My wife and I were first time home buyers who were paired with Raquel through Zillow when we requested to look at a home in Mill Valley then listed on Zillow. We were impressed with her from our very first encounter. Not only was she extremely knowledgeable about real estate in Marin County (particularly Mill Valley) she had longstanding relationships with other agents that became invaluable throughout the buying process. Initially, I thought my wife and I (both attorneys) would be able to navigate the home-buying process without an agent. How wrong I was! We would not be in the house we ended up buying without Raquel’s expertise, relationship with the seller’s agent, advice, and counsel. In addition to being very smart and well-informed, she was also always punctual, patient, and super responsive to calls, emails, and texts. To top it all off, she is extremely kind and generous. The day we closed, she personally dropped off gifts for us and for our two young sons. We are so grateful the universe connected us with Raquel! We cannot recommend her strongly enough and will be referring everyone looking to buy or sell a home in Marin County to her. Raquel, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making our dream of home ownership come true.

Eric & Stephanie

We highly recommend Raquel – she is extremely knowledgeable and well connected in Marin real estate, responsive and committed to finding her clients the right home. In our case, she stuck by us over the course of a very lengthy search for a home that we could see ourselves in during both the present and future stages. She helped us navigate the unique Marin market and guided us to ultimately make a wonderful decision – we could not be happier in our forever home!

Eric & Michelle

Raquel is simply the best. She helped us find our dream home in Sausalito-found and bought all within one week! Raquel was with us every step of the way and gave us sound advice so that our bid won the house. Raquel’s friendly, calm manner matches her real estate expertise and we can’t imagine looking for a home without her.

Randy & Mary

We had an excellent home buying experience with Raquel Newman of Vanguard Properties, Marin. Though we have lived in the Bay Area for over 35 years, Raquel opened our eyes to a few beautiful places we hadn’t explored. Her breadth of knowledge of both the East Bay and Marin enabled us to find the perfect bay view home for our family to enjoy in retirement and for our children to enjoy in the years to come. She is first and foremost a fantastic listener and was as invested as we were in finding the right home for us. Raquel’s responsiveness was amazing from our first text. Our list of wants was quite extensive, and we were on a deadline. It was Raquel’s professionalism, knowledge, honesty, and diligence that got the job done. We appreciate and would highly recommend Raquel Newman of Vanguard Properties, Marin, to family and friends who are planning to sell or buy a home in the Bay Area.

Ken & Lori

Working with Raquel was the best experience I could have asked for! She was so responsive, present, and knowledgeable during my search. I felt like my preferences and goals were well understood. We went all out when I found a house I loved, and I got the first house I wrote on! I could not recommend her more highly.


We hired Raquel and never looked back. She was patient, honest and trustworthy. We felt she had our best interest in mind when she represented us and in the end, we bought our dream home!!! Highly highly recommend Raquel!

Alex & Allison

Raquel is a fantastic real estate agent, I highly recommend her. Her knowledge of the area, her attention to detail, and her great relationships with other area agents helped us make the perfect offer on our dream house. She is readily available to answer questions, and makes you feel like you are her only client (when in reality, she’s working like mad behind the scenes with multiple clients at all hours of the day). She’s also just a really fun person. I feel lucky we found her and recommend her without hesitation.

Conrad & Lauren

Raquel is personable, diligent, highly competent and highly motivated. She worked patiently with us for several months while we slowly refined our needs in a very difficult sellers’ market, and explored several different geographic areas. She responded quickly to our requests and eventually found us the ideal property in Southern Marin. You will not regret working with her.

David & Sandra

We worked with Raquel recently on the purchase of our home and the experience was smooth, flawless, and pleasant. Raquel’s strong attention to detail and professionalism made the transaction effortless and we look forward to working with her again.

Bernard & Leticia

We are grateful for all of Raquel’s help and expertise in selling our Bay area home. She left no stone unturned! Raquel quickly got word out about our house being on the market with the brokers and new potential buyers. All of the stress of time was removed, as she took care of all of the necessary appointments both scheduling and being present. We were confident in all decisions, as Raquel took great care to communicate each step and all of our options throughout the entire process. Raquel always kept our best interest as a priority. Thank you for helping us to sell our house at the first broker showing and over asking price – our expectations were well exceeded!

Bill & Gretchen

My husband and I recently purchased a beautiful new home in San Rafael with the help of our amazing agent, Raquel Newman from Vanguard Properties. We had been house hunting on our own for about three years when we met Raquel at an open house she was hosting in Sonoma. We chatted with her for about fifteen minutes and we knew very quickly that we were going to commit to her. We have bought and sold numerous properties over the years and we have met some great agents along the way. But, it was Raquel’s unmatched ambition, enthusiasm and excitement for her new profession, that simply floored us. She was totally committed to the process, very responsive and available at all times, patient, knowledgeable, professional and very sincere in her desire to find us the right home. With Raquel, we never felt any pressure to buy and we always felt 100% confident in her knowledge and capability. Overall, we feel that her being a new agent worked in our favor. We found her passion for her profession, her drive to do right by us and her desire to succeed and deliver very refreshing.

Raquel loves what she does and it absolutely shows! My working experience with Raquel has endeared her to me in a way that’s hard to describe for a professional relationship. And, I have to admit that I can be quite hard to please. I know I’ll always count her as a very good friend. Although, she worked as a buying agent for us, we have no doubt that she would be a very strong listing agent as she has a great eye for style and attention to detail. We know she will have a long and highly successful career in Real Estate and we are happy to have worked with her. We sincerely wish her great success!

Jyotika & Alan

Raquel was a pleasure to have as our real estate agent. I was incredibly impressed with her goal oriented action. She is super responsive, friendly, and professional. She obtained a full asking price offer within 2 days of listing our home. I will definitely be referring my family and friends to Raquel.

Mark & Janie

Raquel made our home buying experience so much better than the horror stories we hear about in today’s competitive market. She is responsive, creative, and always kept our interests as her top priority. Raquel understood exactly what we were looking for and saved us so much time by keeping us focused on homes that fit our criteria. We highly recommend her to all.

Ricky & Manuela

The characteristic of Raquel that I appreciated the most was her responsiveness. As an individual new to the real estate industry/process this characteristic of hers provided tremendous value throughout the entire journey. She always made herself available even when she was having very busy days. Raquel provided me with a great deal of value whether it was explaining comps in the area, working out a strategy for an offer, or walking me through what each stage of the real estate process means. I feel as though when going through such a major decision in one’s lifetime such as a real estate purchase it is very important to have someone representing you that you know fights for your best interest but also makes the time in her eventful day to day to talk through solutions to any concerns you as a buyer may have. Raquel definitely provides that. Raquel could not have been a better real estate agent for me!


We were so lucky to have Raquel guide us through this process. She is extremely knowledgeable about the area and went out of her way to give us tours of the different neighborhoods to get a better idea of where we would want to live. She is very responsive and we were able to reach her by phone even very late in the evening. She continuously looked out for properties that fit our preferences and made numerous showings for us that fit our schedule. Raquel would give us her real opinion and advice on homes and it always felt very genuine. I would highly recommend her as a realtor because not only is she incredible at her job but she’s also a great person.

Danielle & Ben

Raquel is very knowledgeable about her territory, trustworthy, agile, respect her clients and works very hard to her job done in timely manner. I recommend her as an agent.


I have been involved in the real estate industry for over 20 years and have interacted with many agents throughout this time. As such, I feel this gives me particular insight into knowing the difference between differing levels of professionalism and performance. Raquel Newman is one of the most diligent, prepared and tenacious agents I have ever known. She is exceptionally responsive, attentive and results driven. I would highly recommend her to any buyer or seller who would like trusted representation in an industry that has many agents to choose from but few that perform at her level.