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John Woodruff Real Estate Agent at Aethos Real Estate

John Woodruff

Real Estate Agent at
Aethos Real Estate

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John uses the following tools, technology, and practices that help keep you safe during COVID-19:

  • Single Family Homes
  • Multi Unit Buildings
  • City Properties
  • Unique Use Properties
  • First Time Home Buyers
  • Investment Properties
  • Relocations
  • Luxury Specialist

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Agent Highlights

John has great Condo experience - having sold 26 more condos than the average agent.
John is a SFH expert - working with over 78% more single family homes than the average San Francisco agent.
John also has Townhome expertise - working with over 3 more townhomes than the average agent.

More about John Woodruff

With over 30 years of experience in San Francisco real estate, John is an expert negotiator with a deep knowledge of the marketplace, neighborhoods, and homes. This knowledge, along with his connections and the respect of his colleagues in the business allows him to easily navigate every kind of market, successfully serving his clients, which include first-time home buyers to venture capital executives and even the occasional rock star. Originally from the East Coast, John moved out to California to attend Claremont McKenna College. He quickly fell in love with Northern California and San Francisco and has lived here since 1980. Coming from a family that for over five generations had either been selling or building real estate, starting in the business came naturally to him. In 1993, after working for five years with his father at Merrill Lynch Real Estate, John migrated to Hill & ...
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Simple Sale Specialist

Works closely with HomeLight to provide competitive cash offers for your home

HomeLight Home Loans Specialist

Works with HomeLight Home Loans to get you preapproved and ahead of cash buyers

Title & Escrow Specialist

Expert in HomeLight’s Closing Services, a secure title and escrow platform

Cash Close Specialist

Expert in HomeLight's Cash Offer and Trade-In services.

Awards

Top 1% of Agents in San Francisco 1998-2020

License Number

0952491

John Woodruff's Reviews & Ratings

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John Woodruff

    • John is an amazing agent. I have had the pleasure of working with him while trying to buy a house in 2013 in an extremely competitive market here in the Bay Area. He was patient, listened to my needs and knew the ins and outs of the business like no one I have ever worked with before. He's also rather fun to be around, and we still stay in contact. John has a lot of experience in the SF market and that expertise is the reason I found my dream house! I can't recommend him enough.

      - Michael - Telegraph Hill
    • John is a fantastic realtor who is very knowledgeable about the San Francisco housing market. He helped us buy our first home many years ago, and later did a masterful job of managing the sale of that home and finding and purchasing a new one.He is sensitive to people's comments and reactions and is really good at gauging what they want, and will be comfortable with. He truly enjoys his chosen profession, and is dedicated to helping people find a home they will be happy with.Very happy to recommend John - an all around top-notch realtor!

      - Carole - Westwood Highlands
    • Over the last few years, John has helped my husband and me buy and sell several properties in the Bay Area. He's always available, returns phone calls fast, is super responsive. Besides that, he's a lovable guy who's funny and knowledgeable. I would put him in the "best" category. All of this is huge for me to say, because generally speaking, I don't like realtors. There are too many slimy and aggressive ones out there. But John salvages the whole profession by just being who he is. You rock, John!

      - Sarah - Bernal Heights/Berkeley
    • John helped my buy my home in 2012. I have bought and sold many places and must say that my experience with John was amazing and totally stress free. He is an insider in the SF real estate biz who knows everyone and can quickly get inside scoop on places including ones not yet listed. It's so competitive in SF as a buyer that having John's knowledge experience and connections made all the difference!! He is responsive and a consummate professional with tremendous integrity. Would recommend him to anyone buying a home in SF Bay Area!

      - Maria - Laurel Heights
    • John is the absolute best realtor I can imagine working with. We were fortunate enough to purchase homes on two different occasions, both with John as our agent. He never made us feel rushed and truly respected our needs and wants.His incredible expertise in the field along with his patience and attention to our requests made what could be a stressful experience quite easy and enjoyable!We consider John a true friend and supporter and will always look to him when we have real estate needs!

      - Katie - Excelsior
    • We met John in 2012 and he helped us find the perfect house in SF. We knew he was the right guy for us when he told us all the reasons we shouldn't get the first few we looked at- and he was right. Then we referred him to 4 more of our friends over the next years, and they all had great experiences and bought with him. We stayed in touch and so 6 months ago when we were looking for a weekend house he helped us navigate the market in Truckee and Nevada City, then joined us up in Sonoma to again- find the perfect house. He helped us navigate a tricky closing and we're are again very happy. Go with John- here really is the best.

      - Andy - Jenner
    • "TREMENDOUS COMMAND OF SF REAL ESTATE"John has a tremendous command for the SF Real estate market, and strategies to sell and purchase. I've bought and sold houses with him. Anyone looking to close a great result in a real estate transaction, I'd highly recommend engaging John for such services.

      - Chuck F. - NOPA
    • "I CANT SPEAK HIGHLY ENOUGH ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE"I really enjoyed working with John on the sale of my condo. Being my first sale, I was a bit clueless about the sellers end of the transaction. John diligently walked me through the process and explained things every step of the way. Not only was he professional, responsive, and knowledgeable, he was pleasant to talk with and fun to be around. I can't speak highly enough about my experience working with John.

      - Kelley G. - San Bruno
    • "EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION"We just wanted to express our appreciation for the good work of John in the successful sale of our home in South Beach. What we truly appreciated was that they guided us through the process step by step, made themselves available for questions and within a week of aggressive marketing managed to sell our home in a declining market.

      - Vijay - South Beach
    • "JOHN HELPED US THROUGH MULTIPLE POTENTIAL MINEFIELDS"John helped us through multiple potential minefields in the purchase of our first home in San Francisco and later in its sale. We couldn't ask for a better team in these complex and pivotal -- and most personal -- decision processes. We are grateful for the day my husband wandered into a cafe and happened to meet John early in our SF sojourn.

      - Frances - Corona Heights
    • "HE IS PROACTIVE IN GETTING THINGS DONE"Buying my new apartment would not have happened without John; he is very proactive in getting things done and always available to answer any questions. I will definitely refer all my friends and family to him when buying property in the future!

      - Vanessa
    • "SELLERS TOOK US SERIOUSLY WHEN THEY HEARD WE WERE WORKING WITH JOHN"We approached John with the idea of buying a house in San Francisco in early 2018. We had some specific ideas about what we wanted and where we wanted to buy. However, we were entirely unfamiliar with how the buying market in San Francisco worked. John was great at answering every question we had about real estate transactions, what the state of the market in SF was, and what we should expect from the offers we placed. He has fantastic knowledge of the area, having been working in SF for decades. Some things that really stood out were how well he knows the housing stock. He's been in literally thousands of houses and apartments in San Francisco so he's seen every possible variation on things. He also seems to know nearly every other real estate agent, or at least, they know him! Many times when we went to look at an open house on our own, we'd mention his name to the realtor and they nearly always knew him. This was great for buyer/seller communications and I got the impression that sellers figured we were serious when they heard we were working with John. In the end, John found us an apartment in a neighborhood we hadn't considered, but we fell in love with it as soon as we walked in. He was familiar with our tastes and knew what to show us. He helped us through the insanely complicated tasks of making offers, going through all of the disclosures, and ultimately closing the deal. He and his team at Aethos were exactly what we needed to find a great place in one of the most difficult markets for buyers in the world!"

      - Sam and Liz - Lower Nob Hill
    • "NOT PUSHY"We worked with John in 2015 and after 8 months in a very competitive market, he helped us close on our favorite house. He has a great knowledge of San Francisco and helped us discover some great neighborhoods for our family. He was patient, available (via email, text, in person, etc.), fun to work with, not pushy, and really keen to help us find what we wanted. We recommend him if you are looking for a place to buy!

      - Guillaume - Golden Gate Heights
    • "WE CANNOT THANK JOHN ENOUGH"John's knowledge of the Bay Area real estate market is unparalleled. He always gave us his honest opinion on the different places we looked at and pointed out both the good and bad with each place. We had heard horror stories of friends that had put in 10-20, even more, offers before finding a place. We were lucky to have John on our side, he read the market well and the first offer we put in was accepted. We cannot thank John enough, for his patience, his professionalism, his knowledge, and for his amazing attitude :-)

      - Snehi - Southern Heights
    • "JOHN WAS WITH US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY"John is an exceptional realtor. Even though it took my wife and me over two years to find our perfect home, John was with us every step of the way. When we found our dream property John sprang into action, using his impressive negotiating skills and decades of expertise to get us an excellent deal (under asking price in San Francisco? A miracle!). Since we bought our house we have referred him to a number of friends all of whom have been well served by his immense local knowledge and tireless efforts.

      - Isaac and Nobl - Golden Gate Heights
    • "AKIN TO MAGIC"My wife and I worked with John to buy our first home in SF. It was a daunting process and John was always there to advocate for us and explain the process as we went. He brought a very relaxed and knowledgable approach. We never felt pressured and that was very important to us. Most importantly, at the end, we got our house and John even talked us down in price (saving us money, while still getting the place!). Doing that in SF is something akin to magic. Maybe we got lucky, maybe its John :)

      - German - Bernal Heights
    • "INCREDIBLY DEEP RELATIONSHIPS"John was great to work with. Over several months, my wife and I looked at dozens of houses with John's help. We were not easy clients as we couldn't decide what we were looking for exactly! John was always patient and helpful though. John clearly had incredibly deep relationships in the SF real estate community and helped us put in several competitive offers, the last of which we won. John was also generous with his time and market knowledge, and I would recommend him to anyone considering buying (or selling) in SF.

      - Zachary - Eureka Valley
    • "JOHN IS EXUBERANT, CONFIDENT AND A TRUE EXPERT IN HIS FIELD"As first time home buyers in SF's overwhelming and intimidating market, we were tremendously grateful for John's expertise and support. Throughout the entire process, John was communicative and made himself available to answer all our questions. John is exuberant, confident and a true expert in his field. Our first and only offer was accepted without counter and we moved into our dream home less than a month after starting to look. The complicated process was made easier and enjoyable with John's support and guidance. I could not recommend him more highly. Thank you, John!

      - Jenny - Bernal Heights
    • "TRULY HONEST PARTNER"Working with John was a true pleasure! He helped us buy a home in an extremely competitive situation, and it was clear that his relationships within the real estate community made a tremendous difference in our success. Most importantly, he was not only a pleasure to work with, but also a truly honest partner in the process! As someone who's bought multiple properties and been involved in both residential and commercial real estate, I can't recommend him highly enough!

      - Ajay - Noe Valley
    • "MADE US FEEL CONFIDENT"John helped us sell our condo in San Francisco. He had a great sense of the market, was well-connected with the numerous agents / vendors / inspectors / etc. required to get through the sales process, and had all the answers to our questions. Throughout the process, John made us feel confident that he was putting our needs and interests first. And most importantly, he got the deal done quickly and smoothly. Definitely recommend.

      - John - Lake Street
    • "VERY WELL CONNECTED"John has made our search and buying process a very pleasant experience. He understands the specifics of the market, is very well connected, super responsive and goal oriented. Great job in finding us a good home!

      - Christian & Ricarda - Pacific Heights
    • "I WOULD ALWAYS TRUST HIM"I have worked with John on 3 real estate transactions over the past 13 years, 2 purchases and 1 sale. He has always made the process very easy, stress-free, and enjoyable too. He's a great guy and I would always trust him with my San Francisco real estate needs.

      - Nicole - Nob Hill
    • "ON OUR SIDE"We have done 3 transactions with John over the years. Most recently, he helped us sell our home AND subsequently purchase our new place. He was thorough and walked us through every step of the way. It always felt like he was on our side and had our best interests at heart. John looked out for us and made sure the process went as smoothly as possible.- Dave & Lily

      - Dave and Lilly - Miraloma Park
    • John helped me and my wife find our perfect house in 2012. He patiently waited through our "should we rent/should we buy" phase, and was there for us every step of the way. We liked him so much, and have such a good experience with him, that we still keep in contact socially 4 years later, and we have referred friends and family to him, all of whom rave about him. He is not only a great human being, but he is very very honest even if it isn't in his best interest - case in point: we walked in to many homes with him where he pointed out all the reasons why we didn't want that home and that we should keep looking (even when we thought we liked the house - but he turned out to be right!). I can't recommend John highly enough. Contact him if you're looking to buy or sell, or even just get an idea of the market. He's "zero pressure". Also, he's well known and respected in the bay area real estate industry, which helps you get "the inside scoop".- Andrew

      - Andrew - Glen Park
    • "HIGHLY RESPECTED IN THE FIELD"We recently purchased a home in San Francisco and were incredibly lucky to have been recommended to work with John by a colleague. John was patient with us every step of the way, regardless of our silly questions and general lack of knowledge about how the home buying process works. He was able to deftly navigate the competing home priorities of my wife and I without taking sides, and ultimately helped us secure the one home (out of more than 40 we toured) that both of us could agree on.I can't tell you how much I appreciated his laid-back personality - he never tried to push us into a place we weren't in love with, but also had many suggestions for how we could make a space work for us based on his years of experience and the thousands of homes he has seen during that time.And, yes, his experience is a big plus - he knew just about every listing agent we came across at the various open houses we went to, and it's clear from the warm relationship he had with each of them that he is highly respected in the field. We'll be recommending him and Aethos to anyone else looking to buy a house in SF or on the peninsula.

      - Andy - Potrero Hill
    • "DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO REAL ESTATE MARKET"John recently helped us close on an extremely competitive home in San Francisco. It was our second time working with John to purchase a home.He is thoughtful, patient, funny, and has a deep knowledge of the San Francisco real estate market regardless of what neighborhood you are looking in.John is our go-to referral for friends looking as working with him will truly give you an edge in your real estate hunt.

      - Shane - Mission Terrace