Jane is extraordinary. She is talented, experienced and deeply loyal to her clients. A rare combination.
She represented us in our purchase of our home in the Piedmont area. After we identified the right house for our family, we bid and then closed the transaction in 3 weeks. Because of her negotiation acumen and her knowledge of the local Piedmont / Oakland market, we were able to negotiate a purchase price that was significantly below the fair market value of the house. This has been verified by independent appraisals of the property after the fact. Jane was able to accomplish this in the fall of 2015--a "seller's" market in the Bay Area and one of the most competitive in recent times.
During the process, she went above and beyond the call of duty. Jane arranged for multiple inspections on the property and addressed all of our concerns. She went so far as to work with the city and the head of the planning department to address and solve legacy permit issues. Throughout the process, there was no doubt whose interests she was looking out for.
I strongly endorse Jane and her team if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the East Bay. You will be in good hands. Best of luck to you and your family if you buying or selling a home.
DJ Grubb - President of The Grubb Company
“Jane’s expertise in client representation, marketing and negotiation makes her an outstanding member to The Grubb Company.”
"Simply put, Jane Strauch is a gifted professional. From start to finish, Jane and her team offer everything from managing the details of preparing your home for sale in order to maximize your sale price, to expert negotiating skills in the heat of the moment, to providing the emotional support everyone needs to shop for and prevail in the purchase of a home in the crazy Bay Area housing market.
Jane recently helped our family navigate a sale and purchase. On the sell side, Jane's work secured an all-cash offer that closed in 7 days and resulted in a price that far exceeded our wildest hopes. Her team took care of everything from replacing plumbing fixtures, to painting, to personally interacting with the more than 100 prospective buyers that flowed through our house during the first weekend of open houses. Jane is one of the few brokers that will hold your house open on both Saturday and Sunday - a brilliant move since most house shoppers are chomping at the bit by the time Saturday rolls around.
On the buy side, Jane and her team painstakingly scrutinized every home that came on the market that met our criteria for months. Jane's network of relationships with other brokers and her status as a top performer means selling brokers take her calls and provide extra detail and insight critical to your ability to evaluate each prospect. By the time you consider bidding on a house with Jane, you know everything there is to know about the house, including the motivation of the sellers and the range your offer will need to be in to prevail.
Jane was available to us 24/7. She communicated clearly and fully. She kept us apprised and answered every question we put to her with grace and humor. I've never worked with someone with such a broad set of professional skills. The only downside to our now being happily moved in to our new house is that we won't be able to work with Jane any more."
The La Piana - McFarland Family
"After 18 years in our lovely Piedmont home we fell in love with a new house we stumbled across. We had no realtor and no plans for selling our current home. We called Jane on the recommendation of a friend and she helped us to make the decision to move forward, then to negotiate the purchase at a fair price including the almost unheard of contingency in this market of needing to sell our current home. The offer was accepted and Jane swung into action on our Piedmont home. Within days we had an army of craftsmen, helpers, and painters in, completing what my wife described as ten years of deferred maintenance in 10 days. Jane then organized the marketing of our house. After one weekend of open houses, over a week of showings we had more than 130 potential buyers through the house and sold it with multiple offers, well over asking, on terms all in our favor. Jane coordinated simultaneous closings working very well with both our buyers’ realtor and the realtor representing the sellers of our new house. Throughout this process Jane and her team were amazingly responsive, flexible and supportive. At the end of this process we consider both Jane, and her assistant Carrie, to be good friends."
The McKillop-Nussbam Family
"Jane did an outstanding job for our family in the selling of our Piedmont home. She brings to the process a thorough understanding of the Piedmont real estate market and community. Her guidance and recommended resources during the preparation of our house for sale were spot on. During the negotiation phase Jane lead us through the process, helping to evaluate offers and obtain the best overall agreement. We continue to value Jane not only as a business partner but as a neighbor."
Laura Pochop & Chad Olcott - Owners of Mulberry's Market
"We can't say enough about working with Jane Strauch to list and sell our Piedmont home. Jane was a critical piece of the entire process. She helped us think through the most effective timing and to come up with the right sale price, and she also guided us through most effectively 'fluffing' our family home to make it attractive to the widest audience of potential buyers. She even helped arrange for us to stay in a hotel for a week during the busiest week of showings, and took care of our dog to boot. Talk about full-service! We were thrilled with the results -- multiple offers for well over our asking price within two weeks."
The Davis Family
"It is said that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. With Jane representing us, it was the opposite - she took care of the whole process and it was simply plain sailing from start tofinish. From my initial meeting with Jane I knew we were going to be in good hands. I was very particular about how I wanted the house to look, but having seen some of Jane's impressive recent sales I was left in no doubt that she would do a great job. Jane knows exactly what it takes to make your house look its most beautiful in the most amazingly short time and with minimal amount of fuss.
Jane is extremely likeable and engaging as well as so efficient and professional at her job. She kept us involved in all the big decisions while quietly behind the scenes, she was dealing with all the details: our relocation company, inspectors, city hall, odd jobs, paint, disclosures - everything.
We launched the house for sale on the first weekend in January - not traditionally the most popular time for selling. The house looked – if I may say – stunning, and we got the most incredible response. Jane had organized a great website with beautiful photography. We got multiple offers, way beyond the asking price. We accepted an offer from a wonderful family, and actually closed on the sale before January was out! I don't think it is possible to wish for a quicker, smoother and happier transition. I
unequivocally would not hesitate to recommend Jane."
The Aurora Family
"Jane Strauch did an outstanding job in selling our home. She guided us through every step of the process, and her attention to detail was impeccable. She was always available to promptly answer our questions. We, of course, wanted to realize the highest possible value for our home. Jane was very good at showing our house in the best possible light, both in the print media as well as on the internet. With her in-depth sense of the current local market, and her savvy negotiation skills, Jane got us a price that wasn’t just a home run – it was a grand slam!
We HIGHLY recommend Jane to anyone looking for the "BEST in the BUSINESS" to sell their home."
The Kohr Family
“With the overwhelming pressure already weighing upon us with this huge life transition as well as the financial magnitude, you were there for us every painstaking step of the way! From providing valuable pre-listing market information to sharing staging resources to expertly navigating through an outside relocation company and not to mention responding to our very specific creative demands ... you delivered with composure! Your keen insight and understanding of the volatile Piedmont housing market and urgency for optimal timing proved to be the difference when the offers came in. We certainly did not have to wait long as every one of the multiple offers came in well above asking price and within 9 days. As the emotional dust has settled for us it's considerably easier to reflect on all of the components that you managed so effectively all the time walking the line between neighborhood friend and real estate professional.
Jane, we cannot thank you enough for helping us through a very scary but exciting time for our family! We loved our home on 25 Portsmouth and are so happy to have left our mark in one of the best neighborhoods in the best community in the Bay Area!”
Mrs. Lois Westmont
"My warmest thanks for your professionalism in the selling of my Piedmont house. No detail escaped your efficient oversight in the complicated process of presentation, marketing and negotiation. You are terrific! I am most grateful!"
Stefan Birnbaum - 28 Year Certified Residential Appraiser
"Jane has unsurpassed market expertise and professionalism. Her listings consistently sell at top dollar prices. She will negotiate the best possible price for her buyers. No Realtor knows the Piedmont/Oakland/Berkeley market better than Jane. She is a true pleasure to work with."
The Molmen Family
"Jane did a terrific job for us in selling in Piedmont house and buying in Oakland. She knows the market, understands how to get a house ready, refers appropriate and responsive resources, and closes the deal. Her best strength is in negotiations, finding the tipping point both with selling and buying. She started as our broker and continues as our friend."
The Stein-Merit Family
"What can I say but Thank you, thank you, Thank you! You have been so wonderful throughout the many months of our house search, and I feel so lucky to have found not only a wonderful realtor but a great new friend. We are so excited to move into our new house and thank you for all of your patience, perseverance, hard work and humor – you are simply the best!"
The Valen Family
"We were very concerned about choosing the right realtor to help us navigate the challenging and shifting waters of Piedmont real estate. Jane exceeded our expectations by lending a level of personal commitment and concern not just for the house – but for the entire family. She was savvy and professional about every aspect of the process and her instincts were always spot on. What we appreciated most about Jane, though, was how genuine and candid she was with us – even when it couldn’t have been easy.
I think Jane is a unique gem in this business and would certainly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell in the East Bay."
Chad & Laura
"We would wholeheartedly recommend Jane Strauch to anyone looking to buy in the East Bay. We bought our house last January, and ended up actually making the offer and counteroffer while we were at a family wedding on the east coast. Jane knew how to advise us to prevail against some heated competition -- there were eight other offers -- and skillfully coordinated details of the sale while we were out of town."
The Price Family
"My Mom, Shirley Price lived in Piedmont for nearly 60 years where she was dynamic community volunteer and leader. She volunteered immeasurable hours to support many community causes including Children’s Hospital, Piedmont Garden Club, Piedmont Police Department and the Piedmont Historical Society. She was volunteer of the year in 1996 and in 2009, was even bestowed the honor of Grand Marshall of the 4th of July Parade. To say she knew everyone in town was and understatement, this included a multitude of real estate agents. When it came time to sell her longtime home, she chose Jane Strauch to represent her. My Mom appreciated Jane’s energy, straight forward style and ability to manage the process. What mattered most though was Jane’s ability to get my Mom the highest possible selling price, which was evidenced when she received three over asking offers within a matter of just a few days. This gave my Mom such piece of mind and made it possible for her to move forward to her next home. My brother, sisters and I were grateful. Thank you so much Jane!"
Pat George - Piedmont Varsity Football Coach 1999-2000
"Jane knew exactly what to do to position our Piedmont home for a successful sale. She was there for us every step of the way included solving a challenging appraisal issue that came up during our escrow. We would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone buying or selling a home."
The Narter Family
"We wanted to thank your for the wonderful job you did on helping us to find the right home in Piedmont. Because we were neighbors, we were concerned that our personal relationship would make it awkward for us to have a professional relationship as well, but from our first meeting you made it clear that we would keep the business of looking for a home separate from our relationship as neighbors.
Throughout the process you showed nothing but the utmost professionalism. You were extremely knowledgeable about past transactions, tendencies of other agents, and real estate related legal issues. You were firm in stating your views on pricing and structuring bids, but you were also supportive of all decisions we made. Although buying or selling a home can be quite emotional, you always kept a cool head. You were patient with as we looked at many houses, and worked with us to define what we were looking for.
In the end, you handled a difficult transaction in a way that made us really come to admire your hard work and dedication."
Judy – Agent
"I would love to work with you again. For what its worth, my experience with you was one of the best experiences of the year and I had 27 escrows. You are pleasant, helpful, and a good communicator who seems to have a reasonable approach to problem solving."
Ronnie Del Carmen - Co Director of Inside Out
"Jane was indispensable in selling our house in Piedmont and helping us buy our home in Oakland. She is the best!"
Dorie V. Gallinatti - Past President of the Oakland Association of Realtors
"We hired Jane Strauch as our Realtor for 61 Sharon Avenue, Piedmont, after having interviewed many. She struck us at once as professional, enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable. We liked her "feel" for the city of Piedmont, which is a very unique community surrounded by Oakland, along with the fact that she was ready to start working on our behalf immediately.
Jane proved her worth by listing, advertising, holding Open Houses, and showing the property in the first week. In no time at all, we had several excellent offers ready for presentation, and we were able to select one and move to escrow. It was a smooth transition for the Sellers from listing signing to offer acceptance to close of escrow, thanks to Jane's expertise.
We highly recommend Jane and know she will do as excellent a job for you as she did for us."
The Matchette Family
"We were impressed with Jane’s knowledge and intuition regarding the markets in Piedmont and Oakland. We also appreciated your openness to consult with in order others to give us the best professional advice. We valued your advocacy on our behalf and your friendship."
The Atkinson Family
"When the family was ready to move, we looked at many outstanding Realtor's in the Piedmont-Oakland area. We talked with business associates and friends and put a list together of the agents we wanted to meet with. After having our Realtor's tour our property, and make suggestions, the family put together a short list, and had the real estate agents roll out their presentations. After a long day and some wonderful presentations-- one candidate shined- and this was Jane Strauch. She went to work right away and we had seven offers in 7 days that were over the asking price. We couldn't be more pleased with how fast and smooth the closing went. Jane was communicating with us all the time and the family wouldn't hesitate to use her services in the future. If you are looking for a consummate professional who keeps it fun. Contact Jane- She's a gem."
"Ms. Strauch did an admirable job representing my recent sale of a residence on Portsmouth Rd in Piedmont. Definitely a take-charge sort of saleswoman, Ms. Strauch had the property inspected, cleaned, prepped and on the market in less than two weeks – with a “sale pendng” sign a few days after that. A regular real estate dynamo, with negotiating skills second to none. And a please to work with, patient with my many questions and actively soliciting opinions and feedback wherever necessary and appropriate. A professional realtor, good to have on your side. Thanks, Jane!"
“Jane was referred to me by my neighbor who had heard great recommendations from both buyers and sellers in the neighborhood. Getting the highest possible selling price was paramount to us and after sitting down with Jane just once we knew she was the realtor for the job. Jane’s marketing was fresh, fabulous and far reaching. The photos, website and descriptions, I think, all really helped to get the buyers in the front door. I loved that Jane lives in the neighborhood and her kids go to the nearby Piedmont schools. I think this really helped to build rapport and credibility, especially with the SF buyers. She could speak firsthand about our 4th July block party and point out a little known public walk pathway up to Wildwood. I believe it was all these little things that made big differences in our achieved sales price. After just 11 days on the market, we ended up with multiple offers and were then able to negotiate up to the highest possible price. We closed just 17 days later. “