"Christine was an incredible Realtor and we would recommend her to everyone looking to buy or sell property in the Bay Area. She masterfully negotiated with the sellers, worked extremely quickly with our mortgage lender, and made sure every detail in the transaction was accurate. We were in a rush to close and could not have found a better partner in this transaction. Christine left us feeling like everything was always taken care of." – Max, San Francisco
Christine was absolutely amazing in helping us find our first home. She carefully learned what we were looking for and then worked exhaustively to find it. Along the way, she kept in constant communication and responded to any inquiries immediately. Her tremendous knowledge of and familiarity with Bay Area real estate were essential to our search. Once we found our dream home, we felt totally assured with her help in negotiating and purchasing the house. We could not be more grateful to have had Christine as our agent.
Working with Christine was an amazing experience. She is very knowledgeable in complete process and made our life easier in buying new home. She was very helpful and updated us with new plans. She gave me good advice on bidding in a very competitive market. She listen to our needs and takes us to houses that fits our requirements. She is the best real estate agent that i have encounter.
Being first time home buyers, we were a little intimidated especially buying in a competitive market like the Bay Area. We were really lucky to have met Susan at the open house of our future home. She introduced us to Chris who eventually represented us in the purchase. Both ladies made the process as seamless as buying a home can be, from the first meeting to the final transaction. We could reach Susan and Chris anytime and they kept us informed on every critical detail in a prompt and courteous manner. Furthermore, Chris helped us negotiate with the sellers through multiple offers. I highly recommend them without hesitation.
We have been so happy with the outstanding service we recived through Christine. She found our family the perfect home in Hillsborough off market thanks to her excellent reputation and connections in her industry. A few years later she sold another home we owned in San Mateo and went above and beyond to approch her her connections in the real estate industry to generate interest. As a result, we got an amazing offer that we couldn’t refuse! Both myself, and my husband, recommend her to anyone who is a buyer or seller!
"Christine has been always professional, patient, kind, and very helpful!!! With her great assistance, we had visited many houses and finally we settled in a very quiet peaceful place where we have been enjoying so much.... and her advice helped us to get the house in a great price. Christine is the best agent We have ever seen and We had introduced our friends to contact her when they wanted to move back to the BayArea from Lincoln."
We met Christine at an open house in San Mateo. She was very nice and knowledgeable about the area. We were just starting to think about moving but were overwhelmed with what needed to happen to get our house ready to put on the market and then to find the right house for our growing family. My husband and I felt very comfortable with Christine and her approach – professional, respectful and very knowledgeable on what needed to happen to get the most for our house. At our first meeting, Christine was totally prepared with a time-line and recommendations for what we needed to update at our current house to get the best price. Christine took charge of the project, bringing in her people and being available to manage the details. This was so huge for us – my husband and I both work and our kids have crazy schedules. Christine was able to get everything done with minimum impact on our family’s schedule – which we totally appreciated. Christine also did a great job on the marketing of our house – open houses, date for putting the house on the market, etc. We really appreciated Christine’s integrity throughout the whole process, especially finding the right family to buy our house – not for just a great price, but a strong deal that went through quickly. Once we sold our house – Christine helped us to find the right house in a neighborhood we hadn’t even thought about. It is a beautiful house and we are totally happy, especially the kids. We had to do a little work on our new house – and Christine once again helped us find excellent people from her vast network to do the work needed. Christine is so well respected within the community that we were able to get the work done very quickly and professionally again, minimizing the impact on the family with great results.
In summary – Christine is a wonderful realtor and a wonderful person. The process of selling a house, buying a house, construction and moving can be extremely stressful. Christine was and continues to be a true blessing, part of the family helping us through the whole process. We have been in our house for 6 months, and she is still helping us with referrals on continuing projects.
Thank you Christine!
Working with Christine was a pleasure. She consistently went above and beyond to make sure the deal went as smoothly as it possibly could. When it came to placing our offer, I felt confident I was making a competitive bid based on all the information she provided to us. After our offer was accepted, Christine was available for all our questions. I can't express how happy we are to have her on our side during this very stressful process, she kept us calm, and kept everyone on track through our relatively short closing time.
How we met Christine – we put in an offer on a home and lost it to another buyer/agent. When I found out the terms were very similar to our offer, we decided to break with our current real estate agent and start fresh. First place we looked, was the agent that represented the offer that won. That agent was Christine.
6 months later Christine found us an OFF-MARKET property for sale in San Carlos close to downtown in the Carlmont school district (very rare). We would not have found this home if we were with a different agent – this off market property was only passed on to 4 other agents through word-of-mouth. So, Christine’s connections enabled us to find our home! Amazing!
Additionally, we had to then sell our current home prior to closing on our new home. Sounds complicated right? But, it only took us 9 days to get our home on the market. In 9 days, Christine got inspections, painting, staging, re-landscaped our backyard, and replaced carpet – all in 9 days! We sold our home in one weekend with multiple offers. Our sale price per square foot was one of the highest in Belmont during that time. Needless to say, we were happy with the results.
Christine is savvy, organized, and knows how to work intelligently with different audiences. She interfaces with clients, other agents, vendors all seamlessly which is critical in high pressured situations. We give our highest recommendation to Christine and are grateful for her representation of us during our buy & sell experience.
I would like to commend Ms. Christine Kosturos on her exceptional service during the sale of our property in Burlingame, CA. From the very first day Ms. Kosturos was always very professional but in a very courteous and timely fashion. She never shied away from explaining the process throughout the short duration of this sale. I say short because due to her thorough knowledge of the local real estate market, her hard work and endless energy, the property was sold right away at the right price. The sale went flawlessly! Based on my experience in dealing with Ms. Kosturos, I can recommend her services as a real estate agent without any reservations.
Testimonial letter received for the services received from Christine Kosturos of Coldwell Banker, Burlingame
If we had one phrase we could use to describe working with Chris Kosturos, it would be "above and beyond." At every step in our home-buying process she went above and beyond for us, enabling us to find our dream home in a very tough market!
Before we began our search, my husband and I heard daunting stories about over-the-top overbids, heartbroken buyers coming in "runner up" again and again, and people totally giving up because the market is so tough. With all those stories in the back of our minds, we began our home search with a bundle of nerves and expectations low.
None of it was needed, however, as Chris helped us get our FIRST BID accepted within EIGHT DAYS of our first home tour with her! We absolutely love our new home and know that without her help we never could have secured it. She provided us with fantastic comps and market information so that we could make the best, most viable offer the first time around. Because we had such great information, we felt incredibly comfortable moving forward and never felt pressured. It was easy to make an offer when we had her in our corner! She even filled is in on microclimate weather patterns in the neighborhood we were considering (someone put this woman on the Weather Channel!)
She went "above and beyond" constantly-- from meticulously checking our disclosure list, to negotiating on our behalf at 10pm at night, to helping us measure for furniture while in escrow, to welcoming us with open arms to our new community and recommending the best-of-the-best for home services.
Take everything that you would expect from the best realtor you can think of, increase it, add in uncanny market sense and a good dose of fun, and you will have Chris. Her gentle guidance (for us) and stone-cold winning strategy (when it came to securing our home!) is absolutely what you need to have to compete in this real estate market.
Thank you, THANK YOU to Chris and her amazing team for helping us find our dream home and making it actually fun to buy a house in the toughest market around!
As a first time home buyer, we're extremely lucky to have Christine working with us on our side.
Not only is she resourceful and knowledgable that she found the perfect home for us, we also love the way she does the business. She's courteous, honest and very responsible. It took awhile for us to find the right place but she's been so supportive every step along the way. She addresses every bit of our concerns, no matter if it's about the property, people or the paperwork. She's patient and she always responds in a timely manner.
Having Christine on our side gives us a great foundation that we can rely on during this overwhelming process. I won't hesitate a second to go back to Christine in the future and recommend her to anyone that needs a realtor!
It is indeed a pleasure and a privilege to write this letter of recommendation for Christine Kosturos, the real estate agent our family selected to list and sell our mother's home at 1324 Cabrillo Avenue in Burlingame.
Initially, my sister and I opted to interview 3 real estate agents before deciding whom we would list the home. All three agents met with us at the property, presented us with a comparative market analysis, made recommendations as to how to proceed with preparing the property for listing and outlined their marketing strategy. Chris was actually the third candidate we interviewed. She immediately impressed us with her competence. She was clear as to what needed to be done and what would be an appropriate timeline for completing the necessary work and for selling the property. Once we decided to list with Chris, she immediately began soliciting bids for painting, refinishing the floors, repairing the furnace, possibly remodeling the bathroom, freshening up the landscaping, staging the property and completing the recommended inspections. After having met with the contractors, Chris presented us with their bids and supervised every aspect of the 'transformation'.
I must also commend Chris for her diligence in keeping our family informed and up-to-date. In that there were three siblings, all of whom lived in different cities, the task could have been daunting, but Chris handled it like the professional that she is. When it came time to actually signing the papers with the title company, I was signing in Burlingame, my sister in Boston and my brothher in Salinas. The close of escrow went off without a hitch primarily because Chris saw to it that movile notaries were dispatched when my siblings could not be present in person to Sign. The sale took approximately one week from the first open house to the review of offers. The house sold $50,000 over asking and $100,000 over the price that the other two agents suggested listing the property. I attribute this phenomenal accomplishment to Chris's attention to detail, her knowledge of the market, her exceptional interior decorating taste and her ability to connect on a professional and personal level with potential buyers.
Selling the home that my parents purchased over 60 years ago, the home where I was raised and where my mother lived until her death, was not easy. I am so grateful that Chris was there as a source of knowledge, experience and compassion. My brother, sister and I could not possibly have been more pleased with the outcome.
My husband, children and I met Christine at an open home in Burlingame over a year ago. We immediately were drawn to Christine’s warmth and friendliness. We asked her to represent us in selling our home and help us find a home in Burlingame. She sold our home in 4 days (in this climate!) !!! We then took almost 9 months to find a home in Burlingame (we were a fussy crowd :) ). Christine was always on top of things and had her finger on the pulse on all the homes in our price range and was always objective on the pros and cons of all the homes. She had all the community information at her fingertips and a lot of resources to call upon if we had questions on anything related to the community. Christine remained patient and understanding of our needs. She was fabulous! She never pushed us into anything and was always working in our interest and not trying to make a quick sale, she wanted it to be RIGHT for us.
Chris Kosturos is the consummate real estate professional possessing a unique blend of local market knowledge, professional acumen, unflappable dedication and friendly demeanor. As an inside expert who understands the ins and outs of the entire process, we can single her out as the one who was able to place us in the home in which we happily live now. Chris has a keen sense of property valuation and market trends. Her guidance helped us not only make the best decision for our immediate need, but also ensure that we were investing in a property that would provide tremendous upside potential.
She did an outstanding job in getting to know us, and to truly understand what we were looking for, before taking us out to see properties. By getting to know her clients, she is able to guide them in the right direction, providing polite feedback and advice based on years of experience. Without reservation, I would give Chris our highest recommendation. Chris Kosturos is our beloved friend, neighbor, and realtor for life!
We met Christine Kosturos randomly at an open house in Burlingame. We have wanted to live in the Burlingame area for quite some time and I had a list of homes to see. When we went into this one open house, which was way out of our price range but wanted to see the types of homes in that area, we met Christine. I had a lot of questions regarding the neighborhood, schools, areas, parks, etc. and she answered all my questions with patience and honesty. I told her I had a list of homes I wanted to see and she looked over my list and told me what she liked and didn’t like about each of them. She offered to take us around and show us the different areas and homes that we wanted to see. On our first meeting she spent over 3 hours with us driving all around Burlingame, showing us the different areas, the parks, where she use to live etc. We now had the knowledge on which area we really wanted to be in. We were in active mode of looking at homes every weekend and Christine always made time for us to see the homes even though with some we had already seen it once before. We looked at many homes and it took almost a year for us to find our dream home. She was so patient and not pushy and wanted us to really love the home before we put in an offer. When Christine was out of town, she would always let me know that she had her phone and computer access if I needed her. Also, if anything would have happened, she would always have a back-up, Susan Michal, and tell me that she knows what’s going on and she knows what to do if anything comes up. She was always prepared and made us feel that we were taken care of. We purchased a great short sale in Burlingame. Christine was so patient with us and was on top of everything that dealt with the purchase. She would call me right away if she had any news or information. Finally, after 5 months of going back and forth we finally settled and purchased our dream home. We couldn’t believe it happened for us as we were fortunate to have such a wonderful realtor helping us along the whole way. Not only is she a wonderful realtor but she has become a close friend to us. We couldn’t have purchased our home without Christine’s help, guidance, advice and most of all her patience.
In the fall of 2012, I met with numerous agents to discuss the upcoming sale of a home in Burlingame of which I was ¼ owner, and a Trustee. The property was unique in that it was over a third of an acre, at the end of a cull de sac, with a creek going through the middle, and a second two story guest cottage across the creek, with access only by a shaky bridge. Numerous legal and safety issues such as status of second house, and three property easements needed to be researched extensively and addressed prior to listing the house.
I selected Christine Kosturos and her team for multiple reasons.
1) My first impression was that they were extremely knowledgeable and had extensive experience in the housing market in this area. Upon presenting the data on recently sold homes in the area, they inquired as what I thought the home should be listed at. They presented a plan as to how they would go about selling this unique property (without staging an open house to the public due to liability issues).
2) They were not “pushy”; on the contrary, after my initial meeting with them, I was not flooded with irritating phone calls.
3) The team, and especially Christine, as she was the main listing agent, was professional and personal.
Upon signing the contract, Christine and her team went to work with due diligence. I was frequently advised as to what should be done to the property prior to listing. On numerous occasions, Christine would offer to help arrange with clean up, packing and hauling.
We received three offers two days after the Brokers open house. Christine and her team spent an extensive amount of time with me discussing in great detail each offer, weighing my opinion and subsequently advising on appropriate counter offers and negotiations. As a result, the home was sold without a hitch for significantly more than the asking price. Thank you Christine and your team for working so hard to secure the best deal possible. You certainly went above and beyond my best expectations!!!
It was a wonderful experience working with Christine. As first time homebuyers, we were unsure of what to look for as far as red flags, or how to competitively price ourselves to win the bid for our home. Christine's guidance and expertise was the key to our success. She knew what we were looking for and we had full trust in her recommendations. She was quick to respond and had all the appropriate documents lined up for us before we had to travel out of state. We thank her again for all her hard work. We are truly happy with our home, location and we thank her for her partnership.