even though our property probably was one of the least expensive they were selling. I obviously will use them again when it comes time to buy/sell a home, and recommend them unconditionally.

–Sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $350K in Petaluma, CA.


I give Paul the highest rating. He helped us buy our first home because when we started looking, I had emailed several different agents late one night and he was the first one to respond. I spoke to other agents but none were as sincere, responsive, or experienced as Paul. He only showed us the best houses in our price range and though there were several offers on our house, Paul’s creative strategies put us on top and we now live in our ideal house. I would recommend Paul to anyone in the market for a reputable, conscientious, efficient real estate agent.

–Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $325K in Petaluma, CA.


This was a great experience for me, Paul had the answers to all of my questions. He was always quick to respond to my email or phone call. He made it very easy to transition into owning my own property and I am very thankful. I will recommend Paul to anyone I know who is either selling or buying a new home. I will ask for him to help me again when I look to moving from my recently purchased one bedroom condo to purchasing a larger home in the future. Thanks Paul, you did a great job!

–Bought a Condo home in 2011 for approximately $100K in Novato, CA.


Responded almost immediately to my initial request to start looking for homes and then did good searches for homes that met my needs. When it got down to the process of buying the home, he kept up and kept in front of the sellers agent so I had everything needed before it was even needed, thus helping them realize I was a serious buyer and to work efficiently. The people he works with were also great, thus with Paul and the lender he works with, the deal was able to go through in about 3 weeks!

–Bought a Single Family home for approximately $450K in 2011 in Windsor, CA.


Paul Claeyssens helped me find the house of my dreams! He worked hard showing me properties, was attentive to my needs and desires, and I found him to be professional and reliable and extremely knowledgeable. I recommended him to a friend and she found the house of her dreams. I will always refer people to hire Paul. Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity.

–Bought a Single Family Home in 2010 for approximately $450K in Petaluma, CA


I knew Paul through social media. Through Paul, I was able to remodel my rental property from an extremely chaotic condition. Working with the contractor was another challenge, Paul was there to assist me all the way, even until now. At present time, the house is rented, through his property management. Although I know he runs a very busy office, with a large number of clients, he still make me feel like I am the only customer he has. He is always available for me, even after hour. He and his wife, Joanne are A+++ classic people for Realtors.

–Acquired a Rental in Petaluma, CA, and Remodeled then Rented it with LEP


Paul and JoAnn were my agents in three home purchase/sales transactions between 1990 and 2000, and I consider them the best of the best, Gold Standard in all regards. Their integrity, honesty and attention to detail went so far beyond the norm, I’ve been spoiled! If I am in the area again looking to buy, I will definitely contact them. These folks are first class all the way.

–Sold and bought two Single Family Homes during the 1990s in Petaluma, CA