Jess Williams Real Estate Agent at Generation Real Estate

Jess Williams

Real Estate Agent at
Generation Real Estate

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Certifications

  • First Time Home Buyers
  • Luxury Specialist
  • Probate
  • New Construction
  • Foreclosures

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Agent Highlights

Jess gets the job done - completing more sales than the average San Francisco agent by 5%.
Jess is a TIC expert - transacting over 87% more tenancies-in-common than the average agent.
Jess has great Condo experience - having sold 83 more condos than the average agent.

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More about Jess Williams

Buying or selling a home is a momentous life milestone—but it should be fun, too. I'm a community-minded San Francisco agent who’s been in the game for 17 years and I've worked my way into the top tier of agents through a steadfast commitment to authentic relationships, and delivering results with integrity. I have textbook industry knowledge, and a penchant for analytics-based strategy and psychology-driven marketing, but I always put relationships first. I'm intuitive, highly personable, and have no shortage of bad jokes—I navigate the real estate industry with joy, transparency, and a client-first attitude, which makes for a memorable and touching experience for every person with whom I work. Many of my clients become friends who continue to work with me for life. With me by your side, you don’t have to settle. With me, you will win. And with me, it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Education

University of California, San Diego

Awards

"Top Agent of 2018"

License Number

01428113

Jess Williams's Reviews & Ratings

Tell us about your experience with
Jess Williams

    • I cannot recommend Jess enough! He is the reason that we were able to find & purchase our home. He is knowledgeable, patient, meticulous, thoughtful, and gracious. I don't know how my husband & I would have navigated the frustrating SF real estate scene without his guidance and expertise. He's the best!

      - Emily M.
    • Jess worked with us in January and February of 2013 while we shopped for our home in San Francisco. We were new to the city, and Jess helped us move quickly to put in an offer when we found a home we liked. We actually ended up getting the home- the first place we put a bid on! Jess was helpful in meeting deadlines and running comps as we worked up towards putting in our bid. Would recommend him as a realtor.

      - Leksi L.
    • Jess is everyone's dream agent. Smart, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, he loves his work. He sold our home for more money, in less time, than we thought possible. We are glad we listened to Jess.

      - Stephen T.
    • Jess made buying my first home in San Francisco a wonderful experience. My rent kept on going up year over year so I decided to buy the condo before I signed another lease. I knew absolutely nothing about the real estate market or the process involved. How much do I put down? Does it make a difference when buying? Given market how much should I bid? What about this neighborhood versus another? These were only some questions that I had in a very competitive market. Later on once my bid was accepted, Jess referred me to the right lender and walked me through the hundreds of pages I had to sign. He was extremely knowledgeable and patient in explaining everything. He listened to my needs and was even able bring up considerations I never thought about. He steered me clear of a couple of mistakes (thank you Jess). We were able to find the condo that fit me best in no time at all. The unit I bought had not even been put on the market but Jess knew about it anyway. I would definitely hire Jess again with no reservations.

      - Phillip S.
    • Jess was a pleasure to work with and an excellent resource. As a first time buyer, Jess was always happy to spend time walking me through the intricacies of the San Francisco real estate market and gently guiding me away from questionable properties. Looking back, his advice was excellent, and I highly recommend his services.

      - Dave N.
    • Jess Williams is truly an amazing Realtor: always professional, always thinking two steps ahead, and always looking out for his clients' best interest. As a broker, Jess runs a successful business based on integrity and personal relationships; he is never too busy to meet with his clients face to face. With years of experience under his belt, Jess has navigated just about every type of real estate transaction that exists, and has done it with the utmost care and diligence. His reviews, personal referrals, and repeat business are a true testament of his strength as a broker. You are in good hands with Jess.

      - Paul J.
    • My wife and I bought our current house through Jess. He immediately stood out from our previous experience with realtors: he was fun and funny through a stressful process, but also very sharp and exuded competence. His advice was on point and valuable, and he helped us narrow down our search to a manageable range of options, when initially we were all over the place.During the closing process, Jess turned around all of our requests within hours or less, and he used modern technology. He understood that we both work and we didn't want to spend our lives shepherding paper all over the place. It was always a bit of an unpleasant surprise when we were dealing with our mortgage broker (for example) and they weren't as on-the-ball as Jess.Overall: great experience during a time when we badly needed a great experience.

      - Michael S.
    • Jess is an amazing agent! From the first time we met until the day we closed on our home, he was knowledgeable, attentive, and clearly had our best interests in mind. This was our first home purchase and we never imagined we'd be able to find everything we wanted in San Francisco - Jess made it happen. He understands the market and his clients and will stop at nothing to make sure you get the house you want, when you want it.

      - Analisa S.
    • We worked with Jess during our last apartment purchase. He was very patient, gave valuable advices and was always very punctual on the deadlines despite a lot of late night work. He was knowledgable, reliable, experienced and very personable. He really took the time to get to know my husband and I and explain us how the market was during our house hunt. It was a relief to work with someone like him during such a stressful time.

      - Rachel S.
    • I just purchased my home in Noe Valley in March 2014 with Jess and was really impressed with his work. Jess was extremely professional and knowledgeable. He is fast and efficient, helping us stay on top of our deadlines (we made something like 6 or 7 offers with Jess). A couple of times when we got close, Jess helped us navigate counter offers and in general we always felt that he gave good advice, but not in a pushy way. And even though I had lived in SF for 6 years, I still found that Jess had a lot of useful input on neighborhoods.We found Jess to be really hard working and he went out of his way to help us, meeting us often very early in the morning to look at properties. The day before we had to bid on a house with no garage, neither my fiance nor I had time to go to the SF planning commission to ask about adding a garage to this particular property and Jess proactively went there for us. That was awesome.Jess has great people skills - he has a great rapport with his clients and other brokers.We highly recommend Jess!

      - Yin L.
    • Jess is a great agent! He is uses his knowledge, resourcefulness and attention to detail to ensure that your home selling or buying experience is positive. He really understands the quickly changing market in San Francisco. I really love that he strives to always have the highest level of integrity and your best interest in mind. He clearly is passionate about Real Estate!

      - Leslie G.
    • Jess is smart, active, responsible, trustworthy, and the best kind of advocate in the real estate market. On my very challenging sale of a BMR (below market rate) unit, Jess helped me position the sale in the most advantageous way possible. That included navigating the City's complex and sometimes even inscrutable labyrinth of offices, rules, and internal confusion. And Jess hung in there on a process that should normally take about 4 months (BMRs are notoriously slow) for a process that ended up taking 9 months. Jess was there at every step, and advocated on my behalf directly with City officials for the duration. He kept the process moving when the City was failing on their end. And through it all he kept his composure, and worked with me to find creative ways of nudging the City forward. Jess kept me informed via text, email, and phone so I never had to wonder where he was at. (I cannot say the same about the City, unfortunately.) BMR units are tough because they take so much care, time, and specialized knowledge for both buyer and seller. Jess is an absolute ace on such complexities. And if he can handle that, I'm confident he can deliver the goods for any sort of real estate transaction. Need a dependable agent in your transaction? Jess Williams is your answer!

      - Rafael O.
    • Jess helped me get my first home in San Francisco. I couldn't have asked for a better agent. He was patient with me and provided realistic expectations during this market. His comps and estimates were spot on.We originally met to bid on a condo in the Lower Haight. I had decided to go in slightly lower than Jess had suggested. There were multiple offers and the seller decided not to counter any of us. The winning offer was his suggested number...Many months and properties later, we found a home with all the requirements I was looking for. We made a offer and had a quick closing on the property after agreeing on a reasonable number. I highly recommend Jess to anyone looking for a home. He was professional and knowledgeable.

      - Gary S.
    • Choosing Jess to represent us in the sale of our condo was by far the BEST decision we've made all year. We honestly don't think anyone could have done a better job and cannot recommend him highly enough. We found out firsthand exactly why Jess is consistently rated one of the best in the business and has such an impressive track record:HE GETS THINGS DONE. "Moving is stressful enough. As soon as you hand me the keys, I'll take care of the rest." Believe him when he tells you this. Jess worked with stagers, handymen, inspectors, carpet installers, appliance delivery staff, movers, and cleaners to get our place ready for sale within 4 days of our move-out date. Two weeks later, we had an offer and Jess managed the wrap up process and preparation for the new owners. And having just had newborn twins that summer, we really depended on Jess during this time, as we weren't readily available to manage that process ourselves. All of this was handled by Jess in an amazingly efficient manner. HE DOES HIS RESEARCH.We were impressed by Jess's detailed knowledge of the surrounding properties in our neighborhood. When we referenced different places for sale (past or current), he knew exactly which ones we were talking about, each one's strengths and weaknesses, what it went for, and how it could influence the sale of our property. He is well connected with other top agents around the area, and often has the "inside scoop" on most listings.HE IS HONEST, GENUINE, AND EASY TO WORK WITH.Jess has all the qualities you want and need in an agent. He takes the time to listen to and understand your concerns. His calm, confident, and reassuring demeanor immediately puts you at ease. And indeed, Jess took care of us every step of the way. Prompt communication was one of the things we looked for in an agent, and Jess is a great communicator. He was always available via phone, text, and email, and kept us updated at all times. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, HE IS COMPETENT!Selling your home is stressful and a lot of work. And inevitably, unforeseen challenges will arise that will add even more stress to the process. We had a number of unexpected issues with outside parties that needed to be resolved ASAP. Jess addressed and responded to each one immediately, and was calm, firm, and straightforward with his communications, including supporting documentation or detailed explanations when necessary. (Thankfully, we talked through our history at our property and he made sure we included every piece of relevant information in our disclosure package.) We trusted him completely and knew we were in good hands.We had fairly high expectations when we were searching for a realtor. Jess exceeded all of them. I'm not sure we would have been as prepared and successful with any other agent. Thanks again for everything, Jess - you're amazing!

      - Kylene S.
    • I have known and worked with Jess for quite a few years and he continues to amaze me. When I first worked with Jess a number of years ago I was blown away be his expertise, knowledge and professionalism in the real estate industry. After getting to know him further I saw that he had one of those increasingly rare qualities where he truly cared about his clients and what is best for them with complete selflessness. Realtors have a reputation of only caring about the all mighty dollar but that could not be further from the truth with Jess. I have never seen an agent that connected with his clients as well as Jess does. He is the most personable agent that I have ever known and he has this way of turning an inherently stressful process and making it fun. To all of you buyers and sellers out there in San Francisco if you do not give Jess a call you will truly be missing out on the best buying or selling experience that you have ever had.You're the best Jess!

      - Ryan J.
    • Jess assisted us about 6 months ago with buying our current home. He made the process easy, manageable and was efficient with scheduling everything that had to be done. He knows the sf real estate market, has a calm attitude, but is also meticulous with details that we overlooked- doing a great job dealing with all parties involved in the sale. We appreciated his references that we ended up utilizing and making the home buying process even easier. For anyone who values great customer service, know that Jess really delivers. He is professional in every way -being there for us in the beginning, when we started considering another home, till the end when he handed over the keys to our new home. He was also kind and patient with our children and two dogs-which was icing on the cake!We couldn't be more grateful to Jess, we highly recommend him!

      - Ari D.
    • Jess worked with my husband and I for almost a year helping us to buy a home. When we first met him, we were not yet pre-approved, and after we secured our loan, we (like most people buying in San Francisco) made multiple offers before we got a home that we LOVE. He stuck with us through all of the ups and downs of the process, guiding us with his knowledge and experience, and always with a sense of humor. I truly believe he was looking out for us in this intense sellers market, and we will feel gratitude toward him for years to come as we enjoy our beautiful home.

      - L.C.
    • Jess helped us buy our first apartment in Noe Valley and he was great. We looked for almost 9 months and put in 6 offers before we got our place and Jess was a patient and attentive advisor throughout the process. Our first time working with him we reached out wanting to put an offer in on a place within the next week and had absolutely none of the necessary paperwork, nor did we have a clue where to start. He talked us through process calmly and made it all happen. We really appreciated that Jess remained so objective. He never pressured us to raise our offer just so we'd win but really listened to our pros and cons and then offered us additional things to consider. He helped us think through a variety of issues like whether we should buy a home that needed an entirely new foundation, and even went out of his way to help clarify weird things - like calling the SF Assessors office to understand some strange taxes that showed up on our closing docs. He was always available to meet us to do a walk through of an apartment or to spend time on the phone answering our questions. We would definitely recommend Jess.

      - Jennie F.
    • I wish I could give Jess MORE than 5 stars. He has been my agent both as a buyer and a seller, and I could not have been happier.Jess always had my back, and I always felt that our interests were completely aligned. He is easy-going, professional, and has a great rapport with clients and other agents. He went above-and-beyond for the open houses, having lots of showing, providing beverages and snacks, and making sure everything was just so. He was great about always following up on everything, letting nothing slip through the cracks. His response times were outstanding, and he doesn't cut corners.And although he doesn't wear it on his sleeve, Jess is an expert in the field. His advice always reflected considerable experience, wisdom, and common sense.

      - Alex B.
    • Jess is simply THE BEST. He is professional, smart, and experienced, but also has a great sense of humor and is so easy to work with, which made buying a home in San Francisco - usually a stressful experience at best - as easy as possible. I worked with Jess for over 8 months two different deals, and I always felt that Jess worked tirelessly for my best interests. Both deals ended up being complicated, and as a first time buyer, the buying process could have been a nightmare, but I always felt at ease knowing Jess was proactively working to get the deal done. I was especially impressed with Jess's recommendations on negotiating tactics and putting together a creative deal package that worked best for me. I ended up getting my dream home in San Francisco at a steal. I can't recommend Jess enough - in fact I have already referred several friends to him!

      - Della H.
    • In the chaotic jumble that is the current San Francisco housing market, there may be no agent better able to help you navigate the waters and keep a steady hand on the tiller than Jess Williams. My wife and I specifically requested to work with Jess on the tip of a friend in the business, and we were so thankful we did.Jess is not only a seasoned veteran - he has made several valuable professional connections from his years of work in the area and has amassed a wealth of insider knowledge to help guide you through all aspects of a home purchase - from recommendations on neighborhoods to evaluating values; inspections to bidding; all the way through every detail of closing.Our experience couldn't have been better with Jess. He had valuable input at every stage of the game. He put all the trials and stress of home searching in clear perspective, and was there to offer encouragement and support at every turn. For any questions we raised, Jess either had the answer, or put everything aside to find out the answer as thoroughly as he could.My family ended up with a terrific home, perfect for us and it was thanks to Jess for helping us through a difficult market and guiding us to the right spot.

      - Chris T.
    • Jess Williams is the perfect agent. He always made us feel as though we were his top priority as he coached us through the entire process. We originally had concerns about our budget and how we would be able to do all the work necessary to get our home ready for sale. Jess provided us with the options and recommendations necessary to fully prepare the condo for the market. He was ultra responsive, even when he was half way around the world. Our condo went for over the asking price well within the tight time frame we gave Jess to work with. Can't recommend Jess Williams highly enough!

      - Melody M.
    • Jess represented us in both the purchase of our new home and the sale of our old home. He was awesome on both! Would definitely work with Jess again. Was very responsive and has incredible attention to detail. Jess is always on the lookout for his clients' interests!

      - Mark K.
    • Jess is an exceptional real estate agent. I tend to be pretty picky and frequently feel like there's always a better option out there, but with Jess I'm completely confident I had the best agent! He's hard working, incredibly knowledgeable, and a wonderful person.I first came to Jess in a state of panic when I was ready to make an offer on a house and my agent at the time wasn't cutting it. Jess agreed to meet me right away, working around my schedule and helped me navigate the process. That house didn't work out, but Jess helped me continue my search in and around the Mission District. He's very helpful and available - I learned so much from him! Jess proved his expertise time and time again. I really came to trust him during the 5 months that we worked together. He not only has an uncanny ability for predicting the sale price of houses, but he's a really warm person who served as an invaluable adviser during this whole process. He knows the market really well and is very connected. Many times I would get glowing reviews for Jess from other real estate agents at open houses. I made several offers with Jess and always felt like we had given it our best shot. He's very thorough and I felt well represented throughout the process. In the end, when one of my offers was accepted (on my dream house that I never thought was possible!) I really felt like Jess' personal touch and connections helped close the deal. I was a bundle of stress through the closing process and Jess was supportive and patient throughout. Overall, I couldn't more highly recommend Jess! I think what makes him so truly unique is that he combines genuinely caring about his clients and finding them the perfect home with also being incredible at his job. He's truly an exceptional real estate agent and person. You'd be lucky to work with him!

      - Sam M.
    • Jess was recommended by a real estate agent friend and we couldn't have been any happier with the service he provided. Not only was he knowledgeable, organized and smart but he took the time to level set our expectations with the crazy SF market, listened to our frustrations and repetitive questions, and always kept us on an even keel. He never lost his cool, relieved stress with a quick wit and sense of humor and made a himself available to us even when he was on vacation. Our purchase was difficult at best. The seller and her Agent were unresponsive, unprofessional and unethical......but we loved the house so Jess pushed and pulled and made it happen.I am so grateful to have had him as our agent. He exceeded our expectation at every turn kept us sane amid the chaos.

      - Kayvan A.
    • Everyone knows the housing market in San Francisco is brutal. From finding an agent, home loan, contracters, to the home itself. We went off a recommendation from good friends to set up a meeting with Jess, and they were so right. We first met Jess at one of the Paragon offices, frightened and having no idea what to expect. He was super sweet but very honest from the beginning. He did a great job of patiently framing out the process from beginning to end and his energy was contagious! He came with us to the first few open houses and we recapped on what we liked so he could get a feel for our tastes. He's a part of top agent network as well so he got us the inside scoop on properties he thought we would like. When we found a place we wanted to put an offer in he was there every step of the way. Even after we closed he checked in with us to make sure we didn't have any questions, and he even helped us find a flooring team to get the floors refinished before we moved in! I can only imagine how much goes on in the background in real estate here. To know that you have someone like Jess in your corner gives you so much peace of mind through such a stressful process. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job!

      - Haena K.
    • We couldn't recommend Jess more highly. We have now purchased and sold a place with Jess. He helped us get the best prices we could reasonably expect on both sides of the transaction. He handles as much of the work as a real estate agent can, which limits the amount of time you need to put in as much as possible. He is an absolute pleasure to work with. As more context, we are a busy family with two children. We needed someone who could walk us through the process, answer our questions, and make every step as easy as possible. If you are selling, Jess will have trusted vendors help you get the place ready to look its best: painting, repairs, photographer, and staging (or partial staging). He will meet with all of them for you (but you can join too) and make reasonable recommendations that will maximize value. All you have to do is listen to him and follow his recommendations. We followed everything he suggested and it really paid off. Through Jess's recommendations, our place became gorgeous and we had hundreds of people at our open houses (resulting in several offers). Jess has a great track record of selling homes in a very short amount of time, just ask him for his latest stats. If you are buying, Jess will take a data driven approach and make sure you are spending what you should. He knows the market really well and how it changes day by day. He will walk you through each document you sign, what it means, and what you are committing to (and whether the terms are reasonable given the market). In short, stop looking further and go with Jess. You will be glad you did.

      - Sanjay N.
    • I had the pleasure of working with Jess to buy my new home and sell the old one. I honestly think that I wouldn't have been able to buy my new dream home and sell the old one at the price that exceeded my expectations without his help. He is very knowledgeable of the Bay Area market, professional, communicative and gives honest and straight forward advices when needed. I can't recommend him enough for those who are looking to buying or selling their homes.

      - Jane M.
    • Jess is amazing! He's infinitely patient, extremely responsive and a pleasure to work with. Largely because of his suggestions and persistence I was able to bid & close on my dream property. Don't hesitate -- Jess rocks!

      - Hassan L.
    • Jess helped me sell my condo (which he also helped me buy 5 years ago!). I interviewed several agents and Jess's approachability won me over. I was comfortable being honest about my wants and constraints, and I trusted his expertise without ever feeling intimidated. I was trying to sell a condo that could have benefitted from professional staging but I was very tight on cash. Jess was very flexible and helped me find a designer who was able to reuse some of my furniture. I lived in the condo with my cats, and Jess was very communicative and flexible - he always gave me ample heads up about showing times, and took care of putting away/back the cat furniture - and my cats loved him!Overall, Jess was very professional, communicative, and flexible. He's an expert that doesn't judge you for being a newbie. He provided consistently exellent service both times I used him. I highly recommend him!

      - Jing J.
    • Jess went above and beyond to make my purchase a reality. I knew the entire time that Jess had my best interest in mind which was really important as this was my first purchase. When we saw apartments that were not the right fit for me, he was the first person to point out what was lacking and how I could do better which was really reassuring. He was always at my side when I needed him and made the whole experience a cinch. From viewing apartments for the first time to repeat visits, making deposits, reviewing paperwork all the way to the closing, Jess was there with a smile and full of insights. I literally would not have been able to get the apartment that I bought at the price I paid without him. What an amazing experience! Thank you Jess.

      - Elliot S.
    • Jess is a miracle worker! He was always attentive, timely in his response and made me feel like his only client even if I wasn't. He knows the city very well is able to provide great feedback on how to get the slightest competitive edge. As everyone knows, you need every advantage in San Francisco to win the bid. The only regret I have is not working with Jess sooner!

      - Jerry K.
    • Jess came as a recommendation and from the day we met him, he did not disappoint. He started off by sharing detailed statistics on the market and providing an overview of the buying experience in the bay area. With limited inventory, multiple offers and so many neighborhoods to choose from, its critical to have someone that has local knowledge. Jess brings that experience and if you want an honest opinion, Jess is your guy.We tracked various neighborhoods and houses ourselves but Jess was always there to offer his feedback. He also proactively looked in his agent network for us. When we narrowed properties to tour together, we felt like he knew everyone and it was a very pleasant experience. He understood very quickly what we were looking for and definitely saved us time in our search. In the end, we found a house through our own search in the Peninsula but Jess was great during the diligence and negotiation process. He really helped us win after multiple counter offers.I would highly recommend Jess!

      - Parag M.
    • Coming into the SF market as a first-time condo buyer was difficult, however Jess came in with insight and intuition to make the search as easy as possible. Checking in often and working around my schedule to meet at properties was the norm. The times where I was on the fence in putting in an offer on certain properties, Jess gave me the opportunity, up until the last second, to make a final decision without any undue pressure. I ended up coming close, but passing on putting an offer in on all prior properties. He really wanted to make sure that I ended up in the "right" property. In the end, we located a condo that fit me perfectly and we ended up winning my first ever offer! Closing was made simple by Jess' coordination between escrow, home loan, etc. and streamlining the process. Overall Jess was simply fantastic to work with!

      - Brian B.
    • I had a great experience working with Jess as a first-time buyer, with, initially, no idea at all what to expect.His insights helped prevent me from settling for a home I didn't really want just because it was a slow season with few listings -- we discussed what I was looking for and he was pretty sure more homes like that would go on the market closer to spring, which was true!When we did find a home I wanted to go for, Jess worked with me on a strategy in case it got competitive, and we got it! First place I made an offer on. During closing, although we didn't need to talk as much, Jess was there when I did need help and to coordinate the signing. Highly recommend him.

      - Scott F.
    • Jess is the absolute best. We just purchased our second home in San Francisco with Jess and cannot recommend him enough. Jess really takes the time to get to know you and what you are looking for. Throughout the entire process Jess never rushed or pushed us in any way. He is very thoughtful and knows the market extremely well. We purchased our first home 5 years ago with Jess and were so happy to work with him again for our second home. Jess' attention to detail is very helpful in such a competitive market. He has a keen sense of other agents and sellers, and helped us make a winning offer. He handles everything very professionally and makes the entire process as stress-free as possible. He makes sure you are 100% comfortable with every step. Even after closing and move-in, Jess has been super helpful with finding contractors, repair and service techs, etc. We're so happy in our new home, the only downside is seeing Jess less often!

      - Sarah B.