Background and Experience
Jennifer Whelan offers a unique combination of useful, deep-rooted knowledge along with a genuine enthusiasm and personal commitment to her clients and their particular requests. Jennifer was born and raised in the Menlo Park/Atherton area and attended both public and private local schools. She graduated from UC-Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Minor in Communications, which fine-tuned her innate ability to truly understand people’s needs and desires. She conveys strong negotiation skills with a keen sense of numbers and is able to offer clients a solid business foundation with an innovative state-of-the-art approach.
Aside from Jennifer’s business savvy, she loves being outdoors and participating in sports including skiing, tennis, swimming and horseback riding. She is also a great fan of our local professional baseball and basketball teams. Jennifer is deeply aware of the need to give back to her community and has been involved with tutoring young students and volunteering her time and energy in local hospitals and various fundraisers.
Jennifer’s priority is to be consistently accessible, responsive and sensitive to her clients’ particular needs. She is adamant about providing exceptional service and is respectfully aware that buying, selling or relocating one’s home is one of the most important financial and personal decisions that you make. Jennifer welcomes your calls and will offer you a refreshingly enjoyable real estate experience with her first hand knowledge of the schools, community and recreational programs, as well as a guarantee to outstanding service and absolute dedication.
What my clients are saying about working with me:
“My wife and I recently became homeowners for the first time due largely in part to Jennifer Alfaro's strong expertise and guidance. Having rented various apartments in San Francisco since college, we entered uncharted territory this past summer as we began to search for our first home in the Peninsula. Jennifer was very intuitive when it came to understanding our tastes and preferences, and she took great care in guiding us through the various steps of our search. Always accessible, she gained our trust by diligently researching potential homes, clearly outlining the pros and cons of each, and exercising patience as we made our decisions. We truly felt like she aligned her interests with ours and we always felt like we made informed decisions thanks to Jennifer's preparation and knowledge. When it came time to put in an offer, we were extremely nervous not only because we were first time homebuyers, but also because most properties that we were interested in were receiving multiple offers, several all cash. Nonetheless, Jennifer assured us not to rush and get emotionally attached to any one property. She knew the market well and advised when to be patient versus opportunistic. We are very pleased that her strategy paid off, and our offer was accepted. Five months later, we remain very happy with our decision and are thankful that we had someone like Jennifer to successfully navigate us through such an important life event.”
“Being new to the area, Jennifer's extensive knowledge about the Peninsula real estate market was invaluable. She quickly picked up on our stated and unstated preferences and focused on those homes that fit us, thereby making the search much more manageable. She was available during the week and on weekends to show us properties. Within only a couple of months of looking, Jennifer helped us find our new home!”
“Jennifer Whelan is the best real estate agent we have ever worked with. Her strong work ethic along with her integrity and pleasant demeanor truly distinguish her as one of a kind. Though we asked a lot from Jennifer during the 10 months that we worked with her, she always remained patient, immediately responsive, and genuinely helpful throughout the effort. Jennifer understood our needs and followed up diligently, enabling us to find exactly the home we were looking for in Menlo Park, CA. Most of all, Jennifer put our interests ahead of her own, and we never doubted her honesty or sincerity at any point throughout our search. She values her clients’ interests and the ethics of her profession above all else. It would be a pleasure to work with her again!”
- Farhang, Maggie, and Justin Sabet-Peyman]
I can’t thank Jennifer Whelan enough for all her hard work and efforts in finding me the “perfect home.” I really enjoy living in Redwood City. The house is beautiful. It is also warm and cozy. Although I am still getting use to the area, I really appreciate Jennifer taking the time to familiarize me with the neighborhood. Jennifer has been a tremendous help to me and continues to be. If our paths never crossed, I don’t know where I would be right now. Jennifer constantly gave me the encouragement to keep on looking until I found a home that I would love. It was not easy at times, but Jennifer is genuine, sensitive and sincere to her client’s interest. When I look back and think about the three months we were out looking at all the different types of homes, I can’t believe I ended up with this beautiful home. Jennifer has a great demeanor with people, not only with me, but with everyone else around her. My compliments to Jennifer and the way she communicated her skills through the process of the closing of my new home.
Jennifer is going to succeed beyond her expectations in this business. She is truly a gifted person and definitely is an asset to Cashin Company. In the future, should an opportunity arise for another real estate investment, I will definitely call Jennifer Whelan. She is familiar with the area and understands her client’s interests. I would recommend her to my family and friends as well. Thank you Jennifer.
- Caroline Doyle
“I truly cannot put into words all that Jennifer Whelan has done for, and has meant to, my husband and me. What is notable is that, in addition to being extremely spontaneous and knowledgeable as a professional, she is so honest, practical and sensitive to our needs and feelings. I have learned to trust her totally; both her common sense and her truthfulness are what one ideally seeks in a realtor. In addition to her professional expertise and assistance, as well as honest advice, Ms. Whelan also knows how to calm our nervousness and worries. She is extremely empathic, puts herself in others’ shoes, discusses her own related experiences, reassures with a confidence that comes from knowing her field and her own commitment to it, and realizes that long term business connections result from relationships of trust and personal concern.
I have emailed and spoken by phone with her so much–sometimes a few times a day, including on weekends–that it feels like she is right next door, rather than across the country! I consider her a good personal friend, one who is always there for you and looks out for your best interests, even if it doesn’t benefit her. She seems to serve as an seasoned realtor, as well as a psychologist and chamber of commerce representative. We could not ask for a better realtor, one who goes far beyond the call of duty or expectations. She is the kind of competent, invested, curious, well rounded, well grounded and personable individual we all wish to know and work beside. I will definitely refer friends, neighbors and coworkers to her in a second, and know she must be considered a real asset to Cashin Realty!”
- Linda Kreger, Ph.D.
My fiancé and I started working with Jennifer in spring of 2008. Despite our limited budget, she was willing to spend many hours and long weekends searching for our perfect home. As first time home buyers, we had many questions. Jennifer was thorough in explaining the process and gave us honest feedback. Her flexibility and positive nature always made us feel comfortable. She didn’t care that I needed to see some properties multiple times or that I switched our location from the Peninsula to the South Bay. She was truly there for us. After many months of waiting on short sales, she helped us find the ideal house. Due to her quick actions and persistence with the seller we were able get the house despite multiple other offers. Jennifer’s performance as our real estate agent went above and beyond my expectations. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a dedicated agent who will provide personal and trusted service.
- Represented Buyer
I met Jennifer when I was interviewing agents to help me sell my home and I was very impressed with her. She came prepared with market data that was specific to my neighborhood. She grew up in the area and she is familiar with the neighborhood which made me trust her to help me sell my home. This was my first time selling a home and I wasn’t familiar with anything that needed to be done. Jennifer pretty much held my hand through it all, by setting me up with a stager, helping get my house ready for photos, painting and cleaning to setting up all the appointments to get my house inspected. I was living in my house with my dogs and my cats while the house was on the market and she made sure the realtors were aware of it and I never had to worry about my dogs getting out or being mistreated.
I am very glad to have chosen Jennifer to help me sell my home, she always made sure that I knew what was going and I was as comfortable as I could be during this time. She was very receptive when I was stressing and was always there to hold my hand through it. Once my home was sold she was the key person that helped me get my new home. I cannot say enough great things about Jennifer and would highly recommend her to sell anyone’s home.
- Claudia West, Redwood City