Sold a Single Family home in 2013 in Foster City, CA.
My brother and I had to make a quick and difficult decision in regards to selling our 90 year-old mother's home, and we asked friends for recommendations as they too had to sell their parent's home, which is how we came upon Sharon.
With her knowledge of the current market, Sharon proposed a marketing strategy, motivated us to move quickly, and personally assisted us to achieve our goal.
She provided all of the referrals to paint and repair the entire house, refinish the hardwood floors, landscape, and Sharon even personally supervised the crew who did the interior cleaning! Her referrals saved us so much money and they did a fantastic job!
We were amazed at the extra and personal touches that she made to help sell the house. Her husband Roger, a floral designer, even staged the house with house plants and floral arrangements!
Sharon provided us with a calendered itinerary, which informed us of every step that was expected and she kept us updated on the neighboring sales. This enabled us to negotiate with facts and not respond emotionally.
Sharon executed this sale in a manner that only a diligent, experienced and knowledgeable realtor could do as successfully as she did!
It was a pleasure to work with such a professional realtor. . . and did I mention that she is engaging and personable? I tell my friends that I actually miss her flood of calls and emails!
Response from Sharon on 10/17/2013
Thank you so much for your dazzling testimonial! It made my day when I read this! A real estate transaction is serious business, but it was so much fun working with your family! Your mother is a gem and I am honored to have been chosen to represent her. She is a very lucky lady to have children like you! She asked if she was going to see me anymore. Well, of course! She can’t get rid of me that easily! Best to you all!
Very responsive . Excellent in follow up skills. It was her great follow up skills which eventually helped us to the get the property we wanted. She rocks ! Highly recommended !
Response from Sharon on 09/26/2013
Thank you so much for the kind review!!! I loved working with you and I know that it was fate that brought us together! And the home you purchased was meant to be yours from the beginning. So glad we were thorough with the paperwork! I miss not talking to you every night and DocuSigning everything and anything! :) I’m looking forward to seeing your home again after all the remodeling projects. Feel free to call if you need contractor references.
Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put in to helping me find the perfect condo a few years ago. Being a first time homebuyer, I appreciate your patience explaining each step we went through. I am grateful for you answering all of my questions in a way that I could understand. I never knew buying property could be so complicated, but having you at my side made everything seem so easy.
I really enjoy your company while we sift through various options. You always keep the needs of my son and myself in mind when suggesting the next house to visit. You spend so much time researching different homes for us, I don’t know how you are able to juggle multiple transactions at the same time! I appreciate the relationship we have formed and am glad to be working with you again this year.
Response from Sharon on 06/05/2013
Finding the perfect home for you and your son is always a pleasure! I’m looking forward to finding another home for you. Home is where memories are made! I’ve enjoyed hearing all your “stories” over the years!
Thank you for always being available when we needed to “jump” despite your busy schedule. Your quick response to the endless requests from your lender and me kept things moving forward for a successful close. Your next transaction will be no different! *_* Your loyalty and repeat business mean a great deal to me!
My husband and I were looking for a cute three bedroom home in Foster City. Ms. Kariya had been extremely diligent and patient in taking us to see numerous homes since we listed a "dog friendly" environment as a criterion. She was very attentive in trying to meet our needs, but also brought forth pragmatic concerns that we were unaware of. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for an agent that is warm hearted, an active listener, and willing to meet and exceed your expectations.
Response from Sharon on 03/23/2013
It was such a pleasure working with you both! You are awesome! My goal is to make my clients feel like confident Home Buyers at the end of our journey. From all your questions and feedback, I’m quite sure that I accomplished this! I appreciate your thoughtful review!
Sharon has been awsome to work with, this is my first home to purchase here in the Bay area. Not being from this state Sharon was a wonderful in educating, answering all my crazy questions with answers that I understood. I love her confidence and professionalism, She keeps you in the loop with all comunications, e-mails and voice mail. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all that you did. Sharon gives way over a hundred percent when she works for you. I am so glad to have worked with you, I am over joyed to be a home owner!! Thank you Sharon you are AWSOME!!! Jayne Parsons
Response from Sharon on 03/15/2013
Thank you, Jayne! I’m so happy you found the perfect home in Foster City! You’re right; this is the perfect lifestyle for you and Cricket. There’s so much to discover and enjoy here. I always feel a sense of sadness when a transaction closes because we’re in touch every day, several times! But since I live in Foster City too, there’s plenty of time to meet at Starbucks! You’ve been amazing to work with!
Sharon provided the services for the sale of our home in Belmont in 2010 and enabled the purchase of our intended downsizing to a townhouse in Foster City in 2011. She proved that the sale and purchase of a home is not a consequence of only hard work but the very fortunate confluence of knowledge of the market, understanding our personal wants & needs and reliable, consistent effort - this certainly makes all the difference. The Belmont home sold with 4 hours of being placed onto the market and the purchase of the Foster City townhouse was completed within 3 days. It helps to have the right circumstances, but to place the fundamental elements in such a sequence that a buyer and a seller enjoy a trouble free transaction with all the elements exactly as described.
Response from Sharon on 03/10/2013
Many thanks for your kind review! I truly enjoyed our journey together getting your Belmont home sold in order to downsize to your new Foster City home. I’m very pleased that both transactions went so smoothly. All the pieces just fell into place at the right time! I appreciate all the trust you placed in me from the inception of preparing your home for sale to the final move. I hope you’re enjoying your new home and the wonderful water views! Many thanks go out to your sister and friends for making me your Realtor!
My husband and I went to several open houses on our own, trying to get a feel for what we were getting into as first time home buyers. We met many real estate agents while going through these open houses; however no one stuck out to us as much as Sharon did! One our first introduction with her, she gave us a packet of information on being a first time home buyer and was very informative, answering our many questions.
A few months later when we were ready to start looking a little harder, we remembered Sharon’s sincerity and kindness and couldn’t think of anyone else that we would want to work with. Throughout the course of searching for a home, about seven months, Sharon was extremely easy to work with. She was always readily available to answer any questions that we had, by email and phone, or meet us to look at a home that we had found. I sometimes felt that we were her only clients, as that is how attentive Sharon was to us and our search, although I know she was very busy with other clients as well.
Buying a home, especially your first, is a very exciting time! Although very exciting, throughout our search we watched the housing market change drastically and it started to become a bit nerve racking the last couple of months. With Sharon’s help, support and expertise she helped us stay on track and remind us what exactly it was we were looking for, without feeling the pressure to buy just any home.
My husband and I couldn’t be happier with our decision to work with Sharon and greatly recommend her to anyone that would like the constant support throughout your home buying experience. We look forward to keeping in contact with Sharon, as she helped us through one of the most exciting times in our lives. Thank you.
Antonio and Kristen
Response from Sharon on 03/06/2013
We certainly went through a lot together! Waiting for a short sale that never happened…OMG!!! After a few difficult and disappointing blows, I was extremely proud of how you picked yourself up, brushed yourself off and went full charge into the following weekend! Your determination is astounding! Then, when you finally got into contract, you continued to stay involved each remaining step of the way! The best part of my job is when I deliver the keys. However, it was bittersweet at this point because of the reality of not seeing each other every weekend and/or after work. Looking forward to finding your next castle with a 3-car garage!
This letter is being written with regard to our experience working with Ms. Sharon Kariya of Coldwell Banker in San Mateo, California, in conjunction with the sale of our home in Foster City, CA in October of 2012.
Sharon and we were neighbors in Foster City and we were always impressed by her open demeanor as well as her deep and insightful knowledge of the South Bay real estate market, so when we decided to sell our house, asking Sharon to help us was a very natural choice.
Sharon listened to our requirements in detail and quickly made detailed recommendations on getting our house into the market and arranged numerous house showings, but she was also very sensitive to the fact that we were still living in the property.
Once a potential buyer was identified, Sharon worked tirelessly to close the deal as soon as possible, despite the fact that the buyer and the bank were overseas, which required the buyers to provide additional documentation in the closing process. This process caused several delays in the deal closure, but Sharon was very aggressive in managing the entire journey. This was especially appreciated since I spend most of my time overseas and was not readily available for in person meetings, signatures, etc.
Overall, we could not have had a better experience working with Sharon and would be pleased to recommend her services to anyone looking for a home in the South Bay.
Response from Sharon on 02/27/2013
Thank you so much for the opportunity to represent you! Yes, we went through a rough ride there! International transactions can sometimes be a challenge and I am thankful for your complete patience and understanding. It became comical towards the end of the transaction as the communications continued to bounce from here, to New York and Asia! I’m so glad everyone kept it together for a happy ending. I do miss having you as neighbors and wish you all the best in your beautiful new home. Best to you always, Sharon
Bought a Single Family home in 2008 in Foster City, CA.
Many thanks for your assistance in finding us a realtor in the Lake Camanche area. Your prompt referral to a knowledgeable realtor in that area enabled us to purchase the vacation home of our dreams. The entire process took such a short time and we thank you for your professionalism and expertise in the real estate market. We are so glad that we called you as soon as we saw the house listed because you have turned our dream into a reality.
We are truly fortunate to have you helping us in all of our real estate transactions. You are a dedicated, efficient and talented realtor and we look forward to working with you again in the future.
Response from Sharon on 03/04/2013
It was my pleasure! This is a great addition to your real estate portfolio! What a nice place of retreat after a long week of work. Sitting on the patio and taking in the lake view is priceless! I know you’re enjoying the boating, water skiing and fishing! You couldn’t be at a better place. I’m glad to see you enjoying the home so much! As always, I appreciate your loyalty and friendship!
After a year and a half of looking for homes and working with our third realtor we were lucky enough to meet Sharon. Being that we were first time home buyers we needed to find somebody we trusted and would guide us through the process. Sharon is very professional, honest, knowledgeable and most of all patient. She was always accessible to answer the million questions we had over the phone or in person. Our relationship with Sharon will last and we will definitely go through her again for future real estate transactions. Realtors like Sharon are one in a million!
Response from Sharon on 02/22/2013
Thanks for your amazing review! You are the “perfect” clients! I had so much fun with you that I never minded driving to the coast to view properties with you!!! The best part was when you showed up and Tannia had an engagement ring on her finger! You’re made for each other! And you found the perfect house with an ocean view! IT’S SO YOU! Even though it isn’t DIRECTLY ON the beach. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!!! Stay in touch. Best wishes always, Sharon