We take immense pride in the guidance, skill, and service that we provide to our clients. Although we can tell you all about how amazing we are (so humble!) nothing compares to hearing it directly from our past clients. For more reviews, please visit our Yelp webpage.
"Hiring MAJ Realtors to sell my father's house was a great decision that yielded positive returns, big and small. Not only did the property sell for substantially more than expected, but they made the entire process nearly painless. They communicated clearly at each step of the way from initial conversations about possibly representing me right on through escrow--listening and respecting my wishes, but also bringing their knowledge to bear to maximize the sale price. The team of talented people they have at their fingertips repaired and renovated the house and garden better than I would have dreamed possible. That combined with the great staging and landscaping had an effect that was almost magical in its transformation. To achieve those results with considerable work on my part would have been well worth it, but MAJ Realtors handled all the logistics. Such a breeze! For good cheer, local knowledge, and powerful realtor skills, you can't do better. Thanks!"
- D, El Cerrito
"First time sellers, we had lived in our first home in El Cerrito for 16 years, and wanted to take the opportunity to move to another Bay Area community closer to work. My wife picked MAJ because of their solid reputation in our area. As soon as we were vacated from the house, MAJ Realtors went into high gear and brought in her team to get our house and landscaping spruced up for sale (including painting, refinishing floors, etc.). The end result was impressive, and when the team was finished, my response to their choices, again and again, was "why didn't I think of that?"
Afterwards they brought in a staging team that took it to the next level. We had the whole house staged, and in my mind, the extra expense was worth it. Our cluttered old house was transformed into eye candy, and in this difficult selling season, a lot of my concerns and fears about selling our home at a good price disappeared. In short, they brought out the best of what we had to offer.
She put together a slick multimedia marketing package, scheduled a lot of showings and evaluated quality multiple offers within a short amount of time. And bear in mind, all of this during the Covid-19 crisis, working in a challenging market with a new restrictive set of rules for the first time, with no more "open houses" as in the good old days. Throughout it all, MAJ communicated with us promptly, addressed all of our concerns, and worked as a vigorous advocate for our best interest throughout the entire process."
- C + G, El Cerrito
"We interviewed MAJ Realtors on January 6, 2020 before we knew anything about the coronavirus. We knew right away that the MAJ team was the team for selling our condo. We set mid-March for open houses. To prepare, they recommended staging and some sprucing up to make our property twinkle. At the same time, the Corona virus was changing our world. The first open house was March 15. The MAJ team negotiated a dream offer that day for us and it closed 8 days later, just as CA was closing down.
If the MAJ team can sell a property and negotiate a great sales price at the leading edge of a pandemic, imagine what they can do when it is over."
- J + B, Albany
"My boyfriend and I recently purchased our first home with the help of Jessica Waggoner. We may have picked the weirdest time to decide to buy a home (during COVID-19) but Jessica could not have made it easier and more fun! She was knowledgeable and spent time explaining everything so we understood things during every step of the process. Jessica was responsive to our many many questions and helped us find the perfect home quicker than we even thought possible. She took the time to really get to know us and what we wanted in a home (she even helped us realize some things we wanted that we didn't even think of). We highly recommend working with Jessica and the MAJ team, they make the process of buying a home wonderful!"
- S + C, Oakland
"Alissa was an absolute pleasure to work with. Calm and collected, Alissa guided us through our second time home buying process with an incredible level of knowledge and expertise. She knew the Kensington, El Cerrito and Berkeley Hills area inside and out, and made the process seamless and successful. She was also an absolute pleasure to spend time with, and kindly accommodated our busy schedules. When it came time to making an offer (and countering), she provided perfect guidance. In a competitive market, where houses get multiple offers, we sincerely believe (and know) Alissa played a key role in ours being accepted. She is incredibly well connected and an advocate for her clients - a clear reason why she is so successful.
Her help did not stop after we signed. She's kindly provided us with numerous recommendations for specialty workers (electrician, landscaper, etc.). All of which, have been fantastic.
Alissa is simply the best. We count ourselves incredibly lucky to have found her and would recommend time and again! "
- C, El Cerrito
"From the get go, we connected with Jess and Alissa. They felt like close friends that knew their job really well.They are the kind of people that set you at ease right away and give you the sense that you will be heard, guided, and supported throughout the house buying process. Searching for, and buying, our house was such a warm sense of adventure, and they were a really big part of it, being quick to get back to us about our questions, and provide us useful tips. They helped us frame a winning offer and made sure the closing was on time. If we could buy another house again, we would go to them in a heartbeat."
- P + H, El Cerrito
BUYER + SELLER TESTIMONIALS
"Another perfect 5-star review for this dream team. In fact, 5 stars are not enough for MAJ. If it was possible to give them 5000 stars, I'd break the internet attempting to do so.
This will be a little different from all of the other glowing reviews from everyone who works with these incredible women because I am not only a lucky MAJ client, but Jessica and Alissa are longtime personal friends. It can be a leap of faith to mix business with friendship, but when it came time for our family to level-up from our home in Kensington, we didn't hesitate for a moment. We RAN to hire them. It's no overstatement to say we never would have had the confidence to go after (and win!) our dream home and then turn around and sell our existing house without the wise counsel and experienced encouragement of our friends who lucky for us just so happen to be some of the top-performing realtors in the Bay Area.
I know them well enough to know they're brilliant, kind, hardworking humans with deep integrity. At the same time, I've participated in enough family game nights with both Jess and Alissa to understand that despite their fundamental and unwavering kindness, they're both stone-cold competitors who play to win. So it's been a joy to watch and marvel at their well-earned success over the years -- and to celebrate with them when they've worked their particular magic to help friend after mutual friend make their Bay Area real estate dreams come true.
We had yet to really start looking at homes when I got a text from Jess and Alissa one night saying "Look at this listing - this house is for you." They took us to see the home, and sure enough, we fell in love. We never thought we'd actually win it, but we soon learned that miracles can and do happen with MAJ on your side.
Following MAJ's lead on that text was just the first in a string of moments in which, play-by-play, they would guide us to far better outcomes than we thought possible. We scored our dream home, and then turned around to ready our previous property for the busy spring market. What could possibly go wrong?
Enter the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the twists and turns in this period of nail-biting uncertainty -- for the real estate market and the world -- my husband and I couldn't have been more reassured to be working with MAJ. Let me tell you from personal experience, these are the badass women you want with you in your foxhole. They pulled out every stop to bring our home to market, to reach the right buyers, and ultimately to secure a sales price beyond what we were expecting even prior to the pandemic. The whole neighborhood should be thanking them for improving property values.
Good friends make life better, and good friends who are realtors can change your life forever. Thanks MAJ, we love you!"
-E + A, Kensington to Berkeley
"When my wife and I decided to move to the East Bay a few years ago we felt the need for a buyer's agent to guide us through the wide swath of Alameda and Contra Costa County communities that we were considering. Mentioned to us as a highly-recommended area expert, we contacted Alissa Custer. Impressed by Alissa's friendly professionalism, we asked her to be our buyer's agent.
During a several-month search, Alissa patiently helped us find and evaluate almost 100 homes as we scoured Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, and Kensington looking for that elusive property in our price range, in reasonable condition, with amenities and neighborhood that we liked. Alissa's savvy and local connections ultimately led us to a home that we never would have found on our own: a renovated El Cerrito gem with an awesome Bay view and a motivated seller.
We loved that El Cerrito home and the neighborhood but when life changes dictated that we leave the area we called on Alissa once again. Alissa was sensitive to our needs and not only made our selling process as easy, smooth, and stress-free as it could be, but her expertly-crafted marketing yielded us a sales price beyond our wildest dreams...even in the middle of winter! We were truly wowed by Alissa's whole team, including Maggie, Jessica, Susan, and their top-notch stager, landscaper, photographer, and handyman/painter, all of whom did great work to sell our house. How could we lose with this talented group of pros behind us?
We encourage anyone looking for an East Bay real estate agent to contact MAJ Realtors. This team will listen, tailor her approach to your individual needs, and help you exceed your home purchase or sale expectations!"
- J + B, El Cerrito