Agent 1993. Country Property Specialist '94. SRES '05. Broker '06, started ASK Realty '07. EcoGreen Agent '08. Certified as Distressed Property Expert and launched Elder Concierge Services 2009
Get to know Sharon Hawthorne
I became an agent in 1993, after 20 years as an investor --- managing remodels, renovations, additions and a short stint as a kitchen designer while attending real estate school. I began working primarily with buyers, became one of the first accredited buyer reps in Sonoma County, and specialized in country properties and vintage homes.
As technology, the financial and real estate markets, and my client's needs have changed and evolved so have I --- becoming a Seniors Real Estate Specialist in 2005, a broker in 2006, and starting ASK Realty in 2007. In 2008 I became an EcoGreen Real Estate Agent. In 2009 I was certified as a Distressed Property Expert, launched an Elder Concierge Real Estate Service, and became a Certified Green Building Professional.
Commitment to my professional growth is a commitment to my clients --- to providing the best service possible. I devoted much of 2009 to laying ground work for providing enhanced services to several uniquely defined client groups: Elders and their senior children by familiarizing myself with housing and care alternatives, other professionals and agencies serving this demographic. Green Live Style seekers ---- folks interested in sustainbable building practices and products and energy conservation. Distressed Homeowners caught in mortgages they can't afford and the buyers who want to purchase such properties with the help of someone who is trained in managing a short sale process and who clearly understands that this is not a transaction just between just buyer and seller.
I pledge to encourage the inquiry and growth of my clients as well; to ASK, to genuinely listen, and to devote my best efforts to my client's best interest.
I am an ECOGREEN REAL ESTATE AGENT
What does this means to you ? That I understand the economic value of a well-designed space using durable, resource efficient, materials. And that I am mindful of the role construction methods and materials selection can play in indoor air quality, energy conservation, and personal well-being.
I assist buyers in recognizing and comparing the design and structural components of one home to another and can offer an educated opinion on the merit of green upgrade projects that have already been done or are being considered.
For sellers who've invested in energy efficient products and/or green building materials and techniques I can knowledgeably and effectively market their home without relying merely on price per square foot valuations (which often have little relevance to value) and I can intelligently respond to questions from both buyers and their agents concerning the merits of a home's energy efficiency and green design features.
I nurture 'green industry' connections with contractors, policy makers, designers, installers, and suppliers to whom I can refer clients with questions I cannot answer. And I continue to deepen my knowledge of all things green by attending classes provided by PG&E for people in the trades and seminars offered through local professional and community organizations on innovative building practices and hot topic legislative activities.
I am also a CERTIFIED GREEN BUILDING PROFESSIONAL and regularly attend the monthly North Bay Guild meetings of Build It Green --- a Bay Area based non-profit member organization dedicated to the promotion of healthy energy and resource efficient building practices throughout California by partnering with local governments and housing industry stakeholders to accelerate the adoption of green building practices and to develop pragmatic solutions to environmental challenges
I 2009 I launched ELDER CONCIERGE REAL ESTATE SERVICES, a niche service offering for seniors and their families.
Recognizing that a lack of familiarity with housing alternatives was often a hindrance to making a much needed move, my agent associate, who is also a senior Real Estate Specialist, and I developed the most comprehensive list of all senior housing communities in Sonoma county --- from assisted living and memory care communities to 'senior only' rentals, senior mobile home parks, and own-your-own-home retiree developments. We offer custom designed tours of these options so that elders and/or their adult children can explore the possibilities before making a decision to sell.
Deciding how to begin and the best place to move to --- especially if accustomed to decision-making with a partner who's no longer present --- may feel quite overwhelming. Leaving the familiarity of a home where one has lived for many years can be intimidating. Downsizing from a ‘family sized' home to a studio apartment can be a challenge. Just the thought of preparing a home for market, of managing the paperwork and the negotiations may cause some folks to stay in situations that no longer best serve their needs.
To help manage an Elder's sale and move, we act as a services concierge --- making referrals and coordinating the activities of other professionals and service providers when such assistance is needed.
I'm also a CERTIFIED DISTRESSED PROPERTY EXPERT meaning that I've taken training so that I am more well prepared than a typical agent, without considerable trial and error experience, at taking on the challenge of guiding a seller through the maze of short sale negotiations. And because I understand the seller's process in depth I can also more effectively represent a buyer --- to get the offer accepted and to do the best that can be done from the buyers side to bring that offer to a successful conclusion.
I am a two times Sonoma County COUNTRY PROPERTIES GRADUATE --- in 1994 and again in 2006 so as to stay informed of any changes in land use or building department policies. I grew up on a ranch in Nebraska, now live in a rural area west of Santa Rosa, and am well versed in the many issues of concern when buying or selling country properties, such as septic capacity, well water yield, easements and boudanaries and, most improtantly, permitted uses.
I love learning and I love sharing what I've learned.