Arlene Acuna
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After 10 years of teaching in major urban areas of the San Francisco Bay Area, Arlene, a third generation Berkeleyan, began her real estate career in 1992 at Mason McDuffie Real Estate, now Prudential. She acquired her broker’s license in 2000 and has completed more than $50 million in residential and income property sales. In 2010, Arlene relocated out of state. Returning in 2015, she resumed her real estate brokerage affiliation with Millstein & Associates, a local independent firm that has specialized in serving clients in Berkeley and Kensington for over 30 years.

Arlene attended Longfellow and Jefferson Elementary schools, Garfield Jr High (now King Middle School) and graduated from Berkeley High School. She earned a BA and MA from UC Berkeley and holds three California teaching credentials. Arlene's teaching experiences included volunteer pre-school work in Head Start in Nebraska, a summer program with Sioux Indian youth in Iowa, tutoring in San Francisco's Fillmore district, teaching assistant in Berkeley's first Head Start program and the Berkeley preschool for children born with mental and physical disabilities. She taught English in Kyoto, Japan, was a summer school teacher at El Cerrito's Daruma no Gakko, a multi-cultural resource teacher in the San Francisco public schools, an ESL teacher for refugees in Berkeley and Richmond, and a home school teacher.

Arlene has travelled throughout Mexico, Japan, parts of Europe and the UK and explored the Galapagos Islands with Wilderness Travel. She studied classical piano in her youth and after college ventured into black and white photography with a student of Ansel Adams. Arlene is an avid reader and loves gardening.

Arlene’s wide range of community and education experiences as volunteer, parent and teacher have augmented her real estate business practice which is characterized by a high level of responsibility and diligence, detailed problem solving, clear and timely communications and conscientious thoroughness, and commitment to the highest of professional standards and ethics—all meant to ease the process for her clients.

Her years of experience in different economic markets and a wide variety of properties, ranging from TIC partnerships to the impressive Max Baer residence in the Oakland hills, a mini estate with redwood grove and creek in Kensington to a rent controlled duplex in Berkeley, have enabled Arlene to sensibly assess property value and advise sellers and buyers to their best advantage.

Above all, Arlene’s integrity and hard work on behalf of her clients have superseded any expediency and she maintains her availability for them long after the transaction is finished. Arlene’s commitment to her clients is unwavering and she limits the number of simultaneous clientele so that she may serve each one fully.

“We want to thank you..for your excellent service and representation of us and our property in the sale of our Oakland duplex….We greatly appreciated your clear, prompt, and thorough communication with us over every aspect and every question that arose. We felt listened to and clearly received and understood. We greatly valued your ethics and integrity in a business that doesn’t always carry that reputation…And, we appreciated the viewpoint you have that you and the clients are a team: you gave your professional opinion and input that obviously come from wide experience, but you were also open to our viewpoint: the conclusions that the three of us reached always rang “right”. Great job, Arlene! Thank you! -Lu and Dan S., Sellers, Oakland

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Arlene Acuna, Millstein & Associates Real Estate, Kensington, CA 510.206.0793
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