Selling The Family Home
"I cannot imagine a better real estate agent than Kathie Berg. When our family made the decision to sell my mother's house, Kathie came in with grace, intelligence, and professionalism and made a difficult process so much easier. She was always available to explain things, to answer questions no matter how dumb or complicated, and to guide us though the emotionally wrenching time of leaving our long time family home. Kathie was thorough and always prepared during every step of the process from the first meeting to the last day. And finally, it was her compassion and understanding tht made the whole difficult time much easier. i will always be deeply grateful for the wonderful and professional job that she did for us, and especially the graceful and positive way in which she did it"
New to the Area
"Kathie was instrumental in making our dream of home ownership become a reality. As East Coast transplants and first time home buyers, entering the Bay Area housing market seemed an incredibly daunting task. We were lucky enough to be referred to Kathie through a co-worker. Her extensive knowledge of the East Bay (Kathie grew up in Berkeley) combined with her limitless supply of referrals (inspectors, contractors, gardeners, even a great Tilapia recipe!) and an impeccable level of integrity made our home purchase a smooth successful experience. Her many years of experience were especially valuable when the real estate market went helter skelter the very week we put in an offer on our house. Her calm approach really steadied our nerves and we ended up with the perfect house for us. We highly recommend Kathie whether you are searching for your first home or your 20th...she[s a fantastic Realtor, and a fun house hunting companion too!"
Purchasing Our First Home
When we think of Kathie Berg the words adviser, confidant, and friend come to mind rather than the word Realtor. We were not quick sale clients and Kathie did not give up on us at times when I think less experienced Realtors would have. It took us over two years to find the house that fit our specific criteria. Kathie was patient during this time and gave us the room to feel comfortable with the whole home buying process. When we needed a break from looking, she let us be. However, when we had the time and energy to look at a lot of houses and make bids, she was there for us providing comps, expert local advice, and a network of contacts and services.
Kathie helped manage our expectations and also helped us avoid bidding on several houses that, in retrospect, we would have regretted buying. During the process, we laughed and cried together and ate and drank together. When it came time to purchase our house, Kathie listened with sincerity to both of our concerns and then helped us come to an agreement on the right price and strategy to win the bid. We are very happy to have Kathie as our Realtor and friend".
Wow, The Movers Are Here Right Now....
"Wow, the movers are here right now, as they pack, I can't help but think with great appreciation of all you did to help me sell my house. You were able to spot immediately the changes which most mattered for making my home more beautiful and valuable. I was stunned by the large number of offers which meant I now can buy a nice new home where I am moving.
Most of all, I want to thank you for all your patience and kindness, especially for listening to me and reassuring me every step of the way. You made this change much easier, and I'm deeply grateful. I've been telling everyone about you. Please let me know if you are ever in Oregon, and come visit and see my new place. With Joy and delight."
Selling Our House
"We could feel Kathie Berg's mastery of selling property at our first meeting. We put the steering wheel in her hands and she guided and advised us at every turn, treating everyone involved so ethically and courteously that we felt right about every decision. The price we got was also beyond our expectation. Selling a house has, through legislation, become complex and complicated. Take Kathie Berg for your agent and enjoy the peace of your mind."
First Home On A Budget
" I just purchased my first home and I love it! I was very fortunate to have Kathie Berg as my agent. She was with me every step of the way. Her expertise and knowledge of the local market were invaluable to me on my search. There was never a time that I did not have confidence that I was in great hands. I felt very lucky to have Kathie with me on the journey to my new home."
Buying and Selling
"...and on the eighth day the powers that be created Kathie Berg. Five years ago she taught me how to shop for a house in the East Bay--the market was crazy. Therefore I was crazy. I couldn't have asked for a better agent nonetheless a better friend. Despite my resistance to over bid, she taught the value of home ownership and at the right price. Moreover, she re-taught me the value of doing business the honest way. You can't ask for a better representative when buying your first home in Northern California. If that wasn't enough, and when she knew it was time for me to move on, she helped me sell my house, marketing it to the enth degree. Once again her integrity ruled the day and I was fortunate enough to benefit from her many years of experience.
If you ever have a buying or a selling need in the East Bay, look no further than Kathie Berg. She is a special light in the real estate business, but there is something beyond all that. She will take you on as a family member and that is something we rarely see today. How fortunate am I? Well, very.
Thank you Kathie Berg--you really love what you do! How lucky for all of us who benefit from your grace and talent."
Supportive and Knowledgeable
Kathie Berg is the most supportive, knowledgeable, hard working real estate agent one could have the pleasure to work with. She made a difficult transition a healing experience. Not only do I have a beautiful new home I have a new friend.
Selling Our East Bay Home
Kathie Berg sold our house in Kensington at a good price in a difficult market, just when home values in the Bay Area were beginning to slide. A superb businseswoman, she also brought the skills of an artist, a therapist and a seasoned diplomat to the job. Kathie inspired trust and - in our case - gratitude and love. At a time when we were at our most uncertain and vulnerable, her years of real estate savvy, assurance and integrity were reassuring.
My husband's illness forced us to sell our home on short notice;we needed the money from that sale to close a deal on a house elsewhere in the state within three months. With Kathie, we felt secure and confident that we could pull it off. She returned our phone calls promptly and explained difficult real estate and legal terms clearly. She was warm and supportive, yet never intrusive. Her wit and humor even made the whole venture seem like fun.
Kathie's detailed knowledge of different neighborhoods and markets, architectural styles and qualities of construction was most impressive to us, and set her apart from the the other agents we considered. She could appreciate what made our property valuable, and communicate that to potential buyers.
A Thank You
Doug and I are overdue in thanking you for all your help in selling the house. As usual, you excelled in both your agent and therapist roles! We wish all real estate agents were like you; we could have used your expertise here in Massachusetts....
A Huge Thank You
A huge thank you for all your help, advice, and late night phone conversations as we bought our house on Sonoma and sold our house on Carlotta. We are so pleased with how the process went in both cases and can't wait for the work on the new house is done. We really appreciate everything you have done to make it all happen. While we hope and expect the Sonoma house will be our home for many, many year to come, we also hope that we'll stay in touch. It should go without saying that we would be happy to talk with any potential clients who'd like a fererence and we'll contingue to recommend you to our friends.
Thank you again.
Lyssa and Dave.
Setting The Right Price
As I told you on the phone, I am very pleased with the work you have done getting the condo ready for market. Selling my condo was difficult, but the experience helps me see how things should be done. Kathie Berg was helpful to me at that time and she has helped again here.
The proof of the job you did is that we got two offers in one day. My condo languished on the market for 6 months because the realtors didn't set a realistic price. Yes, we could set a higher price and wait around for an offer. That is not a good strategy because the market value will not change unless the market itself goes up. There are houses around Florida that have been on the market for years because their owners have no clue what they're worth.
Keep up the good work.
My Realtor Twice
Kathie Berg works miracles! She was my realtor when I bought my house in El Cerrito in 1996 and she just masterminded the sale of that same house for me in spring 2013. I cannot say enough good things about her. The house needed a facelift and Kathie recommended all the right people to help me. They included contractor Heytel Barrios, gardener Benjamin Castenada, and stager Kim Pierce. All work was done professionally, quickly, and without a hitch. The house looked beautiful and sold within a month for a very healthy profit. If I had a question about anything, Kathie knew the answer, thanks to her smarts, diligence, and many years in the business. Every bit of advice she gave me paid off in spades. She's a pleasure as a realtor and a human being. She's calm, cool, collected and also a lot of fun. Her daughter, Ashley Dolan, who assisted in the sale, is following in Kathie's footsteps and couldn't have a better mentor. Hats off to both of them!
Selling Our Berkeley Hills Family Home of 67 years
Together with siblings I faced the estate sale of the family's beloved Berkeley hills home of 67 years, made more difficult since none of us live in the Bay Area. I was glad to work with Kathie Berg who so expertly handled two sales and a purchase during my years in Berkeley in the 80's and 90's. She is smart, current, forthright, really understands people, and is creative in the way she attends to the particulars of the home and circumstance.
She handled hours of work on our behalf, navigating our different personalities with understanding and professionalism. We greatly benefitted from her invaluable experience every step of the way, as well as her excellent contacts: painter, inspectors, stager, etc.
I appreciated her steady calm and good humor! Kathie's spot on guidance, always leaving final decisions to us produced a great sale to the right new owners now enjoying the next life of our cherished home.
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