As the managing broker for Coldwell Banker (2014 to 2020) and previously with Frank Howard Allen (2001 to 2013) I have worked off and on with Jimmy Wanninger. As a matter of fact, Jimmy was originally introduced to me as a relocation referral buyer from Minnesota. Jimmy and I hit it off from the start and we worked extremely well together on the purchase of his first home in Marin. When Jimmy decided to go into residential real estate full time, I was honored that Jimmy approached me to hire him and mentor him regarding the Marin real estate market.
From the beginning Jimmy worked with total commitment, energy, assertiveness and integrity. This allowed Jimmy to compete in the super competitive Marin market immediately. Jimmy was an award-winning agent with FHA, and he developed a strong reputation as an agent who strived aggressively to achieve a “win-win” outcome. And he usually did exactly that!
Jimmy worked at other brokerages and continued to have success. Jimmy recently returned to my office(s) at Coldwell Banker in Southern Marin. Jimmy has honed his skills with 18 years of experience. Jimmy is an awesome advocate for his clients. For his sellers he develops comprehensive, aggressive and effective marketing plans that result in positive outcomes for his sellers. For buyers, Jimmy is an excellent negotiator and can secure the best deal for his client. Jimmy really shines in multiple offer situations. He knows the right questions to ask and what strategy to employ in order to win the bidding competition. And Jimmy usually wins!
I highly recommend Jimmy to Buyers and Sellers!
Andy Gellepis Manager | Coldwell Banker Realty | Southern Marin Offices
Jimmy Wanninger and his team did an excellent job with the sale of our home at 364 Chapman Drive in the Chapman Park area of Corte Madera. From the initial conversation and decision to sell, to staging, pricing and marketing Jimmy and his team were instrumental in getting us a quick sale at an outstanding price.
Jimmy has an excellent eye when it comes to suggested improvements that will make a big difference during the selling process and his deep knowledge of the Marin and surrounding real estate markets made certain our home was priced correctly and competitively. Jimmy has an excellent network of contacts he brought in at the early stages of the sale process which helped ensure we were priced accurately and had the added benefit of early stage viral marketing. On the subject of marketing, Jimmy excels in this area and this was evident in the “standard” as well as creative and fun ways he introduced our house to the market – from well filmed and edited videos to neighborhood letters, cocktail receptions and a full-page ad in the Marin magazine, Jimmy covered all the elements!
Jimmy and his team are excellent at managing the showing and selling process – his team were fun and a pleasure to work with throughout the process – we would highly recommend using Jimmy to anyone selling or buying a home in Marin!
Ali and Erik Witte
Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers! We are so impressed with your ability to advise us and land the deal! Wish we had more houses to buy!
Susan and Gabriel Underwood
In June 2013, we decided to downsize and sell our home that we lived in for 25 years. We were introduced to Jimmy Wanninger by a neighbor who was very pleased with him in selling their home. Needless to say, we were also. We found Jimmy extremely professional, giving us lots of options as what we need to do to make our home “seller friendly”.
After 25 years we had accumulated a fair amount of “stuff”. He was very helpful in getting us started with the elimination process. Best part was upgrading. He had great referrals for the contractors that did the work. Jimmy then assisted us in finding a temporary rental (which is difficult in Marin) and also our new townhouse purchase. We could not have been more satisfied with the whole process. Jimmy does a timeline, so you know exactly what is happening during the selling and buying process. He also has a great sense of humor and is very upbeat, with lots of positive energy. We would highly recommend Jimmy Wanninger if you plan to sell or buy a home.
Brenda and John Evans
Just like the weather in the Bay Area, the Marin County Real Estate Market is a diverse group of microclimates. When I decided to sell my home in Kentfield, I interviewed a number of real estate professionals. Finding a well-respected agent who combined professionalism, diligence and the vision to maximize the potential of my property was more challenging that I had initially expected.
My first impression of Jimmy Wanninger was a devoted father who always found time to volunteer at his daughter’s school. Jimmy impressed me further as we discussed my property. Jimmy and his team presented the home in its best light and devised a strategy to increase cash flow in the near term by leasing the property and at the same time finding a buyer who’s timing needs matched this strategy.
I would highly recommend Jimmy and his team to anyone in the high and ultra-high end of th Marin County Real Estate market and plan to use him again for my next transaction.
When you hire Jimmy Wanninger, you get a team of experts in Real Estate with a proven track record. In easily the worst economy since the Great Depression, Jimmy successfully marketed and sold a Southern Marin tract home at or near peak valued. Jimmy then turned around and successfully found and successfully found and negotiated the purchase of a luxury home within a strict timeline. What else could you ask for?
Stan and Julie Gray
We worked with Jimmy recently to buy our new home and sell our existing home. We can’t say enough about all that Jimmy and his team did for us. His actions went above and beyond anything we would have expected throughout the entire process. On our new home, Jimmy helped us write a compelling offer that was accepted in a competitive situation. He lined us up with fantastic mortgage and insurance brokers and personally managed the inspection process. He recommended movers that were able to move us to our new home while we were on vacation. Jimmy and his family even staged our new home for us while we ere gone and stocked the fridge for our kids. On our old home Jimmy managed the staging process and supervised a contractor that touched up and prepared our house for sale. He successfully got us into contact within a week and sold our home for the highest price our neighborhood has seen in some time. We not only consider Jimmy a great agent but a friend. We will definitely work with him again in the future.
Brien and Winnie Anderluh
To say that we are happy with our Real Estate transaction with you would be an understatement, we are THRILLED!! You were able to tell us what needed to be done to bring our house to market, provide the resources and skilled labor for any home improvements, and most important the pricing and marketing strategy to maximize value for the current market. We had 200 people at our open house and continued large numbers of people the following two days. We had multiple offers and our house went into contract above asking that week!
You are the “go to guy” for anyone that wants to put their home on the market in today’s environment. You are extremely professional and knowledgeable about the Real Estate Market, great communicator and available throughout the process. Brad and I highly recommend you to our family, friends and neighbors and are THRILLED to provide a reference.
Katherine and Brad Prodger
I met Jimmy randomly playing golf at Bay Club Stonetree and immediately recognized him from his Marin Magazine ads. While we were driving down the 6th Fairway I asked him if he had any good deals and he mentioned 31 Eucalyptus in San Rafael. I ended up buying the property for $535,000 as a short sale and fixed it up and resold if for $1,075,000.
Since then I have used Jimmy for the sale of 4 properties and purchase of 4 properties and intend to use him again and again!
Bottom line I always say, "Money Never Sleeps" and I can honestly say Jimmy epitomizes that saying. He is responsive, creative, patient and a great negotiator. I would highly recommend using Jimmy whether you are buying or selling!
We met Jimmy at an open house he had listed in Larkspur and was holding open on our first day of searching in Marin. He was very helpful with general knowledge about Marin and we engaged in a conversation about what to see that day based on our desires. We specifically said we wanted a "Modern House" and Jimmy immediately told us about 5 Fay in Kentfield. We went to see the house and loved it but unfortunately it was listed at $2,799,000 which was over our budget.
We looked for houses over the next 6 months with Jimmy, but nothing came available that fit our needs. Suddenly though Jimmy networked with the listing agents in Marin and found out that 5 Fay was going to come back on the market as a short sale. Jimmy negotiated with the sellers and bank and we ended up buying 5 Fay for $1,950,000. Not only did he get us the house we wanted but at an amazing price. We are forever grateful for his focus on our needs and more importantly for his ability to make the deal happen! One thing we know about Jimmy is that he knows how to CLOSE THE DEAL! We would highly recommend Jimmy whether you are buying or selling.
Matt and Elizabeth Ure
I have bought and sold several properties in Marin, Jimmy Wanninger is by far the best realtor I have used, his marketing campaign is amazing he is hands on throughout the whole process paying attention to every detail he is the only realter I would use in the future!
I've used Jimmy in 2 real estate transactions. His expertise has always been immediately apparent, and in a recent sales meeting for a new potential client I introduced him to, his strategic skills were indeed impressive. The sale is going to be a complex one, requiring navigation of the local building dept., the local Historical Society, and the immediate neighbors for a project to be marketed to developers as well as home buyers. His ability to create a solid strategy on the spot to maximize ROI for the seller was truly impressive. He knows his stuff.
John Fraine | CEO at Building Solutions | Integrated Design-Build
There are not enough superlatives to describe Jimmy. He is remarkably knowledgeable about the Marin real-estate market, he works tirelessly at each and every aspect of finding and buying or selling a house. Everything he recommended for the sale of our house was pitch-perfect and made a huge difference. And on top of it all he's cheerful all the time.
We hired Jimmy to sell our home in Corte Madera in Spring 08. His expert knowledge of the market was critical in setting a successful marketing strategy and determining an appropriate listing price. His team was top notch in preparing and staging our home, reliably handling all the details. We sold our house in six days for a great price in a tough market. Jimmy did a fantastic job.
John Swigart | Co-Founder and CEO at Pie Insurance
We have bought and sold a number of homes within Marin, but never experienced an agent like Jimmy Marin! It seemed he devoted all his time to my property--always available, 24/7. Jimmy's marketing abilities are remarkable and unprecedented. We were also impressed at his negotiating skill. His business savvy is top-notch. The last home we sold with Jimmy, was listed, unsuccessfully, with another agent the year prior. We met and hired Jimmy, the home sold in weeks, and at our asking price. He also, found our next home within a week, respectful of our budget and knowledgeable about our needs. No question Jimmy will again be our agent for the next move.
We worked with Jimmy both on the buy side and the sale side. He was fantastic at both. When we moved to Marin, Jimmy showed us all the different areas (even a detailed description of the Marin "microclimates") and ended up purchasing a home in a great area. Throughout the purchase process, we felt like Jimmy was really looking out for our interests, not just trying to "make a deal"... On the sale side, very similar experience. Jimmy advised on getting the house ready for market and achieving highest value, but also quick to sell. Sure enough, in a tough market, we managed to sell our house in a very timely manner and at a good value. We would recommend Jimmy to anyone looking to participate in the real-estate market in Marin!
Dave & Jamie Roberts
I worked with Jimmy putting together a very intricate high-end real estate deal. He represented the buyer, and I represented the seller. I would gladly do business w/ Jimmy again and know his skill set and motivation will continue to create success for him for a long time to come.
Jimmy was instrumental in the scouting, research and negotiation on several multi-million dollars homes (average $3.2MM) spanning San Francisco, North Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs and La Jolla. He clearly displays a passion for his work, proficiency in his abilities, but most importantly he was a joy to work with on each of the projects.
David Legus | Managing Director at Meristem Family Wealth
Jimmy is great to work with. His recommendations and his judgment are superb. He consistently produces results that are above expectation. He's always helped us to get a good financial outcome. Jimmy brings creative ideas to any project.
Jennifer Finger | Executive VP Strategy & Development at Beneficial State Bancorp
We hired Jimmy in 2004 to help us find a home in Marin. We interviewed several agents and chose Jimmy because we felt confident in his knowledge of the market. We were so impressed with his work ethic, his knowledge of building issues (what can be done, what can't, potential cost of remodel, etc.) and his willingness to help us in every step of the process. We felt he earned his commission threefold when we finally bought our house. He worked with us nonstop for over 4 months, until we found a great place in Mill Valley that fit our budget (this was not easy!). He's smart, savvy and basically just a great guy. We have recommended him to several friends (buyers and sellers) who also had great results. We are happy to provide a personal/professional reference for him anytime.
Jimmy guided my wife and I through the sale of our home from start to finish. Jimmy was critical during the staging/home preparation process by making contractor recommendations and in some cases managing the contractor's work. The appearance and marketability of the home improved dramatically through the staging process. Jimmy did an excellent job in two arenas: 1. Managing the contract to sale process 2. Negotiating with the buyer’s agent and not getting tripped up by minor issues Overall, I strongly recommend Jimmy and his team.
Jimmy knows the Marin market as well as anyone and will ALWAYS go the extra mile to get a deal done. He is loyal and his clients know it.
Tina Jennings | Home Lending Division at Umpqua Bank
Jimmy is perhaps the most thorough and detail oriented real estate agent I've encountered. His hands-on approach clearly generates incremental value for his customers. Jimmy is very high energy and seems to work 24/7.
John T. Wanninger
Jimmy is the best real estate agent that I have ever come across. Jimmy artfully handled the negotiations for the sale of my previous home and purchase of my current home. I recommend Jimmy without hesitation.