Meet the Team

We understand that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. That’s why our team of highly-seasoned real estate professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for all of our clients. We take great pride in the relationships we build and always work relentlessly on the client’s behalf to help them achieve their real estate goals.

Our team of experts represents the best and brightest in the industry, and we’re always striving to lead the field in research, innovation, and consumer education. Today’s buyers and sellers need a trusted resource that can guide them through the complex world of real estate. With our extensive knowledge and commitment to providing only the best and most timely information to our clients, we are your go-to source for real estate industry insight and advice.

Our Mission Statement
Our philosophy is simple: clients come first. We pledge to be in constant communication with our clients, keeping them fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. We believe that if you’re not left with an amazing experience, we haven’t done our job. We don’t measure success through achievements or awards, but through the satisfaction of our clients.

Bryan Hurlbut 

REALTOR® | Team Leader
DRE# 01347508


To ensure I earn a lifetime partnership with my clients, I will:

  • Work with an overriding emphasis on ethical, professional, and personal relationships.
  • Study properties in the local area, to maintain a high-level understanding of current inventory, prices, values, and how quickly properties are selling.
  • Keep my clients informed about market changes in their specific area.
  • Guide my clients through all aspects of the escrow process, including staging, marketing, pre-inspections, contract negotiations, and timely closing.
  • Stay abreast of the hot-button topics in my field (from legal to technology to marketing), by attending seminars and classes.
  • Put time and energy into my relationships with REALTORS® in the local community, thereby putting my clients in a superior position when it’s time to sell, buy, or negotiate.
  • Maintain close ties in the community, including my alma mater, Saint Mary’s College, which I attended from 1993-1997.


When I exceed my clients’ expectations, they will:

  • Work with me on the sale or purchase of their next property
  • Refer their family to work with me
  • Refer their friends to work with me
  • Ask me for referrals from people I trust – from contractors and handy people to attorneys and accountants


When my clients trust me to help the people they care about, I have earned a lifetime partnership.


Accomplishments in real estate

  • Full- time REALTOR® with Dudum Real Estate Group since 2017
  • Full-time REALTOR® with Empire Realty Associates 2002-2017
  • Partner in Empire Realty Associates
  • Top 1% of REALTORS® in Contra Costa County 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Member of Top Agent Network – a collaboration of verified top 10% agents
  • Over $650 million in closed team transactions in Contra Costa and Alameda counties
  • Closed sales with financial institutions – represented both buyers and sellers in short sales and bank-owned properties

Accomplishments in community and business

  • Member of Board of Directors, Empire Realty Associates 2009 – 2011
  • Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader – recognized by the East Bay Times, 2002
  • Participant in American Cancer Society Relay for Life since 2006
  • Trustee on the Contra Costa Association of REALTORS® Scholarship Foundation, 2010
  • Aerotek’s Top 5% producer, 2002 and Business Development Award, 2001
  • Graduated from Saint Mary’s College, 1997 with degree in Business Administration

Lindsey Sindayen

DRE# 01895540

I consider myself supremely fortunate to love my job, and enjoy the excitement and satisfaction of helping my clients through the complex and thrilling process of buying or selling a home. I endeavor to maximize their investment potential while introducing them to the beautiful and unique communities I serve.

For buyers, I will

  • Begin by establishing clear criteria for what constitutes their dream home, and then make it my mission to find that home
  • Advise them throughout the process to help find not only a great home, but also a great investment
  • Negotiate the terms of purchase, ensuring we package an attractive offer, respond quickly and decisively to counteroffers, and act aggressively to set ourselves apart in multiple-offer situations
  • Adhere to the highest ethical standards throughout the negotiation and escrow process

For sellers, I will

  • Learn about each client’s unique situation, taking into consideration their personal objectives
  • Determine the optimal pricing strategy and marketing plan for my client, their family, and their home
  • Devote myself to attracting qualified buyers and advising my clients how best to respond to evolving market conditions
  • Negotiate on their behalf to ensure they receive favorable terms and the highest dollar possible for their home
  • Ensure that the escrow process is as smooth as possible and my clients are kept informed every step of the way

Satisfied clients are the key to my success 
and my commitment to them extends beyond the transaction period. I will provide quality advice regarding their home and the market before, during, and after the real estate transaction. I want my clients to feel they have found the only REALTOR® they will ever need.

Accomplishments in real estate and business

  • Top 1% of Real Estate Teams in Contra Costa County 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Member of Top Agent Network – a collaboration of verified top 10% agents
  • Member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
  • Member of Luxury Portfolio International
  • Closed sales with financial institutions: in both short-sale and bank-owned properties
  • Graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business Administration

Erica Misasi


DRE# 02027240


Erica grew up in Contra Costa County and while school, work, and life took her all over the country she knew she wanted to return home to raise her family. Prior to children, Erica had a career in the finance industry focused on residential lending. She resides in Walnut Creek with her husband, Ryan, two children Drew and Mia and two Boston Terriers. In between work and motherhood Erica can be found running the trails of Walnut Creek, volunteering at her children’s school, or enjoying time with family and friends.

From Erica:
I possess a “can do” attitude and will uphold the most ethical standards as I help both buyers and sellers in their home buying or selling process.

As your buyer's agent, I will:

  • Find the right property – What can I afford? What neighborhood should I pick? Is this home right for me? There are many questions a buyer can have when looking for a home. As your Realtor I will help you answer these question and assure you are happy with your decision.
  • Negotiate the offer – I am here to help advise you on an appropriate price to offer and present it to the sellers agent. I will negotiate on your behalf to get the home of your dreams.
  • Recommend other professionals – Need a reliable mortgage professional, mover, home inspector? I am here to help and make the home buying experience as easy as possible.
  • Help overcome setbacks – If a home inspection report or appraisal brings new issues to light, I can advise you on how to proceed, and then act as a buffer between you and the sellers or their agent. It is extremely helpful to have an experienced professional keeping calm and offering productive solutions.

As the seller’s agent, I will guide you on:

  • Pricing – Pricing a home properly is the most important thing your realtor can do for you. I will help you price your home using my understanding of the market and comparable sales in the area.
  • Marketing – Staging, photos & videos are important steps in marketing your home. The Internet plays an important role today in how homes are marketed. I work with my client’s and decide how best to approach marketing based on their needs.
  • Communication – I like to keep my clients informed with what is going on with the sale of their home.
  • Negotiate The Best Terms – I go out of my way to fight hard for the best terms and conditions for my clients.
  • Ensure the closing process is a smooth as possible

Accomplishments in community and business

  • Top 1% of Real Estate Teams in Contra Costa County 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Member of Top Agent Network – a collaboration of verified top 10% agents
  • Dudum Real Estate Group Rising Star Award 2018

Lauren Deal


DRE# 02060294

Lauren joined the Hurlbut Team in 2017 to assist with operations, marketing, and relationship management before becoming an agent in 2018. After spending ten plus years of her life running fast paced, high intensity kitchens at notable restaurants like Chez Panisse, where she was Sous Chef from 2009-2013, Lauren turned her attention to family. Her shift to real estate doesn’t surprise those who know her. Born and raised in Lafayette, Lauren possesses a natural drive to share the community she loves with others. She and her husband (also a native to the area) lived in Oakland before flipping their beloved ranch-style abode for a fixer-upper closer to their families and friends. Lauren can relate to the experience of purchasing a home in this competitive market and personally relied on the expertise of Bryan and Lindsey to help land her “forever home.”

Growing up in the area Lauren possesses a nuanced understanding of local neighborhoods and a wide network of people that can help with off-market opportunities. Lauren brings her community knowledge, unrelenting work ethic, and a passion for functional design to each purchase and sale. Serving as project manager to various home remodels for family and friends, as well as recently finishing a complete renovation on her own Lafayette home, Lauren has experience with a long list of trusted referrals from contractors to cleaning services.

Lauren is: a 2006 graduate of UCSD, excellent cook, aspiring gardener, wife to Conor, mom to Josie and Frannie, and a labrador named Winston.

Accomplishments in community and business

  • Top 1% of Real Estate Teams in Contra Costa County 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Member of Top Agent Network – a collaboration of verified top 10% agents
  • Member of Dudum Real Estate Group Presidents Club 2021
  • Dudum Real Estate Group Rising Star Award 2019


Drew Shiller

DRE# 02166533

I am extremely excited to hear your story, get to know you and develop a life-long relationship. Plain and simple -- nobody will work harder when it comes to selling or buying your home. My passion, dedication and attention to detail is exactly what you need in this hyper-competitive market. Having gone through both sides of the riveting and emotional process in 2021, I am uniquely prepared to help navigate every step of the way. Not only will we accomplish your goals, but the experience will be as seamless and rewarding as possible. I genuinely look forward to connecting and working together.

I joined the Hurlbut Team after five years of co-hosting the TV show "Warriors Outsiders" on NBC Sports Bay Area. I earned a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from Stanford and was the co-captain of the Cardinal basketball team as a senior during the 2009-10 season. My wife and I and our two little kids (Chip is 3 and Poppy is 1) live in Walnut Creek, and we love being out and about in the community/surrounding areas.

Accomplishments in community and business

  • Top 1% of Real Estate Teams in Contra Costa County 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Member of Top Agent Network – a collaboration of verified top 10% agents


Ariel Zimmerman

Team Assistant | REALTOR®
DRE# 02027252

Ariel brings over a decade of administrative experience to The Hurlbut Team. She handles the details and makes sure each transaction is seamless and smooth for clients on both sides of the real estate transaction. A graduate of Sacramento State University with a degree in Consumer Sciences, Ariel specializes in communications, customer service, and business. As the former operations manager for one of the largest Bay Area real estate firms, Ariel has in-depth knowledge of real estate transactions, tools, and the local market as a whole.

Chialo Steifvater

Transaction Coordinator

I have been an Independent Transaction Coordinator since 2014. I enjoy the dynamic world of real estate and being a part of the home buying and selling process. My role is to assist agents in the paperwork and compliance requirements that are integral to a successful close of escrow. I work with agents, their clients, cooperating brokers and escrow and have developed many positive working relationships over my years of being a transaction coordinator.