Testimonials

"We decided to work with Payton+Binnings for a few reasons. The first and most important reason we chose them is because when we first met with the team, they advised us that the timing was not right to sell our house, and that we would not sell for what we wanted. They encouraged us to wait. The second reason we decided to work with Payton+Binnings was because they did call us when the time was right and encouraged us to list our house. The house sold within days of listing. The team brings extensive experience from other professions (high technology, appraisals) along with a level of intelligence, attention to detail, and follow-through that we never experienced previously even though we have bought and sold multiple properties in the past."

Dan and Andrea

"I'm writing to thank you once more for your amazing professionalism, kindness, patience, and acumen in bringing our house to market. Anne and I were immensely impressed by your initial presentation--and really liked all of you personally--and you more than fulfilled that immediate confidence, delivering an offer that far exceeded our most optimistic expectations. You do great work, and we're beyond thrilled. (And Prussian Blue is officially my new favorite color.) And to that end, please thank your whole team--Chris, Benjamin, and all the rest. We'll recommend you far and wide."

Michael and Anne

"If we were on Skype, you'd be watching a grown man cry (tears of joy of course). You three have been nothing but an absolute pleasure to work with and we could not be more pleased with the entire process and outcome of the sale of our house. We would be more than happy to be a reference for anything you do and we will actively work to promote you and your services to every person we know in the Bay Area."

Jim & Sara

"If you have a house to sell, enlist the Payton+Binnings team. They handled all the details, from suggesting improvements to bring top dollar to providing resources to fix things. We used the stager they suggested and the house looked 'drop dead gorgeous' and had a fresh modern look that other stagers missed. They also helped us with the disclosure package, which to the uninitiated seller can be overwhelming. The team was always available for questions and had some great ideas for the open house. They also represented us, the sellers, very well and held firm on our price. We were very happy with their team."

Robin and David

"Payton+Binnings are the consummate professionals in this business and provided us truly distinctive service in our search for our dream home. Arrian and Sejal make the perfect power couple (helps that they are also a lovely married couple!) and their strengths truly compliment each other. Having run his own appraisal company in a previous life, Arrian can provide you the sharp quants and valuation advice to help you cut through the pricing noise and target your offer precisely while Sejal is the field marshal who will run the deal from beginning to end - turning over every rock and stone to find you a listing, making sure every schedule commitment is met, reviewing every line in the contract and always stopping to explain everything in detail. Moreover, both have an uncanny intuition for knowing what you like and don't like and can quickly size up a place for you so you don't waste your time. To top it off, being one of the top agents in the city, they have unparalleled access to off-market (pocket) listings and can get you in for that first look before the general public has access - a critical advantage in today's real estate market. We would not have found our place without their help! These guys are the best, hands down."

Lawrence and Sherlene

"I've been bragging about you all throughout this long journey and will definitely keep my ears open for any other future home buyers amongst my friends and colleagues. I was impressed with the level of research, expertise, and patience you exhibited through the process and am very thankful to have found you all. I only wish I had found you sooner!:

Eric P.

"Thank you so much again for your effort and professionalism throughout this whole process. Your team went above and beyond in coordinating and getting us around every obstacle that was thrown at us. We could not have asked for a better agents."

Alex H.

"Working with Payton + Binnings was a tremendous pleasure and I would not hesitate one minute to do it again, although I don't foresee selling the amazing home that they found for us. They patiently put up with many, many months beforehand showing my husband and me home after home. Ultimately, they made completing the deal smooth and painless and calmed my nerves on more than one occasion. I can't imagine having a more complete, complementary team; I recommend them to friends and family frequently."

Lisa & Thierry

"This was our first home purchase in San Francisco and my realtor on the Peninsula (who I sincerely trust) referred me to the Payton+Binnings team. Within a day of our initial contact, Sejal and Arrian met with us at our convenience. We discussed our new home wants/needs in depth; they answered all of our questions and clarified service expectations. We mainly worked with Sejal during this process, which only lasted about 2 months! She was always available for showings and questions (either by phone or email), day or night. Her team is held in high regard by their colleagues within the real estate community; nearly every time another agent realized we were working with Sejal, the agent would remark positively on their experience with her! She is extremely knowledgeable in all that is "San Francisco Real Estate"....trust me, there are ALOT of details to know! She consistently supplied us with new, potential listings and all 3 team members of Payton+Binnings visited each listing to provide additional feedback/opinions in regards to the listing's condition and positive or negative investment/resale potential. Sejal was always a pleasure to work with and never pushed us beyond our comfort level. She made sure we were only putting in smart offers on homes that were safe, met our needs and would provide future return. She gave us great advice that was both upfront and honest. We were on a bit of a time crunch with expecting a new baby and she worked diligently to swiftly move us through the process. Buying a home is definitely a bit scary but Sejal made it as painless and worry free as possible....trust me when I say that you are in competent and capable hands with this team!"

Jen & Aaron M

"My husband has bought and sold over 20 properties. He has worked with several agents and agencies. The Payton+Binnings team made the sale of our home in Sausalito the best experience! We interviewed multiple agents before deciding on our "A" team. After our initial meeting, we had no doubt they were the agents for us. Our technology driven home was a bit complicated and it was very important that we had agents that understood technology. They compliment one another very well, each bringing their own strength. The Payton+Binnings team moves very quickly while still maintaining a solid attention to detail. They will do what it takes to ensure your home always shows at its best. They will even dig in the trenches (literally) if that is what it takes. They are extremely responsive. On the very few occasions we had to leave a voicemail, our call was returned in a timely manner. Our home sold for cash, at asking price and sold within 30 days of being on the market. In addition, we set the record for the highest price per square foot in Sausalito. Not only would we use them again but, we look forward to developing our friendship!"

Robyn & Dave K

"Thank you so much for all your help in selling my place. In the end, I am really pleased with the outcome. I really appreciate all the hand holding and expertise you provided along the way."

Elizabeth G

"I wanted to thank you for, once again, making this transaction as smooth as possible and for the great counsel you provided along the way. Know that we will continue to refer you every chance we get and that you will be helping us buy a new house in Marin in a few years - likely helping me negotiate to get back into the place we just sold!"

David & Alexis

"We could not recommend the Payton+Binnings team more highly to anyone looking for a fantastic real estate agent. Not only did they help us get our dream home, they listened, coached and supported us as first time home buyers through the entire process. Experienced, professional, patient and down to earth, they were a dream team to work with and quick to earn our trust. Payton, Sejal and Arrian had different core expertise and were able to provide us with recommendations through different lenses. We appreciated their time, attention to detail and informed recommendations to help us during our search and closing process. We look forward to working with the Payton+Binnings team to sell our home in the future and find our next home in San Francisco or Marin county."

Helen & Alan

"Buying a property in San Francisco seemed like a daunting process until we met with the Payton+Binnings team. They started by walking us through the process in detail from start to finish, so that there would be no surprises. They were extremely proactive about sending us possible listings and sharing with us their feedback on open houses. Through the process they really took to heart our needs and what would ultimately make our perfect home. In addition, they were instrumental in preparing us to make a successful offer which resulted in our dream home. We would highly recommend Payton+Binnings to any of our friends, family, and colleagues."

Megan & Michael

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for selling my apartment. Being on the Filbert steps, the property required a deep understanding of the market and the small subset of buyers that would be eligible to buy in that location. If things came up, you handled them. Most of your voicemails to me were "This is the situation....I will take care of it / I took care of it." This attitude provided me with a sense that you owned the process and gave me tremendous peace of mind. I also wanted to acknowledge Arrian and Sejal. When you had a family emergency to attend to, Arrian stepped up without missing a beat. Sejal handled a last minute complication with aplomb, allowing a very tight closing to happen on schedule. Your team is amazing. I look forward to working with you again in the future."

Jonathan W

"I want to extend my appreciation to the whole team. I have learned so much during our work together. It all started with learning that we lived in a "luxury" property and finished nicely yesterday with a great sale price ! I will definitely recommend your team to anyone looking to buy or sell a luxury home in the Bay Area. Thank you so much for your hard work."

Chandrika

"Just wanted to note how incredibly happy we were with your listing, the incredible staging and the great photography. We think that you represented it MUCH better than other times our home has been for sale."

Oliver & Naya

"Working w/ Payton was a delight from our first meeting until post-sale and hand-off to the new owners of our property. He and his team are a class act, and stand out with these qualities: 1) Superior knowledge of our neighborhood and the market, which enabled us to make smart, strategic pricing decisions. 2) Attention to detail, such that every inch of the staging was perfect, 3) Judgement, which was a factor when we decided on which aspects of our home to spend money on touching up or improving before the sale. Payton was clear and direct in all of our conversations, patient, and always offered a strong point of view. The very first offer we received was 10% over asking with no contingencies. We were delighted with that outcome, and the process could not have been easier. "

Jonathan S.

"Seriously, thank you to the entire Payton+Binnings team for all your help through this process. You came highly recommended and I was impressed with your initial presentation but you managed to far exceed my expectations. I'm not just talking about the amazing sale price either because we are obviously thrilled with that. It's really the constant thoughtful intelligence, integrity, and professionalism of your team that came through in every interaction. This was the 6th personal residential real estate transaction that we have worked on in as many years. We liked many of these professionals but I wouldn't even consider them your peers, your team is that good. As you also know, I work in the commercial real estate business and am party to many different transactions on a daily basis. I wish that "professionals" in my industry had half the integrity and intelligence that your team displayed in this transaction."

Aaron & Carla

"This is THE BEST real estate team ever. After having a very bad experience with another SF realtor of a different agency (who incidentally I found on yelp and chose because of the many positive reviews - a reminder that in real estate, take with a grain of salt those agents who have a bazillion positive yelp reviews and wonder if they are really providing their clients with individualized, top-quality service), I found Sejal and the Payton + Binnings team through word of mouth from a friend who used them to score a beautiful home in Noe Valley for a fantastic price. On my first meeting with Sejal, I was impressed and realized how superior her quality of service was to any other agent we've ever had (and we've had quite a few in various major cities across the US). The whole team - Sejal, Arrian, Payton - are a real dream team in terms of real estate agents with Sejal, who has a true gift for this work and is incredibly smart and intuitive; Arrian who, as a former appraiser, helps keep everyone level-set on what homes are really worth (critical as a buyer, to make sure you are not overpaying!); and Payton who has a keen eye for what is a reasonable fixer-upper and what is not worth the trouble. My husband always said, "I just want an agent who can get into our heads and know what we want and then go find it - for a price we can afford." He might as well have been asking for a magical unicorn, given this crazy SF real estate market and how tough it is for buyers, and given our limited budget, and given how high our standards/expectations are. But Sejal and the team totally did just that! They did the same for my friend at work as well. They immediately got into our heads to understand our style and taste. They never sent us to see something that they hadn't seen and vetted themselves first, AND ascertained would be a good fit for us. Other agents had sent us on wild goose chases to see properties just for the sake of 'understanding the limited inventory in this city'. Not this team. They understand the value of your time and are careful not to waste it! One of the things we most loved about this team was that for 90% of the properties that we THOUGHT we might be interested in, they wouldn't hesitate to tell us 'no,' and would tell us exactly why not. As a buyer, it's so easy to start to feel desperate and compromise in ways you didn't set out to. Even though it was against Sejal's interests, she helped us hold the line and was willing to wait 10 years with us, if that's what it took, to find the right house. (Luckily, it only took a few months!) Sejal works harder than anyone I know. Her response times on emails, texts, and phone calls was unparalleled. Because my husband had his finger on the pulse of listings, he would ping her practically daily with inquiries about properties. She would provide detailed feedback, point for point, on every listing we inquired about and every question we had. It was clear she was working around the clock. Most importantly, and what really sets Sejal and this team apart, is their brilliant strategic counsel. I am absolutely certain that we would not have won the bid for our house without her. And no, it wasn't by paying an obscene price. (Our prior agent was constantly encouraging us to up our budget in order to be successful, which we felt any fool could tell us and was incredibly frustrating and annoying to hear.) Sejal provided outstanding counsel and advice through every step - helping us hone in on the RIGHT offer price, and laid out the strategy from start to finish. Hers was a strategy we would have never thought of on our own, and I'm positive most other agents (including our prior one) would not have thought of, either. In the end, we won the house of our dreams. It was only our 2nd offer. (And we are SO relieved in hindsight that the first offer/house didn't work out, for this second one was even better!) I have been recommending Sejal and the Payon + Binnings team to everybody I know looking to buy or sell, for they are hands-down, the best, most hard-working, dedicated, and BRILLIANT team ever. We will absolutely be calling them again for the next time."

SL via Yelp

"It has been a year since our last transaction with Arrian and Sejal Binnings and four years since our first. I would never think of using anyone else for my San Francisco and Bay area real estate transactions - they are simply the best in every way. I am writing this review now because once again they have proved to be exceptional, not only professionally, but also in the way that they support their clients emotionally - they really have our backs! They understand that buying or selling a property is fraught with emotionality and conflict about who we are, what we want and how we define our lives. They help us navigate, not only the transaction, but also the emotional roadblocks in this process. They are willing to stand up for us and hang in with us in spite of our "bad behavior". My daughter moved to Portland, Oregon where the market for old charming homes is red hot and as competitive as in San Francisco. She finally scored on such a house while she was across the country and unable to see it in person. During her due diligence period, she asked her agent to give her a couple of extra days of thought before she spent her money on an inspection. At the time she was cramming to meet deadlines for an important assignments in her graduate program, while attending the wedding of a college friend, exploring a new relationship in another city and reuniting with her old boyfriend who had just found himself a new girlfriend! To say the least, she had lots on her plate! Her agent refused to give her two extra days, saying that it would interfere with the busy schedule of the inspector who might lose a day of work if she cancelled him at the last moment. It might also have embarrassed the agent to cancel the house purchase several days into the due diligence period. My daughter cancelled the contract and, a day later, she had second thoughts about canceling. Her agent's response was, "Sorry, it's a done deal." This was so much in contrast to the reasonable and flexible way that Arrian handled our son when he had second thoughts about buying his San Franciscan house last year. It was clear that Arrian cared only for our son's needs over whatever anyone else thought about his crazy swings of indecision. He had my son's back when he backed out of the deal on one day, only to reinstate it the following day. My son is now happily living in his million and a half dollar house, and has finally adjusted to the noise on the street, the tiny parking space ( he gave up his car) , the shared laundry in the basement and the lack of a wall for his big screen TV. Arrian helped him navigate his emotional roadblocks every step of the way. He is fearless!"

Jill G via Yelp

"How's this for candor? I am a realtor as well and yet I still feel compelled to write a review for these guys as they truly are a class act. Having had the luxury of closing a deal with them earlier this year where I represented the seller, I can say that they make it easy, fair and incredibly pleasant to work with. Throughout the transaction they were communicative with me and sincerely considerate to my client and for that and then all the kindness they exhibit long after the deal is closed (including hand delivering to me a favorite bottle of champagne for the holidays) they are one terrific real estate team (as evidenced by their supreme, well-deserved success). What more can I say? Simple. Were I not a realtor myself they would be the first I would choose without hesitation."

Jonathan M via Yelp

"If you are looking for a realtor team who would go an extra 500 miles for you, these guys are it. Sejal and Arrian are a married couple and work so well together. We never felt pressured to buy anything out of our range and they would give it to us straight if a place was worth bidding or not. It also helps that Arrian used to be an appraiser so he would guide us on what a realistic bid may go in these competitive times without paying too much for it. Sejal would respond to our emails within seconds and at all hours of the day...even within 4 hours of delivering her baby! That's right, she was PREGNANT during the time we were looking and literally the day after we got the bid, she had her baby boy in the hospital. What awesome timing but it blows my mind they are that dedicated to their clients above their own personal events. They prepped in advance and they had their partner Payton accompany us during the inspection since Sejal & Arrian were obviously attending to their new addition. Even after the closing, they still made sure all was settled and got to see our new place after we settled in. Even the sellers commented that they liked our realtor over theirs."

Sony L via Yelp

"It was great working with Sejal and Arrian to help me find my new house. Over the past year they were extremely professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. I made several bids over the year and closed my new house 2 weeks ago. Arrian's price estimates & comparisons proved to be extremely accurate. Via leads in their local network, they were able to show me my new house and complete the bid before the house went on the open market. Sejal was a rock star during the closing process too, as there were complications due to unforeseen issues on the seller's side, and she diligently kept on top of things and kept me continually updated. The Payton+Binnings team is great - I highly recommend them."

Mark D via Yelp

"Are you looking for the best realtors ever? Sejal and Arrian are absolutely fantastic! From our first meeting with them through the final closing of our purchase, they were top notch professionals. When Sejal and Arrian are working with you, they find out exactly what you want and help you find it. They don't send you out to look at stuff that doesn't fit your parameters. Arrian's background in appraising really helps in determining price and value too. We know the property we bought is just right for us, now and in the future. They helped us find it, and we were confident they could help us get it. Sejal was our primary contact, and she was in touch with us on a daily basis, working issues as they came up - even when she was on vacation! These days, real estate is quite complicated and it was reassuring knowing Sejal was working on our behalf. We are not real estate moguls but we have bought and sold over the years. We have NEVER had anyone work so hard on our behalf. Besides being top notch professionals, Arrian and Sejal are really, really nice people .Thank you Sejal and Arrian!"

Kathy C via Yelp

We worked with the Payton+Binnings team when we were staging a 6 unit building on Broderick. They were awesome to work alongside for the marketing of the properties!"

Jeff S via Yelp

"Sejal and Arrian Binnings are fantastic real estate agents and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. They are hardworking, savvy, incredibly responsive, and go the extra mile to help you find your dream home (and win the bidding war for it!). On top of this, Sejal and Arrian are warm, friendly, and sincere- a great compliment to their intelligence and professionalism. While Sejal and Arrian are San Francisco real estate experts, their strengths as agents translated easily to help my boyfriend and I navigate the equally complicated and competitive Berkeley/Oakland market. We identified properties that we were interested in because we knew exactly what neighborhoods we were interested in, and Arrian and Sejal did all the legwork for us. They turn information around incredibly quickly and are super-organized. We would never wait more than a few hours for a response to a question we had. They are incredibly hardworking! I know without Sejal and Arrian's help we would not have been able to purchase an adorable bungalow in the super-desirable Rockridge neighborhood. Arrian's background as an appraiser was key in determining the fair market value of the home and helped us come up with the right offer price and conditions to beat the 11 other offers submitted for this property. I have to credit The Payton+Binnings Team also for being so thorough and organized in the escrow/closing process and making sure that everything went through smoothly. We cannot thank them enough for all of their help."

Lizzie C via Yelp

"The thing I appreciated most about Sejal and Arrian was the way they really understood our priorities and what we wanted. At the same time, as first-time homebuyers, they also helped us by pointing out things we normally wouldn't think of when looking at a property. For example, how certain things about a property -- even though we could live with them -- might make it a challenge to sell later on, or whether the systems in a property were excellent or sub-par. It's that balance that makes them trusted advisers. We never felt pressured and we never doubted their advice for even a second. They're super-responsive and, even though we know they have other clients, we always felt like a top priority. Thanks to Sejal and Arrian, we found exactly what we wanted in the perfect neighborhood. We really can't thank them enough."

Tamara M via Yelp

"After working with a few agents in the area, and not being able to find anything that would fit our needs, we decided to consult with Arrian and Sejal. Before we even had time to schedule the next in-person appointment, they had already collected for us a list of units that were amazingly on target, and one of them turned out to be the one we decided to buy later on. I really appreciated the fact that they provided us with spreadsheets and charts that helped making our decision about which unit to invest in easier. And the best part is that we still continue to remain in touch with them long after the transaction is over because they are all about relationship building and enjoy the friendships that come out of working together. They are absolutely the best!"

Tracy T via Yelp

"Arrian and Sejal are truly outstanding real estate agents. I met Arrian by chance, when looking for directions to one of the open houses I was planning to visit in that same building. He kindly offered to guide me to that one and a few other similar units in the area. It wasn't long before my wife and I felt we were in good hands. Arrian and Sejal are excellent professionals that utilized their appraisal knowledge to ensure that I would get one of the best units in my building: an opinion repeatedly confirmed after I moved in. On top of everything, they even negotiated with the seller and got a top-of-the-line refrigerator ($5000) and other appliances thrown in for free! None of the other residents I've got to know so far managed to arrange such a deal. I definitely recommend them to anyone interested in a reliable team, that helps you find just what you wanted."

Riccardo T via Yelp

"Arrian and Sejal are phenomenal real estate agents! They are very knowledgeable of and great at researching and analyzing what is happening in the city's many micro-markets. They have great personalities, great negotiating skills, and are very detail-oriented. And they are always willing to go out of their way to be helpful. I would unequivocally recommend them to anyone looking for an agent in San Francisco."

Mark H via Yelp

"Congratulations on your recent sale at California Court. We've had several units for sale in recent months and your team's presentation was the most professional. Your communication to the building owners was much appreciated."

MaryAnne C

"Payton Stiewe and the team are simply the best. Yes the market is hot, but our property looked so good and was marketed so well by this team, that we surpassed all expectations. Payton personally attended every meeting, met with the contractors, set clear expectations, and always treated us like a priority. This was so refreshing after other realtors were passing us down to junior, less experienced people. I would--and do--recommend them to anyone selling property in The Bay Area."

Lucas M

"Working with the Payton+Binnings team was refreshing and inspiring. Their level of professionalism is top notch; they are incredibly responsive, proactive in their approach, and detail oriented. They are using the latest and greatest technology and media to ensure your listing targets the ideal audience and that ultimately that your listing sells for the best possible price. We were thrilled with our experience working with Payton+Binnings to sell our home."

Megan & Michael

"We've now purchased two homes and sold one with Sejal and her team. Both of us work in the non-profit realm and didn't think we would be able to own a piece of SF, but Sejal's expertise and careful advice got us into our first place in 2012. Last year her patience and tenacity paid off again when we found a new place, and the team stepped in to help us sell our first home. The level of professionalism is high with the whole Payton+Binnings team and both the purchase and sale were seamless. Sejal is there for you quite literally 24/7 and doesn't bat an eye when you tell her what you'd like. We can't recommend their work enough!"

Andrew & Lianna

"I've had the pleasure of working with the Payton+Binnings team for purchase and sale of a home in Mill Valley. For the purchase, the team helped through all the details and ensured I was completely covered. I never once felt it was about a commission or anything, it was about helping me get the best deal possible. When I chose to sell, the team doubled down and arranged all the updates necessary in order for me to get top dollar on my home. They did a fantastic job and the house sold in less than a week for well over my asking price. If I plan to buy in the northern part of the Bay Area again, I will definitely be using them."

Andrew M

"Working with Sejal and her team was a dream. Navigating the San Francisco buyer's market is a tumultuous and high-speed endeavor. I felt extremely confident that our search for a home ended with an ideal outcome from a timing, pricing, and location perspective. We will absolutely work with Payton + Binnings down the road!"

Ross M