Gerald Buten

Rivermark and River Oaks Village Specialist
RE/MAX Real Estate Services


Gerald Buten

Gerald specializes in property inventory in Santa Clara County and has extensive expertise regarding the Rivermark and River Oaks Village communities.  Gerald has a friendly and outgoing personality and is looking forward to using his professionalism, expertise and integrity to assist you with your real estate needs.

September 22, 2019

This site is designed to provide you relevant information to assist with decisions regarding your real estate requirements. The design of this site is representative of my business model. I use a consultative approach with all of my clients. After I inquire regarding the client's goals, I assemble relevant data to support high quality decision making. Finally, I execute the plan to accomplish their goals. Together, we get the results my client's desire.

For additional useful information regarding real estate, visit me on Facebook.

To speak with me directly, please contact me at 408.944.0144 or My CA DRE # is 01437276.

September 22, 2019


Paul Ciccolella, Director, SMRT Cell Manufacturing Engineering

Jerry is extremely detail oriented and truly a full service Real Estate Professional. He helped me from the initial market analysis, through a remodel, to the final contract signature. Jerry was in tune with my expectations, is extremely trustworthy, and was always available to answer questions and concerns. I highly recommend Jerry to anyone looking to buy or sell in the North San Jose area.

Bud Genovese, Chairman at AuditOne LLC

Jerry was very thorough, providing useful and timely information that we requested during our property transaction using his services. In fact Jerry is the best real estate professional that we have ever used.

Eric Peters, Experienced Fire Captain at City of San Jose, California

Gerald is a top notch real estate broker. Gerald is very knowledgeable about the area and the current market conditions. He was readily available at all times to answer our questions pertaining to the sale of our home. He was patient and understanding even during trying economic times. We HIGHLY recommend Gerald to anyone looking for a honest, loyal, and dedicated Broker to sell their home. He truly has the customer's best interest at heart from the moment you meet him until the job is complete.

Anna Fastenko, Owner, BayHomeopathy

Gerald is almost an ideal real estate agent, and by that I mean more than just a very knowledgeable professional. He is very supporting and helpful during the whole process. We were selling our condo and decided to work with him because he was a neighbor, and we thought an extra knowledge of the immediate situation is a benefit - that turned out very true when Gerald told us everything about the immediate area development, how we can market it in our favor, plus of course knowing asking and sale prices for the houses in our neighborhood in the past 10 years also helped a lot.

Gerald was there for us to recommend the staging and cleaning teams, advise on how to go about necessary repairs, didn't mind stopping himself often and checking on how the work was done. We had him strongly on our side during those very strenuous weeks of preparing the house for sale, and also felt psychologically very comfortable discussing all the issues with him because of Gerald's exceptional work ethics and tact (I guess that comes from his background as a lawyer and government worker).

On the big day of choosing offers Gerald also showed a very accurate and experienced approach to dealing with other agents, negotiating, and choosing the right offer. So we would definitely recommend Gerald as a superb real estate agent, one who combines confidence with attention to detail with and a very respectful attitude to his clients.

Martin Dorey, Senior Member of Technical Staff at Hitachi Data Systems

Jerry is the consummate professional and a nice guy to boot. He knows the real estate market in River Oaks and Rivermark like the back of his hand, always backing his many years of experience with hard data. It was obvious to us, long before we moved, that Jerry's the agent to use in this area and I'm only reinforced in that opinion having been through two successful transactions, buying and selling, and two previous offers with him. He's gentle with his opinions but, trust him, he knows what needs doing, has recommendations for who and how to get it done and makes himself available to make that happen despite your busy schedule. In order for us to be able to make the most competitive offer, Jerry advised us to commit to a contingency-related expense when there was chance that our offer would be eliminated. He offered to eat the cost himself if that happened. He doesn't just do the right thing - he goes above and beyond. I'd use him again in a heartbeat.less.

Rudy Sotelo, CEO at Petalon

I've had the pleasure to work with Gerald over the past few years as a client and a vendor and have found him to be one of the most honest, reliable, and knowledgeable people I have ever met. His dedication to the needs of his client is exceptional and goes well beyond the norm.

Andy Radosevich, former homeowner in Crescendo.

Jerry is a River Oaks neighborhood expert and did an excellent job during every phase of my sale, going beyond my expectations in several areas.

Rhyta Iudica and Federico Pescarmona, new home owners in Los Gatos.

Our experience with Jerry was nothing short of fantastic. He patiently helped us to buy our home, being always available for us, coming with us to open houses and helping dealing with the disclosures and the paperwork. We especially appreciated him helping us understanding and dealing with the dynamism of the local market, and his ability to give advice without being intrusive. He has been very responsive also after completing the purchase. We highly recommend Jerry as a realtor for the area.

September 22, 2019

Thank you for visiting my website. My California Real Estate Brokers license is #01437276.

Real estate transactions are among our most important financial decisions. Everyone needs a Realtor who provides exceptional integrity, competency and service at their side when conducting these transactions.

The following is a description of why you should select me as your real estate agent.

My core values are Integrity, Competency and Service.

In accordance with CA law, I fulfill my fiduciary responsibility to my clients, including honesty, utmost care, integrity, accounting, disclosure and loyalty, placing my client's interest above the interests of myself and others. I will not represent both parties in a transaction.

I am a proud member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.

I have over 14 years experience successfully serving my real estate clients without any complaints or grievances filed with the CA Bureau of Real Estate.

Competent real estate agents understand and respect the importance of real estate transactions to their clients. They prepare for their responsibility by obtaining relevant and meaningful education and professional experience.

I have a CA Real Estate Brokers License, requiring substantial education and training. Acquiring and maintaining the brokers license requires additional education and passing an exam, above what is required of real estate agents.

My background includes outstanding education and professional training, including BA and JD (Law Degree) from the University of Cincinnati. I retain active status as a member of the Illinois Bar and the Federal Bar for the Northern District of Illinois. Additionally, I am a member of the Ohio Bar in inactive status.

Prior to 2004, I served as a Senior Executive with the United States Department of Justice insuring compliance with appropriate laws, regulations and ethical standards. During my 30 year career, I acquired extensive legal, management, negotiation, communication and leadership skills through education and experience.

I have applied my legal education and past professional skills to developing a successful real estate sales and investment business.

My real estate services include representing buyers and sellers in real estate transactions, negotiating listing and purchase contracts, through partnerships managing design and remodeling projects, staging and interior design, maintaining relationships with loan officers, inspectors, designers, contractors and appraisers.

I Developed and implemented a Service For Veterans Program for returning combat veterans.

I have invested time and financial contributions in the communities where I live and work. I presently serve as the President of the Villagio at River Oaks Homeowners Association, a Red Cross Volunteer in Government Liaison, a member of the San Jose Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and a Parent and volunteer at Washington Open Elementary School.

I am building my business one satisfied customer at a time. I am unable to represent both parties in a real estate transaction, because I believe it represents a classic conflict of interest. Please review the recommendations from past clients on this website.

September 21, 2019

There are 11 properties for sale in the RIVERMARK/RIVER OAKS VILLAGE/CA RENAISSANCE/CA IMPRESSIONS areas, 5 in Rivermark and 6 in the River Oaks Village, California Renaissance and California Impressions areas. Please see the "Listings" section for details. I will be happy to promptly e-mail you additional details regarding these listings upon request. Contact me today at or 408.944.0144.

September 21, 2019

MARKET ANALYSIS/RECENT SALES RIVERMARK--See "SOLD" section of this site. Monitor all the activity in your neighborhood and become a market expert. This section is updated every several days so your information is the most current available.

September 21, 2019

MARKET ANALYSIS/RECENT SALES RIVER OAKS VILLAGE/CA RENAISSANCE/CA IMPRESSOINS--SEE "SOLD" section of this site. Monitor all the activity in your neighborhood and become a market expert. This section is updated every several days so your information is the most current available.

September 21, 2019

BUYER'S AGENT--Buying a home in Silicon Valley is a major investment. The real estate agent you meet at the open house is generally working for the seller. Who is representing you?

Buyers need a professional real estate agent representing them during the purchase of a home. I am happy to work for you and help you find a new home.

Since I also represent sellers, I have a solid understanding of what your offer needs to include, in order to make you a successful buyer in this competitive real estate market.

The best news is that my services will not cost you anything, since the commission for the buyer's agent is paid by the seller.

September 21, 2019

SERVICE FOR VETERANS PROGRAM In honor of Dick Buten, my Dad who served with distinction in World War II, if you are a veteran who served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11/2001, I will provide my real estate services to you for free. To qualify for the program, veterans must provide a DD 214 or other appropriate form, documenting their service. My family and I have benefitted from your service and sacrifices, and now is a good time to repay those who served.

My name is Gerald Buten, CA BRE #01437276, a Broker Associate at Re/Max Real Estate Services, 20111 Stevens Creek BL #245, Cupertino, CA 95014, direct phone 408.944.0144. I have over 14 years experience representing residential buyers and sellers in Santa Clara County, California. More information about my real estate practice, including my biography, is available on this site.

If you qualify for my Service For Veterans Program, I will assist you with your real estate transactions for free. This means if you are a seller, I will reduce the amount of commission you pay. If you are a buyer, I will credit you at close of escrow with the amount of commission I earned as the buyer's agent. As a general estimate, in both types of transactions, you will save approximately 2.5% of the purchase price, less the total administration fees Remax charges me for each transaction. On a $500,000 transaction you will save approximately $9000.

September 21, 2019

I am a Rivermark, River Oaks Village, and CA Renaissance areas specialist who provides outstanding service and saves you money on commission. I will match any commission offer you receive from another Realtor. As a full service broker associate, I also provide professional interior design and staging services.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, I would be honored to assist you with your real estate requirements. Call me today at 408.944.0144.

September 21, 2019

Hi River Oaks Neighbors, my wife Tee Low, Tiani our 10 year old daughter, and I have lived in River Oaks since 2003. We love the neighborhood and are looking forward to the new schools. In addition to the new parks, two of our favorite places are Starbucks and Premiere Pizza at the River Oaks Market Place. We also love walking our dog Ku'uipo (Hawaiian for my sweetheart) around the neighborhood. I am a Broker Associate who specializes in River Oaks Village and Rivermark. Whether you are buyer or seller, I am happy to help you any way I can. Jerry at

September 21, 2019 analyzes millions of real estate sales to find the best performing real estate agents in your area. The top agents they recommend all have a proven track record of success, unmatched local expertise and keen negotiation skills. describes Gerald Buten of Remax Real Estate Services as follows:

Gerald is a top selling San Jose agent with 14 years experience - having sold over 76% more properties in San Jose than the average agent.

Gerald sells properties fast - more than 64% quicker than the average San Jose agent.

Gerald also has Townhouse expertise - working with over 5 more townhomes than the average agent.

Gerald has worked with sellers 76% of the time.

Gerald is a top dollar real estate agent and negotiator because he consistently sells homes above their list price.

September 9, 2019

Open House at my new Villagio listing 470 Navaro Way #221, Sun 9/8 from 1-4PM. Please stop in to say hello. MLS ML81764430.

Prestigious Villagio at River Oaks Village, an international community with ideal location in Silicon Valley's Innovation Triangle, upscale residential housing, new parks, convenient retail, and new schools opening Fall 2020. This exciting penthouse features 948 SF of living space, interior location within complex, spacious one bedroom suite plus den, laundry inside unit, generous outdoor deck, recent paint throughout, upgraded floors in kitchen and bath, plantation shutters, designer lighting, recent appliances and one car garage, accessible from inside with extra storage. Offered for sale at $699,000.

Check out more details about this impressive listing on Redfin and Zillow.

July 28, 2019

Looking for a great pizza place? Try Premier Pizza (several locations in the Santa Clara area, including River Oaks Village and Rivermark). High quality ingredients, outstanding friendly staff and tremendous service. Enjoy!

July 28, 2019

Excited about the three new schools on the Agnews Property in River Oaks? See a fabulous aerial rendering and learn all about the award winning project at santaclarausd.

July 28, 2019

Do you live in the Bay area? Have you heard of the PGE plan for temporary power shutdowns to address high risk wildfire situations? Check out this new strategy to make sure you are prepared. The plan may affect all of us whether we live in high risk fire areas or not. prepareforpowerdown.

July 5, 2019

As a resident and parent in the Santa Clara Unified School District, I am highly committed to improving the quality of the education provided to our children and keeping them safe while attending school. While the school district and its dedicated employees do an outstanding job providing high quality education and safety for our children, there is always room for improvement.

I have been an active advocate for improving the safety for our schools for the past six years. During this time I have been greatly assisted by programs provided by the Safe and Sound Schools Organization Safe And Sound Schools.

They are currently launching a new program Parents for Safe Schools. Visit their website to download the free Parents for Safe Schools program guide today. Whether you're a parent, stepparent, guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or community member, the Parents for Safe Schools program can help you get started.

Together we can make a difference. Together we can make our schools safe and sound.

July 5, 2019

Gary Baldocchi, a friend and former colleague recently published Actions of Violence. As a former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive, I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable. The book is realistic, contains excellent characters based on Gary's extensive experience and has a most interesting plot. It is a great read, available on Amazon and can be downloaded for electronic readers. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to know how the real Federal agents spend their time safeguarding the American people. Gary's insights are remarkable!

May 24, 2019

My family and I recently returned from our Spring Break trip to Kapalua HI. We shared great family time and are already looking forward to our next visit. One of our big events was paddle boarding at Kapalua Bay. I learned pretty quickly that my daughter is a much better paddle boarder than I. Our best dinner was at the Poor House Restaurant adjacent to the Kapalua Village Center Morris, the owner, personally served us and made sure we were well cared for. We highly recommend The Poor House Kapalua!