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Kitty and Hugh, Sellers, Berkeley
"My wife and I would like to give the strongest possible recommendation of Barbara Hendrickson. For us moving out of and selling the Berkeley house we had lived in for 44 years was a traumatic event, marking a major transition in our lives. We have moved into a retirement home, where will live out our remaining years. It was clearly the right move for us, but inevitably there was a big sense of loss. We especially appreciated Barbara's unfailing tact and sensitivity to our feelings. We soon established a complete rapport with her. We were the more or less helpless old couple, mostly at a loss in the hard, competitive world of the real estate business. Barbara was our unfailing representative to that world, massively experienced, shrewd in her judgments, firm in her support for our interests. We are enormously grateful to her; indeed, we can't imagine how anyone could do it better. And the result speaks for itself, a sale well above the asking price."
Florian - Seller
We're not so young anymore (85) and we needed guidance and some comforting as we set about selling our house. Our son in Colorado actually had Bay Area real estate agents apply for this assignment. Barbara's application was so impressive that it foreshadowed the efficiency and grace Barbara displayed as she subsequently sold our house in Kensington.
Barbara did a superb job, in every way. She worked with dispatch-and the team she set up for the task, Nurture Source Designs for the house preparation and staging, and all the other folk who got involved, were quick, efficient, considerate of our budget. Courtney Cohan, who helped with the various contracts and other paperwork was splendid, too. But all of this complex undertaking was orchestrated by Barbara-who would return calls instantly, and who was an unfailing source of practical and effective advice. We sold the house quickly, well over asking price. The presentation of competitive bids, six or seven of them in rapid succession, was a fast-moving drama directed with skill and efficiency-- around Barbara's living room table. When the agents had finished, Barbara gave the advice we had requested of her logically, and with the sort of understanding of both buyers and sellers which was characteristic of all her dealings.
Barbara surely must have spent far more time on us than a strict business calculation would have required. In consequence, the sale of our house went without any hitch at all. What more could one ask. And as the best reward of all, we have really acquired a new friend-with whom I've walked the Richmond waterfront, with whom my wife has gone to the theater, with whom we've visited at each other's' houses and shared meals. And I think it's not at all irrelevant to point out that Barbara is a skilled and committed painter. The generous, free-ranging, intuitive spirit that infuses her work as a painter can't help but reflect the honest, generous, insightful, competent manner in which she lives a rich life as an exceptional realtor and an artist. PFN
Melody F- seller
Barbara is absolutely terrific. She is a breath of fresh air after working with so many more 'typical' realtors over the years. I'm a marketing director at a real estate brokerage in SF, so I know there are a wide range of skills sets and personalities out there, and Barbara is really at the top end of the spectrum on all counts. She has the experience and local knowledge that instantly set you at ease and let you know you're working with a true professional. She also has the confidence in her knowledge and experience to be able to tell it like it is, rather than sugar coating it. She gives an honest opinion about value, work that needs to be done, market climate and activity...all the things that every seller should really be asking and definitely need to know. She's quick to respond (online, via text, phone...however you like to work), readily shares useful info and insight, and is incredibly flexible to her client's needs. On top of all that, she's just plain nice. She's really warm, engaging and friendly, and when you embark on something like the sale or purchase of a home, you definitely want someone you'll enjoy working with since you'll be spending a lot of potentially stressful time together. I can't imagine anyone walking away from a transaction with her feeling anything other than absolutely terrific and like their best interests were looked out for every step of the way. She's the best.
Dave C. -Seller and Buyer since 1996, Berkeley, CA
Ellen F. seller and buyer
I have worked with Barbara for over 15 years and she has represented me as buyer and sellers agent in both my personal, multifamily and commercial purchases. She has always exceeded my expectations. She has solved many problems for me and takes each project on as if it were her own. I trust her judgment and expertise 100%. Barbara is a dedicated real estate professional and I feel very lucky to have found her. I would highly recommend her for any and all real estate transactions.
I've known Barbara since 1990, when she helped me purchase my first home (a condominium). In 2001 she helped me sell my condominium for a ridiculous profit, assisted my husband in selling his North Berkeley childhood home, and helped the two of us purchase our beautiful South Berkeley house in which we currently live.
I love Barbara, both professionally and personally. She is incredibly knowledgeable, extremely hard-working, and fun to spend time with. I don't think there is any other realtor who understands the Berkeley/Oakland real estate market better than Barbara. She is an astute negotiator who is familiar with all the nuances of buying and selling a house.
When we purchased our current home, we were not the highest bidders at a time when overbidding was standard practice; Barbara's insight into the psychology of the seller, and her suggestion that we write a personal letter to the seller highlighting our particular circumstances, was the key to winning the bidding war, and we got a GREAT deal on our house.
Barbara is tireless, endlessly enthusiastic, and clearly loves what she does. She is smart, funny, and extremely professional at the same time. If you are serious about buying or selling a home, there is no doubt in my mind that Barbara will make it happen for you. I would never use another realtor! justsellmyhouse.com
Al & Virginia Silbowitz- Sellers and buyers many times over
Out of town Sellers
We should probably just go ahead and adopt Barbara. She has been the real estate agent for our family on so many transactions that we've lost count. She sold our first house and then twenty years later she sold our second house. She sold my mother-law's house, after her death, on behalf of our family. She sold our godparent's house for their estate. Recently she sold two very complicated mixed use commercial properties for us. She sold Virginia's sister's house in Berkeley which she found her ten years earlier. She has always been honest, energetic, and meticulous in her work with us, and she has always gotten us solid sales with qualified buyers for lots of money.
Come to think of it, we may just have Barbara adopt us. If you're looking for a sale, no foolin', call Barbara. If you want help in finding a home, call Barbara. She gets the job done, she's smart and a delight to work with, and she paints beautiful paintings. How can you beat that?
Bill L. - Inspector
I have worked with Barbara for over 15 years and she has represented me as buyer and sellers agent in both my personal, multifamily and commercial purchases. She has always exceeded my expectations. She has solved many problems for me and takes each project on as if it were her own. I trust her judgment and expertise 100%. Barbara is a dedicated real estate professional and I feel very lucky to have found her. I would highly recommend her for any and all real estate transactions.Barbara is a wise, no-nonsense, energetic, caring agent. I have worked with her many times and consider it a privilege. Her obvious respect for her clients and knowledge of the realty world is refreshing.
Barbara Hendrickson made buying a first home fun and easy. In Berkeley, no less, which is a very big deal. When we found Barbara, she immediately directed us to a great mortgage broker for qualification who qualified us quickly and with minimal fuss or attitude (unlike another super-popular brokerage we had first tried to use but that was too busy to return calls or answer questions). She helped educate us about all the factors involved in the purchase of a home. She knows a metric ton about the market, the competitive buyers' landscape in our area, architectural styles, inspections, and the delicate art of presenting the offer and negotiating the price. She is patient and wise, and understands that buying a home is a process, not a series of events. She really worked hard on our behalf.
We got the FIRST house we bid on (in Berkeley, no less!). Even though there were five other offers AND ours was close-but-not-quite-the-highest, she managed to woo the listing agent (and therefore the sellers) just enough that we were able to make up the difference and win the house. She really knows what she is doing and she's THAT good.
After our offer was accepted, she followed through by helping us get all the inspections done quickly and with the loveliest gang of inspectors a person could hope for. Not only does she know a ton about real estate and our area, she knows seemingly everyone who lives here. She referred us to a terrific gent for the general inspection, a great and affordable structural engineer (!), and myriad other inspection professionals who helped us get a completely clear picture of our home's condition before we agreed on the final price and sealed the deal. Her list of contacts is a mile long and a two miles deep, and it's full of hundreds of super-qualified people you will actually LIKE working with.
As you can imagine, I as a buyer had some freak-out moments. I wasn't sure about buying on a busier street. I wasn't sure our sellers would adjust the price. I wondered at night whether the foundation really was ok (all of the folks we paid to see it said "yes, it's dang good"). Barbara answered every frantic text, email, and phone call promptly and with the requisite information and reassurance that just steered us through the process with facts AND finesse.
I loved working with Barbara and would leap at the opportunity to work with her in the future.
Thomas & Kathy
Many know Barbara Hendrickson, (Realtor) as a top producing listing agent, representing sellers. We, on the other hand, had the luxury of working with her on the buying side of our transaction.
As clients, we were very peculiar about the specific location and style of the house that we wanted. For 6 months, we worked closely with Barbara and finally purchased the Berkeley house that we absolutely love. Our buying experience was intense and nerve-racking at times. However, Barbara kept us calm and on track though the whole process. This clearly demonstrates that Barbara is not just an amazing realtor; she makes dreams come true.
Barbara's immense knowledge of the local Berkeley market and 33 years of real estate experience proved to be invaluable in helping us identifying and closing the deal. Plus, this was not a usual "straightforward 30-day escrow - We spent four months negotiating, and re-negotiating with the seller. Barbara masterfully helped us navigate through the entire process with skills, patience, professionalism and a work ethic that few can match. Whenever we asked, Barbara usually responded within minutes, even late at night! When it came to time for actions, Barbara's speed, efficiency and diligence were simply top-notch - With only a couple of days for inspection contingency, Barbara mobilized her network of professionals within hours to look thoroughly at the property and consequently she negotiated more seller credits than we were hoping to get!
Having worked with numerous real estate agents over the past 10+ years, we know that Barbara Hendrickson has the level of experience that we can always count on. In fact, the best compliment actually came from the seller's agent after we bought the house - "you are so fortunate to have the best real estate agent in Berkeley working with you". Thank you, Barbara!
My husband and I just sold our North Berkeley home with the very capable help of Barbara Hendrickson. I don't think I can say enough wonderful things about her or our entire experience with Barbara. Never before have I ever met anyone so dedicated to her job and so enthusiastic about real
estate. From the moment we sat down with Barbara we could tell that she
was fired up and ready to get started. I remember Barbara saying in our first meeting, "I live and breathe real estate". Well, I can certainly vouch for the veracity of that statement! This is an extremely knowledgeable experienced woman who fully understands the ins and outs of the real estate business.
The sale of our house involved a lot of prep work - painting, repairs, cleaning, inspections, staging, etc. I felt overwhelmed with the list of things to do, especially as I was in the process of moving into a new home. I could not have made it through those chaotic weeks without Barbara. She knew what needed to be done to put the house on the market and she worked tirelessly to get everything accomplished. Though we may have very different aesthetic styles, Barbara knows what improvements make a house marketable.
So while I nitpicked and complained about the furnishings chosen by the stagers, Barbara calmly assured me that I had to focus on the overall big picture. As it turns out, her vision was spot on.
My husband and I had an idea of how much we should reasonably expect to get for the sale of our home. We also had a "dream price" that we hoped we could get in the best of circumstances. Four days after the open house, we were simply stunned to receive four offers that exceeded our expectations.
We are certain that we would never have gotten such great offers without Barbara's help. From day one she truly believed we could get our dream price and she made sure it happened.
But here's what I appreciated the most. Throughout the whole time I worked with Barbara, she always made me feel like I was her absolute top priority.
No matter what time of day I called or emailed her, I almost always received an immediate response. If I needed something done she was on the task right away. From hiring someone to fix the fence to getting junk removed from our garage, Barbara took on everything I was too busy to handle myself. She really eased so many of the burdens that I faced as a seller and she always had a way of calming me down when I was stressed.
Best of all, through the process of selling our home my husband and I formed a friendship with a very special person who now feels like part of the family. We couldn't have asked for a better experience or a better realtor.
If you're selling your home, you will be beyond fortunate to have Barbara on your side!
Ari and Eva
If you want to sell your house, work with Barbara Hendrickson. She was amazing, and we ended up selling our home (in El Cerrito) for quite a bit more than we had anticipated. Barbara is generous, creative, and straightforward; she'll tell it like it is, but always in the service of the task at hand, which is getting you the best price for your home (I assume she's the same way if you're on the purchasing end, too).
For us, every suggestion that she had about how to go about selling our house was right on the money. We were working with a very small staging and prep budget, and Barbara worked with us to ensure that our house presented as well as it possibly could. She told us what needed to happen, and what we could do without -- and she was right about everything.
We loved working with her. We really appreciated how direct she was with us about every step of this process, and how responsible (and patient) she was about helping us understand each thing as it happened.
We couldn't have imagined a better realtor, or a better experience in selling our house. Thanks Barbara!
Joan, El Cerrito
Having bought near the peak of the market and needing to sell in 2012 due to a relocation, I looked upon putting my El Cerrito house on the market with fear and dread. Barbara understood where I was coming from and took the time to explain (patiently) her suggestions for how to maximize the home's potential, balancing my need to sell quickly with my desire to minimize my financial loss as much as possible. Knowing that I had to balance these considerations, Barbara left every decision regarding painting, staging, cleaning and landscaping up to me, even if it meant scrimping on the budget she had to work with to ready the house for sale.
Not only was Barbara patient and understanding towards me, she was also working with a corporate relocation company that was overseeing my move. In what can charitably be described as difficult circumstances, Barbara navigated the red tape and paperwork required by the relocation company and shielded me from having to deal with most of the behind-the-scenes logistics. Even though it technically was not her job to manage certain aspects of that process, she knew that I was busy planning a cross-country move while keeping up with a demanding work schedule, so she took it upon herself to ensure that she handled as much of the legwork as possible.
In the end, Barbara's hard work resulted in the home entering contract in less than two weeks for significantly over the asking price, in fact for the highest price in the neighborhood for a home of its size. While I still lost money on the sale, the loss was 50% less than I thought it might be, and having the house sell so quickly was a big weight off my mind as I moved across the country. If you are looking to sell in this difficult, or any other market -- call Barbara!!! She will get you the best price as quickly as possible. And you will enjoy working with her. I certainly did !
MLCooksey / 1039 Ordway Street, Albany
Barbara Hendrickson at Red Oak Realty is a wonderful real estate agent. Thank you for your professionalism in assisting me with selling my home in Albany, Ca. Barbara you listened to my concerns and provided efficient and effective service. To my amazement and delight my home was sold in seven days WOW.
I feel that i have found a professional and dedicated real estate agent. If ever i need your services in the future i will not hesitate to contact you. Barbara, I would highly recommend you to family and friend. Keep up the good work.
Gene Marine / 1740 Rose Street, Berkeley
I can't believe that six months ago, I didn't know Barbara Hendrickson from Amelia Earhart. She was recommended by my attorney, for which I owe that lady a great deal. It took only half those months for Barbara to go from hired agent to professional associate and pleasant acquaintance to valued colleague in a joint venture and finally to a special niche as a newfound friend.
And along the way, of course, she sold my house-quickly, professionally, skillfully-guiding me through the tangled rain forest of esoteric requirements and dismally tedious details that seem inevitably to go with the process, and making it seem easy. All of which she did without ever condescending to my ignorance or showing the slightest impatience with my occasional incomprehension. A wry sense of humor, an impatience with stupidity and an astonishing attention to detail all made it that much more pleasant.
In my own field I am a professional, and I think respected as such. And as such, few things give me more pleasure than to watch at work a thoroughgoing professional in another field. That was much of the pleasure of watching Barbara at the intricate and often tedious job of selling my house. She is a pro all the way-and a pro is just want I wanted, and what I would think any seller would want.
Lanny - Out of State Seller / 1633 Portland Avenue, Berkeley
Barbara did an outstanding job.
I selected Barbara to represent us as the listing agent on a house that we had owned for just over a year in Berkeley. I was quite concerned that the market would not treat us kindly and that we might have to hold it for an extended period. We did not live in California which made understanding the local market a challenge.
Barbara accessed my needs and selling criteria and proposed a sales plan to accomplish the desired results. The plan included upgrading some items in the home, painting, yard work, cleaning, staging, and open houses under an aggressive time schedule. She coordinated the entire project, including the bids. On each item, including the sales price, she would call with options and I would ask her for her professional recommendation which I went with 90+ percent of the time.
Barbara has a real desire for fairness. There was never any doubt in my mind that she represented our interest. She is an extremely hard worker and does exactly what is needed when is comes to getting things done.
The end result was that we sold the home rapidly with multiple offers, at a fair price in a tough market and the buyers got a great, upgraded, sparkling home.
Philip and Hong - Albany
"You might not get the house you love, but I promise you will love the house you buy." Having surveyed the East Bay housing market on our own, my wife and I wondered whether we could possibly find a home that fit all (or even most) of our needs. So when Barbara assured us early in the process that she would find us a home we would love, I was skeptical. That we were able to find our ideal home less than two months after we began looking is a testament to Barbara's ability to quickly grasp our preferences and translate them into a short list of potential options.
Of course, Barbara's help went far beyond simply finding the right house. We were first time buyers with little knowledge of the housing market, but Barbara patiently walked us through the process of setting a realistic price range, evaluating the factors that add or subtract value from a property, thinking through the needs of our growing family, finding financing partners who could quickly and efficiently complete the underwriting process, and constructing bids that would appeal to sellers without promising more than we were comfortable giving. Our case is the perfect example of how critical it is to get an experienced agent on your side, and Barbara went above and beyond all of our expectations.
Her professionalism and work ethic are unassailable. But we appreciated her charisma and humor even more. My wife and I were very lucky to have an agent that just clicked with our personalities and her name even became one of our son's first words (she will always be "Bar-bar" to him now). Her number one goal is to make her clients happy and that intention really shows in her efforts.
As the five star rating suggests, Barbara is as good as it gets. Anyone buying or selling a home in the East Bay would be lucky to have her as an agent (and friend, really).
Nathan Friedkin / 1415 Keoncrest Drive, Berkeley
In the wake of the recent sale of our 3 bedroom family home in North Berkeley, I'd like to share my experience of working with our realtor Barbara Hendrickson. This was the first time that my wife and I attempted to sell a home. Despite our reservations concerning the state of the housing market that we were entering into, we scheduled an initial meeting with Barbara after reviewing her impressive website, justsellmyhouse.com.
Once Barbara starting talking with us, it didn't take long before we were won over by her candor, positive energy and direct approach. We emerged from that first conversation with a clear understanding of what we would be facing and feeling like we were in capable hands and that we would be guided through a process fraught with many variables by an expert in her field who has achieved a remarkable track record of success and longevity and most importantly, who wasn't afraid to tell us what we needed to hear rather than what we wanted to hear.
Throughout the different stages of selling our home, Barbara was always patient and extremely responsive to our many questions. In the middle of a very turbulent real estate market, we sold our home quickly and were delighted with the purchase price.
Simply put - there is no substitute for the life experience that Barbara brings to her realtor-client relationship. Smart and self-assured, she possesses the kind of real confidence that can only come from a career spent closing hundreds of home sales.
I can't recommend Barbara enough as a realtor who has truly seen it all, knows how to convert her experience into efficiency and will keep her (and your) eyes firmly focused on the prize.
Rick Spielman and Valerie Otani / 406 61st Street, Rockridge
"Barbara Hendrickson is a wonderful realtor and I am writing to sing her praises.
In choosing someone to steer you through such an important and complicated transaction as selling one's home, one should ideally rely upon a person of high ethical standards, deep real estate experience, "street smarts", fierce work ethic, flexibility, and overall good judgment. It also helps - no, it is essential - that one genuinely likes one's realtor, for there are lows as well as highs in this (as in any) relation, and it is good to have a core of goodwill and friendship at the center of it all. All of these conditions are especially important when one sells one's home from a distance - as we did, selling our home in North Oakland while living in Portland, Oregon.
Barbara deserves the score "superlative" in all of these categories. She is patient when she needs to be - I believe it was at least four years between the time we first made contact with Barbara and when we finally decided to put our house on the market; fast and efficient when the time comes - namely, closing the deal; extremely competent; experienced with and knowledgeable about the neighborhood of our home; and, above all, easy to trust and a pleasure to work with. When she kicked into high gear and was in frequent contact with us, sometimes several times a day, she was no less pleasant than when there was little pressure and no time constraints. She got things done! But It was always in the most professional and friendly manner.
One final point -- and this regards her abilities as a "pro". Barbara is expert in the crucial domain of setting the price. It is an extremely important factor in successful real estate transactions, for the seller obviously wants a "good price", but simultaneously does not want the property to languish on the market, making it increasingly difficult to sell. Barbara is truly skilled in this area, and probably explains why she is such a successful realtor. In our case, we are happy with the sale price of our home, and yet Barbara managed to get it within just three weeks of its listing - in this market! (And we know that the buyers are pleased, as well.) I am glad we listened to Barbara's advice. And I am sure we listened because we had come to appreciate deeply her friendship and professionalism.
Thank you, Barbara!
Bernhard Schmidt and Karen Schwelm / 1964 Hopkins Street, Berkeley
"When we needed to sell our first house, we thought we needed to interview at least three realtors, and we had already seen two that we liked. We liked the friendly Red Oak logo that we saw everywhere in our neighborhood, and so we explored their website and clicked on the list of agents.
Barbara Hendrickson's name linked to her own web site "justsellmyhouse.com". What a joy! A bright, friendly site that spoke for itself with the right amount of very useful information without the need of any unnecessary hype! Hmm, we thought, that could at least be fun to explore further. I send her an e-mail, and received an answer within 15 minutes, apologizing that she is in a meeting and didn't answer earlier! OK, I thought, she is not beating around the bush, is she? So we met a few days later, and Barbara quietly walked around the house with a big smile on her face.
It became quickly apparent that she understood our situation completely: why we had bought this house, what we liked about it, why we were selling it, and to whom the house might appeal to. Her enthusiasm was infectious from the beginning on, and over time we learnt to deeply appreciate the thoroughness of her preparation instructions, her wide-reaching network of inspectors, contractors, gardeners, painters, stagers, and colleagues, and lastly her skill in negotiations that quite frankly left us in awe!
It was beautiful to watch the wheels of experience and care work together in such focused unison. And most of all: the entire process was fun from beginning to end. Barbara gently nudged us along when we were getting off-track, but knew to give us room when we needed it, and was always cheerful.
She turned a dreaded, stress- filled endeavor into a fun, not-to-be-missed, and utterly rewarding experience. We feel thoroughly privileged to be her clients."
Steve Bundy/Claremont Court, Berkeley
More than 25 years ago, Barbara helped my former wife and I acquire our first house in Berkeley. Last year she helped us sell that house in connection with our divorce and helped me buy a house, as well.
Barbara is smart, hardworking, patient, and well prepared. The house she helped us buy in 1984 was a great success. Barbara's work in helping us sell it in 2009, in a down market, was even more impressive. Barbara worked very closely with use in getting the house ready for sale. She had multiple expert resources available to perform every needed element of repair, replacement, painting, cleaning and staging. All did an outstanding job at reasonable prices. By the time we were done, the house was essentially in flawless condition. She gave us canny pricing advice that reflected a lot of input from fellow realtors. As a consequence of her strategy, we received multiple offers about 7% above asking price within a week after we put the house on the market. Barbara then successfully negotiated an additional premium from the high bidder. I believe that the result, in terms of price and ease of transaction was the best possible in that market.
Barbara as also terrific in helping me find a house. My own sense of my requirements and budget was quite loose at the start. Barbara patiently took me to a lot of houses that weren't right but allowed me to develop a much more sophisticated sense of what I wanted and what I was willing to pay. After much searching, we found a house in a great neighborhood in Rockridge-Temescal that had the right number of rooms in the right configuration and had been languishing on the market. Barbara was very helpful in figuring out the issues that had prevented the house from selling. She then helped me devise a bidding strategy that ended up getting the house for some $40,000 below the already reduce asking price with no competing bids. About three months ago I ran into the realtor who has been on the other side of the transaction - a very experienced and respected figure in Oakland realty. He remembered the deal ruefully, describing the transaction as "the last true bargain in Rockridge".
So that is Barbara. Knowledgeable, connected, and hard working with great bargaining skills. If you are selling, she will maximize the price. If you are buying, she'll make you a smarter shopper and a better bargainer. I recommend her highly.
Giovanna Brennan/Blake Street - October 2009
Almost a year ago, I was reluctantly preparing to take on the duty of executor for our best friend's estate--mainly his house --when a couple of native Berkeleyan friends recommended I call Barbara Hendrickson. She is pro-active and persistent, they said, but also sensitive and kind.
I soon had my own words to describe Barbara's style: effective, reliable, thorough and fun! Minutes after my first call, Barbara called back and we went for a first look at the property, an old Victorian beauty with good bones that had missed years of maintenance and TLC. Barbara pointed out both the encouraging and the challenging items and immediately took charge. She made herself a spare key and arranged for a team of experienced realtors to come take a look and offer comments and recommendations.
Barbara then prepared a detailed report, outlining the various marketing options and related strategies and the order in which we might approach them. As the executor, I wanted to work closely with both the beneficiary and the attorney for the estate, so as to eventually reach a consensus decision. Barbara gracefully and appropriately kept all three of us informed.
Although Barbara had agreed to supervise basic restoration such as sanding, painting, repair and more, and had actually collected estimates for such work, we eventually decided to first go on the market strictly as is. Barbara hired the cleaners, gardeners, window washers, and took care of the repair work required by law. She marketed the house with honesty as regarded the many warts, but also with enthusiasm for its charm and value.
We had 20 plus offers, plenty of opportunity to choose the best fit for our situation: an all-cash, no contingencies offer that closed in 3 business days. Given the current market, the difficulties to secure loans and the particularly needy state of the property, we all felt we got a very good deal.
Throughout the process, Barbara was patient in answering my many questions; she also was graceful in nudging me back to task through the frustrating delays. I feel lucky to have enjoyed Barbara's ability to produce solid results coupled with her very personal approach to business.
You guessed it, I recommend Barbara without reservations.
Dorene/Liberty Street - October 2009
I just sold the house that I grew up in but had not lived in for many years.
Being a first-time seller in a crazy market, Barbara was like my own personal Sherpa-guide through the process.
She had improvement suggestions and the crew to do it. Staging, marketing, contacts - she had it all. She guided me through all the paperwork and answered all my calls and e-mails. Reassuring me the whole way. My mantra was "Don't panic, Barbara's on it". The house sold for more than the asking price and in only one day - amazing!!!
Thank you so much for helping us in the sale of our home in Oakland. We couldn't have chosen a more difficult time to put our home on the market; yet throughout the process your guidance, expertise and experience helped us make the right choices and ultimately enabled us to close on our home during a very difficult economic climate. Your years of experience in the Bay Area real estate market made a significant difference and allowed us to make a number of strategic decisions that certainly paid off for us. If we had more houses to sell we would certainly use Barbara!
Connson and Jason Locke
Barbara Hendrickson represented us when we bought our first house, and we were so pleased that we hired her to sell the house as well. As first-time buyers, we benefited from Barbara's extensive knowledge of the local market. Her expertise landed us the first home that we bid for - while our friends were repeatedly bidding on homes and losing out to other buyers.
As first-time sellers, we were even more grateful for Barbara's experience, integrity, and professionalism. Despite an increasingly soft housing market, we sold our house after only two weeks, while other houses on our street remained unsold for months. Barbara's judgment was excellent regarding which improvements and repairs needed to be made and which should simply be disclosed. And she saved us money with her list of contacts that provided quality work at a reasonable price. Barbara went beyond the call of duty. She agonized with us over paint colors, attended meetings with the landscaper, and supervised the preparation of the house after we left town. We highly recommend Barbara. Particularly in the extremely challenging Bay Area housing market, you need the help of a professional of her experience and calibre!
Raul and Mia Posada
We had such a good experience working with Barbara that when it was time to move again, we didn't have to think about it, we just called Barbara. Again, she came through for us. Since we were moving out of the state, she handled much of the preparations for getting our house ready to put on the market. She went above and beyond, handling the painting, remodeling, staging and landscaping. We knew we could trust Barbara's judgment, which helped ease the stress of selling a house from a long distance. Once on the market, we could not have been happier with the results: 5 offers after one week of marketing. After some skillful negotiations on Barbara's part we received well over our asking price with an offer that closed two weeks later.
Jim and Michaelle Van Meter
We are very pleased with Barbara Hendrickson and the great job she did selling our house in Kensington. She not only negotiated a great price for us, but made the transaction painless....she managed the entire transaction from pre-listing to close while we were living in Colorado. Moreover, the sale had some additional complexity as it was part of a 1031 tax-deferred exchange, and was an old house with some need of repairs. A lot could have gone wrong, but did not, since Barbara was on top of all the details.
We also found her to be very responsive, and she always followed up and provided clear explanations. And she was fun to deal with!!
If we were ever to do a property transaction in her area, or if my friends were to do so, we would contact Barbara first. We are thrilled with the results and the process.
I am so happy in my new home! It has been such a wonderful and
positive experience to work with you, and Cindy too, on this project.
The idea of selling my special Berkeley home where I have lived for the
past 30 years, and buying a smaller replacement property that I would
like as well and feel just as comfortable in seemed almost impossible
to me when I first called you last summer, but you provided the support
and professional expertise every step of the way. Getting my house
ready to sell with all the help you provided actually turned out to be
a fun project and not the chore I was dreading. It was a quick and
I was very pleased to find out that you were just as good at buying
houses as you are at selling them. You were so
patient showing me house after house and encouraging me to keep looking
when I thought I would never find that special new place. I'm sure I would not be in this wonderful new
home with its beautiful garden today without your professional magic. I am very grateful and I want you to know how much I
appreciate all you have done. Thank you!
I write to express my enthusiastic endorsement of Barbara Hendrickson as a real estate agent in the Oakland Berkeley area... As any of her clients can tell you, having Barbara as your agent is a tremendous asset. As a real estate attorney ... I can strongly endorse Barbara as an excellent agent. Barbara has her client's interest in mind at all times, she is willing to work diligently to meet her client's needs, and she knows how to represent her clients in the challenging Bay Area property markets. Her focus on her client's needs and her knowledge of the local area makes for a wonderful combination of skills and concerns. I would be happy to talk with anyone interested in hiring Barbara as their agent, either as a seller or a buyer.
Caroline & Raja
We began seriously looking for a house last winter. Several months of
roller-coaster emotions later, we found a wonderful house that Barbara
showed to us on a grey, rainy morning ...she
made sure that ours became the official back-up offer when the second
buyer backed out, and then several weeks later, when we truly got
lucky--the accepted offer bailed at the very last minute and our offer
finally was accepted--she made sure that we got the house for less than
our original offer.
Luck and Barbara--that's all you need to buy a house...
I contacted Barbara Hendrickson when I was first looking for a house and
she was very helpful throughout the process. She helped me to look
objectively at the market and do some comparison shopping to know what I
was getting. She has a great feel for the east bay housing market and
knows the right questions to ask.
My wife and I were looking to buy our first home in the East Bay but we
didn't want to go it alone... Barbara's name came up.
We were told that in addition to being very experienced she was a tough, no-nonsense business person. Barbara drove us all over the East Bay to
view what seemed like dozens of open house showings in our price range.
She stayed patient with us and was full of suggestions for selecting the
right home. She is so well-connected that we never had to do any
searching on our own for inspectors, electricians, plumbers, contractors, etc.. As first time buyers, Barbara saved us from making costly mistakes.
My husband and I began looking for a house in San Francisco. After prodding from some friends, we contacted Barbara just to see what the East Bay had to offer. Barbara's expertise and familiarity with the area helped us find a great house with everything we needed -- easy commute to the City, great school for our kids, friendly neighborhood. After selling us on the area, she tirelessly searched out our house (and we are quite picky!). Through it all, Barbara was remarkably patient with our first-time buyer jitters -- carefully taking us through each step, always having just the right questions and answers for us. I look forward to working with Barbara again.