Sheila Deignan

    Sheila Deignan

    CalDRE #00944527
    Before starting my real estate career full time about 15 years ago, my business background was in contract administration, paralegal work and venture capital coordination. Looking back it seems that my work experience had been the preparation that allowed me to achieve the Emerald Elite designation as a top producer for Sonoma County (and company-wide) for the last 5 years.

    Along with my Realtor® certification, I have attained the coveted CRS accreditation which is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents. I am also designated as an EcoGreen Certified Realtor, a Senior Real Estate Specialist, Resort Second Home Property Specialist and Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist of the Million Dollar Guild.

    I believe in Five Star Service, and I guarantee the same from my professional team and the related professionals that I recommend for your needs. Client communication and attention to detail are an integral part of my work, as well as disciplined and successful negotiation skills. I handle my real estate business with the passion and care that wins my client's loyalty, trust and friendship. Integrity is not just my way of doing business, it is the hallmark of every choice I make in life, and it's what I offer to you

    My Client Testimonials

    12/10/2016 by Rodney Van Pelt: I just finished working with Sheila successfully on my third real estate transaction. I just LOVE working with Sheila! She is very easy to communicate with. She responds quickly to inquiries and requests. While it is clear that the final decision is mine, she gives great counsel. She is of great assistance in making difficult and critical decisions such as pricing and timing. She represents well for me. She is powerful and kind. Until next time, thanks again Sheila for a job well done!
    11/29/16 by Alicia Garcia: Sheila is truly an amazing realtor! She has worked with my family through 2 homes, 2 babies, and more emails than I care to count. She has a lovely way about her so you never feel stupid for asking the silliest question. Her skill of communicating a clear plan of what to expect next, in even the messiest housing market, is impeccable. When working with Sheila, you feel as though you are her only client. It's a level of boutique service that only she can provide. Sheila will always be our realtor of choice!
    11/20/16 by Suzy Jade Gee: Sheila is the best real estate agent ever!!! We have used her to buy two houses and sell one. She is professional and knows real estate like the back of her hand. I put 100 percent of my trust in her. She has always given her all into all of our negotiations. I would never think that such a sweet person could be so tough when it came to her negotiation skills. She has been able to negotiate with the sellers and buyers every time and I have been 100 percent happy!!! My family uses her now and they have nothing but amazing compliments to give her too. We all agree she is the best for a reason! She cares about each and every client as if they were her only one! Thanks Sheila!
    9/14/16 by Melaine Carlascio: We have bought and sold several properties over the past 30+ years dealing with many different situations and realtors. By far Sheila Deignan, Wine Country Group by Better Homes & Gardens Realty, surpassed and more than exceeded our expectations of a realtor. She was very knowledgeable and thorough. She demonstrated outstanding customer service and it was truly a pleasure to do business with Sheila. Sheila went above and beyond to solve tenant issues, sprinkler system failure, (she even watered the lawn until the sprinklers were repaired), failed smoke detector batteries, buyer/realtor special requests and more, just to name a few. We are located 70 miles away and Sheila was able to take care of everything that came up so we would not have to drive to Sonoma ourselves. Thank you so much Sheila for all that you did to make this complicated situation a very easy and pleasant experience.
    8/16/16 by Eliza Lochner: Sheila not only found out house (off market), but also expertly advised to get our offer accepted (there were 2 other buyers in the mix) and coached us every step of the way as first time home buyers. It was a very fast deal and Sheila was on every detail to make it happen. Can't recommend her enough.
    7/25/16 by Kate Romano: I want to start by saying that before we met Sheila my husband and I had been looking in the East Bay for our very first home for about 4 months with no luck. Our real estate agent who was "helping" us was not great either. It almost felt like he just wanted to make a sale and didn't seem to listen to what we were saying. He even tried to convince us that a particular house he found was our dream home and it was nothing close to our dream home. After much debate my husband and I decided to search in wine country instead and sacrifice being close to the city. We found Sheila through an online search and our first meeting with her was like a breath of fresh air. She is very kind, honest, patient, knowledgeable, and thoughtful. Surprisingly, it was on that first meeting that we found our new home. As first time home buyers the entire process can be a bit daunting, but Sheila was extremely helpful in guiding us through it all and answering any questions we had. She literally went above and beyond. Right after we closed my husband and I had to leave for an out of country trip we had planned. My brother is an architect who lives out of state and was going to be in Sonoma during that time and I really wanted him to see the house so he could help with the remodel. Sheila had an extra key made and coordinated with my brother so that he could get it. She also let the electrician in to do some work while we were away and has given us recommendations for inspectors and contractors. We can't thank her enough for all that she's done and are so happy we chose her as our agent. We would definitely work with Sheila again!
    7/9/16 by Jeannie Ray: I feel so fortunate that I was able to work with Sheila on my recent purchase in Sonoma. My purchase was more complicated than most because it involved multiple properties and a 1031 exchange. Sheila made me feel confident all the way through because of her professionalism and attention to detail. I felt that she was equally concerned with the needs of the buyer and the seller in this transaction which ultimately resulted in a win/win/win. Sheila always responded promptly whether it was by phone or email. I could not be happier.
    7/8/16 by Melissa Misi: I had to do 90% of all transactions remotely and Sheila was awesome in taking care of every detail. She is very knowledgeable about the business and the area. Every question was answered and she always responded immediately to every inquiry. My mothers house was sold in literally a day and over asking price. I would recommend her in a heartbeat!!
    7/1/16 by Katrinia Smith: Moving to an entirely new area on a tight time frame in the fast-paced market in Sonoma County was cause for considerable stress for our family. We were so fortunate to have the patience and professionalism of Sheila Deignan at Wine Country Group Realtors as our advocate in the real estate world. Sonoma County is entirely new region for us and we relied heavily on Sheila's years of experience and insight. She took the time to get to know us and our needs in order to carefully match us to the perfect home and neighborhood. Our budget was always respected and Sheila made us feel that our business was valued. We had many hiccups in the process and we were so thankful to have Sheila as our advocate. Her incredible depth of knowledge and diplomatic manor became essential to making sure that the right property became our home at the right price. She and her team also took extra time to help us connect with qualified and reasonable flooring, paint and contract professionals. We recommend Sheila Deignan and her team without reservation as the most highly knowledgeable, professional and caring realtors in Sonoma County.
    5/17/16 by Ann Sadler: Sheila's response to my property interest was immediate, even on a Sunday evening! When she showed me the property of my dreams, she helped me get pre approved immediately. The previous owner of my new home also used Sheila and clearly trusted her. Sheila made my first home-buying experience go so smoothly, it was amazing. She is knowledgeable about the homes in this area and made my move from renter to home buyer the best that it could possibly have been. Thank you again, Sheila
    5/3/16 by Shawn Reagan: Sheila is a complete professional from the moment we made contact. She was very quick to respond to every phone call or email. She was very prepared for our first meeting with property information in the area along with a guidebook to help us understand the process. I was able to call her when I needed assistance with finding help with the preparation of putting our home on the market. Her support and understanding of our situation was reassuring throughout the entire process. We have nothing but praise for her work and as a very approachable professional.
    4/20/16 by Brandi Osborne: Being new to Petaluma, and the craziness of the Petaluma real estate market, I was referred to Sheila by a co-worker. Let me say ... thank goodness I was! As soon as I saw 'the' house ... Sheila went to work. Her advise was spot on re: our offer and it was accepted! (To note - ours was one of 4 (!) offers considered.) From there, she lined up the inspections, made sure we hit all deadlines, negotiated very (!) favorable closing credits & we record today, 4/20. To say I'm thrilled is an understatement! However, I am also greatly appreciative of all the work Sheila did to ensure I got 'the' house. So for that ... I have to say "Thanks, Sheila!" L
    3/25/16 by Sharon Clark: We met Sheila at an open house while searching for a home in an extremely competitive market. After having a couple bad experiences with other realtors, we decided to work with Sheila for our home search and home purchase. So glad we did! Sheila's professionalism, expert guidance, and patience restored our confidence in the home purchase process, and we ended up with exactly the right home for us. We also can't say enough about how much we appreciated her integrity and poise in such a crazy market. Thank you for keeping it classy, Sheila!
    3/11/16 by Brenda Flanders: We had a wonderful experience working with Sheila Deignan. From the moment we met her at our initial meeting we knew we would be in very good hands. She is extremely knowledgeable about the local market and equipped us with a vast amount of information and advice. She helped us to locate the perfect home in Napa and lead us throughout our search with expert guidance and counsel. She worked hand in hand with our lender, and as a result, the entire process from opening of escrow to closing was seamless. And her invaluable support didnt stop once the sale was complete we became aware of a few issues with the property once we moved in, and Sheila successfully negotiated the full repair with the seller. We couldnt have been happier working with Sheila; her knowledge, negotiation skills, and warm personality made this process a pleasure from start to finish. We feel that we not only have found the perfect house as a result of Sheilas guidance, but that we have secured a new friend as well. We wholeheartedly recommend her as your real estate expert!
    1/31/16 by Eastman Weber: Dayna and I bumped into Sheila while touring open houses in Sonoma Valley and, although we werent looking for an agent at the time, we both immediately sensed she was the right fit for us. Our intuitions did not fail us as her experience, professionalism and persistence helped us find and get the perfect home through a protracted search in an extremely competitive market. We are thankful to have stumbled not only upon such a consummate professional but also a warm, engaging and good humored person. Thanks again Sheila!!
    1/27/16 by Katie Griffin: Sheila literally found our home. We were not aware of this area of Sonoma and she helped negotiate the purchase. Her contacts were essential for the deferred maintenance/repairs that we had done to the house before moving in. Her inclusion of a home warranty as a gift us has been extremely useful. She is amazingly attentive and more than willing to go the extra mile. Her husband even got in on the act by checking on some permit issues at the building department!
    1/20/16 by Georgia Harrah: Sheila is outstanding! We were looking for a dream getaway home and Sheila delivered on the 2nd property she found us! While my husband has bought a home before, this was my first time and Sheila made it so easy. Everything was done timely and no question I had was left unanswered. Sheila knows not only about the area, but has recommendations and knowledge for everything from pool covers to kitchen remodeling. Our 3 year old son is also very fond of her and will surely be disappointed when he realizes she won't be at our new home every time we visit! We truly couldn't recommend anyone more. Sheila will not disappoint!
    1/19/16 by Denny Brisley: I give Sheila my highest professional and personal recommendation. As an out of state real estate investor wishing to sell a rental property in Sonoma, I needed an experienced and hands on realtor to act as my agent and personal representative in every aspect of the listing, marketing and sale of this investment property. I retained Sheila after multiple recommendations that she "was the best of the best" in the Sonoma market. Sheila was simply superb in every aspect of our relationship - I would give her 10 stars if I could. She walked me through the current market dynamics, developed a thorough and sophisticated marketing plan, and then launched the effort with great enthusiasm. I am delighted to note that Sheila worked tirelessly to market the property, was in constant communication with me at every turn, and in short order was successful in selling my property. My only regret is that my current investment portfolio is situated in the East coast and I can't use her for all of my properties!
    9/7/15 by Cliff Sheppard: We knew we'd found the right realtor when we emailed Sheila on a Sunday evening about selling our home and our phone rang 5 minutes later. From the start, Sheila was organized, well versed on the local housing market and wonderful at guiding us through the steps necessary to prepare our home for sale. Being out of town sellers, we needed someone who could help oversee renovations for us. She had a great team of people to employ on our behalf and the result was wonderful. Her pricing strategy was excellent and our end result was way more than we expected. She went above and beyond all expectations and we would use her again in a heartbeat. We quickly referred her to a friend who had a great experience, as well.
    9/1/15 by Donna Cohen: Sheila was helpful and professional throughout this transaction. She went the extra mile to assist in getting the property more presentable after our tenants moved out. When we had our offer, she worked with the buyer to iron out all contract details and everything proceeded as planned. I have also used Sheila to buy a property in the past. I would highly recommend her.
    8/7/15 by Rich Farley: Sheila is an outstanding Real Estate professional. She is extremely knowledgeable and did an outstanding job of helping us sell our recent home. Sheila has great follow-through and exceptional customer service focus either as a buyer's or seller's agent. I would highly recommend Sheila for your Real Estate needs.
    7/23/15 by Mariola Ryan: I met Sheila through a friend of mine after moving to California from East Coast . She has been a wonderful , helpful, understanding and very patient during a very difficult process of finding my home nest here in Sonoma . Sheila knows this area very well and has been incredibly helpful in choosing location as well as incredibly proactive in sending current listings , keeping in touch , taking me on house tours etc. She is just simply the best and the most wonderful agent I have ever worked with . Thank you Sheila for everything you have done to help me !!!!
    7/23/15 by Blair Larson: I recently bought a home and Sheila was my agent. She demonstrated why she is the best at her business. She helped me define my priorities and style and then selected the appropriate houses to view. When it was time to make the offer, she worked swiftly with the seller, negotiated the deal and took care of any open items. The house sale closed on schedule. Sheila definitely knows her business and is polite, courteous, and flexible throughout the process. I would use her again and recommend her to my friends.
    7/22/15 by Gail Lanigan: Sheila as all of the above and more. She was available 24 hrs a day, we did most of our negotiations during the evening and on a weekend, and Sheila was right there with us helping us through the process. She took the time to show us some special interest spots close to the house. Her knowledge of the local inspectors and other realtors really helped us, as all of the inspection appointments were made by her as we were new to the area and the local professionals available. Sheila has a very calm and easy manner that we found very easy to work with.
    7/22/15 by John Bortells: We have moved many times across the country and back. Sheila has been the best agent we have ever worked with and we weren't easy clients. We are finally settled into a house that we are turning into a home thanks to Sheila's persistence, professionalism and the team of people that she works with. Sheila has great relationships and resources in the community and we used several of her contacts from mortgage to remodeling. Sheila never stopped giving us her undivided attention through the entire process and she stayed involved and interested even after the close.
    7/21/15 by G.T. Towns: Sheila was fantastic in selling our home in Petaluma. For years we didn't think it could sell. After speaking with Sheila and letting her know our hopes for a sale, she came up with a clear plan and executed on it brilliantly. Sheila was great about letting us know where we were in the process, what the next steps were and managed a tricky sale (we are now out of state, had tenants renting) with a wonderful, professional, optimistic style and understanding for our situation. I'd recommend Sheila for any sale as she worked some fine miracles on a house that we were stuck with for years before meeting her.
    7/21/15 by Pamela Carter: Sheila did an amazing job selling my house in record time and with multiple offers over asking. Cant ask for more than that. I would love to offer a testimonial on her professionalism, marketing strategy, pricing acumen in addition to being a sincere and genuine person. In dealing with any type of business transaction, it really gets down to a persons people skills and integrity. I truly appreciated the way Sheila was able to work well with the other agents and brokers. In their communication to me, their high level of respect for her was obvious and they were happy to tell me how lucky I was that she was selling my house. My Sonoma friends that referred me to her claimed she was Sonomas Best. In addition to being uber professional, caring and approachable, she has strengths in building rapport and networking her connections to attract the ideal buyer.
    5/31/15 by Judith Ryan: Real Estate Professional is precisely the right description for Sheila Deignan. At our first meeting, in our home, Sheila impressed me with her quiet, dignified, knowledgeable manner in presenting herself & her plan if we should choose her as our agent. Her sales history and presentation to us were what convinced me that she was the right person to list our home with. Sheila got the job done in a very short time & even went above & beyond expectations when she delivered a key to me after I accidentally got locked out of my home.
    11/20/15 by Martha & Zoila: The first time we came upon, Sonoma we knew in our hearts and minds that someday we would make Sonoma our home. We were just not sure how we could make this happen as our primary residence is a days plane ride away and clear across the country. Little did we know that the universe would set us on a course and put us in the path of, Sheila Deignan. I dont think that there are words that can fully express how incredibly blessed we have been to work with Sheila on the purchase of our dream home. Being miles away, we were apprehensive and jittery at how we would be able to make the transaction work long distance. However, Sheilas professionalism, genuine and caring manner allowed us to put our trust in her. She works with a great team of people that we found extremely easy to work with and made the entire process a walk in the park. We want to thank you, Sheila for being a Super Star.
    11/17/14 by Jenny Whitfield: If you are in the market to list or sell a Sonoma County property, Sheila Deignan is the best agent for you. We used Sheila's expertise for the sale of our income property in Sonoma last spring. We found Sheila to be professional, knowledgeable about the housing market, current with financial trends, warm, friendly and timely with communication. Sheila developed a report with our tenants and was able to sell our property in 3 months without a hitch! We were extremely please with a timely escrow, and, appreciated the extra mile Sheila gave in every step of the listing and closing process. Sheila Deignan comes highly recommended as a realtor with integrity, professionalism and a "can do" attitude.
    1/5/14 by Wolf Cramer: Sheila was an incredibly helpful, patient, knowledgeable, and charming advocate for us during our second attempt to relocate to Sonoma County. Despite being nearly 100 miles away from our relocation target, we never doubted we could do it thanks in large part to Sheila's proactive and accommodating approach. Sheila was never pushy and always brought a sense of relaxed calm to all our interactions. She handled negotiations on our behalf and always had useful advise. Without a doubt we'd work with Sheila again and again and again. Wish we could give her 10 stars!
    11/1/14 by Brian & Kathy: When we decided to sell our home in Sonoma (our primary residence is in Maryland), we interviewed a number of real estate agents with excellent sales records around the city of Sonoma. We knew almost instantly from Sheila's calm demeanor, honesty and professionalism that she was the one for us and never regretted our decision. She presented no high pressure sales pitch or fancy plan to market our home. We settled on a price that we knew was reasonable, and after one open house for real estate agents and another for buyers, our home sold for over the asking price. What appeared to be one of the easiest and fastest sales on record turned into a 3 month ordeal. We had difficulties with the title company because of an exchange of parcels with neighbors in 1974. Sheila's creativity, para legal background and extreme patience helped guide us through this process to a successful conclusion. Sheila is the consummate professional and really nice person. Most importantly, since we expect to return often to Sonoma to visit friends and relatives, we feel we have gained a new friend and hope to visit with her in the future. This was a delightful experience.
    03/22/2017 - ssnangel Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2017 for approximately $525K in Petaluma, CA. This is the second time I have used Sheila, she is outstanding! She goes the extra mile for you and more! I had some things come up this time, she dealt with every one of them and always kept me calm! She is amazing, I can't say enough about her ! I'm so blessed to have met her almost eight years ago! I would and do recommend her to anyone!
    12/10/2016 - drrodney1 Sold a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $475K in Santa Rosa, CA. I just finished working with Sheila successfully on my third real estate transaction. I just LOVE working with Sheila! She is very easy to communicate with. She responds quickly to inquiries and requests. While it is clear that the final decision is mine, she gives great counsel. She is of great assistance in making difficult and critical decisions such as pricing and timing. She represents well for me. She is powerful and kind. Until next time, thanks again Sheila for a job well done!
    01/26/2017 - zuser20160621202943860 Bought a home in 2017 in Lawndale, Santa Rosa, CA 95452. We cannot give sufficient thanks to Sheila for her support during our buying process. She is a consummate professional and guided us through the entire process. She provided great advice on submitting the offer and help to negotiate seller's support for needed repairs. Following the sale, she continues to be a local resource and has put us in touch with craftspeople and neighbors. We highly recommend Sheila.
    01/27/2017 - colettebenge Sold a Single Family home in 2016 in Sonoma, CA. This was the second time we had done business with Sheila. The first time she represented the buyers of a house we were selling in Sonoma. The second time she was our agent on another house we listed. Both experiences were great. Sheila listed our house and after one week and one open house, she had our buyers. She is extremely professional and personable and I highly recommend her to assist in the sale our search for your new home.
    01/28/2017 - Brad Benge Sold a Single Family home in 2016 in Sonoma, CA. I would highly recommend Sheila to help with your real estate needs. She has helped sell 2 of our high end homes in Sonoma during tough winter & holiday months and did so being Professional Knowledgeable and a absolute joy to work with!!
    02/26/2017 - Box Robert Bought a Single Family home in 2017 for approximately $775K in Petaluma, CA. Sheila is reliable and professional. She took the time to understand what we were looking for in a home and worked to negotiate on our behalf and did a great job! She was easy to work with and I would recommend Sheila to anyone seeking a knowledgeable and skilled agent.
    02/28/2017 - jmikeharris Sold a Single Family home in 2017 for approximately $650K in Sonoma, CA. The best in the west. Stays in touch, worked hard to help me move and get settled and is a all around pro at getting the job done. I highly recommend Sheila for either buyer's or sellers.
    03/22/2017 - ssnangel Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2017 for approximately $525K in Petaluma, CA. This is the second time I have used Sheila, she is outstanding! She goes the extra mile for you and more! I had some things come up this time, she dealt with every one of them and always kept me calm! She is amazing, I can't say enough about her ! I'm so blessed to have met her almost eight years ago! I would and do recommend her to anyone!

    My Experience

    • Before starting my real estate career full time about 15 years ago, my business background was in contract administration, paralegal work and venture capital coordination. Looking back it seems that my work experience had been the preparation that allowed me to excel in this field and attain the accolades I have thus far.

    My Credentials and Memberships

    • 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents 2016 by Real Estate Executive Magazine, 1000 Top Producing Real Estate Agents in California 2016 by Real Trends Magazine, Emerald Elite - 6 years running , Top Producer Since 2007, Certified Residential Specialist (which is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents), EcoGreen Certified Realtor designation, Senior Real Estate Specialist, Resort Second Home Property Specialist, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist of the Million Dollar Guild, Member of NORBAR, CAR, Bareis MLS

    My Community Involvement

    • Supporter of COTS (Center on Transitional Shelter) Supporter of the Glen Ellen Historical Society Supporter of the Sonoma Valley Musuem

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