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We represent buyers, sellers, investors, developers, builders families, single folks, partnerships, the young, the old, newbies to seasoned pros in all things real estate.
Our clients are better prepared and educated about our marketplace and, therefore, our buyers tend to buy for less and our sellers tend to sell for more. We’re in it for the long-run and we love what we do and we hope you do too.
Our client base and business continues to grow as success begets success. Together with our fearless dog Raffi, we work hard for our clients delivering guidance, education, candor, experience and exclusive opportunities.
C O N S I D E R T H E F O L L O W I N G . . .
Our clients are the best educated and prepared who presented the strongest, smartest and most thoughtful offers.
- Instead of proceeding blindly (or recklessly) our clients are better prepared and educated about our market.
- Our clients are able to contact us at almost all hours via text, email, phone, FaceTime, skype or in person.
We see our clients as our extended family and we keep in touch with each long after their respective transactions have closed.
We truly and deeply care out about our clients, their goals and our outcomes. We’re hands-on and are there through thick and thin.
Kevin & Jonathan are an all-star team and simply put, they get the job done right.
We worked primarily with Kevin on our search for a new home in San Francisco. As first time buyers unsure of exactly what we wanted, not to mention where in the city we wanted to be, Kevin was very patient and generous with his time in order to help us figure out what would best fit our desires and budget. With the training and attention-to-detail of a lawyer and the eye of a designer, Kevin has all the right skills. He is personable, professional, hard-working and well-connected amongst agents in the city. Kevin ultimately found an off-market property in Noe Valley, at the right price, that is perfect for us.
He knew it, we knew it, and within 24 hours of seeing the property we had a signed contract.
We were able to move with speed and confidence because of our trust in Kevin, the time he took to educate us in advance throughout our search, and his outstanding market knowledge. We are nothing but happy with our new home and with the outstanding service Kevin provided. Even now, Kevin and Jonathan are only a text or email away with recommendations or answers to our questions. We highly recommend working with K&J.
— Andrew and Kaitlyn
Buyers, Off-Market, Noe Valley
Kevin and Jonathan make a great team to help with the home buying process — their collective knowledge, hard work and persistence landed me with my apartment. They understand the market well, they have a good pulse for prices and bids, have a great eye for aesthetic and design. I would highly recommend them!
Kevin & Jonathan are an all-star team and simply put, they get the job done right. We worked primarily with Kevin on our search for a new home in San Francisco. As first time buyers unsure of exactly what we wanted, not to mention where in the city we wanted to be, Kevin was very patient and generous with his time in order to help us figure out what would best fit our desires and budget. With the training and attention-to-detail of a lawyer and the eye of a designer, Kevin has all the right skills. He is personable, professional, hard-working and well-connected amongst agents in the city.
Kevin ultimately found an off-market property in Noe Valley, at the right price, that is perfect for us. He knew it, we knew it, and within 24 hours of seeing the property we had a signed contract. We were able to move with speed and confidence because of our trust in Kevin, the time he took to educate us in advance throughout our search, and his outstanding market knowledge. We are nothing but happy with our new home and with the outstanding service Kevin provided. Even now, Kevin and Jonathan are only a text or email away with recommendations or answers to our questions. We highly recommend working with K&J.
Thanks Kevin!! We love our new house! It's absolutely perfect for us and we are still amazed that it's actually ours now.
Buying a house is complicated as there are numerous factors to consider and decisions to make. You helped us understand all of these, and you made yourself constantly available to answer our questions. We feel so lucky that we had you on our side; without your help and guidance, none of this would have happened. You were friendly and helpful, but also a consummate professional throughout the entire process. We highly recommend your services to anyone else who might be interested in buying or selling a home.
Kevin's enthusiasm with his profession was apparent when I first met him at an open-house he was hosting. Kevin not only helped us find a new home in the ideal neighborhood, he also managed to sell our condo (very shortly after) way above asking.
I can't say enough about how great Kevin was an agent.
If you have Kevin on your side, I think you will end up with a real advocate for your needs who can streamline the entire home buying process for you.
Kevin has a great sense of humor, connects immediately with his clients and approaches real estate through a personal lens (not as a business sale). I highly recommend Kevin to anyone interested in a reliable, efficient and personable agent! He is wonderful.
We were absolutely delighted with our purchase and Kevin was integral in the process and could not recommend him more to others.
Prior to meeting Kevin, my wife and I felt lost as we started the process of looking to purchase our first home. Kevin was an excellent coach throughout the journey, holding our hand through every step, always available to answer any question (big or small).Kevin's guidance is the reason we ended up winning the offer on our new home and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking to navigate the SF home buying process.
Nobody puts in the time and effort you guys do.
Kevin is fantastic — highly recommend! We worked with Kevin as our buying agent and he was superb. He invested considerable time and energy to help us understand how the market and process works. And he is super-responsive, even to late-night emails/texts which was great due to our work commitments.
Kevin is great! He is super knowledgeable, energetic and fun to work with. I'd definitely recommend him for your home purchase.
There were several factors that made my transaction slightly different than the norm, but Kevin handled them all seemingly with ease and I got a new home that I love in a very tight timeframe.
[Kevin and Jonathan] held my hand through the insanely stressful real estate process of San Francisco.
We couldn't be happier with the service we received from Kevin. He's personable, helpful, tech-savvy and extremely dedicated!
I was so impressed by his legal knowledge of housing, his depth & breadth of knowledge in the area and his true passion for real estate and working with buyers to find the perfect fit.
You are an incredible agent — sincere compliment btw!
Kevin was instrumental in helping me find the right place for me and writing a winning offer for my new condo in Alamo Square. I knew the San Francisco market was competitive, but I had no idea how fast-moving and short on supply it was. Kevin was the perfect agent to handle these difficult conditions.
I have to say Kevin was unexpected and a God send. I moved out of San Francisco to be with family in SoCal and didn't know how I was going to be able to handle the sale of my home up here. He told me he would take care of everything, watch my budget and he delivered.
My property was a transformation.
He spoke to the floor guy, the electrician, the Title companies, the HOA and so many more things I can't even think of all the other things he took care of. He gave me such a personal touch and treated me just like family, watched out for me and my interests. He kept me updated on any little change in which I appreciate and responded to any question I had quickly.
Thank you Kevin for all your hard work!
P.S. My property sold within the week!
“Nobody puts in the time and effort you guys do."
Your clients would have gotten the property if they listened to you.
I love the way how you inspire your clients. They're lucky to have you!
He focuses on finding a home that will fit his client's lifestyle. When he reviews open houses, he discusses what aspects of the home are good as is and points out ways it could be improved to meet one's hopes and desires. He's looking for a match, not just a sale.
The biggest compliment I can give to Kevin is he never stopped trying to find us the "right property." It paid off as the place we found wasn't even on the mls yet. Thanks again Kevin!
I have worked with many agents. Kevin always makes himself available and is willing to go the extra mile for his clients. He is helpful with ideas and brainstorming. He definitely has a passion for real estate.
We bought our house a year ago and Kevin was super responsive, incredibly helpful and full of knowledge. He was the perfect guide in navigating what can be a complicated and confusing process.
Kevin and Jonathan have relationships with the broader broker community which is incredibly valuable while buying in a complex market such as SF.
We appreciate all you have done to help us. We were so afraid that the house wouldn’t sell, but it did and for more! You have worked a miracle inside and out!
We didn't even think of any other agent when we decided to buy a house again. It makes a difference when your agent goes out of his/her way to sell you to the seller! As long as Kevin's in real estate, he has customers in us.
Kevin sends all his clients weekly updates about new homes that are available and how the market is looking. He helped us find the perfect house and we couldn't be happier. I highly recommend Kevin as a real estate agent!
Kevin and Jonathan were my listing agents for the sale of my Daly City home. Kevin immediately saw the potential in my property and set out what seemed to me an ambitious yet, affordable plan to prepare my former rental property for sale. Their suggestions included touching up paint where needed, updating appliances, fixtures and staging. Kevin's contacts were trustworthy, competent and competitively priced. Because I live abroad and was not present to take care of these details myself Kevin and Jonathan managed the entire process.
The house was finished within a month and is now hands down the best looking house on the block. Jonathan was there all the way keeping me up to date on status, ensuring that I knew what was going on every step of the way. And in the final leg of the sale, he made sure that everything stayed on track on the buyer’s side too. I didn’t have to worry about a thing. Kevin and Jonathan sold the property for more than $150k over the asking price and nearly QUADRUPLED the original value of the home INCLUDING all of the upgrades I had made over the years, plus his suggested updates for the sale.
What sets Kevin and Jonathan apart is their knowledge of the market, savvy insights and their Rolodex! They were always available to answer my questions, solve problems, communicate with workers as well as act as a liaison between the former property management team and me. And since it was Kevin who introduced me to my former property managers, I knew I could count on him to take on the sale of the house. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all that Kevin and Jonathan have done. So needless to say, I would work with them again in a heartbeat.
Kevin’s great! He helped me get an amazing condo in Hayes Valley by giving me really sound advice on how to write a winning offer. He is super knowledgeable, energetic, and fun to work with. I’d definitely recommend him for your home purchase.
— Brian W.
Buyer, uber, Google, zoosk
Our Clients Share in San Francisco’s Tradition of Diversity and Success
Our clients’ goals vary as much as the City’s neighborhoods do but they are tied together by a common universal: they succeeded in reaching their goals because they worked with us. Here’s a cross-sampling of who they are:
The Successful Single
Having worked a few years after graduation from undergraduate or graduate school these men and women have saved up a good amount of money and are successful in their jobs and careers. Each of them is familiar with technology and are happy to text and email; each will research a purchase thoroughly but ultimately believe in the value and potential of real estate.
The Coupled Couple
Having worked a few years after graduation from undergraduate or graduate school these men and women have paired up and have had a good amount of professional success. They’ve saved up a good amount of money and may have some family help in their purchase. Research and information is important but the potential a property has — in its current state or after some renovation — may trump as will the neighborhood as the couple thinks about having a family.
The In-Progress Professionals
Having worked a number years and probably having owned at least 1 property, these folks know about home ownership benefits and are looking to buy a bigger home for an expanding family or are also eying an investment property opportunity too. They’re typically busy and are coordinating a work-life-family balance; so text messages are good.
The One- to Two-Property Developer
These folks may have another career and a primary home but are also interested in doing real estate development and/or investment. They’re more numbers-driven but have more flexibility as their timeline may be longer as they may have more time to realize a return.
Development and building are these folks’ career and profession. While the real estate rodeo isn’t new for our developer clients each property is new to them. These folks will ask us for our thoughts about a neighborhood, design and long-term strategies and investment returns.
The Family Trustee
While our clients are advised to hold their property in the best possible manner to insulate themselves from estate, tax and liability issues, the clients we’re referring to here are ones who view real estate in very long terms across generations.
$440,000 OVER EXPECTATIONS
“Just trust their judgment and expertise and you will be very, very pleased!”
At $245K over asking and $441K over initial estimated sales price they knocked the sale of my husband’s condo out of this world. I wouldn’t be surprised if they set a sales price record for the area! Kevin and Jonathan are without a doubt the most amazing real estate duo we have ever met. If we could we would give them more stars we would!
They took my husband’s tired old pink-carpeted condo and transformed it into a beautifully chic contemporary home. Kevin’s keen negotiating skills helped us stave off possible issues with neighbors during the renovation project. This renovation was entirely run by Kevin and Jonathan and their team. We live out of state and were very concerned with just being able to remove personal property and clean the place. It was quite a conundrum. Enter Kevin and Jonathan(and of course Raffi, their adorable black lab!). Within a couple of days of explaining to them the situation and some “hiccups” we were having with the condo, the condo was on its way to being transformed.
Kevin worked tirelessly overseeing the renovation project and Jonathan calmed my frazzled nerves more than once.( Basically Jonathan was the calm and Kevin the storm) They kept us informed the entire time by sending photos and video’s of the progress and answering endless emails and texts. When my husband and son had make a trip to San Francisco for condo related business, Kevin and Jonathan were there to help them with accommodations and even met with them at night to discuss the progress of the renovation
Once the property was ready for sale, they quickly placed it on the market and just as quickly sold it! We had a broker’s open midweek and then a public open house the following Sunday. Monday we received offers, and Tuesday we were under contract. Then the following Monday we closed. We simply can’t say enough about these two wonderful guys
Our advice is, just trust their judgment and expertise and you will be very, very pleased!
—Patrick and Lydia Y.
Sellers, Trustee, Management + Author, Richmond
We couldn’t be happier with the service we received from Kevin.
We recently closed on our home purchase after working with Kevin for several months. We couldn’t be happier with the service we received from Kevin. He’s personable, helpful, tech-savvy, and extremely dedicated!
After initially meeting with Kevin on a visit to SF, we continued our relationship with him mostly over PhotoStreams and Youtube videos as he continually went to view homes for us, sending the feedback and electronic media to us all the way in Singapore!!! His familiarity with social media and technology made the process extremely efficient.
When we relocated back to SF, this level of service continued, albeit now with a lot of personal 1:1 time and joint house tours. Kevin is a very opinionated realtor, but I say this in a good way. There were many homes that we were willing to bid on in what was a very challenging market, but thankfully Kevin kept our best interests in mind. Rather than going for a quick close, he actually talked us out of a few homes to make sure we stayed true to our criteria.
In the end, we found a perfect home and with room to do some renovations to meet our criteria. Kevin now voluntarily continues on in the architecture and planning phases as a consultant, further helping to give us the house of our dreams. Although most importantly, Kevin now continues in capacity as a true friend to our family and we look forward to continuing our relationship in a strictly non-professional way 😉
—Aaron & Ashley L
Buyers, Genentech & Apple, Noe Valley
Updated Review: Buyers Turned Sellers
When it came time to sell, however, we didn’t know how it would go with Kevin and Jonathan because we only worked with them as buying agents. But as soon as we told them we wanted to sell our house they started working on it right away even though our sale was 5 months away. They worked with us, our constraints and schedules to come up with plans, options and directions on how to make the house even more appealing.
We were skeptical at some of the suggestions at first and their insistence that we go to market because we had unsolicited offers that were very tempting. We chose to go ahead and place our faith in Kevin and Jonathan and we’re glad that we did.
They took care of issues that came up (like the stager’s weird choices the first day they were there) and went out of their way by doing things like talking with us about questions we had late into the night, getting supplies for the house and giving us their opinions and advice on how to complete disclosure materials. Kevin and Jonathan were engaged with us and selling our home every day, which helped the process tremendously. Kevin and Jonathan’s work ethic and dedication is bolstered by their sense of design and style. They turned our charming home into a sophisticated and elegant house you’d see in a catalog.
Selling a house can be a long and intense process that can be frustrating at times but the results we got from Kevin and Jonathan’s patience, creativity and hard work beat our expectations by a long shot.
— Updated, June 2015
DUBOCE TRIANGLE/LOWER HAIGHT
T H E R I G H T P R O P E R T Y , W O N E A R L Y
Kevin helped me purchase a house recently. Very easy to work with and understanding. The biggest compliment I can give to Kevin is he never stopped trying to find us the “right” property. It paid off as the place we found wasn’t even on MLS yet. Thanks again Kevin!
— Jay & Jenn, Buyers, Entrepreneurs Locally Owned Family Businesses, Duboce Triangle (Bought & Won Preemptively)
P A T I E N C E P A Y S O F F
Kevin was very encouraging and told us the right place would come along.
All good things come to those that wait! While that’s not really my motto, it turned out to be true for our house search and Kevin was there for the long haul.
He was recommended by my coworker and I liked him instantly, he is all about the clients and their needs. He is super responsive, techy, with a great eye for design and has great ideas and network to help with remodeling, design, etc. He was a lawyer in his previous life, so he’s great at reviewing contracts and has the legal expertise.
Our search started in 2012, which was an awful year without much on the market, so we got to know Kevin and he got to know us and what we liked and didn’t like and what our goals were. Then came 2013, with a bit more on the market it was a crazy competitive market. We put in about 5 offers and were outbid every time so things got a bit frustrating. Kevin was very encouraging and told us the right place would come along.
He always sent us places he thought would be good, looked at every place we put in offers and gave us his professional opinion. He even talked us out of a few places where he thought we were caving to the pressure of finding a place — not that anything was pushing us to move except our own desire to buy. He really wanted us to buy a place we loved and felt comfortable in financially.
Finally, in 2014 there were more places on the market, prices were high and new construction started to come out and we found the one we love. The benefit of new construction is that there is no bidding war and so we got the place we wanted even a bit below asking. Kevin was there every step of the way, set us up with a lender, painter, handy man and was there for all the paperwork, and of course getting our keys.
I can’t say enough about how great Kevin was an agent.
— Inga (and Oren) W.
Buyers, Online Gaming Company & Media Rep for Tech Startup, Dogpatch (Millwheel North)
Our clients are both buyers and sellers, old and young, new to the market and seasoned pros from all walks of life. For us, real estate means variety and fun along with the privilege and responsibility of assisting our clients achieve and fulfill. We love what we do and we hope you will too.
Our Clients' Homes Away from Home
EUREKA VALLEY + DOGPATCH
HAPPY BUYERS & SELLERS
Kevin’s enthusiasm with his profession was apparent when I first met him at an open-house he was hosting. When we were ready to work with a new agent, I had no hesitation to engage him. Kevin not only helped us find a new home in the ideal neighborhood, he also managed to sell our condo (very shortly after) way above asking. He is very knowledgeable with the SF market and has a vast network to provide insights to off-MLS availability. In fact we found our current place off-market from his contacts, and even worked with his recommended Mortgage Broker to secure our loan. He was a great resource for us during both the confusing buying & selling processes. I highly recommend him to help you procure or sell your property.
— Ron & Rick, Buyers & Sellers, Enterprise Engineering & Corporate Marketing, Dogpatch & Castro/Eureka Valley
We were on a very tight timeline and it was very reassuring to know that they were constantly sending us listings and looking out for us. Despite the tight timeline they told us to be patient (yes, even in this market!) and not to compromise on the important fundamentals. They helped organize private showings, walkthroughs, connected us with the inspection agents and guided us through the offer-writing process. They were always available and replied to all our emails, texts and phone calls -— day or night 🙂
We would highly recommend Kevin and Jonathan — their insight and knowledge of the SF market is amazing and they’ll help you find the right house.
— Nipun & Neha
Buyers, Noe Valley, e-commerce professionals
UPPER MARKET/EUREKA VALLEY
Thank you Kevin!
Patiently continued to send me listings and opinions on houses until we found one that I loved, and then held my hand through the insanely stressful real estate process of San Francisco.
Does a great job of providing professional-looking documents and very tech savvy (inviting me to iPhoto albums of properties). Also did a great job pouring through disclosure packets with what stands out and what doesn’t (especially for a first time home buyer).
— Graham W.
Buyer, ER Doctor, Upper Market
My wife and I interviewed three top agents in San Francisco before we decided to go with Kevin Ho (and Jonathan). Why?
#1 Kevin really pays attention to the details. When he describes a home, he doesn’t miss any of the small accents or elements that make the home special (or not so special). He can get busy sometimes but when you need to talk to him in the evening he’s always willing to spend the time and explain what is going on.
#2 Kevin was a lawyer in a former life. That means he understands a lot of the legal issues that other agents might miss or gloss over.
#3 Kevin has a ton of experience on both the buy and sell side.
Those are the three main reasons why my wife and I chose to work with Kevin, but the reason why YOU should choose Kevin is because he doesn’t give up and he does everything in his power to make sure you get what you want. We ran into some issues with our mortgage during the underwriting process but Kevin put us in touch with a different loan officer and together they got us over the finish line.
My advice or first time buyers – be patient and listen to advice. Take your time, don’t feel rushed. There are always more units out there. We found the home of our dreams in SF – and you will too!
— Kevin and Katy
Buyers, Tech and Physician
Navigating the complicated and competitive SF marketplace Kevin helped us stay on time, on budget and ultimately find exactly what we wanted.
— Amy & Adam
Buyers, Chef & Advertising Executive, Mission Dolores
A Four-Fold Increase in Value!
Kevin immediately saw the potential in my property and set out what seemed to me an ambitious yet affordable plan to prepare my former rental property for sale.
Kevin and Jonathan (and Raffi) were my listing agents for the sale of my Daly City home. Kevin immediately saw the potential in my property and set out what seemed to me an ambitious yet affordable plan to prepare my former rental property for sale. His suggestions included touching up paint where needed, updating appliances, fixtures and staging. Kevin’s contacts were trustworthy, competent and competitively priced. Because I live abroad and was not present to take care of these details myself Kevin and Jonathan managed the entire process.
The house was finished within a month and is now hands down the best looking house one the block. Jonathan was there all the way keeping me up to day on status, ensuring that I knew what was going on every step of the way. And in the final leg of the sale, he made sure that everything stayed on track on the buyer’s side too. I didn’t have to worry about a thing. Kevin and Jonathan sold the property for more than $150k over the asking price and nearly QUADRUPLED the original value of the home INCLUDING all of the upgrades I had made over the years, plus his suggested updates for the sale.
What sets Kevin and Jonathan apart is their knowledge of the market, savvy insights and their Rolodex! They were always available to answer my questions, solve problems, communicate with workers as well as act as a liaison between the former property management team and me. And since it was Kevin who introduced me to my former property management team, I knew I could count on him to take on the sale of the house. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all that Kevin and Jonathan have done. So needless to say, I would work with them again in a heartbeat.
— Pamela A., Author, Seller, Peninsula
Kevin, Jonathan, and Raffi (their adorable black lab) are a great team. We mostly interfaced with Kevin and Raffi. Kevin was willing to work within our budget to make the house look amazing. We also did a lot of work ourselves and he was very supportive of our ideas and opinions. Any opinion he wasn’t fond of, he let us know about his experiences within that realm and gave us the opportunity to make our own informed decisions.
We ended up selling a house we are proud of, and it went for way above asking!
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T A K E I T F R O M T H O S E W H O K N O W
These Folks All Have A Few Things in Common…
- They are Kevin and Jonathan’s Clients — buyers and sellers
- They were (and are) better prepared and educated about San Francisco real estate than most.
- They succeeded in San Francisco’s competitive real estate market.
- They buy for less and sell for more.
- They will be repeat clients of Kevin and Jonathan.Each of their first step was to contact Kevin+Jonathan to get started. So should you!
N OW T H A T W A S E A S Y
The word to describe Kevin is EASY. He thinks of everything and makes the selling process easy. He sold my condo in SOMA within a month of listing it. There were a ton of details and logistics with this one. Not only was Kevin on top of every one of them, but he reminded me whenever I needed to do something.
And Kevin worked with what he had instead of bemoaning what he didn’t. I couldn’t afford staging, so he had the place painted and brought in a handy man. It was a lot cheaper, the place looked great and he found the workers AND monitored their work, so I didn’t have to miss my work. Best of all, Kevin knows the real estate business backwards and forwards and does all his homework. He was DEAD ON with everything he forecasted except for the sale price of my condo. He got more!
Lastly, Kevin is also an attorney. My sale had some legal questions pop up and he was able to advise me. It made me feel very secure to know he knew the law and I was operating within its parameters. So, if you want a realtor who lives and breathes your deal, keeps you constantly abreast of your property’s progress and does nice little things like pay for cleaning services himself, you have to call Kevin Ho. The era of the blue haired real estate yentas is over. We have ushered in the era of smart, technology literate, well-educated, vibrant deal closers like Kevin Ho. Thanks, Kevin.
— Peter G.
Seller, Advertising Executive, Bay Area news organization, SOMA (The Palms)
Kevin Ho is a fantastic agent!
I met Kevin while in a time crunch trying to purchase a house on a tight timeline. He immediately accommodated my timeline, working to meet every deadline while still ensuring I felt comfortable with every decision made. He promptly responded to every question and concern of mine, going far beyond his job to seek out information I requested (even going to downtown agencies to find documents I wanted to see).
He did background research for me on the history of the building, talking to former owners and agents to ensure we had all essential information before purchasing the property. Throughout the process he was warm and friendly, eager to ensure the property met my needs. Kevin has a great sense of humor, connects immediately with his clients, and approaches real estate through a personal lens (not a business sale).
I highly recommend Kevin to anyone interested in a reliable, efficient, and personable agent! He is wonderful!
— Nora H., Buyer, First-Timer
Sometimes you are lucky enough to connect with people who have the wherewithal and resources to make your dreams come true, and working with Kevin has been nothing but delightful destiny from the day we fatefully met at one of his open homes. With Kevin’s real estate and legal expertise combined with his infectious enthusiasm and strong client dedication, one couldn’t ask for better representation.
— Marie S.
Cloud Computing/Internet Startup QC/QA
Residential Buyer (Duboce Triangle/Lower Haight)
GOLDEN GATE HEIGHTS
Kevin Ho is an excellent real estate agent.
When I was looking for a real estate agent to buy a home, I had some basic criteria and he far exceeded it. He is friendly, smart, and very familiar with the legal side of buying a home. He is a genuine person who will look out for your best interests. I would highly recommend Kevin. It would be difficult to find a better agent.
— Gregg O.
Water Engineer, City and County of San Francisco
Buyer & Homeowner (Golden Gate Heights)
We asked Kevin Ho to help us and he did an amazing job of sealing the deal for us considering there were so many other people interested in the place. We highly recommend Kevin Ho. He is an amazing realtor and we are lucky we found him.
— Victoria L. & Bob J., Dental Hygienist & Law Enforcement, Investment Property Owners
You are very professional!
— Listing Agent, San Francisco, St. Francis Wood
I have worked with many agents and Kevin always makes himself available, and is willing to go the extra mile for his clients. He is helpful with ideas and brainstorming. He definitely has a passion for real estate.
— Edward G.
Successful Real Estate Developer
Multi-unit Redevelopment, Buyer (Mission Dolores)
We bought our house a year ago and Kevin was super responsive, incredibly helpful and full of knowledge. He was the perfect guide in navigating what can be a complicated and confusing process. Thanks Kevin!
— Chris & Christel
Web Developer/Landscape Architect
Fixer-Upper Single-family Home, Buyer (Berkeley)
And I have to say that you got this deal 100% based on the fact that I like you and wanted you to get it. If it wasn’t you we would have just taken the other offer. So it pays to have good to have good relationships in this business.
— Listing Agent, San Francisco
Kevin reads contracts in detail and really protects your interests — he knows his stuff on this.
I finally decided to hire him after he submitted to an hour of my rapid fire questioning on the sf real estate market where he drew lots of graphs to illustrate his points — this really impressed me but also proved a stronger understanding of the market than other realtors I spoke with. I can’t tell you how many times I went to an open house and a realtor told me something flat out wrong. I felt a lot of confidence throughout the process knowing I was working with someone who knew their stuff inside out.
Buyer, Senior Manager, Clinton Global Health Initiative, Berkeley MBA/MPA, Noe Valley
In writing this review, I am not surprised to see all prior reviewers give Kevin Ho a glowing five stars. I am going to do the same.
My sister connected Kevin and me four years ago after she met him at an open house. Kevin graciously met with me while I was trying to find a mixed use property in SF. I was so impressed by his legal knowledge of housing, his depth & breadth of knowledge in the area, and his true passion for real estate and working with buyers to find the perfect fit.
Ever since meeting him, I have remained on his weekly newsletters. These are by far the most comprehensive “week in reviews” of SF realty. They turn a subject matter — the prospect of buying a home – that can usually be stressful into a fun and informed process.
Thanks, Kevin, and keep up your great work.
— Mandy, Real Estate Observer & Future Buyer. Graduate Student
Prior to meeting Kevin, my wife and I felt lost as we started the process of looking to purchase our first home. Kevin was an excellent coach throughout the journey, holding our hand through every step, always available to answer any question (big or small). Kevin’s guidance is the reason we ended up winning the offer on our new home and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking to navigate the SF home buying process.
— Taylor & Carolyn, Buyers, Startup & Lawyer
After Switching Agents...
Done in Mission Dolores!
Kevin and Jonathan make a great team to help with the home buying process — their collective knowledge, hard work and persistence landed me with my apartment.
They understand the market well, they have a good pulse for prices and bids, have a great eye for aesthetic and design and have relationships with the broader broker community which are incredibly value while buying in a complex market as SF. I highly recommend them!
— SK, Buyer, Google (Payments/Wallet)
Mission Dolores (200 Dolores)
Kevin is fantastic — highly recommend!
We worked with Kevin as buying agent and he was superb. He invested considerable time and energy to help us understand how the market and process here works (quite different vs UK) and is super-responsive, even to late-night emails/texts which was great due to our work commitments. Importantly, he had great suggestions and advice on making our offer compelling, helping us secure the property we really wanted despite not being all-cash nor the highest offer.
He’s opinionated which is great: his suggestions of open homes to visit were always excellent and he responded to our feedback to tune follow-ups; we’re also very pleased with his suggestions for what we might do to/with the place we’ve bought – he’d be a great interior designer if he wasn’t a realtor 🙂
We’re looking forward to continuing to work with him!
— Ross & Sarah
Buyers, First U.S. purchase, Noe Valley, Google & EBay
B E F O R E A N D A F T E R
We appreciate all you have done to help us. We were so afraid that the house wouldn’t sell so quickly but it did and for more! You have worked a miracle inside and out!
— Sally & Eugene
Sellers, Out-of-State Retirees, Entrusted Renovation Decisions to Kevin, Twin Peaks/Upper Market
N E W T O S A N F R A N C I S C O F R O M N E W Y O R K
Kevin acted as our buying broker as we made our first purchase in SF in May 2014 when it was DEFINITELY a seller’s market. We were moving up from the Peninsula where we had rented for a year but were really moving from NYC where we had owned a few times before.
Since we were new to the Bay Area and had only made the trek from South Bay a few times, we were in real need of help when it came to understanding the character of neighborhoods. Kevin listened to our story and took the time to understand who we were and our personalities and then asked a few more questions to narrow down where we should live. His advice definitely helped us narrow down the choices and helped us with the all important targeting of our search.
Over the next couple months, we spent a lot of time pouring through listings together and going through the pros and cons of OHs that we stopped by on the weekend and he gave us very candid and honest responses to our questions including dissuading us from a couple of apartments that in retrospect would have been completely wrong for us.
When we finally found a place that we unquestionably loved, Kevin guided us through the process in winning a bidding war before the house even made it to its first public OH. He helped quell a lot of the eleventh hour jitters and pushed us in the helpful way not the overbearing way. Ultimately, we were absolutely delighted with the purchase and he was integral in the process and could not recommend him more to others.
He has also been super helpful post closing in helping us get settled into our new neighborhood and giving us great recommendations for service people.
—Mitchell & Debbie
Buyers, Developer, Fashion Writer, SOMA Trophy Property
Super friendly, Super helpful!
D O G P A T C H
We Highly Recommend Him to Everyone Out There
As first time homebuyers (and in SF no less!), Kevin helped my wife and I navigate the process from beginning to end. With his exceptional help, we were able to quickly find a place we loved. As others have mentioned, he is extremely responsive and his prior legal background helped in explaining the various contracts we were looking at. We will definitely use Kevin again when looking for our next home and highly recommend him to everyone out there.
— Arun & Maelle
First-Time Buyers, Dogpatch
Kevin is wonderful to work with for a lot of reasons!
To list a few– his positivity, attention to detail, tech-savvy & non-stop work ethic.
We were so glad to have Kevin on our side in this competitive market. He not only helped us to find a sound investment in a tough market, but also used his Attorney savvy knowledge to help us navigate the ins and outs of purchasing an occupied unit, which we planned to occupy. Kevin’s previous life as an attorney truly enriches his work and ethics as an agent, he was through and efficient with all the details of the transaction, making it painless for us. And on the rare occasion that he couldn’t provide a complete answer to any random question we had, he was always able to refer us to a professional who could — he knows half the city.
We would feel confident buying anything with Kevin on our side!
— S.M. & W.M.
Investment Property Buyers, Mission Dolores
Kevin Ho is a sharp, smart, and savvy guy – we could not have been more pleased with Kevin during the process of selling our San Francisco home.
An attorney by training, Kevin is incredibly bright and extremely organized. He clearly knows the legal end of real estate, but also brings a very personal, well-researched knowledge of the market to his clients. We appreciated his respectfulness of our needs and wishes, but also his gentle guidance regarding current market conditions and realistic marketing strategies. As much as we needed his real estate prowess, we also greatly benefitted from his great fashion sense and aesthetic – he has a superb eye for staging and décor!
We certainly benefitted from his excellent communication and availability throughout the process. We could not recommend Kevin more highly!
—Drs. Sarah and Greg T.
Sellers, formerly of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, currently: CHOP
Kevin was such joy to work with!
He was humorous at times but serious when it came to making an offer for a house. Never once during our 4-month quest to buy our first house in the bay area did he get frustrated and push us towards a house that did not meet our expectations. My wife and I are very particular when it comes to buying a house.
Initially, Kevin showed us several houses in San Francisco that we were never satisfied with. With the limited inventory of real estate in San Francisco we were forced to shift our search south but Kevin never got frustrated with us and instead kept us positive and encouraged us to “keep up the hunt” by telling us that we were getting close.
After putting in 7 unsuccessful bids in San Francisco and the Bay Area Kevin stuck with us until we hit pay dirt! Ultimately, our 8th bid was a winner and we got our dream house in San Jose (Kevin typically deals with real estate in San Francisco). We commend Kevin for his patience and positive attitude.
We owe Kevin a debt of gratitude for being patient with us, humility, and for keeping us positive until we found our “dream house” in San Jose!
—Mike & Chi-Hua S.
Buyers Relocating to Bay Area, San Jose
I am impressed with his knowledge and his enthusiasm.
I met Kevin at an open house in the sunset district and was impressed by his warm and engaging personality immediately. He soon began to help me find a place that I can call home. He was very receptive to my needs and easy to work with. He loves what he does and publishes his weekly newsletter on real estate which he sends to his clients regularly. I am very blessed to have him as my agent and would recommend him to anyone that needs to find a place to live in this beloved city of San Francisco.
Buyer, Former Music Professor, Twin Peaks
DUBOCE TRIANGLE & EUREKA VALLEY
Repeat Clients: Sellers turned Buyers
HAPPY AS SELLERS AND AS BUYERS
We’ve known Kevin for 2 years – we sold our first house through Kevin 2 years ago, and just bought a new house with him. Simply put, the fact that we didn’t even think of any other agent when we decided to buy a house again demonstrates our trust and faith in Kevin.
In both the buying and selling scenario, we couldn’t have been more pleased with Kevin. Best things about working with Kevin:
- He’s incredibly patient, and will spend the time with you. He’s not pushy and wants to make sure you’re very comfortable with the places you are seeing, as well as budget and timeline
- He truly knows about all available properties (not just what’s on the market, but more importantly, what’s coming on soon so that you get early previews)
- He takes the time to understand what his clients are looking for (in our case, we had some very specific but rare requirements), and the search/viewing is very focused – he makes sure to look for properties that meet your requirements
- He’s very tech saavy, which is always helpful – only e-signatures, online links, etc.
- He does a great job of positioning the buyers when they have found a house they’re interested in – in this market which is a seller’s market, it makes a difference when your agent goes out of his/her way to sell you to the seller
- He makes sure that the co-tenants meet so that everyone is compatible
- Finally, he works on building relationships, vs. being transactional. After we bought our house, he continues to send us links to decorations, etc, which is appreciated (we’re planning to remodel)
Overall, buying or selling a house is a stressful time, and knowing that there’s someone you can call/email whenever you want, and that you know has your back goes a long way. As long as Kevin’s in real estate, he has customers in us.
— Jay & Smitha S.
Sellers (Duboce Triangle)
Buyers (Eureka Valley/Upper Market & Clover Heights)
M I S S I O N A C C O M P L I S H E D ( O R M I S S I O N T E R R A C E )
As first time homebuyers, we were very new to the whole process of purchasing a home in San Francisco and felt extremely anxious. We wanted our agent to be available to answer our every question, reassure us about every concern and walk us through every step of a home buying process. Kevin did just that! Additionally, we were on a very tight deadline and had only two months to locate the property and close it, which also added a lot of pressure on Kevin and us.
Kevin walked us through every step and he explained every detail of winning an offer in a multi bidding world of San Francisco real estate market. Kevin connected us to highly qualified team of lenders, real estate attorneys and appraisers. Kevin responded to all our emails, texts and phone calls in a timely manner.
Furthermore, there is no question you cannot ask Kevin. Kevin can find a solution to the most difficult situation and resolve it smoothly and fast. Additionally, besides being a real estate broker, Kevin is an attorney at law, and his law expertise helps tremendously with navigating SF real estate market.
We closed on the house within two months, during which we have located the property and made a winning offer. We cannot be happier with our new home. We became good friends with Kevin and we still ask for his advice and expertise. When we are ready to purchase the next property, we will only work with Kevin and so should you. If you are first time buyer or a seasoned one, Kevin will provide you with services that tailored to your specific needs.
— Lana and Drew
Buyers, Filmmaker & Singer, Mission Terrace
A First Time Buyer’s Experience
It was great working with Kevin as my Realtor when I bought my first home. As a first time home buyer, I really didn’t know what to expect and I had a lot of anxiety with so many unfamiliar terms and thoughts of how am I ever going to make this work. Kevin took the time to explain to me how the process works and was there with me every step of the way.
During our initial meeting, we discussed areas to live, price ranges (also set me up with several financial brokers to get me pre–qualified), and what are my requirements for a place (garage, laundry in the building, etc). Gathering all that information, he went to work and came up with a bunch of listings for me to review. He also went to open houses every week and when he saw a place that fit my criteria, we would go to see it together.
On one of the open houses he went to, he saw a place that he thought would be a good fit for me. It met my criteria and the price was recently reduced so he thought I we should check out the place together. After we saw the place, we discussed it and put in an offer that was accepted by the sellers. He also advised we go in with a stronger offer than what was originally planned since it would be less likely the sellers would reject the offer and he was right.
It is an added bonus to have your Realtor also an attorney and certified mediator. During the inspection, Kevin negotiated on my behalf with the seller’s Realtor about providing credits for a couple of things we found during the inspection. Since I was pre–qualified for the loan the funds were available for the close of escrow. The escrow would have closed in about a month but there was an issue that was holding it up. Kevin was there to ensure that I would not pay for any additional fees to keep the escrow open while the issue was resolved.
In summary I got more than a Realtor. I got someone who was there for me at every step of the process. Kevin was committed to me as a client. Whenever I had questions, he would always provide answers. He looked after my interests and represented me during negotiations with other Realtors and financial brokers. If I had to do it all again, Kevin will be getting another call from me.
—Troy T. , Homebuyer, Compensation Specialist, Bay Area Pharmaceutical Company
A Happy Seller Who Stuck to the Plan & Succeeding Beyond Expectations
I met Kevin at an open house when the realtor I was working with (Rick Mei) took me to meet him. I was very impressed by his knowledge and expertise of the SF market.
The three of us got to work to get my home ready for the market, which we did in 2 weeks. Kevin made a number of suggestions about the place and it’s staging that seemed a little odd to me but remembering that he knew what I was talking about, I went along with them. Every single one of his suggestions were spot on and made the property shine. Even when he was on vacation, the advice kept on flowing.
The same thing went when discussing the marketing plan, pricing and property description. The advice from both Rick and Kevin enabled me to achieve an offer that was in excess of what I thought was possible.
Again gathering and completing the documentation. Both Rick and Kevin, along with [their transaction coordinator] in the office, provided me with all the support I needed.
Working with Kevin is a joy, I highly recommend him.
— Chris T.
Seller, Project Coordinator, Mission Dolores
WHAT OUR BUYERS BOUGHT
- 8 Octavia, No. 304, Hayes Valley (New Construction Condominium)
- 17 Jersey, Noe Valley (Condo)
- 19-21 Rosemont, Mission Dolores (Multi-Unit)
- 25 San Pablo, St. Francis Wood (Single-family Home)**
- 32 Newburg
- 60 Danvers, Castro (TIC)
- 62 States Street, Castro (Condo)
- 64 Walter Street, Hayes Valley (Condo)
- 81-83 Seward, Eureka Valley (2-unit)
- 104 Baker Street, No. 5, Lower Haight (TIC)
- 175 Red Rock Way, Unit K106, Diamond Heights (Condo)
- 20 Oakwood, Mission Dolores (Multi-unit)
- 128 Marietta Drive, Miraloma Park (SFH)
- 135 Amber Dr, Diamond Heights (SFH)
- 147 Day St., No. 3, Noe Valley (Condo, off-market)
- 152 Eureka, Eureka Valley (SFH)
- 200 Dolores, Number 13, Mission Dolores (Penthouse, 3-level Condo)*
- 216 27th Street, Noe Valley (SFH)
- 231 Cotter, Mission Terrace (SFH)
- 243 Romain, Twin Peaks (SFH)#
- 249 Monterey Boulevard, Sunnyside (Condo)
- 258 Laussat, Duboce Triangle (Town Home)
- 300 Berry Street, The Arterra, No. 1612, Mission Bay (Penthouse Condo)
- 342 Hayes Street, Unit K, Hayes Valley, (Top-floor Loft)
- 403 Main St, Unit 519N, South Beach (View Condo)
- 436 30th Street, Noe Valley (Condo)
- 467A Duboce Avenue, Duboce Triangle (TIC, highest price/sqft in area)
- 535 Steiner, Alamo Square (Large Condominium)
- 570 Guerrero, No. 3, Mission Dolores (rep’d both parties) (TIC)#
- 574 Natoma, No. 102 (Condo)
- 630 Thomas L. Berkely Way, Uptown Oakland, No. 513 (New Build Town Home)
- 735 Clementina, SOMA (Single-family/Converted Warehouse)
- 766 Harrison, No. 602 SOMA (Condo, Record Price/sqft)**
- 766 Harrison, No. 806 SOMA (Condo)
- 787 Page Street, Lower Haight (Condo)
- 913 Central Avenue, NoPa (Condo)
- 919 Ensenada, Berkeley, North Berkeley (SFH)
- 964 Corbett, Upper Market (SFH)
- 969–971 Oak Street, The Haight (Multi-Unit)
- 1005 Noe, Noe Valley (Penthouse Condo)
- 1228 Folsom, 723 & 725 Clementina, SOMA (Commercial)
- 1260 Minnesota, No. 202, The Millwheel, Dogpatch (Condo, New Construction)
- 1260 Minnesota, No. 304, The Millwheel, Dogpatch (Condo, New Construction)
- 1301 Indiana, No. 102, The Millwheel, Dogpatch (Condo, New Construction)
- 1441 Carrington, San Jose, Willow Glen (Town Home)
- 1617 Church Street, Noe Valley (SFH)
- 1618 Church Street, Noe Valley (SF)
- 2094 24th Avenue, Sunset/Parkside (SFH)
- 2155 12th Avenue, Golden Gate Heights (SFH)
- 2170 Vallejo, No. 202, Pacific Heights (Condo)
- 2300 Leavenworth, Russian Hill (SFH)
- 2600 18th St, No. 22, Inner Mission (Condo)
- 2628 Sacramento, Pacific Heights (SFH)
- 3024 Market Street, Castro (Condo)
- 3566 17th Street No. 3, Mission Dolores (Condo)
- 4367 21st Street, Eureka/Noe Valley (SFH)
- 4541 18th St, Eureka/Castro (Condo, off-market)
- 4658 18th St, Penthouse, Eureka Valley (Condo)
- 4618 19th St, Eureka Valley/Clover Heights (SFH, bought off-market)
- 5900 3rd St No. 2216, Bayview (Large condo)
- 1005 Noe, #3, Noe Valley Penthouse Condo
- 403 Main Street, 519N, South Beach Condo (Portside)
- 200 Dolores, No. 13, Mission Dolores, Condo/Townhome
- 147 Day Street, No. 3, Noe Valley, Condo
- 32 Newburg, Noe Valley, SFH
- 2600 18th Street, No. 22, Mission, Loft Condo
- 152 Eureka, Eureka Valley, SFH
- 2300 Leavenworth, Russian Hill, SFH
- 83 Seward St, Eureka Valley, 2-Unit
- 574 Natoma, #102 (SOMA studio)
- 241 Judson Ave (Seller) (Sunnyside house)
- 17 Jersey (Noe Valley condo)
- 135 Amber Dr (Twin Peaks house)
- 1618 Church St (Noe Valley house)
- 2451 Potomac, Oakland CA (Lincoln Highlands house)
- 4255 24th Street (Noe Valley condo)
- 200 Randall (Glen Park condo)
- 101-103 Lundy’s (Bernal Heights multi-unit)
- 814 Carolina Street (Potrero Bungalow Cottage Condo)
- 725 Duncan Street (Remodeled Noe Valley Luxe House)
- 1532 Fulton Street (Large Edwardian Condo, NoPa)
- 1811 Turk, No. 102, NoPa New-Build Condo (the NOPA)
- 234 Laussat Street, Lower Haight Single Family Home
- 60 Montebello Way, Daly City
- 353 Wayne Ave, Oakland
- 1222 Union Street
- 1228 Folsom Street
- Gualala Farm/Ranch
- El Cerrito Single-Family Home
LEASES KEVIN+JONATHAN HAVE DONE
- 335 Jersey Street (residential)
- 723 Clementina (commercial)
- 1228 Folsom (commercial)
WHAT WE HAVE LISTED
- 172 Valleyview Way, Westborough, South San Francisco (SFH)
- 175 Bluxome Street, No. 327, SOMA (Loft Condo, highest sale/sqft in building))
- 241 Judson, Sunnyside#
- 243 Romain, Twin Peaks (SFH)#
- 471 Duboce Avenue, Duboce Triangle (SFH + inlaw)
- 471 Hickory Street, Hayes Valley (SFH)
- 467A Duboce Avenue, Duboce Triangle (Penthouse TIC)
- 555 4th Street #733, The Palms, SOMA (Condo)
- 570 Guerrero Street, Mission Dolores (TIC)
- 766 Harrison Street #604, Cubix, SOMA (Condo)**
- 788 Minna Street #201, SOMA (Condo)
- 788 Minna Street #403, SOMA (Condo)
- 788 Minna Street #504, SOMA (Condo)
- 868 Minnesota #411, Esprit Park, Dogpatch (Condo)
- 873 S. Van Ness Ave, Inner Mission (Top-Floor TIC)
- 1050-1054 Stuart Street, Lafayette (4-Unit)**
- 1000 Stuart, Lafayette (2 vacant parcels)*
- 1072 Noe, Noe Valley (Fixer SFH, nearly $1M over asking)
- 1188 Howard Street, SOMA (Commercial/Light Industrial)
- 1228-1230 Leavenworth (2-Unit Building)
- 1617 Church Street, Noe Valley (SFH)
- 1643 44th Avenue, Outer Sunset (SFH)
- 4658 18th Street, Eureka Valley (House-like Condo)
- 1669 Grove Street (NOPA top-floor Edwardian condo)
- 913 Central Avenue (Remodeled Luxe NOPA Garden condo)
- 60 Montebello (Daly City house)
- 1252 Brunswick (Daly City house)
- 436 30th Street (Noe Valley condo)
- 101-103 Lundy’s (Bernal Heights multi-unit)
- 140 S. Van Ness, #1022 (Inner Mission condo)
- 120–122 Scott Street (Duboce Triangle 2-unit)
- 8 Octavia, #304, Hayes Valley Condo (8 Octavia)
- 374 Prague (Crafted + Remodeled Excelsior Home)
- 396 Guerrero, Mission Dolores Condo
- 375 15th Avenue, Updated Richmond Condominium (sold in 72 hours!)
- 2346 18th AVenue, Updated Inner Parkside House
*Pending ** Co-Representation #Dual-Representation
Kevin was a superb real estate agent, and did a great job helping us buy our first home!
Kevin is funny and personable, and knows how to get the job done. Since this was our first time buying a house and San Francisco has a wacky market, the first time we met with Kevin he took the time to sit down with us and give us the low down on San Francisco real estate, which we really appreciated.
Kevin is always available, whether it be via text message, email, or phone call. He was very responsive and hard working. Additionally, Kevin sends all his clients weekly updates about new homes that are available and how the market is looking. He helped us find the perfect house, and we couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend Kevin as a real estate agent!
— Dana & Drew N.
Buyers, UCSF Medical Student/Researcher, Chip Engineer, Intel, Miraloma Park
We received a lot of good offers…, but based on our past relationship and how smoothly it went, I pushed for your offer.
— Listing Agent, San Francisco
POTRERO HILL OWNER
While I have not purchased/sold property with Kevin, I have viewed many, many homes with him. I am impressed with his person touch towards meeting his customers needs.
He focuses on finding a home that will fit his client’s lifestyle. When he reviews open houses, he discusses what aspects of the home are good as is and points out ways it could be improved to meet one’s hopes and desires. He’s looking for a match, not just a sale.
— Keli W.
Potrero Hill Owner
Admittedly, I was very skeptical of the whole home buying process. I really never had much interest in buying (in the city at least), but I ended up having to leave my apartment and was planning to rent again until discovering how ridiculous rent had gotten in the last couple years. I was looking at a bunch of open houses using other online resources, and met Kevin at one of them. He seemed like a smart, personable, honest guy who knew his stuff, and (importantly to me) was a little less sale-sy than most of the agents I had run into.
I also appreciated how he was very willing to interact by phone, email, text, fb, whatever you prefer, whatever time works for you, and he also had some helpful home previews on his youtube channel. I was still skeptical, but gave him my contact info and he started sending me listings. He quickly discerned what I liked, and even when I was ready to throw in the towel and just find a rental because my timeline got unexpectedly shortened, he kept at it and managed to find the place that I ended up buying. The place wasn’t even listed, so I feel very fortunate.
I never underestimate the role of luck and the right place/right time factor, but Kevin’s network, understanding of what I wanted and continuous effort were huge factors in me getting this place. Once I decided, the process went as smoothly as I could have hoped.
Kevin was instrumental in coordinating among the various parties involved, which was fantastic because I wanted no part of that process at all and didn’t really have a lot of time to deal with it anyway. He basically QB’d the whole thing and made it relatively painless for me, while keeping me totally looped in as much as I wanted to be and answering all my questions in a very timely and helpful manner.
There were several factors that made my transaction slightly different than the norm, but Kevin handled them all seemingly with ease and I got a new home that I love in a very tight timeframe.
Just so I don’t sound too unobjective, I will say that I’m still not totally convinced you always need a traditional real estate agent, but for me, and I’m sure for a lot of other people with time constraints and/or other complicating factors, Kevin was definitely more than worth the price (in potential savings by using an alternative service) and I definitely wouldn’t have gotten the awesome place I have today if I hadn’t worked with Kevin.
In addition to all his diligence, experience and organization, he brought a ton of positive intangibles as well, which helped make the process less intimidating and burdensome than I imagined it being, and I have enthusiastically recommended him to several friends who are thinking about starting to look at buying. Being that buying a home is one of the biggest decisions most people make in their lives, I think that’s the highest compliment you can give someone. Thanks, Kevin.
—Jason S., Buyer, Capital Fund
CASTRO INVESTMENT PROPERTY
I have worked with several agents over the years, and Kevin is the one I will go back to again next time.
Throughout our yearlong process, Kevin demonstrated several times that he truly had my best interest in mind. There were places I was interested in that he could have gone along with to close a sale, but instead he told me his concern with the given property and steered me away.
As I was getting “shopper’s fatigue” in this highly competitive market, I was about to make an offer on a property that was very nice and high quality, but not quite what I was looking for. Kevin perceived I was compromising more that I was comfortable with and told me to hold off. He was right on. Three weeks later the home I had been seeking for more than a year hit the market!
Kevin guided me through the offer process and we truly threaded the needle. As is typical in San Francisco, there were six offers on the home I wanted. We made a solid but not extravagant initial offer. Several other offers came in at about the same range, and after further negotiation we won the deal with only a slight increase in our offer price. We bid enough to secure the house but hardly a dollar more.
Kevin is very outgoing, personable and inquisitive, which are great assets that give him tremendous intelligence about the market. He thus knows what will be hitting the market, sometimes months in advance and is able to guide a client to the right property at the right price.
Finally, Kevin is very fun to work with, which makes what can be a stressful process much more pleasurable. It has been a great experience for my girlfriend and me and I feel very luck to have landed the place I did at the price I paid.
— Aaron S.
Salesforce.com. Buyer, Investment Property (Castro/Corona Heights)
SELLER AND BUYER SOMA & UPTOWN
I couldn’t be happier with hiring Kevin to sell my previous SoMA condo in order to arrange for the purchase of my new townhome in Uptown Oakland.
Kevin is super-responsive and available on phone/text/facebook for any and every question in the process. With his legal background and passion for real estate, I felt confident in the decisions he helped me make – from which offer to accept on my previous condo, to what to offer and accept with the new condominium, to all the details in documentation and also looking at alternative homes as a backup plan.
This is my second time buying a home, and the experience this time around with Kevin as my agent was *night and day* compared to my first agent. I wouldn’t have changed anything Kevin helped me accomplish in the process, and he’s been in touch since I’ve closed on my new place making sure I’m settling in okay. He’s also up-to-date with the latest tools to conduct the transaction, so there will be e-copies of everything and no excessive amount of pointless, time-wasting appointments to sign/review paperwork.
If you have Kevin on your side, I think you will end up with a real advocate for your needs who can streamline the entire home buying process for you.
Thanks Kevin!! We love our new house! It’s absolutely perfect for us and we are still amazed that it’s actually ours now.
You knew we were interested in a house, but it had been a while (a year?) since we had seen each other or discussed real estate. You remembered us though, and when we ran into each other a month ago (you were rushing to the pet store to get food for your dog), you stopped what you were doing and took the time to catch up and describe a house you thought might be a perfect match for us. Indeed, it was a perfect match for us, and two days later when we stopped by to see it in person, we fell in love with it the minute we walked inside.
Buying a house is complicated, and there are numerous factors to consider and decisions to make. You helped us understand all of these, and you made yourself constantly available to answer our questions. You helped us craft an offer that the seller accepted over the others, including one that was all cash. We feel so lucky that we had you on our side. Without your help and guidance, none of this would have happened.
We were impressed by your attentiveness to all the architectural details of the house, and by your thoughtful suggestions on all sorts of aesthetic options. We look forward to keeping you in the loop on changes we may make in the future.
You were friendly and helpful, but also a consummate professional throughout the entire process. We highly recommend your services to anyone else who might be interested in buying or selling a home.
— Patch & Eugene
Buyers, Apple, Twin Peaks
Happy Buyers, Happier Sellers!
Kevin (and Jonathan), are probably among the most enthusiastic, professional, organized, detailed, and knowledgeable RE agents I’ve had the pleasure of working with. They have helped us through three home transactions; 1) Purchase of our first home, 2) Sale of our first home, 3) Purchase of our new home. On the purchase of our first home in SF, was done remotely from NYC and they made our experience and transaction worry free. Two years later we decided to move and sell our home. We engaged Kevin & Jonathan again as our selling agent. We followed their professional advice and suggestions and they sold our condo in only a week and a half with; two open houses, a brokers tour, a twilight event, and 200+ visitors! We accepted an all cash, over ask, 10 day offer. Next, we engaged them in the purchase of our current home in SF. They are very seasoned professionals who know the Ins n’ Outs of the SF market, and in this market you need every edge and advantage you can to ensure a successful conclusion. Lastly, helps that they have a roster of ready-to-go contractors/vendors. I would highly recommend them to anyone!
— Perry + Robert
Buyers, Sellers, Buyers, Hayes Valley, Potrero Hill
He helped me get an amazing condo in Hayes Valley by giving me really sound advice on how to write a winning offer. He is super knowledgeable, energetic, and fun to work with. I’d definitely recommend him for your home purchase.
— Brian W., Buyer, uber/google/zoosk
Unsolicited Praise from Colleagues
It was nice meeting you both … at your open house on Church St.
I must say that your entire property from stem to stern, showed Spectacular! Was it staged, or were the furnishings the Seller’s? In any event, everything was extremely well balanced — the pictures, art work, mirrors, window treatments, lighting fixtures, interior & exterior paint jobs, back yard, and the total ambiance that the two of you created in your presence with your cordiality & friendly personalities, made this one of the best open house presentations that I have ever experienced in 40 years as a Realtor!
Needless to say, your asking price is perfectly priced and it is most likely that you will receive multiple offers!
All the best to you both!
—Longtime Realtor in Noe Valley
Kevin was instrumental in helping me find the right place for me and writing a winning offer for my new condo in Alamo Square.
When I started looking for a place at the start of the year, I knew the San Francisco market was competitive, but I had no idea how fast-moving and short on supply it was. Kevin was the perfect agent to handle these difficult conditions. He was always very responsive to texts, had great connections to all sorts of people, and constantly shared photos and documents relevant to the places we visited.
When it came time to make an offer, Kevin really pulled through at coordinating all the necessary parties to get the offer ready on a last-minute schedule. He followed through in ensuring that we closed escrow within an aggressive 17-day timeline. With Kevin I know, I have someone I can continue to rely on for future advice and needs in real estate. Plus, he’s a super friendly dude.
— Mike P., Buyer, Facebook