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Mary Fenton

Global Real Estate Advisor

With more than two decades of real estate experience under her belt, Mary Laughlin Fenton of Level 5 Real Estate brings to the table the type of heightened expertise that comes from a career of wearing many hats. An entrepreneur by nature, Mary’s professional experiences in a number of industries have honed and strengthened the business development, marketing, and customer service skills that have helped establish her as one of the leaders in the San Francisco real estate market.

Mary’s real estate experiences began when she worked for a commercial developer in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, which led to her opening her own brokerage that focused on commercial sales and high-end renovations. Upon moving to San Francisco in the mid-90s, she had successful stints in the tech startup arena before re-entering real estate. Today, she specializes in residential and income properties.

It’s no wonder Mary has been described as a jack of all trades. Her years of experience have given her the ability to accurately assess people’s skills and interests, and to recognize that each real estate scenario is as different as each client. Mostly, she’s a problem solver who’s skilled at capitalizing on opportunities and at guiding clients through the real estate process with professionalism, enthusiasm, tenacity, and loyalty.

As a long-time philanthropist, Mary believes strongly in compassionately contributing to the community. She donates her time and money to many causes, and for the past 15 years she has given a percentage of each commission to Conservation International, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect nature.

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Brennan Lee


Brennan Lee strives for excellence in everything he pursues, not least of which is real estate. Born and raised in San Francisco, he knows the city well, and he confidently engages with first-time home buyers, entrepreneurs, and investors. With a strong customer service past, Brennan assures his clients that he is putting their interests first when dealing with them and negotiating on their behalf.

Brennan is competent in finance, lead generation, and marketing, offering his clients a well-rounded skill set to help ease them through the real estate process. From a personal perspective, his previous hardships have given him the ability to empathize with people who may be experiencing stressful situations, giving clients the added assurance of a compassionate ally. Brennan emphasizes professionalism and efficiency as key measures in achieving the best results for his clients.

Brennan is deeply driven by success and always pushes himself both physically and mentally. When he isn’t working, he loves making the most out of the city by spending a lot of time outdoors. A sports fan, he volunteers for his former basketball coach and runs sports camps for kids.

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Hilary Saunders

Real Estate & Tax Lawyer, Broker-of-Record at Side

Acting as our broker and in-house legal counsel, Hilary is the person our agents turn to for legal advice. Before becoming a successful broker in her own right, Hilary practiced real estate law for 5 years at a San Francisco law firm, building a solid foundation of real estate knowledge.

Corey Alverson

Creative Director

Corey Alverson lived and worked in the midwest as brand manager for a law firm until moving to San Francisco in 2016. As creative director for Side, Corey is a strong conceptual thinker with over 10 years of graphic design experience.

Ashley Bledsoe

Marketing Director

Ashley Bledsoe joins Side as Channel Marketing Director following 7 years at San Francisco’s largest residential real estate brokerage. At Zephyr Real Estate, Ashley worked on agent marketing strategy, from developing novel online marketing channels to elevating and refining traditional real estate marketing efforts. Ashley is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the proud daughter of a top producing Virginia Realtor®.

Chris Dzoba

Director of Engineering

Chris started in software startups over ten years ago in North Carolina, eventually heading to San Francisco in 2013.  He now leads the engineering team, ensuring on-time delivery of features, high quality of product, and secure protection of data.

John Balladares

Marketing Engineer

San Franciscan, technology nerd, and knowledge enthusiast. As a digital marketing manager, John has led online marketing programs in web design, web development, lead generation, and SEO. At Side he is part of a team focused on creating integrated marketing strategies for top performing real estate agents.