Robert Purnell

Robert Purnell

DRE# 01351519

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Real Trends 2021 Honoree
Top 1.5% Nationwide


Residential Listings & Purchases
Investment Property
1031 Exchanges


MBA, Wharton 1992
MA, University of Pennsylvania 1992
BS Biology, University of Michigan 1986
About Robert

Real estate has been a passion of mine since the mid-1990s when I made my first successful property investment in San Francisco. That exhilarating experience was the catalyst that drove me to leave my corporate strategy job and enter the world of real estate. Ever since, I've been dedicated to helping my clients navigate the complex world of real estate transactions.

As a licensed broker with over 20 years of experience, I have negotiated over $500 million in real estate transactions, ranging from single-family homes to large investment properties. I've also worked as a sales and marketing executive for real estate and mortgage tech startups, mastering the modern technologies and marketing strategies needed to best serve my clients.

My approach to business is grounded in building meaningful relationships with my clients, always seeking to understand their unique needs and objectives. Whether it's a first-time homebuyer, the sale of the family home, or a seasoned investor, I help them achieve their goals in the most efficient and low-stress way possible. I'm personally involved throughout the entire process, providing ongoing support and guidance long after a transaction has closed. I remain flexible and adaptable, always prepared with a solid plan, but nimble in the face of unexpected challenges.

As a lifelong learner, I'm continuously studying innovative business and negotiation techniques from real estate and other industries and adapting them to my practice. With my deep knowledge of the local Bay Area market and solid Midwestern work ethic (having been born and raised in Iowa), I offer a unique perspective to my clients.

When I'm not working hard for my clients, you can find me spending quality time with my daughter or volunteering in the community, supporting local schools, theater, and dance companies.


“As a property owner selling my single most valuable asset in a highly volatile real estate environment, Rob has been a delight to work with. He's knowledgeable, responsive, strategic, courteous, and well-informed. Throughout the process, I've admired his grace, and would recommend him to anyone who seeks a steady, savvy hand as they navigate tempestuous times in the housing market."
- Havi H.

"Rob was an absolute delight to work with on the sale of my home. He is professional, incredibly responsive, proactive, and clear in his communication. My situation was unique in that I had tenants in the property with whom he needed to coordinate to facilitate the move-out and sale readiness, and Rob took care of all of this without any hassle. Furthermore, I was out of state and despite this, Rob was able to do everything while I was remote. I highly recommend Rob and Compass for all of your real estate needs."
- Varun A.

"Rob was our ally for over a year as we looked for our perfect home. We could not have done it without him. He was consistent and persistent, unfazed and uplifting, caring, and beyond competent. His depth of knowledge was reassuring, as well as his honesty. His advice was flawless and he always let us make our own decisions. He went above and beyond and our trust in him was complete and well-placed.

Now, after a prolonged search, we have found our true home. The transaction came off without a hitch. We are in love with our new place and full of gratitude for his generous help."
- Robert E. & Michèle T.

Robert Purnell’s Listings

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a bedroom with a bed and window
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a bathroom with a granite countertop sink toilet and shower
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a view of a yard with plants and trees
a view of a park with bench and tree
a view of swimming pool with outdoor seating and trees
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