I decided to sell my house in the Bay Area and move permanently to my home in Calistoga. I asked one of my friends who is a very successful Real Estate Broker in Chico if she could find the “Rockstar Agent” for the Peninsula. She conducted about a dozen interviews and concluded that the Laugesen Team was the best.
Denise and Cortney Laugesen met with me and we planned what needed to be done and the timeline of the process. For some reason they felt that my bright orange home would not be as loved by everyone as much as me. Not only did they find the painter, but they picked out the new color scheme inside and out. The painter, Cesar Garcia, did an outstanding job and was very reasonable. The Laugesen Team supervised the whole project.
Once the house was painted inside and out, we were on to the staging process. I moved the contents of my house and they secured the staging professional. Again, the team supervised the staging and made sure it was done professionally and with the right touch.
I was not completely convinced we should do all of this until we put it on the market and it sold in two days at 20% over the asking price. Not only did it sell for more than we were asking, but it was a cash offer with a 21-day close. I received my funds on time and the whole closing process went as planned without a hitch. If you are selling your house you would be crazy to use anyone else—the Laugesen Team Rocks!!
San Mateo, CA
The Laugesen team is amazing at what they do. They truly know the local market and have amazing relationships which is very important in this industry. They understand their customers well and can conform to their needs, no matter what they are. They are trustworthy and not judgmental!
Cortney and Denise are responsive and helpful at all hours! They continued to offer help even after our home purchase was complete, which I found to be extremely helpful!
We had a very good experience with them and will definately use them again in the future. You won’t regret choosing the Laugesen Team.
We do not even know where to begin. My wife and I were new to the Bay Area and looking to buy. Denise really got to know what we wanted in a house. She got to know us and found properties that matched who we are. We heard all of the horror stories that house buying in the Bay Area is extra difficult, but she really took care of us and made it as easy as possible. She treated us like we were here own kids and it didn’t stop after we closed. She helped us find the contractors, and prioritized with us on what needed to be done. I can’t say enough of what Denise and Cortney did for us. The Denise Laugesen team was complete professionals who know the Bay Area better than anyone!
San Carlos, CA
I cannot say enough great things about these two women. Having worked with many agents buying and selling property, both commercial and residential, I can honestly say I will never work with another agent again, Denise and Cortney are it! Knowledgeable, honest, caring, trustworthy and so very sincere about each and every transaction that they are involved in. This year alone I have purchased and sold 3 properties with this team and each one was handled with the utmost professionalism from start to close of escrow. They did their due diligence in representing my family and me and went above and beyond for us. Denise and Cortney are always prompt in returning phone calls and were always available to answer my questions. I highly recommend using Team Laugesen, they know the market and the area better than anyone I have ever met!
San Mateo, CA
I have been involved with the Laugesen team (or one of its principals) since 1997 to the present with respect to purchases and sales. They are extremely competent, resourceful, and hardworking. I recommend them 100%!
My wife and I were first-time home buyers in our 60s! So we knew nothing. Denise and Cortney were incredibly patient and walked us through and explained evert step in the process. Whenever we had questions, one of them got back to us immediately. They even helped us find a lender.
The Laugesen Team is absolutely the best choice to work with if you are buying or selling a home on the Peninsula. they are total professionals, always on top of the numerous things required to complete a transaction, and always available when you need them. In addition and importantly, they have a deep knowledge of the market and a vast network of contacts to draw upon. Simply put – choose them and you will be in very good hands!
We sold our house and felt we were in really good hands through the entire process. Denise was the person we worked mostly with and with support from Cortney and we found Denise to be very knowledgeable about the local area and the entire process and she was able to bring her personal network into play when additional resources were needed and was willing to work long hours to make things happen. Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly recommend them especially for buying or selling high value homes.
The Laugesen Team is simply The Best! You can not find a team of agents that works hard, knows more, or has better connections in the San Mateo County real estate business. They handled my commercial property and got a better price than I expected. I would not hesitate for a second about using the Laugesen Team to handle any residential or commercial sale in San Mateo!
Barry Gevertz listed and sold our townhouse in seven days with multiple offers over our asking price. That is probably all you need to know to contact him. But if you want to know what makes him different, read on.
Subtle things make the difference between an OK outcome and a great one. Barry was with me all the way in the twelve-week process to clear our home of furniture and “refresh” its look with paint, carpeting, bath and kitchen furnishings. First, he came to our initial meeting having done his homework on most recent comparable sales. Barry and appearance-savvy agents in his office provided a list of needed cosmetic improvements. Second and most critically, Barry has an up-to-date network of contractors and other resources that I drew from as we made improvements to increase the appeal of the house. I am sure that Barry’s network saved us a month of fumbling around trying to find competent contractors who actually show up and deliver. Finally, Barry stayed in touch with agents representing buyers who had made unsuccessful offers on other properties in the area. When we came to market, these buyers were primed to make competitive offers. I highly recommend Barry Gevertz.
Last year, we purchased our house in Hillsborough with help of Denise and Cortney. They were simply fantastic. Prior to working with them, we were working with another agent. We met Denise a one of the open houses. She has an excellent knowledge of the area. Even though she was not our agent, she spent a lot of time with us understanding our needs. Many times, we’d call her for the advice. After siz months of search with many offers outbid or rejected in the red hot market, we decided to go with the Denise Laugesen team. Within a few weeks of working with them, they also showed us two unlisted properties. We liked one of the houses and managed to get it at almost at the list price. They were excellent in negotiating and managed to get us multiple credits from the seller, which we were not even expecting. When we compared this house to some of the previous houses that we had bid on, it seemed like a steal. It was exactly what we were looking for. Denise and Cortney worked with us throughout the closing process. They helped us at each step of the way ¬¬– inspections, loan, remodeling estimates, city office and escrow prior to closing. They were very responsive and I don’t think we ever waited longer than 30 minutes for a return phone call or a return email. We know that they are very successful and busy, but we always felt like that we were their only client. They have excellent knowledge of the area and wide network of various resources. Even after we had moved, they helped us with gardening, pool service, handyman, contractors and other services. They’d check regularly to make sure that we have been comfortable and enjoying the house. It was a Five Star plus service. Both Denise and Cortney are awesome! These two are everything you could ask for when looking for a home. They are friendly, fun, professional, efficient, and most importantly knowledgeable. We cannot say enough nice things about them and how truly appreciative we are of them.
Denise Laugesen and Cortney Laugesen both did an amazing job getting my condo sold. I am a Commercial Realtor myself and met the Laugesens through my neighbor who sold their condo previously. I told Denise to bring me offers on my condo with 2 conditions: I was firm on my price and the close was to occur before year end. Not only was she able to get me the price I wanted but she also closed the sale before year end. The entire transaction went smoothly. Denise is proactive, responsive, professional and very knowledgeable of her market. I am impressed by her “can do” attitude and I am a big fan.
Dear Cortney and Denise,
This thank you is long overdue! Thank you so much for all your hard work in helping us find the perfect home! We are so happy here! Thank you for the lovely dinner and for the gift of the home warranty (it’s turned out to be quite helpful!). We’re looking forward to having you over once we’re a little more settled and have some more furniture!)
Larrissa, Bobby, Maddie and Mason
Don’t consider anyone else! The Laugesen will make your dream happen! We loved working with the Laugesen Team! We would like to pass on our sincere thanks for the encouraging help and support they gave us in buying our home in Burlingame. It would not have been possible without their efforts in this extremely competitive market. They genuinely seemed as happy and excited about our house purchase as we were. Denise and Cortney are friendly, helpful and enthusiastic; they guided us through the whole process, working in conjunction with our broker and the seller’s agent to make things happen right and on time. We felt 100% supported by their clear communication and accessibility, from arranging home viewings around our work schedules to going through disclosures and deciding on offers. Both Denise and Cortney have a great knowledge of the area and strong understanding of the market. Denise and Cortney knew exactly what we were looking for, after a few missed offers they sent us a photo of an off market property asking if we would be interested in it. We couldn’t contain our excitement, as they had ‘nailed it’; it was exactly what we were looking for and perfect for our family. Even now after closing they continue to be available to answer our questions. The tag line in our house is “Denise and Cortney will know”. 6 months on… we are just so happy with our house, we are doing some renovations now and Denise and Cortney have been able to make recommendations for contractors, which have worked out perfectly.
My family and I have been looking at 55 Aster for the past 6 years. Denise and Cortney have stuck with us, deftly helping us negotiate with a long time owner to find a price both of us were happy with. After closing the sale, they remained involved by putting us in contact with a series of contractors; landscapers and architects who helped us transform our new property into our new home.Through their hard work and dedication we are finally almost ready to move in! Denise, you couldn’t have made us happier, and you could be sure that you have found yourself a repeat customer!
Denise and Cortney represent exactly what Real Estate professionals should. They’re honest, trustworthy, and reliable. We hired Denise and Cortney to sell our property in Belmont and our experience was unparalleled to any other. These ladies had our house sold with mulitple offers within a day of the sign hitting the dirt…WOW, talk about impressive! Since then, they have represented my family in mutiple transactions, all of which have gone without a hitch! My family considers the Laugesen Team part of our family now and will only trust them to handle our real estate investments.
I’ve known Denise Laugesen for almost 19 years and this is not the first house I sold with her and her team. I not only sold properties with her but purchased as well throughout all these years. Denise and her team are simply an outstanding team in every aspect. I recommend Denise and her team to anyone who is looking to sell or buy properties on the Peninsula.
Recently, when we decided to do a 1031 exchange, both my wife and I immediately thought of Denise. From the get-go, Denise provided details of how our house should be staged, the costs involved and the timeframe it would take to accomplish this. Between Denise and Cortney, we basically had a hands-off experience in the staging and selling process. The outcome was amazing, resulting in multiple offers that far exceeded our expectations and the listing price.
During the the purchase process, I initially had some concerns as Denise and Cortney had previously planned on being out of the country for a week. Fully aware of the 1031 exchange process and the time requirements, Denise made sure we were well taken care of during their absence, and even emailed and texted us from Europe to make sure that we were on track with our search. In the end, Denise and Cortney were able to help us identify, make an offer and close on a great house in only 24 days following our sale!
Throughout the entire process, we valued and leveraged Denise’s ability to see and clearly articulate the pros and cons of the houses we looked at, her ability to ascertain whether perceived “problems” were significant, and given her home building experience, provide input from a builder/renovation possibility and cost perspective. Both Denise and Cortney are quick to respond to any queries, by phone, text and emails. Our meetings were always punctual, never rushed and very well organized. Both Denise and Cortney are warm and wonderful people and are a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend the Laugesen Team for your real estate needs.
Alex & Cythia Yim
My wife and I used the services of Denise Laugesen to sell our house in Hillsborough in July 2012. We are typically ‘hands on’ people and really felt that we knew how to position a house for market. This turned out to be quite naive. With all of the disclosures and liabilities that are required now, selling a $4M house requires a business plan that includes careful consideration of timing, execution and superb negotiation skills. Denise provided all of these flawlessly.Denise took charge of everything. She first convinced us to stage the house, which turned out to be an important factor in the successful sale of the house. She has at her disposal an army of networks from handymen to plumbers, sewer inspectors, roofers, and other tradesmen that came in and got the house under control within days without us even having to call anyone.Drapes got taken down, floors refinished, interior and exterior painting, sewer, roof, building inspections, decks prepared, heaters checked, pool inspected and repaired, she even took charge of the landscaping and watering schedule! Denise suggested to price the house quite aggressively on the high end (at least that is what we and some other realtors in Hillsborough thought). We debated and looked at the data; in the end we deferred to her professional expertise when choosing a final price for the house.
After we listed, we went on vacation for two weeks to let Denise work her magic. She in fact had a bidding war ignited within a few days. Within two weeks we had 4 offers, all at or over the asking price; in fact one was $400K over the asking price. She carefully qualified all of the bidders. The final bid that we accepted was well over asking and closed in two weeks without any contingencies in the offer. Denise had negotiated this entire offer even before she presented it to us! We happened to be unreachable on vacation during this 2 week negotiation process, and just came back totally shocked and thrilled at what she had accomplished. All we had to do is sign. The house competely turned the comps for our street and neighborhood upside down, and it is funny now to look at Zillow and see this shining star of a sale around a neighborhood of homes that Zillow values quite differently.
For those professionals that are busy in their lives, I particularly recommend Denise. She is absolutely professional, knowledgeable, easy to work with and just a delight to be around. She can coordinate everything down to the smallest deail. I was always impressed that Denise was availble 24/7 to talk. I also have to thank her for taking time out of her schedule to help some colleagues find a condo to rent in Mt. View. She was not compensated for this, but did it out of the goodness of her heart. We really can’t say enough positives about Denise and her daughter, Cortney. We are happy to talk to anyone directly if they would like to call us.
Glenn Rice and Cynthia Hoy
Close of escrow is not the end of Denise’s excellent service to us.. She and her team (Cortney) contined to help us with fixing problems such as electricity and renting out the house. This is my 5th house I purchased and Denise is by far the best agent I have ever had. They truly mean it when they say they are a full service broker! We really enjoyed working with Cortney too. She is wonderful. I highly recommend Denise and her team for your next real estate investment adventure!
Megan Leung and Johnson Kwan
I worked with Denise for over a year as my family went through a move from Cincinnati, Ohio to Los Altos, California. From the very beginning, even though she knew the move would not take place right away, Denise worked tirelessly to educate me about the Silicon Valley area regarding neighborhoods, schools, and housing options. She always made herself available to me and my husband on short notice when houses of interest came on the market. We must have looked at over 20 houses and never once did Denise express frustration or lose patience with us even though we were VERY picky and changed our minds on more than one occasion!The service that Denise and her team provided went above and beyond our expectations. She was physically present for every aspect of the purchase including the inspection and closing.
After we moved in, Denise called on several occasions to be sure we were settling in well and to offer her help in any way we might have needed.
I would enthusiastically recommend Denise for anyone buying or selling a home. I truly cannot imagine any other realtor providing superior service to Denise and her team!
We would absolutely recommend Denise Laugesen as a real estate professional. Denise represented us in the purchase of a home in a very tough real estate climate. Her knowledge of the mid-peninsula area is outstanding and her historical as well as current knowledge of the market, town ordinances and building codes helped to guide us in our decision-making process.Denise has high integrity and excellent follow-through. She listened to us and as a result knew what was important to us. She worked very effectively with the selling agent and made sure that all commitments were fulfilled. We were really impressed by Denise’s dedication and diligence.
Finally, Denise made what could have been a highly stressful experience, very positive. She was and continues to be so helpful and trustworthy. Well after the close of escrow, Denise continues to check in with us to make sure all is well. She is sincere in her desire to be helpful in whatever way she can. We truly value the relationship and friendship that we have formed with Denise. We recommend her without hesitation.
Anthony and Gwendy Scampavia
To Whom it May Concern:
This is a letter of reference for Denise and Cortney Laugesen for their outstanding service. Denise and Cortney represented us on both the purchase of a new home as well as the sale of our home. without question, they are hands-down one of the most professional, honest, experienced and diligent teams in the business. Denise is one of those rare professionals on whom you can fully rely without any concern.
We originally met The Laugesen Team at an open house for a property they built. Won over by their aesthetic and welcoming demeanor, we began to work with them on a purchase of a new home. We looked for over a year. Denise is patient, thorough and thoughtful. Given her significant experience as a builder as well as an agent, she gave advice that we could fully trust on what could and couldn’t be remodeled in a home. In fact, unlike many agents who might welcome a quick sale, she often talked us out of homes that she knew needed far too much work.
On the sale of our home, both she and Cortney were an outstanding team. They shepherded the process from staging to the very last wlk through. They ensured the sale was a smooth process, at a desirable price and without any stone unturned.
It is truly a pleasure to work with this team and we give them our highest recommendation.
Dr. Robert Jasmer and Mrs. Amy Jasmer
Within two weeks we had located a house and made an offer well below the asking price which was accepted without a counteroffer, partly due to her persuasive presentation to the sellers. Due to a prior commitment we were out of town for the closing, which the Laugesen Team oversaw smoothly. They arranged the transfer of key utilities without interruption and are now counseling us on the ways to effect the various fix-up repairs necessary to move. This all occured in exactly two months made pleasurable by Denise and Cortney’s unfailing expertise, efficiency, and affability. After three decades of corporate moves around the United States and abroad, we recognize and appreciate a superior real estate team.
Roger and Sherry Taylor
This letter is to recommend Denise and Cortney Laugesen as your realtors. We want to give this mother and daughter team our highest recommendation! Both Denise and Cortney are great. We worked with them during the challenging process of buying our first home. They were helpful and knowledgeable at every stage of the process, and they continue to be a great resource for us.The Laugesens are extremely knowledgable about various communities throughout the Peninsula including Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo and San Carlos. They told us everything we needed to know about what each different area had to offer. Denise knows a great deal about home construction and remodeling and what could be easily redone and what not, making her an invaluable resource for us as we toured homes. She was extremely honest and pointed out defects that we might not have been aware of in the various homes we saw, which made us even more confident in our final choice.
Denise and Cortney are warm, friendly and delightful to be around. They are everything we could have asked for in our realtors.
Danielle and David Cole
San Carlos, California
To Whom It May Concern,
I am please to recommend Ms. Denise Laugesen as a real estate agent. Ove the past 18 months, she has worked closely with my family and me to find two perfect homes, as well as sell my parent’s home. Ms. Laugusen is exceptional because she takes the time to listen to one’s goals and priorities in making it possible for us to purchase two homes in a great neighborhood in San Mateo that allow our family to be in close proximity to each other. She is easily accessible to answer questions and address any concerns and this has been especially helpful for me as a first time homebuyer.
I would recommend Ms. Laugesen to anyone looking to purchase a home in this area. She demonstrated knowledge abd expertise in several areas including Palo Alto, San Mateo, and Burlingame.
Since the purchase of our homes, she has remained in close contact with my family. She is a wonderful source for referrals for home improvement projects. I appreciate that Ms. Laugesen has taken the time to get to know my family and me and continues to be so helpful to us even after the completion of our real estate transactions. I have no doubt that in the future we will work again.
Julianne Mendoza, M.D.
Thank you so very much for helping us locate and purchase our dream home. You were so professional throughout the buying process and attended to every detail. In fact, you made sure minor imperfections in the home, which had escaped our notice were tended to and fixed. We can’t say enough about how organized and thorough you were and how you held our hands through the process. Perhaps most significant, are your listening skills. We never had to repeat ourselves with you, and you made certain that when we stated anything, you understood exactly what we meant.We would not hesitate to give you our highest recommendation, as we truly can say that you are the best agent we have ever had the pleasure of working with. Please do not hesitate to give our contact details to anyone that would like a reference.
Thank you, Denise.
Neil & Marci Laird
Palo Alto, CA
She knows how to get things fixed and will give you her honest opinion on any situation. I knew Denise was a “power” agent when she called a tree guy for a quote while we were at a property and the head of the company showed up in EIGHT minutes. No kidding! I only wish I had the money to buy more houses from Denise!
Homebuyer & Seller
We are so excited about our new home!!!
We should celebrate at our new place. How about the 20th or 21st of August? We should be moved in by then.
Thank you again Denise for staying positive during the difficult real estate market. We appreciate thinking of our needs and having our best interest at heart.
We love working with you and Cortney!!
Paula and Ron
Sold in Burlingame
Bought in Hillsborough
To Whom It May Concern:
My husband and I recently purchased a home in Hillsborough through Denise Laugesen in her capacity as a Realtor with Cashin & Co.
From the moment we expressed interest in the property, Denise was honest and helpful in providing us with detailed information. She arranged walk-through consultations with various trades-people to discuss home improvements we hoped to make once the purchase was complete.
We had recently relocated to Hillsborough form London and were completely new to the house-buying procedure in California. Denise was patient and thorough, guiding us carefully through the process. It was very reassuring to be able to consult with such an experienced Realtor.
Since we moved into our new home, Denise has continued to stay in contact with us and is always available to answer any questions we have regarding the property. Because of Denise’s involvement, we have had a very positive and happy house-buying experience. We would highly recommend consulting Denise for any property sale or purchase.
Richard & Hazel Jackson
To Whom It May Concern,
When I decided to sell my Hillsborough home, the prospect was overwhelming. My husband and I had lived and raised our family there for 34 years but after Ed’s death I found the house and property too large and wanted to downsize. Choosing Denise Laugesen was the best decision I could have made! Denise arranged for all the inspections and where necessary, found me capable professionals to do the few repairs needed at a fair price. My home was staged and presented in the most appealing manner possible. In less than one week, I received multiple offers and sold for my desired asking price. Through this time, Denise was totally available to answer questions, offer informed advice, and give me confidence.
I highly recommend the Laugesen Team to anyone considering the sale of their home and I would be happy to talk to anyone who might want more information.
Patricia S. Wolf
To Whom It May Concern,
This is to recommend highly the marketing services of Cashin Company, and specifically the Laugesen Team, based on our experience.
Denise and Cortney Laugesen provided solid, courteous, politic, and professional services in the marketing and sale of our home at 701 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, CA.
They showed a deep understanding of current marketplace, and determined a likely sales price for the home, which was prophetic relative to our more optimistic initial market price; our final sales price was very close to their early predictions. They also suggested key improvements to help the home sell in this challenging market, which we followed. An impressive level of early market interest developed as a result of these improvements my co-owner brother and I made in March and April of 2009. They also proved a contractor list very helpful in making these improvements and repairs.
They made a first class advertizing effort in several media and on the internet, as well as a superb job of full-house staging. The Realtor and public open houses were held weekly with excellent advertizing, and large turnouts resulted.
These marketing efforts resulted in two separate written offers and one verbal “water testing” offer, and the customers who purchased the home made their initial offer just 5-6 weeks from the listing date; an excellent record in this slow-selling environment. Denise and Cortney also sensed that after 3-4 weeks at the initial asking price, a reduction to her promising an offer from the eventual buyers, who bought the house for 98% of the new asking price.
We would not hesitate to recommend the Laugesen Team to any home owners who wish to sell their home for a price well tuned to current market, and with impressive attention to the delicate interactions which always attend a successful real estate transaction.
Roger L. Taylor (Sold Home in Burlingame, CA)
Please accept our sincere appreciation for helping us sell our home during a very challenging market environment. Furthermore, your untiring energy and savvy business sense led us to out new home in a sought after neighborhood. The commitment level that you provided us during the sale of our home and purchase of new home exceeded our expectatons. Thank you so much for always having our best interest at heart. It was a real pleasure working with you and your team.
Ron and Paula Riego de Dios
Denise sincerely cares for her clients by providing them with distinctive service and is recognized by them and her contemporaries in our industry for her extraordinary negotiating skills. As testimony to the quality of service she provides to her clients, many of her transactions are with repeat clients and new clients referred to her by those who have had the pleasure to experience her representation.
You can be assured that you, too, will be pleased with her service. Thank you.
Pete F. Aiello
Vice President /Manager
From day one to close of escrow and every step of the way Denise was a tireless advocate for our sale. We could not help but think “Are we the only clients she has? How can she spend this much time with us and our concerns?” Yet we knew different. This is why she is a top agent.
All our concerns (day or night) were met with the same high level of service and response. We were never left hanging. We always felt confident that the steps we were taking on Denise’s recommendation’s were the best approach to a quick and satisfactory sale.
When Denise says she is a full service agent she is right on the money. She handled all the details of our sale in a swift and efficient manner.
In our opinion you will not find a better agent than Denise Laugesen to sell your house.
Fred and Marcia Melinkoff