"The lines were always open. She returned calls, immediately. She listened, really listened. Holly also has more marketing savvy than any agent out there. I never had to worry about whether she would do it like I would. She did it better. No … [Read more...] about “First and foremost, Holly is a communicator.
She was outstanding in handling so many issues - both professionally and ethically - when she helped us purchase and later sell our home. She is always professional, focused, and composed. She is honest with her opinions but will respect her client's … [Read more...] about “Holly knows her stuff.
Holly Rose recently listed and sold my home. Before meeting Holly, I spent nine frustrating months trying to get my house sold. I tried marketing it 'by owner' as well as with discount and big name brokers. The only response I got was one low-ball … [Read more...] about “…Holly is by far the best agent I have known and most importantly, she GETS RESULTS. …
When we came to look, the lockbox malfunctioned, but that didn't stop Holly. After calling the seller's agent for permission, she produced a wrench, removed the bars from a basement window, climbed through the opening (the size of a mailbox) into the … [Read more...] about “We had a feeling this was the right house.
we interviewed several agents and even worked with one for a short time before meeting Holly. We liked Holly by far the best. Our demands were fairly particular, but she quickly recognized what we were looking for. She used excellent judgment, … [Read more...] about “As first time home buyers,
Mom and I left Berkeley yesterday morning and drove about 30 minutes, over the San Rafael Bridge, past San Quentin Prison crouching spookily at the edge of the Bay, onto Sir Francis Drake, past Larkspur Landing, South on 101 towards Sausalito, and 4 … [Read more...] about Angel Island Day Trip
The Claremont-Elmwood district is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the East Bay. Straddling the area from College and Ashby through Claremont and Ashby, it includes some of the most popular shopping and foodie destinations -- and many hidden … [Read more...] about Architectural Gem for an Audiophile
I confess, I am a murderer. I took out a contract to snuff thousands of innocent lives, and I don't feel very good about it. But it was them or me, and I was the one with the evolutionary capacity to think this thing through -- and the digits to make … [Read more...] about Them or Me
I had a light-bulb moment when watching the excellent Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy called "Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are." Dr. Cuddy is an American social psychologist known for her research on stereotyping and discrimination, emotions, power, and … [Read more...] about It’s Chemistry
After 25 years in real estate, it still amazes me that in every transaction, I learn something new. Recently, I got a call from a San Francisco agent who asked if I could help a young couple buy a home in Montclair. The agent said that the young … [Read more...] about What Not to Buy
This sunny Mediterranean home with easy indoor-outdoor flow combines lovely architectural details (circa 1927) with extensive structural upgrades. Historic outbuilding (originally a stable?) awaits your vision. For full details and photo … [Read more...] about Exquisite 4-bd Mediterranean with all-new foundation, seismic, drainage and sewer
I love, love, love the Ace Pastime Hardware store on San Pablo Ave in El Cerrito! The people are extremely helpful -- you can walk in with any old gizmo you need to match or replace, and they will have something. If you have a project in mind, but … [Read more...] about Best East Bay Hardware Store