Claudia Mills

Top Producer McGuire Real Estate - Elmwood Top Agent Network

Claudia McGuire's #1 Agent in the East Bay and a McGuire Top Producer is known for the beautiful properties she brings to market and her ability to achieve optimal results for her clients. She is highly regarded for her exceptional client service, market expertise, and attention to detail. Claudia's ability to transform and present properties utilizing a proven combination of strategic targeted marketing and clear vision ensure her listings consistently sell at levels which meet or surpass her client's goals. Prior to real estate Claudia enjoyed a successful career in luxury retail, which provides the strong foundation for her service-oriented approach.

Selling beautiful properties requires cutting edge marketing tools. Claudia's marketing team is unsurpassed and her use of professional video and visual storytelling to bring properties to life truly sets her apart, she is one of a few agents using showcase videos for every listing. Through sophisticated video marketing and elegant presentations Claudia's listings often become record-breaking sales.

Growing up in the Lamorinda area of the East Bay and having raised two children in Rockridge, Claudia is the perfect guide for buyers relocating to the area. Her uncompromising dedication, valuable local knowledge and strong negotiating skills, ensures a seamless and successful transaction.
Mar 20, 2020
Claudia is more knowledgeable about the local marketplace than anyone you could hope to find. Her drive and attention to detail get results. And she has the resources to make things happen to help you realize the best possible result.
Mar 2, 2020
Owner of Next Level Architecture LLC
She makes life easier. She's smart, creative, organized, team player, easy going and has great taste in design. You get it all in Claudia. She is always there when you need her and I love working with her.
Dec 16, 2019
VP, Finance
We've worked with Claudia twice now; one time 10 years ago when we bought our house and then again when we turned around and sold it, so she's represented us both as buyers and sellers. Claudia is really great to work with; she makes the process very straight forward and she knows the local market exceptionally well. She has a whole production team behind her so she's set up to make an outstanding listing for you if you're selling. I'd recommend choosing Claudia if you're looking for a thorough, highly competent agent with a fun personality.
Dec 10, 2019
We had the pleasure of working with Claudia and her team on both the purchase and sale of our Rockridge home. Claudia was an absolute dream to work with, her professionalism and attention to detail made both ends of the transaction a breeze. Apart from the the quality of the marketing materials, Claudia provided excellent recommendations on how we could improve our property to get a high volume of interest. Her consulation throughout the sale was helpful but never pushy.
Dec 7, 2019
Home Seller
Claudia guided us through the sale of our Oakland home. She is incredibly responsive and knowledgeable. She has a great network when we needed help to do touch ups on our home. When there was any hiccup in the sales process with any potential buyer, she had suggestions on how to deal with it. And she is a delightful person to work with. In short, she was just awesome. Would highly recommend her for any home sale.
Dec 7, 2019
Claudia is an amazing realtor with a great marketing eye and impeccable follow-through.
The photographs and video she did when selling our house really set the stage to receive multiple offer wells above asking price.

She is professional, responsive, and a delight to work with. We would absolutely hire Claudia again if we buy or sell a property in the Bay Area!!
Apr 3, 2019
Happy De-Camper
I have nothing but respect and gratitude for the way that Claudia handled the marketing and sale of my Rockridge home. Not only was she a delight to work with on a personal level, but her knowledge and instincts about current market conditions and about the marketing strategies that most appealed to buyers was unerring in every instance. Fortunately, I had the good sense to defer to her suggestions about what to repair and upgrade, and how to price and negotiate the sale of my house, even when they ran counter to my own instincts. Her sense of what needed to be done to the house in order to realize the highest possible price always proved correct. Equally important, her instincts about what should not be improved because doing so would cost more than the resulting increase in house value also contributed greatly to the successful sale of my home. Lastly, Claudia's personal approach and sense of humor took a lot of the stress out of the sale process, making the process far more enjoyable than I had anticipated that it would be. I would use Claudia again in a heartbeat for any sale or purchase of a home in the Oakland/Berkeley area.
Jan 12, 2019
Months after our sale and move to another state, Claudia reminded us of the papers we would need for taxes. I could not put my finger on them and asked for her help which she provided. Little did i know that i would be grateful for Claudia 7 months after we sold our house.
Nov 8, 2018
Financial Advisor
I saw Claudia's work when she sold another house in our neighborhood and was impressed with how quickly it sold. When we decided to hire her to represent us as sellers, I soon realized the level of professionalism that she would bring to the job. She listened to our needs and came back with a plan and timeline for accomplishing the task. What I didn't realize at the time was that we also had a true partner in this complicated process. Claudia is an excellent communicator, always patient and working for her client to achieve the best result. She made this experience as stress-free and streamlined as possible by preparing so well to come to market that our house sold after only two open houses. I recommend Claudia whole heartedly.
Aug 24, 2018
Associate Director
Claudia guided us exceptionally well in a smooth transaction. She provided great knowledge of the market, and was an extremely helpful advisor every step of the way. I would definitely recommend Claudia to anybody looking for homes in the East Bay.
Aug 24, 2018
Claudia was such a Godsend.

We are so glad our friend who Claudia helped purchase a home in Piedmont recommended her, and feel obligated to return the favor.

She helped us for over a year as we searched for a home to buy in the very competitive North Oakland/Berkeley neighborhoods.

When I think back, there was never a request Claudia did not follow up on promptly and thoroughly. NOT ONE. That is hard to say about anyone nowadays, and when you are dealing with the likely biggest financial decision of your life, it is invaluable.

She is an expert on East Bay residential real estate. While she typically works with clients who have larger budgets than ours, she understood our goals and limitations and worked with them. She gave great advice, but also embraced OUR vision.

Trust that if you work with Claudia, you will not be disappointed. We had no idea how much is involved with purchasing a home in the Bay Area, and we could not have done it without Claudia.

Thank you, Claudia!

- Justin
Aug 20, 2018
Claudia is amazing. My partner and I have had many real estate transactions over the last decade with various agents but Claudia stands out in a league of her own. We wished we would have found her earlier. Her marketing really sets her apart from all others. She really has created a brand and style that is like no other and she gets results. Buying or selling she is simply the best.
Aug 20, 2018
Film Distrubution Business
Claudia is at the top of her game! She’s an agent that’s highly creative and has sharp business sense of the current market. Her pulse on properties is spot on. We have bought and sold homes with Claudia and it is always a joy to work with her. If you’re going for the Luxury brands of Real Estate agents — Claudia is our choice!
Jun 15, 2018
Claudia was great to work with. When I was impatient, she talked me out of a quick decision and I am grateful. She has an excellent eye for design which helped us see the benefits for some remodeling. Very responsive to email and easy to work with. I have already referred her to others. Just start with curiosity and ask her what your home might sell for. That got us started.
Jun 13, 2018
Claudia helped us with the sale of our home in Rockridge. She could not have been more helpful or professional, and we highly recommend her!
Nov 20, 2017
Claudia did an excellent job advising and representing us on our home purchase. We are very grateful for all of her efforts and assistance. Claudia communicated clearly, identified key issues, and made thoughtful and practical recommendations regarding how best to proceed. She managed the process, parties and project with aplomb.
Nov 20, 2017
Claudia may be the best in the business.
Nov 20, 2017
We met Claudia a few times at homes she was selling and were always impressed by her professionalism. So when we found a house we wanted to buy, we reached out to have her act as our agent. She sprung into action for us and led us through the entire process. She helped us write a competitive offer and was extremely communicative through closing and beyond. Buying a house in the Berkeley market is intense and stressful, but Claudia made it less so with her straightforward approach and calm demeanor.
Nov 14, 2017
Claudia is amazing. She is undeniably the top of the pack for home sales in the area. From start to finish, every detail was orchestrated perfectly. Her advice on timing, finishes, sales strategy, everything was on point. I was told that she was the best choice for my home sale and I was absolutely blown away by her performance as my realtor.
Sep 14, 2017
We consider it our good fortune to have been referred to Claudia Mills to help with the sale of our home. She has a deep understanding of the East Bay market, great contacts in the industry and a keen eye for good design which is extremely helpful with showcasing your home. In addition, she is kind and a joy to be around!
Jul 17, 2017
Associate Editor-in-Chief Annual Reviews
Claudia has been one of the most meticulous, discerning, empathic, creative, humorous, and hard working professionals I have seen, even going beyond real estate to science, where she would fit right in. I joked that she was my financial advisor, interior decorator, urban planner, gardener, landscape designer, and therapist all rolled up in one. Her knowledge of Berkeley and Oakland real estate led me to an accelerated path to my dream home. I'm pinching myself. Love her.
Jun 16, 2017
I was a little dubious of buying a house in the current real estate market. I had heard story after story about it taking many months to get an offer accepted on a house, but Claudia said she doubted it would take much time at all. I think if we were not paying attention we would have said that we simply got lucky and simply got an offer accepted after about a month of looking, but in reflecting on the process Claudia has everything to do with that. She listened to what we liked, and disliked, and took into consideration our resources. Her recommendations were always positive, and matter of fact. She gently guided us to our new home.
Claudia was attentive and quick to return emails and calls. She always gave us her full attention and made us feel like we were only clients, when I know for a fact that she had a lot going on.
If she had not been so calm. positive, and proactive I don't think we would have our lovely new home.
Jun 12, 2017
I've worked with real estate agents for many years professionally. I have worked with hundreds of real estate agents in the East Bay since 2006, but when I was ready to actually buy a house myself, it was Claudia Mills whom I wanted to represent me.

By rights, I should not have been able to buy a house in Oakland at all. I'm self-employed in the arts, my partner works for a non-profit....we aren't rich. Claudia has a team of people who know how to make things happen, and almost exactly 2 months from the day I emailed her asking for help, we had the keys to a house!

Even though buying a house in this insane market is really stressful, Claudia was always calm and steady. She was able to give sage advice and never hesitated to speak candidly about what we ought to be doing or considering. While we were in the drivers' seat, we were glad to have Claudia navigating because we would have made many, many wrong turns!
Even with that, Claudia patiently "went along" as we explored more than one unrealistic prospect, taking our crazy ideas seriously and helping us come to the right conclusion in a way that made us feel in control and respected. When we found "The One", she went to work on our behalf with nothing less than a ferocious attitude, and swung a deal that I still can't quite believe. Ours was probably the lowest-value transaction she'll have all year, but it was obvious that Claudia gave us the same level of attention and care (and maybe more) that she gives everyone, we never felt like we were anywhere but at the top of her list. That attitude means a lot to us.

There is great value in experience, and Claudia has the knowledge, personality, and network of resources that can get things done, even for low-budget first-time buyers like us.
May 26, 2017
We, at Next Level Architecture, have had the pleasure of working with Claudia over the past three years.
On the professional level, she is an effective communicator with positive attitude at all times. She has great sense of responsibility and follows through the projects from inception to the final sale. Over the past thirty years we have worked with many agents; she is by far the best and we are blessed to found her. She is well versed and knowledgeable in her field and has been quite effective to utilize her knowledge.
On the personal side , she is an easy going and fun person to be with. Her disarming smile and positivity areher great assets.
She is highly recommended and she has always met our expectations and more.

May 22, 2017
Portfolio Manager
Claudia did an amazing job as my agent helping me to purchase my first home! She made me feel like I was her only client and her knowledge about the market and local connections helped me to score a deal that still humbles me to this day. I will definitely be working again with Claudia again in the future. I know her professionalism and dedication are unmatched!