Academy of Art University
Master's Degree, Interior Architecture and Design

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Bachelor's Degree, Agriculture Business

Agent Testimonials

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"Kevin Ames is as good as it gets. He was on top of every single aspect of our transaction and was such a pleasure to work with. He made it clear to me that we were in this as a partnership and he meant this. He's a great example of an excellent agent and I hope to work with him again very soon. Thank you Kevin for everything!" - Rose N. Hayes

About Kevin

Realtor® | San Mateo County - SF

A self-proclaimed Realtor / Educator / Personal Counselor, Kevin brings it all every day to the Oldham Group and his clients. Kevin has lived on the peninsula for over fifty-five years and loves the unique design and architecture of the homes he has worked with. 

A loving father of two teenagers and an avid golf player; Kevin is a passionate chef who loves presenting beautiful food and drinks to family and friends. His ability to demystify the entire real estate transaction process, coupled with his detailed, kind, and stress-free nature, makes his clients feel well cared for, and he’s a wonderful addition to the Oldham Group.

Client Testimonials

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"First time home buyer in the bay area. Kevin really took the time to help me understand the process and negotiate and win the house in this highly competitive market."

"It was a great experience working with Kevin. His philosophy of understanding what the buyer needs as we go through the process of reviewing different places, is great. Within a few iterations, he was well aligned with our expectations, and then the finalization process was relatively straightforward."

"In October 2019, we, a new inexperienced home-buying recently married couple renting an apartment for the prior three years, decided to casually look at homes in the area to buy. After three weekends of looking at open houses, we met Kevin who was showing a house in Redwood City. We liked the house and we instantly liked him too, and got his card and wrote to him afterwards asking for a consultation. He was immediately responsive, sat down with us and talked about the process. It really cleared up a lot of questions that we both had and made us feel very comfortable with him. He recommended we look at houses in Woodside Plaza in Redwood City and started showing them to us. We had our own ideas of what we liked and asked him to show us homes in Sunnyvale and other places. He was always very responsive, helpful, and insightful. He knew so much and answered months of questions. Our finances gradually improved with time and we were able to actually buy a home. He helped us so much through multiple biddings, and each time we realized that he had been right all along. Eventually, we fell in love with a house in, you guessed it, Woodside Plaza, where after tremendous help from Kevin at every step of the way, we are now sitting in our new house, happy and content and grateful. Thank you Kevin!"

"I must recommend Kevin as highly as possible. He did a tremendous job helping my family negotiate the purchase of our new home. He is extremely responsive, clear, concise and competent. As a bonus he is extremely friendly, funny, and simply a pleasure to work with. He maintained terrific communication with us, the listing agent, and our lender throughout our entire offer and escrow process and made sure that all of our T's were crossed and I's dotted. He did a wonderful job negotiating on our behalf to help us arrive at a purchase price we were very happy with and coordinated all of our vendor (inspections, cleaners, etc) appointments. We couldn't have asked for more in an agent. If you plan to buy or sell a home I am sure that Kevin will do a spectacular job for your family as well."

"Kevin helped us achieve what we thought would be impossible - home ownership in the Bay Area! From the beginning, he assured us that if a home was meant to be ours, it would happen. Besides being thoroughly knowledgeable about the local market and the homebuying process, he shared lots of strategies that helped our offer stand out and ultimately be chosen from a pool of ten potential buyers! He knew just how to interact with the seller's agent - not too pushy, but earnestly and enthusiastically putting us forward as the best buyers for this home. Overall, Kevin guided these first-time homebuyers with all the relational skills and expert knowledge that it took to achieve a miracle. He is a delight to work with and we would recommend him to anyone, but particularly to first-time homebuyers in the Bay Area." - Scott Shinn

"When my husband and I went to sell our house in Redwood City we interviewed 2 agents. We decided to go with Kevin because he came across as the most practical in a crazy market. Prior to the house hitting the market we had an offer, but Kevin told us we need not rush into things - we ended putting it on the market and Kevin hosted a Friday evening wine/cheese open house and it was at that event where the eventual buyer had attended. We were delighted at how smooth the transaction went, Kevin was the consummate professional throughout and after the sale was complete." - Denise Lage

"I met Kevin Ames several years ago at an open house and over the years I have learned a great deal from him. I introduced him to my close friends and he represented them as their real estate agent through five different real estate transactions. I was involved with these transactions by helping my friends and I continued to learn and gain experience. Working with Kevin through these translations was invaluable to me. Recently I used Kevin to purchase my own condominium. I chose him specifically because of his real estate knowledge and reliability. The experience went smoothly all the way through closing of escrow. Kevin is a great realtor and has great relationships with a variety of other professionals associated with real estate. I highly recommend him to any of my friends or anyone. I will use him for any of my future real estate transactions. From time to time, I keep in touch with Kevin and ask him questions and I’ve become great friends with him. If you give him a call and talk to him for just a few minutes you’ll will understand what I mean. I’m very lucky to have him as a friend and as my realtor." - Kip Dusair

"Kevin helped us with buying our first house(a condo in San Carlos), selling our condo four years later and buying our house in San Carlos. Whenever we worked with him, Sya(his partner) also helped us. The condo we bought was on the market for a while and we initially did not even go to see the open house thinking it was out of our range. But Kevin saw the opportunity and encouraged us to try our luck. We bought the condo at a good price and sold it for a good profit four years later, so that worked very well for us. The thing that led us to sell our condo and buy a house was our twins. Our family size has suddenly exploded from three to five and our condo was going to be too small for us. My wife was still expecting while we were trying to sell and buy. Kevin and Sya accommodated our situation and helped us immensely. We hardly had to do anything for selling our condo. We also did not have to move to a temporary place during the process. All these were again very helpful. When we found our house, Kevin arranged a meeting with an inspector so that we could learn about how to take care of our old San Carlos home. We are now living in the same house we bought with Kevin's help and are pretty happy with it. I can say Kevin establishes a connection with his clients during the process and is quite helpful. He knows the area well and looks for opportunities that in the end might benefit his clients. I would highly recommend him." - Aya Selcuk


Kevin was our buyer agent for our first-time home purchase. He's an exemplar of professionalism and anyone would be lucky to have his guidance throughout the home buying process. In addition to being a great communicator, readily available to work around our schedule, and an all-around phenomenal realtor, Kevin connected us to a fantastic mortgage broker at our bank and a well-reputed escrow officer. Together, this amazing team worked to ensure that our home buying experience was as smooth as possible.

Touring homes: Kevin was very patient as we toured multiple properties. When first meeting with us, he arranged for showing us a diverse set of listings to help hone our preferences. After identifying our tastes, Kevin made recommendations of properties to visit in addition to helping us tour properties that we independently found. While touring these homes, he would point out key features and problem areas, provide insights about the market and valuation, and call out notable points customized to our preferences. We never felt pressured to act and felt comfortable at all times to trust Kevin's expertise. Kevin was a huge asset for reflecting and amplifying our enthusiasm or lack thereof on a given property. With his help, it was very clear when we were finally ready to place a bid on a property.

Offer phase: Once we were ready to make an offer, Kevin ensured we were clearly informed on the rest of the process. In preparing our offer, Kevin diligently walked us through every aspect of the disclosure information to ensure we were making an informed decision. Kevin also connected us with a mortgage broker at one of our current banks, which provided a smooth mortgage experience. Kevin worked with us, as well as our mortgage broker, to strategize effectively and constructed a compelling offer presentation. The care that Kevin took to prepare our offer package was critical to our offer being selected.

Escrow to Close: Again, Kevin provided amazing support leading up to the close of escrow. He worked closely with our mortgage broker and escrow officer to keep us informed on where we were in the process and was always available to answer our questions and help keep calm our nerves. When we needed to push out our close by a day (due to circumstances out of anyone’s control), Kevin worked closely with the seller’s realtor to make sure everyone understood the situation and was on the same page. Even after we closed, Kevin was kind enough to help make recommendations, including for a handyman and other resources, as we prepared to move into our new home.
" - Rudy Galfi

"Kevin recently helped us buy our first home. He was amazing! Not only is he super knowledgeable and responsive, but he listens really well to exactly what you want and acts on it. We would have been totally lost as first time buyers without Kevin. So glad we found him!" - Noelle

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