Seller Representative Specialist
Accredited Buyer Representative
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, M.S., May 2005
Fordham University School of Law, New York, J.D., May 1999
Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, B.A., Philosophy, February 1996
Kate brings a highly-specialized skill set to her real estate clients that builds upon her background as an attorney and journalist. She is a skilled negotiator, able to navigate and explain complex transactions, knows how to ask the right questions and obtain information quickly, and understands what it means to be a true advocate for her clients.
She is certified as both a Seller Representative Specialist and an Accredited Buyer Representative. Working with both buyers and sellers is key to her keen understanding of how to help her buyer clients come out on top in competitive multiple-offer scenarios, and to helping her seller clients get the best price and most solid terms possible. She's known to her clients for her communication skills, problem-solving prowess, patience, and candor.
After receiving her undergraduate degree at Barnard College in New York City, she earned a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and subsequently practiced in both federal and state courts as a litigator based in Manhattan, developing and honing her advocacy and negotiation skills. She also holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University, which led her into business and legal journalism, reporting and writing for publications such as Forbes.com and The American Lawyer magazine.
Kate is an member of her community and enjoys participating in fundraising events for charities and organizations of importance to San Francisco and the Bay Area and beyond. She served on the PTA board of her two daughters' elementary school for one year as Fundraising Chair and for two years as Financial Secretary. In the past, she has volunteered as a writing tutor for young students in San Francisco's Mission District, served as Treasurer for her former condo association, was also Treasurer for a local environmental impact non-profit organization in the Catskill Mountains, and was press secretary for a political campaign in New York City.
Before moving to her beloved "forever home" of San Francisco, she lived in New York City, Seattle, Nashville, and Sydney, Australia, where she was born.
"Kate was exceptional to work with! I couldn't have asked for a better agent to help me through this process. I'm a first time homebuyer and Kate was more than happy to walk me through each step, answer any questions and talk me through semi-panicked phone calls. On top of all that, I found myself in a pretty atypical deal with fairly unhelpful sellers. Kate jumped through hoops to get disclosures and inspections done in time. Lastly, we had a tough negotiation that Kate gave excellent advice to help me navigate and ultimately get a deal I am more than excited about. To sum it up, Kate is sharp, gracious and an all-around joy to work with."-Aaron
"I was prepared for a nightmarish experience buying property in SF. But things could not have gone any smoother! Kate was extremely knowledgeable and patiently educated me about the nuances of the market. The Compass website made communicating with her a breeze. When it came time to make an offer, her connections in the real estate community proved invaluable. I got the first place I made an offer on at a price I am very happy with. Thanks Kate!!!"-Cristin
"Kate was amazing! Always on top of all the details and has an excellent grasp of the all the tricky things to look for in disclosures - you can tell she's not just a salesperson, but an agent that looks out for your interests throughout the process. She's great communicator, and helped us through the challenging process of shopping for a home while we juggled so many other things in our busy life! Very insightful about what would really make us happy in a new home - I'm sure she saved us from several very bad decisions - we are so happy with our new home, and even happier that she steered us away from some bad choices along the way! We are glad to have our home, but we miss spending so much time with Kate - she's just awfully fun to work with!"-Steven
"Kate was fantastic - she really understood what our family needed and put our goals first. On several occasions she deterred us from homes that looked tempting but that would ultimately not meet our needs. And, when we found "the one," Kate guided us through the harrowing process of making a super competitive and -- ultimately winning -- offer with patience, grace, nerves of steel and humor. She brings a deep expertise, as well as passion, for SF real estate to every step in the process. I would not hesitate to work with her again and recommend her highly."-Michelle
"We were not even looking to buy a new home when we fell in love-at-first-sight with our new home, a charming fixer-upper very close to where we used to live. Kate Tomassi rose to the challenge and helped us to list and sell our former home—for over asking price—in record time. Her expertise was absolutely invaluable to us throughout the process, from creating our listing, to scheduling the houses, to fielding inquiries and multiple offers. We especially appreciated her attention to detail; Kate stayed on top of everything while offering regular, clear communication to us. Without a doubt, she went above-and-beyond, working so, so hard to make the process easy for us."-Alice and Jason