Client Testimonials

What people are saying about working with Stephanie
Stephanie has been my agent for buying a house in San Francisco back in 2009 as well as selling it in 2016. Both times, she made the real estate transactions comfortable and efficient. In a market like San Francisco, having a highly experienced agent is of utmost importance. Stephanie has been in business for a long time, and has the expertise to guide sellers to maximize their profits, as well as helping buyers find value in the market. She goes above and beyond for her clients. When I was buying back in 2009, I had an unusual financing situation, and she went out of her way to accommodate. When selling in 2016, she guided me to maximize return on investment when preparing my house for sale. She was diligent in coordinating everything, which was very convenient since I live out of state.
I can warmly recommend Stephanie for anyone either purchasing or selling real estate in San Francisco. I could not have been happier with the transactions of buying and selling my house. I hope anyone planning to make a real estate transaction in San Francisco gives her a consideration as an agent. Siina B.

I would highly recommend Stephanie Johnson- I’ve bought and sold three properties in the bay area in the last ten years and she stands heads and shoulders above anyone I’ve ever worked with.

*         Knowledgeable & intelligent. Stephanie knows the city, its neighborhoods, its streets and its properties. Frankly, for some reason, real estate is an industry that does not attract the best and the brightest and Stephanie stands out because of her intelligence. She’s articulate, intuitive, understands the finance piece and sees the long term big picture.

*         Service oriented. She did a great job handling a very complicated transaction for me – including multiple bidding, a non-negotiable and very tight window to close, an international power of attorney and a lien on the deed. Further, she kept me true to my goals and was constantly reminding me of my priorities so that I didn’t let my emotions get in the way.

*         Technically adept. For some reason, the real estate industry seems to lag behind just about every other industry in its technical advances. Stephanie works hard to overcome the limits of the industry  – she was constantly available to me via email, phone and sms and she set up electronic signature so that I could sign documents from my blackberry while on vacation.

I am happy to give a personal referral on the telephone. Please email me and we can set up a time to talk.

Anna

Anna B.

We worked with Stephanie in a kinda complicated situation. She was awesome. She worked her butt off for us and we sold our condo in 3 days and got asking price–at the beginning of the housing bust when we thought it might sit for ages. She has an aggressive marketing strategy and does a nice job of balancing her opinion with what you want. In the end, I think we did everything she wanted…and she was right! She is extremely professional, yet easy to talk to and, as I already said, works really hard for you. Will definitely use her again.

Alicia R.

Stephanie was exactly what we were looking for in a Realtor and has exceeded our expectations through the entire process of searching for and purchasing a home.  From our initial meeting when Stephanie took the time to get to know us and understand what we were looking for to the final details occurring well after the closing of our home, we knew that Stephanie was representing our best interest.  She made it very clear from the beginning that she will do whatever it takes to make the situation as uncomplicated as possible.  When a situation did arise on the seller’s end, Stephanie quickly responded and worked towards a solution before we had a chance to handle it ourselves or to even ask for help.

Stephanie’s prudence, savvy, and professionalism are reflected throughout the home-buying process.  She takes her career seriously and it shows in her dedication to her clients!  We would definitely refer Stephanie to other home buyers and sellers, and will definitely use Stephanie again in the future.

Thanks for helping us find our dream house!

William Tetsell & Danielle Halvorsen, South Beach

I was introduced to Stephanie by luck through her husband. I have to say that I am very grateful that this occurred. I don’t know how I would have gone through this overwhelming process without her advice and experience.

Her dedication and drive was inspiring and was the only reason why I still had high hopes of finding my dream home after having been to 20 or so open houses. She had a goal, and that was to find me my dream home, and she did. I will always be grateful for that. If I ever were asked to refer a realtor in San Francisco, whether it’s to my family, close friends or someone I just met, I wouldn’t hesitate a second to mention her name and tell my story.

Stephanie is a complete package.  She has all the knowledge and skills needed to make any real estate experience a prosperous and successful one. I will never go to anyone else for future realtor services in San Francisco. Thank you for everything Steph and see you in two years!

Amir Arzoodar, South Beach

When showing us different properties, Stephanie was patient and accommodating to our abnormal schedules. She was also very understanding and helpful when our first bid had to be done by fax machine (100 page disclosure!) as one of us was out of town! She was also open-minded. Not once did we feel she was judging our choices or trying to influence our decisions. Rather, she was full of great suggestions for things we could do with particular places we liked. Stephanie understood our tastes very quickly, and she tactfully pointed out the times when our ideas exceeded reality. She also took great care to explain the process of buying a house in SF. We found her to be gentle and sincere. We had a unique situation with our financing, and Stephanie’s supportive demeanor never wavered!

Samantha Campbell and Dean Scheben, Eureka Valley

Stephanie is a great listener. She spent the time to really understand what I was looking for, helped me prioritize my needs and helped me understand San Francisco neighborhoods and what was available. I really appreciated that she didn’t try to steer me away from my vision. When the right properties appeared, she called me and we visited. She quickly found a perfect match.

This was my first home, so I had no experience with the purchase process. Stephanie walked me through every step of the negotiations and buying of my first house. She introduced me to inspectors, mortgage lenders, the title company and top-notch contractors who bid on and then readied the place prior to my move. Every transaction in this process was seamless.

After my close, she has provided me with very good advice concerning a property that I inherited. I asked if she could represent me in its sale. Since it was out of state, she screened and then selected a realtor with which I can work in that state.

I recommend Stephanie without hesitation.

Richard Favreau, Noe Valley

Stephanie helped us buy our first home and made the whole process totally painless. She answered all our ridiculous first time buyer questions and was extremely helpful in negotiating with the sellers. From start to finish we had our dream house in less than two months. Stephanie is very responsive and very easy to get along with. Not to mention the fact that she is one of the most knowledgeable agents we came across. There are so many agents out there all saying the same things but Stephanie really was far and away more than we could have asked for in a Realtor.

Dan M.

We were  first time home buyers in a country foreign to both my husband and I.  Stephanie was just the trusted advisor we needed. From our very first meeting, where she patiently educated us on the various neighborhoods of San Francisco, to identifying interesting properties for us each weekend, Stephanie was prompt without making us feel rushed. She was thoughtful, attentive, responsive and took the labouring oar to find us our perfect home with minimal sweat and fuss on our part :).    We felt comfortable discussing finances with her and sought her advice on issues that first time home owners likely  find challenging. She patiently answered our umpteen questions, represented us assertively against unyielding seller(s) and eventually got us a deal we love. The fact that as first time home owners we did not feel exhausted by the end of  it all, speaks volumes for how seamless Stephanie made it for us. Even after we closed the deal, Stephanie was kind enough to follow up and see if she could help us with the logistics of our move-in (help book time slots with our building management etc). That level of thoughtfulness and professionalism is compelling.

We look forward to working with Stephanie in the future and will be happy to provide recommendations in person, if needed (She has our phone number).

Maggie S.

Stephanie was exactly what we were looking for in a Realtor and has exceeded our expectations through the entire process of searching for and purchasing a home. From our initial meeting when Stephanie took the time to get to know us and understand what we were looking for to the final details occurring well after the closing of our home, we knew that Stephanie was representing our best interest. She made it very clear from the beginning that she will do whatever it takes to make the situation as uncomplicated as possible. When a situation did arise on the seller’s end, Stephanie quickly responded and worked towards a solution before we had a chance to handle it ourselves or to even ask for help.

Stephanie’s prudence, savvy, and professionalism are reflected throughout the home-buying process. She takes her career seriously and it shows in her dedication to her clients! We would definitely refer Stephanie to other home buyers and sellers, and will definitely use Stephanie again in the future.

Thanks for helping us find our dream house!

Will Tetsell

It’s hard to believe I’ve been working with Stephanie for 5 years.  She’s helped me buy and sell two homes each.  I trust her explicitly and know she’s truly looking out for me and my best interests.  Buying or selling a home is no small task – I wouldn’t work with anyone but Stephanie!

Kim M.

Stephanie was fantastic. From our first meeting we could tell she was very sharp and knowledgeable about market conditions, financing options, neighborhoods, and much more. She showed us lots of nice places and asked the right questions to help us work out what we were looking for. When she finally found a place that was just right for us, she set up a private viewing for us the next day and helped us move quickly to make an offer on it, walking us through all the documents very clearly and thoroughly.

Stephanie’s savviness also saved us a nice chunk of money at the last minute: just before we sent our offer to the sellers, she learned that another potential buyer had dropped out. She called us and suggested that we reduce our bid before submitting it, which we did.

Even months after we closed on the house, Stephanie was still helping us. She served as a liaison between us and the sellers during a three-month rentback, checked on the place after they moved out, and even arranged for some repairs that needed to be done. In addition to all this, she was very friendly, patient, and positive with us throughout the process: a true pleasure to work with. Will F.

I had the pleasure of working with Stephanie and her realtor assistant, Inna, on a 1031 exchange. Stephanie is incredibly knowledgeable about San Francisco at large, and she made sure the right home was a good fit for me. I regularly received email updates from her on potential properties and she made herself available to show them to me. If she wasn’t available, Inna, was able to find time in a pinch on several occasions. What I really like about Stephanie is her responsiveness: she emails, texts, and calls within a few hours.

If you’ve gone through the stresses of a 1031 exchange, having an honest, calm, and competent realtor makes all the difference. I highly recommend Stephanie and she will ensure you are satisfied throughout the process. Claire M.

I thought selling my condo from the other side of the country would be extremely stressful and painful, but Stephanie truly made it effortless.  She found all the contractors and vendors we needed to get the place ready, ensured we had several estimates, took the time to let them all in and out of the unit and ensured the work was completed as planned.  Completing the paperwork was super easy, most of it was via an online tool that allows for signatures virtually, which made it so simple and made my life so much easier.  I’ve seriously been raving about how fabulous Stephanie is to everyone I’ve talked to about selling my place.  I would recommend her to anyone and everyone looking for or selling a home in San Francisco.

Amy McKiernan, Cole Valley

Five stars to Stephanie Johnson.  She is kind and thoughtful, yet maintains a no-nonsense attitude that helps cut through the miles of red tape involved in a purchase.  She commands a great deal of respect from her amazing team of brokers, inspectors, and fellow agents.  This obvious respect from her peers made us feel certain that she was the right choice for us. She is prompt and professional, and made our purchase happen smoothly and efficiently. Her commitment to her clients extends well past the date of closure, and we appreciate very much her patience with us as first time buyers.

Gabriel Leis & Summer Makovkin, Inner Mission

From the first time I met Stephanie as I was blindly looking at open houses, she inspired confidence. I was a first time buyer and had no idea how the market worked – especially San Francisco! She really seemed to understand me, and what I was looking for in a house. That says a lot to me because I was very particular about what I wanted. No matter what questions came up, Stephanie was always right there with an answer. She is so knowledgeable about everything it seems from architecture to finance to how I could make my crazy renovation ideas work. She seemed to have boundless energy when I put in my first offer as she literally spent hours answering all my questions. In the end we were deadlocked with one other offer, and I really credit Stephanie with getting me the house.

Stephanie has been right there for me from day one, and she is still there for me if I have questions. (Did I mention that she made the process a lot of fun?) She is intelligent, personable, savvy, and with you every step of the way!

Katherine Ikeda, Eureka Valley

Stephanie proved to be an invaluable asset in helping us find the San Francisco home that met all our needs. As first time buyers, we needed a partner who could not only steer us through the complications of the shopping and buying process, but also would tirelessly defend our best interests and advise us away from overly risky situations. In one instance, she advised us to walk away from a deal during negotiations when problems arose during the inspection process. When we found the property we wanted, Stephanie successfully negotiated a fair price, managed the re-writing of HOA language to better serve our interests, and guided us to an on time closing. We couldn’t be happier with our current Noe Valley home, and the service we received from Stephanie to make it happen.

Ben and Amie Fineberg, Noe Valley

As first time home-buyers, we needed someone who could gracefully lead us through the entire process of finding a home from start to finish. Stephanie did just that! She made what could have been an overwhelming process, a seamless and enjoyable experience. Knowledgeable, patient, exceptionally thorough and a pleasure to be around, we would recommend her to anyone looking for property in San Francisco. She introduced us to new neighborhoods, listened intently to what we were looking for in our first home, and helped us navigate the ins and outs of San Francisco real estate. The result? We’re content and settled in a place that will keep us happy for years to come.

Robin O.

Stephanie will get your house sold!  Before heading out on a 3-week vacation in June, I hired Stephanie to sell my Castro condo.  By the time I came back from vacation she had the condo beautifully staged, the neglected garden was rejuvenated, and the whole place just looked better than ever.  She also managed my move into my new apartment while I was gone.  After one open house, we had multiple offers and got over asking.  Stephanie is super detail oriented, a highly strategic marketer and negotiator, and an overall remarkable professional to work with.  If you’re looking to buy or sell real estate in San Francisco, I couldn’t recommend anyone more capable than Stephanie.

Christian R.

Stephanie is a wonderful real estate agent. She cares about her clients and is always stiving to get them the best overall deal possible. Stephanie understands Finance, is passionate about the real estate market and is very thorough and diligent.

Fif Ghobadian

Stephanie was exactly what we were looking for in a Realtor and has exceeded our expectations through the entire process of searching for and purchasing a home. From our initial meeting when Stephanie took the time to get to know us and understand what we were looking for to the final details occurring well after the closing of our home, we knew that Stephanie was representing our best interest. She made it very clear from the beginning that she will do whatever it takes to make the situation as uncomplicated as possible. When a situation did arise on the seller’s end, Stephanie quickly responded and worked towards a solution before we had a chance to handle it ourselves or to even ask for help.

Stephanie’s prudence, savvy, and professionalism are reflected throughout the home-buying process. She takes her career seriously and it shows in her dedication to her clients! We would definitely refer Stephanie to other home buyers and sellers, and will definitely use Stephanie again in the future.

Thanks for helping us find our dream house!

Luciel Leis

I was introduced to Stephanie by luck through her husband. I don’t know how I would have gone through this overwhelming process of buying a home without her advice and experience. Her dedication and drive was inspiring and was the only reason why I still had a hope of finding my dream home after 20 or so open houses. She had a goal, and that was to find me my dream home, and she did. She has all the knowledge and skills needed to make any real estate experience a prosperous and successful one. Thank you for everything!

Amir Fallahi

Stephanie’s level of service was exactly what I wanted and more than I expected from a realtor. She does what it takes to make the house search as enjoyable and smooth a process as possible. During negotiations with the seller, Stephanie came up with creative ways to get the most value for our money. Stephanie is extremely knowledgeable of the SF market and always had our best interests in mind. I will definitely use Stephanie again in the future, she is a great realtor and I strongly recommend her.

Danielle Halvorsen

It is my pleasure to recommend Stephanie Johnson most highly for her work as a real estate agent. Stephanie was my agent for the purchase of a condo in San Francisco this summer. She had all the qualities I was looking for in an agent; she is extremely professional, knowledgeable, reliable, organized, and punctual. Additionally, she is very personable and remains calm and patient in the eye of the storm. It was truly a pleasure to work with her.

Sandrine Dudoit

When showing us different properties, Stephanie was patient and accommodating to our abnormal schedules. She was also very understanding and helpful when our first bid had to be done by fax machine (100 page disclosure!) as one of us was out of town! She was also open-minded. Not once did we feel she was judging our choices or trying to influence our decisions. Rather, she was full of great suggestions for things we could do with particular places we liked. Stephanie understood our tastes very quickly, and she tactfully pointed out the times when our ideas exceeded reality. She also took great care to explain the process of buying a house in SF. We found her to be gentle and sincere. We had a unique situation with our financing, and Stephanie’s supportive demeanor never wavered! Samantha Campbell Scheben