I decided to work with Lauren because I can trust she has my best interest at heart and understands the nature of our transactions and what we are trying to accomplish. Her in depth knowledge of the San Francisco market and the various neighborhoods, along with her experience working with investors were also significant reasons for establishing a professional relationship with Lauren.

 

My expectations of working with Lauren were to create a working relationship built on trust and working toward a common goal. I had worked with Lauren in the past, so I knew she would meet my expectations, but after our last transaction I can say she surpassed the expectations I had for our last project. I had very little knowledge of the local market and inner workings of the local market.

 

Lauren understood what I needed to know and provided the information necessary to execute a successful transaction. A lot of people in this business know how to communicate the plan, Lauren knows how to communicate it and then back it up with the action necessary to execute it. She went above and beyond her normal job description to help coordinate and provide access to consultants and contractors prior to having a listing.

 

I think what makes Lauren stand out the most is she does what she says she is going to do and then some. That is hard to find in this business. She also has excellent knowledge of the market and the overall goal of the transaction.

Aaron Roden

 

 

“Her in depth knowledge of the San Francisco market and the various neighborhoods, along with her experience working with investors were also significant reasons for establishing a professional relationship with Lauren…”

 

 

In 2009, our company (McKinley Partners) got into the distress housing business. We raised two distressed housing funds: one for the purchase, rehab, and rental of the home; the second for purchase, rehab and sale (or flip) of the home. Since we were novices in the flip business, we needed of a seasoned sales agent/broker that knew how to stage our homes and squeeze the highest value when selling our homes. Lauren hit the ground running and did a great job for McKinley, she exceeded our expectations.

Dan Aguilar






” …a seasoned sales agent/broker that knew
how to stage our homes and squeeze
the highest value when selling…”








Lauren was fantastic to work with! As first-time home buyers, navigating the competitive San Francisco Real Estate market seemed intimidating. Lauren is well informed about the market and was able to help us create a strategy to find the best possible home for our needs. Once we found a home we wanted, she was able to secure the property at the asking price (homes at the time were going for 15%+ over ask), and we were able to close in 30 days without any problems. Lauren is extremely responsive and made herself available to us even late at night to accommodate our schedule. We can’t say enough good things about Lauren’s courteousness, professionalism, and ability to execute; and we remain friends to this day!

Megan and Vince






“Lauren was fantastic to work with…is well informed about the market and was able to help us create a strategy to find the best possible home for our needs…once we found the home we wanted we were able to close in 30 days without any problems”









I wanted to buy a condo when I retired from the SFFD. I consulted Lauren O’Brien to help me with the onerous process of finding a home in this market. I knew Lauren and felt comfortable asking her to guide me through the process.

 

Since I retired in early April, my time frame to buy was before the end of the year 2013. In early March, we decided to site visit some listings and visited six open houses. At the end of a long afternoon, Lauren found out (most importantly) what I didn’t want. We were going to call it a day but she had a listing for two lofts at the same location. The 1BR/2BA listing piqued my interest…because what condo would have one bedroom and two baths? Actually, it has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a powder room on the first floor in a three level unit. The loft turned out to be exactly what I wanted times ten. Lauren formulated a plan to make an aggressive offer.

 

I trusted her judgment and we made the best offer I could afford. The sellers received multiple offers and accepted my offer. I purchased my dream home and moved in May 2013. The home buying process can be intimidating for a first time buyer. Lauren guided me and explained all that I did not understand. Who finds a home the very first day they begin the search? Our friendship gave her qualified insight to my personality and character. I do believe Lauren is more than capable to represent anyone with their search for a home. Lauren is always present and available.

Leonardo Harris

We are first-time home buyers and Lauren helped us throughout the entire process until we found our dream home. Lauren was great at providing her honest opinion and competitively-smart bids on listing we saw and liked (either online or at an open house). She was extremely helpful in quickly answering a variety of questions that come up during the process, in regards to: disclosures (structure and pests), home-improvements/renovations, financial process, and most importantly areas of concern (and their potential expenses). When we had an inspection contingency on a brick foundation, she found a very knowledgeable structural engineer that helped us understand the entire project and major concerns in the home we were in contract to purchase. We spent almost every weekend at open houses for four months and made offers every other week. Lauren quickly understood our needs in a home and would provide excellent recommendations that she saw on her housing tours. After our offer was accepted on our dream home, we had a few challenges finalizing the loan and in communicating with our mortgage broker but Lauren was extremely helpful in facilitating this connection and getting us to close. We were so happy to celebrate with her when we received the keys from her and would highly recommend her to our friends and family

– Justin & Kristen

Fantastic experience, made the whole stressful process smooth and easy. Full of insightful tips, hugely professional and competent – yet… with a lovely personal touch.

-Alex

We are glad that we selected the team of Lauren O’Brien and Stu Gerry to sell our home in San Francisco. The two functioned in a ying-yang manner that handled every unexpected problem in a calm, professional manner that left our minds at ease. We benefited from Lauren’s deep knowledge of the arcane details of real estate and her quick responses to e-mails and phone calls that let us know what was happening every step of the way. We definitely recommend Lauren O’Brien to anyone wishing to sell a home in the San Francisco area.

-Ellen

I don’t usually write reviews but Lauren was exceptional in helping me buy my home. Her knowledge of how to look for and buy was proven over and over as I went through the process. I’d recommend her to my family and friends anytime.

-Chris G

Lauren was there every step of the way. She always gave her honest opinion when it came to the homes my wife and I looked at. Whenever we asked her to look at a home with us, she never gave an excuse why she could not be there. She was there, even when it rained. Lauren genuinely cared and made the process very easy to understand. I highly recommend Lauren.

-Eric P.

Working with Lauren was a dream! She helped us navigate the first time home buying process – answering all our questions and really walking us through the process. Her expertise really set us up for success in a challenging home buying market. She was indispensable at working with our lender and the City of San Francisco in order for us to meet deadlines and utilize the Down Payment Assistance Program through San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. Without Lauren – her expertise and indomitable spirit – I can honestly say we might not have been able to realize our dream of homeownership. I recommend her without hesitation.

– Lael and Shumit

We wanted to buy a condo for our daughter who had just moved into San Francisco. While we had lived in the South Bay for 20 years, navigating the real estate market in the City was a whole different ball game. We knew very little of the neighborhoods there. A close friend introduced us to Lauren. She quickly narrowed down the search set based on our budget, safety rating, and proximity to public transportation requirements. Lauren not only supplied us with a steady stream of well-selected properties, she also signed us up for direct MLS access. Even over the holiday season when inventory is typically at its lowest, Lauren helped us find exactly what we were looking for! She is always available over email or phone and super responsive even late into the evenings, which made a big difference to us given my hectic travel schedule. From start to finish, we closed on the condo in just over 30 days. Lauren is no-pressure, who helps you with all the information and then allows you the space to make your important decision.

– Sushma and Indrajit

Dear prospective homeowner, I’ll start out by saying you’re in good hands. No, you’re actually in great hands! You can’t get better hands than this!! Lauren O’Brien was the rock I leaned on, the teacher and friend I needed doing it all with the grace, knowledge and patience only an incredible person can.Let me start from the beginning and I’ll tell you how I met Lauren and how 6 months later, I’m in the process of moving into my first home.I met Lauren at a BMR resale listing. She helped us apply, we didn’t win the lottery and we went our separate ways. A few months later, we were among the first 20 lottery winners for 1400 Mission. We were ecstatic! We went through the motions and turns out, we made $1,000 annually over the income limit so no more house. In a way to put it all behind us, we decided to keep looking. No more lotteries though!! So we figured we’ll go through the DALP program on the open market. That’s also through the Mayor’s office of Housing whom by then I wasn’t too fond of or had any faith in, but I had no choice if I were to ever own a home in this city. First thing I do, I contact Lauren who was so kind and understood the process. By now you’ve figured out that by no means are we well off. We barely had enough to cover the down payment and closing costs. Off the bat Lauren says “No problem! We’ll work within your budget!” Great!!! Happily she said she’ll help us get what we want and deserve and we go from there. You are well aware that the market out there is ridiculous. Not only were we at a disadvantage because it would take us 60 days to close instead of the normal 30

-Mo

Lauren started looking for that perfect place for me a while back. She stuck with me and kept on the lookout for my perfect place for quite a while. Buying a home is not a small step in life and I took it seriously – I did not want to end up with a home that I regretted buying. So Lauren kept looking for me, and looking. One night, Lauren had called me saying “Natalya, I have found you place. I’m not kidding”. Indeed, she was not kidding. After some cumbersome experiences with financial side of the deal, I am a happy owner of this exact property. You see Lauren did not just parade me through places – she got to know my tastes, needs, future goals€¦all to find the right place. She even helped me with finding the right loan group that got me into a loan that I am extremely happy with.I really can’t say enough about the experience – Lauren stuck by me at every step of the way . I would highly recommend services by Lauren. She is knowledgeable, reliable, and nice to work with. And the team she works with are professional, knowledgeable and make buying a home less stressful.I am very happy with my purchase.

-Natalya

Lauren was fantastic to work with! As first-time home buyers, navigating the competitive San Francisco Real Estate market seemed intimidating. Lauren is well informed about the market and was able to help us create a strategy to find the best possible home for our needs. Once we found a home we wanted, she was able to secure the property at the asking price (homes at the time were going for 15% over ask), and we were able to close in 30 days without any problems. Lauren is extremely responsive and made herself available to us even late at night to accommodate our schedule. We can’t say enough good things about Lauren’s courteousness, professionalism, and ability to execute

-Megan & Vince