Kathleen Wilson Real Estate Agent at Red Oak Realty

Kathleen Wilson

Real Estate Agent at
Red Oak Realty

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Agent Highlights

Kathleen sells properties fast - selling more than 43% quicker than the average Oakland agent.
Kathleen gets the job done - completing more sales than the average Oakland agent by 12%.
Kathleen is a SFH expert - working with over 76% more single family homes than the average Oakland agent.

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More about Kathleen Wilson

Friends describe me as motivated and driven. Clients say I act as a therapist and reality check and “negotiate killer deals.” After 16 years selling homes, I still love wearing so many hats. Previously, I was a union organizer and public education campaign PR consultant. I am a born and bred advocate and feel the hum of what I do when I am fulfilling my innate drive to be both a benefactor and a competitor. On the one side, I am always looking for ways to meet your deeper needs and be of service. On the other side, I thrill in the “win” for a buyer in a multiple offer scenario or securing the highest price for a seller during intense negotiations. When you work with me, the Olympian inside of me is harnessed to help you reach your goals. Equally important is the relationship I build over time with you, the client. Referrals are the bread and butter of my business. A referral ...
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Red Oak Realty Top Producer, June 2018, 2018 Red Oak Realty Berkeley Office Top Producer, 2019 Red Oak Top Producer, 2020 Red Oak Top Producer

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Kathleen Wilson's Reviews & Ratings

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    • Kathleen did a fantastic job helping me sell my home in North Berkeley. She has a deep knowledge of the market, the process, and how to show a house to get the best offers.From her rolodex she summoned painters, gardeners, handymen, and stagers (she works with great people!) who transformed the house. We were on a short schedule, and she followed up to make sure everything got done on time.It's a daunting process, and Kathleen managed it all fluidly, attending to everything from the details of Berkeley municipal energy regulations to big-picture strategy of when to list the house and how to price it.I sold the house under difficult circumstances, regarding which Kathleen was unfailingly sensitive and kind. With her expertise and energy, I'd recommend Kathleen to anyone looking to buy or sell a house in the East Bay.

      - Timothy
    • We just bought a house in Temescal with the help of Kathleen. She helped us buy the first house we bid on, which is amazing in today's market. I would say that Kathleen is professional, communicative and helpful. She took the time to really get to know us--from our lifestyle and hobbies to our hopes and needs for our first house-- and then did her best to identify suitable homes. She helped us make our offer attractive to the sellers and we secured the house at a lower price point that she had suggested. We had to do a lot of 'homework' when it came to analyzing the disclosures and inspection reports, which we had hoped to get more assistance with. Overall we are very happy and look forward to moving in!

      - Breann
    • I can't recommend Kathleen highly enough. As a first time home buyer, I needed a lot of education and hand-holding. She is extremely knowledgeable about the East Bay, but more importantly she is a great resource on the ins and outs of negotiations, inspections, and finding a place that will truly meet your needs. She worked with me and my husband for over a year, helped us with several offers, advised us to steer clear of bad investments, and encouraged us to hang in there. She is motivated, persistent, resourceful and a pleasure to work with.

      - Christine
    • Kathleen is a rockstar agent. Seriously, you want her on your side. When we first met to discuss our search for a home, we asked her to be the perfect match of good cop and bad cop -- good cop to us, and bad cop to everyone else in the name of getting the house we wanted -- and boy, did she deliver! Kathleen matched us to a great house in a sweet neighborhood, helped us create the perfect offer, and guided us through the crazy process of purchasing our first home with incredible knowledge and indefatigable patience. She was always available for us, and spent a great deal of time and energy as she negotiated miracles on our behalf. We couldn't be happier with both her service and where we ended up. Thank you, Kathleen!

      - Nathalie
    • We were referred to Kathleen by the realtor we worked with to sell our house in Napa. From the beginning, Kathleen took the time to get to know us and our needs for a house and neighborhood. My wife works in Marin and I in San Francisco, so we decided to focus on El Cerrito. Kathleen knew all the neighborhoods, and recommended we focus on a few particular areas. Being in a competitive market we held out hope we would find something that worked in our price range, that wasn't a total rebuild. At the outset of our search Kathleen mentioned that sometimes you can successfully bid on a home that is typically above your price range because the listing strategy, an out of town agent, improper staging or bad photos can cause a great house to linger on the market. We filed this away, not really expecting this situation to apply to us - looking for homes at a hot time and visiting open houses with 50 other interested parties.For a while we were nervous! I tend to micromanage or over communicate when I feel pressure. Kathleen dealt with this in stead. She was very calming, reassuring us that the right house was out there for us. She communicated extremely well, providing us copious amounts of detail and analysis when we had questions about listings. She had great amounts of patience for all our questions and concerns. We found a home we really liked and placed a bid. Kathleen was on top of it from the get-go. She was in regular contact with the listing agent, working on our behalf. She provided very good advice on the price we should offer, and in preparing the offer. That offer was not accepted. We were worried at the time, but good things were around the corner.Kathleen mentioned that she knew of a place that had been on the market for over 100 days, it was listed at a smaller size then we were looking for, but thought we should see it. She also introduced us to a colleague of hers, Ron Cadigal, that had been to see the house. They both were very enthusiastic about it. When we finally toured the place, it was perfect. A large addition had been completed (fully permitted) that added 30% more living space. All it required was some finishing touches. The price point was also perfect. The neighborhood was perfect. We placed an offer (the only offer) immediately and it was accepted. From talking to friends in the area, this situation is VERY rare, but is much more likely when you have a strategic and astute realtor like Kathleen.During contract Kathleen was also invaluable. She negotiated with the listing agent for concessions that I do not believe we would have gotten with any agent. She kept us incredibly well informed and turned around our counter offers and requests immediately. She also protected us from ourselves and our over exuberance regarding the property. She had our back the whole way.Now in our new home, she's provided valuable references for servicers and contractors to help us finish off the pieces we want done. My wife and I both look back at what she said in the beginning of the process and can't believe that the unlikely scenario described by Kathleen landed us in our dream home, not to mention that we won our second bid (also unusual for this area)! Kathleen is smart, experienced and very strategic. Her follow through is impressive (and necessary!), and keeps her clients confident and informed. Buying a home with Kathleen was a great experience and we recommend her highly.

      - Lillian
    • Just bought my dream house thanks to Kathleen! She was extremely communicative and proactive, doing constant research and sending me tons of great leads. As a nervous first-time buyer I felt very reassured by her competence and wealth of connections who took care of me every step of the way. After having tried and failed to snag a few houses in my native San Francisco, I decided to give the East Bay a shot. Not only did Kathleen advise me and successfully guide me through a bidding war, to emerge victorious and somehow not completely broke - she also made me excited about living in El Cerrito, erasing the disappointment of leaving SF with her excitement and love for the area. She even provided the champagne when the deal went through. Thank you Kathleen!

      - Eva
    • After a brutal few years "casually" looking to buy a home and trying to do most of the legwork on our own, repeatedly facing disappointment in this crazy Bay Area market, we realized we were getting quickly priced out and needed to get serious. We were referred to Kathleen Wilson and never looked back. Kathleen is a workhorse, consistently persevering even in times when we were losing all hope. It took 6 months with Kathleen to help us land a home that was just the right fit for us. Kathleen is incredibly well-versed in this market and Berkeley, Albany, Oakland, and surrounding neighborhoods. She spent loads of time communicating with us, and even continues to give us advice regarding contacts to use for home projects. Despite the fact that we were probably some of her pickier clients, she was truly our advocate, finding creative opportunities for us to consider and identifying the house we ended up getting.Bottom line, Kathleen got the job done and helped us buy our first house, in one of the most insane markets in the country.

      - Holly
    • Fantastic experience buying a house with Kathleen! We entered the market with grim outlook of houses in our price range, but after meeting Kathleen, we felt like the odds just turned in our favor. Within a week Kathleen called specifically for us to go and check out a house in Albany that she though could fit us. We loved it, and Kathleen helped us make an offer just high enough that it was accepted. It was our first offer and we could not be happier with the whole experience. Highly recommended!

      - Maria
    • We are absolutely ecstatic about buying our first house, and we are so grateful that Kathleen guided us through every step of the way. She approached us in an honest, straightforward manner that kept us realistic, but gave us advice that also allowed us to dream. She did so much research on our behalf, and connected us with resources that helped us before, during and after the sale. One of her fact finding missions resulted in us actually lowering our offer by $12k. This was our first offer on the first house we ever tried for and we got it, even with 8 offers all over asking. Kathleen has so many connections to all the right people we needed to be in touch with in order to have a smooth as silk closing. We've known her for more than 20 years and have dreamed of owning our own home for the past 10 years. She always told us that she was there when we were ready. We knew she was great at what she does but to experience it firsthand was quite remarkable. She is the best.

      - Susannah
    • If you are looking to navigate the highly competitive Bay Area housing market, pick Kathleen. She listens to your needs and seeks out unique properties that fit your budget and home vision. I was able to purchase in an area I didn't think I'd be able to get into. I was a first time home buyer and she patiently explained all aspects of the home buying process. She's a rockstar.

      - Andrea
    • We first met with Kathleen when we were casually looking at East Bay real estate. We put our search on pause for a while, but when we were ready to resume she was happy to help. She was generous with her time and educated us on the market, providing a thorough review of statistics on houses recently sold in various areas. She helped us identify our priorities and where we were willing to compromise. She was very realistic -- which can be a bit discouraging at first when entering such a buyer's market, but it was helpful to get real info and set the right expectations. Kathleen helped us be strategic in our search, identifying the priorities that many buyers had but we didn't share, so we knew which houses might give us an advantage vs. competing buyers. Compared to the realtors we spoke to in other areas, Kathleen stood out because of her work ethic, thoroughness and follow-through. She was extremely responsive and willing to do a lot of work to get us the info we needed for an informed search and decision process. She takes her professional responsibility very seriously, and that helped instill a lot of trust. We felt that she had our best interests in mind and was direct and transparent.When it came to making an offer, Kathleen was very helpful in guiding us through the process, assisting with the negotiation and ultimately helping us close the deal on the house we loved! Lastly, she's a kind and fun person to work with, making what could have been a stressful process enjoyable and exciting!

      - Nancy
    • Kathleen was our realtor in 2014 when we bought our home in Temescal, Oakland. She also recently helped us sell that same home when our family was expanding and we needed to find a bigger place. Kathleen consistently goes above and beyond for her clients. We saw this when working with her on both sides (as a buyer and as a seller). One quick example, I was pregnant and very stressed about selling our home and moving out while my husband was going to be out of town. She called and spoke with doulas for hire on my behalf so that I could feel more calm about my upcoming experience. She also sourced moving companies (both in terms of day of and helping me pack/unpack) for us as well. She makes herself available when you need her and is flexible to your needs. She is very quick to follow up over email, or whatever communication method you prefer. At the same time she is transparent and it always feels like she is on your side. When we bought our home in 2014 she helped us negotiate down the price when the home inspection revealed repairs that had not been disclosed upfront. When we sold our home in 2017 Kathleen used her marketing skills to make it a Redfin "hot home" and got it picked up by Curbed. We had multiple offers and ultimately accepted an offer that was well above what we were expecting.We have recommended Kathleen to multiple friends since we've worked with her and they've had similar experiences. Could not recommend her more.

      - Tessa
    • It was an absolute pleasure to work with Kathleen to find our first home, in one of the toughest housing markets in the country. Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable, hard-working, and professional, she is so kind and enthusiastic. Kathleen fielded our MANY questions with ease, and provided a level of service that goes above and beyond what we could have expected. She worked hard to find listings that fit what we were looking for, managed our expectations well, and gave valuable guidance in the offer process. She facilitated a smooth closing process, which was bolstered by adept referrals to a mortgage lender, title company, home insurance agent, etc. etc. which made us feel extremely well supported during a stressful time.Last but not least, Kathleen was genuinely excited for us and a pleasure to be around, which made the process fun even at it's toughest points. We would not hesitate to recommend Kathleen to anyone looking for a home in the area- she will not let you down.

      - Lauren
    • Kathleen represented us for the sale of our home in El Cerrito. From the beginning she presented us with a detailed well thought out plan to make our home shine, and get the best return. She connected us with great vendors and service providers that transformed our house to make it more desirable and marketed it exquisitely.The online activity proved that the house was perfectly exposed and the open houses bore this out. Kathleen did a great job putting potential buyers in our house. We received multiple offers above our asking price, eventually accepting one significantly above what we thought possible. Kathleen's hard work in getting our house positioned correctly was the sole reason we did so well.Kathleen worked extremely hard for us. We got everything we could have hoped for and more out of our transaction and that was a direct result of Kathleen's work and perfect strategy.

      - Sean
    • Working with Kathleen was a fabulous experience. She shepherded us through the selling process with grace, humor and hustle. Kathleen constantly communicated all the necessary steps we needed to take to get the house ready and helped us get a competitive price for the house. From the beginning, Kathleen's honest, upbeat approach made us trust her implicitly.

      - Ainate
    • Buying a home in the East Bay in this market is an emotional roller coaster, but Kathleen is a steadfast, reliable champion of your goals. We got a great house on our second offer. She helped us understand what compromises we should and should not make. She met our anxiety and indecisiveness with practical, calm advice. She was always quick to respond and very diligent in her research and advice. I really came to trust Kathleen, and now consider her a friend!

      - Beth
    • I reached out to Kathleen Wilson when I saw she was the buying agent for a home that was similar to what we wanted. I had talked to a few other agents, but decided to meet with Kathleen because I could tell she was an East Bay expert. I appreciated her ability to listen to my concerns as a first-time homebuyer and give me direct and thoughtful feedback. It's so easy to be overwhelmed in the buying process. I wanted to feel confident about our decision, and Kathleen's advice helped me do that.When we met Kathleen in person at her office in Berkeley, we sensed her dedication to her clients. She impressed us with her ability to hone in on what mattered in the market, and how we should focus our search. She even connected us to a couple she had recently helped purchase their home. They shared their story and vouched for Kathleen's abilities.It seemed like every agent we talked with during our open house tours knew Kathleen. When we decided to make our first offer, Kathleen helped us rationalize about an unusual situation, and make an offer with contingencies that we didn't expect to need. She also isn't afraid to talk to neighbors to get a sense of the community that surrounds a house. Losing your first offer isn't fun, but we expected a tough, and perhaps unsuccessful journey to home ownership. Kathleen continued to work with us, sending us curated listings and offering insight into the trends of the market.We were considering making our second offer on a house and met Kathleen for a broker's tour. She mentioned a house nearby that she was listing that happened to be open that day. We went to see it and loved it. Navigating a tricky situation as we knew she would have to advocate for her sellers, Kathleen handed us off to a wonderful agent, which made us feel like she really puts her clients first. This is perhaps a rare review in that I can vouch for her abilities as a selling agent as well - the disclosure report is a work of art! So, while Kathleen was not our buying agent in the end, she helped us achieve our goal, and we're grateful for our chance to work with her.

      - Alex
    • Kathleen helped us sell our condo and buy a house in El Cerrito, all within 2 months. We had limited resources were unable to move out of our condo while we sold it, so Kathleen worked with us by hiring a stager to give us advice on any improvements to be made on the condo before listing and decorating tips, resulting in the place looking professionally staged while on the market. Kathleen also worked with us to get a rent buy back on our sale, so that we would not have to rent before finding and purchasing our home. We sold our condo for the highest sale price recorded in the building to date after receiving multiple offers. In terms of our buying experience, Kathleen moved quickly on all of our requests and gave us the necessarily council on neighborhoods, price points, etc., when needed. Kathleen has known us for years, so she really tailored her strategies to fit our needs, and was extremely thoughtful when dealing with us as buyers. We had a tight budget and required a lot of handholding and reassurance. We were again limited in price point but she encouraged a great deal. The result? We found a single family, 3-bedroom home in a great neighborhood that fit all our needs in El Cerrito, and moved directly from the condo to our new home. We are so grateful for Kathleen for helping us realize our dream of owning a single family home!

      - Adriana