Horn Toot! NOPA Condo

I returned to the Bay Area to finish law school in late spring with the goal to find a place before school started. With a tight time frame and extremely challenging price range, I knew I’d need an agent who would hard on my behalf .

When my parents recommended Cece to me, I knew I had found that agent. She immediately got started with finding potential properties and was quick to provide any answers I needed.

Cece also walked me through several different offers. Our first bid was on a new studio condo in SOMA, but we couldn’t come to terms with the developer. Our second offer was a distressed property at The Palms, also in SOMA. That too was rejected.

By now some agents might have grown impatient with my low price point, but Cece was great. She was happy to visit properties with me, which was especially valuable since this was my first real estate purchase.

Her persistence paid off when we found a beautiful Victorian condo north of the Panhandle on Divisadero. It had so much incredible detail – high ceilings, bay windows, hardwood floors – and only one problem. The seller had just accepted an offer from another party. But Cece had a hunch that the property might just open up, and she kept in close touch with the listing agent. Sure enough, the home fell out of escrow and we brought in a backup offer.

When it came time to negotiate the exact terms of the deal, she was very protective and made sure that all of the right clauses were in the contract to protect my interests. She was very honest with me in terms of what she thought my chances were, what a good offer would be, and where we could start the offer and how we could negotiate it.

Today I live in a great place in a wonderful neighborhood – and I have Cece to thank for that.

Alex Reese