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We are so very happy Maxine was our real estate agent when we looked for our first home in Santa Cruz! Maxine always gave us her utmost attention. Whether we called to ask questions on a weekend or needed a quick response on a late night email, Maxine constantly came through and delivered. Also, as we were new to the area, Maxine spent extra time driving us everywhere and explaining the benefits and downsides to each spot. Maxine’s extensive knowledge of Santa Cruz was truly impressive, and we knew from the start that we were in good hands in this tough “seller’s market.” Maxine will be an indispensable asset to anyone searching for a home in the area, and we can’t recommend her enough to our friends! Jeremy & Karen
When it was clear that our mother could no longer live alone in her condo with stairs, Anne helped us prepare it for listing and guided us through the sale. Anne was wonderful to work with! She gave us great advice about completing deferred maintenance as well as cosmetic touches that made the property more appealing and valuable. She was such a considerate and clear communicator with our elderly mother, which went a long way toward helping mom through this big change. The amount of work Anne put into negotiating the sale and helping us navigate the process was impressive. We are so thankful we had Anne and Schooner Realty standing with us throughout this major life event! Lucia
I worked with Elizabeth, and her company, Schooner Realty, from February to June 2017, seeking a real estate purchase in the Santa Cruz area. Elizabeth was exceedingly friendly and helpful, especially to someone who had never participated in the real estate market before, especially to someone who had to liaise with family in the opposite time zone on major decisions. She went many times over the call of duty to help me understand the market, develop the skills to assess real estate, and make decisions about the properties we saw, confident in my understanding of them. Throughout all of this, she was kind and understanding of my time constraints, limitations, and tendency to sing along to Broadway songs in her car.
Then, once we found a place where I wanted to make an offer, Elizabeth guided me through the process of finding the right negotiation and counter-offer strategy, and the mountains of legal documents involved in making everything run smoothly. I never felt I didn’t know what I was signing, or that my interests were not being served.
I would absolutely work with her again.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any further questions.
Thanking you, sincerely for your consideration.
Connie Sanchez, was my Realtor, who found me my dream mountain home in the San Lorenzo Valley. As a senior citizen preparing for retirement, it was important to find a single level home without any big hill driveways, and within close proximity to San Jose where my daughter lives. Connie was very thorough in our evaluation of properties and showed me many different options in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Once we identified a property, she was quick to secure us into escrow and negotiated a contingency contract based on inspections and sale of my existing property in San Jose. She guided me through the escrow process and was very helpful in preparing my home to be sold as well. She is a caring, self-motivated individual with great communication skills and is relentless in making the deal happen. She is a savvy negotiator and we ended up with an even lower price than I expected when it was all said and done.
Whether you are looking for your first home, buying an investment property, or just ready for a new property to call home, Connie is a wonderful, caring agent who will focus on finding you the right property at the best price.
Vicki Lacariere, Boulder Creek Homebuyer
Celeste Faraola, has been a long time Santa Cruz County American Red Cross volunteer and has rallied to save the day on may events and has helped raise very needed donations for the Chapter. All of the projects that Celeste has worked on have been key for our Chapter to continue to provide the same vital services that we have provided for 108 years. Celeste will be working with us committees for the 2007 Guns, Hoses and Roses Auction, the Heroes Breakfast and the 4th Annual Golf Tournament.
Diane Bianconi-Director fo Development & Communications Santa Cruz County Chapte
Celeste, Youre website, www.faraola.com, is fabulous and your alerts are fantasticAlica
On this Thanksgiving I’m sooooooo thankful for a realtor who is so on her stuff!!!! Have a great turkey day, don’t eat to much, save some room for wine!!!!!Nick & Morgan
We highly recommend Maxine Howard as a realtor. Maxine demonstrated considerable expertise by researching local market conditions, keeping a keen eye on developments in our home sale and purchase, and explaining the intricate details of real estate transactions.
Brian and Cathy
Celeste Faraola is one of the most patient, conscientious persons I know. And those qualities made all the differences in our finding and purchasing our wonderful Aptos home.
When my husband and I decided to move to Santa Cruz, we knew little about the area and even less where we wanted to settle. We knew we needed a real estate professional who was well acquainted with all the neighborhoods throughout the county. We found that person in Celeste Faraola of Schooner Realty, a long-time resident and a member of the Santa Cruz realty market for years.
Celeste spent many weekends driving us around to “listed” homes, while patiently answering our many questions. Her quiet approach fit our personalities well; she was (and is) an excellent listener and quick learner, someone who took “stress” out of arduous task of house hunting.
When we found the home we wanted, Celeste guided us well through the purchase phase. We were unable to make the long trek from our old home, so she took care of the necessary home inspections — no matter the time or day. She gave us the information we needed to make a good offer, and then helped us negotiate a price that fit our budget, while making certain all of us – the owner and her agent included – met the deadlines and closed the deal.
Now that we’re settled, Celeste has become much more that our agent: she has become our friend. We owe much to her patience, her experience, her skills, and her warmth. We highly recommend Celeste Faraola of Schooner Realty to anyone interested in purchasing a home in the Santa Cruz area.
Over the past 25 years, Harriet Deck has been involved with several Wilson Family property transactions. Most recently, Harriet helped us in acquiring our new home in 2007 and is currently supporting Celeste Faraola with the sale of our rental property.
Celeste has been involved with managing two Wilson Family rental properties since May 2007 with wonderful success. One property is under a yearly lease and the other is a weekly vacation rental. Celeste’s involvement includes marketing, tenant research, financial reporting and everything in between.
During this time they have both proven to be very reliable, and effective partners in helping us manage our assets.
Both Harriet and Celeste are professional and efficient in their approach to work and very well-liked by their professional peers and clients.
Their expertise and ability has been much appreciated and I would recommend them to anyone.Peter H. Wilson
Dear Celeste- What a treat to work with you! Thank you so much for your persistence, patience, and graciousness while selling my condo. I know you spent hours on hold with the bank and I feel so lucky that you were willing to push and stay on top of them.
Dear Harriet & Celeste- Well…..MANY THANKS!! The two of you made this look practically effortless, which I’m sure it wasn’t.Jack & Renee
We really appreciate all your help and efforts on our “investment” search. Diana & Kellog
Dear Celeste & Harriet- Thank you so very much for your great patience in helping us find the right house and in working through all the small and changing details. It was a lucky day for me when Stewart Title suggested that Schooner Realty might be what I was looking for. All the best-Elizabeth.