About Us

Craig Ackerman
Certified Probate Expert

As a young man, I took on a big share of preparing and selling my grandmothers’ homes. It was emotional and very time-consuming. Sorting, distributing and disposing of all their personal property. Clean-up, painting and other prep projects. Worrying about deadlines, paperwork and what the real estate agent was doing as we were trying to sell the homes. We needed help and there wasn’t much to be had.

Craig has successfully closed hundreds of trust administration and probate specialized transactions, often involving court-confirmation, across many Bay Area jurisdictions. Established attorneys, regional banks and landlord attorneys count on Craig’s experience to successfully close their most challenging cases.

A personal glimpse

Growing up in New Jersey, Craig worked alongside his father in the family business. He learned about construction first hand, ripping out drywall and pounding nails in the homes they rehabbed and flipped or rented. Craig settled in San Francisco after nearly 10 years as a corporate sales manager in China and S.E. Asia. His non-working hours are devoted to his wife and young son, leaving playing drums with an alt rock band, golf and scuba on the back burner.

Tania Dominguez
Certified Probate Expert

Tania Dominguez has insight about SF real estate that stems from broad, practical experiences. In addition to having closed a wide range of residential types (residential, multi-unit residential and, commercial buildings), she’s managed multiple buildings in San Francisco, including rental properties belonging to her family. She has cultivated an extensive network of proven service providers, so when you work with Tania, you get the ‘team’ too. She has earned the respect of clients and investors who count on her unique, pragmatic approach.

A third-generation San Franciscan, Tania earned her real estate license in 2001. Her combination of white-glove service and local knowledge ensure that her clients’ top priorities are met. She is a career professional, and one of her greatest professional accomplishments has been when a couple that she had helped buy a property in 2004 called her – over a decade later – when they were ready to sell.

Beyond the office

Tania and her husband are proud parents of two wild, athletic sons. Cheering and coaching them in their year-round sports interests, and continuing to explore and experience this beautiful city are their favorite ways to spend their free time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The principles laid out in Selling Grandma’s House have propelled author and Realtor® Craig Ackerman to a position of leadership in San Francisco real estate. According to San Francisco’s Multiple Listing Service, in 2014 and 2015 he was #1 in transaction dollars among all of the city’s single-broker independent real estate firms.

A former licensed contractor and Fortune 500 marketing manager as well as experienced Realtor, Craig has drawn on his distinctive skills to create a cohesive and profitable home selling strategy. In addition to his insights in the book, he shares his expertise through educational seminars for professional organizations and conferences.

Faster sale, higher return

In his 2016 book, Craig shares his program for turning outdated, time-worn properties into desirable homes that profit the estate. Unlike a traditional as-is trust home sale, his entrepreneurial approach produces a dramatically faster sale and higher return.

He focuses on three simple but powerful concepts:

  • identify the expected buyer demographics
  • refresh the home to match those buyers’ lifestyle preferences (producing a 200% to 500% ROI)
  • create a marketing plan that creates urgent competition for the home

Stories and photos

You’ll get insights from six of Craig’s favorite San Francisco home sales. The tenant whose Burning Man costumes made it hard to show the home. The charming seller who spoke little English. And the experts Craig brought in to help sell a cable car-inspired home.

Find out the small steps that make big impact on the sale. See the high-return home transformations in 60 full-color before and after photos.

“A must read for trustees and executors” This is a great resource for sellers, specifically trustees/executors/adult children looking at maximizing the value of SF real estate in an estate or trust situation. Our clients have worked with Craig and his team. They are consummate professionals.

“I’ve included tips that benefit anyone who’s selling a home,” says Craig. “But I wrote the book so business, financial and legal professionals can relieve their clients’ stress, speed up the trust home sale and create a great return.”

Among those who will benefit:

  • Trust and estate planning attorneys
  • CPAs and financial professionals
  • Elder care advisors
  • Trustees and beneficiaries

How to order

Buy the ebook on Amazon.
Contact Client Services for information on soft-cover, full-color books or bulk purchases.

About Probate Resource Hub

In this difficult and overwhelming time, being put in charge of a probate property piles on another layer of demands.  For most, it is very difficult to know where to turn for assistance.  Many real estate agents claim to be experts, but in reality, they are often learning about the nuances and acquiring knowledge at your expense.

Wouldn’t it be great if you had resources and advice to help ease your stress and streamline the process?

That’s what I wished for the first two times I went through it. As a young man, I took on a big share of preparing and selling both of my grandmothers’ homes. It was emotional and very time-consuming.  Sorting, distributing and disposing of all their personal property. Clean-up, painting and other prep projects. Worrying about deadlines, paperwork and what the real estate agent was doing as we were trying to sell the homes.

We needed help and there wasn’t much to be had.

Those chaotic experiences shaped my life. So much so that after years of shepherding clients through the process, I wrote a book, Selling Grandma’s House. I also created a free service to support and inform you as you navigate probate: ProbateResourceHub.com. Visit the site and learn what to expect and how to find the right service providers.

 

Right off, you’ll want a good attorney as your ally. If you haven’t retained anyone, I can introduce you to one of the lawyers I’ve worked with—I’ll hand-choose the best person for your situation. (Legal fees are paid by the estate.)

Reach out to us with your questions or request for introductions.

When dealing with trust, probate and estates, we provide resources and advice to help ease the stress and streamline the process.  That’s what I wished for the first two times I went through it.  Probate Resource Hub serves as a meeting place, a starting point, a point of relief.   and learn what to expect and how to find the right service providers.  Those chaotic experiences shaped my life. So much so that after years of shepherding clients through the process, I wrote a book, Selling Grandma’s House. I also created a free service to support and inform you as you navigate probate.

There’s a lot at stake in a trust or probate home sale. Craig’s first book, Selling Grandma’s House – Streamlining trust home sales for San Francisco attorneys and trustees, helps readers protect the estate and increase proceeds. “I show my coordinated steps and vast network of to reach profitability for those in charge of an estate, trust or probate so they can focus on their loss and their family.

TRUST ADMINISTRATION AND PROBATE EXPERTISE