She also is a member of PSAR’s Charity Committee, a newly formed committee that reviews charity opportunities for the association. In 2015, she traveled to Sacramento with the PSAR leadership team. “I was impressed with how our association leaders make their voices heard at the highest levels of our state,” she said.
But did you know that Bernadette was her high school’s homecoming queen?
Bernadette’s father was in the U.S. Navy and stationed in Guam where she was born. Her family moved to the U.S. at age 1. Bernadette grew up in San Diego’s East County and she graduated from Monte Vista High School (class of 1995). She was selected as homecoming queen her senior year. “It was an unforgettable experience and it certainly was a highlight of my high school years,” said Bernadette.
Bernadette met her husband Ben when they both attended San Diego State University. After graduating from SDSU, they got married in Las Vegas. Then, in 2003, they moved to the Coachella Valley where Ben started his career with the State of California and Bernadette started her real estate career in new home sales in Indio. “I was in a trailer surrounded by nothing but dirt,” said Bernadette, “but it was amazing to watch the Shadow Hills community evolve into a community similar to what Eastlake is today.”
When the market tanked in 2006, Bernadette and Ben adjusted their lifestyle and Bernadette became a stay-at-home mom with their newborn son and their 4-year-old daughter. In 2007, they returned to San Diego. “After being away, it was time to move back to our hometown and closer to our friends and relatives,” said Bernadette.
Back in San Diego, Bernadette resumed working in real estate -- first as a file clerk, then as assistant, then as a part-time agent. “After selling 500 new homes in Indio, moving back to San Diego was a humbling experience and my confidence was missing,” she said. “I switched from working in staged, model homes with a new-home smell to a down market with bank-owned homes that were often destroyed and smelled horrible. But things changed in June 2013 when I joined Coldwell Banker West. The training I’ve received has been phenomenal.”
Bernadette and Ben have two children, Brianna, age 14, and Bryce, 9. The families lives in EastLake’s Rolling Hills Ranch community. Brianna enjoys dance as a member of a competitive team. Bryce takes classes at the EastLake Alliance Jiu Jitsu Club.
“Bryce and his martial arts is something else,” said Bernadette. “I get very nervous watching him out there. They’re choking each other and stretching limbs and getting thrown around. The other moms have told me to relax and they remind me that Bryce is a strong fighter.”
Bernadette and Ben have sound equipment they use at parties for their family and friends. They even did a wedding. Most recently, they provided music for a client appreciation dinner and an event with her Coldwell Banker West colleagues. “We’re not professional emcees or deejays, but we are willing to provide music only for our clients,” Bernadette said.
She enjoys her PSAR membership. “Our association is like a family,” she said. “I did not get that same feeling with another association. Instead, I was just a number to them. But, at PSAR, the staff has such a warm personality. They genuinely care about the members and our local community.