Whether searching for treasures for buyers, or putting seller’s homes in the limelight, all transactions are moments in which I take great pride and joy.
An extended family of three generations and two outdoor turtles needed something very specific, and this heirloom property was the perfect fit. They initially assumed they couldn't afford it, but through creative financing they were able to secure this treasure.
Buy low, sell high -- that was the scenario for my clients on this gorgeous Tudor. They found it languishing on the market over the holidays, snapped it up with no competition, and sold it four years later at a handsome profit.
It started with a rare, vacant duplex for two families, followed by a condo conversion, and surprise! -- twins on the way. All played a part in the acquisition and subsequent successful re-sale, opening up new pursuits for a growing family.
When my clients were countered to increase their price in the 2008 purchase, they were sweating... Seven years later, their first California bungalow produced enough profit for them to buy a larger house for their family, which had by then expanded by 3 children.
My buyers wanted views... of the Bay AND the hills. How was I going to find the house that had both? Fortunately they weren't in a hurry, and one day it was there -- the house with the Bay in front and the canyon in back. In addition to the irresistible views, the house had just been re-imagined from a vacation cottage to a thoroughly modern, green, sun-lit home.
When my clients bought this home in 2010, it was already a hot market in El Cerrito. I prepared my clients for competition, and we were ready for the race. In spite of 15 offers, ours was accepted. After closing, my clients became friends with the sellers. Is was then that they found out that there had been two offers significantly higher than ours. A tight offer package and in-person presentation did the trick.
My buyers were due to have a baby any minute, and were still searching for just the right house. In their laser-beam focus, they spotted this landmark home from a block away and fell in love with it. There was just one problem: It wasn't for sale...
"Moving out of state is no picnic", my clients said. "Can you just handle everything?" They handed me the keys, departed for Portland, and I got to work, managing updates, repairs, and preparations for several months before debuting on the market. The house made a splash and received 10 offers, thanks to careful planning and the sellers' willingness to make it shine.
My buyers saw the "For Sale" sign by sheer chance while strolling in the neighborhood one afternoon. They were in contract 5 days later to become the new stewards of the iconic Lueders House, one of the finest Victorians in the East Bay. A lifelong labor of love, this sensational Victorian mansion had undergone a tip-to-toe restoration over 30+ years. It is the last remaining estate in what was once a colony of similar homes in the 1800s. More info.
From San Francisco to Glenview? Not exactly what my clients had in mind originally, but seeing this home glowing like a lantern one evening, there was no turning back. An excellent example of fine Craftsman architecture and details, the edible garden was the cherry on top for these San Francisco foodies.