Sheila Deignan: A Passionate Profession
By James Florence, Senior Writer
SONOMA — For Sheila Deignan, a career in real estate represents the culmination of professional expertise and a passion for helping others. “Before I got into real estate, I was a paralegal involved in negotiations and venture capital marketing coordination,” she recounts. “At a certain point, a broker I knew told me I would make a great real estate agent. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Because of my professional background, I had a lot of relevant skills, and the idea of helping people buy and sell homes really appealed to me. I eventually decided to pursue a career in real estate, and I’ve been doing it full-time since 2003.”
Today, as a Realtor with Better Homes and Garden Real Estate | Wine Country Group, Sheila says her favorite part of her job is helping facilitate her clients’ life transitions. “Owning a home is part of the American dream, and being a part of that process for my clients is a tremendous honor.”
A resident of Glen Ellen, Sheila expresses her appreciation for the unique character of the North Bay Area. “First off, it’s a gorgeous place to live—it’s no wonder this is a desired destination for people all over the world. But even more than that, we have an amazing community of down-to-earth people who are very connected and supportive of each other, so I really appreciate that as well.”
While Sheila originally started her real estate career independently, it has since become a family affair. “My husband, Carlos, is also a Realtor, and he backs me up when I need a hand,” she explains. “Recently, my daughter, September, earned her real estate license and teamed up with me in the business. It’s wonderful to be able to work with my family and help people at the same time.”
When asked the first thing she’d do if she were to retire tomorrow, Sheila says she’d take a European vacation. “I would go to France and take a canal boat tour. My husband is really into pétanque these days, so it would be fun to see the countryside, get to know the people and play some pétanque.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Christmas. I enjoy getting together with family and celebrating the spirit of the season.
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Books—I’m an avid reader.
Q: What kinds of books do you like?
A: I love good mysteries by authors like Wallace Stegner and Dick Francis. I also really like the “Longmire” series by Craig Johnson.
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “Longmire.” It’s unusual to find a TV adaptation that does justice to the original book, but I think they did a great job.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for dessert?