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Francine Di Palma
Senior Sales Associate
1625 Shattuck Ave.,
Berkeley, CA 94709
Francine Di Palma, CRS, SRES, E-Pro|
Direct Line: 510-982-4421
What My Clients Say
The transaction went quite smoothly because of your guidance and expertise. You showed a fine sensitivity and patience during a time of great family change. Your experience and firm hand during the homeowner chaos of the preparation phase led to a very successful sale. We appreciate your ability to balance a family's emotional needs with the construction upheaval and all the legal details. Thanks for all of your help.
MS & RB, 12/2010
A friend referred me to Francine as she worked with her in the past and had a great experience. Francine was very supportive and made the transaction smooth. She is a great professional to work with. She assisted with all of the steps and kept me well informed. I would refer her to another person and use her again.
After having worked with three realtors and not feeling like we were getting the best advice and help, I decided to read the reviews on all realtors...and came across Francine Di Palma. Sitting in our first home as I write this, I am happy to report back on how Francine helped us get to this happy ending.
I think we may have been a real estate agent's worst nightmare. At first we thought we wanted one thing, then over time changed our minds, and then changed our minds again! As first time home buyers we were clueless, but seemed to think we knew what we wanted. Cheers to Francine for her patience, and offering of straight forward, intelligent, solid advice when we most needed it. Her knowledge and feedback based on years of experience really educated us in the entire process of buying a home. She worked tirelessly with us, and provided us with emotional support when it was needed. When we found THE house, Francine made everything happen within 36 hours despite having been in the ER part of the time from an earlier accidental fall.
She was not like the other agents who just wanted to make the sale. Francine was just the opposite. We always felt that she had our best interests in mind and wanted us to be happy with the purchase in the end. We couldn't have asked for a better real estate agent. She is the best in the area, especially if you are looking in Berkeley and the surrounding areas.
To top it off, we really really like and respect her as a person.
Dr. KY & MP
Francine Di Palma helped me sell my house in Temescal. She is very experienced and of the agents I met, she spoke the most directly and honestly to me. She didn't sugar coat things at a time when the housing market was in trouble, yet represented me enthusiasticaly to obtain, what I felt, was a very good result. She was a lot of fun to work with, was always responsive and gave me sound advice. I highly recommend Francine as a real estate broker.
If I could imagine a friend who was completely
trustworthy, loyal, dependable and willing to go the
extra mile in a time of need, I would hope to find one
that treated me the way that Francine Di Palma
approached her work with me. Francine made a strong
impression three years ago, when I first thought of
buying a house, and I had called her on the
recommendation of a friend, to whom I will always be grateful...Late this summer, the sale of the rental I was living in forced me to make a decision - do I keep renting, or buy a house? I decided to buy and immediately thought of Francine. She is highly intelligent, knowledgeable, professional and ethical. She responded to my urgent situation by deciding to go full force and she delivered. With the skill of a trained psychologist, she remained calm and clear and her experienced, upbeat manner lent me great support. Through her expertise, kindness, humor, generosity and ethical professionalism, I was easily able to sort out important decisions and keep my focus on rational decision-making...It was a very intense, brief relationship and I never felt that Francine was intrusive, overbearing, or dismissive. She took a real interest in my situation, which included finding the right quarters for two home-based businesses. She helped me find a lender who was superb, and tradespeople that were all top performers. I could not have met my deadline without her. If you want to be respected, informed, and know that you are in the hands of an expert, I highly recommend Francine Di Palma.
Carrie and Gale
Francine gave me all the confidence I needed to tackle
selling my condo from abroad. I had never sold a
property before and was nervous about the process,
which was complicated by not being physically nearby.
Francine boiled down the complicated proceess for me,
giving me the confidence we could manage a successful
sale despite the logistical challenges.
She took care of everything and was a true
professional all the way to the end. The sale was a
big success and I could not have been more pleased.
We would like to thank Francine Di Palma for her
expert and smooth handling of both the purchase and
the sale of a Berkeley home. The recent sale was
fraught with bumps that Francine negotiated with calm competence. She assured us that everything would work out well, and she was right! Although the situation was especially difficult with many steps leading to the house, and with the house part of a condominium association, the sale closed at over the asking price. We unconditionally recommend Francine because she is a highly competent professional who is also ethical, efficient, and engaging.
Janet and Rick
Buying a house with Francine Di Palma was both a very pleasurable and very successful experience. We searched for a home in the Berkeley/Kensington/Albany area for 8 months. We were selective buyers. She was very patient and kept the process moving for us. Francine is experienced, very conscientious, timely and thorough. She is both professional and has a great sense of humor! Francine knows this area and market very, very well. She walked us through the offer, inspection and close processes flawlessly with excellent professional referrals. Francine was a champion for us every step of the way! We would do business with Francine again and would recommend her to you.
Tammy and John
You treated me like a friend would with trust and
respect. How can I ever thank you enough for making
my dream come true.
We had the privilege and pleasure of working with
Francine when we purchased our first home...and
recommend her unconditionally.
...Francine was very truthful and realistic with us on
the realities of suitable houses for us. Top of mind
for Francine was our individual situation financially
and as parents of a toddler. She acted as a
cheerleader during such an emotional pursuit.
...(She) connected us with a great mortgage broker who
obtained our mortgage for us. The seller's agent for
the house we bought was an agent she had worked with
in the past. Her credibility and reputation in this
market is an asset to her clients...Francine was able
to foresee our needs where we were not.
...In addition to Francine's professionalism and hard
working ethic she also has a great personality and is
a lot of fun to work with. She keeps the whole
process real...We would be happy to answer any
questions you might have...
Sean & Felicia R.
It is with pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation...Francine was very knowledgeable of the market and from the outset, provided our family with a candid assessment of what to expect in terms of "asking price." She also provided guidance and
assistance for us in terms of hiring experts to assist us in getting the house in a sellable condition. We relied on her knowledge and her follow-up in terms of hiring experts...I most appreciated the fact that we had such good communication throughout the process.
As a "post-9/11" house sale, we faced a difficult time to sell. I attribute the escrow close of approximately 60 days after the house was first shown, to be a result of Francine's hard work, knowledge, practicality, creativity, and professional connections. Based upon my experience and observations of her, I believe her to be a consummate professional who possesses a "can do" attitude, who is ethical, patient yet firm when necessary, and able to get along well with all types of people. She is most importantly, someone I have respect for as a person, and who I found to be a pleasure to work with. I have no hesitation in recommending Francine to anyone who seeks these qualities in a broker.
Without reservation, Francine Di Palma is a very talented and effective real estate agent...Francine helped us to sell our Berkeley home in which we had lived for over 18 years. One of the reasons we first selected Francine was that we very much liked her calm manner, and that calmness pervaded throughout all the ups and downs of the sale...Francine stayed levelheaded and optimistic even during the most stressful moments. But most importantly, she was thorough in all her work and ensured that all the legal requirements had been met. Francine was incredibly professional and we give her much of the credit for our receiving six very good offers - within one week of it going on the market... You would be very wise to select Francine as your agent.
Amy and Robert
Francine has served as my agent in two real estate transactions, once in a purchase and once in a sale. Her level of professionalism and sheer skill are unparalleled compared to other agents I have worked with...I have been consistently impressed with her broad knowledge, her high level of energy, and her timely responsiveness. Francine commands great respect within her community and has established a comprehensive network of high-quality, professional contacts, whom she draws upon for inspections, seismic engineering work, finance and so forth. Perhaps most important to her line of work, Francine is an expert negotiator. Not only is Francine a savvy professional, but she is meticulously open and up front in all her dealings and places highest priority on her client's interest. In short, Francine Di Palma has been a joy to work with and I recommend her services without reservation.
Francine's assistance proved invaluable. She was not only extremely efficient, but tactful, optimistic, cheerful, never pushy, and ready to respond in a constructive way to my concerns and perplexities...She is a great professional and I count on her assistance also for the second part of my adventure: the acquisition of my new home.
....how tremendously we appreciate having had Francine Di Palma to handle the sale and to guide us through the entire process. The time she gave, the trouble she took, were immeasurable; her practical and sensible advice was invaluable, and her instinct for our particular circumstances and needs was unfailing. We feel extremely fortunate to have been in such experienced and capable hands - and to have met a most charming and civilized person...
Diane and Richard
...When it was time for me to sell the house that our family had called home for thirty six years, it was particularly important to me...I sensed immediately that I had found an agent with unique qualifications. This was demonstrated at every step. Throughout the process, it was clear that her priority was superior service. She was 100% dependable in keeping appointments, answering calls, and keeping me informed as our endeavor progressed...she readily answered my questions so that I consistently felt fully informed about what was happening. Very important to me were her sense of humor, her sensitive support...with absolutely no reservation whatsoever, I recommend Francine Di Palma to anyone who needs an outstanding realtor with whom to work in selling his or her house.
Francine Di Palma, CRS, SRES, E-Pro
Direct Line: 510-982-4421
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