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Testimonials

He is brilliant and thinks of everything along the way.

James Steele is a true professional and we are totally satisfied in the way James guided
us through the process of selling our property in Atherton.   James took us through every step of preparing our house with his team of specialists.  He set an aggressive  agenda  for everything to be done and because of his great organizational skills, everything went off as planned and on schedule! He is brilliant and thinks of everything along the way.

We sold our house in one week with multiple offers.   We give James our highest and unconditional recommendation!

Karen and Ken Glaser |
Atherton |
Atherton

Let's not kid, if you are home shopping in the Bay Area, you are shopping in a competitive market. You need someone on your team who is knowledgeable and organized. James is absolutely that realtor.

Let's not kid, if you are home shopping in the Bay Area, you are shopping in a competitive market. You need someone on your team who is knowledgeable and organized. James is absolutely that realtor. 

My very first conversation with James was when he talked me out of putting an offer on a house. It would have been an extremely easy commission for him. The realtors who were selling the house in question had recommended him when I was interested in their property and was not yet represented. I talked to James on the phone in the front yard of the house. Not only did he 100% know the random neighborhood in question on a cold call, he wisely suggested that I take a walk down the block and call him back if I still wanted to make an offer. Needless to say after witnessing a drug deal on our 1/2 block walk, we weren't as keen- but at least we found our realtor! 

Our first meeting with James was a very helpful neighborhood tour. He gave us some data on all of the markets in our geographic range, we narrowed it down and then went on a tour. We looked at no houses- just neighborhoods. This is my fifth property and I've never had a realtor do something this thoughtful and strategic. This let us take what seemed like an impossibly large list of potential houses to a more manageable and promising set. 

James wants you to be prepared. He wants you to feel confident when you find your dream house. Our next meeting was to review all the standard contracts in detail. That way, when you have to make a quick offer on a fast selling home, you don't have to try to plow through 50 pages of legalese on a deadline. 

When we started to look at houses James had our likes/dislikes and wants down so well he accurately predicted our thoughts on every home we looked at before we ever stepped foot in there. It was impressive. In fact, now that I'm writing this, I realize the he accurately picked the neighborhood that we ended up buying in at the end of our very first phone call. Now that's talent. 

He's not a guy who will tell you what to do. He will give you all the data and let you make your own call. However, you will be making a very informed decision with an extremely knowledgeable guide in your corner.

Carrie Jurney |
Redwood City

My gut is that very few other realtors could have done the same.

I feel very fortunate to have connected with James. My wife and I were very interested in moving to the Palo Alto vicinity, but had just about given up searching - nothing right for our family and price range. James was the first realtor we spoke with who seemed truly excited by the challenges we posed - in our first interview, he helped us brainstorm ideas for properties that we'd never considered. And sure enough, after just a couple weeks, James showed us a property that fit us to a T, and just a few days later, our offer was accepted.

James was extremely responsive and patient with our millions of questions throughout the process. He especially shined when it came time to put in our bid - with several other interested parties, offers and counter-offers were flying like crazy, and James was critical in guiding us through. I can't say for sure of course, but my gut is that very few other realtors could have done the same.

Hopefully I won't be home-shopping again for a long long time, but if I do, no question I'll go back to James.

Tom Bogart |
Palo Alto

My Software Engineer fiancee absolutely loved having all of the information and numbers to dig his teeth into.

Oh, where to begin.  James was absolutely awesome throughout my Fiancee and I's purchase of our first home.  Buying a house is never easy I'm sure, but in this market, it really pays to have someone who knows every intricate detail.  Regardless of his age, James not only knows the individual character of every neighborhood and street, he has great contacts with brokers, inspectors, etc that can really smooth what can be a rocky road.  

Although James found a home that was perfect for us almost immediately (earlier than we were really expecting to buy), we went through some real challenges toward the latter end of the sale.  James used his personal relationships and  market knowledge to make sure that even in a situation that could have dissolved into a bidding war, we walked away feeling like we got the house wanted, and for a good price.  Another plus, he provides you with more data than I could ever digest, but my Software Engineer fiance absolutely loved having all of the information and numbers to dig his teeth into.  

Overall, I couldn't recommend James more highly, especially for first time buyers that aren't from this area.  He was punctual, professional, courteous, responsive, detail oriented, and just all around awesome to work with (EX: for each day of looking at homes he provides you with a packet per person of info about each of the houses and driving directions between properties).  I've gone out of my way to pass around his name to friends, and I'm hoping he's still working in the area when we sell this house several years down the line.

Meredith Ash |
Menlo Park

If you're looking for someone with a feel for what a young, ex-urban family is looking for on the Peninsula, I do not think you will find anyone better.

We loved working with James!  We knew that our growing family needed more space, but we were struggling with our options -- stay in San Francisco, which we love, but can be tough with young kids? move to the East Bay, where many of our friends live? look in Palo Alto, where we would have family nearby?  It felt like a tough decision with no perfect answer.  As part of our decision process, we met with James and described what we would be looking for if we moved to Palo Alto. 

Well, two weeks later, he found the perfect property for my family the instant it went on the market.  He sent us the listing and some comps that day, we went to see it that weekend, and by Monday we were working with him to put together an offer.  We felt like James really "got" us:  he did an excellent job of understanding who we were and what we wanted, and found us a house that had great design potential at a price we could afford.  There were several other solid offers, and our specific loan situation was complicated, but James deftly shepherded us through the process, from making and presenting a competitive offer to closing.  He was of course always available to meet in person, but it was also extremely easy to work with him remotely throughout the process, via phone, e-mail, and texts.

I give James my highest recommendation for any homebuyer.  And if, like we were, you're looking for someone with a feel for what a young, ex-urban family is looking for on the Peninsula, I do not think you will find anyone better.

Lynn Fisher |
Palo Alto

He always had our best interest at heart.

It was a pleasure working with James from the beginning of the sale of our Atherton home and through to the closing process.  James brought an incredible amount of knowledge and real estate experience to the table as well as knowledge regarding the town of Atherton.  
 
I appreciated many things about working with James, including his promptness, follow up, and the fact that he always had our best interest at heart.  I always felt completely in the loop and informed, but never pressured. I would highly recommend James to anyone who is looking for a top notch, hard working, honest, Real Estate agent. 
 

Cathi Dovico |
Atherton

In the end, his advice was surprisingly accurate and was the primary reason that we were able to buy our new home!

My husband and I feel very lucky to have met and worked with James Steele as we searched for our first house together.  When we met James we were casually looking for a house.  He talked us through the process, gave us tons of great information about the market in the areas we were looking (Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View), and took us around to see a few places that were on our list of possibilities.  He also recommended some lenders he has worked with (we ended up choosing one of them for our mortgage).  As we got more serious about searching for a house, James set up a MLS search for us, checked in with us frequently, and sent us notes about the places we liked after he had toured them.  We noticed right away that working with James was like a breath of fresh air - he quickly responded to our questions with great detail, making even the complex/subtle details of the home buying process clear to novices.  His notes and descriptions of the houses he checked out for us were right on.  He was never pushy, and always gave sound advice when needed.  As we sat down to make our offers (only two, since our second was accepted), he presented us with detailed analysis of the comps and the current market so we were able to make competitive offers.  In the end, his advice was surprisingly accurate and was the primary reason that we were able to buy our new home!  Without his guidance and advice we would certainly still be looking, instead of moving into our new place this weekend.  James is an energetic & dedicated real estate agent - he made a daunting process quite enjoyable, even fun!   James clearly loves what he does, and it shows in his results.  We loved working with him, and recommend him highly to our friends that are house hunting. 

Katie Hoffmann |
Mountain View

We ended up in a house with a 12-offer situation and thanks to James, we are now the new owners.

We found James through our parents group where he was highly recommended.  I emailed an inquiry and was so impressed by his detailed response that we chose him as our realtor.  We are a young working family looking to upgrade to a larger home (to accomodate another child) and a better school district.  James has an amazing knowledge of the market and excellent resources when it comes to peninsula real estate.  We couldn't have been in better hands.

James was phenomenal in navigating us through a rather busy market.  We ended up in a house with a 12-offer situation and thanks to James, we are now the new owners.   We are expecting to list our existing home with James when we are ready to sell.  We would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home, with no reservations.

James is professional, trust-worthy, knowledgeable, reliable...the list goes one.  We are happy to say that James is our realtor and honored to call him our friend.

Nanette Boerner |
Belmont

His knowledge base is truly exceptional, but it is his work ethic that I truly feel may be unbeatable.

James Steele is the reason I am writing this review from my own living room. We were lucky enough to meet James at an open house and my fiance and I were struck by his unique balance of friendly approach-ability and incredible professionalism. We found James incredible knowledgeable, always keeping up on all the latest market trends and able to break them down for us to understand. We never felt pushed or uncomfortable and in fact, we credit James with supporting us emotionally through much of the buying process. His knowledge base is truly exceptional, but it is his work ethic that I truly feel may be unbeatable. We felt amazing having him on our team and will recommend him to any family or friends happily!

Amanda Shifrin |
Menlo Park

We later learned from the sellers that James Steele's presentation was a major reason why our offer was selected.

For our move from McLean, Virginia to Palo Alto James Steele was our agent, who called us within hours when a wonderful house came on the market. One week later, we and five other potential buyers placed offers. Happily, ours was accepted; we later learned from the sellers that James Steele's presentation was a major reason why our offer was selected. 

James is knowledgeable, articulate, and ambitious. He has a gift for remembering details which gives him command of real estate facts. We appreciated his alertness and diligence.

Catharine Fisher |
Palo Alto

If you want Peninsula professionalism without the snobbery, he is your guy.

James was knowledgeable of real estate laws and requirements and could secure appropriate professionals whenever needed. When something out of the ordinary cropped up, he did not pretend to know, but sought appropriate expertise to answer an unusual issue. What we most appreciated about James was his integrity. We value this above all else in a realtor, and were happy to see that he did not support at all the unethical or borderline practices employed by other realtors. James is a natural when it comes to quality real estate representation, and if you want Peninsula professionalism without the snobbery, he is your guy. 

Jim Kaskade |
Woodside

He spent a whole hour to go over the details of the contract as we were first time buyers.

We just closed on a house and James was our agent. My coworker highly recommended him and can understand why. We liked him for the following reasons:
*He is very diligent and visits all houses that you flag in the listing system. Then he provides pros and cons with his opinions. This was very helpful for us to prioritize houses to check out.
*He spent a whole hour to go over the details of contract as we were the first buyers
*He visited houses together with us to share info about neighborhood and answer questions that we had
*He thoroughly researched the prices and his price estimates were pretty accurate for us to decide on the bidding price.

We recommend James if you are looking for someone hardworking and diligent.

Clover Unyoung Kim |
San Carlos

He was referred to us by our prior beloved realtor who retired and James has carried the torch well.

We just purchased a home in Menlo Park and James was our realtor.  He did an amazing job for my fiance and I.  He is both a hard and smart worker, professional, honest, knows the industry and the markets on the Peninsula like the back of his hand, has a passion for the work, and had our best interests in mind throughout the process.  He is analytical and explains well the nuances and intricacies of the housing market and individual houses.  He does his homework and he thoroughly examined disclosures and provided his recommendations and observations.  He is very accessible at all hours via multiple channels, which was incredibly important to us as the search for a new home doesn't stop at 5pm.  We will definitely use James again and will recommend him to friends and family.  He was referred to us by our prior beloved AP realtor who retired and James has carried the torch well.

David Ramberg |

Menlo Park

I truly don't know what we would have done without him.

James is awesome!  He recently helped my husband and me (first time home buyers) purchase our house in Redwood City.

As a young couple with little real estate experience, we were more than intimidated by the competitive and daunting market of the Bay Area, but our fears were calmed after meeting with James.  He did a great job educating us on the state of the market and encouraging realistic expectations.

James stuck with us for close to 9 months of house hunting - ups and downs - loving houses and hating others!  He was always available to show us a house (night or day) and did thorough reviews of houses we were interested in.  His market knowledge and statistical analysis was invaluable to our home buying success.  

Even after our offer was accepted, James stayed by our side, advocating and educating us through the escrow process.  Now that we're all moved and settled in, we still hear from James and he hears from us.  James has become a trustworthy and reliable market resource - he's honest, thoughtful and hardworking.  

I truly don't know what we would have done without him. We will definitely work with James again when we're ready for the next house!

Tate Way |

Redwood City

His strategy and negotiation skills with the sellers gave us an incredible deal.

Buying a home in the bay area is stressful to say the least. My husband and I were casually window shopping the housing market through online search.  We quickly realized that an agent was needed to provide thoughtful insights, notify us of hot deals, and take us to see homes without waiting for an Open House.  We met with a few agents, but James Steele really stood out to us.  He is thorough, organized, and experienced in the peninsula market.  After he gathers details about your search criteria he will fully explain the pros and cons of every option and point you in the direction that makes sense for you.  He welcomes buyers from any price point and if the location of interest isn't within his domain he gladly refers you to other agents that can help.  During the purchase process James continuously exceeded our expectations.  His strategy and negotiation skills with the sellers gave us an incredible deal.  His comforting words assured my husband and I through the stress of such a massive decision. James is our number 1 choice for a Bay area real estate agent and if we need to buy or sell in the future we will definitely work with him again!

Amy Abulatta |
East Palo Alto