Clara Lee
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Read below to see what my clients have to say about our services!

"Thanks to Clara, I am now a happy first-time homeowner! I could have easily become overwhelmed by everything that's involved in buying a home, especially in the intensely competitive Bay Area housing market. But Clara kindly and patiently guided me through the process. While touring homes together, she pointed out many details she noticed that I surely would have missed on my own. She walked me through the dozens of forms involved in the purchase process that would have otherwise been quite intimidating for me to try to understand, and she always answered my (many) questions thoroughly. She coached me on how to make my offer stand out in a highly competitive market, in ways that go beyond the base purchase price. Also, there was an unexpected issue that came up just one week before the anticipated closing date for my home purchase, which threatened the deal. She readily took the reins and made sure that things went as smoothly as possible for me, and swiftly and adeptly negotiated a solution with the seller's agent. With Clara on my side, I can honestly say that my stress level was much lower than it could have been. Overall, Clara did an excellent job in helping me get a house that fit my budget and unique taste and is just right for me. She is experienced, responsive, a capable problem solver, trustworthy, and a true professional. Plus, she really has her clients' best interests at heart. Thank you Clara!"
-Claire, San Jose

Clara came to us highly recommended by good friends and she did not disappoint. We are first-time homebuyers with tons of questions and Clara never failed to answer us promptly. I'm not the easiest person to work with, and I have very specific conditions for our home purchase which made things all the more difficult. Our search for a home was filled with trials and tribulations. Once, we even had to put together an offer over the weekend when we weren't even pre-approved. But Clara went out of her way to ensure that we always put in the best possible offer we can. She never lost patience and was always encouraging. When we finally purchased a place, Clara continued to be helpful in providing contacts to ensure a smooth move-in. Clara puts her personal touch into everything she does and one can always feel how much she cares. You know you are in good hands with her as your Realtor!
-Yilise & Hongping, Redwood City

"The most important qualities that we were looking for when we were looking for a realtor was trust, responsiveness and experience, all of which we found in Clara and more.  Clara came highly recommended to us by our financial advisor.  Clara has all the qualities that a realtor should have.
Clara has a wealth of knowledge from her many years in real estate that there isn't any situation she hasn't already experienced.  This was extremely helpful to us since we were first time home buyers.  She immediately became our teacher and mentor, always taking the time to help us understand every step of the way.
Clara is punctual and very reliable.  She was always so responsive to us, regardless of what time it was or what day of the week it was.  She understands the time sensitive nature of this business and she had a way of always making us feel like we were her priority.

What's special about Clara is her personal vested interest in ensuring her client's happiness.  I will never forget the call she made to us when our offer was accepted.  It was just as rewarding for her as it was for us.  We always felt like she had our best interest in mind.

Clara has always guided us towards the right decision and we couldn't be happier in our new home.  We couldn't have done this without someone like her.  Additionally, she has a great network of vendors that she's recommended to us, which is so important considering all the little things that need to be taken care of when buying a home.  It's so difficult to find trustworthy contactors that deliver quality work and her endless list of referrals has been so helpful.  Clara has not only become our realtor for life, but has also become our friend for life.  More importantly, she is a wonderful person and we HIGHLY recommend her to anyone searching for a home, especially first time home buyers!"
-Hazel & Andrew, Sunnyvale

I came across Clara Lee by pure chance as I was just inquiring about a property I saw online on a random Saturday morning. I was out of state and this was my first time purchasing a home and I had no real idea what I was getting myself into.  From the first word we exchanged, I knew right away that Clara was taking me very seriously and was "on my side." Being younger than the average home buyer, this was incredibly important to me, because it showed me that she did not prematurely judge me, apply stereotypes, or worse, not fight for this property as I needed her to.
Clara understood my position right away, even embodied the same emotional connection I had with the property but still remained absolutely rational and clear about facts about the home buying process. She was incredibly good at communicating, even late into the evening. I remember sending documents back and forth between my current residence and Palo Alto even after midnight. I wanted this property more than anything, and Clara made this possible with her knowledge, passion, sincere kindness, support and dedication. I can tell she is truly passionate about her job and realizes that buying a new home often means starting a new chapter in life.

I am very grateful that I was able to work with her and I do think that this transaction would not have occurred, if I didn't find her online that Saturday morning.
-Anna, Palo Alto

After much discussion, my husband and I decided to sell an investment property we owned in Palo Alto.  We lived out of the area and after meeting with several Realtors in the Palo Alto area, we decided to go with Clara Lee.  From the first meeting with Clara, she showed real professionalism and really listened to our needs and what we needed to accomplish with the sale.  We were dreading the whole process but Clara made everything so easy. She really knows her stuff!  I would definitely recommend Clara to anyone looking to buy or sell in the Palo Alto area.   Thanks Clara! 
-Robert and Beth, Pleasanton

Clara Lee is absolutely professional and thorough.  The bonus is she's a delight with which to work. My father was a contractor and taught me, foremost your Realtor should be working for you.  I interviewed many Realtors before I chose Clara.  She displayed complete knowledge of her field.  But of all the candidates, she was the most clear that I was her first priority. The Palo Alto property Clara sold for me was an old family property  in a trust that had a few land mines she ferreted out before escrow, making the whole process go smoothly and quickly.  She did not stop until I was completely satisfied.  Her work was flawless and I will use her again if the need arises.
-Wendy, Palo Alto

"My wife and I just purchased a house, with Clara as our agent, and we could not have been happier with her services.  We have been working with Clara for several months; she was incredibly attentive to us throughout the process, recommending houses as they came on the market, viewing many properties with us, and writing up several offers.  Once our offer was accepted, Clara was a patient and tireless advocate on our behalf, making sure we had everything in order for a smooth closing.

A short time before we found the house we ended up purchasing, I met with Clara at her office to put together an offer on a different property.  There were some issues with the property that gave me and my wife pause, but we had decided to move forward anyway.  I think Clara sensed my hesitancy about this property, because before I signed the offer, she said, "Look, this property has its pros, but it also has some cons -- if you want to put this offer in, we can do that, but if you want to continue to look, we can probably find a place that is a really good fit for you, without some of these cons."  Clara was right.  We scrapped the offer, continued to look, and ended up finding a place that was a much better fit.  I don't know if every agent would have done what Clara did -- talk her buyer out of making offer -- but in that moment it was so clear that Clara had only our best interests in mind.

I recommend Clara to friends and co-workers, and if we one day move again, I will turn to Clara again for her services.  I am happy to serve as a reference."

-Andrew & Jenny, Palo Alto

We have absolutely no regrets in choosing Clara as our realtor! Clara never hesitated to go the extra mile to facilitate our home buying process. She really cared about us and always offered valuable advice on things we were never aware of. Unlike some realtors who only want to secure a quick deal, Clara was different - she truly wanted us to be completely satisfied and at peace with our initial offer and eventual purchase. And never once did she pressure us to make decisions quickly - in fact, she wanted to be sure that we weren't being overly excited and impulsive as first-time homebuyers. Clara made the whole process seem like a breeze with her extremely detail-oriented and efficient nature! She is extremely reliable and can always be trusted to get things done ASAP. Homebuying might be an ordeal for some people, but Clara worked her magic and made our initial fears vanish. If you want a realtor who truly cares about you as a person, choosing Clara is the way to go!

Thank you, Clara! You made our condo purchase a reality!

-K.S. and Serene, Mountain View

Ode to Clara Lee
Clara Lee, Coldwell Banker Realtor
Is a real estate super star!
She will work day and night
To make your house look just right.
There will be days when you are discouraged
And go astray,
Clara will be there to show you the way,
Disclosures, Inspections...and all the intricacies
She'll get you to contract and thru the contingencies.
If you need a loan to buy your home,
She knows how to find someone to help you get the cash
So the home you want won't be a thing of the past!
Clara has clients pulling her in many directions
But when you are with her, she gives you all  her attention.
I will refer Clara again and again
She is great and will always be my friend.
The End!  
-Marcia & Steve, Palo Alto

"We were unduly impressed with Clara Lee. She provided real estate services with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. As Realtors, we are keenly aware of the numerous items that can be overlooked during the escrow period. Clara helped us through the stressful 1031 exchange process with unfailing calm and an untiring work-style that gave the impression she was always on-task, continually plotting the next step. A keen intuitive sense combined with excellent market knowledge makes Clara a Real Estate Professional that we will recommend to friends and family without reservation. Highly knowledgeable, conscientious, responsive and personable, Clara is a Realtor’s Realtor."
-Jacqueline & Leland, Tucson, AZ

"Thank you so much for helping me find my dream home! It was so comfortable working with you and I really appreciate your honesty, commitment and integrity. Your extensive knowledge of Bay Area real estate gave me insight and a sense of direction, which led me to find a home that was most suitable to my needs and desires. Your advice and assistance during the closing process was invaluable. You were there to assist, handhold, answer all my questions and reassure me of my concerns. You kept me informed every step of the way and it was clear that your primary focus was in representing me as a buyer. You are the best and I would certainly recommend you to anyone who is looking for a knowledgeable, trustworthy, and pleasant real estate agent to assist in buying a home."

-Susan, Cupertino

"The Extra Mile:  That’s how we’d sum our experience with Clara.  As first-time buyers, we had a lot of questions and concerns.  In addition, we had particular parameters as a family with a special needs child, who also needed to move within two months.  We were amazed how Clara mastered knowing our needs in detail, and immediately found options that were perfect for us, both personally and financially.  She even pre-empted certain factors we had not considered yet.  Within one month, we managed to make an offer, close, and move in to our first home.  We’ve been thrilled with our choice ever since.  Clara’s personal touch and exceptional concern for our unique circumstances really made the whole process a pleasure, from start to finish.  More than just a realtor, she was like a family advocate."

-Eddie and Diane, Los Altos

"Our realtor Clara Lee and our loan officer Kristen Emery-Sphar of Princeton Capital were an energetic, creative, and powerful team in helping us become first time home buyers.  We knew we wanted to plant roots in the Bay Area, but had no idea how to begin, given the recent market.  Clara took care in finding properties that fit our "must list" and helped us see the possibilities for buying.  Kristen worked tirelessly to find us the best loan for our needs, and truly made this purchase possible for us.  Our friends are continually amazed at how helpful these two have been to us, and all of the special treatment we have received!  We will definitely be recommending this team to our friends and colleagues who are looking to buy their first home."
-Scott and Leslee, Los Altos

"We were first time home buyers and didn't really know a lot about real estate.  But Clara helped find the perfect home for us.  It didn't matter if it was late at night or its the weekend or its raining... Clara made it a point to be available for us during our house hunting months.  She patiently answered and explained things to us.  She truly looked out for us.  Even after we closed on our house, she still took care of us.  She really went beyond her duties as our realtor.  Clara is a real estate agent THAT CARES!"
-Jamie and Karen, Campbell

"We were not very familiar with the SF Bay Area when we started to look for a house.  We looked off and on by ourselves for months! It was not until Clara started helping us that we found our dream house within only 2 months!  We were looking all over the Peninsula before, not sure where would be the right place for us.  Clara showed us the good neighborhoods while giving us honest pros and cons. She listened to what we wanted and was always on the look out for our perfect house. It was because of this that we were able to see the house we bought at 9pm at night and were just in time to put in an offer that was accepted.  We are truly thankful that we had her as our realtor!"
-Mike and Ellice, Campbell

"As a first time home buyer with a demanding job, purchasing a home on the Peninsula seemed like a daunting task.  Clara really simplified the process and helped relieve the anxiety!  She was patient and incredibly available!  Clara really helped narrow down the neighborhoods that best fit my needs.  I figured that the whole process would take a least 6 months but I found a home much quicker than anticipated! Clara also connected me to the loan officer she works with, Kristen Emery-Sphar, who was nothing short of stellar in assisting me in the loan process.  Kristen went far out of her way to run the numbers, objectively compare options from other lenders and provided honest advice at a time when I was making the biggest financial obligation in my life!  Without Kristen, I would have been completely lost. At the end of the day, honesty is what matters and Clara and Kristen are a team who exemplify it!  Thank you both so much!"
-John, Mountain View

"We have tried other realtors in the past, but we know that without Clara, we would never have found anything that was within our price range in this multiple-bid, competitive market in Sunnyvale.  She worked tirelessly to drive around with us and showed us many, many homes, even though we backed out of an offer when our circumstances changed during our house search.  Finally, she led us to the perfect house, helped us to craft the winning bid that night, and we got the house!  Clara always went above and beyond, and she understood our needs and worked patiently with us.  For our next real estate transaction, we'll go to her for her caring, honesty, and knowledge."  
-Hong and Soo, Sunnyvale

"Relocating across country from the east coast to Silicon Valley was not an easy feat. We know that if it weren’t for Clara’s expertise, timing and knowledge of the real estate market and school districts, we would not have been able to purchase our home here in the Bay Area in such an expedient manner while fulfilling all of the criteria we were seeking in a home. Clara was amazing from beginning to end! She began working with us even before our relocation to the area and continued well after the close of escrow. In addition, she did not just help us with the details of the purchase but also, provided excellent referrals and assistance in obtaining the best financing, remodeling services, and even, after-school extracurricular activities. She was constantly concerned about our family members’ best interest. Unlike other agents who treated our family like another “business transaction,” Clara treated us like a family member and gave her very best to her family.   Clara was genuinely thorough in providing the most detailed information so that she could ensure we made the best and most well-informed decision. Looking back, we were so glad we were referred to Clara. We cannot imagine having settled down here in the Bay area without her. The next time we move, we know to go straight to Clara again! Thank you Clara!"

-Mark & Iris, Sunnyvale

"We wanted to make the first step towards moving to Palo Alto but the only thing we knew was that the schools were good. She drove us around the different areas of Palo Alto like Midtown, Old Palo Alto, Downtown, Barron Park etc. so we could get a feel for the different neighborhoods and she gave honest feedback about each area. She also took us to see different styles of homes in order to get a feel for what we like and we finally selected new construction in Midtown. She accompanied us on the walk through of the house and since we were not moving in immediately, she helped us to find tenants to rent our home. All in all, she was very helpful and because of her personal touch, care and detail oriented work throughout the entire home buying experience, everything went so smoothly that we did not feel any pressure. We will definitely recommend her to our friends and colleagues who are looking to buy or sell their houses."
-Saravana and Indumathi, Palo Alto

"Clara is an exceptional agent.  She was there from the start - whether it was visiting homes with us all day to driving through all of the mid peninsula, Clara exhibited knowledge, patience, and passion through her work.  She came prepared before all of our visits and the GPS unit in her car definitely helped as well!  There were times when we would take up her entire Saturday to visit homes but Clara was completely patient through it all (plus we shared many lunches/dinners at that).  When we finally decided on the home that we wanted to offer on, Clara was there to not only handle the entire offer process but I believe the reason why the sellers finally accepted our offer was because Clara used her creativity to complete our sale.  Now my husband and I are first time home owners (and in California, can you believe it), and we can't be happier in our situation!  Thanks Clara, for everything!!"
-Bill and Merry, San Jose

Clara has been extremely helpful in helping us find our wonderful home.   She is wonderful to work with and really cares about her clients.   She is committed, has great communication skills, and will work around your schedule.  


This was the first home we purchased and she was very patient throughout the entire process.  If you have any questions, she is incredibly diligent in finding answers.   She helped us find out information about our neighborhood and school districts.   She is knowledgeable about property in the Silicon Valley area.
-Matt and Kristina, San Jose