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"Your negotiating skills are unsurpassed. We feel lucky to have had you on our team…" Seller
"Diana, thank you for making this sometimes overwhelming process enjoyable. Your commitment to our goals was impressive. You were always there for us!…Would you please plan our wedding too?…" Seller and Buyer
Diana is a licensed Real Estate Broker and has been practicing Real Estate since 1988. She is highly regarded in this community of professionals and has consulted clients in most every east bay community over the past nearly 30 years. She has been a member of the Berkeley Association of Realtors since 1989 and a past member of both the San Francisco MLS and San Mateo County MLS. Her Real Estate career includes a multitude of experiences which enable her to best serve her referral-based clientele. Known for her skills in navigating and negotiating even the most complex transactions, other realtors often refer their most difficult transactions to Diana with a history of great results.
Diana has experience with, and has consulted her clients in, all aspects of building, sales and leasing properties. She has experience ranging from the most modest homes to exclusive estates. Her clients expect, and receive individualized service and expertise characterized by a flair for design. In 1994, Diana had built an AIA award winning home which has been featured in both local and international publications. This experience has given her a unique perspective on the housing process which she readily shares with her clients.
Liquidating an estate and need Real Estate advice? Diana expertly handles all aspects of a property sale for estates. It has not been unusual for administrators or trustees of estates to deliver the keys of a full house to Bay Area Properties. Diana has a team that will sensitively empty and prepare properties for sale, minimize expenditures and maximize returns for the estate. Diana works with the dynamics of complex relationships to expertly deliver service and a closing check. Please ask for references!
Diana holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration/Accounting and also has completed graduate work in finance, economics and marketing/design. Her first career was a project manager of financial and manufacturing computer installations for a multi-billion dollar international company. She also had short careers in fashion (owned a dress company in New York City) and law office management (New York City & Berkeley, California). Real Estate continues to allow Diana the opportunity to use a multitude of her skills including skillful negotiating, intuitive thought, creative marketing, finance, and design, while allowing her to work close to home.
Diana considers having raised three children as both her greatest life challenge and purest joy (now college aged). The children have attended private schools, public schools, LD specialty schools and boarding schools giving Diana a unique perspective on school options in the East Bay and beyond. The family resides in the Claremont Hills...far from her mid-western roots (Peoria, Il.).
Diana has also been active in numerous community and civic affairs, investing both time and financial resources in the community. Diana's passions include Education Reform and Homeless Advocacy (everyone needs a safe home!!!) - teaming with top professionals across the country to bring awareness and change. This has included co-chair of a National Dyslexia Week campaign with Dr. Sally Shaywitz of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity and co-design of a technology assisted education delivery system with Dr. Penelope Dyer. Diana provided guidance to a new school in the Oakland Hills, Baywood Learning Center, an alternative learning environment for gifted children. She was a founding officer of the community organization North Hills Phoenix Association (as an Oakland/Berkeley Hills fire survivor). Diana founded a book collection at Brown University in 1990 (Gay & Lesbian Fiction - The Richard G. Katzoff Collection) and was a founding member of Berkeley's childrens' museum, Habitot.
More recently, Diana joined Sally Hindman as a board member of Youth Spirit Artworks - an organization providing life skills and leadership growth opportunities utilizing art for at-risk and homeless youth. In this capacity, Diana is Chair of the Innovation Housing Committee.
She is also an avid snow boarder, writer, loves international travel (both backpacking in third world countries and diplomatic travel), an active meditator and a gourmet food connoisseur/cook. She stays actively connected to the community as a long-term Claremont Pool & Tennis Club member and past Knarr owner/St. Francis Yacht Club member.
Diana's entrepreneurial spirit combined with excellent organizational, promotion and production skills have been used in all stages of organizations and real estate: from planning and realizing big-picture goals to orchestrating and presenting events for fundraisers - no job is too large or too small with the right team!
Most of all, Diana takes great delight in the challenges and experiences that each new day brings. Choosing happiness and practicing compassion are principles core to her personal philosophy.
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