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Seller Testimonials

Karen helped us sell our Oakland home during a stressful time for our family, and even in a "hot" market she went the distance to help us get the absolute best price by working closely and thoughtfully with us on every aspect of the sale and understanding the market as it changed rapidly. This was our first time selling a home and she helped us navigate and understand the process to the best possible result. Karen is thoughtful, diligent, even-keeled, and relaxed when you need someone who is all those things by your side through a stressful time! Just the times she made us laugh when we really needed one were so worth it. She is like your favorite aunt or cousin who just always has a positive and uplifting presence to add to every mundane thing.

In summary: If you are looking for an honest, smart, friendly, dedicated real estate agent to help you buy or sell a home, look no further! If you are looking for a smarmy, slimy, quick-buck, dim-bulb huckster, keep looking!

- Jennifer Y.


Overall it was a great experience, my wife and I felt that we were being well represented and that Karen and Dede were experienced and knowledgeable, I could ask a question and almost always get a good response. We seemed to be moving at breakneck speed to get the house on the market and any time there was an issue they were able to come up with solutions. I know that they personally took it upon themselves to get things done. This was a stressful time and felt so all the way up to closing but Dede and Karen guided us through the process with a steady hand and the results were beyond our wildest expectations.

- Patrick Perez

Karen Manuel was our agent who helped us sell our house on Oakland. We chose Karen because after meeting her I felt that we were in good hands and guess what? We were right! She helped us stage our house, guided us through the entire process and was there whenever we needed her. She's a constant professional who knows how to sell homes. I highly recommend her!

- Julie M.

Karen was a pleasure to work with. She covered all the bases and gave expert advice to help sell our house quickly and at a good price. I highly recommend her.

- Allan G.

I had the pleasure of working with Karen to sell my Alameda home. Not only did she secure multiple offers for the property, she took a personal interest in our relationship and home to facilitate the entire transaction. Her attention to detail, including closing documents provided on CD, as well as hard copy, multiple comp reports, along with efforts above and beyond typical service, recommending and securing a top notch Stager on short notice and personal attention to our requirements for the sale added a high degree of comfort as a seller in tough times. I highly recommend Karen as a Real Estate partner as she is more than just a broker or agent, she really is a partner, taking ownership with you for your Real Estate needs.

- Eric Marvin

On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your many services in selling our family home in Alameda. In addition to your attention to detail, professionalism, and thoroughness, I want to commend you for the many extra duties and services you performed for us as out-of-town sellers. You facilitated the entire process in a most comfortable manner that relieved a considerable amount of stress on family members during the sale of our family home that we had owned for 49 years. Please don’t hesitate to use me as a reference. It would be my pleasure to speak to anyone on your behalf.

- Paul C. Pennington

Karen Manuel did a fantastic job of selling our home in Alameda. She went above and beyond our expectations by helping us prepare our home for sale. Due to Karen's hard work, the house looked great, which helped us get a price that we never expected to get. She easily dealt with our crazy schedules, our kids and pets throughout the whole process. Karen explained everything in great detail and helped make selling our home as easy as possible for us. Karen is a true professional. She is honest and thoughtful and went out of her way to accommodate our needs. I was amazed on how much time she spent making sure everything went smoothly. She sold our home quickly for well above asking price. We would definitely use her again and highly recommend her.

- Stephen & Shannon Reheuser


Buyer Testimonials

Karen shepherded our family through many many months of looking, until we found "the one." She urged us to offer a lower bid than what we were expecting - we were so afraid to lose out- but we got the house. She has a winning combination of professionalism, expertise, humor, intelligence, kindness and honesty.

Karen made the occasionally onerous task of house hunting in a hot Oakland market doable. We made 2 other offers, and when we didn't get either house, she had just the right words of encouragement to keep us going. She is more low-key than a lot of agents, quietly confident, but that suited us perfectly. We love Karen!

Margaret G.

As first time home buyers we needed a guiding hand through the process. Karen was perfect. While being knowledgeable and patient she also retained this motherly quality about her making us always feel nurtured through this highly stressful period. I would shake the hand of most realtors but I give Karen a hug. Having complete trust in a realtor is very important as there is no guarantee both sides are not out to benefit from getting the highest selling price possible. I would highly recommend Karen.

Yuri Reiter

Karen is truly one of a kind! We can't express how grateful we are to Karen Manuel for the almost miraculous purchase of our home! Despite the crazy Bay Area real estate market, with her skillful navigation we were able to secure our home while selling our property on the east coast. We weren't sure that it could happen the way we hoped - but it did!

Karen is very professional. Her calm and collected demeanor puts both her clients and the other party at ease. At the same time, she is proactive and really moves things forward. She is rock-solid dependable and knows her stuff! Karen worked magic for us!

Matt T.

Karen is awesome-very detail oriented and nothing went unnoticed-I had complete confidence in her so this was all very easy and pleasant - plus she is just a very nice person and I would highly recommend her to anyone.

- Nancy Boudreau

I highly recommend Karen if you are looking for a professional conscientious, thorough, honest and caring advocate in real estate. As trustees for our mother’s estate, my brothers and I were fortunate to have Karen guide us through an at times overwhelming process. I trusted Karen as our advocate. She was diligent and hardworking and did her homework: researching and showing us potential properties with an attention to detail. In the end, what I will never forget is how understanding and caring Karen was with our family and especially with our elderly mother. Even after our work was finished, Karen has been an invaluable resource, always available and willing to go out of her way to listen, answer my questions, and advise. I wholeheartedly recommend Karen Manuel!

- Carol Kueffer-Moore

Karen has everything my husband and I could have hoped to find in a Realtor as first-time home buyers. She patiently answered all of our questions, spent a generous amount of time showing us houses and explaining their pros and cons, and skillfully aided us in crafting an offer that ensured we got the house we really wanted. We felt very confident having Karen represent us throughout the transaction, and we appreciated her professionalism when dealing with a difficult listing agent. Even after closing on our house, Karen has continued to be a valuable resource and advisor to us as new homeowners. We absolutely would work with Karen again!

- Kerry Franzetta

We have bought two houses with Karen. Along the road, we have put in 5 offers and with Karen's help, we got into contract on each one. It is rare to find someone with Karen's negotiation skills, level of organization (invaluable when you get into contract and the paperwork is flying) and depth of knowledge related to real estate law and contracts. Karen is the utmost professional - always responsive, always punctual, always follows through. On top of all that, she is a really nice person!

- Taryn & Ben Mickus

After looking at houses for almost two years, we are now in one, thanks to Karen Manuel. My husband and I worked with three different agents before we came across Karen and couldn't have been happier with her as a Realtor. Even my mom, who has twenty plus years experiences in real estate thought she was amazingly honest and thorough--just what you want when dealing with Realtors.

Buying a house for the first time is nerve wracking enough--you don't even know the right questions to ask half the time, but Karen asked them for us and brought up things that none of the other Realtors ever brought up. Her thoroughness matched with her great service has helped us find an amazing house at an amazing price. She even helped us get a lower mortgage rate and saved us thousands of dollars a year. If you are looking for a house in Alameda, I cannot highly recommend Karen enough! Call her!

- Leslie Van Every

We had such a positive experience working with Karen. Karen was our buyer's agent in Alameda. She was thorough and patient. Buying a home can be very stressful and this was not our first time so we had a level of comparison. What I really appreciated was how calm she was through the process. She never pushed us and really spent a lot of time helping us research and look at lots of options. We had a great experience and would absolutely use her again!

- Carrie Ann P.

Karen is the very best. She guided us through every step of buying our first home, and she was a pleasure to be around the entire time. She answered all of our questions with patience. She was thorough, knowledgeable, and friendly. We are now in our dream home, and we could not have done it without her hard work and guidance. I would recommend her to absolutely anyone and will be sure to contact her again when it comes time.

- Ryley E.

We worked with Karen off and on for more than 6 months! We started just looking around on our own to get an idea of what we wanted and could afford; she was great at sending us information on new listings (she understood what we were looking for), responding quickly to requests and she was never pushy. When we finally found our house, she was on top of all of the details. Karen offered us options and gave her recommendations, leaving the decisions to us. She worked well the other realtor and kept things going even while we were out of state. Karen was great to work with and we highly recommend her.

- Catherine Thomsen

Karen is a very knowledgeable realtor in the East Bay. She knows all the ins & outs, and can expertly guide a person to the right property for their income level and other needs. She has a good read on people and the area, and lets her clients make their own decisions. She will do a great job for any type of client.

- Marissa Krupa

We are first time home buyers, and we used Karen Manuel as our real estate agent. A friend recommended Karen to my husband and me, and I have to say that friend has great judgment! Karen represents the opposite of most stereotyped adjectives I previously associated with real estate agents. She was honest, committed, sincere, straightforward, and stable. She looked out for us, and discouraged homes that could have been a major pit fall. Karen was truthful. She didn't say things just because we wanted to hear it, she was upfront and candid. For making such a serious financial investment as buying a home, she guided us through grueling, lengthy contracts. She didn't rush to get us through or push us to sign documents we did not understand. Karen was built to run marathons, as she dredged through 100's of pages of contracts, never needing a break. She kept a steadfast pace and exhibited superhuman endurance, still smiling and looking fresh until the end. I appreciate her strong ethical standing. She wanted to make sure we were completely happy and satisfied with our home. Our happiness came first, rarely thinking of her own gains, to the point that she even offered to pay out of pocket for a second home cleaning. She was adaptable to us as a family. While my husband would crawl around on his hands and knees under the houses, she cheerful held our son. For our own convenience, Karen met us at our home according to our schedule. Being a mother herself, she has a deeper understanding and tolerance for others (such as her willingness to pause as we put our baby down for naps/ bedtime). Karen helped us stick to our original home criteria-including location and our set price. She did not push us into the uncomfortable zones or out of our budget. Karen was knowledgeable, loyal, and forthright. She had stellar communications, as she was reliable and responsive. She translated real estate vocabulary into our language. Without a doubt, I would recommend Karen to a family and relative!!

- Casey Logan and Sae Jae Chaumette

Karen is a terrific realtor and person. She was extremely patient and helpful while my finance and I were looking to buy our home. Although we had good credit, we did not have a lot of money to put down for our house. She showed us many types of houses and drove us all over Oakland (for months!). She is very knowledgeable about East Bay properties and neighborhoods. She also knows her stuff when it comes to the condition of houses. She is honest, down to earth, nice, not sales-y. Best of all she stuck with us through a very difficult transaction with the previous owners and loan situations until we finalized the deal. We would definitely use Karen Manuel as our realtor again.

- Allison and Niko

Karen was not our agent, but took over when our agents went on vacation. She went out of her way to assist us while they were gone. She constantly communicated with us about the houses available in our price range and offered to show them to us. She encouraged us to write an offer on a house that we had previously thought was unobtainable. Because of her thoughtful diligence and encouragement to write an offer, we now have our dream home. We were the backup offer, but, in the end, it was ours. Thank you Karen for being so helpful and professional! Because of you, we have our dream house.

- Steve C.

I can't thank you enough. You really went beyond any expectations and smoothed my daughter's transition to the Bay area. You're a mother's dream and I hope that someday you have the same helping hand extended when you need it. I really enjoyed that day, learned so much, and hope to see you sometime soon.

- Hylla Evans

Karen worked with us on the purchase of our new home. It was absolutely delightful working with her. She had a vision for me and I couldn't be happier with the results. She is professional, creative and extremely talented. I would hire Karen for any future home purchases.

- Katherine Bowen

When I decided that the time was right to buy a house, I came to Yelp to try and find a realtor. My criteria was someone who would help educate me about the process of buying a home (since I was a total and complete novice) and someone who had my best interests at heart and wouldn't try and push me into a house beyond my budget. Fortunately someone else mentioned both these things about Karen in a previous review. I called and we met. Flash forward a year and I'm writing this review in my new home, which I LOVE.

Karen put together the most amazing team for me and worked really hard, above and beyond any of my expectations! I trust her implicitly and would recommend her without hesitation. Thanks Karen!!!

- Tessa Poppe

Why am I glad Karen Manuel was our real estate agent? Let me count the ways:

1. There was never a sense that Karen was trying to push a piece of property just to make a sale. Karen consistently pointed out pros and cons of each house so we were as knowledgeable as possible.

2. Karen was always accessible to talk or to meet.

3. We were never rushed to make a decision though Karen kept us aware of deadline.

4. Karen was equipped to help us navigate the difficult world of purchasing a bank owned property. Although very even in temperament, Karen knew when to push, when to pull, and when to get tough with Bank of America, the owner.

5. She put together a great team. Our loan officer and escrow officer were terrific.

When my daughter told me she had found a real estate agent on Yelp I was very skeptical. Thank goodness I followed her lead. Thank you, Karen!!!

-Judith Poppe

I truly want to thank you from the depths of my heart for all of the hard work you put into helping me purchase my new home. You are a godsend! All of your personal attention to detail, to my personality, to my needs and to the timelines; and the fact that you are so quick-witted and alert, are attributes that put me where I am now – in my sweet little dream home.

- Michelle McAfee

Karen served as our realtor during our relocation from Denver to the Bay Area. We were completely unfamiliar with the area and were under great pressure to find a house in a very short period of time. Karen was excellent. She helped us find and close on a new home while also helping us through this massive transition without losing our sanity. We eagerly recommend her. Karen has a lot of qualities that allow her to provide such great service. She is attentive to her client’s needs, wants, tastes, and budget. She is very knowledgeable about the area, market, and real estate issues in general. Karen also has a great network so she is able to recommend trustworthy and qualified resources… we’ve been very happy with her referrals on various contractors/vendors/etc. While Karen is very intelligent, she also has a lot of common sense and is very personable and friendly. She provides you with all the information and guidance you need and then gives you space to make your decision. She isn’t pushy or aggressive at all; instead, she is quite patient and understanding. Overall, we couldn’t have asked for any more support from a realtor.

- Kim Z. Huelsman

Karen is a phenomenal real estate agent. My husband and I were living in Marin and were first-time home buyers. We were considering buying in the East Bay, but the prospect of going across the bridge for one open house at a time seemed daunting. Karen coordinated an excellent day full of viewings for us. Our viewings were all pleasant and informative. During the tour, we learned about earthquake retrofitting. And at the end of the day, she sat us down and explained in very clear terms the process of buying. In the end, we ended up buying in Marin. However, should we ever decide to move to the East Bay, I would 100% contact her again to help us out. And I would recommend her, without any hesitation, to any of my friends who are looking to buy property in the East Bay. Thank you, Karen! You rock!

- Melaina E.

Lender Testimonial

I wanted to thank you for being so patient throughout this entire process. Definitely one of the most challenging Buyers I have had in a very long while, and you handled everything so very calm and professional. I am convinced you are the one that held this transaction together, allowing us time to get through all the speed bumps on this file and finally close. This purchase means so much to this Buyer, at this difficult time in his life. Definitely a happy ending.

- Celeste Anderson, RPM Mortgage


Referral Partner Testimonial

I wanted to let you know that Kerry's father, who is the "VIP" with our company, stopped by the other day in regards to this transaction. He asked that I let you all know how much Kerry & Ryan loved working with your agent Karen Manuel. They were so pleased with her service and how everything was handled. I know that most times we only hear the bad and the problems, so I wanted to make sure you were aware of how pleased everyone was with this this entire process. Please let Karen know how much we appreciate the wonderful care and service she provided. Hopefully we'll get to work with her again in the future.

--Susan Vindiola, First Team Real Estate Location

Agent Testimonial

Working with Karen was an OUTSTANDING experience. She is an excellent communicator, problem-solver, and very professional!  I wish all of my transactions were with a Buyer's agent like Karen.  I work for a real estate investor and an exclusive listing agent for the company and normally have to ask for contingency releases and updates concerning the progress of the transaction.  Not the case with Karen!  She is very pro-active and intelligent.  She hit all of her timeline dates and if there was an issue she immediately called me to discuss the matter.  It was SO refreshing. There were a couple of minor things that came up in our escrow and because Karen worked hard to get the issues resolved immediately we still closed only 2 days after our scheduled COE  This is unheard of in my world so both my Seller and I were so happy with how smoothly and quickly we closed escrow! Karen is a fabulous, top-notch agent

-- Susy Westfall, PCL Properties 1