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We’re always excited and proud to receive glowing testimonials from satisfied clients. Here are just a few examples of what our happy clients had to say about their experience working with the Bellings Brothers. If you think you’d benefit from the expertise of our Real Estate Team, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can view more great testimonials from our clients at Yelp.

I have never experienced real estate agents like the Bellings Brothers! Deciding to sell our home in SF was an emotional and difficult decision to make, however once my sister and I made the decision to work with Michael and Aaron, we never looked back! We took the time to research and interview four different real estate agents/brokers that were recommended on Top Agents Ranked. Choosing the Bellings Brothers was the obvious choice after listening to their marketing strategy and getting to know their awesome personalities. Their expertise and professionalism came shining through but they were also very comfortable to talk to and didn’t play any high pressure games. I started researching real estate agents very early on, even when we weren’t sure if we really wanted to sell. Michael was the only one that regularly touched base with me for months before to see how I was doing. There was never any pressure, it was a simple reminder that the Bellings Brothers were ready and waiting to talk to us more, if we made the decision to sell. Their persistence really paid off, because I realized that their relentless work ethic would pay off in the home-selling process. If they were that driven with me, they would be driven during the home-selling process too! And of course we felt very lucky, that we got two real estate agents for the price of one! Michael and Aaron both have different strengths that completely create an outstanding team!
I have never known a real estate agent to go so ABOVE AND BEYOND! We were nervous about how our over 100 year old house would do on the market, but the Bellings Brothers came to the rescue! They called upon various tradespeople they have worked with and gave us three estimates for almost every job, which was super helpful for us since we didn’t have any experience with floor refinishers, painters, landscapers, handymen, cleaning teams or stagers. They coordinated everything and we never had to be at the house, which helped me out tremendously since I live over an hour away. They literally transformed our diamond in the rough into a beautiful gem, within several weeks!
Michael and Aaron made themselves extremely available the entire time and immediately answered our numerous texts, emails and phone calls. They explained everything very thoroughly as we were first time home-sellers. Now, for the most exciting news…OUR HOUSE SOLD FOR ALMOST $300,000 OVER THE ASKING PRICE!!! We were thrilled!
My sister decided to begin a new home search pretty quickly after this sale, and of course the Bellings Brothers delivered AGAIN! My sister and her husband just found the perfect home for them, right by Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park!
I highly recommend the Bellings Brothers for anyone looking to buy or sell in SF. I only wish they worked in Solano County so I could have the opportunity to work with them again when I am ready to buy a new home.
THANK YOU BROTHERS…LOVE, THE SISTERS!!!

– Diane S. San Francisco, CA – Seller

The Bellings Brothers did a great job! My sister and I were selling our family home and interviewed several realtors. We thought Aaron and Michael had the best marketing strategy so we picked them. They made everything easy and once we were ready to sell they took the lead and got the job done. They spent a lot of time getting the house looking its best which I think helped us a lot once the house hit the market. They also got us a price we were happy with and closed quick so I definitely recommend them! If I have any real estate needs in the future I would not hesitate to use them.

– Laura D. San Francisco, CA – Seller & B...

My partner and I were looking for our first home in SF and were lucky enough to work with Michael and Aaron. They are just the best – I can’t recommend them enough. You have to understand my partner (Marti) and I first to understand how amazing Michael and Aaron are. Marti once spent over an hour reading reviews for the best pair of goggles for the one time that he *might* go swimming. I was pretty worried that the decision fatigue alone of buying a house was going to kill him.

We met with the Bellings brothers early on during our housing search but also with other real estate agents. It’s probably a mix of personal preference but as first time homebuyers, we were impressed with their clear knowledge, energy and striking ability to hand-hold while allowing us to take the lead.

Things that really stood out:
– Promptness. Text, calls, emails were all return at record speed. We were peripherally aware of other clients but we always felt like a priority.
– Flexibility. There’s a schedule to SF real estate but my erratic work schedule meant that I was going to be doing a lot of things at random hours. They helped coordinate showings of homes at times that were convenient for us. When we became interested in a property and wanted to look at it at night, they met us there at the location with 30 minutes notice.
– Patience. There were questions. And then more questions. And then questions from my mother. All of which were answered throughly and patiently.

In the end, we found our dream home. We have nothing to compare Michael and Aaron to but I feel pretty confident that it doesn’t get any better since they made our first home-buying experience in SF so smooth. We felt like we had advocates on our side who weren’t going to let us fall through the cracks or let us make poor decisions. That level of security allowed us to just focus on finding a home we love. There were still excessive pro/con lists and debates and we both definitely hit a point of decision fatigue but it was about the house and not about the process which I think is a sign of a great agent.

– Kai L. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

It was fantastic to have the Bellings Brothers on our side as we were going through our first house purchase. We primarily worked with Michael, but both sat down with us at the beginning to scope out our needs and both provided advice through the process. They made sure we felt well taken care of while respecting our preferences and giving us space to proceed with the house hunt at our own pace. They provided great insight into the market backed up by their research and experience, and it was clear that they put a lot of consideration into the advice they provided. And it paid off because we were successful on our first offer! Once the offer was accepted, Michael did a fantastic job of making sure all the pieces were in line for the purchase to go through quickly, including management of competing lenders, and we closed ahead of schedule. Thank you so much for making the purchase process smooth and easy! We are so pleased with our new home.

– Jackie Q. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

My boyfriend and I found Michael at an open house he had for one of his listings. We knew right away we wanted to work with him because he gave every single person at the open house vip treatment even if it seemed as though they weren’t serious. There was zero judgement and genuine care and absolutely no pressure. From the moment we started working with him to find a condo in SF we knew we made the right choice. He provides unlimited time and thorough advice to help narrow down the listings that were right for us. We honestly were astounded at the time and attention he gave to us as well as all of his other clients. At the end of the day he stayed 100% on his game with us for about 5 months until we found the perfect condo. He is also AMAZING with helping in the mortgage process. He is so efficient and has really great working relationships with the bank we used (through his recommendation of course)! We were also able to work with his brother, Aaron, who is equally as professional, efficient and provided very helpful advice. All in all Michael and Aaron are the BEST! We honestly feel that we could not have found anyone better than them and are going to recommend them to everyone we can!

– Stephanie W. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

My husband and I met Michael at an open house when we were just starting to look. We knew we had found our guy – he’s super friendly, insanely knowledgeable about San Francisco real estate (and the city in general), and just really seemed to get us and what were looking for. We chatted via phone and email over the next few weeks as we went out and looked at places. He also referred a few mortgage brokers and was great at coordinating and helping through that whole process. Michael was always above-and-beyond helpful without every being pushy.

Once we were approved, we had a meeting with both Michael and Aaron at their office to talk more about the nitty-gritty of the home-buying process and to review a disclosure packet for a place we had looked at and loved. They were so incredibly flexible in finding a time that worked for us despite the fact that it probably wasn’t ideal for them (6:30 PM on Memorial Day), and we didn’t feel at all rushed through the meeting; they really made sure we had all of our questions answered and concerns addressed. This was the first we had met Aaron, and we weren’t at all surprised to find that he’s just as lovely as Michael. Given our interest in one particular home, they offered to take us back there the next day so we could look at it again on our own time. Again, they both went out of their way to accommodate our schedule and let us wander around for waaaay longer than we did at the open house 🙂 They both offered their opinions and thoughts on the place, how it was valued, etc – all very helpful and presented in a way that didn’t try to sway us one way or the other.

After much debate and hand-wringing on our end, we ended up making an offer on the house the next day! Michael patiently listened to our worries and concerns and offered advice without pressuring us at all. He worked his magic, and our offer was accepted! From there it was a whirlwind of getting the loan and title in order, and Michael was right there keeping things moving smoothly along. He helped us get set up with a closing date that was right between my husband’s work travel and a family wedding we had. Even though it was mostly up to title and the bank at this point, Michael checked in with all of us regularly to make sure everyone was coordinating with each other and on schedule. We really felt taken care of through the whole process.

Now, thanks to Michael and Aaron, we’re ready to move in to our own little slice of San Francisco this weekend! We really can’t thank them enough – they were both a joy to work with, and they made the whole process as smooth as it could possibly be! You can’t go wrong with these guys!

– Katie Y. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

As first time home buyers, we lucked out in working with Aaron and Michael. Referred by a friend, we met with them and did not look back. From our initial meeting, their expertise and efficiency impressed us and, in general, they’re just really great guys. We continued to be impressed throughout the process by how well they know the city and their practice.

As others have mentioned, they responded very quickly to all our questions and, even though they were juggling multiple clients at a time, we always felt like a priority. We had some trepidation about the stereotype of real estate agents looking out for the bottom line, but Michal and Aaron really worked to understand our needs and our finances and find the right fit for us. And find it we did – less than a month after we began our search, we had an offer accepted on an amazing condo after Michael did some incredible negotiating. He really understood the market, the buyers and how we could best position ourselves in negotiations while not taking unnecessary risk. We wouldn’t have gotten the place without him (Thank you Michael!!!!!). And, after negotiations, he continued to work hard to make sure escrow went smoothly, staying in touch with the many players involved in a sale and keeping us in the loop.

If you work with them, and you absolutely should, you’ll hear the refrain from them “we’re with you every step of the way” and they truly are. We love our new home and are incredibly grateful for their help, insight and expertise in finding it.

– Benjamin W. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

Aaron and Michael made the sale of our condo simple and effortless. They participated fully in each step along the way. They provided fabulous recommendations and vendors to work with and project managed them. Loved work with the Bellings brothers!

– Sheila B. San Francisco, CA – Seller

Michael and Aaron helped my sell my condo in SF. They did an outstanding job. They stayed on top of everything.

– Thomas C. San Francisco, CA – Seller

Aaron was great to work with! Being a first time buyer in SF can be challenging but he was able to help me navigate the entire process. Communication was extremely easy and Aaron and michael were always reachable any hour of the day. They were always checking in along the search process and always offered to help. It was a great experience and I would definitely recommend working with Aaron and Michael to anyone who is in the market!

– Tony L. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

I should preface this by saying that i’ve never worked with another agent before, so i don’t have anything to compare this to, but my experience with the bellings brothers (specifically Aaron since i only worked with him on this transaction) was much better than i’d anticipated.

these guys were referred to me via redfin where i originally tried to find an agent (because my friend works there, gotta share the love). aaron called me promptly, listened to what i had in mind, then gave me marching orders for the weekend (“go forth and look at apartments!”). once i’d identified one that i was interested in, he gave me his candid opinion on what the market was like in that area, what i might be looking at spending based on the seller’s expectations, etc. based on his advice, i came up with an offer (my very first one!) that ended up winning by a very slim margin. can’t do much better than that!

i don’t know if he does this with all clients but it felt like he really did a lot of mental hand holding for me through the process: making sure i was comfortable with my decision, interfacing with the seller’s agent on some potentially prickly questions – basically, whatever it was that i needed and sometimes just checking in to make sure i wasn’t getting too stressed out over the details, listening to my concerns and offering his personal and professional opinion in response.

so, a big thank you to aaron for keeping my neuroses in check and getting me through a super speedy process. i expected (based on anecdotal experience) this whole thing would take months to complete, but once i made the decision to start looking at property, it was done, start to finish, within a single month. ?!?! seriously, if you need a blitzkrieg attack, you can’t go wrong with the bellings brothers at the helm of your luftwaffe.

– Sylvia C. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

Aaron helped me and my parents buy our first place in SF. We were totally clueless about the process and Aaron made me feel so comfortable texting him at any time of day with my endless string of questions. Even well after we closed, I was really confused about the title stuff, HOA stuff, and texted him, getting friendly and timely replies. I absolutely hate phone calls and signing papers without Docusign, and Aaron was totally aligned with that too!

– Theresa C. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

Michael and Aaron are fantastic, couldn’t have imagined a better experience in San Francisco! They took the time to meet with us and really learn about what we were looking for. They were honest, helpful and extremely responsive over the several months we spent looking for a home. They were very patient as we did our research and never pushy. They were happy to review disclosures and always gave a us a really thorough understanding of the properties we were interested in.

Once we found a place we loved, Mike and Aaron were total pros at helping us make a competitive offer. They helped us with a great offer strategy and ultimately helped us find our first home at a great value. Totally exceeded expectations from start to finish. Highly highly recommend the Bellings Brothers for anyone looking to buy or sell!

– John S. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

We happened to meet Michael at an open house here in San Francisco. It was a busy showing, but he took the time to chat at length with us about the market and what to expect going into the hunt for our first place. We set up a time to meet at their office in the Mission where Michael and Aaron did a comprehensive review of all our wants and needs in a house. We were pretty set on finding a fixer, which we knew would be difficult within city limits, but Michael and Aaron helped us find the perfect one in a great neighborhood just a month later. Michael helped us write our first offer and guided us on how to position ourselves to win. And although we lost the initial bid, Michael stayed in touch with the selling agent so that when it fell through the following week, he reached out to Michael first to revisit our offer.

With Michael & Aaron’s help, we were able to find a fixer with phenomenal potential in the right area, in a much shorter period than we ever expected, and all with only one offer written! Overall, the Belling Bros. made an experience we were dreading into such a positive, simple & fun experience!

Great energy, very knowledgable, responsive and super helpful. Actually looking forward to working with them in the future.

– Alex C. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

Aaron and Michael are truly an amazing duo. First time home buying is, in itself, a nerve-wracking experience AND on top of that to attempt buying a home in one of the most competitive markets in the nation was, needless to say, daunting. Aaron and Michael are VERY knowledgeable about the area, the market, and will be candid with you. They truly want to help you find a place to call home and will take the time to listen to your needs, concerns, and hopes. They are more than mere agents that want to sell you a house, they will be there for you every step of the way and even after you’ve closed.

For example, the selling agents accidentally got us the wrong set of keys to our house and we only discovered this during our moving day. It was 105 degrees in SF, we had a moving truck full of furniture, two movers who were exhausted, AND we were locked out. We had no idea what to do. We contacted Aaron and within 30 minutes he had a locksmith sent and got us in the house. And that was just one of many examples of Aaron going above and beyond for us. Truthfully, it is unlikely that we would now find ourselves with a beautiful home in an area that we are growing to love if it had not been for that fateful first meeting with Michael many months ago. His kindness, patience and genuine willingness to help a young, naive couple, along with Aaron’s attentiveness to our every needs, has made all the difference.

Bottomline: if you’re looking on Yelp for an real estate agent, you are looking for the best. Well, you’ve found them; look no further.

Best of luck!

– L Y. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

We were referred to Michael and Aaron through a friend who recently purchased their home. Though we were not even sure if we were ready to make the plunge, Michael walked us through every step of the process and got us through the finish line. He was a joy to work with in every aspect: pace and tone of communication, negotiation, sticking to our budget, and really just helping us find and get the home that was right for us. Not to mention he managed to give us lots of laughs throughout what should have really been a more stressful process. Another benefit of the Bellings’ is their network of related services that they referred us to. We found our mortgage broker (who gave us better terms than we even expected), our handyman (who did work on our rental and new home), and our fence builder through Bellings’ referrals. We could not recommend them enough and they will be our realtors for as long as we are in San Francisco.

– Nancy L. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

The Bellings brothers are an impressive duo. It was my first home purchase, and they made the whole process very easy for me. They are extremely honest and professional, as well as knowledgeable of the San Francisco real estate market. I felt very comfortable working with them from the very beginning. I had lots of questions for them, which they answered promptly and clearly, and when they didn’t immediately have the answers, they were willing to find the appropriate information without delay.

Everything went really smoothly, and after closing Michael was good about following up to see if I needed anything else. I would recommend the Bellings brothers with the highest ratings.

– Ed L. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

Michael and Aaron helped me buy my first home in SF, and they were amazing ! As SF native’s, they were the perfect age in that they have seen SF grow over the past 2 decades, but are still young enough to understand where the next hot trends are coming. They were every first home buyers dream – knowledge, tech savvy, communicative, and not too pushy.

Michael met me at my house and gave me a runway of the SF market, and took me around all day showing me houses, giving me honest feedback on each house, including times when he thought a home was overvalued (btw, all his estimates were spot on, I checked each listing after it closed and Michael was always right!). We found the perfect home, and Michael negotiated everything smoothly, and had me covered for things I didn’t even think of as a first time buyers.

Finally, during escrow, as is typical in the process, the bank was slower then expected – but Michael had me covered as well and was able to buy us extra time while the deal closed. I cannot recommend these two enough! There is no way I would have had the confidence to pull the trigger without them.

– Solomon B. Santa Monica, CA – Buyer

Truly world-class, these two.  Honest, communicative, intelligent, and willing to listen. First rate!

– Skyler B. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

We worked with Michael and Aaron to buy our first home in SF, and had an end-to-end great experience. If you’re looking to buy in the city, I recommend them without reservation.

We had just started looking at homes and didn’t have an agent yet when we ran into Michael at one of the first places we looked at in the city. Michael and Aaron both met with us afterward and walked through the different areas of the city, what we were looking for, and what might be a good fit for us depending on exactly what we wanted in a home (location, a possible bigger or smaller increase in value, features of the home, stuff like that).

They also set us up with some great referrals for loan agents, including a stellar one who was able to get us approved quickly and set us up to be able to bid on homes. Michael and Aaron were also great about teaching us about the (notable!) difference between list and sales prices for homes here.Our entire process was fast and super smooth.

Michael & Aaron have also been great *after* we bought our home, connecting us with a handyman who was able to make the few fixes or updates we wanted, and helping us learn more about our new home.

Buying a home is a big deal, especially in the Bay Area, and that mountain of papers you’re gonna sign to close can be intimidating. Michael and Aaron made this smooth and even fun for us, and they know the city inside and out. Again, recommended without reservation!

– Alexander S. San Francisco, CA – Buyer

We had the pleasure of working with Aaron and Michael on a recent relocation move. We are new to the city and they turned out to be excellent guides to the area – they were incredibly helpful and very responsive to all of our questions and concerns. They understood what we were looking for and worked hard to provide us with regular listings of new properties that met our criteria. We would certainly work with them again and would highly recommend them to others.

– Marina S. Pasadena, CA – Buyer

My partner and I recently closed on a house before Christmas in San Francisco and Aaron guided us through the whole process with ease. Aaron is very knowledgeable and he is a great communicator. He kept us informed all the way through and communicated promptly what we needed to do in order to move things along. We felt we were in very good hands the whole time and that’s the feeling a buyer should have…a reliable, knowledgeable, and professional realtor whom you can count on and Aaron was all that! We would definitely recommend Aaron to our friends and family!

– Ken S. San Francisco, CA – Seller

It was very fortunate for my wife and I to find Michael and Aaron as our partner. We met at the open house in San Francisco for the very condo that we bought! Everything was taken care of by Michael and Aaron. From Submitting an offer to closing the property, they have been on our side. Prompt response to all of our questions and requests. They were helping us at every steps of the process for buying our property. I will not only return to Bellings Brothers for any future real estate business, but also refer my friends and families, if they need any property in San Francisco. Thank you Michael and Aaron!

– Seung Jae L. San Francisco, CA

You’re not going to find better real estate partners than Michael and Aaron. They know the Bay Area inside and out and work tirelessly to find something that works for your specific needs. They also know when and how to nudge you out of your comfort zone (in a good way!). My fiance and I were searching for a fixer upper in SF and were discouraged both by the real estate agent we had and by the houses we were viewing. We met Michael at an open house and immediately felt a connection with him. In less than a few days, he was sending us great listings and following up with very detailed emails, answering each question and request thoroughly and providing recommendations. While he knew we were looking in particular areas and found us listings in those areas, he also urged us to look into Bernal Heights, which we did–and fell in love with the place we eventually purchased in Nov 2013. Not two months later, Bernal Heights was listed as the country’s hottest neighborhood, so you could say these guys know their stuff. We’d happily recommend the Bellings Brothers to anyone looking for a stress-less real estate experience.

– Lindsey C. San Francisco, CA

In short, these guys kick ass. I consider myself lucky for meeting Michael at a random open house in San Francisco at a time when my fiancé and I were about ready to give up on the San Francisco market. Prior to meeting the Bellings Brothers, we had worked with another agent to place (and ultimately lose) an offer on another property. Our discouragement wasn’t a result of losing the offer, but rather the feeling that we were doing more than our fair share of the work with our other agent. The difference between our original agent and the Bellings Brothers was dramatic. Though we have now closed on our house, we consider these guys friends. We’d absolutely work with them in the future and refer them to everyone we know. If you have a chance, work with these guys! Knowledge of the Market : The Bellings Brothers are experts on the San Francisco market. From their stories, it all began with them following around their father, a long-time SF real estate name – you may even say it’s in their blood! The SF market is a very different place from their father’s day, but these guys stay on top of it. At times it’s almost as if they compete with each other to respond to our questions. They were very thorough with pulling comps, helping us think through a renovation budget, keeping us informed of laws that were changing, etc. These guys are total pros. Communication: If you’re like us, the fact that you can afford to shop in San Francisco means you’re pretty busy. We work full time jobs and don’t have the luxury of stepping out for frequent, hour-long conversations. The Bellings Brothers are incredibly thorough and well-written email / text, which made it a lot easier to juggle our jobs and the housing hunt. We’d read through a disclosure package, bullet out a couple questions in an email and within 24 hours (often quicker!) they would respond with a very thorough response to all our questions. Better yet, not only would they answer my question, but they’d also share their perspective on how we should think about it, whether or not it’s a big concern, and what we could do negotiation-wise. Their ability to clearly communicate make these guys an absolute joy to work with. Negotiation: The San Francisco market is extremely tight with a lot of buyers writing “As-Is” offers on properties. Even in times when you’re able to conduct an inspection, the chances of winning any credits is virtually impossible. That said, we weren’t going to let the market tell us that we shouldn’t try to receive some credits and the Bellings Brothers brought their A-game. When it came time to negotiate for credits, these guys worked wonders. They communicated our request to the Sellers sternly, but incredibly politely and respectfully. Emotions can run hot during the close of a house and The Brothers knew how to balance our best interest with a respect for the sellers’ interests. They were able to negotiate $75k+ in credits!

– Gordon W. San Francisco, CA

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