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Kristen Palmer

Kristen Palmer



Who are John Brannan and Kristen Palmer 

John and Kristen are a dynamic relationship-driven team. They are Marin and Sonoma county natives with over 55+ years of combined experience in the business. Their longevity in the local market, down-to-earth style and winning attitude generates trust with the people they serve.

It all started in 2014 after they closed a transaction together in San Rafael. John was the listing agent and Kristen represented the buyers. John and Kristen (aka JB and KP) found their style and values complimented each other. Shortly thereafter, they joined forces and formed Brannan Realty Group. Fusing a boutique business style with the largest real estate company in the world has proven to be an unbeatable combo.

Over the years they have nurtured and developed relationships with local experts, which became the catalyst for Brannan Realty Group to be a Hub and Resource as it pertains to many facets of real estate including the buy-sell-1031exchange and property management. John and Kristen are proud to be designated SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialists) serving the active adult "55+ community" helping determine if it's time to resize, keep as investment or stay-in-place.  

John and Kristen are firmly rooted in real estate and their cause; ‘Building trust and sustaining long-term relationships.' Their high standard, hands-on service will MOVE you!

What Clients Are Saying

"My experience with Kristen Palmer could not have been better! Over the years, I have bought and sold many properties and hence worked with many realtors…Kristen was by far the very best! She is a superb realtor…knows the business but more than that she is totally honest, energetic, listens to her client, a very hard worker and a delightful, upbeat person. I could not have asked for more. I give Kristen 5 stars. I promise you …. You won’t be disappointed…she’s great! Thanks to Kristen’s hard work my property sold for much more than I, or anyone else, had ever expected. Kristen made that happen.  She knew what to do and did it.  Have to add…she responded to phone calls, and e-mails promptly and with answers and solutions….no waiting and wondering…..When you are Kristen’s  client, she takes excellent care of you."


Lauren - Novato, 2021

"I am happy to provide a reference for Kristen Palmer as she is a stellar real estate agent. I met Kristen at an open house in March 2019 and she patiently worked with me until I found the home I wanted to buy in October of 2020. She made sure I had my ducks in a row with my lender and was efficient in getting all the paperwork needed to the right people at the right time. All inspections were set up in record speed and the process couldn’t have moved more smoothly. She is a knowledgeable and fun person to spend time with and I always enjoyed our outings together. She is not judgmental and I never felt badly about saying no to a place that did check many of my boxes but wasn’t quite right. Her partner, John Brannan, also worked closely with us during the close of my new home and getting my former home ready for sale and marketed. He is a wealth of information on the workings of a home, repairs needed and both Kristen and John have many good contacts and resources to help. Both Kristen and John were such kind and delightful people to work with during a stressful time (bought and sold in the same month during the pandemic). They bent over backwards to make sure everything stayed on track with a calm demeanor and a true caring of what was best for me. I highly recommend them both."

Nancy S - San Rafael, 2021

John and Martina

"Kristen worked with us for years before we were able to buy, and she was great the whole time. Due to our living situation between two countries we were pretty slow to find the right house. But when we finally did the process was super smooth and fast. We had no surprises during closing and she helped us the entire time. She was very available whenever we had questions or wanted to visit a potential property. Highly recommended, thanks!!"

John and Martina - Novato, 2021

"After my wife and I tried to buy a home in the Bay Area for over a year, we decided to change our realtor to Kristen. We ended up getting our first offer with her accepted! Kristen was very helpful in putting together our strongest offer and was very responsive before and after the close of escrow. We would definitely recommend her and would definitely work with her again in the future."

James Chapman - Concord, 2021

"Kristen is absolutely amazing! My wife and I were total noobs visiting open houses casually when we met Kristen at a house she was showing. Within a couple months we purchased a house we absolutely loved in Novato. But it didn't just end there! She referred us to contractors, to lenders when we were ready to refinance, anything we needed she was always a text away with the information. I really can't even quantify how much help Kristen gave us. When an opportunity at work took us away from Marin we called Kristen, who helped us make some last minute updates and sell our house super quickly for a great price. I think back to when we were renters and how far we've come since knowing Kristen and it's really astonishing. She's been so much more than a realtor to us, she's a dear friend! Highly recommend!"

Jay Machado - Novato, 2020

"Kristen was wonderful to work with! She is very knowledgeable and was always available to answer my questions. Her knowledge and suggestions when putting in an offer got our offer accepted. Kristen made our first time home buying experience a breeze. I will definitely recommend her to my  family and friend."

Kristi Chavez - Santa Rosa, 2016

"We love our home and we are lucky we met Kristen who helped us to buy our first home in America. It was marvelous experience for us to do a business with Kristen. She is more than just an agent to us, she is our new best friend and adopted family member."

Yefim Zeltzerman - San Francisco, 2017

"I would definitely recommend Kristin Palmer from the Brannon Realty Group! We recently sold my father's home, and Kristin thoroughly explained the process and provided us with beneficial information on how to get the house ready for sale. Kristin's real estate expertise was evident. Throughout  the process, Kristin was responsive to our many questions and very patient with us. We can't thank Kristin enough for all of the hard work, dedication, and the time she spent on selling the home. Kristin is friendly and professional, and we were lucky to have her as our Realtor. Thank you, Kristin, for helping us sell our house!"

Jen Dunlap - San Rafael, 2019

"I recently closed an escrow transaction in which I acted as seller for a Trust. The property had been vacant for 2 years at the time of sale. Kristen walked into the property and immediately identified for me the areas that needed fixed, repaired, replaced, cleaned, painted, and added to for  sale; as well as yard cleanup. As soon as we entered into an listing agreement, she contacted her team and they began the process. Kristen and her team were right there; quick, efficient, professional and awesome. Kristen knows her properties, the market, other realtors, other listings in the area and and has an uncanny feeling for what the market will bear. She was a joy to work with and basically effortless for me, as I was an out of state seller, as well as being an advocate for me. Without her I sincerely doubt the property would have sold as quickly or at the price it did. I wholeheartedly recommend her. I speak from experience in that my profession for the last 43 years has been as a Senior Escrow Officer. Please contact her!"

Carol Hoffman - Sausalito, 2020

"My experience with my real estate agent Kristen Palmer quite the journey. After my sister got her place with the help of Kristen I knew I had to use someone that was willing to go above an beyond for me. Kristen an I searched for two years trying to find the right place at the right price. I  finally found a place that I loved. Kristen immediately put the offer an the ball was rolling. After endless paperwork an signing the home was finally mine. I definitely recommend Kristen Palmer to anyone that is in search of a real estate agent. She is the best of the best an will get you exactly what you want."

Nick Farac - Cotati, 2017

"My experience with Kristen Palmer could not have been better! Over the years, I have bought and sold many properties and hence worked with many realtors…Kristen was by far the very best! She is a superb realtor…knows the business but more than that she is totally honest, energetic, listens to her client, a very hard worker and a delightful, upbeat person. I could not have asked for more.

I give Kristen 5 stars. I promise you …. You won’t be disappointed…she’s great! Thanks to Kristen’s hard work my property sold for much more than I, or anyone else, had ever expected. Kristen made that happen.  She knew what to do and did it.  Have to add…she responded to phone calls, and e-mails promptly and with answers and solutions….no waiting and wondering…..When you are Kristen’s  client, she takes excellent care of you."

Jen and Mike, Novato, 2021

"We came into the home buying market without ANY knowledge and felt nervous about the whole process! Kristen Palmer is a friendly, knowledgeable, patient, genuine and AMAZING agent. As we started the process of looking for a home, she took the time to help explain how the process works, get us pre-qualified (with a Mortgage Lender) to understand what we can afford, discuss the reality of the current market and what our expectations should be when looking at houses. As we were touring homes, she helped give us the details of the neighborhood based on what was in the listing and also provide us the comp prices of the surrounding homes to give us an idea of what the home will sell for. As we started our first bid on a home, she helped us create an offer that was the winning bid! As we moved through the different stages in the process of closing on our first home we had a few moments of stress and panic, Kristen was there listening to us in our panic and was amazing in providing support based on the insight of real estate industry and experiences. She is wonderful real estate agent and we highly recommend her to anyone wanting to purchase a home! We will use her again and again if we decide to purchase another home!"

Sil and Lysa - Sonoma, 2021

"I highly recommend Kristen! She helped my family sell our parents’ home in San Rafael. She was instrumental in every aspect of selling the home that we owned for 55 years. She organized and met all the workers who got the house ready to sell. She was very communicative with every step. She listened to what we were willing to do and what we weren’t willing to do. Her suggestions and attention she gave us was very appreciative. With all the preparations and follow through on Kristen’s part, we were able to sell the house in 5 days. Kristen helped with all the paperwork before and after the sale. Again, I highly recommend her for all of your real estate needs!"

Elaine Wanket - San Rafael, 2021

"I strongly recommend Kristen Palmer to anyone who is looking for a realtor to list and sell a home in the San Rafael area. After a close relative passed away, I was faced with the difficult task of selling a condo thousands of miles away from where I live. My attorney referred me to Kristen. After discussing the property with her and a few other realtors, I chose her to list the condo. Kristen did much more than just list the condo. The property was in need of substantial renovations. Kristen and I worked through email, text, and phone meetings to make all of the decisions about contractors and selections for countertops, applicances, flooring, and paint colors. The vendors and contractors she recommended were professional, timely, and reasonably priced. The condo was beautiful and homey after all the renovations were done. Kristen then arranged for it to be furnished by a professional staging service. It was gorgeous! During the listing period, Kristen kept in close communication with me about every prospect and showing. Within a month, I had several offers to choose from and accepted one that was above the asking price. Needless to say, I was thrilled with the outcome. I also have to add that Kristen was very empathetic with regard to the grief and other emotions that go along with disposing of a deceased loved one's property. She is an ideal choice for anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation."

Dr. Boyd - San Rafael, 2020

"Buying your first home is scary enough, but buying your first home in the middle of a global pandemic? Even more stressful. We felt so lucky to have Kristen as our agent throughout our home-buying process. She was super patient as we learned the ins-and-outs of buying our first home— starting with helping us figure out what was most important to us in a house, then walking us through offer strategy and negotiations, inspections, and eventually helping us land our first home here in Marin. We had the bad luck of having two homes fall through because of seller contingencies, and as heartbreaking as that was at the time, I know it would have been so much worse if we didn’t have Kristen there to guide us through it. And it all worked out, because now we’ve ended up in a home that’s perfect for us! I would highly recommend Kristen to anyone looking for a house in Marin."

Nick & Mellisa Camperi - Novato, 2020

"Kristen was GREAT!!! After owning our home for 16 years my family decided it was time to upgrade! Needless to say, it was a very emotional experience. We had to sell and then buy within a short period of time. Kristen was experienced and knowledgeable on both transactions. She worked us through  every step along the way. I was impressed how she did her research on our town and showed our house to the best of its ability. On the buying end, great negotiation skills!!!! She was able to get our new home under the asking price with a few little extras...awesome!!! Highly recommend Kristen Palmer for all your realtor needs!!!"

Karen & Marc Hermsmeyer - Cloverdale, 2016

"Absolutely amazing at what she does!!! Her expertise & knowledge are incomparable. Most importantly she keeps you informed every step of the way. Throughout our loan process we had to jump through some hoops, and Kristen's persistence & knowledge was undeniably one of the main factors in us  obtaining our dream home."

Nicole & Mike Palardy - Rohnert Park, 2017

"We offered "KP" the ultimate challenge, sell a 50 year old house with maintenance and "style" challenges! We felt confident turning the sale over to her even though we live 2 states away! Her recommendations for overcoming these for buyer appeal were spot on. After a little painting cleaning and  staging, the before and after pictures were stunning! And the increase in sales price wasn't bad either! "KP" handled each step like a general contractor getting people to get stuff done. Getting estimates and commitments. All "KP"s suggestions paid of for both the seller and buyer. The home sold in just a few weeks. Offers in just days! Her professionalism and attention to detail in every aspect were excellent."

Jack Fitch - San Rafael, 2020

"Kristen is a consummate real estate professional. I would highly recommend her to anyone dealing with residential RE in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Relative to the sale of our parent’s legacy house, she was always on it with guidance and recommendations from the "get-go." We rehabbed and sold  the property within 60 days. She was there with us through the whole process. Her patience and ability with dealing with the dynamics of working with two siblings/spouses in joint ownership was amazing. She is genuine, down to earth, and really cares about her clients. My recommendation. When looking for RE professional to assist with RE matters; Look no further than to call Kristen"

Ken & Katie Regalia - Petaluma, 2020

"Kristen is an incredible agent and a joy to work with. My fiance and I feel so lucky to have met her at an open house she was hosting. Before we knew it she was sending us great listings and shortly thereafter she helped us find our wonderful home. We were first time homebuyers and Kristen was  incredibly helpful with making sure we were prepared for everything and was always ready with a solution whenever a curveball came our way throughout the process. We had a wonderful experience and love our home and it's all thanks to Kristen!"

Jay & Joyce Machado - Novato, 2017