“Mischa made the process so easy and went above and beyond on many occasions. She guided us through the beginning, the middle and the end with the calm, poise and knowledge of a true professional. I have recommended Mischa to friends and I am now in the market to buy again. Mischa is my first, second and third choice – period.”
– Daniel Capra
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Mischa, The Best Agent. I’ve known Mischa for 12 years, since she helped me find my first home in 2009. Mischa is professional, and she has great knowledge about real estate industry and the Bay Area neighborhood. Most of all, she listens to you, and she cares for you. She never pushes you to make any uncomfortable decision. Not only she helps you in any possible way she can, but also she stands by you to see how happy you are with new property. I met her in 2009, when I stopped by an open house she was hosting. I told her that I wanted to buy a small condo. My expected purchasing price I told her was less than half of my mortgage pre-approval. Not like other agents who pushed me to purchase bigger houses, Mischa took me 2day tour & showed me 20 condos which were in my price range I wanted. I found one I liked & made an offer. Mischa took care of everything else & went smooth. I became a home owner 2months later. In 2011, she helped me find a commercial property for my business. Again, she took me 2day tour & showed me commercial properties. I found one liked & opened my business. Mischa knows the Bay Area so well & she is great to find a perfect location for business. In 2020 when Pandemic hit, I was in a situation that I almost lost my business and I had to find another business location to move my business. Due to Pandemic, every process was delayed & I also had lender related problems. I had to go through roller coaster of emotion, having fear of loosing current business. Not only Mischa helped me with her knowledge and purchasing process, she also stood by me & supported me tremendously. When I had to go through MILES of process & uncertainty of Pandemic, she encouraged me to realize we are getting one STEP closer at a time to finishline. Finally, I got to keep my 1st business, and also able to open 2nd business with commercial real estate purchase, all during the Pandemic! She really made my misery turned into a dream! I cannot imagine where I could have been, without having Mischa in my life.
My husband and I worked with Mischa for several months this summer to buy our first home - in a very crazy market, in a city we are new to and not familiar with, and in a pandemic no less! Mischa was incredibly helpful, with infinite patience as we looked at dozens houses all over Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, and El Cerrito and asked endless questions. Not only did Mischa have incredible knowledge of neighborhoods (their history, accessibility to transportation, best grocery stores, school systems, and everything else), but she took us into crawl spaces to look at foundations, explained all sorts of house mechanics to us, could give us rough estimates of cost of various fixes and remodeling projects, and was generally extremely knowledgeable about just about anything we threw at her. She never, ever made us feel rushed, and when we were finally ready to make an offer, she guided us through that process as well and helped us quickly win a house we are very happy with. She's responsive, detailed, and an absolute pleasure. We feel so lucky to have found her and would recommend her to anyone.
We are so lucky we found Mischa as our real estate agent. In a few short months, Mischa helped my husband and me find and buy a home in East Bay, San Francisco. As first time home owners, we needed a lot of extra guidance and support. From our first consultation, Mischa began addressing our questions and concerns in such a courteous way. In a market where every moment counts, Mischa was quick to respond and helped us stay ahead of the game. When we finally found a house we liked, we had only a matter of hours to tour and make an offer. This was the first offer on a house we’d ever made, and we got it! Without such a quick turnaround time, we’d have never have scored our dream house in Pleasant Hill. So thank you, Mischa! Mischa has an extraordinary attention to detail. She read all the contracts and pinpointed key details that we might have otherwise overlooked. We felt confident making such a large purchase with Mischa. We are so glad that Mischa was always ten steps ahead in the home buying process, and we would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a knowledgeable, professional and honest real estate agent.
Mischa is a great realtor! She is very responsive, easy going and professional, and very knowledgeable about not only the housing market and home renovations, but neighborhood history, gardening, etc. She has been great with our two young kids as well who we've been schlepping along with us throughout our house hunt. We were working with a modest budget for Bay Area standards and in this market it was tough to find a house that fit our budget and our needs (e.g., safe, family friendly, good school district/diverse, reasonable commute). We were house hunting during Covid once it was safe to do so, and Mischa followed all safety guidelines and made sure we came masked, had signed all the proper paperwork, and provided gloves. Mischa was also extremely helpful after we closed on the house by recommending contractors and giving advice on renovations for our cosmetic fixer. She went above and beyond. It was a pleasure working with Mischa. She's like part of the family and we're looking forward to having her over once we finish our renovations this summer.
My wife and I were first-time home buyers with a lot to learn. We met Mischa through a friend who had recently had a good experience purchasing their first home in Berkeley. Mischa was incredibly patient with us, ensuring that we were comfortable with the intricacies of the home buying process at each step. In addition to the purchase process, Mischa went above and beyond to coach us on post-purchase planning for maintenance and repair. She is an excellent communicator and did a great job alleviating the stress of home buying (and first-time home ownership) in the Bay Area. She is a life-long resident of the East Bay and clearly cares about the community. We recommend her to anyone looking to buy a home. In fact, during our search, we recommended her to our friends who also were able to buy a home they love in Oakland.
Mischa was recommended to me by a friend, and I recently worked with her on a house purchase. Mischa was a pleasure to work with and helped me through the process as a first-time home buyer with her considerable knowledge and deep understanding of the East Bay property scene. She was patient over several weeks of looking at multiple houses per weekend and helpfully explaining context about each neighborhood and property. At no point did I feel pressured or rushed. Mischa tailored her property recommendations that matched my criteria and tastes, and then adapted them my criteria evolved. Mischa also made the offer and closing process smooth and seamless, which included offering valuable guidance for negotiating, setting expectations for timing and the process. Using her extensive network, she also providing recommendations for contractors. I couldn't recommend her more highly!
I have had the pleasure of working with Mischa on and off for about 5 years. My wife and I started down the road of selling our house only to change our mind during the process. Mischa was helpful throughout and didn’t pressure us when we changed our mind. We received updates and personal Christmas cards from her in the years that followed. Fast forward and my wife and I decided finally to sell our house and of course we reached out to Mischa. During this time my wife was battling cancer and Mischa, understanding that was my primary focus was my wife, alleviated any stress I had around selling. She made the process so easy and went above and beyond on many occasions. Throughout it all I felt no pressure. Honestly. She guided us through the beginning, the middle and the end with the calm, poise and knowledge of a true professional. I have recommended Mischa to friends and I am now in the market to buy again. Mischa is my first, second and third choice – PERIOD.
I heard about Mischa through one of my closest friends who bought a house a few years ago. My wife and I had been saving up and had talked to a few agents that we had met through Zillow but we never really felt like they had our best interest in mind. Working with Mischa has been fantastic! After these last couple of months she has become part of the family. Her knowledge of East Bay neighborhoods, history, local codes, and housing trends has been a valuable gift. Mischa has been flexible, responsive, and patient enough in dealing with our incessant questions and anxieties. What I can't say enough about is her empathy in working with us, 2 people with no generational wealth to speak on, who work at non profits, trying to raise our daughter in a crazy political climate, a pandemic, and housing costs that would normally price out people like us. Mischa helped us get into a dream house in San Leandro at a price we didn't think was possible. This was only done with her network of contacts. We were able to seal the deal on a house before it went on the market, where we would definitely have been outbid on. During the closing process, Mischa was great at yelling at the lender and helping us navigate escrow and contractors. We highly recommend you call her right now if you are looking to buy or sell a house or condo here in the East Bay. You won't have a better agent looking out for you and yours.
Mischa is truly the best! She hits the ground running, she works hard for you, she is warm and kind and patient. Mischa helped me buy my first home and I'm so grateful for that.
Mischa was personable and very attentive from the beginning through to the closing of my property. Her suggestion were on point and she went above and beyond to make sure I knew she was working on my behalf. With complete confidence I moved out-of-state before my home was placed on the market and Mischa kept me informed of the progress. I would highly recommend Mischa to anyone looking for a Real Estate Agent.
Helping people realize their dreams and celebrating their accomplishments is what drives my interest in this work. My specialty is finding you the right home – or helping you sell to move on to your next life adventure or milestone –supporting the continuation of your lasting family narratives.
– MISCHA LORRAINE