Heidi Hart: A Perfect Opportunity
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SANTA CRUZ — As a young mother of three, Heidi Hart knew that any career she pursued would need to have a flexible schedule. When she was offered a job in real estate, she knew it was the perfect opportunity. “I got my real estate license when I was 25,” she recounts. “It actually started when I was offered a job at a real estate office across from my kids’ school. Besides being in a convenient location, the hours were flexible, which allowed me to be available for my kids while also being actively involved in my community. I found that I really enjoyed the real estate business and I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Today, as president of Heidi Hart – California Dreaming Real Estate, Heidi says she enjoys multiple aspects of her job. “I’m a super-organized person, so I love micromanaging my files and keeping everything in order. I also enjoy negotiating, as well as meeting new clients and seeing different homes. The Santa Cruz Mountains area is very unique, with a wide variety of home styles, so that definitely keeps things interesting.”
Outside of work, Heidi engages in a variety of hobbies and pastimes. “I spend a lot of time working in my garden and taking care of our chickens,” she details. “I also enjoy cooking, sewing, going to the beach, and having friends and clients over for parties.” Additionally, Heidi likes traveling to new places. “My partner, Brian, and I take a couple of trips each year: one to somewhere in the U.S. we haven’t seen before and one to a tropical location. I also like taking my kids to Mexico during the summer—it’s relatively close and inexpensive, so it makes for a fun getaway.”
When asked the secret to her ongoing success as a Realtor, Heidi says it comes down to providing nothing less than the best. “I’m a strong believer in putting forth your best effort, which is what I do for every client I work with. Basically, I want my clients to be happy so they’ll refer me to their friends and family. Often, my clients end up becoming friends. I always enjoy getting a call from a past client who invites me to come out and see what they’ve done with the place.”
When asked the first thing she’d do if she were to retire tomorrow, Heidi says she probably wouldn’t. “At this point in my life, I’m able to do all the things I want to do, so I don’t see any reason to retire. Besides, I love my job. In all likelihood, I’ll be working long past the point where I could retire.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Probably Spain or Greece. The only problem is I get really impatient with long flights, which is why most of my traveling is confined to relatively close locations. If they find a way to speed up air travel some more, I’ll probably go then.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Sew, make homemade jam or organize things.
Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Q: Are you a dog person or a cat person?
A: Definitely a dog person—I’m allergic to cats.
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Old books and my kids’ artwork.