What Janis’s Clients Say!

"I have had five transactions in Los Altos and Mountain View over the past 20 years with Janis Ahmadjian-Baer . She is honest, professional and fair but she also can be tough when necessary. I have been continually impressed over the years as she has maneuvered and negotiated multiple transactions for me. I highly recommend Janis!"

5 transactions together

"Janis was my friend for several years before I used her as a Realtor. I didn’t want to mix friendship and business, but then our mutual friends told me that if I wanted an excellent  Realtor, I needed to use Janis. We had been sorely disappointed by the Realtor we used in buying our first home, so we were definitely not excited about trying an unknown person again. We were so glad that we used Janis as our Realtor – so much so that we had four transactions with her. Our friendship still remains strong after over 25 years.

In the purchase of our Los Altos home, no one else bid on the house because the comps did not justify the sales price. Janis had no qualms about putting in a fair bid based on the comps, even though it was almost 10% below the asking price. After we bought the home, other Realtors commented that their clients would have bought the house at the price that we bought.

Then we had Janis sell our Los Altos Hills home. She staged and marketed the house well, helping us get the price we wanted after having multiple bids. She was thorough and paid so much attention to detail, taking care of any issues that came up.

We used Janis for another sale and another purchase for a Los Altos residence for my mother. She helped us get fair prices for both purchases, and she helped my mother feel very comfortable in these big life changes.

We’ve referred many friends to Janis as a Realtor, and they have been very happy with her help. Many of them have become friends with Janis because Janis isn’t just a Realtor. She puts her clients first and treats them as though they are her family, working diligently on their behalf."

4 transactions together

"We worked with Janis in three transactions over 30 years. When we needed to move into a bigger house in Menlo Park, she managed both the sale of our then-existing home and the purchase of our new (and current) one. The sales were linked and it was a difficult time in the housing market. Janis handled both transactions masterfully, including how to prepare one house for sale and honing in on the best choice for the next one and then using her incomparable negotiating skills to get the best deals on both ends. We could not have been happier and the place she found for us is still exactly the right one, 29 years later! So when it came time last year to sell my mother’s house in San Jose, there was no question that Janis should be the Realtor. What she did for us was little short of remarkable. Janis took on the responsibility for a complete makeover of the house. All we had to do was clean it out. What a transformation! So when she marketed it, she had exactly what buyers in that desirable part of San Jose, with Cupertino Schools, wanted and it sold in a flash for a price that we had not imagined possible and guarantees my mother’s lifetime security.

Janis went far beyond what most any other Realtor would do. My siblings and I routinely sing her praises, nearly a year after the sale."

3 transactions together

"Janis has been our family’s Realtor for the past 30 years. We have had a total of 6 transactions with her starting back in 1991 when she sold our grandmother’s home in Palo Alto. She helped us buy our first home in Santa Clara in 1998. There were 32 offers on the property and we got it because Janis did such a great job presenting our offer in person plus she had an excellent reputation with the listing agent. She sold that house for us in 2007 with 16 offers and $75,000 over list price. We bought our next home in Campbell and sold it in 2020 for $149,000 over list price with 6 offers. Janis also sold our parents’ house in Los Altos Hills, as part of their estate, in 2019 for top dollar as well.

For all 4 listings Janis took on the job of a general contractor managing the listing preparation of the houses from start to finish to command the highest price: painting, refinishing floors, new carpet, landscape clean-up, repairs, new fixtures, cleaning, and professional staging. She has an excellent team of service providers and makes sure the jobs are done to her high standards. She knows how to market the properties and negotiate contracts to get the highest prices with the best terms.

Janis has been an invaluable guide all these years. We cannot imagine buying or selling a house without her expertise. We would and have highly recommended her."

6 transactions together

"We are absolutely delighted to recommend Janis Ahmadjian-Baer for all of your home sale and purchase transactions. We had the good fortune of finding Janis through our friends in Los Altos, who worked with Janis to both buy a new house and sell their current home. They spoke of Janis’s knowledge of the market and neighborhoods, her commitment to finding “your” home, and her friendly attitude. We first used Janis to purchase our first home in Menlo Park. As newbies to the home buying experience, we had no idea what to expect, what we needed to do, and how to get started. Janis guided us effortlessly through the entire experience, telling us upfront what we can expect, helping us understand property disclosures, and preparing offer packages based on multiple scenarios. Janis kept in touch with the listing Realtors to ensure she was informed of any changes to our interested properties. In the end, she prepared a stellar offer on our dream home, and hand-delivered the winning offer to the owners, sharing our family's story. Her personal touch worked! We got the house and couldn’t have been happier with our experience.

Flash forward three years later, and we needed Janis’ help to sell our Menlo Park home when we decided to move out of state. Let me tell you - Janis will get you top dollar for your home. She meticulously manages the selling experiences, strategizes the time on market and the viewings, and keeps in close communication with both you and the interested buyers. With Janis’ help, our home was beautifully updated and staged within a week, and it sold in 5 days significantly over List Price!

We have worked with other Realtors who don’t come close to Janis’ customer service, dedication, and delivery. We wholeheartedly recommend Janis for your home buying and selling needs."

2 transactions together

"It was a true pleasure working with Janis when we purchased a new house in Portola Valley in August 2021. Even with all the restrictions due to the pandemic (limited home showings, frenzied all-cash offers, etc.) she patiently guided us through homes for sale for over a year! Janis helped us write offers, and as we would get feedback from sellers, helped us craft a compelling offer for the house that has simply become our dream home where we now abide.

When it came to selling our previous house in Mountain View, where we had lived for 32 years, she lent her expert hand to find us excellent repair people for the minor tasks that any home needs to be in perfect shape, as well as finding us a great staging company to make our home attractive to buyers. We received multiple offers and the property sold for well over the list price. Janis made the process as easy as possible for us.

Of course we knew Janis had an able hand as she helped our daughter sell her first house in Redwood City, even before the days of the current Bay Area real estate frenzy. She received several great offers and ultimately closed a quarter million over asking, importantly through a well positioned back-up offer after the initial offer fell through.

We heartily recommend Janis as a real estate agent. We had a great experience with her as both a buyer and a seller. You couldn't be in better hands!"

3 transactions together

"Janis is the best! We were referred to her by friends, and spoke to several additional references before we started working together. One of them said that you feel like you’re her only client because she’s always available and responsive, even when she’s working with other people, and we found that to be 100% true.

We’ve had two transactions with Janis. The first was buying our house in Los Altos (we looked for two years, as we had a baby in the middle of that, and she had the stamina to stick with us!) She found a listing in a neighborhood we weren’t even looking in – and it turned out to be the one. There were six offers and ours wasn’t the highest; Janis had a relationship with the sellers’ agent and personally presented our offer which cinched the sale.

Janis also sold our previous home in Mountain View. It had multiple offers, and the initial sale fell through because the buyers’ lender had made an error in their loan. So Janis relisted, and because she personally hosts the open houses, she had gathered contact info for several other interested potential buyers who came through the first time. She reached out to them, got five offers, and Janis negotiated a price that was even higher than the one that fell through.

I’ve since referred Janis to friends who have also been really happy with her. What rises to the top of my list about what makes her excellent at what she does is that she is totally focused, and doesn’t miss details. She goes through the fine details of the contracts and highlights any red flags. She has strong relationships with lots of other agents, and they trust her to put together solid offers. On top of that, she is still there for you even after the transaction is done. After we bought our house, we had some issues that she helped us get sorted, and she continues to be a resource for us.

We are grateful we found her!"

2 transactions together

"We have had the privilege to work with Janis for the past six years. Her decades of expertise has helped her serve us three times; in 2016 for the purchase of our Sunnyvale house and in 2021 for the sale of the Sunnyvale house and the purchase of our Los Gatos house. Each situation needed a very different approach, and Janis understood our needs and helped us get exactly what we wanted each time. Janis’ exceptional abilities shone in the purchase of our Los Gatos house, after she showed us more than 40 houses in the Los Gatos/Saratoga area and every time she guided us to something that was better-suited for our needs, ensuring that in the end we got the house we really loved. We entrusted Janis completely and we got exactly the house that we wanted in April 2021 at a price of June 2019, thanks to Janis’ amazing negotiation skills, despite the crazy pandemic surge in real estate prices. Within less than a year, the market value of our Los Gatos house has jumped more that $600K but most importantly we really love living here. When we bought our Los Gatos home, Janis also prepared our Sunnyvale house for sale. The Sunnyvale house sold within hours with an offer that was $340K above an already very competitive list price and $165K more than the sale price of a very similar house in the same development that went to market on the same weekend as ours. Another superpower of Janis is that she has an amazing network of professionals who have worked in our houses over the years both for upgrades and for prepping them for sale — it is amazing how Janis coordinates everyone so seamlessly! It is not a surprise that Janis is widely known and respected by her colleagues.

Janis is the best in her profession and we are lucky to have her as our agent!"

3 transactions together

"We were introduced to Janis by a very trusted friend who used to be a real estate professional herself. We were looking to buy our empty-nester house in Woodside and Janis helped us go through 7 rounds of negotiations, getting us our dream home for well under list price. Naturally, when it came time to sell our rental property in Menlo Park, we turned to Janis again. She used her excellent negotiation skills, and familiarity with local real estate professionals, to help us sell for way more than asking price. We then sold our longtime residence in Palo Alto, with Janis' help, during a slower time for real estate transactions. Once again, she delivered the goods, landing multiple offers, and we were able to sell for more than 10% above asking price. In all these transactions, Janis is the consummate professional, responsive and responsible. She takes care of all the preparations for the listing, and was an invaluable resource for reliable contractors when we had work done on our rental properties.

Whenever the house purchasing bug bites us, we always turn to her. We would not trust anyone else in the Bay Area."

3 transactions together

"Janis has been our Realtor for over 10 years and is a consummate professional. She was invaluable in handling 3 Los Altos transactions for us and we especially appreciated her skills in these areas:

First, when shopping for a new home, she took the time to understand what we were looking for, especially in regard to style and fit. As a result, she used our time efficiently and only showed us homes that were a good match. We ended up buying a home that was perfect for our family.

Second, Janis is a skilled and patient negotiator. Other realtors we have worked with wanted us to close the negotiation quickly instead of making sure we got a favorable price. Instead, Janis gave us sound advice on offer prices, and we were able to negotiate a great price from the seller.

Finally, Janis has great attention to detail and we were always confident in her ability to manage the myriad of items required when buying or selling a home. She meticulously managed every detail in the buying and selling process which made life a lot easier for us.

Because of these traits and since Janis is so easy to work with, we continue to enthusiastically recommend Janis to our friends and co-workers!"

3 transactions together

"I have known Janis for more than 30 years. She was recommended to me by friends in 1990 when I decided to buy my first house with another friend. First, we looked in Los Altos Hills but didn’t find anything. Then Janis suggested Saratoga. The house we bought was a real gem and one of the top 100 overviews in Silicon Valley!

12 years later, in 2002, I decided to buy a house on my own closer to my work. Janis was again my choice for a Realtor. She found me a beautiful house in Santa Clara with Cupertino Schools and a pool plus close to a gorgeous park. I lived in that house for 15 years and very much enjoyed it.

In 2017, my wife and I made a choice to move from California to North Carolina. We called Janis again. Janis came up with listing-prep recommendations, that we followed. She worked diligently on all details. We moved out from the house a month before it went on the market and her team of service providers finished everything in a timely fashion (interior paint, refinished floors, staging, landscaping). It really showed the beauty of our home to buyers. Our house sold in less than 2 weeks well over List Price. We are enjoying our new life in North Carolina, thanks to Janis! Janis understands the current market really well, she is professional, trustworthy and honest.

My wife and I wholeheartedly recommend Janis!"

3 transactions together

"Janis and I have been friends for years after we were introduced by our daughters who met in High School and remain, great friends, today.  My husband and I were contemplating remodeling our Los Altos home when we decided that we really wanted to sell our current home and move to a larger home with plenty of extended family space.  Janis immediately dropped everything to help us through the process.  She was able to negotiate a great price on our new home in Los Altos Hills, showed us comparable homes on the market for reference, and handled inspections which all led to a smooth closing. She also handled our home sale in Los Altos and managed the home's extensive spruce up and staging.  She has fabulous connections and the house looked wonderful and sold quickly for a great price.  

It is a joy to work with Janis! "

2 transactions together

"We worked with Janis on 2 listing sales transactions of rental property that we owned in Menlo Park. We were delighted with her professionalism and expertise. As busy working professionals, we appreciated how she took care of everything-hiring the various contractors to ready the home for sale-painting, flooring, gardening, staging. She dealt with all the details flawlessly to present the property to maximize sale price. Janis also did an excellent job explaining the many documents involved in the sale. She knows the market well and priced the properties appropriately and both sold significantly over asking price with multiple offers.

We would enthusiastically recommend Janis-we have now used her twice and would turn to her again!"

2 transactions together

"Janis is an outstanding real estate professional!  Her knowledge of the real estate markets in different parts of the Bay Area is exceptional.

Janis is a high energy, intelligent and pleasant person. Her ability to interact with staff, inspectors, repair persons and to assist in the preparation of my former home was exceptional. She was able to negotiate the purchase of our new home contingent on the sale of our former home. She did this in one of the hottest markets here in the Bay Area! She had our former home beautifully staged and photographed quickly. Having it ready to market in such a short period of time made all the difference. She has superb interpersonal skills and  worked well with the other real estate agents involved in the transactions.

She was present from start to finish!

I can recommend her with great confidence. I will seek her out again for any real estate needs I or my family may have in the future!"

2 transactions together

"Janis is truly a gem! She came to us highly recommended by a friend, and she lived up to her stellar reputation. Janis has deep knowledge of Bay Area real estate and she was an expert guide through the entire home-buying process. From the first day we spoke with her, she took her time getting to know us and understanding exactly what we were looking for so she could guide us to different neighborhoods and properties that matched our criteria. It took us awhile to find a place that felt like home, and Janis was patient and kind throughout our journey. She assured us that the right home would eventually emerge, and sure enough, it did! We are so happy in our home in Belmont and we're grateful to Janis for her help every step of the way. We've referred her to multiple friends and family and will continue to do so. 

Janis is the best!"

1 transaction together

"Janis was our Realtor when we purchased our house in Los Altos, 25 years ago. She is absolutely the best! From the beginning, she understood exactly what we wanted and only showed us properties that met those requirements. Beyond the qualities of the home itself and the prices (which at the time we thought were staggering!), Janis understood the emotional complexities we and our three children were experiencing, moving thousands of miles away from a home and city we had loved for ten years. Janis was a multi-talented expert in every facet of the purchase, from the search through the Closing. She took care of every detail. She was a phenomenal negotiator. I’ve told her many times over the years that we would not be in this home had it not been for her.

We had the best experience with her and unequivocally recommend her to anyone who wants to purchase or sell a home."

1 transaction together

"Our home buying experience with Janis Ahmadjian-Baer was excellent! She was on top of every detail from beginning to end.  Our actual process was possibly a little different than some – we flew out to California from Massachusetts to see relatives in the Los Altos Hills area.  We had mentioned to our cousin that we were thinking of eventually retiring out here, because both our children had moved to the West Coast and the weather is great.  Unbeknownst to us, our cousin had set us up for two days of real estate perusing, with her real estate friend Janis, while we were out here.

We did not know a lot about the area and having a Realtor who had worked the Peninsula for many years was very helpful.  We first started looking further south around Palo Alto and Mountain View.  We quickly realized that was going to put us too far away from San Francisco and easy access to city activities and our children, so we asked Janis to concentrate in Belmont, San Carlos, and Redwood City.  Janis was extremely helpful.  We saw about 10 houses in our two-day visit – different neighborhoods and different housing styles.

Janis brought us to a lovely house on a cul-de-sac in San Carlos, where the house had a pool (we were not thinking about a pool, but the grandkids love it), location, and exposure, but it needed a little TLC.  The price was good; we bought it.  We did a full renovation after renting it out for a few years, so it was ready for us when we were ready to move to California.

Janis worked the background on the offer process and found out there were 4 other interested parties bidding on the house.  She helped us to put together a competitive bid, and then she when in and made a 45-minute presentation about us to the Sellers.  She clinched the deal! The funniest part of the whole story – we flew out from the East Coast on points and flew back with a new home!  Overall, a great experience!"

1 transaction together