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King, Kaplan Herling

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510.506.2762 or 510.499.9105

Red Oak Realty
Oakland, Ca
Residential Real Estate Agent

Our Approach:

For most people, buying or selling a home is a major event. That's why you need a solid foundation of industry knowledge and experience to gracefully guide you through the process.

Our team has become known for the quality of attention and level of care we give to each of our clients. We're here to help you achieve your housing goals and to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. We present clients with up-to-date statistical analyses of market conditions, clearly explain options and offer suggestions based on our extensive knowledge and experience in the industry. Our marketing strategy includes videos of homes for sale and other marketing tools to give you a competitive edge. And the fact that we have a great sense of humor helps to move things along more smoothly!

We live up to our team name "Locally Real" because each of us has been living and working in the Bay Area for a very long time. We have accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the local housing market, schools, public transportation systems, parks and almost anything else you'd want to know about the East Bay. We've also developed quality referrals for contractors, appraisers, lenders, title companies and other professionals whose services you may need.

Also, we're proud to donate a portion of our commission to charities that give back to the local community, including Give Back Homes and the Red Oak Opportunity Foundation.

Janet Kaplan (GRI, Green, SRES):

Janet brings her calm and confidence to each and every real estate transaction, to each and every interaction with her clients and to each and every day. She is a top-producing agent, and her success is a reflection of the fact that her clients return to her, repeatedly referring their family and friends.

She has been a Realtor since 1990 and has guided her clients through smooth and successful transactions in all manner of markets, including those that have spiked up, flattened out or dipped down.

Janet grew up in the projects in the Bronx. It was there, on the streets of New York City, engaging with lots of other kids and grown-ups, that she developed her people skills, her straight-forward approach, and her highly regarded negotiation skills. She has earned the respect of her many clients, and her reputation among other agents is stellar. Her kind and friendly demeanor and disarming sense of humor put just about everyone at ease. Add to those qualities her solid knowledge of both her field and the Bay Area and you have a Realtor most people would love to partner with in the process of buying and selling a home.

Janet lives in Berkeley with her partner of many years and her dog, Halle Belly. She loves sampling the Bay Area’s wide choice of restaurants, theater and music as well as hiking in the beautiful parks.

Joanne King:

Joanne’s experience in the business world makes her uniquely qualified to help her clients meet their real estate goals. Prior to becoming the president of a multimillion-dollar company with more than 150 employees, she managed one of the most prestigious restaurants in the United States. As a result, she has become an expert liaison and diligent negotiator, and puts these skills to good use when representing her clients.

Having spent her childhood in Barbados, her early twenties in Brooklyn, New York, and her later adult years in San Francisco, Joanne has developed a unique love and understanding of cultural differences and diversity. She relates easily with people from various backgrounds and has a geniality that is just about irresistible. Like many agents, Joanne has great integrity, however, she is unique in that she has a magical way of connecting to most everyone she engages with, thanks to her open and straight-forward manner.

Joanne has lived “locally” in Oakland for the last 27 years. She shares her life with her partner and husband, Michael, and their two Maine Coon cats, Bob and Jazz.

Michael Herling:

Michael is one of the rare natives of the Bay Area. Being a "local” his entire life — he now lives in Oakland — has equipped him with unique knowledge about living in the East Bay. Through Red Oak Realty’s collaborative culture, and employing the latest technology, Michael makes sure his clients have the most up-to-date real estate market information available.

After graduating from UC Berkeley, Michael worked as a counselor in Alameda County's main juvenile hall (he’s a great negotiator!), guiding young men to re-enter their communities and encouraging them to pursue their goals. In his continued involvement as a volunteer, he chairs a committee with the West Oakland community, the City of Oakland, CalTrans and other agencies to help improve life in our local neighborhoods. As an owner of a building maintenance company for decades, Michael has perfected vital business and negotiating skills that are directly applicable to the real estate industry. He brings additional value to the “Locally Real” team by assisting with contractor management if clients choose to improve and enhance a home for a successful sale.