“Searching for and landing new office space in the very hot Oakland market was very challenging, especially with our need to stay very close to Oakland City Hall. I have been through similar searches in San Francisco, Martinez and San Jose. I had a general feeling as to the norms to expect from a broker, until I worked with Benjamin. The bar is much higher now, given his amazing focus, advocacy and after-the-move in support he provided us to resolve unexpected issues.
What a great find he is.”
Bob Muscat, Executive Director
IFPTE Local 21, AFL-CIO
“Uber hired Benjamin to represent us in our Bay Area expansion and he was wonderful to work with! He really took the time to listen carefully to our needs, and went above and beyond to identify suitable properties for what was a challenging requirement. Benjamin is truly a tenants advocate and I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking for a dedicated and diligent real estate advisor. “
Carlynn Ather, Driver Operations
“Benjamin worked hard to understand our fast evolving needs. Once he was clear on them he identified numerous potential properties for us to tour. In the end we found fabulous space well below market. I can unequivocally recommend Benjamin. He is a consummate professional who attends to details, knows his client’s needs and knows the market.”
Lawrence Simi, Executive Director & CEO
Build It Green
“Benjamin expertly represented us through our past two moves, the most recent in the now very tough Oakland market. Benjamin’s commercial real estate knowledge and business savvy landed us in an excellent space that fits our needs exactly. His contact network and overall reputation among the broker community put us in touch with opportunities beyond those offered on the normal listing service and his experience helped us convert one of those leads into a lease on our current space. I offer my highest possible recommendation of Benjamin’s expertise and commitment. Just awesome.”
Mike Rice, President
“Having had the pleasure of working with Benjamin a few times in the last four years, originally to obtain an appropriate East Bay space for our law firm and more recently to renew our lease or find new offices if we were unable to achieve a satisfactory renewal, I can attest to his command of the local commercial market, his excellent reputation among his peers and the commercial real estate community, his exceptional understanding of transactional mechanics and timing and attention to transactional details, and his very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and responsive advocacy on his clients’ behalf. I heartily recommend Benjamin for your commercial real estate needs”
Robert Frassetto, Managing Partner
Frassetto Law LLP
“We worked with Benjamin to find our new office. He was fantastic at helping us find something that met our needs. In particular, he found us a subletting tenant with no problem and made our entire move seamless.
We’d gladly work with him again as we move into another space. This process was much more painless than our last move and we’d highly recommend him to other companies going through something similar”
Chase Hanson, CEO
“I’ve had the good fortune of working with Benjamin through two very critical moves of my company. We were introduced by the manager of a shared office space in Oakland. After moving from the Financial District in San Francisco we were enjoying our new space for what we knew was a six month lease. Now we were under pressure to move. “Everyone” knows a lawyer, a doctor, a realtor. But can you trust a relative or friend of a friend. The move would be vital to our growing company. After one phone conversation with Benjamin my gut said this was our man. Like a car salesman, realtors are either going to sell you, or serve you. I knew five minutes into our first conversation Benjamin was there to serve. He went to work and found us, not only an incredible space in center city Oakland, but at an amazing price. But wait, there’s more. The deal was extremely complicated because of lease and sublease complications and legalese. Time was running out but Benjamin guided us through the process seamlessly. He explained the complications in very clear terms, and handled all the behind the scenes negotiations, finding a perfect solution. A year later we had to downsize and move to a new space. Without hesitation I called Benjamin. Within a week Benjamin had a new tenant to take our place. Once again, Benjamin guided us through the early termination of the lease and we not only were allowed out of the lease without penalty but we received our security deposit in full and are enjoying a new space. The saying is timing is everything. My saying is no, it’s what you do with the timing that’s everything. Benjamin knows what to do with the timing whether it’s bad timing or good timing. We are a sustainable paper company. The fact that Benjamin is one of the top in the field of sustainable commercial property representation is a big bonus but not the reason we will always stay with his representation of us. Earned trust, proven reliability, fair business practice, putting our gain above his, integrity, passion for what he does: these are just a few of the reasons we have found a realtor for life.”
Joseph Fanelli, CEO
New Leaf Paper
Colin Davitian, President
Gateway Learning Group
“Benjamin worked closely with our nonprofit for over a year to find us our dream space. We had some specific and hard to find requirements; 12,000 square feet, near BART, all on one floor, good design potential and all for an affordable price! He was patient, enthusiastic but realistic, and kept positive the whole time. We love the space (and the lease terms) that Benjamin found for us and are forever grateful.”
Susan Friedland, Executive Director
Satellite Affordable Housing Associates
“Benjamin is one-of-a-kind. We’ve had the pleasure to know and work with Benjamin since 2009. He has been instrumental in supporting our growth. When I first met Benjamin we were a company of just 15 people and he helped us find a beautiful brick and timber, high ceilings office space in the heart of Downtown Oakland.
There is something special which happens when you get an office which fits the culture of your organization. Creativity begins to flow, people collaborate better, they become more productive. The right office space has the potential to raise the bar for your company and become a catalyst for growth. Benjamin understood the DNA of our organization and helped us find the right space for growth.
Today we have grown to over 75 employees, remain in the same building and Benjamin has been a key part of our success to date. We’ve expanded our office space three separate times and were able to not only gain leverage and negotiate great terms, but also position ourselves strategically for securing space for growth in what is an increasingly challenging real estate environment where demand is high and supply has not kept up.
In working with Benjamin you are going to not only get the best commercial real estate broker there is, you will also make a life long friend.”
Vladi Shunturov, CEO
“Benjamin recently represented me as I found a new San Francisco office for my company Automatic in a market that’s very tough for renters (It’s a landlords market today). Benjamin did a great job for us as our Broker. He was always very responsive and he negotiated hard with the landlord on our behalf. Benjamin put a lot of extra work in for us in various ways, that from my experience went above and beyond what I would normally expect from a Broker. Benjamin really looked after things after the Lease was signed also — helping with move-in items and sorting through some issues we had post-move in on punch list items, etc. He actually paid for one punch list item out of his own commission with the landlord refused to fix the issue. Stated simply, I would highly recommend Benjamin!
Chuck Wallace, Chief Financial Officer
I’ve known Benjamin for years via his non-profit board leadership and had a chance to work with him as a broker as Powerhouse was expanding and needed a new office. Benjamin knew the best opportunities, negotiated a great deal, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
Not only did Powerhouse get the top three floors of a beautiful historic building full of industrial chic character, we also landed a rooftop deck with views of Oakland’s City Hall and a conference room with windows on all sides that looks over Mt. Tamalpias, the Berkeley hills, and the San Francisco Bay.
If you’re a non-profit, an early startup, or a rapidly scaling company, I highly recommend Benjamin for his knowledge, character, and execution.”
Emily Kirsch, Executive Director and CEO
“Benjamin was extremely helpful throughout the entire process of our office relocation. San Francisco is an extremely competitive market for finding an office space and a minefield of different types of leases and contracts. Benjamin helped us navigate this process from start to finish. Working directly with the landlords and lawyers to help negotiate the best deal for our needs and made the process as stress free as possible. We love the new office, it perfectly fits our needs and we wouldn’t be in it without Benjamin’s energy, commitment and hard work. I recommend Benjamin to every business owner I know and will use him again.”
Scott Barrington, President and CEO
“I am instinctively wary of brokers, but Benjamin is exceptional. From his experience and client list it’s obvious that he is intimately familiar with both the big picture and the nitty gritty of commercial real estate, so let me emphasize his integrity and his ability to handle what could be difficult situations with grace. I have witnessed Benjamin make decisions that were clearly in our interests as his clients without regard to his commission. I have also witnessed the standards to which he holds his associates and contractors. We have been delighted with the two leases we have signed while working with Benjamin, and I recommend him unreservedly.”
Loren Rodgers, Executive Director
National Center for Employee Ownership
“I was referred to Benjamin from a trusted resource that found us furniture when we were looking for a new space for our startup. I was dubious of working with a broker to be honest and thought I could find space myself. It turned out to be very hard and time consuming so I called Benjamin. He killed it! He showed me spaces immediately that I could not find myself. His follow up was impeccable. Once we found the space we loved, he helped us negotiate the terms. This was a very scary next step for us and I don’t think I would have or could have, done this without him. We just threw our big Open House party to show off our new space and people were raving.
I rarely give testimonials. But Benjamin single handedly changed my view of his industry and I’d use him again in a heartbeat!”
Aisha Quaintance, President and CEO
Fillmore Search Group
“In the midst of a tsunami of rent increases in San Francisco that is wreaking havoc in the non-profit community, Benjamin stepped up to the challenge of finding a new location for our social service agency that could meet our space, location and budget criteria. He was pro-active, tenacious and above all professional throughout the entire process. He assisted us in negotiating a long term lease at a rental rate we could afford – a nearly impossible task at this time in this City! He was incredibly patient and supportive. We were so fortunate to have Benjamin working with us.”
Nancy Nielsen, Deputy Director
Lutheran Social Services
“I have known Benjamin for several years, in his capacity as a volunteer leader with U.S. Green Building Council, where he has demonstrated his passionate commitment to improving the world and helping others. I am also familiar with his other volunteer and pro-bono work – his contributions are amazing.
Recently, he helped USGBC with finding some new offices; searching for available/appropriate space, talking to and negotiating with the landlords, reviewing leases, advising me, etc. He did an outstanding job every step of the way. With his help, we found the right solution for us, and he smoothed the way considerably.
I highly recommend Benjamin, and have already referred several clients to him.”
Dan Geiger, Executive Director
U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter
“Build It Green hired Benjamin to help us find new offices for us. We first hired him because we knew of his interest and commitment to green real estate. We were not an easy client! We had tight resources that were challenging. Benjamin was terrific to work with. It took a year to get us in the right building-at a very cool location at Jack London Square in a building that has applied for LEED certification. We had to tour many spaces to get to this one. Throughout it all Benjamin was top rate – he was very professional, and very fun to work with! We recommend him without reservation! And, we LOVE our new offices!!! Thanks Benjamin!!!”
Cath Merschel, Executive Director
Build it Green
“Benjamin was a true pleasure to work with. Peace Action West was looking to renew our lease and I am so thrilled that we decided to work with Benjamin. He really went the extra mile for us. I always felt that Benjamin had our best interests firmly at heart throughout the whole process. If you are looking for the most favorable lease options, I cannot recommend Benjamin Osgood enough.”
Eric See, Finance Director
Peace Action West
“Benjamin has done an amazing job in finding an office for us and helping us through the negotiating process. He has been incredibly patient, always engaged and ready to resolve every issue as soon as it came up. He has been very honest and straight forward with us. We will rely on his know-how and expertise in the future and would recommend him to anyone looking for office space in San Francisco. Needless to say, he is also a very pleasant person to be around.”
Nabih Tahan, VP North America
CREE Buildings, Inc.
Teach For America
“Benjamin is the man. He was proactive, patient and thorough in helping us negotiate a lease for a new office space. He understands green buildings, green leasing and LEED. I was confident that he was looking out for our interests all along the way. For your real estate needs, look no further than Benjamin.”
Michael Murray, CEO
“Benjamin is one of the most honest, hard working individuals I have ever met. His genuine demeanor and natural charisma make it easy to work with him. Benjamin is the type of business partner you can trust and depend on.”
Patrick McCurdy, Senior Business Development Manager
“Benjamin was awesome. He knows everything about the commercial office space market and was incredibly diligent in following up and managing the process. Because of Benjamin we were able to get our first choice office space despite a lot of competition.”
Ben Davis, CEO
“Benjamin has been a complete delight to work with, and has delivered consistent outstanding results for us. I feel I can trust and rely on him without hesitation for all our real estate needs in the Bay Area.”
Scott Lewis, Founder & CEO
“With a very tight timeline and a complicated sublease process, Benjamin was professional, timely and an overall pleasure to work with though a challenging deal. If it wasn’t for Benjamin’s diligence, the deal would have fallen through at various points. I look forward to working with Benjamin again.”
Jared Kennedy, Director of Operations
Gary Nakamura, CEO
“Benjamin is one of those guys who understands customer service and is always building long lasting relationships with his clients. He kept in touch for at least 2 years, before we decided to move forward on a relocation project and he was great. I highly recommend him for any business looking to relocate or expand.”
Robert Iskander, CEO
“We were just going to negotiate our lease renewal ourselves with our landlord, with whom we have a good relationship. But I was persuaded to talk with Benjamin, who persuaded me that we really should have an agent and look at other places too. He was not high pressure at all, and I would not have felt bad saying no. But he made a good argument, and I am very grateful it worked out as it did. We were tempted by other space, but Benjamin was able to work out a deal with our existing landlord that was far, far beyond anything we could have hoped for. As a nonprofit, the money saved really helps and I think our landlord felt good about the result as well.
Benjamin did a great job. He was reliable, careful, honest, and easy to work with. I have worked with a number of agents over our many years in business, but Benjamin is head and shoulders above any of them.”
Corey Rosen, Executive Director
National Center for Employee Ownership
“Benjamin was a pleasure to work with and to know. He had great follow-up and was tenacious in finding solutions to the most challenging of circumstances. Because of his persistence and diligence, our company succeeded in closing a difficult leasing deal.”
Anita Lee, Chief Financial Officer
American Lung Association
John Raden, CEO
The Echo Group
Michael Maxey, General Counsel
Healthsource Global Staffing
“Our company retained Benjamin to help us find a new office in San Francisco. Throughout the process, I found him to be a pleasure to work with. He is a solutions oriented broker that is intimately knowledgeable about the commercial real estate market. When confronted with obstacles, Benjamin took the time to develop creative solutions that satisfied all parties. In particular, his read on the sensitivities during the negotiation process and the nuances of the San Francisco market were absolutely instrumental. We could not have closed our lease in a Class A building without his assistance. I highly recommend Benjamin Osgood.”
Steve Huang, General Counsel | VP Business Operations
“Benjamin was quick to grasp the office environment we were looking for — space, location, light, feel, and functionality — and his superior knowledge of the local market matched us precisely and efficiently with the ideal suite. He’s energetic, professional, and looks after his clients. Top marks for a job very well done.”
Robert Frassetto, Partner
Frassetto Herbert, LLP
“Consider yourself lucky if Benjamin is representing you. His personal attention and dependability make him a standout among commercial real estate professionals. Combining a sincere commitment to environmental and social justice with proven business savvy make him a leader in sustainable development, and other brokers would be wise to follow suit.”
Mike Yohay, CEO
Cityscape Farms, Inc.
“Benjamin did a great job walking us through the process of finding a new office and negotiating a lease. He is a wonderful and knowledgeable teacher. We got the result we wanted: more space at market rate with landlord funded incentives to move in. Hire this guy. You’ll be happy you did.”
Mike Rice, President
Ljuba Miljkovic, Founder
Automatic Labs, Inc.
Shane Ford, Partner
The Ford Law Firm
“I hired Benjamin to help us locate new office space. Benjamin did an excellent job locating viable office space based on our needs, organizing visits to the different buildings, and providing advice. He also provided invaluable advice during the lease negotiation for our new office space.
I definitely recommend Benjamin for any commercial real estate project.”
Enrique Malaret, CEO
Tronics MedTech, Inc.
“I wanted to thank you for the superb job you did at finding intouch its new home. Under critical time pressure, you were able to negotiate a great lease for us, in a space that will suit our needs both now, and in the future.
Benjamin kept the ball rolling the entire time, never said die and made this deal happen. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a fair, honest, diligent and hard-working broker who clearly places the needs of his client first”.
Joshua Kaplan, CEO
“You are the best.
Algera Tucker, Founder
Tucker Family Law
“If you have commercial real estate needs, Benjamin and his team are the way to go. Benjamin helped my company, giving us advice and showing us the local market for over a year. He was patient with us, but more importantly knowledgeable and proficient, getting us in to the exact space we wanted.”
Michael Aubry, Operations Manager
Improved Piping Products, Inc.
“Benjamin has been a wonderful and willing Board member of WAGES, especially during the period of transition when more is asked of Board members than at other times in an organization’s history. Benjamin was willing to talk with funders, make connections for staff to key potential individuals and orgs, but especially to pitch in and help out with issues that arose and needed his expertise.”
Jan Cohen, Interim Executive Director
(Women’s Action To Gain Economic Security)