From Marin County to Silicon Valley - and everywhere in between - our team of caring relocation professionals is dedicated to helping you find your new rental home in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Our Mission

We listen

We know that your home is where your heart is, where your pets nap, your children play, and where you kick back. ​As a team of Bay Area natives, we listen carefully to your needs and find you rental options that suit your unique lifestyle. 

We collaborate

Moving is challenging and our team supports you through the ups and downs. Our process is designed so you know what to expect and are prepared to rent. We continually make adjustments and search listings until tour day.

We tour

We design our rental tours around your needs and nothing more. We never take commission from landlords, agents, or leasing companies, so our only interest is to represent you - the tenant.


Our Team

Founder & Rental Agent

CA DRE #02039901

Lisa McCarrel

Lisa McCarrel founded Move Bay Area to provide relocation services with unparalleled support and personal attention to professionals, families, and students moving to the Bay Area. She brings years of relocation experience, Bay Area rental expertise and a "can-do" attitude to each client's situation. Over the years, Lisa has developed invaluable relationships with real estate companies, property managers, and rental companies to connect clients to the best properties in the Bay Area.


Monica is a third-generation Bay Area Native. She was born and raised in the East Bay, attended college in San Francisco, and currently resides in the East Bay; Monica has as expert perspective on all things local. When she’s not leading Move Bay Area’s client support services, she can be found exploring the hidden gems around the Bay Area’s food and culture scene. 

Monica Stolte

Office Manager & Relocation Consultant


San Francisco native Nicole Best Varela has a very personal relationship with the real estate that spans across the city she was born to love. Growing up with a father who remodeled homes across the Bay Area, she developed a deep-rooted appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the city’s distinct architectural terrain and has enthusiastically channeled her passion into a thriving real estate career with a genuine desire to help her clients.

Nicole Varela

Relocation Consultant

CA BRE #02049363


The process of buying or selling a home is so much more than just a transaction, it is a life changing experience. Leslie Shafton is a Realtor who truly understands how significant this experience is, which is why she dedicates herself to each and every client, to ensure that they are cared for not only financially, but personally.

Leslie Shafton

Real Estate Agent for
Rent or Buy Tours

CA BRE #01944775


Yiu Kam

Yiu supports Move Bay Area through overall business strategy, operations support, IT, and marketing. He is the company’s resident foodie and loves to spend time exploring the many downtowns throughout the Bay Area. When Yiu isn’t supporting Move Bay Area, he wears his other hat as a creative director at an environmental consulting firm. 


We are a team of caring professionals who ❤️ the Bay Area and our clients! We'd love to help you find your new 🏠!

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