Robin
Banks

Robin M. Banks approaches each real estate transaction with the care and precision of a fine-art photographer. A graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Robin earned her BFA in photography, with honors. She had a very successful 25-year career as a freelance commercial photographer and as a professor of photography at Pasadena City College.

Today, Robin uses her well-trained eye – and well-honed customer service skills – to bring aesthetic appeal to the marketing of her clients’ homes in San Marino, Altadena, Pasadena, South Pasadena and La Canada-Flintridge. “Like photography, real estate is all about communication,” Robin says. “It’s about listening to the client, understanding their needs and goals and then framing the transaction so they achieve what’s most important to them.”

A native of Pasadena and a resident of South Pasadena, Robin has lived in the beautiful San Gabriel Valley throughout her life – with one year off as a foreign exchange student in Denmark. She is a tireless volunteer, working for the betterment of neighborhoods and schools. “This region is my home and I love sharing it with my family, neighbors and clients.”

Fans

I used Robin to both buy and sell a house and would recommend her without hesitation.   She went above and beyond every step of the way with regard to both transactions.  With her persistence and help, we worked together to bring the house that I was selling to its best possible shape in a short amount of time.  She took time away from her busy schedule to help me make small changes to make my house marketable and we were able to sell within a week with multiple offers.  Once the bids came in, she again went above and beyond and took steps to assure that I received the maximum amount available. 

She was available at every turn of the transaction and stood up for me in every sense of the word.  She even took steps to secure more money by questioning an inconsistent assessment.  When I purchased the new house, she was strong in her negotiations and again was with me along every step of the way and she successfully negotiated a tricky contingency and made repeated calls to my mortgage broker and escrow company to follow up on necessary procedures, so that I could spend my time preparing for the move.  I have referred her to many friends and I encourage buyers and sellers to nab her services quickly because she will undoubtedly be in high demand. ~ Amy

Robin Banks is my hero! My fiance and I starting looking for homes in the Eagle Rock area the second real estate started booming again..... bidding wars, all cash offers.... it wasn't looking good for us. Robin seriously went above and beyond the call of duty. She literally knocked on people's doors, she emailed us listings every day, she gave up her weekends to drive around to Open Houses with us and she was the first agent at every real estate caravan. She's the type of person who wouldn't sleep until she found us the perfect home... and then one day.... Valentine's day actually... she saw the house and told me to get in my car ASAP. We saw the house before it went to an open house and they accepted our offer that night!!! She was our rock and was super dedicated to our needs and listened when we had problems. We are first time home buyers and she held our hand throughout the entire process -escrow and loan included! If it wasn't for Robin Banks, we'd be standing in line with the hundreds of other people trying to buy a house. My fiance and I went to a fancy restaurant to celebrate the closing and there was a bottle of champagne waiting for us at the table... from Robin of course!! That was a really wonderful touch and it made me so happy. It's really nice when someone cares so much. In this market, you need to have initiative... Robin had it and them some!! We are so blessed we found her!Many many thanks, ~ Eliza and Charlie
I have to thank Robin Banks for finding me my dream  home!  I have a very hectic travel schedule for my job and when I decided to buy a house I could not have made a better decision than to have chosen Robin.  After viewing a few houses, she quickly understood my needs and therefore the time spent looking was well spent and I found her to be very responsive and flexible.  Buying a house is very emotional and having her stay calm and reassuring was what got me through all of this.  Robin Banks is my hero! ~ Angela King
After 28 years in the same house, we decided to relocate closer to our jobs.  It was a difficult decision, and we interviewed a number of agents before selecting Robin Banks to sell our home.  It was important to us to sell our house quickly at a good price, but also to find buyers who would see it's beauty and love it as we had.  Robin worked tirelessly with us to find a new house, touring dozens of homes.  She remained calm and practical throughout the entire process.  We always knew what to expect as Robin led us through the steps to buying our new home.

But Robin really shone when it came to selling our old house.  She coached us on how to stage the house: Robin has an eye for color and balance, selecting from our furniture and accessories to create arrangements that highlighted the home's strong points.  She did her homework, helping us establish an appropriate asking price. She managed a number of open houses, in rapid succession, always leaving the house as clean and neat as when we'd left it.  If we ever buy or sell another home again, I'd want to work with Robin Banks.
~ Diane Ross
We just worked with Robin Banks for the past 3 months. We not only purchased a new home with her, but she helped us sell our home. Robin was fantastic. She was organized, and helped us map out a timeline for making an offer, moving our home into the market and when to set up open houses, accept offers and move into escrow. She took amazing pictures of our home and the MLS site and brochures were accurate and professional. She was always available by email, phone and text, and she was an excellent communicator. She was in our home during the open house and at all showings. She kept us up to date with any new developments with our purchase and sale. She was our advocate through the whole process. We would recommend Robin without hesitation to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. She is wonderful! ~ Anne and Bill
Should I was recommended to Robin after I had been put off by 2 real estate agents and been searching for about 6 months. I was looking for a duplex under or around $430,000 in a good neighborhood. The moment I spoke with Robin she assessed my needs and my financials and said “we can definitely find something for you in that range.” After months of going on the weekend and sometimes during the week to see houses and putting in 2 offers that were outbid, we finally found the perfect duplex for me. I couldn’t be happier in my new home. Robin is great, she has a lot of experience, and she follows up like no one else I know to make sure that you are at the forefront of the sellers mind. If you are looking to buy or sell give her a call you will be very glad you did! ~ Ashley
Robin did an amazing job helping us sell our parents' home in Pasadena. We had multiple offers and sold for higher than we had hoped. I believe that Robin's marketing strategy, contacts, and advice were directly responsible for this outcome. She had impeccable knowledge of the local market and intuitive advice about repairs and staging the home. Her marketing materials were absolutely beautiful and I believe played a major role in attracting quality buyers to my parents' tasteful home. Robin worked very hard coordinating a wonderful team of contractors, stager, and even an estate sale company. We are so grateful to Robin for taking all the stress out of what might otherwise have been a difficult process. She did a fantastic job for us! ~ -
We are so grateful to Robin Banks! In such a competitive market, it was Robin's dedication, resourcefulness and persistence that got us into our amazing house. Robin knew what we were looking for and put in the time and effort to to find it. Her positive disposition, experience in the field and "hand holding" made the process go smoothly and enjoyable. I recommend Robin to everyone I know looking to buy a home! ~ SP and AJ
My family and I have the highest regard for Robin Banks. Although I have known Robin for forty years, we lost contact. When we decided to sell our family home we had the good fortune to reunite with Robin. The first agents with whom we interviewed did not distinguish themselves. From consulting with Robin in the beginning, to the close of escrow, it was a pleasure. The results were beyond our expectations. Robin is an agent of the first order who demands the best from everyone involved in the process. She wants everything to be right. When things aren’t right, she corrects them, many times rolling up her sleeves and digging in herself. She seldom needed us to point out problems; she found them herself, worked her magic, and corrected them. If you are considering working with Robin Banks, look no further, you’ll be suitably impressed. ~ Bill Barney
We are so thankful that we got to connect with Robin and be represented by her in the purchase of our first home. Having Robin guide us along and offer her invaluable insights and consistent updates throughout the whole endeavor made an otherwise daunting and opaque process seem like a fluid and relaxed semi-adventure! Robin has such a gift for making complicated homebuying issues easy to understand, and for making sure her clients' best interests and big and small priorities are heard and recognized. We won't forget how she always went above and beyond to make this process as smooth and unintrusive as possible for us, especially in light of our rigid work schedules. Needless to say, we will definitely be recommending her to any friends or family members who are searching for a home in Southern California. Robin is a wonderful realtor, and our homebuying experience was only good and positive. ~ PSC and TYHC
"After almost 16 years in the same house, I realized I needed to downsize to have freedom to pursue other ventures. This was not an easy decision for me and I talked to three agents before meeting Robin, but once I met her I was sold. It was important to me sell my house quickly, for a good price and to find buyers who would be a good fit for my former neighborhood. Robin took professional photographs of my home and we both had fun staging my home. She brought over a few pieces from her home to compliment the completed work on my patio and yard.

  Robin made strategic suggestions when pricing my house, her guidance was needed, and I appreciated the time she put into researching the neighboring homes for appropriate comparables. I also appreciated how easy it was to reach Robin via email, phone or text and she was an outstanding and lovely communicator. However, she knew when to apply pressure to get things done and her  tenacity was also much appreciated. I didn’t know what to expect during two open houses and caravans, but I was thrilled to come home and find everything in perfect shape.

  I loved my house and with Robin’s assistance, I turned down two investment offers and decided to sell to a young couple who would love my house and neighborhood as I had.  I found Robin to be well liked within the real estate community and felt this was important because other realtors knew what to expect from both Robin and anyone whom she represented. Robin was my advocate throughout negotiations, inspections, escrow and the successful closing on my home.

  Robin also helped me find a beautiful rental because I didn’t know what I wanted with regard to where I lived, so I needed time to figure everything out. On the day I was to move, I quickly realized the place I had rented would not be suitable and once again, Robin came through. She quickly hit the MLS and she and I were once again looking for a place for my dog and me. Not an easy task but one evening, Robin called me and told me she had the perfect town home and she was bang on correct. I loved the place as soon as I put one foot inside the door. Robin gently but persistently lobbied the landlord and his agent, and before I knew it, the perfect town home was mine.

  Now, one would really think Robin had done everything a realtor should; however in the course of moving, I misplace some information my accountant needed. As embarrassed as I was, I called Robin and within minutes she had the information I needed. Robin went above and beyond for me and I’m certain she will continue to do the same for anyone she represents. I wish her the best of luck in life and I’m grateful to have had her at my side from beginning to end." ~ JM