Alain Pinel Realtors Los Altos

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Recommendations (263)

Nov 8, 2017

Liz Kung recommends Dorothy Liu

SW Engr Sr Staff

There are many good agents out there but Dorothy is head and shoulders above all of them. I signed with her after the initial interview even though I had others lined up. Her enthusiasm and can-do attitude was what caught my attention and I just can’t say no to her. I am so glad I went with my gut.
I was dealing with a lot of personal and work related issues and stress when I signed with Dorothy so it was a god send when Dorothy was able to spare me pretty much everything except to sign things. Besides taking care of all the real-estate related paperwork such as ordering documents and overseeing inspections, Dorothy basically took on the entire remodeling effort on my behalf by setting up meetings with contractors, picking out materials, bargaining down the price and defining and overseeing the work. She even went as far as personally purchasing and installing door knobs and hinges to make the place look that much more elegant and stylish. A nice touch that brought many positive comments from potential buyers. During that whole process, Dorothy gave me daily updates of how and where things are. She even created a spreadsheet showing me date and time of past and future events.
Besides smooth sailing on the document front, her involvement with my remodeling efforts resulted in making my unit looked like a model home. Most home buyers who stopped by the open house all commented on how good the place looked as compared to other units that sold recently in the same complex. I have no doubt that contributed to the high offers I received.
Dorothy did not disappear after the sale, she offered to collect all documents related to the sale, including reports such as inspections, remodeling contracts and receipts, and put them all on a thumb drive for my record. Although that makes perfect sense to do but I have not heard from family and friends that any of their agents do that. Just another thing that Dorothy stands out on her service.
I can’t say enough about Dorothy’s energy, hard work, resourcefulness, responsiveness, dependability, and dedication. She makes an otherwise stressful situation a pleasure and rewarding experience. It was a total pleasure working with such an extraordinary professional.
Oct 23, 2017

Jennie Goldenson recommends Susan Sims


I have bought and sold many homes before, and Susan is by far the best realtor that I have ever met. She listened to our goals, needs and budget, and then designed a plan for updating our home and getting it market-ready. She knows the market like no one else. We had some pretty tricky circumstances (divorce, etc) and Susan just made it all so easy. She allowed us the flexibility to be as involved as we wanted to be, and was in constant communication about the process (which is something we had requested). She is the most honest, hard-working, and experienced realtor in the Bay Area. I'm pretty sure she doesn't sleep. In the end, Susan sold our home for top dollar. My ex-husband and I both give Susan our highest recommendation.
Oct 17, 2017

Lei Zhao recommends Dorothy Liu

First time buyer

Having read many stories about how hard it can be to buy a place in bay area, I prepared for a tough battle. However, I was lucky enough to meet Dorothy. She guided me hand by hand throughout my buying process. She is professional, knowledgeable, proactive, responsive and warm hearted. With her help, I won on the very first offer I ever put. As a first time buyer, this was way beyond my expectation.

A week after we started searching, I came across a place I really liked. At the early stage, Dorothy provided me a lot of data of near by sold places, helped me make sense of the listing price and evaluated the feasibility to bid on the place based on my conditions. She even reached out to the sellers / owners of those places to get more information. As we moved forward, she worked late hours to help me prepare all the documents, and again, shared a lot of valuable marketing trending data with me to help me make the right decision. At the time of offer, she even presented to the seller agent in person. In parallel, she proactively reached out to my bank officer to collect all the useful information to make my offer stronger.

After the offer was accepted, she prepared a buyer's timeline. This is super helpful for a first time buyer to understand the whole process and get prepared for all steps. The closing was very smooth because of her detailed arrangement.

Dorothy is very compassionate. She always thinks from my stand point. She's really concerned about what I'm concerned about. This makes me feel that she's not just an agent but someone who is part of my family. I would recommend her in a heartbeat.
Oct 12, 2017

Koelli and Rohit recommends Lynn North

Lynn is a seasoned professional who puts the needs and wants of her clients first! Lynn helped us sell our Sunnyvale home this summer and it was an absolute seamless experience. This was our first time selling and Lynn orchestrated the process perfectly starting from preparing it for the market to closing with multiple offers. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking to sell their home in the bay area!
Oct 12, 2017

Koelli and Rohit Mungee recommends Susan Sims

Susan is an absolute pleasure to work with and a true professional with valuable experience and a warm personality. Susan's in depth knowledge of the bay area market and Los Altos in particular helped us find our dream house. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy in the area!
Oct 12, 2017

Lina and Trevor recommends Carolyn Botts

Carolyn was exceptionally astute, thoroughly professional, and openly approachable through a dynamic and anxiety-provoking process that was tailored to our wants and needs from start to finish. We were impressed by her attention to detail, patience and insightful perspectives as she navigated us through the home buying process.

We were more than lucky to have Carolyn as our realtor. We interviewed several realtors and decided to work with her because of her reputation, knowledge and ability to provide personalized attention. We were not disappointed. She was able to work around our unpredictable work schedules and able to accommodate last-minute scheduling, viewing and appointment requests with a smile. She moves quickly and efficiently while staying completely organized and helped us purchase our dream home. We enthusiastically recommend her to our friends and family!
Oct 10, 2017

Angela Barbariol recommends Cliff Noll

Bluehawk Consulting Account Management

Cliff Noll is simply the best! He is extremely organized, patient and maximizes his efficiencies in every way. We had a very tight time frame to get our family home ready for the market. His knowledge, supporting contacts (such as stagers, etc.) and expertise in the real estate market was amazing and we could not have done it without him. I highly recommend Cliff for your real estate needs. You want to feel like you don't have to worry throughout this process and that he has it handled. Cliff is that person you can rely on. He will do a GREAT job for you/family!
Oct 7, 2017

Nicholas G. Klimenko recommends Cliff Noll


Cliff did an excellent job on a difficult and complicated case. Cliff

was very attentive,maintained constant communication, and was

very attentive to our concerns. I would highly recommend Cliff.

Sincerely, Nick Klimenko
Aug 30, 2017

Y. Xu recommends Dorothy Liu

Mountain View Buyer

We deeply appreciate Dorothy for many things.

First is to help us set up right market expectation. We were experiencing frustration in house hunting for a while, partially due to the gap between our pricing model and the (crazy) bay area market. She encouraged us and mentally prepared us during our first meeting. She is very knowledgeable about the south bay area, and is very good at finding right comparative properties and performing market analysis. We felt much more comfortable after discussing with her. It turned out that we finally got our dream house, I can’t image this being accomplished without her!

We were so much impressed by her superior communication skills. She proactively connected with the listing agent and our loan agent to make sure everything was secured. And kept us involved throughout the bidding process. She always makes her available to us from early morning to evening, all our questions were taken care of in a timely manner.

Many clients of Dorothy highlighted her willingness and effort to go the extra miles, which I would definitely agree with. Her service does not end with the completion of deal. She is continuously providing us great suggestion on remodeling, landscaping, and giving referrals. All these are extremely helpful.
Aug 27, 2017

William Gavin recommends Denise Welsh


Its the little things that make a real estate transaction proceed smoothly and Denise is an expert at identifying and dealing with those things to the benefit of a successful transaction.
Aug 25, 2017

A & J Johnston recommends Dorothy Liu

Bay Area Buyers

We first met Dorothy three years ago when we purchased a condo from her sellers. She was incredibly professional, and we could tell she cared about understanding the potential buyers. When we ran into her again while she was selling a property across the way from our condo, we hit it off and knew she would be instrumental in helping us prepare and sell our home, and well as find our next home. Dorothy went above and beyond for us, and really became a part of our family. She consulted and guided through our home renovation, connecting us with the talented contractors in her network. Once our home was ready for sale, she worked her magic to stage the home. We received a ton of traffic, and multiple offers way above asking. She even ended up negotiating rent-back for us while we searched for our next home, but ended up not needing it because of her dedication - we were able to purchase the home of our dreams after only 2 weeks. As stressful as selling/buying a home can be, Dorothy made it a pleasure. You'd be lucky to work with her!
Aug 16, 2017

Linda and Bill recommends Lynn North

Lynn is a ball of energy. We needed to sell our Sunnyvale house quickly and she made it happen. And it sold for $500,000 over asking. Her marketing strategies—everything from advertising to staging—was spot on. We have since recommended her to others because we were so pleased with how she handled our sale.
Aug 14, 2017

S. Dauskardt recommends Erika Ameri

Director of Marketing

Working with Erika is a pleasure. She is always ahead of every detail, I never had to worry about a thing. Her reputation precedes her as a top agent in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. I highly recommend her as an agent whether or not you are selling your home or looking for a new one!
Aug 10, 2017

Peter Pazmany recommends Denise Welsh


I have worked with Denise on 4 transactions in the last 10 years.

Denise is a great listener and really knows how to guide you through the process.

She has become a good friend and her advice has allowed us successfully conduct several transactions.
Aug 7, 2017

Ramesh Dewangan recommends Dorothy Liu

VP Marketing

Dorothy sets a very high bar for excellence and exceeds it every time. I have availed her services for few years now. In the past 4 months, she has helped me sell 2 condos in San Jose area. I am delighted with every step of the process she supported me. She goes out of her way to make sure all details are planned and executed in time. I couldn't be happier! Dorothy rocks!
Jul 31, 2017

Alvin Hong recommends Erika Ameri

Vice President

Erika has helped us with two property purchases over the last couple years and was of great help in both purchases. She provided good advice both times and would recommend her to others looking to buy a property.
Jul 24, 2017

Wendy Ernst recommends Lynn North

Lynn is a true professional and her detailed and thoughtful expertise was evident in every step of the process to help and advise us when we sold our family home. She orchestrated a team of experts to update and stage our home in record time and under budget. She knew how to price and market the home to receive maximum exposure (not just with MLS, but to a wide variety of potential buyers and agents). She conducted the open houses herself which generated a huge volume of interested buyers in a very short timeframe. We had multiple offers well over the asking price and all buyers were vetted before we received their offers. The house sold in 10 days and closed 30 days after. We were extremely well informed throughout every stage of the process and we are so glad we had her as our Realtor. We highly recommend her!
Jul 21, 2017

Bulent Celebi recommends Erika Ameri

Property owner, Founder & Chairman of AirTies

Erika recently managed the leasing of our property in Palo Alto. She performed very well in all of the standard areas one would expect of a real estate professional. She was exceptional in preparing the home for rental. She provided a lot of assistance on what would make it more attractive, organized various vendors and made the place look fantastic, while keeping us in the loop and implementing at a reasonable cost. In the end we got a lot of demand as soon as it went on the market, and we closed on the tenant in a few weeks at the price we wanted.

Thank you Erika for a fantastic job.
Jul 19, 2017

Maria Lianides Celebi recommends Erika Ameri

Senior Partner

Erika managed the leasing of our home in Palo Alto. We have rented it out for over 15 years using many different agents in the Bay Area. Of all the agents we have worked with over the years, Erika was the most thorough by far. She was meticulous with the preparation and presentation of the house, and really understood her market. I would highly recommend her services.
Jul 13, 2017

Tarren and David Drummond recommends Carolyn Botts

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Carolyn helped make our dream come true! We were expecting our newborn daughter, and looking for a home for our new family. Carolyn helped us find our new home before our daughter arrived, always providing us the flexibility and personalized help we needed. Once she helped us find the perfect place, she helped us work with the sellers to work around a difficult situation regarding litigation on our new house. This required a lot of persistence and problem solving, but Carolyn did everything she could and constantly drove the process forward until it worked out. Thanks to Carolyn's hard work and dedication, we brought our daughter to a wonderful home. We will certainly be working with Carolyn in the future and recommend her highly!
Jul 7, 2017

Emily Wu and Drew Hoffman recommends Susan Sims

Executive Recruiter and Fundraising Consultant

We would highly recommend Susan to anyone considering buying or selling a home. Susan is highly professional, experienced, responsive and great to work with in general. She understands the market and will be a pleasure to work with!
Jun 17, 2017

Janet L. Stauring-Conrad recommends Lynn North

Janet L. Stauring-Conrad

I am happy to say that Lynne made the sale of my aunts home, so easy and painless!
She did exactly what she said she would do and was responsive to any questions or needs I had.
Lynn was a true professional!
Jun 12, 2017

Jeff Colver recommends Lynn North

Real Estate Investor

In March Lynn sold the 3rd. house of mine in Mountain View over the last 10 years! As with the previous 2 sales Lynn's expertise in knowing what was needed to prepare the house for market and getting the word out through an aggressive advertising campaign paid the usual dividend. A Quick Sale (9 days) and a Price significantly over the asking ! If you are looking for a Realtor to handle all aspects of selling your house seamlessly you won't find anyone who can do it better. When I get ready to sell the next house Lynn will be my first Call !
May 30, 2017

Darcy Wright recommends Carolyn Botts

Carolyn Botts is an exceptional Realtor and I don't know how I would have gotten through the stresses of selling a property without her calm demeanor and ability to work through all the details associated with getting the job done. She was extremely proactive and kept me informed every step of the way, especially given that I had never sold a property before. No question was too "dumb"; I felt like I could ask her anything and she would answer with patience and clarity. She also has a network of resources (from house cleaners to painters) from which to choose from to get the job done. Given her expertise, I highly recommend Carolyn to anyone wanting to buy or sell a property--you won't regret it!!
May 7, 2017

Jen and Dan recommends Lynn North

Tech Industry

Lynn is a true professional in every sense of the word. She came to us through a recommendation by a friend and helped us transform our home and get it to market in record time. She was very detailed oriented and had a team on hand to assist us in every step of the home selling process. Most importantly, she was able to generate such high demand that our home was sold above listing after 1 week of open house. We highly recommend Lynn as your go to agent for home buying and selling.

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