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"Carmela was just outstanding! I needed to sell my home, but my budget for properly presenting my home was minimal. Carmela was simply masterful at advising me on what absolutely had to be done, and what was less important to do. She (and her colleagues Jen and Susan from Longbow Studios) took  matters in hand - literally - and not only organized my thinking about the process, but organized and helped clean my house! Not that this is a routine for Carmela, but she was very sensitive to my financial situation which made coping with the whole process so much easier. Carmela communicated with me every step of the way, and I completely trusted her to act on my behalf with the buyers and agents. My house sold in six days for $100K over the asking price! In addition to guiding me through the whole process of selling my house, Carmela helped me in my search for a new place to live! Carmela went the extra mile and I cannot express how much I appreciate her help and expertise. I would recommend her services to anyone. "

Juky K-Yelp


"I had no idea how much a realtor could help, until Bill Franzosa served as my agent, selling a house and land in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 2016. He answered each of my emails or calls within hours, if not minutes. Many complexities, from surveys and inspections to contractors and contracts, were handled by him with grace, experience, and respect for my situation. Since I could rarely come to the property itself, Bill Franzosa managed everything, and kept me well advised. Whether you're a buyer or seller, you won't get better hands-on service or more ease of mind than with Bill Franzosa."

M F-Yelp

"Though I can't speak beyond our experience with one of Thunderbird's sales agents, our feedback is nothing less than 5 out of 5 stars! 

I have no doubt that our agent, Ruth Bates could work for any real estate firm and help strengthen their reputation.  Ruth consistently demonstrated  customer service excellence, tribal knowledge of Santa Cruz County and cheerful, tiredless resolve to find just the right home for us.  From the day we met, to the day we moved in....

I supect this sounds like we're related to Ruth or that we knew her before our intoduction interview.   Truth be told, we just got lucky and from what I've heard from others who also bought or sold property with Ruth,  we're not alone in our high praise.  We love our home in Aptos and welcome the opportunity to reference Ruth and work with her again."

Bob S-Yelp

"David King and I worked together looking at houses, townhouses, and condos from October of 2014-August of 2015. He is a very patient, knowledgeable broker who never pressures clients. He is a strong listener, knows the market well, and has a very strong local network. (Walking around with Dave is like walking around with a celebrity. - A true testament of how well he treats others.) 

Dave's network is so strong that we have never gone to a property and not been able to go in. He calls listing agents ahead of time and makes very efficient arrangements so that on any given saturday or sunday, we would see three or four properties. 

Over the course of buying a home, we made several offers, went into contract once, and I ended up pulling out due to a poor inspection report. I really appreciate his non-emotional, steady, and strong support. In the end, we got the perfect place!

I am so happy in my new home, plugged straight into my great community, and have Dave to thank for much of my new beautiful environment."

Sharon P-Yelp

 "I have nothing but wonderful comments for Dianna Glidden from Thunderbird Real Estate.  She went above and beyond the call of duty as our agent when my husband and I recently purchased a mobile home in Live Oak.  Diana was always accessible, and quickly returned my texts or phone messages whenever I had a question about a property or our escrow.  Prior to our purchase she was happy to show me listings within a minute's notice of my phone call.  During escrow Diana was extremely thorough with disseminating information to us, made phone calls on our behalf to the bank, researched information about the property, accompanied us to the title company, and prepared an organized binder for us with all the pertinent escrow/inspection reports/property information.  In addition to being the consummate real estate professional, Diana has a delightful personality, and took an interest in my husband and I as individuals (not just as clients).  She is the type of person one desires to remain friends with long after the escrow is completed.  I highly recommend her as a real estate agent."

Nancy L-Yelp


"We just bought our first home here in Santa Cruz, with the help of Moshe Vilozny at Thunderbird Real Estate. Moshe is aweome to work with- he's a Santa Cruz local and knows the area like the back of his hand. He came to open houses with us and helped us narrow down what we were looking for. When we did settle on a house we wanted to make an offer on, he was right there every step of the way. From reviewing inspection reports to making plans for future repairs, he had honest advice for everything."

Edna V-Yelp


"This review pertains to a real estate agent, Heidi Robinson, who is with this agency.

The first thing you will feel when you meet with Ms. Robinson is rock-solid confidence that you are in good hands. We called upon Heidi to help us find and buy a home in Santa Cruz county in the summer of 2012. We had an extremely limited budget (275k) and as a family of five, we were looking for at the very least, a large 2 BR or 3 BR that was in decent enough condition to move into without having to make major repairs right away. If you are familiar with this market, you know it's a tough one, but if you have Heidi helping you, whether you are listing or buying, you won't be disappointed.

To make a long story short, we had hard time finding the right place. We were under a time constraint, as our lease was coming up on our rental. Even when things started to look very dismal, Heidi never gave up on us. Even when we were ready to just forget it and rent, Heidi kept working for us. While she was out of town at a conference she called to tell us to drive by a home that might be a good fit for us. It ended up being the home we bought.

The home was bank owned, and Heidi was an expert at guiding us through the process and helping us understand all the steps. She was super responsive and always willing to lend an ear when things became frustrating. She is professional, courteous, kind, honest, and works very hard for her clients. We have recommended her, and will continue to do so in the future. Please think of Heidi Robinson if you are buying or selling property in any of her services areas. "

 Cate T-Yelp


"We just completed our second real estate deal with David King at Thunderbird Real Estate, and I cannot say enough about Dave as a person and realtor. I met Dave King through a word-of-mouth recommendation in a conversation with a stranger at the beach.  I was thinking of relocating my family to the Santa Cruz area and was told: "If you are thinking of moving here, you have to talk to Dave King." So I called him up, and the rest is history. In our first deal together, Dave sold us our family home in Capitola. He listened to my wife and me, sized up our family situation, and found us a beautiful house that has worked out great for all of us. Just recently, Dave again helped us with the purchase of an investment/income property near Moss Landing. He was extremely professional, and navigated some difficult personalities and situations with style and grace.  So impressive. In my estimation, one of Dave's most impressive qualities or skills is his ability to read people. He is very adept at sizing up a situation, and coming up with an effective strategy to accomplish your goals.  Another thing that I have noticed about Dave is that if there is work to be done, he does it NOW. The direct approach. He gets more done in one cell phone call that most seem to in a week.  I have worked with several agents over the years and Dave is quite simply the best. It starts with his character. He is a high quality person. Dave cares about me and my family, really cares.  He was a word of mouth recommendation to me, and now he is my personal recommendation to YOU. Call him. Or call me if you have questions. 831 291 0696. Sincerely, Dave Alexander."

David A-Yelp


"Steve Sugidono was recommended to me by a coworker.  He was great in all aspects.  There was one point in the purchase where things got a little dicey but he helped me through the the process.  As a first time home purchaser buying a short sale condominium, I had a lot of questions.  Steve was patient and explained things fully.  I am now the happy owner of condominium.  I highly recommend him."

Donald P-Yelp

"It was an awesome experience with Rhonda and Gail from Thunderbird Real Estate. They were there for me from the beginning. They got me the loan officer and were showing me houses everywhere; Even after I got off work. They were honest, knowledgeable, resourceful, and I feel lucky to have found them. Through out the proses many, many things came up and they fought to get me in my house. I didn't have a ton of money, but now I am now a first time home owner and thrilled to be putting equity in to my future. If I ever buy or sell another house, for sure, I will be using Ronda Obert and Gail Mayo. I am indebted  to these wonderful woman and you will love them!"

Chris H-Yelp

"I highly recommend Dianna Glidden of Thunderbird Realty's Capitola office. In the process of acquiring property in the Santa Cruz area, Dianna was not only friendly and efficient, she was  knowledgeable, experienced and absolutely honest. She did everything and more when hurdles were reached and researched every aspect of the tiresome paper work that needed to be reviewed and understood. If it wasn't for Dianna we would never have been able to finalize this purchase. She was a pleasure to work with and is one of the best realtors in Santa Cruz."

Sharon R-Yelp

"I so appreciate the wonderful service I received from Steve Sugidono.  He was very enthusiastic and so helpful through the whole process of buying my new home.  He was available to help me look at homes, and once we found the right one, he gave me great guidance and help though the process.  You will be very, very happy if you choose him as your real estate agent - he is the best!!!"

Barbara L-Yelp

"I have had the pleasure working with Thunderbird, specifically agent Don O'Reagan, for over 10 years.  Don has assisted in two purchases and a sale for our family.  One sale and purchase concurrently on a very tight timeline.  We have experienced the highest levels of honesty, integrity and professionalism by both Don and the agency he represents.  I have referred him to other members of my family and they too have had the same positive experiences."

Amy G-Yelp

Thunderbird Real Estate

CA DRE License Number: 01346658

620 Capitola Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010

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