"Nicole has been our agent for the past 2 years as we looked for our first home to purchase. After 2 years of learning the painful realities of the Bay Area real estate market, we're excited to say we just moved into our first home and couldn't be happier. Throughout the process, Nicole kept us in the loop on listings, was always available to show houses outside of open house schedules if need be, and was very responsive to all our questions. Never having read disclosures before, we had A LOT of questions. Nicole helped us understand what everything meant and provided guidance, or asked her network for expertise if need be. Once we finally got an offer accepted, she guided us through the signing process seamlessly. We also had a few items that needed to be addressed immediately, including the sewerlateral and the chimney. Nicole connected us with vendors and got several bids for us. We were able to finish that work before we moved in. Nicole is very experienced in real estate and knows the Oakland area very well."
"We emailed back and forth with Nicole for about two years before we finally got serious about looking this spring. Once we decided to dive in, we met Nicole at her office and spent a good hour and a half getting on the same page about the market, our wants, how she could help, how we could help, and we were off. Nicole knew a ton about every neighborhood we were interested in, was extremely quick to respond any time we had a question about a listing we'd seen, and helped us every step of the way creating the offer, helping us decide how much to offer, negotiating, setting us up with a broker, closing once we'd found our dream home which happened way faster than we expected and was extremely stressful as a result. As first time buyers, there is no doubt in our minds that we wouldn't be in our house if it weren't for Nicole. And she was spot on with her estimate too, as our home appraised for more than we paid for it, woot woot. Needless to say, when we move, we'll be working with her again, but hopefully that's not for a long while."
"I highly recommend Nicole Tamayo. Her knowledge of the market and personal connection to everyone she meets owners, listing agents, etc. are masterful. She has a keen ability to understand the marketplace price of a home and how to best maneuver a negotiation to success. She is sweet, personable, but don't be fooled, she's a super smart and savvy professional. I trust her entirely. We heard from both the listing agent and the sellers that Nicole made a difference to them. From her first impression to the last stages of the deal she handled everything calmly and professionally. When you're in a competitive market like the Bay Area any little bit helps to stand out from multiple offers. Nicole is that little bit to help you stand out. She also consults on what other ways in which you can stand out from a plethora of competitive bids. She's a complete asset and I strongly recommend Nicole Tamayo to anyone looking for their family's dream home."
"Nicole Tamayo is professional, personable, honest, thorough, resourceful, committed. Nicole respected our home search when we started long before we were actually ready to purchase. She showed us homes we had particular interest in viewing and suggested several like homes we would have missed. Through real estate highs and lows Nicole was constantly there with assurance and suggestions. When it was time to buy Nicole helped us purchased the home of our dreams. She listened to our must haves and opened our eyes to other options we never considered. Nicole came ready with financing, contractor, and inspector relationships. She could not have made buying our first home any easier. A year later we fall more and more in love with our home and confident we made the right choice. I tell everyone I know to contact Nicole when buying or selling."
"Nicole helped me and my husband buy our first home, and we can't say enough good things about working with her. We worked with Nicole on a very aggressive timeline to close, and in the process, communicated with her multiple times a day. In her communications, Nicole was very proactive, clear, honest, and responsive. She made herself available off hours to meet with us, and although she had multiple listings that she was working at the same time, she made us feel like a priority. As first time home buyers, we didn't know anything about the process, and Nicole went above and beyond walking us through the various steps in detail and driving the process from start to finish. Nicole is extremely warm and pleasant to work with and has tremendous knowledge of the local market. We highly recommend her."
"We can’t say enough about Nicole Tamayo, she simply amazing. We made the move from San Francisco to Oakland and she helped us with the transition familiarizing us with the neighborhoods and finding the right house for us. We had initially zeroed in on one neighborhood but were not finding what we were looking for there. Nicole introduced us to other neighborhoods that we were not yet familiar with to expand our search and then she found us our dream home. It had everything we were looking for and more. Nicole masterfully crafted a winning offer that helped us secure the winning bid and negotiated with finesse through the entire process. I would highly recommend using her."
"Nicole helped us buy our first single family home in an ultra competitive Bay Area market. We attended open houses over two weekends, made 2 competitive offers, one got accepted, and closed on the house we really wanted several weeks later. Nicole’s guidance, deep local-market knowledge, responsiveness, and overall pleasant attitude were critical for us as first time house buyers. She explained every step, kept us in the loop, answered all our questions, and put us at ease in what was a very competitive (19 bids), rapid, and sometimes stressful process. We feel very lucky to have had Nicole in our corner and cannot recommend her highly enough. Thank you Nicole."
"Nicole has worked with us on and off for over two years, she was a godsend and a voice of calm rationality in the face of a very aggressive and competitive market. We were not only new to the area, but new to the house buying process in the US, and she was patient and thoughtful in all aspects. Nicole's super power is her ability to provide guidance and direction when everyone else, mainly us, were losing their heads. I am so pleased we had such a successful outcome and we are so happy with our new home, which came to a nail biting finish. All the while, Nicole was just wonderful. I would highly recommend Nicole as a Realtor® from my experience."
"Nicole was a fabulous agent for us. She helped us find our first home in a very competitive market two years ago and we had such a great experience with her that when it was time to sell it was a no brainer to use Nicole again. The process of selling our home was super smooth with her, she takes care of the tiniest details and her read on the market was terrific. Nicole’s level of service is top notch. She is responsive, tactical, and flat out gets the job done. Nicole is a winner and will get phenomenal results if you partner with her."
"We were recommended to Nicole by a Realtor® friend as an expert in the Berkeley selling area. Was she ever. Nicole was professional, knowledgeable and prompt with responses. She always told us when she would be unavailable, she kept US on track, she gave her opinions and she turned out to be right when we didn’t agree, and worked hard on our behalf to make our sale go smoothly, quickly and she got us a result that was beyond expectations. I would recommend her to anyone looking to sell a home in her geographical area."
"Nicole heard what I wanted and went looking for it. She understands the market, the ins the outs, the ups the downs. A lot of the information is overwhelming, especially for a first time buyer. Nicole took care to break it down and walk me through it, multiple times. There was never a silly question and there was always an answer. She has resources for plumbing, electrical, foundation you name it, she has reliable people. Nicole found the home I had envisioned and I couldn’t be happier."
"We worked with Nicole in selling our home in Albany. Nicole went above and beyond in helping us get our house on the market which included some design and renovation work. She was very responsive with our requests and questions, professional and smoothly managed the entire sales process. Nicole was able to get us several offers that above asking price, so I would highly recommend her."
"We would like to thank you for your help during this house hunting process. Your guidance on the purchase of our new home in Alameda was amazing. From our first tour in Castro Valley to our final counter on McDonnel, you proved to be an excellent agent. We appreciate your time, dedication, and honesty. We look forward to working with you again in the future."
"I just want to express my sincere appreciation for all of your help with my parents during this major life changing time. You’ve made the yourself extra available to help them out while juggling your job and your own families schedule. Thank you so much for being flexible with them and making this transition so much easier. I am truly grateful to you."
"Nicole is a dream real estate agent. She's highly professional, she did all the hard work for me. All I had to do was show up and see properties. She expertly handled the bidding process for my property, and after our offer was accepted she made all of the logistics painlessly simple for me. 5 stars at everything."
Nicole knows that buying or selling a home is one of life’s most momentous milestones, and she has earned a reputation for being an expert sounding board and trusted advisor.Let's Connect