“We were new to home-buying, but knew we needed a great realtor to get what we wanted in this market. And we needed to find someone we could trust 100%. Sandy met our expectations and then exceeded them every step of the way. We are certain had we not worked with Sandy we wouldn’t have just closed on our dream home (our first offer!). There are so many moving parts from making an offer through officially closing and she will hold your hand through it all AND share in your excitement every step of the way! If you want an amazing realtor -  and an amazing person - to work with, do yourself a favor and meet Sandy.”

— Steve and Katie

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“We had already moved to Barcelona, and once our tenants moved out, we decided it was time to sell our East Bay home. So many questions — how do we get our home ready to sell? Who can we trust to manage the process?  Are we crazy to think we could do this while living in Spain?

The answer is “Trust Sandy”.

 

Sandy is an absolutely amazing agent. We don't know what's better- Sandy's incredible market expertise or her attention to her clients. We felt that Sandy really cared about our best interests throughout the entire selling process. Her knowledge, advice and uncompromising attention to detail were invaluable- she is definitely an expert in her field. 

 

We communicated almost daily and Sandy was great about answering our many questions, and following up on everything. We definitely felt like we were a priority. In addition to her professionalism, Sandy's kindness and warmth always came across and it made the process personal which we really appreciated. We can't recommend Sandy enough.”

— Ed and Reham

“We were a young family moving to the East Bay to teach at UC Berkeley. Our requirements didn’t seem unreasonable — 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, with an additional room for our mom, a small yard, and most importantly in a safe neighborhood. Who would have known how challenging that would be?

 

We spent months looking. Sandy kept us going, when we would falter and want to compromise on a home that was not right for us. We knew that we could not keep renting our small apartment, not when our extended family would come to visit. Sandy took the time to get to know us, to really understand our requirements. We saw numerous houses with her, and at each juncture, we knew that we were in good hands, she took the time to walk us thru each of the houses with us showing and teaching us how to evaluate each home. 

 

Sandy was our cheerleader and our advocate. Sandy told us that we had to be patient, we put in the hard work looking at homes each weekend and like Sandy said — the right house came along. Sandy made the magic happen and we got it! An accomplishment in this market. And our dream home was even better than we imagined — more than enough room for our family, on a sweet street in a cul-de-sac where the boys can play and ride their bikes, in a wonderful neighborhood. We could not have done it without Sandy. She is the best!”

— Adam and Charisma

After 30 years enjoying our home on a beautiful half acre in Alamo, we reached the point that it was time: Time to downsize and especially to stop working to maintain a 70-year-old ranch-style house with lots and lots of landscaping. We wanted a more urban experience in a lively place where we could walk rather than drive and drive. More importantly, now in our early 70s we wanted a place that was easily maintained, a place we could call “home” for years to come.

 

We gave Sandy quite a challenge! We narrowed our search to the Lake Merritt area and insisted on being close to the lake and having uninterrupted views. We worked with Sandy for months, as it was so difficult to find the “right” place that satisfied all our needs and wishes. Sandy led the way and never wavered. She was always there with a great strategy for getting the perfect place for us and she assured us, “We will find the right place!” There were times we felt we’d never get there, but Sandy always cheered us on and kept us on track to find that “right place.” And that’s exactly what happened!

 

The perfect condo suddenly appeared, and Sandy went into high gear. We ended up with “the deal of a lifetime”! It is perfect for us, and it will be for years to come. When Sandy handed us the keys to the front door, we said, “Yes, Sandy, you were right! We found the perfect place, thanks to YOU!”

— Tom and Anton

We were introduced to Sandy on one of our initial home hunting trips to the East Bay. At the time, we did not realize how lucky we were, but over time, we came to appreciate her extensive knowledge of the market and the nuances of the various East Bay neighborhoods.

 

We had purchased and then recently sold our home in Chicago before moving to the East Bay for work, so we felt experienced. However, that experience was not enough for the frenzy of the East Bay market. Sandy understands the process, how to analyze/read a situation, and coached us on how to quickly respond when an opportunity arose. Always looking after our best interests, she kept us on track by pointing out when we were distracted by attractive houses that did not meet our stated requirements.

 

We quickly became overwhelmed, but Sandy was our cheerleader, kept us going, even when we were outbid on several houses. She assured us it was not the end of the world, and another house would come along. When our offer was accepted, our new home was actually better than the previous ones we missed. She was right — we got the home that we were supposed to get.

 

Even now, several years later, we continue to seek her advice and counsel on all real estate items and more, and have recommended her to our friends and colleagues. We adore her!

— Ashwini and Ken

“We simply cannot say enough about how amazing Sandy is!  We were first time home buyers, and we needed lots of help!  Sandy was patient and understanding, and she truly met us where we were and helped us handle every little challenge along the way.  We ended up with a house that we truly love, and that is thanks in no small part to Sandy’s efforts to educate, encourage, and support us along our journey.  Thank you, Sandy, for helping us find this incredible home!”

— Thomas and Blair

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