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Elisabeth Watson
CA DRE# 01958229

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Abio [Ah-bee-ohh] born from the desire to make one of life’s most significant experiences a more open and positive one for everyone involved. We started by changing the underlying culture in which we work. Abio agents and staff are here because they genuinely believe that real estate agency should be collaborative and straightforward. No confusing jargon. No high-pressure sales tactics. No clichés.

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Elisabeth Watson

Realtor, MBA

CA DRE# 01958229

I came to real estate relatively late in my career, in 2014. Prior to becoming a realtor, I consulted to small businesses and non-profits on strategic execution. In English, that’s developing a deep understanding of their customers’ experiences, on operational, financial, and marketing strategies, and on structuring their organization and leveraging their resources to achieve their goals. In shorter English, that’s what do we do that people need, what have we got to do it with, who should do it, and will we be successful doing it. I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, which I tell you because now you can say that you know someone from Delaware. Unless you’re acquainted with Mr. Biden, of course. I moved to the East Bay almost 25 years ago after I graduated from Business School. I came to live in a beautiful place and work in an entrepreneurial, innovative environment that is home to some of the smartest people in the world. I wanted to live, work, and be with people who are constantly thinking about how we can do things better and make things better. Buying our home in Berkeley prompted some major changes in my life. I got very focused on our financial stability and at the same time flourished the sanctuary that our home provides. A few years ago, my husband and I realized a life long dream and bought a home at The Sea Ranch. That too has changed our lives in ways we never expected. In particular, our homes prompted a deep commitment to our communities that translated to meaningful and rewarding community service. Where we live is central to all of us, no matter what the circumstances of our lives are. It is our safety, our respite, and our challenge. It is essential to our family lives and our financial stability – there is no other material thing that is both as fraught and a source of joy, or is as singularly important to us. My own home buying experiences made me realize that buying a home is a catalyst. It creates the infrastructure for our home and family lives. It’s an investment decision. It fosters our involvement in our communities. I wanted to play a supportive and integral role in that process. I also wanted to take my experience in process improvement, change management, and risk analysis to make the buying and selling process easier. I like my clients. No, I love my clients. I am so lucky to work with such great people every day. I love their stories, their ideas, their decision-making processes, their desires. I love it that I help guide critical transitions in their lives and to celebrate the reasons for those transitions. One client got a promotion and is moving closer to work. Another fell in love when she least expected it. Not all stories are happy ones, but they are all deeply moving and important. I am honored to be a part of them. Communication, planning, execution, anticipating and avoiding issues are critical aspects to my success. I also stay calm. Problems arise and emotions can run high but one advantage of having been around the block a few times is that not much fazes me. Great relationships mean that I have many resources to solve problems. Also, I love the quantitative and analytical aspects of the job, which helps navigate a crazy market. When I’m not engaged in helping my clients, I’m out on the trails or at the beach with my dog and my husband. I’m conducting culinary experiments on my friends. I also love to travel, which is good as I have an international family. And I love a good book and a cup of coffee on a quiet morning.

Abio performed beyond expectations to bring our home purchase to a close. This is our 10th home, so our judgement of Abio's superior capabilities includes a lot of past comparisons.

by Kathleen B. – Alamo

Abio had our best interests at heart and made sure we'd get the best deal we could. In the end, we were able to sell the house for far more than we thought we would. We highly recommend Abio. Their level of service is excellent.

by Jeff S. – San Leandro & Lafayette

Once I relocated from New Jersey to Oakland, Abio put their heart and soul into helping me find a home.

by Josip M. – Oakland

Abio Properties has been nothing short of amazing in all our business transactions we've had the fortune of working with them as buyers and sellers. Abio and their team work so well together and nothing is missed, their communication flow is as quick as I've seen and their recommendations for how to prep, stage and market a place speak for themselves in the end results. Abio has sold 2 of our families' homes and when my family was a buyer in the market, they were the listing agent for our current house in Walnut Creek. They broke sales records for all properties in the condo development in which we sold in Danville. They performed a miracle in turning around another home that was in dire need of fixing and staging. All of my family has been extremely impressed with the Abio team and their strong desire to do the best for the clients.

by Eric W. – Walnut Creek
Abio Properties
4200 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94611
CA DRE# 01993663
985 Moraga Rd, Suite 212
Lafayette, CA 94549
CA DRE# 01403911

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