Althea Kippes, Esq., Serving all of Silicon Valley and San Francisco (Catarra Real Estate, Inc.)
California BRE 01231100

167 S. San Antonio Road

Suite 18

Los Altos , CA 94022


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Real Estate Broker and Attorney serving San Francisco, the Peninsula, and Silicon Valley

Get to know Althea Kippes, Esq.

I have been Broker Associate and Realtor® for over 15 years and an attorney taking cases to trial for over 19 years.  In working with my clients, my focus is to educate them about the process of their transaction and to prevent liability.

I was raised in the Cambrian area of San Jose and grew up with real estate. From a young age, I helped my parents renovate and rent out the homes they bought as investments.  I graduated from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.  I then attended law school and graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law.  I began my professional career as an attorney at a small boutique law firm in San Francisco where I was a litigator in federal court.  I handled a number of high profile cases and represented clients in real estate matters, contracts, employment issues, elder law, and consumer protection matters.

Having been a licensed real estate broker since 1997, I returned to real estate in 2009.   In order to better represent the real estate needs of the aging population in my community, I earned a Master's in Gerontology from San Francisco State University in 2012.  I am alsco a Certified Senior Advisor.

Throughout my real estate career, I have represented both buyers and sellers in residential real estate transactions, identified investment properties, handled short sales, and performed property management.  My goal is to provide outstanding customer service to my clients while paying attention to the details so that my clients have the best possible representation in their real estate transactions.  I have honesty and integrity and never pressure people to buy something that doesn't meet their needs.  Having my clients understand the real estate transaction process is important to me, and I take the time to translate the legalese in the documents into plain English so that my clients understand everything and can make an informed decision.  So that I can always provide outstanding service to my clients, I limit the number of clients I work with.

Being able to contribute to the community is important to me, and when I am not selling real estate, I volunteer with Heart of the Valley Services for Seniors and foster dogs for Dachshund Rescue (www.scdr.org)

Certifications

Attorney, California State Bar, 171688

Broker, California Bureau of Real Estate, 01231100

RCFE Administrator, California

Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI)

Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)

Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)

Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR)

Broker Price Opinion (BPO)

 

Testimonials for Althea Kippes, Esq.

  • Andrea West
    07/21/2013

    Althea is an outstanding real estate agent. We came to her when we wanted to buy our first home. We had a short time frame to find a property and Althea did everything to make sure that she helped us, even arranging to show us houses on New Year's Eve.
    She listened to what our needs were, heard our concerns, and located properties that were in our range. We looked at a lot of properties before we found something that was right for us, and Althea supported us the entire time. She never pushed us into buying something just so she could get a sale.

    When we finally found the right house, it ended up being a short sale. Althea explained all the details of this type of sale and reviewed all of the options available to us. She negotiated on our behalf, and worked to get us the best price possible. When paperwork got stalled in the process, she kept in contact with the necessary individuals so our purchase didn't fall through the cracks.

    It took over 6 months for our house to close, and she was there for us the whole time.

  • Jeff West
    03/23/2013

    We worked with Althea when she was helping us find a house to buy. We had a short time frame to look for properties and we were in a competitive market. Althea listened to us, found properties that we liked, and explained exactly what she was doing. We ultimately made an offer on a short sale, and Althea walked us through that complicated process. She is an outstanding real estate agent.

  • Mark Zvilius
    12/30/2012

    Althea took the time to understand my needs, and gave me sound advice based on those needs. She did not rush me into a buying decision, but was patient until we found the right home for me.

    Service Areas (6)
    • Los Altos, CA
    • Santa Clara County, CA
    • San Jose, CA
    • San Mateo County, CA
    • San Francisco County, CA
    • Campbell, CA
    • Cambrian, San Jose
    Specialties (12)
    • Buyers
    • Condos/Townhomes
    • Investment Properties
    • Luxury Homes
    • Probate
    • Property Management
    • Relocation
    • Renters
    • REO/Bank Owned
    • Residential
    • Sellers
    • Seniors
    Languages (5)
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Spanish