“After several months of looking for an agent to sell my house I found Marian through a friend’s referral. I was extremely excited after our first meeting, her positive energy, insights and knowledge of the market where right on. Her expert marketing approach, beyond open houses, along with her team (Theresa) made my house more sellable than I could ever had done. I followed her advice on staging, repairs, painting and even some landscaping and before I knew it my house was sold in eleven days!
My house was a complicated sale, (1957- Eichler style) it had a solar lease, needed significant work, however, her strategic negotiation style at the beginning of the offer was outstanding. This was most impressive and reflects her experience in the market and knowledge of the sales process. In spite of a strange home inspection report, my house sold for the second highest price per square foot of all million dollar houses on the market. Marian is an outstanding professional in her industry and I really enjoyed working with her.”
“Marian adjusted her style to exactly what we wanted, took the time to really understand it, and then helped educate us about a market we didn’t know very well. She never pushed, and always brought in additional perspective when it helped us understand better. I would recommend Marian for anyone looking to buy or sell on the coast.”
“Need a realtor that listens to you? How about one that cares more about you finding the perfect house than making a sale? Do you want a realtor who is patient? How about getting the best possible price? Marian Bennett has all of these qualities and more. She is always there for you, even after you are happily living in your new home!”
“”Marian sold our El Granada house in record time, especially considering the market. Her guidance through the process was invaluable. She helped us price it right, market it right, and work the offer to closure with both us and our buyers. I see a lot of houses in that market languishing. They need to hire Marian!”
“My wife and I recently relocated from the east coast to the Bay Area in a corporate relocation. I can’t say enough about Marian’s performance as our real estate agent–she was fantastic! While real estate transactions can be stressful, emotionally charged, and full of challenges, Marian kept us calm and focused on the objectives. In the end, we were able to close on a beautiful home without any issues (and it was a short sale which can be fraught with complexities).
Marian’s great service started long before any house-hunting trip. She spent hours on the phone with my wife and I to understand our situation, needs, preferences, concerns and feedback to on-line listings she provided. This prework led to highly productive days looking at homes in the city, on the peninsula and on the coast. Her personality and listening skills allowed us to quickly align on expectations and communicate effectively. We did not waste time and zeroed in on what we wanted very quickly.
Marian led us through all aspects of the buying process including a complete battery of home inspections. She even found experts to complete obscure inspections (such as EIFS stucco inspection) to address obscure provisions in the relocation agreement. She coordinated everything, including the closing process which I was able to do remotely and made sure all aspects and all stakeholders where on track.
This was the best real estate transaction I have ever been involved with – in one of the most challenging situations, all 100% attributable to Marian’s efforts. Marian is my new benchmark for real estate agents for delivering absolute excellence in service and results. I’m happy to recommend her to any prospective client!”
“We highly recommend Marian for all your real estate agent needs. She represented us when we sold and bought homes in 2009. We selected her as best fit for us and she exceeded our expectations. She’s a consummate professional who keeps current on the constantly changing local and national market and laws, utilizes the full scope of expertise available through her company Coldwell Banker, and devotes the time and attention required to develop and implement effective sale and purchase strategies.
Marian helped us sell our house in a niche market just 5 days into the MLS, before an open house, and for more than market rate. We thought we had a great house and she effectively showcased it and the locale. She suggested our staging, used smart technology for marketing, and was always available to discuss CMAs and strategies. She suggested resources to choose from in our time of need – house cleaners, movers, mortgage brokers, etc. – and rolled up her sleeves to help with whatever needed doing.
Marian worked closely with us for 8 months to find our new house. This was a challenge due to our high expectations and limited budget in a niche market where the ‘good’ houses sold fast. She partnered with us through many viewings, email, calls, CMAs, and a few offers. She was a good listener, distilled information, and let us make our own decisions. She went the extra mile when we encountered challenges with sellers, their realtors, or unusual scenarios in this unpredictable market. Marian remains available as a resource and is genuinely interested in our progress settling into our wonderful new home.”
“Marian Bennett, Coldwell Banker Realtor, is a star player. From the first phone call to the close of escrow, Marian gives 100%. She takes the time to acquaint her clients with the Coastside and understand the needs of each individual. Through discovering her client needs, Marian uses her local area knowledge to target the most suitable homes for an information-packed and adventurous home tour.
Marian knows her business and the area. Her professionalism and knowledge of the market is an enormous asset. Her web site, Coastside Real Estate Lifestyles at http://mariansbennett.com, covers a range of helpful topics and provides an interactive blogging experience. Like the market, the web site continuously changes; it is helpful watch the latest Coastside developments.
Marian represents the Coastside community well. She is always attentive, responsive, energetic and courteous. She is generous with her time, her knowledge and herself. I cannot imagine a better real estate agent.”
“Marian is a terrific real estate professional and has been a joy to work with. Her research, business insights and depth of knowledge on the coastal real estate market have made her a fantastic partner. Marian consistently over-delivers and her efforts on our behalf have surpassed our expectations. I would highly recommend Marian Bennett for any coastal transaction you are considering.”
“I met Marian through our consulting work developing blog networks. She is quite honestly the rare Realtor with the full package of skills – honest, reliable and smart – her expertise in the San Mateo County coastal market shows itself in her blog -www.mariansbennett.com. She’s someone I would recommend not only for real estate advice but for advice on developing internet marketing strategies.”
“Marian and I have been working together with other Northern California realtors, Pat Kitano and Kevin Boer of Domus Consulting Group and Ken Bui and Bhavin Patel at Realivent Corporation to build one of the early uber-blogs, Homescopes.com. Marian has been an inspiration in terms of her creativity at her own blog, and very thoughtful and diligent in regards to her teamwork and helpfulness to the rest of us. I am sure she applies the same integrity, intention to detail and marketing vision to her real estate clients, and I would not hesitate to recommend her as a trustworthy advocate and partner.”
“I am so thankful we found you that Sunday at the Eagle Trace open house. You have been my rock, and have been such a calming force for me. I appreciate you so much. And the best part – is I have a new friend.”