As a Silicon Valley native, I grew up in the Cuesta Park neighborhood of Mountain View. I have also lived in Palo Alto, Los Altos, Redwood City and Menlo Park. My strong ties to local neighborhoods have fostered long-standing relationships, which is the foundation of my success.
I provide a wealth of skills, experience and professionalism to each client – from teachers buying their first home to high-net-worth investors looking to buy and sell. My clients have the advantage of being represented by a dedicated professional that provides the highest-quality real estate service.
I am consistently in the top 10% of my company – having sold over $1 billion during my career; I have represented over 500 families both locally and internationally, carefully guiding each client through the buying and selling process.
As a listing agent, I bring a strong ability to prepare your property for the market: From staging to marketing experts, to hand-picking quality contractors, My expertise and commitment are top priorities for providing a positive, successful experience for you – even in challenging markets.
When I am not helping my clients, you'll find me spending time with my children, grandchildren, friends and family. I enjoy volunteering in my community, tending my garden, hiking, and traveling the world.
If you are buying or selling a home or investment property, and would like to gain more insight in today's market, please call me at 650.207.2017.
"To exceed your expectations using my 35+ years of active Bay Area real estate experience and knowledge, Creatively collaborating with my top notch team of professionals to support and guide you every step of the way. Success through service."
"We interviewed realtors looking for someone to sell our house of 36 years. We didn’t know what to expect given the changes in the housing market or what to expect from a realtor. Kathleen was candid, open, down-to-earth, and knowledgeable. She thought our house was in good shape overall and suggested some “refreshing” in a few areas. Because she has many years of experience and she grasped our unspoken worries and wishes she suggested another course for us. Kathleen was flexible and creative in suggesting we sell off-market. In order to make that work, Kathleen made connections with other realtors to find buyers who were interested in our house that were willing to meet our price and specific requests. We sold our house quickly with minimal disruption to our lives.
We believe Kathleen’s choices with us showed flexibility, consideration for our needs and her ability to manage changing circumstances swiftly, and good humor throughout that would benefit any seller in any situation."
- Donna and Larry - Sellers
- "Kathleen has been my agent for three transactions (two sales and one purchase) and each has gone smoothly. She is the utmost professional with extensive market knowledge. Her keen eye and years of experience are invaluable. She kept me calm and focused during the process and the end results were beyond my expectations."
- Dr. L. Gordon Seller/Buyer
- “Kathleen supported us and regularly checked in with us over the course of two years while we searched for the right home for our family. When we finally found the one, she made the process smooth and easy and gave us advice throughout. We were so pleased that she continued to help us after the sale by connecting us with contractors, cabinet makers and anything we needed. It’s clear she truly cares about her clients. She really is everything you could hope for!”
- Rachel and Chris I. Buyer
"We were first time home buyers and Kathleen was recommended by our family. She helped us through the entire process - explaining disclosures, loan approval process and filling out an offer. She never rushed us to make an offer and had a keen eye for detail. We got our house on the first offer that we made while bidding under list price. Even after getting the house, we have been in communication with Kathleen and she has helped us with making all the required repairs in the house. It’s been a delight working with her. "
- Pratyush and Ramya-Buyers
"Thank you again for all your support. You were amazing. We felt you were thoughtful, honest, thorough and on our side at all times. We felt we could trust you every step of the way during this journey, and that was very reassuring for us. It is clear that you are very experienced and know your profession. We took your suggestions and in the end it was the very best decision we made to work with you!"
- Peter and Kjersti, Sellers
"I do not hesitate to recommend Kathleen and her Compass team for the wonderful job they did preparing and selling my home. Trying to prioritize Kathleen’s good points is difficult- energetic and hardworking, experienced and competent, dependable and supportive. I am quite convinced she was able to increase the number of buyers and ultimately get me the best price imaginable. Am I satisfied? You betcha."
- Carol Carter, Satisfied Seller
"Kathleen Wilson has been incredibly wonderful to work with. She is passionate about Real Estate and knows the area like the back of her hand. She helped guide us through the bidding process and she diligently reviewed the disclosures and made recommendations for follow up. Because of her extensive knowledge of the market and personal contacts, she helped us to find local contractors, electricians, gardeners, painters, pool repair maintenance, relocation companies, home warranties and more! Kathleen is cheerful and diligent, so we could not have asked for a more qualified agent."
- Kevin and Veronika S., Buyers
"We want to thank you for all you did to help us buy a new home and sell our current home. Your professional service, knowledge, and calm demeanor helped us accomplish a quick sale on our home and purchase our new home. Huge kudos for handling it all simultaneously! We really appreciated the hands on service during what we would say is one of the most stressful times we have ever experienced! You handled finding our home 13 years ago, and now we have done it again!"
- Ben and Aileen, Seller and Buyer
"We reached out to Kathleen Wilson when we decided to sell a family home in Palo Alto in April 2021. We were nervous about selling in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic but Kathleen was extremely patient and guided us through the entire process. She made recommendations on how to best prepare the home for presentation so we could get the highest number of showings and what specific improvements would generate the best return. Her team of A-list contractors, project coordinators and designers were able to get the home updated and ready to list within three weeks. We lived in another city so Kathleen communicated with us multiple times a week via email, phone and text so didn’t have to worry about anything. With Kathleen’s extensive real estate experience and specific knowledge of Palo Alto, we were able to navigate an unprecedented real estate market, got multiple offers within one week, and sold our home for 28% higher than our list price. Kathleen provides gold standard service and is one of the best real estate agents we’ve worked with. Our family is so happy we worked with Kathleen and we would recommend her to anyone that is looking to buy or sell a home."
- Kim and Lyndsay Hackett, Satisfied Sellers
"Realtors wear many hats, and Kathleen wears them all well. She has managed to find the perfect balance in managing her clients needs, presenting properties in their best light and being the only fighter you need in your corner. Kathleen is both caretaker and shark. Watching her work has been a real pleasure. A pleasure to see how much pride and joy she takes in her work, from creating a vision for the potential she sees in your home, to watching this become reality, and later to decisively pursue the best possible offer she can get for your home. She kept us well informed during the whole process, and answered every question we had along the way. We never felt overwhelmed and that was due to how confident we were in Kathleen’s decision making. When we had questions, she listened and was able to assure us at each step, which is what we needed as first time sellers. Our end result was beyond our expectations, and this was due to Kathleen’s tenacity and determination to give us her all. If you are looking for a realtor, look no further, we would recommend Kathleen from the rooftops!"
- Cara and Scott Putman
"I have worked on five transactions with Kathleen. I highly recommend her for all of your real estate help."
- Dr. A. Meyer, Seller
"When I recently needed to sell my Dad’s house, a friend recommended that I call realtor, Kathleen Wilson. I’m glad I did. I found Kathleen to be excellent in every way! She was professional, yet personable. She answered all of my questions as she guided me through the process of selling my Dad’s house. The task seemed entirely overwhelming to me, but Kathleen put everything into perspective. She was a great resource. When I needed someone to do the estate sale, or someone to remove bee hives from underneath a shed in the backyard, or someone to paint and repair the interior of the house, or someone to do an appraisal, she found people to do these things. Finally with her help, we sold the house for more than we were originally asking! If you are looking for a hardworking, dedicated, and highly qualified realtor, call Kathleen!"
- Ken S., Seller
"Kathleen Wilson—has played a pivotal role in our lives. My husband has known and done business with Kathleen for approximately 40 years. When my husband retired in 2014 Kathleen sold our home of 32 years for 15% over the listing price. She coordinated the remodel and upgrades to our home prior to sale and the contractors, landscapers and stagers were top notch. Kathleen provided us with keen talent to show our home which resulted with three solid offers. In November 2020, during these unusual circumstances, she helped to sell a property for our father who is 98 years old. Her one-on-one interaction with our father was quite amazing. He was very comfortable with her business demeanor and the property closed within 30 days—again well above what we expected. Thank you Kathleen for patience, persistence, professionalism and friendship."
- Dennis and Kathy, Sellers
"We met Kathleen when we bought our house in 2012, and she was the first person to come to mind when we decided to sell this year. She’s a great agent who knows the area market well, and knows what buyers are looking for. She was a great help to us in getting the finishing touches on our house before listing. Her contacts with handymen, painters, and movers all made our transition out of our house smooth and stressless for us. Buying and selling a home can be a stressful and emotional time, but my husband and I both appreciated Kathleen’s steadfastness in keeping our eye focused on the goal of a successful negotiation and sale, and ultimately we were both very happy with how our transaction turned out."
- Ty and Nicholas, Sellers
"Kathleen did a great job as our realtor for the sale of our house on Waverley St. From the time we met with you and Kathleen to the final walk-through with the buyers agent Kathleen has been diligent with the process steps, detailed with respect to those steps, and completely supportive of our goals in this transaction. In preparing our home for sale, Kathleen was proactive in educating us on the optimal path and a great assist in bringing the resources to us in a timely fashion. As you know, there are many decisions to make and Kathleen was able to provide great input to help us with those decisions. Because of her diligence we were able to get the house prepped and on the market in the timeframe we had planned. Although it took a lot of extra calls and was impacted by the COVID-19 situation, the deal did close and both the buyers and sellers walked away with smiles on. Kathleen is pleasant to work with, hard working, and very proactive on the details. In addition, she has a deep knowledge of the real estate market in Palo Alto and surrounding areas. These great qualities reinforced for us that choosing her was the right decision."
- Melinda and Eric PA Seller
"We are a family of four that recently relocated to the Bay Area after owning a home in Colorado for almost 15 years. Kathleen came very highly recommended and she exceeded all of our expectations! From the first conversation to when we closed on our house this month, Kathleen has been the most responsive, professional and supportive realtor we have ever worked with. Her creative proposal strategies made our offer stand-out, and was the most attractive in an extremely competitive market. To anyone looking for a realtor, you would be missing out on one of the best if you did not talk with Kathleen. Her experience, extensive resources, and guidance led us to own the family home of our dreams! Thank you for everything you have done for our family thus far, and we can't wait for that lake house! :-)"
- The Berliant Family
"Kathleen is pleasant to work with, hard working, and very proactive on the details. In addition, she has a deep knowledge of the real estate market. These great qualities reinforced for us that choosing her was the right decision."
- Melinda and Eric, Sellers, June
"Kathleen sold us our home when we moved here from the East Coast. She was professional, conscientious and became a trusted friend. We still love our home all these years later and are happy to recommend Kathleen."
- DANA KLEIMAN PROJECT AND DESIGN CONSULTING
- "Kathleen is amazing! My wife and I worked with her when we were in Palo Alto / Menlo Park. She is one of the best agents we have ever had the experience of interacting with. Our friends referred her to us - when she was the selling agent for a house they were buying, and they were so impressed with her. We were fortunate to have her as our agent post-that. She is extremely talented.. From knowledge of the market, construction, initiative in tracking down information, a great network, to responsiveness and a wonderful personality to wrap it up, we could not have been happier with Kathleen as our agent. I would refer her any-day to anyone looking to buy or sell a house in the PA area."
- AMIT JAIN HEAD OF UBER ASIA
"I, Along with my sister were coexecutors on my families trust. We were selling out family home and two other homes in Palo Alto. Kathleen did an outstanding job, she kept us all on track while supporting us individually with our emotional process of letting go. Due to her longevity as a realtor, she trouble shot zoning and building issues before hand so there were no surprises. We not only had an amazingly smooth transaction but even during the negotiations she held strong to get her goal sales prices. Lastly, her team of professionals helped prepare our properties to show at their best. Without the flawless team we could not of had the end result we did. My sister and I felt that she was the best for our three sales and we highly recommend her."
- Lisa Ingham, Satisfied Seller of Three Homes
"Kathleen is an honest, hardworking, diligent and strategic sales person with a business ability that far surpasses most agents. My sale was very complicated and Kathleen was able to make the transaction easy for my family. I have bought and sold 3 properties and Kathleen is the BEST real estate agent I have ever worked with. I highly recommend her, she is truly a class act!"
- Davide & Susan Anvy, Satified Seller
"Kathleen has been essential in the process of researchingthe right houses for me, she is thorough in understanding the need of the buyer, and giving advise. She paid attention to every detail and made sure that everything happeneding in a timely manner. Her years of experience and knowledge showed at the beginning of her interaction, and Kathleen goes beyond the sale processed and continues to help however she can well after the conclusion of the sale. I would hire Kathleen again."
- Oliver Garbe, Satisfied Buyer
"We were so pleased with Kathleen and her team. Kathleen's years of expereince were evident in her attention to detail and Knowledge about the market. She helped us to price our home correctly which resulted in a quick sale. She was always available to answer questions and offer guidance. This was our first home sale and we cannot imagine that it could have gone any better!"
- Dr. Lisa Gordon & Dr. Sean Mackey, Satisfied Seller