Kathy Mehringer is a Real Estate Broker and Mediator certified through the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution in association with the Pepperdine University School of Law. She is a Court Qualified Expert Witness, an Arbitrator for the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) and holds the designations of Certified Real Estate Broker (CRB), Shortsale Foreclosure Resource (SFR) and Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE).
A former instructor for the Graduate Realtor Institute (G.R.I.) she taught Agency Law and Ethics and is a certified Continuing Education Instructor for both California and Arizona Departments of Real Estate. In addition, she provided Short Sale/Risk Management Seminars throughout the Western Region of the United States specifically California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Hawaii.
Mehringer began her management career in 1988 and has managed multiple branch offices for high profile companies including Fred Sands Realtors®, Jon Douglas Company and most recently Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Beverly Hills. Formerly Vice President and Regional Manager for Fred Sands Realtors®, Kathy developed and supervised the company’s training program and was the legal liaison responsible for forms and policy development.
As an industry leader, she serves C.A.R. as a state director and has held multiple prominent positions including Chair and Vice Chair of Standard Forms Advisory committee. This committee is charged with overseeing the extensive library of C.A.R. forms. As a Residential Purchase Agreement (“RPA”) Study Group member, she was instrumental in providing direction for the last five revisions to the RPA which i s currently used statewide. Kathy served as Vice Chair of Federal Issues 2009 and Chair in 2010 and in 2011 served on the Distressed Property Task Force and was Chair of Legal Affairs Forum. In 2012 and 2013 Kathy served CAR as a Committee Liaison and Executive Committee Member and in 2013 she was elected Director for Life, one of the Association's highest honors.
After joining Compass in December, 2015 she assumed the role of Broker of Record and Director of Risk Management for both Northern and Southern California Regions. Her focus is on expansion, compliance, outreach, risk management as well as contract and transactional education.
During her career Kathy has been passionate in the quest to promote education and professionalism throughout the industry earning her the Realtor® of the Year Award in 2003. During the financial melt-down Kathy maintained a working relationship with senior management from major lending institutions and Government Sponsored Enterprises (Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac). She routinely moderated lender panels in California and Arizona with the goal of building a greater understanding and partnership between the lending industry and the real estate community. Kathy is a respected advocate for the prevention of mortgage fraud and has conducted Fraud Prevention seminars for Lenders, Freddie Mac, Department of Real Estate, California State Bar Association, Women’s Council of REALTORS®, Professional Standards Committees and multiple l aw enforcement agencies.
In addition to her contributions at C.A.R. she has served as a National Association of Realtors® Director and volunteered at multiple local Associations of REALTORS® including Southland Regional, Conejo Simi Moorpark, San Diego and Malibu. An ardent supporter of America’s Veterans Kathy gives back through charitable contributions to Wounded Warriors Project, Disabled American Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans of America. In 2003 she founded and maintained a memorial fund in honor of Iraq War combat casualty Sergeant Michael Bitz, United States Marine Corps.
"I often find myself saying, thanks to Kathy, ‘wow’– she already covered that, told me about this and brainstormed on the right language to use. As any Realtor knows there is a mountain of forms used in a real estate transactions AND they are constantly changing. If you are not locked and loaded with the right information it is just a matter of time before you are facing challenges instead of selling homes.
Kathy has had my back for over a decade. As one of the collaborators on many of the CAR forms she is the ultimate authority. Having her on my team is like having my own expert real estate consultant.
Not only is Kathy a master of the CAR forms she is a thoughtful strategist, helping me to be provide the best transactional advice to my clients while allowing me to sleep better at night!”
Jeffrey Saad –
“It is so reassuring to have someone with such a stellar reputation as Kathy Mehringer as the Broker of Record for Compass. When I heard that she was hired as the Regional Director of Risk Management, I knew this company did their research and recruited the best of the best.
As an agent, it is very important to be versed, not only with changes to the contracts and other forms, but also to be made aware of actual cases that impact the real estate industry in general.
Even though I have over twenty years of experience in this business, I learn something every time I attend her seminars. Kathy is a walking real estate contract encyclopedia. She is our go-to resource with those tough questions that sometimes come up in our transactions. This in itself is invaluable.”
Laura Pardini –
“I can always count on Kathy's sage advice when it comes to discuss troubling situations. She understands real estate law and is able to apply it in a practical manner. Most importantly, Kathy is kind, empathetic, understanding and very easy to talk to. She knows the rhythm of real estate and how to explain things to agents. Her knowledge of contracts is second to none. The world of real estate is becoming increasingly complicated and Kathy is best resource the agents at Compass have for remaining ahead of the curve when it comes to changing forms, laws, policies, practices and staying out of trouble.”