Congratulations, Sari Ward – Top Real Estate Agent in Laguna Niguel!
This year’s top Real Estate Agent in Laguna Niguel is Sari Ward of Sari Ward & Team, a real estate group affiliated with Bennion Deville Homes. Sari Ward was the top-producing real estate agent in Laguna Niguel in 2018 based on total numbers of transactions representing both buyers and sellers. Sari is also Top 50 in all of Orange County, which has more than 17,000 real estate agents. In addition to a banner year in 2018, Sari has been awarded numerous accolades in her career, including being named in the Top 1% Producing Agents in all of Orange County, and the service award title of “Top OC REALTOR®” by OC Magazine in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Sari attributes her highly successful 2018 to the growth of her team and establishing herself as the go-to person for all thing home related in Laguna Niguel. “We have a great team and culture that focuses on a clear purpose, vision, and core values that are client-centric,” Sari says. “Ultimately, our continued goal is to create clients for life, which results in more clients through referrals. We love word of mouth. I also think homeowners like being associated with a team they can trust. As our tagline says ‘We Bring Home Results!SM’ because we always set the bar high and give each client a little extra. And it shows in our testimonials on Zillow and Google – resulting in a stellar reputation.”
As successful as 2018 was for Sari Ward & Team, Sari already has her eyes set on making 2019 and beyond even better by keeping her team’s momentum going. “It is tremendously fulfilling to be able to help so many homeowners achieve their goals. Not only was 2018 extremely rewarding, but our significant growth over the past decade has been a lot of fun. And I think we are just getting started.
“In 2019, we will build on our unique, innovative, and successful approach to marketing and continue to be meticulous about the small details. These are a few of the ingredients to our secret sauce. I see next year being more successful even with a tightening market.
“That said, this new market will require a skillset that many claim to have but a rare few are experts at: Negotiating. Sari Ward & Team gets top dollar for our clients. This comes from my days in the Silicon Valley working at Salesforce.com negotiating complex and high dollar contracts and completing my MBA. This real-world experience and business background give our clients a distinct competitive advantage.”
Looking to what the Orange County market holds in 2019, Sari sees a shift but is optimistic there are still plenty of deals to be made. “This is the first time the market has done anything but appreciate since the recession. However, I believe this situation will be less dramatic than it was in 2007. The main factor to watch this year will probably be interest rates and how they will affect home buying and selling. It is never a bad time to talk to us about your situation, whether you are selling or buying. When selling, we can help you prepare your house so it will be viewed at its highest level. When buying, we can prepare your offer in a way where the seller takes it seriously. And because of our track record and being a top agent in Laguna Niguel, we have a lot of respect from others. For example, if we write an offer and it comes from our team, the sellers know we work with good buyers and have a great reputation.”
In addition, Sari has a few tips for homeowners preparing to put their home up for sale this year. “Another key factor in 2019 will be to look at the overall quality of a home before placing it on the market. There is so much preparation that goes into listing a home that clients sometimes do not realize, especially in these market conditions. A potential listing has to be completely ready, not half ready. In previous years agents could just pop up a sign and get offers with minimum promotional effort; that will not happen in 2019. Clients need to hire agents who know how to position a home and market it properly. Getting a home ready to sell now requires more than just putting your clutter away, it needs to meet more expectations and appeal to potential buyers to be taken seriously. Hiring the right real estate professional is more critical now than ever, and we look forward to helping our clients stand out.”
Adds Managing Broker Sandi Richardson, “I am so proud of all that Sari and her team accomplished last year and congratulate her on continuing to set a high standard for herself and raising the bar of what clients should expect from their real estate professionals. The staggering growth she has accomplished since joining the industry nearly a decade ago is impressive, and we celebrate her big year as colleagues and champions of her success. I am excited to see what 2019 has in store for her and her team and wish them luck.”
ABOUT SARI WARD & TEAM
Sari Ward & Team are well known for luxury real estate in Orange County with an unsurpassed reputation for selling properties at their peak value and for finding the homes of their client’s dreams. We are honored to have clients entrust us as their guardian during this process. Sari Ward & Team always puts the client first while focusing on personal service, advanced marketing, attention to detail, market knowledge, and innovation. Led by Sari Ward, who has a formal background in business with a Master’s in Business Administration and an emphasis in Management, Sari Ward and Team has the optimal blend of industry experience and business savvy to consistently accomplish outstanding results. Sari started her career in the Silicon Valley at Salesforce.com where she was responsible for managing multiple relationships, both externally and internally, negotiating multi-million dollar contracts with vendors, and getting the company top dollar and value for everything that was purchased.
ABOUT BENNION DEVILLE HOMES
Founded in 2001 by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Bennion Deville Homes is one of the top independent real estate brokerages in the nation and serves home buyers and sellers throughout Southern California in the primary markets of the Greater Palm Springs Area (Coachella Valley) and San Diego and Orange counties. Coachella Valley offices include locations in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta. Spring-boarding off the massive success of the company in the desert, Bennion Deville Homes began serving coastal Southern California communities in 2010, with offices serving Orange County in Laguna Niguel, and San Diego County in Little Italy (Downtown), Encinitas, and Carlsbad. Bennion Deville Homes also has a presence in Glendora in Los Angeles County, and Garner Valley, Redlands, and Lake Arrowhead in Riverside County.
The exclusive LUXE Collection program complements the company in listing and selling the finest luxury homes in Southern California, thanks in part to exclusive partnerships with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Luxury Portfolio®, and Mansion Global, creating a strong presence to help high-end properties gain digital and print exposure to an affluent international client base.
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