Buying a house in Bay Area involves investing colossal amounts of money with all possible haste, being tackled by several procedural hurdles, surviving high stakes bidding ... in short, a recipe for extreme levels of stress. What can make the difference between joy of finding a home and anguish of barely missing one is a very good realtor who really knows the area and property. Judy Citron is the creme-de-la-creme of realtors. She has been the top selling agent in Menlo Park for a reason. She has a very keen instinct for the market, the quality of the house, the neighborhood and a superwoman in getting the best possible for her client. She's 100% substance and 0% fluff. I can't recommend her more strongly.
There is nobody that works harder than Judy. From the first time we met with her she did not stop until our home was sold, over asking price with other buyers in the wings. Not only does she know everything about construction which was a big help in dealing with our picky buyers, but she was a great negotiator. Judy listens, is dependable, and is trustworthy – my new favorite agent!
I worked with Judy on the sale of my home in the Bay Area. She is a true real estate professional in every sense of the word. She knows the Silicon Valley market and was very knowledgeable and helpful in setting my expectations about the selling process and what to do the prepare my home for sale without breaking the bank. She advised me to only do things that would get me a good return on my investment. She is tireless in her marketing efforts and not afraid to tell things like they are when representing you. She gave me solid advice on the pricing of my home and I got results that exceeded my expectations from the sale. I interviewed several agents and she really stood out from the crowd. I highly recommend her. She was an absolute pleasure to work with. I would hire her again in a heartbeat.
Judy is amazing. She is the perfect combination of tough and personable for a real estate transaction. She was also able to give us dispassionate advice based on EXTENSIVE experience in the area. We bought a home with her and could not be happier. 100% approval. As good as it gets!
Can't say enough about Judy Citron. Her expertise about the local market is deep. Her intuition and experience is amazing, she brought the home to market on the optimum weekend. She is organized, has an army of local resources to bring the house to its full showing potential and made my job as seller so easy, there was almost nothing for me to do. This is the fifth home I've sold, and she has been the best agent I've met, worth every penny of the commission.
As a first-time buyer, I can't imagine any agent doing a better job than Judy did to help us navigate the process. While her credentials can attest to her market knowledge, credibility, and effectiveness as an agent, what we really appreciated about Judy was (1) her straightforward honesty and (2) how secure we felt knowing that she would guide us every step of the way and represent our best interests. On more than one occasion, she pointed things out about homes that led us away from making offers and because what we were looking for definitely evolved over the course of the search, she saved us from making regrettable purchases. By the end, my wife and I wouldn't even bother until we got her thumbs up. We ended up with an amazing home at an amazing price (she convinced us to bid lower!) and couldn't be happier.
If you are looking for Menlo Park/Palo Alto agent, there is no one better you can find. We interviewed several agents before we met Judy, somewhat by accident as she replied to our request to see one of her properties from Zillow. From the very first meeting we knew Judy is the person we can work with, she knows what she is talking about, always data based in her judgement, has great intuition and gives straight answers.
Judy helped us find the one and only home for our family and win that home. But before that she showed and discussed with us dozens of homes, always taking time to research properties and educate us not only on a particular home, but also on peculiarities of any neighborhood, schools, likely future developments in the area, etc. More than once Judy called it when we were about to give up and settle on suboptimal home for us, and despite it being against her interest she made sure we wouldn't settle until we find the home that is truly right for us.
Last but not least, Judy was critical help for us in figuring out our bidding strategy: market research, knowing local agents, amazing intuition and just pure work ethics, including working late and weekends if needed to put together a last minute bid. We would definitely work with Judy again in future and highly recommend to anyone looking for a house, especially in Menlo Park/Palo Alto area.
We started looking for a home over 17 months before we found one. Early in the process we met Judy at a house she was selling and were impressed by her rich knowledge of the neighborhoods and her candid comments about the trade-offs of different neighborhoods and properties. So, we started working with her. We were picky and took a long time to find something and Judy was patient, supportive, and clear-sighted the whole time. Whenever we thought we found a candidate, my partner would say, "let's find out what Judy thinks" because her opinion became a trusted reference for us.
Judy really knows her territory. When we would call and mention street names, she almost always knew the street and had thoughts about how loud it is, how much of a thoroughfare and how nice the neighborhood is. She saved us many weekend trips to open houses when she knew a property wasn't going to work for us. As our criteria evolved, she adjusted her recommendations.
We knew we had a gem when we would go to open houses and drop her name to the selling Realtors and they all knew and respected her. Buying a home is tricky business and we felt like we had an ace up our sleeve with Judy as our Realtor. Judy's skills really came through when we finally made an offer in Palo Alto – our first offer – and got our home. There were many offers and she advised us carefully helping us win it by a hair.
My wife and I recently sold our single-family house in Menlo Park with the very capable assistance of Judy Citron who is a top salesperson with Compass Realty. Judy and Talia helped us establish an asking price that we all agreed was fair to us as well as to whomever would purchase the house. We signed an agreement with Judy, packed up, and moved into a rental house. The Citron team then took over all and prepared the house for sale. They brought in a painting crew, a landscaping crew to spiff up the gardens, an interior designer and her staging company, a photographer, and all the other details.
Judy placed appropriate advertisements in local newspapers and in electronic media, staffed the open houses for realtors and the general public, and negotiated the final purchase offer with the couple that bought our house. Selling a house can be stressful, but Judy and her team handled all the details very smoothly and efficiently. Of course, we had some questions along the way, and Judy responded quickly with accurate information and wise counsel each time. We are very pleased with the way the sale was planned and conducted, and we enthusiastically recommend Judy Citron if you wish to sell or buy a house in this area!
Working with Judy and her daughters (who assist her) was a phenomenal experience from start to finish. Judy was always available whenever I had a question, and she really knows her stuff! She is extremely professional, yet warm and sincere, and is very analytical in figuring out how to get the best price for you. As sellers, she told us exactly what to do to maximize our house's sale price. When I had a question or disagreed, she told me she would do whatever I wanted but explained her surprisingly thoughtful and data-based rationale, and every time I was convinced. In the end, we sold our house for more than double what we paid for it (not that long ago!) and were extremely happy with the results.
Judy was a pleasure to work with, and she is extraordinarily good at what she does! For such an important transaction, with so much money on the line, you owe it yourself to work with the best: Judy Citron.
Judy is about as shrewd, professional, knowledgeable and experienced as it can get. Her eye for detail, imagination for potential, extensive connections from mega contractors to handymen, and extremely committed team make the whole experience of working with her a lot of fun and rewarding. Perhaps above all, she is a wonderful and kind person who goes above and beyond always to do the best that she can. I have really enjoyed working with her. I am sure you will too.
We could not have asked for a more caring, experienced, and on-the-ball agent. She is extremely knowledgeable of the market, the neighborhood we wanted to buy from, and things to look out for (flags, etc.). She took the time to understand what we were looking for and identified the house we wanted, which was initially off market. In the end, she helped us get the house in a super competitive market. It was an efficient process, and with 3 kids and two full-time jobs, that is all we wanted! Thank you Judy for finding us a home in our dream location. We are SO happy!
After meeting with several agents and not feeling that any of them had my interests at heart, I heard about Judy. I contacted her and she responded right away. I immediately felt comfortable with her. I knew that she cared about what was best for me in the sale of my home. She did not rush me, but as soon as I told her I was ready to do it, she and her team had my house ready to go to market in a few weeks. I went on vacation, they held open houses and private showings while I was gone, and in less than 3 weeks, we had multiple offers. A process that I was dreading and had put off for a long time was really painless. I highly recommend Judy.
I had worked with Judy in the construction field (prior to her venturing into realty) so I already knew what a dynamo she is. When it came time to sell our modest house, my only concern was whether we would be given the same attention as her many higher-end clients. We were not disappointed as the amount of marketing/advertising effort she expended was way beyond anything we expected. She's a tireless worker, really pays attention to details, and follows through without fail. And she's a joy to work! Even in a down market, our house sold for the asking price within two weeks. Judy also took the unsolicited initiative to help us find temporary residence as house-sitters while our new house is still under construction. She truly does look out for her clients – a consummate professional.
Judy Citron lives up to the rave reviews listed on Yelp. As a young family with two small children Judy really met our needs. After considering two other top-notch realtors she "had us" at our first meeting. Not only did she explain the selling process thoroughly, she did it while singing to and playing with our 15 month old daughter. She was classy, professional, caring, and down to earth.
On top of her awareness of how stressful and challenging it is for a family to sell a home with two small children, she really knows the market. We sold our condo in Mountain View (which she and her team staged beautifully and sold in a HOT SECOND!) in July. We lived in a temporary rental for the next four months. All the while we made multiple offers on homes that we thought were just right for us. It's a tough market out there, but Judy assured us that our home was just not on the market yet ... be patient ... your home will arrive. She was right. The right single family home at the right price with the right circumstances fell into our laps. Our search took us through Menlo Park and Redwood City and we finally landed our home sweet home in Redwood City. We could not be happier!
Judy was available for us when we needed her. She is a realtor with many responsibilities and takes her work seriously, yet she always made us feel as if we were her only client. At the same time she had healthy boundaries with communication. Priceless care and attention were given to us. Her care goes beyond the buying and selling of homes. It goes into the communication with your mortgage broker, Title Company, and help in finding people to remodel your home once you are settled. And details? She has got them under control!
Through the process we feel we gained amazing knowledge of the real estate world, invaluable selling and buying experience in the hands of a knowledgeable mentor and a new family member. We are happy that we are in our home and getting settled, but we will miss our regular upbeat and encouraging interactions with Judy and her glowing team. She has not seen the last of us (whether she likes it or not).
If you are looking for a genuine, hardworking, knowledgeable, and experienced realtor, Judy Citron will be your choice!
Judy is the best, hands down. I highly recommend picking a realtor who knows the area well –and I would say Judy is the Queen of Menlo Park. She provided us with facts and market analysis of every property we considered, will give her opinion on how much it will cost to fix whatever work the house may need. Judy stopped us couple of times from buying into a home that will cost us more money than it’s worth. I should not be very detailed but ultimately, Judy got us a very good deal – with a happy seller and a happy buyer. We cannot thank you enough. I highly recommend Judy.
Not only did Judy get my wife and me a price well above the estimated market value and our expectations, but she knew the right way to handle every situation that happened, knew the right people to help prepare the property, and provided great advice. She is a master at dealing with multiple offers, and I don't think any other agent could have done better. She also was able to overcome a great reluctance on our part not to do more to get the house ready to sell. She knew exactly the right balance. I have no hesitation to give her the highest rating in all categories. She made everything easy.
We can't thank Judy and Talia enough for going above and beyond for our family. After a long house-hunting journey, they did the impossible and got us an amazing move-in ready home in West Menlo Park for hundreds of thousands under asking.
We are not the all-cash buyers and had a limited budget for our first house making it very challenging for us to win in this market. Judy and Talia truly had our best interest in heart through the home-buying process. They never gave up on us, taking us to see every house that came up, educating us on the market, guiding us and making sure that we never offered more than a house was worth, even if it meant "losing the deal".
Judy is one of the hardest-working agents out there. She is experienced, sharp and knows the market better than anyone else. Another advantage for her clients is that she is well respected by other agents. But what really sets her apart as the best agent is that she is genuine, persistent, kind and goes above and beyond for her clients. Although she is very busy, she always made us feel like we were top priority and gave us the white glove treatment.
Once we closed on the house, Judy and Talia walked us through the escrow process, always letting us know what our next steps were and reassured us when we had a few hiccups with our lender. They kept checking on us once we moved in and even surprised us with dinner the night of our move.
Thank you Judy and Talia again for everything, we couldn't be happier!
Judy and Talia are the best real estate team in the area they helped us both sell our home and buy a new one in Menlo Park. What sets Judy and Talia apart are their honesty, integrity, patience and willingness to go above-and-beyond for their clients. They treated us like family and stuck with us for years until we found the perfect home.
When places would come up during our search, rather than rush us into making a decision, they helped us weigh the pros and cons, just like a family member who really had our best interest at heart. Judy is very well-known and respected by other agents in the field and that proved invaluable in our transactions. She also has a lot of experience with construction and remodeling, which helped us quickly evaluate whether properties were right for us. I'd strongly recommend them -- without a single reservation -- to anyone who is considering buying or selling a home in Menlo Park.
Judy and Talia offer all you could hope for from a realtor, and more! Judy is clearly seasoned and expert in all aspects of preparing a home for the market, comparative analysis, pricing, negotiating, and counseling buyers and sellers alike.
I met Judy when she was representing the seller of the condo I purchased in Menlo Park. It was instantly apparent that she was top of the line in terms of knowledge and ethics, with a warm and personable demeanor as well. I'm a fan of the no-nonsense approach, especially when it comes to residential real estate. I was very eager to have her list my home in Redwood City.
I was cautioned by others that she might not give my entry-level home much attention. Nothing could be further from the truth. She and Talia somehow manage to be completely hands-on with preparing a home for market, without being pushy. They made the process so easy, referring and securing help where needed (e.g., handyman, landscaper) and booking a wonderful staging company. I had multiple offers within a week, and sold in 30 days just over the top of the range I had considered possible. Most importantly, they made it all easy and inspired confidence every step of the way. What a good feeling to know you have made the right choice in representation for the sale of your home. I would enthusiastically refer friends or family to Judy, knowing they would receive the best advice, service, and care.
Judy raises the bar for all real estate agents! When we first met her, her deep knowledge of the marketplace, along with a grounded approach to building a relationship with us, was refreshing to say the least. And it didn't stop there. Throughout our time together, Judy was diligent, attended to all details, and made the selling of our home a seamless process. This included working with us to effectively negotiate a sale within 2 weeks of our listing! We have worked with many realtors over the years, and Judy stands above the rest!
Judy and Talia were wonderful to work with. They helped us find our first house in Menlo Park that fits our budget and family needs (2 young kids). What made them great was: expertise, quick response, patience, honesty and attention for detail. Talia was always available to show us the properties, while Judy's specialty is to make us aware of the upsides and downsides of every property. This enabled us to find a great house at a fair price.
Judy helped us with purchasing 2 properties in 2016 and 2017 (if you purchased or tried to purchase anything during that period you should know how challenging it was on Peninsula). I could not be happier with her services. After our first purchase in 2016, I had no doubt I would only work with her. Judy was very responsive and extremely flexible around our availability hours during the search.
With help of her daughter Talia, they literally worked day and night to help us. She was very upfront with us when she thought the value was not good or if property had issues. It was all about getting the best property for the $. I really appreciate it. Judy was very tough when negotiating for us yet she knew when to offer that right price to actually get the house. In short, I will continue to work with her on our future purchases.
My wife and I sold our single-family house in Menlo Park with the very capable assistance of Judy Citron who is a top salesperson with Compass Realty. Judy and Talia helped us establish an asking price that we all agreed was fair to us as well as to whomever would purchase the house. We signed an agreement with Judy, packed up, and moved into a rental house. The Citron team then took over all and prepared the house for sale. They brought in a painting crew, a landscaping crew to spiff up the gardens, an interior designer and her staging company, a photographer, and all the other details. Judy placed appropriate advertisements in local newspapers and in electronic media, staffed the open houses for realtors and the general public, and negotiated the final purchase offer with the couple that bought our house.
Selling a house can be stressful, but Judy and her team handled all the details very smoothly and efficiently. Of course, we had some questions along the way, and Judy responded quickly with accurate information and wise counsel each time. We are very pleased with the way the sale was planned and conducted, and we enthusiastically recommend Judy Citron if you wish to sell or buy a house in this area!
Judy Citron is the best agent that I've ever worked with. She cares about your needs and interests, embraces your house hunt as if it's her own. She and her daughter Talia make sure that we know everything about the properties and the whole process. The best thing is that they were able to tell us all the information about properties that we normally cannot know of. They know the market and area (Bay Area) really well, so we decided for our new home easily and with full confidence. They are wonderful and kind and we definitely recommend working with them.
Judy made the daunting experience of buying a home in the Menlo Park area much easier through her preparation, her expertise, and her calm and reassuring demeanor. Without a doubt, Judy saved us a lot of time and ultimately helped us make a much better decision that will result in a better return in the long run. She and Talia were also a wealth of knowledge in terms of local businesses and contacts. They are great people who we loved dealing with, will certainly use again and recommend often to friends.
As first time buyers, we had a fantastic experience with Judy and Talia!
Judy was patient and it showed from the get-go. She explained all the nuances and potential gotchas of buying in the competitive Bay Area market. She often pointed out the downsides of various houses that we initially liked or, in some cases, discouraged us from putting an offer altogether. It was clear that she was looking out for our best interests. Ultimately, we got a fantastic house at a fair price, largely due to Judy's knowledge, experience, and network.
Talia was always accessible, often showing us properties during the week upon last minute requests from us. She is very knowledgeable, extremely patient, and an absolute pleasure to work with.
We're super happy that we chose the Judy and Talia team.
My co-worker recommended Judy and Talia because she is extremely happy with them. As a newcomer to the area, Judy and Talia helped a lot along the way. They are extremely familiar with San Carlos, Redwood City and Menlo Park area. After we start to tour the open houses, they served as a safeguard for this important investment decision. I remembered Judy stayed late at night trying to persuade me NOT to making an offer for a house at a busy traffic location.
They are extremely easy to work with and always reply emails/phone calls immediately. Judy is very familiar with constructions. She can easily help us to identify major flaws of a house based on inspection reports or house tour.
After we closed the deal, we still receive continue support from Judy and Talia. They helped to point out things we need to fix immediately. We walked into our new home with 100% confidence of what we got.
Judy, and her daughter Talia, helped us find a buyer for our house within two weeks of putting it on the market (even as the housing market was slowing). The whole process was simple and stress-free. We moved out and she took care of everything that came next (cleaning, staging, advertising, scheduling open houses, etc.). We just waited for her to call and tell us that she has found a buyer, which she did shortly.
We couldn't ask for a better agency than Talia and Judy's.
Like many, we had a lot of concerns getting into the process of buying a house in the Bay Area. Judy and Talia made sure we know everything there is to know and guided us through the whole process. From our first meeting until today, we still feel like part of the family and that someone really looked out for us – which is what you really want from an agent. (Everything else you can do on Zillow/Redfin). They really knew the business and highlighted all the hidden things we would never think of. My favorite Judy quote: "If you want a house on the 101 go find a different agent". We got a great deal and are so happy from our new home - thank you!
Judy Citron is absolutely the best agent out there, and I very, very highly recommend her. She is incredibly smart, well-informed and a warm, funny and nice person! She makes what can be a stressful process much less so. Let me count the ways that Judy will make your life better:
1) She will prevent you from buying a house that you feel "meh" about. She is adamant that you be excited for such a big purchase and keeps you on track toward that goal.
2) She and her team are incredibly responsive. Judy will drop everything to take your call.
3) Her knowledge of the Peninsula and its real estate landscape is unparalleled. She knows every agent, every neighborhood, etc.
4) She never told us we were too picky or crazy for liking certain houses, but she also provided valuable feedback about things we may not have noticed or been aware of so we could make educated decisions.
5) Her instinct for offer prices is freakishly accurate. She helped us not overbid or overpay while helping us still make competitive offers.
Thank you Judy and team for helping us find our dream home!
Judy is the best agent in the industry, and her awards and recognition are very well deserved. We first spoke with Judy in October, and a little more than a month later, we closed on a spectacular house. During the process of buying our new home, we also met her team: Talia and Dawn, who were equally pleasant to work with.
When I first met Judy, she took her time to understand our family needs and what we were looking for in our new home.
Through her extensive network across the Bay Area, Judy knew of an off-market house that matched our wishes perfectly.
Judy set up a couple of tours, which were very well planned, including an itinerary and information on each house we saw. Judy was extremely communicative and available throughout the entire process. She provided a ton of information and was sure to reiterate that we were the final decision-maker throughout the process. Judy helped us negotiate a price that both the seller and we were comfortable with. We felt that Judy was very transparent and fair throughout the negotiation process.
We couldn't be happier with our new home, and our family will always be extremely thankful to Judy for being a key part of this next chapter in our lives. If you are in the market for a new home, I would highly (highly!) recommend, Judy and the team at Citron! Thank you, Judy, Talia and Dawn!
When we sold the house, we interviewed 3 brokers and finally chose Judy Citron. She is affable, experienced, and credible. After confirming the cooperation, Judy Citron has always dominated the transaction process and maintained a smooth communication with us, and we don't have to worry too much about it, and enjoy the comprehensive services provided by her and her team.
During the preparation phase of the sale, Judy Citron made a good suggestion for us and made some necessary renovations to the house. She found a reasonable price for the renovation team, and managed the entire project in a comprehensive manner, to ensure that the renovation was completed on time and the house was in good condition. After the listing of the house, Judy Citron keeps track of the market and potential buyers and helps us determine the trading strategy. She started from our interests, negotiated prices with buyers, made our house sell for a good price, and delivered it in less than 20 days.
The process of Judy Citron helping us sell the house is peace of mind and joy. I hope there will be opportunities to cooperate with her in the future.
I cannot imagine meeting a more experienced, intuitive, friendly, hardworking, and well-connected agent. She knows the market inside and out. Her intuition about pricing and timing were spot on.
She is a very sharp businessperson and her intuition and negotiating skills are consummate. In this seller's market with crazy-high prices, the agent's commission also is high, but in her case she was worth every single penny and more. Cannot praise her enough.
We have worked with a number of brokers over the years and, hands down, Judy is simply the best. She's incredibly real, genuine and honest with high energy, a great sense of humor and amazing work ethic.
She has fantastic social skills and a very high EQ which enables her to empathize and connect immediately to your needs and then do whatever it takes to meet them.
Judy offered us invaluable advice throughout every stage of selling our house and went beyond making our dream come true. But, most importantly, she made the whole process from start to finish fun. We can't recommend her highly enough and are so thankful we finally found the perfect real estate broker.
Judy is outstanding. Not only does she know the market inside out, she also goes out of her way to make sure that you get the best value. After having helped us patiently for several months in our search, Judy found us the perfect house in Menlo Park that we absolutely love, and at a price which made sense.
Being a first time buyer, I had tons of questions and Judy was able to give me very objective advice for every question that I had. She made sure that we were always presented with the facts out there, and then let us make decisions based on those facts.
Even after the deal was done, Judy continued to look after our needs and helped us in a variety of ways to help us get settled. I very strongly recommend Judy to anyone out there looking for an agent that is a true professional and will always keep the client's interest first.
Judy and Talia are the best real estate team in the area they helped us both sell our home and buy a new one in Menlo Park. What sets Judy and Talia apart are their honesty, integrity, patience and willingness to go above and beyond for their clients. They treated us like family and stuck with us for years until we found the perfect home.
When places would come up during our search, rather than rush us into making a decision, they helped us weigh the pros and cons, just like a family member who really had our best interest at heart. Judy is very well known and respected by other agents in the field and that proved invaluable in our transactions.
She also has a lot of experience with construction and remodeling, which helped us quickly evaluate whether properties were right for us. I'd strongly recommend them without a single reservation to anyone who is considering buying or selling a home in Menlo Park.
I recently sold my first home in Menlo Park, California. After interviewing several realtors, I decided to work with Judy. I am so glad I made that choice. She is a true real estate professional and is exceptionally honest, very hard working, genuine, and experienced. She stood out clearly from the pack. Since this was my first time selling a house, I had many questions regarding pricing, promotion, costs, and the process.
Judy was very patient in answering all of my questions and she always explained her thought process on the strategy for selling my home. She did a wonderful job promoting my property and orchestrating the offer process. As with any real estate transaction, there were unforeseen hiccups and emotions involved.
Judy did an excellent job negotiating and also managing both parties involved to come to a mutually beneficial outcome. She is strong when she needs to be strong and constructively pushed back on me and the other parties involved when needed but remained very personable and rational when doing so. In getting to know Judy during this process, it is clear that sheTa and providing great customer service.
I had an excellent experience working with Judy and recommend her without reservation for selling a property in the Menlo Park, Redwood City and Palo Alto area. Judy has a unique combination of house selling and buying experience, market insight, marketing knowledge, vast realtor network, respect from other agents, excellent reputation, house building experience, knowledge of building codes, intelligence, logic, strength, and negotiation skills.
I needed all of these for the sale of our property. We had a rare situation of selling a premium lot with an old house on it that could be used with a lot of work or could be torn down and rebuilt. We needed to market the house in such a way as to appeal to the most buyers while flushing out the right one that could see the vision for what the property could become.
Judy had a great team of people working for her, one of whom was a designer who created sketches of what could be permitted to be built on the lot. Working well together, we came up with a marketing strategy and Judy's team executed it well.
The home sold quickly at full market value. There is no question that if I had to sell or buy another property in that area that I would use Judy again. She delivers a rare value in today's world: excellent service and successful accomplishment. She is also a pleasure to work with.
Judy and Talia offer all you could hope for from a Realtor, and more! Judy is clearly a seasoned expert in all aspects of preparing a home for the market, comparative analysis, pricing, negotiating, and counseling buyers and sellers alike. I met Judy when she was representing the seller of the condo I purchased in Menlo Park.
It was instantly apparent that she was top-of-the-line in terms of knowledge and ethics, with a warm and personable demeanor as well. I'm a fan of the no-nonsense approach, especially when it comes to residential real estate. I was very eager to have her list my home in Redwood City. I was cautioned by others that she might not give my entry-level home much attention.
Nothing could be further from the truth. She and Talia somehow manage to be completely hands on with preparing a home for market, without being pushy. They made the process so easy, referring and securing help where needed, example given handyman, landscaper and booking a wonderful staging company.
I had multiple offers within a week, and sold in 30 days just over the top of the range I had considered possible. Most importantly, they made it all easy and inspired confidence every step of the way. What a good feeling to know you have made the right choice in representation for the sale of your home. I would enthusiastically refer friends or family to Judy, knowing they would receive the best advice, service, and care.
This is a long overdue review for our miracle worker, Judy Citron. She was truly amazing as a buyer's agent in getting us into our house in Palo Alto, and she and Talia were exceptional in helping us sell that house years later. During the buying process, we found that Judy's intuition was astoundingly spot on. As buyers, we had been keeping an eye on the market and had our own predictions on certain properties how quickly they'd sell, the final price.
Judy would assert that house X would sell for $Y in Z days, and many times I would think, “No way, that's way off” and each time Judy's guess was right on the mark. In buying our house in Palo Alto, we had to jump through a bunch of extra hoops as it was sold under conservatorship and Judy was an invaluable guide in navigating the sometimes twisted path.
We were very happy we got that house and I cannot tell you the handsprings Judy performed to get us in there. No really, she made me promise not to say. In selling that house a few years later, Judy and Talia again gave us critical guidance both in preparing the house for sale making strategic calls on scheduling, staging, offer navigation and also in dealing with a surprise softening of the market.
And in the end, we found an awesome family as buyers and we're all very happy with the outcome. We feel very fortunate to have worked with Judy and Talia, and we'd recommend them without reservation, both as buyer and seller agents.
While the real estate market is full of uncertainty, there is one thing that is for sure: If you are buying or selling a home in the Bay Area, you should work with Judy Citron. Why, you should ask? Judy is a good listener. All the properties she showed me were in my desired style, size, location, and price. She did not waste my time taking me to places that did not meet my requirements.
Judy is extremely market-knowledgeable. She provided useful analysis and insight regarding historic pricing, current trends, and so forth, well beyond the usual surface information provided by other agents. Judy is an excellent communicator. She was honest and straightforward, very responsive to phone and email messages, explained everything in an easy to understand way, and was extremely patient with my endless questions.
Judy is dependable, reliable, and trustworthy. She knows the process inside and out, forwards and backwards. She has a can do attitude. Nothing slips through the cracks. No matter the obstacle, she keeps things moving in a positive direction. Judy is a builder. She has an eye for home design and experience with construction, building materials, and such the like.
She provided helpful information regarding potential improvements, their costs, and their impact on resale value. Judy is a fantastic negotiator. She got my place below the list price with the deal being so good that my neighbors were simply amazed. Judy is truly an advocate. Beyond her strong competence, you can tell that she is looking out for your best interests.
She was always encouraging but never pushy and it felt very safe to go through the process with her. Before buying my home, friends warned me to expect stress, worry, and anxiety. But it didn't feel that way at all. Somehow Judy managed to make the experience even pleasant. Like magic. She's the best.
I have recently worked with a real estate agent in Menlo Park who is head-and-shoulders above any other real estate agent I know. She referred a client to me to assist with a move, and I got a chance to watch her closely as she managed the entire real estate transaction with grace and skill.
This was a very difficult client, from another culture, very elderly, very angry and depressed and hard to deal with on many different levels. Judy Citron went so far beyond the call of duty I was astonished.
Even after she sold the client's condominium, she continued to help her in so many ways taking her to purchase electronics, helping her with phone calls and paperwork, driving her to various appointments, giving her moral support, always with patience, kindness, and generosity. I've really never seen anything like it.
And I've watched a lot of real estate professionals closely, as I often am engaged to assist in homes that are about to sell or have sold recently. Judy is also a consummate professional when it comes to assessing value, marketing homes, assisting in obtaining the very best deal for the client, and easing the sometimes onerous process involved with buying and selling real estate.
She knows the market very well from San Francisco to San Jose, is a real go getter, very efficient, and very calm under pressure. I have seen her on several occasions when the going got rough use her very clever mind to figure out a solution and carry it off with grace and aplomb.
She is always available, she seems to answer her phone 24/7, and emails are answered quite promptly as well. But most important, this is an ethical woman with very strong principles; her credo is that her clients come first, and she will do whatever is needed to assist her clients. One doesn't see this level of customer service very often anymore. I cannot recommend Judy highly enough. She is fabulous.
Judy and Talia are BY far the best team in the Menlo Park or Palo Alto market, Originally my family had used another agent who tried to sell us every house that we previewed – even those that were clearly not right for us or way out of our price range. A friend recommended Judy Citron, and we never looked back.
It was clear from the beginning that Judy's strengths included honesty, integrity, persistence, and experience in the Menlo Park or Palo Alto housing markets. We felt at ease with Judy because she really would only encourage us to make offers on homes that were perfect for us. She never wanted us to overbid for a home, and even told us we weren't allowed to offer on homes because they were way overpriced, unsafe due to lack of permits or not for us.
She knows the market inside and out, even when our offers weren't accepted, the purchase price was always what Judy had projected. We ended up purchasing a home in Allied Arts,
MP, for multiple hundreds of thousands, under asking. Her motto was always, “I want to win the house by $1, or less”.
Another bonus was her expertise in building/remodeling and ability to connect us to expert architects, contractors, and other consultants in the area. Talia was always available to show us properties, and even met us at our new home during the closing period on numerous occasions. With the Citron Ladies, you will never feel like a burden or just another commission.
They are always available for you by phone, email, or in person and make you feel like you are their only clients. My husband and I still miss our daily interactions with these women and hope to stay in touch in the future. They are a class act and if we ever sell our home, Judy and Talia will certainly, 100%, be our listing agents.
My wife and I interviewed several realtors before finally selecting Judy to represent us on the recent sale of our home. From our first meeting with Judy, we could tell she was well organized, thoughtful, extremely experienced and knowledgeable about the local markets and that she would be proactive in helping us get ready to sell our house, and candid about what we could expect in the process.
With Judy we knew we had a partner in the process, one with whom we thought we had the best chance to maximize the price on the sale of our home. Both Judy and her partner Talia put so much time and effort into the prep work necessary to help make our house shine, both online and at open houses, that we knew going into the sale process that we could not have been better prepared.
Judy was personally at each of the open houses, which was a critical element to determining who were truly the most interested potential bidders and how best to appeal each of them. She followed up relentlessly with potentially interested parties, keeping her finger on the pulse of the sale process from start to finish.
We came to greatly appreciate the candid feedback we received throughout the process as well as the general positive can-do attitude that exemplifies Judy's approach to her role. In this market, it's easy to talk about houses getting multiple offers, but running the sales process to ensure that you get the right multiple offers which is not ever a given requires a special skill set, someone who is both a good listener to and observer of other people as well as someone who can convey the proper sense of urgency to get people lined up when the time comes for bids.
Judy was truly the best I have seen at this, and it resulted in us selling our home for far in excess of our expectations. We put our most valuable asset into Judy's hands and she delivered, plain and simple. As Judy knows, we would be more than willing to speak with anyone interested in retaining her, so feel free to ask to speak with us if you want more details. We could not recommend Team Citron more highly.
Where to begin? There were so many highlights over the past few months we spent with Judy and Talia during our home search. We wanted to make sure our testimonial was thoughtful and truly captured the fantastic experience we had working with them, which can explain how much time it took to follow up with this review after our closing in March.
As first time home buyers in the San Francisco area, we began our home search slightly overwhelmed and discouraged by the competitive Bay Area market. That was all put to ease upon meeting Judy, she took the time to educate us on the market and did her research to learn about our priorities.
Her upfront diligence ultimately helped us understand what would be a good investment for us as a young family. It was instantly apparent that Judy was a seasoned expert in Real Estate and she seemed to advise us just as she would her own family members. Throughout the entire process, we felt as though the Citron ladies always had our best interests at heart and their willingness to go above and beyond for their clients was truly unique.
In addition to her market insight, knowledge, logic and negotiating skills, what sets Judy apart from the rest is her honesty and integrity. Two inherent qualities that cannot be learned. Judy was extremely patient with us and never once did we feel rushed or pressured to buy. Judy made it known that she was with us for the long haul as this was one of the biggest purchases we would make and we should feel confident about our decision.
Both Judy and Talia always made themselves available for us, we are currently suffering from withdrawals and missing our daily interactions and phone conversations. Judy is truly one of the hardest working agents and her and Talia are without a doubt the Best Real Estate team in the Bay Area.
Throughout our home search process, we found out we were expecting. After finding our dream home and learning this fantastic news, Judy jumped through hoops and did the impossible in helping us close on our home. She did an excellent job in negotiating and managing both parties to come to a mutually beneficial outcome. Another bonus was Judy's expertise in remodeling and her ability to connect us to a variety of local businesses and trades in the area.
There are not enough words to express how grateful we are to Judy and Talia for their invaluable expertise. We strongly recommend Judy and Talia, without a single reservation. They are a class act and I know that if we ever sell our home and decide to move, they will be our first call. Thank you, ladies, for everything and for making us feel a part of the Citron family, we couldn't be happier. We feel so fortunate to have worked with Judy and Talia.