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Here are some of the many unsolicited testimonials I have received from buyers and sellers I've represented over the last 24 years.

"Thank you for all of your advice, counseling and hard work in the sale of our home. You did an outstanding job."
-- Rita McCarthy (Seller)

"Sherry acted as our realtor in not only selling our previous home, but also in purchasing our new home simultaneously. The entire process from listing our house for sale to closing escrow on our home was complete in less than 9 weeks!...We acted upon Sherry's extensive marketing expertise and priced our house accordingly. We presented our house in it's best showing condition with Sherry's guidance. Sherry's advice and our efforts paid off when we received multiple offers after just 1 week...When escrow opened Sherry was diligent in keeping us informed and up to date at all times. She always made time to return calls. With so many details involved she made herself accessible so we would never feel lost in the process. At the same time she alerted us to houses that were coming on the market and new listings that would meet our needs. She contacted us immediately when a home that we showed interest in was reduced to a price that we could afford. Sherry assisted us in writing an offer and when it was countered, helped us negotiate a counter offer which was accepted...Sherry is knowledgeable, personable and reliable; three qualities we feel are necessary for the venture of selling or buying a home. In our case, Sherry handled both selling our home and our purchase of a new home. She handled both contracts eagerly, thoroughly and diligently."
-- Kitty and Larry Siu (Buyers and Sellers)

"Thank you for your assistance, support, excellent work and becoming part of our family!"
-- Betty Quan and James Yee (Buyers)

"We appreciate the excellent job you did in both the selling of our home and working with us in the negation and purchase of our dream home. You made the process painless. Things happened smoothly and on time. We appreciate your attention to all the details; we couldn't have had a smoother transaction. We don't take it for granted that this is what usually happens -- we know that you went well above and beyond the call of duty to make things work for us and we appreciate all of your efforts. The house is great. Thanks a million for everything. If we know of anyone selling or buying we will refer them to you. Thanks again,"
-- The Griggs family (Buyers and Sellers)

"We really appreciated your professional effort. We feel you did an excellent job, and due to your efforts, we got top top top dollar. If you ever need a reference versus other brokers in the Hiller area, let me know. I would be happy to give a glowing reference. Thanks again,"
-- Wayne Vandergriff (Seller)

"Thank you for everything you did to make the sale of our home happen. We are grateful for your hard work, optimism and good cheer throughout."
-- Carole and Bob Ernst (Sellers)

"Your expertise, confidence and professionalism carried us through a challenging sale in today's difficult market. As an expert in our neighborhood, you were able to quickly gather whatever resources were needed to prepare our home for sale and to conquer any obstacles we encountered during the escrow process. Your marketing plan was well-executed and you kept us on target with sound advice and timely reminders throughout the process. You were the key to bringing our sale to such a successful conclusion. Please feel free to use us as a reference anytime!"
-- Dennis & Charlene Vojtilla, Oakland (Sellers)

"Leslie & I are happy to have met you, you made our house-buying experience easier and more pleasant. I'm sure we'll see you again from time to time."
-- Holming (Buyer)

"When I bought my home in 1991, Sherry was the selling agent. Over the past 18 years, I have stayed in touch with Sherry asking her advice and opinion on various planned upgrade projects and/or referrals for various service providers. Sherry was always willing to help. In addition, she never forgot to ask how my son and I were doing. When it came time to sell my home, making the final decision to list with Sherry was an easy one. She is very knowledgeable of Oakland and Ridgemont and her attention to detail is phenomenal. I took Sherry's advice and we worked collaboratively throughout the entire process. Sherry's extensive marketing expertise and counsel was invaluable in selling my home. After only 10+ days, we received multiple offers. During the escrow process, Sherry was highly communicative and kept me informed along the way. The selling and closing of my home interrupted two of Sherry's trips. In spite of being out of town, she stayed in touch and anticipated and resolved issues as they arose. Her commitment, dedication and professionalism never waned as she worked in my best interest.
Sherry, you are the best and it was a pleasure working with you!"
-- Iris Shiver (Seller)

"Sherry's professionalism, market knowledge and resourcefulness were exactly what we needed as out-of-town buyers to make the entire process run smoothly. She provided helpful information regarding a selection of lenders, title companies and inspection companies as well as a list of area schools and shopping. She worked extremely hard to facilitate our deal and seemed to anticipate potential problems before they would occur. It has been several months since our closing and she still provides us information and support. We would definitely recommend Sherry to others and welcome her representation if the opportunity arises again."
-- Josie and Ernest Newborn (Buyers)

"Ligua and I wish to thank you for the fine work you have done representing us in the purchase of our new home in Ridgemont. From our first chance conversation through the successful conclusion of escrow, it was always a pleasure working with you. You listened very expertly to what we said we wanted, and helped us find the right house at the right price. We felt you had our best interests at heart at each step of the way. Your careful and timely attention to all the many details kept us on track, and made the whole experience much easier and understandable...When a broker represents both buyer and seller simultaneously, there is ample opportunity for misunderstanding and lost confidence. Negotiations with the sellers went smoothly due to your careful management of the process. Your careful sense of balance and fairness ensured a smooth development of the project from start to finish."
-- John and Ligia Kauke (Buyers and Sellers)

"Thank you for all of your help in selling our house on Terrabella Way. It takes a special touch and a lot of knowledge to get the job done so smoothly, and you have that touch. We were so happy with your fine mix of warmth and professionalism. we are nicely situated in Piedmont. When we start looking in earnest, you can be sure we will call. Thanks and all the best,"
-- Paul Langer and Jan Linden (Sellers)

"Thanks for the wonderful work in selling our house. You justified the faith we placed in you."
-- Art and Nancy Roscoe (Sellers)

"We would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to you for a job very well done in the selling of our property. As you know, we had attempted to sell this home a few times before with no results for one reason or another. But this time one key ingredient was different. That was you. The manner in which you took on this project from beginning to end was nothing less than professional in all aspects. From the major items to the minor ones we felt that they were being handled totally. We had never experienced a sale where our agent was also the buyer's agent and did not know what to expect. You made it a pleasurable and seamless transaction. Having dealt with a number of Realtors in the sale and/or purchase of a dozen or so homes in the Bay Area, it is clearly evident that your were the most professional. Again, thank you for your diligence and hard work. Be assured that if we have any Real Estate needs in the Northern California market, you will be the first person that we will contact. Also we have already and will continue to tell the many friends that we have in the Bay Area about you and your level of professionalism. With best regards,"
-- Pat & Jim Wentworth (Sellers)

"This letter is in appreciation of the outstanding effort you put forth in handling the sale of our home. You gave us competent advice beginning with the listing and through the final negotiations of the sale. Since we were out of area sellers, the responsibility fell on your shoulders to work with tradesmen, inspectors, the buyer's agent and a multitude of California regulations involved in the sale of our property...The transaction went smoothly and the closing was complete as scheduled. This was a difficult sale and I wish to say thank you for a job well done."
-- Larry Gaughran (Seller)

"Thank you so much for all of your help in selling our parent's house. It was a complicated transaction because of all the family trust issues and the fact that we couldn't always be there to oversee the needed repairs. You were there, fortunately, and the results were wonderful. All of your advice - even the stuff we questioned - proved to be correct in the end. You saved us a lot of unnecessary effort and expense. Now that it's over, we'll really miss you. Wish we had another house for you to sell!"
-- Bill and Neal Evans (Sellers)

"Thank you for helping me work through the toughest real estate transaction of my life! I have bought and sold some seven or eight properties over the years but never have I been faced with a buyer so unable to meet commitments - but we finally made it by determination and your pushing and tracing all the details, both theirs and ours. You helped stage our home beautifully by referring us to a talented person and I feel this resulted in a good market price for our home. Carolyn and I have enjoyed your friendship over the years and appreciate your personal dedication to our needs. I wish you continued professional success and look forward to keeping in touch."
-- Tom & Carolyn McDonald (Sellers)

"The sale of my house went quickly and smoothly, thanks to Sherry's marketing skills; it sold in only 11 days and for considerably over the list price. Locating and buying another house was fraught with difficulties. Despite these and the amount of time consumed in the search, Sherry stuck with me and supported me throughout the process and we finally closed the deal. She continued helping me plan upgrades after the close of escrow and was instrumental in providing competent resources to do the work. Sherry is the epitome of the straight arrow. Her integrity and honesty were evident every step of the way. She is a sensitive and compassionate woman... and just plain fun to work with! I felt very secure in her hands."
-- Betty Nichols (Buyer and Seller)

"Sherry was instrumental in the successful sale of our home in what is possibly the toughest housing market ever. After we initiated our discussions with various realtors and decided to partner with her (due to her local know-how and experience, professionalism, and hands-on approach), external events delayed our listing for months... but she stuck with us until we were ready. From preparing the house for sale with a terrific network of vendors to constant updates during the sale and closing process, Sherry's work validated our choice to partner with her. We would go to bed at night concerned about overall issues but rested easy knowing that Sherry always had a handle on all the moving parts. Sherry's holistic but realistic assessment of the property's value and appeal, her attention to detail, and experience in prior down markets were of even greater impact in a today's increasingly challenging market. We enjoyed working with her and would do it again if given the opportunity. "
-- Carolyn and Jeff (Sellers)

"Thank you for all your efforts in the purchase of my new home. Once again your attention to detail made the experience of home buying a pleasure. Since this is the first home that I purchased myself, it was wonderful to have your support and expertise to guide me through what might have been a difficult process...I also appreciate your broad base of knowledge in working with the inspectors and contractors required with this purchase...I felt like we developed a friendship when you sold our home in 1991. I am glad that we were in contact through the years and that once again we were able to work together on this house. I hope you realize how grateful I am for all the hours you worked on this last project and especially for your moral support through a difficult time in my personal life."
-- Marie Barrett (Buyer and Seller)

"We want to add our voices to the many kudos you have earned from your clients for your expertise and professionalism in the recent sale of our home. As you well know we started asking your advice 2 years ago, without a real plan, but knowing we would be interested in selling sometime in the future. You are a veritable Jill-of-all-trades, with an impeccable eye for colors and details that create that curb appeal so desired in today's competitive market. Your stable of vendors clearly respect you since everyone seemed to jump to attention to accomodate us because we were Sherry's clients! The actual sales process was so easy and so uncomplicated because of your efforts and shepherding at every stage that we are still stunned! On top of it all you have the greatest personality and made the whole experience bearable! Thanks, Sherry!!"
-- Greg and Pat Jones (Sellers)

"Thank you so much for what you've done for the Cheung family... our first house is a miracle, and your savvy counsel was impeccable."
-- Vera & Raymond (Buyers)

"Your knowledge in handling all aspects of the sale, both prior to the listing as well as through the time of closing, was always professional and thorough. We especially appreciated your continual follow-up to ensure a smooth and timely transaction. We always felt that you were working hard for us and representing our best interests...Thank you for a job well done, Sherry. It was certainly a pleasure working with you."
-- Edward and Sharon Fleschute (Sellers)

"Thank you for all your efforts in the purchase of my new home. Once again your attention to detail made the experience of home buying a pleasure. Since this is the first home that I purchased myself, it was wonderful to have your support and expertise to guide me through what might have been a difficult process...I also appreciate your broad base of knowledge in working with the inspectors and contractors required with this purchase. I felt like we developed a friendship when you sold our home in 1991. I am glad that we were in contact through the years and that once again we were able to work together on this house. I hope you realize how grateful I am for all the hours you worked on this last project and especially for your moral support through a difficult time in my personal life."
-- Marie Barrett (Buyer)

"We would like to thank you for all that you did to sell our house. Your tireless efforts succeeded after a relatively short period. You not only instructed us on how to improve the showing of our house, you advised us on the price at which it would move, and then proceeded to market our home with systematic persistence and optimistic tenacity. We greatly appreciated the record you kept of all advertising, open houses, and especially of the interest shown in the house by potential buyers. We would like to further thank you for the understanding and patience with which you handled us as nervous sellers. We would recommend you to anyone who wants knowledgeable and professional help of the highest standards."
-- Karl and Sandra Stauffer (Sellers)

"Your commitment to finishing a deal in the face of unique seller and buyer motivation was exemplary. I appreciate all of your hard work and professionalism."
-- Breck Lutz (Seller)

"During the sale and marketing of our home, Sherry Benninger provided us the expertise, professionalism and compassion that first-time home sellers yearn for. Her support and guidance every step of the way made for a comfortable experience. Sherry answered all our questions thoroughly, explained every aspect of the sale, made sure arrangements and appointments with others were met in a timely manner. We would know in advance when issues and problems might arise and Sherry would be there to help us make the right decision by discussing and evaluating our options. Sherry also represented us in the purchase of our new home. Again, she was always there to assist whenever needed. She communicated our needs to the seller's agent, made references for lenders, home inspectors and tradesmen, all who were competent professionals. Finally, she coordinated everything with all parties involved up and through the close of escrow...We recommend Sherry whether you buy or sell your home. Her commitment, skill, high-spirited drive and above all her friendly smile can get the job done right!"
-- Stan and Bing Der (Buyers and Sellers)

"We wanted to commend you on your excellent representation of us during our recent sale and purchase transactions. Your expertise, work ethic, and commitment to service exemplify the very best of your profession. We were able to sell our house above the listing price through your dedicated efforts. Through your persistent attention to detail and sound advise, the sale of our house progressed expeditiously and without any problems...You ably and persuasively represented our offer to purchase in competition and the seller chose our bid. By quickly scheduling the property inspection we had sufficient time during the contingency period to schedule other needed inspections. This resulted in our ability to successfully negotiate repairs, with your guidance. You capably maneuvered us through many issues to a successful and satisfactory result...Your careful management of both transactions and the service you provided always made us feel as if we were your only clients. If we ever move again, you would be the only broker we would consider using to represent us."
-- Melba Yee and Jose Arce (Buyers)

"Thanks for all of your help, you were dynamite."
-- Bob Klumb (Buyer)

"Thanks so much for your kind wishes, professional services and friendship. I appreciate the extraordinary efforts you made on my behalf and I know that these efforts are probably inseparable from the regard and affection that you and my mom shared. All the best in your continuing stellar career."
-- Dan O'Shea (Seller)

Sherry Benninger


The GRUBB Co., 1960 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94611

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