We Listened. They Clapped.
To learn more about why Alison Elder and her team continue to find the right solution for those who seek to buy a new home, vacation rental, or legacy estate while consistently delivering a positive experience, please feel free to read the testimonials below.
Alison provided in-depth information about the Truckee-Tahoe area that helped us narrow our search parameters. She was immediately responsive to all of our questions, and her team was top notch, from showing us properties to dealing with contract matters. We very much appreciated her team’s extra effort to conduct a final inspection before closing as we could not be here, expedite the closing in advance of the holidays, and make sure our unit was warmed up and ready for us when we arrived. We recommend Alison Elder as a buyer’s agent without reservation!
-Patricia & Blake Hardina
Alison has represented us on three real estate transactions over four years. Through her outstanding marketing, we have sold two homes and we purchased a prime lot to build a house. Alison’s ability to present our home to the market, supported by excellent photography resulted in our home selling in two weeks. Thank you Alison!
-Julie & Scott Render
There is no doubt that Alison is passionate about her job and that she loves Truckee. Her attention to detail comes through in everything she does, from her knowledge of the area, to the way she treats her clients and to the way she has built her team. Charming and professional, Alison Elder and her team have made our experience flawless.
-Ovid & Oana Trifan
I’ve been buying and selling real estate in the Truckee area around 42 years and have dealt with many realtors. After all these years, I’ve only found one real estate broker who has consistently done a great job for me and she is Alison Elder. Alison, Ronda and others in the office are professional and efficient. When I phone, email or text with questions or need additional information, they are right on it and get back to me immediately. Alison’s advice has helped me make the correct decisions with my deals, and I always felt the transaction was fair.
Alison represented us in buying our 1st home in Truckee, buying our 2nd home in Truckee and again in selling our 1st Truckee home. Alison is extremely knowledgeable about the area, and is respected across the entire Tahoe region. Alison is passionate about what she does, and treats her clients as if she is key in fulfilling their dreams. Which by the way she did for us!! My wife and I are feeling like we found our dream home, which would have been impossible if it not for Alison and her “dream team”. If you don’t have Alison working with you, you are making a mistake. She is the one to make it all happen! Alison, Ronda, and Julei thank you for everything!! We look forward to seeing you around town!
– Marc & Kelly Winner
We stumbled across Alison while looking for a new home in Tahoe and we’re so glad that we did. It was immediately clear that she knew everyone and everything about the area! Her knowledge and expert sleuthing skills were a huge benefit to giving us a more complete picture of the properties we were interested in. In the end, we found our house and she helped us quickly draw up an offer and complete the sale with minimal bumps along the way. I have no doubt Alison and her team did and would bend over backwards to help find your perfect home and only have your interests in mind. She wanted what was right for us, not her, bottom line. Thank you, Alison!
– David & Ann Zimmerman
Alison and her team are extremely efficient, very knowledgeable about the area and know how to navigate a house sale fast! Alison took the time to understand the type of property we desired and found us a great house. She is very responsive at all times of day as were her team who were extremely helpful throughout the process. Thank you Team!
– Garett & Julia Nasalroad
Alison, Ronda, Casey, and team were impeccable in their service, attention, knowledge, responsiveness, and organization. When we decided we were ready to buy a new home, we called on a Monday, did house tours that Saturday and found the perfect place! Placed an offer that afternoon! Alison expertly guided us on nuances of each neighborhood, the builder/developer of the property, the amenities, etc. to help us find exactly what was right for us. At the same time, she gave us the space to make our own decision. We had a previously planned trip occurring 10 days after we made the offer and Ronda made sure all our inspections and other paperwork were handled quickly so that we could go on our trip without having to worry about these details. We felt very well taken care of throughout the process. I would highly recommend Alison Elder and her team!
– Chris & Kristi Thompson
Alison has outstanding knowledge of the Truckee market. She also listened carefully to our requirements so that all of the homes we looked at would have worked, but she ultimately found the perfect house for us. Her team, especially Ronda, made the closing process very smooth with excellent attention to detail. If financing is required I would also recommend Desmond Elder who helped us prepare a complete loan package so that loan closing was smooth and timely. If you are buying or selling in Truckee we would recommend that you work with the Elder Group.
– Ken & Lisa Smith
Working with Bill and Alison was seamless. Very professional, focused, personable and made sure they had the client’s best interest at heart. Spent a lot of time showing me different options, were extremely responsive and took the time to understand my needs as a client.
– Jeanine Cliffe
Alison and her team provided top notch service in the purchase of our new home. She knew exactly what we were looking for and made it happen. Her knowledge of the area was impressive and it helped our family find the neighborhood to raise our kids. We worked with Alison and her team for our third home purchase and it was by the far the most superior process from start to finish!
– Nichole Thorne
Alison and her team are like a well-oiled machine and made our buying process very smooth. We appreciated Alison’s high level of expectations and felt her negotiation skills were key in our offer being accepted. We highly recommend Alison Elder!
– Melissa Jones
Alison and her team helped us find the perfect place in Tahoe and we couldn’t be happier. After spending a few hours with Alison she had a clear sense of what we were looking for and she was able to find opportunities we would never have found searching online by ourselves. Her team was highly responsive and made the closing process very easy. Their knowledge of the Truckee/Tahoe area was essential for first time buyers like ourselves. We are very glad we had Alison and the whole Elder Group to help us.
– Dan Amin & Karyn Barr
We had a fantastic experience with Allison Elder and Bill Hudson as our agents at Elder Group Tahoe. Bill truly cared about getting us the “right home” and built a lot of trust by pointing us away from some options. We always felt like he had our best intentions at heart. When the home sale was complicated with unpermitted structures and potential deal-breaking scenarios, Alison swooped in to project manage everything based on her extensive experience. She was managing the contractor, the building department, and the bank to obtain the outcome we needed. She is a highly motivated individual and will do whatever it takes to help you get your home. I recommend Elder Group Tahoe.
– Timothy Bolger
Alison Elder has been my “go to” real estate professional for nearly 10 years, representing me on multiple sales and purchases of various Truckee area properties. I am an attorney and am also fairly knowledgeable about real estate, and held an Illinois Real Estate Broker license for several decades before moving to California. Alison Elder is far and away the most competent, diligent, knowledgeable and skilled real estate expert I have ever had the pleasure of working with – in Illinois, Florida and all over California. She follows up meticulously, is out front on virtually every aspect of any deal, and has a robust set of resources from which she collects market intelligence, information and trends. Alison has assembled a skilled team of support staff, keeps her clients informed at every step of the way, keeps and provides complete records, knows the area and properties thoroughly, and has a keen sense of negotiation, strategy and what it takes to make and close a deal! In addition to being my broker of choice for nearly 10 years, I have referred multiple clients to her, all of whom thanked me profusely and share my enthusiasm. You will not find a more talented, more knowledgeable and more capable anywhere in the area!
– Martin Greenstein
Alison did very helpful in showing condos in Tahoe in the appropriate price ranges that I was looking for. She was very patient as I first contacted her in September 2018 and didn’t actually make a decision until December 2018! She showed me lots of different places and steered me away from condos that in retrospect wouldn’t have been a good fit! She and her team were very knowledgeable about the area. And best of all at no point I felt pressured to make a decision.
– Anuj Purwar
Working with Alison and her team was amazing. I was nervous as this was my first solo house hunt and mortgage and it happened seamlessly with all of the resources that Alison had working on her team. Alison knows so much about Truckee and Donner and has so many resources at a moments notice that nothing could go wrong. She handled facilitating a remodel for me with excellent responsiveness, prompt attention to the details I needed making choices from 300 miles away and with perfect professionalism. I would highly recommend Alison and her team for a Tahoe purchase.
– Toni Conway
Alison both found and sold my first home in Truckee. She is deeply knowledgeable of the area, industry best practices, and keenly aware of both buyer and seller behavior. In both of my experiences working with her, I always felt like Alison acted in my best interest. She and her team were always responsive in a timely fashion and made a very exciting (buying) and stressful (selling) process as easy as possible.
– Jennifer Cubias
I have bought several houses at this point in my life and can assure you that getting a good real estate team makes all the difference. Alison and the whole team at Elder Group were real pros. From my first meeting when I was just investigating the Tahoe area all the way through to closing, the team members were hustling to make it as easy as possible for me. They are experienced, understand the local markets of Tahoe, and a pleasure to work with. Give them a chance. You won’t be sorry.
– Daniel Beringer
Alison facilitated our purchase with great ease and expertise. This was my first real estate purchase, and I was unfamiliar with the transaction process. Alison and her team made it very smooth.
– Doug Thomson & Gudrun Hartig
Alison and her staff never misses a beat. They went over an beyond working with an online selling agent firm, which wasn’t an easy task. When the sellers didn’t live up to our contract upon close, Alison step up to resolve the issue to my satisfaction. Without a doubt, Alison and her staff run a first class professional Real Estate service. Alison rocks!
– Ange & Susie Simonpietri
Now after buying and selling our beautiful home, I can’t imagine working with any other agent than Alison Elder. When buying, Alison did not waste our time viewing houses that would not suit us. She listened, focused, and offered only the best for our budget and interests. When selling, Alison kept us on target and provided the talent needed to make our home show ready. To us, it would just be silly to work with anyone else.
– Thomas Eddy & Rob Huebschmann
Alison, Ronda, and Elder Group team have been a dream to work with! They supported us through the home buying process every step of the way. Alison is very responsive and knowledgeable. She works hard and will find you the right home. Once in contract, she has a team of people to keep you on the right track. We quickly close on our home and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you Alison and team.
– Dean & Yen Goward
Exceptional knowledge of the Tahoe Donner market. Well connected, helpful with repair people, other professionals. She was instrumental in working with the sellers and the buyers to assure our deal got done to both party’s satisfaction. We felt Alison to be a very credible and professional agent, certainly one of the best we’ve dealt with in our years of home transactions.
– Ed Luce
This was our 6th time going through the home buying process and this has hands down been the best experience. Alison has invaluable local knowledge and everyone on the Elder team was always very prompt with responses to questions, and gave professional guidance throughout the process. The customer service was excellent! I would highly recommend Alison and the Elder team to anyone we looking to buy in the area. Thanks again!
– Greg & Kristi Taylor
It was such a pleasure working with Bill, Alison, and everyone else at the Elder Group for my first home buying experience. Their knowledge of the area and connections to the community were invaluable in finding the right home for me. At first, Bill’s experience was great for showing me the detailed positives and negatives that were specific to the area, that I would’ve never known to look for, such as driveway slopes, roof materials, defensible space considerations, varying sun exposure throughout the year, etc. Bill learned my preferences and was quickly able to combine what I was looking for, with what he knew I would need. Combining that with Alison’s extensive network and knowledge of the local market, quickly led to finding the ideal house. The entire Elder group was extremely supportive and helpful through the whole process, from searching, to closing on the property, to learning the ins and outs of the house upon a move in. I’m confident I wouldn’t have found my house without them
– Jason & Julia Smart
Alison is such a wonderful agent- she really listens to you and gets a read quickly on what you are looking for. She doesnt waste your time on seeing things you have no interest in – I appreciated her pleasant but efficient no nonsense approach. We have bought many houses in the past and wasted tons of precious time because the agent was not “getting us” at all. You will not have that problem with Alison. We are new to the area and she is helping us with many necessary contacts as well. She is extremely knowledgeable about the area and each house in particular and does not upsell you- she is quite frank as to upsides and downsides which is refreshing. Our new house is perfect for us and we are huge fans of Alison Elder! Thank you Alison!
– Ed & Ann Luce
Alison did a terrific job assisting us as first time vacation home buyers. We knew right away that this was the vacation home for us, and that Alison would be the prefect person to assist us. She has amazing local knowledge, is very responsive, and is a consummate real estate professional in getting to a deal that works for everyone. Alison is Highly Recommended!
– Steve Demarti
Bill and Alison were very good to work with. The property we purchased was a little bit out of their usual location, but Bill still helped us by showing us the property and meeting inspectors. We felt like we could totally rely on and trust Bill every step of the way. If you are looking to buy a property in the Truckee area, Alison and her team are the way to go!
– Geoff & Rhonda Wharton
It was great to work with Alison and her team. Bill, agent, Ronda, Escrow manager, Desmond , loan officer. They were all very responsive and guided us well thru the process. A very friendly and energetic group. It was a wonderful experience to welcome us to Truckee.
-Rod & Kami Mowbray
Alison Elder and everyone at the Elder Group were fantastic and a pleasure to work with during the entire process of buying a new home in Tahoe Donner while simultaneously preparing, listing and selling our previous home, also in Tahoe Donner. Alison, Ronda, Desmond, Camille and everyone on the team were very knowledgable, professional, timely and kept us updated always. We are very happy with our new home, the sale of our old home was a success and when the time comes to move up to our dream house in Tahoe Donner, we will naturally work with Alison and Team Elder once again! Thanks guys!
– Oliver & Yoko Govers
Alison was extremely helpful at pinpointing the home we needed for our family. We had no knowledge of this area and she found a perfect home for us. She’s was so good that we got the house way quicker than we anticipated. No regrets! Alison isn’t the only person who is a rockstar in her group. Ronda was probably the most responsive service provider I ever worked with! She was on top of everything every step of the way. It was a random search that brought me to Alison and her team but I feel super lucky that it happened. If you need an honest, caring and helpful realtor that gives you full attention, please give them a call.
-Ted & Nana Roper
Alison and her team could not have made the purchase of our second home in Tahoe any easier. Their white glove service genuinely made house buying a fun experience – when it’s usually about as much fun as going to the dentist! Alison was super responsive and quick, valued our time, listened and adapted when showing us properties and found us what we were looking for at an unbeatable price. And her team buffered and helped us negotiate with some difficult sellers, going beyond what many realtors would do to support us. Plus, her post-sale support is incredible: From giving us information about the area, to sending us a list of trusted professionals and handymen, to arranging roof repair…even recommending restaurants. I feel like we not only did business with Alison’s team but we made friends we can call on whenever we need them. Thank you everyone for helping us realize our dream of a family vacation cabin and for making it a seamless, easy, and joyful process!
– Paul & Mary Ross
We want to thank Alison for helping us find the right place for our family gatherings in the Tahoe area! She was able to zero in on our specific family needs and make sure that what we found would be right for us. From the first contact she was very easy to communicate with, in a timely manner, and always with cheerfulness and enthusiasm. We found everyone in the office to be helpful and efficient, making the process easier. Thank you very much and we certainly would recommend her to others!
-Todd & Debbie Comm
I couldn’t imagine working with a better team, and they helped us find the perfect house for our needs. Negotiations were quick and easy because they know the market and other realtors well, and documentation was swift because she knows what needs to be signed and when. This is our second time working with Alison and I’m looking forward to working with her in the future. She’s a professional that truly cares about her clients. I would strongly suggest working with her if you can!
– Alex Paine & Pouyan Assadi
In the last two years, we’ve purchased three homes and sold two homes. Alison acted as buy and sell side on one of our purchases, and sell side on one of our sales. Having had extensive recent experience on both sides of residential real estate transactions, I can say, without a doubt, that Alison and her team are in a completely different league. The level of expertise, professionalism, deal execution and client service they bring to the table are unmatched. I could not recommend Alison and her team more, whether buying or selling in the Truckee area, and frankly anywhere she chooses to offer her services. Hands down the best.
– Charles Bair
Bill, our Real Estate Advisor with Elder Group Tahoe Real Estate Engel & Völkers, was very knowledgeable of the area, responsive, and professional. He was quick to address all our questions and needs. I would highly recommend Bill and the members of his team to my friends and family. We’re loving our new space and would use him again!
– Ellen Washburn
“Our experience with Alison could not have been better. She helped us purchase our first home this year up in the Tahoe / Donner area. It wasn’t the easiest transaction being that we needed funding and property was a bit tricky (as are many in the area!) But Alison and her crew over at Engel & Volkers worked with us over the course of three months to make it happen. We have the cabin we’ve always wanted (and for the price we wanted!) Buying a home is a lot of paperwork, attention to detail, negotiation and Alison made it all very approachable and seamless. Additionally, Alison is tapped into the Tahoe community and willing to welcome her buyers into that community with open arms, which is something you can’t put a price tag on. She’s introduced us to the right folks when it comes to lending, neighborhood, parking, etc. We’re very grateful for Alison and her team and can’t recommend them highly enough.”
– Amy Currier Blair & Tom Blair
Alison and the Elder Group team have now assisted me with four separate transactions – two buys and two sells. They are as good as they come, organized, provide great service and go the extra mile to ensure the process, showings, inspections and all the details related to selling the house were smooth and seamless amongst the team. The transaction allowed me to plan a relocation comfortably and the buyers, also Elder Group clients, closed on time. Whether you are selling or buying, I highly recommend Alison and her team to get the job done to your satisfaction – they go the extra mile!
– Blaine Bragg
Alison was fantastic to work with and so was her advisor Bill. They really supported me the entire way through the offer, negotiation, close….and even adjust to builder responsibilities that needed to still happen. It’s always great to work with locals who have an appreciation and true understanding of the location. Alison made the close extra special with some thoughtful gifts, including a personal gift to me since she knows I love yoga so much. Thank you to you and your team for helping me get across the finish line and purchase my first property!
– Monique Beck
On June 4th, we officially became homeowners in Truckee. Bill Hudson and his talented team were absolutely pivotal for this to happen. Bill knows the local market extremely well and when an (unlisted) house was worth considering, he sent a timely, personal email to us simply asking if we were still interested. We were. As first time home buyers, the process was initially intimidating but Bill’s laid back and honest demeanor made for a great experience. Throughout the entire paperwork process, Bill responded quickly to all of our questions, made sure all urgent documents were understood and completed, and was happy to discuss the process in a friendly/approachable manner. He worked tirelessly with the selling agent, negotiated the purchase price lower, crawled beneath the house to check plumbing, checked water pressure in the well, and even adjusted interior sink fixtures to get water flowing. But most importantly, he and his team, recommended an accurate purchasing price based on years of local experience that was competitive with the (many) other potential buyers. Long story short, we now own the house, and we couldn’t imagine going through this process without someone like Bill. Nice job Elder Group!
– Jon Rockwood & Allison Donovan
We worked directly with Bill and could not be happier! He knows the area and makes recommendations based on what you’re looking for. He was also very good at providing guidance when placing an offer. His office is also great to work with. Transaction went smooth and on time. And lastly but not least, Bill and his office have been great at providing local contacts for upgrades. Thanks Bill and Alison!
– Yolanda Kappus
Alison is great at her job. She always responded to calls and emails very quick. She helped make the process of buying a home really smooth for us. Thank you.
– Chris Galvin
Alison and team were amazing in helping us find our dream vacation home in Tahoe Donner. Her area expertise is unparalleled and she and her team did everything in their power to make sure we were satisfied and happy with the buying process and negotiations. They are definitely the “Go-To” realtor in town!
– Cameron Binder
I typically never write a review unless it is exceptionally good or exceptionally bad because let’s be honest, who has time for it? I have been working in the real estate industry for 15 years and I have never come across a real estate broker as talented and committed as Alison. First of all, my husband and I had very different ideas about what we were looking for in our second home. It got to the point that we were about to give up on our search…but Alison immediately saw the discrepancy and re-directed our search toward houses that would satisfy both my husband and I. Alison spent a lot of time with us looking at several options to assess our exact needs and wants, and succeeded in identifying the home of our dreams in less than 6 hours. (For someone like me who spent the last three months choosing accent pillows, this is pretty exceptional :-)). The funny part is how Alison knew it would be our home as soon as we walked in but we are the kind of people who needs to discover this by ourselves. After two months of thinking it over (after all, this is a pretty large investment), we finally decided to make an offer and from then, she handled the negotiation admirably. Alison was to the point, not messing around and strategic. While on due diligence, she had already predicted the issues ahead of time and knew how to address them best. The whole process was perfectly orchestrated by her fabulous escrow manager Ronda, everything was timed to perfection. We knew we were in the best hands and for the first time it was stress-less to buy real estate. Very impressive. We had a few hurdles to tackle on our way. Atypically situations where some others would not have performed, but Alison (again) exceeded expectations. Alison handled it with professionalism (even if it took more of her time to solve) and went above and beyond to meet our timeline. Final closing was delayed and we had already scheduled furniture deliveries. Alison restructured the deal at the last minute for us to move in and book us in the nicest hotel in the area so we had a place to stay while we were working on obtaining legal possession. After we closed, she welcomed us to our new home with so many presents to open that it felt like Christmas!!! Alison is simply the best and I would not want to work with anyone else but her for our Truckee dream home.
– Emilie & James Snow
Alison and her team exceeded all of our expectations. They took the time to let us figure out exactly what type of house that we wanted by showing us everything! It seemed they knew what type of home would work for us before we did! When negotiations became a bit protracted Alison’s team stepped in and handled business with the selling agent! Getting all the answers we needed and all the financials hammered out. Had we not contacted the Elder Group, but rather gone with another local agent, I am not sure we would have pulled the trigger on a home purchase this year, they guided us, encouraged us and lastly celebrated with us when we purchased, we are so glad that we did! Now we get to celebrate the holidays in our own mountain retreat!
– Michael & Melissa Johnson-Scranton
Alison and her team surpassed our expectations as a real estate company. With Alison’s expertise and in-depth knowledge of the area we were able to find the home that met all our needs and checked all the boxes. Her knowledge of the Truckee/Tahoe neighborhoods is impressive. We felt like she was personally invested in our happiness and that not only is she our agent but also a friend. She is so well connected in the community we had but to ask and she got the answer or put us in touch with the right people. She and her agency deftly guided us through multiple issues throughout the escrow process and we now own a beautiful home we would not have found without her.
– Claude & Paule Dupuis
I have worked with Alison and her team on three projects so far, both as a buyer and a seller, and her attention to detail, understanding of the market and the support infrastructure provided by her team are unmatched. She’s courteous, honest, energetic and accommodating to the needs of both sides of the transaction.
– Mehran Farimani
Alison was very responsive and professional and went above and beyond as a Realtor. It was a pleasure to work with her. I highly recommend her to anyone wishing to purchase in Tahoe.
– Cathal McCarthy & Lorraine McHugh
Alison and her entire team helped guide me from start to finish. This was my first home purchase and I felt confident every step of the way through. Can’t say enough about the personal touch of this team! Highly recommend.
– Jacob Bergquist
Alison and Bill Hudson on her team provided so much sage advice and were a blast to work with. They were quick, responsive, on-the-ball, and the entire staff made the whole process smooth and quick. We’re from out-of-town and they were totally accommodating – the weekend day trips, FaceTime tours, local contacts, and more.
– Ronald Huang & Vivian Ku
Alison is the best! This is our 4th home purchase and I can honestly say, Alison and her Team provided the best service I have experienced, ever! She and her team are always quick to reply to emails and address any concerns. She and her team have an in depth knowledge of the local market trends which is priceless!
– Danny & Lena Chao
We had a really great experience working with Alison. Very quickly she understood exactly what we were looking for, executed a super effective property tour, helped us find our dream winter vacation home and guided us throughout the process. Her staff is super professional with amazing response time. Highly recommended!!
– Gil Shoham
Alison and her team will see your real estate experience thru from top to bottom. Everyone is hardworking, dedicated and results oriented. Knowledge and experience are a great combination!
– Allan & Linda Richardi
Alison is awesome. Super energy. Gets it done. Solid team in office allows full coverage and support. We went from view to close in under 30 days. Much to recommend.
– Dave Thompson
We moved from the Bay Area to Truckee with no hassle, Alison’s team was on it. Questions were answered almost immediately, day or night, weekday or weekend. Alison knows her way around the Truckee area like the back of her hand, and out of all the homes we thought we wanted, we ended up LOVING the one she picked for us. She knew what we needed, and she found it. Our parameters were pretty narrow too. I am impressed with Alison’s team, and am so happy we got to work with them.
– Kevin & Jennifer Simpson
On very short notice we contacted Alison during a busy summer weekend and asked for her help in showing us vacant lots in Lahontan, Truckee. She cleared time on her calendar and fit us in. She was excellent at listening to what it was we wanted. We looked at several lots, but ended up buying the very first lot she showed us as it was exactly what we wanted. Alison’s office staff was excellent at working with us to close this deal in 2 weeks. We are thrilled with our purchase and happy to now have new friends in our eventual new neighborhood. We are happy to recommend working with Alison and her team.
– Catherine & Mark Turkel
Watch out! Be ready to move quickly with Team Elder. Within one month Alison and her team had our condo sold and our offer accepted on a dream home in Tahoe Donner. The Elder Group made our transition seamless by answering emails immediately and coordinating escrow timelines to match up between the two properties. We felt like we were personally supported through the entire process.
– Kevin & Stacy Wilcox
A big thank you to Alison and the whole Elder team, as well as all the partners she recommended us. Alison and her team did an excellent job helping us find the home we were looking for. They are very responsive, knowledgeable and dedicated, making the experience first class. Even though our schedule did not make it easy, they got it done in record time. Alison and her team are the best, and we highly recommend her. We are looking forward to enjoying time at Tahoe Donner.
– Gerhard & Lisa Eschelbeck
Alison and her team did an excellent job helping us find our cabin. Everyone on the team responded quickly to every email we sent and addressed all our questions and concerns (regardless what time of the day :0). They made the closing process too easy! They were very courteous and professional from the day we contacted them. Thank you so much!
– Jack & Danielle Yu
We have worked with Alison both as buyers and sellers. Alison is a true professional when it comes to negotiation, and she has established credibility with other agents who happily bring their clients. Alison and her team are very organized providing her clients with a timeline of their transaction – this is so helpful. Now when it comes to marketing your home, Alison is beyond compare. Our home sold very quickly, and we could not be happier. You can’t go wrong with Alison Elder.
– Buddy Tucker & Julie Conyers
I had the best experience working with the Elder Group. Alison and her team were extremely helpful and guided me through every step of the process. Starting with comprehensive property reports and identifying the best value on the market, to negotiations and hands on involvement during the closing process. They are a great partner to have on your side for business investments or personal property transactions.
– Igor & Nellie Peshkov
Alison Elder did an excellent job helping us find a great house and their agency responded quickly to every question. They got all the paper work to us promptly with all the necessary signatures, and followed up on every concern we had. They were all very courteous and professional from the first initial contact to closing on the house. Thanks for everything.
– Dave & Jennifer Olson
We had an excellent experience with Alison and her team and would highly recommend the Elder Group for buying and selling Real Estate in the greater Tahoe region. As we live in the bay area, we were somewhat knowledgeable about the Tahoe region, but had no experience with purchasing real estate in the area. From the beginning of our search to finding and closing on the perfect Tahoe Donner house that met our needs, they were a pleasure to work with, were unbiased with information on the pros/cons of various neighborhoods, and very supportive and responsive throughout the process. The entire team was focused on the details in correspondence with the selling party, inspection reports, contracts, and title company through final closing. We highly recommend them for your new purchase and/or sale!
– Mark Fissel
Initially I was very nervous as I’ve never gone through this process alone and each and every one of you played such an important and significant role in making this amazing. The details, the timeliness of updates, responsiveness and thoroughness was absolutely wonderful. Thank you again for making this amazing Alison and team. Humbled and thankful.
– Toni Conway
Alison Elder is a top-notch professional – on the ball, focused, responsive and always working for you. And when you hire Alison, you also get her dedicated team that go beyond the call of duty for her clients. When we first met her we knew that she was a perfect match for our needs, yet she still surprised us with her care and attention to detail. If you are looking for a property in North Lake Tahoe, we cannot recommend her and her team more highly.
– Mark & Melissa Jarvis
We have bought and sold several homes and had the most incredible experience in our vacation home purchase with the Elder Group. Alison and her team are responsive, professional, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. Desmond Elder is hands down the best mortgage broker we’ve worked with. We would choose the Elder Group to work with again in a minute!
– Kenneth & Nicole Baer
Can’t say enough good things about our experience with Alison. Would highly recommend, especially for anyone who lives in the SF Bay Area and is shopping for a second home in Tahoe. She knows the area cold and really helped steer us away from some properties that would not have been a great fit. There’s so much to consider when buying in Tahoe (weather, location, snow load, driveway angle, etc.) and Alison very patiently educated us. She’s practically the mayor of Tahoe and knows just about everyone in town, which can be super helpful when it comes to negotiating. She also took great personal care of us after the purchase. We got better service from her and her team than we did when buying far more expensive property in San Francisco… Do yourself a favor and call her first. More good things to share about Alison and team. (Original Review, 2013)
We’ve now done three transactions over the last four years. Highly professional and on-the-ball. Ensures that things run smoothly, which is highly important for out-of-town home buyers and sellers in the Tahoe area. Would not hesitate to use again. (Updated 2017)
– Jason & Roxy Young
Alison and Bill Hudson helped me purchase a home in the Donner Lake area. Bill showed me a few houses in the area and once we made an offer, he was available for inspections and visits to the property whenever I wanted. They were both very responsive over email and text throughout the process and clearly have a lot of knowledge of the real estate market in the region. They also helped connect me with local service providers and made sure I had a smooth move in. I would highly recommend Alison and her office for help buying a house!
– Sam Grossberg
Working with Alison and her team was amazing. I was nervous as this was my first solo house hunt and mortgage and it happened seamlessly with all of the resources that Alison had working on her team. Alison knows so much about Truckee and Tahoe Donner and has so many resources at a moments notice that nothing could go wrong. She handled facilitating a remodel for me with excellent responsiveness, prompt attention to the details I needed making choices from 300 miles away and with perfect professionalism. I would highly recommend Alison and her team for a Tahoe purchase.
– Tony Conway
My family and I made a major life change moving to Truckee from the Bay Area. Alison took the time to understand what it was that we were looking for and helped us find it. There were some unexpected challenges along the way with respect to the house we purchased. Alison and her team were there for us as we navigated conditions we had never encountered. I highly recommend Alison and her team. Their experience and knowledge of the area is invaluable. I highly recommend.
– John Hahn
My husband and I were put in touch with Alison Elder through Trulia, not knowing anything about her. We were interested in a Truckee property that we had not seen, but had stayed in a similar unit. We ended up working with Alison and making an offer on the unit, sight unseen. Although we have visited Truckee/Incline Village area a few times, it did not make us experts in the area. Our interest in this particular unit was to purchase it as a vacation/rental home, as its close proximity to Northstar Ski Resort/Village made it appealing. We wanted to know as much as we could about the unit and the surrounding areas, including: the comps, HOH fees, whether HOH covered damage to the balcony, what type of rental income it generated annually, management services, and their fees. Alison had all the answers in our very first call. In fact, we made an offer during our first call with Alison while driving home from Northstar. By the time we got home, she had the contract to make the offer ready to be signed. Since we live in the Bay Area, for convenience, our entire transaction with Alison and the Elder Group was handled electronically and the majority of our communication was conducted via email. However, if we needed to speak to Alison, she was easy to reach. Not only is Alison knowledgeable about Truckee/Incline Village area, she also has has connections in working with reputable title companies and inspection services. This is also why our experience in buying this unit was so easy and effortless. This past weekend we stayed in our unit and saw it for the first time. We love it!! We also found a large gift bag left behind for us by Alison and The Elder Group. This is a realtor that knows how to make her clients extra happy! Alison and the Elder Group’s professionalism exceeded our expectations and we consider ourselves lucky in having inadvertently been put in touch with her.
– Navjit & Rimpel Singh
There aren’t enough stars on the survey to express her and her teams professional approach, understanding and patience in assisting you from start to finish when purchasing a home. In my case, I was 3,500 miles away, found a house on Zillow that we wanted to buy in Lake Tahoe. I contacted Alison and the process started – she and her team have a business structure to help long distance buyers like myself achieve your goals – and I assume same for locals. Every step of the way I had Alison or a representative from her team following up to make sure all was in place in a timely manner and advising me, in what was best for me. That meant a lot since I did not have contacts there, such as home inspectors etc. No wonder she has the most house sales on the Zillow review. She can also arrange financing with one of the most honest and helpful consultants I have had the pleasure to meet. So don’t hesitate – contact her if your serious about buying a house in the area. You won’t be disappointed. Best regards to the Elder Group.
– Frank Dela Fuente
Alison did a fantastic job helping us buy our home in Truckee. There are so many positives, I would have to write an essay to cover them so I’m condensing them to bullet points: 1) Very responsive to all communications even during the holiday 2) Dedicated a huge effort to deliver us a whistle stop tour of everything that piqued our interest and some that hadn’t that she knew we would like 3) Has a thorough knowledge of properties on the market and those about to be posted 4) Alison absolutely expedited the process with all her connections. We were able to close in 2 weeks and be in the house for my birthday celebrations. 5) All the staff in the office were equally professional and on the ball. To summarize, this was our best real estate transaction to date and we really could not have had a better experience than Alison and her associates provided.
– Philip & Joanna Gadd
There’s a reason Alison is the region’s top real estate agent. Put plainly: She’s good at what she does. When we were looking for a house, she understood our needs and wants, and we wasted very little time at houses that weren’t a good fit for us. Within a few weeks, we found the right house. When we were putting our house on the market, she has the knowledge to know what potential buyers are looking for. She knew what makes a house desirable. The result: Our house sold in one day. And I can’t say enough good things about her support staff. Absolutely wonderful. They were so helpful… I’m not sure how we could have gone through the selling and buying process without their assistance. A big “thumbs up” to Alison and her team.
– Rick & Patti Momii
Can not say enough terrific things about Alison. She is professional, knowledgeable, positive, fierce (in a great way) which makes the entire buying and selling experience wonderful. Would never work with anyone else. Alison has an extensive network of professionals and friends that she works with in Truckee which certainly adds to the positive experience.
– Peggy Cole
Alison and her team at Elder Group Tahoe were fantastic. We met Alison last winter while looking for a vacation home up in Tahoe Donner. It took us a while to find the right home for our family but when we did Alison really delivered. She and her amazing team were always available, responsive, and very knowledgeable.
– Jo Ann Carter and Lorenzo Vicisano
Alison and her staff were always accommodating and followed through letting us know what was happening with our property at all phases. It was truly a pleasure working with such professionals. I consider Alison and her staff excellent in every respect. John and I highly recommend Alison Elder to anyone considering a purchase or sale of property (land or home).
– Janelle and John O’Donnell
Working with Alison on purchasing our first vacation home in Tahoe was one of the best home buying experiences ever !! You really feel how much she cares and wants the entire journey and process to be seamless. She brought a ton of expertise to us since we didn’t know much about the area, and paid so much attention to every detail, keeping us in the loop every step of the way. Alison also leads an amazing team, who was also incredibly wonderful to work with. We highly recommend Alison, as she is one of the most exceptional realtors we have ever met. We are grateful to her for our new home.
– Brian & Sandy Saputo
I was very impressed with the professional manner in which I was treated by Alison and her wonderful staff. From the moment I entered her office, I felt comfortable in their capable hands. Special kudos to Rebecca who answered all questions with complete knowledge and never made me feel silly for asking! Real estate transactions can be difficult, Alison made the process a pleasant experience. I love my new family home!
Alison and her staff were simply the best to work with. They are among the most professional, responsive, efficient teams I have ever worked with, in any industry. They were in constant communication, organized and incredibly committed to our purchase. We were successful in purchasing our home only because of their dedication and ability to overcome un-controllable obstacles. Alison is kind, fun, light-hearted & sincere – with a commitment to her customers that is over the top! Alison knows the market, the options available, the community and all that the Truckee area has to offer. She should be your #1 choice to buy or sell a home!
– Alan & Gina Telford
Oh my goodness…where do we begin??? My husband, Brian, and I considered purchasing a vacation home for several years. While planning, we envisioned our family (of five) in certain areas while on vacation; Hawaii and Napa being top on our list. Over the course of the last three years, we’ve spent our winter holidays in Truckee, specifically Northstar. Quickly, it became clear this area offered something for everyone in our family: skiing, snowboarding, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing. Needless to say, it didn’t take long to realize the opportunities available to appreciate the area during all four seasons! Last December, we had dinner with close friends who own a home in Tahoe Donner. After confiding our interest and desire to begin a “house hunt,” we wondered how we would decide on “the where” within this vast and LOVELY area???? Larry and Ronnie told us about their personal experience purchasing a home in Donner and gave us Alison Elder’s contact information. After initiating communication via email, Alison quickly responded suggesting we connect through a conference call. This personalized contact offered us the opportunity to express our needs without driving up to Truckee or going back and forth with incessant typing! After our information-filled call, along with several “fact finding” e-mails, we were able to plan a weekend (trust me…our work schedules are crazy!) to meet Alison and begin our search. Upon our arrival to Alison’s office, it was so pleasant to be welcomed by the charming staff!!! All of the employees are incredibly responsive and very warm of spirit!!! Alison was EQUALLY delightful!!!! Before we knew it, we were off in her car with water, snacks, and lunch in tow. Alison’s knowledge of the area was clear from the onset. First, it was snowing and, with her expertise, we felt completely comfortable as she took us on a tour of the area while telling us salient information. Her ability to communicate, both speaking and listening, are her important and noteworthy skills…it’s this very aptitude which enabled Alison to extract and comprehend our needs. After finding the home of our dreams, Alison continued to demonstrate her tremendous proficiency through exceptional negotiation skills. Needless to say, we are utterly thrilled with our Dream House. We are proud homeowners in the Truckee community and look forward to our new future!!! We knew when we met Alison the right realtor had been identified. What we’ve become gratified to realize is that a new friend in the Truckee area has also been found! Thank you, Alison!!!!
– Brian & Dianne Morton
Allison assisted us in the purchase of an older home of uncertain condition. She was instrumental in coordinating extremely high quality inspectors so that we could determine any issues prior to concluding escrow. She also made astute recommendations and ultimately negotiated the price, terms and conditions to a favorable outcome.
– Robert & Kathleen Maxim
We worked with Alison on two transactions this year – selling our Grandpa’s cabin and buying a cabin for our family. Alison has set the bar for us for real estate professionals. She helped us prepare our house for sale with all of her great resources. She was patient and insightful as we considered properties to buy. She and her team are incredibly responsive and service oriented. It was a pleasure to work with Alison and her team. We would choose her again and again.
– David & Elisabeth Wood
Alison and her team were excellent through all aspects of our search and purchase process. I especially appreciated Alison’s insight in helping us “zero in” on the right property for us. We started our search very broadly and Alison took key pieces of information about our goals and objectives and was able to efficiently direct us to the right house for us. And Alison’s broad network was extremely helpful in accomplishing all of our goals. We happily settled and enjoying the Tahoe life with family and friends.
– Gillian Printon
Sharp, professional and experienced. Alison provided invaluable expertise on the area and homes available. Her team was a delight to work with – very professional, responsive and easy to work with. This is our eighth home purchase/cross country move and the by far the best service we’ve ever received.
– Kevin & Darline Poynter
Alison Elder was our real estate agent when we purchased our home in Tahoe Donner recently. She and her staff are professional, helpful and honest. We live in the Bay Area, but Alison made sure that was not a barrier to having a smooth real estate transaction for our second home. No question went unanswered and the process was easy and seamless. We’d definitely recommend her and her staff.
– Jay & Betsy Adams
I was actually not really looking to buy a home in Truckee, but I felt the need for due diligence. I met Alison after expressing interest in one place. She astutely and quickly learned of my preferences, lifestyle, and aesthetic interests, and when looking at the first place, felt comfortable letting me know that this was not the place for me. I agreed. Alison guided me effortlessly through the process of finding the right home while introducing me to everything Truckee had to offer. She sold me on both a home and a community. Both Alison and her staff respected our need for efficiency and solid communication, and they never faltered from that need. They even helped find well qualified and local service providers. I would recommend her assistance to anyone interested in a joyful experience. Oh, and I love my home and the decision to live in Truckee!
– Thomas Eddy
Purchased a vacation home in Tahoe Donner. Alison and her team were great. Alison showed us many homes – working around our schedule – and was great at answering our questions. Because we live in the Bay Area, we depended on Alison for a lot of vendor referrals — and so far everyone has been great. THANK YOU ALISON!
-Aaron & Kirsten Daru
Alison and her team were amazing- we had a time deadline to get into our new house and they handled the entire process with diligence, grace and over the top customer service. I would recommend them to anyone looking to buy a home in the Tahoe area- they have a fantastic network and a can-do attitude.
-Simon & Whitney Morris
We looked for a number of months to find a lot in the mountains and had nearly given up. Alison was very patient and supportive through our search and in the end was responsible for us finding and purchasing a “perfect” lot. Alison and her staff did an amazing job of communicating and staying on top of every detail throughout the process, despite the fact that we were often out of town. Alison knows the local real estate market extremely well and it was wonderful working with her and her staff. All are friendly, knowledgable and professional.
-Scott & Julie Render
It all started a year ago. Alison showed my wife, mother in law and kids a beautiful property. While we were not ready then, Alison made us feel comfortable immediately. After picking it up this year, the entire team did a wonderful job. We felt well advised, always taken care of and you went with us all until the end. We love the team and will continue to be clients. Thanks!
Alison Elder recently helped my wife and me complete the search for and purchase of a cabin in Truckee, CA. Our experience with Alison was truly first rate! She is not only experienced and dedicated to her clients, but also very knowledgeable about the market, high energy about getting things done, intelligent, personable and competent. Alison and her very effective “Elder Group” had processes, timelines and contacts laid out for us in a manner which greatly facilitated our remote navigation of documents to review, negotiations, inspections, schedules and signings. All of these things and more would make her our Realtor of choice for another transaction. Unbelievably, Alison has another secret weapon…her husband Desmond owns the local office of Pacific Mortgage. Desmond excels at laying out all of the options and clearly articulating accurate estimates and costs. His honesty, ability to answer questions and availability during our purchase window were outstanding. We were immediately impressed with Desmond’s grasp of our financial details and our appreciation for him continued to grow throughout our refinance and purchase process. We are very appreciative of Alison and Desmond Elder and highly recommend them to anyone searching for real estate in the Tahoe area. Their combined efforts and abilities helped make our dream of owning a cabin in this beautiful vicinity a reality.
-Mark and Ginger Brady
Alison was terrific. She was very responsive and helpful. One highlight was how well she interacted with our young kids while we were discussing the home-buying process. I would recommend her to anyone buying or selling a home in the Tahoe-Truckee area.
–Benjamin and Cortney Allen
Alison and her team of knowledgeable, helpful, and professional individuals really pulled off this purchase for me. It wasn’t an easy buy and I was close to walking away; however, Alison and her team simplified, coordinated, and resolved my concerns during the process. Alison ensured that when she was unavailable, a member of her team would be available. Even when Alison and her family were on vacation in Hawaii, she was in contact with me daily with progress updates. Additionally, there was always a Plan B staffer in the ready to respond, i.e., a real person to help if Alison had other understandable time commitments. I appreciated being given pre-prepared helpful and organized information with contacts for utilities, garbage, TV/internet, water, repairs, painters, etc. Property inspections were scheduled in a timely manner on short notice when the close date was moved up. Everything fell into place because of the Elder Group teamwork. It’s a pleasure to see good management and good team coordination when it works as well as it does for Alison and her team.
Alison sold our house and helped us find the perfect lot to buy. Her knowledge of residential homes and lots in the northern Tahoe area is unmatched. She and her wonderful staff made the whole process smooth and easy. Alison truly listens and works with you. While this review allows only five stars, she really deserves a solid ten in each category.
-Jeanne Wolfe & Debra Derosier
Alison is a consummate professional who really knows her business and knows the community. She is quick to know her clients and what they like and don’t like. Once under contract her staff is efficient and responsive. We highly recommend her to anyone buying or selling a home in the Truckee/Lake Tahoe area.
-The Sheffield Family
Alison exceeded expectation in patiently working with us for an extended period of time in our hunt to find the home “just right” for our family. Her local knowledge and experience of the Truckee area and the Truckee real estate market continually impressed us.. Her work ethic is beyond belief. We truly appreciated her support in the process and more so–after the home had been purchased. She remained and continues to be of great assistance for “newbies” like us by providing good contacts, referrals, and just overall helpful info.
Alison exceeded my expectations… she combines the unique traits of extremely hard working (almost obsessive), remarkably deep knowledge, and perfectly calibrated instincts while being a fair and honest negotiator who maximizes the interests of her clients without straying from her desire to maintain the highest levels of integrity and honesty. We are thankful we had her on our side. Please note she is also remarkably patient; and was more patient than I would have been with myself. She never lost her enthusiasm to support our desire to find the “right” home in Lake Tahoe and the end result was one we are very pleased with.
Alison is an excellent realtor and we are incredibly grateful to her team for helping us acquire our dream family vacation home in Tahoe Donner. Alison responded immediately to our inquiry and got right to work finding a perfect home for us. She is an extremely quick and efficient worker. Her negotiating skills were great and helped us make our transaction smooth. Her knowledge of the community and market was incredible. She accurately helped us to predict the outcome based on different offering scenarios. Alison and her amazing team also took care of a lot of little things that we would never have thought of. Alison was amazing and I honestly do not think that we would have the home that we wanted without her help and guidance.
We also loved working with Michelle throughout the process. She quickly responded to questions and kept us up to date on the escrow timeline. She was extremely personable and a joy to work with. We are also incredibly grateful to Jovanah for going above and beyond our expectations. She is wonderful! Throughout the entire process, everyone in the Elder group went out of their way to make us feel special and important. To top it all off, when we arrived at our home, the Elder group had visited and left an incredibly thoughtful and kind gift that we will enjoy for years to come. Without the Elder Group, I do not think we would have found or been able to purchase our dream home in Tahoe.
Desmond was amazing. He was very professional, thorough, and patient as he took the time to fully understand and respect our financial budget. By taking the time to fully understand every aspect of our unique financial situation, he was able to reveal possibilities originally unknown to me that made great financial sense. He also did an incredible job of explaining the process while navigating us through the hoops and hurdles of securing a fabulous loan. His knowledge and familiarity with the process was obvious, while at the same time, he was patient with our many questions and concerns.
-Rick and Katie Halberg
Alison and her team were very efficient and made the home buying process easy and smooth. The group made the process very painless with their extensive expertise of the area and local contacts. The team continues to support us after the sale of the home closed… very professional!
The “Elder team” has assisted us at purchasing two homes and selling a third over several years. Alison has the innate ability to quickly determine our key buying and selling criteria and lock in on a buyer or a “diamond” on the perfect geographical setting. After deciding to permanently relocate to Truckee, we stumbled upon a home with perhaps the best views of Truckee and the surrounding area. Truly unbelievable. We knew we had to act fast to seal the deal and needed Alison to get the job done. In a few hours with Alison, we were able to place a competitive offer on the table that resulted in us owning our retirement dream home. We call our new home “Serendipity”. We could not have made this happen with out the Elder team driving the deal end to end. Equally, Alison is a giver back to the Truckee community which is important to us as a business partner. We will choose the “Elder Team” every time as we are convinced – there is no one better the the Tahoe and surrounding area!
-Jeff and Jackie Reifers
When purchasing a Vacation Property it’s important to have an agent who knows the area cares about the needs and wants of her clients. Alison Elder was such an agent. She was able to locate for our family the perfect home in a comfortable location near community , beach, and trails .
-Leroy and Jennie Ornellas
I have been a builder in the Truckee area for over 28 years and have built many spec. homes. I have used several realtors in the area and always seem to come back to Allison Elder. Her hard work, integrity and strict professionalism always gets the job done in a timely, ethical manner. I will never stray from what works again, and that is Allison Elder.
Alison has worked with me for over three years to purchase a home in the Truckee/Tahoe area. She was there for me every step of the way and made sure that I was buying the right home for myself and my three children. Alison is extremely hardworking, smart, caring, and trustworthy. She was the best guide to this very tricky market area and I would recommend her to anyone.
Alison is the best! She really listened to us, and understood right away what we were looking for. Her response time and follow up on issues was great! Alison truly cares, and she even helped us to get settled in our new home.
-David and Kathy How
I actually found Alison via an internet search for realtors in the Truckee area. We were looking for a 2nd home at the time and didn’t know much about the area. Alison quickly set-up a home ‘tour’ of Truckee, which gave us a great feel for what neighborhoods/clubs we might like and what the advantages/disadvantages were; she was very honest and forthright about each. Simultaneously, we were in the process of moving our primary home and were very frustrated with the realtors in our area. Their lack of professionalism, preparedness, need to upsell, etc. added so much stress and inefficiency to the process. It was SO refreshing to meet Alison – she was exactly what we “expected” a realtor to be; someone who knew her market, was very prepared, highly knowledgeable, energetic, and super responsive. We took a break from looking for a 2nd home, in order to finalize our primary home purchase, and when we were ready Alison was just as enthusiastic to go back out again. After looking at many homes, we found a property we loved, and while it was not an ‘easy’ transaction Alison had so many great contacts in the area that we were able to close very quickly.
We would highly recommend Alison and would definitely use her again for any future real estate transaction.
-Darren and Monique Jackson
Alison Elder and her team made our vacation home purchase an absolute pleasure. Our first impression was that Alison was extremely knowledgeable of the area and market and had so much information to share. The second impression was of warmth and genuine concern for the needs of our family and thirdly tenacity. Don’t let her niceness fool you, she knows what she is doing and how to get it done. She has exceptionally high standards and will go to bat for you until the very end. We are more than happy knowing that the Elder Group was on our side and has gone above and beyond to make us feel settled and welcome in Truckee. The most amazing aspect of working with Alison and her Staff has been the feeling of being the ONLY clients (though we all know the popularity of the Elder Group keeps them in high demand with many clients to manage). Do not hesitate to contact the Elder teamfor your home buying needs, you will not be disappointed.
I can’t say enough good things about Alison and her team. I am an experienced real estate developer of twenty five years and have extensive knowledge of the process. We bought our first home in Truckee last spring. Alison represented both sides of the transaction and was totally professional throughout the process. The price of the home was a bit of a stretch for us at the time. She actually made a concession on her commission with the seller to make the deal happen. Her straight forward approach was exactly what we needed.
Eight months later, our financial situation changed. We wanted to explore Lahontan. We contacted Alison and looked at several lots to build on. I think we toured a half dozen times. We had tied up two lots but did not really find a suitable parcel for us. After several weeks we decided that we did not want to go through the design/build process. Alison was extremely patient and understood our reservations, concerns and needs.
We looked at a few homes in our price range, but they needed too much work. Soon after, our dream home fell out of escrow and we jumped right on it. We got into contract and needed to sell our existing home. Alison went into overdrive. She called her team and had our home market ready in four days. When Alison speaks, people listen. With her extensive knowledge of the market, her pricing recommendation for our existing home was spot on.
Two weeks later, a low offer came in. Alison took control of the negotiations. Our aggressive counter offer was accepted. Any time of the day if we had a question she was just a text, email or call away and we never had to wait long for a reply. Both escrows closed on schedule within one week of each other. The process was fast and furious. I could not have asked for a smoother transaction. Her team of professionals helped make our newly purchased house a home and they worked with my wife to pick colors and style ideas to bring our home to life.
I absolutely would recommend Alison and her team to anyone thinking about buying or selling a home. She is someone I feel completely comfortable with. There was always open dialogue and I never felt like I was being taken or left in the dark about anything. We are so lucky to have found such an honest, fun, exciting and dedicated professional to help us!
-Scott & Lisa Crist
Alison and her professional team made our home buying experience in Tahoe a pleasure. We are first time 2nd home buyers in the mountains and definitely needed some assistance. From the moment we met Alison, she made us feel like life-long friends and went out of her way to show us properties and ensure we ended up with our dream home.
Her service didn’t end there – she was with us all through the escrow and close process, advising us along the way on contingencies, inspections and other unique aspects of closing a home in Tahoe.
The team supporting her are also phenomenal. Alison’s team were also incredibly helpful and we feel very comfortable that we have such a professional and friendly team supporting us. I am in the banking industry and Alison is one of the best real estate professionals I have had the pleasure to work with.
Alison Elder is exactly who you need if you are purchasing a home, whether first, second, vacation, rental or investment, whether on a tight budget or with greater flexibility. She knows a remarkable amount of detail about a surprising number and diversity of neighborhoods: from character, types of neighbors and idiosyncrasies to special regulations and assessments. I don’t know how she does it.
She is the first realtor I’ve ever worked with who absolutely respected my budget limits. Here is what she did NOT do: She never once tried to show me something just a little over, or nudge me progressively up the scale (as most do) by showing me run-down places within my budget, then something barely adequate just over budget, then the perfect place 20-40% over my financial ability. It took a while because I had already calculated my limits and they were below the area average. But she persisted, and prevailed. Imagine how much more she can do for someone without those limitations!
She worked hard, and constantly, came up with places that weren’t on Zillow or (_?_) or listed anywhere I could find, while already knowing about places I’d seen listed and had questions about.
She was straightforward and informative from the beginning, helping me understand what hidden costs would be and how I could create flexibility.
And she has an exceptional group of professionals working with her. They define “team.” They are well-integrated, competent, self-managing, interdependent, creative (and really nice) and sufficiently overlapping that however busy the Group is, the client is taken care of; indeed, is made to feel special. Alison has to be a superb manager as well as highly intelligent, interesting, knowledgeable and a pleasure simply to know. If she weren’t my realtor, I’d want her to be my friend.
We were introduced to Alison through friends who had recently bought a home in Tahoe. Alison is very knowledgeable about the Tahoe/Truckee real estate market and is honest and direct when discussing options for buying and selling. Alison was extremely responsive, and she and her team helped the process go smoothly from start to finish. Alison and the entire Elder Group were a pleasure to work with and we have already recommended her to several friends.
-Russell and Valerie Stoltenberg
Alison did a great job of helping us find a place that we loved, close the deal quickly and without difficulty, and start getting set up in our new place. She was a real pleasure to work with.
-Yonatan and Cristina Zunger
We have bought and sold numerous homes over the years, and our buying experience with the Elder Group was by far the best we’ve ever had. Alison has great knowledge of the area and market. Her team is professional, prompt, accurate, and fun! They listened to what we wanted, and took us to houses that all met our requirements. She found us the perfect house and we could not be happier. Her tips have been invaluable.
On a scale of 1 to 10, the Elder Group is 12!!!
-Rich & Toni Sarris
We were very fortunate to have stumbled upon Alison during the home buying process. She was very knowledgable about the local area and she made the process as easy as it could have been. Any time we had questions, she was quick with a reply. Any time she needed additional information from us, she was prompt in her request and followed up if we didn’t respond in a timely manner. The negotiation process was quite painless. She informed us of what similar properties had recently been sold for and helped us come up with a realistic offer. Overall she was a great resource and honest friend throughout.
-Kyle & Michelle Obenour
Alison and her team helped us buy our first home and we couldn’t be happier with the service they provided. They were highly responsive, highly knowledgeable, hard working, and helped us find our dream home. We would definitely recommend Alison and her team to anyone looking to buy in Truckee!
-Robert & Tessa Weeks
The Elder Group did an amazing job for us, and we could not be happier with our purchase at Tahoe Donner. The whole team was extremely knowledgeable, responsive and efficient throughout our home buying experience. Additionally, Alison, Ronda, and Nic were a pleasure to work with and always went out of their way to make sure all of our questions and concerns were adequately addressed. We wholeheartedly recommend their services, and are very gratefully for having had the opportunity to get to know them. We look forward to working with them again in the future.
Alison and her team were on top of every detail, every step of the way. They made the process work, and took the stress of buying a major asset to the lowest level possible!
-Daniel & Barbara Maher
This was our third real estate transaction with Elder Group and par for the course, the entire team is absolutely phenomenal! Alison took the time to really learn all about us and knew exactly what properties would be a good fit for us. This saved us a tremendous amount of time and especially in this fast paced market enabled us to move quickly and get an early offer in and close the deal. We highly recommend Alison; she’s the one to get the job done. A big thanks to Alison, Ronda, Nic and everyone else behind the scenes that we don’t even know.
-Ann Marie Bucholtz
I had a great experience with the entire Elder team. Local knowledge was outstanding and helped guide me to a parcel of land that I believe will work out very well. Pricing seemed fair so there wasn’t much negation, but everything went very smoothly even with both parties out of state.
Any real estate broker can drive you around and show you the neighborhoods or give you a tour, but it takes someone with talent and expertise to make a deal happen in a positive and pressure-free environment. Alison has those qualities in spades. I am a person who very much keeps his own counsel and I did a lot of my own research. I half-expected a veteran like Alison to tell me she knows better – especially during the negotiation phase. Instead I received clear and concise advice and we worked with the seller to come up with creative options to close the deal. Ronda followed through very professionally to handle the myriad of details from handshake to handover. Whether you’re selling or buying – I highly recommend this team.
As one of the 3 families who altogether were seeking a vacation home in Lake Tahoe, we are commending Alison Elder and her conscientious team for their personalized and efficient real estate services. Since we all live in the San Francisco Bay Area, we appreciated the team responding to our many questions via email and phone in a timely manner. It is amazing that the property visitation and escrow process moved so quickly and seamlessly in less than one month! Alison’s personal family experiences and knowledge of community resources in the Donner Lake Area assured us that she was able to relate to our various individual family desires and find a property that we all could call our second “home”. We would recommend her and the Elder Group to anyone.
-Janice Wong, Andrew and Marissa Nonaka
Thank you to Alison and Ronda for helping our family locate and purchase our dream vacation home in Tahoe Donner. Alison’s expertise and area knowledge were big influences in our decision making, and gave us confidence knowing she was representing us when we weren’t able to be there in person. We appreciated her patience and open communication throughout the entire process, and would recommend the Elder Group to anyone.
-Jaime & Stuart Sonoda
Alison helped us get a great house in Truckee. We were picky with what we wanted and had a budget in mind. She was patient when showing us many properties and really called out both good and bad points of each. When we finally narrowed it down to the home we wanted, she turned on the negotiating skills and got us the house for the price we wanted to pay.
Alison really knows the area and the market well. I will definitely use her if we buy or sell real estate again.
-Steve and Michelle McKeen
As I reflect on my year 2013 and consider challenges that I have been able to overcome as well as highlights of the year, I realize that this was definitely a year of “stepping into new territory” for me. I am writing you to specifically thank you for your support. Buying a second home was a big deal for us and it meant a lot to me to find a Realtor who would really want to understand what we needed and stick with us – even if we were defining our criteria along the way – until we found the right home for us. We spent both Thanksgiving and Christmas up at the cabin and are so very happy for our new home!
Alison was fantastic. Alison and her staff are very knowledgeable, professional and supportive. After we listed our cabin with Alison she recommended staging the cabin to improve the presentation. I could not believe the change. The cabin looked fantastic! My wife and I were very pleased with the quick sale. Alison is now helping us complete the purchase of another property. She found exactly what we were looking for! We would highly recommend Alison and her team.
-James and Melissa Wright
Alison is an expert and a delight to work with. She’s a no-nonsense real estate agent, who’s not willing to waste her clients time and completely willing to do what it takes to get the best place for the best price. I highly recommend working with Alison in the Truckee area. Furthermore her office offers services above and beyond a typical agent’s. They have provided logistical support, which can’t be understated for a professional working in the Bay Area. In addition her office has been great at helping us find top notch professionals needed to ready the house.
-James and Kelly Richards
We had a great experience working with Alison to find us the right vacation home. She is extremely knowledgeable about the Tahoe real estate market and the individual houses for sale. She took the time to show us a wide range of houses in different areas so we could first determine what was right for us and then hone in on finding the perfect place. After that, Alison and her team helped us manage the entire process from bid to close, ensuring that everything went easy and smooth. This turned out to be really important to us, allowing us the enjoy our vacation home from day one.
It is our dream come true and Alison and her team made it happen! From the first phone conversation to picking up the keys; I don’t know how it could have gone any smoother. Alison knows her properties, sellers and she gets to know her buyers so that transactions can be successful. We would recommend her to any potential buyers in the Tahoe area; even to just get information and test the waters…you will not be disappointed.
-Matt & Lynn Soga
Can’t say enough good things about our experience with Alison. Would highly recommend, especially for anyone who lives in the SF Bay Area and is shopping for a second home in Tahoe. She knows the area cold and really helped steer us away from some properties that would not have been a great fit. There’s so much to consider when buying in Tahoe (weather, location, snow load, driveway angle, etc.) and Alison very patiently educated us. She’s practically the mayor of Tahoe and knows just about everyone in town, which can be super helpful when it comes to negotiating. She also took great personal care of us after the purchase. We got better service from her and her team than we did when buying far more expensive property in San Francisco… Do yourself a favor and call her first.
-Jason & Roxy Young
Alison recently helped us buy a home in Tahoe Donner & made it a very smooth process. She & her team were very capable & efficient, always one step ahead. Alison was able to keep negotiations flowing & did a great balancing act between buyer & seller. We are very happy with our new home!
-Vaughn & Charlene Smith
We can’t say enough about the entire team. It is clear that Alison has years of experience in real estate; her knowledge, insight and approach to matching you up with what you are looking for in a property is invaluable. In addition, she made the entire process fun. Ronda teams up with Alison from the very beginning and also gets to know you so that she can provide you excellent service. A high priority for us is response time and they both are over the top!! Between the both of us, we have purchased many properties and this has been by far the most superior experience.
-Ann Marie Bucholtz & Malyn Wells
We feel very fortunate to have worked with Alison in purchasing our beautiful mountain home. From the first moment, we knew we were working with someone who really knew the Tahoe Donner area. Alison is a true professional and she quickly understood what we wanted. Although we had done some initial online research, there is no substitute for human interaction and experience! The entire process from looking at homes to finalizing the paperwork went very smoothly. Ronda was a great communicator and we felt fully informed each step of the way. We would not hesitate to recommend Alison and her staff to anyone!
-Robert & Darcy Wharton
Ronda and Alison were so wonderful and helpful with my condo buying experience. I already had a pretty good idea of the market, but Ronda really helped me narrow it down in just one visit of seeing multiple properties. I was able to get the property I wanted at a price below what I was expecting to pay. Both Ronda and Alison are excellent communicators and professional to the highest degree. I am so happy to have met them both and to have been able to work with such an amazing team. I thank my friends Renee and Baptiste for the recommendation, and I have already referred a couple friends to Ronda and Alison as well.
I have been investing in real estate for more than 20 years and Alison and her team are by far is one of the best teams I have ever seen!
Alison recently helped us purchase a second home in Tahoe Donner and she was an absolute joy to work with. She seamlessly blends a high-touch client experience with an organized and efficient buying process. Alison took the time to get to know our family and to understand what we were looking for in a property. She used her deep local market understanding to match us with just the right property. After that, Alison and her team did an amazing job of proactively managing the closing process. Alison earned our trust and I strongly recommend her.
-Joel & Shawn Schipper
Alison was a exceptional asset in getting our wonderful home. She was very professional and personable at the same time. We fell in love with the home and she made it happen and we couldn’t be happier. Her knowledge of not only the process but of the comps and area made me feel extremely at ease. We would never go anywhere else and would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for an agent who get’s the deal done!!
-Raj & Kristy Sabhlok
My girlfriend and I were first time home buyers and Alison made the whole process easy and fun! She gave us great advice and truly has outstanding knowledge of the area and what’s on / coming on the market. We teamed up with her husband Desmond Elder as our mortgage broker, and combined, they made the first time home buying process simple and helped us get our dream house on Donner Lake. Serious pros and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!
-Jared Johnson & Hilary Benson
Alison helped us buy our 2nd home in Tahoe Donner. We specifically searched for someone with knowledge of the area. Being in the real estate industry myself, I knew how important it was to have a local agent working for you. She showed us the ins and outs of the local market and the nuances of a mountain home. Alison is attentive and very knowledgeable. At closing, Alison and Ronda sprang into action to ensure all the details were handled. She is also an excellent resource for everything from designers to vets. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the company to our friends and family. Thank you Alison and Ronda.
-Dean & Isela Rizzi
We recently bought a home with Alison and we had a great experience with her. We were looking for a home on a large acreage lot and Alison quickly honed in on what we liked the first time we met her and when we went out looking at homes. She took us to a new listing she had just gotten that wasn’t on the market yet and we loved it, it was our dream home. We could tell Alison’s experience makes her able to find you the perfect individual fit in a home and we were surprised that she so easily found us a home that fit our requirements, that we thought was going to be very difficult to do. Alison has a great personality and is was fun to work with. We were lucky we called her!
-Josh & Gina Evans
After more than 20 years of buying and selling homes with numerous agents, there is no doubt Alison is the by far the best! My wife and I started looking for a home in Truckee in August of 2012 with another realtor, and had a horrible experience. After the initial miss step we asked family and friends who referred us to another agent, who also failed to provide any value. It was starting to feel like we were destined not to find our dream house. Several months passed and we decided to search the Internet for another agent when we stumbled upon Alison.We are so fortunate to have found Alison as finding her was like discovering gold. Call or email her now! Alison is receptive and passionate and makes you feel like you are the most important person in her life. She listens to you and finds EXACTLY what you want. My wife and I are confident that if not for Alison we would not have found our home and be living what feels like a dream. We are extremely happy with our new purchase and only wish Alison was able to help us buy or sell all of our future homes!
-Marc & Kelly Winner
Can you give more than 5 stars? We contacted Alison because she was selling a place that we were interested in. Luckiest move we ever made. That house did not meet our needs but Alison met us in Tahoe the next weekend and showed us around. She has an incredible knowledge of the area and was able to find properties based on how we wanted to use the house (2nd home, year round, possible rental). She found the perfect place for us in Northstar. We submitted an offer that week, which was accepted. Alison knew the seller agent and I think that relationship helped. After the offer was accepted, Alison recommended a top-notch broker that was able to find us an incredible rate on a mortgage. Everything went off without a hitch because of Alison. We were worried that the process would mean several quick trips up to Tahoe to sign something. Everything was done easily online.
-Trevor & Sarah Cornwell
My wife and I wanted to purchase a second home in the Tahoe Area. Alison was recommended to us by another realtor. Right from the start we hit it off. We truly felt like her most important client. Her knowledge and attention to detail is second to none. Anyone who does not use Alison to purchase or sell your Tahoe Area home is really missing out. The entire process from looking at homes, making an offer to getting the keys was very enjoyable. She was available at anytime of day to take our call or answer our emails. She really acts on your behalf and best interests, and if not purchasing a certain home is the best decision, she will be the first one to advise that. I look forward to working with Alison and Ronda again and am proud to call her a great resource and an even a better friend.
It was a pleasure to work with Alison and her staff from start to finish. My daughter initially communicated with Alison about a year ago when we were just thinking about buying a vacation home. First she helped us sell a property that I had in Volcano, and then kept us informed of what was available in the Soda Springs area. One of the many things I appreciated about working with Alison was that she quickly grasped what we wanted and how much we were willing to spend, and she didn’t try to pressure us to consider other locations or spend more money. The result was that when we finally spent a day with her in December, we found the perfect place for our needs and bought it! Alison and her assistant, Ronda, were always accessible and responsive. Alison even called to say “Happy Birthday” a few days ago, well after the sale was a done deal! I couldn’t possibly have asked for better service, and I’ll definitely use the Elder team again.
Alison Elder and Ronda Moll represent the epitome of professionalism and the “perfect home buying experience.” My husband and I had been looking for a place in the Truckee area for over two years. Thankfully a few months ago we found the Elder Group web site and sent Alison an e-mail and even though it was Thanksgiving and she was cooking for a large group of family members, she still responded to let us know that she would get right back to us! Right away both Alison and Ronda began communicating with us to find out exactly what we were looking for and by late January we found out beautiful condo!! And that was just the beginning of it. Not only did they help make the purchasing process seamless and stress-free, but they also helped us find everything else we needed to move in the day we received our keys. One stop shopping at its best!! Every time I sit on our balcony enjoying our amazing view I can’t help but say a little thanks in my head to Alison and Ronda! In the words of my two kids, “they’re AWESOME!”
-Baptiste & Renee Paquier
Hello Elder Team,
I am again thanking you for another wonderful meal! Really, you guys are over the top nice and really great at what you do.I was very sincere with my toast: If we did not have you both on our side, this transaction would have taken two or three times as long. We are happy to receive reference calls. Please keep us in mind. Many, many thanks.
We enjoyed working with Alison and her team. My husband is a busy professional in the Bay Area and we keep a busy schedule at home raising two young children, so we truly appreciated the high level of responsiveness and efficiency from Alison and her team. They were a pleasure to work with and we would certainly choose to work with her team again on a future real estate transaction.
-Drew & Currie Osborn
We had the pleasure of working with Alison and her team on both the sale of our home and the purchase of a new home. This complicated double transaction was done professionally and efficiently. Attention to detail was the key to success for us and the entire team was on top of every detail from beginning to end. We highly recommend Alison and her team for your Tahoe real estate needs.
-Anna Klovstad, December 2012
Having the best agent is the key to buying or selling your home. Alison Elder was absolutely tremendous. She was professional, extremely knowledgeable about current market and yet able to understand our needs and our concerns about selling. She was always on the other end of the phone when we called with questions and would be there in person when decisions were to be made or when there were viewings. I would recommend her to everyone if you are buying or selling.
Alison completely understood our situation as a two career couple with kids who wanted to buy a holiday home to enhance our family time. She made the entire process of finding, buying and financing a holiday home utterly painless. With her local knowledge and counsel, it was a few short weeks from our initial meeting and site visits to getting the keys to our new property. She picks up where Zillow leaves off, and has a depth of knowledge and connections in the North Tahoe market which makes her services invaluable.
-Timothy Morey & Courtney Burry
Alison recently helped us buy a second home in Tahoe-Donner and we couldn’t be happier. We had been following the market for some time and thought we had a good understanding of the neighborhoods. But when we started working with Alison, we were absolutely amazed by the depth of her knowledge. She was able to advise us on a street by street basis and often was able to tell us the story behind each individual home we visited. For her, this is clearly much more than a profession, it is a passion. Alison was very good at listening to all our various, and occasionally conflicting, needs and quickly pointed us to homes that where a good fit. Every house we visited was a viable alternative. We didn’t waste time looking at homes that were clearly not workable. The process was incredibly efficient, yet she was very patient as we tried to work through our priorities and frequently pointed out possibilities we missed. Never once did we feel rushed. When we made an offer, Alison’s experience was once again crucial. She was able to help us craft an offer that gave us what we needed and that the seller was willing to accept.We have already recommended Alison to friends and would certainly use her again.
-Eric & Leslie Finch
We recently closed on a home in Truckee with Alison Elder and wanted to provide feedback on the excellent work Alison and her team did. As we live in the Bay Area, getting to and from the Lake Tahoe area is sometimes a challenge, but Alison and Ronda were great at making themselves available around our schedule and availability. I expect that many buyers would be in the same situation, and having agents who are flexible and able to be responsive is very important.
When it came time to making offers and during negotiations, we found Alison’s experience and great connections to folks in the area was invaluable. Alison knows just about every one in the area, provided a lot of useful information about local regulations, things to consider, contacts on everything from engineering through to contractors, painters, and the like.
A very telling anecdote was our first offer on a property which we eventually decided not to move forward on. While we had decided to pursue this property, Alison and Ronda spent a fair bit of time with us trying to understand what we were looking for. To make the home what we wanted it to be, we’d have to do a bit of engineering on the property and there were some risks and complexity. In the end, Alison’s guidance on the risks helped us decide not to move forward with that property, which in hindsight and given the place we end up getting, was the right decision. How many agents would have focused on finding us the right home, rather than just closing the deal?
When it came to moving forward on the contract and paperwork, Kristi jumped in and got all the pieces together efficiently, given our very aggressive timelines for close of escrow.
We’d recommend Alison and her team any day and will definitely be going back to them for our next transaction.
-Jason & Yenyi Choong
We have spent the past two years working with Alison looking for a home in Truckee. She is super responsive! She educated us on the market and helped us find the right neighborhood. She is embedded in the community and has great ties. Her wealth of knowledge runs deep, and was truly interested in our family’s needs. Alison went above and beyond the call to help us find contractors, furniture stores and even great places to eat. Once we found the perfect home, Alison and team kept the process moving and on-time. We have bought a number of homes and the service from Alison and her team was the best. We have never worked with a better group.
-Willis & Lauren Lee
I have bought and sold 8 houses in the past 40 years. Alison Elder is by far the most professional. She never gives up on a buyer and works tirelessly to find just the right fit. She asks questions about family needs and lifestyle and gets to know the entire family. Once the transaction nears the completion stage, Kristi and her team go into action. Project lists, time lines, detailed instructions are issued. Times and dates and responsibilities are followed up. She is a pleasure to do business with. She is in it for the relationship not just the sale. We met about 5 years ago and looked at many homes in different locations, Alison has developed in depth market knowledge. When you deal with her and her team it is easy to see why they are number one.
-James & Diane Klein
We’ve had the pleasure of knowing Alison personally and professional and she continues to impress us each time we have the opportunity to work with her. We have bought 2 homes and Sold two homes though Alison. She truly exceeds each and every expectation in every aspect of a transaction. All our transactions were a bit stressful, but knowing we had Alison representing us, it made each transaction run smoothly. Her attention to detail and energy in each transaction does not go unnoticed. Alison and her team keep the escrows running efficiently and on time for a successful close.
We strongly recommend Alison if you’re looking to buy or sell a home. Not only is she charming and personable, her service level is absolutely amazing !
-Shannon & Mark Vicencio
We recently purchased our first Truckee vacation home and we chose Alison Elder as our realtor. She was excellent! She was very responsive, had deep knowledge of the Truckee area and really exceeded our expectations. This was by far our best home buying experience…hands down! I would recommend Alison and her team to anyone looking to purchase a home in the Lake Tahoe region. She’s fabulous!
-Rick & Kristie Santos
Alison was super responsive and really looked after us from day 1 all the way to the time the escrow closed and beyond. What I loved the most about Alison is her honesty and the deep knowledge of the Tahoe region. I would highly recommend Alison.
-Mitra & Mehran Farimani
Alison and her staff far exceeded all of our prior experiences in real estate transactions. While always keeping the end goal of a closed transaction in sight, Alison worked exceptionally hard to ensure that seller responsibilities were taken care of by the seller and not left to us; with a bank-owned property, this is truly exceptional! At every turn, Alison and Kristi were more than competent, kind, and courteous. We could not be happier to have found such gems…you will not find better service!
-Rick and Jennifer Dunn
Alison knew the perfect condominium for me and less than 48 hours after viewing it, my offer was accepted and the purchase process began. This process was ever-so-simple thanks to Alison, her assistant Kristi, and the magic of Docu-Sign. Alison is super efficient and (big bonus) super nice! I was very happy with her in all aspects.
Alison – as I write this I am on a Southwest flight to Texas. I have a window seat on the port side of the plane, looking north, and I watched Lake Tahoe come and go.
It was easy to see the northern part of the lake, and the area beyond in and around Truckee & Northstar. And it is easy to picture, in my mind, the house that Shana and I recently purchased – purchased with your help and the help of your team.
It must be a wonderful feeling that you have, helping folks find homes and properties that they are happy with, and helping to build the community. I wanted to thank you again for helping us do that. Whenever we pass the rec center, I say to Shana, and you can ask her, “Look – that’s where we met Alison!” You and your team really make a difference.
-Rob & Shana Chrisman
When shopping for a house there are many unknowns, but your selection of a Realtor does not have to be one of them. Please don’t take my word for this, just give Alison a call and spend a few hours with her and then trust your own judgment. Alison and her team work well together, are very responsive and always return my calls and texts. She knows well the different neighborhoods in Tahoe and Truckee, which is so important as they are all very unique. The process of selection and negotiation in my case had a few speed bumps, and just when I needed it she was able to push past these and arrive at a wonderful solution that really met our needs. We now own our dream vacation home and would be happy to do business with her again, as well as recommend her services to our friends and family.
You should quit browsing, pick up the phone and call Alison right now.
-Ron Hess and Mary Buxton
Although we weren’t really in a rush to find our perfect second home, Alison found it for us in a weekend. After some very well structured phone preparation time where she got to know us, established our needs, and reviewed properties on line with us, she then planned a full weekend of looking at properties both in Truckee and at the Lake. She was excellent at honing in on our preferences, and also helped us prioritize what was important to us, given our lifestyle. The really great and unexpected part of the transaction was her negotiating skills, and ability to “run” a very difficult transaction. We were dealing with an absentee, out of the area, Sellers agent, and Alison ended up picking up the reins and managing the WHOLE escrow to the tight 21 day timeline that the Sellers demanded. Alison runs her business as a business, which is extremely refreshing in this environment of “part timer” agents. She negotiated for us, advocated strongly our positions, dealt with each and every inspector, title, etc…., and navigated the transaction through a fairly rocky path with virtually no stress on our side. She employs a team dedicated to only her transactions (THAT is important……) and provides the best references to local trades people for any improvements we could conjure. Finally, I don’t know what we would have done without her use of DocuSign, the e-signing technology that allowed us to never have to print, sign, and fax a single transactional document. 21 days later, we have a house that we love, and are looking forward making our home. Thank you Alison for your creativity, honesty, your integrity, and your work ethic.
-Rob and Shana Chrisman
Are you looking for a realtor on the Tahoe area? If so, I would highly recommend Alison Elder. Alison and her team were true professional’s at every step, from selecting the perfect mountain retreat to executing every detail of the transaction. We were able to close on our dream cabin within 30 days without a snag. Great service, great local area knowledge, and a keen eye for quality real estate, can’t say enough about her! Now, all we need is some snow…………
-Dean and Catherine Mesquite
Alison Elder went far above and beyond other Realtors when she helped us locate our perfect home. She spent immeasurable time with us and learned what it was we were looking for and kept us in mind with every house she visited. She gets A for Awesome, A for Effort, and A for Alison.
Alison is kind, patient, knowledgeable, and a fabulous realtor. I will ONLY use her to sell and purchase my homes. You will have no regrets!
-James and Kristen Heppner
Alison helped us buy our vacation home in Tahoe Donner and we could not be happier with her and her team. From start to finish, Alison was extremely helpful, professional, organized and friendly.
Alison’s local knowledge was extremely impressive. She knows the neighborhood like the back of her hand (she’s owned homes there and sold several others). She’s also a great resource for folks like us who are not from the area in terms of finding service providers – including everything from finding homeowners insurance to where to get a great sandwich.
With Alison and her team’s help, we were able to close in 30 days without a single hitch, a testament to both experience and organization.
Needless to say, we would not hesitate to work with Alison again or recommend her to anyone.
-Nate Blair and Tara Miller
Thanks so much for your help! You did a great job guiding us through the process of buying our first vacation home…. You especially did a great job:
1. Helping us jump when the time came, even though we were in Costa Rica.
2. Getting the price lowered after the appraisal, before I even asked.
3. Negotiating the repair request, even when we didn’t give you the ammunition you needed.
I wanted you to know we appreciated it and did not take you for granted as our agent. We’re excited to get into our new place. I can’t wait to start biking in Tahoe. Hopefully, my recent disappearance won’t prevent you from working with us again when the time comes.
-Scott and Carolyn Bromstead
The Elder group is an incredible team who are complete professionals. Alison has an insiders knowledge of the area, has the ability to really understand what you looking for, and has the connections and skills to get your deal completed. She provides a personal touch that is missing in so many things these days. We would recommend her to anyone.
-Greg & Nicole Victorino
Alison combined excellent service with savvy marketing for selling our home. Our goal was to coordinate the sale of our Tahoe Donner home with the purchase of another property in the Truckee area. She represented out interests as buyers well beyond our expectations. Alison was able to effectively align the sale and purchase to ensure that everything went smoothly. We love our new home and highly recommend anyone considering a real estate transaction in the Truckee Tahoe area talk with Alison!
-Kevin & Kim Bumen
After searching for the Tahoe mountains for the right dream property for over 2 years, along came Alison! On December 26th (Christmas break), I lobbed a call over to her on a North Shore property. Alison immediately put her personal plans aside to call us back and make plans to connect. I was blown away. Upon one discussion, Alison was able to quickly asses the type of property/location we were looking for in the Tahoe area. Although we had picked several properties, Alison was open and candid about the condition and location of these properties and recommended we trust her to find us the right one. After a few calls, she had set up several locations for us to explore. Although she had targeted over a dozen properties, we fell in love with the first one we walked into – Alison had nailed it. Our frustrations were over. Our close process was quick, well managed and painless. Alison’s selling team was professional, courteous and extremely knowledgeable of the area and associated services we would require. Best part of the story is that we not only found the perfect professional real estate team, but we also made our first friend in the area. Alison stays with you well after the buying process is over. My wife and I strongly endorse Alison and her team and would use them again in a heartbeat. We recommend you do the same – you’ll be glad you did.
-Jeffrey & Jackie Reifers
We had very little time to search for our Truckee home due to our busy schedules. Alison quickly understood what we were looking for and outlined a home showing tour with a line-up of properties that met our requirements. We wound up placing an offer on the first home she showed us. Alison and her team handled the very short offer and closing process deftly monitoring every document and next step closely. Their DocuSign signing process made purchasing a home remotely really easy for us. From offer to close and post-sale Alison and her team gave us the white glove treatment. We would highly recommend her as an agent to anyone searching to buy or sell a home in the Tahoe area.
-Alexander & Andrea Schoenfelder
From the first time I met Alison, I knew that she was the one that I wanted to work with to find a home in Truckee. When we found the home, she was the master hand in making sure that the deal went smoothly. Working with the seller’s realtor, I was able to purchase the home at a great price thanks to Alison’s expertise. I highly recommend Alison to either list your home or find your dream home for you.
I meant what I said. You are amazing!
We recently completed the purchase of our dream vacation house in Tahoe Donner. Alison Elder proved to be extremely knowledgeable of the North Lake Tahoe area and helped us through all the phases of the transaction. She is also supported by a very professional team all of whom are experts at working remotely with their clients. Alison quickly assessed our individual needs and key requirements and helped filter the available properties accurately. Our purchase was a big decision for us and one in which we paid especially close attention to risk management. Alison was very detail oriented and diligent in helping us document risk issues and clearly demonstrating the relative value for houses we were considering. She wasn’t overbearing with her recommendations; she simply brought us the facts and helped us make a quality decision.
We just came back from our first weekend at our new vacation home and while we’re very excited about all our future plans there, we also have great peace of mind that we bought the very best place for our budget and requirements. We couldn’t have done this without Alison and her team’s help. We highly recommend her for your real estate needs.
-Steven & Robin Braat
If you are looking for a home in the North Tahoe region I would highly recommend Alison. She helped me find a great second home right in Truckee.
In the second half of 2010 the real estate market had taken a tumble and it seemed like a good time to step in and find a deal. I started by looking at real estate sites on the web and I kept coming back to Alison’s web site because it was the easiest to use and provided lots of useful information. I was impressed with the quick response on email and we set up several weekend appointments to look at properties. She helped me navigate through an assortment of short sales and foreclosures to find a beautiful cabin with solid construction (she calls it good bones), a great location and lots of potential.
I started looking in August and we closed at the end of October. With a little help from my friends and lots of elbow grease the property was listed on VRBO at the end of January and I was taking bookings within 24 hours.
This was a great deal and I’m just delighted with the entire process. Most of the thanks goes to Alison for helping me find the right property at the right price at the right time. She is well-connected, organized and she knows when you’ve found a good deal.
I am an attorney and have bought and sold many properties over the years, and held a Broker’s License myself in Illinois for several decades. Alison Elder is far and away one of the most competent, diligent, knowledgeable and skilled professionals I have ever had the pleasure of working with – in fact, probably THE MOST!! She follows up, has assembled a skilled team of support staff, keeps the client informed at every step of the way, keeps and provides complete records, knows the area and properties thoroughly, and has a keen sense of negotiation, strategy and what it takes to make and close a deal!
There is no one who knows the Truckee area better than Alison Elder. As a first time homebuyer, I was really anxious to find someone who would not take advantage of my lack of home ownership yet would guide me in the right direction toward a house I could truly make into a home. Alison was relentless with research and arranging go-sees. In less than a week, I put in an offer on a perfectly sized home in a great neighborhood that 30 days later I could proudly call my own. Alison is not only dedicated to finding her clients their dream home, she is flawless in her follow-up and follow-through. She really does make you feel like you are her only client, she is a true treasure!
We did extensive research and talked to many realtors before we flew out to look for our Tahoe dream home. It was clear from the first e-mail that Alison was different, offering detailed information and insight on different neighborhoods that other realtors just didn’t bother to tell us. She was extremely knowledgeable about the Truckee/Tahoe Donner area, which is where we focused our efforts. She took us under her wing and quickly figured out what we wanted/needed. We didn’t find our house that first weekend – but she knew what to look for. Within three days of us returning home to Dallas, a house came on the market that she thought was perfect for us. She had such complete confidence in the house, and we had such faith in her that we put a bid on the house sight unseen. I flew out that next weekend (when Alison graciously let me stay at her home!) and we went and looked at the house.. I loved it. The rest of the process was very stress-free. Not surprising, since we had such a detailed-oriented, incredibly attentive professional like Alison on our side. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a home in Tahoe. An incredible pleasure to work with.
-Duncan & Judy Wright
On behalf of my parents and ourselves, Kathy and I wanted to thank each of you for all of your efforts in supporting the purchase of our property on Hillside. We know that it took special efforts with the distance between all parties and over the Thanksgiving holiday. We sincerely appreciate everything that each of you did to make the process as smooth as possible.
We are looking forward to get up to Truckee to begin enjoying the cabin as soon as the weather breaks. We are going to call the cabin “Grandhaven” in recognition of it as a special place for the grandchildren to spend time with their grandparents.
Thank you all for making this possible.
-Wil & Kathy Ridder
When we started to think about buying a vacation home in Tahoe / Truckee, we canvassed several realtors and it soon became apparent that Alison was head over heels the most knowledgeable, and service oriented, of the bunch! Alison made the difficult process of long distance buying very easy – she took time to talk to us, provided us with great information on the market, provided us information about the amenities and living in the area and what to look for in a vacation home that would also be a rental property, worked with us to find the right home, and then put her excellent negotiating and organization skills to work in closing a deal, on time! She’s always professional and the level of service she provides is truly outstanding. We highly recommend using Alison when buying a home.
-Glenda & Gordon Savage
We have had the pleasure of knowing Alison personally and professionally for over 20 years. She has represented us both as buyers and as sellers and she’s the only one we’d work with again! She’s knowledgeable, personable and has more energy than anyone we know. She is organized, creative and has tremendous integrity. What could be a difficult process has always been a pleasurable experience with Alison leading the way and guiding us.
We have a great respect for her and the business she has built through hard work and her outstanding reputation.
-Janet & Robert Findlay
Alison is an expert in Truckee real estate and we felt confident knowing that she was overseeing our transaction. She made sure to keep on top of everyone so there were no glitches along the way. We plan on renting out or vacation home when we are not using it and Alison, having had several rentals herself, is an expert in the rental market. After the sale she continues to offer her much-appreciated advice on how to maximize our rental potential and we hope to continue the relationship for many years. If I ever do sell my Tahoe home I will list it with Alison.
Its easy to find a house in Lake Tahoe. The newsstands are full of listings. Its difficult to find the right house because every house and every neighborhood is unique in this area. While there are many people who sell real estate in the area there are only a handful of “true” professionals and Alison ranks at the top of that list. Alison took the time to not only understand what we wanted in a house but also what we wanted in a lifestyle. The house we purchased was exactly what we were looking for, but then Alison knew that before we ever saw it – she was that in tune with our needs. Alison’s help didn’t end when escrow closed, as she has made it a point to introduce us to like-minded people in our area and has done everything possible to integrate us into our new community. Alison gets our highest recommendation.
-Stephen & Jennifer Hinkle
Alison showed us our dream home and within 40 days we owned it! It was crucial for us to work with a realtor we could trust and depend on from 600 miles away and Alison came through for us every step of the way. She also did a great job helping us tap into the local resources in Tahoe Donner and Truckee to make for a smooth transition. We also really enjoyed and were impressed with her team including Lillian our escrow officer and Jodi at American Title who both stayed on top of our transaction and moved the process along. We recommended Alison to our relatives who hired her to sell their home in Tahoe Donner as a result of our positive experience.
-Craig & Anne Rethmeyer
We had a very positive experience in buying our Truckee home through Alison. She took the time to get to know us and really tuned in to what we wanted. I am sure we were not the easiest clients but she was tenacious about showing us properties that she felt would interest us without wasting our time on homes that were out of our price range or that she know we wouldn’t be interested in. She was also very helpful in working with the seller and making sure all the small details of the property and sale were taken care of. Buying a home can be stressful and she made it easy. I enthusiastically recommend her for your real estate needs.
Alison was GREAT! We talked with her over the phone several times before our visit and explained our needs. When we arrived she had a list of about 12 properties. That afternoon we made an offer. She listened to us and understood what we wanted. She did not waste our time. We would use her again.
-Brian & Kate Linde
Thank you Alison! We had been looking to upgrade for a few years using a couple different Realtors. Every time something came on the market we were interested in it was already sold. Then we found Alison. She kept us informed of any new listings that met our criteria and because of that we soon found our perfect home. Also, Alison was amazing in selling our smaller house. She staged it beautifully and it sold within a few days for a great price! We would recommend Alison to any of our friends. She made the whole process a enjoyable experience. We are impressed!
-Mike & Andrea Erwin
My husband and I went up to the Tahoe area basically to see how close we were to being able to afford a second home. Alison took the time to give us a quick education on the area and found us a great opportunity that fit our budget. The transaction seemed seamless to me, although I know she proactively addressed some issues to make it seem that way. Her team took great care of us, making sure we were well informed on every step of the transaction. I would recommend Alison and her staff to anyone I know, and when the time comes to move on to my next big thing, I certainly will call upon Alison and her team again. Thank you so much for everything. Alison, you ROCK!
-Barbara Roudebush, January 2010
Alison Elder made buying and selling our homes carefree. Every buyer and seller should have the opportunity to experience this service level.
-Mark & Shannon Vicencio
We’d appreciate the opportunity to create your own success story. Contact Alison and her team today.