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Where: 1750 Moon Mountain Road in Sonoma (listing | virtual tour | video tour)

One-of-a-kind private retreat nestled atop Moon Mountain overlooking the Valley of the Moon this 6 bedroom and 5 bathroom arts and crafts style quintessential family home built in 1940 has a deep wrap-around porch, beautifully landscaped gardens, terraced stone patios, walkways, pool. Vineyard View cottage, studio, hot tub, adorn this spacious 148+/-acre ranch with redwood grove and 2 seasonal creeks. Gracious space for large gatherings or intimate getaways.

This home is listed by Mark Stornetta of Alain Pinel Realtors Sonoma.

Offered at: $6,400,000

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Where: 1284 Portola Road in Pebble Beach (listing | virtual tour)

Nestled back from the street, entered through private gates and spacious circular drive, Carnoustie Manor presents a rare opportunity to own an estate that evokes the classic grandeur of elegant European estates. Set on over an acre, located just minutes from the prestigious Pebble Beach Lodge, boasting an extraordinary 7 bedrooms and 6.5 baths, impressive marbled 2 story foyer, large formal dining room with fireplace, library, majestic living room with fireplace with over 7000 sq. ft. of living space suitable for a diplomat. Characteristic of Europe’s finest homes 8 marble fireplaces, coiffured ceilings and stained glass windows are only a few of the superb details displayed. French doors lead to balconies and patios and walls of floor-to-ceiling bay windows grace the formal entertaining rooms. The classic floor plan revels in great rooms bathed in natural light and stylish symmetry. Replete with game room, wine room, enormous kitchen and family room, and a nicely sited pool, it is a singular property. Generously proportioned rooms with soaring ceilings encircle the grand two story staircase, combining European elegance with refined Pebble Beach living.

This home is listed by Marta Karpiel of Alain Pinel Realtors Carmel.

Offered at: $4,495,000

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Where: 3383 Oak Knoll Drive in Redwood City (listing | virtual tour)
Open: Saturday, April 4th, from 2:00-4:00 pm and
Sunday, April 5th, from 2:00-4:00 pm

Newly built in 2007 this home is the perfect expression of contemporary style with modern lines. High ceilings with expansive windows throughout home including patio doors that open fully.Grand scale common rooms, lavish master suite including dual closets,wood and stone flooring throughout the common rooms, 2 fireplaces, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, chef kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Resort inspired rear grounds with firepit, built in BBQ center, spa ,stunning gardens on over 2 acres.

This home is listed by Judy Citron of Alain Pinel Realtors Menlo Park.

Offered at: $3,198,000

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Experienced Sales Professional Will Oversee Training and Coaching in Six Offices

Mark Kotch

SARATOGA, CA – Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), the fifth largest real estate firm in the United States, announced the hiring of Mark Kotch as the Regional Director of Career Development in the East Bay. In his new role, Kotch will be responsible for training and career development, including mentoring and on-going coaching assistance, for new and experienced agents at APR’s six East Bay offices.

Kotch brings over a decade of real estate experience and joined Alain Pinel Realtors as a sales associate in 2009. Prior to his career in real estate, Kotch built a successful career in sales and marketing for luxury skin and hair product lines, serving as National Sales Director and Vice President of Sales. In his role, he trained thousands of entrepreneurs and marketing teams on product marketing and how to properly run a successful business. He has built many successful sales and marketing teams that have set the standards still valued in the professional beauty industry today.

“Mark’s vast background in training and coaching, coupled with his knowledge of real estate, sales and marketing, make him a great addition to our training team,” said Rainy Hake, Executive Vice President of APR. “I’m excited about Mark’s role in enhancing our agents’ skills and capabilities and ensuring they meet the high level of service APR is known for.”

Kotch received many honors as a real estate professional, including being a four-year Platinum Award recipient of the Quality Service Certification (QSC) for Outstanding Customer Services as independently surveyed by his clients. He also has been named a Certified Buffini Mentor (part of the popular real estate training program by Brian Buffini). He also holds a number of specialized real estate designations and titles including Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and National Association of Realtors ePro® Certification for digital marketing.

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David Gunderman & Andrew Raskopf
Oakland Hills – Montclair Village

Question: Do I still have a chance if I’m not the highest bidder?

Answer: The highest bid almost always wins. Almost.

If you have the ability and the wherewithal to match your competition, there are ways to approach the terms and presentation of your offer to secure an opportunity to prevail in a counter offer phase (but never assume you will get that opportunity as you draft your initial offering.) One of your agent’s responsibilities is to try to find a way to get the seller to give you the opportunity to match or beat the best offer if it is not yours. There are also instances where the seller values something more than top dollar (i.e. a smoother closing, better terms, or they choose to bequeath the home to someone who has tugged at their heartstrings). In addition to assessing value and analyzing disclosures, it is important that your agent find out what the seller values and you should consider including a letter with your offer that builds emotional bridges to the seller while remaining true to who you are.

Lastly, relationships matter in real estate. Lower offers can prevail when the listing agent and seller trust the lender and/or the buyer’s agent to get the job done, especially if the highest offer seems uncertain.

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