Why Choose The Straser Silicon Valley Team?


Our passion has a purpose...

When it comes to selling homes in a high dollar market like Silicon Valley, you need a realtor you can trust to guide you through the process and deliver results. Our tailored marketing approach has proven over and over again to be the best there is.



Team Lead/Realtor®

Whether you're selling or buying Katy Thielke  Straser has the experience, local knowledge and negotiating skills to secure a winning real estate outcome.  Born in Los Altos, Katy's familiarity with the San Francisco Peninsula has led to an impressive client list across her 17-year career. 

Katy brings a personal, full-service process to every listing.  Sellers appreciate her strategic pricing advice which produces wide market interest and often brings in multiple purchase offers.  In addition, her proven team of contractors and service providers allow each home to be prepped in order to make the best possible impression on potential buyers.  

Katy keeps her finger on the pulse of the real estate business: her attention to detail, negotiating diligence and exclusive access to off-market properties keep both sellers and buyers covered.  

A longtime Peninsula resident, Katy lives in Menlo Park with her husband and two children and enjoys volunteer work with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Sacred Heart Schools and the GLOW Foundation.  


A native Bay Area resident and a San Carlos resident for 54 years, Kevin has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. He is thrilled to join the Strasser Silicon Valley team and looks forward to providing clients with cutting edge technology tools that aid and assist in the marketing of their home as well as positioning buyers with market information which supports their offers.

Because no two clients are the same, Kevin works closely with both homeowners and buyers and provides a high level of service catered to their individual needs. Whether you are selling, buying or leasing real estate, he believes all clients deserve professionalism and integrity, two foundational values upon which to build the relationship. Through mutual trust and honest communication, Kevin customizes the best course of action to help his clients accomplish all of their real estate needs.

As a sellers’ representative, he designs a custom, comprehensive Marketing Plan which exposes your home to the greatest amount of prospective buyers. His objective is to get the highest dollar amount for your property in the least amount of time. He looks forward to showing his clients how to accomplish this goal together. As a buyers’ agent, he prospects daily to find homeowners ready to sell their homes, identifying the best real estate opportunities for you.

He is a true agent for his client and acts as a liaison between them and the market, them and a prospective buyer, you and a seller, and you with all the service providers in the transaction. No detail is too small if it gives you the confidence you need in making a real estate decision. His primary focus is to represent his clients and their needs, and he takes pride in providing his clients with the best service.


Julie’s love for people and passion for living spaces, design, creativity led her to her career in real estate. Julie truly enjoys people and loves making their home dreams come true. She is incredibly resourceful and always goes above and beyond for all her clients, making buying and

selling experience simple, seamless and enjoyable. Julie is a self-motivated professional with over twenty years of experience in customer relations, marketing, communications, statistical analysis, project management, advertising in a variety of industries including real estate, software, biomedical and semiconductor. Her strong analytical skills enable her to understand the “big picture” and develop an action plan while not losing sight of the details. She’s excellent at communicating effectively at all levels and different audiences.

Her dedication to clients, attention to details and passion for design; along with her vast network makes her an excellent choice for all your real estate needs.


Zoe Tentoglou brings a rich real estate development background to the Straser Silicon Valley team.  With experience in both Luxury Residential Development and Commercial Development, Zoe is thrilled to shift her focus towards the residential housing market.  
With a passion for service in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zoe’s exceptional customer relations and project management skills shine as her strongest assets.   She thrives while interfacing with a wide array of clients and community members.  As a proud member of the National Association of Realtors and Straser Silicon Valley Compass team, Zoe demonstrates hard work, integrity, and outstanding client communication in everything she does.  As a lifelong resident, Zoe is also passionate about showcasing to clients the myriad benefits that living in Silicon Valley has to offer.
When Zoe isn’t making home ownership dreams come true for her clients, she enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, cooking healthy plant-based meals and practicing yoga.


As an integral part of the Straser Silicon Valley team, Richard offers incredible sales and client service experience combined with an unparalleled work ethic.  A native Bay Area resident, Richard grew up in Mountain View before relocating to the east coast to attend Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.  There he studied marketing and worked at a public relations firm specializing in event planning and client relations. 

Richard returned to the Bay Area and began a successful career in sales and client services for multiple luxury retail brands, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. Known for anticipating client needs and professional discretion, Richard served as a Ritz Carlton partner, performing as their personal shopper for high-profile members. Richard began his real estate career at Intero and assisted on all things client-facing.  Once recruited to Compass, he quickly worked his way up and helped to build an 8-person team for Straser Silicon Valley. Responsible for preparing listings, showings, social media posts, and marketing materials, Richard established an incredible foundation of knowledge before becoming an agent himself.  Richard's long history in sales and luxury, combined with his attention to detail and ability to thrive in fast-paced environments, enhances his momentum as an agent.

During his free time, Richard indulges in his personal passions of travel and music.  He is also a fitness enthusiast, often found running on the Bay Area trails and working out with friends at various boutique studios.

We love what we do...

Our team specializes in local home buying and selling. We effectively coordinate the purchase and sale of real estate, properties, residential homes, town-homes, condos, new construction, and land, based on our clients' needs.


Families Helped


Negotiator in Silicon Valley

Top 10%

of sales in San Mateo and Santa Clara County


Client Reviews


I would highly recommend to any prospective buyer.

Katy is a wonderful agent. She partnered with us during the midst of the great pandemic. My family was looking to relocate to the Bay Area from Washington, and we were unable to travel to view property as a result of the quarantine measures. Katy was amazing & patient as she would take us on virtual facetime tours of properties in the area. She was a wonderful evaluator of neighborhoods and helped us understand the pros/cons of each property we were evaluating. As we were looking for a new build, Katy utilized her extensive realtor network to identify properties that fit our criteria and were fresh to market. Her relationships created an advantage during negotiation process as our personal touch was a differentiator for us within a market that was increasingly competitive. I would highly recommend to any prospective buyer.

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