SEE WHAT MY CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES

My husband and I are first time home buyers and we couldn't be more happy to have had Tamika as our real estate agent. It was a match made in heaven. Being first time home buyers is a roller coaster of emotions especially in a sellers market trying to buy in San Jose, but Tamika made the process  more than just bearable but a fun learning experience. She's caring, kind, and approachable, and very professional. She's great at what she does! We were able to close in 21 days on only our third offer, and became home owners on July 25th, 2016. We are so happy that we did not get the first two places we offered because our home is PERFECT for us, and we couldn't and wouldn't be living in it right now if it weren't for Tamika and her wonderful team at EQ1. Thank you so much for holding our hands through this whole process and finding our home for us
— Custo C.

Tamika was truly incredible! Being in the bay area with this seller's market, particularly as a first time homebuyer was beyond intimidating...until working with Tamika. She was knowledgeable, professional, and POSITIVE. If you want a realtor that truly cares about her clients, works hard and makes  sure that you have a very clear sense of the buying process- Tamika is your person. The listing agent of the house we bought also shared that Tamika was a big part of what tipped the scale to get us a house that we were actually not the highest offer on- she is fierce and so so good at her job. HIGHLY recommend!!

— Shannon C.

There are so many good qualities regarding Tamika as a Real Estate Agent to describe. Therefore, I will focus on the key aspect that would lead me to suggest Tamika over other agents out there that I've worked with. Tamika demonstrated a great balance of professionalism as well as being  personable. As a professional, she knew the market, was very responsive and took initiative to forewarn us and prepare us for steps to come, and gave great advice as to which steps to take next. On the flip side, working with Tamika never felt like it was all business or work. She was very personable, patient, enthusiastic, positive - it always felt like my wife and I were discussing important matters with a very wise friend. We always felt taken care of and that she had our best interest in mind. She did not push her agenda, but rather explained and made firm suggestions - often times were in agreement with mine and wife's thoughts. Our selling experiences was not a smooth one with the buyers asking for extensions etc.. However, Tamika kept away from most of the frustrations and continuous dealt with the buyer's agent. She would come back and give us the feedback and provided us with critical documentations of her communications with the buyer's agent. The result was a very enjoyable experience for us while she dealt with the frustrations of communications with the buyers and their agent. All in all, we were extremely glad that we worked with Tamika to sell our home. As for the more detailed report of the services she and her team provided, you can refer to the comments my wife Janely gave earlier. We highly recommend anyone looking for a property or trying to sell their property to consider working with Tamika.

—Nathan V.

This was our second time working with Tamika. Tamika helped my husband and I purchase our first home. When we were ready to sell, Tamika put her marketing genius to work! She helped us with staging, increasing curb appeal and beautifying the house. Our house was on the market for less than 7  days and we ended up receiving 15 offers! We had a very smooth escrow and ended up selling around 50k above list! Tamika is by far the best Realtor my husband and I have ever worked with and I highly recommend her whether you're buying or selling!

—Michelle L.

Tamika worked with me and my daughters to purchase their first home. We worked with another Realtor for over 3 months without much success, and found the house we purchased the first week we worked with Tamika. She listened to what we were looking for, and showed us 5 houses on the first day that  met our criteria! In this hot market the sellers were getting offers that we considered unreasonable, and she positioned our offer highlighting the strong buying position that took the focus away from the price, and we were able to purchase the house within the appraised value, and therefore qualify for the house loan. Her attention and direction made the process less taking, it was a pleasure working with Tamika.

—Kibet T.

Tamika is an EXTRAORDINARY realtor…simply UNPARALLELED! She is sensational at the two most important things…understanding her clients and understanding the market! She listened to us to get a feel for OUR wants and needs…the process was about us. Not once did she try to “sell” us a house, she  simply showed and allowed us to make our decision on whether or not to offer. Once we decided which house we wanted, she drew on her expertise and vast knowledge of the market to formulate our offer. Her guidance through this process was invaluable as she used her outstanding people skills to communicate with the selling agent. From Tamika, we learned that a strong offer is not just about the amount, it’s about the package. In fact, our offer was accepted but it did not hold the highest dollar amount! Woohooo! God blessed us with Tamika as our agent! We would highly recommend her services for buying or selling a home, she is a straight shooter who serves her clients well!

—Book A

Having gone through the process of buying a house before which was not a pleasant experience, working with Tamika was breath of fresh air. She really listened to what we wanted and went out to find the "it" house for us. Tamika was with us every step of the way, from driving us house to house;  completing a walk through of our home; negotiating with the sellers relater agent; and even making a trip to our new home to hand us the keys to our brand new home. Although we worked with Tamika to purchase our second home, she made the experience so great it was like buying a home for the first time. Whether you are looking to purchase your first home, second home, or even third home Tamika is the best to work with!

—Gina M

Tamika was awesome. My husband and I actually started with another agent, and we quickly realized she didn't fully understand the process involving VA and Cal Vet loans. Fortunately, a friend of ours introduced us to Tamika and told us that she was extremely knowledgeable in these types of loans.  Tamika was also very quick to respond to any questions we had. Tamika was very patient with us, and she understood our needs and the CalVet process loan. We are very happy to have had the opportunity to work with her. :)

—Valdeza M

Tamika's passion and knowledge were very comforting to us and actually made the daunting task of house hunting an adventure full of laughter. She was very quick to respond to any of our questions no matter how busy her day was. She was punctual, efficient and effective in finding us our "home,  sweet home". She was also amazing with our twin toddlers and had some creative techniques up her sleeve to keep us at the top of the pile when a bidding war arose. Can't wait to invite her to our housewarming party - she's become family! Use her - you won't regret it!!

—Lindsey F

United Veterans recommended Tamika to my husband & I, through a VA loan in which we initially did not receive a high enough loan to put us on an "exciting" track to home searching. Especially in areas which we would prefer to live in, such as Evergreen, Milpitas, Fremont, etc. However, through  Tamika's vast knowledge of areas such as Hayward, Union City and San Leandro; we felt she would be able to help us find a home we could appreciate.

Through my husband's hard work, he was able to find us a loan broker, who could give us the loan required to actually live in the areas we desired. Because we were going to use a different loan agent, this could have forced us to find a different real estate agent. Due to the great experience we had with Tamika, her professionalism, knowledge of specific areas within a city and friendly manner, we decided to keep her as our agent.

As a result of her professionalism, we were able to find a home 1 month after receiving approval of our new loan and closing within another month. The home we found in Fremont, meets all our needs; move in ready, beautiful upgrades and within price range we wanted.

Thanks Tamika, we will always think of you for future real estate purchases!
 

“She is the one that you will trust and not “feel funny” about it. She is the one that knows what you’re thinking, what you’re going through, and absolutely understands your concerns. As a first time home-buyer I was always skeptical that anyone would take me seriously since I didn’t have the largest of budgets, but she was kind at all times, respectful of my limitations and my concerns and always spoke with me as if it was the two of us weighing in on these major decisions. Her background in carpentry frequently came in handy, quickly able to spot add-ons, and various irregularities that were otherwise not disclosed, and weigh in on possible/future construction on places (but only if I was up for it). After two and a half years of agents/agencies trying to push me into buying properties because it was good for them and not for me...two and a half years of my doing all the leg work and driving myself places to meet with agents who would make me feel like they were doing ME a favor to let me in... After two and a half years of disappointment and let down, unethical behaviors, and thousands of miles on my car... I was referred to Tamika. We met on a rainy day but she was still happy to show me what a qualified, competent agent is, who really, REALLY enjoys their job! Her enthusiasm is infectious. Her professionalism and knowledge unbounded. She is a true asset to any team that is lucky enough to have her. While I didn’t close on the last property we were working on, she gave me great hints and tips and was very supportive with my novice. She was sympathetic to my technological limitations (non-smartphone) and would kindly email potential matches instead of sending to my phone, and was sympathetic to my random work schedule and made time for me when I had time off of work for myself. I never had to sacrifice my job to make us work as a team. I truly, truly appreciate everything she has done for me. I will be Blessed to have her in my corner in the future, and so would any other potential buyer. I highly recommend Tamika Ellsworth! Can’t wait to work with her again!!”

—M V.

Tamika’s passion and knowledge were very comforting to us and actually made the daunting task of house hunting an adventure full of laughter. She was very quick to respond to any of our questions no matter how busy her day was. She was punctual, efficient and effective in finding us our “home, sweet home”. She was also amazing with our twin toddlers and had some creative techniques up her sleeve to keep us at the top of the pile when a bidding war arose. Can’t wait to invite her to our housewarming party - she’s become family! Use her - you won’t regret it!!

—Fisher Family

Tamika was very helpful in helping me buy my first home. When I was unable to obtain a loan through the lender I first chose she was able to recommend me other lenders and also extremely patient when I had problems with those lenders as well. Tamika is a realtor that doesn’t give up on a house or a client until all options are completely exhausted and I’m glad that we were able to work together to get me into my first house.

—Derek P

The va recommend Tamika to me when I told her I wanted only 1 house and if I couldn’t get that house I didn’t want nothing. Tamika went back and forth even when it looked like I wasn’t going to be able to get it, she stayed on top of things to get me the house. There were time I felt like throwing in the towel but she would call me, text, or email me three or four times a day until we got it done. Thank you Tamika

—Elaine R

After many years making outrageous mortgage payments and with my home-value quickly decreasing, I needed to sell my house. Tamika ensured a fast and easy short sale that got me rid of my old loan. She ensured that my house, which was under difficult conditions, got sold in a shortsale. The process was fast and easy. She was good about following up and giving me details along the way.

—Eric R

“After many years making outrageous mortgage payments and with my home-value quickly decreasing, I needed to sell my house. Tamika ensured a fast and easy short sale that got me rid of my old loan. She ensured that my house, which was under difficult conditions, got sold in a shortsale. The process was fast and easy. She was good about following up and giving me details along the way.”It was a pleasure and a joy to work with Tamika to purchase our first home. The first time we went out with her, we found our future house! We immediately went back to the office with her and she explained all of the forms we had to sign in order to put in our offer. She made us feel very comfortable about the amount we chose to offer because she showed us comparable sales in the area and discussed the current market with us. She did not put any pressure on us during any part of the process and supported us through the challenging inspection and mortgage approval processes. She always kept us informed and made sure all of our questions were answered. Tamika is friendly, professional, and made us feel important and valued during our home purchase. We have already given her card out to others and we would gladly recommend her to anyone looking to buy a house.”

—Jennifer and Justin J

Tamika Ellsworth was a pleasure to do business with. She was professional in every way. She promptly returned all phone calls and went out of her way to answer my questions and if she did not know, she would get the answer. She did all i asked of her, and probably more, and took care of any and all unpleasant business. She proved to be good at representing my son and I and negotiated hard for us. 

—Steve and Angela P

I have worked with many realtors in the past. Tamika is the best realtor who I have ever worked. She acted as my personal investment partner. Provided professional knowledge and consultation to make and close the deals. She is on the top of following through the escrow. Whenever I need her help, she always make herself available day and night. She is defiantly above and beyond her duties. I am highly recommending her.

—Chi

My husband and I loved working with Tamika. She made the process of selling our condo easy and worry free. The hardest part in selling our property was getting it cleared of belongings, cleaning it up, and painting it. As soon as we finished the prep work, Tamika handled everything else. Based on  Tamika's recommendations on repairs/renovations and price listing, we only needed one open house (which she had staged for us) to get the offer we needed. The maximum amount that comparible condos have recently sold for in our area was $445,000. The appraisal report also showed that our condo was worth that amount. Our condo sold for $10,000 above that amount and Tamika managed to add $500 more on top of it. Overall, Tamika wanted what was best for us and her expertise and experience as a realtor got us just that. We would definitely choose her again and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a realtor.

—Janel R.

Tamika helped my husband and I to purchase two properties within a year. Throughout the entire process she was extremely patient and professional. We were using the VA loan which is usually difficult to work with nowadays as most sellers don't prefer it. However Tamika was highly knowledgable and  experienced with the VA loan. She walked us through the whole process and in such a short time we were able to purchase a beautiful townhouse in San Jose. She also helped us in buying another property (for investment). She went out of her way to make sure we are satisfied. In the future when we are ready to buy or sell again, we will certainly choose Tamika as our Realtore.

—Fare E.

My husband and I were just starting the process of purchasing our first home and weren't even sure we needed an agent. We are SO glad we decided to hire Tamika Ellsworth! She is a smart confident woman with an amazing depth of knowledge of the real estate industry and what we needed to do to  stand out from other buyers! Even though we weren't immediately successful in finding a home, she never let us lose faith in the process and helped us every step of the way! She was always quick to answer any question at any hour, and even took the time to give us a presentation of the whole home buying process! I intend on recommending Tamika to everyone I know! Thank you Tamika for making our first experience and smooth and pleasant one!

—Sol L

My wife and I very recently worked with Tamika and EQ1 Realty to make our first home purchase. We live in the SF Bay Area and the real estate market is ridiculously competitive to say the least. We were working with a VA Loan and going against both established home buyers with conventional loans  and with cash buyers. Tamika knew what we needed to offer in order for our bid to be competitive. Long story short, I'm writing this review from the living room of our new house! Tamika was extremely knowledgeable of the market and the buying process, as well as highly responsive to our needs. She is an aggressive agent who gets it done. We can't thank Tamika and EQ1 Real Estate enough! 

—Al B

Tamika is a PHENOMENAL Realtor! Throughout the entire house buying process, Tamika was professional, supportive and knew how to make us competitive with other buyers. She also has excellent communication skills and would still respond to me when I would send emails, texts and phone calls in the  middle of the night. When we found the house of our dreams, Tamika gave us advice and utilized some of her connections to help the sellers choose our offer over several other offers that even offered more money than us. I was so shocked that we got the house we wanted and I am INCREDIBLY thankful for Tamika! She is truly just an awesome Realtor and I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone wanting to buy or sell a house.

—A Coleman.

Me and my wife was very lucky to have Tamika as our real estate agent. As a Vet and a first time buyer, I really did not know what to do or where to start. Tamika made the whole process very easy. She was straight forward and honest with us. She knew we were going to get the house that we want. We  just needed to be patient. And we did. And as testimony to the fact that she is best at what she do. I almost made her bid 10 k over the asking price of the home I wanted. But she said no we can get it for less. And she was right!!! We will be forever grateful to her. I recommend her to anyone and everyone who wants to purchase a home.

—Roy R.

I had the pleasure of working with Tamika to buy my first home. From the first time I contacted Tamika to the day that I picked up the key, I always comfortable and happy to be working with her. She works very hard, as the time that i were buying my home she is carrying the baby but she was always  available for me and she responded to any emails, phone calls, and texts no matter how late it was (There was few times that she responded back to me after mid night). Anyways, my point is she works very hard. Tamika is very professional and patient! I had so many requests for the seller and Tamika helped me to "push" the seller to fulfilled my request and she wasn't hesitate to work with the seller until my concerns or requests was fulfilled. As a first time home buyer, I can see how the entire process can seem harrowing. However Tamika made it so enjoyable. She is very professional and a pleasure to work with throughout the process. I'd highly recommend Tamika to anyone looking for a home.

Thanks!

—Dat C.

By far, Tamika Ellsworth is the best Realtor we've ever had the pleasure of working with.

To call her amazing would not do her justice, as she surpassed all of our expectations.

This is the third house my wife and I have purchased over the years. We've had all kinds of bad
  experiences with buying and selling homes, so we were completely unaccustomed to the type of service Tamika gave us.

Tamika was very professional as well as personable. She was very easy to work with, and made us feel more like friends rather than clients. She was always available, and didn't have a question that she couldn't answer readily or get the answer for in a timely fashion.

But what was most impressive, was her honesty. We came to trust her completely as we discovered from working with her, that she really did have our best interests at heart. Something I cannot over emphasize, as we've had prior experiences to the contrary.

I would not hesitate in recommending Tamika again. If you are looking for a quality Realtor, look no further. You will not be disappointed.

—Eza M.

Tamika Ellsworth - She was great and helping me sale my home. She knew both the seller and myself and she kept us both informed and made sure we carry through all the necessary information that was needed and signed all papers along the way. It was timely and done with great efficiency. I would highly recommend her for she worked hard and made certain we were both treated fairly and was always helpful.

—Ron S.

Working with Tamika to purchase our first home was fabulous. We encountered many challenges throughout the process, but Tamika worked tirelessly to help us overcome each obstacle. She was easy to reach and quick to respond whenever we had a question or concern. She followed through with impeccable timing and kept the lines of communication open between all parties involved. Tamika’s tenacious work ethic was a great match for us and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome of our experience.

—Sean and Jessica K

My wife and I moved to the Bay Area from southern California for work. Our idea was that our new jobs would enable us to accomplish our dream of purchasing a home! We rented an apartment but knew that we wanted to get into a single-family home as soon as possible. As we shopped around different areas for homes we met a number of agents. Finally, a friend introduced us to Tamika Ellsworth, the REALTOR that just helped her purchase our new house. No one made us feel as comfortable and assured that she’d get us into a home as Tamika. She was just as determined (if not more!) to help us achieve our dream. What we originally thought would be a short sprint, turned into a marathon. With home prices as low as they were, we learned that the market was extremely competitive. Both my wife and I, being former college athletes, have the competitive nature to not go down without a fight! Tamika, also a former college athlete, shared that same never-give-up mentality. After a long, hard fought battle, almost a year later we finally got the keys to our new home! The timing couldn’t have been any better considering we are now expecting our first child! Tamika’s commitment to getting us into a home was just as strong on the day we got our keys as it was when we first were introduced to her from a friend. She is exceptionally knowledgeable about the entire Bay Area. She is overly quick to respond to emails, calls, and texts and what impressed me most is that with her large client base she some how managed a way to make us feel like we were the only ones she was working for. If you are looking for a home I highly recommend Tamika Ellsworth! No matter what your situation she will work, work, work and won’t stop working until you have “keys in hand!”

—Leonard and Paige G

Tamika successfully negotiated a short sale of my home, after almost a year on the market and three escrow processes.

This was not an easy sale. I faced foreclosure several times. I had to negotiate with multiple lawyers, three separate lenders, the court system, and harassment by uncooperative neighbors.

Tamika literally saved my life with this sale, not only by doing the everyday hard work but also by keeping me feeling supported through what has been the most personally challenging experience of my life. Every time I lost faith in the process, Tamika kept me focused on my goal and helped me figure out what concrete steps to take. I can say that selling the house was truly a collaborative venture; Tamika and I found a flow together that enabled us to successfully resolve each new challenge, of which there were many. 

Tamika worked with dogged persistence, keen foresight, attention to detail, diplomacy, patience, and humor. When I was ready to abandon the sale after the second escrow attempt fell through, Tamika urged me to try ‘one more time,’ which ultimately resulted in a successful sale, only four days before foreclosure. Somehow Tamika worked magic on the bureaucracy of government lenders who saw my situation as no more than a number and a file. Tamika refused to bend to the pressures of negotiating with multiple parties involved in the sale, exercising an extraordinary sense of discretion, insight, and calm. She drove hours out of her way several times, just to get a single signature on a document needed for a last minute deadline.

I simply do not have the words to express the gratitude I have to Tamika and the deep respect I have for her work ethic and personal character. I certainly recommend her without reservation.

—Naomi B

United Veterans recommended Tamika to my husband & I, through a VA loan in which we initially did not receive a high enough loan to put us on an “exciting” track to home searching. Especially in areas which we would prefer to live in, such as Evergreen, Milpitas, Fremont, etc. However, through Tamika’s vast knowledge of areas such as Hayward, Union City and San Leandro; we felt she would be able to help us find a home we could appreciate.

Through my husband’s hard work, he was able to find us a loan broker, who could give us the loan required to actually live in the areas we desired. Because we were going to use a different loan agent, this could have forced us to find a different real estate agent. Due to the great experience we had with Tamika, her professionalism, knowledge of specific areas within a city and friendly manner, we decided to keep her as our agent.

As a result of her professionalism, we were able to find a home 1 month after receiving approval of our new loan and closing within another month. The home we found in Fremont, meets all our needs; move in ready, beautiful upgrades and within price range we wanted.

Thanks Tamika, we will always think of you for future real estate purchases! 

—Sing and Tina S

Tamika is a top notch realtor. She really listens and gets to know what a client wants. I am very impressed with her ability to uncover all aspects of properties to make sure I get the best deal. She is alway very prompt in following up with information requested. I would highly recommend Tamika to anyone looking for that right home.

—Mike M