• (5 stars) Local knowledge
• (5 stars) Process expertise
• (5 stars) Responsiveness
• (5 stars) Negotiation skills
Buying your first home can seem daunting especially if you have an extremely busy work schedule like us. Kimberly makes this whole process fun and exciting. We could not have done it without her while the stay-at-home order was in place through out the Bay Area. It has been a pleasure working with her.
She started by spending quite a bit of time with us. She listened to us, explored which criteria were important to us, and kept in touch with us constantly to see if our need has changed or evolved. Once we chose the properties we were interested in, she has been with us every step of the way. Due to stay-at-home order, open houses were not an option anymore. Kimberly arranged private viewing while ensuring that we abide by the prescribed restrictions. Once we were ready to make an offer, she gave us all the necessary information we needed to decide on the offer price. Afterwards, she contacted our bank, arranged for all the paper works, and put together an offer within a day. Once the offer was accepted, she handled the title company, the HOA, the inspectors and then some. Since we were not familiar with the area, she gave us contacts for house cleaning, carpet cleaning, electrician , you name it.
Kimberly has been helping buyers and sellers around the Oakland area for more than 15 years and she is very knowledgeable about the market. She gave us valuable advice when we needed it without ever being pushy and she kept us honest. Kimberly is extremely hard working, highly responsive, and detailed oriented, and she always worked around our schedule. We trust her completely and she will be my first and only choice when we decide to buy our next home.
Kimberly Gates is the BEST realtor I could have asked for! My sister recommended her to me for the sale of my home in East Oakland. My partner and I were getting divorced and Kimberly really worked hard to make the sale of our home go super smoothly. It was a tricky situation which she navigated flawlessly. She kept my Ex and I on track and under budget with our home improvements. Quite frankly, this alone was an astounding feat! Kimberly worked her magic with all the vendors we had fixing up our home. She managed them flawlessly and helped us achieve our goals in record time. She was always there when we needed her. She walked us through EVERY step of the process with such elegance and professionalism, I never doubted that we would lose money on our sale. Kimberly was my biggest cheerleader when I was near exhaustion cleaning out the house. I honestly could not have done it without her. She helped us sell our house for WAY WAY over the asking price. We ended up with over 40 offers that overwhelmed us in the most wonderful way! She will be helping me find my new forever home soon. I know I’m in good hands. Thank You Thank You Thank You Kimberly!
You should strongly consider hiring Kimberly Gates to be your real estate agent. Kimberly recently helped us buy our first home and she exceeded expectations from start to finish. When we first reached out, Kimberly responded promptly and we set a meeting for a couple of days later. At our meeting, Kimberly took the time--fully two hours--to really understand us and the kind of home we were interested in. She asked many questions that helped her, and us, understand our preferences. She also clearly explained the overall process and the status of the market in the East Bay. The very next day she showed us six homes and for each one we could tell why she had chosen it. Each reflected multiple qualities that we had expressed were important to us. Throughout the process of offer, counter-offer, acceptance, escrow, and closing, Kimberly's knowledge and prompt, regular communication helped assuage our concerns and feel comfortable that we were making sound decisions. Additionally, Kimberly would often check in with us about how she was doing as our agent. We greatly appreciated her dedication to professional service, to seeking and responding to our feedback. Furthermore, we appreciated that Kimberly never tried to sell us on the most house we could theoretically afford. Rather, she stuck to houses for which we would feel comfortable carrying the mortgage, even if a bank would have loaned us more. We are now proud first-time homeowners and happily recommend Kimberly Gates to be your real estate agent.
I used Kimberly for the sale of my home in Berkeley in 2013 and the purchase of my new home in the Oakland Hills. Kimberly is very knowledgeable and has great suggestions to maximize the sale price. When I sold my home in Berkeley we had 28 offers, 8 of them were all cash and eventually we sold for 40% over asking with a 15 day close, no contingencies. The home buying process was more difficult, I got rejected on offer after offer. Kimberly never tired of showing me property's and encouraged me to keep going when my spirit was low. With the house I bought, I was ready to offer everything I had to seal the deal, Kimberly coached me to give a more reasonable offer and it was accepted. Because of this suggestion, I had more funds available for my renovations and improvements. I love my home in the Oakland hills and I greatly appreciated the hardest working woman in real estate!
We wish to express our deepest satisfaction after working with Kimberly Gates as our Realtor for the purchase of our property in Berkeley. Kimberly was professional, knowledgeable, helpful, kind and accessible during the entire process of searching for the property through the actual purchase. She provided patient confidence and attention to detail as we moved through the offer process, which was challenging due to the Berkeley market at that time. We were very pleased with the outcome of our purchase and we would definitely work with Kimberly again when we sell or purchase our next property.
My wife and I first met Kimberly Gates at an open house where she was the listing agent. We chose Kimberley because she is the ultimate professional. From day one until we closed escrow she was at our side. She responded to every phone call, text and email promptly and professionally. I wouldn’t look anywhere else for my next Realtor. I would recommend Kimberly to any family member or friend in the market for a new home.
We were referred to Kimberly from a friend after Kimberly helped her get an amazing first home. As first time home-buyers, we appreciated Kimberly’s willingness to patiently walk us through the complexities involved in navigating the real estate market, with our limited price-point (for the Bay Area) and home specifications. She was VERY responsive to and ALWAYS respectful of what we were looking for in a property, while also doing a great job of keeping our expectations reasonable. Kimberly’s knowledge and experience was invaluable in helping us find the perfect home, and her continuously advocating on our behalf ensured that we got a great deal on a home we love!! We HIGHLY recommend Kimberly!
Kimberly was consistent, considerate, and always attentive and available. She was a huge help, to me, when both selling my old home and finding me my new one. Further more, I’ve already committed to useing her services in the future should I decide to move again.
I had the pleasure of working with Kimberly Gates during my recent search for a home in the East Bay. I had just taken on a new job and needed a home closer to my new job. Kimberly first sat with me to better understand my need. She was very effective in identifying properties that fit my criteria with regards to appearance, price, and location. During our site visits, I noticed her level of industry knowledge (e.g. what to look for) was quite high. She came off as very professional, quite competent, and motivated!
Awesome experience working with Kimberly. She delivered every step of the way. You wont be disappointed. I couldn't be happier with how she handled everything.
Kimberly Gates is a phenomenal realtor. Due to her knowledge, expertise and hard work our home sold quickly and for a record price for the area. Kimberly responded promptly to our questions. She also kept us informed throughout the process. It was pleasure working with Kimberly.
Kimberly is a long-time Bay Area resident and knows the market intimately. Call Kimberly Today to schedule a private showing.