Buying a house is no easy task in San Francisco (especially as first time homebuyers!) and once my husband and I were ready to take on the challenge, we knew that working with the right real estate agents would be a big part of our success. We can proudly say that in less than 2 months after the first weekend of working together we have the keys to our new home!
I actually found Danielle online through yelp reviews and also found her blog. I really liked the sensibility of her voice online as well as the apparent success rates with her other clients. Then of all the initial consultations with potential agents, Danielle was by far the most prepared! She brought detailed reports of current and recent sales on the specific neighborhood we were most interested in. We also appreciated how she explained her approach on partnering with Sasha and the value they brought to the process – acting as consultants and project managers, making it as easy as possible for us. I have to agree with others; they are SO well connected and you can tell other people in the industry love working with them. They sent us listings not officially on the market yet. We were serious about one property and they scheduled a walk-through with an architect and mold inspector prior to our offer (both on short notice) which totally helped us be more comfortable with the potential of the property. They referred us to lawyers (one property had a tenant) & insurance agents. They were in constant communication with the listing agents of properties that we had questions about. Even after we are all moved in, they have given us referrals on window replacement options and answered all of our silly new homeowner questions. They were prompt in responses and Sasha was especially awesome with texting. Sasha even dropped off my cell phone to my old place across the city after I left my phone in the backseat of her car! Docusign was also a bonus - it was so easy for my husband and I to complete paperwork especially if we were on different schedules.
During the all-important offer process – they structured very competitive offers and most importantly made us feel comfortable with them. IMO looking at recent comps is one thing but it’s hard to quantify your competition that lost on the last 10 houses and what they are willing to spend to get the next one. Gut feel is so important and Danielle and Sasha have it. We got our perfect home from our 2nd offer – and thinking about it now our current home is more move-in ready so everything happens for a reason!!
I looked at my initial email when I reached out and wrote “Being from the East Coast we value a sense of urgency, skillful negotiating, and arguably intangible experience to understand all the little nuances specific to the dynamics of a competitive market.” Danielle and Sasha totally exceeded all these expectations and then some. My husband at some point said “That’s it? That’s all we have to do???” - totally sums it up – crazy to think it’s too easy when you’re buying a house in San Francisco but with these two, it is.