Carol made the process of buying a house fun and exciting. She walked me through it and helped me every step of the way. Carol is very knowledgeable about the market and real estate laws and regulations as well as being extremely personable and a pleasure to work with. Once we found a property I liked, she was an incredible advocate for me, negotiating a lot of details on my behalf. She went over and above and I would recommend her enthusiastically.
Carol was a true professional and friend in our home search. The appreciation and exuberance for her field of work was continually exemplified in our success of finding the home we wanted.
We cannot recommend her skills, ethics or professional abilities enough to anyone looking for a home; especially first time buyers.
We met Carol when we started our search for a weekend home. We initially thought that we would like a house in Guerneville, and we set a price limit. Carol searched for properties with features we wanted and in our price range and toured them and showed us the best ones. After a few rounds, it became clear that my husband was not thrilled with Guerneville even though I loved being so close to the river. After Carol listened to what our family wanted –husband wants fine dining, wine tasting and other amenities found in cities; my kids wanted a place to bike, an ice cream shop nearby, a chance to play in the river, and I wanted slower pace, small town charm and access to the river. Carol suggested that we explore a few other towns to expand our search, and she said she thought we’d get what we all wanted in Healdsburg. So we started looking there, and then one day in January, Carol called because she saw 2 homes, one in particular that she felt would meet our needs. She was absolutely right. And she helped to craft a compelling bid (not the highest price but the winning bid) and we closed in February 2015. Carol made our dreams come true. My husband loves all the amenities available in Healdsburg; my kids love riding their bikes to the library and to the Plaza for gelato, or spending a day splashing in the river, searching for rocks on the beach, and I love our friendly neighbors. We feel that we owe it all to Carol because Healdsburg wasn’t even on our radar. She really listened and understood our needs and she knew the area so well that she could guide us to the right place, the right home. We have never had such a wonderful agent.
I had the pleasure of working with Carol buying my house in Sonoma. Carol was introduced to me by my agent at Paragon in San Francisco . I was very impressed with Carol from the first time I talked to her by the time I closed the Escrow. Her depth of knowledge in Sonoma/Napa County combined with her professional and Kind demeanor along with her strong business skills in market research and market analysis made the entire home buying experience so seamless and enjoyable for me. In addition to that Carol is very detail oriented, very organized, and helped me in any way she could to help me make the right decision. Her consultative approach and skills is certainly top notch and highly appreciated. I am extremely happy with Carol’s service and have no doubt I will consult and work with Carol in all my future real estate transactions and will recommend Carol to all my friends and relatives.
“…..without you this whole move would never have happened. Your ability to “massage” sense into us by being the calm “voice of reason” was exactly what we needed. We are very grateful you took us on!”
Carol is a top-of-the-line real estate broker we feel very fortunate to have found. At every step of the way in the sale of our home, from the initial consultation to a post-closing wrap up, Carol was thoroughly professional – an astute listener and strategist, a highly reliable and ethical partner, and a seasoned expert who delivered us straight to the goal post. She’s a delight to work with and is just the sort of professional you’d want to guide you on your real estate journey.
We chose Carol Lexa to be our realtor because she found a home for my parents in Windsor and they had an extremely positive experience. Carol was absolutely fantastic! She is professional and detail-oriented. She is a wealth of knowledge regarding real estate laws and she makes the paper work process as streamlined as possible. She is a wonderful communicator and works extremely hard to find the perfect home!
We moved to Sonoma County from Chicago, Illinois and we had very specific requirements for a home. Carol has lived in Sonoma County for many years so she is very knowledgeable when it comes to communities and neighborhoods. She was able to narrow down the list of potential homes so we didn’t waste time seeing places that didn’t fit our needs. She was a pleasure to ride around with – we enjoyed visiting with her on our drives around town! When it came time to make an offer on our home, Carol went out of her way to tell the sellers our story. The sellers later said that when it came down to deciding whom to sell to, they enjoyed hearing about our lives and they wanted us to enjoy their home the way they did.
We love our new home and we miss visiting with Carol on a daily basis! We highly recommend Carol to help you find your next home.
My sister and I were searching for a retirement home to buy together in the Santa Rosa area. We found Carol’s website and contacted her. It was our lucky day when we met her!
In this Real Estate market of foreclosures and “flip” houses, Carol and her team of experts were invaluable. She listened to our needs but also opened other possibilities to us.
Since we lived three hours away, the Web tools she provided to us to preview homes and to sign documents allowed us to make the best use of our time with Carol. Carol’s constant updates both by email and phone were timely and to the point. We never had to ask “Why haven’t we heard from Carol and what is happening?”
Any Realtor can show you houses but their true worth comes in the final negotiations. Carol has honed her negotiation skills and is one of the best I have experienced. She is a true Real Estate Professional. We have sung her praises to friends and family and would recommend her to anyone looking to sell or purchase in the area.
“When we chose to buy a house in Healdsburg, we knew the market would be competitive. As our realtor, Carol listened to our needs and followed through in an efficient and timely manner. When Carol notified us about the house we now own, she correctly identified it as a must see. We were the first couple to see the property and Carol’s guidance through the offer and escrow process was both sound and supportive.
I would recommend her to anyone seeking property in the area.”
“We were selling our commercial property, a B&B in Murphys – in the gold country – and on our way up to meet you in Occidental we received news that the buyer of the inn was backing out and we were devastated. We met you at the Union Hotel and with your help and guidance we were able to bring our buyer back on board. Your calm demeanor helped to sooth over a very distressing time. We then proceeded on to look at this house and realized that we would have to make an offer quickly or we would lose out on the house, as there was a potential back-up offer in the wings. With your guidance we wrote up an offer and we had to ask for a 90 day escrow due to the sale of the inn. You presented our offer in such a manner that it was readily accepted – to our amazement.
In our experience, very few real estate sales go smoothly, and we had a few ups and downs and yet you were always there to calmly assist in every situation. You completely smoothed over the potentially deal-breaker of a situation with the septic tank problem to the satisfaction of both buyer and seller.
We will be forever grateful for your expertise, friendship and willingness to answer any and all questions in a timely manner. We were over 3 1Ž2 hours away and you always scheduled inspections, signings, etc. to meet our schedules and it made everything seem to proceed seamlessly.”