Looking for an agent in 94087 area

Asked by Paige, Sunnyvale, CA Thu Jun 25, 2009

I am looking for an agent who has lots of experiences with the 94087 local market, and is also passionate and willing to assist us from the beginning of remodeling process to the end of closing escrow.

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Nova, , 94087
Thu Jun 25, 2009
Paige - just look through answers realtors have given.
I'll strongly recommend one of these three
1. Grace M - very knowledgeable and never BS (e.g.always a good time to buy) like others
2. Marcy Moyer - again knows what she talks about, but most of all utmost integrity - one of the few realtors who said market would go down!
3. Vinicius - have seen some of best & most detailed analysis of santa clara from him

I'll further suggest to avoid any other realtor like anything. They know as much as you do, and many of them often lie.

I don't know any of the above 3 personally. Nor do I benefit from you choosing a realtor nor do I care!

I just felt my duty to give them props in exchange for the great service they have been doing.
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Aileen La Bo…, Agent, Los Altos, CA
Thu Jun 25, 2009
Hi Paige,
I live close by the area you're looking in and can provide many references is needed.
If you'd like to give me a call on (650) 917 4259 or email me at Aillen@Aileen4Homes.com I would be happy to provide you with further information and advice.
Best wishes,
Web Reference:  http://www.Aileen4Homes.com
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Robert Lei, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Sat Apr 6, 2013
Hi Paige,
Actually in 2009, it really WAS the best time to buy and probably not the best time to sell. Unfortunately, whenever a realtor says it's a good time to buy, people are skeptical. I told people in 2007 that both the stock market and the housing market were at a peak and sold all my own stock, then after the crash I urged people to buy and bought my own house.

In the long run, the person buying the house makes 10 time more profit than the agent who helped them buy it. Many of the people who bought back in 2009 have gained $100k-$200k already. Even if you happen to buy during a peak, in the long run the house is going to appreciate. Over time if you chart the value of real estate, the highs get higher and the lows get higher.

For example, if you bought in the Eaton/Lawson/Cupertino High part of Cupertino during the "peak" of 2002 for $650,000, yes in 2003 the value dipped down a bit, but you never would have known that would happen in 2002 when you bought it. However, you just kept the house and by 2004 that house recovered and then established a new higher peak in 2007. Then the crash came and established a new valley in 2009. However that valley in 2009 was still higher than the previous valley in 2003. This process continues over time, so by the time you retire you will be sitting on a nice nest egg.

You have to actually meet the agent to know what they are like. When you meet us you'll know that not all of us are "salesperson"-ish even though that's our title in the Department of Real Estate. My background is in high-tech, so I provide the facts to people and pretty much know how high-tech people think and what they want.
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Grace Keng, Agent, Santa Clara, CA
Mon Jul 13, 2009
I just saw your question today. If you have not decided of who to work with, I woud like to appy the job. I have 20 years full time experience as realtor. I can help you. We helped one seller this spring to update the home.
Look at the following link of the end result. We not only sold in one week and over asking price also.


Please contact me (408) 799-8887
Grace Keng
Hall of Fame, realtor
DRE# 00919545
Web Reference:  http://GraceKeng.com
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Grace Hanamo…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Fri Jun 26, 2009
Hello Paige and thanks for your question.

This is a tremendously good question, and here's my personal recommendation. Given the current market, I would recommend saving your money and not remodeling the home. Here's why:

1. Contrary to popular belief, remodeling does not add much value to your home. Remodeling can help the home sell faster in a 'regular" market, but does not increase its value. In today's market, however, and even in our neighborhood, "price" rather than amenity or appearance is the leading factor for a quick sale.

2. Freshening up the home (paint, a thorough cleaning, some designer amenities) can work wonders to make the home feel "new" and, most importantly, clean.

3. Despite all your efforts, the new HVCC ruled appraisals (Home Valuation Code of Conduct) does not take into consideration the fact that your home is more aesthetically pleasing than the short sales in our area or the REO on the other side of Fremont Avenue. As a result, the extra money that you put into the home--while attracting a buyer--may never be regained in the sale.

Since you live just around the corner from my home (and I do mean "just" because I'm off Cascade too), I'd be happy to look at your home and give you an honest opinion about the sales price and recommendations for improvements. I'll be around on Sunday if you want to get together. Let me know. Also, if you email me directly, I can forward to you recent comparables for your review. Depending on whether you live between Bernardo and Homestead on Cascade or Homestead and Hollenbeck on Cascade, I can narrow down the information for you to an even finer degree.

Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
Tel (408) 426-1616
Email: GraceAreaProRealty@att.net

Web Reference: http://gracemorioka.areaprorealty.com
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Aileen La Bo…, Agent, Los Altos, CA
Fri Jun 26, 2009
Hi Paige,
I see that you've posed your question as a separate post, and I've left an answer there for you.
Good luck with your venture!
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Paige, Home Seller, Sunnyvale, CA
Fri Jun 26, 2009
This is paige, myself. I really appreciate all the responses here. But further question is that based on some agents opinion, whether to remodel the house prior to putting it on the market. or to reduce the selling price.
the house is located between cascade and homestead, where houses are valued around $1m, and the ones that on market are in very good condition. I just wonder leave a house in "as is" condition will shred money.
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Grace Hanamo…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Fri Jun 26, 2009
Hello Paige and thanks for your post.

Might I chime in...I agree with Nova regarding his recommendations--and appreciate the very kind words he had to say about me. As a fellow Realtor, I've always admired both Marcy Moyer's and Vince Brasil's responses here on Trulia and their real estate savvy and acumen. Also, and this is quite important, I have frequently seen both Realtors regularly touring homes for sale in Saratoga, Palo Alto and Los Altos.

Nova and I both live in Sunnyvale and I suspect that we live quite close to one another since we can both tell you of all the homes for sale in the 94087 area, as well as the desirable and undesirable factors in each of the homes. While I can appreciate that you'd like to remodel your home--and I can certainly help you in this area as I've managed projects both large and small (from several thousand to several million dollars)--as a real estate professional, i would not necessarily recommend remodeling your home now in order to sell it. The market has changed significantly (even in Sunnyvale), and it might be preferable to complete cosmetic repairs and reduce the price in order to sell the home. I have a roster of approximately 100 vendors that I normally use in my business so I'd be happy to help you find qualfied vendors to assist you.

I grew up in Sunnyvale, attended Cherry Chase Elementary, Mango Junior High (now Sunnyvale Middle School) and Fremont High School, and now live just a few blocks from my childhood home off Bernardo. I am extremely familiar with the market here in Sunnyvale, and my clients can tell you of my passion for this business.

Nova is correct that I am extremely frank about many aspects of the business and will be candid in my assessment of your home and the sales strategy that will best serve to sell your home in this challenging market. I would appreciate the opportunity to work with you.

Grace Morioka, SRES, ePro
Area Pro Realty
Sunnyvale, cA
Tel (408) 426-1616
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Thu Jun 25, 2009
Hi Paige,

It looks like you are wanting to fix your home to sell. Excellent idea as buyers today are looking for the 'holly trinity', Location, Condition and Price.

I grew up in Sunnyvale, a licensed realtor since 1998, in addition to re-construction of my personal and rental homes, also have experience working for a new home developer, on the permit side as well as design, marketing and sales.

You may want to consider implementing some Green Building in your remodel. It's where construction is going. I have on my team the President of NARI, National Association of Remodeling Industry. He can take you on a tour of his model home and help you to make educated decissions to work within your budget.

What ever you do, if you are selling, be sure to focus the improvements on what most buyers are looking for today, without over spending so you can make money on the time and money invested.

Good luck and may the process be rewarding for you.
Web Reference:  http://www.terrivellios.com
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Megancasey, Home Buyer, Redwood City, CA
Thu Jun 25, 2009

I'm a condo renter in Redwood City, and my husband and I just bought a house down in the Cambrian area in San Jose. I had no idea where to start, as we were new to the region and it was our first home purchase. I found Aileen La Bouff online and reached out to her and have been working with her for the last few months.

Now, not having done this before, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the process. But it has become clear from every interaction, and from everyone else who knows her, that Aileen is someone who goes above and beyond for you every step of the way.

She's a straight shooter, knows San Mateo and Santa Clara counties insanely well, and makes things easier on you than they have any right to be. She also knows her fair share about construction, ranging from creative do-it-yourself solutions to contractors worth hiring.

If that sounds like someone you'd like to work with, I'd highly recommend her. She's here: http://www.aileen4homes.com. (And no, she doesn't know I'm writing all this about her!)

Best of luck,

Megan Casey
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Michael Robe…, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Thu Jun 25, 2009
Hi Paige, My Blog and experience will be very informative.

I want to wish success!


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Ulli Rieckma…, Agent, Los Altos, CA
Thu Jun 25, 2009
Hi Paige,

getting your house ready to put on the market can be quite a challenge. It is important that you have very solid advice and good contractors to help you with that endeavour. I have quite a lot of experience with helping my clients getting their homes ready for the real estate market by knowing good contractors and by pointing out what needs to be done to make a sale happen.

I am very familiar with the 94087 area code of Sunnyvale and I would appreciate the opportunity to help you in the process of getting your house ready for the market.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call me at 408.679.0333.

Best regards,

Web Reference:  http://www.HomesByUlli.com
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Vinicius Bra…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Thu Jun 25, 2009
Hi Paige,

My name is Vinicius Brasil with Coldwell Banker in Saratoga. I am very familiar with the 94087 market and also have a great deal of interest and experience in updating older homes to make them feel fresh and updated for today's buyers.

All of my projects I manage directly myself along with my team of contractors who are profession and offer a quality work at a very reasonable price. I have experience in finding low cost but quality materials that can give you the best return for your money, and a good eye for style. I chose all the colors and stage all my own listings.

Please take a look at some recent projects of mine below.



Please contact me directly for more samples of my work and view my blog for additional information.

Videos of former listings:



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Michael Robe…, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Thu Jun 25, 2009
Hi Paige, I would like an opportunity to contrast my experience and professional skills with others you may be considering. I have added a special link below to help you determine which professional will best suit your particular needs and wants. I know it is daunting now however, it makes everything SO much more pleasant later.


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Marcy Moyer, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Thu Jun 25, 2009
If I understand what you are looking for you want an agent who will help you remodel and then sell a house in 94087, although you are listed as a buyer so maybe you want to buy a home and remodel it. In any case I have extensive experience in doing both. I help people buy and sell homes and I also remodel homes to sell for my clients as well as myself. I work very closely with a number of excellent and reasonably priced contractors and love what I do. Please feel free to go to my website http://www.marcymoyer.com to learn more about me. thanks!
Web Reference:  http://www.marcymoyer.com
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