I have nothing but respect and gratitude for the way that Claudia handled the marketing and sale of my Rockridge home. Not only was she a delight to work with on a personal level, but her knowledge and instincts about current market conditions and about the marketing strategies that most appealed to buyers was unerring in every instance. Fortunately, I had the good sense to defer to her suggestions about what to repair and upgrade, and how to price and negotiate the sale of my house, even when they ran counter to my own instincts. Her sense of what needed to be done to the house in order to realize the highest possible price always proved correct. Equally important, her instincts about what should not be improved because doing so would cost more than the resulting increase in house value also contributed greatly to the successful sale of my home. Lastly, Claudia's personal approach and sense of humor took a lot of the stress out of the sale process, making the process far more enjoyable than I had anticipated that it would be. I would use Claudia again in a heartbeat for any sale or purchase of a home in the Oakland/Berkeley area.
– David G
Months after our sale and move to another state, Claudia reminded us of the papers we would need for taxes. I could not put my finger on them and asked for her help which she provided. Little did i know that i would be grateful for Claudia 7 months after we sold our house.
– Betsy York
I saw Claudia's work when she sold another house in our neighborhood and was impressed with how quickly it sold. When we decided to hire her to represent us as sellers, I soon realized the level of professionalism that she would bring to the job. She listened to our needs and came back with a plan and timeline for accomplishing the task. What I didn't realize at the time was that we also had a true partner in this complicated process. Claudia is an excellent communicator, always patient and working for her client to achieve the best result. She made this experience as stress-free and streamlined as possible by preparing so well to come to market that our house sold after only two open houses. I recommend Claudia whole heartedly.
– Lisa Haner
Claudia guided us exceptionally well in a smooth transaction. She provided great knowledge of the market, and was an extremely helpful advisor every step of the way. I would definitely recommend Claudia to anybody looking for homes in the East Bay.
– Tu-Uyen Do
Claudia was such a Godsend.
We are so glad our friend who Claudia helped purchase a home in Piedmont recommended her, and feel obligated to return the favor.
She helped us for over a year as we searched for a home to buy in the very competitive North Oakland/Berkeley neighborhoods.
When I think back, there was never a request Claudia did not follow up on promptly and thoroughly. NOT ONE. That is hard to say about anyone nowadays, and when you are dealing with the likely biggest financial decision of your life, it is invaluable.
She is an expert on East Bay residential real estate. While she typically works with clients who have larger budgets than ours, she understood our goals and limitations and worked with them. She gave great advice, but also embraced OUR vision.
Trust that if you work with Claudia, you will not be disappointed. We had no idea how much is involved with purchasing a home in the Bay Area, and we could not have done it without Claudia.
Thank you, Claudia!
– Justin McManus
Claudia is amazing. My partner and I have had many real estate transactions over the last decade with various agents but Claudia stands out in a league of her own. We wished we would have found her earlier. Her marketing really sets her apart from all others. She really has created a brand and style that is like no other and she gets results. Buying or selling she is simply the best.
– Michael Bonne
Claudia is at the top of her game! She’s an agent that’s highly creative and has sharp business sense of the current market. Her pulse on properties is spot on. We have bought and sold homes with Claudia and it is always a joy to work with her. If you’re going for the Luxury brands of Real Estate agents — Claudia is our choice!
– John Lazatin
Claudia was great to work with. When I was impatient, she talked me out of a quick decision and I am grateful. She has an excellent eye for design which helped us see the benefits for some remodeling. Very responsive to email and easy to work with. I have already referred her to others. Just start with curiosity and ask her what your home might sell for. That got us started.
– Betsy York
Claudia helped us with the sale of our home in Rockridge. She could not have been more helpful or professional, and we highly recommend her!
– Mary Hunter
Claudia did an excellent job advising and representing us on our home purchase. We are very grateful for all of her efforts and assistance. Claudia communicated clearly, identified key issues, and made thoughtful and practical recommendations regarding how best to proceed. She managed the process, parties and project with aplomb.
– Bashir Agah
Claudia may be the best in the business.
We met Claudia a few times at homes she was selling and were always impressed by her professionalism. So when we found a house we wanted to buy, we reached out to have her act as our agent. She sprung into action for us and led us through the entire process. She helped us write a competitive offer and was extremely communicative through closing and beyond. Buying a house in the Berkeley market is intense and stressful, but Claudia made it less so with her straightforward approach and calm demeanor.
– Christina Coll
Claudia is amazing. She is undeniably the top of the pack for home sales in the area. From start to finish, every detail was orchestrated perfectly. Her advice on timing, finishes, sales strategy, everything was on point. I was told that she was the best choice for my home sale and I was absolutely blown away by her performance as my realtor.
– Nadja Kuhner
We consider it our good fortune to have been referred to Claudia Mills to help with the sale of our home. She has a deep understanding of the East Bay market, great contacts in the industry and a keen eye for good design which is extremely helpful with showcasing your home. In addition, she is kind and a joy to be around!
– Mariana Thomas
Claudia has been one of the most meticulous, discerning, empathic, creative, humorous, and hard working professionals I have seen, even going beyond real estate to science, where she would fit right in. I joked that she was my financial advisor, interior decorator, urban planner, gardener, landscape designer, and therapist all rolled up in one. Her knowledge of Berkeley and Oakland real estate led me to an accelerated path to my dream home. I'm pinching myself. Love her.
– Natalie DeWitt
I was a little dubious of buying a house in the current real estate market. I had heard story after story about it taking many months to get an offer accepted on a house, but Claudia said she doubted it would take much time at all. I think if we were not paying attention we would have said that we simply got lucky and simply got an offer accepted after about a month of looking, but in reflecting on the process Claudia has everything to do with that. She listened to what we liked, and disliked, and took into consideration our resources. Her recommendations were always positive, and matter of fact. She gently guided us to our new home.
Claudia was attentive and quick to return emails and calls. She always gave us her full attention and made us feel like we were only clients, when I know for a fact that she had a lot going on.
If she had not been so calm. positive, and proactive I don't think we would have our lovely new home.
– Nicole St. Lawrence
I've worked with real estate agents for many years professionally. I have worked with hundreds of real estate agents in the East Bay since 2006, but when I was ready to actually buy a house myself, it was Claudia Mills whom I wanted to represent me.
By rights, I should not have been able to buy a house in Oakland at all. I'm self-employed in the arts, my partner works for a non-profit....we aren't rich. Claudia has a team of people who know how to make things happen, and almost exactly 2 months from the day I emailed her asking for help, we had the keys to a house!
Even though buying a house in this insane market is really stressful, Claudia was always calm and steady. She was able to give sage advice and never hesitated to speak candidly about what we ought to be doing or considering. While we were in the drivers' seat, we were glad to have Claudia navigating because we would have made many, many wrong turns!
Even with that, Claudia patiently "went along" as we explored more than one unrealistic prospect, taking our crazy ideas seriously and helping us come to the right conclusion in a way that made us feel in control and respected. When we found "The One", she went to work on our behalf with nothing less than a ferocious attitude, and swung a deal that I still can't quite believe. Ours was probably the lowest-value transaction she'll have all year, but it was obvious that Claudia gave us the same level of attention and care (and maybe more) that she gives everyone, we never felt like we were anywhere but at the top of her list. That attitude means a lot to us.
There is great value in experience, and Claudia has the knowledge, personality, and network of resources that can get things done, even for low-budget first-time buyers like us.
– Scott Hargis
We, at Next Level Architecture, have had the pleasure of working with Claudia over the past three years.
On the professional level, she is an effective communicator with positive attitude at all times. She has great sense of responsibility and follows through the projects from inception to the final sale. Over the past thirty years we have worked with many agents; she is by far the best and we are blessed to found her. She is well versed and knowledgeable in her field and has been quite effective to utilize her knowledge.
On the personal side , she is an easy going and fun person to be with. Her disarming smile and positivity areher great assets.
She is highly recommended and she has always met our expectations and more.
– Mojtaba Janatpour
Claudia did an amazing job as my agent helping me to purchase my first home! She made me feel like I was her only client and her knowledge about the market and local connections helped me to score a deal that still humbles me to this day. I will definitely be working again with Claudia again in the future. I know her professionalism and dedication are unmatched!
– Brooke Malik
If you are considering selling or buying a house in the Bay Area, call Claudia Mills. I can’t say enough about her amazing performance regarding our recent house sale. She has that incredible ability to deal with the endless minutia involved with selling a house, while making it completely hassle free for the seller. In addition, the price she got us for the house was beyond our wildest dreams. Can you believe 40% over asking? I’m not saying she can guarantee that for you, but I can guarantee she will get you the absolute highest price the market can bear for your home.
I think the most wonderful thing about working with Claudia is the fact that she is completely genuine. My wife and I had great conversations with her discussing everything from gardening, art and music to things specifically related to selling the home, such as painting options, landscaping, photo shoots, etc. And speaking of photo shoots, Claudia’s husband Tony (in addition to producing the traditional filming and video shoot of the home) has a state-of-the-art drone camera that allows him to incorporate spectacular overhead vistas of you house, giving potential buyers a total view of the surrounding area and a visual sense of where your neighborhood is located in relation to San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area. In fact, Claudia and Tony’s cutting edge web presentation of our home inspired HGTV to select our house as one of 7 nationwide finalists in the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt 2017 Competition.
We’ve bought and sold several houses over the years and the experience and results of working with Claudia Mills has been unparalleled. I’m sure your experience will be equally gratifying.
Blaise Smith and Jo Anne Ford
Sellers of 6286 Colby St.
– Blaise Smith & Jo Anne Ford
I was referred to Claudia by a friend of mine who works at a local title company. Since she works with everyone (good and bad), I took her recommendation seriously. After interviewing several local agents, I chose Claudia to help me sell my home. Claudia was efficient, detail-oriented and has a great eye - she took my turn-key home and made it look even better. My house sold off-market at top dollar with a minimum of fuss. It couldn't have gone any better and I have Claudia to thank.
– Jill Feinstock
My husband, Richard, and I had sold our house and were looking for a new home. We met Claudia at an open house and immediately liked her. We asked if she'd help us in our search and she agreed to. It was the best decision we could have made. Claudia was dedicated and creative in helping us find our new house. She was always on our side and because she knows the market so well, guided us smoothly through the process. It's a stressful thing to move and not have a place to go. Claudia's calm and professional nature, helped us persevere. We're now in the best house and neighborhood we ever could have imagined. We highly recommend Claudia Mills. She's the best!
– Linn Brown
Claudia was a joy to work with; found us our dream house; and helped us to devise a killer strategy for winning it with as little risk as possible. We were in and out of the market in a couple short months. Wow! Thanks Claudia!
– Sarah Zemore
Claudia helped me up both buy and sell my Oakland home. I feel fortunate to have met her. Claudia has a very keen sense of the market, can anticipate all angles from the details of staging to the look of the garden to running a smooth and professional process. She helped to schedule, arrange, coordinate, oversee and organize. I was particularly impressed with her matter of fact expertise and approach. She made it fun and easy. I would not hesitate to most highly recommend her as an agent.
– Cathy Feleppa Camenga
I retained Claudia to represent me in the sale of my Mid Century home.
My property was a stunning property where I lived for 33 years.
It was important to me to to have one of the best in the business to handle
Claudia is one of the best in the business. I spent 40 years in real estate
Development. Over the course of my career I have interacted with many
Talented professionals. Claudia has expertise, experience, and great judgment.
These were in evidence at every step of the transaction.
From the moment I signed the contract Claudia went to work with a defined focus
To organize the entire process. She provided an overview of the transaction and critical milestones in order to achieve our goal of selling the property at the very best price possible.
She has an entire team of top flight professionals at her disposal to address every
Part of the transaction. Home inspectors, Floor finishers, painters, landscapers, etc. Once the property was ready for staging she provided several great options.
When the staging is nearing completion Claudia takes a hands on approach to
ensure that the staging highlights the appearance if the property. Then she brings in superb photographers to creat amazing photos and a three minute virtual tour,
Which she narrates. A client gets a stunning brochure and a state if the art social media marketing campaign which in my view is unrivaled. Her marketing convinced me to hire her. There us no one else that provides a marketing approach that is as elegant and sophisticated.
The results speak for themselves. Preliminary marketing prior to the open house
resulted in a sale to the first buyers that saw the open house. We never had an open house because we received an offer 20% over our projected target price.
The escrow process went smoothly and we closed 35 days after we accepted the offer. Claudia handled complications very effectively. In summary, Claudia exceeded our expectations as the #1 producer for McGuire Real Estate. She did this because she is extremely focused,detail oriented, and a pleasure to work with. I have very high standards so it was a rare treat to have the opportunity to work with her. It goes without saying that I have the highest regard for her and wish her the best.
– Jon Orovecz