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I have thoroughly enjoyed helping my clients buy and sell homes on the Mid Peninsula and beyond for 20 years! I have been fortunate to have been able to build my client base primarily by referral and word of mouth, giving me the privilege of working with wonderful individuals and families who often become my personal friends as well as my professional clients. I pride myself not only on being an expert in our local real estate market, but also on the wealth of experience I've been able to garner over the years and, perhaps most importantly, an unparalleled level of service that simply never ends. My clients know that I am always available to them, before, during, and long after any individual transaction. I have an expansive group of professional tradespeople and service providers who I am happy to recommend. No matter the question or need, I will do all I can to find a solution. My objective is to earn the role as your Realtor not just for one transaction, but for life. And I'll strive to do the same for your family members and friends as well.
 
My Background
 
Having grown up in the South Bay, I  spent my college years in Oregon and New York, and then moved back to the Peninsula where I've lived for nearly 30 years: in Menlo Park, San Carlos, and now Emerald Hills. My husband is a successful electrical engineer in the fascinating world of biotechnology. Our two children were born here, and have enjoyed the top-notch schools in the area, starting at Charter Learning Center in San Carlos, then North Star Academy and Sequoia High School in Redwood City. We couldn't be happier with their education and the community we're a part of. We love living here; this is our home.
 
Since earning my real estate license in 1994, I have affiliated with top notch offices and companies, starting with Cornish and Carey, Coldwell Banker, and Intero Real Estate Services. Being part of a world-class organization is vital to me, not only for what it provides to me, but also for what it gives back to our communities.  Two of my favorite organizations that I support are The Intero Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. What better way to show our gratitude for all that we are fortunate enough to enjoy!
 
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Past Sales  

(47 all-time)
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Sold Date
Price
Sell-side
06/27/2014
$595,000

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06/27/2014 - Sell-side - $595,000

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Sell-side
06/13/2014
$1,900,100

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06/13/2014 - Sell-side - $1,900,100

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Sell-side
05/14/2014
$1,428,000

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05/14/2014 - Sell-side - $1,428,000

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Buy-side
11/25/2013
$1,554,000

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11/25/2013 - Buy-side - $1,554,000

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Sell-side
11/06/2013
$1,000,000

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11/06/2013 - Sell-side - $1,000,000

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Ratings & Reviews

  
 

06/26/2014 - zuser20140408141146964
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $1.925M in San Carlos, CA.

This recent transaction is our 3rd opportunity to work with Shirley over the last 20 years! She really knows the San Carlos market and is very attentive to the needs of the client. She recently marketed and sold our house very successfully and made the process as painless as possible! Remarkably she was available and responsive at diverse hours even to help us with buying a house in the city.  More Less 

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11/21/2013 - user7462925
Bought a home in 2013.

I picked Shirley out of a hat with no recommendations. I contacted her to show me a house I had seen and I asked if she could show it to me in 1/2 hour. She willingly obliged. Didn't like the house after all so Shirley found a new one for me that we are closing on next week. It was a house that 200 people had come to see during an open house. I thought we had no chance to purchase it without a terrible bidding war. But, Shirley painstakingly went through all the ways in which we should structure our offer so that we were the most attractive buyers. Then she researched the seller's agent to find out how she should approach him and what things in our offer he would respond positively to. She discussed at great length her views about our offer. Afterward, Shirley took great pains to check in with the seller often but not too often, and to sell us to him. He was impressed with her professional handling of the offer as were we. I credit Shirley's gracious demeanor, thorough research, and constant "hand holding" with the fact that we were chosen to purchase the house. I would recommend her enthusiastically to others.  More Less 

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11/09/2013 - marcg001
Sold a home in 2013.

I'd highly recommend Shirley to anyone selling a house in the Redwood City or San Carlos area.

Shirley represented us in the sale of a Redwood City property. We were first-time sellers. Throughout the process, she provided excellent communications and guidance on all aspects of the sale. Her recommendations on low-cost upgrades (painting and other minor interior work, some yard work) greatly improved the attractiveness of the house, and she was able to provide contractors on short notice to do the work at reasonable prices. Shirley's intuition on pricing was also good. Many potential buyers stopped by, and the house sold in less than ten days for well over the asking price with multiple offers. Finally, her successful late night negotiation with the winning bidder's agent resolved a potential concern with the offer in our favor.  More Less 

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