Alan Marks


Alan Marks is a top producing agent in the San Francisco Bay Area with more than three decades of experience. His knowledge of the real estate industry, marketing, and technology along with his excellent negotiation skills make him a vital choice for your real estate transaction. Alan, a licensed Broker and Realtor, realizes what an emotional time it is for the entire family when buying or selling a home, whether it’s a long distance or a local move. Thus, he attempts to alleviate stress for his clients in any way that he can, hopefully making the process enjoyable!

Alan, with his wife Ellie and their children, relocated to Northern California from their hometown of Chicago 30 years ago. Alan holds a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Illinois.  Prior to his residential real estate brokerage career he held corporate real estate executive positions with companies such as Balcor/American Express and Castle & Cooke. Alan has been involved in all areas of the real estate industry – land, apartment and home development, construction, renovation, asset management and residential and commercial sales with a volume in excess of $900 million.  Having lived in Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga, Alan is an expert in each area (public and private schools, churches and synagogues, doctors, commutes, etc.) which is beneficial to his clients.

Alan founded the Alain Pinel Orinda office more than 17 years ago and consistently maintains his status as a top producing agent in the office, the county and the state. He currently ranks in the top one percent of all agents nationwide. In addition to his Brokers license, he is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Quality Service Certified (QSC) and a certified relocation specialist. To meet client demands and provide all services integral to a Real Estate transaction Alan has assembled the following team:

  • Stephenie Ratke - Administration, Escrow & Marketing

Stephenie is a licensed Realtor and is responsible for all marketing and administrative functions.  With an extensive collection of online and printed marketing materials and close attention to detail, Stephenie navigates homes into and through escrow.  Many agents charge for this administration.  The Marks Team includes the service at no additional cost. 

  • Ellie Marks – Staging

Ellie is a licensed Realtor, and founded, owns, and operates “Ready, Set, Sell!” a staging and remodeling business. Through her       company, Ellie is instrumental in the preparation of homes prior to being introduced to the market. Ellie offers her staging services to The Marks Team’s clients at reduced fees, along with a free initial consultation.

  • Susan Costello – Financing

Susan Costello is a Mortgage Loan Officer with Everbank. She knows the local market well and offers a wide range of financing solutions.

  • Bruce Beasley - Financing

Bruce, a licensed Real Estate agent, is a financial advisor to the Marks Team. He is a Senior Loan Consultant at Wells Fargo where he offers The Marks Team’s clients honest and competitive loan pricing.

  • Garret Spiecker - Financing

Garrett is a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at First Republic Bank, a leading portfolio lender.  He specializes in all loan products with an emphasis on jumbo and super jumbo loans at competitive prices.

  • Marilyn Adams - Escrow and Title

Marilyn provides all escrow and title functions to keep transactions running smoothly through the closing. Title insurance is underwritten through Old Republic Title Company, a premier service Northern California company. Marilyn provides clients the best in service and rates.  

All of the above together allows Alan to provide uncompromising attention and service to each client. Whatever your real estate needs, you need The Marks Team on your side!