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Joyce Shafer & Gail Schwarten are true animal lovers and wanted to bring their passion for dogs into their real estate partnership. With a unique, pet-friendly approach, they are committed to helping you—and your beloved pets—find the home that’s perfect for your needs.

Joyce Shafer & Gail Schwarten – Are Known as
"The Doggone Duo" for Good Reason

You may have seen Joyce Shafer & Gail Schwarten around town often accompanied by their canine companions - Ginger, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and Brutus, a Yorkshire Terrier. As one of the Bay Area’s premier real estate teams, they are known as “The Doggone Duo” because of their passion for animals and their specialization of working with homeowners with pets.

Solid Foundations

Both Joyce & Gail grew up in the Midwest and bring a traditional work ethic to their partnership. They moved to California more than 20 years ago and brought with them strong personal values that guide them in their business every day. They are dedicated, honest and always live by the Golden Rule when it comes to treating people right.

Joyce was raised on a farm in rural Illinois, surrounded by dogs, cats and cattle. Her love for animals—especially dogs—began at an early age. She has always been inspired by the unconditional love shown by her pets. Joyce also learned the value of hard work. “Things had to get done and, most importantly, done right,” she says. “That teaches you to take great pride in the fruits of your labor.” Gail also grew up around animals. Her passion for horses started at the age of seven. For many years, she bred and raised Arabian horses on an 80-acre farm in Wisconsin. Throughout her life, Gail has always been able to connect with both people and animals, which is why she is so dedicated to her real estate career.

Your Pet-Friendly Real Estate Pros

If you are buying or selling a home in the East Bay or South Bay areas – and especially if you are a dog lover – turn to real estate’s “Doggone Duo.” With their unique pet-friendly real estate focus, Joyce & Gail’s passion for helping people & pets extends to making a donation, in your name, to a “no-kill” animal shelter or rescue group, Morris Animal Foundation (Cancer research for Animals), Dogs 4 Diabetics, or Canine Companions for Independence …. for every transaction that they complete. “Buying or selling a home can be a very emotional experience for people, but a move can also be very difficult for your pets,” Gail says. “Our priority is making sure it’s a smooth transition for everyone involved – both two and four-legged!” With their dynamic combination of personalities, skills and knowledge, you can count on this team to make life doggone good for you, your family and your pets.

Proven Expertise

Joyce & Gail are focused on your needs and use their expertise in all facets of real estate and financing to help you make the right decisions.

With several decades of real estate and mortgage experience between them, Joyce & Gail use their vast knowledge and expertise to help you make the most of your opportunities in the ever-changing East Bay & South Bay markets. If you are buying, Joyce & Gail help you research all the options and find a home that’s best suited for you and your pets. If you are selling, they are experts at marketing your home and also accentuating pet-friendly features to attract buyers— especially fellow pet owners—to your home. Their patience and compassion will help you feel at ease throughout the entire process. They are passionate about putting your needs first and are thankful that every day they enjoy the wonderful privilege of helping deserving people make their real estate and financial dreams come true in this beautiful area where we live!

Hear What Some of Joyce and Gail's Clients Are Saying:

"We met the DoggoneDuo several years ago when they helped with the financing of our first home mortgage. When we were ready to find the next home, we met with Joyce & Gail to discuss our options. Within 2 weeks our home was on the market & 3 days later, we were in escrow! When the search began for the next home they always made us a priority & gave us advice every step of the way on buying, selling & financing. Their knowledge & expertise is precise & on point."
~Aubrey & Jim

"Joyce & Gail were the first realtors that came to mind when we decided to sell our home & look for our dream house. They worked tirelessly to ensure the sale, purchase and mortgage activities were timed correctly, making the complicated process seamless for us. While we know they had many others, it felt as if we were their only client.  We have recommended them to many friends & family, including 2 of our children who had great first home buying/selling experiences with them."
~Nathan & Carol

"It's been a joy working with Joyce and Gail because they genuinely care about helping their clients. This coupled with their in-depth knowledge, experience and dedication make them an ideal team to work with. Our wish list was long and we weren't willing to settle. Joyce and Gail stuck by our sides, working tirelessly to help us find the right property. They kept us apprised of trends, guiding us through a very competitive market, and when the perfect property finally presented itself, were quick to ensure our financing was in order and all the necessary steps were completed on a very short timeline to secure the deal. Joyce even worked over her vacation to make our dream a reality. We wouldn't have our incredible home without them. They were also wonderful with the sale of our other property. Throughout the entire process of buying and selling, they were always there to answer our questions and provide us with the information and resources we needed to make the right decisions. Working with Joyce and Gail is like having friends in the industry."
~Tim & Lara

"Thank you so much for your hard work, time, and patience in finding me a home!! I would have given up without your encouragement and tenacity. Thank you for friendships also! Feeling like you always had my best interests at heart, helped me trust in the process, especially when it made no sense to me. I’m thrilled it all came together so well and so quickly!"

"When I decided it was the right time to sell my home, I didn't hesitate to call the Doggone Duo, since they had been so delightfully helpful when I bought my home in the first place. The Duo had forms ready for me to sign, detailed cost estimates, a list of things to expect and a few things to do within a couple of days of my call. With almost no effort on my part, my home was shown individually and at two open house events, resulting in a whopping 23 offers. We sat down and went through the offers, selected several, and the "bidding war" began. The result is that my return on this home investment exceeded my wildest expectations. Thank you so much, Joyce and Gail, for all your expert assistance! What a team!"

"Joyce and Gail are absolutely awesome real estate agents! They took the time to find out what was important to me-locations, “dog friendly” neighborhood, yard and kitchen requirements. I was fussy – they never pressured me to make a decisions, but let me take my time til we found the right place. They were committed to helping me find a home, not just a house. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a new home in the east bay or San Jose area – especially if you have pets – they understand what is important to you."

"Thank you, Joyce & Gail, for helping us to refinance our mortgage. Working with you two has been a joy.We trust you and appreciate your expertise .... but more than that, we truly enjoy working with you."
~John & Lisa

"You both were a pleasure to work with. We thought home buying was going to be a very challenging task, but with your help and talents, we found it to be stress-free and easy."
~Christopher & Keri

"My experience with The DoggoneDuo was fabulous!  As a first-time seller, they made the process easy and manageable. It was wonderful to have them managing all the details."

"Joyce and Gail made the refinancing experience easy and painless. They walked me through the entire process and educated me on all the options available. I am so appreciative of the high level of service I received. I was even able to sign the loan documents in the convenience of my home. It was so great to have a team on my side."

"As I sit here with the keys to my new house, I cannot imagine the entire process being orchestrated by anyone other than the two of you. The last few months have been difficult, but I never once had to worry about anything that you ladies were in charge of. You truly have no idea what that meant. You both are so very good at what you do. Anyone would be lucky to have you on their side when buying their home! So, thanks for doing what you do and for being who you are. You both are very special to me. Thanks again for all your hard work."

"You are the best! You have been so extremely helpful to us and giving us tons of advice. We couldn't have gotten through this home buying process without you. You are so professional and knowledgeable in your business. We would highly recommend you to our family and friends. We hope you realize what a valuable asset you are."
~Mike & Patty

"I worked with you for almost an entire year finding my perfect home. Over that period, I changed my ideas about what I wanted many, many times. You never got frustrated and were always able to find new listings that finally brought me to my new perfect home. I would recommend you to anyone; you are professional, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with."

"We want to tank you for helping us refinance our home. You were diligent, patient and so hard-working and we love that about you."
~Luis & Marta

"Some people seem to specialize in doing thoughtful deeds. Before you ask, they understand your problems and your needs. They help because they want to, they find joy in being kind, and making others happy is the first thing on their minds. They make this world a better place by practicing the art of reaching out to others by giving from the heart."
~Amanda Bradley.

"Joyce & Gail, I found this written by Amanda Bradley that has all the right words that I sometimes cannot find. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you did for me when I had lost all hope of buying my home and making one of my dreams and goals a reality. Without your help, I couldn't have made it. I sit here in my home with my girls and think that without your help we could not be here, and so soon! Thank you so very much...God Bless you."
~Izzy & family

"Thank you for all your help in buying our house. We couldn't possibly have had a better experience. We really appreciate all the information and teaching about the loan process that you provided us. Thank you for going beyond the job duties."
~Blaine & Wendy

"Just a note to thank you for your help in securing our new home loan. We really appreciate all your hard work. We will be happy to refer anyone we know that is interested in a new home loan or refinancing."
~Philip & Kareen

"The world's a whole lot better place because of people like you. It has always been, and still is, a pleasure seeing you both and doing business. You really made my day for the kindness of going out of your way on everything."



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