Thank You letters, Reviews AND Messages from our clients:
"Ana and Pascal are fantastic at what they do! We met them at an open house and appreciated their straight-talk and honesty - a rarity these days! They have a great, analytical approach and pay very close attention to the housing market. They immediately contacted us when a listing price dropped so that we were able to move quickly and make an offer. We truly felt like we won the lottery when our offer was accepted! They were responsive to our myriad of questions, and any issues that came up. They helped us deal with the listing agent and seller when the basement of the house was flooded during escrow. All is well now, and we absolutely love our house! Your business will truly be in good hands with Ana and Pascal."
"I can't imagine having purchased our house in El Cerrito without Ana and Pascal by our side. The Bay Area housing market seems tailor-made to put pressure on buyers and goad them into overpaying, often for something they don't really want. That's why it's so crucial to have realtors you trust, and that's why we loved working with Ana and Pascal. They were by our side at one showing after another, they were available to communicate almost instantly by phone or email 7 days a week, and they had the answers to all the million and one questions a pair of nervous buyers could think of, from pricing out offers to figuring out potential renovations. I think the moment that impressed me more than any other was when they stepped in to counsel us against submitting an offer that was too high for what the house was really worth. If we had submitted that offer and won the bidding war, it would have meant a higher commission for them. That's the bottom line for a lot of real estate professionals. But Ana and Pascal talked us through the nearby comps, the market conditions, and what that highball offer would mean for us financially and for the future value of the house, and got us to realize that we were shooting ourselves in the foot just because we didn't want to lose. Thanks to their help, guidance, and patience, we ended up with an amazing house that we love, instead of one that was just good enough. And we didn't lose our minds in the process. They're warm, they're funny, they're knowledgeable, they're honest, and they're there for you when you need them. What more could you ask for?"
"Ana and Pascal are so amazing and dedicated. They helped us accomplish the impossible...buy a house in the hot Oakland market. They talked the seller into accepting our lower bid because we were a family, they arranged for our sewer lateral and then arranged for the documentation to get filed in time for us to keep our loan lock (when the other agent dropped the ball!) When our fumigation bid came in too high they found a better bid. When we discovered we needed to change the locks right away, they took care of it! They were practical and realistic with us. I appreciated their honesty and hard work. They also helped us with setting up the property for renting. I can't say too much about this great couple. If you don't use them, you'll be very sorry!"
Wow! Ana and Pascal are beacons of light in this crazy Bay Area real estate market. I had the odds stacked against me in purchasing my first home. I'm a bay area native and was looking at not being able to afford to purchase a home that met my ambitious requirements with my available resources. Working together as a team we were able to pull a rabbit-out-of-a-hat and I now am the proud owner of my dream home! A huge part of that was how they got to know me personally and what I was looking for in a home (definitely not your typical living situation). When we found the house (after only a couple months of looking), we put a reasonable offer in and the only other competition to my knowledge was an all-cash investor. They went above and beyond and made sure the sellers heard my story and my plans for the house: a bay native, audio engineer/musician that (with the help of his lovely parents) wants to make a community home with an urban garden and recording studio. I was fortunate beyond belief that the sellers went with my offer, and I believe I owe a lot of that "luck" to Ana and Pascal. They truly care about their clients and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in this "wild west" of a housing market. They listen to you and don't waste time helping you reach your goals. I've already sent two referrals their way and will continue to do so when I have friends that are looking to buy. Keywords: Great team, great results, good people, power couple, qualified and experienced, good BS detectors! Thanks Ana and Pascal!!!
"A ROCKIN' agent team that helped us land our dream house! Super responsive, thorough, knowledgeable, and also very fun to work with (have to keep a sense of humor in house-hunting!). In this uber-competitive market, we GOT our house and could not have without them!! We are forever grateful to Ana & Pascal."
"We have worked closely with Pascal and Ana for almost two years now. They have helped with our primary home purchase, as well as ... in the frothy market of spring 2012. They also have helped us with ... potential investment properties and local condo purchases for an aging mother. Regardless of the price range or property type we have received the same attentive service and personal care. Both of them view the client relationship through a personal lens, and they bring their intuitions to bear on these emotional decisions as much as they bring their deal making savvy and financial know-how to the rational elements of the process. If anyone asks me who to use as real estate agents in Berkeley l will encourage them to use Pascal and Ana. Whether you are a seasoned home buyer or new to the process, Pascal and Ana will make your experience more enjoyable and as efficient as ever."
"A Huge Thank You! to Ana & Pascal Forest at Red Oak Realty for all of their hard work and dedication in the selling of our house. What a team! Their management of the process and preparations for sale was second to none! We have no doubt that the final profit on the sale of our home was directly influenced by their hard work and recommendations. We were thrilled with the results. From a business relationship standpoint, we were impressed with Ana & Pascal's efficiency, flexibility and no-nonsense professionalism as well as their impeccable advertising standard and ease of transactions whilst we have been living abroad. What can we say, but thank you for making a potentially very difficult time run so smoothly. We are more than happy to recommend Ana & Pascal's services to anyone!"
"We bought a house in the East Bay... thanks to the excellent services of Pascal and Ana Forest. From the beginning of our search, the market was tense, and very much a "sellers market". Pascal and Ana not only took the time to familiarize us with the area in order to define a search zone and be more efficient- they also had us benefit from their expertise in the subject of construction when we visited homes (they helped us verify foundations, plumbing, etc...). Ana and Pascal regularly kept us informed with objective criteria, which allowed us to review our notes and see the changes in our demands, in order to lead us positively through the process. After our offer was accepted, Pascal and Ana stayed in contact with us, and even helped us get started with workers and contractors to get our home improvement projects launched. We warmly recommend the Forest Team for the quality of their work, and for their faultless commitment to us."
"Ana & Pascal Forest really helped us through the process. Their guidance and interpersonal skills made us feel protected and well-represented. We've worked with them on 2 sales and they continue to put their hearts and souls into each transaction and detail – no matter how big or small. You couldn't have a better team on your side. They compliment each other very well and are always there for us. We highly recommend them!"
"I cold called Ana and Pascal from Los Angeles when I was considering relocating to Berkeley. They spent several days with me taking me to all of the neighborhoods from El Cerrito to Berkeley to Montclair and educating me about the area. I ultimately chose Berkeley and they led us to our beautiful home in the hills.. I believe both Ana and Pascal go the extra mile in sitting down and presenting their offer to reflect the seller's intentions. I don't think I could have had better representation. Pascal has a discerning eye with respect to building quality and design. He knows all the in's and out's of the hills. They are not pushy but are in it for the long haul to deliver a good outcome for their clients. They will say-- are you sure you want to spend this much? With Pascal and Ana I not only ended up with a fabulous home but also with two friends I hope to have for a very very long time."
"We were so lucky to have found Ana and Pascal Forest, to help us through the transition of selling our home of over 40 years. They worked with us for months, advising us and helping us get the house ready for sale. We were pleasantly surprised at their hands-on approach- from finding the right vendors, helping us with budgeting, explaining paperwork, to rolling up their sleeves and stepping in to help when needed. Their professionalism, expertise and warm genuine caring made the process so much easier; they were there to help us every step of the way. They knew exactly what to do from prep, to 'strategic pricing', to a powerful marketing plan. Ana and Pascal negotiated and guided the transaction, always going the extra mile, always available, and always responsive to our needs. We couldn't be happier with our choice of Realtors." - F. & S. K.
"Ana and Pascal, thanks so much for helping me sell my house, I couldn't have done it without you! I really loved the way both of you took on the task... It was a pleasure to work with you... your professionalism and knowledge of the selling process really made it easy for me…the advice you gave me was crucial to getting this house sold. I had total trust in your abilities... It was kismet! Ana and Pascal Forest will definitely be my first choice in realtors, when purchasing or selling my next house. I highly recommend them both!" - S.S.
"I was kept informed of progress every step along the way and was thoroughly satisfied with Pascal's efforts on my behalf. I recommend Pascal Forest to anyone seeking a Real Estate agent; His willingness to go the extra mile and make the extra effort is exceptional." - H. J. N.
"J. and I had been looking for months, were not novices to the current market, yet you managed to find properties that were exactly what we were looking for, and had not even considered… how did you do that? ... We thank you, Ana and Pascal, for a wonderful experience. We love our new place, it fits our needs to a "T", and you had everything to do with that!" - S. & J. F.
"I would like to acknowledge the wonderful work that Pascal has performed in representing us during the sale of our rental property... most professional, always on time and willing to go the extra mile... Pascal has kept all of the promises he has made in his marketing plan." - S. & A. T.
"Pascal made it his business to know what we wanted and he delivered. His persistence and timeliness proved indispensable and he... exceeded our expectations." - S. M. & M. L.
"Pascal's guidance and expertise made the entire process both satisfying an successful... I appreciate the caliber of service and professionalism he gave during the sale. I would very much look forward to working with Pascal again and I would highly recommend him." - J.C.
"I could count on Pascal's patience, savvy and in-depth knowledge of the real estate market to help me through the process." - L. K.
"Never have we worked with a realtor/agent who brought so much zeal and energy to his endeavors... we feel very fortunate that we were served by an agent who acted so well in our best interest." - E. L.
"We plan on having Pascal market our home for us someday if the need arises and feel secure that this task will be met with the utmost care, open communication and SUCCESS with Pascal as our agent once again." - J. & L. H.
"Thank you for being such a wonderful Realtor, for being so patient and understanding and for going the extra mile... We appreciate all your hard work! Couldn't have done it without you..." - T. & S. S.
"The greatest testimony to Pascal's customer commitment lies in his behavior following the close of escrow. Pascal continued to provide counsel after we took possession of the property. Although the deal was officially closed, Pascal came by the property many times to check up on the progress of a number of workers we had hired... He even helped us through the whole tenant selection and screening process for our rental unit. Pascal's resourcefulness, creativity, and commitment to satisfying customer needs make him a consummate professional and an asset to the real estate profession." - J. M. L.