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Testimonials

Quinn and Carrie W., Petaluma
September 22, 2018 - Abby is the ultimate real estate professional! Top notch, first class, head of the class, clever, creative, masterful … I could go on and on describing how good Abby is at her craft. She simply loves what she does and shows up in every step of the process. Her virtual team is equally committed to delivery excellence. As a repeat customer, I would highly recommend the services of Abby Tanem for all your real estate sale and purchase needs. You will not be disappointed!
Judity C., Novato
September 19, 2018 - Abby Tanem could not have done a better job in selling my house quickly. From getting it ready for sale to notifying me of the contractual progress minute by minute, all while I was away on vacation, Abby went above and beyond to make the sale possible. I am deeply grateful."
Jim H., Novato
September 16, 2018 - I have bought and sold 6 homes over the last forty years. I wish Abby had been available for the first 5! It is not surprising she has been recognized as one of the top 100 realtors in California multiple times! Abby helped us sell my father's home in Novato in record time (35 days from listing to close of escrow) and for $65,000 over the asking price. Abby gave us great advice and counsel every step of the way. Everyone of her recommendations were right on... we did not say no to any of them. We were referred to Abby by our friends Tom and Pat, retired Coldwell Banker realtors. They said Abby was the best in the industry and was the absolute best realtor for us to use to sell my father's home in Novato. They were absolutely right! Abby showed up for our first get-to-know-you meeting extraordinarily prepared with market comps and really educated us on the market. There was no pressure to list, in fact quite the opposite. Abby knew my father had passed away 3 months prior and was very sensitive to our situation. She asked great questions... and really listened to our responses. What impressed us in the first meeting was after a thorough walk through of the house Abby gave us an honest assessment of the house. It's in great condition, but it needs to be refreshed. Paint, garden refresh, new linoleum... and staging! Abby gave us estimates for each of refresh items... and the actual cost came in at or below her estimates. More importantly everyone of the contractors Abby recommended did exceptional work! They all started and finished on time... and Abby kept a close eye on their work. This was particularly important because we live about an hour away and could not manage/oversee the refresh projects. Abby and her associate John Hendricks delivered on every single promise! We never had to worry... they never created stress for us, in fact they were our stress busters! They are very kind, gracious and humble professionals who do what they say they will... and they always did it with a smile. Let Abby help you buy or sell your home! It will be the best real estate decision you will ever make!
Linda and Sheldon Y., Novato
We found Abby, from following the real estate market in Novato. She did an amazing job with this one home that was listed, delisted, listed again with no buyers. Abby got that house sold under her and even over asking price. When we were ready to sale our home, we knew we needed to interview this phenomenal realtor ourselves. We loved Abby, she was on point with the price. She knew that we have two kids and it's a little harder since one is an infant. She made everything effortlessly for us. Whenever we had a question Abby, always took care of it. She is truly professional and definitely the best realtor we have ever worked with. We have own 3 homes before this. She is very knowledgeable of the market. In my opinion the hardest thing is finding someone that prices your home correctly. The other thing is seeing the value of your property. Abby totally gets it. No wonder she is a top producer. When we are ready to purchase another home, we would still love to work with her.
Will and Maggie., S.
Once we decided to move our home buying search to Marin County, we knew we needed an expert in the area who knew the local market and wouldn't mind working with new buyers. Abby came recommended to us through family and we were so glad to have her help us! Abby was fantastic at presenting all the different options in our budget and was immediately searching for potential homes after our first meeting. We felt that she quickly honed in to our interests that we had already whittled down to through our previous searching and began providing relevant listings that were worth looking at. Communication was fast and simple with Abby through text so we felt comfortable pinging her with questions at any point. She was clearly a veteran closing homes in Marin and knew about all the pitfalls so we could side-step them easily. She also came connected with a great list of trusted contractors to use in order to have some initial work done on our new house. So far, they're working out great. When it came to closing, Abby was on top of it, making sure that our loan details were correct and helping us through the close of escrow. We'd recommend her to anyone starting their search in Marin!
Megan and Chris D., American Canyon
I first worked with Abby in 2009. I was single and looking to purchase my first home. I figured I would be looking for a condo for myself and two dogs. Instead, we found great single family home on 1/4 acre lot in American Canyon / Napa County! Abby was wonderful walking me through this process as I was nervous venturing into home buying and making these decisions by myself. Fast forward to 2017 and the value of my home has more than doubled! So has my family! I am now married with three little boys and my mother-in-law lives with us making us a family of six. My husband and I have fallen in love with American Canyon but we realized that our growing family needed more space. We decided to explore our options of buying a larger, newer home. Abby did not disappoint. She carefully listened and considered all of our needs and wants. I was nervous about buying a home while selling our current home. Abby proposed a contingent buy and a contingent sell (our house would not sell without us securing a home to buy and we would not complete a purchase without the sale of our home.) This sounded fantastical with the stars needing to align but Abby remained confident that this transition was absolutely possible! And possible it was. We were able to buy a home (5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3 car garage, 3400 sq feet with beautiful wetlands views!) and sell ours within days of each other. Further, Abby set up a rent buy back to give us a week to move into our new home. Even weeks after moving, Abby continued to assist us with getting a few details hammered out including working with our home warranty to fix a plumbing issue. I simply would not use anyone else. Both times of working with Abby (and her assistant John) I have felt like I must be her only client. She works tirelessly, (weekends, evenings, early mornings) is always available for my every question (there were MANY), and has delivered with the PERFECT home both times.
Margaret and Kurt G., American Canyon
My husband and I wanted to buy a home close to our daughter, son-in-law and grandsons. We were 400 miles away. Abby helped our daughter buy her first home and later sold that home and buy another one for their now growing family. We wanted a single level home in wetlands in American Canyon. They are almost impossible to come by. She literally pulled a rabbit out of her hat. We bought a house that was on the market for 2 hours. Someone else had made an offer on this house and Abby kept checking to see if the sale was going thru. She really felt there was a chance we might have a shot at this house and she was right. We bought the house sight unseen. Our daughter looked at it and thought we may like it. We flew up after making an offer to see it. It really needed to be upgraded but had been taken care of.Abby made us see the possibilities. She said she could line up a painter and flooring company and have it done before we moved in. Her team was wonderful from Gina the loan officer to Jeanette with Empire Flooring to Tulio our painter. It is beautiful! Abby works tirelessly for her clients. I am not even sure she is human! Really Abby thank you so much!! We love the house and neighborhood and the beautiful wetlands. Most of all we are with our family
Kate S., Napa
Abby is definitely "my real estate agent"! She has sold two properties for me. One in Novato, CA and one in Napa, CA. I do not understand why anyone would use a different real estate agent then Abby Tanem? My Novato home was a townhouse that was in northern Novato. The condominiums in that neighborhood were severely under priced and Abby was not only able to get me $50,000 over asking price, but was able to meet with the appraisers to explain why this Madera Marin complex was being undervalued. Therefore, my buyers had no problem getting funding. In addition, my mothers home was in Napa. Through her efforts, we received a purchase price $11,000 over our asking price. How does she do this? Abby really works hard for her money. In both cases, Abby provided staging (which is so necessary) a professional photographer to show my Homes in their best light, a website with the beautiful photos and handled the agents that were providing offers With respect and kindness. She is a delight to work with. In my Napa home, she also came to the rescue to hire service providers to remove 50 years of clutter from the home, hire painters to completely paint the inside of the home, professional cleaners to make sure that it shined! Because of the staging that she provided, my moms house stood out above all of the competition. She did all this While I was out of state. She takes all the stress of selling your home off your shoulders. I can't thank her enough!
Robert and Lorraine L., Novato
Abby was wonderful during the sale of our home. She knew our neighborhood, and just the right way to sell our house. I was amazed that we sold the house in 2 weeks without a MLS listing. She reached out to her other broker friends who brought clients, and we had 4 offers to consider within days of her advertisements. Abby was there for us thru the entire sale, assisted by her very nice and competent assistant, John, who guided us thru all the signings and forms. Abby is even helping us after this sale with all manner of real estate happenings, until we move into our new home in July. If you want a really fantastic agent to sell your home or buy a new home, Abby has my highest recommendation.
Kristen D., Fairfax
Abby Tanem blew my mind with her ability to make things happen and take away my worry. My husband to be and I are so eternally grateful to Abby for her efficient, effective, and highly successful way she and her team, including John Hendricks, Made a possibly challenging home sale feel seamless and easy!!! My husband to be and I are both in the real estate industry. So I know the ins and outs of transactions, marketing and all of the immense behind the scenes work realtors actually do. We wanted a realtor who could literally allow us to let go, not worry, not double check on the process and Abby made sure we never had to wait a moment as she was on top of everything. We listed with her on a Saturday. She had her teams through on Sunday for estimates to clean and prep. She had the entire property prepared and photo ready INCLUDING city inspections done by Wednesday!!!! First day on market we received 30 showings!!! That resulted in 3 offers!!! And within 15 days we were closed. And a new family can start their chapter in our old home. Abby is amazing.
Todd F., Fairfax
We cannot speak of Abby high enough. We had a unique home to sell and were very worried about inspections and issues we felt would cost us a lot of money in the end. Abby came in and took the reins and we NEVER HAD TO WORRY ONCE! She was the best choice we made. If something needed getting done, she would make it happen. She kept us informed with each step, was always available and if an issue came up, she was on it without question. Hire this lady and YOU WILL NOT regret your decision. She is a unique lady with great drive to do her job which I know she loves. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
Jon and Mary M., Novato
My husband and I are first time home-buyers and were very intimidated by the process and especially the market in Marin County. I found Abby online and reached out via email. I heard back from her quickly and she and her assistant, John, went to work. They were both incredibly responsive and were available to show us properties we were interested in. One day, Abby suggested we see a property we weren't thinking we wanted to see and it ended up being the one. Abby worked tirelessly negotiating back and forth with a difficult seller. If it weren't for her persistence and hard work, we would not be home owners today. Additionally, the loan broker she recommended was equally as amazing. I cannot say enough great things about Abby and her team. She turned the most daunting purchase into a seamless process. It was done so quickly and efficiently that I will definitely go to Abby when we are ready to sell. I would recommend her and her team over and over again to anyone looking for a wonderful realtor!
Megan and Chris D., American Canyon
I first worked with Abby in 2009. I was single and looking to purchase my first home. I figured I would be looking for a condo for myself and two dogs. Instead, we found great single family home on 1/4 acre lot in American Canyon / Napa County! Abby was wonderful walking me through this process as I was nervous venturing into home buying and making these decisions by myself. Fast forward to 2017 and the value of my home has more than doubled! So has my family! I am now married with three little boys and my mother-in-law lives with us making us a family of six. My husband and I have fallen in love with American Canyon but we realized that our growing family needed more space. We decided to explore our options of buying a larger, newer home. Abby did not disappoint. She carefully listened and considered all of our needs and wants. I was nervous about buying a home while selling our current home. Abby proposed a contingent buy and a contingent sell (our house would not sell without us securing a home to buy and we would not complete a purchase without the sale of our home.) This sounded fantastical with the stars needing to align but Abby remained confident that this transition was absolutely possible! And possible it was. We were able to buy a home (5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3 car garage, 3400 sq feet with beautiful wetlands views!) and sell ours within days of each other. Further, Abby set up a rent buy back to give us a week to move into our new home. Even weeks after moving, Abby continued to assist us with getting a few details hammered out including working with our home warranty to fix a plumbing issue. I simply would not use anyone else. Both times of working with Abby (and her assistant John) I have felt like I must be her only client. She works tirelessly, (weekends, evenings, early mornings) is always available for my every question (there were MANY), and has delivered with the PERFECT home both times.
York and Lucie, Novato
Abby and her team were great. We started with a few emails/texts to get a rough idea of what we were looking for. Then she scheduled a series of viewings on a Saturday. Little did we know she saw past what we thought we could get (a condo) and after viewing what we said we wanted, she asked if we had time to see another option (a house not a condo). Well that opened up a whole new can of (good) worms and after another Saturday of viewings we (thankfully) dumped the condo idea. A week and a half later we were in escrow. Abby and her team are a wealth of info on both properties and inspections but also on other necessities like lateral sewer repair grants, contractors, gardeners, etc. Almost immediately we felt like we were working with friends than just realtors. It's been a great and well paced process. My wife and I now have the house we really wanted!
Bob and Nori F., Novato
It does not get any better than having Abby for your broker. She is amazingly available and efficient. She walked us through everything,as we had not purchased another home in a number of years. The paperwork and reports were all handled so effortlessly. What a deal. Someone who can find the right home for you and cruise you through the hard stuff. Abby is also delightful and a pleasure to be with. Thanks Abby
Dave and Carla S., Novato
You will not go wrong with Abby on your side! She's thorough, diligent, and makes sure things get taken care of. She helped us sell our home and went way above and beyond what she needed to do to get it done. Abby is very knowledgeable about the market and her expertise guided us throughout the entire process. She was extremely responsive, caring, and on top of things from the beginning until the very end. We appreciate everything she did for us!
Kathy B., Novato
Abby Tanem and her team excel in real estate professionalism. We have just completed a transaction in Novato with Abby who found the property, showed it to us immediately, had the HOA documents to us before we got home, and was able to comfortably converse about the pros and cons of the property location, HOA, and feasibility of acquisition. We were thoughtfully walked through the process and had any and all questions answered immediately. If she did not know the answer, she found it and related it to us within hours. We have the utmost respect for her professionalism, her team that work with her, and her recommendations. Anybody who has the opportunity to work with her will be beyond delighted.
Brendan B., San Rafael
I am an estate planning and general business attorney who has been in Marin County for over 20 years. During that time, I have had the great pleasure of knowing and working with Abby Tanem. As such, I would give Abby my highest recommendation. Abby’s unique talent set has proven invaluable to me and my clients. She knows the Marin residential real estate market inside out and nearly everybody involved in it. In all transactions involving Abby, it quickly becomes apparent that Abby is one of the most respected agents in Marin. Abby is compassionate and takes the time to understand her clients and what they really need. As a result, she is able to market properties in a manner that is right on target. When there are problems, which is rare, Abby takes control of the situation and gets the issues quickly resolved. Over and over, Abby does so much more for her clients than was required or expected. I would describe her as fiercely loyal to her clients. She is also one of the most positive, upbeat people I have ever met which makes working with her a true pleasure. If I can answer any questions or provide any additional information regarding Abby, please do not hesitate to contact me at 415.492.0590.
Dana H., Petaluma
A stager acquaintance recommended Abby Tanem when I was in the midst of interviewing realtors. The first thing I noticed was Abby's calm voice, she was positive without being a salesperson - leaving our meeting I knew I wanted to work with her. Reading Abby's rave reviews on Yelp gave me further confidence, everything is true about Abby and her team. My project was a 1031 exchange, selling a Marin home I had lived in for 15 years and managed as a rental for 20 years; followed by purchasing a Sonoma County replacement property. We smoothly sped through preparations: pre-sale inspections, interior painting, small repairs, staging and landscaping - the service people Abby recommended were all friendly, polite and professional. An example of making things go well: one issue was a full light (windowed) door to the deck with a failed dual pane glass seal, making it a cloudy view. My cure would have been to replace the door - Abby had the glass replaced at a fraction of the cost and a simple procedure. She met with workers and handled everything yet it was a breeze when I wanted to collaborate. Abby is in control but not a control freak. The property looked fantastic and we received a quality, over-asking price offer from a couple who previewed the property before going on the market. The sale was trouble-free thanks to how Abby handled numerous details and any bumps along the way. I was thrilled to discover that Abby was well versed in Sonoma County towns and neighborhoods where I planned to purchase a replacement property, again, she didn't push me to have her represent me. John, Abby's capable assistant, handles many important communication and documentation aspects along the way - and met me on one occasion to show me a property. I never hesitated to ask questions, John would respond quickly and with a great attitude. We made offers on three properties - property complications arose in the first two and the third was charm. Observing how Abby handled each offer (all three properties had multiple offers yet ours was accepted) gave me insights into how Abby smartly tailored each offer to be most attractive related to the idiosyncrasies of property and seller needs. It is most important to Abby that you are happy with your sale or purchase, she will give you space to think and process, listens carefully, and she will give you her opinion. I always felt free to express concerns or ask questions along the way and Abby would either know the answer or do whatever it takes to find solutions. She is fearless and upbeat, I highly recommend Abby and her team and will certainly work with them on any future real estate transactions.
Stefan M. and Joe K., Novato
To start with I am very jaded about real estate agents after having gone through three previous home sales with horrible sales people. Needless to say we were having no luck with our agent interviews and then with one more to go Abby came in to sit and listen. Not talk to our faces about how great she was but just listen quietly and make some terrific suggestions. 10 minutes after we left my partner and I looked at each other and said OMG she is it. From that point on and through the entire sale process Abby did not disappoint. We were traveling internationally at the time and whatever issues came up Abby took care of so we did not have to deal with. Each step was fully explained and whatever documents that we were promised came in on time and done correctly. Closing was flawless, we always felt she had our back every step of the way and because she was so professional and top notch I truly believe we were able to sell the property to new buyers who were confident they were getting a great home. They were. I only wished I could have taken her to Florida with us to act as our agent for the new home.
Joe K., Novato
Abby was the 4th sales rep we interviewed for the sale of our 1.2 million house. This was our baby and we had put a lot of love and energy into the home before deciding to sell. After interviewing three agents we met with Abby and knew as soon as she left we wanted her as our agent. We were not disappointed and throughout the process with the standards we set for the sale Abby never missed a beat. As we were out of the country at the time several decisions had to be made and she did them all. If you are selling or buying a home and you interview agents please include her because you will see the professional difference.
Joe and Leila R., Novato
Abby has been a god send! From the very instant she was recommended to us to the day she gave us the keys to our new home she has been 100% in our corner. In every sense of the word she went above and beyond to make the entire process of buying and selling as easy as possible. I often found myself feeling like one of those clients that I'm sure every realtor dreads, but not once did Abby make me feel like I was. I've had my fair share of experiences with realtors and I'm always left feeling extremely disappointed. But every promise Abby gave me and my husband she kept. If ever given the opportunity I would gladly refer her to a friend.
Kyle and Laura, Novato
Working to buy a home with Abby is a first-class experience all the way. She is a top-notch agent for busy picky buyers (like us). Abby educated us about the neighborhoods we were looking at and guided us through the pros and cons of each house. When we were interested in a property, Abby whisked us there, talked to the agent, arranged the inspections, emailed the necessary documents, all in no time. She’s a whirlwind of activity and gets it done. Her assistant John works seamlessly with her. In a very difficult market, Abby got us into a wonderful new home within a few months of working with her. We love our neighbors and are so grateful to have our own place in Marin. Thank you, Abby!
Larry and Julie J., Novato
Abby is absolutely astounding. As other testimonials consistently relate, Abby possesses an exhaustive skill set. Of course, Abby provides all the basic services of a realtor with precision. But she does much more. Abby knows the Marin market - local history, current and anticipated listings, price trends, and day-to-day activity. Abby also has relationships with providers of the full array of support services: staging, photography and video production (presented with aerial views, daytime/nightime contrasts), cleaning, painting, repair, inspection, gardening and landscaping, pest control, and moving and storage. Abby independently made these arrangements for us at a reasonable cost for prompt and skillful service. When we needed to obtain permits for prior work, Abby provided the forms, presented them to the permit department, arranged the inspection, and obtained the permit documents. Abby’s assistant John helps keep everything happening on time, as planned. Most significantly, Abby provides a sense of good judgment in the decision making process that transcends the details. In our experience, Abby knows the right thing to do at the right time, and acts with confidence in a competitive business. Abby took us from listing to contract in approximately two weeks, and to closing approximately three weeks later, while coordinating our sale in Marin with our purchase on the Peninsula. Thanks, Abby.
Sue C., Novato
Since July my brother and I had an Estate to settle with 3 single family homes in the North Bay. I have had experience with other Realtors selling and purchasing and by far Abby has knocked it out of the park as her organizational skills, her caring for all the parties involved to make selling a property a pleasant experienc. I even felt great about who we sold the property to and 2 out of the 3 were sold for over the asking price and with one having a boundary issue to complicate things. However, with her skills and with her well oiled team who knows exactly what it takes to prepare, show off the homes online to give the most desirable views and have the home ready for someone to move into and feel comfortable immediately. It was the easiest time I ever had selling properties. Abby, through the years , has built up a great team to support getting things done from inspections, to lanscape, painting, carpets, and one home needed a roof. She got it all done quickly to make the homes shine and show well and boy, we got results! Couldn't be happier that we chose Abby!
Vivian G., Greenbrae
Abby was wonderful during the sale of our mother's home after she passed away. She was professional, patient and positioned the house perfectly. She sold it after the first weekend's open house. I would highly recommend Abby! Please take a look at the video of the home!! https://www.facebook.com/abbytanemRE/videos/978670605571817/
C.G., Novato
Abby is the best of the best. She takes time to understand her client's needs, focuses on the details and has the capacity to negotiate a proper deal. We've trusted Abby with several of our families transactions, all of which closed successfully.
Kate S., Novato
If you are going to sell your home in Marin, Call Abby Now!!! I worked with an agent and was just about the sign a contract with her when I ran into a broker in a storage facility on a Saturday who stopped me and told me that I needed to call Abby immediately and she was right!!! My Real Estate agent had done nothing for me. I was exhausted. We were supposed to go live with a brokers open on Wednesday and all I had done was removed most of my furniture, repainted the trim , was replacing the carpet on Monday and boxing up all of my personal items. I called Abby that Saturday night. Abby told me there was not way she had time to go open on Wednesday. She needed to get her stager in after the carpet was installed on Monday to determine what items needed to be brought in for staging. She needed her professional photographer to come in after the staging to create these beautiful hard poster quality brochures. She needed time to create the my home's website. I told her I had spent every dime, I couldn't afford one more thing. She said that she would cover the cost of all of this and I didn't even pay her back after close!!!! Where's the contract!! Of course, I signed that night! Abby did everything she said she would do and more. She even hired a moving team to help me move my boxes out of the garage because she saw I was going to drop from exhaustion. No charge. The website was beautiful! The staging was a amazing and made my home exciting! I put my condo on the market for $615,000 ... my old agent told me I would be lucky to get $599,000. My first offer ... before the first public open house ... was $650,000. And we closed at $650,000. You can look it up. 713 Citrus Place Novato CA Right now, there is a home for sale for $615,000?? I don't understand? They need to call Abby!! If you get the lazy real estate agent like I had, you will leave a lot of money on the table! Thank you so much Abby!! Because of you I was in a position to buy my home today.
Kevin and Carol A., Orinda
As a Partner in a CPA firm, I am used to judging other professionals. And Abby's skill, hard work, and creativity are truly outstanding!! We had a home for sale that was midcentury and had some special issues. And Abby always had great ideas and choices for how to market the house. We ended up getting a full price offer after a single open house!! Anyone that is looking for professional and creative help with buying or selling their house couldn't do any better than Abby!!
Kathy W., Novato
Abby is the best realtor ever. I also sell real estate in Lodi, Ca and was looking for someone to take exceptional care of my mom who will be 88 in November. She went above all that was expected of her. If you looking for someone that will go the extra mile and then some Abby and her team will take great care of you. From one realtor to another your the best. Thanks again for making it easy on mom and me.
Charlie M., Novato
We choose Abby based on a thorough review and interview of several Novato realtors. We looked at the data and results of a number of realtors (% of ask, avg. time to sell, sales volume etc). Abby stood out in her preparation and thoughtfulness. However, she was even more impressive when we hired her: She went to work immediately, Her pricing, staging and marketing the home was spot on. She helped us to coordinate the services required to get the home ready. She made it incredibly easy. We are not local to Novato. Her and her teams communication was exceptional. She was tireless, but even better extremely efficient. Every detail, of the home, transaction, paper, escrow, several negotiations etc was handled thoroughly, accurately and patiently. Abby was amazing and I can not recommend her enough. I believe anyone hiring Abby and her team will be incredibly pleased with their decision and the outcome.
Phillip and Mellisa M., Novato, CA
"Abby was totally amazing. When my mother-in-law passed away I was anticipating a horrible and painful process of emptying the house she had lived in for almost 50 years, getting it cleaned up and ready to sell. My wife chose Abby to represent her and the process was miraculous. Abby knew who to get to go through things and hold an estate sale, clean up and fix what was needed, deal with permitting issues, painting and staging the house. All we had to do to get amazing results was follow her recommendations. Her instincts were impeccable, and her recommendations all spot on. We wound up listing the house for substantially more than would have been possible without the improvements she recommended and had three offers within three days. Most importantly, my wife didn't have to endure an extended grieving period dealing with her childhood home. Abby is the first realtor I worked with who truly earned her commission. WOW!"
Javier L., Novato, CA
"Abby was recommended by one of my co-workers, and I am sure glad that I listened to her recommendation. My home search started the beginning of this year (2015) and at first I was scared to purchase a home in Marin county. But when talking with Abby she made me feel comfortable and at ease with the whole process. She took into consideration with all my needs and wants (nice neighborhood, affordable, and perfect for a family of three). Her assistant John was awesome and very patient with me during the home search, we looked at lots of homes in Novato and was was always on time and friendly with me and my kids, which made it lots of fun looking for homes. Abby also helped me with a loan person, which also made everything so easy and smooth during the whole process. I have purchased 2 other homes in the past and this is the fastest and most smooth experience that I have had. I would highly recommend Abby to anyone looking to purchase a home."
Hillary and Kelly, Bodega Bay, CA
Abby was recommended by a friend/colleague when I was grumbling about how complicated the process of home buying is. She said, "You need Abby." Next thing I know, I receive a call from Abby and hung up the phone thinking- she is the one. We worked with Abby over the ensuing months to find and purchase a 2nd home. We first looked all through Marin, then decided on Bodega Bay. The listings in Marin were perfect- Abby really listened to our wants and needs, likes and dislikes, and did not show us one home that did't fit within our search criteria. We've worked with realtors who show every listing just to speed up the process, but Abby is different. She works tirelessly for the best interest of her client. She favors quality over quantity, is very detail-oriented, and works for the complete satisfaction of the client. She is a dream. Intelligent, experienced, articulate, personable, kind and patient. Abby knows the Bay Area and can work with any personality. You will not be disappointed, she is the best realtor with which we've ever worked, and this was our 3rd home purchase.
Ron B., Novato, CA
Abby made selling my mom's home of 49 years the easiest. She is professional and SOOO organized. She helped us with an appropriate price. She guided us through the maze of inspections. And the house sold in five days. I have sold three other homes as I moved and no other realtor has been so easy to work with. She teams up with John who kept us connected on all the paperwork for the closing (did I mention this had to be done via email as we had moved my mom 300 miles away) and everything went smoother than butter. They are the best.
Jeff and Joella J. Fairfax, CA
Abby Tanem is the best! I met Abby when she was showing a home up the block from where I live. I was immediately impressed with her approachable manner and friendliness while still maintaining her professionalism. A few weeks later when it was time to look for a realtor to help us sell our home, I thought of Abby immediately. She came to our home for a consultation and my husband and I knew she was going to be our realtor. Selling one's home of 30 years after raising five children and all the memories that come with that can be a very emotional and stressful experience. Abby knew just when to offer advice and lead us to the end result of getting the best price for our home. She has an amazing quality of understanding what her clients are dealing with and how best to communicate what will be best for them. Her assistant John Hendricks was also very helpful with answering questions and helping us navigate the paperwork. I would not hesitate one minute to recommend her. She will do the very best for her clients with an abundance of knowledge, grace, compassion, professionalism, all with a sense of humor thrown in for good measure!
Vicki and Kurt, Novato
Before selling our condo in Novato, we went to several open houses to check out the competition and also to interview agents. We were thrilled to find Abby: she was professional and knew all the details about the property she was selling, and the property showed beautifully. We knew that she was what we were looking for. Abby and her assistant John, have ensured a smooth and efficient process every step of the way. She guided us regarding what types of improvements to our condo would be cost-justified, and coordinated the efforts of the contractors. As mentioned by others, Abby is intimate with the Marin market and savvy about how to get the most for your property. We had several offers, all above asking price, and again, Abby helped us understand the details in the offers and select the ideal one. We closed in 30 days, and are still marveling at our great fortune in finding the best agent in Marin.
Alexis and Josh, Novato
My husband and I were first time home buyers and boy did we luck out with Abby. She was an absolute joy to work! It felt like having a trusted friend with us during the process. Abby walked us through the home buying process with insight and kindness. Abby was available when we needed her and patient with all our questions. She took the time to carefully explain each step, inspection and all the paperwork so we understood exactly what was happening. She listened carefully to what we wanted in a home and our budget - and thanks to Abby, we found a wonderful house that checked all the boxes (and was within our budget)! Abby is highly respected in the real estate community, and by her clients, for good reason. We feel so fortunate to have found Abby - and our home! She is best in class!
Eric F., Novato
I cannot recommend Abby enough as the BEST real estate agent you could possibly want! Abby has been my agent for over 15 years - I was introduced to her when I moved to Marin 15 years ago, and she has helped me move three times with absolute excellence. Each time I have either sold or bought a house, Abby (and more recently her assistant John Hendricks) have walked me through every step of the way to keep me on track, to advise me of things to watch for, and to hold me accountable when I needed it. Abby's style is personable, warm, professional, and effective. Most recently (April 2015), Abby and John handled my sale and purchase with sensitivity and confidentiality, given that it was part of my divorce and it was a major transition for me and my three children. They were always respectful of my family and kids, and were incredibly responsive to ANY question or inquiry - even when I had an anxious question at 11:30p, Abby was there to text me back right away. Abby has helped me in up-markets and down-markets (we bought in a short sale and did AMAZINGLY well) - and has shown herself to be creative, resourceful, and dedicated. Abby brings an amazing toolkit and team of professionals to assist you throughout your sale, purchase, and move - from home stagers to housekeepers to painters to roofers to electricians -- these folks are solid, quality folks who do amazing work at fair prices to help you meet your goals. If you are looking for an agent who will be your best advocate and help you find EXACTLY what you want, Abby (and John) are the team!
Rick M., Novato
Our first experience with Abby as our real estate professional could not have been better! Abby recently helped us with the purchase of our new home, and her service and expertise were second to none. While searching for our home, her assessment of our needs was spot on, and her slate of inspection contacts was very comprehensive, resulting in a purchase price $70k below asking. The escrow process was extremely smooth due, again, to her constant availability, team approach, and extensive use of time-saving electronic document signing. We would not hesitate to recommend Abby for any real estate needs.
Nick and Elaina F., Petaluma
My husband and I used Abby Tanem as our Real Estate Agent for the purchase of our first home. Buying our first home as a young married couple was very discouraging with the high market in Marin County, but Abby was so encouraging and never gave up on us! Abby was always so quick to answer all of my questions and was so efficient with the entire process. She took us through a few homes and we were so impressed with her knowledge with permits, the local market, etc! She was a delight to work with and we will be using her for all of our Real Estate needs in the future!!! Abby is the best!
Bob and Lisa F., Sonoma
Lisa & I will agree that Abby is certainly a top candidate for the "Best Realtor in the Bay Area". We set the price for our Bel Marin Key home and she got very near our asking price in a "cash" deal. She arranged for the inspections, the gardening, the staging, carpeting, interior and exterior house painting, house cleaning, and hauling junk to the junk yard. This was all done for a reasonable price. This skillful organization was especially important as we both have some physical disabilities making the transition a challenge after so many years in our Novato home. All we had to do was sign papers and provide a bank account for transfer of our funds. Once again, "Thank you Abby".
Miko L., San Rafael
Working with Abby Tanem was a delight. When my Mom passed away and I had to go about selling a house full of memories and stories, Abby was thoughtful, caring, considerate and totally on top of everything. She has the perfect combination of friendliness and professionalism. She explained the complicated paperwork with ease and made sure every detail was taken care of. She is principled and I appreciate that she holds honesty and full disclosure at the core of her work. John provided all the paperwork through docusign in an efficient and timely manner. He even organized my Mom's old box of house receipts. I would highly recommend this great team!
Ryan and Sarah B., Novato
Hands down, Abby Tanem has to be the best realtor in Marin County! Abby was the listing agent on a house we purchased several years ago. She was very pleasant and easy to work with then and so it made sense to have her list the same house she previously sold to us. Not only was she the listing agent on our home sale but she represented us as buyers with the purchase of a new home. I couldn't imagine a more complex situation: We found a home that we loved that wasn't yet on the market. We submitted a contingent offer (needed to sell our house in order to buy new one) and didn't even yet have our home on the market. After a few conversations with the listing agent, Abby worked her magic to get our offer accepted (which was unheard of to accept a contingent offer during the crazy Marin market) below the asking price. We then went into speed mode to get our house staged, fixed up and on the market within 1 week. Abby is so well connected that we had cleaners, window washers, stagers and movers all at our home within a few days (normally these people are booked out for weeks). Once our home went on MLS, we had multiple offers over asking price immediately. Abby had to figure out timing of close dates and move dates to coincide, multiple inspections on the new property while we were out of the country, lender challenges with our unusual situation, sellers who were difficult to work with and making sure both transactions ran smoothly. To say the least, Abby is a rock star! She remained so calm and poised during my panicked and stressed out phone calls. I never felt she was pressuring us to make decisions. The whole time she was confident, positive and dealt very professionally with new challenges that kept popping up. She kept us well informed every step of the way. In the end, everything closed on time and without any hiccups. Abby is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. She always made herself available and followed through on everything she said. I am probably one of the toughest clients she has had. I have exceptionally high standards, am super picky and expect perfection. Abby delivered on all fronts and it is because of her utmost integrity that I would refer her to anyone who was looking to buy, sell or both. And the icing on the cake is that Abby is so well respected and people love her in the community! Her reputation is top notch, she is very ethical, seems to know everything about real estate and is just a pleasure to work with.
Chris and Kevin, Novato
Let’s start with the basics: Abby Tanem and John Hendricks are simply a great team! They are effective, efficient, genuinely friendly and caring, and knowledgeable. Abby is most certainly savvy regarding the unique complexities of real estate, and definitely looks out for her clients’ best interest. Together they act as true ambassadors for your best interest through the sale process. Although I have purchased, and sold several homes in many different locations and under many different market conditions, I was not really familiar with Novato nor did I have a realtor contact there. As such I was doing significant exploration on my own. Due to friends living in Bel Marin keys and the lifestyle that seemed fitting for my partner and I (along with our three recently adopted children), we decided that is where we wanted to be. I met with a handful of realtors, and had snooped around every listing I could get my hands on, as well as researched on the internet. During some of my investigation I had called upon Abby’s office and made contact with her colleague John. He gave me insight I was looking for on one of their listings that was already in escrow, however, more importantly within 48 hours, he and Abby forwarded me a listing for a home that just popped on the market. Long story short, we bought it, and it is perfect. It meets all of our needs and as a special bonus, it is literally right across the water from our dear friends. The negotiation process for this particular home was quite unique (a story in itself). Yet most importantly was how Abby navigated through the process. Abby’s level headed thinking, and non-pressure approach was much appreciated. This was combined with her great communication style. She recognizes time is of the essence and communicated exceptionally throughout the process. Whether it was a quick text, a lengthy call to discuss logistics, or an email with important reference material she was always on point. Her responsiveness and follow through was great. Perhaps the best I have dealt with in over 20 years of having bought and sold homes. John was equally impressive. His professionalism is mature beyond his age. He was a true support throughout the process and quite frankly the team dynamics between he and Abby made for a flawless transaction. If you are searching for a realtor, consider your search over. I would trust them in a heartbeat to represent me in the sale or purchase of a home in a second.
Daniel and Devii, Santa Rosa
We were first time buyers looking for an investment property. This is an unusual situation, but Abby helped us through the process with ease. We explained to her what we were looking for, and in the end, she knew better than us what would be a good fit. We trust her judgement and recommendations. Abby was patient with our questions, explained things clearly, and often responded to emails and phone calls almost instantly. We really felt like she was there to help us. We also had the opportunity to work with her assistant, John H., who was very personable and dedicated.
Philippe and Katheryne B., Novato
Buying and selling real estate is not, by any means, a stress free undertaking. More than likely this applies to the seller, buyer, and brokers involved. We went on a real estate adventure approximately four months ago and chose Abby Tanem as our broker as she was very familiar with the 94949 area that we were certain we wanted to live in and because we had heard positive comments on her real estate acumen. The journey began with much house hunting, drive-by’s, and dashed hopes of houses on which we were outbid. Undaunted by anything negative, Abby continued to give hope and yes, more real estate, for us to look at for a future home. We received a call about a home that fell through escrow at the last minute and the phone call from Abby had us there within an hour. It was a lovely home, a short sale (ugh!...for both us and the sellers). Abby clicked in to high gear, had us signing an offer in hours, and upon winning the bid, we were in escrow. Short sales and foreclosures are a difficult process, especially for the buyer, as paperwork can take decades to get processed and the waiting can be tough. Wondering, waiting, and getting frustrated as other nice homes came on the market had us scratching our heads wondering if we should just look at something else that may be an easier process. Abby made the transaction proceed as pleasantly as could be. She was on top of things throughout the process, constantly in touch with us, detail oriented, and as professional as can be. It’s hard to put down on paper how much we appreciated both Abby’s professionalism and attention to detail. We are in our home now and cannot, in all honesty, come up with a single negative detail that was involved in this transaction as Abby’s talent as a top notch agent shined throughout the deal. We would recommend her to anyone in the market for real estate. It was a pleasure from start to finish working with her and we are extremely pleased to be in our new home as a result of her efforts.
Eileen and Frank B., Petaluma
Starting with our very first contact with Abby Tanem we knew we were working with a true professional. Abby had answers to our many questions. She listened to our criteria and helped us locate the perfect investment property. Abby never wasted our time showing us properties that were over our budget or unlike our vision. When we located the perfect property she gave us good advice so we were sure to have our offer accepted. Although it turned out to be a very long short sale (9 months) Abby made sure things went as smoothly as possible and kept us informed on the status of the process and made sure we were protected during the many steps. Abby was always available whenever we needed to speak to her. Abby is very good with details and we felt so comfortable with each phase in purchasing our property as she gave us excellent advice. Starting from day one Abby’s expertise was invaluable. Abby’s knowledge and professionalism did not end after the close of escrow. Abby has been a very resourceful aid in our renovation process. She offers years of experience accompanied by a true love of her work, which definitely shows. Abby is a pleasant, capable ally to accompany anyone through a real estate transaction. Abby is trustworthy, honest, and reliable and was a true pleasure to work with. She exceeded our expectations and we would definitely use her services again.