At the beginning of 2021, as we began contemplating selling our home, postcards from the Talbot Team started appearing in our mailbox showing a number of successful sales in our San Leandro neighborhood. Many of these listed sale prices that seemed almost too good to be true. Plus, Jade and Paul touted alternative approaches to the standard move out, stage, show for two weeks, and review offers. Since we have a young child, the prospect of minimizing disruption both on the sell-side and the eventual buy-side were very attractive. S...
At the beginning of 2021, as we began contemplating selling our home, postcards from the Talbot Team started appearing in our mailbox showing a number of successful sales in our San Leandro neighborhood. Many of these listed sale prices that seemed almost too good to be true. Plus, Jade and Paul touted alternative approaches to the standard move out, stage, show for two weeks, and review offers. Since we have a young child, the prospect of minimizing disruption both on the sell-side and the eventual buy-side were very attractive. So we figured we might as well see what the story was behind their listings, and added Talbot Team to the list of realtors we met with before selling our home.
Meeting with Jade and Paul in person reinforced our impression that they were attuned to our particular needs and desires, and well-suited to sell our house in this market and in our San Leandro neighborhood in particular. They asked all the right questions to gain the information they needed to set up the sale and market the house, but without being overly intrusive or pushy about anything. They reassured us by repeatedly saying that if things got too hectic, we could always hit pause on the sale and revisit later in the year. Even if real estate agents are ultimately in the business of selling houses, it was nice to hear that we would stay in the driver's seat of the process. After an in-person meeting, a few calls and Zooms, it was clear that Jade and Paul would work hard to get the home sold in the most efficient and fruitful way possible. Jade in particular had an intuitive sense that we wanted to move quickly, and she immediately matched that by laying out a rapid, but entirely doable sale schedule. We signed on with Talbot Team enthusiastically.
When the local sales market started to take off as we were prepping the home, Jade and Paul proposed a shift in sale strategy that turned out to be prescient and very sensitive to the micro-movements in the pace of local sales. And even though it required some last-minute changes on our end, the Talbots were very transparent in presenting the potential upsides along with the downsides of going for full market exposure.
In the end, in the space of one month, we had gone from meeting the Talbots for the first time to having over a dozen offers to choose from---really impressive! Don't get me wrong, selling on that timetable required a lot of effort by us as the sellers, but Jade, Paul, and Stevie put tremendous effort of their own to get the house ready to show and securing dozens of showing and a set of multiple strong offers. From consulting on self-staging and design choices, advising on vendors, navigating the complicated sales contracts, and even supplying some last-minute decor, Talbot Team were dedicated to getting us our best outcome throughout. (Also, these guys are all over the little things that make it easier, like an ongoing SMS text thread, shared Google Drive folders, and stopping by to deliver/pick-up keys and so on.) In the end, we were very pleased with the sale process, and highly doubt we would've ended up where we did without the energy and work Talbot Team put into our home.
After selling, we turned immediately to the buy-side, working more closely with Paul and Stevie. To be honest, in our experience, most Bay Area buy-side effort is put in by the buyers themselves, but Paul was ready with crucial inside info on what price buyers were looking for on particular properties, what certain restorations costs would be, what the drawbacks and benefits of various neighborhoods were, and helpful suggestions on the appropriate range of offer amounts when a list price was deliberately low. Happily, as buyers, we didn't get as much time to work with the Talbots as we expected, since we had an offer accepted in Oakland in our first week shopping, but the experience of getting under contract was smooth and easy.
As a final note, for buyers or sellers in San Leandro: Jade and Paul are members of the community who are invested in the city and its neighborhoods and care about it as a great place to live. If you are buying or selling here, I would put them at the top of your list!