Stephen Pringle

Realtor & Founder of SFNorth

Lic. #01326676

There is no Realtor in Marin–or anywhere for that matter–like Stephen. He’s got the listening skills of a therapist, the negotiating prowess of a diplomat, and the energy of a marathon runner. With his knowledge of home construction, years of remodeling experience, and a designer’s eye, Stephen is known for making the home preparation process painless.


He’s been working in residential real estate since 2000 and has consistently produced in the top 10% of Marin County agents. Stephen lives in Fairfax with his wife and two beautiful young daughters, who get him ready for the day by jumping on his bed every morning at 6am. When he’s not connecting people with houses Stephen can often be found covered in mud, barreling down one of the county’s many mountain bike trails.

Q&A with Stephen

  • Most likely to be found : Searching for new Mt. Biking trails in Marin.
  • Neighborhoods to watch : Any within walking distance of downtown Fairfax.
  • If he had more time he would : Start a class in Marin to teach kids pottery.
  • Favorite getaway spot : Where the desert meets the bay and ocean, Baja California.
  • Pet peeves : Smelly perfume and selfish people.

What Stephen's clients say about him

  • I first met Stephen when he was our building manager in San Rafael. My girlfriend was moving out from NY so that we could live together (we’re married now). We really felt like we were home when we moved in. The place was spotless, there were flowers, and we found a bottle of champagne in the fridge…all thanks to Steve. It was the warmest, kindest, and most generous thing a building manager has ever done for anyone in the history of the world, ever. I’m certain of that. And it’s an exact characterization of Steve. A few years later, Steve helped us buy our first asking price…in 2003…in Sausalito. Fine work! He was on top of every detail and took care of everything: scheduled inspections, referred prefessionals, and made sure all the deadlines were met. He kept us on target throughout the whole process. He even sat through the closing with us, and again we found flowers and champagne in our new place when we arrived on move-in day. When we were ready to sell, he staged the place for us, took care of every detail again, and through his expert marketing, had the place sold almost instantly…in a buyers market…at above asking price.

    - Jarad and Michelle | New York, NY
  • If I were to “build” the perfect real estate agent, I think the end result might well be Stephen Pringle. In addition to possessing an incredible knowledge of the Fairfax/San Anselmo/San Rafael neighborhoods I was interested in, Stephen is smart, funny, intuitive, and one of the best listeners I’ve ever met. After asking me questions about what I wanted in a house and looking at a couple properties, Stephen probably had a better sense than I did of what I was looking for and what would work for me.

    Although I am not a first-time home buyer, I am certainly no expert either, and the process made me nervous. Stephen’s patience and responsiveness put me at ease and made me feel like I was his only client. More importantly, I knew I could trust his instincts and guidance during the whole process. Simply put, Stephen (and his fabulous network of resources) took care of me and got me into a house I never imagined I would find.

    If you’re looking for someone who will work hard for you, is honest and respectful in all his interactions, has great market knowledge and is an all-around nice guy, I can’t imagine a better agent than Stephen Pringle.

    - Gail | Fairfax, CA
  • What an excellent realtor. Stephen was fantastic. If you are looking for a Realtor in Marin County, you can do no better than Stephen Pringle. The most important aspect in real estate is location and Stephen knows the neighborhoods very well. He will find you a place tucked away from the masses if you want. He will find you the best commuter home. He knows the areas that people want to live in, whether for good school systems, proximity to a highway or for its “small town feel”.

    He gets to know you very fast and doesn’t waste your time with looking at places that don’t fit. He is as concerned with spending your money as you are. I never once felt like he was pushing me towards something more expensive. In fact, he ended up landing me an incredible deal due to my financial circumstances.

    The experience was so stress-free, it was like shopping for homes with a good friend. I will certainly have Stephen find my next home and recommend him to all my friends and fellow Yelpers.

    - Anthony S.
  • My wife and I were in the habit of going to open houses on Sundays. We did this for two years before we bought our house. We met Stephen at one of these open houses and because we were vaguely considering a house he was showing, we had occasion to speak with him several times. He was always friendly, outgoing and genuinely interested in getting to know us. He wanted to know what houses we were looking at that day and knew each and every one including each particular house’s peccadilloes.

    When we got serious, Stephen was the hands down favorite and no one else even came close. Stephen exudes a trustworthiness that is quite rare in the sales business. We trusted him and were never ever betrayed by his trust. On top of this, Stephen was the consummate professional with a brigade of local trades people and professionals at his command to make the process smooth and effortless.

    When it came time to sell our condo in an overcrowded market, (5 for sale besides ours) Stephen got ours sold first and well within the price margins we demanded. We LOVE Stephen. He has continued to be a wonderful resource for us and his easy smile and engaging personality are always a pleasant sight when we bump into him. We would never hesitate to recommend that if you need an agent for buying or selling, Stephen is in a realm all his own for service and quality and he’s a wonderful person as well.

    - Ted | Novato, CA
  • Dear prospective clients of Stephen Pringle,

    Stephen was our realtor in 2007 when we purchased our home in San Rafael.  We had been renting the home for 3 years prior to finding out that it was going to be sold.  When we got the call from the owners, we contacted Stephen immediately.  He quickly called the owner’s agent and got the ball rolling for us.  We were not expecting to try and buy a house that soon and had absolutely no idea what questions to ask.  Stephen went over the pros and cons of buying a house, especially our house that had been built in 1898, and encouraged us to really look around at other houses as well.  He suggested and executed all of the inspections and thoroughly went over those with us.  He was always available when we had questions and never made us feel bad or naive for even the most basic questions that we asked him.  We were able to buy our house for an amazing price and felt completely confident in Stephen and all of the help that he had given us.

    If you are looking for an agent to help you buy or sell a home, we can hands down recommend Stephen Pringle.  He is a joy to work with and you will not be disappointed.

    - Mollee and Dennis | San Rafael, CA
  • Steve and his team made the entire process of selling our old home, and buying our new home, enjoyable from start to finish. I’ve described him as a super-agent to friends because he went above and beyond the call of duty again and again. He was a fantastic advocate for us as both as seller and buyer, and went the extra mile at every turn. He’s surrounded by great resources that add value to all aspects of buying and selling.  I wouldn’t hesitate to use Steve again and recommend him enthusiastically to anyone looking for a super-agent.

    - Phil and Molly | Fairfax, CA