Jo and Will Tams (8-17-2012)

August 17, 2012

Grace Bishop is an outstanding agent. Over the past 6 years, she guided us with patience, expertise, and determination through two home purchases and one home sale. Grace has earned our complete trust and respect every step of the way, and we cannot recommend her highly enough to others looking to buy or sell a home.

Our first purchase was a condo that suited our needs perfectly. We were completely new to the real estate market, and Grace made the whole process quite simple for us. We spent five happy years there and welcomed our two children into our family, which led to the need for a second search. At that point, we faced an increasingly competitive and unpredictable housing market with multiple offers on most listings. Grace was always able to gauge the situation accurately and offer sound advice about how to best position ourselves if we were to make an offer. She kept close tabs on activity and answered our questions, going out of her way to chat after our kids had gone to bed or give us a second look at a home in the early evening. She supported us through some difficult decisions and helped us refine what we were looking for with tremendous patience and honesty. After more than a year of searching, we found the home we’d been hoping for all along and, with Grace’s guidance, were able to put together the winning bid out of 8 offers. We couldn’t be happier and feel so fortunate to finally be “home.”

Selling our condo with Grace was a very straightforward and successful process; she met with us early on and advised us on which upgrades and touch-ups would be beneficial and which were not necessary. We updated our kitchen and took advantage of Grace’s extensive network of specialists to prepare our home for sale (paint, carpet, staging, etc.) for a very reasonable cost. After one Sunday Open Home, we had four solid offers and agreed to one that was far beyond what we’d been hoping for. We attribute this terrific response to Grace’s hard work in promoting our condo with agents and prospective buyers and to her advice with prepping our home so that it would look its best.

Grace’s extensive knowledge of the local market and solid-gold reputation are truly unparalleled in the East Bay. She goes to bat for her clients and is comfortable and tough in the heat of battle. She is a pleasure to work with and thankfully maintains a sense of humor while always staying professional and dedicated to serving her clients. It has been incredibly reassuring and beneficial to have Grace by our side through this process. She is a gem of a person, and we are deeply grateful for her excellent work on our behalf.

Jo and Will Tams