Brian Chancellor—living proof that nice guys actually do finish first.

It’s a rare combination indeed: razor-sharp real estate acumen and a personal philosophy that prizes relationships above transactions. The result? You now have an unconditional advocate who will leverage his 30 years of hard-fought real estate experience to ensure your interests are always first and foremost. It’s how Brian has built his business, and how he’d like to help you build your future. Like a bit of a deeper dive? Check out Brian’s personal and professional factoids below.

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“Stand out Is a belief. Right now, with everything that’s going on in our world and our country and here on the local level, It is as important as it’s ever been for all of us as individuals to speak up.”

Brian Chancellor
Sereno Group

We have continually looked at ways to have a more profound responsibility to our community and have centered our business practice around this ideal.

To that end, and to support and serve our local communities in a more profound way, Sereno Group has pledged to give 1% of our gross commissions to a charitable or community-minded group committed to making a positive difference in the world and our community. Since 2012, Sereno Group’s agent driven 1% For Good initiative has contributed $3 million to over 201 non-profits throughout Silicon Valley and the Santa Cruz coastal communities.


  • Brian served nine years on the Board of Child Advocates of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties as well as six years on the Board of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation
  • Brian served as a mentor (initially through the Big Brother and Big Sister Program) for young African American males in East Palo Alto. Over 20 years later, he continues to stay in touch with and support these men today
  • Brian served nine years on the Board of Directors of the Palo Alto Community Fund and is presently serving on their Advisory Board
  • Brian is in the Leadership Circle of donors to PiE (Partners in Education)
  • Brian is an active participant in the Sereno Group 1% for Good campaign and consistently donates 1% of his gross commissions to local charities


  • Grew up in Palo Alto, went to Green Gables Elementary School (now Duveneck), Jordan Middle School (now Greene) and Palo Alto High School
  • Studied International Business in Italy and speaks Italian
  • Received his BA in Economics from UCSD (University of California, San Diego)
  • Currently resides in Crescent Park, Palo Alto, with his Danish wife Nana (social worker and community volunteer) and their son Oliver (16) who is a sophomore at Paly. Oldest son Sebastian (19) is a Freshman at NYU
  • Loves snowboarding/skiing, golf, adventurous traveling, ice cream, champagne, architecture & interior design


Featured multiple times in the Wall Street Journal Real Trends TOP 250

Cover story feature in Real Producers magazine

Featured multiple times in the SF Magazines Leading 100

Sales records include the most expensive home sold in the history of the US (2012)