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• National Association of Realtors ®
• California Association of Realtors ®
• Silicon Valley Association of Realtors ®
• Top Agent Network
About Gretchen
Gretchen Swall     

Gretchen Swall



Gretchen Swall offers the diverse experience and qualifications that few of her peers can match. Excelling as an Investment Banker for Merrill Lynch in New York City for nearly 20 years, and achieving the distinction as Managing Director, Gretchen thrives in the fast pace and high demands of business. Always intrigued by architecture, interior design, and real estate, the transition to representing buyers and sellers in the competitive Silicon Valley market was a natural fit. Gretchen’s connectivity in the local community enhances her clients’ success. She and her husband, a Bay Area native, relocated from New York City to Los Altos in 2001. She savors the suburban lifestyle now and is actively involved in her children’s school as a volunteer in the classroom. When away from her work as a full-time Realtor, you’ll often find her walking the Stanford Dish trail, working out in a spin class, or enjoying a coffee break in downtown Los Altos or Palo Alto.


Client Testimonials
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★★★★★

"Gretchen is amazing. We’ve been working with here for a while now. She helped us find 2 homes and sell one. She is always a joy to work with. She takes the time to thoroughly walk us through everything and keep us updated along the way. We hope we get a chance to work with her again. " - Diana


★★★★★

"This is the third time we work with Gretchen. I believe that speaks for itself. We just click. Gretchen "gets" us. We feel we're in the best hands when working with Gretchen because we feel she cares about us in every recommendation and explanation she provides. That is what we want: a team member and Gretchen became Team Madrigal since day one. " - Carlos


★★★★★

"Gretchen and Jenn are truly amazing! After our first meeting, we were sold on partnering with them to help us find our home in the South Bay. Finding a home in a competitive market while living in another city can be stressful, but Gretchen and Jenn made it so easy! They were touring homes on our behalf and helped us narrow in our preferred neighborhoods. When it came time to make our first offer, Gretchen navigated the situation beautifully and closed the deal! Gretchen's decades of experience both in finance and real estate were invaluable and we are so thankful for her expertise. Not to mention, Gretchen and Jenn are an absolute BLAST to work with!" - Meg


★★★★★

"We are forever grateful!

Gretchen & Jen provided great advice on purchasing our dream home in Palo Alto.They have a passion for what they do and you can tell that they love their job and the services they provide. What I appreciate the most about Gretchen is that she's not pushy at all! She's extremely patient (my husband and I probably visited more than 30 houses with her), she's outspoken with her comments/views on the houses we visited but she let us decide on our own which house to make an offer on. My husband and I appreciated this approach as we felt she was spending a good deal of time on us, listening to what we were looking for and not just trying to rush the process to check the box, get a commission and move on to the next client. Her opinions on the houses we visited were extremely valuable to us and helped us a lot in finding the perfect home for our family! Additionally, Gretchen was an excellent resource in assisting us with navigating financing and closing. She's very transparent and honest with her views and she was always available on the phone or face to face when we needed her. Gretchen is a knowledgeable Realtor and a great advocate for her clients. " - Melissa


★★★★★

"Gretchen helped us get a family home updated and on the rental market. She is very responsive, has a ton of great resources, and keeps on top of market information and trends that were essential to our decision making. Gretchen's business savvy and ability to listen to and understand our objectives as owners were a big plus in the process." - Jim


★★★★★

"Gretchen has been helping us with our real estate needs since we moved to the Bay Area 5 years ago. She helped us find nice rentals while we became familiar with the area, and has since helped us buy a home. She's incredibly knowledgeable about the real estate market and area, and always a dream to work with, kind and personable as well as prompt and thorough. I highly recommend her." - Ayla


★★★★★

"Gretchen oversaw the sale of our Sunnyvale home with tremendous vision and professional expertise. She surpassed our expectations and we are so grateful for the opportunity to work with her as a realtor!" - Gaya


★★★★★

"Gretchen was a pleasure to work with! Once we found a place I was excited about I wanted to do my due diligence and every day before work that week she would take me to see similar places so I could be confident in my decision to make an offer on the property I liked. Walked me through the first time home buyer process and has given me great referrals for people to help me with plumbing, electrical, painting, and other house work " - Daniel


★★★★★

"Gretchen was on fire from the moment we contacted her, arranging staging and every other service to get our house sparkling and on the market in record time, resulting in an above-asking sale. We were very happy with the attention and professionalism Gretchen displayed at all times, and would unhesitatingly recommend her to anyone." - Christine


★★★★★

"Gretchen is professional, hard working and determined to achieve the best for her clients. Her Wall St. experience gives her a unique understanding of the fast paced SV environment, and enables her to find creative solutions for her clients." - Margaret


★★★★★

"Highly recommend Gretchen. She worked exceptionally hard for us to find the perfect home in Pacífica. She was always available when we needed her, and helped us with a fairly complicated situation around selling our old home as well" - Barbara


★★★★★

"Fantastic experience with Gretchen & Jennifer, who helped us purchase our first home in Palo Alto!" - Elizabeth


★★★★★

"Gretchen Swall is the absolute BEST in the business. She approaches each purchase or sale as if it were for her own home, giving complete focus and commitment to her clients and their goals. We particularly appreciate her intelligence, strategic approach and on-the-pulse understanding of her market. Gretchen advised us on options for the sale of our home, helped us devise a strategy, identified and then managed the renovation work before getting us an offer package that well exceeded our expectations. She then turned around and introduced to an exceptional AP realtor in another area for the purchase of a new home, closely advising us to the end so we were able to obtain an exceptional deal on an amazing property. We feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with her; she made the whole process seamless and satisfying." - Esther


★★★★★

"Gretchen has the ability to leverage her capabilities in many areas (exceptional interpersonal communications skills, analytical capabilities, deep understanding of the marketplace, stellar negotiation skills all with a strong action-orientation) to deliver results. She's patient, knowledgable about the Bay Area Real Estate marketplace and is extremely well-networked. We wouldn't have been nearly as successful in our entry into the Bay Area residential real estate marketplace if it weren't for Gretchen's impactful work. I highly recommend Gretchen to anyone who's looking to buy or sell residential real estate. She's simply amazing at what she does!" - Patrick


★★★★★

"Gretchen Swall is an amazing person and has the highest standards of integrity. She is an excellent agent with the acumen needed to ensure her clients get the best out of every situation. She has a keen eye for detail and can assess what her clients are looking for pretty quickly. She gives good advise and always operates from a place of whats best for her clients. I never stop being amazed by her!" - Nalini


★★★★★

"Gretchen is simply the best. Absolutely professional, knowledgable, easy to work with, and completely on top of things. Got me multiple offers and 10% over asking price, in a market where I was worried if I could get a reasonable sale at all! This is the fourth time I've had to sell a property, and by far the smoothest and easiest of the lot. I can not recommend Gretchen enough" - Terry


★★★★★

"Gretchen got us into our new in two weeks with a quick close.She is quite helpful in finding new listings to fit our needs and budget. Gretchen is always available to take our calls and answer our questions.We think Gretchen is a great agent who offers a personal touch. Thanks so much for all your help. We are happy to have you helping us in this stage of our life. You are the best." - Bruce


★★★★★

"Gretchen is one of the most conscientious and detailed-oriented producers I worked with at Merrill. I helped to monitor the pipeline of large fixed-income sales transactions in our office, and can say that one of her most impressive qualities was her ability to close mammoth, unique transactions which required extensive follow through and long cycle times. Gretchen had a fabulous ability to ask her clients the right questions and work out products/solutions that wouldn't have occurred to her competition. I'm convinced that she stood apart from the pack because of her attentiveness to clients' needs and her consistent ability and willingness to offer them value-added solutions"


★★★★★

"Gretchen is an extremely impressive realtor. She understands the San Francisco Bay Area inside and out, is very detail-oriented, uses data to reinforce her suggestions, and gets things done fast. Buying and selling a isn’t easy, but Gretchen really does make it as pleasant as it can be. Highly recommended!" - Shana


★★★★★

"Gretchen you're the best, I just cannot say it or tell you enough. Seeing you in action today was amazing, you are incredible and very good at this. YOU set everything up for US so quickly this week, I've felt a tremendous sense of relief every since we've been together. YOU WORK VERY HARD LADY!" - Rina


★★★★★

"Gretchen is an absolute professional and master negotiator! She only showed us homes that she knew would suit our needs and didn't waste our time showing us properties that did not meet our needs or taste. She got us the we wanted for the price we were prepared to pay. Working with Gretchen was a delight and I would HIGHLY recommend her for anyone who is looking for a home in the area. She knows what homes are worth and she is a great resource for everything from finding a great painter to an affordable landscaper. We had a great experience working with Gretchen!" - Sara



Gretchen Swall’s Listings

Listed By Compass
VIRTUAL TOUR
Open: 10/8 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$1,795,000
3 BD
2.5 BA
1,826 SF