Testimonials

SELLERS:


"I recommend Carrie McAlister without qualification. When I interviewed her, she arrived with a detailed calendar filled in, showing exactly what she would do to my home and when she would do it. I was on a tight timeline, and I reside out of town. Carrie proceeded to take on the job and completed all the tasks on her calendar to the day. She hired painters, stagers, handymen, landscapers, window cleaners and more, all of whom showed up, did their work, and left on time. Carrie sold the home on the day she predicted she would sell the home. She was extremely professional, good humored, stayed in touch by email and phone, and was great to work with. Do yourself a favor and hire her."

Josh, Berkeley

 

“We are extremely pleased with our decision to contract Carrie McAlister as our listing agent.  Carrie made the experience of selling our condo effortless and stress-free. At our very first meeting, she planned a timeline for the entire process from escrow to close. We took a two-week vacation and left everything to Carrie.   After less than two weeks on the market, we received multiple offers well above the asking price. Carrie guided us in assessing our 18 offers, which held diverse contingencies and levels of buyer credibility.  Carrie’s professionalism and integrity was evident throughout.  If only we had more properties for Carrie to sell for us this summer!”

Jeremy & Grace, Emeryville  

 

"We recently sold our home in Berkeley. Our agent was Carrie McAlister of The Grubb Company. Carrie was highly recommended to us by our neighbor who had sold their house a couple of months before and she did not disappoint. Carrie walked us through the entire listing and sales process, from presale preparation to close of escrow. Because we were in the process of moving out of area at the time, we were often unavailable to schedule inspections or meet with contractors but whenever possible, Carrie would fill-in for us and oversaw the process.


We also appreciated the fact that she went the extra mile for us by helping us with the staging and bringing us documents to sign in the middle of the night when we did not have internet access. We received multiple offers and the home sold at well over the asking price. Carrie’s services exceeded our expectations and her professionalism and patience made this a positive experience for us. We would not hesitate to recommend Carrie to anyone looking for a very professional and dedicated Realtor."

Vu and Louise, Berkeley

 

"We are writing to recommend the real estate services of Carrie McAlister. Several years ago, we listed our Berkeley Hills home with Carrie. Throughout the pre-sale preparation, pricing and marketing processes, she helped us to focus on projects that would help us to maximize the sales value of our home. In the end, we attained multiple offers and sold notably over our asking price. We attribute our successful sale to Carrie’s business acumen and negotiating skills. Carrie also represented us in the purchase of our current home (a fabulous view home in the Berkeley Hills that more comfortably fits our expanded family).

Although we do not plan to buy or sell again anytime soon, we continue to call on Carrie’s know-how and resources with questions about local ordinances and contractor referrals. She has always been readily available to assist. For this and much more, we highly recommend the services of Carrie McAlister."

Stacey & Michael, North Berkeley


"Recently we sold a five-bedroom, three-bath home in Rockridge that had been in our family for generations.  Our agent was Carrie McAlister of the Grubb Company.  The sale was complicated because of the seasonal timing of the market place and because the property had been rented in recent years. Carrie helped us to get through the complex sales process, and was a pleasure to work with throughout.  Within a few weeks the home was transformed into a showcase property. Carrie managed everything from preparation for the sale, to marketing and close of escrow.  She even met with roofing contractors to get the roof repaired after major storms.  We received multiple offers and the home was sold at well over the asking price. The process was smooth from beginning to end.   We are certain that this success was due to the expertise of our agent.  We highly recommend Carrie McAlister to anyone looking to list their home for a professional and dedicated Realtor."

Theresa, Rockridge

 

"Selling one's home is a big decision & undertaking and once we decided to sell our home in Berkeley we chose Carrie to represent us. She was an absolute pleasure to work with. In preparing our home for sale we had very tight deadlines for all parties involved (stagers, contractors, inspectors) and they made sure that all proceeded in accordance with our set schedule. Our first (and only!) Open House was a great success and brought in multiple offers. She kept us informed and up-to-date throughout the various stages of selling our home which put us at ease and kept the process going along very smoothly. We were very happy with the outcome and wholeheartedly would recommend Carrie to anyone who is looking for a very professional and dedicated Realtor."

Andreas & Naru, Berkeley

 

BUYERS:


"Carrie's core professional capacities for negotiation, diligence, objectivity, and clear communication -- combined with an excellent general business sense -- clearly distinguish her from most agents. She not only helped us identify a real value opportunity in our target area but also helped us close on our first home with an escrow credit.

 

Once we located our target property, Carrie helped us craft a solid winning bid and negotiation strategy. Moreover, her excellent professional relationship with the home inspector gave us a favorable bargaining position. When we finally got into escrow, we relied extensively on Carrie’s level-headed judgment and insight to help us optimize our position.

 

Carrie is quite remarkable for her confidence, social grace, and thoughtful human interactions.  In short, she’s just good people. She built a strong rapport with our two-year-old son, which made things that much easier for two working parents. Without reservation, we give Carrie our wholehearted endorsement."

Marciana & Stephen, Oakland

 

 

"When we first met Carrie she shared some of her most recent closings, most well over our maximum budget, and so I was nervous that we wouldn’t be worth her effort. This couldn’t have been further from the truth. From our first meeting to the time we closed, Carrie never made us feel like that what we had to spend would make it impossible to find our dream home. She also never showed us homes beyond our means -- something we’d experienced in Marin -- or suggested we settle for anything less than what felt was 100% right.

 

She gave us incredibly personalized views on why certain neighborhoods would or would not fit our lifestyle. When I sent her a listing we were interested in, she would visit the location herself before sending me her own point of view, each tailored to our particular search criteria. When our first offer wasn’t accepted, she was incredibly supportive, assuring us that our home was out there and to try not to get frustrated. So we continued to look and about 3 weeks later we found what we believe is going to be the perfect home for us!

 

We couldn’t have done it without Carrie. Well, maybe we could have done it but it wouldn’t have been half us much fun. When and if there comes a time for our next perfect home, we will certainly call on Carrie to help us through that process as well."

Patrick & Debbie, Oakland

 

 

 

"Carrie really took the time to understand what I was looking for, even when that wasn't the most obvious choice. She looked out for my interests and never let the desire to make a sale prevent her from pointing out any flaws or problems she saw, and my home inspector thought she had a good eye. I'm so happy and satisfied with the result -- my own garden condo!"

Ellen, Oakland

 


"I give my full endorsement to Carrie McAlister, the real estate agent who helped me find the house of my dreams. Carrie patiently walked me (a first-time home buyer) through the process. During the search I was most impressed with how well she listened to my needs regarding location, size, amenities, etc. Carrie was professional, thorough, and a pleasure to work with."

Scott, Berkeley