Why do they call them short sales?
They're ANYTHING but short.
But through them all, through Rochester, Valjean, and Spaulding, I had
the most powerful force/guiding angel I could ever hope to have--you.
Carol, you've been nothing short of magnificent through this entire
process. You fought for me when I needed it, you held my hand when I
needed it, and you provided me space when I needed it. You showed
exquisite grace and calm and confidence with me. There's no other
agent in the world I'd rather have on my side than you.
Thank you so much for everything--you've helped to lift a huge burden
off of my shoulders. Now I can start anew, rebuild, and achieve.
With love, respect, and gratitude,
Drs. Sujata and Kirit Desai, MD
Hi Carol, When we started in April or so ,did not think this day will come!! It’s a great feeling !!. We are happy. I think without your hard work it would not have happened. You always listened to us and guided us correctly. I do believe agent who lives in neighbourhood where one wants to buy is the best way to go . You are vey thoughtful, efficient and really a fast worker. I am amazed at so many times with your response
sometimes at 10 or 11PM !! It was impressive that you were ready with even meter coin yesterday!! Our sincere thanks. I will also have to thank Abhilash for suggesting your name.
Nick Segal, Senior Vice President, Sotheby's International Realty
I have worked with Carol Whitley and know her to be conscientious, caring and most professional.
Michelle L. Ruben, Interior Decorator
Carol Whitley has been a great resource for me and I feel comfortable referring her. I highly recommend Carol for anyone interested in buying or selling a home. Carol is a woman with high integrity and strong character. I have bought and sold more than one home over the years. I have worked with many different realtors in the past and have never had such a pleasant experience as I did working with Carol. I felt that she really cared that I got what I wanted and went to great lengths to find my home. She also sat me down and helped me to read all the fine print. She made sure I understood what everything thing meant and that I was clear on details that I may have overlooked without her guidance. Carol is patient, thoughtful and such a joy to work with. I felt really cared for and had such a great experience buying my home with her help. After working with Carol I can't imagine ever buying another home with anyone else.
Martyn Felix Brown, Loan Consultant, Legend Mortgage Corp.
I have known Carol Whitley for over three years and was a partner in an investment property that she sold. Over that period of time, I got the chance to see her amazing work ethic, honesty, and rare ability to get many personalities to work toward a common goal. I believe that you can tell more about a person when times are tough, as opposed to when times are good. Carol is a person who can cut through the white noise of stress, and focus on the task at hand. Simply put, she gets the job done. I have recommended Carol to various friends and associates who may need her knowledge in real estate. She is astute, and smart, yet has a certain warmth and humanity that is a rare quality these days. Hence, I am happy that I am able to call upon Carol now and in the future for her varied opinions on real estate and beyond, and that is why I would recommend her to others.
Lynette Louise, Nuerofeedback/Play Professional
Lynette Louise, Nuerofeedback/Play Professional
I wanted to write a letter of reference or rather applause for Carol Whitley as a real estate agent. Back in February I bought a house in Simi Valley. I found the house with a different agent but did not feel that this agent would represent me or be connected with the type of people who could help me the most. So at the outset I insisted on Carol's involvement as a referral agent. I was not to be disappointed. Carol was the one who supplied me with quality people that could get the job done while simultaneously looking out for my financial interests: Even though both agents gave me lists of choices for everyone from the inspector to the lender in every case the best man for the job came from Carol's list. In addition she was a true Godsend at dealing with all the necessary players in this very emotional purchase: At one point I found myself standing in the escrow office where nothing that was supposed to be ready was. I was risking being late for work so I called Carol. She arranged, with no fuss or problem, to have the papers brought to me by a notary. She even absorbed the cost.
But even more than how she helped with my purchase I have been impressed by her professionalism in working with my daughter.
I referred Carol to Brandessa who purchased a property in Santa Monica. There are so many ways in which Carol has gone above and beyond the call that I must say I have never known a more efficient, thorough or thoughtful associate in my life. Our family is challenging to say the least. For example Carol has been placed in many difficult positions with the various sellers agents by the fact that my daughter was bringing her autistic twenty-five year old brother along to many of the dealings. Carol handled everything my strangely loud son did as if it were completely run of the mill.
She seems able to intercept whatever idiosyncrasies we throw at her, smooth out the wrinkles and get the job done with an immeasurable amount of warmth and love.
She is a true gem.
Desiree Goodman, President, Sterling West Escrow
In the 20 years of doing escrow, I have had the opportunity to work with a lot of very good real estate agents, and even in that group, I have found Carol to be an outstanding agent. She is diligent, involved and always in the solution. Her dedication to her clients and her work ethic are unparalleled. She has the ability to adapt to any situation that may arise and works well with all parties to ensure a smooth and pleasant transaction.
Jim Hecht, Screenwriter
I don't feel like I would've or could've bought a house without Carol Whitley. I just don't see any way I would've gotten it done. Because of Carol, I bought my first house, I got a great deal and I've continued to add value to my investment, even in a difficult market.
Carol is so professional, organized, thorough, attentive and comforting that I didn't even know when I was supposed to freak out. She made me feel safe and supported at every step. We looked at dozens of places in several areas until we figured out what I needed and then found the place I really wanted.
My particular choice needed a lot of work. Carol brought in a decorator who went through the property and showed me how the space could be special. Then she made a deal that was much better than I had any right to expect. Her work with the selling agent was so good that I think we both consider him a friend now, and vice-a-versa. I never doubted for a second that she was acting in my best interest and I always knew she would protect me from anything. I knew she was so thorough and professional, she'd see anything that could be a problem and I knew she was so on my side that she'd stomp out any fires that came up.
Carol didn't disappear after I moved in either. She continued to be my most valuable resource as I stumbled through the potholes of first-time home ownership. She was incredibly patient with all my dumb questions
Jesse Sweigert, Student, Attorney At Law
Jesse Sweigert, Student, Attorney At Law
When my husband James and I first approached Carol, the only information we were armed with was a sense of our own personal style. Carol was able to take a few suggestions as to what we like generally and craft a one day outing that was spot-on as to what we were looking for. Carol illuminated the idea of lifestyle for us and focused us on what would make us happiest long term. In just a few hours out with Carol, we were able to pinpoint what was really important to us in a home. In fact, that first day, Carol guided us towards the perfect modern loft that was everything we had hoped for.
But Carol didn't just help us find our new place. She was a great resource, sounding board, and emotionally stabilizing force throughout the whole sale transaction. She helped us navigate the offer process and educated us every step of the way. Securing a bank loan can be a difficult and draining process, especially in the current economic climate. The relationship Carol established with the other agent and her negotiating skills got us into escrow and helped keep us there during the turbulent loan approval process. Carol took the time to listen to our concerns and frustrations and offered us the most reasonable and intelligent solutions in each situation. She was continuously our cheerleader, our advocate, and our sage.
When James and I first met with Carol, we didn't think we'd be serious buyers for at least a year. We weren't knowledgeable about our options and we were nervous about taking such a big step. Through Carol's encouragement and support, we were able to be in escrow within the month on our brand new condo. She empowered us to make one of the best decisions we've ever made and we couldn't be happier as a result. If James and I ever decide to move again, there is no question that we would choose to work with Carol.
Shadi Kamran, Consultant, Countrywide Home Loans
I have worked as the lender on many transactions with Carol Whitley and I have witnessed firsthand her dedication to offering her clients an experience that they will cherish and appreciate forever. Carol strives to educate her buyers in every aspect of the transaction. Thus, every client that she represents is always well informed and educated enough to make the right decisions in the most complicated scenarios. Carol practices her craft successfully only because she acknowledges the fact that her clients' best interests supersede any other factor in the transaction.
Stephanie Van de Motter, Leasing & Operations, 1221 Ocean Ave. Ultra-Luxury
Carol Whitley is a consummate professional. She knows her business and the area. She gives generously of her time, her knowledge and herself. Carol has referred countless clients to 1221 Ocean Avenue and has spent many hours helping to market our property.
She represents her community extremely well. She is smart. She has a wonderful engaging style and manner. I cannot imagine a better real estate agent/relocation specialist. I imagine that all clients who work with her recommend her to others just as I always do. Carol is truly a joy to interact with and I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with her.
Karina Perrantes, Acquisitions Associate, Hertz Investment Group
As first time homebuyers, it was such a blessing to have the opportunity to work with Carol Whitley. Her extensive knowledge, experience and patience proved invaluable during such an emotional and exciting time. She guided us through the sometimes stressful process with such ease and certainty knowing we were learning from the best. Carol encouraged and inspired us to follow the path to our dream home and we will forever be grateful!
Adam Fields, Investor & Composer
Carol Whitley represented me in my purchase of a duplex in Miracle Mile.
Miracle is really the operative word here
Brandessa Shelton, Studio Manager/ Producer
I can't thank Carol enough! She went above and beyond to help me find the perfect house. She listened to what I was looking for, researched every property that gave me those options and then lead me with sound solid advice that assured me she was really looking out for my best interests -never her own. I felt so lucky to have such an expert keeping me informed. She was there every step of the way; always guiding me, and giving me options that helped me to sleep better while I was making such a big decision.
When we found my dream home she really went to bat for me, and boy was I ever lucky to have her on my team! I will recommend her to anyone and everyone that is looking to buy or sell their home, and I can most confidently say that if they team up with Carol -they can't lose!
Evelyn & Waldo Madamba, Retired Banker
This is to reiterate our heartfelt thanks for the excellent service and advice you provided us when we sold our property at 2946 Finch Street. The property was sold 2 weeks before the market downturn with a good price of $10,000 on top of the list price. It has been 2 years since we sold the property and up to now you continue to be in touch with us especially during the holidays which we did not expect and never have experienced with our past dealings with other realtors. We will always appreciate the assistance and effort you put into helping us sell our property. It has been a pleasure doing business with you and thanks again Carol.
Wyatt Valentine, Investor & Director of Operations Post Production
Carol represented me on a difficult apartment building sale and she did a great job! She was always there for me to answer questions and she kept me updated on issues as they came up. Carol negotiated a great price. It was not the easiest of escrows. The buyer had some financing issues and there was a difficult tenant as well. Carol rose to the occasion and helped to resolve all issues as they came up during this long escrow. She knows the market and she knows how to market to the right people. I must say that this was a large transaction for me and that I had a sense of confidence knowing that Carol was on my side. The transaction was a success and I owe that in large part to the work of Carol Whitley.
I would not hesitate to refer anybody to Carol for their real estate needs.
Jeff Rubenstein, Attorney at Law
As a first time home buyer I was lucky enough to find Carol Whitley. She guided me through the process and helped me find and purchase my wonderful home. She got me the place, terms and price I wanted. I will use Carol to sell my home when I am ready and to purchase my next one. I am an attorney and do not make recommendations lightly. I recommend Carol Whitley with the highest of confidence and praise.
Margaux Glaser, Event Producer
Carol was committed to achieving my goals in finding the right property. She will do whatever it takes to help you out, you can count on her being there for you.
Jackie Cohen, Investor & Account Executive, Citadel Broadcasting
I have worked with Carol on the purchase of two investment properties. She was very knowledgeable, professional and insightful. The fact that she is an investor herself adds important perspective. I would recommend her to buyers of all levels, especially investors.
Bret Plate, CEO, Kid Basix
When I began looking for a property in Venice, I had very specific requirements that I laid out for Carol. Those issues made her job much more difficult and the process much more protracted than it might normally have been. Through it all, Carol remained focused and diligent, finally resulting
Neal Crowley, general Counsel
Moving from the Midwest, I was so fortunate to find Carol. She anticipated and understood how daunting it can be to relocate to LA (not to mention the 'sticker shock'). She made me feel welcome, and got me acquainted with the area. She really listed to my needs and preferences. And she worked tirelessly to find great options for me. I would recommend Carol to anyone looking for great results, and who would enjoy working with a personable, knowledgeable professional.
Susan Whitley, Business Owner
Carol referred our family to a Realtor in Colorado. Her marketing recommendations to the Realtor and assistance throughout the sales process lead to a successful sale in less than 30 days . Her knowledge and professionalism carried our Realtor who was not as confident negotiating in this changing marketplace.
Obviously, it's been tough to realize that I'm not a good guy according to the bankers. However, like a good friend suggested , I will continue to save money and eventually my number will come up. So please do not throw my file away. You have been wonderful. Seriously you're the best real estate professional I have met so far. Lets keep our eyes peeled for rundown fixers cottages in the canyons.
1221 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90405