Alex Gailas did an incredible job in selling our Orinda home. He listed it at a price where he knew it would move and had it sold fast. He was caring and involved and listened to what the needs were and he performed. Alex was very involved and was there to help with the contractors and work that needed to be done prior to the sale of the house as well as when it was in escrow. Alex has a lot of good connections and can get things done fast! Look no further when looking for a listing agent, Alex is your guy. His marketing ability was outstanding and his years of experience shows!!
My wife and I recently closed on the purchase of a house in Orinda and we were represented by Alex. I met Alex in a Sunday open house for a house he was selling. At the time, I had been going to open houses for several months, almost every Sunday. I used these open houses not only to check out the houses, but as a way to “interview” agents I would want to use for the purchase of our house. When I met him I had narrowed my list to two other agents, but had not made any commitments. After talking to Alex for about 20 minutes and getting a feel of his personality, expertise, and ethics, I made my decision and commitment right there and then. It turned out to be an excellent decision!
Walnut Creek CA
My girlfriend and I just recently purchased a house in Oakley with Alex Gailas as our realtor. It was our first house, so we were unsure of what to expect. Alex was great, coming out of his way to the Brentwood/Oakley area to show us houses that we were interested in. We offered on a couple different houses, and ended up with one of them! Alex kept us in the loop during the whole process, and made sure that we got a great deal. He was very professional, and understood our concerns as first time home buyers. I highly recommend Alex and his team if you are considering buying a house!
Alex is a long time resident of Orinda and knows the history of the city and its neighbors very deeply and gave us good pointers along the way. He always made himself available and accommodated our schedule when we wanted him to take us to see a house. While we were touring houses, his other talents such as a grasp for design and architecture became evident. He gave us ideas about things we could do to improve the houses we saw and on ways to prioritize our improvements. He was always honest and straight forward, not pushing us to make any offers -we’ve heard of other agents that only point out the good things about a house, not its flaws, as they want you to make an offer so they make their money and move on to the next client, but not Alex. A few times he flat out told us he would not recommend a certain house, while always saying we were in charge and if we wanted, he’d be happy to make the offer for us.
During the escrow process he was amazing. He was able to negotiate various repairs and considerations from the seller before removing contingencies. This was impressive, considering this is a market where buyers often have to waive all inspections in order to get an offer accepted. Also while in escrow Alex helped me immensely by going to the house multiple times and meeting with inspectors, contractors, repairmen, etc., while I was at work.
Even after closing he made sure we were okay and kept emphasizing to call him if we needed anything or had any questions. In short, he is a wonderful, knowledgeable, personable, funny… a good, honest agent. I highly recommend Alex if you are buying or selling a home.
I met Alex a few years ago after a referral from a friend recommended Alex as an area specialist. Even though my husband and I were not ready to sell at the time, Alex always stayed in touch, and checked in on us on many occasions. When my husband passed and it was time to sell our house, there was no question that Alex would be the agent to hire. He went out of his way for me and worked dilegently to make sure everything was taken care of, down to the smallest detail. He felt more like a friend than an agent. The sale of my house happened within weeks thanks to his hard work. He found the perfect house for me to transition into. I have found Alex to be professional, trustworthy, extremely hard working, and a man of integrity.
Alex Gailas sold our rental property during the New Year season. As it turned out our property was a very difficult house tosell. Alex brought in deal after deal and each fell through for one reason or another. He and I commiserated often. Alex hung in there. He was going to sell that house. Well we finally sold it thanks to his persistence. So I give him 5 stars. If you have an easy property to sell he will sell it fast and for a good price. If it is a hard sale he will sell it anyway.
Alex Gailas is an extremely experienced and professional realtor. I was trying to sell on my own and he rescued me. What a difference he made in exposure and dealing with all the complex issues of selling a house in California! His contacts with contractors, staging people and others in the community made the critical difference in selling my home of 25 years in Orinda. He treats you like a close neighbor rather than just another client-- always there to do whatever it takes to solve problems in a dynamic market. I highly recommend Alex to any buyer or seller in the area.
We have sold 4 homes over the years and dealt with several real estate agents with several properties and Alex Gailas is by far the most professional, dedicated agents we've ever had. From the very beginning he proved himself to be very considerate, very knowledgeable and well connected to people who were able to get jobs done that needed to be done. Nothing was too hard for him to get accomplished. He went way above and beyond the call of duty. We were selling my mother's house and he treated her with the utmost respect and was able to make the whole process less painful for her. He has a way of making everyone very comfortable and we all felt like one big family. We knew if we had a problem or a situation we weren't sure how to deal with all we had to do was call Alex and he would have a solution for us. We all felt he had our best interests at heart and he made us feel like he was there to protect our interests. It was an absolute pleasure working with Alex and we would highly recommend to anyone interested in buying or selling a home.
Dennis and Maile Alfaro
It takes a uniquely talented and forward thinking individual to sell a home during a time of economic downturn. Alex was the third real estate agent we hired to sell our Lafayette home and the reason we finally sold. He succeeded where other agents failed not because of luck or connections or an ad here and there, but because he worked diligently to make the sale. It was Alex's assertive approach and effective marketing strategy that really paid off. He was determined to find the one perfect buyer for our home and by looking beyond our immediate area he achieved his goal. Alex is a competent real estate agent but more importantly, a consummate professional acutely aware of market conditions, prompt, always available and ready to provide the best services he can for his clients.
The first thing you need to know about Alex Gailas is that he has a fabulous eye. He will tell you exactly what changes need to be made in your decor to maximize your home's salability, He will photograph everything and create a full color, 4-page brochure on your home with the price you need/want to get - and get it for you!
Catherine Rice Berger
I sold my home recently in what many say is the most challenging market for real estate in living memory. The amazing part of the story is that my agent, Alex Gailas, got me very good price, on terms very favorable to me and did it within 90 days. In a normal market this would be a good result but not remarkable. Bringing off this feat in the midst of potential global recession, huge unemployment, no-one certain of what will happen next, and fear haunting every person you talk to, is nothing less than a stunning achievement.
Alex Gailas was one of several realestate agents we interviewed to sell a house in Orinda. After the interviews, we had a family meeting and all of us picked Alex, because of his 'go getter' attitude, and also because he looks you strait in the eye and tells it like it is. Alex spelled out two options for selling the house and we chose one of those options. Alex did exactly what he said he was going to do and did it in a very timely manner. We couldn't be happier with Alex and his services. He is a guy who knows what he is doing. Anyone who chooses Alex to sell or buy a home is also going to be happy.
I have been a long time resident of Orinda and a past president of the Orinda historical society. Recently, I sold my house. I hired Alexander Gailas to do the job. I found him to be a man of outstanding qualities, among these are-integrity, creativity and nonstop energy. He is all around talented man and I would recommend him highly if you are considering selling your home.
His capacity of finding the right buyer is very important and his energy and creative solutions to problems is essential. He is hard working, intelligent and will get the job done for you-with a smile.
You are in good hands with Alex Gailas.
Gloria Brown Brobeck
This is a letter to thank you for our recent relationship in selling our house in Orinda. You were very helpful in the recommendations you made on what to do before we put I the property on the market as even signed on with you.
You were always available to answer questions and made it extremely easy to sign all the papers and I did not need to take any time off of work. As you know our house sold on less than one week in a down market.
It was important that you are also a Broker as you have knowledge when discussing offers and loans. Then you spend extra time in showing us rentals. Last but not least, it was fun to work with you in doing something that is stressful.
Shirley Enderle and Richard Enderle
This is to let you how much I appreciate the work you did on selling my mother’s house. It is difficult at best to get through the emotional turmoil surrounding the sale of a family home, but you were understanding and helpful. I know the preparation before putting it on the market was very trying. It took a great deal of effort and elbow grease to make the final push. You not only persisted, but I remember physically helping to load a bulky television into my van to make the deadline of those final days. I am pleased that you found a new family to live in the house and in record time. And finally, when we thought everything was going smoothly you called me when I was out of the country to clear up the last of the details in escrow.
Thank you for all your extra efforts
As a real estate broker in the Bay Area since 1974, I've had the pleasure of working with many good realtors. One in particular, Orinda-based Alexander Gailas of AG Realty is one of the best realtors I've met. His professional demeanor, calm and centered composure, his work ethic, and his commitment to his clients are stellar, and I hope others avail themselves to his expertise, and his warm hearted enthusiasm to his proffession.
I have been impressed with his efficiency, knowledge of the market and attitude in handling the transactions
Alexander recently completed sale of an unimproved lot for me. The lot had problems of location and topography. Alexander worked skillfully and diligently. I recommend his services to any potential seller.
John Holmdahl, Sacramento
Alexander provided both knowledge and professional expertise to our very quick closing. He facilitated the acquisition of a home I never thought I could own. His faith and patience were unfaltering. This couldn’t have happened without him.
Kathleen Duffy, Orinda
“Your advice was sound throughout the process including the closing. Most important to my wife and I is that you took total responsibility and minimized the amount of time we had to spend together. You sold our home in a matter of days and well above our asking price. A seller cannot ask for anything more.”
James O. Collins, CFA
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