Valerie Merklin

    Valerie Merklin

    CalDRE #02191463

    Home is where the heart is, and Valerie brings her heart and passion for helping others to her approach to real estate and being by your side throughout the process of buying or selling a home.  Prior to becoming a Realtor®, Valerie worked for many years in the non-profit world, so she is proud to have joined Coldwell Banker, which has a deep commitment to making a difference in the lives of others through their support of  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital  and the Homes for Dogs Program.

    Background and Experience

    Born and raised in central Ohio, Valerie lived and worked in Houston, Texas and Boise, Idaho prior to moving to San Jose in 2012.   Her non-profit career included working for the renowned M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the Ride for Joy therapeutic horseback riding program in Boise.  Locally, she served as the Executive Director of the Willow Glen Business Association in San Jose from 2012 to 2016, and she has continued to provide support and guidance to the board and staff as needed with administration of the Willow Glen community benefit improvement district.  Most recently, she worked for a public finance firm where she assisted developers and public agencies with the formation and administration of special tax districts, which gives her an edge in understanding the potential impacts on homeowners when they purchase a property located within the boundaries of a special district.  

    In her free time, Valerie enjoys spending time with her horse, being outdoors in the beautiful open space of the Santa Clara Valley on a trail ride or hike, tasting at one of our many wonderful local wineries, and cooking and gathering with friends & family.  She resides in San Jose with her husband, David, and a menagerie of pets.    


    Valerie has a BA from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.  


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