Jana Nelson
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DRE# 01429320 & S.0169520

About Jana

Residential, Luxury & Land Specialist

FullSizeRenderJana moved to Lake Tahoe in 1989 to raise her daughter in a smaller community environment. She has been involved in real estate since 1994 in the capacity of home builder and California and Nevada Realtor. Jana partners with Compass, a Real Estate Technology Brokerage that is designed to enhance and streamline how the agent and client can collaborate at every step while buying or selling their next home.  Jana listens carefully to her client’s needs, and enjoys consulting with buyers and sellers, providing them with current valuable real estate information. Her clients comment how they appreciate the extensive customer service Jana delivers. Please click here to Jana’s Reviews. Jana follows the Golden Rule; she treats others how she wants to be treated – with respect and utmost care. Jana enjoys the great outdoor activities that Lake Tahoe offers like golfing, boating, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and bicycling.


★★★★★ January 2022
My husband and I feel like we made a friend with Jana rather than just a person who wanted to sell our house. We would definitely recommend her to anyone we know that wants to either buy or sell a house.

★★★★★ March 2022
Jana sold our Lake Tahoe vacation home in 3 days. She was very on the ball with getting the listing out after our first conversation with her. She was very clear on what was expected of us to present our house for sale. She had a professional photographer take beautiful pictures of our home and kept us informed all through the process of selling.

★★★★★ December 2021
Jana was a spectacular agent for us in our purchase of a new vacation home. She was always extremely responsive (within minutes) and when she knew she’d be unavailable she’d set expectations beforehand… a valuable trait when you’re trying to move fast on an acquisition.

★★★★★ December 2021
Jana made our buying experience the best ever! She totally looked out for us and made great suggestions that we never would have thought of, ourselves. You can’t go wrong with Jana! 

★★★★★ November 2021
Jana is not only an experienced realtor, but she genuinely has your best interest. The home buying process isn’t easy. Jana is knowledgeable, and is not just trying to sell a house, she cares about her relationship with you. If I had to do it all over again, I’d still choose Jana. Highly recommend!

★★★★★ October 2021
Jana was super helpful in the purchase of a home in the Tahoe area and helping us navigate the local laws and regulations along with great reference contacts for supporting services – i.e. inspections.

★★★★★ June 2021
Jana Nelson is the best real estate agent we have ever met! She is honest, ethical, highly responsive, personable, professional, and it was obvious from the start she had our best interests in mind. She learned about our goals and searched for properties that she anticipated would meet our needs. She went up to bat for us during negotiations and ensured all matters agreed upon in the contract were met. We always knew what was going on during our home buying process, as she updated us regularly and promptly. Other health care providers at my work highly recommended her…and now I highly recommend Jana!

★★★★★ June 2021
Jana Nelson is a top notch Realtor…

She listened to what it was we wanted and that was evident by what she showed us…She stayed on top of listings as they came up, and let us know right away…She helped us through a purchase that was complicated at best (cabin on a Federal Tract with buyers that were a four hour drive away), and was further complicated by some issues on the sellers side…Jana stuck with us throughout the extended process, acted as our “eyes” when we couldn’t get there, and was thorough and detail oriented…

Through the whole process Jana was professional, friendly, knowledgeable, informative, and displayed excellent judgement…She stayed in touch with the seller’s agent, and kept us up to date on what was going on…She answers her phone, and when she can’t she calls back quickly…She explains the process in a way that makes it easy to understand, and she follows through on what she says she will do… Jana is our Tahoe Realtor for as long as she is in the business…

If you are looking for a home in the area I cannot recommend her highly enough…

★★★★★ April 2021
Jana listed our lot in Lake Tahoe, it went very smoothly
and sold in lighting speed! We couldn’t have been more, pleased, we live out of state and from day one everything went was so easy and stressless and she is such a pleasure to work with I would Absolutely recommend her for all your Real Estate needs 

★★★★★ July 2020
Zillow connected us with Jana by a luck of the draw. Our first phone call Jana made sure that she listened to what we were looking for and what we wanted to do. Immediately, without any benefit to herself, she referred us to an incredible mortgage broker to start talking about financial opportunities. Two days later, Jana met us at the property and immediately was able to assess our determination to purchase the home. Within 5 minutes we knew she was going to make our dream come true. Every step of the process Jana explained carefully to us. Every decision that needed to be made, she provided considerations for us to think about. The home is not located near us, so Jana acted as our local person for working with the inspectors, and other service providers that needed to visit the house for us. And Jana was an out of the box thinker, including doing a video walk through for us as we could not get to the house. We had a challenge present itself during the process of insuring the house and Jana was able to provide references to insurance specialists that she has worked with who were able to get us the insurance that we needed! Jana worked swiftly and effectively and within 40 days from first visiting the house, she helped us make it our home!

March 8th, 2016
Jana really takes the time to actually listen to what we are looking for and shows us homes accordingly. She’s very organized, patient and obviously loves what she is doing.

November 13th, 2015
I have found Jana through another RE website when I was looking for an agent in Tahoe to sell my house. I have spoken to 2 other agents before her. I found them unprofessional since they have never followed up with my request and needs or basically did not return my calls when they said they would! I had to move on and look for different agent. Jana was the one who was very professional, trustworthy, hard worker, knowledgeable and caring. I could see this quickly and decided to work with her now and in the future. I really recommend her. Betty R.

November 12th, 2015
I purchased a condominium in the Tahoe Keys in late 2015. My real estate agent was Jana Nelson. I rarely post reviews, but working with Jana has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever encountered in real estate dealings. This was a stressful and obviously atypical purchase and closure (a bank foreclosure with an unforeseen legal suit pending), but Jana handled everything with aplomb. It was very comforting to have her as an advocate through the entire process. She is a stellar communicator and client advocate, always able to be reached at a moment’s notice. Jana immediately allayed any feelings of angst or worry that I might have had moving forward through this ordeal. I could go on about the many other issues that she has helped me with as well, several outside her realm of responsibility for any client, including helping me set up utilities, muddle through city ordinances for rental, and even arranging a construction company to assist me with refurbishments after the sale. I just want Sierra Sotheby’s Real Estate to know what a wonderful business partner and person that they have working for them. I truly cannot express how much I appreciate all of Jana’s diligence and dedication to seeing this deal through on my behalf. Best wishes for the New Year, Jana, and thank you again!

October 29, 2015
We chose Jana to list our So Lake Tahoe house. She proved to be an excellent choice as our realtor! A friend had recommended Jana to us, saying, “Jana is on it!” That statement rang true. She was attentive to detail & constantly on the move, exposing our house to as many people as possible. Our house moved quickly, plus escrow closed ahead of schedule due to Jana’s efficiency. We highly recommend trusting Jana Nelson with one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll make…your real estate investment.

September 18th, 2015
Jana was recommended to me by a relative. Even though she lives in the South Lake Tahoe neighborhood I was impressed with her knowledge of the area and its neighborhoods. She did a great job of giving us idea and suggestions we didn’t even know to think about. She was really quick and responsive to all forms of communication. She also did a fantastic job with negotiating with the seller to get us a great deal on our property. Thank you for all of your help! We will be in touch for our next property!
Ai Phan

August 18th, 2015
My wife and I starting looking for a vacation / disconnect from business life home in February 2015. I was looking at homes here in South Lake Tahoe on Zillow and had no references to an ahem so I trusted Zillow and reviewed a few different agents and Jana was the first called and I left a message. It was a Saturday afternoon and Jana returns my call within 15 minutes. We had a 10 minute conversation and within those10 minutes, she had sent potential homes for us to review and we had set up an appointment for the next weekend. We toured 8 homes that next weekend (Sunday) between 8 am and 1:30 pm. We made another trip up the next weekend, made an offer with Jana’s assistance. The closing was a 21 day close and Jana arranged all the inspections and additional paperwork backup based on disclosures. Jana was very patience and provided instance feedback to our inquiries throughout the process. With the travel time to get to the Tahoe Basin, Jana was extremely flexible with meeting times for the final walk through. She also provided references for other services that we needed. All her references have been great to work with. We consider Jana a good friend and we continue to keep in contact. We were extremely lucky to have selected Jana as our agent and I hope you find the same success with her as well.
Brian & Liz

August 17th, 2015
Jana went above and beyond for my husband and me. We live in Florida so it was important to find a Realtor that cared. She was available for all of our questions, via email, text and phone. We signed all of our documents via email. I highly recommend Jana Nelson, especially if you do not know the area. We have had the experience to purchase a home through her and the experience to sell through her. She has exceeded our expectations on both accounts.
Donna & Steve

September 5th, 2014
Jana is very professional…friendly… And knowledgeable… Helps you through every detail and complicated steps. Highly recommended for buying or selling property.
Margaret & Charles

April 18th, 2014
This review is long overdue, as we purchased our vacation home in 2011. Ours was a short-sale as well. Jana was our agent, and I don’t think we could have chosen a person as knowledgeable about the local market, the flavors of the different neighborhoods, the realistic home values at that time, and the short-sale process. In addition, she was infinitely patient with us, as we were looking for a very specific property type, in a very specific price range, in a very limited time frame. We ended up putting a backup offer on a place we thought we liked at the time, but we knew our chances on that were fairly slim. Jana continued looking for us after we went back to our hometown. She knew exactly what we wanted, because she uncovered a new listing and sent it over to us. She visited the property, emailed us a hundred photos, and answered my thousand questions. We were so confident, we put an offer on the home without ever seeing it in person, thanks to Jana’s expert work and communication. The short-sale process was a little bumpy, but Jana held it all together for us. We moved in Christmas Eve 2011. Thanks so much Jana!
Mark & Linda