Holly Henkel

Holly Henkel

Realtor® | DRE 01372701

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"We can’t recommend Holly Henkel enough! She’s always been a great resource on the purchase & sale of multiple homes over the years. Not only is she extremely personable & responsive, she’s also very knowledgeable of East Bay neighborhoods and the competitive Bay Area Real Estate market. Recently, Holly patiently helped us find our new Walnut Creek home while navigating the challenging safety protocols of the pandemic. Once we were in contract, she was extremely helpful in guiding us through the process and looking out for our best interests. Holly was just as helpful when we had to sell our Alameda condo following our move to Walnut Creek. She led us every step of the way to prep the place, stage it and get it sold for exactly what we hoped. Holly Henkel is an amazing realtor that we now consider a friend!" -Mark and Anna

"We are pleased to enthusiastically recommend Holly Henkel to anyone who is considering a future home sale as we were tremendously impressed with her in-depth knowledge of the local real estate market, responsiveness, and professionalism.  We have been working with Holly for the past five years and it has been a privilege to count Holly both as a friend and someone who we can trust and rely upon in our real estate decisions. 
Holly was vital in helping us to recently sell our Lafayette house for well above our asking price.  Holly was actively involved throughout the process, which was considerably easier and more straightforward than we had anticipated due to her expertise and constant attention to detail.  Holly also is impressively well-connected both in the Lamorinda real estate community and nationwide by virtue of her Compass network. 
We first worked with Holly in 2016 on an Orinda property, and we immediately knew she would be someone we wished to work with for the future sale of our Lafayette home.  In addition to her exceptional understanding of the Lamorinda market, Holly has also brokered introductions to other real estate professionals on the east coast who we will rely upon for our upcoming move.  In summary, we could not have been more pleased with Holly Henkel's support with our various real estate endeavors over the past several years, and we are pleased to enthusiastically recommend her to anyone who is seeking a knowledgeable, responsive, and caring real estate professional.
" - Ben and Stephanie

About Holly
I believe that people deserve to own a home where they feel comfortable, safe, and part of the community, and since I’ve experienced that in my life, I want to allow others that opportunity.

Which clients do I serve?

It’s a very satisfying experience to successfully navigate first-time homebuyers through the process of home ownership. Since many of them are close to my children’s age, I feel I can guide them to make good choices, educate them throughout the process, and communicate well with them.

I not only work with buyers but can advise sellers to prepare their home to look its best and price it to sell competitively. Our Compass Concierge program is such an advantage for sellers. I’m proud of my negotiating skills and will use them to best represent my sellers’ interests. Having first worked as a banker in corporate trust and then personal trust and estate planning, I know how important it is to be a fiduciary for clients.

The senior population has very unique needs, and I enjoy working with them as buyers and sellers. I know how it’s so important to build trust with the senior and also with the family. I know that I have the patience to work at the senior’s pace and really listen to their concerns and help them to deal with a move which may be difficult for them. As a volunteer driver for Seniors Around Town in Orinda, I enjoyed learning about their interests and their past history. I’ve had experience in purchases and sales of condos and co-ops in Rossmoor, the premier active retirement community in Walnut Creek.

I especially enjoy working with families moving here for the top schools or relocating due to a job transfer. I can provide them the best advice on neighborhoods, schools, and community services, as I have been a very active participant in the past 27 years as a board member of the Orinda Chamber, Educational Foundation of Orinda, president of the Newcomers' Club, and chairperson for annual Orinda Action Day clean-up. I enjoy working with buyers new to the area as I've moved many times - from New York/New Jersey, Boston, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, Florida.

I'm glad to have my children in the Bay area and enjoy our family activities.  Our daughter, Allison, works for the Oakland school district, and is raising our 3 young grandchildren.  Our son, Evan, is a talented videographer and former musician. My husband, Gerry, is now retired from a career in finance and ownership of restaurant franchises.