Honors and Testimonials

2010 Top Producer for Alain Pinel Orinda Office


"Alan has been been an absolutely godsent through the whole process of buying our first house. He provided excellent service, was always available and guided us through a very grueling and emotionally charged process. We decided to purchase at a time when the market was very hot and there was a lot of competition for the type of properties we were looking for. Through it all, Alan was always available and able to give us accurate advise, letting us know which properties where good and worth it and when to pass. His advise and words of wisdom where so valuable and we could not have done it without him! So after a few months of searching and a few offers we finally found our dream home and we couldn't be happier to become official Lafayette residents!

Alan's service didn't end after the deal was closed and he was instrumental in helping us find tradesmen to do additional projects in our house and giving us ideas on potential ways we could further improve the value of the property.

In case I did not make myself clear, Alan went above and beyond on his duties as a realtor, he knows the area inside out and is very well connected. He will always fight to make sure you get the best deal possible, is super ethical and trustworthy.

We are so thankful for everything he has done for us and will for sure stay in touch with him.

If you are looking for a realtor for Lamorinda area, Alan Marks is you guy!"

-Ines V. via Yelp

"Alan has been a friend for 20 years, but I solicited his real estate advice a year ago for the first time - and very glad that I called Alan Marks first. Alan took me thru the market analysis, answered a million questions, and then referred an agent who was best suited to take on this listing - selling it in ONE WEEK! Alan told me that APR's internet expertise would help find a buyer, and we did sell to a buyer moving here from Texas. I highly recommend Alan Marks for his complete knowledge of the East Bay real estate market, and for his years of experience making the transaction very manageable."

-John C. via Yelp

"Alan has a calm demeanor that helps you work through the world of real estate, secure in the knowledge that he knows what to do and how to get it done! When we sold my house some issues came into play that were potentially difficult to navigate. Because of his experience, and ability to negotiate unique situations, it was handled smoothly and without problems. He has an extensive network of support that was very valuable in working to a positive conclusion. Alan is also very good at making sure the costs incurred in working through the inspection process are fair and in everyone's best interest. If you want a smart, fair and honest realtor to help you through the selling or buying process, I definitely would recommend Alan Marks."

-Liana D. via Yelp

"We have been in the real estate business as developers and investors since 1980 and have experience with many different realtors. Alan is by far, the best residential real estate broker we have come across. We have worked with Alan since 1996 on 10 separate transactions. He has represented us as both buyer's and sellers' agent. He works well with the other agents, is knowledgeable, professional and un-flappable. Always with his focus on a successful close. Don't waste your time interviewing others."

-Brian P. via Yelp

“You have been so efficient and helpful to all of us. Thank you for your good work!”

-Eleanor Z.

“It was a challenging sale for a number of reasons. You did a great job.”

-Lisa Z.

"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.

“…You advised us well on this sale - very much appreciate it.”

-Steve M.

"The absolute best! Alan is an exceptional realtor and broker working at Alain Pinel. He is professional and very smart. I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND HIM TO EVERYONE! He is the best! A+++++++"

-Dan W. via Yelp

"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

"We have a company policy of not ranking the number one agent. They do not know who is number one, but out of 1,100 agents, he ranks among the top. The reason we opened the Orinda office was due to the strength of Alan Marks, his real estate production, management skills, contact with community and city leaders, relationships with other real estate agents, etc. He has also had substantial experience in construction and development. The reason we no longer have him managing the Orinda office is simply because he is such an outstanding real estate agent."

-President of Alain Pinel Realtors, Paul Hulme