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Our parents passed away suddenly without a chance to downsize or prepare their home for selling. Tara showed us the utmost patience, respect, and compassion throughout a difficult emotional journey. She is organized and professional, well connected, thorough, and highly responsive. I appreciated that she never pushed us or told us what to do, but instead guided us gently through every step of the process. Tara is wonderful and I am glad we got to work with her.”

– Jennifer Koziel
Sold in Moraga

We’ve used Tara for two house sales and one house purchase. One thing we’ve learned in our relationship with her is to trust her knowledge and expertise. We trusted her implicitly and benefited greatly on every transaction. She’s incredibly responsive as our last sale was done from Washington state. She took care of everything so we didn’t have to worry.”

– Jennifer Kim & Eric Kang
Sold in Moraga

I highly recommend Tara for anyone considering buying/selling residential real estate in the Lamorinda area, and in Moraga in particular. Her local market knowledge is superb, and she helped us through the process from start to finish. She is professional, hard-working, and her expertise made her an excellent choice for us. There are many agents that do work in the Lamorinda area, but there are only a few that are at the top of the market and doing the majority of the volume in the area. Tara is one of those top agents, and her knowledge and expertise reflects it. Importantly, she executes her transactions herself (rather than delegating to a less experienced, or part-time staff), so we loved the streamlined communication and coordination. I highly recommend working with Tara.”

– Michael Leyba
Sold in Moraga

I’m very happy that we chose Tara. We used her for the purchase of our home and liked her so much we had her help us sell the condo as well. Tara was very helpful during the entire process of putting my condo on the market. Tara is friendly, professional and knows the area well. I’m really glad we went with her. We will definitely use her in the future.”

– Kathleen & Jeff Hill
Bought & Sold in Moraga

Tara was a lifesaver as we were searching to upgrade to a bigger home and had to buy contingent on the sale of our old home. It was a tricky situation with the lack of homes available in the Lamorinda area, not to mention a bizarre hiccup with the loan due to a shortage of appraisers that pushed our deadline. But despite all that, Tara was always on top of it, smoothing these issues out with the other agent and patiently helped us get into our new home! Will definitely recommend Tara and won’t think twice about who to go to for our next home.”

– Ken & Flora Shin
Bought & Sold in Moraga

Tara helped us sell our house in Moraga and made it a wonderful experience! We so appreciated her knowledge, kindness, grace and professionalism throughout the process. We can’t recommend her highly enough!”

– John & Marianne Evenhuis
Sold in Moraga

From a local referral, I chose Tara as my real estate agent for the sale of my father’s house. She gave me clear options on how best to get the house ready to sell (a daunting task with 44 years of accumulated possessions). Tara knew exactly how to set up a trust sale by arranging “pre-sale inspections”, a “pre-escrow”, and setting up the house for an “as is” sale. As an out of state trustee, I was so pleased at the efficient use of technology by Tara. I had never used electronic document signature software before, but found it easy to use and amazingly efficient. Any questions I had were quickly answered using email, text messages, and phone calls. While I was in town to clean and clear my dad’s house, Tara somehow managed to get all of the inspections done in one day. I loved the clear schedule of events and dates that Tara listed the week before the house was to go on the market (painting, new carpet, staging, cleaning & window washing, then photos).

Tara has great marketing tools for maximum exposure to the market including a “virtual tour”, “coming soon” sign for neighbors to see, a Sunday open house, and newspaper ads. These ads generated bids from two neighbors, two young couples, and one buyer interested in a 1031 exchange. The agents for the 5 bidders on my dad’s house commented in their cover letters that they appreciated Tara’s professionalism, her quick response in answering questions about the house, and the full and detailed documentation. Tara’s negotiation skills when the offers arrived were incredible. She seemed to give each agent a fair chance at getting the house for their clients. Then she helped point out the pros and cons of each offer so that I could make the best choice for the estate.

While selling one’s childhood home was emotionally difficult, Tara helped find such a positive outcome, multiple offers determining fair market value and a happy family now enjoying the home. We take immense pleasure in the updates from the new owners such as photos of their kids playing in the yard. I highly recommend Tara as a realtor in the Lamorinda area for a pleasant experience and a truly incredible outcome.”

– Kristy Reardan, Trustee living in MN
Sold in Moraga

I am very pleased to mention that my wife and I enlisted Tara Rochlin of Village Associates to handle the sale of our Moraga (Campolindo) home during the spring of 2015. It was a difficult and hectic time for us, I was retiring from a 32 year career at UC, my wife retiring from teaching, and the stress of trying to coordinate the Moraga sale with a purchase on the east coast.

Mid-spring we were ready to commit and Tara went all out to sell our home arranging photography, agent viewings, inspections, and even some staging with furnishings from her own home all while respecting our wish to not have front yard signs or other fanfare. The result was many viewings and several over-asking offers, one of which we accepted.

As alluded to above, Tara always keeps the human aspect of her task in mind. She would always bring paperwork to our house at our convenience, take care of viewings when we were not home and even provided advice on new home prospects on the east coast.

Besides being a very top and well respected agent in Lamorinda, Tara is a pillar of the community. I have had the pleasure of knowing her for years as her son was on several of the Moraga baseball teams that I coached over the years. I truly believe that Tara is likely one of, if not the best agent in the area for professionally and respectfully handling the sale of a Lamorinda home. I recommend her highly with no reservations.”

– Walter & Janet Barry
Sold in Moraga

Dear Tara,
Thank you for the wonderful job you did in selling my home in just ONE Week.
You had everything we needed completed according to the schedule you determined to meet our objectives. Your prompt attention to detail, scheduling of inspections, meeting of service vendors and pride in your professionalism was a pleasure.
I will refer you and brag about you to anyone in need of real estate services.

Thank you for making this experience smooth, efficient, and enjoyable.”

– Dr. Victoria R. Howard
Sold in Moraga

We worked with Tara on the purchase of our new home and the sale of our current home, with little margin of error on the timing and execution of the respective transactions. In addition to being a terrific listener and really understanding our objectives, she was also a very steady hand in managing the many moving parts of the deals and keeping the drama out of what can be an emotional and unpredictable process. And another thing that really stands out—the “domain” expertise of Village Associates and their insights into the local Lamorinda market were invaluable to setting a strategy for the sale of our home. We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome, and many thanks to Tara and her team at Village.”

– Eric & Karen Baymiller
Bought & Sold in Moraga

Tara is a very talented and detail oriented broker. She possesses a quality that is rarely found today, she really listens to her client’s concerns and wishes. With the aid of her skillful team, Tara handled all the details of preparing and selling my Orinda home. From start to finish she provided expert guidance and sound advice. She is professional, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It is with the highest regard, I recommend Tara”

– Sandy Hinck
Sold in Orinda

Tara was referred to us by a friend, and we are eternally grateful for that! We began working with Tara after a very frustrating year of using an agent that only seemed to care about a quick closing and his commission, rather than helping us find a house that met our needs and fit within our budget. Tara, on the other hand, took the time to really get to know our family, our wishlist and our budget. As a result of her efforts, after a little over a month of working with Tara we had an offer accepted on a house that exceeded our expectations!

Unfortunately, the story did not end there. Due to some complications on the sellers’ side, it took over two months to close. We were ready to give up, but Tara’s constant reassurance and guidance convinced us to keeping moving forward with the house. We are now the proud owners of our dream home. Without Tara, we have no doubt that we would still be looking in this very difficult market. Thanks, Tara!”

– Anna Chang and Tim Nestler
Bought in Moraga

Tara helped us both with the purchase and the sale of a home. During the hunt for a house to purchase, she seemed to have infinite patience and was not phased by the fact that everyone in the family seemed to have a different opinion on what we wanted. She was determined to help us find the “right” home for us, and she did! And when we found it, she managed to get the seller to look at and accept our offer despite the holiday weekend. With the sale, as well, she was always willing to go the extra mile and arranged for inspectors, painters, stagers, handymen or whoever was needed. She managed to get the house on the market and sold, even though I was out of town a lot and most of our communication had to be electronic. I absolutely trust her to do the best job for me, and would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the area.”

– Teresa Sumiyoshi
Bought & Sold in Moraga

Tara represented us with 2 home purchases and one home sale in Moraga. The most recent home sale was very competitive with multiple offers. In all cases she was honest, and moved the process along efficiently. Tara has a strong knowledge of the Lamorinda area. During the home buying process she listened to our needs, never rushed us and was always very upfront about the pros and cons of every house we considered. She is organized and has a good working relationship with other agents. We would recommend Tara to anyone considering the sale or purchase of a house in the Lamorinda area.”

– Steve & Kara Campo
Bought, Sold & Bought in Moraga

Tara helped sell our current house (multiple offers), represented us on purchasing a new house, and found a condo in Moraga for a relative to purchase. Throughout these transactions, Tara was extremely professional and knowledgeable. Tara really knows Moraga and the real estate business. Tara was on top of small details that we would have overlooked or not known about. We were extremely happy with Tara and would have her represent us again in a heartbeat.”

– Dan & Lisa Roberts
Bought, Sold & Bought in Moraga

We found Tara to be PATIENT, KNOWEDGEABLE, and AVAILABLE. She is up to date on the real estate market in the Lamorinda area and makes the real estate transactions go as smoothly as possible by anticipating and being pro-active to lessen any surprises. But more importantly, Tara is very customer focused. We looked for a house for many years and Tara was always encouraging and supportive.

We highly recommend Tara for all your real estate needs.”

– Don and Sandie Takakura
Bought in Moraga

I first met Tara at my Mother’s home in Lafayette, CA a few days after she passed away. It was a tough time to meet with a Real Estate Agent, but my family urged me to go forward with this process and it was the right thing to do. Tara was the complete professional, caring, but prepared to answer any questions we had. She promised the moon and delivered it! I thought it was too good to be true, but her follow through was exemplary, the suggested paint, fixtures and current touch ups were what my Mom’s home of over 30 years needed. Our family was pleasantly surprised as to what the home sold for and Tara’s coordination of hundreds of people through the home in just a two week period was incredible. I highly recommend Tara and her Real Estate services!”

– Becky Anderson
Sold in Lafayette

Tara was just great as we sold our house. She had superior market knowledge, gave us great and doable recommendations for making our house sale-ready, and–most importantly–was there at every step of the way to help make selling as easy as possible. She came in at some really clutch moments to see things through.”

– Laura Johnson
Sold in Moraga

I’ve worked with Tara for the past eight years–in that time she helped us with the purchase of two homes and many requests for advice. She has always always been incredibly helpful and knowledgable–about all the stuff that goes into buying a home, and also all kinds of extras like referrals for a fantastic house cleaner or handyman or someone to paint. I recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy a house in Lamorinda.”

– Jessica Kintner & Ray Cruz
Bought, Sold and Bought in Moraga

We lived in Moraga for over 15 years and when we made the decision to relocate to Texas for business, selecting Tara to help us sell the home we raised our four children in was an easy choice. Her knowledge of the market in Lamorinda, attention to detail, high energy level, and passion to make a difference made the selling experience for us a breeze. Tara is the best in the business, and we would highly recommend her to anyone buying or selling a home in the Lamorinda area.”

– Chris & Charlotte Perkins
Sold in Moraga

Tara is an excellent realtor. She listens to her client’s needs and is able to apply her experience in the market, her financing background and her personable, and effective negotiating style to close the deal. She was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her to a buyer and seller looking for the best negotiator to represent you.”

– Evelyn Lee
Bought in Moraga

Our house sold in the first week with 3 offers. Tara had the experience to conclude the sale quickly and to guide us through the mountain of details. Tara made the journey from beginning to end easy to deal with. We are extremely happy and would recommend Tara.”

– Alan and Gloria Miller
Sold in Moraga

A wing and a prayer…that’s all I had, for finding a home in Moraga for my “young-but-still-senior” mom. We needed just the right property, at just the right price, to make it happen. Tara made our dreams come true. She patiently helped us sift through the available properties, tirelessly set up appointments for our viewing and consideration, and when we focused on the property we really wanted, Tara used her years of experience, charm and good sense to pull the deal together for us. We closed yesterday, my mom’s on cloud nine, and I have a new friend named Tara Rochlin.”

– Andrea Henningson
Bought in Moraga

Tara Rochlin was our agent as well as the sellers’ agent and conducted the whole process in a very professional, focused, and efficient way. She acknowledged our needs and answered all questions, and stayed calm and collected during negotiations. Even though the property we bought was the first of its kind, a small holding, for her as realtor, she was diligent in gathering all the relevant information, attended all the field trips, inspections, and walk throughs with both buyers and sellers in her true-to-form pleasant way. She was able to connect to both sides of the transaction on a professional, yet personal, level. We’re delighted with her knowledge of the Lamorinda area, the expedited close of sale, and her overall careful handling of our purchase. We definitely recommend her services!!

– Almarie & Ralph Nefdt
Bought in Moraga

It was truly a pleasure working with Tara. Her professionalism and expertise are only surpassed by her great personality. She helped us through a very complex buying and selling process and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

– Eric Kang & Jennifer Kim
Sold & Bought in Moraga

Recently, Ms. Tara Rochin served as the agent for the sale of our home in Moraga, California. It was a special pleasure for my wife and me to work with Tara. She was professional in all things, and most important of all, she was effective and prompt in actions and deeds. She and her associates were there for us; she/they helped advise us relative to preparing for the sale, for the staging, for making necessary repairs, for enhancing the attractiveness of our property; etc. Her actions were always prompt and clearly paid off for us. We had a fine open house (reported to us amply by our neighbors!), and within three days of our house going on sale, we had three offers (to our frank amazement)! One of these paid off for us. She advised us well and promptly in subsequent negotiations. In short, she was there for us, and succeeded admirably in our behalf. We certainly recommend her enthusiastically to others!

– Jay and Rebekah Enoch
Sold in Moraga

We wanted to commend and thank you for the excellent service and experience we had with you. From start to finish, you were extremely courteous, attentive, polite and professional. Your experience and advice was very valuable and truly appreciated. Please feel free to use us a reference for potential clients in the future – we would be happy to highly recommend you!”

– Mike & Lisa Monroe
Bought in Moraga

Just a short note to say “Thanks’ for all the hard work you put in to make our deal in Moraga happen. It would have been especially difficult without your help, with us in CO and everything happening so fast. You even went that “extra mile” to arrange for cleaners, and to coordinate with the movers after the closing so that our son could get all his stuff moved in before leaving for the summer. Thanks so much for making it all go smoothly!”

– Neil G Norton, DDS
Bought and Sold in Moraga

There are many reasons why I enjoyed working with Tara. I liked her style – relaxed and friendly – yet she is direct, extremely well-organized and professional. She listened to my needs and did everything she could to meet them. Her suggestions on timing, pricing and staging were well supported and right on target. She is a strong negotiator and I think she went above and beyond to get me the price I wanted in a short timeframe during tough market conditions.”

– Michelle Clancy
Sold and Bought in Moraga

Our family used Tara as the real estate agent to sell my elderly mother’s townhouse. She worked very well with the whole family to make the transaction easy and seamless.”

– Marie Weissler
Sold in Moraga Country Club

We have been in our house for a year now and I wanted to let you know how happy we are to have made this house our home. I truly believe that were it not for you, we would not have been so lucky. Your dedication, diligence, and can-do approach combined with your genuine care and deep expertise helped to make our dreams come true. You listened carefully to our requirements and spent countless hours helping us to understand and see the Lamorinda market, so that when the right house came along, we were able to move quickly and confidently. Anyone lucky enough to work with you is in the right hands indeed!”

– Debra Goodman
Bought in Lafayette

Tara Rochlin is more than a realtor…she is a friend. When we wanted to invest in a property several years ago, Tara found the perfect opportunity for us….a “fixer” with a great location. Tara helped us purchase the investment property and then helped us sell it several years later after the remodel. She also helped us sell our primary residence so she represented us through three transactions, once as a buyer and twice as a seller during a tough economic time. Tara is friendly, knowledgable and realistic. She works hard and has a professional yet approachable nature. She listens. And when asked for her advice, she gives it freely and boldly.She is a confident negotiator and knows how to communicate well. More than anything, Tara is trustworthy and we have learned how important that is when someone is representing you in real estate transactions. We love her and would recommend her to anyone without hesitation.”

– Kathy and Scott Franklin
Bought in Lafayette, Sold in Moraga & Lafayette

“Whether you are buying or selling, I would strongly recommend Tara. Tara is top-notch. She knows her business, knows the area extremely well, and understands the importance of representing her client and their individual needs. Tara truly represented me as the buyer, and was able to advise me and provide valuable information that assisted me greatly throughout the entire transaction. Tara gave generously of her time, was always available, exhibited amazing follow-through, and always kept in very close contact either by phone or by email. In addition to all of this, Tara has a vested interest in the long-term relationship she develops with her clients. I not only gained a beautiful home, but I gained a life-long friend as well.”

– Rachel Smith
Bought in Moraga

I wanted to follow up on the conclusion of our recent home purchase in order to express our sincere gratitude at how well you helped manage that entire purchase process. There were many areas that you excelled in, but there are four that come to mind immediately.

1) First, one of the best things you provided to our purchase process was the concept of total customer care, which was definitely exhibited through your extended team. We were thoroughly impressed with all of your team, including everyone from the loan officer to the electrician. It was a great team experience, and the members of your extended team displayed the same type of great customer service attitude that you demonstrated.

2) Your commitment to the long run-It was evident from our first encounter when we met at an open house quite a number of months ago that you are a true Moraga/Lafayette/Lamorinda native and will be helping people find their dream homes in this area for many years to come. We really appreciated that.

3) Your patience with us as buyers-you demonstrated a tremendous amount of patience with us during the entire process, which unfolded in fits and starts, but ended up with what is unquestionably the right home purchase. We appreciated you standing by us during the early travails in the process and also being there at the end in our moment of triumph.

4) Gaining an insight into buyer/seller concerns-you did a great job of honing in on what was important to us in the home purchase. Getting my daughter started at her new school at the beginning of the school year was really important to us and you helped make that happen by coordinating with our escrow officer. That was a very important component of the experience for us.

In sum, we really enjoyed our home purchase experience with you and Village Associates and will highly recommend you as agent to anyone who is interested in the Lamorinda real estate market.”

– Ken & Lydia Koerner
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