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About Robert L. Speer, Real Estate Broker

"Robert believes that the business of real estate is much more than buying and selling. At its core is establishing homes for individuals and families, identifying worthwhile urban investment opportunities, and preserving the favorable characteristics of our neighborhoods."

Origins & Education

Originally from Kansas City, Robert's formal education included earning degrees in Zoology and Art History, as well as three years of medical school at the University of Kansas. However, his main interests have always been urban planning and architectural restoration.


In 2013, he published a non-fiction book regarding his real estate career—The Saga of San Francisco's Wild Western Addition and Me. It is available for purchase on in paperback and as an e-book.

Districts of Interest

As a resident, property owner in San Francisco, California, since 1976, and practicing real estate broker, Robert uses his specialized interests in selling and personally rehabilitating architecturally and historically significant buildings in the Western Addition, Haight-Ashbury, Alamo Square, Hayes Valley, Upper Market, and Pacific Heights districts.

Advocacy & Awards

In addition to serving the individual needs of buyers and sellers through his firm, Robert L. Speer & Associates, Inc., Robert is a tireless advocate for historic preservation and responsible development through his involvement in the evolution of both the Beideman Area Historic District and the Fillmore Center. He is one of the past presidents of the Beideman Area Neighborhood Group, Planning Association of Divisadero Street, and Western Addition Parking Corporation in the Japan Center. As one of the founding members of the Victorian Alliance, Robert has been vigilant in monitoring the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, the San Francisco Housing Authority, and City Hall to ensure that citizen concerns over excessive development and insensitive planning be positively reflected in the decisions of these government entities, and that the best character of all neighborhoods be preserved. He has also been proactive with the LGBTQ  community.

In 1997, the Residential Builders Association presented him with an award for his outstanding contribution and commitment to the construction industry in San Francisco. His involvement and extensive participation in leadership roles with the Greater San Francisco Association of REALTORS® has given Robert a uniquely gained in-depth perspective of the past 20 years for the residential and commercial development possibilities with regard to historical buildings and new buildings in San Francisco.