Buying a home (or selling your home so you can buy your next home!) is most often the largest purchase you make in your lifetime! All of a sudden it seems that there are so many decisions to be made. From where to live, what kind of house, how much you want to pay monthly, and how you'll fund your down payment. Where to even start?!
Choosing the right real estate agent can help you connect with your dream home faster! It's about working with an agent who is knowledgeable about the market and can guide and support you every step of the way.
I hope that by connecting with me, I make it an easy decision to work together!
In my real estate career, I've been a top real estate agent representing some of the biggest builders in the US. I've been the go-to agent for many of the leaders within the company and definitely the agent to handle the "tough" or challenging real estate circumstances.
And now, I hope to you be your go-to agent. Whether you have a question about real estate, the market, or what moves you should make to plan for your first (or next!) real estate purchase. That, or you are wanting to know my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area, Sacramento, LA, Napa Valley, or Hawaii... I'm your home girl!
Straight talk, strong drinks, ordering dessert before dinner, puppy snuggles, binge reading books, and top shelf tequila served neat.
Fake [fill in the blank], keeping quiet, not taking action, taking more than giving, scary movies, Bay Area traffic
Guesting on podcasts or panels, meeting with my delightful clients, on a foodie adventure, dancing in my kitchen, or singing in my car.
Positive affirmations, green gut glow shots, Peloton-ing, and good skincare (Dr. Barbara Sturm, Kypris, and Charlotte's magic cream!)
read my really official bio
Let's work together
An award winning real estate professional who has been helping buyers and sellers make the dream of homeownership a reality, since 2005. For years, she has been a "go-to" agent, top producer, and industry leader in new construction and homebuilding. In her career, she has managed the sales of over $1B in real estate development properties for individual homeowners and also private or public builder or developers. In 2022, Dianna partnered with eXp Realty, one of the fastest growing real estate brokerage firms in the world to create her own independent boutique real estate practice, servicing clients throughout Northern California in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area, as well as her "hometown" Sacramento, and occasionally in the Napa Valley. She hopes to educate and empower her community to create wealth through the opportunity of homeownership.
At the heart of every real estate transaction is a life change. Having practiced in real estate for almost 2 decades, I've come to the understanding that right before a client has called me to sell their home or purchase a new home, they have first decided to make a major change in their life: getting married, getting divorced, having a baby, adopting a furry baby, relocating, or planning for an empty nest or retirement.
Bridging the gap between their old life and their new life has been my specialty. Buying a home is most often the biggest purchase you make in your lifetime! Add to that a major life transition and B-A-M you have the makings of one of the most stressful times in your life.
While having a real estate license helps me in navigating the ups and downs of coordinating the escrow management, being a life coach helps me navigate all of the emotions that come with letting go of what was and moving forward one baby step at a time to step into what is to come. I have had the honor of helping hundreds of individuals and families through this process. And in every instance, it was the desire of wanting "a better life" that gave us hope when the going-got-tough.
When I worked at Nordstrom, a client offered me the opportunity to work in property management, leasing luxury apartment homes. I moved from my hometown near Sacramento to the Bay Area to work at the newly built development, Santana Row. A few years later, after passing the state exam for my real estate salesperson license, I worked as a temp-to-hire, offering assistance to builders and developers in new home sales. I credit these early starts as a "paid internship" where I had an amazing opportunity to learn from the top new home real estate agents in the industry.
I look back at this time in my career and realize how lucky I was to learn about real estate during a "down" shift. From the height of the market and selling homes to waiting lists and by lottery... to the crash that inspired the movie "The Big Short", I continued to work for private developers and homebuilders, where I was consistently a top performing real estate salesperson helping buyers connect with available homes and still make home purchases, despite the market shift.
While the real estate and mortgage market continued to shift, I represented some of the most prestigious new home developments in the "renaissance" of Sacramento's midtown and downtown neighborhoods. It wasn't just about selling a house, it was helping clients kickstart a whole new lifestyle. To this day, I think these neighborhoods have become some of my favorite places to enjoy restaurants, entertainment, coffee shops, art, and people in all of Sacramento. My hometown.
After a few life changing pivots, and a small "break" from real estate where I moved to the Napa Valley, I came to work for a local, family owned homebuilder in the Bay Area. Not only did I get to help homebuyers from ground up in buying new construction properties, our team was also awarded some of the most prestigious awards in the industry. Kind of like winning an Oscar, Emmy, or Grammy Award. Pretty cool honor!
While working in new construction, an interesting mix of high paying Bay Area jobs, the lowest mortgage interest rates in history, lack of available housing inventory, combined with shortages in labor and building materials and California wildfires causing missed utility connections. Plus, add in a Global Pandemic.... Somehow created one of the busiest seasons in my 17-year real estate career. Also, one of the most complicated! Managing longer than average buildout and escrow timelines, rates fluctuating and a need for rate locks or extensions, and helping people manage their lives. A challenge that wave after wave, we had to rise to the occasion to keep moving forward. Let's just say, I learned how to surf! (Figuratively, not literally!). Those challenges have prepared me to be the best agent I can be for you!
At the beginning of 2022, I made a decision to move on from my career in new home sales to open my own boutique real estate practice so I could offer a more personalized experience in buying or selling, curated for each client individually. I want all of my clients to feel like they not only have the most qualified, experienced real estate agent representing them, but that it feels like I'm their BFF or a member of the family supporting them through every step. A real estate "Ohana"!
I am a California Girl! I don''t think I could live in another state. My parents were both born in the Philippines, but grew up in Hawaii. I was born in Arizona and moved to California when I attended Kindergarten. I've spent a lot of time in other states, but California has my heart.
I'm a huge foodie, but when it comes to cooking I'm kind of a fail in the kitchen. I'm a "bring-home-the-bacon" kinda girl, not make bacon. LOL. During the pandemic I made a goal to be a better cook. Thanks to friends' recipes, my Instant Pot, and the YouTube, I have to say, I am getting pretty good. You know, for a beginner!
I am obsessed with all things skin care, self care, beauty, and beauty gadgets. My family has owned a few beauty salons, so from a young age I learned to appreciate a multi-step skin care ritual and visiting the shop to get mani/pedis. In my 30's I developed adult acne and that was my one of the inspirations for discovering beauty nutrition. I even got a certificate in holistic health coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I speak on these topics through my lifestyle & wellness brand, The Sunshine Estate.
I have a black belt in tae kwon do! My parents were not a fan of me wanting to be a cheerleader and made me take karate with my brothers. I even taught Kinder Karate classes!
I love to dance! Even if not the most coordinated. As a child I did ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and hula dancing. As an adult, I found my love for dancing again in "Beyoncé" dance classes. I attended classes with Pop Star Booty Camp in SF. We learn a pop star's dance choreography and perform in costume at a SF night club.
let's be friends!
I am what you call young-at-heart, but also, an "old soul". My man-child son will be 20 this year! In so many ways, I realize that we raised each other. It feels like literally yesterday, I was chasing this small being around everywhere and now I watch him chase big dreams and adventures.
I'm also a dog mom. My guy is 8. He's a Havanese. A few years back, we learned he was deaf, and thanks to an amazing trainer, found a way for us to communicate better. He is obsessed with TV and is quite possibly the weirdest (and bestest!) dog someone could call family.
I'm a huge foodie and can plan my whole day/week/vacation around where I want to dine. Add in good company and a few cocktails, it makes it even better!
I love fashion, and art, and books. It's a complete toss up if I collect more pretty shoes or books. Although, during my last move, I can tell you the boxes and boxes (and boxes!) of books likely win.
If you follow me on social media, you will see a lot of food posts, pictures of my dog, or any of the adventures we explore.
schedule a call