Tess Salter

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Words of praise about PULSE

You ladies should be so exceptionally proud!!! Your professionalism, expertise and class radiates through this publication! Continued admiration for both of you and the incredible team and community you've built.


she EXCEEDED our expectations!

We recommend that you contact Tess Salter if you’re looking to purchase or sell your home. We've just completed working with Tess on the purchase of our new home and, to put it succinctly, – she EXCEEDED our expectations!

Tess is a great listener and immediately understood what we were looking for in a home.  She locked-on to our requirements!

Tess deftly guided us throughout the entire process. She's on top of the market and is very responsive. She stays atop ALL aspects of the process from beginning through closing. Given her responses, we wondered whether Tess sleeps. (For example, she kept tracking our lender’s process as well as the title company’s and even the whereabouts of the Seller who was away on holiday.)

Tess throughly researches the market and will provide you with a comprehensive list of “comparables.” She’ll share her ideas so you may then make an informed bid.  And, Tess will be very helpful during the bidding process.

Another significant benefit of working with Tess is the credibility she enjoys amongst her peers. Because of that, she enjoys access to off-market opportunities.

Look no further and enjoy the benefits of working with a highly-talented realtor and a delightful, caring and persuasive person to be your advocate.

Finally, when you work with Tess you’ll understand why she deservedly ranks #1 in San Mateo. One additional fact: Tess works in tandem with her sister, Casey, who is a dynamo, too!

- M & M Diamond, San Mateo

she gave us the space we needed

We met Tess through an introduction from a couple of close friends. My fiancee and I are first time homeowners, and Tess took special care to make our buying experience as painless and as enjoyable as possible! She was a complete professional every step of the way, was flexible with our pace and worked hard to find a place that checked off all the boxes for us. It was clear that Tess was incredibly well connected; she showed suitable listings that weren't even on the market. In the search process, Tess was very considerate in that when we wanted to go slow, she gave us the space we needed, and when we were ready to buy, Tess didn't waste a moment and came through for us each time. As far as the buying process went, she patiently walked us through all the steps, covered details from getting prequalified to reading disclosures to putting in an offer. Overall, she was an invaluable partner in our search and we are very happy with the place we bought. We're so grateful!

- Eric & Celia, San Mateo buyers

uncanny how well she captured what my wife and I valued in a new home

Tess was wonderful. I could not be more pleased with her and her team. From the selling perspective, she was calming, kept my wife and I on schedule, provided valuable input/feedback, and we could not have been as successful as we were selling our home without her, set a neighborhood record. From a buyer perspective it is uncanny how well she captured what my wife and I valued in a new home - not to mention how quickly she responded and scheduled home visits. I highly recommend Tess and her team. You will be in good hands!

- David & Nui, Bay Meadows sellers

extremely responsive, ensured proper safety measures

We had an outstanding experience working with Tess in both buying and selling our home, especially during the height of COVID times. She was extremely responsive, ensured proper safety measures (for both our family and potential buyers entering our home), and provided great advice throughout the entire process. Additionally, she had very helpful renovation connections which we are currently using. We give Tess our highest recommendation and would definitely recommend her to anyone interested in buying or selling a home in the Bay Area!

- The IP Family, Belmont buyers and sellers

patient with our end less questions

We met Tess at an open house before we were ready to buy. She acknowledged that and left it open to us to reach out when we were ready. I really appreciated her integrity and ethics in not pressuring us or adding us to any mailing lists. A year later - when we were ready to buy - Zillow randomly reconnected us. It was awesome because I already felt comfortable with her and trusted her be honest. She helped us find a beautiful house and made the process so seamless. She was patient with our end less questions (first time buyers here) and stayed on the phone walking us through contracts at all hours of the night. She also works with an incredible network of mortgage and loan advisors who made the purchase that much easier. I definitely highly recommended Tess!

- Ilana & Yirav, Redwood City buyers


We contacted Tess upon friends' referral. On the day we met, we knew we would be working with her and our search for a realtor was over. We clicked instantly. Her warm and honest attitude along with her professional approach immediately creates an environment full of trust and honesty.

During our search she was very proactive. She quickly got in touch with other agents, piled the information and shared with us adding her personal feedback in such a short time that we could peacefully move forward with the next step. She was constantly on the hunt for houses to show us. To be honest, we were first-time home buyers and inexperienced. We needed her advices and insights. She provided never-ending patience and guidance.

She not only helped us through the buying process but also after it. She knows a lot of good contractors, has good understanding about possible costs and much more. It is such a comforting feeling to know that even now if we get in contact with her, she would find time to help us.

We never thought the home-buying process would be this smooth. Thanks to her and Sternsmith Group we did it in two months. Tess helped us find the right house with the right price at the right place at the right time. We are genuinely indebted and will recommend her to anyone that need a realtor in the Bay Area. To say that Sternsmith Group exceeded our expectations will be a serious understatement.

- Semihdemirer, First-Time Buyer


We were introduced to Tess and Casey at the Sternsmith Group when we were just in the beginning steps of looking for a home but found that again and again they were the listing agents for open houses in the Bay Meadows area of San Mateo, which we loved. When we were finally ready to get serious, they were the first professionals we reached out to and they did not let us down.

They added value at every step of the process: deeply understanding our needs, showing us neighborhoods we weren't aware of and unlisted properties, and expertly explaining what to expect throughout the process. And when we ultimately found a townhome we liked but wanted to do some extra due diligence and visit the property at night when the Caltrain passes by, Tess went the extra mile to make all the arrangements so all I had to do was show up. We'd highly recommend Tess as an agent, not just because of her professionalism and expertise but the personal touches she added to make our home-buying process delightful.

- Michael Cai, San Mateo Buyer


Tess was fantastic to work with as she not only was incredibly professional, thorough and knowledgeable, she was also very caring and easy to work with. We had been looking on and off for a bit, but she really helped motivate and help us get our act together with looking at our finances, then  showing us a variety of options until we were able to narrrow down exactly what we wanted that we could also afford.

She was incredibly responsive and was able to talk us through a process that can be pretty nerve wracking. She never pushed us or made us feel pressured, she just made sure we understood how the market was moving.  

She supported us all the way through closing and also provided great contacts for for moving, cleaning, floor installation, etc. She isn’t just about the money, but truly cares about her clients. She has the most positive no matter what’s going on.

- Maggie & Luong


We couldn’t have asked for a more helpful, kind, knowledgeable, and understanding agent. Tess guides us through the insanity of Peninsula home buying with the patience and experience we needed. Her advice and guidance made all the difference!

- Julie & Johnny


When my wife and I decided to look for a property in the peninsula we got a few realtor recommendations from some friends and had narrowed our search to two other realtors.  Before we had made a decision we went to visit a property that Tess happened to be selling.  Tess approached us and introduced herself, we started talking, and we just clicked.  She just radiated positivity, charisma, excitement and a honest interest in helping her clients.  We knew we wanted to work with her in finding our new place and we quickly ditched the other two realtors.  Tess was always available to answer questions, talk on the phone, and go with us to see properties.  It was not easy finding our new home, but Tess kept us focused and worked hard in closing our deal which we really appreciated.  I'll recommend Tess to anyone looking for a property in the peninsula, you just can't go wrong with her.

- Carlos


Worked with Tess and Casey to buy and sell our homes. They are true professionals. They understand the local market and really know how to set your home up for success - the staging, advertising, photography, videography, and open events - they organize it all. Initially, i wasn't a fan of staging but once I saw the results, I was blown away. Our purchase was complex owing to some small issues with the home - Tess went out of her way to come up with resolutions. I'm always on and sometimes I think I overstepped the boundaries as far as contacting Tess out of hours and coming up with lots of requests - not once did Tess say no or sound flustered. These ladies work tirelessly to benefit their clients.  Motivated, dedicated and professional!  Thank you Tess and Casey!

- Julie


Tess is awesome! She guided us throughout a stressful process and made it into a dream experience. She was friendly and professional, and she answered all of our questions every step of the way. 
Tess is very professional and patient with a wealth of knowledge. I will recommend her to everyone! As a matter of fact I have already recommended her to few friends and they all had the same pleasant experience. 

- Alex P.