One of Real Estate magazine's 50 Realtors on the RISE! Winner, Leaders in Luxury "Overall Excellence in Personal Marketing" award, 2008 national meeting. Full time broker specializing in Piedmont.
Get to know Maureen Kennedy
Knows the Value of Work
Maureen began working at 14 in the kitchen of a roadhouse restaurant in Alice Springs, Australia during spring break. Her job was to scrub down the kitchen every morning. Her positions since then-from factory HR clerk to head of a statewide economics organization (before 25) to Ford Foundation grantmaker to Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at HUD-carried increasing responsibility. But her sense of hard work and generosity of time has never gone away. As she says in her marketing material, "some people consider you a prospect; I consider you a client." That is, she listens carefully and offers assistance, period. She gets paid as a transaction closes, or when a client refers her to a friend or colleague, or with a "thank you." Maureen's "get invested first" approach works.
Maureen loves finding new information about a home that adds to its value, and developing creative offers with buyers that meet seller's needs better than the competition. It's all about listening. She is committed to using cutting edge marketing ideas, technology and negotiating strategies on clients' behalf. As a result, she has taken over 500 hours of real estate course work and training on these topics, in addition to her real estate finance emphasis at Harvard. Moreover, she deepened her negotiating, analysis, writing and marketing/lobbying skills earlier in her career.
Maureen has lived in Piedmont since her cross country move in late 1996, and her spouse is from Marin County. As a result, she is familiar with the strengths of many neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area region. Between her work, raising three boys, organizing the cub scout program in Piedmont, and seeking out new walks for her dog, she has a detailed knowledge of the neighborhoods, schools, museums, and parks in the East Bay. Ask her about "casual carpooling!" She writes two detailed real estate market newsletters each quarter, one for Piedmont and one for the Ocean View neighborhood of Berkeley; the Piedmont version is picked up by the local paper. She knows the East Bay market intimately, knows what our market expects in the way of a clean offer that protects your interests or a carefully prepared and evaluated home ready for the market.
Perhaps most important is her tailored approach to each client with whom she works. Her clients want homes, second homes, investment properties, long-term rentals, high-end condos, traditional condos, and West Oakland lofts. They want to sell condos, luxury homes, fixers, duplexes, and the homes in which they raised their children. They are office managers, corporate VPs, law partners, engineers, sales managers, retired pilots, professors and artists. Each situation is unique, and she approaches it that way from the beginning of the relationship.
Buying and selling real estate is complex, usually a once-every-several-years enterprise; it's an emotional endeavor leavened with data and analysis. Each home is unique, and each household's needs are unique. Maureen understands this, and feels that cookie-cutter service doesn't cut it in this business!
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BA, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
MPA2, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA
Attended Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Over 500 Hours of Real Estate-Specific Training:Prudential California Realty Training NAR Code of Ethics Training Legal Aspects of Real Estate Real Estate Appraisal Real Estate Economics Real Estate Finance Real Estate Practice Real Estate Principles Escrows Real Estate Brokerage Luxury Home Marketing Certification At Home with Diversity Certification E-Pro Certification Hispanic Marketing Certification Creating Value for Clients Notary Public Training §1031 Exchange CE Accredited Staging Professional Harvard Negotiation Project