Testimonials

Buyer

Working with Elena makes it abundantly clear why having a great Realtor® on your team matters. We decided to contact Elena and got her number referred to us by my cousin who had worked with her in the past. Right off the bat, we noticed a difference as soon as we started talking to her. Instead of randomly looking at houses, she called us for a vision session where she really got to know us and asked questions to understand (and to some extent even help us understand for ourselves) the general description of the place we were looking for. That is when the fun part started. Elena works very professionally and lightning-fast (which is super necessary for the Bay Area market). She is also well equipped with the latest technology to make the search easier. Using our session we were able to filter outhouses in a portal and visit houses that we star. Not only were we like most of the houses we…

Working with Elena makes it abundantly clear why having a great Realtor® on your team matters. We decided to contact Elena and got her number referred to us by my cousin who had worked with her in the past. Right off the bat, we noticed a difference as soon as we started talking to her. Instead of randomly looking at houses, she called us for a vision session where she really got to know us and asked questions to understand (and to some extent even help us understand for ourselves) the general description of the place we were looking for. That is when the fun part started. Elena works very professionally and lightning-fast (which is super necessary for the Bay Area market). She is also well equipped with the latest technology to make the search easier. Using our session we were able to filter outhouses in a portal and visit houses that we star. Not only were we like most of the houses we visited but Elena had detailed knowledge of the South Bay Area and provided us much useful information to narrow our search - questions about safety, what you can do for fun, schools, public parks, etc. I used to think the house walk-ins are the major task but that is not true. Elena and her team have gone above and beyond for us every step of the way - showing us houses we liked, helping us get a bid in time, helping us negotiate our bed to get the best deal, helping us out with the inspections, helping us by providing contacts for contact work needed to be done in the house, helping us by providing landscaper contacts. They were literally present with us every step of the process. In addition to the actual work done in helping us get a house, Elena also helped us narrow down our thoughts into actual requirements for the house, gave us confidence about navigating this market and making such a big purchase (we were naturally nervous as first-time buyers), and she made us feel very safe about all the bid we put in. Elena knows a lot of people in the industry and was able to give all the necessary information for all questions we asked and more (In some cases, she and her team helped us in places we overlooked). This helped us not only put a bid we were totally comfortable with but also win. We loved working with Elena and there is no doubt why she is one of the best. As first-time buyers, we could not have asked for a smoother process. She is very professional, diligent, and most of all empathetic. We are glad not only to have worked with her but also to have her as a friend. Thank you for helping us get out of the first house. We are super excited to move in!

Tony A.

We were quickly outgrowing our townhome with 3 kids and had started looking for a single-family home, but we were not sure as to how to approach the entire thing. We did not engage any Realtor® and started looking on our own (some of our previous experiences with other Realtors® were not so good, so that might have influenced us) and we accidentally met Elena as a seller agent in one of the open house visits. She was quickly able to connect with us and we really liked her style of not pushing through the ‘seller agent’ agenda and being patient with our feedback. We came home and decided to ask Elena to be our agent since she was basically everything we were looking for in an agent – polite, knowledgeable, not pushy, and knew what she was talking about. We requested Elena to be our agent and haven’t regretted it ever since. She did a thorough interview of both me and my wife to understand…

We were quickly outgrowing our townhome with 3 kids and had started looking for a single-family home, but we were not sure as to how to approach the entire thing. We did not engage any Realtor® and started looking on our own (some of our previous experiences with other Realtors® were not so good, so that might have influenced us) and we accidentally met Elena as a seller agent in one of the open house visits. She was quickly able to connect with us and we really liked her style of not pushing through the ‘seller agent’ agenda and being patient with our feedback. We came home and decided to ask Elena to be our agent since she was basically everything we were looking for in an agent – polite, knowledgeable, not pushy, and knew what she was talking about. We requested Elena to be our agent and haven’t regretted it ever since. She did a thorough interview of both me and my wife to understand our likes/needs and took the entire responsibility of the home search over. She was extremely patient and took each one of our feedback over one year to find us the right home – at no point was she pushy, tired, or asked us to set realistic expectations. Finally, when we found the home we liked, she was quick to put everything together and make sure our offer was accepted. Even after the offer acceptance, she was there at every step of the way during the appraisal process, the loan application process, our remodeling discussions with contractors, and whatnot. I think we had to visit our new home 8-10 times over the one month of the closing process (for taking measurements, engaging contractors, etc.) and Elena was always ready to come and let us in without any complaints. My wife and I have been recommending Elena to everyone looking to buy and home and couldn’t be happier with our decision to get her as our agent. We have dealt with multiple Realtors® for our 1st, 2nd, and rental homes and have never come across someone as professional and courteous as Elena. My wife says that the best thing we did during our year-long home search was to get Elena as our Realtor® – and I don’t disagree with her at all. Thanks, Elena!

Buyer

We had an excellent experience with Elena as our buyer agent. As first-time home buyers, we were lost in the myriad of options and felt intimidated by the whole process. Elena was exceptional from the get-go. She spent close to 3 hours with both myself and my wife to make us think about our dream home. She patiently made us introspect about the homes we grew up in and helped us hone in on our criteria for a dream home. This was truly refreshing as she really understood us as a family unit. Elena shared tons of properties with us including properties that were still not on the market. During our search, Elena patiently explained to us the pros and cons of the house (fixtures, interiors, doors, roof), neighborhood, schools, restaurants, commute, etc. She even went for walks and drives with us in the neighborhood to make sure we were 100% confident before we made an offer. To top it all Ele…

We had an excellent experience with Elena as our buyer agent. As first-time home buyers, we were lost in the myriad of options and felt intimidated by the whole process. Elena was exceptional from the get-go. She spent close to 3 hours with both myself and my wife to make us think about our dream home. She patiently made us introspect about the homes we grew up in and helped us hone in on our criteria for a dream home. This was truly refreshing as she really understood us as a family unit. Elena shared tons of properties with us including properties that were still not on the market. During our search, Elena patiently explained to us the pros and cons of the house (fixtures, interiors, doors, roof), neighborhood, schools, restaurants, commute, etc. She even went for walks and drives with us in the neighborhood to make sure we were 100% confident before we made an offer. To top it all Elena helps her clients with electricians, handymen, contractors, and movers as well. On closing day, Elena was very punctual and constantly in touch and negotiated hard with the seller agent. We closed our home at 10:00 PM and she was with us throughout the journey. All of our friends have had a similarly exceptional experience with Elena. If we ever have to buy another home Elena would be our only choice as she truly is the best of the best.

Buyer & Seller

We contacted Zillow to schedule an appointment to view a property that was for sale and we were randomly connected with Elena Licari of Compass Realty. We were fortunate to have been connected with Elena. It turned out to be a great overall 5-star experience. She and her protégé, Rami, were punctual, professional, and available at almost all times of the day and night to answer questions and clarify details. Elena’s knowledge of the nuts and bolts of real estate is top-notch, but it was her customer service and follow-through that won us over. We had many late-night Zoom calls with Elena and we never felt hurried to end the conversation. Her response time to emails and phone calls was quick and thorough. She kept us in the loop, and we knew what was going to happen every step of the way. She went above and beyond and even connected us with contractors to help us with our new home which h…

We contacted Zillow to schedule an appointment to view a property that was for sale and we were randomly connected with Elena Licari of Compass Realty. We were fortunate to have been connected with Elena. It turned out to be a great overall 5-star experience. She and her protégé, Rami, were punctual, professional, and available at almost all times of the day and night to answer questions and clarify details. Elena’s knowledge of the nuts and bolts of real estate is top-notch, but it was her customer service and follow-through that won us over. We had many late-night Zoom calls with Elena and we never felt hurried to end the conversation. Her response time to emails and phone calls was quick and thorough. She kept us in the loop, and we knew what was going to happen every step of the way. She went above and beyond and even connected us with contractors to help us with our new home which happened to be a mid-century modern house in original condition. We were so pleased with our experience with Elena during the purchase of our house that we used her services to represent us in selling our rental property one month later. On Elena’s recommendation, we performed a mini remodel of the kitchen and bathroom and we received top dollar for the sale of our rental property. You can’t go wrong with Elena.

Chandra M.

Selling a home that one has expanded and filled for 20+ years and finding a new dream home is, by all means, a daunting task if not impossible. After a couple of disappointing encounters with Realtors®, when I contacted Elena, who came highly recommended, I only gave a 20% chance of completing this huge effort successfully. We met one spring morning at my place and had a meeting that lasted about 2 hours. Our discussion was pleasant, enjoyable, and yet very substantive and content-driven. It was a joy to find someone who could be smart, articulate hard-working, and results-oriented and is pleasant and fun to be with at the same time. To cut the story short, we found my new dream home within the first month of our search and concluded the entire process of buying the new home and selling the old one, in a short span of three months. It wouldn’t be possible without Elena’s business acumen …

Selling a home that one has expanded and filled for 20+ years and finding a new dream home is, by all means, a daunting task if not impossible. After a couple of disappointing encounters with Realtors®, when I contacted Elena, who came highly recommended, I only gave a 20% chance of completing this huge effort successfully. We met one spring morning at my place and had a meeting that lasted about 2 hours. Our discussion was pleasant, enjoyable, and yet very substantive and content-driven. It was a joy to find someone who could be smart, articulate hard-working, and results-oriented and is pleasant and fun to be with at the same time. To cut the story short, we found my new dream home within the first month of our search and concluded the entire process of buying the new home and selling the old one, in a short span of three months. It wouldn’t be possible without Elena’s business acumen and professional excellence. She puts her 100% into the effort, is always positive but realistic, and is an excellent communicator. It was a boon to have found her to accomplish this mammoth real estate task and as a reward, acquire a friend for a lifetime who is awesome both inside and out, professionally and personally.

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