Stephanie was born and raised in Santa Barbara and has been selling real estate since 2005.
With the current shortage of inventory, Stephanie has been specializing in finding properties that are not listed for sale, so that her clients are able to purchase homes without having to compete with other buyers.
Stephanie helps home sellers net the highest amount of money on their home (sale price less concessions) by zeroing in on the best listing price that will help to obtain multiple offers so that the seller can choose which one fits their needs best. In addition, she advises them on how to prepare their home for the market, so that it shows well and gets the best return on their investment.
When Stephanie is not working, she is spending time with her husband of 8 years and her two small children.
The Qualities that Make Marie Sue a Favorite Santa Barbara REALTOR®
As a former teacher, Marie Sue takes particular pride in helping her clients find new Santa Barbara homes for sale in neighborhoods with excellent Santa Barbara schools, both for their own children and for resale advantages. As an agent representing sellers, Marie Sue prides herself on the number of times she gets referrals and repeat business from her very satisfied clients. She has served on the Association of Realtors' Professional Standards Committee for several terms, and has received the Association's "Sweetheart Award" as the Santa Barbara real estate professional selected by her peers as the one they would most like to work with in a real estate transaction.
Santa Barbara Real Estate Professional Memberships
Marie Sue knows that being a quality real estate agent in Santa Barbara means belonging to the real estate groups that believe in keeping clients well-informed. Being a member of the following real estate groups, means Marie Sue stays abreast of the latest Santa Barbara real estate news:
- Santa Barbara Association of Realtors
- California Association of Realtors
- National Association of Realtors
- Council of Residential Specialists (CRS)
- Certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
- Awards and Committees
A true Santa Barbara real estate specialist cares about clients, and Marie Sue is one of those "special" agents. By her outstanding service and commitment to her clients wants and needs, Marie Sue has received numerous Santa Barbara real estate awards. Buyers and Sellers both want to work with someone knowledgeable about the area they are selling or looking to buy in. Marie Sue has been in the area for so much of her life that being "in-the-know" about Santa Barbara weather, Santa Barbara news, Santa Barbara shopping, Santa Barbara schools, Santa Barbara attractions and generally things to do in Santa Barbara, is second nature to her. Because of these things, she has received the following awards and committee appointments:
- Coldwell Banker International President's Elite
- Santa Barbara Association of Realtors "Sweetheart" Award (2004)
- Santa Barbara Association of Realtors Howard Gates Award for closing the most difficult transaction of the year (1986)
- Buffini and Company (real estate trainers) Peak Performers Designation
- Numerous service awards from the Santa Barbara Association for serving on the Grievance Committee, Multiple Listing Committee, Governmental Relations Committee, Professional Standards Committee.
- A Well-Rounded Santa Barbara Real Estate Agent
Marie Sue may be one of the best real estate agents in the Santa Barbara area, but great agents also need outside interests to help keep themselves balanced. Marie Sue has a passion, in addition to Santa Barbara real estate, for gardening. Because of her love of anything that grows, she is a member of the Santa Barbara Horticulture society and the Santa Barbara Orchid Society. She also has an interest in Genealogy, which she can study further as the immediate past VP of Programs in the Santa Barbara County Genealogy Society, completing a four year term, and as the current President-Elect of the society. Marie Sue is also an elder at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and serves on the Worship committee and as Head Usher.