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Testimonials

Deborah is an excellent agent and we couldn't have been happier with our experience. As first time home-buyers we were very green going into the process and Deborah kept us informed every step of the way and made us feel comfortable through all the necessary quick decision-making. We don't intend to move again since Deborah helped us find our forever-home, but if we do ever move again, Deborah would be our first choice!

Jenna, Chris + Zevi Lohouse

Debbie is a fantastic realtor, and I am grateful that she was referred to us. Debbie collaboratively discussed with us what fixes would be beneficial to the sale price for our home, and what fixes were not beneficial. When Debbie was unsure, she would reach out to her network of experts- such as asking a landscaper to come and assess if working on our backyard was a wise way to spend our money- in this case the answer was a very valuable no. Debbie's also persuades with facts - such as the value of staging the home, statistics to determine a listing price, and the timing of the sale. As a result of all of Debbie's expertise, we sold our home for more than we had expected.

A couple months later, Debbie also helped us to buy our new San Carlos home. She often was available to help us the same day we reached out to her with questions about a home that had come onto the market. Debbie would thoughtfully assess the pluses and minuses of the home, and never tried to convince us to buy the home unless we said we loved the home and it was what we were looking for. When it came time to negotiate for the home, we discussed purchase prices in length, and came up with an offer strategy that would take into account several anticipated scenarios. As a result we were able to purchase the home for a great price. In summary, working with Debbie was a pleasure. She is kind, thoughtful, collaborative, responsive, and works very hard for her clients. I look forward to when I can work with her again.

Shirin and Steve Gomez

Debbie is detail-oriented, helpful, honest and efficient- a “Never Give Up” type of real estate professional. She did her best to help us negotiate and close the transaction of our home at 1336 Frontera Way, Millbrae. I would recommend her to anyone that needs the services of an expert real estate agent.

Allen and Joanne Lin

As I sit here in the living room having unpacked 90% of the boxes, I reflect on our somewhat arduous journey to buy this beautiful property. The sunsets are absolutely amazing and sitting on the deck in the evening listening to the crickets in the absolute darkness and stillness is so incredible. We love living here on King's Mountain. Debbie, I just want to thank you for everything you did to help us get here. The many obstacles seemed insurmountable at times, but you provided the necessary expertise and degree of optimism to get us beyond them. While things were stressful during in the process, I am now seeing things in a broader perspective and look back even fondly about the house hunting experience. Thanks for contributing to our getting this place. ITs funny, but even the workers who come are overwhelmed by the beauty of this property. We still can't believe that this is our house!

Bryan and Marsha Irving

When we made the decision to sell our Hillsborough home of 20 years, we had numerous questions and concerns regarding the process. Debbie went into action immediately, setting up appointments with her stager and other service providers from her team to ensure things moved forward on schedule. Yet, she was sensitive to the fact that we were residing in our home and always took our needs into consideration. Debbie is an excellent listener and explained everything in detail so we were comfortable with every step of the process. Her knowledge, professionalism and calm demeanor helped to make an emotional experience less stressful. And, thanks to Debbie’s strong negotiating skills and stewardship during an uncertain market, we were able to secure a successful sale while quite a few other homes at the same price point were not selling.     

We are also very appreciative of Debbie’s patience, guidance and support throughout our new home search and purchase. Although we had very selective criteria, she kept us informed of all opportunities—including “off market” listings, and was always available to show us properties as soon as they surfaced. When we did find our new dream home, we knew we were in good hands. Debbie’s market expertise, advice and carefully crafted offer strategy enabled us to be the winning bidder, in spite of a highly competitive, multiple offer scenario. We couldn’t be happier as we look forward to moving into our new Burlingame dream home—Debbie, thank you for everything!   

Charles and Kirsten Henderson

As first time home buyers, in an aggressive Bay Area market, we felt very fortunate to have someone like Debbie representing us. From the first day, we have been impressed by Debbie's level of expertise and professionalism. What separates Debbie from all the other real estate agents, is the level of personal attention, warmth and patience. She was able to draw up on offer within hours of learning of our interest in our Belmont home and patiently walked us through the entire process.

Even after purchasing our home, Debbie has been a great resource in referring us to movers and contractors, and even was a significant factor in repairing our roof. We would highly recommend Debbie to anyone looking to buy or sell their home!

Chris and Sheri Heise

Dear Debbie-Thank you for all your hard work you put into our home search. We greatly appreciate your availability, attention to detail, responsiveness and thoughtful analysis. We couldn’t be happier with our new Redwood City home. We look forward to making it our own and hope to have your over to see the updates. Thank you for your generous gift as well. It has been a pleasure working with you and Ture too! We will be sure to share our wonderful experience with friends and family. We wish you continued success in this crazy market!

Dr. Drew Davis and Leah Slattery

I want to thank you for the successful sale of my Hillsborough home and for always having my best interests in mind throughout the process. You and your team executed the prep work as promised -- quickly repairing, painting and staging the home --to ensure a strong price and smooth transaction. And, your assistance in helping me secure my new Hillsborough home in a competitive situation was invaluable.

Your expertise, care and attention to detail are remarkable. I was worried that selling my home would be a stressful experience for me and my family but, with you at the helm, you alleviated this fear. Debbie, thank you again for all your hard work and for always being there for me!

Erin Ross

Debbie is known by many to be a great professional in this complex and continuously evolving field of Real Estate. Without her help and guidance we would never be able to adequately navigate through this process. This is the main reason and justification for having an agent in the first place. But why Debbie? There are a lot of “agents” with flashy fliers and never ending ads in the local mail. Let me explain why one has to seriously consider Debbie…

We had a task ahead of us. Sell one house in Los Altos and buy one in Hillsborough. We had some significant time constraints, clear-cut, non-negotiable requirements when it comes to the size of the new house, and like with most of us – his majesty BUDGET.

Debbie was recommended to us and was not the first agent we interviewed, but she was the last one. The decision was easy because not only that she demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism, knowledge of the market, trending, and more, but we genuinely enjoyed communicating with Debbie. We felt that she took our needs very seriously and we weren’t disappointed. Debbie took over the “project” (both sale and purchase) like a bulldog. She was on top of everything. She did a great job with the open house, brought in multiple offers, and shortly thereafter the deal was done. In parallel she was showing us places that were on the market in Hillsborough. She made recommendations that saved us both time and money. She showed us houses that were about to get on the market. After selecting the house she was our ambassador and fought for our interests. She did a great job as an educator as well. We learned a lot from her and as a result we made informed decisions.

Based on this experience we recommend Debbie to all our friends that are on the market for a house. Debbie never let us down and the feedback we get about her is always outstanding.

Eugene and Alla Skalnyi

In a challenging real estate market for finding high grade investment properties, Debbie’s strategy to secure us an excellent property was brilliant! We found Debbie to be ethical, most responsive, and knowledgeable. Without her hard work and dedication, we would not have realized our goal of owning an investment property in the mid-Peninsula. Beyond purchase strategy, we found Debbie to be most resourceful in helping us conduct thorough inspections rapidly as she brought in her expert team of professionals to make sure all our concerns were addressed. After the transaction closed, she continued to assist us to find the ideal contractor for our remodeling needs, and even helped us with smart ways of securing qualified tenants. Debbie’s attention to detail is exceptional and we really appreciated her reassurance and guidance such that we didn’t feel pushed or experience the stress normally associated with real estate transactions.

Fred and Nariman Naderi

Exceptional times call for an exceptional Realtor. Debbie helped us through the entire process of finding a house, making the offer and closing the deal on our first home, through an uncertain market. It was during the trying times that she truly distinguished herself: doing detailed research on comps to justify lower offers, pressing on unresponsive sellers’ agents, and helping us confidently navigate last minute funding woes and closing details. Other Realtors may come and go but we know we can count on Debbie to deliver, even after the sale. Experience counts!

Hamish and Sarah Eisler

After my husband passed away I had to downsize to a smaller home.  I had never bought a house before so really needed help.  I couldn’t have asked for a better real estate agent than Debbie Elowson.  She explained so much to me to help me understand.  One of the things that impressed me was her follow up.  She also sent me listings daily.  If she was going to be 5 minutes late to one of our meetings she would always call to let me know.  Even though the market was down she had no problem selling my home in Burlingame Hills and finding me a lovely little cottage in San Mateo Village.

I would highly recommend Debbie to anyone, she is honest and very professional.

Jennifer Gurvitz

Dear Debbie,

It’s been a true pleasure getting to know you and we appreciate you from the bottom of our hearts.  Not only do we appreciate your tme and expertise, but also your common sense, sense of humor and friendliness.  Your positive but yet realistic attitude has had a great influence on us.

Being first time home buyers in a new country, we needed someone we could wholeheartedly trust and respect and we are very happy that we met you (and Ture of course!).  You have both been such wonderful people to get to know and we appreciate all you’ve done for us.

This last year has been a learned experience (although somewhat challenging to have to face reality from time to time) and you have been very patient with us.  We love all your insights and great advice to help us stay on track and understand the market and the entire house buying process.

We wish you all the best and we will be more than happy to recommend you to anyone of our friends.  On a scale between 1 and 10 you get at least a 12!

Mona and David Wallin

Thank you again for everything you did for us in selling our Hillsborough home. Wendy and I think you’re the best and have been telling people so…please don’t hesitate to use us as a reference.

Rick Schmitt and Wendy Lazerson

We are extremely happy that Debbie helped us with finding a new home. She is a top professional and a wonderful person. It was our pleasure to work with her and we always felt that we were in very good and caring hands. We truly believe that we would never get the house of our dreams if it was not for her. She gave us very valuable suggestions and she was always extremely fast and there for us almost 24/7, which is very important when searching for homes in today’s market. We will always remember her reassuring words during our search: “Don’t worry, I will get you a house you will absolutely love”, and she did! Thank you Debbie!

Roman Chadnov and Natalia Psakhie

Debbie worked closely with us in 2009 to purchase our home. We were not familiar with Hillsborough and she was extremely patient as we looked at numerous properties. She was never pushy throughout the process which gave us faith that she was looking after our interests. During the house hunting period, Debbie was always available to answer any questions either by phone or in person. She was proactive in showing us numerous houses that we ourselves could not find in public listings. She took our feedback very seriously and showed us properties accordingly.

Once we decided to bid on the house we eventually bought, she was very involved in every detail throughout the closing process and afterwards. We do believe her relationship with the listing agent helped us tremendously in closing the deal. Even after buying our home, we have looked to Debbie for recommendations for contractors, plumbers, carpenters -- everyone one would need to manage a home. She has been a great friend and has really helped our transition to Hillsborough.

Perhaps the greatest recommendation we can provide is that we have introduced Debbie to many of our close friends. They have all enjoyed working with her and many are current homeowners in Hillsborough thanks to Debbie.

SAMIRA RAHMATULLAH & MUNIR ALAM

I cannot thank you enough for successfully selling my home. During this very difficult market, your creative marketing and persistence made all the difference. And your radiant smile throughout the process helped to keep the experience positive. You were professional throughout and gave this listing your best effort. And, I appreciated you keeping me so well informed during the entire process. You are very hands on and it is obvious you care. Thank you, Deborah, for all you did.

Susanna Lorant

I knew from the first time I spoke with Debbie Elowson she was the agent for us.  She was committed 110% from the beginning.  Because we moved from the east coast our search was challenging.  But whenever we were in town she made the most of our time. We always had the latest listings via the internet.  She would visit the homes before us to make sure they were worth viewing.  If we had any questions about a home she would call the listing agent to gather all the information about the home Our search took 7 months and she never waivered in her commitment to us. Whenever we would become discouraged she was there to refocus us to a positive place.

When we finally found a home in San Carlos that we wanted to put a bid on, that is when she really shines.  Her presentations were impressively planned out and professional.  After our offer was accepted Debbie was equally prepared.  She made sure the home was in quality condition and the inspections were accurate.   Her contacts in the industry were also very helpful to us. Debbie connected us with qualified individuals along the way that helped with our mortgage as well. She guided us through this process from beginning to end.

While buying and selling a home is one of the most stressful experiences in a person's life Debbie made our experience a pleasure.  I would not want any other Real Estate Agent in my corner.  Her commitment, professionalism, work ethic, knowledge base, and contacts make her an agent that will always exceed expectations.  We would recommend her to all of our friends and family!

Tim and Tammy Pigot

My wife and I moved here from the East Coast and didn't know much about the Peninsula. Debbie went out of her way not only to show us relevant properties but also to help us get to know the various communities in our preferred areas of Burlingame and San Mateo. As a homeowner in the Burlingame area, Debbie understands the nuances associated with individual neighborhoods-from schools and local government to traffic patterns and civic work projects. Debbie also understands resale value and has already helped us in this regard, even though we have lived in our house just a short while. After the close, Debbie helped us kick-off a major renovation that has added significant value to our property-and our lives. Thanks, Debbie

Tom Bruno

Deborah, I am forever grateful to you. You did a masterful job in selling our Hillsborough home. I will recommend you to others with the highest praise. 

Helen Poplack

Debbie is an amazing agent. She takes the time to know you and to understand your wants and needs. It only took a few homes before she zeroed in on our tastes. Being a first-time buyer we didn't know what we were doing but she held our hands through the entire process. We felt we could ask her anything at any time and she was able to ease our anxiety. Without Debbie, we would've never found our dream home. She's far more than just your agent; she's your friend.

Dan Tieu and Jenny Park

I couldn’t have asked for a better real estate agent than Debbie. She is very professional and just a wonderful human being. She is always caring and considerate, wants to do the best by her clients and worked tirelessly for us. She did a great job finding and negotiating the purchase of our first home before the market was about to get much worse (it was pretty bad already!). We then worked with Debbie to purchase our second home in Portola Valley, and sell our first in San Mateo. She was very diligent and ensured that we would both put our best foot forward and make as much as we could on both our buy and our sell. Though we were very busy and traveling out of the country during both the closing and the prep & marketing stages, Debbie was on top of everything that needed to be done and ensured that our timelines were strictly followed. We have been repeatedly pleased with Debbie and have recommended her to all of our friends and family looking to buy or sell in the Bay Area and several of them have become repeat clients for her as well.

Vinita Venkatesh and Ajay Narasimha

Words cannot describe how lucky we were to work with Debbie Elowson. She is simply amazing. We had the daunting task of selling our home and then buying another home in this crazy Bay Area market. We were guided the whole way through this process with such thoughtfulness, care and professionalism. 

Debbie understood the importance of our goal and made sure to go through every possible avenue to ensure that we achieved our goal of finding a new home that met all of our expectations. She not only helped us to find our dream home, but she did it in such a manner that it seemed like a breeze (it took us no time at all to sell and buy our dream home in this crazy and unpredictable market!) She kept us informed every step of the way and made sure to answer our questions immediately. She made us feel like we were her only clients by being so completely responsive and available at any hour of the day. She continues to check in on us periodically to make sure the move went smoothly and to ask us if there's anything she can help us with. We really can't thank her enough. Debbie Elowson is extremely detailed and patient and is all about integrity and excellence. She makes sure that her clients are 100% happy with the outcome. Above all, Debbie is a great person. She is caring, concerned and just a very kind and loveable person. We are extremely happy to have built a great relationship with Debbie and are very glad to have her in our lives moving forward.

Shruti and Kaushik Vinjamur

There are realtors and then there are realtors... Debbie Elowson was from the moment we connected amazing. She is thorough, available, understands the market. She has a team of people that will get your house ready and on the market and sold in record time!! I think what was most amazing about her was how sincere she was in truly doing what was best for me and my father. My parent’s house sold in 2012 in record time and this was due to the fact it was prepped well, staged well and priced well. I recommend Debbie to all my clients who are thinking of buying or selling a house. I wouldn't trust anyone else.

Trish Novak