San Francisco Bay Area Sexiest Realtor 2009 Finals…Vote Now!

[Update: This post is toast. HERE ARE THE WINNERS!!

[Update: Change of plans. We are closing the polls today (Wednesday) at 5pm POLLS ARE CLOSED. Winners will be announced tomorrow (Thursday) morning.. In addition, you can no longer see the results, but we can tell you Sean Proctor is going back and forth with Daniel Der Vartanian for the lead, and Luba Muzichenko and Diana Kaus Koll are neck and neck. Good times, good times. :-) ]

This is it! The finals. Is it going to be a San Francisco agent, or will one of the newcomer greater Bay Area agents take top honors? Time will tell. Please vote below, and tell your friends to come vote. Winners will be announced on Friday Thursday.

Women Finalists: Diana Kaus Koll of Hill & Co (San Francisco); Shannon Arterburn of Coldwell Banker (East Bay); Luba Muzichenko of Zephyr Real Estate (San Francisco)
Men Finalists: Daniel Der Vartanian of Prudential CA (San Francisco); Sean Proctor of Alain Pinel (South Bay/Peninsula); Kevin Kearney of Coldwell Banker (San Francisco)

San Francisco/Bay Area Sexiest Realtor 2009, Official Finals Poll (Women)(poll)


San Francisco/Bay Area Sexiest Realtor 2009, Official Finals Poll (Men)(polling)

Good luck!

In case you missed the first round and the 40+ beautiful faces

If you’d like to nominate somebody for next year, send nominations to

As always, we leave the results for you to see for the first couple of days, then we’ll kill it (you know, build suspense.) Comments are also open, but we reserve the right to delete your comment at will and will not tolerate any inappropriate comments.

Sexiest Realtor Bay Area Delayed And Changed

Hello all! Thank you for all of the nominations so far, please keep sending them in ( Unfortunately, life events are getting in the way of our fun and we simply do not have the time to hold a contest for each county. So keep sending in your nominations for Sexiest Realtor in the Bay Area and we’ll put them ALL to a vote at the same time starting December 7th. That means no elimination rounds, just one big voting frenzy.

In the meantime, check out these sexy Realtors if you were expecting some pretty faces today:


Leave it to the Mormons to take it up a notch. (An assumption, and joke, based off of the Women of Real Estate’s proximity to Salt Lake City, UT.)

Some Realtors Are So Dreamy! Just Listen To These…

If you haven’t noticed, our Sexiest Bay Area Realtor 2009 Contest is now accepting your nominees and they’re streaming in! Keep them coming (

It’s funny, usually we get very simple emails with just the name and picture of the nominees, but every so often we get a few that are just too good to pass up. Since we’re nice, we won’t spill the beans on who these comments refer to, but we think you’ll like them.

First of all huge fan of the site. I would like to nominate [you’re gonna have to wait] for the sexiest Realtor of San Francisco and the bay area. All of us girls here at the office have kindergarten crushes on him & we all think he’s so dreamy :) lol
But he is really one of the coolest most down to earth guys and we would love to see him win!

And one more:

Hey Front Steps,

Oh I got your sexy realtor. Her name is [it’s killing you, isn’t it] and she’s a [removed] agent in SF. You didn’t ask people to say why they think their nominee is sexy, but I’m gonna tell ya anyways:

1 Look at her. She’s smoking hot.
2 She’s smart — and brains propel beauty into crazy-sexy-hot territory.
3 She’s got a [does size really matter?] tattoo which is so way cool. I am attaching the full [sized photo] since I think it just oozes SF to be a professional but also have a little edge too.

We like edgy, and we like all of you dear readers for sending in your nominations. Keep them coming and let’s keep having some fun!

Oh, and if you care to elaborate as to why you think they’re sexy, we like that even more.

Sexy Bay Area Realtors, We Want You!

It’s that time of year again. The real estate market slows, agents are out getting in shape and looking sexier with every deal they frantically chase down, and we here at theFrontSteps like to throw a little contest in their honor. That’s right, it’s time for our third annual Sexiest Realtor In San Francisco Contest. However, this year we thought we’d switch it up and go Bay Area baby!

Yup, we’re opening up the contest to include all Nine Bay Area Counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.) So as not to take away from the traditional San Francisco contest or any of the past winners (or nominees), it will work like this (with any luck):

Submit Nominations for all 9 Bay Area Counties’ Sexiest Realtors from now until each respective bracket’s voting begins. Submit via email to (anonymity guaranteed), or in the comments below (anonymity is in your hands there). Include a picture of the Realtor, or a link to one, where they work, and what county they’re in.

-November 23-27, Vote for Sexiest Realtors in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties

-November 30-December 4th, Vote for Sexiest Realtors in Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties

-December 7-11, Vote for Sexiest Realtors in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties

-December 14-18, We take the winner of each county and put them on the poll for SEXIEST REALTOR IN THE BAY AREA!

-December 21, We’ll announce the winner of the first ever SEXIEST REALTOR IN THE BAY AREA contest!

After that, we’re taking a holiday, toasting the sexiness of our colleagues (maybe even sharing some champagne by cozy fire with the winner…Hey! Dreaming is allowed!) and hopefully getting some skiing/boarding in on the Bay Area’s backyard slopes.

So without further adieu, please share this post with everyone you know, send in your nominations, come back every day to vote, and join in the fun!

+Remember to include a picture of your nomination, or link to one, where they work, and what county they’re in.+

In case you’re wondering how this all started, three years ago a reader asked, “Who’s the Sexiest Realtor In San Francisco?”. We kid you not, that question started it all, and this is BY FAR our most popular feature every year on this site.

p.s. As is always the case, your Editor is not eligible to participate in this contest, so don’t ask. ;-)

The Winners! San Francisco’s Sexiest Realtor 2008

What a battle it was, but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and so is the case for our little ego boosting glam event that is the one and only San Francisco’s Sexiest Realtor Contest. We have to say the turnout this year blew away that of last year, and we thank all of those that participated.

With over 76,000 votes tallied, we’ve found two winners.

For the women, we’re proud to announce San Francisco’s Sexiest Female Realtor 2008….Miyuki “Mia” Takami of Paragon Real Estate.
It was an insanely close contest between Mia and Thena Luu DiNapoli, but somehow Mia was able to pull 600+ votes around in the final hours of polling. Truth be told, we were already resizing Thena’s photo for the win. Maybe this little plug had something to do with it, or maybe Mia’s fans were just a bit more fanatical than Thena’s. We’ll never know. What we do know is that Lee Bender surprised us all. Nice work Lee!

For the men, we’re proud to announce San Francisco’s Sexiest Male Realtor 2008…Milko Encinas of Herth Real Estate.
It was very surprising (although the same thing happened last year, so maybe we should learn to expect it) to see the men garnered WAY more votes than the women, and Milko handily defeated Rob La Eace by around 18,000 votes. It was close for a while, but then Milko just ran away with it.

It was fun to see the lead change multiple times in both the male and female contests.

Not only do our winners receive the coveted title of San Francisco’s Sexiest Realtor, but this year we’re throwing in a T-Shirt of their choice. Winners make sure to shoot us an email with your size and we’ll make sure to get you one. Also make sure to let us know if you want Real Estate Sucks (means “doesn’t suck” for those that don’t get blog humor) or Real Estate Sucks.

To all the other contestants, thank you soooo much for being good sports and having fun with this. Thanks to all those that voted, and thanks to all the sites that linked to us. We appreciate it.

We’ll see you same time, same place next year, so mark your calendars.

Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night. See you in a week (or so, depending on the pow-pow gnar gnar dumping down in them thar hills).


Vote Now! San Francisco’s Sexiest Realtor Contest 2008 Is ON!

[Update: It is is 5:48pm PST, and we’ve received a few emails regarding the polling. Yes, the provider (PollDaddy) was down for maintenance today, and yes the voting appears to not be working (performs differently than what you might be used to), but votes are tallying. Thena Luu DiNapoli has a commanding lead at the moment, and to reiterate, votes ARE tallying.]

It has arrived! The moment we have been waiting an entire year to experience again…voting for San Francisco’s Sexiest Realtor 2008. Thank you to those that submitted your nominations, and thank you, in advance, to our participants for having a little fun with us. Voting will be open all week (until Saturday 12/20 at 11:59pm), and the winner will be announced Monday 12/22, so contestants have plenty of time to gather crucial votes.

What’s at stake? The title of San Francisco’s Sexiest Realtor, and this year…the grand prize Real Estate Sucks” t-shirt (for the losers a “Real Estate Sucks” t-shirt ;-) .)

One big change this year is we’re using Poll Daddy for voting. You can check back to see how the competition is unfolding by clicking on the “view results” link within the poll, and your voting privacy is totally, 100% guaranteed. However, we’re going to disable the “view results” feature on Thursday (you know, build a little suspense).

So…without further adieu, we present the nominees for theFrontSteps’ Sexiest Realtor Contest 2008.

[See daily updates at the bottom of this post.]

Women first (of course):

San Francisco's Sexiest Realtor 2008 (Women)

Please vote for your favorite (sexiest) female Realtor using this poll:

…and of course, the men:

San Francisco's Sexiest Realtor Men 2008

Please vote for your favorite (sexiest) male Realtor using this poll:

Are we going to see another battle of brokerages like we saw last year, or simply a battle of individuals? Time will tell. Thanks for participating, and thanks for hanging out on theFrontSteps.

Our apologies to Tiffany Combs. Your nominators failed to send a link to a picture and we couldn’t find you anywhere! (Time for a lesson in SEO.) Apologies also to the contestants that didn’t get nominated in time. We’ll see you same time, same place next year.

[Update 1: Voting is reaching a furious pace, with over 3000 votes tallied so far (men and women), Miyuki Takami holds a commanding lead, although she lost it in a late day strike yesterday from Lee Bender. Thena Luu DiNapoli a close third and Jennifer Martin right behind. For the men, Brendon Kearney is hitting it out of the park, followed by Ron Whitney in second, and defending champ Mark Choey in third. Brother Kevin Kearney not fairing so well in last place…you gonna take that sh*t!
Voting multiple times for the same person is not necessary and one would argue an enormous waste of your time. ;-) Check back for more updates. ]

[Update 2: The number of votes continues to surprise (even though we know some of you are voting over and over again). So far the women have received 4116 Votes, the men 2946. Miyuki Takami still out front for the women with 1350, Lee Bender close behind in second with 942, Thena Luu DiNapoli closing in with 792, and Stasi Martin bringing up the rear in last place with 7 votes. For the men Brendon Kearney in front of his brother (guess he isn’t going to take that sh*t after all) with 883 votes, Kevin Kearney with 439, Ron Whitney in third with 419, and defending Champ Mark Choey slipping into 5th! Bringing up the rear for the men is Kevin McLeod with 11 votes. Voting open all week, so lots of time for things to change.]

[Update 3: Wow! What a turn of events yesterday. The women continue to outpace the men in regards to number of votes cast (5921), but the men are gaining (5522), and Brendon Kearney got clobbered off the top spot first by Milko Encinas (who we’re informed works for Herth Real Estate), and now Rob La Eace is crushing all of them. (He must have a good campaign manager.) Defending champ Mark Choey slipping, slipping, slipping off the charts, where last year he dominated. As we said to Kevin Kearney, “you going to take that sh*t?!”

For the women, Lee Bender has unfortunately slipped from strong second place position, down to third despite her email comment leaked to us saying, “Dontcha think it would be cool if an old bag like me actually won?” Thena Luu DiNapoli is clawing her way to the top (currently in second), and Miyuki Takami hanging on for dear life in first place.

We were going to disable the “view results” feature today, but have decided not to. Instead, we have allowed you to see the number of votes cast, not just percentages. And in response to many inquiries regarding the ability to vote multiple times, see our Editor’s Note in this comment. Basically, in order to allow more than one person to vote from the same computer (think offices where multiple people share the same computer with the same IP) we had to enable this function. Maybe next year we’ll kill it, but the playing field is even regardless, and some people just have more fanatic fans than others. Nothing we can do about that. That’s all for today, polls close Saturday night at 11:59pm. Good luck to all!]

[Update 4: This will be the last update before going quiet on y’all and watching the votes ourselves. Yup, very soon we’re disabling the “view results” and will keep a close eye on them without letting you in on the action. At this moment, both races (men and women) are coming down to just two. Mia Takami in first by only 20 votes…actually, we take that back, it’s back up to a 400 vote lead, wow! For the men, Rob La Eace in a commanding lead over Milko Encinas, but if Mia can get 400 votes within the hour, anything is possible for Milko, and even Brendon who is only slightly behind Milko in third. There have been more than 24,000 votes cast, which is truly remarkable and we can only pray there aren’t a handful of people just voting over and over again. Our website traffic would indicate the contrary. Thanks for all of the participation, we’ll announce the winner on Monday. Voting stops 11:59pm tomorrow (Saturday 12/20). Good luck! Don’t forget to get a T-shirt on your way out.]

[FINAL UPDATE: Milko Encinas wins for the guys, Mia Takami for the girls. Thanks for participating and having a little fun!]

[Editor’s note: As always, comments are currently open, but in order to preserve the integrity of this site and our contestants, we’re keeping a close eye on comments. That means, please keep comments civil (as in you wouldn’t talk like that in front of your mother, grandmother, or children, and you’d be embarrassed as hell if we made your identity public next to what you said, because it is very possible to do so. Thank you for your cooperation.]

The contestants and their sites:
Thena Luu DiNapoli; Linda Ho; Christiane Gigas; Sheldon Rilliet; Jenn Davis; Shawn Case; Casey Fulford; Carrie Buchanan-Goodman; Elle Ghandi; Helen Dias; Par Hanji; Ron Whitney; Erica Elsner; Marika Fishman; Alejandro Quenta; Maximillian Armour; Staci Martin; Miyuki “Mia” Takami; Kevin McLeod; Frank Nolan; Rob La Eace; Milko Encinas; Wendy Vandersteen; Chris Lim; Emily Dunn; Cindy Lynch; Jennifer Martin; Lamisse Droubi; George Limperis; Ron Sebahar; Marla Moresi-Valdes; Mark Choey (defending champ); Lee Bender; Colm Glass; Kenneth Kohlymyer; Marina Gershberg; Herman Chan; Brendon Kearney; Kevin Kearney; Oliver Burgelman.