10 Best San Francisco Real Estate Agents

Janet Haney
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While other cities may experience a cyclical real estate bust, the San Francisco property market always seems to be booming. Having an agent to represent you is essential, especially if a bidding war starts over a coveted property. Plus, with 36 neighborhoods to choose from, you’re going to need help navigating the search. No Bravo TV “Million Dollar Listing San Francisco” real estate agents on this list. These professionals bring a varied breadth of experience to the negotiation table, whether they’re representing the buyer or the seller.

carrienewCarrie B. Goodman, Sotheby’s International Realty

(415) 624-4166 | [email protected]

This always-on agent is among the top 1% of Sotheby’s agents nationwide and is a high-ranking San Francisco agent who focuses on properties mainly in the Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, Noe Valley, Mission, and South Beach neighborhoods. She’s a fierce negotiator and diligent in all aspects of the transaction. Carrie represents a mix of about 60%/40%, sellers and buyers.

ron-abtaRon Abta, MBA, Paragon Real Estate

(415) 595-7661 | [email protected]

Real estate is in Ron Abta’s blood since both parents worked in different aspects of the business. Now, he uses the skills and knowledge he learned while earning his MBA from Stanford University to deeply analyze properties for his buyers, while creatively employing his marketing and negotiating skills for sellers. He’s completed more than 300 transactions over his 13 years in real estate, and he concentrates on neighborhoods across San Francisco.

Laura-kaufman-2013Laura Kaufman, MBA, Zephyr Real Estate

(415) 310-1256 | [email protected]

The client is No. 1 for Laura Kaufman, who works with both buyers and sellers throughout San Francisco. She has a straightforward and enthusiastic approach to her work, and she’s considered a trustworthy advisor. Laura’s access to off-market and pre-MLS listings help give her buyers an inside edge. She also likes the home preparation process before the seller’s property goes on the market—a process that goes hand-in-hand with developing a sales strategy to nab the highest sales price possible.

shanerayShane Ray, Domicile Properties

(415) 522-2222 x102 | [email protected]

Shane’s experience as an educator, entrepreneur, and corporate employee set the stage for him to be a real estate agent. Now he combines all his talents into his current position where he started six years ago at this boutique agency. He focuses on the central areas of San Francisco, and his unique background allows him to approach each client with patience, drive, and technical expertise.

blog-headshotDanielle Lazier, Keller Williams Realty

(415) 528-7355 | [email protected]

Among the things she’s known for, Danielle Lazier, a San Francisco real estate agent since 2002, is the founder of one of San Francisco’s first real estate blogs—SFhotlist.com. The SFhotlist group works as a team regarding all things related to real estate. Danielle believes part of the secret to her success is relying on her intuition when it comes to the psychology behind buying and selling properties.

ISl5qzcgohjl43-46aad7Craig Ackerman, Ackerman Realty

(415) 730-3030 | [email protected]

Craig Ackerman’s career path was paved early in life as he helped his dad rip out drywall and pound nails while updating homes to sell. Now, Craig relies on that experience to identifying cost-effective improvements that will enhance a home’s value. He also uses sophisticated web-based marketing campaigns to gain the broadest audience reach possible for sellers and buyers.

ls (1)Faye Dibachi, Pacific Union

(415) 577-0050 | [email protected]

This self-proclaimed city girl is a lifelong Bay Area resident who has witnessed all the booms and the busts. Faye Dibachi started out in corporate sales and 23 years later, she’s still a professional negotiator. Faye’s client focus is to “never force you to make a decision that’s not in your best interest …”

SCAN0006Christina Chung, Coldwell Banker

(415) 987-6050 | [email protected]

Christina Chung is a seasoned pro with 35 years of real estate experience. Christina is fluent in both in both Cantonese and Mandarin, and she’s a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors and Chinese Real Estate Association. She and her team have sold more than 4,950 properties in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area since 1979.

Dan_DoddDan Dodd, Vanguard Properties

(415) 577-9462 | [email protected]

His love for real estate and San Francisco drew Dan Dodd back toward his native Bay Area roots from a corporate career in Southern California. His business know-how and customer service focus has helped fuel his real estate vocation. Dan also has a strong sense of community and is active with San Francisco-based organizations.

dirk-kinley-profileDirk Kinley, Climb Real Estate

(415) 596-0010 | [email protected]

Dirk Kinley has been a top producer at Climb Real Estate since 2010 as part of his decade-long real estate career. He brings a unique perspective to the bargaining table since he has personally invested in properties, and designed and overseen the renovation of homes, as well as worked as a property manager.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on April 20, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Janet Haney

Janet Haney is a San Francisco-based writer, editor, and publicist who started out her career by getting up at the crack of dawn to work market hours as a financial reporter. Since then, she’s awake during more civilized times, and she has been published in the New York Daily News, Yahoo! Finance section, Citysearch.com, Columbia University School of Engineering magazine, business-related websites, magazines, and newsletters.
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