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Berkeley Real Estate Agents These two agents are just life saversCalifornia Agents

"If you have kids and are wondering which real estate agents can deal with that well, I have a recommendation for you. We recently bought our first home with the fantastic help of Kathryn Stein and Helen Walker from Thornwall in Berkeley. They are both mothers and can cope with the things that kids do while looking for a house. They were always so nice to the kids (and us), and know how to help when the kids are distracting you or too tired, etc. When we finally found a house and were serious about getting it, the little one was feeling it was very unfair that the older one would get a larger room. Helen took her seriously, paced the length of each room with her, showed her all the good reasons why her room was nice for her, and how it really wasn't that much different in size. Whatever I had to say at that point would not have worked, but Helen saved the day and made her so happy with the room. We did get the house, and the little one has never complained about her room since. These two agents are just life savers when you are tired and stressed from house hunting with children. I could share many more good comments about them if I had room. Good luck to all house hunters!" - Happy in New Home. Trudi P.


Berkeley Real Estate Agents She was relaxed but also a consummate professionalCalifornia Agents

"Helen Walker got us our dream house. We recently moved from San Francisco and were looking almost exclusively in Berkeley. Helen always made herself available to look at houses. Over 3 months we looked at several houses and at the same time were involved in selling our house in San Francisco. Helen was so knowledgeable about the Berkeley real estate market which inspired a tremendous amount of confidence. She kept telling us that we would find the house we wanted and we did. Once we found the house we knew that Helen could get it for us. She was relaxed but also a consummate professional. We would recommend her or her partner Kathryn to anyone who is buying or selling real estate in the Bay Area." - Jennifer L and Edward S


Berkeley Real Estate Agents Calm and supportive through a complex and emotional processCalifornia Agents

"We truly appreciated Kathryn Stein at Thornwall Properties in Berkeley. She worked with us through three unsuccessful offers, and our final successful purchase in the Berkeley Hills. She was knowledgeable about markets from El Cerrito to Montclair, constructive, rapidly responsive to changing situations, respected and known by sellers' agents, gave good advice when asked, was creative in structuring offers, and understood our particular interests. She was calm and appropriately supportive through what is a complex and emotional process." - Happy Homebuyer


Berkeley Real Estate Agents She was extremely thorough throughout the home buying processCalifornia Agents

"Francesca and I found Helen Walker to be a joy to work with on our first home purchase. Helen was extremely thorough and we were confident that she had our best interests in mind throughout the home buying process. She really simplified buying a home and walked us through all phases from finding a home, financing, inspecting and purchasing. In this challenging market, she kept us motivated and encouraged despite deals that fell through for various reasons. Helen followed up on whatever came up and was always responsive to questions and issues as they arose. When we were distracted by "life" issues such as work and family, Helen kept things moving and worked around our schedules. I was very impressed by her use of technology, including offering the ability to "docu-sign," actually sign documents, including purchase offers, quickly and easily via cellphone. I would not hesitate to use Helen again and would wholeheartedly recommend her to family, friends and coworkers." - Paul L and Francesca H


Berkeley Real Estate Agents I can’t say enough good things about her!California Agents

"Through her high standards, integrity, intelligence and insight, Kathryn was focused on obtaining the house we wanted. I can’t say enough good things about her!" - Patty Callahan, Fujitsu Human Resource Manager


Berkeley Real Estate Agents Most of all you were never pushyCalifornia Agents

"Helen, Ali and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed working with you over the past 6 months. You were so incredibly helpful in our house hunting experience. You were extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and friendly. Most of all you were never pushy. Thank you for all of your help. We love our new home and feel extremely fortunate to have had you as our realtor." - Lauren & Ali


Berkeley Real Estate Agents How a person who really knows her job gets it doneCalifornia Agents

"…Kathryn was just ideal for us to work with, especially since she was handling everything there in Berkeley and we were in Austin, Texas. We couldn’t be more pleased for having worked with her and it was a real learning experience for us to see how a person who really knows her job, gets it done." - Charlie Davis, Jr.


Berkeley Real Estate Agents Hard working, thorough, honest, smart, and just downright niceCalifornia Agents

I have known Kathryn Stein in a professional context for several years. She has helped me both buy and sell a home. I have found her to be hard working, thorough, honest, smart, and just downright nice. She is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her without hesitation. - Karen H


Berkeley Real Estate Agents We value her integrity and her extraordinary knowledgeCalifornia Agents

More than 20 years ago when we were looking for a real estate agent, we toured open houses in the Berkeley area, not for the house but for the agent. Through this process we were fortunate to meet Kathryn Stein, who works at Thornwall Properties in Berkeley. Since then we have bought and sold properties in both Berkeley and El Cerrito, mostly fixer-uppers, with Kathryn as our agent. She has been a stalwart worker and friend through not only our property searches but my parents’ search for a ''level-in'' property. We value her integrity and her extraordinary knowledge in the field. During the last few years Kathryn has teamed up with Helen Walker and together they are a dynamic duo. We highly recommend Kathryn and Helen to all of our friends. - Susan & Andy


Berkeley Real Estate Agents She was solid and friendly and able to provide emotional support and good humor along with all the business California Agents

"Helen’s market knowledge, experience and insight were instrumental in ours being the successful offer (out of nine!) on the house I purchased and where I now happily reside. She provided me with excellent advice and support throughout the process. On a professional level she was thorough, diligent and thoughtful, making sure that I had and understood all the technical information. On a personal level she was solid and friendly and able to provide emotional support and good humor along with all the business." - Judy C


Berkeley Real Estate Agents They are the best agents I have ever worked withCalifornia Agents

"I have bought, remodeled and sold over 30 houses since the 1970's. I recently used Helen Walker and Kathryn Stein to sell and acquire 3 more properties. They are the best agents I have ever worked with throughout all these years. They spent more time helping me with staging and more marketing than anyone I have ever experienced. They were also successful in getting my offer accepted in a very competitive, multiple offer situation. I feel very fortunate to have met them when I did...only wish it had been sooner." - Willie M.


Berkeley Real Estate Agents Her professional, fun attitude made working with her an even greater pleasureCalifornia Agents

"Recently, we successfully sold and acquired property with Helen Walker. We can honestly say, she is the most attentive, conscientious, intelligent real estate agent with whom we have ever worked. She helped us immensely with the staging of our properties and due to her strong marketing plan, we received multiple offers on our property. Her professional, yet fun attitude made working with her an even greater pleasure. We highly recommend her to anyone in the market." - Frank and Carol


Berkeley Real Estate Agents We appreciated her honestyCalifornia Agents

Mindy and I had a great experience working with Helen. We appreciated her honesty in assessing potential properties (and their prices!). She was also very responsive via email and phone when we had questions for her. We would definitely recommend her to others (especially to first-time buyers like us). - Aaron C.


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