Gerry has represented my wife and me in three transactions in 10+ years. He helped us find and purchase our first (starter) house in Oakland, sell that same house 10 years later (for well-above asking), and find and purchase our current (move to the burbs) home in Lafayette. Gerry's deep knowledge of the East Bay market -- not just the city, but the specific neighborhood, street and house history -- is hard to beat. He knows his stuff, does his homework, is easy to work with, and has the respect of his peers. We bought our current house in Lafayette in competition and I believe Gerry's reputation as a no-nonsense, good-guy closer was a significant factor in helping us come out on top. We highly recommend that you call Gerry if you are looking for your dream home in the East Bay .
Jason - Lafayette
Gerry; Kurt's message was a little vague. We canned the Berkeley guy and you are now the man for all neighborhoods! I felt guilty but we realized he was just not as aggressive or creative as you are and that this is way too important an investment to be working with someone you don't feel 100% confident in. So please start looking in Berkeley too. Thanks. And keep up the great work. Alison - Rockridge
We did quite a bit of research to vet Gerry and found that not only did he have great experience, but he came with stellar references and was a really nice guy! Gerry helped my sister and me to sell a piece of property in the Oakland hills. From the get-go he made insightful recommendations on pricing, marketing and advertising to help make sure the right "eyeballs" were on the listing. And clearly it worked, as we had a couple of really strong offers within 10 days of posting the listing! We had seen (and been told of) several lot listings that had sat on the MLS for several weeks, so it was great to have such quick response. I would recommend working with Gerry wholeheartedly! ~ Elizabeth
Gerry has represented me in the sale of 3 bay area homes which have sold quickly and without problems. As a former real estate agent, I know how rare this is. Gerry is able to anticipate and resolve issues before they arise, even if it involves rolling up his sleeves and getting dirty in the process. I will be using him for any future purchase or sale.
Elizabeth, Gerry was great! My attorney called him the best real estate broker he's works with. Always professional with incredible attention to detail and extensive knowledge of the market. Unequivocally recommend him. Please feel free to call if you would like to discuss further.
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"thank you for your incredible work selling my family home. I’ve thanked you via phone, but you did so many extras while getting the house ready for sale, and offered such professional and accurate advice, that a letter is a must.
The contacts you had (the painters, the inspectors) were excellent; timely and flawless."
"...as soon as I met you in person and talked with you, I was convinced you were a dedicated and competent realtor. I began to sleep at night!"
"Gerry, I can’t believe the price you were able to get for the house. I am astonished really, as the house was in such poor condition until you got your miracle hands on it. It’s just another indication of your excellence."
You have a friend in Washington State. (J. Trump)
Gerry is an outstanding agent with a perfect blend of professionalism, experience, pragmatism, and aggressiveness in representing a client! His communication skills are also excellent. Gerry helped me to sell a three-acre parcel with unusual zoning in a challenging location. This endeavor took some time and included several sales contracts that fell through. Throughout the process, Gerry was energetic and positive, demonstrating a seasoned knowledge of real estate practices and human nature. He was attentive to the important details of contracts and sales timelines, provided information and responded to all messages in the timeliest fashion, and utilized current technologies such as DocuSign to facilitate transactions. Gerry is one of the few agents in the area who has a solid knowledge of vacant land sales, along with his extensive experience in handling residential properties. I can highly recommend Gerry as a talented and effective real estate broker.
We are writing to express our pleasure with real estate agent Gerry Bakalian, who sold two of our hillside lots in Orinda. With his experience and professionalism, Gerry guided us through the entire process. We credit Gerry with the success of the sale of our property. He was there to assist us in reviewing all of the details, maneuvering through the few obstacles that arose while our property was on the market, and then walked us through a no-hassle escrow. This was our first time selling non-developed property, and we had no idea what to expect from the process. Gerry’s knowledge and experience with the Contra Costa County real-estate market was the only way we were able to have such a satisfying experience as sellers. To reiterate, we are nothing but pleased with Gerry Bakalian and his expertise and we recommend him to everyone.
Gerry was instrumental in helping us purchase the lot that we ultimately built our home on. His knowledge of the area, particularly with the history of properties was critical in negotiating the deal we required to make our project work. His insights & experience were invaluable throughout the lot selection process. We came to him with some very specific constraints and he was able to come through with multiple options. I would highly recommend him and would use him again if we decide to do another project!
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