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About Lara

A native of Saratoga, California, Lara began her career as one of the original employees of Alain Pinel Realtors over 20 years ago. Upon receiving her BA at UC Santa Barbara she began working in both marketing and IT positions at APR as well as an assistant for individual Realtors.

After leaving APR for graduate school Lara worked for several years in corporate finance while studying interior design on the side. In 2002 she opened a successful interior design and staging firm, later combining her two passions, real estate, and interior design by returning as a full-time Realtor. APR has since joined forces with Compass Real Estate

Lara continues to utilize her experience in design and staging/marketing to consulting with clients both before and after purchasing or selling a home. Her outstanding integrity and patience, as well as her masters in Business Administration, have enabled her to help clients successfully understand and succeed in the real estate market.

Lara enjoys working with both Buyers and Sellers and has gained a reputation with her colleagues and clients for being professional and efficient. She loves the education process with first-time buyers as well as with seasoned homeowners. Real estate is not just about marketing and negotiation. The disclosure process is rigorous and Lara uses diligence and skill in risk to protect her clients’ interests.

Utilizing her many years of experience, Lara enjoys the networking aspect of real estate and is often able to provide opportunities to her clients to purchase or sell homes before they become available on the MLS (multiple listing service). In addition to being a full-time Realtor, Lara is also an active volunteer at her son’s elementary school. She has taught several classes to the Alain Pinel Realtors Master’s Training Program on Preparing a Home for Sale and in 2014 and 2016 was a top producer with over $18,000,000 and $15,000,000 in sales.

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