When you work with The Haven Group you get more than individual passions; you get that rare dynamic of complementary skills coming together to raise the bar in client service. Working together, we provide a safe, calm, yet highly innovative port in the storm of real estate activity.

From inside knowledge to outside vendors, we offer the kind of advice that makes the difference between good and AMAZING. Get to know us — read below!

John Solaegui

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A consummate listener and negotiator, John’s experience of 15 years and his close relationships with the brokerage community make him a highly sought-after professional. Known for being kind, detail-oriented and responsive, John brings patience, savvy, investment expertise, and a deep understanding of the nuances of the Bay Area’s neighborhoods.

Born to descendants of Basque immigrants and Mormon pioneers, John’s family settled in rural Nevada. There, as a young kid, he would cut and save floor plans printed in the local newspaper column called “Home of the Week”. Later, the family moved to Reno, where he completed a BS in Finance. Making a leap to Silicon Valley, John joined an international consulting firm, a Fortune 500 software company, and earned a Cal Berkeley MBA. His real estate passion came alive when he successfully transformed a neglected shack into a stunning Pacific Heights Victorian. Using his strong background in project management, negotiation and problem-solving, John realized that real estate was his calling and never looked back.

This is a man who will get up at 5:00 AM to go on a road trip, watch the sunrise from a mountaintop, or finish a book before he starts his day. When not making deals, you’ll find him reading the Sunday New York Times, listening to TED talks, or singing at church. He appreciates live performance and is inspired by musicians and vocalists who hone their craft to perfection. Preventing homelessness and promoting education are his main nonprofit causes; he supports Compass Community Services, DeMarillac Academy, Holy Family Day Home, and St James School.

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Maitri Ratanasene

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Buyer's Agent

Maitri brings another kind of adventurous spirit to the team. A world traveler, he speaks speak Thai, Spanish, French, and German. After serving in the Army during the first Gulf War he went on to earn a degree in Political Science and International Relations at DePaul University. He then returned to the East Coast to be close to his family and start a career as a mortgage broker. Little did he know what would come next!

Maitri’s visit to San Francisco in 2005 was love at first sight. The relaxed, colorful, expressive nature of the city suited him perfectly. In just a few months he had sold his property Washington, D.C. and made S.F. his new home. The Inner Sunset is Maitri’s stomping ground, with close proximity to tasty ethnic restaurants and Golden Gate Park, where his two dogs, a Papilllon and a longhaired Chihuahua, play freely.

When not at work you’ll find Maitri exploring a public library, attending a yoga class or taking Salsa lessons. His friends call him “the mayor” because he knows so many people and inevitably runs into them when out and about. A naturally extroverted “people person”, Maitri’s network is impressive. You can be confident he already knows the agent on the other side or is about to make them his new best friend.

Most happy when enjoying the company of friends or family, trying new food, or dancing, Maitri brings an extraordinary quality of attention and appreciation to all his relationships. Working with him is a real pleasure. If you’re lucky, when you celebrate your close, he’ll share the secret of his favorite ice cream vendors. Bi-rite? Slocomb? Wait and find out!

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Matthew Joseph

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Operations Manager

Born in La Canada Flintridge, CA., Matthew early on showed signs of being more organized than most. At age ten, he was up, dressed and fed before the rest of the family even stirred. He’s also a determined fellow, going from “barely able to jog a mile” to completing 4 full marathons! And his curiosity is strong, too; when given the chance, Matthew will head for the airport and take off for parts unknown.

As a teenager, his first job was a receptionist at a local real estate brokerage. Drawn to San Francisco for its fresh ocean air, cultural diversity and beautiful topography, Matthew chose to attend college here and pursued a career in real estate. Over his ten-year career, he’s worn many hats, moving from assistant to transaction coordinator to independent agent.

Matthew, a true technophile (and Apple fanatic), thrives on innovation. Innately meticulous, a wonderful researcher, he loves checking things off his list. If the Haven Group were a house, Matthew would be the foundation. Fully licensed and Head of Operations, he shows property and executes documents on the fly. Are you surprised he can juggle? Really. His can-do attitude pairs perfectly with his desire to optimize and organize the work around him.

Attentive from start to finish, you’ll find Matthew involved in each transaction. Whether it’s facilitating staging, appraisals, inspections, documents, timelines, or broker tours, Matthew is happiest when bringing calm and clarity to every situation.

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