Dear Vikki: I want to thank you again for the exemplary work you did in selling my mother's house, and to recommend you to anyone seeking a first rate, "hands on" realtor. Since I travel a great deal and wasn't available to do much of the work myself, I wanted someone who could identify exactly what needed to be done and then see that it got done. I also wanted someone who was responsive, knowledgeable and who could de-mystify the process for me. I interviewed a number of realtors in the area, and selected you because you appeared energetic and knowledgeable, because you seemed able to help me prioritize what needed to be done (and when), and because you seemed committed to "making it happen". You scored 100% on all counts. 1. You worked with me to develop a specific and detailed plan for marketing the house. 2. You walked me through exactly what the house needed, and then arranged for the things we agreed upon to be handled quickly, efficiently and economically. You made repeated trips to the house yourself, to check on the progress and the quality of the work being done, which made this phase much easier for me. 3. When the house was ready, you put even more time in, showing it to prospective buyers on Sundays. 4. After the offers had come in, you took the time to go through them with me -- at a time when I was bemused at simply receiving so many -- to identify which of the competing offers were the best ones and what the best "counter" strategy should be. 5. And, last, after we'd accepted an offer, you handled the escrow so that I could understand the somewhat arcane process and so that we were able to close in a very short time. In short, I'm a happy seller. Thanks to your energy, knowledge and professionalism, I was able to sell my mother's house sooner than I expected, and for a higher price.
- Thanks again, -Shaun Pond
"We would like to commend your staff and in particular your agent Vikki Landes for the outstanding service they provided to us in arranging for the purchase of our home in Oakland. Since we began working with Vikki about six months ago, she helped us refinance our old place in Hayward.
- helped us arrange the loan for and purchase of our new place here in Oakland.
- helped us sell our old place in Hayward at above the list price.
She advised us how to make the old house presentable, and went so far as to lend us some of her own personal property to improve the appearance of it.
During all that time she was perfect about meetings, returning phone calls, and in general doing exactly what she told us she would do, if not more.
At no time were we in the dark about what was going on, or what contingencies to anticipate. She did all this with wonderful patience and, although recognizing the seriousness of her work, a pleasant sense of humor.
We feel thankful to have had her for our agent, and should a friend or colleague ask us to recommend someone, we will enthusiastically recommend Vikki. For her competence and her graciousness we thank her."
- From Dan & Lishan Jurca
"Buying or selling a home can be a rewarding or traumatic experience depending on where you live and who your agent is. The Bay Area housing market is always high and can be downright cut-throat. On my sister's recommendation I called Vikki and found the best real estate agent in the East Bay. She had my condominium sold (in escrow within a week) and we found the "perfect" house in a short period of time. Our escrow literally closed in less than 30 days. Vikki is willing to go that extra mile for her clients. She gives good tips on things one can do to help sell your property, she called after every open house (brokers, public) to update me on the turnout and interested visitors, and she follows up on all calls from various real estate agents whose clients want to view your home. Vikki is well connected in the Bay Area, she is well known and well liked by finance brokers and title companies and that goes a long way in obtaining a loan and having it close timely and efficiently. After hearing many horror stories about real estate agents or deals gone sour, I would not hesitate to highly recommend Vikki Landes to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the Bay Area."
- Ode to Vikki, from Liz Richardson & Victor Harris
"I first worked with Vikki 10 years ago when she helped me sell a house. Since then she has helped me buy another one and sell it, too. She has been very helpful and understanding in what has been a less than desirable relationship situation between my co-owner and myself during a sale. Needless to say, I don't have any jurisdiction in these matters, but after one particularly delicate and adept maneuver on her part, I jokingly nominated her for Sainthood ( and I wasn't kidding). Her advice has always been sound, and I have found her to be consistently efficient, fair, friendly, and extremely timely in answering my questions and returning my phone calls. I would not hesitate to recommend Vikki to anyone wanting to buy or sell property."
- From Janet Parkins
"Dear Potenial Buyer, This is an unsolicited commendation for Vikki Landes, the Realtor who made my perfect starter-up home a reality for me. I am a single parent with two growing boys, and I have wanted a house for our family for a long tiime. However, I never thought that I would be able to afford one. How lucky I was to get Vikki's help. She listened carefully to my needs and wants and within a short time found me an ideal home. Working with Vikki has been a pleasure, and I have very high standards to meet. She is organized, timely, helpful, knowledgeable, realistic, efficient and pleasant. She is also an excellent communicatior with great follow through. What could have been the hardest purchase in my lifetime (with all the steps and paperwork) was as smooth as coud be. I am happy to recommend Vikki to my family, friends and any other buyer who wants excellent help."
- From Taylor Williams
"To Those Seeking a Superior Realtor, Re: Vikki Landes. When we decided to sell our Montclair home of 30 years, we invited several different realtors to visit and offer their best suggestions on obtaining a prompt, profitable, worry-free sale. We were looking for someone who was not only polite and experienced, but who would be ready to go the extra mile whenever the need arose. After a few weeks of interviews, our choice became clear: Vikki Landes. From the very first day we met her, Vikki showed a level of drive and determination which the other agents never approached. Our home sale was as important to her as it was to us. Throughout the entire process, she was constantly in contact with us by telephone, fax, and especially email. We always felt fully in control of all inspections, repairs, and negotiations, even though we were soon living over 100 miles away. Even more to our advantage, Vikki also demonstrated a superior understanding of the many modern technologies now available to help in selling a home. Because of her skills, our home was among the first in the area to be added to the updated Multiple Listing Service network, and it was even prominently featured on Vikki's own World Wide Web page! When the home went on the market, it sold in only five days after a bidding competition between several potential buyers. What more could we ask? We enthusiastically give Vikki Landes our highest recommendation!"
- From Mark Orzech and Irmgard Baune
When we bought our 1920's Craftsman house 25 years ago, Vikki Landes was our agent. Over the years we called her several times for advice on what we should focus upgrade money on and her advice was always sound. When we were ready to sell our home in 2008, Vikki gave us excellent guidance in what to do to get the house in shape for selling and how to schedule painting, floor refinishing, staging, window washing and other final projects. She set the right target date for listing our home so we caught the first spring shoppers and the price she suggested brought us multiple very strong offers. Vikki is an expert at handling all the paperwork of a home sale so at the point where you¿re moving and exhausted from prepping your house for sale you don¿t need to worry at all about the legal part of the transaction.
- Carol Baumann on Alma