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Michelle Fanto-Chan is a dedicated real estate professional with a unique blend of technical acumen and entrepreneurial spirit. Her extensive knowledge of the Bay Area market and commitment to her clients make her an invaluable asset for anyone looking to buy or sell property in the region.

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Michelle Fanto-Chan

A graduate from the University of Notre Dame, Michelle started her career in the IT industry. She bought her first property when she was 22 years old and has loved real estate ever since. Since then, she has been awarded a patent from the US government, built and sold a business, run various non-profit organizations in the community and taught at our local schools. Michelle has lived in the area for over 23 years with her husband Bill and children Stephen, Heather, Brian, and Jennifer.

Michelle is married to her husband of 35 years.  They met working for the same IT company.  She has 4 beautiful children who were all born in Colorado but were raised in California.  Her son Stephen is a radiologist and lives in Sacramento.  Heather is a director at Yelp and lives in San Francisco.  Brian is newly married, works for Microsoft as an engineer, has his own serf board company and lives in Vista, CA.  Jennifer lives in Oakland and works for as a paralegal for company in Marin.  Michelle has 2 horses, Cody and Duke who she rescued over 12 years ago.  Her horses have touched countless lives between being therapy horses for adults with cancer and lesson horses for the neighborhood children.  Michelle currently has 2 thirteen-year-old English Springer Spaniels who she’s had since birth.  A history buff, Michelle has given Lafayette history tours to every 3rd grade class in Lafayette since 2008.

Michelle’s knowledge of the market and project management skills allow her to guide her clients through smooth transactions. Her professionalism, entrepreneurial skills and people skills make her an invaluable asset and advocate for her clients in helping them achieve their real estate hopes and dreams.

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My name's Michelle Fanto-Chan. I'm a realtor. I've lived in the beautiful Bay Area for about 25 years now. My main area of expertise is in the East Bay real estate market. I've worked all along the 680 corridor and in the La Merinda area. Wherever my clients choose to go, I can go. I love that every day is a different day. 

There’re new challenges every day. Sometimes you're working with buyers, sometimes you're working with sellers, and I love working with people and helping them achieve their goals. Being a realtor and being part of the community and bringing the community together is a real important way of connecting with your clients and with the families that you're serving.

My clients are the most important thing. That's number one. And I think that's the way it should be, and that's something that is very important for me. Whatever the question is, whatever the issue is - the needs of the client are the number one thing that I address.

“Michelle, she was positive, enthusiastic - houses were going for 200/250 k over asking. She said, I'm going to get you a house in two months, and she did. She was able to get us the house of our dreams.”

Selling real estate and buying real estate is very stressful, and my job is to make it as stress free as possible, and the only way really to do that is to be with the client. Be available anytime to answer phone calls, to walk them through the process.

“We were first time buyers, so everything was very kind of new and it could have been scary with somebody else, but with Michelle, she made it very easy, very simple. She explained things as we went along. She made us feel really comfortable."

I think in the end, it, for me, it's being able to help someone accomplish their goals and I do enjoy the process. I enjoy the relationships mostly because through the process you are getting to know the people really well. You're talking to them on a daily basis. You're understanding what their family needs are, what they're really trying to accomplish, and having that relationship. A lot of my clients I'm still in touch with for years after, they almost become like family.

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Dive into the world of luxury real estate with Michelle and her team's curated listings. Whether you're looking for a cozy home in Danville, a modern apartment in Lafayette, a spacious house in San Ramon, or a luxury property in Dublin, Alamo, or Walnut Creek, Michelle's listings cater to a variety of tastes and preferences. Start your home buying journey with Michelle and find the perfect property that suits your lifestyle in the vibrant Tri-Valley and East Bay areas.

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michelle's Numbers

Work with Michelle Fanto-Chan, a top real estate agent in the Bay Area, and experience the difference of professional excellence. With over $75 million in individual sales in just 24 months and over $2 billion in total team sales to date, Michelle's track record speaks for itself. Ranked in the top 1% of real estate agents nationwide, she is committed to her clients and their real estate goals. With her extensive knowledge of the local market and strategic approach, Michelle guides her clients through the real estate process, ensuring their needs are met every step of the way.

$75 Million+

individual sales in 24 months

$2 Billion+

in total team sales to date

TOP 1%

of real estate agents nationwide

#1 Priority

clients & their real estate goals

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client Testimonials

Michelle's clients consistently praise her exceptional service in the Tri-Valley and East Bay real estate market. They highlight her meticulous attention to detail, deep understanding of the local market, and unwavering commitment to their real estate goals. Discover why home buyers and sellers in Danville, Lafayette, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, and Alamo choose Michelle as their trusted real estate partner.

After two realtors who weren’t responsive and seemed to put us at the end of their client list, we were over the moon to find Michelle! She truly listens to what you’re looking for, strives to meet you where you are, and gently guides you through the process. She fought for us for several months in this crazy, brutal market, setting up appointments immediately after I notified her of our interest and getting us in early to see homes that fit our parameters. We always heard back within the hour after calling or texting, and I could trust that if there was a house we wanted to see, she would find a way to get us in. We ended up in our absolute dream home after she got us in an hour earlier than the home would be shown to other buyers and wrote the offer on her laptop in her car between showing homes to another client that very same day. Our preemptive offer was accepted! We even found out later that a backup offer came in for significantly higher than our offer, and all cash. If Michelle hadn’t been so on top of it, so positive, and such a go-getter, there’s no way we could have snagged our home! We couldn’t be happier with Michelle, and highly recommend her to anyone looking in the East Bay!


I was in the real estate/mortgage business for over 20 years and Michelle is by far the best real estate agent I have known and worked with. At the end of 2020 I decided to sell my home in Danville after 30 years. I interviewed 5 of the top agents in Danville and chose Michelle…I am disabled and mostly bed-ridden, so it was going to be a tough assignment. I couldn't help much and had 30 yrs of accumulated household "stuff". Michelle lived close-by, visited often, and sometimes even brought me lunch or dinner. She did virtually everything from bringing in vendors for painting, carpeting, etc. to taking contributions to the local outfits. I eventually moved to Colorado to be with my son and left everything for Michelle to handle. She did an absolutely fantastic job and soon had my home finished and listed for sale. The home sold very quickly for top dollar. I seldom give reviews but felt compelled to do so in this case so that others could take advantage of Michelle's professionalism, likability, hard work, and top-notch expertise. I have absolutely no qualms whatsoever in recommending her for any local real estate needs. Make her your first call and you won't have to make a second call.


If you’re reading this and you’ve been referred to Michelle, you’ve hit the jackpot! Michelle helped us to purchase our Dream Home. She made us feel like we were her only clients. Not only did she help us stay targeted in searching but when we finally found the house we liked she helped us negotiate prices for fixing it. Even when the selling agent was unresponsive she helped work through the curveballs with great ease. If you have the opportunity to have Michelle as your agent, you are in luck. She has great negotiation skills and is very attentive. She does a good job and now she is our good friend. Thank you, Michelle, for everything.


It was such a pleasure working with Michelle for helping us buy our house. Both me and my wife were amazed by her knowledge of the current market trends. She is very knowledgeable about neighborhoods/schools across tri-valley/bay area. Michelle was also great about guiding us in the right direction regarding the details associated with the house and its surrounding. She is very professional in every aspect of her business and always on top of communication. I remember she even prepared one of our offers while she was traveling. Even after we bought our house, she guided us on how to rent our property. She truly believes in helping her clients even after the transaction is finished. Would definitely use the Michelle in the future and highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell in the Bay Area.


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Looking for your dream home? Let Michelle guide you through every step of the process. With her deep understanding of the local market and commitment to her clients, she'll help you find a home that fits your needs and budget. Discover how Michelle can make your home buying experience smooth and successful.

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Planning to sell your home? Let Michelle guide you through the process. With her strategic approach and deep understanding of the local market, she'll help you attract great offers and sell your home for the best possible price. Discover how Michelle can turn your home selling experience into a success story.

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