Darin DeRenzis & Meredith Johnson DeRenzis
Realtors Darin DeRenzis and Meredith DeRenzis help clients navigate the South Bay real estate market. Meredith has worked in real estate since 2007, starting in commercial sales. She transitioned to residential and joined Vista Sotheby’s International Realty in 2014. Darin has worked in the industry for 15 years. He joined Vista Sotheby’s in 2006 and became a partner in 2010.
2020 was your first full year of marriage and working together as partners. How did it go?
“As delighted as we were to get married, we were equally excited to merge our business— two top producers coming together to form the DeRenzis Real Estate team! We met our performance goals throughout the year, earning Top 10 awards at Vista Sotheby’s seven months in 2020—including three months in the top spot. It was a solid year for us personally and professionally.”
How do you operate as a husband-wife team?
Darin: “At this point in my life, I know my strengths and weaknesses. The benefit of working with a partner who happens to be my wife is that I can focus on using my strengths to help our clients, and Meredith can do the same.”
Meredith: “It’s very helpful to have someone at home who knows what I experience at work. Whether it’s a victory or a frustration, I know my husband gets it.”
What have been your proudest moments during the recent crisis?
“We were able to quickly pivot and actually enhance our ability to help our clients achieve their homes. For example, open houses don’t happen anymore. At first we were concerned about the removal of this avenue we use to connect with new buyers. On the flip side, it has been a huge positive; the buyers and their agents are qualified, vetted and serious. Now, instead of two hours where we see lots of in-person faces, we are watching the number of viewers climb as we do a virtual tour on Facebook and Instagram.”
With the current scarcity of inventory, what advice are you giving buyers?
“Seek out a professional. It is not enough to rely on the internet. We stir the pot and dig up homes and opportunities that cannot be found in the public market. We have the relationships locally to accomplish that goal every day. For that matter, we also have the relationships through our Sotheby’s network that allow us to do that same thing in the second-home markets our clients are exploring.”