Berkeley Homes

Ira & Carol Serkes
Pacific Union/Christie's International
Berkeley, CA USA
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Buyer Testimonials
What our buyers say about working with us

The following letter is in enthusiastic support for utilizing your expert real estate services.

As you know, we interviewed three other potential real estate agents who, though competent, did not demonstrate the level of expertise that you did, nor did we feel the personal connection that we felt almost immediately with you. (more..)
Emily and Kevin Ahlvin
829 Carmel, Albany
  This is a letter certifying the stellar job done by Ira & Carol Serkes in locating my new home in Berkeley. Notwithstanding the logistical challenges of working with one from Singapore, Ira & Carol did extensive research, were extremely courteous and professional, and showed homes that always fit the criteria articulated to them. They utilized the latest web enabled communications and visual tools allowing for efficient pre-selection. I would most unequivocally recommend Ira and Carol to anyone buying a home in the Bay Area. They truly are a delightful team to work with.

We find their high tech, web, and email based service very efficient. Allowing us to minimize our time while not overlooking good prospects. Their well-organized efforts made the stressful task fo finding and closing on a house much easier to bear.
Last but not least, their “aim to please” attitude are not just words, they put their money where their mouth is and really delivered for us. We cannot recommend them highly enough.

Yue-Min Wong

With Ira, we were able to formulate a contract in which the sellers agreed to install additional drainage in the even that we deemed such work necessary, potentially saving us thousands of dollars in the future.

Kara Vuicich & David Radwin
You never tried to take advantage of this crazy market to pressure us, but gave us the information we needed to make up our own minds, only offering opinions about what to offer when asked. And you did it all in a courteous and professional way, without being smarmy or manipulative

Brian Mikulak & Trent Orr

I highly recommend talking with Ira & Carol Serkes. They have helped many family friends, including my parents, buy and sell houses. So when my wife and I decided that it was time, we turned to Ira & Carol.

We were immediately impressed when we looked at our first potential house with them. They printed up comparison sheets that showed the prices on all recent sales in our neighborhood. It was a really good tool for deciding if the house was reasonably priced and how much we would have to bid.

When a house that met our needs appeared, Ira & Carol pounced on it. They left messages at both our offices and at home, saying that the price on a house had been reduced. We looked at it that evening and immediately made a bid. Ira & Carol acted so swiftly that we didn’t end up in a bidding war. In fact, while we were having home inspections, several people came by, thinking that our house was still on the market (more...)

Ben Weinstein & Jen Dyment

We used Ira & Carol Serkes to buy a house in North Berkeley in June 2001 and more recently to sell it in May 2003. Simply put, they stand head and shoulders above every other real estate agent we hae used in the past. We have complete confidence in their real estate skills for both buying and selling houses. (more...)

They are a pleasure to work with and have been very pleasant to our two kids. They have also been our neighbors for twoyears, adn we loved the times we happened to run into them. In short, they are not only superb real estate professionals, they are also genuinely nice people that we are proud to have been associated with.

Go with them! You will not regret it.

N & S Keshav

We wanted to thank you both for helping us to become homeowners in this incredible sellers’ market. We could not have done it without your expertise in the Berkeley area and your in-depth knowledge of the local realtor community. We really appreciated your internet empowered way of doing business to keep us informed. Lucy the cat’s weekly ratings on open homes greatly shortened our trips through town.
Here are some of the other things we really appreciated:

  • You were always available even on very short notice.
  • You returned calls right away and there were always several numbers to reach you.
  • You never pushed us or got impatient (as we hear other agents do).
  • You are a great team! Ira, your negotiation that landed us the deal was fabulous. Carol, even when we were frustrated with the title process in the last few days before close of escrow, you stayed calm and reassuring and guided us through the paper war.

Thanks to you (and some lucky stars!) we now live in our favorite neighborhood (Thousand Oaks) in a house that is just perfect for us.

Last but not least, we really appreciate your new free van that you have for clients and charitable organizations. We used it on very short notice to clear out our basement so we can begin construction to expand our new home.

Thanks again for all your help and expertise!

Heidi Rosenfelder & David Greenbaum (and Lucas, of course!)

How did our professional services and market knowledge compare to other Realtors?
Great - the best we met and talked with and we interviewed several

What did you like best about working with us?
Emailed listings, your attitude, teamwork between the two of you

Do you think we earned, and/or were worth, our brokerage fee?
Yes - never would have gotten the house without you

Eric Carlson & Barbara Henderson

I am really well impressed with your site for me - all those photos! Wow! Can't get that anywhere else.