My Testimonials

Best in the Industry

Best in the industry and super easy to work with. Joanne has amazing experience in all areas of real estate including construction knowledge which makes her an incredibly unique realtor. Very responsive and highly recommended!!!

~Dilnawaz Ashraf

Excellence

Joanne is an excellent agent, I highly recommend her services and hope someone in my network has the privilege to work with Joanne in finding or selling their home. My partner and I are first time home buyers and we're not the most ideal clients in term of competitiveness. However, Joanne never pushed us to consider anything we were not comfortable with and she was continuously motivated to help us find homes that fit our wishes and our budget. Joanne also respects when you need a break, we were traveling and overwhelmed at work and needed to pause our home search for a few weeks- Joanne respected that. I never thought I would be able to own a home in the Bay Area in a desirable neighborhood without totally breaking the bank but I am convinced with Joanne's knowledge, persistence and patience we were able to find the perfect home for us!

~Elle R., Buyer

Great Advisor

I highly recommend Joanne as a very professional and personable realtor. She represented my wife and I on the sale of an older but remodeled Town House in Pleasant Hill in April 2018. Her market research before the listing was spot-on, and we openly discussed comparable property sales and listing strategy so that we could arrive at a listing price. As I had carried out most of the remodel, she also carefully looked through the home and suggested areas that I should fix before the listing.Joanne arranged staging for the property, met with home inspectors, developed the MLS information, and held open houses. These generated tremendous interest, as well as a single, really good offer. She advised us well on the buyer's likely ability to complete the deal, as well as how to address specific - and challenging - buyer requests. Despite reservations, we accepted the offer.The escrow was complicated by many, many inspections, several of which highlighted minor potential or actual problems. These were magnified by the buyer's agent. Joanne counseled us well on how to respond to additional buyer requests and buyer-induced delays. As frustrations grew and emotions ran high, Joanne calmed us down, and handled the buyer's agent's tantrums and changing demands well.At the end of the day, Joanne's efforts really helped us close a complicated transaction with a single offer at a price well above appraised value. She was tenacious in her approach (I liken it to reeling in a really big fish), professional, personable, prompt, extremely thorough, experienced, and well connected in the business. Great job Joanne!

~P & L, Sellers, Pleasant Hill

Highly Recommended

Joanne came highly recommended by a friend of mine and I was very happy I listened. She was very knowledgeable about the market and the areas I was looking to buy. She was also very straightforward and honest about the pros and cons of every place we looked at and pointed out things I wouldn't even think of. She had great insight about what would and wouldn't be a good investment and also about what kinds of things would need to be fixed and how much it would cost.Joanne took the time to show me every place I wanted to look at and did so as quickly as possible, which is what needs to be done in this crazy market. She was also very quick to respond to my texts and emails. She gave me great advice and walked me through purchasing my first property. Thank you, Joanne!

~April S., Concord, CA

Class Act

Joanne is a class act all the way. By following her suggestions, I got the house of my dreams. I could not be happier. Joanne is extremely knowledgeable and works at the speed of light!

~Jeannine Lewis

Hardworking

Joanne is a fantastic realtor and made my dreams of being a homeowner come true.As a first time buyer and new to the Bay Area, I was originally skeptical of ever being able to afford a home here after hearing about the notoriously high-priced and competitive local market. Then I met Joanne. Her knowledge of the Bay Area housing market combined with her dynamic, proactive nature not only made me hopeful but a homeowner in 2 months time.She effortlessly walked me through the process, always providing quick honest, and concise answers to my endless questions and concerns. She is practical, and always has an eye for what needs to be done on a property, how much it would cost, and the reality of any potential burden. She introduced us to an adorable 3-2 in an neighborhood I was previously unaware of, and correctly predicted the bid price and the appraisal value. In addition, she introduced us to an excellent broker, and a contractor who has since helped us with numerous repairs and upkeeps to help improve and add to the value of our home.Joanne is reliable, compassionate, hardworking, and I cannot recommend her enough.

~Lauren H.

Thank You Joanne!

"I cannot say enough great things about Joanne! My fiance and I were first time home buyers and Joanne was seriously the best thing to happen to us. She was very knowledgeable about the market, the process and the industry people we'd need to know (lenders, title company, contractors, etc). We first met her at an open house and could immediately tell she was smart but also patient while explaining some things to us. We reached out later and asked her to be our realtor, warning her that we were not in a "rush" and would ask a lot of questions. She took us on willingly and was great every step of the way. We could text her, call her and email her for advice or ideas and she was happy to give answers to all she knew (which was a lot!). We are now proud homeowners (we closed last week!) and the first thing I wanted to do was write her this review. If you are looking for a realtor in the East Bay, I 100% recommend her. She's smart, funny and no-nonsense type of person. Exactly what we needed. We are actually neighbors now, so we'll even look forward to keeping in touch with her in the future! Who can say that about their realtor? THANK YOU JOANNE!"

~Chelsea C.

Full Value Realtor

Full value realtor. Five stars rarely applies to something or someone but anything less would not fit Joanne. Joanne helped my husband and I sell our home. She knows her business VERY well, is fair and attentive. We always felt in goods hands with her from day one. She took the time to hear our needs, coached us throughout this adventure, put forth lots of extra effort and overall is a neat person to know and work with. We were and are very, very pleased with the results.

~Lindsey, Martinez, Seller

New to the State of California

My husband and I weren't just new to the area, we were new to the State of California. When we met with Joanne we gave her a "challenging" list of our needs and told her (because of our lack of knowledge of the area), we were looking for an honest advisor, who was willing to share their knowledge to not just find us a house, but a home. Joanne assured us she was up to the challenge. UNDERSTATEMENT!!! Joanne found us a great house, in a great area, with great neighbors. I Would absolutely recommend her. She will work tirelessly for you.

~Princess, Pleasant Hill, Buyer

New to the Bay Area

Joanne is a fantastic realtor and made my dreams of being a homeowner come true.

As a first time buyer and new to the Bay Area, I was originally skeptical of ever being able to afford a home here after hearing about the notoriously high-priced and competitive local market. Then I met Joanne. Her knowledge of the Bay Area housing market combined with her dynamic, proactive nature not only made me hopeful but a homeowner in 2 months time.

She effortlessly walked me through the process, always providing quick honest, and concise answers to my endless questions and concerns. She is practical, and always has an eye for what needs to be done on a property, how much it would cost, and the reality of any potential burden. She introduced us to an adorable 3-2 in a neighborhood I was previously unaware of, and correctly predicted the bid price and the appraisal value. In addition, she introduced us to an excellent broker, and a contractor who has since helped us with numerous repairs and upkeeps to help improve and add to the value of our home.

Joanne is reliable, compassionate, hardworking, and I cannot recommend her enough.

~Lauren, Richmond, Buyer

Purchasing my First Property

Joanne came highly recommended by a friend of mine and I was very happy I listened. She was very knowledgeable about the market and the areas I was looking to buy. She was also very straightforward and honest about the pros and cons of every place we looked at and pointed out things I wouldn't even think of. She had great insight about what would and wouldn't be a good investment and also about what kinds of things would need to be fixed and how much it would cost.

Joanne took the time to show me every place I wanted to look at and did so as quickly as possible, which is what needs to be done in this crazy market. She was also very quick to respond to my texts and emails. She gave me great advice and walked me through purchasing my first property. Thank you, Joanne!

~April, Concord, Buyer

Experienced

I highly recommend Joanne as a very professional and personable realtor. She represented my wife and I on the sale of an older but remodeled Town House in Pleasant Hill in April 2018.

Her market research before the listing was spot-on, and we openly discussed comparable property sales and listing strategy so that we could arrive at a listing price. As I had carried out most of the remodel, she also carefully looked through the home and suggested areas that I should fix before the listing.

Joanne arranged staging for the property, met with home inspectors, developed the MLS information, and held open houses. These generated tremendous interest, as well as a single, really good offer. She advised us well on the buyer's likely ability to complete the deal, as well as how to address specific - and challenging - buyer requests. Despite reservations, we accepted the offer.

The escrow was complicated by many, many inspections, several of which highlighted minor potential or actual problems. These were magnified by the buyer's agent. Joanne counseled us well on how to respond to additional buyer requests and buyer-induced delays. As frustrations grew and emotions ran high, Joanne calmed us down, and handled the buyer's agent's tantrums and changing demands well.

At the end of the day, Joanne's efforts really helped us close a complicated transaction with a single offer at a price well above appraised value. She was tenacious in her approach (I liken it to reeling in a really big fish), professional, personable, prompt, extremely thorough, experienced, and well connected in the business.

Great job Joanne!

~Peter, Pleasant Hill, Seller

Great Tips

We met Joanne at an open house and I knew instantly I wanted to work with her. She provided great tips for both buying and selling, referrals to lenders and set up a specific search for what we were looking for. She was always up front with us on how the process would work. We got the house we wanted and are excited to be moving in a few weeks! Thanks Joanne!

~Joanna, Lafayette, Buyer

Simply The Best

What can I say? Joanne is simply the best! I have worked with her as both a buyer and seller over the years, from traditional properties to more unusual and difficult ones. Each time, she has skillfully and tenaciously pushed through multiple hurdles. No matter what, she closes the deal! She helped me to 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 goes above and beyond, every single time. She is someone that I know I can rely on to make things happen. That's what she does, and she is great at it. I have complete faith in her as a realtor, and I trust and respect her as a person. Hire her and you won't regret it. She is the ONLY realtor I recommend to my family and friends!

~Lisa Kennedy

Direct and Honest

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, Buyers

Integrity

Joanne recently assisted me with the selling of our home. This was a whole new experience, and Joanne guided me through it every step of the way. She is absolutely delightful to work with, always so responsive to calls and messages, and she really knows her business well. Her honesty, patience and concern with meeting my needs was so greatly appreciated. I admire her strong work ethic and her integrity. I would highly recommend her.

~M. Parker, Seller

Every Step of The Way

We purchased our first home with the help of our realtor, Joanne. Working with Joanne was a joy. Joanne made the process of purchasing a home easier. She explained and educated us from the beginning and prepared us very well in facing the hurdles of purchasing a home. She was there in every step of the way. Everything she said became true. Joanne showed that she really cared about us and her main interest was to get the right house for us. She went out of her way to make that happen. What's more, she advocated for us and looked after our best interest in the process of negotiations. She communicated to the other agents our wishes and she defended us against all obstacles. Joanne was always easy to reach, was totally open to answer any questions and was flexible to meet with us. She is highly organized and professional about her work. At the beginning she told us to expect as long as 6 months to purchase the right house. We got our keys in the 3rd month working with her. Joanne is passionate about her work and has a lot of heart for doing things right and ethically. Her advice, great sense of humor, enthusiasm and patience is priceless.

~Rafael P., Buyer

Definitely Recommend

My husband and I worked with Joanne on the recent purchase of our home and found her to be an excellent realtor. She was thorough, prompt, straight-forward and honest and offered us very good advice on how to make our offer. She also recommended a fantastic broker and helped us with the loan approval process making it all very easy and painless. Her understanding of the condition of the home we wanted to purchase was also very helpful in our decision making process. With a contractor husband, she is well versed in home repairs and improvements. Definitely recommend for your home sale or next purchase!

~Anna W., Buyer

Organized

We selected Joanne to help us sell our house and we are so glad we did. She had great ideas in marketing, staging and pricing our home, that resulted in three competitive, over asking, offers. She had an organized strategy, covered all of the bases, kept us safe in the process, and efficiently closed the deal. We are satisfied customers and highly recommend Joanne

~Scott H., Seller

Conscientious

Joanne was our listing agent. During the process she offered many excellent tips and advice on staging and upgrades to get our house in tip-top shape to sell. She explained her strategy on pricing and timing on accepting offers. It all made sense and definitely worked for us. We found Joanne to be organized, conscientious, detail oriented, direct and hard-working. I am happy to recommend Joanne and would use her services again.

~Scott H.

Next Chapter of Our Lives

Joanne is an experienced and dedicated realtor. She helped us sell our family home of 30 years, in San Ramon.

She was so knowledgeable and really kept us motivated and moving in the right direction. She assisted us in deciding the best renovations to prepare our property and she has a great network of professionals that could help make the renovations and conduct trustworthy inspections. Her advise in staging and de-cluttering our home was invaluable.
Joanne's methods were smart and thought out. She did her best to make the whole process make sense and kept everything organized. She kept us informed of the steps and did her best to educate us so we could make smart decisions. Working with her, we knew she had done her homework and she strove to keep our best interests at heart during negotiations.
Once we sold our home she helped us find our new and current home. She didn't pressure us or push us to purchase above our budget (like many realtors do) and she respected our goals and what we were looking for. We are so happy in our new home. We recommend her highly.

Thank you Joanne, for all your hard work, time, and late nights you put in for us. Thank you for guiding and assisting us through this huge step into this next chapter of our lives.

~Austin & Maggie, Sellers/Buyers

Integrity

My wife Carol and I engaged Joanne Heald's services to help us sell my mother's condominium in Rossmoor, a retirement community in Walnut Creek, California. Working with her was a pleasure. We found Joanne knowledgeable, efficient, informative, and thorough. Through her tireless efforts, Joanne succeeded in effectuating the sale of the home remarkably quickly at a price that was satisfactory to us, while meeting the numerous specifications of the Rossmoor homeowner's association. During the entire process of our working with Joanne, we were continually impressed by her integrity and forthrightness. Joanne always kept her word. We would highly recommend Joanne Heald's services to anyone interested in purchasing or selling a home.

~John & Carol Larimore, Pleasant Hill, Sellers

She Won Us Over

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, Buyer

Just Plain Awesome

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, Martinez, Sellers/Buyers

Extraordinarily Helpful

Joanne worked with us on “upsizing” our home to accommodate our recently expanded family. She was extraordinarily helpful in leading us through the logistics of buying and selling – particularly in helping us figure out exactly what we wanted in our new house (and showing us dozens of properties in the process), counseling us on the financing, and troubleshooting issues at various steps along the way. Perhaps most importantly to us as working parents with small children, Joanne lightened the burden of the buying and selling process -- scheduling and attending appointments with numerous inspectors and contractors, working with us through the bidding process, even picking paint colors when we couldn’t handle any more details! -- as we simultaneously went into escrow on our new house and worked to prepare our former house for sale.

I would recommend Joanne to anyone, but particularly to those who are new to the process of buying and/or selling – she was a fantastic guide, and we couldn’t be happier with our new home.

~Nate & Jen Bennett, Lafayette, Buyers/Sellers

Always Accessible

My experience with Joanne was excellent. I found her to be very professional, conscientious, and detailed. She recently helped me sell a rental home in Brentwood, a market differing in dynamics and a distance from my community of Orinda. Joanne fully studied comparable sales and listing data for Brentwood, reviewed recent market history, and provided great advice on expectations and timing for selling a home that had been below purchase value for several years. Joanne's guidance during the listing period was also particularly insightful in determining how long to show the home, setting an offer deadline, and deciding on accepting an offer. Through her skills, I was able to meet my net sales proceeds objective.

Joanne went above and beyond in other ways. During the entire process, Joanne was willing to travel to Brentwood and to work with the tenant, who remained in the home during the sale. She was fastidious in helping us prepare the home for an immaculate showing and utilized terrific photos in the listing. Importantly, Joanne paid close attention to contract and legal details, and made sure we met all obligations to ensure a good relationship with the buyers. Finally, she was always accessible when questions or issues arose, and was open and understanding about any personal aspects of the process. All in all, I would heartily recommend Joanne for her expertise, thoroughness, and availability. She was a pleasure to work with!

~Susan Garell, Orinda, Seller

Full of Energy

Joanne did a great job representing us when we purchased our home in Lafayette. In a very competitive market we were able to get a great home in a great neighborhood without a bidding war thanks to her strategy skills. Joanne is resourceful and full of energy and knowledge. Once our offer was accepted her many contacts were invaluable in making sure that there were no surprises in the future. Lastly, Joanne is always accessible and committed to find answers to questions and solutions to problems that pop-up.

~Andrea, Lafayette, Buyer

Local Real Estate Professional

I would like you to know that I sold my home with the help of a competent and tough local Real Estate professional. JOANNE WEIL HEALD's knowledge of the Orinda real estate market coupled with her strong negotiating skills and unique marketing techniques sold my home for 7.5% over the list price and in only 8 days.

I would like to highly recommend Joanne to you as a valuable resource in buying or selling real estate. She knows her stuff and works hard to see that her sellers get the highest possible price for their homes. We had a unique situation and Joanne guided us through the process efficiently fulfilling every one of our expectations.

If you are considering selling your home, be sure to consider Joanne. You will not be disappointed.

~Steven S., Seller

Personal Involvement

Having just finished closing on a condo I just bought, I want to take this opportunity to praise the work that my realtor, Joanne Weil Heald, did to help make this happen. I found Joanne incredibly competent especially concerning laws and the process involved with foreclosures and quick sales. She was very thorough and meticulous with all the paperwork and we got the condo in a very speedy manner. Perhaps the most important part of this process was Joanne’s personal involvement whereby she truly understood our needs and aspirations in finding the right home for us. I would recommend her highly to anyone looking to buy or sell a home and my next real estate purchase will definitely be with Joanne as my realtor.

~Gaetano Piccolo, Walnut Creek, Buyer

First-time Home Buyers

We met Joanne a few weeks into the search for our first home. With an infant in arms, 9-5 jobs, and a lease running out, we were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task at hand. We needed a compass to help us navigate the stormy waters of the Bay Area real estate market. Joanne became our compass. Right away, we were impressed with her knowledge of the market and her method of narrowing down the search parameters. We also appreciated her forthrightness dedication to her craft. She really listened to what we had to say and what kind of property we were looking for. We became her priority. She was easy to communicate with, quick to answer emails, and to return phone calls. She scheduled viewings around our busy schedule and did not hesitate to give us her honest opinion. Sometimes we would walk into a house that looked great on paper and right away Joanne would say "No, you don't want this property and here is why...". We knew she had our best interest at heart. She always reminded us that our purchase was an investment and kept us forward thinking, rather than narrowing our focus to what suits us in the here and now. It truly felt like we were a team with a common objective!

Joanne was dedicated and worked tirelessly to get us into a well-built home we could afford in a nice neighborhood in a great school district. She made all the tough phone calls. She held our hands through the stressful process of appraisals, negotiations and inspections. She helped us to stay objective and not get emotional about any particular property. She was very patient with us - she even tolerated change of price range and preferred neighborhoods throughout our search! In the end, we learned a lot from her and from this experience. Joanne really went the extra mile to find us our dream home. We won't hesitate to give out her cards to family and friends.

~Michael and Anna Lipzen, Martinez, First-time Home Buyers

First Home

We purchased our first home with the help of our realtor, Joanne. Working with Joanne was a joy. Joanne made the process of purchasing a home easier. She explained and educated us from the beginning and prepared us very well in facing the hurdles of purchasing a home. She was there in every step of the way. Everything she said became true. Joanne showed that she really cared about us and her main interest was to get the right house for us. She went out of her way to make that happen. What’s more, she advocated for us and looked after our best interest in the process of negotiations. She communicated to the other agents our wishes and she defended us against all obstacles. Joanne was always easy to reach, was totally open to answer any questions and was flexible to meet with us. She is highly organized and professional about her work. At the beginning she told us to expect as long as 6 months to purchase the right house. We got our keys in the 3rd month working with her. Joanne is passionate about her work and has a lot of heart for doing things right and ethically. Her advice, great sense of humor, enthusiasm and patience is priceless.

~Rafael & Cristi Padilla, Concord, Buyers

Transparent Communication

I absolutely enjoyed working with Joanne to find my ideal home. She is extremely organized, professional, transparent communication, and truly works for the best interests of her clients. I would recommend that if you are looking to buy, or sell, a home that you place your confidence with her.

~CV, San Lorenzo, Buyer

Joanne Worked Hard For Us

We felt like Joanne worked hard for us, promptly communicated and followed up, worked around our difficult schedules, gave us her honest opinions based on good local knowledge, and through the process she became our friend. We're very pleased in our new home, and that she helped make this difficult home buying process relatively easy.

~Ace & Courtney, Pleasant Hill, Buyers

Commitment and Dedication

As first time homebuyers we had a lot to learn and Joanne was incredibility helpful and patient. After working with Joanne we were able to buy the house we set out to find. We credit much of that to her commitment and dedication to finding our perfect home. Thank you Joanne for your tireless efforts and helping us find our first home. We appreciate all your time and attention to our needs.

~Tom & Amy, Pleasant Hill, Buyers

Held My Hand

I am writing this in reference to Joanne Weil Heald and the work that she did for me (Kathi Damato).

I met Joanne when my daughter and I went to an open house in June 2010; I put an offer in on the property with Joanne and promptly left the state for a 5 week vacation. Joanne was great about getting the new property closed even though I was out of the state; Joanne worked very hard to get the new property for me at a fair price.

After moving into my new home Joanne handled the sale of my other property. I was a stubborn homeowner and Joanne held my hand through the whole process and was able to get the home sold within months, even in this economy.

Anyone using Joanne as an agent should feel in capable hands as she takes you through the process, she is knowledgeable and personable and I am proud to say that we became friends through both processes.

~Kathi Damato, Buyer & Seller

Go-getter Kind of Spirit

A friend of mine recommended Joanne and from the minute I talked to her on the phone, I knew that I had found the right real estate agent for me. She was friendly, sincere and I trusted her. She has a go-getter kind of spirit and her work is professional. I was a difficult client to accommodate; my price range was in the bottom range of the market and I was qualifying for an FHA loan. But with every offer we made, we were always put at the top of the list, not because I was the top bidder, but because Joanne puts together a professional package. She also managed to find me a loan officer that was extremely accommodating and he found me a better rate than the loan officer I had, who only returned my phone calls at her convenience. From the time I met Joanne until I opened the door to my new home took only five months, this seemed like record time considering I had been looking for two years. I now am happily settled into my new home which I adore and am meeting my wonderful neighbors and enjoying the laid back life style of Concord and it's many conveniences. Kudos to Joanne she deserves it.

~Tammy Price, Buyer

Diligent On Her Client's Behalf

I worked with Joanne Heald on the sale of a home in Concord, CA. Joanne knows her real estate markets and was very, very thorough in her assessment of the property. She is very diligent on her client's behalf, looking out for their best interests and was quick in her response to all inquiries by all parties. She is a "true" professional with the utmost integrity.

I would highly recommend Joanne and would enjoy working with her again in the future.

~Kurt Byer, Realtor

A Great Communicator

My wife and I started to look for a new house in the East Bay after living in San Francisco for 8 years. We met Joanne Heald at an open house in Walnut Creek we randomly walked into to. After talking with her for a short amount of time we immediately wanted her as our agent based on her knowledge and tips she was providing us. We couldn't have been happier with her attention to details and her willingness to find the perfect house for us. On the weekends, she would drive us around to different houses and she really took the time out of her busy schedule to accommodate us.

Joanne is very friendly, professional, patient and a great communicator. Everytime we had a question, she was quick to return our phone calls and emails. She would always gives us status updates or notify us with any changes.

We are now happily living in our new home and couldn't have done it without Joanne. She even surprised us by baking a wonderful apple pie when we moved in the first day! She is highly recommended and we would not hesitate to use her services again.

~Eddy and Joanne, Pleasant Hill, Buyers

Peace of Mind

Thank-you so much for all your help & professional suggestions regarding the sale of my home in Brentwood... such a stressfull time packing and knowing your leaving someplace with so many memories..I am so thankful to have trusted you through this process, you really gave me peace of mind so I could concentrate on packing and moving forward with my life...

~M.Deimling, Seller

She Listened To Me

I want to thank Joanne Weil Heald for assisting me with my first home purchase back in February of this year.

I interviewed Joanne for the task of helping me find a townhouse or condo in Moraga. I informed her of what my spending limit was, what my needs were, location to my children's schools and the community where their friends were. She listened to me patiently and advised me of the nature of the housing market this year. She assisted me with formulating a realistic plan based on the projected market, my goals and my financial situation. She set me up on HOME ALERT so that I could learn the market and view inventory. She gave me realistic sound strategies and advice on how to make offers.

After looking at town homes with another realtor in 2010, I knew the kind of agent I hoped to work with...Joanne fit the bill. I enjoyed her energy, and her re-directing me to be realistic in a difficult market. She accepted me and my requests, but also advised me that she has been in the business for a long time, has lived in the area of my home search and really "knew the market and the area." I trusted what Joanne said and followed her advice.

I love the townhouse I chose and with Joanne's expertise my offer was accepted. I highly recommend Joanne should you need to buy or sell a home. She is strong, knowledgeable, communicates very well and is patent. She is an excellent Realtor.

~C.Ku, Moraga, Buyer

Transparent and Honest

Joanne is the most professional real estate agent to work with. Our initial consultation with her consisted of statistics for the cities we were hoping to find a home in; related to school systems, crime, freeways, navigating roads, and more. She was very well organized because she had listings ready for us as well! It assisted in customizing a plan of exactly what we were looking for.

Once we found a home we liked Joanne jumped to ensure we get appraisals, property inspection, and other reports ordered and completed right away. As far as commutation between us and the sellers/sellers agent she was transparent and honest about what both sides bring to the table and what is needed to get the deal done. With her upbeat attitude, there was never a dull moment. We really felt like we have known her for so long because of how easy it was to communicate our needs and for her to understand them. We completed all necessary work completely ahead of schedule! It was such a smooth transition. And Joanne's experience within the community she serves made it easy to find help with any house related accessorizing. Joanne thank you so much for being a true pleasure to work with! We really consider you more than an agent, you are a huge part of our life! Thank you very much!

~Ali & Iram

Clearly the Best

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!

~Denis K.

Make Things Happen

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

Amazing

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

Compassionate and Professional

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

Won Over the 47 Other Offers

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

Completely Rely on Joanne

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

She Did Not Disappoint

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

Direct and Honest Answers

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, Buyers, Walnut Creek

Has a Great Sense of The Market

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, Buyer, Pleasant Hill, CA

Put Our Needs at #1

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, Buyer, Pleasant Hill, CA

Efficiently Closed The Deal

We selected Joanne to help us sell our house and we are so glad we did. She had great ideas in marketing, staging and pricing our home, that resulted in three competitive, over asking, offers. She had an organized strategy, covered all of the bases, kept us safe in the process, and efficiently closed the deal. We are satisfied customers and highly recommend Joanne

~Scott Harriman, Seller, Hayward, CA

Straight-forward

My husband and I worked with Joanne on the recent purchase of our home and found her to be an excellent realtor. She was thorough, prompt, straight-forward and honest and offered us very good advice on how to make our offer. She also recommended a fantastic broker and helped us with the loan approval process making it all very easy and painless. Her understanding of the condition of the home we wanted to purchase was also very helpful in our decision making process. With a contractor husband, she is well versed in home repairs and improvements. Definitely recommend for your home sale or next purchase!

~Anna Louise Western, Pleasant Hill, Buyer

Five Stars

Joanne helped our daughter and her husband navigate the realities of first-time home buying in the Bay Area. Though we supported their process, she relieved us from the dual role of parent and authority on real estate decision making. She was knowledgeable and able to listen to their priorities. Five stars....Yeah!

~Diane Lemen, Pleasant Hill, Mother of Buyer