Stefan Isaksen

Sales Associate
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  • English, Spanish


  • Green, eTeam


  • Investment Properties, Residential Sales

Proudest Moment:

  • The birth of my children

Favorite Neighborhood:

  • North Oakland

Born and raised in Berkeley, Stefan has a unique and comprehensive understanding of the East Bay market. He brings sensitivity and diligence to each of his transactions, and to all of his relationships with clients.

Raised in a family of contractors and real estate developers, Stefan has extensive hands on experience in every phase of residential construction and a keen eye for design.  He learned from a young age about the potential of investment properties, and brings valuable personal experience to his clients' transactions.  He is the owner of multiple investment properties, and has extensive knowledge and over eight years of experience with property management.

Stefan received his BA in English from the University of California Santa Barbara. When he returned to Berkeley, he pursued a career in real estate, devoting himself to learning extensively about home building, and the real estate process.  Stefan spent five years doing top to bottom, high end renovations on homes in Berkeley, Oakland, and Piedmont.  Stefan is a Green designated Realtor and uses green practices in his business whenever possible.

Stefan is devoted to making the purchase process as seamless as possible for his clients.  He has the vision and experience to guide Sellers through the many decisions involved in getting the best return on a sale.  He approaches each new transaction with conscientiousness and continued energy.

Stefan lives in North Oakland with his wife, two children, and Cocker Spaniel. They enjoy exploring local hiking trails and parks, gardening, mushroom hunting, cooking and trying new East Bay restaurants.


Stefan helped my husband and me buy a multiplex in Berkeley as an investment property. He was able to get us a great deal in a very competitive market. We are thrilled with our purchase. Stefan was responsive, easy to work with, honest and extremely knowledgeable about the local market. He showed us many properties before the one we ultimately purchased and always gave us a very clear assessment of the pros and cons of each property. I look forward to working with Stefan again in the future and highly recommend him.

– Nancy R.

We met with Stefan after deciding to sell our house in Oakland, California. Stefan came to the house offering his suggestions on what needed to be done in preparing the property for sale. After meeting with several other realtors, we decided on having McGuire Real Estate handle the sale of the property. Stefan was especially helpful in finding a good crew to paint and remodel the property. We were always impressed with Stefan's knowledge and experience on giving advice on what needed or didn't need to be done. He was always quick to respond to any inquiries. Because of his diligent work, we were able to get the house sold within 4 months. I would highly recommend Stefan as a realtor because of his professionalism, ease of working with, and punctuality in getting things done.

– Larry Lai

My brother-in-law and I met Stefan Isaksen when we decided to sell our house in California. Stefan came to evaluate the house and gave us a lot of valuable suggestions. He also made arrangement to have a professional work crew to clean and fix up the property. Stefan is hard working and was always punctual with his appointments. He is honest, knowledgeable and easy to work with. I will highly recommend him as a realtor because of his outstanding work ethics.

– Sam S Eng

To put it plainly, Stefan changed our lives. He helped us find the perfect property for our needs and sell the properties we owned (which was complicated), stuck with us through every bump and wrinkle, and proved to be creative, savvy, tenacious, and personable. We can't recommend him enough!

– Jennifer Lowood-Livingston

It was a pleasure working with Stefan on buying my first property. He spent time to get to know me and understand what I was looking for in my first property purchase. Once he understood my goals, he worked hard to find properties that would meet my goals and was always very responsive to my questions and concerns throughout the process. I appreciated Stefan's pragmatic approach because he laid out the pros and cons of how each property meshed with my goals. He spent time to visit properties with me and answer all my questions about each property. His general construction knowledge was helpful in understanding the condition of the property and potential fixes to consider. I ended up buying a triplex. Stefan is very well versed in the particulars of multi-unit properties, which helped ease my concerns about buying a triplex for my first home and transitioning to being a landlord. It's all worked out very well! Since buying my property in 2015, Stefan has kept in touch and he's continued to be an excellent resource for my new homeowner questions. I highly recommend Stefan and will definitely work with him again.

– Eric Magnan

Stephan was instrumental in the acquisition of our "dream house". Not only did he patiently present properties for us, but he listened to our reactions. Subsequent properties were clearly filtered to remove prior objections. His attention to our wants and his persistence resulted in our doing better than we had thought possible. Additionally, he drew on a number of sources to help us through difficult obstacles that appeared as the process evolved. When Stephan's working on your behalf, you really feel like you've got some solid support on your side.

– Peter Livingston

Working with Stefan was an absolute pleasure. He went above and beyond to counsel me on all of the options at my disposal and ensure I came out with the best possible results, both financially and personally. As a first time homebuyer, his advice and knowledge was invaluable. I really don’t think I could have been in better hands. I got the home I wanted at the price I wanted thanks to Stefan, and once the purchase was complete he continued to assist me with setting up contractors and making my move in as smooth as possible. I highly recommend Stefan to anyone looking for a thorough, honest and highly effective agent!

– Stephen Rosenshein

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