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Top San Mateo real estate agents

San Mateo, CA has 4,186 active real estate agents for you to choose from. But how do you know if you're selecting the best one in your area? HomeLight analyzes performance history and past transactions to give you the top 3% of San Mateo real estate agents, who work 1.8x more transactions and move homes in 24 days.

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See how 20 of the top REALTORS® and real estate agents in San Mateo stack up

Kevin Pickett
Keller Williams Peninsula Estates
About Kevin

Kevin Pickett has spent almost his entire life living in the Bay Area. He brings a uniquely diverse real estate background to Keller Williams Peninsula Estates. Prior to becoming a full-time sales consultant in 2011’, Kevin was a licensed CA state appraiser covering nine Bay Area counties. His experience as an appraiser arms his clients with a knowledge that few realtors possess. Kevin is able to perform the most critical, detailed analyses when determining the value of a home within the local residential market. Kevin is well networked among the local real estate community and is always up to speed on the San Mateo and San Francisco County markets. These relationships with other real estate professionals, a local market knowledge, and attention to transactional detail, empower his clients to achieve the highest level of real estate success. Kevin believes in fostering meaningful relationships which extend far beyond a listing or escrow period. He hopes to achieve clients for life, and the only way to accomplish this is through extraordinary, concierge-style customer service. Kevin believes in educating his clients throughout the real estate process so that sound investment decisions can be made as a collective unit.

Single Family Home Transactions
26
Condo Transactions
12
Townhome Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Sells Homes Fast 2019
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • HomeLight Home Loans Specialist 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Val Vandervort
Veritas Homes | Vandervort Group
About Val

***The team members of Veritas Homes have represented sellers and buyers in almost 300 transactions, valued at more than $400 million*** Val Vandervort, one of the mid-Peninsula’s top real estate agents, is committed to making a difference for her clients and the community. Her educated, experienced approach, dedication to best practices and expert negotiation skills turn her clients’ real estate investment goals into realities. In addition to her stellar track record with selling homes for top dollar and negotiating great deals for her buyers, Val has pioneered a charitable approach to real estate. With her unique initiative, Change Homes Change Lives, Val donates $500 of her commission to the charity of her clients’ choice. Val’s approach and success has garnered attention, earning her a spot in the top 1% of San Mateo County agents. Recently published as a Peninsula expert by Local Einsteins and recognized as a top local agent on Yelp, Val’s extensive network and connections work to maximize her clients’ opportunities. Contact Val today for a customized approach to your real estate needs.

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"Amazing knowledge, skills and interpersonal skills. Best of all, she listens to you and helps you a..."

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Single Family Home Transactions
2
Condo Transactions
0
Townhome Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • HomeLight Home Loans Specialist 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
  • Cash Close Specialist 2020
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About Raziel

Raziel Ungar has earned an extraordinary reputation selling real estate combining his enthusiasm and passion for first class service, and rigorous financial analysis with the utmost respect for business ethics. Through years of practice, dozens of multiple offer situations, and hands-on training at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, Raziel considers his greatest value to his clients to be his expert negotiating skills. He also believes he earns his reputation one relationship at a time. Embracing modern methods, from finding your dream property to developing an effective marketing campaign, Raziel employs a trained team of professionals to provide the highest level of expertise for his clients. This team coupled with a business grown organically from referrals and past clients allows Raziel to spend his time working intimately with his clients helping them achieve their goals.

Raziel's reviews

"I can't say enough good things about Raziel. As someone who visited more than a hundred open houses..."

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Single Family Home Transactions
43
Condo Transactions
3
Townhome Transactions
1
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Sells Homes Fast 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Brett Jennings
Real Estate Experts
About Brett

Brett Jennings is an award-winning luxury home marketing specialist and also holds a certificate in negotiation from Harvard Law. In 2017, the Wall Street Journal recognized Brett and his team as one of the top 250 real estate groups in the United States. With over one million agents in the country, this prestigious award places Brett in the top 1/10th of the top 1% among his peers. Although these statistics are impressive, Brett’s true passion is helping families make smart real estate decisions that positively transform their lives. His extensive background in real estate, finance, home renovations and life coaching enables him to draw from a deep well of life experience as he helps his clients make informed, intelligent decisions. In a fluctuating real estate landscape, the expertise and attention he provides are necessary and rare. Described by his peers and clients as energetic, focused, determined, and engaged, Brett always goes above and beyond. He provides his buyers access to his curated list of over 250 off-market properties, and his sellers benefit from his market-proven home selling process that has set record-breaking prices in almost every neighborhood he sells in. His best-selling book, The New Rise in Real Estate, serves as a further resource for clients wanting to make the most of the current market. Brett is a charismatic leader who cares as much about his team as he does about his clients. His commitment to delivering a five-star service experience for every client is carefully crafted by a hand-picked, all-star team that consists of transaction coordinators, renovation, marketing, listing, and buyer specialists, all dedicated to offering the highest standard of care in the industry. When Brett isn’t creating success for his clients and team, he volunteers his time by teaching meditation, which he has been doing for the past eighteen years. He also enjoys spending time outdoors wakeboarding, running, hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding.

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"We recently sold our rental property that the tenants had completely destroyed. Brett Jennings & hi..."

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Condo Transactions
81
Single Family Home Transactions
390
Townhome Transactions
33
Achievements
  • Top Negotiator 2020
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Simple Sale Specialist 2020
  • HomeLight Home Loans Specialist 2020
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James Holt
Compass
About James

Jim Holt is one of Silicon Valley s premier Realtors and was listed in The Wall Street Journals Top 100 Agents in the US. With an educational background in math and computer science at Stanford, technology and numbers play an enormous role in his life. When not responding to clients at lightning speed, you will find him analyzing past sales, current trends, and contemplating future trends. He never associates himself with the word 'salesman', but as a smiling, upbeat, and approachable real estate expert that views the industry from a perspective of listening, educating, and communicating.

Townhome Transactions
5
Single Family Home Transactions
25
Condo Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • HomeLight Home Loans Specialist 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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REALTOR®
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Holly Noto
Coldwell Banker Realty
About Holly

Holly Noto was born and raised here on the San Francisco Peninsula, and she's part of a family legacy that extends over 100 years. Holly is an expert on the great schools, exceptional amenities and unique small-town intimacy that exemplifies the Peninsula lifestyle, and as a true native she understands the values and appeal of this very special area. Because Holly is so intimately tied to this wonderful region and its people, she has devoted her career to helping you make the most of your very special investment here. If you're considering a home sale or purchase on the Peninsula or other parts of San Mateo County, Holly Noto gives you all the benefits of A Locals Wisdom for your move. Call her today!

Single Family Home Transactions
8
Townhome Transactions
2
Condo Transactions
4
Achievements
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Sells Homes Fast 2019
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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David Tapper
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
About David

I have been in sales since 1983 with a strong background in negotiating contracts. My favorite aspect of being a realtor is helping people make their dreams come true and knowing that they have put their faith and trust in me to handle the most important transaction they will ever make. I pride myself on being accessible to my clients. I believe it is of the utmost importance that you feel informed, up to date and confident in our business relationship. Therefore, I run my business with efficient and effective service. Whether this means having the best technology in the real estate industry or just being available for you at all times of the day and also on weekends. My clients have the advantage of using my site and gaining up to the minute information about the real estate market. My system updates off of the multiple listing service every day, which allows me to inform you at a rate most other agents can't compete with. David Tapper will go the extra mile for you and your fam

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"Excellent service. Able to get a hold of him on the phone every time I called. Kept us informed of w..."

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Condo Transactions
9
Single Family Home Transactions
22
Townhome Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Alex Lehr
Guide Real Estate
About Alex

Alex Lehr has been working hard to cultivate a well-respected and trusted concierge-style real estate service for his clients since 1984. His extensive industry knowledge has been sought out by The New York Times, KPIX Channel 5 News, and through his book "The Unexpected Sale: Guidance for the Executor/Administrator Of An Estate." Always perfecting his craft, Alex diligently stays ahead of upcoming real estate trends and carefully evaluates current economic data and social inclinations. His keen attention to detail and real estate expertise allow Alex to position his clients for success in any market condition. In essence, he "sees around the corner." Alex also engages in a grassroots approach to staying in touch with tens of thousands of property owners each year, allowing him to provide his clients valuable insights from the real estate community, along with access to off-market properties that aren't available elsewhere. Alex is passionate about maximizing his clients' real estate assets and designing an experience that's tailored to their specific needs. Whether he's working with first-time homebuyers, clients managing family estates and trusts, or billionaire titans of tech, Alex is known for making the end-to-end process seamless. He specializes in reducing complexities and eliminating uncertainty along the way, and has done so during a number of unstable markets, including the recessions of the 1990s and early 2000s, 9/11, the Great Recession of 2008, and most recently, COVID-19. In his free time, Alex loves spending time with his wife, Denise, and their four children, who are all a vital part of the team at Guide Real Estate. Together, they enjoy a variety of activities such as riding motorcycles, racing, hunting, fishing, scuba diving, skiing, and giving back to the community by supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank and other local organizations.

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"Alex and his team were great. We worked well together. They held our hand through the process and ga..."

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Single Family Home Transactions
76
Townhome Transactions
4
Condo Transactions
9
Achievements
  • Top Negotiator 2020
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • HomeLight Home Loans Specialist 2020
NAR Certifications
REALTOR®
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Dave Blewett, MBA, CRS
Intero, A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate
About Dave

Dave Blewett M.B.A., CRS is a Real Estate Broker with the innovative San Carlos INTERO, A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate Office. Located in the New Trestle Business Complex, located at 661 El Camino Real, Suite 103, San Carlos..."The City of Good Living!" "My goal and steadfast commitment is to "do whatever it takes" to help my clients achieve their desires, dreams and goals with respect to all of their real estate needs. Being a Real Estate Broker with over 30 years of experience in negotiations, sales and advertising, I am passionate about improving and impacting the lives of my clients. In return, my clients gift me with unwavering loyalty and cherished referrals. A fierce competitor, I am not intimidated by adversarial situations. My experience is diverse as it includes residential sales, investment properties, tax deferred exchange transactions and trust/fixer upper sales. My business philosophy is unique as I recognize that my clients are entrusting their greatest investment opportunity to me. My ability to successfully create a marketing plan and price strategy that will respond to both the current economy, covid mandated protocol and market trends while securing the greatest return on their investment, makes a very happy and satisfied client. I take this responsibility very seriously and am very appreciative of the trust and repeat business of my clients. I am humbled and would be honored to provide the same service for you!" Proud to share that I was recently inducted into the elite INTERO Hall of Fame for Top Production.

Single Family Home Transactions
8
Townhome Transactions
0
Condo Transactions
1
Achievements
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Sells Homes Fast 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Alan Canas
Coldwell Banker - The Alan Canas Team
About Alan

Alan Canas creates highly personalized, custom-built real estate experiences centered around trust and intimate client relationships. With more than 12 years in the industry, Alan has earned a reputation as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s top-producing agents. A skilled negotiator, he consistently delivers top dollar in the shortest amount of time, orchestrating buying and selling experiences that are as successful as they are brief. Alan’s record of excellence, friendly personality and warm energy have contributed to his many real estate accomplishments. But it’s his commitment to getting the best outcome for his clients that is at the heart of Alan’s secret sauce of success. To paraphrase one happy client, Alan is good at what he does because he cares about what he does. Alan’s clients often feel they are partnering with a friend who also happens to be a real estate agent. Building and fostering tight, intimate relationships are the hallmarks of working with Alan and his team. They view their clients as part of their immediate circle, working with the motto, “We treat family right.” To that end, Alan understands that buying or selling a home can be a challenging, emotional time, and he taps into his deep sense of empathy to turn a complicated, stressful process into a positive and rewarding experience. This type of personal touch could be the reason why Alan has forged so many strong relationships with so many buyers, sellers, and colleagues in the industry. By partnering with Alan, clients feel like they’re part of a well-driven machine, because when the AlanCanas Team says “the team outperforms the individual,” they mean it. In his personal life, Alan’s passions include his deep love for his family and large extended clan, as well as his active involvement in local Bay Area nonprofits that address issues of affordable housing, senior care, and child abuse prevention. He also works closely with Bay Area nonprofits that find foster families for abandoned or homeless animals, and Alan and his family continue to foster animals in their homes.

Condo Transactions
3
Single Family Home Transactions
19
TIC Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Find your perfect real estate agent in San Mateo

Why you need a top real estate agent in San Mateo, CA

Here's why you should work with a top San Mateo real estate agent: the average agent in the city closes around 98 deals, but the top 3% of agents work on 446 transactions in the same area. On top of that, top San Mateo agents make $82,917 more and move homes 1.9x faster than the average agent.

Top Seller's Agents

Compared to the average agent in San Mateo, the top 3% of real estate agents sell 1.8x more homes in the same area, close 21.61 days faster, and help clients earn 68.7% more on their home sales.

Sale Price / List Price (%)

Days on Market
Lower is better

Homes Sold / Yr


Top Buyer's Agents

Top San Mateo buyer’s agents help 1.8x more buyers than average agents, and save their buyers 88.6% more money.

Condos Sold / Yr

Homes Purchased / Yr

Sale Price / List Price (%)
Lower is better

Ratings and reviews of top real estate agents in San Mateo, CA

Top Agents
5 stars
Avg. Agents
5 stars

Top real estate agents in San Mateo score an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars, compared to the typical San Mateo agent who scores only 5.0 stars. We collect the latest ratings and reviews of top real estate agents in San Mateo and update them here to show you what their past clients have to say.

"We had the condo listed on a Sunday and the property sold quickly within a week and Escrow was also a breeze thanks to teamwork from a reputable Realtor who I couldn’t have found without HomeLight."

Donald C.

HomeLight Client

"HomeLight provides a very good service to those who are unfamiliar with the real estate world. "

Earl S.

HomeLight Client

"The house was listed on a Thursday night and we had an offer on Tuesday! Thank you HomeLight for recommending such a great realtor!"

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Find the perfect agent or REALTOR® for your favorite San Mateo neighborhood

Based on the available transaction data for homes bought and sold in San Mateo, top agents are frequently doing deals in North Central, Hayward Park, and Sugarloaf.

North Central

Active Agents866
Time on Market55
Avg. Sale Price$608,299

Hayward Park

Active Agents669
Time on Market46
Avg. Sale Price$1,042,533

Sugarloaf

Active Agents663
Time on Market43
Avg. Sale Price$1,185,943

Find top real estate agents in cities near San Mateo, CA

Fremont

Active Agents3,615
Time on Market47
Avg. Sale Price$1,000,000

Oakland

Active Agents4,665
Time on Market41
Avg. Sale Price$759,000

Hayward

Active Agents2,996
Time on Market48
Avg. Sale Price$666,750

Union City

Active Agents1,688
Time on Market46
Avg. Sale Price$853,000

Berkeley

Active Agents1,349
Time on Market36
Avg. Sale Price$1,245,000

San Francisco

Active Agents5,511
Time on Market52
Avg. Sale Price$1,350,000

Sunnyvale

Active Agents2,516
Time on Market37
Avg. Sale Price$1,505,000

Daly City

Active Agents1,596
Time on Market41
Avg. Sale Price$1,010,000

Mountain View

Active Agents2,231
Time on Market37
Avg. Sale Price$1,500,000

Redwood City

Active Agents1,560
Time on Market39
Avg. Sale Price$1,509,000

Castro Valley

Active Agents1,545
Time on Market44
Avg. Sale Price$828,000

San Leandro

Active Agents2,013
Time on Market42
Avg. Sale Price$670,888

Frequently Asked Questions

How is my mortgage rate determined?
Mortgage rates are a pretty complex business with many different factors influencing the rate you’re offered on a given day. Some of these factors are outside your control, like economic data and market forces. Other factors that lenders look at are based on your financial history and the details of your home purchase, including:
  • Your income and credit profile
  • Down payment amount and cash reserves
  • Any other assets
  • Property location and type
  • Loan type
  • Type of interest
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What’s the difference between fixed-rate and adjustable-rate?
A fixed-rate mortgage means your rate and mortgage payment will remain the same throughout the life of the loan (though your taxes and insurance can go up over time). With an adjustable rate mortgage, you start out with a lower introductory rate for a period of time and after that period ends, your rate adjusts with the market periodically.
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How do I evaluate lenders and choose the right one?
If you’re looking to save money on your mortgage, it’s important (and easy!) to do some comparative rate shopping. Getting five quotes can knock an average of 0.166% off your rate, and it only takes a few minutes. Here’s how to do it: Reach out to five prospective lenders and make sure to have the following information on hand: the home’s purchase price, your down payment amount, and your estimated credit score. Pro tip: Make sure to request a closing cost breakdown so you can see what kind of lender fees each company charges. Lender fees are one of the biggest ways buyers are surprised by higher mortgage costs than they prepare for. Once you’ve got your lender quotes, it’s time to crunch some numbers and compare:
  • Rates
  • Lender-specific fees (examples: origination fee, application fee, credit report fee, broker fee, rate lock fee, points)
  • APR
These three pieces of information should give you good context for comparing lenders. Though keep in mind, rate isn’t the whole story. Your lender should meet your other needs too. Are they communicative and do they get back to you quickly? Do they have a strong presence in your local market? Perhaps they boast some of the fastest closing timelines in your area? Don’t be afraid to ask questions and feel out different communication styles before landing on a favorite.
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How do I get the lowest rate? Is the lowest rate always best?
The lowest rates are typically reserved for the buyer with strong finances, a credit score of 740 or higher, and a down payment of at least 20%. Of course, most buyers don’t tick all those boxes. To get the lowest rate possible, improve your credit score, make a larger down payment, and keep your debt-to-income ratio low. And don’t skip shopping around for rates! But what if you’re nowhere near a 20% down payment, or your credit score isn’t quite where you’d like it to be? Talk to a lender. You might be more ready to buy a home than you think. Sometimes waiting to improve your situation so you can score a lower rate isn’t worth it, especially when home prices are escalating faster than what most buyers can save. Plus, low rates aren’t guaranteed — market forces could send them climbing at any time.
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Should I look at APR or rate? What’s the difference?
APR is the total cost of financing your home. It’s your base mortgage rate plus any lender fees and finance charges on your loan. Because APR factors in lender fees, it’s typically a better, more all-inclusive indicator of your loan costs than looking at rate alone.
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Why does a 15-year fixed mortgage have a lower rate than a 30-year?
APR stands for annual percentage rate. With a 15-year loan, you’re only paying interest for 15 years instead of 30, so you’ll enjoy a lower rate and pay significantly less interest over time. That said, your monthly payments will be much higher with a 15-year loan, because you’re paying off that balance in a much shorter time frame. Most buyers opt for a 30-year fixed loan so their monthly payments are more affordable.
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What’s the deal with points and credits?
Points allow you to “buy down” your mortgage rate by prepaying some of your interest. Usually, one discount point costs 1% of the loan amount and lowers your interest rate by 0.25%. Some lenders also offer credits, where you can pay a higher rate in exchange for cash to cover some of your closing costs. Credits are considered negative points, and a 0.25% increase in rate will usually give you 1% of your loan amount in cash to offset closing costs.
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What mortgage terms do I need to know?
  • Mortgage rate: Your mortgage rate is the interest you pay on your home loan.
  • APR: Your APR is the interest you pay on your home loan plus lender and financing fees, all rolled into one all-inclusive rate.
  • Fixed-rate mortgage: A fixed-rate mortgage has the same mortgage rate over the entire loan term and the payment amount never changes (except taxes and insurance can go up over time).
  • Adjustable-rate mortgage: An adjustable-rate mortgage features a lower introductory rate for a period of time, followed by periodic market rate adjustments.
  • Monthly payment: Your monthly mortgage payment is the amount you pay each month for your home loan, typically including principal, interest, taxes, and insurance.
  • Principal: Principal is the initial loan amount.
  • Interest: Interest is what the lender charges you to borrow money.
  • Points: Points allow you to lower your mortgage rate by paying the lender some interest upfront.
  • Closing costs: Closing costs are the fees you pay to close on your new home. They include lender fees and other third-party fees like property taxes, title insurance, and escrow.
  • Rate lock: Most lenders offer the opportunity to lock in your rate for period of time — typically between 30 and 90 days — while you close on your new home.
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