Berkeley, CA 947091410
I can help you find the perfect home and navigate smoothly the home buying and home selling process. I have worked directly with homebuyers and homeowners for over 25 years. I have a wealth of experience working with homebuyers and their real estate, mortgage and escrow agents through the entire home purchase process and beyond. I have closed over a 1,000 escrows as a second mortgage loan agent and program administrator for first-time homebuyer and homeownership programs for local governments, such as the cities of Emeryville, Oakland, Alameda, Concord, and the counties of Contra Costa and Santa Barbara. I successfully ran a consulting business for twenty-two years. I am knowledgeable in state and local homebuyer loan programs and other homebuyer assistance programs, such as mortgage credit certificate programs. I have a reputation for putting my clients’ interests first, being knowledgeable, responsive, effective, organized, patient, tenacious, creative, and level-headed, and for integrity.
I have made the East Bay my home for the past 30 years, living in Berkeley, Oakland, and Albany. Why do I love the Bay Area, particularly the East Bay? We are so fortunate to live in a culturally diverse area with natural beauty and temperate climate, with a wealth of arts, music, theatre, and dance. Just a BART ride away are all the benefits of an urban center with the slower pace and better weather that the East Bay has to offer. Some of my local favorites are Lake Merritt, the neon sign at Grand Lake Theatre, Chabot Observatory, Paramount Theatre, Yoshi’s Oakland, great restaurants, farmers’ markets and neighborhood festivals, the rose gardens, botanic gardens and regional parks, Lawrence Hall of Science, Point Pinole, and the Berkeley theatre district.
Community Volunteer Work: I have a demonstrated commitment to creating and maintaining affordable housing opportunities for Bay Area residents. I have been a member of East Bay Housing Organizations for many years and served for six years as President of the Board of Directors. My affiliations include: Housing California, the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, and the California Reinvestment Coalition.
I am a member of the Berkeley Association of Realtors, California and National Association of Realtors, East Bay Multiple Listing Service, SFJazz, KCSM, KQED, DeYoung and Legion of Honor Art Museums, and UC Botanic Gardens.
Education: Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley, with an emphasis in Housing Finance, a Bachelors Degree in Sociology with Honors from UC Santa Barbara, and on-going education through National Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors, Coldwell Banker FastStart and Propel.
Interests: Jazz, world and latin music, salsa dancing, hiking, yoga, singing, and travel to such far off places as Fiji, Bali, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Italy, France, Switzerland, Greece, and the Canadian Rockies.
Janet worked tirelessly to help me find and close a deal on a property during a time when there has been little to choose from on the market and I had a deadline to meet. She did an amazing amount of research and found me exactly what I was looking for. She showed me where to look, which was very helpful since I am new to the area. She is patient, cheerful, professional and always returns calls promptly. I have never worked with a realtor who was as thorough as she is about making sure all documents were accurate and complete. And although she has clearly dealt with much larger properties, she never treats my business like “small potatoes”. I will continue to work with her in the future. Rosie P., Buyer, multiple homes
I could tell right away how informative and service-oriented she is. She was immediately responsive, and has been tremendously helpful for the last three months in our home search and purchase. She’s very thorough, accessible to her clients, a hard worker, and overall does an excellent job. I highly recommend her. Denise G., Buyer
Janet is a professional among professionals. I highly recommend her and would be thrilled to work with her again. R. Crippens, Buyer
I have known and worked with Janet for nearly 9 years. Janet has extraordinary people skills. D. Allen, Buyer
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. Because of your hard work, dedication, guidance and going that extra mile, my kids and I have a roof over our heads. Rohya A., Buyer
I have worked with Janet for 18 years. She has always been detail oriented, prompt with her responses and above all, had the interests of the borrower as her primary concern. J. Aron, mortgage broker
Janet really cares about what she does, and the people she works with. She keeps the interests of the client in focus, with reason and common sense. She is organized and effective. I would love to work with her often in the future. Christiana Tran, Mortgage Consultant
I worked with Janet on many loans and projects over the past 10 years. Janet is very detail oriented and has an excellent work ethic. She is a delight to work with even on the most difficult projects. I would recommend working with Janet to anyone. J. Cook, Old Republic Title Company