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Ruth Krishnan
Real Estate Consultant

Specialties:

Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Negotiation

 
- Highly likely to recommend
03/11/2014 - healycan
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.275M in Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA.
Ruth Krishnan is outstanding. She brings a professional expertise to real estate sales that is remarkable. She recently listed and sold our home in SF. She knew the neighborhood, she understood the value in the home and she had the marketing plan that sold this home in a remarkable time frame. Throughout the process as a seller she provides constant feedback, has the resources to immediately fix problems - like urgent building repairs in my case venting problem with water heater. She works diligently in your behalf until closing. She provided a spreadsheet to the bank appraiser to support the sales price - an important assist in getting the home qualified. Ruth is ethical, direct and a great communicator. I have and will continue to recommend her to friends, family, and business associates- she is the best in SF!
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- Highly likely to recommend
10/29/2013 - anumenon
Bought a Condo home in 2013 for approximately $1.025M in Van Ness - Civic Center, San Francisco, CA.
We are first time homebuyers and Ruth made the experience as painless as possible. She’s a rare person who combines bulldog like tenacity when working FOR her clients and honesty, openness and kindness when working WITH them. The other reviews are all right on – Ruth makes every client feel like they’re her only client and her number one priority. We looked at new condo construction around SF, but ended up deciding that we love the condo building we were renting a unit in and wanted to try and buy there. Using her creativity she initiated a letter writing campaign to the owners in the building and it worked! We bought the unit we wanted off market. Ruth is charming, warm, smart, efficient, effective, and just plain knows her stuff. Stop your realtor search now and just hire Ruth. You won’t regret it.
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- Highly likely to recommend
08/28/2013 - scott fong
Bought a home in 2013.
Ruth was simply amazing! My wife and I started our journey of looking for homes in San Francisco in June of 2013. In a heated seller's market we had the pleasure to work with Ruth and she made the whole experience as enjoyable as can be. She is a great listener and truly got to know what we wanted. In the beginning of the process my wife and I were all over the board in terms of areas and type of properties. Between numerous meetings and convesations Ruth knew which properties/areas we would be happy with and didn't waste our time with properties that didn't fit our profile. She found us our dream home in July and we couldn't be happier.

I work in the Real Estate Industry on the Investment side and meet a lot of Residential Realtors. Ruth is definitely an elite Realtor as she flat out delivers and works her tail off to make sure you are an extremely happy client. I would 100% recommend her whether you are buying or listing your property.

Scott and Farah
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- Highly likely to recommend
08/21/2013 - user9107470
Sold a home in 2013.
I can't say enough wonderful things about Ruth.

I had called her to ask a couple of questions about the TIC listing in the building I live in. During the conversation, I mentioned that I also owned a condo in the Mission. One that I had seriously considered selling at a loss 2 years ago. One thing led to another and WOW! within a month, that condo was sold, way above what I paid for it, and well above asking price.

From helping my tenant find a new place to live, to finding a pet sitter for me when I was out of town, at ever step of the way, Ruth went above and beyond the call of duty. She made the whole process easy, painless, and fun.

I honestly do not know where this woman finds her seemingly limitless energy and enthusiasm. I dont think I ever waited more than 5 minutes for a reply to an email, at any time of the day. Any question I asked was answered completely and honestly. She is a powerhouse.

At every step of the way, I felt like she had my best interests at heart. After having had some bad experiences with past realtors, it was such a relief to work with someone I can say that about. I am so glad that I met her, and I whole-heartedly recommend her.
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- Highly likely to recommend
08/14/2013 - user3583595
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA.
I am absolutely convinced no one else would have sold my unit, but Ruth and the SFTeam at Paragon made a seemingly impossible situation happen!

I was introduced to Ruth a couple of years ago when I was trying to decide what to do about feeling trapped in a TIC post 2008 bubble burst. Twice over those last few years I have gone to Ruth for real estate advice, and after spending over an hour with me each time, gave me advice that ultimately she would not earn one penny from.

Flash forward to the present. I knew I wanted to work with Ruth because of her past professionalism, but my selling partner was looking for someone with extensive experience selling TICs. Ruth brought in the SFTeam and the personalization we would get from them was immediately apparent and night and day different than the other Real Estate company specializing in TICs would have been able to provide.

Ruth's team worked what seemed like 24 hours/day getting the house prepped, staged, and marketed. They helped in in ways that we didn't even know we needed help! It seemed like they anticipated every possible obstacle that could come along they way. They were lightning-fast with their responses whenever we had any questions. They even did a custom website for us when the standard website didn't allow for video uploads.

They were always VERY objective when presenting us with information needed to make any decisions and reminded us that ultimately the decision was ours. They set very realistic expectations all throughout the selling process and we never felt pressured in any way when making decisions. I always felt like I was as informed as possible at these junctions along the way.

They helped out with references to moving companies, painters, stagers, contractors, storage facilities, etc.

And when it came to a difficult TIC situation at the end (completely unforseen), when I thought all hope was lost of ever selling our unit due to stipulations by the lender, they fought hard for us with the bank to reach a compromise and somehow magically made it all fall into place.

I'm not sure how she had time for any of her other clients while selling our TIC because it seemed like 100% of her focus and attention was on us. Ruth is great! The SF team is great! I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking to sell a home in San Francisco.
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- Highly likely to recommend
06/20/2013 - user3836435
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $1.025M in Glen Park, San Francisco, CA.
Ruth is an amazing agent! Her knowledge of the market, current and past properties, and neighborhoods is absolutely incredible. As first time sellers, she had the patience of a saint, and we are forever grateful for the time she took in walking us through the process and keeping us on track. She created spreadsheets to help us plan and organize before the sale, and her industry contacts for the preparation work were helpful, responsive, and most importantly, priced competitively. When it came time for the negotiation and contracts, I was especially impressed by how well she navigated the loads of paperwork for us, while always keeping us informed. Ruth is the one you want to take care of those fine details for you, so you don't have to during such a big transition! Thanks Ruth!
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- Highly likely to recommend
06/18/2013 - user1077451
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $925K in Glen Park, San Francisco, CA.
My husband and I cannot recommend Ruth Krishnan highly enough!

In the spring of 2012, with Ruth as our agent, we sold our Glen Park home for much, much more than we'd imagined possible. You might think that other realtors would get similar results - it's all about good market timing, scarce supply, and low interest rates, right? But having just gone through the process, we now understand how much impact a realtor can have - and Ruth's impact was tremendous. Specifically:

-- Ruth helped us strategize and prioritize pre-sale upgrades to our home. She then managed the agreed upon improvements from start to finish, with amazing results. (Afterwards, some of the same buyers that had passed on an early, pre-improvement off-market showing came back with offers much, much higher than the original off-market asking price.) -- Ruth and her team put an incredible amount of time and money into the staging and the marketing of the house. The website, the high quality staging that matched the aesthetic of our house, the neighborhood party, the glossy brochures - these all transformed a nice, modest home into a high-end gem. -- Once we we were showing the house and continuing throughout the contract phase, Ruth remained in daily contact on how things were progressing and what we could do to help the process. -- We were particularly impressed with how she handled the appraisal. Our house was at risk of not appraising, due to the high offer price and a lack of direct comps. But Ruth pulled together a wealth of information for the appraiser derived from her own painstaking research (comps in similar neighborhoods, etc.) to help ensure that our house did indeed appraise. -- Our first contract fell through on the buyers' end very late in the process. This was a stressful moment for us, but Ruth immediately got things rolling again, all the way through a second listing, which was even more successful than the first. Ruth's tenacity really shone through here - I can imagine a lot of agents might scale back their investment once the sale becomes difficult, but Ruth did just the opposite. (And mind you, she did all this with a two-week-old newborn at home...)

At first, we didn't understand how a realtor could invest so much extra time and money without passing the fees directly to us, but we realize now that it's because Ruth knows she has skin in the game. She knows from experience that her up-front investment more than pays for itself in the impact it has on the final price.

In retrospect, we truly believe that had we gone with a realtor any less tenacious, market-aware or invested than Ruth, our sale price would have been significantly lower. As an added bonus, we just really liked her - she was always honest and up-front without ever being curt, and even as the expert in the arena, she regularly sought (and welcomed) our feedback, questions and opinions.

We feel so, so lucky that we chose to work with Ruth over any other possible agent! If we could make these five stars sparkle and shine, we would!
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- Highly likely to recommend
05/31/2013 - user6859156
Sold a Multiple Occupancy home in 2008 for approximately $1.425M in Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA.
Ruth is the best! In the last 10 years we've purchased a condo, a 3-unit building, a 4-unit building, and a 2-unit building. We've sold 8 individual units. So we've done a few real estate deals.

We've worked with a few different agents over that time, always searching for someone who would listen to us and provide actual insight for the significant commission we're paying. But we're done looking because Ruth is the one. If you're listing with her, she does real market analysis that helps you price your place correctly to get maximum exposure. If you're buying, she'll help you find the right place for you and will fight for the best deal. Stop looking. Hire Ruth.
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- Highly likely to recommend
05/29/2013 - user2972640
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $600K in Mission Terrace, San Francisco, CA.
I don't even know where to begin to try and explain everything we went through in purchasing our first home. There we so many times when we wanted to give up. So many things went wrong. So many heartbreaks. If it wasn't for our amazing agent we'd probably still be renters.

Ruth Krishnan truly is an unbelievable professional and person. She was all things to us during this crazy time. Advisor, Cheerleader, Psychologist, you name it! She was always available with great advice, encouraging words, and the occasional cocktail when it really got rough!

The seller of the home we chose was the do-it-yourself type who tackled the home remodel himself. The house looked to be in move in condition cosmetically. However, everything changed when we had the inspections. Virtually all of the "upgrades" the seller had done were not permitted AND not up to code. And not up to code was an understatement. Downright fire hazards.

We were heartbroken. Ruth stepped in and willed this thing to work out. Through her incredible determination and and creative tenacity she got the seller to spend 10s of thousands of dollars to have professionals come in and fix all the damage he'd done. She also made sure the contractors that did the work got paid and that everything was permitted and inspected (not her job to babysit this process, but she stepped in to see it through to completion).

Though we had such a difficult time, I am so grateful to Ruth that she saw it through to the end, and we now live in a house that we are completely in love with. I can't thank you enough, Ruth!

One side note...

After months and months of talking everyday, working together, even commiserating together, we got the house and then we were so busy we didn't talk to Ruth for a while. I found myself missing her. Just then she called and offered to take us to a celebratory dinner! What a great time it was! She has become our dear friend and I hope it stays that way for a long time!
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- Highly likely to recommend
05/23/2013 - user61154893
Bought a Condo home in 2011 for approximately $650K in South of Market, San Francisco, CA.
About three years ago, I was in a position to buy my first property and was lucky enough to have Ruth recommended to me and my family by a mutual friend. She exceeded all of our expectations and I can not think of the whole process going any smoother. We ended up closing a deal on a live/work loft in Soma in just a week! If it was not for her expertise and knowledge of the San Francisco Real Estate Market, I would not have found such an amazing place and felt as confident with the investment. Ruth has a great way of being very personable, understanding and relaxed while being very vigilant and motivated as a real estate agent. The best part about working with Ruth is you not only find your dream home, but also gain a good friend in the process.
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Paragon
1400 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94109
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