A native of Marin, Whitney is a top producing real estate agent specializing in extraordinary Marin and San Francisco properties. He brings a decade of professional experience at Bank of America Securities to the real estate industry, including an extensive background in negotiating. Parlaying his expertise from the business world, one of Whitney's central goals in representing his clients is to ensure his clients are making a sound long term investment.
The three critical things that we wanted in a buyer's agent were integrity, market knowledge, and strong relationships. Whitney Potter is strong in all three.
1. Integrity: It sounds obvious, but you want an agent that truly has your best interests in mind before, during, and even after the transaction. Whitney lays it out for you and ultimately lets you make the decision. No pressure. Just honest advice and guidance with your best interests in mind.
2. Market knowledge: Mill Valley is a market made up of lots of sub-markets (Tam Valley, Sycamore Park, etc.). You want an agent that understands what's going on in each of these sub-markets. Whitney knows Mill Valley street by street.
3. Strong relationships: Here's the deal. Sellers' agents want to deal with a straight shooter that's a known entity. Chances are, the sell side agent will have dealt with Own Marin in the past and that's going to work to your advantage to get you the property you want. It did for us!
The results speak for themselves. After a two-year journey, we have exactly the right home for us, and we couldn't be happier. - ELIAS T.
Finding a home in Marin County can be a daunting process, especially if your search radius is small and your timeframe is tight. When we'd tell people where we wanted our home to be, they'd warn us to get prepared for a very long, competitive search. Well, Whitney, Barr and the Own Marin team made what seemed impossible, possible. I can say, without a doubt, that we would not have found our beautiful home in our most ideal location had it not been for the Own Marin team. We are so grateful that a friend referred us to Whitney, saying "You have to work with them to find your next home!" and that is now what I say to anyone I know who is looking to purchase or sell a home in Marin. Buying a new home can be stressful, but from start to finish, our experience was positive, and we always had confidence that we were in good hands this time. We could not be happier! Thank you, Own Marin! - NICOLE B.
We found the house of our dreams because of Whitney and OwnMarin. The process of buying our first home seemed daunting but everything turned out perfectly. The house we bought was never listed, we found out about it because of Whitney's local network. Our house was also in a neighborhood we hadn't even heard of. Whitney's knowledge of Marin led us to a home in a charming and ideal neighborhood for us. Whitney is super responsive and provided a needed calming presence during what we thought was going to be a hectic process. We highly recommend Whitney. - MAURA M.
Whitney and the Own Marin Team sold our home just recently at the end of 2018. It was such a great experience from start to finish! My husband and I found ourselves in a tight timeframe where we had to sell our house in Mill Valley, Marin County as quickly as possible. Whitney was referred to us by a friend who said "if I was selling my house in Marin County - this is the Marin County Real Estate Agent I'd use" ...we quickly realized why! Whitney and Allie came over to see our house for the first time and they jumped right in. Their enthusiasm about our property that we had put so much work into set the tone for a very positive, awesome working relationship. They immediately made a plan of action and sent us a detailed timeline for cleaning up the house, staging and going to market. Every effort was communicated clearly, openly and they gave us honest feedback for all their recommendations. They got our house looking absolutely amazing - they truly know how to rock staging and turn a home to a chic, hip, modern house that appeals to all different types of people. And they had us ready to go on the market within two short weeks. Throughout the open house and prospective buyer phase they were always on top of communications and were very direct about the progress. They were always reassuring us when we needed it and they were very flexible and easy to work with if we had to switch gears. It also meant a lot to us that they never faltered in their belief of what our house was worth and the value they saw in a property we really put a lot of heart into. In the end, while bittersweet to say goodbye, it could not have been a better outcome of finding the right buyer, feeling good about the price we landed on and coming to a positive closure on a chapter that meant a lot to us as a family. We would absolutely recommend the Own Marin team to anyone and everyone and will most definitely call them again in the future if we find ourselves buying or selling again! - ERIN R.
I can't say enough great things about Marin County Realtor Whitney Potter and his associate Julia Fitzpatrick...they are masters at what they do, great people and it is easy to communicate with them. Whitney and Barr listed and sold my Mill Valley home in 2015 and Whitney and Julia were my agents for my recent purchase of a home in Novato so I have worked with them twice. They have the experience and all of the skills you will need to sell or buy a house. Every detail is handled efficiently and timely by email, text and phone (they are like doctors "on-call"). Particularly strong is their negotiation skills and legalese; I felt like I had an attorney as part of my team. They also have fantastic resources. The mortgage company they referred me to was able to qualify me for a loan in 7 days and secure it shortly after, which made me a very competitive buyer. Once you are in contract it works like clockwork with their help....in order to place a competitive offer my inspection contingency was only 5 days so they arranged for a top Marin building inspector to come out the next day! Truly they are the best, and really friendly, no pretense. If you are looking for a Marin County real estate agent, I highly recommend them! - E.B.
OwnMarin rocks. This is a team of pros who are at the top of their game. As a single mother and Peninsula native looking to relocate to Marin it was really important for me to understand what Marin had to offer not only in real estate but lifestyle as well. Social media played a significant role in my initial research and when I came across OwnMarin via Instagram I was immediately hooked. Amazing photos, cool properties, featured partners and businesses, outdoor adventures, snippets of the team and their personal lives. All of which made me feel more comfortable and interested in exploring Marin, meeting Whitney and Barr and the marketing genius that is Allie. They did not disappoint and from our first introduction to the close of my new home in Larkspur they hustled, executed, and leveraged their extensive knowledge, network and resources. Whitney and Barr are not just real estate agents but they are natives of Marin and deeply engrained within their respective communities. They are genuine people who care about their clients. Together they bring they bring a level of expertise and trust that is unparalleled and I'm happy to call these guys my friends. - DANA B.
My husband and I worked with Whitney to buy our home in Tiburon. He's extremely knowledgeable of the area and worked with us as first time buyers to make sure we got the home of our dreams! We highly recommend him if you are looking for a place in Marin! In addition we always felt comfortable with Whitney. He never pushed us to make a decision. Finally, he always responded in a timely fashion and also made time to show us houses outside the weekend. Thanks so much Whitney! - LAUREN K.
We recently worked with Barr and Whitney to buy our first home in Marin. As first time homeowners moving from New York, they gave us so much insight into the area and what to expect from the process -- even from our very first call. They ended up introducing us to an area that wasn't even on our radar, and we're so glad they did. Through them we found our new home super fast, and they made a very complicated process feel manageable. They're also total experts on everything Marin, and they've gone out of their way to make us feel at home in our new neighborhood, from restaurant recommendations to advice on contractors. - KATHERINE N.
I cannot say enough good things about Barr, Allie and Whitney. They were simply as good as it gets. We had put our house on the market with another agent and our home did not sell. I contacted Barr and his team and they could not have been more professional from day one. They recommended that we do some work on our home and every recommendation paid off and more. In addition the team was with us side by side every step of the way during the renovation. The house turned out beautiful. We started by having the house listed off market and before you knew it we had a full price offer. Barr then helped my mom purchase a new home and again he was there every step of the way. He NEVER pressured us to make any decisions and instead presented the facts along with his sage advice. The closing process was very streamlined and easy. In addition they connected us with an incredible interior decorator who has helped us decorate our new home out of state. This team is the gift that keeps giving and more. - ALEXIS G.
The folks at Own Marin did a fantastic job from start to finish at handling the sale of our family home in Mill Valley recently. Real estate transactions are more complicated than ever, so my wife and I were so glad to have such a skilled team handle the details. Whitney, Barr, and Allie were a pleasure to work with. They let us know whenever we needed to do something of course, but mostly stayed behind the scenes and let us go on with our lives. They made so many smart decisions, starting with exactly how to upgrade the house, then moving on to staging the house, and finally, dealing with the many inspections on the house. Thanks to them, we ultimately received an offer that was way, way beyond expectations. The entire process was incredibly smooth and free of surprises. Thanks Own Marin! - STEPHEN K.
Barr and Whitney have represented me as both buyer and seller of homes ranging from fixer-uppers to ready to move in . They helped me sell my family home and buy the next one, helped me with my selection of investment homes for rehabilitation both sale and purchase. I found them to be incredibly knowledgeable about local values and a big resource as to the most effective way to add value. They provide a concierge service in effect and were able to organize the preparation and sale and staging of my rental home while I was out of state. They have consistently put their client’s interest first and are very protective in their representation, I would not hesitate to recommend them and find them extremely professional in their dealings with me. - SUE T.
The Barr | Whitney team was highly recommended to us by several friends and they did not disappoint. Drawing on their many years of experience and expertise, they meticulously guided us through the entire process of selling our house and finding our new home. With multiple offers, our house sold quickly, and at the highest price per square footage in the area! Simultaneously, they found our new home and were able to negotiate a great price and swift closing. The Barr Whitney team was amazing to work with, they are a professional and talented team who always puts your needs and concerns first and we will definitely use them again! - DAVE & SHEILA