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"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 as good an agent as they come - smart, street savvy, disciplined, attentive to detail, and hardworking. She was a tireless advocate and consistently went above and beyond anything I could have expected. It would be impossible to overstate how good Gretchen is and how strongly I recommend her." - Zachary

"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


About Gretchen

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.

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SOLD - 1202 Payne Drive

Los Altos  4 Bed  3.5 Bath  2,530 SF  Representing Seller  

Completely renovated down to the studs in 2017, this home has been transformed into a showpiece of contemporary luxury. The seamless open space is designed for indoor/outdoor living with stacking glass doors for a seamless connection to the inviting rear yard. The kitchen is an absolute showpiece extending to a dining area designed with entertaining in mind. Click Here to Learn More

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