When working with clients, Chelsea focuses on listening to and understanding each client’s unique long-term goals in order to help guide them in a very competitive environment, and through the emotional process of buying or selling their home. She approaches each client relationship with complete dedication, tons of energy and will work tirelessly to help buyer clients find--and successfully purchase--the house, or condo, meant to become home. One that affords the lifestyle envisioned.
Specializing in Southern Marin and the North San Francisco, Chelsea pays careful attention to the market and previews all homes on Brokers' tour so she always knows what is on the market, and which homes might be right for her buyer clients. She is a savvy negotiator, adept at securing the best terms for her clients, and works tirelessly to close a deal.
As a passionate reader and supporter of the arts, Chelsea spent 10 years building a successful career in the publishing industry in New York City. Her California roots called her back to the Bay Area, where she began her career in real estate. She is also the co-founder of Northern California Writers' Retreat, a writers retreat that caters to fiction writers with serious publishing ambitions (norcalwritersretreat.com).
Chelsea loves spending time outdoors and never tires of appreciating and discovering the remarkable beauty that exists all around the Bay Area. She enjoys trail running (10-time marathoner), surfing (long board), reading (fiction + essays), gallery hopping (mostly modern), taking her dog to the beach (a mutt named Moose), and hosting dinner parties for friends (hubby cooks, she sets the table + pour the drinks).
What clients are saying
As first-time home buyers, we were a little intimated starting our search in such a competitive market like the bay area. Not knowing where to start, we initially met with a number of agents. We knew immediately that Chelsea was far and away the right agent for us - knowledgeable and driven, but patient and understanding. Chelsea was a wonderful advisor throughout the process and we couldn't have asked for more. We ended up with a great first home in Mill Valley and are happy as can be. We couldn't have done it without Chelsea!
- Jacob, Mill Valley
Chelsea was an AMAZING agent. This was the third house I've purchased in my life (hopefully my last), and Chelsea is as good as it gets. She communicated the nuances of each neighborhood really well, completely understood what mattered to us (and quickly!), and when it came time to make a deal, worked past midnight with us and the other agent to make it all happen.
- Joe, Corte Madera
The process for buying in Marin was, as expected, very competitive. But Chelsea's knowledge of the neighborhood, research on comps, and savvy with navigating the process helped us feel comfortable with making a competitive offer while knowing we weren't overpaying. During the entire process, her hard work and management of all the details, timelines, and deliverables kept us on track and feeling in control of the process despite our long work hours and travel out of town during much of the offer and close periods. Although we took over 6 months to find our dream place, Chelsea never once pressured us to move on anything that wasn't a great fit. She quickly learned our preferences and style so well that she knew every time a place came on the market if we'd like it or not, and whether it was worth seeing.
- Morgen, Mill Valley
Special thanks to [Chelsea and her team] for the hand holding, the text messages at wee-morning hours, numerous open houses, connections with the sellers agent, and guidance on making the right offer!
- Anthony, San Francisco
Chelsea found us a house off-market, and I think at a slightly below market rate. She was the reasonable sounding board we needed to see the transaction through to the end, available for guidance or information, and there to get the deal done.
- Ryan, Mill Valley
Chelsea has a great network of local, experienced agents throughout the Bay Area & drew on that network to help us find our home--which definitely helped in a competitive market.
- Silke, San Francisco
Chelsea was incredibly well informed and connected in the market, great at understanding our needs and kept us a few steps ahead of our competition. She guided us through what is usually a very lengthy process, expertly and efficiently, found us an off market property where we avoided the famous SF/Marin bidding wars and partnered with our mortgage broker to close in 23 days. Chelsea was also instrumental in leveraging her experience with local contractors to help recommend the right team that could deliver on a renovation on a tight budget and tight timeline. We look forward to working with her for future properties in SF/Marin.
- Kasia, Mill Valley
One thing has become evident to us, as we wind down from this roller coaster of a process, which is how important it is to have awesome agents and [Chelsea and her team] have been FANTASTIC and very professional. We’re so thankful for all their hard work and effort. We would not have this house if it wasn't for them.
- Daniel, San Francisco
When working with homebuyers, my first step in the process is getting to know you so that I can understand and meet your unique personal needs. Whether looking to purchase your first home, forever home, second home, investment property, or anything in between; my first goal is to get to know you and how your next home will fit into your life.
I have a vast network of local agents whom I have worked with and have good relationships with, which can often give buyers an edge in a competitive market. Because of my relationships, I have helped several buyer clients purchase off-market properties, as well as win in multiple-offer situations (sometimes despite not even being the highest offer presented).
I prefer a hands-on and highly-communicative approach with clients, and encourage an open dialogue between us throughout the process of helping you purchase your property.
I bring a ton of energy to your home search, and will be there to help you every step of the way: from finding your ideal home, reviewing & understanding disclosures, advising on best terms, managing your escrow timeline, and--the most fun part--personally delivering the keys to your new home!
selling your home
If you are considering selling your home, our first step will be to schedule an initial consultation when I can walk through your property with you and discuss your goals as they relate to selling. By listening to you and learning more about your vision for your property holdings, I will be able to put together the most effective strategy for getting the highest return on your real estate investment.
My approach to marketing your property is extremely thorough and utilizes technology tools that ensure ongoing marketing efforts are targeting the most effective demographic of likely buyers for your property--something that is especially important with the majority of buyers seeing properties for the first time online.
I will personally manage all pre-listing and early marketing prep, write & design all marketing material (where my background in publishing comes in handy) with the help of my firm's award-winning team; list your property on MLS; and oversee ongoing marketing until your property is sold. Working tirelessly for you, I will manage your escrow process once a winning offer has been secured, and ensure a satisfying close that allows you to successfully move onto life's next chapter.