Carol Sawdey

7 years of work experience
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
3130 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 170
San Ramon, CA, 94583
(925) 361-2727

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Highly likely to recommend
08/10/2015
sstugard
Listed and sold a home
I would like to highly recommend Carol Sawdey as THE go to Real Estate agent. Carol helped me sell my home in San Ramon in May 2014. Immediately after viewing my property with her I knew that we would be a good fit because of her can do personality, straightforward honest approach and her multifaceted plan to get my home the most exposure possible. Additionally, Carol is well connected with a team of contractors at her disposal that took care of the touchups at the house to make it most salable. Going above and beyond and since it wasn?t remotely convenient for me, Carol managed all the work being completed. The work was done on time and at budget to prepare the house. Not having to go through the process of finding, hiring and monitoring contractors to complete the work was a big bonus for me and I am fully confident the work was done at a cost much less than what I would have paid had I had to find my own contractors. Once the house was ready Carol pulled from her trove of furniture and staged the home. The house looked great and generated a lot of traffic as soon as it hit the market. The result: There were multiple offers in a matter of days and the home closed at 5% over listing price! I enjoyed working with Carol and admire her approach to customer service. There were no hiccups, no excuses, no unreturned phone calls or texts, she is extremely accessible and things moved through the process as advertised. When I sell my next home I will most certainly call Carol to handle the transaction. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/06/2015
amybeernink
Listed and sold a home
I would highly recommend Carol Sawdey and the Sawdey Team to anyone looking to sell their home! I was going through a divorce and had to sell my 1956 rancher in Lafayette after 18 wonderful years raising my family there. Carol was extremely supportive and sensitive to my situation ? she turned the difficult process into an adventure and eased my worries every step of the way. The house had had some upgrades, but overall was greatly in need of repair and remodeling. Much of the trimwork and baseboards were missing, and the walls were shabby and cracked in many areas. Carol advised me on what work would be most beneficial to invest in to maximize the value of the house, without having to completely re-do everything. She recommended and coordinated a very competent and affordable painter/handyman who did wonders to make the house more attractive to buyers. She also recommended a landscaper to install a beautiful new front lawn and negotiated a couple hundred dollars off his bid for me. She very gingerly helped me with things I needed to do to ?declutter? and depersonalize, ever mindful of how sentimental this process was for me. She then put on her wizard hat and put her free staging service to work, transforming my house to be so welcoming and beautiful that I barely recognized it! This is truly a rare service and Carol is a very gifted decorator and designer. Greg Sawdey came armed with his toolbox and installed curtain rods and drapes in all the rooms. The place looked fantastic! Carol advised me on where we should price my home, as it was one-of-a-kind ? a little rough around the edges, small, but on a beautiful 8/10-acre lot on a private street in Lafayette, with superb public schools. Her pricing strategy was to set the price conservatively, to attract more interest, and to cut off offers three days after the first open house. Ever enthusiastic, Carol held the first Open House on a Sunday in blistering 104-degree heat. We got five great offers all over asking price, and were Pending within five days. The offer we accepted was $221,000 over asking. More than we ever imagined the house would sell for! I had never conducted such a transaction on my own, and Carol and Greg held my hand all the way through, including working directly with the title company and keeping close tabs on all the details for me. The buyer had some financing issues, and we had to delay the close several times, Carol continually pressed the seller?s agent to make sure they were doing everything possible to push the bank approval through. Her skilled persistence and professionalism throughout the process was key to finally closing escrow on the house. Throughout this experience, I always felt like I was Carol?s only client. Although I knew she was very busy and had many clients, she was incredibly responsive to my emails and phone calls, and basically just helped me every step of the way. Overall, Carol and Greg Sawdey made selling my home to be a very positive, exciting experience for me and I didn?t hesitate to ask them to then turn around and help me buy my next new home! Amy Beernink Happily Resettled in Pleasant Hill, California Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/29/2015
trujilloluna
Listed and sold a home
Carol is such a great person and realtor. She is so professional, friendly and experienced. We had a tight timeline in selling our home and Carol staged our home, printed brochures and had a sign up within days. She was always available when we had questions and made the experience of selling a home less stressful. We definitely recommend Carol for any real estate service.
Highly likely to recommend
05/28/2015
foxand2hounds
Listed and sold a home
We recently sold our home so we could relocate with a job change, choosing Carol from a list of realtors given us. From the moment we meet her and listened to her sales approach until after our escrow closed, Carol was readily available to assist with our needs and questions and get our home sold. We found Carol a delight to work with. With the assistance of her husband she was able to help us transform our home, which was special to us, into a show ready home that presented itself as an open canvas to potential sellers. Carol was always professional and gave us the time we needed, even when she faced an unexpected family crisis. She presented our offers in a summary form and with a clear understanding of which each offer brought to the table. We have no hesitations in recommending Carol as a realtor. She is very professional in her demeanor and is very knowledgeable in all aspects of the real estate market and transactions involved. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/28/2015
dalevirgil123
Listed and sold a home
If you want the best professional help to sell your home, then I highly recommend you work directly with the Sawdey team. During my first meeting with Carol and Greg, they laid out a complete game plan and strategy to sell my home quickly and for the best price. After a quick walk through, they pointed out any details that needed attention and shared their staging ideas. I had questions about whether I should spend money to do any specific upgrades or repairs prior to putting the house on the market. Their advice was always spot on, and I had the confidence to do exactly what was needed to make the house the most marketable. Carol and Greg staged the house beautifully and brought in their photographer to create a captivating picture story and video. They did the local market research and recommended the right offer price. They prepared the flyers and listed the home. In less than 7 days, we had 6 offers above asking price. We were so excited with the quality of the offers and accepted the best one. Carol and Greg made the selling process so easy. They kept us informed of every step along the way. I never had to worry about what to do next or when. They also have a wonderful team that supports them not only from their company?s home office, but also in title and escrow. There were many realtors in the local area soliciting our business. We chose the Sawdey team because of the multiple referrals we received from their previous happy customers. We made the right choice, and we couldn?t be happier. You will be too if you choose the Sawdey team! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/27/2015
dhariwalmanish
Helped me buy home
I am writing to express my complete satisfaction with Carol Sawdey on my primary residence purchase in San Ramon. It was quite competitive market and Carol has given great advice on putting best offer to get the house we wanted. After few months search, ultimately we got the house we wanted. She was quite responsive for our questions on selected house criteria as we had certain constraints for house we wanted. She was well prepared with all the information and comp analysis on the houses we selected. She was very informed about all the area where we are looking in San Ramon and quite knowledgeable and gave good advice throughout the process. After offer accepting, she was very diligent, patient and gave good advice on contingencies/clauses/escrow closing etc and her entire team is very good in terms of communicating all the various steps throughout. She was always willing to help and listen to our needs and going above and beyond to put best offer. We really appreciated Carol's approach and expert advice throughout the entire buying process. We highly recommend Carol Sawdey! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/27/2015
colleenmaz
Helped me buy and sell homes
We have known Carol as a neighbor and friend for 15 years. At first we weren?t sure about doing business with a friend but Carol is a true professional so we were worried for no reason. We had no issues whatsoever. We found a home in Alamo we liked but it was bank-owned and therefore it was not a simple transaction. Carol had to deal with a listing agent who was not very professional, didn?t return calls, etc. She handled him with patience and professionalism all the way to the end. She also listed our San Ramon home and staged it herself which saved us a lot of money. It looked like a model home! We had multiple offers and sold for over asking price in less than a week! The whole process was painless for us thanks to Carol. We would wholeheartedly recommend Carol to anyone looking to purchase or sell a home! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/27/2015
ecruz94582
Listed and sold a home
Carol Sawdey did an outstanding job for us from staging, marketing/ selling and closing the sale of our property. Our relocation benefit allowed us to interview two brokers to sell our home. One broker was highly recommended by our tax attorney, which surely was a slam dunk from our initial viewpoint, to sell our home. A second broker (Carol Sawdey) was provided by the company?s relocation department. After carefully interview with both brokers, Carol stood out. She was professional and very thorough in her presentation. The key to choosing Carol was her sincerity and thoughtfulness. We advised Carol that the property will be vacant during the sale process and she ensured security will be paramount. In addition, she lived very close by and promised to keep vigil on our property during the viewing stage by buyers/brokers. Carol knew the location very well as her children were raised and educated in San Ramon. Carol staged our property with minimum touch ups and cleaning as she indicated the property was in great condition. This was in comparison to the other broker?s recommended preparation of ?10x? more than Carol?s recommended preparation expense. The property sold in less than 10 days, with multiple offers! In closing the sale, Carol guided us through the negotiation process without instilling her opinion, but simply offering her recommendation. She was calm and collected, offering only her knowledge and experience, without being pushy. We highly recommend Carol without hesitation! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/24/2014
greglbarnes
Helped me buy home
I want to thank Carol so much for all of her help and assistance throughout the home searching and purchasing process. I very much appreciated her always keeping me up to date on the latest home listings even while I was living 2,500 miles away and didn?t have the opportunity to view the homes in person. She was always willing to personally view the homes on my behalf and provide me with very thoughtful and candid feedback. I certainly learned very quickly that the housing market in the Bay Area was quite different than Pennsylvania, but all of her efforts certainly made everything run very smoothly. She was always very prompt in responding to my questions and in discussing potential offers. Once the offer on the home in Livermore was accepted, she continued to be of great help in keeping the process moving quickly and efficiently through her work with the inspectors, title company, and mortgage provider. The timing could not have worked any better that I was able to move into the new home the day following my move from Pennsylvania to California. I know without all of her efforts and diligence it would not have been possible. I couldn?t be happier with the home, and I want to thank Carol again for all of her hard work and support. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/23/2014
anwyos
Helped me buy home
It is with pleasure and gratitude that I share our experience of purchasing our San Ramon home with Carol Sawdey as our realtor. We had known Carol as a parent while our daughters played lacrosse. When it came time to purchase a home I immediately thought of Carol because I liked her as a person and had heard from others that she is a skilled realtor. Carol possesses all the attributes necessary to be an excellent realtor. She knows her market extremely well; she is diligent, responsive, and very patient. Carol is both very professional and personable. In our particular case we live on the East Coast and were looking to purchase a condominium in the East Bay to use as a home base when we come to visit our family. Carol?s negotiation skills were evident when we made an offer and it was accepted over an all cash offer. Her ability to establish rapport with the seller?s realtor and her advice to have us write a letter to the sellers about ourselves and why we would like to buy their home made all the difference. We love our new home and are very grateful we chose Carol to be our realtor. Given our distance Carol was invaluable in arranging inspections and being there for them as well as getting bids from gardeners to take care of our yard. She offered to do whatever was necessary to help us since we were not local and did everything she could to help the closing process go smoothly from afar. It would be hard to envision someone doing a better job than Carol or being anything but happy in choosing to work with her. Her in-depth knowledge of the industry and market, her pleasant personality, and her strong work ethic make her an excellent real estate agent. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/22/2014
tonikmcgrath
Listed and sold a home
I highly recommend Carol to anyone I know looking for a realtor! We put our home on the market at a time of year that wasn?t ideal, but we sold the house the first weekend and received over our asking price, which was for more than any equivalent house in the neighborhood had ever gone for! I watched as similar homes in our neighborhood sat on the market for weeks after ours sold and I?m convinced our quick sale is due to Carol?s marketing of our home. She has a wealth of resources that we used to help us prepare our house for selling and she kept us on a schedule so we were able to list it quickly. She?s a master stager! It looked beautiful by the time it was listed. She also patiently led us through many homes as we looked for a home to downsize into. She ended up finding us a place that met all of our needs in a beautiful setting and managed to readjust the closing of our two transactions so they were timed perfectly enabling us to move just once. Carol is patient, calm, and professional and will get the job done! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
09/17/2014
user74982958
Showed me homes
Very organized and knows area and schools really well. We decided to delay our move but she is a wonderful resource and we will use her if and when we do move to the area. Highly recommend her!
Highly likely to recommend
04/13/2014
user0003999
Listed and sold a home
I cannot praise Carol enough based on my personal experience of selling our first home. Carol is one of those realtors who actually knows what it's to be a professional realtor. She is thorough, very knowledgable, proficient at staging, advertising and working with the other agents to negotiate the best deal for you. I had a hard time initially because of a buyer backing out of the deal but Carol not only made me not give up hope but ended up finding me a better deal. Highly recommend!
Highly likely to recommend
08/06/2013
user2853306
Listed and sold a home
Carol Sawdey was my real estate agent who helped me sell my family home, a 1955 brick home in Castro Valley that had never been remodeled. Needless to say, this home was not a beautiful, elegant new home but more what would be considered a ?contractor?s special?. Despite its vintage condition, the home and property had a great deal of sentimental value. Carol was sensitive to my needs and patiently helped me come up with the right listing price for the home during a time when the housing market was very slow. We listed the house in an ?As Is? condition since there were so many needed repairs. Carol treated me as if my home was a million dollar home in a pricey neighborhood. She took the time to talk with me and listen to me every step of the way from the date of listing to the final day of escrow. I?m so grateful to have had Carol by my side as I let go of an important part of my history. She is an incredible businesswoman and an even more incredible person. You can?t go wrong working with such an ethical, knowledgeable and highly professional realtor. Thank you Carol! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/06/2013
user6456848
Listed and sold a home
We met with Carol Sawdey a few months prior to putting my parent?s home in San Ramon on the market. She explained all aspects of the marketing and selling process for the home. She even met with us at the house and gave her advice on some fairly inexpensive things we could do to the house to make it more appealing to all buyers. Her advice was so helpful. We did some of the work ourselves and for the items we didn?t want to attempt she got estimates from her trusted service providers and then supervised all the work for us! She also advised us not to do some things that we had planned to do that she felt were not necessary. (And saved us a lot of money!) When the simple improvements were completed, Carol staged the entire house at no additional cost, saving us thousands of dollars. She hosted a Broker?s Open House on a Thursday, had the house open on Saturday and Sunday and we received 15 offers. She sat with us, explained the differences between the offers and then negotiated the best price and terms. It sold for way over our asking price. Using Carol?s advice, doing a few improvements, to get the house ready and then having her stage the house for free we attracted amazing offers. Once we were in contract she met with all the inspectors and met and supplied the appraiser with comparable properties. She handled the entire process so we didn?t have to take any time off of work, she kept us informed of the current status and was always available to answer our questions. It was stress-free because Carol handled everything! We would recommend Carol Sawdey to anyone thinking of buying or selling a home. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/05/2013
user2229140
Listed and sold a home
We met with Carol Sawdey a few months prior to putting my parent?s home in San Ramon on the market. She explained all aspects of the marketing and selling process for the home. She even met with us at the house and gave her advice on some fairly inexpensive things we could do to the house to make it more appealing to all buyers. Her advice was so helpful. We did some of the work ourselves and for the items we didn?t want to attempt she got estimates from her trusted service providers and then supervised all the work for us! She also advised us not to do some things that we had planned to do that she felt were not necessary. (And saved us a lot of money!) When the simple improvements were completed, Carol staged the entire house at no additional cost, saving us thousands of dollars. She hosted a Broker?s Open House on a Thursday, had the house open on Saturday and Sunday and we received 15 offers. She sat with us, explained the differences between the offers and then negotiated the best price and terms. It sold for way over our asking price. Using Carol?s advice, doing a few improvements, to get the house ready and then having her stage the house for free we attracted amazing offers. Once we were in contract she met with all the inspectors and met and supplied the appraiser with comparable properties. She handled the entire process so we didn?t have to take any time off of work, she kept us informed of the current status and was always available to answer our questions. It was stress-free because Carol handled everything! We would recommend Carol Sawdey to anyone thinking of buying or selling a home. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/05/2013
user6833403
Helped me buy and sell homes
When I decided that I wanted to sell my home, it was a gut wrenching and nerve wracking decision. I was faced with the challenge of being an empty-nester with the memories and history associated with my home and the desire to find a place that more appropriately suited my needs. Carol took the time and patience to guide me through the process. When we started I had no idea of what the value of my house would be or even where to start. She helped me identify what comparable properties were selling for and what were the unique advantages of my place. While some people think their places look great, and I was no exception, I listened to her advice and she helped stage my home and it made a huge difference. My neighbors told me when they came though the open house that they were downright jealous. I don't think anyone could have marketed my home any better. Of course, the results speak for themselves. I got a great price and great buyers. On the purchase side, I couldn't be happier with my new home. I was very worried about having to compromise on location and quality. Once again, her patience and diligence came through and she was able to get the place that I wanted. Finally, the dreadful part of the transaction is the paperwork. Carol and her team were great at communicating and make it very easy to follow and complete the transactions. I heartily recommend Carol to anyone looking to buy or sell their home. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/05/2013
frtyejones
Helped me buy home
We chose Carol because she had a great web presence & track record. Happily, Carol turned out to be the most patient & gracious Realtor we have ever met. Our home search took multiple years, and Carol was with us every step of the way. When we had questions, her response time was immediate. When we could not decide, she helped provide enough additional information, so we could make an informed decision. She even helped to care for our daughters in the car while we viewed house after house. Carol?s work in find us our house had to be tireless, but she made it look effortless. After a year in our house, I can honestly say this is our Dream House, and have no regrets. NONE! Thank you Carol, we could not have done it without you! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/23/2013
user1936314
Listed and sold a home
It's my pleasure and honor to have Carol Sawdey to represent as our realtor. Without her professionalism I am doubt we can get this REO property that filled with "story". My three boys loved this new home, neighborhood and blue ribbon school district. We really appreciate that you were able to negotiate with lender to accept such a ridiculous price for us. You always go an extra mile and beyond your effort to get job done. We loved it. Your professional way in handling this purchase process was marvelous and is no brainer for not to doing business with such a brilliant and responsible realtor, also a beautiful lady. Best wishes in your successful career. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/23/2013
user3645527
Helped me buy home
Dear Carol: Throughout my journey to finding my dream home, you were always by my side or just a phone call or email away (and there were MANY). I never imagined meeting such a patient and caring realtor. Coming from the Midwest, I had certain expectations of what I wanted in my home and the home buying process. I quickly learned that those expectations were not realistic in California. Despite that, you not only listened to each request and each question, but managed to explain the process in terms I understood and find me my dream home with a California twist! Throughout my home buying experience, you always took the time to call or email me, keep me in the loop, and update me on every step of the process; from start to closing and even afterwards. It has truly been a pleasure working with a knowledgeable, compassionate, and tolerant person such as you. I will not only be your customer and reference for life, but also your friend. From the bottom of my heart, ?Thank You Carol!!? Warmest regards, Bobbi Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/10/2012
_RP
Helped me buy home
Carol was a great choice for me as a Realtor to represent me in the purchase of my new home in San Ramon. She is also a San Ramon resident and also knows the Tri-Valley area I was looking at as well. She was more than patient with me making sure I took my time and to be positive the home I placed an offer on felt right. As a first time home buyer there was a lot I didn?t know and Carol held my hand through the process. Keeping me in my budget range and not wasting my time on showing me homes that wouldn't work saved me time and headaches. She was there to meet with inspectors when I couldn?t be there and always gave me a complete explanation of what happened. Her help with the final closing process was the most appreciated. She was there to hold my hand at the Title Company and answered all my questions and explained things in terms that I could understand. She was the perfect realtor and perfect friend... Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/27/2011
SR Matt
Listed and sold a home
? When we started to seriously look for houses to meet our family's needs, we chose our neighborhood expert, Carol Sawdey. It was a perfect fit for us since we wanted to stay close to our current house/school. As a neighborhood resident, Carol knows the area best. After showing us several houses that met our criteria, Carol found us the perfect one. Carol knows her business and found exactly what we were looking for in the perfect location. Carol is the epitome of professionalism and knowledge. She has many areas of expertise when it comes to real estate. The one area that helped us the most was recommending changes to update our home. After doing some remodeling, Carol also helped us stage our home with our current fixtures and many of her own. The house looked like a model home by the time she was finished working her magic. She is truly gifted and has an amazing eye when it comes to staging/decorating. It was so refreshing to find a one stop realtor with so many different talents. We highly recommend Carol as a realtor, house stager, decorator and friend. ? Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/26/2011
mojtabaro
Helped me buy and sell homes
Finding a new home can be a confusing and stressful event in someone's life. Having the right help and expertise on your side is very important when you are making a big decision such as buying a home. Finding the right real estate agent has a big impact in finding the right home especially if you are new to the game as I was. I have a busy life, so for me it was important to find an agent who would listen and understand my likes and dislikes and then be able to take over and manage the process throughout. I had already been searching for a year and gone through multiple real estate agents when I met Carol. I had run through a gamut of overzealous agents who didn't care about my needs to those who couldn't manage the process and let a couple of deals fall through. Carol understood what I was looking for and in a short time she was able to find the house I was looking for. There was no pressure at any time. She cared about my interests and gave me the honest feedback that I needed. I was working under a tight deadline which required a lot of coordination with the listing agent and loan agent. Carol and her staff were able to step in and guide me throughout the process. I am definitely glad that I was able to work with her and would highly recommend her services to anyone searching for a home. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/22/2011
hau1234
Listed and sold a home
We are writing to express our complete satisfaction with Carol Sawdey as a realtor. Throughout the entire process Carol was professional, conscientious, and motivated. We always felt as though we were her only clients. Initially we were uncertain of the asking price, but Carol diligently checked multiple sources to verify that our pricing was accurate and met our goal of selling the house within a certain timeframe. She provided us with outstanding advice and about how to prepare our home for sale. Consequently, within 4 (four) days of listing the house, it sold for exactly what we wanted. We really appreciated Carol's calm reassurance and expert advice throughout the entire process. We highly recommend Carol Sawdey! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/22/2011
Sara Kahoalii
Helped me buy home
It was my first time buying a home and I had many questions. Carol answered them all and let me know what to expect at each step. She was very knowledgeable and I trusted her fully to guide me through the process... I am settled into my new home and couldn't be happier! We got a great deal on a beautiful home in a wonderful location. If I were to move... which I don't plan to... I would most definitely call Carol.
Highly likely to recommend
03/22/2011
Miki Monroe
Helped me buy home
Carol is one of the most patient real estate agents I have worked with. Not just during the year of deciding exactly what we wanted and where we wanted to be, but holding our hands through the process and being available all hours to answer questions. She's truly remarkable. Her professionalism sets her apart from the rest. Not only do we have our dream home, we have a good friend now too! Thank you, Carol!