James Steele

James Steele

Realtor® | DRE# 01872027


Menlo High School, Atherton

University of Southern California, B.S. Business Administration

About James

Growing up in Palo Alto, I was always enamored of houses, whether the mid-century modern home I grew up in or the gracious historic properties in Old Palo Alto I'd walk by. I went to USC and got my degree in Business Administration with the express goal of selling real estate, and while there I interned as an assistant for a prominent agent in West Los Angeles during my summers.

Hitting the market in 2009, however, was a challenge indeed. I saw that many in the real estate community were unfamiliar with short sales, which were a growing phenomenon in the wake of the financial crisis. I got certified to both list and represent buyers on short sales, and I carved out a niche for myself in the market as many agents referred their short sale clients to me. I am proud to say that I did not see a single client of mine go to foreclosure and I got every single short sale approved by the lenders, which more than made up for the late nights and 500+ pages of lender paperwork compiled for each client.

Entering the market in this way helped me develop a passion for getting people out of tough situations, and it led me to realize the enormous importance of having a relentless and thorough advocate in your corner during any type of real estate transaction. It framed the way I work with my clients to this day and cemented my belief that any client I work with is owed honesty, relentless negotiation, rapid and thorough communication, and innovative marketing.

Before joining Carol, Nicole, and James in 2020, I was ranked amongst the top half of the top 1% of agents in both California and the nation by sales volume by Real Trends. While I am proud of this, what I consider most important to me is the relationships, many over a decade strong, with long-term clients and the way they’ve welcomed me into their families and friend groups.

When I'm not selling real estate, you can find me in the Crescent Park neighborhood of Palo Alto where I live with my wife Brooke, daughter Aoife, and my two dogs Petal and Indy.  I'll likely be grilling with a glass of Zinfandel on the side, reading a print copy of the Wall Street Journal and drinking a cup (or two!) of black coffee after running my dog early in the morning, or spending a rare Sunday off watching the San Francisco 49ers or Formula 1.

James Steele’s Listings

Listed By Compass
223 Rapley Ranch Road

La Honda, CA 94020

4 BD
2.5 BA
2,437 SF
Listed By Compass
Pending Do Not Show
160 Plymouth Avenue

San Carlos, CA 94070

3 BD
2 BA
1,440 SF