Testimonials

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Buyer | Seller

Catherine did an amazing job in helping us both sell and purchase a home in Saratoga. She is extremely approachable, engaging and easy to work with. From the time we had our listing appointment it only took one week later to have our open house. During this time she was able to get our home professionally staged and all other necessary prep work including inspection to maximize showcasing our home. Her expertise and diligence was instrumental in selling our home after only one weekend of open houses with multiple offers significantly over asking price. In terms of maximizing our final selling price, you could see her negotiating skills and experience come through as she knew how to navigate through the various buyer offers to obtain the best selling price possible. Our escrow closing period was during the start of the Covid-19 crisis and we faced various challenges in the final closing process from the buyer starting to have cold feet due to economic uncertainty to the country recording office being closed for a time period. During this uncertain time she was a reassuring voice in helping calm our worries while working around the clock to solve all of these various challenges while maintaining constant communication of the situation. Without her experience and knowledge, I don't think necessarily we would have been able to close the sale based on the circumstances that existed. Being busy working professionals, we appreciated how she was able to take care of all the details in the process from hiring vendors to make repairs to conducting any private showings. We could pretty much be hands off during the process and rely on her to handle the end-to-end process. Additionally, she helped represent us in the purchase of our new home and was invaluable to bounce the many questions we had. She was a good sounding board in helping us make our decision to make an offer on the home we purchased and worked to help us negotiate a final selling price under asking. Catherine also has many connections in the various related real estate and home remodeling fields. She helped refer us to contractors to use in our home remodeling process and even made herself available to consult with on our home renovation plans including help recommend which remodeling made the most sense and reviewing quotes from contractors. She for sure has gone above and beyond what anyone would expect and we are amazed at her generosity in time knowing she has many other real estate listings going on. What we appreciate about Catherine beyond her real estate expertise is how you can tell she really looks after her clients and cares about them as people. Even after we had purchased our home, she has consistently checked in with our family to see how we're doing during this unprecedented time and if there is anything she can help with. We would definitely highly recommend Catherine to anyone looking to buy or sell a home and wouldn't hesitate to use her again for any of our real estate needs.

Dilan Desai

We approached Catherine after another house on our street listed and sold in a very short period of time. As someone who operates in the mortgage/real estate industry, I understood that part of the reason for the quick sale could be the lack of housing supply. However, after speaking with the owners, we realized Catherine had secured an unbelievable sales price, well over listing and quite frankly what we considered likely for homes in our area. The combination of a highly experienced real estate professional that knows her market and is able to maintain relationships with clients across the world, makes Catherine a highly sought after agent. We interviewed Catherine and were immediately impressed. She is highly professional, extremely well-prepared, and ultimately very very resourceful. Catherine was always accessible and provided timely and accurate information throughout the process. To emphasize again, Catherine knows her market. She sets realistic expectations and executes to her fullest capabilities at each step. We never felt that she had anything but complete control over the process. Although we did not receive nearly as many offers, or those significantly over list price, Catherine secured an offer at list price and with the agreement to have us rent back for one month at no cost. I firmly believe we would not have been able to move as quickly, nor have secured a favorable offer if it weren't for Catherine. Another home in our area, which went on market shortly after we listed failed to sell after multiple open house events. The difference was clear - they decided to go with the low-cost/low-quality/hope-for-the-best at nonsensical price point strategy. If you are looking to buy or sell your property in the south bay/peninsula area, Catherine should be one of the first on your list of agents to meet.

Lin Hwang

We came across Catherine at an open house in Cupertino and were very impressed with her staging of that house. After talking to her more, we found she was very knowledgeable and very experienced in selling houses in Cupertino, so we decided to let her sell our Fremont Mission house. The decision proved to be a right one. First, she had her team (a designer, several contractors for installing carpet, hardwood floor for the whole house, kitchen/bathroom makeover, interior/exterior painting, power wash) design and work on our house at a very reasonable, low price. In a very short 3-4 week time frame, she transformed our house, which we had lived for more than 20 years, into a beautiful dream house. The best of all, she acted as a general manager to coordinate everything and we did not have to worry about much at all. Both my husband and I worked our full time jobs while she and her team did the work. Last but not least was her staging, which was very high quality (unbeatable compared to most Mission San Jose open house staging standards that we had seen). Our open house was a great success and we sold our house in just 3-4 days 140K above the asking price; that was record in Mission area in March 2013. After being through this process, I got to witness Catherine’s real strength: her love of realty, her keen eye on style and value and her strong negotiation and deal making ability. Catherine now becomes our friend. We are looking to buy a rental home with her and we highly recommend her to anyone selling or buying houses.

Jean-Jacques Drolet

Catherine did a terrific job advising our family in the purchase of a property in Silicon Valley. We were initially looking for a house in the Cupertino area. On our first encounter, she gave us a very useful tour of the different neighborhoods in the area, finding in each properties closest to our wish list and advising us on pricing, schools, shopping areas, etc. It was very clear that she was thoroughly familiar with the market, had a lot of experience in it and had a great sense of valuations. Catherine provided timely responses through the entire search and transaction process. We ultimately found the house we ended up purchasing ourselves, through no fault of Catherine, in San Jose, after realizing that we could better find the house characteristics that we most valued there for the price we were willing to pay. Catherine advised us well on pricing and proposed an offer strategy that seemed aggressive but ultimately appears to have played a key role in securing this property we really liked. She offered excellent referrals for loans, inspections and cleaning and drove the transaction aggressively and diligently down to the finest details. We would wholeheartedly recommend Catherine’s services to anyone intending to purchase a property in Silicon Valley.

Buyer | Seller

I met Catherine in November 2011 - and since then she has become more than just a real estate agent but a close friend. My wife and I began considering to sell our home in Milpitas and move to Cupertino, Los Altos or Saratoga in the end of 2011. We met Catherine at an open house and from that day on - we knew Catherine was the right agent for us. She was very knowledgeable, honest, has great negotiation skills and most importantly she was very caring and wanted to make sure we found the perfect home. For over 1 and a half years Catherine kept in touch with us and kept showing us homes, she actually showed us over 40 homes and finally in May 2013 we found our new home in Saratoga and sold our home in Milpitas. We sold our home for top price - which actually set a new benchmark in our neighborhood. Catherine's sales tactic was very clever and she was able to sell our home in less than 1 week. In the end we are very pleased and fortunate we met Catherine! We highly recommend her to anyone selling or buying a new home!

Lea Gong Chen

We knew Catherine for many years because she has an excellent reputation by selling our neighborhood properties. We normally chat each other when she has an open house around our neighborhood. This early March weekend I went to Catherine's open house and she knew I planned to buy an investment property. That time, she immediately understood our requirements and found a local property to better fit to our needs in a very short time. After that, she recommended one of the best loan agents in Bay Area to us. With Catherine's outstanding market knowledge of real estate, her dedicated responsibility, and her solid negotiation skills, we bade the multiple offers, paid less below seller's listing price, and finished multiple loans in a month. I really appreciate it by Catherine's great help and definitely recommend her to anybody!

Buyer

California bay-area is a insanely difficult housing market for buyers. My friends referred Catherine to us, we then worked with here to purchase a home and really can’t say enough good things about her. She is knowledgeable, approachable and personable. She answered every question and explained every form and every part of the process clearly and thoroughly. While the process of home buying was much more difficult than we’d imagined, based on the levels of competitiveness, Catherine gave us excellent guidance and deep knowledge about the houses that we are interested in. Particular she has really good sense of the market/house and is able to help us find ways to make competitive offers. We highly recommend her.

Henry Liang

For a new home buyer, a lot of real estate work from locating a house to filling out paper work can be done online. What distinguishes an exceptional buyer's agent like Catherine is her local professional network to help find that perfect home, close the deal, and connect me to the right people for financing and repairs. At every step in the process, Catherine was always prompt and responsive to requests (aka problems) and simply a delight to work with. Very appreciative of her knowledge and experience during an escrow close. I would highly recommend Catherine personally to all friends and family.

Marek & Vivian Stoklosa

Ms. Catherine Qian is a very diligent and client oriented agent. She researches real estate opportunities, discusses them and takes care of all needed documentation in a very timely way. The best characteristic of Catherine's service is her being able to stick with the property promotion and keeping in touch with possible buyers to eventually deliver desired sale. Her negotiating skill is extraordinary but not ruthless, with a touch of a subtle and very respectful approach. We always enjoyed working with her and would not hesitate to use her service again.

Mahalakshmi Vedula

I had a wonderful experience working with Catherine, she is a great real estate agent and an awesome person to work with. Last year I sold my old house and bought a new place, she helped me with both transactions. In the beginning it seemed like such a daunting task, but with Catherine’s help and support everything went smoothly. She is very knowledgeable and has good intuition on anything and everything related to real estate. I would highly recommend her to anybody who is in the process of… I had a wonderful experience working with Catherine, she is a great real estate agent and an awesome person to work with. Last year I sold my old house and bought a new place, she helped me with both transactions. In the beginning it seemed like such a daunting task, but with Catherine’s help and support everything went smoothly. She is very knowledgeable and has good intuition on anything and everything related to real estate. I would highly recommend her to anybody who is in the process of buying or selling their house.

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