Shanna Desai

Shanna Desai

Realtor® | DRE# 01828662

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★★★★★
"We first moved to the San Jose area in 2013 and were fortunate enough to have met Shanna through my companies relocation service. As we had some difficulty to find temporary housing for our larger family, Shanna was truly a blessing to help us research properties that were close to work, offered good schools, a comfortable size and reasonable pricing. Through her assistance we were able to find a beautifully remodeled home that met all our requests. She worked with us for several months as we closed on our home in Arizona. Transferring to San Jose was our most challenging move and Shanna was always persistent and patient to meet at inconvenient times which allowed us to make offers quickly in a hot seller’s market. As we enjoyed working with her so much in 2013, we've had recent opportunity to look for another home in December 2020 and were surprised to see the market was even more challenging than our previous experience. Shanna's professional experience, knowledge of the latest Coronavirus protocols & understanding of the fast paced housing demand were outstanding! We met with Shanna multiple times within November and her efficiency to schedule appointments, follow up sellers on property information, contingencies and other buyer’s interest allowed us to make confident decisions. Upon finding the best property, Shanna's responsiveness to prepare offers, maintain consistent communication with the seller’s Agents & provide a summary of equivalent valued properties in the same area were extremely helpful for us to make appropriate offers and meet our budget goals. Shanna has always been very knowledgeable, understanding, patient and not only a great Realtor but a trusted friend. We intend to work with her again in the future as opportunities arise and highly recommend her services to anyone considering a home in the Bay area! " -- Randy R.

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"We've worked with Shanna since we moved to the Bay Area a few years back, and were super satisfied with her services and work ethics, buying a house, then selling the same house after few years, and then buying another house. The Bay Area is a notoriously hard market unlike anywhere else in the country, and Shanna understood exactly what we wanted and provided priceless guidance and tips only a native local can. We will definitely work with Shanna next time around and highly recommend her services if you're going into the market." -- M.B.

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"Shanna helped me sell my townhouse in San Jose during one of the market peaks. She handled multiple offers with aplomb, and worked hard to get me the best price for my home. Later, she helped me buy a new home, and expedited a very fast close. Shanna works hard, is available to answer any questions, and is highly ethical. I will be recommending her to others." - Gayle B.

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"Shanna is the best Real Estate Agent we have ever worked with! She is very experienced and extremely professional! She made the whole home buying process as stress free as possible for us. She was very accommodating to our schedules, and would drop anything to run out and show us a home. We found the house of our dreams with her. She is just a wonderful Agent, and person. She had our back throughout the entire process. We can't say enough good words about her. You can call yourself lucky to be one of her clients! " -- Nadja C.

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"Shanna Desai is a wonderful Realtor and with a wealth of expertise in San Jose RealEstate. My husband and I recently relocated to the area from the East Coast and Shanna was amazing. She was communicative and attentive throughout the process. Shanna kept on top of the market and really helped us zero in on the perfect neighborhood and house within two weeks. Shanna also helped facilitate an extremely difficult situation during our mortgage process: In the days leading up to the closing date for our new home, I was in the East Coast on business and my husband was incredibly busy at work here in California. At a key point in the process of finalizing the loan, our Mortgage Broker dropped the ball in a BIG way on a Friday - jeopardizing our close - then disappeared for the day and, presumably, the weekend. Shanna tracked him down on Friday night (when he wouldn't answer our calls and he and his company weren't even in the same time zone as us)! I believe she is the reason that the deal went forward. She not only kept calm but offered excellent advice and helped to keep things calm and progressing. In addition to guiding us through the issue, she followed up with the Mortgage Broker (who needed her guidance even more than we did) and the relocation company. She stepped in at crucial moments and was absolutely the key to everything working out (and was probably the reason that the mortgage company gave us cash back at closing to make up for their many errors and lapses in judgement!) I would highly recommend Shanna to anyone looking to find a home in the area - she's lived here all her life and offers so many tips, neighborhood insights and ideas. Most importantly, Shanna is a true professional and a tireless advocate for her clients. I wouldn't consider hiring any other Realtor if we were to move again. " -- Jennifer S.

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"Shanna helped me sell my townhouse in San Jose during one of the market peaks. She handled multiple offers with aplomb, and worked hard to get me the best price for my home. Later, she helped me buy a new home, and expedited a very fast close. Shanna works hard, is available to answer any questions, and is highly ethical. I will be recommending her to others." -- Gayle B.

★★★★★
"We worked with Shanna to purchase a home in the Bay Area. She was hyper responsive and educated us on the home buying process and the unique dynamics of property purchases in this area. She was patient with us in showing us a lot of properties, very good at efficiently scheduling viewings and cognizant of the COVID restrictions. She gave us really good guidance on where the other offers were and a good sounding board for our thought process. Highly recommend!." -- Josephine J.

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"Working with Shanna has been a fantastic experience! I was a first time home buyer and Shanna took the time to explain the details about the whole process. She has a long history in the area so she is able to offer great information about the area. She's also We went through a whole host of homes and from there I was able to establish a good baseline of what to expect. During the offer process she was incredibly helpful with information gathering and she was very professional with the other real estate agent. She was proactive to ensure that the deal would go through by continually checking up on various parties (lender, seller's agent, etc). I am definitely recommending her to anyone I meet in the area as she was an absolute joy to work with!" -- Adam M.

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"Shanna was such an amazing help in moving to Campbell / San Jose that I'm actually writing my first ever Yelp review so that others can know how great she is to work with. Shanna was recommended to me by a colleague when I (naively!) decided I'd "just buy" rather than rent when my employer forced me to relocate. I quickly learned there was nothing easy about buying a home in this market, and Shanna was infinitely patient, highly responsive, market savvy, tech savvy, and well connected! Plus she was a pleasure to work with & managed to maintain a sense of humor through multiple offers and other absurd situations. I'm happy in my new home, and honestly don't think it would have happened if I'd been working with a different realtor." -- C.B.

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"We are so happy and we thank God for having you to be our agent who is also a Christian. We are so impressed with your detailed work! We really appreciate all you have done!" -- Jimmy and Tina C

★★★★★
"I cannot sing Shanna Desai's praises enough. I had a complicated relocation move from the East Coast and Shanna was there to help every step of the way. Shanna is knowledgeable, ultra-organized, and manages to juggle her competing demands to make you always feel like you are her priority. She will help you find the home that works for you and your family. In this hyper-competitive market, you need someone like Shanna with the professional expertise and intimate local knowledge to guide you. I recommend her without reservation.." -- Maria V.

★★★★★
"Shanna is a professional, responsive, well informed and trustworthy Real Estate Agent for the South Bay area. You'd normally expect these qualities in any professional you engage. So what makes Shanna stand out? 1 - preparation: lots of good questions and listening and observing to understand more what we wanted and who we were 2 - responsiveness: high alacrity in responding to questions, and in providing timely, pro-active guidance 3 - advice: in State / Country where none seems to talk to you without getting you to sign 15 pages of liability waivers, it was a welcome tonic to be given frank views and insights that were so scarce to obtain for newcomers. ." -- D.C.

★★★★★
"Shanna is truly an awesome real estate agent! She is very knowledgeable and did a great job getting us our new house. She is up to date on current market situations and thoroughly knows the real estate business. Shana held our hand through the whole paperwork process! She made us feel at ease and very confident by her knowledge, expertise, professionalism and her great work. She was punctual, in constant communication throughout the whole process, and provided a wealth of knowledge whenever we had questions. We highly recommend Shanna for anyone looking to buy or sell a house" -- Loki C.

★★★★★
"Shanna was a great agent for us through the process of buying our home. She made us feel comfortable with our financial situation despite our being in a bracket below most of the houses she sells. Shanna went out of her way to pick us up and drive us around to homes, as well as defended us when placed in difficult situations with our loan company. She explained each step of the home buying process and was very generous with her time and efforts. We appreciated all that she did for us, and continues to do as she checks in and recommends handy men, helps decipher tax statements, and gives advice on general home ownership tricks of the trade. She is a great real estate agent and makes herself a good fit for her clients." -- Nicole & Will W.

★★★★★
"Relocating is never easy, even when you are familiar with the area you're moving to. But Shanna was patient, listened to all of our concerns, and offered her expertise and local real estate knowledge to help us secure our new home. Shanna was always attentive and accommodating, presenting a wide range of properties and locations for us to preview. She did her best to make a stressful company relocation as smooth as possible! We were very fortunate to have her on our side from beginning to end. Thank you, Shanna!" -- Jason H.



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About Shanna




I'm a 4th generation Bay Area native, born and raised in Silicon Valley. Back in the early 19th century my family was in the food biz, but by the early 70’s they were working with pioneering companies like Fairchild Semiconductor and Lockheed Martin. Our Sunnyvale orchards turned into office buildings years ago. I, too, began in the food biz. By the time I was thirty-two I was in a leadership role that rivaled middle-aged execs. My career in marketing for the natural foods industry demanded full involvement in nationwide sales systems, budgeting, and trend-watching. When my children arrived, I no longer wanted to be on the road so much; that’s when I made the leap to real estate. I never looked back.

Corporate relocation has been my specialty for many years, working with tech giants like Google and Tesla. Savvy, intellectual, thoughtful, I relish both a home hunt and a buyer search. Clients know they can count on my professionalism, insight into market trends, and an ability to really hone in on their needs to develop a customized plan of action.

Unlike Realtors who live to haggle or wait for the moment they can make design decisions, I love every aspect of my work: the endlessly changing details, the need for flexibility, strategy, and ongoing communication. I relish connecting with others, grappling with legal contracts, keeping up with rules and regulations, and developing a real appreciation for architecture. I enjoy it all, and most of all, I love the satisfaction of helping others achieve their goals.

When I’m not making deals, you’ll find me backpacking, hiking, painting, or writing. I’m a dedicated volunteer (ask me about historical buildings), a self-avowed romantic who is prone to philosophizing when not in the midst of project management. I appreciate antiques, too, mostly vintage clothing and art.

As a kid, I aspired to be a meteorologist nun. After all, I had scientific interests, and wanted to understand how the seen and unseen work together. In real estate, these early inclinations turn out to be helpful: I’m good at avoiding disaster, and know the value of positive thinking!

I realize chemistry is important when you’re working closely to protect and grow what may be your biggest financial asset. If it seems like we’re a good fit, I’d be delighted to get your call!
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