I consider a transaction a success when clients are satisfied and we finish our business as friends.
Over the past seven years, Lisa Barkalow sold two of my houses, one in North County and the other in Monterey, plus my wife’s house in the Alta Mesa neighborhood of Monterey. Lisa is especially adept at finding the right buyer for a property. Qualified and enthusiastic buyers were quickly identified and subsequent price negotiations proceeded without any significant hiccups. Each transaction was handled smoothly, thoroughly and professionally. The turnaround time for each property was remarkably quick largely due to Lisa’s experience and expertise in residential real estate, and her uncanny ability in matching buyers with sellers. I believe both parties were very happy with the outcomes, and, in each instance, we felt that our houses ended up in caring hands. I recommend Lisa Barkalow highly as a real estate agent worthy of serious consideration whether buying or selling.
Lisa made selling my house a fun experience. She was always a pleasure to work with, and her real estate expertise was invaluable – from input on things-to-do in preparation to ‘show’ the house, to market data on pricing. Her enthusiasm was contagious and she was always available to answer questions and lend a helping hand. The house was sold, and escrow closed, in less than two months!
~Mary Ellen Scharffenberger
My husband and I recently had the pleasure to work with Lisa on the purchase of our incredible new home. Lisa was there to guide us every step of the way. She was incredibly patient with us and answered all of our questions. Purchasing a new home can be a very stressful experience. With Lisa's knowledge and guidance we knew we could trust her to make the situation run as smoothly as possible. We are very happy with our decision and could not have done it without her. Thank you, Lisa!
~Pam Van Valkenburgh
In 45 years of law practice in Monterey County I have retained and worked with dozens of real estate brokers. Lisa Barkalow is one of the best agents I have ever worked with! She recently represented one of my clients in the sale of a substantial Pebble Beach property and her work was flawless. Always available, always attentive, always focused on achieving the best possible result for my client. We were able to obtain an excellent selling price with no hitches and even a shortened escrow period. I am delighted to recommend her without reservation.
I am a sixty-four year old psychologist, and I began buying and selling real estate when I was twenty-two. Over that time period, I have worked with many realtors. I began working with Lisa, fifteen years ago, and have bought and sold ten properties under Lisa's guidance. With out a doubt, Lisa Barkalow is the best realtor that I have ever worked with. She is exceptional. Lisa is not only warm and friendly, and therefore easy to work with, but her knowledge of the market and professionalism is extraordinary. Lisa has an amazing way of listening to her clients desires, and then works endless hours to search for the exact property that I am wanting to purchase. Lisa studies trends in the market, and has a deep understanding of how to prepare a property to be sold. All my transactions with Lisa, have closed "on time", and without any difficulty. I believe this is the result of Lisa's amazing organizational skills and her relationships with other professionals in the real estate community, such as home inspectors, architects, builders, and stagers. Lisa clearly knows how to get the job done, in a timely fashion. It is an absolute honor to recommend Lisa Barkalow. There is no other realtor that I would use, or work with. As I wrote before, Lisa is extraordinary.
~Amy L. Roth, Ph.D
I am writing to express my appreciation and gratitude to your office, specifically with regard to the team of Lisa Barkalow and Jacquie Adams, who were the listing agents for our home on York Road in Monterey. We were extremely satisfied with their performance in handling the entire process efficiently, with professionalism and high standards. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing their expertise in the future. We had the home on York Road built for us over 27 years ago. As you can imagine, we had a lot of emotional attachment to the property. The thought of selecting a Realtor was overwhelming at first. Although my husband and I had known Lisa for almost 30 years, the reasons we selected her to be our agent were not solely due to our friendship. Our selection was based on her impressive resume and her positive personal qualities. Lisa is an experienced realtor. She has also proven herself in various other business arenas. She is highly educated, multilingual, and an excellent writer. She is also an excellent listener, and a most articulate and persuasive communicator. Combine these qualities with her high ethical standards, her impeccable good taste, her great business partner, and there was no one else for us to consider. Our home sold very quickly, for near our asking price, to a wonderful family. We are happily adjusting to a new community and a new home. We owe the majority of our success to our outstanding listing agents.
~George and Ruth Nye
We just sold our home - in 48 hours, for only $4000 less than our asking price, to a buyer with no loan contingency - outstanding in today's market! We succeeded because of Lisa Barkalow's sound advice and astute marketing. We began talking to Lisa almost two years ago, and she advised us on how to make the house more appealing to potential buyers - neutral paint colors inside and out, improved landscaping, etc. And, Lisa began to provide us with daily electronic updates on the housing market in our area, invaluable to us when it came time to price our home. Lisa advised us to have a home inspection in advance of listing, and was ready with suggestions for people to do improvements indentified in the inspection report. Once escrow opened, there was a bewildering amount of detail and paperwork that needed to be completed, and on a 30 day schedule; Lisa guided us through the whole process, and did so with a positive and engaging attitude. Several neighbors who came by during Open House commented how friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable Lisa was; that was our experience working with her throughout the transaction.
~Steve Baker, Retired
My family really enjoyed working with Lisa Barkalow in our search for our first home. She was extremely patient with us, and we searched for over a year! Our situation was unique and she was really helpful and flexible. Lisa never lost sight of her goal of getting us the home we wanted for the best price. She is professional and efficient yet, also sweet and kind. She has become one of our favorite people on the Peninsula! I would recommend her to anyone as she did an amazing job and made us quite happy. We love our new home!
~Hilary Fritsch, DDS.
My wife and I wanted to write a letter of praise to our Realtor, Lisa Barkalow. Lisa is an exceptional professional who provided us with great advice and support - particularly as we were first time home sellers in difficult economic times. As the house remained on the market for some time, and low offers came and went, we found ourselves very comfortable discussing our options with Lisa who always looked out for our best interests. She worked tirelessly on our behalf, went beyond our expectaions and never pressured or cajoled us to make a rash decision. In the end, our house did not sell for a price we were willing to accept. We know, however, that we will be requesting Lisa Barkalow to be our agent when we return to the market in the years to come.
~Neal Stanbury, Jodi Harskamp
Thank you so much for making our dream come true! We love our new house! Thank you, Lisa, for being so professional; you have been here for each visit and always listened and answered any concern...I know we are here today thanks to you. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.
~Jim and Sylvie Horning, Educators
Lisa has been exemplary in terms of expertise, creative problem solving, and client support at many different levels. She has done a great job of "reading" me and ferreting out my preferences as they shifted overtime. Throughout this process, Lisa has shown a depth of knowledge, professionalism and thoroughness. I never once felt like any detail was left dangling, or any option overlooked. Futhermore, it has indeed been fun to problem solve together, and I have always felt that she has been the strongest ombudsmen in my behalf. Finally, I have to say how grateful I am for Lisa's patience and understanding...Lisa's optimism and upbeat perspective has been a valuable foil...In summary, I would whole-heartedly recommend Lisa to any friends, relatives and acquaintances. It has been an unalloyed pleasure to work with her.
~Dr. Dan Dolk, Professor
Lisa Barkalow is a wonderful Realtor and person. She has made our life wonderful. We found a flyer with Lisa's information on it. We were very lucky...she is a prize. She knew all our needs and wants and delivered on every aspect. There aren't enough words to say how great she is. She found our perfect house and she has become very dear to our family.