In her 30 years of experience in real estate, Sharon has been a top performer wherever she’s landed. Whether working in Chicago as one of the leading commercial brokers or in the Monterey Bay as one of the top residential real estate agents, Sharon has consistently provided her clients exceptional service.
After becoming a licensed real estate agent in California in 2005, Sharon achieved “Rookie of the Year” for Northern California and Hawaii in her first year.
For the past 10 years, Sharon has consistently been ranked in the top 10 percent of Realtors in Monterey County. In 2015, Sharon was ranked number 5 in sales for Sotheby’s International Realty in Carmel, California.
Sharon is currently a member of the Luxury Institute for Homes and she holds two designations for short sales and foreclosures, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR).
Jim has been a successful real estate agent for the past two years. He is also an experienced real estate investor, having completed 27 real estate transactions worth $28.2 million with a net profit of almost 45%.
Jim has a wealth of experience in the business world. He has more than 20 years of experience as a C-level executive, previously operating under the titles of CEO, CFO or COO at various companies.
His experience leading global organizations coupled with the inherent deal-making that running a company requires has given him an extraordinary skill in negotiating and closing deals, which he now uses to the benefit of his real estate clients.
Jim graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Air Force Academy and a master’s of business administration from California State University, Sacramento.
A nine-year old English Cream golden retriever, Ellie is the perfect companion for a real estate agency such as Swallow Properties. Her favorite pastime is to meet and greet people so it’s no surprise that ‘working’ open houses is her number one real estate job.
Ellie’s ‘Top 5’ list of things to do in the Monterey Bay area include:
- Playing ball on Carmel Beach (or any beach for that matter).
- Driving in the car down 17-mile drive.
- Talking to customers at Carmel Belle (if you talk to her she’ll be sure to talk back).
- Going for a hike in Garland State Park. Her favorite is the Lupine Loop. And she especially thinks you should chase the ducks in the river … or throw sticks to her if you see her there.
- She knows this isn’t a ‘thing to do in Monterey’ but she loves it so much, she felt that she had to include it, which is playing with her squeaky toys, especially her hippo and piggy.
Ellie is such a beloved companion and friend to the Swallow’s clients, that she often gets her own Christmas presents.
Ellie also has two sisters, (also known as Jim and Sharon’s daughters, Shannon and Heather) who love her dearly. Heather is a naturopathic physician in Monterey and Shannon is a marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon.
“Ellie has been with us for nine years and she’s the best companion we could ever have,” says Jim Swallow. “She loves people, always wants to say ‘hi’ and is regularly the center of attention.”
Come in and meet Ellie, she’ll make your day!