A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I LIVE SANTA CRUZ • I LOVE SANTA CRUZ • I KNOW SANTA CRUZ • I SELL SANTA CRUZ
I was born and raised in San Jose, California, just 40 miles from Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz was a regularly visited spot growing up. With the allure of this quintessential beach town, we made many trips “over the hill” with my sister, twin brothers and parents. As young adults we would scavenge for some coins to fill up on gas (.25 cents), pile in the car, and head over with our best friends. Most weekends were spent at the beach, surfing and sailing in the sunshine and refreshing ocean breeze. During my college years, my husband, myself, our young daughter, and some close friends from high school built a trimaran sailboat in our backyard in San Jose. Upon completion, Santa Cruz became our new home and I’ve been here ever since! Once I was introduced to sailing – I was hooked! I became an avid racer and spent most of my spare time sailing or at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. I crewed on all sorts of race boats from 24’ to 70’. I was fortunate enough to sail on some renowned boats on San Francisco Bay, in Italy, across the ocean from Hawaii to California and many more adventures worth talking about.
Sailing in these many great places began my interest and love of traveling. I have been to some wonderful destinations, most recently to see the tulips and explore Holland on a river cruise. Not only do I have a love for traveling, but I love cats too. Especially my two newest family members, Mainecoon cats named Hudson and Max and of course my long-time cat Ben. Gardening, collecting art, reading, a good movie, Disneyland, friends and hanging out with my fabulous daughter and grandchildren are also some of my favorites.
MY LIFE AS A REALTOR
For 30 years I have worked as a Realtor helping buyers and sellers with their real estate needs throughout Santa Cruz County. I have lived in many different neighborhoods throughout this special town and have a keen sense of what each offers. I have lived on a sailboat at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, on 26th Avenue at the beach, in the Jewel Box in Capitola, on 14th Avenue, on Opal Cliffs Drive above the ocean, on 2+ acres in Soquel amidst the redwoods and alongside Soquel Creek, and now on Depot Hill in Capitola.
My value is not only in my years as a realtor or knowing Santa Cruz, but in my negotiation strategy and skills. This sets me apart in this quick moving, competitive, highly sought-after market. Together we will strategize so you can get the highest possible price if you are selling your home or investment property….And if you are buying here in Santa Cruz County, we will get you the best possible price.
My years of experience and education in real estate sales, marketing and negotiation, not only offer my clients an invaluable service, but also give my clients a sense of ease as they will be held in very knowledgeable and capable hands.
- Full time real estate professional since 1989
- Expert negotiation skills
- Outstanding communication and collaboration
- Understanding of the processes behind buying and selling homes, the current housing market and property values
Lorna Hines Academy – 15-year member
- Real Estate Negotiation and Strategies Workshops
Stanford Graduate School of Business
- Influence and Negotiation Strategies Program
My team consist of a personal assistant, a marketing assistant, a transaction coordinator, reputable contractors, inspectors, loan agents, my favorite title people, and my relationships in the real estate community. It is my goal to give you the best service and experience possible.
It never gets old for me, that feeling I get when WE successfully close a real estate deal.
This and the lifelong friendships made have remained my motivation to do what I do.
I want to be the first and last person you think about for all your real estate needs.
I want to be your real estate partner and friend for life!