Meet Our Team


Tom Hilligoss



Tom has been among the top 0.1% of realtors nationwide since 1988. During his many years with Coldwell Banker in Menlo Park he was consistently outstanding, ranking #3 internationally in 1996 and #6 in 1997 out of the firm’s 55,000 realtors.  In 2000, Tom founded Encore Property, which had grown to be among the most prestigious boutique brokerages on the Peninsula.  In 2006, Coldwell Banker acquired Encore Property, bringing Tom and his team back to Coldwell Banker. After five years of operating within the large corporate brokerage firm, Tom decided his clients needed the boutique approach to their real estate needs again. In 2011,  "Tom Hilligoss & Asscociates" was created to do just that! 
Tom brings vast experience and expertise, sharply focused on Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Woodside and Redwood City. He has an intimate knowledge of the mid-Peninsula, having lived here since 1964, long before it became “Silicon Valley.” He attended Encinal Elementary School, Menlo-Atherton High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Menlo College. 
Tom is well-known known as an exceptional real estate professional with a deep understanding of this unique market. He is recognized for his success in residential real estate and is also an authority in residential development, representing sellers and buyers of land as well as custom home builders. 

A longtime community leader, Tom has served as a member and director of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Chamber’s fund raising committee. He created and chaired the Connoisseur’s Marketplace, Menlo Park’s largest annual event, attracting over 30,000 people yearly.


Susan Spiegel

Administrative Manager


Susan is a Palo Alto resident whose wealth of experience in office management/administration, technology, real estate operations, marketing, web development and accounting spans 25 years.  Her resourcefulness combined with her outstanding organizational skills give her the ability to handle a variety of transaction management and administrative tasks both quickly and efficiently.  Susan holds a BA in Accounting from Miami University (Oxford, OH) as well as an AA in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York City, NY).


Rachel Gage

Professional Marketing Services

Rachel Gage has been retained to coordinate and execute all property marketing and advertising, including photography, fact sheets, brochures, and property websites.  Rachel, over the past 10 years, has gained extensive knowledge of the local real estate market thus is able to tailor the marketing plan to the specific needs of each property.