“Before meeting Alana, our family spent two exhausting years hunting for the perfect home in the Bay Area. We had worked with several agents, gone to almost one hundred (!!) open houses, and were ready to give up when we finally connected with Alana. She is very warm and patient and was quick to gauge our requirements. Alana is extremely well connected in the peninsula (she knows literally everyone!), which gives her access to off-market properties and conduct smart negotiations. Within a few months of working with Alana, we bought our first home in San Carlos; she was instrumental in helping us find and close the deal. It was a pleasure working with her and our family is honored to call her a friend!”
Sakshama & Arpit – San Carlos
“I worked with Alana to purchase my home in the Bay Area and she could not have made the experience easier for me! Alana was so patient since initially I was looking everywhere in between San Francisco and Redwood City. Her knowledge of the area and of the different neighborhoods was excellent. She was also great about taking my feedback about places we looked at and revising my search to only show me homes that fit my needs. Alana’s expertise in negotiating offers and her relationships with other local brokers really makes a difference when it comes to submitting an offer on a home. I cannot recommend Alana enough if you are looking for a home in the Bay Area!”
Heather – San Francisco
“Recently worked with Alana to buy a house in Redwood City and Alana was truly amazing. She knows the market, she knows everyone who works in this market, and she knows the business. She is an excellent negotiator but doesn’t play any games–she is straightforward and honest with the other party at all times. I really appreciate this approach, but on top of that she helped me get the house I wanted! In addition to all of that she is an absolute pleasure to work with. I hope I am lucky enough to have her as my agent again when it’s time to sell my place!”
Sean – Redwood City
“We had the pleasure of working with Alana for our home purchase in San Mateo in 2022. From the moment we met her Alana was quite helpful and listened to our unique requests and was proactive in finding places for us to tour. Alana’s friendly approach, kindness, and warmth was vital for us during our first home buying experience. During the tours she pointed out items for us to pay attention to and also if there were any potential issues we should be aware of. She had a deep knowledge of many areas on the peninsula and also helped us calibrate our bids for homes. Alana often was able to tour houses and make recommendations on which ones to tour. Once we did finalize on a home she saw it through to the end of the process and we’re very grateful for that. We would highly recommend Alana and we look forward to working with her in the future.”
Andrew & Aida – San Mateo
“After my mom passed and we decided to sell the house, we solicited recommendations and invited several realtors to an interview. We were immediately impressed by Alana and hired her. We were not disappointed. She was easy to work with, responsive, and skilled. She managed well the sale of the property held by a trust. I was particularly impressed by her ability to hire painters, floor installers, and other workers needed to get the house ready for sale. Her skill in managing the activities was very helpful particularly since I do not live in the area. I found Alana to be a pleasure to work with, and I would enthusiastically recommend her to others needing a realtor.”
Richard – Redwood City
“We had the pleasure of working with Alana in closing 2 home purchases and 1 home sale for us over the course of seven years, including during a time of great uncertainty (the initial COVID pandemic lockdown). When we first worked with Alana, we were first-time home buyers in a very tough market with a limited budget. She gave us the grace, knowledge and guidance to help us put together a winning bid after many many months of looking. You mercifully don’t get “mansplaining” with Alana, but instead, get someone who answers your questions thoroughly, patiently and pragmatically. What works in one market doesn’t work in all markets, and Alana knows the ins and outs of the Peninsula market and its players (other agents, financing sources, etc.) extremely well. That is a huge plus given the hyperlocalized and competitive nature of the Bay Area real estate market. Aside from her expertise, she really puts in the work for her clients. For example, she sourced a lot of great offmarket opportunities for us and vetted and visited many homes in advance to save us the hassle of going to open houses that weren’t the right fit.
When we outgrew our first home after several years, we turned to Alana again to help sell our existing home and purchase a new one. As luck would have it, we went into bidding for a house right as the County Health Officer declared a shutdown of most non-essential services due to the onset of the COVID pandemic. In a time of great uncertainty, when the markets were tanking and we logistically did not know whether we could timely close or close at all, Alana navigated a huge amount of complexity and obstacles to get us another winning bid. She was extremely communicative and as usual, thorough and prepared for any and all curve balls thrown our way. Not only did she help us close on a new home during the pandemic shutdown, but she also managed to stage and sell our existing home above listing price in short order – all in the midst of very unusual COVID restrictions (virtual tours, appointment-only viewings, etc.). In normal circumstances, the near-simultaneous purchase and sale of two homes would be stressful and time-consuming for all parties involved, but to do so seamlessly and successfully during the peak of COVID restrictions is a real testament to Alana’s depth of experience, capability and level-headedness. We hope anyone reading this will have the pleasure of working with Alana to secure or sell your ideal home under less stressful circumstances! Finally, aside from her professionalism and expertise, we would be remiss not to note that Alana is also just a genuinely kind, down-to-earth and thoughtful person to work with! The home buying process can be very stressful; you want someone who is personable and relatable on your side! We highly recommend Alana!”
Sincerely, EK and JB
“TLDR: if you want an easy, seamless, successful-beyond-your-expectations experience, Alana is the woman for the job – she’s incredible!
We had already interviewed a half dozen agents when we were fortunate to meet Alana through a referral from a friend. We were immediately impressed by her – she was incredibly personable, knowledgeable about the area, and – most importantly – we “clicked” in rapport. While she walked us through her process, the approach she and her team would take, she also took the time to understand what was important to us (100% hands-off, with the highest $ possible of course!), and to share how she would help us stay informed throughout the process given we would be remote for the entire transaction.
Alana was incredibly successful in selling our home during the time of COVID; she and her team managed the entire end-to-end process for us, including all repairs/improvements. The best part was the Dwell Advantage program, which afforded us no out of pocket costs until closing (at no interest!). Alana had our house looking incredible within 10 days of handing her the keys – amazing turnaround.
The best part? We had a double-digit number of offers within 1 week of being on market, with 9 out of 10 being above asking. Alana ultimately negotiated an offer wildly beyond our expectations and we happily accepted. Close went through with zero issues and stress.
Having bought and sold several homes, we can say Alana truly stands out as an exceptional agent. We HIGHLY recommend her for anyone looking to sell their home (and based on our friends’ recommendation, to buy as well!). We would definitely work with her again in the future, and would highly recommend her to all our friends and family.
Thank you for everything, Alana!”
Aaron & Erica – Belmont
“We worked with Alana to sell our home and the experience absolutely exceeded our expectations! From the first meeting with her we were truly impressed with her knowledge of the market, recommendations on the overall process and how smooth everything went. The photographer and videographer that she worked with really were impressive as well. I couldn’t recommend Alana more highly if you are thinking of buying/selling, especially in the San Carlos area.”
Danny & Lauren – San Carlos
Covid changed the real estate market overnight? Tight housing market with no room for error? Helpful and meaningful advice and service? You’d be making the right choice using Alana Corso to guide you through the complexities of home buying. As our kids started getting older our first home in San Carlos started to feel a little tight. With 2 kids and pets we began to think about making the big decision to consider moving. Alana was there for us from the beginning, from helping us understand what our current home was worth to understanding local markets and pricing expectations. To make matters more complicated, the covid pandemic was in full swing so every home visit was a coordination effort in itself. Alana was there every time we needed her and was extremely flexible with her availability. This service was rounded out by her solid strategies that helped us find the home we wanted. I’m happy to say that we are 6 months into our new home and couldn’t be happier. In a few months the pool construction will be complete and we will have the home of our (kids) dreams! Thanks Alana!
With Best Regards,
Nichole and Colin Crawford – San Carlos
When it was time to sell my childhood home, I knew I wanted someone who was very knowledgeable with the San Carlos market. After our initial interview, I knew Alana was the one I wanted to sell this special place. Alana was great to work with. She had a timeline for the whole process that included detail scheduling of the work needed, the staging, marketing and approximate time needed for showing the property. I just loved how detailed she was. She was very clear with her explanation of what everything entailed and consistently kept me informed. I felt very confident with Alana handling everything which made it so easy for me with no worries about the work that were needed. Alana was easily accessible whenever I had questions. Even when she was not available, she will quickly respond back within a short amount of time. Her guidance through the offer process made it easy to understand and helped me feel confident on my final acceptance of the offer. I also appreciate how Dwell gives so much back to the community of San Carlos. Letting go of my childhood home was bittersweet. Thank you Alana for your expertise and making the process so easy for me.
Gigi Casey – San Carlos
Alana is absolutely amazing! Of all the professionals we have ever worked with in any industry, Alana has got to be the best. I know that sounds like hyperbole, but I just can’t imagine having had a better experience or having worked with someone who is more personable and thoughtful and detail oriented and knowledgeable regarding the local market. She is an excellent communicator and really made us feel like we were in good hands from the beginning of our home search to the end. We are so grateful to have been introduced to her and would recommend her highly to anyone in search of an agent.
Margaret & Lance – San Mateo
Alana was recommended to us by a good friend who had also used her as their realtor, and we truly feel like we hit the jackpot! This was our first time buying a home, we had so many questions and she guided us through the process in a way that left no worry in our minds. We landed in the perfect home, had our first offer accepted (in large part because of how awesome she is), and she connected us to a great team of other professionals who helped us get through escrow very quickly. Could not be happier and will 100% be using her as our agent for any future transactions.
Aaron & Bianca – San Francisco
Alana went above and beyond to help us with the sale of our first house. She walked us through the process with such professionalism and her extensive knowledge of the market made us feel confident at every step of the way. Even though we had such a tight timeline, thanks to her communication and exceptional time management skills, we were able to sell the house on time (with multiple offers, all over ask) and it was absolutely seamless. We are grateful to have worked with Alana and are recommending her to all our friends and family!
Yoko & Mike – San Carlos
It’s not often that you find such a wonderful treasure as Alana. She was a referral from a friend of mine and she surpassed my greatest expectations. Alana painted a realistic picture of what needed to be done to spruce up my house as well as what the timing would look like for the sale. All of her contacts In the different trades from handyman to painter, etc were very professional. She had several people come in and give bids and then we discussed which one would be the best for my needs.
I was relocating to Southern California to help out my mother and Alana stepped right in and assured me that she would handle all of the contractors after I left so that I didn’t need to worry about that as well. She sent me timelines which were all met and communicated with me every step of the way. She worked with a stager and with her design background my house was transformed into what the current trends are today. The virtual tour and 360 degree function on the listing were professionally done and made it easy for anyone to use. She was very detail oriented and was even concerned about whether the pictures would look good because the sky was so dark from the smoke due to the wildfires in the Bay Area.
Once I moved, I didn’t have to worry about a thing. I would highly recommend Alana for any real estate need. She is warm and thoughtful but also professional and dedicated. I also appreciate all she does for the community and she really made several children happy during the pandemic.
Thank you again Alana for all that you did for me.
Lisa – Foster City
Alana helped us find our first home. We couldn’t have wished for a better experience, from start to finish. Alana is extremely knowledgeable about the Bay Area real estate market and we felt like we had solid support from her throughout our months-long search. Alana was super helpful and accessible. As first time home buyers in the area, she walked us through the process step by step, explaining everything and answering our many questions. She gave us lots of practical advice, but never pushed us to make decisions. She even connected us with a mortgage officer who was equally competent and communicative. When it comes time to buy our next home, we can’t think of working with anyone but Alana.
Ian & Saniya – San Mateo
I had the pleasure of working with Alana Corso on both sides of recent real estate transactions. On the seller side, Alana took care of every detail to prepare the house for sale. From suggesting touch ups to managing staging and pictures, the home was on the market quickly and sold in only a few days. Her care throughout the sale, during the height of the pandemic, resulted in 12 offers and closed significantly over asking price. When I was ready to purchase, Alana scouted and viewed homes suggesting those that best fit my style and needs. Once I was ready to make an offer, she led me through the buying process and provided financial guidance when seeking lending options. I am now in a home and location I love thanks to Alana. For anyone looking to sell or buy a home, I highly recommend Alana as she’s an expert in the local area market and is in lock step with you throughout your selling or buying journey.
Tonya – San Carlos
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