Leslie is the Broker/Owner of Barnes & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty. A skilled real estate professional, she leads a strong team who represent buyers and sellers on the highly desirable Central Coast of California. Prior to affiliating with Sotheby’s International Realty, Leslie owned a boutique real estate brokerage and also worked with national real estate franchises prior to becoming an independent broker.
With over 15 years of experience, Leslie has critical negotiation skills, an eye for contractual details and is who other agents turn to in working through difficult negotiations. She was the agent of choice for sellers in the downturn of the market where she achieved a 99% success rate in directly negotiating short sales on behalf of her clients. Competing in a major real estate market in Sacramento, CA, she was a past member of the Master’s Club recognized for her sales volume achievements.
Her clients have a high trust with Leslie where they continued to refer her after she relocated to the central coast. Leslie maintained her Sacramento market client base for 5 years after relocating to Cambria, proving her ability to work on behalf of her clients regardless of geographic location. Understanding the Sotheby’s name and brand, she continues to work with select out-of-the-area clients who demand the best in luxury real estate representation. For her central coast clients, Leslie brings a higher level of professionalism, marketing and contractual negotiation skills beyond the average local agent.
Leslie holds a Master’s degree in Organizational & Industrial Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and an Associate of Arts degree. An advocate of community college education, she is the past chair of the American River College Foundation and also had a successful career with the Los Rios Community College District prior to entering real estate full time.
She is the proud mom of three and delighted Oma of her grandson. She and her husband love living in Cambria with their band of rescue pets and where she practices her mastery of photography.