Cathy Liu, Ph.D.

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About Cathy

Cathy was a data scientist- She got her Ph.D. in Computer Science. Starting as a real estate investor, Cathy found her true passion in real estate. With strong data analysis skills and product management experience, Cathy has been quite successful in real estate investment. Later on, she became a professional realtor to help others to buy or sell properties, as she truly enjoys working with different people and negotiating deals.

Cathy believes a real estate agent should bring peaceful mind to clients. During the stressful house selling/buying process, clients can always rely on her, no matter what situation. Her analytics-driven approach helps clients better understand current market trend, properly access property’s value, and choose the optimal buying/selling strategy. In addition, Cathy has strong interpersonal communication skills and is good at deal negotiation.

Cathy lives in Mountain View with her family and enjoys spending time with two lovely kids. In spare time, she loves reading, hiking and chatting with friends. She also tries different cuisines and collects recipes from all over the world, even though she is not a good cook ;-).


Cathy helped us smoothly sell our home in an uncertain market condition at the top of our expectation range. We decided to relocate for work and sell our property in San Jose at the end of summer 2016. At the time, the Bay Area housing market had experienced some slowdown in recent months and we were not sure what to expect in selling price. After talking with multiple listing agents, we decided to choose Cathy as our listing agent, due to her data and fact driven approach, as well as good communication skills and proactive timeline management skills that she gained from her corporate job. She made sure that we always knew what the key things were for each phase of the selling process, and delivered her service in a reliable and trustworthy way.
Cathy did extensive research on our neighborhood and our house, identified top selling points for our house, as well as potential concerns buyers may have about some unique features of our house (e.g. heavy wood shakes roof that did not have a great appearance but would provide maximum comfort level and energy savings through better insulation compared to composite shingles roof). Through buyer education, she made sure that buyers’ concerns were all well explained and that potential buyers understood the correct market value of our house. On the offer deadline day, we received 8 offers on our house, with one having the highest purchase price but some contingencies. Cathy then successfully had the buyer (buyer’s agent) remove all contingencies using her strong negotiation skills.
In the end, we had the best of both worlds – highest price without any contingencies. We sold the house at the highest point of our expectation and are very happy about the result that Cathy delivered. We would highly recommend Cathy to anybody considering any real estate transactions. I am sure that you will be happy about the end results.

– Lucy Fan and Steve Zheng

Recently I bought a new house and sold the old one within a short time frame. Cathy represented me in both cases. I cannot say enough about the good work she did!
She was with me in the house hunting battle for over a year, during which she had been always supportive regardless of my decisions. Each time I felt very confident and comfortable when making an offer. Even when I lost, I knew it was for a good reason. She never asked me to bid up high, like most agents would do. She stayed within my budget, and gave professional and helpful advice. Rather than pushing me to make offers, she always listed all the pros and cons for each property. She even gave me school information, neighborhood environment and etc. Her negotiation skill was wonderful! If it were not for Cathy, I would have lost the opportunity to purchase my wonderful dream house.
When I decided to sell the old property, it was summer vacation time. The housing market was slow. One of my neighbor's listing was on market for more than a month and could not find a buyer. Cathy presented the selling strategy and then suggested some improvement tasks to make it more attractive with minimum cost. I hesitated at first about making those improvements. Now I was so fortunate to have followed her advice. Every penny is worth it! Even before the open house, offers already fly in. Cathy hosted a wonderful open house which attracted more traffic than I expected. I was well informed of each offer in a timely manner. Everything went well during transactions. The result turned out to be very satisfactory.
I will definitely go to Cathy for my future housing needs. I also highly recommend Cathy as both listing agent and buyer agent to my family and friends.

– Yanyan Zhu and Jun Chen

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