Honors and Testimonials

2010 Top Producer for Alain Pinel Orinda Office
"Alan is the consummate professional Realtor.  He met with us at the property, answered all our questions, and provided us with his initial thoughts on how best to market the property.  His professionalism, deep understanding of the local market, and prior extensive real estate experience convinced us he was the one for the job.  The property presented a challenge as it had some deferred maintenance and required the standard inspections as well as some repair.  Alan has an extensive list of contacts to perform both the inspections as well as the repairs and he keeps your best interest at heart when negotiating the repair costs.  His recommendations enhanced the property value with minimal cost.  In addition, he staged the property which made it look very nice.  Alan prepared a marketing plan, which included among other things a story book on the property, high resolution professional pictures, advertising in the local newspaper, a video tour, agent tours, networking, Multiple Listing Service and online.  The advertising generated a lot of interest in the property and we received multiple offers.  Alan's expertise helped us quickly narrow the list of offers and determine the one that provided the greatest value.  All in all he did a fantastic job for us and we heartily recommend him to anyone looking to sell or purchase a home."
-Mike and Pat B.

"Alan, thank you for your help in finding such a wonderful home for our family.  Your research in finding a home that meets our wish list, salesmanship in winning the home for us, and diligent work throughout the closing process is truly invaluable and deeply appreciated.  We are very grateful to have had you represent us and are very excited to move into our new place!

Thanks again! We will be sure to recommend you in the future."

-Liz and Gerardo V.

"I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your handling of the sale of my house and finding a new one.  The easement issue is a great example of why I am so glad you are on my team.  Obviously this issue has existed since the property was developed so other realtors with other customers should have called it out.  You spotted it and followed through and made sure I understood the issue.  Your email to me explaining why it was important enough to delay close was spot on."
-Jo Ellen F.

"We consider ourselves very fortunate to have had Alan and Ellie Marks handle the sale of our home.  Among the many qualities they brought were excellent advice on preparing and staging the property; they were especially very impressive at finding and engaging the best painters, landscapers and other services.  Ellie provide tremendous support during a stressful time as we prepared to move and dispose of many of our possessions. We had moved out of state by the time our house went on the market, but we felt extremely confident that all would be handled correctly.  Because the real estate market was very problematic in the summer of 2009, Alan warned us to be prepared for a protracted selling period and the possibility that we would have to substantially drop our asking price.  Imagine our surprise then when we received an offer at the first open house.  Thanks to Alan and Ellie's skillful negotiating we were able to close the sale at 97.7% of our asking price!  Altogether, we have to award Alan and Ellie the highest praise for the way this transaction was handled, and for being so personable and easy to deal with.  We would have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending Alan and Ellie Marks to anyone contemplating selling their home."
- Christine Y. and James B.

"We really appreciated all your work in helping us get the house on Cambridge.  It is still sinking in! We will certainly refer colleagues and friends your way. And we will give you a call if we are ever ready to move again (just don't hold your breathe!). Thanks!"

- Megan and James via Trulia