My Testimonials

John has made our search and buying process a very pleasant experience. He understands the specifics of the market, is very well connected, super responsive and goal oriented. Great job in finding us a good home!

Christian and Ricarda

I really enjoyed working with John on the sale of my condo. Being my first sale, I was a bit clueless about the sellers end of the transaction. John diligently walked me through the process and explained things every step of the way. Not only was he professional, responsive, and knowledgeable, he was pleasant to talk with and fun to be around. I can't speak highly enough about my experience working with John.

Kelley G.

John helped my buy my home in 2012. I have bought and sold many places and must say that my experience with John was amazing and totally stress free. He is an insider in the SF real estate biz who knows everyone and can quickly get inside scoop on places including ones not yet listed. It's so competitive in SF as a buyer that having John's knowledge experience and connections made all the difference!! He is responsive and a consummate professional with tremendous integrity. Would recommend him to anyone buying a home in SF Bay Area!

Maria R.

John is the perfect realtor. He listens, always answers phone calls, responds to queries with cheerful readiness, and is an all around good guy. He and his business partner, Marcus, facilitated the purchase of a property for us in San Francisco, and made it very easy. I recommend him without reservation.

Laird C.

John has a tremendous command for the SF Real estate market, and strategies to sell and ourchase. I've bought and sold houses with him. Anyone looking to close a great result in a real estate transaction, I'd highly recommend engaging John for such services.

Chuck F.

Over the last few years, John has helped my husband and me buy and sell several properties in the Bay Area.  He's always available, returns phone calls fast, is super responsive.  Besides that, he's a lovable guy who's funny and knowledgeable.  I would put him in the "best" category.  All of this is huge for me to say, because generally speaking, I don't like realtors.  There are too many slimy and aggressive ones out there.  But John salvages the whole profession by just being who he is.  You rock, John!

Sarah B.

John is an excellent advisor in the San Francisco real estate market. He easily strategizes and markets for you, and can meet your needs and goals whatever you state them to be - he is entirely responsive to his customers. We have recommended him to numerous friends and they have all been very happy with their results as well.

Laura F.

Working with John was a true pleasure!  He helped us buy a home in an extremely competitive situation, and it was clear that his relationships within the real estate community made a tremendous difference in our success.  Most importantly, he was not only a pleasure to work with, but also a truly honest partner in the process! As someone who's bought multiple properties and been involved in both residential and commercial real estate, I can't recommend him highly enough!

Ajay S.

John helped us through multiple potential minefields in the purchase of our first home in San Francisco and later in its sale. We couldn't ask for a better team in these complex and pivotal -- and most personal -- decision processes. 
We are grateful for the day my husband wandered into a cafe and happened to meet John early in our SF sojourn.


We have worked with John in 2015 and after 8 months in a very competitive market he has helped us close on our favorite house. He has a a great knowledge of San Francisco and made us discover some great neighborhoods for our family. He was patient, available (via email, text, in person, etc.), fun to work with, not pushy, and really keen to help us find what we wanted. We recommend him if you are looking for a place to buy!

Guillaume L.

I would recommend John to anyone. Not only is he very talented at what he does- honest, straightforward, and skilled- but he's the type of guy you want to go out and swap stories with over a beer. He's naturally got the demeanor and magnetism that all the other real estate people try so hard to present; with him, it's just who he is- a smart, caring, and quality guy who knows his business. When my wife and I were looking for a house, he showed us around, and at quite a few open houses told us why we DIDN'T want that particular house (he was right!), and then was cool when we stopped looking to buy and wanted to rent, then cool again when we called him months later and told him we wanted to buy (which we did- he found us our perfect house). Call John- you don't want any other realtor whether you are buying or selling. I'm just bummed I don't see him as much as I used to!

Andrew K

There are recommendations and then there are recommendations. Rarely do they come with a quarter century of observation behind them. This one is also a bit different since, rather than being a client of John’s, I have done most of his Home Inspections since 1987. When you work as an affiliate with a real estate agent you see them operate from quite a different perspective than one would as a home buyer or seller – and I am of the opinion that there is something valuable to be learned of the character of a man in the way he treats those in the business process who are not his actual clients. I have had the pleasure of working with John Woodruff many, many times since 1987. During those years I have watched him consistently and diligently serve his clients with a very professional approach; yet one that is laced with humor and a penchant for making it a relaxed process for all involved. I know of no one who has better knowledge of San Francisco’s homes and inventory. It seems as if you could say, “John, you know that brick house at Steiner and Vallejo with the brick stairs that come right off the corner?” and he would respond with, “Yes, but I think that’s at Scott and Vallejo”. Whether buying or selling, You can count on John and his decades of experience to provide you with excellent, results-driven representation.

Rik G.

John helped my husband and I buy our house in 2003, he was both very responsive and helpful in setting up house tours. He listened to us about what we wanted and found properties that matched our vague ideas. His advice was consistently good and timely. I would absolutely recommend John if you are looking for a house in San Francisco or the neighboring areas.

Sara Y.

John is ethical, moral and a breath of fresh air in a highly competitive industry. He is honest, knowledgeable and works his butt off for you. Highly recommend.

Bill B.

We just wanted to express our appreciation for the good work of John in the successful sale of our home in South Beach. What we truly appreciated was that they guided us through the process step by step, made themselves available for questions and within a week of aggressive marketing managed to sell our home in a declining market.

Vijay S.

John is worthy of trust and has provided great advise over the years.

B. Bishop

He ran such a successful marketing campaign that there were multiple offers for my property in less than 2 weeks of its being offered for sale, especially impressive considering the fact that the market had suddenly softened.

Karen R.

'We got it!"
Those three words were amazing to hear and it wouldn't have been possible without John's expertise. Over the course of 3 years we developed an extremely close relationship through open houses, pre-listings, and even flirtations with dropping San Francisco for something outside of the city.

Throughout it all John remained committed to us and at no point did he ever seem wary of our "victorian fixer upper" goal. Even when our budgets didn't quite match our aspirations they helped us navigate the San Francisco market with class.

In the end his patience, attention to detail, and easy-going nature sealed the deal for us and we will continue to leverage his expertise moving forward.

I highly recommend John! Great agent and all around fantastic person to know.

Shane B.

Buying my new apartment would not have happened without John; he is very proactive in getting things done and always available to answer any questions. I will definitely refer all my friends and family to him when buying property in the future!


John was extremely helpful throughout the entire process. His years of experience in the field are reflected in his high level of competency.

Alexandra W.

John is an amazing realtor, he is patient, tenacious, and really works a deal for you. His knowledge of the craft is the best I've ever come across. And most important, he's honest. I highly recommend him!

Michael C.

I have worked with John on 3 real estate transactions over the past 13 years, 2 purchases and 1 sale. He has always made the process very easy, stress free, and enjoyable too. He's a great guy and I would always trust him with my San Francisco real estate needs.


John's knowledge of the Bay Area real estate market is unparalleled. He always gave us his honest opinion on the different places we looked at, and pointed out both the good and bad with each place. We had heard horror stories of friends that had put in 10-20 even more offers before finding a place. We were lucky to have John on our side, he read the market well and the first offer we put in was accepted. We cannot thank John enough, for his patience, his professionalism, his knowledge, and for his amazing attitude :-)


I heard of John through word of mouth from a client, and the client who recommended John is someone I respect. After meeting him I knew John is a true professional. He was patient in our search and never tried to push what would not work for us. It took a little while to find our home, and John was there with us every step of the way. Thank you John!

Richard C

John is an exceptional realtor. Even though it took my wife and me over two years to find our perfect home, John was with us every step of the way. When we found our dream property John sprang into action, using his impressive negotiating skills and decades of expertise to get us an excellent deal (under asking price in San Francisco? A miracle!).
Since we bought our house we have referred him to a number of friends all of whom have been well served by his immense local knowledge and tireless efforts.

Isaac and Nobl