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Testimonial Highlights

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“If we could give Stea Realty Group six stars, we would. It was the constant professionalism and clear explanations of the process. It was the fast response to questions. It was the kindness and general concern about how we were holding up.”

Michael P., Oakland

“I have very high expectations for real estate Agents … we interviewed other top agents in the neighborhood and I am happy we chose Daniel. We sold our home in Rockridge and it was an excellent experience. Love Daniel and Yali – I highly recommend them!”

Kelly N. & Jessy F., Oakland 

“He never pushed me or bothered me about selling the home. I just called him when I was ready. He actually asked me several times if I wanted to keep the home because he thought it was a good fit for me and my family. He only offered me his honest advice.”

Chris A., Piedmont

“Daniel was so engaged and open and encouraged us to meet with several Realtors before we made our decision … it was difficult to sell for my husband and me, and we never once felt pressured to move forward.”

Lee K., Oakland 

“When there were homes that I showed an interest in, where they had a concern, they made those concerns clear to me. Clearly, a less trustworthy team could have just got me in the home, taken their cut and gone off to the next.”

David R., Oakland 

“He genuinely tailors his solutions to you and your situation. Honestly, there was never a stumble or a miscommunication. In fact, when the cleaning people he recommended accidentally broke some wine glasses he sent us beautiful crystal goblets to our new home. I mean, right? Class act all the way.”

Miri D., Oakland

“Daniel is a true professional and his legal background is a huge advantage. He was such an advocate for me. He truly cares about people and making sure you are happy above all. That’s the main difference between him and other Realtors/brokers. He is not pushy, he just wants you to be happy.”

Chris A., Piedmont

“I cannot tell you how many times he came to the house to answer questions and to help guide us through the renovation process. He is genuinely a wonderful person with a great sense of humor, integrity and honesty. Even our cat, who does not come out for anyone, would come out to greet Daniel.”

Lee K., Oakland

“And as with all of Daniel’s other listings, our home looked like perfection when it hit the market. We always felt like the sale of our home was his top priority (as I am sure all of his clients do…because he is that good!). Daniel is a really good person (honest, hardworking, knowledgeable), and a great Realtor. And he gives great pep-talks too if you are a nervous first-time seller like I was!”

Audrey H., Berkeley

“Most of all, working with Daniel to sell our house was fun! In Daniel we felt that we had a partner in the process; he listened to us and took our advice while at the same time personally managing every detail … Daniel truly earned both our trust and his commission.”  

Joel R. & Shobahn P., Oakland 

“We know many other Agents, and none of them can match Daniel’s professionalism, knowledge, integrity and negotiation skills.”

Carmen N., Albany

“His experience as an Attorney as well as a Realtor protected us when the first offer we got defaulted and baulked at forfeiting her deposit as required by law.”

Jim & Marge P., Oakland

“I found him to be open, warm, and genuine … we felt we could trust Daniel and Yali and never felt pressured into making a decision we weren’t ready for.”  

Laura R., Berkeley

“The knowledge and experience which Daniel has accumulated over the years as a Broker / Attorney in the East Bay proved to be invaluable.”

Chris V., Oakland

“Daniel and Yali spent many, many hours with us … they never once pressured us to make an offer or to move the process forward; they could not have been more patient and supportive.”

Erica M., Oakland 

“His sense of humor, his willingness to listen, his sensitivity to our needs and his perseverance never flagged.”

Jim & Marge P., Oakland

“He guided us through the entire process with grace and humor.”  

Jeff V., Oakland 

“His expertise as a broker and lawyer was instrumental in the success of our transaction from start to close.”

Diane F., Berkeley

“Daniel’s experience as a real estate attorney and broker combined with the sheer number of homes he sells each year really worked to my advantage.”

Opre W., Oakland 

“Daniel’s caring and willingness to go the extra mile was only matched by his clarity and toughness in negotiating a very good price — the care and concern he took in really exploring what we wanted and helping us understand our needs better was truly remarkable.”

Bret R., Oakland

“For many Realtors out there it’s all about push, push, push: it’s all about their pride and greed; it’s all about them wanting to flip the house at a low price to make a quick sale. That is why I am so grateful that Stea Realty Group came in showing respect and compassion.”

Earl M., Berkeley 

“He possesses the highest degree of integrity and is completely honest, even if it may not be what you were hoping to hear. I highly recommend Daniel as the real estate agent to choose – after all, he IS the man – the #1 agent in Rockridge for a reason.”

Betty L., Oakland 

“We had been going to his listings in the Rockridge/Elmwood neighborhoods for years (and he has a LOT of them!), and even though we were not looking to sell or buy a home at the time, he was always so engaging and friendly to us.”

Audrey H., Berkeley

“Yali always knew the right price to offer (even when we were far outside her typical neighborhoods) and she was available any time. She is creative, patient, intelligent, and fun. Other Realtors we dealt with remarked on Yali’s integrity (yes, that’s a good thing).”

Eric R., Berkeley 

“Yes, we got an astounding price for our home (yay!) but even if we didn’t, the work that he put in was absolutely exceptional and we would have still been satisfied. He (and Yali!) were responsive, anticipated our needs/questions, managed our expectations, were honest and communicated clearly every step of the way.”

Miri D., Oakland 

“We first contacted Daniel about selling our home because he is ALL over Rockridge. His knowledge of the area as well as his professionalism are what sold us. Daniel said he wanted to earn a 5 star Yelp review and he did!”

Chris B., Oakland

“Not once in the entire selling process, from inspections to marketing to taking bids to countering offers, did Daniel’s advice cause us to question his judgment or whether he placed expedience and his interests above ours.”

Joel R. & Shobahn P., Oakland

“See the video above; it is a perfect representation of Daniel’s demeanor: professional, confident, friendly, inspiring trust. And his sense of humor was always welcome!”

Lila A., Oakland

“Daniel is a great marketer (not in a pushy salesperson way, but in a genuine ‘I love this property and so I think you will too’ sort of way)”  

Rachel W., Oakland

“Daniel could not have been nicer or more helpful. It really made an impression on us that he took the time to speak with us when we weren’t even sure of our plans … he was always thoughtful and had our best interests in mind.”

Tres S., Berkeley 

“Daniel and Yali were always available for anything, anytime. If we had a question or needed them to interact with one of the vendors all it took was a call or text and magic happened. If we were just anxious or nervous Daniel would talk us off the ledge. He is a very knowledgeable and kind man, easy to do business with.”

Chris B., Oakland 

“Even after we bought our home, Daniel was there to support us in any way he could.”

Carmen N., Emeryville

“Daniel’s knowledge, confidence, affability and availability gave us so much confidence in the whole process–even when we had late-night questions or hesitations, Daniel was there to give us the information we needed to make the best decision. We especially appreciated how upfront and honest he was about every step and every document.”

Dan D., Oakland

“Daniel proved to be a trustworthy, energetic and empathetic adviser who helped us navigate this successfully.”

Deb H., Oakland

“Although the final prices of the two properties were not quite what we had hoped for, I feel good about having closed relatively quickly at prices that were acceptable to me in a dicey market. I plan to use Stea Realty Group again in the near future to sell a relative’s Berkeley home.”

Nancy H., Berkeley

“He took the time to get to know my husband and me and to make sure he understood what our expectations were. I honestly cannot imagine dealing with a more professional or more personable agent. And I never once had qualms about Daniel’s fairness and good sense.”

David B., Oakland

“Daniel’s personnel integrity permeates his office and his business.”

Martin A., Oakland

“They are completely professional, knowledgeable and fun to work with.”

Steve L., Oakland

“He truly was the bright light during this particularly challenging and stressful time of selling one’s home.”

Lee K., Oakland

“‘Advocacy & Integrity’ is not just a tagline — he and his team truly are advocates with the highest integrity – they are simply outstanding to work with.”

Hanna H., Berkeley

Sparking Testimonials

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“Not once in the entire selling process, from inspections to marketing to taking bids to countering offers, did Daniel’s advice cause us to question his judgment or whether he placed expedience and his interests above ours.”

Joel R. & Shobahn P.

Living in Rockridge we had frequently passed Stea Realty Group offices and based on its singular and refined appearance had the impression that it was a boutique/specialized real-estate brokerage that focused on unique and/or high-end properties. After speaking with Daniel Stea, we happily learned that what was unique was his approach to how he would market and sell our home. Unlike agents from a number of the well-known and large brokerages in the East Bay, Daniel did not propose to use the same formula for marketing and selling our house as for every other property he handled. Of particular comfort to us, in the present real-estate market, was Daniel’s commitment to be personally invested in our house. He laid out plans for how we would proceed two, four and six weeks into the market. No other Realtors we spoke with gave us thoughts beyond the initial open houses and postcards. Daniel’s knowledge, experience and commitment allowed us to go from signing with him to closing in eight weeks with multiple offers and a final sale that was substantially over asking in the worst market in more than a decade. Not once in the entire selling process, from inspections to marketing to taking bids to countering offers, did Daniel’s advice cause us to question his judgment or whether he placed expedience and his interests above ours. Most other Realtors told us that it was not possible to have our house on the market in the time frame we had in mind, Daniel made it happen. He personally oversaw renovations while we were on vacation. He assembled an exhaustive disclosure package that prompted the buyers to waive contingencies and sped up the sale. Daniel’s personal involvement in all interactions and communications with potential buyers, and his strong rapport with other Realtors, meant that when evaluating multiple offers we knew the bidders and were able to craft a successful counter-offer based on his reading of the specific market for our house. Most of all, working with Daniel to sell our house was fun! In Daniel we felt that we had a partner in the process; he listened to us and took our advice while at the same time personally managing every detail of the marketing and sale of our house. Daniel truly earned both our trust and his commission.

353 50th St., Oakland CA 94609

“If we could give Stea Realty Group six stars, we would. It was the constant professionalism and clear explanations of the process. It was the fast response to questions. It was the kindness and general concern about how we were holding up.”

Michael P.

If we could give the Stea Realty Group six stars, we would. Our experience with them, both buying and selling, was truly fantastic. We worked closely with Daniel during the entire nine months it took us to first find a house to buy, and then selling our existing residence. He was general of the campaign. Susan (buying) and Yali (selling) were the “action officers” making sure we successfully completed all the tactical steps necessary to achieve great outcomes (buying a house where we were the only bidders and selling above our most optimistic estimates). And although the end-results definitely are great, that’s not why we’d recommend Stea Realty. It was the constant professionalism and clear explanations of the process. It was the fast response to questions. It was the kindness and general concern about how we were holding up. I think for most of us, buying and selling homes are the largest financial transactions we’ll ever encounter. It’s going to be stressful, Daniel and his team know this and they’re prepared to help, in whatever form is required. We are so grateful that a friend recommended Stea Realty to us, and now we can do the same to a larger audience. Go talk to Daniel, tell him where you want to get to, and let him develop and execute a great plan.

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