Angie helped us buy our first home earlier this year. We could not have picked a better partner in our search!
Like most first-time home buyers in the Bay Area, we were very intimidated by the process. We came to Angie with vague ideas and a lot of questions, and she helped us sort through them all. She paired us a with a great mortgage broker to understand the financial side, and helped us narrow our search from "3BR in the East Bay" to a Walnut Creek/Pleasant Hill.
Angie accompanied us on several visits to houses, pointing out details about the house and neighborhood that we would not otherwise have picked up on. Equally as important, she helped watch our 2 year old so we could actually look at the house.
When it came time to make offers, Angie's advice was invaluable. She and her mom/partner Joan have strong relationships with many brokers in the area, which helps gauge what it will take to get your offer accepted. Also, there is a lot of pressure to remove contingencies when making an offer in a hot market like SF, but she was able to explain to us the consequences of doing so, and her advice proved prophetic once our offer was accepted.
We got the house we wanted, in a great school district, less than an hour from work, for just a little more than we wanted to pay (hey, it's the bay area - you have to be willing to trade off somewhere). Angie continued to help us long after closing, setting us up with services in the area and checking in every couple weeks. If/when we look to buy/sell again, we will go straight to Angie!Alex & Lindsey Leaf
Moving day for the Packards is right around the corner and we couldn't be more excited! We also couldn't be more thankful for all that our realtor Angie Evans Traxinger did for us. Our journey to find our forever home started almost 2 years ago and Angie was with us from the start. Her knowledge, honesty, availability and humor made this an experience we will never forget. House hunting can be stressful in itself, but having a realtor as dedicated as Angie made this process a happy one. She was a rockstar in helping us get our new home, and we will forever be grateful. Thank you Angie!!Sara & Walt, Hayes
My husband and I had just relocated to the area and were in need of a realtor asap. We met Angie at an open house and she was very friendly, informative and personable. Our previous realtor from Southern Ca (who has been our family's realtor for years and who we very much trust) approached Angie to partner up and help us find/buy a home in the Bay Area. Angie accepted our offer and went above and ...beyond our expectations! She was so on top of literally everything, and she made the home buying experience feel effortless on our end. We would recommend her to anyone. Our SoCal realtor was super impressed with Angie, as was the seller's realtor. In addition, Angie takes the time to answer any questions even after the purchase transaction is complete. Thank you, Angie, for taking such great care of us!Lomeli Family
We contacted Angie and Joan based on a stellar recommendation from a close college friend who recently moved to the East Bay. As first-time, SF-based homebuyers with no previous experience with the Lamorinda area, it was essential for us to have a realtor with outstanding local knowledge who could guide us through the home-buying process. As a parent, former Lafayette teacher and long-time resident, Angie was able to provide insight into the various schools, neighborhoods and local resources that we would otherwise not have considered. She was always available to answer our questions, visit homes and provide candid advice. She understood what we were looking for (probably better than we did!) and it was at her insistence that we visited the open house for the home we ultimately purchased. We closed on an expedited process, over Christmas/New Years, and while in the midst of the final stages of planning our wedding, but with Angie’s help, we had all the resources that we needed. We’ve been in our new home for a couple months now, and Angie is as available as ever to answer our questions and connect us with local resources. We can’t thank her enough and I’m certain that without Angie’s guidance, local knowledge, patience and expertise, we wouldn’t have found, and ultimately submitted a winning bid for, our dream home.Matt S
I was relocating from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area with my family - three boys under 6 years, a girl on the way, my wife and our dog. We were moving from a great family friendly location and wanted the same, along with great schools as our kids were nearly kindergarten ready and affordable for our situation - we wanted it all.
Joan and Angie really took the time to get to know us and were never afraid to tell us that a situation may not be right for us, even if we loved the house. Their knowledge of the area - the schools, shops, and community activities - allowed them to give us a detailed look into each of the homes and neighborhoods we toured.
We could trust them, which was very important considering much of the work was done over the phone. They took their time doing research for us and we never felt pressured to make a decision one way or the other. When we were ready to make an offer, they worked hard to get us the best value they could in a tough real estate environment. While we hope to stay in our home for a long time, we would not hesitate to recommend their services and expertise to any of our friends looking to move.Jeff P
I’m so grateful for all your efforts in guiding me through the whole house selling and buying process. I would have been lost without your help. Thank you.Monica Foley
From the moment I called Joan and Angie, they were there for me every step of the way, making the journey far less bumpy than I had imagined. They were exemplary. They paid attention to detail….. from walking me through the paperwork to recommending professional contractors and services used to prepare my home for market to creating a video, brochure and marketing pieces that were absolutely out of this world. Then the buyers came, and Joan and Angie were by my side as we worked toward a successful sale. While in escrow, they helped me find a wonderful new home and led the way through my purchase process as well. I will be eternally grateful to Joan and Angie for their organization, knowledge, caring advice and professionalism.P. Black
Joan Evans was our realtor for our recent home purchase in Orinda. We did not know the Lamorinda area at all or even the type of house we wanted when we started our home search. Joan was very nice and took us to view 11 homes during our first meeting. From these visits, we learned what we were looking for in our next home.
We found a home pretty quickly and went back and forth with the sellers. Joan was actively involved in the negotiation process. Joan referred us to a broker/loan agent who helped us with our financing. When our offer was accepted, Joan provided referrals for all the inspectors we needed to evaluate the condition of the house. Because we were out of the area, Joan scheduled the appraisals appointments and was often present during these inspections. Joan explained the findings of these inspections to us. Joan also followed up with the city to get official documents about the property. Throughout the purchase process, Joan reassured us about what to expect and supported our decisions. Once we bought the house, this is where most realtors end their work. Not Joan. Being new to the area, we had numerous questions about community resources. Joan provided us with names of local dentists, doctors, plumbers, handymen, whatever we asked. If she did not have the answer, she asked her colleagues for suggestions. It has been six months since we bought our house, and Joan is still available and willing to answer any question we have. We realized that if Lamorinda has residents like Joan, then this is a wonderful community and a place we want to raise our children. We feel very fortunate to have had Joan as our realtor. Joan Evans is an excellent realtor, but more importantly she is a wonderful person.Sonia and Biju Andrews
I knew little to nothing about selling a house. A family friend recommended Joan Evans of Village Associates in Orinda. She walked me through the whole process, making good suggestions that increased the saleability and value of the house. The house sold quickly for over the asking price. Joan and her daughter, Angie Traxinger, are both pros who know their business and market well.Steve Lahey
We were so lucky to have Joan as our listing agent. After a lot of soul searching, my 83-year-old mother decided it was time to sell her beloved family house in Moraga, where she and my dad lived for over 40 years, and move to a retirement community. Joan priced the house perfectly. She was able to get the most for my mom and sell the house quickly. She was so patient and lovely with my mom and wonderful to work with. She was sensitive to deadlines with the move and helpful regarding all that is involved with emptying a family home. She is a great communicator, upbeat and caring. I highly recommend Joan. She is a savvy agent and a wonderful person.Susan S
In moving from San Francisco to the suburbs, Joan and Angie were a well-versed and informative team. Angie clearly related to our transition from city life to the burbs as she made the same move just a few years ago. Just as important, Joan brought a wealth of knowledge to our Lamorinda search with her extensive experience in the area and her visibility to the dynamic housing market. Both, of course, related to our need to finding the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood in which to raise our children.Bauer Family
As first-time homebuyers, we were so comforted knowing we had Angie and Joan looking out for us every step of the way. As many buyers in the Lamorinda area know, it is a competitive market out there and we were outbid multiple times. Instead of letting us get discouraged and settle on a home that didn’t meet those top 3-5 “must have’s” on our list, Angie and Joan had the optimism and endurance to keep our 12+ month home shopping experience positive. Never letting us settle, we ultimately landed in the home that was truly meant to be. Once we finally heard the words “You’re in escrow”, Angie and Joan gave us every tool we needed, from booking inspections, questions around financing, and meeting every deadline along the way, to keep us on track. Being Lamorinda natives, they are incredibly knowledgeable of the area. They have great relationships with other agents and often had the inside scoop on those coveted pocket listings. In addition, they had the experience and insight to answer all of our questions that came up during the home buying process. We would absolutely recommend Angie and Joan to anyone in the market to buy a new home.Curley Family
You were very insightful in finding a great neighborhood match for our young family. Your care and attention didn't end when the papers were signed. Thank you for introducing us to our new neighbors. And now, a few years later, we appreciate you assisting us with your outstanding knowledge of local service professionals.Gannon Family
If anyone is looking for a home in the Lamorinda area, we highly recommend the outstanding team of Joan and Angie. When we moved to Moraga 15 years ago, Joan helped us find our ideal home at a remarkable price. As our family began to grow, we decided to upgrade to a larger home. We contacted Joan, and she and Angie advised us not only on the staging of our home, but also on the timing to list and review offers. Their recommendations resulted in multiple offers with all of them way over our list price. On top of selling our house, Joan and Angie referred us to a new Moraga development where we purchased our current home. Their interest is focused on their client and finding the ideal home for them.Thomas Family
The team of Joan and Angie is very effective. They present a great combination of professional expertise, immediate responsiveness, and sympathetic support of the emotional side of selling a family home. I sold a house in Lafayette with Joan and Angie. Selling a house seemed overwhelming, but Joan and Angie parsed it out into doable phases. Taking care of the staging, showing, and closing was very professionally done. It was made very clear what I had to do, when I had to do it, and what I should expect during the process. That was a big relief. These days it seems selling a house is very complicated with a lot of regulatory compliance involved. They escorted me through that process like hot knife through butter. That was wonderful. Then I searched for a smaller house in the general vicinity. Angie was always available to show and very positive in her invitations that I see more houses. It was a long process but I didn't feel pressured to hurry. I found a good place eventually. Again, the process of buying was very professionally done. Joan and Angie took me through the process quickly and easily and I don't know how it could have been done any better.Art W
I have know Joan for over 15 years. I have now bought and sold two homes with her and am eager to recommend her and Angie to prospective buyers and sellers. As I mentioned, I have worked both sides of the transaction with Joan. I was amazed at her patience and persistence each time I went looking for the perfect house. I don't know how she keeps her personal opinions to herself, but she does. One of her greatest strengths is letting you "think out loud" without interjecting or intervening. No matter my decision, I genuinely felt she would be supportive, so it freed me to think creatively without being judged or second-guessed. Because of this, I never got "buyer's remorse" which I think us fairly common in the home purchasing world.
The other part of the process, actually getting through all of the paperwork and logistics, was again a time I marveled at Joan's professionalism. She thought of things ahead of me, and often had them solved or in motion before I had to worry. Lining up contractors, appraisers, etc., was seamless. I truly marvel when someone is thorough and detail oriented, because I know these are uncommon traits in many of us human beings!Mary Jo P.
Thank you so much- we love our new house and beautiful Moraga. We really appreciate your tenacity and hard work to find us the right house. We also really appreciate your professionalism and helpfulness that has continued past the closing of the deal. We're very grateful for your late nights and helping us find this house.Kinney Family