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Decades of experience

Experience, knowledge, skills, prep-team contacts, and professionalism are all indispensable elements.  While every home will sell, not all homes receive their highest possible sales price.


It's crucial to discern where to invest and when to halt your improvements. I provide guidance on prioritizing efforts, allocating preparation funds efficiently, and I excel in bringing your home to market promptly, within budget, and yielding optimal results.


Effectively navigating challenges such as planning, visual presentation, market timing, inspections, disclosures, negotiations, listing price strategies, and positioning for multiple offers is essential. Drawing from extensive experience as both a successful Listing Agent and licensed CA Contractor, I amalgamate these skills with a personable and professional approach. This distinctive blend, combined with an in-depth understanding of the local market, has fostered a consistent business model and clientele list spanning over two and a half decades.

Client Stories

Marion O.

Home Seller

Over the past 35 years, we have bought or sold more than a dozen properties. Brian Santilena, who represented us in the sale of our home, is at the top of the list of realtors that we have worked with. He was personable, responsive, responsible, and effective - we obtained the desired price for our property... Brian worked with us to make the sale process as efficient as possible. We were in constant communication by telephone and email. He always let us know exactly where we were in the process. 


Selling a house can be tense and scary. Brian's thoughtful, attentive, personalized service eased those feelings significantly for us. We ended up getting top dollar for our property and couldn't have been more pleased. We are grateful for his professionalism, judgment, and knowledge, and recommend him most highly to those who have need for a realtor in the East Bay.

Thomas A.

Home Seller

"If you are looking for a knowledgeable agent to help you and your family make a would be stressful transaction feel easy then I strongly suggest calling Brian. I first made contact with Brian well over a year before my wife and I actually decided to sell our place. From the very first call I was impressed at his willingness to help. He made the sale of our first home a complete breeze, helping me during the process from A to Z. Throughout the entire transaction he was always responsive and available. He laid out our strategy and executed well above my expectations. Needless to say I plan to work with Brian again in the future and I highly recommend him without reservation."

Rick R.

Home Seller

It's always tricky to pick the right realtor. Based on my recent experience, I highly recommend Brian Santilena.


Here's my story: I had been renting-out my house in North Berkeley for two years when I decided to sell it. My house was in OK shape, but was not ready for Primetime. After one walk through, Brian developed a list of all cost effective things we could do to improve my house's sales appeal. He had a ready set of reliable and well priced tradesmen to call-on to get the work done. He managed the whole project, like a general contractor-- from painting, to plumbing, to landscaping. He also contributed a fine eye to making all the color choices for the paint and hardware. All along the way, Brian gave wise council on what was worth doing and what was best left to the future buyer's imagination.

Vanguard Valet

VANGUARD Valet can provide you with up to $50,000 of up-front cash to prepare and improve your home for sale.  I will guide you on exactly what and  where to spend the funds and when your home comes onto the market it will show better, get offers faster and sell for more money.  And guess what... you get to keep all of the profits!

"I haven't met a Seller yet that didn't want to know - What is their home is worth,  what should they do to it in order to sell it at the highest possible sales price, and why should I consider hiring Brian?"  

Not all real estate agents are the same...  Let me show you the difference.  


~Brian Santilena.

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