Joanne was amazing! I would recommend her to everyone. I was amazed how fast she was able to find a home for myself and my husband. She was easy to meet with even with our crazy work schedule. She was willing to spend the time -- showing us homes and even checking out homes if we seemed interested. When it came to the purchase of our home it could not have been easier. As a first time home-buyer she answered all our questions and our inspections were done in record time. She was very organized -- knew what she was talking about -- and most important, she wanted the best for us and put our needs at #1. If you want someone to work hard for you Joanne could not be better!! She found us our forever home!!
Jessica Lemen, Pleasant Hill (Buyer)
Joanne was instrumental in helping us not only find our dream home but in helping us to be competitive and come in with the right offer in this crazy time of buying. Joanne hung in there with us for quite a long time while we searched, she helped us narrow down our area and she was completely honest and forthcoming when we were getting discouraged at how long the process was taking. Another realtor would have probably guided us elsewhere just to make a sale! Joanne was excellent at dealing with other realtors and was able to network in the industry to find homes before they even came on the market. In the end we found our dream home and Joanne again was instrumental in working with the other realtor/sellers and the finance/title people to communicate all of our needs. I would definitely recommend Joanne, she is not only hardworking, but she is honest, has great communication skills and has a great sense of the market and what needs to go on to get the job done!
Juli Levesque, Pleasant Hill (Buyer)
My husband & I purchased our first home within six months of meeting Joanne. She won us over at an open house with her direct and honest answers to our questions. She crafted a creative offer that beat out our two competitors. She advocated for us when we needed her too. We are living in a neighborhood I never thought possible in part to her ability to get things done. Thank-you Joanne.
K & S, Walnut Creek (Buyers)
Joanne is just plain awesome. Our everyday lives can be pretty hectic with regular events and responsibilities, so dealing with real estate transactions on top of that can be extremely stressful (and I know, based on my first experience buying a house with a different agent)!! When my husband and I finally got serious about wanting to sell our house and move over the hill, I was really nervous about picking a new agent to get us through the process. After interviewing several just ‘average’ agents, we met Joanne at an open house and could tell right away that she was very sharp, professional and would work hard us, so we hired her shortly thereafter, and she did not disappoint! Not only did Joanne continually prove her worth by always exhibiting a high level of professionalism, honesty and knowledge of the markets we were dealing with, but we quickly discovered she was also very personable, trustworthy and she really, truly cared about our lives and our future. On top of all that Joanne is a great communicator and is incredibly attentive! I cannot even tell you how fantastic and comforting it was to have an agent always respond to your calls, texts or emails immediately. So I will say it again, Joanne is really awesome and you should definitely hire her! I know I will be recommending her to all my friends and family for their future real estate needs.
Kristi & Chris, Sellers/Buyers (Martinez)
I worked with Joanne to purchase and sell my home in Clayton. In both experiences I was able to completely rely on Joanne for her follow up and thoroughness in getting the job done quickly and accurately. She is trustworthy, knowledgeable, flexible and a good person to work with. I would highly recommend her services to my friends and family, which says a lot.
M. Ward, Buyer & Seller
My mom and I just recently found ourselves in a situation where we had to make the decision to stay in our current apartment that we had been renting for 20 years (about to incur a ridiculous rental increase) or it was time to finally pull the trigger and look for a place to call our own within a 3 month window. My mom had found Joanne during one of her regular Sunday house hunting adventures a year prior to our predicament and she kept in contact with us and stood out so much that we scheduled a meeting.That first meeting we put everything out on the table and Joanne was so refreshingly honest and open about what our options would be (especially with the limited time we had) and what our next steps should be. Joanne has put together an extremely helpful handbook outlining the home buying process, suggested list of reliable lenders, and definitions for the jargon that we’d be hearing.Joanne took us house hunting every weekend (the only time I was available) and came prepared to every location knowing the back-story and having done her research and was ready to answer our questions. She had our ideal place in mind and scoped out which dwellings would best suite our needs, taking into account commute time, outside environment, integrity of the property etc.. Joanne was fabulous at keeping open communication lines with us and keeping us up to date.When we found the perfect property and decided to take a look at it, the moment we walked in the door we saw stacks of realtor cards indicating how many people had already come to look at this house (2nd day on the market) it was incredibly intimidating. We started going through the paperwork and decided we wanted to bid on this house. Joanne got everything ready for us and walked us through the process sitting with us as we signed the stack of papers and walking us through the documents and what they meant. At the end of the submission day, Joanne had told us that the house received 47 other offers in addition to ours. Three days later, late on a Saturday night, I received a call from Joanne saying that our offer had made top 10 and by Sunday afternoon we had been notified that we had moved to top 4 offers that they were considering. My mom and I were in complete shock and met with Joanne to discuss what our strategy should be when the counter offer came in. Joanne brought her experience to the table and guided us though our hesitation and inexperience in the home buying process and we came out on top. With Joanne’s persistence, guidance, negotiation strategies, and determination we received the news that we had won over the 47 other offers.Joanne’s help did not stop there, throughout the escrow process Joanne was there each step of the way and did not drop off the closer we got to closing, she stayed incredibly involved even after we got the keys in our hands to make sure everything was still going smoothly.I give Joanne an A++ for the work that she does, the experience that she brings to the table, and would absolutely recommend her to be your future realtor
J. Sevilia, Buyer
Joanne helped my mom sell a home that she loved, and was very hard for her to leave. At the age of 87 the house was simply too big and hard for her to keep up, so after living in it for 60 years, it was time to sell.When we sat down with Joanne to talk about selling our home, she educated us on how today’s market works. Joanne listened to my mom’s concerns and needs, and then together we developed a marketing calendar and multi strategy plan. We came up with the best case and worse case scenario, and talked about everything in between, so by the time out house opened on the market we were prepared for it all!Joanne developed a plan that my mom could understand and follow throughout the selling process. Joanne’s communication was excellent from start to finish, she explained things (complicated real estate actions) to my mom so that she could understand them. Joanne’s patience and care for my mom’s needs was compassionate and professional, she was always just a phone call away, and all ways returned our calls, and e-mails promptly.Our house ended up to be a little tricky to sell because of the condition of a 64-year-old house. With Joanne’s extensive knowledge of residential construction, we did the necessary inspections and improvements to establish our pricing strategy and get it market ready. One of our biggest problems was clearing it out…a lot of stuff had accumulated over 60 years. Joanne had great contacts that helped clear the junk away, construction/handy-man to patch things up, and house cleaners to get it spotless for showing the house. Joanne really went the “extra mile” to help us clean out our house!Joanne’s knowledge of current market conditions was excellent. Having lived and worked in Orinda, she has a great feel for the Orinda market, and did a perfect job in setting the sale price. Joanne sold our house quickly, we got the money we needed to take care of my mom, and the best case market scenario was met beyond our expectations.Our family has known Joanne since before she was a realtor, she was forthright then and still is today. She has all ways “told it as she seen it” and is not afraid to give you her honest opinion. Joanne is a very confident and professional realtor, and we couldn’t have sold our house without her.We Highly Recommend Joanne Weil Heald To All Our Orinda Neighbors and Friends
Kathryn, Scott Cathcart & Sally Duval
I cannot say enough good things about my realtor Joanne Weil Heald. She is simply AMAZING at her job, and I would not be in my awesome new home today if it was not for her skill, experience and perserverance in making it happen. If you are ever in the market to buy or sell, I definitely recommend that you give her a call!
L. Kennedy, Buyer
Having worked with Joanne as both a buyer and a seller now, I can state more than ever, that she is simply the best! After skillfully and tenaciously pushing through multiple hurdles to help me purchase my dream home, she then provided me with the professional support and skills necessary to market and list my condo. We received multiple offers above asking price and were pending within a week! Joanne has been extremely supportive and proactive throughout what would otherwise have been an extremely nerve wracking and overwhelming experience. She is someone that I knew I could rely on to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. That's what she does, and I have complete faith in her as a realtor and as a person. Hire her and you won't regret it. She is the ONLY realtor I recommend to my family and friends!
L. Kemedy, Martinez, Buyer & Seller
Joanne is not the first realtor we've worked with, but she is clearly the best. We had rather special requirements for the home, and most realtors we spoke to were just pushing us towards becoming more standard. Joanne not only patiently listened and responded to our complex and peculiar demands, she was able to provide us with exactly that kind of the advice and expertise we needed. Former teacher, she is very knowledgeable of the details and caveats of schools and school district in Contra Costa County, and her tips were truly indispensable. Very well connected to local engineers and construction contractors, she linked us to all the experts we needed, and her references were the best out of all we found through our own search. We started with relatively broad (but special) set of requirements, and it has evolved quite a bit through our search. Joanne supported us firmly through all these adjustments, and finally helped us find a home we truly loved. Last but not least, she is a very, very decent person. The time we spent with her was spent very efficiently, but also it was filled with fun and enjoyment.Thanks Joanne!