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Integrity, honesty & professionalism are my hallmarks. I live by the Golden Rule -- treat each client as you'd want to be treated...a concept that unfortunately is far too rare in our profession.
Introducing 'The Hidden Advantage'
Real estate is full of people who'll promise you the moon and then forget where they left their spaceship. With Rod & Jamie Herman, it's just the opposite. No empty promises. No mindless rhetoric. Just two honest hard-working real estate professionals who care about their clients and treat them like family.
If that sounds different than what you may be accustomed to, you're not alone. Our credo is simple: do business according to the Golden Rule and treat people the way we'd like to be treated with honesty, reliability, integrity, and professionalism.
From our Benicia office, we're strategically located to assist clients throughout Solano and Central Contra Costa Counties. That means we can help you from Vacaville to San Ramon and all points in-between. It also means we won't send you to somebody else to see homes ty five miles away just because it's across the bridge. We're members of two different MLS systems, so, unlike many local agents, we're here to assist you no matter what side of the Benicia Bridge you'd like to make your home.
As you browse our web site, you'll notice that we call ourselves The Hidden Advantage. Once you get to know us, you'll see that it's more than just a catchy slogan. It goes a long way towards describing who we are and why our clients receive a level of service, knowledge, and experience far greater than most Realtors are able to provide.
Whether you're thinking of buying, selling, or just keeping tabs on what homes in your neighborhood are worth, we're ready to help. We can be reached by Phone, Email or through the contact form on our web site.
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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
I've been part of the local housing industry since 1982, with experience as a marketing, advertising and public relations director for a major Bay Area homebuilder, branch manager for a local title and escrow company, and of course, as a successful real estate agent.
I'm known throughout the industry for my creativity, ingenuity, and eye-opening real estate marketing ideas along with my strong negotiating skills. Clients know me for my professionalism, expertise, integrity and compassion. I go out of my way to make each client feel as if they're our ONLY client. I've always taken a golden-rule approach to my business. When you treat clients the way you'd want to be treated if the roles were reversed, it only follows that your bound to end up with very satisfied clients.
From 1993-2005 I also authored a weekly real estate column in the Benicia Herald. You can even read a selection of some of those past columns on-line at HomeSection.com.
I also was one of the first 500 Realtors nationwide to earn the new E-Pro designation from the National Association of Realtors. I was also the first E-Pro agent in Solano County and remain as one of but a few Solano County agents who have qualified for this credential, which recognizes those select agents in the U.S. who have mastered the use of internet technology in their businesses.
First-Time Home Buyers
Short Sales/Distressed Properties
Real Estate Investors
1031 Tax-Deferred Exchanges
Certifications & Awards
E-PRO 500 (one of the first 500 E-Pro Certified Realtors in the country and the first in Solano County)
Certified Residential Marketing Specialist
Certified Corporate Property Specialist
Coldwell Banker Previews Specialist
Certified BPO Specialist (BPO Institute)
International President's Circle
International Diamond Society
Many MAME Awards (Major Achievement In Marketing Excellence) from the housing industry
I'm a certified sports nut. If you can throw it, kick it, hit it or shoot it, I'm there!
Avid fan of the SF Giants, SF 49ers, Golden State Warriors
Amateur Home Brewer (India Pale Ale is my favorite beer type -- love that hoppy flavor)
Enjoy photography, writing, new technologies
Our Clients Speak…
Over the years, we've been fortunate enough to represent some of the nicest clients around. I think they tell our story best!
Rod & Jamie did such an outstanding job selling my home that I just had to let you know. They handled every detail with such efficiency that it made the whole process stress-free. I've sold several properties and have always had difficulty with communications. Not so with Rod & Jamie. They always call back in a timely manner. I will recommend them to all my friends.
- Dona Rose (Seller)
Rod & Jamie were extremely helpful in helping us sell our home at a fair price in a difficult environment. Rod was totally on top of all the events that occurred as part of the process. This started with recommendations for improvements to increase market value and continuity through the funding at close of escrow. Jamie was very organized in making sure all the paperwork was properly filled out and was very helpful in suggestions for the home improvements. We look forward to using their services in the future.
- Rick and Sue Gordon (Sellers)
When we made the decision to put our home on the market, we knew we would come back to Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific. The hard part was choosing from our friends there that Roger had worked with. He knew that it takes focused attention and a strong sales organization that makes for a successful listing, sale and escrow. Rod and Jamie exceeded our expectations for professionalism. We were in frequent communication about the progress on the listing, sale and escrow of our home. After more than 30 years in Benicia, it was hard to leave, but we knew we would be well taken care of by Rod and Jamie when we chose to move out before the house had sold. Real estate is a difficult business to be successful in because of uncontrollable factors that can affect the market. Rod and Jamie were able to see when these might be happening and because of their counsel and advice, we were able to make sound decisions. We highly recommend Rod and Jamie Herman to anyone looking for a real estate team that always has a positive attitude, are true real estate professionals and who have excellent knowledge of how real estate transactions can and should take place. Coldwell Banker is lucky they haven't opened their own office.
- Roger and Rosanne Heym (Sellers) -- Roger is a former Coldwell Banker agent
We were both quite impressed with the tenacity and stick-to-it-iv-ness you both displayed during the rather long and arduous process. May other Realtors would have lost interest in our project and put us on their back burners. It is not often that we have to deal with real estate matters, but it is really reassuring to know that when we do, you two are there to look out for our interests, explain all the details, and ensure we understand everything that is transpiring. Your personal service and attention to detail is very much appreciated. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
- Charlie & Gail Bouffard (Repeat Clients)
In a very stressful time for my husband and I (we got engaged, married, quit jobs, started new jobs, sold a home in Nevada, bought a home in California and moved...all in less than 2 months!), we counted on Rod and Jamie to not only handle the transaction, but also be efficient and look out for our best interests. They exceeded our expectations in every way. They are professional, courteous, detail-oriented, experienced and knowledgeable. We respect them greatly not only professionally, but personally, too! We hope to continue our friendship with Rod & Jamie and will recommend them every chance we get!
- Chris and Sharon Black (Buyers)
The Hermans are the most trusted, hard-working, thorough agents we have EVER dealt with. Attitude: Positive, Supportive, Superb. Professionalism: Of the highest standard. Knowledge of Real Estate: Superb.
- Ron and Sheri Russo (Sellers)
Rod & Jamie are the only two people we would do real estate business with!
- Don & Karen Richey, Sellers & Buyers (Repeat Clients)
Excellent, very nice, friendly and helpful. Remarkable knowledge of real estate. Rod had major information whenever I needed an answer. They also created an excellent web site for my home.
- Joan Beguelin (Seller)
Rod and Jamie were always upbeat and encouraging, yet realistic in regards to what Michael & I could afford and work with. Rod and Jamie were consummate professionals. They were always responsive...never failed to return phone calls, updated us on changes immediately. They were always "cool, calm, and collected" even with the extremely short timeline we had to find and offer on a home, since we were traveling from Massachusetts. Even with the wedding for their eldest daughter imminent, we never felt like we were "put on hold." We always felt that our needs were important to both Rod and Jamie.
- Michael & Monyee Kazek, Buyers & Sellers (Repeat Clients)
This is the third time we've asked Rod & Jamie to represent us in a real estate transaction. In our view they are the best at what they do.
We could not have been happier with our experience. As first time homebuyers, we were not fully aware of the details involved when buying our first home and nervous about making this purchase. Rod and Jamie addressed all of our concerns and questions with professionalism and courtesy. We felt comfortable with them and their knowledge of the market and confident that they had our best interest in mind when negotiating.
- Brian and Amy Pereira (Buyers)
We were so very pleased with the Hermans. We described what we could afford and what we hoped to find in our first home and they found it with extras! With real estate professionals like Rod & Jamie Herman, I can understand why Coldwell Banker is such a successful real estate company.
- Doc & Cathy Soto (Buyers)
We had the privilege to work with Rod & Jamie Herman before out latest purchase of our new home. They helped us purchase our very first home some 6 years ago. They took two very nervous first-time home buyers and made us feel like our interests truly came first and prepared us for all of the unforeseen things that go into such a thing. We of course, called them again to help us "move up in the world." Some things never change! Their professionalism has gotten even better if that is possible! Their knowledge of all of the pitfalls made us very comfortable and we put our full trust in them, which is rare these days! They did more than they needed to every step of the way. We will of course, if ever needed, use them again and continue to refer any and all who need "real" real estate professionals.
- Mark & Melinda Bilow (Buyers, Sellers, Repeat Clients)
I think the best tribute we can give to them is to share with you how they truly "work up" to the claim they make on their website: "Our credo is simple: do business according to the Golden Rule, treat people the way we'd like to be treated with honesty, integrity and professionalism." And how! With Rod & Jamie nothing was too much. They bent over backwards to accommodate us. Rod & Jamie were as honest as it gets - they candidly (but delicately!) helped us out when we were prepping the condo for the market by making suggestions that would approve its appeal when being shown. The most unbelievable thing is that they represented both the buyer and seller in both of our transactions and we felt that Rod and Jamie were on our side the whole time in both situations.
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