How I Can Help You Buy or Sell Real Estate:

Welcome! I provide information about real estate in Silicon Valley. You will learn about homes for sale, recent real estate sales (through Nov 2014), closing costs for buyers and sellers, how to get your home ready to sell, school information, and useful facts about local cities. Many home buyers find my buyer seminar very helpful whether they are a first time buyer or bought a home years ago.

"I believe honesty, integrity, hard work, commitment and creativity are all necessary to craft a truly successful real estate transaction. I bring passion for my work to every transaction."

I was recently (Jan 2012) asked to provide a short inspirational speech to a local association of realtors. My speech covered early events in my life which highlighted my motivation to excel as a realtor. It was well received and hopefully provided encouragement to others.

I am regularly asked if there are any foreclosures for sale. I have created city(zip code) searches for foreclosures, short sales, and REO properties.

If you just want to take a quick look at homes recently offered for sale in various bay area cities, please visit my real estate for sale pages.

Recent Testimonials

Kendal:

Thank you for handling the selling of our family home and the purchase of our new home. The price you negotiated for our new home was 2% below any offer we would have chanced to make

Aleksandr:

I think there are a lot of misconceptions of what makes good realtor. IMO the realtor should be judged on "core competencies" and "nice to have" qualities. Three qualities define core competency of a good realtor (in case of buying a house)
- Understands your needs
- Knows market
- Can get you the house you want

Juliana scores very highly on all three. She also does well on "nice to have" part - but that is almost irrelevant imo.

She specializes in Palo Alto and peninsula market, is extremely successful, and pretty much knows everyone. What I learned is that agents want to work with other good agents. This may mean that, if you are represented by someone well known, you will often get a chance for a second bid or will have preference if bids are equal. The logic is that successful agents know what they are doing and have higher chance to close the transaction. In the competitive market, such as PA, with multiple offers on properties, the difference between being represented by someone top notch vs average can be the difference between getting or not getting the house you want. In other markets where competition is not strong - the difference is likely not as pronounced.

We are now about to close on a house in downtown Palo Alto which we never thought we could have bought. I think a huge part of us getting it was Juliana's strategy and that people preferred to work with her.

I highly recommend her to anyone who wants RESULTS. And remember that real estate is a referral business. One only gets to the top if people keep referring you!

Real Estate Statistics - Just updated through November 2014

Perhaps even more than before, wide area statistics can not accurately portray a neighborhood or even a city. Currently cities near strong companies or numerous employers are showing significantly greater home price appreciation. The average price of a home in San Jose grew from about $340K in 1998 to about $780K in Q1 2014, an increase to about 230%. The average price of a home in Palo Alto grew from about $620K to about $2.5M, an increase to about 400%. (The average home size in Palo Alto grew about 30% while the increase was only about 6% in San Jose)

A quick approximate view of San Francisco peninsula real estate price trends can be obtained by looking at the San Mateo County real estate statistics and Santa Clara County real estate statistics. The highest ever average price for San Mateo County single family homes was just reached in Q2 of 2014: approximately $1.5M ($740 per sf). The previous high of $1.27M ($650 per sf) was reached in Q3 of 2007. A weaker city such as San Bruno just reached its highest average price of about $800K ($520 per sf) in Q2 of 2014 versus the previous very similar high of just over $800K ($550 per sf) in mid 2007.

Santa Clara County price also show strong differences between cities. County wide the highest average price of about$1.21M ($625 per sf) was just reached in Q2 of 2014. The previous peak of about $1.10M ($570 per sf) was reached in Q2 of 2007. However look at a city having strong growth such as Palo Alto. The high average price of about $2.75M ($1300 per sf) was reached Q1 of 2014 while the previous high of about $2.0M ($920 per sf) was reached Q1 2007.

2014 has seen a good number of areas whose average price was at or a little below $800K at their peak in 2007 reach similar values. The lower priced areas have been lagging but many are showing better growth in 2014.

Cities dominated by the highest prices such as Atherton, Hillsborough, and Los Altos Hills tend to not follow the trends of wider areas.

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San Mateo County Real Estate Average Sales Price

San Mateo County Average Home Sales Price and Median Sales Price

San Mateo County home sales prices remained relatively flat after the drop in 2008 until the second quarter of 2012. Even though much speculation was made about facebook on the real estate market, Menlo Park home prices were slower to move upwards than Palo Alto.

Santa Clara County Average Home Sales Price

Santa Clara County Average Home Sales Price and Median Sales Price

Santa Clara County average home sales prices are surging upward primarily due to strong buyer demand at first in cities with good schools, then spreading to many but not all other cites.

Palo Alto Average Home Sales Price and Median Sales Price

City of Palo Alto Average Home Sales Price and Median Sales Price

Palo Alto average and median home sales prices have rapidly climbed to an all time high. The surge in prices was strong first in cities known for good schools then spread to many other cities. For Palo Alto the increase in average price is also pushed up by the larger average size of the homes sold.

What Do my Real Estate Clients Say?

Knowing that I can make a difference in people's lives is very strong motivation. I've posted letters of recommendation from people whom I've helped to buy and sell real estate.

KTSF Interviews of Juliana Lee (in Mandarin)

Nov 4, 2012 KTSF Business & Lifestyle - Latest

May 2008 San Francisco Peninsula Real Estate Interview

KTSF real estate agent interview KTSF Interview

KTSF-TV (CH 26) keeps many Silicon Valley Asians informed about news worthy events and helps provide a sense of community. I was both pleased and honored to be the first successful local business person to be interviewed for their "Business & Lifestyle" program series.

Thinking About Remodeling Your Kitchen

Many people try to decide between remodeling and buying a new home. One of the first things people want to remodel is the kitchen. It is also one of the most expensive rooms to remodel. You might get inspiration by viewing my virtual tour for kitchen ideas - beautiful kitchens, great kitchens, special kitchens.

My Diary of Building a New Palo Alto Home

Finding a lot for a new Palo Alto home Makeing room for a new home Foundation for a new home Below floor water, sewer, gas, ducts, etc. Framing my new home Framing begins Second story construction has begun New house begining to take its final shape 2nd story rafters Windows installed Tyvek and siding Exterior paint Family room drywall Living room drywall bedroom wall paint

Have you been searching real estate listings and homes for sale ads without success? Building a new home might be an option if you are certain you know what you want.

People have many different reasons for building a new Palo Alto home. I want to live near down town, have an effective home office, and have a country feel to my home. A few years ago I saw an opportunity which could fulfill all of these goals. If you've thought of building a new home you may find my diary of building a new Palo Alto home both interesting and useful.

Real Estate Sales Statistics and History

For home buyers and home sellers who want to be well informed, I provide current detailed sales history and real estate statistics for many cities. The city real estate statistics are calculated for quarters and currently reflect home sales through November 2014.

Latest Monthly Home Sales Activity (November 2014)

Real Estate Sales Statistics Summary (November 2014)

 

Homes for Sale - My Most Recent Real Estate

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20802 Hillmoor Dr

Saratoga
Homes For Sale

Saratoga Real Estate - 20802 Hillmoor Dr
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800 S Abel St

Milpitas
Homes For Sale

Milpitas Real Estate - 800 S Abel St #205
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524 Gerona Rd

Stanford
Real Estate - Sold

Stanford Real Estate - 524 Gerona Rd
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3010 South Court

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Ato Real Estate - 3010 South Court
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737 Loma Verde Ave 5

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Ato Real Estate - 737 Loma Verde Ave 5
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40207 Antigua Rose

Fremont
Real Estate - Sold

Fremont Real Estate - 40207 Antigua Rose Ter
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533 Winterberry Way

San Jose
Real Estate - Sold

San Jose Real Estate - 533 Winterberry Way
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1535 Goody Ln

San Jose
Real Estate - Sold

San Jose Real Estate - 1535 Goody Ln
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170 Frederick Ct

Los Altos
Real Estate - Sold

Los Altos Estate - 170 Frederick Ct
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1354 Dale Ave #13

Mountain View
Real Estate - Sold

Mountain View Real Estate - 1354 Dale Ave #13
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138 Hemlock Ct

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 138 Hemlock Ct
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3138 Flowers Ln

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Leased

Palo Alto For Rent - 3138 Flowers Ln
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1321 Hopkins Ave

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 1321 Hopkins Ave
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1705 Morgan St

Mountain View
Real Estate - Sold

Mountain View Real Estate - 1705 Morgan St
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3747 Cass Way

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3747 Cass Way
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5589 Portsmouth Ave

Newark
Real Estate - Sold

Newark Real Estate - 5589 Portsmouth Ave
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4237 Suzanne Dr

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 4237 Suzanne Dr
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10385 Rivercrest Ct

Cupertino
Real Estate - Sold

Cupertino Real Estate - 10385 Rivercrest Ct
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1911 Cambridge Dr

Mountain View
Real Estate - Sold

Mountain View Real Estate - 1911 Cambridge Dr
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470 Ruthven Ave

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 470 Ruthven Ave
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554 Hilbar Ln

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Leased

Palo Alto For Rent - 554 Hilbar Ln
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881 Parma Way

Los Altos
Real Estate - Sold

Los Altos Real Estate - 881 Parma Way
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860 Altaire Walk

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 860 Altaire Walk
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3815 Ross Rd

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3815 Ross Rd
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3851 Nathan Way

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3851 Nathan Way
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22149 Rae Lane

Cupertino
Real Estate - Sold

Cupertino Real Estate - 22149 Rae Ln
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223 Bayberry Cir

Pacifica
Real Estate - Sold

Pacifica Real Estate - 223 Bayberry Cir
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763 Florales Dr

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 763 Florales Dr
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4159 El Camino Way E

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 4159 El Camino Way #E
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83 Orchard Ave

Redwood City
Real Estate - Sold

Redwood City Real Estate - 83 Orchard Ave
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3253 Ramona St

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3253 Ramona St
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886 Marilyn Dr

Campbell
Real Estate - Sold

Campbell Real Estate - 886 Marilyn Dr
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649 Arastradero Rd

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 649 Arastradero Rd
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4159 El Camino Way B

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 4159 El Camino Way #B
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47 Walnut Ave

Atherton
Real Estate - Sold

Atherton Real Estate - 47 Walnut Ave
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229 Byron St

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 229 Byron St
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1932 Foxworthy Ave

San Jose
Real Estate - Sold

San Jose Real Estate - 1932 Foxworthy Ave
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872 Marshall Dr

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 872 Marshall Dr
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2111 Hastings Shore Ln

Redwood Shores
Real Estate - Sold

Redwood Shores Real Estate - 2111 Hastings Shore Ln
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424 Homer Ave

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 424 Homer Ave
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1745 Noranda Dr

Sunnyvale
Real Estate - Sold

Sunnyvale Real Estate - 1745 Noranda Dr
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601 Matadero Ave

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 601 Matadero Ave
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1001 Ramona Ave

San Jose
Real Estate - Sold

San Jose Real Estate - 1001 Ramona Ave
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670 San Antonio Rd

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 670 San Antonio Rd #40
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519 Saint Claire Dr

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 519 Saint Claire Dr
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651 Spruce Dr

Sunnyvale
Real Estate - Sold

Sunnyvale Real Estate - 651 Spruce Dr
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381 Carolina Ln

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 381 Carolina Ln
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714 Montrose Ave

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 714 Montrose Ave
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291 Walter Hays Dr

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Leased

Palo Alto Real Estate - 291 Walter Hays Dr
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3396 Park Blvd

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3396 Park Blvd
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25 Amherst Ct

Menlo Park
Real Estate - Sold

Menlo Park Real Estate - 25 Amherst Ct
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1140 S California Ave

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 1140 S California Ave
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1304 Hill Ave

Menlo Park
Real Estate - Sold

Menlo Park Real Estate - 1304 Hill Ave
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863 Altaire Walk

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 863 Altaire Walk
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37851 Essanay Pl

Niles
Real Estate - Sold

Niles Real Estate - 37851 Essanay Pl
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885 Altaire Walk

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 885 Altaire Walk
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3493 Golden State Dr

Santa Clara
Real Estate - Sold

Santa Clara Real Estate - 3493 Golden State Dr
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893 Altaire Walk

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 893 Altaire Walk 102
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3320 Bryant St

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3320 Bryant St
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2248 Schott Ct

Santa Clara
Real Estate - Sold

Santa Clara Real Estate - 2248 Schott Ct
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1650 Lorient Ter

San Jose
Real Estate - Sold

San Jose Real Estate - 1650 Lorient Ter
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1816 Park Vista Cir

Santa Clara
Real Estate - Sold

Santa Clara Real Estate - 1816 Park Vista Cir
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Have real estate questions? ... Ask Juliana!

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