You'll be so delighted you'll write extraordinary testimonial letters and
rave about our service to your friends and family!
The best recommendation is a personal referral from others who were thrilled with our representation. Here are some of the dozens of wonderful testimonial and endorsement letters written by:

Home Sellers - Hire us and sell for more money in less time!

Joe Paola

Trauma & Anxiety Averted!

Joe Paola was thinking of buying his first home, but had some serious concerns.

"As a first time buyer, I was completely in the dark about the entire process...I had heard many horror stories from friends and co-workers" A large purchase like this could have been traumatic, and filled with anxiety.

Joe described how Ira & Carol Serkes helped him: "The two of you put me at ease...I want to sincerely thank you for your diligent and conscientious efforts on my behalf. I knew I was well represented in all negotiations. I would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone in search of a home."

Joe Paola, Chiron, delighted home buyer!

Louise Pellerin & Jeff Johnston & Kids

Smooth Transaction With Cats & Dogs

Louise and Jeff were relocating from Golden. Colorado...and had some special needs

"I want to thank your for the wonderful job you did in helping us buy the right home in Berkeley.

House hunting is difficult in the best of circumstances, but it can be overwhelming when trying to do it from another state as we did coming from Colorado.

We appreciated your availability when we would fly in on short notice and your patience with the numerous difficulties we encountered in our various offers. We particularly appreciated the extra distance you went to make the transition as smooth as possible for our cats and dog.

If we decided to move again in the Berkeley area, we will definitively call on you"

Louise Pellerin, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Earth Sciences Division, Earnest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


I was glad to get out of the Heart Break Hotel

"Gosh Ira & Carol...thanks for all you help! It was great to move out of the Heart Break Hotel!"


Jean & Larry Gaustad

It was a big decision to change Realtors

Jean and Larry had a big problem they had to sell their home! They'd bought a new house, and their loan had to be paid off in just a few months. 463 Arlington hadn't sold after 99 days on the they turned to us.

"Thanks for selling our home. We had many things on our minds. Moving is a big job after living in a home for 32 years. We liked our previous real estate person, however our house wasnt selling. It was a big decision to change Realtors, believe me.

You people studied, investigated, presented charts and other information in a form that meant much more than the previous Realtor. You are courteous, business-like, and friendly. It was a relief to have it sell so quickly.

We will recommend you to anyone. It was a pleasure doing business with you."

Jean & Larry Gaustad

Jean and Larry liked our courteous, businesslike, and friendly service so much, they've already recommended several friends to us!

Betty Laukeman (Grace's daughter)

Things really began to happen fast!

My granddaughter found a home for sale very close to hers, and contacted her RE/MAX Realtor about it. Her Realtor immediately contacted Ira and Carol Serkes. We listed the house with them, and then things really began to happen fast!

There were times Betty & I became quite nervous doing everything by phone, facsimile, and overnight mail, but Ira and Carol were always right there and seemed to say the right things to assure us that everything was moving as it should. In addition, besides helping us sell the house here, they helped us purchase the house in Florida by coming out to my home and help me complete the paperwork on the buy!

We feel Ira and Carol are not only professional and knowledgeable, but like friends. We are completely satisfied, especially with the advice given about the financial part of the transaction. We highly recommend Ira & Carol Serkes to anyone who is in need of real estate professionals.

Grace Townsend and Betty Laukeman

Lori Siegal & Steve Dobscha

We were impressed by your availability

Selling our house turned out to be much more of an ordeal than either of us had anticipated. To be honest, we were disappointed and surprised that our house didnt sell more rapidly, that we didnt get more offers, and that we didnt get a better price for it in the end. Buy we believe that given our circumstances and the downturn of the market, we were lucky to sell at all.

You worked long and diligently to get the job done. You cautioned against needless, expensive fix-up work, which save us money in the end.

We were impressed by your availability day or night to return calls, answer questions, and write counter offers. We dont think another Realtor would have been willing to put up with a phone call from a nervous seller at least once a day for three months straight. Thanks for your patience.

We interviewed several agents before listing with you. We had seen you over the years at nearby open houses, and we knew that you were familiar with our neighborhood. We hired you because you were organized and informed from the outset.

Lori Siegal & Steve Dobscha

We've Many More Personal Testimonials

You want these qualities in your Realtor!

Integrity, market knowledge & real estate expertise

Personal attention & service

Thoroughness & attention to details

Someone who succeeds when other agents have failed

An agent who contributes back to the real estate industry

Ira & Carol Serkes

We're easy to reach too!

You'll have complete confidentiality of you phone calls, FAXes, and Email transmissions because all communications go directly to our private office.

Call our confidential personal business lines Toll-Free nationwide at 800/887-6668 or 510/526-6668. Send FAXes to 510/524-6869.

We meet clients by appointment at RE/MAX Bay Area, 1758 Solano Avenue in Berkeley's lovely Thousand Oaks neighborhood.

Directions, Mapping, Navigating & Feedback
Mapping! The best route to get there from your home, and an interactive map of any street address. Ira & me how I can buy a home in this pleasant neighborhood! Send Email or call 800/887-6668 or 510/526-6668!
Return to the Serkes Neighborhood Site Return to Serkes Real Estate Search Engine
We Value Your Business And Appreciate Your Referrals
Almost all our clients have been referred to us by their friends, family, local neighborhood Realtor, or found us on the Internet. One of the nice benefits of a referral based business is that we get to work with people who are motivated, financially qualified, highly educated, decisive, pleasant, and have interesting backgrounds (one client won a Gold medal at the Olympics). What's particularly rewarding is how many of our buyers and sellers have become friends.

If you're planning to buy or sell a home, we'd appreciate the opportunity to show you how you'll benefit from our services. And, if you know a friend, neighbor, or family member who is buying, selling, or relocating anywhere in the United States, we'll be happy to check our extensive database of highly qualified Realtors and refer you to a great local Realtor. Send us an Email or fill out this form

Give us a call - we'll treat you like friends!
We'll find you a great place to live by making sure that you don't miss any homes which meet your needs! We specialize in helping nice folks buy and sell pleasant homes in the East Bay's most comfortable neighborhoods, and we offer FREE referrals to other outstanding Realtors in the United States.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Kensington, Montclair, 4th Street, Berkeley Hills, Claremont, Downtown Berkeley, Elmwood, Elmwood Claremont, North Berkeley, Northbrae, South Berkeley, Telegraph Avenue, Thousand Oaks, Westbrae, Crocker Highlands, Glenview, Jack London Square, Montclair, Piedmont Avenue, Rockridge, Trestle Glen, Upper Rockridge, Oakland, Emeryville, Piedmont, El Sobrante, Pinole, Richmond Home, Real Estate, Realtor, Buyer Broker, elegant, exclusive, executive, fine, fine estates, FSBO, gated, golf, home, homes, House, house, houses, luxury, professional, properties, property, resales, Residential, residential, subdivisions, Buy, Buyer, Buyer's, Buying, counselors, Real, Real Estate, Broker, Brokerage, realators, realaty, realestate, realitors, reality, Realtor, realtor, Realtors, realty, relty, referral, Referrals, Referrals, ABR, ABR - Accredited Buyer Represenative, CRS, CRS - Certified Residential Specialist, GRI, GRI - Graduate Realtors Institute, relo, relocate, relocating, Relocation, relocation, Corporate Relocation, Bernard Maybeck, John Hudson Thomas, Julia Morgan, Maybeck, Morgan, Thomas, Art Deco, Colonial, Craftsman, Victorian Agency, Agent, Fiduciary, representation, represented, Bronx, Bx, Bx Science, Cooper Union, Pelham Parkway, The Bronx High School Of Science, advocate, California, client, clients Canada, Mexico, lender, loans, mortgage, Hand Crafted Real Estate, addresses, maps, Listing, MLS, Multiple Listing Service, movers, moving, Author, How To Buy A House In California, Nolo, Nolo Press, RE-MAX, RE/MAX, Real Estate, REMAX, Rentals, Ch.E., Chem, Chemical, Cooper Union, education, Eng, Engineer, University Of California, University of Massachussetts, Carol, Carol Serkes, Ira, Ira Serkes, Serkes