Carol Solfanelli

Carol Solfanelli

Broker Associate and Attorney | DRE 01347033
Experience
About Carol
My philosophy really boils down to this: I put my clients’ best interests first. I represent them the way I would want to be represented – with knowledge, communication, commitment, and respect.

It really is very rewarding to share my wealth of experience as a former law partner, developer, and designer. As a trial attorney with over 18 years of experience and as a real estate broker with over 13 years of experience, I use this knowledge to help my clients successfully close their transactions. Whether they are sellers or buyers, I give them the benefit of my experience negotiating against top litigators, to help them get the best possible price for their sale or purchase. I write strong winning contract offers for my buyers and carefully worded counteroffers for my sellers, always keeping my clients’ best interests in mind. Furthermore I am an AV-rated attorney, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards awarded by my peers; my clients can be assured that I will follow the highest ethical standards in their transactions.

There’s more to it than that though: I really enjoy helping my sellers with the design of their home so that it is appealing to today’s buyers, and I have fun helping my buyers configure space so that an extra bathroom or closet can be added to their new home. I have acted as a general contractor and designed remodels of kitchens and bathrooms, with one of my kitchen designs published in Good Green Kitchens by Jennifer Roberts. I have seen the quality of work of and have a relationship with a number of contractors and tradespeople, like electricians and plumbers. I am able to offer their names and numbers as a valuable resource to clients. I have also condo-converted the building in which my husband, Michael, and I live, including writing the CC&Rs.

I can honestly say that I love my job! I get to spend my day meeting people and guiding them through one of the most significant transactions of their lives. My clients often praise me for my responsiveness to their needs and my attention to detail - and I know you will feel the same way if you give me the privilege of representing you in the sale or purchase of a home or investment property.

Feel free to contact me at carol.solfanelli@compass.com if you are interested in buying or selling a home or even going for a bike ride!

A Few Testimonials...

★★★★★ "When selecting agents, I interviewed a number of them but ended up selecting Carol. Everyone I talked to had a past history of real estate but Carol was the only one who had a plan and clearly outlined a strategy for what she was going to do. And she did indeed execute on that plan! My property had a challenging situation but she was still able to sell it for over asking. She took care of pretty much everything including document prep, explaining the process, her views on certain situations and helped to arrange and negotiate stagers, gardeners, and cleaners for the property. When on market, she kept me very up to date on the process and even dropped by on a weekly basis to water plants. Highly recommend!" - Luis C.

★★★★★ "Carol is unlike 99% of the agents we came across and she was exceptional to work with. Outstanding professional, detail-oriented and very thorough. Her legal background likely explains it and we'd work with her again in a second.

Most agents I've worked with are just trying to do a "transaction" with as little work as possible. Unfortunately, that's the vast majority of agents. Carol is the opposite. More of a consultant with amazing domain knowledge about real estate + the process to get a deal done without any surprises. You'd be lucky to have her in your corner when buying real estate in SF.
" - Mitch M.

★★★★★ "Buying a home in San Francisco is something else. You want an agent who knows the market, will keep you focused on what matters and above all is someone you can trust. Carol was that person to us and we're so grateful that she helped us find our home. As first time buyers, we not only appreciated Carol's methodical approach, but also her calm support during what in this hot market is an emotional journey. Carol guided us through the entire process. She was diligent in reviewing all disclosures and asking smart questions from her years of experience. In addition to skills from her career as an attorney, we joked that Carol is also a detective. And Carol never guided us wrong. While she always reminds you that nothing is for sure in the market, we found her diligent research paid off. In the end, after considering many potential condos, we prevailed on our second offer. And Carol's support didn't stop there. She guided us through a relatively seamless closing thanks to all her leg work and continued to help us through our move-in, recommending a wonderful painter. We look forward to keeping in touch with Carol for years to come." - Jenny K.

★★★★★ "Carol is a top-notch agent. She just helped me sell my property for over the asking price! On top of that, she was always responsive to my messages and special requests; as an out-of-state seller, I had quite a few! I would not hesitate to recommend Carol to a friend and should I ever list another property in San Francisco, I will work with her again. Thanks for all of your help, Carol!" - Laura G.