The Olsen Team Story

Raising Families and Selling the East Bay Over 45 Years

The BrightWork Realty Advocates story dates back to 1964, when Sue Olsen relocated from Illinois. Sue attended nursing school in LA, worked as a nurse, married a doctor, and moved to the East Bay. Sue and her husband rented a home in Orinda before purchasing a home in La Fayette and finally bought a lot in Orinda, where they built a custom home. 

Upon finishing their home, in 1977, Sue decided to begin a career in real estate. Sue knew she could compete in the market while also providing better service than she had received. 

Over the decades, Sue raised her family in her adopted hometown of Orinda and then in Moraga, where she served on numerous boards and invested heavily in the community. 

Since 2004, Sue has managed The Olsen Team with her son Ben Olsen. Collectively, the team has sold more than a BILLION dollars in Lamorinda/East Bay real estate, donated hundreds of thousands to local charities, served thousands of area homeowners, and mentored many passionate realtors.

In response to the ever-evolving local real estate market, Ben Olsen founded BrightWork Realty Advocates in 2022. It is the culmination of decades of high-integrity service for The Olsen Team. Together, Sue and Ben Olsen have created a company that champions clients and mentors agents, combining the latest real estate innovations and old-school service. The team at BrightWork Realty Advocates is passionate and professional, comprised of local agent partners, and ready to show you - The SMART Way to Real Estate.


Sue Olsen


Sue, Ben and Lara


Sue and Ben Olsen


Sue and Ben Olsen


Sue and Ben Olsen


Sue and Ben Olsen


Ben and Sue Olsen


Sue and Ben Olsen

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