Aug 16, 2019
I bought my first property in Berkeley last year with Laura Martell & Danielle Clements from Daniel Winkler & Associates. We worked together for about three months until we quickly closed on a deal, and by quick I mean we closed escrow within ten days.
Before meeting Laura & Danielle, I knew little to nothing about real estate. Also, I was skeptical about working with realtors in general, probably because I'm just a skeptical person by nature. It was only after the second week when we started looking at properties that I realized they weren't just trying to aggressively sell me something, but rather were genuinely looking out for my best interests.
I will absolutely be working with Laura & Danielle again in my next upcoming real estate transaction. In fact, I would not hesitate to work with any other realtors in the Bay Area, and here's why:
Laura & Danielle will answer all of your questions and concerns in a matter-of-fact kind of way, and they will do this with patience and grace. I must have asked over a hundred questions all throughout the process, and I'm the type of person who needs things explained to me like I'm five. I still ask them questions and get their opinion on real estate matters, even to this day.
They are genuinely concerned about their clients' well-being. They will care about you as an individual from day one, and it's not part of some elaborate sales pitch. They will make sure that you're in a good spot and that you're happy, even well after you've closed on your new home.
They know the Bay Area real estate market like the back of their hand. They both grew up in the Bay Area, so they've seen and experienced first hand the many cycles of Bay Area real estate. They send out an informative weekly newsletter that talks about what has recently sold, what is currently for sale, and what market conditions are like. They also intuitively understand how political and economic forces impact real estate at both the local and national level, in case you're interested in this kind of stuff. I still enjoy talking with them about real estate because I always learn something new.
They will directly tell you when a certain property is a no-go, despite what others might be saying. Obviously, they will also tell you when a certain property is a good one. In either event, they will guide you with clear rationale that will help you make a rational, intelligent decision.
5. Social Acumen
Laura & Danielle are affable realtors who can get along with pretty much anyone. Real estate is very much a people business, and Laura & Danielle are both adept at working with the various characters that are part of any given real estate transaction, e.g., getting the lender to move faster, making sure the folks at title aren't blocked, and building rapport with the selling agent. Also, they've been realtors for over a decade, so they have relationships that they leverage on a daily basis.
TLDR (too long, didn't read): You will regret not hiring Laura & Danielle to be your realtors. They are easy to work with and extremely skilled at what they do. Bonus: they also have a good sense of humor. Highly recommended.