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 Dec 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.
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
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
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 December 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nov 4, 2012 KTSF Business & Lifestyle - Latest
May 2008 San Francisco Peninsula Real Estate 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.
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.
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 both quarters and months. They currently reflect home sales through December 2014.
The local multiple listing service made changes in December 2014 in several property categories. Data used to be available by MLS city which was slightly different from the postal city. An example is Redwood Shores which is not a city but part of Redwood City. Most of my values are now reported by postal city rather than by MLS city. Another change is there used to be two classes of property: 1 single family residence and 2 condos, townhouses, etc. I now separate my home values into three categories: 1. houses; 2. townhouses; and 3. condos. The separation isn't perfect because it relies on the original listing data having been entered correctly.