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"I've had four wonderful transactions with Darlene. She has been my listing agent and my buying agent. I Just closed on my new condo. If you want an ethical partner to handle the negotiation and contracts you will benefit with choosing Darlene."
2200 La Terrace Cir, San Jose, CA 95123
"Dear Darlene, I want to thank you for the fast and efficient manner that you handled the very difficult and complicated task of the Hoover house sale,(three owners, one disabled). Even though I felt rushed in getting my disabled daughter and her belongings out of the house and into my house before I went on a Cruise, and then having to sign all those papers so fast; I realize it was needed to get the job done. Thanks for being so patient, pushing me, and putting up with my gruffingness!!"
" I chose Darlene Brinkerhoff as my realtor after a glowing recommendation from a coworker I chose Darlene Brinkerhoffas my realtor after a glowing recommendation from a coworker. I met with her soon after, and told her I wanted to sell my condominium and purchase a mobile home. I had certain things I wanted to accomplish with the transaction, and she promised to do her best. Things moved very quickly after that; she recommended that I update my condo to show it to the fullest. She took charge of dealing with contractors so that I never had to worry about schedules, etc. I was completely confident and comfortable with her. The open house was scheduled for “Black Friday” and went through the weekend. it was a smashing success and I had several offers the following week, all of them way over the asking price, no doubt due to the updates she had suggested. She held my hand through the entire selling process and never once when I called her did I get her voicemail. She of course helped me find a new home, and I had an extensive list of must-haves. She respected every one of those and helped me find my perfect home. We were dealing with an extremely difficult seller and she was professional and tough when she needed to be. I am now in my new home and couldn’t be happier…….I can say without question I would not be there without Darlene’s guidance, experience and talent as a realtor; and she is a wonderful, kind, and caring person to boot."
"We’ve known Darlene Brinkerhoff for 22 years and have always been impressed by her personal integrity and her professional dedication to her clients, so when it was time to sell our beloved home, we didn’t need to think twice about hiring her as our Realtor. A resident of this area, Darlene understands the market well and cares deeply about our neighborhood. She takes pride in serving her clients, always putting their needs and interests first, and she was with us every step of the way. She took the time to meet with each member of our family to listen to our questions and concerns. She advised us thoughtfully on how to prepare our home to sell. She recommended – and stayed in touch with - an excellent contractor to remodel our bathrooms. She even went shopping with us for new fixtures and hardware to update our home. We’re glad we trusted her keen insights and intuition. Even when one of us was out of town, she went out of her way to keep us informed and comfortable throughout the process. She made two of the most potentially stressful things – remodeling and selling one’s home – virtually painless, something we never could have imagined possible. Thanks to Darlene, our efforts paid off. Barely a week after listing our home, we sold it for significantly more than our asking price. She went on to help us buy our dream home soon after that in a transaction that was as memorable as it was smooth and professional. Darlene sets the gold standard for excellence in real estate. We look forward to working with her again and are pleased to recommend her to anyone thinking of selling or buying a home."
"We sold our West San Jose house in August this year, and decided to go with Darlene because of her history with similar homes in our area. Right from the start, Darlene was very responsive, never too busy for us. Darlene has a very easy going personality and brings that vibe to what is usually a very stressful situation, not just the sheer amount of work involved, but the emotional stress of letting go of a major part of your life. While she brings a very relaxed energy to the process, the wheels are busy turning behind the scenes of course, all the many details that she is on top of, keeping you blissfully unaware. Something I appreciated most about Darlene, is how responsive she is to every question we had, text, email or phone, no matter how trivial. I casually mentioned that I had read that baking cookies for an open house creates a very welcoming and inviting experience, and she went above and beyond and baked cookies at a very busy open house. With Darlene, it felt personal, we felt like she shared our pride for our house, our neighborhood, it's all personal for her. Overall, everything came together beautifully and ended on the right note. There were many such instances I could go on an on about, but suffice to say, if you've got Darlene in your corner, know that she will really take care of you, before during and after."
"Darlene helped my wife and I buy our first home, and working with her made a huge difference throughout the home buying experience. We were a young couple who could just barely afford to buy a home. Darlene did everything she could to help guide us through the home buying process, from finding a loan broker to figuring out which areas were worth looking in. She was never pushy or overbearing, and always took the time to understand how we felt and what we wanted. Even after we had been outbid 8 times, Darlene never gave up on us. When our offer was excepted, Darlene and her contacts helped saved our contract when it was on the very edge of falling through. We will never forget all the ways Darlene helped us. She is the perfect real estate agent for anyone who wants to work with not just a skilled professional, but also a good person"
"Darlene was just the right person to represent us as we sold the home we had lived in for over 30 years. We had done extensive remodeling but knew that our home wasn't perfect. We first met with Darlene 7 months before we actually put our home on the market. Over the course of those months she calmly guided us as we cleared clutter and put about a third of our belongings in storage. I really appreciated Darlene's diplomacy. She never said, "This must go!" but by the time we put the house on the market two of the four bedrooms had been emptied completely so they could be staged as bedroom and much needed outside touching up had been done so our home had great street appeal. Our beloved home sold for a record high in our neighborhood and we know Darlene is responsible for that."
"My wife and I decided to look for a home at the tail end of the market downturn when we were introduced to Darlene. I believed that our process to find a home might take a few months but it turned out that the market got hot at the same time we began to look and the quick process turned into an investor feeding frenzy. Darlene setup our personal search criteria on her company site for us and introduced us to a local lender who was very helpful. Even though our personal search turned into a marathon that challenged us beyond our expectations, Darlene never pressured us in any way but just kept encouraging us to continue until we found our dream home. We decided to take a break from house hunting after more than a year. And then it happened. It turned out we found our home 2 years into our journey. We immediately contacted Darlene and asked her to help us complete our journey. She guided us through the ups and downs of our purchase and in the process became a friend. Darlene has amazing integrity and perseverance. I would never buy a home again without her."
"Darlene was our agent for the purchase of our first house in 2007. As new homeowners we had many ideas for projects to do with the first house and she helped us tremendously with her expert advice on narrowing down the list to the projects which would make the most impact and really add value to the home. She has kept in contact since we bought the house, and when we finally outgrew it and were ready to move on, she was the obvious choice of agent to work with. Darlene really went above and beyond on both the sale of our house and purchase of a new one. We received multiple offers on our sale and closed for well over asking price (Thanks Darlene!!). She impressed us most on the purchase of our new home. Our mortgage lender was making the process a complete nightmare and we really needed an agent who knew their business inside and out and was responsive whenever the bank came up with some new hoop to jump through that required immediate action. Luckily, we had Darlene. She responded lightning fast whenever we needed her (which was often, and at all hours) and worked extremely hard with our lender to keep the wheels rolling and make sure our purchase did not fall through. It was a heroic effort and at the end of it all Darlene didn't just deserve a vacation, she deserved a medal. We are now in our dream home and would not hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend Darlene to anyone who wants to work with a true expert. Darlene is simply the best."
"Darlene listed my house for sale in Santa Clara, CA. My house was in need of a facelift prior to being listed, Darlene had a great contractor she had used before. Through the whole process of remodeling my house and listing my house Darlene took care of everything for me. If I had any questions or concerns regarding the remodel Darlene took care of it by talking to the contractor. If there were any realtors or prospective buyers that had questions Darlene had me refer them to her which was a great load off of me. When it was time to pick out the final touches on my remodel Darlene met me at the stores to help pick out the items, I don't know of many realtors that will do that with you. Darlene had my back through the whole process and I would highly recommend her to anyone !"