First time Buyers in Oakland CA Upper Rockridge

October 28th, 2010

testimonial_neda-and-jarretMy wife and I have been in our new house for over a month now — and we are still raving about our experience working with Brian.  Throughout the entire buying process, we found him to be very professional, incredibly knowledgeable about the local market, objective and insightful on the properties and process, and quite personable too.  We highly recommend Brian as a Realtor in the Oakland / Piedmont / Berkeley areas.

Brian’s deep knowledge of the area, combined with his background as a contractor, proved invaluable to use during the house hunting and final decision-making process.  This part of the Bay Area is amazing in how the age of a house can easily range between 10-100 years and, during those years, how many “handy man” repairs have been done (or neglected).  Brian was able to guide us through each house objectively and quite accurately with what it needed, what was potentially hidden beneath a lovely staging job, and provide several options to consider for bringing the house to how we wanted it.  Brian was also quite insightful in highlighting aspects about each property that were more about the personal fit for us, such as characteristics for that block of the neighborhood and how the “flow”  matched up to what we were looking for. 

From the very beginning, Brian set our expectation that he wanted to help find “the right house for us.”  He proved it by helping us make our final decisions with as much information as possible, providing objectivity on the pros and cons, and patiently working with us through our innumerable questions.  We love our new home and thank Brian for making it a great experience.

Jarret Cooper & Neda Burapavong


Brian Santilena, Sr. Sales Associate and top real estate agent with Pacific Union Real Estate, representing home buyers and home sellers in the Oakland Hills, Berkeley Hills and Piedmont California marketplace since 1998.  He is a Realtor, Certified Residential Specialist(CRS) and is highly knowledgeable in real estate for sale in the Oakland, Piedont and Berkeley California.

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