Reviews on Zillow
"J & J are the best in the business as far as we are concerned! They helped us buy our home in the Westbrae area of Berkeley ten years ago, and sell it ... more "
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"My husband and I have had the honor of working with John and Judith on multiple occasions. They initially assisted my husband's mother with the sale ... more "
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…you had OUR best interest in mind, not your own."

"Having moved many times for business, we have bought and sold numerous homes, and have worked with a number of Realtors; working with you was a unique experience. Throughout the entire process, we always felt as though you were our partners and that you had OUR best interest in mind, not your own. In a commission-driven industry, this orientation is a rarity. You also demonstrated tremendous knowledge of the area and of the listing brokers. Lastly, your reputation as honest business people representing serious buyers seemed to carry a lot of weight in the local brokerage community."

Matt J. & Alison G.

Their integrity is unimpeachable."

"The Ratcliffes are consummate professionals, with a disciplined approach that results in the highest price for sellers and the best opportunities for buyers. They are gracious and patient, coaching their clients through the inevitable stresses and surprises of real estate transactions. Their integrity is unimpeachable. Honesty, fair play, and the interests of their clients are more important to the Ratcliffes than personal financial gain."

"...improve the property for maximum return..."

"The Ratcliffes advised me exactly how to improve the property for maximum return. In some cases, they suggested improvements I had not considered; in others, they advised against investments that would not provide a good return. When the house was ready for sale, they executed a very disciplined sales strategy, resulting in seven offers. After some negotiation, we accepted an offer well above my target price, with a two-week escrow and no contingencies."

Paul W.

…we knew we could trust you…"

"It was apparent from my first conversation with Judith that you approach the real estate business on a deeper and more personal level than as a way to make a living. When we met you in person, we knew we could trust you to guide us through the process with integrity and understanding. Above all, you were sensitive to my father's feelings as he said a final good-bye to his home. I recall John saying that you saw your role as one of helping us through one of life's transitions, and that is exactly what you accomplished."

Leslie J.

…great negotiators…"

"We highly recommend our agents, John and Judith Ratcliffe. We have bought two houses and sold one with them. They are extremely knowledgeable, professional, organized, great negotiators, experienced (since 1986), very attentive to our needs, and they have an excellent reputation among other agents. To us, what sets them apart from other agents is, in addition to their knowledge and success in real estate, they are just really nice people and you will enjoy working with them."

Alyson W. & Richard L.

Their confidence and sense of humor..."

"'They're the best,' my architect friend told me, and I'm happy to report that my experience confirmed his recommendation. From the outset John and Judith maintained the highest standard of ethics, openness, availability, supportiveness and diligence. Their attention to detail was great, their explanations were invariably helpful, and one couldn't hope for smarter or nicer people to work with. Last, but not least, I found their approach to things extremely refreshing. Their confidence and sense of humor kept me going throughout the process."

Ted N. knowledge of the local market..."

"John & Judith are a great team - both with years of expert knowledge of the local market, housing stock and marketing trends. Their organizational skills are stunning; I am a detail-obsessed control freak myself and was able to relax and trust that Judith and John were on top of every step of the complicated process. Most valuable in our mind was how deeply ethical they both are, and how very well respected they are by other agents in the area.Their diligence and great working relationships with other agents really paid off for us when it came time to hear offers on our house.

Because we were working with an East Coast relocation company for our move, we had a complicated sale process, which meant reams of additional paperwork for John & Judith to deal with. They handled the whole thing with remarkable good cheer and excellent attention to detail that spared us many headaches and netted us many extra thousands of dollars."

Katie W.

....the wisdom of the advice…"

"You were wonderful in listening to us and counseling us through each step of the process - sometimes bending yourselves to our strong wishes but more often getting us to see the wisdom of the advice you have accumulated in your many years in the business. And we discovered that your reputation for integrity and quality was well established in the real estate community, which led to there being large numbers of prospective buyers who made competitive bids for the home - resulting in a very good price."

David & Leslie L.

…include their clients as members of their team."

"John and Judith work together as a true team. In reaching team decisions, John and Judith clearly bounce ideas off each other in order to combine the fruits of their individual experience and wisdom. We could call either one of them with questions and suggestions without feeling that the other was really the main agent for us. John and Judith also include their clients as members of their team. They listen to their clients and decisions are made jointly with their clients; all decisions were made on the basis of what was best in the long run for us as the clients.

On the day the bids for the house were opened, John and Judith fully demonstrated their extensive experience and high reputation. They explained in detail to us the strengths and weaknesses of each bid, and they made extremely valuable recommendations which they then followed through to an excellent conclusion."

Timothy & Christine L. business with anyone else?"

"After interviewing three other real estate agents, we selected John & Judith Ratcliffe to help us sell our home and buy another. It was one of the wisest decisions we've made. We knew how important the sale of our old home and the purchase of our new one were to us. John & Judith made us feel that these things were just as important to them. After doing business with the Ratcliffes, we have only one unanswered question: Why would anyone seeking to buy or sell real estate do business with anyone else?"

Larry R. & Karen B-R.

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