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Alan Canas

Founder / Realtor®

Alan Canas creates highly personalized, custom-built real estate experiences centered around trust and intimate client relationships. With more than 11 years in the industry, Alan has earned a reputation as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s top-producing agents. A skilled negotiator, he consistently delivers top dollar in the shortest amount of time, orchestrating buying and selling experiences that are as successful as they are brief.

Alan’s record of excellence, friendly personality, and warm energy have contributed to his many real estate accomplishments. But it’s his commitment to getting the best outcome for his clients that is at the heart of Alan’s secret sauce of success. To paraphrase one happy client, Alan is good at what he does because he cares about what he does. Alan’s clients often feel they are partnering with a friend who also happens to be a real estate agent.

Building and fostering tight, intimate relationships are the hallmarks of working with Alan and his team at InSync Real Estate. They view their clients as part of their immediate circle, working with the motto, “We treat family right.” To that end, Alan understands that buying or selling a home can be a challenging, emotional time, and he taps into his deep sense of empathy to turn a complicated, stressful process into a positive and rewarding experience.

This type of personal touch could be the reason why Alan has forged so many strong relationships with so many buyers, sellers, and colleagues in the industry. By partnering with Alan, clients feel like they’re part of a well-driven machine, because when the Alan Canas Team says “the team outperforms the individual,” they mean it.

In his personal life, Alan’s passions include his deep love for his husband, daughter, and large extended clan, as well as his active involvement in local Bay Area nonprofits that address issues of affordable housing, senior care, and child abuse prevention. He also works closely with Bay Area nonprofits that find foster families for abandoned or homeless animals, and Alan and his family continue to foster animals in their home.

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Jacob A. Barnes

Buyer Specialist / Realtor®

Real estate agent Jacob Barnes has been described by clients and colleagues alike as patient, trusting, and understanding. Not surprisingly, these words also define the best aspects of skillful and successful real estate professionals, especially those who work with Alan Canas as members of the InSync Real Estate team.

Since joining The Alan Canas Team in 2015, Jacob has steadily built a reputation as a buyer’s agent who develops and fosters strong, meaningful relationships with clients and other real estate professionals, always in pursuit of a common goal. Past professional experiences outside of real estate have sharpened his customer service, sales, and management skills.

Collectively with the rest of the Alan Canas team, Jacob brings a strong personal touch, attention to detail, and expert local knowledge to his real estate career. Being a native of the San Francisco Bay Area gives him the ability to find homes for his clients in communities that resonate with their lifestyles.

Jacob considers his profession to be both emotionally and financially rewarding, and he sees each transaction as a great accomplishment. When not delivering expert service to his clients, Jacob enjoys family gatherings, keeping fit, listening to and playing music, and cheering on his hometown Oakland Warriors and Oakland Raiders.

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Debbie Livingston


Debbie Livingston comes to us from Sotheby’s, where she enjoyed a fruitful working relationship with InSync Real Estate founder Alan Canas. Due in part to the rapport built between the two during that time, Debbie accepted an invitation to bring her unique skill sets to a distinguished boutique agency by joining the InSync Real Estate team.

Debbie brings a winning combination of tenacity, deep insight, and a love of detailed work. Not coincidentally, she finds that the organizational and administrative skills she learned as a project manager serve her well in her real estate career. Drawing from both professional and personal experiences, Debbie goes to great lengths to educate clients on the entire process, often acting as a consultant in guiding them in the right direction.

Taking a meticulous approach to her work, Debbie manages her transactions behind the scenes like a highly-coordinated project, orchestrating all of the moving parts and people to make sure everything stays on track. A solution-oriented agent, Debbie knows that folding contingency plans into her overall strategy is a proven way to ensure that all bases are covered and transactions proceed smoothly and without a hitch.

When not building strong client relationships through her calm, personable nature, Debbie has a soft spot in her heart for animals in general and dogs in particular, supporting the Peninsula Humane Society and Muttville, a San Francisco nonprofit that finds homes for senior dogs. Originally from Hawaii, Debbie feels most at home when she’s in or near a tropical ocean.

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Gina Fornesi

Director of Operations

With 30 years of experience in real estate and related industries, Director of Operations & Listing Manager Gina Fornesi wears many hats at InSync Real Estate. With one foot in finance, mortgage, and insurance and the other in creativity and design, there’s a reason why she is referred to as Alan Canas’ “Director of Everything.”

A member of the Alan Canas team since 2011, Gina has served as Alan’s assistant, transaction coordinator, and all things in between. Currently, a major part of her responsibilities include marketing, design, and everything involved in staging and preparing properties for sale, which entails working behind the scenes with contractors and vendors to get homes move-in ready. This type of multi-tasking demands creativity, attention to detail, and an intuitive sense of knowing what appeals to clients.

A third-generation San Franciscan, Gina currently calls the Bay Area community of Burlingame her home, giving her the local expertise and personal touch that has become one of the calling cards of the Alan Canas team. In fact, Bay Area real estate is a large part of her heritage, as she follows in the footsteps of her father who for many years ran a real estate brokerage in San Francisco’s Mission District.

All of these past and present experiences have given Gina a versatility that is hard to match in the real estate world, and that’s part of the reason why she’s such an integral part of the Alan Canas team. Thorough, focused, diligent, successful … a consummate professional. What more needs to be said?

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Megan Mitchell

Executive Assistant to Alan Canas / Realtor®

After acquiring her real estate license, Megan Mitchell knew exactly what she wanted: to begin a career in an environment where she could grow and thrive. A true believer in the power of a strong team, Megan was instantly attracted to the Alan Canas mantra of “the team outperforms the individual.” Not long after, she became the Executive Assistant to Alan Canas at InSync Real Estate.

A native of Santa Rosa, CA, Megan brings to InSync Real Estate a solid record of success as an AE for CEOs of companies in Arizona and the Bay Area, where she mastered the complex communication and organizational skills her job demands, the same skills that make her a natural fit and valuable asset at InSync Real Estate.

As so often happens, a passion for real estate runs in Megan’s family, as her grandmother enjoyed a successful career as a real estate broker in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was through her grandmother that Megan realized the value of the personal touch, especially in a people-oriented business like real estate. It was also her grandmother who taught her the importance of core values like loyalty, integrity, and dependability.

Megan brings these traits, as well as positive energy, hard work, and a winning personality, to her demanding role at InSync Real Estate. To relax, she enjoys outdoor activities and seasonal sports like snowboarding and water skiing. She also puts special priority on traveling and exploring new places with family and friends.

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Hilary Saunders

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

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.

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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 Reside, Corey is a strong conceptual thinker with over 10 years of graphic design experience.

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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.

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Ashley Bledsoe

Marketing Director

Ashley Bledsoe joins Reside 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®.

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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 Reside he is part of a team focused on creating integrated marketing strategies for top performing real estate agents.

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