Celia Concus, Certified Residential Specialist
289 Arlington Avenue
Kensington, CA 94707
Celia Concus is the consummate professional. Marvin Gardens receives wonderful letters from her clients, and we believe that they speak most eloquently about her work and what you can expect from her.
FROM HOME BUYERS
Jim F. and Katherine M.:
“Celia is the tireless and tenacious advocate you need in the East Bay real estate market. It became clear to us during the course of our search that just about every agent in Berkeley, Kensington, Albany and El Cerrito knows and respects Celia, and takes her interest in a property very seriously. She is so plugged in that she alerted us about the house we bought before it even came on the market—and is so attuned to the styles of local agents that she anticipated precisely what terms would be attractive to the agent listing our new home. When Celia makes a suggestion, you should heed it as instruction.
...She will never encourage you to bid on a house that doesn’t make sense for you or your family. In fact, she’ll probably talk you out of a number of ill-informed enthusiasms before introducing you to the home that suits you practically, aesthetically, and economically. You’ll never feel that Celia is rushing you to make an offer, or pushing you to offer more than you can afford. Your interests are Celia’s interests, and she’ll stand by you start to finish.”
“She was rational in an irrational market. Doesn’t she realize, I would wonder, that she is never going to make any money off me until and unless I buy something? But she never showed the slightest interest in making money. Her only interest was in finding me a house.”
Mark and Tim:
“We wanted to thank you for all you have done for us. You have been truly extraordinary in customer service and satisfaction. We appreciate you patience with us over the past nine months of finding our beautiful home.”
FROM HOME SELLERS
“Dear Celia, Thank you for all the genius, intuition, ingenuity, hard work and sheer magic you used to get our home on the market.”
“Any seller would do well to be her client. As trustee for my mother’s estate, I was responsible for selling her house in El Cerrito. Celia was very knowledgeable about the entire process including the special requirements of an estate sale. She coordinated the many services (stagers, inspectors, cleaners, handymen, painters) that were necessary to put the house in the most desirable form. She kept everyone on track so we could meet our ambitious schedule. This, combined with her unerring instincts about the market and pricing, lead to an outstanding result.”
Al and Connie W.:
“We wish to express our sincere appreciation for the professional competence, friendly demeanor, and sound judgment Celia Concus displayed when representing us during the recent sale of our home. She assisted us in getting the house ready for display, convinced us of the wisdom of having both a pest and a home inspection, aided us in establishing a realistic price, and clearly explained all the legal requirements of selling a house. The flyer was very well done and the advertising was thorough. The first open house was highly successful, many people looked at the house after the showing, we have a very acceptable offer in less than a week, and the sale closed in less than three weeks. Selling your home after almost 40 years can never be easy but Celia made it as painless as possible and for that she has our gratitude.”
Jim and Linda J.:
“Color us delighted. We are so pleased that everything went off without a hitch. Working with you on this house has been an absolute joy. Thank you for your wise counsel, your prompt and helpful attention to all of our various requests for assistance, and for the good humor you brought to everything. We are so fortunate that we teamed up with you.”
“As to helping us get our house to the best level of quality possible, we can only sing praise of Celia. I don’t know what it is, an eye for color? A sense of what strikes people in that first 30 seconds? Some a priori knowledge of ‘house as nest’ that is written in our genes? She had a short list of contractors for virtually any task and was always willing to come by and give advice or meet... If I tried to explain how we got so many offers or why they were higher than we’d dared to think we’d get or why the terms were so good, I couldn’t. It seemed irrational to me. But it just all came together to a degree that people just instantly and completely fell in love with the place. Psychology, I guess. Experience, definitely. All I can say is that having Celia ‘manage the program’ made it easier. Sure it took work, but none was wasted and it all paid off handsomely."
"To whoever is reading this and pondering who to have help you in buying or selling a house, stop now. You’re at the right spot. Take a little time to know Celia. It won’t be a waste of your time.”
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