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Helping clients buy, lease, manage, sell and exchange investment properties in Oakland and the greater San Francisco Bay area.

Whether first home buyers or experienced commercial investors, our clients receive professional representation.


We specialize in searching for, negotiation, financing, closing, management and selling/exchanging phases.


Our success is based on over 35 years of investment experience.  

Real estate transactions are complicated.  You need a focused team - on top of the process at each step of the way.

We focus on Oakland investment property - residential, commercial, short sale and bank owned (REO)

We proudly represent clients in the following:

Buyers agent / sellers agent

Representing sellers, buyers, investors and institutions in property transactions. 


Property management

Managing your investment - from an investor's perspective.

Business and investment property consulting

Maximizing profit potential of your larger assets.

Hard money lending

Short and medium term unconventional loans.

Loan facilitation

Shopping for and coordinating competitive real estate loans.

1031 exchange

Purchasing of property after sale to lawfully defer tax obligations.

Commercial condonizing

Separation of a single title to create multiple salable titles.

Tenancy in common

Coordinating concurrent ownership between two or more persons.

"When it comes to knowing everything about real estate investment it's Ms Dy. It's rare to meet anyone who can answer every question I had without 'getting back to me' and who also raised issues I have never considered. "

Linda J

"I had a great experience with Dy Associates, and am now moving forward in my real estate and property building goals."

Malinda T

" Lani and her team are the best. Not only did they take care of everything in what was a complicated process, they helped me find finance and I'm now a real estate investor.  I couldn't have done it without them"

Scott T

About Us

Founded in 2002, Dy Associates is a small and personal real estate brokerage, aiming to provide every client with insightful guidance and professional service from decades of personal real estate investment experience.

As active Oakland property investors, Lani and Nick understand what's important for investors - whether buying, selling, securing finance or managing property.  We work with each client as an investor, not just processing the paperwork for another client.

Investors and small business owners are often frustrated securing finance.  You understand the potential but your situation doesnt fit the typical boilerplate template.  For specific needs, we work with our network for alternative financing options.  

Through the recent real estate downturn, incredible opportunities were available for investors to capitalize on low property values and interest rates.  We secured many bank owned and short sale properties for clients - some for the long term and some for flipping.   

There are always opportunities for savvy investors to expand, reorganize or reduce their portfolio in Oakland investment property. 

Some properties need renovation to reach their potential. 


Lani Dy - Broker, investor and entrepreneur

Founding Board Member of the Bay Commercial Bank, advisor to the MVP Performance Institute and serves on the Board of TAU House at the University of California, Berkeley.

A top producing agent and broker with over 20 years real estate experience, Lani developed into a notable commercial and residential real estate investor. She also consults to professionals and companies in property acquisitions and sales.


She's creative, proactive, moves fast and has proven herself through market upturns and downturns. Before diversifying her portfolio, Lani was the 2nd largest property owner in the Oakland 'Pill Hill' medical area. Lani works directly with investors in real estate and business to review and help maximize efficiency and profits.


Nick Watchorn - Investor

Investing in both commercial and residential property, Nick also coordinates property improvement and marketing.  Nick purchased his first property at 21 and has interests in a variety of commercial and residential properties in the bay area.  Nick also has decades of experience in property investment and risk management.


Greg Dy - Associate

Greg is highly motivated and ready to represent clients to buy, sell and lease property.  Looking for something specific?  Contact Greg and get him working on your behalf.


George Dy Jr - Investor

George Jr graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Economy. Before graduating, he managed a 49 apartment complex and co-founded 'Startups at Berkeley' (ST@B), a club aimed at connecting students to the greater entrepreneurial environment in the Bay Area.

With a focus on technology and social media marketing, George founded Square-2-Technologies, consulting to companies including Hookupfeed, Weatherista and Post+Beam. George is also a founding partner of the startup and Propeller Labs.  George is an active investor in commercial and residential property in the bay area.

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