We loved working with Martha on both the sale and purchase of our homes. We were in the market for two years, being extremely particular about what we wanted, and Martha gave us her absolute best during the entire, seemingly endless, journey. At first, we were impressed with her professionalism—she was prompt and courteous, and provided intelligent insight and advice. Then, we came to like her as a person, as her sense of humor and sincerity were ever-present. Martha made us feel like her only client, although we knew she had many—we always felt we had her full attention. Overall, we couldn’t have been more pleased. Martha is a rare breed, indeed, and anyone would be lucky to have her as an agent.
— Mark & Tracy, Oakland
Martha was a true partner in a very important transition in our lives. Yes, having experience selling and marketing homes is important, but beyond that is understanding what and why you are uprooting your life from your home. Martha stayed committed to our vision. She wisely guided us on our expectations, pricing, preparing, negotiations and finally in the closing of our home. Selling our home was not just a transaction with Martha, it was a journey and an experience. She made what could have been a very challenging process one that was thoughtful and smooth. We highly recommend Martha if you are looking for a grounded, experienced and caring thought partner in the sale of your home and in the realization of your dreams.
— Anna & Gary, Hopland
Martha is awesome. She is an intelligent, organized and professional real estate agent. If Martha said she would do something, it got done. After our family grew to three children (twins!), we had to sell our house and move to a larger one. Martha was recommended to us by two different friends. Martha was able to sell our Montclair house in the price range we expected. It was a tough time to sell a house, it seemed every week more bad news about the economy would come out. Martha listened to us, jointly developed a plan for selling our house, and then did a great job driving the plan to completion. Martha’s advice was spot-on. She did a great job marketing the house and recommending what needed to be done to put it in the best light. One of the most impressive things was that she literally put her money where her mouth is. After she could not convince my husband and I to have a contractor make changes to our kitchen’s skylight and lighting, she paid for it herself. The changes made a drastic improvement and were the right thing to do. Martha is very calm. We have three young children and needed to move in time to get our son into a new school. It was a very stressful time. No matter what, Martha kept her cool and came up with solutions.
— Damon & Kim, Oakland
Martha was a gem from start to finish. What came through loud and clear is that she really enjoys her work. We looked at many, many homes and she never lost patience or hope, despite our modest budget. She was extremely attentive and prompt in answering all of our phone calls and emails. Martha was always good humored and flexible, and was creative and bold in problem solving when our purchase, a probate sale with an FHA loan, was in jeopardy due to red tape. She is very well connected in the East Bay real estate community, and this helped her to deal with the challenges that presented themselves along the way (she knew and was friendly with the selling agent, for example). Martha has a client for life and I recommend her without reservation! We are lucky to have found her, as there’s no way this deal would have gone through with a lesser agent (and we got a fantastic deal).
— Gigi & Sohan, Oakland
As a first time home buyer in this whirlwind market, I was lucky enough to work with Martha Hill. Martha was the steady, smooth and calming force that helped me through the home search, the offer and closing. Her knowledge of Oakland was incredibly beneficial in the home search. Her sharp eye and knowledge of building structure and style provided me with crucial information in the decision process, and for the future, maintaining the value of my home. All of this while keeping my specific interests in mind, Martha was truly an agent for the buyer.
— Amos, Oakland
Martha was great. She helped us understand the market, find the house that we wanted, and write a winning offer — and she did it all with good business sense, grace, and wit. We highly recommend her.
— Greg & Christy, Albany
I discovered Martha through my financial advisor who worked with her to buy her last home. I asked my advisor if she knew of an exceptional real estate agent who was smart, very responsive, extremely knowledgeable about the Oakland market and the Oakland neighborhoods, and great at making good deals. Martha is all of the above plus caring toward first time buyers and highly respected in the industry and East Bay. Whenever I would go see a home and told the agent I was with Martha they would say something like: “She is great, you couldn’t be with anyone better,” or “You are in great hands.” I didn’t know this when I started out, but I also needed an agent who could stay calm in this accelerated market, had a good sense of humor, and could refer me to a cadre of home buying related professionals. Martha is a gift. I hope she is still working 10 years from now so she can help me sell my new house.
— Naomi, Oakland
Martha was an invaluable resource when I was looking for a house in Berkeley. Having grown up in the East Bay, she was able to show me a range of houses that fit my criteria and worked with my lifestyle. She helped me narrow my choices, determine priorities, and ultimately write an offer that was accepted. Martha is sharp, easy to work with and knowledgeable about housing trends. She’s the top choice when you’re looking to buy in the East Bay.
— John, Berkeley
This was our first experience buying a house. With Martha’s help the process was not only painless but fun. We now not only have a new home but a new friend.
— Lori & Ilya, Oakland