Accolades

I cannot recommend her enough and count myself very fortunate to know her

In this world of constant competition and choices, her many loyal clients would agree with me that when it comes to buying and selling any home ​Helene​ ranks many notches above the very best. I cannot recommend her enough and count myself very fortunate to know her. I am a very appreciative client – I credit Helene for the achievement of setting a record for having sold my home for the highest price per square foot in the Berkeley/Oakland hills.

I can only talk in the superlative about her devotion to her clients and unsurpassed professionalism. The affection and admiration I have for her spans decades and is the result of a multitude of real estate finds and investment opportunities she so wisely encouraged me to pursue. Her understanding of the market is unequaled, so is her dedication to finding her clients’ best suited homes. Her pursuit of excellence in every deal she undertakes, her sheer determination to understand a client’s needs and her drive to exceed their expectations through homes tailored for them, is indisputable.

I had the good fortune to build my dream house a few years ago. When it came time to sell it I had the even better fortune to have Helene represent me as always. With a depressed market inflicted by the worst recession in recent history, she still managed to help us sell it at a substantial profit by finding that one perfect buyer who best understood the house in a way that transcended anything else. At a time when most had lost hope she found a way to break a new sales record.

When I met her a few years back as a potential architect for work she needed done to her house, we immediately connected on a design level few appreciate. That refined sense of Design allows her to see potential where none is clear, to see a market where none is established and to see possibilities where none seem feasible.

It is not by coincidence that she enjoys the sterling reputation she so generously deserves. She is the hardest working, most knowledgeable and most involved real estate professional I have ever had the fortune to know and work with, her un-erasable smile and refreshing humility, always there to provide you comfort and wisdom. Her patience is unsurpassed as is her skill level and determination.”

Charles D., Architect

 


Always indebted to Helene

“We are sure that without Helene as our agent, we would never have gotten our current dream home. We will always be indebted to Helene for finding it and making the deal possible.

That is part of the magic of a good dealmaker – being lucky, having the right network, keeping a keen eye out, and knowing your clients. Helene brings all of this to the table.

Helene never promises more than she can deliver. That said, she delivers a lot.”

Kate and Barry

 


You are a miracle worker

“Well…..I guess it is over for the time-being! I am going to miss our many-times-a-day-phone-and-email.

This last couple of months have been busy, at times frustrating and, ultimately, very very successful. Honestly, I can’t say that I am thrilled with spending all that money…..but, in the end, I think that we did very well. All three properties are good choices and, likely, will be good long term investments. Still, the whole idea of spending for spending’s sake is a bit weird.

You have been wonderful. We would never ever have been able to do this without you…..especially your seeming amazing ability to make people want to sell to us!!!!! Three for three this time in addition to the ones past. I don’t know how you do that…but you are absolute magic on that score…..sort of like one of Harry Potter’s spells!

So….once again, I just want to say “thank you” for all the great diligence and help. You are a miracle worker!”

Kent R.

 


She calls the shots really honestly. Helene is spot on

“We weren’t actually looking to buy but suddenly there we were standing in a fabulous house in the ideal neighborhood. Taking a brisk walk through the Claremont Hills on a Sunday afternoon brought us here. We had wanted to move closer to things that interested us culturally.

We would need tip-top dollar on our home in Piedmont to make the leap.

Helene was immediately helpful and responsive. She proposed a clever strategy that resulted in a landmark price for our home. We were so impressed.

Helene is pristine in everything she does. She handles every aspect expertly. Her ethics are totally within her being , and you know her numbers are correct. She calls the shots really honestly. Helene is spot on.”

Terri and Debbi

 


I don’t believe we would have this house if we had worked with any other agent

“Helene helped my husband and I buy a house in 2013 when the market was going crazy. She is an extremely experienced and professional agent. She is a gifted writer and tough negotiator. She got right down to the point and provided analyses that helped us make decisions that we felt comfortable with. I never questioned her judgment once. She knows the market in the Bay Area very well and was transparent about what she didn’t know or couldn’t predict. She walked us through some complex processes and negotiations, and gave us confidence that we were making the right decisions. The purchase of our house was complicated, with many parties involved, and she was comfortable dealing with all the different personalities.

Helene does her homework for you, and lets you take your time with gentle pressure; the gentle pressure is because she knows what it takes to buy a house. She’s straightforward and honest. She advises you, but lets you make your own decisions. She’s not pushy or aggressive, and yet she gets the job done! We are extremely happy with our house and the way the purchase was negotiated. She created a win-win climate both for the seller and for us. I don’t believe we would have this house if we had worked with any other agent. Helene is truly a professional. She has a sensibility, sweetness and toughness about her. I would highly recommend her to any friend who was seeking or selling a house.”

Carina W.

 


We could not be more satisfied and we offer our unqualified endorsement

“I’ll never forget the moment that Helene called me at work in the middle of her broker’s tour and told me that she’d found our house in Oakland’s Glenview District. Since she understood from the beginning exactly what we were looking for, she turned out to be absolutely right. The next step was helping us to put together a winning offer at the lowest possible possible (winning) price, and she exhibited mastery at that too. During the repair and escrow process, she was able to negotiate a substantial reduction in the contract price. And she’s been a great resource for us even after the deal was closed and we moved in. It’s almost a miracle that we were able to get our home at the price that we paid for it, especially given the state of the Bay Area housing market. We owe it all to Helene, who has thorough knowledge of the East Bay real estate market and neighborhoods, a hawkish attention to detail, and was very persistent in gathering the required information and in negotiating with the seller’s agent. She also provided us with great contacts to take care of the financial aspects of the deal and with regard to inspections and improvements of our new house. We could not be more satisfied and we offer our unqualified endorsement.”

Daniel & Andrea

 


Be careful what you wish for with Helene – because you’ll get it

“Helene is great at explaining and master-minding the negotiations. She manages to make everyone come out a w i n n e r .

Her level of service and professionalism extend to everything she does, and she handles it all personally.

I am extremely particular, and wanted to be sure that when my home hit the market, it would look spectacular. Helene’s support people were so responsive and detail-oriented – all the work was done at a fair price, promptly and superbly.

Helene kept me calm and on track at a very emotional time. Be careful what you wish for with Helene – because you’ll get it.”

Rich

 


She expertly guides you through the maze to a real estate triumph

“She is a brilliant woman with steely nerves and an unwavering focus on her client’s success. By contrast, the times when we have cooperated in real estate transactions have been a pure joy. Helene never procrastinates and always anticipates a solution to the next obstacle.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, and regardless of market conditions, you will greatly benefit from Helene’s wisdom as she expertly guides you through the maze to a real estate triumph.”

John Karnay, Broker/Owner & CFO The Grubb Company

 


She is remarkable in the field

“I was seldom available, due to a busy schedule. Helene worked with great commitment, creativity and humor to help me accomplish my goals, one of which was to sell at a certain price. She was able to realize my desire to work collaboratively with her, and she initiated a plan that proved to be extremely successful. { It’s about who she is and how she conducts herself.} Her way of conducting business resonated with me. Helene has a clarity of purpose. I think she is remarkable in the field.”

Louise

 


A superb multi-tasker

“Helene has such an ability to be both a floodlight and a spotlight. She connects through many portals-cell phone, computer, multiple ways. When she needs to FOCUS she is laser beam. Helene loves being a floodlight-showing the big picture. She is a superb multi-tasker. She has lots of bandwidth.”

Jo

 


Helene took a personal interest in meeting our needs

“From the start, Helene took a personal interest in meeting our needs. Due directly to her ethics, energy, and drive, everything about this challenging process was as easy and successful as possible. We cannot compliment her enough for her wisdom, integrity, and skill in the field.”

Michael I. & Charlene S.

 


Made my job easy

“I am a real estate attorney, and work with brokers regularly. Helene stood out to me as someone who was highly professional, reliable, compulsive about detail, and made my job as easy as it could possibly be due to her proficiency.”

Adam L.

 


We are grateful to Helene for investing herself fully in our house-buying experience

“In just one meeting, she gained our confidence. We truly felt the power of working with a superb ‘buyer’s agent,’ and we are grateful to Helene for investing herself fully in our house-buying experience. Her meticulous work was awesome, even by research scientist standards.”

Mark & Isabelle A.

 


We always had the impression she was putting our interests first

“Helene demonstrated the highest level of professional integrity. Not once did we sense the kind of pushy salesmanship we’d experienced with other agents. We always had the impression she was putting our interests first. Helene should teach a course on the finer points of client-agent relations. She is truly one of a kind.

Mark M. & Amy K.

 


Her knowledge and professional manner place her at the absolute top

“Helene was unwavering in her strategy, and was confident we were priced at the top margin. Her knowledge and professional manner, as well as her charming personality, place her at the absolute top.”

Richard H.

 


Marketing skills are unsurpassed

“Helene has specialized in expertly handling the sales and listings of many prestigious properties. Her marketing skills are unsurpassed. Additionally, the clients have the distinct sense that they are getting the most personal real estate service available. Simply put, her clients are completely impressed.”

Michael B.

 


She is a professional, and a star

“Helene is absolutely marvelous. She’s reliable, prompt, enthusiastic, frank, supportive, well respected and incredibly knowledgeable. She is a professional, and a star!”

Scott & Deidre S.

 


Our relationship with Helene made it both enjoyable and satisfying

“She grasped our preferences immediately, and was remarkable in her focus on our objectives. Helene also helped us to think creatively about how to accomplish our goals, and her sense of timing was perfect. The search for a home can be a frustrating one, but our relationship with Helene made it both enjoyable and satisfying.”

Aron C. & Berit A.

 


Instrumental to our success

“Her outstanding organizational acumen, strong work ethic and superior negotiating skills were instrumental to our success.”

John S.

 


A consummate professional

“Helene is an expert. She brings years of experience and a depth of knowledge to each and every step of the process — determining a listing process forming a marketing plan, negotiating with potential buyers, and even navigating the challenges of the real estate market during a down economy. She is a consummate professional.”

Florence J. & Frank L.

 


Helene is terrific

“Helene did an excellent job of handling the hundreds of details associated with closing two real estate transactions. She stays right on top of all the paperwork and makes sure that everything is done correctly. As two lawyers who care about details, we really appreciate her conscientiousness. In sum, Helene is terrific.”

Samantha & Ira W.

 


We will certainly give her name to anyone who asks

“To say that we are extremely pleased with the results would be a tremendous understatement. There is no doubt that those results are attributable to the efforts and guidance that Helene gave us. Bottom line is that she worked tirelessly at making the house ‘hot.’ We will certainly give her name to anyone who asks – and plenty of people who don’t.”

Linda, Donna & Anthony S.

 


A real pleasure to have her represent our property

“Helene’s amazing focus, energy, sense of urgency, market knowledge, client care and personalized touch coupled with her experience, timely communication and incredible follow-through made it a real pleasure to have her represent our property.”

Ron M.

 


Her word is everything and can be counted on

“Her word is everything and can be counted on. I do not believe there is a finer agent to represent either buyers or sellers in any price range. Her reputation working with buyers looking for a grand estate in the high-end market is matched in intensity and effort by her work with buyers who can afford less.”

Frank J.

 


I feel so blessed to have had Ms. Barkin ‘in my corner’

“I met Helene Barkin serendipitously, as all great finds are. My immediate impression was that she was, in a word, prodigious. Her depth in understanding and de-mystifying the East Bay housing market comes from years of sage experience, and she exudes that confidence in her skills. Her uncanny ability to read the emotional and cultural map of her client — who was unlike her in many ways — made her absolutely priceless to my journey. As a busy surgeon, I needed efficiency, and she provided it. Helene exemplifies the highest standards in service, and imbues her working relationships with warmth and strength in the most trying and frustrating times. I feel so blessed to have had Ms. Barkin ‘in my corner.’”

Dr. JoAnne G.

 


She has an uncanny ability to make you feel like you are her only client

“She is tireless in her handling of minute detail, she’s a terrific communicator, and she has an uncanny ability to make you feel like you are her only client. In a gentle, patient manner, Helene guided us through all travails.

MaryAnn & Luis R.

 


Anyone in need of a listing or buying agent would be blessed to engage her

“I can’t think of any other agent in Berkeley who could have obtained the same extraordinary result as Helene. We rely without question on her professional opinions. The friends we referred to her have shared with us their own enthusiasm and appreciation for her work. Anyone in need of a listing or buying agent would be blessed to engage her.

James & Rhonda D.

 


Went above and beyond

“Helene demonstrated sensitivity, flexibility, and patience. She also went above and beyond, under some extenuating circumstances, remaining involved even after her work had technically been completed.

Todd R.

 


The right choice to represent us

“Helene’s foresight, smart analysis, and fair assessment of the value of my family’s home made it clear to us that she was the right choice to represent us as a realtor. She used dynamite professionalism, business savvy, and detailed planning skills to a degree I have never seen in a realtor — more even than exhibited by many senior managers I’ve dealt with in my 25 years in a professional arena.

Jeffrey S.

 


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