Meet Susan B. Harman

Realtor, 17 years experience

Designations: Senior Real Estate Specialist (50+), Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Staging Professional, Advanced Training in Negotiation and EcoGreen Building, Sterling Society Award, Agent of the Month

My philosophy is simple: clients come first and I measure success by their satisfaction. My fulfillment comes from making a positive difference in my clients’ lives.

Whether you are a buyer or seller, you need a Trusted Resource who can help guide you through today’s complex world of real estate. As an experienced real estate agent and a resident of the area for 40 years, I can use my knowledge and expertise to help you buy, sell, and invest in residential and country properties in Sonoma County. Most of my clients come to me by referral from people who know me, trust me, and respect my integrity. I know that buying or selling a home can be a life-changing experience. Consequently, my focus is on keeping you fully informed by offering information and advice, both pros and cons, enabling you to explore all your options and make the decisions that are right for you. I am committed to providing each and every client with comprehensive, exceptional, and personalized service.

When working with Sellers, whether your goal is to expand, downsize or relocate, I ensure that your home is well priced, professionally presented, and assertively marketed. I will negotiate for you the best terms and highest possible sales price.  When I represent Buyers, I take the time to listen, familiarizing myself with your priorities, hopes and lifestyle, so that your new home truly meets your needs and desires.  I work with investor clients doing 1031 exchanges and know the importance of planning, timing and tax ramifications for your ultimate financial advantage.

I happily serve people of all ages but I have a special understanding, appreciation, and expertise in helping those who are 50 years +. I bring my training as a Senior Real Estate Specialist plus my counseling background to help you and your family meet your real estate needs during these transitional years. Personally, I have taken care of older relatives going through various living situations as their needs changed, while still supporting my own adult children and grandchildren. My life experience also includes losing my spouse and having to negotiate that tumultuous emotional, financial and legal landscape. Though family circumstances may vary widely, knowledge, flexibility and empathy are essential when assisting folks to make wise real estate decisions for the future.

~My love for Sonoma County, plus my extensive knowledge of the area and the special requirements of country living are benefits I bring to my clients. Having bought, built, remodeled and landscaped numerous beautiful homes, both as residences and investments, I possess a wealth of experience and information.

 

Personal Background

Born and raised in Palo Alto, I moved to Sonoma County in 1978; the train still ran down the middle of Sebastopol’s Main Street when I chose this beautiful county as the place where I wanted to raise my family. Through the years I’ve been involved in various school, music, sports and community activities. I have two married children and three delightful granddaughters. Some of the things I currently enjoy: hiking along the coast and in my neighborhood Foothill Regional Park; dancing West Coast Swing, Nightclub Two-Step, Zydeco and free dancing at the many outdoor Summer concerts; wilderness vision quests; river kayaking on the Sonoma/Mendocino coastline; reading memoirs and historical fiction; and being a playful grandmother.

Education and Professional Background

  • BA in Anthropology, Stanford University
  • MA in Counseling, Sonoma State University
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Certificate, Business School Santa Rosa Junior College

I’ve had a long history in service professions, and I see real estate as being all about service. My background includes being director of a community health clinic in Palo Alto, business manager for an educational non-profit in Menlo Park and development director for a private school in Sonoma County. I have served on the Board of Directors for Bread for the Journey, which supports local community projects through seed grants, and I have helped fundraise for local Habitat for Humanity. I was also a licensed marriage and family therapist in Sonoma County for ten years as well as a hospice and hospital volunteer.

If we have not met before, I encourage you to contact me, and I invite you to get on my mailing list and Client Appreciation Giveaway Program.