Rhanda and Laila were introduced to us by a friend who bought a house with their help. They have been not only our real estate agents but our sounding board as well throughout the process of finding our first home – and boy, it’s been a process.
Everyone who knows the SF real estate market is aware that it’s not an easy task to find a place you call home. Laila and Rhanda powered through 2.5 years of search with us, and kept us optimistic as well as realistic when needed. They were not trying to make us buy something fast, but paid attention to our needs – which changed in the meantime – and advised us accordingly. They were very good at assessing what we want and sending recommendations, playing devil’s advocate when needed, making sure we don’t get wrapped up in a buying frenzy.
Rhanda and Laila were always very responsive and acted fast, when we wanted to make an offer on a place, and when we finally found our home – which is the BEST place we’ve seen in the 2.5 years – they kept being proactive and went above and beyond of what was expected of them (i.e. communicated with our neighbors about our move in date, reminded us of things we need to do, etc.).
My husband and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to buy or sell in San Francisco. Laila and Rhanda know the market very well and will be your trusted partner in the process! -Timea B. and Andras C.
Outstanding! We couldn’t have done it without them. We can’t express enough how positive our experience has been working with Rhanda & Laila Salma of Salma & Company. The Salmas are San Francisco natives and have a comprehensive knowledge of the SF housing and rental market—its clear they love their city, and care deeply about their roles helping match buyers with homes. From day 1, they guided us through the somewhat daunting process of buying a home in San Francisco, providing years of knowledge/information while never making us feel any pressure to move too quickly. Striking the difficult balance between acting quickly enough to not lose the property we wanted, while not pushing us to make a decision that wasn’t 100% right for us is a rare quality which Salma & co exhibited beautifully. This is a big plus in the uber-competitive SF real estate market. There was never a moment where we felt like we couldn’t rely on them for their unbiased expertise or help. This was particularly key b/c of our unique situation: we had a goal to purchase a San Francisco property in ~6 months, from overseas. They helped us make this happen, comfortably, professionally, giving sound advice without being pushy, and giving us their full professional attention despite our difficult situation and ~6k miles distance. Its worth mentioning that we had other agents drop us, or slowly stop returning our calls/emails, the moment they realized this might not be an easy job. They had great advice to offer, and truly listened to our feedback on each home we viewed. After a couple months of reviewing multiple properties, they knew exactly what we were looking for. Ultimately, the Salmas helped us meet our goal, and we bought the gorgeous SF home we’d been talking about for the last 7 years, in time for our move back to California. We couldn’t be happier with the entire experience, and give Laila, Rhanda, and Ryan our sincere thanks and highest recommendation. Thanks again Salma & Co!
-Jason & Eve D.
I highly recommend working with Rhanda and Laila of Salma & Company. I recently completed my second real estate transaction with them and they are truly wonderful to work with. They seamlessly navigate you through each aspect of the sales transaction, work tirelessly on your behalf and have the experience and breadth of knowledge to negotiate the best terms possible regardless of current market conditions. In this last transaction, the original buyer fell out of contract, and Rhanda and Laila had a new (and highly qualified) buyer in contract less then 48 hours later. The deal had it’s ups and downs, but they handled each issue strategically and we successfully closed escrow. For me as the seller, the transaction was flawless. – Tobi F.
The first time I worked with Rhanda was in 2007. Rhanda is a real professional. She led me through the SF apartment search and purchase process faultlessly. She’s easy to work with with a lovely customer service focus and relaxed but focused style. The second time I worked with her was in 2014. Rhanda is a wonderful person to work with. She knows her market well. She is happy to go the extra mile. (I bought my apartment with her and have just sold it with her). Although during the whole sales process I was in Europe this didn’t get in the way of a completely smooth end to end result. I highly recommend Rhanda. She is a delight to work with. – Naomi S.
“We highly recommend working with Laila Salma and Rhanda Salma. These two are rare examples of real estate professionals who truly understand the art of facilitating their clients’ agendas. We are based in the South Bay and were not familiar with the nuances of every SF neighborhood, nor every product type available. However, we were in excellent hands with these two. They expertly identified the pros/cons of each listing we saw, and each neighborhood we toured, confidently building our trust along the way. Once we got into contract, Laila and Rhanda made sure that every detail was taken care of and that our interests were fully represented. Whether it’s knowing current market rents for a neighborhood, the property details of the sale around the corner, or being able to negotiate a temporary lease on a furnished rental in between closing on our condo (which they did), Laila and Rhanda are full service real estate professionals.” ~Bella and Roman Y.
“I have worked with Laila & Rhanda for several years now and have gotten to know them better with each transaction. They are wonderful to work with whether I’m selling or buying an apartment building, wanting to know current market rents or need them to run a financial analysis on a building. I am continually impressed with their work and professionalism. Rhanda & Laila know the market and have vast experience with San Francisco real estate sales, leasing and marketing and property ownership. I trust them to help me with my real estate needs. I enjoy working with them and highly recommend them.”
“I was referred to Rhanda and Laila through a friend, and I feel very fortunate to have found them! My search for the perfect San Francisco condo lasted over a year and had many ups and downs. Rhanda and Laila were extremely patient, and put me at ease by never pressuring me to make a decision. They provided professional advice on my searches, conducted market research, recommended reliable vendors and were extremely easy to reach with questions. Even after my purchase, I still reach out to Rhanda and Laila for advice/recommendations on all things real estate. I highly recommend them!” ~Sara H.
“Rhanda worked with me for over two years to find the perfect house. She was a great partner in every step of the process. This was my first home purchase and I had a million questions about every detail. Rhanda stayed focused and attentive though the entirety of my search and I closed on a lovely house in Noe Valley in February. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her and have done so to numerous friends and colleagues.” ~Daniel M.
“My investment partner and I hired Rhanda as my trusted Real Estate Broker for a purchase on an investment property. Even though I already knew her as a dear friend, she provided me top notch service and remained professional from start to finish. Rhanda kept punctual to our time frame, educated me at every step of the way and ultimately helped me buy a very profitable investment property. Even today, three years later, I call Rhanda to ask her real estate related questions and she calls me right back with a detailed knowledge of the subject, thanks to her years of experience with her family business, Salma & Company. I would most certainly recommend hiring Rhanda in any Real Estate transaction in the San Francisco area. Hands down, Rhanda is one of the best Real Estate Brokers I know.”
“It was a pleasure working directly with Rhanda Salma. She was extremely organized, knowledgeable and thorough in the process of finding a home for my client. She has vast experience and is extremely resourceful in the real estate industry. I highly recommend her as a Real Estate Broker.”
“I would like to say that I’m a reasonable person and that I have unlimited funds to spend on real estate. But I would be lying. When it comes to housing, I have unreasonable expectations and I’ve never met a penny I didn’t pinch. Nonetheless, Rhanda was able to find me a great property and negotiate a great deal. Along the way, she provided expert insight into the local housing market. Unlike other agents I have used in the past, Rhanda actually advocated for my position and she was always available to discuss issues or view potential properties. Rhanda has my full trust and I would recommend her to anyone testing the waters in the San Francisco market.”
“Rhanda helped me successfully buy a 2 unit property in Hayes Valley in 2007. She was recommended to me and as soon as we started working together, I knew I was in excellent hands. Not only is Rhanda an experienced and savvy broker, her loyalty to you and your best interests always shines through her actions. After I closed escrow, she said she would be here for me to help ensure I made the right choices with my property. Four years later, she is still my trusted advisor and I would recommend her services to anyone looking to buy or sell property in San Francisco.”
“We are long-time SF residents and have been house-hunting on and off for the past several years. After working with a couple of other agents and brokers, we came up empty time and again and were beginning to think that we’d never find the perfect house for us. We owe so much to Rhanda – she literally turned our dream into a reality. Rhanda listened to what we wanted and continually processed our feedback to help refine our search and narrow in on the perfect home. We are experienced MLS searchers, but she found us homes that we couldn’t find on your own and introduced us to neighborhoods that we knew little about. Most importantly, she will not let you make poor decisions and supports you 100% of the way from open house through to contract. She even sent us a reminder when our first property taxes were due! Rhanda literally leaves no stone unturned and it was such an incredible relief to have her working with us because we always had someone looking out for our best interests. Now Rhanda will always be a part of our family because we will never forget her kindness and what she helped us achieve.”
~Aaron R. & Brooke C.
“As a first time home-shopper in San Francisco, I felt a bit overwhelmed by the process that lay ahead. Rhanda and Laila immediately put me at ease by explaining their goals: first, to teach me about the local market and the process of home buying in general; second, to help me refine my ideas of exactly what type of place I was looking for; and finally, to find the perfect place, no matter how long it took. To say they exceeded my expectations would be an understatement. Not only did they help me find a place I love, for a great price, but they also made the process really fun! Laila and Rhanda are clearly passionate about what they do. And they do their difficult job with patience and professionalism. They have my unreserved recommendation and I would refer them to any family member or friend.”
“I could not have done what I was able to do without Rhanda Salma! She lead me through the biggest transaction of my life with absolute integrity and on-the-ball thought and action. As a first time home buyer I was a bit nervous but Rhanda kept me feeling at ease and confident as she let the way keeping me informed every step of the way. She is a native San Franciscan who knows the ins and outs of this Real Estate Market always putting my interests in front of her own by looking beyond the obvious at whatever we were facing during each step of the way. She is extremely easy to work with, anticipates problems before they arise and is a skilled negotiator. I highly recommend Rhanda Salma as a real estate broker and I look forward to our next deal together.”
“Rhanda is a real professional. She led me through the SF apartment search and purchase process faultlessly. She’s easy to work with, has a lovely customer service focus and relaxed but focused style.”
Top qualities: Great Results , Expert , High Integrity
“My husband and I recently had the pleasure of working with Rhanda Salma of Salma & Company Real Estate towards the purchase of our new home in San Francisco. We are from out of state and knew little about San Francisco and the Bay area. Rhanda was extremely knowledgeable and very professional, gently guiding us throughout the process. She toured us through every neighborhood in San Francisco, Marin county & Berkeley, helping us narrow our search. She remained patient, never becoming frustrated with us when our list of priorities would completely change. She would not let us make a bad decision, always steering us away from a potential situation we would later regret.
~ Pamela M.
“Rhanda is an excellent agent. Her knowledge of the unique Bay Area market is unsurpassed. As a first time buyer, Rhanda was extremely patient with me and a true professional. Rather than gloss over the critical yet confusing details, Rhanda was able to break it down in a way that was easy to understand. Rhanda’s trustworthy and she continually looks out my property’s best interest, often sending me listings like mine or articles of interest. If you’re looking for personalized service and keen knowledge of the local market, I highy reccomend Rhanda Salma.”
Top qualities: Personable , Expert , High Integrity
~ Rachel H.
Rhanda was out of town one visit, so we worked with her sister, Laila Salma, who was equally as wonderful. Rhanda would point out restaurants, gyms, shopping, everything she could about each neighborhood so that we felt like we knew each area well. She was prepared with all the comps on sales in the neighborhood prior to us making an offer. We were not able to fly back to California for the closing on our house so Rhanda handled everything, even let in contractors to give estimates for refinishing floors. It could not have gone more smoothly. This was not just business for us, it was very personal. We felt like we came out of this experience not only with a wonderful home in a great city, but with a new friend. We highly recommend Rhanda Salma as a real estate broker without any hesitation.”
~ Steven M.
I would like to send my deepest thanks and appreciation to Rhanda Salma and Laila Salma for their tireless efforts towards the purchase of my first home. Their knowledge, experience and candor were evident every step of the way on the difficult path towards closing my property. They made themselves available to answer questions and assist with my needs, well above and beyond the call of duty. They are two consummate professionals and two wonderful persons! I would highly recommend their services to anyone who needs assistance navigating the difficult real estate market.
Thank you Rhanda and Laila! -Geoff H.
This is a letter of recommendation for Rhanda Salma of Salma and Company. Rhanda has represented my wife and me as Buyers of three separate properties and has also provided market information on other properties. In every case, Rhanda did excellent work for us. She knows the markets and does extra work to refine her general knowledge. She is skillful in handling sensitive situations without stimulating the drama that so often accompanies transactions of this type. She either knows or is willing to research the mechanics and legalities of transactions and in one case did research on CC&Rs that facilitated the transaction; she does this without crossing over ethical boundaries and while advising her client to get legal help if appropriate. In general, she is a professional and I would certainly both involve her in future transactions and recommend her to others as well. If you are considering hiring her feel free to contact me. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. -Hal D.