When clients hire Debra Smith and Leslie Mills as their real estate agents, they get more than two knowledgeable professionals who have been in the real estate business for over 11 years. Whether their clients are first time home buyers or experienced investors purchasing multi-million dollar homes, Debra and Leslie are energetic leaders in their field who are rewarded by repeat clients and numerous referrals.
Debra and Leslie met at Coldwell Banker during their first year of business. Each agent had her own clientele prior to the meeting, with Leslie receiving many of her original clients through referrals, and Debra breaking into the business by listing three custom homes in the Northgate area of Walnut Creek, after earning the developer’s trust and confidence. The two ladies found complimentary attributes in each other and began working with one high-end buyer together. The many hours Debra and Leslie spent together solidified their professional working relationship, and they’ve enjoyed working together ever since.
Debra and Leslie take a hands-on approach to real estate, preferring to stay involved in the entire real estate process from meeting with contractors, to home staging and holding open houses. They understand the stress of buying and selling a home and act as support facilitators from the initial meeting with their clients and for years to come.
As top producing agents for Coldwell Banker in Walnut Creek, Debra and Leslie are well-known for their ability to list and market homes that sell at the maximum sales price. The combination of professional experiences that Debra and Leslie bring to their clients has played a significant role in earning them awards for being in the top 5% of sales for Coldwell Banker’s Northern California Region, and currently 29th in sales for 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Area Region. In the last six years, the team has placed in the Top 100 Agents for San Francisco Bay Area Region.
First time, as well as repeat clients, find the demeanor and professionalism of Debra and Leslie to be one of their most appealing traits, and clients find no problem expressing their sincere appreciation and accolades: “Both transactions were handled with the utmost professionalism, knowledge, and expediency… The speed in which that transaction took place was due to their expert marketing strategy, knowledge of the market, and organization. Leslie and Debra take the stress out of buying or selling a home and help to make it the enjoyable experience it should be.”
Prior to becoming top producing real estate agents, Debra and Leslie held careers in the airline and law industries. Debra worked for Alaskan Airlines for over 22 years, starting off as a flight attendant before being promoted to run the sales and marketing department where she traveled throughout the country opening up new city service centers. Having to relocate every 8 months due to the demands of both her and her husband’s jobs, Debra became an expert in selling and buying homes, giving her empathy for clients that are relocating.
Leslie worked as an executive administrator for a high-end law firm before pursuing her dream of selling real estate. Leslie’s experience in accounting, paralegal, human resources, facilities management, negotiation, and office management gives her a strong background to deal with transactions in real estate. As someone who has personally invested in real estate since the 1980s, Leslie understands the value and emotions that encompass the buying and selling of a home and shares her love and passion for the industry with her clients.
Both longtime residents of Walnut Creek, Debra and Leslie appreciate the city’s central location, its culture and close-knit community. One of the benefits of selling real estate in their hometown is the joy they experience helping others discover the unique aspects of the area, often acting as the liaison to acclimate their clients into their new homes. Even after the close of escrow, Debra and Leslie enjoy helping their clients become familiar with new community, whether it’s providing the name of a reliable stylist or sharing Walnut Creek’s best kept secrets.
Debra and Leslie remain connected to the community by participating in various community service endeavors such as Habitat For Humanity, the Annual Walnut Creek Kitchen Tour, Tiles for Tomorrow, and their annual participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Diva Run which raised 14k this year.
Both ladies enjoy spending time doing recreational activities and working out at the gym. Debra, mother of two grown children, enjoys her time with her husband playing golf and watching movies; Leslie enjoys going to live theater, the ballet, and spending time with friends. They both enjoy taking part in the local attractions, restaurants, arts, and big city amenities that their incredible community has to offer.
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