sam-headshot-bw-200Sami has been helping clients buy and sell real estate for many years. He has managed transactions in both the East Bay — including Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville — and San Francisco.

As a Piedmont resident for almost 10 years, he is a native French speaker from the French Alps who deeply understands the East Bay and San Francisco. What’s more, his experience as a business entrepreneur with a strong boutique hotel management background helps him understand customer service and, most importantly, how to help turn stressful situations into peace of mind.
He feels most rewarded when his determination helps his clients reach their goals, whether it be finding that special house or selling their property for highest possible price.

In addition to real estate, his wife and two daughters, his other passions include cooking, playing soccer and practicing the accordion. Contact Sami to help you through the process of selling or buying real estate.


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“I highly recommend Sami Elabed as an exceptional realtor! I hired Sami to help with both buying a home and then selling it. From the start Sami’s expertise in the market was reassuring: I was a first time home buyer and very nervous. He responded to my countless questions with patience and clarity so that I felt confident when I finally found ‘my’ house. Within ten months, on short notice, I had to quickly sell it to move to Sweden. Despite the timing and even though I sold my house within less than a year of owning it, I made a profit (since Sami helped me purchase it for right price to start). I’ve been very fortunate to work with Sami – I value his honesty, hard work and knowledge of Bay Area real estate market.”
Maia Wilkinson

“To whom it may concern: I have worked with Sami with regards to him providing real estate services to our company. He is knowledgeable and has great contacts in the field; was sincere and trustworthy with the information provided to me. I trust that whatever Sami applies himself to that he will be able to provide service par excellence!”
Barry Hong, Chairman & CEO August Capital/Hospitality

“Our experience with Sami was outstanding! Not only did he patiently help us find our dream home, but he took our budget seriously and was incredibly knowledgeable about good investments. His positive attitude kept us going when we were stressed and he took every possible thing upon himself to make our buying process as easy as possible. He walked us through all the pros and cons of every home and I couldn’t have felt more safe in his hands. Putting Sami on your team will give you the best experience possible. We plan on keeping Sami in our lives for a very long time. You’ll understand. Trust him and be specific. He’ll do amazing things. Thank you, Sami. I hope you know how much you mean to us! We’re so thankful you came into our lives.”
Hans and Courtney

“Buying our home in SF/Oakland wouldn’t have been possible without Sami. We had to see 30 homes in 4 days and make a decision on the spot, but Sami was able to guide us in the right direction going the extra mile to show us even better properties… since he knows his market like no one else. I recommend him to anyone that needs an expert in real estate in the SF Bay area with the highest integrity and with a sixth sense to know what you need and what you are looking for. Amazing professional!!”
Jordi & Fabien

Sami was the first realtor who contacted me on Trulia when i was browsing for homes. Usually I choose professionals based on word of mouth, but I am glad I responded to his email. Sami was great to work with–friendly, knowledgeable, and very quick to understand what I was looking for in a home, even though I had not settled on the type of property or location until we found my NOBE gem. In the process he was responsive to all my communications, reassuring and informative about each step, and fun to drive around with exploring Oakland’s varied and transforming communities and homes.
Sophie O.

Sami is the very best realtor I have ever met, and while we haven’t worked with that many, my spouse and I have had our fair share of bad experiences. Sami is extremely professional, knowledgeable and extraordinarily competent. Although we ultimately did not use his services to complete our home sale (we decided not to move forward with a counter offer on a home for which he was representing us and instead completed a private sale with two owners that were renting their home to us), I wish that we had been able to. He is calm, methodical and makes a very anxiety-provoking process seem easy. You can’t go wrong working with someone like Sami, and you won’t find a better agent.

Sami helped me buy a new house and sell my old one. He is calm and efficient. It was a good experience. Having bought and sold homes 4 times in California and many more in Wyoming, I am familiar with realtors and the process. In comparison, Sami was a relief to work with. I was happy not to have a long list of stressful, scheduled tasks. He took care of negotiations, helped with services to prep for sale, and made paperwork easy. He took advantage of the latest technology to review and sign documents and to market my house. Thanks to Sami’s aggressive strategy, I have a wonderful new house after competing against 5 other offers and sold my old house 32% over asking price with 6 offers to choose from. I was comfortable working with him and would consider him a good friend.

Sami is a top notch realtor that I highly recommend to any friend or family member looking to buy or sell in this crazy Bay Area market! He is professional and knowledgable as well as having a great eye for properties and their potential. He possesses an amazing eye for detail and design which has been a plus! He is not “high pressure”, but is a tenacious negotiator when it comes to getting the best deal in the end. He seems to have all of the inside information on homes that are not even on the market yet too. Really appreciate all he has done for us over the 16 + years we have known him as we have moved around from SF to Oakland and now Piedmont.
Rachel S.