Early in her career, Ava impressively rose to the Top 2% of San Francisco Real Estate agents. Ava Chang is unmatched when it comes negotiating and marketing for her clients. Ava draws heavily on her financial acumen honed first as a CPA with Deloitte and later as a Product Director at Visa Inc., the global payments leader. Her career demanded the merging of her expertise in finance, marketing and technology. Ava's clients now benefit from the presence of that skill set in all transactions.
At the heart of Ava’s philosophy is a passion for helping clients achieve their real estate dreams and financial goals. This is accomplished through her market knowledge and unwavering commitment in building strong, trustworthy relationships, understanding needs and working relentlessly to identify opportunities.
Ava’s clients encompass first-time home buyers to high net-worth individuals to professional investment entities. Her geographic expertise includes San Francisco and Marin. This coverage enables her to execute on diverse client needs, life styles, and investment strategies. She has extensive knowledge in helping clients in Single Family, Condos, Tenancy-In-Common (TIC), Multi-unit properties and 1031 Exchanges. Additionally, she is well versed in the nuance of working with foreign buyers and sellers. Ava works closely with each client to navigate the major, complex, and sometimes emotional process of buying or selling a home. Her belief in fiduciary responsibility and protecting clients’ interests above others is a keystone in her approach to a successful and incredibly progressive real estate business.
When not busy helping clients fulfill their real estate dreams, Ava enjoys traveling globally with her family. She’s been to 35 countries and countless cities around the world. She also loves spending time in nature: hiking, skiing, running, and has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. She and her husband, Albert Chang, former professional tour tennis player (ATP#140), actively support and participate in several local, national, and international networks: The Olympic Club, California Tennis Club, The Club at Harbor Point, Harvard Alumni, Harvard Varsity, and Finance Cup.
Giving back is part of the fabric of Ava’s life. She is always fascinated by the amazing programs out there to help those in need. Ava actively supports local organizations furthering her commitment to making the Bay Area one of the best places to live in the world. Since the beginning, Ava has committed a portion of her income each year to a variety of local organizations.
"She is a true professional in the real estate industry with a thorough knowledge of the market, persistent determination in representing us in the best possible manner and an honest and realistic approach in negotiations that leads to a successful outcome. We can’t recommend Ava Chang highly enough as both a buyer and seller advocate and real estate professional " - Joe Andresen, Seller Russian Hill
"You're very good because you don’t push but honestly share and helped point us in the right direction but didn’t tell us what to do, plus throughout the closing process we could not have made it without you , without a doubt after buying 45 homes you are the best . "- Sandy Beall, Seller in Russian Hill and Presidio Heights
"As an experienced real estate investor, I have worked with many Realtors throughout the years. I’ve worked with excellent ones, as well as many poor ones. Having worked with Ava Chang over the past two years, I have only the highest regard for her as a dedicated, motivated and determined Realtor. She is someone I have gone back to repeatedly, whether it be to buy or sell properties. The reason I choose to work repeatedly with Ava is that she continually demonstrates qualities that are so rare today. She is hard-working, goes beyond the call of duty to get the job done, and has only the best interest of her clients. She is ethical and I trust her advice and opinions whole-heartedly. I have only the highest recommendation for Ava Minh Chang as my Realtor of choice. " - Tracy Chan, Seller Tiburon
"Ava was absolutely delightful to work with on the sale of my family property. She is ...a total professional and fought hard to get my family the best sales price possible. She was very diligent and was on top of every detail, fact and negotiation for the deal from start to finish. she also ...provided the service of finding the replacement properties for the 1031 exchange that fit within the budget. My family is very happy with her work on the sale and the purchases we have completed " - Ron Tong, Seller Nob Hill & Russian Hill
"Ava helped us buy/sell 2 different homes in the past couple of years. The process was completely seamless with her assistance and attention to detail. She is incredibly knowledgeable... of the market and truly goes above and beyond for who she is working for. We could not have asked for anyone better! " - Suzanna Hill, Seller Russian Hill & Presidio Heights
"Ava was spectacular...you can tell she knows her homes and the market ...she predicted many of the selling prices for the properties we were interested in...she guides you through the documents and identifies the key issues...I highly recommend Ava! " - Connie Ng, Buyer Bernal Heights
"Ava genuinely cares about her clients and is willing to be a staunch advocate for them when it comes to negotiations. For anyone who is looking for help navigating the murky waters of San Francisco real estate, we cannot recommend her enough!" - Randy Tong, Buyer Bernal Heights
"She negotiated hard on our behalf and worked around the clock to communicate an overseas seller. Given this was our first home buying experience, she was also warm and accommodating, letting us tour the home many times to test every appliance and take photos of every nook and cranny. Thanks to her expertise, she gained our trust and we’ll know who to call if our family and friends are ever back on the market. " - Jeff Pang, Buyer South Beach
"All I can say is that ...the experience was beyond amazing for a tumultuous SF market. She was very professional, patient, and guided me to make the appropriate decisions in the final close. Additionally, she gave me guidance during the closing and escrow process. I’am very lucky to have worked with Ava." - Kevin Dai, Buyer Mission Bay
"Ava has helped us with several property transactions in the past couple of years. She truly goes above and beyond whether she is selling your home or helping find a new, perfect place. She is kind, generous, and completely selfless. We could not have asked for a better real estate agent!" - Susanna Beall Russian Hill and Presidio Heights
"If you want someone to help you find and actually help you buy a house, then go with Ava. She'll get it done for you in a timely and nearly effortless manner." - Sunghi Park, Buyer Menlo Park
"Ava is always accessible and will bend over backwards to give you the best service that she can. She is the first real estate agent that I have worked with that truly has my best interest at heart. I would highly recommend her services." - Taryn Soon, Buyer Russian Hill
"Ava knows San Francisco very well and has informed me on the pros/cons of certain neighborhoods. Additionally, with SF real estate being so complex, it’s easy to get completely lost in all the whole process and be unaware of terms (like what’s the difference between a condo and TIC), and she has explained everything without making me feel incompetent. Her honesty has helped me feel reassured that I’ve made good decisions in regards to where I want to reside. I’m so glad I got to work with her! Thank you so much!! " - Jackson J. Buyer
"She was so wonderful and was always available to answer my questions and be an advocate for me to negotiate with the seller and facilitate my loan with the mortgage broker. Minh got me everything I wanted!!!! She loves her job, was so easy and fun to work with and has incredible taste in property. I trust her completely and would highly recommend her to all my friends. I'm definitely going to get Ava’s help when I decide to sell and purchase my next home." - Kimberly Adams, Buyer North Beach
"Ava gets it done! Prior to my experience, I had not worked with Ava. I needed an agent to buy a house and my friend recommended that I give her a try. I had tried other agents but wasn't successful in closing on a house. So, I thought I'd try yet another agent. Ava is very personable yet professional. I was pleasantly surprised by Ava's aggressiveness in searching for potential houses. After our initial conversation about what I was looking for, she immediately set up a meeting to see houses. The first houses we saw were dead-on in terms of what I wanted. So, she really listened and "got it." She sent me listings of houses and when I was interested in seeing a house, we'd go see a few. When we would see a house, she knew everything about it. (That's a lot of work learning the history of a lot of houses.) I thought I was her only client but learned that she had several other clients she was helping at the time. I was surprised because I felt like I was her only client. That says a lot about how much attention she devotes to each client. Her relentless search resulted in a house for which I wanted to make an offer. She provided me with comps so I could figure out what I wanted to offer. We then discussed it and she formulated a strategy. It was a smart strategy -- in that, it addressed my needs and comfort level. Well, I got the house. She was great at getting answers to all my questions about the house and made closing a very smooth and effortless process. And, she compiled a thick binder with all the info and documents on the purchase. She took care of everything which was great for me because I was so busy at the time. If you want someone to help you find and actually help you buy a house, then go with Ava. She'll get it done for you in a timely and nearly effortless manner." - Single family homeowner in 2014 in North Central, San Mateo, CA