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Omar's Testimonials

.....“Penelope & Omar focused on getting the best price they could for us as opposed to just trying to close a sale..."
"We have a hard time expressing how impressed we have been with Omar and Penelope’s representation of us in the recent sale of our house, but we will try. They organized our sale preparation and selling process meticulously and supervised it closely with more than daily visits, even fixing a minor problem with the windows themselves and going under the house to deal with an emergency plumbing leak that saved the hardwood floors.

Everything ran on time, everything looked great, and the costs were under budget. When it came time to price and market our home, they took us through a very detailed comparative market analysis that took into account the size, noise, specific geographic location and timing of other sales in the Willows.

They were sensitive (just as we were sensitive) to incremental pricing differences, and focused on getting the best price they could for us as opposed to just trying to close a sale. They also used a very effective “product release” marketing approach, exposing our house in a closely spaced series of open houses when everything was perfect and ready for viewing. They then followed up with every agent or possible buyer who visited.

Their hard work generated multiple offers on our house less than two weeks after it went on the market, which was exactly what we had hoped for.

We think they are absolutely terrific at what they do and recommend them without reservation."
Bob & Susie Morse - Menlo Park
....."We really appreciated that Omar always treated us as a priority client..."
"We couldn't have been luckier to have Omar Kinaan as our real estate agent when we purchased our first home in Menlo Park in 2007. Not only does he know the area like the back of his hand, introducing us to many great neighborhoods that we weren't familiar with, but he was more that patient to help two property virgins. Omar took the time to walk us through the property purchasing process long before we made our first offer. He carefully explained all the terms and conditions and how they would effect us as the buyers.

We really appreciated that Omar always treated us as a priority client. Even when he was busy with multiple other clients and sales, he would always take the time to personally show us open houses, arrange for private tours and even drive to our workplaces 15 miles away to complete necessary paperwork.

In addition to his tireless efforts helping us find the perfect home, Omar is committed to his neighbors in the Menlo Park community. He is an active voice in conversations with City Council, ensuring the safety and quality of life in the area.

We never doubted that Omar had our best interest in heart during the purchase process of our home. Thanks to Omar, we couldn't be happier with our first abode inMenlo Parkand the roots we are starting there. We highly recommend Omar Kinaan to property sellers and buyers alike. Omar is smart, trustworthy, knowledgeable and simply an all-around good guy."
Michael & Jeanne Moeschler- Menlo Park


...Omar can truly be your "business partner, ..."
“My husband and I are very grateful to have found Omar Kinaan and to have had him work closely with us to find the right new home.

For buying, and then selling our first home, we worked with two different realtors and did not enjoy the process. We started to worry that home buying would always be an uncomfortable and irritating process. Then we met Omar.

After a year of unfocused "shopping," Omar was at an open house we visited. We were not only impressed by the details he knew about the history of the property, but we quickly learned that Omar was knowledgeable in all the things we cared about: The characters of different neighborhoods, history of the area, construction practices, and architecture. He was friendly, easy to talk to and had a great sense of humor.

It was apparent that Omar was interested and curious about not just what house we might want to buy, but about us as individuals and what we needed from our future "home."

I am sure we were not the ideal clients: Our search was at first unfocused, and we didn't even know whether we wanted a move-in-ready home or one ready for a remodel. Nevertheless, Omar was always patient, keeping information flowing to us and making sure that we were ready to snatch up "our" house, when we finally found it.

Once we were in the offer process, Omar and his staff did an impeccable job of scheduling inspections with reputable, local businesses. He was always by our side, ensuring that our questions got answered. He was concerned on our behalf about things we might not have thought about - all with an eye toward ensuring not just a quick and painless sale, but also a strong, fair negotiation.

The paperwork, and there is always loads of it, never felt overwhelming, inexplicable or arcane. Omar's clarity, focus and organization made the process not just painless, but actually fun!

I highly recommend Omar to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Omar can truly be your "business partner," keeping you focused on the reality of the sales transaction, without diminishing the magical thrill of purchasing a new home.”
Mark & Yvette - Menlo Park 


....."Penelope & Omar made some astute decisions that were crucial in maximizing my home's appeal...." 

"After purchasing a house in Santa Cruz, I hired an agent to sell my home in San Jose....Since I was in the process of moving to Santa Cruz, I relied on the agent to supervise the makeover.

However, even though the makeover ended up costing thousands of dollars, the house actually looked less attractive than before.....After 4 open houses, we received one offer from another realtor at $60K below the asking price.

I took the house off the market and then hired Penelope and Omar to help me sell the house. Since I was living in Santa Cruz, I had to rely on them to manage the preparation of the house. They made some astute decisions that were crucial in maximizing its appeal. The interior was painted again but this time with several attractive neutral colors that greatly enhanced the appearance. All of my furniture was removed and professional stager was hired. She did a fantastic job in transforming the interior of the house with furniture, artwork and accessories. A dated chandelier was removed from the dining room and an unsightly ceiling fan was removed from the master bedroom. Both were replaced by inexpensive yet attractive and updated alternatives.

The real breakthrough occurred when Omar had the idea of converting a screened-in shed in the back yard into an outdoor entertaining area. Previously, I had used this shed for storing junk. The junk had been removed by the first agent, so the shed was empty but it was still unsightly. Omar removed the tattered screens to open up the shed, removed the stained, moldy indoor/outdoor carpet that covered the floor, pressure-washed the concrete floor and then furnished it with patio furniture and other accessories.

....All of this was occurring just when the Bay Area real estate market was imploding. Inventory was about 3 times greater than previous years, interest rates were peaking and buyers were taking a wait-and-see approach. We had to reevaluate the value of the house relative to the market....After just a few days on the market, we received an offer from a young couple which we were able to counter to within $1000 of the asking price....During the entire process, Penelope and Omar handled everything in a professional and thorough manner. I would highly recommend them to anyone considering a real estate transaction."
Roy Nakashima - Willow Glen

..."We can say without reservation that we would not have found this home if we did not have Penelope & Omar representing us....”

“When the time came for my husband and I to buy our first home we knew we needed an aggressive real estate team with established market experience who were trustworthy and supportive. It was Penelope and Omar's tenacity and their grass roots understanding of the Willows neighborhood that allowed us to make an offer on a home before it was listed. We were literally about to give up when they found us the perfect home. I can say without reservation that we would not have found this home if we did not have them representing us. They are knowledgeable, experienced, committed and so easy to work with. We highly recommend them for anyone looking to buy or sell their home. They really are fantastic and we are proud to call them our first friends in the neighborhood."
Lea Redmond & Jake Averbuck - Menlo Park



"Omar is an exceptional agent..."

".....he started by discussing what I wanted in a house. He didn't just ask about the zip code, but layout, size, and other details that probably hadn't occurred to me. Unlike some agents, Omar did not just connect me to a flood of email listings: he effectively searched for homes that fit the requirements, sending me filtered choices that wouldn't waste my time. He then previewed anything interesting and wrote up descriptions. I don't know how he has the time to do all this; I certainly don't. Way to make it happen man! This approach made it possible to zero in on a house, but I am picky and it did take some looking. Omar kept to his plan and kept his cool even when I was getting frustrated with various aspects of the process. Omar's responsive and effective method and easy personality kept moving a process that can be trying in this area. Now I have a house instead of a bloated rent payment. Thanks!"
Kevin James - Sunnyvale


...“I have worked with several realtors in the past. By far, Omar is the best."

"…Omar is extremely customer service oriented and will work tirelessly to find you the right home. Unlike many others, Omar is ready and willing to provide help even after the deal is complete. I completely trusted Omar because he was willing to read disclosures and summarize the findings which was immensely helpful. He was also proactive in generating the necessary due diligence. He is knowledgeable and stays updated on the market trends. More importantly, he always has a pleasant demeanor and made the whole process almost stress free. I give Omar my strongest recommendation. You will not be disappointed.”
Suresh - Palo Alto
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