I worked with Kathleen Nohr over this past spring and early summer to purchase a home. I was referred to her by an agent I worked with 14 years ago (who moved out of state).
She was excellent to work with. My husband and I took a long time to narrow down our search and twice weekly she patiently took us to see over 60-70 properties over the course of several months, ranging all up and down 580/680 from Castro Valley all the way to Orinda. Sometimes I had to drag along one or two of my young children and she was great with them.
She educated us about avoiding homes with "non fixable defects" like poor locations and highway noise, and never tried to "sell" us on anything that wasn't completely appropriate for us.
She knows a lot about remodeling, home defects, construction, decorating, etc; and when the time came for us to make our offer; she did her research and completely supported us when our initial offer was much, much less than the Seller was asking. In fact, she suggested offering even less!
After 7 very professionally handled offers and counter-offers, working with a reluctant, out-of-state, somewhat odd 4 Seller situation, our final counter-offer was accepted for the perfect house for us. The Sellers came down on their price much, much more than we went up.
Kathleen has excellent people skills, is a great negotiator, and is very prompt at returning emails, phone calls, and following up with mortgage brokers, insurance companies, home inspectors, etc. She knows how to take care of business. I highly recommend her.
Buying a Tri-Valley home in December 2008 was no picnic. Loans were impossible to get (even with A Credit), sellers had unrealistic hopes (and prices) and the amount of inventory was staggering.
Kathleen helped us navigate this situation and we are now as happy as can be in our awesome home. If you want a Realtor who is patient, hard-working, and overall the nicest person you could ever meet, call Kathleen NOW!
Kathleen was referred to me by a co-worker when I started looking for my first place. She really put my mind at ease, guiding me through the entire process. After being a approved for my loan & discussing it with Kathleen, she found my dream home & negotiated a price that was well under my budget. From the beginning, I felt that she genuinely was looking out for my best interest & was not just trying to make a sale. I would highly recommend her to all my friends & family.
I sold my parents condo through Kathleen in March 2010. Kathleen was fantastic, the consummate professional. Her rate was reasonable, she spent ample time researching comps and helping me arrive at a price, made some excellent low cost but attractive suggestions on getting the place looking in tip-top shape and brought in staging furniture for no additional charge. It went on the market and I had a good offer within a week. The escrow period was smooth and Kathleen immediately contacted my mobile or texted with information pertaining to progress leading up the closure of escrow on my property. Kathleen is a very knowledgeable and shrewd real estate professional and comes highly recommended.
I had a wonderful and painless experience. In extensive searches, and viewings, Kathleen, took me through it all. Her background in other parts of the business, and her connections with funding groups, made pre-qualifying a breeze. Got an FHA, first time home buyer loan, with just 3 & 1/2 % down, and negotiated closing cost, made it a very good deal to walk into. Made several offers, and ended up making a low offer, on a foreclosure, that got accepted. I would estimate instant $30,000.00 in equity.
Kathleen" wonderful personality made it a lot nicer then I could have hoped.
Thank You So Very Much, for My Home.
Kathleen helped us buy our first house this spring. She was professional, prompt, knowledgeable, and very personable. She was extremely patient with us even when we changed our minds a million times about the ideal house type and price range. She took time to go through the whole house buying process with us so that we knew what to expect every step of the way. She took us to see properties based on our schedule, well really our baby's nap/feeding schedule! When we found the perfect house, we had a feeling it was going to go fast (because it was so perfect). Kathleen made sure that we got to see it first, before any others buyers and she made sure that our offer was the first presented to the sellers (good thing too because the house had many offers). We highly recommend her without reservation!
Two years later and we are still happy with the service she provided. She has even followed up with us a couple times. In this competitive market, she is the agent you want to have on your side. We still highly recommend her!
Dear Kathleen, Al and I want to thank you so much for all the effort you put forth to sell our home in a timely manner. You made it less painful to process all the mounds of paperwork. Your expertise was so beyond what we expected and your positive attitude in every ups and downs of getting through the process helped us keep positive. Your open houses were very much appreciated. I believe your bubbly personality invited potential buyers to ask more about our home during open houses. Your knowledge of real estate and attention to detail was awesome! You saved us more paperwork by guiding us through the extra paper work needed to include as part of a trust. An extra step we would have neglected to do during signing at escrow.
Your quick response to my numerous emails and questions helped so much in relieving the stress of moving form a home we have lived in for 36 years. We could not have done it all without you!
We highly recommend your services as a realtor to anyone interested in selling or purchasing a home. You are the best! I feel we will have you as a friend forever now!
House buying can be difficult especially if you are a first time buyer. Our buying experience was so much easier because we had Kathleen! She listened to what we needed and wanted in a house and educated us on the process every step of the way. She really worked hard to get us our dream house! She is very reliable and became our go to person for any question we had on the house. My 2 year old daughter adores her and not only because Kathleen is great with kids but we felt like she became part of our family!
Thank you Kathleen for helping us find our perfect home!!!
Buying a house for us was a very scary idea. We had been talking about if for many years, but we were so overwhelmed by the idea and process that we never pulled the trigger. By pure luck we found Kathleen and after talking with her, we just had a good feeling and knew that it was our time to buy. Kathleen was great and she made the entire process not only simple, but she also made it enjoyable. She went out of her way to show us homes at times that fit our crazy schedule! Then she treated us like family and would give us tips and recommendations above and beyond what we expected. You could tell her only concern was to find a home that fit our family’s needs. She never put her needs ahead of ours! She was patient with us and understood it was going to take us time to make a decision. Once we found our perfect home, Kathleen “hand held” the entire process to makes sure all the inspections went through in a timely manner. She knew moving in ASAP was important to us as we were expecting twins any day. She helped us move up our closing date and get moved in in time for our new arrivals. Kathleen has become part of our family as she was the main reason this house has become our home!