#69 Realtor in the Bay Area, per RealTrends, 2022
MINI cares deeply about her clients needs and has consistently been ranked among the top 1% of Realtors nationwide. Mini brings her expert knowledge of the market and unique expertise in valuation, appraisal, building and remodeling homes as well as her strong communication and negotiation skills.
Mini helped us buy our house in Los Altos and sell our place Palo Alto. If you are looking for someone in this area, I cannot recommend anyone more enthusiastically.
The words that come to mind to describe Mini are friendly, professional, hardworking and trustworthy. But what made her really stand out to us was how thoughtful she was in getting to know us as a family, and how to find a home that would best suit our needs. This was evident throughout our buying process, from the styles of houses she chose to send our way, through to the recommendations for interior designers and contractors once we had bought a house. She made the entire process seem easy and efficient!
We recently bought our home in Los Altos, with Mini as our buyer's agent. Mini is extremely knowledgeable about the local market in the Los Altos area and is highly regarded by her peers for her efficiency, ethics and ability to deliver. Buying our home with Mini was stress-free, we knew that we were in good hands and that she knew what was needed each step of the way. If you are looking to buy a house in Los Altos (and surrounding areas), highly recommend her!
Your home is likely your largest investment. When it is the time to sell, you want to find the best agent in the business.
Mini is one of the listing agents that represented us in our recent Mountain View home transaction. From the first meeting, to the open houses, and the final offering negotiation, she has demonstrated the excellent sales skillset. Her easy to approach people skill, and poise under pressure environment prove she is one of the best. She has earned my trust and business.
It was a pleasure working with Mini and her team on the sale of our home. We appreciated the advice and patience she provided navigating the market during the uncertain times created by the pandemic. We appreciated everything from working with us on what to do (and not do) to get our house ready for market; lining up the vendors; pushing pause when the shelter in place order went into effect; modifying plans and moving ahead once real estate got the go ahead to move forward; and following safe pandemic protocols during the sale of our home. We honestly felt like she had our best interests at heart throughout the process and feel that together we achieved an optimal result.
I wish there were more than 5 stars for my review of Mini!! This is our 5th buy/sell real estate transaction and I can honestly say Mini is the best in the business!!
It was just 3 months ago, we met with Mini & David Troyer to get their advice on remodeling our existing home vs. buying a new home & selling our existing one. It was an hour of sound boarding and weighing in different options. I was surprised by the level of openness and a lack of bias in the discussion. We decided to go on the crazy route of buying & selling!!
Even though we have been in the Los Altos area for 3 years, we learnt a ton during Mini's exploratory tour. Mini is a Los Altos encyclopedia of real estate, she gave us a plus & minuses of different parts. You walk in with Mini for an open house, you can see the pleasantries showered on her by other agents, previous buyers/sellers etc. It is a testament to her integrity & character. We bid on 4 homes before buying ours, Mini never once pushed us to consider anything beyond our comfort. We strategize the day before the offer deadline on price ranges, rent backs etc., Mini comes prepared with her insights on number of disclosures, offers expected etc., and gives her perspective. We even decided to skip a couple of homes based on her insights. 3 months into our search we found our dream home!! Without Mini's guidance and relationship with other realtors, we would not have gotten our house.
Next step was selling our home. After such a pleasant experience, it was a no brainer to choose Mini & David to sell our home. Given the craziness of the market, we did not want a huge gap between buying & selling. Mini & David discussed options and we settled on an aggressive 14 day sale process. I was just amazed with the professionalism of the entire group. Allison, our project manager managed every detail from inspections to handyman fixes to painting to staging. Mini & David gave us a full view of market conditions to arrive at a right pricing strategy, we listed the home on Thursday-Sunday backed by a fantastic marketing campaign. Mini kept us updated on every little step, realtor tour stats, open house traffic, number of disclosures etc. We had 9 offers for our property and went on contract within a week!!
If you ever want to buy or sell a property in the bay area, Mini should be your first stop.
We recently moved into a new Sunnyvale home that Mini and Kuljeet helped us find, and we are super happy with it! We are incredibly thankful for them handholding us through this process, especially because my husband and I are first time homeowners. We started with every question and concern under the sun, and now we have found the home that we can see us having kids in, them growing up in and attending the great schools around, us bbqing in the backyard, etc. etc. We couldn't be more excited.
We first met Mini early last year, and were immediately impressed by her expertise on the area, her straightforward approach, and most of all her warm personality. We instantly felt at ease. As newcomers to the area, we learned the neighborhoods through her, and over time and many many attempts and open houses, narrowed down what we needed. Mini was always patient, never ever pushy, and always reliable and available. Through weeks of hunting together, we started to become friends!
On one house visit, she brought her husband Kuljeet, who is equally as professional, knowledgeable, and likable. Together, they make an amazing combo, which allowed us to feel fully confident each step of the way.
If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the bay area, go with Mini and Kuljeet - you'll not only have great agents, but also make new friends.
Thanks to Mini and her husband Kuljeet, we are owners of a beautiful home in Mountain View. We could not be happier with our home buying experience with them. From the first time Kuljeet showed us houses, we knew that we made a great decision to have them help us find our dream home!
They gave us various helpful suggestions about the market and houses in different areas, and recommended this house (our new home) in Mountain View. They were always available to help us and discuss our plan and thoughts. While going through with the offer, they offered their insights in preparing a very strong offer to get our dream house. They have been extremely helpful in helping us get through this stressful process of home purchase.
We are so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Mini and Kuljeet to find our new home. We are more than happy to recommend Mini and Kuljeet to any of our friends who are interested in selling or buying their houses!
We recently worked with Mini to buy our house in Los Altos Hills. She was incredibly helpful throughout the process. She was knowledgeable of the market, and coached us through the offer. There was some negotiation with the purchase, and she helped us understand the pros and cons of each decision. We were extremely appreciative of her help, and highly recommend her to others.
After collecting brochures from many Realtors for about a year, we selected Mini Kalkat to sell our Sunnyvale home. We recommend her and her team highly. Mini and all her team brought enthusiasm, energy, vision, keen marketing knowledge, and complete professionalism to selling our home. They suggested landscaping and indoor and outdoor improvements, which were implemented within budget and done to our immense satisfaction. The expert staging showcased the home to its greatest advantage. The photography and video were exceptionally well done, as reflected in the online listings, as was the house description write-up. The home sold the Wednesday immediately after the weekend open house, with multiple offers. Mini, Kuljeet, and Amber helped us every step of the way. We could not have asked for a better Realtor than Mini, or a better team than hers! After all the emails and phone calls and meetings, I consider them family. I only wish we had more houses to sell so that we could have Mini and her team sell them! Major kudos! We are sooooo happy that we chose Mini to sell our home. Thank you for all your marvelous, expert, highly professional work! We could not be more happy or pleased. It is important that a home seller feel a great sense of trust in the Realtor. Mini and her team inspire complete trust and excel in every aspect and detail, from commencement of planning through execution of all preparation, improvement, staging, marketing, selling, and closing--we recommend them most enthusiastically!
Mini has the smarts, acumen, experience and connections to successfully navigate any real estate market. We strongly recommend her and Kuljeet to anyone looking to buy a home. Especially in uncertain times, it was critical for us to have Mini on our side, advocating on our behalf and pushing for our interest. She has the intangible ability to read people and situations to help her clients achieve their objectives.
Her approach is easy and pleasant; she does not pester or pressure her clients into an uncomfortable position. Rather, she does pulse checks to see where her clients are to help them figure out what they want. Mini is genuinely interested in doing what's best for her clients. She always puts her clients best interests first before any transaction. This is so rare nowadays in real estate. It's these characteristics that make Mini such a successful agent.
We spent almost 3 years looking for a home. In that time, we interviewed over 3 dozen agents. We made multiple offers throughout the 3 years with multiple agents. None were successful. We tried agents that offered rebates, off market listings, etc.
It took us some time to settle on Mini. Even then, we were extremely skeptical, mainly from being mislead and burned from other agents in the past.
But Mini, Kuljeet and the Troyer Group are definitely way above all other real estate agents/groups. They definitely earned our trust with their professionalism and integrity. They really are a top notch real estate team. Mini helped us negotiate favorable terms on our purchase with a difficult seller. We did not want to overpay and Mini made sure we did not. Mini, Kuljeet and the Troyer Group made the purchase experience smooth and free of stress. They were available and ready to assist every step of the way.
We would've saved ourselves so much heartache if we just went with Mini in the beginning!
We interviewed and met with 4 Los Altos buying agents, talked to references, and while several seemed experienced, smart and knowledgeable, we ultimately went with Mini Kalkat for a couple reasons:
1) She worked harder for us than anyone: Mini was the most responsive and most proactive - giving us the heads up on listings early, making calls to check in with our financial, loan brokers, closing company, termite companies to speed things up - you name it! We respected her tenacity, drive and hunger. This is partly her own work ethic and partly because she doesn't take on a ton of clients at once. She will get the job done, and very efficiently, so be ready!
2) Mini helped us find the information we needed to make the right decisions with confidence. She not only has the reputable Troyer Group behind her, but she's also very resourceful, experienced and knowledgeable in her own right, and when she didn't know the answer, she always was happy to make a call or pull in others in her network to help us get the answers or think through different alternatives, remodels, etc.
3) Mini takes the time to really understand and listen. At the start of our process, we were a bit overwhelmed, we changed our priorities midway, but Mini was there for us at every step, being supportive, and really listening/decoding to what my husband and I were each wanting. Never did she pressure us into doing something we weren't comfortable with. She was a great advocate and true advisor throughout this journey!
We highly recommend Mini and have continued to call her as a wonderful resource, advisor and friend!!
She helped us close the deal very swiftly, even in a competitive market like Mountain View. She is an expert in her field and very accessible. Her expert insights in preparing the offer helped us get the house. Her sweet and friendly personality combined with her knowledge of the market and her work ethic made our home buying process seem so easy and simple!
I will definitely recommend her to anyone I know looking to buy a home.
Mini has a deep understanding of the Bay Area real estate market. As a first time home buyer, I was unsure which city I should pick, what type of home etc. Mini helped me figure this out by listening & really understanding my goals and giving me valuable insights such as supply trends, possible regulation changes etc. She also introduced me to folks who'd purchased homes from her (and the Troyer group more broadly) to get a different perspective on our target areas.
Thanks to Mini, I was able to close the deal on the home I wanted. She ensured that my offer was the strongest among all the competing offers. She took me to the home multiple times, showed me all the items in the disclosure docs (however minor) and gave me excellent estimates on the cost/time to fix those issues.
Mini has a strong, excellent network of everyone from mortgage & title agents to handy men, contractors etc. I was able to get great prices and excellent service thanks to her. She ensured that the whole process was very smooth - there were no surprises, no last minute confusions etc.
Mini is always available, very patient, pro-active, and never pushy. I originally started working with her a couple of years ago, but decided not to buy a home at that point. She was completely supportive then, and just as helpful when I decided to get back in the market recently.
Mini didn't walk away after the purchase was complete. She and her husband Kuljeet helped fix various issues around the home, suggested various improvements that will have the maximum impact and even offered to connect me to neighbors she'd sold homes to!
I highly recommend Mini and plan to work with her for any future real estate sales/purchases myself. She and Kuljeet have become friends and advisors.
Mini is an amazing real estate agent. She is very friendly, realistic, thorough and knowledgeable about the housing market. We just worked with her to purchase a wonderful home in Los Gatos, and we have enjoyed every moment of the experience with her. And now she is helping us sell our old house. She is very professional, reliable and always replies in a timely manner. It seems to me that Mini is always working for us! :) She is texting us at all times of the day (even late at night and the weekend) with infos, contacts, houses, and she is available to chat at any given time of the week. She also often works with her husband, Kuljeet, who is very knowledgeable about remodeling options, layouts and housing. If you work with her, you also get her Kuljeet's expertise. :) It's a true pleasure working with Mini, and I would recommend her to my friends and family at any given time.
Mini is the key agent from the David Troyer team who helped us sell our home.
She is very experienced and provided good input to the selling. She is our key contact for all the activities and we found her very reliable. She is great at doing open house and negotiating with other agents. Because of her we have achieved our goal within small time window and with good offer price. I highly recommend her.
In this tough buyer’s market, we appreciated having Mini on our side.
Not only does she have years of local real estate experience under her belt, but she takes the time to understand your housing needs, likes, and dislikes. Thanks to Mini, we were able to find a home in a very reasonable amount of time. As an added bonus, Mini has a vast network of contractors she can recommend for a handyman, repair, or remodeling. She is there with you each step of the way, even post sale to ensure you are satisfied.
We could not have asked for a better agent during the process of selling our house and buying a new one in Los Altos.
Mini was the principal agent from the David Troyer group we worked with. It is undeniable how knowledgeable she is and she made the process very seamless for us even though it all happened earlier and faster than we had planned. Each step of the process was navigated expertly through her guidance. Most importantly, Mini is very accessible and was available at all times to answer any questions we had even beyond closing. She certainly brings a personal touch to the whole experience which is hard to find these days. I highly recommend her and would use her again in a heartbeat if I had to do this all over again.
Mini was a great real estate professional who helped me every step of the way in my recent home purchase
I always felt looked after and my priorities were immediately focused on and well represented. If you’re looking for help to buy a home then I would look no further!
The experience of searching and purchasing a home was a smooth process because of her and her team. David and Mini worked together seamlessly. They were patient, listened to our needs, and were accommodating.
Not only was she there during the looking and purchasing process, she was there for us many months afterwards to help with any questions that we had or for advice. Also, I know that if I called her today, she would happily assist us with any questions or concerns.
We would definitely recommend Mini and David!
She helped us to get the house we want and we are very satisfied with her great job.
Their group is professional, everything goes smoothly, also thanks for Scott to help us get the loan successfully. I will recommend their group!
She is part of the #1 real estate team “The Troyer Group” in Los Altos and Mountain View. Her professionalism, experience, eagerness to close, and compassion for her clients helped us to successfully close on a house in a highly competitive market.
Mini was very patient to understand and address our needs. She is very nice, compassionate, and sincere in helping her clients to buy their next home. Money is not the focus, and you can really feel that she is invested in the happiness of her clients.
However while being a relatable and sincere person, she is a negotiating shark and is the most professional real estate agent I have ever met. Her personality helps her to understand what are the key requirements to close on a deal. Mini has amazing contacts (Satish from Wells Fargo was an amazing lender) and contractors.
I highly recommend Mini Kalkat as she is the best in the biz. Without Mini, we might not be moving into our new house. Thanks Mini and the Troyer Group.
We worked with Mini and David for the purchase of a house in a crazy seller’s market, where everything was going way over the asking price.
Very stressful for us buyers! We spent a lot of time with both of them, visiting houses and getting a feel for different neighborhoods and for the market. We tend to over analyze and need a lot of time to make decisions, and we didn’t feel rushed by them.
Mini and David were most helpful in all respects and we feel very happy with the house we got. It’s a fixer upper but they provided contacts for contractors who were able to give us an estimate on the repairs before we made an offer on the house. They also had lots of local contacts when we wanted to learn more about schools and neighborhoods. They were very fast in responding to all our requests, flexible with scheduling meetings with us, phone meetings and in person, etc. Mini and David both chimed in with their expertise at the right moments to make sure all our questions were answered. They kept us updated at every step of the way during the offer process and afterward during escrow. They even helped give us critical advice on selling our old house, where they were not formally involved, but they were still very helpful.
I would say more about our great experience, but I’m afraid yelp will filter the review and put it at the bottom… but all these great things are true!! They are a fabulous team and we were very well taken care of.
We used Mini recently to both buy a home in Los Altos and then sell our townhome in Mountain View and couldn’t be happier with both transactions. She far exceeded all of our expectations.
On the buy side, Mini is extremely knowledgeable in the area and has incredible insights that proved to be invaluable in determining just the right price and terms needed to be the winning offer in this seller’s market.
In preparing our place to sell, we also used Mini (who is part of David Troyer’s team). They handled everything from cleaning, painting, hiring a handyman to fix a few items, window washing, staging, videos, brochures, floor plans, etc. They made everything totally stress free on us, which was critical because we are both extremely busy not to mention we were just moving into a new place and carrying two mortgages so wanted to sell quickly and of course, at the highest price possible.
Before we started the process of deciding to move into a bigger home with our two toddlers, we were very skeptical of all real estate agents in general. We felt that many real estate agents don’t necessarily have your best interests in mind and really work for you. However, Mini quickly gained our trust and we couldn’t be happier with the entire process.
We had a wonderful experience working with Mini during our house search, and ended up with a very good deal even though the market was at its peak. Instead of a long paragraph, I think it would be better to list the following characteristics of Mini that make her stand out and an exceptional person to work with:
1. We closed the deal in 6 hours (from the time of visiting the house for the first time to the point of bid acceptance). The best part about working with Mini was that she is amazingly resourceful and could rope in experts within minutes, to help with assessment of property condition, review of reports, and any other aspects. She was able to gather all the information and we worked together to put the bid within a few hours.
2. Mini was also very straightforward and honest about her assessment of a property and this was immensely helpful for us in our decision making process.
3. She was always available to help us (several times going out of her way), over late evenings on the phone to discuss our thoughts and plan for bidding. Buying a house can be very stressful, however Mini’s positive attitude made us feel really good about the whole process and we did not feel stressed to make a decision at any point.
4. Besides being a great relator, Mini has very good contacts for people specializing in many related aspects of owning a home for e.g. interior decoration, renovations, fix-ups, home inspections etc. Thus she has been our go to person for advice on many things beyond just the purchase of the home.
If you want to work with someone who has great connections, is very experienced in real estate, professional and has great people skills, and more important than all, someone who is a very nice person and has a high work ethic, then you should work with Mini Kalkat to buy your new home! We could not be happier with our experience with her and give her our highest recommendation!
Mini sold our house during one of the most challenging times imaginable: the COVID-19 pandemic. That in itself should say a lot.
She found us buyers who were ready to make an offer without having to "go to market." In a highly uncertain market, this saved us a lot of time, stress and expense. It was only through Mini's contacts and familiarity with the South Bay market, that this was possible.
For us, the highlight of working with Mini was her patience and her sincere desire to do the best for us. When we received the initial offer, we weren't entirely happy with the price. Rather than pressuring us to accept the deal (and protect her potential earnings which seemed riskier with each news cycle) she worked with the buyer's agent to bring up the price to where we would be happy.
We interviewed four agents before deciding on Mini and feel extremely lucky to have selected her to represent us in this sale.