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Laura Kaufman, MBA

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Agent

31 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

MBA, Top 1% San Francisco Realtors

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation

Ratings & Reviews

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 associate, Amanda Martin, was an added bonus and we couldn't believe our luck to work with such a great team. 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. Laura helped us buy a house in this crazy real estate market. We love our house and owe it to her.

  

09/01/2015 - aarondmartinez
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $925K in Excelsior, San Francisco, CA.

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 associate, Amanda Martin, was an added bonus and we couldn't believe our luck to work with such a great team. 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. Laura helped us buy a house in this crazy real estate market. We love our house and owe it to her.

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08/07/2015 - Harriet
Sold a home in 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

I highly recommend Laura. She was very prepared, understood the market, and had a very successful strategy for selling our home. She and her team were very personable and knowledgeable and conducted very successful open houses. It was a pleasure working with her and her team. I was going through a rough time as a result of my father passing and they took a lot of stress off of my shoulders. They sold our house in 2 weeks. They took care of everything for me and I really appreciated working with her.

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07/24/2015 - Kim
Sold a home in 2015 in Folsom, CA.

When we decided to sell our home, we interviewed a number of agents, and it was clear to us that Laura (and her associate Amanda) was the one we wanted to work with. Laura is not only terrific to work with but always enthusiastic and full of energy. She is incredibly organized, has a ton of excellent resources (contractors, painters, stagers, etc) at her fingertips, and on top of the entire process. We never had to wait for her to get back to us about anything, she is incredibly responsive. She helped us whip our house into shape, determine our priorities, and then got it on the market and sold it fast with multiple offers and well above asking price. We could not have had a better agent. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Laura.

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06/12/2015 - Ron T
Sold a Multi Family home in 2015 for approximately $2.525M in Cow Hollow, San Francisco, CA.

If you were to look up the definition of AMAZING and THE BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT EVER, Laura's name would be right there! Being a good agent is one thing, but being genuine, handling potentially difficult situations with aplomb, having an incomparable knowledge base, being very responsive, and being able to always offer solid references and resources are what make Laura a true stand out. She is the best example of how intelligence, professionalism, and a sincere care and concern for all parties involved can result in the ideal sale that you want. My sister and I were selling a building that we had inherited, which had a tenant in one of the units, and my sister lived in the other. It was a bit tired and worn looking, but Laura encouragingly saw the potential and had no doubts it could sell, and she was right! We received MULTIPLE OFFERS, and the winning one was 25% OVER ASKING PRICE!!! This is quite beyond what I had imagined going into this sale, and I have Laura to thank for this! Amanda Martin also helped with the sale - they make an excellent team! RESOURCES: With Laura's recommendations and help obtaining bids, all of the painting, hauling of old furniture and other items, removal of carpets, cleaning, and staging (Robin Chudy of Robin's Nest - super job!) equated to a very presentable showing. What a difference! MARKETING MATERIALS: It was so rewarding to see all of the photos on the very sleek website for our building (I never knew the place could look so light-filled and airy). Equally professional were the full-color flyers distributed at the open houses which were printed on nice stock. UNDERSTANDING LEGALITIES: This is my first time selling property in San Francisco; I previously only sold homes that my family and I lived in in the suburbs. Navigating San Francisco's laws and codes was a mind-boggling experience, which, if not for Laura, I would have spent hours understanding. She provided us with information and links to attorney's websites that clearly explained all issues - from tenant's rights, to any possible legal complications. ACCURATE TIMELINE: Laura provided us with a preparation and marketing calendar, and quickly updated it when necessary. Her timeline on the marketing calendar was something I had not experienced before - it went according to plan: from the date the property was to be listed on the MLS to when the date came to review offers, it played out in the best possible way! RESPONSIVENESS: Her degree of responsiveness is unparalleled. I've emailed her at all hours, and I never have to wait long for a reply. If it's late at night I'll receive a reply first thing in the early morning. During the day, she replies so quickly. She's on top of everything, and when you speak with her, her can-do attitude is inspiring. I know we're only one of her clients, but it feels like we're the only one! FAIR: My sister and I were coming from different viewpoints on what we wanted overall, and Laura was admirably very fair in acknowledging that she represents us both, and always presented alternative options that may not have yielded in an easy sale, but that were available if that's we wanted to do. NO PRESSURE: There was absolutely no pressure at any step of the way; she always made sure we had all of the information before we made a decision, and that we were comfortable with it. Her honesty is refreshing. FORESIGHT: Laura has the foresight to anticipate what you may need in connection with the selling. For example, she introduced my sister to her financial advisor to help her figure out a plan to move forward after the sale, and provided her with the contact information of two individuals at Progressive Property Group, who educate and help people find rentals in SF. HELPFUL BEYOND THE SALE: She never hesitates to help out. I asked if she knew how to determine the value of the property from when I first inherited it years ago, and she said she would go the SFAR office to look up comp sales from back then, since the information was not online. BOTTOM LINE: I would highly recommend Laura! None of this would have been possible without her insightful input, confidence, positivity, and hard work, all of which she makes look easy. THANK YOU, LAURA!!!

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04/16/2015 - Susan Livingood
Sold a home in 2015 in Noe Valley, San Francisco, CA 94131.

Laura did an excellent job as my real estate agent. She is strategic, thinks of everything, and is very responsiveness. 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.

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04/15/2015 - Todd Johns
Sold a Condo home in 2015 for approximately $2.425M in Noe Valley, San Francisco, CA.

This is our second real estate transaction with Laura as 8 years ago she helped us buy the condo we just sold in Noe Valley. We were even more impressed this time around with Laura's work (along with the work of her teammate Amanda Martin). Laura knew the market, the comparable sales, the right people to contact to get quick last minute work done to update the property and get ready to sell, and the right timing to optimize our chances for a favorable selling experience. She worked quickly and efficiently to keep all the moving pieces in line and was again a pleasure to work with. We received 8 strong offers on our property and were beyond pleased with the quality of the offers, the communication with all parties involved and with how Laura was a true trusted advisor throughout. I highly recommend her!

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02/18/2015 - Noone.sinead
Sold a home in 2015.

Laura is excellent, and we give her full credit for the successful sale of our home. Our situation was pretty complicated, as we had to move abroad for work before putting our home on the market. In addition, the condo conversion of our 4 unit building was nearing its final stages. Not only did Laura coordinate painting, repairs, cleaning, and staging, she went above and beyond in working with lenders and with the other co-owners to help make sure that everyone would be ready to refinance on time - all TIC members and our buyer needed to be able to close on the same day! Laura was always thinking a few steps ahead to identify potential risks and come up with solutions. We were very lucky indeed to have such an experienced, responsive and highly competent agent.

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01/24/2015 - jzaki
Bought a home in 2015.

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. Most agents probably would not have wanted to spend time with a client so far from investing. Laura, though, was generous with her time and advice even then, showing me around a few different neighborhoods and educating me about the market. 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. She met with us over coffee on a Sunday and asked a lot of great questions to get a feel for our priorities, etc. We are first time homebuyers so had a lot to learn, but Laura was patient and clearly explained the entire process to us. 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!

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01/14/2015 - Josh Nguyen
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 in Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA.

My wife and I just closed a house thanks to Laura. We were in the market for about a year and went through multiple offers and scenarios. Laura was awesome. It's hard to find competent and caring people to work with. The most important asset was her communication. She is the most responsive person I've ever met - also super patient with us through the process. We were new to the market, and she (gently) led us to be more informed buyers and to balance our expectations with our dreams. Texts, calls, emails -- on weekends, at nights, when things were slow and when things heated up. Laura provided a lot of peace of mind through this crazy market. A lot of agents would "get back to you" when you have difficult questions on comps or market conditions, etc. - but Laura never hesitated to give us her honest opinion on a place right in the conversation. I really appreciated that so much more than agents who tried to be impartial but in the end made the process more obtuse. Working with her you get the sense of forward movement and that you're navigating through the challenges forcefully. During the offer stage, she would put on the superhero cape and unraveled a lot of fast-moving scenarios. I'd be happy to work with her again. Act soon - she's valuable, in-demand, and you'd want her on your side!

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11/30/2014 - mika newton
Sold a Townhouse home in 2014 for approximately $1.525M in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA.

I just worked with Laura for the second time and she just does not disappoint. In fact, I am even more delighted (hard to believe that is even possible) than I was last time. I have worked with Laura as both a buyer and a seller and from either perspective you want her on your side. She executes from both a tactical and a strategic perspective. She knows how to make a deal happen and she gives phenomenal advice. What else could you possibly need?

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