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First Time Buyer Specialist
Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)
Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Vacation Income Investment Homes
National Association of REALTORS®, Silicon Valley Board of Realtors®
San Jose State University
MBA, High Tech Marketing and Business Strategy
Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Executive Studies in Negotiations
These are the principles that shaped my life and my career. I grew-up on a farm in Idaho and remember our neighbors showing up to help us harvest our crops and my parents returning those favors without hesitation. I remember them agreeing to sell our potatoes to an unknown, fast-food company called McDonald’s in Sothern California with nothing more than a handshake. I watched my parents build our home by themselves, piece-by-piece, brick-by-brick.
I have lived in the Bay Area since 1972 when I was granted an academic scholarship to study at Stanford University where I earned a BA in Economics and was also a founding member of the Women’s Volleyball Program. Subsequently, I worked for four years to save enough money to put myself through an MBA program at San Jose State University where I was selected for an internship with Hewlett-Packard in London, England. This opportunity led to an offer from HP to join as a Product Manager in the Sunnyvale Personal Computer Division and subsequently lead to a 20-year career in Marketing and International Business Strategy with top-tier firms and start-ups in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
So where does real estate fit in? I was always intrigued with tools and building, but the turning point came before graduate school when I built, and sold, a spec home with my brother-in-law in Amador County in 1978. (Yes, I do know how to build a house!) After that experience, I personally have invested in over $10milllion of real estate between San Jose, San Francisco, and Healdsburg. Additionally, I have represented Buyers, Sellers, and Investors in over $50million of Bay Area real estate transactions. Several Stanford professors have trusted me to represent them in buying and selling their homes, on and off campus. I have been licensed with the State of California DRE since 1978 and recently earned my Broker’s license and certifications as a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and First Time Buyer Specialist.
The commitment I make to my clients is to provide exceptional, hands-on, professional representation while always adhering to my fiduciary responsibilities of “the highest duty of good faith, honesty, and fair dealings”. In return, my clients have rewarded me with testimonials describing me as tenacious, trustworthy, a consummate professional, and a pleasure with whom to work.
On a personal note, I can best be described as a maverick. I still love sports - playing and watching. I will probably have an annual ski pass until I cannot walk anymore! World travel has always inspired and energized me. I love fast cars and riding motorcycles. I am a fan of Stanford sports teams and proud of the progress Stanford has made towards supporting women’s athletics. I am an active member of Stanford Alumni and the Block S society. But, most importantly, I am proud to be the mother of a daughter who went to Palo Alto schools, graduated from UCSB and is unapologetic of having two moms.