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Your Real Estate Professional

It has been a great pleasure helping people buy and sell homes in the Bay Area since 2002.  Having practiced real estate in various market conditions allows me to provide you with sound advice.  

I realize that buying or selling a home is an exciting but stressful time so making the process easy and successful for my clients is my highest priority.  Providing honest advice and creating insightful solutions make my transactions solid and smooth.

Understanding the legalities of real estate is extremely important.  Bringing 20 years of experience as a paralegal to my real estate practice gives me a great foundation for understanding contracts and disclosures.

Some areas of my expertise are:

  • Thorough understanding of the process of buying and selling a home
  • Listening and gaining a clear understanding of my clients’ goals
  • Extensive knowledge of our market conditions and the latest technology
  • Skillful negotiation and communication
  • Attention to detail and thorough follow through


The commitment I make to my clients is for life.  I provide ongoing support and have a strong team of service professionals for anything you may need in the future.  I am committed to providing outstanding service to you, your family and friends for many years to come.

If you, your family or friends are thinking about buying or selling a home, I would be honored to help.

Business & Community Accomplishments

  • 2008 to present – Realtor, Sereno Group
  • 2002 to 2008 – Realtor, Coldwell Banker
  • 2008 - Top 100 Realtor of Coldwell Banker's Northern California Region
  • 2012 to present - Almaden Music in the Park sponsor
  • 2013 to present – 1% For Good charity participant
  • 2014 – Stanford Negotiation – Innovation & EntrepreneurCertified
  • 1980 to 2002 - Paralegal with strong focus on real estate law and construction litigation
  • 2004 to Present - Founder and Manager of South Valley Chiefs Youth Lacrosse Club
  • 1989 - Co-Founder of Bender's Legal Service
  • 1999 to 2002 – President of Bret Harte Lacrosse Team

What My Clients Are Saying

“My husband and I loved working with Joy! As first time homebuyers, she was very patient with us and extremely thorough! Joy paid a lot of attention to us, was very professional and knowledgeable about the areas we were searching in. She really helped us find the right home and we love it! We are happy we were able to work with such a wonderful person, whom we now call a friend. Thank you Joy!”

Jaclyn Verba

“Joy was a absolute pleasure to work with!  I always appreciated the time and extra effort she would put in to making sure that the process of selling my home would go smoothly. Joy is very professional and a genuinely nice person. Her personality makes it very easy to do business with her and her knowledge of all things involving real estate really put us at ease. I would not hesitate to use Joy again in the future.”

Brian Davis

“I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed interacting with Joy. Her portfolio alone was amazing. She was direct, honest, caring and most of all she is someone whom I could trust. She is type of person that I would want as a friend.”

Sue Frise


“Professional but personable. Listens. Very knowledgeable of neighborhoods, advantages, disadvantages. Provides access to services beyond sell, including handymen, repairmen, and such. Not a “fast talking, slick, coat hanger smile sales person”; focused on customers, providing service and understanding requirements. Highest recommendation.”

Larry Wilkinson

“We were very impressed with the way Joy helped us with the sale of our house. She helped us with the strategy, helped us set the price, staged the house, communicated well and often, held open houses, met with other realtors, etc., etc.. She is personable, knowledgeable, and very effective in how she approaches the many tasks of selling real estate. She obviously enjoys what she is doing. The bottom line, of course, is a simple question: would we use her again or recommend her to others? The answer is yes.”

Glenn & Judi Smith

“When I was fortunate enough to buy a home, my first concern was trying to find the right realtor for me. I had no idea what I was doing from the beginning and needed assurance, knowledge and someone that would comfort me knowing that they had my back in the process. Then it happened! I came upon Joy at an open house on a leisurely day. She was the one and I knew it! She had a non-sales woman approach and someone that would meet my needs. She exceeded above and beyond of what I was looking for. She allowed me to take my time and was there for me when questions arose. I couldn't have asked for a better realtor than Joy! I would highly recommend her for someone’s journey.”

Mary Campbell

“Working with Joy was a pleasure. She arranged for us to see multiple homes on short notice and gave us excellent advice when we were ready to make our offer. She helped us work with a seller who had difficult to satisfy demands. Through the whole process she communicated well with the sellers agent and kept the seller calm. I would use Joy again and recommend her to my friends.”

Connie & Terry Bluck

“You did a great job in a very challenging market. I'm glad we met years ago, glad you entered the real estate field and glad I can work with you again when things are "right" for me.   You were professional and also sensitive throughout. I'd much rather have never been in the situation of divorce.  It's not fun. But it is what it is and you helped make the sale as easy as possible.  I'm very grateful.  Thanks so much!”

Jeff Rickard


“Joy was referred by friends. From our first conversation about selling my property, Joy made me feel as though I was in good hands. She communicated well, with all involved, and kept me fully informed about every step of the transaction. She personally introduced me to inspectors, realtors and the title company person who was to issues my check. I even met the family who bought the house. The house was sold for well above asking price with multiple offers to choose from, within a week. Joy is professional, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.”

Mike Monsees

"My sister and I used Joy's services in 2011 and 2012 when we were looking for a 1-story house. She was very helpful and patient, and was willing to take her time with us to help us find just the right house and in getting our house sold. She is both professional and personable, and I would be glad to use her services again should the need arise. I highly recommend her!"

Marilyn Paulsen

"Hi Joy, I want to thank you for all your hard work in selling the Bronson Ave. property. At the time the market was not in very good shape and I was more than amazed you were able to find a buyer in less than thirty days. The icing on the cake was the buyer was pre-qualified and the deal was closed in thirty days. Thanks again Joy. I would be happy to refer you to my family and friends. We will call you when we are ready to purchase again."

John Rovedo

“Joy was such a pleasure to work with!  Her patience is amazing! We met her years ago at an open house that was way beyond our means. But she was interested in us as people rather than just a quick sale and patiently helped us look for the home of our dreams. Then things changed and we weren’t actively looking anymore but she stayed with us, without being pushy. Her kind face peered down at us from the calendar on our refrigerator. Then when we were ready again, she was there for us every step of the way. Thank you, Joy! “

Craig Flores and Terry Lancaster


“We have enjoyed working with Joy on several selling and purchasing transactions! She is everything I need in a real estate agents ... professional, detailed, and with the right personal touch. I’m so happy we hired her and will so do in the future!”

Joan Howard, and Family

“Thank you so much for your hard work and positive attitude during the selling process in a very difficult market.   You are the best!”

Kris Rickard

“Joy sold our home in Almaden Valley six years ago. At the time I believe it was a new area for her. We chose her over "more seasoned" AV realtors because she was kind and smart without being pushy as well as responsive to our particular needs. She did an excellent job for us and we would recommend her without hesitation.”

Dede Kal-Harp

“I wanted to express our deep gratitude for the amazing job you did in working with us on Lee’s house. It is difficult to represent both buyer and seller and you did a marvelous job of keeping our interests aligned and the communication flowing. This was a rare situation that came out as a win-win for everyone!”

Keith Johnson

“Your ability to clearly understand our specific needs is truly appreciated. You were patient and helpful in assisting us with our search and subsequent purchase of the perfect home!”

Roger and Ann Craig


"Joy worked patiently and tirelessly for us as we navigated a very competitive market and an awkward financial situation (international move / job change). The whole process took about two months and involved countless home viewings, three serious purchase attempts, and three potential lenders. We never felt pressured or burdensome. We never felt like she was acting in her own interests above ours. She was professional, responsive, knowledgable, honest, and a pleasure to work with."


Matt Sudano

"Joy did an outstanding job for us. We are so impressed with her professional approach, attention to detail and experience that made our search, contract offer, negotiations and closing seamless.  Thank you, Joy, for all your patience and hard work helping us find just the right house. You kept encouraging us we'd find it - and we did. We love our new home and the wonderful memories we're making here!"

Karen and Bill


"Joy Bender did a wonderful job helping us make our first home purchase in the South Bay. She has a great personality, and really made my wife, Jaclyn, and I very comfortable throughout the whole process. It was really evident that she cares about the buyer's interests, and was always very accommodating. I would not hesitate to recommend Joy to anyone purchasing a home. Thanks Joy!"

Steven Verba

"I highly recommend Joy Bender as a realtor. She assisted my house sale in San Jose during my divorce in a soft real estate market. I am so pleased with how she not only handled all the details so professionally, but her people skills were a godsend during that stressful time. Joy is professional, resourceful, honest and highly capable. She is a pleasure to work with. I recommend her wholeheartedly."

Carol Kramer

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(408) 679-1297
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Road
Los Gatos, CA 95030