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- Daniel helped me buy a home
Steven and Dan are really great agents! They helped me in the whole process from finding a house to purchasing it, even after I purchased the property, they are also very patient and responsible on answering any questions I have. They explained all the details to me before I purchased, and are very knowledgable in their fields. They also provide great suggestions with regard to other house related services, like insurance, repairing company and etc. I highly recommend working with them if you want to buy a decent property in San Francisco.
- Daniel helped me buy a home
Dan and Steven couldn’t have taken better care of us! As first-time home buyers with very specific requirements, the guys helped us understand what tradeoffs made sense for us and made sure we were always able to act as well-informed buyers. They stood by us as we shopped for the right property and worked closely with us during every step of the purchasing process. We recommend Dan and Steven 100%!
- Daniel helped me buy a home
I couldn't have asked for a better agent to have on my side. Steven has a lot of experience in the area, and I always felt like he had my best interests in mind. I was extremely grateful that Steven made the entire process less stressful than it should've been (based on my previous real estate transactions), offered incredible insight and transparency through everything, and ultimately made sure I found a place that was best suited to my needs. He was always easy to contact, always professional, and in the end, made sure I was well taken care of.
- Daniel listed and sold my home
Dan and Steven were amazing! They advised us on how to stage our house at the beginning. The advice they gave us helped us price the house and get what we wanted. They kept us on schedule and closed the deal quickly for a great price. They were always responsive when we needed answers and a joy to work with. We are so happy we chose them. We would use them again in a nanosecond! Thanks again!!
- Daniel helped me buy a home
Dan rocks. Two years ago we were lucky enough to get paired up with Dan and Steven (Dan's partner) by Redfin through their partner agent program. Initially we were looking at East Bay properties with Steven. We appreciated the insights he was able to share about neighborhoods and various real estate subjects we weren't familiar with at the time, such as TICs. We then decided to take about a year off to save and monitor the market. Throughout that time Dan and Steven followed up with us periodically, and we always felt like valued clients to them. When we got back into the market we mostly worked with Dan reviewing SF properties. Viewing homes with Dan was always more enjoyable and more helpful than when we went solo. Dan has a great eye for a property's potential, and really helped us see what could be done with a home and whether it fit our needs. He also has a great sense of market value, and fairly accurately predicted many of the sale prices of homes we were interested in. This helped us to focus on properties that made sense for our budget, and to put in offers that we felt very comfortable with. With regard to offers and reviewing disclosures, Dan pays a lot of attention to detail and let's you know what may be a concern. Anything from easements on the property to unfavorable language in an addendum, he clearly explains the situation and recommends sensible approaches. And on top of all of that, Dan and Steven are just really nice guys that have your back. They recently helped us close on a house where we were in danger of not getting all of our seller credits due to mismanagement by the lender. Obviously we ended up getting all of credits -- this is the Ascend Group we're talking about. We're now getting ready to renovate our home, and Dan has been an invaluable resource for that as well -- recommending contractors, architects, helping with construction loan options, etc. Dan and Steven are well connected and well-versed in the real estate game. We can't recommend them enough!Show More
- Daniel listed and sold my home
It was great working with Dan when we sold our condo and bought our new house. He was incredibly responsive. He answered our questions thoroughly and in a timely manner. He went out of his way to get things done. I would highly recommend working with Dan.
- Daniel helped me buy a home
I feel fortunate to have had Dan as my agent in the SF home-buying process! He is very knowledgeable about the local market, super responsive and really takes care of his clients as if they were his own friends. He goes above and beyond to deliver, and is also very understanding, patient, and kind--easy to work with and lets you go through the process at your own pace. Would recommend working with Dan to any of my friends/family without hesitation.
Buying a house anywhere is intimidating. Add in being a first time homebuyer plus the crazy insane San Francisco real estate market, we needed a ton of help. Dan & Steven took care of us and quickly brought us up to speed on how to navigate this market.They were always available to answer questions, find more information about properties we were interested in, and guide us through placing offers & negotiations. They also have a deep bench of fantastic bankers, contractors, and inspectors that helped us get through closing. Dan & Steven are the most professional, kind, and proactive agents in the city.A massive thank you for their expert guidance. We highly recommend contacting Dan & Steven. They're the best!!- Alex F.
Daniel and Steven are the best real estate agents I've seen. They're diligent, knowledgable and great to work with. We were introduced to them through a common friend and found the perfect house with their help.- JC L.
Dan Risman Jones knows the San Francisco housing market well - accurately advising us on what price points would make a winning offer, a strong offer, and a competitive offer.We made our first bid at Dan's recommended competitive offer price and it tied the other highest bid. We got the first house we put an offer on with our first bid! One shot, one kill.Before moving in, we needed contractor recommendations to get the floors refinished and a woodboring beetle infestation checked out. In both cases, we used contractors recommended by Dan and and are quite happy with the quality and cost of the work done.- Kate T.
Dan is a great person in terms of understanding the needs of the customer. He totally makes a good match.He is very communicative, friendly and respectful. He does his best at every stage (house visits, closing period, moving period).- Ozkan B.
Looking for a new place to live for the first time is a terribly difficult and daunting process. When my partner and I started the search we turned to Dan to help us look at properties. he first took time to show us a range of options in various parts of the city and he helped us to understand the merits and detractions of various properties and neighborhoods. Dan ALWAYS painted a balances and realistic picture of each place we looked at.What we especially appreciated was work Dan did to show us places that were just about to hit the market, or that were only being shown privately. He kept a head for what we could afford to purchase and searched diligently. Dan kept a keen eye for the type of house we were looking for, AND was always on the watch for opportunities in our preferred neighborhoods, which we previously has ruled out as too expensive.His hard work paid off and we are in the process of moving into a home that will allow our family to grow AND keeps us conveniently located to all of the things we love.I highly recommend Dan - you could not find a better agent.- Nate H.
Dan is always a pleasure to work with. His professionalism and knowldege of the San Francisco real estate market is outstanding! He is dedicated to helping all his clients get the best deal in every aspect of the transaction.- Tracy A.
We were looking for a home in San Francisco while living in NYC. We stumbled across Daniel by chance and are extremely grateful we did. Dan quickly understood what we wanted and would contact us whenever he saw a possible opportunity. We would then fly out for a couple of days and, not once, was that trip for naught - Daniel's instincts were spot on. The place we eventually bought was found by Dan before it went on the market. Daniel was there every step of the way. He helped us through the bidding process with a thorough look at recent sales, similar properties and intuition about the mind set of the seller and even the other bidders. We were in constant conversation and Daniel was always there for us. Once we bought the property, he did numerous FaceTime walk throughs with us, stayed on top of the work that was being done to complete the house and walked us through the closing process. He really went over and above. I've worked with a number of real estate agents and Daniel is in a league of his own. He made the process simple and pain free.I would highly recommend him to anyone considering buying or selling a property. We would most definitely go with Dan again.- Mark H.
Dan was amazingly helpful in a difficult real estate situation. Selling a tenant occupied multi-unit building can be very tricky, and Dan went above and beyond in assisting me with many unforeseen tenant issues. I would use him again in a heartbeat. Thanks Dan!- Megan
I've known Dan for many years on a personal basis (I'm friends with his sister), but got to know him professionally when he helped me and my husband to purchase our home in San Francisco. I am normally hesitant to mix business with personal, however Dan has shown me that it is possible that you can combine both. Dan is really great to work with and very helpful. He took us around when it wasn't even clear if we were ready to buy. We did find a house that fits our needs and Dan made sure the process went smoothly every step of the way.I highly recommend Dan would definitely use him again for our next purchase.- Joanna L.
Dan was absolutely great to work with during all phases of our home purchase. Dan knows the market in SF really well and worked with us closely every step of the way. Dan showed us ~20 houses and was really patient throughout the entire process. We also felt that he had a really good gauge on pricing - i.e. what was overpriced vs. a good deal and what threshold an offer needed to be in order to be accepted. We ended up buying a multi-family unit building and Dan was also incredibly helpful providing us information about being a landlord in SF. We have kept in touch with him since buying our home two years ago and he continued to give us great advice about home improvements, refinancing, property taxes, and more. We would absolutely recommend Dan to anyone looking to buy in SF.- Kelli P.
Dan was very helpful with my home purchase. He was super responsive, provided great advice and service (not only regarding home purchasing, but also regarding things like home extension and remodeling), as well as respected my decision in the process. I highly recommend him.- Bin J.
We have meant to write this review for a long time now. Dan was absolutely a pleasure to work with and we would recommend him without any reservation. We worked with Dan in 2011 (I know, we are THAT delinquent in our review!) and the market was just heating up. We were competing against a number of bidders for a house on a beautiful street in one of the best neighborhoods in San Francisco. We fell in love with the place and after already searching for a house for 2-3 years, we finally felt that we found the right house and absolutely wanted to get it. Dan felt our love for the house and worked tirelessly over the course of a few weeks to help us secure the house. He was a trusted advisor, always offering sound analysis and viable strategies through multiple rounds of bidding and counter bidding, yet never pushing us to unreasonable levels of pricing just to close the deal. He also advised us to write a very personal letter telling the seller how much we love the house and will be the best people to take care of this place. We believe this letter made a huge difference in setting us apart, all else equal (we had to raise our offer multiple rounds as it was a very competitive process). Dan was very responsive throughout this nerve wracking process, on calls with us on a constant basis and meeting with us in odd hours. Dan was paying close attention to details and was very diligent in making sure that all pieces were moving along towards a smooth closing. We won the bid and closed it in record time! We cannot thank Dan enough for making this happen and highly highly recommend him to anyone who needs a trusted advisor in buying (or selling for that matter) a house. At the end of day, to ensure a great deal and a successful transaction, you need someone who is diligent, savvy with the market, tactful with strategies and not pushy for a close. Dan is that kind of person and we were so grateful that he was by our side in the most important purchase of our life to date. We plan to stay in our house for many many years and have been diligently sketching out our remodel plan :). Dennis Z.- Dennis Z.
Enjoyed working with Dan, who was our real estate agent and advisor for our first home purchase. He provided great advice and coaching on a challenging short-sale process from beginning-to-end. We found the home that we wanted and he worked closely with us to navigate through the journey step-by-step. We had weekly status calls to discuss progress on the short-sale and Dan provided current information, options and his professional opinion. One of the memorable things about Dan was knowing that he worked for you behind-the-scenes trying to make things right for our family, which brought a good sense of comfort. In the end, we accomplished our goal and got the home we wanted. We consider him a friend and continue to refer several of our friends to him. We recommend Dan!- Beau W.
Daniel came highly recommended by a friend. Once I started working with him - I trulyunderstood why. He is responsive, takes notes, understands your needs not only for theproperty but family situation as well. It took us months to get ready to buy and he wasfully supportive during that process - he sent us open house lists, answered questions butnever rushed us. He is also very knowledgeable about the purchase process andintricacies. He is very organized, timely and really on top of everything needed - whichmade my life really easy through the purchase process. I was very pleased with theexperience I had and would work with him in a heartbeat.- Priyanka P.
I moved to New York and had to sell my condo in San Francisco long-distance. Dan was an outstanding Realtor who literally took care of everything needed. Besides his great commitment, his advertising skills were unparalleled. If you need an agent, I would strongly recommend him!- Peter B.
Today I am very happy because I got the keys to my house and it is like a dream cometrue. Special thanks to my agent Daniel who worked very hard to get done very fast.Since the beginning he transmitted confidence and showed me how to do all the stepsvery clearly. I couldn't believe how many papers I had to sign and how organized he waswith his work. I was always informed what was going on by cell or email about thenegotiation and that made me very comfortable. I am very glad to have done businesswith him and I highly recommend him to someone who wants to buy a home. Thank youvery much.- Edson S.
If you plan to purchase property in S.F., then you are going to need a real estate agent that is willing to work directly with you and have your best interest in mind, all the time. We were very fortunate to have Dan Risman-Jones as our real estate agent.Dan has great communication skills. He constantly followed up and checked in with us on the status our inquiries and requests every step of the way. Dan exceeded our expectations through his experience, patience and determination to "seal the deal".We highly recommend him when you're ready to sell or buy your real estate property. Dan "is the man" and you can trust him to help guide you through our crazy S.F. real estate market.- Jianzhong J.
Dan was very skilled in negotiating numerous obstacles to closing on the loft in the Dogpatch that is now my home. It was a short sale complicated by the issue that the building was under construction (which complicated the appraisal). Dan managed to work patiently with numerous parties (the seller, the loan officer, the appraiser, the management co., and the construction company) so that everyone was satisfied and the sale could go through. It worked out great for me as, three years later, my palce is worth way more than I paid for it. I would highly recommend him.- Brian L.
Dan was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. As a first time home buyer, I found his approach very soothing and laid back. However, he was savvy enough about the market to help me get my offer accepted. He knew exactly what to put in an offer to make it appealing, and he was with me every step of the way, even checking in with me after I'd moved in to make sure everything was fine.I highly recommend him to anyone looking to sell or buy.- Emma D.
Dan is wonderful. He was the absolute best person to help me find and buy my new home. I have recommended him to all of my friends that are looking to buy a place. If I ever need to go through this process again, I would not even consider the option of going with someone else. Dan is incredibly knowledgable, fantastically reliable, and a good guy. I highly recommend him.- Stacy M.
My wife and I had a very pleasant buying experience in San Francisco with the help of Dan. He was very attentive and understanding in what we were looking for in a home, and took every step necessary to make the process convenient and easy for us, even if that meant it was inconvenient for him. Dan had specific expertise in the neighborhoods we were interested in, without him I don't think we would have known enough to make as confident a purchase as we did, and be as happy with our new home as we are.- Dan M,
We approached Dan while we were still toying with the idea of looking at real estate. He gave us a great introduction to all the moving parts, and a few months later we came back to him when we were serious. He helped guide us through many properties and put together a few offers for us. With his help, we were able to close on a gorgeous condo that was exactly what were were looking for and where we wanted to find it.Dan was a great advisor and advocate through the dizzying home buying process. He was always encouraging, but always candid as well - I really appreciated that he would not hesitate to give us his honest opinion about properties while allowing us time to reach our own decisions. He was also very patient with us as first-time buyers. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone interested in buying within SF!- Amit S.
I loved working with Daniel! He is kind and curteous and knowledgable about the market as well as understanding the neighborhoods. When we first met, I told him the type of condo I was looking for and the neighborhoods that interested me. That same day, he set up an MLS profile for me and I was notified of all the potential listings. I only bid on two places before getting my condo! He walked me through the whole process, and the great part was the secure online signing of all documents. This really saved me time. Dan was also willing to meet me at a moment's notice and even speak to the seller's agents to let me see properties on non Open House days. I would absolutely recommend Daniel to my friends and family.- Harvey V.
Great service. Trying to relocate from a different state to SF and the RE market is tough. And tougher when you're not there. He was patient and kind when I was trying to decide on all the searches from afar. The closing went well. I'm happy with my new home.- Fefe K.
Dan Risman-Jones has superseded my expectations in every aspect of our relationship. Dan's thoughtfully prepared quarterly real estate updates exhibit his business acumen, insightfulness and understanding of the nuances of the quirky SF real estate market.At every stage of the process of searching for a single family home and selling my condo, Dan was attentive, prompt, proactive and gracious.>He has gained a great deal of experience early in his career which shows in his ability to predict and address issues in advance or quickly as they arose. I felt confident in his representation of me as a buyer and seller. He listened to my needs and followed-up on action items in a very organized manner.He made fantastic recommendations for staging, window cleaners, etc... Giving me options at each stage... Amazingly enough, I found myself selecting the first recommendation he made each time.It was a thorough pleasure doing business with Dan. I could not have pulled it all off in such a short time frame without him.- Naveen C.
Dan did an excellent job finding me my first home in a tough San Francisco market. When there were few sellers to work with, he dug in and found me great properties to look at. He was thorough, patient, and professional throughout the process. My first home purchase was a great experience thanks to Dan's efforts!- Andy G.
Daniel is a fantastic real estate agent in every respect! My partner and I bought a condo in August, and Daniel was incredibly helpful with every step of the process. When we made our initial offer, he researched the comps with painstaking detail. If you sign up for his newsletter, you can get a sense of his analytical approach to real estate - there's a lot of data out there, and Dan uses it all to figure out how much a second full bathroom is worth, how much garage parking is worth, and how much all of this varies depending on what neighborhood(s) you're looking in. This was my first home purchase, so I was nervous about whether I was making the right decision or paying too much, but Daniel helped put my fears to rest. And during the closing process, when the builder was less than responsive to our attempts at communication, Dan took it upon himself to handle all the communication for us. He was persistent, firm, and even-tempered - much better than we would have been in the same situation. Our neighbors, who encountered similar difficulties with the builder, even told us how jealous they were of us; their agent wasn't nearly as attentive. Now eight months down the line, Dan is still in touch with us from time to time. We enjoy his informative emails, and more importantly, we love our condo!- Rob P.
Dan was a pleasure to work with in the search for a new home. He is prompt, courteous& has great insight/knowledge of the bay area market. I highly recommend him, whether buying or selling a home. Thanks for all your help Dan! We love our new home!- Brent A.
Throughout Dan's representation of me in a recent transaction, I really felt as though he had my back. His thoroughness and follow through and, above all, communication and availability were SO key in this transaction, as I was not able to have been as personally available as I would have liked. I had a lot of questions, some rather nit-picky but important, and he did not drop the ball once; always coming back to me in a timely manner. I also felt that I was not being "worked through some real estate machine", he stayed on top of things, to the point of making me feel comfortable enough to pass the helm to him to carry the transaction through to successful completion.- Andrew
I could not have been happier with Dan in my home search. Everything was taken care of for me. He did so in a timely manner. He was extremely reliable, everything he said he was going to do, he followed through on. He was very direct when dealing with selling agents. He was also very patient with me, even when I was rather indecisive at times. And when I was indecisive, he would offer advice and positive vibes! And never pushy. He gave me great recommendations for all related services as well.Thanks Dan!I love my house!- Damon F.
Dan was a pleasure to work with from listing to closing. His approach to marketing the property was exceptional, and he was never too busy to address questions and concerns on a timely basis. He was able to get the desired results in spite of the fact that there were tenants living in the property during the sales process, and I (the seller) was living a continent away from the property. There is no question that I will use Dan as my agent if I have another property to sell.- Francis C.
To purchase a property in SF you need to be on top of things - react quickly and understand the dynamics of the market and the nuances that differentiate each neighborhood and each property. Dan is set to help you exactly with that. He cannot tell you how much you are willing to pay or where the market is going (nobody is a prophet), but with his pleasant, positive attitude, patience and great interpersonal skills he helped me get the edge needed to get into contract and close.- Kobi D.
I referred Dan to a friend of mine who was trying to by a short sale condo in SF. Not only did Dan save him from some fatal errors, he held his hand and walked him gently through the process. These type of sales are a rough ride at best but my friend was very happy with Dan & the quick close for a really great price.Whenever I hear of any friend considering buying a home, I immediately put Dan's name on the table & tell the success story above.Besides at the end of it all Dan gave us a nice bottle of Champagne.- Sountru S.
As you can see from all the reviews, Dan's exceptional work and service as a real estate agent can and will supersede any and all expectations when it comes to finding and buying a house.It seemed so long ago, May of 2012, when my partner and I started the grueling process (at least for us) of looking for a house to buy. We have lived in San Francisco for years but decided that West Oakland was where we needed to be to get the space we wanted for the money we wanted to spend.Day after day, week after week, Dan was there to show us anything we wanted to see. He was fearless and persistent in getting us in to all the properties that had just come on the market driving us back and forth via the Bay Bridge.We made multiple offers and counter offers on multiple single family homes, condos and town homes and throughout the entire process, Dan was there to educate us and give us sound advice when we needed it. When deals fell through, all of which were no fault of Dan's, he was right there to get us back up and running again. And when deals were happening quickly, he was there at every second.8 or 9 months down the line, a unit came on the market that was in the same development that we saw the very first time we started looking. Dan was fast to act and about 1 month later, we are now living in a town home that we absolutely love.Dan's knowledge and experience has helped my partner and I obtain a big part of our dreams and we can only expect that he will, and can, do the same for anyone else looking for his services.5 stars without hesitation or doubt.Thanks Dan.- Jason P.
I recently worked with Dan in identifying & purchasing an investment property in San Francisco, and he made the process incredibly easy, following up on my wide range of questions - from mundane to curiosity to detailed property issues - promptly even going so far as meeting contractors on my behalf prior to close to make sure I was ready to get work started right away.On a number of occasions, he met my on the peninsula, and worked through a snag in the 11th hour on close while I was out of town but that probably should have had me in town. He also made great recommendations on both loan officers & insurance agents that saved me a lot of money.It was a great experience, and I hope to be able to work with him again on my next investment property!- David W.
Dan is the best real estate agent we've ever worked with. On top of all the things you expect from a great real estate agent, Dan is also:(1.) Flexible, patient and reliable to the extreme: We, as buyers, had very specific needs and work desk jobs, so we needed an agent like this. Dan has stayed up with us past midnight on many occasions and started working early the next day to submit offers. The moment you ask him for something, it's as good as done. He answers all of our questions, no matter how mundane or obscure. He let us know in advance when he would be out of town or otherwise unavailable (as opposed to being available only at certain times). He never missed anything during the time we worked with him!(2.) Able to roll with the punches: Finding a home can be time consuming and emotionally draining, and he knew what support to provide at what times. He stepped in when our confidence and endurance waned, and he let us take control when when we were recharged and prepared. He developed a relationship with us, so his approach was tailored to us.(3.) Full Service: Dan goes above and beyond, providing his open and honest opinions on buildings and comps, his knowledge of trends in the market, and his read on properties. He's pursued creative ways to find properties that aren't even listed on MLS (in fact, that is how we found our new home). He also has developed an excellent network of related professionals, including the mortgage broker we ended up using.If it weren't for Dan, I think we'd be renting forever...!- Andy C.
Dan, THANK YOU!As a first time home owner in this very fickle market, your patience, your wisdom, your expertise and your calm and consistent follow up was exactly what I needed to get me through a challenging time.You know that I am a returning customer!I highly recommend Dan if you are maneuvering through the housing market whether you are wanting to buy or sell.With a 5 STAR rating and a home full of gratitude,- Ken B.
buying in SF (and buying a TIC no less) is a huge undertaking. Dan is simply amazing at helping you read through all the disclosures, understand the implications, research the areas and comps, and negotiate for the right price.he is completely available and his friendly demeanor really made it that much easier to go through the lengthy process of loan qualifications, house hunting, price negotiations and finally closing and moving in!i would absolutely work with dan again in a heart beat and you should give him a try too.- Hassan M.