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When you work with us, you benefit by having two top President’s Roundtable award-winning agents representing the top 5% of all Alain Pinel agents dedicated to exceeding your every expectation. Our success comes from the great relationships we build with our clients by first listening and understanding, then taking action and creatively solving problems until we find the best solution for you.
“To those lucky enough to be considering Ellen Diamond and Lisa Cartolano to list their home: For 35+ years, I have been selling, teaching, training and supervising real estate agents in the San Francisco Bay Area. During all that time, I’ve rarely had the pleasure to work with agents that combine the talents and pure dedication of Ellen and Lisa. These women have combined their skills in such a way that they have moved from the middle of the pack, to be among our areas top producers…those in the top 5% of all the Realtors in our marketplace. They have done this in a unique way for our industry…they work extremely hard for their clients. They have developed the kinds of relationships with the top producers in our marketplace which yield tremendous benefit for their clients. In multiple offer situations, where they represent the buyers, agents often will select this team, not always because they have the highest offer, but because they know the transaction will be handled in a professional and straightforward manner. When representing sellers, the agents bringing them offers on their listings, know they too will be treated fairly and with the highest ethical standards. In the several years I’ve worked with these talented women, I’ve seen nothing but the best in what our industry has to offer.”
“We couldnt have asked for more from Lisa and Ellen. Adding to the complexity of our transaction, my wife and I were shopping for houses from out-of-town in Los Angeles. Lisa and Ellen were fantastic and went out of their way to sacrifice their entire weekends to show my wife and I around to houses each time we had the chance to come up. On top of that, the level of responsiveness and diligence we received from them to keep a very quick closing process on track was unparalleled. Honestly, we were very nervous about shopping for and buying our first home while living 400 miles away….and in a heavily seller favored market. But Lisa and Ellen spent a ton of time walking us through the different nuances of each local submarket, the school systems, quirks of different home vintages and structures, etc, and generally educating us enough to feel confident in our decision making process. We had a laundry list of ongoing questions and were never rushed or felt like they were too busy for us. All calls to them were returned in a matter of minutes, regardless of the day and time. Im not quite sure we would have moved forward with buying a home from out-of-town had we worked with a different broker. We are thankful to have found them. ”
“We worked with Lisa and Ellen this winter. At the first meeting they showed up fully prepared with loads of data and market insights, so we felt very much like they knew the local home sale environment extremely well. We live about two hours away from Oakland where our home was being listed, so it was important for us to rely on someone who could be a contact point for many of the service folks fixing and working on the home prior to the sale. Before we even had officially signed an agreement, Ellen was more than happy to meet contractors and inspectors, etc. That showed us her desire to be the best she could be. When negotiations began for the sale of the home, Lisa and Ellen were involved with every step, some of which became quite complex. Their knowledge of good, reputable local contractors, etc. proved invaluable, and even the staging of the home was done by a real professional recommended by Lisa and Ellen. We could not have asked for partners throughout the process and would highly recommend this team!”
“We recently worked with Lisa and Ellen to purchase our first home here in Oakland. With such a contingent and stressful market we were very apprehensive about the home buying process, but Lisa and Ellen made it happen quickly and with ease. Lisa and Ellen were so great about holding our hands through the whole home buying process, really taking the time to answer any and all our questions (which we had a ton). They were also very responsive and always had our best interest at heart. I explicitly trusted their advice and decisions and they made us feel optimistic at each turn in the road. I would highly recommend Lisa and Ellen. They are a proactive, hard working duo that does what it takes to make it all happen. They also have great personalities that make you feel comfortable and open to asking questions or advice.”