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?

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 for the past 23 years as a board member of the Orinda Chamber, Educational Foundation of Orinda, Miramonte Parents Club, OASIS (Orindans for Arts Support in Schools), president of the Newcomers' Club, and chairperson for Orinda Action Day, for which I recently was awarded the William Penn Jr. Mott Environmental Award by the city. I enjoy working with buyers new to the area as I've moved many times - from New York/New Jersey, Boston, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Palm Beach, Florida.

The senior population has very unique needs, and I enjoy working with them as buyers and sellers. I earned the designation of SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) and learned 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 enjoy 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.

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 ages, I feel I can guide them to make good choices, educate them throughout the process, and communicate well with them - often by e-mail and text messaging. My past clients have purchased with FHA and VA loans -- which are challenging but are good options for first-time buyers.

I not only work with buyers but can advise sellers how to prepare their home to look its best and price it to sell competitively. 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.

In my spare time, I love going to movies and am a member of Oscar Chatter, a group who attends red-carpet events in Hollywood. My daughter, Allison, graduated from University of Southern California and has been the principal of an Oakland public school. My son, Evan, a film grad from University of California, Santa Barbara, has a video production company in San Francisco. My husband Gerry and I own The Cheesesteak Shop in San Ramon, Lafayette, and Alameda. We now have a one year old grandson, Hudson, with whom we spend much time! 

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