After years of renting (and saving) in San Francisco, Mike Johnston and Nicole Mirchandani were ready to find a place they could call their own. Envisioning backyard barbecues and family dinners, the newlyweds were seeking ample space, a chef’s kitchen and, of course, a relatively easy Bay Area commute. Their search was full of ups and downs. But when they found First Republic, they gained a responsive, experienced team who understood their finances and the competitive market. The couple landed in a home that checks all the right boxes, with a new financial ally to support them into the future.