Cornelia is an excellent agent who helped my family find our dream home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Cornelia was a reliable, professional, and personable agent. She listened to our requests and demonstrated excellent knowledge of the area, which we found to be very useful as out-of-town buyers. Cornelia kept us updated and informed throughout the purchasing process. We are very happy with the home we purchased and the experience of working with Cornelia. We highly recommend Cornelia as an outstanding agent!
If you are looking for property in the Saint Michaels/Easton area of Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore, you will not find a more caring, hard working and knowledgeable real estate broker than Cornelia Heckenbach. It is not a surprise that she is the top selling broker in the area, but she achieves this distinction without ever making you feel pressured, and all the while making you feel as though she has no other clients. While looking for a second home on the Eastern Shore, my husband and I were impressed with how she knew everything about a house we had seen on Realtor.com, by just the address. She studied what attributes were important to us, and found eight other suitable properties – including one before it was listed – and took the time to show them all. We never felt rushed. Our second choice was a property that was her own listing, but a true testament to her character was that she actually recommended against her own property, because she believed our first choice was a better value, and a better fit for what we wanted. The property we were interested in posed some unique challenges, but Cornelia had all the resources and experience to bring the deal together. In addition, she brought in all the right contractors for consultation, so we knew exactly what type of extra cost would be involved above the purchase price for modifications we wanted to make. You won’t find better, and you won’t be disappointed.
We had researched realtors online, and what impressed us was the referral by one client, mentioning that Cornelia treated them like they were her ONLY client. That referral could not have been more accurate. She is patient and extremely knowledgable, has a wealth of information about the area, and her contractor referrals are invaluable. We could not have been more pleased and look forward to moving into our St. Michaels home. Thank you, Cornelia!
Karen and Gordon Hayes
Consummate professional, superb customer service, and intense passion about her work, just a few things that come to mind. From A to Z, Cornelia guided all involved each step of the way. It wasn’t just about selling the home, it was making sure we had all the information we needed utilities, community, facilities together for us to move in. This coupled with awesome coordination with the buyer, made this a pleasant and easy experience. Want to find the house of your dreams? Cornelia knows where it is.
We really liked Cornelia Heckenbach, both as a professional real estate agent and as a person. She was very knowledgeable about the area and a lot of fun to be around. She works non stop and quite diligently for her clients, hence her success!
Cornelia was our buyer’s agent as we searched for and found a lovely waterfront home in St. Michaels. Having purchased other homes, I was quite aware of what a good agent can do. I found Cornelia to be exceptional and, in this review, I explain why. In looking for an agent, I wanted someone that not only knew the area well, but also knew the specific houses that were on the market. I did not want to waste time looking at houses that were completely wrong for my needs, and I don’t like to waste time with an agent who knows little more than what is on the MLS listings. After all, I can and, of course, did actively examine the listings myself. As a long-term full-time agent and a local resident, Cornelia was an expert on all the houses we looked at. In many cases she knew the entire history of the house when it last sold, who bought it, etc. information that could help us as buyers. As a result, our search was quite efficient. One thing I really appreciated was her enthusiastic and creative insights into the potential of every property we examined – a new door here or a window there that would greatly improve the property. Something that I was not expecting was her exceptional facility with technology. Cornelia implemented a tool that would provide us with new and existing listings of properties meeting our criteria, and as we put together and negotiated our offer, every document was scanned and PDFed. Communication by phone and e-mail was frequent. As we searched for houses, I found Cornelia to be fun to work with and, more importantly, she made us feel that we were her top priority as a client. Once we found a property, we learned of her amazing rolodex. She was able to recommend a wide range of top professionals to help with inspections, repair estimates, legal issues, zoning questions, settlement, and the like. Post settlement, she further identified professionals that could help with the myriad ranges of services needed by a new homeowner. Because of Cornelia, this was my smoothest search and purchase of real estate. In summary, I unconditionally recommend Cornelia as a buyer’s agent in the St. Michaels area.
Cornelia helped us focus our search on a wonderful house in St Michaels and played a key role throughout the process to closing and beyond. She quickly earned our complete confidence and trust, not only though her great experience and skill, but as a result of her strong standing with so many leaders in the Eastern Shore Community. Cornelia is gracious and tenacious on behalf of her clients – a special skill that should not be under estimated. We came to know Cornelia well as a result of her 24 / 7 level of service and now that we are happily settling in, she has become a good friend of our family’s that we would most highly recommend to others.
Cornelia really knows the Eastern Shore. She really listened to what we were looking for and found a beautiful property for us. She was incredibly helpful with the closing and making all of the arrangements for us with the necessary inspectors to review the home and on several occassions met them at the house on our behalf. She went above and beyond the closing by helping us get the house set up by recommending excellent service providers such as painters, electricians, plumbers etc and still provides us with those recommendations a year later when we need assistance. She is a delight to work with and we highly recommend her for your real estate needs on the Eastern Shore.
Cornelia helped us achieve our dream of owning a vacation home. She is not just knowledgeable, but also extremely attentive. She was patient with our many questions and was our greatest asset in purchasing our vacation home.
From beginning to end, Cornelia was there to make the process look easy.
Bob & Joanne Ehlers
Cornelia represented the seller, though also helped us look at other houses representing us a buyers. This obviously takes a high level of integrity to pull off AND make both parties happy. We were very happy with the knowledge of the market such that we wasted no time looking at inappropriate properties/price points. Help finding service providers after the sale has been great, too
Cornelia is a pleasure to work with. She is very responsive to her clients and her enthusiasm makes a potentially daunting task quite doable! You will find her hard working and honest.
Cornelia is an excellent agent who helped my family find our dream home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Cornelia was a reliable, professional, and personable agent. She listened to our requests and demonstrated excellent knowledge of the area, which we found to be very useful as out-of-town buyers. Cornelia kept us updated and informed throughout the purchasing process. We are very happy with the home we purchased and the experience of working with Cornelia. We highly recommend Cornelia as an outstanding agent
I would highly recommend Cornelia as a real estate agent. She was the agent for the seller of a house we recently purchased in St. Michaels. We did not have an agent and, though we called her at the last hour requesting to see the house, she quickly arranged her schedule so we could do so. When she showed us the house, she was cheerful and informative (we have found some realtors to be rather grumpy as if they are doing you a favor by showing you a house) and even suggested some changes to the house (taking out part of a wall to open up the kitchen, adding a door and patio off the first floor bedroom) that made the house even more appealing to us. Cornelia, in my view is highly intelligent, knowledgeable about the area and industry, experienced, energetic and friendly — all of the qualities I would want in a realtor if we were to hire one in the future!
We first called Cornelia about one of her listings, but when we met at her office, she listened to our interests, and took us out to see an additional 5 or 6 other listings, not her own, that were an even better fit for our hopes. She knows the area and the market so well, she can give practical advice about buying a lot vs an existing home, permitting issues, renovation possibilities, pricing and value. She’s a complete professional and a lovely person to spend the day with; seriously competent, and fun. Her negotiation skills were invaluable, at offer, and at closing. Her many contacts gave us access to a variety of other terrific professionals who made the whole experience a pleasure, from surveyors and bankers to builders and bushhoggers. Our settlement was shortly after superstorm Sandy went through. We arrived at the property for final walk-through to find Cornelia there ahead of us, finishing up negotiation with the seller’s realtor to put money into escrow to remove some fallen trees we had not even known were down. She is a remarkable advocate for her clients in every possible way. Her warmth makes her a pleasure to work with. We would recommend her enthusiastically to family and friends.
Susan and Bill Sweeney
You may typically do your own research, but when it comes to real estate an exceptional agent is going to burnish your skills and provide you the extra bit of expertise you lack, making your goal of home ownership a smooth and efficient transaction. When seeking a buyer’s agent for the St. Michaels-Easton real estate market you cannot do better than Cornelia Heckenbach; we contacted her as soon as we had narrowed our choices and she assisted in all matters at all times, day and night! Professionalism, accuracy, high tech fluency, wit, wisdom, extensive contacts and local familiarity with the region—what more could one ask? Cornelia has our unreserved endorsement of service par excellence.
Cornelia was a joy to work with helping me find my home on the Eastern Shore. Cornelia was professional, patient and helpful throughout and full of excellent suggestions in what turned out to be a complicated purchase. Highly recommended
Communications Officer at IFC – International Finance Corporation
As the #1 Agent Companywide for WC and AN Miller Realtors/A Long and Foster Company in Washington, DC, I wanted to hire only the best when my husband and I started looking for a water front home on the Eastern Shore. Sure I could write the contract, but we wanted someone who not only knew the area well with all of its nuances and local customs but could also negotiate and represent our interests with integrity throughout the buying process. Cornelia was that person. She was also able to recommend local inspectors and tradesmen to help us with our purchase before and after the sale. I highly recommend Cornelia if you are considering purchasing real estate on the Eastern Shore
Realtor at WC and AN Miller (A Long & Foster Company)
Cornelia is great! If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in her area of the Eastern Shore, look no further. She knows the market cold, and she stays right on top of everything for you.
Partner at Baker & McKenzie
Absolutely the best real estate experience I have ever had – she goes “above and beyond” whatever it takes to get positive results — makes for very happy clients!!! I would NEVER hesitate to insist that she be the only one to handle any of your real estate needs ……………. Have bought 3 houses and sold 2 through her over the years; few could equal her experience in this market.
Cornelia knows the Talbot County market inside out. She goes about her business with a “make it happen” attitude and she gets the job done as a result.
Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious!
We highly recommend her!!!
Lynda and Chick Anderson
Cornelia is very knowledgable and professional, you can’t find someone with more determination to get the job done. In our case , she generated lots of showings and a sale that allowed us to make our net move. She was also our agent for the purchase , and her knowledge of the market continued to be very important to help us thru the buying process.
Rick Rider, First Home Mortgage
Cornelia represented us both in the purchase and later the sale of our home in Royal Oak. She works tirelessly on her clients’ behalf whether in searching for a new home or in marketing and selling your property. She is extremely knowledgable, very ethical and I recommend Cornelia without reservation. She is the top agent on the Eastern Shore for very good reason
Cornelia helped my mother sell her home in Easton, Maryland and buy another in Annapolis. Cornelia was excellent and I cannot recommend her more highly.
Problem Solver and Counselor for Business Owners and Executives
Cornelia has been my agent on six different transactions between 2000 and 2004 and I can say without hesitation that Cornelia has done a fantastic job in all these transactions. Some were simple, some were complicated but in all cases she has been professional, creative and attentive to the details that made the contracts work. I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone whether they’re selling an in-town property or a waterfront estate.
Owner of The Studio St Michaels
Cornelia is an exceptional real estate agent. She has unsurpassed knowledge of the St. Michaels real estate market, demonstrates tremendous loyalty to her clients, has unwavering ethics, and produces outstanding results. She delivers all of this combined with a personable and gracious manner. Cornelia Heckenbach is a true pleasure to work with and without hesitation one of the best agents in the business.
Senior Vice President at CB Richard Ellis
Cornelia is one of the most professional real estate agents that I have worked with. From start to finish you can count on her expert advice about real estate on the Eastern Shore and can count on herthorough follow up on every detail. Cornelia has assisted me in purchasing property as well as coordinating rental for my property and in every instance made the experience easy and painless!
General Manager at Capella Group
I would have no hesitation recommending Cornelia to anyone selling their property. I cannot think of any instance when she have not performed to the highest level of professionalism.
Chief Operating Officer
Cornelia was able to list and sell my home in St. Michaels in record time during the worst housing crisis ever. She was knowledgeable in knowing how to accurately price the house so that interest level was spiked in potential buyers. Cornelia then negotiated the offer to meet my every expectation.My only regret is that I wish I would have found her sooner.
Cornelia was highly recomended to us by a number of savy St Michaels friends when it came time to list our house. We have not been disappointed! Cornelia knows how to present our home and compare it’s value to comparable properties. She knows her market, which benefits sellers and buyers. Even though this market has been one of the worst in years, we have faith that Cornelia will be the one that sells our house. She works hard and treats everyone fairly, the mark of a professional. And a heck of a lot of fun to share a meal and a bottle of wine.
Connie and Robert Hood
After my father passed away, Cornelia helped my mother sell her home (large home in Easton on Miles River) and purchase smaller home in Annapolis. I cannot recommend Cornelia more highly. Cornelia was very knowledgeable, absolutely correct with her counsel, and went out of her way to help and comfort my mother through the entire process. Cornelia is superb and very (very) highly recommended.
I have been a Maryland licensed realtor for over three decades and needed someone to help me list and sell my waterfront property on Tilghman Island in Talbot County Maryland! Through her incredible hard work ethic, amazing contacts with her fellow associates and remarkable professional and ethical attention to detail, Cornelia Heckenbach was able to find me a wonderful buyer for my 4 acre lot! She is the best and now I consider her a wonderful friend as well…! Great job Cornelia