Testimonials

Linda Carmichael

Laura Kaufman worked with me over the span of 1.5 years while I familiarized myself with the SF market, locations and neighborhoods, the real estate process in the US, and determined my own budget. I had read reviews online and Laura’s clients had much praise for her, so I knew that I would be in  good hands. It was apparent early on in my search for a home that she is a well respected Realtor in San Francisco. Laura completely guided and supported me thought this “purchase journey” and I’m so pleased with the results. She dealt with any challenges we faced and was a strong advocate for me through the entire process. She was always very responsive and truly goes above and beyond by ensuring you’re involved in the process, understand all the components, and are familiar with the paperwork. She always made time for me and I appreciated her depth of expertise! If I ever purchase or sell in the area again, Laura would be my only pick as my agent. Amazing woman!”

Brian Neidig & Kelsey Blank

“Laura was excellent — very knowledgable about the market, got right down to business about the property to discuss points that matter when making a purchase, and was extremely attentive to our needs. After purchase, she managed the process meticulously to make sure we took all the right steps to waive contigencies and make it through escrow.”

Susan Livingood

“Laura did an excellent job as my real estate agent. She is strategic, thinks of everything, and is very responsive. She guided and supported throughout the entire process. She developed a marketing plan that was extremely successful. I sold 38% above my asking price! Laura is terrific. I could not have had a better real estate agent. I highly recommend her.”

Aaron Martinez & Salena Bailey

“Laura came highly recommended by some good friends of ours. From start to finish she was generous with her time and expertise. We really appreciated Laura’s straightforward and pragmatic approach. She consistently provided solid advice and kept us on track . . . Laura’s clearly been in the industry for a long time and has wide connections in the SF real estate market. We always got extra attention at open houses when we mentioned that Laura was our agent. She was super responsive, often emailing or texting back within minutes. She wouldn’t hesitate to get on the phone at 10:00 PM to walk us through a disclosure or guide us through a contract. Finally, she helped us get all of our business in order for a 14-day close which helped us get the house we live in today! Laura helped us buy a house in this crazy real estate market. We love our house and owe it to her.”

Jodi & Francis Baker

“Laura was our listing agent, selling our condo in San Francisco. We started the process with her over a year earlier.  One of the biggest factors of us deciding to list with Laura was her emphasis on our personal timing.  When asking her about the timing of the market and its fluctuations, she kept saying that the right time to sell is the time that fits in with our schedules and our life circumstances. My wife and I really responded to this holistic approach . . .  She was so patient with us and never pushed us into selling. She would always say “do it when it’s right for you”.

One of the greatest things my wife and I loved about Laura was how responsive she is. When we were ready to move forward, she was there for us. As busy as she is, we always heard back from her immediately when we had a question.  Like most first time sellers, we needed some hand holding and she was there every step of the way. When it came time to look at the offers, Laura had worked the whole day whipping the bidding agent’s offers into shape.

When we met to go over the offers, she listed them in order of what she saw as the strongest and then educated us on every detail. It was very straightforward and enjoyable.

At the end of the day, we felt very taken care of by good hands.”

Sai Seigel & Cole Westbrook

“We just worked with Laura again, and once again she has been amazing! We greatly appreciated her expertise, thoroughness, and commitment. She made the stressful house hunting process as easy and painless as she could. We started our house search with very low expectations that we would be able to find an “affordable” (by San Francisco standards) single family home that we would love. She was candid and realistic with us about our chances, making sure that we didn’t waste much time looking at places that would sell beyond our budget. At the same time, she was always very encouraging during the search, making sure that we didn’t make offers out of desperation on places that she knew we wouldn’t be happy in. She always responded to us quickly and thoroughly. She was available at all times, including late at night, on weekends, and on vacation. She was especially helpful in reviewing and understanding the disclosure documents. Laura also connected us with a great mortgage officer who was able to secure our financing under a very tight 14 day escrow. We love our new home so much and can’t recommend Laura more highly!”

Dave Pekar & Alexandra Goldman

“Wow, Laura is awesome!  She gave us tons of personal attention and was extremely responsive via phone and email.  She would regularly send us listings for homes that met our specific criteria, rather than sending a generic set of listings like some other agents.  She definitely made us feel as if our search was a priority for her.

Laura also impressed us with her ethics.  Several times we were interested in home for superficial reasons, but didn’t have the insight to realize these homes might not be a good investment. Laura gently discouraged us from pursuing these properties.  After talking with more experienced home owners, we realized that this is an extremely rare trait in a real estate agent, and is certainly a sign of Laura’s integrity and commitment to her clients. 

Laura made us feel confident and taken care of throughout the entire process, and now we live in a beautiful home that we are grateful for everyday!  We would absolutely recommend working with Laura!”

Diana & Rick Friedman

“My wife and I worked with Laura . . . . to find us a condo in San Francisco . . . As we all know, the market right now is super crazy – you can tell by all the reviews from sellers saying how happy they are getting way over their asking price.  Well on the buyers side that’s not such a great thing.  But Laura . . . helped us navigate through the process even when slanted heavily against buyers as the market is today.  She always provided an honest and accurate assessment of the market situation and pricing surrounding the various properties we looked at.  Her advice on what to offer . . . was very helpful and instrumental in our ultimately being successful.  Her knowledge and patience in addressing all the steps and the questions that came up was exceptional.  She was also extremely responsive, a pleasure to work with overall.  We wholeheartedly endorse her as a great agent to guide you through the market and help you achieve your goals.”

Justin Martinkovic & Kristin Castelli

“Laura is a great agent who helped my wife and I land a great house at a really good price.  She is very honest and forthright, which is an important attribute to me when seeking information to make a decision.  Laura was very available to us, followed up in a timely manner, and was very PROACTIVE on our behalf, which seems rare these days in any profession, and was always friendly and enjoyable to work with. She gave us great advice on terms and negotiation, which was instrumental in helping us land a house we loved.  She also built a great team around us in our mortgage broker Stanley Erker at Wells Fargo and Kelley Lillis at Fidelity National Financial as our escrow agent.  The team was excellent.

I would not hesitate to recommend Laura!”

Tracy & Aaron Stone

“I hired Laura again to sell my condo, and she did an outstanding job! Laura coordinated the staging and photos and had a really clear, effective process for our open house and broker tours. We have an small child and had the additional challenge of wanting to live in the house as it was being sold and marketed and that didn’t pose a problem for Laura. Our house sold for 10% over ask and the price actually set a record for our condo complex!  She even negotiated a 2 month rent-back so we had time to find a new home! 

And.  . . we bought our new home with Laura’s help on a very tight deadline (well before our rent back was over!).  Again, Laura takes care of everything from the moment we said that we wanted to make an offer! We got the house at “ask” in this crazy bidding-war market and the negotiation with the buyer was straightforward. We had some delays with our bank and Laura was on the ball, following up and asking all the right questions. She was there with us through the signing on the dotted line! We couldn’t be more delighted with this process, with Laura, and with moving into our new family home!”

Jessica Lan

“I can personally attest that all the fantastic reviews of Laura are completely true. As a first time home buyer, I feel extremely fortunate to have been referred to Laura. Her . . . professionalism, expertise, honesty, consideration and promptness (I could go on…), all surpassed my expectations. From speaking with friends who have also recently purchased or sold homes, real estate agents who are of such caliber are few and far between. From my initial meeting with them all the way down to post-moving in details, Laura was there to make sure I was completely satisfied with every last bit of the process. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise on the general real estate market as well as the minute details of everything involved in the purchase process. Beyond this knowledge, she is constantly looking out for the very best for her client. I highly highly recommend Laura to anyone who is considering selling or purchasing a home in SF. As another reviewer put is, THE BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT EVER!”

Jamil & Landon Zaki

“Laura is the best real estate agent we could have imagined working with.  We are thrilled with our new home and have it thanks to her.  I contacted Laura over a year before we moved to SF, during a visit when I wanted to check out some properties . . . Later when my wife and I were finally ready to jump into the market, Laura was the first person we contacted.  Immediately we were happy we had done so, as she was incredibly responsive and thoughtful throughout the process . . .

We were lucky to find a place in which we were interested pretty quickly!  Laura helped by giving us an honest assessment of its strengths and weaknesses.  We never, ever felt that she was trying to “sell” us in order to gain for herself.  Instead, she seemed primarily concerned with making sure we’d be happy with wherever we ended up.  When we did decide to move forward, she painstakingly walked us through every aspect of the purchase itself.  Without her, we might have been lost in a tsunami of documents, but she made sure we were clear on each step of the way.  

Laura stands out for her honesty, responsiveness, and integrity.  We have recommended her to close friends and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.  She is the best!”

Courtney & James Trump

“Laura is AMAZING!

After a year of searching, having spent countless hours with other agents, we decided that the only way we’d have a chance in the crazy SF market was to find an agent that was deeply entrenched in the happenings of the market, super well connected and completely on top of it.

We found Laura on Yelp and our experience held true to every positive review she had. She was fantastic, the second a property hit the market we knew about it…if we wanted information about the property that she didn’t already know she always got back with us immediately with the answers. She went above and beyond with her research, saving us from putting in an offer on a property that had a new development slated to steal its views!

Every time we made an offer she did all she could to follow it minute by minute, give us constant updates and try to give us as much of an edge as she could. In the end we found a beautiful home. Laura not only got us a huge credit back from the seller (despite the competitive conditions) but she even introduced us to an amazing contractor who helped us fully renovate our new home.

We love Laura! We are so grateful to have met her and to have had her full support from start to finish. We can’t say enough good about her and refer her every chance that we get. We highly recommend using her! Thank you Laura!!!”

Nelson Goodell

“It’s rather remarkable to be writing this review less than two months after meeting Laura, and it’s a testament to her responsiveness, professionalism, and organizational skills.  I started looking at condominiums in San Francisco shortly before meeting Laura, and realized that I would benefit from working with an agent . . . speaking with Laura helped me narrow down my search and realize what type of place I was truly looking for.  Laura also taught me a ton about the intricacies/vagaries of the unique San Francisco real estate market, and provided valuable insight on how to approach presenting an offer on a piece of real estate here.  She is also a very well-respected member of her professional community.  I did not meet a single real estate agent in my search who not only knew who she was, but also did not have great things to say about her.

I was vigilant in my search, and sent Laura multiple e-mails per day frequently asking about different properties.  She almost always responded the same day, and typically raised issues that I had not previously thought of.  I also appreciated her candor, frankness and analysis of what offers were likely to be accepted, and which properties to not waste my time on.  As a busy small business owner, I don’t have time to waste!

I just closed on a condominium in my favorite neighborhood in San Francisco, and at a price that cannot be beat.  I believe that I benefited from Laura’s superb presentation of my offer, because my offer was not even the highest submitted on the property that I ended up purchasing!  I think that agents take offers submitted by Laura seriously, due to her excellent reputation and ability to get deals done. Through it all, Laura was a relaxed, detail-oriented advocate to have on my side.  She made this process very seamless, and I now have a place in my dream neighborhood in San Francisco.  Needless to say, I highly recommend her services!”

Charlene & Ankur Chopra

“My wife and I recently sold our condo in SF. After meeting with a couple of agents, we selected Laura to represent us based on a few factors. Her experience, negotiation skills, and understanding of the market came across immediately. She presented us with samples of marketing material (which looked amazing) and a detailed outline/schedule of the selling process. We were also impressed by her ability to reduce and present complex information down to what we really cared about (like the pros and cons on the terms of an offer). 

Laura navigated us through the selling process, which lasted only a few weeks and was hassle-free. She provided sound and conservative guidance as we compiled disclosure material, performed inspections, and prepared our condo for the sale. In the end, we were particularly happy with the offer terms she negotiated, and we honestly feel like we were at an advantage having Laura representing us.

We wouldn’t think twice about working with Laura again if we were staying in the area, and we would recommend her for anyone selling or buying property in SF!”

Nestor Hernandez & Alexandra de Ledebur

“My husband and I picked Laura as our real estate agent due to her great reviews and couldn’t be happier we did! Laura may just be the perfect real estate agent: never pressuring, quick to respond, and was incredibly informative. She takes the time to find out what it is you’re really looking for and has the skills and connections to make it happen.

Our home search took us close to a year across many SF neighborhoods. We didn’t know what we wanted at first, but Laura was with us the entire way, even helping us find a great agent in the Peninsula when it was looking like that might be an option. In the end we closed on the perfect Noe home for us, more than we expected to get in this crazy market.

We highly recommend Laura to anyone looking for a home in San Francisco. She must have countless clients but throughout the whole process we felt like we were her only client. Thank you Laura!!”

Anny Chen

“My fiancé and I got in touch with Laura after seeing her top reviews on Trulia and Yelp. We were first-time home buyers and completely new to the SF housing market. After our first meeting with Laura, we immediately felt like we could work with her. She was patient in answering all of our questions and walked us step-by-step through the home-buying process. She also helped inform our expectations on what we could realistically get in this market and was always objective in her assessment of potential units that we were looking at.

Given the competitive housing market, it was a relief to have Laura help us navigate through real estate listings, the bidding process, and eventually closing escrow on a condominium unit in less than a month! I was impressed by how responsive Laura is via text or e-mail; she works tirelessly and is always quick to respond to a request or issue anytime of the day or night. She is experienced and knowledgeable about the local market–all the agents we spoke to at open houses knew of Laura when we mentioned her name which was a reassuring factor for us. When we were in the process of making an offer on a unit, Laura was proactive in reaching out to the seller’s agent and keeping us as informed as possible. She made sure we covered all our bases and helped scheduled all of my meetings with the inspector, escrow officer, and even put us in touch with an insurance agent once the deal was closed.

It was a pleasure to work with Laura in purchasing our first home, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy in this market.”

Masa & Angela Fisher

“My 7 month pregnant wife and I were in a crunch. We had to sell our condo (first) then find a home in the City at a ‘SF’ affordable price, all before our due date . . .

Laura was very professional, warm and organized. She was interested in our goals and really listened to our needs . . .  one of the greatest bonuses were her connections. She had us on tap for fantastic stagers (Fresh Home Staging), an awesome mortgage broker (Cecelia Tyeskey) and whatever else we needed . . . On our sales end, we sold our condo over asking after two quick weekend showings . . . she was always responsive to emails and texts and calls.

The biggest coup was when we found our (now new!) home, she made it all happen, quickly and with advice about how to make an attractive and very strong, but not outside of our means, offer. In large part from their guidance, among four other strong bids, ours was chosen and now we have our dream home! What a pleasure it was to work with Laura . . . I’d highly recommend her for selling and/or buying your home.”

Dave Logan & Amanda Mazur

“For anyone looking to buy property in in San Francisco, Laura Kaufman is the real estate agent you need! When my husband and I decided to start our search for our first house we had no idea what kind of challenge we were getting ourselves into . . . Laura was persistent and patient through the entire process . . . She was always quick to respond to any questions or concerns we had and give us the complete rundown on any listings we were interested in. 

Laura is incredibly professional and has established an excellent reputation as an agent in San Francisco. It seems that every agent in the area knows who Laura is and only has good things to say about her. Her experience in the San Francisco market provides her with the expertise to predict which offers will be competitive. Once we decided to put an offer on the table, Laura was quick to follow up with the seller to make sure we were among the top of the offers to be considered, which ultimately helped us beat out 7 other offers to land our new home. 

We were always confident Laura would give us her honest and knowledgeable opinion, a much appreciated quality for anyone looking to buy. Regardless of how aggressive the San Francisco real estate market can be, Laura never pushes her clients to do anything they are not completely comfortable or happy with.  It is clear that Laura’s number one priority is to have clients feeling confident and satisfied with their real estate purchases. 

It was such a pleasure to work with Laura from the very beginning to closing. We were so happy we found and chose to work with Laura. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a real estate agent in San Francisco.”

Anne & Adam Avruskin

“We had a fantastic experience selling our house with Laura.  It was the first time we had sold a home, and Laura expertly guided us through the process.  There is a huge amount to coordinate in selling a home, and she was an expert team leader in making sure everything got done, got done well, and got done when it needed to.  She was so on top of everything that it really took a huge load off of us.  She was extremely accessible and always willing to answer any question – and her answers were always right on and showed her experience, knowledge and acumen.

She made sure our home looked great, did an outstanding job marketing it, and guided us through the offer review process as well. Selling a house can be nerve-wracking, but having someone like Laura working with us made it so much easier and less stressful and helped the whole process go really well.”

Todd Lane & Margaret Abeles

“Laura is the consummate professional and advocate when purchasing a house. She gives objective and straightforward advice, relentlessly follows up on every detail and is very anticipatory about your needs. She was also very good about setting realistic expectations in this red hot market. We are delighted with our house and almost every day remember some characteristic about the house that Laura pointed out to us. Most of all, Laura genuinely wants people to be happy with their choice of home. We highly recommend Laura.”