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Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Lauren Anderson

Coastal Premier Properties is happy to welcome Lauren Anderson! Lauren will be working out of our La Costa office.

Lauren Anderson Welcome

Lauren Anderson is a San Diego native and was born and raised in North County. Her family has deep roots in the community and moved from the East Coast in the early 1900’s settling outside of Fallbrook. North County has been Lauren’s home for the majority of her life minus a year she lived in Vail, Colorado. She aided in the opening of a new restaurant and took lead with the training and hiring of new staff. After the restaurant was up and running she had to move back because she believes there is no where better to live than San Diego. She has a passion for this community and love sharing all it has to offer.

Lauren attained her Bachelors Degree in Business Finance at California State University San Marcos in 2006. Her degree gave her a wealth of knowledge in finance and expanded her knowledge of critical thinking and negotiations. Lauren feels that it sets her ahead of other agents who may not have experience understanding financial documents and negotiations.

Post college she spent the early part of her career working as a credit analyst for a leasing company and then worked in international accounting and domestic commissions. The recession of 2009 changed the course of her career to restaurant management and training. In 2015 she was looking for her next step and found Real Estate was exactly what she was looking for. Lauren blends her knowledge in finance and her extensive background in customer service to meet her clients needs, how to listen, and how to tailor ideas and insights so everyone gets what they need. Buying or selling a house can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Lauren believes you should love where you live and enjoy the process of finding it, and she is there to help with both.

Click here to contact Lauren! For more information about Coastal Premier Properties, visit our website.

5 Home-Selling Tips Everyone Hears and May Want To Ignore

a15b18aec3b1e388baf2fe361bc9d778w-c0xd-w685_h860_q80.jpgOne of the hardest parts of selling your home is all the unknowns: Who will buy your place, and for how much? How long will it take? That uncertainty might make you particularly eager to soak up advice from just about anyone who’s willing to share. Problem is, just because your sister or co-worker swear by certain rules that worked for them, it doesn’t mean they’ll be a magic solution for you, too.

Fact is, a lot of the real estate advice circulating out there is outdated, region-specific, or just plain wrong. As proof, check out this list of tips that many home sellers hear … then learn how these words of wisdom don’t always hold water. Let this serve as a reminder that when selling a home, you should take everything you hear with a huge grain of salt.

‘You should always list your home in the spring’

Common knowledge says home-buying season starts in the spring and goes through the fall. Not true, says Melisa Aponte, a real estate agent with the Keyes Group in Miami, FL.

“January is a great listing month,” she points out. “People are back from the holidays and ready to start looking.”

Well, at least in places that don’t have a nasty winter, like Miami. Which makes a larger point about real estate advice in general, Aponte says: Every market is different, and what’s great advice in one area can be terrible advice in another.

Besides, when it comes to deciding when to list a home, there are two sides to the coin. Busier times mean more buyers, but also more sellers and more competition. Listing your home when inventory is low could snag the right buyer quickly. Life is unpredictable, and there will always be buyers looking in the “off season,” too.

‘You’ll find your buyer at an open house’

Open houses are exciting, akin to a debutante ball where your home makes its fresh-faced appearance to scads of suitors all at once. And that’s fine, but don’t expect this to be the venue where you find “the one” who makes an offer. While that can occur, open houses are more like parties, filled with swains who aren’t ready to settle down, says Anita Clark, a real estate agent in Warner Robins, GA. Serious home buyers will more often request a private one-on-one showing instead.

Of course, you don’t want to skip the open house entirely. It’s a great way for people to browse, and hey, you never know. Maybe your looky-loo neighbor has a family member who would love to buy your place after all. But it’s time to let go of the idea that an open house is a key step on the road to your ultimate buyer.

‘You can save money by paying less in commission’

Reluctant to fork over the 6% commission that real estate agents typically request to sell your home? Sure, that may seem like a lot of money, but what you might not realize is just how much work an agent does behind the scenes.

“A lot of people don’t understand that an agent’s job is more than just listing the home on the MLS,” says Aponte. Agents’ commissions pay for their time and for marketing materials. Posters, flyers, broker open houses, and yard signs all come from the money you pay your agent.

But beyond that, “it gives your agent the power to offer money to other agents who have qualified buyers,” she explains. That’s because the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent split the commission.

Though in an ideal world, buyers’ agents would show them every property in their price range, regardless of commission, unfortunately it doesn’t always work that way, says Aponte.

“So if there are a lot of properties on the market and you’re only offering 2% commission, there are agents who won’t show that property,” she says.

Ultimately, you get what you pay for, and a higher commission can often justify itself in the sense that you can reel in tons of buyers, and (hopefully) spark a bidding war that’ll fetch top dollar.

‘Price your home high—and hold out for a buyer who’ll pay it’

Of course you want to get the most you can for your property. Still, pricing it sky-high and hoping a gullible buyer will fall for this aspirational sum? Not a great plan.

“I want to sell your property for a million dollars too, but I would be doing you a disservice to price it that way if the comps are saying $500,000,” says Aponte. Home buyers are highly sensitive to overpaying, and will quickly steer clear. And the longer your house sits on the market, the more buyers will begin to think something’s wrong with it … and lob you a lowball offer.

The best way to avoid this debacle is to price a house right from the start—not too high, not too low—and then seriously consider any offers that roll in, even if they aren’t as great as you’d hoped. To start things off, you can enter your address in a home value estimator to get a ballpark figure of how much your home is worth, then fine-tune that number with an agent’s help.

‘Here’s what the market is going to look like next year…’

Sure, it makes sense that real estate professionals will make educated guesses to help guide buyers’ and sellers’ decision-making. The operative word here is “educated.” Fact is, nobody really knows what the market is going to do; if they did, the housing crash of 2008 would have looked a lot different!

“Beware of ‘future’ predictions that don’t come from a reputable source,” says Dillar Schwartz, a real estate agent in Austin, TX. Sure, your brother-in-law or best friend might be trying to help, but keep in mind that their armchair philosophizing about the future of real estate is just an opinion—nothing more.

Where to See July 4th Fireworks in San Diego

4th of July in San Diego

When it comes to Independence Day, San Diego goes big. So big, in fact, that the city is home to one of the largest firework displays on the West Coast (if not the largest). It’s a time-honored tradition that never fails to deliver a good time. So where can you go to catch the show?

Luckily, T+L has you covered. From a rooftop speakeasy in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter to a cruise around San Diego Bay to the terrace of one of the city’s most celebrated hotels, read on for the best tricks, tips, and spots to make the most of your holiday this year.

Downtown

There are only three words to describe July Fourth in downtown San Diego: Big Bay Boom. Starting at 9 p.m. and launched from barges located around the bay, not only is this the largest fireworks show in town, but the display is so big and so loud, it can be seen and heard from pretty much any part of downtown.

If you want to be in the thick of the action, your best bet is to heed Horace Greeley’s advice and “head west.” You can’t go wrong in Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Harbor Island, and Shelter Island—all great locations to see the fireworks. Get there early and post up at the beach with all your essentials. These areas tend to fill up fast and it will be more rewarding if you come prepared with beach blankets and beverages in tow.

As in years past, a free shuttle service will be available to and from Harbor Island and Shelter Island. Mission Bay is a perennially popular party spot, made all the more fun if you have access to a boat.

Speaking of boats, harbor cruises are a really fun and exciting way to spend the holiday. Check out Hornblower Cruise Line’s special 4th of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise. Included with the price of admission is a dinner buffet and some killer views of beautiful downtown San Diego.

If you’re hoping to stick around the city, The Nolen’s rooftop bar and lounge in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter is your best bet. Likewise, the views from Mister A’s rooftop will go un-paralleled, as will the experience of dining at one of the city’s most distinguished locales.

For those looking to mix in a bit of history on this already historic occasion, Old Town will be hosting a free, old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration where guests can relive the excitement of an 1800s Independence Day party. The all-day event starts at 10 a.m. and includes activities and games for all ages. Guests are encouraged to participate in the parade around the plaza reminiscent of the July 4 parades of early San Diego with music, animals, banners, and people in historical costumes.

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La Jolla Shores

Working your way up the coast, La Valencia Hotel—also known as La Jolla’s Pink Lady—will come alive with music and entertainment for this year’s Fourth. Perched above the cliffs of La Jolla Cove, this timeless hotel offers extraordinary views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooking Ellen Browning Scripps Park guests and diners can enjoy drinks on the terrace of the hotel which affords both the views and a sense of respite from the crowds below.

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Del Mar

If you’re looking to celebrate in style, guests of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar will be able to partake in their own private fireworks show. As in previous years, the party will take place on the resort’s Aria Lawn and feature a sunset barbecue buffet including all-American favorites, live music, and some of the best fireworks in town. Non-resort guests can enjoy a Fourth of July brunch from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Amaya.

For more information about where or how you can celebrate this fourth of July, check out SanDiego.org.

Just Sold: November 2017

Thank you for all your support, here are some of the properties Coastal Premier Properties has helped clients buy or sell throughout the county this month. If we can help you or someone you know, please contact us!

Colima Street

(La Jolla)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Located just a few blocks to the ocean, this newly built Coastal Craftsman was created with eye catching curb appeal, defined by a timeless covered porch and white picket fence. The open concept floor plan features a bright living room, plank wood floors, and La Cantina doors that open to a lushly landscaped back yard. Enjoy the gourmet chef’s kitchen showcasing a 4-inch butcher block island and high-end appliances. A rare detached casita is perfect for guests. Soak in ocean views from the rooftop deck!

Sold for $2,106,500

Avenida Feliz

(Rancho Santa Fe)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Don’t miss this spectacular golf course home on Morgan Runs South course 7th hole. Original owner, custom builders home, (2X6 walls fully insulated, Anderson doors and windows, lifetime baldwin hardware, Kohler Fixtures, crawl space under house-no slab).  Sold for $1,600,000

Green Valley Court

(Scripps Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Situated on a private cul de sac in prestigious Stonebridge Estates of Scripps Ranch, this beautiful executive home is truly a gem! Warm and inviting Tuscan exterior and fully remodeled interior with top of line finishes throughout. Professionally landscaped with a resort like half acre lot including large play area, garden beds, & a charming courtyard w fountain. Enjoy the salt water pool/spa with beach entry or watching the gorgeous sunsets around your cozy firepit. Seller has spared no expense! Sold for $1,700,000

Claiborne Sq

(La Jolla)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Elegantly updated, no expense spared to create this modern inspired luxury home. New gourmet kitchen with glass tile backsplash, quartz counters, Wolf cooktop and oven, Kohler apron sink, cabinetry and wine fridge. Set the mood with any of the 3 new Limestone surround fireplaces. Other new amenities include wide plank European oak floors, newly designed staircase, walk-in California Closet in Master Bedroom, LED lighting, WiFi controlled HVAC, water heater, baths, and paint. Sold for $1,275,000.

Caminito El Rosario

(La Jolla)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

This spectacular panoramic ocean view townhome is one of only 8 homes sitting on 7 acres overlooking La Jolla Shores. This Spanish style design w/17 ft ceilings and a wall of windows viewing all of La Jolla and panoramic views of the Ocean!! Walking distance to the beach, restaurants & shops of La Jolla Shores. You will not find a house or townhouse with a view comparable to this anywhere near this price. Last sale in this small complex sold for $1,725,000. Sold for $1,085,000

Sitio Frontera

(Carlsbad)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

FABULOUS, ENTERTAINERS HOME in highly desirable LA COSTA OAKS! Wide open floor plan with custom paint, custom lighting, upgraded flooring & much more! One bedroom AND office on FIRST FLOOR! Upstairs offers 3 bedrooms AND large bonus room! The huge master has retreat area and large, luxurious master bath! You will love entertaining in the wonderful backyard w/custom fireplace, custom waterfall, built in BBQ w/bar and grassy area! Walk to community pool & trails! Sold for $1,075,000

Emerald St

(Pacific Beach)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Story Book cottage approx 3 blocks from beach! 2 brms plus office/brm & 2 full baths, beautifully remodeled kitchen as well as one of the bathrooms, wood floors, 2 fireplaces, recently installed split-duct A/C & heating, bay windows, spacious room sizes, pull down stairs to attic, lots of natural light, private patio w/Trex deck, 2 car tandem parking space & much more. Ideal for those looking for detached living but don’t want exterior maintenance. Its the PB gem you have been waiting for! Sold for $780,000

Carmel Creek Rd

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Charming Torrey Hills Home Welcomes You! Lovely Light & Bright home featuring 3-bedrooms+Office & 3 full baths. Located in the gated enclave of Trilogy. Gorgeous Gourmet Kitchen with SS appliances, Beautiful Hickory hardwood floors, Balcony off main level, Peek-a-boo sunset view from master, New outdoor BBQ, Newly painted exterior, Crown molding, Air Conditioning, Alarm system, Central vacuum, New water heater, Washer & Dryer, Living room and Master bedroom TV’s are included. Sold for $870,000

Deerfoot Road

(Scripps Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Large open spacious floor plan – almost single story living w/1 br & full bath upstairs! Perfect for entertaining w/covered patio area, built-in BBQ, outdoor fireplace, & raised spa to enjoy! Updated kitchen w/granite counters, large center island, & newer stainless steel appliances. Master bath fully upgraded to zen/spa-like atmosphere w/large walk-in shower. Exterior sauna also included. Solar electric, hardwood floors, plantation shutters, ceiling fans, & more! Sold for $815,000

Herman Ave

(North Park)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Opportunity abounds with this unspoiled 1923 Craftsman bungalow that has been home to only 2 families since it was built. Great investment opportunity as this home is well-located on a large lot w/alley access and contains many of the original Craftsman details. Large master bedroom suite for this period, built-in cabinetry, breakfast nook, two full baths, Solar Power, detached garage with extra-long driveway for additional parking – or convert to a separate side garden & create alley access to garage.  Sold for $719,000

Carmel View Road

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Beautifully upgraded 3 bedroom end-unit townhome (2 story) in Coral Cove community. Hardwood floor throughout with vaulted ceiling. Plenty of natural sunlight. Upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances and built in bookshelf and cabinets. Refrigerator, washer, and dryer included. Gas fireplace in the living room and extra storage room. Good size patio for entertaining, two-car attached garage, and plenty of guest and street parking. Sold for $775,000

Caminito Cielo Del Mar

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer & Seller

Welcome to the highly desirable community of Sunstream~fabulous 3 bedroom in quiet private location w/western exposure! Open floor plan w/high ceilings & natural light, hardwood floors, upgraded dual pane windows & plantation shutters. Custom built-ins in living room. Bathrooms remodeled w/ glass vanity sink downstairs and bamboo vanities upstairs, & beautiful glass back splash. Beautiful lush landscape backyard patio and cozy fire pit. Sold for $722,000

Toyon Heights Dr

(Fallbrook)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Gorgeous custom home is located on a private street with breathtaking ocean views! Spacious master bedroom, walk-in closet, en-suite with separate walk-in shower and tub. Gourmet Island kitchen that boasts granite countertops, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch Cooktop Induction Stove and sizeable picture window to view the extraordinary views of the ocean, mountains and Sleeping Indian. Entertainers dream with giant Trex-deck patio and spa, fire pit and spacious grounds. Sold for $699,000

Via Madrid

(Oceanside)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Immaculate home on a huge oversized lot with pool. Beautiful 4 bed, 2.5 bath home boasts rich hardwood floors downstairs, fresh paint, volume ceilings, open floor plan & lush views! Gourmet kitchen w/granite counters & stainless appliances, expansive formal living room, dining room & family room w/fireplace. Upstairs Master Suite w/ fireplace, dual sink/vanities, soaking tub, walk in closet & enclosed shower. Large private backyard features mature landscape pool, above ground spa. Sold for $639,000

Woodgate Place

(Poway)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

 Immaculately upgraded 3 bed, 2 bath home in the highly desired Westgate neighborhood in Poway! NEW waterproof, “luxury vinyl” flooring, quartz counter tops, fresh paint, stainless steel appliances, SOLAR, AC, new ducting, H20 conserving features, newer roof, pool w/safety cover, deck, fruit trees and BBQ area. LOCATION! BEST lot in the neighborhood!! Very private with beautiful mountain and scenic VIEWS! Close to ALL! Award Winning Poway Schools! Sold for $600,000

Archwood Avenue

(La Mesa)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Lovely Single Story home located in Allied Gardens. Walking distance to stores, hospital, & restaurants. Convenient to Fwy 8 & 15. The remodeled kitchen has granite counters, newer cabinets and SS. appliances. It opens up to a large dining room adjacent to a 22×14 family room w/ fireplace. Open Floor plan is great for entertaining. The huge master suite is separate from other three bds. Sold for $597,000

Avenida La Cuesta

San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Gorgeous home located within the gated neighborhood of Buenavida. This 3 bdrm, 2 1/2 bath features bamboo flooring throughout the lower level-beautiful new laminate wood, tile and carpet upstairs. Recently remodeled kitchen and bathrooms complete with gleaming stainless steel appliances, modern grey cabinets and all new fixtures. Located in the San Marcos Unified School District, this home is zoned for the award winning Discovery Elem, San Elijo Middle and San Marcos High. Easy access to hiking trails.  Sold for $642,000

 Mendocino Drive

(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Enjoy this tastefully upgraded home in the much sought after neighborhood of Discovery Hills! Live close to Discovery Lake and miles and miles of hiking trails. This home features new paint, new carpet, custom cabinets throughout, granite counters in kitchen and all bathrooms, 18 inch ceramic tile, upgraded closets, garage storage cabinets, a covered patio, and much, much more! Sold for $635,000

Via Mil Cumbres

(Solana Beach)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer & Seller

Beautifully remodeled 3 bedroom condo in Solana Beach.  Brand new flooring throughout, freshly and completely repainted.  New bathroom fixtures, mirrors and toilets.  3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a private fenced in patio.  Entry level, no stairs.  This unit has it all, including a wood burning fire place, washer and dryer, 1 car garage and plenty of guest parking.  The complex offers a pool, several spas and a racquetball court all this and close to the beach! Sold for $600,000

Cuesta Place

(La Costa)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautifully updated kitchen with desirable quartz counter tops, updated master bath, new gorgeous porcelain tile floors, new energy efficient double pane, low E, argon filled windows and sliders, popcorn ceiling professionally removed, new baseboards, great floor plan with high ceilings in the living room, family room & master bedroom plus an inviting atrium. There is mostly new lighting, new interior paint, newer roof & more. This is a fantastic location close to all and the beach. Sold for $605,000

Eldorado Dr

(South Escondido)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Great opportunity to own in South Escondido!! Rural feel and very serene but close to town. Tons of historical surroundings. Spanish/Mediterranean style home featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Versailles pattern travertine flooring, granite counters in the bathrooms, beamed vaulted ceiling, huge living room with bay windows and plantation shutters, and a 2 car garage. Long driveway with plenty of room to park your toys!! Fruit trees, dog kennel, amazing views, and so much more. Sold for $555,000

 La Bonita Ct

(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Invitingly spacious and bright, this 3 bed, 2 bath, single story home with attached 2 car garage has been freshly remodeled with utmost quality and care; upgrades totaling over $100,000! Property features of this 1,320 sq.ft. home include a new custom kitchen, new dual-pane windows, new laminate plank flooring throughout. Located within a quiet cul-de-sac and complete with a large private backyard. Sold for $565,000

Elkelton Blvd

(Spring Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Stunning 3 bed, 2 bath corner lot home in the heart of Spring Valley just waiting for the perfect buyer! Spacious living room and upgraded open concept kitchen featuring granite counter tops and island. Gorgeous wood flooring and new carpets throughout. Freshly painted interior & exterior! Move in ready. Family friendly private backyard for peaceful living with tons of room great for RV parking! Great location! Close to freeway & shops! Sold for $469,000

Tivoli Park

(Carmel Mountain)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

This ultra clean, move in ready home is a must see! The pride of ownership shows throughout this wonderful single story home, with loads of natural light, no stairs and offers upgraded wood floors, plantation shutters and great views with privacy. Located in the desirable Carmel Mountain community, close to many shops, easy commute and within the award winning Poway Unified School District. This open and bright floor plan offers, 2 Bedrooms, walk in closet, 2 bathrooms and an attached garage. Sold for $470,000

Corte Valdez

(Carlsbad)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Such a great opportunity to own in beautiful La Costa! This very spacious, two story town home is very private and quiet, with spectacular views of the valley and surrounding trees. Enjoy a generously sized yard off of the master and guest suites; go upstairs and outside the family room, you have a great deck, perfect for entertaining and taking in the rolling hills of Carlsbad. Complete with an attached garage and huge, attached storage unit. This home is awaiting your personal touch! Sold for $445,000

Scripps Westview Way

(Scripps Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Absolutely Perfect Lower Corner End-Unit! Great Condition & Location, backs to Hillside with Large, Over-Sized Patio/Deck and Yard! This Entry Level Unit has 2 Master Bedrooms, 2 Baths Condo with an exceptional Flowing Floor-plan. The Private Patio is Very Secluded & Quiet with the BEST location in the complex! Well maintained throughout…Pride of Ownership. Complex features pool and spa, lots of guest parking! This unit comes with a Covered Carport. Coastal Close to Everything in America’s ‘Finest City’! Sold for $407,000

Gold Coast Dr

(Mira Mesa)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Beautiful spacious 2 story Town Home with nice view. Great location with walking distance to San Diego Miramar College. Newly remolded with new kitchen cabinets, new range, oven, refrigerator. In-unit laundry and private patio. Large living room with an inviting fireplace. Each bedroom has its own balcony and large closets. Centrally located community close to restaurants, big shopping area and movie theaters in Mira Mesa.  Sold for $360,000

Williamsburg Lane

(La Mesa)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful updated 2 bedroom 2 bath upstairs unit, close to main streets and shopping center. Perfect for first time home buyers. Sold for $308,000

Cranston Dr

(Escondido)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

This charming condo in the Adobe Hills community is so warm and inviting! The kitchen was just remodeled with brand new appliances, flooring, paint and quartz counter tops. There is also brand new carpet and fresh paint throughout the condo. Central heating and AC were also just replaced. Located in desirable South Escondido also features a rec room, pool and spa. Perfect for first time home buyers or empty nesters! HOA fee covers water, hot water, trash, pool/spa. Sold for $289,000

People of CPP: Meet Tom Tucker

In our new blog series, we’re taking you behind the scenes to meet the amazing agents and staff of Coastal Premier Properties. We hope you’ll follow along as you get to know more about the faces of our great company!

This week we’re talking with Tom Tucker, Broker of Record at Coastal Premier Properties. We feel so fortunate to have such a wise and knowledgeable broker at Coastal Premier Properties. Tom started in the real estate industry in San Diego during the 1970s. To learn more about how the industry and area have changed since Tom started his career, click over to our History of San Diego Real Estate series.

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Coastal Premier Properties: When did you first take an interest in real estate and how did you get started?

Tom Tucker:  I was working my way through San Diego State as bartender and a customer said she had just received her license and that I could be successful as well! Plus, the company she spoke about had training – something new to the industry. Also, my family had historically owned multiple properties and I knew I wanted to own real estate. I purchased my first property when I was 18.

CPP: How have you seen the economy affect the real estate market?

TT: When I first entered the business, rates were 7% then went to 18%. Now they are just over 4%. We talk about the rates, but no one can do a thing about them. They are what they are.

CPP: What has been the most significant moment in your career?

TT: My first commercial sale was a $32 million dollar shopping center. I did all the due diligence to provide my client the needed insights for the purchase.  I negotiated all the aspects of that sale – no one at my company at the time was there to provide help. I asked the owner for his story as to how he came to build such a real estate portfolio – what I learned from his story still helps me today.

CPP: What opportunities has this career given you over the years?

TT:  Whew, I am lazy, never had a real job in 43 years!  High risk and high pay out is my by-line. If one chooses to participate in the sales arena, then the rewards are financial independence, equity build-up from acquisitions, and freedom of time over time clock.

CPP: What personal characteristics do you feel contribute most to success in this industry?

TT: Sense of business planning and execution, dedication to work hard, self-discipline, and the desire to acquire wealth through ownership of real estate.

CPP: What advice would you give someone who is planning to pursue a career in real estate?

TT: Study study study! Be a GREAT facilitator. Today, more than ever, one has to facilitate a sale, not SELL a property. The web has changed everything about who we are, what we do, what we must know, etc. Being a GREAT listener is imperative. Listen more, talk less, watch body language and client delivery.

CPP: What do you find most challenging/ satisfying about your work?

TT: Challenge – stay engaged, know the client and their agenda, be a great facilitator.  Satisfying-  knowing you can be an asset in a transaction, but you MUST know what the hell you are doing!  Being proactive means you can be satisfied you are on your game.  Handing clients keys to the new home is rewarding!  Getting referrals and repeat business is rewarding and provides validation you are an asset to the client.

CPP: Is there anything you would have done differently with your career?

TT: Invested in more real estate. Still can happen today. The numbers are bigger, but the concept is the same – help clients with their needs, then insure your needs (investment portfolio) are taken care of.  NO one will take care of YOU so earn earn earn, save save save, invest invest invest. Believe in the product ….its equity will grow, but you MUST own real estate otherwise, in my view, you do not believe in the product.

For more about Tom, click here.

For our next post in the People of CPP series, we’ll be speaking with Sam Hahn, Head of Property Management at Coastal Premier Properties!

People of CPP: Meet Susan Meyers-Pyke

In our new blog series, we’re taking you behind the scenes to meet the amazing agents and staff of Coastal Premier Properties. We hope you’ll follow along as you get to know more about the faces of our great company!

This week we’re talking with Susan Meyers-Pyke, owner of Coastal Premier Properties and Realtor. Susan is a long-time San Diego Realtor and she and Amy Green worked together as partners before founding Coastal Premier Properties. Since then, their focus has been on creating the best possible brokerage for clients and agents!

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Coastal Premier Properties: When initially getting into real estate, was it always a goal to start your own company?

Susan Meyers-Pyke: I got into real estate when I was 22 years old and at that time I had no idea Amy and I would own our own company. It definitely was a process over the years!

CPP: What or who has been your greatest inspiration in your professional career?

SMP: The people that have made the most difference in my career are my partner, Amy Green, as well as a couple of office managers over the years. We have also always had a real estate coach and each coach I have had has provided not only ideas on how to get where we wanted to go, but also kept me going in the right direction.

CPP: What has been your most satisfying moment in business?

SMP: There are many moments that have touched me. I think that is because I have been able to work with so many people. I helped a family move years ago that were frustrated because they were not able to sell their home with another agent. They wanted to downsize so that the husband could afford to take his wife to see where he was born in Europe. I remember when I got a postcard from them thanking me for helping to make that happen. It put tears in my eyes because I knew how important this was for them.

CPP: How would you define success in both your professional and personal life?

SMP: Knowing that I have made a positive difference with those around me.

CPP: What is your next big goal?

SMP: Still thinking about that one.

CPP: Looking back on your career, is there anything you would have done differently?

SMP: Anticipated and planned for that first down turn market that I didn’t think would ever come. That’s it.

CPP: What morals do you stick to in your personal and professional career?

SMP: Honesty.  Keep it simple. Take one step at a time. Plan the work and work your plan. Learn from your failures.

CPP: How has the real estate community changed since you first began?

SMP: Email, fax machines, cell phones, voicemail, social media…lots of changes to technology!

CPP: How did you build a successful customer base?

SMP: Staying in touch and doing a good job for each customer.

CPP: What are your favorite hobbies?

SMP: Run on the beach, skiing, tennis, reading, and hiking.

CPP: What makes you the happiest?

SMP: Spending quality time with family & friends. 

CPP: What is your favorite thing about working with Amy?

SMP: Amy is patient, a great partner, and a great friend too!

For more about Amy and Susan, click here.

For our next post in the People of CPP series, we’ll be speaking with Tom Tucker, Broker of Record at Coastal Premier Properties!

People of CPP: Meet Amy Green

In our new blog series, we’re taking you behind the scenes to meet the amazing agents and staff of Coastal Premier Properties. We hope you’ll follow along as you get to know more about the faces of our great company!

For our first interview, we’re talking with Amy Green, owner of Coastal Premier Properties and Realtor. She and Susan Meyers-Pyke first worked together as partners before founding their own brokerage in 2009. Amy and Susan have worked tirelessly to make Coastal Premier Properties into the kind of collaborative, forward thinking brokerage that clients and agents love!

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Coastal Premier Properties: How did you get started in real estate?

Amy Green: I was always told I would make a good Realtor. When i was ready to go back to work after having kids, I decided I would give it a try. It is so different that I initially imagined, but 16 years later i feel so blessed for all it has given back to me as a person.

CPP: Did you ever imagine owning your own successful business?

AG:  No, and when we first opened CPP we didn’t have a clear vision.  In about the 3rd year that vision came and we have grown ever since and love what we have created.

CPP: What is success to you?

AG: Doing something that’s fulfilling and validates you [that you] are doing the right thing.

CPP: What do you value most about your professional career?

AG: All the amazing people I have worked with, [those] I have helped, and those that have inspired me.

CPP: What do you like to do when you’re not working?

AG: I love traveling and being with my family. I am pretty much a homebody which many people find surprising.

CPP: What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur.

AG: I don’t feel like I have had to sacrifice, but I know my kids would have liked me on the phone less!

CPP: What makes your happiest?

AG: Making people happy.

CPP: Have you reached all your goals?

AG: No

CPP: What do you admire most about CPP?

AG: All the great people who are here.

CPP: What motivated/ motivates you most professionally and personally?

AG: To always do the right thing and continually look for new ways of doing it better.

CPP: If you could do it all again, would you change anything?

AG: Nothing

CPP: What do you respect most about Susan? What have you learned from her?

AG: She is my Ying, we have great respect for each other and we can talk about anything. We have the same vision, but we each shine in different places and that is what makes us great partners.

For more about Amy and Susan, click here.

For our next post in the People of CPP series, we’ll be speaking with Susan Meyers-Pyke, Amy’s partner and co-owner of Coastal Premier Properties!

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