Thanks so much for helping us find our dream home Barbara. We had been working with an out of area Realtor for over one year. Little did we know, that when we walked in to your open house one weekend, it would be only one short month later that we would have an accepted offer on a home that fit every item on our wish list.
It should be noted that I am also in the Real Estate business and have worked for some of the largest residential mortgage lenders in the industry. I work with many Realtors and have helped hundreds of people just like us with financing for their homes. What I didn't have was a Realtor with local knowledge and an excellent reputation on my team.
We came in to your open house after looking at hundreds of properties. You took the time to sit down with us and really listen. There was no pressure, no fluff, just a calm confidence that left us with the impression we were in good hands and you would be able to help us find our home. You suggested ways to make our offer more competitive, educated us on the recent transactions, and put things in perspective on what it would take to get an offer accepted.
Negotiating our purchase offer would prove to be challenging. We were given notice on our rental and really needed to get in contract right away, or, find another rental that would accept our two large golden retrievers - there was no time to wait for the seller to consider other offers. You explained our situation to the listing Realtor, and suggested a price that would be acceptable to us and the seller (how did you know that they would accept that price?).
It's so important to have the right Realtor on your side when looking for a home. Buying a home is one of the most stressful things people will experience in their lifetime and you had a way about you that eased our minds. We are so pleased that we took the time to listen to you.
– The Floyd's
Barbara represented us in two transactions, a home purchase in 2009 and a sale in 2012. In both cases, she was terrific! Our 2009 home purchase was a complicated REO transaction in which Barbara successfully negotiated with an uncooperative seller. The deal required exceptional patience and judgment, both of which she exhibited.
On our recent home sale, Barbara did a beautiful job of advising us on pricing, staging, and updating the house to achieve the best outcome. She helped us sort through nine offers and then negotiated with the high bidders to get the deal done despite several obstacles on the buyer's side.
Barbara's style is low-key. She does not hard sell or pressure. She knows which issues and when to negotiate and she does it with great skill and dexterity. Above all, she is trustworthy and completely forthright.
– Zillow Member
The advice and assistance I received from Barbara Reynolds was the catalyst in pulling off the sale of this estate property...I live an hour away from this project. Without Barbara's presence and attention to detail I would have had to move into the house to get it prepared...Her knowledge came shining through time & time again so that work progressed timely, the home went on the market and sold within 3 days...at $100,000 over asking price...I could not recommend better hands than Barbara Reynolds if you are in the market for Professional Realtor.
– Zillow Member
Barbara Reynolds is the most exceptional realtor we've ever worked with. We needed to sell a house in Berkeley but live on the east coast and couldn't be in Berkeley to oversee preparation of the house for sale. Barbara inspired confidence from our first meeting with her. She was very knowledgeable about the local market and presented a plan for when to put the house on the market, how to market the house, preparation of the house, and advice on staging. Barbara took care of every detail for us. She recommended and hired contractors as well as scheduling and managing the work. All of her recommendations on preparation of the house for sale, staging, and listing price were spot on. The house looked amazing.
After less than two weeks on the market and two open houses we had six offers at or above asking price. Five weeks later the sale was completed. The title company that Barbara recommended for escrow was also excellent. Barbara ensured that everything was taken care of in a timely manner for us. Thanks to Barbara's expertise and care, the sale process went much more smoothly than we had ever hoped it would. I would highly recommend Barbara Reynolds to anyone interested in buying or selling a house in the Bay Area. She is the best of the best! Thank you, Barbara.
– Zillow member
My experience with Barbara Reynolds was exceptional. We needed to sell my aunt's house which she had lived in for over 40 years. Barbara did an excellent job in preparing the house for sale. She took care of every detail from painting the house to providing for necessary repairs and inspections to hiring an expert staging company. As a result, the house looked beautiful and truly amazing when it went on the market. The fact that Barbra took such expert control of the sale and house preparation was all the more important to me, because I live on the peninsula and could not be over in Oakland watching over the work. Rather, I trusted in Barbara and rightly so. The house had seven offers and sold for well above the asking price. Barbara's expertise and knowledge of the Temescal area figured greatly in this sale. She handled everything with care and consideration. As a result, the process went incredibly smoothly, better than I ever expected. I would highly recommend to anyone selling or purchasing a home in the north Oakland or Berkeley area.
– Zillow Member
If you are reading this, you are likely looking for a realtor and wondering if you can believe all the praise you have read about Barbara Reynolds. I was wondering the same thing, and now I am here to tell you that all the wildly positive claims are true! We were lucky enough to discover Barbara after a failed attempt to sell my parents' house during the worst real estate market in living memory. Barbara entered the picture, examined our property and local market, made specific recommendations for pricing and preparation, and then projected a very specific positive outcome. I was impressed by her confidence in her own judgment, and I could tell this came from her insight and experience, not hype. We decided right there to go with Barbara, and WOW was her judgment and projection spot on! She supervised the whole preparation process, and the sale came faster and more favorably than I expected, and just as she projected it would! She definitely understands her market and how to sell a house. Pick Barbara! You will be very impressed!
– J. Howard
Thank you for all of the help in selling our home of over 50 years for a good price in this down market. Your work and professional advice to us in prepping the house for sale was, we believe, the reason the house sold quickly when it was officially put on the market. The timing and pricing which you selected based on our schedule in moving out, was crucial in obtaining a rapid sale and our accepting one of the eleven bids.
We are particularly indebted to you for showing us and selecting the needed repair and upgrading for buyers after our many years living and adjusting to problems in our home. We, being in our 80's, appreciate your guidance in preparing for the younger folk who are the buyers of today. Your selection of the staging company and other contractors made the home attractive to the current market. And, we must not forget that your method of handling the situation of our permitted construction over the years not being properly recorded by the city kept us out of problems in selling the house.
We hope that we have the opportunity of recommending you to others as a son did to us.
Good Luck and we happily give you 5 stars,
– Leo and Ella E.
Barbara did a great job helping us get our house. She knew it was a good house, but thought it was overpriced. She got bids for us to prove to the sellers that it needed a lot of work; that got them to lower the price $40K. She was very patient even when I called her about small things. She let us process out loud until we figured out what we really wanted and needed. She also gave me advice on selling my condo. She seems very knowledgeable about how much everything would cost to fix the house up and gave us great recommendations for contractors, etc. She was also very in tune with the current market.We had a good experience with Barbara and would recommend her to others looking to buy a house in Berkeley.
– J. Schalet
Barbara Reynolds is the Anti-Realtor. She is genuine, down to earth, nice, smart, assertive but not pushy, shrewd and candid with a sense of humor. She is a rare find. I've known her for many years and she never disappoints. Barb helped us buy our first house in 2004. She gave us a thorough intro to the local housing market and carefully picked houses for us to see. Never pushy or impatient she helped us find a home. In a multiple bidding war for our house, she craftily navigated us through and our offer was chosen over several other offers. It was not a matter of out bidding. She had us write a letter to the sellers and that's what sealed the deal. When we sold our house in 2006, she was able to market our house effectively and we were able to sell our house quickly. And now in 2011, we saw a house that we really liked. She tactfully told us that it wasn't a good buy. The purchase price ended up being more than the Bank's appraisal. She was right. We looked some more and found one that we really loved. She felt this one was a better purchase due to the lot size, the potential for expanding the house in the future and the location. The hitch was that the seller required a short escrow. Barb was able to pair us up with a top notch Broker (Tom Nitsan of MPR Financial) and again in a multiple bid, even though we were outbid again, based on her selection of our Broker and our good credit, our offer was accepted. Yes she is that amazing. And she is well connected with a network of reputable Brokers and Inspectors. In addition, she is also well respected by other Realtors too. We would definitely use her expertise again and would highly recommend her. She is AWESOME.
– Zillow Member
We worked with Barbara to sell our home in Berkeley and buy a house in Oakland at the end of 2008. I can't imagine ever going to another agent ever again (seriously, she's that good). Not only was Barbara a great person to work with, and extremely knowledgeable regarding the local market, she delivers fantastic results. We sold our house in less than a few weeks and had multiple offers, all over asking (pricing strategy and local market knowledge, especially in an economy like we are in now, is critical). And we sold at a low point in the market, in the middle of the banking meltdown. It was also a great experience looking at homes with Barbara. She really knows her stuff, asks the right questions, and had the patience to answer all of our questions. Run, do not walk, to her website and check her out yourself. You'll thank me later.
– Zillow Member
Barbara was great to work with. She was straight forward but not pushy, confident and very knowledgeable. Barbara helped us get organized quickly so that we could make an offer when we found our bungalow. We were in good hands house hunting through her.
– Zillow Member
Barbara Reynolds is the most exceptional realtor we ever worked with. We needed to sell a house in Berkeley but live on the east coast and could be in Berkeley to oversee preparation of the house. Barbara inspired confidence from our first meeting with her. She was very knowledgeable about the local market and presented a plan for when to put the house on the market, how to market the house, preparation of the house, and advice on staging. Barbara took care of every detail for us. She recommended and hired contractors as well as scheduling and managing the work. All of her recommendations on preparation of the house for sale, staging, and listing price were spot on.
After my brother passed away, my family and I had to start the process of selling his two properties. We had to find a reliable real estate agent. We scoured the internet and interviewed some area realtors. When we decided on Barbara, we did not realize yet that we had hit the grand prize.
Barbara far exceeded our expectations. She is an outstanding listing agent with a personable, amiable personality. She gave us excellent advice without ever pressuring us. Throughout the marketing processes, she preformed her many tasks in a most professional, efficient manner. If you ever need a listing agent for your property, you could not go wrong by asking Barbara to be your agent.
– Maria S.
Barbara is a quietly dignified, elegant, business-savvy, dynamic personality. She's a kitten with her clients but a tiger with the deals. No wonder she wins 90 percent of her offers! As first time home buyers, she gently held our hands showing us homes, assisting and advising us of home loans, and made the time to be present at the title signing.
She made our dreams of home ownership come true in SIX QUICK WEEKS with our first and only bid! She's absolutely amazing and was just as happy for us as we were when she handed us the keys to our new home.
– The Perez Family
It has truly been a pleasure having Barbara Reynolds as our real estate agent. Her professionalism, extraordinary level of service and thorough knowledge of real estate and marketing have served us extremely well.
What could have been a very daunting process turned out to be effortless and very profitable because of Barbara's creativity in marketing, staging and expertise in negotiations. Barbara's honesty and sincerity was very reassuring. We always knew she had our best interest in mind. Barbara is without a doubt, the ideal real estate agent
– Katherine and Daytra H.
I had my house listed for 6 months, with 3 other agents, including neighborhood specialists ... and they couldn't sell it. I listed it with Barbara, she suggested a couple things, and it sold, over asking, within 2 weeks, with multiple offers.
– Bruce T.
I tried to sell my house myself for a few months. When it didn't sell, I chose Barbara. Having been exposed to a lot of different agents in my travels, I'd seen her sell houses other agents couldn't. So I knew she would sell my house.
And low and behold, within 2 weeks we had multiple offers, both over asking. And in her own quiet way, she kept the Buyer and the other agent in line so I didn't have to worry about it at all. She's an Agent's Agent.
– Nancy M.
I so appreciated Barbara's professionalism and expertise. Not just in real estate, but in relationships, psychology, economics, and ridiculously absurd situations. Her grace, incredible active communication skills, foresight, compassion, and strategic and tactical vision are outstanding assets that she applies to getting the most for her clients, no matter how difficult or complex any given situation may be.
Further, she proactively remains graceful and professional no matter how poorly those around her act, or how ugly the situation gets. I cannot adequately thank her for all that she brings to the table, but I will try.
– Mike B.
She worked with me, making suggestions on how I could get a better sale price. She didn't scare me off. We made the decisions together. I knew if anyone could sell it for more, she could. And she did, a good deal more
– Megan R.
Barbara helped us buy the property six years ago, and helped us sell it this year. There was lots of uncertainty about the financial markets. But she far exceeded our expectations in her professionalism, her expertise, her business savvy, her excellent communications, her marketing skills, her rich network of services, and her plain ability to succeed in getting us a good result. Her advice about renovations, marketing and staging, and her management of all those activities was priceless.
– Mary and Ben M.
You think all agents are the same, but they're definitely not. We spent 2 years going to Open Houses every Sunday. And after 10 unsuccessful offers, we met Barbara. She listened to us, and got us to focus our search so it wasn't a wild goose chase. She was frank and straight-forward, didn't push us into anything and even told us not to buy a couple houses.After 2 months with Barbara, we finally have a house we love. And it was even a great deal. We still can't believe it
– Eddie and Alexis K.
Barbara is an incredibly talented and knowledgeable agent, and she truly cares about her client's needs and concerns. That gave us a lot of confidence in trying to buy a home in this challenging market. When it came down to putting in an offer, Barbara was meticulous, her team of inspectors was reliable, and Barbara was a savvy negotiator. She even helped my husband feel more at ease by talking him through all the financial aspects of the market/loans and the home we wanted. We wanted a deal ... and we got it -- thanks to Barbara.
– Andrea V.
My daughter and I wanted to buy a duplex together. We fell in love with one, and so did at least five others. Barbara coached us on what to do in our offer. Unfortunately, we could only go so high.
As it turned out, we were the lowest offer. And I don't know how she did it, but we got it! There is no doubt we would not have gotten it without her. We now have a shrine to her in our hallway
– Kathleen C.
The sale of our property wasn't a mere sale. Our four-unit property was 100% family occupied and had been a part of our legacy for over 54 years. Had it not been for Barbara's temperament and extraordinary patience, I don't believe the property could have been sold in such a timely manner ... and for over the asking price!
Not only were we pleased with the outcome, but so were the other family occupants. The amount we got over asking allowed the entire family to benefit from the sale and softened the transition of having to relocate. We will be forever grateful for Barbara's assistance in relieving our family of the financial burden of maintaining this property.
– J. and L. Smith