Wow, where to begin. We looked for a house for (no kidding) three years in Burlingame and Hillsborough. We went through several agents, and finally came to the conclusion that the person who had listings we loved the most, and also we trusted to look for us, was Casey. She is a consummate professional: smart, strategic, and firm where she needs to be. With many agents, they will tell you what you want to hear, and you never feel like you're quite getting the really-really. Casey is the opposite. She says exactly what she thinks, and it's the truth, in terms of house value, opportunity, and timing. She has an exceptional pulse on the market. Casey helped us find our house and made sure that we got it!
When we first started this long 6 month process trying to find a perfect home in a very competitive market, we knew we had to use someone who knows Burlingame and is already successful in this area. Casey was that person! She was so patient while we looked at many homes to find the perfect house for our family. Through being outbid, to the house being too small, she kept focus until we found that perfect home. Along with her tenacious attitude, her integrity, honesty, and dedication is unparalleled. We can not recommend Casey enough.
Casey,Tess and the team at the Sternsmith Group are Pros. My mother passed in October of 2019. The five remaining members of our family were faced with all the chaos that comes with the loss of a parent and the disposition of assets. My niece referred us to Casey and the rest was a series of pleasant wonders. We were professionally guided thru the maze that friends and family said "wow now it's gonna be nuts" That NEVER occurred. What a terrific team to work with.
Casey helped us buy and sell a home in Hillsborough in record time. We felt that we got a great price on both transactions. She made the selling process stress-free by being very organized and marshaling her extensive contacts and resources to prepare our home for sale very quickly. She also helped us buy a home off-market. She was always responsive, professional and pleasant to deal with. Highly recommend!
Casey is a highly respected realtor who is professional, respectful, organized, and effective. She is a pleasure to work with and gets excellent results. Her charming and uncomplicated demeanor and connections in the community that she grew up and still lives in make her an excellent choice for Hillsborough and the larger Peninsula area. With Casey's help, we were able to sell our house in record time.
Casey is a great agent. It's kind of different that the Buyer writes a review on the Seller's agent right? Don't get me wrong, my agent is great too but Casey was such a good agent during the entire process that I thought she deserves this review and acknowledgement as well. First, she has an eye on how to make homes presentable on the market. I saw one of her listings before where the owner used another agent. The house did not show well and it didn't sell. They then hired Casey and with only a few changes, the house showed SO MUCH BETTER. I'm not saying they had to move walls or anything drastic, it was just changes that made the house more appealing and focusing on its strengths. When dealing with Casey for our house, she was great in representing the Seller on getting what was fair for them. She communicated well and was always quick to working with our agent through any issues that came up while we were in escrow. Everyone wants to get to the same place - closing on the sale of the house, and it helped to have a great agent there together working through everything.
Casey was our main contact and the one responsible for the overall preparation and sale of our home property. Casey and her team planned out and were very effective and efficient in getting our house restored in some of the rooms and updated throughout the house followed by a very nice staging. The open house was held during the very outset of Covid, so showings were somewhat limited, but the sales activity nevertheless was strong, and the house was sold within a few weeks. In the future I would definitely call Casey first either to sell or buy again.
I cannot recommend Casey enough. She is professional, proactive, knowledgeable, responsive, and honest. She helped my wife and I purchase our new home and she really listened to us from the get go. After a phone call with her, she was able to find homes EXACTLY like what we were looking for. Buying a home is stressful, but she made it fun and enjoyable. Thank you Casey!
Casey and her team are terrific. They have helped us both buy and sell our houses and made the process extremely easy. Casey kept us constantly updated and provided great advice throughout each step of the process. The buying market in the Peninsula is super competitive but due to Casey's experience, determination and advice, we were able to beat out a number of other offers and buy our house. When it came time to sell our home, Casey took care of everything from the cleaning, to staging, to creating a top notch video tour and even offering to help us arrange storage. Casey was always one step ahead and thinking of every detail. We were selling our house during COVID and she was able to get it cleaned up, made minor renovations and had it on the market within a couple of weeks. We had multiple offers and sold it with the conditions we wanted. We couldn't ask for anything more! We highly recommend her and her team if you're looking to buy or sell your home!
Casey and her team sold two rental houses for us in the past six months. The first became vacant at the end of June last year, and we were a bit panicky because we were leaving for 3 months in Europe at the beginning of September. We interviewed several realtors and were really impressed with Casey's presentation. We signed on with her and couldn't have been more pleased. She took the whole deal in hand, had necessary repairs made, had the house painted, the whole ball of wax. Bottom line is that the house went on the market Aug. 25, and we had two solid offers five days later well over asking price. We countered the best for higher yet and it was accepted the same day. Casey had us pre-sign the closing papers before we left, and the house closed while we were in Europe. Clean as a whistle.
The second house went vacant Nov. 30. Same as before, Casey handled everything, and we closed Feb. 28. I should mention that her teammate Tess Salter worked closely with us as well, and they typically double-teamed open houses. The two of them work together seamlessly, so we give a big shout-out to Tess as well.
My wife and I have done many real estate deals over our 50 years of marriage, and we have never had one work as effortlessly (for us, not them!) as these two. I would heartily recommend the Sternsmith Group to anyone.
I met Casey at a neighbours' open house at Bay Meadows in San Mateo. When it was time for me to sell my condo, I chose to work with Casey because several families in the neighbourhood highly recommended her services.
Casey made the process of selling easy and stress-free. Casey came up with a clear plan and key dates for staging, photo-shoots, listing, open house schedules, etc. Casey also brought a team of professionals to put the plan into action. All my family had to do was to get out of the house for a few days and let Casey's team do the work. I was very impressed with marketing materials Casey's team produced. Aerial view of our neighbourhood, pictures and videos taken inside my condo conveyed the sense of luxury and showed a very desirable place to live in. I had no idea how beautiful my home could be until Casey's interior designer brought out its potential with thoughtfully placed furniture and accent pieces. Casey kept the selling process on track and also kept me updated about the progress at all times. We got our best offer just after the first week on the market. Casey guided me through the negotiation process and helped to get the best price.
Buying a new house with Casey was also a very pleasant experience. Casey was a very good listener. She collected a wish-list from every member of my family to help us synthesise the vision of our dream home. Every step of the buying process, from touring houses on the market to closing the escrow, was well organised. Casey also knows the market very well. She did an excellent job negotiating with the seller's agent and kept the purchase price within our budget.
I would work with Casey again if I ever have to buy or sell a house.
I recently moved from San Diego to Burlingame, where I was introduced to Casey Sternsmith, by way of a friend's recommendation. Casey possesses such integrity and commitment to her clients. She is a trustworthy, top-producing realtor, with years of experience, who takes the time to get to know you and listens to your wants and needs. What makes Casey great, aside from her friendly personality, is her knowledge and dedication that she shares with her clients. The entire purchasing process was effortless. Her team of proven professionals within the Sternsmith Group handled the details, making it worry-free for me. I highly recommend Casey and the Sternsmith Group. You will not be disappointed!
I cannot speak highly enough about Casey. She was incredibly professional and guided us through a very challenging process. She listened intently and then kept us on track with our original goals when it came to buying our new home, like ensuring our son had a place in the yard that could be dedicated to playing sports. Casey's skills led to incredible outcomes on both the sell and buy side. We couldn't be happier in our new home, for which she helped us find the contractors to get the home ready for us in a very short period of time. Through the whole process Casey was there to guide us, calm our nerves, and celebrate with us. Thank you, Casey!
We were first-time home buyers and Casey was awesome at talking us through the process, warning us about how fast things would move in the Bay Area, helping us make good decisions when we were panicking, and giving us just all around fantastic advice. She spent a lot of time with us showing us houses in all of the areas we were interested in. Even when we were thinking about looking outside of her area, she was willing to give us realtor recommendations for that area.
We were constantly pestering her with questions about houses and disclosures. She would respond to us at any time during the day or night OR weekends. It was really crazy and awesome. She also worked diligently to find us a home that fit all our needs and never tried to get us to reach outside of our initial budget.
She ended up getting us a home that was not listed on the market so we were able to make an offer without all the competition, which is basically a miracle in this housing market (though she fights hard to get that opportunity for everyone she works with). I also really appreciated her guidance on what she thought would be worth it. She straight up told us when she thought a house wouldn't be a good fit or would not have future financial growth potential.
Additionally, Casey has a recommendation for everything I feel like :) She helped us find a contractor to refinish our floors for a very reasonable price. The mortgage broker she recommended for us was amazing and got us a great rate and also had good advice. She was always giving us estimates for how much she thought it would cost to renovate something, or how much value we could add to a home through additions.
She also always seemed spot on when giving us recommendations on how much we should bid! I think she's amazing at knowing the worth of a house! We likely would have won the first house we bid on with her. The only reason we didn't was because we got too cold feet since we hadn't been in the market for long . :D
Casey has also been helping us out even after we closed on our new place! She's been still giving us recommendations and helping with a few final negotiations between the seller and us. She also gave us some really useful and thoughtful closing presents!
Casey helped us buy our first condo in San Carlos in 2015. She helped us navigate our first home purchase in the competitive Bay Area real estate market, and win in a multiple offer situation. She helped us appropriately set our expectations of what was actually in our price range, and then helped us leverage creative tactics that ultimately led to a successful purchase that included all of our "must haves" and most of our "nice to haves."
When we decided to dip our toe in the real estate market again in late 2018 to see if we could transition to a single family home, Casey was right there when we needed her. She helped us negotiate an accepted offer on a home with a couple of contingencies, as we still needed to sell our condo, and then proceeded to sell our condo in 3 days by leveraging her network of fellow real estate "all stars."
We hope not to need her services again anytime soon, as we love our new home in Belmont - but, if you're in the market, we'd highly recommend Casey. She is highly knowledgeable, detail oriented, and a true professional. We've recommended her to others and will happily continue to do so!
We were in great hands with Casey as first time home buyers. She was always straightforward and helped align our expectations with the market right away. If something was unrealistic, she was not afraid to tell us and when we had our heart set on a house, she didn't hesitate to help put together the best offer possible. Every listing agent we met at open houses had worked with or knew of Casey, and I know this helped secure our offer. Once our offer was accepted, Casey worked with us on a fast close and even helped us get an intro to the previous homeowners. I'd recommend Casey to anyone looking to buy or sell in the Bay Area!
Casey and her team triumphed over complex obstacles and got our house, 765 Clydesdale Drive, Hillsborough, CA 94010 on the market sooner than her projected one month estimate even with delays on our part. Everyone thought it was impossible.
We were in a grieving process and she compassionately and professionally guided us through. I thankfully had very little to do other than give her the word "go." I trusted Casey with the details and her first class international marketing achieved the goal of creating multiple competing bids well beyond the asking price.
Casey leads an elite network of professionals whom I can not thank enough. I'm sure I don't realize how much work was actually done to accomplish such a feat. Look no further for your real estate needs in the Bay Area.
Thank you for everything. We are thrilled with Jeter and want to let you know how grateful we are to have had you represent us. Thank you for everything. We have had a hunch for many years that you’d be the agent who would be best to sell our place and today shows you were the perfect buyers agent as well. We appreciate your expertise and overall approach with both buying and selling and are appreciative of your presentation today, which we are sure contributed to our success.
Casey and her team did fantastic job for my recent two transactions in a very professional and productive way! As a result, I didn't need to take even a single day off!:) In addition to her solid local knowledge, great access to off-market inventories, warmness and honesty, one thing she really stood out from other agents is the amazing emotional understanding and support which I feel so lucky to have her as our agent to make the big decision of the biggest purchase in your life:) Thank you Casey!
Casey is an excellent realtor. She first helped me buy a house back in 2007 and just recently helped me sell that house and buy our new home. In three cycles she was very knowledgeable with the timing, processes and the neighborhoods we were working in.
I want to highlight the sale in particular - we weren't sure how to prep for the sale so she offered some very specific recommendations on some of the touch-up work and brought in a wonderful stager. Long story short - we had multiple offers after one weekend! (and the Saturday of that weekend was raining hard).
She always knew what needed to happen when and she would make sure they all did every step along the way, which made it a lot easier for us. She also is a hard negotiator and always made us feel good about our deals.
I would highly recommend Casey for your RE needs.
We had excellent experience working with Casey. She gave us great insight info on how much to list and how to prepare for selling our house. She is very knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient with answering questions in the Peninsula area. Simply the best in the business. Partnering up with Casey was the best decision we have made.
I would highly recommend Casey for any real estate transactions on the SF Peninsula. Casey is extremely professional, knowledgeable of the area, friendly and very hard working. We initially called Casey because we knew she had sold a couple condo units in our building and wanted to get a feel for what price we could get if we sold our condo. Since we had a six month old, we were a little worried about having to stage our unit and have open houses so we asked Casey to explore a sale of the our condo in an off market situation. Within days of our meeting she had people looking at our place and we ended up selling our unit for 75k more than what we had initially talked about. My wife and I were constantly changing our minds about whether we wanted to sell or which approach we wanted to take and Casey was always patient with us and offered us good advice to help guide our decisions. If you are looking for a realtor to buy or sell your place on the peninsula, I cannot imagine there is a better realtor than Casey.
Casey is awesome! Where do I start -
Ultimately, I would definitely recommend you working with Casey!
Casey was extremely helpful during a stressful time. I had to sell my parents home quickly right after the holidays. Casey was extremely responsive, knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire process. She was able to get us well above asking price, and was open and honest throughout the entire process. Casey was an amazing partner in this process and someone that I will work with again in the future. I can't thank her enough for the work and effort she put into the sale of my parents home, and making it as stress free as possible for me.
Casey was a true partner since the first minute we met. She came to our place to get to know us and learn about our tastes, priorities and style preference as we embarked on the journey of purchasing a house. She then masterfully guided us through the process which, by the way, was completely foreign to us as we relocated from another country. She was there every step of the way with the patience, availability and knowledge you would expect. She then surprised and delighted us in each one of these categories and exceeded by far our expectations. I would recommend Casey without hesitation to anybody wanting to purchase a house in the Bay Area. She's hands down, the best agent you can ever hope for.
We only have good things to say about Casey Sternsmith. She made buying our home a pleasure!
She understood our goals and hopes for buying right away which meant we were seeing homes that interested us from the get-go. She was hardworking and honest throughout the whole process and never once did we feel like she wasn't working in our best interest. And on top of it all, she has an energy and love for her job that never wanes. She truly wants to see you in the house of your dreams.
We will never hesitate to recommend Casey to anyone looking for real estate on the Peninsula as she won't let you down!
Chuck and I would like to thank you for the excellent service you provided as our realtor in the sale of our home at 525 Darrell Road, Hillsborough. We appreciate your understanding of the target market for our area as well as your expertise and advice regarding timing, pricing and appearance of the house. In addition to traditional mail, print and Internet marketing, we were pleased with your additional efforts including:
It was particularly important to have your support and competence in all areas of the sale of our home as we were already living 200 miles away and needed to count on you to follow through with details. The fact that our home sold so quickly is a real tribute to your expertise.
Not to be ignored, was your consistent positive attitude and bright smile throughout. We are very pleased with your work and would be happy to recommend your services to others.
Casey helped us find our dream home! We had a deadline moving to California and over one weekend she helped us find the perfect home. She listened to our wish list and delivered. At all times, she was curious, professional, hardworking and a joy to be around. Apart from the house, she also was helpful in suggesting great local schools, groups, organizations etc. She also maintained and cared for our home on a daily basis until we officially moved from the east coast. I would highly recommend her to anyone buying or selling their home. Oh by the way, she helped us get the house under asking!
I would like to express how pleased I was with my house sale experience, thanks to the team. The team guided me attentively through each of the processes with intelligence, boundless energy, great follow-thru, insight and integrity. They flawlessly orchestrated professionals to paint, refinish hardwood floors, refresh landscaping, clean, stage and photograph my home to showcase in its best light, all while staying within my budget. Their marketing plan and pricing advice were right on target and all negotiations and transactions were handled smoothly, from strategizing over the multiple bids, to the close of escrow.
I would wholeheartedly recommend the Sternsmith Group to anyone looking for a Realtor on the Peninsula. Their professionalism, experience, work ethic and tenacity are exemplary, and I wouldn't hesitate to use them again for my real estate needs.
Nancy and I wanted to thank you, Monica, and most particularly your team, Casey Sternsmith, Susan Michal, and Christine Kosturos for selling our home in less than 3 weeks. Having lived in this home for over 28 years, we were somewhat apprehensive about the process. The team provided support in all areas including packing, arranging, open houses, house inspections and work that needed to be done and most importantly support for Nancy and I making the process almost painless.
As you know, we have been Real Estate Appraisers in this area since 1963 and know most agents in this market. We could not have been happier in having chosen your team to market and sell our home. We look forward to working with you again in the future as well as maintaining our friendship.
I strongly, strongly recommend Casey Sternsmith and Monica Seeger of Cashin Co. for homes in San Mateo, Hillsborough and Burlingame. She is a native of Hillsborough and knows every inch of the aforementioned towns, plus the schools and their reputations, backward and forward. Plus, she just had an adorable baby boy and really gets the motherhood thing! Casey is hard-working, effective, has great relationships with other realtors (a plus when you need to get your foot in the door ahead of other offers) and is of impeccable integrity.
Working with Casey was a pleasure! I first began 'talking' about looking for a home in the Spring of 2009. Casey kept in touch, but was never 'pushy'. She helped me when my life plans finally came around and I was ready to buy. In just over 4 months I was in a home and I love it and it was virtually stress free thanks to Casey!
Once my boyfriend and I made the decision that we wanted to buy a house this year, we quickly enlisted Casey Sternsmith of the Monica Seeger Group to help us. With both of us being first time homebuyers, we needed lots of hand holding through the process. We of course had a lot of questions that she was always willing to answer and was very knowledgeable. Casey was available after work and during the weekend to attend open houses with us which was crucial since we weren't always sure what we should be looking for or what questions to ask when attending. She was there through each step of the buying process, explaining everything along the way. And above all else, she is so sweet and wonderful to work with, which makes an important time such as buying a home even more fun.
We just purchased our first home in July thanks to Casey and couldn't be happier!
Professional, dedicated, and diligent. Won't push, just keeps the search going until the right match comes along.
We only bought our house one year ago and we have recommended Casey many times since then. She's great. In fact, we found out about Casey because she was recommended to us by another couple that sold their house via Casey and thought she did an amazing job. The thing that makes Casey easy to recommend is her personality and her results. She always makes you feel like it's convenient to help you in whatever request you have and she really does try to figure out the right property for you over and above the requirements you give her. In our case, Casey showed us every property that matched our criteria but kept mentioning that there was one she thought we'd like but didn't match our criteria. Indeed that was the one we bought and we have not had one day of buyer's remorse. We love the house we're in. When we sell, we'll definitely use Casey again. Almost looking forward to it. :)
My husband and I had been going to Open Houses on and off for about a year, and during this process we met one of Casey's colleagues who noted that we had kids about the same age. She introduced us to Casey, and the rest is history. Casey was relentless in finding the perfect home for us. She was patient, supportive and made the process fun. She was also a wealth of information. She was not only knowledgeable about the schools, parks and neighborhoods, but also our purchase strategy and home inspections. They also introduced us to our contractor who has done two major home projects for us since we moved. I can't say enough about the amazing experience we have had with Casey and her team. It is the perfect blend of a professional and personal relationship which is exactly what everyone needs when buying a home for their family!
These days home buying can be a stressful process, particularly with all the stringent requirements of lending companies. However, throughout this process Casey was on top of it on our behalf, frequently making sure that the loan approval process was going smoothly, and ensuring all our inspections were scheduled and contingencies met in a timely fashion. She was very patient al well and allowed us to visit the property multiple times, even on weekends. As an agent for a homebuyer, we highly recommend her as she is diligent and intelligent and will work hard to make sure you get the home you want, while making it as smooth a process as possible. She also has great connections in the contracting/remodeling industry, which is an added bonus.
We worked with Casey Sternsmith as our real estate agent in 2012. She was the agent for both the sale of our home in San Carlos and the purchase of our new home in Hillsborough. At every step, Casey displayed a deep knowledge of the market and represented us in a professional manner.
Casey went above and beyond what we would have expected of our agent in the sale of our home in San Carlos. She came over every day for a week to help get the house ready to show. She did everything from helping to pack up boxes and move toys into the garage to hiring a stager to make the home look just right. She was thoughtful about small touches that would make the home as attractive as possible to perspective buyers, while at the same time, considerate of our desire to live in the home with our two small children while it was on the market.
In the end, we received four offers on our house and sold for a price over the asking. The process was fast and efficient and in the end, we were very happy with the result.
Search and Purchase Process
Looking for a home in Hillsborough, Casey listened to our desires and showed us homes both on and off the market. The inventory in early 2012 was low, and Casey sent letters to people in homes letting them know she had buyers interested in purchasing trying to uncover other options. When we found the house we wanted, Casey helped us put together a compelling offer for the sellers. In the end, our bid was below the highest bid on the house by $45K. Casey’s presentation of our offer and reputation in the market swayed the sellers to accept our bid over the higher. We were amazed!
Casey’s relentless motivation and knowledge of the market make a perfect combination for any buyer or seller.
My husband and I were first time home buyers and Casey Sternsmith from the Monica Seeger group helped us buy our first house. We had the best experience with Casey. She is incredibly knowledgeable about peninsula real estate and points out what's important to look for in buying a home, whether it be obvious or not so obvious. What's best about Casey is her personality; she's very energetic and positive. You will never find Casey without a smile on her face and laughter at hand. These qualities are very soothing and assuring when buying your first or tenth home!! I would recommend Casey to anyone, she made our first time home buying experience the best!!!
I worked with Casey Sternsmith of the Monica Seeger Group to buy my very first property; a beautiful condo in San Francisco's Noe Valley. I knew nothing about the process when we started...I knew I wanted to be in Noe Valley, but that was it. We looked at every TIC, condo and house on the market which sometimes became confusing for me. I had no idea how to sort through everything that was out there. I didn't know what exactly I wanted but I knew that I would know it when I saw it. Without Casey's expert advice, very wise counsel and upbeat encouragement, I am positive that I would have ended up settling for something that didn't fit my parameters and was over my budget. But because Casey was there to guide me every step of the way, I now own and live in the condo of my dreams in the neighborhood that I have always loved! I recommend Casey without reservation to ANYONE who needs a Realtor.
I used Casey to buy my home in 2007, and I have recommended her to dozens of friends since. I was thrilled with Casey's customer service, sense of urgency, attention to detail, knowledge of the Bay Area Real Estate market, and negotiation skills. Casey is a straight-shooter, intelligent, and I felt like she always had my best interest at heart.
Bottom line, Casey went above and beyond my expectations.
After the purchase, Casey connected me with painters, a construction team, and a designer. Amazing customer service!
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Casey Sternsmith was our realtor when we purchased a TIC with our son and a condo with our daughter. She was with us every step of the way, from locating properties to tour to tying a ribbon to the front door on move-in day. She made the whole process incredibly easy--listening to us about what we wanted, offering advice when necessary, and spending long days (and evenings) doing whatever was needed so we could purchase the right places. Casey's upbeat personality (and ability to laugh at the worst jokes in the world) made her a pleasure to work with, while her knowledge and experience assured us we were in good hands. When it's time to buy or sell, Casey will be the one we'll call.