Exceptional and dedicated service is Sonal’s priority, whether working with buyers or sellers. Her commitment is her unwavering dependability and personalized service for each client and she prides herself in being accessible and responsive, resourceful, and discreet. She works tirelessly and persistently to help her clients and has been a consistent top producer in San Mateo County.
Having lived in 4 different countries and successfully buying and selling properties in various parts of the world, Sonal completely understands how overwhelming the process of home buying and selling can be. Therefore, she assures her clients complete transparency and a step-by-step explanation and guidance along the way, to make it smooth and successful for them. Known for her integrity, strong negotiation skills, and honest communication, Sonal considers it an honor and privilege to serve her clients who have chosen her to guide them through a process that can often be complex, and from the steady stream of referrals she receives from those clients.
Sonal’s unique background and over 26 years of airline, retail, sales, and real estate experience, have enabled her to develop a broad range of skills perfectly suited to assist her clients with the nuances of Bay Area real estate which can be one of the largest investments a person will make in their lifetime.
With 2 children in the Burlingame Schools, she is keenly aware of the important role schools and community play in a family’s decision to purchase a home.
Sonal truly understands what home means to an individual. Her warmth and dedication combined with Compass's unparalleled resources create a winning combination for anyone looking to accomplish their real estate goals and investing in their future.
"Some things in life are Simple and Straightforward... Working with Sonal is one of them."
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"Sonal helped us buy our first home in the middle of the hyper-competitive 2017 housing market. Were it not for Sonal’s unending support, determination, and counsel, we would not be the happy home owners we are now. We cannot thank Sonal enough and would recommend anyone in search of a home to seek her help. Let us share with you our experience. To begin, it’s important for us to recognize an important fact: We were not easy clients--We wanted to stretch our dollar far more than the market allowed. Winning offers were irrationally over asking, but we really didn’t want to overpay hundreds of thousands of dollars, so we submitted offers based on our financial ability and what we felt was a “fair” value. In retrospect, that made Sonal’s job not only difficult, but near impossible. Through it all, we remained optimistic, because of the reassurance we felt having Sonal on our side. Her determination and unique ability to magically pull insider information out of the thin air really helped to make a modest offer into something special and attractive, such that a seller agents couldn’t easily ignore. Another important element to making our offer more competitive is Sonal’s meticulous attention to detail. She would comb through all the comps in the area and study the disclosures in detail on our behalf. She would double and triple-check our pre-approvals to make sure that we would be truly ready and financially fit to put in strong offers. She refused shortcuts or cutting corners. She was extremely responsive and worked endlessly to make things happen. We were grateful that she went the extra mile to impart onto the sellers/Listing agents that we are the best buyers for their house. With a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work from Sonal, we finally got a wonderful house in beautiful neighborhood for our family to grow. The best part was that we didn’t have to overpay for the house, and that’s mainly because Sonal made a great presentation to the Listing agent in person."
- Dan & Susan K.
"We loved working with Sonal during our home search. In particular: 1) She was extremely knowledgeable about the area. She showed us the various areas of Burlingame and gave us the inside scoop on the various neighborhoods, schools, events, and more. 2) She worked tirelessly for us. We had many late night calls after dinner to discuss homes and offers, and she would meet us after dinner to give us additional showings when needed. 3) She is well connected. She seemed to know everyone in the area and had great leads that had not hit the market yet. 4) Perhaps most importantly, she cared about us personally and got to know us really well, which helped the search go smoothly since she knew exactly what we were looking for. Even after we moved in, Sonal has been great about answering our questions and giving recommendations. We couldn't be happier!"
- Chris & Janice C.
"We loved working with Sonal. We bought our first house with her. She has an indepth knowledge of the area and even more importantly, was well connected with all the other realtors and knew the inside scoop on every property. She quickly understood what we wanted and helped steer us accordingly. She also got us introduced to our mortgage originator and after the purchase was done, she went above and beyond and introduced us to a few contractors (we shopped around independently as well, and both her recommendations turned out to be the best deal for us). The highlight: she was also aggressive in bidding and actually got us our property at a bit UNDER what we told her we were willing to pay, which is absolutely great! I highly recommend her."
- Mustafa & Sarra L.
"Sonal came to the rescue for us in the competitive real estate market of early 2018. By the time we met Sonal, we had been scouring the market for months and had made several bids with an independent realtor, each time well above asking price, and yet each time failing to secure the house we wanted. We met Sonal at an open house and, although we didn’t bid on that property, we were impressed with her expertise and advice, and when our other realtor became unresponsive, we set up a meeting with Sonal. She took the time to really inquire about what kind of properties interested us and walked us through the steps that were necessary to prepare competitive offers in the peninsula market. She advised us to change our pre-approval from a lesser-known online mortgage lender to a reputable local bank, and was always available show us houses that interested us, whenever possible on a same-day basis. When we finally found a house that fit, we were prepared to offer well over asking price again, as that seemed to be the norm at the time, but Sonal counseled us based on comparable houses that she thought we should bid at asking price instead. We took her advice, and when the sellers countered only 1% higher, we accepted and were finally in contract. We got the house we wanted with the very first offer we made with Sonal’s assistance, at a price we thought was reasonable. We will certainly work with her again the next time we are in the market here, and highly recommend her to others."
- Brandon & Lindsey P.
"I have been looking at the housing market for a long time, met with many real estate agents in the past but never made the move until I met Sonal. She is one of the few friendly agents that easily makes anyone feel comfortable and approachable with any questions or concerns. As a first time home buyer, Sonal helped me understand the entire home buying process, setting up with pre-approvals while continue to watch the market closely. Initially, I had little expectation, but she gave me a boost of confidence and found a rare off market
deal that matched what I was looking for. Thanks to her diligence, we closed the deal swiftly. She is always communicating around the clock and worked with my hectic work schedule as well. After the sale was made, she continued to help me ease into my new home. Sonal followed through with making sure everything is cleared off, like making sure with the previous owner returning everything to the HOA, which helped avoid unnecessary penalties, despite it wasn’t her responsibility. She has vast knowledge about the neighborhood, and recommended a good list of contractors in the short amount of time I had to make repairs in the home. Sonal is a rare gem and a dear friend in the neighborhood. She cares deeply about her clients rather than just pure business. I look forward to working with Sonal again, I
can only speak highly of her services and would recommend her to anyone!"
- Ting T.
"We are first time home buyers and were relatively clueless about the whole process when we started. Sonal really helped us navigate the system and establish realistic expectations. To make things more complicated, the seller was out of state and one of us was out of the country for 20 of the 26 days it took to buy our home. Sonal worked her magic through it all! She constantly kept in touch with all parties to get things moving along in a timely fashion and stayed up late into the night to verify and prepare the documents so that all three time-zones could sign on time. Being a mother herself, Sonal also really helped us talk to the school districts and even called on our behalf to get our son registered."
- Gautam & Supraja V.