Tracy Tilin McKendell
Oakland, CA 94612
My diverse background and intimate knowledge of the Bay Area allow me a unique approach to working with Buyers and Sellers in real estate transactions. I am a native San Franciscan, and have spent over three-quarters of my life living in the Bay Area, a place to which I have returned twice from living out-of-state. I have lived in Texas and Massachusetts, as well as in France and Israel, but my heart lies in the Bay Area. I have most recently made Oakland my home since 2000, and live in the warm and friendly Oakmore/Dimond neighborhood. My son Alec, 17, is a junior in high school, has played piano for 13 years and hopes to attend a liberal arts college to study engineering and play soccer. My Australian Cattle Dog (Red Heeler) Lucy, 6, doesn’t go to school, although she could probably benefit from a decent education, and rather than kick soccer balls, she only bites them.
I have an extensive academic background, including an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies, graduate-level courses in Business and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. With these I bring a broad range of knowledge to the real estate arena, helping advise both buyers and sellers on optimizing their transactions. A student at heart, I continue my academic tradition by regularly attending courses on real estate and related topics, so that I may enrich my knowledge base and be able to offer information and value to my clients beyond real estate transactions alone.
My real estate practice focuses mostly on single family homes, but I have also closed transactions with condominiums and residential income properties. I work with investors as well as those looking to live in the homes they buy. I have also represented both Buyers and Sellers in Distressed Property Sales (short sales, foreclosures, etc.) I particularly enjoy working with First Time Buyers, and those moving from San Francisco to the East Bay. Although most of my transactions are in Oakland, I have served clients in a wide area, including a variety of cities such as San Francisco, San Leandro, Alameda, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Hercules, Dublin, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Antioch and Stockton.
My varied professional skills serve my clients well. Prior experience as a practicing Family Therapist allows me a special understanding of the impact changing homes (and going through family changes or distressed sales) can have on my clients. With proven success also in consultative corporate sales, I can skillfully negotiate transactions and use my established relationships in the extended real estate community to manage all aspects of home purchases and sales. My honesty, loyalty, accessibility, reliable communication and consistent follow-through leave my clients feeling secure through their transactions. Sometimes we even get silly together, just to take a break from the stress of it all.
In addition to my roles as Realtor and Mother, I have also held leadership positions in my community. I served two years as President and Chair of The Board of the Parents’ Association at The Renaissance International School. I have served on committees of our local neighborhood association, and keep my finger on the pulse through local social media outlets such as NextDoor. I have also contributed significant time to fundraising and other efforts for multiple public radio and public television stations. With other community-involved Realtors and Affiliates, I have served since 2015 on the Community Funds Board Committee of the Oakland Berkeley Association of Realtors. Last year we raised over $100,000 and awarded grants to multiple arts and education organizations in Oakland and Berkeley. My passions include music, travel, finding great bargain restaurants, and making friends. I have sung backup for Rosemary Clooney, walked on burning coals and been on the cover of People magazine.
I live every day with gusto! My favorite motto, care of Eleanor Roosevelt: “Do the thing you think you cannot do.” I look forward to a wonderful real estate experience with you.