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Golden Gate Sotheby's Int'l Realty - Herman Chan

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Contact: Herman Chan
Title: Realtor/Broker

Member Since 2017

Company Address
Golden Gate Sotheby's Int'l Realty
2 Tunnel Rd
Berkeley, California
United States 94705

Cities Served
Alameda, Albany, Burlingame, Danville, Fremont, Lafayette, Millbrae, Oakland, Orinda, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Francisco, San Mateo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek


Tel: (510) 542-2600

Cell: (415) 787-3450

Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

Professional Achievements
SF Bay Area Native / 17 Year Veteran Top Producer / Ranked Top 1% Nationwide / UC Berkeley Alumni / Seen on HGTV CBS CNN Money Huffington Post / Proud Guncle / Français & 中文

After brokering over half a billion dollars worth of property over the past decade, it’s no secret that Herman Chan is a leading expert in all things luxury & real estate. For the past 15 years, he hasn't only been one of the Bay Area's top producing real estate brokers; Herman's been revolutionizing the way real estate is done and creating an unparalleled standard all his own —The Gold Standard.

As a trilingual (English, French, and Chinese) Mass Communications major from UC Berkeley, Herman's combination of traditional marketing strategies and millennial tech savvy rewards clients with an award-winning, artful approach to unprecedented results. With his rapid ascent to becoming one of San Francisco's premier real estate agents, the entertainment industry quickly took notice.

In the years since -- as an author, speaker and TV personality -- Herman is routinely sought after to provide key insight into the real estate market and beyond for television and news outlets, such as HGTV, CBC, CNET, MSNBC, Huffington Post, CBS, PBS, CNN Money USA Today US News & World Report.

While his charismatic personality shines on camera, it's his passionate pursuit of excellence for his clients that ellicits praise throughout the industry. Today, with renowned local expertise and storied track record of success, Herman continues his unwavering effort on behalf of his devoted clientele to not only realize their goals, but exceed them like only he can.

He has always been out and proud, coming out as early as Junior High, being an activist drag queen in college, to now donating time and money to AIDS Ride, Macy's Passport, No H8 Campaign, and more. He was named by Instinct Magazine as the Anti-Cyber Bully in their Leading Men Issue 2011. He was the first Asian cover model for Frontiers Magazine and has since written many articles for them, as well as Logo TV.

Vidya D - San Francisco, CA: 2018-01-15

Herman helped my husband and me buy our first condo in San Francisco. The first thing we appreciated was that Herman was not one of those agents who meets you for five minutes and pretends to know everything about you and exactly what you want in a house. Instead, he took the time to get to know us, showed us different options, and explained his perspective on the trade-offs we were making. We looked for six months and often did a lot of research online flagging properties for him to get his input. Every property we visited with Herman was carefully vetted by him before we toured it. Often, he'd do a walk-through of the home/condo before we were scheduled to, would review the disclosures, and have a lot of detailed commentary and input about the property. Herman is an incredible asset to have as a home buyer. He prides himself on providing the best customer experience for a process that is full of problems. I've since recommended Herman to my parents, their friends and my friends and nobody has been disappointed.

Jimmy R - Berkeley, CA: 2018-01-11

Herman just totally gets how to deliver a great customer experience. He was recently our listing agent for the sale of a mixed-use residential/commercial property. His market insights and pricing strategy to maximize our return was spot on. And besides... he is one of the most considerate and thoughtful people we have worked with ever.

Carol M - East Bay, CA: 2018-01-08

Herman is an amazing agent! He represented my husband and I during a purchase transaction. He is very savvy about the real estate market and is very connected with other agents in the area. He was able to find out about homes that would be coming on the market, and we were able to tour the home we purchased prior to it being listed. This gave us a key advantage over other buyers, and ultimately got us the home we wanted. He is incredibly hard working (I'm not sure if he even sleeps!) often working until the wee hours of the morning to draft an offer. Buying a home is a stressful process, but Herman did a great job of keeping us focused on our goals. His team is a pleasure to work with; everyone from his office staff to his recommended home inspectors were extremely trust worthy. If you're looking for a knowledgeable, hard-working, enthusiastic realtor, look no further!

Chris S - Berkeley, CA: 2018-01-07

Herman is an amazing realtor. We were moving to the Bay Area from out of state and didn't have much knowledge of the area, or the local real estate market in general. Most of our research for houses was done online. We'd browse houses online, then send him dozens of links asking about the house and area. He was always quick to respond and give us lots of intel about the listing and neighborhood. We kind of said, "We don't know what kind of house we want, or where we want to live, but here is our budget and we need a house within a couple months." And sure enough, we found a great house in Alameda and made an offer. We had the high bid, but the seller was apprehensive about our offer because our lender was out-of-state and we had a contingency on the deal. But Herman convinced the seller/realtor to take our offer. He is very involved, has great communication skills, is extremely knowledgeable, and is fun to be around. I highly recommend him!

Linda G - San Francisco, CA: 2018-01-04

I have worked with Herman on three deals now since 2007. My fiance and I were first-time home buyers and therefore knew almost nothing about buying. Herman held our hands through the entire process--we felt very taken care of. He read everything (and there was A LOT of paperwork) before sending them on to us to read and sign, and recommended a really nice mortgage officer for us to work with. When we had what were probably stupid questions he never made us feel stupid...and answered us very quickly. So of course when we bought our second home, and sold the first home, we went back to him. While we were in the process of buying our house it rained a lot that winter and he went to check up on the house to make sure it wasn't leaking anywhere. He did that of his own volition--we didn't even think to check that! Also, when we sold the first home he knew exactly when to put it on the market and what to price it at to garner the most interest. I highly recommend Herman and will definitely go to him again.

Andrea P - San Francisco, CA: 2018-01-04

Herman is really one of the best in the biz. Trilingual. Uses every communication platform. Funny, honest, candid, well-connected. He helped us navigate the often confusing and stressful San Francisco housing market. I highly recommend him- he is incredibly responsive and hard working.

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