Why Choose The Straser Silicon Valley Team?

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.

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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.


Katy Thielke brings a rich and diverse background in sales promotion and marketing to her Compass Real Estate career combined with competence in managing special events and organizing athletic and fitness programs, Katy's skills match up perfectly with the needs of today's dynamic and challenging real estate market. Born and raised in Los Altos. her consulting and employment connections read like a veritable who's who of the technology industry including Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics. Becton Dickinson. Rockwell International. and Lockheed Martin. Katy received her Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her credits include a major European corporate event, several successful corporate fitness programs. national sales promotions. and the management of 250 volunteers for the indoor volleyball venue of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games. Katy has an expanse of talent, experience, and people skills that she puts to work on behalf of her clients. She will quickly demonstrate the value of the dictum 'Actions speak louder than words'. Visit compass.com/agents/katy-thielke/ to see past sales.
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An early member of Straser Silicon Valley, Virginia Nicoletti has been pivotal in developing the team and contributing to its tremendous growth in sales since its inception. Virginia oversees operations, in addition to exploring and pursuing new business and marketing opportunities for the SSV team. 

With over 30 years of experience with some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent companies and start-ups, Virginia has demonstrated success in sales, marketing, public relations, negotiation and business development. Prior to SSV, Virginia was the founder and CEO of  Catapult Partners, a leading Silicon Valley public relations firm.

A Silicon Valley native, she has keen insight into the real estate market and how it has evolved, as well as relationships that run far and wide throughout the Peninsula and the South Bay.


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.


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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