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Kate McCaffrey
Realtor | Alameda Specialist (12 years experience)
37 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:

Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, General Contracting

 
- Highly likely to recommend
04/12/2013 - user094768
Bought a home in 2013.
We were first time home buyers trying to get in to a desirable area in an extremely competitive market. It seemed like an impossible task given the market conditions (22+ offers on a single location, bidding wars etc!). We knew we needed someone who specialized in Alameda, and oh boy, Kate was it. From the first meeting she was very candid about the state of the market and what we were likely to get for our budget. Being first time buyers, we needed a little handholding. Throughout the process she was clear, patient and reassuring. She was very much in the details, catching mistakes & issues and going above & beyond to research concerns.

Kate is a great strategist, helped us put together a strong offer, and we were in contract so fast our heads were spinning. She has a professionally competitive spirit that really helped during negotiations and brought just the right amount of levity to a major life decision. She also referred us to a great mortgage broker, as well as other contacts for repairs that needed to be done on the home. She even hauled out her paint samples so we could brainstorm ideas. With other friends losing out on homes in Alameda, I can say with certainty that having Kate on our side was the reason we are now homeowners.

When it's time to sell we'll enlist Kate's help again. She's too good - there is no way I'd want her on the other side of the table!
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02/18/2013 - user59321875
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $650K in Alameda, CA.
If you are looking for a real estate agent, look no further. My wife and I had begun our house hunt with another reputable agency, but were unsatisfied and switched to Kate because of her wonderful yelp reviews. And it paid off wonderfully. We were first time buyers, and Kate made us feel comfortable and was extremely nice about giving us any and all information we needed. And believe me we had a lot of questions. She is extremely knowledgeable and pleasant, and it seemed like whatever open house we went to the showing agent knew Kate! This is a huge plus. She helped get us into our dream home, which was not an easy task in Alameda amidst the red hot market - about twenty buyers for every one home available. When guiding us on our first offer, she ended up being almost exactly right in what she thought the house would go for. My wife and I bid less than Kate had advised, and knew after that that she was really tuned in to the market. On our second offer we listened to her more closely and got our home! And it actually wasn't the strongest offer moneywise but Kate made it happen. She is magic! In a market like this, you need a woman like this in your corner. Kate always made herself available when we needed her and was very invested in our cause. She made us feel like we were her only clients and was always extremely patient. She is a consummate professional, and you'd be lucky to have her on your side.
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02/18/2013 - user6919372
Bought a home in 2012.
If you are looking for a real estate agent, look no further. My wife and I had begun our house hunt with another reputable agency, but were unsatisfied and switched to Kate because of her wonderful yelp reviews. And it paid off wonderfully. We were first time buyers, and Kate made us feel comfortable and was extremely nice about giving us any and all information we needed. And believe me we had a lot of questions. She is extremely knowledgeable and pleasant, and it seemed like whatever open house we went to the showing agent knew Kate! This is a huge plus. She helped get us into our dream home, which was not an easy task in Alameda amidst the red hot market - about twenty buyers for every one home available. When guiding us on our first offer, she ended up being almost exactly right in what she thought the house would go for. My wife and I bid less than Kate had advised, and knew after that that she was really tuned in to the market. On our second offer we listened to her more closely and got our home! And it actually wasn't the strongest offer moneywise but Kate made it happen. She is magic! In a market like this, you need a woman like this in your corner. Kate always made herself available when we needed her and was very invested in our cause. She made us feel like we were her only clients and was always extremely patient. She is a consummate professional, and you'd be lucky to have her on your side.
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11/22/2012 - Hoppylulu
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $550K in Alameda, CA.
Kate McCaffrey is a gem. She guided my husband and I through the scary process of buying our first home. She is knowledgable, kind, smart, tough and funny. She is what you would want in a real estate agent.

She had the added pressure of finding a home for us before our 3rd baby was to be born. Not only was she pregnant as well, she was didn't let that stop her from doing an excellent job. She was in our corner.

She is honest and has no qualms telling you what works.

There is not enough superlatives to describe her. She is the ONLY real estate agent I would recommend.

Not only Are we beyond thrilled with our amazing Victorian home, we gained a wonderful friend.
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11/19/2012 - justjjok
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $400K in Alameda, CA.
Kate is an amazing realtor. She helped us through the purchase of a complicated fire damaged home with a 203k loan and was always responsive, helpful and very knowledgeable.
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11/13/2012 - torinese06511
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $700K in Alameda, CA.
We sold our house in Alameda through Kate and were able to sell our house at $40k over our asking price with mulitple offers after 2 weeks of being on market. We selected Kate because she seemed to us to be a sales and marketing professional who had applied her business skills to real estate, as opposed to a real estate agent trying to learn marketing. She gave us very insightful advice on inspections and staging, and paid close attention to all the details of preparing our house for sale, which was challenging given that we were moving out of state. She was very realistic with us as to what market segments she would target, and what we could expect in terms of price, timing, and effort needed to sell our house. In the end it meant that we sold our house quickly, with no contingencies, at a price substantially higher than asking. This allowed us to relocate worry-free to our new city, and allowed to afford a much better house than we had orginally expected. For anyone selling or buying in Alameda, I would highly recommend Kate -- she grew up there and knows the city, its people, and its neighborhoods better than anyone.
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11/12/2012 - user654939
Sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $800K in Alameda, CA.
Kate guided us through the sale of our family home during a difficult market. She provided a wealth of pre-sale resources for outstanding marketing photos, and staging, as well as landscaping, inspections, and much more. She essentially became another member of the family… Not only did she cheerfully contend the intricacies of working with five siblings, but she helped us survive an escrow closing that occurred just days before the Christmas holiday. Perhaps it’s also important to mention that Kate managed all of this without missing a beat when she had a baby in the middle of everything! Needless to say, I certainly recommend Kate.
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11/07/2012 - user7135932
Sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $675K in Alameda, CA.
In 2011, we hired Kate to help sell our home in Alameda and we thank our lucky stars we did. We were already acquainted with her and know her to be positive and friendly. As an agent, she is professional, hard-working, and no-nonsense as well. We were nervous as this was the first time we were selling a home in a less than ideal real estate market. We quickly came to know that we were in good hands. Kate is extremely knowledgable about market conditions and an Alameda expert. She told us exactly what we needed to do to get our home ready to sell and how to price it. We followed her advice to a T, resulting in multiple offers. And while our home needed a new roof and bathrooms among other things (all disclosed), we accepted an offer for well over asking and had a clean and easy 32 day close of escrow on our "as is" sale. All true! It just doesn't get any better than that!
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11/06/2012 - FuriousT
Sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $675K in Alameda, CA.
Kate sold our house in Alameda and she did a fabulous job, from start to finish. She has a sharp mind, she is very knowledgeable about Alameda real estate, and she is incredibly organized. She lead us smoothly through the sales process from beginning to end. She was really pivotal in helping get our house ready to go on the market by coordinating the staging and any small fix-it projects that were necessary. She has a great eye and breadth of knowledge about design and construction. She is a trustworthy, genuine person and we felt confident and comfortable with her working for us. Martha S.
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11/04/2012 - user4534122
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $550K in Alameda, CA.
Kate is the best realtor I have ever worked with, hands down. We found the perfect home--a foreclosure--and considered representing ourselves, or else working directly with the listing agent. I am very glad we did neither. In the end, I looked online for guidance, and saw such lovely reviews for Kate McCaffrey. I was very impressed by all the kind things her former clients wrote about her, and decided to give her a shot.

Sure, Kate is extremely knowledgeable about real estate. But what sets her apart from others, in my opinion, is her knowledge of home construction, renovation, etc. It was so helpful when we first toured our home-to-be, and Kate advised precisely what certain renovations would cost us. Watch out: other realtors try to ballpark it, when the reality is they know nothing about the cost of, say, a kitchen renovation. Suddenly your kitchen makeover runs you $30K, when you only budgeted for $10K. Kate gave us the reality checks we needed, and in the end that really helped us decide how badly we wanted this home; and what our top price would be.

Kate and her husband own a construction company. In fact, her husband once came over to the home to help us fix some appliances that hadn't been plugged in properly by the seller, no charge. (Thanks again, J.P.!) When I first learned of this, I wondered if she would try to sell us a new powder bathroom or something as soon as we closed escrow. Well, nothing could be farther from the truth! Not one time did she try to force her husband's services upon us, even while knowing that our home indeed would need some work. To the contrary, when we asked, she referred us to various professionals that she trusted and knew to have a good reputation. In the end, there wasn't one referral that did not end well for us.

When our time comes to sell this home years from now, we will definitely approach Kate again.

Whether buying or selling, you will make your life much easier if you have someone like Kate McCaffrey representing you. Good luck!
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Pacific Union International, Inc.
1414 Park Ave.
Alameda, CA  94501
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