"My father passed away leaving a rag -tag, vintage home in Sausalito and leaving me a deer in headlights as what to do with the property for a good sale with not a great deal of money to spend. A friend referred me to Sherrie Faber at First California and she took this project on, advised me on what I needed to do to the home. She hung in with me for a year on this. She was absolutely right and supported me the entire way, offering great help in the process and suggesting vendors to do the work, getting me great deals and marvelous results. She has 30 years experience in the area and has the best contacts. A house sale can be quite complex, especially in probate. Sherrie's knowledge and expertise guided me through this smoothly and we sold the home in one week after public listing, and only one open house, at a far higher price than I had expected, to the perfect buyer. Our whole family is grateful to Sherrie. She knows the market well and you can't beat the personal attention to detail and general all around optimism and "can do" attitude. I suggest her highly, above all larger real estate companies in the area." October 2019 - R. Blasband
“This was my first experience using a realtor, and I know I was completely spoiled! Sherrie handled every single detail. I mean EVERY SINGLE DETAIL! She went above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined or hoped for. She had all the right connections; a fabulous team of contractors, painters, and stager who made an out dated, yet charming home, suddenly shine! With her keen attention to detail - she also found and corrected a clerical error from the past, and saved us so much time and money. I cannot express how lucky I felt having her on my side. I always knew she had my best interest in mind, and would assure every step in the process was done correctly. It was an absolute pleasure working with Sherrie - whom I now call my friend!” June 2018 - Sarah Shoemaker
"Before meeting Sherrie Faber we were skeptical about the need to have a real estate agent at all. We bought our New York City apartment without an agent, we were very close to buying a home in Sausalito without an agent…and then we met Sherrie. There is no doubt in our minds that without Sherrie we would not be in home today. We first met Sherrie through an open house. We were impressed with her cookies (she only buys the best dough!) but even more impressed with her expertise and tireless commitment to her clients. We were in the process of trying to buy the house we were renting without an agent. We had to get an inspection and reached out to Sherrie for her advice. Knowing there was nothing in it for her, she sent us an incredibly friendly and thorough reply with the information we had asked for and then some. When our deal fell through we called a family friend and her one piece of advice was, “call Sherrie Faber”. She’s the best in Sausalito. We met Sherrie in her beautiful office in Bridgeway where she spent time getting to know us and what we were interested in. She has an admirable policy of not representing more than one client looking for the same type of property in the same price range. Lucky for us, she had an opening but we were still skeptical we could find what we were looking for in such a competitive market. We started looking at houses right away. Sherrie was always willing to make herself available to around our hectic schedules even on short notice. She was able to get into houses earlier than anyone else. In most cases, we were the first to see homes when they came on the market. Sherrie is not someone who will point out the beautiful views or the open kitchen. She points out the mold, the water damage and cracks in the foundation! It was not uncommon for us to be more enthusiastic about a house than she was. She is never in a rush to make a sale, she wants to make sure her clients get a great home at a fair price. When we visited our house, we fell in love immediately. It was perfect for us in every way – unlike anything we had seen or even imagined existed in Sausalito in our price range. We were terrified we would lose it. And we were not alone. There was a lot of interest and multiple offers. Sherrie navigated the process masterfully, giving us fantastic advice and ultimately getting us our dream house. It was a smooth process and fast and happy closing. We also know Sherrie puts in as much effort selling homes as she does helping her clients find one. We visited one of the houses she was listing before it went on the market. She only allowed this because we promised her we had “imagination”. But it was mess and her clients wanted to get top dollar per square foot. Fast forward three months and the house was completely transformed, unrecognizable. Sherrie said she wore her hard hat for 6 weeks to get it ready for market. Simply magic.
We truly believe we would not be in our home it weren’t for Sherrie. She is quite simply masterful at what she does and a beautiful human being. This is not just a job for her, it’s a calling. If you are buying or selling a home in Sausalito, do yourself a favor and call Sherrie Faber."
September 2017- Erica Matthews and Andrew Sullivan
“There are real estate brokers, and there are Real Estate Angels. Sherrie Faber is The Angel. I needed guidance, reliability, punctuality, and HONESTY. She responded to an information call immediately and within 24 hours had the most comprehensive analysis and projection I've ever seen. Her knowledge of the market, the potential buyers, and the physical setting needed to present my large, old house in an enviable light superseded anything other brokers could offer. Because I lived hours away Sherrie took charge, organized the improvement of property at the most reasonable prices, and literally oversaw the entire process in my stead. Her sources are impeccable, her attention to all details is astounding, she responds within hours of every question. Sherrie Faber provides the service a seller badly needs… Look no further. She also is a joy to know!”
June 2017 - Carole Raisbeck, Seller 31 Girard Ave, Sausalito
"In our book, there aren’t enough words of praise for Sherrie Faber and First California Realty. We found Sherrie’s knowledge of the local market unequaled by anyone, anywhere. Once she found the perfect home for us, she conducted the rather difficult and lengthy negotiation brilliantly. Sherrie is all about producing the best outcome for her clients and we can’t imagine anyone doing it better. An added benefit is that she is well known and well loved in the community, and her extensive network of professional contacts saved us considerable time and expense in dealing with inspections, additions and home repairs Sherrie is a reliable, honest and caring professional who made the process of finding the right home an absolute pleasure. In the future, whether we are buying or selling, there is no one else we would call."
Chris and Sue White
"Sherrie Faber’s attention to details and impeccable taste complimented her professionalism and patience as we searched for our ideal Sausalito home. Being new to the area, she expertly navigated us through the community and went out of her way to ensure our comfort and happiness. While visiting open homes in Sausalito, we entered a beautiful home with the fresh scent of home baked cookies. A friendly greeting ensued and although the home wasn’t ideal for our needs, the gorgeous woman baking the cookies certainly was. Sherrie’s enthusiasm for her profession exudes in all of her actions. Within moments of closing the Open House, Sherrie hopped in the car and began showing us homes that met our requirements. We couldn’t be happier with Sherrie’s professionalism and friendship – she’s one in a million!"
"Sherrie Faber is a fantastic realtor with an outstanding knowledge of the Sausalito area. Sherrie worked with us for the better part of a year to find our perfect Sausalito home. We were new to the area and over time we found that every peice of advice she gave us was right on. Above all, Sherrie is always honest, respectful and ethical in her dealings with all parties. I enthusiastically recommend Sherrie to other home buyers in this area."
David M. Caditz, Ph.D.
"Sherrie, your new newsletter is beautiful. I just had to tell you that. When I opened up the email I thought I was going to see simple text, and it sounds silly but it really does grab you when you see something with color and pics and font styles."
"We had a daunting task ahead of us: to sell our home of more than 30 years and to move clear across the country to Florida. However, choosing a realtor proved no harder than looking at the homes that had been sold in our neighborhood . . . and finding Sherrie Faber of First California Realty. Our home was expertly photographed, advertised, and marketed in a most timely manner, with all the appropriate paperwork completed. We closed escrow nine weeks from the date of the first Brokers' Open. "We couldn't have trusted this huge task to anyone more suited to the job than Sherrie. Her negotiating skills, knowledge of the local market and intricacies of the real estate world, coupled with her efficiency, good humor, and capable staff, have been a high point in our lives."
Stan and Jenny Anton
"I just sold Norm and Jeanne's home here in Los Angeles (see below). They told me of Sherrie's incredible service to them -- selling their home - and doing a fantastic job!
I felt I had a lot to live up to in selling their home, after hearing their glowing report of you! "I asked them for your address because I wanted to thank you for doing such a superb job that the Oliver's already trusted me and respected our profession as Realtors from the moment I first walked in the door. You made all of us look good to the world. Well done! . . ."
Sotheby's International Realty
"We discovered that Sherrie was real estate’s Cecil B. De Milles who wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She truly directed the marketing of our property as though it were a movie in the making. Sherrie’s sincerity and enthusiasm for her project and the energy she brings to it infectiously endows the property with a special attractiveness. We felt a special flavor to this effect the first time we entered the house after she staged it. We jokingly said, “This is too lovely...we don’t want to sell now.” And to assist in this mystique, she wasn’t afraid to grab a paint brush on site. Her expansive flagging of all elements of the property’s condition was essentially a pre-emptive strike, truly eliminating later attacks. We’ve bought and sold over 20 parcels of real property over the last 30 years and SHERRIE IS THE BEST! We quickly comprehended from our developing relationship with Sherrie that we could best assist in the sale by clearing the deck and getting out of her way. What an exciting ride! Splendid work! When we return to Marin we wouldn’t consider another agent!"
Norm & Jeanne Oliver
"Sherrie's in-depth knowledge of the Marin real estate market accelerated our search for the perfect home; her negotiating expertise, diligence and attention to detail through the Close of Escrow ensured a smooth purchase transaction and eased our transition from the City. She will definitely be our Agent of choice for the future!"
Marc & Kimberly Watrous Mill Valley
"We had the pleasure of working with Sherrie Faber to sell our cherished home of 12 years in Sausalito. I would advise against using Sherrie unless you are prepared for a flurry of activity and very quick progress. Before we had even signed on the dotted line, Sherrie was brimming with creative ideas to effectively market our property and moved without missing a beat after the green light was given. Sherrie has the unique ability to combine upbeat marketing and sales skills with the details and diplomacy necessary to transact a home sale in today's environment. She was able to achieve our goals within a very short timeframe and kept all parties (including the other agent) on an even keel as the process progressed. Would we recommend Sherrie and use her again ourselves? Unequivocally, YES!"
Robert & Chris Shonefeld Belvedere
"First California Realty, Inc. provided us with outstanding service in our home purchase. With their comprehensive knowledge of the very competitive market, extensive personal contacts in the real estate community and attention to detail that is so important to completing a transaction smoothly, they are a great company for anyone considering buying a house."
Kathi and Rich Fortmann Sausalito
"On behalf of Marin Association of REALTORS, I want to thank you for taking part in January's General Membership Meeting panel on " If I knew then what I know now." As an "All Star-Top Agent" your views are an important resource to the REALTOR community and we appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedule to share your insights and perspectives with our members."
Executive Vice President Marin Association of REALTORS
"...Through Sherrie's efforts, we were able to sell our home for well over the asking price! We have worked with several realtors over the years but never have we had the pleasure of working with someone as dedicated as Sherrie. Her thorough knowledge of the Marin market and her extensive network in the area contributed to the successful sale of our beloved home in Sausalito. Selling a home is a stressful experience. Sherrie was always there when we had questions and concerns. She returned phone calls promptly and was never more than a phone call away, often working outside of what most would call 'normal business hours.' We are proud to say that at the end of this experience, not only have we had the opportunity to work with an incredibly professional agent, we now also consider her to be a friend!"
P.S. Sherrie wrote a pre-emptive offer that was accepted on a beautiful home in Mill Valley for the Kigers shortly after the contract was ratified on their Sausalito property. So their real estate success continues . . . thanks to Sherrie's expertise!
David and Erum Kiger