|They work very hard, and do not stop before they solve every problem that we encountered. And there were a few, so I was quite impressed with their persistency. Also very effective as a team, with effectively divided roles and complementary qualities. I honestly can't think of an area for improvement. My family and I are very lucky to have Elena and Michael represent us in this sale.
|-Dusko, Palo Alto, CA
"Elena recently helped us buy our home in the Bay Area in a crazy sellers market, where all properties had multiple bids and were being sold for well over the asking price. In such a market, Elena not only helped us find the home of our dreams, but was also able to negotiate a great price for it - we actually ended up buying for below the asking price! Elena and her husband Michael worked as a great team, and were both extremely helpful throughout what could have been an agonizing experience. Together they were organized, thorough, and very prompt to respond to our many emails, phone calls and texts - any time of the day. Elena has an in depth knowledge of the real estate market in the Bay Area, particularly in the Peninsula and the South Bay. She also has a wide network of contacts with agents, mortgage brokers, and contractors to help her clients during and after the purchase of their home. Finally, since buying a home is as much an emotional decision as a monetary one, Elena is a great person to have on your side because her professional skills are balanced by an extremely supportive nature."
|-Tarang and Vishal, Santa Clara, CA
"They (Elena and Michael) were very professional in all their endeavors. We enjoyed them as friends as well as our realtors. They did an amazing job for us! The best team ever!"
|-Walter and Margaret, Palo Alto, CA
|"I recently made the decision to sell my
childhood home that had been in my family since 1965. I needed a realtor
that appreciated the emotional impact of this decision as well as a superior
understanding of the Palo Alto
market and immediate neighborhood. I found this, times 2, in Elena and
Michael Talis. Not only did they take the time to explain the process,
the house was staged to best reflect the remodeling efforts I had put in and
even special touches that let everyone see this as a home, not just a
house. Within three days of listing the home was sold to a wonderful
family. This would not have been possible with a realtor only interested
in their own profits. I would highly recommend Elena and Michael Talis to
anyone selling a home as you will receive unprecedented attention to detail,
superior organization and special touches that only improve the overall
|-Pat, Palo Alto CA
|"When I was ready to sell my house and move
to another state, my two big questions were how much to fix the place up before
putting it on the market and whether I would have to stay in the area until the
work was completed. With the help of Elena and Michael, we transformed the
house in a cost efficient and timely way to make it attractive, presentable,
and modern, and I was able to move right away. Elena and Michael found
excellent contractors and suppliers who did great work at surprisingly
reasonable cost, based on their experience and contacts, getting multiple bids,
inspecting suppliers, negotiating, and in general doing whatever was necessary
to keep the process moving. They supervised the entire process so that all I
had to do was make the decisions and sign the checks. I was kept informed via
phone conversations and photographs. I saw the finished product via the virtual
tour, and it was amazing. The happy result of Elena and Michael’s hard work and
local knowledge was a successful sale of the house at the listed price in a
very slow market."
|-Bryan, Palo Alto CA
|"Dear Michael and Elena, Ruth and I would
like to let you knowhow pleased we were to have you sell our home in South Palo Alto. You advertised it in special ways
making out home into and inviting place for potential buyers. Due to your
efforts, hard work, caring and over extending yourselves, the entire process
flowed easily. You gave a personal touch the home and garden we cherished
for many many years which you sold so very easily. We thank you and
highly recommend you for a job well done."
|-Ruth and Phil, Palo Alto CA
"Elena and Michael Talis successfully sold
our family's house in Los Altos Hills. In the last 6 years, the property
has been listed with multiple agents, and only Elena and Michael Talis were
able to finally sell it. The sale was challenging because of the location
of the house, and also as a result of a slow down of the Los Altos real estate market. Elena and
Michael demonstrated high professionalism, dedication to work and exceptional
knowledge of the market. They provided the latest technology tools and
had a creative marketing approach. As a result, we were able to sell the
house at very good price.
We definitely recommend Elena and Michael Talis as Realtors of choice for your
next real estate transaction."
|-Anh, San Jose CA
“After first and second
interviews with six realtors, we chose Elena Talis to represent us in the sale
of our family home at 3960 Nelson Ct. in Palo Alto.
Elena helped us determine
scope of work necessary to prepare our house for sale and arranged meetings
with various contractors, inspectors and stagers. Everyone we worked with
did a great job on our house. We could not have been more pleased with
Elena demonstrated clear
understanding of the real estate market. She helped determine the right
time for placing house on the market and worked with us on the pricing and
sales strategy. Elena and her team provided first class technological
tools for successful Internet marketing. Web penetration and a strong
Internet exposure of the listing assured the successful sale in the
technology-driven Silicon Valley marketplace.
We worked as a team in
which Elena was driving the process and we, as the owners, were decision makers
every step of the way. We successfully sold our house in a week at above
the asking price.
delivered exactly the positive outcome we had hoped for. She provided the
professional expertise and resources necessary to succeed in this very
competitive and challenging market. We appreciate everything Elena has
done and we strongly recommend her as a Realtor.”
|-David, Palo Alto CA
|“Elena is a very detailed real estate
professional that knows how to get results for her clients. She works
tirelessly to provide "truly remarkable service" in the home buying
and selling process.”
|-Fred, Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker, Los Altos CA
|“Elena recently served as my real estate agent
in the purchase of a new home for my family. My wife and I have been more than
satisfied with her services and would recommend her without hesitation. She
provided us with all the tools we needed to make an informed decision and she
closely listened to our needs and requests. We ended up finding a great home in
our preferred neighborhood in less than two months and she helped us get it at
a reasonable price. Elena is always funny and courteous and she is a good
negotiator and knows how to best represent her clients. We will definitely hire
her again for our next real estate transaction.”
|-Thomas, Pleasanton CA
|“Elena helped me sell my house under difficult
circumstances. She is a hard worker, persistent and keeps smiling. I valued her
professionalism, good communication skills and connections to the vendors that
helped us get our house in shape. I highly recommend Elena.”
|-Steve, Cumberland BC
|“Elena helped us find a home on the peninsula.
She did a great job of listening well, understanding what we wanted and what we
could afford and helping us time the market. She was also very helpful and
professional in administering the transaction and looking after the niggly
things that crop up during close. I highly recommend her.”
|-Tony, Mountain View CA
"It is with great
pleasure that we recommend Elena Talis. Through our experience with
working with her on the sale of our property, she showed complete
professionalism, knowledge and integrity from beginning to close of
escrow. Her energy and ambition to do whatever was appropriate to find a
qualified Buyer in extremely difficult times.
She held many open houses and
followed on all leads. Since we were absentee Owners, Elena watched over
the property and when necessary, she found and met with various professionals
to complete the things needed to make a sale.
highly recommend her expertise and services and would contact her again when
the need arises."
|-Howard and Annette, Soquel CA
"I recently made the
decision to sell my home in Palo Alto,
Ca. of 20 years. It was difficult! Since my nextdoor neighbor, Elena Talis, was
a Real Estate Broker Agent with Coldwell Banker, I decided to consult her.
We agreed that the time
was right and that my financial situation dictated that the sooner this could
be completed the better. Based on the fact that she seemed to totally
understand the local market and what was necessary to bring maximum return for
I agreed to let her
represent me in this endeavor.
Within one week I was out
of the house and turned it over to her to implement the improvements she deemed
necessary to achieve our agreed upon goals. I gave her 100 percent control and
trust to accomplish this. She proceeded with the project and within minimum
time had all of the upgrades and improvements well under control.
Within six week of the
decision to sell, the property was on the market and ready for open house
displays. Again her judgment on staging and presentation was perfect. I had no
worries. Elena was at her best. We had 2 open houses and accepted multiple
offers. The top offer exceed our asking price by a huge margin and this was all
due to her expertise in understanding the local market conditions and what it
takes to deal with existing conditions.
you are going to sell or even buy a home in the South Bay Area I strongly
recommend Elena Talis as she will make this experience the most painless major
decision you will ever make in home selling or buying. She comes with my
|-Ralph, Palo Alto CA
"I can’t thank you enough for coming to my
rescue during a most difficult time. Upon my Mother’s death I was
faced with the task of packing her house up and shipping it to New Zealand
while at the same time getting her house ready for sale. Emotionally this
was very difficult but you were there to help take much of the stress off of
me. One month from the date of her death the house was ready and on the
market. You handled all the inspections and repairs that were necessary
as well as taking on the task of staging the house, marketing and many other
At a time when the market is rather shaky getting the house up for sale ASAP
was vital. You did not let me down and followed through with an attention
to detail which was key for such a job. The house sold quickly and you
made sure that nothing on your end could cause the sale to fall through.
With escrow closing on October 23rd I marvel at how smoothly the whole process
went. Especially given the current state of the housing market. I
deferred to your advice and I am glad that I did. I wouldn’t hesitate to
recommend you to future clients."
|-Lynne, Palo Alto CA
"We were both so pleased having Elena Talis
as our realtor as she has done an excellent job representing us from the very
beginning to the very end of our house purchase transaction. We have
bought and sold several houses before and have worked with alot of realtors in
the past, but she is the kind of person that we can truly say that will go the
extra mile for you. We looked at alot of houses and she always made
herself available whenver we wanted to see any new house that came on the
Elena has excellent knowledge of the housing market and because of her great
negotiating skills was able to get the house we truly wanted even with multiple
offers presented. We found a perfect home in a very difficult market to
buy a home with Elena as our realtor. She will work 100% for you and we
most highly recommend her."
|-Walt and Sheryn, Palo Alto CA