I highly recommend Chaya van Essen! She is not only completely professional but such a pleasure to deal with! She is a very competent real estate agent of the highest caliber. She always returned our calls quickly and was available and always willing to help. We were extremely ecstatic that she was able to get us more than our asking price for our home and I completely attribute that to her skills. I cannot recommend her enough!
You were the North Star of a terribly dismal year - I just want to take a moment to say a heartfelt THANK YOU for all you've done for our family, the renovations and sale of our property. Your willingness to serve as GM/GC, pulling together the huge array of contracting decisions, navigating household personalities, knowing when to bring me into it and when not to. It was an enormous undertaking and you did it with joy in your heart - humor - finesse - and of course a wealth of experience and knowledge. I am so grateful!!
Chaya, my most heart-felt thanks for the diligent, vigilant, and relentless pursuit in which you engaged to secure the successful sale and closing of our Moraga Property. It took enormous energy and talent to maximize our fantastic sales price and it took incredible, selfless attention to detail to make it all come together under difficult social and economic circumstances. Bravo! As a real estate broker myself and a participant as Trustee and Counsel in hundreds of transactions I can say without equivocation that the Moraga Property's representation by you was truly "Best of Breed".
If you are reading this note then you are indeed very fortunate because you have now met the best realtor on planet earth.
Your search for the best partner to sell your property, or find you a new one, has ended.
But to be clear, to refer to Chaya as a ‘realtor,’ is a bit like referring to Michael Jordan or Lebron James as ‘basketball players’.
With NO doubt, Chaya is THE best of THE best. Let me explain why.
After our Mom’s passing last August 1st (2019), my brother and I engaged Chaya because her insights, presentation of approach, assessment of compa- rable, geographically proximate transactions, was thorough, expert and done with great alacrity.
Then Chaya quickly went into high gear, providing amazing, truly ‘turnkey’ ex- pertise and service. Chaya:
—found us expert organizers to help us clean out our parents old, cluttered, ar- tistically rich 1929, 6,000 square feet home; (dumpsters, moving vans to trans- port for donations and sale);
—connected us with stagers who brilliantly and quickly assembled, executed a design for every one of the 17 rooms that wonderfully brought the aesthetic po- tential of this old stately home alive with vibrance and excitement; back and front yards were also staged;
—hired painters to paint the house in one weekend;
—hired cleaners, plumbers and handy people to fix small items prior to open houses.
—hired expert videographers to film and present the newly staged home, inside and out.
—conducted brokers’ and public open houses, sufficiently frequently to spread the word but not so often as to reflect any concerns about our property.
Then Chaya met an unprecedented number of challenges with us with grace, deft expertise and persistence:
First, given the timing of my Mom’s death we found ourselves listing in mid-Oc- tober, running right into Christmas and Chanukah holidays when Los Angeles ostensibly shuts down.
Then, the Getty Fires; a party who simply walking away from a no-contingency deal one day before closing; and the Coronavirus pandemic slowed us down, costing us another few months of delay. But Chaya was never daunted.
To us, great professionalism, expertise, and the very highest integrity and ethics are on display when one persists even when challenges not of your making are met head-on with no loss of motivation, momentum or energy.
Chaya displayed all these attributes in bringing us a very attractive deal with a 30 day close.
My Brother and I could not be happier, more impressed and more blessed than to have had a the privilege and gift of working with Chaya.
May you have the same opportunity as we did because we are certain that you will have the same extraordinary outcome.
"Chaya Van Essen is the ultimate professional driven by her passion for real estate, achieving goals and standards of excellence. She is direct, bold and confident without being arragont or disrespectful. Integrity, loyalty and honesty are innate to her character and which she believes are qualities essential to any type of relationship or business deal. Chaya will make every effort to help a friend or client and if she says she'll do something, it will get done! She's a class act - it's just that simple."
"In 2004, Chaya sold my 40-unit apartment building for more money than any other commercial agent said I could sell it for! And she sold it TO A COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AGENT! They had all advised me that I could get a maximum of $3,850,000 for my building in Glendale. She challenged me and said she could sell it for more than $4,000,000. So I gave her the listing (off-market) and she elicited so much interest in the building that we received multiple offers, 2 of which were at $4,250,000. Chaya attended all inspections and negotiated throughout the escrow phase. We ended up closing escrow at $4,250,000 with a commercial real estate agent and I was very happy to give Chaya a bonus! She knows her numbers and she knows how to position a property on the market. I would urge you, if you’re even slightly thinking of selling a property, go with Chaya van Essen. You’ll be in great hands and I promise you, you’ll only want to work with her!"
"Chaya … she’s THE BEST! I love her, she did it! I had previously worked with other top agents in town who couldn’t sell my house. Chaya sold my house for $2,000 a square foot ($9,500,000) and the buyer was a real estate company owner in town! She got him to buy my house and made sure everything went as smooth as possible during escrow. I was absolutely THRILLED! I will only use her to sell ALL of my properties. You will love her too because she’s
simply the best!!!"
"Chaya van Essen was the perfect agent for us. Selling our property was a very involved project as it was inherited and needed a lot of upgrades and we didn’t know where to start. Chaya gave us specific steps to take regarding what to fix, replace, upgrade, and what to leave alone. She negotiated pricing with contractors on our behalf and saved us quite a lot of money over what we would have paid otherwise. She then launched our property on the market and got us an excellent price. She works really well with all inspectors, escrow officers and contractors. She’s very professional while also being personable. I will only work with Chaya!"
"When my husband and I were looking to purchase our home, Chaya listened carefully to what was important to us and did a superb job showing us relevant properties that matched what we were looking for. She was very effective with our time and she helped us find - in a relatively short amount of time - our perfect home! Chaya is extremely knowledgeable about the real estate market, the different areas and is a great negotiator. She expertly handled all of our questions and any issues that came up, she oversaw all of the inspections and helped us negotiate a great price. Chaya is the best, and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a fantastic real estate agent."
"Chaya was responsive and very knowledgable in regards to the areas we explored. She was prompt, punctual and was very experienced in negotiating and aware of market prices."
"It has been a great pleasure and privilege to know Chaya van Essen both personally and professionally for almost 10 years. Chaya is one of the most trustworthy, ethical and professional realtors in the business. With a keen eye and attention to detail she has brilliantly represented many clients through complex yet successful real estate transactions. Chaya has my complete confidence and I recommend her wholeheartedly."
"Chaya is simply the best—and she was on the opposite side of table on our transaction. An absolute professional at all times, she represented her client at the highest level of effectiveness, intelligence, creativity and efficiency. Chaya was a consummate team player who guided a difficult transaction in hard times through to a successful conclusion leaving all parties pleased with the outcome.
The parties and the transaction were demanding, yet Chaya was always responsive and available to assist in whatever was required going well beyond her job description. She was the "go to" person and did everything--including the very tough work--with a smile and confidence that made everyone feel secure. Even after the closing she was an invaluable resource and facilitator in the transition, and she is one of the most personable professionals I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
I recommend Chaya unreservedly knowing that she will deliver while meeting the highest standard of professionalism and excellence."
"I would like to commend Ms. Chaya van Essen for all that she has done for us in conjunction with getting our property sold. She is very professional, timely, and has the know how it takes to get the job done. She managed to get our property in Bel Air sold even during these difficult times and did her best to get it ready for a positive showing. She is wonderful and we can count on her to pull through for us in any market condition. We feel confident in recommending her to our friends and would work with her in the future for any of our real estate needs."
"Chaya is that rare combination of the total professional who has exceptional talent and experience along with a very loving and caring heart. Chaya is wonderful and we think the world of her."