Real Estate Professional
Born and bred in Marin, Allie’s love (obsession, really) for interior design and Marin county home hunting keeps our buyers in the loop, our listings dialed in and our homeowners feeling like rock stars at all times. With a background in branding, marketing and design, her keen eye for great style and “let’s do this!” attitude is why she has such a successful career in Real Estate. As our lead designer, her ability to efficiently manage listings, maintain incredible client + vendor relationships and transform spaces helps our team make a profound impact on the sale of a home – all on time and on budget.
When she’s not working (which is rare) you’ll find her cruising around town with her husband, Sandro or embracing all the adventures in and around Marin.
Home Prep Portfolio
Allie is the interior designer on Team Own Marin and takes the lead on all listing prep. Take a look at some of our best before & afters from recent listings below.
Kudos from Clients
We worked Allie Fornesi and the Own Marin team to find and buy our dream home in Marin. Best choice we ever made. As is, Marin is a highly competitive market, so it was very important for us to work with a team that was super plugged into this specific area. We always felt like we were in good hands with Allie. She really took the time to know what we were looking for in a home, and frequently would send us homes to consider, as well as was able to immediately provide information on homes we were interested in. We made three offers before we finally got a house, but it was due to our own financial restrictions. The offer process, however, was always incredibly smooth and efficient. They have every reputable inspector/contractor you could ever need on speed dial. When we finally found "the one," Allie got us into contract within three days; and not only that, but eventually negotiated $70k less than the asking price!! Still so shocked, as we were expecting to pay no less than any asking price, considering the locations we desired in Marin. We are so beyond happy with our home and thoroughly grateful and glad to have worked with Allie, who has also now become a cherished friend to our family. We will always recommend her and Own Marin to everyone we know. Just cannot say enough about how wonderful and professional they are! Absolutely top-notch on every level.
- JUVILYNN + TYSON
Allie Fornesi and her team are fantastic! We could not have had an easier experience landing our new home in Kentfield. Coming from SF, we knew we wanted to be in southern Marin but were a bit clueless about which area would be best for us and our two kiddos. We literally met with Allie on a Sunday, saw some houses throughout the week, and were in contract with our home on Saturday. She knew what we wanted before we did. Our first experience purchasing a home was so much different. I didn't realize it could actually be a pleasant experience! We are so happy we found agents who really understand the Marin market, can answer all of our many questions and have been so lovely throughout the entire process.
- JACQUELINE + TIM
We worked with Allie Fornesi to purchase our very first home and, while I don't have anything to compare it to, I can say that we were truly blown away by the level of service we got from Allie and the Own Marin team. In fact, when I would share with friends my experience with my agent, they would tell me how lucky I was for getting so much support. We truly had very little idea of what we were doing, and Allie was there with us every step of the way. It felt like a bonus that she brought in her personal rolodex of design and construction professionals to help us with the upgrades we wanted to do as soon as we closed on the house. We know we have a real estate partner for life and will be telling all our friends about Allie and the Own Marin team!
- BECCA + TIM
My family recently repatriated from living abroad for over a decade. Allie Fornesi and the team at Own Marin made our transition so seamless - Allie walked us through all the ins and outs of buying in Marin and gave us insider views of all the different, towns, neighborhoods and enclaves of Marin County so we could make an informed decision about how to narrow our home search. When we finally found our home, it was go time. The market was sparse and multiple offer situations were the norm, but Allie and co. were so prepped and ready. They knew exactly how to handle the high pressure offer situations and how to negotiate incredibly strategically to get the best deal without losing out to another offer. We are SO grateful!
- EMILY + JOEL
My husband and I recently worked with Allie Fornesi to buy our first home -- and the experience could not have been better. Allie was by our side every step of the way and we really felt like we had someone to trust during such a momentous time. She was extremely knowledgable, and was truly determined to help us find our dream home. I would recommend Allie and her team to absolutely anyone, and if we are ever looking to buy or sell again, she will be our first phone call!
- KARA + BRIAN
After almost 20 years in our home in Corte Madera where we recently completed a top-to-bottom remodel, we were ready to move on last fall (2018). Thinking the market was a no-brainer, we first listed with a friend of a friend whom we did not properly vet, and who ended up doing a terrible job. When the listing expired with one unacceptable low-ball offer, we went to work to find the best Marin County Realtors, and zeroed in on Own Marin based on volume of sales and their reviews. We met with Barr Haney and Allie Fornesi and their proposal to us was thoughtful, creative, and timely. We listed with them, and took Allie's sometimes blunt advice on how best to present our home. Allie's marketing was well-written, the photography was gorgeous, and the staging was brilliant. Within two weeks of putting the home on MLS, Allie secured two offers which were both over our asking price and had excellent terms. Allie was a true professional: extremely responsive, creative, and a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend Allie Fornesi and the entire Own Marin team for any residential real estate transaction in Marin.
- JULIE + MARK
We met Allie at an open house she was hosting and knew we wanted to work with her to find our house. Being first time home buyers the process seemed intimidating, but Allie broke it down and helped us step by step. She was great and a pleasure to work with! We could not have had an easier experience. Just an awesome resource who went above and beyond.
- ALICIA + ZACK
My partner and I had the most wonderful experience purchasing our first home with Allie Fornesi and Team Own Marin. Of all the realtors we researched in Marin and Mill Valley, Own Marin stood out from the rest. Allie's energy is contagious and you can tell she truly loves what she does. She has a unique perspective as a Marin native and a keen eye for design. Allie made sure to show us neighborhoods we weren't familiar with not only at our budget but also under our budget. With other realtors, it seemed like they were only showing houses in their portfolio but with Allie, we felt like she really had our best interests at heart and helped us make a smart investment for our first home. As first time home buyers, she is a great listener and guided us through all of our questions and concerns. She knew exactly what we were looking for and we wish we could have bought every home she showed us! Allie is definitely someone that we would enjoy a glass (or bottle) of wine with after work. We've made a great friend who has our back in Marin real estate. If you're looking for an amazing real estate agent, look no further! Allie and Team Own Marin are as good as it gets.
- MICHELLE + BEN
In reviewing the Own Marin Team, I have to say that there are not enough stars. Selling my father's house was a very emotional endeavor as it had been the family home for 60 years. I could not have engaged a better team. Meeting Allie Fornesi & Whitney Potter was wonderful from the start. They brought professionalism, skill and most importantly empathy to the sale. Allie immediately understood what needed to be done to prepare the house, turning it into the swan my parents always felt it was. Whitney's skill in how to bring it to market was polished and professional. At the time of sale, Barr knew exactly how to seamlessly carry out the negotiations to a successful conclusion. Simply put, there isn't a better team in Marin.
- IRENE M.
The folks at Own Marin did a fantastic job from start to finish at handling the sale of our family home in Mill Valley recently. Real estate transactions are more complicated than ever, so my wife and I were so glad to have such a skilled team handle the details. Whitney, Barr, and Allie were a pleasure to work with. They let us know whenever we needed to do something of course, but mostly stayed behind the scenes and let us go on with our lives. They made so many smart decisions, starting with exactly how to upgrade the house, then moving on to staging the house, and finally, dealing with the many inspections on the house. Thanks to them, we ultimately received an offer that was way, way beyond expectations. The entire process was incredibly smooth and free of surprises. Thanks Own Marin!