Negotiation is not a coin toss. I don’t go in saying “let’s see how it goes”. I go in to win, prepared to secure a successful deal for my clients.
Who knew, when I received advanced degrees in business management, marketing and Rumanian from a top university in my native Paris, that I would make my way to a happy real estate career in California? Certainly, not me. As it turns out, my studies were perfect preparation: mastering contracts and understanding the nuances of legalese are an important aspect of my work today.
Bonjours! I’m Valerie. While my academic success gave me a strong business foundation, it’s really my innate curiosity, and the people side of real estate that got me hooked, and pulls me forward. As an Oakland resident deeply connected to the community, I understand our complicated, fast-moving East Bay market. Living in the Millsmont neighborhood, where I run a babysitting co-op and a gardening group and founded the neighborhood association, I practice skills that I put to use in real estate every day working with sellers: landscaping, interior design, construction, and great communication.
I know it’s a sellers’ market, but I love working with buyers, and I’m good at it. Buyers shouldn’t have to write 15 offers; they should write one: the one that wins! As an optimist, and someone who is solutions-oriented, navigating potential hurdles comes easily. I take nothing and no one for granted. I think people can tell how much I love this work and how much pleasure it gives me to solve problems.
And finally, a transaction should be fun! I tell my clients what to expect so there are no surprises. Then I handle the stress, the paperwork, and the negotiation so they can enjoy the ride, knowing I’ve got them covered.
My childhood dream was to have the superpower of being able to be in two places at once (le don d’ubiquite in French). Now, as a Realtor, I’m making it appear true, by being highly organized and surrounding myself with the best possible partners. Working with Danny and the team at Winkler Real Estate Group is fantastic. Not only is Danny the best broker on earth, he’s the most amazing agent, person, and friend. If he can do anything to help me he will, and I suspect he is quietly supportive of all of us that way.
When I’m not on the job, my young daughter and I are exploring all that the Bay Area has to offer. We love Fairyland, Redwood Regional Park, all the glorious farmer’s markets and the Oakland Zoo. Sofia also loves to accompany me at an Open House from time to time, and gives the cutest home tour ever!
“Valerie knows how to make magic happen”
Valerie is more than an amazing agent; she is a super-hero agent! We could never thank her enough for helping us getting our first house in the States. We gave her an impossibly tight timeframe --- with her help we quickly found the perfect property. It was our first offer and got accepted right away!! Valerie knows how to make magic happen. You feel comfortable knowing she has made sure you know everything you need to.