Jason and Jenn Draut (February 7, 2007)

February 7, 2007

Dear Real Estate Customer,

We purchased our first home in El Cerrito in June 2007 and Grace was our real estate broker.  We loved working with Grace!  Our real estate search started slowly. Since we had not purchased a home before, we didn’t have a clear idea what our priorities were and what we were looking for in a home.  We had a lot to learn about the East Bay market.  Grace is a very patient person!

Grace was also an excellent resource for us.  She showed us a variety of homes in our price range to help us refine our criteria.  She explained the ins-and-outs of neighborhoods, the pros and cons of particular houses, and the real estate purchasing process.   More importantly, she listened to our needs and responded to them.

In the end, we got a great deal on a fantastic home because of Grace’s work.  One Thursday morning, she saw a home on the broker’s tour that the owners were anxious to sell: they were willing to consider offers as soon as they were submitted.  How unusual- no bidding wars!  She called us about it and suggested we see it that day.  By that afternoon, we had both seen the home and had decided to make an offer.  Grace guided us through the process and helped us make an offer below the asking price- and our offer was accepted!  Before closing on the house, Grace helped us negotiate for an additional credit that reduced the price by another few thousand dollars.  Grace’s diligence and recognition of an uncommon “deal” were the only reasons that we were able to purchase the fantastic place we call home today.  We highly recommend her as a real estate agent!


Jason and Jenn Draut