Linda Van Drent Real Estate Agent at Coldwell Banker

Linda Van Drent

Real Estate Agent at
Coldwell Banker

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  • Relocations
  • Luxury Specialist

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Agent Highlights

Linda sells properties fast - selling more than 43% quicker than the average Oakland agent.
Linda is a SFH expert - working with over 67% more single family homes than the average Oakland agent.
Linda also has Townhome expertise - working with over 10 more townhomes than the average agent.

More about Linda Van Drent

From the moment the process begins to long after her clients receive their new set of keys or check, Linda’s commitment to her clients is continuous and unmatched. Focusing on clients’ goals, negotiating the best outcome, and providing award-winning customer service has made Linda one of the area’s most sought after real estate Brokers. This makes Linda Van Drent one of the area’s most sought after Real Estate Brokers. After three decades of successful transactions, Linda is proficient in helping clients market and purchase homes, luxury homes, and investment properties. Her connections with the industry’s top professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area and longstanding reputation among fellow real estate professionals gives her clients an advantage when working with her. She is committed to ensuring a successful stress-free and smooth close of escrow. A graduate in interior ...
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Sells Homes Fast 2020




Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), e-PRO®, Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI)


Coldwell Banker Top 100, and Coldwell Banker Top 2%

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Linda Van Drent's Reviews & Ratings

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Linda Van Drent

    • Linda is a fantastic agent!-- Her knowledge of the entire Lamorinda area is incredibly vast and intricate. She takes the time to *listen* to her client's specific needs and then works tirelessly to find the perfect place for them with no pressure, no sales tactics. I can't tell you how refreshing that is. Linda is a rare gem in the real estate world, and we would use her again without hesitation! Highly recommended.

      - Joan D
    • Linda Van Drent helped us navigate smoothly through the emotional time of selling my mother's home. Linda was always just a phone call or text away with an answer to any questions we had. Her expertise and knowledge of the market were invaluable and the results were better than we ever anticipated. We received five offers and sold the house for over the asking price. We enjoyed working with Linda and I would recommend her to anyone who is selling or buying a house

      - Liz Reynolds
    • Linda is an absolute pleasure to work with. Her experience and knowledge are second to none. Linda's guidance in regards to the purchase of our home was always prompt, very insightful, and backed by years of experience. We had several complicated options regarding the purchase of our home, and Linda was incredibly patient as we worked out the details. We never felt any pressure and valued her opinions as we worked through the decision making the process. Above all, she genuinely understood our needs and is extremely respectful and caring. Buying and selling real estate can be a very stressful experience, but Linda was always by our side to provide answers to our questions and guide us through to our successful purchase. We highly recommend Linda Van Drent!

      - Jon L.
    • Linda Van Drent is worth every one of those five stars! We first met Linda at the end of March 2013, when she came highly recommended by our mortgage broker. We said we wanted one person that could handle both the sale of our home in Oakland and help us buy a home in Contra Costa County. Linda's name was at the top of a concise list. In three short months, Linda made it all happen. We readied our house, received multiple offers (over asking price), toured several homes, and ultimately purchased a great house in Walnut Creek, our #1 target location. Linda has a great sense of aesthetic, is extremely professional, organized, responsive, well connected, and a keen negotiator, which all worked to our advantage. We always felt we were in good hands working with Linda and would recommend her to anyone

      - Greg Elby
    • Linda Van Drent ultimately met all my expectations and needs to sell my house. Her knowledge of all steps in the process, including establishing an attractive list price, resulted in multiple initial offers and an even higher accepted final offer that was substantially over the list price. My home sold within days with a smooth closing. She was able to offer excellent suggestions for preparing my house for sale that revealed her current knowledge of the market. As an established Realtor, she has an extensive list of trusted contacts, and this facilitated the process for me as I had little time to devote to the entire process. Linda was thoroughly professional, punctual, and reliable but also supportive and understanding through a time of stress. I always felt confident that she was working to obtain the best possible outcome. I completely recommend her.

      - Ramona Wilson
    • Linda helped us relocate into the East Bay from the East Coast and was a tremendous resource in helping us find a home in Danville. Her extensive knowledge of the area allowed us to search for multiple communities in an efficient manner and allowed for a smooth transition. After two years in Danville, my employment location changed and we turned to Linda to help us sell the house. This transaction involved a large relocation company that set many process requirements and challenges that she negotiated without a hitch. The market was very competitive, and Linda helped us prepare the house and developed a strategy to maximize the market price. We have purchased five homes, and our experiences with Linda were the most professional and successful experiences that we have completed.

      - C. Burgess
    • Linda literally changed my life by getting me out of a big house where I had lived for 40 years with my family of six. She found a beautiful townhome that made downsizing a pleasure. She also helped me prepare my home for sale. Linda knows pricingmy home sold for the asking price and my new townhome was purchased in a sellers market. Linda is a wonderful resource for all things relating to your real estate needs, whether they are a window washer or a stager. If you are selling or buying, call Linda. She is the best!

      - R. Rude
    • Linda helped me find my dream home and then negotiated against 6 other buyers to actually win it. I had no idea the negotiation process was so complicated and positioning was so important. Linda is a real pro. If you want to get what you want, make sure you have Linda on your side.

      - J. Smith
    • We owned a very unusual property in Orinda, extremely aesthetic and unique. Our home had been on the market prior to a major remodel, and for this listing, we were extremely selective in our choice of our Realtor and office. We were confident the timing to the list was right, and we were desirous of the best representation available. We had a prolonged listing with many prospects and one extremely low offer. Knowing we faced this challenge of selling our property, Linda kept us apprised of the many complex factors operating in the market. We had many discussions about the marketing, timing of open houses, outreach, and pricing. On all occasions, there was a dialogue; it was constructive and well considered, and the decisions reached were sound and well-reasoned. Over the tenure of the listing, we were incredibly fortunate to work with Linda Van Drent. She maintained the highest standards on all levels. Communications, assessment, follow through, and support was excellent. Her attention to details and her accessibility were consistent and unwavering. We were able to develop a close relationship of trust and respect, which characterized our entire experience. She is a consummate professional. We want to express our appreciation to you for your exceptional professional service. We happily recommend your services to friends, family, and colleagues!

      - R. Wyatt
    • After moving across the country over ten times and buying and selling homes each time, you are the best agent I have ever worked with! Thank you so much!

      - S. Griffie
    • Linda is an absolute pleasure to work with. Her experience and knowledge are second to none. Linda's guidance in regards to the purchase of our home was always prompt, very insightful, and backed by years of experience. We had several complicated options regarding the purchase of our home, and Linda was incredibly patient as we worked out the details. We never felt any pressure and valued her opinions as we worked through the decision making the process. Above all, she genuinely understood our needs and is extremely respectful and caring. Buying and selling real estate can be a very stressful experience, but Linda was always by our side to provide answers to our questions and guide us through to our successful purchase. We highly recommend Linda Van Drent!

      - C. Truitt
    • We were delighted with our experience with Linda Van Drent. She helped us through the entire process of selling my mother-in-laws house from getting the house ready to sell to negotiating an over the asking price sale. Linda was straightforward, honest, knowledgeable, and great about communicating with us. Her creative eye for design and staging strategies helped the house stand out and sell quickly in a challenging market - for more than we imagined! We thoroughly enjoyed working with Linda.

      - S. Williams
    • Linda Van Drent is a fantastic realtor. She is a no-pressure individual who stepped in firmly as our advocate and negotiated a deal that was much better than we had hoped, even when others made better offers. She is extremely attentive to detail, responsive to calls and questions, seems to know just about everyone, and provides an abundance of resources if you need them. What we liked most about her (other than saving us money) is that she has a keen sense of timing and knows when to offer assistance and when to walk away and let you experience the property to see if it's right for you. Buying a property is stressful. She hung in there with me, even when I had an attitude that wasn't that pleasant. She didn't take it personally. She understood what we needed and sorted out a path to achieve it. We can't say enough about her that is positive.

      - L. Walker
    • My wife and I are firm fans of Linda Van Drent. If we need a real estate transaction, she is our go-to agent.She recently sold our condo in Walnut Creek. It was sold within days after we gave Linda the listing, and the price was more than our original estimate. She guided us to pay, and it was better than we had anticipated. The reason we went to Linda for this sale is that she represented us in buying our house in Oakland earlier in the year. The seller was a somewhat tricky individual, but Linda worked the deals, and she did it in a challenging situation as we were on vacation in Europe during the initial stages of the agreement. We would not hesitate to recommend Linda for selling or buying a home. She knows the East Bay area; she knows its properties; she knows how to comp a property, and she knows other agents in the area that she can deal with to make a transaction work

      - Walt Bussey
    • Linda is brilliant, artistic, and focused. I can't recommend her highly enough especially for anyone facing a challenging sale or move. Linda intrinsically understands the art of the transaction (whether representing the seller or the buyer) and is a strong advocate to have on your side. She's simply the best and her clients fortunate to have her working for them.

      - Pamela Mantor
    • We were introduced to Linda Van Drent from a person that had been through the daunting challenge that we were faced with: losing a special relative and having to sell her beloved home of 57 years. Linda led us through all the hurdles we encountered. From the cleaning out, staging, and most important, the marketing, Linda was extremely thorough, very professional and so easy to work with. We formed a team and worked together for our common goal, the selling of the home in a very uncertain market and succeeded.

      - P. Kendall
    • Linda not only educated us but also guided us through the marketing process to sell our Moraga property. Her efforts led to a successful conclusion long before all our competition. We want to personally thank her. Now we truly can move on with our lives.

      - George Hasa
    • Linda Van Drent is a very efficient real estate broker, who puts you in the right hands at every step. Efficiency and high standards has been the recurrent theme of our relationship, even before we moved to California. From New York (where we lived eight years), Linda took care of us with such a "class" that interacting with her was already a treat. She is very calm, which is another treat when you are in a stressful situation of home hunting. But what surprised me the most was a true talent of understanding your complex needs by simplifying them with compelling sentences. Linda has a natural talent to clarify everything for you. This is impressive. Another characteristic (if I may say so!) is that this is not about her, this is about YOU and what is best for you to achieve your goals: and makes you benefit from her extensive network. Linda keeps accompanying us today, long after our home has been purchased, with appropriate professional recommendations. It's good to feel supported and to be taking care of that way. It gives me the feeling that any dream is easily achievable with Linda. I wanted to warmly thank you, Linda, for everything

      - Stephen L
    • It was our great fortune to work with Linda Van Drent; she is such an expert in real estate that her work seems like magic! Linda treated us as though we were her only clients, generously giving of her time and attention. She provided us with hands-on expertise on everything from setting the selling price to helping us choose paint colors and materials for cost-effectively presenting our home most appealingly. The net result of Linda's amazing skill and service was the sale of our home only ten days after listing, for more than the asking price. We heartily recommend Linda to anyone considering buying or selling a home

      - R. Bruno
    • When I sold my home in Alamo, I chose Linda Van Drent to be my agent. From the start of the process to the completion of the sale, her knowledge of the process and attention to details was impressive. The home was prepared for sale in such a manner that all potential issues were addressed beforehand. The level of communication and educating me about the process was invaluable, as one does not sell a home every day. Because of her knowledge and expertise, the sale was unbelievably smooth. I got the price I wanted, and there were no unanticipated bumps in the road through escrow. I cannot be happier.

      - Leslie Blinn
    • Linda helped us sell our home in Oakland. We were still in shell shock from a horrendous buying experience years earlier (while represented by a different agent), so we began the process exceptionally on edge. Nonetheless, Linda helped us navigate every step of the process like a PRO. From pre-listing repairs to marketing to pricing, to negotiation, to attention to detail in the paperwork, to hand-holding and long phone conversations throughout the process, Linda exceeded our expectations in every way. She's responsive, thoughtful, honest, respectful, experienced, and knowledgeable: in every way a true professional. Linda is a strong advocate--with integrity--and we highly recommend her.

      - Jay Nelson
    • Linda spent time with us about three years ago while we were considering a move to the Bay Area from Virginia. She never rushed us and nailed our taste perfectly. Ultimately we decided not to move west, but Linda was professional and kind despite our having "wasted" her time. Fast forward and our children in Oakland wanted to sell their home. We recommended Linda to them. They hired her and never looked back. Linda got a fair price for them in a most professional, straightforward, helpful, and kind way, with total integrity. We know that our children were pleased with Linda as their agent, and so we were as well. We highly recommend Linda with no reservations.

      - Jim Naldy
    • When it came time to sell my home, I asked for referrals and was directed to Linda. I quickly realized the value and wisdom of her advice and feel my sale was so successful because of Linda's guidance. Linda has tremendous knowledge of the local market, she has a keen eye for what the buyer wants, and she is very responsive. As a nervous seller, I was relieved to know I had access to her at any time. She quickly responded to all manner of questions and kept me calm during a tense time. I'm grateful to Linda for all her help and guidance. My house sold within days for more than I ever thought possible thanks to Linda. I highly recommend her services!

      - S M
    • Linda is a consummate professional who knows the market well and is adept at managing the whole process! We worked with her to sell and buy. We were extremely pleased with both transactions. We highly recommend her

      - Tim and Lisa Weyland
    • We were extremely impressed with Linda in every way possible that one can be with a Real Estate professional. Although we decided to buy out of the East Bay ultimately, we were impressed with Linda's knowledge of the small and diverse neighborhoods and areas from Castro Valley to Oakland to Berkeley to Lafayette and Orinda. Linda demonstrated intimate knowledge concerning single properties, seller histories, and past owner histories of properties near her listings, but ones which she wasn't even listing personally. As a buyer or seller, you want an agent that is plugged-in to the local markets and intimately aware of the climate not only in real estate but the overall state of the lending markets and the economy in general. Linda goes above and beyond to be responsive, knowledgeable, and an expert on how to get the best deal on the best property. When we ultimately decided to move to Marin, Linda was able to refer us to some very expert, energetic, and comparable agents there. On top of all this expertise, ability, and knowledge, Linda is down-to-earth, genuine, and personable. If you're considering buying property in the East Bay, be sure to contact Linda Van Drent.

      - Dave and Terri
    • Linda helped me to find my new home, an Oakland condo, in last year's challenging market. Even though my budget put me near the bottom of what was available, Linda made me feel as if I were here only client as she researched properties and guided me to them. After several months an offer was accepted. Linda's high quality of knowledge and professionalism continued throughout the escrow process. I recommend highly that anyone seeking real estate guidance in this area should contact Linda.

      - Ki Cotter
    • Linda has served us through three homes over the last 14 homes. She is very diligent and thorough with her service, and we always could count on her to come through with answers or resources to overcome issues. She has an extensive network of real estate professionals and can get the word out about any home extensively. A consummate professional in her field, we would highly recommend Linda for any residential real estate opportunity.

      - John Latchford
    • Linda is extremely knowledgeable and professional. She guided us through the sale of our family home and made the process a smooth one during a difficult time. I would work with Linda again and recommend her to anyone buying or selling a home.

      - Richard Murray
    • I highly recommend Linda. A friend of mine who is a real estate agent in another office first recommended Linda to me. I am the trustee for my father's estate. He owned a house in Lafayette, California that was extremely rundown. The house had a lot of potentials but needed a lot of work. I was overwhelmed on what to do with it. Also, my siblings are beneficiaries and had their ideas, so it was a complicated situation. Linda approached the whole thing in a very calm, organized, professional, and reassuring manner. She said it was her job to help me get the house ready for the market. She had excellent ideas about what we needed to do, arranged for carpenters, painters, and landscapers and developed a schedule for all of them. Everything came together, and it was very smooth. The house sold very rapidly, and all beneficiaries were extremely pleased with the outcome. We could not be more delighted. Thank you, Linda!

      - Robin Wythe
    • We had worked with Linda for an uncommonly lengthy period of >6-years before securing our hill-top home & retreat in Moraga, CA; sheer perseverance to detail & a gritty objective towards acquiring the needful, in what we considered would be our retirement abode, drove Linda to raise the bar beyond expectations. Her courtesy & patience with our nitpickiness on style & location, the 50 or more homes that we microscopically viewed & rated, endless negotiations on the final par excellence...she is one of a kind...and she was instrumental in staging & selling our previous home at above market rates. We couldn't be happier with the expertise that she brought to the table

      - Rahdeb
    • We were trying to find a newer home in the East Bay and were from out of town/state. Linda made it very easy for us when we flew into town to look at houses. She had them all arranged, setup based on our criteria and also provided other ideas. The process was very easy and Linda provided us a ton of local information that we did not know. She provided maps, stuff on schools, restaurants, etc - this helped us pick an area. Would highly recommend for outside buyers

      - Steve Sapletal
    • Linda came highly recommended by some friends in East Bay, and we certainly couldn't have been more thrilled with the outcome of our sale. Linda was incredibly patient and helpful in assisting us in getting everything in order to maximize our exposure in an incredibly competitive Bay marketplace. She is classy, professional and we felt incredibly comfortable in her managing the sale of our house after we had already moved to a new state. Her experience and contacts within the area are unsurpassed, and she shares her vast knowledge in regard to market timing, pre-sale preparations, comparable sale research to properly price for the market and ultimately negotiation and finding the right buyer. Linda took what is certainly an emotional, stressful and, at times, drawn-out experience and made it smooth and manageable through her diligence and attention to detail. She even graciously offered to water our plants during the contract period! Anything it took to complete the sale... We feel confident that our home sold for absolutely the top dollar amount possible - a record in the Temescal neighborhood, to boot. Thanks again for all you did for us, Linda.

      - Wendy Mayo
    • We were fortunate to have worked with Linda twice in a short time frame. When we relocated to CA, we had a specific area where we wanted to live, and strict criteria for the house. Linda managed to fulfill all requirements, in a timely manner, and patient attitude.Within two years, we were relocated again, and we asked Linda to sell our home. Linda made this process painless, and successful. She is a true professional, with a wealth of knowledge of the Bay area

      - Helen Johnson
    • Linda helped us buy our first home in the area and recently helped us sell a condo. She is a pleasure to work with, very knowledgeable, and shows great integrity in dealing with both sides of whatever transaction she is managing. I would recommend her without hesitation.

      - Jim M
    • Linda helped us with our home purchase in Lafayette, CA, which closed 3/31/17. From our initial meeting with Linda in late 2016, she was prepared (even brought pastries for us too!!) and listened to exactly what we were looking for. Once the market picked up after the holidays, we began looking at properties. She was extremely responsive and got us into homes right away...and she accompanied us on every visit sometimes spending 3+ hours with us on a Saturday. The third time was the charm, and our offer was accepted early March. Linda was closely involved in the negotiation process and helped to guide both us as buyers and the sellers' agent through somewhat difficult, tense times. She also worked with our lender as needed. Linda has great contacts that we used for inspections - her contacts were able to turn inspections around before our five-day deadline. After inspections, she accompanied us to the loan doc signing and the final walk-through of the house. She even spent an afternoon with us and both sets of our parents showing them the house and let me tell you that's not an easy feat with six interested, question-filled folks. We were very impressed with Linda and felt we got an extremely personalized experience as compared to experiences with team agents that we had in the past. Linda is intelligent and well versed in the market, very responsive, and will be there by your side to help you through the end. She also had great tips and reminders to help us along the way which were very helpful to us. Linda, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us find our dream home!!

      - Sarah Randall
    • Linda helped me to move back to the Bay Area in a very competitive market with a very small inventory and a lot of demand. I also had a list of necessaries that narrowed the field considerably. Linda was very sensitive to my needs and desires. Linda was extremely responsive and I feel she was a true friend throughout this process. She has gone above and beyond on my behalf. I would heartily recommend Linda.

      - PK
    • There's no one like Linda! We made a cross-country move to the Bay Area. Linda helped us get acquainted with several towns in the area by showing us properties, giving us insights on schools, town culture, etc. After deciding to rent, she helped us navigate the competitive rental market and went above and beyond in securing the property for us (i.e. video-conferencing with us as she visited the property on our behalf since we were 2,000 miles away, providing recommendations on how to get our foot into the door, hand-delivering time-sensitive paperwork to tenant). During the rental period, she consistently kept us abreast of new homes that fit our criteria and market trends in the area. In the end, we found the perfect home and Linda made the process both thorough and seamless. She was very attentive to detail during inspections, astute with negotiations and was on top of it when it came to closing allowing us to close within 30 days! We highly recommend Linda!

      - Trupti Haldar
    • Throughout the last fifteen years, I have had the experience of purchasing and selling a few houses and moving a lot. Thus, I have seen and worked with quite a few real estate agents. Linda is one of the best real estate agents out there. She is a real Professional. It took us a very long time to find the home that satisfied every criteria on our long list of must have and all throughout the process Linda was very patient, positive and responsive. Linda has the tenacity to pursue every possible lead. She showed us numerous houses that were not even listed yet. Linda is very proactive. Oftentimes Linda would go and see the house herself first and then report back to us with her findings and recommendations. Linda built a vast network of contacts, including other real estate agents and brokers, potential sellers, interior designers, contractors, architects, etc. Linda understands all the nuances of the local housing market (we were looking in Lafayette and Orinda). Linda has always answered every call or email no matter what time of day or night it was. Her professionalism, mentorship, knowledge, honesty, and strong work ethic are much respected and appreciated. We were not the easiest buyers, and the process was long and very disappointing, but Linda was very positive and very encouraging. And finally, we found the house of our dreams which I honestly did not believe exist and obviously this was the house of dreams for many people. We ended up in a bidding war. Linda did her best to get us more information on the sellers expectation and other bidders' price and work out the right strategy to win it. In this kind of situation, things could change every minute, and she always kept us informed on every new detail she could find out. Softly but firmly, Linda helped us to shape up the winning price and strategy, and it worked. Ultimately our team with Linda as our coach won the huge bidding war and our offer was accepted. There was overall eight offers, and we won!!!!. I really doubt that we couldve won this war without Lindas efforts. Linda is a fantastic Realtor and a wonderful person overall

      - Inna Bimits
    • I highly recommend Linda Van Drent to anybody facing the daunting task of getting their home ready for sale. Lindas vast knowledge of the real estate market, coupled with a professional design background made it possible for her to give me a concise plan. She made an outline, provided names of resources, and helped me get estimates. Together we developed a project plan and proceeded. The results are wonderful, and I dont think I couldve done it without her. Thank you again for all your help!

    • I've used Linda to buy and sell multiple properties. Consistently, she is well-versed, attentive to detail, and provides the personal touch that contributes to an overall positive and productive experience. After working with several agents, I find that her active listening skills target my specific needs, which then eliminates that extra effort in zeroing in on what is desired. For me, her skills saved me a whole lot of time, energy, and stress. When it comes to negotiation, it was her delivery of my offer that secured the property even when my dollar amount was less than others. Further, she seems to know everyone, how they work, and how to position herself for the best outcome. She is a genuine, honest and educated professional I can trust

      - Elizabeth Walker
    • Linda was recommended to me when I was looking to purchase my first house, in Oakland and I used Linda again when I sold that house. I cannnot say enough good things about Linda. She it 100% customer focused. When we were buying the house, she spent a lot of time time getting to know us and understanding what it was we were looking for, and was able to make suggestions to us that we hadn't thought of. She is a dream to work with. Her knowledge of the area was second to none, she new exactly what we had to do to ensure we made the strongest offer possible (not easy in the Bay Area market when you don't have all cash!). And I genuinely believe that we would not have won the bidding for our house had it not been for Linda. When we were selling the house, Linda was so helpful in providing us all the information we needed to decide whether we should sell or rent out in a totally unbiased way. She must have spent hours talking through all scenarios with me, and going back over all the information with me when i was flip-flopping between selling and renting. And once we decided to sell, she not only knew how we could get top dollar for the house, but also had all the contacts we needed (i.e painters, stagers, electricians etc) but went so far as to schedule a lot of it for us AND was even present at the house for those visits when I couldn't be. You will not find a better realtor to work with if you're looking to buy a house in the East Bay. Absolutely fantastic

      - Alana Smith
    • I met Linda when I interviewed three top selling agents in the Orinda / Lafayette / Moraga area. She stood out from her peers with her interest and sensitivity to our needs as well as thorough knowledge and expertise of the area's markets. When we were making the decision to sell our house she provided a professional Comparative Market Analysis. In addition to doing this excellent study, she had a vision of how to remodel the house (which had been a rental for years) for the likely buyers in the market. Linda has an excellent flair for design. We implemented that fantastic vision with first class contractors that she recommended who were also on schedule and budget. The end result was a beautiful house which fetched multiple offers at top dollar. I would not hesitate to hire Linda again and I highly recommend her

      - Kim Von Blohn