Carolyn Botts

Real Estate Professional Compass
For over 25 years Carolyn Botts has devoted energy and professionalism to the San Francisco Bay Area, first as an associate with a local commercial developer and now as a top producing real estate agent with Alain Pinel Realtors. San Jose Magazine lists her in the top 50 of real estate agents in Silicon Valley.

At the heart of Carolyn's success is her dedication to providing clients a service-oriented, stress-free experience whether one is listing their home or looking to buy one. With this commitment in mind, Carolyn and her support resource team supply clear communication and thoroughness at every stage of the home selling or buying process.

Underlying Carolyn's winning approach is a foundation of detailed communication, professional skills, and a thorough knowledge of the area.
Jun 1, 2019
Carolyn was a wonderful agent. She demonstrated her knowledge, reliability, and subject matter expertise in many different ways through the homebuying experience. Importantly, she was an excellent advocate when it came to contract negotiations. As a first time home buyer, I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Carolyn; we ended up in a wonderful place that simply would not have been possible without her. I look forward to working with her again in the future and would recommend her as an agent to anyone!
Jan 4, 2019
We LOVE Carolyn Botts and recommend her highly to all of our friends. We have put her in two nearly impossible situations- first, trying to buy a family home in a good school district, with limited financial resources, and second, trying to simultaneously buy and sell a home in a very short time period. In both cases, Carolyn was amazing.

With our first purchase, she helped with really creative strategies to get us into a house that fit our needs.

With our second transaction, she really worked a miracle. We had a very tight timeline to prepare and sell our house. AND we needed to sell it for a high enough price to be able to complete the purchase of our new home. Carolyn had multiple teams of people to our house (handyman, appraisers, stagers, cleaners, photographers, plumbers, etc) within days and helped us complete sale of our house in under 2 weeks.

While we were full of angst and worry at the uncertainty and the process in general, Carolyn remained confident and calm throughout. She helped ease our worries, addressed our concerns and made things happen that we never thought would be possible. She is efficient, professional, very detail oriented and has a wealth of experience making things happen in this intense Bay Area market.

Thank you Carolyn for all of your help through the years and for keeping in touch with us and understanding our needs. We really feel our family would not be the same without you and your help in getting us where we are. We trust you and your judgement completely and give you our absolute highest recommendation.

Dec 7, 2017
Carolyn was wonderful. She really cared about us and not just about getting a sale. We found a house we liked but had to submit the offer the very next day, so she cleared her schedule to make it happen and then went above and beyond to make sure we were the ones that got the house, even with several other offers. She treated us as though we were her only clients, was always responsive, and always took time to answer our many, many, MANY questions. On the day we moved in, she brought pizza for us and everyone who helped us move. She always had recommendations ready for contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc. We can’t recommend Carolyn enough and have already raved about her to all our friends.
Oct 12, 2017
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!
Jul 13, 2017
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!
May 30, 2017
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!!
Feb 9, 2017
Wealth Management
We met Carolyn at a house she was showing. She offered to help us find a home that met the needs of our family, including our two sons, ages 7 and 5. The second property she showed us was our dream house. Blocks from our kids' school, a cul de sac, backyard up against the backyard of our best friends and a street mixed with original owners and newer young families. We've been living here now for about two months and so many of our neighbors have introduced themselves to us and yesterday many of the kids from other families were out in front of our house playing with our kids. Who knew something like this still existed?! Carolyn knew, and she knew us. She knew what mattered to us, and she knew how to help us find and get it. Everything fell in place as if it were meant to be. But we know it didn't just fall in place without Carolyn's expertise, conscientiousness and care. From our family to you, Carolyn... thank you!!
Jan 29, 2017
We met Carolyn at a house she was showing. She offered to help us find a home that met the needs of our family, including our two sons, ages 7 and 5. The second property she showed us was our dream house. Blocks from our kids' school, a cul de sac, backyard up against the backyard of our best friends and a street mixed with original owners and newer young families. We've been living here now for about two months and so many of our neighbors have introduced themselves to us and yesterday many of the kids from other families were out in front of our house playing with our kids. Who knew something like this still existed?! Carolyn knew, and she knew us. She knew what mattered to us, and she knew how to help us find and get it. Everything fell in place as if it were meant to be. But we know it didn't just fall in place without Carolyn's expertise, conscientiousness and care. From our family to you, Carolyn... thank you!!
Aug 27, 2016
Words do not convey my gratefulness to Carolyn Botts. Her wisdom and experience guided us through the sale of our house with such ease that when we accepted an offer, we were stunned! Carolyn heard our needs and provided the least stressful way to make this new phase of our lives begin beautifully. We were able to sell our house with only a small investment of time and money, and Carolyn urged the buyers to give us a wonderful price that will provide for us as we age. Thank you Carolyn! You are my hero!
Aug 26, 2016
client
We put everything into Carolyn's hands, and with a minimum out of pocket cost we sold our home for $235 k over the asking price. Everything happened in about a week. My wife and I are still in shock (the good kind). She is very personable and professional, with many useful contacts for getting things accomplished. I would recommend her to anyone.
May 31, 2016
First time buyers
My husband and I had been looking for the right house off and on for three years, without success. Then we met Carolyn Botts.

Carolyn helped us buy our dream home! She is knowledgeable, professional, supportive, honest, and a delight to work with. She took the time to listen and get to know us and understand what kind of home we were looking for. Carolyn is extremely patient, responsive, is always available to show us a house, and gave us the pros and cons of each home. She always respected our opinion, was never pushy, and didn't try to steer us into choosing a house for the sake of completing the transaction. In addition to being a great communicator and organizer, Carolyn is also very courteous, professional, and thoughtful, and worked well with everyone involved in the transaction. We feel fortunate to have worked with Carolyn, and would highly recommend her to our friends.
Dec 11, 2015
Clients - sellers and buyers
We first heard about Carolyn Botts in February 2015. We were looking for the right person to assist us in selling our home and buying a new home for our family in Willow Glen. Carolyn was highly recommended by two people. It was noted that she provides excellent service to her clients and she is also very knowledgeable about off mls opportunities.

When we were ready to sell our home, Carolyn made some recommendations to make small improvements to our home to attract buyers and to obtain the best price. She had contacts with service professionals who were able to complete the work quickly so that our home could go on the market in the time period that was desirable. Carolyn explained her pricing and marketing strategy for our home and we trusted her expertise. Our home sold in 5 days over the asking price and we were very pleased with her negotiations. Throughout the process of selling our home and buying a home, Carolyn was very responsive. We felt she truly listened and understood what we wanted and we believe she was looking out for our best interest both when we sold our home and later when we bought a home. Carolyn is experienced, knowledgeable and detail oriented. She is a top-notch real estate professional – the best of the best - and we highly recommend her!
Dec 8, 2015
Co-Founder
Carolyn was extremely helpful to get us our first home!

We met 2 years ago when we were just thinking about purchasing a home. She kept in touch and when the timing was right she guided us through different neighbourhoods and helped us narrow down our search.

She is very knowledgeable and introduced us to our mortgage loan officer. Both of them worked very well together to navigate all the hurdles we faced. She has worked with many brokers in Bay area and knows all the right people, which makes the entire experience better. On top of that she is good with communication and managing expectations.

I will highly recommend her if you shopping for your new home.
Jul 7, 2015
Carolyn was awesome to work with! We did several home tours. She was very organized and very knowledgeable about the area. She was very honest about the houses. She didnt try to sell us on every house we looked at. Pointed out some quirky and weird features of the houses that we may not like. Great person. Would highly recommend! After purchase threw in the home warranty as a gift.
Jun 30, 2015
Carolyn was such a pleasure to work with. She is professional, kind, efficient and thorough. We always felt that she had our best interest in mind. We are so thankful for the opportunity to work with her and are grateful for her help in finding our first home! Carolyn was recommended to us through friends/coworkers and we have enthusiastically recommended her to our family and friends as well.
Feb 26, 2015
Words cannot describe how lucky I was to work with Carolyn Botts. I would highly recommend her to everyone.

This was my first time purchasing a home in CA and I was guided the whole way through this crazy process with such care and professionalism.

Carolyn understood the importance of getting my house and followed up on ALL angles possible to ensure that I would be able to attain my new home. She not only got me my dream home, but she made the process seem like a piece of cake. She kept me informed every step of the way, educated me on the process, and continues to follow up with me after the sale to make sure I am ok. I can't thank her enough.

She gives 110% and she is all about integrity and excellence. Extremely detailed and patient and on top of things, she is such a professional. I really can't imagine getting any better service than this. In fact, she worked late hours helping me as I had to do a 10 day close. No matter what time or the level of my questions, Carolyn was patient and took my call. I can insure you that not all Real Estate Agents would have put so much energy in my home.

If you want someone that sincerely cares about your purchase and gives you the professionalism you want, Carolyn is the agent to call!

She is undeniably the BEST at what she does and I would recommend her to anyone.
Nov 6, 2014
buyer
Carolyn is a true professional: she was very quick to understand what I was looking for and what my options might be, and she is not the sort of person who will ever push for anything other than what her clients want on the timeline that her clients are comfortable with. Once I had found a home that I wanted (after looking at quite a few), Carolyn knew exactly the right steps to take to make it happen for me at the right price, and helped me avoid quite a few pitfalls. She is extremely knowledgeable and very polished, and a pleasure to work with.
Aug 18, 2014
client
Carolyn is a delight to work with. She first worked with me in letting my property, then with selling it. She was always supportive, professional and straightforward. I always felt she was on my side and looking out for my best interests. She made excellent recommendations for improvements to make the property more saleable and carried them out quickly and efficiently. She showed excellent judgment of the market, and received several good offers well above asking price within the first few days on the market. She was unfailingly courteous and patient, always responsive and easy to contact. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Jul 30, 2014
Senior Project Manager
Carolyn did a superb job for us! My schedule can be a challenge and Carolyn was extremely flexible and went out of her way to accomodate me. She is very knowledgeable, professional, insightful and was always on time for property tours as well as being timely when responding to our emails/questions. Carolyn was also instrumental in coordinating every facet of closing the deal including communication with the lender and all the closing document prep/signing.

I highly recommend Carolyn and I know that I will use Carolyn again for any future real estate needs.
Jun 2, 2014
First-time buyers
Carolyn is an extremely competent realtor and we were glad to work with her. We spoke to a few agents before her, but she was by far the most knowledgeable, professional, responsive, and pleasant. She paid careful attention to our criteria and previewed homes in the neighborhoods we wanted, which saved us a lot of time. She talked us through our options, the good local schools, and the buying process. She knew the market, researched and analyzed comparable sales, and was remarkably accurate about what to bid for a house (and what it would sell for), without going overboard. In this market that was a huge plus. She worked closely with our lender, referred us to professional inspectors, and coordinated well with the sellers' agent. She's prompt and thorough, answered our questions thoughtfully, and closed our escrow in what seemed like record time. A friend of ours recommended Carolyn to us, and we are so glad they did!
Apr 17, 2014
Selling a house is one of the most stressful life events....working with Carolyn made the whole process so easy. Her expertise and advice was invaluable. She gave excellent recommendations on how to prepare the house for market, hired a stager who made our home show its best side and managed the open house dates with zero stress on us. We received multiple offers and sold within 8 days of being on the market! Carolyn is the ultimate professional and we would recommend her to anyone looking for the best.
Dec 16, 2013
Carolyn is absolutely amazing! We feel so lucky to have been introduced to her about 5 years ago (2 years before we even moved to California). She is super patient and we never felt pressure to buy anything. There were so many times when we asked Carolyn to show us homes because we were curious. She never once said she couldn't and never made us feel like we were wasting her time. Carolyn was always available to us.

Once we finally found the house that we knew we loved, Carolyn knew exactly all the next steps to take us through the home buying process. We had heard about the pain in purchasing a home, and Carolyn made the process smooth and flawless. She minimized paperwork using digital document signing so it was all very efficient. Buying a home, especially in California, can be a scary and tiring endeavor, and Carolyn always made us feel good about our decisions. She is direct, honest and works with integrity.

Now that our home is purchased, Carolyn is not out of our lives. She is 100% dedicated to her clients. We have contacted her with questions and concerns months after buying our home, and she responds immediately, always ready to help and guide us in the right direction. We will always recommend Carolyn highly. Quite frankly she is the best!
Nov 26, 2013
First time homeowner
Carolyn was patient, gracious, and a pleasure to work with in the home buying process. She was always willing to talk things through, explore different areas and types of homes, and explain why a home was or wasn't worth its price. When it came time to make an offer, she was very meticulous and gave her all in the offer presentation. Her knowledge of the market, neighborhoods, and process were very helpful throughout the search. I highly recommend Carolyn and felt like she made a difficult process far more comfortable.
Oct 10, 2013
When I learned how complicated and convoluted it had become to make a house “marketable”, I didn’t know what to say or where to start to get my home “listed”.
I quickly realized the journey to selling my home needed a competent go-getter and that is exactly the person Carolyn Botts is. Carolyn’s know-how was staggering from her showing me little things I could do myself to the actual mass broadcasting she did to other realtors and finally getting it staged so it was ready for the perfect prospect to appear.
Carolyn was with me from our original brain-storming session right down to the closing, keeping me in the loop each step of the way. Carolyn’s resources to make my home and grounds just right were inexhaustible, but the crème de la crème was her financial connections; they came through with an incredible nine-day close.
Carolyn is and offers the complete package from day one and creates an organized and worry-free experience when selling your home. I will always be grateful to her for making me feel like her most important client.
Apr 24, 2013
Clients
I couldn't agree more with Melissa and Cameron's recommendation. She helped us buy our house 2 years prior and we were more than impressed with her--we have highly recommended her to all of our friends (and now all of them have successfully bought houses in the crazy bay area market!). She always went above and beyond her job title--looking at houses before we did to see if it was worth our time, working any/all hours needed, coming to my work to sign documents, etc! As well, she is extremely professional and collected, yet also fun, pleasant, and just nice to be around! And, she really seems to care--she was one of our first visitors when we had our new baby! (and gave us one of the best baby gifts ever--our baby's sleep lovey--can't sleep without it now!).
I couldn't give her a higher recommendation. We are so pleased with our house purchase and her expertise!

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