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TJ S. 8/25/2012

8/25/2012

We recently sold our house with Grace and it was without exception a truly positive experience. We had been burnt by a previous experience and working with Grace restored our faith that there are awesome, honest, caring and diligent realtors out there. Grace was thorough, experienced and strategic through the sales process. We were definitely anxious sellers but Grace was very patient and responsive which was what we needed. I would recommend Grace to a friend. TJ and Natasha

TJ S.

San Francisco, CA

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Mike D. 4/9/2012

4/9/2012

Grace has helped me purchase two homes and has been responsive, knowledgable, and willing to show up for multiple inspections. I just closed on my home and there were multiple concerns post offer and Grace was quick to contact the seller and get things resolved. She also has DocuSign, which really saved a ton of time in signing documents. Grace really knows the Berkeley, Albany, Oakland, and El Cerrito areas especially and I highly recommend her as an agent.

Mike D.

El Cerrito, CA

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Jay M. 11/23/2011

11/23/2011

I want to offer this recommendation for Grace Bishop from the perspective of a home inspector who often works with Grace. Early in my career I purchased a franchise that marketed to real estate agents in a way that was suggestive that their home inspectors would be light on their comments by writing reports “In the right perspective”. Several legal fees later, I severed my association with that franchise and that experience galvanized the idea that I will only develop relationships with clients who will spend the time and money to receive a thorough inspection. I also was resolved to develop relationships with real estate agents who take the inspection seriously instead of just going through the motions to only cover themselves. I knew by reputation that Grace was the right kind of agent and that was confirmed quickly when I started working with her. Luckily I work in a geographic location where I believe there are more agents like Grace than any other part of the country. Recently I dealt with out of town agents who did not share Grace’s professionalism and respect for what I do. I kept thinking, “I wish these guys were like Grace.” Grace respects my time, prepares clients to respect my cancellation fee, and always supports my method. I believe that her respect for her team members in addition to her devotion to her clients is what sets her apart.

Jay M.

Berkley, CA

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K. K. 9/22/2011

9/22/2011

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. K.

Oakland, CA

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Matthew R. 2/24/2011

2/24/2011

We cannot recommend Grace Bishop highly enough if you are in the market to buy or sell a home. When we decided to buy in October 2010, we knew two things: we wanted to move quickly, and our first call had to be to Grace. She was incredibly supportive and helpful throughout our search. Within two weeks, we got a crash course on the inventory and market conditions in our desired neighborhoods, looked at over two dozen houses, found our home, and made an offer. We closed (on time) a month later, at the end of November. Grace was in touch with us daily–responding to our calls or emails, suggesting new properties that fit our criteria, encouraging us to keep refining our search.

Grace provided amazing service from day one through closing. As first-time home buyers, we had a number of questions–about prices, offers, disclosures, inspections, financing, closing, and even contractors. Grace was always quick to reply, always ready with sound advice or an excellent recommendation, and always incredibly generous with her time.

Grace’s knowledge, professional skill, and decisiveness were integral to getting our offer accepted. She learned about a significant price reduction on the house on a Tuesday morning, about the same time we found the listing online. Grace knew that the house met each of our most important criteria, and that we should see it. She also knew that the price reduction would generate significant interest on the Thursday brokers’ tour. By sunset on Tuesday, Grace had walked through the house with each of us. By dinner time, we decided to make an offer, which Grace stayed up to write with us late into the night. By Wednesday, before anyone else had acted on the price reduction–before most agents, let alone their clients, had even noticed it–our offer had been accepted. We could not have acted so quickly, or with such confidence, unless Grace knew exactly what we were looking for. And, thanks to Grace, we got our wonderful home without getting into a bidding war.

Grace has been a friend for years, but we know that we didn’t receive special treatment. She gives the same attention and personalized service to each of her clients. Grace has an amazing gift for reading people and situations and responding appropriately–an invaluable skill in her profession. She was always available when we needed her, but never pushy. She never wasted our time (or hers) by checking in for the sake of checking in. Whenever she contacted us, we knew it was for a good reason that required our immediate attention.

Finally, we always felt comfortable with Grace representing us. We trusted her to act in our best interests at all times. The professionalism and poise she projected in dealing with sellers’ agents, the escrow agent, or even our lender reflected well on us by association.

We hope to be in our home for many years. But if and when we move, our first call will again be to Grace.

Matthew R.

Berkeley, CA

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K. Kramer

9/22/2011

To whom it may concern,

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

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