Women Making a Difference 2014

Realtor relishes working in community where she lives

By From page WMD10 | March 16, 2014

Women Making a Difference

Emmy Greene, realtor at Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

FAIRFIELD — Realtor Emmy Greene admits it sounds corny, but she says she loves selling homes, “because I get the great pleasure of helping people’s dreams come true.”

“It is very satisfying to know that you are helping people have good lives,” Greene said.

Greene, whose family came from Kansas, was raised in Concord and moved to Fairfield with her husband because it was the most affordable place to live in the Bay Area.

She worked as a banker for 22 years before the last bank she worked for changed ownership three times in a year. After the last change of ownership, Greene was asked to transfer to work at a bank out of the area, which she did not want to do.

“I wanted to continue working in the same county my children were in,” Greene said.

She entered the real estate field because it gave her the flexibility she needed to spend time with her family as well as enjoy a career.

Greene is now a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty in Fairfield, which she joined in 2002. She has been a board member with the Northern Solano County Association of Realtors since January 2009.

While she said it is important to be able to work in the community she lives in, she has sold residential real estate throughout the county.

Greene has seen both buyer’s and seller’s markets, from times when in a red-hot housing market, “If you had a pulse, you could sell a house,” to the depths of the Great Recession, when she as gently as possible steered families through short sales when they could no longer afford to keep their own homes.

“It was heartbreaking. I would tell people that it is only your credit, not your credibility,” Greene said.

She has also had the pleasure of later connecting some of those people with financial businesses that have allowed them to again become homeowners.

“It is good that we are rebounding, that we are on the upswing,” Greene said.

Greene said that honesty, sincerity and enthusiasm are of utmost importance in her work. She said she works hard to give her clients award-winning service.

Greene said she would not work for anyone other than Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty, “because we get more support and training than anywhere else.”

She said that all of the firm’s brokers are local and available any time.

“I intend to retire from here,” she said. “I want to help everybody I can help until I can’t do it anymore.”

Greene’s community involvement includes being a part of the recently created nonprofit Heart to Heart, which helps displaced foster children, who are aged out of the foster care system, improve their life skills.

“They are a lost population of youth,” said Greene, who is part of Heart to Heart’s fundraising efforts.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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