Patty Holbert, Berkeley — 6/28/18

Grace has helped members of our family buy three homes and sell one over the past eleven years. Recently she advised my son as he searched for a home in Oakland and Berkeley. Grace assisted him in evaluating properties, accurately estimating the price that would be necessary to compete for a given property. Her suggestions were spot on in writing a winning bid, and she and her assistant Kim helped my son navigate escrow and meet all deadlines in a timely fashion. Since the sale, they have remained available to answer questions and recommend contractors to perform repairs. Grace is experienced, dedicated, friendly, and kind. Kim is also a professional, and they make a great team. In this competitive and rapidly unfolding market, they provide guidance and nuanced judgment that is invaluable.

— Patty Holbert, Berkeley

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Sheryl R., El Cerrito – 10/16/16

10/16/16
We worked with Grace and Kim to sell our house. It had been about 20 years since we had sold our last house and we really needed the help. Grace and Kim let us know exactly what we needed to do in order to get the best price for our place. They worked with the workers who updated the place. Helped us get the best stager around. Since we had already moved out of the area they kept track of all of the work, inspectors and workers for us. We were able to do everything virtually which really helped us. All in all they made the whole process easy and fun.
— Sheryl R., El Cerrito

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Iulia Stefan, Kensington – 10/25/16

10/25/16
Grace and Kim were amazing. They were with us through every step of the process and were true advocates for us. Thanks to Grace’s skill, network and knowledge of the local market, we were able to secure a bidding win for our beautiful first home. Kim and Grace helped us connect the dots during the entire pre and post purchase process and were very responsive and knowledgeable throughout. I would highly recommend this team!
— Iulia Stefan, Kensington

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Joe Ryan, Moraga – 6/27/16

6/27/16

Grace and her assistant Kim are an amazing real estate team! From start to finish, I felt well taken care of. Grace was a recommendation from my previous real estate agent in San Francisco and after our first meeting; I knew she was the right fit for me and my working style.

Grace and Kim are detail oriented and efficient, and I found them easy to partner with in finding my new home. Whenever I had a question, either Grace or Kim got back to me very quickly. The market in Oakland, Berkeley, and Lamorinda is crazy. That said, if you (the buyer) invest time staying on top oflistings using an app like Redfin, you can leverage your agent to see the properties that most interest you. The real estate world is different now – I wouldn’t expect my agent to be driving me around to every new listing and giving me neighborhood tours. That’s on you, the buyer. But once I found homes that I liked, Grace and Kim were helpful at giving me input and additional info about them. When I wanted disclosure packets, I usually had them within 24 hours.

Where I really value the work of an agent and where I benefitted most from Grace and Kim is in their advice, offer strategies, network of relationships with other agents and people in the business, and their highly organized approach to moving through a deal. Grace seems to have fantastic relationships across the industry, which I believe definitely helped me win the home I purchased. Any time I needed to bring in an inspector or other professional, Grace and Kim always had trusted folks to immediately recommend. I never felt like we “stalled” at any point. I also never felt worried about “what’s happening right now?” The overall process was smooth and I’m happy with the home I purchased.

I would be very happy to work with Grace and Kim again in the future and I highly recommend them!

—Joe Ryan, Moraga

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Eric S., Richmond – (3/9/16)

3/9/16

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

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Brady T., Oakland – 8/14/2015

8/14/2015
I have had the opportunity of working with Grace on a recent transaction. Grace conducts herself in a very professional manner, is very knowledgeable, and is truly a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend her to anyone!

—Brady T., Oakland

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Amit A., Richmond – 8/4/2015

8/4/2015

Grace is great—patient, responsive, helpful, and able to Get Things Done. Grace and her team just helped us sell our house in the East Bay. We were concerned that it would be a hassle since we were moving to SoCal before the house went on the market. We definitely didn’t want to be juggling a bunch of issues from afar while trying to settle into our new place. Fortunately, we didn’t have to. The entire process was smooth from start to finish. Grace provided great recommendations on stagers, window cleaners, carpet cleaners, and so on. After we moved out, all the necessary paperwork was dealt with over email and with a mobile notary. Two weeks later we got a great offer on the house and closed soon after. This is how it should be done!

—Amit A., Richmond

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B.T., El Cerrito – 7/9/15

7/9/15
Grace was exactly the kind of realtor we wanted in our corner: very responsive and easy to work with, yet also willing to push hard when there’s a good opportunity to be had. She also has an exceptionally good intuitive sense of the market, which helped us to know when certain houses were unrealistic for us and which ones were flying under the radar.

We got a house on only our second bid, but that was largely due to Grace’s advice to watch the market very carefully and then pounce with a very strong offer when we saw something we loved.

—B.T., El Cerrito

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Dave and Meg O., Berkeley – 6/23/2015

6/23/2015
In the spring of 2015, Grace helped us buy a house prior to a cross-country move. We gave her a pretty tough challenge: the market was going crazy and she had only a few days to meet with us in person. But it worked. We got a good house in a great location with our first offer.

Several things stand out about working with Grace (and Kim, who was also very helpful). First, she was strategic and realistic, both of which were crucial in helping us land a house. Second, she and her team communicated very effectively with us. Buying from across the country is stressful enough, and having a realtor who checked in regularly, was organized, and was very transparent in her thinking was quite helpful. Third, we enjoyed spending time with Grace and Kim; they both made the process of searching as pleasant as it could realistically be. Fourth, after the deal closed but before our move, Grace continued to be wonderfully helpful in dealing with contractors and the other logistics of cross-country homeownership. She was a class act throughout the process, and we would highly recommend working with her.

—Dave and Meg O., Berkeley

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Amanda B., Oakland – 1/18/2015

Reflecting on the holidays and the start of the new year, one name comes to mind when my husband and I think how lucky we are to have found our beautiful home. GRACE BISHOP. Grace is AMAZING. I recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone who needs a realtor and raved about her throughout our house-buying experience when discussing with other friends who were also house-hunting.

I rarely Yelp; I am more of a Yelp lurker and read other’s reviews. But I feel NOT reviewing Grace here would be a great disservice to anyone looking for a rockstar agent.

We received a glowing recommendation from a friend as my husband and I were on the market to buy our first house. We did our due diligence and researched Grace (on Yelp and her website) and interviewed her in addition to several other agents. Finding someone who was knowledgeable in the industry, well-versed in the East Bay and that we also liked and trusted was important to us. Hands down she was the front-runner. From her professionalism in our first meeting to the well-thought out information booklet she gave us, we were super impressed from Day 1.

Grace is smart, thoughtful and detail-oriented. She’s super responsive via phone, email and text. And as we were going through one of the biggest decisions we would ever make, we appreciated her warmth and witty humor to help us through the big hurdles, especially during a fast-paced 15-day escrow. I was in the middle of my pregnancy while we were house-hunting, and Grace was kind and patient during what I attribute to hormonal meltdowns.

Grace’s numerous accolades prove she’s sought after and quite busy, but we never felt like we weren’t her main focus. She was always two steps ahead on what our next move should be. Her assistant, Kim, was also part of this great team that helped us secure a house that we love. In the few instances Grace was not available, she gave us ample heads up and Kim was guiding us so we didn’t lose momentum. We both work in San Francisco and she was flexible in meeting us to accommodate our work schedule.

Grace is aggressive but not pushy – exactly what you need in an intense seller’s market. She’s well-networked with contractors you can trust. Her recommendations are always spot on. If something doesn’t sound like a good idea, she walks you through the logic of why and gives alternate solutions. She’s a problem-solver. We had a few surprises along the way and she was always creatively triaging the best way to work through issues.

As we make some necessary improvements to our newly purchased home (all of which were discovered during escrow inspections based on Grace’s recommendations), we continue to work with contractors who are consummate professionals who either Grace recommended directly or know of her. Her reputation throughout the industry is stellar and in working with her, it’s clear as to why. We can’t recommend her highly enough. And while we plan to be in our home for many, many years, she will be our first phone call should we decide to sell. Grace rocks!

—Amanda B., Oakland

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