As a buyer in the Oakland market, you cannot get representation to help find you a home from anyone better than Lisa Cartolano. Starting in the summer of 2013, we began looking for a larger home, as we had outgrown our 2-1 with the addition of our third child. We worked with Lisa for nearly 9 months by the time we got into our new home at the end of January 2014, and through the wild ride, she was our rock!
First, Lisa has a lot of experience in the Oakland area, with solid relationships with other agents and the local real estate professional community. Second, Lisa is smart and honest. She really listened to us and understood what we wanted in our new home. Third, Lisa is extremely accessible and punctual to a fault. Whenever we called to ask to see a home, she would usually have something set up within an hour of our request and at a time that worked with our schedules. Fourth, Lisa is an advocate, which is exactly what you need when dealing with multiple offer Bay area home purchases. Along the way, we made 4 offers, and each time, Lisa personally presented our offer to the sellers, pitching us and our family as the best buyers for the homes we wanted. We bumped into one of the agents to whom Lisa pitched one of our offers, and she told us that Lisa did a fantastic job for us in the presentation.
Needless to say, with Lisa's help, we ended up in a fantastic new home, which we love. It literally has all of the features we listed when we started the process. The close process for us was not the smoothest (through no fault of Lisa), and if Lisa had not been our Realtor with the connections she had, the deal very likely would have fallen apart.
The bottom line is that based on our experience, we would ask Lisa to represent us again in a heartbeat, in another purchase or if we ever decide to sell one of our homes. Thanks for helping make our dream come true Lisa!