Frank Vento
Broker, CRS®
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Intero A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate
Serving San Mateo County
213 San Mateo Road Suite 100, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

About Me


My specialty is working with residential property on the San Mateo County Coastside and along the Peninsula.  Our company has offices in San Mateo, Half Moon Bay, and La Honda. Whether you are a first-time buyer, moving to a larger home, or buying a second home/investment property, you can depend on me for your real estate needs.  I have 35+ years in the customer service arena.  My clients benefit from these skills and thought process.  I am licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate and have been selling residential real estate since 2001. As a native of San Mateo County, and living here for 50 years. I have a deep knowledge of the area. 

In addition to earning my Realtor and Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designations, on November 13th, 2014, I attained the Certified Residential Specialist designation (CRS,) which is considered the most respected designation in the residential real estate industry.


  I regularly attend continuing education classes, seminars, and conventions for the purpose of keeping up-to-date with changing regulations, laws, etc., in our dynamic real estate market.


In other exciting news Intero was purchased by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in 2014. This is exciting that Warren Buffet group chose to bring our company into their real estate group. We will continue to operate as Intero Real Estate Services. Our CEO Gino B. will be in charge of the Home Services Division for Berkshire Hathaway and Tom Tognoli founding partner has taken over day to day operations of Intero. This in Innovation meets Influence.

I am a member of the following organizations: 

  • National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • California Association of Realtors (CAR) (Director) 2011-2013
  • San Mateo County Association of Realtors (SAMCAR)
  • MLSListings, Inc  
  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
  • REBAC Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)
  • Serving on Board of Directors for SAMCAR 2011-2013
  • Special Events Committee for SAMCAR (current)
  • YPN member Young Professionals Network
  • BOD member for CAMINAR
  • Intero Foundation Ambassador

My wife Debbie and I have lived in Pescadero since 1995 I've been a resident on the Coastside since 1978. We are fortunate to live in one of only a handful of the town's original Victorian homes built in 1896. Debbie used her interior design skills to creatively refurbish the 100+ year old home and gardens.

I was born and raised in San Mateo County over the years I have lived in Daly City, Burlingame, Montara, Miramar, Pescadero and La Honda.

My interests outside of work include classic cars:1955 Chevy Belair 2 dr hdtp resto-mod, and a 1932 Ford pickup unrestored, and newly acquired 1952 Styleline Deluxe Chevy 4dr sedan, collectables, mountian biking (lots of great riding in the area!) I have raced twice in Downieville Downhill Classic, no record settings times but thanks for asking. Also snow boarding, home projects, and travel. Golfing in charity events, going to the beach with the dog. 2014 was a hiking and photography year. We completed a 9 day backpack trip in the Sierras. And more time behind the camera.
2015 is more photography/video and getting the cars dailed in. Walking and hiking and get the bike dusted off and having fun riding again. 

If you need help with colors, redecorating, remodeling or getting your your home ready for sale, specializing in working with seniors sorting, packing, letting go of items to charities or the garbage.

call Your Style Interiors at 650-888-9901.




Dear Mr. Vento                                                              6/19/2014

Frank was referred to me by another agent who lives in my community. I respect her opinion, she retired a year or two ago. She had Frank sell her brother's home last year after he passed knowing that Frank would best serve her needs.

I was designated as Executor for the Probate of a friend's property. This is not just a financial and logistical process, but also an emotional process. All of these factors were addressed and hndled throughout the process.

I will tell anyone that will listen what a truly great job Frank did to clear, update, stage and sell our 1550 Frontera Way property. He made this task so much easier and faster for me. He excelled in every aspect to make the property saleable. His strong communication andd follow through skills were used to their fullest. He was most adept at getting cost effective, timely results from other realtors, lenders, title compnay representatives, condo association contacts, property maintenance teams, property management, too many to completely list. Then with his solid realtor and business skills, he quickly anticipated and resolved all obstacles to get the tasks and deal successfully completed.

Frank has a great sense for priority and dependencies. He is most ethical. And, he knows who to talk to and when. Thanks so much for always keeping me informed. He is areal pleasure to work with. Please use me as a reference anytime.

Pat Thompson,

Pablo & Sherri,

We recently purchased an ocean front home were Frank Vento represented us. He made the process very easy for us by being avaialable to accomodate our busy schedules and to take our calls and respond to our questions. Once the offer was accepted and we were in the due dilligence phase, Frank met us at the county offices to research a number of open questions that we had regarding the property. He was always at the house when the numerous inspections were being done - not only the house inspection but also the geologoical inspections. He arranged to get estimates for us on fencing for the property and even scheduled to meet the locksmith at the house to get the locks changed once we had closed. These are just a few of the areas were Frank really worked to make sure to get answers to many questions and concerns that we had. We had been looking ofr a coastal home for several years and had worked with another agent in the area for a long time without much success. We then decided to switch agents and were introduced to Frank who was very responsive and diligent and helped us locate several properties, one of which we ended up buying. We have worked with many real estate agents over the years and without a doubt, Frank Vento ranks extemely high in customer service.

Pablo and Sherri Luther

January 28th, 2013

Virginia M. Turezyn

In light of the extraordinary service you provided in assisting me in finding awonderful new home along the coast I it imperative to write to you to acknowledge your efforts. Please share this with others freely, including posting it on your website or marketing materials. I will gladly serve as a direct reference for you as well at any time.

As you know, I reached out to you after selling my home in Portola Valley with Mary and Brent Gullixson. I started looking up and down the valley with them for a home which was captivating and some special elements, including my willingness to do some upgrades to further enhance its appeal to me. Unfortunately, even the new homes were just "cookie cutter" designs with views of fences, some had breathtaking views but tge homes were isolated and remote in the hills with treacherous driveways or pathways. Suffice it to say I was getting rather frustrated and as I branched out geographically Mary and Brent acknowledged I should use some specialists in different market segments. In review of home publications, I saw some nice homes along the coast and reached out directly to you. On short notice, you agreed to meet me on a Saturday morning and show me some properties. From our initial meeting I sensed I was going to find a home with you and the rest is history.

I do want to the story for other though. You took the time to understand through our initial tour of what I was really looking and you educated me on the different "micro" communities along the coast with with the applicable pluses and minuses. When we naroowed the choice to 2 homes both on frontage coastal land - one a complete rebuild project and one a 6 year old home, it was time for some of my friends to weigh in. The right choice was made for the established home. Of course, I still wanted to do some personalization and refinements which are underway as you know.

The negotiation was a rather extensive back and forth process, through no fault of my own. You assisted in keeping me patient and structured during the protracted negotiations and adied me in the selection of inspectors and other contractors to some initial work (Absolute Flooring and Stallings Painting). You really went the extra mile thoughout and I am most thankful for all your help post-closing when glitches started to occur with some of the applinaces. Thankfully, you purchased me a 1-year home warranty and dealt with being on-site for the initial service calls when I was traveling or at work. In addition, all of the vendors you recommended have worked out phenomenally well.

I tired on my own to deal with a landscaping vendor and the pricing was so outrageous (2.5X the original estimates provided) I asked you for help yet again. You guided me to Mark Heine (Heine Construction) and I am working with Mark to redo the bathrooms in addition to some outside stone and backyard work. He is hands on and creative, addresses my ideas in a manner which will likely yield the best result at a reasonable cost and has taken me to a great palce to see stone/tile (DaVinci - excellent design assistance and professional service) and we are well underway with the projects.

Your style is cool, calm and collected. You are highly detail oriented and your network and reputation are solid. On top of it all, Inow value you as afriend and on my part I will do whatever possible to assist you. I've met and worked woith a fair number of real estate agents for multiple properties in CA and NYC and I must say you are absolutely at the top of the list!

Anyone who works with you will have the good fortune to find that special coastal home they are looking for. Each night as I watch another breathtaking sunset and meet friendly neighbors out for walks along the coast I pinch myself at how fortunate I am to live in Half Moon Bay in this home. I rally do enjoy doing home projects and I am transforming this home to be a coastal showplace!

Thank you so much for all you have done to make this a thoroughly extraordinary experience.

Kind regards,

Virginia M Turezyn



 July 9th, 2012

Chris & Lorna Grierson

As first time homebuyers, Frank Vebto couldn't have made the process of finding and purchasing our dream home any easier. We were referred to Frank through family and friends, and we became interested in working with Frank for his reputation of straightforward honesty and vast knowledge of the Coastside. Frank immediately made us feel comfortable and confident as he walked us through each step of the home buying process. Frank is approachable and thorough. His clear communication style and quick repsonsiveness make Frank very professional and reliable. Frank went above and beyond what many Realtors typically do with their clients: he helped us with each and every inspection and made referrals for the repairs and upgrades that we wanted to complete before moving in. We appreciate everything Frank Vento has done to help our family and we would certianly want to work with him again.

Golden Gate Ave, Half Moon Bay Lorna & Chris and the kids.


June 1st 2012

S.M. Lyons, Grand Blvd Half Moon Bay

I am writing to express my appreciation of the tremendous work of Frank Vento, representing me in the purchase of a house in Half Moon Bay, following a two-year search.

Frank is not only an extremely knowledgable and helpful agent, but he also has the patience of a saint. When I began my search for my Coastside home, I told his I wanted a "cottage by the sea." I had in mind a small house that would allow me to set up a painting studio in alocation that would allow me to enjoy the Coastside for many years, by "aging in place." Ove the course of two years, Frank helped me to focus my search and identify my goals. More importantly, he stuck with me as I changed my mind and lost my courage several times.

Finally, the search narrowed to one street- Grand Boulevard in Half Moon Bay.

After a fruitless three-month wait for a bank reply to a short saleoffer for a house on Grand, I was ready to give up my the whole idea. Then another home on the same street appeared on my search list, when it had a price reduction. Again, Frank patiently walked me through the process and even though the asking price was outside my original range, wwe finally reached agreement with the seller. Frank was really helpful through the inspection process, and with all the closing paperwork. Since it had been seventeen years since I purchased my home in San Francisco, several new disclsoure laws had taken effect, and were unfamiliar to me.

This house has everything on my wish list. I am so happy that we went through this process and took the to wait for the perfect house. Thanks to Frank, I feel confident that I made the right decision. As I settle in to the house, make friends with the wonderful neighbors, and begin to feel like a Coastside resident, I realize that I owe a lot of my satisfaction to Frank's knowledge, skill and patience.

I have alrady bee asked by a friend to recommend a Realtor to someone who thinks she wants to buy in the area, and I have let her know that I would happily recommend Frank Vento and Dolphin Real Estate to anyone who asks.

Thank you again for your help andsupport through my house-hunting process.

Mrs. S. M. Lyons


Sept 28th. 2011


Lois and Hal Kellerman


We couldn't have asked for a more perfect agent to sell our home. We chose you because we knew you were ethical , and that was important to us. But we came to know, first hand, so many other virtues and competencies that you possessed as the venture of selling a modest home in a terrible market progressed. You were always direct and honest with us about the challenges; always encouraging  and positive about the possibilities. You went along with us on any reasonable ideas we had about enhancing our chances; calmed our fears, answered every question promptly and caringly. We followed all your advice ("no, it would not be necessary to repaint the front surround or bedroom").  "yes , keeping everything clean and neat and uncluttered inside, trimmed and weed-free outside, was always a good idea." When the offer finally came the week in August it looked like the stock market was going to collapse, you reminded us of the advantage of selling to a humble gardener at an afforadable price. Sale made! That is, after all the negotiating, contract preparation, and reminders about last minute things. You are a fantastic Realtor, and more impotantly, a great human being.




Hal and Lois Kellerman


 Sept. 13th, 2010


Pam and I have decided to purchase a house on the great highway, in San
Francisco. As of today, we have released all contingencies except the
appraisal, which just came in looking good, so it looks like we are pretty
close to closing the deal. I would like to thank you very much for taking
the time to help us become more informed about Half Moon Bay and the other
areas in our search, and would not hesitate to pass your name along to
anyone who would be interested in a home search in your area.


Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me, setup the search, and answer email questions... we're very excited about this place and seem to be timing the market quite well with a good deal but i'm also very glad we did our down-the-coast diligence because it is a dream of mine since moving to CA to live in the hills of la honda or quaint town of pescadero.  similar house prices, access to surf and work, and navigating 1 to 280 steered us differently but i'm so glad we explored the various options in san mateo county through your guidance!

Thanks again,




 Nov. 2nd, 2009


Working with Frank to purchase our home in Pacifica was an absolute pleasure. It was a short sale and due to Franks persistence and attention to detail we closed it as fast as a regular sale. His intense attention to detail, genuine compassion, and follow up, has been a refreshing change from what passes as service these days. Whether you are buying a multi-million dollar home, or like us a 1/4 of that, Frank will be there for you every step of the way.



Gary J. Webb


"Hi, I'm Grace, and I'm addicted to MLS listings... I've been clean for one day today... wait, maybe not, few hours, to be more accurate... but I'm working on it. Anyone who's ever gone thru the house purchase knows how hard this stuff is... (insert the nods of approval in the audience)..
I used to start my days with a latte of some sort, and even that little addiction is now suffering, since I spend every waking moment wading thru vast amounts of information, trying to decern what are the interest rates doing at that particular hour, which seemingly disconnected event in the world will push our economy one way or another, and how does China fit into the whole picture...
But, that's not all. Being well informed is one thing, but I also sit at the edge of my seat every time I get an email from Frank, or Deanna. They are my true agents of addiction. Yes, the range of my emotional response to one of these email is hard to fathom. On one hand there's pure excitement when I receive the new listing from Frank. What comes to mind is dog's reaction to say a SQUIRREL!!!! I must chase it.. NOW!!! Then there was the news about this gorgeous Point Reyes house in Pacifica, which we had to let go because of the rates. Ugh!! (Personally, I blame China).
Anyways, I'm few hours clean now... although I keep sneaking the looks at my phone to see if it even works, since we didn't get any calls from Frank for two days now... maybe I should take it in.... anyways, I'm doing fine... just fine... thank you!!!
your first-time homebuyer
On Sat, Jun 6, 2009 at 4:08 PM, Frank Vento

On February 10, 2006 the purchase of our condo at 160 Troon Way, Half Moon Bay, was completed in an extraordinarilyswift and safisfying manner, thanks mainly to Frank's expertise.

From our intial contact with Frank, less than four weeks prior to recording, we experienced an excellence of professional service from Frank Vento that still amazes us.

Frank was thorough, knowledgeable, and drew upon local resourcesto a degree that had not been equaled with any other real estate persons with whon I have dealt over nine prior realestate purchases.

We would not hesitate to recommend Frank Vento to anyone seeking real estate opportunities in the Coastal area, and we plan to request Frank's assistance with any future purchases we make there.

Sincerely,  Ray Bacon



Thanks Frank for taking all the stress out of searching for our "ideal home" and turning it into an enjoyable experience with a positive and successful result!

The Chittendens,  Moss Beach     Kay, Rod, and Rodney Jr.


It was a pleasure working with Frank Vento. His professionalism was outstanding and his caring attitude sealed the great working relationship we had while working with him. We needed someone we could trust, to handle our property for us efficiently and honestly. Thus the choice of agent. Frank was very helpful and very resourceful. We had questions and concerns. Frank got us answers and our concerns taken care of by way of current information and sound advise. He is a great agent. Frank gives us the impression that this is not just a job for him but something he enjoys simply because he's able to help others through his work.

Jim & Mel Otuhiva