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About Trish

Trish knows homes from the inside out. With 25 years experience in energy and sustainable building products, she shows her Buyers and Sellers the whole health of the house, not just the pretty picture. Trish knows how to leverage efficient construction and energy efficient infrastructure to her client's advantage. Her 25 years of marketing and project management skills give Sellers the confidence that their home will get full advertising exposure utilizing all forms of communication and technology. Buyers receive her extensive knowledge of quality building materials and energy efficient products to make thoughtful choices when purchasing a home. With Compass, Trish has the best team, technology, and thoroughness to make your next move your best.

Trish joined Compass from a passion for housing stemming from her architectural experience working with top San Francisco firms like Gensler Architects. She learned all about energy efficiency while working with PG&E in California and Pacific Gas Transmission in Portland, Oregon. In Oregon, Trish managed all nationwide marketing for Louisiana Pacific's Sustainable Building Division. Moving from one Portland to the other, Trish worked in advertising while in Maine before returning home to the Bay Area. She volunteers her time to help local groups such as Sustainable Contra Costa and Sustainable Lafayette. She also works with the United States Green Build Council as a member of the East Bay Advisory Board.

Trish grew up in Walnut Creek and lived in San Francisco for 8 years. She knows how to find the joys of city life in the suburban towns of the East Bay. She finds homes that fit a growing family’s needs, helps first-time buyers to home ownership and those ready to downsize sell and purchase into their next phase when the time is right. Her innate ability to “walk in your shoes” makes your home sale or purchase smooth and focused.

Trish Elste, Compass Real Estate Professional, GREEN Designation
"Earning your business every move you make!"


“SOLD $20,000 OVER ASKING IN 2 DAYS Trish Elste is an outstanding agent. She was referred to us by a family friend and she exceeded our every expectation. I am grateful for her patience and understanding of my situation. This was our first home selling experience and Trish knew exactly how to handle someone like me with first time home seller anxiety. I had an expectation that you could not be too direct about during a listing. She knew that we had to balance the market and advertise appropriately to attract buyers. She took care of us the entire step of the selling process and we walked away with everything we expected and then some. She is a welcome member of my family network and I would recommend her to anyone in need of here services.”

“What made Trish different than previous agents that had tried to engage us was that she didn’t pressure us to rush into something that we weren’t sure about. She tried to understand our needs and concerns first before making suggestions or recommendations. She was a highly attentive agent, was prompt in returning calls and emails and made us feel like we were her only clients. Where she added value was in her knowledge of the real estate market that we were interested in as well as local information about schools, amenities etc. She had lived in the area and was able to provide a perspective and incite that would have been difficult to get from someone who resided outside of the neighborhood. She provided practical information and went out of her way to build our comfort level.”

“Trish understood exactly the kind of space and location that would be right for me. She was able to find appropriate properties in a short amount of time which saved me a lot of effort.”

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