When I was 22, I worked for Grace as her assistant. During that time, I realized how amazing a Real Estate agent could be. She’s punctual, knowledgeable, kind, patient, understanding and seems to always be two steps ahead in knowing what comes next and the right decisions to make based on the circumstances. I was so impressed that several years later my fiancee and I used her to buy our first home. We were not disappointed. She led us through the process end to end without any issues or concerns. Any question or problem we had was dealt with timely and to our complete satisfaction. I was (again) so impressed that I employed her to buy another property this year. Being a licensed realtor myself (although currently not in practice), I understand how important it is to keep up with market trends and neighborhood data. Grace was super insightful with this on both purchases, and we will absolutely use her again in the future. I would highly recommend her for anyone looking to buy and sell in the north East Bay. If I could give her any more stars, I would!
—Eric S., Richmond
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
September 27, 2011
To Whom it May Concern,
As first time home buyers, we were referred to Grace through a friend. We were pre-approved for a loan that was less than what we had wanted, but Grace never once made us feel like we couldn’t find our perfect house. Grace was extremely professional right from the start. It made a difference that she asked us many times over the course of the 2 years searching to tell her the details that we liked about houses that we saw, so that she might keep an eye out for houses that would fit us.
My husband and I are very particular, and Grace had the patience to help us find the right house. She took the time to talk us through all of the details. We made an offer on a house at one point and did not get it. Grace was thorough with her follow-up and did everything she could to get us that house. Luckily, we didn’t get it, because about a year later we found the house we live in now, and we love it.
When we did find the house we own now, Grace helped us through the process of the offer, negotiations and sale with no stress at all. She was constantly on top of every detail, from appointments, inspections, and meetings, to general inquiries. She made sure we were informed about such things as how our flash water heater works and what to do with our plumbing. She provided us with every detail we needed, to know we were making the right decisions. Grace stuck with us even though our budget was limited, and our expectations frustrating. We always knew she was there for us and would see it through . We’ve recommended Grace to all our friends, and if we ever should look for another house, Grace will certainly be the realtor we call.
Joe and Michele Fletcher
September 2, 2011
To anyone considering working with Grace Bishop:
I’m a first time home buyer. My partner and I were looking for a home that would give our son priority for a good elementary school in the Oakland options process. Whenever we would talk to Grace about a house we were interested, she was very informed. She knew something about all the houses we were interested in and knew the neighborhoods were interested in in great detail.
One thing that really impressed me about Grace was that when we had settled on a house to make an offer she checked in with me to make sure that I was happy about the house even though it didn’t have some of the things that I had initially said that I wanted. This showed me that (1) she had actually listened to me when I was talking about what I wanted from a house and cared enough to remember what I said and (2) that she was more concerned about my being satisfied with my purchase than her earning a quick commission.
While both Grace’s integrity and detailed knowledge of what was actually on the market were impressive, where she really shone was once we made an offer. She explained the whole escrow process to me from beginning to end. She helped us figure out what sort of offer to make and helped us negotiate with very difficult sellers. She talked me down, whenever I worked myself up into a tizzy. We ended up getting the house for significantly less than it listed for, largely because of Grace.
K. Kramer, First Time Home Buyer
June 15, 2011
Before practicing real estate, Grace was my high school club volleyball coach. After I graduated high school, we lost touch. However about 15 years later, when looking for a new home, I remembered that she changed careers and became a realtor. I figured if she practiced real estate with the same drive and tenacity as she coached volleyball, she would be a great realtor. And she is. I am so glad I contacted her.
My experience buying a starter home with Grace was fantastic. Grace understood that buying a home was a new experience for me and she tried to make it as seamless as possible. She was attentive and listened to my needs and concerns and was my advocate throughout escrow.
Grace is an excellent realtor. Thanks to Grace, I now own my first home and I love it. I recommend her very, very highly. Five stars plus.
Anastasia Toles, Oakland buyer