Michelle recently helped us sell our house in Moraga. She's extremely knowledgeable about the house, neighborhood and town and made the entire process easy. Valued her advice on pricing, staging, inspections and negotiations. Would highly recommend her to anyone thinking of buying or selling in the area.
— Greg and Melanie, Moraga sellers
“They guided us beautifully.”
Why do you see so many Holcenberg Team signs in the Lamorinda area? Because, they are simply the best! These two professional women keep their fingers on the pulse of the current market. Of course, the final decisions are ours but we could trust them to know when to adjust pricing, when to negotiate, etc. They guided us beautifully. They listened to our feelings during an emotional time. Their follow up to our questions and e-mail messages were above and beyond our expectations. Not only did they sell our home, they did it with style.
— Dave and Diane, Moraga sellers
“I wouldn't have done anything differently!”
I worked with Wendy and Michelle for about a year-and-a-half through a house sale and a townhouse purchase. Looking back, we through a tremendous amount and accomplished so much! The house sale exceeded expectations and set me us nicely to purchase my next home. The house sale was very well-planned and executed. Wendy and Michelle and their team of experts guided me correctly the entire way. I wouldn't have done anything differently!
The house purchase took a little longer than expected due to market dynamics. I thought I would feel rushed by a real estate agent but at no point was there any pressure put upon me to settle for anything less than perfect (for me). In fact, when I was tired and wanted to give up many times Michelle would call and give me a little pep talk. She knew (I didn't) that we would find something that really made me happy and she was right! She was going to stick by me even if it took years!"
I can't recommend Wendy and Michelle enough. Many agents do their jobs well but there was something so personal and real they brought to the relationship.
— Pamela, Moraga buyer and seller
Michelle planned sales strategy with us including timing, staging, marketing, showing and offer management. She was spot on in every regard and it was very clear that her expertise resulted in our getting 8 offers, seven of which were over our asking price, and the highest ones exceeding our expectations. Michelle has now sold two houses and bought one for us over the past 13 years. She has been more than just a real estate agent to us. She's been a good friend. We trust her implicitly to act in our best interests with impeccable integrity.
— Marjie and Steve, Pleasant Hill sellers and Walnut Creek buyers and sellers
“There were no surprises or regrets after the sale was closed.”
We met Wendy in 1999 when we first entered the Lamorinda real estate market. We were new tot he area and definitely were experiencing the grim sticker shock of relocation from the Pacific Northwest. Wendy skillfully guided us with care to show only homes we might afford, pointing out the benefits and problems with all the properties. But it was after we submitted an offer that her real strengths became apparent. She is an advocate for her clients and as shown by the incredible attention to detail. There were no surprises or regrets after the sale was closed.
Fast forward 13 years and we used Wendy and Michelle both for selling our old home and finding a new place. They did a terrific job helping us upgrade and stage our home for selling -- we had an offer in a week! Miraculously, we placed an offer on a new home before our existing home had closed and the offer was accepted in an increasingly competitive marketplace in westside Alamo.
Selling, buying and moving are amongst the most stressful events in life -- reduce your stress by having Wendy and Michelle as your agents.
— Mark and Chrissy, Lafayette sellers and Alamo buyers
“She understood exactly what we wanted...”
Michelle was fantastic to work with when we bought our house in Walnut Creek. She understood exactly what we wanted, and when she saw the right house for us, she knew it immediately (and we bought it!) She was extremely responsive, timely, organized and followed-through with her commitments to us, without fail – she never skipped a beat. We felt like Michelle was constantly working for us 24/7, because she would see listings before we had a chance to, and she immediately notified us when a new listing appeared that we might like. Our only regret is that we didn’t use Michelle to sell our old house. Knowing how she works, we know we would have had a better experience if we had worked with her. We’ll definitely use her again for any future real estate needs.
— Iris and Todd, Walnut Creek buyers
As sellers from out of state, we really relied on Michelle to not only advise us on the market but to help us find the right people to do renovations and repairs as well as manage these trades people in our absence. She exceeded all of our expectation! She is not only the utmost professional and subject matter expert on all things relating to home sales in Lamorinda, she is the most honest, nicest, and reliable person you'd ever want to work with! Can't recommend this realtor enough...Thanks Michelle!
— Lisa and Ken, Moraga sellers
“In a seller's market, they brilliantly negotiated the contract...”
We moved from the East coast and used Wendy and Michelle as our agents. We didn’t have a lot of time to house hunt, but they used their knowledge of the area and their professionalism to select a group of homes across Lamorinda that best fit our needs. In a seller's market, they brilliantly negotiated the contract, led us smoothly through the real estate purchase process, coordinating inspections and analysis, and thoroughly researched and followed up on all aspects of purchasing our beautiful home.
— Elyse and Chris, Lafayette buyers
“Michelle went out of her way to make the entire process as smooth as possible...”
As first time home buyers we were quite overwhelmed by the entire process since there were a lot of unknowns, but Michelle made it easy for us and we whole-heartedly recommend her. We received her name from my in-laws, as Wendy was the selling agent on their house quite a few years back. When we first met Michelle she had picked out a number of homes that she wanted to show us and she also toured Lamorinda with us to help familiarize us with the are. Once we found the home we wanted, Michelle went out of her way to make the entire process as smooth as possible, scheduling all the inspections, attending some of them while we were out of town, and even taking phone calls from Legoland while she was on vacation to make sure the entire deal went through! She was extremely friendly, knowledgeable of the area, and helped educate us throughout the process. We cannot recommend her enough!
— Dave and Katie, Moraga buyers
Michelle was extremely helpful in selling our house, from assistance with the myriad of technical details and all the work that was done in preparation for the sale, but most important, holding our hand throughout the entire process. Clearly, she knows the local market and has plenty of expertise and experience but beyond that she is abundantly patient, emotionally supportive, and a strong advocate for us. We had multiple offers and ended up selling our home well over asking price much of which we attribute to her. We have sold many homes and she is by far the best realtor we have dealt with.
— Hope and Gary, Moraga Sellers
"She was critical and picky in very helpful ways, and probably spared us from ending up in the wrong house."
Michelle is an incredible agent - if we could give her 6 stars we would! As first-time home buyers we felt overwhelmed navigating the Bay Area housing market. Michelle started by showing us neighborhoods and teaching us about the East Bay, about houses and what to consider, all the while attentively listening to our desires and worries. Because she is also a mother and also moved from SF to the East Bay in the midst of having children, she brought such helpful perspective to our move and search. She was critical and picky in very helpful ways, and probably spared us from ending up in the wrong house. She was very patient, and helped us assess each property with a number of criteria beyond the basics of aesthetics and neighborhood. She was also realistic in laying out the trade-offs to consider. Michelle helped us to write a winning offer for the house of our dreams in Walnut Creek, and then proceeded to go above and beyond while we were in contract and even after we closed as we discovered little things that needed some work. She is truly a client service rockstar, and we will definitely be partnering with her in the future to buy or sell in the Bay Area!
— Lija and Jaron, Walnut Creek Buyers
"Her timeline was exact: my house had multiple offers over asking price in 1 week."
Michelle is professional, realistic, honest, and kind. I wanted to sell my home in Moraga and she made the process simple and successful. Her contacts were excellent for updating and staging. Her timeline was exact: my house had multiple offers over asking price in 1 week. I am thrilled with the sale and how easy she made it for me. I can not recommend Michelle Holcenberg highly enough.
— Judy, Moraga Seller
"She patiently walked us through all the steps of the process."
We worked with Michelle to sell our condo in Walnut Creek. She patiently walked us through all the steps of the process.
She was knowledgeable and always ready to give us her advice, recommendations, and to look for the best option for us.
The whole transaction felt like a breeze and we sold within a couple of days of putting the condo on the market.
I highly recommend Michelle and will be happy to work with her again!
— Tania and Fa, Walnut Creek Sellers
"She shepherded the transaction through the processes with skill."
Michelle was my agent when I was leaving San Francisco and looking to buy in the Diablo Valley, with easy BART access being a priority. Luckily, Michelle specializes in this area.
Michelle was extremely knowledgeable about the various options in and near Walnut Creek. I had a very specific price range and investment goal in mind, and Michelle showed me only properties that would fill those needs. She advised me about local amenities and neighborhoods. She shepherded the transaction through the processes with skill. Document signings were set up at convenient times and locations to accommodate my work schedule.
The condominium I purchased with Michelle's help has become the best home I've ever lived in, in my favorite neighborhood, in the best region of the Bay Area. I couldn't be happier with that decision.
Michelle is exceptionally qualified.
— Dennis, Walnut Creek Buyer
Michelle Holcenberg was an outstanding real estate agent. She listened to what we were looking for and worked tenaciously to help us get the home of our dreams. We are thrilled with the home, the yard, the location... absolutely everything!
— Nina and James, Lafayette Buyers
"Michelle was also the perfect coach, guiding us throughout the entire process."
My husband and I loved working with Michelle! She is so incredibly knowledgable and experienced. Not to mention responsive, hands on and patient. My husband and I are relocating to the East Bay having never spent time in any of the towns that we asked Michelle to look at with us, she provided wonderful guidance and spent many weekends with us making sure that we became familiar with all that each town and neighborhood had to offer. As first time buyers, Michelle was also the perfect coach, guiding us throughout the entire process. I cannot imagine a better experience and we are thrilled with the home we just purchased. Michelle is the best.
— Megan and Eric, Moraga buyers
"Her knowledge of this hot market was critical to our success."
We appreciated Michelle's integrity, knowledge and patience in our search for a family home in the Lamorinda area. We found the perfect home for our large family. Further, Michelle had great advice and connections to assist us with putting our personal touches on a great home! Would give her 6 stars for her honesty, ethics and ability to listen to our needs! Her knowledge of this hot market was critical to our success.
—Sarah and Pete, Moraga buyers