Olga Menendez, ABR, Broker Associate
Olga’s and Elizabeth’s 17+ years experience and local knowledge of the Monterey Peninsula, allows them to offer their clientsUnparalleled ExcellenceandUnmatched Representation, resulting in successful transactions for their Buyers and Sellers.
Olga Menendez, Broker Associate, is a recognized Top Producer, having earned the Alain Pinel Carmel, “Circle of Excellence” award, which recognizes outstanding sales performance, and a certified “Distinguished Agent” recipient as well.
Olga has been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR) designation. This designation represents the benchmark of excellence in buyer agency service. More than one million people in the United States are licensed to sell real estate. Of those licensees, fewer than 2 percent have the ABR designation.
Elizabeth has earned the GRI designation, which stands for Graduate REALTOR Institute, a nationally recognized professional real estate designation. GRI is recognized nationwide as the standard for real estate professionalism and knowledge. It is considered the nation’s number one real estate designation.
Olga and Liz are active members of the Monterey County Association of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. In addition, Olga is an active member of the Women's Council of Realtors, and the Real Estate Buyer's Council.
Olga’s and Elizabeth’s professionalism and high level of integrity, coupled with their excellent communication and negotiation skills, has earned them the respect of their clients as well as their colleagues in the real estate community.
Their commitment to excellence, quite simply . . . is second to none!
Let Olga and Elizabeth’s tenacity, enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise, make your Real Estate wishes a reality.
Our family had a most successful sale of my mother's house in Monterey this summer primarily due to the excellent representation of the Menendez/Dini team at Alain Pinel Realtors. Their marketing efforts supported by the resources of Alain Pinel brought heightened interest and timely availability to secure interested parties and a successfully negotiated final agreement and sale. They were able to manage this effort despite the need to communicate and engage cross-country. I can't say enough for the professionalism, attention to detail and perseverance of this two-agent team over the entire spectrum of considering sale to the final closing.
Gerard and I were fortunate to work with Olga and Liz on the purchase of our last home. We have never encountered a smoother real estate transaction. From the very start, Olga listened to our needs. When we found "the one" she was immediately on it and we had an offer ready to present in less than two hours. Here professional experience was evident as she guided us through the negotiation process. Once the offer was accepted, she helped us navigate a very short escrow from start to finish and even came with us when we signed the loan documents. Liz worked diligently behind the scenes, keeping track of all the many appointments and mountains of required paperwork. The Menendez/Dini team is wonderful to work with. They are ethical and trustworthy and made our home buying experience a complete pleasure.
"My wife Jeanette and I were looking for a realtor to sell our house in Monterey. We decided the best way to accomplish this was to go to open houses in the area. Olga had that "Wow" factor. She came over that night and we listed our house with her. We felt an immediate friendship. We couldn't be happier with the result. Quick sale. Full price. All of our transactions have been very smooth and beyond satisfaction. Olga really, really knows what's going on in the market. Most of all she listens to your needs. I would recommend Olga to anyone looking for an exceptional realtor."
Greatly Satisfied Clients,
Larry & Jeanette Abbott
"Thank you so much for the wonderful representation. I was a licensed real estate broker from 1973 until early in this century. I sold real estate and owned a mortgage brokerage firm in the East Bay Area. Debby and I have bought and sold numerous pieces of real estate over the years. I must say you are the best real estate agent I have ever encountered.Unlike so many of those that I have dealt with, you put our needs ahead of collecting your commission. I think anybody shopping for a home or needing help in selling a home could not find better representation. I would be happy for you to have anyone thinking of using your services call and talk with me."
"After determining to buy a house in Carmel, our next decision was that we wanted to retain a real estate agent who would exclusively represent us in the search and negotiations. Olga is thorough, knowledgeable, and has a great deal of experience. She was responsive to our questions, always with well-researched answers. She has a professional appearance and demeanor, a great personality, and is a pleasure to work with. Her efforts on our behalf were extraordinary, as was their result (we purchased at an excellent price a lovely, newly-built home in Carmel-By-The Sea...) . We have no hesitancy in recommending Olga to anyone who is considering the purchase or sale of a home in the Monterey Peninsula. You will not be disappointed."
Bernie and Judy Furman
"Working with Olga made buying and selling a home in Carmel simple. She's the type of Carmel "insider" you want working for you... she knows the area, the market and what her customers need. And she delivers."
Carol & Eric Schrader
"Sherry and I thank you for your sincere help and dedication in locating the perfect home for the two of us in Carmel. We have enjoyed this home for close to six years. Your diligent negotiation on our behalf afforded us the ability to purchase the home at a fair price. We truly appreciated your attention to detail and detailed communication through the closing process. Again, thank you so much."
Charles M. Shepardson
"Blessed with a sunny disposition... Olga Menendez is more than qualified to find your perfect home. Years of real estate experience assures wise and thorough knowledge... After three transactions in six years, I continue to call her a friend".
"Out of the 5 very different experiences with 5 different realtors and 5 different agencies, Olga Menendez was far and above the best realtor we worked with and Alain Pinel was the best agency as well. From the moment that we met with Olga to discuss selling our property, she exhibited the highest professional standards. ... she prepared us for what was in store, provided expert sales analysis, readable statistics, and great counsel. This was a most successful partnership. ...Olga kept us fully informed at all times. We did not have to initiate contact. ...never lost enthusiasm."
Dr. Hugo and Karen Ferlito
"When we moved to an assisted living facility, we needed someone to sell our home that was experienced and would truly help us through the process. We would never have been able to do it without Olga Menendez's expert guidance, attention to detail, and unwavering dedication and positive attitude. She went above and beyond the call of duty to make it happen. She not only walked us through the process of doing a light remodel on the house, she actually helped us to hire, supervise, and keep the contractors on schedule. She made what could have been a difficult ordeal--trying to sell a house in Monterey during a steep decline in market values--a smooth, quick, and positive transaction for my family." Olga is an incredible professional. We simply could not have hired a better real estate agent. We will be forever grateful to her and would recommend her to anyone seeking an agent in the future".
Dr. John and Sylvia Anderson
"You are so very special and areal credit to Alain Pinel. Because of you, our entire experience in buying our home was smooth. You are not just a "Realtor", but a friend for life. You went out of your way by caring for us personally. Thank you for being you."
Bill and Sandy Gavello
"Professional, personable and pragmatic! Olga was wonderful at finding the best way to showcase our house and sell it quickly. At a very difficult turning point in my life, Olga listened and made practical suggestions... She has a very collaborative, caring approach that can't be duplicated. ...Olga has great contacts and connections, and worked diligently to ensure everything go smoothly. I am pleased at the price for which it sold, and would never consider using anyone else."
“In our search for a great realtor, we interviewed many, but when we met the team of Olga Menendez and Elizabeth Dini, we knew they were the ones for us. Their professional demeanor, combined experience and wealth of knowledge for this current market, stood above the rest. They were so good at returning our phone calls and were always available for us whenever we had any questions. Even after we purchased our home, they still tried to help us when we needed referrals for contractors. In the end, we could not have found our perfect home if it were not for Olga and Elizabeth. We highly recommend them to anyone!”
Ann & Richard Peters
I would recommend Olga and Elizabeth to everyone considering buying or selling real estate in the Carmel area. They were thorough, with a professional ground game for staging, marketing and bringing in the offers. I enjoyed working with them both since they made it easy allowing me to enjoy other activities.
Well, we finally have the boxes unpacked (mostly), window treatments installed, painting done (again, mostly) and as we sit back and enjoy our wonderful new home, Jan and I were re-living the adventure that got us here. The first thing we thought of was the incredible help you two provided all along the somewhat tortuous way! Your patience and professionalism really got us through…, none of which was of your making. I am sure you were as frustrated as we were by the obstacles that were constantly popping up but you never showed it! While we were wringing our hands and feeling sorry for ourselves, you both were the model of calm professionalism, always reassuring, providing sound advice and strategy that kept us moving toward our goal. Olga and Liz, we just want to thank you again, we couldn't be happier in our new home and we feel very strongly we owe it all to you both!
Dan and Jan Cooney
I first met Olga Menendez years ago . . . Olga was a true pleasure with whom to work. Olga was perfect on all accounts. Later, when I had other clients who needed real estate services, Olga was the obvious choice as my number one referral due to the qualities she demonstrated when we had worked together. Olga has never disappointed my clients or me. A few years ago, Olga introduced me to Elizabeth Dini (“Liz”) If Olga decided to work with Liz, I knew that Liz must have the same high standards for professionalism, responsiveness, and excellence. Recently, I had another client who needed the services of a real estate agent. Olga and Liz were my first choice and they did a phenomenal job. In an instant, they prepped the property and sold it in record time. Despite all of the curve balls that were thrown at them due to the unique nature of the situation, they were patient and polite. I couldn’t be happier with the service they provided my client and they remain my number one referral for real estate transactions!
Kyle A. Krasa, Esq.
Transacting a home in a resort area like Pebble Beach or Carmel is a complicated matter. Can a husband and wife (buyers) agree on what they want? What if they change their minds during the search? Are they looking for new construction or recently remodeled, OR, do they want to remodel it "their way"? How "bad" do the buyers want to purchase a home? How "bad" do the sellers want to sell? Is it for investment, or purely for pleasure? Are the buyers going to want something the sellers won't give? And how about the broker representing the seller. How are they to get along with? Coordinating such a transaction is a complex matrix of changing variables. Our experience with Liz and Olga was one of addressing all of these issues and more. Their willingness to patiently learn and interpret what we were looking for was very impressive. Price vs. value was also an important consideration in our purchase decision. Liz and Olga stayed within the formula in showing us alternative homes. Their representation of our interests was thorough and professional. In the end, our purchase was very different from the home we described when we first sought representation. Liz and Olga understood the markets and were most helpful in explaining them.
All in all, we found the house we eventually realized we wanted.
Last August, my husband and I came to San Francisco and areas to the north and east with the idea of relocating in retirement. After a discouraging week, we headed south. As we came into Monterey, we saw an open house sign and decided to follow the arrows. The house wasn’t for us, but we really liked the realtor, Olga Menendez, with whom we met again as we ended up spending the rest of our trip time on the peninsula. From there, Olga helped us with everything from finding a realtor to sell our house in Denver to locating doctors in Monterey. During a second trip in October, she patiently and cheerfully accompanied me to over 30 homes. Then, we repeated the top ones when my husband flew in. Since we were out of state, Olga handled a myriad of details for us until the day finally came in December when she met us at our new home and handed us the keys. We walked in and found a huge welcome basket on the kitchen island – from Olga. She is a true professional and a great caring person in absolutely every way, our experience with Olga was fantastic!
Thank you from our beautiful home,
There are few people who, when given an assignment, will run with it and make it happen. Olga Menendez is one of those select people who handled our transaction in a professional, yet personal way. She helped make our dream a realization. Her dedication and determination resulted in an offer on our home in two weeks and an escrow that closed in 27 days. This is quite a feat in today’s market. Her eye for detail along with her expertise and diplomacy resulted in a successful purchase of our dream home.Olga dotted every “i” and crossed every “t”, which ensured a low-stress transaction. Needless to say, we would recommend Olga for any real estate needs.
Randy & Mary Draper