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July 21, 2015
To whom it may concern:
In May of 2015, I had the distinct pleasure of working with Victoria Lynn Curtis in the sale of my childhood home in Berkeley, CA. Victoria was well known to me because of her involvement in the local business community. She is a regular presence in the El Cerrito and Albany Chamber of Commerce and other community service groups such as Soroptomists and Solano Avenue Merchants Association. I have always heard that she was a top Realtor in the East Bay Area and when it finally came time to sell the house I grew up in, Victoria was the obvious choice.
I cannot speak highly enough of the service that Victoria provided. The process was so smooth that I could hardly believe it was completed in a matter of a few short weeks. As I mentioned, the house she sold for us was the house that my family owned for over 60 years and held great sentimental value for us. After my mother's passing, it was a very emotional time for us and selling the family home was very difficult for us because of all of the memories we have growing up there. Victoria's sensitivity, compassion and patience help us to have completion. She brought with her not only her 28 years of experience, but also a great team of professionals such as her Pest Inspector and Estate Sale people that helped us to prepare our home for sale and to shine on the local Real Estate market.
In the end, Victoria successfully sold our home for $250,000 over the asking price. She found a buyer who paid exactly $1,000,000 which was far better than we could have ever hoped for. Her expertise and knowledge of the market has helped me to be able to plan for a secure financial future for my family and siblings which will help me to live comfortably in my retirement for many years to come.
In my personal and professional life, I know many Realtors, however, Victoria was the clear choice when the time came to sell my Family Home. I hope that you will give Victoria a chance to help you as much as she has helped me and my family.
1912 Monterey, Berkeley
May 14, 2014
Letter of Recommendation for Victoria Curtis
When I decided to sell my condo, I asked for realtor recommendations from as many sources as possible. Victoria was highly recommended by my banker, who stated “Don't call her up unless you're REALLY ready to move. Once you call Victoria, your house will sell.” I was very motivated to sell my condo because I planned to relocate in the near future, so I called Victoria immediately. After a single conversation, I could tell that Victoria was different than all the other realtors I'd interviewed. Even though she had never seen my condo, she formulated a preliminary plan of action based on my description and address of the property. Later that same day, she drove by my address to confirm her initial thoughts about its location and desirability.
Because of Victoria's confidence that my condo would sell quickly at top dollar, I moved out of it within one week of meeting her. I stressed that I did not want to pay for two properties at the same time and indicated I wanted as short an escrow time as possible. Despite making this bold move, I was not disappointed.
Throughout the entire sale process, Victoria remained equally dedicated to selling my property. She was always accessible and listened to my thoughts and opinions. She was highly resourceful and recommended several people in different service areas to improve the overall condition of the condo: cleaners, movers, inspectors, a handyman and more. She took over supervising the process of letting these people into my property, so I could continue working full time. All of the people Victoria recommended did fabulous work at reasonable rates. Due to their combined efforts, the property looked amazing for it's open house. Immediately after the first open house, Victoria started receiving calls from people inquiring about making offers. Based on her advice, we waited and accepted offers after the second open house, 10 days after we listed the property. Keeping the house on the market these additional days resulted in several secure and competitive offers.
Escrow went smoothly, but while we were waiting for final approval on the buyer's loan, I still had some first-time seller doubts that things might fall through. Victoria was great in reassuring me and reminding me that we had several other offers that she was still keeping on the back burner. Ultimately, my property closed escrow approximately 40 days after we listed it and sold for about 20% more than our listing price. Victoria's delight in the successful sale of my condo went beyond her own commission - she was clearly thrilled that I had done so well on a personal level.
I strongly recommend Victoria to anyone selling or buying a house. She is the consummate professional, always cheerful and happy to help. I fully intend to work with Victoria during my next real estate transaction.
Best of luck,
A Letter of Recommendation for Victoria Curtis
Working with Victoria was a complete delight, from the first meeting to the closing of the sale.
Our home was in Lafayette and while Victoria’s business is located in the El Cerrito area, she made several trips to our home to assist us in getting ready to sell, holding open houses, and to hold our hand when we hit the few bumps one may have while selling a house.
Victoria is very well connected to people in the different service areas – she recommended an incredible handy person, house cleaners, gardeners and more. That was a huge relief for us because we were selling our home quickly and wanted low cost with fast and quality service. We were able to have our home ready to show for the first open house and made adjustments from the comments Victoria received.
Victoria found the perfect buyer for our home, a young couple who totally saw the possibility for taking our home to the next level. They did not have an agent, so Victoria represented us both and she did so with the highest ethics. We were both very pleased with the entire transaction.
I would highly recommend Victoria for anyone buying and/or selling a home. She is personable and professional. It is not just a business transaction for Victoria, it is her client’s life changes that she takes total responsibility for and walks through every step with them.
August 29th, 2013
I remember our transaction fondly !! You remain one of my all-time favorite Realtors ! I love your friendly, lively, down to earth personality. As a Realtor you are also so very professional and smart, and most of all, you know how to handle issues and people! All the while you made everything so pleasant and smooth, as it should be (but rarely now for some reason in our business !) I was very impressed and counted myself lucky to have you as the agent on that Yuba street transaction. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to know and befriend you. Our Real Estate world would have been so much more nicer if we had more Realtors like you. You are a true treasure and an asset ---I hope your office and managers realize this---they'd better !
Serena McClory, Nakamura Realtors, Berkeley
August 14th, 2013
July 5, 2013
I have done two separate transactions with Victoria Curtis
of Better Homes and Gardens. She knows the East Bay market
very well. She sold my house and helped me to buy my
current residence. She has been in Real Estate for over 25
years, so she is a seasoned pro who has seen it all. I know
many other families that she's represented and they all
recommend her for her personal touch and attention to
detail. If you don't believe me, just ask her to bring her
huge binder of letters of recommendation she's received from
her past clients! The best thing about her is that she
knows how to guide you through the process step by step
which made me feel very reassured. She can be reached at
510-305-7775 or at email@example.com
Jim Wong firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need help to find a perfect home that goes with your budget and necessities Victoria Lynn Curtis is the answer. She guides me during the entire process when I was buying my house and also clears all my doubts as a first buyer. Friendly, enthusiastic, energetic, and cautious and some many adjectives that can be used to describe the experience that she has in her business, but be ready because she is not going to be just your Realtor, she will become your friend. -Javier Solis, 415-717-5311
We recently sold our El Cerrito home, grateful to have Victoria Lynn Curtis as our Realtor. We were initially overwhelmed with the process, but Victoria’s expertise and outgoing personality made us confident we had selected the right person. Her knowledge of legal requirements, experience and the ability to be creative were critical in selling the house. Her recommendations for presenting the house for sale were reasonable and her team of contractors and professionals allowed us to make the improvements in a timely manner while being very affordable.
Our house sold in a very short time and at a price much higher than we expected. We owe this to Victoria. We were completely satisfied and would not hesitate to recommend Victoria Lynn Curtis to future buyers and sellers.
May 5th, 2013
Dear home buyer/seller:
We enthusiastically recommend Victoria Lynn Curtis of Better Homes and Gardens Realty to you. She sold our Richmond View house for much more than we ever dreamed of getting for it, and she made the process easy to understand and smooth.
From our very first meeting, we were impressed by Victoria’s enthusiasm and expertise, and the subsequent days we spent with her preparing our house for sale only affirmed those first positive impressions. She knew exactly what had to be done to satisfy all legal requirements, and also what had to be done to make our property as attractive and salable as possible. She knew all the best electrical and plumbing contractors to engage, and she supplied capable and inexpensive workpeople to see to repairs and painting.
She was also always available to answer any questions--we were never put “on hold” by Victoria--and her cheery, energetic personality was a delight.
Victoria orchestrated the process of selling our house perfectly. We were 100% satisfied by its happy conclusion.
Robert and Madeline Hall
March 23, 2013
To prospective clients lucky enough to work with Victoria Curtis:
Congratulations! I think you’ve chosen the best real estate representative in the Bay Area. A year ago, I made the difficult decision to sell my home at 505 Cornell Avenue, Albany. I had lived in and loved the house for nearly 20 years, and I had no idea how to go about selling it. Victoria was recommended to me by a friend, and after a phone conversation, we agreed to meet the next day.
Victoria arrived with her homework done. She had a good idea of what the asking price should be, and was able to explain why that was the right price. She made several practical suggestions to enhance curb appeal. And she reassured me that the house would sell, despite the negative comments of friends who all but laughed at me for putting the house on the market at the absolute low point.
Victoria hosted a Broker’s Open House and an open house for the public. The house sold to the first couple who toured it. Victoria handled the buyers, all the paperwork, and the drama engendered by the buyer’s real estate agency with a professional calm I came to rely on.
She’s a treasure, and her judgment is impeccable. You’re welcome to call me if you’d like a more detailed reference.
Richard, Apr. 2012:
Christine, Apr. 2012:
"Victoria has been both my selling agent and buying agent in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a first time homebuyer she took me through all the ropes, step-by-step and helped me understand everything that is required for the sellers and buyers. She is very personable but business is first. She will hold weekly open houses for 6 months if she has to sell in this market. She is on top of her listings everyday(including weekends) and your email inbox will be bombarded with comparisons (comps) to make sure you are priced just right. She has an outstanding network and will market your house as far as Los Angeles if needed."
Service Category: Real Estate Agent
Year first hired: 2003 (hired more than once)
Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
Jeanne, Oct. 2010