Lenore, born in San Francisco, and raised in Palo Alto attended colleges in the Bay Area receiving a BA from San Francisco State University with a TV Production major/Music minor. She spent 32 years in the broadcasting industry, culminating her career at National Public Radio in Washington, DC before making her first career change. From broadcasting she moved to the Internet industry and was involved for 10 years working with startups, during the infancy of this exciting business.
Real Estate has always been an interest and an industry she wanted to migrate into, and did so in 2002, where she now works with her husband, Alex, helping people find the perfect home. Lenore’s philosophy is that looking for a home is like courting. You know when you’ve found the right one. And, because of this, she has tremendous patience working with her clients in this courting process.
Lenore counted up how many times she’s moved as an adult and it is 20 times. In fact, they just moved from the San Francisco Peninsula to North San Diego County to be closer to their kids, so the pain of moving is fresh. Lenore has a good idea what it is like to move from a familiar community into one where it is a challenge to find a bank, doctor, dentist, cleaner and hair dresser. She’s had to get rid of boxes from a large move, figure out where to put things ahead of the un-packers, and decorated multiple homes. She’s walked the walk, and talked the talk and knows first-hand what it is like to resettle.
Alex and Lenore live in San Marcos with their two cats, Natasha and Roll, and dog Baxter. They have 4 children (one daughter who lives in the bay area with her family, and 3 sons with one in Los Angeles, one in Santa Barbara and one in Costa Mesa).
Their motto is to “Making Your Real Estate Dreams a Reality!” and they mean that. Most real estate transactions have bumps along the way and it is their job to make sure things go smoothly. They like being a resource to their clients and take very good care of them. The relationships with their clients are like jewels – to be treasured and taken care of.
Lenore has served on the board of directors of Career Closet of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Peninsula Cantare, for six years and is the chair for SAMCAR Foundation and was the chair for SAMCAR Foundation. She has served on the board of the Assistance League of Inland North County for two years. And she is a board member for NSDCAR.
‟Lenore is very pleasant to work with. She understood what my needs and parameters are proceeded to show me homes that could potentially meet my needs and parameters. Once we found a property, she worked with the listing agent so we could present an offer that provided us with a high level of acceptance. Once our offer was accepted, she worked with … my lender to get the appropriate pre approval letter and confirming that we are able to do a 15 day close. We encountered a problem with the title company and she did everything she could to make things happen. She also helped correct an error made on a closing date and was able to get me a small refund for the real estate tax and HOA charges. I am now moved in and very happy with my purchase.” Read More ▾
‟My husband and I had a wonderful experience working with Lenore Wilkas. After meeting and visiting just a few homes she had a good understanding of what we were looking for and was able to focus on visiting houses that matched our living preferences and style. When she saw the house we ended up buying she knew we would love it and called me right a … way. She asked the broker to please stay 30 min longer at a viewing so that she could swing by pick me up and take me to see it. We loved it and moved on the house right away. We had some back and forth on the price but quickly settled and closed in 30 days. Lenore really knows the peninsula, the schools and neighborhoods so was very helpful in getting us up to speed on the best places to live. She also knew when we saw our house with our view that there wasn't many houses out there with that view and we should move on it. She was extremely responsive and available and helped the paperwork process go smoothly. I highly recommend Lenore and Alex, they were such a pleasure to work with!” Read More ▾
‟Thank you so much for all the amazing help in getting us here. It was wonderful to work with both of you. ”
‟We moved to the Bay Area in March, 2005 from Pasadena, California. In searching for our new home, our first priority was to find a professional Realtor who knows the area well and at the same time cognizant of our needs and not simply to make a sale. Using the internet, we solicited profiles of Realtors that we can work with comfortably. The husban … d and wife team of Alex and Lenore Wilkas was our clear choice. In the six months that we searched for our ideal house, Lenore and Alex were with us all the time patiently showing a range of properties that fit our criteria. Since we were still living in Pasadena while house hunting, they sent us hundreds of digital photos of potential properties that would appeal to us. They were our eyes and ears in the Bay Area. This saved us a number of back and forth trips. Our first offer fell through. Likewise with the second offer. Finally, we found our ideal house. Thanks to the pricing strategy recommended by Lenore and Alex, given the market condition, and property location.” Read More ▾
‟Lenore spent hundreds of hours with us searching for a home to purchase in the San Francisco Bay Area. We were extremely pleased with the results. After months of searching (both online and personal visits), we found our desired home. She is very personable and has high integrity. ”
‟Lenore and Alex are wonderful. They were so patient with us and offered us invaluable practical advice. Buying a house is a business transaction but also an emotional experience, and Lenore and Alex guided us step by step. They really looked out for us! ”
‟Lenore went far above and beyond the norm in terms of her very knowledgeable and personal support of our house hunt. Very impressive level of service! We really appreciate her time and patience in helping us find the perfect match for our needs in this difficult market environment. Thank you so much Lenore! ”
‟I am a seasoned homeowner and knew what i wanted. Lenore took me out to look at properties that fit my description, in terms of location, amenities and price. We saw everything! However, she also took me to a few places outside of my description, based on her evaluation of me. This was where we hit the bell! She did everything you could ask of a … good Real Estate Agent, and then some! She was highly responsive, flexible with her time, had always prepared our trips, so that there was no wasted time, and I got to know the area quite well, including shopping, nature and other activities. Lenore also found me a local lender, which made the process a bit easier, rather than finding something on line, who also matched the best onnline offers in terms of cost and rate.. Lenore also put my old place on the market, and scored me a good price, as well as timed everything so that there was minimal overlap, and thus cost. I can highly recommend Lenore: You will be very happy you went with her!” Read More ▾
‟My husband and I had three days to find a place moving from Canada. If you didnt already know, this is pretty much impossible to do in San Francisco. Lenore devoted her time and attention to us and spent three full days for no commissions! Everything she showed us was exactly what we were asking for so she listened to what was important to us. … When it is time for us to buy a home in the Bay, we will use Lenore no doubt! Lenore was professional but we both enjoyed that she was personable as well. She made me feel right at ease during a stressful time. She spent much more time with us that anyone else would have and did it out of the kindness of her heart. No one wanted to give us the time of day because we were renting. That means a lot to me! She looked with us till the sun went down and then met us at the airport in the morning before our plane took off just so we could sign papers. She is a true gem! Please use Lenore and you wont regret it!” Read More ▾