Testimonials

When it came time to sell our house in Orinda we knew that we wanted to use Village Real Estate because of their strong reputation in the Lamorinda area.  We chose Ashley Battersby to be our Realtor based on what we had seen when she sold a friend of ours’ home in Lafayette.  I met with Ashley months before the date that we were going to put our house on the market.  She came to my home, walked through it, asked questions and then guided me on how to get the house ready for sale.  Together we created a schedule of things to do and through the next months, even without officially being signed on as our Realtor, she would check in with me to see how I was doing and to answer any questions I might have had.  Consequently getting the house prepared for sale was a breeze!  When the time came for it to go on the market, Ashley was spot on with not only the numerous ways of marketing the house to the public, but she was also spot on with the listing price.  When the offers came in, the whole process was so easy it seemed “to good to be true”.  This is the way I wanted to sell my house— effortlessly, and Ashley was the catalyst for the entire process from start to finish.  Both my husband and I found her to be knowledegable, efficient, reliable, industrious, and professional at all times.  We wouldhighly recommend her to anyone who is thinking of selling their house or buying a new one!  

Susan

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Ashley Battersby was a joy to work with, as she managed all aspects of the sale of our house in a calm, efficient and professional manner, and with great integrity.  Ashley helped “fast track” the sale by being pro-active and well-organized:  she identified the various inspectors and vendors needed, negotiated their prices, and scheduled and oversaw the contractors’ work to ensure all deadlines were met. Ashley constantly went beyond “the norm,” rolling up her sleeves and doing what needed to get done in order to speed the process along.  Ashley is knowledgeable about the market and sales process. Just as important, she is always responsive, and conscientious about understanding and achieving her client’s goals.

- Richard and Louise Severy

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Ashley Battersby provides everything a Lafayette resident could ask for in a listing agent.  First and foremost, Ashley knows the market.  Nothing could be more important.  If you list the house too high, you sit on the market, you lose the energy needed to get a good sale, and you stress.  If you list too low, you leave money on the table.  Ashley will get it right.  You will sell, you will sell quickly, and you will get the most for your house that you can expect.  On top of this most important piece, Ashley will make your life easy throughout the process.  She will make sure the paperwork is done easily; she will make sure all the inspections are done without interfering with your life; and if there is work needed to be done to make your house sell, Ashley will see to that as well.  I can’t recommend Ashley enough.

Ken

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After finally landing in a great Orinda home after facing an extremely competitive market and sales process, we can only say that we owe it all to Ashley. Ashley has a deep knowledge of the Lamorinda neighborhoods and the local real estate market and helped us ensure we left no stone unturned as we embarked upon the daunting process. We valued her discerning and unbiased advice, including thoughtful pros and cons of the various properties and areas we viewed with her. It was clear that Ashley always had our best interests in mind throughout the entire purchase process, from bidding, to contracts to closing, and provided strong counsel when we were faced with challenging negotiations and issues. With her solid relationships with other local brokers, she was able to work all angles of the buyer process for us, including both off-market and marketed real estate and helped us strategize the right approach to ultimately help us beat out multiple competitive offers for our current home.

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Ashley was such a pleasure to work with!  Her knowledge of the housing market is unmatched. As first-time homebuyers, she made what is typically a very stressful process a very smooth experience.  She is incredibly responsive and does everything she can to get the best result for her clients.  Even after the purchase of our home, we still rely on Ashely for her expert consultation.  You will be in great hands with Ashley.

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We met Ashley 9 months prior to relocating to Lafayette.  She toured us around Lamorinda and highlighted the different neighborhoods. Once we arrived, it took us nearly two years to find our "forever home." During that time, she showed us countless listings (many before they were listed on the MLS) and patiently helped us during our search. We appreciated that she never pressed us to make any decision we might regret, and, with her expertise both on the local market as well as on specifics of home construction and repairs, she helped guide us throughout the process. She was an advocate during negotiations, and always kept our best interests in mind.  We are grateful for her service and dedication, and her friendship.

- Roger and Beth

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Ashley was great in understanding our “must haves” in a new home and our “would likes”, while always keeping our maximum offer price in mind.  She would give well-reasoned thoughts as to why we would or wouldn’t like a particular listing, and we usually agreed with her initial assessment.

Ashley also provided tremendous value during the negotiations with the Seller and during the home inspection period.  Her recommendation on how to structure and deliver our offer led to us beating out an all-cash offer.  Her ability to schedule extremely competent contractors on a short notice to do the physical inspections was very much appreciated.  In fact, we used several of those contractors post closing to perform their recommended work on our new home.  Ashley was very active and attentive throughout the entire process, beginning with the initial market overview, touring listings, writing offers, conducting due diligence, signing documents, and closing.  She also followed up on some items post-closing, which demonstrates her professionalism.  We are very thankful for Ashley’s expertise and experience in the home buying process in the LaMorinda and Walnut Creek markets. 

Sara and Carlos

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Ashley didn't want to sell us just any house.

She wanted to make sure we found the home we would love for the next 30+ years!
Ashley was extremely reliable and timely in her advice.

She made all of our scheduled appointments ahead of schedule and had a full rundown of each property when we

viewed/previewed with her.
Ashley often countered our excitement with pragmatism for which we are extremely thankful!

Ashley's market experience helped us to understand when a home was overpriced or had a longer term value.

As buyers we were extremely extremely selective in our needs and Ashley was careful to advise us against those homes that looked great on paper but didn't meet our true long term list.  Raoul & Brooke

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I will surely forget some of many reasons why Ashley is the best realtor. 

- lined up excellent inspectors. Guided us on what type of inspections should be done. Was able to help us understand which issues were serious and needed immediate attention vs we could wait - this was priceless for us as first time home buyers

- has an in depth knowledge of the area and the various neighborhoods in Lamorinda and their "personalities"

- knows the other major realtors in the area - trust me, it helps when your realtor is on first name basis with the sellers realtor (also sometimes means you get to see a place before it is listed on MLS)

- always happy to help us with questions about Lafayette in general

- welcomes you to the community, helps make it feel like home

- doesn't waste your time, is organized and efficient.  Is patient. Quickly gets what you are looking for.

Christine & Neill

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To Whom It May Concern,

We highly endorse Ashley Battersby as a very knowledgeable and caring real estate professional.  Our daughter recently bought her first home and it was a family affair.  Ashley was patient, steady and positive in a very volatile real estate market.

She had great access to upcoming listings and could show us homes early.  She worked very hard to find the best properties for our budget and wishes.

We were able to buy our daughter’s “Dream Home” even though there were aggressive, multiple offers, thanks to Ashley’s efforts.

Ashley’s ability to know and negotiate with other agents in the area is exceptional.  She not only has integrity but also is highly respected in her field.  She did a lot more for us than we ever expected of a real estate broker.  She knows the area and is very resourceful.

Her first interest was to find the home we all wanted.  This was not easy, but Ashley was the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she represented us.

Sincerely,

Tom and Betty Clogher

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"Ashley and Patty Battersby worked very hard for us and delivered great results. We found a home that we loved in a short amount of time in a hot market, due to their diligence, persistence and 'can do' attitude. With their help, we managed to get the first house we placed an offer on. Their biggest strength was listening to us. As we started to narrow down exactly what location and type of home we wanted, they didn't let us waiver and told us to stick with it and get the right house, and that paid off. As first time home buyers we also appreciated that they were extremely helpful as we navigated the often intimidating process of inspections and closing, etc. - they held our hands the whole way through so we felt confident yet informed. Highly recommended!!!"

- Liz and Campbell Foster, Lafayette

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Ashley and Patricia went above and beyond for us, in one of the most meaningful decisions in our lives. Buying a home can be overwhelming endeavor, but both Ashley and Patricia were so thorough, helpful, insightful, and true partners with us in the process that we truly can’t imagine it being any smoother. We recommend them with enthusiasm!

- Sally, Lafayette

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How can we possibly thank you?   You have been absolutely fantastic to work with, and we have so enjoyed getting to know you and working with you, and so valued your counsel.  And like I said, I can’t believe the process was this smooth.  Of course, we know that only happens because you managed it.  We are so very grateful.  

- Justin, Lafayette