Anna and Carl*, like the majority of today’s Buyers, wanted a home in a very walkable location. In particular, they wanted to be in the beautiful, tree-lined section of North Berkeley bounded by Marin, Sonoma, and Monterey Avenues. But unlike most Buyers, Anna and Carl’s dream was for their whole extended family to live together on one property — with room for their children to run and play, living quarters for the uncle who watches the children, and private space with a kitchen and bath for Grandma. While well qualified financially, they were running out of hope that such a place existed. So I asked them to map out their favorite blocks, and I hand-delivered a letter to 500 homeowners, in search of that one homeowner who was ready to let go of a grand old home for the right price. We found him! That homeowner was able to realize his own dream of selling his lovely old family home “As-Is” without having to endure going on the market, and Anna and Carl were able to move their whole family into their dream house on their favorite block, complete with sunny yard, in-law apartment, detached cottage, and room for the generations to come.
My clients say: “Holly showed amazing grace, integrity and sensitivity in a situation that was not at all easy or straightforward. We never once had the impression that she was pushing us to buy a property just to make a sale. She steered us away from some we had considered, and we ended up with a far, far better home…our dream house.”
*Names changed for privacy