Christian Downer is a top producing East Bay realtor specializing in Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont and the surrounding areas. Based in Compass's Montclair office, Christian brings nearly 20 years of Bay Area real estate experience to the table and has negotiated 300+ transactions over the course of her career.
Leveraging her innovative marketing skills, negotiating prowess and unyielding determination, Christian is able to get her buyers and sellers more of what they want. She is single-minded in the pursuit of her clients’ goals, represents their interests exclusively, and never leaves their corner.
With the majority of her listings selling in multiple offers, Christian has drawn upon her association with Pacific Union, now Compass in creating a distinct brand to showcase each property. Christian uses out-of-the-box marketing strategies developed from her years of experience, as well as her work in concert with a dedicated crew to effectively prepare properties for the market. With strategic pricing and skilled negotiation tactics, Christian’s sellers know that they are selling at the highest possible price.
Christian’s knowledge of the community gives her buyers the inside track for on and off market opportunities, and her successful approach gives them an edge to make smart buying decisions.
An open, honest and resourceful person with her keen ability to anticipate her client’s needs and far exceed their expectations has rewarded Christian with a loyal clients base and ongoing referrals, year after year.
Whether it’s buying or selling a family home, moving up, or scaling down, relocating across town or transferring across the country, both buyers and sellers can count on Christian as a proficient resource, an experienced guide, a skillful negotiator and above all else, a passionate professional. Christian personally advocates for her clients in defining their goals and working to effectively achieve them.
There are few experiences in life as stressful as selling and/or buying property -- especially during these challenging economic times when every party to the transaction is facing time, energy, and financial constraints. In my experience of selling a property I had owned for 29 years and then purchasing a brand-new condominium, I found Christian to be a model of patience, tolerance, intelligence, knowledge, good humor, and integrity. She understood my goals and my needs. She is like a highly skilled CEO - someone who knows how to utilize all of the best resources available to her; who knows how and where to negotiate; and who knows how to get the job done efficiently and with grace and amazing stamina. She guided me through the process with infinite patience and wisdom, and I will forever be grateful to her.
My husband and I thought long and hard before putting our house up for sale. We would often visit open houses in our neighborhood to gauge the market. We paid close attention to pricing, interior and curb appeal of the open house AND to the realtor representing the house/seller. Not only did some houses stand out, but so did one particular realtor who showed many of those homes. And so we decided to choose Christian Downer! And what a wise decision that was! Christian's style, professionalism, organizational skills and positive attitude are remarkable. With her as our navigator, we worked as a team scheduling all inspections and preparing the house to show it's best potential. We had multiple offers ten days after our first open house and, without a hitch, the house closed three weeks later! Christian was consistent throughout the process and true to her word on the best approach in every aspect of the sale. We felt very fortunate to have Christian guide us and encourage us through such an important step in our lives.
Perry & Pat Milton
Christian Downer is so much more than a realtor. She was the listing agent of the home we bought in Oakland 6 years ago and overtime it was very important for us to make improvements which would assure a return on our investment, when it came time to sell. Christian was also our neighbor and played a major role over the years in our room by room remodels. Her ideas were practical and inventive. She was with us every step of the way. In Spring 2010, we decided to put our beloved Glenview property on the market. Again, Christian was with us every step of the way. She scheduled timely appointments with vendors working on the preparation of our home and also arranged for necessary inspections. She was present at every meeting. We don't know how she did it all. Christian always returned our calls and emails, even giving us a pep talk or two when we needed one. We felt like we were her only clients, never guessing she had three other homes on the market at the same time! She is calm and incredibly organized, which can only come from years of experience and a commitment to provide the very best to her clients. Christian knows the winning formula and we would recommend no one else. Christian Downer is the agent with it all!
Catherine & Dax Johnson
Having recently dealt with a Southern California realtor in selling my brother's home, I was apprehensive that I would, once again, be jumping through hoops and suffering bouts of high anxiety in selling my late uncle's Oakland home in Glenview. During my first meeting with Christian Downer, I was provided a comprehensive plan for placing the Oakland home on the market. Because the Oakland home was in a Trust, there were potential complications in the sale, but Christian and her team handled every detail seamlessly. Christian provided me with a calendar of the step-by-step processes we would follow to almost guarantee a fast sale at maximum price during what is a volatile time in real estate. From that point onward, Christian took over every detail in preparing the home for the market. Her keen eye and years of experience in design and marketing are unbeatable attributes in knowing what buyers want and what sellers should invest in making a property "selling ready". Because I live 80 miles from the Oakland home, I was unable to deal with many of on-site details such as property cleanup, necessary upgrades and repairs, inspections and reports. Christian handled every matter cheerfully and without hesitation. No job was too small; none too daunting. I was kept informed as to day-to-day progress via timely phone calls and e-mail. Christian's skills, wisdom and enthusiasm brought buyers who made offers even higher than our asking price. The entire experience, for me, can actually be described as "fun". Being retired from a business which placed me in contact with both the public and vendors with seemingly unending regulations, I feel that Christian Downer is one of the most professional individuals I've come to know.
The first thing that struck us about Christian at our initial meeting was how much she cared, and how closely she listened to us. From the onset of our (on-a-very-tight-budget) home search, Christian was absolutely wonderful. She always took the time to meet with us to discuss strategy and concerns, whether it was at her office, on the phone late at night, or spending an hour at a potential property. Together we were able to set clear priorities and goals which cut through the frenzy that can come with the home buying process. She shared with us her deep knowledge and complete familiarity of the Berkeley housing market, and because of her solid intuition, experience and being two steps ahead of everyone else, we were able to find a place to call home that fulfilled our needs and then some. Her representation and contract negotiation for us was fierce, organized and always right on time. We continue to be in touch with Christian. She is a bright light in our lives, not to mention an amazing resource for anything house-related. If we ever move or sell, we will certainly be calling Christian.
Rob Puno & Beth Morris