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    Dan is fantastic! We met him at a house showing over a year ago and he took time out of his day to describe the home buying process to us. In the following year he helped us view over a dozen houses, and he was always very responsive and willing to make time to help…

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    Hans Wernetti

    Daniel and Steven of Ascend were my agents for a home sale in San Francisco. As the home was sold as-is, off market, it was a very smooth and easy process. In particular, Dan and Steven did an excellent job of coming up with a good “as-is” price. They did a thorough analysis of the…

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    Adam Littke

    I recently worked with Dan in identifying & purchasing an investment property in San Francisco, and he made the process incredibly easy, following up on my wide range of questions – from mundane to curiosity to detailed property issues – promptly even going so far as meeting contractors on my behalf prior to close to…

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    David W

    Throughout Dan’s representation of me in a recent transaction, I really felt as though he had my back. His thoroughness and follow through and, above all, communication and availability were SO key in this transaction, as I was not able to have been as personally available as I would have liked. I had a lot…

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    Andrew H.

    Today I am very happy because I got the keys to my house and it is like a dream come true. Special thanks to my agent Daniel who worked very hard to get done very fast. Since the beginning he transmitted confidence and showed me how to do all the steps very clearly. I couldn’t…

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    Damon F.

    Daniel and Steven are the best real estate agents I’ve seen. They’re diligent, knowledgeable and great to work with. We were introduced to them through a common friend and found the perfect house with their help.

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    JC L

    Worked with Dan’s associate Steven. We could not be more pleased with our experience. Steven was friendly knowledgeable and most important patient with first time home buyers. He taught us the whole process step by step, and stayed within our budget. We ended up getting our first offer accepted a rare feat in the sf…

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    Phil B.
  • Fantastic!

    My husband and I just bought our first house with Dan, and he was fantastic! Very responsive, reassuring during stressful times, and did a great job walking us through the negotiation process.

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    laurel brown
  • He was a trusted partner overcoming various challenges

    I’ve engaged ~10 realtors as buyer or seller in various states over the years. Dan was the best of them, particularly because he was a trusted partner overcoming various challenges: (1) my first purchase in San Francisco, a crazy market, (2) during COVID-19, which presented unique challenges, (3)  using a VA loan, requiring the condo…

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    Rick Kjellberg
  • He was a pleasure to work with

    We had a great experience working with Daniel. He knows his stuff and worked patiently with us to finally find our home in this difficult SF market. He was a pleasure to work with

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    Nerissa Ambers
  • He helped us understand the local real estate landscape

    Dan both helped us identify and purchase a condo, and then 10 years later helped us sell.  As buyers, we always want to buy low, and as sellers, we want to sell high, of course.  He helped us understand the local real estate landscape, and helped bring us down to earth when we were learning…

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    Sheewon Bak
  • Made the often stressful process of home purchase as smooth and streamlined as possible

    Daniel is a consummate professional – responsive, knowledgeable, friendly.  He made the often stressful process of home purchase as smooth and streamlined as possible, all with patience and grace.  Highly recommend.

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    a b
  • We bought just a few days before shelter in place for COVID

    My husband and I recently moved to San Francisco from the east bay and wanted to find someone to help us buy a house. A couple of things drew us to Dan and his team and after recently purchasing a home, we would highly recommend Dan and Ascend Real Estate. When we first met him,…

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    Haley Kotnik
  • Great to have someone with local expertise

    Dan was an excellent partner for our home purchase, providing relevant, actionable information throughout the process.   As first-time buyers in San Francisco, it was great to have someone with local expertise, which helped us with a winning bid.

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    Michelle Thoma
  • Amazing!

    Working with Dan was a breeze – we started with a meet-up and getting our preference and what’s our expectation, price range etc. He will send us off MLS listings or upcoming open houses / then we will send him a list of homes we’ve seen on the weekend and he will respond in 24…

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    Kenny tan
  • Helped us to understand that selling was the more viable alternative

    We met Daniel through friends. When my wife & I were trying to decide whether to sell or rent our flat in San Francisco we reached out to Daniel & Ascend Realty. Daniel showed up with an impressively detailed prospectus that helped us to understand that selling was the more viable alternative for  us ……

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    Benjamin Thompson
  • They helped us find a wonderful condo in the neighborhood we wanted

    We used Ascend to buy a new home in San Francisco and it was a fabulous decision. They helped us find a wonderful condo in the neighborhood we wanted with all the criteria, and guided us through the entire bidding and escrow process. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a real estate agent…

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    Andrew Moran
  • Accurately advising us on what price points would make a winning offer

    Dan Risman Jones knows the San Francisco housing market well – accurately advising us on what price points would make a winning offer, a strong offer, and a competitive offer. We made our first bid at Dan’s recommended competitive offer price and it tied the other highest bid. We got the first house we put…

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    Kathleen Ting
  • Found our dream home in record time

    We found our dream home in record time with Dan’s help. He was able to get the deal closed in a couple of days while negotiating terms that helped us make the move to San Francisco much easier. Thank you Dan for a great job

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    Bill Rojas
  • After searching for almost two years, my wife and I finally found our home

    Dan is incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and calm. After searching for almost two years, my wife and I finally found our home. For every property we evaluated throughout this journey, Dan always went above and beyond to make sure we had the information needed to evaluate it, without feeling pressured. I can’t recommend him enough!!

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    Daniel Katz
  • Now getting ready to renovate our home, and Dan has been an invaluable resource

    Dan and Steven rock.Two years ago we were lucky enough to get paired up with Dan and Steven by Redfin through their partner agent program.  Initially we were looking at East Bay properties with Steven.  We appreciated the insights he was able to share about neighborhoods and various real  estate subjects we weren’t familiar with…

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    Dominic C
  • A real pleasure to work with

    We worked with Dan Risman-Jones of Ascend to buy our house. He was a consummate pro; a real pleasure to work with even when we were (let’s be honest) less-than-ideal clients. And we’re thrilled by the place we ended up with; will absolutely refer him to friends looking to buy in SF.

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    Luis Villa
  • I tell people that Steven shines in the biggest moments

    Steven helped us buy, and later, sell our home in the Richmond annex. We recommend him on both sides of the transaction. As first time homebuyers we were extremely nervous about buying in the Bay Area. But Steven was calm, detailed and had a great eye for envisioning how a home could be tweaked  here…

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    Jeff Tang
  • It’s been great working with Dan

    Dan helped me find the perfect home. Dan must have seen dozens houses with me and went through 5 offers – always patient and responsive through it all. It’s been great working with Dan. Highly recommended!

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  • He gave me great recommendations for all related services as well

    I could not have been happier with Dan in my home search. Everything was taken care of for me. He did so in a timely manner. He was extremely reliable, everything he said he was going to do, he followed through on. He was very direct when dealing with selling agents. He was also very…

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    Damon Fasching
  • We were always able to act as well-informed buyers

    Dan and Steven couldn’t have taken better care of us! As first-time home buyers with very specific requirements, the guys helped us understand what tradeoffs made sense for us and made sure we were always able to act as well-informed buyers. They stood by us as we shopped for the right property and  worked closely…

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    Jacob West
  • Whenever I hear of any friend considering buying a home, I immediately put Dan’s name on the table

    I referred Dan to a friend of mine who was trying to buy a short sale condo in SF. Not only did Dan save him from some fatal errors, he held his hand and walked him gently through the process. These type of sales are a rough ride at best but my friend was very…

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  • Thanks, Dan and Ascend team!

    I cannot say enough nice things about Dan. San Francisco is a challenging market for sure, and very different from my first home buying experience. His patience, diligence, and advocacy for me as a buyer were second to none. I appreciate his skill and will to lead me to a successful purchase in  this market….

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    Adam Roberts
  • Thanks to him, we were able to meet all our goals

    Dan was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process of buying our new home and selling our former home. My husband and I really appreciated his professionalism, the quality of the contractors that worked on our house from painting to staging, his expert advice and responsiveness to our various requests. Thanks to him,…

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    Vanessa Lotoux
  • Did not disappoint

    Dan came highly recommended and did not disappoint. He was extremely knowledgeable about the process and on top of every detail as I made offers and closed. He was also flexible and smart as I navigated some unique challenges associated with loans I got through my employer. I always could trust his  judgment and am…

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    David Broockman
  • I wholeheartedly recommend working with Ascend.

    Not only are Daniel and his team professional, responsive and industry experts, he a calm and steady voice during a potentially stressful home search. Daniel gave me great advice on the neighborhood and the potential for home investment growth.  And on top of it all, I was able to purchase a home I  did not…

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    Alicia Murasaki
  • Very patient with us as first time buyers

    We worked with Dan in 2013 as we bought our first home in SF.  He was a great advisor and advocate through the dizzying home-buying process. He was both encouraging and candid – I appreciated that he would not hesitate to give us his honest opinion about properties while allowing us time to reach our…

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    Amit Sabnis
  • I can wholeheartedly recommend Dan and Steven

    We ran into Steven while he was selling another condo in our building right as we were starting to think about selling our place. Steven and Dan were incredibly helpful in helping us decide whether to sell or not, and once we did the entire pricing, staging, listing and sales process was  thorough, friendly, informative…

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    Marc Nijdam
  • He’s knowledgeable, candid, and dedicated

    When we bought our condo, we had a great experience working with Dan. He’s knowledgeable, candid, and dedicated. He was always quick to respond to our emails and texts, and he had a real eye for what to look out for when touring different properties. He listened carefully to all our feedback when  we toured…

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    Jacques Rancourt
  • Made sure our offers were as competitive and realistic

    Dan provided an excellent buying experience.He was very responsive and did not pressure us at any time with listings or neighborhoods. He’s very detailed oriented and made sure our offers were as competitive and realistic as possible. We love our new home!

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    Joel Fossourier
  • He always went out of his way

    It was a pleasure working with Dan. He was incredibly responsive and answered all of our questions timely and thoroughly. We felt he knew what he was doing and treated us very well. He always went out of his way to make sure we got everything that we needed. Highly recommend Dan!

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    Christopher Nguyen
  • They explained all the details

    Steven and Dan are really great agents! They helped me in the whole process from finding a house to purchasing it, even after I purchased the property, they are also very patient and responsible on answering any questions I have. They explained all the details to me before I purchased, and are very  knowledgeable in…

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    Kain Qiu
  • Dan was the best partner imaginable to help navigate a confusing and overwhelming process

    We worked with Dan as first-time home buyers, in a competitive neighborhood, in San Francisco, during a pandemic. That’s a lot of qualifiers that make a process like home buying even more intimidating than it naturally is, but Dan was the best partner imaginable to help navigate a confusing and overwhelming process, and make sure…

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    Megan Sanguinetti
  • I feel fortunate to have had Dan as my agent

    I feel fortunate to have had Dan as my agent in the SF home-buying process! He is very knowledgeable about the local market, super responsive and really takes care of his clients as if they were his own friends. He goes above and beyond to deliver, and is also very understanding, patient, and  kind–easy to…

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    Jinmin Lee
  • We love our new home!

    Dan was a pleasure to work with in the search for a new home. He is prompt, courteous & has great insight/knowledge of the bay area market. I highly recommend him, whether buying or selling a home. Thanks for all your help Dan! We love our new home!

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    H. Brent Adams
  • What really impressed us was Dan’s ability to locate comparable sales in the area

    We bought a place with Dan’s help in 2017. Dan was extremely knowledgeable about various neighborhoods in SF. He also went out of his way to be at open houses with us, or visit them before/after our visits (if we showed interest). What really impressed us was Dan’s ability to locate comparable sales in the…

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    SuChee Huang
  • He is a lovely person to work with and to spend time with!

    Dan is an incredible real estate agent! He helped us to both purchase our new home in Bernal Heights and sell our old home in the Mission. He is thoughtful, meticulous, forward thinking, supportive, and strategic. He understood what we were looking for in a new home immediately and helped us find  the perfect place….

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    Andi Nelson
  • I highly recommend Ascend

    Looking for a new place to live for the first time is a terribly difficult and daunting process.  When my husband and I started the search we turned to Dan and Steven to help us look at properties.  They first took the time to show us a range of options in various parts of the…

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    Nathaniel Haynes
  • Dan helped us achieve this very aggressive goal

    We just bought a home in Noe Valley and worked with Dan. I cannot recommend anyone higher. It was clear from the very beginning how knowledgeable he was of the San Francisco area and made our first time buying experience seem so easy. We wanted to move very quickly through the home buying process  and…

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    Deanna Belsky
  • We would use them again in a nanosecond!

    Dan and Steven were amazing! They advised us on how to stage our house at the beginning. The advice they gave us helped us price the house and get what we wanted. They kept us on schedule and closed the deal quickly for a great price. They were always responsive when we needed answers and…

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    Galen Hill
  • Highly recommend

    Dan is wonderful. He was the absolute best person to help me find and buy my new home. I have recommended him to all of my friends that are looking to buy a place. If I ever need to go through this process again, I would not even consider the option of going with someone…

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    Optical North
  • We able to purchase a home in our ideal neighborhood for a price we could afford

    The SF market was a bear while we were looking.  Most properties were going before we could even make an offer and everything well above asking costs.  Daniel consistently correctly guessed the selling price of homes and knew the SF Market and legal well. In the end, Daniel helped us purchase a  complicated TIC property…

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    Robert Ferguson
  • The most professional, kind, and proactive agents in the city

    Buying a house anywhere is intimidating. Add in being a first time homebuyer plus the crazy insane San Francisco real estate market, we needed a ton of help. Dan & Steven took care of us and quickly brought us up to speed on how to navigate this market. They were always available to answer  questions,…

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    Alex Fajkowski
  • Extremely knowledgeable

    Dan helped my wife and I close on a beautiful in demand home in the Oakland Hills. Throughout the process we felt we were in safe hands. Dan is extremely knowledgeable – not only about the process but also about the specifics of neighborhoods and intricacies of buying in the Bay Area. During our  diligence…

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    Kunal Sarkar
  • We found our dream home

    Dan has been wonderful, from our first time meeting him over coffee (pre-COVID), when he walked us through the home buying process, to now, weeks after closing when he’s still providing advice and referrals. Dan is a San Francisco local. In fact, he lives just a few blocks away from our new house. His local…

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    Steven Doubilet
  • Helping us along every step of the way

    We worked with Dan last year when we started looking for a place to buy in SF, which is as difficult as it gets. He had been super helpful during the whole process, very generous with his time, and helping us along every step of the way. He has tons of experience on the SF…

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    Vilmos Nebehaj
  • I would fully recommend him to others

    We have truly enjoyed working with Dan in our transactions.  He has a lot of credibility as well as a huge amount of market knowledge.   He went out of his way to show, and make suggestions on everything from creative loan products, locations that have upside, and being honest enough to see when  prices…

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    Scott Fletcher
  • 5 stars without hesitation or doubt

    As you can see from all the reviews, Dan’s exceptional work and service as a real estate agent can and will supersede any and all expectations when it comes to finding and buying a house. It seemed so long ago, May of 2012, when my partner and I started the grueling process (at least for …

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    Jason Pecache

    Dan is the best real estate agent we’ve ever worked with. On top of all the things you expect from a great real estate agent, Dan is also: (1.) Flexible, patient and reliable to the extreme: We, as buyers, had very specific needs and work desk jobs, so we needed an agent like this. Dan…

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    Sheewon B.

    Buying a house anywhere is intimidating. Add in being a first time homebuyer plus the crazy insane San Francisco real estate market, we needed a ton of help. Dan & Steven took care of us and quickly brought us up to speed on how to navigate this market. They were always available to answer questions,…

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    Alex P.

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