By its very nature, a real estate transaction is a complex tactical, managerial and emotional process requiring a calm, determined and experienced guide. Carol brings forward that steady leadership with heart and soul, dedicated to paying attention to her clients’ needs first; providing local market insights, perspective on a variety of potential issues, knowledge of the various players, honed negotiation skills and consistent communication. Referrals, new friends and returning clients alike appreciate her attention to detail and ability to navigate challenges, while keeping the focus where it counts for success.
Carol is a life-long Northern Californian and 30+ year resident of the Wine Country. In 1998, as Healdsburg was beginning to sparkle, Carol dove into real estate, joining a Healdsburg based boutique brokerage specializing in vineyard and winery properties. Twenty years on, Carol is aligned with Compass Real Estate, offering her clients depth of personal experience with a professional approach for market research, innovative marketing, and technological resources.
Local touch, broad reach.
• Member of the Board of Directors of NORBAR, Northern Sonoma County Region
• Member of the Local Government Relations Committee, 2018 Chair
• Top Agent Network (TAN), top producing 10% of agents in the North Bay
• Council of Residential Specialists (CRS)
“Carol is a top-of-the-line real estate broker we feel very fortunate to have found. At every step of the way in the sale of our home, from the initial consultation to a post-closing wrap up, Carol was thoroughly professional – an astute listener and strategist, a highly reliable and ethical partner, and a seasoned expert who delivered us straight to the goal post. She’s a delight to work with and is just the sort of professional you’d want to guide you on your real estate journey." -R.K. and M.D.
“Carol was a true professional and friend in our home search. The appreciation and exuberance for her field of work was continually exemplified in our success of finding the home we wanted. We cannot recommend her skills, ethics or professional abilities enough to anyone looking for a home."- J.W.
“I have high standards; I do not expect people to meet them. Carol exceeded all of them. She painlessly orchestrated the sale of our property. She is organized, resourceful, communicative, empathetic, shrewd, and humorous. She’s the whole package, it doesn’t get better than Carol Lexa.“ - R.B.
“Carol made the process of buying a house fun and exciting. She walked me through it and helped me every step of the way. Carol is very knowledgeable about the market and real estate laws and regulations as well as being extremely personable and a pleasure to work with. Once we found a property I liked, she was an incredible advocate for me, negotiating a lot of details on my behalf. She went over and above and I would recommend her enthusiastically.“ -Monique
“My sister and I were searching for a retirement home to buy together in the Santa Rosa area. We found Carol’s website and contacted her. It was our lucky day when we met her! In this Real Estate market of foreclosures and “flip” houses, Carol and her team of experts were invaluable. She listened to our needs but also opened other possibilities to us. Since we lived three hours away, the Web tools she provided to us to preview homes and to sign documents allowed us to make the best use of our time with Carol. Carol’s constant updates both by email and phone were timely and to the point. We never had to ask “Why haven’t we heard from Carol and what is happening? Any Realtor can show you houses but their true worth comes in the final negotiations. Carol has honed her negotiation skills and is one of the best I have experienced. She is a true Real Estate Professional. We have sung her praises to friends and family and would recommend her to anyone looking to sell or purchase in the area.“ -S.H. and C.G.
“We chose Carol Lexa to be our realtor because she found a home for my parents in Windsor and they had an extremely positive experience. Carol was absolutely fantastic! She is professional and detail-oriented. She is a wealth of knowledge regarding real estate laws and she makes the paper work process as streamlined as possible. She is a wonderful communicator and works extremely hard to find the perfect home! We moved to Sonoma County from Chicago, Illinois and we had very specific requirements for a home. Carol has lived in Sonoma County for many years so she is very knowledgeable when it comes to communities and neighborhoods. She was able to narrow down the list of potential homes so we didn’t waste time seeing places that didn’t fit our needs. She was a pleasure to ride around with – we enjoyed visiting with her on our drives around town! When it came time to make an offer on our home, Carol went out of her way to tell the sellers our story. The sellers later said that when it came down to deciding whom to sell to, they enjoyed hearing about our lives and they wanted us to enjoy their home the way they did. We love our new home and we miss visiting with Carol on a daily basis! We highly recommend Carol to help you find your next home.“ -B. and J.B.
“As a first home buyer, I couldn’t be more pleased to have Carol Lexa as my Realtor. She was incredibly thoughtful, organized, informative, and action-oriented. With her help we put an offer on a house and closed within a month. We received just the right amount of guidance from her, starting from the research phase and through the inspections, final negotiations and closing. We worked with her through the Compass app by selecting homes we were interested in. She planned two days of open house viewings and added additional homes that we weren’t aware of. The range of homes she showed us gave us a solid understanding of the current market and helped us quickly learn important lessons and sharpen our search as we zeroed in on our location and priority criteria.
Carol showed us a home that had just come on the market. We saw it before the open house and it ended up being our favorite. If she hadn’t prepared us with the variety of showings we may not have realized what a gem this place was. She made sure we met the listing agent right away and she developed a nice rapport with her. From that moment on things moved very quickly and Carol was our coach through the whole process. She matched our fast pace and was so on top of the details.
It was ultimately key to the success of our offer that she is tech savvy and a clear communicator. This enabled us to move quickly and send the right messages to the seller, ahead of other offers. During the work week in between meetings we could use email and text to make quick decisions with her. This was all done in December, close to the holidays and Carol was super efficient in scheduling inspections and gave us tons of referrals for the services we needed estimates on. Throughout the negotiations she educated us about the process and acted as our advisor. We were highly impressed by her competence and her ever calm demeanor, even as we faced challenges related to closing escrow during the busy holiday season.
Following the purchase process Carol has continued to support us. She has referred us to trusted vendors and made other connections in her extensive network. As a first time home buyer I can’t overstate how comforting it was to have an agent like Carol. I highly recommend her services.
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