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Here’s what some of our clients have to say about us!

Chris H. from San Francisco

Homebuying in San Francisco is stressful and frustrating. The best thing to help temper these feelings is to get a great real estate agent. This is where Mike Yacobian comes in.

Mike is part project manager, part researcher, and part therapist. My wife and I were frequently a wreck from the constant ups and downs of this process and Mike was always there to calm us and put things into perspective. He’s not the type to just drive you around to open houses and sell you on the dream of home ownership. He’s a partner that really works with you to ensure, as a team, there are clearly understood goals and a focused approach to achieving them.

It took us almost a year to have an offer finally accepted. That’s a lot of open houses, unaccepted offers, late night emails, and constant education that Mike supported with a positive and reassuring attitude.

Mike also helped us build a team, including a mortgage partner, that ensured our offers had the absolute best chance of success while being within our comfort zone. There was never pressure to put us in a house or buying situation that was out of our limits. It must be especially hard to represent buyers in this aggressive and low-inventory market, but I knew Mike was with us for the long haul and was going to be actively engaged even if it took many more months to find the right place.

We had a great experience with Mike and would recommend you give him a chance to help you buy (or sell) your home. He is an ally in, what we found to be, the strange and illogical world of San Francisco real estate.

Best of luck to you!!!

Chris’s Yelp.com review of our services.

Nora H. from San Francisco

“Mike Yacobian represented us for our purchase of a condo in Diamond Heights. I have worked with several RE agents over the years to buy and purchase properties. Mike stands out as really willing to go the extra mile. He is responsive before, during and after the process. He made the offer for us and explained everything necessary for us to expeditiously make the purchase. During the closure process he researched and answered most of our questions. Those he did not answer were questions related to the complex history and that was not available during the two week closure. He also met me at the property and took measurements for me as we are planning on some alterations. After closure he provided additional help as we were trying to locate reliable companies to work on the condo.He and Stella work as a team and the result for us was exceptional service, before purchase, during the process and since closure.”

Nora’s Yelp.com review of our services.


Jim Elkus from San Francisco

“Kudos to Mike and Stella for the great job they did in helping us sell our mother’s house. They are extremely knowledgeable, both about the local market, and about what must be done to show a house’s at its best. They were friendly, attentive and patient, and never stinted on their time or efforts. We really could not have had better agents, or a better outcome.”



Thea G. from San Francisco

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“Since West Portal is a bit of a specialty market, we decided to go with a neighborhood-based agency rather than the agent with whom we’d bought the house many years before. We’d met Stella when she sold a neighbor’s house. We were struck by her upbeat personality, and when we met her easygoing husband and business partner Mike, we liked him right away, too. They were quite indefatigable, meeting our request to get our house on the market quickly and keeping their promise to show the house every weekend until it sold so that it wouldn’t get “stale.” When we ran into some difficulties during escrow, they picked up the ball and got it all sorted out for us. We’d definitely recommend them!”

Thea’s Trulia.com Recommendation of us, click here


Becky H. from San Francisco

“Hi Mike – Happy New Year to you! I just posted a recommendation for you on Trulia. Working with you has been one of the best experiences we’ve had trying to find a place to rent so it was my pleasure to help you. Bryan and I love our new home. It’s perfect for us and the owners are great people. Thanks again for all of your help with the transaction.”

Becky’s Trulia.com Recommendation of us, click here


Bruce C. from San Francisco

“Hi Mike: I wanted to thank you for all the work you did in preparing my property for rental. The help provided by you and the staff at Barbagelata Real Estate was outstanding. I couldn’t have asked for a more friendly and professional team. Your hard work is much appreciated. Thanks so much for your efforts and attention to detail.”




May M. from San Francisco

” I was so pleased and delighted when Stella Yacobian offered to help me sell my home in West Portal, as I had to be away for a length of time. She managed a total make-over of the house and presented the home so beautifully that it sold at the first open house for top dollar!”

May’s Yelp.com Recommendation of us, click here



About Our Brokerage – The History of Barbagelata

Barbagelata was founded by John Barbagelata in 1952 and continues to provide San Franciscans with expert real estate advice and results. The Barbagelata name has been imprinted on the city since Giovanni Barbagelata immigrated from Torriglia, Italy in the 1870s. He and his wife settled in North Beach and began building the family reputation. That reputation still stands.

Giovanni’s grandson, John Barbagelata, grew up understanding the value of honest work and strong traditions. He passed that understanding on to his son, Paul, and his daughter, Anna, who are proud to sustain the traditions that have made The Barbagelata Company a continued success. Barbagelata is stronger than ever, family owned and family oriented for over fifty years. We have survived as an independent business in an age of mega-mergers and real estate franchise acquisitions by doing what we do best, build lasting relationships with each client. We’ve maintained these bonds for generations. We connect buyers and sellers of real estate by connecting with people.

At Barbagelata, we offer unparalleled expertise by combining traditional service with contemporary marketing techniques. Our agents represent the diverse backgrounds of San Franciscans. They understand the values that have kept Barbagelata the best neighborhood brokerage in the City. Let us open the door to your San Francisco home.


The Barbagelata Advantage

Our Personal involvement in all stages of your transaction is what sets us apart from other agencies. After five decades of serving San Francisco homeowners, we have developed a system for you that is cost effective, profitable, and headache free. We take care of the details, so you can take care of your next move.

Property Preparation

A key benefit we offer is access to our extensive home improvement resources, such as painters, hardwood floor companies, haulers, cleaning services, licensed contractors, gardeners and landscape professionals. We assist in obtaining competitive bids and can oversee improvement projects, if you are not available.

Home Staging

Our home staging services include arranging and organizer to work with your current furnishings or, more extensively, a home stager to provide new decór for the entire interior or select rooms. These services will assist in showcasing your home’s best features, resulting in higher profits.