LIV Sotheby’s International Realty of (LIV SIR ) – No.1 top producing affiliate among the Sotheby’s International Realty brand – welcomes California Realtors®, Anne Williamson and Cassandra VanKeulen to the Ojai team.
At LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, our people make a difference and we are excited to expand the team with the newest addition of real estate professionals, Anne Williamson and Cassandra VanKeulen. Anne is an award-winning Realtor who has built her reputation on exceptional customer service and dedication to her client’s best interests, and Cassandra is a second-generation Realtor® with a degree in Interior Design and a passion for giving back to her local community.
We’re excited to have you on the team! Can you tell me a little about yourselves?
Anne: I am an award-winning Realtor and have focused on building my reputation by providing exceptional customer service and dedication to my clients’ best interests. With over 18 years experience in buying and selling homes, ranches and commercial properties, and representing investors in a wide variety of real estate transactions throughout the Ojai Valley and surrounding areas, I continue to educate myself on an ongoing basis so I can offer the latest knowledge and cutting edge technology. My clients appreciate my flexibility, communication skills, low pressure sales, patience, ability to listen, negotiation and analytical skills, and my ability to accurately price and market a home. I love working with my daughter Cassandra and volunteering for philanthropic projects such as Help of Ojai and the Ojai Tennis Tournament.
Cassandra: I was born in Canada and moved to Asia at a very young age until my parents discovered this magical little town called Ojai from meeting a local Ojai family on a ski hill in Whistler, BC Canada. Moving overseas to Ojai in 1995 to attend Ojai Valley School and soon later calling Ojai home. I returned to Vancouver BC Canada to attend the Art Institute of Design receiving a degree in Interior Design and Foundation of Design. I was exposed to the world of real estate at a young age being a second generation realtor and had the opportunity to hold open houses long before becoming a realtor.
What do the two of you do for fun, outside of work?
Anne: I love spending time with my granddaughter Alex – our family became even closer during COVID and we have taken advantage of spending time together. I love to travel and Europe is my favorite place to go, especially Italy. I also love to cook gourmet dinners for family, friends and clients – it keeps our relationships close. I have alway loved the outdoors – I was an avid skier but now spend most of my spare time playing tennis and trying to hit golf balls!
Cassandra: I truly enjoy creating new experiences and memories with my daughter, family and friends. I have a strong love for traveling, being active and spending as much time outdoors. I am passionate about giving back to our community and actively involved in several local charities. I recently started a new company with my sister, Ojai Picnic Moments, a pop-up picnic company exclusively serving the Ojai Valley for intimate gatherings which allows me to be creative and offer a safe fun environment for people to share together!
What’s your favorite part about guiding your clients through the real estate experience?
Anne: We love working with all of our clients and especially new buyers on the journey to buy their first home. We hold everyone’s hand during the process and when we receive feedback of how appreciative they are with are service, communication skills and attention to detail – it is a very good feeling.
Cassandra: Providing ease throughout the entire process even while hurdles arise. Sharing my passion for design and assisting with creating a visual on possibilities with each property. We take pride in ensuring all objections and expectations are exceeded with an expansive network and unparalleled client service. Our number one goal is to always do what is best for our clients.
What’s your favorite home trend right now?
Anne: I feel that it is important for everyone buying now to understand the importance of conserving our water and to plan on being conscientious regarding landscaping. There are numerous ways to create outdoor spaces by being practical with the types of plants and trees being used.
Cassandra: I really enjoy seeing more natural elements being brought into a home. Creating a feeling of having the outdoors close to you is becoming more popular, people seem to be taking to a more eco friendly approach in their lifestyles. Adding natural materials creates an authentic atmosphere for the space which I believe is attractive to buyers right now.
What excites you most about joining LIV Sotheby’s International Realty?
Anne: We feel like we are back home with our family – we were with the Coldwell Banker group before they became LIV Sotheyby’s International Realty and the Ojai office is really it’s own little community within itself. And of course, the Sotheby’s International Realty’s brand is second to none – a superior level of marketing and branding that is internationally recognized.
Cassandra: I am looking forward to utilizing LIV Sotheby’s resources to my full advantage to allow our clients the highest level of service.
What are your goals in the next three months?
Anne: I plan on taking advantage of all of the new tools that I now have at my fingertips and am eager to share our marketing advantages with our clients! We are going to hit the ground running and plan on a strong last quarter of this year!
Cassandra: Implementing all of the tools and tapping into the LIV Sotheby’s network.