i once received an advertisement from help-u-sell that proclaimed that selling a house isn't rocket science, so you shouldn't pay your agent like one. yes, today, a growing number of people are trying to say that it's not worth so much to them to hire a good realtor. no, it's not rocket science. i've studied spacecraft dynamics and control in grad school, so i know a little thing or two about rocket science. however, let me tell you this: selling or buying a house seems pretty darn easy... until something goes wrong! then, in those cases, you'll sure wish you had someone good on your side. hiring a realtor, in some ways, is like hiring a lawyer. this person needs to represent your best interest. also, hiring a realtor is like buying insurance, you never feel you got your money's worth unless something goes wrong; but do you really want anything to go wrong???
in any case, what i'm saying is that there are many johnny come lately realty offices in the bay area with its valuable real estate and all, but i would only trust the best, and century 21 alpha has been around for a long time as the area's leader. they really know their stuff.
my personal suggestion is to call up century 21 alpha and ask either for kaela or lifong.