About us

Josh and Lauren Rubin

We are your local neighborhood real estate team and we are excited to talk to anyone who is interested in buying or selling. Our hope is that our knowledge, coupled with our personal experience and best practices, will help those looking to make the best investment of their lives in the most sought after communities. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be a part of your real estate experience.

- Josh + Lauren

- Josh -

Born and raised in Portola Valley, I was fortunate enough to grow up right here in the bay area. I didn’t travel too far to attend college at UC Santa Cruz where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science while playing on the NCAA Water Polo and Swimming teams. Immediately after graduation, I came back to the peninsula where I began my career as a middle school and now high school teacher of math and computer science while also volunteering for the National Energy Education Development Project.

Even though I have kept myself very busy, I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in real estate. It has been a passion of mine ever since college when I was given the opportunity to purchase a home to manage with roommates as opposed to paying rent to a landlord. I learned the value of owning property as arguably the best investment and have always found myself attending any open house in the Bay Area as often as possible. Most recently, my wife and I purchased our first home in Linfield Oaks in Menlo Park where we live today.

It was then I realized that I wanted to share my passion of real estate and knowledge of this area with the community as my career. I completed my real estate education in record time (while still teaching!) and passed the final exam on my first attempt. Since obtaining my license, we have sold homes to amazing families as well as referred clients to our network of trusted realtors.

- Lauren -

Born and raised in Southern California, I was fortunate to have my sister move to the Bay Area which encourage me to attend college up North at UC Davis. There I earned a double Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Spanish while competing on the NCAA Track & Field team as a Long Jumper and Triple Jumper, in addition to being a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.

My professional career in the Bay Area started out in corporate retail and transitioned into technology while also volunteering for many different organizations including the National Charity League and most recently as a mentor at our local high school in Menlo Park. I have always kept very busy and was so inspired when my husband decided to pursue his real estate license, that shortly thereafter I followed in his footsteps.

We are a rock solid team and can absolutely relate to anyone going through the homebuying experience, since we went through it ourselves prior to getting our licenses! Thank you for allowing us the privilege of getting to know you and your background so that we can partner together through this significant life milestone of purchasing a home.

Sophisticated approach for sophisticated clients.

As a boutique real estate company, every service we provide must be exceptional. Our personalized approach is tailored to clients who understand that it takes a dedicated partner to achieve their real estate goals — whether buying or selling. Since 1979, Kerwin & Associates has been committed to exceeding our clients' expectations every time. 

We’re the Strong, Silent Type

We’re not known for tooting our own horn. In fact for more than 30 years, we’ve built a reputation for discretion and trusted relationships. Clients primarily come to us through personal and professional referrals, and many are high-profile individuals. We have become the go-to firm for clients who want to maintain privacy. 

Spot-on Strategic Execution

Preparation, pricing, and presentation. These three pillars of our approach result in successful transactions. We develop a specific strategy for each client and handle every aspect of the process personally. We often find ways to increase a property’s appeal and highlight compelling features that other firms miss. Our sales and financial experience also help us recognize opportunities for buyers that less-experienced agents don’t. We help our clients get what they want because we aim higher. 

Experience Counts

With years of sales and marketing experience at Fortune 500 companies prior to real estate, we know how to attract and qualify a strong pool of potential buyers and negotiate the best deals. As a result, a significant percentage of our sellers’ homes attract multiple bids and command top dollar.

Our Insiders’ Perspective

The Silicon Valley is our home. We have deep roots in the communities we serve: Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Palo Alto. As a result, we’ve built long-term relationships with a broad network of people. Here, 30-40 percent of real estate transactions never hit the open market. As a seller, our inside knowledge can help you close a sale quickly and privately. As a buyer, it means that we often know of available properties first. 

You Get Us

Not only is our name trusted, it’s also on our door. Unlike the large, commercial firms that you see every day, when you choose us, you get us. And only us. For every detail. We are personally with you every step of the way.

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