Partners in life and in business, Roland Wilhelm and Candace Gunther are a leading force in the marketing and sales of residential properties throughout the greater San Gabriel Valley. The pair’s proven commitment to their clients has led them to establish a strong, referral-based business, one in which diplomacy, patience, and compassion are among the traits for which they are repeatedly praised.
With over 30 years as a licensed Realtor, Roland brings a sterling reputation to the team as a top seller’s and buyer’s agent in the area, a territory that includes Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino, La Cañada, Monrovia, and Glendale. Combining a profitable eye for art and antiques with a professional background in statistics and IT systems design for several large commercial real estate firms, Candace easily switches between the analytical and aesthetic to deliver results for her clients. Moreover, team member Alex Ford adds his intelligent wit and photographic memory to provide a fresh approach to the marketing strategies for each property.
Beyond the hours spent diligently serving their clients, Roland and Candace are involved in frequent motorcycle charity rides that allow them to give purpose to one of their shared passions. Roland has raised money by riding across the country (Pacific coast to Atlantic coast) in under 48 hours, riding from Mexico to Canada in under 24 hours, and riding from Mexico to the Arctic Ocean on Alaska’s northern border. Additionally, the duo has taken it upon themselves to invite friends and clients to join them in preparing dinners at the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House for families whose children are undergoing medical treatment at nearby hospitals.
As long-time residents in the Pasadena area, Roland and Candace are forever grateful for the opportunity to make a living doing what they love in a neighborhood that they both cherish. The vast network of vendors that they have formed relationships with—inspectors, plumbers, roofers, electricians, lenders, etc.—proves an invaluable resource not only during the lifecycle of a real estate transaction but well after the ink is dry. No matter who a person is or where they originate from, Roland and Candace believe that the ingredients involved in finding one’s “dream home” are the same for everyone—an awareness born from professional and personal experience that is central to their life’s work.
“Your dream home is that place that you can’t wait to come back to at the end of the day. It’s where you want to be amongst family and friends...the place that nurtures your creativity and creates a sense of balance.”
Roland was incredibly helpful and effective as our real estate agent. Over the years, we have bought and sold several homes, and Roland is without a doubt the best realtor we have ever worked with. He was helpful throughout all aspects of the process, provided insights, and continued to assist us after the closing. We would certainly use Roland again, and would not hesitate to recommend him to others.
— Rob and Heather McGlynn
How often does it happen that when buying a home, it is the Seller's broker who is so professional, congenial, knowledgeable, kind and supportive through the process that you know he will be the one who handles all your future housing needs. Little did I know what was to come and Roland (and Candace) have guided me through a challenging and emotional sale with a wonderfully positive outcome. Only Roland could have pulled this off with his diplomacy, patience, compassion and situational sensibility. We are about to embark on the sale of that first home he sold me and search for my new one. I look forward to the next chapter with complete trust in Roland's expertise.
— Karen Delaney
ROLAND TO THE RESCUE!!! Do yourself a huge favor and hire Roland Wilhelm to be your agent! My wife and I were looking to buy our first home in Pasadena. Struggling and stressed out, we had already been to multiple open houses on our own without making any progress. By chance we met Roland at a home he was selling. What a relief we felt upon meeting him. All the advice Roland gave us made sense so we hired him on the spot to represent us. It was the best decision we made. He is very knowledgeable on Pasadena, the Rose Bowl & Brookside area, Altadena, Eaton Canyon, Monrovia, Arcadia, San Gabriel and San Marino. Roland is easy to work with and has a great personality. He was attentive to our needs and desires. His performance was efficient and professional at all times. Another important aspect of service Roland provides is access to his vast network of vendors that includes inspectors, plumbers, roofers, electricians and most importantly a lender. When the big banks were giving us the run around, Roland referred us to his lender and within days we were approved and our loan was ready to fund. We were very impressed. Escrow closed Wednesday and we have the keys in our hands. Roland we cannot thank you enough!
— Nick Kozak and Erica Hernandez
Choosing Roland as our agent when my husband and I decided to sell our condo was one of the easiest and best decisions we could have made. My husband and his family have known Roland for several years, long before I came into the picture, and he has always been spoken of with the highest regard.
Not only does he know his stuff, but he is a lot of fun to be around! Our condo (the same one Roland helped my husband find a few years ago) went into escrow within 3 days of coming on the market because he knew the area, knew the demand, priced it well, AND helped us set it up so that it would show beautifully. He is honest, straightforward, and considerate. He has been there for us to answer our questions every step of the way. I personally could not imagine having anyone else as our agent, and am really looking forward to our house-hunting adventures with him in the future!
— Jeff and Ashley Hames
I cannot express how pleased I am with Roland's services as an agent. He is totally responsive and complete in those responses. He comes across as extremely knowledgeable and looking out for my interests. Honest and straightforward. I would recommend him to anyone.
— Jeff Gunther
Roland was recommended to my husband and me by friends whom we trust. We worked with both Roland and Candace for about 6 months before we found the right home for us. There were certainly times where the process of finding and buying a house was frustrating and slow and overwhelming and fast, but Roland and Candace were available and calm throughout. There was nothing they would not do to help us, and that continues through the first few months of ownership. I trust their judgement on homes, I trust their advice on the process of buying a home. Basically it is nice to work with someone you can trust to have your best interest in mind when dealing with these very large decisions and price tags.
— Kaspar von Braun and Jessica Krick
Thoughtful, professional service. We bought our first home with Roland and he has been terrific--gave us time and space to figure out what we wanted, and was excellent at getting us the house we picked, convincing the seller to go with our bid over several others. Roland is very experienced and knows what he is doing. There was a house that we walked in and he told me within the first minute that he wouldn't buy it pretty much at any price: he pointed out patched up signs of water damage indicating structural problems with the roof and the walls. It was also entertaining to see Roland explain, in a very nice and professional way, to the selling realtor how to get something to work in the house the realtor was selling. Roland also was extremely helpful taking us through the escrow process and effectively diffusing the pressure that the seller was putting on us with demands, helping us focus on what actually mattered. We are very happy with the house. I could go on and on, but in short Roland is terrific goes above and beyond what most realtors are willing to do.
— Claudio Federico and Jackie Happersberger
Thank you for all your hard work & time. You have been an amazing help to us through this entire process (twice with buying and once with selling so far). We would have gone crazy without your guidance. We look forward to working with you again.
— Jordan Snedcof & Lauren Godsil
I met Roland when he was selling a house next door to me. Then I must have run in to him at least ten times in the next month at open houses when my mother was looking for a house. So naturally he became my first choice to sell my house. And I'm very glad I choose him. I've had several offers in the first week the house went on the market. Not only that but he was very helpful in helping me to get ready for the sale. He has really made the whole prowess very pleasant. He is very knowledgable and explained everything in a way the I could easily understand. I'm very glad to have him selling my house. I would definitely use him again.
— Marko Olson
Hi Roland – Thank you for everything you did to help sell our home in Pasadena. We appreciate it all so much. You did a wonderful job for us.
I believe it was about 15 years ago I met you as a neighbor in Historic highlands. We worked on neighborhood committees together. Your dedication to Historic Highlands and it's occupants was amazing and inspiring.
I could not have made a better choice in asking you to list our home. From the moment we met and decided to go forward with selling it, every aspect was a pleasure. Many thanks from us.
— Michael and Andrea Cawlina
Selling one’s home is both an emotional and financial decision; thus, it is critical to work with a representative that safeguards one’s interests on all fronts. In this light, Roland Wilhelm has served as my vanguard. He has been exemplary from the start of signing on as my real estate agent through the completion of escrow. Although my situation may not be unique, I have been in the process of relocating from Pasadena to the DC area. Through the whole process, which has been bittersweet, Roland has handled the many details with the City of Pasadena, contractors, American Trust Escrow, etc. with a sense of humor and calm that made the experience much more pleasurable. To this reality, I am truly grateful. Roland demonstrates his worth through compassion, knowledge, and relationships, which made the selling “transactional” process a very positive experience. Without reservation I recommend Roland to other prospective clients who are purchasing a new home or selling a current home.
— Linda Andreani
I was a trustee and had to sell a condo. The deceased had known him many, many years as did her son. She had specifically instructed me to list with Roland. I found him to be professional, friendly, efficient and very knowledgeable. I enjoyed the process and he made it so easy! I have been in my home almost 23 years and have no plans to move. But if I ever do I will definitely choose Roland as my realtor.
— Jane Wilkens
The entire experience of working with Roland, from the very first conversation to the close of escrow, was magnificent. He truly understands the importance of preserving historic homes and was always available to offer advice, be a sounding board, or help with anything we needed. Yet we never felt any pressure to make a decision we didn’t feel completely comfortable with. His ethics and integrity are rock solid. We couldn’t recommend him more highly.
— Jack and Bonnie Armstrong
I always felt that Roland was well informed and certainly committed to representing my best interests. It is refreshing to know an agent so committed to serving his clients.
— Lydia H. Kennard
Roland is a class act! This was a long-distance sale, at times needing fax communication to remote areas, and several phone numbers for accessibility to us. Thank you for your experienced leadership, thorough communication, humor, and diligence.
— Dick and Beverly Pearce
Tammy and I are very thankful that we had you represent us in both the sale of our previous home and the purchase of our new house. Each day we can’t help but remember all of the hard work that you put into making it all possible. Thank you!
— Sal and Tammy Fatteross
Roland was a pleasure to work with. He put together a great marketing plan which lead to multiple offers and over bids. We were in escrow in one week after listing it.
— Gregg Ander
I am impressed with your honesty, enthusiasm and sincerity. Your perseverance and constant reassurance have been most appreciated. You have surpassed my original assessment, and I have come to trust your judgment implicitly. I will always confidently recommend you as a Realtor of the highest integrity.
— D’Ann Peterson
Roland has made himself available at a moments notice and has never failed to impress us with his varied and substantial knowledge of every aspect of the sale of real estate. His work for us has been complete and satisfying in every way, and so we recommend Roland Wilhelm with great enthusiasm and confidence.
— Marc and Lee Ann Gordon
Roland was recommended to us by our neighbor, who hired him to buy and later sell her home. Boy, that was the best recommendation we’ve ever gotten! Not only did Roland listen to what we needed, he gave great advice on what our home needed as far as painting, landscaping and inexpensive improvements that netted us more than we expected. He is the real deal!
— Bob and Dian Samm
I love this guy! He’s honest, creative, funny, hard-working, and--better yet--sold my home for $55,000 above list price. He kept the escrow running like clockwork and always kept me informed. Right after the sale, I took the trip of my life to Italy and wrote him postcards. I mean, when was the last time you wrote your real estate agent postcards?
— Amy Pargman
We never felt that we were getting anything other than exceptional service from Roland. The key to his good service is his communication - he was always working on our sale. His professionalism is what it should be!
— Phillip and Camille Mitchell
Your professional service was always clear, trustworthy and realistic. From the first meeting until we were settled into our new home, you were always available and in constant communication! Your greatest strength is your ability to be professional without being intimidating. We appreciate our assistance, guidance and friendship.
— Joe Reyes and Laura Newell
You are one of the most professional, hard working and enthusiastic persons in any field of work that we have ever met. Your actions consistently backed up your promises, and your recommendations were extremely helpful. They got us good service, saved us money, and helped make or home purchase a pleasure. Thank you!
— - Mark Giljum and Charise Stewart
Thank you for making the sale of my property as easy as possible. Thank you for all of your help and hard work.
— Jean Lacob
Once again you have provided service beyond our expectations to Terry and I. We wanted to say thank you for all you did for us and making the buying process as smooth as possible. I wish you and your family the best and wish you much success. Keep those news letters coming and hope to do business with you again.
— Kent and Terry McClun
Thank you! You made Janice’s first home ownership experience a good one! This escrow was the most uneventful and most memorable I’ve ever been through! I’m sure she appreciated all of your support-so did we!
— The Bledsteins
I found Roland’s deep commitment to serving the needs of his client to be one of his greatest assets. He brings enthusiasm, creativity and !responsiveness to new levels. He is a joy to work with and made the sale process a satisfying experience in all respects.
— Sandy McCarty
Thank you for helping me find my first home and for making the process such a pleasant and informative experience. I appreciate all your hard work on my behalf. I very much enjoyed working with you. You’re the best!
— Louise Jandura
Roland, thank you for the energy, patience and good humor as we crossed this bridge.
— Mitch Browning and Rosanna Hemerick
Roland, thank you for all you did in making our wonderful new life here in Oregon possible. Thank you for being a terrific Realtor, and thanks so much for everything.
— Jean and Steve Mann
I found Roland Wilhelm through a referral by a friend when I needed to sell my home. I had originally purchased my first home directly from the builder, so when I was ready to sell, I needed a lot of help through the process. I was fairly clueless about the selling process, and I needed a realtor with a lot of patience and experience to guide me. I was so lucky to have Roland walk me through the process, explain things that needed explanation, and lend helpful advice when I was in need of expert counsel. Thanks to his hard work, I had 4 good offers in the first week my home was on the market, and it sold above my initial asking price! Roland made the process as stress-free and seamless as possible. I'm looking forward to working with Roland when I'm ready to buy again in the near future.
— Kathleen Antovich
My wife and I had interviewed a couple of highly recommended Realtors before selecting Roland and his partner, Candace, to help us find our new home and list the old one. It was not so much as what they said or promised that sold us (although they delivered on their promises and some), it was the patience and deliberation they employed to understand our needs that sealed our decision.
Roland and Candace were professional yet personable, knowledgeable without being “slick”. They always gave us timely and incisive advice while never being aggressive or pushy. When complications arose, they handled them with great aplomb and resolved the matters swiftly.
Not only were they instrumental in securing our new property, they also negotiated a nice savings on our purchase. When it came to selling our old home, Roland and Candace did not miss a beat in getting everything ready. We received multiple offers on the second day of listing! Now, the strong Southern Cal market didn’t hurt, but credit where credit’s due when we received 14 offers, and a final sale price that was 10% over asking.
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— Cecil and Faye Ho
We were extremely impressed. Both Roland and Candace were wonderful to work with, very responsive and diligent. We always felt that they had plenty of time for any questions or concerns that we had and they did everything that we expected and more to make the selling process straightforward and stress free. We would definitely recommend Roland and Candace as trustworthy professionals to anyone looking to sell or buy a house.
— Lawrence and Frances Aldridge
Within a few short months of working with Roland as our agent, we have our new home! We had searched for YEARS in this competitive market, met many agents, but Roland stands out. He listens, he cares, and he’s a brilliant strategist. He sat down with us in our initial meeting for a thorough discussion on what we wanted. We talked details, location, the market; he covered everything. On top of that, he’s so easy to work with, professional but down to earth, an all around great guy. He also has amazing connections and put us in touch with a phenomenal mortgage lender (seriously best I’ve worked with in over 15 years).
— Steve and Michelle Thornton
What I particularly valued working with Roland during the recent sale of my home in Eagle Rock was his responsiveness! When I had questions, Roland was right back to me! As an elderly teenager (in my 70s), he “talked me off the ledge” on more than one occasion! A great guy, who has the answers! Selling a home, or buying one, these days can be very stressful! It’s nice to have someone who has your back, knows how to “stage” a property, knows how to market it, and knows how to coach you through the morass of on-line paperwork! We did fine! Thanks Roland (and Candace)!
— Joy McCallum
Roland is the best. He was very patient with my wife and I and gave us wonderful advice regarding the sale of our first home. From staging, to pricing to marketing - Roland’s advice was spot on and helped us get top dollar for our home. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone. He and Candace also brokered the purchase of our new home. I am 100% certain we would not have been the accepted offer were it not for their hard work. I can’t speak highly enough about them.
— Ian and Milana Wood
Roland and Candace are an awesome team! Working with them was so easy, and during such a stressful period they made everything manageable. Roland did so well preparing me for each step of the process once we knew we wanted to buy a house. His knowledge of the market and current trends was on point. It was nice to have been “prepped” for current market conditions and what it would take to get our offer accepted. As FHA buyers, Roland and Candace had their work cut out for them, but they got the job done! Besides, “location! location! location!”, the true real estate motto should be, “agent! agent! agent!” I would recommend Roland to all of my closest friends for buying or selling real estate in the greater LA area.
— Alex Ford and Jason Kinsella
Roland, one of our top agents in the Pasadena office, is one of the most proficient agents that I have seen to blend cutting edge technology with our business.
— Alan Long, President Sotheby’s International Realty - Southern California Division (Former Broker)
Roland, you indeed have an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity. Thank you for your personal commitment to make Podley Caughey and Doan the best it could be. I will always be grateful to you for your numerous contributions, both professionally and personally. Here’s to the best for your future.
— William Podley (Former Broker)
I’m very proud and pleased to have Roland once again as our top producing agent in our fine company of professional Realtors. He has always been committed to serving his clients in a very personalized and caring manner. Roland’s integrity, diligence and enthusiasm have created a lengthy, successful and proven track record.
Showed home in 2017 in Portuguese Bend, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.
We first met Roland and Candace at an open house in Pasadena. Although we quickly knew that the house wasn't right for us, we stayed for more than an hour, talking with Roland and Candace about what we wanted and needed in a house. They listened attentively, asking insightful questions that brought our objectives into clearer focus for us. When we finally left, we knew we’d found something as elusive and important as our dream house – we’d found the team of dedicated professionals who would partner with us to find our new home.
As first-time buyers, we needed a lot of hand-holding -- and they really delivered! Roland and Candace are careful listeners and endlessly patient in answering questions. They calmly guided us through what had seemed like an intimidating process, making it understandable, manageable and even enjoyable. They are experienced and knowledgeable, reassuring and responsive, and they always treated us like their most important clients. Roland and Candace say their business is built on relationships, not transactions, and we believe it -- they never put any pressure on us to “hurry up and buy”; instead, they encouraged us to keep looking until we found a home that we both loved. They provide the kind of great service that everyone promises but almost nobody delivers.
Roland and Candace don’t just show houses, they “know” houses -- inside and out, including construction and design. They added value at every stage of the process, providing insightful and realistic suggestions about how we could remodel homes to better meet our needs. Before making recommendations, they looked under houses to evaluate the plumbing, electrics, insulations, shear walls, etc. They arranged and attended all the home inspections with us, making sure the inspectors covered everything and ensuring that we understood what was happening. This paid off when their follow-through and attention to detail revealed a potentially costly encroachment issue that would not have been discovered by the routine inspections.
When our personal circumstances required us to move our home search from Pasadena to Palos Verdes, Roland and Candace switched gears quickly and seamlessly, providing the same high-quality service despite the added distance. As an endurance motorcycle rider, Roland was up to the challenge. Although he spent hours on the road, Roland always arrived on time, smiling, and managing to look both professional and cool!
Roland and Candace have provided us with phenomenal service in our home search, and we’re pleased to give them our highest recommendation. We’re lucky to be their clients, and we think you would be, too.
Bought a Single Family home in 2017 in La Canada Flintridge, CA.
Candace, Roland, and Alex are a dream team. Having recently moved to the area they helped us find our dream home. They took time and were very attentive to us and our needs. They are local experts that helped us through the process of looking for homes, deciding what we wanted, and ultimately guiding us in making a winning offer. Their experience and knowledge is incomparable. We are so fortunate to have met and worked with them. We look forward to working with them in the future and referring them to friends. If you are looking for great and trusting realtors in the area, they are your team!
Bought a Single Family home in 2017 for approximately $875K in North East, Pasadena, CA.
After several frustrating months and multiple rejected offers, my husband and I knew that we needed to change our strategy as prospective homebuyers. After some debate, we decided to change our realtor. A friend referred us to the real estate team of Roland Wilhelm, Candace Gunther and Alex Ford. Throughout the entire process we were impressed by their professionalism and dedication to us as clients. Since they work as a team, there was always one or more of them available to meet us to view homes or respond to e-mails, phone calls and text messages. They are very knowledgeable about Pasadena and surrounding areas, and they found us a beautiful home in a desirable neighborhood. We submitted a competitive offer and we found ourselves in escrow. During escrow, our realtor team took care of all the details and stayed on task making the process quick, organized and painless. Thanks to Roland, Candace and Alex, we finally own our dream home! I honestly feel we couldn’t have done this without them and I’m so grateful that we found this amazing team.
Sold a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $2.175M in South Pasadena, CA.
They are an outstanding team and they really focus on the details. They have a great process to get you and your house ready to sell. We sold our house within a week for over asking. I would highly recommend them to any new or potential client.
Helped me rent a Single Family home in La Canada Flintridge, CA.
Roland and Candace go above and beyond to find you a place to live. Their knowledge and experience is unparalleled. They not only answered all our real estate questions but also any questions we had about the area and what to expect living there. Roland and Candace will not only find you. Beautiful home but also be a great resource as you explore your new neighborhood.
Bought a Condo home in 2016 for approximately $525K in El Sereno, Los Angeles, CA.
From start to finish, Roland and Candace were knowledgeable, efficient and gave excellent advice in the search for my home. Once the offer was accepted, they had a team of inspectors, plumbers and electricians to choose from to get the process started. Throughout the entire time Roland and Candace were always calm and patient and made home buying easy.
Sold a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $2.2M in South Pasadena, CA.
Just about to close sale of our home in South Pasadena. Roland and Candace exceeded our already high expectations in every way. Whenever we got stuck cleaning the house or finding painters they were quick to give us excellent referrals. They were tireless showing the house at all times and were able to motivate an excellent buyer to pay the price we desired to part with our wonderful home for 13 years. As Roland, Candice and Alex work as a team you really get 3 professionals for the price of one:) Best Michael and Stephanie
Sold a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $1.0M in East Central, Pasadena, CA.
Roland, Candace and Alex were a great team! They provided informed and objective advice to assist throughout the selling process. Each had different, but valuable, perspectives to help us in our decision making. Our questions were addressed quickly and thoroughly. They priced the home right to sell and represented us well during the negotiation process. We also appreciated the fantastic job their professional photographer did in showcasing the home to bring out it's character and personality.
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA.
Candace and Roland are amazing. They held my hand through my first purchase of an apartment in Downtown Los Angeles, while I was living in Shanghai China! They are responsive, rarely longer than a few minutes responding to my e mails, supportive, encouraging, comforting, and took care of every little detail. I cant say enough great things about them. They worked with the seller's agent on my behalf, following up on every detail, they walked me through every question and the sometimes confusing escrow process. I hope to live in my new apartment for a long time, but if I sell or buy again, I'll definitely be using them again!
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