My goal is to make the process of buying, selling, or owning a home enjoyable and rewarding for you. See what my clients have said about my real estate services...
- Allan G.
I had the pleasure of working with Karen to sell my Alameda home in 2008. 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.
- Paul C. Pennington
- Stephen & Shannon Reheuser
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 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 let's 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 back up 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
- Kim Z. Huelsman
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!
Definitely a happy ending.
- Celeste Anderson, RPM Mortgage