Welcome! I provide information about real estate in Silicon Valley. You will learn about homes for sale, recent real estate sales (through May 31, 2017), closing costs for home buyers and home sellers, how to get your home ready to sell, Silicon Valley school information, and useful facts about Silicon Valley cities. Many home buyers find my free real estate seminar very helpful whether they are a first time buyer or bought a home years ago.
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Working with a skilled real estate agent will save you time and money. Your real estate agent will find information about homes which you don't know exists. She has spent years building a network that provides her with ways to achieve your goals.
Years ago when paper was the main source of real estate information, it was necessary for a real estate agent to specialize in a small location. Now with multiple listing service information, and with all real estate agents active on the internet, computerized searches and conversations have turned local area specialization into a disadvantage. How can you get good information from someone who never looks outside of their neighborhood?
Juliana Lee's team agents are not just Palo Alto real estate agents, they are Silicon Valley real estate agents. By having team members be specialists for different tasks, they quickly develop superior, in depth, knowledge and skills which apply to all of Silicon Valley. Juliana Lee was a computerized Palo Alto real estate agent before the internet had widespread use in real estate sales. She lives in Palo Alto less than 100 yards from the Santa Clara County - San Mateo County border, the geographic center of Silicon Valley. She has worked and excelled at many of the top Palo Alto real estate companies as an agent.
Imagine hiring a home painter to paint your home. If you were to hire a painter who never looked outside of Palo Alto, you could have a painter who knew a lot about working with the city of Palo Alto building department. Unless that painter looked outside of Palo Alto, he would not know about techniques and trends that develop in other cities until they were adopted by painters covering wider areas. Knowing how to get information from a city building department is more important than always working with one building department.
A real estate agent who knows how to get "location specific information" and has wide area experience, will nearly always be more knowledgeable and successful helping you to achieve your goals than a real estate agent who always works with people in only one location.
Work with a Silicon Valley real estate agent to get top results achieving your goals. Give Juliana Lee a call, 650-857-1000, and chat about your goals with one of the best real estate agents, a #1 top real estate agent nationwide.
- detailed real estate trends updated through May 31, 2017
The first half of 2017 is seeing a repeat of the last 3 or 4 years. Almost all cities are showing fairly strong price appreciation, although slightly less than previous years. The number of sales is slowly declining. The typical seasonal variation showing most of the price increase occurring during the 1st quarter of the year seems to be happening again although it seems to have been delayed slightly possibly due to concerns about national political changes. The lowest monthly number of sales seems to again be near January.
A quick approximate view of Silicon Valley real estate price trends can be obtained by looking at the San Mateo County real estate market trends and the Santa Clara County real estate market trends. The highest ever average price for San Mateo County single family homes looks like it will be reached in Q2 of 2017: approximately $1.8M as of June 2017 ($925 per sq.ft., up 42%). The previous high of $1.27M ($650 per sf) was reached in Q3 of 2007. A weaker city such as Daly City is reaching its highest average price of about $900K ($650 per sq.ft., up 24%) in Q2 of 2017 versus the previous high of just over $750K ($525 per sq.ft.) in 2007.
Santa Clara County prices also show strong differences between cities. County wide, the highest average price of about$1.44M ($750 per sq.ft., up 32%) is being reached in Q2 of 2017. The previous peak of about $1.10M ($570 per sq.ft.) was reached in Q2 of 2007. However look at a city having strong growth such as Palo Alto. The high average price of about $3.4M ($1,550 per sq.ft., up 68%) is being reached in Q2 of 2017 while the previous high of about $2.0M ($920 per sf) was reached Q1 2007.
Looking for areas showing the least growth since the downturn tends to turn attention to cities further from high tech jobs such as Union City or cities with neighborhoods at the edge of Silicon Valley such as San Jose's Alum Rock neighborhood. It is quite likely these areas will show stronger growth if the economy keeps growing even slowly.
Cities dominated by the highest prices (Silicon Valley luxury homes) such as Atherton, Hillsborough, and Los Altos Hills tend to not follow the trends of wider areas. These cities were slower to appreciate until about late 2014 when prices increased sharply.
One of the market trends which shows changes in the real estate market fairly clearly is sales price vs. list price. I make changes very visible by plotting average sales prices over list price in a green color and plot sales prices below list price in a red color. Some people believe in watching days on market but the seasonal variation can make it harder to spot changes.
Another aspect to consider is the type of employment opportunities in the city. If you compare Union City to Milpitas, price levels and trends were quite similar until the 2008 downturn. During the recovery, Milpitas prices have grown quicker. If you look at the city information you can see that Milpitas has more high tech employers than Union City.
"Juliana and her team are the consummate professionals who found us the right home in Palo Alto within 3 days in 2014. In 2017 Juliana knew my son and I were looking to move for work and before the home was listed, brought us a Buyer. Motivated, knowledgeable about Silicon Valley homes, connected and tireless!" - Neil & Matthew
"We have been very happy in our Palo Alto house since we purchased it in September 1997. Juliana Lee was our agent and helped us get our house within 10 days on the market. We lived in Cupertino and we were not comfortable with the prices in Palo Alto. Juliana knew the Palo Alto market and was confident that the house would appreciate in value. Our house did appreciate in value - 3 times. Our kids got to attend Addison, Jordan and Palo Alto High and received top education in core curriculums as well as in arts, music, and other electives. Over the years, we feel very lucky to have worked with Juliana. She knows Palo Alto real estate very well. If you are selling or buying in Palo Alto, you need her on your side." - Angela
"Juliana and her team sold our townhouse in 4 days and helped us buy our dream house! We are so appreciative of her, and grateful for her skillful work. She is hardworking, dedicated, and extremely experienced. She knows the Bay Area market, which can be difficult at times, very well and comes up with creative strategies for difficult situations any buyer might run into. She has a team of great agents and staff supporting her, who have been very helpful as well. On top of all this, we found her website very informative too — we highly recommend her and her team." - Kathy
"Best agent I have ever seen so far, she can utilize her excellent experience and relationship quickly meet your requirement, she knows well how to get the offer, how to negotiate the price, highly recommend."
"Juliana and her team member Yamina did a great job in helping us to buy the house in Redwood city, CA. Their professional assistance made the deal efficient in time and reasonable in price. They are not only a hard-working team but a team cares for our interest. We are lucky to have Juliana and Yamina as our agents!" - Jasmin
"I bought and sold my redwood shores house both though Juliana. She is the best realtor I have ever worked with. deep knowledge on the local market. Without her help, I would not be able to get the house in the competitive market. She takes care of everything, super smooth transactions." - Jun
"My wife and I chose Juliana and her team as our agent after we attended a seminar related with Bay area market organized by herself. With the help of Juliana's team, currently, we successfully purchased a house located in Santa clara. During this period, Juliana and her team works very hard to support us with winning the bid as well as preparing clear instruction to close of escrow. One more thing I need to mention is that Juliana’s reputation in Bay area is another major reason why my offer is able to be selected out of many competitive bids. In conclusion, We believe that Juliana and her team are our best choice and we will recommend our friends about Juliana's team." - Lin
"I went to Juliana's real estate seminar a few years ago, which was very informative and helped me understand the market better. Lately, after spending a few months in the market without much result, I decided to reach out to Juliana. When I walked into her office, Juliana welcomed and introduced me to her team, Sharon, who was very experienced and accommodating. She took time to understand my goal and target price range, and explained the market trend, available options with clarity. The best part I liked was her confidence that she actually gets the house - usually within one or two trials - and it turned out to be true. Within a day, I had a pre-approval letter from the mortgage officer Juliana introduced, Sue, who was able to meet my specific demands. She even went extra miles to exceed my expectation! And within a week, Juliana and Sharon helped me get a house in Palo Alto with stiff competition!" - Ken
"My wife and I choose Juliana Lee and her team to help us purchase our first home (a condo unit) 2.5 years ago. Through that purchase, we learn to appreciate her vast experience and her team. Now, we are looking to move up. In handling our next set of transactions, we again turned to Juliana and her team. They are extremely professional and responsive, and it is clear to me that Juliana is putting to bear her wealth of experience and contacts to assist us. The way I look at it, any broker can do the basic mechanics of putting the paperwork together to purchase or sell a home. In looking for a broker, it was important for me to find someone who I could trust to not put their interests before mine, give me candid advice, and be responsive. I found all of those qualities in Juliana and her team. Juliana's great reputation is telling. I rate her highly." - Bri
"First time I put up my house for sale with a friend agent ended up with a great disappointment. He was not able to produce a buyer. I cancelled my contract. Did my home work on line, and the broker that really stood out from among the 100’s of other brokers was Juliana Lee. As soon as I stepped into her office I realized that I am in GOOD hands. I was attracted by her professionalism, experience, and soothing voice which was full of assurances. She explained her strategy which we followed later to the letter. I left her office with the understanding that we work as partners to make the sale happen. My business was her business. Throughout her strategy process, Juliana and her great, humble, and experienced TEAM paved the road ahead of me for a smooth sale. My house was sold with multiple offers prior to even being listed on MLS!!!! GREAT JOB. Thank you for an outstanding partnership. You will be the broker to my two sons whom are looking for properties at this time, and I will recommend you to all the people who are for a trustworthy representative." Miguel & Jenny
"House buying is tough in Bay Area, but we are so glad to have Julianna and Jenny helping with our first home purchase in Bay Area. Julianna is so experienced with great reputation, rich resources and networking in Bay Area, which made the buying process a lot easier. She provided different strategies based on our financial situation. Without her professional help and hard working, we can not buy our satisfying house so quickly. We highly recommend to work with Julianna to buy/sell your house." - Fei
"Juliana ,Sharon and her team were outstanding in helping me with my first home purchase! I picked Juliana and her team based on a co-worker's recommendation and because my experience with other agents was not great. Juliana and her team took time out to educate me on the bay area market and were patient with me when I turned down homes I didn’t think met my needs. Juliana’s reputation in the Bay Area to complete transactions smoothly is the major reason I was able to get a winning offer for a home. Juliana worked diligently with the sellers agent after bids were due to and negotiated with the sellers agent past 11pm at night to get my offer selected out of many competitive bids. While I did end up paying 3% more than I calculated for the property, the bay area property market is a unique case where demand seems to always outweigh supply. Having Juliana and her team work on my behalf allowed me to own property in the bay area that I can settle down in for the long term!" - Patrick
"We really benefited from Juliana's understanding of the Palo Alto real estate market. We met with Juliana and Jenny and within 20 days she was able to find us very good house close to schools. She also hooked us up with a great mortgage broker. Because of Juliana, ancillary services like home inspection etc, were a breeze and we did not feel the pressure of buying a home that much. I would recommend Juliana and her team to anyone looking for a home in the SF Bay Area." - BHatt
I got referral from your previous client. She highly recommended Juliana team because she is very happy with the house she got. With the professional help from Juliana team, I also got my favorite home. I am 100% happy with this purchase and because of this, I referred my good friend to Juliana team too. Now my friend got his home too and he is living happily with his wife in their new spacious home paying even less than their rent last year. If someone else asked me to refer some agent to him/her, I will suggest Juliana team with no hesitation. For some suggestion, Juliana team may need to be careful to business people with a bad integrity trying to get referral from Juliana team. My friend he had a bad experience with one of the loan agent. However, finally he changed to another loan agent and got his loan approved. Overall, he is very happy with the help from Juliana team. Without the help, he could not live in his new home so quickly." - Xiao
"We were referred to Juliana by a colleague and friend. From the outset, Juliana invested more time and effort into the home process than we ourselves did. She was relentless, full of energy and very enthusiastic in helping us find our home. When we said no to any particular home, she pressed us why and made sure we were turning down a home for the right reasons. She also gets her hands dirty and gets involved in every stage of the process, so you have her expertise with you all the time. She negotiated very strongly for us, and outbid an all-cash offer, to help us win the home and convinced us with the right reasons that the home we live in now is perfect for us. After a year of living in the home, we’re very happy with the location, the floorplan and our starter home in the Bay Area. If not for Juliana Lee, that would not have been possible at all." - Prash
"We have been Palo Alto residents for about 6 years and started looking for a new place to move up. We reached out to Juliana and her team as we concluded that her decades long experience with the Palo Alto market would help us find a place. Initially, we were skeptical of some the insights that Juliana shared with us and lost out on many properties. As time went by, we started appreciating Juliana's insights and recommendations. Eventually we won the bid on a nice, North Palo Alto property after we followed her recommendations to the dot. Juliana and her team also helped us with the financing for the new property by putting us in touch with their in-house mortgage brokers. We truly appreciate and recommend Juliana and her team to any one wishing to buy or sell a property in Palo Alto or surrounding markets." - Chaks
“We have had the pleasure of working with Juliana Lee since 2015 when we just arrived in United States. We were new to the US housing market and credit system being on a Visa. We started looking for possible house solutions and lenders, however being new to the system did not gave us opportunities to qualify for mortgages easily and also having less than 20% down payment allowance, so buying a house seemed not to be an option for us. Juliana Lee and her team has been taking care of us from day one. First helping us to find us a lender that had experience dealing with cases like ours. Secondly, once we identified the property we wanted she have been helping tremendously with the final negotiation enabling us to get the house. We would strongly recommend anyone to work with Juliana, her competency and experience, professional network and ability to negotiate made a difference for us in securing a place to stay and grow our children safely" - Christian.
"I got referral from Juliana Lee's previous client. She highly recommended Juliana team because she is very happy with the house she got. With the professional help from Juliana team, I also got my favorite home. I am 100% happy with this purchase and because of this, I referred my good friend to Juliana team too. Now my friend got his home too and he is living happily with his wife in their new spacious home paying even less than their rent last year. If someone else asked me to refer some agent to him/her, I will suggest Juliana team with no hesitation. For some suggestion, Juliana team may need to be careful to business people with a bad integrity trying to get referral from Juliana team. My friend he had a bad experience with one of the loan agent. However, finally he changed to another loan agent and got his loan approved. My loan agent, Wilson, from Bank of America, did a fantastic job. Overall, he is very happy with the help from Juliana team. Without the help, he could not live in his new home so quickly." - Wilson
"I am a customer of Juliana and I highly recommend her as a dedicated, experienced and trusted agent that you should count on when you have real estate buying and selling needs in the Bay Area. In the beginning of 2016, I started searching for a real estate agent to help me sell my condo-style townhome in Palo Alto. Juliana was at the top of my short list because she had helped several of my neighbors with their real estate transactions. When I reached out to her, she responded immediately, scheduled a time that is convenient for me to meet at my place in person, and came well-prepared with a detailed plan on how we can move forward with minimal hassle from my side. I was very impressed with her consultation and decided to select her as my agent to sell my place. Juliana and her team provides a full-service solution, and she has in her team or from her partners a set of very capable professionals to move her client through the real estate transaction process smoothly. In my case, I worked with the interior designer and decorator, handyman, painter, cleaning service, photographer, web design, and advertisement team, who together did an amazing job and completely streamlined. We got my place into mint condition to put on the market in about 2 weeks. You might say, the real estate market in Palo Alto is so hot that any agent can sell a house there. It is not true. Real estate market dynamics is constantly changing and you need agent like Juliana who has long local market experience and decisiveness to help you through any potential mishaps. In my case, we planned two open houses, and both went extremely well, but at the offer deadline, we only got one offer. There was another sale in the community 2-3 months ago that finally closed right around the offer deadline that got my expectation high. We ended up not taking the only offer we got, and we were stuck. To make things more complicated, another unit in my community were put onto the market with almost the same floorplan. Juliana analyzed the market situation to me and provided me various options, but she indicated to me that it is for my best interest to significantly reduce the asking price to attract more offers. After some serious struggle, I decided to trust Juliana’s judgement and together we executed beautifully on the strategy. At the end, we sold my place at a price 20% higher than the initial asking price with multiple offers. I am grateful that I had an experienced agent like Juliana to help me navigate through the complexities of real estate transactions and I am confident that she can do the same for you." - Lilac
"My husband and I collaborated with Juliana and her team on multiple projects: she was our realtor when we purchased our primary residence - our first house and later, she was our realtor helping us to find and place tenants into our rental property, now twice. In all transactions Juliana displayed uncompromising integrity and impeccable customer service, and looking back at our three-year long relationship, I truly believe that our happiness and satisfaction was her top priority. This customer-oriented mindset combined with business expertise, excellent salesmanship and personable and tactful demeanor, makes Juliana and her team winners like no one else, and certainly our first choice for all of our real estate needs for many years to come!" - Anna
"Because of the IRS 1031 exchange rule, we had practically about 70 days in purchase another home. Palo Alto is such a sought-after community, even without the time constraint, it is very hard. We need to find the top producer in the area to make it possible. After reading different online reviews and conducted a few interviews, we pick Juliana’s team. In the 4th week, we were in contract. There are 3 critical factors to make it happens: insight, connection, and devotion. We went over 50 open houses ourselves so we can fully educate ourselves. With many FaceTime meetings, Sharon is very in-depth in answering all detail aspect of our questions and our research thoughts. That helps us to make a decisive decision when opportunity knocks. Both Juliana and Sharon have a lot of insight to maximize our prime objective of investment potential. Connection with realtors is extremely important in the Palo Alto’s market. Knowing the brokers and the market helps us to make the right moves in this competitive market. When there are so many qualified buyers, devotion becomes the slight advantage edge that makes a big difference of whether your offer will be accepted. We met with Juliana and Sharon very late at night so we can make adjustments to our winning bid. After 50 open houses, we established 6 measurements to measure our result. We stretch our goals impossible high. In reality, we realize that it will be lucky to reach 2 or 3 of them with our budget, and we will lower our expectation if we pass the half-way point. The house we bought meets 5 of the measurements. Before we meet Juliana’s team, we would never imagine what we have achieved today. Juliana brings us the right team to make it happened. We thank for their expertise, hard work, and the sacrifice to their family." - Jonathan
"We had an awesome experience with Juliana and her team. Juliana has a great team and they are patient and willing to help. We are first time buyers and has many questions in every aspects. Her team member Sharon did an excellent job to help us go through details of the whole home-purchase process. When bidding Juliana provided effective and accurate feedback that helped us understand the situation and act accordingly. After the seller accepted our offer, Juliana also provided us good guides to help us understand what we should expect to do before closing. She provided a very useful checklist that saved us much time. She and Sharon also efficiently negotiated with other parties to help us solve problems. We never expect our first purchase experience will be so smooth and pleasant. Thanks Juliana, we have our first house now!" - DFXu
"I heard about Juliana Lee through an old friend of mine that worked with her more than 10 years ago and was very satisfied with her service. After recently working with her to sell my home and to purchase a new one, it is no wonder that she has such a great reputation in the area and within the real estate industry. Juliana has a great team and they did a great job to help me sell my home and to purchase within a relatively short period of time. I appreciated how patient she and Jenny (one of her buyer agents) were to listen to my wants and needs and were able to provide great advice through all the steps. She and her team act effectively and their response time is exceptionally fast. It is impressive that they work day and night to make sure that everything goes smoothly for their client. Most importantly, Juliana's great ability to negotiate on pricing and terms, along with her extensive network, helped me to close both deals with ease. I have had an awesome experience working with Juliana, Jenny and the team and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell!" - Michelle
"Dear ladies and gentlemen: Buy a house in Bay Area is very important, but as an engineer family, work and life are very busy, so a competent broker is more important. We had three previous experience of buy or sell single home house with three other agents before working with Juliana, but Juliana Lee is the most remarkable agent we worked with overall. 3 years ago, we worked with Juliana first time bought a house in Fremont. There was multiple offers competition, to make it more challenging that our loan was FHA loan not even conventional one. Even in that hard situation, Juliana helped us big time and won the bid, further taken care all the hard issues dealing with FHA loan. This year, we came across our dream house on market so contacted Juliana over the weekend; the next we bought our dream house in good price before sell our old house, then sold the old house with dream price right after. All happened in 2 months without the risk, the hassle and long transit time to sold the old house first, move out to hotel/apartment, then buy new house when the dream one long gone. We can pull it off because of Juliana. Juliana is very good at mastering the situation, can efficiently get the point, provide the good guides. Especially in case of high competition and difficult situation, and this is the most important. Most agents are very enthusiastic and dedicated, but it is difficult to have such an effective grasp Juliana has. It takes years of experience and networking, but also gifted talent. Now that we've moved into our dream house happily, therefore, we wholeheartedly recommend Juliana, hope you like us to buy a house satisfied with the help of Juliana." - Joe
"We high recommend Julianna! Our house purchasing experience was a smooth and pleasant one because Julianna and her team constantly helped us through the process. Before working with her, we had already thought of Julianna as the top agent from the great reviews on many real estate websites. But she has truly earned our trust and respect after we got to know in person how she treated us, listened to our needs, and solved the problems. Julianna was fair to both the sellers and us the buyers in the sale and patient in answering our questions. After the purchase was finished she did even more by hosting a party where everyone got to know each other personally, which helped us become acquainted with our new neighbors, the community, and even the sellers. When a few issues were found during the final walk through, Julianna solved the problems quickly for us. We also appreciate Julianna's devotion to our community and education by her donations to our schools. We feel lucky to have chosen you to help us, Juliana! Thank you so much for being there for us! I hope we have another opportunity to use your help!" - Chris
"A good real estate agent is like a good friend; you do not know if they are good until they are tested. Juliana was tested and proved herself to be a great real estate agent and a good friend. Her years of experience coupled with her patience, and obvious intelligence, guided us through multiple problems. Juliana represented us in the sale of our house in Sunnyvale, CA. At the same time we were interested in a property in Austin. She was able to connect us with a very good real estate agent in Austin. Citibank mishandled our loan which failed to fund two days before closing. The sellers refused an extension, putting our earnest money and dreams in jeopardy. Juliana provided a solution, enabling us to purchase our dream house. But hold on, the story isn’t over yet! Due to our financial circumstances, we could not hold on to both properties and get refinanced. Juliana staged our house beautifully, we had multiple offers, she reviewed the financials of the interested parties, and we accepted an offer. Our HOA threw a bomb into the escrow process by reporting to the title company an unapproved improvement was done seven years prior (we add a soap niche to the shower). Juliana was able to assure the buyers the issue would be taken care of. She was able to connect us with a lawyer who told us the HOA did not have the power to stop the sale and that we just needed to come to an agreement with the buyers. Resolving the soap niche problem cost us a little money, but the sale went through --as scheduled-- selling above market value. She then introduced us to Vincent Martinez Lau of Bank of America who arranged a low interest rate loan and stepped us patiently through the refinance process. We are now in our dream house, in a fantastic school district, with a low monthly mortgage. There were also many little things Juliana did during the whole process that made a huge difference. She listens, communicates well and is very patient. I can tell she enjoys her job, and truly loves seeing people achieve their dreams." - Mark
"Juliana went above and beyond to help us to sell our condo, to get a great price, and give us solution and help us to get new home.She sold our price $50,000 above the market. She is very knowledgeable about the market and easy to work with. Juliana listened to our needs and wants and was able to guide us through the entire process. She was always responsive, professional and thorough . I will most highly recommend her to anybody in need of and agent. Thank you Juliana." - Fenny
"We met Juliana at one of her seminars she gives at Palo Alto. We started off with a casual meeting with her and Jenny. Jenny is an absolute sweetheart. If you are expecting for someone else to do the work for you like, shortlisting houses you should see on the weekend and feel all pampered, wasting your time unnecessarily then this probably not the right agent for you. I liked Juliana's no nonsense, straight to the point approach. Juliana helps you set up with the right financer as well depending on your situation and works her magic when it actually counts. She worked very hard with Jenny to get us our dream house. I would totally recommend her as she is very aggressive, popular and experienced." - Hima
"Juliana and Sophia from her team are easy to work with, very knowledgable and details driven, which I like a lot. Sophia found and recommended a property that we all like, and we successfully purchased at a very good deal eventually. The whole process was simple but effective. I'd recommend them to my friends who are looking for properties around south bay." - Zhao
"Although, we had purchased our new home a year ago, I feel compelled to give Juliana Lee an excellent review, not only for helping us, but helping our friend, Phil get into a home quickly. Although we have purchased homes before, we were not equipped to handle the task of buying in the bay area on our own. Juliana and her team took the time to personally get to know us, helped us find the perfect home and then negotiated a difficult closing. Let Juliana use her 30 years experience in the SF bay area to find your new home too." - Donna
"Juliana and team member Jenny took the time to listen to what I said I wanted, then figured out what I really wanted. And then they wouldn't let me rest until we found it. I ended up with a place that I would have skipped over in the listing, but looked at their insistence. It turned out to be the one, and Juliana's negotiating got it for me. If you want a home Juliana Lee will get you a home." - Phil
"We are so thankful to Juliana for helping us find a home that matched all of our needs! After looking for about six months on and off, we realized just how much of a challenge it was to find a home we liked in today's market, especially as first time home buyers. In some ways, we came to our first meeting with Juliana and her team out of frustration and to find out what we needed to do to find our dream home. Juliana & her team member, Sharon made the process so easy for us. Sharon was always reachable, patient, personable & encouraged us to ask questions. Since this was our first purchase, we definitely had a lot! She made it a point to understand our wants/needs and was so efficient to only update us about homes that she knew we would like and that matched our criteria. She truly understood the value of saving our time and would go to open houses with us to provide insight and additional suggestions. She was such a great asset to us in our search! Once we were ready to make offers, we truly got to see just how brilliant and amazingly professional Juliana is. She always kept an open line of communication with us and did not push us unless it was absolutely necessary. We made a total of 4 offers and each time we understood the likelihood that we would be competing with multiple bids and all cash offers. Because we had a lower down payment for our first couple of offers, we learned very quickly what was holding us back. Once we understood this, we were focused on how to improve our chances for the next one. We were very impressed with how Juliana had wonderful insight into multiple areas and neighborhoods and could plan list price vs. sales price and gave us a magic number. In fact, she always had great strategies with every home we made an offer on and had a "plan of attack" for each one. On our last offer, we had just about given up hope that we could get our dream home. The home had everything we wanted and the agent was unresponsive for 24 hours. We were convinced that we did not have the winning offer, but Juliana continued to be supportive, motivating, positive and reassuring through the whole process. Needless to say, we were thrilled when we learned that we had the winning offer. Juliana's experience truly made it all possible for us and shined through our whole experience!! Buying a home is a big decision, so you should be confident in your choices. You should absolutely trust in Juliana. It may seem like a daunting task at first, but you will be glad you did. Don't be afraid to do your own research or ask questions...because what you'll find is that everything she recommends you to do is right on point! We knew that Juliana always had a reason behind all the advice she gave us...and we are glad that we trusted her! We have seen some of our friends making offers with other agents and not be successful, so we feel so incredibly lucky to have found Juliana. We will happily refer her to our family & friends so they can be as happy as we are. PS: Originally posted the review while I was travelling outside of the U.S. It should not be an issue anymore." -
"It was such a delightful experience working with Juliana and her team. I was very impressed from the very beginning how knowledgeable and incredibly hardworking they were. We had been looking for a new home for 2 years with another agent that was a family friend. We realized over time that the agent referred to us was truly not a specialist in the Palo Alto market, which was really what we needed to be able to win in such a competitive area. We feel so lucky to have met Juliana and our only regret was that we didn't meet her sooner! Had we met her earlier, it would have saved us time, energy & watching the prices continue to increase! However, we definitely feel that having that learning experience prior to meeting Juliana was a lesson well learned. It has surely helped us appreciate all of the dedication Juliana, Sharon & the team have put in on our behalf. We are so happy for our new home and would absolutely recommend Juliana and her team to anyone looking to sell or buy in today's hot market. We will definitely come to her for any future transactions!" - Estella
"My wife and I are both engineers in the bay area. As first time home buyers we really do not know much about this crazy housing market these days. We feel very lucky to have Juliana’s team as my agent and we successfully bought a single family house in Palo Alto in 2015. We first met Juliana and Sharon in an open house and then had a few chats before they officially became our agents. They were very helpful helping us understand the basics of buying a house in bay area, they also provided a lot of useful recommendations on the style, location and other details. We feel very comfortable working with Juliana and Sharon during the whole process: from background research, open house visiting, to disclosure review and the most competitive bidding stage. They are always very nice and patient answering all of our questions. In today’s crazy bay area market where houses can easily get over 10 offers in which some are all-cash, it really takes experience and strategy to finally get the house. We feel very excited that we can own a house in Palo Alto with their help. I would strongly recommend Juliana and Sharon to my friends who want to buy houses in the bay area." - David
"Juliana and her team helped me close on a home for a great price in the highly competitive Menlo Park market. As a first-time home buyer, I initially had no idea what to expect during the home buying process. Juliana Lee and her team member Prashant Vanka were consistently helpful and patient in understanding my needs and finding the perfect property. Over the course of a year, I saw 30+ properties with Prashant in various Peninsula neighborhoods. We also made multiple offers. Each time, her team offered pricing advice that later turned out to spot on, while respecting my own financial limitations. Finally, we found the perfect home in Menlo Park. I initially thought that we had no chance of winning the offer for this home, given how competitive the market was (and still is). But Juliana and her team pulled through big time. She advised me to make a pre-emptive offer, and took over the negotiations personally. The end result? We got a great deal on a great home in a beautiful neighborhood, even though our offer was not the highest one. One of the primary benefits of working with Juliana is her strong team. As others have mentioned in their reviews, her team is a one-stop shop. Once we entered escrow, we moved at an incredible pace. Every member of her team pulled together to close in 15 days! This is almost unheard of, and a huge advantage in a competitive market such as the Bay Area. Juliana and her team works hard. They are consistently in the office 9-7pm, and I've had many conversations past 8pm as well. They know the market inside and out, and consistently offer solid advice. I would highly recommend working with Juliana." - Jim
"Juliana and Sharon are absolute professionals. They have many connections, and are very data driven. Before I met Juliana and Sharon, I went through 3 other agents, and lost out on 8 other bids. Juliana quickly pointed out that there were several things that were wrong with my other bids that the other agents didn't catch. She also seemed to just be well connected with the real estate market in general, and knew everyone and everything that was selling. Their staff is very direct with you, and will never sugar coat things. This is a different experience from the other real estate agents that I've dealt with, and it caught me off guard at first. It's because of her we were finally able to win a bid after 4 years of searching/bidding. I later found out it was because of our clean bid, and Juliana's reputation, that we were able to edge out the other bids. Later on, we ran into some other unexpected problems that threatened to interfere with the whole deal. Sharon and Juliana worked furiously to resolve before the closing date, and we moved in right on time. My wife and I were a nervous wreck, and their confidence helped us out in a big way. Now according to my wife, I can be a very stubborn guy :) It took someone like Juliana and her team to set me on the right track to home ownership, and I honestly can't thank them enough for what they did, and would highly recommend them to anyone."
"We've just settled down at our new home. We really appreciate your help that made our dream come true. It was just a few months ago when we started planning our move. We needed to sell our old house to be able to fund the new one. We were not sure if it was possible to do it on-the-fly: sell and buy without moving out. You promised us that it would be a smooth process. Indeed it all worked out like a charm. We bought our dream house at a price lower (150K+) than our expectation. We also sold our house at our target price point. You and your team did an excellent job in handling the transaction. We never thought buying and selling all-at-once could be this simple! We missed our opportunity of working with you 10 years ago. We were lucky that eventually made the decision of working with you. Thank you so much!" - Jane
"Juliana has always been genuinely straight forward with us; she hires some of the best people in the industry to consolidate every step of our selling & purchasing process – most of all, she knows a golden opportunity when she sees one & she will pursue your dream for you relentlessly with her more than 30 year reputation & social networking collaborations within real estate. Any realtor can show you a dream house, but Juliana and her team will prepare you & ACHIEVE your dream for you! We first met Juliana at her office three years ago & at that time, we weren't sure whether we should remodel or sell our flag lot house in Palo Alto. As a long time Palo Alto resident herself, Juliana explained to us in detail about the pros and cons of remodeling vs selling. Her advice was genuine & her attitude was not pushy at all. We left the office feeling more knowledgeable about the uniqueness of the city – while gaining confidence in Juliana to be our choice of agent once we were ready. Three years have now passed & after listening to our needs, we were pleasantly surprised that Juliana quickly presented us with some immediate steps. This way, she & her team would be able to get our house ready for sale within the shortest amount of time. Although our home to sell was very unique, Juliana and her team were able to generate a steady flow of interest buyers within just three days of open houses & within just four days, Juliana demonstrated her excellent negotiating skills & secured an excellent cash offer buyer for our Palo Alto house…at 10:30pm!! We were exhilarated upon receiving the news from Juliana & we praise her relentless efforts in helping us achieve a result that went above and beyond our expectations!! Another twist to the story happened when we spotted a house in West San Jose on the same Saturday of our Palo Alto open house. The West San Jose house we wanted was scheduled to reviews offers the following Tuesday…but our Palo Alto home was not taking offers until Thursday! We were hopeful, but reluctant, to step up & make an offer on the West San Jose home…even though we knew that it would be perfect for our family. After discussing with Juliana, she understood our urgent needs and took the lead in guiding us every step of the way. She encouraged us to go ahead & make the offer for the house. The thrill came when we received Juliana's call around 10pm and found out that Juliana WON THE HOUSE FOR US!!!!! The power of Juliana's negotiating skills is one that you have to experience to believe! We will recommend her to any friends." - Anel & Helen
"he value of my current house has increased tremendously in the last 5 years, the only way we can repay you is to refer you to our friends as their buying agent! I still remember the emotional night on 6/1/2009, you fought for us to get our current Cupertino house, and the offer was accepted. I cannot express how much we appreciate your help. We were so grateful that you were our buying agent at that time!! I will keep referring you to our families and friends that have buying or selling needs!" - Jiong
"Go with Team Juliana; you will have no regrets! Juliana is one a of a kind and a great find! You can tell when it's a Juliana showing vs others. "You had me at hello" applies to Juliana. She enjoys real estate, the process, the rush and it shows! Team Juliana is super well choreographed. I am super picky and a control freak. Letting go is the easiest thing you can do with Juliana and team. It is a lot of anticipation and the machinations of it all - she simply knows what she is doing putting the client's interest ahead of everything else. I am super glad I went to a Juliana open house and found her."
Save both time and money by working with the best Silicon Valley real estate agents. The number 1 reason home buyers choose to work with a real estate agent is to get help finding the best home, but there is more to do besides find it. Connections and knowledge are key to finding the best home. After finding the best home, you will need to make the most attractive, competitive offer. Factors other than money play a key part in the seller's decision. I make hundreds of purchase offers each year. I have up-to-date experience and knowledge to plan and make a great offer. What if something goes wrong with your loan application or with something else? I have the experience and connections to solve nearly all problems. Work with top real estate agents who know Silicon Valley very well. For 3 years in a row I have been recognized as one of the three, and most recently as the number 1 top real estate agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty.
My unique team approach splits up the various stages of buying a home. You will work with both myself and a core member of my team who is also a top real estate agent. My team specialist is an expert at helping you both, find a home, and to understand the trade offs you will be making. I discuss your purchase offer with you and negotiate with the seller. Get the direct support of two top Silicon Valley real estate agents working closely together for you. Give me, Juliana Lee, a call at my cell phone 650-857-1000 and let's talk about what you are looking for. If you are still just wanting to learn more about buying or selling real estate, come to my free real estate seminar.
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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 Silicon Valley 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-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.
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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.
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