Realtor Associate CA Lic. #01908378

Realtor Associate
CA Lic. #01908378

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AFY 2019 Spring Auction Photos

AFY 2019 Spring Auction Photos

About Sonny Chan

Describe your journey to real estate.

I moved to the Bay Area in 1988, where I got my feet wet in a sales career at PacBell/AT&T. I continued with my sales career at companies like AT&T, Sprint, Linear Technology (a semi-conductor company), and Cogent Communications.

I found that my educational background in electrical engineering complemented negotiations skills garnered from my sales career. I've worked with a diverse array of buyers, sellers, and investors, often conducting transactions in Cantonese and Mandarin.

I believe in investing in my sellers’ success by helping them update their homes to get top dollar prices, so I offer free staging and painting. Given my extensive experience in investment properties, I know how to make a listing shine with the buyer’s interests in mind.  

What are three words your clients would use to describe you?

My clients would describe me as patient, knowledgeable, and friendly.

What most excites you about your work?

Being able to help people fulfill their dreams and achieve their lifestyles.

Where can we find you when you're not working?

During my downtime, you can find me teeing off at Harding Park or cheering on my sons' baseball and basketball teams from the sidelines. I spend a lot of time investing in my boys' education by volunteering at their schools. You might also find me volunteering at the Excelsior Kitchen.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

It would be impossible for me to give up my family and the opportunity to watch my kids grow.

What magical power would you want to have?

I would love to be able to fly, so that I could visit all the places in the world.

What was the happiest moment in your life?

The happiest moments in my life so far were being there during the birth of my three sons, Jordan (17), Simon (15), and Lucas (12). Okay, I wouldn't say happiest, but that amazing feeling is almost indescribable.

What is your favorite hobby? 

It's a toss up between golf and basketball. 

As a San Francisco Realtor, Sonny Chan has built an impressive reputation for his personalized service and exceptional results. With nearly 27 years of sales and marketing experience, Sonny is not only well versed in successful business transactions, but values cultivating sincere, client-centric relationships.
Known for going above and beyond, Sonny’s clientele appreciate his integrity, responsive communication, and warm sense of humor, making each transaction an enjoyable experience.
Having studied electrical engineering at San Jose StateUniversity, Sonny comes with a natural problem-solving mentality that complements the negotiations skills garnered from his extensive sales career.
As a 20-year resident of the Richmond District, Sonny also has first-hand insight on San Francisco’s many neighborhoods, enabling him to effectively market listings by highlighting the defining attributes of each area. Bilingual in Cantonese, Sonny can also facilitate transactions for an array of clientele.
When he’s not touring homes, Sonny enjoys unwinding on the golf course, cooking with his wife, Lisa, and their three kids, and volunteering with local non profits.

Seasoned in residential transactions, Sonny understands all that goes into buying and selling a home. His expert insight and compassionate personality has helped many local families navigate their way to a better quality of life. For further information on his array of services, contact Sonny Chan today at (415)310-8940 or email

Sonny's Listings


I have worked with Sonny for 3 years and the service he has provided has been excellent. He goes over and beyond to make sure you get the best service and the answer you are seeking for. I plan to work with him for a long time!
Paul O., Seller & Buyer

Sonny did a great job organizing all the offers visually so we could easily compare them for not just price, but also contingencies, timelines, etc. He made it very easy to understand and it was an extremely smooth process.
Howard C., Seller

Sonny was very helpful in developing a great marketing strategy that netted us a great price and a very quick sale and closing.
Martin W., Seller

Sonny patiently walked us through the process. Clearly explaining and recommending things we could do to make the property more desirable. We appreciated his excellent service- helping get quotes for various work, being at the property to open it for workers, etc.
Wilson L., Seller

Sonny and Annie were patient throughout the entire process of buying the house. To be successful in this current market requires a great deal of patience, as your bid will not always be the highest. It is important for the agent(s) to help alleviate all of the concerns that may come up in the process when selecting your house and also acknowledge any potential pitfalls that may occur throughout. Sonny and Annie have shown exemplary knowledge in the process of buying a home. They are skilled negotiators that are willing to do whatever it takes to make the best deal for you possible. We appreciated that they acted more as a friend/adviser than just an agent. They promptly returned all of my calls and emails with thoughtful answers to my concerns or questions. It really took the stress out of purchasing because I knew I could rely on them to get things done. If you are in the market to buy real estate, one of the first calls you should make is to Sonny or Annie at Sequoia Real Estate.
Dave T., Buyer

Sonny Chan has been my realtor for almost a year now.  Prior to working with Sonny I had a different realtor but never closed a deal with that particular realtor.  I met Sonny through a mutual friend and I decided to make a change in realtors due to his past success in closing homes.  Within a couple of months we closed on my first investment home.  Sonny is the type of realtor that does not waste your time trying to sell you a home that is not right for you.  He knows exactly what I’m looking for so all of the listings he sends me I immediately want to view.   When viewing a home Sonny thoroughly inspects the home during your walk through and will let you know if he discovered any damages or repairs the house has.  As an investor I really appreciate when he takes the extra step to research on how much the house can be rented for.  I have not experienced this type of service with other realtors.  When closing on my first investment property Sonny and his team in Sequoia Realty made the entire process smooth and easy.  There were a few bumps on the road regarding my loan and Sonny knew exactly what to do and instructed me on how to solve that problem.  The result, problem solved and I got the home.  Now that I’m ready to invest on another home I have contacted Sonny again for his service and I am getting the exact same service I was expecting.  I expect Sonny and I to be doing business with each other for a long time.  There is no need to waste my time with other realtors when I know the one I have is providing me with the highest quality customer service one can expect when purchasing a home. Thanks Sonny!
Paul O., Buyer

Sonny has a strong work ethic, excellent sales acumen and always demonstrates professionalism.
Richard E.

I have known Sonny for many years. He is a person of great character, honesty and knowledge in his field.
Brian J.

Sonny is very detail oriented and strives to provide excellent customer service. He goes beyond the call of duty to assure he is delivering what he promised.
“Bob” N.

His strong relationships with his customers were evident on the customer visits I attended with him. 
Meifan S.

Sonny has empathy for his customers, so customers love him. 
Jon D.

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