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 March 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 March 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 average price of approximately $1.3M ($675 per sf) for San Mateo County single family homes, was recorded for Q1 of 2014 versus the very similar previous high of $1.27M ($650 per sf) in Q3 of 2007. A strong city such as Belmont just reached its highest average price of about $1.18M ($680 per sf) in Q1 of 2014 versus the previous significantly lower high of about $1.02M ($575 per sf) in mid 2007.

Santa Clara County price also show strong differences between cities. County wide the highest average price of about $1.10M ($570 per sf) was reached in Q2 of 2007. The current average is about $1.08M ($575 per sf) is nearly the same. However look at a city having strong growth such as Palo Alto. The high average price of about $2.5M ($1100 per sf) was reached Q1 of 2014 while the previous high of about $2.0M ($920 per sf) was reached Q1 2007. Q1 2014 shows a very high peak of $1400 per sf but this is probably influenced by a low number of sales, a pair of quite expensive homes sold in Old Palo Alto, and several very small homes with quite large lots having just sold.

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 have 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.

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 March 2014.

Latest Monthly Home Sales Activity (March 2014)

Real Estate Sales Statistics Summary (March 2014)

 

Homes for Sale - My Most Recent Real Estate

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881 Parma Way

Los Altos
Homes For Sale

Los Altos Real Estate - 881 Parma Way
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470 Ruthven Ave

Palo Alto
Homes For Sale

Palo Alto Real Estate - 470 Ruthven Ave
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190 Wiley Ter

Mountain View
Homes For Sale

Mountain View Real Estate - 190 Wiley Ter
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223 Bayberry Cir

Pacifica
Homes For Sale

Pacifica Real Estate - 223 Bayberry Cir
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4159 El Camino Way

Palo Alto
Homes For Sale

Palo Alto Real Estate - 4159 El Camino Way #E
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3253 Ramona St

Palo Alto
Homes For Sale

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3253 Ramona St
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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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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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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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863 Altaire Walk

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 863 Altaire Walk
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885 Altaire Walk

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 885 Altaire Walk
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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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600 S Abel St 223

Milpitas
Real Estate - Sold

Milpitas Real Estate - 600 S Abel St 224
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3661 Ramona Cir

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3661 Ramona Cir
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1705 Orr Ct

Los Altos
Real Estate - Sold

Los Altos Real Estate - 1705 Orr Ct
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3776 La Donna Ave

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3776 La Donna Ave
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2624 Ponce Ave

Belmont
Real Estate - Sold

Belmont Real Estate - 2624 Ponce Ave
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427 Alma St 107

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 427 Alma St 107
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1007 Peggy Ln

Menlo Park
Real Estate - Sold

Menlo Park Real Estate - 1007 Peggy Ln
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1159 Topaz Ave

San Jose
Real Estate - Sold

San Jose Real Estate - 1159 Topaz Ave
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840 La Para Ave

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 840 La Para Ave
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561 Hilbar Ln

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 561 Hilbar Ln
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175 Evandale Ave

Mountain View
Real Estate - Sold

Mountain View Real Estate - 175 Evandale Ave, #4
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4159 El Camino Way

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 4159 El Camino Way Unit N
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3327 La Mesa Dr

San Carlos
Real Estate - Sold

San Carlos Real Estate - 3327 La Mesa Dr
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2468 W Bayshore Rd

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 2468 W Bayshore Rd 7
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2585 Park Blvd

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 2585 Park Blvd, Unit Z204
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1061 Clark Ave

Mountain View
Real Estate Sold

Mountain View Real Estate - 1061 Clark Ave
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430 Erlin Dr

San Carlos
Real Estate - Sold

San Carlos Real Estate - 430 Erlin Dr
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2264 Yale St

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 2264 Yale St
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239 Sequoia Ave

Redwood City
Real Estate - Sold

Redwood City Real Estate - 239 Sequoia Ave
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731 San Benito Ave

Menlo Park
Real Estate - Sold

Menlo Park Real Estate - 731 San Benito Ave
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1754 Emerson St

Palo Alto
Real Estate Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 1754 Emerson St
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1262 Oregold Pl

San Jose
Real Estate - Sold

San Jose Real Estate - 1262 Oregold Pl
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670 San Antonio Rd

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 670 San Antonio Rd, Unit 40
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1169 Fay St

Redwood City
Real Estate - Sold

Redwood City Real Estate - 1169 Fay St
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1085 Golden Way

Los Altos
Real Estate - Sold

Los Altos Real Estate - 1085 Golden Way
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2140 Santa Cruz Ave

Menlo Park
Real Estate - Sold

Menlo Park Real Estate - 2140 Santa Cruz Ave
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405 Mendocino Way

Redwood Shores
Real Estate - Sold

Redwood Shores Real Estate - 405 Mendocino Way, Redwood Shores
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382 Coyote Creek Cir

San Jose
Real Estate - Sold

San Jose Real Estate - 382 Coyote Creek Cir
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2452 W Bayshore Rd

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 2452 W Bayshore Rd, Unit 5
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2262 Yale St

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Leased

Palo Alto Real Estate - 2262 Yale St
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554 Hilbar Ln

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Leased

Palo Alto For Rent - 554 Hilbar Ln
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731 Loma Verde Ave

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Leased

Palo Alto For Real Estate - 731 Loma Verde Ave
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919 Clara Dr

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto For Real Estate - 919 Clara Dr
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401 Baltic Cir

Redwood Shores
Real Estate - Sold

Redwood Shores Real Estate - 401 Baltic Cir #429
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731 Loma Verde Ave

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto For Real Estate - 731 Loma Verde Ave
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2951 South Ct

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 2951 South Ct
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140 Daley Ct

San Bruno
Real Estate - Sold

San Bruno Real Estate - 140 Daley Ct
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2251 Harvard St

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 2251 Harvard St
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1220 Priscilla Dr

Cupertino
Real Estate - Sold

Cupertino Real Estate - 1220 Priscilla Dr
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934 S Wolfe Ave

Sunnyvale
Real Estate - Sold

Sunnyvale Real Estate - 934 S Wolfe Ave
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1609 Stanwich Rd

San Jose
Real Estate - Sold

San Jose Real Estate - 1609 Stanwich Rd
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1806 Mark Twain St

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 1806 Mark Twain St
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2342 Middlefield Rd

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 2342 Middlefield Rd
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3545 Ramona St

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3545 Ramona St
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221 Rengstorff Ave

Mountain View
Real Estate - Sold

Mountain View Real Estate - 221 Rengstorff Ave
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3138 Flowers Ln

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Leased

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3138 Flowers Ln
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3282 Berryessa St

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3282 Berryessa St
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4897 Miramar Ave

San Jose
Real Estate - Sold

San Jose Real Estate - 4897 Miramar Ave
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3985 Bibbits Dr

Palo Alto
Real Estate - Sold

Palo Alto Real Estate - 3985 Bibbits Dr
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Have real estate questions? ... Ask Juliana!