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Maxi Lilley


Specializations Rockridge, Elmwood, Claremont, Crocker
CalBRE No. 01919653

Rarely does a Realtor come along with just the right blend of skillsets, but Maxi's career paths have provided her with just that.

Maxi honed her marketing skills originally at the famed Chiat/Day advertising agency in New York, and continued for 12 years in San Francisco running the marketing departments of both a tech media and an internet services company. Today she uses those skills to expertly market your property, or present your offer in the most compelling way.

Twelve years running her own interior and landscape design business, Lilley Faurot (Yelp), means that Maxi works comfortably with residential clients on their properties and has unique insights into the creative possibilities of a home's interior or exterior. She also has a flush stable of fellow designers, architects, contractors, fabricators and the likes who she connects with clients. And with various design boards up on Pinterest, such as exterior paint colors, and inspiring garden design, Maxi's unique point of view is available 24/7.

Maxi moved to the East Bay in 2003 when she and her husband bought their first home, a 2-bedroom bungalow three blocks from the Rockridge BART station. They sold their second car and embraced the pedestrian lifestyle of the neighborhood. When the 2nd child arrived it was time to move or remodel: unable to give up on location, they embarked on a second story addition and remodel of the home. That project wound up on the pages of Sunset Magazine (PDF), on SFGate.com, and the renovated kitchen was featured on the 2009 Rockridge Kitchen Tour. A year after construction completed, the family celebrated the 100th birthday of the original bungalow, and have lived there happily ever after.

In fact, Maxi's love affair with all things home began with the first home she lived in as a child, which was designed by her father, an ambitious young photographer in Philadelphia. It was a modern take on a typical row house, with floating staircases, split levels, high ceilings, contemporary finishes and Danish modern furnishings. Sightlines throughout the house gave the home a sense of expansiveness despite its diminutive size.  Without realizing it, Maxi's design training had already begun.

When she's not selling houses or writing offers you can find Maxi around the East Bay… running the Oakland Rose Garden stairs with ProAction Athletics Bootcamp, dining at the bar at Pizzaiolo, buying doughnuts for her clan at Dream Fluff Donuts, stocking up on tomatoes at the Temescal Farmers Market, carving pumpkins with her neighbors, shooting archery with her family at Berkeley's La Loma Park, and walking her young kids to school at Chabot Elementary.

If you are looking for a Realtor who knows a thing or two about renovating and selling houses, and the intricate details of the local community as well, give Maxi a call.

I cannot recommend any realtor more highly than Maxi. We have now used her to both buy a home and sell our home. She is this unique combination of a) incredibly client focused; b) super knowledgable of the Oakland/Berkeley/Piedmont real estate market; c) very, very detailed - nothing slips through the cracks and d) - this is what really sets her apart - she has incredible design, project management, and sales skills. This was most evident in the house she just sold for us. She spent months essentially projecting managing the many upgrades our house needed and helped us make strategic investment decisions with regards to these upgrades that we would not have thought of on our own. The budget she prepared us was spot-on and the the folks she hired were best-in-class and finished on schedule. The end result was a beautifully upgraded, staged home for sale that generated tremendous interest and sold for significantly more than asking. It also makes me feel good to know that the buyers are getting a house that's in great condition thanks to Maxi and the team she assembled. Meanwhile, we are in the house we bought with her professional representation and guidance and could not be more pleased - best house we've ever lived in and we believe we got it a very good price in what remains a competitive market. My advice is to a) hire Maxi and b) let her run the process - you will, in my humble opinion, end up be very, very satisfied.
Maxi helped me get my FIRST offer into contract on a lovely home in the Glenview! And I will be moving in two weeks later. Not only did she get me the house that I wanted, but she made the process easy and fun. I looked for months-- she was incredibly patient and supportive. She even talked me out of house that she was absolutely right about. I highly recommend her!
I have worked with two of the top-producing and seasoned realtors in San Francisco, yet Maxi, who is fairly new in Oakland rivals them in her strategic outlook for pricing and bidding in the super hot Rockridge market. She absolutely excels at identifying good investments, service and determination! We bid against 25 other groups and got the house -- thank you, Maxi!
We got a fantastic place in the Rockridge area, thanks to Maxi Lilley. I still don't know what all happened behind the scenes, but somehow Maxi kept us in the running through a very competitive process! Beyond these obvious skills a great real estate expert has, she is also very easy to talk to. Anyone who's been through the process of buying/selling property knows what a huge bonus it is to genuinely enjoy time with their realtor!
I am so pleased that we found Maxi! Even before we closed on our dream house in Rockridge, I knew Maxi was the best realtor around. She is a joy to be with, has a great eye for all of the details, including the less glamorous ones (sump pump, anyone?), worked around the clock for us, everytime advised us correctly and has her client's best interest in every move she makes. She truly went above and beyond for us. I highly recommend her!
My wife and I just closed on our beautiful new home in Rockridge and have Maxi to thank! Her intimate, block-by-block knowledge of the neighborhood was invaluable in helping us find the perfect spot to raise our kids. Most importantly, she worked tirelessly on our behalf and competently guided us through every step of the process. We couldn't have felt more taken care of. Thanks Maxi!!!
Maxi helped us through our first home purchase in a competitive, fast-changing market. Our offer was accepted on the same day that we left for a previously-planned overseas vacation, and Maxi helped step us through the entire process remotely. We felt taken-care of, well informed, and got the house we wanted!
Maxi guided me through the purchase of my first investment property with insight, instinct, patience and a sense of humor! I am thrilled with the property she helped me purchase!

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Mobile: 510.919.8997
Office: 6450 Moraga Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
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3 bed | 2 bath | 2,359 sqft (apx)

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