Bob & Barbara Diachenko
We interviewed several agents prior to listing our home for the 2nd time. Gail exceeded our expectations. She was aggressive w/ the marketing and attended to every detail. She was relentless in the search and found the perfect home for our family. We highly recommend Gail.
Joel & Elisabeth
Gail has been an absolute dream to work with over the last 5 yrs! We found our perfect-fit real estate agent. She is the unique combination of personable, tenacious and market savvy. Her unflappable determination in meeting our goals has aided us in 3 successful transactions.
Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Bayles
Gail was highly recommended to us by our daughter who worked with her during her home purchase. Gail 's knowledge of real estate, her communication and negotiating skills and overall service were all excellent. She was the perfect realtor and a pleasure to work with.
Ken and Jenny White
Gail was amazing, knowledgeable about the Charlotte real estate market, professional and puts her clients first. She stayed in touch and helped us step by step; first selling our home and then helping us buy a great property. We have recommended her to many friends.
Gail is a terrific real estate agent with great insight into the Charlotte market. She is enthusiastic, patient, and a great negotiator. We really felt like she had our best interest! We would use her again to buy or sell our home, as well as recommend her to anyone.
Steve and Katy Mora
Having a realtor with Gails experience and supreme knowledge of the Charlotte And surrounding areas helped find the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood for myself and my family.
When my husband and I moved to Charlotte 25 years ago - his company set us up with a Tate REALTOR. After having such a positive experience we didn't even think twice about calling Tate to find and build our dream home. 15 years flew by and suddenly we found ourselves needing to sell our home quickly for a big move to Texas. Not only did I need the best real estate company in Charlotte - I had to have the absolute BEST REALTOR in town - and when I asked a long-time Tate insider for a referral, she stated without hesitation . . ."Gail Craven". Not only was Gail professional, organized, helpful and enthusiastic about getting us the quickest sell for the best price - she was an absolute God send! With Gail and her husband's (her loyal wingman) expertise - our house was only on the market for about 24 hours - and we got our asking price!! While saying goodbye to Charlotte and my lifelong friends was oh so bittersweet - all the headaches and heartaches that come with a big move were virtually non-existent because of Gail - awesome woman, amazing REALTOR and now....a very good friend. I am so very grateful!
Gail provided outstanding professional services for my daughter in the purchase of her first home. I am a realtor in california and her level of communication for me was superb. I would reccommend her anytime.
I was a first time home buyer and beyond nervous about the process of buying a house – Gail Craven was a gem!!! She held my hand through the entire process and made me feel so comfortable. She showed me so many houses so that I could guarantee that I knew exactly what I was looking for when that special house would call my name & it did. She has great taste, knows Charlotte like the back of her hand and is truly a joy to be with. I would 100% recommend Gail Craven to anyone who is looking to buy a house!
Jerome A. Bailey
Initially, I did not look forward to the home search in a new city. I didn't want to be dragged around walking into other peoples homes trying to picture my wife and I living there. Then here comes Gail Craven, Realtor extraordinare. She was simply a breath of fresh air. She listened to what we wanted, found out I liked Krispy Kreme donuts, showed us homes that were geographically located where we wanted to live, and gave us good Charlotte living tips, At the end of the day I looked forwarded to the next day adventure with Gail. It didn't take long for Gail to figure out our style of home we were looking for. We have lived in our new home in Charlotte, SouthPark for a year now and I can't imagine a better real-estate agent than Gail Graven. Gail Craven is the best representation of Charlotte, North Carolina. She was like an ambassador treating us like we were dignitaries.
Gail strives to price the house just right. We had an offer within days of listing as comparable houses in our neighborhood remained on the market. She is fantastic at giving the perfect tips for a show ready house, and it really paid off.
Gail and her team are simply the best. Industry expertise, professional demeanor, honesty, kindness and hard work. They make the what seems impossible (moving after 30 years) possible. We have not had much interaction with real-estate agents or the buying and selling of a house, indicated by the length of time we were in ours. However, over those years we have heard our fare share of horror stories from friends trying to sell or buy a home. Any agent can list a home, but it takes a dedicated and experienced one to actually successfully sell one. Her knowledge, leading us through the entire process from pricing, listing, staging and negotiations for the sale were invaluable. Gail Craven goes above and beyond! Her goal is to exceed expectations and she does!
Don and Janet Ptofant
Gail was extremely professional. She gave us great advice, in every phase of the sale. From start to finished. She negotiated our best interest.
Louis and Shelley Poore
We recently had the pleasure of working with Gail Craven as our realtor in connection with the purchase of a new home in South Charlotte. We were relocating from Texas and did not know the Charlotte real estate market at all. With her many years of experience working in the area, Gail was able to provide us with valuable advice, insight and guidance. She listened to our concerns and was responsive to all of our requests.As a result, we found and closed on the perfect home in a relatively short period of time. But, Gail's help went way beyond providing real estate advice. She became a friend, who gave us guidance as to schools in the area for our middle school aged daughter and even shopped for appliances with us! She is the best. Her signature line states that she is “Going the Extra Mile For You”, and nothing could be more true. Gail worked hard to make our home purchase and relocation to a new city as simple and stress-free as possible, and we are grateful for all that she has done. She is highly recommended!Louis and Shelley Poorebusy professional couple moving from out of state
Mr. Pat RileyPresident, Allen Tate Realty6700 Fairview RoadCharlotte, NC 28210 Dear Mr. Riley,My wife and I recently moved from Charlotte to Matthews, North Carolina. I would like to bring to your attention the excellent service provided by Mrs. Gail Craven real estate agent for Allen Tate Realty.Prior to our move my wife contacted Mrs. Craven who had sold homes in our neighborhood and whose excellent reputation came to our attention. We informed her we wanted to downsize and asked her to give us an assessment of what it would take to sell our house at the best price possible. After making the necessary changes she recommended we put our house for sale. Our house sold right away, but finding a smaller house became a challenge due to the small inventory of homes at the time; my wife and I began to be very concerned. Mrs. Craven was very positive and reassured us she would help us find the right house. She continued to provide us with multiple listing of houses as they came on the market, reassuring us all would work out at the end. In spite of her busy schedule she was always available to take our calls and to take us to a number of houses for sale. Eventually she helped us find the house we were looking for.Mrs. Craven helped us with the inspection process and the work that needed to be done in our new house. She continued to follow-up to ensure all needed work was completed timely. Mrs. Craven is a true professional who always approached us with a smile. We are now in our new home and very happy with our surroundings. Moving can be extremely stressful but with a competent professional realtor the stress can be minimized. We are extremely thankful that Mrs. Craven was our realtor and grateful for all she did to make our house-buying experience a pleasant one. You can bet I would never hesitate to contact her if ever I contemplate moving. I will definitely recommend her services to anyone who is thinking of selling their house. Gail is an asset to Allen Tate Realty and should be commended for the excellent service she provides. Please convey my deepest gratitude to her for a job well done. Sincerely, Angelo E. Aguilera
Testimonial for Gail Craven and Allen Tate Realtors We were at wits end trying to sell our home on Selwyn Avenue when we met Gail Craven early July 2016. We worked with another realtor for almost eight months with a lot of showings and no legitimate offers. Gail had just listed and sold a neighbor’s home on Roswell Avenue all within the month of June. Having a great recommendation from our neighbor, we interviewed Gail and we were taken aback by the service that she said she would provide. She followed through! Gail and, her husband Ken were a great team to work closely with on the preparation and staging for the listing that was planned throughout. We were skeptical at first, but quickly found out that her organization and planning skills all contribute to a successful home sale. After a couple weeks of work getting our home ready for market, we listed. Gail did a tremendous job with her realtors’ luncheon that she organized and hosted 4 days later. Think we had 30 to 40 realtors preview that day. It was so busy that Ken had to prepare more chicken salad. We only had three showings that first week; however, we had two offers within six days. We accepted one on or about July 17 and closed the deal on August 31. In a nutshell, pre listing, post listing, and covering due diligence, Gail’s negotiating strength was evident throughout the process. In a transactional residential real estate environment, Gail Craven builds relationships that will last forever. Steve & Jana Spencer
Gail took all our needs into consideration when showing us houses. She was very professional and upfront about everything.
Gail was fantastic in every way! We moved to the area from another state and had just one weekend to look at houses. She gave us her full attention and gave honest advice. We were so glad in this situation to have such an experienced, determined realtor with great knowledge of the market. We were not sure if buying a house from out of state would be a nightmare, but Gail kept us in the loop through the entire process and arranged for all of the inspections we wanted. She is efficient, caring, and very pleasant to work with! If you want a trustworthy realtor with experience, go with Gail.
Gail Craven worked with my husband and I tirelessly over the course of 1.5 years in order to help us find and ultimately build our very first house. We had no idea how to even begin the house search and Gail walked us through every single step. We knew from the very beginning of our relationship that she had our best interests in mind and would really guide us on what to look for and where we would be most happy in beginning our new life together as a married couple. We learned to change our mindset to what would realistically work for us and make us extremely happy. After a few months of house searching, we decided to take a break in order to get married. After the wedding festivities were behind us, we picked our house search back up, and after listening to Gail's advice, made some changes and ended up finding the perfect neighborhood to build a new home. Once we signed the papers, she was with us multiple times throughout the building process including design center appointments, house walkthroughs, the inspection and for the closing. We are so happy we worked with Gail and still catch up for coffee and get togethers because she has truly become a friend. If and when we grow out of our first home, we know who to call!
We can't say enough about working with Gail. She makes what can be a very stressful process and makes it all very manageable. We have used her as both buyers and sellers and she has hit it out of the park on both ends of the deals. She has a vast network of inspectors, contractors and other realtors in the area which is helpful throughout the process. She is proactive and honest, ensuring that she is always up front with us regarding price and strategy. Gail is fantastic at what she does and helped us move into our dream home. She has become a close friend of our family and I recommend her to others as often as possible! She truly goes above and beyond!
Yanki and Lara Tumer
My husband and I recently purchased a home in north Charlotte and Gail made the process so easy and seamless. We contacted Gail early in 2018, explaining that since I was expecting twins and currently living in Chicago, we could only come to Charlotte for a single weekend, and needed to find a home. Prior to our trip, she spent time with us via phone, really trying to understand what it was we were looking for in a home. When we arrived in Charlotte, she had organized the weekend to make the most of our time, bringing forward so many great options. The house we wound up purchasing had gone on the market just hours before we saw it, and we're certain that without Gail's knowledge and connections in the industry, we never would have even known about it. Not only did Gail help us find a home, but also put is in touch with some great vendors - mortgage brokers, lawyers, painters, contractors, landscapers, etc. - helping us to navigate the process from start to finish. She is always available via phone and email and was quick to respond to our many questions - something that is very important to us. We have nothing but the highest of praise for Gail and feel so fortunate we found her to ease some of our stress during this chaotic transition.
My husband and I hired Gail Craven after learning we were expecting our fourth child. We had been happy however, the space had been tight and we wanted to move into a larger home with more bedrooms as well as a true home office. A coworker recommended Gail and we were impressed with her right from the start. She had a very warm, personable demeanor, but also was extremely professional, tough, and passionate about treating our money as her own. Gail listened closely to what we needed and was able to show us several options right away. We choose a house in Beverly Woods East that needed some improvements prior to moving in. Gail was instrumental in helping us estimate the cost of work that needed to be done. She had relationships with a number of different contractors and had them over to the house and providing estimates before we had even asked her to do so! Gail helped us negotiate a great price that took into account the work needed. Our new house is truly what our family needed and we feel lucky to live here everyday. As great as Gail was during the purchase of our new home, where she really shined was during the sale of our old home. Gail presented us with a plan that did involve a number of improvements. Gail was very confident that they would result in an exceptional price and a quick sale (which we needed so the house could close before our baby was due). Gail also gave us suggestions for some inexpensive staging. The photographer she used was amazing; I almost couldn’t believe that the pictures were of the house we had lived in for fourteen years! As she promised, we had several very good offers the same weekend that the house was put on the market. We picked one that had a price significantly higher than we had originally anticipated and that more than paid for the improvements we had made (we estimate that we doubled the money spent). Our entire experience with Gail was top notch. In addition to being an amazing real estate agent, she is also a wonderful human being and we enjoyed getting to know her and her husband during this process. I don’t think anyone who needs a real estate agent could go wrong by choosing Gail Craven!
Jennifer Snyder Gibson
My husband and I just had the good fortune of working with Gail on selling our house. This was the third time we had worked with Gail Craven on buying or selling a home and Gail is WONDERFUL!! Gail takes the time to explain the process of buying or selling, she is realistic and honest with you on your expectations and goes out of her way to make you the most money. Gail and her husband Ken go the extra mile on each detail and walk you through every step of the process. Thank you Gail, I have been thrilled each time with the results you have made happen for us!
When my wife and I moved to Charlotte two years ago we were looking to rent for about a year while we learned more about the city. Within a week of arriving in Charlotte we were introduced to Gail and its a good thing we were. She was very professional and her knowledgeable of the Charlotte market was impressive. She explained how much the market was growing and advised to consider buying instead of renting. We took her advice and decided that we would at start looking to buy. We gave her our requirements and told her we had to stay within our budget. Not only did Gail find us a great home in South Charlotte, she also met all our requirements and kept us within our budget. To this day we are so grateful that we listen to her because if we had waited, we would have spent a lot more than we did. If you are looking to buy or sell a house, we highly recommend Gail!
Gail Craven gave us peace of mind throughout the entire buying experience. We had some crazy things thrown at us but knowing we had Gail advocating for us, we felt good taking her advice and having her lead our negotiations. She is truly a real estate expert and I couldn't recommend her enough!
This is the second time we have worked with Gail. The first being in 2010 when we purchased our home. The experience was so positive that it didn’t cross our mind to go with anyone else when it came time to sell our home as a result of an international job move this past spring.
What strikes you immediately with Gail is her professionalism and knowledge which is second to none. She is exceptionally committed and goes above and beyond expectations in so many ways. Her extensive experience meant she instinctively knew what we needed to do to market our home effectively and maximize its value. Gail is tactful but direct, which we very much appreciated. We took her advice and received multiple offers very quickly.
At the end of the day if it is important to you to work with a realtor that knows the market, is widely respected as an industry professional but also has your best interests at heart, listens to your needs and is simply a great person through and through Gail is the only way to go!
Matthew and Courtney Matinata
My wife and I started working with Gail after our home had been on the market for nearly 4 months. We trusted Gail with her recommendations on what to do differently. Gail didn't only recommend a different course of action, she provided contacts to get the various tasks done making it a one-stop shop. Gail's insight proved itself quickly, going under contract the first day we relisted. We would highly recommend Gail.
Gail's knowledge and experience in the Charlotte housing market was evident from the first time we toured homes together. Gail quickly came up to speed on what was important to me in locating a home in the Charlotte area, which was extremely important to me since I was moving from out of state. She narrowed the geographic area first, then honed in on property types that matched my needs. Gail was attentive and did a fantastic job of following through even during periods of time when I was traveling outside the country and was not readily available. As someone new to the area, I very much appreciate Gail for going the extra mile and helping me to find boarding and dog walking services for my pup, as well as providing additional support in managing my busy lifestyle in a new community. Gail was a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a home in the Charlotte area. She is a great realtor who really listens to her clients' needs and then uses her knowledge of the Charlotte market to help find the perfect home.
Gail was excellent throughout our entire moving process. She took time to reach out and help us navigate a new state before we had even decided to move. She also went the extra step to include our toddler in the search and made us comfortable while showing us around. Gail put our priorities first in finding a house and made sure we got what we were looking for. She went above and beyond even after the closing and helped welcome us to the Charlotte area.
I could not have asked for a more invested realtor than Gail. She was personable and really took the time to hear what was important to me about a home. Gail went above and beyond to ensure that everything was taken care of, even herself going to the home several times to check on the progression of home repairs. I genuinely felt like she had my best interest at heart. She was also a great resource to find electricians, plumbers, and inspectors that were trustworthy. Being not familiar with Charlotte myself, Gail helped me understand the market and pick a home that suited my priorities and was within my price range. It's shame I love my home so much, because Gail made the process of finding a home so fun I want to do it again! I am incredibly grateful for her expertise, kindness, and help in this process!
We moved to Charlotte from Connecticut for a job opportunity. I was completely overwhelmed and clueless about how to go about finding a home for my family considering I had never set foot in North Carolina. We asked around and numerous people told us that Gail was fantastic so we put our trust in her and am forever grateful we did. From our initial phone call, to hours of house hunting Gail was determined to find us the perfect place. She clearly is very knowledgeable of the Charlotte housing market and is well know and respected. My husband and I felt so grateful we had Gail on our side in such a crazy market. Once we found our home she went the extra mile to make sure everything was done to our benefit. She takes great pride in her work. As an extra bonus she is delightful to spend time with! I would absolutely recommend Gail to anyone and look forward to working with her again in the future!
Russell & Carol Poole
Gail was very involved throughout the process of building our home. She met with the builder on items that needed to be addressed above the supervisor, she gave us great advice on hiring an attorney, inspector and surveyor. She was always available when we had questions and provided us with many referrals. Being new to the Charlotte area, we relied on Gail for recommendations for plantation shutters, handymen, etc. We enjoyed working with Gail and will refer others to her in a heartbeat. Thank you, Gail.
I can't say enough about Gail. There's no other realtor I would consider hiring. She has sold two of my homes and helped me find two more. Gail has incredible vision and talent for transforming a home for sale...and her reno team is fast and thorough. And Gail is more than realtor...she is a friend. She is thorough, trustworthy and talented. Hire her to sell or to find your dream home.
We have sold and purchased multiple houses over the past few years and Gail has been hands down, no questions asked, the best realtor to date. She listened to our needs, respected our boundaries, knew when to ask the right questions, and overall was able to find exactly what we were looking for within 2 days. She is extremely knowledgeable of both North and South Carolina real estate which made our decision more difficult, but allowed us to expand our search area and ultimately find the perfect house. If you are looking for someone that will make the home buying experience easy, enjoyable, and ultimately a seamless process, I would not recommend anyone else better to work with. We will definitely be using her again when we have to relocate in the next few years.
As first-time homebuyers, we had an incredible experience working with Gail. She stuck by our side through an exhaustive 5-month search, providing tireless effort, trusted counsel and positive reinforcement as we juggled a complicated list of criteria. Gail knows Charlotte inside and out and has fantastic relationships with a deep rolodex of agents, vendors and others around town. Our ability to lean on her in every phase beyond just finding the right home - offers, inspections, negotiations, closing, etc. - gave us tremendous confidence throughout the entire process. We can’t imagine having done this without her and happily recommend her exceptional services to anyone else in need.
Gail was absolutely phenomenal! We could rest easy knowing that the whole home-buying process was in capable, experienced, and professional hands. We have already recommended Gail to multiple friends and will continue to do so. With Gail’s help, we purchased and renovated what is now our dream home. So thankful for the friends who told us about Gail!
I am beyond grateful for Gail Craven for helping me buy & sell my house in Chantilly. This was the first house I ever purchased/sold and Gail held my hand throughout the entire process. She understood that I was new to all this and needed extra guidance and education and was very patient. I am appreciative that she took the time to make sure I was comfortable with the entire process. The house Gail found for me in Chantilly was absolutely the perfect first home. When it was time to sell it she was right there by my side to make it happen. Gail has a great understanding of the real-estate market and what is needed to be done for the buyer/seller – I am forever grateful that she was my realtor (and great friend). 😊
Gail made my dream of living on a lake come true. She recommended the best lending process I've ever had through Allen Tate Mortgage and was always quick to respond to handle anything that came up out of the norm. She is a true professional who always had my back. I would recommend her to anyone. I am grateful for all that Gail did for us. As I am typing this, I am sitting in my sun room looking out at my beautiful lake view and cannot believe it! This dream come true would not have happened without Gail's guidance and help. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Sincerely, David Williams
Gail once again exceeded expectations. She’s trustworthy and extremely knowledgeable. Her attention to detail is impeccable, and she’s able to make solid recommendations on updates and changes prior to listing your home. We truly believe these changes made a difference with how quickly our home was under contract. Our home was staged beautifully. Gail is passionate, and she negotiates to the end. Gail will be our first call for any buy or sell in the future!
Gail Craven provided excellent service during the process of placing our house on the market. With her knowledge of the market, she was able to determine a fair and marketable price for our house. The experience of staging, marketing, and creative advertising was effective and made the process enjoyable. Gail also coordinated the repairs from the inspection eliminating the need for coordinating and stress of multiple repair services. Overall, it was a pleasant experience and great outcome provided by Gail. We would definitely recommend Gail for her excellent service!
Worked hard to make appointments for showings. Always listened to
requests and provided advice. Very knowledgeable and pleasant.
Would definitely recommend.
I’m so glad to meet Gail Craven since the first day you can see how professional she is.
Gail sold the house very fast and get the best price for us, thanks so much.
My husband and I really wanted to confirm our bias that “agents don’t really add anything, we can do all our negotiations ourselves and save money.” Yeah, no. Gail blew our biases away early on, and continues to be “the gift that keeps on giving.” She got us our dream home on our dream property, in a crazy covid market, for less money than we were willing to spend. She continues to check up on us and send her recommendations for home improvement professionals, other experts, etc. She seems to know everyone. So glad we found her!
Gail Craven is a gem. From the moment we met and saw some properties together, I could tell she was astutely studying my reactions, learning my preferences, and getting to know my needs. Our home tours were focused to only those properties she KNEW we would love, and when we found something we wanted to buy, Gail saw it for us remotely as we are long-distance, walked the grounds and gave her honest opinion. In a very tough market, she was able to guide us towards making an offer that got us the house without overpaying. She continues to be “the gift that keeps on giving”, with her remarkable recommendations for home improvement professionals, timely responses to emergencies, introductions, etc. With Gail, we feel like we won a key to the city. She is priceless. Thank you, Gail!
We’ve bought and sold many homes in many different cities, and our experience with Gail Craven has proven to be the best ... by a long shot. She was a terrific listener, understanding what we valued in a home for our family. She was relentless in finding the perfect fit, identifying and visiting countless homes and neighborhoods. She helped negotiate a perfect agreement that worked for both parties, and ensured our best interests were met (despite some late challenges). Finally, Gail really cares for her clients ... she was available anytime, any day to help navigate through the most complex purchase we’ve ever made. In the end, we couldn’t be more pleased with the home we’ve found, and give Gail all the credit for making it happen. We would strongly recommend her to anyone!!