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Caroline Dinsmore
Realtor and C.N.S.
14 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:

Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent

 
- Highly likely to recommend
01/20/2014 - vioma
Bought a Condo home in 2014 in Hayward Park, San Mateo, CA.
Caroline is one of the most professional, hardworking and honest people I've met. Right off the bat she provided us with a host of valuable information and equipped us with the knowledge we needed to purchase a home as first-time buyers. Since then, she has been on her toes and super responsive - everytime we sent an email we'd get a reply within a few hours. She would follow up with us and all other parties involved diligently with very clear communication. She helped us close the home we bought, and even thoughwe ran into a few issues (due to the selling agent's fault), Caroline handled it with utmost care and professionalism.

Not to mention, Caroline is a wonderful person. She's so pleasant and nice to talk to. If there was a 6-star rating, I'd have given her that.
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- Highly likely to recommend
01/06/2014 - Madhukaran Murali
Bought a Multi Family home in 2013 in Redwood City, CA.
We found Caroline through Yelp. She was amazing, and helped us immensely through our home buying process. Although we worked more closely with Trevor(who works with Caroline for kw and was equally wonderful) during the later stages of our home buying process, Caroline was always available to answer all the questions we shot at her. She also spent a lot of time initially educating us about the home buying process. Trevor and Caroline made a tedious process really smooth, and we would highly recommend her for all your real estate needs
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- Highly likely to recommend
10/26/2013 - user02543618
Bought a home in 2013.
Caroline was instrumental in making our first time home buy a reality. My husband and I were mentally prepared for a painful and long drawn out process of finding a condo to our liking, and then actually presenting offers that would be taken seriously. Once we started working with Caroline, we quickly narrowed down the neighborhoods to target. Her knowledge of the local real estate market and her contacts in the industry proved to be invaluable. She managed to find us an off-the-market opportunity, that made all the difference in getting our offer accepted and guiding us through closing. All within just 2 months! She's awesome to work with and will make your home shopping experience very exciting.
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- Highly likely to recommend
06/23/2013 - user0072412
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $1.275M in Redwood City, CA.
My husband and I thought we had a perfect home in a perfect location until our little one started school. We quickly realized the pain of morning commute and the lack of a good school district. We barely had 2 waking hours in a day to spend as a family. Tired, exhausted and frustrated we decided to make the move to the peninsula area. That was when we were introduced to Caroline Dinsmore by one of our very good friends and well wishers. In her intro email our friend called Caroline a gem and in the next four months we worked with Caroline to purchase our home she proved to be just that!

Right from our first meeting to all the way until we signed our closing documents, Caroline went above and beyond our expectations. She's super sweet with clients and agents but she knows how to get tough when she needs to. She's very well connected and respected in the agent community which worked out in our advantage in the end. After losing out on a couple of homes we loved, in multiple bid situations (our offer was very competitive but we lost out to folks who brought in all cash), Caroline managed to get us our home through an off market deal by working with her connections in the agent community. And she negotiated the price to a level which saved us a ton of $$$ that could be used towards some upgrades we wanted. I am not exaggerating when I say we paid the least among the three homes that were sold in our community while we bought ours!! She made it seem like a walk on the beach for us and that too during a very competitive and hot real estate market. She is very detail oriented and very patient while explaining the whole real estate transaction process. Add her tech savviness to the mix and you have a perfect recipe for a stress free transaction. Once the deal was closed, came in the need to make the new house our home. We wanted to get some upgrades done such as floors and paints etc. Caroline introduced us to general contractors to get the work done and ensured that they understood our need for a timely finish of the project and to get it done in our budget!!! With Caroline, both you and your bank account are always in good hands!!!!! Thank you Caroline!
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- Highly likely to recommend
01/19/2013 - user9589807
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $1.525M in San Carlos, CA.
I found Caroline on Yelp, and after meeting her, my husband and I hired her over other realtors who'd been recommended to us because she seemed dedicated, trustworthy, a perfectionist and moreover, a warm and funny person. In fact, she's all that and more. We had a very short timeframe in which to pack up and sell our house, and Caroline facilitated the process at every step, working around our hectic schedules and those of our three children, down to bringing us packing boxes late at night. She arranged for and oversaw all the home inspections, took care of repairs that needed to be done, and best of all, sold our house in a pre-empt for more money than we expected to get! SHE IS THE BEST! She's also calm, pleasant, and fun to be around, as well as a shrewd negotiator. Thanks to her, what could have been a very stressful process was smooth sailing. This is the first public review I've left, because Caroline is THAT good. If you want a realtor who knows her stuff and will produce top results, call her!
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- Highly likely to recommend
12/21/2012 - bryanck
Bought a home in 2012.
My partner and I were looking to buy our first home in late 2011 on the Peninsula. We had lost out on some houses in multiple offer situations with another realtor, and were feeling defeated. We turned to Caroline for help given her great reputation.

Caroline helped us navigate one of most difficult purchases I can imagine. The house we wanted was a short sale with a complicated financing history. Also, it was a fixer upper that required a special loan. In addition, the market was extremely competitive and multiple offers were the norm. On top of it all, Caroline had to handle all of the baggage that comes with first time home buyers.

First and foremost, Caroline has flawless integrity and a deep knowledge of real estate. She lead us through all of the complexities of our home purchase, from comps and price to the short sale process to the special loan. More importantly, however, she has patience and an ability to connect with people that is truly unique. We felt instantly comfortable with her, and I firmly believe that without her, the negotiations with the seller would not have been successful.

The end result of it all is that Caroline helped us get a fabulous home in a great area for an exceptional price during an extremely challenging time for buyers. We can't recommend Caroline strongly enough!
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- Highly likely to recommend
09/06/2012 - Lafi123
Bought a home in 2012.
We were first time home buyers and we were fortunate to end up having Caroline as an agent. We wanted to buy in or close to Redwood Shores and she has a lot of knowledge about the area. In the end, we got ourselves into a buying a short sale property which turned out to be a horrible experience. However, Caroline did an excellent job and went above and beyond to make it happen. It took six months before we finally closed the deal and we would never have been able to do it without her. She kept our spirits up and were always on top of the situation, easy to reach and never failed to answer our questions (and we had a lot). We highly recommend Caroline to anyone who needs an agent. Thanks Caroline for getting us our perfect home!
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08/17/2012 - erights
Bought a home in 2012.
Getting to close of escrow is hard work. There are many moving parts, multiple-parties, and critical timelines that must be coordinated.

During the escrow period Caroline was focused and tireless. Nothing was dropped; nothing fell through the cracks. She kept us on track with simplified todo documents. All questions were answered immediately; potential problems were dealt with tenaciously.

For us, this period was especially stressful because of property contingencies. The sellers' inspection reports indicated the possibility of a serious problem. We had just a few days to do our own property inspections. The reports would determine whether we bought the house or just walked away.

Caroline shifted into high-gear. She was on the phone immediately setting up back-to-back inspections. She knew the best. By the property contingencies deadline, we had credible reports from highly-respected contractors. She had command of the technical as well as the strategic significance of the problems revealed by the reports.

Caroline is always playing the long game. She treats everyone with respect and earns their trust, because that's what gets her more clients in the future. She gently talked us out of a short-term gain that would likely cause bad feelings and retaliation down the road.

She's a skillful strategist who knows the game and the incentives of the various players. She keeps her cards to her chest.

But, did she get us a good deal? Yes! She sure did! She represented our position perfectly and negotiated a reduction in price that a month earlier, no one would have thought possible.

We got a great deal. We are first-time buyers and we have our dream home. We all worked very hard but I simply cannot imagine it turning out this well without Caroline on our team.
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- Highly likely to recommend
07/16/2012 - user6527460
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $825K in Southeast Hillsdale, San Mateo, CA.
We found Caroline through Yelp and are glad we did. Caroline was helpful, knowledgable, professional and efficient in handling the sale of my mother-in-law’s house. Caroline was very patient in explaining each step of the process to her elderly client. She also made great suggestions about what work we should do to get the house ready to show: work that would more than pay for itself in the increased sales price.

As with any real estate transaction, there were a few glitches. But Caroline handled them quickly with a very positive attitude. We feel fortunate to have been able to work with Caroline.
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05/16/2012 - clee50841
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $875K in Southeast Hillsdale, San Mateo, CA.
I found Caroline on Yelp in January 2012 (we had been searching for homes since Oct 11 with no luck). We decided that we needed a real estate that specialized in the area and turned to Yelp. I saw that Caroline had great reviews and after contacting her, I totally see why. We decided to work with her and Debbie Bidwell (see her review, she is awesome too!)..they were co-agents and boy, did we luck out!

They were both so easy to work with and very responsive to our emails and phone calls. They both have a great sense of humor and are just so easy to talk to. They always explained everything to us and were always patient. We wanted to see so many houses and they never told us they couldn't. They showed us every single house we wanted to see (and there were a lot). They helped us find our dream home in April...we honestly dont think we could have done it without their expertise. They have a lot of respect from other real estate agents and I think that goes a long way when you submit your bids.

The best part was that most real estate agents would probably run if they heard we were going to use a VA loan, not Caroline and Debbie...they never ever made us feel like we weren't as important as their other clients. They recommended an awesome mortgage broker, Stefani Hartsell, and we closed with a VA loan in 30 days....which is almost impossible to do!

I would recommend them both in a heartbeat..you wont regret it.
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Keller Williams Peninsula Estates
1430 Howard Avenue
Burlingame, CA  94010
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