“Moving and looking for a new place to call home is a daunting time in a family's life. I cannot imagine sharing this process with anyone other than Kathryn Ellman. She helped us through every step of our moving process - from our first driving tour of Marin, to the day we turned our key to our new home, to beyond - as she's been putting us in contact with tradespeople for some helpful improvements.

Kathryn was an empathetic thought partner - truly listening to our financial and personal needs when looking for a home. Once we zeroed in on the area that felt like the right fit, she really dug deep, bringing us to listings on the market, but also putting us in contact with off-market options. Never pushy, Kathryn was sensitive to our timeline and comfortable with letting us work through those moments when your home purchase feels crucial, on-the-line, pressing -and- those moments when you want to step back, assess options, and slow down.

What stands out about Kathryn is her ability to tie up all loose ends. Whenever we had a question, a minor inquiry, a quandary - she never let anything slide. As a result, I became a very knowledgeable buyer with a great sense of the market, what to pay, and what not to pay. When a home had been taken off the market but was still my favorite listing, she stayed in contact with the listing agent, tactfully inquiring when we felt the timing was right. Thank goodness, because we now call that house our home!

Finally, Kathryn is a joy to work with. Her wit will make you laugh and keep you feeling positive about your search.

Carolyn and Mark R., 1

“We have worked with Kathryn over the course of the last year and a half to better understand the Marin market and explore purchase options in the Tiburon area. In all of our dealings with Kathryn, she was accommodating, professional, responsive, and proactive in providing the information we needed, and information we didn't even know we needed! We have dealt with many brokers in the past including a purchase of a high end home in the Portland Oregon market, and without question, Kathryn is the best broker we have worked with. On top of all of the professional acumen and knowledge of the Marin market, Kathryn is just a lovely individual to work with and talk to. I feel really lucky to have come across Kathryn in our search for a home in Tiburon, and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an honest, established, proactive, and friendly broker in the Marin market.”

Alana B, Tiburon

“We are so happy we found Kathryn to help us through this process! We interviewed several agents and knew immediately we wanted to work with her. She was incredibly honest and put clearly put our needs first. Kathryn introduced us to an entirely new neighborhood we had not considered and we were able to buy much more house than we had expected. And, we found that house within a week of our first meeting. We highly recommend her!

Jess & Josh K, San Rafael

“I can attest to her strong character, her intrapersonal skills, and marketing and business acumen. She is an honest, effective communicator who consistently brought new ideas to the table, provided thought leadership based on her extensive experience and dealt with challenges in a logical way. I highly recommend her!”

Andy Kurlander, Former client

“Kathryn knows her ’stuff’ and I found her refreshingly honest about properties, communities and locations. She understood, even before we met and looked at properties, what I wanted in a home.

-Naeda I., Mill Valley

Kathryn Ellman

415.497.7637   Kathryn@vanguardmarin.com   Lic# 02011069