I’d give her ten stars if I could!
I cannot say enough about Leslie and her amazing team. I’d give her ten stars if I could! After having my house on the market for over 6 months with another realtor and losing two sales, I started searching for a new agent as soon as our contract expired. Leslie had the most sales in Castro Valley by far. I was searching for a female agent this time and was pleased to see that Leslie had an entire female team! I probably was the most bruised and skeptical client she ever encountered. On top of that, she was dealing with my relying on funds from the sale to cover some of the purchase price of a new home we are building out of state.
Leslie and Sheryl came prepared to our first meeting with a personalized printed booklet of my property complete with comps of recent sales. As soon as I opened the door, I felt like old friends were entering my home and was immediately comfortable. Leslie’s genuine nature, together with her sales experience and knowledge of the area, made the decision for me to go with her instead of another realtor who also had the numbers. After telling her about my horrible experience with my past agent, she told me she had “her eye” on my property for awhile and wondered why it did not sell. She sat me down and divulged her plan to get the house sold as quickly as possible. She suggested some minimal staging (which she covered the cost of, where my past realtor was going to charge me), laid out a timeline and got it done! The stagers she works with “Staging By Us” did a fantastic job — exactly my taste and not too intrusive as I was living in the house. Leslie arranged for a professional videographer (Jay Caldwell) who created a video that made my modest bungalow look like a model home, which then appeared on the Leslie Petersen Team Facebook page and all the major real estate sites almost immediately. After the first weekend on the market, I had 5 offers and accepted an offer that was almost $70K over asking!
Our relationship did not end here. Like many other properties in the area, my buyer was an investor from out of the country. Because of this and my buyer’s 1031 exchange, escrow was delayed. I was a nervous wreck, but Leslie kept me in the loop every step of the way. I was never left in the dark (as previously with my former agent), but constantly updated with emails, texts and phonecalls. Leslie not only kept me up to date on the status of my sale, but the status of the sale of my buyer’s property, which he was relying on to purchase my property. With experience in the area comes familiarity with other agents/lenders/appraisers and Leslie had all these contacts/connections which put me in a place that kept me informed at all times. Additionally, she had a back-up offer in place who she also kept in close contact, just in case things didn’t work out with the sale.
Picking the right real estate agent is imperative in this competitive market. Selling your home could be an emotional roller coaster but Leslie has kept me steady and was always straightforward, honest and empathetic to my needs. If you have a house to sell in Castro Valley or ANY of the surrounding areas, your search for an agent should end right here. The Leslie Peterson Team/Evolve will represent you with your best interest in mind and will go above and beyond what you expect from any agent.