Sondra Oczkus, Your Local Real Estate Connection
REALTOR® since 2005; Broker Associate since 2014.
Specialties: Listing Agent, Global Luxury Specialist, Buyer's Agent, Certified Short Sale Specialist, Certified REO Broker. As an accredited Stager, I offer Professional Staging services and manage any appropriate Remodeling of my listings.
There are many real estate agents in the Bay Area - so why choose me? I began my Real Estate career in 2005, after 19 years in research, oral medicine and dentistry. It is this background that has influenced me to thoroughly research all issues relevant to my clients’ transactions and tirelessly advocating for my clients’ best interests. I understand that every property and every client is unique and I strive to best represent your specific needs and to accentuate the unique attributes of your property. I love the challenge of working with clients to help them stage and sell their home. I also find it equally rewarding to help buyers find the perfect home for their unique circumstance.
I work with a small team of experts. We will stage, paint, and make whatever improvements are needed to obtain the highest price and to increase the number of offers. One of our unique attributes is the ability to transform your house into a potential buyer's dream home. If you are a seller, we know exactly what needs to be accomplished to transform your home into a home that potential buyers can picture themselves in; and we do this all at a minimal charge to you.
Coldwell Banker has a comprehensive marketing approach that targets potential buyers most likely to be in the market for properties such as yours. We also monitor all aspects of the timeline of your listing to ensure that there are a minimum of surprises or delays.
"I believe that buying and selling your home is one of your most important transactions. My objective is to assist you to establish the correct valuation, provide sound advice, negotiate on your behalf and hopefully, retain you and your referrals as clients for life."
I successfully worked through the recession beginning in 2007. I became a Certified REO Broker working with many banks. I also became a Certified Short Sale Specialist so that I could better represent distressed sellers. Additionally, I am a Valuation Specialist for homes and land. As a result of my accurate valuations, all of my listings have sold between 97 and 112 percent of the listing price. As our market has strengthened, I have focused on listing larger luxury properties, unique properties, vineyard properties, and new construction. I have listed and sold every type of property from small condos to luxury vineyard estates.
I work primarily by referral. I also enjoy working with people who are relocating.
I am a long time Marin County resident, currently living in Novato. I have lived in Sausalito, San Rafael, Larkspur, Corte Madera, and am very familiar with the communities within Marin.
I am a graduate of USF, UCSF and a cooperative program at Georgetown.
"I would love to work with you. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss my strategy to sell your home for the highest price in the shortest period of time, or to find the perfect home if you are looking to purchase."
- Broker Associate and President's Club of Excellence.
- Certified Global Luxury Specialist.
- Experience and Results. Just ask my clients!
- MAR member, CAR member, NAR member.
- Multi-lingual: English, Spanish, Italian.
Testaments of Success
“I came to like and respect Ms Oczkus a great deal because of the assistance she gave to a fellow physician and also to a close friend of mine in selling and buying property.
I have had dealings with quite a few realtors in my life and can say Sondra possesses qualities that are hard to find. She is an exceptionally intelligent woman who knows Northern California well (which includes San Francisco and Marin). She studies the local market diligently for each property so that it is priced correctly. She also has an unusual degree of knowledge in financing and how banks operate.
Most importantly, Sondra cares about her clients, and, unlike many realtors, does not bend the truth for her own gain. She recently visited my home and advised me on staging and other aspects to consider when selling, despite knowing I would not be selling in the near future. I appreciated her generosity in this as much as her savvy advise on what to do.
An added bonus is that she works with an excellent contractor whose work I am familiar with from two houses he has done in my neighborhood. Also, if you had any previous work done without permits that would be required prior to selling, this contractor is the best person to obtain those permits retroactively for you at the lowest cost.
If it is important to you to have the best possible realtor to represent you, you will find that person in Sondra Oczkus.” ~ Phyllis Weldon, MD
"I am writing to highly recommend Sondra Oczkus for her stellar service as our real estate agent.She represented our interest very well all through the successful sale of our home in Novato, California during the month of May 2016. She was a constant source of support and guidance through the course of the sale. Sondra was very empathetic and caring during times of stress, as well as persistent and innovative when it was called for." ~ Ed Loker, MD
"Sondra has performed real estate services for me for many years and she has always delivered outstanding results, with a professionalism and classiness that is unmatched. Her personal and professional integrity is consistent and impressive and she can be relied upon to execute a game plan, solve any challenges on her own, and deliver optimal results time after time. Sondra has also assisted many of my clients in launching and executing their real estate transactions and those clients always report back to me that they have been extraordinarily impressed with Sondra's service. She is super smart, super competent, super diplomatic and extraordinarily savvy. I will continue to use Sondra for future real estate transactions as I know that I can rely on her, and that she will always deliver outstanding results." ~ David Sutton, Esq.
“If you want an agent who makes you and your needs their top priority, then get Sondra for your agent. If you want an agent who is a skilled negotiator, experienced, ethical, knowledgeable, and goes the extra mile for you... You need Sondra to be your agent.
It was difficult for me to sell the house we lived in for 28 years. Sondra was so helpful and patient with me. We were fortunate she was our agent. In fact, we were so pleased and impressed by her, we chose her to be our agent when we bought our new home. She is the best, and I recommend her to anyone who wants an excellent agent. If you want the best, an agent who will make your needs their top priority, then get Sondra.
Do you want someone who is a savoy negotiator, experienced, knowledgeable, goes the extra mile for you? Then get Sondra. She is also very patient with stressed out emotional clients as I was. We were so impressed by her that we chose her to be our agent for the house we bought. I highly recommend her, you may regret using someone else, for many realtors are not as good as she is.” ~ Elaine Caruana
“I had every confidence in Sondra’s abilities in this difficult field when I retained her in the search for a suitable commercial office building for my consulting electrical engineering firm. As I expected, Sondra performed well beyond even my most optimistic expectations” ~ J. Myer, San Rafael
“Sondra is the reason that I closed Escrow and was able to finally own my first home.
She worked tirelessly on my behalf.
As a real estate professional she will represent you and your interests beyond your expectations.
I wouldn't hesitate to use her again.” ~ Andrew Miller
“My wife and I had a wonderful experience working with Sondra! We met her casually at an open house in Marin and she and her partner Jeff went out of their normal territory to find us a perfect place in Pinole. Sondra wrote a really smart and fair offer that got our foot in the door right away, and she guided us through the whole process with professionalism and warmth.” ~ Jonathan Francis
“The best real estate salesperson I have had the pleasure of working with. She goes beyond the norm to protect her client and assure her client that the very best deal has been reached before she recommends the offer be accepted.” ~ Eddie Powell
“I listed my commercial 10 unit apartment building in San Rafael, CA with Broker Sondra Oczkus. I interviewed 3 agents and I felt confident that Sondra had strong knowledge of the local market and was very clear when informing me what to expect as a seller. I am an experienced real estate investor but it had been a while since I had sold a property. Sondra guided me through the process and anticipated issues that would have been obstacles for my sale. For example she checked my permit history and helped me get permits finalized that had been neglected by various contractors who had worked on my property. She accompanied me through the resale inspection and seem to have good relationships with the city inspectors. My property required some structural updates and Sondra introduced to an architect and structural engineer that prioritized my job so we could meet our buyer's timeline. I also feel she negotiated very well on my behalf. Sondra was consistently responsive to my questions and accommodating to my schedule. I highly recommend her and I would give her a 5 star rating. I would certainly hire Sondra as my agent again.” ~ Norman Ciampi