Client Testimonials

Brenda Dawson

We just closed on our first house thanks to Ray and Melanie.  We began the home buying process amidst an unfortunate family housing emergency that had our family separated by 1,000 miles.  The kids & I were stuck out of state while my husband couch surfed, desperately scrambling to get us back under 1 roof.  We weren't ready to buy when the crisis hit, so off the bat we were coming in behind the 8 ball.  Top all that off with only 1 household income & the inflated housing prices in the bay area.  Enter Ray and Melanie Kozak.  The two of them worked tirelessly to get our family back under 1 roof.  Our process was infinitely complicated and wrought with massive hurdles & curve balls.  Consummate professionals to the very end, both Ray and Melanie worked tirelessly with our loan team to make a miracle happen.  These two gave a daddy back to my children and helped secure a roof over our heads.  I can't imagine going through the process we navigated with anyone else.  Words of gratitude don't even scratch the surface.  Thank you Ray and Melanie.  From the bottom of my heart.


M. Carolina Villaseca

I cannot recommend Ray enough if you're buying or selling a home. 1) He is incredibly knowledgeable about both processes and how to successfully navigate them in this very competitive market. 2) He listens. We only saw homes that fit our criteria. What a time saver! 3) He is patient. We had to sell our home in GA while looking for a home in CA. It's a very complicated process consisting of many moving parts. He worked with us and advised us every step of the way. 4) He's thorough. He looked over every document and made sure every i was dotted and every t was crossed. And he followed up with us after we closed to see if we needed recommendations for cleaning services, painters, etc. If we move in the area again, you bet I'm calling Ray! In a heartbeat!

Ian Maddela

Ray and his team are simply great!  My fiancé and I relocated from San Diego to Concord and we were referred to Ray by our realty company down in San Diego and had a great experience.  Ray and his team went above and beyond as our transaction was not a smooth one.

Since we were still living in San Diego during the process, everything had to be done remotely, which is no small feat for a life event such as buying a house.  Ray and Jon had to be our eyes and ears throughout the process and to top it off, the purchase was contingent on the sale of our property in San Diego, which also hit a few snags.  Ray and Jon stuck with us the whole way and in the end it all worked out and we got the house that we wanted.

Even post sale Ray has stopped by to help resolve a couple of small items like a leak.  He even offered to bring over household items like pots and pans because he knew we had hired movers and would be without our stuff for about a week.  I would not hesitate to recommend Ray to anyone looking to buy or sell a property.


Ron Perez

We were relocating to the San Francisco Bay area from Texas, and we needed needed to find a place before school started. We quickly narrowed our search to the East Bay and started working with Ray in mid-July. Ray quickly helped us find some really nice properties in the Berkeley-Oakland and Lamorinda areas. We made an offer on our first choice, negotiated quickly, and were able to move in before school started. Amazing! It was wonderful working with someone like Ray who was always there when we needed him, knew the entire East Bay area inside and out, and was able to help us navigate the complexities of moving to California from out of state. While it was a rather hectic experience, we wouldn't have been able to get through it without Ray!

James Kent

I met Ray awhile back while buying a home in Walnut Creek. He was the selling agent on that transaction. I was so impressed with his professionalism that I hired Ray to sell a property that I owned Emeryville. In both transactions, I found Ray to be knowledgeable, experienced, committed to his craft, and backed by a competent support team that he can call in when additional manpower is needed (i.e. open houses, etc). Also, as is so important in selling, Ray is proactive. He anticipates needs. He is also flexible, he understands well that the owner will ultimately call the shots but he is always there with a solid recommendation that is supported by comps and facts. I would highly recommend Ray and would not hesitate to use him again.


Kirk Dobbins

Ray did an outstanding job in assisting us every step of the way during our relocation to the Bay Area. He handled negotiation with a difficult builder and helped resolve issues with our lender. When we needed a place to stay briefly due to another construction delay, Ray and and his wife offered a spare bedroom in their home. Now that's outstanding service!!


Patrick Courneya

Ray has been fantastic, patiently tolerating our questions and adaptation to the realities of the Bay Area market.  Michele and I would highly recommend his services to any other Kaiser relocation, or any relocation for that matter. Thank you for connecting us with him.


Michele Courneya

I highly recommend Ray Kozak. Ray helped us buy a house when we relocated from Minnesota. He listened to what we wanted, anticipated our needs, and used his extensive knowledge of the East Bay area and market to expertly guide us through our search and the purchase process. After the purchase, he helped us find various contractors to make the improvements we wanted to our new home. Most importantly, his kind manner and sense of humor make him a pleasure to work with and to know. If you have the opportunity to work with Ray, take it.

Karen Koistinen

I recently sold my home in El Sobrante and used Ray Kozak of Alain Pinel Realtors to list it. Ray put together very good marketing materials, advertised it regularly and conducted regular open houses. He was able to get a number of offers on my home. Each of the buyers and their offers had some issues. Ray successfully worked through the complex process of the analyzing the offers, negotiating with the potential buyers, monitored their loan process, sorted through the inspections, closed the home and got me a rent back while I looked for a new home. I am now in contract on a new home that Ray also helped me with and can’t wait to get into it.

I would highly recommend Ray to any of my friends who want to buy or sell a home.

Jeremy and Summer Ransom

Ray is incredible! Given my experience with Ray Kozak, I would say that it would be a huge mistake to use anyone else. Both my wife and I were very please in his ability to navigate a difficult purchase and keep it as simple as possible. He was always available and delivered considerably more than we could have hoped for. Given the fact that we were relocating with a company to the bay area having never been here before, we were both very pleased to have Ray help us land in the right area and location for us. I would highly recommend Ray to anyone interested in the sale or purchase of a home. You will not be disappointed.

Kelly Tipton

Ray sold my home in Oakland in 2012 during a difficult real estate market.  Like any typical homeowner, I loved my home for the view and location but in reality it had some issues.  Ray was able to capitalize on all the positives but also had to deal with the settlement issues, septic line repairs and a myriad of inspection reports and disclosures.  He was able to work through all that with a buyer who had unique financing and get the home closed on time and get more for them home than I thought I might get.  I would recommend Ray to anyone who is interested in selling their home.

Paul and Moira Gribik

Ray provided exceptional service to my wife and me in our search for a house that met our requirements for our move back to the Bay Area.

We had some very specific desires for our new home, such as it being a single story house. Some of these were difficult to fill in our desired areas. Ray was able to find quickly a good selection of homes that met our requirements in our target areas. Because of his expertise, we were able to find a house that more than filled our requirements that was within our budget.

Once we selected a house, Ray was a great help to us in closing the sale. Ray found the inspectors that we needed and was present when all inspections were done so that we had excellent quality assurance regarding this work. When problems were found, Ray's help was invaluable in negotiating corrections with the seller. Ray also checked to be sure that all corrections were made.

Throughout the process, Ray responded quickly to our questions and worked to address our concerns quickly and completely. 

Because of Ray's work, we were able to close on a house that is perfect for us a month after we started our search. It was a pleasure to work with Ray. We cannot recommend him more highly.

Allie Banuelos and Ignacio Galindo

Thanks so much for helping us find and purchase our first home! Ignacio and I felt very comfortable working with you. We're glad that we met you at the open house and used your services. The entire process was made much easier with your help. Your patience, experience and professionalism were very much appreciated. You were willing to take us to as many home viewings as needed. Thank goodness we found one before the summer ended so that we can enjoy some outdoor time in Lafayette. We never felt any pressure from you and you were always very accommodating working around our schedules. You had a lot of helpful tips, ideas and suggestions on how to improve on all of the fixers we viewed.

We were habitually tardy to all of our meetings and you never once complained or let us know you were offended. Sorry about that. I suppose punctuality is important in your line of work, but now that I think about it the agent we worked with years ago was always late and we were always waiting on her. That was pretty annoying.

Marc Deising and Jeff St. Laurent

Almost a full year or searching and we are finally homeowners. Thank you so much for all your patience, understanding and flexibility. You truly made our experience as painless as possible. We really appreciate your help and guidance through this process and we are very excited about to be taking this next step in our lives.

Bobby Brockman

I just wanted to thank you very much for the assistance you gave me leading up to my search as well as all of the help you gave me on Tuesday we checked out each place. I truly would have been lost without your expertise and assistance, so thank you very much for everything.