If you are buying or selling a home in the mid-peninsula area, you have to consider working with Alana as your agent. I worked with her recently on a transaction and can’t say enough how about how positive the experience was. The journey started with her taking the time to explain her process and understand our motivations. This introductory meeting provided a solid framework for how we’d work together over the course of several weeks. From there, she was incredibly patient and knowledgeable throughout the process. She even helped us on a number of matters important to us after closing. One thing that sets Alana apart is that she is deeply connected to the community. This helps her have a solid understanding of the local market, find out about possible matches before they come on the market, and make referrals of all sorts that might be needed before or after the transaction. I highly recommend Alana!
Tom & Kristin – San Carlos
It’s been a year since we bought our first home with Alana and we are ever so grateful. She is a rockstar agent and a gem of a person and we were lucky to have her as our Realtor. We literally closed the first house we made an offer for, with her. But that was just the start. We wanted a house in a quiet and desirable neighborhood, with a proportionate layout, in a convenient location, with good schools and all that jazz. But we all know that comes with “a price tag” in the bay area. Our criterion was to find a house which needed some work and the one we liked needed quite a bit of it :). Alana provided us an estimate of the renovation costs in a few hours. We have had quite a lot of upgrades done so far. Believe it or not, her numbers are super precise and match up even today. We interviewed contractors for days to find ones we liked and one thing which always matched up were her numbers. It’s not a miracle. She knows her stuff. She has been in the bay area forever and has an amazing network of realtor friends, contractors she has worked with. She is a seasoned professional, who loves her work. The house didn’t have a stove. She got us one and had it put in herself. Even people at the appliance store know her :). Alana cares. She was more like our consultant and we used to speak to her several times every day for close to two months. I don’t remember a single case of her being non – responsive. She was answering my questions about financing during her “Mother’s Day” dinner as we were freaking out. That’s how nice she is. Home buying is a very stressful process for first time buyers like us, with the amount of money involved but we went in knowing exactly what we signed up for. It was possible, only because her. She knows all the stuff a Realtor and a homeowner needs to know about the property buying process and more importantly what lies beyond. Alana is a friend, an amazing Realtor, our consultant and the Managing Partner of Dwell Realtors for a reason. She would always be our agent :). We wish her all the success. She deserves it.
Sanuj & Namrata – San Mateo
“Our top reasons we endorse Alana to help purchase / sell your house!
1) Communicative – being new home buyers along the Peninsula, she clearly communicated the fast pace cadence. This helped us set our internal expectations for a highly competitive market.
2) Financially Minded – with our finance backgrounds, it was important that our home purchase make fiscal sense. We appreciated that Alana understood this immediately and never did we feel she was trying to ‘sell’ us anything.
3) Peninsula Knowledge – her deep knowledge of the market, her involvement in the community, and network of vendors were immensely valuable (and, continue to be as we prepare to remodel our house soon).
4) Low Pressure – she fostered a tone that it was our personal decision and there was no pressure to pursue a house if we didn’t feel comfortable it was the right fit
Hands down, we strongly recommend Alana with any phase of a house purchase or sale — exploratory or otherwise!”
Susie M. and Jason S. — Redwood City
“My wife and I recently purchased our first home. This is a stressful process, particularly in the Bay Area, where competition and property values are daunting to people inexperienced in real estate matters, like us. We initially chose a large, well known company as our purchasing agents. Although they were perfectly kind and diligent, we felt we needed someone who understood our situation on a more personal level. We were referred to Alana Corso by a friend. Our initial contact with her occurred while both we and she were out of town. We were remarkably surprised and impressed at how responsive, competent and comprehensive she was. Upon our return, we were able to get to know her more personally, and immediately felt comfortable with her representing us. Alana was always prompt, responsive, and ready to answer all our questions in a knowledgeable way that we could easily understand. We grew to trust her opinions about property, pricing and offers implicitly. We always felt that she had our best interests at heart. She was of invaluable help in managing and coordinating the financing portion of our purchase, which was complicated by university administered housing programs. At closing, she lined up all the necessary tasks, saw them through to completion and tied up every loose end. In all, she made an extremely stressful and intimidating task something we will look back on with fond memories, which is something that we really didn’t expect. I would wholeheartedly recommend Alana for anyone buying or selling in the Bay Area, we would love to work with her again and I’m sure that you will too.”
Nick & Virginia Trakul – Menlo Park
“Alana was our realtor of choice for our recent home sale in Redwood City. I would highly recommend her. She has great market insight and is current on what is going on in the community. She is so detail oriented that she was one step ahead throughout the whole process and her attention to detail made the sale process painless. Alana is truly a pleasure to work with! She did an awesome job!”
Mike & Marty Raynor – Redwood City
“Alana Corso is a Top Notch Realtor. I cannot say enough great things about Alana except if you are looking for someone to sell your home look no further.
Alana assisted us with the sale of our home. She made it as easy and seamless as possible. Selling or buying a home can be a very emotional and stressful time. Alana is very skilled at her job. She was able to take a lot of stress off of us.
Once we decided to sell our home we had a very tight deadline to get tasks completed. Alana is very detail oriented and gave us a list of what we needed to have done. She also gave us a list and timeline of things that she was going to have done—like the home inspectors, the window cleaning, the house cleaners, the stagers, etc. It was helpful to know what day and time things were going to be happening so we could plan around them. We have a very busy work, school and sports schedule and we needed that type of detail and structure. Alana goes above and beyond. When it seemed we wouldn’t be able to get a task accomplished Alana found a way to get the task done herself.
Even after the sale of the home Alana was available for questions and to assist us with the fine details. Alana is extremely knowledgeable about her field and whenever we had a question she always seemed to know the answer.
I can be a very picky person when it comes to certain things. The sale of our home was the most important thing in our lives at the time. Alana did not only meet my expectations but she exceeded them. You will not regret your decision to make her your Realtor. She will handle your home with expertise and class!!”
Angel & Joe Lorenzini – San Carlos
“We couldn’t be happier with our decision to work with Alana on the sale of our home. First off, Alana knows the San Carlos market inside and out. She walked us through all the data–trends, seasonality, recent comparables and really helped us to look at it from all sides. With her knowledge, strong network and Dwell’s track record we felt we were in excellent hands! Secondly, Alana made the process easy. She did all the heavy lifting–communicating and providing recommendations every step of the way. She was incredibly responsive and detail-oriented. We felt confident that she had everything covered. Lastly, Alana’s honesty and integrity won us over. She always had our best interests at heart and patiently listened and responded to all our questions. Because of Alana, we were able to quickly come up with the right timing and approach….and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome! Selling a home is a very personal decision. You want someone who is an expert, who is supremely organized and competent, and who has highest integrity. Alana is all those things and more. I wouldn’t hesitate to give Alana our highest recommendation!”
Helen & Colin Matthews – San Carlos
“Working with Alana to buy our new house in Redwood City was a wonderful experience. She started out by getting to know us and what we wanted. Then she checked out houses in advance – including some that were off-market. She kept us on track and led us through the bid process (three times) smoothly. After we were in contract for the house she helped us work out some some tricky details. Finally, since we’ve moved in she’s had helpful recommendations for local service providers. Alana was highly professional throughout, and great with follow-through. She made the many difficult and anxious processes as easy as they could be, and we ended up with a great house. We highly recommend her.”
Matt & Jill, Redwood City
“We met Alana at an open house she was hosting when we first moved to the area. Even though we were waiting to sell a home on the east coast, Alana kept in touch with us and advised on which houses may be worth our while to look at, even if we were not in the market at the time. Well, once we were ready to finally purchase a home, Alana took us around the are 3 or 4 times and by then she had a good idea of what would work for us. After that, we didn’t bother spending entire weekends looking at homes, and looked at those home Alana said could work for us…. . Well, she did suggest we look at a home we hadn’t even thought about looking at, and that’s the home we purchased. As it turns out, it’s my dream home, of the style we wanted and oh so pretty… we love it. Alana recommended all the right people, they worked for us,… so easily. She also knows the area really well, the schools, and she knows the stuff she needs to know to be a top notch realtor.”
Romina & Tavin, San Carlos
“We’ve worked with a few realtors between our last home buying experience and this current one, and you were by far the absolute best experience we had. We were introduced to Alana when we had just started considering moving to San Carlos. Alana quickly understood what we were looking for, and made sure she only showed us homes we would be really interested in. Her filtering was spot-on! She knows San Carlos like the back of her hand, and her knowledge of the local market was invaluable when it came time to making offers. For each offer we made, she updated us frequently through the process so we always knew what was going on. The home we ended up buying was one that we absolutely would not have looked at were it not for her. She has been fantastic even after we moved to San Carlos. She has introduced us to handymen, cleaners, and other services. She has also been fantastic about following up with a plumbing issue at our new home, even when she didn’t need to do it. All in all, Alana is awesome, and if you are looking to buy in San Carlos, you should absolutely consider her!”
Anindita & Nitin
“We had a great experience working with Alana to buy a house in San Carlos. She had smart helpful advice and suggestions. She is very responsive and thorough. We are really happy with the house we ended up buying!”
Clara & Scott – San Carlos
“I’m in awe of Alana Corso’s professionalism, efficiency, real estate knowledge and patience! She expertly helped us buy our dream house despite continuous outside hurdles. All the while she managed our expectations through transparency, honesty and a genuine appreciation and concern for our future goals. It was her handling of this purchase that made it a no-brainer to ask Alana to sell our current home. Her sage advice, dedication and hard work got us our goal of asking price before we ever hit the market. She made the process amazingly painless and handled a very sensitive sale of my childhood home with the kind of care and respect you’d think would only come from a family member. Her dedication to helping us achieve our dream was truly remarkable.”
Amy & Nate, Woodside
“From my first conversation with Alana, I knew I was in highly capable hands. Her knowledge of the market was very impressive. Her staging of my condo was superb. She was always responsive and available. Working with Alana was a delight. I could not have imagined a more positive experience.”
Tony, Palo Alto
“I recommend Alana Corso to every home buyer I meet. Alana knows the market extremely well; she is a good listener and took time up from to understand our needs. She pointed us to our new home and after looking at only three, we made an offer and won the bid. Her skills at navigating escrow were excellent. Should I ever need to sell or want to buy another property, I will work with absolutely work with Ms. Corso.”
Laura, San Carlos
“Erik and I wanted to thank you for all of your help with purchasing our first house! We really appreciated your advice and hard work throughout the whole process. From multiple offers/bids, financing, and referrals we couldn’t have done it without you!”
Alison, San Carlos
“Just wanted to let you know that we will be moving into our new house tomorrow evening! We are really excited and want to thank you for helping us get to this point and for all of your help through this process. We enjoyed working with you and would definitely recommend you for any new home buyers as well.”
Raj & Priya, Redwood Shores