"After raising our kids and living in South Pasadena for 21 years, we moved to Connecticut. We decided to sell our home and contacted Sally to be our Realtor.
Hiring her was one of best decisions we ever made. While living on the East Coast throughout the entire process, Sally handled everything from start to finish and made the entire process painless and stress free…all while we were 3000 miles away!
She went far above and beyond what we expected and what is normally expected of a real estate agent. She took such a personal interest and treated the sale of our home as if it were her own….and I can truly say, we were not the easiest clients. She explained to us exactly what we needed to do to sell the house for the highest price, and most importantly, to the most qualified buyers. She literally handled everything.
Being very active in the community, and a longtime resident of South Pasadena, Sally was able to explain to potential buyers all of the special reasons we all chose South Pasadena to call home.
We would highly recommend Sally. We could never thank her enough for what she did for us.
Make the right choice when choosing a Realtor."
Once we fully moved out of our old home, we decided to convert it to a rental property rather than sell it. This was something in hindsight we wish we had done the previous time we bought and sold our home. However, the pandemic made us question the wisdom of becoming landlords during these uncertain times. Are we better off selling it instead and give up on this dream? We turned to Sally again. She told us to keep an open mind, and while noting that nothing is guaranteed, she did help a recent (pre-Covid19) client find a tenant willing to pay for the entire year of rent up front. We were cautiously optimistic, but prepared for a long drawn out process. Within 72 hours of handing her the keys, we received multiple rent applications, including offers to pay the entire year of rent up front, and above our asking price!
Even in normal times, what Sally delivered for us would be nothing short of amazing. We should know, as this is our third time purchasing a home (though our first time with Sally as our realtor). And, given the circumstances, this should have been the most stressful of the three, but it was not, thanks to Sally. If you are reading this, then perhaps you are in the market and looking for a realtor. Who should you look for? There are many realtors who can boast of having years of experience, who really know the local real estate market of interest to you, and who have a lengthy list of homes they have successfully sold or purchased on behalf of happy clients. Those are, of course, important qualifications, and Sally certainly has all of those as well. But if there is one thing we learned from being in the real estate market during these surreal times, it is how much more of a premium you should weigh the trust you have in your realtor. Guess what? There are no realtors with years of pandemic experience on their resume! Every single realtor on your short list is dealing with these unprecedented conditions for the first time. So what's Sally's secret at successfully helping us navigate the market in these crazy times? For us, it's the perfect balance of her attentiveness, her empathy, and her professional integrity; qualities that no doubt she has always had, and definitely put into practice to great effect in these extraordinary times to earn our trust. She listened intently and truly understood what we were looking for, and so can put herself in our shoes to assess whether something would work with our family. She would never waste our time showing us homes that would never work for us just to, I don't know, look busy or whatever. If you work with her, it will quickly become self-evident that everything she does is motivated by what best serves your interests. That is clearly what drives her, rather than simply closing the deal, or meeting some sales quota. Entering escrow right when the stay-at-home orders were first implemented meant a lot of extra leg work for Sally. Nobody knew for sure if the various inspectors would still be available to work, and whether they could complete it within our contingency period. She was with us every step of the way, making all these arrangements for us, and actively keeping us apprised of the steps that still needed to be taken to stay on track to close escrow. This was so helpful and let us anticipate what was coming, so we always felt like we were a couple steps ahead. When the inevitable curveballs came our way, Sally was right there with us again, providing us valuable insight and advice, but giving us the space to make our own decision. Even though she has a ton of experience with real estate transactions, she was always sensitive to the fact that to her clients, this one real estate transaction is a pretty major life event, and thus is able to address questions or concerns we had accordingly.
We know Sally well enough to know she won't boast about how quickly she was able to find us a home to buy, or to find us great renters in the midst of a pandemic. We know she won't use that to sell herself to potential clients. Obviously, if you are in the market and are fortunate enough to work with Sally, your mileage may vary. We didn't expect her to be this fast, and it would not be fair to have this expectation next time we work with her either. But what we can confidently tell you is that Sally will absolutely do everything she can to help meet your real estate needs, and to do so with your utmost best interests at heart. We have seen that first hand. (Getting our purchase offer accepted had some twists and turns that Sally masterfully helped maneuver to get us the desired outcome - but you'll have to ask her about it!) With all the uncertainty these days, about the only thing we can be certain of is that circumstances remain unpredictable. Pandemic or no pandemic, buying or selling a home can be stressful. You want and need a realtor who you know you can depend on, and most importantly, who you know is 100% in your corner, and without question that is Sally Takeda.
Sally, we can't thank you enough for all your help!!!"
- John Au and Yuki Cutcheon
"During a busy time in my career and while my wife was 9 months pregnant, our forever home came on the market. Sally greatly reduced the stress of buying and selling at the same time. Her exceptional follow through with loan officers, escrow professionals and other agents eased both transactions and negotiations. She went through ever detail in the contracts and did not bother us with insignificant matters. We received a record price well above comps for the home we sold. Sally is a tough negotiator for her clients but maintains great relationships with all parties involved. I would highly recommend Sally to my closest friends and colleagues."
- Grant Davis Denny, Lori Davis Denny
the extra mile to make sure everything went smoothly. She was also extremely diligent in gathering as much information as possible to help us make an informed decision, and I felt like she genuinely wanted to help us find the right place for our family, not just a place. The market is so competitive and difficult for buyers in Southern California, the last thing we needed was a high pressure salesperson. We needed an experienced and knowledgeable professional who had our best interests in mind and that's exactly what we got with Sally. I would unequivocally recommend her to anyone in search of an excellent agent."
"Sally Takeda is the best realtor a buyer or seller could hope for. My husband and I used her for both buying our new home and selling our old one. She is professional and hard working, approachable and honest. She is easy to communicate with via phone call, text, email and in person. She was accommodating to our busy schedule and did whatever necessary to make sure she was available to us. She made sure the buying and selling processes were made easy and as stress-free as possible for us---making sure documents were created, signed, and submitted on time, always talking us through our options, and honoring our wishes and vision for the sell and purchase of our homes. Without hesitation, I recommend her to anyone in need of an agent. She is fabulous!"
- Allison and Patrick Kelly