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 Mar 31, 2016), 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 real estate seminar very helpful whether they are a first time buyer or bought a home years ago.

One measure of how much I and my team can help you is my web site. Please explore it. Our personal guidance surpasses my website.

"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."

Home Values

Map showing Silicon Valley city home values

Quickly get a view of area home values by visiting my Silicon Valley Home Values web page.

Real Estate Trends

Map showing Silicon Valley real estate trends

Quickly view Silicon Valley real estate trends. Price changes are shown both on a map and in a table.

City Information

Map with Silicon Valley city information links

The quickest way to find information about a Silicon Valley city is to jump to my Silicon Valley City Information web page.

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.

Real Estate Statistics - Just updated through Mar 31, 2016

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 Bay Area 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.

Home Values and Real Estate Statistics

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San Mateo County home prices: average home price and median home price
San Mateo County home prices: average home price and median home price

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

Recent Testimonials


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 irrelevant imo.

She specializes in Palo Alto and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area 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!


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.

A Little About Who Juliana Lee Is

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.

Education has played an important part in my life and in the lives of many people. I believe strongly in supporting local public education.

KTSF Interviews of Juliana Lee (in Mandarin)

Nov 4, 2012 KTSF Business & Lifestyle - Latest

May 2008 San Francisco Bay Area 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 Making 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 beginning 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 History and Statistics

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, months, and years. They currently reflect home sales through Mar 31, 2016.

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.

Latest Monthly Home Sales Activity (Mar 31, 2016)

Real Estate Statistics Summary (Mar 31, 2016)


2015 Real Estate Sales (Partial List)