Paul Ybarbo, a resident and real estate investor in San Francisco since 1995, comes to Sotheby's International Realty with over 20 years of real estate experience, having owned his first property at age 19. Over the years, he has augmented his portfolio with rental properties. He transitioned into the technical arena and after 15 years of management, business development and high level negotiation, he returned to his real estate focus and has been associated with Sotheby's International Realty since 2002.

Paul has assisted various buyers and sellers, guiding first-time buyers through the daunting purchasing process, families with children and their specific sensitivities, move-up/move-down clients whose needs have changed, those making a transition to assisted living situations, investors who want to capitalize on and maximize ROI, and those purchasing condominiums with HOA documents, co-op apartments requiring board reviews, single-family residences, and multi-unit buildings, also helping with the complexities of 1031 exchanges. He is involved throughout the complex communication channels of offer and sale, title and escrow, and closing.

Paul's passions extend beyond real estate to include travel, especially to Europe and Central and South Americas, mountain/road biking, and classical piano, which he has studied for 10 years and performs annually for the San Francisco Music Teachers' Association.

Paul has an Economics degree from UC Irvine. He is a current member of the National Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors and San Francisco Association of Realtors. He has been on several condominium HOA boards and speaks Spanish.

His clients are the best testament to his continued activities in real estate. Referrals now comprise 75% of his business. His charitable contributions are worthy of note. A partial list of recipient organizations includes UCI Alumni Association, Save the Children, Project Open Hand, Make-a-Wish Foundation, amFAR, Old St. Mary's Historic Preservation Fund, American Cancer Society, GLAAD, Rose Resnick Lighthouse, American Red Cross, HRC, National Bone Marrow Foundation, Horizons Foundation and Meals on Wheels.